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SUP 10.9 Significant management functions

Application

SUP 10.9.1R

SUP 10.9 applies only to a firm which apportions a significant responsibility, within the description of a6the6significant management function, to a senior manager of a significant business unit.

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SUP 10.9.2G

The FSA anticipates that there will be only a few firms needing to seek approval for an individual to perform the6significant management function. In most firms, those approved for the governing functions, required functions and, where appropriate, the systems and controls function,6 are likely to exercise all the significant influence at senior management level.

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SUP 10.9.3G

However, the scale, nature and complexity of the firm's business may be such that a firm apportions a significant responsibility to an individual who is not approved to perform the governing functions, required functions or, where appropriate, the systems and controls function.6 If so,v the firm should consider whether the functions of that individual fall within the6significant management function. For the purposes of the description of the significant management functions, the following additional factors about the firm should be considered:

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  1. (1)

    the size and significance of the firm's business in the United Kingdom; for example, a firm carrying on designated investment business may have a large number of approved persons (for example, in excess of 100 individuals); or a firm carrying on general insurance business may have gross written premiums in excess of £100mn;

  2. (2)

    the number of regulated activities carried on, or proposed to be carried on, by the firm and (if relevant) other members of the group;

  3. (3)

    its group structure (if it is a member of a group);

  4. (4)

    its management structure (for example matrix management); and

  5. (5)

    the size and significance of its international operations, if any.

SUP 10.9.4G

When considering whether a business unit is significant, the firm should take into account all relevant factors in the light of the firm's current circumstances and its plans for the future, including:

  1. (1)

    the risk profile of the unit; or

  2. (2)

    its use or commitment of a firm's capital; or

  3. (3)

    its contribution to the profit and loss account; or

  4. (4)

    the number of employees or approved persons in the unit; or

  5. (5)

    the number of customers of the unit; or

  6. (6)

    any other factor which makes the unit significant to the conduct of the firm's affairs so far as relating to the regulated activity.

SUP 10.9.5G

The question may arise whether a manager who is based overseas will be performing the significant management function6 and should therefore be an approved person. This is especially true where the firm operates matrix management. The fact 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 this. It is a factor to take into account when assessing the likely influence of the overseas manager.

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SUP 10.9.6G

Generally, in relation to a branch of a firm, or a firm which is part of an overseas group, where an overseas manager is responsible for strategy, he will not need to be an approved person. However, where 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.

SUP 10.9.7G

See also SUP 10.7.3 G to SUP 10.7.4B G6 in relation to matrix management.

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SUP 10.9.8R

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SUP 10.9.9G

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Significant management function (CF29)

SUP 10.9.10R
  1. (1)

    The significant management function is the function of acting as a senior manager with significant responsibility for a significant business unit that:6

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    1. (a)

      carries on designated investment business or other activities not falling within (b) to (d); 6

    2. (b)

      effects contracts of insurance (other than contractually based investments); 6

    3. (c)

      makes material decisions on the commitment of a firm's financial resources, its financial commitments, its assets acquisitions, its liability management and its overall cash and capital planning; 6

    4. (d)

      processes confirmations, payments, settlements, insurance claims, client money and similar matters.6

  2. (2)

    This controlled function6 does not include any of the activities described in any other controlled function.2

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SUP 10.9.10AG

6A senior manager with significant responsibility for a significant business unit that carries on activities other than designated investment business for the purposes of SUP 10.9.10 R (1)(a) could, for example, be the head of a unit carrying on the activities of: retail banking, personal lending, corporate lending, salvage or loan recovery, or proprietary trading; or a member of a committee (that is, a person who, together with others, has authority to commit the firm) making decisions in these functions. The senior manager could also be a proprietary trader whose trading limits are such that he may put, or potentially put, his firm at significant risk. This function would not extend to every proprietary trader.

SUP 10.9.11G

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SUP 10.9.13G

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SUP 10.9.13AG

356A firm carrying on insurance mediation activity7, other than a sole trader, must allocate to a director or senior manager the responsibility for the firm's insurance mediation activity (MIPRU 2.2.1 R)7.56MIPRU 2.2.2 R (3))56 provides that the firm may allocate this responsibility to the person performing the significant management function.6

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SUP 10.9.13BG

3Where the person performing the significant management function 6is also responsible for the firm's insurance mediation activity, the words "(insurance mediation)" will be inserted after this controlled function (see 56MIPRU 2.2.5 G56).

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SUP 10.9.17G

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SUP 10.9.18R

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SUP 10.9.19G

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