SECP asks firms to file beneficial ownership declaration
KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) asked the companies to submit information of their ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) through filing of Form 45, required under Section 123A of the Companies Act, 2017, a statement said on Thursday.
The commission will not impose any penalty on filing of overdue UBO Form 45, if filed before August 13, 2021, it added.
The Companies (General Provision and Forms) Regulations, 2018, specify the procedure for companies to obtain, maintain and update information about their ultimate beneficial owners.
To ensure standards of transparency in the ownership and control structure of corporate entities, the government had introduced amendments to the Companies Act 2017, requiring every company to obtain information of its UBOs and file a declaration to this effect with the commission on the prescribed format, i.e., Form 45, the statement said.
To facilitate companies, the SECP has also introduced an online mechanism for the submission of Form 45 and issued detailed guidelines, including FAQs, it added.
The companies that have not yet been able to comply with the requirements of Section 123, are encouraged to file the declaration at the earliest, it added.
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