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TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form F-3 on 04/05/2018
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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 2018
Registration No. 333-

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

Form F-3
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
 
trivago N.V.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
 
Not Applicable
(Translation of Registrant’s Name into English)

 
The Netherlands
4700
Not Applicable
(State or other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification
Number)
Bennigsen-Platz 1
40474 Düsseldorf
Federal Republic of Germany
+49 211 54065110
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

Cogency Global Inc.
10 East 40th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 947-7200

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
 
Copies of all communications, including communications sent to agent for service, should be sent to:
 
David C. Boles
Latham & Watkins (London) LLP
99 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3XF
United Kingdom
+44 (20) 7710-1000
Marc D. Jaffe
Marcus C. Funke
Latham & Watkins LLP
885 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 906-1200
 
Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after this Registration Statement becomes effective.
If only securities being registered on this Form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box. o
If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, check the following box.  x
If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. o
If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. o
If this Form is a registration statement pursuant to General Instruction I.C. or a post-effective amendment thereto that shall become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act, check the following box. o
If this Form is a post-effective amendment to a registration statement filed pursuant to General Instruction I.C. filed to register additional securities or additional classes of securities pursuant to Rule 413(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933.
Emerging growth company o




If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. o
†The term “new or revised financial accounting standard” refers to any update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to its Accounting Standards Codification after April 5, 2012.

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION 
Title of each class of
securities to be registered
Amount
to be
registered(2)
Proposed
maximum
aggregate offering
price per share(3)
Proposed
maximum
aggregate
offering price(4)
Amount of
registration fee(4)
Primary Offering:
 
 
 
 
Class A shares, nominal value of €0.06 per share, underlying American depositary shares ("ADSs")(1)
 
 
 
(1)
      Debt Securities
 
 
 
(1)
Warrants
 
 
 
(1)
Purchase Contracts
 
 
 
(1)
Units
 
 
 
(1)
Subtotal
$ 500,000,000
 
$ 500,000,000
$ 62,250
Secondary Offering:
 
 
 
 
Class A shares, nominal value of €0.06 per share, underlying ADSs(1)

110,791,879
 
$762,802,087
$94,969
Total
 
 
$1,262,802,087
$157,219
(1)
Each ADS represents one Class A share. ADSs issuable upon deposit of the Class A shares registered hereby have been registered pursuant to a separate registration statement on Form F-6 (File No. 333-214914).
(2)
There are being registered hereunder such indeterminate number of the securities of each identified class being registered as may be sold by the registrant from time to time at indeterminate prices, with the maximum aggregate public offering price not to exceed $500,000,000. If any debt securities are issued at an original issue discount, then the offering price of such debt securities shall be in such greater principal amount as shall result in a maximum aggregate offering price not to exceed $500,000,000, less the aggregate dollar amount of all securities previously issued hereunder. In addition, up to 110,791,879 Class A shares underlying ADSs may be sold by selling shareholders who are identified in the prospectus forming part of this registration statement.
(3)
The proposed maximum aggregate price per unit of each class of securities will be determined from time to time by the registrant in connection with the issuance by the registrant of the securities registered hereunder and is not specified as to each class of securities pursuant to the General Instruction II.C. of Form F-3 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
(4)
Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(o) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended with respect to the securities to be sold by the registrant and pursuant to Rule 457(c) with respect to the 110,791,879 Class A shares underlying ADSs that may be sold by the selling shareholders. Pursuant to Rule 457(p) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the registrant is offsetting the registration fee due under this registration statement by $4,832.31, which represents the portion of the registration fee previously paid with respect to $41,693,760.00 of unsold securities for a completed offering previously registered on the registration statement on Form F-1 (File No. 333-214591), initially filed on November 14, 2016. The proposed maximum aggregate offering price of the 110,791,879 Class A shares underlying ADSs to be sold by the selling shareholders is based on the average of the high and low sale prices per share of the ADSs on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on April 2, 2018. In no event will the aggregate offering price of all securities sold by the registrant from time to time pursuant to this registration statement exceed $500,000,000.
The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine. 
 






The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. Neither we nor the selling shareholders may sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities, and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
 
SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED APRIL 5, 2018
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$500,000,000
American Depositary Shares Representing Class A Shares, Debt Securities, Warrants, Purchase Contracts and Units offered by the Company and
 110,791,879 American Depositary Shares Representing Class A Shares offered by Selling Shareholders

We, trivago N.V., a Dutch public limited company (naamloze vennootschap), may offer, from time to time, in one or more offerings, American Depositary Shares, or ADSs, representing Class A shares, with a nominal value of €0.06 per share, debt securities, warrants, purchase contracts or units, which we collectively refer to as the “securities,” and the selling shareholders may offer up to 110,791,879 ADSs, representing Class A shares. The aggregate initial offering price of the securities that we may offer and sell under this prospectus will not exceed $500,000,000. We may offer and sell any combination of the securities described in this prospectus in different series, at times, in amounts, at prices and on terms to be determined at or prior to the time of each offering. This prospectus describes the general terms of these securities and the general manner in which these securities will be offered. We will provide the specific terms of these securities in supplements to this prospectus. The prospectus supplements will also describe the specific manner in which these securities will be offered and may also supplement, update or amend information contained in this prospectus. You should read this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement before you invest.
Our ADSs are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, or NASDAQ, under the symbol “TRVG.” On April 4, 2018, the closing sale price of our ADSs was $6.50 per ADS.
We have two classes of shares outstanding, Class A shares and Class B shares. Each Class A share entitles its holder to one vote on all matters presented to our shareholders generally. Class B shares are held by Expedia Group, Inc. (formerly Expedia Inc.) and its affiliates, or "Expedia Group", and Rolf Schrömgens, Peter Vinnemeier and Malte Siewert, whom we collectively refer to as the "Founders" or the "selling shareholders". Each Class B share entitles its holder to ten votes on all matters presented to our shareholders generally.
The securities covered by this prospectus may be offered through one or more underwriters, dealers and agents, or directly to purchasers. The names of any underwriters, dealers or agents, if any, will be included in a supplement to this prospectus. For general information about the distribution of securities offered, please see “Plan of distribution” beginning on page 49.
Investing in our ADSs involves risks. See “Risk factors” beginning on page 6.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is   , 2018.




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For investors outside the United States: Neither we nor any underwriters, dealers or agents have done anything that would permit an offering pursuant to this prospectus, or authorize the possession or distribution of this prospectus in any jurisdiction other than the United States where action for that purpose is required. Persons outside the United States who come into possession of this prospectus must inform themselves about, and observe any restrictions relating to, the offering of the securities and the distribution of this prospectus outside the United States.
We are incorporated in the Netherlands, and many of our outstanding securities are owned by non-U.S. residents. Under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, we are currently eligible for treatment as a “foreign private issuer.” As a foreign private issuer, we will not be required to file periodic reports and financial statements with the SEC as frequently or as promptly as domestic registrants whose securities are registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act.
We are responsible for the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus. Neither we nor the Selling Shareholders have authorized anyone to provide you with different information, and neither we nor the Selling Shareholders take responsibility for any other information others may give you. We, the Selling Shareholders and the underwriters are not making an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus is accurate as of any date other than its date. 



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About this prospectus
This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, utilizing a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf process, we may sell any combination of the securities described in this prospectus in one or more offerings, and the selling shareholders may sell up to 110,791,879 of ADSs, representing Class A shares, in one or more offerings. This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we may offer. Each time we, or the selling shareholders, as applicable, sell securities, we will provide a prospectus supplement that will contain specific information about the terms of that offering. The prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. You should read both this prospectus and any prospectus supplement together with additional information described under the headings “Where you can find more information” and “Incorporation of certain information by reference.”
We have filed or incorporated by reference exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. You should read the exhibits carefully for provisions that may be important to you.
In this prospectus, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms “we,” “us,” “our,” “trivago” and the “company” refer to trivago N.V. (and historically to trivago GmbH, travel B.V.), and their respective consolidated subsidiaries, as applicable.
Our registered office is at Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, and our telephone number is +49-211-3876840000.
Neither the delivery of this prospectus nor any sale made under it implies that there has been no change in our affairs or that the information in this prospectus is correct as of any date after the date of this prospectus. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus, including any information incorporated in this prospectus by reference, the accompanying prospectus supplement or any free writing prospectus prepared by us, is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of those documents. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date.
You should not assume that the information contained in this prospectus is accurate as of any other date.

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Where you can find more information
We are subject to the informational requirements of the Exchange Act. Accordingly, we are required to file reports and other information with the SEC, including annual reports on Form 20-F and reports on Form 6-K. You may inspect and copy reports and other information filed with the SEC at the Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. In addition, the SEC maintains an Internet website that contains reports and other information about issuers, like us, that file electronically with the SEC. The address of that website is www.sec.gov.
As a foreign private issuer, we are exempt under the Exchange Act from, among other things, the rules prescribing the furnishing and content of proxy statements, and our management board and supervisory board members and principal shareholders are exempt from the reporting and short-swing profit recovery provisions contained in Section 16 of the Exchange Act. In addition, we will not be required under the Exchange Act to file periodic reports and financial statements with the SEC as frequently or as promptly as U.S. companies whose securities are registered under the Exchange Act.
We will send our transfer agent a copy of all notices of shareholders’ meetings and other reports, communications and information that are made generally available to shareholders. The transfer agent has agreed to mail to all shareholders a notice containing the information (or a summary of the information) contained in any notice of a meeting of our shareholders received by the transfer agent and will make available to all shareholders such notices and all such other reports and communications received by the transfer agent.

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Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements
This prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein contain forward-looking statements that relate to our current expectations and views of future events. These statements relate to events that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those listed under “Risk factors” in our then-current Annual Report on Form 20-F, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by our management that, although we believe to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. Forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus include, but are not limited to, statements about:
our future financial performance, including our revenue, cost of revenue, operating expenses and our ability to achieve and maintain profitability;
our ability to generate positive cash flow and the sufficiency of our operating cash flow to meet our liquidity needs;
our expectations regarding the development of our industry and the competitive environment in which we operate;
our development of new products and services;
our ability to increase the number of visits to our hotel search platform and qualified referrals to our advertisers;
changes in the bidding dynamics on our marketplace, including advertiser testing of bidding strategies and responses to changes made to our marketplace;
the emergence of alternative business models and new competitors;
our ability to increase advertiser diversity on our marketplace;
the positive effects of our strategic initiatives on our profitability, including those aimed at maximizing the lifetime value of our users;
our ability to maintain and increase our brand awareness;
the potential development and impact on us of legal and regulatory proceedings to which we are or may become subject;
our ability to attract and maintain relationships with advertisers and increase the number of hotels on our marketplace; and
the growth in the usage of mobile devices and our ability to successfully monetize this usage.
We operate in an evolving environment. New risks emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the effect of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Our actual results or performance could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any forward-looking statements relating to those matters. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on our results of operations, cash flows or financial condition.
The forward-looking statements made or incorporated by reference in this prospectus relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this prospectus. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. You should read this prospectus, the documents incorporated by reference herein and the documents that we

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reference herein and have filed as exhibits to the registration statement, of which this prospectus is a part, completely and with the understanding that our actual future results or performance may be materially different from what we expect.

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trivago N.V.
trivago is a global hotel search platform. We are focused on reshaping the way travelers search for and compare hotels, while enabling hotel advertisers to grow their businesses by providing access to a broad audience of travelers via our websites and apps. Our platform allows travelers to make informed decisions by personalizing their hotel search and providing access to a deep supply of hotel information and prices.

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Risk factors
Before making a decision to invest in our securities, you should carefully consider the risks described under “Risk factors” in the applicable prospectus supplement and in our then most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, and in any updates to those risk factors in our reports on Form 6-K incorporated herein, together with all of the other information appearing or incorporated by reference in this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, in light of your particular investment objectives and financial circumstances.

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Ratio of earnings to fixed charges
Information on our consolidated ratio of earnings to fixed charges will be contained, if necessary, in a prospectus supplement.


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Use of proceeds
Unless otherwise indicated in a prospectus supplement, the net proceeds from our sale of the securities will be used for general corporate purposes and other business opportunities. We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of any ADSs offered by the selling shareholders.

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Capitalization
Information on our consolidated capitalization will be contained, if necessary, in a prospectus supplement.

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Selling shareholders
This prospectus also relates to the possible resale from time to time by Rolf Schrömgens, Peter Vinnemeier and Malte Siewert, whom we refer to in this prospectus as the “selling shareholders,” of 110,791,879 ADS, representing Class A shares. Immediately prior to the consummation of any offering of ADSs by the selling shareholders, the selling shareholders will convert their relevant Class B shares into Class A shares. These Class B shares were issued and outstanding prior to the date of filing of this prospectus and were allotted to the selling shareholders upon the consummation of the merger of trivago GmbH into and with trivago N.V.
If any selling shareholder offers ADSs in any future offering, an applicable prospectus supplement will set forth the name of each such selling shareholder, the nature of any position, office or other material relationship which the selling shareholder has had with the Company or any of its predecessors or affiliates during the three years prior to the date of the applicable prospectus supplement, the number of our common shares or ADSs owned by the selling shareholder before and after the offering and the number of our ADSs to be offered by the selling shareholder.
We will pay the fees and the expenses incurred in effecting the registration of the ADSs covered by this prospectus, including, without limitation, all registration and filing fees, fees and expenses of our counsel and accountants and fees and expenses of selling shareholders’ counsel. The selling shareholders will pay any underwriting or broker discounts and any commissions incurred by the selling shareholders in selling their ADSs.
The selling shareholders may not sell any ADSs pursuant to this prospectus until we have identified such selling shareholder and the ADSs which may be offered for resale by such selling shareholder in a subsequent prospectus supplement. However, the selling shareholders may sell or transfer all or a portion of their ADSs pursuant to any available exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

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Description of share capital and articles of association
Set forth below is a summary of relevant information concerning our share capital and material provisions of our articles of association and applicable Dutch law. This summary does not constitute legal advice regarding those matters and should not be regarded as such.
General
We were incorporated on November 7, 2016 as travel B.V., a private company with limited liability (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid) under Dutch law. In connection with our initial public offering (IPO), we converted into trivago N.V., a public company with limited liability (naamloze vennootschap) under Dutch law pursuant to a deed of conversion and amendment. Following our IPO, trivago GmbH merged with and into trivago N.V., effective as of September 7, 2017.
We are registered with the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands (Kamer van Koophandel) under number 67222927. Our corporate seat (statutaire zetel) is in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and our registered office is at Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany.
Authorized share capital
Under Dutch law, our authorized share capital is the maximum capital that we may issue without amending our articles of association. An amendment of our articles of association would require a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders that must first be proposed by our management board and approved by our supervisory board. Our authorized share capital amounts to €234 million, divided into 700,000,000 Class A shares, with a nominal value of 0.06 per share, and 320,000,000 Class B shares, with a nominal value of €0.60 per share.
Initial settlement of the ADSs that may be issued in an offering will take place on the consummation date of the applicable offering through The Depository Trust Company, or DTC, in accordance with its customary settlement procedures for equity securities. Each person owning ADSs held through DTC must rely on the procedures thereof and on institutions that have accounts therewith to exercise any rights attached to his underlying Class A shares.
Special voting structure and conversion
We have issued 319,799,967 Class B shares, with a nominal value of 0.60 per share to the Founders and Expedia Group. The Class B shares carry the same economic rights entitlements as the Class A shares. The Class B shares carry different voting rights than the Class A shares, proportionate to the respective nominal value: for each Class B share, ten votes can be exercised in the general meeting of shareholders, whereas for each Class A share one vote can be exercised in the general meeting of shareholders. As a matter of Dutch law, preemption rights for the holders of our Class A shares and our Class B shares are linked to the total nominal value of their shares, which implies that each Class B share carries a preemption right which is tenfold of the preemption right attached to each Class A share. Pursuant to our articles of association, each shareholder of Class B shares can convert any number of Class B shares held by such shareholder into Class A shares as described below. A holder of Class A shares cannot convert its Class A shares into Class B shares.
Upon receipt of a request for conversion of Class B shares into Class A shares, the management board shall resolve to convert the relevant number of Class B shares into Class A shares in a 1:10 ratio. Promptly following such conversion, the holder of Class B shares who made the conversion request shall be obligated to transfer nine out of every ten Class A shares so received to the company for no consideration, which will be canceled afterwards replicating the effect of a 1:1 conversion ratio. The conversion mechanism is structured in this manner in order to avoid a two-month waiting period which would be required under Dutch law if Class B shares would be converted into Class A shares in an actual 1:1 ratio. Neither the management board nor the company is required to effect a conversion of Class B shares (a) if the conversion request does not comply with the specifications and requirements set out in our articles of association or if the management board reasonably believes that the information included in such request is untrue or incorrect or (b) to the extent that the company would not be permitted under applicable law to acquire the relevant number of Class A shares in connection with such conversion.

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Issuance of shares and preemptive rights
Under Dutch law, shares are issued and rights to subscribe for shares are granted pursuant to a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders. Our general meeting of shareholders may authorize our management board to issue new shares or grant rights to subscribe for shares. The authorization can be granted and extended, in each case for a period not exceeding five years. For as long as such authorization is effective, our general meeting of shareholders will not have the power to issue shares and rights to subscribe for shares unless the general meeting of shareholders decides otherwise in connection with the authorization. Our general meeting of shareholders has adopted a resolution pursuant to which our management board has been authorized to issue, subject to our supervisory board’s approval, Class A shares and Class B shares (or rights to subscribe for such shares) with effect from the date of our IPO for a period of five years from that date. This authorization will be revocable for so long as Expedia Group holds at least 5% of our shares.
Under Dutch law, in the event of an issuance of Class A shares or granting of rights to subscribe for Class A shares, each shareholder will have a pro rata preemptive right in proportion to the aggregate nominal value of the Class A and Class B shares held by such holder. A holder of Class A shares does not have a preemptive right with respect to the issuance of or granting of rights to subscribe for (i) Class A shares for consideration other than cash, or (ii) Class A shares to our employees or employees of one of our group companies or (iii) Class A shares to persons exercising a previously granted right to subscribe for such shares.
The preemptive rights in respect of newly issued Class A shares may be restricted or excluded by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders. Our general meeting of shareholders has adopted a resolution pursuant to which our management board has been authorized to, subject to our supervisory board’s approval, limit or exclude the preemptive rights of holders of Class A shares and the holders of Class B shares with effect from the date of our IPO for a period of five years from that date. This authorization will be revocable for so long as Expedia Group holds at least 5% of our shares.
We also expect to request our shareholders, at each annual shareholders’ meeting held after this offering, to adopt a resolution further delegating the power to issue shares, to grant rights to subscribe for shares, and to limit or exclude preemptive rights to our management board for a period of five years following the date of each such annual meeting.
 
Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that resolutions relating to an increase of our share capital, including resolutions to limit or exclude preemptive rights of existing shareholders, require consent of at least one of the Founders; provided that, no such consent shall be required if there is no adverse effect to the Founders.
Form and transfer of shares
Our shares will be issued in registered form, provided that our management board may resolve that one or more shares are bearer shares, represented by physical share certificates. Currently, all of our Class A shares are bearer shares, represented by a global share certificate held in custody by Clearstream Bank Frankfurt. A register of shareholders will be maintained by us or by third parties upon our instruction. Transfer of record ownership of shares is effected by a written deed of transfer acknowledged by us, or by our transfer agent and registrar acting as our agent on our behalf, unless the property law aspects of such shares are governed by the laws of the state of New York as set out below.
If and when any of our Class A shares become listed on NASDAQ or on any other stock exchange operating in the United States of America, the laws of the State of New York shall apply to the property law aspects of the Class A shares reflected in the register administered by our transfer agent.
Repurchase of our shares
Under Dutch law, we may repurchase our own fully paid shares at any time for no consideration (om niet). Subject to certain exceptions specified by Dutch law, we only may acquire fully paid shares for consideration to the extent that (i) our shareholders’ equity, less the payment required to make the acquisition and certain amounts specified by Dutch law, does not fall below the sum of paid-in and called-up share capital and any statutory reserves, (ii) we and our subsidiaries would thereafter not hold shares or hold a pledge over our shares with an aggregate nominal value exceeding 50% of our issued share capital and (iii) the management board has been authorized by the general meeting of shareholders.
Authorization from the general meeting to acquire our shares must specify the number and class of shares that may be acquired, the manner in which shares may be acquired and the price range within which shares may be acquired. Such authorization will be valid for no more than 18 months.

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In the annual general meeting of June 9, 2017, our general meeting of shareholders has adopted a resolution giving our management board the authority, which may only be exercised with the approval of our supervisory board, to repurchase shares (or depository receipts for shares, including ADSs) up to 10% of our issued share capital (determined as at the close of business on the date of the annual general meeting) for a period of 18 months following the date of the annual general meeting, for a price per share or depository receipt (including ADSs) which is higher than nil and does not to exceed 110% of the average market price of the ADS(s) on NASDAQ (such average market price being the average of the closing prices on each of the five consecutive trading days preceding the date the acquisition is agreed upon by the company). We expect that a similar resolution will be presented to our shareholders for approval at each annual meeting of shareholders held after completion of this offering.
No votes may be cast by us or our subsidiaries, as applicable, at a general meeting of shareholders on the shares held by us or our subsidiaries, unless explicitly permitted by Dutch law. None of our issued shares is held by us or any of our subsidiaries.
Capital reduction
At a general meeting, our shareholders may resolve to reduce our issued share capital by (i) canceling shares or (ii) reducing the nominal value of the shares by virtue of an amendment to our articles of association. In either case, this reduction would be subject to applicable statutory provisions and must be proposed by our management board and approved by our supervisory board. A resolution to cancel shares may only relate to shares held by the company itself or in respect of which the company holds the depository receipts.
 
A reduction of the nominal value of shares without repayment and without release from the obligation to pay up the shares must be effectuated proportionally on shares of the same class (unless all shareholders concerned agree to a disproportional reduction). A resolution that would result in a reduction of capital requires approval of the meeting of each group of holders of shares of the same class whose rights are prejudiced by the reduction. In addition, a reduction of capital involves a two-month waiting period during which creditors have the right to object to a reduction of capital under specified circumstances.
A resolution to reduce our share capital requires the approval of at least an absolute majority of the votes cast or, if less than 50% of our issued share capital is represented at the meeting at which a vote on a resolution to reduce our share capital is taken, the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes cast. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that a resolution to decrease our share capital also requires consent of at least one of the Founders; provided that, no such consent shall be required if there is no adverse effect to the Founders.
Amendment of articles of association
The general meeting of shareholders may resolve to amend the articles of association, upon a proposal by our management board that has been approved by our supervisory board. A resolution by the general meeting of shareholders to amend the articles of association requires a simple majority of the votes cast. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that amendments of the articles of association that adversely affect the Founders require consent of at least one of the Founders.
Company’s shareholders’ register
Subject to Dutch law and the articles of association, we must keep our shareholders’ register accurate and up-to-date. The management board keeps our shareholders’ register and records names and addresses of all holders of registered shares, showing the date on which those shares were acquired, the date of the acknowledgement by or notification of us as well as the amount paid on each such share. The register also includes the names and addresses of those with a right of use and usufruct (vruchtgebruik) in shares belonging to another or a pledge in respect of such shares. The Class A shares offered to be offered pursuant to this prospectus will be held by our depositary.
Limitation on liability and indemnification matters
Under Dutch law, management board and supervisory board members may be held liable for damages in the event of improper or negligent performance of their duties. They may be held jointly and severally liable for damages to the company for infringement of the articles of association or of certain provisions of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek). In certain circumstances, they may also incur additional specific civil and criminal liabilities. Management board and supervisory board members are insured under an insurance policy taken out by us against damages resulting from their conduct when acting in the capacities as such management board or supervisory board member, as

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applicable. In addition, our articles of association provide for indemnification of our management board and supervisory board members, including reimbursement for reasonable legal fees and damages or fines based on acts or failures to act in their duties. No indemnification shall be given to a member of the management board or supervisory board if a Dutch court has established, without possibility for appeal, that the acts or omissions of such indemnified officer that led to the financial losses, damages, suit, claim, action or legal proceedings resulted from either an improper performance of his or her duties as a management board or supervisory board member of the company or an unlawful or illegal act, and only unless to the extent that his or her financial losses, damages and expenses are covered by an insurance and the insurer has settled these financial losses, damages and expenses (or has indicated that it would do so). Furthermore, such indemnification will generally not be available in instances of willful (opzettelijk), intentionally reckless (bewust roekeloos) or seriously culpable (ernstig verwijtbaar) conduct. See “Management-Insurance and indemnification” for additional information.
Liquidation rights and dissolution
Under our articles of association, we may be dissolved by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders, subject to a proposal by the management board and the approval of our supervisory board. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that a resolution to dissolve us requires consent of at least one of the Founders.
In the event of a dissolution and liquidation, the assets remaining after payment of all debts and liquidation expenses are to be distributed to shareholders in proportion to the number of shares held by each shareholder. All distributions referred to in this paragraph will be made in accordance with the relevant provisions of the laws of the Netherlands.
General meeting of shareholders and consents
General meeting of shareholders
General meetings of shareholders are held in the Netherlands, at locations specified in our articles of association. The annual general meeting of shareholders must be held within six months of the end of each fiscal year. Additional extraordinary general meetings of shareholders may also be held, whenever considered appropriate by the management board or the supervisory board. Pursuant to Dutch law, one or more shareholders or others entitled to attend a general meeting, who jointly represent at least one-tenth of the issued share capital may request the management board or the supervisory board to convene an extraordinary general meeting with an agenda as requested by them. If our management board or supervisory board does not in response to such a request call an extraordinary general meeting to be held within six weeks from the date of our receipt of the request, the persons requesting the meeting may be authorized upon their request by a Dutch court in summary proceedings to convene an extraordinary general meeting with the agenda requested by them.
The Dutch Corporate Governance Code (DCGC), recommends that, before exercising the rights described above, the management board should first be consulted. If the envisaged exercise of such rights might result in a change to the company’s strategy, such as by dismissing one or more management board members or supervisory board members, the management board should be given the opportunity to invoke a reasonable period, not to exceed 180 days from the moment the management board receives notice of the intention to exercise the rights as described above, to respond to such intention. If invoked, the management board should use the response period for further deliberation and constructive consultation. At the end of the response period, the management board should report on this consultation and exploration to the general meeting. This shall be monitored by the supervisory board. Shareholders and others entitled to attend a general meeting of shareholders are expected to observe the response period, if invoked by the management board. The response period may be invoked only once for any given general meeting of shareholders and shall not apply (a) in respect of a matter for which a response period has been previously invoked; or (b) if a shareholder holds at least seventy-five percent (75%) of our issued share capital as a consequence of a successful public bid.
General meetings of shareholders shall be convened by a notice, which shall include an agenda stating the items to be discussed, including for the annual general meeting of shareholders, among other things, the adoption of the annual accounts, appropriation of our profits and proposals relating to the composition of the management board and supervisory board, including the filling of any vacancies in the management board or supervisory board. In addition, the agenda shall include such items as have been included therein by the management board. The agenda shall also include such items requested by one or more shareholders, and others entitled to attend general meetings of shareholders, representing at least 3% of the issued share capital. Requests must be made in writing or electronically and received by the management board at least 60 days before the day of the meeting. The provisions under the

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DCGC relating to the response period, as described above, also apply in relation to shareholders (or other entitled to attend the general meeting of shareholders) putting matters on the agenda.
All shareholders and others entitled to attend general meetings of shareholders are authorized to attend the general meeting of shareholders, to address the meeting and, in so far as they have such right, to vote. Management board and supervisory board members may attend a general meeting of shareholders. In these meetings, they have an advisory vote. The chairman of the meeting may decide at its discretion to admit other persons to the meeting.
Under Dutch law, approval by the general meeting of shareholders is required for resolutions of the management board relating to a significant change in the identity or the character of the company or the business of the company, which includes:
a transfer of the business or virtually the entire business to a third party;
the entry into or termination of a long-term cooperation of the company or a subsidiary with another legal entity or company or as a fully liable partner in a limited partnership or general partnership, if such cooperation or termination is of a far-reaching significance for the company; and
the acquisition or divestment by the company or a subsidiary of a participating interest in the capital of a company having a value of at least one third of the amount of its assets according to its balance sheet and explanatory notes or, if the company prepares a consolidated balance sheet, according to its consolidated balance sheet and explanatory notes in the last adopted annual accounts of the company.
Quorum and voting requirements
Each Class A share confers the right on the holder to cast one vote at the general meeting of shareholders. Each Class B share confers the right on the holder to cast ten votes at the general meeting of shareholders. Shareholders may vote by proxy. Shares which cannot be voted pursuant to Dutch law will not be taken into account for the purpose of determining the number of shareholders that vote and that are present or represented, or the amount of the share capital that is provided or that is represented at a general meeting of shareholders.
Management board and supervisory board members
Appointment of management board members
Under our articles of association, management board members are appointed by the general meeting of shareholders upon binding nomination by our supervisory board. However, the general meeting of shareholders may at all times overrule the binding nomination by a resolution adopted by at least a two-thirds majority of the votes cast, provided such majority represents more than half of the issued share capital. If the general meeting of shareholders overrules the binding nomination, the supervisory board shall make a new nomination.
Appointment of supervisory board members
Under our articles of association, supervisory board members are appointed by the general meeting of shareholders upon binding nomination by our supervisory board. However, the general meeting of shareholders may at all times overrule the binding nomination by a resolution adopted by at least a two-thirds majority of the votes cast, provided such majority represents more than half of the issued share capital. If the general meeting of shareholders overrules the binding nomination, the supervisory board shall make a new nomination. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that any new supervisory board member will be proposed for nomination by either Expedia Group or the Founders as applicable, dependent on which supervisory board member resigns, is not reappointed to, or is removed from the supervisory board. Expedia Group and the Founders agreed to consult one another on their respective proposal.
Duties and liabilities of board members
Each management board and supervisory board member has a duty to act in the corporate interest of the company. Under Dutch law, the corporate interest extends to the interests of all corporate stakeholders, such as shareholders, creditors, employees, customers and suppliers. The duty to act in the corporate interest of the company also applies in the event of a proposed sale or break-up of the company, whereby the circumstances generally dictate how such duty is to be applied.

