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).The company law reforms in the SBEEA 2015 can be put into two categories:
Most of the company law reforms have not yet commenced and will come into effect by way of statutory instruments that have not yet been published.
Against a background of heightened public distrust of companies and their directors in the few years since the financial crisis in 2008, one of the government's key objectives in relation to the SBEEA 2015 was to enhance the UK's reputation as a fair and trusted place to carry on business. In order to achieve this objective, the SBEEA 2015 introduces new requirements for companies that will deter, identify and sanction those that try to hide their interests in UK companies to facilitate illegal activities.The reforms within the SBEEA 2015 that are intended to improve transparency and trust in UK companies are:
Each of these reforms relating to company transparency are covered in greater detail below.
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