Which firms does the PRA regulate?

The Prudential Regulation Authority regulates around 1,500 banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms. You can see lists of these firms here.

The lists of banks and building societies that we regulate are updated monthly, the list of investment firms is updated annually, and the list of insurers is updated biannually. They are intended to be used as a guide only. 

5 September 2019: To help streamline the webpage and allow better user experience this month’s version of the Bank and Building Societies list has been uploaded in the PDF format only. If you require the excel version of the lists, please contact PRA.Communications@bankofengland.co.uk.  

Banks we regulate

This list is based on the definition of 'bank' in the PRA Rulebook glossary.

Building societies we regulate

A building society is defined by the Building Societies Act 1986.

Ring-fenced bodies (RFBs)

From 1 January 2019, the PRA’s general safety and soundness objective has been amended to reflect the aims of structural reform (also referred to as ring-fencing). The list – which will be published annually – sets out the  UK banking groups included entities which were ring-fenced bodies (RFB) pursuant to section 142A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) (as amended), and includes the individual RFBs within each group.

Historical PRA-regulated bank and building society lists

Investment firms we regulate

A PRA-designated investment is a firm that, broadly speaking, meets the following conditions:

  • It has, or has applied for, permission to deal in investments as principal
  • It has (or would have if it was authorised) a minimum capital of €730,000, or is broadly analogous to a European Economic Area (EEA) passporting firm or non-EEA firm
  • It qualifies under our criteria for designated investment firms.

Firms that appear on this list do not hold permission to take deposits. Deposit takers with similar business models to the firms in this list appear in the list of banks we regulate. 

Investment firms that do not appear on either of these lists are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  

Standing data

Standing Data are basic information we hold about your firm and publish on the Financial Services Register. You can keep it up to date online using Connect. Firm details displayed on the Financial Services Register includes your firm's registered name, trading name(s) and address details. For information, see the Standing Data form which details information to be completed on Connect. You should regularly check the information we hold about your firm, as you are responsible for making sure it is current and correct.

This page was last updated 12 September 2019
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