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This Participant Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of                      20    , is entered into by and among              (the “Authorized Participant”), PowerShares DB Multi-Sector Commodity Trust, a Delaware statutory trust (the “Trust”) with respect to each of PowerShares DB Energy Fund, PowerShares DB Oil Fund, PowerShares DB Precious Metals Fund, PowerShares DB Gold Fund, PowerShares DB Silver Fund, PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund, and PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund, each as a separate series of the Trust (each, a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”), and DB Commodity Services LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, as managing owner of the Trust and the Funds (the “Managing Owner”).


As provided in the Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust and Trust Agreement of the Trust (the “Trust Agreement”) as currently in effect and described in the Prospectus (defined below), units of fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of each Fund (individually and collectively, the “Shares”) may be created or redeemed by the Managing Owner for an Authorized Participant in aggregations of two hundred thousand (200,000) Shares (each aggregation, a “Basket”). Baskets are offered only pursuant to the registration statement of the Trust on Form S-1, as amended (Registration Nos.: 333-135422 and 333-135422-01), as declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and as the same may be amended from time to time thereafter or any successor registration statement in respect of Shares of each Fund (collectively, the “Registration Statement”) together with the prospectus of the Trust in the form filed with the SEC under Rule 424(b) after the effectiveness of the Registration Statement (the “Prospectus”). Under the Trust Agreement, the Managing Owner is authorized to issue Baskets to, and redeem Baskets from, Authorized Participants, only through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC” or the “Depository”), or a successor depository, and only in exchange for cash. This Agreement sets forth the specific procedures by which an Authorized Participant may create or redeem Baskets.

Because new Shares for each Fund can be created and issued by the Trust on an ongoing basis, at any point during the life of each respective Fund, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“1933 Act”), may be occurring. The Authorized Participant is cautioned that some of its activities may result in its being deemed a participant in a distribution in a manner which would render it a statutory underwriter and subject it to the prospectus delivery and liability provisions of the 1933 Act. The Authorized Participant should review the “Plan of Distribution” section of the Prospectus and consult with its own counsel in connection with entering into this Agreement and submitting a Purchase Order Subscription Agreement (defined below).

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Trust Agreement. To the extent there is a conflict between any provision of this Agreement and the provisions of the Trust Agreement, the provisions of the Trust Agreement shall control.

To give effect to the foregoing premises and in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth below, the parties hereto agree as follows:

Section 1. Order Placement. To place orders for the Managing Owner to create or redeem one or more Baskets, Authorized Participants must follow the procedures for creation and redemption referred to in Section 3 of this Agreement and the procedures described in Attachment A hereto (the “Procedures”), as each may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.

Section 2. Status of Authorized Participant. The Authorized Participant represents and warrants and covenants the following:

(a) The Authorized Participant is a participant of DTC (as such a participant, a “DTC Participant”). If the Authorized Participant ceases to be a DTC Participant, the Authorized Participant shall give immediate notice to the Managing Owner of such event, and this Agreement shall terminate immediately as of the date the Authorized Participant ceased to be a DTC Participant.

(b) Unless Section 2(c) applies, the Authorized Participant either (i) is registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“1934 Act”), and is a member in good standing of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (the “NASD”), or (ii) is exempt from being, or otherwise is not required to be, licensed as a broker-dealer or a member of the NASD, and in either case is qualified to act as a broker or dealer in the states or other jurisdictions where the nature of its business so requires. The Authorized Participant will maintain any such registrations, qualifications and membership in good standing and in full force and effect throughout the term of this Agreement. The Authorized Participant will comply with all applicable federal laws, including without limitation, the delivery requirements of Section 5 of the 1933 Act and all applicable rules of the SEC, the laws of the states or other jurisdictions concerned, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and with the Constitution, By-Laws and Conduct Rules of the NASD (if it is a NASD member), and will not offer or sell Shares in any state or jurisdiction where they may not lawfully be offered and/or sold.

