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EG 14.4.1RP
1The FCA will consider all the relevant circumstances of each case. The general factors which the FCA may consider include, but are not limited to, those set out in paragraph 14.1.1 (1) to (9) (the conduct of the operator of the scheme and of the trustee or depositary will also, of course, be taken into account in relation to each of these factors).
EG 14.4.2RP
1As well as or instead of using these powers, the FCA may ask the relevant regulatory body of the country or territory in which the scheme is authorised to take such action in respect of the scheme and/or its operator, trustee or depositary as will resolve the FCA's concerns.
EG 14.4.3RP
1Decisions about whether to apply to the civil courts for collective investment scheme related orders under the Act will be made by the RDC Chairman or, in an urgent case and if the Chairman is not available, by an RDC Deputy Chairman. In an exceptionally urgent case the matter will be decided by the director of Enforcement or, in his or her absence, another member of the FCA's executive of at least director of division level.
(1) The authorised fund manager, the depositary or the other directors of an ICVC may convene a general meeting of unitholders at any time.(2) The unitholders may request the convening of a general meeting by a requisition which must:(a) state the objects of the meeting;(b) be dated;(c) be signed by unitholders who, at that date, are registered as the unitholders of units representing not less than one-tenth in value (or such lower proportion stated in the instrument constituting
(1) Except where an extraordinary resolution is specifically required or permitted, any resolution of unitholders is passed by a simple majority of the votes validly cast at a general meeting of unitholders.(2) In the case of an equality of, or an absence of, votes cast, the chairman is entitled to a casting vote.(3) Where a resolution (including an extraordinary resolution) is required to conduct business at a meeting of unitholders and every unitholder is prohibited under COLL
(1) On a show of hands every unitholder who is present in person has one vote.(2) On a poll:(a) votes may be given either personally or by proxy or in another manner permitted by the instrument constituting the fund;44(b) the voting rights for each unit must be the proportion of the voting rights attached to all of the units in issue that the price of the unit bears to the aggregate price or prices of all of the units in issue:(i) if any unit is a participating security, at the
COLL 4.4.10RRP
(1) A unitholder may appoint another person to attend a general meeting and vote in his place.(2) Unless the instrument constituting the fund4 provides otherwise, a unitholder may appoint more than one proxy to attend on the same occasion but a proxy may vote only on a poll.4(3) Every notice calling a meeting of a scheme must contain a reasonably prominent statement that a unitholder entitled to attend and vote may appoint a proxy.(4) For the appointment to be effective, any
A qualified investor scheme may issue such classes of unit as are set out in the instrument constituting the fund,8 provided the rights of any class are not unfairly prejudicial as against the interests of the unitholders of any other class of units in that scheme.8
4(1) The authorised fund manager must ensure that the name of the scheme, a sub-fund or a class of unit is not undesirable or misleading.(2) An authorised fund or a sub-fund may only be named or marketed as a ‘money market fund’ if it is:(a) a short-term money market fund; or(b) a money market fund.4[Note: Box 1, paragraph 2 of CESR's guidelines on a common definition of European money market funds]4
The statements and provisions required by COLL 8.2.6 R must be included in the instrument constituting the fund8 of a qualified investor scheme.8
This table belongs to COLL 8.2.5 R1Description of the authorised fundInformation detailing:(1)the name of the authorised fund;(2)that the authorised fund is a qualified investor scheme; and(3)in the case of an ICVC, whether the head office of the company is situated in England and Wales or Wales or Scotland or Northern Ireland.3Property Authorised Investment Funds1AFor a property authorised investment fund, a statement that:(1)it is a property authorised investment fund;(2)no
Units whose issue may be limited can only be issued if permitted by the instrument constituting the fund,8 under the conditions set out in the prospectus and provided that this will not materially prejudice any existing unitholders in the scheme.8
COBS 4.13.1RRP
(1) 1This section applies to a firm in relation to a communication to a client, including an excluded communication, that is a marketing communication within the meaning of the UCITS Directive.(2) This section does not apply to:(a) image advertising; or(b) the instrument constituting the fund2, the prospectus, the key investor information3 or the periodic reports and accounts of either a UCITS scheme or an EEA UCITS scheme.2[Note: recital (58) of the UCITS Directive]
COBS 4.13.2RRP
(1) A firm must ensure that a marketing communication that comprises an invitation to purchase units in a UCITS scheme or EEA UCITS scheme and that contains specific information about the scheme:(a) makes no statement that contradicts or diminishes the significance of the information contained in the prospectus and the key investor information document or EEA key investor information document for the scheme;(b) indicates that a prospectus exists for the scheme and that the key
(1) 6An authorised fund may only enter into a stock lending arrangement or repo contract in accordance with the rules in this section if the arrangement or contract is: (a) for the account of and for the benefit of the scheme; and(b) in the interests of its unitholders. (2) An arrangement or contract in (1) is not in the interests of unitholders unless it reasonably appears to the ICVC or authorised fund manager of an authorised fund to be appropriate with a view to generating
Where a stock lending arrangement is entered into, the scheme property remains unchanged in terms of value. The securities transferred cease to be part of the scheme property, but there is obtained in return an obligation on the part of the counterparty to transfer back equivalent securities. The depositary will also receive collateral to set against the risk of default in transfer, and that collateral is equally irrelevant to the valuation of the scheme property (because it is
There is no limit on the value of the scheme property which may be the subject of repo contracts or1stock lending transactions within this section.
