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If you are in any way unsure about your ability to comply with these Terms & Conditions, then you must decline to participate as a Member of the Expert Network.
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During the course of your participation in the Expert Network you SHALL NOT disclose confidential information, which includes (without limitation):
Additionally, you will not disclose any information that you are otherwise prohibited from disclosing under applicable law or which might result in your breach of any regulatory, legal, ethical, or professional standard or rule.
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Additionally, note that most current government officials and government agency officials worldwide are ineligible to participate in the Expert Network. If you are one of the few Members of the Expert Network who are an employee, officer, or other person acting in an official capacity for any government (or its instrumentalities), government owned/controlled organization, enterprise or entity, or public international organization (e.g., WHO, World Bank, United Nations, etc.), or any political party, party official, or candidate for political office whose government or other organization permits you to participate, you agree not to discuss legislation, regulation, policy, contracts, or other business that you are in a position to vote upon or otherwise influence.
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You acknowledge that you are aware of, and/or have received training on, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, as well as anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws in general, and commit yourself to abide by such laws. Therefore when performing work on behalf of Ivy Exec or its Clients you shall not offer, promise, or pay any money, gift, or any other thing of value to any person:
IF YOU BECOME CONCERNED WITH THE NATURE OF ANY INQUIRY OR PROJECT BY A CLIENT, A CLIENT ATTEMPTS TO INFLUENCE YOUR DECISIONS (E.G., WHAT DEVICES OR SERVICES TO USE) IN ANY WAY, OR A CLIENT IS MARKETING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES TO YOU RATHER THAN CONDUCTING RESEARCH, YOU MUST DISCONTINUE YOUR PARTICIPATION AND NOTIFY IVY EXEC IMMEDIATELY BY EMAILING PROFESSIONALS@IVYEXEC.COM OR CALLING 212-431-3969. YOU ARE ADVISED TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION WITH RESPECT TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE EXPERT NETWORK.
You agree to cooperate fully in any Ivy Exec inquiry concerning actual, alleged, or potential violations of these Terms & Conditions or any applicable law.
You agree to provide Ivy Exec with accurate and complete biographical information, including your current job status and at least two years of employment history, and to promptly update that information as it changes. Ivy Exec may verify information provided by, or about, you. Ivy Exec or its Clients may ask you for other information about yourself, including your ability, availability, or suitability to consult on particular topics or in general. Collectively, such information about you, as well as any information in your Expert Network Profile and any photographs or images you choose to add to your profile, are your “Expert Network Information.” While Ivy Exec may revise Expert Network Information on your behalf based upon information provided by you or other available sources, you are solely responsible for maintaining and updating your Expert Network Information and ensuring its accuracy. You agree not to accept any Project or consult with any Client unless your Expert Network Information is accurate, complete, and current. You understand that Ivy Exec and Clients are entitled to rely on your Expert Network Information.You agree that Ivy Exec may, if it so chooses, conduct a background check on you, including through a third-party service, seek to confirm your employment history and education credentials, as well as check for any criminal history. Ivy Exec may also seek to verify the accuracy of the invoices you submit and confirm the substance of your discussions with Clients. As it conducts background checks and other verifications, you agree to cooperate with Ivy Exec and provide any necessary consents. You agree not to share unique links or other requests for information that are sent to you as part of the screening process.
Your participation in a Project is always at your discretion. Ivy Exec makes no representation regarding the frequency, quantity, or type of invitations to Projects you will receive or in which you will be chosen to participate. You will be compensated only for the time you spend interacting with Clients on Projects at the agreed rate. You will not be compensated for preparation time, wait time, or time set aside if a Project with a Client does not occur. You may not assign Projects or delegate any portion of your work to others (including without limitation to any other employees of your firm) without Ivy Exec’s prior written consent. All interactions must be set up through Ivy Exec or its systems. If a Client contacts you without having arranged the Project through Ivy Exec, and you consult with the Client, you are not eligible for payment from Ivy Exec, even if the call is a follow-up to a recent Project that was arranged through Ivy Exec. Clients are not authorized to expand the scope of a Project except to the extent Ivy Exec has agreed otherwise in writing.
You may not interact with a person who is not in the Expert Network with respect to a Project without Ivy Exec’s written authorization. If you are granted authorization to interact with any such person in connection with any Project, you agree to advise such person that you are not seeking, and do not want, any confidential information, including material non-public information, and that he/she must comply with his/her existing obligations to any third parties, including past or present employers. Further, during these interactions the following conduct is strictly prohibited:
As a condition to participation in the Expert Network, for Clients to whom you are first introduced to through Ivy Exec, for a period of one year from the most recent Project with or introduction to such Client you agree not to knowingly solicit projects from or propose or agree to any kind of consulting, advisory (including directorships), or employment arrangement with such Client, either directly or indirectly, without the written permission of Ivy Exec. This provision does not prohibit you from being retained by a Client to provide legal advice. For a period of one year after the termination of your relationship with Ivy Exec, you also agree not to knowingly solicit for employment any employee of Ivy Exec or any Clients to whom you were first introduced due to your Expert Network Member status. Additionally, if during the course of Projects, you are first introduced to other Expert Network Members, you may not, directly or indirectly, solicit those Expert Network Members for projects or other engagements outside of Ivy Exec without the prior written consent of Ivy Exec.
If a law firm decides to retain you as an expert witness in a Project, such firm may choose to enter into a separate written retention agreement with you for expert witness services (a "Retention Agreement"), and such Retention Agreement shall control over any inconsistent terms in the Terms & Conditions with respect to the relationship between you and the firm Client and your obligations to such law firm Client and its client in connection with the expert witness Project. Such Retention Agreement does not modify your obligations to Ivy Exec under these Terms & Conditions or otherwise.
