Form of BrightView Holdings, Inc. Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Brightview HOLDINGS, INC.
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT GRANT
THIS RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT GRANT (the “Agreement”), is made effective as of the date set forth on the Company signature page (the “Signature Page”) attached hereto (the “Date of Grant”), by and between BrightView Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (together with its successors and assigns, the “Company”), and the participant identified on the Signature Page attached hereto (“Participant”).
R E C I T A L S:
WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the BrightView Holdings, Inc. 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), the terms of which Plan are incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this Agreement, and capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the same meaning as in the Plan; and
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1.Restricted Stock Units.
(a)Subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and the additional terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and effective as of the Date of Grant, the Company hereby grants the number of Restricted Stock Units set forth on the Signature Page hereto (the “RSU Award”).
(b)The RSU Award shall vest and become nonforfeitable in accordance with Schedule I attached hereto.
(c)If Participant’s employment or service with the Company and its Subsidiaries is terminated at any time, all unvested Restricted Stock Units shall automatically and immediately be forfeited and canceled (after giving effect to any acceleration of vesting or other terms set forth in Schedule I attached hereto).
2.Settlement of Restricted Stock Units.
(a)Any Restricted Stock Unit which has become vested in accordance with this Agreement shall be settled as soon as reasonably practicable following the vesting of such Restricted Stock Unit (and, in any event, no later than the date which is two and one-half months following the end of the calendar year in which the Restricted Stock Unit vested).
(b)Upon the settlement of a vested Restricted Stock Unit, the Company shall pay to Participant an amount equal to one share of common stock, par value $0.01, of the Company. As determined by the Committee (as defined below), the Company shall pay such amount in (x) cash, (y) shares of common stock of the Company (“Shares”) or (z) any combination thereof. Any fractional shares of common stock may be settled in cash, at the Committee’s election.
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(c)Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Company shall not have any obligation to issue or transfer any Shares as contemplated by this Agreement unless and until such issuance or transfer complies with all relevant provisions of law. As a condition to the settlement of any portion of the RSU Award evidenced by this Agreement, Participant may be required to deliver certain documentation to the Company.
(a)Restrictive Covenants. Participant acknowledges and recognizes the highly competitive nature of the businesses of the Company Group, that Participant will be allowed access to confidential and proprietary information (including, but not limited to, trade secrets) about those businesses, as well as access to the prospective and actual customers, suppliers, investors, clients and partners involved in those businesses and the goodwill associated with the Company Group and accordingly agrees, in Participant’s capacity as an investor and equity holder in the Company, to the provisions of Appendix A to this Agreement (the “Restrictive Covenants”). Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Company’s remedies at law for a breach or threatened breach of any of the Restrictive Covenants would be inadequate and the Company would suffer irreparable damages as a result of such breach or threatened breach. In recognition of this fact, Participant agrees that, in the event of such a breach or threatened breach, in addition to any remedies at law, the Company, without posting any bond, shall be entitled to forfeit without payment any outstanding Shares subject to this Agreement and otherwise cease making any payments or providing any benefit otherwise required by this Agreement and obtain equitable relief in the form of specific performance, temporary restraining order, temporary or permanent injunction or any other equitable remedy which may then be available. For the avoidance of doubt, the Restrictive Covenants contained in this Agreement are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other restrictive covenants or similar covenants or agreements between Participant and the Company Group. For purposes of this Agreement, “Restrictive Covenant Violation” shall include Participant’s breach of any of the Restrictive Covenants or any similar provision applicable to Participant.
(b)Repayment of Proceeds. If a Restrictive Covenant Violation occurs, Participant shall be required, in addition to any other remedy available (on a non-exclusive basis), to pay to the Company, within 10 business days of the Company’s request to Participant therefor, an amount equal to the aggregate after-tax proceeds (taking into account all amounts of tax that would be recoverable upon a claim of loss for payment of such proceeds in the year of repayment) Participant received either in cash in respect of the settlement of Restricted Stock Units, or upon the sale or other disposition of, or dividends or distributions in respect of, Shares received upon the settlement of Restricted Stock Units.
