Letter Agreement, dated July 23, 2018, between Florida Community Bank, National Association and James E. Baiter

EX-10.4 7 s002361x6_ex10-4.htm EXHIBIT 10.4

Exhibit 10.4

July 23, 2018
Re:          Termination of Employment Agreement
Dear James:
This letter (this “Letter”) memorializes our discussions regarding the Employment Agreement between Florida Community Bank, National Association (the “Company Bank”), a subsidiary of FCB Financial Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), and you, dated May 1, 2014 and amended as of April 18, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”).  Terms that are capitalized but not defined herein shall have the meaning set forth in the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of July 23, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”) among the Company, Synovus Financial Corp. (“Parent”) and Azalea Merger Sub Corp.
Subject to the conditions set forth herein, effective upon the occurrence of the Effective Time, the Employment Agreement shall be terminated and, in full satisfaction of the severance obligations to you thereunder, you shall receive a cash payment equal to $1,400,000, which shall be paid to you on the Closing Date, subject to your execution of a release of claims in a form provided to you by the Company prior to the Effective Time.  Notwithstanding the termination of the Employment Agreement, Sections 5(b) through 5(g), 7(c) through 7(i), 7(k) through 7(q) thereof shall remain in full force and effect following the Effective Time and shall be incorporated into this Letter mutatis mutandis.  The termination of the Employment Agreement consistent with the foregoing is subject to the compensation committee of the board of directors of the Company adopting a resolution irrevocably terminating the Employment Agreement (and any arrangements that are aggregated with the Employment Agreement for purposes of Section 409A of the Code) in accordance with Treasury Regulation § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(ix)(B).  In addition, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary of a Company Benefit Plan (for the avoidance of doubt, including any award agreement) or any other agreement, contract or arrangement, Section 7(k) of the Employment Agreement shall be the exclusive provision relating to the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code to you in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement or a termination of your employment thereafter.  Deloitte Tax LLP shall be the “Accountants” for purposes of all determinations under Section 7(k) of the Employment Agreement, and the Company shall cooperate with you in good faith in valuing, and the Accounting Firm shall take into account the value of, services provided or to be provided by you (including with respect to refraining from performing services pursuant to a covenant not to compete).

In addition, the Company Bank shall maintain, for your benefit, director and officer liability insurance in such form and with such limits and coverages as are reasonably acceptable to you, or at least as comprehensive as, and in an amount that is at least equal to, that maintained by the Company Bank on the date hereof.  You also shall be indemnified by the Company Bank against liability as an officer and director of the Company Bank and any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company Bank to the maximum extent permitted by the Company Bank’s Charter and/or By-Laws.  Your rights under this paragraph shall continue so long as you may be subject to such liability.
If the Merger Agreement is terminated prior to the Effective Time in accordance with its terms, this Letter shall be null and void ab initio.
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Please sign and return this Letter and return it as soon as possible to acknowledge your irrevocable consent to the terms of this Letter.

/s/ Kent S. Ellert
Kent S. Ellert
Chief Executive Officer
Accepted and Acknowledged:

/s/ James E. Baiter