It has been claimed that Scottish Limited Partnerships have been a proven way for money launderers to carry out their nefarious activities.
Under the new regulations, 30,000 SLPs will need to disclose their beneficial owners within the next 28 days, or face the prospect of being fined. Those that do not comply could see themselves being fined up to £500 per day.
SLPs have a unique legal standing in Scotland, being allowed to hold assets and borrow money, as well as not disclose their ultimate owner. 71% of all SLPs have been registered in secrecy jurisdictions. These make them particularly appealing to criminal entities and money launderers. Transparency International has recently reported that 113 SLPs were involved in the Russian global laundromat scandal.
Lawmakers in Scotland have been calling for stricter legislation on the control of SLPs which are controlled under UK Government law.
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New UK legislation goes into effect Monday regulating Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs), a unique corporate structure that has been increasingly abused by money launderers.
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