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  • Boris Johnson’s government must come to Parliament to explain an “extraordinary” leaked letter from the UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss, the opposition Labour party has said.
  • The letter, which was leaked to Business Insider this week, can be read in full for the first time below.
  • In her letter, Truss warns that her government’s Brexit border plans risk causing chaos at UK ports, smuggling from the EU, and could face a legal challenge at the World Trade Organisation.
  • The leak led to Johnson facing consternation this week from Conservative MPs.
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The Labour Party has demanded that Boris Johnson’s government appears before Parliament to explain an “extraordinary” leaked letter from UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss, which revealed its fears of chaos at Britain’s borders once the UK leaves European Union rules next year.

Business Insider on Wednesday exclusively obtained a copy of the letter sent by Liz Truss to Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, and Michael Gove, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, expressing “four key areas of concern” about the government’s Brexit border plans.

In the leaked letter, which Business Insider is today publishing below in full, Truss raised fears that new border arrangements with the EU, its biggest trading partner when UK leaves the Brexit transition period in January 2021, will not be ready in time.

She set out her concerns that ports will not be ready to carry out full import checks when they come into effect in July next year and warned that some ports could be vulnerable to smuggling as of January.

Truss revealed that the UK government’s planned system for applying UK and EU tariffs in Northern Ireland was not set to be ready for when it is needed in January.

She also warned Sunak and Gove that the UK government’s plans could be subject to legal challenge at the World Trade Organisation, as they involved temporarily giving the EU preferential treatment.

Asked about this last claim on Thursday, Johnson’s official spokesman insisted that “our approach is WTO compliant.”

“I can’t comment on leaked correspondence, things which I haven’t seen, but I’ve set out the border regime that we are putting in place,” he added.

However, the Labour Party on Saturday evening called on Johnson’s government to explain the letter to Members of Parliament, saying the issues it raises are “simply far too important to be left to the written correspondence between Cabinet ministers.”

“This leaked letter lifts the lids on a growing sense of chaos and confusion between Cabinet ministers at the government’s complacent approach to vital preparations ahead of December 31st 2020,” said Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and shadow Cabinet Office minister.

“There is growing alarm from the business communities in Northern Ireland and increasingly in Britain that the ministers aren’t being entirely open about the state of preparations.

“These issues will affect countless businesses and jobs and are simply far too important to be left to the written correspondence between Cabinet ministers.

“This extraordinary leaked letter deserves answers, not just given to the House of Commons, but to the industries and people who stand to be affected if the government gets this badly wrong.”

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The letter caused deep consternation among Conservative Members of Parliament, the Times reported on Thursday, and led to questions being directed to Prime Minister Johnson at a private meeting with backbenchers this week.

The letter also triggered alarm among business groups preparing for a new trading relationship with the UK’s biggest trading partner in less than six month’s time.

Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade, Food and Drink Federation, said the industry was “constrained by the lack of clarity from government” and “cannot adapt with any confidence to the many changes” facing it.

“If the UK Government’s preparations are not ready in time, there’s a high chance that border infrastructure may not be able to cope with the volumes of goods and declarations that will be required on day one,” he told Business Insider.

“This presents a serious risk for the UK’s food and drink supply and the availability of products for consumers and shoppers. Food and drink manufacturers need a system that allows for maintaining just in time supply chains.”

The government’s plan to apply an EU tariff on all goods heading to Northern Ireland, revealed by Truss in the letter, is “untenable” and would threaten the cash flow of many businesses, The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium’s Aodhan Connolly told Business Insider.

“If true, a plan to implement EU tariffs, as a default, provides unprecedented problems to retailers who trade in Northern Ireland. “Retail accounts for 70% of the value of trade that crosses GB-NI and even if we were able to reclaim the tariffs the implications for cash flow while waiting for refunds makes the premise untenable.”

Read Liz Truss’ leaked Brexit letter in full

Liz Truss Michael Gove

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Dear Rishi and Michael,

I am writing to you to set out my key areas of concern on border policy risks and readiness for the end of the transition period and to seek your assurance that these concerns will be addressed. This letter comes in advance of the Border Operating Model publication on 13 July, where the UK’s proposals for the border will come under renewed scrutiny, both on the domestic and international stage.

