(iii) is independently developed by or comes into the possession of the Executive any time hereafter without reference to any information from the Company and without any breach of any obligation of confidentiality owed to the Company; or (iv) is required to be disclosed under or by applicable law, regulation or lawful court order; provided, that prior to such disclosure, the Executive shall notify the Company in order to allow the Company the opportunity to obtain relief from such disclosure obligation. During the Employment Period and at all times thereafter, the Executive shall maintain the Confidential Information in secrecy and confidence and shall not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Company, disclose or cause to be disclosed, use or make known, or suffer or permit the disclosure of any of the Confidential Information, except in connection with the conduct of the Companys and its subsidiaries business.
(b) Non-Competition. During the Executives employment and for a period of twenty-four (24) months following a termination of the Executives employment for any reason (the Restricted Period), the Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, own an interest in, operate, join, control, advise, work for, consult to, have a financial interest which provides any control of, or participate in any person manufacturing, producing, designing, providing, soliciting orders for, selling, distributing, consulting to, or marketing or re-marketing products or services in a Competitive Business. Competitive Business shall mean (i) the business of online personal lending to borrowers and (ii) any other business commenced by the Company, or with respect to which the Company has undertaken substantial steps to commence, at any time through the date of the Executives termination of employment. During the Restricted Period, without the Companys prior written consent, the Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, alone or as a partner, member, manager, owner, joint venturer, officer, director, employee, consultant, agent, independent contractor or stockholder of any company or business, solicit engagements with any business entity that is a licensee under CILA or an affiliate of such entity; provided, that this covenant shall not prohibit the mere ownership by he Executive of less than 2% of the outstanding stock of any publicly-traded corporation as long as he Executive is not otherwise in violation of this Agreement.
(c) Non-Solicitation of Customers. During the Restricted Period, the Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, induce or solicit or attempt to induce or solicit by mail, by phone, by personal meeting or by any other means any Customer serviced by the Company or whose name became known to the Executive during the Employment Period. To solicit means the Executives, direct or indirect, contact or communication of any kind whatsoever for the purpose of inviting, encouraging or requesting any Customer to: (i) transfer their business from the Company to any other person, or (ii) purchase any products or services from a company that is competitive with the Company, or (iii) otherwise discontinue its patronage and business relationship with the Company. Customer means any person that has received a Consumer Loan from the Company (including their names, addresses, phone numbers, and financial information) or any person which has been in contact with the Company regarding obtaining a Consumer Loan during the 12 month period immediately preceding the date of the Executives termination of employment.
(d) Non-Solicitation and Hiring of Employees; Non-Interference with Consultants, Vendors and Suppliers. During the Restricted Period, the Executive shall not,