Forms of Restricted Stock Unit Grant Notice and Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the 2014 Stock Plan
AMENDED AND RESTATED 2014 STOCK PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT GRANT NOTICE
Confluent, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), pursuant to the Confluent, Inc. Amended and Restated 2014 Stock Plan (the Plan), has granted to the Participant below a restricted stock unit award covering the number of units set forth below, each of which represents one (1) share of the Companys Common Stock (the RSUs). The RSUs are subject to all of the terms and conditions set forth in this Restricted Stock Unit Grant Notice (the Grant Notice) and the Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (the RSU Agreement) and the Plan, both of which are attached hereto and incorporated herein in their entirety. Capitalized terms not explicitly defined in this Grant Notice but defined in the Plan or the RSU Agreement will have the same definitions as in the Plan or the RSU Agreement. In the event of any conflict between the terms of the Grant Notice and the Plan, the terms of the Plan will control.
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The RSUs shall vest upon the occurrence of an IPO (as defined below), subject to Participants Continuous Service Status through the IPO.
Notwithstanding the above vesting schedule and anything to the contrary in the Plan, this Grant Notice, the RSU Agreement or any other prior or future agreement that purportedly applies to the RSUs, in no event shall the vesting or settlement of the RSUs be accelerated or deferred in connection with any event or otherwise unless such acceleration or deferral is specifically approved by the Board after taking into account the impact of such acceleration or deferral under the requirements of Section 409A.
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For any RSUs that vest on or prior to the First Issuance Date
RSUs that vest on or prior to the First Issuance Date (as defined below) shall be settled in Shares on any date determined by the Company that qualifies as a First Issuance Date.
For purposes of clarity, the Company shall not be required to settle all vested RSUs on the same date, whether subject to this Grant Notice and RSU Agreement or another agreement (vested RSUs may be settled pursuant to this subsection on the same date or different dates, as long as the RSUs are settled on a date that qualifies as a First Issuance Date, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion).
For any RSUs that vest after the First Issuance Date
RSUs that vest after the First Issuance Date shall be settled in Shares on a date determined by the Company, in its sole and absolute discretion, that is on or before the date that is 4-months following the applicable vesting date or, if earlier, the later of (A) March 15th of the year following the year in which the vesting date occurs, and (B) the 15th day of the 3rd month of the Companys tax year following the year in which the vesting date occurs.
For purposes of clarity, the Company shall not be required to settle all vested RSUs on the same date, whether subject to this Grant Notice and RSU Agreement or another agreement (vested RSUs may be settled pursuant to this subsection on the same date or different dates, as long as the RSUs are settled during the applicable periods set forth above, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion).
Further, notwithstanding anything stated herein, in the RSU Agreement, the Plan or any other agreement applicable to the RSUs, the Company shall have the discretion to settle the RSUs prior to the time set forth herein to the extent permitted by Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(j)(4).
For purposes of this Grant Notice, the following definitions shall apply.
First Issuance Date means a date determined by the Company, in its sole and absolute discretion, provided that such date shall be on or after an IPO and shall be no later than the earlier of:
the date 7-months following the IPO, and
March 15th of the year following the year in which the IPO occurs or, if later, the 15th day of the 3rd month of the Companys tax year following the year in which the IPO occurs.
IPO means the first sale of Shares to the general public in connection with an underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement filed under the Securities Act or pursuant to a direct listing that results in Shares being regularly traded on an established securities market.
By accepting this grant, Participant acknowledges and agrees that (i) Participants rights to any Shares underlying the RSUs will vest only as Participant provides services to the Company over time and only if certain other conditions are satisfied, and (ii) the grant of the RSUs is not in consideration for services Participant rendered to the Company prior to the Date of Grant.
By accepting this grant, Participant further acknowledges and agrees that (i) Participant has reviewed the Plan, this Grant Notice and the RSU Agreement in their entirety, (ii) Participant has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel prior to accepting the RSUs, (iii) Participant fully understands all provisions of the Plan, this Grant Notice and the RSU Agreement, and (iv) Participant will accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Companys Board of Directors relating to the Plan, this Grant Notice and the RSU Agreement.
