Management board and supervisory board
We have a two-tier board structure consisting of our management board (bestuur) and a separate supervisory board (raad van commissarissen). Each management board and supervisory board member owes a duty to us to properly perform the duties assigned to him or her and to act in our corporate interest. Under Dutch law, the corporate interest extends to the interests of all corporate stakeholders, such as shareholders, creditors, employees, customers and suppliers.
Our management board is responsible for the day-to-day management of our company, subject to certain limitations as set out in the articles of association and the internal rules of our management board (which we refer to as the Management Board Rules), and for our strategy, policy and operations subject to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement and under the supervision of our supervisory board.
Our management board is required to keep our supervisory board informed, and to consult with our supervisory board, on important matters and to submit certain important decisions to our supervisory board for its approval as set out below. Except as agreed in our annual business plan, which is subject to the approval of our supervisory board, prior to entering into the following transactions or making the following decisions with respect to the company or any subsidiary, our management board shall obtain the prior consent of the supervisory board:
sale, transfer, lease (as lessor or in respect of real property) or other disposition of assets (including equity interests in a subsidiary) other than such sales, transfers, leases or other dispositions with a value for accounting purposes (i) less than $1,000,000, or (ii) between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 except to the extent prior notice is provided to Expedia and such sale, transfer, lease or other disposition would be permitted under Expedia’s credit facilities; or any merger of, or sale of all or substantially all of the assets of, any subsidiary (except to the extent prior notice is provided to Expedia and such merger or sale is permitted under Expedia’s credit facilities);
liquidating or dissolving the company or any subsidiary;
granting loans, payment guarantees (Bürgschaften), indemnities, or incurring other liabilities to third parties outside the ordinary course of business in excess of €10,000,000;
taking out loans, borrowings or other debt (or providing any guarantee of such obligations of any other person or entity) or granting any liens other than liens securing the foregoing, which permitted debt and liens at any time outstanding exceed €25,000,000;
entering into joint-venture, partnership and/or similar agreements which cannot be terminated without penalty within (i) three years and which could result in the company or any subsidiary being liable for the obligations of a third party, (ii) five years, or (iii) agreements pursuant to Article 7.1(h) of the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement;
entering into non-compete or exclusivity agreements or other agreements that restrict the freedom of the business and which agreements are terminable later than two years after having been entered into;
entering into agreements (i) which cannot be terminated without penalty within (a) three years and involving annual expenditures in excess of €10,000,000 or (b) five years, except for supplementary lease agreements with (x) an annual rent of not more than €1,000,000, (y) substantially comparable terms to the relevant existing lease agreement, and (z) a term of ten years or less, or (ii) for annual expenditures in excess of €15,000,000, save that the threshold for expenditures for brand marketing shall be €50,000,000;