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Is it possible to give my shares to a loved one for a special occasion?
(Only for French residents)

A customary gift is a gift that can be given on a very special occasion (wedding, birthday, holidays, passing an exam, etc.). It can be in the form of securities, but must represent a relatively small part of the grantor’s assets. It is carried out directly by your account manager, does not need to be declared to the fiscal authorities and will not be included in the grantor’s estate. However, it is important to note that the securities given have a purchase price of zero: when these shares are sold, the capital gain realized is equal to the total net sale amount. There are other forms of gifting such as hand-to-hand gifts, simple gifts or shared-gifts. For more information, visit the Shareholders section at, contact our advisors at 0 800 166 179 (from a French landline) or +33 (0)1 57 05 02 26 (from outside France) or reach out to your notary.

Direct registered shareholders,
when you give shares as a gift, Shareholder Services can offer you a gift envelope (in French only) that your loved ones will receive directly.

What is the role of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) chaired by Benoît Potier?

In June 2014, Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, was elected Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), which brings together the leaders of 52 of Europe’s biggest companies.
The ERT was founded in 1983 to meet the challenge of ensuring Europe could compete economically with the American and Japanese powerhouses. Thirty years later, Europe is dealing with the competitive pressures of a globalized economy and promoting the further integration of its economy by completing the single market and establishing a lasting monetary union. Given this context, the ERT is more convinced than ever that Europe’s prosperity depends on the competitiveness of its economy.
ERT members meet twice a year in a plenary session, which serves as its main decision-making body. In parallel, working groups chaired by ERT members and comprised of the member companies’ employees and experts analyze key issues and develop recommendations to European Union policymakers that promote the competitiveness of European Union industrial firms who must do business in an extremely competitive global market.
Representing 18 European countries, its member companies have combined total sales of 1,300 billion euros, account for 18% of research and development investments in the European Union and employ 6.8 million people.
On June 1, 2015, about 20 leaders of large ERT member companies took part in a meeting in Berlin with the French President, François Hollande, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. This meeting, whose theme was the digitisation of European industry, was subject of a press conference with European leaders and Benoît Potier representing the ERT.

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Results of the vote on the questions submitted in September 2015

  • How does Air Liquide contribute to the COP21 conference? 37,8% Find out our expert’s answer in the March 2016 issue, section CSR.
  • What is the role of Air Liquide Group’s venture capital investor ALIAD? 35,4% Find out our expert’s answer in the March 2016 issue, section Your questions.
  • What digital services are available for the Annual General Meeting? 14,6%
  • What are the terms for a shares donation to the Air Liquide Foundation? 12,2% Find out our expert’s answer in the March 2016 issue, section Your questions.

The voting is closed. Read the answers to the most voted questions in the March 2016 issue.

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