Form of Stockholders Agreement
THE DUCKHORN PORTFOLIO, INC.
dated as of , 2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS
|Certain Defined Terms||1|
|Other Interpretive Provisions||2|
ARTICLE II CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
|D&O Insurance; Director Indemnification||4|
ARTICLE III REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
|Existence; Authority; Enforceability||5|
|Absence of Conflicts||5|
ARTICLE IV MISCELLANEOUS
|Amendments and Waivers||6|
|Delays or Omissions||8|
|Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Waiver of Jury Trial||8|
Exhibit A Form of Director Indemnification Agreement
THIS STOCKHOLDERS AGREEMENT (this Agreement) is entered as of , 2021, among The Duckhorn Portfolio, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company) and Mallard Holdco, LLC (together with its Affiliates, the TSG Investor).
WHEREAS, in connection with the Companys initial public offering of its shares of Common Stock (the IPO), the Company and the TSG Investor desire to set forth their agreement regarding certain governance matters.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and of the mutual promises hereinafter set forth, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Company and the TSG Investor hereby agree as follows:
SECTION 1.1. Effective Date. This Agreement shall become effective upon the closing of the IPO.
SECTION 1.2. Certain Defined Terms. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
Affiliate means, with respect to any Person, any other Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with, such Person; provided that the Company and its subsidiaries shall not be deemed to be Affiliates of the TSG Investor.
Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
Business Day means any day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday or other day on which banks are required or authorized by law to be closed in the City of New York.
Common Stock means collectively the common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company and any securities issued in respect thereof, or in substitution therefor, in connection with any stock split, dividend or combination, or any reclassification, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, exchange or other similar reorganization.
Company has the meaning assigned to such term in the preamble.
Company Charter means the certificate of incorporation of the Company in effect on the date hereof, as may be amended from time to time.
Director means any member of the Board.
Director Indemnification Agreement means an indemnification agreement in the form attached as Exhibit A.
Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and any successor thereto, and any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, all as the same shall be in effect from time to time.
Group has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act.
IPO has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.
Necessary Action means, with respect to a specified result, all actions necessary to cause such result, including (i) voting or providing a written consent or proxy with respect to the Common Stock, (ii) causing the adoption of stockholders resolutions and amendments to the organizational documents of the Company, (iii) executing agreements and instruments, and (iv) making, or causing to be made, with governmental, administrative or regulatory authorities, all filings, registrations or similar actions that are required to achieve such result.
Person means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, limited or general partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, government or any agency or political subdivisions thereof or any Group comprised of two or more of the foregoing.
TSG Designee has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.1(a).
TSG Investor has the meaning set forth in the preamble.
SECTION 1.3. Other Interpretive Provisions.
(a) The meanings of defined terms are equally applicable to the singular and plural forms of the defined terms.
(b) The words hereof, herein, hereunder and similar words refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement; and any subsection and section references are to this Agreement unless otherwise specified.
(c) The term including is not limiting and means including without limitation.
(d) The captions and headings of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
(e) Whenever the context requires, any pronouns used herein shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine or neuter forms.
SECTION 2.1. The Board.
(a) TSG Designees.
(i) For so long as the TSG Investor holds a number of shares of Common Stock representing at least the percentage set forth below of shares of Common Stock held by them immediately prior to the closing of the IPO, the Company shall take all Necessary Action to include in the slate of nominees recommended by the Board for election as Directors at each annual or special meeting of shareholders at which Directors are to be elected that number of individuals designated by the TSG Investor (each, a TSG Designee) such that, if each such TSG Designee is elected, will result in the number of TSG Designees then serving on the Board as shown below across from such percentage.
|Number of Directors|
50% or greater
Less than 50% but greater than or equal to 25%
Less than 25% but greater than or equal to 10%
Less than 10% but greater than or equal to 5%
(ii) In addition, for so long as the TSG Investor holds at least fifty percent (50%) of the shares of Common Stock held by them immediately prior to the closing of the IPO, upon receiving a written request from the TSG Investor, the Company will take all Necessary Action to cause the Board as soon as practicable to: (a) increase the size of the Board to permit the inclusion on the Board of a number of additional directors specified by the TSG Investor such that TSG Designees comprise a majority of the Board; and (b) appoint such directors to fill the vacancies created thereby as are specified by the TSG Investor. Thereafter, for so long as the TSG Investor holds at least fifty percent (50%) of the shares of Common Stock held by them immediately prior to the closing of the IPO, in addition to any directors designated in accordance with Section 2.1(a)(i), the Company shall take all Necessary Action to include in the slate of nominees recommended by the Board for election as directors at each applicable annual or special meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected that number of individuals designated by the TSG Investor that, if elected, will result in the TSG Investor having the number of additional TSG Designees serving on the Board that is nominated in accordance with this Section 2.1(a)(ii).
(iii) Upon any decrease in the number of Directors that the TSG Investor is entitled to designate for election to the Board, the TSG Investor shall take all Necessary Action to cause the appropriate number of TSG Designees to offer to tender a resignation. If such resignation is then accepted by the Board, the Company and the TSG Investor shall take all Necessary Action to cause the authorized size of the Board of Directors to be reduced accordingly.
(b) Vacancies. The TSG Investor shall have the exclusive right to designate for election to the Board Directors to fill vacancies created by reason of death, removal or resignation of its designees to the Board, and the Company shall take all Necessary Action to cause any such vacancies to be filled by replacement Directors designated by the TSG Investor as promptly as reasonably practicable.
(c) Additional Directors. For so long as the TSG Investor holds at least forty percent (40%) of the shares of Common Stock held by them immediately prior to the closing of the IPO, the Company will take all Necessary Action to ensure that the number of Directors serving on the Board shall not exceed eight (8) without the consent of the TSG Investor; provided, that the number of Directors may be increased by the Company if necessary to satisfy the requirements of applicable law and stock exchange regulation.
(d) Committees. Subject to applicable laws and stock exchange regulations, the Company shall take all Necessary Action to have a TSG Designee then serving on the Board appointed to serve on each committee of the Board for so long as the TSG Investor has the right to at least one (1) TSG Designee. The TSG Investor shall have the right to appoint a representative as an observer to any committee of the Board to which the TSG Investor (i) does not elect to have a representative appointed or (ii) is prohibited by applicable laws or stock exchange regulations from having a representative appointed, in each case for so long as the TSG Investor has the right pursuant to this Article II to designate at least one (1) TSG Designee.
(e) Reimbursement of Expenses. In accordance with Company policy, and on terms no less favorable than as afforded to any other Director, the Company shall reimburse each TSG Designee for all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with his or her participation in the meetings of the Board or any committee of the Board, including reasonable travel, lodging and meal expenses.
SECTION 2.2. D&O Insurance; Director Indemnification. On or prior to the date of this Agreement, the Company shall obtain customary director and officer indemnity insurance on commercially reasonable terms. On or prior to the date of this Agreement, the Company shall execute and deliver to each Director serving on the Board as of the date hereof a Director Indemnification Agreement. From and after the date hereof, concurrently with or prior to any TSG Designee joining the Board, the Company shall execute and deliver to each such TSG Designee a Director Indemnification Agreement.
SECTION 2.3. Sharing of Information. Any TSG Designee may share any information received in his or her capacity as a Board member with the TSG Investor. The TSG Investor agrees that it will keep confidential and will not disclose, divulge or use for any purpose, other than to monitor and make voting and investment decisions with respect to its investment in the Company and its subsidiaries, any confidential information obtained from the Company, unless such confidential information (a) is known or becomes known to the public in general (other than as a result of a breach of this Section 2.3 by the TSG Investor or its Affiliates), (b) is or has been independently developed or conceived by the TSG Investor without use of the Companys confidential information or (c) is or has been made known or disclosed to the TSG Investor by a third party (other than an Affiliate of the TSG Investor) without a breach of any obligation of confidentiality such third party may have to the Company that is known to
the TSG Investor; provided, however, that the TSG Investor may disclose confidential information (x) to its attorneys, accountants, consultants, and other professionals to the extent necessary to obtain their services in connection with monitoring and making voting and investment decisions with respect to its investment in the Company, (y) to any Affiliate, partner, member or related investment fund of the TSG Investor and their respective directors, employees and consultants, in each case in the ordinary course of business, or (z) as may otherwise be required by law or legal, judicial or regulatory process, provided that the TSG Investor takes reasonable steps to minimize the extent of any required disclosure described in this clause (z); and provided, further, however, that the acts and omissions of any Person to whom the TSG Investor may disclose confidential information pursuant to clauses (x) and (y) of the preceding proviso will be attributable to the TSG Investor for purposes of determining the TSG Investors compliance with this Section 2.3(b). Each party hereto acknowledges that the TSG Investor or any of its Affiliates and related investment funds may review the business plans and related proprietary information of many enterprises, including enterprises which may have products or services which compete directly or indirectly with those of the Company and its subsidiaries, and may trade in the securities of such enterprises. Nothing in this Section 2.3(b) will preclude or in any way restrict the TSG Investor or its Affiliates or related investment funds from investing or participating in any particular enterprise, or trading in the securities thereof, whether or not such enterprise has products or services that compete with those of the Company and its subsidiaries.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Each of the parties to this Agreement hereby represents and warrants to each other party to this Agreement that as of the date such party executes this Agreement:
SECTION 3.1. Existence; Authority; Enforceability. Such party has the power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to carry out its obligations hereunder. Such party is duly organized and validly existing under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization, and the execution of this Agreement, and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein, have been authorized by all necessary action on the part of its board of directors (or equivalent) and shareholders (or other holders of equity interests), if required, and no other act or proceeding on its part is necessary to authorize the execution of this Agreement or the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated hereby. This Agreement has been duly executed by it and constitutes its legal, valid and binding obligation, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms.
SECTION 3.2. Absence of Conflicts. The execution and delivery by such party of this Agreement and the performance of its obligations hereunder does not and will not (a) conflict with, or result in the breach of any provision of the constitutive documents of such party, (b) result in any violation, breach, conflict, default or an event of default (or an event which with notice, lapse of time, or both, would constitute a default or an event of default), or give rise to any right of acceleration or termination or any additional payment obligation, under the terms of any contract, agreement or permit to which such party is a party or by which such partys assets or operations are bound or affected, or (c) violate any law applicable to such party.
SECTION 3.3. Consents. Other than as expressly required herein or any consents which have already been obtained, no consent, waiver, approval, authorization, exemption, registration, license or declaration is required to be made or obtained by such party in connection with (a) the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement or (b) the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated herein.
SECTION 4.1. Cooperation If requested by the TSG Investor, the Company shall cooperate with (and not impede) the TSG Investor in connection with any proposed transfer of shares Common Stock (or equity securities exercisable or convertible into, or exchangeable for, common stock) to another Person in a private sale transaction (including a transaction that does not require registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended), including, without limitation, by providing information and access to management to potential transferees for due diligence or other relevant purposes.
SECTION 4.2. Termination. If not otherwise stipulated, this Agreement shall terminate automatically (without any action by any party hereto) at such time that the TSG Investor has no rights pursuant to Article II hereof to designate any TSG Designees. Nothing herein shall relieve any party from any liability for the breach of any of the agreements set forth in this Agreement.
SECTION 4.3. Amendments and Waivers. Except as otherwise provided herein, no modification, amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be effective without the approval of the Company and the TSG Investor. The failure of any party to enforce any of the provisions of this Agreement shall in no way be construed as a waiver of such provisions and shall not affect the right of such party thereafter to enforce each and every provision of this Agreement in accordance with its terms.
SECTION 4.4. Assignment; Benefit.
(a) The rights and obligations hereunder shall not be assignable without the prior written consent of the other parties hereto. Any attempted assignment of rights or obligations in violation of this Section 4.4 shall be null and void.
(b) This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties hereto, and their respective successors and permitted assigns, and there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this Agreement other than the TSG Designees under Section 2.2.
SECTION 4.5. Notices. All notices and other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given: (a) upon personal delivery to the party to be notified; (b) when sent by e-mail or confirmed facsimile if sent during normal business hours of the recipient, and, if not, then on the next Business Day; (c) five days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid; or (d) one Business Day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, specifying
next day delivery, with written verification of receipt. All communications shall be sent to such partys address as set forth below or at such other address as the party shall have furnished to each other party in writing in accordance with this provision:
If to the Company, to:
The Duckhorn Portfolio, Inc.
