The fact that there is a person performing the apportionment and oversight function, and who has responsibility for activities subject to regulation by the FSA, may have a bearing on whether a manager who is based overseas will be performing a controlled function. It is a factor to take into account when assessing the likely influence of the overseas manager.
Generally, in relation to a UK establishment of an overseas firm or a firm which is part of an overseas group, where an overseas manager's responsibilities in relation to the United Kingdom are strategic only, he will not need to be an approved person. However, where, in accordance with SYSC 3 or SYSC 4 to SYSC 1012, he is responsible for implementing that strategy in the United Kingdom, and has not delegated that responsibility to a senior manager in the United Kingdom, he is likely to be performing a controlled function, such as, for example, the chief executive function. This is subject to SUP 10.1.13A R, which applies where the firm is a MiFID investment firm and the only regulated activities carried out by it in the United Kingdom are MiFID business.12
4912MIPRU 2.2.1 R912 provides that an insurance intermediary, other than a sole trader, must allocate to a director or senior manager the responsibility for the firm's insurance mediation activity912 MIPRU 2.2.2 R (2)912 provides that the firm may allocate this responsibility to the person performing the apportionment and oversight function.
The EEA investment business oversight function is the function of acting in the capacity of an individual who is responsible, in accordance withSYSC 2.1.3 R (2), for overseeing the establishment and maintenance of systems and controls in relation to designated investment business carried on from a branch in the United Kingdom of an incoming EEA firm.
Where an overseas individual has not delegated this function to a senior manager in the United Kingdom, he is likely to be performing this controlled function. However, the FSA anticipates that any individual carrying out this function will normally be located in the United Kingdom. He may be the local chief executive or one or more of the individuals approved to perform the significant management (designated investment business) function. If the local chief executive (or other individual) is approved for this function, this does not mean that all his responsibilities are the concern of the FSA. SUP 10.1.9 R preserves the principle of Home State prudential regulation whenever it applies and in respect of each controlled function.1