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Dividends and other distributions
Amount available for distribution
We may only make distributions to our shareholders to the extent that our shareholders’ equity exceeds the sum of the paid-in and called-up share capital plus the reserves as required to be maintained by Dutch law or by the articles of association. We only make a distribution of profits to our shareholders after the adoption by our general meeting of shareholders of our annual accounts demonstrating that such distribution is legally permitted. However, our management board may, subject to approval of the supervisory board but without any shareholder vote, distribute interim dividends at any time, subject to our shareholders’ equity exceeding the sum of the paid-in and called-up share capital plus the reserves as required to be maintained by Dutch law or by the articles of association, as demonstrated by interim accounts prepared as required by Dutch law.
If the annual accounts show that the company has made less profit than distributed to the shareholders by way of interim dividend the company must request repayment of the amount by which the interim dividend exceeds the profit from those shareholders which knew or which should have known that the payment of the interim dividend was not permitted.
Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders to distribute dividends in excess of 50% of our profits for a certain year requires consent of at least one of the Founders.
We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends for the foreseeable future.
Exchange controls
Under existing laws of the Netherlands, there are no exchange controls applicable to the transfer to persons outside of the Netherlands of dividends or other distributions with respect to, or of the proceeds from the sale of, shares of a Dutch company.
 
Squeeze out procedures
Pursuant to Section 2:92a of the Dutch Civil Code, a shareholder who (alone or together with his group companies) for his own account holds at least 95% of our issued share capital may initiate proceedings against all of a company’s other shareholders jointly for the transfer of their shares to the claimant. The proceedings are held before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Ondernemingskamer) and can be instituted by means of a writ of summons served upon each of the minority shareholders in accordance with the provisions of the Dutch Code of Civil Procedure (Wetboek van Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering). The Enterprise Chamber may grant the claim for squeeze out in relation to all minority shareholders and will determine the price to be paid for the shares, if necessary after appointment of one or three experts who will offer an opinion to the Enterprise Chamber on the value to be paid for the shares of the minority shareholders. Once the order to transfer becomes final before the Enterprise Chamber, the person acquiring the shares shall give written notice of the date and place of payment and the price to the holders of the shares to be acquired whose addresses are known to him. Unless the addresses of all of them are known to the acquiring person, such person is required to publish the same in a daily newspaper with a national circulation.
A shareholder that holds a majority of our issued share capital, but less than the 95% required to institute the squeeze-out proceedings described above, may seek to propose and implement one or more restructuring transactions with the objective to obtain at least 95% of our issued share capital and thus to be allowed to initiate squeeze-out proceedings. Those restructuring transactions could, amongst other things, include an asset sale transaction, a legal merger or demerger involving our company, a contribution of cash and/or assets against issuance of shares involving our company, the issue of new shares to the majority shareholder while excluding any preemption rights of minority shareholders in relation to such issuance or liquidation.
Adoption of annual accounts and discharge of our management board and supervisory board
No later than May 31 of each year (subject to an extension of five months by our general meeting of shareholders in extraordinary circumstances), our management board must prepare our Dutch statutory accounts for the preceding fiscal year. Our Dutch statutory accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. After approval of our Dutch statutory accounts by our supervisory board, these financial statements must be made available for inspection by our shareholders and others entitled to attend general meetings during the period from the time when our annual shareholders meeting is called until the date when the meeting is held. The Dutch statutory

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accounts, including any proposed distribution to our shareholders of profits received during the relevant year, must then be submitted to our shareholders for adoption at the annual shareholders meeting.
Our management board will, at each annual shareholders meeting adopting the annual financial statements for the preceding fiscal year, propose that our shareholders adopt a resolution granting discharge from liability to the members of our management board for their management of the company and to the members of our supervisory board for their supervisory duties during the prior fiscal year. Under Dutch law this discharge will only apply to matters that are apparent from the face of the annual financial statements or that have otherwise been disclosed (for example, in a press release or other public filing) to the general meeting of shareholders.
Our financial reporting will be subject to the supervision of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten), or AFM. The AFM may review the content of the financial reports and has the authority to approach us with requests for information if it has reasonable doubts as to the integrity of our financial reporting. For a more detailed description we refer to the description below under the heading “Dutch Financial Reporting Supervision Act.
 
Comparison of Dutch corporate law and our articles of association and U.S. corporate law
We are incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands. The following discussion summarizes material differences between the rights of holders of our Class A shares and the rights of holders of the common stock of a typical corporation incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware, which result from differences in governing documents and the laws of the Netherlands and Delaware.
This discussion does not purport to be a complete statement of the rights of holders of our Class A shares or Class B shares under applicable Dutch law and our articles of association or the rights of holders of the common stock of a typical corporation under applicable Delaware law and a typical certificate of incorporation and bylaws.
 
The Netherlands
Delaware
 
Duties of board members
 
 
Under Dutch law the management board is collectively responsible for the policy and day-to-day management of the company. The supervisory board is, inter alia, assigned the task of supervising the management board. Each management board and supervisory board member has a duty towards the company to properly perform the duties assigned to him. Furthermore, each management board and supervisory board member has a duty to act in the corporate interest of the company.
 
Unlike under Delaware law, under Dutch law the corporate interest extends to the interests of all corporate stakeholders, such as shareholders, creditors, employees, customers and suppliers. The duty to act in the corporate interest of all stakeholders in the company also applies in the event of a proposed sale or break-up of the company. The management board is therefore not under any obligation under Dutch law to seek the highest value for the shares of the company in the event of a proposed sale or break-up of the company, if in the opinion of the management board sale to the person offering the highest value for the company would not be in the best interest of the company, taking into account the interests of all stakeholders.
The board of directors bears the ultimate responsibility for managing the business and affairs of a corporation. In discharging this function, directors of a Delaware corporation owe fiduciary duties of care and loyalty to the corporation and to its shareholders. Delaware courts have decided that the directors of a Delaware corporation are required to exercise informed business judgment in the performance of their duties. Informed business judgment means that the directors have informed themselves of all material information reasonably available to them. Delaware courts have also imposed a heightened standard of conduct upon directors of a Delaware corporation who take any action designed to defeat a threatened change in control of the corporation. In addition, under Delaware law, when the board of directors of a Delaware corporation approves the sale or break-up of a corporation, the board of directors may, in certain circumstances, have a duty to obtain the highest value reasonably available to the shareholders.
 
 
Board member terms
 
 
 

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The Netherlands
Delaware
Under the DCGC, management board and supervisory board members of a listed company are generally appointed for an individual term of a maximum of four years. Pursuant to the DCGC supervisory board members may be re-elected once for another four year term. The supervisory board members may then subsequently be reappointed again for a period of two years, which appointment may be extended by at most two years. In the event of a reappointment after an eight-year period, reasons should be given in the report of the supervisory board, included in our Dutch annual board report. There is no such limit applicable to management board members. Under our Management Board Rules, management board members will retire no later than the day on which the annual general meeting of shareholders is held, in the fifth calendar year after the year in which such member was appointed. Such management board member is then immediately available for reappointment. Despite being elected for a specified term, a management board or supervisory board member may be suspended or removed at any time by the general meeting of shareholders. Our supervisory board members may also suspend management board members. A suspension by our supervisory board members may at all times be discontinued by the general meeting of shareholders.
The Delaware General Corporation Law generally provides for a one-year term for directors, but permits directorships to be divided into up to three classes with up to three-year terms, with the years for each class expiring in different years, if permitted by the certificate of incorporation, an initial bylaw or a bylaw adopted by the shareholders. A director elected to serve a term on a “classified” board may not be removed by shareholders without cause. There is no limit in the number of terms a director may serve.
 
 
Board member vacancies
 
 
 
Under Dutch law, new members of the management board and supervisory board are appointed by the general meeting of shareholders. Under our articles of association, the members of our management board and supervisory board are appointed by the general meeting of shareholders upon binding nomination by our supervisory board. However, the general meeting of shareholders may at all times overrule the binding nomination by a resolution adopted by at least a two-thirds majority of the votes cast, provided such majority represents more than half of the issued share capital. If the general meeting of shareholders overrules the binding nomination, the supervisory board shall make a new nomination.
The Delaware General Corporation Law provides that vacancies and newly created directorships may be filled by a majority of the directors then in office (even though less than a quorum) unless (i) otherwise provided in the certificate of incorporation or bylaws of the corporation or (ii) the certificate of incorporation directs that a particular class of stock is to elect such director, in which case any other directors elected by such class, or a sole remaining director elected by such class, will fill such vacancy.
 
 
Conflict-of-interest transactions
 
 
 
Under Dutch law, a management board or supervisory board member with a conflict of interest must abstain from participating in the decision-making process with respect to the relevant matter. If all management board members have a conflict of interest and hence no management board resolution can be adopted, then the resolution may be adopted by the supervisory board. If all supervisory board members have a conflict of interest and hence no supervisory board resolution can be adopted, then the resolution may nevertheless be adopted by the supervisory board as if none of them had a conflict of interest. Our articles of association, Management Board Rules and Supervisory Board Rules provide that a management board or supervisory board member will not be deemed to have a conflict of interest by reason only of his or her affiliation with a direct or indirect shareholder of the company.
The Delaware General Corporation Law generally permits transactions involving a Delaware corporation and an interested director of that corporation if:
 
the material facts as to the director’s relationship or interest are disclosed and a majority of disinterested directors consent;
 
the material facts are disclosed as to the director’s relationship or interest and a majority of shares entitled to vote thereon consent; or
 
the transaction is fair to the corporation at the time it is authorized by the board of directors, a committee of the board of directors or the stockholders.
 
 
Proxy voting by board members
 

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The Netherlands
Delaware
 
 
An absent management board or supervisory board member may grant a proxy but only in writing or electronically to another management board or supervisory board member, respectively.
A director of a Delaware corporation may not issue a proxy representing the director’s voting rights as a director.
 
 
Voting rights
 
 
 
In accordance with Dutch law and our articles of association, each issued Class A share confers the right to cast one vote and each Class B share confers the right to cast ten votes at the general meeting of shareholders. Shares that are held by us or our direct or indirect subsidiaries do not confer the right to vote by us or our subsidiaries, respectively, unless explicitly permitted by Dutch law.
 
For each general meeting of shareholders, a record date may be applied with respect to Class A shares and Class B shares in order to establish which shareholders are entitled to attend and vote at the general meeting of shareholders, which date is set by the management board. The record date will be 28 calendar days prior to the date of the general meeting of shareholders. The record date and the manner in which shareholders can register and exercise their rights will be set out in the notice of the meeting.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, each shareholder is entitled to one vote per share of stock, unless the certificate of incorporation provides otherwise. In addition, the certificate of incorporation may provide for cumulative voting at all elections of directors of the corporation, or at elections held under specified circumstances. Either the certificate of incorporation or the bylaws may specify the number of shares and/or the amount of other securities that must be represented at a meeting in order to constitute a quorum, but in no event will a quorum consist of less than one third of the shares entitled to vote at a meeting.
 
Shareholders as of the record date for the meeting are entitled to vote at the meeting, and the board of directors may fix a record date that is no more than 60 nor less than 10 days before the date of the meeting, and if no record date is set then the record date is the close of business on the day next preceding the day on which notice is given, or if notice is waived then the record date is the close of business on the day next preceding the day on which the meeting is held. The determination of the shareholders of record entitled to notice or to vote at a meeting of shareholders shall apply to any adjournment of the meeting, but the board of directors may fix a new record date for the adjourned meeting.
 
 
Shareholder proposals
 
 
 
Pursuant to our articles of association, extraordinary general meetings of shareholders will be held whenever our management board or supervisory board deems such to be necessary and where required by Dutch law.
Delaware law does not specifically grant shareholders the right to bring business before an annual or special meeting. However, if a Delaware corporation is subject to the SEC’s proxy rules, a shareholder who owns at least $2,000 in market value, or 1% of the corporation’s securities entitled to vote, may propose a matter for a vote at an annual or special meeting in accordance with those rules.

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The Netherlands
Delaware
Pursuant to Dutch law, one or more shareholders or others entitled to attend general meetings, who jointly represent at least one-tenth of the issued share capital may request convocation of an extraordinary general meeting with an agenda as requested by them. If our management board or our supervisory board does not in response to such a request call an extraordinary general meeting to be held within six weeks from the date of our receipt of the request, the persons requesting the meeting may be authorized upon their request by a Dutch court in summary proceedings to convene an extraordinary general meeting with the agenda requested by them. The agenda shall also include such items requested by one or more shareholders, and others entitled to attend general meetings of shareholders, representing at least 3% of the issued share capital. Requests must be made in writing or electronically and received by the management board at least 60 days before the day of the meeting.

The DCGC recommends that, before exercising the rights described above, the management board should first be consulted. If the envisaged exercise of such rights might result in a change to the company’s strategy, such as by dismissing one or more management board members or supervisory board members, the management board should be given the opportunity to invoke a reasonable period, not to exceed 180 days from the moment the management board receives notice of the intention to exercise the rights as described above, to respond to such intention. If invoked, the management board should use the response period for further deliberation and constructive consultation and should explore available alternatives. At the end of the response period, the management board should report on this consultation and exploration to the general meeting. This should be monitored by the supervisory board. Shareholders and others entitled to attend a general meeting of shareholders are expected to observe the response period, if invoked by the management board. The response period may be invoked only once for any given general meeting of shareholders and shall not apply (a) in respect of a matter for which a response period has been previously invoked; or (b) if a shareholder holds at least seventy-five percent (75%) of our issued share capital as a consequence of a successful public bid.
 
 
 
Action by written consent
 
 
 
Under Dutch law, shareholders’ resolutions may be adopted in writing without holding a meeting of shareholders, provided (a) the articles of association
Although permitted by Delaware law, publicly listed companies do not typically permit shareholders of a corporation to take action by written consent.
expressly so allow, (b) no bearer shares or (with the company’s cooperation) depository receipts are issued, (c) there are no persons entitled to the same rights as holders of depository receipts issued with the company’s cooperation, (d) the management board and supervisory board members have been given the opportunity to give their advice on the resolution, and (e) the resolution is adopted unanimously by all shareholders that are entitled to vote. The requirement of unanimity renders the adoption of shareholder resolutions without a meeting not feasible for publicly traded companies.
 
 

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Delaware
Appraisal rights
Subject to certain exceptions, Dutch law does not recognize the concept of appraisal or dissenters’ rights.
 
The concept of appraisal rights does not exist under Dutch law. However, pursuant to Dutch law, a shareholder who for its own account (or together with its group companies) provides at least 95% of the company’s issued capital may institute proceedings against the company’s other shareholders jointly for the transfer of their shares to that shareholder. The proceedings are held before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Ondernemingskamer), which may grant the claim for squeeze-out in relation to all minority shareholders and will determine the price to be paid for the shares, if necessary after appointment of one or three experts who will offer an opinion to the Enterprise Chamber on the value of the shares to be transferred.
 
Furthermore, Dutch law provides that, to the extent the acquiring company in a cross-border merger is organized under the laws of another EU member state, a shareholder of a Dutch disappearing company who has voted against the cross-border merger may file a claim with the Dutch company for compensation. The compensation is to be determined by one or more independent experts.
The Delaware General Corporation Law provides for shareholder appraisal rights, or the right to demand payment in cash of the judicially determined fair value of the shareholder’s shares, in connection with certain mergers and consolidations.
 
 
Shareholder suits
 
In the event a third party is liable to a Dutch company, only the company itself can bring a civil action against that party.
 
The individual shareholders do not have the right to bring an action on behalf of the company. Only in the event that the cause for the liability of a third party to the company also constitutes a tortious act directly against a shareholder does that shareholder have an individual right of action against such third party in its own name. The Dutch Civil Code provides for the possibility to initiate such actions collectively. A foundation or an association whose objective is to protect the rights of a group of persons having similar interests can institute a collective action. The collective action itself cannot result in an order for payment of monetary damages but may only result in a declaratory judgment (verklaring voor recht). In order to obtain compensation for damages, the foundation or association and the defendant may reach-often on the basis of such declaratory judgment-a settlement. A Dutch court may declare the settlement agreement binding upon all the injured parties with an opt-out choice for an individual injured party. An individual injured party may also itself institute a civil claim for damages.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, a shareholder may bring a derivative action on behalf of the corporation to enforce the rights of the corporation. An individual also may commence a class action suit on behalf of himself and other similarly situated shareholders where the requirements for maintaining a class action under Delaware law have been met. A person may institute and maintain such a suit only if that person was a shareholder at the time of the transaction which is the subject of the suit. In addition, under Delaware case law, the plaintiff normally must be a shareholder at the time of the transaction that is the subject of the suit and throughout the duration of the derivative suit. Delaware law also requires that the derivative plaintiff make a demand on the directors of the corporation to assert the corporate claim before the suit may be prosecuted by the derivative plaintiff in court, unless such a demand would be futile.
 
 
Repurchase of shares
 
 
 

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The Netherlands
Delaware
Under Dutch law, we may repurchase our own fully paid shares at any time for no consideration (om niet). Except for certain statutory exceptions, we only may acquire fully paid shares for consideration to the extent that (i) our shareholders’ equity, less the payment required to make the acquisition and certain other amounts specified by Dutch law, does not fall below the sum of paid-in and called-up share capital and any statutory reserves, (ii) we and our subsidiaries would thereafter not hold shares or hold a pledge over our shares with an aggregate nominal value exceeding 50% of our issued share capital, and (iii) the management board has been authorized by the general meeting of shareholders.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, a corporation may purchase or redeem its own shares unless the capital of the corporation is impaired or the purchase or redemption would cause an impairment of the capital of the corporation. A Delaware corporation may, however, purchase or redeem out of capital any of its preferred shares or, if no preferred shares are outstanding, any of its own shares if such shares will be retired upon acquisition and the capital of the corporation will be reduced in accordance with specified limitations.
 
Authorization from the General Meeting to acquire our shares must specify the number and class of shares that may be acquired, the manner in which shares may be acquired and the price range within which shares may be acquired. Such authorization will be valid for no more than 18 months. Any shares we hold may not be voted or counted for voting quorum purposes.
 
No authorization of the general meeting of shareholders is required if Class A shares are acquired by us with the intention of transferring such Class A shares by us to our employees under an applicable employee stock purchase plan, provided that such Class A shares are listed on a stock exchange.
 
 
Anti-takeover provisions
 
 
Under Dutch law, various protective measures are possible and permissible within the boundaries set by Dutch law and Dutch case law. Dutch law does not contain anti-takeover measures that are applicable by operation of law. Our dual-class share structure that gives greater voting power to the Class B shares owned by Expedia Group and our Founders, the binding nomination structure for the appointment of our management board members and supervisory board members, and the provisions in our articles of association which provide that certain shareholder decisions can only be passed if proposed by our management board and approved by our supervisory board may be perceived as an anti-takeover provision. Other than this, we have not incorporated any anti-takeover measures in our articles of association or otherwise.
In addition to other aspects of Delaware law governing fiduciary duties of directors during a potential takeover, the Delaware General Corporation Law also contains a business combination statute that protects Delaware companies from hostile takeovers and from actions following the takeover by prohibiting some transactions once an acquirer has gained a significant holding in the corporation.
 
Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law prohibits “business combinations,” including mergers, sales and leases of assets, issuances of securities and similar transactions by a corporation or a subsidiary with an interested shareholder that beneficially owns 15% or more of a corporation’s voting stock, within three years after the person becomes an interested shareholder, unless:
 
the transaction that will cause the person to become an interested shareholder is approved by the board of directors of the target prior to the transactions;
 
after the completion of the transaction in which the person becomes an interested shareholder, the interested shareholder holds at least 85% of the voting stock of the corporation not including shares owned by persons who are directors and officers of interested shareholders and shares owned by specified employee benefit plans; or
 

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Delaware
 
after the person becomes an interested shareholder, the business combination is approved by the board of directors of the corporation and holders of at least 66.67% of the outstanding voting stock, excluding shares held by the interested shareholder.
 
A Delaware corporation may elect not to be governed by Section 203 by a provision contained in the original certificate of incorporation of the corporation or an amendment to the original certificate of incorporation or to the bylaws of the company, which amendment must be approved by a majority of the shares entitled to vote and may not be further amended by the board of directors of the corporation. Such an amendment is not effective until twelve months following its adoption.
 
Inspection of books and records
 
 
The management board provides the general meeting of shareholders in good time with all information that the general meeting requires, unless this would be contrary to an overriding interest of us. If the management board invokes an overriding interest, it must give reasons.
 
Under the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders are entitled to receive certain information from us, subject always to the restrictions imposed on us by mandatory law.
 
Our shareholders’ register is available for inspection by the shareholders and usufructuaries and pledgees whose particulars must be registered therein.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, any shareholder may inspect for any proper purpose certain of the corporation’s books and records during the corporation’s usual hours of business.
 
Removal of board member
 
 
Under our articles of association, the general meeting of shareholders shall at all times be entitled to suspend or dismiss a management board or supervisory board member. The general meeting of shareholders may only adopt a resolution to suspend or dismiss a management board member or supervisory board member by at least a two thirds majority of the votes cast, provided such majority represents more than half of the issued share capital, unless the proposal was made by the supervisory board in which case a simple majority of the votes cast is sufficient.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, any director or the entire board of directors may be removed, with or without cause, by the holders of a majority of the shares then entitled to vote at an election of directors, except (i) unless the certificate of incorporation provides otherwise, in the case of a corporation whose board is classified, shareholders may effect such removal only for cause, or (ii) in the case of a corporation having cumulative voting, if less than the entire board is to be removed, no director may be removed without cause if the votes cast against his removal would be sufficient to elect him if then cumulatively voted at an election of the entire board of directors, or, if there are classes of directors, at an election of the class of directors of which he is a part.
 
Preemptive rights
 
 

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Under Dutch law, in the event of an issuance of shares, each shareholder will have a pro rata preemptive right in proportion to the aggregate nominal value of the shares held by such holder (with the exception of shares to be issued to group employees or shares issued against a contribution other than in cash or pursuant to the exercise of a previously acquired right to subscribe for shares). Under our articles of association, the preemptive rights in respect of newly issued shares may be restricted or excluded by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders that must first be proposed by our management board and approved by our supervisory board.
 
The management board may restrict or exclude the preemptive rights in respect of newly issued shares if it has been designated as the authorized body to do so by the general meeting of shareholders. Such designation can be granted for a period not exceeding five years. A resolution of the general meeting of shareholders to restrict or exclude the preemptive rights or to designate the management board as the authorized body to do so requires a two-thirds majority of the votes cast, if less than one half of our issued share capital is represented at the meeting.
 
Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that resolutions relating to an increase of our share capital, including resolutions to limit or exclude preemptive rights of existing shareholders, require consent of at least one of the Founders.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, shareholders have no preemptive rights to subscribe for additional issues of stock or to any security convertible into such stock unless, and to the extent that, such rights are expressly provided for in the certificate of incorporation.
 
 
Dividends
 
 
 
We may only make distributions to our shareholders to the extent that our shareholders’ equity exceeds the sum of the paid-in and called-up share capital plus the
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reserves as required to be maintained by Dutch law or by the articles of association. We may only make a distribution of profits to our shareholders after the adoption by our general meeting of shareholders of our annual accounts demonstrating that such distribution is legally permitted. However, our management board may, subject to approval of our supervisory board and the above restrictions in relation to our shareholders’ equity but without any shareholder vote, declare and pay interim dividends to our shareholders out of anticipated profits for the current year. If the annual accounts of such year provide that the company has made less profit than distributed to the shareholders by way of interim dividend the company must request repayment of the amount by which the interim dividend exceeds the profit from those shareholders which knew or which should have known that the payment of the interim dividend was not permitted. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, Expedia Group and the Founders agreed that a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders to distribute dividends in excess of 50% of our profits for a certain year requires consent of at least one of the Founders.
case there is no surplus, out of its net profits for the fiscal year in which the dividend is declared and/or the preceding fiscal year (provided that the amount of the capital of the corporation is not less than the aggregate amount of the capital represented by the issued and outstanding stock of all classes having a preference upon the distribution of assets). In determining the amount of surplus of a Delaware corporation, the assets of the corporation, including stock of subsidiaries owned by the corporation, must be valued at their fair market value as determined by the board of directors, without regard to their historical book value. Dividends may be paid in the form of Class A shares, property or cash.
 
Shareholder vote on certain reorganizations
 
 
 
Under Dutch law, approval by the general meeting of shareholders is required for resolutions of the management board relating to a significant change in the identity or the character of the company or the business of the company, which includes:
 
a transfer of the business or virtually the entire business to a third party;
 
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, the vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote thereon generally is necessary to approve a merger or consolidation or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of a corporation. The Delaware General Corporation Law permits a corporation to include in its certificate of incorporation a provision requiring for any

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the entry into or termination of a long-term cooperation of the company or a subsidiary with another legal entity or company or as a fully liable partner in a limited partnership or general partnership, if such cooperation or termination is of a far-reaching significance for the company; and
 
the acquisition or divestment by the company or a subsidiary of a participating interest in the capital of a company having a value of at least one third of the amount of its assets according to its balance sheet and explanatory notes or, if the company prepares a consolidated balance sheet, according to its consolidated balance sheet and explanatory notes in the last adopted annual accounts of the company.
corporate action the vote of a larger portion of the stock or of any class or series of stock than would otherwise be required.
 
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, no vote of the shareholders of a surviving corporation to a merger is needed, however, unless required by the certificate of incorporation, if (i) the agreement of merger does not amend in any respect the certificate of incorporation of the surviving corporation, (ii) the shares of stock of the surviving corporation are not changed in the merger and (iii) the number of shares of common stock of the surviving corporation into which any other shares, securities or obligations to be issued in the merger may be converted does not exceed 20% of the surviving corporation’s common stock outstanding immediately prior to the effective date of the merger. In addition, shareholders may not be entitled to vote in certain mergers with other corporations that own 90% or more of the outstanding shares of each class of stock of such corporation, but the shareholders will be entitled to appraisal rights.
 
Remuneration of board members
 
In contrast to Delaware law, under Dutch law the general meeting must adopt the remuneration policy for the management board, which includes the outlines of the compensation of any management board members.
 
