Selling Agent Agreement

Alternative Investment Selling Agent Agreement

EXHIBIT 10.4

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT

SELLING AGENT AGREEMENT

This Alternative Investment Selling Agent Agreement (“Agreement”) is dated as of November 12, 2013, by and among each of the limited partnerships listed on Schedule 1 hereto (each, a “Partnership,” and together, the “Partnerships”), Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “General Partner”), and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, currently doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (“MSSB”). Partnerships may be added to this Agreement upon the agreement of the General Partner and MSSB. The listing of such partnership on Schedule 1 hereto shall be evidence of such agreement. This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements between each Partnership, MSSB and the General Partner.

WHEREAS, the offering and sale of units of limited partnership or other interests in the Partnerships (“Interests” or “Units”) in accordance with the terms of each Partnership’s private placement offering memorandum and disclosure document, including any supplements thereto approved by the applicable Partnership (each, a “Memorandum”), each Partnership’s subscription/exchange agreements (the “Subscription Agreements”) and certain other investor materials or supplements approved for use or prepared by each Partnership, including without limitation the summary information contained in certain related marketing materials, all as amended from time to time (collectively, the “Offering Documents”), and each Partnership’s organizational documents (as amended or supplemented from time to time, “Organizational Documents”) (collectively, “Offering Materials”) is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder;

WHEREAS, the Partnerships desire to retain MSSB as a selling agent; and

WHEREAS, MSSB desires to be so retained and to assist, as selling agent, in the offer and sale of the Interests.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual agreements hereinafter contained and other good and valuable consideration the value of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

1. Appointment of MSSB.

(a) MSSB is hereby appointed as a non-exclusive selling agent of the Partnerships during the term of this Agreement for the purpose of finding eligible investors for Interests through offerings that are exempt from registration under the Securities Act, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder.

(b) In the case of any Partnership formed after the date of this agreement, Units initially shall be offered at $1,000 per Unit or as otherwise determined by the


General Partner, and thereafter shall be offered on a continuous basis as of the first day of each month at the final Net Asset Value per Unit (as defined in each Partnership’s Limited Partnership Agreement) as of the last day of the immediately preceding month. For all other Partnerships, Units are being offered on a continuous basis as of the first day of each month at the final Net Asset Value per Unit (as defined in each Partnership’s Limited Partnership Agreement) as of the last day of the immediately preceding month. The General Partner in its sole discretion may terminate at any time the continuous offering period of one or more of the Partnerships and may at any time in its sole discretion, terminate, discontinue or resume the continuous offering of any class of Units in any of the Partnerships.

(c) Subject to the right of the General Partner to reject any subscription in whole or in part at any time prior to acceptance, the General Partner shall accept subscriptions for Units properly made and shall cause proper entries to be made in the books and records of the relevant Partnership. No certificate evidencing Interests shall be issued to any limited partner, although limited partners shall receive confirmations of purchase from the General Partner in its customary form. Payment for the Interests shall be made as described in the Offering Documents at such time on such date as may be agreed to by the General Partner. Payment shall be made against issuance of the Interests in the name of the limited partners.

(d) Subject to the performance by the Partnerships and the General Partner of their respective obligations hereunder, MSSB hereby accepts such appointment and agrees on the terms and conditions set forth herein to find eligible investors for Interests during the term hereof and to use reasonable efforts to assist the Partnerships and the General Partner in communicating with limited partners with respect to consent solicitations and limited partner votes and other items requiring actions of the limited partners with respect to the applicable Partnership, at the reasonable request of the General Partner. MSSB shall have no obligation to offer or sell any Interests.

(e) MSSB may, without notice to the Partnership or the General Partner, assign or delegate its rights and obligations to its affiliates, or otherwise retain affiliates to act as sub-selling agents, in connection with the solicitation of investors and otherwise to assist MSSB in performing its obligations under this Agreement to the extent MSSB deems appropriate, subject to compliance with applicable laws, rules or regulations; provided however, that each such sub-selling agent shall execute a sub-agent agreement substantially in the form of this Agreement. MSSB may compensate any such sub-selling agent by paying the sub-selling agent from MSSB’s own funds.

