In May 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a new regulation regarding the beneficial ownership of legal entity customers, most commonly referred to as the “Beneficial Ownership Rule.” Going forward, it will be mandatory for all financial institutions to comply with this regulation by identifying the beneficial owner(s) and a controlling person of all legal entity customers opening or maintaining an account.
Any time an account is opened or maintained for a legal entity, Merchants & Marine Bank will request information that identifies the ultimate beneficial owner(s) and controlling person of the legal entity. The required identifying information includes name, address, date of birth, identification number, and other information that will help identify those individuals. This information will need to be collected whether or not the person identified is a customer of Merchants & Marine Bank.
While we understand the information requested is personal and sensitive, we need to obtain this information in order to comply with the law. As always, we will treat all information collected with the utmost care. All information will be stored securely and handled with the same standard of privacy that we have always maintained.