Articles of Association of YIT Corporation
The trade name of the Company shall be YIT Oyj in Finnish, YIT Abp in Swedish, and YIT Corporation in English. The Company's registered office is located in Helsinki, Finland.
The objects of the Company are to engage in production in the construction industry, manufacture and leasing of and trade with building materials and components in Finland and abroad. In addition to the foregoing activities, the Company shall buy and sell real estate property and shares in real estate and housing companies as well as lease apartments and properties complete with buildings and facilities and engage in other activities related to the foregoing. The Company may also trade in securities. The Company may engage in the activities in accordance with its declared objects either directly and/or through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies and joint ventures. In its capacity as the parent company in the Group, the Company offers services in the areas of Group administration, personnel management, financing, accounting, legal matters, taxation, investor relations, communications and other shared services.
The company shares are included in the book entry securities system.
For the proper administration and organization of the Company's affairs, the Company shall have a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman and Vice Chairman appointed by the General Annual Meeting of Shareholders as well as a minimum of three (3) and maximum of five (5) members.
The term of each member of the Board of Directors shall begin at the general meeting of shareholders at which he or she is elected and expire at the end of the next General Annual Meeting of Shareholders following election.
The meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the Chairman, or in his absence, the Vice Chairman, and constitute a quorum when more than half of the members are present. All resolutions shall be passed by simple majority, and in case of a tie, the Chairman, or in his absence, the Vice Chairman, shall have the casting vote.
The Company shall have a Managing Director to be appointed by the Board of Directors.
The Company is signed for severally by the Managing Director, or jointly by any two members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may authorize a designated individual to sign for the Company together with any member of the Board of Directors or another person authorized to represent the company. Additionally, the Board of Directors may grant an authorization to represent the company per procurationem allowing the person so authorized to represent the company together with a member of the Board of Directors or another person authorized to represent the company.
The Company's accounting period shall be one calendar year. The Company shall have one Auditor that shall be an auditing firm approved by the Central Chamber of Commerce. The Auditor's term shall cover the current financial year at the time of election and expire at the end of the next General Annual Meeting of Shareholders following election.
The General Annual Meeting of Shareholders shall be held annually by the end of March. An extraordinary meeting of shareholders shall be held whenever deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors or when so required by law. The notice of the meeting of shareholders shall be published on the company website. However, the Board of Directors may decide to publish the notice of meeting as a newspaper advertisement. If so, the notice of meeting will be served by placing an advertisement in a newspaper with nationwide circulation selected by the Board of Directors. In all other respects, the provisions of the Limited Liability Companies Act regarding the notice of meeting shall apply.
To be able to attend the general meeting of shareholders, the shareholders shall notify the Company thereof by the date indicated in the notice of the meeting which may be no earlier than ten days before the meeting. Additionally, the provisions of the Companies Act concerning the right to attend the general meeting of shareholders of a company included in the Book Entry Securities System shall apply.
The General Annual Meeting of Shareholders shall be presented with:
- the financial statements and the annual report;
- Auditor's report; and
pass resolutions on:
- adoption of the income statement and the consolidated income statement;
- any measures called for by the profit shown on the balance sheet;
- discharge from liability for the Managing Director and the members of the Board of Directors;
- the number of members on the Board of Directors
- remuneration of the Chairman and Vice Chairman and members of the Board of Directors
- remuneration of the Auditor; and
- the Chairman and Vice Chairman and members of the Board of Directors, and
- the Auditor.
- all the other issues indicated in the notice of the meeting.
Any disputes regarding the application of the Limited Liability Companies Act shall, instead of being referred to a District Court, be settled through arbitration in accordance with the rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland by an arbitration tribunal consisting of a single arbiter. The arbitration proceedings shall be held in Helsinki.