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Corporate Governance


BKN Capital as AIFM is regulated by the Luxembourg financial supervisory authority Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). As a member of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) we also subscribe to the ALFI Guidelines and Recommendations such as the Code of Conduct for Luxembourg Investment Funds. Our governance rules cover the following areas:

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Privacy Notice


1.       Context and Introduction


This Privacy Notice (the “Notice”) has been prepared by BKN Capital S.A. (“BKN”) in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (the “GDPR”) as well as national legislation enacted from time to time in Luxembourg.


All capitalized words used in the Notice shall have the same meaning as they are defined or referred to in the GDPR, unless specifically indicated to the contrary herein.


BKN is a Data Controller of the Personal Data of a Data Subjects with whom BKN deals in the daily performance of its duties as further described herein.


BKN is committed to perform its duties hereunder and to hold the Personal Data in confidence in strict compliance with the provisions of the Notice, any internal procedures, the GDPR, as well as any Luxembourg law.


When providing Personal Data to BKN via email, mail, (the “Website”) or any other format, BKN will process such Personal Data in line with the GDPR and this Privacy Notice.


By using this Website or providing Personal Data in any other format, a Data Subject acknowledges that it has reviewed, and agreed to, the terms of this Privacy Notice. A Data Subject should not use the Website and cease all provision of Personal Data if the Data Subject does not agree with the terms of this Privacy Notice.


This Notice contains the information prescribed by article 12 of the GDPR.


2.       Identity and Contact Details of the Data Controller and the Supervisory Authority


Data Controller:

BKN Capital S.A.

Att. Compliance Department

17, rue Edmond Reuter

L-5326 Contern


Supervisory Authority:

Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données

Service des plaintes

15, boulevard du Jazz

L-4370 Belvaux


3.       Categories of Personal Data Concerned


BKN will collect and process the following Personal Data from a Data Subject for one or several purposes outlined in section 4 below:


  • Identification documents, such as, but not limited to copies of passport, ID cards, driving licenses;

  • Contact details e.g. name, address, telephone number, email address;

  • Curriculum vitae e.g. education, training, qualifications, profession;

  • Personal characteristics e.g. age, gender, nationality, marital status, date and place of birth;

  • Evidence of tax residency;

  • Extract of the criminal record;

  • Bank references incl. financial information.


In addition, BKN may collect the following types of information when you access or browse the Website:


  • Personal Information you provide directly when you register or join an online community or other group, inquire about our services via any e-mail messages you send, including personally identifiable information such as your name, contact information (phone, fax, address, and email address);


Passively collected information, including through the use of cookies[1] and web beacons[2], IP addresses, web browser and operating system information, date and time of visits, and the web pages your Internet browser visits when browsing the Website, or any affiliate site; Click-through information related to BKN emails and related marketing activities; and Aggregate, non-personally identifiable information, such as the number of hits per week or per web page.


4.       Purpose of the Processing and Legal Basis for Processing


BKN will use Personal Data for the following purposes with the relevant associated legal basis:


  • Compliance with a legal obligation:


a) Ensuring compliance with anti-money laundering/combatting financing of terrorism legislation, including, but not limited to the amended law of 12 November 2004 on the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing;

b)  Ensuring compliance with tax obligations in Luxembourg;

c)  Investigating and resolving complaints and manage contentious regulatory matters, investigations and litigation;

d)  Executing any internal policies and procedures, such as, but not limited to, voting rights policy, conflicts of interest policy, best execution policy.


  • Performance of a contract with a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject:

a)  Fulfilling BKN’s obligations under any agreement that BKN may have entered into with a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject;

b)  Fulfilling BKN’s obligations under any agreement between a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject and a third party, under which BKN has to fulfil any duties.


  • Marketing by BKN:

a) Developing and managing a business relationship with a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject;

b) Providing customized and personalized information to a Data Subject about services and solutions proposed by BKN;

c) Invitations and organization of events and other professional activities.


  • Consent of the Data Subject:

BKN may use Personal Data for any other purpose expressly agreed on by the Data Subject, provided that such consent may be withdrawn at any time by the Data Subject, without however affecting any Processing performed by BKN prior to such withdrawal.


  • BKN’s legitimate interest:

a)  Managing and administering the relationship between BKN and a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject;

b)  Maintaining a client relationship management database for communication and promoting services offered by BKN to Data Subjects or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subjects;

c)  Monitoring and recording, correspondence, telephone calls and emails in accordance with BKN’s IT policies.


BKN’s legitimate interest results from BKN’s regulatory status of an alternative investment fund manager and the duties, role and responsibilities associated with such regulatory status.


