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Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013

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112Interpretation: infrastructure companies

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(1)In this Part “infrastructure company” has the meaning given by this section.

(2)“Infrastructure company” means a company which is—

(a)the operator of a recognised inter-bank payment system, other than an operator excluded by subsection (3),

(b)approved under regulations under section 785 of the Companies Act 2006 (provision enabling procedures for evidencing and transferring title) as the operator of a securities settlement system, or

(c)a company designated by the Treasury under subsection (4).

(3)But a company is not an infrastructure company if it is a recognised central counterparty, as defined by section 285 of FSMA 2000.

(4)The Treasury may by order designate a company for the purposes of subsection (2)(c) if—

(a)the company provides services to a person falling within subsection (2)(a) or (b), and

(b)the Treasury are satisfied that an interruption in the provision of those services would have a serious adverse effect on the effective operation of the recognised inter-bank payment system or securities settlement system in question.

(5)An order under subsection (4) must specify the recognised inter-bank payment system or securities settlement system in connection with which the company is designated.

(6)Before designating a company under subsection (4), the Treasury must consult—

(a)the company to be designated,

(b)the person within subsection (2)(a) or (b) to whom the company provides services,

(c)the Bank of England,

(d)if the company is a PRA-authorised person, the PRA and the FCA, and

(e)if the company is an authorised person other than a PRA-authorised person, the FCA.

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