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4.Book Entry; Certificates. Upon the settlement of any portion of the RSU Award in Shares pursuant to this Agreement, the Company shall recognize Participant’s ownership of such Shares through uncertificated book entry. If elected by the Company, certificates evidencing the Shares may be issued by the Company and any such certificates shall be registered in Participant’s name on the stock transfer books of the Company promptly after the date hereof, but shall remain in the physical custody of the Company or its designee at all times prior to the later of (a) the settlement of any portion of the RSU Award pursuant to this Agreement and (b) the expiration of any transfer restrictions set forth in this Agreement or otherwise applicable to the Shares. As soon as practicable following such time, any certificates for the Shares shall be delivered to Participant or to Participant’s legal guardian or representative along with the stock powers relating thereto. However, the Company shall not be liable to Participant for damages relating to any delays in issuing the certificates (if any) to Participant, any loss by Participant of the certificates, or any mistakes or errors in the issuance of the certificates or in the certificates themselves.
5.Legend. To the extent applicable, all book entries (or certificates, if any) representing the Shares delivered to Participant as contemplated by Section 4 above shall be subject to the rules, regulations and other requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any stock exchange upon which such Shares are listed, and any applicable Federal or state laws, and the Company may cause notations to be made next to the book entries (or a legend or legends put on certificates, if any) to make appropriate reference to such restrictions. Any such book entry notations (or legends on certificates, if any) shall include a description to the effect of the restrictions set forth in Sections 1 and 7 hereof.
6.No Right to Continued Employment or Service. Neither the Plan nor this Agreement nor Participant’s receipt of the Restricted Stock Units hereunder shall impose any obligation on the Company or any Affiliate to continue the employment or engagement of Participant. Further, the Company or any Affiliate (as applicable) may at any time terminate the employment or engagement of Participant, free from any liability or claim under the Plan or this Agreement, except as otherwise expressly provided herein.
7.Assignment Restrictions; Lock-up.
(a)The Restricted Stock Units may not be Assigned and any such purported Assignment shall be void and unenforceable against the Company or any Affiliate; provided, that the designation of a beneficiary shall not constitute an Assignment.
(b)“Assign” or “Assignment” shall mean (in either the noun or the verb form, including with respect to the verb form, all conjugations thereof within their correlative meanings) with respect to any security, the gift, sale, assignment, transfer, pledge, hypothecation or other disposition (whether for or without consideration, whether directly or indirectly, and whether voluntary, involuntary or by operation of law) of such security or any interest therein.
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(c)Participant agrees that in the event the Company advises Participant that it plans an underwritten public offering of Shares in compliance with the Securities Act and that the underwriter(s) seek to impose restrictions under which certain shareholders may not sell or contract to sell or grant any option to buy or otherwise dispose of part or all of their stock purchase rights of the underlying Shares, Participant hereby agrees that for a period not to exceed 180 days from the prospectus, Participant will not sell or contract to sell or grant an option to buy or otherwise dispose of any Shares received upon settlement of Restricted Stock Units pursuant to this Agreement without the prior written consent of the underwriter(s) or its representative(s).
8.Withholding. Participant may be required to pay to the Company or any Affiliate and the Company shall have the right and is hereby authorized to withhold, any applicable withholding taxes in respect of the Restricted Stock Units, their vesting or settlement or any payment or transfer with respect to the Restricted Stock Units at the minimum applicable statutory rates, and to take such action as may be necessary in the opinion of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Committee”) to satisfy all obligations for the payment of such withholding taxes. The Committee may, in its sole discretion, permit Participant to satisfy such withholding tax obligations, in whole or in part, by delivering Shares, including Shares received upon settlement of Restricted Stock Units pursuant to this Agreement.
