Form of Restricted Stock Agreement for 2019 Equity Incentive Plan

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Exhibit 10.32





The Company hereby awards a Stock Grant (the “Restricted Stock”) to the Participant named below.  The terms and conditions of the Stock Grant are set forth in this cover sheet and the attached Stock Grant Agreement and in the Plan.  This cover sheet is incorporated into and a part of the attached Stock Grant Agreement (together, the “Agreement”).


Date of Award:

Name of Participant:

Number of Shares of Restricted Stock Awarded (“Shares”):

Amount Paid by Participant for the Shares of Restricted Stock Awarded:    $

Fair Market Value of a Share on Date of Award:                                           $

Vesting Calculation Date:___________________,  [YEAR]


Vesting Schedule:

As long as you render continuous Service to the Company (or its Parent, Subsidiary or Affiliate), you will become incrementally vested as to one-third of the total number of Shares of Restricted Stock awarded (rounded down to the nearest whole number), as shown above on the cover sheet, on each of the first three anniversaries of the Vesting Calculation Date.  In the event that your Service ceases prior to the third anniversary of the Vesting Calculation Date, you will forfeit to the Company without consideration (except for any amount paid by you to the Company for the unvested Shares) all of the unvested Shares subject to this Award.

By signing this cover sheet, you agree to all terms and conditions described in the attached Stock Grant Agreement and in the Plan.  You specifically acknowledge that you have carefully read the section entitled "Code Section 83(b) Election"  and you further acknowledge that you are  solely responsible for filing any Code Section 83(b) election, and that such election must be filed within thirty (30) days after the Date of Award in order to be effective.  You are also acknowledging receipt of this Agreement and a  copy of the Plan and Plan prospectus.


































The Plan and Other Agreements

The text of the Plan is incorporated in this Agreement by this reference.  You and the Company agree to execute such further instruments and to take such further action as may reasonably be necessary to carry out the intent of this Agreement.  Unless otherwise defined in this Agreement, certain capitalized terms used in this Agreement are defined in the Plan.

This Agreement, the attached Exhibits and the Plan constitute the entire understanding between you and the Company regarding this Award of Restricted Stock.  Any prior agreements, commitments or negotiations are superseded.

For purposes of this Agreement, “Service” means Participant’s service as an Employee, Consultant, or non-employee director of the Company or Company Affiliate.  Service will be deemed terminated as soon as the entity to which Service is being provided is no longer either (i) the Company or (ii) an Affiliate.  The Administrator determines when Service commences and when Service terminates.  The Administrator may determine whether any Company transaction, such as a sale or spin-off of a division or subsidiary that employs a Participant, shall be deemed to result in termination of Service for purposes of this Agreement and the Administrator’s decision shall be final, conclusive and binding.

Award of Restricted Stock

The Company awards you the number of shares of Restricted Stock shown on the cover sheet of this Agreement.  The Award is subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the Plan.  This Award is not intended to constitute a nonqualified deferred compensation plan within the meaning of section 409A of the Code and will be interpreted accordingly.  You will also be required, as a condition of this Award, to enter into any Stockholders Agreement or other agreements that are applicable to stockholders.  In the event of any conflict in terms between the Stockholders Agreement and this Agreement, the terms of the Stockholders Agreement shall prevail and govern.


This Award will vest according to the Vesting Schedule on the attached cover sheet.


The Company shall issue the Shares of Restricted Stock either (i) in certificate form or (ii) in book entry form, registered in the name of Participant, with legends, or notations, as applicable, referring to the terms, conditions and restrictions applicable to the Award. Any certificate(s) for the Restricted Stock shall be deposited in escrow with the Secretary of the Company (or his/her designee) to be held in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph. Each deposited certificate shall be accompanied by a duly



executed Assignment Separate from Certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. Any deposited certificates shall remain in escrow until such time as the certificates are to be released or otherwise surrendered for cancellation as discussed below.


All dividends whether in cash or in stock, if any, on the Restricted Stock shall also be held in escrow and subject to the same vesting terms and conditions as the Restricted Stock and such dividends shall only be paid to Participant upon vesting of the underlying Shares of Restricted Stock.


If and when your interest in the Restricted Stock vests, the Company shall, as applicable, either remove the notations on any such Shares of Restricted Stock issued in book entry form or deliver to Participant a stock certificate representing a number of Shares, equal to the number of Shares of Restricted Stock with respect to which have become vested; provided, however, that the minimum number of Shares released to you in any individual release of Shares must be for at least twenty-five (25) Shares (unless the release represents your final release of Shares from escrow).


