These Terms of Service were prepared in the English language. In case of any conflict, discrepancy or ambiguity between the English version and any translated version, the English version will prevail.
These Terms of Service apply to the Website and all of your use of the Website and your use of any of our services (including -without limitation- any trade in the Products) offered by Deribit. Please read these Terms of Service carefully before you use the Website or any of our services. If you have any questions, please contact us by sending an email to email@example.com.
By accessing and using the Website and/or using any of our services in any manner, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to these Terms of Service.
Article 1. Definitions
1.1. Capitalized terms in these Terms of Service shall have the following meaning:
Article 2. General
2.1. Risks: With our Platform, we offer you a tool to sell or buy Products for your own account and at your own risk. You acknowledge, agree and accept that trading Products entails a high financial risk and that there is additional counterparty risk because our Products are derivative contracts. You have the necessary experience and knowledge to understand the risks involved in our Products. You should carefully assess whether your financial situation and tolerance for risk is suitable for buying, selling or trading Cryptocurrency and our Products. You may lose all of the funds in your Account.
2.2. No advice: At no time should any information provided in these Terms of Service or on our Website be construed as financial advice or investment advice. We do not provide any opinion on the merits of any particular investment. Any information provided is for educational purposes and to keep investors informed of prices, ranges, and volatility of Cryptocurrency. In addition, we do not act as your broker, intermediary, agent or advisor in any fiduciary capacity.
2.3. None of the services of Deribit amount to any marketing, promotion or offer for any product or investment to you or any third party. You are solely responsible for any losses, damages or costs resulting from your reliance on any data or information that Deribit may provide. You will make your own independent decision to access or use our Website and/or Platform.
2.4. Restricted jurisdictions: The access or use of our Platform and the services we offer is not allowed if you are located, incorporated or otherwise established in, or a resident of: (i) the United States of America; (ii) the Republic of Panama; (iii) any other jurisdiction designated as a restricted area on our Website (as amended from time to time); (iv) a jurisdiction where it would be illegal for you to access or use our Platform or use our services; or (v) a jurisdiction where it would be illegal for us to provide you access to our Platform or use our services. If you are a resident of or are operating from a restricted jurisdiction, as defined in this article, we have the right to terminate your Account with immediate effect, without us being liable for any damages this might entail.
2.5. Updates: Our Terms of Service may be changed from time to time. We will notify you about important amendments to our Terms of Service in advance on our Platform and/or per email. The amended Terms of Service will apply to our legal relationship at the earliest of: when you accept the amended Terms of Service; when you keep using our Platform after you have been informed about our updated Terms of Service; or one month after our notification of the amended Terms of Service. If you do not agree with the amended Terms of Service, your sole remedy is to terminate the use of the Platform and our services.
Article 3. Our Platform
3.1. Availability: We will do our utmost to ensure that the Platform is available at all times, but we may not always be able to prevent downtime or limited functionality of the Platform. You agree and accept that i) we do not guarantee the continuous availability of the Platform; and ii) the Platform has the functionality as available during your use ( ‘as is’). We will remedy any bugs and other defects and make available updates of the Platform at our sole discretion and on a best efforts basis.
3.2. Unavailability errors: As the use of our Platform is at your own risk, you acknowledge that we are not responsible for any errors, delays, communication failures and other malfunctions of the Platform, and that the consequences of such malfunctions shall be for your own account.
3.3. Changes and restrictions: We are at any time entitled to i) make functional, procedural or technical changes or improvements to the Platform; and ii) to (temporarily or permanently) limit or remove functionalities of the Platform, terminate the Platform entirely or to restrict the use of the Platform, without becoming liable to you.
3.4. Accuracy of information: We do our utmost to offer correct and up to date information on our Platform, including – without limitation - market information. However, you acknowledge and accept that such market data may not be accurate and that the use of the market data when trading Products shall be at your own risk.
Article 4. Your Use of our Platform
4.1. Account: To be eligible to use our Platform, you need to create an Account by submitting the details requested in our Account creation form. You warrant that the information you provide is correct and up to date and you will notify us of any material changes to the information you have provided us when applying for an Account.
4.2. Verification: You acknowledge and accept that we may be required to perform additional checks from time to time to verify your identity and the business relationship, including, but not limited to, by means of a copy of a valid identification document and/or proof of residential address. You warrant that the information you disclose in this respect is at all times correct, authentic and up to date. We reserve the right to suspend, terminate or limit your right to use the Platform (which may include imposing trading limits) until we have verified your identity or if the results of our identity verification process give rise to such measures.
