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Remuneration Policy

The objective of JOHCM’s Remuneration Policy (the “Policy”) is to establish a remuneration framework necessary to support our investment-led strategic approach, to attract, retain and motivate the best people over the long-term and to align all employees with the interests of clients and shareholders.

The Policy sets out the JOHCM remuneration structure for all categories of employees, with special emphasis on identified Material Risk Takers (see below).
 

Governance

J O Hambro Capital Management Holdings Limited is the holding company of JOHCM.  The sub-committees of its board of directors include:

  • the Audit and Risk Committee (the “ARC”); and

  • the Remuneration Committee (the “RemCo”). 

The RemCo oversees remuneration decisions by JOHCM.  It comprises three members, all of whom are independent directors. Two of these members are also members of the ARC, providing audit and risk input which is relevant or pertinent to specific remuneration decisions under consideration by RemCo. JOHCM’s own Risk Committee reports to the ARC on risk issues.

The JOHCM Risk and Compliance functions are also involved in the design and implementation of the Policy as well as providing input on individual performance issues through the appraisal process if appropriate. 

By having independent directors as members of both the ARC and the RemCo and by considering the input from the JOHCM Risk and Compliance functions, JOHCM has a governance process around its remuneration decisions which ensures conformity with the risk appetite, tolerance and profile of both JOHCM and of its clients. 
 

Identification of Material Risk Takers 

The FCA Remuneration Code requires JOHCM to identify individuals whose professional activities may have a material impact upon the risk profile of the firm or the UCITS which they manage.  Those individuals are classified as Material Risk Takers (“MRTs”).  The following categories of staff within JOHCM have been identified as MRTs:

a)    Members of the Executive Committee of JOHCM;
b)    Heads of Control Functions who are not members of the Executive Committee;
c)    Senior Fund Managers and Fund Managers of UCITS strategies; 
d)    The Head of Trading; and 
e)    Any other personnel whose total remuneration takes them into the same remuneration bracket as (a) and (b) above and whose activities have a material impact on the firm’s risk profile.

The list of MRTs is reviewed and approved by the RemCo on an annual basis and whenever there has been a significant change to the governance or corporate structure of the firm.
 

Remuneration and Performance

JOHCM’s remuneration framework is designed to ensure that financial reward is clearly and measurably linked to performance and in accordance with results achieved at individual, fund and corporate levels. 
 

Measurement of Individual Performance

JOHCM recognises that its personnel are its key assets; the professional growth and development of its people are central to achieving JOHCM’s mission and strategy. Underpinning this developmental approach is the annual appraisal process. 

The purpose of the JOHCM appraisal process is:

  • to review performance against previously agreed objectives, the JOHCM competency framework and, where appropriate, against other risk, compliance or corporate standards; and

  • In addition to reviewing performance against the job description and objectives, the appraiser may also take into account other broader behaviours in relation to the policies, procedures and standards of JOHCM. 

Fixed Remuneration 

Base salaries for all staff are set at levels which enable JOHCM to remain competitive to attract and retain key skills.


Variable Remuneration 

The variable remuneration components of JOHCM’s remuneration framework are differentiated between fund management and non-fund management staff. 

The schemes operating for fund management staff have been designed to ensure alignment between the fund manager and the interests and risk profiles of its clients. This is achieved by:

  • linking the remuneration awarded to the growth of assets under management or to performance targets relating to the funds; 

  • deferring a proportion into equity with a long-term vesting profile; and

  • investing the deferred element of any performance fees into the funds managed by the fund manager.

The Company operates an annual discretionary bonus scheme for non-fund management staff.  RemCo determinations will ensure that the pool is aligned with JOHCM’s current financial, risk and compliance position as well as any future forecasts. The approval process is conducted in-line with the financial year end process so that the RemCo has full oversight and understanding of JOHCM’s risk and financial position. 


Malus & Clawback Policy

JOHCM operates a Malus & Clawback policy (“M&C Policy”) to allow the adjustment and/or recovery of deferred or vested remuneration awarded to an individual or group of individuals in certain prescribed circumstances. 


Buyouts and Guaranteed Variable Remuneration

Guaranteed variable remuneration is exceptional, occurs only in the context of hiring new staff and is limited to the first year of engagement.
 

Retention Awards

The RemCo may, in exceptional circumstances as determined as its absolute discretion, make a retention payment to a staff member to retain that staff member in the employment of JOHCM.
 

Personal Hedging

Staff are required to undertake not to use personal hedging strategies or remuneration- and liability-related insurance to undermine the risk alignment effects embedded in their remuneration arrangements.


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