My key concerns are outlined below:

1) The Staged Approach and WTO Challenge — When we exit the Transition Period, the UK will be vulnerable to WTO challenge regarding its border regime. This is especially relevant concerning the implementation of the NI protocol and the application of the staged approach. These measures could significantly impact on the UK’s reputation at the WTO and I would appreciate your assurance that full border checks for EU-GB goods will be implemented no later than July 2021 and that all messaging will clearly reflect this point. I would also like to underscore that, where there is a risk of legal challenge at the WTO, departments are responsible for mitigating the risk and for funding the costs of any defensive trade dispute brought against their measures. Given this risk, I was pleased to hear that following the XO meeting last Friday, it was decided that the temporary waiving of export declarations will not be included in the publication. I would want to be part of any decision to revisit this, either with reference to the publication, or plans thereafter.

2) Controls at the Border — I recognise there are challenges to delivering tariff declaration systems on both EU and Rest of World (RoW) imports but, to ensure we can develop appropriate handling plans for national and international stakeholders, it is essential that my department has a clear view of operation delivery plans, timescales and risks going forward. This is also particularly important for controlled goods at those EU-facing ports where the infrastructure to implement controls does not currently exist. Given the legal, reputational and security risks, I would like assurances that we are able to deliver full controls at these ports by July 2021 and that plans are in place from January to mitigate the risk of goods being circumvented from ports implementing full controls.

3) Tariff Assessment and Collection — I have some further concerns about tariff collection due to the staging in approach, especially around the increased likelihood of circumvention, where RoW traders could import their goods via the EU. This would undermine the effective operation of our trade policy, as well as create significant handling difficulties with negotiating partners. For example, it might lead to remedy tariffs being circumvented, due to a lack of checks at the border, in addition to impacts on TRQs. I therefore would like firm assurances that mitigation against such risks are in place. Further, I am seeking assurance that tariffs on goods from RoW, specifically from countries where the Trade Agreements Continuity programme applies, will also be payable from 1 January 2021 and will be collected within one month as is currently the case.

4) Northern Ireland Protocol risks— I understand that the digital delivery of the dual tariff system (both EU and UK tariff) in Northern Ireland is a high risk and that HMRC are planning to apply the EU tariff as a default to all imports in NI on 1 January 2021. This is very concerning as this may call into question NI’s place in the UK’s customs territory. Failure to deliver the UK tariff digitally in NI, would have political, legal, and reputational risks. I am keen to see HMRC and BPDG delivery plans, specifically on how both the UK and EU tariff will be digitally implemented, including detailed mitigations, and where there are risks to delivery by 1 January 2021. These plans should also include details of when commodity code divergence will be delivered for the whole of the UK.

As we fast approach the end of the transition period, we need to ensure that the UK border is effective and compliant with international rules, maintaining our credibility with trading partners, the WTO and with business. I encourage the continued close cooperation of officials in our departments to achieve this.

I am copying this letter to the Home Secretary.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/liz-truss-leaked-brexit-letter-labour-demands-boris-johnson-explain-2020-7

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AutoNation Board Raises Share Repurchase Authorization – Quick Facts

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(RTTNews) – AutoNation, Inc. (AN) announced that its Board of Directors increased the company’s outstanding share repurchase authorization to an aggregate of $500 million. As of October 19, 2020, the company had approximately 87.9 million shares outstanding.

AutoNation said it continues to prioritize capital expenditures towards opportunities with the greatest return potential. The company plans to build over 100 AutoNation USA pre-owned vehicle stores, with over 50 completed by the end of 2025. The company plans to open five new AutoNation USA stores by the end of 2021.

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Conversion Labs Appoints Former White House Physician and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Dr. Connie Mariano, to Board of Directors

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NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conversion Labs, Inc. (OTCQB: CVLB), a direct-to-consumer telemedicine and wellness company, has appointed healthcare veteran, Dr. Connie Mariano, to its board of directors. Following her appointment, the board will have eight members, with five serving independently. 

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Mariano brings 30 years of executive leadership in healthcare to Conversion Labs. She will advise company management on health care services and product development related to the company’s telemedicine brands, including Rex MD™, Shapiro MD™, SOS Rx™, Veritas MD™ and others under development.

