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REC 4.2D Suspension and removal of financial instruments from trading by the FCA

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  1. (1)

    1Under section 313A of the Act, the FCA5 may for the purpose of protecting:

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    1. (a)

      the interests of investors; or

    2. (b)

      the orderly functioning of the financial markets;

    require a UK RIE to suspend or remove a financial instrument from trading.

  2. (2)

    If the FCA5 exercises this power, the UK RIE concerned may refer the matter to the Tribunal.

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REC 4.2D.2 G

The procedure the FCA5 will follow if it exercises its power to require a UK RIE to suspend or remove a financial instrument3 from trading is set out in sections 313B to 313BE of the Act.3 The FCA's internal arrangements provide for decisions to exercise this power to be taken at an appropriately senior level. If the FCA5 exercises this power, the UK RIE concerned and the issuer (if any) of the relevant financial instrument may refer the matter to the Tribunal(see EG 2.39)2.2

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6Under sections 313CA(2) and (3) of the Act, if the FCA imposes a requirement to suspend or remove a financial instrument from trading, the FCA must require any trading venue or systematic internaliser, falling under its jurisdiction as defined in section 313D of the Act, which trades the same instrument to suspend or remove the instrument if the suspension or removal was due to suspected market abuse; a take-over bid; or the non-disclosure of inside information about the issuer or the instrument, unless such a step would cause significant damage to the interests of investors or the orderly functioning of the financial markets. The same applies in relation to a derivative which relates to or is referenced to the financial instrument.

REC 4.2D.8 G

6Under sections 313CB (2) and (3) of the Act, if the FCA receives notice that a person operating a trading venue has suspended or removed a financial instrument from trading on the trading venue because the instrument no longer complies with the venue’s rules, the FCA must require any other trading venue or systematic internaliser, falling under its jurisdiction as defined in section 313D of the Act, which trades the same instrument to suspend or remove the instrument if the suspension or removal was due to suspected market abuse; a take-over bid; or the non-disclosure of inside information about the issuer or the instrument, unless such a step would cause significant damage to the interests of investors or the orderly functioning of the financial markets. The same applies in relation to a derivative which relates to or is referenced to the financial instrument.

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6The FCA receives notice for the purposes of REC 4.2D.8G when it is informed of the suspension or removal decision by the RIE, investment firm with a Part 4A permission enabling it to carry on MiFID business, or CRD credit institution that operates the trading venue.

REC 4.2D.10 G

6Under sections 313CC (2) and (3) of the Act, if the FCA receives notice that a competent authority of another EEA State has suspended or removed a financial instrument from trading on a trading venue or systematic internaliser pursuant to articles 32.2, 52.2 or 69.2 of MiFID, the FCA must require any trading venue or systematic internaliser falling under its jurisdiction as defined in section 313D of the Act, and which trades the same instrument, to suspend or remove the instrument from trading if the suspension or removal was due to suspected market abuse; a take-over bid; or the non-disclosure of inside information about the issuer or the instrument. The same applies in relation to a derivative which relates to or is referenced to the financial instrument. The FCA must revoke the requirement if the other EEA State informs the FCA it has lifted the suspension or removal.

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6The FCA receives notice for the purposes of REC 4.2D.10G when it is provided by a competent authority of another EEA State or ESMA in accordance with section 313CC(4) of the Act.