Andrea Aguiar

COO, Executive Director - Bank Resource Management
Morgan Stanley

No biography specified

Nancy Allen

Global Product Owner
DataLend

Nancy Allen is the product owner of DataLend, the securities finance market data division of EquiLend. As product owner, she is responsible for determining and delivering the product roadmap, including enhancements and new features, and managing its team of business analysts and technical staff. Allen has more than 15 years of experience in the securities finance market across client types, geographies and roles. Previously she worked at Northern Trust, where she was senior vice president and head of international fixed income securities lending trading, and held various positions in securities finance at State Street and Deutsche Bank. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Manage ... (view full description)

John Arnesen

Global Head of Agency Securities Lending
BNP Paribas

John Arnesen, Global Head of Agency Lending, BNP Paribas Securities Services John was appointed as the Head of the Agency Lending for BNP Paribas Securities Services in January 2011. He is responsible for all aspects of the business and is mandated to develop and drive the business forward with desks in London, New York and Sydney. Prior to 2011 he was a Senior Business Consultant with Data Explorers that he joined in 2009 as part of the DX Consulting team, which has a strong pedigree for the provision of research and consulting services to practitioners throughout the securities financing industry. They use performance and risk benchmarking tools to improve beneficial owners' underst ... (view full description)

Andrew Auslander

Former Head of Risk Management
Itaú Unibanco

No biography specified

Viktoria Baklanova

Senior Financial Analyst
Office of Financial Research, U.S. Department of Treasury

Viktoria Baklanova, Senior Financial Analyst, joined the OFR's Current Analysis team in 2014 after nearly 15 years in the financial services industry. She has an extensive background in short-term funding markets and asset management. She has written OFR briefs and working papers and contributed to OFR annual reports. Baklanova also leads the interagency bilateral repo and securities lending data collection projects. She previously worked at Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service, and Landor Capital Management LLC.  She coauthored a book, Money Market Funds in the EU and the US: Regulation and Practice, and has published in various law and financial journals. Baklanova has a do ... (view full description)

Michael Barrett

Head of Collateral Management Services and Solutions
GENPACT Capital Markets

No biography specified

Peter Bassler

Managing Director, Business Development
eSecLending

Peter Bassler is a Managing Director at eSecLending. In his current role, he is the Global Head of Business Development. Peter joined eSecLending in 2008 and has more than 22 years of industry experience. Prior to eSecLending, Peter was the Director of Institutional Marketing and Client Management at Dresdner Kleinwort Agency Securities Lending (now Deutsche Bank). Prior to this role, Peter was a Senior Vice President at Allianz Global Investors. Prior to Allianz, Peter was a Vice President of Origination and Investor Marketing within Global Markets at Deutsche Bank in New York. Peter began his career at Deutsche Bank as a commercial banker and credit analyst within the Financial Institution ... (view full description)

Shawn Bengtson

Vice President, Investment
Woodmen of the World

C. Shawn Bengtson, Ph.D., CFA, CIOP is the Vice President, Investment for WoodmenLife. Shawn is committed to integrating enterprise risk management into investment decision-making. She has 25 years’ experience in insurance practice; she has also spent a number of years as a professor in finance and investments. Shawn holds a MS in Actuarial Science and a BS degree in mathematics and statistics.
 
Shawn actively volunteers in the community with a number of nonprofit organizations, and relishes the opportunity to continually learn.
 

Chris Benish

Investment Analyst
State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Christopher Benish, CFA
Analyst
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Chris Benish is an analyst in the Asset and Risk Allocation group at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) where he is part of a team focusing on liquidity/collateral management, asset allocation, risk analysis and exposure management.

Ed Blount

Executive Director
Center for the Study of Financial Market Evolution

Ed Blount has testified as an expert in fiduciary services and securities finance before all three branches of the United States federal government. He serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Financial Market Evolution (CSFME), in Washington, D.C., and senior research fellow at Fordham University's Center for International Policy Studies in New York. Ed is also president of Advanced Securities Consulting, LLC., a regulatory compliance and litigation support firm. In 1993, while CEO of ASTEC Consulting, a firm he later sold to SunGard Data Systems, Ed created the first securities lending benchmarks for an institutional research cooperative of 150 securities lenders, 30 len ... (view full description)

Robert Boraczek

Executive Director,Global Prime Finance
JP Morgan Securities LLC

Robert joined JP Morgan Prime Services in 2008 and currently manages the International Sec Lending and Swap team in NY .  He has over twenty years of experience where he spent time in New York and London.  Prior to JP Morgan he worked for Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.  He graduated from Providence College in 1994.
 