Dr. Mariano has been a pioneer in breaking down barriers and shattering glass ceilings, including becoming the first Filipino American promoted to the rank of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and the first military woman to be appointed White House Physician. She later became director of the White House Medical Unit and served for nine years at the White House as physician to three sitting presidents.

“A phenomenal healthcare leader, Dr. Mariano brings to our board extensive knowledge and experience in providing the best in quality health care,” noted Justin Schreiber, chairman and CEO of Conversion Labs. “Her background in internal medicine and concierge care represents a valuable addition to our board. We look forward to her insights and guidance as we continue to enhance and expand our telehealth platform.”

After leaving the White House, Dr. Mariano became a consultant in the executive health program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she provided holistic health evaluations for senior executives. She later founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a concierge medical practice that provides ‘presidential-quality’ care to CEOs and their families.

She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego. She received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was commissioned as a U.S. Navy lieutenant upon graduation.

“Conversion Labs has earned a strong reputation of delivering quality, cutting-edge telehealth products and services, which is evident in its strong customer growth over the past year,” commented Dr. Mariano. “There is a growing need for telemedicine services in today’s post-COVID world, and I believe Conversion Labs is uniquely positioned to address this need. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to support Conversion Labs’ growth in this very important field.”

Conversion Labs has seen an acceleration in its operational and financial performance since the beginning of the year. The company recently reported its annualized revenue run rate hit $46.8 million versus $12.5 million for all of 2019 — a more than three-fold increase.

About Conversion Labs
Conversion Labs, Inc. is a telemedicine company with a portfolio of online direct-to-consumer brands. The company’s brands combine virtual medical treatment with prescription medications and unique over-the-counter products. Its network of licensed physicians offers telemedicine services and direct-to-consumer pharmacy to consumers across the U.S. To learn more, visit Conversionlabs.com.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, among other things our plans, strategies and prospects — both business and financial. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “planned,” “will,” “may,” “intend,” “estimated,” and “potential,” among others. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this news release include market conditions and those set forth in reports or documents that we file from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements attributable to Conversion Labs, Inc. or a person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary language.

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Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy supplements the tender offer document dated 8 January 2020 regarding the public cash tender offer for all shares in Pihlajalinna Plc

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THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE MAY NOT BE RELEASED, PUBLISHED OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, OR SOUTH AFRICA, OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE TENDER OFFER WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE SECTION ENTITLED “IMPORTANT INFORMATION” BELOW.

HELSINKI, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mehiläinen Yhtiöt Oy (“Mehiläinen” or the “Offeror“) and Pihlajalinna Plc (“Pihlajalinna“) announced on 5 November 2019 that they had entered into a combination agreement pursuant to which Mehiläinen undertook to make a voluntary recommended public cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares in Pihlajalinna (the “Tender Offer“). The acceptance period under the Tender Offer (the “Offer Period“) commenced on 9 January 2020 at 9:30 a.m. (Finnish time) and will expire on 20 November 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Finnish time), unless extended further or discontinued in accordance with, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer and applicable laws and regulations.

The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has today approved a supplement to the tender offer document, dated 8 January 2020, concerning the Tender Offer (the “Tender Offer Document“, and such supplement hereinafter the “Supplement Document“). The Supplement Document relates to the Offeror’s decision published by the Offeror on 15 October 2020 to extend the Offer Period to expire on 20 November 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Finnish time). The Supplement Document and the stock exchange release published by the Offeror on 15 October 2020 are attached as Appendix 1 to this stock exchange release. In addition, the stock exchange release published by the Offeror on 15 October 2020 has been included as Appendix L to the Tender Offer Document.

The Tender Offer Document and the Supplement Document will be available in Finnish from 21 October 2020 onwards at the headquarters of Mehiläinen, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 17 C, 6th floor, FI-00260 Helsinki, Finland, the headquarters of Nordea Bank Abp, Satamaradankatu 5, FI-00020 Nordea, Finland and at Nasdaq Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 14, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland. The electronic versions of the Tender Offer Document and the Supplement Document will be available in Finnish from 21 October 2020 onwards online at ostotarjous.mehilainen.fi, investors.pihlajalinna.fi/public-tender-offer and nordea.fi/osakkeet, and in English from 21 October 2020 onwards online at ostotarjous.mehilainen.fi, investors.pihlajalinna.fi/public-tender-offer.aspx?sc_lang=en and nordea.fi/equities.

