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Transparency notification 

Brussels (Belgium), 17 May 2017 – 20:00 (CEST) – 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 15 May 2017, from BlackRock, Inc. (having its registered offices at 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.). 

BlackRock, Inc. has notified that, following an acquisition of UCB shares with voting rights by its affiliates, its shareholding in UCB SA/NV has increased and has crossed the threshold of 3% of the voting rights linked to shares on 12 May 2017. 

On 12 May 2017, BlackRock, Inc. (taking into account the holding of its affiliates) owned 5 848 791 UCB shares with voting rights (versus 5 735 352 shares in its previous notification dated 13 March 2017), representing 3.01% of the total number of shares issued by the company (194 505 658) (versus 2.95% in the notification dated 13 March 2017). 

2. Content of the notification

The transparency notification dated 15 May 2017 includes the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights
  • Notification by: A parent undertaking or a controlling person.
  • Persons subject to the notification requirement:


  • Date on which the threshold is crossed: 12 May 2017.
  • Threshold crossed (in %): 3%.
  • Denominator: 194 505 658.
  • Notified details:



  • Chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively held:

Please see the full chain of control in the PDF which is attached to the notification.


  • Additional information

The disclosure obligation arose due to voting rights attached to shares for BlackRock, Inc. going above 3%.

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 available on UCB SA/NV’s website via the following link.

Investor Relations
Antje Witte          
Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14

Isabelle Ghellynck,
 Investor Relations, UCB

About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium ( 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 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.2 billion in 2016. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news



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