2. Offering and Sale of Interests.

(a) MSSB shall deliver to each person to whom MSSB makes an offer of an Interest, the Offering Documents, as amended as of such time.

(b) MSSB shall not make any offer of Interests on the basis of any communications or documents relating to any of the Partnerships or the Interests, except the Offering Materials, any other documents supplied or prepared by the General Partner

 

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on behalf of the Partnerships and delivered to MSSB by the General Partner for use in making an offer of Interests, or any other materials expressly approved for such use by the General Partner in writing (which shall include electronic mail). Subject to Section 9, the Partnerships and the General Partner shall provide MSSB copies of any Offering Documents a commercially reasonable time prior to providing such Offering Documents to any limited partner for MSSB’s review and approval, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

(c) Without the prior written consent of the General Partner, MSSB shall not use any form of “general solicitation” or “general advertising” (within the meaning of Rule 502 of Regulation D under the Securities Act prior to the effective date of the final rules implementing Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) in making offers of Interests, including any advertisement, article, notice or other communication published in any newspaper, magazine or similar media or broadcast over television or radio, or any seminar or meeting whose attendees have been invited by any general solicitation or advertising.

(d) MSSB shall, in accordance with requirements of Regulation D under the Securities Act, reasonably believe immediately prior to making any offer or sale of Interests that any prospective investor solicited by MSSB is an “accredited investor,” as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act, and meets such other eligibility criteria as are set forth in the Offering Documents. The Partnerships shall be responsible for the timely filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of any notices required by Rule 503 of Regulation D under the Securities Act. MSSB shall only solicit prospective investors in any jurisdiction in compliance with the marketing rules and private placement rules of such jurisdiction.

(e) MSSB represents and warrants that it has policies and procedures reasonably designed to comply with applicable anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws, rules and regulations. Additionally, MSSB represents and warrants that it has policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure that it does not accept or maintain investments in the Partnerships, directly or indirectly, from a person, government, organization or entity (a) who is or becomes the subject of a sanctions program administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), is included in any executive order or is on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by OFAC, or (b) whose name appears on such other lists of prohibited persons and entities as may be mandated by applicable local law or regulation.

(f) MSSB represents to the Partnerships as of the date hereof that MSSB is subject to the anti-money laundering regime of the United States and maintains anti-money laundering policies and procedures in compliance with applicable anti-money laundering legislation and regulations, as amended from time to time (the “Anti-Money Laundering Regime”).

(g) MSSB shall be responsible for ensuring that any activities taken in connection with the sale of Interests in any jurisdiction outside of the United States shall be conducted in compliance with the private placement or other applicable offering rules

 

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of such jurisdiction; provided, however, that, the Partnerships and the General Partner agree to coordinate with MSSB in respect of determining the number of offers made to prospective investors in any particular jurisdiction and such other relevant information in respect of offerings of Interests made by any party other than MSSB, which would reasonably be deemed to affect MSSB’s compliance with applicable offering rules. MSSB shall make no offer or sale of any Interest in any foreign jurisdiction, or to any prospective investor located in any foreign jurisdiction, where there is a prohibition on the sale of securities such as the Interests.

(h) The General Partner shall be responsible for any applicable registration or qualification of the Interests under all applicable laws, rules or regulations of the United States and the states therein. The General Partner on behalf of the Partnerships acknowledges that MSSB intends to offer the Interests in each state within the United States. The General Partner, at the applicable Partnership’s expense, shall use reasonable efforts to register or qualify the Interests, if required, in each jurisdiction within the United States that the Interests are offered by MSSB or to make any filings required by applicable law in each jurisdiction within the United States in which the Interests are sold by MSSB. If the Interests may not be offered in any particular jurisdiction in the United States, the applicable Partnership and the General Partner shall promptly notify MSSB.

(i) The Partnerships shall provide a reasonable quantity of copies of the Offering Materials and such other documents as MSSB is required to provide to prospective investors under this Agreement. If any Offering Materials are amended or supplemented, the General Partner shall promptly notify MSSB, and provide copies of such amendments or supplements in accordance with the preceding sentence.

