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COMP 14.1 Application and Purpose

Application

COMP 14.1.1R

This chapter applies to the FSCS.

COMP 14.1.2R

Purpose

COMP 14.1.3G

This chapter provides supplementary rules and guidance for an incoming EEA firm which is a credit institution, an IMD insurance intermediary, an MiFID investment firm4,7 UCITS management company, an MCD mortgage credit intermediary9 or an AIFM7. It reflects in part3 the implementation of the Deposit Guarantee Directive, Investors Compensation Directive, and UCITS Directive. This sourcebook applies in the usual way to an incoming EEA firm which is exercising EEA rights under the Solvency II Directive8. Such a firm is not affected by the Deposit Guarantee Directive, the Investors Compensation Directive or the UCITS Directive.2

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COMP 14.1.4G
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  1. (1)

    6An incoming EEA firm, which is a credit institution, an IMD insurance intermediary, an MCD mortgage credit intermediary9 or an MiFID investment firm is not a participant firm in relation to its passported activities unless it "tops-up" into the compensation scheme. This reflects section 213(10) of the Act (The compensation scheme) and regulation 2 of the Electing Participants Regulations (Persons not to be regarded as relevant persons). If an incoming EEA firm also carries on non-passported activities for which the compensation scheme provides cover, it will be a participant firm in relation to those activities and will be covered by the compensation scheme for those activities in the usual way.

  2. (2)

    6Whether an incoming EEA firm which is an EEA UCITS management company is a participant firm in relation to its passported activities depends on the nature of its activities. In so far as it carries on the activities of managing investments (other than collective portfolio management), advising on investments or safeguarding and administering investments, it is not a participant firm unless it "tops-up" into the compensation scheme. To the extent that such a firm provides collective portfolio management services for a UCITS scheme from a branch in the United Kingdom or under the freedom to provide cross border services, it is a participant firm in respect of those services.

COMP 14.1.4AR

7For an incoming EEA firm which is an AIFM, the question of whether it is a participant firm for its passported activities depends on the type of activities it carries on under that passport. If it manages an authorised AIF from a branch in the UK or under the freedom to provide cross-border services, it is a participant firm for that activity. If it manages an unauthorised AIF, or provides the services in article 6(4) of AIFMD from a branch in the UK or on a cross-border services basis, it is not a participant firm for that activity; however, it may choose to obtain top-up cover for those activities if carried on from a branch in the UK.

COMP 14.1.5G

In relation to an incoming EEA firm's passported activities, its Home State compensation scheme must provide compensation cover in respect of business within the scope of the Deposit Guarantee Directive, Investors Compensation Directive, article 6(3)6of the UCITS Directive and article 6(4) of AIFMD7, whether that business is carried on from a UK branch or on a cross border services basis. Insurance mediation activity relating to non-investment insurance contracts is not within the scope of the Deposit Guarantee Directive and the Investor Compensation Directive.21

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COMP 14.1.6G

If there is no cover provided by the incoming EEA firm's Home State or the scope and/or 5level of cover is less than that provided by the compensation scheme, this chapter enables the firm to obtain cover or 'top-up' cover from the compensation scheme for its passported activities carried on from a UK branch, up to the compensation scheme's limits (set out in COMP 10). This reflects section 214(5) of the Act (General) and regulation 3 of the Electing Participants Regulations (Persons who may elect to participate). If the firm 'tops up' and then becomes insolvent, the Home State compensation scheme will pay compensation up to the limit and scope of the Home State compensation scheme, with the FSCS paying compensation for the additional amount in accordance with the provisions in this sourcebook (COMP 12.4.1 R and COMP 12.4.4 R).2