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Under the EU Short Selling Regulations:

Liquid Shares Notice

  • Confirmation: If we issue a Liquid Shares Notice to you this will be confirmation by us that (subject to these terms and conditions):
(i) we consider that we can make Shares of the description and up to the maximum number specified in the Liquid Shares Notice (the “Maximum Number”) available to you for settlement in due time (being the standard settlement time for the relevant Shares following the time of the trade) taking into account the amount of the Shares specified in the Liquid Shares Notice and market conditions; and
(ii) such Shares are easy to borrow or purchase in the relevant quantity taking into account market conditions and other information available to us on the supply of such Shares. If we issue a Liquid Shares Notice to an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf and on behalf of another party or parties, the aggregate number of Shares that we consider we can make available for settlement to all parties for whom such investment manager or other agent is acting will be equal to the Maximum Number of Shares.
  • No Commitment: The Liquid Shares Notice represents our assessment of our ability to make Shares available to you for settlement and is not an undertaking to lend or otherwise procure the transfer of Shares to you.
  • Duration: Our confirmation will be valid in respect of sales of Shares entered into at or prior to the close of business on the date of the relevant Liquid Shares Notice in the market within the European Economic Area (EEA) on which the Shares specified in the Liquid Shares Notice are admitted to trading (or such other time as is specified in the Liquid Shares Notice).
  • Liability: Our liability to you will be subject to the Master Agreement between us.
  • No Representation: It is your responsibility to ensure your compliance with the requirements of the Regulation. We accept no liability, and make no representation as to the compliance with the requirements of the Regulation.
  • Confirmation: Without prejudice to the paragraph above, we confirm that as part of our business we participate in the borrowing and purchasing of Shares.

Illiquid Shares Notice

  • Commitment: If we issue an Illiquid Shares Notice to you or to an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf, this will be a commitment by us to lend or otherwise transfer to you or to your order Shares of the description and up to the maximum number specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice (the “Maximum Number”), subject to the terms set out below and the terms of the Master Agreement. If we issue an Illiquid Shares Notice to an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf and on behalf of another party or parties, the maximum aggregate amount of our commitment to all parties for whom such investment manager or other agent is acting will be equal to the Maximum Number of Shares.
  • Duration and undertaking: Our commitment will be valid in respect of sales of Shares entered into at or prior to the close of business on the date of the relevant Illiquid Shares Notice in the market within the European Economic Area (EEA) on which the Shares specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice are admitted to trading (or such other time as is specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice) (the “Cut-off Time”). Provided that you have, or an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf has, submitted to us before 11:59 pm London time (or such other time as is specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice) (the “Trade File Cut-off Time”) a trade file specifying the relevant sale transactions (the “Trade File”), we undertake (subject to these terms and conditions and the terms of the Master Agreement) to lend or otherwise transfer to you or to your order Shares of the description specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice in a number (the “Actual Number”) equal to the lesser of (i) the number of such Shares specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice and (ii) the number of such Shares specified in the Trade File, for settlement at such time as is specified in the Trade File (being no earlier than the standard settlement time for the relevant Shares following the time of the trade). If the Trade File is submitted by an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf and on behalf of another party or parties, the aggregate number of Shares that we undertake to lend or otherwise transfer to all parties for whom such investment manager or other agent is acting will be equal to the Actual Number of Shares.
  • Following the Trade File Cut-off Time we will have no further commitment to you in respect of any Shares other than those specified in the Trade File.
  • Revocation or amendment: We may at any time by notice to you revoke or reduce our commitment or specify a different Cut-off Time. Such notice will not affect our commitment to lend or otherwise transfer to you in accordance with these terms and conditions any Shares specified in the Illiquid Shares Notice that you have sold before such notice is given and that are specified in a Trade File submitted to us (whether before or after your receipt of such notice) before the Trade File Cut-off Time.
  • Terms: The fee or rate payable in respect of the loan or other provision of Shares will be as notified to or agreed with you (or an investment manager or other agent acting on your behalf).
  • Conditions: Our obligation to lend or otherwise transfer Shares to you in accordance with these terms and conditions is conditional on (i) your continued compliance in all material respects with the terms of the Master Agreement, including but not limited to your maintaining, providing or making available to us such amount of eligible margin or collateral in respect of the loan or other provision of Shares (together with your other obligations) as is required under the Master Agreement and any related documentation; and (ii) no event permitting us to terminate the Master Agreement without notice (“event of default”) or event which, upon the expiry of time or our determination in accordance with the provisions of the Master Agreement, would be an event of default having occurred.
  • Liability: Our liability for any failure to lend or otherwise transfer Shares to you in accordance with these terms and conditions shall be subject to the provisions of the Master Agreement including but not limited to any limitation of liability and force majeure provisions, provided that any force majeure provisions shall operate to exclude our liability for any such failure rather than to terminate our obligation to lend or otherwise transfer Shares to you
  • No representation: It is your sole responsibility to ensure your compliance with the requirements of the Regulation. We accept no obligation or liability in this regard, and make no representation as to the compliance of any arrangements with the requirements of the Regulation.
  • Acceptance: By entering into a short sale of Shares in the quantity and of the type specified in an Illiquid Shares Notice in reliance on these terms and conditions you will be deemed to accept these terms and conditions.