5.       Recipients of Personal Data


BKN may share Personal Data with the following Recipients:


  • Any service providers of BKN who provide administrative, telecommunications, information technology, transaction and data processing, payment or securities clearing debt collection, business processing, mailing, call center, operational or other services to BKN, including Luxembourg based Professionals of the Financial Sector, such as Secondary IT systems and communication networks operators of the financial sector authorized under the law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector and any service providers of the Data Subjects;

  • Any lawyers, auditors, consultants, independent directors or other professionals which BKN may consult to obtain advice or assistance for the performance of its duties to a Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject;

  • The CSSF or other governmental or supervisory authorities, tax authorities, law enforcement agencies, judicial authorities, self-regulatory or industry bodies in order to allow BKN to comply with any local, foreign or suprational law, regulation, directive, guidance injunction or request for disclosure or other form of obligation, advice, recommendation binding or applying to BKN;

  • Any actual or proposed assignee of BKN or participant or sub-participant or transferee of BKN’s rights in respect of Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject;

  • Third-party financial institutions, custodians, depositaries, valuation agents, clearing houses, insurers, credit card companies, securities and investment services providers;

  • Any party in respect of which such disclosure is requested and/or consented to by the Data Subject or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subject.


6.       Transfer of Personal Data to Third Countries


BKN currently may transfer Personal Data to Recipients that are located outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or to International Organizations.


When sharing the Personal Data of a Data Subject with Recipients that are located outside the European Economic Area (EEA), Personal Data of a Data Subject will only be transferred on one of the following bases:


  • The transfer is to a recipient in a country or territory approved by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data;

  • The transfer is to a Recipient that has entered into European Commission standard contractual clauses with BKN;

  • The transfer is to a recipient in the United States of America who has registered under the EU/US Privacy Shield; or

  • The Data Subject has explicitly consented to the transfer of Personal Data. In this regard, and as detailed above, BKN will from time to time need to pass certain identity related data (including the name, title, gender, nationality and date of birth, and copies of passport, driver’s license, tax ID, social security number, and/or government issued identification document of a Data Subject) to supervisory authorities or service providers of BKN located outside of the EEA for the purposes of (1) “know your client”, (2) controls related to anti-money laundering/combatting financing of terrorism or (3) for the receipt and maintenance of any regulatory licenses granted to BKN.


7.       Automatic Exchange of Information


  • By application of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) regulations concerning automatic exchange of information, as well as the GDPR, Data Subjects declare being informed, acknowledge and agree, that their Personal Data and financial information provided by BKN to financial institutions for the purposes mentioned in section 4. may be thereafter potentially used by the financial institutions in the execution of their FATCA and CRS duty to provide information to the Luxembourg tax authorities. That information can in turn be forwarded to the relevant foreign tax authorities, including the relevant US tax authorities.

  • The Data Subject must provide any additional information that might be required from time to time by BKN for the purpose of the FATCA and CRS laws and failure to do so within the prescribed timeframe may trigger a reporting to the Luxembourg tax authorities.


8       Period for which the Personal Data of the Data Subject is Stored by BKN


BKN will store the Personal Data of the Data Subject in line with applicable legal and regulatory requirements in Luxembourg.


9.       Rights of Information and Access to Personal Data by a Data Subject under the GDPR


A Data Subject has the following principal rights under GDPR:

  • To obtain confirmation from BKN as to whether or not Personal Data concerning the Data Subject is being Processed by BKN;

  • As the case may be, to obtain access to, and copies of, the Personal Data BKN holds about the Data Subject;

  • To obtain the following information:

    • The purposes of the Processing of Personal Data and the categories of Personal Data concerned;

    • The recipients or categories of recipient of Personal Data to whom Personal Data has been or will be disclosed, in particular if such Recipients are located outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or to International Organizations;

    • Insofar as possible, the envisaged period for which Personal Data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used by BKN to determine that period;

  • To require that BKN rectifies or erases Personal Data;

  • To request a restriction of the Processing of Personal Data or to object to such Processing;

  • To obtain the Personal Data concerning the Data Subject, which was provided by the Data Subject, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format that can be transmitted to another Data Controller in certain circumstances;

  • To lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority indicated in section 2.


10.       Disclosure of Personal Data


Before disclosing any Personal Data relating to its employees, contractors and other individuals, BKN shall (1) ensure that those natural persons are duly notified and made aware of BKN’s obligations under the GDPR, and (2) undertake and represent those natural persons will process such Personal Data in line with the provisions of the GDPR.


11.       Miscellaneous


  • This Privacy Policy shall be deemed an integral part of all contracts, agreements, facility offer letters, account mandates and other binding arrangements which Data Subjects or any organization or entity which is represented by such Data Subjects have entered into or intend to enter into with the Company.

  • This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time to reflect changes and/or developments in data protection and banking secrecy laws, regulations, guidelines, codes and industry practices in Luxembourg.

  • The list of the above rights is not absolute and requests may be refused where exceptions apply.



Date: 16 September 2020

Version 3.00



[1] Cookies are small text files that store information about your interactions with a particular website, either temporarily (known as a "temporary" or "session" cookie and deleted once you close your browser window) or more permanently on the hard drive of your computer (known as a "permanent" or "persistent cookie"). Cookies can make it easier to use a website by allowing servers to access certain information quickly. If cookies are disabled in your browser, you may not have access to the totality of our offers and services.

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