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2022

How can I follow the virtual Annual General Meeting?

The full AGM will be transmitted live with image and sound and will be accessible for our shareholders as well as for the public audience on June 09, 2022, 10:00 CEST available under https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. Shareholders or their authorised representatives are excluded from physical participation.

How can I exercise my voting rights?

  • Once you have duly registered, you can exercise your voting rights in a form of your preference: You can take advantage of absentee voting or authorize an employee of DWS Group (company proxy) to cast your votes in accordance with your instructions.
  • Alternatively, you can have your voting rights exercised on your behalf by a representative of your choice, e.g. the intermediary where you hold your securities account or an association of shareholders. They, too, can then make use of absentee voting or the company proxy.
  • Our Shareholder Portal offers a convenient and secure way of exercising voting rights and authorizing proxies. After a timely registration, the portal can be used to change and finalize your voting behaviour online during the Annual General Meeting on June 09, 2022 until the beginning of voting on the agenda items.

The voting by electronic absentee vote and the electronic issuing of proxy authorisations and instructions to the company proxies via the Shareholder Portal require a proper registration for the General Meeting as well as the orderly transmission of proof of share ownership and registration in the Shareholder Portal. You can register in the Shareholder Portal with the login data you receive for this purpose after having duly registered and provided proof of share ownership.

The proof of authorization towards the company can also be sent electronically to the following e-mail address:
anmeldestelle@computershare.de

The registration must be received by the company in writing or using electronic communication in German or English language at the latest June 02, 2022, 24:00 CEST to the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Deutsche Bank AG
Securities Production
General Meetings
Postfach 20 01 07
60605 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 1201286045
E-Mail: wp.hv@db-is.com

The postal voting can be submitted in writing or in text form using the absentee voting form printed on the voting card sent out after duly registration. A printout of the form made available on the company's website (https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/) may also be used. The form must be completed in full, in particular indicating the voting card number - and received by June 8, 2022, 18:00 CEST (receipt) at the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Computershare Operations Center
80249 München
Telefax: +49 89 30903-74675
E-Mail: anmeldestelle@computershare.de

At what date do I have to hold DWS shares in order to be entitled to vote?

Pursuant to Section 22 of the Articles of Association, only those shareholders who register with the company and prove their eligibility in due time are entitled to exercise their voting rights. Confirmation must relate to the beginning of the 21st day before the General Meeting, in other words May 19, 2022, 0:00 CEST, which is the "record date". The registration and the confirmation of eligibility must be in German or English and must be received by the company at the address below by no later than 24:00 CEST on June 2, 2022.

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Deutsche Bank AG
Securities Production
General Meetings
Postfach 20 01 07
60605 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 1201286045
E-mail: wp.hv@db-is.com

How and where can shareholders register for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will receive an information about the Annual General Meeting, including the link to the Shareholder Portal via their depositary banks. Shareholders can register for the Annual General Meeting via the response sheet.

When and where will the Shareholder Portal be accessible?

The Shareholder Portal will be made available on May 19, 2022 and will then be accessible to our shareholders. The corresponding link can be found on the AGM website.

How do I register at the Shareholder Portal?

Access to the Shareholder Portal is available via our website https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/

The access will be available on May 19, 2022.

To log in, you will need to enter your five-digit number printed on the access medium and the adjacent single-digit check digit

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Subsequently, click on "Log in". Enter your personal data such as first name, last name, place of residence and shareholding.

Please enter this information exactly as it appears on your voting card. Please ensure that you do not enter titles, name affixes, etc. in the "First name" or "Last name" field. After checking your data, click on "Log in". Then follow the further instructions.

What does a shareholder do, who has not received an invitation to the Annual General Meeting?

In the case of bearer shares, the invitation will be sent via the custodian bank.

Please contact your depositary bank for further clarification.

Where do I submit my questions and by when?

Only shareholders or their authorized representative who have duly registered for the Annual General Meeting may submit their questions. Questions may only be submitted via the company's access-protected Shareholder Porta no later than 24:00 CEST on June 7, 2022 (accessible at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/).

Follow-up questions may be submitted during the General Meeting, stating the subject of the question submitted in advance to which the follow-up question relates. No more than two follow-up questions are permitted per shareholder/their authorized representative, and such questions must not exceed 500 characters each (including spaces).

