UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

Report of Foreign Private Issuer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

May 6, 2013

 

YANDEX N.V.

 

Laan Copes van Cattenburch 52

The Hague, the Netherlands, 2585 GB. Tel: +31-70-3454700

(Address, Including ZIP Code, and Telephone Number,

Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F  x    Form 40-F  o

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): o

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): o

 

 

 



 

Furnished as Exhibits to this Report on Form 6-K are: Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Yandex N.V. dated May 6, 2013, announcing the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 21, 2013 (the “AGM”); and Agenda and Explanatory Notes for the AGM.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

YANDEX N.V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 6, 2013

By:

/S/ ALEXANDER SHULGIN

 

 

Alexander Shulgin

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

99.1

Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Yandex N.V. dated May 6, 2013, announcing the Company’s AGM

 

 

99.2

Agenda and Explanatory Notes for the AGM

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Laan Copes van Cattenburch 52

2585 GB The Hague

The Netherlands

 

To:          Shareholders of Yandex N.V.

 

From:     Board of Directors

 

Date:      May 6, 2013

 

Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Yandex N.V.

 

We hereby inform you that Yandex N.V. (the “Company”) will hold its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (“AGM”) on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, beginning at 10.00 local time at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel, Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, 1016 HT, The Netherlands.

 

Enclosed with this notice you will find the Agenda for the AGM, together with explanatory notes, as well as a Power of Attorney / Proxy to authorize company representatives to vote your shares at the AGM.

 

The following agenda items are scheduled for the AGM:

 

1.              Introductory remarks.

 

2.              Approval of 2012 annual statutory accounts of the Company (decision).

 

3.              Addition of 2012 profits of the Company to retained earnings (decision).

 

4.              Discharge of the members of the Board of Directors from their liability towards the Company for their management during the 2012 financial year (decision).

 

5.              Appointment of Rogier Rijnja as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, for a one-year term (decision).

 

6.              Re-appointment of Ilya Segalovich as an executive member of the Board of Directors and of Charles Ryan and Alexander Voloshin as non-executive members of the Board of Directors, each for a three-year term (decision).

 

7.              Cancellation of outstanding Class C Shares (decision).

 

8.              Amendment of the Company’s Articles of Association to (i) reduce the number of authorized shares and (ii) reflect recent technical changes in Dutch corporate law which recently came into force (decision).

 

9.              Appointment of the external auditor of the Company for the 2013 financial year (decision).

 

10.       General authorization of the Board of Directors to issue ordinary shares and preferences shares and exclude pre-emption rights (decision).

 

11.       General authorization of the Board of Directors to acquire shares in the Company (decision).

 

12.       Any other business.

 



 

Copies of materials related to the AGM, including this Notice of Meeting, the Agenda and Explanatory Notes, and a copy of our 2012 Annual Report on Form 20-F, are available on our website at http://company.yandex.com/investor_relations and at the Company’s offices (Laan Copes van Cattenburch 52, The Hague, the Netherlands 2585 GB). Copies can also be obtained from Investor Relations, tel +7 495 739-7000 or by email: askir@yandex-team.ru. The deed of amendment of the Articles of Association and the Company’s audited statutory accounts, which are prepared in accordance with IFRS solely to comply with Dutch law, are available for inspection by shareholders at the Company’s offices at the above address; copies may be requested from Investor Relations.

 

On April 23, 2013 the total number of Class A Shares outstanding was 232,993,352, with a total of 232,993,352 voting rights; and the total number of Class B Shares was 96,034,266, with a total of 960,342,660 voting rights. Each Class A share carries one vote; each Class B shares carries ten votes. The Class A Shares and Class B Shares will vote together as a single class on all matters at the AGM.

 

The persons who will be considered as entitled to vote and/or attend the AGM are those persons who on April 23, 2013, after processing of all settlements as of this date (the “Record Date”), have these rights and are registered as such in a register designated by the Board. The designated register for the Class A Shares is maintained by the Company’s transfer agent and registrar, Computershare Trust Company N.A. The designated register for the Class B Shares is maintained by the Company.

 

If you would like to attend the AGM and your Class A shares are held by a broker, bank or other nominee, you must bring to the AGM a letter from the nominee confirming your beneficial ownership of such shares. In order to vote your shares at the AGM, you must obtain from the nominee a proxy issued in your name. You must also bring a form of personal identification.

