Employment Agreement dated January 29, 2021 between Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Richard Katz
This Employment Agreement (the Agreement) is made as of January 29, 2021 between Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Company) and Richard D. Katz, MD (the Executive) (the Company and the Executive, the Parties).
WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive and the Executive desires to be employed by the Company as of the Start Date (as defined below) pursuant to the terms contained herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1. Position and Duties. The Executive shall serve as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, shall report to the Chief Executive Officer (the CEO) of the Company and shall have responsibilities and duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the CEO or Board of Directors of the Company (the latter including any committee of the Board of Directors, the Board). Unless otherwise agreed, the Executives first day of employment will be January 29, 2021 (the Start Date). The Executive shall devote the Executives full working time and efforts to the business and affairs of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive may: (i) engage in religious, charitable or other community activities; and (ii) subject to Board approval, continue to perform such outside professional activities as are set forth on Exhibit A attached hereto, in either case ((i) and (ii)) as long as each such activity does not interfere with the Executives performance of the Executives duties to the Company. The Executive represents that Exhibit A attached hereto is a comprehensive list of all outside professional activities with which the Executive is currently involved.
2. Compensation and Related Matters.
(a) Base Salary. The Executives initial annual base salary rate shall be $395,000. The Executives base salary rate shall be subject to increase by the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board (the Compensation Committee) from time to time and shall not be subject to diminution except as provided in Section 3(e)(i). The annual base salary in effect at any given time is referred to herein as Base Salary. The Base Salary shall be payable in a manner that is consistent with the Companys usual payroll practices for the Executives.
(b) Incentive Compensation. The Executive shall be eligible to receive annual incentive compensation as determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee from time to time based upon such goals and criteria as the Board determines, which may, in the Boards discretion, include the achievement of corporate goals and the Executives personal goals. The Executives initial target annual incentive compensation shall be 40% percent of the Executives annual base salary. The target annual incentive compensation in effect at any given time is referred to herein as Target Annual Incentive Compensation and the actual Annual Incentive Compensation with respect to any given time is the Annual Incentive Compensation. To avoid
doubt, whether incentive compensation is awarded, the criteria governing any incentive compensation, and the amount of any incentive compensation are each in the sole discretion of the Board. Except as expressly provided in Section 5(a) (Change in Control Payment), to earn incentive compensation, the Executive must be employed by the Company on the last day of the calendar year to which the incentive compensation applies. Any earned Annual Incentive Compensation shall be paid on or before March 15th of the calendar year following the year with respect to which the bonus was earned. Any annual incentive compensation for 2021 shall be prorated based on when the Start Date occurs.
(c) Expenses. The Executive shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in performing services hereunder, subject to the policies and procedures then in effect and established by the Company for its the Executives.
(d) Travel and Related Expenses. Pending relief from the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions related to workplace attendance for Allena employees, it is expected that the Executive will travel to the Companys Massachusetts offices regularly in order to perform the duties of the Executives CFO role. To help defray the cost of the Executives travel expenses, beginning on the Start Date, for each trip that the Executive takes from the Executives home in North Carolina to the Companys place(s) of business in Massachusetts for business purposes, the Company will: (i) pay the Executive a stipend of $750 plus (ii) reimburse the Executive for the cost of one, round-trip, coach-class ticket between North Carolina and Boston (collectively, the Travel Payments). The Travel Payments for each month shall be payable each month in arrears in accordance with the Companys regular payroll practices and will be subject to tax and other withholdings as required by law.
(e) Other Benefits. The Executive shall be entitled to participate in or receive benefits under any employee benefit plan currently maintained or which may, in the future, be made available by the Company generally to its the Executives, subject to and on a basis consistent with the terms, conditions and overall administration of such plan(s). The Executive shall be eligible for (4) weeks paid vacation per full calendar year, subject in all respects to the Companys vacation policy in effect from time to time. The Executive agrees that the Executive will use the Executives best efforts to schedule the Executives absences at times that do not interfere with the operations of the Company. The Executives accrual, use and carryover (in each case if any) of vacation each are subject in all respects to the the Companys vacation policy in effect from time to time.
3. Termination. The Executives employment hereunder is at-will and may be terminated without any breach of this Agreement under the following circumstances:
(a) Death. The Executives employment hereunder shall terminate upon the Executives death.
