Director Nomination Agreement, dated June 25, 2021, by and between Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. and Forum Investors III LLC
DIRECTOR NOMINATION AGREEMENT
THIS DIRECTOR NOMINATION AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of June 25, 2021 (the “Effective Time”), by and among Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc., a Delaware corporation (f/k/a Forum Merger III Corporation) (the “Company”), and Forum Investors III LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Sponsor”). Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Agreement have the respective meanings given to them in the Merger Agreement (as defined below).
WHEREAS, the Company and certain of its affiliates have consummated the merger and other transactions (collectively, the “Transactions”) contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 10, 2020, by and among the Company, ELMS Merger Corp., a Delaware corporation, Electric Last Mile, Inc., a Delaware corporation and Jason Luo, in the capacity as the initial Stockholder Representative thereto;
WHEREAS, in its capacity as the sponsor of the special purpose acquisition company that was the predecessor to the Company, the Sponsor desires that, after giving effect to the Transactions, it will continue to have representation on the Board so as to continue to create value for its direct and indirect equityholders (collectively with the Sponsor, the “Forum Parties”) and for the other direct and indirect equityholders of the Company; and
WHEREAS, in furtherance of the foregoing, the Sponsor desires to have certain director nomination rights with respect to the Company, and the Company desires to provide the Sponsor, on behalf of the Forum Parties, with such rights, in each case, on the terms and conditions set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficient of which are hereby acknowledged, each of the parties to this Agreement agrees as follows:
Section 1.01. Board Nomination Right.
(a) From the Effective Time until the termination of this Agreement in accordance with Section 2.01, at every meeting of the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”), or a committee thereof, or action by written consent, at or by which directors of the Company are appointed by the Board or are nominated to stand for election and elected by the stockholders of the Company, the Sponsor shall have the right to appoint or nominate for election to the Board, as applicable, two (2) individuals, to serve as directors of the Company (any individual appointed or nominated by the Sponsor for election to the Board pursuant to this Section 1.01(a), a “Nominee” and, collectively, the “Nominees”). At the Effective Time, unless otherwise designated by the Sponsor, the Nominees shall be David Boris and such other Nominee as shall have been designated by the Sponsor in writing.
(b) The Company shall take all necessary actions within its control, including, but not limited to, calling a meeting of the Board or executing an action by unanimous written consent of the Board, such that, as of the Effective Time, the Nominees shall either be elected by the Company’s stockholders at the meeting held to approve the Transactions or appointed to the Board as of the Effective Time, in each case, as Class I directors (as defined in the Company’s Organizational Documents, each a “Class I Director”) with terms ending at the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders.
(c) From and after the Effective Time, the Company shall take all actions necessary (including, without limitation, calling special meetings of the Board and the stockholders of the Company and recommending, supporting and soliciting proxies) (“Necessary Action”) to ensure that: (i) the applicable Nominees are included in the Board’s slate of nominees to the stockholders of the Company for each election of Class I Directors and recommended by the Board at any meeting of stockholders called for the purpose of electing Class I Directors; and (ii) each applicable Nominee up for election is included in the proxy statement prepared by management of the Company in connection with the Company’s solicitation of proxies or consents in favor of the foregoing for every meeting of the stockholders of the Company called with respect to the election of Class I Directors, and at every adjournment or postponement thereof, and on every action or approval by written consent of the stockholders of the Company or the Board with respect to the election of Class I Directors.
(d) If any Nominee ceases to serve for any reason, the Sponsor shall, subject to the Sponsor then being entitled to nominate an individual for election or appointment as a director pursuant to Section 1.01(a), be entitled to designate for election or appointment as a director such person’s successor in accordance with this Agreement and the Company shall take all Necessary Action to cause any such vacancy to be filled by such replacement director designated by the Sponsor as promptly as practicable after such designation (and in any event prior to the next meeting or action of the Board).
(e) Notwithstanding any of this Section 1.01 to the contrary, the election or appointment of any Nominee to the Board shall be subject to the prior execution by such Nominee of an irrevocable resignation letter in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.
(f) The Company shall indemnify the Nominees who are appointed or elected as Class I Directors on the same basis as all other members of the Board and pursuant to indemnity agreements with terms that are no less favorable to such Nominees than the indemnity agreements entered into between the Company and its other non-employee directors.
(g) Nominees who are appointed or elected as Class I Directors shall be entitled to compensation (including equity awards) that is consistent with the compensation received by other non-employee directors of the Company. In addition, the Company shall pay the reasonable, documented, out-of-pocket expenses incurred by each such Nominee in connection with his or her services provided to or on behalf of the Company and its Subsidiaries, including attending Board and committee meetings or events attended on behalf of the Company or at the Company’s request.
(h) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 1.01, the Sponsor shall not be entitled to designate a Person as a nominee to the Board upon a written determination by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company (which determination shall set forth in writing reasonable grounds for the determination) that the Person would not be qualified under any applicable law, rule or regulation to serve as a director of the Company. In such an event, the Sponsor shall be entitled to select a Person as a replacement Nominee and the Company shall use its best efforts to cause that Person to be nominated as a Nominee at the same meeting (or, if permitted, pursuant to the same action by written consent of the stockholders) as the initial Person was to be nominated.
Section 2.01. Termination. This Agreement shall terminate automatically and become void and of no further force or effect, without any notice or other action by any Person, as of the fifteen (15)-month anniversary of the Effective Time.
