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These website terms and conditions (the “Terms”) govern your use of this website.
The information on this website is approved for publication by Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited ("SMTIL", "we", "us" or "our"). This website is owned and operated by SMTIL. SMTIL is a company registered in England and Wales (Company No. 02007985) whose registered office is located at 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XU. SMTIL is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") (whose address is 12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN) and entered on the FCA Financial Services Register under Firm Reference Number 124546.
When using this website, your browser may be directed to or may access local web pages ("Local Pages") which are operated by SMTIL on behalf of other companies in the Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group ("SuMi TRUST"). At the time of publication of these Terms those Local Pages are:
Luxembourg and other EU and EEA member states
United States of America
United Kingdom and jurisdictions in which SMTIL promotes its products and services other than as listed above
Rest of the World
You are only entitled to access this website via the Local Pages applicable to the country in which you are located as identified in the table above. There are additional local terms and conditions relevant to access in your jurisdiction which apply in addition to these Terms and are set out below. The additional local terms and conditions identifying the appropriate SuMi TRUST group company with which you have a relationship and any local terms and conditions which apply including additional legal and regulatory information. Such additional local terms and conditions shall be deemed to form part of the Terms and shall apply to your use of the website for the protection of SMTIL and any SuMi TRUST group company. Reference in these Terms to the website include any of the pages or any information contained in any of the domains listed above.
By continuing to access and use the website, you are deemed to have understood and consented to the Terms. Please read them carefully and confirm that you agree to the Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you must not use the website. You are responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and any other applicable local terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.
The website is primarily directed towards and intended for institutional investors, as professional clients, SMTIL only provides services to persons it classifies as professional investors and eligible counterparties. (SMTIL provides no services to retail investors.)
This website is solely directed towards such investors in the countries listed in the table above where SMTIL decides to promote its services and products from time to time but may be accessed by citizens or residents of or located in any country or jurisdiction provided that the Terms are complied with and where local law in that jurisdiction does not preclude such access or impose additional obligations on either a SuMi TRUST group company or on you. All persons must satisfy themselves that they are not subject to any local requirements which would restrict or prohibit them from accessing this website. SMTIL does not give any assurance that this website complies with the regulatory requirements in any particular jurisdiction. However, additional local terms and conditions set out below may apply in those jurisdictions listed in the table above.
Information basis only
All information, text, disclaimers, data, databases, charts, tables, tools, press releases, software, graphics, names, logos, trademarks, service marks and other material on the website (the "content"), and your subsequent use of it, may from time to time be subject to certain statutory or other external regulations, conditions and restrictions. All use of information by you must comply with such regulations, conditions or restrictions.
The content provided may include reference to specific investments but none of the content provided is intended to constitute, and nor shall it be regarded as constituting as giving advice or, an offer to sell or the solicitation to buy any investments or services or recommendation with respect to such investments that may be referenced on or through this website. Specifically, this content does not constitute an offer or invitation to anyone in any jurisdiction to invest in any of our products, or use any of our services where such offer or invitation would not be lawful or in any jurisdiction in which the person making such offer or invitation is not qualified, permitted, licensed or approved to do so, or to anyone to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or invitation and this content has not been prepared and is not intended to be read, considered or relied upon in connection with any such offer or invitation.
In relation to provision of services for a client, they would be governed solely by the terms of the agreement we enter into with the client. In relation to an investment in investment funds mentioned, any subscription to such an investment fund would be governed solely by the terms of the subscription documentation and the prospectus for the relevant investment fund.
The content on the website is for general information only and does not purport to provide, nor does it constitute investment, legal, tax or other financial advice (or any services). No comment or observation is given by SMTIL in connection with any of the investments or services discussed on, or accessible through, this website. You acknowledge that the provision of any content through this website shall not constitute or be considered investment advice.
Past performance of an investment is not a guide to future returns. The value of investments can fall as well as rise. As a result an investor may not receive back the amount invested.
Investments which take place in currencies other than the investor's own currency will be subject to movements in foreign exchange rates.
SMTIL does not provide any tax advice to its clients in relation to its services. Any comment on the tax position or proposed tax position which may apply to a particular product is for indicative use only and prevailing at the time of an investment may subsequently change. Investors must rely on their own tax adviser in their own jurisdiction as to the tax implications for them of any service offered or investment they make.
