Declaration of Conformity with German Corporate Governance Code

(convenience translation: only the German version is binding)

Pursuant to section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of PAION AG have an obligation to annually declare that the company has complied and will comply with the recommendations of the latest version of the ”Government Commission German Corporate Governance Code” (the “Code”) published by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the official section of the Federal Gazette, or which of the recommendations have not been or are not being applied and why.

Pursuant to section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of PAION AG declare: Since the last declaration of conformity in December 2019, PAION AG complied with all recommendations of the Code in the version dated 07 February 2017.

On 16 December 2019, the „Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code” agreed on a revised version of the Code that was published in the Federal Gazette on 20 March 2020. PAION AG will comply with all recommendations of the revised Code in the future, with the exception of the following non-compliance with the recommendation in C.5 regarding the number of mandates of Supervisory Board members:

– “Supervisory Board Members, who are members of the Management Board of a listed company, shall not have, in aggregate, more than two Supervisory Board mandates in non-group listed companies or comparable functions, and shall not accept the Chairmanship of a Supervisory Board in a non-group listed company” (Recommendation C.5 of the Code).

Dr. Chris Tanner, member of the Supervisory Board of PAION AG, is a member of the management board of a listed company and has currently more than two further Supervisory Board mandates in non-group listed companies or comparable functions. Dr. Tanner was elected in May 2017 to the Supervisory Board of PAION AG already and thus before the revised version of the Code dated 16 December 2019 entered into force.

In the future, the company intends, in principle, to follow this new recommendation of the Code. The company will only deviate from this new recommendation with a respective disclosure and explanation, if it should come to the conclusion, after examination in the individual case, that the additional mandates do not stand in the way of taking over the duties as member of the Supervisory Board of PAION AG, in particular in view of the workload for the Supervisory Board member resulting from the additional mandates.


Aachen, December 2020

 

The Supervisory Board of PAION AG

For the Supervisory Board: Dr Jörg Spiekerkötter, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

 

The Management Board of PAION AG
Dr. James Phillips, Chairman of the Management Board

Dr. Jürgen Beck, Member of the Management Board

Abdelghani Omari, Member of the Management Board


Update of the Declaration of Conformity 2020/2021 during the year

The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of PAION AG issued the last Declaration of Conformity in December 2020 ("Declaration of Conformity 2020/2021").

In addition to the deviations listed in the Declaration of Conformity 2020/2021, they declare the following additional deviation from the recommendations of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code as amended on 16 December 2019 ("DCGK 2019/2020") published by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in the Federal Gazette on 20 March 2020:

·         Recommendation F.2 DCGK 2019/2020:

According to Recommendation F.2 DCGK 2019/2020, the consolidated financial statements and the group management report shall be publicly accessible within 90 days of the end of the financial year and the mandatory financial information during the year shall be publicly accessible within 45 days of the end of the respective reporting period.

 

In the future, the company will not comply with recommendation F.2 DCGK with regard to the time of public disclosure of the mandatory financial information during the year, beginning with the half-year report 2021. The deviation from the recommendation is due to the following fact:

 

After issuance of the last Declaration of Conformity 2020/2021 in December 2020, it became clear that the sales reports of the remimazolam licensees, which are essential for the half-yearly reports, may only be expected at the end of July of each year at the earliest. To ensure that this information, important for the half-year reports, is always considered, the company will not comply with recommendation F.2 DCGK 2019/2020 regarding the timing of the public disclosure of the mandatory interim financial information in the future, starting with the half-year report 2021.


Aachen, July 2021

The Supervisory Board of PAION AG

For the Supervisory Board: Dr Jörg Spiekerkötter, Chairman of the Supervisory Board


The Management Board of PAION AG


Dr. James Phillips, Chairman of the Management Board

Abdelghani Omari, Member of the Management Board

 

Previous Declarations of Conformity with German Corporate Governance Code

Declaration of conformity 2019

December 2019

Declaration of conformity 2018

December 2018

Declaration of conformity 2017

December 2017

Declaration of conformity 2016

December 2016

Declaration of conformity 2015

December 2015

Declaration of conformity 2014

December 2014

Declaration of conformity 2013

December 2013

Declaration of conformity 2012

10 December 2012

Declaration of conformity #2 2011

15 December 2011

Declaration of conformity #1 2011

21 February 2011

Declaration of conformity 2010

10 December 2010

Declaration of conformity 2009

11 December 2009

Declaration of conformity 2008

21 November 2008