Form of Salary for Shares Restricted Stock Unit Agreement for the Carnival Corporation 2020 Stock Plan
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FORM OF SALARY FOR SHARES RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
FOR THE CARNIVAL CORPORATION 2020 STOCK PLAN
THIS SALARY FOR SHARES RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), shall apply to the grant of Restricted Stock Units made to employees of Carnival Corporation, a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Panama, (the “Company”) or employees of an Affiliate, on [GRANT DATE] (the “Grant Date”) under the Carnival Corporation 2020 Stock Plan (the “Plan”).
1.Grant of Salary for Shares Restricted Stock Units.
(a)Grant. The Company hereby grants to you (“Participant”), in exchange for deferral of your gross salary for the months of [SALARY DEFERRAL PERIOD], a salary for shares restricted stock unit grant consisting of that number of Restricted Stock Units (the “SFS RSUs”) set forth in the Participant’s EquatePlus portfolio, on the terms and conditions set forth in the Plan and this Agreement. Each SFS RSU represents the right to receive payment in respect of one Share as of the Settlement Date (as defined below), to the extent the Participant is vested in such SFS RSUs as of the Settlement Date, subject to the terms of this Agreement and the Plan. The SFS RSUs are subject to the restrictions described herein, including forfeiture under the circumstances described in Section 3 hereof (the “Restrictions”). The Restrictions shall lapse and the SFS RSUs shall vest and become nonforfeitable in accordance with Section 2 and Section 3 hereof.
(b)Incorporation by Reference, Etc. The provisions of the Plan are hereby incorporated herein by reference. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of the Plan and any interpretations, amendments, rules and regulations promulgated by the Committee from time to time pursuant to the Plan. Any capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the definitions set forth in the Plan. The Committee shall have final authority to interpret and construe the Plan and this Agreement, and to make any and all determinations under them, and its decision shall be binding and conclusive upon the Participant and his legal representative in respect of any questions arising under the Plan or this Agreement. In the event there is any inconsistency between the provisions of the Plan and this Agreement, the provisions of the Plan shall govern.
2.Terms and Conditions.
(a)Vesting. Except as otherwise provided in Section 3 hereof, the SFS RSUs shall vest in full once all of the deferred salary funds are collected and become non-restricted on [RELEASE DATE]. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee shall have the authority to remove the Restrictions on the SFS RSUs whenever it may determine that, by reason of changes in applicable laws or other changes in circumstances arising after the Grant Date, such action is appropriate.
(b)Settlement. The obligation to make payments and distributions with respect to SFS RSUs shall be satisfied through the issuance of one Share for each vested SFS RSU, less applicable withholding taxes (the “settlement”), and the settlement of the SFS RSUs may be subject to such conditions, restrictions and contingencies as the Committee shall determine.
The SFS RSUs shall be settled on the first trading date occurring on or after [RELEASE DATE] (the “Settlement Date”), except as otherwise provided in Sections 3 and 4(a).
(c)Dividends and Voting Rights. Each outstanding SFS RSU shall be credited with dividend equivalents equal to the dividends (including extraordinary dividends if so determined by the Committee) declared and paid to shareholders of the Company in respect of one Share. Dividend equivalents shall not bear interest and shall be subject to the same Restrictions as the SFS RSUs to which they are attributable. On the Settlement Date, such dividend equivalents in respect of each vested SFS RSU shall be settled by delivery to the Participant of a number of Shares equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (i) the aggregate accumulated value of such dividend equivalents by (ii) the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date that is 30 days prior to the applicable vesting date, rounded down to the nearest whole Share, less any applicable withholding taxes. No dividend equivalents shall be accrued for the benefit of the Participant with respect to record dates occurring prior to the Grant Date, or with respect to record dates occurring on or after the date, if any, on which the Participant has forfeited the SFS RSUs. The Participant shall have no voting rights with respect to the SFS RSUs or any dividend equivalents.
(d)The dates set forth in this Section 2 (which include by reference Sections 3 and 6(a)) and disregarding any discretionary early release of restrictions in Section 2 for amounts which would not be a short term deferral pursuant to Section 409A, have been specified for the purpose of complying with Section 409A of the Code. To the extent payments are made during the periods permitted under Section 409A of the Code, the Company shall be deemed to have satisfied its obligations under the Plan and shall not be in breach of its payments obligations hereunder.
3.Termination of Employment or Service with the Company.
(a)Termination. If the Participant’s employment or service with the Company or an Affiliate terminates for any reason prior to completion of the salary deferral Participant shall be deemed to have vested on the date of termination in a number of SFS RSUs equal to the product of (i) the number of SFS RSUs granted multiplied by (ii) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days elapsed during the period commencing on [BEGIN DEFERRAL PERIOD] through and including the date of termination, and the denominator of which is [NUMBER OF DAYS IN DEFERRAL PERIOD], rounded down to the nearest whole SFS RSU, and the remaining unvested portion of the SFS RSUs shall terminate on the date of termination of employment or service. The Restricted Period for these SFS RSUs shall lapse on [RELEASE DATE] then all outstanding SFS RSUs shall immediately terminate on the date of termination of employment or service.
(b)Released SFS RSUs. Following Participant’s termination of employment or service with the Company or an Affiliate for any reason, the Participant (or the Participant’s beneficiary or legal representative, if applicable) must provide for all Shares underlying released SFS RSUs (including those issued under this Agreement as well as Shares underlying released SFS RSUs issued under any other similar agreement, whether on account of termination or previously released in connection with the vesting terms of such similar agreement) to be liquidated or transferred to a third party broker no later than six months following the later of (i) Participant’s date of termination or (ii) the latest Settlement Date or other applicable vesting or settlement date (whether under this Agreement or a similar agreement) occurring following the Participant’s termination. If the Participant (or the Participant’s beneficiary, as applicable) fails to
liquidate or transfer the Shares prior to the end of the applicable six month period, the Company is hereby authorized and directed by the Participant either, in the Company’s discretion: (i) to sell any such remaining Shares on the Participant’s (or the Participant’s beneficiary’s) behalf on the first trading date following the end of such period on which the Company is not prohibited from selling such Shares; or (ii) to transfer such Shares to the Company’s stock transfer agent for registration in the Participant’s (or the Participant’s beneficiary’s) name. The Company will not be responsible for any gain or loss or taxes incurred with respect to the Shares underlying the released SFS RSUs in connection with such liquidation or transfer.
