12. GENERAL 12.1 Relationship. The parties are independent contractors. This Agreement does not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, agency, agent or employment relationship between the Parties. Except as set forth in the Agreement, nothing in this Agreement, either explicitly or implicitly, is intended to designate a third party beneficiary. 12.2 Competitiveness. Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Party may assign without the agreement of the other Party its rights and obligations under this Agreement, in connection with a restructuring, to a related enterprise or to a buyer of its business entity or, in substance, of all its assets or transactions subject to rights and obligations, provided that: (a) the buyer is not insolvent or otherwise: to settle its debts at maturity; and (b) any sessionary is related. Notifications apply upon receipt, if sent through the DocuSign Services, two (2) business days after the date of shipment or one (1) business day after delivery to a courier. 12.4 Force Majeure. Payment obligations are only excused to the extent that the event of force majeure completely prevents payments. 12.5 Export Control.