Applying for Change in Control (CiC)

All regulated firms are required to inform the FCA of proposed or actual changes in control. UK domestic firms, other than non-directive firms, must notify the appropriate regulator if any of the following cases are true:

  1. a person is aquiring control
  2. an existing controller is increasing control
  3. an existing controller is reducing control
  4. an existing controller is ceasing to have control 

Non directive firms including firms with limited permissions are also required to notfiy the appropriate regulator if any of the following cases are true:

  1. a person is becoming a controller of the firm
  2. an existing controller is ceasing to be a controller of the firm

If you are looking to acquire control of or increase control of a regulated entity you will be required to notify the appropriate regulator as noted in Part 12 of the Financial Services Markets Act (FSMA). The notification is known as a change in control (CiC) and must be sought out before the change has taken place as approval will be required. If you believe that any of the above cases are true for your business, contact us to find out how we could support you.


How can we support you?

We deal with all CiCs on a case-by-case basis and tailor our service to meet our client's individual needs. We have built our service specifically to help our clients confidently navigate regulation in a way that will keep their vision and objectives intact.

As part of our service, we will collate all of the forms required by the FCA for the CiC to take place, we will also write a small business plan for you as part of the process. We will put together a pre and post-CiC org chart to show what is happening as a result of the application and help you answer any questions that the regulator might have during the application. 

If you are looking for support with an upcoming CiC or need assistance with an ongoing application, we can help you notify the FCA of the change and ensure that the CiC goes smoothly.

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Why choose Cosegic?

Our 360 degree perspective of regulatory affairs


Our 360 degree perspective of regulatory affairs

Our wide range of financial sector experts come together on a regular basis to discuss their interactions with the FCA and the regulatory trends that they are seeing, providing us with a more informed understanding of the FCA than our competitors.

Direct, proportionate advice


Direct, proportionate advice

Our unique perspective means we really do have our fingers on the pulse of regulation, which helps us to ensure that the advice we offer is practical, helpful and directly proportionate to our clients’ needs.

Our understanding of the role of compliance in firms


Our understanding of the role of compliance in firms

We have watched the evolution of compliance over the past twenty years and understand that compliance must now become a core part of how financial services carry out their businesses in order for them to be successful.

Compliance confidence for visionary growth


Compliance confidence for visionary growth

In recognising this, our services have been built in a way that can help you navigate regulation ensuring you will keep your vision and objectives intact. Our breadth of experience allows us to balance your business objectives with your compliance requirements.

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