Ordinance No. 2020-321 published on March 25, 2020 modified the rules for the holding of 2020 General Meetings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and authorizes General Meetings to be held without members and other persons eligible to attend being present (behind closed doors). In order to protect the health and safety of its employees and shareholders, and as contemplated in the Invitation to the General Meeting published in the French official gazette (Bulletin des Annonces Légales Obligatoires – BALO) on March 25, 2020, Air Liquide’s Combined General Meeting will be held behind closed doors.
Shareholders will be invited to follow the Meeting live online, provided, of course, that the conditions for the live webcast can be met. To maintain the dialog with shareholders, to which the Group is particularly attached, shareholders will have the possibility to ask questions1 via a dedicated platform, which will be accessible during the week preceding the Meeting, i.e. as of Monday, April 27, 2020. The Chairman will answer the questions having generated the most interest, live on the day of the Meeting.
Due to those special dispositions, it will not be possible to ask live questions as usual nor propose amendments or new resolutions during the Meeting.
In accordance with the provisions described in the application decree 2020-418 of April 10, 2020, Shareholders are informed of the following adaptations regarding the treatment of their voting forms whether they are in paper or electronic form:
Votes on resolutions and proxies to the Chairman will be treated as usual
Proxies to a third party will be treated as described in the below section "Attention point regarding proxies to a third party"
No admission card will be delivered
Shareholders wishing to change a vote previously submitted may exceptionally do so by contacting:
This request had be done by May 4, 2020, 3:00 pm (Paris time) for shareholders submitting an electronic vote, by May 1st, 2020, midnight (11:59 pm, Paris time) for shareholders submitting a paper form.
Voting by Internet is closed since May 4, 2020, 3:00 pm (Paris time).
Meeting Agenda and the various documents related to the General meeting can be consulted on this page.
All pre-Meeting documents are made available to the Shareholders on this page or upon request to the Shareholders’ department in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements.
Attention point regarding proxies to a third party
Third parties accepting proxies votes must make themselves known to the Company and declare their voting intention, on April 30th, midnight (11:59 pm, Paris time) at the latest at the following email address: email@example.com, using the standard voting form the Company provides on this page (see below).
Shareholders giving proxies to a third party must clearly indicate the personal name / corporate name and postal address of their representative in order to facilitate the association of the form with the third party. Shareholders must give proxy to a third party either electronically or via paper form by April 30th, midnight (11:59 pm, Paris time) at the latest.
In accordance with the French Market Practice regarding General Meetings (Guide méthodologique du traitement des votes en assemblée générales, available in French only) as published on the AFTI website and the recommendations from the French Market Authority, forms with a blank third party will be considered as proxy to Chairman and forms giving proxy to either a third party not identifiable or not having followed the process previously described will be considered as void.
In case of a third party also being a shareholder, said third party will have to:
follow standard procedures regarding the votes for the directly owned shares
follow the previously described process to be declared as third parties.
No reconciliation will be made between shareholders and third parties.
1 Questions asked using this platform do not fall within the legal framework of written questions addressed to the Company prior to the General Meeting, nor that of discussions with the audience.