LEGAL NOTICES

'Fieldfisher' is the trading name of Fieldfisher LLP, Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP, Fieldfisher (France) LLP, Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP and Fieldfisher (Silicon Valley) LLP. It also identifies Members of Fieldfisher Global, a Swiss Verein. Its members are 斐石 Fei Shi, a Partnership established under the laws of the People's Republic of China, Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati, a Partnership established under the laws of Italy and Fieldfisher NV a limited liability company established underthe laws of the Netherlands. Fieldfisher Global does not itself provide legal or any other services to clients.

The use of the name "Fieldfisher" and words or phrases such as "firm", "law firm", "network" or "international practice" is for convenience only and does not imply that all or any of such entities are in partnership together or accept responsibility for the acts or omissions of each other. Legal responsibility for the provision of services to clients is defined in engagement terms entered into between clients and the relevant Fieldfisher entity and these should be relied upon in determining liability for the services provided. Absent the explicit agreement and consent of both entities involved, no Fieldfisher entity is responsible for the acts or omissions of, nor has any authority to obligate or otherwise bind, any other Fieldfisher entity.

In order to provide our services, Fieldfisher will ask for information about you and the nature of the proposed work for the purpose of conflict checking, credit checking, client identification procedures and other bona fide purposes. This information (which may include personal data) may be disclosed to any Fieldfisher entity and/or some or all of their members for such purposes.

Frauds and Scams

Please be aware that in order to perpetrate a scam or fraud, criminals may pose as someone from Fieldfisher or Heatons (with whom we merged in April 2014) or Hill Hofstetter (with whom we merged in November 2016). Usually these scams or frauds are carried out by fake emails suggesting you may receive a financial benefit. The emails often also contain links to supposedly relevant websites. To be effective the scam or fraud requires you to enter into communication with the fraudster, either by responding to the email or clicking the attached link. If you receive an email of this nature do not correspond with the sender. It is highly unlikely that it originates from Fieldfisher. If you are advised that we have changed Fieldfisher banking details, asked for money or your bank details please contact us immediately at riskgroup@fieldfisher.com. We report scams that may constitute crimes to the Metropolitan Police and the National Crime Agency and to our regulators, the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Anti-Money Laundering

In the UK and other jurisdictions in which we operate we are required to identify clients for the purposes of applicable anti-money laundering legislation. Amongst other things, the type of client, its business and the geographical location will dictate the due diligence standard and documentary evidence we are required to obtain in order to do this. Where possible, we will obtain this information from publically available sources but in circumstance where the information is not available we will need to obtain the information directly from you. Information provided to us for these purposes may be shared with other Fieldfisher entities for the same purposes. If we are not able obtain all the necessary documentation within a reasonable time frame we may not be able to act for you.

Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption

Fieldfisher has anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies and procedures which apply to all our partners and employees worldwide. These policies prohibit the making, offering or promising to make a payment or transfer of anything of value including the provision of any service, gift or entertainment for any improper purpose or business advantage. These policies apply to dealings with all third parties on our behalf. They specifically prohibit such dealings with government personnel and other officials for the purpose of improperly obtaining or retaining business or for any other improper purpose or business advantage.

UNITED KINGDOM

Legal services are provided in London,  Manchester and Birmingham by Fieldfisher LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with number 0C318472. Fieldfisher LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA number 441075.

The term 'partner' is used to refer to a member of Fieldfisher LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or an individual with equivalent status in the Fieldfisher network. A list of the Members of Fieldfisher LLP and non-members designated as Partners is open to inspection at its registered office at Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT.

Fieldfisher LLP is registered for the purpose of VAT in England and Wales (VAT number GB232273784). Its professional indemnity insurance is provided by Libra Managers at Regis House, 45 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AN. Its territorial coverage is worldwide.

Legal services are also provided by FFW Worldwide Limited, a limited company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07527272, FFW Worldwide Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under registration number 560452.

FFW Worldwide Limited UK VAT registration number is GB 107684505. Its professional indemnity insurance is provided by Libra Managers at Regis House, 45 King William, Street London, EC4R 9AN. Its territorial coverage is worldwide.

Financial Services

Fieldfisher LLP is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 but we are able, in certain circumstances to offer a limited range of investment services to clients because it is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority which has complaints and redress procedures. We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Fieldfisher LLP is included on the register and maintained by the FCA so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity (the advising selling and administration of insurance contracts). The register can be accessed via the FCA Website. This part of our business including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Please note: any investment decision is for Fieldfisher clients to make and no communication by us should be treated as an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity.