William Bryce

Vice President - Treasurer's Office
Deutsche Asset Management

No biography specified

Arianne Collette

Executive Director – Bank Resource Management
Morgan Stanley

Arianne Collette is an Executive Director and the Global SFT Project Manager of the CCP Strategy, Governance and Optimization team within Bank Resource Management at Morgan Stanley.  In her project management and product development role she is responsible for the strategy, development and execution of Securities Finance Transaction ("SFT") centralized clearing initiatives globally.  Prior to joining the CCP team, Arianne was the North America Head of Trading and Execution for the Firm Secured Funding desk, trading both Fixed Income and Equity products.  Previous to this, she was a trader on the Securities Lending desk covering hedge fund clients.  Arianne has over 15 years expe ... (view full description)

Scott Cowan

Investment Risk Analyst
T. Rowe Price

No biography specified

Tim D'Arcy

SVP
FIS ASTEC Analytics

No biography specified

Sudha Datta

Head of Operations (Retired)
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Sudha Datta , retired in April 2016 , after over 20 years with the Abu Dhbai Investment Authority (ADIA) , a sovereign wealth fund with a global , diversified portfolio of holdings across sectors, geographies and asset classes. At ADIA , he was responsible for custody, securities lending and investment operations. His role included the selection of custodians, security lending agents and the maintenance of custody and securities lending relationships. He was instrumental in starting securities lending program in ADIA. He also played a  major part in setting up a new Operations department in ADIA.  On 30 November, 2016, Global Custodian honored in with a rare and prestigious "Ind ... (view full description)

Jerry Davis

CIO
American Pension Professionals/Piedmont Family Offices

Commander Jerry D. Davis is the Employee Representative on the Board of Trustees for the New Orleans Employees' Retirement System. He was first elected to this five-member board in 1986 and was re-elected for his eighth term effective July 1, 2008. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 1994, after serving as Chairman of the Investment Committee for seven years, during which time the Fund progressed from a fixed-income-only allocation to a balanced mix of asset classes. During his unprecedented tenure, the Fund has earned over $700 million from a base of $94 million, while providing generous pensions and minimizing the Employer's burden. In his CEO role, Jerry manages relati ... (view full description)

Geoffrey Davis

Partner
Patton Boggs LLP

Geoff Davis concentrates his practice in domestic and international business transactions, including all phases of structuring, drafting, and negotiating private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, securities offerings (and periodic reporting matters), joint ventures, and secured and unsecured loan transactions for large and small private and public companies, financial institutions, and primarily sovereign entities. Mr. Davis represents clients across a broad range of industry groups, including emerging technologies, telecommunications, energy, banking, foods, real estate, textiles, chemicals, and computer technologies. He has extensive global experience in pri ... (view full description)

Geoffrey Davis

Partner
Squire Patton Boggs

Geoff Davis concentrates his practice in domestic and international business transactions, including all phases of structuring, drafting and negotiating private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, securities offerings (and periodic reporting matters), joint ventures and secured and unsecured loan transactions for large and small private and public companies, financial institutions and primarily, sovereign wealth funds based in the Middle East. Geoff represents clients investing in a broad range of industry groups, including emerging technologies, biotech, telecommunications, energy, banking, foods, ship ... (view full description)

Chip Dempsey

SVP & Chief Commercial Officer
OCC

Chip Dempsey is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at OCC. OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. In this role, Mr. Dempsey is responsible for OCC's strategy, planning and business and product development efforts. Prior to joining OCC, he served as Executive Director of Principal Strategic Investments for Morgan Stanley where he co-led investments in market structure and fintech companies, and formulated investment theses regarding such areas as distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence and emerging markets. Mr. Dempsey's previous clearinghouse experience includes the re-engineering of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation after the de ... (view full description)

Dan Dougherty

COO
EquiLend Clearing Services

Dan Dougherty is the COO of EquiLend Clearing Services. He has spent more than a decade at EquiLend in various roles including COO for North America; global head of Relationship Management; and global co-head of Sales & Marketing.