For further details on the right to ask questions by electronic communication, please refer to our agenda at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/.

Will my name be published when answering the questions?

When answering questions during the Annual General Meeting, the name of the questioner may only be disclosed (as far as questions are answered individually) if explicit consent to the disclosure of the name has been given with the submission of the question. It should be noted that the entire Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live on the internet for shareholders and the general public without access restrictions, as described above.

Can a shareholder transfer voting rights to a proxy on the day of the Annual General Meeting?

Yes, shareholders can authorize the proxies appointed by the company to exercise these voting rights on their behalf. Furthermore, they can be represented by a third party.

Can I submit a counterproposal or election proposal at the Annual General Meeting?

Prior to the General Meeting, the company's shareholders may submit counterproposals to proposals of the General Partner and/or the Supervisory Board in respect of specific items of the agenda, as well as proposals for the election of candidates to the Supervisory Board or the auditors.

How can I submit a counterproposal?

Counterproposals are to be submitted at the latest by on May 25, 2022, 24:00 CEST to:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

Counterproposals should stipulate a reason; this does not apply to election proposals.

Where can I view any possible counterproposal?

The company will publish countermotions and election proposals from shareholders received duly and on time on its AGM website.

Will the Annual General Meeting broadcast be available online after the event?

The two opening speeches by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the General Partner of DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA (CEO) will be available on our AGM Website.

A transcript of the general debate will also be available online.

In which language will the Annual General Meeting be held?

The Annual General Meeting will be held in German. However, a transmission with English translation will be available.

How can I request documents for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will receive information regarding their invitation to the Annual General Meeting via their depository banks.

The AGM agenda as well as further information related to the AGM are available online at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. These documents will also be accessible during the whole AGM at the mentioned internet address.

Furthermore, documents can be requested at the address below:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

Can I submit statements for publication prior to the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will have the opportunity to submit statements (up to 10,000 characters in length) on the Agenda prior to the General Meeting for the company to publish on its website. It is requested that statements be submitted in text form, indicating the ballot number given on the ballot, to the following address, fax number or e-mail address at the latest by 24:00 CEST on June 6, 2022 to:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11-17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-mail: investor.relations@dws.com

For more details on how to submit comments for publication, please see our agenda at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/

How do I receive the confirmation of my voting?

The proof of the vote count (vote confirmation) will be available for voting members within one month of the day of the general meeting in the shareholders' portal.

When does DWS pay its dividend? How much is the dividend?

For the year 2021, a dividend of EUR 2.00 per share has been proposed by the General Partner and the Supervisory Board. As far as the Annual General Meeting formally approves the dividend on June 9, 2022, it will be paid out to all shareholders entitled to dividends on June 14, 2022 by the banks involved in the dividend settlement.

How do I contact the shareholder hotline?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in each case:

On the day of the Annual General Meeting, June 9, 2022, we will be available from 8:00 a.m. onwards.

IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Or via E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

For technical questions regarding the shareholder portal, please contact our AGM service provider "Computershare" directly:

Tel. Computershare: +49 89 30903 6330 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
E-Mail: aktionaersportal@computershare.de

2021

How can I follow the virtual Annual General Meeting?

The Full AGM will be transmitted live with image and sound and will be accessible for our shareholders as well as for the public audience on June 09, 2021, 10:00 hours CEST (= 08:00am UTC), available under https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. Shareholders or their authorised representatives are excluded from physical participation.

How can I exercise my voting rights?

Voting rights can be exercised in any preferred form of the following:

  • You can take advantage of absentee voting or authorize an employee of DWS Group (company proxy) to cast your votes in accordance with your instructions.

  • Alternatively, you can have your voting rights exercised on your behalf by a representative of your choice, e.g. the intermediary where you hold your securities account or an association of shareholders. They, too, can then make use of absentee voting or the company proxy.
  • Our Shareholder Portal offers a convenient and secure way of exercising your voting rights by absentee voting or by authorizing our company proxies. After a timely registration, the portal can be used to change and finalize your voting behaviour online during the Annual General Meeting on June 09, 2021 until the end of the question answering period.

The voting by electronic absentee vote and the electronic issuing of proxy authorisations and instructions to the company proxies via the shareholder portal require a proper registration for the General Meeting as well as the orderly transmission of proof of share ownership and registration in the Shareholder Portal. You can register in the Shareholder Portal with the login data you receive for this purpose after having duly registered and provided proof of share ownership.

