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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