Employment Agreement, dated September 6, 2016, between the Registrant and Steven McQuillan
This Employment Agreement (this Agreement) is made by and amongst ACUTUS MEDICAL, INC. (the Company), having its principal offices at 2210 Faraday Ave., Suite 100 Carlsbad, CA 92008, and Steve McQuillan (the Executive), effective as of September 6, 2016.
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive in the position of Senior Vice-President of Clinical, Regulatory and Quality of the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Executive desires to be employed by the Company as its Senior Vice-President of Clinical, Regulatory and Quality.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the Company and the Executive hereby agree as follows:
1. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
(a) Annual Base Salary shall mean the Executives rate of regular base annual compensation prior to any reduction under (i) a salary reduction agreement pursuant to Section 401(k) or Section 125 of the Code or (ii) any plan or arrangement deferring any base salary.
(b) Board shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
(c) Cause any of the following: (i) the Executives failure to perform the Executives assigned duties or responsibilities pursuant to this Agreement (other than a failure resulting from the Executives Disability) after notice thereof from the Company describing the Executives failure to perform such duties or responsibilities; (ii) the Executives engaging in any act of dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation, embezzlement or other acts that are or would reasonably be expected to be injurious in a material respect to the Company; (iii) the Executives violation of any federal or state law or regulation applicable to the business of the Company or its affiliates; (iv) the Executives breach of any confidentiality agreement or invention assignment agreement between the Executive and the Company (or any affiliate of the Company); (v) the Executives being convicted of, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to, any crime or committing any act of moral turpitude; (vi) the Executives continuing gross negligence or gross misconduct after notice thereof from the Company describing the applicable conduct; or (vii) the Executives breach of any material term of any employment agreement between the Executive and the Company.
(d) Change in Control shall have the meaning ascribed to it in the Companys 2011 Equity Incentive Plan, as it may be amended from time to time.
(e) Change in Control Period shall mean the period commencing ninety (90) days prior to the effective date of a Change in Control and ending twelve (12) months following the effective date a Change in Control.
(f) COBRA shall mean the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended, as well as any state law of similar effect.
(g) Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and, as applicable, Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder.
(h) Confidential Information Agreement shall mean the At-Will Employment, Confidential Information, Invention Assignment and Arbitration Agreement that the Executive has entered or is required to enter into with the Company in connection with the Executives employment with the Company.
(i) Date of Termination shall mean the date of the termination of the Executives employment.
(j) Disability shall mean the Executives disability within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(4)(i).
(k) Good Reason shall mean the Executives resignation within thirty (30) days following the expiration of any Company cure period (discussed below) following the occurrence of one or more of the following, without the Executives consent: (i) a material reduction of the Executives authority, duties or responsibilities; (ii) a reduction of more than ten percent (10%) by the Company (or its successor) in the Executives base cash compensation as in effect immediately prior to such reduction, unless the Company also similarly reduces the base cash compensation of all other similarly situated service providers of the Company; or (iii) a material change in the geographic location of the Executives primary work facility or location; provided, that a relocation of less than fifty (50) miles from the Executives then-present location will not be considered a material change in geographic location. The Executive may not resign for Good Reason without first providing the Company with written notice of the acts or omissions constituting the grounds for Good Reason within ninety (90) days of the initial existence of the grounds for Good Reason and a reasonable cure period of thirty (30) days following the date the Company receives such notice during which such condition must not have been cured.
(l) Qualifying Termination shall mean the Companys termination of the Executives employment other than for Cause, death, or Disability or the Executives resignation for Good Reason.
(m) Release shall mean a general release of the Executive of any claims related to or arising from Executives service with or separation from the Company (which may include an agreement not to disparage the Company, non-solicit provisions and other standard terms and conditions) in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Company. The Release must be signed by the Executive and become irrevocable and effective in accordance with its terms not later than sixty (60) days following the Date of Termination.
(n) Severance Commencement Date shall mean the date on or following the Date of Termination and on which the Release becomes effective and irrevocable in accordance with its terms; provided, however, that if the Date of Termination occurs within sixty (60) days prior to the end of a calendar year, the Severance Commencement Date will be the later of (i) the date on which the Release becomes effective and irrevocable in accordance with its terms, or (i) the first day of the calendar year immediately following the Date of Termination.
2. Term of this Agreement. The term of this Agreement, as amended, shall commence upon the date of this Agreement set forth above and shall continue until terminated in accordance with Section 5 (the Term).
