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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 4—Investment Business > Part A > Introduction > UG User's Guide > UG-A Introduction > UG-A.1 Purpose
  • UG-A.1 Purpose

    • Executive Summary

      • UG-A.1.1

        The Central Bank of Bahrain ("the CBB"), in its capacity as the regulatory and supervisory authority for all financial institutions in Bahrain, issues regulatory instruments that licensees and other specified persons are legally obliged to comply with. These regulatory instruments are contained in the CBB Rulebook. Much of the Rulebook’s substantive content was previously issued by the Bahrain Monetary Agency (‘the BMA’), and was carried forward when the CBB replaced the BMA in September 2006.

        Amended: January 2007

      • UG-A.1.2

        The Rulebook is divided into 7 Volumes, covering different areas of financial services activity. These Volumes are being progressively issued. Volumes 1 and 2, covering conventional bank licenseesG and Islamic bank licenseesG respectively, were issued in July 2004 and January 2005; Volume 3, covering insurance licenseesG , was issued in April 2005. This Volume (Volume 4), was issued in April 2006. Volume 5 (covering specialised licenseesG ), and Volume 6 (capital markets) are being issued progressively. Volume 7 on collective investment undertakings (CIUs) was issued in May 2012.

        Amended: July 2012
        Amended: January 2008
        Amended: January 2007

      • UG-A.1.3

        This User's Guide provides guidance on (i) the status and application of the Rulebook, with specific reference to Volume 4 (Investment Business); (ii) the structure and design of the Rulebook; and (iii) its maintenance and version control.

        Amended: January 2007

      • UG-A.1.4

        Volume 4 (Investment Business) covers investment firm licenseesG , i.e. those CBB licensees that solely undertake regulated investment servicesG . It contains prudential requirements (such as rules on minimum capital and risk management); and conduct of business requirements (such as rules on the giving of investment advice and the treatment of client moneyG ). Collectively, these requirements are aimed at ensuring the safety and soundness of CBB-licensed investment firms, and providing an appropriate level of protection to the clients of such firms.

        Amended: January 2007
        Amended: January 2008

      • UG-A.1.5

        For the sake of clarity, Volume 4 (Investment Business) does not cover requirements that are generally applicable to participants in Bahrain's capital markets, irrespective of whether they are a CBB licensee or not, such as disclosure standards with regards to the issuance of securities or rules against insider trading or other forms of market abuse. Nor does it cover requirements applicable to recognised exchanges (such as the Bahrain Stock Exchange) and their related infrastructure (such as central clearing and depository systems), or the membership rules applicable to members of such exchanges. These other requirements are currently issued separately, in the form of individual instruments issued by the CBB's Capital Markets Supervision Directorate, and the Bahrain Stock Exchange; those issued by the CBB’s Capital Markets Supervision Directorate will be re-issued in 2007/08 as Volume 6 of the CBB Rulebook (see Paragraph UG-A.1.2 above).

        Amended: January 2007

    • Legal Basis

      • UG-A.1.6

        This Module contains the CBB's Directive (as amended from time to time) regarding the User's Guide for Volume 4 of the CBB Rulebook, and is issued under the powers available to the CBB under Article 38 of the Central Bank of Bahrain and Financial Institutions Law 2006 ('CBB Law'). The Directive in this Module is applicable to all investment firm licenseesG .

        Amended: January 2011
        Amended: January 2008
        Added: January 2007

      • UG-A.1.7

        For an explanation of the CBB’s rule-making powers and different regulatory instruments, see Section UG-1.1.

        Added: January 2007

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