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COLL 12.1 Introduction

Application

COLL 12.1.1 R
  1. (1)

    1COLL 12.1 (Introduction) - COLL 12.3 (EEA UCITS management companies) apply to:

    1. (a)

      a UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme; and

    2. (b)
      1. (i)

        an EEA UCITS management company that acts as:

        1. (A)

          (A) the authorised fund manager2 of an AUT or ACS;2 or

          2
        2. (B)

          (B) the ACD of an ICVC;

      2. (ii)

        any other director of an ICVC; and

      3. (iii)

        an ICVC;

      that is a UCITS scheme.

    3. (c)

      COLL 12.4 (UCITS product passport) applies in accordance with COLL 12.4.1 R (Application).

Purpose

COLL 12.1.2 G
  1. (1)

    This chapter contains rules and guidance relating to the operation of the management company passport under the UCITS Directive and explains how the passporting regime applies to:

    1. (a)

      a UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme; and

    2. (b)

      an EEA UCITS management company that acts as the authorised fund manager2 of an AUT, ACS2 or ICVC that is a UCITS scheme;

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    whether from a branch it establishes in an EEA State other than its Home State or under the freedom to provide cross border services.

  2. (2)

    COLL 12.4 (UCITS product passport) contains rules and guidance relating to the operation of the product passport under the UCITS Directive under which a UCITS scheme established in the United Kingdom may passport into and be marketed in another EEA State (the Host State).

COLL 12.1.3 G

Where an authorised fund manager wishes to market the units of a UCITS scheme it operates in a Host State, without establishing a branch or pursuing any other activities in that State, a management company passport is not required for those marketing activities. A UCITS marketing notification should be made for the relevant UCITS scheme (see COLL 12.4 (UCITS product passport) in order to access the market of the Host State. The marketing must be carried on in conformity with the laws and regulations of that Host State implementing Chapter XI of the UCITS Directive.

[Note: article 16(1) second paragraph of the UCITS Directive]

COLL 12.2 UK UCITS management companies

Application

COLL 12.2.1 R

This section applies to a UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme by establishing a branch in another EEA State or under the freedom to provide cross-border services.

References in COLL to authorised fund manager

COLL 12.2.2 R

Where this section refers to rules in any other part of this sourcebook, references in those rules and any relevant guidance to an authorised fund manager, AFM or operator of a UCITS scheme are to be interpreted as if they are referring to a UK UCITS management company of the EEA UCITS scheme.

Home State/Host State split of regulatory and supervisory responsibilities for UK UCITS management companies operating under a passport

COLL 12.2.3 R

A UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme must in relation to that activity comply with the ruleswhich relate to:

  1. (1)

    the organisation of the management company, including delegation arrangements;

  2. (2)

    risk-management procedures;

  3. (3)

    prudential rules and supervision;

  4. (4)

    operating conditions; and

  5. (5)

    reporting requirements.

[Note: article 19(1) of the UCITS Directive]

Arrangements and organisational decisions

COLL 12.2.4 R

A UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme must decide and be responsible for adopting and implementing all the arrangements and organisational decisions that are necessary to ensure compliance with rules drawn up by the EEA State in which that scheme is established, in implementation of its obligations under articles 19(3) and 19(4) of the UCITS Directive.

[Note: article 19(6) of the UCITS Directive]

COLL 12.2.5 G

The FCA's equivalent rules under articles 19(3) and 19(4) of the Directive are set out in COLL 12.3.5 R (COLL fund rules under the management company passport: the fund application rules) and COLL 6.6.3 R (Functions of the authorised fund manager).

Rules of conduct: UK UCITS management companies operating in another Member State

COLL 12.2.6 G
  1. (1)

    Each EEA State, including the United Kingdom, is required to implement article 14 of the UCITS Directive by drawing up rules of conduct which management companies authorised in that State must observe at all times, except as explained in (3).

  2. (2)

    UK UCITS management companies operating an EEA UCITS scheme under the freedom to provide cross border services (otherwise than by establishing a branch in that State) are advised that, as provided for elsewhere in the Handbook, they are required to comply with the following rules and guidance in relation to such business, as follows:

    1. (a)

      COLL 6.6A.2 R (Duties of AFMs of UCITS schemes and EEA UCITS schemes to act in the best interests of the scheme and its Unitholders);

    2. (b)

      COLL 6.6A.4 R (Due diligence requirements of AFMs of UCITS schemes and EEA UCITS schemes);

    3. (c)

      COLL 6.6A.5 R (Compliance with the regulatory requirements applicable to the conduct of business activities of a UCITS management company);

    4. (d)

      SYSC, to the extent indicated in column A+ (Application to a management company) of Part 3 of SYSC 1 Annex 1 (Detailed application of SYSC); and

    5. (e)

      COBS, to the extent indicated at paragraph 9.1 of Part 3 of COBS 1 Annex 1 (Application).

