Form of Notice and Retainer Stock Option Agreement for Non-Employee Directors under The Charles Schwab Corporation 2013 Stock Incentive Plan and successor plans (supersedes Exhibit 10.381)
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THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION
[2013 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN]
NOTICE OF NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR
RETAINER STOCK OPTION GRANT
You have been granted the following option to purchase common stock (a “Share”) of The Charles Schwab Corporation (“Schwab”) under [The Charles Schwab Corporation 2013 Stock Incentive Plan] (the “Plan”):
Name of Recipient:
Total Number of
Exercise Price per
So long as you continue as a non‑employee director on the Board of Directors of Schwab (“Board”) or the board of a subsidiary of Schwab or an employee of Schwab or its subsidiaries and subject to the terms of the Stock Option Agreement, you will acquire the right to exercise this option (become "vested" in this option) on the following dates and in the following amounts:
Number of Options on Vesting Date:
You and Schwab agree that this option is granted under and governed by the terms and conditions of the Plan and the Stock Option Agreement, both of which are made a part of this notice. Please review the Plan and the Stock Option Agreement carefully, as they explain the terms and conditions of this option. You agree that Schwab may deliver electronically all documents relating to the Plan or this option (including, without limitation, prospectuses required by the Securities and Exchange Commission) and all other documents that Schwab is required to deliver to its stockholders. By accepting this grant, you agree to all of the terms and conditions described above, in the Retainer Stock Option Agreement and in the Plan.
THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION
[2013 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN]
NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR RETAINER STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
This option is a non-qualified stock option and is not intended to qualify as an incentive stock option under federal tax laws.
This option becomes vested in installments as described in the Notice of Non-Employee Director Retainer Stock Option Grant. If you become a common-law employee of The Charles Schwab Corporation (“Schwab”) Schwab or its subsidiaries, then this option will continue to vest as described in the Notice of Non-Employee Director Retainer Stock Option Grant so long as you continue as either a non-employee director or an employee of Schwab or its subsidiaries.
This option will become fully exercisable if your service as a non‑employee director terminates on account of your death, disability or retirement. If, prior to the date your service terminates, Schwab is subject to a “change in control” (as defined in [The Charles Schwab Corporation 2013 Stock Incentive Plan] (the “Plan”) document), this option will become fully exercisable immediately preceding the change in control. If the Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Schwab determines that a change in control is likely to occur, Schwab will advise you and this option will become fully exercisable as of the date 10 days prior to the anticipated date of the change in control.
For all purposes of this Agreement, "disability" means that you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted, or can be expected to last, for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or which can be expected to result in death as determined by Schwab in its sole discretion.
For all purposes of this Agreement, "retirement" means your resignation or removal from the Board or the board of a subsidiary of Schwab at any time after you have attained age 70 or completed 5 continuous years of service as a non‑employee director on the Board and/or the board of a subsidiary of Schwab. Serving simultaneously for a year on the Board and the board of a subsidiary of Schwab is counted as one year total for purposes of determining years of service. If you serve on the Board and the board of a subsidiary of Schwab, you must leave both boards to qualify for retirement.
You or your representative may exercise this option by following the procedures prescribed by Schwab. If this option is being exercised by your representative, your representative must furnish proof satisfactory to Schwab of your representative's right to exercise this option. After completing the prescribed procedures, Schwab will cause to be issued the shares of common stock of Schwab (“Shares”) purchased, which will be registered in the name of the person exercising this option.
When you submit your notice of exercise, you must pay the option exercise price for the Shares you are purchasing. Payment may be made in one of the following forms:
• Cash in your Schwab brokerage account in an amount sufficient to cover the option exercise price of the Shares and the required tax withholding (this exercise method is sometimes referred to as “Exercise and Hold”).
• Shares surrendered to Schwab. These Shares will be valued at their fair market value on the date when the new Shares are purchased. (This exercise method is sometimes referred to as a “Stock Swap.”)
• By delivery (in a manner prescribed by Schwab) of an irrevocable direction to Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. to sell Shares (including Shares to be issued upon exercise of this option) and to deliver all or part of the sale proceeds to Schwab in payment of all or part of the exercise price. (This exercise method is sometimes referred to as “Exercise and Sell” or “Sell to Cover.”)
This option expires no later than the 10th anniversary of the Grant Date but may expire earlier upon your termination of service, as described below.
Service as a
This option will expire on the date three months following the date of your termination of service as a non-employee director if such service terminates for any reason other than on account of becoming a common‑law employee of Schwab or its subsidiaries, death, disability or retirement. The terms “disability” and “retirement” are defined above.
If you become an employee of Schwab or its subsidiaries, this option will expire on the date three months following the date you cease to be an employee of Schwab and its subsidiaries (other than by reason of disability, death or retirement). If you cease to be a non-employee director or an employee of Schwab and its subsidiaries by reason of your disability or death, then this option will expire on the first anniversary of the date of your death or disability.
If you cease to be a non‑employee director by reason of your retirement, then this option will expire on the 10th anniversary of the Grant Date.
You cannot exercise this option and no Shares may be issued under this option if the issuance of Shares at that time would violate any applicable law, regulation, or rule. Schwab may impose restrictions upon the sale, pledge, or other transfer of Shares (including the placement of appropriate legends on stock certificates) if, in the judgment of Schwab and its counsel, such restrictions are necessary or desirable to comply with applicable law, regulations, or rules.
You, or your estate or heirs, have no rights as a stockholder of Schwab until you have exercised this option by giving the required notice to the Company and paying the exercise price. No adjustments are made for dividends or other rights if the applicable record date occurs before you exercise this option, except as described in the Plan.
