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TiGenix: CONVENING NOTICE TO THE ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS' MEETING TO BE HELD ON 2 JUNE 2016

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CONVENING NOTICE TO THE ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS' MEETING TO BE HELD ON 2 JUNE 2016

LEUVEN, Belgium, May 3, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The board of directors of TiGenix NV (the "Company") is pleased to invite you to the annual shareholders' meeting of TiGenix NV that will be held at the registered office of TiGenix NV (Romeinse straat 12 box 2, 3001 Leuven) on 2 June 2016 at 14:00h, with the agenda and proposed resolutions set out below.

Agenda and proposed resolutions

1. Acknowledgement and discussion of: the annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 the consolidated annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 the annual report of the board of directors on the annual accounts and the consolidated annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 the report of the auditor on the annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 the report of the auditor on the consolidated annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015
2. Approval of the annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting approves the annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015.
3. Allocation of results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting approves the allocation of results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 as proposed by the board of directors.
4. Approval of the remuneration report for the financial year ended on 31 December 2015 Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting approves the remuneration report for the financial year ended on 31 December 2015
5. Release from liability to be granted to the directors and the auditor for the performance of their duties in the course of the financial year ended 31 December 2015 Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting releases the directors (as well as the respective permanent representatives of the legal entities which are director) and the auditor of the Company from any liability arising from the performance of their duties during the financial year ended 31 December 2015. It is clarified that this release from liability also applies to Eduard Enrico Holdener, whose mandate ended on 20 April 2015, and to Dirk Büscher and Jose Terencio, who both resigned as director effective as of 31 July 2015.
6. Reappointment of Innosté SA, permanently represented by Mr. Jean Stéphenne, as independent director Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves to reappoint Innosté SA, permanently represented by Mr. Jean Stéphenne, as independent director of the Company. Innosté SA and its permanent representative, Mr. Jean Stéphenne, comply with the functional, family and financial criteria of independence as provided for in Article 526ter of the Companies Code and in the Company's Corporate Governance Charter. Moreover, the shareholders' meeting acknowledges that Innosté SA and its permanent representative, Mr. Jean Stéphenne, expressly stated and that the board of directors is of the opinion that they do not have any relationship with any company which could compromise their independence.
7. Reappointment of Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc., permanently represented by Mr. Russell Greig, as independent director Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves to reappoint Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc., permanently represented by Mr. Russell Greig, as independent director of the Company. Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc. and its permanent representative, Mr. Russell Greig, comply with the functional, family and financial criteria of independence as provided for in Article 526ter of the Companies Code and in the Company's Corporate Governance Charter. Moreover, the shareholders' meeting acknowledges that Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc. and its permanent representative, Mr. Russell Greig, expressly stated and that the board of directors is of the opinion that they do not have any relationship with any company which could compromise their independence.
8. Determination of term of office of reappointed directors Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves that the term of office of Innosté SA, permanently represented by Mr. Jean Stéphenne, and Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc., permanently represented by Mr. Russell Greig, will expire immediately after the annual shareholders' meeting which will be asked to approve the annual accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2019.
9. Determination of remuneration of independent directors Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves that the independent directors of the Company shall be entitled to receive the following fees: (a) a fixed annual fee of EUR 25,000 per year, or EUR 40,000 per year for the chairman of the board, based on six board of directors' meetings per year; (b) for independent directors who are member of a board committee: an additional fixed annual fee of EUR 5,000 per year, or EUR 7,500 per year for the chairman of a board committee, based on two committee meetings per year; and (c) an additional fee of EUR 2,000 for each board meeting exceeding six meetings per year and for each committee meeting exceeding two meetings per year, provided that the board of directors determines that such additional meetings qualify for this additional fee.
10. Grant of warrants to independent directors Explanatory note: On 7 December 2015, the board of directors issued 2,250,000 warrants, which could be granted to the employees of the Company and the Company's subsidiaries and to the CEO and the independent directors of the Company. In accordance with the Company's Corporate Governance Charter, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee advised the board of directors to propose to the shareholders' meeting to grant warrants to the independent directors of the Company. Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves to grant 193,863 warrants to the independent directors of the Company, free of charge, as follows: (a) each of Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc., represented by Russell Greig, Mr. Willy Duron, and R&S Consulting BVBA, represented by Mr. Dirk Reyn, are granted 48,000 warrants; (b) Innosté SA, represented by Mr. Jean Stéphenne, is granted 49,863 warrants; (c) the exercise price of the warrants granted to the independent directors will be equal to the lowest of (i) the last closing price of the TiGenix share on Euronext Brussels prior to the date on which the warrants are offered, and (ii) the average closing price of the TiGenix share on Euronext Brussels over the 30 day period preceding the date on which the warrants are offered, it being understood that the exercise price of the warrants cannot be lower than EUR 0.97 (i.e. the average closing price of the TiGenix share on Euronext Brussels over the 30 day period preceding the date of issuance of the warrants on 7 December 2015).
11. Reappointment of the statutory auditor and remuneration Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting resolves to reappoint BDO Bedrijfsrevisoren - BDO Réviseurs d'Entreprises CVBA/SCRL, with registered office at The Corporate Village, Da Vincilaan 9 - Box E.6, Elsinore Building, 1935 Zaventem, as statutory auditor. BDO Bedrijfsrevisoren - BDO Réviseurs d'Entreprises CVBA/SCRL designated Ms. Veerle Catry as its permanent representative. The shareholders' meeting resolves that the term of office of the statutory auditor will expire immediately after the annual shareholders' meeting which will be asked to approve the annual accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2018. The shareholders' meeting further resolves that the statutory auditor's remuneration will amount to EUR 70,000 per year, throughout its term of office.
12. Remuneration policy of the Company: continuation of the policy whereby warrants can be granted to the members of the executive management Proposed resolution: The shareholders' meeting approves the continuation of the possibility to, as part of the remuneration policy of the Company, grant warrants to the members of the executive management, including executive directors, provided that the board of directors will apply the conflict of interests procedure, if applicable, at the time of granting the warrants. To the extent warrants would be granted to members of the executive management, including executive directors, that will happen in the framework of new, still to be approved warrants plans, the most important terms and conditions of which can be summarized as follows: The warrants are granted free of charge. Each warrant entitles its holder to subscribe to one share in the Company at a fixed exercise price determined by the board of directors. Unless the board of directors prior to or at the time of the grant of the warrant determines a higher exercise price, the exercise price of a warrant will be equal to the lowest of the following prices: (i) the last closing price of the TiGenix share on the stock exchange prior to the date on which the warrant is offered, and (ii) the average closing price of the TiGenix share on the stock exchange over the 30 day period preceding the date on which the warrant is offered, it being understood that, for beneficiaries of the warrants plan that are not employees of the Company or its subsidiaries, the exercise price cannot be lower than the average closing price of the TiGenix share on the stock exchange over the 30 day period preceding the date of issuance of the warrants. The warrants have a duration of no longer than ten (10) years as from the date of their issuance. Unless the board of directors decides otherwise when granting the warrants, and subject to the end of the cooperation and certain situations in which warrants can become null and void, 1/3rd of the warrants granted vests on the first anniversary of the date of the grant and 1/24th of the remaining 2/3rd of the warrants granted vests on the last day of each of the 24 months following the month of the first anniversary of the date of the grant. Warrants can only be exercised by the warrant holder if they have definitively vested.

