(b)Except as set forth in Section 3 of this Agreement, no portion of any unvested Awarded Shares shall vest prior to the applicable vesting date. If Grantee fails to continuously maintain Grantee’s status as an Employee of the Company or otherwise fails to satisfy any other requirement set forth in the Plan for any reason at any time before all of the Awarded Shares vest, then all unvested Awarded Shares shall be automatically forfeited and the Company shall have no further obligations to Grantee under this Agreement.
3.Change in Control.
(a)Notwithstanding the foregoing, Grantee’s rights and interest in the Awarded Shares, unless previously forfeited, shall fully vest upon Grantee’s termination of employment (a) without “Cause” (as defined below) or (b) for “Good Reason” (as defined below), in each case, at any time during the twenty-four (24)-month period following a Change in Control (as defined below).
(b)“Cause” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Grantee’s employment or similar agreement with the Company; provided, that if Grantee is not a party to such an agreement with the Company, then “Cause” shall mean (i) Grantee’s arrest or conviction for, plea of nolo contendere to, or admission of the commission of, any act of fraud, misappropriation, or embezzlement, or a criminal felony involving dishonesty or moral turpitude; (ii) a breach by Grantee of any material provision of this Agreement or any employment or similar agreement, provided that Grantee is given reasonable notice of, and a reasonable opportunity to cure within thirty (30) days of such notice (if such breach is curable), any such breach; (iii) any act or intentional omission by Grantee involving dishonesty or moral turpitude; (iv) Grantee’s material failure to adequately perform his or her duties and responsibilities as such duties and responsibilities are, from time to time, in the Company’s discretion, determined and after reasonable notice of, and a reasonable opportunity to cure within thirty (30) days of such notice (if such breach is curable), any such breach; or (iv) any intentional independent act by Grantee that would cause the Company significant reputational injury.
(c) “Change in Control” means any of the following events: (i) any person (as such term is used in Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)) or group (as such term is defined in Sections 3(a)(9) and 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act), other than a subsidiary of the Company or any employee benefit plan (or any related trust) of the Company or a subsidiary, becomes the beneficial owner of 50% or more of the Company’s outstanding voting shares and other outstanding voting securities that are entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (“Voting Securities”); (ii) approval by the shareholders of the Company and consummation of either of the following: (A) a merger, reorganization, consolidation or similar transaction (any of the foregoing, a “Merger”) as a result of which the persons who were the respective beneficial owners of the outstanding Common Stock and/or the Voting Securities immediately before such Merger are not expected to beneficially own, immediately after such Merger, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of, respectively, the outstanding voting shares and the combined voting power of the voting securities resulting from such merger in substantially the same