(j) All subscriptions for Interests submitted by or through MSSB shall be subject to the General Partner’s approval, in its sole discretion. The General Partner and MSSB agree that the General Partner has the ultimate responsibility to determine whether a prospective investor meets all applicable private placement accreditation, minimum investment, and other regulatory requirements necessary to invest in a Partnership, provided, however, it is acknowledged by MSSB that the General Partner shall reasonably rely upon due diligence conducted by MSSB on each prospective investor.

3. Fees and Expenses.

(a) Each Partnership listed in Schedule 2 shall pay MSSB a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to the amount described for each Partnership in Schedule 2 (“Ongoing Selling Agent Fee”). Net Assets shall have the meaning set forth in the respective Partnership’s Limited Partnership Agreement. The fee shall be payable monthly beginning with the first month that a Unit is issued.

(b) MSSB may introduce investors on an advisory basis whereby the applicable Partnership shall not be obligated to pay MSSB any direct compensation for such limited partners; provided MSSB may be compensated directly by such limited partners in relation to their investments in such Partnership.

 

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(c) MSSB may, without notice, allocate all or a portion of its fees to its affiliates and may also allocate all or a portion of its fees to non-affiliates upon written notice to the General Partner. The Partnerships and the General Partner agree that MSSB, including any applicable affiliate of MSSB, reserves the sole right to reduce or waive the Ongoing Selling Agent Fee in whole or in part. The General Partner agrees to reduce or waive the Ongoing Selling Agent Fee described herein for any limited partner in accordance with written instructions provided by MSSB to the General Partner. MSSB agrees that neither the Partnerships nor the General Partner shall have any additional responsibility or liability to MSSB or any other party for complying with the written instructions provided by MSSB relating to this Section 3(c) beyond making payments in accordance with such written instructions.

(d) If MSSB becomes aware that a limited partner is no longer a client of MSSB, it shall promptly inform the General Partner and if the General Partner becomes aware that a limited partner is no longer a client of MSSB, the General Partner shall promptly notify MSSB. Once a limited partner is no longer a client of MSSB, the Partnership will no longer be obligated to pay the Ongoing Selling Agent Fee attributable to such limited partner. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a limited partner may be a client of MSSB and another broker-dealer at the same time, and the fact that such limited partner is a client of another broker-dealer may not, by itself, serve as evidence that such limited partner is not a client of MSSB.

(e) The Partnerships and MSSB shall each bear their own expenses in connection with the solicitation of prospective investors, including expenses of preparing, reproducing, mailing and/or delivering offering and sales materials.

4. Representations, Warranties and Agreements of the Partnership and the General Partner. Each Partnership and the General Partner (for purposes of this Section 4 only, each a “Party”) severally, and not jointly, represent and warrant to MSSB and agree with MSSB as follows:

(a) It is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation or organization, and it has full power and authority under applicable laws, rules or regulations to conduct its business as contemplated by the Offering Materials.

(b) The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary action of each Party, and upon the execution and delivery hereof, this Agreement shall constitute a valid, binding and enforceable obligation of such Party.

(c) The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, the incurrence of the obligations set forth herein and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein and in the Offering Materials, including the issuance and sale of the Interests, shall not constitute a breach of or default under any agreement or instrument by which such Party is bound, or to which any of its assets is subject, or any order, rule or regulation applicable to it of any court or any governmental body or administrative agency having jurisdiction over it.

 

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(d) There is not pending or, to the best knowledge of such Party, threatened any action, suit or proceeding before or by any court or other governmental body to which such Party is a party, or to which any of its assets is subject, which might reasonably be expected to result in any material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, business or prospects of such Party. Such Party has not received any notice of an investigation regarding non-compliance by such Party with applicable laws, rules or regulations.

(e) The Offering Materials, as of the date hereof and at any subsequent time during the term of this Agreement, do not and shall not contain any untrue statement of a material fact, or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements contained therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading. If any statement were to become untrue or if an omission of a material fact is discovered, the General Partner shall promptly supplement the Offering Materials to remove such untrue statement or to disclose such material fact.

