Philipp Zuend

Philipp Zuend

Director, Financial Services, Regulatory & Compliance

The beneficial ownership register leads to further transparency

Irrespective of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI) and other OECD initiatives, the UBO register leads to further transparency. Beneficial owners of entities domiciled in the EU are already required to be documented in a UBO register, which is publicly accessible in some countries.
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OECD initiative against fictitious tax residences based on investments

On 16 October 2018, the OECD published the results of its analysis of over 100 Citizenship by Investment (CBI) and Residence by Investment (RBI) schemes that allow foreign individuals to obtain citizenship or residence rights.
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Erster Datenaustausch der Schweiz im Rahmen des AIA

Die Schweiz hat im September 2018 erstmalig Daten im Rahmen des AIA (Automatischer Informationsaustausch) anderen Staaten übermittelt und von diesen auch Daten erhalten. Die Eidgenössische Steuerverwaltung (ESTV) übermittelte Informationen zu rund 2 Millionen Finanzkonten an die Partnerstaaten der Schweiz.
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Circumvention of the AEoI: New OECD rules against fictional residences

In March 2018, the OECD accepted the Mandatory Disclosure Rules for CRS Avoidance Arrangements and Opaque Offshore Structures. In parallel, the OECD launched a further initiative called “Preventing abuse of residence by investment schemes to circumvent the CRS”, aimed at fictitious tax residences based on investments.
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Neue OECD-Regeln für AIA-Vermeidungsvereinbarungen

Der Automatische Informationsaustausch (AIA) hat sich als globaler Standard durchgesetzt. Dennoch hat die OECD bereits im Dezember 2017 eine Vernehmlassung zu „Bindenden Offenlegungsregeln für den Umgang mit AIA-Vermeidungsvereinbarungen und Offshore-Strukturen“ eröffnet, welche am 15. Januar 2018 endete.
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AEoI’s impact on collective investment schemes and asset managers

If you’re involved in collective investment schemes, you must carefully assess whether you have to fulfil any AEoI obligations. If an entity qualifies as reporting financial institution, it’s important to carry out reporting but also due diligence procedures to identify all reportable persons.
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