Form of option agreement under the Life Time Group Holdings, Inc. 2021 Incentive Award Plan
LIFE TIME GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.
2021 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN
STOCK OPTION GRANT NOTICE
Capitalized terms not specifically defined in this Stock Option Grant Notice (the Grant Notice) have the meanings given to them in the 2021 Incentive Award Plan (as amended from time to time, the Plan) of Life Time Group Holdings, Inc. (the Company). The Company hereby grants to the participant listed below (Participant) the stock option described in this Grant Notice (the Option), subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and the Stock Option Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A (the Agreement), both of which are incorporated into this Grant Notice by reference.
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|Type of Option||☐ Incentive Stock Option ☐ Non-Qualified Stock Option|
By accepting this Award electronically through the Plan service providers online grant acceptance policy, Participant agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Plan, the Agreement and the Grant Notice. Participant has reviewed the Agreement, the Plan and the Grant Notice in their entirety, has had an opportunity to obtain the advice of counsel prior to executing this Grant Notice and fully understands all provisions of the Grant Notice, the Agreement and the Plan. Participant hereby agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Administrator upon any questions arising under the Plan, the Grant Notice and the Agreement.
|LIFE TIME GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.||PARTICIPANT|
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STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
Section 1.1 Incorporation of Terms of Plan. The Option is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and the Plan, which is incorporated herein by reference. In the event of any inconsistency between the Plan and this Agreement, the terms of the Plan will control.
Section 1.2 Defined Terms. Capitalized terms not specifically defined herein shall have the meanings specified in the Plan or the Grant Notice. For purposes of this Agreement,
(a) Cessation Date shall mean the date of Participants Termination of Service (regardless of the reason for such termination).
(b) Participating Company shall mean the Company or any of its parents or Subsidiaries.
(c) Proprietary Information shall mean (a) the name, address and/or contact information of any customer, supplier or affiliate of the Company or any information concerning the transactions or relations of any customer, supplier or affiliate of the Company or any of its shareholders; (b) any information concerning any product, service, technology or procedure offered or used by the Company or any of its affiliates, or under development by or being considered for use by the Company or any of its affiliates; (c) any information relating to marketing or pricing plans or methods, capital structure, or any business or strategic plans of the Company or any of its affiliates; (d) any inventions, innovations, trade secrets or other items covered by Section 5.2 and Section 5.9; and (e) any other information which the Company or any of its affiliates has determined and communicated to the Participant in writing to be proprietary information for purposes hereof; provided, however, that Proprietary Information shall not include any information that is or becomes generally known to the public other than through actions of the Participant in violation of the restrictive covenants set forth in Article V.
GRANT OF OPTION
Section 2.1 Grant of Option. In consideration of Participants past and/or continued employment with or service to a Participating Company and for other good and valuable consideration, effective as of the grant date set forth in the Grant Notice (the Grant Date), the Company has granted to the Participant the Option to purchase any part or all of an aggregate number of Shares set forth in the Grant Notice, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Grant Notice, the Plan and this Agreement, subject to adjustment as provided in Article VIII of the Plan.
Section 2.2 Exercise Price. The exercise price per Share of the Shares subject to the Option (the Exercise Price) shall be as set forth in the Grant Notice.
Section 2.3 Consideration to the Company. In consideration of the grant of the Option by the Company, Participant agrees to render faithful and efficient services to any Participating Company.
PERIOD OF EXERCISABILITY
Section 3.1 Commencement of Exercisability.
(a) Subject to Participants continued employment with or service to a Participating Company on each applicable vesting date and subject to Sections 3.2, 3.3, 6.9 and 6.14 hereof, the Option shall become vested and exercisable in such amounts and at such times as are set forth in the Grant Notice.
(b) Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator or as set forth in a written agreement between Participant and the Company, any portion of the Option that has not become vested and exercisable on or prior to the Cessation Date (including, without limitation, pursuant to any employment or similar agreement by and between Participant and the Company) shall be forfeited on the Cessation Date and shall not thereafter become vested or exercisable.
Section 3.2 Duration of Exercisability. The installments provided for in the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice are cumulative. Each such installment that becomes vested and exercisable pursuant to the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice shall remain vested and exercisable until it becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof. Once the Option becomes unexercisable, it shall be forfeited immediately.
