March Women membership terms

OVERVIEW

The March membership (the membership) is a business membership to connect women working across the M&A industry for the purpose of creating more dealflow and advisory opportunities and the progression and success that comes with those.

Please read the following important terms and conditions (the Terms) before you commit to joining March.

These Terms set out:

  • Your legal rights and responsibilities
  • March’s legal rights and responsibilities
  • Certain key information required by law

DEFINED TERMS

annual membership fee means the annual fees payable for the membership, due either monthly or annually, as per the sales page on the website at the time membership is applied for

corporate member means an organisation which purchases multiple memberships on behalf of its directors and staff

events means online or in-person events, hosted or facilitated by March, including standard events

individual member means a natural person who purchases a membership on their own behalf

March or we means March Women Limited (trading as March and/or March Women), a limited company registered in England and Wales with company registration number 14372835 and registered office at 71-75 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JQ

member, you or your means, (i) in respect of an individual member, the person buying and using our services and resources and (ii) in respect of a corporate member, the organisation purchasing the member and/or the individual(s) nominated and sponsored by their organisation to use our services and resources (as the context requires)

membership means the women in M&A business membership run by March

member space means the private online hub and app for use by current members, hosted by March and accessed through the Mighty Networks platform

services means the membership, events, courses and/or training

sponsored member means an individual who has membership purchased for them by a corporate member

standard event means an in-person breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, drinks or dinner event

website means www.marchwomen.com

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1.      Neither our website nor the membership or other services provided by us are intended for children under the age of 18 or for “consumers” (as defined in the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015) and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children or consumers.

1.2.     If you sign up to the membership you agree to be legally bound by these Terms.

1.3.     We may amend these Terms from time to time.  Prior to any renewal of your membership please check these Terms to ensure you understand the terms in force at that time.

1.4.     If you purchase additional services or sign-up to attend certain additional events then you may be asked to agree to separate terms and conditions which are specific to that service or event. Should a dispute or conflict arise then any separate terms that are agreed will take priority over these Terms.

  1. PURCHASES OF SERVICES – GENERAL

2.1.     When you place an order to purchase any of our services, you are warranting that you are over 18, that you are legally capable of entering into a legally binding contract, you know no reason why it would be inappropriate for you to access/participate in the services, you are not a consumer and are accessing the website, the member space and/or interacting and engaging with March in the course of your trade, business, craft or profession and that all information you provide to us is true and accurate.  If we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate or incomplete we have the right to suspend or terminate your services and refuse any and all current or future use of the member space.

2.2.     The service you purchase shall be delivered in accordance with the details displayed on the relevant sales page (on the website or in the member space) at the time your purchase is made.

  1. APPLYING FOR THE MEMBERSHIP

3.1.     Application for membership (individual or corporate) is made by completing the application form on the website.  Your application will be reviewed by us and we may contact you to request further information to confirm you and/or your sponsored members meet the criteria to join March.

3.2.     We review applications at least weekly and will email you to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.  Membership approval is in our sole discretion and we do not have any obligation to provide a reason for any refusal.

3.3       If your application is successful we will confirm the details of your membership, undertake certain onboarding actions and provide you with a payment link. Corporate members can request to be invoiced by us and make payment via electronic bank transfer.

3.4 Once the initial payment of annual membership fees has been received, you will receive a link inviting you to join the member space and create a profile.

  1. THE MEMBERSHIP AND THE MEMBER SPACE

The membership

4.1.     The membership package you purchase shall be delivered in accordance with the details displayed on the relevant sales page at the time your membership application is made.

4.2.     A membership is non-transferable and personal to the member.  If a sponsored member departs from a corporate member, that corporate member may substitute them with another suitable individual for the remainder of a membership year.  If the departing sponsored member wishes to maintain their membership, they will be invited to take out an individual membership, otherwise their access to the membership will be terminated. Corporate members should email hello@marchwomen.com to organise an appropriate substitution.

4.3.    The membership will also include access to the member space.  The member space is primarily for peer-to-peer discussion and support and we reserve the right to replace or remove this platform at any time.

4.3.     Your access to the areas of the member space will depend on the terms of your membership and some areas may only be made available to members on certain membership packages.