Pursuant to our articles of association, the general meeting will determine the remuneration of supervisory board members. The supervisory board members will determine the level and structure of the remuneration of the management board members.
 
A proposal with respect to management board compensation schemes in the form of shares or rights to shares must be submitted for approval to the general meeting of shareholders. Such proposal must set out at least the maximum number of shares or rights to shares to be granted to members of the management board and the criteria for granting such shares.
Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, the shareholders do not generally have the right to approve the compensation policy for directors or the senior management of the corporation, although certain aspects of executive compensation may be subject to shareholder vote due to the provisions of U.S. federal securities and tax law, as well as exchange requirements.
 
Dutch Corporate Governance Code
The DCGC contains both principles and best practice provisions for management boards, supervisory boards, shareholders and general meetings of shareholders, financial reporting, auditors, disclosure, compliance and enforcement standards. As a Dutch company, we are subject to the DCGC and are required to disclose in our annual report, filed in the Netherlands, whether we comply with the provisions of the DCGC. If we do not comply with the provisions of the DCGC (for example, because of a conflicting NASDAQ requirement or otherwise), we must list the reasons for any deviation from the DCGC in our annual report.
We acknowledge the importance of good corporate governance. However, at this stage, we do not comply with all the provisions of the DCGC, to a large extent because such provisions conflict with or are inconsistent with the corporate governance rules of NASDAQ and U.S. securities laws that apply to us, or because such provisions do not reflect best practices of international companies listed on NASDAQ.
The best practice provisions we do not apply include the following. We may deviate from additional best practice provisions in the future. Such deviations will be disclosed in our annual report.
The DCGC recommends that the supervisory board should be composed consistent with the following principles: (a) at least half of all supervisory board members, including the chairman of the supervisory board, should be independent and should not be affiliated with a shareholder as described hereafter; (b) the chairman of the supervisory board may not be a former management board member; (c) out of the non-independent supervisory board members, no more

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than one should be non-independent for reasons other than for being a shareholder affiliate as described hereafter; and (d) for each shareholder, or group of shareholders, holding more than 10% of our issued share capital, directly or indirectly, there should be no more than one supervisory board member who is considered to be a shareholder affiliate as determined by the DCGC. Currently a majority of our supervisory board members are independent and are not shareholder affiliates, and we expect that this will remain the same. We may need to deviate from the DCGC’s independence requirements for supervisory board members either because such provisions conflict with or are inconsistent with the corporate governance rules of NASDAQ and U.S. securities laws that apply to us, or because such provisions do not reflect best practices of global companies listed on NASDAQ. We may need to further deviate from the DCGC’s independence requirements for supervisory board members when looking for the most suitable candidates. For example, a future supervisory board candidate may have particular knowledge of, or experience in our industry, but may not meet the requirements for independence under the DCGC. As such background is very important to the efficacy of our supervisory board, our supervisory board may decide to nominate candidates for appointment who do not fully comply with the criteria as listed under best practice provision 2.1.8. of the DCGC. The DCGC recommends that our supervisory board establish a selection and appointment committee. Because we will be a “controlled company” within the meaning of the corporate governance standards of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, we do not believe that a selection and appointment committee will be beneficial for our governance structure. We have not established a selection and appointment committee.
The DCGC further recommends that the compensation committee is not chaired by the chairman of the supervisory board. The chairman of our supervisory board is also the chairman of our compensation committee. Given the chairman's expertise and vision, we consider him to be the best man for the job.
Consistent with corporate practice for non-executive members of a board in the U.S., the terms of office of our supervisory directors run and end simultaneously. Our supervisory board continuously monitors succession of its members as well as the managing directors. In light of this, we have not drawn up a retirement schedule.
Under our articles of association, members of the management board and the supervisory board shall be appointed on the basis of a binding nomination prepared by the supervisory board. This means that the nominee shall be appointed to the management board or supervisory board, as the case may be, unless the general meeting of shareholders strips the binding nature of the nomination (in which case a new nomination shall be prepared for a subsequent general meeting of shareholders). Our articles of association provide that the general meeting of shareholders can only pass such resolution by a two thirds majority representing at least half of the issued share capital. However, the DCGC recommends that the general meeting can pass such resolution by simple majority, representing no more than one-third of the issued share capital.
Under our articles of association, members of the management board and the supervisory board can only be dismissed by the general meeting of shareholders by simple majority, provided that the supervisory board proposes the dismissal. In other cases, the general meeting can only pass such resolution by a two-thirds majority representing at least half of the issued share capital. Similar to what has been described above, the DCGC recommends that the general meeting of shareholders can pass a resolution to dismiss a member of the management board or supervisory board by simple majority, representing no more than one-third of the issued share capital.
 
The DCGC recommends against providing equity awards as part of the compensation of a supervisory board member. However, the company may wish to deviate from this recommendation and grant equity awards to its supervisory board members.

The DCGC further recommends that the management board appoints the senior internal auditor and the company secretary, subject to approval by the supervisory board. We have simplified this process as our CFO appoints the senior internal auditor and the company secretary, and allow the audit committee to express its views regarding the proposes senior internal auditor.

The DCGC recommends having diversity policy for the composition of the management board and supervisory board. We acknowledge the importance of diversity in the broadest sense and consider aspects of diversity relevant to our company. Although the supervisory board has not set specific targets with respect to diversity, the supervisory board believes that it is important for its members to represent diverse viewpoints and further that the personal backgrounds and qualifications of the managing and supervisory directors, considered as a group, should provide a significant composite mix of experience, knowledge and abilities.
 
The company is presently not intending any other material deviations from the DCGC.

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Dutch Financial Reporting Supervision Act
On the basis of the Dutch Financial Reporting Supervision Act (Wet toezicht financiële verslaggeving), or the FRSA, the AFM supervises the application of financial reporting standards by Dutch companies whose securities are listed on a Dutch or foreign stock exchange.
Pursuant to the FRSA, the AFM has an independent right to (i) request an explanation from us regarding our application of the applicable financial reporting standards and (ii) recommend to us the making available of further explanations. If we do not comply with such a request or recommendation, the AFM may request that the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam order us to (i) make available further explanations as recommended by the AFM (ii) provide an explanation of the way we have applied the applicable financial reporting standards to our financial reports or (iii) prepare our financial reports in accordance with the Enterprise Chamber’s orders.
Listing
Our ADSs are listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “TRVG.”

Description of American depositary shares
American Depositary Shares
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as depositary, will register and deliver the ADSs. Each ADS will represent ownership of one Class A share, deposited with Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, as custodian for the depositary. Each ADS will also represent ownership of any other securities, cash or other property which may be held by the depositary. The depositary’s corporate trust office at which the ADSs will be administered and the depositary’s principal executive office is located at 60 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005.
The Direct Registration System, or DRS, is a system administered by The Depository Trust Company, or DTC, pursuant to which the depositary may register the ownership of uncertificated ADSs, which ownership shall be evidenced by periodic statements issued by the depositary to the ADS holders entitled thereto.
We will not treat ADS holders as our shareholders and accordingly, you, as an ADS holder, will not have shareholder rights. Netherlands law governs shareholder rights. The depositary will be the holder of the Class A shares underlying your ADSs. As a holder of ADSs, you will have ADS holder rights. A deposit agreement among us, the depositary and you, as an ADS holder, and the beneficial owners of ADSs sets out ADS holder rights as well as the rights and obligations of the depositary. The laws of the State of New York govern the deposit agreement and the ADSs.
The following is a summary of the material provisions of the deposit agreement. For more complete information, you should read the entire deposit agreement and the form of American Depositary Receipt. For directions on how to obtain copies of those documents, see “Where you can find more information.”
Holding the ADSs
How will you hold your ADSs?
You may hold ADSs either (1) directly (a) by having an American Depositary Receipt, or ADR, which is a certificate evidencing a specific number of ADSs, registered in your name, or (b) by holding ADSs in DRS, or (2) indirectly through your broker or other financial institution. If you hold ADSs directly, you are an ADS holder. This description assumes you hold your ADSs directly. ADSs will be issued through DRS, unless you specifically request certificated ADRs. If you hold the ADSs indirectly, you must rely on the procedures of your broker or other financial institution to assert the rights of ADS holders described in this section. You should consult with your broker or financial institution to find out what those procedures are.
Dividends and other distributions
How will you receive dividends and other distributions on the shares?
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proportion to the number of Class A shares your ADSs represent as of the record date (which will be as close as practicable to the record date for our Class A shares) set by the depositary with respect to the ADSs.
Cash. The depositary will convert or cause to be converted any cash dividend or other cash distribution we pay on the Class A shares or any net proceeds from the sale of any Class A shares, rights, securities or other entitlements under the terms of the deposit agreement into U.S. dollars if it can do so on a practicable basis, and can transfer the U.S. dollars to the United States and will distribute promptly the amount thus received. If the depositary shall determine in its judgment that such conversions or transfers are not possible or lawful or if any government approval or license is needed and cannot be obtained at a reasonable cost within a reasonable period or otherwise sought, the deposit agreement allows the depositary to distribute the foreign currency only to those ADS holders to whom it is possible to do so. It will hold or cause the custodian to hold the foreign currency it cannot convert for the account of the ADS holders who have not been paid and such funds will be held or the respective accounts of the ADS holders. It will not invest the foreign currency and it will not be liable for any interest for the respective accounts of the ADS holders.
Before making a distribution, any taxes or other governmental charges, together with fees and expenses of the depositary, that must be paid, will be deducted. It will distribute only whole U.S. dollars and cents and will round fractional cents to the nearest whole cent. If the exchange rates fluctuate during a time when the depositary cannot convert the foreign currency, you may lose some or all of the value of the distribution.
Shares. For any Class A shares we distribute as a dividend or free distribution, either (1) the depositary will distribute additional ADSs representing such Class A shares or (2) existing ADSs as of the applicable record date will represent rights and interests in the additional Class A shares distributed, to the extent reasonably practicable and permissible under law, in either case, net of applicable fees, charges and expenses incurred by the depositary and taxes and/or other governmental charges. The depositary will only distribute whole ADSs. It will try to sell Class A shares which would require it to deliver a fractional ADS and distribute the net proceeds in the same way as it does with cash. The depositary may sell a portion of the distributed Class A shares sufficient to pay its fees and expenses, and any taxes and governmental charges in connection with that distribution.
Elective distributions in cash or shares. If we offer holders of our Class A shares the option to receive dividends in either cash or shares, the depositary, after consultation with us and having received timely notice as described in the deposit agreement of such elective distribution by us, has discretion to determine to what extent such elective distribution will be made available to you as a holder of the ADSs. We must timely first instruct the depositary to make such elective distribution available to you and furnish it with satisfactory evidence that it is legal to do so. The depositary could decide it is not legal or reasonably practicable to make such elective distribution available to you. In such case, the depositary shall, on the basis of the same determination as is made in respect of the Class A shares for which no election is made, distribute either cash in the same way as it does in a cash distribution, or additional ADSs representing Class A shares in the same way as it does in a share distribution. The depositary is not obligated to make available to you a method to receive the elective dividend in shares rather than in ADSs. There can be no assurance that you will be given the opportunity to receive elective distributions on the same terms and conditions as the holders of Class A shares.
Rights to purchase additional shares. If we offer holders of our Class A shares any rights to subscribe for additional shares, the depositary shall having received timely notice as described in the deposit agreement of such distribution by us, consult with us, and we must determine whether it is lawful and reasonably practicable to make these rights available to you. We must first instruct the depositary to make such rights available to you and furnish the depositary with satisfactory evidence that it is legal to do so. If the depositary decides it is not legal or reasonably practicable to make the rights available but that it is lawful and reasonably practicable to sell the rights, the depositary will endeavor to sell the rights and in a riskless principal capacity or otherwise, at such place and upon such terms (including public or private sale) as it may deem proper distribute the net proceeds in the same way as it does with cash. The depositary will allow rights that are not distributed or sold to lapse. In that case, you will receive no value for them.
If the depositary makes rights available to you, it will establish procedures to distribute such rights and enable you to exercise the rights upon your payment of applicable fees, charges and expenses incurred by the depositary and taxes and/or other governmental charges. The Depositary shall not be obliged to make available to you a method to exercise such rights to subscribe for Class A shares (rather than ADSs).
 
U.S. securities laws may restrict transfers and cancellation of the ADSs represented by shares purchased upon exercise of rights. For example, you may not be able to trade these ADSs freely in the United States. In this case, the depositary may deliver restricted depositary shares that have the same terms as the ADSs described in this section except for changes needed to put the necessary restrictions in place.

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There can be no assurance that you will be given the opportunity to exercise rights on the same terms and conditions as the holders of Class A shares or be able to exercise such rights.
Other distributions. Subject to receipt of timely notice, as described in the deposit agreement, from us with the request to make any such distribution available to you, and provided the depositary has determined such distribution is lawful and reasonably practicable and feasible and in accordance with the terms of the deposit agreement, the depositary will distribute to you anything else we distribute on deposited securities by any means it may deem practicable, upon your payment of applicable fees, charges and expenses incurred by the depositary and taxes and/or other governmental charges. If any of the conditions above are not met, the depositary will endeavor to sell, or cause to be sold, what we distributed and distribute the net proceeds in the same way as it does with cash; or, if it is unable to sell such property, the depositary may dispose of such property in any way it deems reasonably practicable under the circumstances for nominal or no consideration, such that you may have no rights to or arising from such property.
The depositary is not responsible if it decides that it is unlawful or impractical to make a distribution available to any ADS holders. We have no obligation to register ADSs, shares, rights or other securities under the Securities Act. We also have no obligation to take any other action to permit the distribution of ADSs, shares, rights or anything else to ADS holders. This means that you may not receive the distributions we make on our shares or any value for them if we and/or the depositary determines that it is illegal or not practicable for us or the depositary to make them available to you.
Deposit, withdrawal and cancellation
How are ADSs issued?
The depositary will deliver ADSs if you or your broker deposit Class A shares or evidence of rights to receive Class A shares with the custodian. Upon payment of its fees and expenses and of any taxes or charges, such as stamp taxes or stock transfer taxes or fees, the depositary will register the appropriate number of ADSs in the names you request and will deliver the ADSs to or upon the order of the person or persons entitled thereto.
How do ADS holders cancel an American Depositary Share?
You may turn in your ADSs at the depositary’s corporate trust office or by providing appropriate instructions to your broker. Upon payment of its fees and expenses and of any taxes or charges, such as stamp taxes or stock transfer taxes or fees, the depositary will deliver the Class A shares and any other deposited securities underlying the ADSs to you or a person you designate at the office of the custodian. Or, at your request, risk and expense, the depositary will deliver the deposited securities at its corporate trust office, to the extent permitted by law.
 
How do ADS holders interchange between Certificated ADSs and Uncertificated ADSs?
You may surrender your ADR to the depositary for the purpose of exchanging your ADR for uncertificated ADSs. The depositary will cancel that ADR and will send you a statement confirming that you are the owner of uncertificated ADSs. Alternatively, upon receipt by the depositary of a proper instruction from a holder of uncertificated ADSs requesting the exchange of uncertificated ADSs for certificated ADSs, the depositary will execute and deliver to you an ADR evidencing those ADSs.
Voting rights
How do you vote?
You may instruct the depositary to vote the Class A shares or other deposited securities underlying your ADSs at any meeting at which you are entitled to vote pursuant to any applicable law, the provisions of our memorandum and articles of association, and the provisions of or governing the deposited securities. Otherwise, you could exercise your right to vote directly if you withdraw the Class A shares. However, you may not know about the meeting sufficiently enough in advance to withdraw the Class A shares.
If we ask for your instructions and upon timely notice from us by regular, ordinary mail delivery, or by electronic transmission, as described in the deposit agreement, the depositary will notify you of the upcoming meeting at which you are entitled to vote pursuant to any applicable law, the provisions of our memorandum and articles of association, and the provisions of or governing the deposited securities, and arrange to deliver our voting materials to you. The materials will include or reproduce (a) such notice of meeting or solicitation of consents or proxies; (b) a statement that the ADS holders at the close of business on the ADS record date will be entitled, subject to any applicable law, the provisions of our memorandum and articles of association, and the provisions of or governing the deposited

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securities, to instruct the depositary as to the exercise of the voting rights, if any, pertaining to the Class A shares or other deposited securities represented by such holder’s ADSs; and (c) a brief statement as to the manner in which such instructions may be given or deemed given in accordance with the second to last sentence of this paragraph if no instruction is received, to the depositary to cause there to be granted a discretionary proxy to a person designated by us. Voting instructions may be given only in respect of a number of ADSs representing an integral number of Class A shares or other deposited securities. For instructions to be valid, the depositary must receive them in writing on or before the date specified. The depositary will try, as far as practical, subject to applicable law and the provisions of our memorandum and articles of association, to vote or to have its agents vote the Class A shares or other deposited securities (in person or by proxy) as you instruct. The depositary will only vote or attempt to vote as you instruct. If we timely requested the depositary to solicit your instructions but no instructions are received by the depositary from an owner with respect to any of the deposited securities represented by the ADSs of that owner on or before the date established by the depositary for such purpose, the depositary shall deem that owner to have instructed the depositary to cause there to be granted a discretionary proxy to a person designated by us with respect to such deposited securities, and the depositary shall cause there to be granted a discretionary proxy to a person designated by us to vote such deposited securities. However, no such instruction shall be deemed given and no such discretionary proxy shall be granted with respect to any matter if we inform the depositary we do not wish such proxy granted, substantial opposition exists or the matter materially and adversely affects the rights of holders of the Class A shares.
We cannot assure you that you will receive the voting materials in time to ensure that you can instruct the depositary to vote the Class A shares underlying your ADSs. In addition, there can be no assurance that ADS holders and beneficial owners generally, or any holder or beneficial owner in particular, will be given the opportunity to vote or cause the custodian to vote on the same terms and conditions as the holders of our Class A shares.
 
The depositary and its agents are not responsible for failing to carry out voting instructions or for the manner of carrying out voting instructions. This means that you may not be able to exercise your right to vote and you may have no recourse if the Class A shares underlying your ADSs are not voted as you requested.
In order to give you a reasonable opportunity to instruct the depositary as to the exercise of voting rights relating to deposited securities, if we request the depositary to act, we will give the depositary notice of any such meeting and details concerning the matters to be voted at least 30 business days in advance of the meeting date.
Compliance with regulations
Information requests
Each ADS holder and beneficial owner shall (a) provide such information as we or the depositary may request pursuant to law, including, without limitation, relevant Netherlands law, any applicable law of the United States of America, our memorandum and articles of association, any resolutions of both the management board and the supervisory board adopted pursuant to such memorandum and articles of association, the requirements of any markets or exchanges upon which the Class A shares, ADSs or ADRs are listed or traded, or to any requirements of any electronic book-entry system by which the ADSs or ADRs may be transferred, regarding the capacity in which they own or owned ADRs, the identity of any other persons then or previously interested in such ADRs and the nature of such interest, and any other applicable matters, and (b) be bound by and subject to applicable provisions of the laws of the Netherlands, our memorandum and articles of association, and the requirements of any markets or exchanges upon which the ADSs, ADRs or Class A shares are listed or traded, or pursuant to any requirements of any electronic book-entry system by which the ADSs, ADRs or Class A shares may be transferred, to the same extent as if such ADS holder or beneficial owner held Class A shares directly, in each case irrespective of whether or not they are ADS holders or beneficial owners at the time such request is made.
Disclosure of interests
Each ADS holder and beneficial owner shall comply with our requests pursuant to Netherlands law, the rules and requirements of the NASDAQ Global Select Market and any other stock exchange on which the Class A shares are, or will be, registered, traded or listed or our memorandum and articles of association, which requests are made to provide information, inter alia, as to the capacity in which such ADS holder or beneficial owner owns ADS and regarding the identity of any other person interested in such ADS and the nature of such interest and various other matters, whether or not they are ADS holders or beneficial owners at the time of such requests.
 

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Fees and expenses
As an ADS holder, you will be required to pay the following service fees to the depositary bank and certain taxes and governmental charges (in addition to any applicable fees, expenses, taxes and other governmental charges payable on the deposited securities represented by any of your ADSs):
  
Service
 
Fees
• To any person to which ADSs are issued or to any person to which a distribution is made in respect of ADS distributions pursuant to stock dividends or other free distributions of stock, bonus distributions, stock splits or other distributions (except where converted to cash)
 
Up to US$0.05 per ADS issued
• Cancellation of ADSs, including the case of termination of the deposit agreement
 
Up to US$0.05 per ADS cancelled
• Distribution of cash dividends
 
Up to US$0.02 per ADS held
• Distribution of cash entitlements (other than cash dividends) and/or cash proceeds from the sale of rights, securities and other entitlements
 
Up to US$0.02 per ADS held
• Distribution of ADSs pursuant to exercise of rights.
 
Up to US$0.02 per ADS held
• Distribution of securities other than ADSs or rights to purchase additional ADSs
 
Up to US$0.02 per ADS held
• Depositary services
 
Up to US$0.02 per ADS held on the applicable record date(s) established by the depositary bank
As an ADS holder, you will also be responsible to pay certain fees and expenses incurred by the depositary bank and certain taxes and governmental charges (in addition to any applicable fees, expenses, taxes and other governmental charges payable on the deposited securities represented by any of your ADSs) such as:
    Fees for the transfer and registration of Class A shares charged by the registrar and transfer agent for the Class A shares in the Netherlands (i.e., upon deposit and withdrawal of Class A shares).
    Expenses incurred for converting foreign currency into U.S. dollars.
    Expenses for cable, telex and fax transmissions and for delivery of securities.
    Taxes and duties upon the transfer of securities, including any applicable stamp duties, any stock transfer charges or withholding taxes (i.e., when Class A shares are deposited or withdrawn from deposit).
    Fees and expenses incurred in connection with the delivery or servicing of Class A shares on deposit.
    Fees and expenses incurred in connection with complying with exchange control regulations and other regulatory requirements applicable to Class A shares, deposited securities, ADSs and ADRs.
    Any applicable fees and penalties thereon.
The depositary fees payable upon the issuance and cancellation of ADSs are typically paid to the depositary bank by the brokers (on behalf of their clients) receiving the newly issued ADSs from the depositary bank and by the brokers (on behalf of their clients) delivering the ADSs to the depositary bank for cancellation. The brokers in turn charge these fees to their clients. Depositary fees payable in connection with distributions of cash or securities to ADS holders and the depositary services fee are charged by the depositary bank to the holders of record of ADSs as of the applicable ADS record date.
The depositary fees payable for cash distributions are generally deducted from the cash being distributed or by selling a portion of distributable property to pay the fees. In the case of distributions other than cash (i.e., share dividends, rights), the depositary bank charges the applicable fee to the ADS record date holders concurrent with the distribution. In the case of ADSs registered in the name of the investor (whether certificated or uncertificated in direct registration), the depositary bank sends invoices to the applicable record date ADS holders. In the case of ADSs held in brokerage and custodian accounts (via DTC), the depositary bank generally collects its fees through the systems provided by DTC (whose nominee is the registered holder of the ADSs held in DTC) from the brokers and custodians holding ADSs in their DTC accounts. The brokers and custodians who hold their clients’ ADSs in DTC accounts in turn charge their clients’ accounts the amount of the fees paid to the depositary banks.

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In the event of refusal to pay the depositary fees, the depositary bank may, under the terms of the deposit agreement, refuse the requested service until payment is received or may set off the amount of the depositary fees from any distribution to be made to the ADS holder.
The depositary has agreed to reimburse us for certain expenses we incur that are related to establishment and maintenance of the ADR program upon such terms and conditions as we and the depositary may agree from time to time.
Payment of taxes
You will be responsible for any taxes or other governmental charges payable, or which become payable, on your ADSs or on the deposited securities represented by any of your ADSs. The depositary may refuse to register or transfer your ADSs or allow you to withdraw the deposited securities represented by your ADSs until such taxes or other charges are paid. It may apply payments owed to you or sell deposited securities represented by your ADSs to pay any taxes owed and you will remain liable for any deficiency. If the depositary sells deposited securities, it will, if appropriate, reduce the number of ADSs to reflect the sale and pay to you any net proceeds, or send to you any property, remaining after it has paid the taxes. You agree to indemnify us, the depositary, the custodian and each of our and their respective agents, directors, employees and affiliates for, and hold each of them harmless from, any claims with respect to taxes (including applicable interest and penalties thereon) arising from any refund of taxes, reduced rate of withholding at source or other tax benefit obtained for you. Your obligations under this paragraph shall survive any transfer of ADRs, any surrender of ADRs and withdrawal of deposited securities or the termination of the deposit agreement.
 
Reclassifications, recapitalizations and mergers
 
If we:
Then:
 
 
Change the nominal or par value of our Class A shares
The cash, shares or other securities received by the depositary will become deposited securities.
 
 
Reclassify, split up or consolidate any of the deposited securities
Each ADS will automatically represent its equal share of the new deposited securities.
 
 
Distribute securities on the Class A shares that are not distributed to you, or
 
Recapitalize, reorganize, merge, liquidate, sell all or substantially all of our assets, or take any similar action
The depositary may distribute some or all of the cash, shares or other securities it received. It may also deliver new ADSs or ask you to surrender your outstanding ADRs in exchange for new ADRs identifying the new deposited securities.
Amendment and termination
How may the deposit agreement be amended?
We may agree with the depositary to amend the deposit agreement and the form of ADR without your consent for any reason. If an amendment adds or increases fees or charges, except for taxes and other governmental charges or expenses of the depositary for registration fees, facsimile costs, delivery charges or similar items, including expenses incurred in connection with foreign exchange control regulations and other charges specifically payable by ADS holders under the deposit agreement, or materially prejudices a substantial existing right of ADS holders, it will not become effective for outstanding ADSs until 30 days after the depositary notifies ADS holders of the amendment. At the time an amendment becomes effective, you are considered, by continuing to hold your ADSs, to agree to the amendment and to be bound by the ADRs and the deposit agreement as amended. If any new laws are adopted which would require the deposit agreement to be amended in order to comply therewith, we and the depositary may amend the deposit agreement in accordance with such laws and such amendment may become effective before notice thereof is given to ADS holders.
How may the deposit agreement be terminated?
The depositary will terminate the deposit agreement if we ask it to do so, in which case the depositary will give notice to you at least 90 days prior to termination. The depositary may also terminate the deposit agreement if the depositary has told us that it would like to resign, or if we have removed the depositary, and in either case we have not appointed a new depositary within 90 days. In either such case, the depositary must notify you at least 30 days before termination.

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After termination, the depositary and its agents will do the following under the deposit agreement but nothing else: collect distributions on the deposited securities, sell rights and other property and deliver Class A shares and other deposited securities upon cancellation of ADSs after payment of any fees, charges, taxes or other governmental charges. Six months or more after the date of termination, the depositary may sell any remaining deposited securities by public or private sale. After that, the depositary will hold the money it received on the sale, as well as any other cash it is holding under the deposit agreement, for the pro rata benefit of the ADS holders that have not surrendered their ADSs. It will not invest the money and has no liability for interest. After such sale, the depositary’s only obligations will be to account for the money and other cash. After termination, we shall be discharged from all obligations under the deposit agreement except for our obligations to the depositary thereunder.
 
