Legal Structure and Organization
The holding company of Fresenius Medical Care has been a partnership limited by shares (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien) since 2006. Changes to the legal form are not planned in the foreseeable future. As described in the “Group structure and business” section, Fresenius Medical Care’s activities have a regional structure and are organized in three operating segments: “North America”, “International”, and “Asia-Pacific”; the last two are aggregated into the “International” segment for reporting purposes. We intend to retain this organizational structure in 2011 and 2012. Our decentralized organizational structure enables us to react to market requirements with the greatest possible flexibility. This principle of a “company within the company” with clearly defined responsibilities has proven its worth for many years now and will therefore be maintained.