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SUP 11.9.2GRP
Guidance on what constitutes a close link is provided in COND 2.3.
SUP 16.5.2GRP
A firm is required to notify the FSA of changes to its close links (see SUP 11.9). Threshold condition 3 (Close links) provides that, if a firm has close links with another person, the FSA must be satisfied that:(1) those close links are not likely to prevent the FSA's effective supervision of the firm; and(2) where it appears to the FSA that the person is subject to the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of a territory which is not an EEA State, neither the foreign
SUP 16.5.3GRP
The purposes of the rules and guidance in this section are:(1) to ensure that, in addition to such notifications, the FSA receives regular and comprehensive information about the identities of all persons with whom a firm has close links, which is relevant to a firm's continuing to satisfy the threshold condition 3 (Close links) (see SUP 2.3) and to the protection of consumers; and(2) to implement certain requirements relating to the provision of information on close links which
SUP 16.5.4RRP
(1) A firm must submit a report to the FSA annually the information in (3) or (4) (as applicable).(2) A firm must submit the report in (1) to the FSA within four months of the firm'saccounting reference date.(3) If a firm is not aware: (a) that it has any close links; or (b) of any material changes to the details in (4) (a) to (c) in respect of its close links since the submission of its previous report under (1);then the report in (1) must confirm this.(4) Unless (3) applies,
SUP 16.5.6GRP
If a group includes more than one firm, a single annual close links report may be submitted and so satisfy the requirements of all firms in the group. Such a report should contain the information required from all of them, meet all relevant due dates, indicate all the firms on whose behalf it is submitted and give their FSA firm reference numbers. Nevertheless, the requirement to provide a report, and the responsibility for the report, remain with each firm in the group.1
SUP 16.5.8RRP
If a firm is an unincorporated friendly society, then it is only required to submit a report under SUP 16.5.4 R if it is aware that it has close links.
SUP 11.2.5GRP
Similarly, the FSA needs to monitor a firm's continuing satisfaction of threshold condition 3 (Close links) (see COND 2.32), which requires that a firm's close links are not likely to prevent the FSA's effective supervision of that firm. Accordingly the FSA needs to be notified of any changes in a firm's close links. This requirement is contained in SUP 11.9.2
SUP 11.2.6GRP
Every firm, other than a firm listed in SUP 11.1.1 R (1) to SUP 11.1.1 R (6)2or a firm excluded from the operation of SUP 16.4 or SUP 16.5 by SUP 16.1.3 R, is required to submit an annual report on its controllers and close links as set out in SUP 16.4 and SUP 16.5.
SUP 11.2.7GRP
The requirements in SUP 11 implement certain provisions relating to changes in control and close links required under the Single Market Directives.2
SUP 16.3.2GRP
This chapter has been split into eight5sections, covering:53(1) annual controllers reports (SUP 16.4);(2) annual close links reports (SUP 16.5);(3) compliance reports (SUP 16.6); (4) financial reports (SUP 16.7); (5) persistency reports (SUP 16.8);53(6) annual appointed representatives reports (SUP 16.9);553(7) Verification of standing data (SUP 16.10); and58(8) product sales data reporting (SUP 16.11).5
SUP 16.3.3GRP
The annual controllers, annual close links, persistency and annual appointed representatives reports sections are the same for all categories of firm to which they apply.3
SUP 16.3.26GRP
Examples of reports covering a group are:(1) the compliance reports required from banks under SUP 16.6.4 R;(2) annual controllers reports required under SUP 16.5.4 R;(3) annual close links reports required under SUP 16.5.4 R(4) consolidated financial reports required from banks under SUP 16.7.7 R;(5) consolidated reporting statements required from securities and futures firms under SUP 16.7.24 R.
SUP 12.4.2RRP
Before a firm appoints a person as an appointed representative (other than an introducer appointed representative) and on a continuing basis, it must establish on reasonable grounds that:11(1) the appointment does not prevent the firm from satisfying and continuing to satisfy the threshold conditions;(2) the person:(a) is solvent;(b) is otherwise 1suitable to act for the firm in that capacity;and1(c) has no close links which would be likely to prevent the effective supervision
SUP 12.4.5GRP
In determining, under SUP 12.4.2 R (2)(c), whether an appointed representative or prospective appointed representative has any close links which would be likely to prevent the firm's effective supervision, a firm should consider the guidance to threshold condition 3 (Close links) in COND 2.3.
SUP 16.4.3GRP
Requirements for notifications of a change in control can be found in SUP 11 (Controllers and close links).