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Contents

  1. About Ernst & Young
  2. The “ey.com” website
  3. Legal Disclaimer

1.  About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.  Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

“Ernst & Young” refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited (“EYG”), each of which is a separate legal entity. EYG, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

The Ernst & Young network is divided into five areas: Americas, EMEIA, Far East, EMEIA, Japan and EMEIA.

Americas
The member firms of EYG operating in North, Central and South America, as well as Ernst & Young (Israel) Ltd. (the “Americas Area Firms”), are separate and independent legal entities that are, directly or indirectly, members of Ernst & Young Americas LLC.

Ernst & Young Americas LLC is a Delaware limited liability company that coordinates the activities of the Americas Area Firms. It does not provide professional services to clients and does not participate in client engagements. Although Ernst & Young LLC oversees implementation of EYG policies at Americas Area Firms and facilitates their cooperation, it does not control or manage, or have any ownership interest in, any Americas Area Firm. Ernst & Young Americas LLC is not the agent of any Americas Area Firm, nor does it have any authority to represent or bind any thereof.  No Americas Area Firm is the agent of Ernst & Young Americas LLC, nor may any of them represent or bind Ernst & Young Americas LLC in any way.

EMEIA 
The member firms of EYG that operate in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (the “EMEIA Firms”) are separate and independent legal entities and are, directly or indirectly, members of Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited.

Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited is an English company limited by guarantee and is the principal governance entity in EMEIA for the EMEIA Firms. Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited does not carry on any trade or other activities with a view to profit and it is prohibited by its constitution from providing professional services. Accordingly, it does not participate in client engagements. Furthermore, although it facilitates the coordination of these firms and cooperation between them, Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited does not control or manage or have any ownership interest in any EMEIA Firm. Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited does not act as agent for or have any authority to represent or bind any EMEIA Firm and no EMEIA Firm acts as agent for or has any authority to represent or bind Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited.

Ernst & Young Europe LLP is an English limited liability partnership, a member of EYG and Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited and the parent entity of certain EMEIA Firms in Europe. Ernst & Young Europe LLP does not provide professional services or participate in client engagements. Although it is the parent entity of certain EMEIA Firms, Ernst & Young Europe LLP does not act as agent for or have any authority to represent or bind any EMEIA Firm or Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited, and neither Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited nor any EMEIA Firm acts as agent for or has any authority to represent or bind Ernst & Young Europe LLP.

Far East 
The member firms of EYG that operate in the Far East (the “Far East Firms”) are separate and independent legal entities and are, directly or indirectly, members of Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited.

Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited is a Hong Kong company limited by guarantee and is the principal governance entity in the Far East for the Far East Firms. Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited does not carry on any trade or other activities with a view to profit and it is prohibited by its constitution from providing professional services. Accordingly, it does not participate in client engagements. Furthermore, although it facilitates the coordination of these firms and cooperation between them, Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited does not control or manage or have any ownership interest in any Far East Firm. Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited does not act as agent for or have any authority to represent or bind any Far East Firm, and no Far East Firm acts as agent for or has any authority to represent or bind Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited.

FEAHC Limited is a Hong Kong company limited by shares, is a member of EYG and Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited and is the parent entity of certain Far East Firms. FEAHC Limited does not provide professional services or participate in client engagements. Furthermore, although it is the parent entity of certain Far East Firms, it does not act as agent for or have any authority to represent or bind any Far East Firm or Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited, and neither Ernst & Young Far East Area Limited nor any Far East Firm acts as agent for or has any authority to represent or bind FEAHC Limited.

Japan
The member firms of EYG that operate in Japan are separate and independent legal entities. There is no Area governance entity in Japan.

Oceania 
The member firms of EYG that operate in the Oceania Area (the “Oceania Firms”) are separate and independent legal entities and are, directly or indirectly, members of Ernst & Young Oceania Limited.

Ernst & Young Oceania Limited is an Australian company limited by guarantee and is the principal governance entity in the Oceania Area for the Oceania Firms.  Ernst & Young Oceania Limited does not carry on any trade or other activities with a view to profit and it is prohibited by its constitution from providing professional services. Accordingly, it does not participate in client engagements. Furthermore, although it facilitates the coordination of these firms and cooperation between them, Ernst & Young Oceania Limited does not control or manage or have any ownership interest in any Oceania Firm.  Ernst & Young Oceania Limited does not act as agent for or have any authority to represent or bind any Oceania Firm, and no Oceania Firm acts as agent for or has any authority to represent or bind Ernst & Young Oceania Limited.

