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Revised Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II)
Smith & Williamson Fund Administration Ltd
The FCA issued a policy statement PS19/13: Improving shareholder engagement and increasing transparency around stewardship, which sets out its proposed new rules to implement the Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) in the UK. SRD II is an EU legislation was transposed into the national law of the UK on 10 June 2019. The new requirements are aimed at promoting effective stewardship and long term investment decision making. It sets requirements in several areas, including transparency of engagement policies and investment strategies across the institutional investment community.
SRD II sets certain transparency obligations for European institutional investors – i.e. pension funds and regulated life insurers and on European Asset Managers, such as investment management firms, UCITS Management Companies and AIFM’s, to the extent investments in EU equity instruments are made on regulated markets. Smith and Williamson Fund Administration Ltd (“SWFAL”), as both a UCITS Management Company and Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), has published an engagement policy available here, detailing its position on the application of the SRD II transparency obligations to its firm’s activities.
In summary, since SWFAL does not carry out investment management for its funds, does not invest in shares of companies traded on a regulated market and since such activities are delegated to third party authorised and regulated investment managers, SWFAL is out of scope of the SRD Rules and has therefore chosen not to comply with the requirements. Although SWFAL delegates the investment management activity of its funds to third party investment managers, it does not delegate the overall responsibility for the fund’s adherence with the applicable regulations and legislations and SWFAL maintains robust oversight over the activities of its funds and its delegate invested managers. SWFAL will monitor its delegate investment managers adherence to the requirements in article 3g (1)(a) of the Shareholder Rights Directive II and COBS 2.2B.6R of the FCA Handbook and will oversee the implementation of the SRD rules by its delegate investment managers, which involves the publication of an annual disclosure on how they have implemented and met the objectives of their Engagement Policies.
Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP
The revised Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) takes effect in the UK on 10 June 2019. Firms that provide investment management services to certain types of institutional investors are required to publish a shareholder engagement policy explaining how they engage with the companies in which they invest, and annual information about how the policy has been implemented. The revised Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) took effect in the UK on 10 June 2019. Firms that provide investment management services to certain types of institutional investors are required to publish a shareholder engagement policy explaining how they engage with the companies in which they invest, and annual information about how the policy has been implemented. Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP’s engagement policy can be found here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your relationship manager.
Smith and Williamson Investment Management (Ireland) Limited
The European Union (Shareholders’ Rights) Regulations 2020 (SRD II Regulations) transposed the European Commission Shareholder Rights Directive 2017/828 (amending Directive 2007/36/EC on the exercise of certain rights of shareholders in listed companies) (“SRD II”) into Irish law on 20 March 2020 and became effective on 30 March 2020. Smith and Williamson Investment Management (Ireland) Limited (“SWIMIL”) is the UCITS Management Company of the Smith and Williamson Investment Funds Plc (“the Fund”) and its sub-funds, and has delegated the responsibility of investment management for the Fund and its sub-funds to Smith and Williamson Investment Management LLP (“SWIM”), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. SWIMIL has published an SRD II Engagement Policy available here, detailing its position on the application of the SRD II transparency obligations to its activities.
The UK Stewardship Code
A full copy of Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP’s statement on The UK Stewardship Code is available to view and download here.
Order Execution Policy
Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP and Smith & Williamson Investment Services Limited maintain order execution policies as required under FCA rules (Order Execution Policy). The main execution venues currently used can be found here.
Top 5 Execution Venues – Annual Report
The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU (“MiFID II”) requires investment firms who execute client orders to summarise and make public on an annual basis, for each class of financial instruments, the top five execution venues in terms of trading volumes where they executed client orders in the preceding year and information on the quality of execution obtained.
Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy
You can view the Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy here.
Legal Entity Identifiers
Smith & Williamson Investment Services Limited
NCL Investments Limited
Smith & Williamson International Limited
Smith & Williamson Investment Management (Europe) Limited
Group tax strategy
The Group tax strategy can be downloaded as a PDF here
Additional FCA governance disclosure
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Senior Managers & Certification Regime Certifications
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