3. Duties; Scope of Employment; Compensation and Benefits.
(a) Position and Duties. The Company shall employ the Executive to the position of Senior Vice-President of Clinical, Regulatory and Quality of the Company. During the Term, the Executive will devote substantially all of the Executives business efforts and time to the Company. The Executive agrees not to actively engage in any other employment, occupation or consulting activity for any direct or indirect remuneration without the prior approval of the Board.
(b) Annual Base Salary. The Executives Annual Base Salary shall equal $300,000. The Annual Base Salary amount shall be subject to review and may be adjusted based upon the Companys normal performance review practices. The Annual Base Salary will be paid periodically in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices and be subject to the usual, required withholdings.
(c) Bonus. The Executives annual target bonus opportunity shall be 30% of the Executives Annual Base Salary (the Target Bonus). The Target Bonus amount shall be subject to review and may be adjusted based upon the Companys normal performance review practices. The Executives actual annual bonus earned shall be determined based on the Executives performance and achievement of target objectives and such other terms to be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. Any such annual bonus that is earned will be paid, less applicable withholdings, no later than the payroll period after the Board determines that such annual bonus has been earned, but in no event shall such earned annual bonus be paid after the later of (i) the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) month following the close of the Companys fiscal year in which the annual bonus is earned or (ii) March 15 following the calendar year in which the annual bonus is earned.
(d) Employee Benefits. During the Term, the Executive and the Executives dependents, if applicable, shall be eligible to participate in the employee benefit plans and programs currently and hereafter sponsored by the Company on the same terms and conditions generally applicable to similarly situated executives of the Company. The Company reserves the right to cancel or change the employee benefit plans and programs it offers to its employees at any time.
(e) Equity Plans. The Executive shall be eligible to participate in any stock option, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, or any other equity compensation plan or program sponsored by the Company or its affiliates on the terms and conditions determined by the Board in its sole discretion.
(f) Expenses. The Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in the furtherance of or in connection with the performance of Executives duties hereunder, in accordance with the applicable policy of the Company, as in effect from time to time.
(g) Paid Time Off. The Executive shall be entitled to paid time off in accordance with the Companys paid time off policy, as in effect from time to time.
4. At-Will Employment. The parties agree that the Executives employment with the Company will be at-will employment and may be terminated at any time with or without cause or notice. The Executive understands and agrees that neither his job performance nor promotions, commendations, bonuses, or the like from the Company give rise to or in any way serve as the basis for modification, amendment, or extension, by implication or otherwise, of his employment with the Company. However, as described in this Agreement, the Executive may be entitled to severance benefits depending on the circumstances of the termination of the Executives employment with the Company.
5. Termination. The Term and the Executives employment shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(a) Qualifying Termination Outside of the Change in Control Period.
(i) The Company may remove the Executive at any time, with or without Cause, from the position in which the Executive is employed hereunder, with or without notice.
(ii) Upon a Qualifying Termination outside of the Change in Control Period, the Executive shall be entitled to receive, subject to the effectiveness and irrevocability of the Release, the following severance benefits, subject to standard deductions and withholdings:
(1) The Executive shall receive cash severance equal to 50 % of the Annual Base Salary in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination (or if the Qualifying Termination is due to a resignation for Good Reason based on a material reduction in base cash compensation, then the Executives Annual Base Salary in effect immediately prior to such reduction). Subject to any delay in payment required by Section 5(d), the Company will pay such cash severance, in substantially equal installments on the Companys regular payroll schedule over the six-month period immediately following the Date of Termination. However, no payments of such cash severance will be made prior to the Severance Commencement Date. On the first payroll pay day on or following the Severance Commencement Date, the Company will pay the Executive in a lump sum the cash severance the Executive would otherwise have received on or prior to such date but for the delay in payment related to the effectiveness and irrevocability of the Release, with the balance of the cash severance being paid as originally scheduled; and
(2) If the Executive timely elects continuation health care coverage pursuant to COBRA for himself and/or his eligible dependents, the Company will reimburse the Executive for the applicable COBRA premiums for such coverage for up to six months, or such earlier time as the Executive ceases to be eligible for such continuation coverage; provided, however, that if the Company determines in its sole discretion that it cannot make the COBRA reimbursements without potentially violating applicable law (including, without limitation, Section 2716 of the Public Health Service Act), the Company will in lieu thereof provide to Executive a taxable monthly payment, payable on the last day of a given month, in an amount equal to the monthly COBRA premium that the Executive would be
required to pay to continue the Executives group health coverage in effect on the termination of employment date (which amount will be based on the premium for the first month of COBRA continuation coverage), which payments will be made regardless of whether the Executive elects COBRA continuation coverage and will commence on the month following the Executives termination of employment and will end on the earlier of (x) the date upon which the Executive obtains other employment or (y) the date the Company has paid an amount equal to six monthly payments. For the avoidance of doubt, the taxable payments in lieu of COBRA reimbursements may be used for any purpose, including, but not limited to continuation coverage under COBRA, and will be subject to all applicable tax withholding.
