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Directive 2009/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 302, 17.11.2009, p. 32–96 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
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Official Journal of the European Union

L 302/32


DIRECTIVE 2009/65/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 13 July 2009

on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS)

(recast)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 47(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Council Directive 85/611/EEC of 20 December 1985 on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) (2) has been substantially amended several times (3). Since further amendments are to be made, it should be recast in the interests of clarity.

(2)

Directive 85/611/EEC has largely contributed to the development and success of the European investment funds industry. However, despite the improvements introduced since its adoption, in particular in 2001, it has steadily become clear that changes need to be introduced into the UCITS legal framework in order to adapt it to the financial markets of the twenty-first century. The Commission Green Paper of 12 July 2005 on the enhancement of the EU framework for investment funds launched a public debate on the way in which Directive 85/611/EEC should be amended in order to meet those new challenges. That intense consultation process led to the largely shared conclusion that substantial amendments to that Directive are needed.

(3)

National laws governing collective investment undertakings should be coordinated with a view to approximating the conditions of competition between those undertakings at Community level, while at the same time ensuring more effective and more uniform protection for unit-holders. Such coordination facilitates the removal of the restrictions on the free movement of units of UCITS in the Community.

(4)

Having regard to those objectives, it is desirable to provide for common basic rules for the authorisation, supervision, structure and activities of UCITS established in the Member States and the information that they are required to publish.

(5)

The coordination of the laws of the Member States should be confined to UCITS other than of the closed-ended type that promote the sale of their units to the public in the Community. It is desirable that UCITS be permitted, as part of their investment objective, to invest in financial instruments, other than transferable securities, which are sufficiently liquid. The financial instruments which are eligible to be investment assets of the portfolio of the UCITS should be listed in this Directive. The selection of investments for a portfolio by means of an index is a management technique.

(6)

Where a provision of this Directive requires that UCITS take action, that provision should be understood to refer to the management company in cases where the UCITS is constituted as a common fund managed by a management company and where a common fund is not in a position to act by itself because it has no legal personality of its own.

(7)

Units of UCITS are considered to be financial instruments for the purposes of Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on markets in financial instruments (4).

(8)

An authorisation granted to the management company in its home Member State should ensure investor protection and the solvency of management companies, with a view to contributing to the stability of the financial system. The approach adopted in this Directive is to ensure the essential harmonisation necessary and sufficient to secure the mutual recognition of authorisation and of prudential supervision systems, making possible the grant of a single authorisation valid throughout the Community and the application of the principle of home Member State supervision.

(9)

In order to ensure that the management company will be able to fulfil the obligations arising from its activities and thus to ensure its stability, initial capital and an additional amount of own funds are required. To take account of developments, particularly those pertaining to capital charges on operational risk, within the Community and other international forums, those requirements, including the use of guarantees, should be reviewed.

(10)

It is necessary, for the protection of investors, to guarantee the internal overview of every management company in particular by means of a two-person management system and by adequate internal control mechanisms.

(11)

By virtue of the principle of home Member State supervision, management companies authorised in their home Member States should be permitted to provide the services for which they have received authorisation throughout the Community by establishing branches or under the freedom to provide services.

(12)

With regard to collective portfolio management (management of unit trusts/common funds or investment companies), the authorisation granted to a management company in its home Member State should permit the company to pursue in host Member States the following activities, without prejudice to Chapter XI: to distribute, through the establishment of a branch, the units of the harmonised unit trusts/common funds managed by that company in its home Member State; to distribute, through the establishment of a branch, the shares of the harmonised investment companies, managed by that company; to distribute the units of the harmonised unit trusts/common funds or shares of the harmonised investment companies managed by other management companies; to perform all the other functions and tasks included in the activity of collective portfolio management; to manage the assets of investment companies incorporated in Member States other than its home Member State; to perform, on the basis of mandates, on behalf of management companies incorporated in Member States other than its home Member State, the functions included in the activity of collective portfolio management. Where a management company distributes the units of its own harmonised unit trusts/common funds or shares of its own harmonised investment companies in host Member States, without the establishment of a branch, it should be subject only to rules regarding cross-border marketing.

(13)

With regard to the scope of activity of management companies and in order to take into account national law and permit such companies to achieve significant economies of scale, it is desirable to permit them also to pursue the activity of management of portfolios of investments on a client-by-client basis (individual portfolio management), including the management of pension funds as well as some specific non-core activities linked to the main business without prejudicing the stability of such companies. However, specific rules should be laid down in order to prevent conflicts of interest when management companies are authorised to pursue the business of both collective and individual portfolio management.

(14)

The activity of management of individual portfolios of investments is an investment service covered by Directive 2004/39/EC. In order to ensure a homogeneous regulatory framework in this area, it is desirable to subject management companies, the authorisation of which also covers that service, to the operating conditions laid down in that Directive.

(15)

A home Member State should be able, as a general rule, to establish rules stricter than those laid down in this Directive, in particular as regards authorisation conditions, prudential requirements and the rules on reporting and the prospectus.

(16)

It is desirable to lay down rules defining the preconditions under which a management company may delegate, on the basis of mandates, specific tasks and functions to third parties so as to increase the efficiency of the conduct of its business. In order to ensure the correct functioning of the principle of the home Member State supervision, Member States permitting such delegations should ensure that the management company to which they granted authorisation does not delegate the totality of its functions to one or more third parties, so as to become a letter-box entity, and that the existence of mandates does not hinder an effective supervision over the management company. However, the fact that the management company has delegated its functions should not affect the liabilities of that company or of the depositary vis-à-vis the unit-holders and the competent authorities.

(17)

In order to ensure a level playing field and appropriate supervision in the long term, it should be possible for the Commission to examine the possibilities for harmonising delegation arrangements at Community level.

(18)

The principle of home Member State supervision requires that the competent authorities withdraw or refuse to grant authorisation where factors, such as the content of programmes of operations, the geographical distribution or the activities in fact pursued indicate clearly that a management company has opted for the legal system of one Member State for the purpose of evading the stricter standards in force in another Member State within the territory of which it intends to pursue or does pursue the greater part of its activities. For the purposes of this Directive, a management company should be authorised in the Member State in which it has its registered office. In accordance with the principle of home Member State supervision, only the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State should be considered competent to supervise the organisation of the management company, including all procedures and resources to perform the function of administration referred to in Annex II, which should be subject to the law of the management company’s home Member State.

(19)

Where the UCITS is managed by a management company authorised in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State, that management company should adopt and establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to deal with investor complaints, such as through appropriate provisions in distribution arrangements or through an address in the UCITS home Member State, which should not need to be an address of the management company itself. Such a management company should also establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to make information available at the request of the public or the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State, such as through the designation of a contact person, from among the employees of the management company, to deal with requests for information. However, such a management company should not be required by the law of the UCITS home Member State to have a local representative in that Member State in order to fulfil those duties.

(20)

The competent authorities that authorise the UCITS should take into account the rules of the common fund or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company, the choice of the depositary and the ability of the management company to manage the UCITS. Where the management company is established in another Member State, the competent authorities should be able to rely on an attestation, issued by the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State, regarding the type of UCITS that the management company is authorised to manage. Authorisation of a UCITS should not be subject to an additional capital requirement at the level of the management company, the location of the management company’s registered office in the UCITS home Member State, or the location of any activity of the management company in the UCITS home Member State.

(21)

The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State should be competent to supervise compliance with the rules regarding the constitution and functioning of the UCITS, which should be subject to the law of the UCITS home Member State. To this end, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State should be able to obtain information directly from the management company. In particular, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State may require management companies to provide information on transactions concerning the investments of the UCITS authorised in that Member State, including information contained in books and records of those transactions and fund accounts. To remedy any breach of the rules under their responsibility, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member States should be able to rely on the cooperation of the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State and, if necessary, should be able to take action directly against the management company.

(22)

It should be possible for the UCITS home Member State to provide for rules regarding the content of the unit-holder register of the UCITS. The organisation of the maintenance and the location of that register should, however, remain part of the organisational arrangements of the management company.

(23)

It is necessary to provide the UCITS home Member State with all means to remedy any breach in the rules of the UCITS. To that end, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State should be able to take preventive measures and adopt penalties as regards the management company. As a last resort, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State should have the possibility to require the management company to cease managing the UCITS. Member States should provide for the necessary provisions in order to arrange for an orderly management or liquidation of the UCITS in such a case.

(24)

In order to prevent supervisory arbitrage and promote confidence in the effectiveness of supervision by the home Member State’s competent authorities, authorisation should be refused where a UCITS is prevented from marketing its units in its home Member State. Once authorised, UCITS should be free to choose the Member State(s) where its units are to be marketed, in accordance with this Directive.

(25)

To safeguard shareholders’ interests and secure a level playing field in the market for harmonised collective investment undertakings, initial capital is required for investment companies. Investment companies which have designated a management company will, however, be covered through the management company’s additional amount of own funds.

(26)

Where there are applicable rules on the conduct of business and the delegation of functions and where such delegation by a management company is allowed under the law of its home Member State, authorised investment companies should comply with such rules, mutatis mutandis, either directly, where they have not designated a management company authorised in accordance with this Directive, or indirectly, where they have designated such a management company.

(27)

Despite the need for consolidation between UCITS, mergers of UCITS encounter many legal and administrative difficulties in the Community. It is therefore necessary, in order to improve the functioning of the internal market, to lay down Community provisions facilitating mergers between UCITS (and investment compartments thereof). Although some Member States are likely to authorise only contractual funds, cross-border mergers between all types of UCITS (contractual, corporate and unit trusts) should be permitted and recognised by each Member State without the need for Member States to provide for new legal forms of UCITS in their national law.

(28)

This Directive concerns those merger techniques which are most commonly used in Member States. It does not require all Member States to introduce all three techniques into their national law, but each Member State should recognise a transfer of assets resulting from those merger techniques. This Directive does not prevent UCITS from using other techniques on a purely national basis, in situations where none of the UCITS concerned by the merger has been notified for cross-border marketing of its units. Those mergers will remain subject to the relevant provisions of national law. National rules on quorum should neither discriminate between national and cross-border mergers, nor be more stringent than those laid down for mergers of corporate entities.

(29)

In order to safeguard investors’ interests, Member States should require proposed domestic or cross-border mergers between UCITS to be subject to authorisation by their competent authorities. For cross-border mergers, the competent authorities of the merging UCITS should authorise the merger so as to ensure that the interests of the unit-holders who effectively change UCITS are duly protected. If the merger involves more than one merging UCITS and such UCITS are domiciled in different Member States, the competent authorities of each merging UCITS will need to authorise the merger, in close cooperation with each other, including through appropriate information-sharing. Since the interests of the unit-holders of the receiving UCITS also need to be adequately safeguarded, they should be taken into account by the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State.

(30)

Unit-holders of both the merging and the receiving UCITS should also be able to request the repurchase or redemption of their units or, where possible, to convert them into units in another UCITS with similar investment policies and managed by the same management company or by a linked company. That right should not be subject to any additional charge, save for fees, to be retained exclusively by the respective UCITS, to cover disinvestment costs in all situations, as set out in the prospectuses of the merging and the receiving UCITS.

(31)

Third-party control of mergers should also be ensured. The depositaries of each of the UCITS involved in the merger should verify the conformity of the common draft terms of the merger with the relevant provisions of this Directive and of the UCITS fund rules. Either a depositary or an independent auditor should draw-up a report on behalf of all the UCITS involved in the merger validating the valuation methods of the assets and liabilities of such UCITS and the calculation method of the exchange ratio as set out in the common draft terms of merger as well as the actual exchange ratio and, where applicable, the cash payment per unit. In order to limit costs connected with cross-border mergers, it should be possible to draw up a single report for all UCITS involved and the statutory auditor of the merging or the receiving UCITS should be enabled to do so. For investor protection reasons, unit-holders should be able to obtain a copy of such report on request and free of charge.

(32)

It is particularly important that the unit-holders are adequately informed about the proposed merger and that their rights are sufficiently protected. Although the interests of the unit-holders of the merging UCITS are most concerned by the merger, those of the unit-holders of the receiving UCITS should also be safeguarded.

(33)

The provisions on mergers laid down in this Directive are without prejudice to the application of the legislation on control of concentrations between undertakings, in particular Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (the EC Merger Regulation) (5).

(34)

The free marketing of the units issued by UCITS authorised to invest up to 100 % of their assets in transferable securities issued by the same body (State, local authority, etc.) should not have the direct or indirect effect of disturbing the functioning of the capital market or the financing of the Member States.

(35)

The definition of transferable securities included in this Directive applies only for the purposes of this Directive and does not affect the various definitions used in national legislation for other purposes such as taxation. Consequently, shares and other securities equivalent to shares issued by bodies such as building societies and industrial and provident societies, the ownership of which cannot, in practice, be transferred except by the issuing body buying them back, are not covered by this definition.

(36)

Money market instruments comprise transferable instruments which are normally dealt in on the money market rather than on the regulated markets, for example treasury and local authority bills, certificates of deposit, commercial papers, medium-term notes and bankers’ acceptances.

(37)

The concept of regulated market in this Directive corresponds to that in Directive 2004/39/EC.

(38)

It is desirable to permit a UCITS to invest its assets in units of UCITS and other collective investment undertakings of the open-ended type which also invest in liquid financial assets referred to in this Directive and which operate on the principle of risk spreading. It is necessary that UCITS or other collective investment undertakings in which a UCITS invests be subject to effective supervision.

(39)

The development of opportunities for a UCITS to invest in UCITS and in other collective investments undertakings should be facilitated. It is therefore essential to ensure that such investment activity does not diminish investor protection. Because of the enhanced possibilities for UCITS to invest in the units of other UCITS and collective investment undertakings, it is necessary to lay down certain rules on quantitative limits, the disclosure of information and prevention of the cascade phenomenon.

(40)

In order to take into account market developments and in consideration of the completion of economic and monetary union it is desirable to permit UCITS to invest in bank deposits. To ensure adequate liquidity of investments in deposits, those deposits should be repayable on demand or have the right to be withdrawn. If the deposits are made with a credit institution the registered office of which is located in a third country, the credit institution should be subject to prudential rules equivalent to those laid down in Community law.

(41)

In addition to the case in which a UCITS invests in bank deposits in accordance with its fund rules or instruments of incorporation, it should be possible to allow all UCITS to hold ancillary liquid assets, such as bank deposits at sight. The holding of such ancillary liquid assets may be justified, inter alia, in order to cover current or exceptional payments; in the case of sales, for the time necessary to reinvest in transferable securities, money market instruments or in other financial assets provided for in this Directive; or for a period of time strictly necessary when, because of unfavourable market conditions, the investment in transferable securities, money market instruments and in other financial assets is suspended.

(42)

For prudential reasons it is necessary to avoid excessive concentration by a UCITS in investments which expose it to counterparty risk to the same entity or to entities belonging to the same group.

(43)

UCITS should be expressly permitted, as part of their general investment policy or for hedging purposes in order to reach a set financial target or the risk profile indicated in the prospectus, to invest in financial derivative instruments. In order to ensure investor protection, it is necessary to limit the maximum potential exposure relating to derivative instruments so that it does not exceed the total net value of the UCITS’ portfolio. In order to ensure constant awareness of the risks and commitments arising from derivative transactions and to check compliance with investment limits, those risks and commitments should be measured and monitored on an ongoing basis. Finally, in order to ensure investor protection through disclosure, UCITS should describe their strategies, techniques and investment limits governing their derivative operations.

(44)

It is necessary for measures to address the potential misalignment of interests in products where credit risk is transferred by securitisation, as envisaged with regard to Directive 2006/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions (6) and Directive 2006/49/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on the capital adequacy of investment firms and credit institutions (7), to be consistent and coherent in all relevant financial sector regulation. The Commission will put forward the appropriate legislative proposals, including as regards this Directive, to ensure such consistency and coherence, after duly considering the impact of such proposals.

(45)

With regard to over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, requirements should be set in terms of the eligibility of counterparties and instruments, liquidity and ongoing assessment of the position. The purpose of such requirements is to ensure an adequate level of investor protection, close to that which they obtain when they acquire derivatives dealt in on regulated markets.

(46)

Operations in derivatives should never be used to circumvent the principles or rules set out in this Directive. With regard to OTC derivatives, additional risk-spreading rules should apply to exposures to a single counterparty or group of counterparties.

(47)

Some portfolio management techniques for collective investment undertakings investing primarily in shares or debt securities are based on the replication of stock indices or debt-security indices. It is desirable to permit UCITS to replicate well-known and recognised stock indices or debt-security indices. It may therefore be necessary to introduce more flexible risk-spreading rules for UCITS investing in shares or debt securities to this end.

(48)

Collective investment undertakings falling within the scope of this Directive should not be used for purposes other than the collective investment of the capital raised from the public according to the rules laid down in this Directive. In the cases identified by this Directive, it should be possible for a UCITS to have subsidiaries only when necessary to pursue effectively, on its own behalf, certain activities, also defined in this Directive. It is necessary to ensure effective supervision of UCITS. The establishment of a subsidiary of a UCITS in a third country should therefore be permitted only in the cases identified and in accordance with the conditions laid down in this Directive. The general obligation to act solely in the interests of unit-holders and, in particular, the objective of increasing cost efficiencies, never justify a UCITS undertaking measures that could hinder the competent authorities from effectively exercising their supervisory functions.

(49)

The original version of Directive 85/611/EEC contained a derogation from the restriction on the percentage of its assets that a UCITS can invest in transferable securities issued by the same body, which applied in the case of bonds issued or guaranteed by a Member State. That derogation allowed UCITS to invest, in particular, up to 35 % of their assets in such bonds. A similar but more limited derogation is justified with regard to private sector bonds which, even in the absence of a State guarantee, offer special guarantees to the investor under the specific rules applicable thereto. It is necessary, therefore, to extend the derogation to the totality of private sector bonds which fulfil jointly fixed criteria, while leaving it to the Member States to draw up the list of bonds to which they intend, where appropriate, to grant a derogation.

(50)

Several Member States have enacted provisions that enable non-coordinated collective investment undertakings to pool their assets in one so-called master fund. In order to allow UCITS to make use of those structures, it is necessary to exempt feeder UCITS wishing to pool their assets in a master UCITS from the prohibition to invest more than 10 % of their assets or, as the case may be, 20 % of their assets in a single collective investment undertaking. Such an exemption is justified as the feeder UCITS invests all or almost all of its assets into the diversified portfolio of the master UCITS, which itself is subject to UCITS diversification rules.

(51)

In order to facilitate the effective operation of the internal market and to ensure the same level of investor protection throughout the Community, master-feeder structures should be allowed both where the master and the feeder are established in the same Member State and where they are established in different Member States. In order to allow investors better to understand master-feeder-structures and regulators to supervise them more easily, notably in a cross-border situation, no feeder UCITS should be able to invest into more than one master. In order to ensure the same level of investor protection throughout the Community the master should itself be an authorised UCITS. In order to avoid an undue administrative burden, provisions on notification of cross-border marketing should not apply if a master UCITS does not raise capital from the public in a Member State other than that in which it is established, but has only one or more feeder UCITS in that other Member State.

(52)

In order to protect the feeder UCITS’ investors, the feeder UCITS’ investment into the master UCITS should be subject to prior approval by the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State. Only the initial investment into the master UCITS, by which the feeder UCITS exceeds the limit applicable for investing into another UCITS, requires approval. In order to facilitate the effective operation of the internal market and to ensure the same level of investor protection throughout the Community, the conditions which must be met and the documents and information which are to be provided for approving the feeder UCITS’ investment into the master UCITS should be exhaustive.

(53)

In order to allow the feeder UCITS to act in the best interests of its unit-holders and notably place it in a position to obtain from the master UCITS all information and documents necessary to perform its obligations, the feeder and the master UCITS should enter into a binding and enforceable agreement. If both feeder and master UCITS are managed by the same management company, however, it should be sufficient that the latter establish internal conduct of business rules. Information-sharing agreements between the depositaries or the auditors respectively of the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS should ensure the flow of information and documents that is needed for the feeder UCITS’ depositary or auditor to fulfil its duties. This Directive should ensure that, when complying with those requirements, the depositaries or the auditors are not to be found in breach of any restriction on disclosure of information or of data protection.

(54)

In order to ensure a high level of protection of the interests of the feeder UCITS’ investors, the prospectus, the key investor information, as well as all marketing communications should be adapted to the specificities of master-feeder structures. The investment of the feeder UCITS into the master UCITS should not affect the ability of the feeder UCITS itself either to repurchase or redeem units at the request of its unit-holders or to act in the best interests of its unit-holders.

(55)

Under this Directive, unit-holders should be protected from being charged unjustified additional costs by a prohibition against master UCITS charging feeder UCITS subscription and redemption fees. The master UCITS should, however, be able to charge subscription or redemption fees to other investors in the master UCITS.

(56)

The conversion rules should enable an existing UCITS to convert into a feeder UCITS. At the same time they should sufficiently protect unit-holders. As conversion is a fundamental change of the investment policy, the converting UCITS should be required to provide its unit-holders with sufficient information in order to enable them to decide whether to maintain their investment. The competent authorities should not require the feeder UCITS to provide more or information other than that specified in this Directive.

(57)

Where the competent authorities of the master UCITS home Member State are informed of an irregularity with regard to the master UCITS or detect that the master UCITS does not comply with the provisions of this Directive, they may decide, where appropriate, to take relevant action to ensure that unit-holders of the master UCITS are informed accordingly.

(58)

Member States should make a clear distinction between marketing communications and obligatory investor disclosures provided for under this Directive. Obligatory investor disclosure includes key investor information, the prospectus and annual and half-yearly reports.

(59)

Key investor information should be provided as a specific document to investors, free of charge, in good time before the subscription of the UCITS, in order to help them to reach informed investment decisions. Such key investor information should contain only the essential elements for making such decisions. The nature of the information to be found in the key investor information should be fully harmonised so as to ensure adequate investor protection and comparability. Key investor information should be presented in a short format. A single document of limited length presenting the information in a specified sequence is the most appropriate manner in which to achieve the clarity and simplicity of presentation that is required by retail investors, and should allow for useful comparisons, notably of costs and risk profile, relevant to the investment decision.

(60)

The competent authorities of each Member State may make available to the public, in a dedicated section of their website, key investor information concerning all UCITS authorised in that Member State.

(61)

Key investor information should be produced for all UCITS. Management companies or, where applicable, investment companies should provide key investor information to the relevant entities, in accordance with the distribution method used (direct sales or intermediated sales). Intermediaries should provide key investor information to clients and potential clients.

(62)

UCITS should be able to market their units in other Member States subject to a notification procedure based on improved communication between the competent authorities of the Member States. Following transmission of a complete notification file by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State, it should not be possible for the UCITS host Member State to oppose access to its market by a UCITS established in another Member State or challenge the authorisation given by that other Member State.

(63)

UCITS should be able to market their units subject to their taking the necessary measures to ensure that facilities are available for making payments to unit-holders, repurchasing or redeeming units and making available the information which UCITS are required to provide.