(a)Compliance with Legal Requirements. The granting and settlement of the SFS RSUs, and any other obligations of the Company under this Agreement, shall be subject to all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules and regulations and to such approvals by any regulatory or governmental agency as may be required. If the settlement of the SFS RSUs would be prohibited by law, the settlement shall be delayed until the earliest date on which the settlement would not be so prohibited.
(b)Transferability. Unless otherwise provided by the Committee in writing, the SFS RSUs shall not be assigned, alienated, pledged, attached, sold or otherwise transferred or encumbered by the Participant other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution and any such purported assignment, alienation, pledge, attachment, sale, transfer or encumbrance shall be void and unenforceable against the Company; provided, that, the designation of a beneficiary shall not constitute an assignment, alienation, pledge, attachment, sale, transfer or encumbrance.
(c)Tax Withholding. The Participant acknowledges that, regardless of any action taken by the Company or, if different, the Participant’s employer (the “Employer”), the ultimate liability for all income tax, social insurance, payroll tax, fringe benefits tax, payment on account or other tax-related items related to the Participant’s participation in the Plan and legally applicable to the Participant (“Tax-Related Items”), is and remains the Participant’s responsibility and may exceed the amount, if any, actually withheld by the Company or the Employer. The Participant further acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer (1) make no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax-Related Items in connection with any aspect of the SFS RSUs, including, but not limited to, the grant, vesting or settlement of the SFS RSUs, the subsequent sale of Shares acquired pursuant to such settlement and the receipt of any dividends and/or dividend equivalents; and (2) do not commit to and are under no obligation to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of the SFS RSUs to reduce or eliminate the Participant’s liability for Tax-Related Items or achieve any particular tax result. Further, if the Participant is subject to Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction, the Participant acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer (or former employer, as applicable) may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction.
Prior to any relevant taxable or tax withholding event, as applicable, the Participant agrees to make adequate arrangements satisfactory to the Company and/or the Employer to satisfy all Tax-Related Items. In this regard, the Participant authorizes the Company or its agent to satisfy any applicable withholding obligations with regard to all Tax-Related Items by one or a combination of the following: (i) withholding from the Participant’s wages or other cash
compensation paid to the Participant by the Company and/or the Employer; or (ii) withholding from proceeds of the sale of Shares acquired upon settlement of the SFS RSUs either through a voluntary sale or through a mandatory sale arranged by the Company (on the Participant’s behalf pursuant to this authorization without further consent); or (iii) withholding in Shares to be issued upon settlement of the SFS RSUs. Further, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company may cause a portion of the SFS RSUs to vest prior to the applicable date set forth in Sections 2 or 3 of this Agreement in order to satisfy any Tax-Related Items that arise prior to the date of settlement of the SFS RSUs; provided that to the extent necessary to avoid a prohibited distribution under Section 409A of the Code, the number of SFS RSUs so accelerated and settled shall be with respect to a number of Shares with a value that does not exceed the liability for such Tax-Related Items.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant is an officer subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, the Company will not withhold in Shares upon the relevant taxable or tax withholding event other than where U.S. federal tax withholding is required upon lapse of the forfeiture restrictions pursuant to Sections 3(c) of this Agreement, or if otherwise approved in advance by the Committee or the Board.
Depending on the withholding method, the Company may withhold or account for Tax-Related Items by considering applicable minimum statutory withholding rates or other applicable withholding rates, including maximum applicable rates, in which case the Participant may receive a refund of any over-withheld amount in cash and will have no entitlement to the Stock equivalent. If the obligation for Tax-Related Items is satisfied by withholding in Shares, for tax purposes, the Participant is deemed to have been issued the full number of Shares subject to the vested Award, notwithstanding that a number of the Shares are held back solely for the purpose of paying the Tax-Related Items.
Finally, the Participant agrees to pay to the Company or the Employer any amount of Tax-Related Items that the Company or the Employer may be required to withhold or account for as a result of the Participant’s participation in the Plan that cannot be satisfied by the means previously described. The Company may refuse to issue or deliver the Shares or the proceeds of the sale of Shares, if the Participant fails to comply with the Participant’s obligations in connection with the Tax-Related Items.
(d)Nature of Grant. In accepting the grant, the Participant acknowledges, understands and agrees that:
(i) the Plan is established voluntarily by the Company, it is discretionary in nature and it may be modified, amended, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, to the extent permitted by the Plan;
(ii) the grant of the SFS RSUs is exceptional, voluntary and occasional and does not create any contractual or other right to receive future grants of SFS RSUs, or benefits in lieu of SFS RSUs, even if SFS RSUs have been granted in the past;
(iii) all decisions with respect to future awards or other grants, if any, will be at the sole discretion of the Company;
(iv) the Participant is voluntarily participating in the Plan;
(v) the SFS RSUs and the Shares subject to the SFS RSUs, and the income from and value of same, are not intended to replace any pension rights or compensation;
(vi) the SFS RSUs and the Shares subject to the SFS RSUs, and the income from and value of same, are not part of normal or expected compensation for purposes of, including, without limitation, calculating any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, dismissal, end-of-service payments, bonuses, holiday pay, long-service awards, pension or retirement or welfare benefits or similar payments;
(vii) the future value of the underlying Shares is unknown, indeterminable and cannot be predicted with certainty;
(viii) no claim or entitlement to compensation or damages shall arise from forfeiture of the SFS RSUs resulting from the termination of the Participant’s employment or other service relationship (for any reason whatsoever, whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of employment laws in the jurisdiction where the Participant is employed or the terms of the Participant’s employment agreement, if any);
(ix) unless otherwise agreed with the Company, the SFS RSUs and the Shares, and the income from and value of same, are not granted as consideration for, or in connection with, the service the Participant may provide as a director of the Company or any member of the Combined Group and its Affiliates;
(x) unless otherwise provided in the Plan or by the Company in its discretion, the SFS RSUs and the benefits evidenced by this Agreement do not create any entitlement to have the SFS RSUs or any such benefits transferred to, or assumed by, another company nor to be exchanged, cashed out or substituted for, in connection with any corporate transaction affecting the shares of the Company; and
(xi) if the Participant resides outside the United States or is otherwise subject to the laws of a country outside the United States:
(A)the SFS RSUs and the Shares subject to the SFS RSUs, and the income from and value of same, are not part of normal or expected compensation for any purpose; and
(B)neither the Company, the Employer or any member of the Combined Group or its Affiliates shall be liable for any foreign exchange rate fluctuation between the Participant’s local currency and the United States Dollar that may affect the value of the SFS RSUs or of any amounts due to the Participant pursuant to the settlement of the SFS RSUs or the subsequent sale of any Shares acquired upon settlement.