Prior to EquiLend, Dougherty worked for Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital, as well as independent consulting engagements with other major banks and broker-dealers.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Siena College and is Series 7, 24 and 63 licensed.

Chris Ekonomidis

Director, Business Consulting
Sapient Global Markets

No biography specified

Maria Fiorini Ramirez

CEO
Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc.

No biography specified

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eSecLending

No biography specified

Robert Goobie

Portfolio Manager Fixed Income & Derivatives
Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan

No biography specified

Melissa Gow

Director | Securities Finance
IHS Markit

Melissa Gow, Director of Securities Finance at IHS Markit.  Melissa has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with the last 14 focused on securities finance.  She joined Data Explorers in 2008 as the Head of Account Management for North America, and became part of the Markit team through the 2012 acquisition. Prior to Data Explorers, Melissa worked at EquiLend as the head of Sales and Marketing, and also had roles at Goldman Sachs and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS).  Melissa holds an M.B.A in Finance and Information Systems from New York University, and a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University. 
 

Theresa Hajost

Special Counsel, Office of Trading Practices
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Ms. Hajost is an attorney in the Office of Trading Practices, Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tim Harrold

Partner
CORE Collateral

Tim Harrold is a Co-Founder of CORE Collateral, an Independent Consultancy which supports market participants from across the Industry in meeting the diverse challenges they face from the current complex regulatory and trading environment. Alongside its Consultancy activity, CORE Collateral is also developing new product solutions specifically geared towards improving Collateral velocity and efficiency. Tim has nearly 30 years of experience in the Securities Financing and Collateral Industry having started his career at Morgan Stanley in 1987 where he was part of the original team that launched International Prime Brokerage. He joined Lehman Brothers in 1992 ultimately becoming G ... (view full description)

Bob Hollinger

Partner
Barrington Partners

Robert B. Hollinger, Jr. brings more than 25 years of information technology and business leadership experience to his role at Barrington Partners.  His background includes strategic business and technology planning, organizational development, program management, systems development and integration, and investment management operations.  Prior to joining Barrington Partners, Mr. Hollinger served as VP & CTO of the Rydex Funds.  He has also served as: VP, MIS, Fidelity Investments Systems Company in Boston, MA; Chief Information Officer, BlueCross and BlueShield of Massachusetts; and Director, Management Systems for Procter & Gamble.   At Barrington ... (view full description)

Patricia Humbert

CIO
Office of the Arizona State Treasurer

Patricia (Patty) Humbert is the Chief Investment Officer for the State of Arizona Treasurer’s Office, with management and direction of the $15 billion portfolio, consisting of the $5 billion Permanent Endowment, $6 billion State Agency investments and the $4 billion Local Government Investment Pools (LGIP).

Patty began her career with the Treasurer’s Office in 1996 and served as the Assistant Deputy Treasurer and Senior Portfolio Manager. After a brief leave, Ms. Humbert returned in 2007, and was promoted to CIO in January of 2014.

Previous positions; VP at Metropolitan West Asset Management and VP at Bank of America.

Cherie Jeffries

Director of Fixed Income Trading
FL State Board of Administration

No biography specified

Roger Joseph

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

No biography specified

Sonelius Kendrick-Smith

Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
Deutsche Bank

No biography specified

Laura Klimpel

Executive Director, Clearing Agency Services
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Laura Klimpel is Executive Director of DTCC Clearing Agency Services. In this role Klimpel supports the development and implementation of overall strategy and priority of initiatives for DTCC’s Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU) businesses. She works with cross-functional teams and industry partners to devise strategies for building new products and services for SIFMU businesses that mitigate risk, create market efficiencies and reduce costs.   Prior to her current role, Klimpel was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at New York Portfolio Clearing, LLC (NYPC) for four years. During this time she led the effort to obtain registration as a derivatives ... (view full description)

