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Articles of association

1 Name and objects

1.1 The Company’s name is Nets A/S.

1.2 The Company’s objects are through subsidiaries to conduct business with payment and transmission of information, card and data service activities and other business related thereto as well as promote the development and use of a common infrastructure for the financial institutions and to carry out any other commercial activities.

2 Share capital and shares

2.1 The Company's nominal share capital is 200,411,094, divided into shares of DKK 1 each or multiples thereof.

2.2 The share capital has been fully paid up.

2.3 The shares shall be issued in the name of the holder and shall be recorded in the name of the holder in the Company's register of shareholders.

2.4 The register of shareholders is kept by Computershare A/S, CVR no. 27088899.

2.5 The shares are negotiable instruments. No restrictions shall apply to the transferability of the shares.

2.6 No shares shall carry special rights.

2.7 No shareholder shall be under an obligation to have his/her shares redeemed in whole or in part by the Company or by any third party.

2.8 The shares are registered with and issued in dematerialised form through VP SECURITIES A/S, CVR no. 21 59 93 36. Dividend is paid out through VP SECURITIES A/S and is deposited at the registered dividend accounts at VP SECURITIES A/S. Rights concerning the shares shall be notified to VP SECURITIES A/S in accordance with applicable rules.

3 Increase of share capital

3.1 In the period until 31 December 2016, the Board of Directors is authorised to increase the Company's share capital in one or more issues without pre-emption rights for the Company’s existing shareholders by up to a nominal amount of DKK 42,500,000. The capital increase shall take place at market price as determined through a book-building process and shall be effected by cash payment.

3.1.1 By decision of 9 September 2016, the Board of Directors has partly exercised the authorisation in Article 3.1 to increase the Company's share capital following which a nominal value of DKK 36,666,667 of the authorisation has been subscribed for.

3.2 In the period until 1 September 2021, the Board of Directors is authorised to increase the Company's share capital in one or more issues without pre-emption rights for the Company’s existing shareholders by up to a nominal amount of DKK 40,000,000. The capital increase shall take place at market price and may be effected by cash payment, conversion of debt or by contribution of other assets than cash.

3.3 In the period until 1 September 2021, the Board of Directors is authorised to increase the Company's share capital in one or more issues without pre-emption rights for the Company's existing shareholders by up to a nominal amount of DKK 1,500,000 in connection with the issue of new shares to employees of the Company and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates and/or to executives and key employees of the Company and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. The new shares shall be issued against cash payment at a subscription price to be determined by the Board of Directors, which may be below the market price. The authorisation to issue new shares shall be limited to cover the obligations of the Company pursuant to a Long-term Incentive Programme for 2016 to be implemented in connection with an admission of the shares of the Company to trading and official listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S.

3.4 In the period until 1 September 2021, the Board of Directors is authorised to increase the Company’s share capital in one or more issues without pre-emption rights for the Company’s existing shareholders by up to a nominal amount of DKK 900,000 in connection with the issue of bonus shares to employees of the Company and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates and/or to executives and key employees of the Company and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. For the avoidance of doubt, such bonus shares may be delivered to an account in the name of the Company for distribution to the relevant employees. The authorisation to issue bonus shares shall be limited to cover the obligations of the Company pursuant to an IPO Retention Programme and an Employee IPO Share Award to be implemented in connection with an admission of the shares of the Company to trading and official listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S. The Board of Directors has by resolution dated 29 September 2016 partially utilised the authorisation as the share capital has been increased by nominally DKK 411,094.

3.5 New shares issued pursuant to Articles 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 shall be fully paid up, issued in the name of the holder and shall be recorded in the name of the holder in the Company's register of shareholders, shall be negotiable instruments and shall in every respect carry the same rights as the existing shares. The Board of Directors is authorised to lay down the terms and conditions for capital increases pursuant to the above authorisations and to make any such amendments to the Company's Articles of Association as may be required as a result of the Board of Directors' exercise of said authorisations.

4 General meeting, venue and notice

4.1 The general meetings of the Company shall be held in the Capital Region of Denmark.

4.2 The annual general meeting of the Company shall be held each year in due time for the audited and approved annual report to be received by the relevant authorities before the applicable statutory time limit. The Company shall no later than eight weeks before the contemplated date of the annual general meeting publish the date of the general meeting and the deadline for submitting requests for specific proposals to be included on the agenda.

4.3 Extraordinary general meetings shall be held when determined by the Board of Directors or requested by the Company's auditor. Furthermore, an extraordinary general meeting shall be held when requested by shareholders possessing no less than five per cent of the share capital. Such request shall be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors and be accompanied by a specific proposal for the business to be transacted. The Board of Directors convenes an extraordinary general meeting no later than two weeks after such request has been made.

4.4 General meetings shall be convened by the Board of Directors with at least three weeks' and not more than five weeks' notice. The notice shall be published on the Company's website. Furthermore, a notice of the general meeting shall be sent to all shareholders recorded in the Company's register of shareholders who have so requested.

4.5 For a period of three weeks prior to the general meeting, including the date of the general meeting, the following information shall be available on the Company’s website:

a) The notice convening the general meeting
b) The aggregate number of shares and voting rights as at the date of the notice
c) The documents to be presented at the general meeting
d) The agenda and the complete proposals as well as, for annual general meetings, the audited annual report
e) The forms to be used for voting by proxy or by postal vote

4.6 General meetings shall be held in Danish. The Board of Directors may decide to offer simultaneous interpretation into English. Documents prepared in connection with or following a general meeting shall be in English and to the extent required by law or if decided by the Board of Directors, in Danish.