AMENDED AND RESTATED 2014 STOCK PLAN
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
Pursuant to your Restricted Stock Unit Grant Notice (the Grant Notice) and this Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (the Agreement), Confluent, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), has granted you (the Participant) a restricted stock unit award covering the number of units set forth in the Grant Notice, each of which represents one (1) share of the Companys Common Stock (the RSUs). Capitalized terms not explicitly defined in this Agreement or in the Grant Notice but defined in the Confluent, Inc. Amended and Restated 2014 Stock Plan (the Plan) will have the same definitions as in the Plan.
1. No Stockholder Rights. Unless and until such time as Shares are issued pursuant to the Agreement in settlement of vested RSUs, Participant shall not own or have any rights in or to the Shares allocated to the RSUs, including, without limitation, the right to receive dividends (or dividend equivalents) or to vote such Shares.
2. No Transfer. The Grant Notice, this Agreement, the RSUs and any interest therein shall not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated, or otherwise disposed of.
3. Termination. If Participants Continuous Service Status terminates at any time for any reason, all RSUs for which vesting is no longer possible under the terms of the Grant Notice and this Agreement shall be forfeited to the Company upon such termination of Continuous Service Status, and all rights of Participant to such RSUs shall immediately terminate at such time.
(a) Continuous Service Status. For purposes of the Grant Notice and this Agreement, Participants Continuous Service Status will be considered terminated as of the date Participant no longer actively provides services as an Employee or Consultant regardless of the reason for such termination and whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of employment laws in the jurisdiction where Participant provides services or by the terms of Participants employment or service agreement, if any (the Termination Date). Subject to the terms of the Plan and Applicable Laws, the Company shall have the exclusive discretion to determine when Participant no longer actively provides services for purposes of the RSUs, the Grant Notice and this Agreement, including whether Participant actively provides services on any leave of absence.
(b) Leave of Absence. Continuous Service Status will not be extended by any contractual notice period or any period of garden leave or similar notice period mandated under employment laws in the jurisdiction where Participant provides services or by the terms of Participants employment or service agreement, if any, unless otherwise determined by the Company in its sole discretion. Continuous Service Status shall be deemed to continue for any purpose of the Grant Notice or this Agreement while the Participant is on a bona fide leave of absence, if (i) such leave was approved by the Company in writing, or (ii) the continued crediting of Continuous Service Status is expressly required by the terms of such leave, Company policy or by Applicable Laws (as determined by the Company). Continuous Service Status shall be deemed to terminate when such leave ends, unless the Participant immediately returns to active work.
4. Responsibility for Taxes.
(a) As a condition to the grant, vesting, and settlement of the RSUs, Participant acknowledges that, regardless of any action taken by the Company or, if different, Participants 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 or required deductions or payments legally applicable to him or her (the Tax-Related Items) related to the receipt, vesting, settlement or cancellation of the RSUs, the issuance or subsequent sale of the Shares allocated to the RSUs, the receipt of any dividends or participation in the Plan (the Tax-Related Events) is and remains Participants responsibility and may exceed the amount actually withheld by the Company and/or the Employer. Participant further acknowledges and agrees that Participant is solely responsible for filing all relevant documentation that may be required in relation to the RSUs or any Tax-Related Items (other than filings or documentation that pursuant to Applicable Laws are the specific obligation of the Company or any Parent, Subsidiary or Affiliate (collectively including the Company, the Company Group, and each entity individually, a Company Group entity)) such as, but not limited to, personal income tax returns or reporting statements in relation to the Tax-Related Events or the holding of Shares issued upon settlement of the RSUs in a bank or brokerage account.
(b) Participant further acknowledges that the Company and/or the Employer: (i) make no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax-Related Items in connection with any aspect of the RSUs, including, but not limited to, the Tax-Related Events; and (ii) do not commit to and are under no obligation to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of the RSUs to reduce or eliminate Participants liability for Tax-Related Items or achieve any particular tax result. Participant also understands that Applicable Laws may require varying RSU or Share valuation methods for purposes of calculating Tax-Related Items, and the Company and/or the Employer assume no responsibility or liability in relation to any such valuation or for any calculation or reporting of income or Tax-Related Items that may be required of Participant under Applicable Laws.
