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Real Estate Agents in Luxembourg - Beneficial owner identification

Each Real Estate Agent must take reasonable steps to verify the identity of the beneficial owner using relevant information or data obtained from a reliable source so as to obtain assurance that he knows the beneficial owner.

For legal persons, the obligation to identify the beneficial owner requires the Agent to :

  • understand the ownership and control structure of the client ;

  • identify the natural persons, if any, who ultimately hold a controlling interest in the legal entity.

If there are doubts as to whether the persons with a controlling interest are the beneficial owners, or if no natural person exercises control through a shareholding, the Agent shall identify the natural persons, if any, who exercise control of the legal person by other means.

Where no natural person is identified as part of the implementation of the above identification measures, the Agent shall identify any natural person who holds the position of senior managing official.

For legal arrangements, trusts, companies, foundations and similar legal arrangements, the obligation to identify the beneficial owner requires the Agent to:

  • understand the client's ownership and control structure;

  • identify :

  1. - the settlor(s);

  2. - the trustee(s);

  3. - the protector(s);

  4. - the beneficiaries, if any; or

  5. - where the persons who will be the beneficiaries of the construction or legal entity have not yet been designated, the category of persons in whose main interest the construction or legal entity was established or operates and any other natural person who ultimately exercises effective control over the legal construction through direct or indirect ownership or other means, including through a chain of ownership or control.

The Agent shall collect sufficient information on the beneficiary to ensure that he is in a position to identify the beneficiary at the time of payment of benefits or at the time when the beneficiary exercises his or her acquired rights.

Identification always takes place before the business relationship is established and continues throughout the duration of the relationship.

From a practical point of view, beneficial owner identification is made through a statement obtained by the client and/or the beneficial owners themselves.

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