Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR)

The Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR) is our new prudential regime for MiFID investment firms. The regime came into force on 1 January 2022.

Why we have introduced the IFPR

The IFPR aims to streamline and simplify the prudential requirements for MiFID investment firms that we prudentially regulate in the UK (FCA investment firms).

In line with our objectives and Mission, it refocuses prudential requirements and expectations away from the risks firms face, to also consider and look to manage the potential harm firms can pose to consumers and markets. 

Who is subject to the IFPR

The IFPR applies to:

  • MiFID investment firms authorised and regulated by us
  • Collective Portfolio Management Investment Firms (CPMIs)
  • regulated and unregulated holding companies of groups that contain either of the above

The IFPR will not apply to PRA-designated investment firms. They will remain subject to prudential supervision by the PRA.

Final rules and guidance

The final rules from our first and second policy statements are in the legal instruments FCA 2021/38 and FCA 2021/39. You can read a summary of minor updates made since we published the near-final versions of the instruments in PS21/9. The final rules from our third policy statement are in the legal instruments FCA 2021/49 and FCA 2021/50.

Firms that may be part of a financial conglomerate should also refer to our related amendments in FCA 2021/51 to certain technical standards under the onshored Financial Conglomerates Directive regime.

The IFPR rules are in our Handbook:

  • The new MIFIDPRU sourcebook is in the Prudential Standards block
  • The MIFIDPRU Remuneration Code (SYSC 19G) is in the SYSC sourcebook, within in the High Level Standards block

In 2021, we published general guidance on the application of ex-post risk adjustment to variable remuneration. This guidance explains our expectations on malus and clawback, including on how they should be invoked in an effective, timely, consistent and transparent way. We consulted on whether to extend the existing guidance to FCA investment firms. 

Remuneration Policy Statement templates

We have published templates for Remuneration Policy Statements (RPS) which FCA investment firms may (but do not have to) use to record how their remuneration policies and practices comply with the MIFIDPRU Remuneration Code:

IFPR newsletter

You can sign up to our IFPR newsletter by emailing [email protected] with ‘sign up’ in the subject line. The IFPR newsletter provides updates on the IFPR, IFPR resources and on any upcoming regulatory deadlines.

IFPR webinars

We hosted two IFPR webinars on 30 November 2021. The first webinar covered more technical aspects of the IFPR, such as groups and own funds requirements. The second webinar focused on some more practical aspects of the regime such as the ICARA process, reporting, and the applications and notifications process.

Both webinars are available to re-watch here. You will need to register to access the recording. The slides will be available to view once you have registered.

IFPR queries

If you have any questions in relation to the IFPR or if you have not received the IFPR setup questionnaire but believe you should have, please email [email protected].

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