(b) Disability. The Company may terminate the Executives employment if: (i) the Executive is disabled and unable to perform the essential functions of the Executives then existing position or positions (or is expected, based on a reasonable degree of medical certainty, to be unable to perform such functions) with or without reasonable accommodation for a period of
120 continuous days or (ii) the Executive is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 120 days, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than three months under an accident and health plan covering employees of the Company (either (i) or (ii), a Disability). Nothing in this Section shall be construed to waive the Executives rights, if any, under existing law including, without limitation, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §2601 et seq. and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.
(c) Termination by the Company for Cause. The Company may terminate the Executives employment hereunder for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause shall mean: (i) conduct by the Executive constituting a material act of misconduct in connection with the performance of the Executives duties, including, without limitation, unlawful harassment or misappropriation of funds or property of the Company or any of its affiliates other than the occasional, customary and de minimis use of Company property for personal purposes; (ii) the commission by, or conviction of, the Executive of, or the entry of a pleading of guilty or nolo contendere by the Executive with respect to, any crime involving moral turpitude or any felony; (iii) any conduct by the Executive that would reasonably be expected to result in material injury or reputational harm to the Company or its affiliates if the Executive were retained in the Executives position; (iv) continued non-performance by the Executive of substantially all of the Executives responsibilities hereunder (other than by reason of the Executives physical or mental illness, incapacity or disability) that has continued for more than 30 days following written notice of such non-performance from the Board; or (v) a breach by the Executive of the Restrictive Covenant Agreement or of this Agreement. In the event of continued non-performance as described in subsection (iv), if the non-performance is curable as determined by the Board (which determination shall be conclusive), the Executive shall have no more than 30 days to cure such non-performance after written notice of such breach or violation by the Board (the Cause Cure Period,) provided that The Executive shall not be entitled to more than one Cause Cure Period in any 12-month period.
(d) Termination by the Company Without Cause. The Company may terminate the Executives employment hereunder at any time without Cause.
(e) Termination by the Executive. The Executive may terminate employment hereunder at any time for any reason, including but not limited to Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean that the Executive has complied with the Good Reason Process (hereinafter defined) following the occurrence of any of the following events: (i) a material diminution in the Executives Base Salary except for across-the-board salary reductions based on the Companys financial performance similarly affecting all or substantially all senior management employees of the Company; (ii) a material breach of this Agreement by the Company; (iii) a material diminution in the Executives duties or responsibilities, provided that a change in the Executives reporting structure shall not constitute Good Reason (each a Good Reason Condition), further provided, that where the Company is acquired and made part of a larger entity, whether as a subsidiary, business unit or otherwise, but the Executive retains the Executives position in the Company (as, for example, if the Executive remains the Chief Financial Officer of the Company following a Change in Control where the Company becomes a wholly
owned subsidiary of the acquiror, but is not made Chief Financial Officer of the acquiring corporation) such events will not, in and of themselves, constitute a Good Reason Condition. Good Reason Process shall mean that (i) the Executive reasonably determines in good faith that a Good Reason Condition has occurred; (ii) the Executive notifies the Company in writing of the occurrence of the Good Reason Condition within 60 days of the occurrence of such condition; (iii) the Executive cooperates in good faith with the Companys efforts, for a period not less than 30 days following such notice (the Good Reason Cure Period), to remedy the Good Reason Condition; (iv) notwithstanding such efforts, the Good Reason condition continues to exist; and (v) the Executive terminates employment within 60 days after the end of the Good Reason Cure Period. If the Company cures the Good Reason Condition during the Good Reason Cure Period, Good Reason shall be deemed not to have occurred.
(f) Notice of Termination. Except for termination due to the Executives death, any termination of the Executives employment by the Company or any such termination by the Executive shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of Termination shall mean a notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon. If the Executive provides the Executives Notice of Termination to the Company in accordance with the notice provisions of this Agreement, such Notice is effective immediately, no manifestation of acceptance or assent by the Company is required, and the Executive may not rescind the Notice without the written consent of the Company.
