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Transparency notification

Brussels (Belgium), 18 December 2015 – 19:55 (CET) – regulated information

1. Summary of the notification:
Pursuant to Article 14 of the law of 2 May 2007 on the disclosure of large shareholdings, UCB SA/NV announces that it has received a transparency notification dated 17 December 2015 from Financière de Tubize SA and Schwarz Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co KG, acting in concert, notifying the Company that following an acquisition of UCB shares on 14 December 2015, Financière de Tubize SA has crossed the 35% participation threshold. Financière de Tubize SA and Schwarz Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co KG, acting in concert, now own together 36.27% of the voting rights of the Company.

2. Content of the notification:
The transparency notification dated 17 December 2015 includes the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights.
  • Notification by:
    • Persons acting in concert who have concluded an agreement to adopt, by  concerted exercise of the voting rights they hold, a lasting common policy;
    • Persons acting in concert who have concluded an agreement t hold, acquire or dispose of voting securities.
  • Persons subject to the notification requirement:
    • Financière de Tubize SA, Allée de la Recherché 60, 1070 Bruxelles;
    • Schwarz Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co KG, Dreischeibenhaus, 40211 Düsseldorf, Deutschland.
  • Date on which the threshold is crossed: 14 December 2015.
  • Threshold crossed (in %): 35%.
  • Denominator: 194 505 658.
  • Notified details:

3. Further information:
This press release and the detailed transparency notification is available on UCB SA/NV’s website via the following link.
An updated overview of the UCB SA/NV large shareholdings will be included in the corporate governance charter of UCB SA/NV, which is available on its website via the following link.
 

For further information
Investor Relations
Antje Witte         
Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14 antje.witte@ucb.com

Isabelle Ghellynck,
 Investor Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.9588, isabelle.ghellynck@ucb.com

About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.3 billion in 2014. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

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Moreover, sales may be impacted by international and domestic trends toward managed care and health care cost containment and the reimbursement policies imposed by third-party payers as well as legislation affecting biopharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement.
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