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Designated Professional Body (Investment Business) licence

Find out how you can enhance the services you already offer your clients with a Designated Professional Body (Investment Business) licence.

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What is regulated investment business?

What is regulated investment business?

Identify the different types of investment services and the authorisation your firm needs to carry out investment activities.
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How to apply for a DPB (Investment Business) licence

If your firm wishes to conduct DPB (Investment Business) activities, it must have a licence from ICAEW.
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Requirements of ICAEW DPB (Investment Business) licensed firms

ICAEW DPB (Investment Business) licensed firms are required to comply with the DPB (Investment Business) Handbook and be monitored to ensure your firm is operating within the scope and eligibility criteria of your licence.
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Further resources

DPB resources

Support for DPB (Investment Business) licensed firms through practical guidance, including the latest issues of DPB News, helpsheets and webinars.

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Application for voluntary withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw from this regulated service currently being held with ICAEW, complete this online form.

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ICAEW regulation and the ICAEW Regulatory Board

Find out more about ICAEW's regulatory expertise and history.

Chartered Accountants Compensation Scheme (CACS) Regulations

ICAEW, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) operate a compensation scheme for members of the public who have incurred a financial loss as a result of investment advice given by a firm of chartered accountants which, at the time the advice was given, was authorised to give such advice by one of the three institutes.

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