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Best Execution Policy

Imperial Capital (International) LLP (the “Firm”)

Further to the provisions of COBS11.2, the Firm is obliged to act in the best interests of its Client(s), and as such, takes reasonable steps to achieve best execution.

This policy outlines the Firm’s approach to achieving best execution, with respect to the classes of instrument the Firm may transact in, and the entities to which the Firm may transmit such orders.

This policy has been disclosed to the Firm’s Client(s) and additional subsequent disclosure will also be made in the event of any material changes to its content.


Introduction

The policy sets out the arrangements Imperial Capital (International) LLP has put in place to meet its obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFiD”) to give best execution to professional clients and to comply with client order handling rules.

In addition, to meet these obligations we must provide a disclosure statement to our clients on our execution policy.

MiFID requires firms to obtain the best possible result (rather than merely the best price) and to take into account the following criteria for determining the relative importance of the execution factors for the client (or types of client) that the firm has:

  • the characteristics of the client including the categorisation of the client as retail or professional;
  • the characteristics of the client order (if there is a client order);
  • the characteristics of financial instruments that are the subject of that client order;
  • the characteristics of the execution venues/brokers to which that order can be directed.

Execution factors

A number of other factors can be taken into account when providing best execution to clients such as:

  • Price
  • Costs of the transaction
  • Speed of execution
  • Liquidity
  • Settlement
  • Client Objectives
  • Order size / nature
  • Venue
  • Others as relevant

Monitoring

We monitor the effectiveness of the execution arrangements for each instrument traded with each broker or venue through an evaluation of the controls and related exceptions or through sample checks. Such monitoring is to be undertaken on the basis of the risk and impact on the client of the firm not meeting the relevant execution factors.

When considered as a result of the above monitoring, we shall correct any deficiencies noted in execution arrangements.


Annual Review

Annually (or when material change occurs to the ability to obtain the best possible results for clients) we formerly review our execution arrangements considering whether our approved brokers/execution venues are providing the best possible result for our clients.


Disclosure

These arrangements have been summarised in a “Best Execution Disclosure Statement” which is provided at the outset of a Client relationship and provide on an annual basis or when we update this policy.



Best Execution Disclosure Statement


Scope

The best execution policy applies to clients when we execute orders on their behalf in financial instruments covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”). This will be the case where we execute an order:-

  • By dealing as agent
  • By dealing as a riskless principal on your behalf; or
  • By working an order on your behalf.

This policy applies to the broker services we provide to you referred to in our standard Terms of Business, which should be read in conjunction with this document. The Firm will be executing orders on your behalf where you legitimately rely on us to protect your interests in relation to pricing or other aspects of the transaction that may be affected by the choices we make when executing your order.


The quality of execution

When buying and selling financial instruments on your behalf, we will take all reasonable steps to achieve the best overall result for you or “Best Execution”. This involves considering the nature of your orders, the priorities you place upon us in filling those orders and the market in question.

We will use our knowledge, experience and judgement to execute trades on your behalf taking into consideration a range of different factors that include not just price, but also the costs incurred in the transaction, the need for timely execution, the liquidity of the market, the size of the order and the nature of the financial transaction, including whether it is executed on a regulated market or over-the-counter (‘OTC’).

We will also take into account your understanding and experience of the market in question, dealing profile, the nature of the dealing service you require of us and the specific and general instructions given to us by you which may prioritise how we are to fill your orders.

In the absence of express instructions from you, we will use our knowledge of your circumstances and requirements to determine the factors that we need to take into account for the purpose of providing you with “Best Execution”.

Our commitment to provide you with Best Execution does not mean that we owe you any fiduciary responsibilities over and above the specific regulatory obligations placed upon us or as may be otherwise contracted between us.


Order Execution Policy

We have set out the criteria that determine how we select the different venues through which your order may be executed. We have identified those venues on which we will most regularly seek to execute/direct orders and which we believe offer the best prospects for affording you Best Execution. We will also assess, on a regular basis, the quality of execution afforded by those venues across our client base and whether we need to change our execution arrangements.

  • (a) what we reasonably assess to be your best interests in terms of executing your orders; and
  • (b) such other factors as may be appropriate, including the ability of the venue to manage complex orders, the speed of execution, the creditworthiness of the venue and the quality of any related clearing and settlement facilities.
In selecting the most appropriate venues for the purpose of executing your orders, we will take into full account the factors relevant to the order, including those set out below:

Where we are, in effect, ourselves the execution venue i.e. where we deal directly with you on a principal-to-principal basis, we will review the quality of our own execution as if we were an execution venue, and disclose the criteria used by us to judge the quality of the execution offered by us to you (and of any model used by us for this purpose).

Our policy, in providing you with Best Execution, is, so far as possible and subject to the processes set out below, to exercise the same standards and operate the same processes across all the different markets and financial instruments on which your orders are executed. However, the diversity in those markets and instruments and the kind of orders that you may place with us mean that different factors will have to be taken into account when we assess the nature of our execution policy in the context of different instruments and different markets. For example, there is no formalised market or settlement infrastructure for over-the-counter transactions. In some markets, price volatility may mean that the timeliness of execution is a priority, whereas, in other markets that have low liquidity, the fact of execution may itself constitute best execution. In other cases, our choice of venue may be limited (even to the fact that there may only be one platform/market upon which we can execute your orders) because of the nature of your order or of your requirements.


Execution Venues

A list of the execution venues we may use can include Regulated Markets (London Stock Exchange/PLUS), Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTF) and the Retail Service Provider network (RSP). However, we reserve the right to use other unlisted execution venues which we deem appropriate and which accord with our Order Execution Policy.

We will regularly assess the execution venues available and may add or delete venues in accordance with our obligation to provide you with the best possible execution result on a consistent basis. We will notify you of material changes to our Order Execution Policy


Eligible Counterparties

If you are classified as an Eligible Counterparty you will not be entitled to best execution under the UK Financial Conduct Authority “FCA” or equivalent EU rules. This is in accordance with Article 24 of MiFiD which provides that the best execution obligation under Article 21 will not apply.


Market Practices

In the wholesale over the counter (“OTC”) bond markets in which the Firm operates buyers and sellers conventionally “shop around” by approaching several dealers for a quote and in these circumstances there is no expectation between the parties that the broker/dealer chosen will owe best execution. Unless you, as a sophisticated participant in the wholesale markets, advise us to the contrary we will assume that this is your normal behaviour. We will only consider that the best execution obligation is owed where it can be demonstrably shown that you legitimately relied on the Firm to protect your interests in relation to pricing and other elements of the transaction (such as speed or likelihood of execution and settlement) that may be affected by the choices made by when executing the order the Firm acts as an execution only broker and where you provide us with a specific instruction in relation to your entire order, or any particular aspect of your order, we will execute the order in accordance with your instructions. However, please note that in following your instructions, we will be deemed to have taken all reasonable steps to provide the best possible result for you in respect of the order, or aspect of the order, covered by your specific instructions.


Consent

We are required to obtain your prior consent to this Best Execution Policy. You will be deemed to provide such consent when you give us an order to execute a transaction on your behalf.