The proof of authorization towards the Company can also be sent electronically to the following e-mail address:
anmeldestelle@computershare.de

The registration must be received by the company in writing or using electronic communication in German or English language at the latest June 02, 2021, 24:00 hours CEST, (=10:00pm UTC) to the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Deutsche Bank AG
Securities Production
General Meetings
Postfach 20 01 07
60605 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 1201286045
E-Mail: wp.hv@db-is.com

The postal voting can be submitted in writing or in text form using the absentee voting form printed on the voting card sent out after duly registration. A printout of the form made available on the Company's website (https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/) may also be used. The form must be completed in full, in particular indicating the voting card number - and received by June 8, 2021, 18:00 CEST (= 16:00 UTC) (receipt) at the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Computershare Operations Center
80249 München
Telefax: +49 89 30903-74675
E-Mail: anmeldestelle@computershare.de

At what date do I have to hold DWS shares in order to be entitled to vote?

Pursuant to Section 22 of the Articles of Association, only those shareholders who register with the company and prove their eligibility in due time are entitled to exercise their voting rights. Confirmation must relate to the beginning of the 21st day before the General Meeting, in other words May 19, 2021, 24:00 hours CEST (= May 18, 2021, 10:00 p.m. UTC), which is the "record date".The registration and the confirmation of eligibility must be in German or English and must be received by the company at the address below by no later than 24:00 hours CEST (= 10:00 p.m. UTC) on June 2, 2021. 

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Deutsche Bank AG
Securities Production
General Meetings
Postfach 20 01 07
60605 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 1201286045
E-mail: wp.hv@db-is.com

Can Non-shareholders follow the Annual General Meeting?

The entire Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live on the internet at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting from 10:00 hours CEST (= 8:00 a.m. UTC) on June 9, 2021 for shareholders and the general interested public in audio and image.

How and where can shareholders register for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting, including the link to the shareholder portal via their depositary banks. Shareholders can register for the Annual General Meeting via the response sheet.

When and where will the shareholder portal be accessible?

The shareholder portal will be made available on May 19, 2021 and will then be accessible to our shareholders. The corresponding link can be found on the AGM website.

Where can I find the respective link to the shareholder portal?

As of 19 May 2021, the link will be available on our AGM website.

How do I register at the Shareholder Portal?

Access to the shareholder portal is available via our website https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. The access will be available on May 19.

To log in, you will need to enter your five-digit number printed on the access medium and the adjacent single-digit check digit

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Subsequently, click on "Log in". Enter your personal data such as first name, last name, place of residence and shareholding.
Please enter this information exactly as it appears on your voting card. Please ensure that you do not enter titles, name affixes, etc. in the "First name" or "Last name" field. After checking your data, click on "Log in". Then follow the further instructions.

What does a shareholder do, who has not received an invitation to the Annual General Meeting?

The acquisition of the shares was either after the mailing of our invitation letter or the invitation letter could not be delivered.

Please contact your depositary bank for further clarification.

Where do I submit my questions and by when?

Only shareholders who have duly registered for the Annual General Meeting may submit their questions. Questions may only be submitted via the company's access-protected shareholder portal (accessible at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/).

During the Annual General Meeting, follow-up questions may be submitted during the General Meeting, stating the subject of the question submitted in advance to which the follow-up question relates. No more than two follow-up questions are permitted per shareholder, and such questions must not exceed 500 characters each (including spaces).

For further details on the right to ask questions by electronic communication, please refer to our agenda at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/.

Will my name be published when answering the questions?

When answering questions during the Annual General Meeting, the name of the questioner may only be disclosed (as far as questions are answered individually) if explicit consent to the disclosure of the name has been given with the submission of the question. It should be noted that the entire Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live on the internet for shareholders and the general public without access restrictions, as described above.

Can a shareholder transfer voting rights to a proxy on the day of the Annual General Meeting?

Yes, Shareholders can authorize the proxies appointed by the company to exercise these voting rights on their behalf. Furthermore, they can be represented by a third party.

Can I submit a counterproposal or election proposal at the Annual General Meeting?

Prior to the General Meeting, the company's shareholders may submit counterproposals to proposals of the General Partner and/or the Supervisory Board in respect of specific items of the Agenda, as well as proposals for the election of candidates to the Supervisory Board or the auditors.

