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TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form 20-F on 03/06/2018
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countries or with global operations in general. Laws and business practices that favor local competitors or prohibit or limit foreign ownership of certain businesses or our failure to adapt our practices, systems, processes and business models effectively to the user and supplier preferences of each country into which we expand, could slow our growth. Certain markets in which we operate are characterized by lower margins in our business and related businesses than is the case in more mature markets, which could have a negative impact on our overall margins as our revenue from these markets grows over time.
In addition to the risks outlined elsewhere in this section, our global operations are subject to a number of other risks, including:
changing political conditions, including risk of rising protectionism, restrictions on immigration or imposition of new trade barriers;
local political or labor conditions, including being individually targeted by local regulators or being adversely affected by national labor strikes;
compliance with various regulatory laws and requirements relating to anti-corruption, antitrust or competition, economic sanctions, data content and privacy, consumer protection, employment and labor laws, health and safety, and advertising and promotions;
differences, inconsistent interpretations and changes in various laws and regulations, including international, national and local tax laws;
weaker or uncertain enforcement of our contractual and intellectual property rights;
preferences by local populations for local providers;
slower adoption of the Internet as an advertising, broadcast and commerce medium and the lack of appropriate infrastructure to support widespread Internet usage in those markets;
our ability to support new technologies, including mobile devices, that may be more prevalent in certain global markets; and
uncertainty regarding liability for services and content, including uncertainty as a result of local laws and lack of precedent.
Our global operations expose us to risks associated with currency fluctuations, which may adversely affect our business.
We conduct a significant and growing portion of our business outside the Eurozone. As a result, we face exposure to movements in currency exchange rates around the world. These exposures include but are not limited to re-measurement gains and losses from changes in the value of foreign denominated monetary assets and liabilities; translation gains and losses on foreign subsidiary financial results that are translated into euros upon consolidation; fluctuations in hotel revenue and planning risk related to changes in exchange rates between the time we prepare our annual and quarterly forecasts and when actual results occur.
We do not currently hedge our foreign exchange exposure. Depending on the size of the exposures and the relative movements of exchange rates, if we choose not to hedge or fail to hedge effectively our exposure, we could experience a material adverse effect on our financial statements and financial condition. As we have seen in some recent periods, in the event of severe volatility in foreign exchange rates, these exposures can increase, and the impact on our results of operations can be more pronounced. In addition, the current environment and the increasingly global nature of our business have made hedging these exposures more complex.
We are subject to risks associated with a corporate culture that promotes entrepreneurialism among its employees, decentralized decision making and continuous learning.
We have delegated considerable operational autonomy and responsibility to our employees, including allowing our employees flexible working hours that allow them to determine when, where and for how long they work. In addition, at the core of our culture is allowing our employees to grow, ensuring that they