(g) Date of Termination. Date of Termination shall mean: (i) if the Executives employment is terminated by death, the date of death; (ii) if the Executives employment is terminated by the Company for any reason, including for Cause, without Cause or on account of Disability, the date of the Notice of Termination (accounting for any applicable Cause Cure Period); (iii) if the Executives employment is terminated by the Executive without Good Reason, 30 days after the date on which a Notice of Termination is given, or (iv) if the Executives employment is terminated by the Executive with Good Reason, the date on which a Notice of Termination is given after the end of the Good Reason Cure Period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Executive gives a Notice of Termination to the Company, the Company may unilaterally accelerate the Date of Termination and such acceleration shall not result in a termination by the Company for purposes of this Agreement.
(h) Automatic Resignation of Other Positions. The termination of the Executives employment with the Company for any reason shall automatically be deemed a resignation by the Executive of any other position held by the Executive with the Company or any affiliate of the Company, whether as an officer, director, fiduciary or otherwise.
4. Compensation Upon Termination.
(a) Termination Generally. If the Executives employment with the Company is terminated for any reason, the Company shall pay or provide to the Executive any earned but unpaid base salary, earned but unpaid expense reimbursements, and accrued but unused vacation (but only if required by state law or the Companys vacation policy, and in the event of a conflict between this Agreement and the Companys policy, the policy shall control) on or before the time required by law but in no event more than 30 days after the Executives Date of Termination.
(b) Termination by the Company Without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason. If the Executives employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason, in either case subject to the Executive signing, returning and not revoking a separation agreement to be provided by the Company that includes, among other terms, a general release of claims, a reaffirmation of the Executives obligations under the Restrictive Covenant Agreement (but without any obligation of the Company to pay garden leave pay or other noncompetition consideration) and a seven business day revocation period (the Release) within the time period required by the Release but in no event later than 60 days after the Date of Termination:
(i) the Company shall pay the Executive an amount equal to (A) nine (9) months of the Executives annual Base Salary; and (B) an amount equal to nine (9) months of the Executives Target Annual Incentive Compensation for the year preceding the Date of Termination (the Severance Amount). The Severance Amount shall be paid out in substantially equal installments in accordance with the Companys applicable payroll practices over nine (9) months (the period over which the Severance Amount is paid is the Severance Period). The Company shall also pay the Executive any earned, unpaid annual bonus for the year immediately prior to the year in which the Date of Termination occurs, subject to Section 2(b) (Incentive Compensation);
(ii) subject to the Executives election of and eligibility for COBRA rights and copayment of premium amounts at the active employees rate as of the Date of Termination (the Active Employee Premiums), the Company shall pay the remainder of the premiums for the Executives participation in the Companys group health plans pursuant to COBRA; provided that the Companys payment obligation shall cease upon the earliest of the end of the Severance Period, the Executives eligibility for group health insurance from another employer, or the expiration of the Executives rights under COBRA. As a condition of eligibility for such payments, the Executive (A) authorizes the deduction of the Active Employee Premiums from the Severance Amount; (B) shall notify the Company of the Executives eligibility for group health insurance from another employer and (C) shall promptly respond fully to any reasonable inquiries from the Company related to the Executives COBRA eligibility; and
(iii) the amounts payable under this Section 4(b) shall be paid or commence to be paid within 60 days after the Date of Termination; provided, however, that if the 60-day period begins in one calendar year and ends in a second calendar year, such payment shall be paid or commence to be paid in the second calendar year by the last day of such 60-day period; provided, further, that the initial payment shall include a catch-up payment to cover amounts retroactive to the day immediately following the Date of Termination. Each payment pursuant to this Agreement is intended to constitute a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2).
5. Change in Control Payment. The provisions of this Section 5 set forth certain terms of an agreement reached between the Executive and the Company regarding the Executives rights and obligations upon the occurrence of a Change in Control (as defined below). These provisions shall apply in lieu of, and expressly supersede, the provisions of Section 4(b) regarding severance pay and benefits upon a termination of employment by the Company without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason, if either such termination of employment occurs within the 12 months immediately following the occurrence of the first event constituting a Change in Control. These provisions shall terminate and be of no further force or effect beginning 12 months after the occurrence of a Change in Control.
