Conflict of interest management policy

01 INTRODUCTION

  1. This document embodies the Conflict of Interest Management Policy for Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd.
  2. “Conflict of interest” means any situation in which Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd or its representatives has an actual or potential interest that may, in rendering a financial service to a client influence the objective performance of his, her or its obligations to that client; or prevent Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd or its representatives from rendering an unbiased and fair financial service to that client, or from acting in the interests of that client, including, but not limited to:
    1. a financial interest;
    2. an ownership interest; and
    3. any relationship with a third party (“third party”) means:
      • a product supplier;
      • another provider;
      • an associate of a product supplier or a provider;
      • a distribution channel; and
      • any person who in terms of an agreement or arrangement with a person referred to above provides a financial interest to a provider or its representatives.
  3. The primary objectives of this Policy are:
    1. To provide guidance on the behaviours expected in accordance with Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd standards;
    2. To promote transparency and to avoid business-related COI;
    3. To ensure fairness in the interests of employees and Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd;
    4. To document the process for the disclosure, approval and review of activities that may amount to actual, potential or perceived COI; and
    5. To provide a mechanism for the objective review of personal outside interests.
  4. Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd is committed to ensuring that all business is conducted in accordance with good business practice. To this end Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd conducts business in an ethical and equitable manner and in a way that safeguards the interests of all stakeholders to minimize and manage all real or potential conflict of interest (COI). Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd and its representative(s) must therefore avoid (or mitigate where avoidance is not possible) any COI between Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd and a client or its representative(s) and a client.

02 FINANCIAL INTEREST

  1. Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd or its representatives may only receive or offer financial interest from or to a third party as determined by the Registrar of Financial Services Providers from time to time, and as set out in Annexure A hereto.
  2. “Financial interest” means any cash, cash equivalent, voucher, gift, service, advantage, benefit, discount, domestic and foreign travel, hospitality, accommodation, sponsorship, other incentive or valuable consideration, other than:
    • an ownership interest; and
    • training, that is not exclusively available to a selected group of providers or representatives on products and legal matters relating to those products; general financial and industry information; specialized technological systems of a third party necessary for the rendering of a financial service; but excluding travel and accommodation associated with that training.
  3. Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd may not offer any financial interest to its representatives for giving preference to the quantity of business secured for the provider to the exclusion of the quality of the service rendered to clients; OR giving preference to a specific product supplier, where a representative may recommend more than one product supplier to a client; OR giving preference to a specific product of a product supplier, where a representative may recommend more than one product supplier to a client.

03 MECHANISMS FOR IDENTIFYING COI

  1. Executive Committee meetings (operational);
  2. Directors meetings (board meetings);
  3. Investment Committee meetings; and
  4. Limited Partners Advisory Committee / Advisory Board Meetings.

04 RESOLVING COI

The first and most important line of defence against COI or commitment must be by the Key Individuals and Representatives themselves.

05 POTENTIAL COI THAT COULD AFFECT INSPIRED EVOLUTION INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

The following are potential COI that could affect Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd:

  1. Directorships or other employment;
  2. Share ownership;
  3. Beneficial interest in trusts;
  4. Personal account trading;
  5. Professional associations or relationships with other organisations;
  6. Personal associations with other groups or organisations, or family relationships;
  7. Front running;
  8. Rebates;
  9. Kickbacks; and
  10. Commission.

06 MEASURES TO AVOID COI

Vigilant management oversight and control; transparent reporting.

07 DISCLOSURE OF COI

  1. At the earliest reasonable opportunity, Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd and its representative must, in writing, disclose to a client any COI in respect of that client including:
    1. Measures taken to avoid or mitigate the conflict;
    2. Any ownership interest or financial interest that the provider or representative may be or become eligible for; and
    3. The nature of the relationship or arrangements with a third party that gives rise to a COI in sufficient detail to enable the client to understand the exact nature of the COI.
  2. At the earliest reasonable opportunity, Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd and its representative must, in writing, inform a client of the Conflict of Interest Management Policy and how it may be accessed.
  3. Notification of an actual or potential COI should be made to a person with responsibility for the issue or area, such as the relevant management team, supervisor, head of the department or Key individual.
  4. In accordance with an employee’s obligation to act in the best interest of his or her employer, it is not permissible for employees to engage in conduct that would amount to a COI with Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Ltd.
  5. Staff that fail to disclose a potential or actual COI in accordance with this policy may be liable to disciplinary procedures as governed by executive services agreements, or relevant industrial awards or agreements.

08 PROCESSES, PROCEDURES AND INTERNAL CONTROLS TO FACILITATE COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY

  1. Every staff member must have a copy of the Conflicts of Interest Management Policy.
  2. If a potential COI arises, the transaction must first be discussed with management before entering the transaction.

09 CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY BY THE PROVIDER’S EMPLOYEES AND REPRESENTATIVES

Non-compliance with this policy and the procedures described in it may be misconduct and employees may be subject to disciplinary action that may lead to dismissal.

10 NAMES OF ANY THIRD PARTIES IN WHICH THE PROVIDER HOLD AN OWNERSHIP INTEREST

  1. Evolution One General Partner (SA) (Pty) Ltd.
  2. Inspired Evolution South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
  3. Evolution II GP (SA) (Pty) Ltd.

11 NAMES OF ANY THIRD PARTIES THAT HOLDS AN OWNERSHIP IN THE PROVIDER

  1. Capital Evolution (Pty) Ltd
  2. Wayne Keast

12 INCLUDE THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE OWNERSHIP INTEREST REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPHS 11 AND 12

  1. Capital Evolution (Pty) Ltd owns: 50%
  2. Wayne Keast: owns 50%

13 ANNEXURE A - FINANCIAL INTEREST

The Registrar of Financial Services Providers issued Board Notice 58 of 2010 (BN 58) under section 15 of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS). BN 58 amends the General Code of Conduct for Authorised Financial Services Providers and Representatives under FAIS and determines that a financial services provider or its representatives may only receive or offer financial interest from or to a third party as follows:

  1. Commission authorised under the Long-term Insurance Act or Short-term Insurance Act;
  2. Commission authorised under the Medical Schemes Act;
  3. Fees authorised under the Long-term Insurance Act, the Short-term Insurance Act or the Medical Schemes Act, if those fees are reasonably commensurate to a service being rendered;
  4. Fees for the rendering of a financial service in respect of which commission or fees referred to in sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (3) is not paid, if those fees –
    1. are specifically agreed to by a client in writing; and
    2. may be stopped at the discretion of that client.
  5. Fees or remuneration for the rendering of a service to a third party, which fees or remuneration are reasonably commensurate to the service being rendered;
  6. Subject to any other law, an immaterial financial interest*; and
  7. A financial interest, not referred to under sub-paragraph (i) to (vi), for which a consideration, fair value or remuneration that is reasonably commensurate to the value of the financial interest, is paid by that provider or representative at the time of receipt.

Note

* “immaterial financial interest” means any financial interest with a determinable monetary value, the aggregate of which does not exceed R1 000 in any calendar year from the same third party in that calendar year received by –

  1. a provider who is a sole proprietor; or
  2. a representative for that representative’s direct benefit;
  3. a provider, who for its benefit or that of some or all its representatives, aggregates the immaterial financial interest paid to its representatives.
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