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X1[F1189Assessment: ProcedureU.K.

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(1) The [F2appropriate regulator] must act under section 185 within a period of 60 working days beginning with the day on which the [F2appropriate regulator] acknowledges receipt of the section 178 notice (“the assessment period”).

[F3(1A)But where the section 178 notice relates to an acquisition or increase of control over a credit institution, investment firm or banking group company, the Bank of England, acting in the exercise of its functions under sections 6A to 6C of the Banking Act 2009 or under the special resolution regime under Part 1 of that Act, may direct the appropriate regulator to act under this Part in a timely manner, and to shorten the assessment period so far as reasonably practicable.

(1B)In subsection (1A)—

  • “bank” has the meaning given in section 2 of the Banking Act 2009;

  • “banking group company” has the meaning given in section 81D of that Act.]

(2)The assessment period may be interrupted, no more than once, in accordance with section 190.

(3)The [F2appropriate regulator] must inform the section 178 notice-giver in writing of—

(a)the duration of the assessment period;

(b)its expiry date; and

(c)any change to the expiry date by virtue of section 190.

(4)The [F2appropriate regulator] must, within two working days of acting under section 185 (and in any event no later than the expiry date of the assessment period)—

(a)notify the section 178 notice-giver that it has determined to approve the acquisition unconditionally; or

(b)give a warning notice stating that it proposes to—

(i)approve the acquisition subject to conditions; or

(ii)object to the acquisition.

(5)Where the [F2appropriate regulator] gives a warning notice stating that it proposes to approve the acquisition subject to conditions—

(a)it must, in the warning notice, specify those conditions; and

(b)the conditions take effect as interim conditions.

(6)[F4Unless section 190A applies] the [F2appropriate regulator] is treated as having approved the acquisition if, at the expiry of the assessment period, it has neither—

(a)given notice under subsection (4); nor

(b)informed the section 178 notice-giver that the section 178 notice is incomplete.

(7)If the [F2appropriate regulator] decides to approve an acquisition subject to conditions or to object to an acquisition it must give the section 178 notice-giver a decision notice.

(8)Following receipt of a decision notice under this section, the section 178 notice-giver may refer the [F2appropriate regulator's] decision to the Tribunal.]

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X1The substitution of ss. 178-191G for ss. 178-191 on 21.3.2009 which involves the insertion of several new headings in Pt. XII gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under those new headings.

Textual Amendments

F1Ss. 178-191G and cross-headings substituted (21.3.2009) for ss. 178-191 and cross-headings by The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Controllers) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/534), reg. 3, Sch. 1 (with reg. 8)

F2Words in Pt. XII substituted (1.4.2013) by Financial Services Act 2012 (c. 21), ss. 26(2), 122(3) (with Sch. 20); S.I. 2013/423, art. 3, Sch.

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