Shareholders' rights of participation
Restriction of voting rights, voting by proxy
Holders of registered shares are registered on request in the Company's share register, subject to their signature of a written statement expressly confirming that they have acquired the shares in their own name and for their own account.
Share capital held by any single nominee must not exceed 2% of the Company's total issued share capital. The Board of Directors can permit registration of nominees holding shares (with voting rights) in excess of this limit, provided that the said nominees disclose the names, addresses, nationalities and shareholdings of the persons for whose account they are holding 2% or more of the Company's issued share capital. No registrations exceeding the 2% limit were made during the year under review.
Voting rights can only be exercised if the shareholder is registered (with voting rights) in ORIOR AG's share register. A shareholder with voting rights can have himself represented at the General Meeting by written proxy, either by a representative appointed by him or by the independent proxy. All shares held by a shareholder can only be represented by one person.
Persons who have been involved in the Company's management in any way whatsoever must abstain from voting on resolutions granting discharge to the Board of Directors. The Company's Articles of Association contain no other voting restrictions and their provisions on voting by proxy conform to Swiss law.
Unless otherwise stipulated by mandatory law or by provisions contained in the Articles of Association, the General Meeting of Shareholders passes its resolutions and confirms elections by an absolute majority of the votes represented.
Should the first ballot in any election fail to produce a valid result and if more than one candidate is standing for election, the Chair shall order a second ballot that will be decided by a relative majority.
Convening of General Meeting
Ordinary General Meetings are convened by the Board of Directors and must be held annually within six months of the close of the Company's fiscal year. Invitations must be sent not less than 20 days prior to the date of the meeting. Extraordinary General Meetings shall take place as necessary, in particular in those cases stipulated by law. Shareholders representing a total of not less than 10% of the share capital are entitled to demand an Extraordinary General Meeting at any time, which must be in writing and state grounds and agenda items, motions for resolution and, in the case of elections, names of proposed candidates. General Meetings are called by the Board of Directors or, if necessary, by the auditors or a liquidator.
Inclusion of agenda items proposed by shareholders
One or more shareholders whose combined shareholdings represent in the aggregate not less than 10% of the Company's share capital or an aggregate par value of not less than CHF 1 million can demand inclusion of an item in the agenda of a General Meeting. Such a demand must be received in writing by the Company's Board of Directors at the latest 60 days prior to the date of the meeting, stating the agenda item and the motions proposed by the shareholder(s).
Entries into share register
Unless other cut-off dates are stipulated by the Board of Directors, no entries into the share register are permitted as from the date of dispatch of the invitations to the General Meeting until the day after the date of the meeting.