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Duration of the mandate and term of office of the lead auditor

KPMG AG, Badenerstrasse 172, 8026 Zurich, Switzerland, has acted as the statutory auditor of EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG since 2004. The statutory auditor is appointed by the Annual General Meeting for a one-year term of office. François Rouiller has been the lead auditor since 2011. The person, leading the revision, is allowed to execute the mandate for seven years at the longest (art. 730a par. 2 CO).

Audit fees

The EMS Group paid KPMG a global total of approximately CHF 358 623 for services relating to the audit of the Group’s annual financial statements. The net sales revenue audited by KPMG accounts for approximately 46 % of the EMS Group’s total net sales.

Additional fees

KPMG charged a global total of approximately CHF 428 987, comprising CHF 192 188 for tax consultancy services, CHF 156 760 for legal advices and CHF 80 039 for transaction-related advice (including due diligence).

Information tools pertaining to the external audit

The Audit Committee monitors the independence and performance of the independent statutory auditor on behalf of the Board of Directors and verifies the financial reporting of EMS (regarding the meetings held see section 3.4, page 12 of the 52nd Annual Report 2014/2015). The independent statutory auditor was invited to attend one meeting of the Audit Committee. Senior Management is responsible for financial accounting and continuous financial reporting, including the internal control system. The independent statutory auditor, KPMG AG, is responsible for giving an opinion on whether the accounting records and the annual financial statements comply with Swiss law and the company’s Articles of Association. KPMG AG is responsible for providing an assessment of the consolidated financial statements (income statement, statement of comprehensive income, balance sheet, changes in equity, statement of cash flows and notes), in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) published by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and with Swiss law. The Audit Committee is also responsible for monitoring the relevant activities of Senior Management and the independent statutory auditor.