Accenture Schedules Shareholder Meetings for Aug. 5 to Vote on Proposed Change in Place of Incorporation
NEW YORK; June 24, 2009 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will hold meetings of its shareholders on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 in connection with the company’s proposal to change its place of incorporation to Ireland from Bermuda. Accenture’s shareholders will be asked to vote on the proposal, in person or by proxy, at the shareholder meetings, which will be held at Accenture’s New York office, located at 1345 Avenue of the Americas, 6th floor, in New York.
Accenture filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today a definitive proxy statement for the shareholder meetings. The company expects to mail the proxy statement on or about June 26 to all Accenture shareholders as of June 19, 2009, the record date for the shareholder meetings. At the meetings, shareholders will vote on the proposals contained in the proxy statement. Additional information about the proposed change in the company’s place of incorporation, including associated benefits and risks, is set forth in the definitive proxy statement.
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction. Shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement when it becomes available because it will contain important information. The proxy statement will be, and other documents filed or to be filed by Accenture with the SEC are or will be, available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) and at Accenture’s website (www.accenture.com).
Accenture and its directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the Accenture shareholders in connection with the transaction will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. Information about Accenture’s directors and executive officers can be found in the definitive proxy statement filed on Dec. 19, 2008. Free copies of these documents can be obtained from Accenture on its website at www.accenture.com.
About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With approximately 180,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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