Using reliable identifiers for corporate vehicles in beneficial ownership data

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A reliable identifier is a number or reference code which is unique, stays the same over time and can be used to check the existence of a particular corporate vehicle, such as a company or trust. Having such an identifier available and present in multiple datasets is the best way to be certain that the same entity is being referred to, and to link together a range of information about the entity and its activities. This technical guidance aims to help implementers and multi-stakeholder groups understand how reliable identifiers facilitate the connection of datasets such as disclosures on politically exposed persons, stock exchange filings and licence registers.

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