4.7 The general meeting shall be presided over by a chairman elected by the Board of Directors who shall ensure that the general meeting is conducted in a proper and efficient manner.

5 Agenda for the annual general meeting

5.1 The agenda for the annual general meeting shall include the following:

a) The Board of Directors’ report on the Company’s activities in the past financial year
b) Presentation and adoption of the annual report
c) Distribution of profit or covering of loss according to the adopted annual report
d) Resolution to grant discharge of liability to the Board of Directors and the Executive Management
e) Approval of remuneration of the Board of Directors for the current financial year
f) Election of members to the Board of Directors
g) Appointment of auditor
h) Authorisation to acquire treasury shares
i) Any proposals from the Board of Directors or shareholders
j) Any other business

5.2 Every shareholder shall be entitled to have a specific subject considered at the annual general meeting. Such proposals must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors not later than six weeks prior to the annual general meeting.

6 Shareholders' attendance and voting rights at the general meeting

6.1 The right of a shareholder to attend and vote at a general meeting is determined by the shares held by the shareholder at the record date. The record date is one week prior to the general meeting. The shares held by each shareholder at the record date are calculated based on the registration of the number of shares held by that shareholder in the Company’s register of shareholders as well as any notification of ownership received by the Company for the purpose of registration in the Company’s register of shareholders, but which have not yet been registered.

6.2 A shareholder who is entitled to attend the general meeting pursuant to Article 6.1 and who wants to attend the general meeting shall request to receive an admission card not later than three days prior to the date of the general meeting.

6.3 A shareholder may attend in person or by proxy, and the shareholder or the proxy may attend together with an adviser.

6.4 The right to vote may be exercised by a written and dated instrument of proxy in accordance with applicable laws.

6.5 A shareholder who is entitled to participate in the general meeting pursuant to Article 6.1 may vote by postal vote in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Companies Act. Such postal votes shall be received by the Company not later than the business day before the general meeting. Postal votes cannot be withdrawn.

6.6 Each share of the nominal value of DKK 1 shall carry one vote.

7 Resolutions at general meetings

7.1 Resolutions by the general meeting shall be passed by a simple majority of votes cast unless otherwise prescribed by law or by these Articles of Association.

7.2 Adoption of changes to these Articles of Association, dissolution of the Company, merger or demerger requires that the decision is adopted with at least 2/3 of the votes cast as well as the share capital represented at the general meeting, unless applicable laws prescribe stricter or less strict adoption requirements or applicable laws confer specific authority to the Board of Directors or other bodies.

8 Language

8.1 The corporate language of the Company is English.

8.2 Company announcements shall be prepared in English and, if decided by the Board of Directors, in Danish.

9 Board of Directors

9.1 The Board of Directors consists of not less than three and not more than eight members elected by the general meeting.

9.2 The Board of Directors elects a Chairman and a Deputy Chairman among its members. If the Chairman of the Board of Directors resigns during a term of election, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors shall take up the position as chairman until a new Chairman is elected among the members of the Board of Directors.

9.3 The members of the Board of Directors elected by the general meeting are elected for a term of one year. Re-election of board members may take place. Only persons who are younger than 75 years at the time of election may be elected to the Board of Directors.

9.4 Any employee representatives on the Board of Directors and their alternates, if any, are elected in accordance with applicable law thereon in force from time to time.

9.5 The Board of Directors forms a quorum when more than half of its members are represented, including the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman.

9.6 Resolutions of the Board of Directors are passed by simple majority. In the event of equal votes, the Chairman – or in his/her absence the Deputy Chairman – shall have a casting vote.

9.7 The Board of Directors is authorised to pass one or more resolutions to distribute interim dividends. The authorisation of the Board of Directors is not limited (by an amount or otherwise) except as set out in the Danish Companies Act.

10 Executive Management

10.1 The Board of Directors appoints an Executive Management consisting of one to three members to be in charge of the day-to-day management of the Company.

11 Rules of signature

11.1 The Company shall be bound (i) by the joint signatures of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman and a member of the Executive Management,(ii) by the joint signatures of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors or (iii) by the joint signature of two members of the Executive Management.

12 Remuneration policy

12.1 The Company has adopted a remuneration policy including the overall guidelines on incentive pay to the Board of Directors and the Executive Management. The remuneration policy, which have been approved by the general meeting, are available on the Company's website.

13 Electronic communication

13.1 All communication from the Company to the individual shareholders, including notices convening general meetings, may take place electronically by posting on the Company's website or by email. General notices shall be published on the Company's website and in such other manner as may be prescribed by applicable laws. The Company may as an alternative choose to send notices, etc., by ordinary post.

13.2 Communication from a shareholder to the Company may take place by email or by ordinary post.

13.3 Each shareholder is responsible for ensuring that the Company has the correct email address at all times. The Company is not obliged to verify such contact information or to send notices in any other way.

13.4 The Company's website, www.nets.eu, contains information about system requirements and electronic communication procedures.

14 Annual report

14.1 The Company's annual accounts shall be audited by a state-authorised public accountant elected by the general meeting for a one-year term. Re-election may take place to the extent permitted under applicable law.

14.2 Annual reports shall be prepared in English and, if decided by the Board of Directors, in Danish

15 Financial year

15.1 The Company's financial year is the calendar year.

 

As adopted at the Company's extraordinary general meeting held on 9 September 2016 and subsequently amended at the company’s extraordinary general meeting held on 22 September 2016 and by the Board of Directors on 29 September 2016.