Form of Backstop Agreement
This AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made as of this [ ] day of August, 2021 by and between Alberton Acquisition Corporation, a British Virgin Islands exempted company (the "Company”) and ________________ (“Buyer”).
WHEREAS, the Company was organized for the purpose of acquiring, through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination, an operating business (“Business Combination”); and
WHEREAS, the Company has entered into that certain Merger Agreement (as amended, the "Merger Agreement") dated October 27, 2020 by and among the Company, Alberton Merger Subsidiary Inc., a Nevada corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), and SolarMax Technology, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“SolarMax”), pursuant to which SolarMax will merge (the “Merger”) with and into Merger Sub and SolarMax will survive the Merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Company has filed a prospectus/proxy statement in Form S-4 (File Number 333-251825) relating to the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement which has not been declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Registration Statement”); and
WHEREAS, Buyer will agree to purchase no less than $ _________ (the “Commitment”) of ordinary shares (the “Shares”) of the Company, as specified below.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth and other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows:
Purchase and Closing
Section 1.01 Purchase from Third Parties. The Buyer acknowledges that, subject to Section 3.07, it may acquire Shares in open market or private transactions from time to time. The Buyer agrees that if the Buyer so purchases the Shares, (i) such purchases, if any, (a) shall be made in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including without limitation applicable United States securities laws, and (b) to effect such purchase, the Buyer shall not enter a bid below the posted market offer price for such shares.
Section 1.02 Purchase from Redeeming Holders. At the Company’s request, the Buyer shall purchase from holders of public shares of the Company (“Redeeming Holders”) who have exercised their right of redemption pursuant to the Company’s organizational documents, all of the ordinary shares of the Company held by the Redeeming Holders at a price to be negotiated between the Buyer and the Redeeming Holders which price shall not be less than the Redemption Price. In connection with any such purchase, the Redeeming Holder shall execute an agreement pursuant to which the Redeeming Holder irrevocably withdraws the notice of redemption made by the Redeeming Holder. Payment to the Redeeming Holders shall be made by wire transfer of the purchase price in accordance with instructions from the Redeeming Holders.
Section 1.03 Non-Trading. The Buyer agrees that it will not redeem any Shares and agrees that it will not dispose of any Shares until after the closing of the Merger.
Representations and Warranties of the Company
The Company hereby represents and warrants to Buyer on the date hereof and as of the Closing that:
Section 2.01 Organization. The Company is duly formed in the jurisdiction of its organization and has the requisite corporate power and authority to execute, deliver and carry out the terms of this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby.
Section 2.02 Authority; Non-Contravention. This Agreement has been validly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the other parties hereto, is a valid and binding agreement enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to the general principles of equity and to bankruptcy or other laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by the Company does not and will not conflict with, violate or cause a breach of, constitute a default under, or result in a violation of (i) any agreement, contract or instrument to which the Company is a party which would prevent the Company from performing its obligations hereunder or (ii) any law, statute, rule or regulation to which the Company is subject.
Representations and Warranties of the Buyer
Buyer hereby represents and warrants to the Company on the date hereof and as of the Closing that:
Section 3.01 Organization. In the event that Buyer is a corporation, it is duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing in the jurisdiction of its incorporation. Buyer has the requisite corporate power and authority to execute, deliver and carry out the terms of this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby.
Section 3.02 Authority; Non-Contravention. This Agreement has been validly authorized, executed and delivered by Buyer and assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the other parties hereto, is a valid and binding agreement enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to the general principles of equity and to bankruptcy or other laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by Buyer does not and will not conflict with, violate or cause a breach of, constitute a default under, or result in a violation of (i) any agreement, contract or instrument to which Buyer is a party which would prevent Buyer from performing its obligations hereunder or (ii) any law, statute, rule or regulation to which Buyer is subject.
Section 3.03 Governmental Approvals. All consents, approvals, orders, authorizations, registrations, qualifications, designations, declarations or filings with any governmental or other authority on the part of Buyer required in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated in the Agreement have been or shall have been obtained prior to and be effective as of the Closing.
Section 3.04 Sophisticated Buyer. Buyer is sophisticated in financial matters and is able to evaluate the risks and benefits attendant to the purchase of Shares.
Section 3.05 No Brokers. No broker, investment banker, financial advisor, finder or other person has been retained by or is authorized to act on behalf of Buyer that will be entitled to any fee or commission for which the Company will be liable in connection with the execution of this Agreement or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby.