Upon termination of your Service for any reason prior to vesting and in which no vesting is provided upon such termination, any unvested Restricted Stock subject to this Agreement shall be immediately surrendered to the Company.

Code Section 83(b) Election

You represent and warrant that you understand the Federal, state and local income tax consequences of the granting of this Restricted Stock.  Under Section 83 of the Code, the Fair Market Value of the Restricted Stock on the date any forfeiture restrictions applicable to such Restricted Stock lapse will be reportable as ordinary income at that time.  For this purpose, “forfeiture restrictions” include surrender to the Company of unvested Restricted Stock as described above.  You may voluntarily elect to be taxed at the time the Restricted Stock is acquired to the extent that the Fair Market Value of the Restricted Stock exceeds the amount of consideration paid by you (if any) for such Restricted Stock at that time rather than when such Restricted Stock ceases to be subject to such forfeiture restrictions, by filing an election under Section 83(b) of the Code with the Internal Revenue Service within thirty (30) days after the Date of Award.  A form for making this election is attached as Exhibit B hereto.  Failure to make this filing within the thirty (30) day period will result in the recognition of ordinary income by you as the forfeiture restrictions lapse.  YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY, AND NOT THE COMPANY’S, TO FILE A TIMELY ELECTION UNDER CODE SECTION 83(b), EVEN IF YOU REQUEST THE COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE THIS FILING ON YOUR BEHALF.  MOREOVER, YOU ARE RELYING SOLELY ON YOUR OWN ADVISORS WITH RESPECT TO THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT TO FILE A CODE SECTION 83(b) ELECTION.





Voting and Other Rights

Subject to the terms of this Agreement, you shall have all the rights and privileges of a stockholder of the Company while the Restricted Stock is held in escrow, including the right to vote and to receive dividends (if any). 

Leave of Absence

For purposes of this Agreement, while you are a common-law employee, your Service does not terminate when you go on a bona fide leave of absence that was approved by the Company (or Affiliate) in writing, if the terms of the leave provide for continued Service crediting, or when continued Service crediting is required by applicable law.  Your Service terminates in any event when the approved leave ends, unless you immediately return to active work.

The Company determines which leaves count for this purpose (along with determining the effect of a leave of absence on vesting of the Award), and when your Service terminates for all purposes under the Plan.

No Assignment

The Shares subject to this Award shall not be sold, anticipated, assigned, attached, garnished, optioned, transferred or made subject to any creditor’s process, whether voluntarily, involuntarily or by operation of law.  However, this shall not preclude a transfer of vested Shares by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.  In addition, pursuant to Company procedures, you may designate a beneficiary who will receive any outstanding vested Shares in the event of your death.  Regardless of any marital property settlement agreement, the Company is not obligated to recognize your spouse’s interest in your Award in any way.

Restrictions on Issuance and Resale

The Company will not issue any Shares if the issuance of such Shares at that time would violate any law or regulation.

By signing this Agreement, you agree not to sell, transfer, dispose of, pledge, hypothecate, make any short sale of, or otherwise effect a similar transaction of any Shares acquired under this Award (each a “Sale Prohibition”) at a time when applicable laws, regulations or Company or underwriter trading policies prohibit the exercise or disposition of Shares.  The Company shall have the right to designate one or more periods of time, each of which generally will not exceed one hundred eighty (180) days in length (provided however, that such period may be extended in connection with the Company’s release (or announcement of release) of earnings results or other material news or events), and to impose a Sale Prohibition, if the Company determines (in its sole discretion) that such limitation(s) is needed in connection with a public offering of Shares or to comply with an underwriter’s request or trading policy, or could in any way facilitate a lessening of any restriction on transfer pursuant to the Securities Act or any state securities laws with respect to any issuance of securities by the Company, facilitate the registration or qualification of any securities by the Company under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, or facilitate the perfection of any exemption from the registration or qualification requirements of the Securities Act or any applicable state securities laws for



the issuance or transfer of any securities.  The Company may issue stop/transfer instructions and/or appropriately legend any stock certificates issued pursuant to this Award in order to ensure compliance with the foregoing.

