Intra-group financial support

A firm or holding company can provide financial support to another firm in its group, but it must first apply to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) for permission.

Subject to any transitional relief, forms and templates applicable before 11pm Thursday 31 December 2020 should be read in conjunction with Supervisory Statement (SS) 2/19, which sets out how the PRA expects firms to interpret EU-based references in reporting and disclosure requirements and regulatory transactions forms.

The Bank Recovery and Resolution (No. 2) Order (BRRO) provides us with a set of tools for dealing with failing banks. The BRRO allows firms or holding companies, and their subsidiaries that are institutions or financial institutions covered by the consolidated supervision of the parent, to enter into an agreement ex ante to provide financial support to an institution that meets conditions for early intervention, provided certain safeguards are met. This support could, for example, be in the form of a loan, a guarantee or assets to use as collateral. 

Applying for approval of intra-group financial support

Before a UK firm or holding company enters into an intra-group financial support agreement, it must obtain our approval. 

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Notifying us of intention to provide intra-group financial support

Once permission to provide intra-group financial support has been granted, the firm or holding company must notify us. This is in line with the notification requirements set out in Chapter 6 of the group financial support part of the PRA Rulebook.

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A firm or holding company that has notified us may only provide financial support if we have agreed to the provision of the financial support or we have not, within five business days of receiving the complete notification, prohibited or restricted the provision of the financial support.

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This page was last updated 31 January 2023