Frequently asked questions
Questions and answers on registering and attendance
The entire Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live on the internet from 9.00 am (CEST) on May 19, 2022 at agm.db.com for shareholders and interested public viewers. The physical attendance of shareholders or their representatives (with the exception of proxies appointed by the Company) is not permitted at the location of the Annual General Meeting.
You can exercise your voting rights in any form you prefer:
- You can take advantage of absentee voting or authorize an employee of Deutsche Bank AG (proxy) to cast your votes in accordance with your instructions.
- Alternatively, you can have your voting rights exercised on your behalf by a representative of your choice, e.g. the intermediary where you hold your securities account or an association of shareholders. They, too, can then make use of absentee voting or proxy voting.
- Our Shareholder Portal at netvote.db.com provides you with a convenient and secure way to exercise your voting rights online through electronic absentee voting or by authorizing our company proxies. If you register in time, you can cast and change your final votes on the Agenda Items online using the Shareholder Portal on the day of the Annual General Meeting until the voting rounds start.
The registration for the Annual General Meeting must be received by the company in writing or using electronic communication before the registration period expires, i.e. at the latest by May 13, 2022, 24.00 CEST (date of receipt). For absentee voting in writing, please use the personalized registration form sent to you and return it to the following address:
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
Postfach 14 60
In order to register for the Annual General Meeting and to submit your absentee ballot using electronic communication, please use the access-protected Shareholder Portal (netvote.db.com) for this.
In order to be entitled to vote, the shareholder must be entered in the share register pursuant to § 67 (2) sentence 1 Stock Corporation Act on the day of the Annual General Meeting.
For technical processing reasons, however, no changes to the share register will be carried out (“registration stop”) between the end of May 13, 2022 (“technical record date”), and the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting. Therefore, the entry status in the share register on the day of the Annual General Meeting will correspond to the status after the last change of registration on May 13, 2022. The registration stop does not mean the shares are blocked for disposal. Share buyers whose change of registration requests are received by the company after May 13, 2022, however, cannot de facto exercise the rights to vote and other shareholders’ rights on the basis of these shares, unless they have obtained a power of attorney to do so or an authorization to exercise such rights. In such cases, voting rights and other shareholders’ rights are retained by the shareholder entered in the share register until the change of registration. All buyers of the company’s shares who are not yet registered in the share register are therefore requested to submit change of registration requests in due time.
The company’s shareholders may submit counterproposals to the proposals of the Management Board and/or Supervisory Board on specific Agenda Items and election proposals for the election of Supervisory Board members or auditors before the Annual General Meeting.
Counterproposals (with their reasons) and election proposals are to be sent by Wednesday, May 04, 2022, 24.00 CEST, at the latest, solely to:
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
60262 Frankfurt am Main
Counterproposals should stipulate a reason; this does not apply to election proposals.
The company’s shareholders are given the opportunity to announce counterproposals and election proposals to the company for publication on the company’s website before the Annual General Meeting in accordance with §§ 126(1), 127 Stock Corporation Act. Deutsche Bank AG will publish any duly submitted counterproposals and election proposals from shareholders on its Annual General Meeting website agm.db.com including the name of the shareholder and, specifically in the case of counterproposals, the reason and, in the case of election proposals, the additional information (if any) to be provided by the Management Board pursuant to § 127 sentence 4 Stock Corporation Act, as well as any comments by Management.
Shareholders will be given the opportunity to submit statements in German and/or English (limited to 10,000 characters for written statements or 2 minutes for video recordings) relating to the agenda of the Annual General Meeting for publication by the company on the company’s website. If the statement is to be provided in text form, it is requested that such statements be submitted while specifying name and shareholder number by at the latest May 13, 2022 12.00 noon (CEST) under the following address or e-mail address:
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
60262 Frankfurt am Main
If the statement is to be provided as a video recording, it is requested that this be submitted by at the latest May 13, 2022, by 12.00 CEST, using the access-protected Shareholder Portal.
The company does not undertake to publish submitted statements. For further details on how to submit comments for publication, please refer to our agenda at agm.db.com.
The company plans – without being legally obliged to do so – to give shareholders and shareholder representatives the opportunity to make spoken comments during the Annual General Meeting through live broadcast of audio and video within a prescribed, limited period of time and subject to the certainty of being able to end the Annual General Meeting within a reasonable timeframe on the same day.
Spoken comments can only be provided by shareholders and/or their authorized representatives who have duly registered for the Annual General Meeting. Shareholders themselves or their authorized representatives who would like to provide spoken comments have to register separately using the button “Register to speak” in the Shareholder Portal. Within the framework of registering for such spoken comments, a shareholder or his or her authorized representative must also declare their consent to the disclosure of their names by the Chair of the Annual General Meeting in the audio and video broadcast of the Annual General Meeting. The button “Register to speak” will be activated in the Shareholder Portal exclusively on the day before the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon CEST for the registration of spoken comments.
It should be noted that there is no legal claim to be allowed to provide spoken comments and that the company reserves the right in particular to directly switch off the audio and video transmission when the comments have offensive content, content that could qualify as a criminal offence, obviously false or misleading content or content without any recognizable reference to the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting. Spoken comments must be made in German.
For further details on the possibility of providing spoken comments during the Annual General Meeting, please refer to our agenda at: agm.db.com.
Only shareholders duly registered for the Annual General Meeting may submit their questions. Questions may only be submitted using the access-protected Shareholder Portal of the company (netvote.db.com) in German or English at the latest by May 17, 2022, 24.00 CEST. The company will answer the submitted questions – even if they may have been submitted in English – solely in German.
The Management Board will decide in accordance with its duties at its own discretion how to answer the properly submitted questions. During the Annual General Meeting, a shareholder who properly submitted his or her questions in advance will have the opportunity to place follow-up questions in German to a limited extent and subject to the certainty of being able to end the Annual General Meeting within a reasonable timeframe on the same day, concerning questions that are properly submitted in advance using the access-protected Shareholder Portal (netvote.db.com). The possibility to submit follow-up questions is limited per shareholder to three follow-up questions and a question length of in each case 500 characters (including spaces).
There is no legal claim to the answering of follow-up questions, including properly submitted ones. The company reserves the right in particular to shorten the overall time available for answering follow-up questions or not to answer any follow-up questions if the time required for answering the questions properly submitted in advance of the Annual General Meeting does not allow this. This correspondingly applies upon a large number of follow-up questions, whereby the company will strive in particular to answer follow-up questions that relate to the respective shareholder’s own questions.
For more details on how to submit questions by electronic means, please refer to our agenda at: agm.db.com.
In answering the questions during the Annual General Meeting, the name of the questioner can only be disclosed (insofar as the questions are answered individually) if the consent to the disclosure of the name was explicitly stated upon the submission of the question. There is no claim to the disclosure of the name even if such consent was stated. Please note that the entire Annual General Meeting will be broadcast as described above live on the Internet for shareholders and interested public viewers without access restrictions.
The AGM will be held in German. A transmission with English translation will be available.
Show content of What should I do if I have received several invitations to the Annual General Meeting?
You have probably been registered by your bank or custodial bank more than once in the share register. Please contact the shareholder service. They will advise you how you can merge your share inventories with the help of your bank(s)/custodial bank(s).
Reason for this may be that the acquisition of the shares was either after the deadline for dispatch of the invitation letter or the invitation letter could not be delivered by mail. Please contact the shareholder service and ask for a new cover letter and enter the new, correct address if necessary.
If the bank/custodial bank has not had you entered into the share register, please contact your bank/custodial bank.