COBS 2.6.1 Option for a Professional Client to be classified as a Retail Client
Past version: effective from 21/10/2015 - 20/10/2015
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(a) A Professional Client has the right to elect to be classified as a Retail Client. An Authorised Person must, when first establishing a relationship with such a Person as a Professional Client, inform that Person of:
(i) that Person's right to be classified as a Retail Client;
(ii) the higher level of protection available to Retail Clients; and
(iii) the time within which the Person may elect to be classified as a Retail Client.
(b) If the Person does not expressly elect to be classified as a Retail Client within the time specified by the Authorised Person, the Authorised Person may classify that Person as a Professional Client.
(c) If such a Person already classified as a Professional Client by an Authorised Person expressly requests the Authorised Person to be re-classified as a Retail Client, the Authorised Person must re-classify such a Person as a Retail Client.
(d) If an Authorised Person does not provide Regulated Activities to Retail Clients, it must inform the Person of this fact and any relevant consequences.