No Right to
Nothing in this Agreement will be construed as giving you the right to be retained as a director or an employee of Schwab and its subsidiaries.
In general, only you may exercise this option prior to your death. You may not assign, sell, transfer, pledge, encumber, or otherwise dispose of this option, except as provided below. For instance, you may not sell this option or use it as security for a loan. If you attempt to do any of these things, this option will immediately become invalid.
You may dispose of this option in your will or in a beneficiary designation. You may designate one or more beneficiaries by filing a beneficiary designation form with Schwab. You may change your beneficiary designation by filing a new form with Schwab at any time prior to your death. If you do not designate a beneficiary or if your designated beneficiary predeceases you, then your options will be exercisable by your estate.
This option may not be assigned, transferred, pledged, encumbered, or otherwise disposed of in any settlement, judgment, decree or order (including approval of a property settlement agreement) that relates to the provision of child support, alimony payments, or marital property rights or domestic property rights.
If a payment from the Plan would constitute an excess parachute payment or if there have been certain securities law violations, then your grant may be reduced or forfeited and you may be required to disgorge any profit that you have realized from your grant.
If a disqualified individual receives a payment or transfer under the Plan that would constitute an excess parachute payment under section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), such payment will be reduced, as described below. Generally, someone is a “disqualified individual” under section 280G if he or she is (a) an officer of Schwab, (b) a member of the group consisting of the highest paid 1% of the employees of Schwab or, if less, the highest paid 250 employees of Schwab, or (c) a 1% stockholder of Schwab. For purposes of this section on “Limitation on Payments,” the term “Schwab" will include affiliated corporations to the extent determined by the Auditors (as defined below) in accordance with section 280G(d)(5) of the Code.
In the event that the independent auditors most recently selected by the Board (the “Auditors”) determine that any payment or transfer in the nature of compensation to or for your benefit, whether paid or payable (or transferred or transferable) pursuant to the terms of the Plan or otherwise (a “Payment”), would be nondeductible for federal income tax purposes because of the provisions concerning “excess parachute payments” in section 280G of the Code, then the aggregate present value of all Payments will be reduced (but not below zero) to the Reduced Amount (as defined below); provided, however, that the Compensation Committee may specify in writing that the grant will not be so reduced and will not be subject to reduction under this section.
For this purpose, the “Reduced Amount” will be the amount, expressed as a present value, which maximizes the aggregate present value of the Payments without causing any Payment to be nondeductible by Schwab because of section 280G of the Code.
If the Auditors determine that any Payment would be nondeductible because of section 280G of the Code, then Schwab will promptly give you notice to that effect and a copy of the detailed calculation of the Reduced Amount. You may then elect, in your discretion, which and how much of the Payments will be eliminated or reduced (as long as after such election, the aggregate present value of the Payments equals the Reduced Amount). You will advise Schwab in writing of your election within 10 days of receipt of the notice. If you do not make such an election within the 10-day period, then Schwab may elect which and how much of the Payments will be eliminated or reduced (as long as after such election the aggregate present value of the Payments equals the Reduced Amount, and your election is consistent with any mandatory eliminations or reductions that apply under other agreements or the Plan). Schwab will notify you promptly of its election. Present value will be determined in accordance with section 280G(d)(4) of the Code. The Auditors’ determinations will be binding upon you and Schwab and will be made within 60 days of the date when a Payment becomes payable or transferable.
As promptly as practicable following these determinations and elections, Schwab will pay or transfer to or for your benefit such amounts as are then due to you under the Plan and will promptly pay or transfer to or for your benefit in the future such amounts as become due to you under the Plan.
As a result of uncertainty in the application of section 280G of the Code at the time of an initial determination by the Auditors, it is possible that Payments will have been made by Schwab that should not have been made (an “Overpayment”) or that additional Payments that will not have been made by Schwab could have been made (an “Underpayment”) consistent in each case with the calculation of the Reduced Amount. In the event the Auditors, based upon the assertion of a deficiency by the Internal Revenue Service against you or Schwab that the Auditors believe has a high probability of success, determine that an Overpayment has been made, such Overpayment will be treated for all purposes as a loan to you that you will repay to Schwab on demand, together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided in section 7872(f)(2) of the Code. However, no amount will be payable by you to Schwab if and to the extent that such payment would not reduce the amount that is subject to taxation under section 4999 of the Code. In the event the Auditors determine that an Underpayment has occurred, such Underpayment will promptly be paid or transferred by Schwab to or for your benefit, together with interest at the applicable federal rate provided in section 7872(f)(2) of the Code.
The Plan administrator has discretionary authority to make all determinations related to this grant and to construe the terms of the Plan and this Agreement. The Plan administrator’s determinations are conclusive and binding on all persons, and they are entitled to deference upon any review.
In the event of a stock split, a stock dividend or a similar change in Shares, the Compensation Committee shall adjust the number of Shares covered by this option and the exercise price per Share.
In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the provision will be severable from, and such invalidity or unenforceability will not be construed to have any effect on, the remaining provisions of this Agreement.
This Agreement will be interpreted and enforced under the laws of the State of Delaware (without regard to their choice-of-law provisions), as such laws are applied to contracts entered into and performed in Delaware.
The Plan and
The text of the Plan is incorporated in this Agreement by reference. This Agreement and the Plan constitute the entire understanding between you and Schwab regarding this option. Any prior agreements, commitments or negotiations concerning this option are superseded. This Agreement may be amended only by another written agreement, signed by both parties. If there is any inconsistency or conflict between any provision of this Agreement and the Plan, the terms of the Plan will control.
BY ACCEPTING THIS OPTION GRANT,
YOU AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DESCRIBED ABOVE AND IN THE PLAN.