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Squeeze-Out Merger - New Opportunities and Risks in the Fields of M&A Transactions, Reorganizations

March 2005

On 1 July 2004, the Federal Act on Merger, Demerger, Conversion and Transfer of Assets and Liabilities (the Merger Act) entered into force (see also our Newsletters of March 2004 and May 2004). Since then, shareholders owning at least 90% of the voting rights may, in a merger procedure, force the remaining minority shareholders out of the company against payment of a cash consideration (so-called squeeze-out merger). The possibility of excluding minority shareholders is of particular interest to privately and publicly held stock corporations. It offers various new opportunities in the fields of M&A transactions, company reorganizations and going private transactions on the one hand, while creating new risks for minority shareholders on the other hand.

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