UK Stewardship Code
Under COBS 2.2.3 of the FCA Handbook, the firm is required to make a public disclosure in relation to the nature of its commitment to the above Code, which was published by the Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’) in July 2010. The Code aims to enhance the quality of engagement between institutional investors and companies to help improve long-term returns to shareholders and the efficient exercise of governance responsibilities. It sets out good practice on engagement with investee companies and is to be applied by firms on a “comply or explain” basis. The Code is directed in the first instance to institutional investors with equity holdings in UK listed companies. The FRC recognises that not all parts of the Code will be relevant to all institutional investors and that smaller institutions may judge some of the principles and guidance to be disproportionate. It is of course legitimate for some asset managers not to engage with companies, depending on their investment strategy, and in such cases firms are required to explain why it is not appropriate to comply with a particular principle. The firm does not currently comply with the Code because the funds advised by the firm target investments in unquoted companies.