9.Securities Laws; Cooperation. Upon the vesting of any unvested Restricted Stock Units, Participant will make or enter into such written representations, warranties and agreements as the Committee may reasonably request in order to comply with applicable securities laws, the Plan or this Agreement. Participant further agrees to cooperate with the Company in taking any action reasonably necessary or advisable to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.
10.Notices. Any notice necessary under this Agreement shall be addressed to the Company in care of its Secretary at the principal executive office of the Company and to Participant at the address appearing in the personnel records of the Company for such Participant or to either party at such other address as either party hereto may hereafter designate in writing to the other. Any such notice shall be deemed effective upon receipt thereof by the addressee.
11.Choice of Law; Jurisdiction; Venue. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware applicable to contracts made and performed wholly within the State of Delaware, without giving effect to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. Any suit, action or proceeding with respect to this Agreement (or any provision incorporated by reference), or any judgment entered by any court in respect of any thereof, shall be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction in the State of New York or the State of Delaware, and each of Participant, the Company, and any transferees who hold Restricted Stock Units pursuant to a valid Assignment, hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of any such suit, action, proceeding, or judgment. Each of Participant, the Company, and any transferees who hold Restricted Stock Units pursuant to a valid Assignment hereby irrevocably waives (a) any objections which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any suit, action, or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement brought in any court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Delaware or the State of New York, (b) any claim that any such suit, action, or proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in any inconvenient forum and (c) any right to a jury trial.
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12.Restricted Stock Units Subject to Plan; Amendment. By entering into this Agreement, Participant agrees and acknowledges that Participant has received and read a copy of the Plan. The Restricted Stock Units granted hereunder are subject to the Plan. The terms and provisions of the Plan, as it may be amended from time to time, are hereby incorporated herein by reference. In the event of a conflict between any term or provision contained herein and a term or provision of the Plan, the applicable terms and provisions of the Plan will govern and prevail. The Committee may waive any conditions or rights under, amend any terms of, or alter, suspend, discontinue, cancel or terminate this Agreement, but no such waiver, amendment, alteration, suspension, discontinuance, cancellation or termination shall materially adversely affect the rights of Participant hereunder without the consent of Participant.
13.Section 409A. It is intended that the Restricted Stock Units granted hereunder shall be exempt from Section 409A of the Code pursuant to the “short-term deferral” rule applicable to such section, as set forth in the regulations or other guidance published by the Internal Revenue Service thereunder.
14.Electronic Delivery and Acceptance. This Agreement may be executed electronically and in counterparts. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to the Plan by electronic means. Participant hereby consents to receive such documents by electronic delivery and agrees to participate in the Plan through an on-line or electronic system established and maintained by the Company or a third party designated by the Company.
15.Acceptance and Agreement by Participant; Forfeiture upon Failure to Accept. The grant of Restricted Stock Units hereunder will lapse ninety (90) days from the Date of Grant, and the RSU Award granted hereunder will be forfeited on such date if Participant has not accepted this Agreement by such date. For the avoidance of doubt, Participant’s failure to accept this Agreement will not affect Participant’s continuing obligations under any other agreement between the Company and Participant.
16.No Advice Regarding Grant. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Company is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice, nor is the Company making any recommendations regarding Participant’s participation in the Plan or Participant’s acquisition or sale of the underlying Shares received upon settlement of the Restricted Stock Units. Participant is hereby advised to consult with his or her own personal tax, legal and financial advisors regarding his or her participation in the Plan before taking any action related to the Plan.
17.Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right to impose other requirements on Participant’s participation in the Plan, and on any Shares received upon settlement of Restricted Stock Units under the Plan, to the extent the Company determines it is necessary or advisable for legal or administrative reasons, and to require Participant to sign any additional agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.
18.Waiver. Participant acknowledges that a waiver by the Company of breach of any provision of this Agreement will not operate or be construed as a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement, or of any subsequent breach by Participant or any other participant in the Plan.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Participant acknowledges and accepts the terms of this Agreement which shall be effective as of the date set forth below and countersignature by the Company.