(c) If the Authorized Participant is offering or selling Shares in jurisdictions outside the several states, territories and possessions of the United States and is not otherwise required to be registered, qualified or a member of the NASD as set forth in Section 2(b) above, the Authorized Participant will (i) observe the applicable laws of the jurisdiction in which such offer and/or sale is made, (ii) comply with the full disclosure requirements of the 1933 Act, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, and (iii) conduct its business in accordance with the spirit of the NASD Conduct Rules.

(d) The Authorized Participant is in compliance with the money laundering and related provisions of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (the “USA PATRIOT Act”), and the regulations promulgated thereunder, if the Authorized Participant is subject to the requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act.



Section 3. Orders. (a) All orders to create or redeem Baskets shall be made in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement, this Agreement and the Procedures. Each party will comply with such foregoing terms and procedures to the extent applicable to it. The Authorized Participant hereby consents to the use of recorded telephone lines whether or not such use is reflected in the Procedures. The Managing Owner may issue additional or other procedures from time to time relating to the manner of creating or redeeming Baskets which are not related to the Procedures, and the Authorized Participant will comply with such procedures of which it has been notified in accordance with this Agreement.

(b) The Authorized Participant acknowledges and agrees on behalf of itself and any party for which it is acting (whether such party is a customer or otherwise) that each order to create a Basket (a “Purchase Order Subscription Agreement”) and each order to redeem a Basket (a “Redemption Order”, and each Purchase Order Subscription Agreement and Redemption Order, an “Order”) may not be revoked by the Authorized Participant upon its delivery to the Managing Owner. A form of Purchase Order Subscription Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit B and a form of Redemption Order is attached hereto as Exhibit C.

(c) The Managing Owner shall have the absolute right, but shall have no obligation, to reject any Purchase Order Subscription Agreement or Creation Basket Capital Contribution (i) determined by the Managing Owner not to be in proper form; (ii) that the Managing Owner has determined would have adverse tax consequences to any Fund or to the Beneficial Owners; (iii) the acceptance or receipt of which could, in the opinion of counsel to the Managing Owner be unlawful; or (iv) if circumstances outside the control of the Managing Owner make it for all practical purposes not feasible to process creations of Creation Baskets. The Managing Owner shall not be liable to any person by reason of the rejection of any Purchase Order Subscription Agreement or Creation Basket Capital Contribution.

(d) The Managing Owner shall reject any Redemption Order the fulfillment of which its counsel advises would be illegal under applicable laws and regulations, and the Managing Owner shall have no liability to any person for rejecting a Redemption Order in such circumstances.

(e) The Managing Owner may, in its discretion, suspend the right of redemption, or postpone the applicable Redemption Settlement Time, (i) for any period during which the American Stock Exchange or any exchange on which the assets of any Fund are regularly traded is closed other than for customary weekend or holiday closings, or trading is suspended or restricted; (ii) for any period during which an emergency exists as a result of which delivery, disposal or evaluation of the assets of any Fund is not reasonably practicable; or (iii) for such other period as the Managing Owner determines to be necessary for the protection of the Beneficial Owners. The Managing Owner is not liable to any person or in any way for any loss or damages that may result from any such suspension or postponement.

Section 4. Fees. In connection with each Order by an Authorized Participant to create or redeem one or more Baskets, the Managing Owner shall charge, and the Authorized



Participant shall pay from its DTC account to the Managing Owner, the Transaction Fee prescribed in the Trust Agreement applicable to such creation or redemption. The initial Transaction Fee shall be Five Hundred Dollars ($500) per Basket. The Transaction Fee may be adjusted from time to time as set forth in the Trust Agreement and Prospectus. As described in the Procedures, the Authorized Participant will be charged by the Managing Owner an additional processing charge if the Authorized Participant fails timely to deliver the Creation Basket Capital Contribution (in the case of a Purchase Order Subscription Agreement) or the Baskets (in the case of a Redemption Order).

