Under COBS 2.2A.5R of the FCA Handbook, SPX International Asset Management Ltd. (“SPX UK”) is required to disclose the nature of its commitment to the Financial Reporting Council’s UK Stewardship Code (the “Code”) or, where it does not commit to the Code, its alternative investment strategy. The Code sets out a number of principles relating to engagement by investors in UK-listed companies, and commitment to the Code is voluntary.
SPX UK invests in a variety of asset classes across a range of jurisdictions globally. While SPX UK generally supports the objectives that underlie the Code, the nature of its investment strategy is considered to be incompatible with shareholder engagement activities including voting in proxies. SPX UK has therefore chosen not to commit to the Code at this time. Should SPX UK’s activities change such that the Code becomes relevant, SPX UK will amend this disclosure as appropriate.
SPX UK is currently considering whether it will adopt an engagement policy pursuant to Article 3g of the amended EU Shareholder Rights Directive (Directive 2007/36/EC). When that decision has been made, this webpage will be updated accordingly.
This statement describes how the directors of SPX International Asset Management Ltd. (the “Company”) have had regard to the matters set out in subsection (1) (a) to (f) of section 172 (“Duty to promote the success of the company”) of the Companies Act 2006, during the most recent completed financial year.
The directors meet regularly to make operational and strategic decisions – such as those around investment management, product governance and outsourcing – and to review their likely long-term consequences. The directors also pay due consideration to the interests of the Company’s stakeholders, including taking due steps to: maintain a workforce that is diverse, motivated and fit and proper; pay suppliers on time; and treat customers fairly.
More broadly, the directors are committed to ensuring that the Company has a positive impact on the community and the environment by, for example, promoting initiatives that support charitable causes or the reduction of the Company’s plastic waste or carbon footprint.
In implementing the above measures, the directors are acutely conscious of their responsibilities as stewards of the Company’s reputation. To this end, they also insist upon the highest standards of business conduct as a rule in all the Company’s dealings.
The directors’ approach in all the matters described in this statement is driven by applicable FCA requirements and guidance and (where more stringent) industry best practice.
SPX International Asset Management Ltd. (“SPX UK”) handles any complaints about its provision of investment services to its clients under the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID Complaints”) in accordance with its Complaints Management Policy. This provides that, in summary, SPX UK will duly consider and escalate MiFID Complaints as appropriate, reply to the MiFID Complaint without undue delay, and inform the complainant about SPX UK’s position on the MiFID Complaint and the complainant’s options for redress. MiFID Complaints can be submitted to SPX UK’s Compliance team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated 30 June 2020