Separation Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2020, by and between Arena and Kevin R. Lind

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Exhibit 10.22


Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



October 27, 2020


Mr. Kevin Lind


Re: Separation Agreement


Dear Kevin,


This letter shall constitute the Separation Agreement (the “Agreement”) between you and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”).  

1.Separation Date; Accrued Salary and Paid Time Off.  Your employment with the Company will end on October 27, 2020, which will become your employment separation date (the “Separation Date”). As of the Separation Date, you will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from any and all employment, officer, or director positions you hold with the Company or its subsidiaries, other than Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (f/k/a Arena Neuroscience, Inc.). On the Separation Date, the Company will pay you all accrued salary and accrued but unused paid time off earned through the Separation Date, subject to standard payroll deductions and withholdings.

2.Severance Benefits.  If you: (i) sign and return this Agreement to the Company on or within twenty-one (21) days after the Separation Date and allow the releases contained herein to become effective; (ii) comply with all of your legal and contractual obligations to the Company; and (iii) remain available after your Separation Date to answer any questions from the Company regarding your previous job duties; then the Company will provide you with the following severance benefits (the “Severance Benefits”):

a.Prorated 2020 Annual Bonus. You will be eligible for your annual performance bonus payment for 2020, prorated for the period of time you are a Company employee during 2020, at the same time as the Company’s executives on or before March 15, 2021, which amount, if any, will be determined pursuant to the terms of the Company’s Annual Incentive Plan for 2020 (such amount, the “2020 Annual Bonus”), provided that the requirement that you be employed with the Company as of the payment date for such bonus will be waived.

b.Equity Acceleration and Extended Exercise Period.  The Company will accelerate the vesting of all stock option awards issued by the Company and held by you as of your Separation Date (collectively, the “Option Awards”) such that, as of the Separation Date, you will be immediately vested in the portion of the Option Awards that were scheduled to vest under the vesting schedule of such Option Awards during the eighteen (18) months immediately following the Separation Date. For purposes of calculating the vesting acceleration in the preceding sentence, any unvested portion of Option Awards that are scheduled to vest in one or more annual installments shall be treated as if the original grant provided for vesting in equal monthly installments rather than annually. Additionally, the Company will extend the exercise




period for all Option Awards that are vested as of your Separation Date (including those whose vesting accelerates pursuant to this Section) until the later of: (i) the original post-termination exercise period provided in your stock option agreement; or (ii) February 28, 2023; provided that in no event shall any Option Award be exercisable beyond the original contractual life of the Option Award.  The further vesting of all Option Awards will cease as of your Separation Date (after applying the vesting acceleration pursuant to this Section) and any unvested portion of the Option Awards will immediately terminate. Except as expressly modified in this Agreement, the Option Awards shall continue to be governed by the terms of the applicable grant notice, stock option agreement and the Company’s long-term incentive plan. Pursuant to tax rules governing the portion of your Option Awards that are considered “incentive stock options” (the “ISOs”) under Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), such Option Awards may lose ISO status as of your Separation Date as a result of the benefits set forth in this Section (whether due to the IRS $100K limitation on ISOs and/or the modification to extend the exercise period of such Option Awards) and will lose ISO status in any event three months following your Separation Date, after which such Option Awards will be deemed nonqualified stock options. The Company encourages you to seek independent advice concerning the tax status of your Option Awards and the corresponding tax implications of this Agreement and the benefits hereunder.

In addition, any portion of your performance restricted stock unit awards  that were granted on January 4, 2019 that remain outstanding as of your Separation Date (the “PRSUs”) will remain outstanding and you will remain eligible to receive shares of Company common stock in respect of such PRSUs until the earlier of: (i) March 15, 2021; and (ii) termination of the PRSUs pursuant to the terms of the PRSU Agreement (as defined below) and the Company’s 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan (such earliest date, the “PRSU Termination Date”).  

