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SWISS HELVETIA FUND, INC. SEC Filing Form DEFA14A 2/2017, submited: 2017-06-19
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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 Funds 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 Funds 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-interestand not the best interest of all stockholdersand that Bulldogs efforts could adversely affect the Funds investment operations and performance to the detriment of long-term stockholders.
It is extremely important that you vote FOR each of the Boards three highly qualified nominees for Director and AGAINST a proposal that could result in the Funds 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 voteusing the Funds WHITE proxy cardas follows:
|||FOR each of the Boards 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 Funds 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 Boards 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.
Brian A. Berris
Chairman of the Board and Independent Director
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