(e)No Advice Regarding Grant. The Company is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice, nor is the Company making any recommendations regarding the Participant’s participation in the Plan, or the Participant’s acquisition or sale of the underlying Shares. The Participant should consult with the Participant’s own personal tax, legal and financial advisors regarding the Participant’s participation in the Plan before taking any action related to the Plan.
(f)Clawback/Forfeiture. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in the case of fraud, negligence, intentional or gross misconduct or other wrongdoing on the part
of Participant (or any other event or circumstance set forth in any clawback policy implemented by the Company, including, without limitation, any clawback policy adopted to comply with the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder) that results in a material restatement of the Company’s issued financial statements, such Participant will (i) forfeit any unvested SFS RSUs and (ii) be required to reimburse the Company for all or a portion, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, of any income or gain realized on the settlement of the SFS RSUs or the subsequent sale of Shares acquired upon settlement of the SFS RSUs with respect to any fiscal year in which the Company’s financial results are negatively impacted by such restatement. The Participant agrees to and shall be required to repay any such amount to the Company within 30 days after the Company demands repayment. In addition, if the Company is required by law to include an additional “clawback” or “forfeiture” provision to outstanding awards, under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or otherwise, then such clawback or forfeiture provision shall also apply to this Agreement as if it had been included on the Grant Date and the Company shall promptly notify the Participant of such additional provision. In addition, if a Participant has engaged or is engaged in Detrimental Activity after the Participant’s employment or service with the Company or its subsidiaries has ceased, then the Participant, within 30 days after written demand by the Company, shall return any income or gain realized on the settlement of the SFS RSUs or the subsequent sale of Shares acquired upon settlement of the SFS RSUs.
(g)Code Section 409A. To the extent that the Participant is subject to U.S. federal tax and the SFS RSUs are considered “nonqualified deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A of the Code: (i) references in this Agreement to “termination of employment” or “termination of service” (and substantially similar phrases) shall mean “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code; and (ii) if the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, any settlement of the SFS RSUs upon the Participant’s separation from service shall be made to the Participant on the first trading date following the date that is six months after the date of the Participant’s separation from service or, if earlier, the Participant’s date of death. For purposes of Section 409A of the Code, each payment that may be made in respect of the SFS RSUs is designated as a separate payment.
(h)No Rights as Stockholder. The Participant shall not be deemed for any purpose to be the owner of any Shares subject to the SFS RSUs. The Company shall not be required to set aside any fund for the payment of the SFS RSUs.
(i)Waiver. Any right of the Company contained in this Agreement may be waived in writing by the Committee. No waiver of any right hereunder by any party shall operate as a waiver of any other right, or as a waiver of the same right with respect to any subsequent occasion for its exercise, or as a waiver of any right to damages. No waiver by any party of any breach of this Agreement shall be held to constitute a waiver of any other breach or a waiver of the continuation of the same breach.
(j)Notices. Any written notices provided for in this Agreement or the Plan shall be in writing and shall be deemed sufficiently given if either hand delivered or if sent by fax or overnight courier, or by postage paid first class mail. Notices sent by mail shall be deemed received three business days after mailing but in no event later than the date of actual receipt. Notices shall be directed, if to the Participant, at the Participant’s address indicated by the Company’s records, or if to the Company, at the Company’s principal executive office.
(k)Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, and each other provision of this Agreement shall be severable and enforceable to the extent permitted by law.
(l)No Rights to Continued Employment. Nothing in the Plan or in this Agreement shall be construed as giving the Participant any right to be retained, in any position, as an employee, consultant or director of the Company or its Affiliates or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the right of the Company or its Affiliates, which are hereby expressly reserved, to remove, terminate or discharge the Participant at any time for any reason whatsoever. The rights and obligations of the Participant under the terms and conditions of the Participant’s office or employment shall not be affected by this Agreement. The Participant waives all and any rights to compensation and damages in consequence of the termination of the Participant’s office or employment with any member of the Combined Group or any of its Affiliates for any reason whatsoever (whether lawfully or unlawfully) insofar as those rights arise, or may arise, from the Participant’s ceasing to have rights under or the Participant’s entitlement to the SFS RSUs under this Agreement as a result of such termination or from the loss or diminution in value of such rights or entitlements. In the event of conflict between the terms of this Section 6(l) and the Participant’s terms of employment, this Section will take precedence.
(m)Beneficiary. In the event of the Participant’s death, any Shares that vest pursuant to Section 3(b) of this Agreement will be issued to the legal representative of the Participant’s estate.
(n)Successors. The terms of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns, and of the Participant and the beneficiaries, legal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs and successors of the Participant.
(o)Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Plan contain the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein and supersede all prior communications, representations and negotiations in respect thereto. No change, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same be in writing and signed by the parties hereto, except for any changes permitted without consent of the Participant in accordance with the Plan.
(p)Governing Law; JURY TRIAL WAIVER. This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida without regard to principles of conflicts of law thereof, or principles of conflicts of laws of any other jurisdiction which could cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida. THE PARTIES EXPRESSLY AND KNOWINGLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL IN THE EVENT ANY ACTION ARISING UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT IS LITIGATED OR HEARD IN ANY COURT.