Section 5. Authorized Persons. Concurrently with the execution of this Agreement and from time to time thereafter, the Authorized Participant shall deliver to the Managing Owner notarized and duly certified as appropriate by its secretary or other duly authorized official, a certificate in the form of Exhibit A setting forth the names and signatures of all persons authorized to give instructions relating to activity contemplated hereby or by any other notice, request or instruction given on behalf of the Authorized Participant (each, an “Authorized Person”). The Managing Owner may accept and rely upon such certificate as conclusive evidence of the facts set forth therein and shall consider such certificate to be in full force and effect until the Managing Owner receives a superseding certificate bearing a subsequent date. Upon the termination or revocation of authority of any Authorized Person by the Authorized Participant, the Authorized Participant shall give immediate written notice of such fact to the Managing Owner and such notice shall be effective upon receipt by the Managing Owner. The Managing Owner shall issue to each Authorized Person a unique personal identification number (the “PIN Number”) by which such Authorized Person shall be identified and by which instructions issued by the Authorized Participant hereunder shall be authenticated. The PIN Number shall be kept confidential by the Authorized Participant and shall only be provided to the Authorized Person. If, after issuance, the Authorized Person’s PIN Number is changed, the new PIN Number shall become effective on a date mutually agreed upon by the Authorized Participant and the Managing Owner.

Section 6. Redemption. The Authorized Participant represents and warrants that it will not obtain an Order Number (as described in the Procedures) from the Managing Owner for the purpose of redeeming a Basket unless it first ascertains that (i) it or its customer, as the case may be, owns outright or has full legal authority and legal and beneficial right to tender for redemption the Baskets to be redeemed and to receive the entire proceeds of the redemption, and (ii) such Baskets have not been loaned or pledged to another party and are not the subject of a repurchase agreement, securities lending agreement or any other arrangement which would preclude the delivery of such Baskets to the Managing Owner on the Business Day following the Redemption Order Date.

Section 7. Role of Authorized Participant. (a) The Authorized Participant acknowledges that, for all purposes of this Agreement and the Trust Agreement, the Authorized Participant is and shall be deemed to be an independent contractor and has and shall have no authority to act as agent for any Fund or the Managing Owner in any matter or in any respect.

(b) The Authorized Participant will make itself and its employees available, upon request, during normal business hours to consult with the Managing Owner or its designees concerning the performance of the Authorized Participant’s responsibilities under this Agreement.



(c) With respect to any creation or redemption transaction made by the Authorized Participant pursuant to this Agreement for the benefit of any customer or any other DTC Participant or Indirect Participant, or any other Beneficial Owner, the Authorized Participant shall extend to any such party all of the rights, and shall be bound by all of the obligations, of a DTC Participant in addition to any obligations that it undertakes hereunder or in accordance with the Trust Agreement.

(d) The Authorized Participant will maintain separate and distinct records of all sales of Shares for each Fund made by or through it and will furnish copies of such records to the Managing Owner upon the reasonable request of the Managing Owner.

Section 8. Indemnification.

(a) The Authorized Participant hereby indemnifies and holds harmless the Trust, each Fund and the Managing Owner, their respective direct or indirect affiliates (as defined below) and their respective directors, trustees, managing owners, partners, members, managers, officers, employees and agents (each, an “AP Indemnified Party”) from and against any losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and the reasonable cost of investigation) incurred by such AP Indemnified Party as a result of or in connection with: (i) any breach by the Authorized Participant of any provisions of this Agreement, including its representations, warranties and covenants; (ii) any failure on the part of the Authorized Participant to perform any of its obligations set forth in this Agreement; (iii) any failure by the Authorized Participant to comply with applicable laws and the rules and regulations of self-regulatory organizations; (iv) any actions of such AP Indemnified Party in reliance upon any instructions issued in accordance with the Procedures believed by the AP Indemnified Party to be genuine and to have been given by the Authorized Participant; or (v) (A) any representation by the Authorized Participant, its employees or its agents or other representatives about the Shares, any AP Indemnified Party, the Trust or any Fund that is not consistent with the Trust’s then-current Prospectus made in connection with the offer or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell Shares and (B) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any research reports, marketing material and sales literature described in Section 12(b) or any alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading to the extent that such statement or omission relates to the Shares, any AP Indemnified Party, the Trust or any Fund, unless, in either case, such representation, statement or omission was made or included by the Authorized Participant at the written direction of the Managing Owner or is based upon any omission or alleged omission by the Managing Owner to state a material fact in connection with such representation, statement or omission necessary to make such representation, statement or omission not misleading.

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