(c) Further, if Participant is subject to Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction between the Date of Grant and the date of any relevant taxable or tax withholding event, 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.
(d) Prior to a relevant taxable or tax withholding event, Participant agrees to make adequate arrangements satisfactory to the Company and/or the Employer to satisfy all Tax-Related Items. In this regard, Participant authorizes the Company and/or the Employer, or their respective agents, at their discretion, to satisfy their tax and/or withholding obligations with regard to all Tax-Related Items by (i) withholding from Participants wages or other compensation paid to Participant by the Company and/or the Employer, (ii) withholding from proceeds of the sale of Shares acquired pursuant to the RSUs either through a voluntary sale or through a mandatory sale arranged by the Company and/or the Employer (on Participants behalf pursuant to this authorization) without further consent, (iii) withholding Shares that would otherwise be issued upon settlement of the RSUs, or (iv) such other method as determined by the Company and/or the Employer to be in compliance with Applicable Laws.
(e) Depending on the method of satisfying the tax and/or withholding obligations with regard to the Tax-Related Items, the Company and/or the Employer may withhold or account for Tax-Related Items by considering the applicable minimum statutory withholding amounts or other applicable tax or withholding rates, including the maximum applicable rates. If the Company/and or the Employer over-pays or over-withholds any amount, it will refund such amount to Participant in cash and Participant will have no entitlement to the Share equivalent.
(f) Finally, Participant agrees to pay to the Company and/or the Employer the amount of any Tax-Related Items that the Company and/or the Employer may be required to pay, withhold or account for as a result of a Tax-Related Event that cannot be satisfied by the means previously described in this Section 4. The Company may refuse to issue or deliver the Shares or the proceeds of the sale of Shares if Participant fails to comply with his or her obligations in connection with the Tax-Related Items.
5. Nature of Grant. In accepting the RSUs, Participant acknowledges, understands and agrees to the following.
(a) The Plan is established voluntarily by the Company, is discretionary in nature, and may be amended, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, to the extent permitted by the Plan.
(b) The grant of the RSUs is voluntary and occasional and does not create any contractual or other right to receive future grants of restricted stock units, or benefits in lieu of restricted stock units, even if restricted stock units have been granted in the past.
(c) All decisions with respect to future restricted stock units or other grants, if any, will be at the sole discretion of the Company.
(d) Participant is voluntarily participating in the Plan.
(e) The RSUs and the Shares allocated to the RSUs are not intended to replace any pension rights or compensation and are outside the scope of Participants employment or service contract, if any.
(f) The RSUs and the Shares allocated to the RSUs, and the income and value of the same, are not part of normal or expected compensation for any purpose, including, without limitation, calculating any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, dismissal, end-of-service payments, bonuses, long-service awards, pension or retirement or welfare benefits or similar payments.
(g) The future value of the Shares is unknown, indeterminable, and cannot be predicted with certainty.
(h) If the RSUs are settled and Participant receives some or all of the Shares allocated to the RSUs, the value of such Shares may increase or decrease in value.
(i) No claim or entitlement to compensation or damages shall arise from forfeiture of the RSUs resulting from the termination of Participants Continuous Service Status (for any reason whatsoever, whether or not later found to be invalid or in breach of employment laws in the jurisdiction where Participant is employed or the terms of Participants employment or service agreement, if any) (such claim or entitlement, a claim), and in consideration of the grant of the RSUs to which Participant is otherwise not entitled, Participant irrevocably (i) agrees never to institute a claim against any Company Group entity, (ii) waives his or her ability, if any, to bring a claim, and (iii) releases all Company Group entities from any such claim. If, notwithstanding the foregoing, a claim is allowed by a court of competent jurisdiction, Participant, by participating in the Plan, irrevocably agrees (and shall be deemed irrevocably to have agreed) not to pursue such claim and to execute and/or accept any and all documents necessary to request dismissal or withdrawal of such claim.
(j) Unless otherwise provided in the Plan or by the Company in its discretion, the RSUs and the benefits evidenced by this Agreement do not create any entitlement to have the RSUs or any such benefits transferred to, or assumed by, another company or any entitlement to have the RSUs or the benefits exchanged, cashed out or substituted for, in connection with any corporate transaction affecting the Shares.