(f) At all times during which MSSB client(s) own(s) an Interest, the General Partner shall, as soon as commercially practical, notify and update in writing such MSSB client(s) of any material changes or developments relating to the applicable Partnership or their Interests.

(g) The Interests have been duly authorized for issuance and sale, and, when issued and subscribed for in the amounts and for the consideration described in the Offering Materials, shall be entitled to the rights and subject to the restrictions and conditions contained in the Organizational Documents; no limited partner shall be personally liable for the debts of and claims against the Partnership in which it is invested by the mere reason of being a limited partner; and all necessary action required to be taken for authorization, issue and sale of the Interests has been validly and sufficiently taken.

(h) It is not necessary in connection with the offer, sale and delivery of the Interests in the manner contemplated by this Agreement to register the Interests under the Securities Act or, to the best knowledge of such Party, the laws of any other jurisdiction where it is being offered. Each Party shall conduct itself, and ensure that its agents conduct themselves, in a manner consistent with the exemption from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and, without limitation, shall not use, or permit any other person to use, any form of prohibited solicitation or advertising in making offers of Interests.

(i) The General Partner will promptly notify MSSB in the event that a Partnership is no longer able to rely on the private placement exemption under Rule 506(d).

 

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(j) Each Party acknowledges that in performing the services contemplated hereby, MSSB shall be entitled to rely upon and assume, without independent verification, the accuracy and completeness of all information that is available from public sources and all information that has been provided to it by, or on behalf of, the Partnerships or the General Partner, and that MSSB has no obligation to verify the accuracy or completeness of any such information and shall have no liability to the Partnerships, the General Partner or any third party for any information contained in the Offering Materials.

(k) The representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement are continuing during the term of this Agreement and each Party agrees to notify MSSB promptly in writing if at any time during the term of this Agreement, any such representation or warranty becomes materially inaccurate or untrue and of the facts related thereto.

(l) Each Party acknowledges that MSSB enters into this Agreement in reliance on the representations, warranties and agreements of the Partnerships and the General Partner contained herein.

5. Representations, Warranties and Agreements of MSSB. MSSB represents and warrants to and agrees with, the Partnerships and the General Partner as follows:

(a) MSSB is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization and MSSB has full power and authority under applicable laws, rules or regulations to engage in the activities contemplated under this Agreement.

(b) The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary action of MSSB, and upon the execution and delivery hereof, this Agreement shall constitute a valid, binding and enforceable obligation of MSSB.

(c) The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, the incurrence of the obligations set forth herein and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein shall not constitute a breach of or default under any agreement or instrument by which MSSB is bound, or to which any of its assets is subject, or any order, rule or regulation applicable to it or of any court or any governmental body or administrative agency having jurisdiction over it.

(d) MSSB (or any designee to which it delegates its right and obligations hereunder pursuant to Section 1(e)) has and shall maintain all licenses and registrations necessary under applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, including the rules and regulation of any self-regulatory organization with competent jurisdiction, to provide the services required to be provided by MSSB (or such designee) hereunder. To the reasonable knowledge of MSSB, MSSB has not solicited and shall not solicit any offer to buy or offer to sell Interests in any manner that would be inconsistent with applicable laws and regulations, or in any manner that would be inconsistent with the

 

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solicitation and advertising limitations of Regulation D under the Securities Act or any state securities laws. MSSB shall conduct itself and take reasonable measures to ensure that its respective agents conduct themselves, in a manner consistent with (i) the exemption from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, including, without limitation the requirements of Regulation D under the Securities Act, and (ii) any applicable state law exemptions from registration.

(e) MSSB shall furnish to each prospective investor it solicits the most current copy of the applicable Partnership’s Memorandum provided to it by the General Partner prior to that person’s admission as a limited partner.

(f) MSSB shall furnish to the Partnerships a description of all material pending and prior litigation and regulatory actions involving MSSB and its subsidiaries, required to be disclosed in the Memorandums during the term of this Agreement.