(q)Data Protection. The Employer, the Company and any Affiliate may collect, use, process, transfer or disclose the Participant’s Personal Information for the purpose of implementing, administering and managing your participation in the Plan, in accordance with the Carnival Corporation & plc Equity Plans Participant Privacy Notice the Participant previously received. (The Participant should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if he or she would like to
receive another copy of this notice.) For example, the Participant’s Personal Information may be directly or indirectly transferred to Equatex AG or any other third party stock plan service provider as may be selected by the Company, and any other third parties assisting the Company with the implementation, administration and management of the Plan.
(r)Insider Trading/Market Abuse Laws. The Participant may be subject to insider trading restrictions and/or market abuse laws in applicable jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Participant’s country, which may affect the Participant’s ability to directly or indirectly, for his- or her- self or a third party, acquire or sell, or attempt to sell, Shares under the Plan during such times as the Participant is considered to have “inside information” regarding the Company (as defined by the laws and regulations in the applicable jurisdiction, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Participant’s country), or may affect the trade in Shares or the trade in rights to Shares under the Plan. Local insider trading laws and regulations may prohibit the cancellation or amendment of orders the Participant placed before the Participant possessed inside information. Furthermore, the Participant could be prohibited from (i) disclosing the inside information to any third party, which may include fellow employees (other than on a “need to know” basis) and (ii) “tipping” third parties or causing them otherwise to buy or sell securities. Local insider trading laws and regulations may be the same or different from any Company insider trading policy. The Participant acknowledges that it is the Participant’s responsibility to be informed of and compliant with such regulations, and the Participant should speak to the Participant’s personal advisor on this matter.
(s)Foreign Asset/Account, Exchange Control and Tax Reporting. The Participant may be subject to foreign asset/account, exchange control and/or tax reporting requirements as a result of the acquisition, holding and/or transfer of Shares or cash (including dividends, dividend equivalents and the proceeds arising from the sale of Shares) derived from the Participant’s participation in the Plan, to and/or from a brokerage/bank account or legal entity located outside the Participant’s country. The applicable laws of the Participant’s country may require that the Participant report such accounts, assets, the balances therein, the value thereof and/or the transactions related thereto to the applicable authorities in such country. The Participant may also be required to repatriate sale proceeds or other funds received as a result of the Participant’s participation in the Plan to the Participant’s country through a designated bank or broker within a certain time after receipt. The Participant acknowledges that the Participant is responsible for ensuring compliance with any applicable foreign asset/account, exchange control and tax reporting requirements and should consult the Participant’s personal legal advisor on this matter.
(t)Headings. The headings of the Sections hereof are provided for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction, and shall not constitute a part, of this Agreement.
(u)Language. The Participant acknowledges that he or she proficient in the English language, or has consulted with an advisor who is sufficiently proficient, so as to allow the Participant to understand the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If the Participant has received this Agreement or any other document related to the Plan translated into a language other than English and if the meaning of the translated version is different than the English version, the English version will control.
(v)Electronic Delivery and Acceptance. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to current or future participation in the Plan by electronic means. The 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.
5.Country-Specific Provisions. The SFS RSUs shall be subject to the additional terms and conditions set forth in Appendix A to this Agreement for the Participant’s country, if any. Moreover, if the Participant relocates to one of the countries included in Appendix A, the terms and conditions for such country will apply to the Participant, to the extent the Company determines that the application of such terms and conditions is necessary or advisable for legal or administrative reasons.
6.Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right to impose other requirements on the Participant’s participation in the Plan, on the SFS RSUs and on any Shares acquired under the Plan, to the extent the Company determines it is necessary or advisable for legal or administrative reasons, and to require the Participant to sign any additional agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has executed this Agreement as of the day first written above.
Country Specific Information
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This Appendix A includes additional terms and conditions that govern the Award granted to the Participant if the Participant resides in one of the countries listed herein. This Appendix A forms part of the Agreement. These terms and conditions are in addition to, or if so indicated, in place of, the terms and conditions in the Agreement.
If the Participant is a citizen or resident of a country other than the one in which the Participant is currently working, is considered a resident of another country for local law purposes or transfers employment and/or residency between countries after the Grant Date, the Company shall, in its sole discretion, determine to what extent the additional terms and conditions included herein will apply to the Participant under these circumstances.
This Appendix A also includes information regarding exchange controls, securities laws and certain other issues of which the Participant should be aware with respect to the Participant's participation in the Plan. The information is based on the exchange control, securities laws and other laws in effect in the respective countries as of December 2018. Such laws are often complex and change frequently. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that the Participant not rely on the information noted herein as the only source of information relating to the consequences of the Participant's participation in the Plan because the information may be out of date at the time the Participant vests in the Award or when the Participant sell the Shares acquired under the Plan.
In addition, the information contained herein is general in nature and may not apply to the Participant's particular situation, and the Company is not in a position to assure the Participant of any particular result. Accordingly, the Participant is advised to seek appropriate professional advice as to how the relevant laws in the Participant's country may apply to the Participant's situation.
Finally, if the Participant is a citizen or resident of a country other than the one in which the Participant is currently working, is considered a resident of another country for local law purposes or transfers employment and/or residency between countries after the Grant Date, the information contained herein may not be applicable in the same manner to the Participant.
Capitalized terms not explicitly defined in this Appendix A but defined in the Agreement or Plan shall have the same definitions as in the Plan and/or the Agreement.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Nature of Grant. This provision supplements Section 6(d) - Nature of Grant of the Agreement:
In accepting the grant of the Award, the Participant acknowledges and agrees that the grant of the Award is made by the Company (not the Employer) in its sole discretion and that the value of any Awards or Shares acquired under the Plan shall not constitute salary or wages for any purpose under Argentine labor law, including the calculation of (i) any labor benefits including, but not limited to, vacation pay, thirteenth salary, compensation in lieu of notice, annual bonus, disability, and leave of absence payments, or (ii) any termination or severance indemnities.
