If this section applies, BIPRU 10.8 (UK Integrated Groups) does not apply.
The wider integrated group of a firm consists of each concentration risk group counterparty of the firm that is not a member of the firm's UK integrated group but satisfies all the conditions for membership of the firm's UK integrated group except for BIPRU 10.8.4 R (4) (Establishment in the United Kingdom).
BIPRU 10.7 (Treasury concession and intra-group securities financing transactions).
As part of the process of applying for a wider integrated group waiver, a firm should agree with the FSA the number, nature and size of the diverse blocks. The basis of the diverse blocks will depend on the nature, scale and diversity of the business of the firm, its UK integrated group and its wider integrated group. The different diverse blocks are taken to reflect different groupings of risk, reflecting appropriately low levels of correlation. In general, the FSA will expect to permit a firm to establish no more than four diverse blocks. However, there may be circumstances in which the nature and scale of a firm, its UK integrated group and its wider integrated group would warrant the creation of additional diverse blocks. Each member of a firm's wider integrated group will be allocated to a diverse block. Blocks may be diverse according to geography, business or a combination of both.
If this section applies to a firm, then subject to BIPRU 10.10 (Treatment of the trading book concentration risk excess under the integrated groups regime), it may, on a solo basis, treat an exposure to a concentration risk group counterparty as exempt from the limits in BIPRU 10.5 (Limits on exposures and large exposures).
The purpose of BIPRU 10.9.15 R is to reflect the fact that the limits in BIPRU 10.5 (Limits on exposures and large exposures) so far as they apply to concentration risk group counterparties are calculated on a consolidated basis with respect to a firm's UK integrated group. It is therefore necessary to switch them off on a purely solo basis.