(g) MSSB has and maintains policies, procedures, and internal controls that are reasonably designed to ensure that no Covered Person identified in Appendix A subject to disqualification is permitted to participate in any of a Partnership’s offerings pursuant to Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act (“Rule 506”). MSSB represents that it has exercised reasonable care, in accordance with section (e) of Rule 506 in making a factual inquiry into whether any Covered Person is the subject of any of the acts enumerated in Rule 506(d)(1)(i) through (viii) or that would cause a Partnership to be unable to rely upon Rule 506 (each a “Disqualifying Event”). MSSB agrees that each Partnership may disclose any Disqualifying Event involving a Covered Person that occurred prior to September 23, 2013, in accordance with the method of disclosure under Rule 506(e).

(h) The representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement are continuing during the term of this Agreement and MSSB agrees to notify each of the Partnerships and the General Partner promptly in writing if at any time during the term of this Agreement, any such representation or warranty becomes materially inaccurate or untrue and of the facts related thereto.

(i) MSSB acknowledges that each of the Partnerships and the General Partner enter into this Agreement in reliance on the representations, warranties and agreements of MSSB contained herein.

6. Covenants of MSSB.

(a) MSSB will promptly notify the Partnerships and the General Partner if it becomes aware of any Covered Person who is or becomes the subject of a Disqualifying Event.

(b) MSSB shall, to the extent practicable and reasonable, make available personnel to the General Partner to respond to reasonable queries about its processes directly related to identifying Covered Persons and Disqualifying Events under Rule 506(d) and confirm that the representations made in Section 5(g) are accurate and complete.

 

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7. Indemnification.

(a) Each Partnership shall indemnify, hold harmless, and defend MSSB, each person who controls MSSB within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and their respective officers, directors, partners, members, shareholders, employees and agents from and against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) (“Covered Claims”) arising out of or relating to (i) the offer or sale of the Interests or the management or affairs of the applicable Partnership; (ii) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of material fact or any omission of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading in any Offering Materials or in any advertising or promotional material approved, published or provided to MSSB by or on behalf of the applicable Partnership or the General Partner or accurately derived from information approved, published or provided to MSSB by or on behalf of the applicable Partnership (iii) any violation of any law, rule or regulation relating to the registration or qualification of Interests or the applicable Partnership, (iv) any breach by the applicable Partnership or the General Partner of any representation, warranty or agreement contained in this Agreement, (v) any violation of any law, rule or regulation relating to the operation of the applicable Partnership or (vi) any willful misconduct or gross negligence by the applicable Partnership or the General Partner or their respective affiliates in the performance of, or failure to perform, its obligations under this Agreement, except to the extent that any such Covered Claim is caused by breach of this Agreement by MSSB or its affiliates, directors, members, employees, agents and affiliates or the willful misconduct or gross negligence of any of the foregoing in the performance of, or failure to perform, their obligations under this Agreement.

(b) MSSB shall indemnify, hold harmless, and defend each of the Partnerships and the General Partner, each person who controls any of the foregoing within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and their officers, directors, partners, members, shareholders, employees, and agents from and against any Covered Claims arising out of or relating to (i) any breach by MSSB of any representation, warranty or agreement contained in this Agreement, (ii) failure of MSSB to comply with marketing rules or private placement rules in any jurisdiction, (iii) any untrue statement, or alleged untrue statement of a material fact, made by MSSB in connection with MSSB’s placement of the Interests that is not in reliance on or in conformity with the Offering Materials, or (iv) willful misconduct or gross negligence by MSSB in the performance of, or failure to perform, its obligations under this Agreement, except in each case to the extent that any Covered Claim is caused by breach of this Agreement by any of the Partnerships or the General Partner or their officers, directors, partners, members, shareholders, employees, agents and affiliates or the willful misconduct or gross negligence of any of the foregoing in the performance of, or failure to perform, their obligations under this Agreement.

 

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(c) Promptly after receipt of notice of any claim or complaint or the commencement of any action or proceeding with respect to which an indemnified party is entitled to seek indemnification hereunder, the indemnified party shall notify the indemnifying party in writing of such claim or complaint or the commencement of such action or proceeding. The indemnifying party shall be entitled to participate at its own expense in the defense or, if it so elects within a reasonable time after receipt of such notice, to assume the defense of any suit so brought, which defense shall be conducted by counsel chosen by it and satisfactory to the indemnified party or parties. In the event that the indemnifying party elects to assume the defense of any such suit and retain such counsel, the indemnified party or parties shall bear the fees and expenses of any additional counsel thereafter retained by it or them.