(1) 2The use of stock lending or the reinvestment of cash collateral should not result in a change of the scheme's declared investment objectives or add substantial supplementary risks to the scheme's risk profile.(2) Collateral taking the form of cash may only be invested in:(a) one of the investments coming within COLL 5.4.6 R (1) (c) (iii) to (vii) (Treatment of collateral); or(b) deposits, provided they:(i) are capable of being withdrawn within five business days, or such
3Where a scheme generates leverage through the reinvestment of collateral, this should be taken into account in the calculation of the scheme's global exposure.[Note:CESR's UCITS eligible assets guidelines with respect to article 11 of the UCITS eligible assets Directive (part)]
This chapter applies to any person seeking to arrange for the authorisation of a scheme.
(1) This chapter sets out the requirements that a person must follow in applying for an authorisation order for a scheme under regulation 12 of the OEIC Regulations (Applications for authorisation),2section 242 of the Act (Applications for authorisation of unit trust schemes) or section 261C of the Act (Applications for authorisation of contractual schemes)2.2(2) COLLG 3A (The FCA’s responsibilities under the Act) and COLLG 4A (The FCA’s responsibilities under the OEIC Regulations)
An application for an authorisation order in respect of an authorised fund must be:(1) in writing in the manner directed and contain the information required in the application form available from the FCA;(2) addressed for the attention of a member of FCA staff responsible for collective investment scheme authorisation matters; and(3) delivered to the FCA'saddress by one of the following methods:(a) posting; or(b) leaving it at the FCA's address and obtaining a time-stamped receipt;
(1) The diagram in COLL 4.3.3 G explains how an authorised fund manager should treat changes it is proposing to a scheme and provides an overview of the rules and guidance in this section.(2) Regulation 21 of the OEIC Regulations (The Authority's approval for certain changes in respect of a company), section 261Q of the Act (Alteration of contractual schemes and changes of operator or depositary)5 and section 251 of the Act (Alteration of schemes and changes of manager or trustee)
(1) The authorised fund manager, must, by way of an extraordinary resolution, obtain prior approval from the unitholders for any proposed change to the scheme which, in accordance with (2), is a fundamental change.(2) A fundamental change is a change or event which:(a) changes the purposes or nature of the scheme; or(b) may materially prejudice a unitholder; or(c) alters the risk profile of the scheme; or(d) introduces any new type of payment out of scheme property.
(1) Any change may be fundamental depending on its degree of materiality and effect on the scheme and its unitholders. Consequently an authorised fund manager will need to determine whether in each case a particular change is fundamental in nature or not.(2) For the purpose of COLL 4.3.4R (2)(a) to COLL 4.3.4R (2)(c) a fundamental change to a scheme is likely to include:(a) any proposal for a scheme of arrangement referred to in COLL 7.6.2 R (Schemes of arrangement: requirements);(b)
(1) The authorised fund manager must give prior written notice to unitholders, in respect of any proposed change to the operation of a scheme that, in accordance with (2), constitutes a significant change.(2) A significant change is a change or event which is not fundamental in accordance with COLL 4.3.4 R but which:(a) affects a unitholder's ability to exercise his rights in relation to his investment; or(b) would reasonably be expected to cause the unitholder to reconsider his
(1) The authorised fund manager must inform unitholders in an appropriate manner and timescale of any notifiable changes that are reasonably likely to affect, or have affected, the operation of the scheme.(2) A notifiable change is a change or event, other than a fundamental change under COLL 4.3.4 R or a significant change under COLL 4.3.6 R, which a unitholder must be made aware of unless the authorised fund manager concludes that the change is insignificant.
