Sandbar Asset Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference Number: 801828). Sandbar Asset Management LLP is a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales (company no. OC415626), with registered office at 14-15 Conduit Street, London, England, W1S 2XJ. The investment products and services of Sandbar are only available to professional clients and eligible counterparties. They are not available to retail clients. past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
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For the purposes of the UK and EU General Data Protection Regulations (collectively, “GDPR”) we will be the ‘controller’ of the personal data you provide. Please read the following information carefully in order to understand Sandbar’s practices in relation to the treatment of your personal data. Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How we collect information about you
We may collect personal data about you through:
- information provided directly to us by you, or another person on your behalf, through our website, by email or post, or in person;
- information that we obtain in relation to any transactions between you and us;
- recording and monitoring of telephone conversations and electronic communications with you as described below.
We may also, in some circumstances, receive personal information about you from third parties, such as service providers or trading counterparties, regulatory or law enforcement agencies, credit reference agencies and agencies conducting background checks. Personal information may also be obtained from publicly accessible sources of information, such as public databases, industry associations, social media and online professional networks.
Why we collect information about you
We may collect and use your personal information for the purposes of administering the relationship between us, marketing our products and services to you or the businesses with which you are associated, monitoring and analysing our activities, and complying with applicable legal or regulatory requirements.
We will use one of the permitted grounds under the applicable law to process your information. Such grounds include instances where you have given your consent and cases where your consent is not required under applicable law, such as where we are required to comply with a legal obligation, or where we or a third party determine that is necessary for our legitimate interests, or on the basis of contractual obligation, to collect and use your personal information.
The legitimate interests to collect your personal information may include any of the purposes identified above and any other purpose where we or a third party have determined that you have a reasonable expectation for us or a third party to collect or use your personal information for such purpose. You have the right to object to the use of your personal data for direct marketing purposes.
What are the consequences of failing to provide your personal information?
As a regulated financial services firm, we are subject to legal and regulatory obligations that may require us to collect and store your personal information, such as the requirements to comply with the applicable law on prevention of financial crime, tax and regulatory reporting, or the rules on recording and monitoring of communications (as described below).
We may also need to collect and use your personal information for the purposes of entering into or performance of a contractual arrangement between us.
A refusal to provide us with personal information may, depending on the purpose for which your personal information is required, have various consequences such as us being unable to communicate with you, the termination of any service or other contractual arrangement between us, or, where we have a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity, we may be required to make a report to regulatory or enforcement agencies.
Where does the Firm store my personal data?
We have comprehensive policies and procedures in place to ensure your personal data is kept safe and secure, with these including data encryption, firewalls, intrusion detection, 24/7 physical protection of the facilities where your data is stored (i.e. Microsoft’s UK data centres), background checks for personnel that access physical facilities and security procedures across all service operations.
The types of personal data we may collect and use
The categories of personal data we may collect will depend on the nature of our relationship with you and the purpose of which information is being collected. Such personal data may include names, residential addresses or other contact details, signature, nationality, date and place of birth, national insurance or other tax identification number, photographs, copies of identification documents, bank account details, information about assets or net worth, credit history, criminal and administrative offences, source of funds details, as well as special categories of data, such as biometric data, information about a person’s ethnic origin, religious beliefs, health, or other sensitive information.
Do we use automated decision-making processes?
Do we share your personal information with third parties?
We may (to the extent relevant to the purpose for which we collect your information), share your personal data with third parties, such as:
- our affiliates or other entities that are part of our group or with our clients;
- any person to whom we have a right or obligation to disclose personal data, or where we determine that disclosure is necessary to protect or defend our rights or property, including with regulators, courts of law, governmental, regulatory or law enforcement agencies;
- our internet, IT, telecommunications and other service providers, including legal advisers, accountants, payroll administrators, insurance and employee benefits providers and administrators;
- service providers and trading counterparties to our clients, including placement agents or distributors, brokers, banks, trading venues, clearing houses, custodians, corporate services providers, administrators of our funds, and providers of customer relationship management tools;
- credit reference agencies and other third parties conducting background checks in the context of employment or client, counterparty, or investment due diligence;
- any person, as directed by you; or
- any person to whom we transfer any of our rights or obligations under any agreement, or in connection with a sale, merger or consolidation of our business or other transfer of our assets, whether voluntarily or by operation of law, or who is otherwise deemed to be our successor or transferee.
Transfers of personal information to countries outside of the United Kingdom (UK)
Due to the international nature of our business, your personal data may be transferred to countries outside of the UK, such as to jurisdictions where we or our clients conduct business or have a service provider, including countries that may not have the same level of data protection as that afforded by the UK General Data Protection Regulation and other data protection rules applicable to us (collectively, “Data Protection Law”). In these circumstances, we take steps to ensure that the recipient agrees to keep your information confidential and that it is held securely in accordance with the requirements of Data Protection Law, such as by requesting appropriate contractual undertakings in our legal agreements with service providers.
