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SUP 13.7 Changes to cross border services

SUP 13.7.1GRP

Where a UK firm is exercising an EEA right under the UCITS Directive, MiFID or the5 Insurance Directives and is providing cross border services into another EEA State, any changes to the details of the services are governed by the EEA Passport Rights Regulations. References to regulations in this section are to the EEA Passport Rights Regulations. A UK firm which is not an authorised person should note that contravention of the prohibition imposed by regulation 12(1), 12A(1)5 or 16(1) is an offence. It is a defence, however, for the UK firm to show that it took all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence to avoid committing the offence.3

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SUP 13.7.2GRP

UK firms should also note that changes to the details of cross border services may lead to changes to the applicable provisions to which the UK firm is subject.

Firms passporting under5 the UCITS Directive

SUP 13.7.3GRP

If a UK firm is passporting under the UCITS Directive, regulation 12(1) states that the UK firm must not make a change in its programme of operations, or the activities to be carried on under its EEA right, unless the relevant requirements in regulation 12(2) have been complied with. These requirements are:

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  1. (1)

    the UK firm has given a notice to the FSA and to the Host State regulator stating the details of the proposed change; or

  2. (2)

    if the change arises as a result of circumstances beyond the UK firm's control, the UK firm has as soon as practicable (whether before or after the change) given a notice to the FSA and to the Host State regulator, stating the details of the change.2

UK firms may wish to use the standard form available from the Passport Notifications Unit (see SUP 13.12 (Sources of further information)) to give the notices to the FSA required by SUP 13.7.3 G (1) and SUP 13.7.3A G.5

5Firms passporting under MiFID

SUP 13.7.3AGRP

5If a UK firm is providing cross border services in a particular EEA State in exercise of an EEA right deriving from MiFID, the UK firm must comply with the requirements of regulation 12A(2) before it makes a change to its programme of operations, including:

  1. (1)

    changing the activities to be carried on in exercise that EEA right;

  2. (2)

    using, for the first time, any tied agent to provide services in the territory of that EEA State; or

  3. (3)

    ceasing to use any tied agent to provide services in the territory of that EEA State.

SUP 13.7.3BGRP

5The requirements of regulation 12A(2) are that:

  1. (1)

    the UK firm has given notice to the FSA stating the details of the proposed change; and

  2. (2)

    the period of one month beginning with the day on which the UK firm gave the notice mentioned in (1) has elapsed.

Firms passporting under the Insurance Directives

SUP 13.7.4G

If a UK firm has exercised an EEA right under the Insurance Directives and is providing cross border services into another EEA State, regulation 16(1) states that the UK firm must not make a change in the relevant details (as defined in regulation 17 - see also5 SUP 13 Annex 3) unless the relevant requirements in regulation 16(3) or, where the change arises from circumstances beyond the UK firm's control, regulation 16(4), have been complied with.

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SUP 13.7.5G

Regulation 16(3) provides that:

  1. (1)

    the UK firm has given a notice to the FSA stating the details of the proposed change; and

  2. (2)

    the FSA has given the Host State regulator a notice informing it of the details of the proposed change.

SUP 13.7.6G

If the change arises from circumstances beyond the UK firm's control, the UK firm is required by regulation 16(4) to give a notice to the FSA stating the details of the change as soon as reasonably practicable (whether before or after the change). See also SUP 13.6.10 G(2), as relevant to cross border services.

SUP 13.7.6AGRP

5UK firms may wish to use the standard form available from the Passport Notifications Unit(see SUP 13.12 (Sources of further information)) to give the notices to the FSA as described in SUP 13.7.3 G (1), SUP 13.7.3A G, SUP 13.7.3B G, 5SUP 13.7.5 G (1) and SUP 13.7.6 G.

SUP 13.7.7G

When the FSA receives a notice from a UK firm (see 5SUP 13.7.5 G (1) and SUP 13.7.6 G5), it is required by regulations 16(5) toeither refuse or consent to the change within one month5 of receipt.

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SUP 13.7.8G

If the FSA consents to the change it will:

  1. (1)

    give a notice to the Host State regulator informing it of the details of the proposed change; and

  2. (2)

    inform the UK firm that it has given the notice, stating the date on which it did so.

SUP 13.7.9G

If the FSA refuses to consent to a change it is required by regulation 16(7) to give notice of the refusal to the UK firm, stating its reasons and giving an indication of the UK firm's right to refer the matter to the Tribunal and the procedures that apply to such a reference.

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SUP 13.7.10G

Where a UK firm with Part IV permission to carry on both long-term and general insurance business is passporting under the Insurance Directives and wishes to extend its general insurance business to include long term insurance business (or vice versa), it should complete a new notice of intention5 and not a change to details notice5.3

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Firms passporting under the Banking Consolidation Directive and Insurance Mediation Directive3

SUP 13.7.11GRP

A UK firm providing cross border services under the Banking Consolidation Directive or Insurance Mediation Directive is not required to supply a change to the details of cross border services notice5.3

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Firms passporting under the Reinsurance Directive

SUP 13.7.12G

6A UK firm providing cross border services under the Reinsurance Directive is not required to supply notification of, or a change to the details of, its cross border services.