The following Financial Services guidance note Produced in partnership with Lucy Frew, formerly of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Collective Investment Schemes sourcebook (COLL) is a specialist sourcebook forms part of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook. It provides the detailed framework within which authorised funds operate.
The rules in Chapters 2 to 8 of COLL are a major part of the product regulation regime for investment companies with variable capital (ICVC) and authorised unit trust schemes (AUT). COLL:
supplements the requirements in the Open-Ended Investment Companies Regulations 2001, SI 2001/1228 (OEIC Regulations) (for ICVCs) (for further information on both types of fund see OEIC and ICVC authorisation and winding-up)
supplements the material in chapter III, Part XVII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000) (for AUTs), and
implements part of the requirements of UCITS Directive (EEC) 85/611 (UCITS Directive) on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) to meet EU law obligations relevant to authorised funds and management companies, with other requirements implemented in other parts of the FCA Handbook
COLL has a two-tier approach, depending on whether the authorised fund is capable of being promoted to the general public (retail schemes) or is sold to sophisticated investors (qualified investor schemes (QIS)). For further information on this fund type seeQualified investor
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