This excerpt taken from the NVMI 20-F filed Mar 30, 2009.
Because as of March 2, 2009, five of our shareholders control approximately 53% of our ordinary shares, they can control the outcome of matters submitted to a vote of our shareholders, including the election of directors.
As of March 2, 2009, five of our shareholders controlled approximately 53% of our outstanding ordinary shares (not including warrants currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 2, 2009). As a result, and although we are currently not aware of any voting agreement between such shareholders, if these shareholders voted together or in the same manner, they would have the ability to control the outcome of corporate actions requiring an ordinary majority vote of shareholders as set in the Companys articles of association. Even if these five shareholders do not vote together, each has the ability to influence the outcome of corporate actions requiring the vote of shareholders as set in the Companys article of association. For additional information on our major shareholders, see Major shareholders on page 37.