(64)

In order to facilitate cross-border marketing of units of UCITS, control of compliance of arrangements made for marketing of units of UCITS with laws, regulations and administrative procedures applicable in the UCITS host Member State, should be performed after the UCITS has accessed the market of that Member State. That control could cover the adequacy of arrangements made for marketing, in particular the adequacy of distribution arrangements and the obligation for marketing communications to be presented in a manner that is fair, clear and not misleading. This Directive should not prevent the competent authorities of the host Member State from verifying that marketing communications, not including key investor information, the prospectus and annual and half-yearly reports, comply with national law before the UCITS can use them, subject to such control being non-discriminatory and not preventing that UCITS from accessing the market.

(65)

For the purpose of enhancing legal certainty there is a need to ensure that a UCITS which markets its units on a cross-border basis has easy access, in the form of an electronic publication and in a language customary in the sphere of international finance, to complete information on the laws, regulations and administrative provisions applicable in the UCITS host Member State, which specifically relate to the arrangements made for marketing of units of UCITS. Liabilities relating to such publications should be subject to national law.

(66)

To facilitate access of UCITS to the markets of other Member States, the UCITS should be required to translate only the key investor information into the official language or one of the official languages of a UCITS host Member State or a language approved by its competent authorities. Key investor information should specify the language(s) in which other obligatory disclosure documents and additional information are available. Translations should be produced under the responsibility of the UCITS, which should decide whether a simple or a sworn translation is necessary.

(67)

To facilitate the access to the markets of other Member States, it is important that notification fees are disclosed.

(68)

Member States should take the necessary administrative and organisational measures to enable cooperation between national authorities and competent authorities of other Member States, including through bilateral or multilateral agreements between those authorities, which could provide for the voluntary delegation of tasks.

(69)

It is necessary to enhance convergence of powers at the disposal of competent authorities so as to bring about the equal enforcement of this Directive throughout the Member States. A common minimum set of powers, consistent with those conferred upon competent authorities by other Community financial services legislation should guarantee supervisory effectiveness. In addition, Member States should lay down rules on penalties, which may include criminal or administrative penalties, and administrative measures, applicable to infringements of this Directive. Member States should also take the measures necessary to ensure that those penalties are enforced.

(70)

It is necessary to reinforce provisions on exchange of information between national competent authorities and to strengthen the duties of assistance and cooperation between them.

(71)

For the purpose of cross-border provision of services, clear competences should be assigned to the respective competent authorities so as to eliminate any gaps or overlaps, in accordance with the applicable law.

(72)

The provisions in this Directive relating to the competent authorities’ effective exercise of their supervisory functions covers supervision on a consolidated basis which must be exercised over a UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity where the provisions of Community law so provide. In such cases, the authorities applied to for authorisation must be able to identify the authorities competent to exercise supervision on a consolidated basis over that UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity.

(73)

The principle of home Member State supervision requires that the competent authorities withdraw or refuse to grant authorisation where factors such as the content of programmes of operations, the geographical distribution or the activities actually pursued indicate clearly that a UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity has opted for the legal system of one Member State for the purpose of evading the stricter standards in force in another Member State within whose territory it pursues or intends to pursue the greater part of its activities.

(74)

Certain behaviour, such as fraud or insider offences, is liable to affect the stability, including integrity, of the financial system, even when involving undertakings other than UCITS or undertakings contributing towards their business activity.

(75)

It is appropriate to provide for the possibility of exchanges of information between the competent authorities and authorities or bodies which, by virtue of their function, help to strengthen the stability of the financial system. In order to preserve the confidential nature of the information forwarded, however, the addressees of such exchanges should remain within strict limits.

(76)

It is necessary to specify the conditions under which such exchanges of information are authorised.

(77)

Where it is stipulated that information may be disclosed only with the express agreement of the competent authorities, these may, where appropriate, make their agreement subject to compliance with strict conditions.

(78)

Exchanges of information between the competent authorities on the one hand and central banks, bodies with a function similar to central banks, in their capacity as monetary authorities, or, where appropriate, other public authorities responsible for supervising payment systems on the other, should also be authorised.

(79)

The same obligation of professional secrecy on the authorities responsible for authorising and supervising UCITS and the undertakings contributing towards such authorising and supervising and the same possibilities for exchanging information as those granted to the authorities responsible for authorising and supervising credit institutions, investment firms and insurance undertakings, should be included in this Directive.

(80)

For the purpose of strengthening the prudential supervision of UCITS or of undertakings contributing towards their business activity and protection of clients of UCITS or of undertakings contributing towards their business activity, auditors should have a duty to report promptly to the competent authorities, wherever, as provided for by this Directive, they become aware, while carrying out their tasks, of facts which are likely to have a serious effect on the financial situation or the administrative and accounting organisation of a UCITS, or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity.

(81)

Having regard to the aim in this Directive, it is desirable for Member States to provide that such a duty should apply in all circumstances where such facts are discovered by an auditor during the performance of his tasks in an undertaking which has close links with a UCITS or an undertaking which contributes towards its business activity.

(82)

The duty of auditors to communicate, where appropriate, to the competent authorities certain facts and decisions concerning a UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity which they discover during the performance of their tasks in an entity which is neither a UCITS nor an undertaking contributing towards the business activity of a UCITS does not, alone, change the nature of their tasks in that entity nor the manner in which they must perform those tasks in that entity.

(83)

This Directive should not affect national rules on taxation, including arrangements that may be imposed by Member States to ensure compliance with those rules in their territory.

(84)

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Directive should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (8).

(85)

In particular, the Commission should be empowered to adopt the following implementing measures. As regards management companies, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures specifying the details of organisational requirements, risk management, conflicts of interest and rules of conduct. As regards depositaries, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures specifying the measures to be taken by depositaries in order to fulfil their duties in regard to UCITS managed by a management company, established in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State and the particulars of the agreement between the depositary and the management company. Those implementing measures should facilitate a uniform application of the obligations of management companies and depositaries but should not be a precondition for implementing the right of management companies to pursue the activities for which they have been authorised in their home Member State throughout the Community by establishing branches or under the freedom to provide services including the management of UCITS in another Member State.

(86)

As regards mergers, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures designed to specify detailed content, format and way to provide information to unit-holders.

(87)

As regards master-feeder structures, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures designed to specify the content of the agreement between master and feeder UCITS or of the internal conduct of business rules, the content of the information-sharing agreement between either their depositaries or their auditors, the definition of measures appropriate to coordinate the timing of their net asset value calculation and publication in order to avoid market timing, the impact of the merger of the master on the authorisation of the feeder, the type of irregularities originating from the master to be reported to the feeder, the format and the way to provide information to unit-holders in case of conversion from a UCITS to a feeder UCITS, the procedure for valuing and auditing the transfer of assets from a feeder to a master, and the role of the depositary of the feeder in this process.

(88)

As regards the provisions on disclosure, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures designed to specify the specific conditions to be met when the prospectus is provided in a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website which does not constitute a durable medium, the detailed and exhaustive content, form and presentation of the key investor information taking into account the different nature or components of the UCITS concerned, and the specific conditions for providing key investor information in a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website which does not constitute a durable medium.

(89)

As regards notification, the Commission should be empowered to adopt measures designed to specify the scope of the information on the applicable local rules to be published by host Member State competent authorities and the technical details on access by host Member State competent authorities to stored and updated UCITS documents.

(90)

The Commission should also be empowered, inter alia, to clarify definitions and align terminology and framing definitions in accordance with subsequent acts on UCITS and related matters.

(91)

Since the measures referred to in Recitals 85 to 90 are of general scope and are designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive, by supplementing it with new non-essential elements, they must be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Decision 1999/468/EC.

(92)

Since the objectives of this Directive cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States in so far as they involve the adoption of rules with common features applicable at Community level and can therefore, by reason of the scale and effects of those rules, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Directive does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve those objectives.

(93)

The obligation to transpose this Directive into national law should be confined to those provisions that represent a substantive change as compared with the directives that it recasts. The obligation to transpose the provisions which are unchanged arises under the earlier directives.

(94)

This Directive should be without prejudice to the obligations of the Member States relating to the time limits for transposition into national law and application of the Directives set out in Annex III, Part B.

(95)

In accordance with point 34 of the Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making (9), Member States are encouraged to draw up, for themselves and in the interest of the Community, their own tables illustrating, as far as possible, the correlation between this Directive and the transposition measures, and to make them public,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

CONTENT

CHAPTER I

SUBJECT MATTER, SCOPE AND DEFINITIONS

CHAPTER II

AUTHORISATION OF UCITS

CHAPTER III

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

SECTION 1

Conditions for taking up business

SECTION 2

Relations with third countries

SECTION 3

Operating conditions

SECTION 4

Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services

CHAPTER IV

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING THE DEPOSITARY

CHAPTER V

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING INVESTMENT COMPANIES

SECTION 1

Conditions for taking up business

SECTION 2

Operating conditions

SECTION 3

Obligations regarding the depositary

CHAPTER VI

MERGERS OF UCITS

SECTION 1

Principle, authorisation and approval

SECTION 2

Third party control, information of unit-holders and other rights of unit-holders

SECTION 3

Costs and entry into effect

CHAPTER VII

OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING THE INVESTMENT POLICIES OF UCITS

CHAPTER VIII

MASTER-FEEDER STRUCTURES

SECTION 1

Scope and approval

SECTION 2

Common provisions for feeder UCITS and master UCITS

SECTION 3

Depositaries and auditors

SECTION 4

Compulsory information and marketing communications by the feeder UCITS

SECTION 5

Conversion of existing UCITS into feeder UCITS and change of master UCITS

SECTION 6

Obligations and competent authorities

CHAPTER IX

OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED TO INVESTORS

SECTION 1

Publication of a prospectus and periodical reports

SECTION 2

Publication of other information

SECTION 3

Key investor information

CHAPTER X

GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF UCITS

CHAPTER XI

SPECIAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO UCITS WHICH MARKET THEIR UNITS IN MEMBER STATES OTHER THAN THOSE IN WHICH THEY ARE ESTABLISHED

CHAPTER XII

PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR AUTHORISATION AND SUPERVISION

CHAPTER XIII

EUROPEAN SECURITIES COMMITTEE

CHAPTER XIV

DEROGATIONS, TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1

Derogations

SECTION 2

Transitional and final provisions

ANNEX I

Schedules A and B

ANNEX II

Functions included in the activity of collective portfolio management

ANNEX III

 

Part A

Repealed Directive with list of its successive amendments

Part B

List of time limits for transposition into national law and application

ANNEX IV

Correlation table

CHAPTER I

SUBJECT MATTER, SCOPE AND DEFINITIONS

Article 1

1.   This Directive applies to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) established within the territories of the Member States.

2.   For the purposes of this Directive, and subject to Article 3, UCITS means an undertaking:

(a)

with the sole object of collective investment in transferable securities or in other liquid financial assets referred to in Article 50(1) of capital raised from the public and which operate on the principle of risk-spreading; and

(b)

with units which are, at the request of holders, repurchased or redeemed, directly or indirectly, out of those undertakings’ assets. Action taken by a UCITS to ensure that the stock exchange value of its units does not significantly vary from their net asset value shall be regarded as equivalent to such repurchase or redemption.

Member States may allow UCITS to consist of several investment compartments.

3.   The undertakings referred to in paragraph 2 may be constituted in accordance with contract law (as common funds managed by management companies), trust law (as unit trusts), or statute (as investment companies).

For the purposes of this Directive:

(a)

‘common funds’ shall also include unit trusts;

(b)

‘units’ of UCITS shall also include shares of UCITS.

4.   Investment companies, the assets of which are invested through the intermediary of subsidiary companies, mainly other than in transferable securities, shall not be subject to this Directive.

5.   The Member States shall prohibit UCITS which are subject to this Directive from transforming themselves into collective investment undertakings which are not covered by this Directive.

6.   Subject to the provisions in Community law governing capital movements and subject to Articles 91 and 92 and the second subparagraph of Article 108(1), no Member State shall apply any other provisions in the field covered by this Directive to UCITS established in another Member State or to the units issued by such UCITS, where those UCITS market their units within the territory of that Member State.

7.   Without prejudice to this Chapter, a Member State may apply to UCITS established within its territory requirements which are stricter than or additional to those laid down in this Directive, provided that they are of general application and do not conflict with the provisions of this Directive.

Article 2

1.   For the purposes of this Directive the following definitions apply:

(a)

‘depositary’ means an institution entrusted with the duties set out in Articles 22 and 32 and subject to the other provisions laid down in Chapter IV and Section 3 of Chapter V;

(b)

‘management company’ means a company, the regular business of which is the management of UCITS in the form of common funds or of investment companies (collective portfolio management of UCITS);

(c)

‘management company’s home Member State’ means the Member State in which the management company has its registered office;

(d)

‘management company’s host Member State’ means a Member State, other than the home Member State, within the territory of which a management company has a branch or provides services;

(e)

‘UCITS home Member State’ means the Member State in which the UCITS is authorised pursuant to Article 5;

(f)

‘UCITS host Member State’ means a Member State, other than the UCITS home Member State, in which the units of the UCITS are marketed;

(g)

‘branch’ means a place of business which is a part of the management company, which has no legal personality and which provides the services for which the management company has been authorised;

(h)

‘competent authorities’ means the authorities which each Member State designates under Article 97;

(i)

‘close links’ means a situation in which two or more natural or legal persons are linked by either:

(i)

‘participation’, which means the ownership, direct or by way of control, of 20 % or more of the voting rights or capital of an undertaking; or

(ii)

‘control’, which means the relationship between a ‘parent undertaking’ and a ‘subsidiary’, as defined in Articles 1 and 2 of Seventh Council Directive 83/349/EEC of 13 June 1983 based on the Article 54(3)(g) of the Treaty on consolidated accounts (10) and in all the cases referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) of Directive 83/349/EEC, or a similar relationship between any natural or legal person and an undertaking;

(j)

‘qualifying holding’ means a direct or indirect holding in a management company which represents 10 % or more of the capital or of the voting rights or which makes it possible to exercise a significant influence over the management of the management company in which that holding subsists;

(k)

‘initial capital’ means the funds as referred to in Article 57(a) and (b) of Directive 2006/48/EC;

(l)

‘own funds’ means own funds as referred to in Title V, Chapter 2, Section 1 of Directive 2006/48/EC;

(m)

‘durable medium’ means an instrument which enables an investor to store information addressed personally to that investor in a way that is accessible for future reference for a period of time adequate for the purposes of the information and which allows the unchanged reproduction of the information stored;

(n)

‘transferable securities’ means:

(i)

shares in companies and other securities equivalent to shares in companies (shares);

(ii)

bonds and other forms of securitised debt (debt securities);

(iii)

any other negotiable securities which carry the right to acquire any such transferable securities by subscription or exchange;

(o)

‘money market instruments’ means instruments normally dealt in on the money market which are liquid and have a value which can be accurately determined at any time;

(p)

‘mergers’ means an operation whereby:

(i)

one or more UCITS or investment compartments thereof, the ‘merging UCITS’, on being dissolved without going into liquidation, transfer all of their assets and liabilities to another existing UCITS or an investment compartment thereof, the ‘receiving UCITS’, in exchange for the issue to their unit-holders of units of the receiving UCITS and, if applicable, a cash payment not exceeding 10 % of the net asset value of those units;

(ii)

two or more UCITS or investment compartments thereof, the ‘merging UCITS’, on being dissolved without going into liquidation, transfer all of their assets and liabilities to a UCITS which they form or an investment compartment thereof, the ‘receiving UCITS’, in exchange for the issue to their unit-holders of units of the receiving UCITS and, if applicable, a cash payment not exceeding 10 % of the net asset value of those units;

(iii)

one or more UCITS or investment compartments thereof, the ‘merging UCITS’, which continue to exist until the liabilities have been discharged, transfer their net assets to another investment compartment of the same UCITS, to a UCITS which they form or to another existing UCITS or an investment compartment thereof, the ‘receiving UCITS’;

(q)

‘cross-border merger’ means a merger of UCITS:

(i)

at least two of which are established in different Member States; or

(ii)

established in the same Member State into a newly constituted UCITS established in another Member State;

(r)

‘domestic merger’ means a merger between UCITS established in the same Member State where at least one of the involved UCITS has been notified pursuant to Article 93.

2.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(b), the regular business of a management company shall include the functions referred to in Annex II.

3.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(g), all the places of business established in the same Member State by a management company with its head office in another Member State shall be regarded as a single branch.

4.   For the purposes of point (i)(ii) of paragraph 1, the following shall apply:

(a)

a subsidiary undertaking of a subsidiary undertaking shall also be considered to be a subsidiary of the parent undertaking which is at the head of those undertakings;

(b)

situations in which two or more natural or legal persons are permanently linked to the same person by a control relationship shall also be regarded as constituting a close links between such persons.

5.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(j), the voting rights referred to in Articles 9 and 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December 2004 on the harmonisation of transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market (11) shall be taken into account.

6.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(l), Articles 13 to 16 of Directive 2006/49/EC shall apply mutatis mutandis.

7.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(n), transferable securities shall exclude the techniques and instruments referred to in Article 51.

Article 3

The following undertakings are not subject to this Directive:

(a)

collective investment undertakings of the closed-ended type;

(b)

collective investment undertakings which raise capital without promoting the sale of their units to the public within the Community or any part of it;

(c)

collective investment undertakings the units of which, under the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company, may be sold only to the public in third countries;

(d)

categories of collective investment undertakings prescribed by the regulations of the Member States in which such collective investment undertakings are established, for which the rules laid down in Chapter VII and Article 83 are inappropriate in view of their investment and borrowing policies.

Article 4

For the purposes of this Directive, a UCITS shall be deemed to be established in its home Member State.

CHAPTER II

AUTHORISATION OF UCITS

Article 5

1.   No UCITS shall pursue activities as such unless it has been authorised in accordance with this Directive.

Such authorisation shall be valid for all Member States.

2.   A common fund shall be authorised only if the competent authorities of its home Member State have approved the application of the management company to manage that common fund, the fund rules and the choice of depositary. An investment company shall be authorised only if the competent authorities of its home Member State have approved both its instruments of incorporation and the choice of depositary, and, where relevant, the application of the designated management company to manage that investment company.

3.   Without prejudice to paragraph 2, if the UCITS is not established in the management company’s home Member State, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall decide, on the application of the management company, to manage the UCITS pursuant to Article 20. Authorisation shall not be subject either to a requirement that the UCITS be managed by a management company having its registered office in the UCITS home Member State or that the management company pursue or delegate any activities in the UCITS home Member State.

4.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall not authorise a UCITS if:

(a)

they establish that the investment company does not comply with the preconditions laid down in Chapter V; or

(b)

the management company is not authorised for the management of UCITS in its home Member State.

Without prejudice to Article 29(2), the management company or, where applicable, the investment company, shall be informed, within two months of the submission of a complete application, whether or not authorisation of the UCITS has been granted.

The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall not authorise a UCITS if the directors of the depositary are not of sufficiently good repute or are not sufficiently experienced also in relation to the type of UCITS to be managed. To that end, the names of the directors of the depositary and of every person succeeding them in office shall be communicated forthwith to the competent authorities.

Directors shall mean those persons who, under the law or the instruments of incorporation, represent the depositary, or who effectively determine the policy of the depositary.

5.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall not grant authorisation if the UCITS is legally prevented (for example, through a provision in the fund rules or instruments of incorporation) from marketing its units in its home Member State.

6.   Neither the management company nor the depositary shall be replaced, nor shall the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company be amended, without the approval of the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State.

7.   The Member States shall ensure that complete information on the laws, regulations and administrative provisions implementing this Directive which relate to the constitution and functioning of the UCITS are easily accessible at a distance or by electronic means. Member States shall ensure that such information is available at least in a language customary in the sphere of international finance, provided in a clear and unambiguous manner, and kept up to date.

CHAPTER III

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

SECTION 1

Conditions for taking up business

Article 6

1.   Access to the business of management companies shall be subject to prior authorisation to be granted by the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State. Authorisation granted under this Directive to a management company shall be valid for all Member States.

2.   No management company shall engage in activities other than the management of UCITS authorised under this Directive, with the exception of the additional management of other collective investment undertakings which are not covered by this Directive and for which the management company is subject to prudential supervision but the units of which cannot be marketed in other Member States under this Directive.

The activity of management of UCITS shall include, for the purpose of this Directive, the functions referred to in Annex II.

3.   By way of derogation from paragraph 2, Member States may authorise management companies to provide, in addition to the management of UCITS, the following services:

(a)

management of portfolios of investments, including those owned by pension funds, in accordance with mandates given by investors on a discretionary, client-by-client basis, where such portfolios include one or more of the instruments listed in Annex I, Section C to Directive 2004/39/EC; and

(b)

as non-core services:

(i)

investment advice concerning one or more of the instruments listed in Annex I, Section C to Directive 2004/39/EC;

(ii)

safekeeping and administration in relation to units of collective investment undertakings.

Management companies shall not be authorised under this Directive to provide only the services referred to in this paragraph, or to provide non-core services without being authorised for the services referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph.

4.   Article 2(2) and Articles 12, 13 and 19 of Directive 2004/39/EC shall apply to the provision of the services referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article by management companies.

Article 7

1.   Without prejudice to other conditions of general application laid down by national law, the competent authorities shall not grant authorisation to a management company unless the following conditions are met:

(a)

the management company has an initial capital of at least EUR 125 000, taking into account the following:

(i)

when the value of the portfolios of the management company exceeds EUR 250 000 000, the management company must be required to provide an additional amount of own funds which is equal to 0,02 % of the amount by which the value of the portfolios of the management company exceeds EUR 250 000 000 but the required total of the initial capital and the additional amount must not, however, exceed EUR 10 000 000;

(ii)

for the purposes of this paragraph, the following portfolios must be deemed to be the portfolios of the management company:

common funds managed by the management company including portfolios for which it has delegated the management function but excluding portfolios that it is managing under delegation,

investment companies for which the management company is the designated management company,

other collective investment undertakings managed by the management company including portfolios for which it has delegated the management function but excluding portfolios that it is managing under delegation;

(iii)

irrespective of the amount of those requirements, the own funds of the management company must at no time be less than the amount prescribed in Article 21 of Directive 2006/49/EC;

(b)

the persons who effectively conduct the business of a management company are of sufficiently good repute and are sufficiently experienced also in relation to the type of UCITS managed by the management company, the names of those persons and of every person succeeding them in office being communicated forthwith to the competent authorities and the conduct of the business of a management company being decided by at least two persons meeting such conditions;

(c)

the application for authorisation is accompanied by a programme of activity setting out, at least, the organisational structure of the management company; and

(d)

the head office and the registered office of the management company are located in the same Member State.

For the purposes of point (a) of the first subparagraph, Member States may authorise management companies not to provide up to 50 % of the additional amount of own funds referred to in point (i) of point (a) if they benefit from a guarantee of the same amount given by a credit institution or an insurance undertaking which has its registered office in a Member State, or in a third country where it is subject to prudential rules considered by the competent authorities as equivalent to those laid down in Community law.

2.   Where close links exist between the management company and other natural or legal persons, the competent authorities shall grant authorisation only if those close links do not prevent the effective exercise of their supervisory functions.

The competent authorities shall also refuse authorisation if the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of a third country governing one or more natural or legal persons with which the management company has close links, or difficulties involved in their enforcement, prevent the effective exercise of their supervisory functions.

The competent authorities shall require management companies to provide them with the information they require to monitor compliance with the conditions referred to in this paragraph on a continuous basis.

