CME Market Data Subscription Agreement
This Market Data Subscription Agreement is entered into on (“Effective Date”) by and between FANG GUANG FINTECH(NING XIA) Ltd. (“Distributor”) and (“you” or “Subscriber”). This Market Data Subscription Agreement permits you to access, receive and use certain Market Data (defined below) in accordance with the following terms and conditions of this Market Data Subscription Agreement (the “Agreement”). The Agreement governs your access to receive and use the Market Data, and constitutes a binding legal agreement by and between Distributor and Subscriber (each of Distributor and the Subscriber, a “Party” and collectively, the “Parties”).
“Device” means any unit of equipment, fixed or portable, that receives, accesses or displays Market Data in visible, audible or other comprehensible form.
“Force Majeure Event” means any flood, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquake or other act of God, fire, war, terrorism, insurrection, riot, labor dispute, accident, action of government, communications or power failures, or equipment or software malfunctions.
“Person” means any natural person, proprietorship, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other organization.
“Market Data” means information and data pertaining to listed and over the counter derivatives contracts (including without limitations swaps and futures) and options contracts or similar derivative instruments as well as index data and analytics data. Market Data may include, without limitation, opening and closing prices, high-low prices, settlement prices, current bid and ask prices, open interest information, last sale prices, price limits, requests for quotations, fixing prices, data curves, estimated and actual volume data, contract specifications and fast or late messages. With respect to Subscriber’s obligations under the Agreement, Market Data also includes information, data and materials that convey information to Subscriber substantially equivalent to Market Data.
“OTC Market Data” means Market Data relating to over the counter derivatives contracts.
2. Proprietary Rights In The Market Data
2.1 Subscriber acknowledges and agrees that Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its affiliates (“CME” or “Exchange”) have exclusive and valuable property rights in and to the Market Data (or in the case of third party content providers who are licensing data through CME, such third party content provider has exclusive and valuable property rights), that such Market Data constitute valuable confidential information, trade secrets and/or proprietary rights of the Exchange, not within the public domain, that such Market Data shall remain valuable confidential information, trade secrets and/or proprietary rights of the Exchange and that, but for the Agreement, Subscriber would have no rights or access to such Market Data.
2.2 Subscriber acknowledges and agrees that disclosure of any Market Data, or any breach or threatened breach of any other covenants or agreements contained herein, would cause irreparable injury to the Exchange for which money damages would be an inadequate remedy. Accordingly, Subscriber further acknowledges and agrees that the Exchange shall be entitled
to specific performance and injunctive and other equitable relief from the breach or threatened breach of any provision, requirement or covenant of the Agreement (including, without limitation, any disclosure or threatened disclosure of Market Data) in addition to and not in limitation of any other legal or equitable remedies which may be available.
3. Receipt Of Market Data By Subscriber
3.1 The Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions under which Subscriber may use the Market Data. Subscriber acknowledges that, notwithstanding any agreement, CME or Distributor may, in its discretion, discontinue disseminating Market Data or change or eliminate its own transmission method, speed or signal characteristics. In addition, Subscriber acknowledges and agrees that the Distributor or Exchange reserve the right to disapprove any Subscriber and to terminate any Subscriber’s receipt of Market Data for any reason or no reason.
3.2 (i) Except as provided in section 3.2 (iii) below, Subscriber will use Market Data only for its own internal business activities (internal business activities shall exclude subsidiaries and affiliates) and only at the offices and locations and on the Devices designated by Subscriber in writing to Distributor and CME from time-to-time. (The term “for its own internal business activities,” as used in the immediately preceding sentence herein, means for Subscriber’s (a) trading, for
its own account or for the account of its customers (b) evaluating, for its own internal business decisions or (c) provision of advice to its customers on movements or trends in markets for derivative instruments, subject to all of the limitations set forth below in this sub-section as to the telephonic disclosure to customers of a necessary and de minimis number of segments of Market Data.)
(ii) Subscriber agrees that it will not communicate or otherwise furnish, or permit to be communicated or otherwise furnished, the Market Data, in any format, to any other party or any office or location other than that designated above, nor allow any other party to take, directly or indirectly, any of the Market Data from such offices or locations, and will adopt and enforce any policy that is reasonable to prevent the Market Data from being taken therefrom. Subscriber specifically agrees, without limiting or varying its obligations under section 7 herein or otherwise set forth in the Agreement, that Subscriber shall not use or permit another person to use any Market Data for the purposes of (a) creating derived data products based upon or derived from the Market Data, (b) determining or arriving at any price, including any settlement prices, for derivatives contracts, options on derivatives contracts, or like derivatives instruments traded on any exchange other than the Exchange and (c) for any other derived works that will be disseminated, published or otherwise used externally. Subscriber will abide by any other limitations on such use that any of the Exchange may specify from time to time. Subscriber will use its best efforts to ensure that its partners, officers, directors, employees and agents maintain sole control and physical possession of, and sole access to, Market Data received through Devices in Subscriber’s possession.
