The Company currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers 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 the returns to investors are predominantly based on exposure to listed equities and equity-based instruments.
Mr Rigg is the non-executive chairman of MXC Capital Limited, an AIM listed technology investment company, and of Intership, a privately owned Norwegian shipping company. Between 1989 and 1995, Mr Rigg worked for the CS First Boston Group in Hong Kong, where he held various roles, including acting as a board representative of International Investment Trust Co., a leading Taipei-based fund management company and managing director and Hong Kong-based head of Asian equity capital markets for CS First Boston. Prior to that, Mr Rigg worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Limited in London as a director for Asian investment banking and as a solicitor in banking and private practice.
Mrs Coates is a chartered accountant who brings 25 years of significant financial expertise to the board. Mrs Coates was a senior executive of HSBC for nine years, where she served as the global CFO for the group’s asset management business and more recently led the finance function for commercial banking operations in Europe. Prior to joining HSBC, Mrs Coates worked in senior roles in retail, healthcare and professional services at J Sainsbury plc, BUPA, Williams Lea Group Ltd and CIT Bank. She started her career at Ernst & Young in 1991, where she worked in the UK and France. Mrs Coates is a non-executive director of Aviva Investors and its UK fund services company as well as non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committee of Polar Capital Holdings plc, a publicly quoted company, and a trustee and resources committee member at the University of Essex.
Mr Meader is an independent director of investment companies, insurers and investment funds. Until the autumn of 2012, he was Head of Portfolio Management for Collins Stewart based in Guernsey, prior to which he was Chief Executive of Corazon Capital. He has 30 years’ experience in financial markets in London, Dublin and Guernsey, holding senior positions in portfolio management and trading. Prior to joining Corazon he was Managing Director of Rothschild’s Swiss private-banking subsidiary in Guernsey. Mr Meader is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, a former Commissioner of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and past chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association. He is a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford. Mr Meader also holds a number of directorships in other companies, several of which are publicly quoted, including investment companies ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited, SQN Asset Finance Income Limited, Guaranteed Investment Products 1 PCC Ltd and Volta Finance Limited.
Ms Cornish-Bowden is a non-executive director of Finsbury Growth & Income Trust PLC, CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc, and Calculus VCT plc, where she is chair of the audit committee. Ms Cornish-Bowden worked for 12 years as a fund manager for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was managing director and head of the global equity team. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she worked as a research analyst at M&G. Ms Cornish-Bowden is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and has completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
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.
Investors in the emerging markets and the Far East should be aware that this involves a high degree of risk and should be seen as long term in nature. Less developed markets are generally less well regulated than the UK, they may be less liquid and may have less reliable arrangements for trading and settlement of the underlying holdings.
The Company invests in smaller companies that may be less liquid than in larger companies and price swings may therefore be greater than investment trusts, companies and funds that invest in larger companies.
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.
Investment in warrants, participation certificates, guaranteed bonds, etc will expose the fund to the risk of the issuer of these instruments defaulting. Deducting charges from capital can result in the income paid by the company being higher than would otherwise be the case and the growth in the capital sum being eroded.
As a result of the fees being charged partially to capital, the distributable income of the Company may be higher, but the capital value of the Company may be eroded.