Introduction, application of terms and conditions
You (the "User") should read these terms and conditions and the information carefully before you continue.
By accessing and using the BCV web site (the "Site"), you expressly agree that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and the legal information contained below. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should exit the Site now.
Application of the website conditions of use
By viewing and using this website, you expressly accept the website conditions of use and acknowledge the legal information shown below. If this is not the case, please leave this website now.
The Site is operated by Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Pl. St-François 14, Case postale 300, CH-1001 Lausanne ("BCV"). BCV is a public limited company listed in the Companies Registry of the Canton of Vaud under number H883/00859 and federal number CH-550-1000040-7. BCV is a bank and securities trader licensed in Switzerland by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), Laupenstrasse 27, Case postale, CH-3003 Berne.
The information and services provided on this Site are not provided to and should not be used by any person in any jurisdiction where (by reason of that person's nationality, place of residence or domicile, or for any other reason) the provision or use thereof or the access to this Site is prohibited. Any person in respect of whom such interdictions apply must not access or use the Site. This principle applies in particular to persons residing in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and any countries that have implemented the Directive 2002/65/CE of the European Parliament and European Council of 23 September 2002.
The products and services described on the Site may not be available or may be prohibited to persons dependent on a jurisdiction other than Switzerland (by reason of that person's nationality, place of residence or domicile, or for any other reason). You should consult your adviser for information concerning any restrictions applicable to you regarding the sale of such products and services.
You should also be aware that the jurisdiction on which you depend may (by reason of your nationality, place of residence or domicile, or for any other reason) prohibit or restrict the import, export and use of code algorithms. You should consult your adviser on the subject and ensure that you comply with the applicable regulations concerning the import, export and use of code algorithms.
Trademarks and copyright
The logo and trademarks of Banque Cantonale Vaudoise and BCV are protected by law, and all information contained on the Site is protected by copyright. All rights are reserved for third party copyrights.
Nothing on the Site may be used in any form whatsoever unless specific mention is made of the trademark and copyright protection, and of these terms and conditions. In all events, linking through any hypertext and inline links, e.g. framing, and consulting the Site through inline links or framing are prohibited without the prior written consent of BCV.
Use of the Site for advertising or commercial purposes, in any form whatsoever, is prohibited without the prior written consent of BCV.
BCV is not responsible for the contents of other web sites linked or leading to this Site. Any links to other sites or to any pages off this Site are used at User's own risk.
a. General information
All data you provide will be used in accordance with the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP). By voluntarily sending us personal data (name, email address, etc.) through our Site, such as via our contact form, you authorize us to use the data for the purposes indicated when the data were entered, for purposes relating to their transmission, for administrative or client relationship purposes, and for marketing and targeted advertising.
Data sent via the internet can be accessed by unauthorized third parties. In addition, the data may be transmitted across international borders even if the sender and the recipient reside in the same country. Data are transmitted in the form of separate coded packets, but the details of the sender and the recipient are not encrypted. Third parties could therefore access this information and become aware of contact between you and BCV.
BCV reserves the right to pass on personal data to external service providers, while ensuring that such providers use the data in accordance with the FADP. BCV may be legally required to transmit personal data to third parties to comply with administrative or judicial decisions.
Within BCV, personal data are transmitted and stocked for a limited time. Appropriate security measures are taken to prevent third parties from accessing this information.
The confidentiality and security of email communications cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, BCV does not, in principle, accept any orders for banking transactions (account opening, payment order, stock exchange order, etc.) transmitted by email.
b. Cookies policy
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small, often coded, text file that is placed on your computer or device the first time you visit a website. The data stored in the cookie are then sent back to the website each time you subsequently visit that website. Cookies make web browsing easier because they allow a website to recognize a particular computer or device.
When you use this Site, the following data may be saved and used for the aforementioned purposes: browser type, number of pages viewed, path taken to navigate the site, time spent on a page or on the Site, and your IP address.
Types of cookies used
BCV uses various types of cookies. Some are needed for the Site to function properly, while others are optional. Refusing or blocking certain cookies may prevent the Site from working properly.
There are several reasons why cookies are placed on your computer when you visit the Site.
Cookies make it possible to store your preferences and other information entered on the Site so that you don’t have to provide the same information each time you go to a new page.
Cookies are also used for statistical purposes; by collecting data on how the Site is used, we can continuously improve it.
After you visit the Site, different types of cookies will be stored on your computer for different lengths of time. You can get information about how long individual cookies are stored from your browser.
Cookies used by BCV
Some cookies are used to ensure that information provided on the Site and through its online products and services is secure and optimal. The Site cannot function properly without these cookies.
Cookies to enhance the user experience
Other cookies are used to store your preferences, such as your choice of language and font size. These cookies are optional; they are designed to enhance your Site visit, by preventing you from having to enter the same information each time you switch to a new page.
