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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 4—Investment Business > Archived Part A > GR General Requirements > GR-5.3 Suitability of Controllers
  • GR-5.3 Suitability of Controllers

    • GR-5.3.3 [Replaced 1 October 2015]

      Natural persons who intend to take a stake of 20% or more in a Bahraini investment firm licenseeG are subject to enhanced scrutiny, given the CBB's position as home supervisorG of such licenseesG . The level of scrutiny and the expected compliance with the above standards become more onerous as the level of proposed ownership increases. Natural persons will not normally be approved to take majority control (i.e. a stake of 50% or more of either the capital or voting rights) of a Bahraini investment firm licenseeG .

      Amended: October 2011
      Amended: October 2009
      Amended: April 2008
      Amended: July 2007

    • GR-5.3.5 [Replaced 1 October 2015]

      Legal persons who intend to take a stake of 20% or more in a Bahraini investment firm licenseeG are subject to enhanced scrutiny, given the CBB's position as home supervisorG of such licenseesG . The level of scrutiny and of expected compliance with the above standards becomes more onerous as the level of proposed ownership increases. In particular, unregulated legal persons will not normally be approved to take majority control (i.e. a stake of 50% or more of either the capital or voting rights) of a Bahraini investment firm licenseeG , unless the proposed parent is a well-established business (that satisfies the above conditions), and its ownership would not pose undue conflicts of interest. Regulated legal persons will normally only be approved to take majority control where – in addition to the above conditions – the resulting group would be subject to effective consolidated supervision in accordance with relevant international standards; and the home supervisorG of the parent entity has agreed to the proposed acquisition, as well as to the sharing of relevant prudential information for supervisory purposes (expressed, if necessary, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CBB and the home supervisorG , setting out their respective supervisory responsibilities).

      Amended: October 2011
      Amended: October 2009
      Adopted: July 2007

    • GR-5.3.6 [Replaced 1 October 2015]

      The CBB may contact references and supervisory bodies in connection with any information provided to support an application for controllerG . The CBB may also ask for further information, in addition to that provided in the Form 2, if required to satisfy itself as to the suitability of the applicant.

      Amended: January 2011
      Adopted: July 2007

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