NEW YORK; Aug. 5, 2009 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced that at special meetings held today, its shareholders approved the company’s proposed change in its place of incorporation to Ireland from Bermuda.
The company anticipates completing the transaction on Sept. 1. The transaction remains subject to approval by the Supreme Court of Bermuda, which the company expects to obtain at a hearing on Aug. 14, and to the satisfaction of certain other conditions.
Also at the special meetings held today, shareholders approved the creation of distributable reserves of Accenture plc, which the company expects will be approved by the Irish High Court after completion of the transaction.
Following the change in place of incorporation, Accenture will continue to be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and be subject to the same SEC reporting requirements as it is today. The company’s shares will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ACN.”
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 177,000 people serving clients in more than 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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