Increase in regulatory reporting needs from existing and new clients globally
The ever-evolving regulatory landscape is forcing corporations, asset and fund managers, family offices and financial institutions to solve multiple regulations and compliance rules simultaneously. Each of these regulations dictates a different set of data, documentation and regulatory classification requirements, putting increased pressure on already stretched compliance, data management, and onboarding teams.
Over the last nine months, Amicorp Group has seen a steep increase in demand from corporations, asset management firms and institutions to assist them with the new regulatory reporting requirements related to BEPS, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) introduced by MIFIF II legislation and other transparency initiatives. With our global representation and our 25-year track record in dealing with corporations and financial professionals, we can say that we understand the impact of global regulations and can, therefore, be of benefit to your business.
Amicorp Assurance Solutions delivers sophisticated and superior features, functionality and processes that help corporations, asset, and fund managers, family offices, private banks and wealth management firms in addressing these reporting challenges and in staying abreast with the changing regulatory requirements and expectations and industry practices.
We ensure global and future-proofed AEOI regulatory reporting
Our regulatory reporting service determines, classifies, reports and secures the regulatory journey of legal entities, ensuring compliance with all in-scope regulatory obligations such as CRS and LEI services:
- CRS entity classification
Ensuring your entity is classified as Financial Institution-Investment Entity (FI-Investment Entity) or Non-Financial Entity (NFE), either Passive NFE or Active NFE. Classification reports are accessible through our online portal giving full insight into all classification and ongoing actions. And classifications will be aligned with the respective banks / FI’s where financial accounts are held.
- CRS on-boarding and due diligence of new entity accounts and new individual accounts
We help on-boarding entities with their due diligence for CRS purposes. This includes collection and preparation of self-certification forms, review and validation of each accountholder’s information on its CRS status and tax residence. We determine whether information inconsistencies with Financial Institutions exist and work on resolving them.
- CRS pre-existing account due diligence and enhanced file review
We will review the information of account holders to identify any CRS indicia on tax residencies. We also review your existing structure or your entire client portfolio, to assess the local disclosure compliance and determine if restructuring measures are necessary and favorable to your needs.
- CRS Reporting and other regulatory reporting
We can prepare and file the annual CRS reporting of reportable accounts to the AEOI portal of the local tax authorities. We can assist by providing compliance, regulatory and risk management services. We can also provide corporate governance services such as corporate secretarial, a statutory managing director or trustee service – keeping you compliant with regulatory and local filing requirements.
We achieve centralized and optimized client data management
Our reporting services identify all the data and documentation that is required for processing to evidence the regulatory reporting process.
Our system integrates seamlessly with data and KYC utilities
Our Amiportal integrates with leading data providers and KYC utilities to consume process and route client data to the right internal systems, updating client data records accordingly. This helps to create a single client view of all relationships, associations, directorships and ultimate beneficial owners related to the HNW client, helping to accurately calculate the size of the risk of doing business with that individual.
We already have provided BEPS health checks, CRS and LEI registration services for numerous of legal entities and we make sure we keep informing our clients and contacts of the latest developments.
Legal Entity Identifier “LEI” Update
Six-months transition to obtain the LEI
January 3, 2018 has seen the implementation MiFID II but the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has approved for an extra transition and fewer rigorous deadline and will permit for a six-month transition interval.
In the last weeks, ESMA received a number of indications that not all investment firms will succeed in obtaining LEI codes from all their clients that are legal persons ahead of 3 January 2018. At the same time, these firms might be approached by such clients after 3 January 2018 with the request to provide a service triggering the obligation to submit a transaction report. Similarly, ESMA is aware of the concerns raised by some trading venues that additional time might be required to reach out to non-EU issuers whose financial instruments are traded on European trading venues in order to inform them about the applicable MiFIR requirements and obtain their LEI codes.
As to support the smooth introduction of the LEI requirements, ESMA will allow for a temporary period of six months that: (1) investment firms may provide a service triggering the obligation to submit a transaction report to the client, from which it did not previously obtain an LEI code, under the condition that before providing such service the investment firm obtains the necessary documentation from this client to apply for an LEI code on his behalf; and (2) trading venues report their own LEI codes instead of LEI codes of the non-EU issuers while reaching out to the non-EU issuers.
Amicorp being at the forefront of these developments already took coordinated action to contact and register those client entities that are in scope for obtaining a LEI number.