For how long do we keep your personal information?
We will generally keep personal information about you for as long as necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected, or for such longer period if required under applicable law or regulation for the purposes of our other legitimate interests.
As a regulated entity, Sandbar is required to maintain its books and records for a prescribed period (five years from either the ceasing of a business relationship, or, in the case of non-clients, from the making of a record – or alternatively, for seven years, where specifically requested to do so by the Financial Conduct Authority). As such, information that falls in scope of either of these requirements is retained in line with the mandated timeframe.
Any information that is outside the scope of this requirement will be retained whilst relevant and useful, and destroyed where this ceases to be the case or where the data subject specifically requests this.
The applicable retention period will depend on various factors, such as any legal obligation to which we or our service providers are subject as well as on whether you decide to exercise your right to request the deletion of your information from our systems. As a minimum, information about you will be retained for the entire duration of any business relationship we may have with you, and for a minimum period of five years after the termination of any such relationship.
We will, from time to time, review the purpose for which we have collected information about you and decide whether to retain it, update it, or securely delete it, if the information is no longer required.
What are your rights?
You have certain rights under Data Protection Law in respect of the personal data we hold about you and which you may exercise. These rights are:
- to request access to your information;
- to request rectification of inaccurate or incomplete information;
- to request erasure of your information (a “right to be forgotten”);
- to restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances;
- to object to our use of your information, such as where we have considered such use to be necessary for our legitimate interests (e.g. in the case of direct marketing activities);
- where relevant, to request the portability of your information;
- where you have given consent to the processing of your data, to withdraw your consent; and
- to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority (see “complaining to the ICO” section below).
How to contact us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or requests with regards to the personal data we hold about you, you may contact our Compliance Officer by email (email@example.com) or by writing to Des Denning at 14-15 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XJ.
Complaining to ICO
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Further information is available from the ICO’s website.
Recording and monitoring of communications
We may record and monitor telephone conversations and electronic communications with you for the purposes of:
- ascertaining the details of instructions given, the terms on which any transaction was executed or any other relevant circumstances;
- ensuring compliance with our regulatory obligations; or
- detecting and preventing the commission of financial crime.
Copies of recordings will be stored for a period of five years, or such other longer period as we may determine from time to time.
Will I be notified of changes to this policy?
We may, from time to time, review and update this policy. We will maintain the latest version of this policy on this website, and where the changes are deemed material, it will make you are aware of these. We recommend you visit this web page every time you visit our website to be aware of any changes which may affect the handling of your personal data.
The Code was first published by the FRC in July 2010 and it was updated in September 2012. Subsequently, the FRC published the new UK Stewardship Code 2020 (“2020 Code”), which took effect from 1 January 2020, and consists of 12 Principles for asset managers and asset owners, and six Principles for service providers.
The Code applies on a ‘comply or explain’ basis and is voluntary, aiming at enhancing the quality of engagement between institutional investors and companies, to help improve long-term returns to shareholders and provide for the efficient exercise of governance responsibilities by setting out good practice on engagement with investee companies that institutional investors should aspire to.
The FRC defines ‘stewardship’ as ‘the responsible allocation, management and oversight of capital to create long-term value for clients and beneficiaries leading to sustainable benefits for the economy, the environment and society.’
The 2020 Code Principles are:
- Signatories’ purpose, investment beliefs, strategy, and culture enable stewardship that creates long-term value for clients and beneficiaries leading to sustainable benefits for the economy, the environment and society.
- Signatories’ governance, resources and incentives support stewardship.
- Signatories manage conflicts of interest to put the best interests of clients and beneficiaries first.
- Signatories identify and respond to market-wide and systemic risks to promote a well-functioning financial system.
- Signatories review their policies, assure their processes and assess the effectiveness of their activities.
- Signatories take account of client and beneficiary needs and communicate the activities and outcomes of their stewardship and investment to them.
- Signatories systematically integrate stewardship and investment, including material environmental, social and governance issues, and climate change, to fulfil their responsibilities.
- Signatories monitor and hold to account managers and/or service providers.
- Signatories engage with issuers to maintain or enhance the value of assets.
- Signatories, where necessary, participate in collaborative engagement to influence issuers.
- Signatories, where necessary, escalate stewardship activities to influence issuers.
- Signatories actively exercise their rights and responsibilities.
Whilst supporting the objectives underlying the Code and adhering to the highest standards of corporate governance and due diligence in respect of its investments, Sandbar, having considered the 2020 Code, believes that the Principles are not applicable to its investment activities at this time. Should that change in the future, Sandbar will review its commitment to the Code and update this disclosure accordingly. This disclosure will be reviewed at least annually.
For any questions regarding this disclosure, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SRD II aims to improve stewardship and corporate governance by firms including full scope Alternative Investment Fund Managers (“AIFMs”) that invest in shares traded on a regulated market in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) as well as ‘comparable’ markets situated outside of the EEA. COBS 2.2.B.5R, we are required to:
- develop and publicly disclose an engagement policy that meets the requirements of COBS 2.2B.6R; and
- publicly disclose on an annual basis how our engagement policy has been implemented in a way that meets the requirements of COBS 2.2B.7R; or
- publicly disclose why we have chosen not to comply.
