THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES REGULATION ACT

(CHAPTER 316)

THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES (PRIVATE TRUST

COMPANIES) REGULATIONS, 2007

The Governor of the Central Bank of The

Bahamas in exercise of the powers conferred by section 24 of

the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, makes the

following Regulations –

Citation.

as the Banks and Trust Companies (Private Trust Companies)

Regulations, 2007.

1. These Regulations may be cited

Interpretation.

“Financial and Corporate Service Provider” means a

2(1). In these Regulations -

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Providers Act;

“Special Director” means a person (who need not

necessarily be resident in The Bahamas) of

good reputation who also possesses at least five

years’ experience in a discipline relevant to the

administration of trusts, which, in this context

shall include one or more of law, finance,

commerce, investment management or

accountancy.

. licensee under the Financial and Corporate Service

Ch. 316.

Companies Regulation Act;

“the Act” means the Banks and Trust

Ch. 368.

Transactions Reporting Act.

(2) Any terms used in these

regulations without definitions shall unless the context

indicates otherwise, have the same meaning ascribed

to those terms in the Act.

“transaction” has the same meaning as in the Financial

Exemption.

exempt from the requirements of section 3(2) of the

Act if -

(a) it complies with the definition of

“private trust company” in section

2 of the Act;

(b) it has a single Designating

Instrument in the form specified in

the First Schedule which

designates the individual or

individuals who shall be the

Designated Person or Designated

Persons in relation to that

company; and

(c) it does not solicit trust business.

. (2) A trust company which is exempt

3(1). A private trust company is

Chapter 329.

obtain a licence under section 4 of the Business

Licence Act.

(3) A trust company which is exempt

pursuant to subregulation 3(1) shall, for the purposes

of these Regulations, be referred to as a “private trust

company” and such company shall also be exempt

from the requirements of sections 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15

and 20 of the Act.

(4) Upon being appointed a

Registered Representative of a private trust company,

the Registered Representative shall

(a) within six months of the date of

coming into force of these

Regulations; or

(b) in the case of a company which

has been incorporated under the

Companies Act, 1992 or the

International Business Companies

Ch. 309. Act after the date of coming into

force of these Regulations, within

three months of its incorporation,

certify to the Governor that the trust company qualifies

for an exemption by virtue of the restriction specified

in sub-paragraph (1):

Provided that the Governor may extend the time for

such certification for such further period not exceeding

twelve months as he thinks expedient.

(5) If a private trust company ceases

at any time to meet the requirements of sub-regulation

3(1), its Registered Representative shall within seven

days of such change, notify the Inspector in writing of

such change.

pursuant to sub-regulation 3(1) shall not be required to

Requirements for

4(1). A private trust company shall, at

Private Trust

all times:

Companies.

Representative in The Bahamas;

(b) have at least one Special Director,

except where an officer of a

licensee serves as a

Registered Representative;

(c) maintain, at the offices of the

Registered Representative, a copy

of the Designating Instrument

pertaining to such company; and

(d) where possible, be in possession

of a settlor’s acknowledgement in

the form appearing in the Second

Schedule in respect of each trust

for which it serves as trustee.

(2) A private trust company shall

notify the Inspector of any change in the name or

address of its Registered Representative.

(3) A private trust company shall

have a paid up share capital of not less than five

thousand dollars and shall so long as it is a private trust

company maintain such minimum paid up share

capital.

(4) A private trust company

shall within ten (10) days, or such shorter period

(a) have a Registered

Ch.351.

Bahamas Act, of being so requested by its Registered

Representative provide to it all information, which

such Registered Representative requires in order to

enable that Registered Representative to discharge its

obligations under these Regulations.

(5) A private trust company

shall not -

(a) amend its Memorandum or

Articles of Association in any

manner, which would cause them

to be or become inconsistent with

its definition in section 2 of the

Act;

(b) conduct its operations in any

manner inconsistent with these

Regulations.

pursuant to section 35 of the Central Bank of the

Fees.

such fees as may be prescribed in the Third Schedule to the

Act.

5. A private trust company shall pay

Application to

6(1). No person, other than a

act as Registered

licensee may act as a Registered Representative of a private

Representative.

acting as a Registered Representative only and, that person -

(a) holds a valid Financial and

Corporate Service Provider’s

licence issued pursuant to the

Financial and Corporate Service

Provider’s Act; and

(b) has obtained the prior written

approval of the Governor.

