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IPRU-INV Annex A 1 INTRODUCTION

Application

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This annex applies to any firm :

  1. (1)

    that is a limited liability partnership; and

  2. (2)

    that is a kind of firm to whom the provisions of this sourcebook apply.

IPRU-INV Annex A 1.2 R

In this annex, an expression in italics has the meaning given in the Handbook Glossary.

IPRU-INV Annex A 1.3 G
  1. (1)

    Firms are reminded that a limited liability partnership incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2000 is a body corporate with legal personality separate to that of its members and is not therefore a form of partnership for the purposes of this sourcebook.

  2. (2)

    A limited liability partnership is not a separate prudential categorisation under this sourcebook but a kind of firm for whom the appropriate provisions of this sourcebook are modified to the extent indicated in this annex.

Purpose

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The purpose of this annex is to amplify Principle 8 (Financial resources) which requires a firm to maintain adequate financial resources to meet its investment business commitments and to withstand the risks to which its business is subject. This annex imposes various conditions that must be satisfied for members' capital to count as "Tier 1" or equivalent grade capital in meeting the limited liability partnership's financial resources requirement. These conditions are made up of conditions specific to limited liability partnerships and general conditions based for the most part on those set out in article 57 of the Banking Consolidation Directive. This assists in the achievement of the statutory objective of consumer protection.

IPRU-INV Annex A 1.5 G

The following rules allow inclusion of members' capital within a firm's capital if it meets the conditions in this annex:

Chapter

IPRU(INV) rule

How eligible LLP members' capital should be treated for the purposes of the IPRU(INV) rule

3

Table 3-61

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as Tier 1 capital under item "A" within Table 3-61.

5

Table 5.2.2 (1):

Item (1A)

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as Tier 1 capital within Category A of Table 5.2.2(1).

9

9.3.1

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as initial capital with IPRU-INV 9.3.1

2

2

2

11

Table 11.4

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as Item (5) in Table 11.4.

13

Table 13.15.3(1)113.1A.61

1

1

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as capital resources relating to companies in IPRU-INV 13.15.3(1).

Eligible LLP members' capital may be counted as initial capital within IPRU-INV 13.1A.6.

IPRU-INV Annex A 2 CONDITIONS FOR USE OF MEMBERS' CAPITAL

Members' capital of a limited liability partnership

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In this sourcebook, members' capital of a limited liability partnership may be included within a firm's resources if it complies with:

  1. (1)

    the specific conditions; and

  2. (2)

    the general conditions.

Specific conditions for eligibility

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The specific conditions are that:

  1. (1)

    members' capital is made up of the members' capital account; and

  2. (2)

    the members' capital account is an account:

    1. (a)

      into which capital contributed by the members is paid; and

    2. (b)

      from which under the terms of the limited liability partnership agreement an amount representing capital may be withdrawn by a member only if:

      1. (i)

        he ceases to be a member and an equal amount is transferred to another such account by his former fellow members or any person replacing him as a member;

      2. (ii)

        the limited liability partnership is wound up or otherwise dissolved; or

      3. (iii)

        the firm has ceased to be authorised or no longer has a Part 4A permission.

General conditions for eligibility

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The general conditions in respect of the members' capital are that:

  1. (1)

    it is fully paid and the proceeds are immediately and fully available to the firm;

  2. (2)

    it is not capable of being redeemed at all (otherwise than in the circumstances set out in the specific conditions) or can only be redeemed on a winding up of the firm;

  3. (3)

    any coupon is non-cumulative;

  4. (4)

    it is able to absorb losses to allow the firm to continue trading;

  5. (5)

    the amount of the item included is net of any foreseeable tax charge;

  6. (6)

    it is available to the firm for unrestricted and immediate use to cover risks and losses as soon as they occur;

  7. (7)

    it ranks for repayment on a winding up of the firm no higher than a share of a company incorporated under the Companies Act 2006 (whether or not it is such a share); and

  8. (8)

    the firm is under no obligation to pay a coupon on it at any time.

Surplus eligible LLP members' capital

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If a firm has surplus eligible LLP members' capital that it wishes to repay in circumstances otherwise than those in the specific conditions, it may apply to the FCA for a waiver to allow it to do so. If a firm applies for such a waiver the information that the firm supplies to support the application might include:

  1. (1)

    a demonstration that the firm would have sufficient financial resources to meet its financial resources requirement immediately after the repayment; and

  2. (2)

    a two to three year capital plan demonstrating that the firm would be able to meet the requirements in (1) and (2) at all times without needing further capital injections.

Limited liability partnership excess drawings

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A firm which is a limited liability partnership must in calculating its Tier 1 or equivalent grade1 capital in accordance with the requirements of any chapter of this sourcebook deduct the amount by which the aggregate of the amounts withdrawn by its members exceeds the profits of that firm ("excess LLP members' drawings"). Amounts of eligible LLP members' capital repaid in accordance with the specific conditions are not to be included in this calculation.