Complaints

Fieldfisher is committed to providing high quality legal advice and client care. In the event of a problem with or a query about the way in which your matter is being handled or if you feel that our services can be improved, we would ask you in the first instance to raise the matter with the Partner with whom you deal or with the head of the business unit or office where the work has been carried out. In the event that you are dissatisfied with any of the services that we have provided to you, it is your right to complain. This includes your right to complain about any bill. Fieldfisher has a formal complaints procedure, a copy of which can be provided on request. Formal complaints should be addressed to our General Counsel, Tom Rider at tom.rider@fieldfisher.com.

If, for any reason, we are unable to resolve any problem between us, you may be able to use the complaints and redress procedures operated by the Legal Ombudsman. This service is open to all members of the public, certain small businesses, charities, clubs, societies, associations and trusts. The Legal Ombudsman's details of eligibility and requirements can be found here. There are time limits on making such a complaint, generally 6 months from our written response to your formal complaint and six years from the out/admission complained of or 3 years from you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint. Contact details for the Legal Ombudsman are www.legalombudsman.org.uk Phone: 0300 555 0333 or inquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the professional regulator of Fieldfisher LLP and handles complaints relating to professional misconduct. The Solicitors' Code of Conduct can be accessed here.

Client funds, payments on account and interest

Fieldfisher does not provide banking services and we will accept client funds only to the extent necessary to undertake professional services for you, and to hold money on account for anticipated costs and expenses including our own. Where Fieldfisher LLP holds money in its client accounts, interest will be paid that is fair and reasonable for the whole period for which the client money is held. Fieldfisher LLP holds client accounts with Lloyds Bank plc and Barclays Bank plc. Interest payable will be calculated by reference to the rate set by Lloyds Bank plc which is a variable rate subject to change. No interest is payable if the amount calculated on the balance held is £20 or less. In the event of  a negative balance you will be required to reimburse any charge for which we become liable.

Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013

If you have instructed us as an individual to act for you in your personal capacity, under the Consumer Contracts (information, cancellation and additional charges) Regulations 2013, you have the right to cancel your instructions within 14 days of receiving our client engagement letter. You can cancel your instruction by any clear statement setting out your decision to cancel. Once we have started work on your file you may be required to pay reasonable costs for work done up to the point of cancellation.

BELGIUM

We practise in Brussels through Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with Number OC361891. A list of the Members and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the registered office, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane London EC4R 3TT.

Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP's registration number for VAT in Belgium is BE 0652615604. Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP is insured by Libra Managers at Regis House, 45 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AN and also benefits from local/regional insurance in accordance with the requirements of the Belgian legal regulatory bodies.

Our Belgian lawyers are admitted to either the French speaking Brussels Bar or the Dutch speaking Brussels Bar.

Lawyers admitted to the Ordre Francais des Avocats du Barreau de Bruxelles (avocats)  are subject to the Règles Déontologiques (link English : http://www.barreaudebruxelles.info/index.php/en/our-bar/the-rules-of-professional-ethics).

Lawyers admitted to the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de balie van Brussel (advocaten) are subject to the Deontologiche Regelen (link in English): http://www.baliebrussel.be/nl/foreign-lawyers/ethical-and-professional-rules).

CHINA

In Beijing and Shanghai we operate by 斐石 (Fei Shi), a Partnership established under the laws of the People's Republic of China. Fei Shi is a Member of Fieldfisher Global, a Swiss Verein. Fieldfisher Global itself does not itself provide legal or any other services to clients. Each Fieldfisher Global Verein member accepts liability for the provision of service it provides. Unless explicit written agreement is given no Fieldfisher Verein member is responsible for the errors or omissions of nor has the authority to obligate or otherwise bind any other Fieldfisher Global Verein member or any member of the Fieldfisher network.

FRANCE

We operate in Paris through Fieldfisher (France) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under SBOC344902. A list of the Members and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the registered office, Riverbank House 2 Swan Lane London EC4R 3TT Fieldfisher (France) LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Fieldfisher (France) LLP is registered for the purpose of VAT in France under FR 12513618298. Fieldfisher (France) LLP's professional indemnity insurance is provided by Libra Managers at Regis House, 45 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AN and is in addition to the local/regional insurance requirements of the Paris Bar Association.

 Advocates must adhere to Le Reglement Interieur National: RIN. In accordance with the requirements of L' Ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Paris here.

GERMANY

We practise in DusseldorfHamburg, and Munich through Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC367684. A list of the Members and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the registered office, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane London EC4R 3TT.

Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP is registered for VAT in Germany under DE305590925.

