Poland ranked 9th globally for corporate compliance

When it comes to corporate compliance, no place in Europe is more complicated than Poland, according to a new report by TMF Group – a leading provider of business services
to clients operating and investing globally.

The country is ranked 9th in the Compliance Complexity Index 2018, which assesses 84 jurisdictions globally, based on how difficult it is for companies to adhere to local business
regulations and associated issues. These include the time taken to set up, and comply with reporting requirements.

The UAE at number one is most complex, followed by Qatar and China. Ireland is the simplest jurisdiction in 84th position.

Jakub Plewka, head of corporate secretarial services at TMF Poland, commented:
“Poland’s reputation as a European growth engine shows no signs of slowing. But foreign companies looking to establish here face many hurdles. The most common of these are long set up times, particularly if there are multiple shareholders and they are based abroad.

“All company documents and some electronic procedures must be completed in Polish. And while Poland has one legal system, the courts in different cities can interpret laws differently, resulting in an inconsistent approach to reporting and enforcement.”

The 10 most complex countries for corporate compliance

1) UAE
2) Qatar
3) China
4) Argentina
5) Malaysia
6) Lebanon
7) Brazil
8) Vietnam
9) Poland
10) Uruguay

TMF Poland managing director Mikolaj Plucinski added: “Poland has made efforts to simplify its regulatory framework in recent years. But global trends towards financial transparency, and increased compliance obligations add a high number of acronyms to the pile for company heads and their legal teams. These include BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting), CRS (common reporting standard), AMLD5 (anti-money laundering directive), UBO (ultimate beneficial owner) and GDPR (general data protection regulation).

“That’s why we recommend businesses take steps to truly understand the corporate compliance landscape, and work with local partners – such as TMF Poland – to give them
the right knowledge for success.”

To download the full report, please visit www.tmf-group.com/CCI2018