If the sale of Shares acquired under this Award is not registered under the Securities Act, but an exemption is available which requires an investment representation or other representation and warranty, you shall represent and agree that the Shares being acquired are being acquired for investment, and not with a view to the sale or distribution thereof, and shall make such other representations and warranties as are deemed necessary or appropriate by the Company and its counsel.

If the sale of Shares acquired under this Agreement is not registered under the Securities Act, but an exemption is available which requires an investment representation or other representation and warranty, the Participant shall represent and agree that the Shares being acquired are being acquired for investment, and not with a view to the sale or distribution thereof, and shall make such other representations and warranties as are deemed necessary or appropriate by the Company and its counsel.

The Participant may also be required, as a condition of the Award, to enter into any Company stockholder agreement or other agreements that are applicable to stockholders.

Clawback Policy

The Participant expressly acknowledges and agrees to be bound by Paragraph 35 of the Plan, which contains provisions addressing the Company’s policy on recoupment of equity or other compensation.

No Retention Rights

The Participant’s Award or this Agreement does not give the Participant the right to be retained by the Company (or any Affiliate) in any capacity. The Company (and its Affiliates) reserves the right to terminate the Participant’s Service at any time and for any reason.


In the event of a Corporate Transaction, the provisions of Plan Paragraph 25(b) shall apply as is to this Award.  In addition, the provisions of Plan Paragraphs 25(a) and 25(c) shall also apply as is to this Award.  The Award shall be subject to the terms of the agreement of merger, liquidation or reorganization in the event the Company is subject to such corporate activity.


All certificates or book entries representing the Shares issued under this Award may, where applicable, have endorsed thereon any notation or legend the Company determines appropriate.

Taxes and Withholding

The Participant will be solely responsible for payment of any and all applicable taxes, including without limitation any penalties or interest based upon such tax obligations, associated with this Award.  The Participant will





not be allowed to receive benefits from this Award unless acceptable arrangements are made to pay any withholding or other taxes that may be due as a result of the Award or sale of Shares acquired under this Award.

Code Section 409A

This Award will be administered and interpreted to be exempt from (or comply with) Code Section 409A.

Legal Compliance with Law

The Company (and any Affiliate) is not responsible for the Participant’s legal compliance requirements relating to this Award, including, but not limited to, tax reporting.

Regulatory Compliance

The issuance of Common Stock pursuant to this Agreement shall be subject to full compliance with all applicable requirements of law and the requirements of any stock exchange or interdealer quotation system upon which the Common Stock may be listed or traded.

Data Privacy

The Participant hereby explicitly and unambiguously consents to the collection, use and transfer, in electronic or other form, of his or her personal data as described in this document by the Company for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing his or her participation in the Plan. The Participant understands that the Company holds certain personal information about him or her, including, but not limited to, name, home address and telephone number, date of birth, gender, social security or insurance number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any shares of stock or directorships held in the Company, details of all awards or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, cancelled, purchased, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in the Participant’s favor for the purpose of implementing, managing and administering the Plan (“Data”). The Participant understands that the Data may be transferred to any third parties assisting in the implementation, administration and management of the Plan, that these recipients may be located in his or her country or elsewhere and that the recipient country may have different data privacy laws and protections than his or her country.  The Participant authorizes the recipients to receive, possess, use, retain and transfer the Data, in electronic or other form, for the purposes of implementing, administering and managing his or her participation in the Plan, including any requisite transfer of such Data, as may be required to a broker or other third party with whom the Participant may elect to deposit any Shares acquired under the Plan.


Any notice to be given or delivered to the Company relating to this Agreement shall be in writing and addressed to the Company at its principal corporate offices. All notices shall be deemed effective upon personal delivery or upon deposit in the postal mail, postage prepaid and properly addressed to the Company. Any notice to be given or delivered to the Participant relating to this Agreement may be delivered by electronic form including without limitation by email (including prospectuses required by the Securities and Exchange Commission) as well as all other documents





that the Company is required to deliver to its security holders (including annual reports and proxy statements). The Company may also deliver these documents by posting them on a web site maintained by the Company or by a third party under contract with the Company.

Other Information

The Participant agrees to receive stockholder information, including copies of any annual report, proxy statement and periodic report, from the Company’s website, if the Company wishes to provide such information through its website. The Participant acknowledges that copies of the Plan, Plan prospectus, Plan information and stockholder information are also available upon written or telephonic request to the Administrator.

