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INTERMEDIATION FEES

Intermediation fees report for the financial year 2017

This report has been published in compliance with article 314-82 of the General Regulations of l'Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

In the context of investment management mandates or managed UCIs, Lazard Frères Gestion outsources order execution to services providers. As the intermediation fees incurred by these services represented over €500,000, Lazard Frères Gestion is obliged to report on the conditions under which investment decision support and order execution services were used. Lazard Frères Gestion must also specify the breakdown between 1° intermediation fees relating to order reception and transmission services and order reception services, and 2° intermediation fees relating to investment decision support and order execution services.

Investment decision support and order execution services (IDSS)

For 2017, Lazard Frères Gestion used investment services providers with which a commission sharing agreement had been signed.

The objective of our policy targeting the best possible selection and control of IDSS providers is, when possible, to collaborate with the best services providers for each speciality (regional analysis, sector analysis, analysis by market cap, arbitrage, etc.).

With this in mind, we may use analysis provided by sell-side executing broker research departments, as well as analysis available from independent research bureaus.

The quality of services from IDSS providers shall be controlled and assessed by the committee which also analyses and controls broker execution services.

IDSS provider monitoring and any potential reallocation of resources between services providers is undertaken using the methodology described below.

Intermediation fees breakdown

Intermediation fees relate to transactions in equities, assimilated instruments and forward market instruments traded in the context of investment management mandates and managed UCIs. Lazard Frères Gestion is not authorised to receive and transmit orders. Intermediation fees are therefore paid to remunerate services providers for investment decision support and order execution services. Global remuneration is split 70% for investment decision support and 30% for order execution.

Investment decision support and order execution service fees repaid to third-party services providers in the context of commission sharing agreements represented 1.895% of total intermediation fees paid in 2017.

Prevention of conflicts of interest

This report also covers measures implemented to prevent and resolve potential conflicts of interest in our choice of services providers.

Lazard Frères Gestion reviews its services provider selection bi-annually at Broker Committee meetings which are attended by the CIO, fund managers, dealers, compliance and the head of the middle-office. Selection draws on a transparent review process based chiefly on :

  - quality and availability of research,
  - quality of order execution and prices,
  - administrative processing,
  - commercial relationship (enabling meeting issuers).

Furthermore, Lazard Frères Gestion does not receive any soft commissions or intermediation fee retrocessions from its services providers.

For the financial year 2017, no conflicts of interests were detected within Lazard Frères Gestion.

ORDER EXECUTION AND INTERMEDIARY SELECTION POLICY

Lazard Frères Gestion, in coordination with Lazard Frères Banque, implements a selection process to establish the intermediaries through which its orders are placed for execution in accordance with a best selection policy as defined by the European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

Policy scope

The present policy applies solely to clients classified as professional and non-professional.

The policy covers financial instruments as defined by article L. 211-1 of the Monetary and Financial Code.

The policy does not apply to over-the-counter transactions by Lazard Frères Gestion.

When a client gives a specific instruction, Lazard Frères Gestion is deemed to be discharged from its best selection obligations. It should be noted that in this case, the client cannot be guaranteed the best possible execution.

Best selection policy criteria  

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Price of financial instrument
  - Execution costs
  - Speed of execution
  - Probability of order execution and payment
  - Order size
  - Order type 
  - All other considerations relating to the nature of the order

For non-professional clients, best possible execution is determined chiefly by the total cost represented by the price of the financial instrument plus execution costs, in accordance with the AMF’s General Regulations.

Intermediary selection policy bi-annual review

Lazard Frères Gestion places orders with intermediaries for execution resulting from its own decisions under the provision of portfolio management or UCI management services.

Lazard Frères Gestion selects the intermediaries with which orders are placed for each class of financial instrument. Intermediary selection is subject to constant monitoring in coordination with Lazard Frères Banque and regularly formalised by the “Broker Committee”.

Authorisation

In order to optimise market order execution, Lazard Frères Gestion and Lazard Frères Banque have given prior authorisation for their instructions to be executed outside of regulated markets or multilateral trading facilities (MTF) when orders concern financial instruments listed on regulated markets or MTFs. If no such authorisation is given, Lazard Frères Gestion's intermediaries shall not be able to access all available execution venues offering the best execution.

Specific instructions

Specific instructions from a client are excluded from the selection policy and executed subject to being accepted by Lazard Frères Gestion and Lazard Frères Banque.

