Overseas investment exchanges and overseas clearing houses which are considering whether to seek authorisation or recognition should first consider whether they will be carrying on regulated activities in the United Kingdom. Overseas investment exchangesand overseas clearing houses which do not carry on regulated activities in the United Kingdom need take no action.
Applicants for authorised person status should refer to the FSA website "How do I get authorised": http://www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/Doing/how/index.shtml1. Applications for recognition as an overseas recognised body should be addressed to:
The Financial Services Authority (Markets Division)
25 The North Colonnade
London E14 5HS1
There is no standard application form for application for recognition as an overseas recognised body. An application should be made in accordance with any direction the FSA may make under section 287 (Application by an investment exchange) or section 288 (Application by a clearing house) of the Act and should include:
the application fee (see REC 7);
the address of the applicant's head office in its home territory;
the applicant's regulatory provisions;
one copy of each of the following documents:
information identifying the following (if not contained in the documents listed in (5) or (6) or the material referred to in (1)):
the date by which the applicant wishes the recognition order to take effect; and
any body or authority which supervises the applicant under the law of the home territory, the status of the applicant under that law, and the enactment or regulation under which the supervision is conducted.
The FSA may require further information from the applicant and may need to have discussions with the appropriate authorities in the applicant's home territory. To allow sufficient time for applications to be processed and for the necessary contacts to be made with the appropriate home territory authorities, applications should be made not later than six months before the applicant wishes the recognition order to take effect. No guarantee can be given that a decision will be reached within this time, although the FSA will endeavour to meet the applicant's reasonable timing requirements.
All material should be supplied in English, or accompanied, if appropriate, by an accurate English translation. An English glossary of technical or statistical terms may be sufficient to accompany tables of statistical or financial information.