How can I submit a counterporposal?

Coutnerproposals are to be submitted at the latest by on May 25, 2021, 24:00 hours CEST (= 10:00 p.m. UTC), to:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

Counterproposals should stipulate a reason; this does not apply to election proposals.

Where can I view any possible counterproposal?

The Company will publish countermotions and election proposals from shareholders received duly and on time on its AGM website, as well as the names of the shareholders.

Will the Annual General Meeting broadcast be available online after the event?

The two opening speeches by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the General Partner of DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA (CEO) will be available on our AGM Website.

A transcript of the general debate will also be available online.

In which language will the Annual General Meeting be held?

The Annual General Meeting will be held in German. However, a transmission with English translation will be available.

How can I request documents for the Annual General Meeting?

Protecting our natural resources and thereby our environment is of utmost importance to us. For this reason, we have decided not to send out the notice of convocation in full printed form but a short invitation letter together with the agenda. The same applies to all AGM related documents.

The AGM agenda as well as further information related to the AGM are available online at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. These documents will also be accessible during the whole AGM event at the mentioned internet address.

Furthermore, documents can be requested at the address below:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

Can I submit statements for publication prior to the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will have the opportunity to submit statements (up to 10,000 characters in length) on the Agenda prior to the General Meeting for the company to publish on its website. It is requested that statements be submitted in text form, indicating the ballot number given on the ballot, to the following address, fax number or e-mail address at the latest by 24:00 hours CEST (= 10:00 p.m. UTC) on June 6, 2021 to:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11-17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-mail: investor.relations@dws.com

For more details on how to submit comments for publication, please see our agenda at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/

Can I contribute a speech during the Annual General Meeting?

The format of the General Meeting as a virtual general meeting without the physical presence of shareholders or their authorized representatives (proxies) does not provide for shareholders to be able to make speeches during the General Meeting.

How do I receive the confirmation of my voting?

Shortly after the Annual General Meeting, shareholders who voted at the Annual General Meeting can access confirmation of the count of their votes via the shareholder portal.

When does DWS pay its dividend? How much is the dividend?

For the year 2020, a dividend of EUR 1.81 per share has been proposed by the General Partner and the Supervisory Board. As soon as the Annual General Meeting formally approves the dividend on June 9, 2021, it will be paid out to all shareholders entitled to dividends on June 14, 2021 by the banks involved in the dividend settlement.

How do I contact the shareholder hotline?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in each case:

On the day of the Annual General Meeting, June 9, 2021, we will be available from 8:00 a.m. onwards.

IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Or via E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

For technical questions regarding the shareholder portal, please contact our AGM service provider "Computershare" directly:

Tel. Computershare: +49 89 30903 6330
E-Mail: investorportal@computershare.de

2020

When and where will the next Annual General Meeting take place?

The next Annual General Meeting will be held on November 18, 2020 in a virtual format, starting at 10 CET, without the physical presence of shareholders or their authorized representatives (proxies).

Why has the AGM been postponed?

The postponement of this year’s AGM results from a decision of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board. The decision has been made in light of the pandemic and enables us to protect the health of our shareholders, employees and service providers.

Does the postponement impact the initial dividend proposal?

With regard to the dividend, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board have decided to reiterate the proposal of EUR 1.67 per share for financial year 2019. However, this is subject to the final decision by the Annual General Meeting.

How can I follow the virtual Annual General Meeting?

The Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live and will be accessible not only to DWS shareholders, but to the general public as a live broadcast via a webcast link that can be found on the AGM website.

Can everyone follow the Annual General Meeting?

Generally, everyone can attend the AGM via the publicly accessible webcast. Shareholders and their authorized representatives have the additional option to attend the AGM and to exercise their voting rights via the Shareholder Portal. This requires a proper registration for the meeting in advance, as a result of which the shareholder receives the access data required to use the shareholder portal.
Please note that in light of the important virtual dialogue with shareholders about DWS, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Chairman of the Management Board will publish their speeches on the AGM Website one week before the AGM takes place.

How and where can shareholders register for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting, including the link to the shareholder portal via their depositary banks. Shareholders can register for the Annual General Meeting via the response sheet.

When will the Shareholder Portal be available and where can I access it?

The Shareholder Portal will be free for registration on October 28, 2020. The respective online link can be found on our AGM Website.