Admission conditions

In order to be admitted to the shareholders' meeting, the holders of securities issued by the Company must comply with Article 536 of the Companies Code and Article 30 of the articles of association, and fulfil the formalities and make the notifications described below.

In accordance with Article 537 of the Companies Code, the holders of bonds or warrants issued by the Company can only attend the shareholders' meeting with a consultative vote.

1. Holders of registered shares and warrants The holders of registered shares and warrants are entitled to participate in and, in the case of shares, to vote at the shareholders' meeting, provided that: Registration: their shares or warrants are recorded in their name in the register of registered shares or warrants at midnight (24:00) (CET) on 19 May 2016 (the "record date") and this irrespective of the number of shares or warrants that they own on the date of the shareholders' meeting; and Confirmation of participation: they notify the Company in writing of (i) their intention to participate in the shareholders' meeting, and (ii) the number of securities for which they wish to participate in the shareholders' meeting, by means of a signed form that must be received by the Company at the Company's registered office at the latest on 27 May 2016; a model of this form is available at the Company's registered office and on the Company's website under the tab "Investors / Shareholder meeting" (www.tigenix.com).
2. Holders of dematerialized shares and bonds The holders of dematerialized shares and bonds are entitled to participate in and, in the case of shares, to vote at the shareholders' meeting, provided that: Registration: their shares or bonds are recorded in their name in the accounts of a recognized account holder or a settlement institution at midnight (24:00) (CET) on 19 May 2016 (the "record date") and this irrespective of the number of shares or bonds that they own on the date of the shareholders' meeting; and Confirmation of participation: at the latest on 27 May 2016, they deliver or have delivered at an office of ING Belgium (before closing time) a certificate issued by the recognized account holder or the settlement institution certifying the number of dematerialized shares or bonds recorded in the shareholder's or bondholder's accounts on the record date in respect of which the shareholder or bondholder has indicated his intention to participate in the shareholders' meeting.

Only persons who are a shareholder, a bondholder or a warrant holder of the Company on the record date (19 May 2016) and who have indicated at the latest on 27 May 2016 their intention to participate in the shareholders' meeting as set out above will be admitted to the shareholders' meeting.

