103225 – Due Diligence: Entity Accounts: Investment Entity with Regularly Traded Securities

A difference between the DAC/CRS and the other regimes is that for both FATCA and CDOT the definition of Financial Account excludes equity and debt interests in an Investment Entity where those interests are regularly traded on an established securities market. That means that equity and debt interests in certain listed Investment Entities, for example, Investment Trust Companies (ITC), are in scope under the DAC/CRS. 

Where such interests are held in uncertified form through CREST, the CREST members and sponsors will be Reporting Financial Institutions and will be carrying out due diligence and reporting for DAC/CRS purposes. In those circumstances an ITC, for example, would not need to report in respect of its uncertified shareholders as that would otherwise lead to duplicated reporting. 

Where new accounts arise as a result of interests acquired on the secondary market, a periodic check for new shareholders will be required. The frequency of such checks will depend on the systems and processes that are in place. An annual check may be considered adequate if performed at the year-end if the systems in place are sufficiently robust. However, for operational reasons the registrar may perform the checks at six monthly or more frequent intervals.

For new primary market issues, the share application form can be amended to include the self certification required on new account opening. Any incomplete applications would need to be returned to the applicant. Following existing AML practice, incomplete applications could be accepted, and the missing information be requested but if the missing information were not received the shares could be re-allotted or sold to a third party and/or the register of members rectified, provided that the terms and conditions of the Offer allowed this.