What does a shareholder do, who has not received an invitation to the Annual General Meeting?

The acquisition of the shares was either after the mailing of our invitation letter or the invitation letter could not be delivered. Please contact your depositary bank for further clarification.

How can I exercise my voting rights?

Voting rights can be exercised in any preferred form of the following:

  • You can take advantage of absentee voting or authorize an employee of DWS Group (company proxy) to cast your votes in accordance with your instructions.

  • Alternatively, you can have your voting rights exercised on your behalf by a representative of your choice, e.g. the intermediary where you hold your securities account or an association of shareholders. They, too, can then make use of absentee voting or the company proxy.

  • Our Shareholder Portal offers a convenient and secure way of exercising your voting rights by absentee voting or by authorizing our company proxies. If you register in time, you can change and cast your final votes even while the Annual General Meeting is still taking place on November 18, 2020, up until after the end of the questions and answers. After a timely registration, the portal can be used to change and finalize your voting behaviour online during the Annual General Meeting on November 18, 2020 until the end of the question answering period.

The voting by electronic absentee vote and the electronic issuing of proxy authorisations and instructions to the company proxies via the shareholder portal require a proper registration for the General Meeting as well as the orderly transmission of proof of share ownership and registration in the Shareholder Portal. You can register in the Shareholder Portal with the login data you receive for this purpose after having duly registered and provided proof of share ownership.

The proof of authorization towards the Company can also be sent electronically to the following e-mail address:

DWS-HV2020@computershare.de

The registration must be received by the company in writing or using electronic communication in German or English language at the latest by November 12, 2020, 0:00am (CET), (i.e. 24:00 hours on November 11, 2020) to the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
c/o Deutsche Bank AG
Securities Production
General Meetings
Postfach 20 01 07
60605 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 1201286045
E-Mail: wp.hv@db-is.com

Where can I find the link to the Shareholder Portal?

The link is available on our AGM Website from October 28, 2020.

What is a voting right?

Voting rights are defined as the right associated with the ownership of a share to participate in the voting at the Annual General Meeting concerning the items on the agenda. In general, every shareholder is entitled to exercise the voting right. However, shareholders may authorize third parties to exercise their voting rights, in particular their depositary bank, a shareholders' association or proxies appointed by the company as well as other third parties. According to the articles of association, each share entitles the holder to one vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Are questions answered in advance and will the answers be made available to shareholders?

A preliminary answer to selected questions, for which the answers then no longer have to be read out at the AGM, is possible.
The basis for this is Section 131 (3) no. 7 AktG, according to which questions need not be answered at the AGM if the relevant information is available on the company's website for at least seven days prior to the AGM (as well as during the AGM).

Where do I submit my questions and by when?

Based on § 1(2) No. 3, sentence 2 second half-sentence of the COVID-19 Act, the General Partner decided with approval of the Supervisory Board that shareholders must submit their questions to the company by electronic means at the latest two days before the General Meeting. The General Partner will decide in its own dutiful discretion which questions to answer and how to answer them.

Only shareholders orderly registered for the General Meeting can submit their questions. Questions must be submitted at the latest by Monday, November 15, 12:00pm (CET) at the following e-mail address: investor.relations@dws.com

Please note that questions cannot be submitted after the mentioned period. Questions can only be considered if the question(s) is/are accompanied by the voting card number which is noted on the voting card in the top right-hand corner (the voting card will be sent after orderly registration and proof of share ownership).

Can questions be raised during the virtual Annual General meeting?

Due to the nature of the event, short-term questions cannot be raised during the virtual AGM. Only questions submitted orderly on time can be considered.

Will my name be published?

When answering questions during the Annual General Meeting, the name of the shareholder who submitted the question is only disclosed (to the extent that questions are answered individually) if the shareholder explicitly agreed to such disclosure when submitting the question. The same shall apply to any publication of questions and, where appropriate, answers on the company's website before the Annual General Meeting:
Also in this case the name of the shareholder will only be disclosed if the shareholder has explicitly agreed to the disclosure of his/her name.

Can a shareholder transfer voting rights to a proxy on the day of the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders can authorize the proxies appointed by the company to exercise these voting rights on their behalf.

Can I submit a counterproposal at the Annual General Meeting?

