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.
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.
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.
Every shareholder can attend the Annual General Meeting in person or by proxy. However the shareholder must register for the meeting in advance.
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.
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.
Shareholders can leave the Annual General Meeting temporarily and re-enter as they wish by presenting their voting card.
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.
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.
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.
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.