This stock option award is granted under the Governing Plan specified above, and is governed by the terms and conditions of that Plan. It is also governed by policies, practices, and procedures (“Procedures”) of the Compensation Committee (that administers the Plan) and by the terms and restrictions of FHNC’s stock ownership guidelines and Compensation Recovery Policy (“Policy”), as in effect during the term of this award. Amendments to any of those documents after the Grant Date may apply to this award.
This 2020 award is intended to be long-term. It was granted on the special and explicit condition that your employment will not terminate, directly or indirectly, by your action or by FHNC’s, in connection with FHNC’s currently-pending merger with IBERIABANK Corporation (“IBKC”). If your employment does terminate prior to the Vesting Date in a manner connected with the IBKC merger, then the condition of grant will have failed for this award. In that case, this award will forfeit entirely unless FHNC’s CEO or EVP of Human Resources approves pro-rated treatment of this award in writing. If pro-rated treatment is approved, then a portion of this award will remain outstanding after your departure, and only the remainder will forfeit. The remaining portion will be in proportion to the ratio of (i) the time from January 1, 2020 through your last day of employment, to (ii) the three-calendar-year period 2020-2022. The vesting dates of the remaining portion will be unchanged, and the forfeited portion will be taken, in equal parts to the extent practical, from each of the four vesting lots. This condition does not apply to any other merger or strategic transaction involving FHNC, and does not affect any earlier executive stock option award you may have been granted.
This award is subject to possible reduction, early termination, and forfeiture, even if vested, in accordance with the Governing Plan, Procedures, and Policy, and a forfeiture of profit following exercise may occur in certain circumstances as provided in the Plan (in particular, in Section 6), the Policy, the Procedures, and this Grant Notice. As of the Grant Date, the Procedures provide (among other things) that:
(a) forfeiture generally will occur immediately upon termination of employment-you must remain continuously employed by FHNC or one of its subsidiaries through the close of business on the applicable exercise date; however-
(b) if your termination of employment occurs because of your death, permanent disability, or normal retirement (age 65 or later with at least 5 years of service), this award will continue to
vest in accordance with the schedule set forth above and will terminate upon the earliest to occur of (i) the Expiration Date set forth above, (ii) the third anniversary of your termination of employment, or (iii) the occurrence of a forfeiture event other than termination of employment;
(c) if your termination of employment occurs because of your early retirement (age 55 or later with at least 15 years of service), the then-unvested portion of your award will be forfeited immediately but the then-vested portion will continue to be exercisable as provided in clause (b) as if you had normally retired; and
(d) if your employment is terminated by us involuntarily other than for Cause, the then-unvested portion of your award will be forfeited immediately but the then-vested portion will remain outstanding and will terminate upon the earliest to occur of (i) the Expiration Date set forth above, (ii) the 90th day following your termination of employment, or (iii) the occurrence of a forfeiture event other than termination of employment.
Other forfeiture provisions apply to this award. Currently the Governing Plan and Policy provide for forfeiture of this award or recovery of exercised shares or proceeds if you engage in certain types of misconduct. This award is subject to forfeiture or recovery to the extent required by applicable capital conservation rules or other regulatory requirements. Also, this award will be forfeited, or if already exercised you must pay in cash to FHNC the gross pre-tax value reported to the IRS measured at exercise, if during the restriction period applicable to this award: (1) you are terminated for Cause as defined in the Governing Plan; or (2) you, either on your own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity, in any manner directly or indirectly solicit, hire, or encourage any person who is then an employee or customer of FHNC or any and all of its subsidiaries or affiliates to leave the employment of, or to end, diminish, or move any of his, her, or its accounts or relationships with, FHNC or any and all of its subsidiaries or affiliates. The restriction period for this award begins on the Grant Date and ends, for any portion exercised, on the second anniversary of the exercise date. By accepting this stock option award, you acknowledge that FHNC may reduce or offset other amounts owed to you, including but not limited to wages, bonuses, or commissions owed, among other things, to satisfy any repayment obligation.
Vesting may be accelerated as provided in the Governing Plan. If a Change in Control (as defined in that Plan) occurs, if FHNC does not survive that event as a company whose stock is publicly traded, and if vesting of this award is not accelerated prior to cessation of public trading, then this award will be modified or