APPLICATION OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT BY LAZARD FRERES GESTION

Lazard Frères Gestion SAS does not provide investment services, directly or indirectly, to any clients or investors qualified as “US persons” (as defined by Rule 902 of Regulation S under the 1933 United States Securities Act). Furthermore, Lazard Frères Gestion SAS shall not accept potential clients or investors who :

(i) acquire financial instruments on behalf of, or in the name of, a US person or
(ii) through an intermediary providing investment services on behalf of, or in the name of, a US person

CLAIMS PROCEDURE

LFG informs its clients that it is implementing a claims procedure. To ensure that claims are processed efficiently, they must be addressed in written to the Secrétariat Général at Lazard Frères Gestion, 25 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris.

Upon reception of a claim, Lazard Frères Gestion commits to process the claim within ten working days after reception of the claim. Barring a response within the aforementioned ten working days, Lazard Frères Gestion will commit to respond within a delay of two months as of reception of the claim, unless unexpected, justified circumstances arise. If the client deems that the claim is unsatisfactorily processed by Lazard Frères Gestion, then the former can request mediation with the Autorité de Marché Financier Ombudsman at the following address: Autorité des Marchés Financiers, Service Médiation – 17 Place de la Bourse, 75082 PARIS-CEDEX 02, or simply fill in an electronic form on the AMF’s internet site on http://www.amf-france.org (AMF Mediator section). This site also contains a mediation charter drafted by the AMF’s Ombudsman.

Voting policy

Clients and subscribers of UCITS managed by Lazard Frères Gestion can consult its voting policy at the premises of Lazard Frères Gestion, 25 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France.

Website intellectual property rights

This website and the information included within the site, such as brands, logos, charts and photography are protected by intellectual property laws. The data included may not be reproduced or transmitted to third parties, or used for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without prior written authorisation from Lazard Frères Gestion. Specific pages and/or sections of the site may be copied or printed out for your own personal use, provided that you do not delete the references to copyright or intellectual property rights.

The Lazard Frères Gestion name and associated logo are trademarks registered by the Lazard Group. Copying, deleting, reusing or modifying the name and associated logo shall be considered as a breach of copyright.

Confidence in the digital economy

Lazard Frères Gestion SAS is an authorised fund management company registered with l'Autorité des Marchés Financiers, the French market regulator, under number GP 04 000068.

  - Address/registered office: 25, rue de Courcelles 75008 Paris
  - RCS number: PARIS B 352 213 599
  - Capital: €14,487,500 
  - Intra-community VAT number: FR21352213599
  - Person responsible for publication: François-Marc Durand
  - Website host: Lazard Frères Gestion
 - Reference made to the simplified declaration of the CNIL, the French data protection authority, regarding data concerning clients: no client information is collated through the websites

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In accordance with the AMF Position 2004-07, Lazard Frères Gestion SAS informs its UCITS’ unitholders and/or shareholders that it might have to communicate the portfolio composition of its UCITS to some institutional investors so that they are in compliance with their regulatory requirements regarding the Directive 2009/138/EC (“Solvency II”).

Remuneration policy

Information on the amounts paid as fixed and variable remuneration to the portfolio company’s personnel, in proportion to the investments made as part of their activity of managing Collective Investment Undertakings, excluding discretionary asset management mandates, may be obtained by mailing a request to the Collective Investment Undertakings legal department of Lazard Frères Gestion. The overall variable remuneration scheme is fixed by the Lazard Group on the basis of several criteria, including the financial performance of the Lazard Group over the past year with due consideration of the results obtained. The General Management determines the total remuneration to be split into a fixed and a variable component and establishes the amount of such fixed and variable components. The total amount paid as variable remuneration is determined taking into account the overall risks faced. The amount of each individual variable remuneration is subsequently determined in accordance with the performance of each member of staff. The General Management supervises the process leading to the determination of individual remunerations, which are established mainly on the basis of an individual performance assessment, supported by the staff member’s annual evaluation. Annual individual evaluation criteria make it possible to determine the suitability of staff members to the post they hold; consider their competences; and appreciate their qualities, especially their trustworthiness and autonomy. This evaluation reflects the degree to which the goals set for the past year have been achieved and therefore allows determination of future goals.

Technical integrity and defects

The security and the integrity of communications via the internet cannot be guaranteed. Lazard Frères Gestion therefore declines all responsibility in the event of technical defects, particularly regarding difficulty of access to the website or the unavailability of the website.

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