This chapter applies to the FSCS.
This chapter provides supplementary rules and guidance, and contains a broad summary, in guidance, of FSCS cover,10 for an incoming EEA firm which is 10 an IMD insurance intermediary, a10 MiFID investment firm4,7 a10 UCITS management company, an MCD mortgage credit intermediary9 or an AIFM7. It reflects in part3 the implementation of the Investor Compensation Directive10 and UCITS Directive.10478821
6An incoming EEA firm, which is 10 an IMD insurance intermediary, an MCD mortgage credit intermediary9 or a10 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.
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 and it may only obtain top-up cover if it carries on those activities from a branch in the United Kingdom10. 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.
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.
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 Investor Compensation Directive10, 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 activity10 is not within the scope of the10 Investor Compensation Directive.217667
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