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SUP 14.1 Application and purpose

Application

SUP 14.1.1GRP

1This chapter applies to an incoming EEA firm other than an EEA pure reinsurer7 which has established a branch in, or is providing cross border services into, the United Kingdom under one of the Single Market Directives and, therefore, qualifies for authorisation under Schedule 3 to the Act.

SUP 14.1.2GRP

SUP 14.6 (Cancelling qualification for authorisation), which sets out how to cancel qualification for authorisation under the Act, also applies to:

  1. (1)

    an incoming Treaty firm that qualifies for authorisation under Schedule 4 to the Act; and

  2. (2)

    a UCITS qualifier that is an authorised person under Schedule 5 to the Act; a UCITS qualifier should, however, refer to COLL 9.4.2 R and CIS for full details of applicable rules and guidance.2

SUP 14.1.3GRP
  1. (1)

    Under the Gibraltar Order4 made under section 409 of the Act, a Gibraltar firm is treated as an EEA firm under Schedule 3 to the Act if it is:

    1. (a)

      authorised in Gibraltar under the Insurance Directives; or

    2. (b)

      authorised in Gibraltar under the Banking Consolidation Directive;4

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    3. (c)

      authorised in Gibraltar under the Insurance Mediation Directive; or4

    4. (d)

      authorised in Gibraltar under the Investment Services Directive .4

  2. (1A)

    4Similarly, an EEA firm which:

    1. (a)

      has satisfied the Gibraltar establishment conditions and has established a branch in the UK; or

    2. (b)

      has satisfied the Gibraltar service conditions and is providing cross border services into the UK;

    is treated as having satisfied the establishment conditions or service conditions (as appropriate) under Schedule 3 to the Act.

  3. (2)

    Gibraltar insurance companies, credit institutions, insurance intermediaries and investment firms4 are4 allowed to passport their4 services into the United Kingdom if they comply 4with the relevant notification procedures. So, any references in SUP 14 to EEA State or EEA right include references to Gibraltar and the entitlement under the Gibraltar Order where appropriate.4

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Purpose

SUP 14.1.4GRP

This chapter gives guidance on the Act and the EEA Passport Rights Regulations made under the Act, for an incoming EEA firm which has established a branch in, or is providing cross border services into, the United Kingdom and wishes to change the details of the branch or cross border services.

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SUP 14.1.5GRP

This chapter also explains how an incoming EEA firm, an incoming Treaty firm or a UCITS qualifier may cancel its qualification for authorisation under the Act.

SUP 14.1.6GRP

This chapter does not, however, give guidance on the procedures for the establishment of a branch in, or the providing of cross border services into, the United Kingdom for the first time. So, an incoming EEA firm that wishes to change or supplement the nature of its operations in the United Kingdom from the providing of cross border services to the establishment of a branch (or vice versa) should refer to 3SUP 13A3 (Qualifying for authorisation under the Act).

SUP 14.1.7GRP

In addition, the chapter does not give guidance on the procedures for making an application for top-up permission, to carry on regulated activities in the United Kingdom which are outside the scope of the Single Market Directives and for which the firm cannot exercise Treaty rights. Incoming EEA firms seeking a top-up permission should refer to 3SUP 13A3.