(a) Change in Control. If within the 12 months immediately following a Change in Control, the Executives employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or the Executive terminates the Executives employment for Good Reason, then, in either case subject to the signing of the Release by the Executive and the Release becoming fully effective, all within the time period set forth in the Release but in no event later than 60 days following the Date of Termination:
(i) the Company shall pay the Executive a lump sum amount equal to one times the sum of (A) twelve (12) months of the Executives then current Base Salary; and (B) twelve (12) months of the Executives Target Annual Incentive Compensation for the year in which the Date of Termination occurs;
(ii) The Company shall pay the Executive a prorated portion of the Executives Target Annual Incentive Compensation under Section 2(b) for the year in which the Date of Termination occurs, payable when such Annual Incentive Compensation would otherwise be paid, which to avoid doubt shall be no later than March 15 of the year following the year in which the Date of Termination occurs;
(iii) The Company shall also pay the Executive any earned, unpaid annual bonus for the year immediately prior to the year in which the Date of Termination occurs, subject to Section 2(b);
(iv) subject to the Executives election of and eligibility for COBRA rights and copayment of the Active Employee Premiums, the Company shall pay the remainder of the premiums for the Executives participation in the Companys group health plans pursuant to COBRA; provided that the Companys payment obligation shall cease upon the earliest of the date that is twelve (12) months after the Date of Termination; the Executives eligibility for group health insurance from another employer; or the expiration of the Executives rights under COBRA. As a condition of eligibility for such payments, the Executive shall promptly respond fully to any reasonable inquiries from the Company related to the Executives COBRA eligibility;
(v) notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any applicable option agreement or stock-based award agreement, all time-based stock options and other time-based stock-based awards granted to the Executive shall immediately accelerate and become fully exercisable or nonforfeitable as of the effective date of the Release; and
(vi) the amounts payable under this Section 5(a) shall be paid or commence to be paid within 60 days after the Date of Termination; provided, however, that if the 60-day period begins in one calendar year and ends in a second calendar year, such payment shall be paid or commence to be paid in the second calendar year by the last day of such 60-day period. Each payment pursuant to this Agreement is intended to constitute a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2).
(b) Additional Limitation.
(i) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event that the amount of any compensation, payment or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of the Executive, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise, calculated in a manner consistent with Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), and the applicable regulations thereunder (the Aggregate Payments), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Aggregate Payments shall be reduced (but not below zero) so that the sum of all of the Aggregate Payments shall be $1.00 less than the amount at which the Executive becomes subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code; provided that such reduction shall only occur if it would result in the Executive receiving a higher After Tax Amount (as defined below) than the Executive would receive if the Aggregate Payments were not subject to such reduction. In such event, the Aggregate Payments shall be reduced in the following order, in each case, in reverse chronological order beginning with the Aggregate Payments that are to be paid the furthest in time from consummation of the transaction that is subject to Section 280G of the Code: (1) cash payments not subject to Section 409A of the Code; (2) cash payments subject to Section 409A of the Code; (3) equity-based payments and acceleration; and (4) non-cash forms of benefits; provided that in the case of all the foregoing Aggregate Payments all amounts or payments that are not subject to calculation under Treas. Reg. §1.280G-1, Q&A-24(b) or (c) shall be reduced before any amounts that are subject to calculation under Treas. Reg. §1.280G-1, Q&A-24(b) or (c).
(ii) For purposes of this Section 5(b), the After Tax Amount means the amount of the Aggregate Payments less all federal, state, and local income, excise and employment taxes imposed on the Executive as a result of the Executives receipt of the Aggregate Payments. For purposes of determining the After Tax Amount, the Executive shall be deemed to pay federal income taxes at the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation applicable to individuals for the calendar year in which the determination is to be made, and state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rates of individual taxation in each applicable state and locality, net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes.
(iii) The determination as to whether a reduction in the Aggregate Payments shall be made pursuant to Section 5(b)(i) shall be made by a nationally recognized accounting firm selected by the Company (the Accounting Firm), which shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and the Executive within 15 business days of the Date of Termination, if applicable, or at such earlier time as is reasonably requested by the Company or the Executive. Any determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and the Executive.
