The change of Fresenius SE's legal form into a KGaA* in combination with the conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares was registered today with the commercial register and thereby became effective. The Company operates from now on as Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA. All shareholders of the former Fresenius SE are now ordinary shareholders of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA.

Ulf Mark Schneider, CEO of Fresenius, commented: "I am very pleased that we successfully completed the share conversion and the change of legal form. This is an important step for Fresenius and its shareholders. The conversion significantly simplifies our share structure, increases trading liquidity, and improves our financial flexibility by facilitating access to equity capital markets. The new capital structure supports our corporate strategy and its focus on sustainable and profitable growth."

The ordinary shares of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA will commence trading on January 31, 2011 (ISIN DE0005785604 / Sec ID no. 578560; ticker symbols FRE GR (Bloomberg), FREG.DE (Reuters)). According to the index regulation of Deutsche Börse AG, the new ordinary shares will be included in the German DAX30 index (Deutscher Aktienindex).

The registration of the change of the legal form at the commercial register was finally cleared following a court settlement of pending disputes initiated by minority shareholders.

*Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien - partnership limited by shares