COLL 9.3 Section 272 recognised schemes1

Information and documents to be supplied for a section 272 application1

COLL 9.3.1DRP
  1. (1)

    If the operator of a scheme makes an application under section 272 of the Act (Individually recognised overseas schemes), the application must include the information in paragraph (4).

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  2. (2)

    The documents must be in English or accompanied by a translation in English.

  3. (3)

    The documents must be certified by the operator to be true copies of the originals.

  4. (4)

    The operator of the scheme must provide the following information and documents with the application:

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    1. (a)

      the name of the scheme;

    2. (b)

      the legal form of the scheme;

    3. (c)

      the name and address of the operator;

    4. (d)

      the address of the place in the United Kingdom for service on the operator of notices or other documents;

    5. (e)

      whether the operator intends to market the scheme in the United Kingdom in a manner which will involve it carrying on a regulated activity in the United Kingdom;

    6. (f)

      the name and address of any person to whom the property subject to the scheme is entrusted for safekeeping;

    7. (g)

      the address of the place in the United Kingdom where scheme facilities (see COLL 9.4) will be maintained;

    8. (h)

      details of the arrangements for the marketing of units in the United Kingdom, namely:

      1. (i)

        the proposed commencement date;

      2. (ii)

        whether the units will be sold by or through any employed sales force, authorised persons, or unsolicited calls;

    9. (i)

      a copy of the instrument constituting the fund;1

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    10. (j)

      a copy of the prospectus or any similar document giving details of the scheme;

    11. (k)

      a copy of the latest annual report and any subsequent half-yearly report;2

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    12. (l)

      a copy of any other document affecting the rights of participants in the scheme; and2

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    13. (m)

      (where applicable) a copy of the key information document (see COLL 9.3.4G).2

Additional information required in the prospectus for an application under section 272

COLL 9.3.2RRP

An operator of a scheme recognised under section 272 of the Act must ensure the prospectus:

  1. (1)

    contains a statement that "Complaints about the operation of the scheme may be made to the FCA."; and

  2. (2)

    states whether or not investors in the scheme would be covered by the compensation scheme, and if so, it must state how they are covered and who they would need to contact for further information.

Preparation and maintenance of prospectus

COLL 9.3.3RRP
  1. (1)

    An operator of a scheme which is a recognised scheme by virtue of section 272 of the Act must comply with the requirements set out in COLL 4.2 (Pre-sale notifications).

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  2. (2)

    Where a scheme recognised under section 2721of the Act is managed and authorised in Guernsey, Jersey, or the Isle of Man, the prospectus need not comply with the requirements of COLL 4.2.5 R(Table: contents of prospectus), providing it contains corresponding matter required under the law in its home territory.

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Preparation of a key information document in accordance with the PRIIPs regulation

COLL 9.3.4GRP
  1. (1)

    2The PRIIPs Regulation requires the manufacturer of a PRIIP to draw up a key information document in accordance with the PRIIPs Regulation before that PRIIP is made available to retail investors (as defined in the PRIIPs Regulation).

  2. (2)

    The requirements of the PRIIPs Regulation are directly applicable.

  3. (3)

    As a result, when a recognised scheme under section 272 of the Act is made available to retail clients in the United Kingdom the operator must draw up a key information document in accordance with the PRIIPs Regulation.

Annual certificate of compliance

COLL 9.3.5D
  1. (1)

    3An operator of a scheme recognised under section 272 of the Act must provide a certificate to the FCA in writing that:

    1. (a)

      sets out what steps it has taken to inform itself of any changes to the regulatory requirements for the relevant type of comparable authorised scheme taking effect during the most recent financial year of the scheme; and

    2. (b)

      explains whether, and if so how, any such changes, together with any changes to the scheme that have occurred during this period, may affect the scheme’s ability to satisfy the requirements referred to in section 272(1)(d) of the Act.

  2. (2)

    The certificate must be provided to the FCA no later than:

    1. (a)

      one month following the publication of the annual report and accounts of the scheme; or

    2. (b)

      if the publication of the annual report and accounts of the scheme is delayed, one month after the last day on which the publication of the annual report and accounts of the scheme was due.

  3. (3)

    The certificate must be signed by an authorised signatory of the operator.

  4. (4)

    The certificate may apply to multiple sub-funds in an umbrella that are recognised under section 272 of the Act, if the names of each relevant sub-fund and of the umbrella are clearly stated.

  5. (5)

    The certificate must be delivered to the FCA by:

    1. (a)

      sending a copy by email addressed to recognisedcis@fca.org.uk, including the subject line: “S.277A Certificate – [insert full name(s) of scheme]”; or

    2. (b)

      by post to: Financial Conduct Authority, attn. S.277A Certificates, Fund Authorisations Team, Asset Management Department, Wholesale Supervision, 12 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN, United Kingdom.

COLL 9.3.6G

3An operator of a scheme recognised under section 272 of the Act need not provide a certificate under COLL 9.3.5D if it has already sent the required information to the FCA within the last 12 months as the result of:

  1. (1)

    a requirement relating to an application for recognition of the scheme under section 274(2)(c) of the Act;

  2. (2)

    a direction relating to a proposed alteration of the scheme or to a change to the operator, trustee or depositary under section 277(5)(b) of the Act; or

  3. (3)

    a previous certificate being provided under section 277A of the Act.

COLL 9.3.7G

3The operator of a scheme recognised under section 272 of the Act should seek advice from professionals with appropriate qualifications or professional knowledge, such as a qualified solicitor, chartered accountant or compliance consultant, before submitting the certificate to the FCA under COLL 9.3.5D.