Section 3.3 Expiration of Option. The Option may not be exercised to any extent by anyone after the first to occur of the following events:
(a) The expiration date set forth in the Grant Notice; provided that such expiration date shall not be later than the tenth (10th) anniversary of the Grant Date;
(b) Except as the Administrator may otherwise approve, the ninetieth (90th) day following the Cessation Date by reason of Participants Termination of Service for any reason other than due to death, Disability or by a Participating Company for Cause;
(c) Except as the Administrator may otherwise approve, immediately upon the Cessation Date by reason of Participants Termination of Service by a Participating Company for Cause; and
(d) The expiration of twelve (12) months from the Cessation Date by reason of Participants Termination of Service due to death or Disability.
Section 3.4 Tax Withholding. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement:
(a) The Participating Companies have the authority to deduct or withhold, or require Participant to remit to the applicable Participating Company, an amount sufficient to satisfy any applicable federal, state, local and foreign taxes (including the employee portion of any FICA obligation) required by Applicable Law to be withheld with respect to any taxable event arising pursuant to this Agreement. The Participating Companies may withhold or Participant may make such payment in one or more of the forms specified below:
(i) by cash or check made payable to the Participating Company with respect to which the withholding obligation arises;
(ii) by the deduction of such amount from other compensation payable to Participant;
(iii) with respect to any withholding taxes arising in connection with the exercise of the Option, with the consent of the Administrator, by requesting that the Participating Companies withhold a net number of vested Shares otherwise issuable upon the exercise of the Option having a then current Fair Market Value not exceeding the amount necessary to satisfy the withholding obligation of the Participating Companies based on the maximum statutory withholding rates in Participants applicable jurisdictions for federal, state, local and foreign income tax and payroll tax purposes that are applicable to such taxable income;
(iv) with respect to any withholding taxes arising in connection with the exercise of the Option, with the consent of the Administrator, by tendering to the Company vested Shares held for such period of time as may be required by the Administrator in order to avoid adverse accounting consequences and having a then current Fair Market Value not exceeding the amount necessary to satisfy the withholding obligation of the Participating Companies based on the maximum statutory withholding rates in Participants applicable jurisdictions for federal, state, local and foreign income tax and payroll tax purposes that are applicable to such taxable income;
(v) with respect to any withholding taxes arising in connection with the exercise of the Option, through the delivery of a notice that Participant has placed a market sell order with a broker acceptable to the Company with respect to Shares then issuable to Participant pursuant to the Option, and that the broker has been directed to pay a sufficient portion of the net proceeds of the sale to the Participating Company with respect to which the withholding obligation arises in satisfaction of such withholding taxes; provided that payment of such proceeds is then made to the applicable Participating Company at such time as may be required by the Administrator, but in any event not later than the settlement of such sale; or
(vi) in any combination of the foregoing.
(b) With respect to any withholding taxes arising in connection with the Option, in the event Participant fails to provide timely payment of all sums required pursuant to Section 3.4(a), the Company shall have the right and option, but not the obligation, to treat such failure as an election by Participant to satisfy all or any portion of Participants required payment obligation pursuant to Section 3.4(a)(ii) or Section 3.4(a)(iii) above, or any combination of the foregoing as the Company may determine to be appropriate. The Company shall not be obligated to deliver any certificate representing Shares issuable with respect to the exercise of the Option to, or to cause any such Shares to be held in book-entry form by, Participant or his or her legal representative unless and until Participant or his or her legal representative shall have paid or otherwise satisfied in full the amount of all federal, state, local and foreign taxes applicable with respect to the taxable income of Participant resulting from the exercise of the Option or any other taxable event related to the Option.
(c) In the event any tax withholding obligation arising in connection with the Option will be satisfied under Section 3.4(a)(iii), then the Company may elect to instruct any brokerage firm determined acceptable to the Company for such purpose to sell on Participants behalf a whole number of Shares from those Shares then issuable upon the exercise of the Option as the Company determines to be appropriate to generate cash proceeds sufficient to satisfy the tax withholding obligation and to remit the proceeds of such sale to the Participating Company with respect to which the withholding obligation arises. Participants acceptance of this Option constitutes Participants instruction and authorization to the Company and such brokerage firm to complete the transactions described in this Section 3.4(c), including the transactions described in the previous sentence, as applicable. The Company may refuse to issue any Shares to Participant until the foregoing tax withholding obligations are satisfied, provided that no payment shall be delayed under this Section 3.4(c) if such delay will result in a violation of Section 409A.
