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Article 18 Capital instruments of third country insurance and reinsurance undertakings for the purposes of Article 36(3) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013

  1. (1)

    Holdings of capital instruments of third country insurance and reinsurance undertakings that are subject to a solvency regime that either before IP completion day, has been assessed as non-equivalent to that laid down in Title I, Chapter VI of Directive 2009/138/EC according to the procedure set out in Article 227 of that Directive and there has not, in respect of the supervisory regime of that third country, been a later determination of equivalence by the Treasury under Article 379A of the Solvency II Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 or by the PRA under regulation 19 of the Solvency 2 Regulations 2015, or that has not been assessed, shall be deducted as follows:

    1. (a)

      all instruments which qualify as capital under the company law applicable to the third country insurance and reinsurance undertakings that issued them, and which are included in the highest quality Tier of regulatory own funds without any limits under the third-country regime shall be deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 items;

    2. (b)

      any subordinated instruments absorbing losses on a going-concern basis, including the discretion to cancel coupon payments, shall be deducted from Additional Tier 1 items. Where the amount of these subordinated instruments exceeds the amount of Additional Tier 1 capital, the excess amount shall be deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 items;

    3. (c)

      any other subordinated instruments shall be deducted from Tier 2 items. Where the amount of these subordinated instruments exceeds the amount of Tier 2 capital, the excess amount shall be deducted from Additional Tier 1 items. Where this excess amount exceeds the amount of Additional Tier 1 capital, the remaining excess amount shall be deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 items;

    4. (d)

      for third country insurance and reinsurance undertakings that are subject to prudential solvency requirements, any other instruments included in the third country insurance and reinsurance undertakings' own funds pursuant to the relevant applicable solvency regime or any other instruments for which the institution is not able to demonstrate that conditions (a), (b) or (c) apply shall be deducted from Common Equity Tier 1 items.

  2. (2)

    Where the solvency regime of the third country including rules on own funds, has:-

    1. (a) before IP completion day, been assessed as equivalent to that laid down in Title I, Chapter VI of Directive 2009/138/EC according to the procedure set out in Article 227 of that Directive and that assessment has not, on or after IP completion day, been revoked by the Treasury; or

    2. (b) on or after IP completion day, been assessed as equivalent to that laid down in the laws of the United Kingdom that implemented Title I, Chapter VI of Directive 2009/138/EC according to the procedure set out in Article 379A of the Solvency II Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35, or, where assessed as equivalent by the PRA according to the procedure in regulation 19 of the Solvency 2 Regulations 2015,

    holdings of capital instrument of the third-country insurance or reinsurance undertakings shall be treated as holdings of capital instruments of insurance or reinsurance undertakings within the meaning of ‘insurance undertaking’ and ‘reinsurance undertaking’ in section 417(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

  3. (3)

    In the cases foreseen in paragraph 2 of this Article, institutions shall apply the deductions as foreseen by point (b) of Article 44, point (b) of Article 58 and point (b) of Article 68 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, as applicable, for holdings of own funds insurance items.