4.3. Credentials: The login credentials to access your Account are strictly personal. You are solely responsible to keep your login credentials, 2FA-tokens, and other Account login details confidential. It is your responsibility to contact us immediately when you suspect unauthorized use of your login credentials or your Account.
4.4. Use of your Account: You are at all times responsible and liable for any use of your Account, including (unauthorized) trading activity by a third party. You acknowledge and accept that we may not be able to undo transactions executed by a third party through your Account.
4.5. Using the Wallet on our Platform is at all times at your own risk. We are not liable for loss of Cryptocurrency stored in your Wallet or transferred to or from your Wallet, including, but not limited to, unauthorized access by a third party, loss or violation of your private key or transferring Bitcoin to an Ethereum address.
4.6 Use of Market Data: The use of Market Data and/or Derived Data is for personal use only. You are not allowed to aggregate, resell, publish, forward or in any other way process Market Data and/or Derived Data (except for personal use) without explicit approval from us. In case you wish to make use of this Market Data and/or Derived Data for any non-personal use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article 5. Products
5.1. Products: You can only trade the Products that are available for trading on our Platform at the time you use the Platform. We reserve the right to add and remove Products to and from our Platform at our sole discretion. Although we will do our best to inform you timely before removing a Product from our Platform, we reserve the right to do so without prior notice.
5.2. Cryptocurrency: The Cryptocurrency we support for the Products we offer may change from time to time. We reserve the right to terminate support of a Cryptocurrency on our Platform at our sole discretion. Although we will do our best to inform you timely before removing a supported Cryptocurrency from our Platform, we reserve the right to do so without prior notice.
5.3. Consequence of removal: If we remove a Product or Cryptocurrency from our Platform, any outstanding Order will be cancelled. You will be given the opportunity to withdraw the Cryptocurrency from your account.
5.4. Product terms & policies: Additional terms and contract specifications per Product apply, which terms and policies are available in the Knowledge Base on our Website. By placing an Order, you accept the terms and contract specifications that apply to the relevant Product.
5.5. Funds: You can only place an Order if you have sufficient funds in your Wallet or have sufficient margin balance available for trading. From time to time, at our sole discretion, we are entitled to adjust margin requirements that may result in a different available margin balance.
Article 6. Trading
6.1. No refunds: Placing Orders and making Trades is at your own risk. Any Trade you make, whether on purpose or by mistake, is final and cannot be reversed. No refund of any Trade shall take place.
6.2. Reversing/adjusting Trades: We reserve the right to reverse a Trade or adjust the price of a Trade that we regard as being abnormal in respect of the price level to be expected from an orderly market, without being liable for any damages resulting from such reversal or adjustment.
6.3. Trading pause: We reserve the right to halt or limit the possibility to place Orders or make Trades on the Platform, without being liable for any damages resulting from halting or limiting trading.
6.4. Trading restriction: We reserve the right to (i) limit your right to place Orders; (ii) cancel Orders; and/or (iii) partially or entirely close any or all of your Positions. The latter includes, but is not limited to, a Position that is profitable and/or a Position that does not breach any margin requirements. We can do this -without limitation- in order to reduce or close counterparty Position(s) that have breached the margin requirements. We are not liable for any damages that you might incur due to such measures. In the event we close any Position of you on basis of this clause, we can determine the price you will receive for the Product of which the Position is closed at our sole discretion, but in principle this will be the Mark Price.
6.5. Forced deleveraging: Under extreme market circumstances, in order to protect the integrity of Deribit and the Platform, we reserve the right to partially or entirely close your Position(s) to be able to close positions of counterparties to help prevent counterparty bankruptcies, where the liquidity in the market is not enough to take over positions of counterparties that are on the verge of bankruptcy or already bankrupted. (Bankruptcy is defined in 6.7 below). In the event we close any Position on basis of this clause, we can determine the price you will receive for the Product of which the Position is closed at our sole discretion, but in principle this will be the Mark Price. In case of liquidation on basis of this clause 6.5, whether or not any compensation from the Insurance Fund will be provided will be determined by us at our sole discretion.
6.6. Liquidation: If your available funds are insufficient for your Position(s), then your Position(s) will be incrementally closed against the then-available prices in the market until your funds are sufficient for the remainder of your Positions, in accordance with the applicable terms and policies for the relevant Product.
6.7. Bankruptcy: If your Positions have been liquidated and the amount of Cryptocurrency in your Wallet is insufficient to cover your (additional) losses, your Account is bankrupt. We will reset the balance of the relevant Cryptocurrency in your Account to zero by transferring funds from the Insurance Fund to your account.