Until the PRSU Termination Date, you will remain eligible to be issued shares of Company common stock pursuant to the vesting and issuance criteria set forth in the PRSU Grant Agreement (including Attachment I thereto) (the “PRSU Agreement”) on the same terms and at the same time as you would have received such shares if your employment with The Company would have continued through the PRSU Termination Date, provided that if, under the terms of the PRSU Agreement, shares of Company common stock would be issued to you after March 15, 2021 as a result of the Maximum Price (as defined in the PRSU Agreement) occurring prior to March 15, 2021 (and prior to the PRSU Termination Date), such shares shall instead be issued to you on March 15, 2021 and any continuing employment or service required for achievement, and any remaining Service Period (as defined in the PRSU Agreement) required for issuance of such shares shall be waived. Any PRSUs remaining outstanding following the PRSU Termination Date shall immediately be forfeited for no consideration.  

Except as expressly modified in this Agreement, the PRSUs shall continue to be governed by the terms of the PRSU Agreement and Company’s 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan.

3.No Other Compensation or Benefits.  You acknowledge that, except as expressly provided in this Agreement (including its exhibits and the agreements, plans, instruments and insurance policies referenced herein and therein), you have not earned, will not earn by the Separation Date, are not vested in, entitled to, and will not receive from the Company, any additional compensation (including base salary, bonus, incentive compensation,




or equity), severance, or benefits on or after the Separation Date, including without limitation any severance, payments or other benefits under the Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Severance Benefit Plan, as amended and restated effective January 4, 2019 (the “Severance Benefit Plan”), with the exception of any vested right you may have under the express terms of any written ERISA-qualified benefit plan (e.g., 401(k) account).  By way of example, you acknowledge that you have not earned and are not owed any equity, bonus, incentive compensation, severance benefits, or commissions, except as may be provided in this Agreement (including its exhibits).  

4.Expense Reimbursements.  You agree that, within thirty (30) days after the Separation Date, you will submit your final documented expense reimbursement statement reflecting all unreimbursed business expenses that you incurred through the Separation Date, if any, for which you seek reimbursement.  The Company will reimburse you for reasonable business expenses pursuant to its regular business practice.  

5.Return of Company Property.  On the Separation Date (or earlier if requested by the Company), you agree to return to the Company (or delete) all Company documents (and all copies thereof) and other Company property which you are aware is in your possession or control, including, but not limited to, Company hardcopy or electronic files, email, correspondence, data, images, notes, drawings, records, plans, forecasts, reports, studies, analyses, proposals, agreements, financial information, research and development information, sales and marketing information, customer lists, prospect information, pipeline reports, sales reports, operational and strategic information, personnel information, specifications, code, software, databases, computer-recorded information, tangible property and equipment (including, but not limited to, computers, printers, mobile telephones, servers), credit cards, entry cards, identification badges and keys; and any materials of any kind which contain or embody any proprietary or confidential information of the Company (and all reproductions thereof in whole or in part). You agree that you will make a diligent search to locate any such Company documents or property by the Separation Date.  If you have used any personally owned computer, server, or e-mail system to receive, store, review, prepare or transmit any Company confidential or proprietary data, materials or information, after the Separation Date you shall permanently delete (and not reinstate) such Company confidential or proprietary information from those systems; and you agree to provide the Company access to your system as requested to verify that the necessary deletion is done.  Your compliance with this paragraph is a condition precedent to your receipt of the Severance Benefits.  

6.Nondisparagement.  You agree not to disparage the Company, and the Company’s officers, directors, employees, parents and subsidiaries, in any manner which could reasonably cause substantial harm to them or their business, business reputation or personal reputation, and the Company agrees to instruct its current executive officers and directors to not disparage you in any manner which could reasonably cause substantial harm to you or your business, business reputation or personal reputation; provided that you and the Company and its executive officers and directors may respond accurately to any question, inquiry or request for information if required by legal process or in connection with a government investigation. In addition, nothing in this provision or this Agreement is intended to prohibit or restrain you in any manner from making disclosures that (i) are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal or state law or regulation or under other applicable law or regulation, nor prevent you from disclosing information about unlawful acts in the workplace, including, but not limited to,




sexual harassment or (ii) which in good faith you reasonably deem necessary in the performance of your duties to the Company prior to the Separation Date.  

