EX-99.CODE ETH 4 teaf3710358-ex99codeeth.htm CODE OF ETHICS



Tortoise Essential Assets Income Term Fund (the “Company”) requires the Principal Executive Officer, Principal Financial Officer or other Company Officer performing similar functions as set forth in Exhibit A (“Covered Officers”) to maintain the highest ethical and legal standards while performing their duties and responsibilities to the Company, with particular emphasis on those duties that relate to the preparation and reporting of financial information of the Company. The following overriding principles govern the conduct of Covered Officers:

Covered Officers shall act with honesty and integrity, avoiding actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships and shall promptly report any potential conflicts.
Covered Officers shall not use their personal influence or personal relationships improperly to influence investment decisions or financial reporting by the Company whereby the Covered Officer would benefit personally to the detriment of the Company or take action, or fail to take action, for the individual personal benefit of the Covered Officer rather than the benefit of the Company.
Covered Officers shall promote full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Company files with, or submits to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and in other public communications made by the Company and that are within the Covered Officer’s responsibility.
Covered Officers shall promote compliance with applicable laws and governmental rules and regulations.
Covered Officers shall promptly report violations of this Code.

Covered Officers are reminded of their obligations under the code of ethics of the Company and Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C. adopted under Rule 17j-l of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The obligations under that code apply independently of this Officer Code and are not a part of this Officer Code.


Overview. Each Covered Officer should adhere to a high standard of business ethics and should be sensitive to and seek to avoid situations that may give rise to actual as well as apparent conflicts of interest. A “conflict of interest” occurs when a Covered Officer’s other interests interfere with the interests of, or his or her service to, the Company. For example, a conflict of interest would arise if a Covered Officer, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position with the Company.
Certain conflicts of interest arise out of the relationships between Covered Officers and the Company and already are subject to conflict of interest provisions in the 1940 Act and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”). For example, Covered Officers may not individually engage in certain transactions (such as the purchase or sale of securities or other property) with the Company because of their status as “affiliated persons” of the Company. The Company and its investment adviser have adopted compliance programs and procedures designed to prevent, or identify and correct, violations of these provisions. This Officer Code does not, and is not intended to, duplicate or replace these programs and procedures, and such conflicts fall outside of the parameters of this Officer Code.
Although typically not presenting an opportunity for improper personal benefit, conflicts arise from, or as a result of, the contractual relationships between the Company and the investment adviser of which the Covered Officers are also officers or employees. As a result, this Officer Code recognizes that Covered Officers will, in the normal course of their duties (whether formally for the Company or for the investment adviser, or for both), be involved in establishing policies and implementing decisions that will have different effects on the adviser and the Company. The participation of the Covered Officers in such activities is inherent in the contractual relationship between the Company and the investment adviser and is consistent with the performance by the Covered Officers of their duties as officers of the Company. Thus, if performed in conformity with the provisions of the 1940 Act and the Advisers Act, such activities will be deemed to have been handled ethically.
Other conflicts of interest are covered by this Officer Code, even if such conflicts of interest are not subject to provisions in the 1940 Act and the Advisers Act. The following list provides examples of conflicts of interest under this Officer Code, but Covered Officers should keep in mind that these examples are not exhaustive.


Disclosure of Potential Conflicts. Each Covered Officer shall provide prompt and full disclosure to the Code Compliance Officer (as defined below), in writing, prior to entering into any material transaction or relationship which may reasonably be expected to give rise to a conflict (other than conflicts arising from the advisory relationship). This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

service as a director, officer, partner, consultant or in any other key role with any company with which the Company has current or prospective business dealings;
the receipt by a Covered Officer and his or her family members of any gifts from any company with which the Company has current or prospective business dealings if it influences or gives the appearance of influencing the recipient;
the receipt of customary business amenities from any company with which the Company has current or prospective business dealings unless such amenity is business-related, reasonable in cost, appropriate as to time and place, and neither so frequent nor so costly as to raise any question of impropriety;
any ownership by a Covered Officer and his or her family members of significant financial interest in any company with which the Company has current or prospective business dealings, other than its investment adviser, principal underwriter, transfer agent or any affiliated person thereof; and
a direct or indirect financial interest in commissions, transaction charges or spreads paid by the Company for effecting portfolio transactions or for selling or redeeming shares other than an interest arising from the Covered Officer’s employment, such as compensation or equity ownership.


Each Covered Officer should familiarize himself or herself with the disclosure requirements generally applicable to the Company.
Each Covered Officer should, to the extent appropriate within his or her area of responsibility, consult with other officers and employees of the Company and the adviser or its affiliates with the goal of promoting full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in such reports and documents the Company files with, or submits to, the SEC.
Each Covered Officer should not knowingly misrepresent, or cause others to misrepresent, facts about the Company to others, whether within or outside the Company, including to the trustees and auditors of the Company, and to governmental regulators and self-regulatory organizations.
It is the responsibility of each Covered Officer to promote compliance with the standards and restrictions imposed by laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Company.



Upon adoption of the Officer Code (or thereafter as applicable, upon becoming a Covered Officer), each Covered Officer shall affirm in writing to the Code Compliance Officer that he or she has received, read and understands the Officer Code. Annually thereafter each Covered Officer shall affirm that he or she has complied with the requirements of the Officer Code.
Each Covered Officer shall notify the Code Compliance Officer promptly if he or she knows of any violation of this Officer Code. Failure to do so is itself a violation of this Officer Code.
A Covered Officer must not retaliate against any officer or employee of the Company or its affiliated persons for reports of potential violations that are made in good faith.
The provisions of this Officer Code, other than amendments to Exhibit A, and any waivers, including implicit waivers, shall be disclosed in accordance with SEC rules and regulations.


Except as described below, the Code Compliance Officer is responsible for applying this Officer Code to specific situations in which questions may arise and has the authority to interpret this Officer Code in any particular situation. The Directors of the Company hereby designate the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer as the Code Compliance Officer. The Code Compliance Officer (or his designee) shall take all action he considers appropriate to investigate any actual or potential conflicts or violations reported to him.
Any matters that the Code Compliance Officer believes are a conflict or violation will be reported to the Audit Committee, which shall determine sanctions or other appropriate action. No Covered Officer who is a member of such committee may participate in any determination under this Officer Code. The Audit Committee shall be responsible for reviewing any requests for waivers from the provisions of this Officer Code. Any violations of this Officer Code, any waivers granted from the Officer Code and any potential conflicts and their resolution shall be reported to the Directors of the Company at the next regular meeting.
Any amendments to this Officer Code, other than amendments to Exhibit A and clerical or administrative corrections, must be approved or ratified by a majority vote of the Directors, including a majority of independent Directors.



All reports and records prepared or maintained pursuant to this Officer Code will be considered confidential and shall be maintained and protected accordingly. Except as otherwise required by law or this Officer Code, such matters shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the Directors, counsel to the Company and the investment adviser of the Company.

The Officer Code is intended solely for the internal use by the Company and does not constitute an admission, by or on behalf of the Company, as to any fact, circumstance or legal conclusion.

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Persons Covered by this Code of Ethics
Name       Title
P. Bradley Adams Principal Executive Officer and Principal
Financial Officer