36. Subsequent events

In 2010, Fresenius initiated a change of its legal form to a partnership limited by shares (KGaA) together with a conversion of the preference shares into ordinary shares. Fresenius SE’s change of legal form and stock conversion became effective with their entry in the commercial register on January 28, 2011. The registration of the change of legal form with the commercial register was finally cleared following a court settlement of pending disputes initiated by minority shareholders.

The Company is now operating under the name Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA. All shareholders of the former Fresenius SE are now shareholders of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA. As part of the transaction, all non-voting preference shares were mandatorily converted into voting ordinary shares at a 1:1 exchange ratio. This simplifies the share structure, increases the liquidity of the Fresenius share, further strengthens Fresenius’ position in the capital market, and improves access to the equity market.

In January 2011, Fresenius Medical Care announced the signing of a purchase agreement to acquire International Dialysis Centers (ICD), the dialysis care business of Euromedic International. With the acquisition, Fresenius Medical Care wants to expand its activities in dialysis care especially in Eastern Europe, where IDC is market leader. IDC operates 70 dialysis clinics in 9 countries and currently treats over 8,200 hemodialysis patients, largely in Central and Eastern Europe. After the acquisition is completed, IDC will contribute about US$180 million to the annual sales of Fresenius Medical Care. The acquisition price was €485 million. Closing is subject to necessary regulatory approvals by the relevant anti-trust authorities and is expected to occur in the first half of 2011.

There have been no significant changes in the Fresenius Group’s operating environment following the end of the fiscal year 2010. No other events of material importance on the assets and liabilities, financial position, and results of operations of the Group have occurred following the end of the fiscal year.