Marmite-maker woos investors on Rotterdam move

By James Sillars, business reporter
Unilever - the owner of Marmite and Dove Soap - has pleaded with shareholders to support the proposed exit from its UK headquarters - a move that would see it lose its premium London listing.
The company's board took the unusual step of paying for a full-page newspaper advertisement on Wednesday to make its case for Unilever to be domiciled in the Netherlands.Unilever plc investors are due to vote on the planned move next month amid claims the firm is facing hefty opposition.The chief investment officer for equities at Aviva Investors, which holds a 1.4% stake, told Sky News last week that he would be "very surprised" if Unilever managed to secure the 75% support that it needed.
Marmite-maker woos investors on Rotterdam move

Aviva's David Cumming speaks to Sky News
David Cumming said its vote was "clear cut" amid a series of concerns including being forced to sell shares because Unilever would no longer be a FTSE 100 constituent under qualification rules.He also pondered whether it was a defensive measure by the company to protect itself from corporate predators after seeing off a hostile takeover bid from Kraft last year.The company currently has a dual HQ structure - in London and Rotterdam.
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