4.4.      The member space may include a variety of features, such as message boards, chat and other public forums, bulletin boards, web logs, chat rooms and email services which allow feedback to us and real-time interaction between members and other features which allow members to communicate with others.

4.5.      We reserve the right to make changes to the membership and/or the member space from time to time. The availability of the content, as well as platforms and compatible devices, may change from time to time. We also reserve the right to replace or remove any resources and the platforms available to you through the membership, and to otherwise make changes in how we operate it.  We may from time to time, with respect to any or all members, offer certain features or other elements of the membership, including promotional features, user interfaces, plans, pricing, and advertisements.

The member space – technical

4.6.     In order to gain access to the resources in the member space, you will need to use a personal computer, portable media player, or other device that meets the system and compatibility requirements of the membership platform and software from time to time.  We may change the requirements for compatible devices from time to time and, whether a device is (or remains) compatible may depend on software or systems provided by the device manufacturer or other third parties.  As a result, devices that are compatible when you sign up may cease to be compatible in the future.

4.7.      When you gain access to the resources in the member space, the resolution and quality of the resources you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the type of device you are using and your bandwidth, which may fluctuate during the course of your access.  While we use all reasonable endeavours to provide a quality experience, we cannot make any guarantee as to the resolution or technical quality of the content you will receive.

4.8.      The availability of the membership and/or the member space might be affected by events beyond our reasonable control. If so, there might be a delay before we can make the membership available again.  We shall make reasonable efforts to limit the effect of any of those events, we shall keep you informed of the circumstances and we shall try to provide access as soon as those events have been fixed.

Examples of events which might be beyond our reasonable control include illness, IT issues and problems with hosting providers.

4.9.      In the event that membership resources (or any content added by you or other members) are not available in whole or in part at any time, or become corrupted, are deleted or are failed to be stored, we shall have no liability in any circumstances.

4.10.   We use all reasonable endeavours to protect our website and member space, but we are not responsible for any viruses, bugs or similar issues. We advise that you use your own virus protection software to protect yourself.

The member space – content

4.11. Responsibility for what is posted on the member space lies with each member – you alone are responsible for the material you post or send.  We do not control the messages, information or files that you or other members may provide through the member space.  It is a condition of your use of the member space that you comply with the requirements of use in paragraph 6.8.

4.12.  Any Member failing to comply with these Terms may be expelled from and refused continued access to, the member space.  We may remove or alter any user-created content at any time for any reason.

4.13.  We expressly disclaim all responsibility and endorsement and make no representation as to the validity of any opinion, advice, information or statement made or displayed in the member space by members nor are we responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings or for hyperlinks embedded in any messages.  Under no circumstances will we, our affiliates or suppliers or agents be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained through these forums.  The opinions expressed in these forums are solely the opinions of the members and do not reflect the opinions of March or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates.

4.14.  We have no obligation whatsoever to monitor any of the content or postings on the message boards, chat rooms or other public forums in the member space.  However, you acknowledge and agree that we have the absolute right to monitor the same at our sole discretion.  In addition, we reserve the right to alter, edit, refuse to post or remove any postings or content, in whole or part, for any reason and to disclose such materials and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request and to protect ourselves, our clients, sponsors, members and visitors.

Events

4.15. 1 to 2 standard events a month are included in your membership fee (except for the month of August where an event may be hosted at our discretion, depending on member feedback and request).  Members can secure their place by RSVPing to the event in the member space.

4.16. We may source additional events from time to time and will offer these to members on a first-come, first-served basis via the member space, the website and/or email.  Additional fees may be payable for these.

4.17.  From time to time members may be able to invite a guest to an event.  Spaces will be on a first-come first-served basis.

4.18. All guests may attend one event at the discretion/invitation of March, provided that such guests will then be required to join the membership to attend subsequent events.

  1. SCOPE OF SERVICES

5.1.     Every effort has been made to accurately represent the services but examples and case studies in promotional materials and/or member testimonials are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee of those outcomes or results.

5.2.      In supplying the services, we shall perform the services with reasonable care and skill and comply with all applicable laws and statues, regulations and codes from time to time in force, provided that we shall not be liable under any contract or these Terms, if as a result of such compliance, it is in breach of its obligations under that contract or these Terms.