Books of depositary
The depositary will maintain ADS holder records at its depositary office. You may inspect such records at such office during regular business hours but solely for the purpose of communicating with other holders in the interest of business matters relating to the company, the ADRs and the deposit agreement.
The depositary will maintain facilities in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York to record and process the issuance, cancellation, combination, split-up and transfer of ADRs.
These facilities may be closed at any time or from time to time when such action is deemed necessary or advisable by the depositary in connection with the performance of its duties under the deposit agreement or at our reasonable written request.
Limitations on obligations and liability
Limits on our obligations and the obligations of the depositary and the custodian; limits on liability to holders of ADSs
The deposit agreement expressly limits our obligations and the obligations of the depositary and the custodian. It also limits our liability and the liability of the depositary. The depositary and the custodian:
are only obligated to take the actions specifically set forth in the deposit agreement without gross negligence or willful misconduct;
are not liable if any of us or our respective controlling persons or agents are prevented or forbidden from, or subjected to any civil or criminal penalty or restraint on account of, or delayed in, doing or performing any act or thing required by the terms of the deposit agreement and any ADR, by reason of any provision of any present or future law or regulation of the United States or any state thereof, the Netherlands or any other country, or of any other governmental authority or regulatory authority or stock exchange, or on account of the possible criminal or civil penalties or restraint, or by reason of any provision, present or future, of our memorandum and articles of association or any provision of or governing any deposited securities, or by reason of any act of God or war or other circumstances beyond its control (including, without limitation, nationalization, expropriation, currency restrictions, work stoppage, strikes, civil unrest, revolutions, rebellions, explosions and computer failure);
are not liable by reason of any exercise of, or failure to exercise, any discretion provided for in the deposit agreement or in our memorandum and articles of association or provisions of or governing deposited securities;
are not liable for any action or inaction of the depositary, the custodian or us or their or our respective controlling persons or agents in reliance upon the advice of or information from legal counsel, any person presenting Class A shares for deposit or any other person believed by it in good faith to be competent to give such advice or information;
are not liable for the inability of any holder of ADSs to benefit from any distribution on deposited securities that is not made available to holders of ADSs under the terms of the deposit agreement;
are not liable for any special, consequential, indirect or punitive damages for any breach of the terms of the deposit agreement, or otherwise;
may rely upon any documents we believe in good faith to be genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper party;
 

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disclaim any liability for any action or inaction or inaction of any of us or our respective controlling persons or agents in reliance upon the advice of or information from legal counsel, accountants, any person presenting Class A shares for deposit, holders and beneficial owners (or authorized representatives) of ADSs, or any person believed in good faith to be competent to give such advice or information; and
disclaim any liability for inability of any holder to benefit from any distribution, offering, right or other benefit made available to holders of deposited securities but not made available to holders of ADS.
The depositary and any of its agents also disclaim any liability (i) for any failure to carry out any instructions to vote, the manner in which any vote is cast or the effect of any vote or failure to determine that any distribution or action may be lawful or reasonably practicable or for allowing any rights to lapse in accordance with the provisions of the deposit agreement, (ii) the failure or timeliness of any notice from us, the content of any information submitted to it by us for distribution to you or for any inaccuracy of any translation thereof, (iii) any investment risk associated with the acquisition of an interest in the deposited securities, the validity or worth of the deposited securities, the credit-worthiness of any third party, (iv) for any tax consequences that may result from ownership of ADSs, Class A shares or deposited securities, or (vi) for any acts or omissions made by a successor depositary whether in connection with a previous act or omission of the depositary or in connection with any matter arising wholly after the removal or resignation of the depositary, provided that in connection with the issue out of which such potential liability arises the depositary performed its obligations without gross negligence or willful misconduct while it acted as depositary.
In addition, the deposit agreement provides that each party to the deposit agreement (including each holder, beneficial owner and holder of interests in the ADRs) irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any right it may have to a trial by jury in any lawsuit or proceeding against the depositary or our company related to our shares, the ADSs or the deposit agreement.
In the deposit agreement, we and the depositary agree to indemnify each other under certain circumstances.
Requirements for depositary actions
Before the depositary will issue, deliver or register a transfer of an ADS, split-up, subdivide or combine ADSs, make a distribution on an ADS, or permit withdrawal of Class A shares, the depositary may require:
payment of stock transfer or other taxes or other governmental charges and transfer or registration fees charged by third parties for the transfer of any Class A shares or other deposited securities and payment of the applicable fees, expenses and charges of the depositary;
satisfactory proof of the identity and genuineness of any signature or any other matters contemplated in the deposit agreement; and
compliance with (A) any laws or governmental regulations relating to the execution and delivery of ADRs or ADSs or to the withdrawal or delivery of deposited securities and (B) such reasonable regulations and procedures as the depositary may establish, from time to time, consistent with the deposit agreement and applicable laws, including presentation of transfer documents.
The depositary may refuse to issue and deliver ADSs or register transfers of ADSs generally when the register of the depositary or our transfer books are closed or at any time if the depositary or we determine that it is necessary or advisable to do so.
 
Your right to receive the shares underlying your ADSs
You have the right to cancel your ADSs and withdraw the underlying Class A shares at any time except:
when temporary delays arise because: (1) the depositary has closed its transfer books or we have closed our transfer books; (2) the transfer of Class A shares is blocked to permit voting at a shareholders’ meeting; or (3) we are paying a dividend on our Class A shares;
when you owe money to pay fees, taxes and similar charges;
when it is necessary to prohibit withdrawals in order to comply with any laws or governmental regulations that apply to ADSs or to the withdrawal of Class A shares or other deposited securities, or
other circumstances specifically contemplated by Section I.A.(l) of the General Instructions to Form F-6 (as such General Instructions may be amended from time to time); or
for any other reason if the depositary or we determine, in good faith, that it is necessary or advisable to prohibit withdrawals.

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The depositary shall not knowingly accept for deposit under the deposit agreement any Class A shares or other deposited securities required to be registered under the provisions of the Securities Act, unless a registration statement is in effect as to such Class A shares.
This right of withdrawal may not be limited by any other provision of the deposit agreement.
Direct registration system (DRS)
In the deposit agreement, all parties to the deposit agreement acknowledge that the DRS and Profile Modification System, or Profile, will apply to uncertificated ADSs upon acceptance thereof to DRS by DTC. DRS is the system administered by DTC pursuant to which the depositary may register the ownership of uncertificated ADSs, which ownership shall be evidenced by periodic statements issued by the depositary to the ADS holders entitled thereto. Profile is a required feature of DRS which allows a DTC participant, claiming to act on behalf of an ADS holder, to direct the depositary to register a transfer of those ADSs to DTC or its nominee and to deliver those ADSs to the DTC account of that DTC participant without receipt by the depositary of prior authorization from the ADS holder to register such transfer. In connection with and in accordance with the arrangements and procedures relating to the DRS/Profile, the parties to the deposit agreement understand that the depositary will not verify, determine or otherwise ascertain that the DTC participant claiming to be acting on behalf of an ADS holder in requesting registration of transfer and delivery described in the paragraph above has the actual authority to act on behalf of the ADS holder (notwithstanding any requirements under the Uniform Commercial Code).

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Description of debt securities
The following description, together with the additional information we include in any applicable prospectus supplement, summarizes certain general terms and provisions of the debt securities that we may offer under this prospectus. When we offer to sell a particular series of debt securities, we will describe the specific terms of the series in a supplement to this prospectus. The terms of any particular series and of any indenture under which such securities are issued may differ from the terms described below. We will also indicate in the supplement to what extent the general terms and provisions described in this prospectus apply to a particular series of debt securities.
We may issue debt securities either separately, or together with, or upon the conversion or exercise of or in exchange for, other securities described in this prospectus. Debt securities may be our senior or subordinated obligations, and may be issued in one or more series.
The debt securities will be issued under an indenture. We have summarized select portions of the indenture below. The summary is not complete. The form of the indenture has been filed as an exhibit to the registration statement and you should read the indenture for provisions that may be important to you. We note that the terms of the indenture are subject to change at any time by the company and may differ in whole or in part from the description below. Capitalized terms used in the summary and not defined herein have the meanings specified in the indenture.
General
The terms of each series of debt securities will be established by or pursuant to resolutions of our management and supervisory board, approved by our supervisory board, and set forth or determined in the manner provided in a resolutions of our management and supervisory board, in an officer’s certificate or by a supplemental indenture. The particular terms of each series of debt securities will be described in a prospectus supplement relating to such series (including any pricing supplement or term sheet).
We can issue an unlimited amount of debt securities under the indenture that may be in one or more series with the same or various maturities, at par, at a premium, or at a discount. We will set forth in a prospectus supplement (including any pricing supplement or term sheet) relating to any series of debt securities being offered, the aggregate principal amount and the following terms of the debt securities, if applicable:
the title and ranking of the debt securities (including the terms of any subordination provisions);
the price or prices (expressed as a percentage of the principal amount) at which we will sell the debt securities;
any limit on the aggregate principal amount of the debt securities;
the date or dates on which the principal of the securities of the series is payable;
the rate or rates (which may be fixed or variable) per annum or the method used to determine the rate or rates (including any commodity, commodity index, stock exchange index or financial index) at which the debt securities will bear interest, the date or dates from which interest will accrue, the date or dates on which interest will commence and be payable and any regular record date for the interest payable on any interest payment date;
the place or places where principal of, and interest, if any, on the debt securities will be payable (and the method of such payment), where the securities of such series may be surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange, and where notices and demands to us in respect of the debt securities may be delivered;
the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which and the terms and conditions upon which we may redeem the debt securities;
any obligation we have to redeem or purchase the debt securities pursuant to any sinking fund or analogous provisions or at the option of a holder of debt securities and the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which and in the terms and conditions upon which securities of the series shall be redeemed or purchased, in whole or in part, pursuant to such obligation;
the dates on which and the price or prices at which we will repurchase debt securities at the option of the holders of debt securities and other detailed terms and provisions of these repurchase obligations;

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the denominations in which the debt securities will be issued, if other than denominations of $1,000 and any integral multiple thereof;
whether the debt securities will be issued in the form of certificated debt securities or global debt securities;
the portion of principal amount of the debt securities payable upon declaration of acceleration of the maturity date, if other than the principal amount;
the currency of denomination of the debt securities, which may be United States Dollars or any foreign currency, and if such currency of denomination is a composite currency, the agency or organization, if any, responsible for overseeing such composite currency;
the designation of the currency, currencies or currency units in which payment of principal of, premium and interest on the debt securities will be made;
if payments of principal of, premium or interest on the debt securities will be made in one or more currencies or currency units other than that or those in which the debt securities are denominated, the manner in which the exchange rate with respect to these payments will be determined;
the manner in which the amounts of payment of principal of, premium, if any, or interest on the debt securities will be determined, if these amounts may be determined by reference to an index based on a currency or currencies or by reference to a commodity, commodity index, stock exchange index or financial index;
any provisions relating to any security provided for the debt securities;
any addition to, deletion of or change in the Events of Default described in this prospectus or in the indenture with respect to the debt securities and any change in the acceleration provisions described in this prospectus or in the indenture with respect to the debt securities;
any addition to, deletion of or change in the covenants described in this prospectus or in the indenture with respect to the debt securities;
any depositaries, interest rate calculation agents, exchange rate calculation agents or other agents with respect to the debt securities;
the provisions, if any, relating to conversion or exchange of any debt securities of such series, including if applicable, the conversion or exchange price and period, provisions as to whether conversion or exchange will be mandatory, the events requiring an adjustment of the conversion or exchange price and provisions affecting conversion or exchange;
any other terms of the debt securities, which may supplement, modify or delete any provision of the indenture as it applies to that series, including any terms that may be required under applicable law or regulations or advisable in connection with the marketing of the securities; and
whether any of our direct or indirect subsidiaries will guarantee the debt securities of that series, including the terms of subordination, if any, of such guarantees.
We may issue debt securities that provide for an amount less than their stated principal amount to be due and payable upon declaration of acceleration of their maturity pursuant to the terms of the indenture. We will provide you with information on the federal income tax considerations and other special considerations applicable to any of these debt securities in the applicable prospectus supplement.
If we denominate the purchase price of any of the debt securities in a foreign currency or currencies or a foreign currency unit or units, or if the principal of and any premium and interest on any series of debt securities is payable in a foreign currency or currencies or a foreign currency unit or units, we will provide you with information on the restrictions, elections, general tax considerations, specific terms and other information with respect to that issue of debt securities and such foreign currency or currencies or foreign currency unit or units in the applicable prospectus supplement.
Transfer and Exchange
Each debt security will be represented by either one or more global securities registered in the name of The Depository Trust Company, or the Depositary, or a nominee of the Depositary (we will refer to any debt security represented by a global debt security as a “book-entry debt security”), or a certificate issued in definitive registered form (we will refer to any debt security represented by a certificated security as a “certificated debt security”) as set forth in the applicable

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prospectus supplement. Except as set forth under the heading “Global Debt Securities and Book-Entry System” below, book-entry debt securities will not be issuable in certificated form.
Certificated Debt Securities. You may transfer or exchange certificated debt securities at any office we maintain for this purpose in accordance with the terms of the indenture. No service charge will be made for any transfer or exchange of certificated debt securities, but we may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with a transfer or exchange.
You may effect the transfer of certificated debt securities and the right to receive the principal of, premium and interest on certificated debt securities only by surrendering the certificate representing those certificated debt securities and either reissuance by us or the trustee of the certificate to the new holder or the issuance by us or the trustee of a new certificate to the new holder.
Global Debt Securities and Book-Entry System. Each global debt security representing book-entry debt securities will be deposited with, or on behalf of, the Depositary, and registered in the name of the Depositary or a nominee of the Depositary. See “Global Securities.”
Covenants
We will set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement any restrictive covenants applicable to any issue of debt securities.
No Protection in the Event of a Change of Control
Unless we state otherwise in the applicable prospectus supplement, the debt securities will not contain any provisions which may afford holders of the debt securities protection in the event we have a change in control or in the event of a highly leveraged transaction (whether or not such transaction results in a change in control) which could adversely affect holders of debt securities.
Consolidation, Merger and Sale of Assets
We may not consolidate with or merge with or into, or convey, transfer or lease all or substantially all of our properties and assets to any person (a “successor person”) unless:
we are the surviving corporation or the successor person (if other than trivago) is a corporation organized and validly existing under the laws the Netherlands and expressly assumes our obligations on the debt securities and under the indenture; and
immediately after giving effect to the transaction, no Default or Event of Default, shall have occurred and be continuing.
Notwithstanding the above, any of our subsidiaries may consolidate with, merge into or transfer all or part of its properties to us.
Events of Default
“Event of Default” means with respect to any series of debt securities, any of the following:
default in the payment of any interest upon any debt security of that series when it becomes due and payable, and continuance of such default for a period of 30 days (unless the entire amount of the payment is deposited by us with the trustee or with a paying agent prior to the expiration of the 30-day period);
default in the payment of principal of any security of that series at its maturity;
default in the performance or breach of any other covenant or warranty by us in the indenture (other than a covenant or warranty that has been included in the indenture solely for the benefit of a series of debt securities other than that series), which default continues uncured for a period of 60 days after we receive written notice from the trustee or trivago and the trustee receive written notice from the holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series as provided in the indenture;
certain voluntary or involuntary events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization of trivago;
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No Event of Default with respect to a particular series of debt securities (except as to certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization) necessarily constitutes an Event of Default with respect to any other series of debt securities. The occurrence of certain Events of Default or an acceleration under the indenture may constitute an event of default under certain indebtedness of ours or our subsidiaries outstanding from time to time.
We will provide the trustee written notice of any Default or Event of Default within 30 days of becoming aware of the occurrence of such Default or Event of Default, which notice will describe in reasonable detail the status of such Default or Event of Default and what action we are taking or propose to take in respect thereof.
If an Event of Default with respect to debt securities of any series at the time outstanding occurs and is continuing, then the trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series may, by a notice in writing to us (and to the trustee if given by the holders), declare to be due and payable immediately the principal of (or, if the debt securities of that series are discount securities, that portion of the principal amount as may be specified in the terms of that series) and accrued and unpaid interest, if any, on all debt securities of that series. In the case of an Event of Default resulting from certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization, the principal (or such specified amount) of and accrued and unpaid interest, if any, on all outstanding debt securities will become and be immediately due and payable without any declaration or other act on the part of the trustee or any holder of outstanding debt securities. At any time after a declaration of acceleration with respect to debt securities of any series has been made, but before a judgment or decree for payment of the money due has been obtained by the trustee, the holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series may rescind and annul the acceleration if all Events of Default, other than the non-payment of accelerated principal and interest, if any, with respect to debt securities of that series, have been cured or waived as provided in the indenture. We refer you to the prospectus supplement relating to any series of debt securities that are discount securities for the particular provisions relating to acceleration of a portion of the principal amount of such discount securities upon the occurrence of an Event of Default.
The indenture provides that the trustee may refuse to perform any duty or exercise any of its rights or powers under the indenture unless the trustee receives indemnity satisfactory to it against any cost, liability or expense which might be incurred by it in performing such duty or exercising such right or power. Subject to certain rights of the trustee, the holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of any series will have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the trustee or exercising any trust or power conferred on the trustee with respect to the debt securities of that series.
No holder of any debt security of any series will have any right to institute any proceeding, judicial or otherwise, with respect to the indenture or for the appointment of a receiver or trustee, or for any remedy under the indenture, unless:
that holder has previously given to the trustee written notice of a continuing Event of Default with respect to debt securities of that series; and
the holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series have made written request, and offered indemnity or security satisfactory to the trustee, to the trustee to institute the proceeding as trustee, and the trustee has not received from the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of that series a direction inconsistent with that request and has failed to institute the proceeding within 60 days.
Notwithstanding any other provision in the indenture, the holder of any debt security will have an absolute and unconditional right to receive payment of the principal of, premium and any interest on that debt security on or after the due dates expressed in that debt security and to institute suit for the enforcement of payment.
The indenture requires us, within 120 days after the end of our fiscal year, to furnish to the trustee a statement as to compliance with the indenture. If a Default or Event of Default occurs and is continuing with respect to the securities of any series and if it is known to a responsible officer of the trustee, the trustee shall mail to each Securityholder of the securities of that series notice of a Default or Event of Default within 90 days after it occurs or, if later, after a responsible officer of the trustee has knowledge of such Default or Event of Default. The indenture provides that the trustee may withhold notice to the holders of debt securities of any series of any Default or Event of Default (except in payment on any debt securities of that series) with respect to debt securities of that series if the trustee determines in good faith that withholding notice is in the interest of the holders of those debt securities.
Modification and Waiver
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to cure any ambiguity, defect or inconsistency;
to comply with covenants in the indenture described above under the heading “Consolidation, Merger and Sale of Assets”;
to provide for uncertificated securities in addition to or in place of certificated securities;
to add guarantees with respect to debt securities of any series or secure debt securities of any series;
to surrender any of our rights or powers under the indenture;
to add covenants or events of default for the benefit of the holders of debt securities of any series;
to comply with the applicable procedures of the applicable depositary;
to make any change that does not adversely affect the rights of any holder of debt securities;
to provide for the issuance of and establish the form and terms and conditions of debt securities of any series as permitted by the indenture;
to effect the appointment of a successor trustee with respect to the debt securities of any series and to add to or change any of the provisions of the indenture to provide for or facilitate administration by more than one trustee; or
to comply with requirements of the SEC in order to effect or maintain the qualification of the indenture under the Trust Indenture Act.
We may also modify and amend the indenture with the consent of the holders of at least a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of each series affected by the modifications or amendments. We may not make any modification or amendment without the consent of the holders of each affected debt security then outstanding if that amendment will:
reduce the amount of debt securities whose holders must consent to an amendment, supplement or waiver;
reduce the rate of or extend the time for payment of interest (including default interest) on any debt security;
reduce the principal of or premium on or change the fixed maturity of any debt security or reduce the amount of, or postpone the date fixed for, the payment of any sinking fund or analogous obligation with respect to any series of debt securities;
reduce the principal amount of discount securities payable upon acceleration of maturity;
waive a default in the payment of the principal of, premium or interest on any debt security (except a rescission of acceleration of the debt securities of any series by the holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the then outstanding debt securities of that series and a waiver of the payment default that resulted from such acceleration);
make the principal of or premium or interest on any debt security payable in currency other than that stated in the debt security;
make any change to certain provisions of the indenture relating to, among other things, the right of holders of debt securities to receive payment of the principal of, premium and interest on those debt securities and to institute suit for the enforcement of any such payment and to waivers or amendments; or
waive a redemption payment with respect to any debt security.
Except for certain specified provisions, the holders of at least a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of any series may on behalf of the holders of all debt securities of that series waive our compliance with provisions of the indenture. The holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of any series may on behalf of the holders of all the debt securities of such series waive any past default under the indenture with respect to that series and its consequences, except a default in the payment of the principal of, premium or any interest on any debt security of that series; provided, however, that the holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding debt securities of any series may rescind an acceleration and its consequences, including any related payment default that resulted from the acceleration.

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Defeasance of Debt Securities and Certain Covenants in Certain Circumstances
Legal Defeasance. The indenture provides that, unless otherwise provided by the terms of the applicable series of debt securities, we may be discharged from any and all obligations in respect of the debt securities of any series (subject to certain exceptions). We will be so discharged upon the deposit with the trustee, in trust, of money and/or U.S. government obligations or, in the case of debt securities denominated in a single currency other than U.S. Dollars, government obligations of the government that issued or caused to be issued such currency, that, through the payment of interest and principal in accordance with their terms, will provide money or U.S. government obligations in an amount sufficient in the opinion of a nationally recognized firm of independent public accountants or investment bank to pay and discharge each installment of principal, premium and interest on and any mandatory sinking fund payments in respect of the debt securities of that series on the stated maturity of those payments in accordance with the terms of the indenture and those debt securities.
This discharge may occur only if, among other things, we have delivered to the trustee an opinion of counsel stating that we have received from, or there has been published by, the United States Internal Revenue Service a ruling or, since the date of execution of the indenture, there has been a change in the applicable United States federal income tax law, in either case to the effect that, and based thereon such opinion shall confirm that, the holders of the debt securities of that series will not recognize income, gain or loss for United States federal income tax purposes as a result of the deposit, defeasance and discharge and will be subject to United States federal income tax on the same amounts and in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if the deposit, defeasance and discharge had not occurred.
Defeasance of Certain Covenants. The indenture provides that, unless otherwise provided by the terms of the applicable series of debt securities, upon compliance with certain conditions:
we may omit to comply with the covenant described under the heading “Consolidation, Merger and Sale of Assets” and certain other covenants set forth in the indenture, as well as any additional covenants which may be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement; and
any omission to comply with those covenants will not constitute a Default or an Event of Default with respect to the debt securities of that series (“covenant defeasance”).
The conditions include:
depositing with the trustee money and/or U.S. government obligations or, in the case of debt securities denominated in a single currency other than U.S. Dollars, government obligations of the government that issued or caused to be issued such currency, that, through the payment of interest and principal in accordance with their terms, will provide money in an amount sufficient in the opinion of a nationally recognized firm of independent public accountants or investment bank to pay and discharge each installment of principal of, premium and interest on and any mandatory sinking fund payments in respect of the debt securities of that series on the stated maturity of those payments in accordance with the terms of the indenture and those debt securities; and
delivering to the trustee an opinion of counsel to the effect that we have received from, or there has been published by, the United States Internal Revenue Service a ruling or, since the date of execution of the indenture, there has been a change in the applicable United States federal income tax law, in either case to the effect that, and based thereon such opinion shall confirm that, the holders of the debt securities of that series will not recognize income, gain or loss for United States federal income tax purposes as a result of the deposit and related covenant defeasance and will be subject to United States federal income tax on the same amounts and in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if the deposit and related covenant defeasance had not occurred.
No Personal Liability of Directors, Officers, Employees or Stockholders
None of our past, present or future directors, officers, employees or shareholders, as such, will have any liability for any of our obligations under the debt securities or the indenture or for any claim based on, or in respect or by reason of, such obligations or their creation. By accepting a debt security, each holder waives and releases all such liability. This waiver and release is part of the consideration for the issue of the debt securities. However, this waiver and release may not be effective to waive liabilities under U.S. federal securities laws, and it is the view of the SEC that such a waiver is against public policy.
Governing Law

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The indenture and the debt securities, including any claim or controversy arising out of or relating to the indenture or the securities, will be governed by the laws of the State of New York.

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Description of warrants
We may issue warrants to purchase debt securities, ADSs or other securities. We may issue warrants independently or together with other securities. Warrants sold with other securities may be attached to or separate from the other securities. We will issue warrants under one or more warrant agreements between our company and a warrant agent that we will name in the applicable prospectus supplement.
The prospectus supplement relating to any warrants we offer will include specific terms relating to the offering. These terms will include some or all of the following:
the title of the warrants;
the aggregate number of warrants offered;
the designation, number and terms of the debt securities, ADSs or other securities purchasable upon exercise of the warrants and procedures by which those numbers may be adjusted;
the exercise price of the warrants;
the dates or periods during which the warrants are exercisable;
the designation and terms of any securities with which the warrants are issued;
if the warrants are issued as a unit with another security, the date on and after which the warrants and the other security will be separately transferable;
if the exercise price is not payable in U.S. dollars, the foreign currency, currency unit or composite currency in which the exercise price is denominated;
any minimum or maximum amount of warrants that may be exercised at any one time;
any terms relating to the modification of the warrants;
any terms, procedures and limitations relating to the transferability, exchange or exercise of the warrants; and
any other specific terms of the warrants.
The terms of any warrants to be issued and a description of the material provisions of the applicable warrant agreement will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement.

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Description of purchase contracts
We may issue purchase contracts for the purchase or sale of debt or equity securities issued by us or securities of third parties, a basket of such securities, an index or indices of such securities or any combination of the above as specified in the applicable prospectus supplement.
 
Each purchase contract will entitle the holder thereof to purchase or sell, and obligate us to sell or purchase, on specified dates, such securities at a specified purchase price, which may be based on a formula, all as set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement, provided that each purchase contracts entitling the holder thereof to sell, and obligating us to purchase, Class A shares or ADSs shall be subject to the applicable restrictions of Dutch law. We may, however, satisfy our obligations, if any, with respect to any purchase contract by delivering the cash value of such purchase contract or the cash value of the property otherwise deliverable as set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement. The applicable prospectus supplement will also specify the methods by which the holders may purchase or sell such securities and any acceleration, cancellation or termination provisions or other provisions relating to the settlement of a purchase contract.
 
The purchase contracts may require us to make periodic payments to the holders thereof or vice versa, which payments may be deferred to the extent set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement, and those payments may be unsecured or prefunded on some basis. The purchase contracts may require the holders thereof to secure their obligations in a specified manner to be described in the applicable prospectus supplement. Alternatively, purchase contracts may require holders to satisfy their obligations thereunder when the purchase contracts are issued. Our obligation to settle such pre-paid purchase contracts on the relevant settlement date may constitute indebtedness. Accordingly, pre-paid purchase contracts will be issued under either the senior indenture or the subordinated indenture.

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Description of units
As specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, we may issue units consisting of one or more ADSs, debt securities, warrants, purchase contracts or any combination of such securities. The applicable prospectus supplement will describe:
the terms of the units and of the ADSs, debt securities, warrants and/ or purchase contracts comprising the units, including whether and under what circumstances the securities comprising the units may be traded separately;
a description of the terms of any unit agreement governing the units; and
a description of the provisions for the payment, settlement, transfer or exchange of the units.

