Beneficial Ownership Articles

A matter of trust – Beneficial ownership in New Zealand

7 July 2020

Suzanne Snively

June Brain Food Webinar recap

The aspirational outcome for this webinar is that we can build a team to bring about changes to the law, policies and practice around beneficial ownership, to better protect New Zealand from potentially massive impacts of international grand corruption.

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Foreign Beneficial Owners need to be registered – New Zealanders already are!

7 August 2018

Ashton Johnstone

By Ashton Johnstone

Transparency International New Zealand Member

Masters of Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism

New Zealand already has a central register of company details about beneficial ownership which is a publicly accessible online for any person, organisation and for law enforcement anywhere in the world. It is the only register in the world that is completely free to search and almost all of the company details are online.

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Increasing the Transparency of the Beneficial Ownership

7 August 2018


Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) Submission on discussion document: Increasing the Transparency of the Beneficial Ownership of New Zealand Companies and Limited Partnerships.

Read the full TINZ Submission on Beneficial Ownership.

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Proposed transparency of beneficial ownership

14 July 2018

Consumer Affairs Minister, Kris Faafoi, is working on law changes aimed at cracking down on overseas criminals potentially misusing companies in New Zealand.

According to Minister Faafoi, the goal is to curb money-laundering and the ability of overseas based criminals to use New Zealand’s well-regarded companies register to conceal some of their business. “Certainly we’re cracking down on beneficial ownership and figuring out who the beneficial owners are of companies that are registered here in New Zealand…

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Investigative journalists find suspicious foreign trusts in New Zealand

20 April 2018

New Zealand remains vulnerable to the flow of illicit offshore assets. An Auckland company is caught up in an international money laundering controversy after it was identified helping to manage a network of New Zealand-registered companies and trusts for its secret clients.

“This article is striking. The amount of money involved and the newness of this activity are a strong signal that more needs to be done to prevent New Zealand trusts and companies from laundering foreign assets acquired under suspicious circumstances. We are left wondering just how much corrupt wealth is sheltered through New Zealand,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand.fully transparent.

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More dirty laundering in New Zealand

20 April 2018

David Dunsheath

by David Dunsheath

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

Investigative journalist members of the ‘Daphne Project’ have recently linked an Auckland wealth management company, Denton Morrell, with an international money laundering controversy. (See Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) media release on 20 April 2018)

New Zealand manipulations

As reported by RadioNZ,

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Report on Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism warns against complacency

18 March 2018

In its updated assessment the New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) said $1.35 billion of domestic criminal proceeds is generated for laundering in New Zealand each year.

While the new requirement under the anti money laundering and counter terrorism act to be implemented in July will further assist the prevention of money laundering for terrorist and other criminal purposes financial transactions are not the only identifier of criminal intent. The Government needs to pass with urgency the bill that will identify beneficial ownership of trusts followed quickly with an amendment to cover all legal entities used by overseas sources and with the register fully transparent.

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EU breakthrough in the fight against money laundering

23 December 2017

On 15 December 2017, the European Union (EU) took action to increase the transparency of companies through a public register of beneficial ownership. This breakthrough will allow the public to see who ultimately controls shell companies and other opaque structures which is a critical step to prevent and detect corruption, tax evasion and money laundering.

European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the European Commission’s proposal to further strengthen EU rules on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing. A key aim of this revision of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive is to increase transparency on who really owns companies and trusts by establishing beneficial ownership registers.

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From the Chair

5 October 2017

Suzanne Snively

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

A year and a half ago, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) was enthusiastic about our country’s direction with its anti-corruption strategy.

After the release of the Panama Papers, the Shewan Inquiry progressed policy change at a faster pace, including speeding up of the Phase 2 Anti-Money Laundering legislation (AML).

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Remember the Panama Papers – What happened?

21 August 2017

by Brendon Wilson

TINZ Director

Writing for Employers and Manufacturers Association

BusinessPlus Magazine – August 2017

Editor’s Note This article is particularly timely in light of the recent murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and the release of the Paradise Papers

Following the Panama Papers leak -a whistleblowing event of heroic proportions- to a world audience in 2016,

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