5.3.   We reserve right to make any changes to the services which are necessary to comply with any applicable law or safety requirement or which do not materially affect the nature or quality of the services (including substituting events of similar nature or quality) and we shall notify you in any event.

  1. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

6.1.      You will pay the annual membership fees in accordance with the membership description.

6.2.    When you are accepted for the membership, you will be required to choose a password and user name to access the member space. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and other login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to immediately notify March of any unauthorised use of your password or account or any other breach of security.  Each registration is for a single user only. You may not use another member’s account without prior authorisation from us.  Excessive viewings or logins by any member may be treated as fraudulent use of the membership, in which case it will result in the immediate cancellation of membership without refund. We reserve the right to cancel any membership we believe has been compromised, or is being used fraudulently, at our sole discretion.  We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your password or account information

6.3.      Any content you post or submit to our site or to any connected platforms (including any LinkedIn groups) while you are a member is subject to our website terms of use and acceptable use policy as well as these Terms.

6.4.     You agree to comply with all applicable laws when using our services.

6.5.     We are committed to making the member space and events a safe and supportive space for all participants.  You agree to conduct yourself in a reasonable and responsible manner at all times and not to act in a manner which may cause offence, distress or alarm to any other person attending the event or participating in the member space.  You are responsible for the behaviour of anyone who can be seen on your camera.

6.6.      In the event you act in a way which is disruptive or which causes offence, distress or alarm to any other person you may (at our sole discretion) be excluded from that event and/or removed from the membership and the member space.

6.7.   Following such removal and exclusion we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss the matter and, at our sole discretion, to determine whether you will be removed and/or excluded permanently from the services.

6.8.      When you access any of our services, you agree not to:

  • use your access for any unlawful purpose
  • record any part for your personal use or otherwise
  • capture or share images of any other person or that include any other person without that person’s express permission
  • remove or modify any copyright, trademark, or legal notices from any transcription, guidance, videos, or materials
  • share, disclose, assign, sell or licence any part of the services and to keep your access to any services private
  1.  FEES AND PAYMENT

Annual membership fees

7.1. The applicable annual membership fees are set out in the membership description on the relevant sales page at the time your application is made.  All sums are exclusive of VAT (where applicable).  We may at our discretion waive or reduce the fees of any member.

7.2.      Individual annual membership fees are payable monthly or there is an option to pay a reduced price for 12 months in advance.  Corporate membership fees are payable annually.

7.3.      The membership fees are billed on a periodic basis as specified at the time of purchase (e.g., monthly or yearly).

7.4.      Unless your terms of purchase state otherwise, we reserve the right to change or increase the membership fees from time to time and will give you at least one month’s prior written notice of such changes ahead of your annual renewal date.  If you are not happy with a proposed adjustment, you may terminate renewal of your membership in accordance with paragraph 8.

7.4.     If payment is declined and outstanding for more than 7 days, our system will automatically disable access to the member space.  We want to help restore your access, so we’ll make every attempt to contact you to help resolve this issue.  Once the billing issue is resolved we’ll restore access.

Online payment processor

7.5.      Payments of individual membership fees are made through a third party payments processor through their secure payment systems and are subject to those third parties’ own terms of use (as made available on their websites).

Refunds

7.10.   You understand that due to the nature of the services no refunds are to be made following payment.

  1. TERMINATION OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP

8.1.      Your membership will renew automatically on the annual anniversary of your membership unless you cancel your membership by emailing our customer support team at hello@marchwomen.com 7 days prior to that annual renewal date.  Whilst we shall send you a reminder email before your membership renews It is your responsibility to terminate your membership yourself or notify us if you wish to terminate your membership before the renewal date in order to avoid additional membership charges.

8.2. After you cancel, you will continue to have access to all the resources until the end of the membership year.

8.3.     We may suspend or terminate your membership if you commit any material breach of these Terms.  If we terminate your membership and suspend or discontinue your access due to your breach of these Terms, then you will not be entitled to any credit, refund or discount in relation to the membership fees already paid by you.

8.4.     Upon termination for any reason, your access to the services and the member space (if applicable) will be removed.  We will not be liable to you for any costs or losses arising directly or indirectly relating to the removal of that access.