If, notwithstanding the foregoing, any benefits under the Plan are considered for purposes of calculating any termination or severance indemnities, the Participant acknowledges and agrees that such benefits shall not accrue more frequently than on an annual basis.
Securities Law Information. Neither the Participant's Award nor the underlying Shares are publicly offered or listed on any stock exchange in Argentina and, as a result, have not been and will not be registered with the Argentine Securities Commission (Comisión Nacional de Valores, CNV). The offer is private and not subject to the supervision of any Argentine governmental authority. Neither this nor any other offering material related to the SFS RSUs, nor the underlying Shares, may be utilized in connection with any general offering to the public in Argentina. Argentine residents who acquire SFS RSUs under the Plan do so according to the terms of a private offering made from outside Argentina.
Exchange Control Information. Exchange control regulations in Argentina are subject to frequent change. The Participant is solely responsible for complying with any applicable exchange control restrictions, approvals, and reporting requirements in connection with the SFS RSUs. The Participant should consult with the Participant's personal legal advisor to ensure compliance with the applicable requirements.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. If the Participant is an Argentine tax resident, the Participant must report any Shares acquired under the Plan and held by the Participant on December 31 of each year on the Participant's annual tax return for that year.
Tax Information. The Plan is a plan to which Subdivision 83A-C of the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1997 (Cth) (the “Act”) applies (subject to the conditions of the Act).
Securities Law Information. If the Participant acquires Shares under the Plan and offers the Shares for sale to a person or entity resident in Australia, the offer may be subject to disclosure requirements under Australian law. The Participant should consult with the Participant’s legal advisor before making any such offer in Australia.
Exchange Control Information. If the Participant holds Shares obtained through the Plan outside Austria, the Participant must submit a report to the Austrian National Bank. An exemption applies if the value of the Shares as of any given quarter does not meet or exceed €30,000,000 or as of December 31 does not meet or exceed €5,000,000. If the former threshold is exceeded, quarterly obligations are imposed, whereas if the latter threshold is exceeded, annual reports are required. The quarterly reporting deadline is the fifteenth day of the month following the last day of the respective quarter. The annual reporting date is December 31 and the deadline for filing the annual report is January 31 of the following year.
When Shares are sold, there may be exchange control obligations if the cash received is held outside Austria. If the transaction volume of all the Participant's accounts abroad meets or exceeds €10,000,000, the movements and balances of all accounts must be reported monthly, as of the last day of the month, on or before the fifteenth day of the following month.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. The Participant is required to report any security (e.g., Shares under the Plan) or bank accounts (including brokerage accounts) opened and maintained outside Belgium on the Participant's annual tax return. In a separate report, the Participant is required to report to the National Bank of Belgium any bank accounts opened and maintained outside Belgium. This report, as well as additional information on how to complete it, can be found on the website of the National Bank of Belgium, www.nbe.be, under the Kredietcentrales / Centrales des crédits caption.
Stock Exchange Tax Information. A stock exchange tax applies to transactions executed by a Belgian resident through a non-Belgian financial intermediary, such as a U.S. broker. The stock exchange tax likely will apply when Shares acquired under the Plan are sold. The Participant should consult with the Participant’s tax or financial advisor for additional details on the Participant’s obligations with respect to the stock exchange tax.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Compliance with Law. By accepting the Award, the Participant agrees to comply with applicable Brazilian laws and to report and pay applicable Tax-Related Items associated with the settlement of the Award or the subsequent sale of the Shares acquired under the Plan.
Nature of Grant. This provision supplements Section 6(d) - Nature of Grant of the Agreement:
By accepting the Award, the Participant agrees that the Participant is making an investment decision, the Shares will be issued to the Participant only if the vesting conditions are met and any necessary services are rendered by the Participant over the vesting period, and the value of the underlying Shares is not fixed and may increase or decrease in value over the vesting period without compensation to the Participant.
Exchange Control Information. If the Participant is resident or domiciled in Brazil, the Participant will be required to submit an annual declaration of assets and rights held outside Brazil to the Central Bank of Brazil if the aggregate value of such assets and rights is equal to or greater than US$100,000. Assets and rights that must be reported include Shares acquired under the Plan.
Tax on Financial Transaction (IOF). Cross-border financial transactions relating to the Award may be subject to the IOF (tax on financial transactions). The Participant is solely responsible for complying with any applicable IOF arising from the Participant's participation in the Plan. The Participant should consult with the Participant's personal tax advisor for additional details.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Form of Settlement. Notwithstanding any discretion contained in Section 9(e) of the Plan, the Award is payable in Shares only.
Securities Law Information. The Participant is permitted to sell Shares acquired under the Plan through the designated broker appointed under the Plan, if any, provided the sale of the Shares takes place outside Canada through the facilities of a stock exchange on which the Shares are listed (i.e., the New York Stock Exchange).
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. The Participant is required to report any specified foreign property (including SFS RSUs and Shares) on form T1135 (Foreign Income Verification Statement) if the total cost of the specified foreign property exceeds C$100,000 at any time in the year. The form must be filed by April 30 of the following year. SFS RSUs must be reported – generally at a nil cost – if the C$100,000 cost threshold is exceeded because of other specified foreign property the Participant holds. When Shares are acquired, their cost generally is the adjusted cost base (“ACB”) of the Shares. The ACB would ordinarily equal the fair market value of the Shares at the time of acquisition, but if the Participant owns other shares, this ACB may have to be averaged with the ACB of the other shares. It is the Participant's responsibility to comply with applicable reporting obligations. The Participant should consult with the Participant's personal legal advisor to ensure compliance with applicable reporting obligations.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The following terms and conditions will be applicable to the Participant to the extent that the Company, in its sole discretion, determines that the Participant's participation in the Plan will be subject to exchange control restrictions in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), as implemented by the PRC State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”):
Vesting. This provision supplements Section 2(a) - Vesting of the Agreement:
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, the Award will not vest and no Shares will be issued to the Participant unless and until all necessary exchange control or other approvals with respect to the Award under the Plan are obtained from SAFE or its local counterpart (“SAFE Approval”), as determined by the Company in its sole discretion. In the event that SAFE Approval has not been obtained, or the Company is unable to maintain its SAFE Approval, prior to any date(s) on which the Award is scheduled to vest, the Award will not vest until the seventh day of the month following the month in which SAFE Approval is obtained or reinstated (the “Actual Vesting Date”). If the Participant's employment terminates prior to the Actual Vesting Date, the Participant shall not be entitled to vest in any portion of the Award and the Award shall be forfeited without any liability to the Company, the Employer or any member of the Combined Group and its Affiliates.
