Hi Inov S.A.S. is a management company approved by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) on February 21, 2012, under number GP-13000007. Autorité des marchés financiers 17, place de la Bourse – 75082 PARIS CEDEX 02 Tel : (+33 1) 53 45 60 00 – Fax : (+33 1) 53 45 61 00
Publisher: : Hi Inov S.A.S. 30 Bis Rue Sainte Hélène 69002 LYON – France, Tel.: +33 (0)4 72 15 15 00 Legal representative: Pierre-Henri Dentressangle S.A.S. with share capital of €500,000 – Lyon Trade and Companies Register No. 755 525 385
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Policy for preventing and managing conflicts of interests
AMF General Regulation Book III Articles 313-18 through 313-28
Hi Inov hereby establishes and maintains in effect an efficient policy to manage conflicts of interest; it must be set out in writing and must be suited to its size, organization, nature, scale and the complexity of its business activities. Specifically, it must:
– Identify and state the various services and activities of the PMC, and the situations giving rise or liable to give rise to a conflict of interest.
> Prohibit or control the exchange of information between individuals carrying out activities involving a risk of a conflict of interest. > Distinct monitoring of individuals carrying out activities on behalf of clients that may have a conflict of interest. > Eliminate all economic ties between individuals that may have a conflict of interest. > Prohibit or restrict any person from exercising an inappropriate influence over the way in which a given person performs their activities. > Prohibit or control a person’s simultaneous or consecutive involvement in multiple investment services when such services would adversely affect the appropriate management of conflicts of interest.
– A register recording the services or activities liable to pose a conflict of interest must be kept and regularly maintained (every half-year of normal operations).
The company has limited exposure to risks of conflicts of interest, as its only activities comprise the collective management of streamlined or contractual FCPRs (retail private equity investment funds) intended for professional clients and consulting services provided to companies, which are governed by an efficient system of procedures and internal controls.
The company performs no management on its own behalf; as a type 2 management company, it does not provide the service of receiving and transmitting orders, does not publish its own financial analysis as the analysis produced is only intended for managers.
Finally, we would point out that the PMC’s primary means of compensation consists of management fees. Managers’ compensation comprises a fixed portion and a variable bonus, depending on the PMC’s net profit. Managers receive no compensation in respect of the transactions carried out, which excludes unjustified portfolio rotations. Managers are eligible to subscribe to “carried interest”, which is not liable to give rise to a conflict of interest.
By its very construction, the PMC’s exposure to a risk of a conflict of interest is therefore limited. However, the management company has identified a certain number of potential conflicts of interest presented in a risk map (Appendix 1). This table serves as a basis for half-year controls and is updated annually.
The general voting policy consists in issuing a negative opinion against resolutions that are manifestly unfavorable to minority shareholders, such as the possibility of significantly increasing the share capital during periods of public tender offers, capital increases reserved for employees covering 5% or more of the capital or providing for a discount equal to or in excess of 10% in relation to the price. Votes for resolutions relating to: – an amendment to the bylaws; – the approval of the financial statements and the appropriation of earnings; – the appointment and removal of corporate bodies; – regulated agreements; – programs to issue and buy back shares; – the appointment of statutory auditors;
Hi Inov exercises its voting rights in consideration of recommendations issued by the Association Française de Gestion Financière (AFIC). The same goes for the detection, prevention and management of conflicts of interest liable to impact the free exercise of voting rights.
Every year, the RCCI (Compliance and Internal Control Officer) drafts, within four months following the balance sheet date, a report on how the company has exercised its voting rights.
Corporate social responsibility policy
The companies in which Hi Inov invests do not directly exercise any manufacturing or related activities likely to harm the environment or contribute to global warming.On the contrary, the portfolio investment activity, through the services and products offered to clients and tending to improve the efficiency of the organizations and processes implemented, usually makes a positive contribution to the general objectives set by the national public authorities and international organizations concerned, with regard to combating global warming and the protection of the environment. Furthermore, the company does not directly apply a policy of investment decisions based on environmental criteria.
Conversely, convinced that for any company, internal social harmony and balanced governance are decisive factors in long-term operational and financial performance, since January 1,2017, the company has formally implemented a strict investment selection policy founded on measurable corporate and governance-based criteria. This selective policy is nevertheless suited to the limited size of the target companies and to their operating specificities.