(k) No Company Group entity shall be liable for any foreign exchange rate fluctuation between Participants local currency and the United States Dollar or the selection by a Company Group entity in its sole discretion of an applicable foreign exchange rate that may affect the value of the RSUs (or the calculation of income or Tax-Related Items thereunder) or of any amounts due to Participant pursuant to the settlement of the RSUs and issuance of Shares, any dividends on the Shares issued or the subsequent sale of the Shares issued.
6. Limitations on Transfer of Shares. In addition to any other limitation on transfer created by the Companys Bylaws, this Agreement, the Grant Notice and the Plan, Participant shall not assign, encumber or dispose of any interest in the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement except in compliance with Applicable Laws.
7. Investment and Taxation Representations. In connection with the receipt of the RSUs and the Shares the issued upon settlement of the RSUs (if they have not been registered under the Securities Act), Participant represents to the Company the following.
(a) Participant is aware of the Companys business affairs and financial condition and has acquired sufficient information about the Company to reach an informed and knowledgeable decision to acquire the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement. Participant is or will be acquiring the Shares for investment for Participants own account only and not with a view to, or for resale in connection with, any distribution thereof within the meaning of the Securities Act or under any applicable provision of state law. Participant does not have any present intention to transfer the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement to any other person or entity.
(b) Participant understands that the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement have not been registered under the Securities Act by reason of a specific exemption therefrom, which exemption depends upon, among other things, the bona fide nature of Participants investment intent as expressed herein.
(c) Participant further acknowledges and understands that the securities must be held indefinitely unless they are subsequently registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from such registration is available. Participant further acknowledges and understands that the Company is under no obligation to register the securities.
(d) Participant is familiar with the provisions of Rule 144, promulgated under the Securities Act, which, in substance, permits limited public resale of restricted securities acquired, directly or indirectly, from the issuer of the securities (or from an affiliate of such issuer), in a non-public offering subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Participant understands that the Company provides no assurances as to whether he or she will be able to resell any or all of the Shares pursuant to Rule 144, which rule requires, among other things, that the Company be subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, that resales of securities take place only after the holder of the Shares has held the Shares for certain specified time periods, and under certain circumstances, that resales of securities be limited in volume and take place only pursuant to brokered transactions. Notwithstanding this Section 7(d), Participant acknowledges and agrees to the restrictions set forth in Section 7(e) below.
(e) Participant further understands that in the event all of the applicable requirements of Rule 144 are not satisfied, the Shares must either be registered under the Securities Act, or comply with Regulation A or some other registration exemption to the Securities Act. Participant also understands that, notwithstanding the fact that Rule 144 is not an exclusive exemption, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission has expressed its opinion that persons proposing to sell private placement securities other than in a registered offering or pursuant to Rule 144 will have a substantial burden of proof in establishing that an exemption from registration is available for such offer or sale, and that such persons and their respective brokers who participate in such transactions do so at their own risk.
(f) Participant understands that Participant may suffer adverse tax consequences as a result of the Tax-Related Events. Participant represents that Participant has consulted the tax consultants Participant deems advisable regarding the Tax-Related Items and the Tax-Related Events and is not relying on the Company for any tax advice.
8. Section 409A. All payments made and benefits provided under this Agreement are intended to be exempt from the requirements of Section 409A to the maximum extent permitted pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4) so that none of the payments or benefits will be subject to the adverse tax penalties imposed under Section 409A, and any ambiguities herein will be interpreted to make the payments and benefits be so exempt. In no event will the Company reimburse Participant for any taxes or other penalties that may be imposed on Participant as a result of Section 409A and, by accepting the RSUs, Participant hereby agrees to indemnify the Company for any liability that arises as a result of Section 409A.
9. Securities Law Compliance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Shares will not be issued pursuant to this Agreement unless the Shares are then registered under the Securities Act or the Company has determined that the issuance is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The issuance of Shares pursuant to this Agreement also must comply with other Applicable Laws governing the RSUs and the Shares, and the Company is not obligated to, and will not have any liability for failure to, issue or deliver any Shares upon settlement of the RSUs unless such issuance or delivery would comply with the Applicable Laws. Whether an issuance or delivery of Shares is compliant with Applicable Laws will be determined by the Company in consultation with its legal counsel.
