2.2.12

Although individuals performing Controlled and Recognised Functions are required to be Approved Persons and/or Recognised Persons and that a firm is required to appoint certain Approved and Recognised Persons to certain functions, we will also consider:

(a) the collective suitability of all of the firm's staff taken together, and whether there is a sufficient range of individuals with appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to understand, operate and manage the firm's affairs in a sound and prudent manner;
(b) the composition of the Governing Body of the firm. The factors that would be taken into account by us in this context include, depending on the nature, scale and complexity of the firm's business and its organisational structure, whether:
(i) the governing body has a sufficient number of members with relevant knowledge, skills and expertise among them to provide effective leadership, direction and oversight of the firm's business. For this purpose, the members of the governing body should be able to demonstrate that they have, and would continue to maintain, including through training, the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the firm's business to be able to fulfil their roles;
(ii) the individual members of the governing body have the commitment necessary to fulfil their roles, demonstrated, for example, by a sufficient allocation of time to the affairs of the firm and reasonable limits on the number of memberships held by them in other boards of directors or similar positions. In particular, we will consider whether the membership in other boards of directors or similar positions held by individual members of the governing body has the potential to conflict with the interests of the firm and its customers and stakeholders; and
(iii) there is a sufficient number of independent members on the governing body. We will consider a member of the governing body to be "independent" if he is found, on reasonable grounds by the governing body, to be independent in character and judgement and able to make decisions in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of the Firm;
(c) the position of the Firm in any Group to which it belongs;
(d) the individual or collective suitability of any person or persons connected with the firm;
(e) the extent to which the firm has robust human resources policies designed to ensure high standards of conduct and integrity in the conduct of its activities;
(f) whether the firm has appointed Auditors, actuaries and advisers with sufficient experience and understanding in relation to the nature of the firm's activities; and
(g) whether the remuneration structure and strategy adopted by the firm is consistent with the requirements in GEN 3.3.42(1).