  3. (3)

    Rules of conduct drawn up by a Host State under article 14 of the UCITS Directive are for branch operations reserved to that State under article 17(4) of that Directive. A UK UCITS management company operating an EEA UCITS scheme from a branch in an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, should be aware that it will be expected to comply with the relevant requirements of its Host State regulator that correspond to the rules referred to at (2)(a) to (c) and (e). Further guidance on the COBS position may be found at paragraph 9 of Part 3 of COBS 1 Annex 1 (Application). As explained at paragraph 2.16AR of Part 2 of SYSC 1 Annex 1 (Detailed application of SYSC), SYSC, to the extent indicated in column A+ (Application to a management company) of Part 3 of SYSC 1 Annex 1, applies to a UK UCITS management company in relation to passported activities carried on by it from a branch in another EEA State, reflecting that responsibility for such matters is shared between the management company'sHome and Host State regulators.

[Note: articles 14, 17(4) and 18(3) of the UCITS Directive]

Notification to the UCITS Home State regulator

COLL 12.2.7 G
  1. (1)

    A UK UCITS management company which applies to operate an EEA UCITS scheme in another EEA State is advised that it must comply with the requirements of the Host State regulator regarding provision to them of the following documents:

    1. (a)

      the written contract1 it has entered into with the depositary1 of the EEA UCITS scheme, as referred to in article 22(2)1 of the UCITS Directive; and

    2. (b)

      information on delegation arrangements (if any), regarding functions of investment management and administration which are to be delegated to a third party.

  2. (2)

    If the UCITS management company already manages other UCITS of the same type in the EEA State referred to in (1), reference to the documents already provided should be sufficient.

  3. (3)

    Any subsequent material modifications of the documents referred to in (1) must be notified by the UK UCITS management company to the Host State regulator.

[Note: article 20(1) and 20(4) of the UCITS Directive]

Requirement to make information available to the public or the competent authority of the scheme's Home Member State

COLL 12.2.8 G

A UK UCITS management company that operates an EEA UCITS scheme is advised that in accordance with the requirements of the Host State regulator it must establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to make information available at the request of the public or that regulator.

COLL 12.3 EEA UCITS management companies

Application

COLL 12.3.1 R

This section applies to an EEA UCITS management company that provides collective portfolio management services in the United Kingdom by acting as the authorised fund manager1 of an AUT, ACS1 or ICVC which is a UCITS scheme, either by establishing a branch or under the freedom to provide cross border services.

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Purpose

COLL 12.3.2 G
  1. (1)

    An EEA UCITS management company may be the authorised fund manager1 of an AUT or ACS,1 or the ACD of an ICVC, that is a UCITS scheme (see SUP 13A (Qualifying for authorisation under the Act)).

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  2. (2)

    An EEA UCITS management company that acts as the authorised fund manager1 of an AUT or ACS,1 or the ACD of an ICVC, that is a UCITS scheme may conduct its business from a branch in the United Kingdom or under the freedom to provide cross border services (without establishing a branch in the United Kingdom).

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  3. (3)

    The Glossary definition of an "authorised fund manager" includes an EEA UCITS management company.

  4. (4)

    This section provides for the application of the FCA Handbook to such a firm.

[Note: article 16(1) of the UCITS Directive]

Further reading on the UCITS management company passport regime

COLL 12.3.3 G

A summary of how the passport for UCITS management companies established by the UCITS Directive is intended to operate, including the processes for applying for the necessary approvals and describing the regulatory split of responsibilities between the competent authorities of the relevant Home State and Host State, is to be found in COLLG.

Provision of documentation to the FCA: EEA UCITS management companies

COLL 12.3.4 R
  1. (1)

    An EEA UCITS management company which applies to manage a UCITS scheme under paragraph 15A(1) of Schedule 3 to the Act must provide the FCA with the following documents:

    1. (a)

      the written contract3 that has been entered into with the depositary3 of the scheme, as referred to in article 22(2) of the UCITS Directive3;

    2. (b)

      information on any delegation arrangements it has made regarding the functions of investment management and administration, as referred to in Annex II of the UCITS Directive; and

    3. (c)

      the form required under SUP 13A Annex 3R (EEA UCITS management companies: application for approval to manage a UCITS established in the United Kingdom).

