On 16 December, STEP reported that a Bill has been introduced to create a beneficial ownership registry managed by the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN). It proposes increased transparency, AML and anti-corruption measures that aim to bring the country in line with FATF recommendations. The Bill mainly addresses legal persons with residence in Colombia but includes foreign companies with subsidiaries in Colombia, as well as trusts and NPO. Ownership or control is 5% or more of capital or voting rights of a legal entity, or 5% or more of the assets, income or profits of the legal entity. In the case that no natural person is identified as having such ownership or control, the legal representative or the person with greatest authority in terms of management and direction of the entity must be identified.
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