Application provision

6.1 (1) This Chapter applies to a firm if another member of its group which is not subject to Own Funds 5 intends to issue an item for inclusion within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group.

  1. (2) This Chapter does not apply in respect of the following:
    1. (a) any item which a firm intends to include within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group that is not covered by the lists of own funds items set out in the Solvency II Regulations, but which may be included in the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR only if the firm has received the PRA’s approval; and
    2. (b) any item which a firm intends to include within the ancillary own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group.

6.1

01/03/2016

  1. (1) This Chapter applies to a firm if another member of its group which is not subject to Own Funds 5 intends to issue an item for inclusion within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group.
  2. (2) This Chapter does not apply in respect of the following:
    1. (a) any item which a firm intends to include within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group that is not covered by the lists of own funds items set out in the Solvency II Regulations, but which may be included in the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR only if the firm has received the PRA’s approval; and
    2. (b) any item which a firm intends to include within the ancillary own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR of the firm’s group.

6.2

31/12/2020

The changes to this rule are effective from 23:00 on 31/12/2020.

  1. (1) Subject to 6.5, a firm must notify the PRA in writing of the intention of another member of its group which is not subject to Own Funds 5 to issue an item which it intends to include within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR, as soon as it becomes aware of the intention of the issuing undertaking.
  2. (2) When giving notice, a firm must:
    1. (a) provide details of the amount of basic own funds to be raised through the intended issue and whether the item is intended to be issued to external investors or within its group;
    2. (b) identify the classification of basic own funds the item is intended to fall within;
    3. (c) provide a copy of the draft terms and conditions;
    4. (d) describe the proposed item’s contribution to own funds eligible for the group SCR;
    5. (e) describe the group’s membership and structure, including the relationship between the firm and the group member issuing the proposed item;
    6. (f) provide a draft of a properly reasoned independent legal opinion from an appropriately qualified individual confirming that the item complies with the rules applicable to items of basic own funds included in the classification of the item identified in (b);
    7. (g) for any item referred to in Article 82(3) of the delegated act (including after IP completion day the relevant national law provision), provide a draft of a properly reasoned independent accounting opinion from an appropriately qualified individual as to the item’s treatment in the financial statements of the group member issuing the proposed item and of the group;
    8. (h) include confirmation from the governing body of the firm that the item complies with the rules applicable to items of basic own funds included in the classification of the item identified in (b); and
    9. (i) state whether the item is encumbered or whether there are any connected transactions in respect of the item and, if so, provide details.

6.3

01/03/2016

If after an initial notification under 6.2, but prior to an item’s issuance, a firm proposes to change the information previously submitted, it must provide a further written notification of that change without delay.

6.4

01/03/2016

If an undertaking proposes to establish or amend a debt securities programme for the issue of an item which the firm intends to include within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR, the firm must:

  1. (1) notify the PRA of the establishment of the programme or of the proposed amendment to the programme; and
  2. (2) provide the information required by 6.2

as soon it becomes aware of the proposed establishment or amendment. The PRA must be notified of any changes in accordance with 6.3.

6.5

02/05/2017

6.2 does not apply to:

  1. (1) ordinary shares issued by an undertaking in the group which:
    1. (a) meet the classification criteria for ordinary share capital in Tier 1 own funds; and
    2. (b) are the same as ordinary shares previously issued by that undertaking;
  2. (2) debt instruments issued from a debt securities programme established by an undertaking in the group, provided that:
    1. (a) the establishment of (and any subsequent amendment to) the programme was notified to the PRA in accordance with 6.4 and the last such notification was given to the PRA no more than twelve months prior to the date of the proposed drawdown;
    1. (b) the programme complies with, and the information previously notified to the PRA in accordance with 6.4 in relation to the programme is unaffected by, any changes in law or regulation, or the interpretation or application of either, coming into effect since the last notification in accordance with 6.4; and
    2. (c) any instrument issued pursuant to the programme must, under the terms of the programme, constitute basic own funds; and
  3. (3) any item which is to be issued on identical terms to one or more items included in the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR issued by the undertaking in the group within the previous twelve months and notified to the PRA in accordance with 6.2, excluding (1) the issue date, (2) the maturity date, (3) the amount of the issuance, (4) the currency of the issuance, and (5) the rate of interest payable by the issuer.

6.6

01/03/2017

A firm must notify the PRA in writing, no later than the date of issue, of the intention of the undertaking in the group to issue an item listed in 6.5 which it intends to include within the basic own funds forming the own funds eligible for the group SCR. When giving notice, a firm must:

  1. (1) provide the information set out in 6.2(2) other than 6.2(2)(c) (draft terms and conditions), 6.2(2)(f) (draft legal opinion) and 6.2(2)(g) (draft accounting opinion); and
  2. (2) for the issue of an item pursuant to 6.5(1) or 6.5(3), confirm that the terms of the item have not changed since the previous issue of that type of item of basic own funds by that undertaking.

6.7

01/03/2016

A firm must notify the PRA in writing of the intention of an undertaking in the group to amend or otherwise vary the terms of any item of own funds eligible for the group SCR as soon as it becomes aware of the intention of the issuing undertaking to amend or otherwise vary the terms of the item.

6.8

01/03/2017

A firm must provide to the PRA as soon as practicable after it becomes aware of the issuance of an item of basic own funds by an undertaking in its group to which 6.2, 6.4, 6.5(2) or 6.5(3) applies:

  1. (1) a finalised copy of the draft legal opinion referred to in 6.2(2)(f);
  2. (2) a finalised copy of the draft accounting opinion referred to in 6.2(2)(g) if applicable;
  3. (3) a copy of the instrument’s final terms and conditions; and
  4. (4) a reasoned basis for the choice of coupon structure and any other provision that might suggest an incentive to redeem.