The engagement policy must describe how a firm:
- integrates shareholder engagement in its investment strategy.
- monitors investee companies on relevant matters, including:
- financial and non-financial performance and risk
- capital structure
- social and environmental impact and corporate governance
- conducts dialogues with investee companies.
- exercises voting rights and other rights attached to shares.
- co-operates with other shareholders.
- communicates with relevant stakeholders of the investee companies; and
- manages actual and potential conflicts of interests in relation to the firm’s engagement.
On an annual basis, the firm must disclose a general description of voting behaviour, an explanation of the most significant votes and reporting on the use of services of proxy advisors. The disclosure must include how votes have been cast unless they are insignificant due to the subject matter of the vote or to the size of the holding in the company.
Sandbar believes firmly in the importance of effective stewardship and long-term decision making, involving transparency of engagement policies between institutional investors and the investee companies.
In the last year, the Funds managed by Sandbar have not held equity positions in EEA listed companies above 3% of any investee companies issued share capital and has not participated in any proxy voting. Accordingly, Sandbar is deemed to exercise an ‘insignificant’ influence over the management of its investee companies therefore is not engaging in Corporate Governance matters as defined by the SRD II.
Sandbar will update this disclosure should there be any significant changes to the size of its equity holdings and/or at least on an annual basis.
The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) is an industry-led exercise in market discipline. Investors and managers have developed the Standards which are based on a “comply-or-explain” regime and applicable to alternative investment fund managers. They cover the areas of Disclosure, Valuation, Risk Management, Governance and Shareholder Conduct. The Standards can be viewed at www.sbai.org.
Signatories to the Standards are required to make available to their existing and prospective investors a Disclosure Statement in relation to their conformity with the Standards as well as provide an explanation on which Standard(s) they choose not to comply with and explain their approach.
Sandbar is a signatory to all the standards set out by the SBAI and became a signatory to the Standards in July 2020.
The Standards address key issues relating to alternative investment practices, covering the areas of:
This section focuses on the areas that managers are expected to disclose to investors
The area of valuation focuses on three major areas: segregation of functions in valuation, approach to handling and disclosure of hard-to-value assets and disclosure.
- Risk Management
Risk management is a vital component of the fund management process. This section looks at portfolio risks, operating risks, and outsourcing risks.
- Fund Governance
Fund Governance is about establishing the fund governing body, selecting its members with relevant skills, and tackling potential conflicts of interest.
- Shareholders Conduct
This section covers prevention of market abuse, proxy voting and borrowing stock.
A detailed breakdown of each Standard can be found on the SBAI’s website – The Alternative Investment Standards
No responsibility, duty of care or liability whatsoever (whether in contract or tort or otherwise including, but not limited to, negligence) is or will be accepted by the Standards Board for Alternative Investments Limited (“SBAI”), the Board of Trustees of the SBAI, any member of the SBAI’s Investor Chapter (each an “Investor Chapter Member”) or a Core Supporter of the SBAI to Signatories, investors or any other person in connection with the Standards or any Conformity Statement or Disclosure Statement made by any Signatory. A Core Supporter can be a Signatory to the Standards, a member of the SBAI’s Investor Chapter or an investment consultant.
Neither the SBAI nor its Board of Trustees is a regulator of the alternative investment industry and their role does not extend beyond being a custodian of the Standards. None of the SBAI, its Board of Trustees, the Investor Chapter Members and the Core Supporters will seek to enforce compliance with the Standards by Signatories. The fact that a manager is a Signatory to the Standards is not and should not be taken as an endorsement of such manager by the SBAI, the Board of Trustees, any Investor Chapter Member or any Core Supporter or as a representation by the SBAI, the Board of Trustees, any Investor Chapter Member or any other Core Supporter that such Signatory operates in conformity with the Standards. In determining whether to accept a manager’s application to become a Signatory (or whether to revoke a manager’s status as a signatory), the Board of Trustees is entitled to rely on the information provided to it by such manager without further investigation or verification. Further, subject to any duties a Trustee may have under applicable law, it is not envisaged, or expected, that a Trustee will when participating in any such decision of the Board of Trustees take into consideration information which it may possess otherwise than in its capacity as a Trustee. For the avoidance of doubt, Trustees act as individuals.
None of the SBAI, the Board of Trustees of the SBAI, the Investor Chapter Members and the other Core Supporters accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage caused to any person who acts or refrains from acting as a result of anything contained in or omitted from the Standards or any Conformity Statement or Disclosure Statement made by any Signatory or in reliance on the provisions of or material in the Standards or any Conformity Statement or Disclosure Statement made by any Signatory, whether such loss or damage is caused by negligence or otherwise.