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.
Appointed a Director and Chairman in June 2005. Mr Sinclair is the Managing Director of Artemis Trustees Limited. Mr Sinclair has over 43 years experience in finance and accountancy of which 33 years have been spent in the Guernsey Financial Services industry. Mr Sinclair is a director of the following publicly listed companies, namely: Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, EF Realisation Company Limited, Picton Property Income Limited and Sirius Real Estate Limited. He is also a director of a number of fund management companies. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Mr Sinclair is a resident of Guernsey.
Appointed a Director in February 2018. Mrs Coates, was a senior executive at 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 the UK and across Europe. She has 25 years' experience in Finance, having worked in senior roles in retail, healthcare and professional services at J Sainsbury, BUPA, Williams Lea and CIT Bank. She started her career at Ernst & Young in 1991 where she worked in both the UK and France.
Mrs Coates is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and graduated with a first class degree in mathematics from the University of Birmingham.
Mrs Coates is also a Trustee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the University of Essex.
Appointed a Director in January 2016, Mr Meader, a Guernsey resident, 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 past 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 Highbridge Multi-Strategy Fund Limited, ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited, JP Morgan Global Convertibles Income Fund Limited and Volta Finance Limited.
Appointed a Director in June 2005. Mr Rigg is the non-executive chairman of Polarcus, a Dubai-based, Norwegian listed seismic survey company and of MXC Capital plc, an AIM listed technology investment company. He is a board director of Cartesius Advisory Network, an international corporate finance and strategic advisory business based in Switzerland. Between 1989 and 1995, Mr Rigg worked for the CS First Boston Group in Hong Kong, where he held various roles, including acting as board representative of International Investment Trust Co., a leading Taipei-based fund management company; managing director and Hong Kong-based head of Asian equity capital markets; and managing director and head of investment banking for CS First Boston (Hong Kong) Limited. Prior to that, Mr Rigg worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Limited in London as director for Asian investment banking and as a solicitor in banking and private practice. Mr Rigg is a resident of Monaco.
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.