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Form of Securities
Each debt security, warrant and unit will be represented either by a certificate issued in definitive form to a particular investor or by one or more global securities representing the entire issuance of securities. Certificated securities in definitive form and global securities will be issued in registered form. Definitive securities name you or your nominee as the owner of the security, and in order to transfer or exchange these securities or to receive payments other than interest or other interim payments, you or your nominee must physically deliver the securities to the trustee, registrar, paying agent or other agent, as applicable. Global securities name a depositary or its nominee as the owner of the debt securities, warrants or units represented by these global securities. The depositary maintains a computerized system that will reflect each investor’s beneficial ownership of the securities through an account maintained by the investor with its broker/dealer, bank, trust company or other representative, as we explain more fully below.
Registered Global Securities
We may issue the registered debt securities, warrants and units in the form of one or more fully registered global securities that will be deposited with a depositary or its nominee identified in the applicable prospectus supplement and registered in the name of that depositary or nominee. In those cases, one or more registered global securities will be issued in a denomination or aggregate denominations equal to the portion of the aggregate principal or face amount of the securities to be represented by registered global securities. Unless and until it is exchanged in whole for securities in definitive registered form, a registered global security may not be transferred except as a whole by and among the depositary for the registered global security, the nominees of the depositary or any successors of the depositary or those nominees.
If not described below, any specific terms of the depositary arrangement with respect to any securities to be represented by a registered global security will be described in the prospectus supplement relating to those securities. We anticipate that the following provisions will apply to all depositary arrangements.
Ownership of beneficial interests in a registered global security will be limited to persons, called participants, that have accounts with the depositary or persons that may hold interests through participants. Upon the issuance of a registered global security, the depositary will credit, on its book-entry registration and transfer system, the participants’ accounts with the respective principal or face amounts of the securities beneficially owned by the participants. Any dealers, underwriters or agents participating in the distribution of the securities will designate the accounts to be credited. Ownership of beneficial interests in a registered global security will be shown on, and the transfer of ownership interests will be effected only through, records maintained by the depositary, with respect to interests of participants, and on the records of participants, with respect to interests of persons holding through participants. The laws of some states may require that some purchasers of securities take physical delivery of these securities in definitive form. These laws may impair your ability to own, transfer or pledge beneficial interests in registered global securities.
So long as the depositary, or its nominee, is the registered owner of a registered global security, that depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, will be considered the sole owner or holder of the securities represented by the registered global security for all purposes under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement or unit agreement. Except as described below, owners of beneficial interests in a registered global security will not be entitled to have the securities represented by the registered global security registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of the securities in definitive form and will not be considered the owners or holders of the securities under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement or unit agreement. Accordingly, each person owning a beneficial interest in a registered global security must rely on the procedures of the depositary for that registered global security and, if that person is not a participant, on the procedures of the participant through which the person owns its interest, to exercise any rights of a holder under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement or unit agreement. We understand that under existing industry practices, if we request any action of holders or if an owner of a beneficial interest in a registered global security desires to give or take any action that a holder is entitled to give or take under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement or unit agreement, the depositary for the registered global security would authorize the participants holding the relevant beneficial interests to give or take that action, and the participants would authorize beneficial owners owning through them to give or take that action or would otherwise act upon the instructions of beneficial owners holding through them.
Principal, premium, if any, and interest payments on debt securities, and any payments to holders with respect to warrants or units, represented by a registered global security registered in the name of a depositary or its nominee will be made to the depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner of the registered global security. None of trivago N.V., its affiliates, the trustees, the warrant agents, the unit agents or any other agent of trivago

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N.V., agent of the trustees or agent of the warrant agents or unit agents will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to payments made on account of beneficial ownership interests in the registered global security or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to those beneficial ownership interests.
We expect that the depositary for any of the securities represented by a registered global security, upon receipt of any payment of principal, premium, interest or other distribution of underlying securities or other property to holders on that registered global security, will immediately credit participants’ accounts in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in that registered global security as shown on the records of the depositary. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in a registered global security held through participants will be governed by standing customer instructions and customary practices, as is now the case with the securities held for the accounts of customers in bearer form or registered in “street name,” and will be the responsibility of those participants.
If the depositary for any of these securities represented by a registered global security is at any time unwilling or unable to continue as depositary or ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act, and a successor depositary registered as a clearing agency under the Exchange Act is not appointed by us within 90 days, we will issue securities in definitive form in exchange for the registered global security that had been held by the depositary. Any securities issued in definitive form in exchange for a registered global security will be registered in the name or names that the depositary gives to the relevant trustee, warrant agent, unit agent or other relevant agent of ours or theirs. It is expected that the depositary’s instructions will be based upon directions received by the depositary from participants with respect to ownership of beneficial interests in the registered global security that had been held by the depositary.

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Plan of distribution
We, or the selling shareholders, as applicable, may sell the securities in one or more of the following ways (or in any combination) from time to time:
through underwriters or dealers;
directly to a limited number of purchasers or to a single purchaser;
in “at-the-market” offerings, within the meaning of Rule 415(a)(4) of the Securities Act, to or through a market maker or into an existing trading market on an exchange or otherwise;
through agents; or
through any other method permitted by applicable law and described in the applicable prospectus supplement.
The prospectus supplement will state the terms of the offering of the securities, including:
the name or names of any underwriters, dealers or agents;
the purchase price of such securities and the proceeds to be received by us, if any;
any underwriting discounts or agency fees and other items constituting underwriters’ or agents’ compensation;
any public offering price;
any discounts or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers; and
any securities exchanges on which the securities may be listed.
Any public offering price and any discounts or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers may be changed from time to time.
If underwriters are used in the sale, the securities will be acquired by the underwriters for their own account and may be resold from time to time in one or more transactions, including:
negotiated transactions;
at a fixed public offering price or prices, which may be changed;
at market prices prevailing at the time of sale;
at prices related to prevailing market prices; or
at negotiated prices.
Unless otherwise stated in a prospectus supplement, the obligations of the underwriters to purchase any securities will be conditioned on customary closing conditions and the underwriters will be obligated to purchase all of such series of securities, if any are purchased.
The securities may be sold through agents from time to time. The prospectus supplement will name any agent involved in the offer or sale of the securities and any commissions paid to them. Generally, any agent will be acting on a best efforts basis for the period of its appointment.
Sales to or through one or more underwriters or agents in at-the-market offerings will be made pursuant to the terms of a distribution agreement with the underwriters or agents. Such underwriters or agents may act on an agency basis or on a principal basis. During the term of any such agreement, shares may be sold on a daily basis on any stock exchange, market or trading facility on which the ADSs are traded, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise as agreed with the underwriters or agents. The distribution agreement will provide that any common share sold will be sold at negotiated prices or at prices related to the then prevailing market prices for our ADSs. Therefore, exact figures regarding proceeds that will be raised or commissions to be paid cannot be determined at this time and will be described in a prospectus supplement. Pursuant to the terms of the distribution agreement, we may also agree to sell, and the relevant underwriters or agents may agree to solicit offers to purchase, blocks of our ADSs or other securities. The terms of each such distribution agreement will be described in a prospectus supplement.

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We, or the selling shareholders, as applicable, may authorize underwriters, dealers or agents to solicit offers by certain purchasers to purchase the securities at the public offering price set forth in the prospectus supplement pursuant to delayed delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery on a specified date in the future. The contracts will be subject only to those conditions set forth in the prospectus supplement, and the prospectus supplement will set forth any commissions paid for solicitation of these contracts.
Underwriters and agents may be entitled under agreements entered into with us to indemnification by us and/or the selling shareholders, if applicable, against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribution with respect to payments which the underwriters or agents may be required to make.
The prospectus supplement may also set forth whether or not underwriters may over-allot or effect transactions that stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the market price of the securities at levels above those that might otherwise prevail in the open market, including, for example, by entering stabilizing bids, effecting syndicate covering transactions or imposing penalty bids.
Underwriters and agents may be customers of, engage in transactions with, or perform services for us and our affiliates in the ordinary course of business.
Each series of securities will be a new issue of securities and will have no established trading market, other than our ADSs, which are listed on Nasdaq Global Select Market. Any underwriters to whom securities are sold for public offering and sale may make a market in the securities, but such underwriters will not be obligated to do so and may discontinue any market making at any time without notice. The securities, other than our ADSs, may or may not be listed on a national securities exchange.

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Incorporation by reference
The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference information into this document. This means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to another document filed separately with the SEC. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be a part of this document, except for any information superseded by information that is included directly in this prospectus or incorporated by reference subsequent to the date of this prospectus.
We incorporate by reference our 2017 Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.
All annual reports we file with the SEC pursuant to the Exchange Act on Form 20-F after the date of this prospectus and prior to termination or expiration of this registration statement shall be deemed incorporated by reference into this prospectus and to be part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. We may incorporate by reference any Form 6-K subsequently submitted to the SEC by identifying in such Form 6-K that it is being incorporated by reference into this prospectus.
Documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus are available from us without charge upon written or oral request, excluding any exhibits to those documents that are not specifically incorporated by reference into those documents. You can obtain documents incorporated by reference in this document by requesting them from us in writing at Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Enforcement of civil liabilities
We are a public company with limited liability (naamloze vennootschap) incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, and we are a tax resident of Germany with our place of effective management in Germany. The members of our management board and a majority of our supervisory board members are non-residents of the United States. The majority of our assets and the assets of these persons are located outside the United States. As a result, it may not be possible for investors to effect service of process within the United States upon such persons or to enforce against them or us in U.S. courts, including judgments predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the federal securities laws of the United States.
The United States and the Netherlands currently do not have a treaty providing for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgments, other than arbitration awards, in civil and commercial matters. Consequently, a final judgment for payment given by a court in the United States, whether or not predicated solely upon U.S. securities laws, would not automatically be recognized or enforceable in the Netherlands. In order to obtain a judgment which is enforceable in the Netherlands, the party in whose favor a final and conclusive judgment of the U.S. court has been rendered will be required to file its claim with a court of competent jurisdiction in the Netherlands.
Under current practice, the courts of the Netherlands may be expected to render a judgment in accordance with the judgment of the relevant foreign court, provided that such judgment (i) is a final judgment and has been rendered by a court which has established its jurisdiction vis-à-vis the relevant Dutch Companies or Dutch Company, as the case may be, on the basis of internationally accepted grounds of jurisdiction, (ii) has not been rendered in violation of elementary principles of fair trial, (iii) is not contrary to the public policy of the Netherlands, and (iv) is not incompatible with (a) a prior judgment of a Netherlands court rendered in a dispute between the same parties, or (b) a prior judgment of a foreign court rendered in a dispute between the same parties, concerning the same subject matter and based on the same cause of action, provided that such prior judgment is capable of being recognized in the Netherlands.
Dutch courts may deny the recognition and enforcement of punitive damages or other awards. Moreover, a Dutch court may reduce the amount of damages granted by a U.S. court and recognize damages only to the extent that they are necessary to compensate actual losses or damages. Enforcement and recognition of judgments of U.S. courts in the Netherlands are solely governed by the provisions of the Dutch Civil Procedure Code. If no leave to enforce is granted, claimants must litigate the claim again before a Dutch competent court.
In addition, awards of punitive damages in actions brought in the United States or elsewhere are generally not enforceable in Germany. Actions brought in a German court against us or the members of our management board and supervisory board, our executive officers and the experts named herein to enforce liabilities based on U.S. federal securities laws may be subject to certain restrictions. In particular, German courts generally do not award punitive damages. Litigation in Germany is also subject to rules of procedure that differ from the U.S. rules, including with respect to the taking and admissibility of evidence, the conduct of the proceedings and the allocation of costs. Proceedings in Germany would generally have to be conducted in the German language, and all documents submitted to the court would, in principle, have to be translated into German. For these reasons, it may be difficult for a U.S. investor to bring an original action in a German court predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal securities laws against us, the members of our management board, supervisory board and executive officers and the experts named in this prospectus. In addition, even if a judgment against our company, the non-U.S. members of our management board, supervisory board, executive officers or the experts named in this prospectus based on the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal securities laws is obtained, a U.S. investor may not be able to enforce it in U.S. or German courts.

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Expenses
The following table sets forth the expenses (other than underwriting discounts and commissions or agency fees and other items constituting underwriters’ or agents’ compensation, if any) expected to be incurred by us in connection with a possible offering of securities registered under this registration statement.
 
 
Amount
SEC registration fee
$ 157,219
FINRA filing fee
$ 225,500
Printing and engraving expenses
*
Legal fees and expenses
*
Accounting fees and expenses
*
Miscellaneous costs
*
Total
*
*    To be provided by a prospectus supplement or a Report on Form 6-K that is incorporated by reference into this prospectus.

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Legal matters
The validity of our Class A shares and certain other matters of Dutch law will be passed upon for us by NautaDutilh N.V. Certain matters of U.S. federal law will be passed upon for us by Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Experts
The consolidated financial statements of trivago N.V. or its predecessor trivago GmbH as of December 31, 2016 and 2017 and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017 appearing in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, have been audited by Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, an independent registered public accounting firm, as set forth in their reports thereon included therein and incorporated herein by reference, and have been incorporated herein by reference in reliance on such reports given on the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.


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American Depositary Shares representing Class A Shares
Debt Securities
Warrants
Purchase Contracts
Units
PROSPECTUS
April 5, 2018


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Part II
Information not required in the prospectus
Item 8. Indemnification of directors and officers
Members of our management and supervisory boards have the benefit of the following indemnification provisions in our articles of association:
Current and former management and supervisory board members shall be reimbursed for:
a.
the reasonable costs of conducting a defense against a claim based on acts or failures to act in the exercise of their statutory duties or any other duties currently or previously performed by them at our request;
b.
any damages, fines or other financial losses incurred by them as a result of an act or failure to act as referred to under a; and
c.
any expense reasonably paid or incurred by them in connection with any threatened, pending or completed suit, claim, action or legal proceedings of a civil, criminal, administrative or other nature, formal or informal, in which he becomes involved, with the exception of proceedings primarily aimed at pursuing a claim on their own behalf.
There shall be no entitlement to reimbursement as referred to above if and to the extent that:
a.
a Dutch court or, in the event of arbitration, an arbitrator has established in a final and conclusive decision that the act or failure to act of the person concerned can be characterized as willful, intentionally reckless or seriously culpable conduct, unless Dutch law provides otherwise or this would, in view of the circumstances of the case, be unacceptable according to standards of reasonableness and fairness;
b.
the costs or financial loss of the person concerned are covered by an insurance and the insurer has paid out the costs or financial loss (or indicated to do so); or
c.
in relation to proceedings brought by a former management and supervisory board member against us, except for proceedings brought to enforce indemnification to which he is entitled pursuant to the articles of association or an agreement between him and us which has been approved by the management board.
If and to the extent that it has been established by a Dutch court or, in the event of arbitration, an arbitrator in a final and conclusive decision that the person concerned is not entitled to reimbursement as referred to above, he or she shall immediately repay the amount reimbursed by the company.
We have also entered into indemnification agreements with members of our management board and our supervisory board. 

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Item 9. Exhibits
Reference is made to the Exhibit Index included herewith which is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 10. Undertakings
(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
(i) To include any prospectus required by section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;
(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) (§ 230.424(b) of this chapter) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement.
(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
Providedhowever, That:
(A) Paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) of this section do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-8 (§ 239.16b of this chapter), and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement; and
(B) Paragraphs (a)(1)(i), (a)(1)(ii) and (a)(1)(iii) of this section do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-3 (§ 239.13 of this chapter) or Form F-3 (§ 239.33 of this chapter) and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) (§ 230.424(b) of this chapter) that is part of the registration statement.
(C) Provided further, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the registration statement is for an offering of asset-backed securities on Form S-1 (§ 239.11 of this chapter) or Form S-3 (§ 239.13 of this chapter), and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment is provided pursuant to Item 1100(c) of Regulation AB (§ 229.1100(c)).
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(4) To file a post-effective amendment to the registration statement to include any financial statements required by “Item 8.A. of Form 20-F” at the start of any delayed offering or throughout a continuous offering. Financial statements and information otherwise required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Act need not be furnished, provided that the registrant includes in the prospectus, by means of a post-effective amendment, financial statements required pursuant to this paragraph (a)(4) and other information necessary to ensure that all other information in the prospectus is at least as current as the date of those financial statements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to registration statements on Form F-3 (§ 239.33 of this chapter), a post-effective amendment need not be filed to include financial statements and information required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Act or § 210.3-19 of this chapter if such financial statements and information are contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished

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to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the Form F-3.
(5) That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser:
(A) Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
(B) Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Providedhowever, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date; and
(6) That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities:
The undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
(i) Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
(ii) Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;
(iii) The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and
(iv) Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.
(b) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
(d) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that:

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(1) For purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, the information omitted from the form of prospectus filed as part of this registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A and contained in a form of prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b) (1) or (4) or 497(h) under the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of this registration statement as of the time it was declared effective.
(2) For the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each post-effective amendment that contains a form of prospectus shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(e) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes to file an application for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the trustee to act under subsection (a) of section 310 of the Trust Indenture Act (“Act”) in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Commission under section 305(b)(2) of the Act.

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Signatures
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form F-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Düsseldorf, Germany, on April 5, 2018.
 
trivago N.V.
 
 
By:
/s/ Rolf Schrömgens
 
Name:
Rolf Schrömgens
 
Title:
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
By:
/s/ Axel Hefer
 
Name:
Axel Hefer
 
Title:
Chief Financial Officer
 

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Power of Attorney
KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Rolf Schrömgens and Axel Hefer, severally and individually, and each of them (with full power to each of them to act alone) his true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to the registration statement on Form F-3, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto each said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of their or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue thereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons on April 5, 2018 in the capacities indicated:  
Name
Title
 
 
 

 
/s/ Rolf Schrömgens
 
 

 
Rolf Schrömgens
Managing Director (principal executive officer)
 
 
/s/ Axel Hefer
 
 
 
 
Axel Hefer
Managing Director (principal financial and accounting officer)
 
/s/ Andrej Lehnert
 
 
 
Andrej Lehnert
Managing Director
/s/ Malte Siewert
 
 
Malte Siewert
Managing Director
/s/ Johannes Thomas
 
 
Johannes Thomas
Managing Director
/s/ Peter Vinnemeier
 
 
Peter Vinnemeier
Managing Director
 

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Signature of Authorized Representative in the United States
Cogency Global Inc.
 
 
By:
/s/ Colleen A. Devries
 
Name:
Colleen A. Devries
 
Title:
SVP on behalf of Cogency Global Inc.
 



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Exhibit index
The following documents are filed as part of this registration statement:
 
 
Incorporated by reference
Filed herewith
 
 
Form
Exhibit
Filing Date
  1.1*
Form of Underwriting Agreement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.1
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.2
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.3
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
  3.1
F-1
3.3
11/14/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  3.2
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
  3.3
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
  4.1
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.1(a)
20-F
2.2
3/6/2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  4.2
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.2(a)
20-F
2.4
3/6/2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.3
20-F
2.5
3/6/2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.4
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.5
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.6
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.7*
Form of Note.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.8*
Form of Warrant Agreement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.9*
Form of Purchase Contract.
 
 
 
 

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Incorporated by reference
Filed herewith
 
 
Form
Exhibit
Filing Date
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.10*
Form of Unit Agreement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.1
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.2
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.1
F-1/A
10.1
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.2
F-1/A
10.2
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.3
F-1/A
10.3
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.4
F-1/A
10.4
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.5
F-1/A
10.5
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.6
F-1/A
10.6
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.7
F-1/A
10.7
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.8
F-1/A
10.8
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.9
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.11
F-1/A
10.11
12/5/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21.1
20-F
21.1
3/6/2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23.1
 
 
 
#

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Incorporated by reference
Filed herewith
 
 
Form
Exhibit
Filing Date
 
 
 
 
 
 
23.2
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
23.3
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
24.1
 
 
 
#
 
 
 
 
 
 
25.1*
Statement of Eligibility on Form T-1 for Indenture.
 
 
 
 
*To be filed, if necessary, by amendment or furnished on Form 6--K.


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Exhibit
Exhibit 2.1

JOINT CROSS-BORDER MERGER PLAN


between


trivago N.V.
as Surviving Company

and

trivago GmbH
as Disappearing Company


29 June 2017
(English version)







JOINT CROSS-BORDER
MERGER PLAN
PREAMBLE
1.    Axel Peter Hefer, born on 7 June 1977 in Dortmund, Germany;
2.    Peter Vinnemeier, born on 10 September 1974 in Düsseldorf, Germany ("Mr. Vinnemeier");
3.    Andrej Gregor Lehnert, born on 28 February 1969 in Neustadt/Aisch, Germany;
4.    Malte Siewert, born on 8 December 1974 in Hamburg, Germany ("Mr. Siewert");
5.    Tobias Johannes Thomas, born on 10 June 1987 in Vechta, Germany; and
6.    Rolf Theo Johannes Schrömgens, born on 2 June 1976 in Mönchengladbach, Germany ("Mr. Schrömgens" and, together with Mr. Vinnemeier and Mr. Siewert, the "Founders"),
acting as the managing directors of:
a)    trivago N.V., a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) under Dutch law, having its statutory seat (Satzungssitz) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) under number 67222927) (the "Surviving Company"); and
b)    trivago GmbH, a private company with limited liability (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) under German law, having its statutory seat (Satzungssitz) in Düsseldorf, Germany (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the lower court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf under number HRB 51842) (the "Disappearing Company" and, together with the Surviving Company, the "Merging Companies"),
hereby establish the joint cross-border merger plan set out below (the "Merger Plan") and propose to enter into the Merger (as defined below).
RECITALS
A.    The Merging Companies wish to enter into and effect a cross-border merger within the meaning of (i) Sections 2:309 and 2:333b of the Dutch Civil Code ("DCC"), (ii) §§ 122a et seqq. of the German Transformation Act ("UmwG") and (iii) the Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies (the "Merger"), pursuant to which, inter alia:
a)    the Disappearing Company, as transferring and disappearing company, will merge with and into the Surviving Company, as absorbing and surviving company;
b)    subject to applicable laws, all assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company shall transfer to the Surviving Company by operation of law;
c)    the Surviving Company shall allot class B shares in its capital, having a nominal value of EUR 0.60 each (the "Class B Shares"), to the shareholders of the Disappearing Company as Merger compensation in accordance with the terms stipulated by this Merger Plan; and
d)    the Disappearing Company will be dissolved without the requirement of a liquidation.




B.    Neither of the Merging Companies has been dissolved, has been declared bankrupt or has been granted a suspension of payments.
C.    All shares in the capital of the Merging Companies are fully paid-up.
D.    No shares in the Disappearing Company's capital have been encumbered with a right of pledge or a right of usufruct or any similar encumbrance under German law.
E.    The Merger is intended to be treated for German corporate income tax and trade tax purposes as a tax neutral transaction in accordance with § 11 para. 2 of the German Reorganization Tax Act (Umwandlungssteuergesetz) to the maximum extent legally possible.
F.    The Disappearing Company does not own real estate.
 
MERGER PLAN
Article 1 
Legal forms, company names and seats
1.1    The Disappearing Company, trivago GmbH, is a private company with limited liability (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) under German law with statutory seat (Satzungssitz) and actual place of management (tatsächlicher Verwaltungssitz) in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1.2    The Surviving Company, trivago N.V., is a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) under Dutch law, with statutory seat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and actual place of management (tatsächlicher Verwaltungssitz) in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Article 2 
Transfer of asset and liabilities
Subject to applicable laws, all assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company, as transferring and disappearing entity, with all related rights and obligations, shall be transferred to the Surviving Company, as absorbing and surviving entity, under dissolution without liquidation by way of Merger pursuant to Sections 2:309 and 2:333b of the DCC and §§ 122a et seqq., 2 no. 1, 46 et seqq. UmwG, with effect from the moment that the Merger becomes effective from a legal perspective (the "Legal Effective Time").
Article 3 
Exchange Ratios, Merger consideration and measures in connection with share ownership




3.1    Subject to Article 3.2 of this Merger Plan, at the Legal Effective Time, for each A-share (A-Geschäftsanteil) in the Disappearing Company's capital, 8,510.66824 Class B Shares and for each B-share (B-Geschäftsanteil) in the Disappearing Company's capital, 8.51066824 Class B Shares shall be allotted to the shareholders of the Disappearing Company pursuant to the Merger (i.e., an exchange ratio of 1 : 8,510.66824 for A-shares (A-Geschäftsanteile) and an exchange ratio of 1 : 8.51066824 for B-shares (B-Geschäftsanteile)) (the "Exchange Ratios"). The total number of Class B Shares to be allotted to each shareholder of the Disappearing Company shall be rounded to the nearest whole number, with fractions equaling or exceeding 0.5 being rounded up and fractions below 0.5 being rounded down, in each case without compensation in cash or receivables in respect of such rounding differences.
3.2    No Class B Shares shall be allotted pursuant to the Merger as compensation for shares in the Disappearing Company's capital held by, or for the account of, either of the Merging Companies. The Merging Companies do not expect, and shall take no action to cause, B-shares (B-Geschäftsanteile) in the Disappearing Company's capital to be held by any party other than by the Surviving Company at the Legal Effective Time, so that no Class B Shares shall be allotted pursuant to the Merger as compensation for B-shares (B-Geschäftsanteile) in the Disappearing Company's capital.
3.3    At the time of the execution of this Merger Plan, (i) no shares in the capital of the Disappearing Company are held by third parties for the account of either of the Merging Companies and (ii) the Disappearing Company does not hold any shares in its own capital or in the Surviving Company's capital.
3.4    The allotment of Class B Shares to the shareholders of the Disappearing Company pursuant to the Merger (the "Capital Increase") shall lead, by operation of Dutch law, to an increase of the Surviving Company's issued share capital at the Legal Effective Time. The Capital Increase shall be recorded in the Surviving Company's shareholders' register and with the Dutch trade register promptly following the Legal Effective Time.
3.5    Each of the Class B Shares to be allotted to the shareholders of the Disappearing Company at the Legal Effective Time pursuant to the Merger shall carry the right to (i) participate in the Surviving Company's profits (irrespective of whether such profits were generated prior to or after the Legal Effective Time) in accordance with the Surviving Company's articles of association (the "NV Articles") and (ii) receive profit distributions declared by the Surviving Company which are payable upon or after the Legal Effective Time.
3.6       No cash contributions (bare Zuzahlungen) within the meaning of § 122c para. 2 no. 2 UmwG will be made.
Article 4 
Expected effects of the  
Merger on employment




4.1    As at March 31, 2017, the Disappearing Company employed 1,121 employees and the Surviving Company employed 14 employees. As at March 31, 2017, subsidiaries of the Disappearing Company employed 201 employees. There are no plans regarding a recruitment freeze. No domination agreements (Beherrschungsverträge) have been entered into between the Disappearing Company and any of its subsidiaries which employ personnel.
4.2    Employment relationships existing at the Surviving Company shall remain unaffected by the Merger and no modifications in such employment relationships are intended in connection with the Merger. Independent of the Merger, the Disappearing Company currently plans a carve-out of its sales department to a newly founded company.
4.3    At the Legal Effective Time:
a.       all employment relationships of the Disappearing Company existing at the Legal Effective Time (the "Employment Relationships"), including all rights and obligations under the Employment Relationships, shall be transferred to the Surviving Company pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 1 of the German Civil Code ("BGB"); and
b.       the Surviving Company, as new employer, shall accede to all rights and obligations under the Employment Relationships.
4.4    The service periods accrued by employees of the Disappearing Company shall not be affected by the Merger. Contractual duties arising from the Employment Relationships (including any works practices, general commitments and uniform rules) shall remain unaffected by the Merger, with the Surviving Company as new employer.
4.5    The Employment Relationships cannot be terminated by the Merging Companies in connection with the Merger pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 4 sentence 1 BGB. The right of termination for other reasons shall pass to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger, but shall otherwise remain unaffected by the Merger pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 4 sentence 2 BGB. No dismissals for operational reasons, reassignments or other measures affecting the employees of the Disappearing Company are intended in connection with the Merger.
4.6    As a consequence of the Merger, the Surviving Company shall, at the Legal Effective Time, accede to all obligations arising from occupational pensions commitments existing at the level of the Disappearing Company at the Legal Effective Time. Any regulations regarding company pensions applicable to the Disappearing Company at the Legal Effective Time shall – all acquired rights being safeguarded – as part of the individual contractual duties continue to apply to the Surviving Company following the Legal Effective Time. If the chosen manner of implementation of pension commitments granted to employees by the Disappearing Company cannot be maintained by the Surviving Company, the Surviving Company shall be obliged to provide the employees concerned with pension commitments under equal terms.




4.7    As of March 31, 2017, 12 employees of the Disappearing Company also have an employment relationship with the Surviving Company. With the exception of one such employee who has a dormant employment relationship with the Surviving Company and a dormant employment relationship with the Disappearing Company (due to being on parental leave), only the Employment Relationships between those employees and the Disappearing Company have been deactivated by individual agreements entered into with them, with the aim to reactivate their respective employment relationships with the Disappearing Company if the Merger finally does not take place or if the relevant employees are faced with serious economic damages caused by the premature transfer of their respective Employment Relationships to the Surviving Company. It is anticipated that the respective inactive Employment Relationships currently existing with the Disappearing Company be terminated at the Legal Effective Time or thereafter by individual agreements to be entered into between the Surviving Company and the relevant employees because the purpose of such deactivated Employment Relationships will cease to apply at the Legal Effective Time.