3.   The competent authorities shall inform the applicant within six months of the submission of a complete application whether or not authorisation has been granted. Reasons shall be given where an authorisation is refused.

4.   A management company may start business as soon as authorisation has been granted.

5.   The competent authorities may withdraw the authorisation issued to a management company subject to this Directive only where that company:

(a)

does not make use of the authorisation within 12 months, expressly renounces the authorisation or has ceased the activity covered by this Directive more than six months previously, unless the Member State concerned has provided for authorisation to lapse in such cases;

(b)

has obtained the authorisation by making false statements or by any other irregular means;

(c)

no longer fulfils the conditions under which authorisation was granted;

(d)

no longer complies with Directive 2006/49/EC if its authorisation also covers the discretionary portfolio management service referred to in Article 6(3)(a) of this Directive;

(e)

has seriously or systematically infringed the provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive; or

(f)

falls within any of the cases where national law provides for withdrawal.

Article 8

1.   The competent authorities shall not grant authorisation to take up the business of management companies until they have been informed of the identities of the shareholders or members, whether direct or indirect, natural or legal persons, that have qualifying holdings and of the amounts of those holdings.

The competent authorities shall refuse authorisation if, taking into account the need to ensure the sound and prudent management of a management company, they are not satisfied as to the suitability of the shareholders or members referred to in the first subparagraph.

2.   In the case of branches of management companies that have registered offices outside the Community and are taking up or pursuing business, the Member States shall not apply provisions that result in treatment more favourable than that accorded to branches of management companies that have registered offices in Member States.

3.   The competent authorities of the other Member State involved shall be consulted beforehand in relation to the authorisation of any management company which is one of the following:

(a)

a subsidiary of another management company, an investment firm, a credit institution or an insurance undertaking authorised in another Member State;

(b)

a subsidiary of the parent undertaking of another management company, an investment firm, a credit institution or an insurance undertaking authorised in another Member State; or

(c)

a company controlled by the same natural or legal persons as control another management company, an investment firm, a credit institution or an insurance undertaking authorised in another Member State.

SECTION 2

Relations with third countries

Article 9

1.   Relations with third countries shall be regulated in accordance with the relevant rules laid down in Article 15 of Directive 2004/39/EC.

For the purposes of this Directive, the terms ‘investment firm’ and ‘investment firms’ referred to in Article 15 of Directive 2004/39/EC shall mean, respectively, ‘management company’ and ‘management companies’; the term ‘providing investment services’ referred to in Article 15(1) of Directive 2004/39/EC shall mean ‘providing services’.

2.   Member States shall inform the Commission of any general difficulties which UCITS encounter in marketing their units in any third country.

SECTION 3

Operating conditions

Article 10

1.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall require that the management company which they have authorised complies at all times with the conditions laid down in Article 6 and Article 7(1) and (2).

The own funds of a management company shall not fall below the level specified in Article 7(1)(a). If they do, however, the competent authorities may, where the circumstances so justify, allow such firms a limited period in which to rectify their situations or cease their activities.

2.   The prudential supervision of a management company shall be the responsibility of the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State, whether the management company establishes a branch or provides services in another Member State or not, without prejudice to those provisions of this Directive which confer responsibility to the competent authorities of a management company’s host Member State.

Article 11

1.   Qualifying holdings in management companies shall be subject to the same rules as those laid down in Articles 10, 10a and 10b of Directive 2004/39/EC.

2.   For the purposes of this Directive, the terms ‘investment firm’ and ‘investment firms’ referred to in Article 10 of Directive 2004/39/EC, mean, respectively, ‘management company’ and ‘management companies’.

Article 12

1.   Each Member State shall draw up prudential rules which management companies authorised in that Member State, with regard to the activity of management of UCITS authorised according to this Directive, shall observe at all times.

In particular, the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State, having regard also to the nature of the UCITS managed by a management company, shall require that each such company:

(a)

has sound administrative and accounting procedures, control and safeguard arrangements for electronic data processing and adequate internal control mechanisms including, in particular, rules for personal transactions by its employees or for the holding or management of investments in financial instruments in order to invest on its own account and ensuring, at least, that each transaction involving the UCITS may be reconstructed according to its origin, the parties to it, its nature, and the time and place at which it was effected and that the assets of the UCITS managed by the management company are invested according to the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation and the legal provisions in force;

(b)

is structured and organised in such a way as to minimise the risk of UCITS’ or clients’ interests being prejudiced by conflicts of interest between the company and its clients, between two of its clients, between one of its clients and a UCITS, or between two UCITS.

2.   Each management company the authorisation of which also covers the discretionary portfolio management service referred to in Article 6(3)(a) shall:

(a)

not be permitted to invest all or a part of the investor’s portfolio in units of collective investment undertakings it manages, unless it receives prior general approval from the client;

(b)

be subject with regard to the services referred to in Article 6(3) to the provisions laid down in Directive 97/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 March 1997 on investor-compensation schemes (12).

3.   Without prejudice to Article 116, the Commission shall adopt, by 1 July 2010, implementing measures specifying the procedures and arrangements as referred to under point (a) of the second subparagraph of paragraph 1 and the structures and organisational requirements to minimise conflicts of interests as referred to under point (b) of the second subparagraph of paragraph 1.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 13

1.   If the law of the management company’s home Member State allows management companies to delegate to third parties for the purpose of a more efficient conduct of the companies’ business, to carry out on their behalf one or more of their own functions, all of the following preconditions shall be complied with:

(a)

the management company must inform the competent authorities of its home Member State in an appropriate manner; the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State must, without delay, transmit the information to the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State;

(b)

the mandate must not prevent the effectiveness of supervision over the management company, and, in particular, must not prevent the management company from acting, or the UCITS from being managed, in the best interests of its investors;

(c)

when the delegation concerns the investment management, the mandate must be given only to undertakings which are authorised or registered for the purpose of asset management and subject to prudential supervision; the delegation must be in accordance with investment-allocation criteria periodically laid down by the management companies;

(d)

where the mandate concerns the investment management and is given to a third-country undertaking, cooperation between the supervisory authorities concerned must be ensured;

(e)

a mandate with regard to the core function of investment management must not be given to the depositary or to any other undertaking whose interests may conflict with those of the management company or the unit-holders;

(f)

measures must exist which enable the persons who conduct the business of the management company to monitor effectively at any time the activity of the undertaking to which the mandate is given;

(g)

the mandate must not prevent the persons who conduct the business of the management company from giving further instructions to the undertaking to which functions are delegated at any time or from withdrawing the mandate with immediate effect when this is in the interest of investors;

(h)

having regard to the nature of the functions to be delegated, the undertaking to which functions will be delegated must be qualified and capable of undertaking the functions in question; and

(i)

the UCITS’ prospectuses must list the functions which the management company has been allowed to delegate in accordance with this Article.

2.   The liability of the management company or the depositary shall not be affected by delegation by the management company of any functions to third parties. The management company shall not delegate its functions to the extent that it becomes a letter-box entity.

Article 14

1.   Each Member State shall draw up rules of conduct which management companies authorised in that Member State shall observe at all times. Such rules shall implement at least the principles set out in this paragraph. Those principles shall ensure that a management company:

(a)

acts honestly and fairly in conducting its business activities in the best interests of the UCITS it manages and the integrity of the market;

(b)

acts with due skill, care and diligence, in the best interests of the UCITS it manages and the integrity of the market;

(c)

has and employs effectively the resources and procedures that are necessary for the proper performance of its business activities;

(d)

tries to avoid conflicts of interests and, when they cannot be avoided, ensures that the UCITS it manages are fairly treated; and

(e)

complies with all regulatory requirements applicable to the conduct of its business activities so as to promote the best interests of its investors and the integrity of the market.

2.   Without prejudice to Article 116, the Commission shall adopt, by 1 July 2010, implementing measures, with a view to ensuring that the management company complies with the duties set out in paragraph 1, in particular to:

(a)

establish appropriate criteria for acting honestly and fairly and with due skill, care and diligence in the best interests of the UCITS;

(b)

specify the principles required to ensure that management companies employ effectively the resources and procedures that are necessary for the proper performance of their business activities; and

(c)

define the steps that management companies might reasonably be expected to take to identify, prevent, manage or disclose conflicts of interest as well as to establish appropriate criteria for determining the types of conflicts of interest whose existence may damage the interests of the UCITS.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 15

Management companies or, where relevant, investment companies shall take measures in accordance with Article 92 and establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to ensure that they deal properly with investor complaints and that there are no restrictions on investors exercising their rights in the event that the management company is authorised in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State. Those measures shall allow investors to file complaints in the official language or one of the official languages of their Member State.

Management companies shall also establish appropriate procedures and arrangements to make information available at the request of the public or the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State.

SECTION 4

Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services

Article 16

1.   Member States shall ensure that a management company, authorised by its home Member State, may pursue within their territories the activity for which it has been authorised, either by the establishment of a branch or under the freedom to provide services.

Where a management company so authorised proposes, without establishing a branch, only to market the units of the UCITS it manages as provided for in Annex II in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State, without proposing to pursue any other activities or services, such marketing shall be subject only to the requirements of Chapter XI.

2.   Member States shall not make the establishment of a branch or the provision of the services subject to any authorisation requirement, to any requirement to provide endowment capital or to any other measure having equivalent effect.

3.   Subject to the conditions set out in this Article, a UCITS shall be free to designate, or to be managed by a management company authorised in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Directive, provided that such a management company complies with the provisions of:

(a)

Article 17 or Article 18; and

(b)

Articles 19 and 20.

Article 17

1.   In addition to meeting the conditions imposed in Articles 6 and 7, a management company wishing to establish a branch within the territory of another Member State to pursue the activities for which it has been authorised shall notify the competent authorities of its home Member State accordingly.

2.   Member States shall require every management company wishing to establish a branch within the territory of another Member State to provide the following information and documents, when effecting the notification provided for in paragraph 1:

(a)

the Member State within the territory of which the management company plans to establish a branch;

(b)

a programme of operations setting out the activities and services according to Article 6(2) and (3) envisaged and the organisational structure of the branch, which shall include a description of the risk management process put in place by the management company. It shall also include a description of the procedures and arrangements taken in accordance with Article 15;

(c)

the address in the management company’s host Member State from which documents may be obtained; and

(d)

the names of those responsible for the management of the branch.

3.   Unless the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State have reason to doubt the adequacy of the administrative structure or the financial situation of a management company, taking into account the activities envisaged, they shall, within two months of receiving all the information referred to in paragraph 2, communicate that information to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State and shall inform the management company accordingly. They shall also communicate details of any compensation scheme intended to protect investors.

Where the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State refuse to communicate the information referred to in paragraph 2 to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State, they shall give reasons for such refusal to the management company concerned within two months of receiving all the information. The refusal or any failure to reply shall be subject to the right to apply to the courts in the management company’s home Member State.

Where a management company wishes to pursue the activity of collective portfolio management referred to in Annex II, the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall enclose with the documentation sent to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State an attestation that the management company has been authorised pursuant to the provisions of this Directive, a description of the scope of the management company’s authorisation and details of any restriction on the types of UCITS that the management company is authorised to manage.

4.   A management company which pursues activities by a branch within the territory of the host Member State shall comply with the rules drawn up by the management company’s host Member State pursuant to Article 14.

5.   The competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State shall be responsible for supervising compliance with paragraph 4.

6.   Before the branch of a management company starts business, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State shall, within two months of receiving the information referred to in paragraph 2, prepare for supervising the compliance of the management company with the rules under their responsibility.

7.   On receipt of a communication from the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State or on the expiry of the period provided for in paragraph 6 without receipt of any communication from those authorities, the branch may be established and start business.

8.   In the event of change of any particulars communicated in accordance with paragraph 2(b), (c) or (d), a management company shall give written notice of that change to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State and of the management company’s host Member State at least one month before implementing the change so that the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State may take a decision on the change under paragraph 3 and the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State may do so under paragraph 6.

9.   In the event of a change in the particulars communicated in accordance with the first subparagraph of paragraph 3, the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall inform the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State accordingly.

The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall update the information contained in the attestation referred to in the third subparagraph of paragraph 3 and inform the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State whenever there is a change in the scope of the management company’s authorisation or in the details of any restriction on the types of UCITS that the management company is authorised to manage.

Article 18

1.   Any management company wishing to pursue the activities for which it has been authorised within the territory of another Member State for the first time under the freedom to provide services shall communicate the following information to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State:

(a)

the Member State within the territory of which the management company intends to operate; and

(b)

a programme of operations stating the activities and services referred to in Article 6(2) and (3) envisaged which shall include a description of the risk management process put in place by the management company. It shall also include a description of the procedures and arrangements taken in accordance with Article 15.

2.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall, within one month of receiving the information referred to in paragraph 1, forward it to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State.

The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall also communicate details of any applicable compensation scheme intended to protect investors.

Where a management company wishes to pursue the activity of collective portfolio management as referred to in Annex II, the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall enclose with the documentation sent to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State an attestation that the management company has been authorised pursuant to the provisions of this Directive, a description of the scope of the management company’s authorisation and details of any restriction on the types of UCITS that the management company is authorised to manage.

Notwithstanding Articles 20 and 93, the management company may then start business in the management company’s host Member State.

3.   A management company which pursues activities under the freedom to provide services shall comply with the rules drawn up by the management company’s home Member State pursuant to Article 14.

4.   Where the content of the information communicated in accordance with paragraph 1(b) is amended, the management company shall give notice of the amendment in writing to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State and of the management company’s host Member State before implementing the change. The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall update the information contained in the attestation referred to in paragraph 2 and inform the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State whenever there is a change in the scope of the management company’s authorisation or in the details of any restriction on the types of UCITS that the management company is authorised to manage.

Article 19

1.   A management company which pursues the activity of collective portfolio management on a cross-border basis by establishing a branch or under the freedom to provide services shall comply with the rules of the management company’s home Member State which relate to the organisation of the management company, including delegation arrangements, risk-management procedures, prudential rules and supervision, procedures referred to in Article 12 and the management company’s reporting requirements. Those rules shall be no stricter than those applicable to management companies conducting their activities only in their home Member State.

2.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall be responsible for supervising compliance with paragraph 1.

3.   A management company which pursues the activity of collective portfolio management on a cross-border basis by establishing a branch or in accordance with the freedom to provide services shall comply with the rules of the UCITS home Member State which relate to the constitution and functioning of the UCITS, namely the rules applicable to:

(a)

the setting up and authorisation of the UCITS;

(b)

the issuance and redemption of units and shares;

(c)

investment policies and limits, including the calculation of total exposure and leverage;

(d)

restrictions on borrowing, lending and uncovered sales;

(e)

the valuation of assets and the accounting of the UCITS;

(f)

the calculation of the issue or redemption price, and errors in the calculation of the net asset value and related investor compensation;

(g)

the distribution or reinvestment of the income;

(h)

the disclosure and reporting requirements of the UCITS, including the prospectus, key investor information and periodic reports;

(i)

the arrangements made for marketing;

(j)

the relationship with unit-holders;

(k)

the merging and restructuring of the UCITS;

(l)

the winding-up and liquidation of the UCITS;

(m)

where applicable, the content of the unit-holder register;

(n)

the licensing and supervision fees regarding the UCITS; and

(o)

the exercise of unit-holders’ voting rights and other unit-holders’ rights in relation to points (a) to (m).

4.   The management company shall comply with the obligations set out in the fund rules or in the instruments of incorporation, and the obligations set out in the prospectus, which shall be consistent with the applicable law as referred to in paragraphs 1 and 3.

5.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall be responsible for supervising compliance with paragraphs 3 and 4.

6.   The management company shall decide and be responsible for adopting and implementing all the arrangements and organisational decisions which are necessary to ensure compliance with the rules which relate to the constitution and functioning of the UCITS and with the obligations set out in the fund rules or in the instruments of incorporation, and with the obligations set out in the prospectus.

7.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall be responsible for supervising the adequacy of the arrangements and organisation of the management company so that the management company is in a position to comply with the obligations and rules which relate to the constitution and functioning of all the UCITS it manages.

8.   Member States shall ensure that any management company authorised in a Member State is not subject to any additional requirement established in the UCITS home Member State in respect of the subject matter of this Directive, except in the cases expressly referred to in this Directive.

Article 20

1.   Without prejudice to Article 5, a management company which applies to manage a UCITS established in another Member State shall provide the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State with the following documentation:

(a)

the written agreement with the depositary referred to in Articles 23 and 33; and

(b)

information on delegation arrangements regarding functions of investment management and administration referred to in Annex II.

If a management company already manages other UCITS of the same type in the UCITS home Member State, reference to the documentation already provided shall be sufficient.

2.   In so far as it is necessary to ensure compliance with the rules for which they are responsible, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State may ask the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State for clarification and information regarding the documentation referred to in paragraph 1 and, based on the attestation referred to in Articles 17 and 18, as to whether the type of UCITS for which authorisation is requested falls within the scope of the management company’s authorisation. Where applicable, the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall provide their opinion within 10 working days of the initial request.

3.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State may refuse the application of the management company only if:

(a)

the management company does not comply with the rules falling under their responsibility pursuant to Article 19;

(b)

the management company is not authorised by the competent authorities of its home Member State to manage the type of UCITS for which authorisation is requested; or

(c)

the management company has not provided the documentation referred to in paragraph 1.

Before refusing an application, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall consult the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State.

4.   Any subsequent material modifications of the documentation referred to in paragraph 1 shall be notified by the management company to the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State.

Article 21

1.   A management company’s host Member State may, for statistical purposes, require all management companies with branches within its territory to report periodically on their activities pursued in that host Member State to the competent authorities of that host Member State.

2.   A management company’s host Member State may require management companies pursuing business within its territory through the establishment of a branch or under the freedom to provide services, to provide the information necessary for the monitoring of their compliance with the rules under the responsibility of the management company’s host Member State that apply to them.

Those requirements shall not be more stringent than those which the same Member State imposes on management companies authorised in that Member State for the monitoring of their compliance with the same standards.

Management companies shall ensure that the procedures and arrangements referred to in Article 15 enable the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State to obtain directly from the management company the information referred to in this paragraph.

3.   Where the competent authorities of a management company’s host Member State ascertain that a management company that has a branch or provides services within its territory is in breach of one of the rules under their responsibility, those authorities shall require the management company concerned to put an end to that breach and inform the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State thereof.

4.   If the management company concerned refuses to provide the management company’s host Member State with information falling under its responsibility, or fails to take the necessary steps to put an end to the breach referred to in paragraph 3, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State shall inform the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State accordingly. The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall, at the earliest opportunity, take all appropriate measures to ensure that the management company concerned provides the information requested by the management company’s host Member State pursuant to paragraph 2 or puts an end to the breach. The nature of those measures shall be communicated to the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State.

5.   If, despite the measures taken by the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State or because such measures prove to be inadequate or are not available in the Member State in question, the management company continues to refuse to provide the information requested by the management company’s host Member State pursuant to paragraph 2, or persists in breaching the legal or regulatory provisions, referred to in the same paragraph, in force in the management company’s host Member State, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State may, after informing the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State, take appropriate measures, including under Articles 98 and 99, to prevent or penalise further irregularities and, in so far as necessary, to prevent that management company from initiating any further transaction within its territory. Member States shall ensure that within their territories it is possible to serve the legal documents necessary for those measures on management companies. Where the service provided within the management company’s host Member State is the management of a UCITS, the management company’s host Member State may require the management company to cease managing that UCITS.

6.   Any measure adopted pursuant to paragraphs 4 or 5 involving measures or penalties shall be properly justified and communicated to the management company concerned. Every such measure shall be subject to the right to apply to the courts in the Member State which adopted it.

7.   Before following the procedure laid down in paragraphs 3, 4 or 5 the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State may, in emergencies, take any precautionary measures necessary to protect the interests of investors and others for whom services are provided. The Commission and the competent authorities of the other Member States concerned shall be informed of such measures at the earliest opportunity.

After consulting the competent authorities of the Member States concerned, the Commission may decide that the Member State in question must amend or abolish those measures.

8.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall consult the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State before withdrawing the authorisation of the management company. In such cases, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall take appropriate measures to safeguard investors’ interests. Those measures may include decisions preventing the management company concerned from initiating any further transactions within its territory.

Every two years the Commission shall issue a report on such cases.

9.   Member States shall inform the Commission of the number and type of cases in which they refuse authorisation under Article 17 or an application under Article 20 and of any measures taken in accordance with paragraph 5 of this Article.

Every two years the Commission shall issue a report on such cases.

CHAPTER IV

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING THE DEPOSITARY

Article 22

1.   The assets of a common fund shall be entrusted to a depositary for safe-keeping.

2.   A depositary’s liability as referred to in Article 24 shall not be affected by the fact that it has entrusted to a third party all or some of the assets in its safe-keeping.

3.   A depositary shall:

(a)

ensure that the sale, issue, repurchase, redemption and cancellation of units effected on behalf of a common fund or by a management company are carried out in accordance with the applicable national law and the fund rules;

(b)

ensure that the value of units is calculated in accordance with the applicable national law and the fund rules;

(c)

carry out the instructions of the management company, unless they conflict with the applicable national law or the fund rules;

(d)

ensure that in transactions involving a common fund’s assets any consideration is remitted to it within the usual time limits;

(e)

ensure that a common fund’s income is applied in accordance with the applicable national law and the fund rules.

Article 23

1.   A depositary shall either have its registered office or be established in the UCITS home Member State.

2.   A depositary shall be an institution which is subject to prudential regulation and ongoing supervision. It shall also furnish sufficient financial and professional guarantees to be able effectively to pursue its business as depositary and meet the commitments inherent in that function.

3.   Member States shall determine which of the categories of institutions referred to in paragraph 2 shall be eligible to be depositaries.

4.   The depositary shall enable the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State to obtain, on request, all information that the depositary has obtained while discharging its duties and that is necessary for the competent authorities to supervise the UCITS compliance with this Directive.

5.   Where the management company’s home Member State is not the UCITS home Member State, the depositary shall sign a written agreement with the management company regulating the flow of information deemed necessary to allow it to perform the functions set out in Article 22 and in other laws, regulations or administrative provisions which are relevant for depositaries in the UCITS home Member State.

6.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures in relation to the measures to be taken by a depositary in order to fulfil its duties regarding a UCITS managed by a management company established in another Member State, including the particulars that need to be included in the standard agreement to be used by the depositary and the management company in accordance with paragraph 5.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 24

A depositary shall, in accordance with the national law of the UCITS home Member State, be liable to the management company and the unit-holders for any loss suffered by them as a result of its unjustifiable failure to perform its obligations or its improper performance of them.

Liability to unit-holders may be invoked directly or indirectly through the management company, depending on the legal nature of the relationship between the depositary, the management company and the unit-holders.

Article 25

1.   No company shall act as both management company and depositary.

2.   In the context of their respective roles, the management company and the depositary shall act independently and solely in the interest of the unit-holders.

Article 26

The law or the fund rules shall lay down the conditions for the replacement of the management company and the depositary and rules to ensure the protection of unit-holders in the event of such replacement.

CHAPTER V

OBLIGATIONS REGARDING INVESTMENT COMPANIES

SECTION 1

Conditions for taking up business

Article 27

Access to the business of an investment company shall be subject to prior authorisation to be granted by the competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State.