The service provider (Diensteanbieter) of Fieldfisher’s website is: Fieldfisher LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with number 0C318472. Registered Office: Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT

E-mail: info@fieldfisher.com 
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7861 4000
VAT ID/ (Umsatzsteueridentifikationsnummer): GB232273784
Fieldfisher LLP is represented by Michael Chissick (Managing Partner)
Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP is represented by Michael Adam and Dr. Philipp Plog.

Unless otherwise stated, all German lawyers at Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practise as lawyers (Rechtsanwalt) and are Members of the Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer) for their respective offices. Rechtsanwaltskammer Dusseldorf, Freiligrathstraße 25, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany, Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg, Valentinskamp 88, 20355 Hamburg, Germany, Rechtsanwaltskammer Munich, Tal 33, 80331 München, Germany.

Relevant rules and regulations governing the professional conduct of lawyers admitted in Germany are provided by

  • Federal Lawyers Act (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung; BRAO);
  • Lawyers Compensation Act (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz; RBG);
  • Rules of Professional Practise (Berufsordnung; BRAO);
  • Rules of Professional Practise for specialist lawyers (Fachanwaltsordnung; FAO);
  • The European Lawyers in Germany Act (Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland; EuRAG);
  • The Code of Conduct of the Council of European Bars and Law Societies (Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Union; CCBE); and
  • Specific Rules of Professional Practise for Money Laundering (Berufsrechtliche Ergänzungen zum Geldwäschebekämpfungsgesetz; GwG)

The relevant professional rules and regulations for lawyers can be accessed and viewed under the Berufsrecht section of the Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer website www.brak.de.

Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP's professional indemnity insurance is provided by Libra Managers at Regis House, 45 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AN and is in addition to the local/regional insurance requirements of the relevant German Bar Associations. Its territorial coverage is worldwide.

For assistance in relation to a dispute regarding online services, you can refer to the EU Online Dispute Resolution website: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.  Please note that in accordance with Section 36 of the VSBG legislation ("Gesetz über die alternative Streitbeilegung in Verbrauchersachen "), our German offices are neither willing nor obliged to participate in a dispute settlement before a consumer arbitration body.

ITALY

In Rome, Milan, Venice and Turin we operate by Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati, a Partnership established under the laws of Italy whose principal office is Via della Moscova, 3 Milan 20121. Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati is a Member of Fieldfisher Global, a Swiss Verein. Fieldfisher Global does not provide legal or any other services to clients. Each Fieldfisher Global Verein member accepts liability for the services it provides.  Unless explicit written agreement is given no Fieldfisher Verein member is responsible for the errors or omissions of, nor has the authority to obligate or otherwise bind any other Fieldfisher Global Verein member or any member of the Fieldfisher network.

SASPI is registered for the purpose of VAT in Milan under VAT Number 13177810150.

NETHERLANDS

In Amsterdam we operate by Fieldfisher N. V., a limited liability company established under the laws of the Netherlands whose principal office is Amsteldijk 220, 1079LK, Amsterdam. Fieldfisher N.V. is registered with the Chamber of Commerce, number 67983758, and offers professional services as advocaten and civil law notaries (notarissen). Fieldfisher N.V. is a member of Fieldfisher Global, a Swiss Verein. Fieldfisher Global does not provide legal or any other services to clients. Each Fieldfisher Global Verein member accepts liability for the services it provides.  Unless explicit written agreement is given no Fieldfisher Verein member is responsible for the errors or omissions of, nor has the authority to obligate or otherwise bind any other Fieldfisher Global Verein member or any member of the Fieldfisher network.

Fieldfisher NV is registered for the purposes  VAT in The Netherlands under  VAT registration number: NL 8572.53.074.B.01

Terms of Business

A copy of the Fieldfisher NV terms and conditions can be downloaded here:

Dutch Version

English Version

(A printed copy will be provided on request).

 Complaints Procedure

If a client wishes to make a complaint, a copy of the Fieldfisher NV Complaints Handling Procedure can be downloaded here.

Third Party Bank Account details

Advocatuur: NL86ABNA0245969284 t.n.v. Stichting Beheer Derdengelden Fieldfisher

Notariaat: NL52ABNA0245991042 t.n.v. Fieldfisher N.V. inzake derdengelden Notariaat

SILICON VALLEY

Legal services are provided in California  by Fieldfisher (Silicon Valley ) LLP, company number 202012178001,  a limited liability partnership registered in California and recognised by the State Bar of California. Fieldfisher ( Silicon Valley ) LLP's professional indemnity insurance is provided by Libra Managers at Regis House , 45 King William Street London EC4R 9AN.



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