SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of April, 2021
Commission File Number: 001-36582
Auris Medical Holding Ltd.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Clarendon House, 2 Church Street
Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda
(Address of principal executive office)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:
Form 20-F ☒ Form 40-F ☐
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):
Yes ☐ No ☒
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):
Yes ☐ No ☒
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Auris Medical Holding Ltd.|
|Date: April 16, 2021||By:||/s/ Thomas Meyer|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
|99.1||Notice to Shareholders dated April 16, 2021|
|99.2||Proxy Card for the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders|
Auris Medical Holding Ltd.
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
to be held on May 17, 2021 in Basel, Switzerland
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Auris Medical Holding Ltd. (the “Company”) to be held on May 17, 2021
To the shareholders of Auris Medical Holding Ltd.:
The Company’s shareholders are herewith called and cordially invited to attend the Company’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders (“Annual General Meeting”) as follows:
Date: May 17, 2021, 8:00 am Central European Summer Time
Place: Dornacherstrasse 210, 4053 Basel, Switzerland
Please note that given current international travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is strongly recommended that shareholders cast their votes by proxy.
1 Re-Election of Directors
To re-elect the following five persons as directors of the Company to hold office until the 2022 Annual General Meeting of shareholders (or until their respective successors are elected) (“Proposal 1”):
- Thomas Meyer
- Armando Anido
- Alain Munoz
- Calvin W. Roberts
- Mats Peter Blom
For details on our directors, please see “Item 6. Directors, Senior Management and Employees-A. Directors and senior management” of our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 31, 2021 (the “Annual Report”).
The Board recommends that shareholders vote “FOR ALL” the nominees for director. If not otherwise specified, proxies will be voted “FOR ALL” the nominees for director.
2 Appointment of Auditors
To appoint Deloitte AG, Switzerland as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 and to authorize the Company’s Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to determine their remuneration (“Proposal 2”). For details on the fees paid to Deloitte AG in 2020 and 2019, please see “Item 16C. Principal Accountant Fees and Services” of our Annual Report.
The Board recommends a vote “FOR” the appointment of Deloitte AG to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 and to authorize the Audit Committee to determine their remuneration. If not otherwise specified, proxies will be voted “FOR” Proposal 2.
3 Compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Officers
To approve, on a nonbinding, advisory basis, the 2020 Board of Directors’ and executive officers’ compensation as disclosed in the Annual Report (“Proposal 3”). For details on the 2020 compensation paid to our Board of Directors and executive officers, please see “Item 6. Directors, Senior Management and Employees-B. Compensation” of our Annual Report.
The Board recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the compensation the Board of Directors and Executive Officers as disclosed in the Annual Report. If not otherwise specified, proxies will be voted “FOR” Proposal 3.
4 Other Business
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting, and any adjournment or postponement thereof.
The Company will also present at the Annual General Meeting the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 together with the auditor’s report thereon, which will be laid before the shareholders in accordance with Bermuda law.
The Board of Directors of the Company has fixed the close of business on April 13, 2021 as the record date for determination of shareholders on the Register of Members entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual General Meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof. Only shareholders of record at the close of business on the record date are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual General Meeting.
Supporting Documents: A copy of this Notice of the Annual General Meeting as well as the Company’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 together with the auditor’s report thereon is available for download in the “Investors” section of our website (www.aurismedical.com). If you would like to receive a hard copy of these financial statements and auditor’s report, please request a copy by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton, Bermuda, April 16, 2021
For the Board of Directors
// Thomas Meyer, Chairman and CEO
The documentation for the Annual General Meeting is available for download in the “Investors” section of our website (www.aurismedical.com).
|B.||Invitation and Attendance|
Shareholders registered in the register of members maintained by our transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, at 4 pm EDT on April 13, 2021 are entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Annual General Meeting. On April 16, 2021, the mailing of the invitation and proxy form will be initiated to all holders of record as at April 13, 2021.
If you wish to attend the Annual General Meeting in person, you will be required to present the enclosed proxy form and a valid government issued proof of identification.
Shareholders of record, who do not attend the Annual General Meeting in person, may grant a proxy in writing to another shareholder or other third party.
Proxies submitted by mail must be received by Vote Processing c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood NY 11717, USA, no later than 4 pm EDT on May 13, 2021. Proxies received after such time will not be considered.
To vote electronically, go to proxyvote.com and follow the instructions. You will need a 16-digit control number that is included on your proxy form. Electronic instructions must be received no later than 11:59 pm EDT on May 13, 2021.
