Appointed Representative / Tied Agent Services


Start your financial services firm now as an Appointed Representative under our FCA Umbrella


Our Appointed Representative Services offer a quick and easy alternative approach to receiving authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to conduct financial services activities in the UK.

Direct authorisation can take up to 12 months to complete and requires a significant amount of time and documentation. Under our FCA Umbrella Platform, we enable our clients to conduct regulated activities within only a few weeks, rather than several months, and as the Principal Firm, we assume the regulatory oversight of the Appointed Representative. This set-up is also referred to as an 'FCA Incubator' or 'Regulatory Hosting'.

With approximately 140 regulated entities established over the past four years, we are the leading provider of Appointed Representative Services in the UK.

Conducting regulated activities in Europe

For businesses wishing to conduct regulated activities in Europe, we provide MiFID passport services which allow firms to operate in Europe as a 'Tied Agent'. The Tied Agent regime works particularly well for those wanting to distribute UCITS funds, managing discretionary managed accounts and operating in the primary finance markets across the European Economic Area.

The benefits of becoming an Appointed Representative

The Appointed Representative Services platform provides a number of benefits to businesses looking to conduct regulated financial services activities in the UK:

  • Quick, efficient and cost effective set-up

  • Speed to market - Conduct regulated activities within three to four weeks

  • Monitoring plan, compliance policies, procedures and governance, all provided by Principal Firm

  • Considerably lower ongoing compliance costs compared to full authorisation

  •  Capital requirements provided by Principal Firm

Contact us

For more information contact
Joe Woodbury
E: jwoodbury@lawsonconner.com
D: +44 (0) 203 696 2560

Andrew Frost
E: afrost@lawsonconner.com
D: +44 (0) 203 696 2568

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Contact us

For more information contact
Joe Woodbury
E: jwoodbury@lawsonconner.com
D: +44 (0) 203 696 2560

Andrew Frost
E: afrost@lawsonconner.com
D: +44 (0) 203 696 2568

Download PDF Information
Download PDF Information


Our Appointed Representative Services offer a quick and easy alternative approach to receiving authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to conduct financial services activities in the UK.

Direct authorisation can take up to 12 months to complete and requires a significant amount of time and documentation. Under our FCA Umbrella Platform, we enable our clients to conduct regulated activities within only a few weeks, rather than several months, and as the Principal Firm, we assume the regulatory oversight of the Appointed Representative. This set-up is also referred to as an 'FCA Incubator' or 'Regulatory Hosting'.

With approximately 140 regulated entities established over the past four years, we are the leading provider of Appointed Representative Services in the UK.

Conducting regulated activities in Europe

For businesses wishing to conduct regulated activities in Europe, we provide MiFID passport services which allow firms to operate in Europe as a 'Tied Agent'. The Tied Agent regime works particularly well for those wanting to distribute UCITS funds, managing discretionary managed accounts and operating in the primary finance markets across the European Economic Area.

The benefits of becoming an Appointed Representative

The Appointed Representative Services platform provides a number of benefits to businesses looking to conduct regulated financial services activities in the UK:

  • Quick, efficient and cost effective set-up

  • Speed to market - Conduct regulated activities within three to four weeks

  • Monitoring plan, compliance policies, procedures and governance, all provided by Principal Firm

  • Considerably lower ongoing compliance costs compared to full authorisation

  •  Capital requirements provided by Principal Firm