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has received various claims under such indemnities and guarantees. In some instances, AkzoNobel has been named as a direct defendant despite the divestments.A number of other claims are pending, all of which are contested. We are also involved in disputes with tax authorities in several jurisdictions.Provisions are recognized when an outflow of economic benefits for settlement is probable and the amount can be reliably estimated. It should be understood that, in light of possible future developments, such as: (a) potential additional lawsuits; (b) possible future settlements; and (c) rulings or judgments in pending lawsuits, certain cases may result in additional liabilities and related costs. At this point in time, we cannot estimate any additional amount of loss or range of loss in excess of the recorded amounts with sufficient certainty to allow such amount or range of amounts to be meaningful. Moreover, if and to the extent that the contingent liabilities materialize, they are typi-cally paid over a number of years and the timing of such payments cannot be predicted with confidence. While the outcome of said cases, claims and disputes cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe, based upon legal advice and information received, that the final outcome will Note 19: Contingent liabilities and commitments19Maturity operational lease contractsIn € millions20142015Payments due within one year 103 152 Payments between one and five years205 335 Payments due after more than five years103 150 Total411 637
174Financial information |AkzoNobel Report 2015We purchased and sold goods and services to various related parties in which we hold a 50 percent or less equity interest (associates and joint ventures). Such transactions were conducted at arm’s length with terms comparable with transactions with third parties. During 2015, we considered the members of the Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board to be the key management personnel as defined in IAS 24 “Related parties”. For details on their remuneration, as well as on shares and options held by members of the Supervisory Board or Board of Management, see Note 21. In the ordinary course of business, we have transactions with various organizations with which certain of the members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee are associated, but no related party transactions were effected in 2015. Likewise, there have not been any transactions with members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee, any other senior management personnel or any family member of such persons. Also no loans have been extended to members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee, any other senior management personnel or any family member of such persons. For related party transactions with pension funds, see Notes 10 and 14. For receivables from and payables to related parties, see Notes 12 and 17.