“Atos Origin Statement”
The shareholders of Atos Origin had been convened for a shareholders meeting to take place today, 22 may 2008, in order to deliberate on several resolutions, including the approval of the 2007 financial accounts and the nomination and re-appointment of members of the Supervisory Board.
Before the meeting was legally in session, the attendance sheet having not being approved by the members of the board of the shareholders meeting, the final quorum not having been announced nor the resolutions put to the vote, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the FCPE “Atos Origin Stock Plan,” which holds 2,015,150 shares representing 3% of the share capital, announced to all shareholders present that he would exercise these voting rights in opposition to the vote unanimously passed as a valid mandate by the FCPE Supervisory Board.
This reversal was noted by all the official members of the shareholders meeting, including the two largest shareholders of Atos Origin, Centaurus Capital and Pardus Capital Management, based on extract of the minutes of the meeting of the Supervisory Board of FCPE.
This situation was likely to deprive the employee shareholders of their rightful vote at the Shareholders’ Meeting. In addition it could have resulted in legal challenges regarding the valid outcome of the votes cast at the Shareholders’ Meeting, thus creating irrevocable harm to the interests of the shareholders, the company as a whole, its clients and its employees.
As a result, the Management Board unanimously decided, with the agreement of the Shareholders’ Meeting’s ruling Chairman, to adjourn the meeting so that the FCPE’s shares could be voted in a legally valid manner and fully respect shareholder democracy.
The adjourned meeting will be reconvened at the earliest possible date which shall be announced shortly to all shareholders.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of Consulting, Systems Integration and Managed Operations. The Company’s annual revenue is EUR 5.8 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide
Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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