Each of the following is a per se eligible counterparty (including an entity that is not from an EEA state that is equivalent to any of the following) unless and to the extent it is given a different categorisation under this chapter:
an investment firm;
an insurance company;
a pension fund or its management company;
another financial institution authorised or regulated under European Community legislation or the national law of an EEA State;
an undertaking exempted from the application of MiFID under either Article 2(1)(k) (certain own account dealers in commodities or commodity derivatives) or Article 2(1)(l) (locals) of that directive;
a national government or its corresponding office, including a public body that deals with the public debt;
a central bank;
a supranational organisation.
[Note: first paragraph of article 24(2) and first paragraph of article 24(4) of MiFID]
the client is an undertaking and:
is a per se professional client (except for a client that is only a per se professional client because it is an institutional investor under COBS 3.5.2 R (5)) and, in relation to business other than MiFID or equivalent third country business:1
is a body corporate (including a limited liability partnership) which has (or any of whose holding companies or subsidiaries has) called up share capital of at least £10 million (or its equivalent in any other currency at the relevant time); or1
In the case of MiFID or equivalent third country business, in the event of a transaction where the prospective counterparties are located in different EEA States, the firm shall defer to the status of the other undertaking as determined by the law or measures of the EEA State in which that undertaking is established.
[Note: first paragraph of article 24(3) of MiFID]