 

Your vote is important regardless of the number of shares you own. Whether or not you expect to attend the AGM, we hope you will take the time to vote your shares. If you are a shareholder of record, you may vote your Class A shares over the Internet, by telephone or by completing and mailing the enclosed Power of Attorney / Proxy card in the envelope provided. If your shares are held in “street name”, meaning they are held for your account by a broker or other nominee, you will receive instructions from the broker that you must follow for your shares to be voted.

 

Many brokers are subject to New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rules. The NYSE rules direct that, if you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” by a broker, the broker, as the record holder of the shares, is required to vote those shares in accordance with your instruction. If you do not give instructions to the broker, the broker will be entitled to vote the shares with respect to “discretionary” items but will not be permitted to vote the shares with respect to “non-discretionary” items (those shares are treated as “broker non-votes”). The election of directors is not considered a discretionary item. This means that brokers who have not been furnished voting instructions from their clients will not be authorized to vote in their discretion for the election of directors. We urge you to provide voting instructions to your broker so that your votes may be counted.

 

Proposal 8 (amendment of Articles of Association) requires the affirmative vote of the holders of two-thirds of the votes cast on the matter. All other matters require the affirmative vote of the holders of an absolute majority of the votes cast. However, if less than 50% of the issued share capital is present or represented by proxy at the AGM, proposals 7 (cancellation of C shares) and 10 (exclusion of pre-emptive rights) will also require the affirmative vote of the holders of two-thirds of the votes cast on the matter. Under our Articles of Association, blank or invalid votes count towards establishing a quorum, but do not count for voting purposes.

 

The Hague, May 6, 2013

The Board of Directors

 


Exhibit 99.2

 

 

2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

Agenda and Explanatory Notes

 

Date:

May 21, 2013 at 10.00 A.M. local time

 

 

Location:

The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel, Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, 1016 HT, The Netherlands

 

Opening

 

1.              Introductory Remarks

 

Approval of 2012 statutory accounts; addition of 2012 profits to retained earnings; discharge of directors

 

2.              To approve the annual statutory accounts of Yandex N.V. (the “Company”) for the 2012 financial year (prepared in accordance with IFRS in accordance with the Dutch Corporate Governance Code). (Decision)

 

3.              To add the profits of the Company realized in the 2012 financial year to the retained earnings of the Company. (Decision)

 

4.              To discharge the members of the Board of Directors from their liability towards the Company in respect of the management of the Company during the 2012 financial year. (Decision)

 

Appointment of new director

 

5.              To appoint Rogier Rijnja to serve as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors for a one-year term. (Decision)

 

Re-appointment of directors

 

6.              To re-appoint Ilya Segalovich to serve as an executive member of the Board of Directors, and to re-appoint Charles Ryan and Alexander Voloshin to serve as non-executive members of the Board of Directors, each for a three-year term. (Decision)

 

Cancellation of shares

 

7.              To cancel 57,379,582 outstanding Class C shares, all held by the Company. (Decision)

 

Amendment of Articles of Association

 

8.              To amend the Articles of Association of the Company to (i) reduce the number of authorized shares and (ii) reflect minor technical amendments necessary to bring the Articles of Association in compliance with changes recently introduced in applicable Dutch corporate law. (Decision)

 



 

Appointment of Auditor

 

9.              To appoint ZAO Deloitte & Touche CIS as auditors of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the 2013 financial year and its Dutch affiliate as external auditors of the Company’s statutory annual accounts for the 2013 financial year. (Decision)

 

General designations and authorizations of the Board of Directors

 

10.       To designate the Board of Directors as the competent body to issue from time to time ordinary shares and preference shares up to the respective authorized share capital of the Company for a period of five years from the date of the Annual General Meeting. (Decision)

 

11.       To designate the Board of Directors as the competent body to exclude pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders in respect of the issue of ordinary shares and preference shares for a period of five years from the date of the Annual General Meeting. (Decision)

 

12.       To authorize the Board of Directors for a period of 18 months to repurchase shares in the capital of the Company up to a maximum of 20% of the issued share capital from time to time, in the case of Class A shares, against a purchase price that is (i) no greater than the higher of (a) the highest independent bid or (b) the last independent transaction price, in each case, at the time the purchase is effected (in the case of an open market stock repurchase); or (ii) fixed by the Company based on market conditions in accordance with SEC rules (in the case of a tender offer or comparable transaction). (Decision)

 

Other business

 

13.       Any other business.

 

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Explanatory Notes to the Agenda

 

1.                              Opening

 

The Chief Executive Officer will look back on 2012, including the Group’s financial performance, and will look ahead, explaining the strategy and plans of Yandex for 2013.

