Cayman Islands

New Documents

The Financial Reporting Authority for the Cayman Islands issued a financial sanctions notice concerning changes to the jurisdiction’s Global Human Rights Sanctions regulations.

The Cayman Islands Financial Reporting Authority highlighted amendments to entries under its Myanmar sanctions list.

Enforcement Actions

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority issued administrative fines totaling CI$116,680 on the George Town-based financial institution for breaching various requirements under the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority issued an administrative fine of CI$299,050 against the George Town-based financial institution for breaching the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, including failing to identify ultimate beneficial ownership.


Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels the Cayman Islands as a major money laundering jurisdiction. The UK overseas territory is an offshore financial center that provides a wide range of financial services. As of September 2020, there were 123 banks, 147 trust company licenses, 145 licenses for company management and corporate service providers, 775 insurance-related licenses, and five money services businesses (MSBs) in the Cayman Islands. Most money laundering that occurs on the island is related to foreign criminal activity that involves fraud, tax evasion and drug trafficking. The nation is an indirect tax regime and considered attractive to those seeking to evade taxes in their home jurisdictions. The Cayman Islands prohibits shell banks and anonymous accounts as well as the registration of offshore gaming entities. It also maintains strong due diligence procedures to guard against bulk cash smuggling related to cruise ships. Customer due diligence and suspicious transaction report requirements cover banks, trust companies, investment funds, fund administrators, securities and investment businesses, insurance companies and managers, MSBs, lawyers, accountants, corporate and trust service providers, money transmitters, dealers of precious metals and stones, the real estate industry, virtual asset service providers, single family office and other relevant financial business.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 22 High : 0
Largely Compliant : 18 Substantial : 0
Partially Compliant : 0 Moderate : 6
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 5

The Cayman Islands' technical compliance was re-rated in a Oct. 20, 2021 follow-up report.

BASEL i

Rank : 105/110
Score : 7.64/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : N/A
Score : N/A

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 1/133
Score : 76/100