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[F1Applications for authorisationE+W+S+N.I.

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261C.Applications for authorisation of contractual schemesE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any application for an order declaring a contractual scheme to be an authorised contractual scheme must be made to the FCA by the operator and depositary, or proposed operator and depositary, of the scheme.

(2)The application—

(a)must be made in such manner as the FCA may direct;

(b)must state the name and the registered office, or if it does not have a registered office, the head office, of the operator or proposed operator and of the depositary or proposed depositary; and

(c)in the case of a partnership scheme, must be accompanied by a copy of the certificate of registration as a limited partnership under the Limited Partnerships Act 1907.

(3)At any time after receiving an application and before determining it, the FCA may require the applicants to provide it with such further information as it reasonably considers necessary to enable it to determine the application.

(4)Different directions may be given, and different requirements imposed, in relation to different applications.

(5)The FCA may require applicants to present information which they are required to give under this section in such form, or to verify it in such a way, as the FCA may direct.

261D.Authorisation ordersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)If, on an application under section 261C in respect of a contractual scheme, the FCA

(a)is satisfied that the scheme complies with the requirements set out in this section and section 261E,

(b)is satisfied that the scheme complies with the requirements of contractual scheme rules, and

(c)has been provided with a copy of the contractual scheme deed and a certificate signed by a solicitor to the effect that it complies with such of the requirements of this section or those rules as relate to its contents,

the FCA may make an order declaring the scheme to be an authorised contractual scheme.

(2)If the FCA makes an order under subsection (1), it must give written notice of the order to the applicants.

(3)In this Chapter “authorisation order” means an order under subsection (1).

(4)The operator and the depositary must be persons who are independent of each other.

(5)The operator and the depositary must each be a body corporate incorporated in the United Kingdom or another EEA State, and the affairs of each must be administered in the country in which it is incorporated.

(6)The depositary must have a place of business in the United Kingdom, and the operator must have a place of business in the United Kingdom or in another EEA State.

(7)If the operator is incorporated in another EEA State, the scheme must not be one which satisfies the requirements prescribed for the purposes of section 264.

(8)The operator and the depositary must each be an authorised person, and the operator must have [F2such permission as may be necessary to act as operator] and the depositary must have permission to act as depositary.

(9)The operator must be a fit and proper person to manage the scheme to which the application relates.

(10)The name of the scheme must not be undesirable or misleading.

(11)The purposes of the scheme must be reasonably capable of being successfully carried into effect.

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261E.Authorisation orders: holding of unitsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The participants in a contractual scheme must be entitled to have their units redeemed in accordance with the scheme at a price—

(a)related to the net value of the property to which the units relate; and

(b)determined in accordance with the scheme.

(2)The scheme must not allow units in the scheme to be issued to anyone other than—

(a)a professional investor;

(b)a large investor; or

(c)a person who already holds units in the scheme.

(3)The scheme must require the operator, if it becomes aware that units have become vested in a person to whom as a result of subsection (2) the units could not have been issued, to redeem the units as soon as practicable.

(4)In subsection (2)—

  • “professional investor” means a person who falls within one of the categories (1) to (4) of Section I of Annex II to the markets in financial instruments directive (professional clients for the purpose of that directive); and

  • “large investor” means a person who, in exchange for units in the scheme, makes a payment of, or contributes property with a value of, not less than £1,000,000.

261F.Determination of applicationsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), an application under section 261C must be determined by the FCA before the end of the period of six months beginning with the date on which it receives the completed application.

(2)An application under section 261C for authorisation of a contractual scheme which is a UCITS must be determined by the FCA before the end of two months beginning with the date on which it receives the application.

(3)The FCA may determine an incomplete application if it considers it appropriate to do so; and it must in any event determine such an application within twelve months beginning with the date on which it first receives the application.

(4)The applicants may withdraw the application, by giving the FCA written notice, at any time before the FCA determines it.]

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