Trust and Company Service Providers (TCSPs) play a key role in the global economy as financial intermediaries, providing an important link between financial institutions and many of their customers. They provide often invaluable assistance to clients in the management of their financial affairs and can therefore significantly impact transactional flows through the financial system.
There have been a number of studies over the years which highlight the use of legal persons and legal arrangements to facilitate money laundering. Little information is available at the current time with regard to the use of such structures in the financing of terrorism but this does not mean that such vehicles have not or cannot be used in this regard. Therefore, although the research provided will centre on the role that TCSPs have played with regard to combating money laundering, it is hoped that this report will be of value in relation to the fight against both money laundering and terrorist financing.