1. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS (GT&C)
Taurus Group SA (hereinafter ”Taurus”) offers digital assets products and solutions and various related financial services that are described on its Website. The accessing and use of the Website are governed by the Important Legal Information (hereinafter ”GT&C”) set out herein. These GT&C shall be supplemented by any and all special agreements applying in connection with a service or product offered by Taurus where you or Your representative (hereinafter ”You” or “Your”) act in a capacity as contracting party with Taurus. Nevertheless, in the event of any conflict, the provisions contained in any such special agreement shall prevail. By accessing and using the Website, You acknowledge that You have read, understood and agreed to be bound by the GT&C. Furthermore, You accept that Taurus may, at any time and without any prior notice requirement, alter the GT&C. If You do not agree to the GT&C, do not access or use the Website in any way whatsoever. The words cryptocurrency and digital asset have similar meanings in this document.
2. LOCAL RESTRICTIONS - PROVISION OF CROSS-BORDER SERVICES
The products and services presented on this Website are authorized for sale in Switzerland. They are not intended for any person/s who, based on their nationality, place of business, domicile or for any other reasons, is/are subject to legal provisions which prohibit foreign financial services providers from engaging in business activities in these jurisdictions, or which prohibit or restrict legal entities or natural persons from accessing websites of foreign financial services providers. Where Taurus is not authorized by the supervisory authority of a certain country, Taurus can as a general rule not promote financial services in that country. This Website may however contain information, in particular about financial services and products offered by Taurus, that may be considered by the supervisory authorities of the above-mentioned countries as a public offer of financial products or a canvassing targeting persons domiciled in the concerned countries. If You are domiciled outside of Switzerland, You confirm that You access this Website on Your own initiative and without any solicitation from Taurus.
3. WEBSITE OWNERSHIP
The Website is the exclusive property of Taurus. Taurus’s proprietary rights shall not be altered in any way by any reproduction or use of the Website.
4. COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARKS
The content and layout of the Website are protected by copyright (all rights reserved) and other intellectual property rights, held by Taurus. Information provided on the Website may only be downloaded, printed or otherwise reproduced - for personal, non-commercial purposes - provided that the copyright notes and other statutory proprietary designations are retained. You do not acquire rights by reproducing or copying in any way information available on the Website; all rights are retained by Taurus. You are strictly prohibited from using anywhere other than on the Website and from copying in any way whatsoever software or any other tools available on the Website. It is forbidden under any circumstances to set up links, e.g. in the form of hyperlinks or inline links, to this Website, to frame it, or to access it through inline links or through a frame, without Taurus’s prior written approval. It is forbidden to reproduce in whole or in part, transmit by electronic or any other means, modify or use copyright elements of this website for public or commercial purposes without Taurus prior written approval. Taurus in particular is a trademark of Taurus Group SA. Other verbal and/or graphic elements featuring on the website and used to identify the origin of a product or service may be the trademarks of their respective owners, for example the trademark of one of Taurus’s commercial partners. These trademarks may not be reproduced or used without the prior permission of their owners.
5. NO ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATION
All information provided, including but not limited to analyses, opinions, articles published on the Website, transmitted or otherwise made available to You by Taurus is provided for information purposes only and should in no event be construed as piece of advice or a recommendation to buy or sell a particular digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar)or to engage in any transaction whatsoever; nor should the information provided be construed as advice of any other type, for example of a fiscal, financial or legal nature. All of the investment decisions You take shall be based exclusively on Your own assessment of Your financial situation and Your investment goals. You are solely responsible for such decisions. Investments in digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) featuring on the Website are subject to certain risks. The price of digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) may go down as well as up. The future performance of digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) cannot be guaranteed by past performance. It is therefore possible that You do not get back the amount You invest. We strongly recommend that You seek professional advice before taking investment decisions.
6. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY
Taurus, its directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates or shareholders, safe for cases of gross negligence or willful intent, will not assume any liability for any loss or damages whatsoever, be they direct or indirect, incurred as a result of accessing the Website or using the information and services available on the Website, or as a result of the inability to access or use any information or services available on the Website. In particular, it is expressly stated that in no event will Taurus, its directors, officers, employees, agents or shareholders be liable for any loss or damages incurred as a result of errors, technical or otherwise, transmission failures, system overloads, usage problems, interruptions in services (including but not limited to system maintenance services), any delay in the transmission of information, incompatibility between the Website and Your files and/or software (in particular Your browser) and/or computer, malfunction, interference, the transmission of a virus onto Your computer, unauthorized access (as a result of hacking or piracy activities for example), the willful blocking of telecommunications tools or networks (as a result of mail-bombing, denial of services attacks, for example) or any other failure or inadequacy on the part of telecommunication or network service providers.
You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Taurus, its directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates or shareholders with respect to any claim, demand, cause of action, debt, judgment or liability, including reasonable attorney’s fees, to the extent that it is based upon a claim that : (i) arises out or in relation to You use of the Website and/or Taurus’s services, (ii) any breach or violation by You of any term or provision of these GT&C or of any other special agreements applying in connection with a service or product offered by Taurus, and/or (iii) any messages, information or materials uploaded, posted, published or otherwise transmitted by You in connection with the Website and/or services provided by Taurus.
8. NO WARRANTY
Although Taurus intends to provide accurate and timely information, the Website may not always be entirely accurate or complete and may also from time to time include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. You acknowledge and agree that Taurus’s services are provided on an 'as is' and 'as available' basis. Taurus does not warrant or guarantee, either expressly or implicitly, the quality, pertinence, accuracy, completeness, update status, availability or legality of the information published on the Website, transmitted to You or otherwise made available to You. Information may be changed or updated from time to time without notice, including without limitation information regarding Taurus’s policies, products or services. You should verify all information before relying on it and all Your decisions based on information contained on the Website are Your sole responsibility and Taurus shall in no event be held liable for such decisions. You are aware that Taurus is not managing nor responsible of the digital assets’ (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) associated blockchain. Any digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) You may have access to, are not under Taurus’s management or responsibility. Taurus does not endorse any digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) of any kind whatsoever. By using Taurus’s services, you acknowledge that any digital assets (bitcoin, ether, ripple and similar) are experimental alternative currencies which are currently under development and that their operation is not predictable and that they do not offer any guarantee of performance whatsoever.
The activation of certain links on the Website may cause You to leave the Taurus Website. Taurus does not review any of these linked websites and does not warrant or guarantee, either expressly or implicitly, the quality, pertinence, accuracy, completeness, update status, availability or legality of the content of these sites, nor shall it be in any way responsible for the products, services, information and other content offered via these linked sites. The same applies to websites offering links to Taurus 's Website. Furthermore, prior written approval must always be obtained before a link from an external site to Taurus 's Website can be created.
10. CONFIDENTIALITY AND ENCRYPTION
Your attention is drawn to the fact that the data exchanged between Yourself and Taurus is transmitted via open, public networks (such as the Internet) that are not subject to any controls or reviews. The data transferred may travel beyond Switzerland's borders, even if both Yourself and Taurus are located in Switzerland. In addition, even if the data transmitted is encrypted, it may not necessarily stay encrypted for the entire duration of the transmission, nor may it necessarily remain encrypted at Your end: it is possible that data may be intercepted. Furthermore, You hereby declare that You have taken note that the legislation applicable in Your country may prohibit or restrict the importing, exporting or use of encryption logarithms. In no event shall Taurus be responsible for any violations of measures governing the importing, exporting or use of encryption logarithms. You alone shall be responsible in the event of any such violation. Lastly, Your attention is drawn to the fact that information transmitted electronically, e.g. by e-mail or SMS, is in principle not encrypted and may be intercepted.
11. CONFIDENTIALITY IN RESPECT OF USER IDS AND PASSWORDS
You are solely responsible for keeping Your user IDs, passwords and other means of identification secret. To this end, You must not store Your user IDs, passwords or other means of identification in Your browser and You must delete all temporary files stored in Your cache memory as well as Your surfing history. You are solely responsible should such means of identification be communicated to, discovered or misused by a third party, and for any and all losses and damages resulting there from. You have taken note of the fact that You are required to disconnect from the identification services proposed by Taurus before leaving Your Internet station. To do this, You must close all Your browser windows showing the site.
