STANDARDS BOARD FOR ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS LIMITED ("SBAI") DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Sandbar Asset Management LLP (“Sandbar” or "the Firm")
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:
- Risk Management
- Fund Governance
- Shareholders Conduct
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 is a vital component of the fund management process. This section looks at portfolio risks, operating risks, and outsourcing risks.
Fund Governance is about establishing the fund governing body, selecting its members with relevant skills, and tackling potential conflicts of interest.
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.