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Following Panama Papers, the European Commission takes step forward on financial transparency, but loopholes remain

Tuesday July 5 2016 Today the European Commission took a step towards financial transparency proposing public registers of the real owners of companies and ‘commercial trusts’ to be included in the EU’s anti-money laundering legislation. However, information about ‘non-commercial trusts’ will remain largely behind closed doors as the proposed rules state that in order to access this data, members of the public must demonstrate a ‘legitimate interest’. The Commission has reopened ...