12. PROPER USE OF THE WEBSITE
You undertake to use the Website in a proper and reasonable manner, and not to misuse the Website in any way or use it in such a way as might occasion, for example, the overloading of the Website, any delay in the transmission of information, any interruption of service, blockage of access to the Website or any other effect detrimental to Taurus or to the users of its Website. In particular, it is forbidden:
- to effect email-bombing or any denial-of-service attack (in particular flooding) or any similar attempt similar;
- to infect the Website with any virus, worm, Trojan horse or other software, or any similar attempt;
- to gain or attempt to gain unauthorised access to the servers administering the Website, or to circumvent or attempt to circumvent or to disable or attempt to disable the Website's security features (hacking);
- to update the information provided on the Website using automatic updating programs, e.g. such as are provided by other websites;
- to use offline readers or similar software, in particular such as would allow the mass downloading of data from the Website onto Your hard disk.
Furthermore, by accessing the Website and/or by using Taurus’s services, you confirm that you will not conduct any unlawful activity such as activity which would breach, or assist in the breach of, any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, or which would involve proceeds of any unlawful activity, publish, distribute or disseminate any unlawful material or information.Should You undertake any of these actions, Taurus reserves the right to deny You access to the Website, even if You are a registered customer of Taurus.
13. ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING
As part of its digital asset brokerage services, Taurus is a Swiss Financial Intermediary subject to Swiss AML law and affiliated to “Association Romande des Intermédiaires Financiers” (ARIF). ARIF is a self-regulating body approved by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for the supervision of the financial intermediaries referred to in article 2 para. 3 of the Swiss Federal Law on combating money laundering and terrorism financing (AMLA). ARIF is also recognized by FINMA as a professional organization for laying down rules of conduct relating to the practice of the profession of independent asset manager within the meaning of the Swiss Federal Act on collective investment schemes (CISA).
14. REGISTRATION AND USE OF YOUR DATA AND ACTIVITIES ON THE WEBSITE
15. USER REGISTRATION
Taurus reserves its right to make changes or modifications to the present GT&C from time to time, in Taurus’s sole discretion. Should such changes occur, Taurus will notify You, either by email, by posting a notice on the Website or by any other means available. The amended GT&C will be effective immediately upon posting. Should You not agree with the amended terms, You should cease to use the Website and/or Taurus’s services and contact Taurus to terminate Your account.
17. NO WAIVER
Taurus’s failure or delay in exercising any right, power or privilege under these GT&C shall not operate as a waiver thereof.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any of the terms contained in these GT&C shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other terms of these GT&C, all of which shall remain in full force and effect.
19. FORCE MAJEURE
Taurus shall not be deemed to be in default of any provision of these GT&C or be liable for any delay or failure in performance due to Force Majeure, which shall include without limitation acts of God, earthquake, weather conditions, labour disputes, changes in law, regulation or government policy, riots, war, fire, epidemics, acts of omissions of vendors or suppliers, equipment failures, transportation difficulties, malicious or criminal acts of third parties, or other occurrences which are beyond Taurus’s reasonable control.
20. NO ASSIGNMENT
You may not assign or transfer any of Your rights or obligations under these GT&C without the prior written approval from Taurus, including by operation of law or in connection with any change of control.
Headings of sections are for convenience only and shall not be used to limit or construe such sections.
22. APPLICABLE LAW AND JURISDICTION
The present GT&C shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Switzerland, excluding its conflict of law provisions.All disputes arising out of or in connection with these GT&C and/or the use of the Website and/or Taurus’s services shall be submitted to the competent courts of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, an appeal to the Swiss federal court in Lausanne being reserved. Taurus nevertheless reserves the right to initiate proceedings against You before the competent court at Your domicile or any other competent authority.
For any questions about these GT&C, please contact Taurus at [email protected] In case of discrepancy, the English version shall prevail. Last update on 3 July 2020.