Member States shall determine the legal form which an investment company must take.

The registered office of the investment company shall be situated in the investment company’s home Member State.

Article 28

No investment company may engage in activities other than those referred to in Article 1(2).

Article 29

1.   Without prejudice to other conditions of general application laid down by national law, the competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State shall not grant authorisation to an investment company that has not designated a management company unless the investment company has a sufficient initial capital of at least EUR 300 000.

In addition, when an investment company has not designated a management company authorised pursuant to this Directive, the following conditions shall apply:

(a)

the authorisation must not be granted unless the application for authorisation is accompanied by a programme of operations setting out, at least, the organisational structure of the investment company;

(b)

the directors of the investment company must be of sufficiently good repute and be sufficiently experienced also in relation to the type of business pursued by the investment company and, to that end: the names of the directors and of every person succeeding them in office must be communicated forthwith to the competent authorities; the conduct of an investment company’s business must be decided by at least two persons meeting such conditions; and ‘directors’ shall mean those persons who, under the law or the instruments of incorporation, represent the investment company, or who effectively determine the policy of the company; and

(c)

where close links exist between the investment company and other natural or legal persons, the competent authorities must grant authorisation only if those close links do not prevent the effective exercise of their supervisory functions.

The competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State shall also refuse authorisation if the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of a third country governing one or more natural or legal persons with which the investment company has close links, or difficulties involved in their enforcement, prevent the effective exercise of their supervisory functions.

The competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State shall require investment companies to provide them with the information they need.

2.   Where an investment company has not designated a management company, the investment company shall be informed, within six months of the submission of a complete application, whether or not authorisation has been granted. Reasons shall be given whenever an authorisation is refused.

3.   An investment company may start business as soon as authorisation has been granted.

4.   The competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State may withdraw the authorisation issued to an investment company subject to this Directive only where that company:

(a)

does not make use of the authorisation within 12 months, expressly renounces the authorisation or has ceased the activity covered by this Directive more than six months previously, unless the Member State concerned has provided for authorisation to lapse in such cases;

(b)

has obtained the authorisation by making false statements or by any other irregular means;

(c)

no longer fulfils the conditions under which authorisation was granted;

(d)

has seriously or systematically infringed the provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive; or

(e)

falls within any of the cases where national law provides for withdrawal.

SECTION 2

Operating conditions

Article 30

Articles 13 and 14 shall apply mutatis mutandis to investment companies that have not designated a management company authorised pursuant to this Directive.

For the purpose of the Articles referred to in the first paragraph, ‘management company’ means ‘investment company’.

Investment companies shall manage only assets of their own portfolio and shall not, under any circumstances, receive any mandate to manage assets on behalf of a third party.

Article 31

Each investment company’s home Member State shall draw up prudential rules which shall be observed at all times by investment companies that have not designated a management company authorised pursuant to this Directive.

In particular, the competent authorities of the investment company’s home Member State, having regard also to the nature of the investment company, shall require that the company has sound administrative and accounting procedures, control and safeguard arrangements for electronic data processing and adequate internal control mechanisms including, in particular, rules for personal transactions by its employees or for the holding or management of investments in financial instruments in order to invest its initial capital and ensuring, at least, that each transaction involving the company may be reconstructed according to its origin, the parties to it, its nature, and the time and place at which it was effected and that the assets of the investment company are invested according to the instruments of incorporation and the legal provisions in force.

SECTION 3

Obligations regarding the depositary

Article 32

1.   The assets of an investment company shall be entrusted to a depositary for safe-keeping.

2.   A depositary’s liability as referred to in Article 34 shall not be affected by the fact that it has entrusted to a third party all or some of the assets in its safe-keeping.

3.   A depositary shall ensure the following:

(a)

that the sale, issue, repurchase, redemption and cancellation of units effected by or on behalf of an investment company are carried out in accordance with the law and with the investment company’s instruments of incorporation;

(b)

that in transactions involving an investment company’s assets any consideration is remitted to it within the usual time limits; and

(c)

that an investment company’s income is applied in accordance with the law and its instruments of incorporation.

4.   An investment company’s home Member State may decide that investment companies established on its territory which market their units exclusively through one or more stock exchanges on which their units are admitted to official listing are not required to have depositaries within the meaning of this Directive.

Articles 76, 84 and 85 shall not apply to such investment companies. However, the rules for the valuation of such investment companies’ assets shall be stated in the applicable national law or in their instruments of incorporation.

5.   An investment company’s home Member State may decide that investment companies established on its territory which market at least 80 % of their units through one or more stock exchanges designated in their instruments of incorporation are not required to have depositaries within the meaning of this Directive provided that their units are admitted to official listing on the stock exchanges of those Member States within the territories of which the units are marketed, and that any transactions which such an investment company may effect outwith stock exchanges are effected at stock exchange prices only.

The instruments of incorporation of an investment company shall specify the stock exchange in the country of marketing the prices on which shall determine the prices at which that investment company will effect any transactions outwith stock exchanges in that country.

A Member State shall avail itself of the derogation provided for in the first subparagraph only if it considers that unit-holders have protection equivalent to that of unit-holders in UCITS which have depositaries within the meaning of this Directive.

Investment companies referred to in this paragraph and in paragraph 4, shall, in particular:

(a)

in the absence of national law to this effect, state in their instruments of incorporation the methods of calculation of the net asset values of their units;

(b)

intervene on the market to prevent the stock exchange values of their units from deviating by more than 5 % from their net asset values;

(c)

establish the net asset values of their units, communicate them to the competent authorities at least twice a week and publish them twice a month.

At least twice a month, an independent auditor shall ensure that the calculation of the value of units is effected in accordance with the law and the instruments of incorporation of the investment company.

On such occasions, the auditor shall ensure that the investment company’s assets are invested in accordance with the rules laid down by law and the instruments of incorporation of the investment company.

6.   Member States shall inform the Commission of the identities of the investment companies benefiting from the derogations provided for in paragraphs 4 and 5.

Article 33

1.   A depositary shall either have its registered office or be established in the same Member State as that of the investment company.

2.   A depositary shall be an institution which is subject to prudential regulation and ongoing supervision.

3.   Member States shall determine which of the categories of institutions referred to in paragraph 2 shall be eligible to be depositaries.

4.   The depositary shall enable the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State to obtain, on request, all information that the depositary has obtained while discharging its duties and that is necessary for the competent authorities to supervise compliance of the UCITS with this Directive.

5.   Where the management company’s home Member State is not the UCITS home Member State, the depositary shall sign a written agreement with the management company regulating the flow of information deemed necessary to allow it to perform the functions set out in Article 32 and in other laws, regulations or administrative provisions which are relevant for depositaries in the UCITS home Member State.

6.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures in relation to the measures to be taken by a depositary in order to fulfil its duties regarding a UCITS managed by a management company established in another Member State, including the particulars that need to be included in the standard agreement to be used by the depositary and the management company in accordance with paragraph 5.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 34

A depositary shall, in accordance with the national law of the investment company’s home Member State, be liable to the investment company and the unit-holders for any loss suffered by them as a result of its unjustifiable failure to perform its obligations, or its improper performance of them.

Article 35

1.   No company shall act as both investment company and depositary.

2.   In carrying out its role as depositary, the depositary shall act solely in the interests of the unit-holders.

Article 36

The law or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company shall lay down the conditions for the replacement of the depositary and rules to ensure the protection of unit-holders in the event of such replacement.

CHAPTER VI

MERGERS OF UCITS

SECTION 1

Principle, authorisation and approval

Article 37

For the purposes of this Chapter, a UCITS shall include investment compartments thereof.

Article 38

1.   Member States shall, subject to the conditions set out in this Chapter and irrespective of the manner in which UCITS are constituted under Article 1(3), allow for cross-border and domestic mergers as defined in Article 2(1)(q) and (r) in accordance with one or more of the merger techniques provided for in Article 2(1)(p).

2.   The merger techniques used for cross-border mergers as defined in Article 2(1)(q) must be provided for under the laws of the merging UCITS home Member State.

The merger techniques used for domestic mergers as defined in Article 2(1)(r) must be provided for under the laws of the Member State, in which the UCITS are established.

Article 39

1.   Mergers shall be subject to prior authorisation by the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State.

2.   The merging UCITS shall provide the following information to the competent authorities of its home Member State:

(a)

the common draft terms of the proposed merger duly approved by the merging UCITS and the receiving UCITS;

(b)

an up-to-date version of the prospectus and the key investor information, referred to in Article 78, of the receiving UCITS, if established in another Member State;

(c)

a statement by each of the depositaries of the merging and the receiving UCITS confirming that, in accordance with Article 41, they have verified compliance of the particulars set out in points (a), (f) and (g) of Article 40(1) with the requirements of this Directive and the fund rules or instruments of incorporation of their respective UCITS; and

(d)

the information on the proposed merger that the merging and the receiving UCITS intend to provide to their respective unit-holders.

That information shall be provided in such a manner as to enable the competent authorities of both the merging and the receiving UCITS home Member State to read them in the official language or one of the official languages of that Member State or those Member States, or in a language approved by those competent authorities.

3.   Once the file is complete, the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State shall immediately transmit copies of the information referred to in paragraph 2 to the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State. The competent authorities of the merging and the receiving UCITS home Member State shall, respectively, consider the potential impact of the proposed merger on unit-holders of the merging and the receiving UCITS to assess whether appropriate information is being provided to unit-holders.

If the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State consider it necessary, they may require, in writing, that the information to unit-holders of the merging UCITS be clarified.

If the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State consider it necessary, they may require, in writing, and no later than 15 working days of receipt of the copies of the complete information referred to in paragraph 2, that the receiving UCITS modify the information to be provided to its unit-holders.

In such a case, the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State shall send an indication of their dissatisfaction to the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State. They shall inform the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State whether they are satisfied with the modified information to be provided to the unit-holders of the receiving UCITS within 20 working days of being notified thereof.

4.   The competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State shall authorise the proposed merger if the following conditions are met:

(a)

the proposed merger complies with all of the requirements of Articles 39 to 42;

(b)

the receiving UCITS has been notified, in accordance with Article 93, to market its units in all Member States where the merging UCITS is either authorised or has been notified to market its units in accordance with Article 93; and

(c)

the competent authorities of the merging and the receiving UCITS home Member State are satisfied with the proposed information to be provided to unit-holders, or no indication of dissatisfaction from the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State has been received under the fourth subparagraph of paragraph 3.

5.   If the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State consider that the file is not complete, they shall request additional information within 10 working days of receiving the information referred to in paragraph 2.

The competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State shall inform the merging UCITS, within 20 working days of submission of the complete information, in accordance with paragraph 2, whether or not the merger has been authorised.

The competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State shall also inform the competent authorities of the receiving UCITS home Member State of their decision.

6.   Member States may, in accordance with the second subparagraph of Article 57(1), provide for a derogation from Articles 52 to 55 for receiving UCITS.

Article 40

1.   Member States shall require that the merging and the receiving UCITS draw up common draft terms of merger.

The common draft terms of merger shall set out the following particulars:

(a)

an identification of the type of merger and of the UCITS involved;

(b)

the background to and rationale for the proposed merger;

(c)

the expected impact of the proposed merger on the unit-holders of both the merging and the receiving UCITS;

(d)

the criteria adopted for valuation of the assets and, where applicable, the liabilities on the date for calculating the exchange ratio as referred to in Article 47(1);

(e)

the calculation method of the exchange ratio;

(f)

the planned effective date of the merger;

(g)

the rules applicable, respectively, to the transfer of assets and the exchange of units; and

(h)

in the case of a merger pursuant to point (p)(ii) of Article 2(1) and, where applicable, point (p)(iii) of Article 2(1), the fund rules or instruments of incorporation of the newly constituted receiving UCITS.

The competent authorities shall not require that any additional information is included in the common draft terms of mergers.

2.   The merging UCITS and the receiving UCITS may decide to include further items in the common draft terms of merger.

SECTION 2

Third-party control, information of unit-holders and other rights of unit-holders

Article 41

Member States shall require that the depositaries of the merging and of the receiving UCITS verify the conformity of the particulars set out in points (a), (f) and (g) of Article 40(1) with the requirements of this Directive and the fund rules or instruments of incorporation of their respective UCITS.

Article 42

1.   The law of the merging UCITS home Member States shall entrust either a depositary or an independent auditor, approved in accordance with Directive 2006/43/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on statutory audits of annual accounts and consolidated accounts (13), to validate the following:

(a)

the criteria adopted for valuation of the assets and, where applicable, the liabilities on the date for calculating the exchange ratio, as referred to in Article 47(1);

(b)

where applicable, the cash payment per unit; and

(c)

the calculation method of the exchange ratio as well as the actual exchange ratio determined at the date for calculating that ratio, as referred to in Article 47(1).

2.   The statutory auditors of the merging UCITS or the statutory auditor of the receiving UCITS shall be considered independent auditors for the purposes of paragraph 1.

3.   A copy of the reports of the independent auditor, or, where applicable, the depositary shall be made available on request and free of charge to the unit-holders of both the merging UCITS and the receiving UCITS and to their respective competent authorities.

Article 43

1.   Member States shall require merging and receiving UCITS to provide appropriate and accurate information on the proposed merger to their respective unit-holders so as to enable them to make an informed judgement of the impact of the proposal on their investment.

2.   That information shall be provided to unit-holders of the merging and of the receiving UCITS only after the competent authorities of the merging UCITS home Member State have authorised the proposed merger under Article 39.

It shall be provided at least 30 days before the last date for requesting repurchase or redemption or, where applicable, conversion without additional charge under Article 45(1).

3.   The information to be provided to unit-holders of the merging and of the receiving UCITS, shall include appropriate and accurate information on the proposed merger such as to enable them to take an informed decision on the possible impact thereof on their investment and to exercise their rights under Articles 44 and 45.

It shall include the following:

(a)

the background to and the rationale for the proposed merger;

(b)

the possible impact of the proposed merger on unit-holders, including but not limited to any material differences in respect of investment policy and strategy, costs, expected outcome, periodic reporting, possible dilution in performance, and, where relevant, a prominent warning to investors that their tax treatment may be changed following the merger;

(c)

any specific rights unit-holders have in relation to the proposed merger, including but not limited to the right to obtain additional information, the right to obtain a copy of the report of the independent auditor or the depositary on request, and the right to request the repurchase or redemption or, where applicable, the conversion of their units without charge as specified in Article 45(1) and the last date for exercising that right;

(d)

the relevant procedural aspects and the planned effective date of the merger; and

(e)

a copy of the key investor information, referred to in Article 78, of the receiving UCITS.

4.   If the merging or the receiving UCITS has been notified in accordance with Article 93, the information referred to in paragraph 3 shall be provided in the official language, or one of the official languages, of the relevant UCITS host Member State, or in a language approved by its competent authorities. The UCITS required to provide the information shall be responsible for producing the translation. That translation shall faithfully reflect the content of the original.

5.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures specifying the detailed content, format and method by which to provide the information referred to in paragraphs 1 and 3.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 44

Where the national laws of Member States require approval by the unit-holders of mergers between UCITS, Member States shall ensure that such approval does not require more than 75 % of the votes actually cast by unit-holders present or represented at the general meeting of unit-holders.

The first paragraph shall be without prejudice to any presence quorum provided for under national laws. Member States shall impose neither more stringent presence quorums for cross-border than for domestic mergers nor more stringent presence quorums for UCITS mergers than for mergers of corporate entities.

Article 45

1.   The laws of Member States shall provide that unit-holders of both the merging and the receiving UCITS have the right to request, without any charge other than those retained by the UCITS to meet disinvestment costs, the repurchase or redemption of their units or, where possible, to convert them into units in another UCITS with similar investment policies and managed by the same management company or by any other company with which the management company is linked by common management or control, or by a substantial direct or indirect holding. That right shall become effective from the moment that the unit-holders of the merging UCITS and those of the receiving UCITS, have been informed of the proposed merger in accordance with Article 43 and shall cease to exist five working days before the date for calculating the exchange ratio referred to in Article 47(1).

2.   Without prejudice to paragraph 1, for mergers between UCITS and by way of derogation from Article 84(1), Member States may allow the competent authorities to require or to allow the temporary suspension of the subscription, repurchase or redemption of units provided that such suspension is justified for the protection of the unit-holders.

SECTION 3

Costs and entry into effect

Article 46

Except in cases where UCITS have not designated a management company, Member States shall ensure that any legal, advisory or administrative costs associated with the preparation and the completion of the merger shall not be charged to the merging or the receiving UCITS, or to any of their unit-holders.

Article 47

1.   For domestic mergers, the laws of the Member States shall determine the date on which a merger takes effect as well as the date for calculating the exchange ratio of units of the merging UCITS into units of the receiving UCITS and, where applicable, for determining the relevant net asset value for cash payments.

For cross-border mergers, the laws of the receiving UCITS home Member State shall determine those dates. Member States shall ensure that, where applicable, those dates are after the approval of the merger by unit-holders of the receiving UCITS or the merging UCITS.

2.   The entry into effect of the merger shall be made public through all appropriate means in the manner prescribed by the laws of the receiving UCITS home Member State, and shall be notified to the competent authorities of the home Member States of the receiving and the merging UCITS.

3.   A merger which has taken effect as provided for in paragraph 1 shall not be declared null and void.

Article 48

1.   A merger effected in accordance with point (p)(i) of Article 2(1) shall have the following consequences:

(a)

all the assets and liabilities of the merging UCITS are transferred to the receiving UCITS or, where applicable, to the depositary of the receiving UCITS;

(b)

the unit-holders of the merging UCITS become unit-holders of the receiving UCITS and, where applicable, they are entitled to a cash payment not exceeding 10 % of the net asset value of their units in the merging UCITS; and

(c)

the merging UCITS cease to exist on the entry into effect of the merger.

2.   A merger effected in accordance with point (p)(ii) of Article 2(1) shall have the following consequences:

(a)

all the assets and liabilities of the merging UCITS are transferred to the newly constituted receiving UCITS or, where applicable, to the depositary of the receiving UCITS;

(b)

the unit-holders of the merging UCITS become unit-holders of the newly constituted receiving UCITS and, where applicable, they are entitled to a cash payment not exceeding 10 % of the net asset value of their units in the merging UCITS; and

(c)

the merging UCITS cease to exist on the entry into effect of the merger.

3.   A merger effected in accordance with point (p)(iii) of Article 2(1) shall have the following consequences:

(a)

the net assets of the merging UCITS are transferred to the receiving UCITS or, where applicable, the depositary of the receiving UCITS;

(b)

the unit-holders of the merging UCITS become unit-holders of the receiving UCITS; and

(c)

the merging UCITS continues to exist until the liabilities have been discharged.

4.   Member States shall provide for the establishment of a procedure whereby the management company of the receiving UCITS confirms to the depositary of the receiving UCITS that transfer of assets and, where applicable, liabilities is complete. Where the receiving UCITS has not designated a management company, it shall give that confirmation to the depositary of the receiving UCITS.

CHAPTER VII

OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING THE INVESTMENT POLICIES OF UCITS

Article 49

Where UCITS comprise more than one investment compartment, each compartment shall be regarded as a separate UCITS for the purposes of this Chapter.

Article 50

1.   The investments of a UCITS shall comprise only one or more of the following:

(a)

transferable securities and money market instruments admitted to or dealt in on a regulated market as defined in Article 4(1)(14) of Directive 2004/39/EC;

(b)

transferable securities and money market instruments dealt in on another regulated market in a Member State, which operates regularly and is recognised and open to the public;

(c)

transferable securities and money market instruments admitted to official listing on a stock exchange in a third country or dealt in on another regulated market in a third country which operates regularly and is recognised and open to the public provided that the choice of stock exchange or market has been approved by the competent authorities or is provided for in law or the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company;

(d)

recently issued transferable securities, provided that:

(i)

the terms of issue include an undertaking that an application will be made for admission to official listing on a stock exchange or to another regulated market which operates regularly and is recognised and open to the public, provided that the choice of stock exchange or market has been approved by the competent authorities or is provided for in law or the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company; and

(ii)

the admission referred to in point (i) is secured within a year of issue;

(e)

units of UCITS authorised according to this Directive or other collective investment undertakings within the meaning of Article 1(2)(a) and (b), whether or not established in a Member State, provided that:

(i)

such other collective investment undertakings are authorised under laws which provide that they are subject to supervision considered by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State to be equivalent to that laid down in Community law, and that cooperation between authorities is sufficiently ensured;

(ii)

the level of protection for unit-holders in the other collective investment undertakings is equivalent to that provided for unit-holders in a UCITS, and in particular that the rules on asset segregation, borrowing, lending, and uncovered sales of transferable securities and money market instruments are equivalent to the requirements of this Directive;

(iii)

the business of the other collective investment undertakings is reported in half-yearly and annual reports to enable an assessment to be made of the assets and liabilities, income and operations over the reporting period; and

(iv)

no more than 10 % of the assets of the UCITS or of the other collective investment undertakings, whose acquisition is contemplated, can, according to their fund rules or instruments of incorporation, be invested in aggregate in units of other UCITS or other collective investment undertakings;

(f)

deposits with credit institutions which are repayable on demand or have the right to be withdrawn, and maturing in no more than 12 months, provided that the credit institution has its registered office in a Member State or, if the credit institution has its registered office in a third country, provided that it is subject to prudential rules considered by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State as equivalent to those laid down in Community law;

(g)

financial derivative instruments, including equivalent cash-settled instruments, dealt in on a regulated market referred to in points (a), (b) and (c) or financial derivative instruments dealt in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, provided that:

(i)

the underlying of the derivative consists of instruments covered by this paragraph, financial indices, interest rates, foreign exchange rates or currencies, in which the UCITS may invest according to its investment objectives as stated in its fund rules or instruments of incorporation;

(ii)

the counterparties to OTC derivative transactions are institutions subject to prudential supervision, and belonging to the categories approved by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State; and

(iii)

the OTC derivatives are subject to reliable and verifiable valuation on a daily basis and can be sold, liquidated or closed by an offsetting transaction at any time at their fair value at the UCITS’ initiative; or

(h)

money market instruments other than those dealt in on a regulated market, which fall under Article 2(1)(o), if the issue or issuer of such instruments is itself regulated for the purpose of protecting investors and savings, provided that they are:

(i)

issued or guaranteed by a central, regional or local authority or central bank of a Member State, the European Central Bank, the Community or the European Investment Bank, a third country or, in the case of a Federal State, by one of the members making up the federation, or by a public international body to which one or more Member States belong;

(ii)

issued by an undertaking any securities of which are dealt in on regulated markets referred to in points (a), (b) or (c);

(iii)

issued or guaranteed by an establishment subject to prudential supervision, in accordance with criteria defined by Community law, or by an establishment which is subject to and complies with prudential rules considered by the competent authorities to be at least as stringent as those laid down by Community law; or

(iv)

issued by other bodies belonging to the categories approved by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State provided that investments in such instruments are subject to investor protection equivalent to that laid down in points (i), (ii) or (iii) and provided that the issuer is a company whose capital and reserves amount to at least EUR 10 000 000 and which presents and publishes its annual accounts in accordance with Fourth Council Directive 78/660/EEC of 25 July 1978 based on Article 54(3)(g) of the Treaty on the annual accounts of certain types of companies (14), is an entity which, within a group of companies which includes one or several listed companies, is dedicated to the financing of the group or is an entity which is dedicated to the financing of securitisation vehicles which benefit from a banking liquidity line.