Contacts for media and investor inquiries:

Mehiläinen

Janne-Olli Järvenpää, CEO of Mehiläinen

Requests for contacts through Mehiläinen’s communications:

Manager Laura Martinsuo
tel. +358 40 196 2892
Laura.martinsuo@mehilainen.fi

Pihlajalinna

Joni Aaltonen, CEO of Pihlajalinna Plc
Requests for contacts through Pihlajalinna’s communications:
Communications manager Taina Lehtomäki
tel. +358 50 451 3678
taina.lehtomaki@pihlajalinna.fi

Mehiläinen in brief:

Now 110 years old, Mehiläinen is a rapidly developing and growing private provider of healthcare and social care services, offering comprehensive high-quality services to private, corporate, municipal and insurance customers. Mehiläinen provides help, support and care for approximately 1.3 million customers every year across Finland. In 2019, our revenue was EUR 1064.1 million and our customers were cared for by more than 21,800 employees and private practitioners at over 500 locations. In all of its business areas, Mehiläinen invests in high-quality health care with an impact and develops and exports Finnish digital healthcare know-how across the world as a forerunner in its field.

Pihlajalinna in brief:

Pihlajalinna is one of the leading private providers of social, healthcare and well-being services in Finland. The company provides services for households, companies, insurance companies and public sector entities, such as municipalities, federations of municipalities and hospital districts. Listed on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki since 2015, Pihlajalinna’s reported revenue was EUR 518.6 million in 2019. Pihlajalinna’s nearly 6,000 employees and approximately 1,200 private practitioners produce services in over 210 locations across Finland.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE MAY NOT BE RELEASED, PUBLISHED OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, OR SOUTH AFRICA, OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE TENDER OFFER WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE IS NOT A TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT AND AS SUCH DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OR INVITATION TO MAKE A SALES OFFER. IN PARTICULAR, THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY ANY SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN, AND IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF THE TENDER OFFER, IN, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, OR SOUTH AFRICA. INVESTORS SHALL ACCEPT THE TENDER OFFER FOR THE SHARES ONLY ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN A TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT. THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE, AND THE SHARES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR PURCHASE FROM OR ON BEHALF OF PERSONS, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE EITHER AN OFFER OR ACCEPTANCE THEREOF IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR WHERE ANY TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT OR REGISTRATION OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD APPLY IN ADDITION TO THOSE UNDERTAKEN IN FINLAND.

THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND THE TENDER OFFER DOCUMENT AND RELATED ACCEPTANCE FORMS AND SUPPLEMENT DOCUMENTS WILL NOT AND MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED, FORWARDED OR TRANSMITTED INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAWS OR REGULATIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, BY ANY MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION E-MAIL, POST, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, TELEX, TELEPHONE OR ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION BY WAY OF THE INTERNET OR OTHERWISE), IN OR INTO, OR BY USE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE OF, OR THROUGH ANY FACILITIES OF A NATIONAL SECURITIES EXCHANGE OF, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, OR SOUTH AFRICA. THE TENDER OFFER CANNOT BE ACCEPTED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, BY ANY SUCH USE, MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY OR FROM WITHIN, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, OR SOUTH AFRICA. ANY PURPOTED ACCEPTANCE OF THE TENDER OFFER RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM A VIOLATION OF THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE INVALID.

THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENT OR MATERIALS RELATING TO THE TENDER OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE AND HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY AN AUTHORISED PERSON FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 21 OF THE UK FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (THE “FSMA“). ACCORDINGLY, THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENT OR MATERIALS RELATING TO THE TENDER OFFER ARE NOT BEING DISTRIBUTED TO, AND MUST NOT BE PASSED ON TO, THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE COMMUNICATION OF THIS STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENT OR MATERIALS RELATING TO THE TENDER OFFER IS EXEMPT FROM THE RESTRICTION ON FINANCIAL PROMOTIONS UNDER SECTION 21 OF THE FSMA ON THE BASIS THAT IT IS A COMMUNICATION BY OR ON BEHALF OF A BODY CORPORATE WHICH RELATES TO A TRANSACTION TO ACQUIRE DAY TO DAY CONTROL OF THE AFFAIRS OF A BODY CORPORATE; OR TO ACQUIRE 50 PER CENT. OR MORE OF THE VOTING SHARES IN A BODY CORPORATE, WITHIN ARTICLE 62 OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005.

