Santander International customers

FAQs

What ring-fencing means for you

Our businesses in Jersey and the Isle of Man, operating under the brand name ‘Santander International’, are currently branches of Santander UK plc.

Under the UK ring-fencing legislation, a ring-fenced bank, such as Santander UK, is not allowed to have branches or subsidiaries outside of the European Economic Area, which includes Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Santander UK has now completed the UK court process that forms part of the restructuring of its business so that ahead of 1 January 2019 it is compliant with the ring-fencing legislation. You can find out more about the UK legal process here.

The Santander UK ring-fencing transfer scheme that formed part of that process did not affect customers of the Jersey and Isle of Man businesses or make any changes to their existing relationship with Santander UK. However, separately, we are proposing to transfer our Jersey and Isle of Man branches from Santander UK to another part of the Santander Group. The proposal is subject to regulatory approval and legal processes in Jersey and the Isle of Man.

For more information please visit the Santander International website.

FAQs

Is ring-fencing a legal requirement?

Ring-fencing will be a legal requirement for certain UK banks with effect from 1 January 2019. Any banking group that has more than £25 billion of UK deposits from individuals or small businesses will be affected by ring-fencing. In general, within these groups any UK bank that holds deposits from personal or small business customers will be a ring-fenced bank.

Will all banks subject to ring-fencing have to adopt the same approach?

No. There are different ways for banks to meet the requirements of ring-fencing legislation, so banks subject to ring-fencing are adopting different approaches depending on their structures, strategy and customer base. This means customers of different banks may be affected in different ways.

Which regulators will ensure Santander UK will comply with ring-fencing requirements?

Our plans for ring-fencing have been reviewed by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The PRA is the lead regulator responsible for identifying which banks are within the scope of the ring-fencing legislation and for supervising banks’ implementation of the prudential rules. The FCA is working with the PRA, the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the banks that will be subject to ring-fencing from the commencement of the regime to support the banks’ implementation of ring-fencing efficiently and on time.

Santander is a Spanish bank, so why does it need to adhere to UK banking laws?

Banco Santander, S.A. is a global banking group and each of its subsidiaries, including Santander UK, operates as an independently capitalised stand-alone business. Santander UK plc, Cater Allen Limited and Abbey National Treasury Services plc are each incorporated in the UK, are subject to UK legislation and are authorised by the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the PRA. Banco Santander, S.A. is authorised and supervised by the European Central Bank and by the Bank of Spain, and its London branch is also subject to limited regulation in the United Kingdom by the FCA and the PRA.

What is a ring-fencing transfer scheme?

A ring-fencing transfer scheme is a legal process that facilitates transfers of business to create a ring-fenced bank.

Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, provides for a process leading to a court order to facilitate transfers of insurance or banking business. The Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 added a process for transfers of business in connection with the creation of a ring-fenced bank known as a ring-fencing transfer scheme.

The purpose of a ring-fencing transfer scheme is to enable banks to restructure their businesses in order to comply with the ring-fencing requirements that will apply from 1 January 2019.

What was the purpose of Santander’s ring-fencing transfer scheme?

The purpose of our ring-fencing transfer scheme was to enable us to restructure certain parts of our business to comply with the ring-fencing requirements that will apply from 1 January 2019.

Under the Scheme:

  • Certain corporate and wholesale markets business have been transferred between Santander UK plc, Abbey National Treasury Services plc and Banco Santander, S.A. London branch.
  • With effect from 1 January 2019, all liabilities of Santander UK plc and Abbey National Treasury Services plc under the existing cross-guarantees issued by each of them in respect of the liabilities of the other will be released and those cross-guarantees unwound.
  • Certain other changes have been made to the terms and conditions of some contracts.