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Under section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 a person cannot carry out a regulated activity, or purport to do so in the UK unless they are either an authorised person (ie authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and/or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)), or an exempt person (eg by being an appointed representative). For an overview of the regulated activities regime in the UK, see Practice Note: What are regulated activities?
Activities are regulated if they are of a ‘specified kind’ (ie specified by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (RAO 2001), SI 2001/544) which is carried on by way of business. For more information about what it means to carry on a regulated activity by way of business in the UK, see Practice Notes: What does 'by way of business' mean? and Territorial scope of the general prohibition.
For more information about the consequences of carrying on a regulated activity by way of business in the UK without being authorised or exempt, see Practice Notes: The general
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