Brief study: Virtual annual general meetings before and during the Covid 19 pandemic

Although holding (partially) virtual or hybrid Annual General Meetings would have been possible even before the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, only a few companies took advantage of this option. This changed when, due to emergency legislation ("Covid-19 Act"), it was only possible to hold the Annual General Meeting in virtual format from March 2020.

This brief study examines the invitations to the Annual General Meetings of DAX companies from 2018-2022:

  • What was the format of the AGM (virtual or face-to-face)?
  • What is the rationale for the respective format and voting options (proxy and/or postal vote)?

You can download the brief study here (German only).

By Nick Hoffmann, Adrian Liehr and Christian P. Hoffmann