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POWELL DUFFRYN FACTS Proceedings between W. Petereit, acting as liquidator of the company IBH-Holding AG, in liquidation, and Powell Duffryn plc (hereinafter referred to as "Powell Duffryn"). It appears from the papers in the case that Powell Duffryn, a company under English law, had subscribed for registered shares in IBH-Holding AG (hereinafter referred to as "IBH-Holding"), a company limited by shares under German law, when the latter's capital was increased in September 1979. On 28 July 1980 Powell Duffryn participated in the proceedings of a general meeting of IBH-Holding during which, by a show of hands, the shareholders adopted resolutions amending the statutes of IBH, in particular by inserting into them the following clause: "By subscribing for or acquiring shares or interim certificates the shareholder submits, with regard to all disputes between himself and the company or its organs, to the jurisdiction of the courts ordinarily competent to entertain suits concerning the company." Powell Duffryn subscribed for further shares on successive increases in the capital of IBH-Holding and also received dividends. In 1983 IBH-Holding was put into liquidation and Mr Petereit, acting as liquidator, brought an action before the Landgericht Mainz claiming that Powell Duffryn had not fulfilled its obligations to IBH-Holding to make the cash payments due in respect of the increases in capital. QUESTIONS Does the rule contained in the statutes of a company limited by shares on the basis of which the shareholder by subscribing for or acquiring shares submits, with regard to all disputes with the company or its organs, to the jurisdiction of the courts ordinarily competent to entertain suits concerning the company constitute an agreement conferring jurisdiction within the meaning of Article 17 of the Brussels Convention which is concluded between the shareholder and the company?
Does subscription for and acceptance of shares, by means of a written declaration of subscription, on the occasion of an increase in the capital of a company limited by shares comply with the requirement for writing laid down in the first paragraph of Article 17 of the Brussels Convention as regards a jurisdiction clause contained in the statutes of the company?
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