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Feb 1 2017 onwards

GEN 2.14.3 Guidance

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How does Providing Custody differ from Arranging Custody?

1. Refer to Guidance item 2 under Providing CustodyG in GEN section 2.13.

Activities which constitute arranging

2. The type of activities that constitute Arranging CustodyG include:
a. negotiating and settling terms of the contract between the custody provider and the PersonG who is obtaining that service (the ClientG );
b. assisting the ClientG to complete application forms and other processes;
c. collecting and processing the Client'sG payments; and
d. transmitting information (including instructions from the ClientG and confirmations by the custody provider) between the CustomerG and the custody provider.

Non-application of the Client Asset provisions

3. The Client AssetG provisions only apply to firms holding or controlling Client AssetsG and to firms Providing CustodyG . As a firm Arranging CustodyG does not 'safeguard and administer InvestmentsG ' (see Guidance items 3 and 4 under Providing CustodyG in GEN section 2.13), the Client AssetG provisions in COB section 6.11 have only limited application to such a firm (see COB Rule 6.11.2(3)). The requirement for a Safe Custody Auditor'sG Report under GEN Rule 8.6.1(e) also does not apply to a firm Arranging CustodyG .
4. A firm 'Arranging CustodyG ', although not subject to substantive Client AssetG provisions (because it does not hold or control Client AssetsG ), is still required to undertake due diligence on a non-DIFC custodian with whom it arranges for its ClientG to obtain custody services — see COB Rule A6.5.1A.

Who can rely on the exclusion in GEN Rule 2.14.2

5. The exclusion in GEN Rule 2.14.2 is available to an introducer who introduces a potential customer to a regulated firm. However, this exclusion does not apply if the introducer:
a. is a member of the same GroupG as the custodian;
b. is part of the same legal entity as the custodian (i.e. the custodian is the introducer's head office or another branch of the same legal entity as the introducer); or
c. receives remuneration for making the introduction from any Person — which can be a related party referred to in a. or b. above or any unrelated party.
Derived from DFSA RM184/2016 (Made 7th December 2016). [VER38/02-17]