GHENT, Belgium, 28 February 2018Ablynx [Euronext Brussels and Nasdaq: ABLX] today announced, in accordance with Article 14 of the Belgian Law of 2 May 2007 regarding the publication of major shareholdings in issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market (the “Transparency Law”), that it received a notification of shareholdings from BlackRock, Inc. on 26 February 2018.

BlackRock, Inc. (taking into account the holdings of its subsidiary undertakings) notified Ablynx that it has upward crossed the 3% threshold of voting rights held through financial instruments since 23 February 2018 and now holds a total of 3,035,133 voting securities of Ablynx, representing 4.04% of the current 75,065,990 outstanding voting rights of Ablynx.

The notification contains the following information:

  • Reason for the notification: acquisition or disposal of financial instruments that are treated as voting securities
  • Notification by: a parent undertaking or a controlling person
  • Persons subject to the notification requirement:


Name Address (for legal entities)
BlackRock, Inc.  55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V. Rembrandt Tower, 17th floor, Amstelplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, U.K.
BlackRock Advisors, LLC 100 Bellevue Parkway, Wilmington, DE, 19809, U.S.A.
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited 161 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2S1, Canada
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG Max-Joseph-Straße 6, Munich, 80333, Germany
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10055, U.S.A.
BlackRock Fund Advisors 400 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, U.S.A.
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association 400 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, U.S.A.
BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited Level 37, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC 1 University Square Drive, Princeton, NJ, 8540, U.S.A.
BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd. 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Trust Tower Main, Tokyo, 100-8217, Japan
  • Transaction date: 23 February 2018
  • Threshold that is crossed: 3% of voting rights held through financial instruments
  • Denominator: 75,065,990
  • Details of the notification:
Name of select subsidiaries of BlackRock % of voting rights % of voting rights held through financial instruments* Total of both
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V. 0.01%   0.01%
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited 0.17% 0.63% 1 0.80%
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited 0.00% 0.01% 1 0.01%
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG 0.28%   0.28%
BlackRock Fund Advisors 0.00% 0.80% 1 0.80%
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association 0.21% 0.30% 1 / 0.11% 2 0.62%
BlackRock Advisors, LLC   0.20% 2 0.20%
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   0.57% 2 0.57%
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC   0.75% 2 0.75%
TOTAL 0.68% 3.37% 4.04%

* Type of financial instrument: 1‘Securities lent’ and 2‘Contract for Difference’

  • Chain of controlled undertakings through which the holding is effectively being held: Please see the full chain of control in the Transparency Notification.
  • Additional information: The disclosure obligation arose due to voting rights through financial instruments for BlackRock, Inc. going above 3%

A full version of the transparency notification is available on Ablynx website, under the section Investors.

The Articles of the Association of Ablynx NV provide for shareholders notification threshold of 3%, 5% or a multiple of 5% of the total number of existing voting rights.

About Ablynx

Ablynx is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of Nanobodies, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Ablynx is dedicated to creating new medicines which will make a real difference to society. Today, the Company has more than 45 proprietary and partnered programmes in development in various therapeutic areas including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology, oncology and respiratory disease. The Company has collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical companies including AbbVie; Boehringer Ingelheim; Eddingpharm; Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA; Merck KGaA; Novo Nordisk; Sanofi and Taisho Pharmaceuticals. The Company is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on

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