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Panama – Resident agents of Panamanian entities are now required to file certain information on the Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) of the entity at the local Superintendence of Non-Financial Institutions.
Approved in March 2020, Law No. 129 provides the legal framework for the establishment and regulation of a beneficial owner register in the country and will apply to all entities incorporated and registered in Panama which includes companies, foundations, SRLs, and foreign entities registered at the Panama Public Registry.
The bill defines a UBO as: “A natural person, who directly or indirectly owns, controls, and/or has a significant influence over the account relationship, contractual relationship and/or the business; or the natural person benefitting from a transaction or who ultimately controls the legal entity’s decisions”.
An individual may have ‘significant control or influence’ of an entity when:
The register will not be available to the public and will only be accessible to resident agents, registered legal entities (such as trust companies and banks), and two designated officers of the Superintendence that meet the required security and technical safeguards.
For entities formed as of March 20, 2020, the required UBO information must be provided to the Superintendence within 30 business days of their formation. Entities in existence before the law’s effective date will have six months from the above date to provide the necessary information. Moreover, any changes to an entity’s UBO information is required to be reported within 30 business days of its occurrence.
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