Circular
Board Issues Supervisory Guidance and Regulations on Obtaining and Retaining Beneficial Ownership Information
March 10, 2010
Circular No. 12193

The Federal Reserve, together with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in consultation with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has issued the attached interagency Guidance on Obtaining and Retaining Beneficial Ownership Information.

The interagency guidance clarifies and consolidates existing regulatory expectations for obtaining beneficial ownership information for certain accounts and customer relationships. Information on beneficial ownership in account relationships provides another tool for financial institutions to better understand and address money laundering and terrorist financing risks, protect themselves from criminal activity, and assist law enforcement with investigations and prosecutions.

See SR 10-5 for full details.

SR 10-5 offsite