8.5.     If this contract is ended it will not affect our right to receive any money which you owe to us under this contract and it will not operate to affect any provisions that expressly or by implication survive termination.

  1. RESOLVING PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS

9.1. In the unlikely event that there is a problem with the services please contact us at hello@marchwomen.com as soon as possible and give us a reasonable opportunity to sort out any problems with you and reach a positive outcome.

  1. THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS

10.1. Certain sections of the member space, the website and our emails may allow you to purchase or sign up for other services, products and events that are provided by members or third parties (merchant).  We are not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these products and services.

10.2. If you make a purchase from the merchant on the member space or on a site linked to by the member space, the information obtained during your visit to that merchant’s online store or site and the information that you give as part of the transaction, such as your credit card number and contact information, may be collected by both the merchant and us.  A merchant may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from ours.  We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies.

10.3. In addition, when you purchase services or products or sign up for an event on or through the member space, website or email you may be subject to additional terms and conditions that specifically apply to your purchase or use of such products or services.

10.4.   For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and/or contact the merchant directly.  You release us and our affiliates from any damages that you incur and agree not assert any claims against us or them, arising from your purchase or use of any services or products or attendance at events made available by members and third parties through the member space.

  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

11.1. Your use of the website and member space and their contents including, without limit, any text, data, logos, graphics, documents, photographs, images, animations, software, apps, forms, videos, music and other audio/visual materials and resources that you access (Content) is subject to these Terms. Any Content that you access on the website and member space is either owned by us (or third parties who licence such Content to us) and is made available only for your own personal use on the condition that you must not republish, post, transmit, edit, adapt, syndicate, broadcast, sell, license or distribute any Content without our prior written permission. The names “March”, “March Women” and other business names and logos displayed on the website and member space may be trade marks belonging to us or our affiliates (Trade Marks).

11.2.   To the maximum extent legally permitted, you cannot link to or seek to extract data from the website or member space or reutilise any part of them or Content for any commercial purpose or use our Trade Marks in a way that suggests that you or your business has any endorsement from or affiliation to us, or in any other way, without our prior written permission (at our sole discretion). No act of downloading or copying from, or otherwise using, the website or member space, even with our permission, will transfer any title, interest or right in or to the website or member space or Content to you. We hereby expressly reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the website and member space and Content.

11.3.   From time to time we may record live sessions that we make available to you through the member space.  If you participate in such sessions, you authorise us to use your image and voice in any such recordings (and to make use of such recordings in any way we think fit) without payment, other condition or need for further consent.

11.4.  All intellectual property rights in or arising out of or in connection with the services shall be owned by us and you shall not cause or permit anything to endanger those rights or title, or permit, assist or encourage others to do so.

11.5.   To the extent that you give any testimonial, feedback, comment or review to, or in respect of us, and/or the services (Feedback):

  • we acknowledge that you retain all of the ownership rights in such Feedback
  • you give us and our directors, employees and agents permission to use the Feedback (including name, logo, likeness, photograph, voice and image) without payment and without restriction through the grant of a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform that Feedback in connection with the marketing, advertising and publicity of our business
  • where applicable and permitted under applicable law, you agree to waive and not enforce any “moral rights” or equivalent rights, such as the right to be identified as the author of any Feedback

11.6.   We will anonymise Feedback (that is, not use your full name or image) if: we consider it would be a breach of our confidentiality obligations to identify you or you generally withdraw consent for us to identify the provider of that Feedback and for the avoidance of doubt, in these circumstances we and our directors, employees and agents to continue using the Feedback on an anonymised basis.

  1. HOW WE MAY USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

12.1. We shall not do or permit anything to be done which would cause you to incur any liability under any applicable data protection and privacy legislation in force from time to time in the UK including the retained EU law version of the General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 (and regulations made thereunder) or any successor legislation, and all other legislation and regulatory requirements in force from time to time which apply to a party relating to the use of personal data (including, without limitation, the privacy of electronic communications).

12.2.   We take our data protection responsibilities seriously and treat all personal data in accordance with the law.  Our privacy policy is available on the website.

