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The Financial Conglomerates and Other Financial Groups Regulations 2004

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Supervision of third-country financial conglomerates

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8.  (1)  Where the Authority is, for the purposes of Article 18(1) of the conglomerates directive (parent undertakings outside the Community), verifying whether the regulated entities in a third-country financial conglomerate are subject to supervision, by a third-country competent authority, which is equivalent to that provided for by the provisions of the conglomerates directive, it must, where there is a directive requirement to do so, before completing this verification—

(a)consult the other relevant competent authorities in relation to that third-county financial conglomerate;

(b)consult the Financial Conglomerates Committee for the purposes of obtaining any applicable guidance prepared by that Committee in accordance with Article 21(5) of the conglomerates directive (guidance on whether third-country competent authorities are likely to achieve objectives of supplementary supervision); and

(c)take into account any such guidance.

(2) Paragraphs (3) and (4) apply if the Authority, for the purposes of Article 18(3) of the conglomerates directive (application of other methods for the purposes of ensuring appropriate supplementary supervision of the regulated entities in a third-country financial conglomerate), exercises its powers to—

(a)vary the Part IV permission of a regulated entity in a third-country financial conglomerate;

(b)disapply from, or apply in a modified form to, such a regulated entity the rules specified in subsection (1) of section 148 of the Act (modification or waiver of rules) in accordance with that section;

(c)impose conditions under section 185 of the Act (conditions attached to approval of change of control) on a person who is, or proposes to be, a controller of such a regulated entity; or

(d)give a notice under section 186 or 187 of the Act (notice of objection to acquisition of, or existing, control) to a person who is, or proposes to be, a controller of such a regulated entity.

(3) Where there is a directive requirement to do so, the Authority must before taking the action specified in paragraph (2)—

(a)where the Authority is the co-ordinator, consult the relevant competent authorities in relation to that third-country financial conglomerate; or

(b)where the Authority is not the co-ordinator, obtain the consent of the co-ordinator for that third-country financial conglomerate to take that action.

(4) If the Authority decides to take that action, it must, where there is a directive requirement to do so, notify—

(a)the competent authority of each regulated entity in that third-country financial conglomerate, and

(b)the Commission,

that it has done so.

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