If a Client selects you for a Project, Content you create in connection with that Project (“Project Content”) is solely owned by the Client as a “work for hire” and may be used by such Client for any purpose permitted under that Client’s agreement with Ivy Exec, which may include reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting. Content you create independently of, or prior to, any Project (“Retained Content”) remains your property and you retain all rights, title, and interest in and to such Retained Content; however, you grant the Client a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, and transferable license to use any Retained Content included in any Project Content. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that each Client is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any Content you transmit to that Client for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing products using such information. Any inventions, discoveries or improvements that are based in full or in part on any Content and information you create for a Client in the course of a Project, and all intellectual property rights in such inventions, discoveries, or improvements, shall be owned entirely by and shall be proprietary to the Client.
You further agree and acknowledge that Clients may elect to record or transcribe your consultations or other interactions with them, and that any such recordings or transcriptions are owned by such Client and may be used by such Client for any purpose permitted under that Client's agreement with Ivy Exec. As part of their compliance protocols, some Clients may have a professional (in addition to the Client user(s) you will speak with) chaperoning phone consultations and their presence may be announced or unannounced (i.e., you will not be notified) and may be active participants or silent on the phone consultations. By signing these Terms & Conditions you consent to consultations being chaperoned and recorded at Clients’ election.
While you are an Expert Network Member and thereafter, you agree not to disclose or to attempt to use or personally benefit from (e.g., use to trade securities or make investment decisions) any Restricted Information (as defined below) that is disclosed to or known by you because of your participation in the Expert Network until such time as the Restricted Information has become publicly available through no action of your own, except to the extent required by law or as expressly permitted by Ivy Exec for the purpose of facilitating a particular Project. The following should be considered strictly confidential: (1) the identity of Clients (e.g., do not list Clients on your resume or website); (2) information about Projects; (3) information about any actual or potential business, investment or trading decisions, or transactions of any Client; or (4) any other nonpublic or proprietary information of Ivy Exec or its Clients (collectively, “Restricted Information”). If you are compelled by order of a court or other governmental or legal body (or have notice that such an order is being sought) to divulge any Restricted Information to anyone, you will promptly notify Ivy Exec, unless prohibited from doing so by the express terms of a government subpoena or court order, and will cooperate fully with Ivy Exec and the applicable Client in protecting such information to the extent possible under applicable law. Upon request by Ivy Exec or the applicable Client, you agree to return or destroy all Restricted Information in your possession. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if and only to the extent necessary, you may disclose the general topic and Client description to secure any required third-party consent to your participation in the Expert Network or in a Project prior to accepting an invitation for that Project.
These Terms & Conditions are intended to benefit Clients. Clients expect that all Projects will be carried out in accordance with these Terms & Conditions and applicable laws and that, among other things, they will not receive any confidential information, including material non-public information, and their own Restricted Information will not be disclosed. Clients may from time to time request that you confirm any part of these Terms & Conditions, and any additional terms or compliance policies required by Clients as a condition to your participation in or payment on a Project (“Confirmations”). You agree that, to the extent you have provided any Confirmations, you shall be obligated to honor such Confirmations in addition to these Terms & Conditions, and that the applicable Client shall have the right to directly enforce your compliance with such Client’s Confirmations, if any. You understand that other Expert Network Members, each Client, and the person with whom you may engage in any Project or Platform Activity is an intended beneficiary of these Terms & Conditions and the covenants and agreements made by you hereunder, and that Clients, as third-party beneficiaries of these Terms & Conditions, have the right to directly enforce your compliance with these Terms & Conditions.
You are responsible for providing your or your organization’s payment details on your Expert Network Member profile page and keeping such information up-to-date. If you are employed, you must follow your employer’s policies that may relate to payment. Within 30 days of completion of a Project, unless otherwise agreed in writing, we will administer the payment for your time that was agreed, provided that we will have the right to delay payment until such time as we receive payment from the Client. Payments may take 5 to 15 business days to be received. Payments will be based on what was agreed in writing by Ivy Exec or as specified in the Project invitation.
In the event that a Client disputes your request for payment or the quality of your work on a Project, Ivy Exec may withhold payment until such dispute is resolved. You agree that in the event of any such payment dispute, Ivy Exec has the sole and final authority to resolve such dispute in its reasonable discretion, and you agree to be bound thereby. You further understand and agree that you have no right to payment for a Project to the extent Ivy Exec reasonably determines you have violated these Terms & Conditions or Ivy Exec 's compliance rules, and to the extent you have already received payment for Projects or Platform Activities involving such violations, Ivy Exec shall have the right to recover such payments in full.
Ivy Exec may require you to provide additional information (including your Social Security number or equivalent Tax Identification number) about yourself or your employer/company as part of its security procedures. To protect your information from third party misuse, please provide such information or any updates to your bank account by phone or through Ivy Exec websites, not by email. Note that U.S. persons will receive a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 for payments as required. You agree that all fees imposed on you by any banking institution to process any payment from Ivy Exec are your sole responsibility. Non-U.S. Expert Network Members may be asked to confirm such status. Your contract will be with, and you shall receive your payments from, Ivy Exec, which is a U.S. entity. You agree that you are responsible for paying any applicable taxes in your jurisdiction on payments you receive from Ivy Exec, in accordance with applicable law and, if applicable, you agree to provide Ivy Exec evidence of such tax payments upon its request.