2.   A UCITS shall not, however:

(a)

invest more than 10 % of its assets in transferable securities or money market instruments other than those referred to in paragraph 1; or

(b)

acquire either precious metals or certificates representing them.

UCITS may hold ancillary liquid assets.

3.   An investment company may acquire movable or immovable property which is essential for the direct pursuit of its business.

Article 51

1.   A management or investment company shall employ a risk-management process which enables it to monitor and measure at any time the risk of the positions and their contribution to the overall risk profile of the portfolio.

It shall employ a process for accurate and independent assessment of the value of OTC derivatives.

It shall communicate to the competent authorities of its home Member State regularly in regard to the types of derivative instruments, the underlying risks, the quantitative limits and the methods which are chosen in order to estimate the risks associated with transactions in derivative instruments regarding each managed UCITS.

2.   Member States may authorise UCITS to employ techniques and instruments relating to transferable securities and money market instruments under the conditions and within the limits which they lay down provided that such techniques and instruments are used for the purpose of efficient portfolio management.

When those operations concern the use of derivative instruments, the conditions and limits shall conform to the provisions laid down in this Directive.

Under no circumstances shall those operations cause the UCITS to diverge from its investment objectives as laid down in the UCITS’ fund rules, instruments of incorporation or prospectus.

3.   A UCITS shall ensure that its global exposure relating to derivative instruments does not exceed the total net value of its portfolio.

The exposure is calculated taking into account the current value of the underlying assets, the counterparty risk, future market movements and the time available to liquidate the positions. This shall also apply to the third and fourth subparagraphs.

A UCITS may invest, as a part of its investment policy and within the limit laid down in Article 52(5), in financial derivative instruments provided that the exposure to the underlying assets does not exceed in aggregate the investment limits laid down in Article 52. Member States may provide that, when a UCITS invests in index-based financial derivative instruments, those investments are not required to be combined for the purposes of the limits laid down in Article 52.

When transferable securities or money market instruments embed a derivative, the derivative shall be taken into account when complying with the requirements of this Article.

4.   Without prejudice to Article 116, the Commission shall adopt, by 1 July 2010, implementing measures specifying the following:

(a)

criteria for assessing the adequacy of the risk management process employed by the management company in accordance with the first subparagraph of paragraph 1;

(b)

detailed rules regarding the accurate and independent assessment of the value of OTC derivatives; and

(c)

detailed rules regarding the content of and procedure to be followed for communicating the information referred to in the third subparagraph of paragraph 1 to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 52

1.   A UCITS shall invest no more than:

(a)

5 % of its assets in transferable securities or money market instruments issued by the same body; or

(b)

20 % of its assets in deposits made with the same body.

The risk exposure to a counterparty of the UCITS in an OTC derivative transaction shall not exceed either:

(a)

10 % of its assets when the counterparty is a credit institution referred to in Article 50(1)(f); or

(b)

5 % of its assets, in other cases.

2.   Member States may raise the 5 % limit laid down in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1 to a maximum of 10 %. If they do so, however, the total value of the transferable securities and the money market instruments held by the UCITS in the issuing bodies in each of which it invests more than 5 % of its assets shall not exceed 40 % of the value of its assets. That limitation shall not apply to deposits or OTC derivative transactions made with financial institutions subject to prudential supervision.

Notwithstanding the individual limits laid down in paragraph 1, a UCITS shall not combine, where this would lead to investment of more than 20 % of its assets in a single body, any of the following:

(a)

investments in transferable securities or money market instruments issued by that body;

(b)

deposits made with that body; or

(c)

exposures arising from OTC derivative transactions undertaken with that body.

3.   Member States may raise the 5 % limit laid down in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1 to a maximum of 35 % if the transferable securities or money market instruments are issued or guaranteed by a Member State, by its local authorities, by a third country or by a public international body to which one or more Member States belong.

4.   Member States may raise the 5 % limit laid down in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1 to a maximum of 25 % where bonds are issued by a credit institution which has its registered office in a Member State and is subject by law to special public supervision designed to protect bond-holders. In particular, sums deriving from the issue of those bonds shall be invested in accordance with the law in assets which, during the whole period of validity of the bonds, are capable of covering claims attaching to the bonds and which, in the event of failure of the issuer, would be used on a priority basis for the reimbursement of the principal and payment of the accrued interest.

Where a UCITS invests more than 5 % of its assets in the bonds referred to in the first subparagraph which are issued by a single issuer, the total value of these investments shall not exceed 80 % of the value of the assets of the UCITS.

Member States shall send to the Commission a list of the categories of bonds referred to in the first subparagraph together with the categories of issuers authorised, in accordance with the laws and supervisory arrangements mentioned in that subparagraph, to issue bonds complying with the criteria set out in this Article. A notice specifying the status of the guarantees offered shall be attached to those lists. The Commission shall immediately forward that information to the other Member States together with any comments which it considers appropriate and shall make the information available to the public. Such communications may be the subject of exchanges of views within the European Securities Committee referred to in Article 112(1).

5.   The transferable securities and money market instruments referred to in paragraphs 3 and 4 shall not be taken into account for the purpose of applying the limit of 40 % referred to in paragraph 2.

The limits provided for in paragraphs 1 to 4 shall not be combined, and thus investments in transferable securities or money market instruments issued by the same body or in deposits or derivative instruments made with this body carried out in accordance with paragraphs 1 to 4 shall not exceed in total 35 % of the assets of the UCITS.

Companies which are included in the same group for the purposes of consolidated accounts, as defined in Directive 83/349/EEC or in accordance with recognised international accounting rules, shall be regarded as a single body for the purpose of calculating the limits contained in this Article.

Member States may allow cumulative investment in transferable securities and money market instruments within the same group up to a limit of 20 %.

Article 53

1.   Without prejudice to the limits laid down in Article 56, Member States may raise the limits laid down in Article 52 to a maximum of 20 % for investment in shares or debt securities issued by the same body when, according to the fund rules or instruments of incorporation, the aim of the UCITS’ investment policy is to replicate the composition of a certain stock or debt securities index which is recognised by the competent authorities, on the following basis:

(a)

its composition is sufficiently diversified;

(b)

the index represents an adequate benchmark for the market to which it refers; and

(c)

it is published in an appropriate manner.

2.   Member States may raise the limit laid down in paragraph 1 to a maximum of 35 % where that proves to be justified by exceptional market conditions in particular in regulated markets where certain transferable securities or money market instruments are highly dominant. The investment up to that limit shall be permitted only for a single issuer.

Article 54

1.   By way of derogation from Article 52, Member States may authorise UCITS to invest in accordance with the principle of risk-spreading up to 100 % of their assets in different transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by a Member State, one or more of its local authorities, a third country, or a public international body to which one or more Member States belong.

The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall grant such a derogation only if they consider that unit-holders in the UCITS have protection equivalent to that of unit-holders in UCITS complying with the limits laid down in Article 52.

Such a UCITS shall hold securities from at least six different issues, but securities from any single issue shall not account for more than 30 % of its total assets.

2.   The UCITS referred to in paragraph 1 shall make express mention in the fund rules or in the instruments of incorporation of the investment company of the Member States, local authorities, or public international bodies issuing or guaranteeing securities in which they intend to invest more than 35 % of their assets.

Such fund rules or instruments of incorporation shall be approved by the competent authorities.

3.   Each UCITS referred to in paragraph 1 shall include a prominent statement in its prospectus and marketing communications drawing attention to such authorisation and indicating the Member States, local authorities, or public international bodies in the securities of which it intends to invest or has invested more than 35 % of its assets.

Article 55

1.   A UCITS may acquire the units of UCITS or other collective investment undertakings referred to in Article 50(1)(e), provided that no more than 10 % of its assets are invested in units of a single UCITS or other collective investment undertaking. Member States may raise that limit to a maximum of 20 %.

2.   Investments made in units of collective investment undertakings other than UCITS shall not exceed, in aggregate, 30 % of the assets of the UCITS.

Member States may, where a UCITS has acquired units of another UCITS or collective investment undertakings, provide that the assets of the respective UCITS or other collective investment undertakings are not required to be combined for the purposes of the limits laid down in Article 52.

3.   Where a UCITS invests in the units of other UCITS or collective investment undertakings that are managed, directly or by delegation, by the same management company or by any other company with which the management company is linked by common management or control, or by a substantial direct or indirect holding, that management company or other company shall not charge subscription or redemption fees on account of the UCITS’ investment in the units of such other UCITS or collective investment undertakings.

A UCITS that invests a substantial proportion of its assets in other UCITS or collective investment undertakings shall disclose in its prospectus the maximum level of the management fees that may be charged both to the UCITS itself and to the other UCITS or collective investment undertakings in which it intends to invest. It shall indicate in its annual report the maximum proportion of management fees charged both to the UCITS itself and to the other UCITS or collective investment undertaking in which it invests.

Article 56

1.   An investment company or a management company acting in connection with all of the common funds which it manages and which fall within the scope of this Directive shall not acquire any shares carrying voting rights which would enable it to exercise significant influence over the management of an issuing body.

Pending further coordination, Member States shall take account of existing rules defining the principle stated in the first subparagraph in the law of other Member States.

2.   A UCITS may acquire no more than:

(a)

10 % of the non-voting shares of a single issuing body;

(b)

10 % of the debt securities of a single issuing body;

(c)

25 % of the units of a single UCITS or other collective investment undertaking within the meaning of Article 1(2)(a) and (b); or

(d)

10 % of the money market instruments of a single issuing body.

The limits laid down in points (b), (c) and (d) may be disregarded at the time of acquisition if at that time the gross amount of the debt securities or of the money market instruments, or the net amount of the securities in issue, cannot be calculated.

3.   A Member State may waive the application of paragraphs 1 and 2 as regards:

(a)

transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by a Member State or its local authorities;

(b)

transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by a third country;

(c)

transferable securities and money market instruments issued by a public international body to which one or more Member States belong;

(d)

shares held by a UCITS in the capital of a company incorporated in a third country investing its assets mainly in the securities of issuing bodies having their registered offices in that country, where under the legislation of that country such a holding represents the only way in which the UCITS can invest in the securities of issuing bodies of that country; or

(e)

shares held by an investment company or investment companies in the capital of subsidiary companies pursuing only the business of management, advice or marketing in the country where the subsidiary is established, in regard to the repurchase of units at unit-holders’ request exclusively on its or their behalf.

The derogation referred to in point (d) of the first subparagraph of this paragraph shall apply only if in its investment policy the company from the third country complies with the limits laid down in Articles 52 and 55 and in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article. Where the limits set in Articles 52 and 55 are exceeded, Article 57 shall apply mutatis mutandis.

Article 57

1.   UCITS are not required to comply with the limits laid down in this Chapter when exercising subscription rights attaching to transferable securities or money market instruments which form part of their assets.

While ensuring observance of the principle of risk spreading, Member States may allow recently authorised UCITS to derogate from Articles 52 to 55 for six months following the date of their authorisation.

2.   If the limits referred to in paragraph 1 are exceeded for reasons beyond the control of a UCITS or as a result of the exercise of subscription rights, that UCITS shall adopt as a priority objective for its sales transactions the remedying of that situation, taking due account of the interests of its unit-holders.

CHAPTER VIII

MASTER-FEEDER STRUCTURES

SECTION 1

Scope and approval

Article 58

1.   A feeder UCITS is a UCITS, or an investment compartment thereof, which has been approved to invest, by way of derogation from Article 1(2)(a), Articles 50, 52 and 55, and Article 56(2)(c), at least 85 % of its assets in units of another UCITS or investment compartment thereof (the master UCITS).

2.   A feeder UCITS may hold up to 15 % of its assets in one or more of the following:

(a)

ancillary liquid assets in accordance with the second subparagraph of Article 50(2);

(b)

financial derivative instruments, which may be used only for hedging purposes, in accordance with Article 50(1)(g) and Article 51(2) and (3);

(c)

movable and immovable property which is essential for the direct pursuit of the business, if the feeder UCITS is an investment company.

For the purposes of compliance with Article 51(3), the feeder UCITS shall calculate its global exposure related to financial derivative instruments by combining its own direct exposure under point (b) of the first subparagraph with either:

(a)

the master UCITS’ actual exposure to financial derivative instruments in proportion to the feeder UCITS’ investment into the master UCITS; or

(b)

the master UCITS’ potential maximum global exposure to financial derivative instruments provided for in the master UCITS’ fund rules or instruments of incorporation in proportion to the feeder UCITS investment into the master UCITS.

3.   A master UCITS is a UCITS, or an investment compartment thereof, which:

(a)

has, among its unit-holders, at least one feeder UCITS;

(b)

is not itself a feeder UCITS; and

(c)

does not hold units of a feeder UCITS.

4.   The following derogations for a master UCITS shall apply:

(a)

if a master UCITS has at least two feeder UCITS as unit-holders, Article 1(2)(a) and Article 3(b) shall not apply, giving the master UCITS the choice whether or not to raise capital from other investors;

(b)

If a master UCITS does not raise capital from the public in a Member State other than that in which it is established, but only has one or more feeder UCITS in that Member State, Chapter XI and the second subparagraph of Article 108(1) shall not apply.

Article 59

1.   Member States shall ensure that the investment of a feeder UCITS into a given master UCITS which exceeds the limit applicable under Article 55(1) for investments into other UCITS be subject to prior approval by the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State.

2.   The feeder UCITS shall be informed within 15 working days following the submission of a complete file, whether or not the competent authorities have approved the feeder UCITS’ investment into the master UCITS.

3.   The competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State shall grant approval if the feeder UCITS, its depositary and its auditor, as well as the master UCITS, comply with all the requirements set out in this Chapter. For such purposes, the feeder UCITS shall provide to the competent authorities of its home Member State the following documents:

(a)

the fund rules or instruments of incorporation of the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS;

(b)

the prospectus and the key investor information referred to in Article 78 of the feeder and the master UCITS;

(c)

the agreement between the feeder and the master UCITS or the internal conduct of business rules referred to in Article 60(1);

(d)

where applicable, the information to be provided to unit-holders referred to in Article 64(1);

(e)

if the master UCITS and the feeder UCITS have different depositaries, the information-sharing agreement referred to in Article 61(1) between their respective depositaries; and

(f)

if the master UCITS and the feeder UCITS have different auditors, the information-sharing agreement referred to in Article 62(1) between their respective auditors.

Where the feeder UCITS is established in a Member State other than the master UCITS home Member State, the feeder UCITS shall also provide an attestation by the competent authorities of the master UCITS home Member State that the master UCITS is a UCITS, or an investment compartment thereof, which fulfils the conditions set out in Article 58(3)(b) and (c). Documents shall be provided by the feeder UCITS in the official language, or one of the official languages, of the feeder UCITS home Member State or in a language approved by its competent authorities.

SECTION 2

Common provisions for feeder and master UCITS

Article 60

1.   Member States shall require that the master UCITS provide the feeder UCITS with all documents and information necessary for the latter to meet the requirements laid down in this Directive. For this purpose, the feeder UCITS shall enter into an agreement with the master UCITS.

The feeder UCITS shall not invest in excess of the limit applicable under Article 55(1) in units of that master UCITS until the agreement referred to in the first subparagraph has become effective. That agreement shall be made available, on request and free of charge, to all unit-holders.

In the event that both master and feeder UCITS are managed by the same management company, the agreement may be replaced by internal conduct of business rules ensuring compliance with the requirements set out in this paragraph.

2.   The master and the feeder UCITS shall take appropriate measures to coordinate the timing of their net asset value calculation and publication in order to avoid market timing in their units, preventing arbitrage opportunities.

3.   Without prejudice to Article 84, if a master UCITS temporarily suspends the repurchase, redemption or subscription of its units, whether at its own initiative or at the request of its competent authorities, each of its feeder UCITS is entitled to suspend the repurchase, redemption or subscription of its units notwithstanding the conditions laid down in Article 84(2) within the same period of time as the master UCITS.

4.   If a master UCITS is liquidated, the feeder UCITS shall also be liquidated, unless the competent authorities of its home Member State approve:

(a)

the investment of at least 85 % of the assets of the feeder UCITS in units of another master UCITS; or

(b)

the amendment of its fund rules or instruments of incorporation in order to enable the feeder UCITS to convert into a UCITS which is not a feeder UCITS.

Without prejudice to specific national provisions regarding compulsory liquidation, the liquidation of a master UCITS shall take place no sooner than three months after the master UCITS has informed all of its unit-holders and the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State of the binding decision to liquidate.

5.   If a master UCITS merges with another UCITS or is divided into two or more UCITS, the feeder UCITS shall be liquidated, unless the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State grant approval to the feeder UCITS to:

(a)

continue to be a feeder UCITS of the master UCITS or another UCITS resulting from the merger or division of the master UCITS;

(b)

invest at least 85 % of its assets in units of another master UCITS not resulting from the merger or the division; or

(c)

amend its fund rules or its instruments of incorporation in order to convert into a UCITS which is not a feeder UCITS.

No merger or division of a master UCITS shall become effective, unless the master UCITS has provided all of its unit-holders and the competent authorities of its feeder UCITS home Member States with the information referred to, or comparable with that referred to, in Article 43 by 60 days before the proposed effective date.

Unless the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State has granted approval pursuant to point (a) of the first subparagraph, the master UCITS shall enable the feeder UCITS to repurchase or redeem all units in the master UCITS before the merger or division of the master UCITS becomes effective.

6.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures specifying:

(a)

the content of the agreement or of the internal conduct of business rules referred to in paragraph 1;

(b)

which measures referred to in paragraph 2 are deemed appropriate; and

(c)

the procedures for the required approvals pursuant to paragraphs 4 and 5 in the event of a liquidation, merger or division of a master UCITS.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

SECTION 3

Depositaries and auditors

Article 61

1.   Member States shall require that, if the master and the feeder UCITS have different depositaries, those depositaries enter into an information-sharing agreement in order to ensure the fulfilment of the duties of both depositaries.

The feeder UCITS shall not invest in units of the master UCITS until such agreement has become effective.

Where they comply with the requirements laid down in this Chapter, neither the depositary of the master UCITS nor that of the feeder UCITS shall be found to be in breach of any rules that restrict the disclosure of information or relate to data protection where such rules are provided for in a contract or in a law, regulation or administrative provision. Such compliance shall not give rise to any liability on the part of such depositary or any person acting on its behalf.

Member States shall require that the feeder UCITS or, when applicable, the management company of the feeder UCITS be in charge of communicating to the depositary of the feeder UCITS any information about the master UCITS which is required for the completion of the duties of the depositary of the feeder UCITS.

2.   The depositary of the master UCITS shall immediately inform the competent authorities of the master UCITS home Member State, the feeder UCITS or, where applicable, the management company and the depositary of the feeder UCITS about any irregularities it detects with regard to the master UCITS which are deemed to have a negative impact on the feeder UCITS.

3.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures further specifying the following:

(a)

the particulars that need to be included in the agreement referred to in paragraph 1; and

(b)

the types of irregularities referred to in paragraph 2 which are deemed to have a negative impact on the feeder UCITS.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 62

1.   Member States shall require that if the master and the feeder UCITS have different auditors, those auditors enter into an information-sharing agreement in order to ensure the fulfilment of the duties of both auditors, including the arrangements taken to comply with the requirements of paragraph 2.

The feeder UCITS shall not invest in units of the master UCITS until such agreement has become effective.

2.   In its audit report, the auditor of the feeder UCITS shall take into account the audit report of the master UCITS. If the feeder and the master UCITS have different accounting years, the auditor of the master UCITS shall make an ad hoc report on the closing date of the feeder UCITS.

The auditor of the feeder UCITS shall, in particular, report on any irregularities revealed in the audit report of the master UCITS and on their impact on the feeder UCITS.

3.   Where they comply with the requirements laid down in this Chapter, neither the auditor of the master UCITS nor that of the feeder UCITS shall be found to be in breach of any rules that restrict the disclosure of information or relate to data protection where such rules are provided for in a contract or in a law, regulation or administrative provision. Such compliance shall not give rise to any liability on the part of such auditor or any person acting on its behalf.

4.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures specifying the content of the agreement referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

SECTION 4

Compulsory information and marketing communications by the feeder UCITS

Article 63

1.   Member States shall require that, in addition to the information provided for in Schedule A of Annex I, the prospectus of the feeder UCITS contains the following information:

(a)

a declaration that the feeder UCITS is a feeder of a particular master UCITS and as such permanently invests 85 % or more of its assets in units of that master UCITS;

(b)

the investment objective and policy, including the risk profile and whether the performance of the feeder and the master UCITS are identical, or to what extent and for which reasons they differ, including a description of investment made in accordance with Article 58(2);

(c)

a brief description of the master UCITS, its organisation, its investment objective and policy, including the risk profile, and an indication of how the prospectus of the master UCITS may be obtained;

(d)

a summary of the agreement entered into between the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS or of the internal conduct of business rules pursuant to Article 60(1);

(e)

how the unit-holders may obtain further information on the master UCITS and the agreement entered into between the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS pursuant to Article 60(1);

(f)

a description of all remuneration or reimbursement of costs payable by the feeder UCITS by virtue of its investment in units of the master UCITS, as well as of the aggregate charges of the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS; and

(g)

a description of the tax implications of the investment into the master UCITS for the feeder UCITS.

2.   In addition to the information provided for in Schedule B of Annex I, the annual report of the feeder UCITS shall include a statement on the aggregate charges of the feeder UCITS and the master UCITS.

The annual and the half-yearly reports of the feeder UCITS shall indicate how the annual and the half-yearly report of the master UCITS can be obtained.

3.   In addition to the requirements laid down in Articles 74 and 82, the feeder UCITS shall send the prospectus, the key investor information referred to in Article 78 and any amendment thereto, as well as the annual and half-yearly reports of the master UCITS, to the competent authorities of its home Member State.

4.   A feeder UCITS shall disclose in any relevant marketing communications that it permanently invests 85 % or more of its assets in units of such master UCITS.

5.   A paper copy of the prospectus, and the annual and half-yearly reports of the master UCITS shall be delivered by the feeder UCITS to investors on request and free of charge.

SECTION 5

Conversion of existing UCITS into feeder UCITS and change of master UCITS

Article 64

1.   Member States shall require that a feeder UCITS which already pursues activities as a UCITS, including those of a feeder UCITS of a different master UCITS, shall provide the following information to its unit-holders:

(a)

a statement that the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State approved the investment of the feeder UCITS in units of such master UCITS;

(b)

the key investor information referred to in Article 78 concerning the feeder and the master UCITS;

(c)

the date when the feeder UCITS is to start to invest in the master UCITS or, if it has already invested therein, the date when its investment will exceed the limit applicable under Article 55(1); and

(d)

a statement that the unit-holders have the right to request within 30 days the repurchase or redemption of their units without any charges other than those retained by the UCITS to cover disinvestment costs; that right shall become effective from the moment the feeder UCITS has provided the information referred to in this paragraph.

That information shall be provided at least 30 days before the date referred to in point (c) of the first subparagraph.