Accuracy of information
The website and content on it is provided "as is" and on an "as available" basis.
Unless otherwise specified, SMTIL is the source of all information. SMTIL does not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, performance or fitness for a particular purpose of the website or any of the content.
SMTIL endeavours to ensure that all content provided on the website is correct as at the date of its publication. However errors or omissions in the content may occur. SMTIL will not necessarily keep all content up to date as there is often a time lag in updating information. On this basis, no responsibility for the accuracy of any content is accepted by SMTIL and SMTIL does not warrant, represent or undertake that the content will be uncorrupted or error free. Nor does SMTIL give or make any warranty, representation or undertaking of any kind in relation to the content and all implied warranties are excluded from the Terms to the extent that they may be excluded as a matter of law.
SMTIL is not obligated to update, or to continue to offer information accessible through this website.
SMTIL accepts no liability for the results of any action taken on the basis of the content contained on this website. Further, we do not warrant that the website will be uninterrupted or error free or that any defects will be corrected. We will not be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any cost, claim, loss or damage arising out of or in connection with access or use of the website. Nothing however in this paragraph nor elsewhere in the Terms excludes or limits any liability which may not be lawfully excluded or limited by applicable law.
Use of content
The content and all rights in it belong to us or have been duly licensed to us.
You may not copy, reproduce, duplicate, adopt or lend, sell, disseminate or otherwise transfer, in whole or in part, any of the content, except for the purpose of accessing the website.
Solely for the purposes of informing yourself about SMTIL and its services, you may retrieve, display on a computer screen, copy, print, make photocopies of printed material, store in electronic form or on disk, download and republish content.
You may not adapt, alter, modify, add content, create derivative works or otherwise change any part of the content.
Intellectual property rights
All copyright, trademarks, database rights and other intellectual property rights that may exist in this website and the content shall remain at all times our intellectual property. Except as expressly permitted by these Terms, nothing in this website shall be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any licence or right to use the content without our prior written permission. If you become aware of anything which appears to infringe these Terms, you agree to contact us promptly by emailing email@example.com.
Access to, and use of, this website is at your own risk. In no event will SMTIL be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, damages, claims or expenses which may be suffered or incurred by you or any other person which are caused directly or indirectly by accessing this website including, but not limited to, loss, damages, claims or expenses caused by any failure, delayed or defective operation or unavailability of any pages of this website or any computer virus arising from the use of or in connection with this website.
You will indemnify SuMi TRUST (including each of its affiliated or associated companies) and their officers, directors, employees and agents in respect of any third-party claim for any injury, loss, damage or expense occasioned by or arising directly or indirectly from the operation, use or supply of information to a third party provided in breach of any of your obligations under these Terms.
You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the website by any third party.
Computer viruses, worms and Trojan horses
We do not warrant that the website is free from computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses and we accept no liability whatsoever for damage that may result from the transmission of any computer viruses, worms, or Trojan horses via the website.
Third party information
Through this website, you may have access to information which SMTIL obtains from third parties who are independent of SMTIL. Even though the sources of the information are believed to be reliable, SMTIL is not responsible for, and makes no warranty with respect to, the contents, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability, or reliability of the third party content within such information.
Linking and framing
The website may contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. We do not accept any responsibility for the content of third party websites or web pages, nor do we accept responsibility for any losses or penalties incurred as a result of your use of any links or reliance on the content of any website to which the website is linked.
Creating links to our website is freely permitted so long as this is done in a manner that is not misleading and does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with SMTIL. You are prohibited from framing this website.
Certain files of content may be available for download from the website. These files of content are subject to these Terms.
SMTIL has discretion to change content within the website, or the Terms, and to withdraw access to the website.
We reserve the right, at our discretion, to make changes to the content of this website or these Terms at any time and to withdraw access without notice to users. You must check these Terms periodically for changes and so as to ensure that you refer to, and comply with, the up to date Terms. Any changes, modifications, or additions to, or deletions from these Terms shall be effective upon posting on this website. If you access this website after we post changes to the Terms, you accept the Terms as changed.