– Corporate criteria
As part of its pre-investment research, Hi Inov performs an audit of compensation paid to teams of employees at the target company, specifically aiming to ensure equal pay between genders. If any discrepancies are identified, the target company is asked to resolve this issue.
Combating job insecurity
Each company in the portfolio is asked to limit the number of interns or apprentices to 1/3 of the total employee headcount. Where applicable, an employment consolidation plan aiming to reduce the number of any additional interns or apprentices must be proposed and implemented by the company or companies concerned, when they have the necessary funds.
The corporate audit performed by Hi Inov prior to making an investment includes research and due diligence regarding the compliance of all employment contracts entered into by thetarget company with applicable regulations on working time and compensation for overtime (and specifically resulting from the collective bargaining agreement binding on the target company). Where applicable, employment contracts are amended accordingly following this audit. The management company pays particular attention to the application of the “right to disconnect” by target companies with more than 50 employees.
Applicable statutory provisions regarding non-competition and intellectual property
Hi Inov ensures that the managed investments:
pay, when a patent is filed, an inventor bonus in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to their employees eligible for such a bonus. Where applicable, when an investment is made, the company requires the retroactive payment of such inventor bonus in respect of patents filed previously;
compensate, by way of specific compensation pursuant to market practice, the non-compete clauses binding on certain employees. Equity incentives for employees of portfolio companies
Hi Inov ensures that stock option plans and founders’ warrants (BSPCE) include a portion in favor of non-executive employees at the companies concerned, under comparable conditions for exercising them, i.e. at least equivalent overall to those granted to executives (*). (*) this condition is assessed on the basis of the number of shares to which the stock option and BSPCE plans grant entitlement (under similar conditions of exercise)
Given the significant imbalance identified between men and women with regard to qualifications in the IT, communication and digital sectors, Hi Inov is unable to ensure equality in terms of the number of male and female staff at companies in which it invests.. This equality nevertheless remains one of the management company’s overall qualitative objectives.
– Governance Criteria
Appointment of independent directors
When making an investment, Hi Inov provides for the possibility of appointing at least one independent director with “entrepreneurial’ experience and skills, for each company in the portfolio. Whenever possible, Hi Inov encourages founders to appoint at least one woman to management and governance bodies;
The criteria thus defined are applied for all of the management company’s new investments. However, investing in a company that does not comply with one or more of the criteria adopted is possible, provided that the executives of such company formally commit to a plan to reduce the discrepancies identified. Furthermore, a compliance audit is carried out by Hi Inov on December 31 every calendar year, taking the form of a detailed questionnaire completed by the executives of each of the investments in the portfolio.Where applicable, executives of companies within the portfolio are asked to propose and implement the corrective measures deemed appropriate.
POSITION AT DECEMBER 31, 2021 At December 31, 2021, Hi Inov managed 18 active investments through its five funds, HI INOV 1, SNCF DV, HI INOV 2, SNCF DV2, HI INOV EVERGREEN.
At the end of 2021, Hi inov updated its ESG questionnaire to better understand ESG practices in its investments. At this date, and on the basis of an equal weighting six criteria (vs four in 2020) taken into account, the average rating of the portfolio totaled 6.5/10.
The two criteria in which companies perform best are the fight against precariousness at work (7.1) and employee profit-sharing (7.7/10).
Two other criteria score well: ESG policy in the life of society (6.7/10 and gender parity (6.6/10).
The average rating of 5/10 obtained on taking into account measures for respect for the environment is explained by the activities of (digital) companies that have little direct impact on the environment nevertheless improvements are possible. Finally, 60% of the companies in the portfolio introduced new “ESG” actions in 2021.
“Non-professional clients and UCITS unit-holders or shareholders may submit complaints free of charge to the investment services provider. Information on the complaints handling process is made available to non-professional clients and UCITS unit-holders or shareholders free of charge” (AMF GR Art. 313-8).
All complaints received by registered letter from unitholders will be forwarded to the RCCI, regardless of their nature and impact. Hi Inov S.A.S. hereby undertakes that a response shall be provided to all complaints within a reasonable and prompt timeframe:
– No more than ten business days as from receipt of the complaint to acknowledge receipt, unless the response itself is provided to the client within this period – No more than two months between the date the complaint is received and the date a response is sent to the client, except in duly justified special circumstances.
Complaints must be posted to the following address: Hi Inov S.A.S. 30 Bis Rue Sainte Hélène 69002 LYON – France