Some of this sourcebook relates only to ICVCs and some only to AUTs. However, parts of this sourcebook cover both ICVCs and AUTs (in particular in CIS 3, CIS 4, CIS 5 and CIS 9). Accordingly, some of the defined terms included relate equally to both ICVCs and AUTs (together called "authorised funds"). Other key examples of these terms are:
CIS 2 (Constitution) sets out provisions on the contents of the documents required to form authorised funds, and other matters relating to their constitutional features, such as classes of shares (in ICVCs) and units (in AUTs) and the types of authorised fund (for example, UCITS schemes) that may be established.2
CIS 5 and CIS 5A (Investment and borrowing powers) require authorised funds to comply with the rules on investments to ensure funds operate under the principles of risk spreading. The chapter is split in two because of the implementation of the UCITS Amending Directive relating to investment powers and the transitional provisions that Directive allows. Transitional provision 14 provides precise details on the operation but generally speaking:
UCITS qualifying schemes existing on or before 13 February 2002 and which now qualify as UCITS schemes may operate under the rules in CIS 5A and may switch to operate under CIS 5 at any time before 13 February 2007, at which time they must operate under CIS 5; and
CIS 9 (Income) deals with the calculation and distribution of income.
CIS 11 (Meetings of holders, amendments to the scheme and service of notices) deals with a variety of matters relating to meetings of holders and includes requirements concerning the conditions under which the instrument constituting the scheme may be changed and how the scheme property of an authorised fund may become the property of another scheme (a scheme of arrangement). It also provides for the use of electronic media in respect of any notice, document or information that is required by CIS to be sent to any person.
PRIN (The Principles for Businesses);
SYSC (Senior management arrangements, systems and controls);
APER (The Statements of principle and Code of Practice for approved persons) ;
COB (The Conduct of Business sourcebook);
SUP (The Supervision manual);
DEC (the Decision making manual); and
Due regard should be given to compliance with the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Guidance Notes for the Financial Sector in determining compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations.
Establishing, operating or winding up a collective investment scheme is a regulated activity. No person may carry on a regulated activity in the United Kingdom, or purport to do so, unless he is an authorised person (or an exempt person). This prohibition is also known as the general prohibition. Guidance for persons considering carrying on regulated activities in the United Kingdom can be found in AUTH. AUTH 3 (Applications for Part IV permission) gives guidance on how to apply to the FSA for a Part IV permission. This authorisation is different to the authorisation of a scheme under Part XVII of the Act, guidance on which is provided in this sourcebook.2