Beneficial ownership in law: Definitions and thresholds

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Implementation, Research

Open Ownership Principles


To maximise the impact of beneficial ownership registers, it is important to minimise loopholes and make data as useful as possible. A legal definition of beneficial ownership and its associated thresholds form the foundation upon which a disclosure regime is built. This policy briefing aims to help policymakers and those implementing or supporting beneficial ownership transparency to think through the decisions required to define beneficial ownership in law, to set appropriate thresholds, and to operationalise these.

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