Opening Bank Accounts


Opening of corporate bank accounts throughout Europe has
become an even more complicated process with compliance departments requiring
never-ending documentation. 

What is the KYC procedure in Cyprus?

Cyprus has been quick to adopt the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
Directive as a legislative proposal. In a bid to comply with the new reform,
the following are the obligatory requirements in Cyprus:

Individual Beneficial Owner:

  1. Passport copy verified by an endorser (like a notary)
  2. Utility bill no older than 3 months proving residential address
  3. Original bank reference letter

Ownership of Legal Entity:

  1. Verified copy of Certificate of Incorporation and in the case of a change of name, a legal certificate
  2. Verified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  3. Evidence of the registered office address of the legal entity
  4. Verified Register of Directors and Secretaries of the legal entity
  5. Verified Register of Members of the legal entity
  6. Verified copies of the share certificates (i.e. Bearer/in the name of nominees/registered shares)
  7. Certificate / Evidence of ownership of the legal entity
  8. Description of the entity’s structure and an endorsement of it
  9. Passport copy and original bank reference of each owner of the legal entity


Ownership of a Listed Company:

  1. Same procedure as for the legal entities along with:
  2. Documents listing the shareholders owning more than 10%.
  3. Verified copy of the Stock Exchange listing of the company in the relevant country
  4. Statement by the Board of Directors on the seniority of individuals in the company
  5. Latest audited accounts information

Ownership of a Trust or Company owned by a Trust:

  1. All required documents of the Trust verified
  2. All required documents of the Settlor verified
  3. All required documents of the Beneficiaries
  4. Declaration and evidence of ownership of the trust

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