Early impacts of public registers of beneficial ownership: United Kingdom

Case studies Impact

The UK was the first country in the world to commit to making beneficial ownership transparent. In 2016 it launched its public beneficial ownership – or Persons of Significant Control (PSC) – register. PSC data is widely used, and has been critical in investigations into financial crime and terrorism-related offences. This report provides details of the UK’s approach and case studies of the impact it has had.




Apr 2021


Chinwe Ekene Ezeigbo, Louise Russell-Prywata and Tymon Kiepe