An FCA Appointed Representative is a firm or individual that does not hold authorisation from the FCA but instead acts under the authority of an authorised firm’s authorisation known as the principal firm.

Principal firms are responsible for the compliance of their FCA appointed representatives and are obligated to ensure that they only appoint suitable FCA appointed representatives, and that there are appropriate controls in place to ensure their compliance.

Being an FCA appointed representative is often a cost-effective and quicker route to being able to undertake regulated activities. However appointed representatives often face more limitations, put in place by principal firms, than firms which are directly authorised by the FCA.

You can read more about being an FCA Appointed Representative on the FCA website or download our free guides below.

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