Air Liquide’s Combined General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Paris time), on first calling, at Paris Innovation Campus, 1, Chemin de la porte des loges, Les Loges-en-Josas (78), France. In order to protect the health and safety of its employees and shareholders and as indicated in the Notice of meeting published on March 24, 2021 in the French legal gazette (Bulletin des Annonces Légales Obligatoires), Air Liquide’s Combined General Meeting will be held behind closed doors. On the date of the Notice of meeting, there are indeed administrative measures which restrict movements and gatherings for public health reasons and which prevent shareholders from attending this Meeting in person, notably in light of the number of persons who usually attend such Meetings.
Given the continuing technical difficulties, notably to ensure the remote and on-line authentication of all Air Liquide’s shareholders, no mechanism has been put in place for participation at the Meeting by means of telephone or audiovisual conference. The whole of the General Meeting will be broadcast live and a recorded version will be available on the Company’s website, www.airliquide.com. In order to maintain the dialog with shareholders, to which the Company is particularly attached, shareholders will also be able to ask questions via a dedicated online platform, in accordance with the modalities described in the Notice of Meeting and on the platform.
Pursuant to article 8 of Decree No 2020-418 of April 10, 2020, the Board of Directors has appointed two scrutineers from among the shareholders that, to the Company’s knowledge on the date of the Notice of meeting, hold the largest number of voting rights, are able to attend the General Meeting, and accept this role. They are the following two companies: Amundi and BNP Paribas.
Ordinance No. 2020-321 published on March 25, 2020, as amended by Ordinance No. 2020-1497 of December 2, 2020 and Decree No. 2021-255 of March 9, 2021 modifies indeed the rules for the holding of 2021 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).
Considering that the Meeting will be held behind closed doors, 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:
Their account manager for bearer shareholders
The Shareholders Services using the toll free number or the contact form for registered shareholders
This request had be done by May 3, 2021, 3:00 pm (Paris time) for shareholders submitting an electronic vote, by April 30th, 2021, midnight (11:59 pm, Paris time) for shareholders submitting a paper form.
For the most up-to-date information, shareholders are invited to regularly consult this page which will be updated whenever necessary, since the modalities described above may be modified.
The agenda, along with the various documents relating to this Meeting, may also be consulted on this page.
All pre-Meeting documents will be 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.
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 AND
Follow the previously described process to be declared as third parties.
No reconciliation will be made between shareholders and third parties.