2.   In the event that the feeder UCITS has been notified in accordance with Article 93, the information referred to in paragraph 1 shall be provided in the official language, or one of the official languages, of the feeder UCITS host Member State or in a language approved by its competent authorities. The feeder UCITS shall be responsible for producing the translation. That translation shall faithfully reflect the content of the original.

3.   Member States shall ensure that the feeder UCITS does not invest into the units of the given master UCITS in excess of the limit applicable under Article 55(1) before the period of 30 days referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 1 has elapsed.

4.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures specifying:

(a)

the format and the manner in which to provide the information referred to in paragraph 1; or

(b)

in the event that the feeder UCITS transfers all or parts of its assets to the master UCITS in exchange for units, the procedure for valuing and auditing such a contribution in kind and the role of the depositary of the feeder UCITS in that process.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

SECTION 6

Obligations and competent authorities

Article 65

1.   The feeder UCITS shall monitor effectively the activity of the master UCITS. In performing that obligation, the feeder UCITS may rely on information and documents received from the master UCITS or, where applicable, its management company, depositary and auditor, unless there is reason to doubt their accuracy.

2.   Where, in connection with an investment in the units of the master UCITS, a distribution fee, commission or other monetary benefit is received by the feeder UCITS, its management company, or any person acting on behalf of either the feeder UCITS or the management company of the feeder UCITS, the fee, commission or other monetary benefit shall be paid into the assets of the feeder UCITS.

Article 66

1.   The master UCITS shall immediately inform the competent authorities of its home Member State of the identity of each feeder UCITS which invests in its units. If the master UCITS and the feeder UCITS are established in different Member States, the competent authorities of the master UCITS home Member State shall immediately inform those of the feeder UCITS home Member State of such investment.

2.   The master UCITS shall not charge subscription or redemption fees for the investment of the feeder UCITS into its units or the divestment thereof.

3.   The master UCITS shall ensure the timely availability of all information that is required in accordance with this Directive, other Community law, the applicable national law, the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation to the feeder UCITS or, where applicable, its management company, and to the competent authorities, the depositary and the auditor of the feeder UCITS.

Article 67

1.   If the master UCITS and the feeder UCITS are established in the same Member State, the competent authorities shall immediately inform the feeder UCITS of any decision, measure, observation of non-compliance with the conditions of this Chapter or of any information reported pursuant to Article 106(1) with regard to the master UCITS or, where applicable, its management company, depositary or auditor.

2.   If the master UCITS and the feeder UCITS are established in different Member States, the competent authorities of the master UCITS home Member State shall immediately communicate any decision, measure, observation of non-compliance with the conditions of this Chapter or information reported pursuant to Article 106(1) with regard to the master UCITS or, where applicable, its management company, depositary or auditor, to the competent authorities of the feeder UCITS home Member State. The latter shall then immediately inform the feeder UCITS.

CHAPTER IX

OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED TO INVESTORS

SECTION 1

Publication of a prospectus and periodical reports

Article 68

1.   An investment company and, for each of the common funds it manages, a management company, shall publish the following:

(a)

a prospectus;

(b)

an annual report for each financial year; and

(c)

a half-yearly report covering the first six months of the financial year.

2.   The annual and half-yearly reports shall be published within the following time limits, with effect from the end of the period to which they relate:

(a)

four months in the case of the annual report; or

(b)

two months in the case of the half-yearly report.

Article 69

1.   The prospectus shall include the information necessary for investors to be able to make an informed judgement of the investment proposed to them, and, in particular, of the risks attached thereto.

The prospectus shall include, independent of the instruments invested in, a clear and easily understandable explanation of the fund’s risk profile.

2.   The prospectus shall contain at least the information provided for in Schedule A of Annex I, in so far as that information does not already appear in the fund rules or instruments of incorporation annexed to the prospectus in accordance with Article 71(1).

3.   The annual report shall include a balance-sheet or a statement of assets and liabilities, a detailed income and expenditure account for the financial year, a report on the activities of the financial year and the other information provided for in Schedule B of Annex I as well as any significant information which will enable investors to make an informed judgement on the development of the activities of the UCITS and its results.

4.   The half-yearly report shall include at least the information provided for in Sections I to IV of Schedule B of Annex I. Where a UCITS has paid or proposes to pay an interim dividend, the figures must indicate the results after tax for the half-year concerned and the interim dividend paid or proposed.

Article 70

1.   The prospectus shall indicate in which categories of assets a UCITS is authorised to invest. It shall mention if transactions in financial derivative instruments are authorised, in which case it shall include a prominent statement indicating whether those operations may be carried out for the purpose of hedging or with the aim of meeting investment goals, and the possible outcome of the use of financial derivative instruments on the risk profile.

2.   Where a UCITS invests principally in any category of assets defined in Article 50 other than transferable securities or money market instruments, or where a UCITS replicates a stock or debt securities index in accordance with Article 53, its prospectus and, where necessary, marketing communications shall include a prominent statement drawing attention to the investment policy.

3.   Where the net asset value of a UCITS is likely to have a high volatility due to its portfolio composition or the portfolio management techniques that may be used, its prospectus and, where necessary, marketing communications shall include a prominent statement drawing attention to that characteristic.

4.   Upon request of an investor, the management company shall also provide supplementary information relating to the quantitative limits that apply in the risk management of the UCITS, to the methods chosen to this end and to the recent evolution of the main risks and yields of the instrument categories.

Article 71

1.   The fund rules or instruments of incorporation of an investment company shall form an integral part of the prospectus and shall be annexed thereto.

2.   The documents referred to in paragraph 1 are not, however, required to be annexed to the prospectus provided that the investor is informed that, on request, he or she will be sent those documents or be apprised of the place where, in each Member State in which the units are marketed, he or she may consult them.

Article 72

The essential elements of the prospectus shall be kept up to date.

Article 73

The accounting information given in the annual report shall be audited by one or more persons empowered by law to audit accounts in accordance with Directive 2006/43/EC. The auditor’s report, including any qualifications, shall be reproduced in full in the annual report.

Article 74

UCITS shall send their prospectus and any amendments thereto, as well as their annual and half-yearly reports, to the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State. UCITS shall provide that documentation to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State on request.

Article 75

1.   The prospectus and the latest published annual and half-yearly reports shall be provided to investors on request and free of charge.

2.   The prospectus may be provided in a durable medium or by means of a website. A paper copy shall be delivered to the investors on request and free of charge.

3.   The annual and half-yearly reports shall be available to investors in the manner specified in the prospectus and in the key investor information referred to in Article 78. A paper copy of the annual and half-yearly reports shall be delivered to the investors on request and free of charge.

4.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures which define the specific conditions which need to be met when providing the prospectus in a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website which does not constitute a durable medium.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

SECTION 2

Publication of other information

Article 76

A UCITS shall make public in an appropriate manner the issue, sale, repurchase or redemption price of its units each time it issues, sells, repurchases or redeems them, and at least twice a month.

The competent authorities may, however, permit a UCITS to reduce the frequency to once a month on condition that such derogation does not prejudice the interests of the unit-holders.

Article 77

All marketing communications to investors shall be clearly identifiable as such. They shall be fair, clear and not misleading. In particular, any marketing communication comprising an invitation to purchase units of UCITS that contains specific information about a UCITS shall make no statement that contradicts or diminishes the significance of the information contained in the prospectus and the key investor information referred to in Article 78. It shall indicate that a prospectus exists and that the key investor information referred to in Article 78 is available. It shall specify where and in which language such information or documents may be obtained by investors or potential investors or how they may obtain access to them.

SECTION 3

Key investor information

Article 78

1.   Member States shall require that an investment company and, for each of the common funds it manages, a management company draw up a short document containing key information for investors. That document shall be referred to as ‘key investor information’ in this Directive. The words ‘key investor information’ shall be clearly stated in that document, in one of the languages referred to in Article 94(1)(b).

2.   Key investor information shall include appropriate information about the essential characteristics of the UCITS concerned, which is to be provided to investors so that they are reasonably able to understand the nature and the risks of the investment product that is being offered to them and, consequently, to take investment decisions on an informed basis.

3.   Key investor information shall provide information on the following essential elements in respect of the UCITS concerned:

(a)

identification of the UCITS;

(b)

a short description of its investment objectives and investment policy;

(c)

past-performance presentation or, where relevant, performance scenarios;

(d)

costs and associated charges; and

(e)

risk/reward profile of the investment, including appropriate guidance and warnings in relation to the risks associated with investments in the relevant UCITS.

Those essential elements shall be comprehensible to the investor without any reference to other documents.

4.   Key investor information shall clearly specify where and how to obtain additional information relating to the proposed investment, including but not limited to where and how the prospectus and the annual and half-yearly report can be obtained on request and free of charge at any time, and the language in which such information is available to investors.

5.   Key investor information shall be written in a concise manner and in non-technical language. It shall be drawn up in a common format, allowing for comparison, and shall be presented in a way that is likely to be understood by retail investors.

6.   Key investor information shall be used without alterations or supplements, except translation, in all Member States where the UCITS is notified to market its units in accordance with Article 93.

7.   The Commission shall adopt implementing measures which define the following:

(a)

the detailed and exhaustive content of the key investor information to be provided to investors as referred to in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4;

(b)

the detailed and exhaustive content of the key investor information to be provided to investors in the following specific cases:

(i)

for UCITS having different investment compartments, the key investor information to be provided to investors subscribing to a specific investment compartment, including how to pass from one investment compartment into another and the costs related thereto;

(ii)

for UCITS offering different share classes, the key investor information to be provided to investors subscribing to a specific share class;

(iii)

for fund of funds structures, the key investor information to be provided to investors subscribing to a UCITS, which invests itself in other UCITS or other collective investment undertakings referred to in Article 50(1)(e);

(iv)

for master-feeder structures, the key investor information to be provided to investors subscribing to a feeder UCITS; and

(v)

for structured, capital protected and other comparable UCITS, the key investor information to be provided to investors in relation to the special characteristics of such UCITS; and

(c)

the specific details of the format and presentation of the key investor information to be provided to investors as referred to in paragraph 5.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 79

1.   Key investor information shall constitute pre-contractual information. It shall be fair, clear and not misleading. It shall be consistent with the relevant parts of the prospectus.

2.   Member States shall ensure that a person does not incur civil liability solely on the basis of the key investor information, including any translation thereof, unless it is misleading, inaccurate or inconsistent with the relevant parts of the prospectus. Key investor information shall contain a clear warning in this respect.

Article 80

1.   Member States shall require that an investment company and, for each of the common funds it manages, a management company, which sells UCITS directly or through another natural or legal person who acts on its behalf and under its full and unconditional responsibility provides investors with key investor information on such UCITS in good time before their proposed subscription of units in such UCITS.

2.   Member States shall require that an investment company and, for each of the common funds it manages, a management company, which does not sell UCITS directly or through another natural or legal person who acts on its behalf and under its full and unconditional responsibility to investors provides key investor information to product manufacturers and intermediaries selling or advising investors on potential investments in such UCITS or in products offering exposure to such UCITS upon their request. Member States shall require that the intermediaries selling or advising investors on potential investments in UCITS, provide key investor information to their clients or potential clients.

3.   Key investor information shall be provided to investors free of charge.

Article 81

1.   Member States shall allow investment companies and, for each of the common funds they manage, management companies, to provide key investor information in a durable medium or by means of a website. A paper copy shall be delivered to the investor on request and free of charge.

In addition, an up-to-date version of the key investor information shall be made available on the website of the investment company or management company.

2.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures which define the specific conditions which need to be met when providing key investor information in a durable medium other than on paper or by means of a website which does not constitute a durable medium.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 82

1.   UCITS shall send their key investor information and any amendments thereto, to the competent authorities of their home Member State.

2.   The essential elements of key investor information shall be kept up to date.

CHAPTER X

GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF UCITS

Article 83

1.   The following shall not borrow:

(a)

an investment company;

(b)

a management company or depositary acting on behalf of a common fund.

A UCITS may, however, acquire foreign currency by means of a ‘back-to-back’ loan.

2.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a Member State may authorise a UCITS to borrow provided that such borrowing is:

(a)

on a temporary basis and represents:

in the case of an investment company, no more than 10 % of its assets, or

in the case of a common fund, no more than 10 % of the value of the fund; or

(b)

to enable the acquisition of immovable property essential for the direct pursuit of its business and represents, in the case of an investment company, no more than 10 % of its assets.

Where a UCITS is authorised to borrow under points (a) and (b), such borrowing shall not exceed 15 % of its assets in total.

Article 84

1.   A UCITS shall repurchase or redeem its units at the request of any unit-holder.

2.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1:

(a)

a UCITS may, in accordance with the applicable national law, the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company, temporarily suspend the repurchase or redemption of its units;

(b)

a UCITS home Member State may allow its competent authorities to require the suspension of the repurchase or redemption of units in the interest of the unit-holders or of the public.

The temporary suspension referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph shall be provided for only in exceptional cases where circumstances so require and where suspension is justified having regard to the interests of the unit-holders.

3.   In the event of a temporary suspension under paragraph 2(a), a UCITS shall, without delay, communicate its decision to its home Member State competent authorities and to the competent authorities of all Member States in which it markets its units.

Article 85

The rules for the valuation of assets and the rules for calculating the sale or issue price and the repurchase or redemption price of the units of a UCITS shall be laid down in the applicable national law, in the fund rules or in the instruments of incorporation of the investment company.

Article 86

The distribution or reinvestment of the income of a UCITS shall be effected in accordance with the law and with the fund rules or the instruments of incorporation of the investment company.

Article 87

A UCITS unit shall not be issued unless the equivalent of the net issue price is paid into the assets of the UCITS within the usual time limits. This shall not preclude the distribution of bonus units.

Article 88

1.   Without prejudice to the application of Articles 50 and 51, the following shall not grant loans or act as a guarantor on behalf of third parties:

(a)

an investment company;

(b)

a management company or depositary acting on behalf of a common fund.

2.   Paragraph 1 shall not prevent the undertakings referred to therein from acquiring transferable securities, money market instruments or other financial instruments referred to in points (e), (g) and (h) of Article 50(1) which are not fully paid.

Article 89

The following shall not carry out uncovered sales of transferable securities, money market instruments or other financial instruments referred to in points (e), (g) and (h) of Article 50(1):

(a)

an investment company;

(b)

a management company or depositary acting on behalf of a common fund.

Article 90

The law of the UCITS home Member State or the fund rules shall prescribe the remuneration and the expenditure which a management company is empowered to charge to a common fund and the method of calculation of such remuneration.

The law or the instruments of incorporation of an investment company shall prescribe the nature of the cost to be borne by the company.

CHAPTER XI

SPECIAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO UCITS WHICH MARKET THEIR UNITS IN MEMBER STATES OTHER THAN THOSE IN WHICH THEY ARE ESTABLISHED

Article 91

1.   UCITS host Member States shall ensure that UCITS are able to market their units within their territories upon notification in accordance with Article 93.

2.   UCITS host Member States shall not impose any additional requirements or administrative procedures on UCITS as referred to in paragraph 1 in respect of the field governed by this Directive.

3.   Member States shall ensure that complete information on the laws, regulations and administrative provisions which do not fall within the field governed by this Directive and which are specifically relevant to the arrangements made for the marketing of units of UCITS, established in another Member State within their territories, is easily accessible from a distance and by electronic means. Member States shall ensure that that information is available in a language customary in the sphere of international finance, is provided in a clear and unambiguous manner and is kept up to date.

4.   For the purposes of this Chapter, a UCITS shall include investment compartments thereof.

Article 92

UCITS shall, in accordance with the laws, regulations and administrative provisions in force in the Member State where their units are marketed, take the measures necessary to ensure that facilities are available in that Member State for making payments to unit-holders, repurchasing or redeeming units and making available the information which UCITS are required to provide.

Article 93

1.   If a UCITS proposes to market its units in a Member State other than its home Member State, it shall first submit a notification letter to the competent authorities of its home Member State.

The notification letter shall include information on arrangements made for marketing units of the UCITS in the host Member State, including, where relevant, in respect of share classes. In the context of Article 16(1), it shall include an indication that the UCITS is marketed by the management company that manages the UCITS.

2.   A UCITS shall enclose with the notification letter, as referred to in paragraph 1, the latest version of the following:

(a)

its fund rules or its instruments of incorporation, its prospectus and, where appropriate, its latest annual report and any subsequent half-yearly report translated in accordance with the provisions of Article 94(1)(c) and (d); and

(b)

its key investor information referred to in Article 78, translated in accordance with Article 94(1)(b) and (d).

3.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall verify whether the documentation submitted by the UCITS in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 is complete.

The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall transmit the complete documentation referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 to the competent authorities of the Member State in which the UCITS proposes to market its units, no later than 10 working days of the date of receipt of the notification letter accompanied by the complete documentation provided for in paragraph 2. They shall enclose with the documentation an attestation that the UCITS fulfils the conditions imposed by this Directive.

Upon the transmission of the documentation, the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall immediately notify the UCITS about the transmission. The UCITS may access the market of the UCITS host Member State as from the date of that notification.

4.   Member States shall ensure that the notification letter referred to in paragraph 1 and the attestation referred to in paragraph 3 are provided in a language customary in the sphere of international finance, unless the UCITS home and host Member States agree to that notification letter and that attestation being provided in an official language of both Member States.

5.   Member States shall ensure that the electronic transmission and filing of the documents referred to in paragraph 3 is accepted by their competent authorities.

6.   For the purpose of the notification procedure set out in this Article, the competent authorities of the Member State in which a UCITS proposes to market its units shall not request any additional documents, certificates or information other than those provided for in this Article.

7.   The UCITS home Member State shall ensure that the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member State have access, by electronic means, to the documents referred to in paragraph 2 and, if applicable, to any translations thereof. It shall ensure that the UCITS keeps those documents and translations up to date. The UCITS shall notify any amendments to the documents referred to in paragraph 2 to the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member State and shall indicate where those documents can be obtained electronically.

8.   In the event of a change in the information regarding the arrangements made for marketing communicated in the notification letter in accordance with paragraph 1, or a change regarding share classes to be marketed, the UCITS shall give written notice thereof to the competent authorities of the host Member State before implementing the change.

Article 94

1.   Where a UCITS markets its units in a UCITS host Member State, it shall provide to investors within the territory of such Member State all information and documents which it is required pursuant to Chapter IX to provide to investors in its home Member State.

Such information and documents shall be provided to investors in compliance with the following provisions:

(a)

without prejudice to the provisions of Chapter IX, such information or documents shall be provided to investors in the way prescribed by the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of the UCITS host Member State;

(b)

key investor information referred to in Article 78 shall be translated into the official language, or one of the official languages, of the UCITS host Member State or into a language approved by the competent authorities of that Member State;

(c)

information or documents other than key investor information referred to in Article 78 shall be translated, at the choice of the UCITS, into the official language, or one of the official languages, of the UCITS host Member State, into a language approved by the competent authorities of that Member State or into a language customary in the sphere of international finance; and

(d)

translations of information or documents under points (b) and (c) shall be produced under the responsibility of the UCITS and shall faithfully reflect the content of the original information.

2.   The requirements set out in paragraph 1 shall also be applicable to any changes to the information and documents referred therein.

3.   The frequency of the publication of the issue, sale, repurchase or redemption price of units of UCITS according to Article 76 shall be subject to the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the UCITS home Member State.

Article 95

1.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures specifying:

(a)

the scope of the information referred to in Article 91(3);

(b)

the facilitation of access for the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member States to the information or documents referred to in Article 93(1), (2) and (3) in accordance with Article 93(7).

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

2.   The Commission may also adopt implementing measures specifying:

(a)

the form and contents of a standard model notification letter to be used by a UCITS for the purpose of notification referred to in Article 93(1), including an indication as to which documents the translations refer to;

(b)

the form and contents of a standard model attestation to be used by competent authorities of Member States referred to in Article 93(3);

(c)

the procedure for the exchange of information and the use of electronic communication between competent authorities for the purpose of notification under the provisions of Article 93.

Those measures shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 112(3).

Article 96

For the purpose of pursuing its activities, a UCITS may use the same reference to its legal form (such as investment company or common fund) in its designation in a UCITS host Member State as it uses in its home Member State.

CHAPTER XII

PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR AUTHORISATION AND SUPERVISION

Article 97

1.   Member States shall designate the competent authorities which are to carry out the duties provided for in this Directive. They shall inform the Commission thereof, indicating any division of duties.

2.   The competent authorities shall be public authorities or bodies appointed by public authorities.

3.   The authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall be competent to supervise that UCITS including, where relevant, pursuant to Article 19. However, the authorities of the UCITS host Member State shall be competent to supervise compliance with the provisions falling outside the field governed by this Directive and requirements set out in Articles 92 and 94.

Article 98

1.   The competent authorities shall be given all supervisory and investigatory powers that are necessary for the exercise of their functions. Such powers shall be exercised:

(a)

directly;

(b)

in collaboration with other authorities;

(c)

under the responsibility of the competent authorities, by delegation to entities to which tasks have been delegated; or

(d)

by application to the competent judicial authorities.

2.   Under paragraph 1, competent authorities shall have the power, at least, to:

(a)

access any document in any form and receive a copy thereof;

(b)

require any person to provide information and, if necessary, to summon and question a person with a view to obtaining information;

(c)

carry out on-site inspections;

(d)

require existing telephone and existing data traffic records;

(e)

require the cessation of any practice that is contrary to the provisions adopted in the implementation of this Directive;

(f)

request the freezing or the sequestration of assets;

(g)

request the temporary prohibition of professional activity;

(h)

require authorised investment companies, management companies or depositaries to provide information;

(i)

adopt any type of measure to ensure that investment companies, management companies or depositaries continue to comply with the requirements of this Directive;

(j)

require the suspension of the issue, repurchase or redemption of units in the interest of the unit-holders or of the public;

(k)

withdraw the authorisation granted to a UCITS, a management company or a depositary;

(l)

refer matters for criminal prosecution; and

(m)

allow auditors or experts to carry out verifications or investigations.

Article 99

1.   Member States shall lay down the rules on measures and penalties applicable to infringements of the national provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that those rules are enforced. Without prejudice to the procedures for the withdrawal of authorisation or to the right of Member States to impose criminal penalties, Member States shall, in particular, ensure, in conformity with their national law, that the appropriate administrative measures can be taken or administrative penalties be imposed against the persons responsible where the provisions adopted in the implementation of this Directive have not been complied with.

The measures and penalties provided for shall be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.

2.   Without precluding rules on measures and penalties applicable to infringements of the other national provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive, Member States shall, in particular, lay down effective, proportionate and dissuasive measures and penalties concerning the duty to present key investor information in a way that is likely to be understood by retail investors according to Article 78(5).

3.   Member States shall allow competent authorities to disclose to the public any measure or penalty that will be imposed for infringement of the provisions adopted in the implementation of this Directive, unless such disclosure would seriously jeopardise the financial markets, be detrimental to the interests of investors or cause disproportionate damage to the parties involved.

Article 100

1.   Member States shall ensure that efficient and effective complaints and redress procedures are in place for the out-of-court settlement of consumer disputes concerning the activity of UCITS using existing bodies where appropriate.

2.   Member States shall ensure that the bodies referred to in paragraph 1 are not prevented by legal or regulatory provisions from cooperating effectively in the resolution of cross-border disputes.