10. Lock-Up Agreement. In connection with an IPO and upon the request of the Company or the underwriters managing such offering of the Companys securities, Participant hereby agrees not to sell, make any short sale of, loan, grant any option for the purchase of, or otherwise dispose of any securities of the Company however or whenever acquired (other than those included in the registration) without the prior written consent of the Company or such underwriters, as the case may be, for such period of time (not to exceed 180 days) from the effective date of such registration as may be requested by the Company or such managing underwriters and to execute and/or accept an agreement reflecting the foregoing as may be requested by the underwriters at the time of the Companys IPO (as defined in the Grant Notice).
11. Restrictive Legends and Stop-Transfer Orders
(a) Legends. Any certificate representing the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement shall bear such legends as are required by the Company or Applicable Laws, including the following:
(i) THE SHARES REPRESENTED HEREBY MAY NOT BE SOLD, ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED, ENCUMBERED OR IN ANY MANNER DISPOSED OF, EXCEPT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE TERMS OF A WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE REGISTERED HOLDER OF THE SHARES (OR THE PREDECESSOR IN INTEREST TO THE SHARES). THE SECRETARY OF THE COMPANY WILL UPON WRITTEN REQUEST FURNISH A COPY OF SUCH AGREEMENT TO THE HOLDER HEREOF WITHOUT CHARGE.
(ii) THE SHARES REPRESENTED HEREBY MAY NOT BE SOLD, ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED, PLEDGED, ENCUMBERED OR IN ANY MANNER DISPOSED OF, EXCEPT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE BYLAWS OF THE COMPANY. COPIES OF THE BYLAWS OF THE COMPANY MAY BE OBTAINED UPON WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE SECRETARY OF THE COMPANY.
(iii) All certificates evidencing Shares purchased under this Agreement in an unregistered transaction shall bear the following legend:
(A) THE SHARES REPRESENTED HEREBY HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, AND MAY NOT BE SOLD, PLEDGED, OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED WITHOUT AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION THEREOF UNDER SUCH ACT OR AN OPINION OF COUNSEL, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY AND ITS COUNSEL, THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.
(b) Stop-Transfer Notices. Participant agrees that, in order to ensure compliance with the restrictions referred to herein, the Company may issue appropriate stop transfer instructions to its transfer agent, if any, and that, if the Company transfers its own securities, it may make appropriate notations to the same effect in its own records.
(c) Refusal to Transfer. The Company shall not be required (i) to transfer on its books any Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement that have been sold or otherwise transferred in violation of any of the provisions of this Agreement or (ii) to treat as owner of such Shares or to accord the right to vote or pay dividends to any purchaser or other transferee to whom such Shares shall have been so transferred.
12. No Employment Rights. Nothing contained in this Agreement, the Grant Notice or the Plan is intended to constitute or create a contract of employment, nor shall it constitute or create the right to remain associated with or in the employ of the Company or any Group Member entity for any particular period of time. Nothing in this Agreement, the Grant Notice or the Plan shall affect in any manner whatsoever the right or power of the Company, or a Group Member entity to terminate Participants employment or consulting relationship, for any reason, with or without cause, subject to Applicable Laws.
13. Waiver of Statutory Information Rights. Participant acknowledges and understands that, but for the waiver made herein, upon delivery of any Shares issued to Participant pursuant to this Agreement, Participant would be entitled, upon written demand under oath stating the purpose thereof, to inspect for any proper purpose, and to make copies and extracts from, the Companys stock ledger, a list of its stockholders, and its other books and records, and the books and records of subsidiaries of the Company, if any, under the circumstances and in the manner provided in Section 220 of the General Corporation Law of Delaware (any and all such rights, and any and all such other rights of Participant as may be provided for in Section 220, the Inspection Rights). In light of the foregoing, until an IPO, Participant hereby unconditionally and irrevocably waives the Inspection Rights, whether such Inspection Rights would be exercised or pursued directly or indirectly pursuant to Section 220 or otherwise, and covenants and agrees never to directly or indirectly commence, voluntarily aid in any way, prosecute, assign, transfer, or cause to be commenced any claim, action, cause of action, or other proceeding to pursue or exercise the Inspection Rights. The foregoing waiver applies to the Inspection Rights of Participant in Participants capacity as a stockholder and shall not affect any rights of a director, in his or her capacity as such, under Section 220. The foregoing waiver shall not apply to any contractual inspection rights of Participant under any written agreement with the Company.