2.  The “ey.com” web site 
The “ey.com” Web site (this “Site”) is comprised of global content, which relates to the international business and operations of Ernst & Young, and individual country content, which relates to the local business and operations of a member firm.

The global content on the Site is owned and operated by EYGM Limited ("EYGM"). EYGM Limited is a limited liability company registered in the Bahamas and is a member firm of EYG. EYGM is a central coordinating entity and does not provide services to clients.

The relevant local member firm(s) owns and operates the local content on the individual country pages.

3.  Legal Disclaimer
By using this Site, you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

The information on this Site is intended to furnish users with general information on matters that they may find to be of interest. While every effort has been made to offer current and accurate information, errors can occur. Furthermore, this Site may contain references to certain laws and regulations. Laws and regulations will change over time and should be interpreted only in light of particular circumstances.

ERNST & YOUNG DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT CONTAINED ON THIS SITE.

All content on the Site and all services provided through it are provided "as is", with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy or timeliness, and without representations, warranties or other contractual terms of any kind, express or implied. Ernst & Young does not represent or warrant that this Site, the various services provided through this Site, and / or any information, software or other material downloaded from this Site, will be accurate, current, uninterrupted, error-free, omission-free or free of viruses or other harmful components.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, ERNST & YOUNG DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY TO YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE IN RESPECT OF THE CONTENT ON THIS SITE AND ALL SERVICES PROVIDED THROUGH IT, WHETHER UNDER ANY THEORY OF TORT, CONTRACT, WARRANTY, STRICT LIABILITY OR NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER IN RESPECT OF DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF ERNST & YOUNG WAS ADVISED, KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. 

The information presented on this Site should not be construed as legal, tax, accounting or any other professional advice or service. You should consult with an Ernst & Young or other professional advisor familiar with your particular factual situation for advice concerning specific tax or other matters before making any decision. You should not send any confidential information to any member firm of EYG until you have received agreement from the firm to perform the services you request.

RSS Feeds, Podcasting and eMail Updates – Terms of Use
RSS feeds, podcasting and email updates are free services offered by certain Ernst & Young member firms to individuals for private, non-commercial use. The Ernst & Young RSS feed is a means by which Ernst & Young offers article headlines, descriptions and links in XML to individuals who use RSS readers or aggregators. A podcast is an audio program for which individuals can subscribe. Ernst & Young makes podcasts available to individuals for their own personal use. RSS, podcasting and email update aggregators may incorporate the Ernst & Young feeds into their directories for the benefit of individuals using the aggregator. Any other use is prohibited, including copying, reproducing, republishing, uploading, posting, transmitting, or distributing our feeds or podcasts in any way by any means.

Ernst & Young reserves the right to discontinue our feeds, podcasts and email updates at any time. All content, imagery, and logos that appear within the EY RSS feed, podcasts and email updates are owned by EYGN Limited (“EYGN”) and all rights are reserved. EYGN is a member firm of EYG. EYGN is a central coordinating entity and does not provide services to clients.

Linking
The following web link activities are explicitly prohibited by Ernst & Young and may constitute trademark and copyright infringement: links to any pages of our Site other than our home page, located at www.ey.com, unless otherwise expressly agreed by us; Links that involve unauthorized use of our logo; and framing or metatags.

Ernst & Young does not bear any responsibility whatsoever for the content, accuracy or security of any websites that are linked (by way of hyperlink or otherwise) to this website. 

Certain links on this Site lead to servers maintained by individuals or organizations over which Ernst & Young has no control. Ernst & Young makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or any other aspect of the information located on such servers. A link to a third party’s website should not be construed as an endorsement by either Ernst & Young or that third party of the other or its products and services.

Copyright Notice
Except where noted otherwise, all material on the global portion of the Site is Copyright © 2009 EYGM Limited, and on the individual country sites, local material is Copyright © 2009 to the relevant member firm(s).  All rights reserved. No part of the materials on this Site, including but not limited to the text, graphics and html code, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, or by any means without EYGM's written permission or, in respect of local content on an individual country site, the written permission of the relevant member firm(s).

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