4.8    Neither of the Merging Companies has established co-determination bodies, any (central, group or company) works council or any other employee representative body, nor is any such body or works council in the process of being established. Therefore, no agreements have been entered into by either of the Merging Companies with any such body or works council.
4.9    Neither of the Merging Companies (i) is a member of an employers' association, (ii) is directly bound by any collective bargaining or works agreement or (iii) applies any collective bargaining or works agreement for other reasons (e.g., through employment contracts referring to collective bargaining or works agreements).
Article 5     
Economic Effective Date
5.1    From an economic and financial accounting perspective, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be deemed to have taken effect in the internal relationship between the Merging Companies as of 1 January 2017, 0:00 hours (Amsterdam time) (the "Economic Effective Date") (Verschmelzungsstichtag), § 122c para. 2 no. 6 UmwG.
5.2    As of the Economic Effective Date, all actions and business of the Disappearing Company shall be deemed to be performed for the account of the Surviving Company.
5.3    Subject to the applicable accounting method and policies, the financial information pertaining to the Disappearing Company shall be incorporated in the annual accounts and other financial reporting of the Surviving Company as of the Economic Effective Date.
Article 6     
Special rights or compensation
6.1    No rights within the meaning of § 122c para. 2 no. 7 UmwG or compensation for the loss of such rights are granted to any shareholder holding special rights or any holder of other securities, nor are there any other measures proposed with respect to such persons.




6.2    No special rights vis-à-vis the Disappearing Company are held by any party other than as shareholders of the Disappearing Company and, for that reason, no party is entitled pursuant to Section 2:320 DCC to receive an equivalent right in the Surviving Company or compensation for the loss of such right.
6.3    Because neither of the Merging Companies has issued shares which carry no voting or profit rights, no compensation can be requested pursuant to Section 2:330a DCC.
Article 7 
No benefits conferred
No benefits within the meaning of Section 2:312(1)(d) DCC and § 122c para. 2 no. 8 UmwG shall be conferred in connection with the Merger to the experts involved in examining this Merger Plan, to any of the Merging Companies' managing directors, to any of the Surviving Company's supervisory directors, to any other member of the administrative, management, supervisory or control bodies of the Merging Companies or to any other party involved in the Merger.
Article 8 
Articles of association of the Surviving Company
The NV Articles currently read as reflected in Annex A and will not be amended in connection with the Merger. No amendment to the NV Articles shall be required in connection with the Capital Increase.
Article 9 
No procedure for  
employee participation
9.1    The general meeting of shareholders of each of the Merging Companies has decided not to open negotiations on the establishment of rules concerning employee participation. Because neither of the Merging Companies is expected to be subject to employee participation arrangements upon the Merger becoming effective, as a matter of Dutch law, the Surviving Company does not need to implement employee participation arrangements as a consequence of the Merger.
9.2    Pursuant to both (i) the Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies and (ii) §§ 3 et seqq. of the German Act on the Co­Determination of Employees in Cross­Border Mergers ("MgVG") transposing such Directive into German law, the MgVG, as follows from the residence principle, is not applicable to the Surviving Company, which has its statutory seat in the Netherlands. From a European and German law perspective, any requirement to initiate employee participation procedures is solely subject to Dutch law.
9.3       As a result, the level of co-determination currently existing at the Merging Companies – i.e., no corporate co-determination – shall be maintained upon the Merger becoming effective.
Article 10 
Valuation of assets and liabilities




For financial accounting purposes, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be accounted for by the Surviving Company consistent with the accounting principles applied by the Surviving Company on basis of book value as set out in the accounts of the Disappearing Company.
Article 11 
Impact on goodwill and  
distributable reserves
11.1    The Merger is not expected to have any impact on the Surviving Company's goodwill.
11.2    The Surviving Company's distributable reserves shall increase with an amount equal to the value for which the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities will be incorporated in the annual accounts or other financial reporting of the Surviving Company, less (i) any increase pursuant to the Merger of the reserves that must be kept by the Surviving Company pursuant to Dutch law and (ii) the aggregate nominal amount of the Class B Shares to be allotted pursuant to the Merger.
Article 12 
Date of balance sheets used
The terms and conditions of the Merger are determined on the basis of the balance sheets of the Merging Companies as of December 31, 2016.
Article 13 
No cash compensation offer, no claim for improvement of Exchange Ratios
The Founders and the Surviving Company, who are the Disappearing Company's sole shareholders at the time of execution of this Merger Plan, already expressed their intention to waive their rights to
a.       file an objection to the minutes of the Disappearing Company's shareholders' meeting where the Merger shall be approved;
b.    claim a cash compensation offer pursuant to § 122i para. 1 in connection with §§ 29 et seqq. UmwG; as a result, a cash compensation offer pursuant to § 122i para. 1 in connection with §§ 29 et seqq. UmwG shall not be required in connection with the Merger; and
c.    claim an improvement of the Exchange Ratios pursuant to § 122h para. 1 in connection with §§ 14 para. 2, 15 UmwG.
Article 14 
Composition of management board and supervisory board
The Merger shall not affect the composition of the Surviving Company's management board or supervisory board.
Article 15 
Activities
The Surviving Company does not intend to discontinue any of its current (holding) activities and expects to continue the activities of the Disappearing Company following the Merger.
Article 16 
Approval




16.1       Pursuant to the NV Articles, the Surviving Company's general meeting of shareholders can only resolve to enter into the Merger at the proposal of the Surviving Company's management board, subject to the approval of the Surviving Company's supervisory board. However, the NV Articles do not preclude the Surviving Company's management board from resolving to enter into the Merger itself. For that reason, Dutch law allows the Surviving Company's management board to enter into the Merger, and the Surviving Company's management board intends to do so shortly before the Legal Effective Time. Such resolution shall be subject to the approval of the Surviving Company's supervisory board. By signing this Merger Plan, the Surviving Company's supervisory board approves this Merger Plan and the resolution to be passed by the Surviving Company's management board to enter into the Merger.
16.2    The resolution of the Disappearing Company's general meeting of shareholders to enter into the Merger does not need to be approved by any corporate body of the Disappearing Company. However, pursuant to § 8.1 in connection with § 8.1.2 of the Disappearing Company's articles of association, such resolution of the Disappearing Company's general meeting of shareholders shall require the consent of at least one of Founders (or any of their respective legal successors).

(signature page follows)





For purposes of making the Merger Plan:

Management boards of the Merging Companies
/s/ Axel Hefer
 
/s/ Peter Vinnemeier
Name: A.P. Hefer
 
Name: P. Vinnemeier
 
 
 
/s/ Andrej Lehnert
 
/s/ Malte Siewert
Name: A.G. Lehnert
 
Name: M. Siewert
 
 
 
/s/ Johannes Thomas
 
/s/ Rolf Schrömgens
Name: T.J. Thomas
 
Name: R.T.J. Schrömgens









For purposes of approving the Merger Plan:
Supervisory board of the Surviving Company
/s/ David Schneider
 
/s/ Niklas Östberg
Name: D. Schneider
 
Name: L.N. Östberg
 
 
 
/s/ Frederic Mazzella
 
/s/ Mieke de Schepper
Name: F.G. Mazzella
 
Name: M.S. de Schepper
 
 
 
/s/ Peter Kern
 
/s/ Mark Okerstrom
Name: P.M. Kern
 
Name: M.D. Okerstrom
 
 
 
/s/ Dara Khosrowshahi
 
 
Name: D. Khosrowshahi
 
 



Exhibit
Exhibit 2.2

JOINT EXPLANATORY REPORT (SCHRIFTELIJKE TOELICHTING)
TO A JOINT CROSS-BORDER MERGER PLAN

between


trivago N.V.
as Surviving Company


and

trivago GmbH
as Disappearing Company


29 June 2017
(English version)







JOINT EXPLANATORY REPORT (SCHRIFTELIJKE TOELICHTING) TO A  
JOINT CROSS-BORDER MERGER PLAN
PREAMBLE
1.    Axel Peter Hefer, born on June 7, 1977 in Dortmund, Germany;
2.    Peter Vinnemeier, born on September 10, 1974 in Düsseldorf, Germany ("Mr. Vinnemeier");
3.    Andrej Gregor Lehnert, born on February 28, 1969 in Neustadt/Aisch, Germany;
4.    Malte Siewert, born on December 8, 1974 in Hamburg, Germany ("Mr. Siewert");
5.    Tobias Johannes Thomas, born on June 10, 1987 in Vechta, Germany; and
6.    Rolf Theo Johannes Schrömgens, born on June 2, 1976 in Mönchengladbach, Germany ("Mr. Schrömgens" and, together with Mr. Vinnemeier and Mr. Siewert, the "Founders"),
acting as the managing directors of:
a)    trivago N.V., a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) under Dutch law, having its statutory seat (Satzungssitz) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) under number 67222927) (the "Surviving Company"); and
b)    trivago GmbH, a private company with limited liability (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) under German law, having its statutory seat (Satzungssitz) in Düsseldorf, Germany (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the lower court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf under number HRB 51842) (the "Disappearing Company" and, together with the Surviving Company, the "Merging Companies").
RECITALS
A.    The Merging Companies wish to enter into and effect a cross-border merger within the meaning of (i) Sections 2:309 and 2:333b et seqq. of the Dutch Civil Code ("DCC"), (ii) §§ 122a et seqq. of the German Transformation Act ("UmwG") and (iii) the Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 26, 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies (the "Merger"), pursuant to which, inter alia:
a)    the Disappearing Company, as transferring and disappearing entity, will merge with and into the Surviving Company, as absorbing and surviving entity;
b)    subject to applicable laws, all assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company shall transfer to the Surviving Company by operation of law;




c)    the Surviving Company shall allot class B shares in its capital, having a nominal value of EUR 0.60 each (the "Class B Shares"), to the Founders as Merger compensation in accordance with the terms stipulated by the draft joint cross-border merger plan (the "Merger Plan"); and
d)    the Disappearing Company will be dissolved without the requirement of a liquidation.
B.    The Merger is intended to be treated for German corporate income tax and trade tax purposes as a tax neutral transaction in accordance with § 11 para. 2 of the German Reorganization Tax Act ("UmwStG") to the maximum extent legally possible.
C.    On June 12, 2017, the Merger Plan was filed by the Disappearing Company with the commercial register of the local court of Düsseldorf, Germany. The publication pursuant to § 122d sentence 2 UmwG in connection with § 10 German Commercial Code ("HGB") occurred on June 19, 2017.
EXPLANATORY REPORT 
(SCHRIFTELIJKE TOELICHTING)
Article 1
Reasons for the Merger
1.1    The Merging Companies wish to optimize the Surviving Company's corporate structure by entering into the Merger.
1.2    By notarial deed dated December 15/16, 2016 (deed roll no. Z 2820/2016 of notary public Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann, Düsseldorf, Germany) the shareholders of the Disappearing Company at such time, the Founders and Expedia Lodging Partner Services S.à r.l., agreed to pursue an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares representing class A shares ("Class A Shares") in the capital of the Surviving Company (the "IPO"). The Surviving Company has been incorporated as a Dutch company because Dutch corporate law provides the parties the flexibility to implement their desired governance structure. However, all material business activities of the Merging Companies have been and are currently carried out by the Disappearing Company and its subsidiaries.
1.3    The participation in the Disappearing Company is the only asset, other than a certain cash amount, directly held by the Surviving Company. In order to avoid duplication of maintenance and administrative costs, the Merging Companies wish to concentrate the relevant business activities at the level of the Surviving Company. Also, as a result of the Merger, the corporate structure and corporate governance of the Merging Companies will be simplified and public shareholders will hold a direct stake in the legal entity that owns the operating business.




Article 2 
Consequences for activities
Following the Merger, the Surviving Company will no longer hold its current function as holding company of the Disappearing Company but will rather directly conduct the activities of the Disappearing Company (including acting as the parent company of the Disappearing Company's subsidiaries); otherwise the Surviving Company will continue its current activities.
Article 3     
Economic consequences
3.1    The Merger shall be performed in such a manner that, subject to applicable law, all assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company shall be transferred to the Surviving Company by operation of law. The transfer of the assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company to the Surviving Company shall be effected at the time the Merger becomes effective from a legal perspective (the "Legal Effective Time").
3.2    From an economic and, subject to applicable accounting methods and policies, financial accounting perspective, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be deemed to have taken effect in the internal relationship between the Merging Companies as of January 1, 2017, 0:00 (Amsterdam time) (the "Economic Effective Date").
3.3    The Surviving Company and the Founders are the sole shareholders of the Disappearing Company. The aim of the Merger is to combine the activities of the Disappearing Company with those of the Surviving Company.
3.4       It is anticipated that the Merger will avoid duplication of maintenance, administrative and compliance costs. Moreover, the Merging Companies also anticipate that the simplification of their corporate structure and corporate governance as a result of the Merger will be well perceived from a capital markets perspective, in particular since public shareholders will hold a direct stake in the legal entity that owns the operating business following the Merger.
Article 4 
Legal consequences
4.1    The Merger will have the consequences described in recital A.
4.2    At the Legal Effective Time, subject to applicable law, the assets and liabilities of the Disappearing Company shall automatically transfer to the Surviving Company, and the Surviving Company shall be subrogated to all rights and obligations of the Disappearing Company. This means that, as of the Legal Effective Time, the creditors of the Disappearing Company will be able to recover their claims from the Surviving Company.




4.3    Creditors of the Disappearing Company are protected against potential risks with respect to the satisfaction of their claims resulting from the Merger by § 122j UmwG, which provides that the creditors of the Disappearing Company may demand security for their claims to the extent the creditors cannot claim satisfaction of such claims, provided that the relevant claims came into existence before or up to 15 days following the publication of the Merger Plan pursuant to § 122d sentence 2 UmwG. Security may, for example, be provided by way of cash deposits or the pledging of movable goods.
In order to receive security as described above, the relevant creditor of the Disappearing Company is required to designate in writing the amount and the legal basis of the claim for which the creditor demands provision of security and provides prima facie evidence, that the Merger endangers the satisfaction of the claim.
The creditors of the Disappearing Company, however, have no right to prohibit the Merger in accordance with German law.
4.4    In addition, each creditor of either the Merging Companies has, in accordance with Section 2:316 DCC, the right to claim security from either of the Merging Companies for its claims, provided its claims are not otherwise sufficiently secured, or if the financial situation of the Surviving Company provides fewer safeguards for satisfaction of its claims. Within one month following the publication of the Merger Plan, in each case subject to applicable law, the creditors may file, in accordance with Dutch law, an objection requesting the provision of security with the competent District Court of Amsterdam. As long as such one-month-period has not expired, or if a timely filed objection has not been withdrawn by the creditor or lifted by the District Court, the merger deed to effect the Merger is not permitted to be executed under Dutch law.
4.5    Unless a counterparty to the Merging Companies exercises the right provided for under Section 2:322 DCC, contracts concluded with the Merging Companies will remain in force unchanged following the Merger, except that the Surviving Company will replace, where applicable, the Disappearing Company as the contracting party.
4.6    The articles of association of the Surviving Company will not be amended as a consequence of the Merger.
Article 5 
Tax consequences




5.1    The Merging Companies and the Founders intend to treat the Merger to the maximum extent legally possible as a tax neutral transaction for German income taxation purposes. The Merging Companies and the Founders applied for binding rulings of the competent German tax authorities, requesting them to confirm the tax neutrality of the Merger, both for the Merging Companies and the Founders, in Germany. As of the date of this explanatory report, the binding rulings have not yet been issued. Based on informal feedback received from German tax authorities as of the date of this explanatory report, the Merging Companies expect that German tax authorities will confirm the tax neutrality of the Merger both for the Merging Companies and the Founders, except that they intend to treat certain reimbursement payments by Expedia Lodging Partner Services S.à r.l. to the Founders as a taxable event to the Founders and the Disappearing Company. The Merging Companies do not expect that the tax burden potentially triggered to the Disappearing Company will have an economically material impact compared to the economic benefits of the Merger.
5.2    In addition, the Merger might cause adverse tax consequences (in particular the forfeiture of minor tax loss carry-forwards) for the direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Disappearing Company as a result of the change of ownership. The Merging Companies do not expect that the adverse tax consequences potentially triggered at the subsidiary level will have an economically material impact compared to the economic benefits of the Merger.
Article 6 
Social consequence
6.1    As at March 31, 2017, the Disappearing Company employed 1,121 employees and the Surviving Company employed 14 employees. As at March 31, 2017, subsidiaries of the Disappearing Company employed 201 employees. There are and were no plans regarding a recruitment freeze. No domination agreements have been entered into between the Disappearing Company and any of its subsidiaries which employ personnel.
6.2    Employment relationships existing at the Surviving Company shall remain unaffected by the Merger and no modifications in such employment relationships are intended in connection with the Merger.
6.3    From the Legal Effective Time:
a.    all employment relationships of the Disappearing Company existing at the Legal Effective Time (the "Employment Relationships"), including all rights and obligations under the Employment Relationships, shall be transferred to the Surviving Company pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 1 of the German Civil Code ("BGB"); and




b.    the Surviving Company, as new employer, shall accede to all rights and obligations under the Employment Relationships.
6.4    The service periods accrued by employees of the Disappearing Company shall not be affected by the Merger. Contractual duties arising from the Employment Relationships (including any works practices, general commitments and uniform rules) shall remain unaffected by the Merger, with the Surviving Company as new employer.
6.5    The Employment Relationships cannot be terminated by the Merging Companies in connection with the Merger pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 4 sentence 1 BGB. The right of termination for other reasons shall pass to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger, but shall otherwise remain unaffected by the Merger pursuant to a direct or an analogous application of § 324 UmwG in connection with § 613a para. 4 sentence 2 BGB. No dismissals for operational reasons, reassignments or other measures affecting the employees of the Disappearing Company are intended in connection with the Merger.
6.6    Independent of the Merger, the Disappearing Company contemplates a carve-out of its sales department to a newly founded wholly owned subsidiary (the "NewCo"). This carve-out will, according to current plans, be implemented by way of a so-called "asset deal" between the Disappearing Company and the NewCo (the "Carve-Out"). If the Carve-Out is not implemented prior to the Legal Effective Time, the Carve-Out will be implemented by the Surviving Company instead of the Disappearing Company. The Carve-Out may be associated with a transfer of business within the meaning of § 613 a BGB. Dismissals for operational reasons are permissible pursuant to § 613a para. 4 sentence 2 BGB even if the Carve-Out is associated with a transfer of business within the meaning of § 613a BGB. This applies in particular to employees of the Disappearing Company's sales department who do not consent to or object to the transfer of their employment relationship to NewCo.
6.7    As a consequence of the Merger, the Surviving Company shall, at the Legal Effective Time, accede to all obligations arising from occupational pension commitments existing at the level of the Disappearing Company at the Legal Effective Time. Any regulations regarding company pensions applicable to the Disappearing Company at the Legal Effective Time shall – all acquired rights being safeguarded – as part of the individual contractual duties continue to apply to the Surviving Company following the Legal Effective Time. If the chosen manner of implementation of pension commitments granted to employees by the Disappearing Company cannot be maintained by the Surviving Company, the Surviving Company shall be obliged to provide the employees concerned with pension commitments under equal terms.




6.8    As at March 31, 2017, 12 employees of the Disappearing Company also have an employment relationship with the Surviving Company. One such employee, who is on parental leave, has a dormant employment relationship with both the Surviving Company and the Disappearing Company. In the case of the other 11 employees, the Employment Relationships with the Disappearing Company have each been deactivated by individual agreements entered into with them, pursuant to which the respective employment relationship with the Disappearing Company will be reactivated if the Merger finally does not take place or if the relevant employee is faced with serious economic damages as a result of his or her having entered into the employment relationship with the Surviving Company before the existing Employment Relationship with the Disappearing Company transferring to the Surviving Company by virtue of the Merger. It is anticipated that these inactive employment relationships with the Disappearing Company will be terminated at the Legal Effective Time or thereafter by individual agreements to be entered into between the Surviving Company and the relevant employees because the purpose of such deactivated Employment Relationships will cease to exist at the Legal Effective Time.
6.9    Neither of the Merging Companies has established co-determination bodies, any (central, group or company) works council or any other employee representative body, nor is any such body or works council in the process of being established. Therefore, no agreements have been entered into by either of the Merging Companies with any such body or works council.
6.10    Neither of the Merging Companies (i) is a member of an employers' association, (ii) is directly bound by any collective bargaining or works agreement or (iii) applies any collective bargaining or works agreement for other reasons (e.g., through employment contracts referring to collective bargaining or works agreements).
6.11    The general meeting of shareholders of each of the Merging Companies has decided not to open negotiations on the establishment of rules concerning employee participation. Because neither of the Merging Companies is expected to be subject to employee participation arrangements upon the Merger becoming effective, as a matter of Dutch law, the Surviving Company does not need to implement employee participation arrangements as a consequence of the Merger.
6.12    Pursuant to both (i) the Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 26, 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies and (ii) §§ 3 et seqq. of the German Act on the Co­Determination of Employees in Cross­Border Mergers ("MgVG") transposing such Directive into German law, the MgVG, as follows from the residence principle, is not applicable to the Surviving Company, which has its statutory seat in the Netherlands. From a European and German law perspective, any requirement to initiate employee participation procedures is solely subject to Dutch law.




6.13    As a result, the level of co-determination currently existing at the Merging Companies – i.e., no corporate co-determination – shall be maintained upon the Merger becoming effective.
Article 7 
Description of the Merger Plan
7.1    The reasons for and the effects of the Merger are set out above.
7.2    The Merger will be effected against allotment of Class B Shares to the Founders. As provided for in § 122a para. 2 in connection with § 20 para. 1 no. 3 sentence 1, 2nd half-sentence UmwG, no Class B Shares shall be allotted pursuant to the Merger as compensation for shares in the Disappearing Company held by, or for the account of, either of the Merging Companies.
The allotment of Class B Shares to the Founders pursuant to the Merger (the "Capital Increase") shall lead, by operation of Dutch law, to an increase of the Surviving Company's issued share capital at the Legal Effective Time. The Capital Increase shall be recorded in the Surviving Company's shareholders' register and with the Dutch trade register promptly following the Legal Effective Time.
Each of the Class B Shares to be allotted to the Founders at the Legal Effective Time pursuant to the Merger shall carry the right to (i) participate in the Surviving Company's profits (irrespective of whether such profits were generated prior to or after the Legal Effective Time) in accordance with the Surviving Company's articles of association and (ii) receive profit distributions declared by the Surviving Company which are payable upon or after the Legal Effective Time.
No cash contributions within the meaning of § 122c para. 2 no. 2 UmwG will be made.
7.3    From an economic and, subject to applicable accounting methods and policies, a financial accounting perspective, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be deemed to have taken effect in the internal relationship between the Merging Companies as of the Economic Effective Date.
As of the Economic Effective Date, all actions and business of the Disappearing Company shall be deemed to be performed for the account of the Surviving Company.
Subject to applicable accounting methods and policies, the financial information pertaining to the Disappearing Company shall be incorporated in the annual accounts and other financial reporting of the Surviving Company as of the Economic Effective Date.
7.4    As regards the expected effects of the Merger regarding employment within the meaning of § 122c para. 2 no. 4, reference is made to Article 6. For the avoidance of doubt, it has been decided not to open negotiations on the establishment of rules concerning employee participation and to set up a special negotiation body.




As neither of the Merging Companies is expected to be subject to employee participation arrangements upon the Merger becoming effective, as a matter of Dutch law, the Surviving Company does not need to implement employee participation arrangements as a consequence of the Merger.
From a European and German law perspective, any requirement to initiate employee participation procedures is solely subject to Dutch law as set out in Article 6.12.
As a result, the level of co-determination currently existing at the Merging Companies – i.e., no corporate co-determination – shall be maintained upon the Merger becoming effective
7.5    No rights within the meaning of § 122c para. 2 no. 7 UmwG or compensation for the loss of such rights are granted to any shareholder holding special rights or any holder of other securities, nor are there any other measures proposed with respect to such persons.
No special rights vis-à-vis the Disappearing Company are held by any party other than as shareholders of the Disappearing Company and, for that reason, no party is entitled pursuant to Section 2:320 DCC to receive an equivalent right in the Surviving Company or compensation for the loss of such right.
Because neither of the Merging Companies has issued shares which carry no voting or profit rights, no compensation can be requested pursuant to Section 2:330a DCC.
7.6    No benefits within the meaning of Section 2:312(2)(d) DCC and § 122c para. 2 no. 8 UmwG shall be conferred in connection with the Merger to the experts involved in examining the Merger Plan, to any of the Merging Companies' managing directors, to any of the Surviving Company's supervisory directors, to any other member of the administrative, management, supervisory or control bodies of the Merging Companies or to any other party involved in the Merger.
7.7    For financial accounting purposes, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be accounted for by the Surviving Company consistent with the accounting principles applied by the Surviving Company on basis of book value as set out in the accounts of the Disappearing Company.
7.8    The terms and conditions of the Merger are determined on the basis of the balance sheets of the Merging Companies as of December 31, 2016.
Article 8 
Exchange Ratios




8.1       Subject to Article 3.2 of the Merger Plan, at the Legal Effective Time, for each A-share (A-Geschäftsanteil) in the Disappearing Company's capital, 8,510.66824 Class B Shares and for each B-share (B-Geschäftsanteil) in the Disappearing Company's capital, 8.51066824 Class B Shares shall be allotted to the shareholders of the Disappearing Company pursuant to the Merger (i.e., an exchange ratio of 1 : 8,510.66824 for A-shares (A-Geschäftsanteile) and an exchange ratio of 1 : 8.51066824 for B-shares (B-Geschäftsanteile)) (the "Exchange Ratios"). The total number of Class B Shares to be allotted to each shareholder of the Disappearing Company shall be rounded to the nearest whole number, with fractions equaling or exceeding 0.5 being rounded up and fractions below 0.5 being rounded down, in each case without compensation in cash or receivables in respect of such rounding differences.
8.2    The balance sheet date used by the Merging Companies for the determination of the conditions of the Merger within the meaning of Section 2:333d(e) DCC and § 122c para. 2 no. 12 UmwG is in the case of both the Disappearing Company and the Surviving Company December 31, 2016.




8.3    The Exchange Ratios are suitable and appropriate in the circumstances at hand. The Surviving Company was established as a holding company of the Disappearing Company, which was effected by the contribution to the Surviving Company by the then shareholders of the Disappearing Company of a portion of the shares of the Disappearing Company (namely those currently held by Surviving Company) (the "Contribution"). The ratio at which shares of the Surviving Company were issued for the Contribution of each share by such shareholders in the Disappearing Company was set in a way such that the total resulting number of shares of the Surviving Company would yield an appropriate value of the Surviving Company on a per-share basis (assumed value of the Surviving Company divided by such number). Such value per share was targeted to allow for the offer price under the IPO to be set in the range between $10 and $15 per share, as this was the amount most suitable for the placement of the new shares. The conversion ratios for the Contribution ultimately set on this basis were 8,510.66824 for each A-share and 8.51066824 for each B-share of the Disappearing Company (the "Conversion Ratios"). As the ratio of the values of the Merging Companies was the same at the time of the Contribution and at the Economic Effective Date (because at both times the Surviving Company did not hold any material assets or liabilities other than a certain cash amount referred to in Article 1.3 and the shares in the Disappearing Company), the Exchange Ratios for the Merger must be equal to the Conversion Ratios in order for those shareholders who have acquired shares in the Surviving Company as part of the IPO or otherwise and those shareholders who will "exchange" their shares in the Disappearing Company into shares in the Surviving Company by way of the Merger to be treated economically the same. Accordingly, all shareholders of the Disappearing Company immediately prior to the IPO (including both the under the Contribution and others) and the Surviving Company agreed in the context of the IPO that the Exchange Ratios would be equal to the Conversion Ratios when the Merger was to be ultimately effected.
8.4       In order to assess whether the Conversion Ratios and the Exchange Ratios were suitable and appropriate, the Merging Companies conducted an analysis of these ratios on the basis of recent stock market prices of the American Depository Shares representing Class A Shares. On this basis, the value of the participation of the shareholders of the Disappearing Company was compared with the values of the future participation of the shareholders in the Surviving Company. Such analysis and comparison indicated that the Exchange Ratios are suitable and appropriate because the deviation between the values is significantly below 1.0%.
8.5    Because only one method was applied to determine the Exchange Ratios (as described in Article 8.3), the relative weight of multiple methods does not need to be addressed in this explanatory memorandum.




