The UK government has published a White Paper setting out its plans to upgrade Companies House.  Changes include identify verification for anyone setting up, running, owning or controlling a company in the UK, and company agents from overseas will no longer be able to create companies in the UK on behalf of foreign criminals or secretive oligarchs.  Reform of Companies House will form part of further legislation which will be introduced in the coming months via the Economic Crime Bill to clamp down on illicit finance and improve corporate transparency.

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