  1. CONFIDENTIALITY

13.1. All information shared by you with March will be kept strictly confidential, except when releasing such information is required by law except to comply with an order of a court of competent jurisdiction or if required in connection with legal proceedings relating to these Terms

13.2.  Where you participate in the member space, you agree to keep strictly confidential any information shared by members in the member space (or which you otherwise access through the delivery of the services) and not to share it with any third parties.  You will not use the confidential information of any member of a group session for your own benefit except with the explicit consent of that member

13.3.   The obligations in paragraphs 13.1 and 13.2 will not apply to information which has ceased to be confidential through no fault of either party; was already in the possession of the recipient before being disclosed by the other party; or has been lawfully received from a third party who did not acquire it in confidence.

13.4.   The obligations under this paragraph 13 shall continue in force after the termination or completion of the services for a period of two years unless or until the information concerned becomes public knowledge or is otherwise in the public domain through no fault of the relevant person bound to keep it confidential under this paragraph 13.

13.5.   We shall not be liable to you for the breach of this confidentiality obligation by any other person participating in the services.

  1. LIMITATIONS ON MARCH

14.1. Except for any legal responsibility that we cannot exclude in law (such as for death or personal injury caused by negligence), we are not legally responsible for:

  • any losses that were not foreseeable to you and us when the contract was formed that were not caused by any breach of these terms on our part
  • business losses, including loss of business, loss of profits, loss of management time and loss of business opportunity

14.2.   We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage sustained arising under or in connection with the services indirectly or consequentially and including but not limited to economic loss or loss of profits, goodwill or business in general.

14.3.  Subject to paragraph 14.6, our total liability to you will not, in any circumstances, exceed the total amount of fees (excluding VAT) actually paid by you in respect of the services in the 12 month period prior to the date on which the event causing loss occurred. You agree and acknowledge that this term is fair and reasonable given the nature of the services.

14.4.   You acknowledge and agree that, subject to the remaining provisions of the Terms, your sole remedy (to the maximum extent permitted by law) against us for any losses shall be a claim for breach of contract, and all other remedies in tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise are excluded to the maximum extent permitted by law.

14.5.   We will have no liability unless you serve notice of an intention to make a claim in respect of an event within six months of when you became (or when you ought reasonably to have become), aware of the event having occurred.  Any notice of claim must be in writing and identify the event and the grounds for the claim in reasonable detail.  The notice should be sent to us at our registered office and emailed to hello@marchwomen.com.

14.6.   Nothing in these Terms seeks to limit our liability for fraudulent acts or omissions, death or personal injury caused in connection with the provision of the services or the terms implied by section 2 of the Supply of Goods and services Act 1982, whether arising in contract, negligence, tort, breach of statutory duty or otherwise.

  1. GENERAL

15.1. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to the services and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

15.2.   You acknowledge that you have not relied on any statement, promise, assurance or warranty given by or on behalf of us which is not set out in these Terms and that you shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in these Terms.

15.3.  Nothing in this provision shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.

Force majeure

15.4.   If the supply of any service is delayed by an event outside our control, then we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and we will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. We will not be responsible or liable where we are prevented or delayed from performing our obligations due to an occurrences beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to flood, earthquake, mechanical breakdown, IT failure, fire, adverse weather conditions, war, pandemic, acts of terrorism, gas, water or other utilities.

Invalidity and waiver

15.5.   If any of these Terms is found by a court or a regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply to the maximum extent legally permitted. No waiver of any of these Terms shall be effective unless made in writing by us and a waiver (or non-enforcement) shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach.

Delay

15.6.   Even if we delay in enforcing these Terms, we can still enforce it later.  If we do not insist immediately that you do anything you are required to do under these Terms, or if we delay in taking steps against you in respect of your breaking this contract, that will not mean that you do not have to do those things and it will not prevent us taking step against you at a later date. For example, if you miss a payment and we do not chase you but we continue to provide the services, we can still require you to make the payment at a later date.

Assignment

15.7.   You may not assign, transfer, sub-contract, or otherwise deal with any of your rights and/or obligations under the Terms without our prior written consent.

15.8.   We may assign, transfer, subcontract or otherwise deal with our rights and obligations under these Terms to another organisation. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under the contract.

Third Parties

15.9.   These Terms do not confer any rights on any person who is not a party to them to enforce them, whether under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

15.10. These Terms, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Last updated: 11th August 2023

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