Board and Corporate Governance2018-03-19T08:13:04+00:00
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Steve Bates
Steve BatesNON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN (INDEPENDENT)
Steve Bates is a veteran investor in emerging markets, spending most of his career with the Fleming Group and its successor JP Morgan Asset Management, where he led the emerging markets team. Over the past 10 years Mr. Bates has continued to manage investments across the emerging world working for Zephyr Management and has added a number of non-executive roles in investment companies.
Martin Adams
Martin AdamsNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (INDEPENDENT)
Martin Adams has over 30 years investment and banking experience in emerging markets and has forged a career serving as an independent director on listed and unlisted funds. He is currently chairman of Eastern European Property Fund, Kubera Cross Border Fund, Trading Emissions and Trinity Capital, and a non-executive director of a number of other funds.
Thuy Bich Dam
Thuy Bich DamNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (INDEPENDENT)
Ms. Thuy Bich Dam began her career at Vietnam’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, responsible for coordinating treaties between the government and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO). From 1996 to 2005, Ms. Dam worked as the Natural Resources Director of ANZ Investment Bank (Singapore). Following this, Ms. Dam was appointed as the CEO Vietnam, CEO Greater Mekong Region and Vice Chairwoman for the Greater Mekong Region for ANZ Bank Vietnam over a span of nearly eight years. Ms. Dam is currently the Head of Group Development Southeast Asia for the National Australian Bank. She holds a Bachelors degree in English from Hanoi University, an MBA Finance from The Wharton School of Business and completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
Huw Evans
Huw EvansNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (INDEPENDENT)
Huw Evans is Guernsey resident and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG (then Peat Marwick Mitchell) in 1983. He subsequently worked for three years in the Corporate Finance Department of Schroders before joining Phoenix Securities Limited in 1986. Over the next twelve years he advised a wide range of companies in financial services and other sectors on mergers and acquisitions and more general corporate strategy. Since moving to Guernsey in 2005 he has acted as a Director of a number of Guernsey-based companies and funds, including BH Macro Limited and Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust Limited. He holds an MA in Biochemistry from Cambridge University.

Corporate Governance

The Board is committed to attain and maintain a high standard of corporate governance, with the ultimate aim being to protect shareholders’ and other stakeholders’ interests. In early 2012, the Board undertook a review of the Company’s corporate governance structure in light of developments in international standards and practices since the Company was incorporated in 2003. The review resulted in a number of changes designed to enhance shareholders’ rights, relating to annual general meetings, the re-election of Directors and the ability of shareholders to demand the convening of an extraordinary general meeting.

The Company is admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. The Board has considered the principles and recommendations of the Association of Investment Companies’ Code of Corporate Governance (“AIC Code”) by reference to the AIC Corporate Governance Guide for Investment Companies (“AIC Guide”). The AIC Code, as explained by the AIC Guide, addresses all of the principles set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code (“the UK Code”), as well as setting out additional principles and recommendations on issues that are of specific relevance to investment companies. The Board considers that reporting against the principles and recommendations of the AIC Code, and by reference to the AIC Guide (which incorporates the UK Code), will provide clear information to shareholders. The AIC Code can be found on the AIC website at: The AIC Code of Corporate Governance

The UK Code includes provisions relating to:

• The role of the chief executive;
• Executive directors’ remuneration; and
• The need for an internal audit function.

For the reasons set out in the AIC Guide and in the pre-amble to the AIC Code, and as explained in the UK Code the Board considers these provisions are not relevant to the position of the Company, being an externally managed investment company. In particular, all of the Company’s day-to-day management and administration functions are outsourced to third parties. The Company has therefore not reported further in respect of these provisions.

The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

The Company is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.