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F-3
TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form F-3 on 04/05/2018
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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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