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New Belgian Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register

  • 12/11/2018
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The Royal Decree of 30 July 2018 (the Royal Decree), which entered into force on 31 October 2018, sets out the legal framework in relation to the new central register of beneficial ownership (the UBO Register) and the obligation for all Belgian companies and other entities to communicate information in relation to their ultimate beneficial owner(s) (UBOs) for inclusion in the UBO Register.

Please find below our memorandum discussing the new legal framework. The memorandum is available in English, Dutch and French languages. 

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