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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 3—Insurance > Part A > High Level Standards > AU Authorisation > AU-5 Information Requirements and Processes > AU-5.5 Cancellation of Authorisation
  • AU-5.5 Cancellation of Authorisation

    • Voluntary Surrender of a License or Closure of a Branch

    • Cancellation of a License by the CBB

      • AU-5.5.1

        In accordance with Article 50 of the CBB Law, insurance licenseesG wishing to cancel their license or cease activities for a branch must obtain the CBB's written approval, before ceasing their activities. All such requests must be made in writing to the Director, Insurance Supervision Directorate, setting out in full the reasons for the request and how the business is to be wound up.

        Amended: October 2011
        Amended: July 2007

      • AU-5.5.2

        Insurance licenseesG must satisfy the CBB that their customers'G interests are to be safeguarded during and after the proposed cancellation. The requirements contained in Module GR regarding cessation of business must be satisfied.

        Amended: July 2007
        Amended: October 2007

      • AU-5.5.3

        Failure to comply with Rule AU-5.5.1 may constitute a breach of Article 50(a) of the CBB Law. The CBB will only approve such requests where it has no outstanding regulatory concerns and any relevant customers'G interests would not be prejudiced. A voluntary surrender will not be accepted where it is aimed at pre-empting supervisory actions by the CBB. A voluntary surrender will only take effect once the licensee, in the opinion of the CBB, has discharged all its regulatory responsibilities to customersG .

        Amended: July 2007

      • AU-5.5.4

        As provided for under Article 48(c) of the CBB Law, the CBB may itself move to cancel a license, for instance if a licensee fails to satisfy any of its existing license conditions or protecting the legitimate interests of customers or creditors of the licensee requires a cancellation. The CBB generally views the cancellation of a license as appropriate only in the most serious of circumstances, and generally tries to address supervisory concerns through other means beforehand. See also Chapter EN-7, regarding the cancellation or amendment of licenses, including the procedures used in such instances and the licensee's right to appeal the formal notice of cancellation issued by the CBB.

        Amended: October 2011
        Added: July 2007

      • AU-5.5.4A

        Cancellation of a license requires the CBB to issue a formal notice of cancellation to the licensee concerned. The notice of cancellation describes the CBB's rationale for the proposed cancellation, as specified in Article 48(d) of the CBB Law.

        Amended: October 2012
        Added: October 2011

      • AU-5.5.4B

        Where the cancellation of a license has been confirmed by the CBB, the CBB will only effect the cancellation once a licensee has discharged all its regulatory responsibilities to clientsG . Until such time, the CBB will retain all its regulatory powers towards the licensee and will direct the licensee so that no new regulated insurance servicesG may be undertaken whilst the licensee discharges its obligations to its clientsG .

        Added: October 2011

      • AU-5.5.5

        In the case of insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG , the requirements relating to professional indemnity coverage must be observed (see Paragraph GR-10.1.8)

        Amended: July 2007
        Amended: October 2007

    • Approved Persons

      • AU-5.5.6

        In accordance with Paragraph AU-5.2.6, insurance licenseesG must promptly notify the CBB in writing when a person undertaking a controlled functionG will no longer be carrying out that function. If a controlled functionG falls vacant, the insurance licenseeG must appoint a permanent replacement (after obtaining CBB approval), within 120 calendar days of the vacancy occurring. Pending the appointment of a permanent replacement, the insurance licenseeG must make immediate interim arrangements to ensure continuity of the duties and responsibilities of the controlled functionG affected. These interim arrangements must be approved by the CBB.

        Amended: July 2007
        Amended: April 2008

      • AU-5.5.7

        The explanation given for any such changes should simply identify if the planned move was prompted by any concerns over the person concerned, or is due to a routine staff change, retirement or similar reason.

        Amended: July 2007

      • AU-5.5.8

        The CBB may also move to declare someone as not ‘fit and proper’, in response to significant compliance failures or other improper behaviour by that person: see Chapter EN-8 regarding the cancellation of ‘fit and proper’ approval.

        Added: July 2007

    • Registered Persons

      • AU-5.5.9

        Registered actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG wishing to cancel their registration status with the CBB must obtain the CBB's written approval. All such requests must be made in writing to the Director, Insurance Supervision Directorate.

        Amended: October 2009
        Added: July 2007

      • AU-5.5.10

        The CBB may itself cancel the registered status of an actuaryG , loss adjusterG or appointed representativeG should the registered person fail to comply with registration conditions outlined in Chapter AU-4: see Chapter EN-9 regarding the cancellation of registration.

        Amended: October 2009
        Added: July 2007

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