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12. Dec

Doing Business in the US: Navigating FinCEN’s New Reporting Mandate

As a leading global corporate services provider catering to a diverse array of international clients, we find ourselves at the forefront of regulatory changes that significantly impact the landscape of business operations. The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has recently announced a groundbreaking mandate that will substantially alter the compliance framework for US companies. Effective from January 1, 2024, US-based companies will be obligated to furnish detailed information regarding their ultimate beneficial owners, marking a pivotal shift in transparency and regulatory adherence.


FinCEN issued the Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements (often referred to as the ‘final rule’ or ‘reporting rule’) on 30 September 2023. This reporting rule requires certain legal entities to disclose information about themselves and the ultimate beneficial owner (UBO) of the entity.

The new reporting mandate necessitates companies to disclose specific details about their ultimate beneficial owners, encompassing individuals holding a substantial interest or exerting significant control within the organization. Such disclosures might include personal information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth and official identification documentation. This level of transparency, although requiring an additional layer of administrative effort, is indispensable in bolstering global efforts to combat financial crimes.

These requirements were set in order to implement Section 6403 of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which is part of a larger statutory regulation aimed at preventing and combating money laundering terrorist financing corruption, tax fraud and other illicit activity.


The reporting rule has specific requirements for an entity to be considered a “reporting company” and thus, subject to filing BOI (Beneficial Ownership Information) with FinCEN. There are two types of reporting companies:

  • Domestic Reporting Company
  • Foreign Reporting Company

Though there are certain nuances and exceptions, a large number of businesses in the United States will be subject to the reporting rule.

Reporting companies that exist as of 31 December 2023 will have a year to file their initial BOI report, with a deadline of 1 January 2025. Reporting companies incorporated after 1 January 2024 must file their initial BOI report within 30 days of receiving actual notice of its creation or registration through direct communication from the secretary of state or similar office.




Aside from the reporting rule being part of a larger statutory regulation, there is real value in this new legislation. For our clients, including multinational corporations, foreign investors and entrepreneurs operating in the US, understanding and adhering to these new requirements is crucial. Not only does compliance ensure avoidance of penalties and legal repercussions, but it also strengthens reputation and credibility in the international business arena. 


As a regulated entity by the Department of Justice in Ireland, Amesto Global is required to adhere to strict KYC/AML (Know Your Client/Anti-Money Laundering) reviews for any and all clients under our management. These requirements have long been implemented in our US office, and we therefore have competency in handling the exact requirements FinCEN has set forth.

One of the primary challenges stemming from this mandate lies in the complexity and the potential hurdles surrounding the identification and verification of ultimate beneficial owners, especially in cases involving intricate corporate structures, multiple shareholders or complex ownership arrangements. The importance of robust due diligence, documentation and compliance processes cannot be overstated. As such, our firm is intensifying its efforts to streamline these processes and provide comprehensive support to our clients, ensuring they meet the stringent regulatory criteria without disruption to their business operations. 

Moreover, we are actively collaborating with legal and financial experts to develop tailored strategies that assist our clients in navigating the intricate compliance landscape. Our goal is to provide them with the necessary tools, resources and guidance to adapt seamlessly to these regulatory changes, fostering a culture of transparency and accountability within their organizations.


The United States' move to implement stringent reporting requirements for ultimate beneficial owners signifies a global shift toward greater transparency and accountability in the corporate world. As a global corporate services provider, we stand committed to guiding our clients through these regulatory changes, ensuring they navigate these new requirements with confidence and ease, while upholding the highest standards of corporate governance and integrity.

While the FinCEN's new reporting requirements present a significant challenge for U.S. companies, our firm is dedicated to supporting our clients through this transition, offering tailored solutions and expertise to ensure compliance, enhance transparency and foster a more robust and ethical business environment both in the United States and across the globe.

For a full overview of FinCEN's new reporting requirements visit

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Want to learn more about how to best navigate this new mandate for your business?

Jessica Kestler Operations Associate