2. For purposes of this Section I.B., solicit means to have any direct or indirect communication of any kind whatsoever, regardless of by whom initiated, inviting, advising, encouraging or requesting any individual, person, firm or other entity, in any manner, to take or refrain from taking any action.
C. Non-Solicitation of Employees/Consultants. Each SMD shall not, directly or indirectly, during such SMDs service with Blackstone, and for a period ending 24 months following (i) the termination by Blackstone of such SMDs service pursuant to Sections 5(a) or 5(b) of the SMD Agreement or (ii) the commencement of such SMDs Garden Leave Period pursuant to Section 5(d) of the SMD Agreement, solicit, employ, engage or retain, or assist any other individual, person, firm or other entity in soliciting, employing, engaging or retaining, (a) any employee or (with respect to soliciting only) other agent of Blackstone, including without limitation any former employee or (with respect to soliciting only) other agent, in each case, of Blackstone who ceased working for Blackstone within the twelve-month period immediately preceding or following the date on which such SMDs service with Blackstone terminated, or (b) any consultant or senior adviser that such SMD knows or should know is under contract with Blackstone; provided that SMD shall not associate with JAS in any manner that involves the raising of third party capital (including, for the avoidance of doubt, engaging in preparatory activities with respect to the raising of third party capital) on or prior to the later of (x) June 30, 2020 and (y) the date that is six months following the termination of SMDs service with Blackstone (other than as expressly set forth in the parenthetical proviso of Section I.A hereof), although SMD may serve as a reference for JAS or invest on the same terms as other similarly situated investors in funds and other opportunities sponsored by JAS. For purposes of this Section I.C., solicit means to have any direct or indirect communication of any kind whatsoever, regardless of by whom initiated, inviting, advising, encouraging or requesting any person or entity, in any manner, to terminate their employment or business relationship with Blackstone, or recommending or suggesting (including by identifying a person or entity to a third party) that a third party take any of the foregoing actions.
D. Retention Conditions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Retention Conditions shall have been satisfied by SMD, then the provisions of Section I.A and I.B shall expire on the date that is 90 days following SMDs Early Retirement Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and for the avoidance of doubt, the provisions of Section I.C shall not expire earlier as a result of the Retention Conditions. The terms Retention Conditions and Early Retirement Date are defined in the Amended and Restated Deferred Holding Unit Agreement, dated February 24, 2015 and amended as of the date hereof, between The Blackstone Group L.P. and SMD.
A. Each SMD expressly agrees, at all times, during and subsequent to such SMDs service with Blackstone, to maintain the confidentiality of, and not to disclose to or discuss with, any person any Confidential Information (as hereinafter defined), except (i) to the extent reasonably necessary or appropriate to perform such SMDs duties and responsibilities as an SMD including without limitation furthering the interests of Blackstone and/or developing new business for Blackstone (provided that Confidential Information relating to (x) personnel matters related to any present or former employee, partner or member of Blackstone (including such SMD himself or herself), including compensation and investment arrangements, or (y) the