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The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017

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Determination of applications for registration under regulations 54 and 55

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59.—(1) Subject to regulation 58, the registering authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration in a register maintained under regulation 54 or 55 if—

(a)any requirement of, or imposed under, regulation 57 has not been complied with;

(b)it appears to the registering authority that any information provided pursuant to regulation 57 is false or misleading in a material particular;

(c)the applicant has failed to pay—

(i)a penalty imposed by the authority under Part 9;

(ii)a charge imposed by the authority under Part 11; or

(iii)a penalty or charge imposed by the authority under regulation 35(1) or 42(1) of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007;

(d)where the registering authority is not the applicant’s supervisory authority, the supervisory authority opposes the application for registration on reasonable grounds; or

(e)the registering authority suspects, on reasonable grounds—

(i)that the applicant will fail to comply with any of its obligations under—

(aa)these Regulations;

(bb)Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000(1); or

(cc)Parts 7 and 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002(2);

(the “relevant obligations”);

(ii)that any person whom the applicant has identified as one of its officers or managers will fail to comply with any of the relevant obligations.

(2) Where the Commissioners are the registering authority, they must within 45 days beginning either with the date on which they receive the application or, where applicable, with the date on which they receive any further information required under regulation 57(3), give the applicant notice of—

(a)the decision to register the applicant; or

(b)the following matters—

(i)their decision not to register the applicant;

(ii)the reasons for their decision;

(iii)the right to a review under regulation 94; and

(iv)the right to appeal under regulation 99.

(3) Where the FCA is the registering authority, it must within 45 days beginning either with the date on which it receives the application or, where applicable, with the date on which it receives any further information required under regulation 57(3), give the applicant notice of—

(a)its decision to register the applicant; or

(b)the following matters—

(i)that it is minded not to register the applicant;

(ii)the reasons for being minded to refuse to register the applicant; and

(iii)the right to make representations to it within a specified period (which may not be less than 28 days).

(4) After the expiry of the period referred to in paragraph (3)(b)(iii), the FCA must decide, within a reasonable period, whether to register the applicant and it must give the applicant notice of—

(a)its decision to register the applicant; or

(b)the following matters—

(i)its decision not to register the applicant;

(ii)the reasons for its decision; and

(iii)the right to appeal under regulation 93.

(5) The registering authority must, as soon as practicable after deciding to register a person, include that person in the relevant register.

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