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In Singapore: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Singapore Branch is established in Singapore as a branch of the Australian incorporated legal entity, and operates as a Wholesale Bank with a Banking License under the Banking Act, issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The information in any Communication is made available only to persons who are Accredited Investors, Institutional Investors or Expert Investors as defined in the Securities and Futures Act (Singapore), and has not been prepared for, and must not be distributed to or replicated in any form to, anyone who is not an Accredited Investor, Institutional Investor or Expert Investor. If you are an Accredited Investor or Expert Investor as defined in Regulation 2(1) of the Financial Advisers Regulations ("FAR"), CBA is obliged to disclose to you that in the provision of any financial advisory services to you, it is exempted under Regulations 28, 34 and 35 of the FAR from complying with the business conduct provisions of  26 (False and misleading statement by licenced financial advisers), 27 (Recommendations by licensed financial advisers), 29 (Obligations to furnish information to the Authority) and 36 (Licensed financial adviser to disclose certain interests in specified products) of the Financial Advisers Act ("FAA"). 

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CBA is also a swap dealer provisionally registered with the CFTC and is a member of the NFA in such capacity (NFA ID 0249150). Swaps as well as products and strategies involving swaps are not suitable for investment by (i) counterparties that are not “eligible contract participants” as defined in the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA) and the regulations adopted thereunder or (ii) entities that have any investors who are not “eligible contract participants.”  Each hedge fund or other investment vehicle that purchases the products must be operated by a registered commodity pool operator as defined under the CEA and the regulations adopted thereunder or a person who has qualified as being exempt from such registration requirement.