Clearwater’s Terms of Business for Companies
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Clearwater’s Terms of Business for Companies

The following comprise the terms and conditions governing the relationships between (1) Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited (the “Administrator”, and the expression “Indemnified Person” means the Administrator and each of its employees, agents, officers and servants from time to time), (2) the relevant company to which the Administrator provides or is to provide services (the “Company”) and (3) the beneficial owner(s) of the issued share capital of the Company (the “Owner”).

The services to be provided (the “Services”) are detailed in the letter of engagement (as amended from time to time) (the “Letter”) to which these Terms and Conditions are attached and should be read in conjunction with the Letter. The Letter and these Terms and Conditions constitute the basis on which the Administrator is to provide services to the Company (and together constitute the “Agreement”).

The Owner gives the undertakings and indemnities set out herein in consideration for the Administrator agreeing to provide the Services to the Companies.

1. The Administrator’s duties

  1. The Administrator is appointed to act by the Company and its duties are owed solely to the Company on the basis of these Terms and Conditions. The Administrator will provide the Services (or such other services as may be agreed in writing between the Company and the Administrator) with the reasonable skill and care of a professional corporate service provider in all cases as soon as reasonably practical.
  2. The Owner and the Company hereby agrees that in connection with the provision of the Services the Administrator may instruct legal or other advisors from time to time on behalf of the Company and it is agreed that such costs shall be covered by the indemnity arrangements referred to herein.

2. The duties of the Companies and the Owner

  1. The Owner and the Company hereby agrees that upon the request of the Administrator to provide to the Administrator such information, records and financial statements as it considers necessary in order to ensure that the Company complies with all applicable legislation and that any officers provided by it can perform their duties to the standard imposed by all applicable legislation and as the companies/directors may reasonably request.
  2. The Owner is responsible for ensuring that they have taken and warrants that they have taken tax and legal advice in all relevant jurisdictions outside the Isle of Man with regard to the establishment and operation of the Company and that the activities or proposed activities of the Company will not breach the laws of any relevant jurisdiction. The Administrator will advise when such advice may be required. It is acknowledged that Administrator is not able to provide tax or legal advice.
  3. In order to enable the Administrator to meet its legal and regulatory obligations in respect of the administration of the Company, the Owner and the Company hereby agrees to keep it fully and promptly informed of the ownership of the issued share capital of the Company and of any changes or dealings in relation thereto (whether by transfer or grant of option or agreement to do so or otherwise).
  4. The Owner and the Company undertakes forthwith to inform the Administrator of any other matters that might affect the Company and/or the Administrator’s willingness to provide, or continue to provide, any of the services described in the Letter or any matter that is material to the management or affairs of the Company.
  5. The Owner irrevocably agrees that the Administrator can (but shall not in any event be obliged to) rely on communications received from him in determining what steps it is required to take in administering the Companies.

3.  Fees and invoicing arrangements

  1. A schedule of the Administrator’s scale of charges as at the date of the Letter is attached to the Letter. Subject to any contrary agreement in relation to annual or other periodic charges the Administrator shall be entitled to vary such scale of charges by not less than 45 days’ notice in writing to the Owner. All fees and charges are exclusive of VAT and other applicable duties (if any), which shall be payable in addition to such fees and charges.
  2. The Company and the Owner, jointly and severally, agrees forthwith on demand to indemnify the Administrator in respect of all and any liabilities, costs or expenses incurred by the Administrator in the course of providing the Services described in the Letter, including in particular but without limitation any liability arising as a result of any notices services under US legislation. The Administrator will not be required to incur any expenses or make any payments in the course of providing the Services unless the Administrator has received sufficient funds in advance.
  3. Fee notes (including disbursements incurred on behalf of the Companies) will be rendered to the Companies periodically. The Owner agrees to pay and discharge any such invoice forthwith on demand in the event that it remains unpaid 30 days after the due day for payment.
  4. The Administrator shall be entitled and is irrevocably authorised to withdraw funds from any moneys held by it on behalf of, or any account managed by it on behalf of, the Owner and/or the Company in order to discharge all and any fees and expenses payable hereunder.
  5. The Company and the Owner agree that the Administrator and its associated companies and their officers, agents and employees shall be entitled to retain any commission or fee which is paid or may become payable to them notwithstanding that such commission or fee is payable as a direct or indirect result of this appointment or any dealing with property which is or may become associated with the appointment hereunder. The Administrator shall advise the Company and the Owner if it becomes entitled to any such commission or fee.

4.  Indemnity and Limitation of Liability

  1. To the extent permitted by law the Owner and the Company jointly and severally undertake and agree to indemnify each Indemnified Person against all and any costs, claims, losses, expenses, damages and liabilities whatsoever (including without limitation legal costs and expenses) that may be incurred or suffered by any Indemnified Person however arising (other than by reason of a Wrongful Act on the part of any Indemnified Person) in connection with the provision of the Services or the performance of this Agreement and/or their duties as officers of the Company. The Administrator accepts this indemnity for itself and as trustee for each Indemnified Person.
  2. The Administrator shall not be liable to the Owner or the Company in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by the Administrator under this Agreement.

