GRAVIS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LTD (“Gravis”)
The AIFM Remuneration Code applies to a full-scope AIFM of:
1. a UK AIF;
2. an EEA AIF; and
3. a non-EEA AIF
Gravis is authorised as a full-scope AIFM managing one UK AIF and two non-EEA AIFs and is therefore subject to the requirements of the AIFM Remuneration Code. In accordance with the requirements, it has established a Remuneration Policy which it considers:
· is consistent with and promotes sound and effective risk management;
· does not encourage excessive risk taking;
· includes measures to avoid conflicts of interest; and
· is in line with Gravis’ business strategy objectives, values and long term interests.
Gravis is satisfied that the Remuneration Policy in place is appropriate to its size, internal organisation and the nature, scope and complexity of its activities.
The remuneration Policy applies all employees of Gravis from 1 June 2019 and will apply unless and until amended. The Board of Directors of Gravis is responsible for setting the Remuneration Policy which is subject to annual review to ensure that it complies with the AIFM Remuneration Code.
AIFM Remuneration Code Staff
AIFM Remuneration Code Staff are defined as including senior management, risk takers and any employees receiving total remuneration that takes them into the same remuneration bracket as senior management and risk takers whose professional activities have a material impact on the risk profiles of the AIFM or of the AIFs that the AIFM manages ("AIFM Remuneration Code Staff”)
The identification of Directors and employees as AIFM Remuneration Code Staff is based on the definition in the AIFM Remuneration Code.
A full list of Gravis AIFM Remuneration Code Staff is available on request. All AIFMD Remuneration Code Staff are informed that they fall into this category.
Gravis has decided that its Remuneration Policy should apply to AIFM Remuneration Code Staff and non-Code staff.
The structure of remuneration for employees comprises a combination of fixed and variable pay mad up of salary, an annual discretionary cash bonus or share of profits. The Board considers that a balanced mix of fixed and variable remuneration supports the business strategy of Gravis and its business activities whilst complying with the AIFMD Remuneration Code.
General Remuneration Policy and Practices
· Board is responsible for setting the remuneration policy for Gravis. The day to day running of the business is devolved by the Board to the Gravis Executive Committee (‘Exco’) which consists of the executive directors and other senior management employees;
· Salary: salaries for all non Exco staff are determined and reviewed annually by the Exco, with the exception of any senior members of staff i.e. directors, where remuneration is determined by the Board;
· Bonus: in addition to a fixed salary, all non-Exco employees are eligible for an annual cash bonus. Bonuses are typically discretionary and non contractual. Individual discretionary bonus allocations for all staff are proposed by the Exco to Board for approval;
· Exco members (excluding those who are executive directors) are part of a long term incentive package which includes a share in income and capital profits;
· Executive Directors’ remuneration comprises a fixed salary.
Application of Proportionality
The European Securities and Markets Authority's ("ESMS") "Guidlines on sound remuneration policies under the AIFMD" (the "Guidelines") allow for disapplication of certain provisions in the AIFM Remuneration Code in the context of an AIFM’s size, nature and scope of its activities.
Consideration of proportionality may result in the disapplication of the following provisions:
· deferral of between 40% and 60% of variable remuneration for three to five years;
· payment of at least 50% of variable remuneration other than in cash;
· performance adjustment; and
· retention of non-cash instruments for a period following ex post risk adjustments.
These are collectively known at the Pay-out Process Rules.
FCA has provided guidance on the application of proportionality to remuneration policies of AIFMs. Gravis has taken this guidance (FG14/2 General guidance on the AIFM Remuneration Code) into account in the drafting of this policy.
Gravis has undertaken an analysis of its activities, size and structure and as a result has concluded that it is appropriate to dis-apply the Pay-out Process Rules. Gravis has not established a separate remuneration committee on the basis it does not consider the firm to be significant in terms of the size of the AIFs it manages, its internal organisation and the nature, scope and complexity of its activities.
Gravis Capital Management Ltd
31 March 2021