7. Change-of-control clauses and provisions on takeover bids
Snam and its Subsidiaries are party to significant agreements (which may be disclosed without harming the Company) that take effect, are altered or are terminated in the event that an entity or entities acting in concert, other than CDP, gains control of Snam.
This specifically concerns bank finance agreements that allow the other party to terminate the contract prematurely either after an entity or entities acting in concert, other than CDP, gains control of Snam, or after Snam’s credit rating is downgraded to below predetermined thresholds following said acquisition of control.
More information on the finance agreements can be found in the 2014 Annual Financial Report under “Elements of risks and uncertainty”.
The Bylaws do not provide for any exceptions to the passivity rule provisions of Article 104, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the TUF, and do not call for the application of the neutralisation rules set out by Article 104-bis, paragraphs 2 and 3 of the TUF.