The FSA's powers to vary a firm's Part IV permission on its own initiative, and the grounds for exercising those powers, are contained in sections 45 (Variation etc on FSA's own initiative) to 47 (Exercise of power in support of overseas regulator) of the Act:
section 45 (Variation etc on FSA's own initiative) sets out various cases where the FSA may vary (or cancel) a firm's Part IV permission and identifies the types of provisions that the FSA may impose on a firm;
section 46 (Variation of permission on acquisition of control) gives the FSA power to vary a firm's Part IV permission when a person has acquired control over the firm (and is dealt with in SUP 11.7.18 G (FSA's right to object to existing controllers)); and
Section 45(2) states that the FSA's own-initiative power includes the power to vary a Part IV permission in any of the ways mentioned in section 44(1) of the Act. Under section 44(1), the FSA may vary a firm's Part IV permission, amongst other ways, by:
Under section 45(4), the FSA's power extends to including in the Part IV permission as varied any provision that it could include if it were giving a fresh Part IV permission in response to an application under section 40 of the Act (Application for permission) (see AUTH 2 Annex 2 G G (Regulated activities and the permission regime) and AUTH 3 (applications for Part IV permission).
The types of provisions that the FSA may include in a fresh Part IV permission are identified in section 42(7) (Giving permission) and section 43 (Imposition of requirements) of the Act. ENF 3.2.6 G to ENF 3.2.10 G describe sections 42(7) and 43 and give examples of the types of limitations and restrictions that the FSA may consider imposing when using its powers to vary Part IV permission in support of its enforcement activities. The FSA may also use its powers to vary Part IV permission in support of its supervision activities and SUP 7.3 (Criteria for varying a firm's permission) includes examples of the limitations and restrictions that the FSA may consider imposing when varying Part IV permission in that context.
The activities of the firm so that they fall within specific regulatory regimes (for example, so that oil market participants, locals, corporate finance advisory firms and service providers are permitted only to carry on those types of activities).
Section 43 relates to the imposition of requirements:
Other requirements that the FSA may include in a Part IV permission are set out in section 48(3) of the Act (Prohibitions and restrictions) and are referred to as 'assets requirements'. An assets requirement is a requirement (under section 43) that: