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CP152: New Prudential Rules Proposed for UCITS ManCos and AIFMs with MiFID Permissions

09 Jan 2023

On 1 December 2022, the Central Bank of Ireland ("Central Bank") published a consultation paper ("CP152") on own funds requirements for UCITS management companies ("UCITS ManCos") and Alternative Investment Fund Managers ("AIFMs") authorised with a MiFID top-up to provide discretionary portfolio management services. 

Background

Existing own funds requirements for UCITS ManCos and AIFMs are set out in Regulation 17 of the UCITS Regulationsand Regulation 10 of the AIFM Regulations2 respectively.  Under these regulations the level of own funds required to be held is directly proportional to the value of the funds managed under the respective firms' collective portfolio management permission. These regulations do not take into account the value of funds in individual portfolios managed by these firms. 

In order to address the risk to the firm and clients when providing these additional services, the Central Bank currently requires, as a condition of authorisation, that such UCITS ManCos and AIFMs comply with the own funds requirements in Regulation 18(2) of the European Communities (Capital Adequacy of Investment Firms) Regulation 2006. Any additional capital required is included in the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process ("ICAAP"), which must be updated at least annually.

Investment firms authorised under the MiFID Regulations3 are now subject to the own funds requirements under Regulation (EU) 2019/2033 on the Prudential Requirements for Investment Firms ("IFR"). 

In the Central Bank's view, this leaves an uneven playing field between MiFID investment firms, and UCITS ManCos and AIFMs, performing similar services.  

Therefore, it proposes to introduce domestic requirements to prescribe the own funds requirements to apply to UCITS ManCos and AIFMs authorised with a MiFID top-up to provide discretionary portfolio management services. 

Proposal

CP152 proposes applying own funds requirements to the discretionary management aspect of a UCITS ManCo / AIFM's business that are calculated in a similar manner to the own funds requirements for investment firms under IFR, i.e. by reference to Risk to Client K-Factors.  

UCITS ManCos and AIFMs providing discretionary portfolio management services will be required to have minimum own funds equal to the higher of the: 

  • Total amount of initial capital and own funds which the UCITS ManCo or AIFM is required to hold under the UCITS Regulations or the AIFM Regulations, as applicable; or
  • New Risk to Client K-Factor requirement.

The Risk to Client K-Factor is the sum of the following K-Factors adjusted by the relevant co-efficient: 

  • K-AUM ("Assets Under Management");
  • K-CMH ("Client Money Held");
  • K-ASA ("Assets Safeguarded and Administered"); and
  • K-COH ("Client Orders Handled").4

CP152 contains guidance on how and when the relevant calculations should be made.  

UCITS ManCos or AIFMs classified as a 'small and non-interconnected firm' will not be required to calculate the Risk to Client K-Factor when determining the own funds requirement.

Firms will have to put in place sound, effective and comprehensive arrangements, strategies and processes to assess and maintain an adequate level of internal capital on an ongoing basis and to submit an ICAAP questionnaire annually to the Central Bank.

CP152 proposes amending the Central Bank UCITS Regulations5 and the AIF Rulebook to formalise these requirements.

Implementation Timeframe 

Responses to CP152 must be submitted by 23 February 2023.  

It does not state when the Central Bank UCITS Regulations and AIF Rulebook will be amended.  

It is proposed that UCITS ManCos and AIFMs will be permitted to limit the increase in their own funds requirement arising from the introduction of a K-Factor requirement to twice their fixed overheads requirement for the period up to the end of June 2026.

Further Information

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1 S.I. No. 352/2011 - European Communities (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Regulations 2011

2 S.I. No. 257/2013 - European Union (Alternative Investment Fund Managers) Regulations 2013

3 S.I. No. 375/2017 - European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017

4 K-COH only applicable to AIFMs.

5 S.I. No. 230/2019 - Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013 (Section 48(1)) (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Regulations 2019

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