(b) Qualifying Termination During the Change in Control Period. Upon a Qualifying Termination during the Change in Control Period, then subject to the Executives timely provision of an effective and irrevocable Release, and effective as of the later of the Severance Commencement Date or the effective date of the Change in Control, the Executive will be entitled to receive the following severance benefits, subject to standard deductions and withholdings:
(i) the Executive shall receive cash severance equal to 100% of the sum of the Annual Base Salary and the Target Bonus, each as in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination (or if the Qualifying Termination is due to a resignation for Good Reason based on a material reduction in base cash compensation, then the Executives Annual Base Salary or Target Bonus in effect immediately prior to such reduction, as applicable). Subject to any delay in payment required by Section 5(d), such cash severance will be paid in a single lump sum on the first regular payroll pay day on or following the Severance Commencement Date;
(ii) the Executive shall receive a lump-sum payment equal to (A) the Target Bonus that the Executive would have earned for the fiscal year in which the Executives Qualifying Termination occurs had the Executive remained employed with the Company through the date the Executive was required to continue employment with the Company in order to be eligible to receive such bonus multiplied by (B) the fraction obtained by dividing (x) the number of days the Executive has worked during such fiscal year by (y) the total number of days in such fiscal year, which will be paid at the same time as other similarly situated employees of the Company receive bonus payments for the fiscal year but in no event later than March 15 of the year following the year of the Qualifying Termination, subject to any delay in payment required by Section 5(d);
(iii) if the Executive timely elects continuation health care coverage pursuant to COBRA for himself and/or his eligible dependents, the Company will reimburse the Executive for the applicable COBRA premiums for such coverage for up to twelve months, or such earlier time as the Executive ceases to be eligible for such continuation coverage; provided, however, that if the Company determines in its sole discretion that it cannot make the COBRA reimbursements without potentially violating applicable law (including, without limitation, Section 2716 of the Public Health Service Act), the Company will in lieu thereof provide to Executive a taxable monthly payment, payable on the last day of a given month, in an amount equal to the monthly COBRA premium that the Executive would be required to pay to continue the Executives group health coverage in effect on the termination of employment date (which amount will be based on the premium for the first month of COBRA continuation coverage),
which payments will be made regardless of whether the Executive elects COBRA continuation coverage and will commence on the month following the Executives termination of employment and will end on the earlier of (x) the date upon which the Executive obtains other employment or (y) the date the Company has paid an amount equal to twelve monthly payments. For the avoidance of doubt, the taxable payments in lieu of COBRA reimbursements may be used for any purpose, including, but not limited to continuation coverage under COBRA, and will be subject to all applicable tax withholding; and
(iv) the Executives equity awards will accelerate vesting in full. For purposes of determining the number of shares that will vest pursuant to the foregoing provision with respect to any performance-based vesting equity award, the applicable performance criteria shall be deemed to have been attained at a 100% level.
(c) Termination for Cause or Due to Death or Disability; Voluntary Resignation Without Good Reason. In the event that the Executive voluntarily terminates his employment for any reason other than Good Reason or in the event that Company terminates the Executives employment for Cause or due to the Executives death or Disability, no further payments shall be due under this Agreement, except that the Executive shall be entitled to any amounts earned, accrued or owing but not yet paid under Section 3 above, and any benefits accrued or earned under the Companys benefit plans and programs or to which the Executive is otherwise entitled under applicable law.
(d) Compliance with Section 409A of the Code.
(i) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no severance pay or benefits to be paid or provided to the Executive, if any, pursuant to this Agreement that, when considered together with any other severance payments or separation benefits, are considered deferred compensation under Code Section 409A, and the final regulations and any guidance promulgated thereunder (Section 409A) (together, the Deferred Payments) will be paid or otherwise provided until the Executive has a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A. Similarly, no severance payable to the Executive, if any, pursuant to this Agreement that otherwise would be exempt from Section 409A pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9) will be payable until the Executive has a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A.
(ii) Any severance payments or benefits under this Agreement that would be considered Deferred Payments will be paid on, or, in the case of installments, will not commence until, the sixtieth (60th) day following the Executives separation from service, or, if later, such time as required by Section 5(d)(iv). Except as required by Section 5(d)(iv), any installment payments that would have been made to the Executive during the sixty (60) day period immediately following the Executives separation from service but for the preceding sentence will be paid to the Executive on the sixtieth (60th) day following the Executives separation from service and the remaining payments shall be made as provided in this Agreement.
