General Meeting of Shareholders – Deadlines and Participation
For 2013, the following dates and comments are applicable:
Date of General Meeting of Shareholders
26 April 2013, 10 a.m.
Kulturcasino, Herrengasse 25, 3011 Berne, Switzerland
Right to attend
Any shareholder listed in the share register is eligible to attend the General Meeting of Shareholders (art. 37 para. 1 NBA).
The admission cards are made out for the number of shares listed in the share register on 16 April 2013. Persons who are listed as shareholders in the share register on this date and have not sold their shares prior to the General Meeting of Shareholders are entitled to participate.
All recognition requests received at the share register office by 15 April 2013, 9 a.m., will be dealt with.
The SNB will recognise only one representative for each share (art. 3 Regulations on the recognition and representation of registered shares of the Swiss National Bank).
Mailing of invitations and registration forms
27 March 2013
The Annual Report, including the Financial Report, will be available for inspection at the Berne and Zurich Head Offices as of 4 April 2013. It can be ordered as of this date by using the registration/order form for the General Meeting of Shareholders.
Shareholders wishing to attend the General Meeting of Shareholders are kindly requested to order their admission card by returning the registration/order form, which is enclosed with the invitation, to the share register office, c/o ShareCommService AG, Europastrasse 29, 8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland.
Submission of motions
Agenda items with proposals submitted by shareholders must be signed by at least 20 shareholders and submitted to the President of the Bank Council in writing by 15 February 2013 (art. 35 para 2 NBA).
No decisions shall be passed with respect to proposals on agenda items which have not been announced in the invitation (art. 35 para. 3 NBA).
Mailing of admission cards, including voting material
16 April 2013
Any shareholder may authorise another shareholder in writing to represent him or her at the General Meeting of Shareholders (art. 37 para. 2 NBA).
Shareholders wishing to be represented by another shareholder, the public-law corporations or institutions representative, or the independent proxy are requested to indicate this in the power of attorney on the registration form enclosed with the invitation.
In the invitation to the General Meeting of Shareholders, the SNB designates an independent person who may be appointed by the shareholders as their proxy. This independent proxy abstains from voting if he or she is granted powers of attorney without instructions.
Powers of attorney submitted to the SNB that do not designate a representative, but do contain instructions to vote against the proposals of the Bank Council will be forwarded to the independent proxy.
Public-law corporations or institutions representative
In the invitation to the General Meeting of Shareholders, the SNB designates a representative of public-law corporations or institutions, who may be appointed by the shareholders as their proxy.
Powers of attorney submitted to the SNB that do not designate a representative and are to be exercised in accordance with the Bank Council's proposals are passed on to the public-law corporations or institutions representative. The latter in this case exercises voting rights in line with the Bank Council’s proposals.
Representing deposited shares
Banks and professional asset managers may act as proxy holders for SNB shares deposited at their institutions only if they are SNB shareholders themselves.
The invitation to the General Meeting of Shareholders and notifications to shareholders are communicated by letter to the addresses listed in the share register and by means of a one-off publication in the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (art. 28 NBA).