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Agreement acknowledged and confirmed:
BrightView Holdings, Inc.
Date of Grant: , 2019
Number of Restricted Stock Units Granted:
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The RSU Award granted hereunder will vest with respect to that number of such Restricted Stock Units as is set forth on the Appendix: Vesting Schedule attached hereto next to the date set forth on such Appendix on which such Restricted Stock Units vest, subject to Participant’s continuous employment with or provision of services to the Company and its Subsidiaries through each such date; provided, that, if Participant’s employment or service with the Company and its Subsidiaries is terminated due to Participant’s death or Disability, Participant will become vested on the date of such termination in the number of Restricted Stock Units, if any, that would have become vested on the next scheduled vesting date following the date of such termination. Any portion of the RSU Award that is not vested or forfeited will fully vest immediately prior to the consummation of a Change in Control, subject to continued employment with or provisions of services to the Company and its Subsidiaries through such date.
1.Generally. If Participant’s final place of employment is in the State of California, the covenants contained in Section 2(a)(i) and 2(a)(ii)(A) below will not apply.
(a)Participant acknowledges and recognizes the highly competitive nature of the businesses of the Company and its Subsidiaries and accordingly agrees as follows:
(i)Non-Compete. For the period of one (1) year after the date on which Participant’s employment or service to the Company Group (as defined below) is terminated for any reason, Participant shall not, within the Geographic Area (as defined below), directly or indirectly own, manage, operate, finance, or be connected as an officer, director, employee, partner, agent or consultant with any business or enterprise which, directly or through an affiliated subsidiary organization, provides services or performs any business activities that are competitive with the business, activities, products or services of the type conducted, authorized, offered, or provided by the Company or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company Group”) as of the date of such termination, or with respect to which the Company Group has spent significant time or resources analyzing for the purposes of assessing expansion opportunities by the Company Group, during the twenty-four (24) month period prior to the date of termination (a “Competitive Business”). For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Geographic Area” means any state in which any member of the Company Group is maintaining a business office as of the date on which Participant’s employment or service is terminated.
(ii)Non-Solicit. For the period of one (1) year after the date on which Participant’s employment or service to the Company Group is terminated for any reason, Participant will not, either directly or indirectly:
(A)call on or solicit any person, firm, corporation or other entity who or which at the time of such termination was, or within one year prior thereto had been, a customer or provider of the Company Group within the Geographic Area in connection with any of the business activities referred to above; or
(B)solicit the employment of any person who was employed by the Company Group on a full or part time basis as of the date of such termination unless such person was involuntarily discharged or voluntarily left his or her employment relationship prior to Participant’s termination of employment.
(iii)Remedies. Participant acknowledges that the provisions set forth in this Appendix A are reasonable and necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the Company or its direct or indirect Subsidiaries, and that a violation of any of those provisions will cause irreparable harm to the Company Group. Participant acknowledges that any member of the Company Group may seek injunctive relief for Participant’s violation of such provisions. Participant represents that Participant’s experience and capabilities are such that the provisions contained in this Appendix A will not prevent Participant from obtaining employment or otherwise earning a living at the same general level of economic benefit as earned with the Company Group. In the event that any of the provisions of this Agreement should ever be adjudicated to exceed the time, geographic, product or service, or other limitations permitted by applicable law in any jurisdiction, then the affected provisions shall be deemed reformed in such jurisdiction to the maximum time, geographic, product or service, or other limitations permitted by applicable law.
(iv)Assignment. The rights and protections of the Company hereunder shall extend and may be assigned to any successors of any member of the Company Group.
(v)Similar Provisions. Participant acknowledges that any other agreement between Participant and the Company or its direct or indirect Subsidiaries that contains restrictive covenants shall not be superseded by this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with its terms, and such restrictive covenants shall be in addition to, and not superseded by, the provisions of this Appendix A to the extent the provisions of this Appendix A are applicable to Participant.