We also reserve the right to grant or evoke the authority to use this website at our absolute discretion.
Your use of the products and services on this website may be monitored by SMTIL, and the resultant information may be used by SMTIL for its internal business purposes and/or in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
We recommend that this website be viewed using the most recent release of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Apple Safari. Please be reminded that some content may not be displayed correctly if you are viewing this website in any other environment or, even in a recommended environment, depending on your browser settings.
Governing law and jurisdiction
The governing law of these Terms shall be the law of the country ("Home Country") in the table above which corresponds to the domain through which you initially access this website (the "Local Law"). These Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the Local Law. Any additional local terms and conditions below relating to the Local Pages or access by you in the jurisdiction from which you access this website will also be governed and interpreted by Local Law.
Any dispute, action or claim (whether contractual or non-contractual) arising under or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Home Country.
Contacting us about this Website
If you have any queries concerning this website or the Information contained on this website, please contact Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited on 020 7562 8400. Calls may be monitored or recorded to maintain and improve our services.
Local Terms and Conditions
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Fudosan Onarimon Tower
1-1-1 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011 Japan
Notes Concerning InvestmentTrusts
The term, "investment trusts", used in this website means any fund products regulated under the Law Concerning Investment Trusts and Investment Companies of Japan. No such investment trusts shall be offered or sold to any person in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities regulation of such jurisdictions.
Investment trusts invest in securities and other instruments such as shares and public corporation bonds whose prices are subject to change (when investments are made in assets denominated in foreign currencies, there are also risks associated with changes in currency exchange rates), and therefore, net asset values are subject to change. Consequently, unlike deposits with financial institutions, investment principals are not guaranteed.
Gains and losses resulting from investment in an investment trust shall be imputed to the customers who purchased the investment trust.
Investment trusts are not subject to deposit insurance.
Unlike amounts guaranteed under deposit insurance, funds received from investment in investment trusts are not guaranteed.
Investment trusts are not insurance and are not subject to the Non-life Insurance Policy-holders Protection Corporation of Japan.
Unlike securities companies, registered financial institutions are not members of the Japan Investor Protection Fund.
When making investments, be sure to read the investment trust prospectus provided to you.
Local website terms and conditions
This website is operated by SMTIL on behalf of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) SA. These local terms and conditions apply, in addition to SMTIL Website Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”). Before visiting this website, we invite you to read carefully the entirety of the Terms applicable to you and to agree with such Terms.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. is a Luxembourg public limited liability company (société anonyme), incorporated under Luxembourg law and listed with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register under reference B22765, whose head office is located at 2, Rue Peternelchen, L-2370 Hesperange, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. VAT number is LU12915516.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. is a Luxembourg credit institution authorised by the Luxembourg Minister of Finances and supervised under reference B0000146 by the Luxembourg financial sector regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), located at 283 route d’Arlon, L-1150 Luxembourg (www.cssf.lu).
You must be aware that all investments involve risks. The performance information displayed in this website is not a measure of return. Past performance figures are not a reliable indicator of future performance and may be misleading. Return for the investor may have decreased since the posting of information in this website. Return can also be reduced by the increase of commissions, fees or other charges billed to the investor.
You must not rely exclusively on the information contained in this website and in any event should perform your own analysis or consult a licensed professional before making an investment decision (notably taking into account potential tax or legal requirements applicable to your situation).
Without prejudice to legal and regulatory requirements applicable to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) S.A., Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. cannot be held liable for any investment decision you will have taken on the basis of the information contained in this website.
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If you are not satisfied with our services, you may file a complaint to your daily contact at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Luxembourg) SA or directly to the Chief Compliance Officer by post at 2, rue Peternelchen, L-2370 Howald, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be processed in the most efficient manner, your complaint shall contain sufficient and relevant details. We will acknowledge receipt within 5 business days after receipt of the complaint upon the date of receipt. Upon receipt, the person appointed to handle your complaint will provide you with regular follow-ups, if the object of the complaint requires it, and will endeavour to handle the complaint within 30 days.
If you deem our answer non-satisfactory, you also have the right to file your request with the CSSF (one year after your first filing with us at the latest). The CSSF provides all contact details on its website (https://www.cssf.lu/en/customer-complaints/).
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