Due to the concept of the Annual General Meeting as a virtual AGM without the physical presence of shareholders and their representatives, with the exercise of voting rights only by means of absentee voting or by proxy, without electronic participation of shareholders, the right of shareholders to submit motions and proposals during the AGM is legally excluded. Counterproposals and election proposals within the meaning of §§ 126(1), 127 Stock Corporation Act as well as procedural motions may therefore not be submitted in the general meeting.

Shareholders are nevertheless given the opportunity to announce counterproposals and election proposals to the company for publication on the company’s website before the General Meeting in accordance with §§ 126(1), 127 Stock Corporation Act.

Countermotions and election proposals published by the Company in accordance with the following requirements will be considered as submitted at the Annual General Meeting if the shareholder submitting the proposal has duly registered and provided evidence of his shareholding as described in the section "Registration and confirmation of share ownership" in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.

Shareholders of the Company may send counterproposals to proposals of the General Partner and/or the Supervisory Board regarding certain items on the agenda as well as nominations for the election of Supervisory Board members or auditors prior to the General Meeting. Such proposals (together with their reasons) and election proposals shall be addressed exclusively to:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

How do I object to the decisions of the Annual General Meeting during the virtual Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders who exercise their voting rights by absentee voting (in writing or via electronic communication) or by issuing proxies have the opportunity to object to the decisions of the Annual General Meeting via electronic communication to the notary public appointed to record the Annual General Meeting. Corresponding declarations are to be sent to the notary at the e-mail address

Notar.DWS.HV2020@hoganlovells.com 

and are possible from the opening of the Annual General Meeting until its closure by the Chairman of the Meeting. The declaration must be accompanied by the voting card number which is noted on the voting card sent after proper registration and proof of share ownership.

Where can I view any possible counterproposal?

In accordance with Sections 126 (1), 127 of the German Stock Corporation Act [AktG], the shareholders are entitled to submit for publication on the website a counterproposal to a proposal put forward by the General Partner or the Supervisory Board on a particular item on the agenda. Counterproposals submitted by shareholders will be published on the company’s AGM Website.

Will the Annual General Meeting broadcast be available online after the event?

The two opening speeches by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the General Partner of DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA (CEO) will be available on our AGM Website. A replay of the webcast will also be provided, following the AGM. A transcript of the general debate will also be available online.

What is the duration of the Annual General Meeting?

The duration of the Annual General Meeting depends on the number of questions to be answered by the Executive Board of the General Partner and the Supervisory Board by the shareholders and their representatives and can therefore not be determined in advance.

In which language will the Annual General Meeting be held?

The Annual General Meeting will be held in German. However, a transmission with English translation will be available.

How can I request documents for the Annual General Meeting?

Documents for the Annual General Meeting can be requested at the following address:

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
Investor Relations
Mainzer Landstr. 11–17
60329 Frankfurt am Main
IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Telefax: +49 69 910-32223
E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

Documents and further information on the Annual General Meeting are also available on the Internet at https://group.dws.com/de/ir/hauptversammlung. The documents will also be available at the above Internet address during the Annual General Meeting

Important dates

Please find important dates like the next Annual General Meeting and the publishing dates for the preliminary results and the Annual Report in our financial calendar. more

2019

Registering and attendance

Can a shareholder bring an accompanying person?

Shareholders are entitled to bring an accompanying person. It is advisable to request an additional ticket at the same time as the shareholder’s registration.

Can a shareholder transfer voting rights to a proxy on the day of the Annual General Meeting?

In the event that a shareholder needs to leave the Annual General Meeting but still wants to exercise their voting rights, the shareholder can authorize another  participants of the Annual General Meeting or proxy appointed by the company to exercise these voting rights on their behalf.

Can a shareholder vote by proxy at the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders can issue power of attorney and instructions beforehand to vote by proxy. Elected proxies are obliged to vote as instructed by the shareholder represented. The power of attorney and instructions must be sent directly to the proxies.

Can every shareholder participate in the Annual General Meeting?

Every shareholder can attend the Annual General Meeting in person or by proxy. However the shareholder must register for the meeting in advance.

How and where can the shareholder register for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders will receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting together with a reply slip via their depositary banks. Shareholders can register for the Annual General Meeting via the reply slip.

How can shareholders place counter motions?

