Beneficial Ownership

Recently, Federal regulation was expanded requiring all financial institutions to obtain and record information about the key individuals who own and control a legal entity (i.e., the beneficial owners).  Financial institutions must comply with this regulation by identifying the beneficial owners and a controlling person of a legal entity customer opening or maintaining an account.  The expanded regulation assists the government in the prevention of financial crimes including, tax evasion, fraud, and corruption.

To comply with the new Federal regulation, River City Bank will be required to collect beneficial ownership information from legal entity customers at the time of account opening or when you open a new account, supersede your signature card, renew your loan or add a new cash management service.  Required information includes name, address, date of birth, identification number, and other information identifying beneficial owners and the controlling person.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we request information to comply with the new regulation.  As always, all personal information will be stored securely and handled with the utmost care.

Should you have any questions regarding beneficial ownership, please contact your Relationship Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the beneficial ownership regulation?

The federal law requires all financial institutions to identify and verify the beneficial owner(s) and controlling person of legal entity customers.  The regulation assists the government in the prevention of financial crimes including, tax evasion, fraud, and corruption.

What constitutes beneficial ownership?

Beneficial Owner:

A beneficial owner is an individual who owns, directly or indirectly 25 percent or more of the equity interests of the legal entity customer.

Control Person:

A person with significant managerial control or influence over a legal entity customer (e.g., Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Managing Member, General Partner, etc.)

For every legal entity client subject to the new beneficial ownership rule, you must identify one control person.

NOTE: It is possible that the control person may also be an ultimate beneficial owner

Will this regulation impact my existing accounts?

Legal Entity customers will be affected each time one of the following triggering events takes place:

  • New account, loan, or safe deposit box opening
  • Certificate of Deposit Account or loan renewal
  • Signature Card superseded
  • New Cash Management service obtained
  • Legal Entity’s beneficial ownership and control structure changes

What if the people who have been identified as beneficial owners or control persons are not River City Bank customers? Do I still need to provide their personal information?

Yes. Regardless of customer status, information about the beneficial owners and controlling person must be provided.

I also have personal accounts with River City Bank.  Will beneficial ownership information be collected for my personal accounts?

No. The Beneficial Ownership regulation only applies to legal entity accounts and not consumer accounts.

How do I get a Certificate of Beneficial Ownership?

To get a Certification of Beneficial Owners of Legal Entities, simply download the form here.  You may also contact your Relationship Manager or call customer service at (916) 567-2899.