(iii) Notwithstanding sections 3.2 (i) and (ii) above, Subscriber may, in the regular course of its business, occasionally furnish, to each of its customers and branch offices, in a quantity restricted to that necessary to enable Subscriber to conduct
its business, a de minimis number of segments of Market Data, provided that such Market Data does not include any OTC Market Data. Such redissemination must be strictly limited to telephonic communications not entailing the use
of computerized voice synthesization or any other technology and must be strictly related to the trading activity of Subscriber or any such recipients. Any such recipients must be advised by Subscriber that such segments are proprietary and confidential information not to be disclosed or disseminated to other persons or entities. Subscriber agrees to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that such recipients abide by the provisions of the Agreement.
(iv) Subscriber will use its best efforts to ensure that no unauthorized dissemination of the Market Data is permitted.
Subscriber agrees to furnish promptly to Distributor, CME and their respective affiliates or agents, any information or reports that may be requested or required by Distributor or CME from time to time, which are reasonably related to Subscriber’s receipt of Market Data.
5. Right Of Inspection And Audit
5.1 During regular business hours, any Persons designated by the Distributor or Exchange may have access to Subscriber’s offices or locations in order to observe the use made of the Market Data and to examine and inspect any Devices, attachments or apparatuses, as well as any books and records required to be maintained by Subscriber under Sections 3.2 and 4 in connection with its receipt and use of Market Data.
5.2 Subscriber will make prompt adjustment (including interest thereon at the rate of 11⁄2% per month), to compensate the Distributor and Exchange if the audit discovers an under-reported use of the Market Data by Subscriber. In addition, at the election of any such Exchange, Subscriber will be liable for the reasonable costs of any audit that reveals a discrepancy in such Exchange’s favor of five percent (5%) or more of the amount of fees actually due such Exchange.
5.3 Subscriber shall maintain the records and books upon which it bases its reporting for three (3) years following the period to which the records relate. In the event that Subscriber fails to retain such records and books as required above, Subscriber agrees to pay CME the reasonable estimate of any discrepancy discovered pursuant to any such audit.
6. Market Data Fees
Subscriber will pay Distributor for the right to receive Market Data in accordance with the then-current fee schedule. Market Data fees are subject to modification by Distributor at any time, without prior notice to Subscriber.
7. Covenants, Representations And Warranties Of Subscriber
7.1 Subscriber covenants, represents and warrants that it is not engaged in the business of distributing Market Data and that, to its knowledge after reasonable inquiry, it is receiving the Market Data as authorized hereunder.
7.2 Subscriber agrees that it will not use or permit any other Person to use Market Data for any illegal purpose.
7.3 Subscriber agrees that it will not use Market Data in any way to compete with the Distributor or Exchange, nor use the Market Data in any way so as to assist or allow a third party to compete with the Distributor or Exchange.
7.4 Subscriber agrees that the provision of Market Data hereunder is conditioned upon Subscriber’s strict compliance with the terms of the Agreement and that the Distributor or Exchange may, with or without notice and with or without cause, forthwith discontinue said service whenever in its judgment there has been any default or breach by Subscriber of the provisions hereof.
7.5 Subscriber further represents and warrants that (i) it has all necessary power and authority to execute and perform the Agreement; (ii) the Agreement is legal, valid, binding and enforceable against Subscriber; (iii) neither the execution of, nor performance under, the Agreement by Subscriber violates or will violate any law, rule, regulation or order, or any agreement, document or instrument, binding on or applicable to Subscriber or the Exchange; and (iv) its access to and use of the Market Data will be in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and treaties.
8. Disclaimer Of Warranties
MARKET DATA IS PROVIDED, AND SUBSCRIBER AGREES THAT THE MARKET DATA IS PROVIDED, ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. SUBSCRIBER AGREES THAT: DISTRIBUTOR AND ITS AFFILIATES; EXCHANGE AND ITS AFFILIATES; AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, AND ANY LICENSOR TO EXCHANGE, DO NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE MARKET DATA OR THE TRANSMISSION, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS THEREOF, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR NON- INFRINGEMENT, AND THOSE ARISING BY STATUTE OR OTHERWISE IN LAW OR FROM ANY COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE.
9. Limitations Of Liability And Damages
9.1 SUBSCRIBER AGREES THAT: DISTRIBUTOR AND ITS AFFILIATES; EXCHANGE AND ITS AFFILIATES; AND THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS AND ANY LICENSOR TO EXCHANGE:
(i) DO NOT GUARANTEE THE SEQUENCE, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE MARKET DATA, NOR SHALL ANY OF THEM BE LIABLE TO SUBSCRIBER OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY DELAYS, INACCURACIES, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN MARKET DATA, OR IN THE TRANSMISSION THEREOF, OR FOR ANY OTHER DAMAGES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH SUBSCRIBER’S RECEIPT OR USE OF MARKET DATA, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM NEGLIGENCE ON THEIR PART, A FORCE MAJEURE EVENT OR ANY OTHER CAUSE.
