On March 12, 2015, HM Treasury published its revised “Banking Act 2009 Special Resolution Regime Code of Practice”. The Code aims to encourage financial stability by resolving institutions such as banks, building societies and certain investment firms that are failing, and protecting depositors, taxpayers and the wider economy from the consequences of such failure. The Code has been amended to take into account the provisions of BRRD, and provides guidance on how special resolution tools are to be used by the relevant resolution authority. Section 1 of the Code sets out guidance relating to banking institutions whose failure has become highly likely, and includes: (i) five stabilization options including transfers of business to private sector purchasers or bridge entities; (ii) the bank’s insolvency procedure, facilitating prompt payouts to depositors via the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; and (iii) the bank administrative procedure, where a partial transfer of the business of a failing institution takes place. Section 2 of the Code deals with the SRR for CCPs, which are outside the scope of the BRRD. This section sets out guidance on how the relevant resolution authority can apply stabilization powers to CCPs, including powers to transfer: (i) some or all of the business of a CCP to a commercial purchaser or to a bridge CCP; and (ii) the ownership of the CCP to any person.

The SRR code of practice is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/411563/banking_act_2009_code_ of_practice_web.pdf