(1) The instrument constituting the fund14 must not contain any provision that:14(a) conflicts with any applicable rule15; (b) prevents units in the scheme being marketed in the United Kingdom; or(c) is unfairly prejudicial to the interests of unitholders generally or to the unitholders of any class of units.(2) Any power conferred by the rules on the ICVC, the authorised fund manager, any other director of the ICVC, or the depositary, whether in a sole or joint capacity, is subject
The statements and provisions required by COLL 3.2.6 R (Table: contents of the instrument constituting the fund14) must be included in the instrument constituting the fund,14 where appropriate.1414
(1) Several of the matters set out in COLL 3.2.6 R are required to be included in the instrument constituting the fund14 under the OEIC Regulations, Contractual Scheme Regulations12 or as a consequence of relevant trust law. In addition, further statements are required if the scheme or the authorised fund manager are to take advantage of the powers under the rules in this sourcebook.14(2) Additional matters which are not contained in COLL 3.2.6 R may be required to be included
This table belongs to COLL 3.2.4 R (Matters which must be included in the instrument constituting the fund14)14Name of scheme1A statement of:(1) the name of the authorised fund; and(2) whether the authorised fund is a UCITS scheme or a non-UCITS retail scheme.Investment powers in eligible markets2A statement that, subject to any restriction in the rules in this sourcebook or the instrument constituting the fund14, the scheme has the power to invest in any eligible securities market
As these arrangements might amount to a collective investment scheme (see PERG 9.4.2 GG for a broad description) a consequential amendment to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Collective Investment Scheme) Order 2001 (SI 2001/1062) has been made so that, like conventional bonds, alternative debentures are excluded from the definition of collective investment scheme.
The range of instruments that are caught by the alternative debenture definition have been tightly circumscribed to ensure that only those arrangements that grant, in substance, debt-like returns are captured. This is because arrangements giving rights under an alternative debenture cannot amount to a collective investment scheme (see PERG 2.6.11EG). If other types of investments were covered by the alternative debenture definition this could have the effect of undermining the
The condition set out at PERG 2.6.11CG (6) is also intended to protect consumers. This provides that alternative debentures must be listed on an official list or traded on a regulated market or recognised investment exchange. This is because there is a risk that alternative debentures could lead to regulatory arbitrage (i.e. the risk that the exclusion from being classified as a collective investment scheme is exploited by instruments not intended to be excluded). Mandatory listing
PERG 2.6.17GRP
The specified investment category of units in a collective investment scheme includes units in a unit trust scheme or authorised contractual scheme10, shares in open-ended investment companies and rights in respect of most limited partnerships and all limited partnership schemes10. Shares in or securities of an open-ended investment company are treated differently from shares in other companies. They are excluded from the specified investment category of shares. This does not
PERG 2.6.18GRP
There are no exclusions in the Regulated Activities Order for this specified investment category. This is because 'collective investment scheme' is defined in section 235 of the Act (Collective investment schemes) for the purposes of the Act generally. But there is a separate power to provide for exemptions from that definition and the Treasury have exercised it (see the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Collective Investment Schemes) Order 2001 (SI 2001/1062). The result
This table belongs to COLL 8.3.2 R.1Document statusA statement that this document is the prospectus of the authorised fund valid as at a particular date which shall be the date of the document.2Description of the authorised fundInformation detailing:(1)the name of the authorised fund;16(1A)its FCA product reference number (PRN);(2)that the authorised fund is either an ICVC, ACS11 or an AUT;(3)that the scheme is a qualified investor scheme;(4)where relevant, that the unitholders
(1) The depositary must make an annual report to unitholders which must be included in the annual report.(2) The depositary's report must contain:(a) a description, which may be in summary form, of the duties of the depositary under COLL 8.5.4 R (Duties of the depositary) and in respect of the safekeeping of the scheme property; and(b) a statement whether in any material respect:(i) the issue, sale, redemption and cancellation and calculation of the price of the units and the
(1) Any proposed change which would be reasonably considered to be a fundamental change to the scheme requires the prior sanction of an ordinary resolution of the unitholders.(2) Any proposed change to the scheme which is not within (1) but which would be reasonably considered to be significant, requires the giving of reasonable notice to Unitholders to become effective.(3) Alterations affecting only a particular sub-fund or class of units may be approved in accordance with (1)
Although account should be taken of the guidance on fundamental changes (COLL 4.3.5 G (Guidance on fundamental changes)) and significant changes (COLL 4.3.7 G (Guidance on significant changes)) the impact of any change to the scheme should be assessed individually based on the nature of the scheme and its investor profile.