Further Assistance

The Participant agrees to provide assistance (either before or after termination of Service) reasonably requested by the Company in connection with actions taken by the Participant while providing Services to the Company, including but not limited to assistance in connection with any lawsuits or other claims against the Company arising from events during the period in which the Participant rendered Service.

Additional Conditions

If the Company shall determine, in its sole discretion, that the consent or approval of any governmental authority is necessary or desirable as a condition to the payment of benefits to the Participant pursuant to the Plan, such payment shall not occur until such registration, qualification, consent or approval shall have been effected or obtained free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company.


The Company will be entitled to enforce its rights under this Agreement specifically, to recover damages by reason of any breach of any provision of this Agreement and to exercise all other rights to which it may be entitled. The Participant agrees and acknowledges that money damages may not be an adequate remedy for breach of the provisions of this Agreement and that the Company may in its sole discretion apply to any court of law or equity of competent jurisdiction for specific performance and/or injunctive relief in order to enforce or prevent any violations of the provisions of this Agreement.

Nondisclosure of Confidential Information

The Participant acknowledges that the businesses of the Company are highly competitive and that the Company’s strategies, methods, books, records, and documents, technical information concerning their products, equipment, services, and processes, procurement procedures and pricing techniques, the names of and other information (such as credit and financial data) concerning former, present or prospective customers and business affiliates, all comprise confidential business information and trade secrets which are valuable, special, and unique assets which the Company uses in their business to obtain a competitive advantage over competitors. The Participant further acknowledges that protection of such confidential business information and trade secrets against unauthorized disclosure and use is of critical importance to the Company in maintaining its competitive





position. The Participant acknowledges that by reason of the Participant’s duties to and association with the Company, the Participant has had and will have access to and have and will become informed of confidential business information which is a competitive asset of the Company. The Participant hereby agrees that he or she will not, at any time during or after employment, make any unauthorized disclosure of any confidential business information or trade secrets of the Company, or make any use thereof, except in the carrying out of services responsibilities. The Participant shall take all necessary and appropriate steps to safeguard confidential business information and protect it against disclosure, misappropriation, misuse, loss and theft. Confidential business information shall not include information in the public domain (but only if the same becomes part of the public domain through a means other than a disclosure prohibited hereunder). The above notwithstanding, a disclosure shall not be unauthorized if (i) it is required by law or by a court of competent jurisdiction or (ii) it is in connection with any judicial, arbitration, dispute resolution or other legal proceeding in which the Participant’s legal rights and obligations as a Service provider or under this Agreement are at issue; provided, however, that the Participant shall, to the extent practicable and lawful in any such events, give prior notice to the Company of his or her intent to disclose any such confidential business information in such context so as to allow the Company an opportunity (which the Participant will not oppose) to obtain such protective orders or similar relief with respect thereto as may be deemed appropriate. In the event of any conflict in terms between this Section and the terms of any Company confidentiality or proprietary information agreement the Participant has executed, the terms of such other confidentiality or proprietary information agreement shall prevail and govern.

Applicable Law

This Agreement will be interpreted and enforced under the laws of the State of Delaware without reference to the conflicts of law provisions thereof.


Any dispute regarding the interpretation of this Agreement shall be submitted by the Participant or the Company to the Administrator for review.  The resolution of such dispute by the Administrator shall be final and binding on the Participant and the Company.

Award is subject to Plan

This Award and this Agreement is subject to the Plan.  The terms and provisions of the Plan as it may be amended from time to time are hereby incorporated herein by reference.  In the event of a conflict between any term or provision contained herein and a term or provision of the Plan, the applicable terms and provisions of the Plan shall govern and prevail.

Binding Effect; No Third Party Beneficiaries

This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and the Participant and any respective heirs, representatives, successors and permitted assigns. This Agreement shall not confer any rights or remedies upon any person other than the Company and the Participant and any respective heirs, representatives, successors and





permitted assigns. The parties agree that this Agreement shall survive the settlement or termination of the Award.  The Company may assign any of its rights under this Agreement. 


The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Plan or this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement, and each provision of the Plan and this Agreement shall be severable and enforceable to the extent permitted by law.

Voluntary Participant


You acknowledge that you are voluntarily participating in the Plan.