If or to the extent the Company is unable to obtain or maintain SAFE Approval, no Shares subject to the SFS RSUs for which SAFE Approval has not been obtained or maintained shall be issued. In this case, the Company retains the discretion to settle any SFS RSUs in cash paid through local payroll in an amount equal to the market value of the Shares subject to the SFS RSUs less any Tax-Related Items; provided, however, that in case the Company is able to obtain or reinstated its SAFE Approval with respect to any SFS RSUs, the cash payment for SFS RSUs not covered by the SAFE Approval shall not be made until the SAFE Approval has been obtained or reinstated.
Settlement of SFS RSUs and Sale of Shares. This provision supplements Section 2(b) - Settlement of the Agreement:
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan or the Agreement, to facilitate compliance with PRC exchange control restrictions the Participant agrees that any Shares acquired at settlement of the Award may be immediately sold at settlement or, at the Company’s discretion, at a later time (including when the Participant's employment terminates for any reason). If, however, the sale of the Shares is not permissible under the Company’s insider trading policy, the Company retains the discretion to postpone the issuance of the Shares subject to the vested Award until such time that the sale is again permissible and to then immediately sell the Shares subject to the Award. The Participant further agrees that the Company is authorized to instruct its designated broker to assist with the mandatory sale of the Shares (on the Participant's behalf pursuant to this authorization), and the Participant expressly authorizes such broker to complete the sale of the Shares. The Participant acknowledges that the Company’s designated broker is under no obligation to arrange for the sale of Shares at any particular price. Upon the sale of the Shares, the Company agrees to pay the cash proceeds from the sale, less any brokerage fees or commissions, to the Participant in accordance with applicable exchange control laws and regulations and provided any liability for Tax-Related Items has been satisfied. Due to fluctuations in the share price and/or the United States Dollar exchange rate between the settlement date and (if later) the date on which the Shares are sold, the sale proceeds may be more or less than the fair market value of the Shares on the settlement date (which is the amount relevant to determining the Participant's tax liability). The Participant understands and agrees that the Company is not responsible for the amount of any loss the Participant may incur and that the Company assumes no liability for any fluctuation in the share price and/or United States Dollar exchange rate.
The Participant further agrees that any Shares to be issued to the Participant shall be deposited directly into an account with the Company’s designated broker. The deposited shares shall not
be transferable (either electronically or in certificate form) from the brokerage account. This limitation shall apply both to transfers to different accounts with the same broker and to transfers to other brokerage firms. The limitation shall apply to all Shares issued to the Participant under the Plan, whether or not the Participant continues to be employed by the Company, the Combined Group or one of its Affiliates.
Exchange Control Restrictions. By accepting the Award, the Participant understands and agrees that the Participant will be required to immediately repatriate to China the proceeds from the sale of any Shares acquired under the Plan or from any cash dividends paid on such Shares. The Participant further understands that such repatriation of the proceeds may need to be effected through a special exchange control account established by the Company or any Affiliate, and the Participant hereby consents and agrees that the proceeds may be transferred to such account by the Company (or its designated broker) on the Participant's behalf prior to being delivered to the Participant. The Participant also acknowledges and understands that there may be a delay between the date the Shares are sold and the date the cash proceeds are distributed to the Participant. The Participant further agrees to sign any agreements, forms and/or consents that may be reasonably requested by the Company (or the Company’s designated broker) to effectuate such transfers.
The proceeds may be paid to the Participant in United States Dollars or local currency, at the Company’s discretion. If the proceeds are paid to the Participant in United States Dollars, the Participant understands that the Participant will be required to set up a United States Dollar bank account in China so that the proceeds may be deposited into this account. If the proceeds are paid to the Participant in local currency, (i) the Participant acknowledges that the Company is under no obligation to secure any particular exchange conversion rate and that the Company may face delays in converting the proceeds to local currency due to exchange control restrictions, and (ii) the Participant agrees to bear any currency fluctuation risk between the time the Shares are sold or dividends are paid and the time the proceeds are converted to local currency and distributed to the Participant. The Participant agrees to comply with any other requirements that may be imposed by the Company in the future in order to facilitate compliance with exchange control requirements in China.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Consent to Receive Information in English. By accepting the grant, the Participant confirms having read and understood the documents relating to this grant (the Plan and the Agreement) which were provided in the English language. The Participant accepts the terms of these documents accordingly.
Consentement relatif à l’utilisation de la langue anglaise. En acceptant les termes et conditions de cette attribution, le Participant confirme avoir lu et compris les documents relatifs à cette attribution (le Plan et ce Contrat) qui ont été communiqués au Participant en langue anglaise. Le Participant en accepte les termes en connaissance de cause.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. If the Participant retains Shares acquired under the Plan outside France or maintains a foreign bank account, the Participant must report
such to the French tax authorities when filing the Participant's annual tax return. Failure to comply could trigger significant penalties.
Exchange Control Information. Cross-border payments in excess of €12,500 (including transactions made in connection with the sale of securities) must be reported monthly to the German Federal Bank (“Bundesbank”). If the Participant makes or receives a payment in excess of this amount, the Participant must report the payment to Bundesbank electronically using the “General Statistics Reporting Portal” (Allgemeines Meldeportal Statistik) available via Bundesbank’s website (www.bundesbank.de).