(d) If the foregoing indemnification is for any reason unavailable to an indemnified party (other than by reason of the terms thereof), the indemnifying party shall contribute to the Covered Claims that are paid or payable by the indemnified party in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative economic interests of the indemnifying party, on the one hand, and the indemnified party, on the other hand, in the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (whether or not consummated) and any other relevant equitable considerations. For purposes of this paragraph, the relative interests of the applicable Partnership and the General Partner, on the one hand, and MSSB, on the other hand, in the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, shall be deemed to be in the same proportion as (i) the total proceeds received or contemplated to be received by the applicable Partnership and the General Partner in the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (whether or not any such transaction is consummated) bears to (ii) the fees paid or to be paid to MSSB under the Agreement; provided however, that to the extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the applicable Partnership and the General Partner contribute less than the amount necessary to ensure that all indemnified parties, in the aggregate, are not liable in excess of the amount of fees actually received by MSSB pursuant to this Agreement.

(e) The foregoing indemnity shall be in addition to any liabilities that the parties may otherwise have incurred hereunder.

8. Confidentiality.

(a) Each party acknowledges that, in performing its obligations under this Agreement, it may have access to confidential and proprietary information of the other party (“Confidential Information”). The parties agree that information concerning any potential investor introduced by MSSB to the Partnerships or the General Partner is the Confidential Information of MSSB. By way of illustration but not of limitation, “Confidential Information” includes any “nonpublic personal information” (as defined in SEC Regulation S-P or FTC Regulation 313) regarding prospective investors and limited partners or members, trade secrets, data, know-how, accounting data, statistical data, financial data or projections, forecasts, business practices or policies, research projects, reports, development and marketing plans, strategies, or other business information that is not generally known or available to the public. The term “Confidential Information” does not include information that: (i) is or becomes generally available to the public other

 

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than as a result of an improper disclosure by the disclosing party; (ii) was rightfully available to a party on a non-confidential basis before its disclosure by the other party; (iii) was independently developed by the receiving party or (iv) becomes available to a party on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the other party, provided that such source is not prohibited from transmitting the information by a contractual, legal, or fiduciary obligation.

(b) Except to the extent necessary to perform its obligations under this Agreement, no party may disclose or use any of the other parties’ Confidential Information. Each party shall maintain the confidentiality of the other parties’ Confidential Information in its possession or control. For the avoidance of doubt, no party may provide information concerning the Partnerships or prospective investors to any third party knowing that such third party may use such information in any form of publication, whether publicly or privately distributed, without the express prior written approval of the other parties. Each party shall limit the disclosure of the other parties’ Confidential Information to those of its employees and agents with a need to know such Confidential Information for purposes of this Agreement. Each party shall use reasonable care to prevent its employees and agents from violating the foregoing restrictions. Notwithstanding the above, Confidential Information may be disclosed to the extent required by law or by an order or decree of any court or other governmental authority or a request is made by a governmental authority, regulatory agency or self-regulatory agency; provided, however, that each party shall, to the extent practicable, if legally compelled to disclose such information: (i) provide the applicable party with prompt written notice of that fact so that the other party may attempt to obtain a protective order or other appropriate remedy and/or waive compliance with the provisions of this Section 8; (ii) disclose only that portion of the information that a party’s legal counsel advises is legally required; and (iii) endeavor to obtain assurance that confidential treatment shall be accorded the information so disclosed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, limited partners shall also be governed by the privacy policy included in the Offering Materials.

(c) On written request or on the expiration or termination of this Agreement, each party shall return to the other parties or destroy all Confidential Information in its possession or control, provided that each party may retain a single archival copy of any document or information that such party is obligated to maintain pursuant to record keeping requirements to which it is subject under applicable laws, rules or regulations, but for only so long as such records are required to be maintained.