  2. (2)

    If the EEA UCITS management company already manages other UCITS schemes of the same type in the United Kingdom and under the same arrangements, reference to the documents already provided to the FCA is sufficient compliance with (1)(a) and (b).

  3. (3)

    If any subsequent material modification is made to any of the documents referred to in (1)(a) and (b), the EEA UCITS management company must promptly notify the FCA of those changes.

[Note: article 20(1) first and second paragraphs and article 20(4) of the UCITS Directive]

COLL fund rules under the management company passport: the fund application rules

COLL 12.3.5 R

An EEA UCITS management company that manages a UCITS scheme must comply with the rules of the FCAHandbook which relate to the constitution and functioning of the UCITS scheme (the fund application rules), as follows:

  1. (1)

    the setting up and authorisation of the UCITS scheme (COLL 1 (Introduction), COLL 2 (Authorised fund applications), COLL 3 (Constitution), COLL 6.5 (Appointment and replacement of the authorised fund manager and the depositary), COLL 6.6 (Powers and duties of the scheme, the authorised fund manager and the depositary) (unless disapplied), COLL 6.7 (Payments), COLL 6.9.1 R (Application) to COLL 6.9.8 G (Undesirable or misleading names: umbrellas - guidance) and COLL 6.9.11 R (Notification to the FCA in its role as registrar of ICVCs));

  2. (2)

    the issue and redemption of units (COLL 6.1 (Introduction and application), COLL 6.2 (Dealing) (with the exception of COLL 6.2.19 R (Limited redemption) and COLL 6.2.20 G (Limited redemption: guidance)) and COLL 7.2 (Suspension and restart of dealings));

  3. (3)

    investment policies and limits, including the calculation of total exposure and leverage, and restrictions on borrowing, lending and uncovered sales (COLL 5.1 (Introduction) to COLL 5.5 (Cash, borrowing, lending and other provisions), COLL 5.8 (Investment powers and borrowing limits for feeder UCITS), COLL 6.12 (Risk management policy and risk measurement) and COLL 11 (Master-feeder arrangements under the UCITS Directive));

  4. (4)

    the value of the scheme property and the accounting of the UCITS scheme (COLL 6.1 (Introduction and application) and COLL 6.3 (Valuation and pricing) (unless disapplied));

  5. (5)

    the calculation of the issue or redemption price, and errors in the net asset value and related investor compensation (COLL 6.1 (Introduction and application) and COLL 6.3 (Valuation and pricing));

  6. (6)

    the distribution or reinvestment of the income property (COLL 6.8 (Income: accounting, allocation and distribution));

  7. (7)

    the disclosure and reporting requirements of the UCITS scheme, including the prospectus, key investor information document and periodic reports (COLL 4.1 (Introduction), COLL 4.2 (Pre-sale notifications), COLL 4.5 (Reports and accounts) and COLL 4.7 (Key investor information and marketing communications));

  8. (8)

    the arrangements made for marketingCOBS 4 (Communicating with clients, including financial promotions), COBS 14 (Providing product information to clients) and COLL 4.7 (Key investor information and marketing communications));

  9. (9)

    the relationship with Unitholders (COLL 4.1 (Introduction), COLL 4.3 (Approvals and notifications) and COLL 4.4 (Meetings of Unitholders and service of notices));

  10. (10)

    the merging, restructuring, winding up and liquidation of the UCITS scheme (COLL 7.1 (Introduction) and COLL 7.3 (Winding up a solvent ICVC and terminating a sub-fund of an ICVC) to COLL 7.7 (UCITS mergers) (including COLL 7.6.2 R (3) to COLL 7.6.2 R (6));

  11. (11)

    where applicable, the content of the register (COLL 6.4 (Title and registers));

  12. (12)

    the exercise of Unitholders' voting rights and other Unitholders' rights in relation to (1) to (11) (including COLL 4.1 (Introduction), COLL 4.3 (Approvals and notifications), COLL 4.4 (Meetings of Unitholders), Dispute resolution: Complaints sourcebook) (DISP - see DISP 1 Annex 2 G for a summary of the relevant requirements that apply) and the Compensation sourcebook (COMP)); and

  13. (13)

    the application and periodic fees of the UCITS scheme (FEES)).