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. If the Participant’s acquisition of Shares under the Plan leads to a so-called qualified participation at any point during the calendar year, the Participant will need to report the acquisition when the Participant files his or her tax return for the relevant year. A qualified participation is attained if (i) the value of the Shares acquired exceeds EUR 150,000 or (ii) in the unlikely event the Participant holds Shares exceeding 10% of the of the Company’s Common Stock.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Sale Restriction. Shares received at vesting are accepted as a personal investment. In the event that the Award vests and Shares are issued to the Participant (or the Participant's legal representatives) within six months of the Grant Date, the Participant (or the Participant's legal representatives) agrees that the Shares will not be offered to the public or otherwise disposed of prior to the six-month anniversary of the Grant Date.
Securities Law Information. WARNING: The contents of this document have not been reviewed by any regulatory authority in Hong Kong. The Participant is advised to exercise caution in relation to the offer. If the Participant is in any doubt about any of the contents of the Agreement, including this Appendix A, or the Plan, the Participant should obtain independent professional advice. Neither the grant of the Award nor the issuance of Shares upon settlement of the Award constitutes a public offering of securities under Hong Kong law and is available only to employees of the Company and members of the Combined Group and its Affiliates. The Agreement, the Plan and other incidental communication materials distributed in connection with the Award have not been prepared in accordance with and are not intended to constitute a “prospectus” for a public offering of securities under the applicable securities legislation in Hong Kong and are intended only for the personal use of each eligible employee of the Company or members of the Combined Group and its Affiliates and may not be distributed to any other person.
Nature of Scheme. The Plan is not intended to be an occupational retirement scheme for purposes of the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Plan Document Acknowledgment. In accepting the Award, the Participant acknowledges that the Participant has received a copy of the Plan and the Agreement, has reviewed the Plan and the Agreement in their entirety and fully understands and accepts all provisions of the Plan and the Agreement.
The Participant acknowledges that the Participant has read and specifically and expressly approves the following sections of the Agreement: Section 2 - Terms and Conditions; Section 3 - Termination of Employment or Service with the Company; Section 6(c) - Tax Withholding; Section 6(d) - Nature of Grant; Section 6(p) - Governing Law; JURY TRIAL WAIVER; and Section 6(u) - Language.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. If the Participant is an Italian resident and holds investments or financial assets outside Italy (e.g., cash, SFS RSUs, Shares) during any fiscal year which may generate income taxable in Italy (or if the Participant is the beneficial owner of such an investment or asset even if the Participant does not directly hold the investment or asset), the Participant is required to report such investments or assets on the Participant's annual tax return for such fiscal year (on UNICO Form, RW Schedule, or on a special form if the Participant is not required to file a tax return).
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. The Participant is required to report details of any assets held outside Japan as of December 31 (including Shares acquired under the Plan), to the extent such assets have a total net fair market value exceeding ¥50 million. Such report will be due by March 15 each year. The Participant should consult with the Participant's personal tax advisor to determine if the reporting obligation applies to the Participant and whether the Participant will be required to include details of the Participant's outstanding SFS RSUs, as well as Shares, in the report.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. If the Participant is a Korean resident, the Participant must declare all of the Participant's foreign financial accounts (i.e., non-Korean bank accounts, brokerage accounts, etc.) to the Korean tax authority and file a report with respect to such accounts if the monthly balance of such accounts exceeds KRW 500 million (or an equivalent amount in foreign currency) on any month-end date during a calendar year. The Participant should consult with the Participant's personal tax advisor to determine how to value the Participant’s foreign accounts for such purposes and the Participant's personal reporting obligations.
There are no country specific provisions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Restrictions on Sale. The Participant agrees that, in the event that any portion of the Award vests prior to the six-month anniversary of the Grant Date, the Participant will not sell any Shares acquired at vesting prior to the six-month anniversary of the Grant Date, unless such sale or offer is made pursuant to the exemptions under Part XIII Division (1) Subdivision (4) (other than section 280) of the Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289, 2006 Ed.) (“SFA”).
Securities Law Information. The grant of the Award is being made pursuant to the “Qualifying Person” exemption under section 273(1)(f) of the SFA under which it is exempt from the prospectus and registration requirements under the SFA and is not made to the Participant with a view to the Shares being subsequently offered for sale to any other party. The Plan has not been lodged or registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Chief Executive Officer and Director Notification Requirement. The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the directors, associate directors or shadow directors1 of a Singapore Subsidiary or Affiliate are subject to certain notification requirements under the Singapore Companies Act. Specifically, the CEO and directors must notify the Singapore Subsidiary or Affiliate in writing of an interest (e.g., SFS RSUs, Shares, etc.) in the Company or any related company within two business days of (i) its acquisition or disposal, (ii) any change in a previously-disclosed interest (e.g., upon vesting / settlement of the Award or when Shares acquired under the Plan are subsequently sold), or (iii) becoming the CEO or a director.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Nature of Grant. The following provision supplements Section 6(d) - Nature of Grant of the Agreement:
In accepting the Award, the Participant consents to participation in the Plan and acknowledges that the Participant has received a copy of the Plan.
The Participant understands that the Company has unilaterally, gratuitously and in its sole discretion decided to grant Awards under the Plan to individuals who may be employees of the
1 A shadow director is an individual who is not on the board of directors of the Singapore Subsidiary or Affiliate, but who has sufficient control so that the board of directors of the Singapore Subsidiary or Affiliate acts in accordance with the directions or instructions of the individual.
Company, the Employer, or any member of the Combined Group and its Affiliates throughout the world. This decision is a limited decision that is entered into upon the express assumption and condition that any grant will not bind the Company, the Employer, or any member of the Combined Group and its Affiliates. Consequently, the Participant understands that the Award is granted on the assumption and condition that the Award and any Shares issued upon settlement of the Award are not a part of any employment contract (either with the Company or any member of the Combined Group and its Affiliates) and shall not be considered a mandatory benefit, salary for any purposes (including severance compensation) or any other right whatsoever.
Further, the Participant understands and agrees that, unless otherwise expressly provided for by the Company or set forth in the Agreement, the Award will be cancelled without entitlement to any Shares if the Participant ceases to be an eligible Participant for any reason, including, but not limited to: resignation, disciplinary dismissal adjudged to be with cause, disciplinary dismissal adjudged or recognized to be without cause (i.e., subject to a “despido improcedente”), material modification of the terms of employment under Article 41 of the Workers’ Statute, relocation under Article 40 of the Workers’ Statute, Article 50 of the Workers’ Statute, or under Article 10.3 of Royal Decree 1382/1985. The Committee, in its sole discretion, shall determine the date when the Participant's status as an eligible Participant has terminated for purposes of the Award.