9. Client Communications. Each Partnership and the General Partner severally agree to provide to MSSB copies of any communications to limited partners with respect to the operation and performance of the applicable Partnership. Communications that are provided on a regular basis such as monthly account statements, shall be distributed to MSSB when such communications are distributed to MSSB clients. The General Partner shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to distribute to MSSB all communications that require any action by limited partners such as limited partner consent or vote prior to the distribution of such communication to limited partners. Each Partnership and the General Partner agree that MSSB may use such communications in connection with

 

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reports issued by MSSB to the applicable limited partners to which such communications were directed. Each Partnership and the General Partner severally agree to respond as soon as practicable to inquiries of MSSB investors as communicated by MSSB and shall endeavor to copy MSSB on all such communications.

10. Term and Termination.

(a) This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect until terminated by a party on thirty days’ prior written notice to the other parties.

(b) This Agreement may be terminated immediately on written notice to the other parties hereto on the dissolution, insolvency or bankruptcy of any party and upon a material breach of any condition, warranty, representation or other term of this Agreement by the other party.

(c) Notwithstanding Section 10(b), upon becoming aware of a Disqualifying Event occurring on or after September 23, 2013 with respect to MSSB or any of its Covered Persons, a Partnership may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement which shall be effective immediately or on such future date as indicated by such Partnership in a notice to MSSB relating to such termination.

(d) On termination of this Agreement, the General Partner shall continue to pay MSSB the compensation set forth in Section 3 for so long as each limited partner introduced to the Partnerships by MSSB remains a limited partner and MSSB (and its applicable employees) maintains all necessary licenses and regulations required to receive such compensation. For purposes of the foregoing, MSSB shall be entitled to the compensation set forth in Section 3 with respect to any person introduced by MSSB to the General Partner prior to termination whose subscription is accepted by the applicable Partnership within sixty days following such termination.

 

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11. Notices. Any notice required or desired to be delivered under this Agreement shall be effective on actual receipt and shall be in writing and (i) delivered personally; (ii) sent by first class mail or overnight delivery, postage prepaid; (iii) transmitted by electronic mail (with confirmation of delivery and receipt); or (iv) transmitted by fax (with confirmation by first class mail, postage prepaid) to the parties at the following address or such other address as the parties from time to time specify in writing:

 

If to the Partnership or the General Partner :    If to MSSB:

[Name of Partnership]

c/o Ceres Managed Futures LLC

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investments

522 5th Avenue, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Fax: 212-296-6869

Email: [email protected]

Attention: Alper Daglioglu, President

  

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC

522 5th Avenue, 13th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Fax: 212 905-2750

Email: [email protected]

Attention: Jeremy Beal, Executive Director

With a copy to:

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

787 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY 10019

Email: [email protected]

Attention: Rita Molesworth

  

12. Status of Parties. In selling the Interests, MSSB shall be an independent contractor (rather than employee, agent or representative) of any Partnership or the General Partner, and MSSB shall not have the right, power or authority to enter into any contract or to create any obligation on behalf of any Partnership or the General Partner or otherwise bind any Partnership or the General Partner in any way. Nothing in this Agreement shall create a partnership, joint venture, agency, association, syndicate, unincorporated business or any other similar relationship between the parties. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to imply that MSSB is a partner, shareholder, manager, managing member or member of any Partnership or the General Partner.

13. Miscellaneous.

(a) Headings. Headings to sections and subsections in this Agreement are for the convenience of the parties only and are not intended to be a part of or affect the meaning or interpretation hereof.

(b) Entire Agreement. This Agreement embodies the entire agreement and understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all other agreements and understandings, whether written or oral, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof entered into prior to this Agreement.

(c) Amendments. This Agreement shall not be amended except by a writing signed by all parties hereto. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, Partnerships may be added to this Agreement upon the agreement of the General Partner and MSSB. The listing of such Partnership on Schedule 1 hereto shall be evidence of such agreement.

(d) Waiver. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be implied from any course of dealing between the parties hereto either before or after the effective date of this Agreement or from any failure by any party hereto to assert its rights hereunder on any occasion or series of occasions.