 

2-4.                   Approval of 2012 Annual Statutory Accounts of Yandex N.V.; addition of 2012 profits of the Company to retained earnings; discharge of the members of the Board of Directors from their liability towards the Company for management during the 2012 financial year

 

These agenda items include proposals to adopt the 2012 Statutory Accounts and to add the profits of the Company realized in the 2012 financial year to the retained earnings of the Company, as well as to discharge the members of the Board of Directors, in accordance with Dutch law, from the liability towards the Company for the performance of their duties in 2012. Such discharge only covers matters that are known to the Company at the 2013 AGM when the resolution to discharge is adopted.  Copies of the 2012 Statutory Accounts are available for inspection by shareholders at the registered office of the Company, and can also be obtained from Investor Relations, tel +7 495 739-7000 or by email: askir@yandex-team.ru.

 

5.                              Appointment of Rogier Rijnja as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors

 

It is proposed to appoint Mr. Rijnja as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Company for a one-year term with effect from May 21, 2013 and running until the annual general meeting to be held in 2014.

 

Mr. Rijnja, age 50, is Senior Vice President of Human Resources and a member of the executive committee at D.E Master Blenders, a Dutch public company listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prior to joining D.E Master Blenders in 2011, Mr. Rijnja served as head of the human resources departments at several international companies, including Maxeda (2008 to 2011), Numico N.V. (2004 to 2008) and Amazon.com (2002 to 2004). He was previously the director of global management development at Reckitt Benckiser PLC from 1998 to 2002, and a human resources manager for Nike Europe from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Rijnja held several positions at Apple between 1989 and 1996 in The Netherlands and the United States. Mr. Rijnja has a degree in law studies from Leiden University in The Netherlands.

 

6.                              Re-appointment of Ilya Segalovich as an executive member of the Board of Directors and of Charles Ryan and Alexander Voloshin as non-executive members of the Board of Directors

 

The nominees are as follows:

 

i.      Ilya Segalovich, age 48

 

It is proposed to re-appoint Mr. Segalovich as an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Company for a three-year term with effect from May 21, 2013 and running until the annual general meeting to be held in 2016.

 

Mr. Segalovich is one of the co-founders of Yandex and its Chief Technology Officer and has been a director since 2000. He began his career working on information retrieval technologies in 1990 at Arkadia Company, where he headed Arkadia’s software team. From 1993 to 2000, he led the retrieval systems department for CompTek International. In 2000 Ilya Segalovich left CompTek International to join Yandex. IIya helped create the National Corpus of Russian Language (Ruscorpora) and ROMIP, the Russian Information Retrieval Evaluation Seminar. He also co-founded and supports Maria’s Children Art

 

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Rehabilitation Center for orphans and children with special needs. Mr. Segalovich received a degree in geophysics from the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Geologic Exploration Institute.

 

ii.     Charles Ryan, age 45

 

It is proposed to re-appoint Mr. Ryan as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Company for a three year term with effect from May 21, 2013 and running until the annual general meeting to be held in 2016.

 

Mr. Ryan has been a non-executive director since May 2011. A finance professional with 22 years of experience in both the Russian and international markets, Mr. Ryan co-founded United Financial Group (UFG) and became its Chairman and CEO in 1994. In 1998, Mr. Ryan initiated the New Technology Group within UFG Asset Management, which sponsored an early stage technology investment in ru-Net Holdings whose investments included Yandex. In 2006, Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG’s investment banking business, and Mr. Ryan was appointed chief country officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia and remained in that position until the end of 2008, when he became chairman of UFG Asset Management. From 2008 through the end of 2010, Mr. Ryan was a consultant for Deutsche Bank. Prior to founding UFG, Mr. Ryan worked as a financial analyst with CS First Boston from 1989 to 1991 and as an associate and principal banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Ryan has a degree in Government from Harvard University.

 

iii.             Alexander Voloshin, age 57

 

It is proposed to re-appoint Mr. Voloshin as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Company for a three year term with effect from May 21, 2013 and running until the annual general meeting to be held in 2016.

