SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 14, 2013
Nielsen Holdings N.V.
The Nielsen Company B.V.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
85 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004
1112 XL Diemen
+31 20 398 8777
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On August 14, 2013, Nielsen Holdings N.V. (Nielsen or the Company) entered into the Agreement Terminating the Amended and Restated Shareholders Agreement Regarding Nielsen Holdings N.V. (the Termination Agreement), dated as of August 14, 2013, with The Nielsen Company B.V. (TNC), Valcon Acquisition B.V. (Valcon), Valcon Acquisition Holding (Luxembourg) S.ar.l. (Luxco) and funds associated with or designated by AlpInvest Partners (AlpInvest), The Blackstone Group (Blackstone), The Carlyle Group (Carlyle), Centerview Partners (Centerview), Hellman & Friedman LLC (Hellman & Friedman), Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL and, together with AlpInvest, Blackstone, Carlyle, Centerview, Hellman & Friedman and KKR, the Sponsors). The Termination Agreement terminates in all material respects the Amended and Restated Shareholders Agreement Regarding Nielsen Holdings N.V., dated as of January 31, 2011, as amended, by and among Nielsen, TNC, Valcon, Luxco and the Sponsors, other than with respect to certain specified provisions, including provisions regarding indemnification, access to information and confidentiality. The parties entered into the Termination Agreement in light of the Sponsors reduced ownership of Nielsen common stock.
In connection with the Termination Agreement, on August 14, 2013, Nielsen entered into separate letter agreements with affiliates of each of Blackstone, Carlyle, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and THL (each such affiliate, a Counterparty), which provides such Counterparty with the right to nominate one director to Nielsens Board of Directors directly, rather than through Luxco, if such Counterparty holds, directly or indirectly, at least 3% of Nielsens voting power.
Also in connection with the Termination Agreement, on August 14, 2013, Nielsen entered into a letter agreement with affiliates of AlpInvest, which provides AlpInvest with the right to receive information from the Company subject to confidentiality, insider trading restrictions and other provisions.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
Date: August 19, 2013
NIELSEN HOLDINGS N.V.
THE NIELSEN COMPANY B.V.
|Name:||James W. Cuminale|
|Title:||Chief Legal Officer|