Pursuant to § 21.1 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), any entity which reaches, exceeds or falls below certain thresholds for voting rights (3 %, 5 %, 10 %, 15 %, 20 %, 25 %, 30 %, 50 % or 75 %) in respect of a domestic issuer as a result of acquisition, sale or for other reasons is obliged to report this matter to both the issuer and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin) without delay but within four trading days at the latest.
Furthermore, any entity which holds any other instrument which confers on the said entity the unilateral right to acquire shares with voting rights already issued by a domestic issuer (§ 25 WpHG, German Securities Trading Act) or which directly or indirectly holds financial instruments or other instruments which are not already covered by § 25 WpHG and which allow the entity to purchase such shares due to their structure (§ 25a WpHG) must without delay inform the issuer and BaFin of this when the entity reaches, exceeds or falls below the thresholds referred to above, with the exception of the 3 % threshold.
Pursuant to § 26.1 WpHG, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is obliged to publish voting rights notifications pursuant to § 21 WpHG and notifications pursuant to §§ 25, 25a WpHG without delay but within three trading days after receipt of such notifications at the latest.
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