Directive (EU) 2017/828 of the European Parliament
The Shareholders Rights Directive II (SRDII) or Directive (EU) 2017/828 of the European Parliament, published by the European Commission in June 2017, aims to improve the dialogue and long-term shareholder engagement with issuers to stimulate good corporate governance.
SRD II was later complemented in September 2018 with a SRD II EC Implementing Regulation (IR), which lays down the minimum requirements in regards to shareholder identification, the transmission of information and the facilitation of exercise of shareholders rights with an implementation deadline of 3 September 2020.
Keeping IR expectations in check
Transmission of information
Transmission of information from the issuer to shareholders without delay in terms of corporate action notifications, general meetings announcements and shareholder identification disclosure requests.
Facilitation of the exercise of rights by shareholders
Facilitation of the exercise of rights by shareholders, including the right to participate and vote in general meetings.
Identification of shareholders
Identification of shareholders upon issuer’s request and response to the address provided in the request.