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Debates EITI: Security and privacy concerns in beneficial ownership transparency in Latin America and the Caribbean

This Debate focused on the main obstacles against beneficial ownership transparency and the mechanisms to combat corruption.

  • 15:30 – 17:00 UTC+2
  • 12 May 2022
  • Online


  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Recording: See the recording at the bottom of the page.


In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), one of the most often cited concerns about beneficial ownership transparency (BOT) is that it may pose risks to the personal safety of beneficial owners. Several LAC countries face high levels of insecurity, violence and organised crime and the protection of personal information can form an important element of strengthening citizens’ safety. At the same time, criminal organisations and corrupt politicians frequently use shell companies and complicated or obscure corporate structures to hide and launder their money. 

How can Latin American countries best strike the balance between transparency and safety? The Debate is open.


  • Louise Russel Prywata, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Open Ownership


  • Guillermo Valdés Castellanos, Former Director, the Mexican National Security Institution

  • Verónica Grondona, Director of International Taxation, the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP in Spanish) in Argentina

  • Andrés Knobel, Lead Researcher on beneficial ownership, the Tax Justice Network