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The information contained on this Microsite is in respect of the return of capital to the holders of the ordinary shares of 25 pence each in the capital of Aviva in issue as shown on the register of members of Aviva as at 6pm (UK time) on 13 May 2022 (or such other time and date as the board of directors of Aviva may determine) (the Existing Ordinary Shares and each an Existing Ordinary Share) of £3.75 billion through the issue of a new class of B shares which Aviva intends to redeem for cash in order to return an expected amount of 101.69 pence per each Existing Ordinary Share referred to as the “B Share Scheme” and the 76 for 100 consolidation of Aviva’s ordinary share capital which will accompany the B Share Scheme (“Share Consolidation”). Holders of Aviva’s American depositary shares (“ADSs”) will be entitled to participate in the return under the B Share Scheme and Share Consolidation. The shareholder circular, in respect of the B Share Scheme and Share consolidation is scheduled to be published on 5 April 2022, with the general meeting of the shareholders to approve the return to be held on 9 May 2022.
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Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom or who are citizens, residents or nationals of other countries should consult their professional advisers to ascertain whether the issue, holding, redemption or disposal of the B Shares will be subject to any restrictions or require compliance with any formalities imposed by the laws or regulations of, or any body or authority located in, the jurisdiction in which they are resident or to which they are subject. In particular, it is the responsibility of any overseas Shareholder to satisfy itself as to full observance of the laws of each relevant jurisdiction in connection with the B Share Scheme and Share Consolidation, including the obtaining of any government, exchange control or other consents which may be required, or the compliance with other necessary formalities needing to be observed and the payment of any issue, transfer or other taxes or duties in such jurisdiction.
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Securities law considerations in the United States
The redeemable preference shares of 101.69 pence nominal value each (subject to adjustment in the discretion of Aviva’s board of directors) in the capital of Aviva (‘‘B Shares'') have not been or will not be registered under the US Securities Act or the state securities laws of the United States and they may not be distributed, offered or sold in the United States unless pursuant to a transaction that has been registered under the US Securities Act and the relevant state securities laws or pursuant to a transaction that is exempt from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act and the state securities laws.
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Aviva believes factors that could cause actual results of the tax treatment applicable to Shareholders, Aviva's operations and financial position, and the development of the markets and the industry in which Aviva operates, to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements in this Microsite include, but are not limited to: tax laws and regulations and their interpretation by government authorities, the impact of ongoing uncertain conditions in the global financial markets and the local and international political and economic situation generally (including those arising from the Russia-Ukraine conflict); market developments and government actions (including those arising from the evolving relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU)); the effect of credit spread volatility on the net unrealised value of the investment portfolio; the effect of losses due to defaults by counterparties, including potential sovereign debt defaults or restructurings, on the value of Aviva’s investments; changes in interest rates that may cause policyholders to surrender their contracts, reduce the value or yield of Aviva’s investment portfolio and impact Aviva’s asset and liability matching; the unpredictable consequences of reforms to reference rates, including the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR); the impact of changes in short or long-term inflation; the impact of changes in equity or property prices on Aviva’s investment portfolio; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the effect of market fluctuations on the value of options and guarantees embedded in some of Aviva’s life insurance products and the value of the assets backing their reserves; the amount of allowances and impairments taken on Aviva’s investments; the effect of adverse capital and credit market conditions on Aviva’s ability to meet liquidity needs and Aviva’s access to capital; changes in, or restrictions on, Aviva’s ability to initiate capital management initiatives; changes in or inaccuracy of assumptions in pricing and reserving for insurance business (particularly with regard to mortality and morbidity trends, lapse rates and policy renewal rates), longevity and endowments; a cyclical downturn of the insurance industry; the impact of natural and man-made catastrophic events (including the impact of COVID-19) on Aviva’s business activities and results of operations; the transitional, litigation and physical risks associated with climate change; Aviva’s reliance on information and technology and third-party service providers for Aviva’s operations and systems; the impact of the Group's risk mitigation strategies proving less effective than anticipated, including the inability of reinsurers to meet obligations or unavailability of reinsurance coverage; poor investment performance of the Group's asset management business; the withdrawal by customers at short notice of assets under the Group's management; failure to manage risks in operating securities lending of Group and third-party client assets; increased competition in the UK and in other countries where we have significant operations; regulatory approval of changes to the Group's internal model for calculation of regulatory capital under the UK's version of Solvency II rules; the impact of actual experience differing from estimates used in valuing and amortising deferred acquisition costs and acquired value of in-force business; the impact of recognising an impairment of Aviva’s goodwill or intangibles with indefinite lives; changes in valuation methodologies, estimates and assumptions used in the valuation of investment securities; the effect of legal proceedings and regulatory investigations; the impact of operational risks, including inadequate or failed internal and external processes, systems and human error or from external events and malicious acts (including cyberattack and theft, loss or misuse of customer data); risks associated with arrangements with third parties, including joint ventures; Aviva’s reliance on third-party distribution channels to deliver its products; funding risks associated with Aviva’s participation in defined benefit staff pension schemes; the failure to attract or retain the necessary key personnel; the effect of systems errors or regulatory changes on the calculation of unit prices or deduction of charges for Aviva’s unit-linked products that may require retrospective compensation to Aviva’s customers; the effect of simplifying Aviva’s operating structure and activities; the effect of a decline in any of Aviva’s ratings by rating agencies on Aviva’s standing among customers, broker-dealers, agents, wholesalers and other distributors of Aviva’s products and services; changes to Aviva’s brand and reputation; changes in tax laws and interpretation of existing tax laws in jurisdictions where we conduct business; changes to International Financial Reporting Standards relevant to insurance companies and their interpretation (for example, IFRS 17); the inability to protect Aviva’s intellectual property; the effect of undisclosed liabilities, execution and separation issues and other risks associated with Aviva’s business disposals; and other uncertainties, such as diversion of management attention and other resources, relating to future acquisitions, combinations or disposals within relevant industries; the policies, decisions and actions of government or regulatory authorities in the UK, the EU, the US, Canada or elsewhere, including changes to and the implementation of key legislation and regulation. Please see Aviva’s most recent Annual Report for further details of risks, uncertainties and other factors relevant to the business and its securities. You should specifically consider the factors identified in this Microsite which could cause actual results to differ before making any decision in relation to the B Share Scheme and the Share Consolidation.
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