7 Change of Control and Defense Measures
The Company’s Articles of Incorporation do not contain any rules on opting-out or opting-up in order to cancel or restrict the obligation to submit an offer pursuant to the Federal Act on Stock Exchanges and Securities Trading. One-third of the options issued in conjunction with ESOP (for details see consolidated financial statements, Note 10.4 “Share-Based Payment”) vest each year (vesting period). During this vesting period, these options generally cannot be exercised. When there is a change of control (and the related change of the employment relationship), these options vest immediately and may be exercised immediately (accelerated vesting period). In the event of a change of control (and the related change of the employment relationship), the three-year blocking period for the shares allotted under PSMP will be lifted and the matching shares will be allocated before the usual time (see “Employee participation plans” in the Compensation Report). There are otherwise no change-of-control clauses included in agreements or compensation plans that benefit members of the Board of Directors, the Company’s Management Board, or the Tecan Group.