Ministers have introduced plans to crack down on a enterprise loophole which has been utilized by abroad criminals to launder soiled international cash.
Scottish Restricted Partnerships (SLPs) have been first created in 1907 for farm holdings, however ministers say their authorized construction makes them engaging cash laundering autos for worldwide crime teams.
Authorities analysis reveals one laundering scheme used 100 SLPs to maneuver as much as £60bn out of Russia.
They’ve additionally been linked to legal networks in Japanese Europe and allegedly utilized in worldwide arms trafficking offers.
Whereas SLPs are utilized by hundreds of respectable companies – notably within the non-public fairness and pensions industries – the Authorities is launching a session on additional measures to stop their abuse.
They embody a requirement that customers have an actual connection to the UK and do enterprise or preserve an handle in Scotland, closing a loophole which suggests they can be utilized by anybody around the globe.
They’re additionally proposing that new SLPs needs to be registered by an organization formation agent, that means the “entrance males” will probably be subjected to anti-money laundering checks.
Enterprise Minister Andrew Griffiths mentioned: “The UK has taken a number one position within the struggle towards cash laundering and is thought internationally as an incredible place to work, make investments and do enterprise.
“However as we’re seeing particularly with Scottish Restricted Partnerships, is that they’re being abused to hold out all method of crimes overseas – from international cash laundering to arms dealing.
“This merely can’t proceed to go unchecked and these reforms will enhance their transparency and topic them to extra stringent checks to make sure they will proceed for use as a respectable method for buyers and pension funds to put money into the UK.”