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This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the terms (the “Terms”) on which you make use of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines, which is a set of valuation guidelines developed by the Association (as defined below) and made available on this website www.privateequityvaluation.com (the “Website”) (the “Guidelines”). Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the Guidelines. By accessing the Guidelines, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using the Guidelines.

 

Please note that you are not permitted to translate these Guidelines without additional prior written approval from us. Please see Clause 16 below for more information on how to reach us to seek our approval to translate the Guidelines.

The Guidelines are provided by the BRITISH PRIVATE EQUITY & VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION of Chancery House, 53-64 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1QS (“BVCA” or “us” and “we” and “our” shall be construed accordingly), registered with Companies House in the United Kingdom under number 01697461. To contact us, please email bvca@bvca.co.uk.

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In consideration of your compliance with these Terms, with effect from the date of your accessing the Guidelines, we hereby grant you a non-exclusive and royalty-free licence to use such translated Guidelines until termination under Clause 11 below but only in accordance with the provisions of these Terms. You may only use the Guidelines to assist in your internal private equity and venture capital activities in conjunction with regulatory and accounting requirements and may reference them in your internal manuals, but for internal purposes only. Any references to these Guidelines shall refer to these Guidelines as follows: “The International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines December 2015 Edition”.

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The relevant trade body in your jurisdiction must be involved with and approve the translation of the Guidelines prior to their being publicised or shared with any third party. The details of such trade body should be provided to us at the point of seeking approval for translation.

You shall use your best endeavours to create a translation that is accurately reflective of the Guidelines in English using appropriately qualified translators who are skilled in the vocabulary of investment, finance and associated regulations. Details of the translator shall be provided to us prior to our giving approval. The translated Guidelines shall be made publically available following approval from us and may be uploaded on our Website at our discretion and shall be uploaded onto the appropriate equivalent in your jurisdiction, subject to appropriate terms and disclaimers regarding the use of such translated Guidelines. Those terms shall be no less restrictive and protective than these Terms, subject to any adjustments that are required in order for such terms to be compliance with local law.

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To the extent permitted under applicable law, we accept no liability for any losses, whether direct or indirect, including loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of profits or contracts, loss of anticipated savings, loss of data, waste of management or office time or for any indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind however arising from any use of the translated Guidelines or any part of them, whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

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Last updated: March 2017