(iii) It is intended that each installment of the payments provided for in this Section 5 is a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A- 2(b)(2)(i). For the avoidance of doubt, it is intended that payments of the amounts set forth in
this Section 5 satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, the exemptions from the application of Section 409A provided under Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(b)(4) and 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii), and any amounts paid under this Agreement that qualify under either of such exemptions will not constitute Deferred Payments for purposes of clause (i) above.
(iv) Any provision of this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if, at the time of the Executives Date of Termination, the Executive is a specified employee, within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, then to the extent any payment or benefit that the Executive becomes entitled to under this Agreement on account of his separation from service would be considered nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Code, such payment or benefit shall be paid or provided at the date which is the earlier of (i) six (6) months and one day after the Date of Termination and (ii) the date of the Executives death (the Delay Period). Upon the expiration of the Delay Period, all payments and benefits delayed pursuant to this Section 5(d) (whether they would have otherwise been payable in a single sum or in installments in the absence of such delay) shall be paid or provided to the Executive in a lump-sum, and any remaining payments and benefits due under this Agreement shall be paid or provided in accordance with the normal payment dates specified for them herein.
(v) Any reimbursements provided under this Agreement that constitute deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code shall be made or provided in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, including, without limitation, that (i) in no event shall any fees, expenses or other amounts eligible to be reimbursed by the Company under this Agreement be paid later than the last day of the calendar year next following the calendar year in which the applicable fees, expenses or other amounts were incurred; (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement in any given calendar year shall not affect the expenses that the Company is obligated to reimburse in any other calendar year, provided that the foregoing clause (ii) shall not be violated with regard to expenses reimbursed under any arrangement covered by Code Section 105(b) solely because such expenses are subject to a limit related to the period the arrangement is in effect; (iii) the Executives right to have the Company pay or provide such reimbursements may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit; and (iv) in no event shall the Companys obligations to make such reimbursements apply later than the Executives remaining lifetime.
(vi) The foregoing provisions are intended to comply with the requirements of Section 409A so that none of the severance payments and benefits to be provided hereunder will be subject to the additional tax imposed under Section 409A, and any ambiguities herein will be interpreted to so comply. The Company and the Executive agree to work together in good faith to consider amendments to this Agreement and to take such reasonable actions which are necessary, appropriate or desirable to avoid imposition of any additional tax or income recognition prior to actual payment to the Executive under Section 409A.
(e) Non-Duplication of Payment or Benefits. If (i) a Qualifying Termination occurs prior to a Change in Control that qualifies the Executive for severance payments and benefits under Section 5(a) and (ii) a Change in Control occurs within the 3-month period following the Qualifying Termination that qualifies Executive for severance payments and benefits under Section 5(b), then (A) the Executive will cease receiving any further payments or
benefits under Section 5(a) and (B) the Executive will receive the payments and benefits under Section 5(b) instead but each of the payments and benefits otherwise payable under Section 5(b) will be offset by the corresponding payments or benefits the Executive already received under Section 5(a).
6. Confidential Information. The Executive agrees to enter into the Companys standard At-Will Employment, Confidential Information, Invention Assignment, and Arbitration Agreement (the Confidential Information Agreement) upon commencing employment hereunder.
7. Limitation on Payments; Section 280G.
(a) In the event the severance and other benefits provided for in this Agreement or otherwise payable to the Executive (i) are parachute payments within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and (ii) but for this Section 7, would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Executives severance benefits will be either.
(i) delivered in full, or
(ii) delivered as to such lesser extent which would result in no portion of such severance benefits being subject to the excise tax under Section 4999 of the code,
whichever of (a) or (b), taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, results in the receipt by the Executive on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of benefits, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such benefits may be taxable under Section 4999 of the Code. If a reduction in the severance and other benefits constituting parachute payments is necessary so that no portion of such severance benefits is subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code, (x) the Executive will have no rights to any additional payments and/or benefits that are being reduced, and (y) the reduction shall occur in the following order: (1) reduction of the cash payments, if any, which shall occur in reverse chronological order such that the cash payment owed on the latest date following the occurrence of the event triggering such excise tax will be the first cash payment to be reduced; (2) cancellation of accelerated vesting of equity awards other than stock options, if any; (3) cancellation of accelerated vesting of stock options, if any; and (4) reduction of other benefits, if any, paid or provided to the Executive, which shall occur in reverse chronological order such that the benefit owed on the latest date following the occurrence of the event triggering such excise tax will be the first benefit to be reduced. In the event that acceleration of vesting of equity awards or stock options is to be reduced, such acceleration of vesting shall be cancelled in the reverse order of the date of grant of the Executives equity awards or stock options. If two or more equity awards or stock options are granted on the same date, each award or stock option will be reduced on a pro-rata basis. Notwithstanding, any excise tax imposed will be solely the responsibility of the Executive. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent the Company submits any payment or benefit otherwise payable to the Executive under this Agreement or otherwise to the Companys stockholders for approval in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.280G-1 Q&A 7, and such payments and benefits will be treated in accordance with the results of such vote, the foregoing provisions shall not apply following such submission and such
payments and benefits will be treated in accordance with the results of such vote, except that any reduction in, or waiver of, such payments or benefits required by such vote will be applied without any application of discretion by the Executive and in the order prescribed by this Section 7(a). In no event shall the Executive have any discretion with respect to the ordering of the Executives payment reductions.