 

Mr. Voloshin has been a non-executive director of Yandex since 2010 after serving as an advisor to the company for two years. Mr. Voloshin serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uralkali. Prior to joining our Board of Directors, Mr. Voloshin served as Chairman of the Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel from 2008 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of RAO “UES of Russia” from 1999 to 2008. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Voloshin headed the Russian Presidential Administration. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Russian President, he worked as Deputy Chief of Staff from 1998 to 1999, and as Assistant to the Chief of Staff from 1997 to 1998. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers in 1978 and holds a degree in economics from the All-Russia Foreign Trade Academy.

 

The Board of Directors is pleased that Mssrs. Segalovich, Ryan and Voloshin are available to continue to serve as members of the Board of Directors.

 

7.                             Cancellation of outstanding Class C shares

 

The Company has issued Class C shares from time to time solely for technical purposes, to facilitate the conversion of its Class B shares into Class A shares.  The Company’s Class C shares were held by a Conversion Foundation managed by members of the Board of Directors, have been transferred for no consideration to the Company for the purpose of cancellation, and will be cancelled following the AGM.

 

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8.                              Amendment to the Company’s Articles of Association to (i) reduce the number of authorized shares and (ii) reflect recent changes in applicable Dutch corporate law

 

The Company will propose an amendment to its Articles of Association to (i) to reduce the number of authorized shares by (1) 57,379,582 Class B shares that have been converted into Class A shares, and (2) 57,379,582 Class C shares (together representing approximately €11 million in authorized share capital); and (ii) to introduce into the Articles of Association certain technical changes to bring the Articles of Association in compliance with changes recently included in Dutch corporate law regarding the decision-making authority of directors. A copy of the deed of amendment of the Articles of Association is available for inspection by shareholders at the Company’s registered offices, and can also be obtained on our website, http://company.yandex.com/investor_relations, or from Investor Relations, tel +7 495 739-7000 or by email: askir@yandex-team.ru.

 

9.                              Appointment of the external auditor of the Company

 

In accordance with Dutch law, the external auditor of the Company is appointed at the AGM. The Audit Committee has advised the Board of Directors to propose at the AGM the re-appointment of ZAO Deloitte & Touche CIS as auditors of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the 2013 financial year and its Dutch affiliate as external auditors of the Company’s statutory annual accounts for the 2013 financial year.

 

10-12.     General authorization of the Board of Directors to (i) issue ordinary shares and preference shares; (ii) exclude pre-emptive rights; and (iii) acquire shares in the Company

 

The proposals to authorize the Board of Directors (i) to issue ordinary shares and preference shares, in an amount up to the authorized share capital from time to time of the Company, and (ii) to exclude the pre-emptive rights of shareholders in respect of such issuances are intended to give the Board of Directors flexibility in financing the Company in the most efficient manner. In addition, enabling the Board of Directors to authorize the issue of a class of preference shares in such a manner as to dilute the interest of any potential acquirer is intended to make a takeover of the Company more difficult or less attractive. Furthermore, such authorizations give the Board of Directors flexibility in the context of acquisitions and mergers.

 

The proposal to authorize the Board of Directors to repurchase shares in the capital of the Company, up to a maximum of 20% of the issued share capital from time to time, in the case of Class A shares, for a purchase price that is (i) no greater than the higher of (a) the highest independent bid or (b) the last independent transaction price, in each case, at the time the purchase is effected (in the case of an open market stock repurchase); or (ii) fixed by the Company based on market conditions in accordance with SEC rules (in the case of a tender offer), is intended to, among other things, enable the Company to flexibly manage its capital structure in light of market conditions and the Company’s financial position.

 

On March 11, 2013 the Board of Directors announced that it had authorized a program to repurchase up to 12 million Class A shares, commencing after the completion of the distribution in connection with the secondary offering of Class A shares also announced on that day. Such shares may be repurchased from time to time in open market transactions. The timing and amount of share repurchases will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions. Yandex intends to make all repurchases in compliance with applicable regulatory guidelines and to administer the program in accordance with applicable laws, including Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Company entered into a repurchase plan under Rule 10b-5 of the Exchange Act in respect of substantially all of the shares

 

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to be repurchased under the repurchase program (the “Rule 10b-5 Plan”), and may also make additional repurchases from time to time outside the Rule 10b-5 Plan. The repurchase program will be in effect until at least November 14, 2013 and if the Company’s shareholders renew the Board’s authority to repurchase Class A shares at the AGM, will be extended until March 2014.

 

Adoption of these proposals at the AGM replaces the current authorizations of the Board of Directors in respect of these matters, which were granted at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on May 15, 2012.

 

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