ST PETER PORT, Guernsey and NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To provide access to its facilities at the same rates and terms worldwide, Global Telephony Provider, Webtel.mobi (WM), had to incorporate its business in what is known as a Third Country jurisdiction.
A Third Country is a country not part of any political or economic union or agreement between countries. Companies operating from Third Country jurisdictions are able to provide their services worldwide, at the same rates and terms, without having to open subsidiaries in other countries.
There are less than 10 Third Country jurisdictions; one of which is Guernsey in the Channel Islands. WM chose to headquarter in Guernsey due to its highly regarded status as one of the most secure, stable and regulatorily robust jurisdictions internationally, as well as its high level of infrastructure and professional services.
Various companies in Guernsey including WM are obligated to have their activities supervised by a Resident Agent firm at all times. This supervisory role is to closely monitor all activities of a company on behalf of the Guernsey Regulatory authorities, to ensure permanent compliance with all Regulatory and legal requirements. WMs activities are, therefore, permanently monitored by the nominated personnel of the Resident Agent firm responsible for it.
During WMs nine years of worldwide operational testing of its Platform 1, the company underwent over 30 due diligence exercises. These included due diligences by Merchant Banks (including the worlds independent Investment Bank), multiple large banks, multiple firms of attorneys, specialist global consultancies, two of the worlds premier Regulatory Agencies, one of the worlds premier Stock Exchanges, and multiple other leading and qualified independent entities worldwide. These due diligences were conducted in multiple countries, over five continents.
WM is one of the most thoroughly due diligenced companies in corporate history, and this high level of scrutiny was specifically accepted and welcomed by WM. The reason for that was and is due to the strategic size and volumes of the markets the WM System would become involved in and with WM having potentially sector-influencing advantages in each of them. It was therefore part of WMs strategy to ensure that all legal, regulatory, technical, administrative, logistical, and other aspects were robustly checked and re-verified by credible and qualified external entities, prior to WM commencing unrestricted global operations.
Consequently, although WMs highly qualified internal personnel signed off on all aspects of WM themselves, no internal sign-offs were ever accepted by WM until multiple qualified and unimpeachable third party entities had also reviewed and signed off on the same aspects.
Since WMs completion of the rebuild of its Platform 2 and despite Platform 2 conforming with all legal and regulatory requirements as confirmed by Platform 1 operations and due diligences WM again agreed to the due diligence of the company and its Platform 2 by a large banking group, a global consultancy, and the Resident Agent in Guernsey.
This was in accordance with WMs policy that regular and continuous external scrutiny is a Best Practice policy, and that close co-operation between companies and Regulatory Agencies results in a safer and more secure commercial environment for all parties including for WM and its Members.
Moreover, other than the detailed scrutiny of its own its own legal and regulatory situation and profile, WM also applies a unique and world-leading system of Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Know your Client (KYC) procedures in respect of its Members.
To utilize some of WMs services and facilities and despite WM providing a Members-Only Closed-Loop service and not a public service WM Members need to:
The in-house KYC and AML process of WM has been described as one of if not the most comprehensive KYC and AML systems in the world.
Consequently, in respect of its own compliance and the compliance procedures applied by it, WM is one of the most robustly compliant companies in operation today.
Notes: WM has recently released a video of an interview on the regulatory environment in Guernsey and WMs regulation, provided by its supervising Resident Agent in Guernsey. This video of the interview is available for public review, and a url to the video of the interview is provided in the Resources section of this release.
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