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SUP 10A.1 Application

General

SUP 10A.1.1RRP

17This chapter applies to every:5

  1. (1)

    firm that is not an SMCR firm13; and5

  2. (2)

    SMCR firm13, but only to the extent required by SUP 10A.1.16BR (Appointed representatives).5

other than a firm which has permission to carry on only regulated claims management activities.14

SUP 10A.1.1AGRP

5SUP 10C deals with the approved persons regime for SMCR firms themselves13.

SUP 10A.1.2GRP

This chapter is also relevant to every FCA-approved person:5

  1. (1)

    of a firm that is not an SMCR firm13; and5

  2. (2)

    of any appointed representative, including of an appointed representative of an SMCR firm13.5

SUP 10A.1.3GRP

The rules in this chapter specify descriptions of FCA controlled functions under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements).

SUP 10A.1.4GRP

The directions in this chapter relate to the manner in which a firm must apply for the FCA's approval under section 59 of the Act and other procedures.

Overseas firms: UK services

SUP 10A.1.5RRP

This chapter does not apply to an overseas firm in relation to regulated activities which are carried on in the United Kingdom other than from an establishment maintained by it or its appointed representative in the United Kingdom.

Overseas firms: UK establishments

SUP 10A.1.6RRP

Only the following FCA controlled functions apply to an overseas firm which maintains an establishment in the United Kingdom from which regulated activities are carried on:

  1. (1)

    the director function where the person performing that function:

    1. (a)

      has responsibility for the regulated activities of a UK branch which are likely to enable him to exercise significant influence over that branch; or

    2. (b)

      is someone whose decisions or actions are regularly taken into account by the governing body of that branch;

  2. (2)

    the non-executive director function where the person performing one of those functions:

    1. (a)

      has responsibility for the regulated activities of a UK branch which is likely to enable him to exercise significant influence over that branch; or

    2. (b)

      is someone whose decisions or actions are regularly taken into account by the governing body of that branch;

  3. (3)

    the chief executive function;

  4. (4)

    the FCA required functions;

  5. (5)

    the systems and controls function;

  6. (6)

    the significant management function in so far as the function relates to:

    1. (a)

      designated investment business other than dealing in investments as principal, disregarding article 15 of the Regulated Activities Order; or

    2. (b)

      processing confirmations, payments, settlements, insurance claims, client money and similar matters in so far as this relates to designated investment business; and

  7. (7)

    the customer function.

Incoming EEA firms, incoming Treaty firms and UCITS qualifiers

SUP 10A.1.7RRP

This chapter does not apply to:

  1. (1)

    an incoming EEA firm; or

  2. (2)

    an incoming Treaty firm; or

  3. (3)

    a UCITS qualifier;

if and in so far as the question of whether a person is fit and proper to perform a particular function in relation to that firm is reserved, under any of the Single Market Directives, the Treaty, the UCITS Directive, the auction regulation or the benchmarks regulation12, to an authority in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

SUP 10A.1.8GRP

SUP 10A.1.7 R reflects the provisions of section 59(8) of the Act and, in relation to an incoming Treaty firm and a UCITS qualifier, the Treaty and the UCITS Directive. It preserves the principle of Home State prudential regulation. In relation to an incoming EEA firm exercising an EEA right, or an incoming Treaty firm exercising a Treaty right, the effect is to reserve to the Home State regulator the assessment of the fitness and propriety of a person performing a function in the exercise of that right. A member of the governing body, or the notified UK branch manager, of an incoming EEA firm, acting in that capacity, will not therefore have to be approved by the FCA under the Act.513

  1. (2)

    [deleted]

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SUP 10A.1.9GRP

Notwithstanding SUP 10A.1.8 G, an incoming EEA firm 13or incoming Treaty firm will have had to consider the impact of the Host State rules with which it is required to comply when carrying on a passported activity or Treaty activity through a branch in the United Kingdom. An incoming EEA firm 13will have been notified of those provisions under Part II of Schedule 3 to the Act in the course of satisfying the conditions for authorisation in the United Kingdom.