Article 101

1.   The competent authorities of the Member States shall cooperate with each other whenever necessary for the purpose of carrying out their duties under this Directive or of exercising their powers under this Directive or under national law.

Member States shall take the necessary administrative and organisational measures to facilitate the cooperation provided for in this paragraph.

Competent authorities shall use their powers for the purpose of cooperation, even in cases where the conduct under investigation does not constitute an infringement of any regulation in force in their Member State.

2.   The competent authorities of the Member States shall immediately provide each other with the information required for the purposes of carrying out their duties under this Directive.

3.   Where a competent authority of one Member State has good reason to suspect that acts contrary to the provisions of this Directive, are being or have been carried out by entities not subject to that competent authority’s supervision on the territory of another Member State, it shall notify the competent authorities of the other Member State thereof in as specific a manner as possible. The recipient authorities shall take appropriate action, shall inform the notifying competent authority of the outcome of that action and, to the extent possible, of significant interim developments. This paragraph shall be without prejudice to the competences of the notifying competent authority.

4.   The competent authorities of one Member State may request the cooperation of the competent authorities of another Member State in a supervisory activity or for an on-the-spot verification or in an investigation on the territory of the latter within the framework of their powers pursuant to this Directive. Where a competent authority receives a request with respect to an on-the-spot verification or investigation, it shall:

(a)

carry out the verification or investigation itself;

(b)

allow the requesting authority to carry out the verification or investigation; or

(c)

allow auditors or experts to carry out the verification or investigation.

5.   If the verification or investigation is carried out on the territory of one Member State by a competent authority of the same Member State, the competent authority of the Member State which has requested cooperation may request that its own officials accompany the officials carrying out the verification or investigation. The verification or investigation shall, however, be subject to the overall control of the Member State on whose territory it is conducted.

If the verification or investigation is carried out on the territory of one Member State by a competent authority of another Member State, the competent authority of the Member State on whose territory the verification or investigation is carried out may request that its own officials accompany the officials carrying out the verification or investigation.

6.   The competent authorities of the Member State where the verification or investigation is carried out may refuse to exchange information as provided for in paragraph 2 or to act on a request for cooperation in carrying out an investigation or on-the-spot verification as provided for in paragraph 4, only where:

(a)

such an investigation, on-the-spot verification or exchange of information might adversely affect the sovereignty, security or public policy of that Member State;

(b)

judicial proceedings have already been initiated in respect of the same persons and the same actions before the authorities of that Member State;

(c)

final judgment in respect of the same persons and the same actions has already been delivered in that Member State.

7.   The competent authorities shall notify the requesting competent authorities of any decision taken under paragraph 6. That notification shall contain information about the motives of their decision.

8.   Competent authorities may bring to the attention of the Committee of European Securities Regulators, established by Commission Decision 2009/77/EC (15), situations where a request:

(a)

to exchange information as provided for in Article 109 has been rejected or has not been acted upon within a reasonable time;

(b)

to carry out an investigation or on-the-spot verification as provided for in Article 110 has been rejected or has not been acted upon within a reasonable time; or

(c)

for authorisation for its officials to accompany those of the competent authority of the other Member State has been rejected or has not been acted upon within a reasonable time.

9.   The Commission may adopt implementing measures concerning procedures for on-the-spot verifications and investigations.

Those measures shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 112(3).

Article 102

1.   Member States shall provide that all persons who work or who have worked for the competent authorities, as well as auditors and experts instructed by the competent authorities, be bound by the obligation of professional secrecy. Such obligation implies that no confidential information which those persons receive in the course of their duties shall be divulged to any person or authority whatsoever, save in summary or aggregate form such that UCITS, management companies and depositaries (undertakings contributing towards UCITS’ business activity) cannot be individually identified, without prejudice to cases covered by criminal law.

However, when a UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity has been declared bankrupt or is being compulsorily wound up, confidential information which does not concern third parties involved in rescue attempts may be divulged in the course of civil or commercial proceedings.

2.   Paragraph 1 shall not prevent the competent authorities of the Member States from exchanging information in accordance with this Directive or other Community law applicable to UCITS or to undertakings contributing towards their business activity. That information shall be subject to the conditions of professional secrecy laid down in paragraph 1.

The competent authorities exchanging information with other competent authorities under this Directive may indicate at the time of communication that such information must not be disclosed without their express consent, in which case such information may be exchanged solely for the purposes for which those authorities gave their consent.

3.   Member States may conclude cooperation agreements providing for exchange of information with the competent authorities of third countries, or with authorities or bodies of third countries, as determined in paragraph 5 of this Article and Article 103(1) only if the information disclosed is subject to guarantees of professional secrecy at least equivalent to those referred to in this Article. Such exchange of information shall be intended for the performance of the supervisory task of those authorities or bodies.

Where the information originates in another Member State, it shall not be disclosed without the express consent of the competent authorities which have disclosed it and, where appropriate, solely for the purposes for which those authorities gave their consent.

4.   The competent authorities receiving confidential information under paragraphs 1 or 2 may use the information only in the course of their duties for the purposes of:

(a)

checking that the conditions governing the taking-up of business of UCITS or of undertakings contributing towards their business activity are met and facilitating the monitoring of the conduct of that business, administrative and accounting procedures and internal-control mechanisms;

(b)

imposing penalties;

(c)

conducting administrative appeals against decisions by the competent authorities; and

(d)

pursuing court proceedings initiated under Article 107(2).

5.   Paragraphs 1 and 4 shall not preclude the exchange of information within a Member State or between Member States, where that exchange is to take place between a competent authority and:

(a)

authorities with public responsibility for the supervision of credit institutions, investment undertakings, insurance undertakings or other financial organisations, or authorities responsible for the supervision of financial markets;

(b)

bodies involved in the liquidation or bankruptcy of UCITS or undertakings contributing towards their business activity, or bodies involved in similar procedures; or

(c)

persons responsible for carrying out statutory audits of the accounts of insurance undertakings, credit institutions, investment undertakings or other financial institutions.

In particular, paragraphs 1 and 4 shall not preclude the performance by the competent authorities listed above of their supervisory functions, or the disclosure to bodies which administer compensation schemes of information necessary for the performance of their functions.

Information exchanged pursuant to the first subparagraph shall be subject to the conditions of professional secrecy imposed in paragraph 1.

Article 103

1.   Notwithstanding Article 102(1) to (4), Member States may authorise exchanges of information between a competent authority and:

(a)

authorities responsible for overseeing bodies involved in the liquidation and bankruptcy of UCITS or undertakings contributing towards their business activity, or bodies involved in similar procedures;

(b)

authorities responsible for overseeing persons responsible for carrying out statutory audits of the accounts of insurance undertakings, credit institutions, investment firms or other financial institutions.

2.   Member States which have recourse to the derogation provided for in paragraph 1 shall require that at least the following conditions are met:

(a)

the information is used for the purpose of performing the task of overseeing referred to in paragraph 1;

(b)

the information received is subject to the conditions of professional secrecy imposed in Article 102(1); and

(c)

where the information originates in another Member State, it is not disclosed without the express consent of the competent authorities which have disclosed it and, where appropriate, solely for the purposes for which those authorities gave their consent.

3.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission and to the other Member States the names of the authorities which may receive information pursuant to paragraph 1.

4.   Notwithstanding Article 102(1) to (4), Member States may, with the aim of strengthening the stability, including the integrity, of the financial system, authorise the exchange of information between the competent authorities and the authorities or bodies responsible under the law for the detection and investigation of breaches of company law.

5.   Member States which have recourse to the derogation provided for in paragraph 4 shall require that at least the following conditions are met:

(a)

the information is used for the purpose of performing the task referred to in paragraph 4;

(b)

the information received is subject to the conditions of professional secrecy provided for in Article 102(1); and

(c)

where the information originates in another Member State, it is not disclosed without the express consent of the competent authorities which have disclosed it and, where appropriate, solely for the purposes for which those authorities gave their consent.

For the purposes of point (c), the authorities or bodies referred to in paragraph 4 shall communicate to the competent authorities which have disclosed the information the names and precise responsibilities of the persons to whom it is to be sent.

6.   Where, in a Member State, the authorities or bodies referred to in paragraph 4 perform their task of detection or investigation with the aid, in view of their specific competence, of persons appointed for that purpose and not employed in the public sector the possibility of exchanging information provided for in that paragraph may be extended to such persons under the conditions stipulated in paragraph 5.

7.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission and to the other Member States the names of the authorities or bodies which may receive information pursuant to paragraph 4.

Article 104

1.   Articles 102 and 103 shall not prevent a competent authority from transmitting to central banks and other bodies with a similar function in their capacity as monetary authorities information intended for the performance of their tasks, nor shall those articles prevent such authorities or bodies from communicating to the competent authorities such information as they may need for the purposes of Article 102(4). Information received in this context shall be subject to the conditions of professional secrecy imposed in Article 102(1).

2.   Articles 102 and 103 shall not prevent the competent authorities from communicating the information referred to in Article 102(1) to (4) to a clearing house or other similar body recognised under national law for the provision of clearing or settlement services for one of their Member State’s markets if they consider that it is necessary to communicate the information in order to ensure the proper functioning of those bodies in relation to defaults or potential defaults by market participants.

The information received in this context shall be subject to the conditions of professional secrecy imposed in Article 102(1).

Member States shall, however, ensure that information received under Article 102(2) is not disclosed in the circumstances referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph without the express consent of the competent authorities which disclosed it.

3.   Notwithstanding Article 102(1) and (4), Member States may, by virtue of provisions laid down by law, authorise the disclosure of certain information to other departments of their central government administrations responsible for legislation on the supervision of UCITS and of undertakings contributing towards their business activity, credit institutions, financial institutions, investment undertakings and insurance undertakings and to inspectors instructed by those departments.

Such disclosures may, however, be made only where necessary for reasons of prudential control.

Member States shall, however, provide that information received under Article 102(2) and (5) is never disclosed in the circumstances referred to in this paragraph except with the express consent of the competent authorities which disclosed the information.

Article 105

The Commission may adopt implementing measures relating to the procedures for exchange of information between competent authorities.

Those measures shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 112(3).

Article 106

1.   Member States shall provide at least that any person approved in accordance with Directive 2006/43/EC, performing in a UCITS, or in an undertaking contributing towards its business activity, the statutory audit referred to in Article 51 of Directive 78/660/EEC, Article 37 of Directive 83/349/EEC or Article 73 of this Directive or any other statutory task, shall have a duty to report promptly to the competent authorities any fact or decision concerning that undertaking of which he has become aware while carrying out that task and which is liable to bring about any of the following:

(a)

a material breach of the laws, regulations or administrative provisions which lay down the conditions governing authorisation or which specifically govern pursuit of the activities of UCITS or undertakings contributing towards their business activity;

(b)

the impairment of the continuous functioning of the UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity; or

(c)

a refusal to certify the accounts or the expression of reservations.

That person shall have a duty to report any facts and decisions of which he becomes aware in the course of carrying out a task as described in point (a) in an undertaking having close links resulting from a control relationship with the UCITS or an undertaking contributing towards its business activity, within which he is carrying out that task.

2.   The disclosure in good faith to the competent authorities, by persons approved in accordance with Directive 2006/43/EC of any fact or decision referred to in paragraph 1 shall not constitute a breach of any restriction on disclosure of information imposed by contract or by any legislative, regulatory or administrative provision and shall not subject such persons to liability of any kind.

Article 107

1.   The competent authorities shall give written reasons for any decision to refuse authorisation, or any negative decision taken in the implementation of the general measures adopted in application of this Directive, and communicate them to applicants.

2.   Member States shall provide that any decision taken under the laws, regulations or administrative provisions adopted in accordance with this Directive is properly reasoned and subject to a right of appeal in the courts, including where no decision is taken within six months of submission of an application for authorisation which provides all the information required.

3.   Member States shall provide that one or more of the following bodies, as determined by national law, may, in the interests of consumers and in accordance with national law, take action before the courts or competent administrative bodies to ensure that the national provisions for the implementation of this Directive are applied:

(a)

public bodies or their representatives;

(b)

consumer organisations having a legitimate interest in protecting consumers; or

(c)

professional organisations having a legitimate interest in protecting their members.

Article 108

1.   Only the authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall have the power to take action against that UCITS if it infringes any law, regulation or administrative provision or any regulation laid down in the fund rules or in the instruments of incorporation of the investment company.

However, the authorities of the UCITS host Member State may take action against that UCITS if it infringes the laws, regulations and administrative provisions in force in that Member State that fall outside the scope of this Directive or the requirements set out in Articles 92 and 94.

2.   Any decision to withdraw authorisation, or any other serious measure taken against a UCITS, or any suspension of the issue, repurchase or redemption of its units imposed upon it, shall be communicated without delay by the authorities of the UCITS home Member State to the authorities of the UCITS host Member States and, if the management company of a UCITS is established in another Member State, to the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State.

3.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State or those of the UCITS home Member State may take action against the management company if it infringes rules under their respective responsibility.

4.   In the event that the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member State have clear and demonstrable grounds for believing that a UCITS, the units of which are marketed within the territory of that Member State is in breach of the obligations arising from the provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive which do not confer powers on the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member State, they shall refer those findings to the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State, which shall take the appropriate measures.

5.   If, despite the measures taken by the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State or because such measures prove to be inadequate, or because the UCITS home Member State fails to act within a reasonable timeframe, the UCITS persists in acting in a manner that is clearly prejudicial to the interests of the UCITS host Member State’s investors, the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member State, may, as a consequence, take either of the following actions:

(a)

after informing the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State, take all the appropriate measures needed in order to protect investors, including the possibility of preventing the UCITS concerned from carrying out any further marketing of its units within the territory of the UCITS host Member State; or

(b)

if necessary, bring the matter to the attention of the Committee of European Securities Regulators.

The Commission shall be informed without delay of any measure taken pursuant to point (a) of the first subparagraph.

6.   Member States shall ensure that within their territories it is legally possible to serve the legal documents necessary for the measures which may be taken by the UCITS host Member State in regard to UCITS pursuant to paragraphs 2 to 5.

Article 109

1.   Where, through the provision of services or by the establishment of branches, a management company operates in one or more management company’s host Member States, the competent authorities of all the Member States concerned shall collaborate closely.

They shall supply one another on request with all the information concerning the management and ownership of such management companies that is likely to facilitate their supervision and all information likely to facilitate the monitoring of such companies. In particular, the authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall cooperate to ensure that the authorities of the management company’s host Member State collect the particulars referred to in Article 21(2).

2.   In so far as it is necessary for the purpose of exercising the powers of supervision of the home Member State, the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State shall inform the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State of any measures taken by the management company’s host Member State pursuant to Article 21(5) which involve measures or penalties imposed on a management company or restrictions on a management company’s activities.

3.   The competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State shall, without delay, notify the competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State of any problem identified at the level of the management company which may materially affect the ability of the management company to perform its duties properly with respect to the UCITS or of any breach of the requirements under Chapter III.

4.   The competent authorities of the UCITS home Member State shall, without delay, notify the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State of any problem identified at the level of the UCITS which may materially affect the ability of the management company to perform its duties properly or to comply with the requirements of this Directive which fall under the responsibility of the UCITS home Member State.

Article 110

1.   Each management company’s host Member State shall ensure that where a management company authorised in another Member State pursues business within its territory through a branch the competent authorities of the management company’s home Member State may, after informing the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State, themselves or through the intermediary they instruct for the purpose, carry out on-the-spot verification of the information referred to in Article 109.

2.   Paragraph 1 shall not affect the right of the competent authorities of the management company’s host Member State, in discharging their responsibilities under this Directive, to carry out on-the-spot verifications of branches established within the territory of that Member State.

CHAPTER XIII

EUROPEAN SECURITIES COMMITTEE

Article 111

The Commission may adopt technical amendments to this Directive in the following areas:

(a)

clarification of the definitions in order to ensure uniform application of this Directive throughout the Community; or

(b)

alignment of terminology and the framing of definitions in accordance with subsequent acts on UCITS and related matters.

Those measures, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 112(2).

Article 112

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by the European Securities Committee established by Commission Decision 2001/528/EC (16).

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5a(1) to (4) and Article 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

3.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

The period laid down in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at three months.

CHAPTER XIV

DEROGATIONS, TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1

Derogations

Article 113

1.   Solely for the purpose of Danish UCITS, pantebreve issued in Denmark shall be treated as equivalent to the transferable securities referred to in Article 50(1)(b).

2.   By way of derogation from Articles 22(1) and 32(1), the competent authorities may authorise those UCITS which, on 20 December 1985, had two or more depositaries in accordance with their national law to maintain that number of depositaries if those authorities have guarantees that the functions to be performed under Article 22(3) and Article 32(3) will be performed in practice.

3.   By way of derogation from Article 16, the Member States may authorise management companies to issue bearer certificates representing the registered securities of other companies.

Article 114

1.   Investment firms, as defined in Article 4(1)(1) of Directive 2004/39/EC, authorised to carry out only the services provided for in Section A(4) and (5) of the Annex to that Directive, may obtain authorisation under this Directive to manage UCITS as management companies. In that case, such investment firms shall give up the authorisation obtained under Directive 2004/39/EC.

2.   Management companies already authorised before 13 February 2004 in their home Member State under Directive 85/611/EEC to manage UCITS shall be deemed to be authorised for the purposes of this Article if the laws of that Member State provide that to take up such activity they must comply with conditions equivalent to those imposed in Articles 7 and 8.

SECTION 2

Transitional and final provisions

Article 115

By 1 July 2013, the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council a report on the application of this Directive.

Article 116

1.   Member States shall adopt and publish by 30 June 2011, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the second subparagraph of Article 1(2), Article 1(3)(b), points (e), (m), (p), (q) and (r) of Article 2(1), Article 2(5), Article 4, Article 5(1) to (4), (6) and (7), Article 6(1), Article 12(1), the introductory phase of Article 13(1), Article 13(1)(a) and (i), Article 15, Article 16(1), Article 16(3), Article 17(1), Article 17(2)(b), the first and third subparagraphs of Article 17(3), Article 17(4) to (7), the second subparagraph of Article 17(9), the introductory part of Article 18(1), Article 18(1)(b), the third and fourth subparagraphs of Article 18(2), Article 18(3) and (4), Articles 19 and 20, Article 21(2) to (6), (8) and (9), Article 22(1), points (a), (d) and (e) of Article 22(3), Article 23(1), (2), (4), and (5), the third paragraph of Article 27, Article 29(2), Article 33(2), (4), and (5), Articles 37 to 42, Article 43(1) to (5), Articles 44 to 49, the introductory phrase of Article 50(1), Article 50(3), the third subparagraph of Article 51(1), Article 54(3), Article 56(1), the introductory phrase of the first subparagraph of Article 56(2), Articles 58 and 59, Article 60(1) to (5), Article 61(1) and (2), Article 62(1), (2) and (3), Article 63, Article 64(1), (2) and (3), Articles 65, 66 and 67, the introductory phrase and Article 68(1)(a), Article 69(1) and (2), Article 70(2) and (3), Articles 71, 72 and 74, Article 75(1), (2) and (3), Articles 77 to 82, Article 83(1)(b), the second indent of Article 83(2)(a), Article 86, Article 88(1)(b), Article 89(b), Articles 90 to 94, Articles 96 to 100, Article 101(1) to (8), the second subparagraph of Article 102(2), Article 102(5), Articles 107 and 108, Article 109(2), (3) and (4), Article 110 and Annex I. They shall forthwith inform the Commission thereof.

They shall apply those measures from 1 July 2011.

When Member States adopt those measures, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. They shall also include a statement that references in existing laws, regulations and administrative provisions to Directive 85/611/EEC shall be construed as references to this Directive. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made and how that statement is to be formulated.

2.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 117

Directive 85/611/EEC, as amended by the Directives listed in Annex III, Part A, is repealed with effect from 1 July 2011, without prejudice to the obligations of the Member States relating to the time limits for transposition into national law and application of the Directives set out in Annex III, Part B.

References to the repealed Directive shall be construed as references to this Directive and shall be read in accordance with the correlation table in Annex IV.

References to the simplified prospectus shall be construed as references to the key investor information referred to in Article 78.

Article 118

1.   This Directive shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 1(1), the first subparagraph of Article 1(2), Article 1(3)(a), Article 1(4) to (7), points (a) to (d), (f) to (l), (n) and (o) of Article 2(1), Article 2(2), (3) and (4), Article 2(6) and (7), Article 3, Article 5(5), Article 6(2), (3) and (4), Articles 7 to 11, Article 12(2), Article 13(1)(b) to (h), Article 13(2), Article 14(1), Article 16(2), points (a), (c) and (d) of Article 17(2), the second subparagraph of Article 17(3), Article 17(8), the first subparagraph of Article 17(9), Article 18(1) except the introductory phrase and point (a), the first and second subparagraphs of Article 18(2), Article 21(1)and (7), Article 22(2), Article 22(3)(b) and (c), Article 23(3), Article 24, Articles 25 and 26, the first and second paragraphs of Article 27, Article 28, Article 29(1), (3), and (4), Articles 30, 31 and 32, Article 33(1) and (3), Articles 34, 35 and 36, Article 50(1)(a) to (h), Article 50(2), the first and second subparagraphs of Article 51(1), Article 51(2) and (3), Articles 52 and 53, Article 54(1) and (2), Article 55, the first subparagraph of Article 56(2), the second subparagraph of Article 56(2), Article 56(3), Article 57, Article 68(2), Article 69(3) and (4), Article 70(1) and (4), Articles 73 and 76, Article 83(1) except point (b), Article 83(2)(a) except the second indent, Articles 84, 85 and 87, Article 88(1) except point (b), Article 88(2), Article 89 except point (b), Article 102(1), the first subparagraph of Article 102(2), Article 102(3) and (4), Articles 103 to 106, Article 109(1), Articles 111, 112, 113, and 117 and Annexes II, III and IV shall apply from 1 July 2011.

2.   Member States shall ensure that UCITS replace their simplified prospectus drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Directive 85/611/EEC with key investor information drawn up in accordance with Article 78 as soon as possible and in any event no later than 12 months after the deadline for implementing, in national law, all the implementing measures referred to in Article 78(7) has expired. During that period, the competent authorities of the UCITS host Member States shall continue to accept the simplified prospectus for UCITS marketed on the territory of those Member States.

Article 119

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 July 2009.

For the European Parliament

The President

H.-G. PÖTTERING

For the Council

The President

E. ERLANDSSON


(1)  Opinion of the European Parliament of 13 January 2009 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and Council Decision of 22 June 2009.

(2)  OJ L 375, 31.12.1985, p. 3.

(3)  See Annex III, Part A.

(4)  OJ L 145, 30.4.2004, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.

(6)  OJ L 177, 30.6.2006, p. 1.

(7)  OJ L 177, 30.6.2006, p. 201.

(8)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

(9)  OJ C 321, 31.12.2003, p. 1.

(10)  OJ L 193, 18.7.1983, p. 1.

(11)  OJ L 390, 31.12.2004, p. 38.

(12)  OJ L 84, 26.3.1997, p. 22.

(13)  OJ L 157, 9.6.2006, p. 87.

(14)  OJ L 222, 14.8.1978, p. 11.

(15)  OJ L 25, 29.1.2009, p. 18.

(16)  OJ L 191, 13.7.2001, p. 45.


