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- pension funds and management companies of such funds;
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- The investor has carried out transactions, in significant size, on the market on which the financial instruments are traded for which he is intended to be categorised as professional investor, at an average frequency of 10 per quarter over the previous year.
- The investor’s cash deposits and financial instruments exceed EUR 500,000.
- The investor has worked in the capital market for at least one year in a professional position which requires knowledge of the transactions, investment services and ancillary services envisaged.
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