Shareholders that have granted a proxy may not vote their shares at the Annual General Meeting unless such proxy is revoked.
|D.||Registration as a Shareholder with Voting Rights/No Trading Restrictions|
Instructions on how a “street name” holder may become a holder of record are available in the “Investors” section of our website (www.aurismedical.com). Between 4 pm EDT on April 13, 2021 and 4 pm EDT on May 17, 2021 no shareholder will be registered as a shareholder of record in the Company’s register of members. American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC will continue to register transfers of shares in the register of members in its capacity as transfer agent.
The registration of shareholders for voting purposes does not impact trading of Auris Medical shares held by registered shareholders before, during or after the Annual General Meeting.
|E.||“Street Name” Holders|
“Street name” holders hold their shares through a bank, brokerage firm or other nominee. The record date for “street name” holders is April 13, 2021. “Street name” holders should follow the instructions provided by their bank, broker or nominee when voting their shares. “Street name” holders who wish to vote in person at the Annual General Meeting must obtain a signed proxy from the organization that holds their shares entitling them to represent and vote the shares at the Annual General Meeting. The proxy must be presented at the entrance together with a government issued proof of identification.
“Street name” holders who have not obtained a proxy from their broker or custodian are not entitled to vote in person or participate in the Annual General Meeting.
|F.||Presence Quorum Requirement|
Our bye-laws provide that at any general meeting two or more persons present at the start of the meeting and representing in person or by proxy issued and outstanding voting shares in the Company shall form a quorum for the transaction of business.
|G.||How many Votes you Have|
On each proposal to be voted upon, you have one vote for each of our common shares that you owned on the record date.
All proposals presented for approval shall be decided by the affirmative votes of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting, whether in person or by proxy.
|I.||How Votes are Counted|
For all proposals presented, you may vote “For”, “Against”, or “Abstain”. Votes that abstain and broker non-votes will neither be counted as a vote for or against the proposal.
A “broker non-vote” occurs when a broker, bank, or other nominee holding shares for a beneficial owner in street name does not vote on a particular proposal because it does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that proposal and has not received instructions with respect to that proposal from the beneficial owner of those shares, despite voting on at least one other proposal for which it does have discretionary authority or for which it has received instructions.
The question of whether a broker, bank, or other nominee will be able to vote your shares depends on whether the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), deems the particular proposal to be a “routine” matter and how your broker, bank or other nominee exercises any discretion it may have in the voting of the shares that you beneficially own. Brokers and nominees can use their discretion to vote “uninstructed” shares with respect to matters that are considered to be “routine,” but not with respect to “non-routine” matters.
For any proposal that is considered a “routine” matter, your broker or nominee may vote your shares in its discretion either for or against the proposal even in the absence of your instruction. For any proposal that is considered a “non-routine” matter for which you do not give your broker instructions, the shares will be treated as broker non-votes.
We believe that only Proposal 2 is likely to be considered a “routine” matter by the NYSE, and all of the other proposals will be considered “non-routine” matters. This belief is based on preliminary guidance from the NYSE and may be incorrect or change before the Annual General Meeting. Therefore, if you are a beneficial owner and want to ensure that shares you beneficially own are voted in favor or against any or all of the proposals, the only way you can do so is to give your broker or nominee specific instructions as to how the shares are to be voted.
|J.||Revocability of Proxy|
If you are a shareholder of record, you may revoke your proxy and change your vote at any time before the respective vote at the Annual General Meeting. You may vote again on a later date via the Internet or by telephone (only your latest Internet or telephone proxy submitted prior to the Annual General Meeting will be counted), by signing and returning a new proxy card with a later date, or by attending the Annual General Meeting and voting in person. Your attendance at the Annual General Meeting will not automatically revoke your prior proxy unless you vote again at the Annual General Meeting or specifically request in writing that your prior proxy be revoked. You may also request that your prior proxy be revoked by following the steps on item C. Representation above.
If you hold your shares in street name, you will need to follow the voting instructions provided by your broker, bank or other nominee regarding how to revoke or change your vote.
|K.||Cost of Proxy Preparation and Solicitation|
We pay the cost of proxy preparation and solicitation, including the reasonable charges and expenses of brokers, banks or other nominees for forwarding proxy materials to street name holders.
We are soliciting proxies primarily by mail. In addition, our directors, officers and regular employees may solicit proxies by telephone, facsimile, mail, other means of communication or personally. These individuals will receive no additional compensation for such services.
We will ask brokers, banks, and other nominees to forward the proxy materials to their principals and to obtain their authority to execute proxies and voting instructions. We will reimburse them for their reasonable charges and expenses.
Please contact Auris Medical at the address below:
Medical Holding Ltd.
Attn. Investor Relations
Clarendon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda
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