ANNEX I

SCHEDULE A

1.

Information concerning the common fund

1.

Information concerning the management company including an indication whether the management company is established in a Member State other than the UCITS home Member State

1.

Information concerning the investment company

1.1.

Name

1.1.

Name or style, form in law, registered office and head office if different from the registered office.

1.1.

Name or style, form in law, registered office and head office if different from the registered office.

1.2.

Date of establishment of the common fund. Indication of duration, if limited.

1.2.

Date of incorporation of the company. Indication of duration, if limited.

1.2.

Date of incorporation of the company. Indication of duration, if limited.

 

1.3.

If the company manages other common funds, indication of those other funds.

1.3.

In the case of investment companies having different investment compartments, the indication of the compartments.

1.4.

Statement of the place where the fund rules, if they are not annexed, and periodic reports may be obtained.

 

1.4.

Statement of the place where the instruments of incorporation, if they are not annexed, and periodical reports may be obtained.

1.5.

Brief indications relevant to unit-holders of the tax system applicable to the common fund. Details of whether deductions are made at source from the income and capital gains paid by the common fund to unit-holders.

 

1.5.

Brief indications relevant to unit-holders of the tax system applicable to the company. Details of whether deductions are made at source from the income and capital gains paid by the company to unit-holders.

1.6.

Accounting and distribution dates

 

1.6.

Accounting and distribution dates.

1.7.

Names of the persons responsible for auditing the accounting information referred to in Article 73.

 

1.7.

Names of the persons responsible for auditing the accounting information referred to in Article 73.

 

1.8.

Names and positions in the company of the members of the administrative, management and supervisory bodies. Details of their main activities outside the company where these are of significance with respect to that company.

1.8.

Names and positions in the company of the members of the administrative, management and supervisory bodies. Details of their main activities outside the company where these are of significance with respect to that company.

 

1.9.

Amount of the subscribed capital with an indication of the capital paid-up

1.9.

Capital

1.10.

Details of the types and main characteristics of the units and in particular:

the nature of the right (real, personal or other) represented by the unit,

characteristics of the units: registered or bearer. Indication of any denominations which may be provided for,

original securities or certificates providing evidence of title; entry in a register or in an account,

indication of unit-holders' voting rights if these exist,

circumstances in which winding-up of the common fund can be decided on and winding-up procedure, in particular as regards the rights of unit-holders.

 

1.10.

Details of the types and main characteristics of the units and in particular:

original securities or certificates providing evidence of title; entry in a register or in an account,

characteristics of the units: registered or bearer. Indication of any denominations which may be provided for,

indication of unit-holders' voting rights,

circumstances in which winding-up of the investment company can be decided on and winding-up procedure, in particular as regards the rights of unit-holders.

1.11.

Where applicable, indication of stock exchanges or markets where the units are listed or dealt in.

 

1.11.

Where applicable, indication of stock exchanges or markets where the units are listed or dealt in.

1.12.

Procedures and conditions of issue and sale of units.

 

1.12.

Procedures and conditions of issue and sale of units.

1.13.

Procedures and conditions for repurchase or redemption of units, and circumstances in which repurchase or redemption may be suspended.

 

1.13.

Procedures and conditions for repurchase or redemption of units, and circumstances in which repurchase or redemption may be suspended. In the case of investment companies having different investment compartments, information on how a unit-holder may pass from one compartment into another and the charges applicable in such cases.

1.14.

Description of rules for determining and applying income.

 

1.14.

Description of rules for determining and applying income.

1.15.

Description of the common fund's investment objectives, including its financial objectives (e.g. capital growth or income), investment policy (e.g. specialisation in geographical or industrial sectors), any limitations on that investment policy and an indication of any techniques and instruments or borrowing powers which may be used in the management of the common fund.

 

1.15.

Description of the company's investment objectives, including its financial objectives (e.g. capital growth or income), investment policy (e.g. specialisation in geographical or industrial sectors), any limitations on that investment policy and an indication of any techniques and instruments or borrowing powers which may be used in the management of the company.

1.16.

Rules for the valuation of assets.

 

1.16.

Rules for the valuation of assets.

1.17.

Determination of the sale or issue price and the repurchase or redemption price of units, in particular:

the method and frequency of the calculation of those prices,

information concerning the charges relating to the sale or issue and the repurchase or redemption of units,

the means, places and frequency of the publication of those prices.

 

1.17.

Determination of the sale or issue price and the repurchase or redemption price of units, in particular:

the method and frequency of the calculation of those prices,

information concerning the charges relating to the sale or issue and the repurchase or redemption of units,

the means, places and frequency of the publication of those prices (1).

1.18.

Information concerning the manner, amount and calculation of remuneration payable by the common fund to the management company, the depositary or third parties, and reimbursement of costs by the common fund to the management company, to the depositary or to third parties.

 

1.18.

Information concerning the manner, amount and calculation of remuneration payable by the company to its directors, and members of the administrative, management and supervisory bodies, to the depositary, or to third parties, and reimbursement of costs by the company to its directors, to the depositary or to third parties.

Information concerning the depositary:

2.1.   Name or style, form in law, registered office and head office if different from the registered office;

2.2.   Main activity.

Information concerning the advisory firms or external investment advisers who give advice under contract which is paid for out of the assets of the UCITS:

3.1.   Name or style of the firm or name of the adviser;

3.2.   Material provisions of the contract with the management company or the investment company which may be relevant to the unit-holders, excluding those relating to remuneration;

3.3.   Other significant activities.

4.   Information concerning the arrangements for making payments to unit-holders, repurchasing or redeeming units and making available information concerning the UCITS. Such information must in any case be given in the Member State in which the UCITS is established. In addition, where units are marketed in another Member State, such information shall be given in respect of that Member State in the prospectus published there.

Other investment information:

5.1.   Historical performance of the UCITS (where applicable) — such information may be either included in or attached to the prospectus;

5.2.   Profile of the typical investor for whom the UCITS is designed.

Economic information:

6.1.   Possible expenses or fees, other than the charges mentioned in point 1.17, distinguishing between those to be paid by the unit-holder and those to be paid out of the assets of the UCITS.

SCHEDULE B

Information to be included in the periodic reports

I.   Statement of assets and liabilities:

transferable securities,

bank balances,

other assets,

total assets,

liabilities,

net asset value.

II.   Number of units in circulation

III.   Net asset value per unit

IV.   Portfolio, distinguishing between:

(a)

transferable securities admitted to official stock exchange listing;

(b)

transferable securities dealt in on another regulated market;

(c)

recently issued transferable securities of the type referred to in Article 50(1)(d);

(d)

other transferable securities of the type referred to in Article 50(2)(a);

and analysed in accordance with the most appropriate criteria in the light of the investment policy of the UCITS (e.g. in accordance with economic, geographical or currency criteria) as a percentage of net assets; for each of the above investments the proportion it represents of the total assets of the UCITS.

Statement of changes in the composition of the portfolio during the reference period.

V.   Statement of the developments concerning the assets of the UCITS during the reference period including the following:

income from investments,

other income,

management charges,

depositary’s charges,

other charges and taxes,

net income,

distributions and income reinvested,

changes in capital account,

appreciation or depreciation of investments,

any other changes affecting the assets and liabilities of the UCITS,

transaction costs, which are costs incurred by a UCITS in connection with transactions on its portfolio.

VI.   A comparative table covering the last three financial years and including, for each financial year, at the end of the financial year:

the total net asset value,

the net asset value per unit.

VII.   Details, by category of transaction within the meaning of Article 51 carried out by the UCITS during the reference period, of the resulting amount of commitments.


(1)  Investment companies within the meaning of Article 32(5) of this Directive shall also indicate:

the method and frequency of calculation of the net asset value of units,

the means, place and frequency of the publication of that value,

the stock exchange in the country of marketing the price on which determines the price of transactions effected outwith stock exchanges in that country.


ANNEX II

Functions included in the activity of collective portfolio management:

Investment management.

Administration:

(a)

legal and fund management accounting services;

(b)

customer inquiries;

(c)

valuation and pricing (including tax returns);

(d)

regulatory compliance monitoring;

(e)

maintenance of unit-holder register;

(f)

distribution of income;

(g)

unit issues and redemptions;

(h)

contract settlements (including certificate dispatch);

(i)

record keeping.

Marketing.


ANNEX III

PART A

Repealed Directive with list of its successive amendments

(referred to in Article 117)

Council Directive 85/611/EEC

(OJ L 375, 31.12.1985, p. 3)

 

Council Directive 88/220/EEC

(OJ L 100, 19.4.1988, p. 31)

 

Directive 95/26/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 168, 18.7.1995, p. 7)

Article 1, fourth indent, Article 4(7) and Article 5, fifth indent only

Directive 2000/64/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 290, 17.11.2000, p. 27)

Article 1 only

Directive 2001/107/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 41, 13.2.2002, p. 20)

 

Directive 2001/108/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 41, 13.2.2002, p. 35)

 

Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 145, 30.4.2004, p. 1)

Article 66 only

Directive 2005/1/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 79, 24.3.2005, p. 9)

Article 9 only

Directive 2008/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 76, 19.3.2008, p. 42)

 

PART B

List of time limits for transposition into national law and application

(referred to in Article 117)

Directive

Time limit for transposition

Date of application

85/611/EEC

1 October 1989

88/220/EEC

1 October 1989

95/26/EC

18 July 1996

2000/64/EC

17 November 2002

2001/107/EC

13 August 2003

13 February 2004

2001/108/EC

13 August 2003

13 February 2004

2004/39/EC

30 April 2006

2005/1/EC

13 May 2005


ANNEX IV

Correlation table

Directive 85/611/EEC

This Directive

Article 1(1)

Article 1(1)

Article 1(2), introductory phrase

Article 1(2), introductory phrase

Article 1(2), first and second indent

Article 1(2)(a) and (b)

Article 1(2), second subparagraph

Article 1(3), first subparagraph

Article 1(3), first subparagraph

Article 1(3), second subparagraph

Article 1(3), second subparagraph, point (a)

Article 1(3), second subparagraph, point (b)

Article 1(4) to (7)

Article 1(4) to (7)

Article 1(8), introductory phrase

Article 2(1)(n), introductory phrase

Article 1(8), first, second and third indent

Article 2(1)(n), points (i), (ii) and (iii)

Article 1(8), final phrase

Article 2(7)

Article 1(9)

Article 2(1)(o)

Article 1a, introductory phrase

Article 2(1), introductory phrase

Article 1a, point (1)

Article 2(1)(a)

Article 1a, point (2), first part of the phrase

Article 2(1)(b)

Article 1a, point (2), second part of the phrase

Article 2(2)

Article 1a, points (3) to (5)

Article 2(1)(c) to (e)

Article 1a, point (6)

Article 2(1)(f)

Article 1a, point (7), first part of the phrase

Article 2(1)(g)

Article 1a, point (7), second part of the phrase

Article 2(3)

Article 1a, points (8) to (9)

Article 2(1)(h) to (i)

Article 1a, point (10), first subparagraph

Article 2(1)(j)

Article 1a, point (10), second subparagraph

Article 2(5)

Article 1a, point (11)

Article 1a, points (12) and (13), first phrase

Article 2(1)(i)(ii)

Article 1a, point (13), second phrase

Article 2(4)(a)

Article 1a, points (14) and (15), first phrase

Article 2(1)(k) and (l)

Article 1a, point (15), second phrase

Article 2(6)

Article 2(1)(m)

Article 2(1), introductory phrase

Article 3, introductory phrase

Article 2(1), first, second, third and fourth indent

Article 3(a), (b), (c) and (d)

Article 2(2)

Article 3

Article 4

Article 4(1) and (2)

Article 5(1) and (2)

Article 5(3)

Article 4(3), first subparagraph

Article 5(4), first subparagraph, points (a) and (b)

Article 5(4), second subparagraph

Article 4(3), second subparagraph

Article 5(4), third subparagraph

Article 4(3), third subparagraph

Article 5(4), fourth subparagraph

Article 4(3a)

Article 5(5)

Article 4(4)

Article 5(6)

Article 5(7)

Article 5(1) and (2)

Article 6(1) and (2)

Article 5(3), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 6(3), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 5(3), first subparagraph, point (a)

Article 6(3), first subparagraph, point (a)

Article 5(3), first subparagraph, point (b), introductory phrase

Article 6(3), first subparagraph, point (b), introductory phrase

Article 5(3), first subparagraph, point (b), first and second indent

Article 6(3), first subparagraph, point (b)(i) and (ii)

Article 5(3), second subparagraph

Article 6(3), second subparagraph

Article 5(4)

Article 6(4)

Article 5a(1), introductory phrase

Article 7(1), introductory phrase

Article 5a(1)(a), introductory phrase

Article 7(1)(a), introductory phrase

Article 5a(1)(a), first indent

Article 7(1)(a)(i)

Article 5a(1)(a), second indent, introductory phrase

Article 7(1)(a)(ii), introductory phrase

Article 5a(1)(a), second indent, points (i), (ii) and (iii)

Article 7(1)(a)(ii), first, second and third indent

Article 5a(1)(a), third and fourth indent

Article 7(1)(a)(iii)

Article 5a(1)(a), fifth indent

Article 5a(1)(b) to (d)

Article 7(1)(b) to (d)

Article 5a(2) to (5)

Article 7(2) to (5)

Article 5b

Article 8

Article 5c

Article 9

Article 5d

Article 10

Article 5e

Article 11

Article 5f(1), first subparagraph

Article 12(1), first subparagraph

Article 5f(1), second subparagraph, point (a)

Article 12(1), second subparagraph, point (a)

Article 5f(1), second subparagraph, point (b) first sentence

Article 12(1), second subparagraph, point (b)

Article 5f(1), second subparagraph, point (b), last sentence

Article 5f(2), introductory phrase

Article 12(2), introductory phrase

Article 5f(2), first and second indent

Article 12(2)(a) and (b)

Article 12(3)

Article 5g

Article 13

Article 5h

Article 14(1)

Article 14(2)

Article 15

Article 6(1)

Article 16(1), first subparagraph

Article 16(1), second subparagraph

Article 6(2)

Article 16(2)

Article 16(3)

Article 6a(1)

Article 17(1)

Article 6a(2)

Article 17(2)

Article 6a(3)

Article 17(3), first and second subparagraph

Article 17(3), third subparagraph

Article 17(4) to (5)

Article 6a(4) to (6)

Article 17(6) to 8

Article 6a(7)

Article 17(9), first subparagraph

Article 17(9), second subparagraph

Article 6b(1)

Article 18(1)

Article 6b(2)

Article 18(2), first and second subparagraph

Article 18(2), third subparagraph

Article 6b(3), first subparagraph

Article 18(2), fourth subparagraph

Article 6b(3), second subparagraph

Article 18(3)

Article 6b(4)

Article 18(4)

Article 6b(5)

Article 19 to 20

Article 6c(1)

Article 21(1)

Article 6c(2), first subparagraph

Article 6c(2), second subparagraph

Article 21(2), first and second subparagraph

Article 21(2), third subparagraph

Article 6c(3) to (5)

Article 21(3) to (5)

Article 6c(6)

Article 6c(7) to 10

Article 21(6) to (9)

Article 7

Article 22

Article 8

Article 23(1) to (3)

Article 23(4) to (6)

Article 9

Article 24

Article 10

Article 25

Article 11

Article 26

Article 12

Article 27, first and second subparagraph

Article 27, third subparagraph

Article 13

Article 28

Article 13a(1), first subparagraph

Article 29(1), first subparagraph

Article 13a(1), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 29(1), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 13a(1), second subparagraph, first, second and third indent

Article 29(1), second subparagraph, points (a), (b) and (c)

Article 13a(1), third and fourth subparagraph

Article 29(1), third and fourth subparagraph

Article 13a(2), (3) and (4)

Article 29(2), (3) and (4)

Article 13b

Article 30

Article 13c

Article 31

Article 14

Article 32

Article 15

Article 33(1) to (3)

Article 33(4) to (6)

Article 16

Article 34

Article 17

Article 35

Article 18

Article 36

Article 37 to 49

Article 19(1), introductory phrase

Article 50(1), introductory phrase

Article 19(1)(a) to (c)

Article 50(1)(a) to (c)

Article 19(1)(d), introductory phrase

Article 50(1)(d), introductory phrase

Article 19(1)(d), first and second indent

Article 50(1)(d)(i) and (ii)

Article 19(1)(e), introductory phrase

Article 50(1)(e), introductory phrase

Article 19(1)(e), first, second, third and fourth indent

Article 50(1)(e)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

Article 19(1)(f)

Article 50(1)(f)

Article 19(1)(g), introductory phrase

Article 50(1)(g), introductory phrase

Article 19(1)(g), first, second and third indent

Article 50(1)(g)(i), (ii) and (iii)

Article 19(1)(h), introductory phrase

Article 50(1)(h), introductory phrase

Article 19(1)(h), first, second, third and fourth indent

Article 50(1)(h)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

Article 19(2), introductory word

Article 50(2), introductory phrase

Article 19(2)(a)

Article 50(2)(a)

Article 19(2)(c)

Article 50(2)(b)

Article 19(2)(d)

Article 50(2), second subparagraph

Article 19(4)

Article 50(3)

Article 21(1) to (3)

Article 51(1) to (3)

Article 21(4)

Article 51(4)

Article 22(1), first subparagraph

Article 52(1), first subparagraph

Article 22(1), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 52(1), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 22(1), second subparagraph, first and second indent

Article 52(1), second subparagraph, points (a) and (b)

Article 22(2), first subparagraph,

Article 52(2), first subparagraph

Article 22(2), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 52(2), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 22(2), second subparagraph, first second and third indent

Article 52(2), second subparagraph, points (a), (b) and (c)

Article 22(3) to (5)

Article 52(3) to (5)

Article 22a(1), introductory phrase

Article 53(1), introductory phrase

Article 22a(1), first, second and third indent

Article 53(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Article 22a(2)

Article 53(2)

Article 23

Article 54

Article 24

Article 55

Article 24a

Article 70

Article 25(1)

Article 56(1)

Article 25(2), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 56(2), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 25(2), first subparagraph, first, second, third and fourth indent

Article 56(2), first subparagraph, points (a), (b), (c) and (d)

Article 25(2), second subparagraph

Article 56(2), second subparagraph

Article 25(3)

Article 56(3)

Article 26

Article 57

Article 58 to 67

Article 27(1), introductory phrase

Article 68(1), introductory phrase

Article 27(1), first indent

Article 27(1), second, third and fourth indent

Article 68(1)(a), (b), (c)

Article 27(2), introductory phrase

Article 68(2), introductory phrase

Article 27(2), first and second indent

Article 68(2)(a) and (b)

Article 28(1) and (2)

Article 69(1) and 2

Article 28(3) and (4)

Article 28(5) and (6)

Article 69(3) and (4)

Article 29

Article 71

Article 30

Article 72

Article 31

Article 73

Article 32

Article 74

Article 33(1), first subparagraph

Article 33(1), second subparagraph

Article 75(1)

Article 33(2)

Article 75(1)

Article 33(3)

Article 75(3)

Article 75(4)

Article 34

Article 76

Article 35

Article 77

Articles 78 to 82

Article 36(1), first subparagraph, introductory word

Article 83(1), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 36(1), first subparagraph, first and second indent

Article 83(1) first subparagraph, points (a) and (b)

Article 36(1), first subparagraph, final words

Article 83(1), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 36(1), second subparagraph

Article 83(1), second subparagraph

Article 36(2)

Article 83(2)

Article 37

Article 84

Article 38

Article 85

Article 39

Article 86

Article 40

Article 87

Article 41(1), introductory phrase

Article 88(1), introductory phrase

Article 41(1), first and second indent

Article 88(1)(a) and (b)

Article 41(1), final phrase

Article 88(1), introductory phrase

Article 41(2)

Article 88(2)

Article 42, introductory word

Article 89, introductory phrase

Article 42, first and second indent

Article 89, points (a) and (b)

Article 42, final phrase

Article 89, introductory phrase

Article 43

Article 90

Article 44(1) to (3)

Article 91(1) to (4)

Article 45

Article 92

Article 46, first paragraph, introductory phrase

Article 93(1), first subparagraph

Article 93(1), second subparagraph

Article 46, first paragraph, first indent

Article 46, first paragraph second, third and fourth indent,

Article 93(2)(a)

Article 46, first paragraph, fifth indent

Article 46, second paragraph

Article 93(2)(b)

Article 93(3) to (8)

Article 47

Article 94

Article 95

Article 48

Article 96

Article 49(1) to (3)

Article 97(1) to (3)

Article 49(4)

Articles 98 to 100

Article 50(1)

Article 101(1)

Article 101(2) to (9)

Article 50(2) to (4)

Article 102(1) to (3)

Article 50(5), introductory phrase

Article 102(4), introductory phrase

Article 50(5), first, second, third and fourth indent

Article 102(4)(a), (b), (c) and (d)

Article 50(6) introductory phrase and (a) and (b),

Article 102(5), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 50(6)(b), first, second and third indent

Article 102(5), first subparagraph, points (a), (b) and (c)

Article 50(6)(b), final phrase

Article 102(5), second and third subparagraph

Article 50(7), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 103(1), introductory phrase

Article 50(7), first subparagraph, first and second indent

Article 103(1)(a) and (b)

Article 50(7), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 103(2), introductory phrase

Article 50(7), second subparagraph, first, second and third indent

Article 103(2)(a), (b) and (c)

Article 50(7), third subparagraph

Article 103(3)

Article 50(8), first subparagraph

Article 103(4)

Article 50(8), second subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 103(5), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 50(8), second subparagraph, first, second and third indent

Article 103(5), first subparagraph, points (a), (b) and (c)

Article 50(8), third subparagraph

Article 103(6)

Article 50(8), fourth subparagraph

Article 103(5), second subparagraph

Article 50(8), fifth subparagraph

Article 103(7)

Article 50(8), sixth subparagraph

Article 50(9) to (11)

Article 104(1) to (3)

Article 105

Article 50a(1), introductory phrase

Article 106(1), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 50a(1)(a), introductory phrase

Article 106(1), first subparagraph, introductory phrase

Article 50a(1)(a), first, second and third indent

Article 106(1), first subparagraph, points (a), (b) and (c)

Article 50a(1)(b)

Article 106(1), second subparagraph

Article 50a(2)

Article 106(2)

Article 51(1) and (2)

Article 107(1) and (2)

Article 107(3)

Article 52(1)

Article 108(1), first subparagraph

Article 52(2)

Article 108(1), second subparagraph

Article 52(3)

Article 108(2)

Article 108(3) to (6)

Article 52a

Article 109(1) and (2)

Article 109(3) and (4)

Article 52b(1)

Article 110(1)

Article 52b(2)

Article 52b(3)

Article 110(2)

Article 53a

Article 111

Article 53b(1)

Article 112(1)

Article 53b(2)

Article 112(2)

Article 112(3)

Article 54

Article 113(1)

Article 55

Article 113(2)

Article 56(1)

Article 113(3)

Article 56(2)

Article 57

Article 114

Article 58

Article 116(2)

Article 115

Article 116(1)

Articles 117 and 118

Article 59

Article 119

Annex I, schedule A and B

Annex I, schedule A and B

Annex I, schedule C

Annex II

Annex II

Annex III

Annex IV


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