An appointed representative is a person who, as a result of satisfying conditions in section 39 of the Act (Exemption of appointed representatives) is an exempt person in respect of certain business which it carries on for an authorised person. The Act states that a person who is an authorised person cannot also be an appointed representative.
The business for which an appointed representative may be exempt is specified in the Appointed Representatives Regulations. The business which an appointed representative carries on for a firm must fall within the scope of the firm's own permission.
SUP 12 (Appointed representatives) contains guidance on the conditions in the Act, the Appointed Representatives Regulations and the FSA's rules and guidance which apply to a firm which is appointed or has appointed an appointed representative. An applicant for Part IV permission can notify the FSA of the persons it wishes to appoint as appointed representatives in the application pack.1