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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.

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Article 3 Main business threshold

  1. (1)

    The activities referred to in Article 1 shall be considered to constitute a minority of activities at group level where they comply with any of the following conditions:

    1. (a)

      the size of those activities calculated in accordance with the first subparagraph of paragraph 3 does not account for more than 10 % of the total size of the trading activity of the group calculated in accordance with the second subparagraph of paragraph 3;

    2. (b)

      the estimated capital employed for carrying out those activities calculated in accordance with paragraphs 5 to 7 does not account for more than 10 % of the capital employed at group level for carrying out the main business calculated in accordance with paragraph 9.

  2. (2)

    The following derogations from paragraph 1(a) shall apply:

    1. (a)

      where the size of the activities referred to in Article 1 calculated in accordance with the first subparagraph of paragraph 3 accounts for more than 10 % but less than 50 % of the total size of the trading activity of the group calculated in accordance with the second subparagraph of paragraph 3, ancillary activities shall be considered to constitute a minority of activities at group level only where the size of the trading activity for each of the asset classes referred to in Article 2(1) accounts for less than 50 % of the threshold established by Article 2(1) for each relevant asset class;

    2. (b)

      where the size of the trading activities calculated in accordance with the first subparagraph of paragraph 3 accounts for equal to or more than 50 % of the total size of the trading activity of the group calculated in accordance with the second subparagraph of paragraph 3, ancillary activities shall be considered to constitute a minority of activities at group level only where the size of the trading activity for each of the asset classes referred to in Article 2(1) accounts for less than 20 % of the threshold established by Article 2(1) for each relevant asset class.

  3. (3)

    The size of the activities referred to in Article 1 undertaken by a person within a group shall be calculated by aggregating the size of the activities undertaken by that person with respect to all of the asset classes referred to in Article 2(1) in accordance with the same calculation criteria as that referred to in Article 2(2).

    The total size of the trading activity of the group shall be calculated by aggregating the gross notional value of all contracts in commodity derivatives, emission allowances and derivatives thereof to which persons within that group are a party to.

  4. (4)

    The aggregation referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 3 shall not include contracts where the person within the group that is a party to any of those contracts is authorised in accordance with Directive 2014/65/EU or Directive 2013/36/EU or as such in accordance with Part 4A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to provide investment services or perform investment activities or accept deposits (as a CRD credit institution).

  5. (5)

    The estimated capital employed for carrying out the activities referred to in Article 1 shall be the sum of the following:

    1. (a)

      15 % of each net position, long or short, multiplied by the price for the commodity derivative, emission allowance or derivatives thereof;

    2. (b)

      3 % of the gross position, long plus short, multiplied by the price for the commodity derivative, emission allowance or derivatives thereof.

  6. (6)

    For the purposes of paragraph 5, point (a), the net position in a commodity derivative, an emission allowance or derivative thereof shall be determined by netting long and short positions:

    1. (a)

      in each type of commodity derivative contract with a particular commodity as underlying in order to calculate the net position per type of contract with that commodity as underlying;

    2. (b)

      in an emission allowance contract in order to calculate the net position in that emission allowances contract; or

    3. (c)

      in each type of emission allowance derivative contract in order to calculate the net position per type of emission allowance derivative contract.

    For the purposes of paragraph 5, point (a), net positions in different types of contracts with the same commodity as underlying or different types of derivative contracts with the same emission allowance as underlying can be netted against each other.

  7. (7)

    For the purposes of paragraph 5, point (b), the gross position in a commodity derivative, an emission allowance or a derivative contract thereof, shall be determined by computing the sum of the absolute values of the net positions per type of contract with a particular commodity as the underlying, per emission allowance contract or per type of contract with a particular emission allowance as the underlying.

    For the purposes of paragraph 5, point (b), net positions in different types of derivative contracts with the same commodity as underlying or different types of derivative contracts with the same emission allowance as underlying cannot be netted against each other.

  8. (8)

    The calculation of the estimated capital shall not include positions resulting from transactions referred to in points (a), (b) and (c) of subparagraph 5 of Article 2(4) of Directive 2014/65/EU.

  9. (9)

    The capital employed for carrying out the main business of a group shall be the sum of the total assets of the group minus its short-term debt as recorded in its consolidated financial statements of the group at the end of the relevant annual calculation period. For the purposes of the first sentence, short-term debt means debt with a maturity of less than 12 months.

  10. (10)

    The values resulting from the calculations referred to in this Article shall be denominated in EUR.