[Note: articles 16(3) and 19(3) of the UCITS Directive]

Requirement to make information available to the public or the FCA

COLL 12.3.6 R
  1. (1)

    An EEA UCITS management company that manages a UCITS scheme must establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to make information available at the request of the public or the FCA.

  2. (2)

    The EEA UCITS management company must ensure that the procedures and arrangements it establishes in accordance with (1), enable the FCA to obtain any information it requests directly from the management company.

[Note: article 15 second paragraph and article 21(2) third paragraph, of the UCITS Directive]

EEA UCITS management companies: compliance with FCA rules

COLL 12.3.7 G

An EEA UCITS management company that operates a UCITS scheme is advised that in particular it needs to comply with:

  1. (1)

    COLL 6.6.3 R (Functions of the authorised fund manager) requiring it to fulfil the obligations placed on it by the instrument constituting the fund2 and the prospectus of that scheme;

    2
  2. (2)

    Dispute resolution: Complaints sourcebook (DISP - see DISP 1 Annex 2 G for a summary of the relevant requirements that apply, which include the complaints handling rules (under which the management company is required to be subject to the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the UK'sFinancial Ombudsman Service) as set out in DISP 2 and 3, but note that the application of many of the requirements in DISP differs depending on whether the collective portfolio management services are being provided from a branch in the UK or under the freedom to provide cross border services);

  3. (3)

    and to the extent applicable, the Compensation sourcebook (COMP) requiring it to participate in the UK's Financial Services Compensation Scheme which provides compensation cover where valid claims relating to a UCITS scheme arise from the default of a management company.

[Note: article 16(3), 19(4) and 19(6) of the UCITS Directive]

EEA UCITS management companies: conduct of business rules

COLL 12.3.8 G
  1. (1)

    In addition to the requirements of this section, an EEA UCITS management company that provides collective portfolio management services from a branch in the United Kingdom must comply with the following rules that implement the requirements of article 14(1) of the UCITS Directive:

    1. (a)

      COLL 6.6A.2 R (Duties of AFMs of UCITS schemes and EEA UCITS schemes to act in the best interests of the scheme and its Unitholders);

    2. (b)

      COLL 6.6A.4 R (Due diligence requirements of AFMs of UCITS schemes and EEA UCITS schemes);

    3. (c)

      COLL 6.6A.5 R (Compliance with the regulatory requirements applicable to the conduct of business activities of a UCITS management company);

    4. (d)

      SYSC, to the extent indicated in column A+ (Application to a management company) of Part 3 of SYSC 1 Annex 1 (Detailed application of SYSC); and

    5. (e)

      COBS, to the extent indicated at paragraph 9.1 of Part 3 of COBS 1 Annex 1 (Application).

  2. (2)

    The effect of article 18(3) of the UCITS Directive is that an EEA UCITS management company managing a UCITS scheme under the freedom to provide cross border services without establishing a branch in the United Kingdom, has to comply with the relevant conduct of business rules drawn up by its Home State regulator that implement the requirements of article 14(1) of the Directive. So the rules set out at (1) do not apply to such a management company. However, such management companies must comply in all respects with the fund application rules referred to in COLL 12.3.5 R.

[Note: articles 14, 16(3), 17(4), 18(3) and article 19(3) of the UCITS Directive]

COLL 12.4 UCITS product passport

Application

COLL 12.4.1 R
  1. (1)

    This section applies to:

    1. (a)

      an authorised fund manager of an AUT, ACS1 or ICVC;

    2. (b)

      any other director of an ICVC; and

    3. (c)

      an ICVC;

    which is a UCITS scheme whose units may be marketed in another EEA State (the Host State).

  2. (2)

    The marketing of units of a UCITS scheme in the Host State may not commence until the FCA has, in accordance with paragraph 20B(5) (Notice of intention to market) of Schedule 3 to the Act, notified the authorised fund manager, in response to the application of that firm, that it has transmitted a UCITS marketing notification to the appropriate Host State regulator.

COLL 12.4.2 G

The effect of article 58(4) (b) of the UCITS Directive is that a UCITS scheme that is a master UCITS which only has one or more feeder UCITS in another EEA State and therefore does not raise capital directly from the public in that EEA State will not thereby be exercising its right to market its units in that Host State in accordance with Chapter XI of the UCITS Directive.