14. No Advice Regarding Grant. The Company is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice, nor is the Company making any recommendations regarding Participants participation in the Plan; Participants receipt, vesting or settlement of the RSUs or the Shares allocated thereto; or the sale of such Shares. 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 and the RSUs before accepting the RSUs or otherwise taking any action related to the RSUs or the Plan.
15. Data Privacy.
(a) Participant hereby explicitly and unambiguously consents to the collection, use and transfer, in electronic or other form, of Participants personal data as described in this Agreement and any other Award materials by and among the Company Group entities for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing Participants participation in the Plan.
(b) Participant understands that the Company Group entities may hold certain personal information about Participant, including, but not limited to, Participants name, home address and telephone number, date of birth, social insurance number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any Shares or directorships held in the Company, details of all Awards, or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participants favor (Data), for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan.
(c) Participant understands that Data will be transferred to such stock plan service provider as may be selected by the Company, presently or the in future, which may be assisting the Company with the implementation, administration and management of the Plan. Participant understands that the recipients of the Data may be located in the United States or elsewhere, and that the recipients country (e.g., the United States) may have different data privacy laws and protections than Participants country. Participant authorizes the Company, the stock plan service provider as may be selected by the Company, and any other possible recipients which may assist the Company, presently or in the future, with implementing, administering and managing the Plan to receive, possess, use, retain and transfer the Data, in electronic or other form, for the sole purposes of implementing, administering and managing Participants participation in the Plan. Further, Participant understands that he or she is providing the consents herein on a purely voluntary basis. If Participant does not consent, or if Participant later seeks to revoke his or her consent, his or her Continuous Service Status will not be adversely affected; the only adverse consequence of refusing or withdrawing Participants consent is that the Company would not be able to grant Participant RSUs, Awards or any other equity awards or administer or maintain such awards. Therefore, Participant understands that refusing or withdrawing his or her consent may affect Participants ability to participate in the Plan. For more information on the consequences of Participants refusal to consent or withdrawal of consent, Participant understands that he or she may contact his or her local human resources representative.
(a) Governing Law. This Agreement and all acts and transactions pursuant hereto and the rights and obligations of the parties hereto shall be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to principles of conflicts of law. For purposes of any action, lawsuit or other proceedings brought to enforce this Agreement, relating to it, or arising from it, the parties hereby submit and consent to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of California, or the federal courts for the United States for the Northern District of California, and no other courts, where this grant is made and/or to be performed.
(b) Addendum. Notwithstanding any provisions in this Agreement, the RSUs shall be subject to any special terms and conditions set forth in any Addendum to this Agreement for Participants country. Moreover, if Participant relocates to one of the countries included in the Addendum, the special terms and conditions for such country will apply to Participant, to the extent the Company determines that the application of such terms and conditions is necessary or advisable for legal or administrative reasons. The Addendum constitutes part of this Agreement.
(c) Entire Agreement; Enforcement of Rights. This Agreement, together with any applicable Addendum, the Grant Notice and the Plan, sets forth the entire agreement and understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter herein and merges all prior or contemporaneous discussions between them. Except as contemplated by the Plan, no modification of or amendment to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights under this Agreement, shall be effective unless in writing and executed and/or accepted by the parties to this Agreement. The failure by either party to enforce any rights under this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any rights of such party.
(d) Severability. If one or more provisions of this Agreement, the Grant Notice or the Plan are held to be unenforceable under Applicable Laws, the parties agree to renegotiate such provision in good faith. In the event that the parties cannot reach a mutually agreeable and enforceable replacement for such provision, then (i) such provision shall be excluded from this Agreement, the Grant Notice and the Plan, (ii) the balance of the Agreement, the Grant Notice and the Plan shall be interpreted as if such provision were so excluded and (iii) the balance of the Agreement, the Grant Notice and the Plan shall be enforceable in accordance with its terms.
