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Understanding Beneficial Ownership

Understanding Beneficial Ownership

In May 2016, the U.S. government passed a new regulation regarding the beneficial ownership of legal entity customers. Effective May 11, 2018, all financial institutions must comply with this regulation by identifying the beneficial owner(s) and a controlling person of a legal entity customer opening or maintaining an account.

In compliance with this new regulation, Ottawa Savings Bank will collect beneficial ownership information from legal entity customers beginning in May of 2018. This means that any time an account is opened or maintained for a legal entity, we will request information that identifies the 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. We will also be obtaining documentation to substantiate the identifying information. This information will need to be collected whether or not the person identified is an Ottawa Savings Bank customer.

While we understand the information requested is personal and sensitive, we need to obtain this information in order to comply with the law. In accordance with the Bank’s Privacy Policy, 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.

What you need to know about Beneficial Ownership

We appreciate your business, and we want to thank you in advance for working with us as we strive to meet the requirements of the law. Ottawa Savings Bank is committed to providing you with outstanding service and we look forward to working with you for years to come.