(2) A Financial and Corporate

Service Provider who desires to act as a Registered

Representative for a private trust company shall, before

proceeding to act as such Registered Representative, apply to

obtain the prior written approval of the Governor to perform

the functions of a Registered Representative and shall provide

the following information to the Governor:

(a) a certified copy of the applicant’s

current Financial and Corporate

Service Providers licence;

(b) evidence, such as the Governor

may require, of the nature and

sufficiency of the financial

resources of the applicant which

are to be used to fund the business

of acting as a Registered

Representative;

(c) two character references;

(d) such other particulars as the

Governor may require.

(3) In determining whether or not to

grant approval, the Governor shall consider the following

factors -

(a) whether the Financial and

Corporate Service Provider is a fit

and proper person to act as a

Registered Representative for

private trust companies;

(b) whether the Financial and

Corporate Service Provider has

sufficient human and physical

resources to discharge its duties as

Registered Representative of a

private trust company;

(c) the business record and relevant

experience of the applicant or of

the beneficial owner(s) of the

applicant; and

(d) the best interests of the financial

system in The Bahamas

and, if satisfied, may grant approval for such Financial and

Corporate Service Provider to act as Registered

Representative subject to such terms and conditions, if any, as

the Governor may deem necessary.

(4) Whenever the Governor considers

it to be in the public interest, the Governor may refuse to

grant approval for a Financial and Corporate Service Provider

to act as Registered Representative and shall not be required

to give reasons for such refusal.

(5) In respect of an approval granted

under Regulation 5, the Governor may at any time -

(a) make the approval subject to such

conditions or limitations as the

Governor considers necessary;

(b) revoke any condition or limitation

to which the approval is subject;

(c) withdraw the approval.

Provided that before taking any action

under paragraphs (a),(b) or (c), the Governor shall provide the

Financial and Corporate Service Provider with an opportunity

to make representations regarding any proposed action.

(6) A Registered Representative shall

be exempt from the requirements of sections 4,11and 21of the

Act.

trust company unless that person’s business is limited to

Fees

pay such fees as are prescribed in these regulations and all

such fees shall be payable to the Treasurer and placed in the

Consolidated Fund. .

7. A Registered Representative shall

Share capital for

8. A Registered Representative

Registered

shall have and maintain a minimum paid up share capital of

Representative.

not less than fifty thousand dollars.

Approval

9(1). An approval granted under

valid for

Regulation 6 is valid until the 31st December of the year

one year.

in which it is granted but is renewable as of the 1st

January in each year thereafter for a further period of one

year.

(2) The Governor shall, before

renewing approval take into consideration those matters

referred to in sub-regulation 6(3);

Notification of

10. Where any of the particulars

Change.

change, such Registered Representative shall within thirty

days

change.

provided in the application of a Registered Representativeof such change notify the Governor in writing of the

Approvals

11. Approvals granted by the

to be displayed.

prominently displayed on the premises where the

Registered Representative conducts its business.

Governor pursuant to Regulations 6 and 9 shall be

Requirements

12. No Registered Representative

for

shall act for a private trust company unless such Registered

providing private

services.

Instrument identifying the

Designated Person or Designated

Persons in respect of

Representativetrust(a) is in possession of a Designating

the private trust c

(b) has been reasonably satisfied by

the private trust company that the

private trust company is being

established for lawful purposes;

(c) has been reasonably satisfied that

the company shall operate as a

private trust company as defined

in section 2 of the Act.

ompany;

Documents

13(1). A Registered Representative shall,

to be

except in relation to paragraph (e) where he may, at all

kept in The

times maintain in The Bahamas copies of the following

Bahamas.

it provides private trust services -

(a) Memorandum and Articles of

Association;

(b) Designating Instrument;

(c) curriculum vitae of the Special

Director of each private trust

company, if any, from time to

time acting in such capacity; and

(d) trust instruments for each trust

(including any sub- trusts or

appointed trusts) administered by

the private trust company;

(e) an acknowledgement in the form

set out in the Second Schedule;

and

(f) a list of all private trust companies

for which he acts as Registered

Representative.

(2) Every Registered Representative

shall, on or before 31

the directors of each private trust company for which it

provides private trust services, a duly completed Compliance

Certificate in the form set out in the Fourth Schedule.