(b) Unless the Company and the Executive otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 7 will be made in writing by a nationally recognized firm of independent public accountants selected by the Company, the Companys legal counsel or such other person or entity to which the parties mutually agree (the Firm) whose determination will be conclusive and binding upon the Executive and the Company for all purposes. For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 7, the Firm may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code. The Company and the Executive will furnish to the Firm such information and documents as the Firm may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 7. The Company will bear all costs the Firm may reasonably incur in connection with any calculations contemplated by this Section 7.
(a) Legal Costs. The Company shall reimburse the Executive for reasonable legal fees and expenses incurred if the Executive prevails on any issue which is the subject of such of a lawsuit or arbitration brought by the Executive or the Company as a result of any dispute with any party (including, but not limited to, the Company and/or any affiliate of the Company) regarding the provisions of this Agreement. Otherwise, the Executive and the Company shall be responsible for its own legal fees and expenses in connection with such action. The Company will reimburse the Executive for reasonable legal fees and expenses directly relating to the negotiation of this Agreement, in accordance with the applicable policy of the Company.
(b) Arbitration. Executive agrees that any and all controversies, claims, or disputes with anyone (including the Company and any employee, officer, director, shareholder or benefit plan of the Company in their capacity as such or otherwise) arising out of, relating to, or resulting from Executives service to the Company, will be subject to arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Confidential Information Agreement.
(c) No Mitigation. The Company agrees that, if the Executives employment is terminated during the Term, the Executive is not required to seek other employment or to attempt in any way to reduce any amounts payable to the Executive by the Company pursuant to this Agreement. Further, the amount of any payment or benefit provided for in Section 5 of this Agreement shall not be reduced by any compensation earned by the Executive as the result of employment by another employer, by retirement benefits, or offset against any amount claimed to be owed by the Executive to the Company or any of their respective subsidiaries. However, the severance benefits provided under this Agreement are intended to satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, any and all statutory obligations that may arise out of the Executives termination of employment including, without limitation, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
(d) Successors. In addition to any obligations imposed by law upon any successor to the Company, the Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.
(e) Binding Agreement. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executives personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive shall die while any amount would still be payable to the Executive hereunder (other than amounts which, by their terms, terminate upon the death of the Executive) if the Executive had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the executors, personal representatives or administrators of the Executives estate.
(f) Notices. For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the respective addresses set forth below, or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon actual receipt:
To the Company:
2210 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
To the Executive:
At the address most recently on file with the Company
(g) Amendments. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by the Executive and such officer as may be specifically designated by the Company. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time.
(h) Entire Agreement. Except as otherwise provided, this Agreement (including any documents referred to herein) contains the entire agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, discussions, negotiations and undertakings, whether written or oral, express or implied, between the parties with respect thereto.
(i) Applicable Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to the principles of conflict of laws thereof.
(j) Captions. The captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect.
(k) Withholding. Any payments provided for hereunder shall be paid net of any applicable withholding required under federal, state or local law and any additional withholding to which the Executive has agreed.
(l) Survivorship. The rights and obligations of the Company and the Executive under this Agreement shall survive the expiration of the Term.
(m) Mutual Intent. All parties participated in the drafting of the Agreement, and the language used in this Agreement is the language chosen by the Executive and the Company to express their mutual intent. The parties agree that in the event that any language, section, clause, phrase or word used in the Agreement is determined to be ambiguous, no presumption shall arise against or in favor of either party and that no rule of strict construction shall be applied against either party with respect to such ambiguity.
(n) Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
(o) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
|ACUTUS MEDICAL, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Vince Burgess|
|/s/ Steve McQuillan|