(c) Change in Control. For purposes of this Section 5, the term Change in Control shall mean any of the following:
(i) Any person, as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), any of its subsidiaries, or any trustee, fiduciary or other person or entity holding securities under any employee benefit plan or trust of the Company or any of its subsidiaries), together with all affiliates and associates (as such terms are defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Act) of such person, shall become the beneficial owner (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 50 percent or more of the combined voting power of the Companys then outstanding securities having the right to vote in an election of the Board (Voting Securities) (in such case other than as a result of an acquisition of securities directly from the Company); or
(ii) The date a majority of the members of the Board is replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the members of the Board before the date of the appointment or election; or
(iii) The consummation of (A) any consolidation or merger of the Company where the stockholders of the Company, immediately prior to the consolidation or merger, would not, immediately after the consolidation or merger, beneficially own (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act), directly or indirectly, shares representing in the aggregate more than 50 percent of the voting shares of the Company issuing cash or securities in the consolidation or merger (or of its ultimate parent corporation, if any), or (B) any sale or other transfer (in one transaction or a series of transactions contemplated or arranged by any party as a single plan) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change in Control shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of the foregoing clause (i) solely as the result of an acquisition of securities by the Company which, by reducing the number of shares of Voting Securities outstanding, increases the proportionate number of Voting Securities beneficially owned by any person to 50 percent or more of the combined voting power of all of the then outstanding Voting Securities; provided, however, that if any person referred to in this sentence shall thereafter become the beneficial owner of any additional shares of Voting Securities (other than pursuant to a stock split, stock dividend, or similar transaction or as a result of an acquisition of securities directly from the Company) and immediately thereafter beneficially owns 50 percent or more of the combined voting power of all of the then outstanding Voting Securities, then a Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred for purposes of the foregoing clause (i).
6. Acknowledgement. To avoid doubt, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Executive shall not be entitled to any severance compensation or benefits in connection with a termination due to the Executives Disability or death, by the Company for Cause, or by the Executive without Good Reason.
7. Section 409A.
(a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if at the time of the Executives separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A, the Company determines that the Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i), then to the extent any payment or benefit that the Executive becomes entitled to under this Agreement on account of the Executives separation from service would be considered deferred compensation subject to the 20 percent additional tax imposed pursuant to Section 409A(a) as a result of the application of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i), such payment shall not be payable and such benefit shall not be provided until the date that is the earlier of (A) six months and one day after the Executives separation from service, or (B) the Executives death. If any such delayed cash payment is otherwise payable on an installment basis, the first payment shall include a catch-up payment covering amounts that would otherwise have been paid during the six-month period but for the application of this provision, and the balance of the installments shall be payable in accordance with their original schedule.
(b) All in-kind benefits provided and expenses eligible for reimbursement under this Agreement shall be provided by the Company or incurred by the Executive during the time periods set forth in this Agreement. All reimbursements shall be paid as soon as administratively practicable, but in no event shall any reimbursement be paid after the last day of the taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred. The amount of in-kind benefits provided or reimbursable expenses incurred in one taxable year shall not affect the in-kind benefits to be provided or the expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other taxable year. Such right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.
(c) To the extent that any payment or benefit described in this Agreement constitutes non-qualified deferred compensation under Section 409A, and to the extent that such payment or benefit is payable upon the Executives termination of employment, then such payments or benefits shall be payable only upon the Executives separation from service. The determination of whether and when a separation from service has occurred shall be made in accordance with the presumptions set forth in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h).
(d) The parties intend that this Agreement will be administered in accordance with Section 409A. To the extent that any provision of this Agreement is ambiguous as to its compliance with Section 409A, the provision shall be read in such a manner so that all payments hereunder comply with Section 409A. The parties agree that this Agreement may be amended, as reasonably requested by either party, and as may be necessary to fully comply with Section 409A and all related rules and regulations in order to preserve the payments and benefits provided hereunder without additional cost to either party.
(e) The Company makes no representation or warranty and shall have no liability to the Executive or any other person if any provisions of this Agreement are determined to constitute deferred compensation subject to Section 409A but do not satisfy an exemption from, or the conditions of, such Section.
8. Restrictive Covenants. As a condition of the Executives employment, the Executive must sign the Companys (i) Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement and (ii) Invention and Non-Disclosure Agreement (collectively, the Restrictive Covenant Agreements). Copies of the Restrictive Covenant Agreements are attached hereto as Exhibit B.
9. Third-Party Agreements and Rights. The Executive hereby confirms that the Executive is not bound by the terms of any agreement with any previous employer or other party that restricts in any way the Executives use or disclosure of information or the Executives engagement in any business. The Executive represents to the Company that the Executives execution of this Agreement, the Executives employment with the Company and the performance of the Executives proposed duties for the Company will not violate any obligations the Executive may have to any such previous employer or other party. In the Executives work for the Company, the Executive shall not disclose or make use of any information in violation of any agreements with or rights of any such previous employer or other party, and the Executive shall not bring to the premises of the Company any copies or other embodiments of confidential or non-public information belonging to or obtained from any such previous employment or other party.