(d) Participant is ultimately liable and responsible for all taxes owed in connection with the Option, regardless of any action any Participating Company takes with respect to any tax withholding obligations that arise in connection with the Option. No Participating Company makes any representation or undertaking regarding the treatment of any tax withholding in connection with the awarding, vesting or exercise of the Option or the subsequent sale of Shares. The Participating Companies do not commit and are under no obligation to structure the Option to reduce or eliminate Participants tax liability.
EXERCISE OF OPTION
Section 4.1 Person Eligible to Exercise. During the lifetime of Participant, only Participant may exercise the Option or any portion thereof. After the death of Participant, any exercisable portion of the Option may, prior to the time when the Option becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof, be exercised by Participants personal representative or by any Person empowered to do so under the deceased Participants will or under the then Applicable Laws of descent and distribution.
Section 4.2 Partial Exercise. Subject to Section 6.2, any exercisable portion of the Option or the entire Option, if then wholly exercisable, may be exercised in whole or in part at any time prior to the time when the Option or portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof.
Section 4.3 Manner of Exercise. The Option, or any exercisable portion thereof, may be exercised solely by delivery to the Secretary of the Company (or any third party administrator or other Person designated by the Company), during regular business hours, of all of the following prior to the time when the Option or such portion thereof becomes unexercisable under Section 3.3 hereof.
(a) An exercise notice in a form specified by the Administrator, stating that the Option or portion thereof is thereby exercised, such notice complying with all applicable rules established by the Administrator;
(b) The receipt by the Company of full payment for the Shares with respect to which the Option or portion thereof is exercised, in such form of consideration permitted under Section 4.4 that is acceptable to the Administrator;
(c) The payment of any applicable withholding tax in accordance with Section 3.4;
(d) Any other written representations or documents as may be required in the Administrators sole discretion to effect compliance with Applicable Law; and
(e) In the event the Option or portion thereof shall be exercised pursuant to Section 4.1 by any Person or Persons other than Participant, appropriate proof of the right of such Person or Persons to exercise the Option.
Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, the Administrator shall have the right to specify all conditions of the manner of exercise, which conditions may vary by country and which may be subject to change from time to time.
Section 4.4 Method of Payment. Payment of the Exercise Price shall be by any of the following, or a combination thereof, at the election of Participant:
(a) Cash or check;
(b) With the consent of the Administrator, surrender of vested Shares (including, without limitation, Shares otherwise issuable upon exercise of the Option) held for such period of time as may be required by the Administrator in order to avoid adverse accounting consequences and having a Fair Market Value on the date of delivery equal to the aggregate Exercise Price of the Option or exercised portion thereof;
(c) Through the delivery of a notice that Participant has placed a market sell order with a broker acceptable to the Company with respect to Shares then issuable upon exercise of the Option, and that the broker has been directed to pay a sufficient portion of the net proceeds of the sale to the Company in satisfaction of the Exercise Price; provided that payment of such proceeds is then made to the Company at such time as may be required by the Administrator, but in any event not later than the settlement of such sale; or
(d) Any other form of legal consideration acceptable to the Administrator.
Section 4.5 Conditions to Issuance of Shares. The Company shall not be required to issue or deliver any certificate or certificates for any Shares or to cause any Shares to be held in book-entry form prior to the fulfillment of all of the following conditions: (a) the admission of the Shares to listing on all stock exchanges on which such Shares are then listed, (b) the completion of any registration or other qualification of the Shares under any state or federal law or under rulings or regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission or other governmental regulatory body, which the Administrator shall, in its absolute discretion, deem necessary or advisable, (c) the obtaining of any approval or other clearance from any state or federal governmental agency that the Administrator shall, in its absolute discretion, determine to be necessary or advisable, (d) the receipt by the Company of full payment for such Shares, which may be in one or more of the forms of consideration permitted under Section 4.4, and (e) the receipt of full payment of any applicable withholding tax in accordance with Section 3.4 by the Participating Company with respect to which the applicable withholding obligation arises.