6.8. Insurance Fund: The fund that will be used to cover for losses of bankruptcies. The balance of the Insurance Fund and terms that apply are available on our Website. If bankruptcies in a session deplete the Insurance Fund, any further losses will be covered by profits made by traders on the Platform on a pro rata basis. In such a case, all winning traders of a session would get taxed a percentage on their profits to cover for the bankruptcies of other Accounts.
Article 7. API
7.1. Use & Availability: you acknowledge and accept that the API may not be available at all times. We are not responsible for any wrong Orders or other incorrect actions on our Platform when using our API.
7.2. Costs: Upon notifying you in advance, we are entitled to amend the fees that apply to the use of our API.
7.3. Discontinuation: We reserve the right to, without prior notice, terminate the support of the API and to limit or suspend the functionality thereof.
Article 8. Fees & Withdrawals
8.1. Fees: You acknowledge and agree that fees will apply when you use our Platform. Depending on the type of Trade you conclude on our Platform, we will charge a transaction fee or grant a transaction rebate, which will be deducted from or added to the value of the Trade. The applicable fees and rebates per Product and per type of Trade may be amended from time to time and are available on our Website.
8.2. Withdrawal: You may withdraw your available Cryptocurrency from your Wallet, provided that i) your withdrawal request exceeds the minimum withdrawal requirement as communicated on the Platform; and ii) your available margin balance remains sufficient to uphold your Positions. The fee for a withdrawal depends on the current state of the network of the Cryptocurrency. We are not responsible, nor liable, for any fees that may apply to your withdrawal request or otherwise alienate Cryptocurrency from your Wallet. Except as required by a facially valid court order, we will not sell, transfer, loan, hypothecate or otherwise alienate or encumber Cryptocurrency in your Wallet unless specifically agreed with you.
8.3. Delay: You acknowledge and accept that we may not be able to immediately execute any withdrawal request (for instance due to offline storage of Cryptocurrency). We use our best efforts to execute a withdrawal request within 48 hours. We are not liable for any damages incurred due to a delay in executing your withdrawal request.
8.4. Withdrawal freeze: We may suspend a withdrawal request and/or limit your right to withdraw Cryptocurrency for a period of time, for instance if we are required to investigate a request or suspect a violation of these Terms of Service, applicable law or other applicable terms, or to comply with the terms of any facially valid subpoena or other judicial order.
Article 9. Liability
9.1. Limitation of liability: If we are liable as a result of an attributable breach of our obligations, an unlawful act or otherwise, our liability will be limited to compensation of only your direct damages to a maximum of the fees paid by you to us during the six (6) month period prior to the cause of such liability.
9.2. Indirect damages: Any liability of us for damages other than direct damages (“indirect damages”), including – but not limited to – consequential damages, loss and/or damage of data, loss of profits, business opportunity, revenue or goodwill as well as lost Trades or sales, is excluded.
9.3. Unavailability: We are not liable for any damages you may incur due to (parts of) the Platform or the API being (temporarily) unavailable.
9.4. No limitation: The limitations and exclusions of liability mentioned in the preceding paragraphs of this article will lapse if and in so far as the damages are the result of our intentional or wilful recklessness.
9.5. Notice of liability: In no event we shall be liable to pay any compensation for your damages before you have reported the damages to us in detail. Any claim for compensation will lapse if you have failed to report such claim to us within three months after such damages arose.
Article 10. Force Majeure
10.1. Force Majeure: any event beyond our reasonable control, such as – but not limited to – flood, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquake, or any other Act of God, fire, war, insurrection, riot, labour dispute, accident, action of government, failure of our suppliers to comply with their obligations, a communications failure (including internet), power failure, or equipment or software malfunction shall qualify as a “Force Majeure Event”.
10.2. Excused Performance: Any non-performance from our side that is the result of a Force Majeure Event shall not be attributable to us.
