EU qualifying holdings regime

This note provides an overview of the qualifying holdings regime in EU financial services sectoral legislation. This regime, which reflects provisions that were originally introduced by the Acquisitions Directive (2007/44/EC) (sometimes referred to as the Qualifying Holdings Directive or the Change of Control Directive), relates to changes in control of firms authorised under EU financial services legislation and imposes obligations on controllers, and potential controllers, of these firms.

The note also considers developments in EU legislation since the adoption of the Acquisitions Directive relating to qualifying holdings and changes of control.


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