Section 4.6 Rights as Stockholder. Neither Participant nor any Person claiming under or through Participant will have any of the rights or privileges of a stockholder of the Company in respect of any Shares purchasable upon the exercise of any part of the Option unless and until certificates representing such Shares (which may be in book-entry form) will have been issued and recorded on the records of the Company or its transfer agents or registrars and delivered to Participant (including through electronic delivery to a brokerage account). No adjustment will be made for a dividend or other right for which the record date is prior to the date of such issuance, recordation and delivery, except as provided in Article VIII of the Plan. Except as otherwise provided herein, after such issuance, recordation and delivery, Participant will have all the rights of a stockholder of the Company with respect to such Shares, including, without limitation, the right to receipt of dividends and distributions on such Shares.
Section 5.1 Introduction. The parties acknowledge and agree that (a) the provisions and covenants contained in this Article V (i) have been negotiated and are entered into in good faith as an ancillary agreement in connection with the grant of the Option contemplated by this Agreement, (ii) are material to this Agreement, (iii) are provided for, among other things, the protection of the Companys trade
secrets, confidential and commercially-sensitive information, client and customer relationships, goodwill and reputation (which is an honest and just purpose), (iv) are reasonable in geographic and temporal scope and (v) do not impose a greater restriction or restraint than is necessary to protect the Companys trade secrets, confidential and commercially-sensitive information, client and customer relationships and contacts, goodwill, reputation and other legitimate business interests, (b) the Participant (i) is employed or otherwise engaged as an independent contractor or other service provider by the Company, (ii) has been and/or will be provided with confidential and commercially-sensitive information regarding the Company and its business during his or her employment and/or service with the Company, and (iii) provides special, unique and extraordinary services to the Company, (c) the provisions of this Article V do not adversely affect the Participants ability to earn a living in any capacity, stifle the Participants ability to use his or her inherent skills and experience, or otherwise impose undue hardship or oppression on the Participant, and (d) the entitlement to the benefits provided to the Participant under this Agreement, whether or not such benefits have vested and/or become exercisable, constitute sufficient consideration for all of the Participants covenants contained in this Article V.
Section 5.2 Confidential Information. Except as permitted by the Board, during the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company and at all times thereafter, the Participant shall not divulge, furnish or make accessible to anyone or use in any way other than in the ordinary course of the business of the Company, any confidential, proprietary or secret knowledge or information of the Company or any of its affiliates, whether developed by the Participant or others, including but not limited to (a) trade secrets, (b) confidential and proprietary plans, developments, research, processes, designs, methods or material (whether or not patented or patentable), (c) customer and supplier lists, (d) strategic or other business, marketing or sales plans, (e) financial data and plans and (f) Proprietary Information. The Participant acknowledges that the above-described knowledge and information constitute unique and valuable assets of the Company and represent a substantial investment of time and expense by the Company, and that any disclosure or other use of such knowledge or information other than for the sole benefit of the Company would be wrongful and would cause irreparable harm to the Company. During the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company, the Participant shall refrain from any acts or omissions that would reduce the value of such knowledge or information to the Company. The foregoing obligations of confidentiality shall not apply to any knowledge or information that (i) is now or subsequently becomes generally publicly known for reasons other than the Participants violation of this Agreement, (ii) is independently made available to the Participant in good faith by a third party who has not violated a confidential relationship with the Company, or (iii) is required to be disclosed by legal process, other than as a direct or indirect result of the breach of this Agreement by the Participant.
Section 5.3 Ventures. If, during the Participants employment and/or service with the Company, the Participant is engaged in or associated with the planning or implementing of any project, program or venture involving the Company, all rights in such project, program or venture shall belong to the Company, as applicable. Except as approved in writing by the Board, the Participant shall not be entitled to any interest in any such project, program or venture or to any commission, finders fee or other compensation in connection therewith. The Participant shall have no interest, direct or indirect, in any customer or supplier that conducts business with the Company, provided that a passive investment of less than 2.5% of the outstanding shares of capital stock of any customer or supplier listed on a national securities exchange or publicly traded in the over-the-counter market shall not constitute a breach of this sentence.
