BENCH 1.1 Application and purpose

Application

BENCH 1.1.1 G

1This special guide is for firms which2;

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  1. (1)

    carry out the regulated activity of administering a benchmark;2

  2. (2)

    2contribute input data to a BMR benchmark administrator; or

  3. (3)

    2use a benchmark.

Purpose

BENCH 1.1.2 G

The purpose of this special guide is to2:

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  1. (1)

    2help regulated benchmark administrators by setting out which parts of the Handbook apply to them when they carry out the regulated activity of administering a benchmark;

  2. (2)

    2help benchmark contributors by setting out which parts of the Handbook apply to them when they contribute input data to a BMR benchmark administrator;

  3. (3)

    2remind all firms of their obligations under the benchmarks regulation when using a benchmark.

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Benchmarks Regulation and transitional arrangements

BENCH 1.1.3
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  1. (1)

    The benchmarks regulation applies from 1 January 2018.

  2. (2)

    Various changes were made to the Regulated Activity Order as a result of the benchmarks regulation. In particular:

    1. (a)

      There is a new regulated activity of: administering a benchmark (article 63S of the Regulated Activities Order).

    2. (b)

      The regulated activity of administering a specified benchmark will cease to apply (subject to the transitional provisions described in SUP TP 10).

    3. (c)

      The regulated activity of providing information in relation to a specified benchmark will cease to apply (subject to the transitional provisions described in SUP TP 10). However, benchmark contributors which contribute input data to a BMR benchmark administrator are still subject to various requirements in the Handbook and are subject to the benchmarks regulation when doing so.

  3. (3)

    SUP TP 10 contains guidance on the transitional arrangements governing the changes to the regulated activities above.

  4. (4)

    The following transitional provisions are also relevant to a firm which, immediately before 1 January 2018, was authorised to administer a specified benchmark or to provide information in relation to a specified benchmark:

    1. (a)

      SYSC TP 6;

    2. (b)

      FEES TP 17AR;

    3. (c)

      MAR TP 1; and

    4. (d)

      SUP TP 10.