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It is important to note that if SVB were to go into liquidation, deposits maintained in the UK Branch would not have the benefit of deposit insurance of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, UK Branch deposits would not have the same preferred status over non-deposit creditors as do deposits payable in the US. This means that depositors of the UK Branch would receive payment from the liquidated SVB assets only after all uninsured US deposits were fully paid. In that case, you would be an unsecured creditor of SVB and would be repaid only to the extent that assets remain available after repaying all other secured creditors. SVB is covered by the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if SVB is unable to meet its financial obligations. Most individual and small business depositors are covered by the FSCS.
In respect of deposits, an eligible depositor is entitled to claim up to £85,000.
For joint accounts each account holder is treated as having a claim in respect of their share so, for a joint account held by two eligible depositors, the maximum amount that could be claimed would be £85,000 each (making a total of £170,000).
The £85,000 limit relates to the combined amount in all the eligible depositor's accounts with SVB, including foreign currency accounts and any share in a joint account, and not to each separate account.
The compensation limit applies per customer per authorised bank. This information is correct as at 1 January 2011. Claims under the FSCS are subject to your specific circumstances, the nature of your claim, the specific rules of the FSCS and maximum limits on compensation, as published from time to time on the FSCS website. For further information about the FSCS (including the amounts covered and eligibility to claim) please ask us, refer to the FSCS website www.FSCS.org.uk, or call the FSCS on 020 7892 7300.
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Silicon Valley Bank is registered in England and Wales at 41 Lothbury, London EC2R 7HF, UK under No. FC029579. Silicon Valley Bank is authorised and regulated by the California Department of Financial Institutions and the United States Federal Reserve Bank; authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority with number 577295; and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request. Silicon Valley Bank is a subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, a Delaware corporation and is an affiliate of SVB Financial Group UK Limited. SVB Financial Group UK Ltd is registered in England and Wales at 41 Lothbury, London EC2R 7HF, UK under No. 5572575 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, with reference number 446159. SVB Financial Group and its subsidiary Silicon Valley Bank are members of the Federal Reserve System and Silicon Valley Bank is a member of the FDIC.
Silicon Valley Bank is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and by the Financial Ombudsman Service. In relation to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, please ensure that you review the important information on depositor preference that affects clients of Silicon Valley Bank in the UK.