Section 3.06 Securities Law Compliance. The Buyer has been advised that the offer and sale of the Shares by the Company has not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any other securities laws and, therefore, none of the Shares purchased at the Closing can be resold unless they are registered under the Securities Act and applicable securities laws or unless an exemption from such registration requirements is available. The Buyer understands that the Shares purchased from the Company will be considered to be “restricted securities” under the Securities Act, and that, therefore, the Buyer will not be eligible to use Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act for at least one year after “Form 10” information relating to the Merger has been filed with the SEC. The Buyer is acquiring the Shares for Buyer’s own account for investment, not as a nominee or agent, and not with a view to, or for resale in connection with, the distribution thereof. The Buyer represents that it is an “accredited investor” as such term is defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D, promulgated under the Securities Act, and that the Buyer is not subject to the “Bad Actor” disqualification, as such terms is defined in Rule 506 of Regulation D, promulgated under the Securities Act.
Section 3.07 Affiliation. If the Buyer is an affiliate of the Company or SolarMax the Buyer it will only purchase pursuant to Sections 1.02 and will not make any purchases pursuant to Section 1.01.
Section 3.08. Anti-Money Laundering. The operations of the Buyer, including the obligations of the Buyer pursuant to this Agreement, are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements and all other applicable U.S. and non-U.S. anti-money laundering laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, those of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the applicable money laundering statutes of all applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency in the United States and, if the Buyer is a resident of any country other than the United States the anti-money laundering laws of the country in which the Buyer is a resident (collectively, the “Anti-Money Laundering Laws”), and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving Buyer with respect to the Anti-Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the Buyer’s knowledge, threatened and there is no basis for any such action, suit or proceeding.
Section 3.09. Absence of Certain Relationships. To the best of the Buyer’s knowledge, none of: (i) the Buyer; (ii) any person controlling or controlled by the Buyer; (iii) any person having a beneficial interest in the Buyer; or (iv) any person for whom the Buyer is acting as agent or nominee in connection with the purchase of the Shares:
(a) is a country, territory, individual or entity named on a list maintained by of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), or a person or entity prohibited under the OFAC Programs. The Buyer agrees to promptly notify the Company should the Buyer become aware of any change in the information set forth in these representations; or
(b) is a senior foreign political figure, or any immediate family member or close associate of a senior foreign political figure, as such terms are defined in the footnotes below.
Section 4.01 Acknowledgement; Waiver. Buyer (i) acknowledges that the Company may possess or have access to material non-public information which has not been and will not be communicated to Buyer; (ii) hereby waives any and all claims, whether at law, in equity or otherwise, that he, she, or it may now have or may hereafter acquire, whether presently known or unknown, against the Company or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors or assigns relating to any failure to disclose any non-public information in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including without limitation, any such claims arising under the securities or other laws, rules and regulations, and (iii) is aware that the Company is relying on the foregoing acknowledgement and waiver in clauses (i) and (ii) above, respectively, in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.
Section 5.01 Termination. This Agreement shall terminate on the earlier of (i) the closing of the Merger, (ii) the date the Merger Agreement is terminated, and (iii) October 26, 2021.
Section 5.02 Counterparts; Facsimile. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. This Agreement or any counterpart may be executed via facsimile transmission, and any such executed facsimile copy shall be treated as an original.
Section 5.03 Governing Law. This Agreement shall for all purposes be deemed to be made under and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of New York. Each of the parties hereby agrees that any action, proceeding or claim against it arising out of or relating in any way to this Agreement shall, to the fullest extent applicable, be brought and enforced first in the Southern District of New York, then to such other court in the State of New York as appropriate and irrevocably submits to such jurisdiction, which jurisdiction shall be exclusive. Each of the parties hereby waives any objection to such exclusive jurisdiction and that such courts represent an inconvenient forum.