5. Information and confidentiality

  1. The Administrator agrees that where the Owner or the Company gives it confidential information subject as stated herein it shall use all reasonable endeavours to keep it confidential.
  2. The Administrator reserves the right to act for other clients (including competitors of the Owner/Company).
  3. The Owner and the Company acknowledges that the Administrator is bound by regulatory and other obligations under the law of the jurisdiction in which the Services are provided and the jurisdiction of incorporation of the Company and agrees that any reasonable action or inaction on the part of the Administrator as a result thereof shall not constitute a breach of the Administrator’s duties hereunder.
  4. Any report, letter, information or advice the Administrator gives to the Owner during this engagement is given in confidence solely for the purpose of this engagement and is provided on condition that the Owner undertakes not to disclose the same, or any other confidential information made available to the Owner by the Administrator without its prior written consent save where it is legally obliged to do so.
  5. The Administrator shall not in any event be required or obliged to take any action which it reasonably considers to be unlawful or improper or which may cause it or any Indemnified Person to incur any personal liability and the Company and the Owner agree that the Administrator shall not be liable for refusing to take any such action.
  6. Notwithstanding any provision hereof the Administrator shall be entitled and is irrevocably authorised, to open and read all and any correspondence, letter, fax or other communication received by the Company and/or it on behalf of the Company or the Owner.

6. Monies held by the Administrator

  1. Moneys held by the Administrator on behalf of the Company and/or the Owner shall be held in a client account in trust for the Company or the Owner as the case may be.
  2. The Administrator shall not pay interest on amounts held in Clearwater Fiduciary Services client account.

7. Notices

  1. Any notice or other document to be served by any Party under this Agreement must be in writing and may be delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid letter post or facsimile transmission to the party to be served at that party’s address as set out in the Letter (or as varied from time to time by notice in writing in accordance herewith from time to time).
  2. The Company/Owner hereby authorises the Administrator to communicate with them by unencrypted electronic mail and agrees that the Administrator shall have no liability for any loss or liability incurred by the Owner/Company by reason of the use of electronic mail (whether arising from viruses or otherwise) and hereby releases the Administrator from any such liability. The Administrator shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the transmission by it of an infected email. However the Administrator shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its electronic mail services are kept in reasonable condition.

8. Assignment

The terms of this engagement shall be binding upon and enure for the benefit of the successors of the parties but shall not be assignable in whole or in part by either parties without the prior written consent of the other provided that the Administrator shall be entitled to assign its rights and liabilities hereunder by not less than 30 days’ notice to the Company and the Owner.

9. Termination and Suspension of Services

  1. This Agreement may be terminated by the Administrator or the Owner or the Company by giving 30 days written notice (or such shorter notice as the other parties may agree to accept) to the other parties whereupon this Agreement and the obligations of the parties (save as set out in clauses 4 and 5 and in respect of antecedent breaches) shall cease and terminate.
  2. This Agreement may be terminated with immediate effect by notice in writing by either the Company or the Administrator in the event that:-
    (a) the other party commits any material breach of its obligations under this agreement or under any other agreement between the parties; or
    (b) the other party goes into liquidation (except for the purpose of a bona fide solvent amalgamation or re-organisation) or is declared bankrupt; or a bankruptcy petition is presented against him or a receiver or administrator is appointed in respect of it; or
    (c) any encumbrancer takes possession of a material part of the property of the other party or execution is levied in respect of the other party’s assets; or
    (d) The Owner transfers their share/(s) or the beneficial interest in their share/(s) to a third party without the prior approval of the Administrator; or
    (e) anything analogous to any of the foregoing occurs in relation to the other under the law of any jurisdiction.
  3. The Administrator shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by written notice to the Company in the event that any legal proceedings are commenced against the Company (including any injunction or investigation proceedings).
  4. Termination shall be without prejudice to any rights or liabilities of any party either arising prior to termination or arising in respect of any act or omission occurring prior to termination.
  5. In the event of termination, the Administrator shall not be obliged to return all or any part of the fees and expenses paid to it hereunder (save for amounts paid on account of disbursements to be incurred).
  6. In the event of termination, the Administrator shall not be obliged to return all or any part of the fees and expenses paid to it hereunder (save for amounts paid on account of disbursements to be incurred).
  7. In the event of termination the Administrator, the Company and the Owner shall each arrange that all such acts are done as may be necessary to give effect to such termination and the Owner shall within 30 days of the date of termination procure the appointment of a successor administrator and replacement officers and the Administrator shall, subject to payment of all amounts due to it, co-operate with the Owner in relation to such appointments.
  8. Upon the termination of this Agreement, the Administrator shall deliver to the Company or to whom it may direct all books of account, correspondence and records relating to the affairs of the Company which are the property of the Company and which are in the Administrator’s possession.
  9. Where the Administrator is entitled to terminate this Agreement in accordance with Clause 9.2 the Administrator shall be entitled, without prejudice to such right to terminate, to suspend the provision of services hereunder for such period and on such basis as it may determine and during such period the Administrator shall not have any duty to provide any service hereunder provided that the Administrator gives the Owner immediate notice of its intention to so terminate.
  10. The Company hereby acknowledges that notwithstanding the right of the Administrator to terminate or suspend its services in accordance herewith the Administrator (and/or its officers, agents and employees) may have continuing regulatory/fiduciary duties under applicable law. Accordingly, without prejudice to its rights, it is agreed that the Administrator shall be entitled (but not obliged) to continue to provide services so as to discharge such duties and shall be entitled to charge it’s applicable rate for the provision thereof and to take any appropriate legal steps having regard to the particular circumstances.

10. Entire Agreement

These Terms and Conditions and the Letter constitute the entire agreement between the parties in relation to the provision of services to the Company and may only be varied by agreement in writing signed by or on behalf of the parties (save that the fees chargeable hereunder shall be variable as stated in the fee schedule).

11. Law and jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions and the Agreement shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with Isle of Man Law and any dispute arising in respect thereof shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Isle of Man High Court and the Companies and the Owner hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man High Court.


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