8.6    The values of both the Disappearing Company and the Surviving Company, used for determining the Exchange Ratios, have been derived from identical methods (i.e., derived from the Surviving Company's market capitalization on the basis of the analysis described in Article 8.4).
8.7    Other than as described above in this Article 8, no particular difficulties arose as a result of the valuation described above or the determination of the Exchange Ratios.
8.8    No offer pursuant to §§ 122i para. 1 in connection with 29 et seqq. UmwG is required for the acquisition of shares against adequate consideration in cash to shareholders who record an objection against the merger resolution adopted by the shareholders' meeting of the Disappearing Company. All shareholders of the Disappearing Company intend not to record an objection against such resolution and to waive the assertion of potential claims for the payment of a cash compensation pursuant to §§ 122i para. 1 in connection with 29 et seqq. UmwG.
    
(signature page follows)





Management boards of the Merging Companies
/s/ Axel Hefer
 
/s/ Peter Vinnemeier
Name: A.P. Hefer
 
Name: P. Vinnemeier
 
 
 
/s/ Andrej Lehnert
 
/s/ Malte Siewert
Name: A.G. Lehnert
 
Name: M. Siewert
 
 
 
/s/ Johannes Thomas
 
/s/ Rolf Schrömgens
Name: T.J. Thomas
 
Name: R.T.J. Schrömgens







Exhibit



Exhibit 2.3
DEED OF CROSS-BORDER MERGER

On this day, the sixth day of September two thousand and seventeen, appeared before me, Wijnand Hendrik Bossenbroek, civil law notary at Amsterdam:
Jules Jacob van de Winckel, employed at the offices of me, civil law notary, located at 1082 PR Amsterdam, Beethovenstraat 400, born in Breda on the eleventh day of February nineteen hundred and eighty-three, acting for the purposes of this Deed as the holder of written powers of attorney from:
1.
trivago N.V., a public limited liability company (naamloze vennootschap) under Dutch law, having its statutory seat (statutaire zetel) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) under number 67222927) (the "Surviving Company"); and
2.
trivago GmbH, a private company with limited liability (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) under German law, having its statutory seat (Satzungssitz) in Düsseldorf, Ger-many (registered address: Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany, registered with the commercial register of the lower court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf under number HRB 51842) (the "Disappearing Company").
The Surviving Company and the Disappearing Company are hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Merging Companies".
The person appearing, acting in the above capacities, declared the following:
RECITALS
A.
The Merging Companies wish to enter into a cross-border merger within the meaning of (i) Sections 2:309 and 2:333b of the Dutch Civil Code ("DCC"), (ii) §§ 122a et seqq. of the German Transformation Act ("UmwG") and (iii) the Directive 2005/56 EC of the Eu-ropean Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on cross-border mergers of lim-ited liability companies (the "Directive"), pursuant to which the Disappearing Company, as disappearing company, will merge with and into the Surviving Company, as surviving company (the "Merger").
B.
Neither of the Merging Companies has been dissolved, has been declared bankrupt or has been granted a suspension of payments.
C.
No shares in the Disappearing Company's capital have been encumbered with a right of pledge or a right of usufruct or any similar encumbrance under German law.
D.
The Merger is intended to be treated for German corporate income tax and trade tax pur-poses as a tax neutral transaction in accordance with § 11 para. 2 German Reorganization Tax Act (Umwandlungssteuergesetz) to the maximum extent legally possible.
E.
No works council has been established or is in the process of being established which would be entitled to render advice in respect of the Merger.
F.
The Merging Companies' general meetings have decided not to open negotiations on the establishment of rules concerning employee participation as referred to in Section 2:333k(12) DCC, as evidenced by (i) a written resolution of the Surviving Company's general meeting dated the sixteenth day of December two thousand and sixteen and (ii) an oral resolution of the Disappearing Company's general meeting dated the sixteenth day of December two thousand and sixteen laid down in minutes, copies of which shall be at-tached to this Deed.
G.
The Merging Companies' management boards and the Surviving Company's supervisory board have drawn up a joint cross-border merger plan relating to the Merger (the "Merger Plan"). The managing directors of the Merging Companies and the supervisory directors of the Surviving Company have signed the Merger Plan.








H.
In addition, the Merging Companies' management boards have drawn up a joint explana-tory report to the Merger Plan (the "Explanatory Report"). The managing directors of the Merging Companies have signed the Explanatory Report.
I.
In connection with the Merger, an auditor as referred to in Section 2:393 DCC has issued the statements and the report referred to in Section 2:328 DCC.
J.
In connection with the Merger, an auditor has issued the report referred to in §§ 122f, 9 et seqq. UmwG.
K.
On the twelfth day of June two thousand and seventeen, the Disappearing Company filed the documents as referred to in § 122d UmwG, to the extent required, with the commercial register of the lower court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf, Germany.
L.
On the nineteenth day of June two thousand and seventeen, the commercial register of the lower court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf, Germany, published the Merger Plan of the Merging Compa-nies by means of a notice stating the information as required pursuant to § 122d UmwG.
M.
The Merger Plan was filed with the Dutch trade register on the thirtieth day of June two thousand and seventeen, together with the other relevant documents referred to in Sections 2:314(1) DCC and 2:328(1) DCC. On that same date, those documents were also filed at the Merging Companies' offices, together with the other relevant documents referred to in Sections 2:314(2) DCC and 2:328(2) DCC.
N.
The Merging Companies announced the filings mentioned in recital M. in Trouw on the fifth day of July two thousand and seventeen, in accordance with Sections 2:314(3) DCC and 2:331(2) DCC.
O.
The Merging Companies announced the Merger in the Dutch Gazette (Staatscourant) on the sixth day of July two thousand and seventeen, in accordance with Section 2:333e DCC.
P.
The declaration from the clerk of the court of first instance of Amsterdam, the Nether-lands, a copy of which shall be attached to this Deed, evidences that no objection to the Merger Plan has been filed by a creditor of either or both of the Merging Companies.
Q.
The joint declaration of the Merging Companies' management boards, of which a copy shall be attached to this Deed, evidences that no material changes have occurred in the as-sets and liabilities of the Merging Companies after the date of the Merger Plan that have affected the statements in the Merger Plan or in the Explanatory Report.
R.
On the third day of August two thousand and seventeen, the Surviving Company's super-visory board resolved to approve the intended resolution of the Surviving Company's management board to enter into the Merger. A copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Surviving Company's supervisory board evidencing this resolution shall be attached to this Deed.
S.
On the twenty-first day of August two thousand and seventeen, the Surviving Company's management board resolved to enter into the Merger. A copy of the written resolution evidencing this resolution shall be attached to this Deed. No request as referred to in Section 2:331(3) DCC has been received by the Surviving Company.
T.
On the twenty-second day of August two thousand and seventeen, the Disappearing Com-pany's general meeting resolved to enter into the Merger. A copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Disappearing Company's general meeting shall be attached to this Deed.
U.
As evidenced by a notarial certificate issued by Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann, German notary, duly admitted and sworn in with official residence in Düsseldorf, Germany, on the fifth day of September two thousand and seventeen, a copy of which is attached to this Deed, the notification issued by the Local Court (Amtsgericht) of Düsseldorf, Germany on the thirtieth day of August two thousand and seventeen and re-issued after correction on the fifth day of September two thousand and seventeen, a copy of which is attached to this Deed, constitutes the pre-merger certificate within the meaning of Section 10 of the Di-








rective and § 122k para. 2 UmwG, attesting that the German law requirements for the Merger are fulfilled.
V.
On the fourth day of September two thousand and seventeen, the undersigned civil law notary has issued a pre-merger certificate with regard to the Surviving Company, within the meaning of Section 10 of the Directive and Section 2:333i(3) DCC, attesting that (i) the procedural formalities (vormvoorschrift-en) regarding all resolutions required by Chapters 2, 3 and 3A of Title 7 of Book 2 DCC and by the Surviving Company's articles of association for the Surviving Company's participation in the Merger have been observed, and (ii) all other formalities (voorschriften) stipulated by Chapters 2, 3 and 3A of Title 7 of Book 2 DCC in relation to the Merger have been observed. A copy of the pre-merger certificate for the Surviving Company shall be attached to this Deed.
DECLARES
CROSS-BORDER MERGER
Article 1
The Merging Companies enter into the Merger in accordance with the provisions of the Merger Plan and the Explanatory Report. The Merger will become effective by operation of law on the day following the execution of this Deed.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Article 2
2.1
From an economic and financial accounting perspective, the transfer of the Disappearing Company's assets and liabilities to the Surviving Company pursuant to the Merger shall be deemed to have taken effect in the internal relationship between the Merging Companies as of the first day of January two thousand and seventeen, zero hours and zero minutes (Amsterdam time) (the "Economic Effective Date") (Verschmelzungsstichtag) in accord-ance with § 122c para. 2 no. 6 UmwG.
2.2
As of the Economic Effective Date, all actions and business of the Disappearing Company shall be deemed to be performed for the account of the Surviving Company.
2.3
Subject to the applicable accounting method and policies, the financial information per-taining to the Disappearing Company shall be incorporated in the annual accounts and other financial reporting of the Surviving Company as of the Economic Effective Date.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
The person appearing has been authorised to act under two (2) powers of attorney in the form of private instruments, which shall be attached to this Deed immediately following its execu-tion.
FINAL STATEMENTS
The person appearing declared the following:
A.
pursuant to the Merger and the application of the Exchange Ratios (as defined in the Merger Plan), a total of one hundred ten million seven hundred ninety-one thousand eight hundred seventy-nine (110,791,879) class B shares in the Surviving Company's capital, each share having a nominal value of sixty eurocents (EUR 0.60), shall be allotted to shareholders of the Disappearing Company (except for the Surviving Company) upon the Merger becoming effective, in accordance with the provisions of the Merger Plan and the Explanatory Report (the "Merger Shares"); and
B.
consequently, upon the Merger becoming effective, the Surviving Company's issued share capital shall amount to one hundred ninety-three million seven hundred thirty-four thousand four hundred six euro and ninety-eight eurocents (EUR 193,734,406.98) and consist of thirty million nine hundred seven thousand one hundred and thirteen (30,907,113) class A shares, each class A share having a nominal value of six eurocents (EUR 0.06) and three hundred nineteen million seven hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred sixty-seven (319,799,967) class B shares, each class B share having a nominal








value of sixty eurocents (EUR 0.60).
The person appearing is known to me, civil law notary.
This Deed was executed in Amsterdam on the date mentioned in its heading.
After I, civil law notary, had conveyed and explained the contents of the Deed in substance to the person appearing, the person appearing declared to have taken note of the contents of the Deed, to be in agreement with the contents and not to wish them to be read out in full. Following a partial reading, the Deed was signed by the person appearing and by me, civil law notary.
(Signed): J.J. van de Winckel, W.H. Bossenbroek

ISSUED FOR TRUE COPY


THE UNDERSIGNED
Wijnand Hendrik Bossenbroek, civil law notary in Amsterdam, declares that he has established that (i) the procedural requirements (vormvoorschriften) as referred to in Section 2:318(1) of the Dutch Civil Code have been observed, (ii) the companies merging by virtue of the execution of this deed have decided on the same joint cross-border merger plan and (iii) the application of Sec-tion 2:333k of the Dutch Civil Code does not lead to the adoption of regulations with regard to employee participation (medezeggenschap) as referred to in Section 2:333k of the Dutch Civil Code.

Signed in Amsterdam on 6 September 2017.
(Signed): W.H. Bossenbroek

ISSUED FOR TRUE COPY







Exhibit


Exhibit 3.2
28 February 2018
MANAGEMENT BOARD RULES
TRIVAGO N.V.

INTRODUCTION
Article 1
1.1 These rules govern the organisation, decision-making and other internal matters of the Management Board. In performing their duties, the Managing Directors shall act in compliance with these rules and the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
1.2 These rules are complementary to, and subject to, the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and applicable laws and regulations.
1.3 These rules shall be posted on the Website.

DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
Article 2
2.1 In these rules the following definitions shall apply:
Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement
The Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement among the Company and certain of its shareholders, dated December 15, 2016, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Annual Business Plan
The Company's annual business plan prepared by the Management Board and approved by the Supervisory Board.
Appendix
The appendix to these rules.
Article
An article of these rules.
Articles of Association
The Company's articles of association.
Audit Committee
The audit committee established by the Supervisory Board.
Board Meeting
A meeting of the Management Board.
CEO
The Company's chief executive officer.
CFO
The Company's chief financial officer.
Class A share
A class A share in the Company's capital.
Class B share
A class B share in the Company's capital.
Company
trivago N.V.
Conflict of Interests
A direct or indirect personal interest of a Managing Director which conflicts with the interests of the Company and of the business connected with it.
Founder
Any of Messrs. Rolf Schrömgens, Malte Siewert or Peter Vinnemeier.
General Meeting
The Company's general meeting of shareholders.
Incentive Plan
The Company's 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan, any successor incentive plan, and any predecessor phantom option and profit sharing bonus agreements in existence as of the date hereof or amended pursuant to forms of amendment approved by the General Meeting, in each case as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Management Board
The Company's management board.
Managing Director
A member of the Management Board.





Simple Majority
More than half of the votes cast.
Subsidiary
A subsidiary of the Company within the meaning of Section 2:24a DCC, including:
a. an entity in whose general meeting the Company or one or more of its Subsidiaries can exercise, whether or not by virtue of an agreement with other parties with voting rights, individually or collectively, more than half of the voting rights; and
b. an entity of which the Company or one or more of its Subsidiaries are members or shareholders and can appoint or dismiss, whether or not by virtue of an agreement with other parties with voting rights, individually or collectively, more than half of the managing directors or of the supervisory directors, even if all parties with voting rights cast their votes.
Supervisory Board
The Company's supervisory board.
Website
The Company's website.
2.3 Terms that are defined in the singular have a corresponding meaning in the plural.
2.4 Words denoting a gender include each other gender.
2.5 Except as otherwise required by law, the terms "written" and "in writing" include the use of electronic means of communication.

COMPOSITION
Article 3
3.1 The Management Board consists of at least three Managing Directors, including the CEO and the CFO. No Managing Director shall be or become tax resident in the Netherlands without the prior explicit consent of the Supervisory Board.
3.2 The number of Managing Directors shall be kept consistent with the provisions of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
3.3 The Managing Directors shall be appointed, suspended and dismissed in accordance with the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and applicable law.
3.4 A person may be appointed as Managing Director for a maximum term of up to five years, provided that the term of office of a Managing Director may be extended to expire at the end of the annual General Meeting held in the fifth year following his most recent (re)appointment as a Managing Director. A Managing Director is expected to retire early in the event of inadequate functioning, structural incompatibility of interests, and in other instances in which this is deemed necessary by the Supervisory Board.
3.5 The Supervisory Board may elect a Managing Director to be the CEO and another Managing Director to be the CFO, subject to the terms of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement. The Supervisory Board may revoke the title of CEO or CFO, provided that the Managing Director concerned shall subsequently continue his term of office as a Managing Director without having the title of CEO or CFO, respectively, in each case subject to the terms of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
3.6 The Management Board should be composed such that the requisite expertise, background and skills are present, enabling the Managing Directors to carry out their duties properly. Each Managing Director should have the specific expertise required for the fulfilment of his duties.






DUTIES AND ORGANISATION
Article 4
4.1 The Management Board is charged with the management of the Company, subject to the restrictions contained in the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and these rules. In performing their duties, Managing Directors shall be guided by the interests of the Company and of the business connected with it.
4.2 Each Managing Director shall perform, and shall be responsible for, the tasks and duties allocated to him by the Management Board. Notwithstanding a Managing Director's own responsibility for tasks and duties assigned to him, each Managing Director should work with the other Managing Directors in a cooperative manner within the scope of the general tasks and duties of the Management Board as a whole. The Managing Directors are obliged to inform each other continuously on important business affairs, planning, developments and measures relating to the tasks and duties allocated to them, in particular on special risks or threatened losses, and are obliged to consult the other Managing Directors about issues of essential importance.
4.3 Each Managing Director is required to perform his tasks and duties for which he is responsible as Managing Director in principle from the Company's principal offices in Germany (or otherwise from a location in Germany). When performing his tasks and duties for the Company, in particular outside of Germany, each Managing Director shall use good faith efforts to comply with the "best-practice" guidelines issued from time to time by the Supervisory Board in line with the provisions applicable to amendments of the Rules of Procedure as set forth in the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement from a tax perspective, including guidelines to preserve the status of the Company as a tax resident of Germany, provided, however, that any deviations from the "best-practice" guidelines shall not constitute a violation of any obligations of the respective Managing Director under these rules and/or the "best-practice"-guidelines except and to the extent that any such deviations are material and either (x) wilful (i.e. with the intention to violate the "best-practice"-guidelines) or (y) repeated and, in the case of (y), do not cease after written notice by the Company or the Supervisory Board. In no case shall a deviation from the "best-practice" guidelines constitute a violation of the respective Managing Director under these rules and/or the "best practice"-guidelines if either the Supervisory Board or the Audit Committee has approved the respective action or has confirmed that the respective action is in line with the "best-practice"-guidelines.
4.4 The Management Board is responsible for the continuity of the Company and its business, focusing on long-term value creation for the Company and its business. The Management Board shall, under the supervision of the Supervisory Board, formulate and implement a strategy focus on long-term value creation that may, depending on market dynamics, continually require short-term adjustment.
4.5 The Management Board should engage the Supervisory Board at a timely stage in formulating the view on long-term value creation and the strategy for its realisation. The Management Board should submit the strategy, and the explanatory notes to that strategy, to the Supervisory Board for approval.
4.6 The Management Board shall provide the Supervisory Board with the information necessary for the performance of its tasks in a timely fashion. At least once per calendar quarter, the Management Board shall inform the Supervisory Board in writing of the main features of the strategic policy, the general and financial risks and the administration and control system of the Company. The Management Board shall attend any meetings that are from time to time convened by the Supervisory Board to discuss certain business with the Management Board, provided that all Managing Directors shall be given reasonable notice by or on behalf of the Supervisory Board of any such meeting at least one week in advance. The Management Board shall provide the Supervisory Board with any information reasonably requested by the Supervisory Board in advance of such meetings.
4.7 The Management Board should identify and analyse the risks associated with the Company's strategy and activities. It should set the rules within which the Company may accept risks and the control measures to counter those risks. The context for this analysis should be determined by aspects such as the Company's continuity, reputation, financial reporting, funding, operating activities and long-term value creation.
4.8 Based on the risk assessment referred to in Article 4.7, the Management Board should design, implement and maintain adequate internal risk management and control systems. As much as possible, these systems should form part of the work processes within the Company and - to the extent relevant - should be known at all levels within





the enterprise affiliated with the Company. The internal risk management and control systems should be adjusted in response to incidents in a timely fashion.
4.9 The Management Board should monitor the operation of the internal risk management and control systems and, at least annually, carry out a systematic review of the effectiveness of the systems' design and operation. Such monitoring should cover all material control measures, including the financial, operational and compliance aspects, and take account of weaknesses observed and lessons learned, signals from whistleblowers and findings from the internal audit function and the external auditor. Where necessary, improvements should be made to internal risk management and control systems.
4.10 The Management Board should render account to the Supervisory Board and to the Company's audit committee of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company's internal risk management and control systems.
4.11 The Management Board is responsible for the functioning of the Company's internal audit function. The Management Board should both appoint and dismiss the senior internal auditor. Both the appointment and the dismissal of the senior internal auditor should be submitted to the chairman of the Audit Committee for approval. The Management Board should annually assess the functioning of the internal audit function, taking into account the Audit Committee's opinion.
4.12 The Management Board is responsible for creating a culture aimed at long-term value creation for the Company and its business, under the supervision of the Supervisory Board. The Management Board is responsible for embedding the culture in the Company's business. In doing so, the Management Board should pay attention to culture- and conduct-determining factors such as the business model and the environment in which the Company operates.
4.13 Without prejudice to any other approval requirements under Dutch law, the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement or these rules, the approval of the Supervisory Board is required for matters described in the Appendix with respect to the Company or any Subsidiary.

DECISION-MAKING
Article 5
5.1 The Management Board shall meet as often as any of the Managing Directors deems necessary or appropriate but in general at least once per any month.
5.2 A Board Meeting may be convened by any Managing Director by means of a written notice.
5.3 All Managing Directors shall be given reasonable notice of at least one week for all Board Meetings, unless a shorter notice is required to avoid a delay which could reasonably be expected to have an adverse effect on the Company and/or the business connected with it. Notice of a Board Meeting shall include the date, time, place and agenda for that Board Meeting and shall be sent to the Managing Directors in writing.
5.4 As a matter of principle Board Meetings shall be physically held in Germany. In case a Managing Director is travelling at the point in time when a Board Meeting is scheduled or a Managing Director is otherwise prevented from joining a Board Meeting in person, such Managing Director may participate in the respective Board Meeting by means of audio-communication facilities, provided that either (i) the travelling Managing Director is participating in the Board Meeting from a location in Germany or (ii) the majority of all participating Managing Directors is participating in the Board Meeting in person or from another location in Germany, and the travelling Managing Director does not participate from a location in the Netherlands. For the purpose of determining whether the majority of the Managing Directors is participating in the Board Meeting in person or from another location in Germany within the meaning of proviso (ii) of the immediately preceding sentence, the CEO shall count twice, if the number of all participating Managing Directors is an odd number and the CEO participates. In exceptional circumstances a Board Meeting may be held entirely by means of audio-communication facilities, provided that no Managing Director participates in such Board Meeting from a location in the Netherlands. Exceptional circumstances within the meaning of the preceding sentence shall only apply if a Board Meeting must be held in such manner in order to avoid material or irreversible damage of any kind (including pecuniary, reputational or





otherwise) to the Company. A Managing Director cannot be represented by another Managing Director for the purpose of the deliberations and the decision-making of the Management Board.
5.5 If a Board Meeting has not been convened in accordance with Articles 5.2 and 5.3, resolutions may nevertheless be passed at such Board Meeting by a unanimous vote of all Managing Directors.
5.6 All Board Meetings shall be chaired by the CEO or, in his absence, by another Managing Director designated by the Managing Directors present at the relevant Board Meeting. The chairman of the Board Meeting shall appoint a secretary to prepare the minutes of the proceedings at such Board Meeting. The secretary does not necessarily need to be a Managing Director.
5.7 Minutes of the proceedings at a Board Meeting shall be sufficient evidence thereof and of the observance of all necessary formalities, provided that such minutes are certified by a Managing Director.
5.8 Without prejudice to Article 5.11, each Managing Director may cast one vote in the decision-making of the Management Board.
5.9 Resolutions of the Management Board shall be passed, irrespective of whether this occurs at a Board Meeting or otherwise, by Simple Majority unless these rules provide differently.
5.10 Invalid votes, blank votes and abstentions shall not be counted as votes cast. Managing Directors who casted an invalid or blank vote or who abstained from voting shall be taken into account when determining the number of Managing Directors who are present or represented at a Board Meeting.
5.11 Where there is a tie in any vote of the Management Board, the CEO shall have a casting vote.
5.12 In exceptional circumstances (as defined in Article 5.4 above), resolutions of the Management Board may, instead of at a Board Meeting, be passed in writing, provided that (i) all Managing Directors are familiar with the resolution to be passed, (ii) none of them objects to this decision-making process and (iii) the resolution shall not be signed in the Netherlands. However, in principle, Board Meetings should be held as physical meetings. Articles 5.8 through 5.11 apply mutatis mutandis.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
Article 6
6.1 A Managing Director shall not participate in the deliberations and decision-making of the Management Board on a matter in relation to which he has a Conflict of Interests. If, as a result thereof, no resolution can be passed by the Management Board, the resolution shall be passed by the Supervisory Board.
6.2 A Conflict of Interests shall be considered to exist if the Company intends to enter into a transaction with a legal entity:
a. in which a Managing Director personally has a material financial interest;
b. which has a member of its management board or its supervisory board who is related under family law to a Managing Director; or
c. in which a Managing Director has a management or supervisory position.
A Conflict of Interests shall not be considered to exist by reason only of a Managing Director's affiliation with a direct or indirect shareholder of the Company.
6.3 A Managing Director should immediately report any actual or potential Conflict of Interests in a transaction that is of material significance to the Company and/or to such Managing Director to the chairman of the Supervisory Board and to the other members of the Management Board. The Managing Director concerned should provide all relevant information in that regard, including the information relevant to the situation concerning his spouse, registered partner or other life companion, foster child and relatives by blood or marriage up to the second degree. The Supervisory Board should decide, outside the presence of the Managing Director concerned, whether there is a Conflict of Interests.





6.4 All transactions in which there are Conflicts of Interests with Managing Directors should be agreed on terms that are customary in the market. Decisions to enter into transactions in which there are Conflicts of Interests with Managing Directors that are of material significance to the Company and/or to the relevant Managing Director shall require the approval of the Supervisory Board.

POWERS OF ATTORNEY
Article 7
The Management Board, as well as each Managing Director individually, may grant powers of attorney to perform acts on the Company's behalf from time to time, provided that the holder of any such power of attorney must be a German tax resident, unless it concerns a power of attorney granted to an advisor, lawyer or auditor of the Company and the scope of such power of attorney is limited to the performance of certain specified acts on the Company's behalf.

OWNERSHIP OF AND TRADING IN FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
Article 8
8.1 The Managing Directors shall be subject to the Company's insider trading policy.
8.2 In addition, each Managing Director shall practice great reticence:
a. when conducting a transaction in shares or other financial instruments issued by, or relating to, another listed company if this could reasonably create the appearance of such Managing Director possessing, or being able to possess, price-sensitive information concerning such company; and
b. in the ownership of and trading in shares or other financial instruments issued by, or relating to, another listed company which is a direct competitor of the Company.

COMPENSATION
Article 9
9.1 The General Meeting shall determine the Company's policy concerning the compensation of the Management Board with due observance of the relevant statutory requirements.
9.2 The compensation of Managing Directors shall be determined by the Supervisory Board, at the proposal of the Company's compensation committee, and with due observance of the Company's compensation policy.

AMENDMENTS
Article 10
Pursuant to a resolution to that effect, the Management Board may, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, amend or supplement these rules, subject to the terms of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
Article 11
These rules shall be governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. Any dispute arising in connection with these rules shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent court in Amsterdam.







