Definition and Perimeter
Cathay Capital Private Equity is a French société par actions simplifiée (simplified joint-stock company) with capital of €1,600,000, registered with the Paris Trade and Companies Register under the number 490 506 045. A portfolio management company that has been approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) under the number GP 07000002 since 28 February 2007, and was authorised on 4 March 2014 under the AIFM Directive.
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Cathay Capital Private Equity manages professional funds (FPCI [innovation-focused mutual funds] and SLP [Limited Partnership]), the purpose of which is to invest primarily in unlisted financial instruments and, to a lesser extent, in financial instruments that are traded on a regulated or organised market. The voting policy is an integral part of the oversight of the portfolio companies.
Cathay Capital Private Equity’s position, as a matter of principle, is to vote on resolutions that are put to the vote during the general shareholders’ meetings of its portfolio companies. Cathay Capital Private Equity regards effective participation in general meetings as a priority, but reserves the right, in particular in light of the circumstances, to vote by mail or by proxy.
Cathay Capital Private Equity reports on the voting decisions that are made, in the funds’ annual reports.
Claims processing policy
Cathay Capital Private Equity has designed and implements a procedure to ensure the efficient, reasonable and timely processing of claims that are filed by its investors.
In accordance with AMF Instruction no. 2012-07, any statement confirming a client’s dissatisfaction with a portfolio management company is deemed to constitute a claim. A request for information, an opinion, clarification, a service or action, is not a claim.
All claims can be sent to the Investor Relations department at the following e-mail address [email protected] or by letter to Cathay Capital Private Equity, 52 rue d’Anjou, 75008 Paris, France.
Cathay Capital Private Equity undertakes to process claims within ten working days as from the date of receipt. If Cathay Capital Private Equity is not in a position to process the claim within this timeframe, it will acknowledge receipt thereof within ten working days and process the claim within a maximum of two months as from the date of receipt.
If the claim is rejected or refused in whole or in part, it is possible to refer the matter to the AMF Ombudsman. The AMF Ombudsman has authority over all disputes concerning a financial instrument, an investment service or, more generally, a matter that falls within the AMF’s scope of authority. She is the appropriate public ombudsman within the meaning of sub-paragraph 7 of Article L. 611-1 of the French Consumer Code, where said disputes are between a professional (portfolio management company) and a consumer, i.e., a natural person who is acting for purposes that do not fall within the scope of his/her commercial, industrial, independent or agricultural activity.
The investor may refer a matter to the AMF Ombudsman:
- On the AMF website at: https://www.amf-france.org/en/amf-ombudsman/ombudsman-presentation-0, where the mediation request form is available, and precise explanations concerning the Ombudsman’s role are provided;
- By sending a letter to the following address: Le Médiateur, Autorité des marchés financiers, 17 place de la Bourse, 75082 Paris cedex 2, France.
Procedure for managing conflicts of interests
Cathay Capital Private Equity has a policy for managing conflicts of interests, in accordance with the regulations in force. Cathay Capital Private Equity has implemented organisational and administrative arrangements with a view to taking all reasonable steps that are designed to identify, prevent, manage and monitor all conflicts of interests, in order to avoid them harming the interests of the Funds and of their unit holders or shareholders.
Cathay Capital Private Equity takes all reasonable steps to identify and manage conflicts of interests that may arise between:
- Cathay Capital Private Equity (including its directors, its employees or all persons who are directly or indirectly linked to Cathay Capital Private Equity by a relationship of control), and a Fund managed by Cathay Capital Private Equity (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said Fund);
- A Fund (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said Fund) and another Fund (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said other Fund);
- A Fund (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said Fund) and another Cathay Capital Private Equity client;
- Two Cathay Capital Private Equity clients.
Cathay Capital Private Equity has mapped potential conflicts of interests. This mapping identifies situations which give rise or could give rise to a conflict of interests, such as:
- Allocation of investment files: conflicts may arise between the Funds (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said Funds) depending on the allocation of investment opportunities;
- Representation of Cathay Capital Private Equity by the members of its management team on the boards of directors of the portfolio companies: the team members may have conflicting obligations with regard to Cathay Capital Private Equity and with regard to a portfolio company;
- Preferential treatment of certain investors: some investors may benefit from favourable conditions concerning the possibilities of joint investment or fees;
- Transfer of holdings: the interests of a Fund (or the holders of units in or shareholders of the Fund) may be treated unfavourably compared to those of another Fund (or the holders of units in or shareholders of said second Fund) following a transfer from one Fund to the other.
The mapping of the conflicts of interests is updated regularly and at least once a year.
Cathay Capital Private Equity has taken the following steps in order to identify and manage conflicts of interests, including:
- Employee training: the employees who are directly concerned receive periodic training concerning the regulatory requirements to which they are subject, as well as concerning the in-house policy on the identification and management of conflicts of interests.
- Personal transactions: Cathay Capital Private Equity has defined a policy concerning employees’ personal transactions. Employees must report annually on their transactions during the past year.
- Independence: Cathay Capital Private Equity has taken care to organise its teams with the aim of ensuring the independence of the persons who are tasked with valuing the portfolio assets of the management teams.
- Deal flow: Cathay Capital Private Equity has defined rules and principles on the basis of which investment files are allocated. These rules and principles are incorporated into the Fund Regulations.
- Fund Regulations: the Fund Regulations define the conditions under which joint investment transactions, transfers of holdings, complementary investments and trades between Funds may take place. In all cases, these operations are always undertaken under equivalent financial and legal conditions for both investment and disinvestment, while taking into account the specific situations of the various Funds concerned.
- The Investors’ Committee: which is made up of representatives of the Funds’ most significant investors. Each Fund has its own Investors’ Committee. The Investors’ Committee is consulted concerning conflicts of interests.
- Monitoring of conflicts of interests: Cathay Capital Private Equity keeps a register that lists the situations that have been encountered in practice, the chosen resolution method and the follow-up.
Moreover, where the organisational systems implemented are not enough to ensure, with reasonable certainty, that the risk of harming the interests of unit holders or shareholders will be averted, Cathay Capital Private Equity will inform investors clearly, before acting on their behalf, of the general nature or the source of these conflicts of interests.
Policy on best execution and selection of intermediaries
Cathay Capital Private Equity may carry out investment and disinvestment transactions involving listed companies. Where this is the case, Cathay Capital Private Equity does not execute the orders itself, and merely transmits its orders to intermediaries that have been carefully selected. In order to do so, Cathay Capital Private Equity has drawn up and implements a selection policy for intermediaries, which is based on several criteria, including the price and the quality of the service, reliability and the intermediary’s capacity to execute the orders and settle the corresponding amounts. Each year, Cathay Capital Private Equity evaluates the intermediaries with which it does business, in order to ensure that it only works with quality entities.