The Site uses the following third-party cookies and tracking programs:
Procedure for refusing cookies
Measuring web traffic
Applied Technologies Internet SAS
As these cookies are optional, you can choose to restrict the data they collect without affecting how the Site functions.
The links given in the table above are for informational purposes only. BCV is not liable for the content or data protection policies of the corresponding third parties.
How can I restrict or delete cookies?
You can restrict or block cookies that are not strictly necessary at any time by changing your browser settings. However, we cannot guarantee that the Site will function properly afterwards. Alternatively, you can delete the cookies on your hard drive by clearing your browsing history or browsing data; this option can generally be found under Tools or Preferences.
c. Agreement/refusal to have data collected and saved
By using this Site, you agree that the data collected on the Site may be processed and used in the manner described above.
You can revoke your authorization at any time, with future effect.
No offer, solicitation or recommendation
The contents of this Site are provided for information purposes only and in no way constitute an offer, a solicitation or a personal recommendation to buy or sell any investment products or instruments. Unless expressly stated otherwise, none of the information contained on this Site constitutes financial advice or analysis within the meaning of the Swiss Bankers Association's Directives on the Independence of Financial Research.
The risks involved in certain investments are not suitable for all investors, and you should consult your adviser to obtain a specific evaluation of your risk profile. You should also seek information regarding the risks inherent in any financial decision, and you are particularly urged to read SwissBanking brochure on special risks in securities trading before embarking on any transaction. Structured products, synthetic products and warrants are not collective investment funds in the sense of the Swiss Collective Investment Funds Act (LPCC) and are not subject to authorization or supervision by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). As a result, investors are not protected by the Swiss Collective Investment Funds Act. Investors are exposed to issuer risk, and the value of investments depends not just on the underlying(s), but also on the issuer’s financial situation, which may change during the life of the product.
Past performance is not a guide to present or future performance. The value of an investment may go down as well as up for any number of reasons and you may not recover all or even part of your original investment. Moreover, fluctuations in exchange rates can also influence the value of an investment causing it to rise or fall.
Reliability of information
While BCV makes every reasonable effort to use reliable, comprehensive information, we make no representation or warranty of any kind that the information contained on this Site is accurate, complete or up to date. Any decision based on such information is taken at your own risk, and BCV disclaims all liability or responsibility for any loss or damage that may result directly or indirectly as a result of your use of such information.
Moreover, BCV reserves the right to change the contents of the Site at any time without notice.
Material interests in securities or third parties
BCV, its affiliate companies and/or their directors, managers and employees may hold or have held interests or positions in certain securities, which they may buy or sell at any time, or may have acted or traded as market makers in securities. Furthermore, such entities or persons may have or may have had business relationships with issuers of certain securities, or have provided them with corporate finance services, capital market services or any other financial or related services.
Disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability
Neither BCV, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates and shareholders, nor any third party information providers, their officers, directors, employees, affiliates and shareholders will be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any nature whatsoever that any User may incur directly or indirectly as a result of User's access to this Site or of the use of information or opinions available through the Site or of User's inability to access or use the Site or the information or opinions contained therein. In particular, in no event will BCV, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates and shareholders be liable or responsible for any loss or damage incurred as a result of a technical or other error, failure to transfer information, a surcharge of the system, problematic use, interruption of service (including but not limited to maintenance service), a delay in the transmission of information, incompatibility between this Site and User's files and/or software (including User's browser) and/or computer, any dysfunction or interference, the transmission of a virus or worm to User's computer, illegal access (e.g. hackers), the intentional blocking of telecommunication tools and networks (e.g. as a result of massive e-mail or denial of access attacks) or for any other error or omission of network or telecommunications providers or operators.
Should any provision or part thereof of these terms and conditions be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under any present or future laws or by any court of competent jurisdiction, it shall in no way cause the invalidation, cancellation or unenforceability of any other provision of these terms and conditions. The illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision or part thereof shall be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make such provision legal, valid or enforceable, as the case may be.
Governing law and jurisdiction
All legal relations between User and BCV shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Switzerland.
The place of performance, the exclusive place of jurisdiction for any type of proceedings and the place of proceedings for debt or bankruptcy against any User of the Site not domiciled or resident in Switzerland shall be the place of the Bank's head office in Lausanne, subject to compulsory jurisdiction provided by applicable Swiss legislation and international conventions ratified by Switzerland. The Bank shall nonetheless be entitled to take legal action at the User's place of domicile or residence or before any other competent court.
Amendment of terms and conditions
BCV reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time. Such changes are shown on the Site. By viewing and using the Site, you expressly agree to all such new terms and conditions.