Information to shareholders in the United States

Shareholders in the United States are advised that the shares in Pihlajalinna are not listed on a U.S. securities exchange and that Pihlajalinna is not subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act“), and is not required to, and does not, file any reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) thereunder.

The Tender Offer will be made for the issued and outstanding shares in Pihlajalinna, which is domiciled in Finland, and is subject to Finnish disclosure and procedural requirements. The Tender Offer is made in the United States in compliance with Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act and the applicable rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, including Regulation 14E (in each case, subject to any exemptions or relief therefrom, if applicable) and otherwise in accordance with the disclosure and procedural requirements of Finnish law, including with respect to the Tender Offer timetable, settlement procedures, withdrawal, waiver of conditions and timing of payments, which are different from those of the United States. In particular, the financial information included in this stock exchange release has been prepared in accordance with applicable accounting standards in Finland, which may not be comparable to the financial statements or financial information of U.S. companies. The Tender Offer is made to Pihlajalinna’s shareholders resident in the United States on the same terms and conditions as those made to all other shareholders of Pihlajalinna to whom an offer is made. Any information documents, including this stock exchange release, are being disseminated to U.S. shareholders on a basis comparable to the method that such documents are provided to Pihlajalinna’s other shareholders.

To the extent permissible under applicable law or regulations, including Rule 14e-5 under the Exchange Act, Mehiläinen and its affiliates or its brokers and its brokers’ affiliates (acting as agents for Mehiläinen or its affiliates, as applicable) may from time to time and during the pendency of the Tender Offer, and other than pursuant to the Tender Offer and combination, directly or indirectly, purchase or arrange to purchase, the shares in Pihlajalinna or any securities that are convertible into, exchangeable for or exercisable for such shares. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. To the extent information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase is made public in Finland, such information will be disclosed by means of a press release or other means reasonably calculated to inform U.S. shareholders of Pihlajalinna of such information. In addition, the financial advisers to Mehiläinen may also engage in ordinary course trading activities in securities of Pihlajalinna, which may include purchases or arrangements to purchase such securities. To the extent required in Finland, any information about such purchases will be made public in Finland in the manner required by Finnish law.

Neither the SEC nor any U.S. state securities commission has approved or disapproved the Tender Offer, passed upon the merits or fairness of the Tender Offer, or passed any comment upon the adequacy, accuracy or completeness of the disclosure in this stock exchange release. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

The receipt of cash pursuant to the Tender Offer by a U.S. holder of shares in Pihlajalinna may be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes and under applicable U.S. state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each holder of shares in Pihlajalinna is urged to consult its independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of accepting the Tender Offer.

It may be difficult for Pihlajalinna’s shareholders to enforce their rights and any claims they may have arising under the U.S. federal securities laws, since Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna are located in non-U.S. jurisdictions, and some or all of their respective officers and directors may be residents of non-U.S. jurisdictions. Pihlajalinna’s shareholders may not be able to sue Mehiläinen or Pihlajalinna or their respective officers or directors in a non-U.S. court for violations of the U.S. federal securities laws. It may be difficult to compel Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna and their respective affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court’s judgment.

Forward-looking statements

This stock exchange release contains statements that, to the extent they are not historical facts, constitute “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions, competitive strengths and weaknesses, plans or goals relating to financial position, future operations and development, business strategy and the trends in the industries and the political and legal environment and other information that is not historical information. In some instances, they can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes”, “intends”, “may”, “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative or variations on comparable terminology. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks, uncertainties and assumptions, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. Given these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as at the date of this stock exchange release.

Appendix 1 Supplement Document and the stock exchange release published by the Offeror on 15 October 2020

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