The Company currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA's rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Company's shares are excluded from the FCA's restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.
Mr Taylor is Chairman and Managing Director of Dragon Partners Limited. He is a Director of Aberdeen Greater China Fund Inc. He was previously a Director of Baring Asset Management Limited (1976–1997) where he was closely involved with the development of its client base in Japan. He is a Barrister at law.
Mrs Balfour spent 22 years managing Japanese, Far Eastern and International equity portfolios for Stewart Ivory, Baillie Gifford and, latterly, Axa Framlington. She is a non-executive director of Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained Trust plc, F&C Global Smaller Companies PLC and is a trustee of Venture Scotland, a charity specialising in personal development for young people. She is a member of the CFA Society of the UK and Archangel Informal Investment, a business angel syndicate.
Mr Gibbs worked for the Fleming Group for 17 years with responsibility for investments in Japan and throughout the Far East, after which he helped set up and run two Far Eastern brokerages before joining J.O. Hambro (latterly Waverton), where he ran Far Eastern funds. Mr Gibbs is now Chairman of the Burdett Trust, a nursing charity and an independent non-executive Director of the M&G Charibond Charities Fixed Interest Common Investment Fund (Charibond) and a member of the Advisory Committee of the M&G Equities Investment Fund for Charities (Charifund).
Mr Greer worked in Japan for fifteen years, for Jardine Matheson and subsequently, as branch manager, for Baring Securities (Japan) Limited, until 1993. He has extensive experience of company research, and headed the group established by the Japanese Ministry of Finance representing the EU investment banks and brokerages. On returning to London, he was global head of research at Barings, Caspian Limited and Commerzbank AG, before becoming a partner at WMG Limited, a wealth management group, and head of marketing at Toscafund Limited. He is currently Chairman of Myanmar Strategic Holdings Limited.
Mrs Richards is a former senior partner at Deloitte LLP with a thirty year career specialising in business operations and strategy development with a particular focus on the Financial Services and Consumer Products sectors. She is currently a non-executive director and the chair of the audit committee of Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, a non-executive director and the senior independent director of Grainger plc, a non-executive director of The Monks Investment Trust plc and Phoenix Group Holdings. Mrs Richards is a former director of Aviva UK Life and Pensions, Balfour Beatty plc and Friends Life Group plc. In addition, she is a member of the FRC’s Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen and a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated. The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.
The Company invests in smaller companies that may be less liquid than in larger companies and price swings may therefore be greater than investment companies that invest in larger companies.
The Company will invest solely in the companies of one country or region. This can carry more risk than investments spread over a number of countries or regions.
The Company holds investments denominated in currencies other than sterling, investors should note that exchange rates may cause the value of these investments, and the income from them, to rise or fall.
The Company may borrow money to invest in further investments, this is known as gearing. Gearing will increase returns if the value of the investments purchased increase in value by more than the cost of borrowing, or reduce returns if they fail to do so.