(ii) SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO SUBSCRIBER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY LOSS, LIABILITY OR OTHER DAMAGE, DIRECT, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE AGREEMENT AND THE MARKET DATA THEREUNDER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
(a) ANY INACCURACY OR INCOMPLETENESS IN, OR DELAYS, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE DELIVERY OF, THE SITE OR THE MARKET DATA; OR
(b) ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN OR NOT TAKEN BY SUBSCRIBER, ITS CUSTOMERS OR ANY OTHER ENTITIES OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS.
(c) LOSS OF BUSINESS REVENUES, LOST PROFITS OR ANY PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR SIMILAR DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
9.2 SUBSCRIBER EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT DISTRIBUTOR, EXCHANGE AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO SUBSCRIBER OR ANY THIRD PARTY WITH RESPECT TO THE AGREEMENT AND THE MARKET DATA, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION: (i) ANY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE TIMELINESS, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE MARKET DATA OR (ii) ANY WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY SUBSCRIBER OR ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE MARKET DATA.
9.3 IF THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMER AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, OR ANY PART THEREOF, SHOULD BE DEEMED INVALID OR INEFFECTIVE, THE CUMULATIVE LIABILITY OF DISTRIBUTOR, EXCHANGE, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THE ACTUAL AMOUNT OF LOSS OR DAMAGE, OR THE SUM OF FIFTY DOLLARS ($50.00), WHICHEVER IS LESS.
10. Term And Termination
10.1 The Agreement will commence on the Effective Date. Subject to Subscriber’s strict compliance with the provisions of the Agreement, the provision of Market Data by the Distributor hereunder will continue in force for a period of one (1) month from the Effective Date (the “Initial Term”), and shall automatically renew at the end of such Initial Term for one (1) month and automatically thereafter on a month-to-month basis (such ongoing renewals, the “Renewal Terms”), provided, however, that either Party may terminate the Agreement by providing at least ten (10) days’ prior electronic or written notice that it declines such automatic renewal.
10.2 Distributor and Exchange may from time to time modify and amend the Agreement, and Subscriber agrees to be bound by such terms. Subscriber may terminate the Agreement upon ten (10) days’ electronic or written notice upon such modification or amendment. By continuing to access or use the Market Data after Distributor or Exchange has provided you with notice of a modification, you are indicating that you agree to be bound by the modified Agreement.
10.3 Upon any termination of the Agreement, Subscriber shall discontinue any use of the Market Data, and delete any and all Market Data received under the Agreement, including without limitation any stored historical Market Data.
The provisions of the Definitions Section 1, Proprietary Rights In The Market Data Section 2, and Sections that by their nature should reasonably survive, and any amendments to the provisions of the aforementioned, will survive any termination or expiration of the Agreement.
Subscriber will indemnify, defend and hold the Distributor and Exchange, and their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all claims arising out of or in connection with the Agreement, including, without limitation, any liability, loss or damages (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and other expenses) caused by any inaccuracy in or omission from, Subscriber’s failure to furnish or to keep, or Subscriber’s delay in furnishing or keeping, any report or record required to be kept by Subscriber hereunder.
13.1 Any action arising out of the Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the internal laws (and not the law of conflicts) of the State of Illinois. The Parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts situated in Cook County, State of Illinois.
13.2 Subscriber may not assign all or any part of the Agreement without the prior written consent of the Distributor.
13.3 Subscriber may not modify or amend the terms of the Agreement.
13.4 In the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of the Agreement and any other agreement relating to Subscriber’s receipt and use of Market Data, the terms and conditions of the Agreement will prevail.
13.5 If, for any reason, one or more provisions of the Agreement or part thereof is held invalid, the other provisions of the Agreement, or parts thereof, shall remain in full force and effect.
13.6 Subscriber hereby consents to use by CME and its affiliates of proprietary data or other personal information regarding Subscriber received by CME and its affiliates from time to time through the conduct of their businesses, including
any data submitted to them to fulfill regulatory obligations, for commercial, business and marketing purposes. Except as may be otherwise set forth herein (for reporting purposes or otherwise), CME and its affiliates will not reveal the following information obtained from Subscriber to fulfill regulatory obligations to non-affiliated third-parties on a non- aggregated, non-anonymized basis, except (x) as permitted by law, (y) as required or requested by regulatory authority or (z) pursuant to a valid court order, subpoena or equivalent legal instrument: (i) personally identifiable information, (ii) detailed transaction data, (iii) position data, (iv) investigative materials, or (v) financial source documents.
13.7 The Distributor and Subscriber acknowledge and agree that CME is an intended third party beneficiary to the Agreement, and that CME may enforce all of the terms hereunder.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties hereto has caused the Agreement to be duly executed in its name and on its behalf by the officer or representative duly authorized.
Name FANG GUANG FINTECH(NING XIA) Ltd.