Oman: New Real Beneficiary Regulations Issued

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Oman: New Real Beneficiary Regulations Issued

Shabiba, 6 August 2023: Oman Ministerial Decision No. 424/2023 which issues the regulation of procedures for establishing a real beneficiary has been issued.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP) has issued new regulations to strengthen the country’s anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) regime.

The decision also repeals the regulation organising procedures for identifying real beneficiaries issued by Oman Ministerial Resolution No. 630/2022.

The new decision defines a real beneficiary as a natural person who owns or exercises final effective control directly or indirectly over an entity.

The new decision requires commercial companies to create a special register called the “Real Beneficiary Register” which includes data on the real beneficiaries of partners and shareholders who own at least 25% of the company’s shares. Those who fail to comply with this requirement could be subject to a range of penalties including a written warning, administrative fine of 1,000 Rials, or suspension from the commercial register for up to three months.

The data in the register must also be updated, and a real resident person must be designated to carry out the task of coordinating with the Ministry and the competent authorities to provide this information and data.

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Tanya Jain