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No Tailoring of Opting Out Clauses – Takeover Board rejects Schindler’s Proposed Changes to its Articles of Association

In its recent decision 610/01 in the matter of Schindler Holding Ltd (published on 21 July 2015), the Swiss Takeover Board held that Swiss takeover law does not allow companies to provide for individual rules on the obligation to make a takeover offer that go beyond the options set forth in the law. Accordingly, in the eyes of the TOB, a new provision in the articles of association of Schindler which indirectly provides for an obligation to make a takeover offer for anyone who acquires more than 50% of the voting rights in Schindler, combined with Schindler’s existing opting out clause, would not have any legal effect.

By Pascal Hubli / Nadin Schwibs (Reference: CapLaw-2015-44)