7.No Admissions.  The promises and payments in consideration of this Agreement shall not be construed to be an admission of any liability or obligation by the Company to you or any other person, and the Company makes no such admission.  

8.Cooperation.  You agree to voluntarily cooperate with the Company, if you have knowledge of facts relevant to any threatened or pending claim, investigation, audit or litigation against or by the Company, by making yourself reasonably available for interviews with the Company or its legal counsel, preparing for and providing truthful and accurate deposition and trial testimony.  

9.Release of Claims.  

a.General Release.  In exchange for the consideration provided to you under this Agreement, you hereby generally and completely release the Company and its affiliated, related, parent and subsidiary entities, and each of their respective current and former directors, officers, employees, shareholders, partners, agents, attorneys, predecessors, successors, insurers, affiliates, and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), of and from any and all claims, liabilities, demands, causes of action, costs, expenses, attorney’s fees, damages, and obligations, of every kind and nature, in law, equity or otherwise, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, arising out of or in any way related to (i) your employment, (ii) the termination of your employment or (iii) events, acts conduct or omissions between the Company and you occurring at any time prior to and including the date you sign this Agreement, except for Excluded Claims (defined below) (collectively, the “Released Claims”).

b.Scope of Release.  Subject to the foregoing, the Released Claims include, but are not limited to: (i) all claims arising out of or in any way related to your employment with the Company, or the termination of that employment; (ii) all claims related to your compensation or benefits from the Company, including salary, bonuses, commissions, vacation, paid time off, sick time, expense reimbursements, severance pay, fringe benefits, stock, stock options, or any other ownership, equity, or profits interests in the Company; (iii) all claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (iv) all tort claims, including claims for fraud, defamation, emotional distress, and discharge in violation of public policy; and (v) all federal, state, and local statutory claims, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, attorneys’ fees, or other claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (as amended)(the “ADEA”), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended), and the California Labor Code (as amended).  

c.ADEA Waiver. You acknowledge that you are knowingly and voluntarily waiving and releasing any rights you have under the ADEA, and that the consideration given for the waiver and releases you have given in this Agreement is in addition to anything of value to which you were already entitled.  You further acknowledge that you have been advised, as required by the ADEA, that:  (i) your waiver and release does not apply to any




rights or claims that arise after the date you sign this Agreement; (ii) you should consult with an attorney prior to signing this Agreement (although you may choose voluntarily not to do so); (iii) you have twenty-one (21) days to consider this Agreement (although you may choose voluntarily to sign it sooner); (iv) you have seven (7) days following the date you sign this Agreement to revoke it (in a written revocation sent to me); and (v) this Agreement will not be effective until the date upon which the revocation period expires without such revocation, which will be the eighth day after you sign this Agreement provided that you do not revoke it (the “Effective Date”).  

d.Waiver of Unknown Claims.  In giving the releases set forth in this Agreement, which include claims which may be unknown to you at present, you acknowledge that you have read and understand Section 1542 of the California Civil Code which reads as follows: “A general release does not extend to claims that the creditor or releasing party does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release and that, if known by him or her, would have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor or released party.” You hereby expressly waive and relinquish all rights and benefits under that section and any law or legal principle of similar effect in any jurisdiction with respect to your release of claims herein, including but not limited to the release of unknown and unsuspected claims.  

