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DES - Online Annual Report 2008

6. Right to redeem of limited partners

The distinction between equity and liabilities is set out in IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation. In accordance with this Standard, the equity interests of minority shareholders in commercial partnerships are reclassified as liabilities due to the shareholders’ potential right of redemption. In accordance with sections 131 et seq of the HGB, shareholders in commercial partnerships have an ordinary legal right of termination of six months to the end of the fiscal year, which the shareholders’ agreement can define in greater detail, but not exclude. As a result of this stipulation, a liability rather than equity is recognised in the balance sheet. This liability must be measured at fair value.

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