(1) Details of the procedures for the convening and conducting of meetings and resolutions must be set out in the instrument constituting the fund13 and be reasonable and fair as between all relevant parties.13(2) The authorised fund manager must record and keep minutes for six years of all proceedings to which COLL 8.3.6 R (Alterations to the scheme and notices to Unitholders) and this rule are relevant.(3) The provisions in COLL 4.4.12 R (Notices to Unitholders), COLL 4.4.13
If a particular body corporate ('BC') comes within the definition of a collective investment scheme, the second element in the definition is whether the property to which the scheme relates meets the property condition. This condition is that the property must belong beneficially to, and be managed by or on behalf of, BC. In addition, BC must have as its purpose the investment of its funds to:(1) spread investment risk; and(2) give its members the benefit of the results of the
The property of the collective investment scheme must belong beneficially to BC, although the legal title to it may be held by a third party. However, the holders of shares or securities issued by BC may not have a beneficial interest in that property. In exchange for their contributions, they will only have rights against BC.
COLL 14.3.3RRP
If the charity authorised investment fund has an advisory committee, the authorised fund manager must ensure that on the request of the committee, the scheme’s annual long report includes a statement prepared and approved by the committee.
COLL 14.3.4GRP
The statement may address matters such as:(1) how the advisory committee is discharging its role and responsibilities as set out in the instrument constituting the fund;(2) any observations the committee may have on how the authorised fund manager has carried out its functions during the annual accounting period; and(3) any other matters the committee considers of interest to the unitholders of the charity authorised investment fund.
BIPRU 4.9 applies with respect to securitisationexposures, non credit-obligation assets and exposures to CIUs.
(1) Where exposures in the form of a CIU1 meet the criteria set out in BIPRU 3.4.121 R to BIPRU 3.4.122 R (Conditions for look through treatment under the standardised approach) and the firm is aware of all of the underlying exposures of the CIU, the firm must look through to those underlying exposures in order to calculate risk weighted exposure amounts and expected loss amounts in accordance with the methods set out in BIPRU 4.BIPRU 4.9.12 R applies to the part of the underlying
(1) Where exposures in the form of a CIU do not meet the criteria set out in BIPRU 3.4.121 R to BIPRU 3.4.122 R (Conditions for look through treatment under the standardised approach) or the firm is not aware of all of the underlying exposures of the CIU, a firm must look through to the underlying exposures and calculate risk weighted exposure amounts and expected loss amounts in accordance with the approach set out in BIPRU 4.7.9 R - BIPRU 4.7.12 R (Simple risk weights). If,
16There are five regulated activities associated with UCITS, AIFs and collective investment schemes:(1) managing a UCITS;(2) acting as trustee or depositary of a UCITS;(3) managing an AIF;(4) acting as trustee or depositary of an AIF; and(5) establishing, operating and winding up a collective investment scheme.
16The activity of managing a UCITS is derived from the UCITS Directive. A person will manage a UCITS where they carry on collective portfolio management of a UCITS. A UCITS is a type of collective investment scheme which is authorised by a competent authority in an EEA State as meeting the requirements under the UCITS Directive.
16Most collective investment schemes will also be either a UCITS or an AIF (although not all AIFs are collective investment schemes). As a result, there is a potential overlap between the activity of establishing, operating and winding up a collective investment scheme and the activities of managing a UCITS and managing an AIF. However, there are exclusions in the RAO which considerably reduce the overlap (see PERG 2.8.10G (2) and PERG 16.5).
