Having adequate sanctions in place, and enforcing these effectively, helps to drive up compliance with disclosure requirements and increase the quality and utility of the data. Including sanctions against the beneficial owner, registered officers of the company, and the company making the declaration, helps ensure that the deterrent effect of sanctions applies to all the key persons and entities involved in declaration. This helps incentivise compliance from the beneficial owner, registered officers, and broader stakeholders involved in the governance and management of the company.
Sanctions can only act as an effective deterrent if they are fairly and proportionately enforced in practice. To do this, relevant agencies require both the legal mandate and adequate resources to identify suspected non-compliance, investigate appropriately, and issue sanctions. Sanctions should include both monetary and non-monetary penalties, which can cover certain business-related rights such as not being able to incorporate a company or not being paid out dividends from shares.
We will shortly be publishing new resources that provide detail on putting this principle into practice. In the meantime, please get in touch with our technical assistance team for support and advice.