|||A “senior foreign political figure” is defined as a senior official in the executive, legislative, administrative, military or judicial branches of a foreign government (whether elected or not), a senior official of a major foreign political party, or a senior executive of a foreign government-owned corporation. In addition, a “senior foreign political figure” includes any corporation, business or other entity that has been formed by, or for the benefit of, a senior foreign political figure.|
|||The “immediate family” of a senior foreign political figure typically includes the figure’s parents, siblings, spouse, children and in-laws.|
|||A “close associate” of a senior foreign political figure is a person who is widely and publicly known to maintain an unusually close relationship with the senior foreign political figure, and includes a person who is in a position to conduct substantial domestic and international financial transactions on behalf of the senior foreign political figure.|
Section 5.04 Remedies Cumulative. Each of the parties hereto acknowledges and agrees that, in the event of any breach of any covenant or agreement contained in this Agreement by the other party, money damages may be inadequate with respect to any such breach and the non-breaching party may have no adequate remedy at law. It is accordingly agreed that each of the parties hereto shall be entitled, in addition to any other remedy to which they may be entitled at law or in equity, to seek injunctive relief and/or to compel specific performance to prevent breaches by the other party hereto of any covenant or agreement of such other party contained in this Agreement. Accordingly, Buyer hereby agrees that the Company is entitled to an injunction prohibiting any conduct by the Buyer in violation of this Agreement and the Buyer shall not seek the posting of any bond in connection with such request for an injunction. Furthermore, in any action by the Company to enforce this Agreement, Buyer waives its right to assert any counterclaims and its right to assert set-off as a defense. The prevailing party agrees to pay all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' and experts' fees that such prevailing party may incur in connection with the enforcement of this Agreement.
Section 5.05 Severability. If any term, provision or covenant of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions and covenants of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated
Section 5.06 Binding Effect; Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns.
Section 5.07 Headings. The descriptive headings of the Sections hereof are inserted for convenience only and do not constitute a part of this Agreement.
Section 5.08 Entire Agreement; Changes in Writing. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the parties hereto and supersedes and cancels any prior agreements, representations and warranties, whether oral or written, among the parties hereto relating to the transaction contemplated hereby. Neither this Agreement nor any provision hereof may be changed or amended orally, but only by an agreement in writing signed by the other party hereto.
Section 5.09 Further Assurances. If at any time any of the parties hereto shall consider or be advised that any further documents or actions are necessary or desirable to vest, perfect or confirm of record or otherwise the rights, title or interest in or to the Shares or under or otherwise pursuant to this Agreement, the parties hereto shall execute and deliver such further documents or take such actions and provide all assurances and to take and do all such other actions and things as may be necessary or desirable to vest, perfect or confirm any and all right, title and interest in or to the Shares or under or otherwise pursuant to this Agreement.
Section 5.10 Waiver of Claims Against Trust. Reference is made to the final prospectus of the Company, filed with the Securities Exchange Commission on October 24, 2018 (the “Prospectus”). Buyer warrants and represents that it has read the Prospectus and understands that the Company has established a trust account containing the proceeds of its initial public offering (“IPO”) and from certain private placements occurring simultaneously with the IPO (collectively, with interest accrued from time to time thereon, the “Trust Fund”) initially in an amount of $100,000,000 for the benefit of the Company’s public shareholders (“Public Shareholders”) and certain parties (including the underwriters of the IPO) and that, except for a portion of the interest earned on the amounts held in the Trust Fund, the Company may disburse monies from the Trust Fund only: (i) to the Public Shareholders in the event they elect to redeem ordinary shares of the Company in connection with the consummation of the Company’s Business Combination, (ii) to the Public Shareholders if the Company fails to consummate a Business Combination within the applicable time period, (iii) any amounts necessary to pay any taxes and for working capital purposes from the interest accrued in the Trust Fund or (iv) to the Company after or concurrently with the consummation of a Business Combination.
For and in consideration of the Company entering into entering into this agreement with Buyer, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Buyer hereby agrees that it does not now and shall not at any time hereafter have any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any monies in the Trust Fund or distributions thereform, or make any claim against, the Trust Fund, regardless of whether such claim arises as a result of, in connection with or relating in any way to, any proposed or actual business relationship between the Company and Buyer, this Agreement or any other matter, and regardless of whether such claim arises based on contract, tort, equity or any other theory of legal liability (any and all such claims are collectively referred to hereafter as the “Claims”). Buyer hereby irrevocably waives any Claims it may have against the Trust Fund (including any distributions therefrom) now or in the future as a result of, or arising out of, any negotiations, contracts or agreements with the Company and will not seek recourse against the Trust Fund (including any distributions therefrom) for any reason whatsoever (including, without limitation, for an alleged breach of this Agreement). Buyer agrees and acknowledges that such irrevocable waiver is material to this Agreement and specifically relied upon by the Company to induce it to enter in this Agreement, and Buyer further intends and understands such waiver to be valid, binding and enforceable under applicable law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date set forth on the first page of this Agreement.
|ALBERTON ACQUISITION I LIMITED|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|