Liechtenstein

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The European Union and the Principality of Liechtenstein signed an agreement regarding increased cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and international crime.

The Financial Market Authority of Liechtenstein announced that anti-money laundering concerns are the primary focus of supervision for the regulator and that it has reviewed and reorganized its money laundering supervision mechanisms effective April 1, 2019.

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Important Facts

  • The U.S. Department of State classifies Liechtenstein as a jurisdiction of primary concern. It has a well-developed offshore financial services sector, relatively low tax rates, liberal incorporation and corporate governance rules and a tradition of bank secrecy. All of these conditions contribute significantly to the ability of financial intermediaries in Liechtenstein to attract funds from abroad.The three largest banks in Liechtenstein manage 85 percent of the country’s $125 billion in wealth. The business model of Liechtenstein’s financial sector focuses on private banking, wealth management and mostly nonresident business. It includes the provision of corporate structures such as foundations, companies, and trusts that are designed for wealth management, the structuring of assets, and asset protection. In recent years Liechtenstein banking secrecy has been softened to allow for greater cooperation with other countries to identify tax evasion. There are no reported abuses of non-profit organizations, alternative remittance systems, offshore sectors, free trade zones or bearer shares.
  • KYC covered entities:Banks; securities brokers; insurance companies and brokers; money exchangers or remitters; financial management firms, investment companies, and real estate companies; dealers in high-value goods; lawyers; casinos; the Liechtenstein Post Ltd.; and financial intermediaries
  • STR covered entities:Banks; securities brokers; insurance companies and brokers; money exchangers or remitters; financial management firms, investment companies, and real estate companies; dealers in high-value goods; lawyers; casinos; the Liechtenstein Post Ltd.; and financial intermediaries
  • Enhanced due diligence procedures for PEPs:Foreign:YesDomestic:Yes
  • Money laundering criminal prosecutions/Convictions: Prosecutions: 9 (2014); Convictions: 2 (2014)
-Source: 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

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Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 8 High :
Largely Compliant : 30 Substantial :
Partially Compliant : 11 Moderate :
Non-Compliant : 0 Low :

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Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 52/133
Score : 75/100