Section 2.02. Notices. All notices, requests and other communications to either party hereunder shall be in writing (including electronic transmission) and shall be given in accordance with the provisions of the Merger Agreement.
Section 2.03. Severability. If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any rule of law or public policy, all other terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement is not affected in any manner materially adverse to any party. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties hereto as closely as possible in a mutually acceptable manner in order that the Transactions contemplated by this Agreement be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.
Section 2.04. Binding Effect; Assignment. This Agreement and all of the provisions hereof shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. Neither this Agreement nor any of the rights, interests or obligations hereunder shall be assigned, directly or indirectly (including by operation of law), by any party without the prior written consent of the other parties. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, the Sponsor may assign its rights and obligations hereunder, without the prior consent of the other parties, to (i) an Affiliate transferee, in connection with a transfer by the Sponsor of shares of the Company’s common stock to one of the Sponsor’s Affiliates, (ii) any member of the Sponsor or (iii) David Boris, Marshall Kiev or any of their respective designees.
Section 2.05. No Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is exclusively for the benefit of the parties hereto, and their respective successors and permitted assigns, and this Agreement shall not be deemed to confer upon or give to any other third party any remedy, claim, liability, reimbursement, cause of action or other right by virtue of any applicable law in any jurisdiction to enforce any of the terms of this Agreement.
Section 2.06. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and supersedes all other prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. Each party acknowledges and agrees that, in entering into this Agreement, such party has not relied on any promises or assurances, written or oral, that are not reflected in this Agreement.
Section 2.07. Governing Law. This Agreement, and all claims or causes of action based upon, arising out of, or related to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the Laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to principles or rules of conflict of Laws to the extent such principles or rules would require or permit the application of Laws of another jurisdiction.
Section 2.08. Jurisdiction; WAIVER OF TRIAL BY JURY. Any Action based upon, arising out of or related to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby may be brought in federal and state courts located in the State of Delaware, and each of the parties hereto irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of each such court in any such Action, waives any objection it may now or hereafter have to personal jurisdiction, venue or to convenience of forum, agrees that all claims in respect of the Action shall be heard and determined only in any such court, and agrees not to bring any Action arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby in any other court. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to affect the right of any party to serve process in any manner permitted by Law or to commence legal proceedings or otherwise proceed against any other party in any other jurisdiction, in each case, to enforce judgments obtained in any Action brought pursuant to this Section 2.08. EACH OF THE PARTIES HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION BASED UPON, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF.
Section 2.09. Specific Performance. The parties hereto acknowledge that the rights of each party to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby are unique and recognize and affirm that in the event of a breach of this Agreement by any party, money damages may be inadequate and the non-breaching party may have no adequate remedy at law. Accordingly, the parties hereto agree that such non-breaching party shall have the right to enforce its rights and the other party’s obligations hereunder by an action or actions for specific performance and/or injunctive relief (without posting of bond or other security), including any order, injunction or decree sought by such non-breaching party to cause the other party to perform its/their respective agreements and covenants contained in this Agreement and to cure breaches of this Agreement, without the necessity of proving actual harm and/or damages or posting a bond or other security therefore. Each party further agrees that the only permitted objection that it may raise in response to any action for any such equitable relief is that it contests the existence of a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement.
Section 2.10. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page to this Agreement by facsimile or e-mail shall be as effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of the Agreement.
Section 2.11. Amendment. This Agreement may be amended, modified or supplemented at any time only by the written consent of all of the parties hereto, and any amendment, modification or supplement so effected shall be binding on all of the parties.
Section 2.12. Rights Cumulative. Except as otherwise expressly limited by this Agreement, all rights and remedies of each of the parties under this Agreement will be cumulative, and the exercise of one or more rights or remedies will not preclude the exercise of any other right or remedy available under this Agreement or law.
Section 2.13. Further Assurances. Each of the parties hereto shall execute and deliver such further instruments and do such further acts and things as may be required to carry out the intent and purpose of this Agreement.
Section 2.14. Enforcement. Each of the parties hereto covenants and agrees that the disinterested members of the Board have the right to enforce, waive or take any other action with respect to this Agreement on behalf of the Company.
Section 2.15. Headings. The headings herein are for convenience only, do not constitute a part of this Agreement and shall not be deemed to limit or affect any of the provisions hereof.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed as of the date first written above.
|ELECTRIC LAST MILE SOLUTIONS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jason Luo|
|FORUM INVESTORS III LLC|
|By:||Forum Capital Management III LLC, as managing member|
|By:||/s/ David Boris|
[Signature Page to Director Nomination Agreement]
FORM OF IRREVOCABLE RESIGNATION
Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc.
1055 W Square Lake Road
Troy, Michigan 48098
Attn: Benjamin Wu
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This irrevocable resignation is delivered pursuant to Section 1.01(e) of the Director Nomination Agreement, dated as of June 25, 2021 (the “Agreement”), by and between Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. (the “Company”) and the Sponsor (as defined in the Agreement). If, following such time that the Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, the Board (as such term is defined in the Agreement) requests in writing that I resign as a director of the Company, I hereby tender the immediate resignation of my position as a director of the Company and from any and all committees of the Board on which I serve.
This resignation may not be withdrawn by me at any time.