[Note: article 58(4)(b) of the UCITS Directive]

Availability of facilities

COLL 12.4.3 G

The authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme whose units are being marketed in a Host State should be aware that it may be required by the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Host State regulator to maintain facilities in that State, including for making payments to Unitholders, repurchasing or redeeming units and making available the information which is required to be provided in relation to the scheme.

[Note: article 92 of the UCITS Directive]

Keeping fund documentation up to date and notification of changes

COLL 12.4.4 R
  1. (1)

    The authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme whose units are being marketed in the Host State must ensure that:

    1. (a)

      its instrument constituting the fund,2 its prospectus and, where appropriate, its latest annual report and any subsequent half-yearly report; and

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    2. (b)

      its key investor information document;

    together with their translations (wherever necessary), are kept up to date.

  2. (2)

    The authorised fund manager must notify any amendments to the documents referred to in (1) to each relevant Host State regulator and must indicate to them where those documents can be obtained electronically.

  3. (3)

    In the event of a change in the information regarding the arrangements made for marketing, communicated in the notification letter submitted to the FCA under paragraph 20B of Schedule 3 to the Act, or a change regarding the classes of units to be marketed, the authorised fund manager must give written notice of the change to each relevant Host State regulator before implementing the change.

  4. (4)

    For the purposes of (2) and (3), the authorised fund manager may give written notice of the change by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address maintained by each relevant Host State regulator.

  5. (5)

    The e-mail referred to in (4) notifying the update or amendment may:

    1. (a)

      describe the update or the amendment that has been made; or

    2. (b)

      provide the new version of the document as an attachment, in which case it must be provided in a commonly used electronic format.

[Note: articles 93(2), 93(7) second and third sentences and 93(8) of the UCITS Directive and article 32(2) and article 32(3) of the UCITS implementing Directive No 2]

Provision of information and documents

COLL 12.4.5 R
  1. (1)

    The authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme whose units are being marketed in a Host State must ensure that investors within the territory of that Host State are provided with all the information and documents which it is required by the Handbook to provide to investors in the United Kingdom.

  2. (2)

    The information and documents referred to in (1) must be provided to investors in the way prescribed by the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of the Host State and in compliance with the following provisions:

    1. (a)

      the key investor information document must be translated into the official language or one of the official languages of the Host State or into a language approved by its Host State regulator;

    2. (b)

      information or documents other than the key investor information document (including the prospectus, the instrument constituting the fund2 and the latest annual and half-yearly long reports of the scheme) must be translated, at the choice of the authorised fund manager, into the official language, or one of the official languages, of the Host State, or into a language approved by its Host State regulator, or provided in a language customary in the sphere of international finance; and

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    3. (c)

      accurate translations of information or documents under (a) or (b) must be produced under the responsibility of the authorised fund manager.

  3. (3)

    The requirements in this rule also apply to any changes to the information or documents referred to in (1) and (2).

[Note: articles 94(1) and 94(2) of the UCITS Directive]

COLL 12.4.6 G

The frequency of the publication of the issue, sale, cancellation, repurchase or redemption prices of units of the UCITS scheme when they are marketed in another EEA State is governed by COLL 6.3.11 R (Publication of prices).

[Note: article 94(3) of the UCITS Directive]

Reference to the scheme's legal form

COLL 12.4.7 R

For the purpose of pursuing its marketing activities in another Host State, an authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme may use the same reference to the scheme's legal form (such as open-ended investment company or investment company with variable capital or authorised unit trust or, for an authorised contractual scheme, either a co-ownership scheme or a limited partnership scheme1) in its designation in the Host State as is used in the United Kingdom.

[Note: article 96 of the UCITS Directive]

UCITS Host State's access to documents and updates of documents

COLL 12.4.8 R
  1. (1)

    The authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme whose units are being marketed in a Host State must ensure that an electronic copy of each document referred to in COLL 12.4.4 R (1) is made available on:

    1. (a)

      the website of the UCITS scheme or the authorised fund manager; or

    2. (b)

      another website designated by the authorised fund manager in the notification letter submitted to the FCA under paragraph 20B of Schedule 3 to the Act or any updates to it.

  2. (2)

    Any document that is made available on a website referred to in (1) must be provided in an electronic format in common use.

  3. (3)

    The authorised fund manager of the UCITS scheme must ensure that each relevant Host State regulator has access to the website referred to in (1).

[Note: article 31 of the UCITS implementing Directive No 2]