No Rights to Future Awards

Your rights, if any, in respect of or in connection with this Award or any other awards are derived solely from the discretionary decision of the Company to permit you to participate in the Plan and to benefit from a discretionary future award.  By accepting this Award, you expressly acknowledge that there is no obligation on the part of the Company to continue the Plan and/or grant any additional awards to you or benefits in lieu of other awards even if awards have been granted repeatedly in the past.  All decisions with respect to future awards, if any, will be at the sole discretion of the Administrator.

No Right to Damages

You will have no right to bring a claim or to receive damages if any portion of the Award is cancelled or expires.  The loss of existing or potential profit in the Award will not constitute an element of damages in the event of the termination of your Service for any reason, even if the termination is in violation of an obligation of the Company or an Affiliate to you.

Future Value

The future value of the underlying Shares is unknown and cannot be predicted with certainty.  If the underlying Shares do not increase in value after the Date of Award, the Award could have little or no value. 


The Administrator has the right to amend, alter, suspend, discontinue, or cancel the Award, prospectively or retroactively; provided, that, no such amendment or other action shall adversely affect the Participant’s material rights under this Agreement without the Participant’s consent.

Extraordinary Compensation

The Award and the Shares subject to the Award are not intended to constitute or replace any pension rights or compensation and are not to be considered compensation of a continuing or recurring nature, or part of the Participant’s normal or expected compensation, and in no way represent any portion of the Participant’s salary, compensation or other remuneration for any purpose, including but not limited to, calculating any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, dismissal, end of service payments, bonuses, long-service awards, pension or retirement benefits or similar payments.


This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be



deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Counterpart signature pages to this Agreement transmitted by facsimile transmission, by electronic mail in portable document format (.pdf), or by any other electronic means intended to preserve the original graphic and pictorial appearance of a document, shall have the same effect as physical delivery of the paper document.

No Advice Regarding Award

The Company has not provided any tax, legal or financial advice, nor has the Company made any recommendations regarding the Participant’s participation in the Plan, or the Participant’s acquisition or sale of the underlying Shares. The Participant is hereby advised to consult with his or her own personal tax, legal and financial advisors regarding his or her participation in the Plan before taking any action related to the Plan.


The Participant hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan, the Plan prospectus and this Agreement.  The Participant has read and understands the terms and provisions thereof, and accepts the Stock Grant subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Plan and this Agreement.  The Participant acknowledges that there may be adverse tax consequences upon the grant or vesting of the Stock Grant or disposition of the underlying Shares and that the Participant should consult a tax advisor prior to such disposition.


By signing the cover sheet of this Agreement, you agree to all of the terms and conditions described above and in the Plan.  Any inconsistency between this Agreement and the Plan shall be resolved by reference to the Plan.






FOR VALUE RECEIVED and pursuant to that certain Stock Grant Agreement dated as of [                     ], the undersigned hereby sells, assigns and transfers unto [            ]  shares of the Common Stock of NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation, standing in the undersigned’s name on the books of said corporation represented by certificate No. ____________, herewith, and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint _____________ attorney-in-fact to transfer the said stock on the books of the said corporation with full power of substitution in the premises.




Dated:  [Month] [Day], 20__










The undersigned taxpayer hereby elects, pursuant to § 83(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to include in gross income as compensation for services the excess (if any) of the fair market value of the shares described below over the amount paid for those shares.

1.         The name, taxpayer identification number, address of the undersigned, and the taxable year for which this election is being made are:

TAXPAYER’S NAME: _____________________________________________

TAXPAYER’S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: __________________________

ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________

TAXABLE YEAR: Calendar Year 20__

2.         The property which is the subject of this election is __________ shares of common stock of NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

3.         The property was transferred to the undersigned on [DATE].

4.         The property is subject to the following restrictions: [Describe restrictions.]

5.         The fair market value of the property at the time of transfer (determined without regard to any restriction other than a nonlapse restriction as defined in § 1.83-3(h) of the Income Tax Regulations) is: $_______ per share x ________ shares = $___________.

6.         For the property transferred, the undersigned paid $______ per share x _________ shares = $______________.

7.         The amount to include in gross income is $______________. [The result of the amount reported in Item 5 minus the amount reported in Item 6.]

The undersigned taxpayer will file this election with the Internal Revenue Service office with which taxpayer files his or her annual income tax return not later than 30 days after the date of transfer of the property.  A copy of the election also will be furnished to the person for whom the services were performed.  The undersigned is the person performing the services in connection with which the property was transferred.