At the end of last week, we learned from media reports that the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt/Main had received a complaint from BaFin, which we have been provided with today. We reject the allegations made therein, in particular of market manipulation. We are confident that we will clarify the matter in full cooperation with the authorities.
The essential subject of the complaint is the acquisition of Whinstone US Inc. announced in November 2019 and the related question whether the expectations expressed about this transaction were adequate.
The recent sale of Whinstone has proven the high value of the acquisition.