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UBO-register for ultimate beneficial owner of a company or legal entity

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 27 September 2020

What changes?

A special register will be set up to ensure it will be clear who the ultimate beneficial owner of a company or legal entity is. An ultimate beneficial owner is the owner or the person(s) who is (are) effectively in control. This register is called the UBO-register.

This measure is the result of European regulation to help stop financial and economic crime such as money laundering, financing terrorism, tax fraud and corruption. This UBO-register will be part of the trade register and will be managed by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK). The UBO-register is not the same as the Central Shareholders Register (Centraal Aandeelhoudersregister, CAHR).

An ultimate beneficial owner is

  • a person who owns more than 25% of shares of company or legal entity
  • a person who has more than 25% of voting rights of a company
  • a person who is effectively in control of the company

For whom?

  • all companies established in the Netherlands
  • legal entities with their statutory base in the Netherlands
  • the ultimate beneficial owners of a company or legal entity

When?

The implementing act registering ultimate beneficial owners will come into force on 27 September 2020.

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This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO