(e)In the event the Option or portion thereof shall be exercised pursuant to Section 4.1 by any person or persons other than the Optionee, appropriate proof of the right of such person or persons to exercise the Option.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee (or its Delegee) may require an opinion of counsel acceptable to it to the effect that any subsequent transfer of Shares acquired on exercise of the Option does not violate the Act, and may issue stop-transfer orders covering such Shares. The Committee (or its Delegee) may cause a legend or legends to be placed on any Share certificates evidencing Shares issued on exercise of the Option, or if such Shares are issued in book-entry or electronic form, otherwise denote such Shares, to make appropriate reference to the provisions of subsection (d) above and the agreements herein. The written representation and agreement referred to in subsection (d) above shall, however, not be required if the Shares to be issued pursuant to such exercise have been registered under the Act, and such registration is then effective in respect of such Shares.
For purposes of this Section 4.3, a written notice includes notice submitted through the electronic or telephonic system maintained by the Stock Plan Award Administrator or through other means pursuant to procedures approved by the Committee (or its Delegee), and a representation or agreement is considered acknowledged if it is signed or submitted electronically or telephonically in accordance with approved procedures and such electronic or telephonic acknowledgement will have the same force and effect as a manual signature.
Notwithstanding the above, the Committee (or its Delegee) may approve alternative procedures for exercise and for payment of the related exercise price and withholding amounts provided such alternative procedures are established in writing prior to the date of exercise.
Section 4.4.Conditions to Issuance of Stock Certificates
The Shares deliverable upon the exercise of the Option, or any portion thereof, may be either previously authorized but unissued Shares or issued Shares, which have then been reacquired by the Company. Such Shares shall be fully paid and nonassessable. The Company shall not be required to issue or deliver any certificate or certificates for Shares purchased (if certificated), or to register the issuance of such Shares on its books and records (if not certificated), upon the exercise of the Option or portion thereof prior to fulfillment of all of the following conditions:
(a)The obtaining of approval or other clearance from any state or federal governmental agency which the Committee (or its Delegee) shall, in its reasonable and good faith discretion, determine to be necessary or advisable; and
(b)The lapse of such reasonable period of time following the exercise of the Option as the Committee (or its Delegee) may from time to time establish for reasons of administrative convenience or as may otherwise be required by applicable law.
Section 4.5.Rights as Shareholder
Except as otherwise provided in Section 2.4 of this Agreement, the Optionee shall not be, nor have any of the rights or privileges of, a shareholder of the Company in respect of any Shares purchasable upon the exercise of the Option or any portion thereof unless and until certificates