 

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(e) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. The provisions of Sections 3, 7 (including with respect to breaches of Section 4 or 5), 8, 9, 10(c), and this Section 13 shall survive termination of this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is or should become inconsistent with any present or future law, rule, or regulation of any governmental or regulatory authority having jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Agreement, such provision shall be deemed rescinded or modified in accordance with any such law, rule or regulation. In all other respects, this Agreement shall continue and remain in full force and effect.

(f) Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding on the parties hereto and such parties’ respective successors and permitted assigns.

(g) Assignment. No party may assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other parties, except as otherwise provided herein. Any purported assignment in violation of this Section 13 shall be void.

(h) Jurisdiction and Consent. THE PARTIES HERETO IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE NON-EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF ANY STATE OR FEDERAL COURT SITTING IN NEW YORK CITY OVER ANY SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT AND WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY. EACH OF THE PARTIES IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY OBJECTION IT MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER HAVE TO THE LAYING OF VENUE OF ANY SUCH SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING BROUGHT IN ANY SUCH COURT AND ANY CLAIM THAT SUCH SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING BROUGHT IN ANY SUCH COURT HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN AN INCONVENIENT FORUM. EACH OF THE PARTIES AGREES THAT A FINAL JUDGMENT IN ANY SUCH SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING SHALL BE CONCLUSIVE AND BINDING UPON THE PARTIES AND MAY BE ENFORCED IN ANY OTHER COURTS TO WHOSE JURISDICTION A PARTY IS OR MAY BE SUBJECT, BY SUIT UPON SUCH JUDGMENT. EACH PARTNERSHIP AND THE GENERAL PARTNER EACH HEREBY CONSENTS TO THE SERVICE OF ANY AND ALL PROCESS WHICH MAY BE SERVED IN ANY SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT BY MEANS OF PERSONAL DELIVERY OR COURIER SERVICE, ADDRESSED TO ITS ADDRESS PROVIDED ABOVE AND TO THE ATTENTION OF ANY SECRETARY, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OR ANY OTHER OFFICER, DIRECTOR, MANAGING AGENT OR GENERAL AGENT OF SUCH PARTY, AND SUCH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY OBJECTION IT MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER HAVE UNDER NEW YORK LAW OR UNDER ANY LAW OF ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF ANY OTHER JURISDICTION OR OTHERWISE TO SERVICE OF PROCESS IN SUCH MANNER.

 

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(i) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Facsimiles (including facsimiles of the signature pages of this Agreement) shall have the same legal effect hereunder as originals.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned parties have caused this Agreement to be executed as of the day and year first above written.

 

THE PARTNERSHIPS LISTED ON SCHEDULE 1 HERETO     Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
By:   Ceres Managed Futures LLC      
      Name:  

/s/ Jeremy Beal

Name:  

/s/ Alper Daglioglu

      Jeremy Beal
  Alper Daglioglu      
      Title:   Executive Director
Title:   President    
      Ceres Managed Futures LLC
      Name:  

/s/ Alper Daglioglu

        Alper Daglioglu
      Title:   President

 

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Schedule 1

 

PARTNERSHIP

  

STATE AND DATE OF

ORGANIZATION

  

EFFECTIVE DATE

Diversified 2000 Futures Fund L.P.    New York; August 25, 1999    October 1, 2013

 

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Schedule 2

 

PARTNERSHIP

  

ONGOING SELLING AGENT FEE

Diversified 2000 Futures Fund L.P.    5.4% per year of the adjusted net assets of the Partnership (computed monthly by multiplying the adjusted net assets of the Partnership by 5.4% and dividing the result thereof by 12)1

 

1 Adjusted net assets are month-end Net Assets increased by the current month’s management fee, ongoing selling agent fee, incentive fee accrual and other expenses and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

 

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Appendix A

Covered Persons:

 

  (i) MSSB and its executive officers and directors and officers participating in the offering of any of the Partnerships;

 

  (ii) Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors soliciting investors for the Partnerships on September 23, 2013 and thereafter who receive compensation with respect to such solicitation; and

 

  (iii) MSSB’s managing member, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Holdings LLC (the “Managing Member”) and the Managing Member’s executive officers and directors and officers participating in the offering of any of the Partnerships.

 

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