The FSA must always assess whether an applicant for Part IV permission as a whole will satisfy, and continue to satisfy, the threshold conditions. This applies even though an applicant for Part IV permission may have its head office outside the United Kingdom. In other words, the FSA will not just assess the circumstances of any proposed branch in the United Kingdom. In making this assessment of the applicant for Part IV permission as a whole, the FSA will take into account all relevant matters, including the extent to which the applicant is regulated in its home state. The FSA would seek to liaise with any home state regulator and would take into account information from it with respect to, for example, the adequacy of the applicant's resources and the applicant's suitability, having regard to the need to ensure that the applicant's affairs are conducted soundly and prudently. Information with respect to the conduct of the applicant's affairs would extend in particular to the adequacy of the internal control systems under SYSC.
The FSA's regulatory requirements, including PRU and1IPRU, will apply to a firm in full and worldwide, unless otherwise stated. Where necessary, waivers, limitations and requirements will be used to ensure that appropriate prudential requirements apply to the branch, taking into account the home state supervisory arrangements and the particular circumstances of an applicant.
If the FSA considers that the applicant may be unable to satisfy the threshold conditions and that this cannot be addressed by the use of limitations and requirements, the FSA would have to conclude that a branch presence in the United Kingdom would be inappropriate. In such circumstances, the applicant may wish to consider forming a UK incorporated subsidiary as an alternative method of obtaining a presence in the United Kingdom.