(3) Where a Registered

Representative acts as a Bahamas Agent of a private trust

company, he shall enter into a service agreement with the

company to provide administrative services to the company

including -

(a) if requested, the preparation of the

resolutions and minutes of the

company’s Board of Directors’

meetings;

(b) maintenance of the resolutions

and of the minutes of the

company’s Board of Directors

meetings.

(4) A Registered Representative is

required in relation to each private trust company for which it

acts as Registered Representative:

(a) to verify the identities of the

following persons in accordance

with the Financial Transactions

Reporting Act and the Financial

Transactions Reporting

Regulations and to maintain in

The Bahamas, information and

documents relating to such

verification:

(i) the settlor and any person

providing the funds or

assets which are subject to

the trust or trusts

administered by the private

trust company;

, (ii) a Designated Person,

(iii) the protector of any trusts

of which the private trust

company is trustee;

(iv) A person who has a vested

interest under any trust of

which the private trust

company is trustee.

(b) to report to the Financial

Intelligence Unit any transaction

or proposed transaction which the

Registered Representative knows,

suspects or has reasonable

grounds to suspect -

(i) involves proceeds of

criminal conduct as

defined in the

documents in relation to each private trust company for whichst December of each year, obtain from

Ch. 93.

(ii) the Anti- Terrorism

Proceeds of Crime Act; or

Act No. 25 of 2004.

Act.

Offences

14(1) Any person who-

(a) with intent to deceive, by any act

or omission contravenes any

provision of these Regulations,

commits an offence and is liable

on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding twenty-five

thousand dollars;

(b)

purposes of these Regulations,

makes any representation that he

knows to be false or does not

believe to be true, commits an

offence and is liable on summary

conviction to a fine not exceeding

twenty-five thousand dollars;

(2) Where a limited liability company

is convicted of an offence under sub-regulation 14(1), every

director and every officer concerned with the management of

the company is also liable to be convicted for that offence

unless he satisfies the court that the offence was committed

without his knowledge or consent or that he took all

reasonable steps to prevent the commission of the offence.

with intent to deceive, for any

Penalty for

15. The Governor may impose a

Non

fine not exceeding $5,000 where a Registered

Compliance.

with any of the provisions of these Regulations.

Representative unreasonably fails to comply

FIRST SCHEDULE

(Regulation 3)

DESIGNATING INSTRUMENT

[INSERT COMPANY NAME]

I, [DIRECTOR], hereby confirm that in relation to [INSERT COMPANY NAME] a

Company [incorporated/to be incorporated] under the laws of The Bahamas, the

Designated Person or Designated Persons for the purposes of Section 2 of the Act shall

be: [INSERT INDIVIDUAL (S) NAME (S)].

Signed:

DIRECTOR

Acknowledged by:

[INSERT COMPANY NAME]

SECOND SCHEDULE

(Regulation 4 )

FORM OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO BE EXECUTED BY

SETTLOR OF TRUST

I, [INSERT SETTLOR’s NAME], hereby acknowledge that in relation to [INSERT

COMPANY NAME] (the “Company”) a company [incorporated/to be incorporated]

under the laws of The Bahamas:

(i) that the Company’s directors are not required by law to possess or exhibit

expertise in trust administration and, therefore, said directors may, in fact, not be

possessed of or exhibit such skill,

(ii) that Company is not required by law to provide any fidelity bond,

(iii) that the capital of the Company is not required by law to exceed Five Thousand

Dollars and may, therefore, be minimal; and

(iv) that Company is not required by law to perform an annual audit.

Accordingly, accepting the foregoing and fully understanding the legal implications

hereof, I hereby waive any and all rights of complaint in respect of these matters.

Signed:

Settlor

Acknowledged by:

[INSERT COMPANY NAME]

THIRD SCHEDULE (Regulation 7)

FEES

1. The following shall be fees under these Regulations, that is to say -

Matters in respect of which fee Amount of fee

is payable $

(a) Grant of approval to act as a

Registered Representative of

a private trust company. 2,500

(b) Continuance in being on the first

day of January in any year as a

Registered Representative

as mentioned in sub-paragraph (a)

of this paragraph. 2,500

FOURTH SCHEDULE

(Regulation 13)

COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

We, the undersigned directors (the “Directors”) of [COMPANY NAME], a Private

Trust Company established under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

pursuant to the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 (the “Company”)

hereby declare that between [DATE] and [DATE]:

1. The Company has served only as trustee for trust or trusts for Designated Person

or Designated Persons or an individual or individuals who are related by

consanguinity or other family relationships to the Designated Person or Designated

 

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