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Shares and shareholders

Here you’ll find information on where to find us on the Swiss Exchange, shareholders rights and shareholders with significant holding in Givaudan shares.

13.86%

William H.
Gates III

5.02%

BlackRock
Inc

3.01%

MSF
Investment
Management

15.50%

Nortrust
Nominees Ltd
(nominee)

6.10%

Chase
Nominees Ltd
(nominee)

3.79%

Messieurs Pictet & Cie
(nominee)

To the knowledge of the Company, these were the only shareholders holding more than 3% of the share capital of Givaudan SA as at 31 December 2016 (or as at the date of their last notification under article 20 of the Stock Exchange Act).

Shares

The Company has one class of shares only. All shares are registered shares with a par value of CHF 10.00 each. Subject to the limitations described below, they have the same rights in all respects. Every share gives the right to one vote and to an equal dividend.

Shareholders voting and participation rights

Any shareholder who, on the day determined by the Board of Directors, is registered as a shareholder with voting rights has the right to attend and to vote at the shareholders' meeting. Each shareholder may be represented at the shareholders meeting by another shareholder who is authorised by a written proxy, by a legal representative, or by the independent voting rights representative.

The Articles of Incorporation of Givaudan SA follow the majority rules prescribed by Swiss law for decisions of general meetings of shareholders.

Shareholders registered with voting rights are convened to general meetings by ordinary mail and by publication in the Swiss official trade journal at least 20 days prior to the day of the meeting. Shareholders representing shares for a nominal value of at least CHF 1 million may demand in writing at least 45 days before the meeting, that an item be included in the agenda, setting forth the item and the proposals. Shareholders registered in the share register with voting rights at the date specified in the invitation will be convened to the ordinary general meeting. The specified date will be approximately two weeks before the meeting. The next ordinary general meeting will be held on 23 March 2017.