Identity Verification – Company

We are required by law to obtain identification and verification documents when establishing a client relationship.  Please note that until we have received all necessary supporting information and documentation from you, we will not be able to progress with your work/transaction or accept funds into our client account.

  1. Certificate of Incorporation or equivalent*

Please provide a certified copy of the above, which will give evidence of the company name and its official identification number.

*if a company is registered in the UK we can obtain the document for you: Company documents filed with The Companies House Registry in the UK are free of charge

  1. Extracts from the companies registry in the relevant jurisdictions**

**the information is usually available online, free of charge, we can assist in obtaining the above. 

Certification will not be required if the documents are obtained by us directly from the relevant companies registry.

  1. Additional documents

Please provide a certified copy of one of the following:

  1. the audited or tax accounts of the company, no more than 24 months old; or
  2. the constitutional documents for the company (e.g. Memorandum and Articles of Association).
  1. Business Information

Please provide details of the following:

  1. the address of the registered office of the company (if different from that shown on the documents provided above);
  2. its main place of business (if different from the registered office);
  3. any trading names; and
  4. the principal business of the company.
  1. Ownership of the company

Please provide:

  1. details of the current ownership of the company (e.g. a certified copy of an extract from the register of shareholders);
  2. verification documents for:
    • each entity* directly holding at least 25% of the ownership interest in the company;
    • each individual* holding at least 25% of the ownership interest in the company;
    • each individual* or entity* exercising control of the company e.g. through personal connections, family relationships, or contractual associations
  3. up to date register of directors for the company; and
  4. CDD for each of the directors*.

*see our guidance regarding our CDD requirements for individuals and trusts. For other entities please contact us.

  1. How to obtain certified copies

Certified copies are duplicates of documents which a person of professional standing has stated to be genuine copies of the original(s).

People who can certify documents are:

  1. A qualified lawyer or attorney, registered with the relevant national professional body.
  2. A qualified accountant who is a member of a recognised professional body.
  3. A notary public, member of the judiciary, a senior civil servant, or a serving police or customs officer;
  4. an officer of an embassy, consulate or high commission of the country of issue of documentary evidence of identity;
  5. a director, officer or manager of a regulated financial services business which is operating in a well-regulated jurisdiction.

The person certifying the copy of the document must:

  1. Suitable wording of the certification

Please note that the person carrying out the certification must state:

Please note where the certification is to confirm the identity of a person it must also confirm:

Certifiers need to confirm their position and provide contact details where they can be contacted.

Certifiers need to provide their details, sign (“wet signature”) and date the certification documents.


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