On 4th December, the New Zealand police National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing said that trusts are “extremely attractive” vehicles for money laundering and terrorism financing, as it helps hide the identify of beneficial owners. The government is seeking cabinet approval for policy proposals aimed at improving the transparency of the beneficial owners of New Zealand companies – but these exclude trusts from strengthened beneficial ownership requirements. The assessment places trusts at the same level as companies and other business structures in terms of their vulnerabilities to transnational money laundering.
The NRA can be accessed at –
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