SUP 10A.1.10GRP

An incoming EEA firm will have to consider, for example, the position of a branch manager based in the United Kingdom who may also be performing a function in relation to the carrying on of a regulated activity not covered by the EEA right of the firm. In so far as the function is within the description of an FCA controlled function, the firm will need to seek approval for that person to perform that FCA controlled function.

Incoming EEA firms: passported activities from a branch

SUP 10A.1.11RRP

Only the following FCA controlled functions apply to an incoming EEA firm with respect to its passported activities carried on from a branch in the United Kingdom:

  1. (1)

    the money laundering reporting function;

  2. (2)

    the significant management function, in so far as the function relates to:

    1. (a)

      designated investment business other than dealing in investments as principal, disregarding article 15 of the Regulated Activities Order; or

    2. (b)

      processing confirmations, payments, settlements, insurance claims, client money6 and similar matters, in so far as this relates to designated investment business; and6

    3. (c)

      [deleted]6

  3. (3)

    the customer function other than where this relates to the function in SUP 10A.10.7R (4) and (7).

SUP 10A.1.12RRP

[deleted]13

Incoming EEA firms etc with top-up permission activities from a UK branch

SUP 10A.1.13RRP

In relation to the activities of a firm for which it has a top-up permission, only the following FCA controlled functions apply:

  1. (1)

    the FCA required functions, other than the apportionment and oversight function and the compliance oversight function;

  2. (2)

    the significant management function, in so far as it relates to:

    1. (a)

      designated investment business other than dealing in investments as principal, disregarding article 15 of the Regulated Activities Order; or

    2. (b)

      processing confirmations, payments, settlements, insurance claims, client money and similar matters, in so far as this relates to designated investment business; and6

    3. (c)

      [deleted]6

  3. (3)

    the customer function.

SUP 10A.1.14RRP

A person does not perform the significant management function for a firm under SUP 10A.1.11 R or SUP 10A.1.13 R if that person would not have been treated as performing any FCA controlled function for that firm if that firm had been a UK firm.

Appointed representatives

SUP 10A.1.15RRP

The descriptions of the following FCA controlled functions apply to an appointed representative of a firm, except in relation to CBTL business or 4an introducer appointed representative, as they apply to an FCA-authorised person:

  1. (1)

    the FCA governing functions, subject to SUP 10A.1.16 R and except for a tied agent of an EEA MiFID investment firm; and

  2. (2)

    the customer function other than in relation to acting in the capacity of an investment manager (see SUP 10A.10.7R (6)).

SUP 10A.1.16RRP
  1. (1)

    SUP 10A.1.15 R is modified in relation to an appointed representative meeting the conditions in (2) so that only one of the following FCA governing functions:

    1. (a)

      director function; or

    2. (b)

      chief executive function; or

    3. (c)

      partner function; or

    4. (d)

      director of unincorporated association function;

    applies, as appropriate, to an individual within that appointed representative who will be required to be an FCA-approved person.

  2. (2)

    The conditions are that:

    1. (a)

      the scope of appointment of the appointed representative includes insurance distribution activity11 in relation to non-investment insurance contracts or credit-related regulated activity3, but no other regulated activity; and

    2. (b)

      the principal purpose of the appointed representative is to carry on activities other than regulated activities.

SUP 10A.1.16ARRP

3This chapter applies to an appointed representative that has a limited permission to carry on a regulated activity prescribed for the purposes of section 39(1E)(a) of the Act as follows:

  1. (1)

    FCA controlled functions apply to the appointed representative as set out in SUP 10A.1.15 R and SUP 10A.1.16 R in relation to the carrying on of the regulated activity, for which it does not have permission, comprised in the business for which its principal has accepted responsibility;

  2. (2)
    1. (a)

      unless it is a not-for-profit debt advice body, the apportionment and oversight function applies in relation to the carrying on of the regulated activity for which it has limited permission;

    2. (b)

      if it is a not-for-profit debt advice body and a CASS large debt management firm, the CASS operational oversight function applies in relation to the carrying on of debt management activity.

