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Swisscom Slammed By SWX

by Ulrika Lomas, for, Brussels

03 October 2006

The Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX) last week issued a reprimand against Swisscom AG for violation of the provisions of the Listing Rules.

This SWX reprimand pertained to the failure by Swisscom to meet reporting deadlines for the disclosure of management transactions as prescribed in Article 74a of the Listing Rules.

Under the Article in question, the issuer must, within two trading days after receipt of the relevant notification, report to SWX those transactions in the issuer’s securities that have been concluded by members of its board of directors or senior management if the amount exceeds a threshold value of CHF100,000 in any given calendar month.

Individuals who are subject to this disclosure obligation (members of the issuer’s board of directors or general management) must report their transactions to the issuer no later than the second trading day after conclusion of the relevant contract. Hence a total of four trading days at most may pass between the date of the transaction and the submission of the related information to SWX.

The purpose of the disclosure of management transactions is to provide market participants as rapidly as possible with information on transactions executed by the management of listed companies.

In the case in question, a non-executive board member of Swisscom AG on 21 November 2005 purchased 131 put options on Swisscom registered shares with a market value of the underlying securities in the amount of CHF 548,890.00. That individual subsequently reported the trade to Swisscom AG only after a delay of 55 trading days.

For its part, Swisscom AG submitted the related notification to the SWX Swiss Exchange with an additional delay of at least 8 trading days.

Commenting on the transaction last week, SWX announced that:

"In view of the type and size of the transaction as well as the length of the reporting delay, the Executive Committee of the Admission Board does not consider this a mere minor violation; however, it deems that the infraction was not committed intentionally. For these reasons, the Executive Committee of the Admission Board has issued a reprimand with related publication against Swisscom AG."

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