New Regulation related to investors residing in the EEA (the PRIIPs Regulation)

The new regulation on key information documents (KIDs) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (Regulation (EU) No. 1286/2014, commonly referred to as the PRIIPs Regulation) came into effect on 1 January 2018.

The PRIIPs Regulation will impact DBS’ ability to continue to offer to retail investors who are residents (regardless of nationality (country/ region)) in the European Economic Area (EEA)[1], structured notes and other products falling within the scope of the PRIIPs Regulation.

A retail investor is defined as a client who does not meet the criteria to qualify as a professional client. Such criteria are set out in Annex II of Directive 2014/65/EU (commonly referred to as MiFID II)[2].  Please note that this is different from “professional investor” and “accredited investor” criteria applicable in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively.

For clients with residential address in the EEA, by default, we have classified all of them as retail investors.

The PRIIPs Regulation obliges DBS, when advising on or selling a packaged retail and insurance-based investment product (PRIIP)[3] to a retail investor in the EEA, to provide such investor with a pre-contractual product disclosure document in the form of a KID.

As our product manufacturers are still evaluating the impact of the PRIIPs Regulation, KIDs will not be available for any of the structured notes or products (regardless of issuer) on our product platform for the moment. As such, until further notice, DBS will not be able to avail these products (including non-UCITS funds and ETFs[4]) from 1 January 2018. Please refrain from transacting the mentioned products both online and offline.
For EEA clients who had previously acquired such products through us, they may continue to hold and/or sell these products in or through their DBS accounts. We encourage our clients to speak to their Relationship Manager to better understand their options and address their queries.

For more information on the PRIIPs Regulation, please visit the European Commission website at

DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
09 April 2020

[1] Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar*, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

*Gibraltar is not an EEA country but implement EEA/ PRIIPs regulation due to some form of special status


[3] A PRIIP is any investment where the amount repayable to the investor is subject to fluctuations because of exposure to reference values or to the performance of one or more assets which are not directly purchased by the investor. PRIIPs will include investment products such as investment funds, excluding UCITS funds), life insurance policies with an investment element, structured products and structured deposits.

[4] non-UCITS refers to non-Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities. ETFs refers to Exchange Traded Funds Investments.