10. Trading lock-up periods

A general lock-up period for trading of VP Bank financial instruments (shares, bonds, money market papers) and derivatives of these applies for all employees of the Group one working day prior to and on the actual date of publication of the annual and semi-annual results.

Because of their position or role, Members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board / Group Executive Management, management level 2 and Group Finance and Group Internal Audit are categorised as insiders for the purposes of VP Bank financial instruments or derivatives of these. In addition, regular reviews are carried out to establish which additional persons and areas may potentially have access to material unpublished information about VP Bank Group. These persons and areas are recorded in an insider list for VP Bank financial instruments.

These persons (including related parties) and areas are subject to lock-up periods, in particular during the following periods: between 1 June and the time at which the semi-annual results are published, and between 1 December and the time at which the annual results are published, no transactions may be executed with VP Bank financial instruments or derivatives of these.

The lock-up periods are not deemed lifted by any ad hoc disclosures in line with the SIX Swiss Exchange Directive on ad hoc publicity. If orders subject to restrictions are ­executed during the lock-up periods, this will also be considered a violation of the Group Standard.

In consultation with the Chief Risk Officer, the Chairman of the Board of Directors or the Chief Executive Officer may at any time order further trading restrictions, such as in the case of M&A transactions.

Allocations of shares as part of stock-ownership and other incentivisation plans are not considered to be a purchase, and the corresponding allocation date is therefore not relevant for adherence to the retention periods.