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iShares is the world’s leading Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) provider, with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to investors. 1

 

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1 Based on over 700 ETFs and more than $1 trillion in assets under management globally as of 30/06/15. 2 iShares Index Funds seek to track the investment results of their underlying benchmark, less fees and expenses. Tracking error is a measure of how closely a Fund follows the index to which it is benchmarked. Over a three year period, as of 31/8/2014, 62% of global iShares Funds were within 25 bps and 80% were within 50 bps of their benchmarks, based on the Net Asset Value of the Funds. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. 3 Based on $4.721 trillion in AUM as of 30/06/15, BlackRock.

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A private investor is an investor who does not meet the following criteria for qualifying as an institutional client (semi-professional or professional client). A private investor is thus any natural or legal person who is neither a professional nor semi-professional investor.

A professional investor is:
1. An authorised legal entity which is subject to regulation allowing it to operate in the financial markets. The following investors generally qualify as professional investors:

a. Credit institutions
b. Securities firms
c. Other authorised or regulated financial institutions
d. Insurance companies
e. Undertakings for collective investment and their management companies
f. Pension funds and their management companies
g. Commodities traders and commodity derivatives traders
h. Local investors
i. Other institutional investors

2. A large company which fulfils at least two of the following criteria:

a. Total equity and liabilities: EUR 20,000,000
b. Net sales: EUR 40,000,000
c. Equity: EUR 2,000,000

3. National and regional governments, public bodies that manage public debt, central banks, international and supranational institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, the ECB, the EIB and other similar international organisations.

4. Other institutional investors whose main activity is to invest in financial instruments, including institutions that carry out the securitisation of liabilities and other financing transactions.

5. Those who request classification as a professional client and can be treated as such.

A semi-professional client is:
1. Any investor:

a. who commits to investing at least EUR 200,000,
b. who states in writing in a document separate from the contract on the investment commitment that he is aware of the risks associated with the proposed commitment or investment,
c. whose expertise, experience and knowledge can be assessed without making the assumption that the investor has the market knowledge and experience of the investors outlined in Annex II, Section I of Directive 2004/39/EC,
d. for whom, taking into account the nature of the proposed obligation or investment, it can reasonably be assumed that the investor is able to make his own investment decisions and that he understands the risks involved and that such an obligation is appropriate for the investor in question, and
e. who confirms in writing that the assessment mentioned in letter c has been carried out and the conditions set out in letter d have been met,

2. An executive or employee of the management company listed in Section 37 (1) of the German Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch), provided he invests in investment funds managed by the management company, or a member of the Board or the Executive Board of an externally managed investment company, provided he invests in the externally managed investment company,

3. Any investor who undertakes to invest at least EUR 10 million in an investment fund.

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We are committed to:

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(c) ensuring that you know why we intend to disclose your personal information.

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Our employees are required to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information and understand the importance of maintaining client confidentiality and privacy. We will use all our reasonable endeavours to ensure that your data is stored securely and to prevent unauthorised access. Specifically, BlackRock is committed to maintaining and monitoring reasonable security measures established for the security and integrity of your personal data and in order to avoid its alteration, loss, processing or non authorized access, taking into account the technology, the nature of the stored data and the risks to which they are exposed, regardless of the fact that they come from a human action or the natural or physical environment, giving fulfilment to the provisions of the legislation in force. Despite our measures and because of the nature of the Internet, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that your information will remain secure at all times. The continuing efforts of hackers to defeat even the newest of security systems mean that we can never make this promise. Please be aware that if you disclose information on any chat areas, forums or other public services which may be made available by means of the web site, it may be possible for other people to use this information. We are not responsible for the disclosure of any information you post in this way.

It is unlikely that we will sell the Site or our business and your and our other customers' personal data to anybody else, but if we do, we will endeavour to ensure that your rights and freedoms in relation to the processing of your personal data are adequately protected. Our web sites provide a number of links to web sites not operated by us or by companies associated with us. We take no responsibility for the use of any information about you which is collected as a result of your use of these web sites and this Privacy Policy does not extend to any web site operated by anybody other than us.

Communicating With Us

You may at any time exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and objection regarding your personal data collected through this Site. In this sense, we need your help in making sure that the personal information we hold in our systems is correct. Please notify us of changes to your personal information if you have submitted such personal information to us in the past. If you wish, you may also request a copy of the personal data held on you by us for free.

If you would like to exercise those rights, you must contact BlackRock, by any means of communication of BlackRock, whether personal contact in their offices; written communication sent by regular mail to the following address indicating “Data Protection” on the envelope:

iShares Business Development
BlackRock, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, United Kingdom
or via email to the following address feedback@iShares.com

Likewise, if you want to contact us to change the way in which you receive marketing materials from us, or to tell us that you no longer wish to receive such materials, you can either write to us by regular mail or email to the above-mentioned addresses.

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Your personal information may be disclosed to or used by other BlackRock affiliates and our agents and service providers to the extent necessary to provide our service to you, or when the disclosure is necessary for us:

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The personal information you provide to us will only be disclosed to other third parties if we have your permission, or as set out in this Privacy Policy. We may disclose details about the general use of our web sites to third parties e.g. to demonstrate patterns of use to advertisers and other business partners. Information we pass on will not include any personal information by which you may be identified.

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We may forward your personal details to legal or regulatory authorities if we are asked to do so or wish to do so in order to comply with applicable laws or regulations.

We endeavour to prevent unauthorised disclosures of your personal information by other people, but we are not responsible for any unauthorised disclosures or other breaches of security or for the actions of others if the information was passed to them with your authority or with the authority of anybody other than us or our affiliated companies.

Any personal information disclosed to BlackRock will be retained for so long as it is necessary to:

(a) fulfil any contractual obligations to you; or
(b) comply with applicable laws or regulations

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We reserve the right to revise this policy at any time by posting a revised Privacy Policy online (of which you will be made aware when you next access this Site after such revisions have been made) and your continued access to or use of the Site will mean that you agree to these changes.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy please email us at feedback@iShares.com or write to us at the following address indicating “Data Protection” on the envelope:

iShares Business Development
BlackRock, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, United Kingdom

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