If I own 100% of a real estate holding company (LLC) and then having that LLC be a 50% owner of an investment company, can my ownership in the investment company be traced back to me?

Asked on July 11, 2015 under Business Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it can be traced back to you exactly the way you decribe: someone finds out that InvestCo is 50% owned by HoldingLLC; then they investigage HoldingLLC and find the ownership. This requires a bit of detective work, but unless one of the companies is established in a jurisdiction where ownership is not listed or reported and which is not subject to U.S. legal process, someone who is determined enough can trace back to you. This is a reason why some companies are set up in jurisdications like the Cayman Islands.

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