10. Litigation and Regulatory Cooperation. During and after the Executives employment, the Executive shall cooperate fully with the Company in the defense or prosecution of any claims or actions now in existence or that may be brought in the future against or on behalf of the Company that relate to events or occurrences that transpired while the Executive was employed by the Company. The Executives full cooperation in connection with such claims or actions shall include, but not be limited to, being available to meet with counsel to prepare for discovery or trial and to act as a witness on behalf of the Company at mutually convenient times. During and after the Executives employment, the Executive also shall cooperate fully and at mutually convenient times with the Company in connection with any investigation or review of any federal, state or local regulatory authority as any such investigation or review relates to events or occurrences that transpired while the Executive was employed by the Company. The Company shall reimburse the Executive for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with the Executives performance of obligations pursuant to this Section. For any period of time during which the Executive performs obligations under this Section and is not receiving payments of the Severance Amount, the Company shall reimburse the Executive at an hourly rate calculated by dividing the Executives Base Salary as of the Date of Termination by 2,080.
11. Consent to Jurisdiction; Jury Waiver. Except as otherwise expressly provided in any Company equity agreement or the Companys equity plan (the Equity Documents), the Parties hereby agree that the state and federal courts of North Carolina shall be the exclusive jurisdiction and exclusive venue for any court action under or related to this Agreement or the Executives employment with the Company. Accordingly, with respect to any such court action, the Executive submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts.
12. Integration. This Agreement, the Restrictive Covenant Agreements and any Equity Documents constitute the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and supersede all prior agreements, communications and understandings between the Parties concerning such subject matter.
13. Absence of Reliance. In signing this Agreement, the Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Executive is not relying upon any promise, communication or representation made by anyone at or on behalf of the Company, except as expressly contained herein or in the Restrictive Covenant Agreements or Equity Documents.
14. Withholding. All payments made by the Company to the Executive under this Agreement shall be net of any tax or other amounts required to be withheld by the Company under applicable law.
15. Reasonable Modification. The Executive and the Company agree and intend that, if any provision of this Agreement, including without limitation Sections 8 through 10, is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable as written in any respect, such provision shall be deemed to be modified (and shall in fact be so modified) and enforced to its maximum permissible extent. Neither a finding that any provision is unenforceable as written nor any modification of such provision shall affect any other provision of this Agreement, and such other provisions shall remain in full effect.
16. Survival. The provisions of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and/or the termination of the Executives employment to the extent necessary to effectuate the terms contained herein.
17. Waiver. No waiver of any provision hereof shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by the waiving Party. The failure of any Party to require the performance of any term or obligation of this Agreement, or the waiver by any Party of any breach of this Agreement, shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of such term or obligation or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach.
18. Notices. Any notices, requests, demands and other communications provided for by this Agreement shall be sufficient if in writing and delivered in person or sent by (i) a nationally recognized overnight courier service (ii) by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, in each case to the Executive at the last address the Executive has filed in writing with the Company or, in the case of the Company, at its main offices, attention of the Board, or (iii) by email to the Executive at the Executives Company email address, or personal email address expressly provided by the Executive to the Company, and to the Company at the Company email address of the Companys Chief Executive Officer.
19. No Strict Construction. The language used in this Agreement shall be deemed to be the language chosen by the parties to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction shall be applied against any party.
20. Amendment. This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument signed by the Executive and by a duly authorized representative of the Company (which shall not include the Executive) with Board approval.
21. Governing Law. This is a North Carolina contract and shall be construed under and be governed in all respects by the laws of North Carolina, without giving effect to North Carolina conflict of laws principles.
22. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be taken to be an original; but such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same document.
23. Assignment and Transfer by the Company; Successors. The Company shall have the right to assign and/or transfer this Agreement to any person or entity, including without limitation the Companys affiliates and any purchaser of any portion of the Companys (or its affiliates) equity or other assets. The Executive expressly consents to such assignment and/or transfer. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Companys successors and assigns. The Executive may not assign this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement:
|ALLENA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|Louis Brenner, MD|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Richard D. Katz, MD|