Appendix - Matters requiring Supervisory Board approval

The Managing Directors shall have the full power and authority to manage the operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries in a manner materially consistent with the Annual Business Plan approved by the Supervisory Board (as amended from time to time with the consent of the Supervisory Board). For the avoidance of doubt, the Supervisory Board shall not issue instructions to the Managing Directors except as otherwise set forth in these rules or as required by Dutch law.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, except as (i) agreed in the Annual Business plan or (ii) reasonably required in order to consummate the initial public offering of Class A Shares (or American Depositary Receipts for Class A Shares) once approved by the General Meeting, prior to entering into the following transactions or making the following decisions with respect to the Company or any Subsidiary, the Management Board shall obtain the prior consent of the Supervisory Board:

1. Acquisitions & Sales
a) 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 USD 1,000,000, or (ii) between USD 1,000,000 and USD 10,000,000 except to the extent prior notice is provided to Expedia, Inc. and such sale, transfer, lease or other disposition would be permitted under Expedia, Inc.'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, Inc. and such merger or sale is permitted under Expedia, Inc.'s credit facilities);
b) liquidating or dissolving the Company or any Subsidiary;

2. Liabilities & Debts
a) granting loans, payment guarantees (Bürgschaften), indemnities, or incurring other liabilities to third parties outside the ordinary course of business in excess of EUR 10,000,000;
b) 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 EUR 25,000,000;

3. Material Agreements
a) 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) 5 years, or (iii) agreements pursuant to Article 7.1(h) of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement;
b) 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;
c) entering into agreements (i) which cannot be terminated without penalty within (a) three years and involving annual expenditures in excess of EUR 10,000,000 or (b) five years, except for supplementary lease agreements with (x) an annual rent of not more than EUR 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 EUR 15,000,000, save that the threshold for expenditures for brand marketing shall be EUR 50,000,000;





d) entering into agreements under which the Company or any Subsidiary binds or purports to bind any of the Company's shareholders or its shareholders' affiliates (other than the Company's subsidiaries) or to cause such shareholders or affiliates to take or forbear from taking action;
e) entering into, amending or terminating agreements between the Company (or any Subsidiary) and any managing director of the Company or any Subsidiary, any companies affiliated with such managing director, or third parties represented by such managing director;
f) entering into or amending any agreements or other arrangements with any third party that restrict in any fashion the ability of the Company (or any Subsidiary), which ability shall be subject to the terms of these rules (a) to pay dividends or other distributions with respect to any shares in the capital of the Company (or any Subsidiary) or (b) to make or repay loans or advances to, or guarantee debt of, any of the Company's shareholders or such shareholders subsidiaries;
g) entering into, amending or terminating domination agreements (Beherrschungsverträge), profit and loss pooling agreements (Gewinnabführungsverträge), business leasing contracts (Unternehmenspachtverträge) or tax units (Organschaften);
h) entering into any transaction with any affiliate or shareholder of the Company which is outside the ordinary course of business and not at arms' length terms;

4. Transactions related to Share Capital
a) issuing shares in the capital of the Company or any Subsidiary (including phantom stock and profit participation rights) or granting options (including phantom options) or subscription rights for shares of the Company or any Subsidiary, except pursuant to the Incentive Plan;
b) share repurchases by the Company or any Subsidiary (other than in connection with conversion of Class B shares into Class A shares);
c) amendments, modifications or waivers to, or the exercise of any rights under, any stock option, phantom option or similar program of the Company or any Subsidiary, except to the extent provided in the Incentive Plan;

5. Tax & Accounting Matters
a) making changes to regulatory or tax status or classification of the Company or any Subsidiary;
b) change of material accounting standards not required by applicable law or Dutch or U.S. GAAP policy;

6. Employment Matters
a)     entering into, amending or terminating employment contracts with Founders, the CEO or the CFO;
b)     entering into any collective bargaining agreements (Tarifverträge); and

7. Litigation
initiating or settling material litigation in excess of EUR 1,000,000.

The Managing Directors shall in due course at least thirty (30) days before the end of each fiscal year of the Company prepare and submit to the Supervisory Board an annual business plan for the following fiscal year. The Annual Business Plan shall become effective upon the approval of the Supervisory Board and the Annual Business Plan may be amended by the Management Board by a quarterly plan with the consent of the Supervisory Board. The Annual Business Plan will address, in reasonable detail, any anticipated transactions of the type described in paragraph 1(a) above. The fiscal year of the Company shall be the calendar year.





If at the beginning of a fiscal year no new Annual Business Plan is in effect because the Supervisory Board did not approve the annual business plan submitted by the Managing Directors or the Managing Directors did not submit an annual business plan as and when required hereunder, the Annual Business Plan for the previous business year shall stay in effect until such time when the Supervisory Board approves a new annual business plan for the running fiscal year, provided that the target figures for revenue and adjusted EBITDA shall increase by 15% to the previous Annual Business Plan and expense items shall be adjusted accordingly.




Exhibit


Exhibit 3.3
27 October 2017
SUPERVISORY BOARD RULES
TRIVAGO N.V.
    
INTRODUCTION
Article 1
1.1 These rules govern the organisation, decision-making and other internal matters of the Supervisory Board. In performing their duties, the Supervisory Directors shall act in compliance with these rules and the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
1.2 These rules are complementary to, and subject to, the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and applicable laws and regulations.
1.3 These rules shall be posted on the Website.

DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
Article 2
2.1 In these rules the following definitions shall apply:
Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement
The Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement among the Company and certain of its shareholders, dated December 15, 2016, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Article
An article of these rules.
Articles of Association
The Company's articles of association.
Audit Committee
The audit committee established by the Supervisory Board.
Chairman
The chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Committee
The Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and any other permanent or ad hoc committee established by the Supervisory Board.
Committee Charter
The charter governing the organisation, decision-making and other internal matters of the relevant Committee.
Company
trivago N.V.
Compensation Committee
The compensation committee established by the Supervisory Board.
Conflict of Interests
A direct or indirect personal interest of a Supervisory Director which conflicts with the interests of the Company and of the business connected with it.
General Meeting
The Company's general meeting of shareholders.
Management Board
The Company's management board.
Managing Director
A member of the Management Board.
Simple Majority
More than half of the votes cast.
Supervisory Board
The Company's supervisory board.
Supervisory Board Meeting
A meeting of the Supervisory Board.
Supervisory Director
A member of the Supervisory Board.
Vice-Chairman
The vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Website
The Company's website.






2.2 References to statutory provisions are to those provisions as they are in force from time to time.
2.3 Terms that are defined in the singular have a corresponding meaning in the plural.
2.4 Words denoting a gender include each other gender.
2.5 Except as otherwise required by law, the terms "written" and "in writing" include the use of electronic means of communication.

COMPOSITION
Article 3
3.1 The Supervisory Board initially consists of seven Supervisory Directors.
3.2 A Supervisory Director shall not be a Dutch tax resident. At least three Supervisory Directors shall not be citizens or residents of the United States of America and at least one Supervisory Director shall be tax resident in Germany, unless a different composition of the Supervisory Board is consented to under and in accordance with the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
3.3 The number of Supervisory Directors shall be kept consistent with the provisions of the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement.
3.4 The Supervisory Directors shall be appointed, suspended and dismissed in accordance with the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and applicable law.
3.5 A person may be appointed as Supervisory Director for up to three years, provided that the term of office of a Supervisory Director may be extended to expire at the end of the annual General Meeting held in the third year following his most recent (re)appointment as a Supervisory Director. A Supervisory Director is expected to retire early in the event of inadequate functioning, structural incompatibility of interests, and in other instances in which this is deemed necessary by the Supervisory Board.
3.6 The Supervisory Board should be composed such that the requisite expertise, background and skills are present, enabling the Supervisory Board to carry out its duties properly. Each Supervisory Director should have the specific expertise required for the fulfilment of his duties.
3.7 Each Supervisory Director should be capable of assessing the broad outline of the Company's overall management and at least one Supervisory Director should have specific expertise in technological innovations and new business models.
3.8 The Supervisory Board shall be composed of individuals who are knowledgeable and have relevant experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
a. the industry in which the Company operates;
b. general management;
c. finance, administration and accounting;
d. strategy;
e. marketing and sales;
f. innovation, research and development;
g. human resources, personnel and organisation;
h. information technology; and/or
i. legal affairs.
3.9 Each Supervisory Director shall be expected to have the following competences and qualities:





a. integrity;
b. the ability to act critically and independently of the other Supervisory Directors and the Management Board;
c. the ability to promote and protect the interests of the Company, its business and its stakeholders;
d. awareness of international trends in society, economy and politics;
e. a track record of proven success;
f. analytical, critical and solution-oriented;
g. having sufficient time at his disposal to perform his duties properly;
h. willingness to follow induction and training programmes and to be periodically evaluated; and
i. ambition for continuous improvement.
3.10 The Supervisory Directors to be appointed as members of the Audit Committee shall be independent for purposes of the listing standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market.
3.11 The Company endorses the importance of diversity in terms of, among other things, background, age, gender, nationality, and experience. However, the importance of diversity, in and of itself, should never set aside the overriding principle that a Supervisory Director should always be recommended, nominated and appointed for being the "best man or woman for the job".
3.12 The Supervisory Board shall elect a Supervisory Director to be the Chairman and another Supervisory Director to be the Vice-Chairman. The Supervisory Board may revoke the title of Chairman or Vice-Chairman, provided that the Supervisory Director concerned shall subsequently continue his term of office as a Supervisory Director without having the title of Chairman or Vice-Chairman, as the case may be.
3.13 The Supervisory Board should ensure that the Company has a sound plan in place for the succession of Managing Directors and Supervisory Directors that is aimed at retaining the balance in the requisite expertise and experience as described in these rules. The Supervisory Board should also draw up a retirement schedule in order to avoid, as much as possible, Supervisory Directors retiring simultaneously. The retirement schedule should be made generally available on the Website.

DUTIES AND ORGANISATION
Article 4
4.1 The Supervisory Board is charged with the supervision of the policy of the Management Board and the general course of affairs of the Company and of the business connected with it, subject to the restrictions contained in the Articles of Association, the Amended and Restated Shareholders' Agreement and these rules. In so doing, the Supervisory Board should also focus on the effectiveness of the Company's internal risk management and control systems and the integrity and quality of the financial reporting. The Supervisory Board shall provide the Management Board with advice. In performing their duties, Supervisory Directors shall be guided by the interests of the Company and of the business connected with it.
4.2 The Supervisory Board should supervise the manner in which the Management Board realises the Company's long-term value creation strategy. The Supervisory Board should in any event once per year discuss the strategy aimed at long-term value creation, the implementation of the strategy and the principal risks associated with it.
4.3 The Management Board shall provide the Supervisory Board with the information necessary for the performance of its tasks in a timely fashion. At least once per calendar quarter, the Management Board shall inform the Supervisory Board in writing of the main features of the strategic policy, the general and financial risks and the administration and control system of the Company. The Supervisory Board as a whole and the Supervisory Directors individually also have their own responsibility for obtaining all information from the Management Board, the internal auditor and the external auditor which the Supervisory Board may need in order to be able to carry out its supervisory duties properly. If considered necessary by the Supervisory Board, it may obtain information from





officers and external advisers of the Company. The Company shall provide the necessary means for this purpose. The Supervisory Board may require that certain officers and external advisers attend Supervisory Board Meetings.
4.4 The functioning of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board as a whole and the functioning of their respective individual members should be evaluated by the Supervisory Board on a regular basis.

CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRMAN AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Article 5
5.1 The Chairman should act on behalf of the Supervisory Board as the main contact for the Management Board, the Supervisory Board and for shareholders regarding the functioning of Managing Directors and Supervisory Directors.
5.2 The Chairman shall endeavour that:
a.     the Supervisory Board has proper contact with the Management Board and the General Meeting;
b.     the Supervisory Board elects a Vice-Chairman;
c. the functioning of individual Managing Directors and Supervisory Directors is assessed at least annually;
d. the Committees function properly;
e.     there is sufficient time for deliberation and decision-making by the Supervisory Board;
f. the Supervisory Directors and Managing Directors follow their induction programme;
g. the Supervisory Directors and Managing Directors follow their education or training programme;
h. the Supervisory Directors receive all information that is necessary for the proper performance of their duties in a timely fashion;
i. the Management Board performs activities in respect of culture;
j. he recognises signs from the Company's business and ensures that any actual or suspected misconduct is reported to him without delay;
k. the General Meeting proceeds in an orderly and efficient manner in order to promote a meaningful discussion at the General Meeting;
l. effective communication with shareholders is assured; and
m. any takeover process is properly conducted.
5.3 The Chairman should consult regularly with the Company's chief executive officer.
5.4 The Vice-Chairman shall deputise for the Chairman when the occasion arises. All duties of the Chairman shall vest in the Vice-Chairman if the Chairman is absent or unable to act. The Vice-Chairman should also act as contact for individual Supervisory Directors and Managing Directors regarding the functioning of the Chairman.

DECISION-MAKING
Article 6
6.1 Subject to the requirements set out in Article 6.6 below, the Supervisory Board shall meet as often as any of the Supervisory Directors deems necessary or appropriate.
6.2 Supervisory Directors are expected to attend Supervisory Board Meetings.
6.3 A Supervisory Board Meeting may be convened by or on behalf of the Chairman or any other Supervisory Director by means of a written notice sent to each of the other Supervisory Directors.
6.4 All Supervisory Directors shall be given reasonable notice of at least one week for all Supervisory Board Meetings, unless a shorter notice is required to avoid a delay which could reasonably be expected to have an





adverse effect on the Company and/or the business connected with it. Notice of a Supervisory Board Meeting shall include the date, time, place and agenda for that Supervisory Board Meeting and shall be sent to the Supervisory Directors in writing.
6.5 If a Supervisory Board Meeting has not been convened in accordance with Articles 6.3 and 6.4, resolutions may nevertheless be passed at such Supervisory Board Meeting by a unanimous vote of all Supervisory Directors.
6.6 Except as otherwise permitted in these rules, all Supervisory Board Meetings shall be held as physical meetings in Germany. The Supervisory Board shall hold ordinary Supervisory Board Meetings on a quarterly basis. Up to two of the quarterly Supervisory Board Meetings in any calendar year and the extraordinary Supervisory Board Meetings may be held outside of Germany. In no event shall any Supervisory Board Meeting be held in the Netherlands.
6.7 All Supervisory Board Meetings shall be chaired by the Chairman or, in his absence, by the Vice-Chairman or, in his absence, by another Supervisory Director designated by the Supervisory Directors present at the relevant Supervisory Board Meeting. The chairman of the Supervisory Board Meeting shall appoint a secretary to prepare the minutes of the proceedings at such Supervisory Board Meeting. The secretary does not necessarily need to be a Supervisory Director.
6.8 Minutes of the proceedings at a Supervisory Board Meeting shall be sufficient evidence thereof and of the observance of all necessary formalities, provided that such minutes are certified by a Supervisory Director.
6.9 Without prejudice to Article 6.13, each Supervisory Director may cast one vote in the decision-making of the Supervisory Board.
6.10 A Supervisory Director cannot be represented by another Supervisory Director for the purpose of the deliberations and the decision-making of the Supervisory Board.
6.11 Resolutions of the Supervisory Board shall be passed, irrespective of whether this occurs at a Supervisory Board Meeting or otherwise, by Simple Majority unless these rules provide differently.
6.12 Invalid votes, blank votes and abstentions shall not be counted as votes cast. Supervisory Directors who casted an invalid or blank vote or who abstained from voting shall be taken into account when determining the number of Supervisory Directors who are present or represented at a Supervisory Board Meeting.
6.13 Where there is a tie in any vote of the Supervisory Board, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
6.14 Supervisory Directors who cannot attend a Supervisory Board Meeting (in person or represented by proxy), including the Supervisory Board Meetings that are scheduled to be held in Germany, may participate in such Supervisory Board Meeting by means of audio-communication facilities, provided that no Supervisory Director participates in such Supervisory Board Meeting from a location in the Netherlands. Meetings of the Supervisory Board that may be held outside of Germany in accordance with Article 6.6 may also be held by means of audio-communication facilities entirely, provided that no Supervisory Director participates in such meeting from a location in the Netherlands.
6.15 In exceptional circumstances, resolutions of the Supervisory Board may be passed in writing, provided that (i) all Supervisory Directors are familiar with the resolution to be passed, (ii) none of them objects to this decision-making process and (iii) the resolution shall not be signed in the Netherlands. Exceptional circumstances within the meaning of the preceding sentence shall only apply if (x) a resolution of the Supervisory Board must be passed in writing in order to avoid material or irreversible damage of any kind (including pecuniary, reputational or otherwise) to the Company or (y) it is not feasible to schedule an in-person meeting or an audio-conference in time. Articles 6.9 through 6.13 apply mutatis mutandis.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
Article 7





7.1 A Supervisory Director shall not participate in the deliberations and decision-making of the Supervisory Board on a matter in relation to which he has a Conflict of Interests. If, as a result thereof, no resolution can be passed by the Supervisory Board, the resolution shall nevertheless be passed by the Supervisory Board.
7.2 A Conflict of Interests shall be considered to exist if the Company intends to enter into a transaction with a legal entity:
a. in which a Supervisory Director personally has a material financial interest; or
b. which has a member of its management board or its supervisory board who is related under family law to a Supervisory Director.
A Conflict of Interests shall not be considered to exist by reason only of a Supervisory Director's affiliation with a direct or indirect shareholder of the Company.
7.3 A Supervisory Director should immediately report any actual or potential Conflict of Interests in a transaction that is of material significance to the Company and/or to such Supervisory Director to the Chairman and should provide all relevant information in that regard. If the Chairman has an actual or potential Conflict of Interests as described in the previous sentence, he should report this immediately to the Vice-Chairman. The Supervisory Board should decide, outside the presence of the Supervisory Director concerned, whether there is a Conflict of Interests.
7.4 All transactions in which there are Conflicts of Interests with Supervisory Directors should be agreed on terms that are customary in the market. Decisions to enter into transactions in which there are Conflicts of Interests with Supervisory Directors that are of material significance to the Company and/or to the relevant Supervisory Director shall require the approval of the Supervisory Board.

OWNERSHIP OF AND TRADING IN FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
Article 8
8.1 The Supervisory Directors shall be subject to the Company's insider trading policy.
8.2 In addition, each Supervisory Director shall practice great reticence:
a. when conducting a transaction in shares or other financial instruments issued by, or relating to, another listed company if this could reasonably create the appearance of such Supervisory Director possessing, or being able to possess, price-sensitive information concerning such company; and
b. in the ownership of and trading in shares or other financial instruments issued by, or relating to, another listed company which is a direct competitor of the Company.

COMPENSATION
Article 9
The General Meeting may grant a compensation to the Supervisory Directors.

COMMITTEES
Article 10
10.1 The Supervisory Board should ensure that it functions effectively. For this purpose, the Supervisory Board may establish Committees to prepare the Supervisory Board's decision-making. This shall not diminish the responsibility of the Supervisory Board as a corporate body or the individual Supervisory Directors for obtaining information and forming an independent opinion.
10.2 The Supervisory Board has established the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee and may establish such other Committees as deemed to be necessary or appropriate by the Supervisory Board.
10.3 All Committees are subject to their respective Committee Charters.





10.4 Article 6 applies mutatis mutandis to the decision-making of a Committee, provided that:
a. references to the Chairman should be interpreted as being references to the chairman of the relevant Committee; and
b. the Committee Charter of the relevant Committee may deviate from Article 6.

AMENDMENTS
Article 11
Pursuant to a resolution to that effect, the Supervisory Board may amend or supplement these rules.

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
Article 12
These rules shall be governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. Any dispute arising in connection with these rules shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent court in Amsterdam.



Exhibit
Exhibit 4.1

Execution Version





AMENDED AND RESTATED
SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENT
CONCERNING
TRIVAGO N.V.
DATED AS OF DECEMBER 15, 2016
BY AND AMONG
THE PARTIES SIGNATORY HERETO




    



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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Article 1 Interpretation    1
Section 1.1
Definitions    1
Section 1.2
Other Interpretation Provisions    10
Article 2 Supervisory Board and Management Board    10
Section 2.1
Supervisory Board and Management Board Composition    10
Section 2.2
Supervisory Board Committees    15
Section 2.3
Rules of Procedure    15
Section 2.4
Bad Leaver Call    15
Section 2.5
Good Leaver Put/Withdrawal    15
Section 2.6
Closing of Put/Call Transactions    16
Section 2.7
Alternative Consideration    17
Article 3 Preparation of Annual and Quarterly Financial Statements and Reporting    18
Section 3.1
Annual Financial Statements    18
Section 3.2
Information and Reporting Requirements    18
Article 4 Information Rights    19
Section 4.1
U.S. Tax Elections/Information Covenants    19
Section 4.2
Confidentiality    20
Article 5 Registration Rights    22
Section 5.1
Demand Registration Rights    22
Section 5.2
Piggyback Registration Rights    25
Section 5.3
Indemnification; Contribution.    28
Section 5.4
Copies of Registration Statements    31
Section 5.5
Expenses    31
Section 5.6
No Inconsistent Agreements    31
Article 6 Restrictions on Transfer    31
Section 6.1
Transfer of Shares    31
Section 6.2
Right of First Offer    32
Section 6.3
Tag-Along    33
Section 6.4
Drag-Along    34
Article 7 Voting Agreement    34
Section 7.1
General Voting Agreement    34
Section 7.2
Share Cancellation Voting Agreement    35
Article 8 Non-Competition Obligation; Non-Solicitation    35
Section 8.1
Non-Managing Shareholder Exemption    35
Section 8.2
Managing Shareholder Non-Compete    35
Section 8.3
Managing Shareholder Non-Solicit    36

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Section 8.4
Non-Managing Shareholder Non-Solicit    36
Article 9 Term and Termination    36
Section 9.1
Effectiveness    36
Section 9.2
Termination.    36
Article 10 Miscellaneous    37
Section 10.1
Annexes    37
Section 10.2
Guarantors    37
Section 10.3
No Waiver    37
Section 10.4
Changes and Amendments    37
Section 10.5
Assignment and Transfer of Rights and Obligations    37
Section 10.6
Costs    37
Section 10.7
Severability    38
Section 10.8
No Partnership    38
Section 10.9
Company Organizational Documents; Further Undertakings    38
Section 10.10
Managing Shareholders’ Representatives    38
Section 10.11
Notices    38
Section 10.12
Governing Law    39
Section 10.13
Jurisdiction    39
Section 10.14
Priority of Shareholders Agreement    39
Section 10.15
No Annulment or Dissolution    39



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ANNEXES AND SCHEDULES:
Annex A:    Notices
Annex B:    Information and Other Reporting Requirements
Annex C:    Management Board Rules
Annex D:    Supervisory Board Rules
Annex E:    Form of Purchase and Transfer Agreement



Schedule 1 Composition of the Management and Supervisory Board



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AMENDED AND RESTATED SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENT
dated December 15, 2016
This AMENDED AND RESTATED SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENT dated as of December 15, 2016 (this “Agreement”), by and among turbo B.V., a private limited liability company (after conversion and change of name immediately following the execution of this agreement: TRIVAGO N.V., a public limited liability company) incorporated and existing under the laws of the Netherlands with its principal executive offices located at Bennigsen-Platz 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany (the “Company”), and the Original Parties (as defined below, and together with the Company, the “Parties”), amends and restates the Original Agreement (as defined below) , by and among the Original Parties (or their predecessors) and certain other parties named therein.
PARTIES:
(A)
Mr. Rolf Schrömgens, born 2 June 1976, (“Shareholder 1”);
(B)
Mr. Peter Vinnemeier, born 10 September 1974, (“Shareholder 2”);
(C)
Mr. Malte Siewert, born 8 December 1974, (“Shareholder 3”);
(hereinafter, Shareholder 1, Shareholder 2 and Shareholder 3 each individually also referred to as a “Managing Shareholder” and collectively as the “Managing Shareholders”);
(D)
Expedia Lodging Partner Services S.à r.l., a company incorporated under the laws of Switzerland with its statutory seat in Geneva, registered with the commercial register (Office Fédéral du Registre du Commerce) in Geneva under number CH-660-2813009-8, Switzerland (the “Non-Managing Shareholder”);
(E)
Expedia, Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington, USA with registered address in Tumwater, Washington, USA (“Guarantor”);
(F)
Expedia, Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware, USA with registered address in Dover, Delaware, USA (“Parent Guarantor”);
(G)
trivago GmbH, a German limited liability company registered with the commercial register of the lower court of Düsseldorf under HRB 51842 (the “Operating Company” and, together with the Non-Managing Shareholder and the Managing Shareholders and their predecessors, the “Original Parties”); and
(H)
The Company.
WHEREAS:

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(A)
By way of notarial deed dated 20/21 December 2012 (roll of deeds nos. Z/3231/2012, Z/3232/2012 and Z/3233/2012 of the Düsseldorf notary, Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann, and roll of deeds no. H/3284/2012 of the Düsseldorf notary, Dr. Armin Hauschild), the Original Parties, among others, entered into the Original Agreement governing the relationship between the Original Parties and the relationship between the Original Parties and the Operating Company which was amended by way of a first amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 16 July 2013 (roll of deeds no. H/2042/2013 of the Düsseldorf notary, Dr. Armin Hauschild), a second amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 7 January 2014 (roll of deeds no. Z/12/2014 of the Düsseldorf notary, Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann), a third amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 15 May 2015 (roll of deeds no. H/1067/2015 of the Düsseldorf notary, Dr. Armin Hauschild), a fourth amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 4 May 2016 (roll of deeds no. H/1070/2016 of the Düsseldorf notary, Dr. Armin Hauschild), a fifth amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 6 June 2016 (roll of deeds no. Z/1186/2016 of the Düsseldorf notary, Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann) and a sixth amendment agreement by notarial deed dated 20 June 2016 (roll of deeds no. Z/1318/2016 of the Düsseldorf notary, Prof. Dr. Norbert Zimmermann) (the “Original Agreement”).
(B)
Pursuant to a transfer agreement dated 26 and 28 February 2013 (notarial deed of the Düsseldorf notary, Dr. Armin Hauschild, roll of deeds no. H/478/2013) for the transfer of rights and obligations under, among others, the Original Agreement, Tron NewCo GmbH (formerly KATTUNGE Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, being a company incorporated under the laws of Germany, registered with the commercial register (Handelsregister) of the local court (Amtsgericht) of Hamburg under registration no. HRB 125183), which had executed the Original Agreement, assigned and transferred its rights and obligations under the Original Agreement to the Non-Managing Shareholder.
(C)
In accordance with the requirements as to form pursuant to Section 18.3 of the Original Agreement, the Original Parties desire to amend and restate the Original Agreement in connection with the Offering (as defined below).
IT IS AGREED:






Article 1
INTERPRETATION
Section 1.1    Definitions. As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the following meanings:
ADS” means an American Depositary Share for a Class A Share.
affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that, alone or together with any other Person, controls or is controlled by or is under common control with such Person. For purposes of this definition, “control” (including the correlative terms “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as used in respect of any Person, means the power, directly or indirectly, to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such Person whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise. The term “affiliate” with respect to the Non-Managing Shareholder will mean Expedia, Inc. and only those Persons over which Expedia, Inc. has control and will not be interpreted to include any of the following: (i) IAC/InterActiveCorp, a Delaware corporation, and its affiliates (other than Expedia, Inc. and its Subsidiaries), (ii) Liberty Interactive Corporation, a Delaware corporation, and its affiliates (other than Expedia, Inc. and its Subsidiaries), or (iii) AAE Travel Pte. Ltd., a Singapore private company and its affiliates (other than Expedia, Inc. and its Subsidiaries), unless, in the case of clause (iii), such Person is a direct or indirect wholly owned Subsidiary (excluding directors’ qualifying shares) of Expedia, Inc. For purposes of this Agreement, (i) neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries will be deemed to be affiliates of any of the Non-Managing Shareholder and the Managing Shareholders (“Shareholders”) or its affiliates and (ii) neither any of the Shareholders nor any of its affiliates will be deemed to be affiliates of the Company and its Subsidiaries.
Agreement” means this Amended and Restated Shareholders Agreement, as it may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time and has the meaning set forth in the preamble to this Agreement.
Annual Business Plan” has the meaning set forth in Annex C.
Annual Financial Statements” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1.
Assignee” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.
Bad Leaver” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.4.
Bad Leaver Call” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.4.
Bad Leaver Call Notice” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.4.
Business Day” means a day (other than a Saturday or Sunday) on which banks are open for business in Düsseldorf, Germany, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Seattle, Washington, United States.






Chief Executive Officer Nominating Committee” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(g)(ii).
Class A Shares” means the Class A ordinary shares of the Company, par value EUR 0.06 per share and, where the context so requires, ADSs representing such shares.
Class B Shares” means the Class B ordinary shares of the Company, par value EUR 0.60 per share and, where the context so requires, ADSs representing such shares.
Company” has the meaning set forth in the preamble to this Agreement.
Company Articles” means the Company’s amended and restated articles of association, as they may be further amended from time to time.
Company Organizational Documents” means the Company Articles, the Management Board Rules, the Supervisory Board Rules, and this Agreement.
Company Registration” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.2(a).
Company Securities” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.2(c)(i).
Competitive Activity” has the meaning set forth in Section 8.2.
Competitor” means a Person that is directly or indirectly engaged in the business of owning or operating an online travel agency, an online travel metasearch business or a hotel search platform; provided, that, in no event shall the Non-Managing Shareholder and its affiliates be deemed to be a Competitor for purposes of this Agreement.
Confidential Information” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.2(a).
Covered Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.3(a).
Demand Notice” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1(a).
Director” means either a Managing Director or a Supervisory Director.
Drag Disposal” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.4.
Drag Disposal Notice” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.4.
Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Expedia, Inc.” means Expedia, Inc., a Delaware corporation.
EXPE Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.7.