(e) Language. If Participant has received this Agreement, the Grant Notice or any other document related to the RSUs and/or 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.
(f) Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right to impose other requirements on Participants participation in the Plan, on the RSUs and on any Shares allocated to the RSUs, to the extent the Company determines it is necessary or advisable for legal or administrative reasons, and to require Participant to sign and/or accept any additional agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing. Participant also acknowledges that the Applicable Laws of the country in which Participant is residing or working at the time of grant, vesting and settlement of the RSUs or the sale of Shares received pursuant to the RSUs (including any rules or regulations governing securities, foreign exchange, tax, labor, or other matters) may subject Participant to additional procedural or regulatory requirements that Participant is and will be solely responsible for and must fulfill. Such requirements may be outlined in but are not limited to those provided in any Addendum. Notwithstanding any provision herein, the RSUs and Participants participation in the Plan shall be subject to the special terms, conditions and disclosures set forth in any applicable Addendum.
(g) Notices. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed sufficient when delivered personally or by overnight courier or sent by email or fax, or 48 hours after being deposited in the U.S. mail or a comparable foreign mail service, as certified or registered mail with postage or shipping charges prepaid and addressed to the party to be notified at such partys most recent address, email or fax number set forth in the Companys books and records.
(h) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed and/or accepted in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.
(i) Successors and Assigns. The rights and benefits of this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Companys successors and assigns. The rights and obligations of Participant under this Agreement may only be assigned with the prior written consent of the Company.
(j) Electronic Delivery. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver to Participant by email or any other electronic means any documents or notices related to the RSUs, the Shares allocated to the RSUs, Participants current or future participation in the Plan, securities of the Company or any Company Group entity or any other matter, including documents and/or notices required to be delivered to Participant by applicable securities law or any other Applicable Laws or the Companys Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws. By accepting the RSUs, whether electronically or otherwise, Participant hereby consents to receive such documents and notices by such 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, including but not limited to the use of electronic signatures or click-through electronic acceptance of terms and conditions.
(k) California Corporate Securities Law. THE SALE OF THE SECURITIES WHICH ARE THE SUBJECT OF THIS AGREEMENT HAS NOT BEEN QUALIFIED WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE ISSUANCE OF THE SECURITIES OR THE PAYMENT OR RECEIPT OF ANY PART OF THE CONSIDERATION THEREFOR PRIOR TO THE QUALIFICATION IS UNLAWFUL, UNLESS THE SALE OF SECURITIES IS EXEMPT FROM QUALIFICATION BY SECTION 25100, 25102 OR 25105 OF THE CALIFORNIA CORPORATIONS CODE. THE RIGHTS OF ALL PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT ARE EXPRESSLY CONDITIONED UPON THE QUALIFICATION BEING OBTAINED, UNLESS THE SALE IS SO EXEMPT.
This Country-Specific Addendum includes additional country-specific notices, disclaimers, and/or terms and conditions that apply to individuals who are working or residing in the countries listed below and that may be material to Participants participation in the Plan. Such notices, disclaimers, and/or terms and conditions may also apply, as from the date of grant, if the Participant moves to or otherwise is or becomes subject to the Applicable Laws or Company policies of the country listed. However, because foreign exchange regulations and other local laws are subject to frequent change, Participant is advised to seek advice from his own personal legal and tax advisor prior to accepting the RSUs or holding or selling Shares acquired under the Plan. The Company is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice, nor is the Company making any recommendations regarding Participants acceptance of the RSUs or participation in the Plan. Unless otherwise noted below, capitalized terms shall have the same meaning assigned to them under the Plan, the Grant Notice, and the Agreement. This Country-Specific Addendum forms part of the Agreement and should be read in conjunction with the Agreement and the Plan.
Securities Law Notice: Unless otherwise noted, neither the Company nor the Shares are registered with any local stock exchange or under the control of any local securities regulator outside the United States. The Agreement (of which this Country-Specific Addendum is a part), the Grant Notice, the Plan, and any other communications or materials that Participant may receive regarding participation in the Plan do not constitute advertising or an offering of securities outside the United States, and the issuance of securities described in any Plan-related documents is not intended for public offering or circulation in Participants jurisdiction.