Len Lipton

Managing Director
GlobeTax

Len Lipton manages the firm’s sales and marketing activities for the Americas. His responsibilities encompass promotion of the company’s services to custodians and asset managers, including spearheading the firm’s business development activities to the hedge fund community. Len also participates in the firm’s product development efforts so that GlobeTax can continue to provide the highest levels of service to its clients in the rapidly changing global tax landscape. Prior to joining GlobeTax in 2004, Len focused on new business and relationship management with Elkins/McSherry, LLC (a State Street Company) as a Managing Director, assisting institutional investors in monitoring por ... (view full description)

William Locke

Chief Risk Officer
eSecLending

William “Bill” Locke joined eSecLending in January 2014. Bill is responsible for identifying, quantifying and managing market and credit risk in eSecLending’s securities financing and cash management programs. Bill brings over 33 years of industry experience, which includes work on policy development, credit risk management, customized trade structures, interest rate risk management and collateral eligibility and valuation. Prior to joining eSecLending, Bill worked as a Financial Services Market Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Vice President of Global Securities Lending at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) and Managing Director of Securities Finance at State Street Bank and Tr ... (view full description)

Irv Lowenberg

Treasurer
City of Southfield, MI

Irv Lowenberg has been the elected Treasurer for the City of Southfield, Michigan since 2005. Southfield has a daytime population nearing 175,000. It is Michigan’s suburban business center with 26 million square feet of office space and more than 9,000 businesses. The city has over 80 “Fortune 500” companies. Irv is a distinguished graduate of City University of N.Y./Baruch College of Business - Finance/Accounting program. Mr. Lowenberg made the National Deans List, was a Baruch Scholar, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business school honor society. He is very active in many government finance organizations such as: Finance and Legislative Advisory Committees of the Michigan Muni ... (view full description)

Stephen Malekian

Head of US Business Development
Elixium



Stephen has over 35 years of experience in the global financing markets, having run Global Fixed Income Finance and Prime Services at Citi also European and Asian Fixed Income Finance at Barclays.  Steve has been Chairman of SIFMA’s Executive Committee of their Funding Division,  member of the New York Federal Reserve Task Force on Triparty Reform, as well as a member of the European Repo Council and the LCH Risk Committee.
 
 

Gene Picone

Director, Global Prime Services
Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.

Gene is a Director in Scotiabank Prime Services Division. In addition to overseeing Scotias agency securities lending offering Gene has responsibility for various aspects or sales, product and client management within the prime brokerage division. He recently has been tasked with the roll out of Scotias prime services products in the Latin America region. Prior to joining Scotia Gene was a Managing Director at Wachovia Global Securities Lending, a division of Wachovia Bank. While at Wachovia Gene was responsible to Global Distribution, Client Management and Product Development. Gene was also a member of the firms Executive, Investment and Credit Committees. Prior ... (view full description)

Bill Pridmore

President
William F. Pridmore, Ltd.

Bill has over 30 years of diversified experience as an independent consultant and senior manager in Institutional Trust and Commercial Banking. This includes extensive experience in all aspects of Global Securities Lending, Global Custody, Master Trust Securities Operations and Securities Finance. Bill currently works as an independent consultant out of an office in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He provides advice to large institutional investors on their participation in the securities lending and short-term investment markets. His consulting clients have include large public and private pension funds, multinational insurance companies and mutual fund complexes. For the potential lender ... (view full description)

Phil Prince

Managing Director, Head of Treasury
Pine River Capital Management

Prince is a Managing Director of Pine River Capital Management and Head of Treasury based in New York. He is the Chairman of Pine River’s Brokerage Committee and Counterparty Credit Committee. Prior to joining Pine River, Phil was at Goldman Sachs from 1983 to 2014, most recently as Managing Director and head of Central Funding within the Investment Management Division. In this role, he managed the team responsible for financing, cash management and liquidity risk management. Phil began his tenure at Goldman in 1983 as an Associate in Repurchase Finance and later held a variety of positions including head of U.S. dollar funding for GS Group, general collateral trader, GSE debt t ... (view full description)

Michael Saunders

Head of Securities Lending Investments & Trading
BNP Paribas

Michael Saunders is Head of Investments & Trading, Securities Lending North America at BNP Paribas. In this capacity, Mr. Saunders is responsible for managing client lending and cash collateral reinvestment portfolios with a focus on risk management. Mr. Saunders is also a member of the securities lending groups Investment Committee and Product Management Committee. Mr. Saunders has extensive knowledge of investment grade, short-duration investment products which assist in the construction of client portfolios consisting of 2a-7 like assets including corporate bonds, asset-backed commercial paper, securitized products and other liquid assets. His professional experience also ... (view full description)