SUP 10A.1.16BRRP
SUP 10A.1.16CGRP
  1. (1)

    5References in this chapter to a firm include an SMCR firm13, but only to the extent required by SUP 10A.1.16BR.

  2. (2)

    References in SUP 10A.1.15R and SUP 10A.1.16R to FCA governing functions and other controlled functions are to controlled functions in this chapter, not in SUP 10C (FCA senior 13managers regime for approved persons in SMCR firms13).

SUP 10A.1.16DGRP
  1. (1)

    5Under section 59(6A) of the Act, if the FCA is satisfied that, in relation to the carrying on of a regulated activity by an SMCR firm13, a controlled function is a senior management function, the FCA must designate the function in its rules as a senior management function.

  2. (2)

    Generally, the FCA does not think that a person performing a function in SUP 10A.1.16BR will have sufficient responsibility for managing the affairs of the appointed representative’s principal (as opposed to managing the affairs of the appointed representative itself) to perform a senior management function.

  3. (3)

    Therefore:

    1. (a)

      the FCA has not designated any of the functions in SUP 10A.1.16BR as a senior management function; and

    2. (b)

      none of the functions in SUP 10A.1.16BR are designated senior management functions.

  4. (4)

    SUP 10C.1.8G (Appointed representatives13) explains that it is unlikely that SUP 10C (FCA senior managers13 regime for approved persons in SMCR firms13) will apply to approved persons working in appointed representatives of an SMCR firm13 in addition to this chapter.

Members of a profession

SUP 10A.1.17RRP

[deleted]16

SUP 10A.1.18RRP

[deleted]16

SUP 10A.1.19GRP

[deleted]16

Insolvency practitioners

SUP 10A.1.20RRP

This chapter does not apply to a function performed by:

  1. (1)

    a person acting as an insolvency practitioner within the meaning of section 388 of the Insolvency Act 1986; or

  2. (2)

    a person acting as a nominee in relation to a voluntary arrangement under Parts I (Company Voluntary Arrangements) and VIII (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) of the Insolvency Act 1986; or

  3. (3)

    a person acting as an insolvency practitioner within the meaning of Article 3 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989; or

  4. (4)

    a person acting as a nominee in relation to a voluntary arrangement under Parts II (Company Voluntary Arrangements) and VIII (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.

SUP 10A.1.21GRP

[deleted]16

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Benchmark activities

SUP 10A.1.21AG
  1. (1)

    [deleted]16

    12
  2. (2)

    [deleted]16

  3. (3)

    [deleted]16

  4. (4)

    The customer function involves performing various types of activity none of which would be performed by a firm which does not carry on any regulated activities other than administering a benchmark Therefore the customer function does not apply to such a firm.16

  5. (5)

    [deleted]16

  6. (6)

    [deleted]16

SUP 10A.1.22RRP

[deleted]12

1
SUP 10A.1.23GRP

[deleted]12

1
SUP 10A.1.24GRP

[deleted]16

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SUP 10A.1.25RRP

[deleted]16

SUP 10A.1.26R

[deleted]13

8
SUP 10A.1.27G

[deleted]13

8
SUP 10A.1.28R

[deleted]16

15
SUP 10A.1.29R

[deleted]16

15
SUP 10A.1.30R

[deleted]16

15
SUP 10A.1.31G

[deleted]16

15
SUP 10A.1.32G

[deleted]16

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Obligations on firms

SUP 10A.1.33G
  1. (1)

    16The requirements in this chapter about notifications and applications are addressed to firms. Where this chapter applies in relation to an appointed representative, this means it applies to the appointed representative’s principal.

  2. (2)

    If an appointed representative has more than one principal, the requirements in (1) are addressed to the authorised approved person employer of the approved person in question.