e.Excluded Claims. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following are not included in the Released Claims (the “Excluded Claims”): (i) any rights or claims for indemnification you may have pursuant to your indemnification agreement with the Company, under the certificate of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements or other charter documents of the Company or its subsidiaries, or under applicable law; (ii) any rights under the Company’s director and officer insurance policy, and any other Company or subsidiary insurance policy; (iii) any rights which cannot be waived as a matter of law; (iv) any rights you have to file or pursue a claim for workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance; and (v) any claims relating to or arising from the breach of this Agreement (including its exhibits and the agreements, plans, instruments and insurance policies referenced herein and therein).  You hereby represent and warrant that, as of the date of this Agreement, other than the Excluded Claims, you are not aware of any claims you have or might have against any of the Released Parties that are not included in the Released Claims.  

f.Protected Rights.  Nothing in this Agreement limits your ability to file a charge or complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other federal, state or local governmental agency or commission (“Government Agencies”).  You further understand that this Agreement does not limit your ability to communicate with any Government Agencies or otherwise participate in any investigation or proceeding that may be conducted by any Government Agency, including providing documents or other information, without notice to the Company.  While this Agreement does not limit your right to receive an award for information provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission, you understand and agree that, to maximum extent permitted by law, you are otherwise waiving any and all rights you may have to individual relief based on any claims that you have released and any rights you have waived by signing this Agreement.  




10.Representations.  You hereby represent that, as of the date of this Agreement, you have been paid all compensation owed and for all hours worked (except for the consideration to be provided to you under this Agreement, you have received all the leave and leave benefits and protections for which you are eligible pursuant to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, or otherwise, and you have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which you have not already filed a workers’ compensation claim.

11.Continuing Obligations. You acknowledge and reaffirm your continuing obligations under your signed Proprietary Information and Invention Assignment Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A and which is incorporated herein by reference, and agree to abide by those continuing obligations.   

12.Dispute Resolution. To ensure the timely and economical resolution of disputes that may arise in connection with your employment with the Company, you and the Company agree that any and all disputes, claims, or causes of action arising from or relating to the enforcement, breach, performance, negotiation, execution or interpretation of this Agreement, your employment, or the termination of your employment, including but not limited to statutory claims, will be resolved to the fullest extent permitted by law by final, binding and confidential arbitration, by a single arbitrator, in San Diego, California, conducted by JAMS, Inc. (“JAMS”) under the then-applicable JAMS rules (available at the following web address:, and which will be provided to you on request).  By agreeing to this arbitration procedure, both you and the Company waive the right to resolve any such dispute through a trial by jury or judge or administrative proceeding. In addition, all claims, disputes or causes of action under this provision, whether by you or the Company, must be brought in an individual capacity, and shall not be brought as a plaintiff (or claimant) or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding, nor joined or consolidated with the claims of any other person or entity.  The arbitrator may not consolidate the claims of more than one person or entity, and may not preside over any of form of representative or class proceeding.  To the extent the preceding sentences in this paragraph regarding class claims or proceedings are found to violate applicable law or are otherwise found unenforceable, any claim(s) alleged or brought on behalf of a class shall proceed in a court of law rather than by arbitration. This provision shall not apply to an action or claim that cannot be subject to mandatory arbitration under applicable law, including without limitation, claims brought pursuant to the California Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (as amended), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended), and the California Labor Code (as amended), to the extent such claims are not permitted by applicable law(s) to be submitted to mandatory arbitration and the applicable law(s) are not preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act or otherwise invalid (collectively, the “Arbitration Excluded Claims”). In the event you intend to bring multiple claims, including one of the Arbitration Excluded Claims listed above, the Arbitration Excluded Claims may be publicly filed with a court, while any other claims will remain subject to mandatory arbitration. You will have the right to be represented by legal counsel at any arbitration proceeding.  The arbitrator shall: (i) have the authority to compel adequate discovery for the resolution of the dispute and to award such relief as would otherwise be permitted by law; and (ii) issue a written arbitration decision, to include the arbitrator’s essential findings and conclusions and a statement of the award.  The arbitrator shall be authorized to award any or all remedies that you or the Company would be entitled to seek in a court of law.  The Company shall pay all JAMS’ arbitration fees in excess of the amount of court




fees that would be required of you if the dispute were decided in a court of law.  Nothing in this Agreement is intended to prevent either you or the Company from obtaining injunctive relief in court to prevent irreparable harm pending the conclusion of any such arbitration.  Any awards or orders in such arbitrations may be entered and enforced as judgments in the federal and state courts of any competent jurisdiction.

