UCITS in Poland
[01.01.2007] Units issued by an open-end investment fund registered in an OECD member state other than a Member State or EEA member state may be sold in the Republic of Poland, provided that:
- such investment fund offers units to the public and
- holders of units issued by such fund enjoy the same protection as holders of units in open-end investment funds, in particular such institutions apply investment limits;
- such investment fund is obliged to prepare annual and semi-annual financial statements;
- such fund is subject to supervision by the competent financial market supervisory authority and arrangements have been made to ensure exchange, on a reciprocity basis, of information concerning the financial standing and operations of the fund between the Commission and such authority;
- the state in which such investment fund is registered assures equal access to its market for open-end investment funds managed by Polish management companies.
The company managing investment funds may open a branch in the Republic of Poland, provided that:
- such company is subject to supervision by the competent financial market supervisory authority and arrangements have been made to ensure exchange, on a reciprocity basis, of information concerning the financial standing and operations of such company between the Commission and such authority;
- the state in which such company is registered allows Polish management companies to open branches on its territory.
Supporting documents or information to the notification letter that are not required by the Directive but by national law:
- Information on the first name and surname or company name, place of residence or registered office and address in Poland of the foreign UCITS representative in Poland. According to the Polish law the representative of the foreign UCITS, acting on the basis of an arrangement with the foreign UCITS, represents the foreign UCITS in proceedings before the Polish authority and in relations with its unit-holders, performs activities necessary to provide services to the unit-holders of the UCITS including accepting complaints from unitholders, provides unit-holders with access to information about the UCITS in line with the rules defined in the Act on Investment Funds and notifies the Polish authority of any changes in documents and information included in the notification. The submission of declarations of will, official documents or process letters to the representative is deemed their submission to the foreign UCITS;
- Information on the company name and the registered office and address of the paying agent of the foreign UCITS in Poland. According to the Polish law the paying agent, acting on the basis of an arrangement with the foreign UCITS, accepts payments for units of this UCITS, distributes proceeds from redemptions of units and income or other benefits due to the unit-holders. The UCITS may designate as its paying agent only a domestic bank or a domestic branch of a credit institution;
- If a third person is empowered to act on behalf of the notifying UCITS a written power of attorney shall be filed togehter with the notification;
- Electronic submission of documents: no.
- Two-month period may be shortened: no.
- Date of receipt of the complete notification is confirmed within one month: no.
- Maximum submission period for missing documents and information, if the notification is incomplete: no.
Required languages for translation, including whether translations are required to be sworn as true: all documents shall be drawn up in Polish or translated into Polish by a sworn translator except for the UCITS Attestation granted by the competent home State authority which may be accepted also in English.
- Documented evidence of fee payment: only a registration fee which is paid after entering a fund into the register of foreign investment funds is required and there is no any fee for examing the notification.
- Conditions for ending marketing/registration: the Polish authority shall be informed about an intention of the UCITS to end marketing of its units in Poland.
- Marketing of units of a foreign UCITS throughout a beneficial ownership structure is not applicable in Poland.
- A foreign UCITS may sell its units in Poland either directly or throughout the foreign management company or a branch of such company or through an entity conducting brokerage activities, a Polish management company or an entity holding the authorisation granted by the Polish authority.
- At the request of a unit-holder a foreign UCITS shall provide in Polish additional information regarding the UCITS' investment limits, the method of managing the UCITS' investment risk, as well as the current changes and value accretion in the UCITS' main investments.
- The name of a foreign UCITS may contain expressions like "investment fund" or "investment company" which are used in its name in its home State, however such expression should include the word "foreign" (Polish "zagraniczny").
- To the advertising materials, announcements and other information published by a foreign UCITS in Poland the provisions of Art. 229 of the Polish Act on Investment Funds shall apply.
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