In addition, the Participant understands that this grant would not be made to the Participant but for the assumptions and conditions referred to above; thus, the Participant acknowledges and freely accepts that should any or all of the assumptions be mistaken or should any of the conditions not be met for any reason, then any grant of, or right to, the Award shall be null and void.
Securities Law Information. No “offer of securities to the public,” as defined under Spanish law, has taken place or will take place in the Spanish territory in connection with the Award. The Agreement has not been, nor will it be, registered with the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores, and does not constitute a public offering prospectus.
Exchange Control Information. The Participant must declare the acquisition, ownership and disposition of Shares to the Spanish Dirección General de Comercio e Inversiones (the “DGCI”) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness on a Form D-6. Generally, the declaration must be made in January for Shares owned as of December 31 of the prior year and/or Shares acquired or disposed of during the prior year; however, if the value of Shares acquired or disposed of or the amount of the sale proceeds exceeds €1,502,530 (or if the Participant holds 10% or more of the share capital of the Company or other such amount that would entitle the Participant to join the Company’s Board of Directors), the declaration must be filed within one month of the acquisition or disposition, as applicable.
In addition, the Participant may be required to electronically declare to the Bank of Spain any foreign accounts (including brokerage accounts held abroad), any foreign instruments (including Shares acquired under the Plan), and any transactions with non-Spanish residents (including any payments of Shares made pursuant to the Plan), depending on the balances in such accounts together with the value of such instruments as of December 31 of the relevant year, or the volume of transactions with non-Spanish residents during the relevant year.
Foreign Asset/Account Reporting Information. To the extent that the Participant holds rights or assets (e.g., cash or Shares held in a bank or brokerage account) outside Spain with a value in excess of €50,000 per type of right or asset (e.g., Shares, cash, etc.) as of December 31 each year, the Participant is required to report information on such rights and assets on the Participant's tax return for such year. After such rights or assets are initially reported, the reporting obligation will only apply for subsequent years if the value of any previously-reported rights or assets increases by more than €20,000 or if the Participant transfers or disposes of any previously-reported rights or assets. The reporting must be completed by March 31. Failure to comply with this reporting requirement may result in penalties. Accordingly, the Participant should consult with the Participant's personal tax and legal advisors to ensure that the Participant is properly complying with the Participant's reporting obligations.
Securities Law Information. The offer of SFS RSUs is considered a private offering in Switzerland; therefore, it is not subject to registration in Switzerland. Neither this document nor any other materials relating to the SFS RSUs (i) constitutes a prospectus as such term is understood pursuant to article 652a of the Swiss Code of Obligations, (ii) may be publicly distributed nor otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland or (iii) have been or will be filed with, approved or supervised by any Swiss regulatory authority, including the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (“FINMA”).
Securities Law Information. The offer of participation in the Plan is available only for employees of the Company and members of the Combined Group and its Affiliates. The offer of participation in the Plan is not a public offer of securities by a Taiwanese company.
Exchange Control Information. The Participant may acquire and remit foreign currency (including cash dividends, dividend equivalents, proceeds from the sale of Shares) into and out of Taiwan up to US$5,000,000 per year. If the transaction amount is TWD 500,000 or more in a single transaction, the Participant must submit a Foreign Exchange Transaction Form and also provide supporting documentation to the satisfaction of the remitting bank.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This provision supplements Section 6(c) - Tax Withholding of the Agreement:
Tax Withholding. Without limitation to Section 6(c) of the Agreement, the Participant agrees that the Participant is liable for all Tax-Related Items and hereby covenants to pay all such Tax-Related Items as and when requested by the Company or any Affiliate or by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority). The Participant also agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Company and any Affiliate
against any Tax-Related Items that they are required to pay or withhold or have paid or will pay on the Participant’s behalf to HMRC (or any other tax authority or any other relevant authority).
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant is a director or executive officer of the Company (within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act), the Participant understands that he or she may not be able to indemnify the Company for the amount of any income tax not collected from or paid by the Participant, in case the indemnification could be considered a loan. In this case, the income tax not collected or paid may constitute a benefit to the Participant on which additional income tax and National Insurance contributions may be payable. The Participant will be responsible for reporting and paying any income tax due on this additional benefit directly to HMRC under the self-assessment regime and for paying the Company or the Employer, as applicable, for the value of any employee National Insurance contributions due on this additional benefit, which the Company or the Employer may recover from the Participant by any of the means referred to in this Agreement.
In addition, the Participant agrees that the Company and/or the Employer may calculate the income tax to be withheld and accounted for by reference to the maximum applicable rates, without prejudice to any right the Participant may have to recover any overpayment from HMRC or any applicable tax authority.
Joint Election for Transfer of Employer NICs. As a condition of the SFS RSUs granted hereunder, the Participant agrees to accept any liability for secondary Class 1 National Insurance contributions (the "Employer NICs"), which may be payable by the Company or the Employer with respect to the vesting of the SFS RSUs, the issuance of Shares pursuant to the SFS RSUs, the assignment or release of the SEA RSUs for consideration, or the receipt of any other benefit in connection with the SFS RSUs.
Without limitation to the foregoing, the Participant agrees to enter into an election (the “Election”), in the form specified and/or approved for such election by HMRC, that the liability for Employer NICs payments on any such gains shall be transferred to the Participant to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Participant further agrees to execute such other elections as may be required between the Participant and any successor to the Company and/or the Employer. The Participant hereby authorizes the Company and the Employer to withhold such Employer NICs by any of the means set forth in Section 6(c) of the Agreement.
Failure by the Participant to enter into an Election, withdrawal of approval of the Election by HMRC or a joint revocation of the Election by the Participant and the Company or the Employer, as applicable, shall be grounds for the forfeiture and cancellation of the SFS RSUs, without any liability to the Company or the Employer.