13.Tax Provisions.

a.Section 409A.  All severance benefits and other payments provided under the Agreement are intended to satisfy the requirements for an exemption from application of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations and other guidance thereunder and any state law of similar effect (collectively “Section 409A”) to the maximum extent that an exemption is available (including but not limited to the exemption provided under Treasury Regulations Sections 1.409A-1(b)(4) and 1.409A-1(b)(5)) and any ambiguities herein shall be interpreted accordingly; provided, however, that to the extent such an exemption is not available, the severance benefits and other payments provided under the Agreement are intended to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code to the extent necessary to avoid adverse personal tax consequences and any ambiguities herein shall be interpreted accordingly. Each payment under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate and distinct payment for purposes of Section 409A.

b.Section 280G.  If any payment or benefit you may receive (including after your Separation Date) in connection with a change in control from the Company or otherwise (a “Payment”) would (i) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (ii) but for this sentence, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then the parachute provisions of Section 4(e) of the Severance Benefit Plan shall apply and you acknowledge and agree (x) that, in order to avoid the Excise Tax, you may be required to return certain payments or benefits to the Company pursuant to the provisions of Section 4(e), and (y) to cooperate with the Company (or its acquirer) to promptly return any such payments or benefits as may be required pursuant to Section 4(e).

14.Miscellaneous.  This Agreement, together with its exhibits, constitutes the complete, final and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement between you and the Company with regard to the subject matter hereof.  It is entered into without reliance on any promise or representation, written or oral, other than those expressly contained herein, and it supersedes any other agreements, promises, warranties or representations concerning its subject matter, including the Severance Benefit Plan or any other severance or change in control plan, agreement or policy maintained by the Company.  This Agreement may not be modified or amended except in a writing signed by both you and a duly authorized officer of the Company.  This Agreement will bind the heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns of both you and the Company, and inure to the benefit of both you and the Company, their heirs, successors and assigns.  Any ambiguity in this Agreement shall not be construed against either party as the drafter.  Any waiver of a breach of this Agreement, or rights hereunder, shall be in writing and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any successive breach or rights hereunder.  This Agreement will be deemed to have been entered into and will be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California, as applied to contracts made and to be performed entirely within California, without regard to conflicts of law principles. If any




provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, this determination shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement and the provision in question shall be modified so as to be rendered enforceable in a manner consistent with the intent of the parties insofar as possible under applicable law.  This Agreement may be executed in counterparts which shall be deemed to be part of one original, and facsimile and electronic signatures shall be equivalent to original signatures

15.notice of default or breach; Opportunity to Cure.  Prior to the Company asserting you are in default or breach of this Agreement (or any exhibit), you must (a) receive a written notice which indicates in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for such breach or default; and (b) be provided with an opportunity during the 30 days following the receipt of such notice to cure or otherwise correct any such default or breach. The Company represents that, as of the date of this Agreement, it is not aware of any facts or circumstances, including any prior action or statement by you, that would constitute a breach or default by you of any provision in this Agreement had the Agreement been in effect at the time of the facts and circumstances.

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If this Agreement is acceptable to you, please sign and date below within twenty-one (21) days, and provide me with a fully signed Agreement.  The Company’s offer contained herein will automatically expire if we do not receive the fully signed Agreement within this timeframe.  

We wish you the best in your future endeavors.


Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




By:/s/ Suzanne C. Zoumaras

Suzanne C. Zoumaras

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Exhibit A: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Proprietary Information and Invention Assignment Agreement


Understood, Accepted and Agreed:



/s/ Kevin Lind

Kevin Lind










Exhibit A