The common shares (share capital) of Hannover Rück SE amount to EUR 120,597,134.00. They are divided into 120,597,134 registered no-par shares.
The Executive Board of the company is not aware of any restrictions relating to voting rights or the transfer of shares, including cases where these may arise out of agreements between shareholders.
The following companies hold direct or indirect capital participations that exceed 10% of the voting rights: Talanx AG, Hannover, directly holds 50.2% (rounded) of the company’s voting rights. HDI-Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit, Hannover, which holds a stake of 79.0% in Talanx AG, therefore indirectly holds 39.7% (rounded) of the voting rights in the company.
There are no shares with special rights granting their holders powers of control, nor is there any specially structured voting control for employees who have capital participations and do not directly exercise their rights of control.
The appointment and recall of members of the Executive Board are determined by §§ 84 et seq. Stock Corporation Act. Amendment of the Articles of Association is governed by §§ 179 et seq. Stock Corporation Act in conjunction with § 18 Para. 2 of the Articles of Association of Hannover Rück SE.
The powers of the Executive Board with respect to the issue and repurchase of shares are defined in the Articles of Association of Hannover Rück SE as well as in §§ 71 et seq. Stock Corporation Act. In this connection the Annual General Meeting authorised the Executive Board on 6 May 2015 pursuant to § 71 Para. 1 Number 8 Stock Corporation Act to acquire treasury shares on certain conditions for a period of five years, ending on 5 May 2020.
The following paragraphs explain major agreements concluded by the company that are subject to reservation in the event of a change of control, inter alia following a takeover bid, and describe the resulting effects. Some letter of credit lines extended to Hannover Rück SE contain standard market change-of-control clauses that entitle the banks to early termination of a credit facility if Talanx AG loses its majority interest or drops below the threshold of a 25% participation or if a third party acquires the majority interest in Hannover Rück SE. For details of the letter of credit lines please see our explanatory remarks on the letter of credit (LoC) facilities in the notes, section 8.7 “Contingent liabilities and commitments”.
In addition, retrocession covers in property & casualty and life & health business contain standard market change-of-control clauses which in each case grant the other contracting party a right of termination if a significant change occurs in the ownership structure and participation ratios of the affected contracting party.
The company has not concluded any compensation agreements with the members of the Executive Board or with employees in the event of a takeover bid being made.