Lecture at the Business Circle Session: “Update for Shareholders Meetings – Stock Corporations”
On 21 February 2017 KNOETZL Partners Bettina Knötzl and Katrin Hanschitz lectured on the challenges facing the chairperson of a general assembly of a stock corporation (“Hauptversammlungs-Vorsitzenden”) as part of a day-long seminar hosted by Business Circle in Vienna and Dr Rupert Brix. As highlighted by the summary of the tasks and requirements of this function, the chairperson’s job can be extremely demanding, in particular in turbulent assemblies. Bettina and Katrin illuminated the potential liability, both for the stock corporation and for the chairperson, if he/she is not sufficiently well-prepared or suited to this task. The participants, principally in-house counsel of stock corporations listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, shared their experiences in a lively exchange.