The shares and bonds are not blocked as a result of the above-mentioned process. As a result, the shareholders and bondholders are free to dispose of their shares and bonds after the record date.

Right to add agenda items and to submit proposed resolutions

In accordance with Article 533ter of the Companies Code and Article 35 of the articles of association, one or more shareholders holding together at least three percent (3%) of the registered capital of the Company may request for items to be added to the agenda of the shareholders' meeting and submit proposed resolutions in relation to existing agenda items or new items to be added to the agenda, provided that:

  • they prove ownership of such shareholding as at the date of their request and record their shares representing such shareholding on the record date (i.e., on 19 May 2016); the shareholding must be proven either by a certificate evidencing the registration of the relevant shares in the register of registered shares of the Company or by a certificate issued by a recognized account holder or a settlement institution certifying the book-entry of the relevant number of dematerialized shares in the name of the relevant shareholder(s), and
  • the additional agenda items and/or proposed resolutions have been submitted in writing by these shareholder(s) to the board of directors at the latest on 11 May 2016.

These additional agenda items and/or proposed resolutions may be sent to the Company by mail to the Company's registered office for the attention of Ms. An Moonen or by e-mail to an.moonen@tigenix.com.

As the case may be, the Company shall publish on its website (www.tigenix.com) , in the Belgian State Gazette and in the press the modified agenda of the shareholders' meeting at the latest on 18 May 2016.

In that case, the Company will also make a revised proxy form available on its website (www.tigenix.com) at the same time as the publication of the modified agenda of the shareholders' meeting, i.e. on 18 May 2016.

In case shareholders, in accordance with Article 533ter of the Companies Code, exercise their right to add items to the agenda and to file resolution proposals, proxies filed prior to the publication of the revised agenda shall remain valid for the agenda items they cover. In case new/alternative resolution proposals are filed with regard to existing agenda items, the proxy holder will always be entitled to deviate from previously given voting instructions should their implementation be detrimental to the interests of the shareholder. In that event, the proxy holder shall notify the shareholder of any such deviation as well as the justification thereof. The proxy should also indicate whether, in case new items are added to the agenda by shareholders, the proxy holder is entitled to vote on the new items or whether he/she/it should abstain.

Right to ask questions

In accordance with Article 540 of the Companies Code and Article 35 of the articles of association, all shareholders are entitled, whether during the meeting or in writing before the meeting, to ask questions to the directors with respect to their report or the agenda items and to the auditor with respect to its report.

Questions asked in writing will only be answered if the relevant shareholder has fulfilled the formalities set out above to be admitted to the shareholders' meeting and if the written question has been received by the Company at the latest on 27 May 2016.

Written questions may be sent to the Company by mail to the Company's registered office for the attention of Ms. An Moonen or by e-mail to an.moonen@tigenix.com.

Proxy

In accordance with Article 547bis of the Companies Code and Article 31 of the articles of association, each shareholder may be represented at the shareholders' meeting by a proxy holder, who does not need to be a shareholder. Except in cases provided for in the law, a shareholder may only appoint one person as proxy holder for a particular shareholders' meeting.

Shareholders who so wish to be represented by proxy, are requested to use the model of proxy form (with voting instructions) that is available at the Company's registered office and on the Company's website under the tab "Investor / Shareholder meeting" (www.tigenix.com).

The signed proxy form must be received by the Company at the Company's registered office at the latest on 27 May 2016.

Shareholders who wish to be represented by proxy, must comply with the above-mentioned admission conditions.

Availability of documents

In accordance with Article 535 of the Companies Code, the shareholders, bondholders and warrant holders of the Company can, upon presentation of their security or of a certificate issued by a recognized account holder or a settlement institution certifying the number of dematerialized securities recorded in the name of the shareholder, obtain at the Company's registered office, Romeinse straat 12, 3001 Leuven, free of charge, a copy of the documents and reports that relate to this meeting or that must be made available to them pursuant to law.

These documents and reports, as well as the total number of shares and voting rights at the date of the convening notice, are also available on the Company's website (www.tigenix.com) .

Miscellaneous

In order to facilitate an expedient registration, the participants are requested to be present at least half an hour prior to the start of the shareholders' meeting.

In order to be admitted to the shareholders' meeting, the shareholders, bondholders, warrant holders and proxy holders must be able to prove their identity (ID card / passport).

Please contact Ms. An Moonen at the following telephone number +32 (0)16 39 79 37 or e-mail address an.moonen@tigenix.com for more information. Correspondence may be sent to TiGenix NV, for the attention of Ms. An Moonen, Romeinse straat 12 box 2, 3001 Leuven.

The board of directors.

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Source: TiGenix