In accordance with Section 126 of the German Stock Corporation Act [AktG], the shareholders are entitled to make a counter motion to a proposal put forward by the general partner or the Supervisory Board on a particular item on the agenda. Such counter motions must be sent to the address cited in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting until a given deadline. On the company’s website, shareholders will be provided access to counter motions of other parties. 

Is it possible to leave the Annual General Meeting temporarily and return later?

Shareholders can leave the Annual General Meeting temporarily and re-enter as they wish by presenting their voting card.

What does a shareholder do if they registered in time for the Annual General Meeting but did not receive an admission ticket?

A shareholder who registered in time but did not receive an admission ticket can still attend the Annual General Meeting. If the admission ticket was issued but not received, the shareholder will still be on the registration list. This can be checked at the information desk inside of the venue entrance and, if necessary, a replacement admission ticket can be issued.

What does a shareholder do who has not received an invitation to the Annual General Meeting?

As DWS shares are bearer shares, invitations to the Annual General Meeting will be sent to shareholders via their depositary banks. Shareholders should therefore contact their depositary bank if they did not receive an invitation.

What is the voting right?

Voting rights are defined as the right associated with the acquisition of a share to participate in voting on agenda items at the Annual General Meeting. In principle, every shareholder is entitled to exercise voting rights. However, they may transfer the voting right to third parties, in particular to the depository bank. According to the Company's Articles of Association, each share grants one vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Will the Annual General Meeting be broadcast online?

The two opening speeches by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Chairman of the Managing Directors of the General Partner of DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA. will be broadcast live via webcast for all interested parties.

2019

Organisation

Are there free parking spaces at the venue?

Please note that travel to the Annual General Meeting and parking are at your own expense. The admission ticket does not include the use of public transportation. There will be no reimbursement of travel expenses or parking fees.

Does the venue have facilities for people with disabilities?

The venue is well equipped to host people with disabilities.

In which language will the Annual General Meeting be held?

The Annual General Meeting will be held in German. However, there will be a translator, who will simultaneously translate the meeting into English for non-German speaking shareholders via headphones.

Is catering provided?

There will be a buffet with food and alcohol-free drinks available throughout the day.

Is there a fixed seating plan?

There is no fixed seating plan.

What is the duration of the Annual General Meeting?

The length cannot be predicted.

Recommended

2022 How can I follow the virtual Annual General Meeting?

The full AGM will be transmitted live with image and sound and will be accessible for our shareholders as well as for the public audience on June 09, 2022, 10:00 CEST available under https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/. Shareholders or their authorised representatives are excluded from physical participation.

2022 When and where will the Shareholder Portal be accessible?

The Shareholder Portal will be made available on May 19, 2022 and will then be accessible to our shareholders. The corresponding link can be found on the AGM website.

2022 How do I register at the Shareholder Portal?

Access to the Shareholder Portal is available via our website https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/

The access will be available on May 19, 2022.

To log in, you will need to enter your five-digit number printed on the access medium and the adjacent single-digit check digit

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Subsequently, click on "Log in". Enter your personal data such as first name, last name, place of residence and shareholding.

Please enter this information exactly as it appears on your voting card. Please ensure that you do not enter titles, name affixes, etc. in the "First name" or "Last name" field. After checking your data, click on "Log in". Then follow the further instructions.

2022 Where do I submit my questions and by when?

Only shareholders or their authorized representative who have duly registered for the Annual General Meeting may submit their questions. Questions may only be submitted via the company's access-protected Shareholder Porta no later than 24:00 CEST on June 7, 2022 (accessible at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/).

Follow-up questions may be submitted during the General Meeting, stating the subject of the question submitted in advance to which the follow-up question relates. No more than two follow-up questions are permitted per shareholder/their authorized representative, and such questions must not exceed 500 characters each (including spaces).

For further details on the right to ask questions by electronic communication, please refer to our agenda at https://group.dws.com/ir/annual-general-meeting/.

2022 How do I contact the shareholder hotline?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in each case:

On the day of the Annual General Meeting, June 9, 2022, we will be available from 8:00 a.m. onwards.

IR-Hotline: +49 69 910-14700
Or via E-Mail: investor.relations@dws.com

For technical questions regarding the shareholder portal, please contact our AGM service provider "Computershare" directly:

Tel. Computershare: +49 89 30903 6330 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
E-Mail: aktionaersportal@computershare.de

AGM-Hotline

+49 (0) 69 910 14700

Monday- Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm

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