Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.

Article 10 Effective exercise of supervisory functions

A group structure within which the investment firm will operate shall be considered to be an obstacle to the exercise of the supervisory function of the competent authority for the purposes of the United Kingdom’s legislation corresponding to Article 10(1) and (2) of Directive 2014/65/EU in any of the following cases:

  1. (a)

    it is complex and not sufficiently transparent;

  2. (b)

    it has a geographical location of group entities;

  3. (c)

    it includes activities performed by the group entities that may prevent the competent authority to effectively appraise the suitability of the shareholders or members with qualifying holdings or the influence of close links with the investment firm.