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Commitments to Members of the Management Board for the Event of the Termination of their Appointment

There are individual contractual pension commitments for the Management Board members Dr. Ulf M. Schneider, Rainer Baule, Dr. Jürgen Götz and Stephan Sturm based on their service agreements with the general partner of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA. The Management Board member Dr. Ernst Wastler has a pension commitment of VAMED AG, Vienna. The Management Board member Dr. Ben Lipps has acquired non-forfeitable benefits from participation in employee pension plans of Fresenius Medical Care North America. With regard to these pension commitments, the Fresenius Group had pension obligations of €8,678 thousand as of December 31, 2011 (2010: €7,870 thousand). The additions to pension liability in the fiscal year 2011 amounted to €808 thousand (2010: €2,830 thousand).

The pension commitments are as follows:

€ in thousands As of January 1, 2011 Additions As of December 31, 2011
Dr. Ulf M. Schneider 1,240 95 1,335
Rainer Baule 3,362 330 3,692
Dr. Jürgen Götz 416 65 481
Dr. Ben Lipps 401 247 648
Stephan Sturm 675 89 764
Dr. Ernst Wastler 1,776 -18 1,758
Total 7,870 808 8,678

€ in thousands As of January 1, 2011 Additions As of December 31, 2011
Dr. Ulf M. Schneider 1,240 95 1,335
Rainer Baule 3,362 330 3,692
Dr. Jürgen Götz 416 65 481
Dr. Ben Lipps 401 247 648
Stephan Sturm 675 89 764
Dr. Ernst Wastler 1,776 -18 1,758
Total 7,870 808 8,678

Each of the pension commitments provides for a pension and survivor benefit, depending on the amount of the most recent basic salary, from the 63rd year of life, or, in the case of termination because of professional or occupational incapacity, from the time of ending active work.

The pension’s starting percentage of 30% of the last basic salary increases with every full year of service as Management Board member by 1.5 percentage points, 45% being the attainable maximum.

Current pensions increase according to legal requirements (Section 16 of the German law to improve company pension plans, BetrAVG).

30% of the gross amount of any later income from an occupation of the Management Board member is set off against the pension. Furthermore, 100% (or in the case of Management Board member Rainer Baule 70%) of any amounts accruing to Management Board members or their surviving dependents from the Management Board member’s vested rights in other company pension plans, also from employment with other companies, is also set off.

In the event of the death of one of the aforesaid Management Board members, the widow receives a pension equivalent to 60% of the pension entitlement accruing at the time of death. In addition, own legitimate children of the deceased Management Board member receive an orphan’s pension equivalent to 20% of the pension entitlement accruing at the time of death until completion of their vocational training but at the most until the age of 25 years. However, all orphans’ pensions and the widow’s pension are capped at an aggregate 90% of the Management Board member’s pension entitlement.

If a Management Board member’s service as a member of the Management Board of Fresenius Management SE ends before the age of 63 years for reasons other than professional or occupational incapacity, the rights to the said pension benefits vest but the pension payable upon the occurrence of a pensionable event is reduced pro rata according to the actual length of service as a Management Board member compared to the potential length of service until the age of 63 years.

With the Management Board member Rainer Baule it was agreed in 2010 that instead of increasing the amounts of the life insurance policies taken out by Fresenius in his favor a sum of €78 thousand be paid, due at the age of 63 years. This amount carried interest as from January 1, 2010 until payment at an annual rate of 4.4% and became due in 2011.

The pension commitment for Dr. Ernst Wastler provides for a normal pension, an early retirement pension, a professional incapacity pension, and a widow’s and orphan’s pension. The normal pension is payable at the earliest at the age of 60 years and the early retirement pension at the earliest at the age of 55 years. The pension benefits are equivalent to 1.2% per year of service based on the last basic compensation, with a cap of 40%. The widow’s pension (60%) and the orphan’s pension (20% each) are capped in aggregate at not more than Dr. Ernst Wastler’s pension entitlement at the time of death. Pensions, retirement and other benefits from third parties are set off against the pension benefit.

With the Management Board member Dr. Ben Lipps, there is the following individual agreement in plan: Instead of a pension provision, and taking account of a restriction of competition after the ending of the service agreement between him and Fresenius Medical Care Management AG, he can, for a period of ten years, act in a consultative capacity for the Company. The consideration to be granted annually by Fresenius Medical Care Management AG in return would amount to approximately 33% of the non-performance-related compensation components paid to him in the fiscal year 2011. The net present value of this commitment as of December 31, 2011 is €2,304 thousand. In addition, the Management Board member Dr. Ben Lipps has acquired non-forfeitable benefits from participation in employee pension plans of Fresenius Medical Care North America which provide payment of pensions as of the age of 65 and the payment of reduced benefits as of the age of 55. Due to plan cuts in March 2002, the rights to receive benefits from the pension plans have been frozen at the level then applicable.

A post-employment non-competition covenant was agreed upon for all Management Board members. If such covenant becomes applicable, the Management Board members receive a waiting allowance that is generally equivalent to half of the annual basic compensation for each year of respective application of the non-competition covenant, up to a maximum of two years.

The Management Board members’ service agreements do not contain express provisions for the event of a “change of control”.

All Management Board members have received individual contractual commitments for the continuation of their payments in cases of sickness for a maximum of 12 months, although as of 6 months of sick leave, insurance benefits may be set off therewith. If a Management Board member dies, the surviving dependents will be paid three more monthly amounts after the month of death, until the end of the respective service agreement at the longest, however.

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