1201 Dowdell Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Email: ***@*** and ***@***
Attn: Sean Sullivan
with a copy to:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Three Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111-4006
Fax: (415) 315-4823
Attn: Thomas Holden
If to the TSG Investor:
c/o TSG Consumer Partners LLC
600 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Fax: (415) 217-2350
Attn: Jamie OHara
with a copy to:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199-3600
Fax: (617) 951-7050
Email: ***@*** and ***@***
Attn: Christopher D. Comeau and Charles F. Boer
SECTION 4.6. Further Assurances. At any time or from time to time after the date hereof, the parties agree to cooperate with each other, and at the request of any other party, to execute and deliver any further instruments or documents and to take all such further action as the other party may reasonably request in order to evidence or effectuate the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and to otherwise carry out the intent of the parties hereunder.
SECTION 4.7. Entire Agreement. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, this Agreement sets forth the complete agreement and understanding among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and preempts any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or among the parties, written or oral, that may have related to the subject matter hereof in any way.
SECTION 4.8. Delays or Omissions. It is agreed that no delay or omission to exercise any right, power or remedy accruing to any party, upon any breach, default or noncompliance by another party under this Agreement, shall impair any such right, power or remedy, nor shall it be construed to be a waiver of any such breach, default or noncompliance, or any acquiescence therein, or of or in any similar breach, default or noncompliance thereafter occurring. It is further agreed that any waiver, permit, consent or approval of any kind or character on the part of any party hereto of any breach, default or noncompliance under this Agreement or any waiver on such partys part of any provisions or conditions of this Agreement, must be in writing and shall be effective only to the extent specifically set forth in such writing. All remedies, either under this Agreement, by law, or otherwise afforded to any party, shall be cumulative and not alternative.
SECTION 4.9. Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Waiver of Jury Trial. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED IN ALL RESPECTS BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE REGARDLESS OF THE LAW THAT MIGHT BE APPLIED UNDER PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT OF LAWS TO THE EXTENT SUCH PRINCIPLES WOULD REQUIRE OR PERMIT THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF ANOTHER JURISDICTION. NO SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT MAY BE BROUGHT IN ANY COURT OR BEFORE ANY SIMILAR AUTHORITY OTHER THAN IN A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE, AND THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY SUBMIT TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COURTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUCH SUIT, PROCEEDING OR JUDGMENT. EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE HAD TO BRING SUCH AN ACTION IN ANY OTHER COURT, DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN, OR BEFORE ANY SIMILAR DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN AUTHORITY. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL ACTION OR PROCEEDING IN RELATION TO THIS AGREEMENT AND FOR ANY COUNTERCLAIM THEREIN.
SECTION 4.10. Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision or any other jurisdiction, but this Agreement shall be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.
SECTION 4.11. Enforcement. Each party hereto acknowledges that money damages would not be an adequate remedy in the event that any of the covenants or agreements in this Agreement are not performed in accordance with its terms, and it is therefore agreed that in addition to and without limiting any other remedy or right it may have, the non-breaching party will have the right to an injunction, temporary restraining order or other equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction enjoining any such breach and enforcing specifically the terms and provisions hereof.
SECTION 4.12. No Recourse. Notwithstanding anything that may be expressed or implied in this Agreement, the Company and the TSG Investor covenant, agree and acknowledge that no recourse under this Agreement or any documents or instruments delivered in connection with this Agreement shall be had against any current or future director, officer, employee, general or limited partner or member of any TSG Investor or of any Affiliate or assignee thereof, whether by the enforcement of any assessment or by any legal or equitable proceeding, or by virtue of any statute, regulation or other applicable law, it being expressly agreed and acknowledged that no personal liability whatsoever shall attach to, be imposed on or otherwise be incurred by any current or future officer, agent or employee of any TSG Investor or any current or future member of any TSG Investor or any current or future director, officer, employee, partner or member of any TSG Investor or of any Affiliate or assignee thereof, as such for any obligation of any TSG Investor under this Agreement or any documents or instruments delivered in connection with this Agreement for any claim based on, in respect of or by reason of such obligations or their creation.
SECTION 4.13. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of separate counterparts each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement. Counterpart signature pages to this Agreement may be delivered by facsimile or electronic delivery (i.e., by email of a PDF signature page) and each such counterpart signature page will constitute an original for all purposes.
[Signature pages follow]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Stockholders Agreement as of the date first set forth above.
|THE DUCKHORN PORTFOLIO, INC.|
SIGNATURE PAGE TO STOCKHOLDERS AGREEMENT
|MALLARD HOLDCO, LLC|
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Form of Director Indemnification Agreement