Manmohan Singh

Senior Economist
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

No biography specified

Mark Skowron

Senior Vice President, Head of US Trading
Northern Trust

Mark currently manages the U.S. Equity and Fixed Income trading desks in Global Securities Lending. Mark joined Securities Lending in 1996 as a trader on the U.S. Equity desk with responsibility for trading American depositary receipts and corporate actions and began managing the desk in 2000. He has been managing all U.S. trading activity since 2009.   Prior to joining the Securities Lending team, Mark spent five years in various operations roles, including manager of Mortgage Backed Securities Processing. In 1991, he joined the Cash Investment Management unit where he managed the investment of securities lending cash collateral as well as other short duration fixed ... (view full description)

Tim Smollen

Global Head of Agency Securities Lending
Deutsche Bank AG Filale New York

Tim Smollen serves in two capacities for Deutsche Bank.  He is Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Agency Securities Lending (ASL) Program as well as serving at the regional Head of Investor Services in the Americas.   As Global Head of ASL, Tim currently oversees all aspects of the business and the 70+ strong lending team which is based in NY, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Sydney.  Tim has over 24 years of securities lending experience which includes running both custodial and 3rd party lending platforms in both global markets and securities services organizations. Tim is also responsible for Deutsche Bank's Investor Services businesses in the US and Latin America which include substantial op ... (view full description)

Craig Starble

CEO
eSecLending

Craig Starble joined eSecLending in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining eSecLending, Craig was the Founder and CEO of Premier Global Securities Lending, LLC (PGSL), where he was responsible for designing and launching a new securities lending operation. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President and Head of State Street Banks global securities lending division, responsible for directing a vertically organized global division of 450 individuals comprised of trading, client service, product development, sales, operations, technology, credit/risk and asset/liability management professionals. Craig was also a Co-Founder and CFO for Shoebuy.com, and Managing Director for ... (view full description)

Anthony Toscano

Managing Director, Head of US Trading
Deutsche Bank

Anthony Toscano is Co - Head of Deutsche Bank’s North American Securities Lending business. He is currently responsible for Asset/Liability Trading and all aspects of risk management.    He is part of a core-team of individuals who founded Deutsche Non-Custodial Securities Lending program which has developed into one of the premier providers in the industry. Anthony has over 20 years of securities finance experience from both agent and principal perspectives as well as custodial and non-custodial perspectives. Prior to Deutsche, Anthony spent nine years at J.P. Morgan.  Anthony was the liability manager for J.P. Morgan’s securities lending product a ... (view full description)

James Vance

Vice President and Treasurer
Western & Southern Financial Group

James Vance, Vice President and Treasurer, The Western & Southern Financial Group, was appointed Treasurer in 1999. As Treasurer, Jim oversees enterprise wide Corporate Finance, Cash Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management, Mortgage Loan Servicing, and Payroll. Jim manages the Insurance Company as well as the Pension Fund Securities Lending Program and also review of the Touchstone Mutual Fund Securities Lending Program, owned by Western & Southern. Jim also has managerial oversight for enterprise wide Collateral Management. Prior to joining Western & Southern Jim Director of Corporate Finance had numerous Treasury responsibilities with Eastman Kodak, ... (view full description)

Lance Wargo

North American Head of Agency Securities Lending
BNP Paribas

No biography specified

Robert Wittie

Partner
K&L Gates LLP

Mr. Wittie concentrates in securities and financial transactions and the regulation of investment companies and financial institutions.  He represents investment company and other beneficial owners, as well as lending agents, in connection with their U.S. and international securities lending programs.  He also regularly assists financial services clients in connection with a range of matters, including secured credit, derivatives, equity finance, regulatory compliance and documentation issues.  Mr. Wittie has spoken frequently on securities lending and other topics. Mr. Wittie has written and lectured on a variety of legal topics and has served on the special drafting committees ... (view full description)

Jay Wolstenholme

Senior Analyst, Securities & Investments Group
Celent, a division of Oliver Wyman

