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Within the regulatory framework of Cyprus, there exists a concerted collaboration between financial institutions and regulatory authorities to uphold the standards of Trust Identification. This collaboration employs consistent criteria to ensure compliance, with a particular focus on the identification of beneficiaries, settlors, trustees, the nature of trust activities, its purpose, assets, and the source and origin of funds.

The identification process for beneficiaries involves the submission of relevant documents and proof of residential address, adhering to the 10%+ Rule, and transparently disclosing the Source of Funds. Settlors are similarly required to furnish their identification documents and proof of residential address. In cases where the Settlor is an unrelated party, the disclosure of the Source of Funds becomes imperative.

Trustees, as integral components of the trust structure, are obligated to present their identification documents, proof of residential address, and, where applicable, a license from the competent authority. Understanding the nature of trust activities is crucial for ensuring alignment with regulatory standards, and clarity regarding the purpose behind establishing the trust is deemed essential for regulatory scrutiny.

Transparent documentation of the source and origin of funds associated with both the trust and the Settlor significantly contributes to the overall compliance framework. Detailed identification and documentation of the assets held within the trust provide a comprehensive view of its financial standing.

Through the rigorous application of these identification measures, the regulatory framework in Cyprus endeavors to establish a robust system that promotes transparency, accountability, and adherence to standards within the domain of trusts.

The registration process for Cyprus International Trusts falls under the oversight of regulatory bodies such as the Cyprus Bar Association (CBA), Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CYSEC), or the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAC). When opening trust accounts in specific banks, it is requisite to provide essential trust details pertaining to the settlor, protector (if any), trustee, beneficiaries, trust property, and the signed pages of the Trust Agreement. Banks intentionally limit disclosure to mitigate potential legal disputes. Additionally, a trustee-signed letter outlining key trust information is requested, with the trustee obligated to promptly inform the bank of any changes. This cautious approach aims to maintain clarity and minimize the bank’s involvement in potential legal conflicts among trust parties.

In conclusion, the regulatory landscape of Cyprus has laid a solid foundation for the meticulous identification of trusts, ensuring compliance with transparency, accountability, and adherence to stringent standards. The careful orchestration of identification measures not only aligns with international best practices but also reinforces the country’s commitment to maintaining a trustworthy and secure environment for the administration of trusts.

Should you seek guidance or consider initiating a trust, we invite you to promptly connect with the expert professionals at Eurofast in Cyprus at nicosia@eurofast.eu


Eurofast is a regional business advisory organization employing local advisors in over 21 cities in South East Europe & the Middle East (SEEME). The Organization is uniquely positioned as a one-stop-shop for investors and companies looking for professional services in  Tax & Transfer Pricing – Payroll & Employment – Accounting & Compliance –Advisory & Corporate. 
Nicos Pilavas Eurofast

Nicos Pilavas
Banking Officer
Eurofast Nicosia
nicosia@eurofast.eu

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