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The Cayman Islands is one of the world's leading providers of institutionally focused, specialised financial services and a preferred destination for the structuring and domiciling of sophisticated financial services products.

Cayman Islands Beneficial Ownership Regime

Introduction of Centralised Beneficial Ownership Information Search Platform

Beneficial ownership information for Cayman companies has been collected, verified and maintained for the last 15 years. Our approach, which relies on licenced, regulated corporate services providers ensures the quality of the information that is maintained.

As international standards have developed, the Cayman Islands has committed to enhance its current beneficial ownership information regime. These enhancements, in the form of the introduction of a centralised search platform, will be implemented by the end of June 2017. This implementation date corresponds with the implementation target for all other British overseas territories and crown dependencies. It also coincides with the date by which EU Member States are due to introduce requirements for central registers of beneficial ownership information as part of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

This page contains documents to assist Companies, Limited Liability Companies, Corporate Services Providers and Ultimate Beneficial Owners to understand their obligations under Cayman Islands Law and to take the necessary steps to prepare for the full implementation of the Centralised Beneficial Ownership Search Platform by June 30th 2017.

The Companies (Amendment) Law, 2017

The Beneficial Ownership (Companies) Regulations, 2017

The Limited Liability Companies (Amendment) Law, 2017

The Beneficial Ownership (Limited Liability Companies) Regulations, 2017

The Companies Management (Amendment) Law, 2017

Summary guide for Companies & Limited Liability Companies

Beneficial Ownership Transparency

How good is the Cayman Islands’ Beneficial Ownership Information?

Beneficial Ownership Timeline

Ministry of Financial Services Fact Sheet

News Releases

Minister Discusses Financial Regulation, Tax Transparency, with US Lawmakers
Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Tara Rivers visited Washington, DC, last week, where she explained the Cayman Islands financial services industry, and its adherence to regulatory and tax transparency standards, to influential US Senators, Members of Congress, senior Congressional staff, and other US thought leaders and influencers. 14th August 2018, 9:26am
Charities Urged to Register Ahead of Deadline
To have the $300 application fee waived, and also to avoid issues caused by missing the registration deadline, charities and section 80 companies that meet the legal definition of non-profit organisations (NPOs) are encouraged to file their registration applications by 15 June. 1st March 2018, 11:53am
EU Recognises Cayman as a Cooperative Jurisdiction
The Cayman Islands is not on the EU's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. 6th December 2017, 8:57am