10.3. No liability: We shall not be liable for any damages which we could not prevent due to a Force Majeure Event.
Article 11. Warranties & Indemnification
11.1. Your warranties: when using your Account and/or the Platform you represent and warrant that:
a. you have accepted our Terms of Service;
b. you are at least 18 years old (or at least the age to enter into legally binding contracts in your jurisdiction, when higher) and have the capacity to create an Account and use the Platform;
c. you are not a resident or representative of an entity in the sense of article 2.4 of these Terms of Service;
d. if you are using our Platform on behalf of your organization, you are authorized to do so. The relevant organization will be liable for your actions, including any breach of these Terms of Service;
e. you, or any party affiliated to you, are not in any way sanctioned by or under investigation in relation to anti-money laundering laws, counterterrorism financing laws, anti-corruption laws, economic sanctions laws or related regulations;
f. you will not use the Website or API in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the Website, the Platform or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the Website and/or the Platform, or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose of activity;
g. you will not use the Website or API to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of, or is connected to, any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software;
h. you will not perform any (distributed) denial of service or other malicious attacks, or conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on our systems;
i. you will only deposit in your Account, trade and withdraw Cryptocurrency from your Account that are your own and that have been legally obtained by you;
j. the Cryptocurrency deposit addresses and withdrawal addresses you have provided to us are your own and that you have full control over these addresses;
k. you are aware of the risks using our Platform, including, but not limited to, high volatility risk of Cryptocurrency and the fact that you may lose all your Cryptocurrency in your Account if the market moves against you;
l. you will at all times comply with applicable laws and regulations;
m. you have knowledge and experience in trading the Products we offer and are aware of the risks related to our Platform and services, including losing all the Cryptocurrency you deposit in your Wallet;
n. you will not be involved or initiate any form of market manipulation, including spoofing orders or otherwise; and
o. the information and documents you provide are correct, genuine and up to date.
11.2. You shall indemnify, hold harmless and defend us from any claim, demand or penalty (including -without limitation- attorneys’ fees and any fines, fees, or penalties imposed by any regulatory authority) arising out of or in connection to your use of the Platform, breach of these Terms of Service, your violation of any law, rule, regulation or the rights of any third party.
Article 12. Privacy
Article 13. Intellectual Property Rights
13.1. Ownership: The Intellectual Property Rights in relation to our Platform, are held by us or our licensor(s). Nothing in these Terms of Service may be construed to constitute a transfer of Intellectual Property Rights from one party to the other.
13.2. License: Under the condition that you comply with these Terms of Service, you are granted a non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable right to access and use the Platform, including our Website, your Account and all materials made available on our Platform for your own personal use and to the extent required for your use of our services only.
Article 14. Suspension & Termination
14.1. Termination by you: You are entitled to terminate your agreement with us by sending an email to the address provided on our Website.
14.2. Suspension: if we suspect that you have breached these Terms of Service, applicable law and/or the trading terms provided on our Website, we may temporarily suspend your Account and limit your trading. We are entitled to limit your right to place Orders, cancel Orders and/or close your Positions during this investigation. Deposits or withdrawals of Cryptocurrency may be limited by us. We are not liable for any damages you may incur due to such measures.
14.3. Termination by us: We reserve our rights to terminate your Account at any time and without stating reasons. Unless we are required otherwise by applicable law or a judicial order, we will provide a notice period of seven days before your Account is terminated. During this notice period you will be able to close your Positions and withdraw Cryptocurrency from your Wallet. After the notice period has lapsed, we are entitled to immediately close any Positions that may still be open and return any remaining Cryptocurrency to you. We will not be liable for any damages you may incur due to us invoking our right to terminate your Account.
14.4. Survival: The terms of these Terms of Service that are constituted to survive termination of our agreement shall remain applicable in case of termination of such agreement, including, but not limited to, the following articles: Article 2, Article 9, Article 11, Article 12, Article 14, Article 15, Article 16 and Article 17.
Article 15. Enforceability
15.1. Enforceability: If at any time any provision of these Terms of Service is or becomes illegal, void or invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the Terms of Service. We will replace such invalid provision by such other provision which, being valid in all respects, shall have an effect as close as possible to that of the replaced provision.
Article 16. No Waiver
16.1. Any failure or delay by us to enforce any provision of these Terms of Service or to exercise any right under these Terms of Service will not be construed as a waiver to any extent of our rights.
Article 17. Governing Law
17.1. Governing law: These Terms of Service and all of the agreements to which these Terms of Service apply are governed by the laws of the Republic of Panama.
17.2 Disputes, conflict, controversies or claims of any kind in connection with these Terms of Service and/or your use of the Platform, whether arising out your use of the Platform, the Products, or otherwise, shall be subject to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Panama, without regard to Panamanian choice of law principles. No other Court or Dispute Resolution Forum shall have jurisdiction over disputes between us or claims by you against us.
17.3 We reserve the right to follow up on court orders and to provide information to law enforcement agencies globally if we receive a request from such a law enforcement agency. We require that the request of a law enforcement agency is accompanied by appropriate legal process. For example, production orders, search warrants, freezing orders, seizure orders and subpoenas, but also requests for voluntary disclosure of data may all amount to legal process.
The latest changes to these Terms of Service were made on 29 January 2021. The previous version can be found here.