BOGOTA, Colombia, March 28, 2015 /CNW/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL;TSX: ECP) hereby reports that, at the shareholders' meeting held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, the following amendments to the rules and procedures governing our shareholders' meetings were approved in order to implement the corporate governance practices recommended by the Superintendence of Finance in the New Code of Corporate Best Practices of Colombia.
The approved amendments are the following:
- Voting on amendments to the bylaws: a new paragraph has been adopted providing that, in the event of a proposed amendment to the bylaws, there shall be a separate vote on any specific article being amended whenever such a vote is requested by a shareholder or group of shareholders representing at least 5% of the share capital during a shareholders' meeting (Article 3, paragraph 1).
- Increase of the advance notice time for convening ordinary and extraordinary meetings: the required advance notice for convening ordinary meetings has been increased from twenty (20) business days to thirty (30) calendar days and the required advance notice for convening extraordinary meetings has been increased from eight (8) calendar days to fifteen (15) calendar days (Article 4).
- Dispensing with advanced submission of proxies: repeal of Article 7 section 4, which related to the previous proxy review stage.
For further information, the text of the amended rules and procedures can be reviewed on Ecopetrol S.A.'s website (www.ecopetrol.com.co).
Ecopetrol is the largest company in Colombia and is an integrated oil & gas company; it is among the top 50 oil companies in the world and among the top four in Latin America. Besides Colombia - where it generates over 60% of the national production - it has exploration and production activities in Brazil, Peru & the US (Gulf of Mexico). Ecopetrol owns the largest refinery in Colombia and most of the pipeline and multi-product pipeline network in the country, and is significantly increasing its participation in bio-fuels.
This release contains statements that may be considered forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All forward-looking statements, whether made in this release or in future filings or press releases or orally, address matters that involve risks and uncertainties, including in respect of the Company's prospects for growth and its ongoing access to capital to fund the Company's business plan, among others. Consequently, changes in the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements: market prices of oil & gas, our exploration and production activities, market conditions, applicable regulations, the exchange rate, the Company's competitiveness and the performance of Colombia's economy and industry, to mention a few. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations Director (A)
Media Relations (Colombia)
Jorge Mauricio Tellez
Phone: + 571-234-4329
SOURCE Ecopetrol S.A.