16An open-ended investment company will, once it is authorised under regulations made under section 262 of the Act, become an authorised person in its own right under Schedule 5 to the Act (Persons concerned in Collective Investment Schemes). Under ordinary principles, a company operates itself and an authorisedopen-ended investment company will be operating the collective investment scheme constituted by the company. It is not required to go through a separate process of authorisation
(1) An authorised fund must have an annual income allocation date, which must be within four months of the end of the relevant annual accounting period.33(2) An authorised fund may have interim income allocation dates and one or more interim accounting periods for each of those dates2 and, if it does, the interim income allocation date must be within four months of the end of the relevant interim accounting period(s).22(3) An authorised fund must have a distribution account to
3In the case of sub-funds with more than one class of units in issue, the proportionate interests of each class of units in the amount available for income allocations should be determined in accordance with the instrument constituting the fund.77
An authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme or a UK UCITS management company of an EEA UCITS scheme must:(1) ensure a high level of diligence in the selection and ongoing monitoring of scheme property, in the best interests of the scheme and the integrity of the market;(2) ensure it has adequate knowledge and understanding of the assets in which any scheme it manages is invested;(3) establish written policies and procedures on due diligence and implement effective arrangements
(1) An authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme or a UK UCITS management company of an EEA UCITS scheme must develop adequate and effective strategies for determining when and how voting rights attached to ownership of scheme property, or the instruments held by an EEA UCITS scheme, are to be exercised, to the exclusive benefit of the scheme concerned.(2) The strategy referred to in (1) must determine measures and procedures for:(a) monitoring relevant corporate events;(b) ensuring
The nature of many bodies corporate means that they will, in most if not all circumstances, come within the definition of collective investment scheme in section 235(1) to (3) of the Act (Collective investment schemes). The property concerned will generally be managed as a whole under the control of the directors of the body corporate or some other person for the purpose of running its business. The idea underlying the investment is that the investors will participate in or receive
However, there are a number of exclusions that apply to prevent certain arrangements from being a collective investment scheme. These are in the Schedule to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Collective Investment Schemes) Order 2001 (SI 2001/1062) (Arrangements not amounting to a collective investment scheme). The exclusion in paragraph 21 of the Schedule to that Order is of particular significance for bodies corporate. It excludes from being a collective investment
(1) The authorised fund manager of a UCITS scheme that is a merging UCITS or a receiving UCITS in a proposed UCITS merger, must in conjunction with any other authorised fund manager or, as the case may be, management company of an EEA UCITS scheme that is a party to the proposed merger, draw up common draft terms of the proposed UCITS merger.(2) The common draft terms in (1) must set out the following particulars:(a) an identification of the type of UCITS merger and of the UCITS
The depositary of a UCITS scheme that is either a merging UCITS or a receiving UCITS in a proposed UCITS merger must verify that the statements in the common draft terms of merger required under COLL 7.7.7 R (2)(a), (f) and (g), to the extent they relate to the scheme for which it is the depositary, conform with the provisions of the regulatory system and the instrument constituting the fund.55[Note: article 41 of the UCITS Directive]
COLL 7.7.18RRP
Between the date when the information required under COLL 7.7.10 R is provided to unitholders and the date when the merger takes effect, the information document and the up-to-date key investor information of the receiving UCITS must be provided to each person who purchases or subscribes for units in either the merging UCITS or the receiving UCITS or who asks to receive copies of the instrument constituting the fund,5prospectus or key investor information of either scheme. 5[Note:
COBS 15.2.1RRP
A consumer has a right to cancel any of the following contracts with a firm:Cancellable contractCancellation periodSupplementary provisionsLife and pensions:• a life policy (including a pension annuity, a pension policy or within a wrapper)• a contract to join a personal pension scheme or a stakeholder pension scheme• a pension contract• a contract for a pension transfer• a contract to vary an existing personal pension scheme or stakeholder pension scheme by exercising, for the
An application for an authorisation order must propose that the scheme be one of the following types:(1) a UCITS scheme;(2) a non-UCITS retail scheme, including:333(a) a non-UCITS retail scheme operating as a fund of alternative investment funds (FAIF); and3(b) a non-UCITS retail scheme which is an umbrella with sub-funds operating as:3(i) FAIFs;3(ii) standard non-UCITS retail schemes; or3(iii) a mixture of (i) and (ii); or3(3) a qualified investor scheme.
(1) UCITS schemes have to comply with the conditions necessary in order to enjoy the rights available under the UCITS Directive. Such schemes must in particular comply with:(a) COLL 3.2.8 R (UCITS obligations); and(b) the investment and borrowing powers rules for UCITS schemes set out in COLL 5.2 to COLL 5.5 .(2) (a) 5Non-UCITS retail schemes are schemes that do not comply with all the conditions set out in the UCITS Directive.(b) 5A non-UCITS retail scheme is an AIF and must