Jay Wolstenholme is a senior analyst with Celent’s Securities and Investments practice and is based in the firm's New York office. His research focuses on Investment Services including portfolio management, portfolio accounting, collateral management and all front, middle and back office processes. His professional experience includes, equities, fixed income, commodities and derivatives trading and processing.   Jay has over 25 years of experience within Investment Services handling technology and business processes for equity, fixed income and treasury trading desks. He has managed, developed and overseen implementations of trading, pricing, analytics and risk systems including ... (view full description)

Brian Yeazel

Managing Director - Fixed Income
Mason Street Advisors



Mr. Yeazel is a senior portfolio manager at Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Co, an investment subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Life. He has over 25 years of experience in fixed income portfolio management and trading. As a portfolio manager, Mr. Yeazel is responsible for Treasury securities, short-term investments and securities lending across all client portfolios at Mason Street Advisors. He is also responsible for asset allocation and duration strategy for client portfolios. Mr. Yeazel earned his Bachelors degree in Economics (1987) and an MBA in Finance (1988) from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his CFA in 1993.
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*Changes in Terms and Conditions. IMN may at any time revise the terms and conditions by which you may access the website or use IMN products or services. By using this website and IMN products and services, you agree to be bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to determine the then current version of this document.

*Limitation of Liability. Neither we, nor any of our suppliers, officers, employees, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, agents or representatives (our "Representatives") will be liable to you for:

(a) any incidental, punitive, indirect, special or consequential damage, loss or expenses, including but not limited to any loss of business, contracts, revenue, or profits, any business interruption, security breach, loss of data, loss of goodwill or reputation or other pecuniary loss suffered by you, even if we or any of our Representatives have been advised of their possible existence; nor? (b) any direct damage loss or expenses arising from loss of customers, loss of profits, loss of anticipated profits or loss of savings.

*Termination. You may terminate this Agreement, for any or no reason, at any time, when IMN receives notice from you. IMN may terminate the Agreement and your account for any reason or no reason, at any time, with or without notice. This cancellation shall be effective immediately or as may be specified in the notice and may include disabling your current and future access to DirectConnect. IMN may also suspend or terminate this Agreement if you invite other users with whom you do not know to connect; abuse the any DirectConnect messaging services; creating multiple or false profiles; infringe on any intellectual property rights, violating any provisions in this Agreement, disparage IMN or its executives, Board members, affiliates, staff or other related entities or persons, or exhibit any other behavior that IMN, in its sole discretion, deems contrary to the purpose of the website.

*No Waiver. Failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under these Terms does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy.

*Entire Agreement. These terms (including any terms incorporated by reference in these terms), constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to your access to and use of the website or receipt of any service and supersede all prior agreements, negotiations and discussions between you and us relating to the same.

*Law and Jurisdiction. Where you visit, register and/or subscribe to a this site or related service (as indicated on this website or otherwise notified to you), these terms (and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these terms, including non-contractual disputes or claims), to the maximum extent permissible under the law of the territory that you are located in, will be governed by the laws of the State of New York. Any action to enforce these terms shall be brought in a federal court or a state court located in the state of New York, county of New York, and you agree to submit yourself to the personal jurisdiction of those courts in any such action.

*Force Majeure. We shall not be deemed to be in breach of these Terms by reason of any delay in performing, or any failure to perform any service or our obligations in relation to these Terms, if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, explosions, floods, fire or accident, war or threat of war, terrorism or threat of terrorism, sabotage, civil disturbance, epidemics, prohibitions or measures of any kind on the part of any governmental, parliamentary or local authority, import or export regulations or embargoes, or industrial actions or trade disputes (whether involving our employees or of third parties).

*Severability. If any provision of these Terms is found to be wholly or partially invalid, void or unenforceable by any court having competent jurisdiction or by virtue of any legislation or any other reason, that provision shall be invalid, void or unenforceable to that extent only and no further and the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions of these Terms shall not be affected.

*Notices. Any notice given pursuant to these Terms shall be made by email or first class post, in the case of you, to the address provided on your registration form and, in the case of us, to the address posted on the website or otherwise notified to you in relation to any relevant service. Any such notice shall be deemed to have arrived if sent by post within three (3) days of posting and if sent by email at the time of transmission.

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