Santander UK Group Holdings plc announces that the Court has approved Santander UK’s ring-fencing transfer scheme (the “Scheme”) under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

As part of the Santander UK group’s ring-fencing implementation, Santander UK plc and Abbey National Treasury Services plc are undertaking the Scheme to help ensure that the Santander UK group will, ahead of 1 January 2019, be compliant with the ring-fencing provisions that will come into force on that date. The Scheme is a legal process, overseen by the High Court of England and Wales (the “Court”), that gives effect to transfers of business so as to facilitate the creation of the ring-fence.

The Scheme has been approved by the Court. The Prudential Regulation Authority had consented to the application to the Court for approval of the Scheme. 

The transfers of business under the Scheme will now be effected. These will take place largely in July 2018.  

Further information
Details of the Scheme and our ring-fencing plans can be found on

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Bojana Flint
Head of Investor Relations
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Andy Smith
Head of Media Relations
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