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SWISS HELVETIA FUND, INC. SEC Filing Form DEFA14A 2/2017, submited: 2017-06-19

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DEFA14A 1 d417896ddefa14a.htm DEFA14A DEFA14A

 

 

SCHEDULE 14A

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THE SWISS HELVETIA FUND, INC.

7 Bryant Park

New York, New York 10018

URGENT NOTICE FROM THE SWISS HELVETIA FUND, INC.

June 19, 2017

Dear Fellow Stockholder:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc., I appreciate your patience in receiving multiple mailings regarding the Fund’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which is scheduled to be held at 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the offices of Schroder Investment Management North America Inc., 7 Bryant Park, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10018.

Activist investor, Bulldog Investors, LLC, has launched a proxy contest against your Fund seeking support to, among other things, elect a majority of the Board, terminate the Fund’s investment advisory agreements and approve a tender offer that could result in the liquidation of the Fund. The Board strongly believes that Bulldog has submitted these proposals in its self-interest—and not the best interest of all stockholders—and that Bulldog’s efforts could adversely affect the Fund’s investment operations and performance to the detriment of long-term stockholders.

It is extremely important that you vote “FOR” each of the Board’s three highly qualified nominees for Director and “AGAINST” a proposal that could result in the Fund’s liquidation by voting and returning the enclosed WHITE proxy card. If you are uncertain as to whether you previously voted in this manner, you have every right to complete and return a new WHITE proxy card. This will update your vote, as only the LATEST dated proxy card submitted by you will count.

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS), a leading independent corporate governance analysis firm, spoke with representatives of the Board and Fund management as well as with representatives of Bulldog, and has recommended that you vote—using the Fund’s WHITE proxy card—as follows:

 

    “FOR” each of the Board’s nominees for Director: Dr. Claus Helbig, Jean E. Hoysradt and Fred J. Ricciardi (Proposals 1A-C); and

 

    “AGAINST” the proposal requesting that the Board approve a tender offer for 100% of the Fund’s shares (Proposal 4).

ISS recommends that you do not vote using the GREEN proxy card submitted to you by Bulldog. Please do NOT return the GREEN proxy card submitted to you by Bulldog. There is no need for you to do so and doing so could nullify your votes cast on the WHITE proxy card.

Please continue your support of the Fund by voting “FOR” each of the Board’s three nominees and against Proposal 4 by completing and returning the WHITE proxy card. Every vote counts! If you have not yet voted, please vote the WHITE proxy card TODAY.

The Board thanks you for your continued trust and support.

Sincerely yours,

 

Brian A. Berris

Chairman of the Board and Independent Director

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