Section 5.4 Agreement Not to Compete. During the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company and during the 18-month period following the termination thereof (the Restricted Period), regardless of the reason for such termination and regardless of whether the termination is initiated by the Company or Participant, the Participant shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in any manner or capacity (including without limitation as a proprietor, owner, principal, agent, partner, officer,
director, employee, member of any association, consultant or otherwise) in any Company Business (as defined below) in the Territory (as defined below). For purposes of this Article V, (a) Company means Life Time Group Holdings, Inc. and any parent, affiliated, related and/or direct or indirect subsidiary entity thereof, (b) Company Business means (i) the design, development, operation, management, advertisement, promotion, solicitation, marketing or sale of health and fitness clubs or health and fitness club memberships, (ii) any services, products or programs offered by health and fitness clubs, including but not limited to personal training, nutritional supplements; health testing or health assessments; wellness services or programs (whether direct to consumer or business to business); weight loss services or programs; kids activities; salons, spas, and medical spas; restaurants or cafes; athletic events and related services (including race timing and registration), and (iii) any other product or service that grows into a material business for the Company (or is under development and is projected to grow into a material business for the Company) as of the Participants Cessation Date, and (c) Territory means the United States, Canada and any other country in which the Company is then doing Company Business as of the Participants Cessation Date. Ownership by the Participant, as a passive investment, of less than 2.5% of the outstanding shares of capital stock of any corporation listed on a national securities exchange or publicly traded in the over-the-counter market shall not constitute a breach of this Section 5.4.
Section 5.5 Agreement Not to Solicit or Hire Employees. During the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company and during the Restricted Period, regardless of the reason for such termination and regardless of whether the termination is initiated by the Company or Participant, the Participant shall not, in any manner or capacity (including without limitation as a proprietor, owner, principal, agent, partner, officer, director, stockholder, employee, member of any association, consultant or otherwise), directly or indirectly, hire, engage or solicit for the purpose of employing or otherwise engaging any person who is then an employee of the Company or who was an employee of the Company as of the Participants Cessation Date or at any time in the six-month period prior to such hiring, engagement or solicitation.
Section 5.6 Agreement Not to Solicit Business Relations. During the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company and during the Restricted Period, regardless of the reason for such termination and regardless of whether the termination is initiated by the Company or Participant, the Participant shall not, in any manner or capacity (including without limitation as a proprietor, owner, principal, agent, partner, officer, director, stockholder, employee, member of any association, consultant or otherwise), directly or indirectly, solicit, request, advise or induce any current or potential customer, member, supplier or other business contact of the Company to cancel, curtail or otherwise change its relationship with the Company.
Section 5.7 Blue Pencil Doctrine. If the duration of, the scope of or any business activity covered by any provision of this Article V is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be in excess of what is valid and enforceable under applicable law, such provision shall be construed to cover only that duration, scope or activity that is valid and enforceable, and all other provisions of this Article V shall remain in full force and effect. The Participant hereby acknowledges that this Article V shall be given the construction that renders its provisions valid and enforceable to the maximum extent, not exceeding its express terms, possible under applicable law. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this Section 5.7 shall in no event apply to the extent its application would render this Article V (or any portion thereof) unenforceable under applicable law.
Section 5.8 Return of Records and Property. On or within thirty (30) days of the Cessation Date or at any other time as required by the Company, the Participant shall promptly deliver to the Company any and all Company records and any and all Company property in the Participants possession or under the Participants control, and all copies thereof, including without limitation manuals, books, blank forms, documents, letters, memoranda, notes, notebooks, reports, printouts, computer disks, computer tapes,
source codes, data, tables or calculations, keys, access cards, access codes, passwords, credit cards, personal computers, telephones and other electronic equipment belonging to the Company, and shall also permanently delete all Company email, all Company customer, member, supplier or other business contacts information, and all other Company information from the Participants computer, mobile phone and other electronic devices.
Section 5.9 Protectable Material; Trade Secrets.
(a) All right, title and interest in all discoveries, inventions, improvements, innovations and other material that the Participant shall conceive or originate individually or jointly or commonly with others during the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company (i) that are directly related to the business of the Company or to the Companys actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development, or that results from any work performed by the Participant for the Company, (ii) for which any equipment, supplies, facility or trade secret information of the Company was used and/or (iii) which was not developed entirely on the Participants own time, whether or not patentable, copyrightable, or registrable as a trademark (Protectable Material), shall be the property of the Company and are hereby assigned by the Participant to the Company (and the Participant agrees to assign all Protectable Material to the Company in the future), along with ownership of any and all patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights in the Protectable Material. Upon request and without further compensation therefor, but at no expense to the Participant, the Participant shall execute any and all papers and perform all other acts necessary to assist the Company to obtain and register patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights on the Protectable Materials in any and all countries. Where applicable, works of authorship created by the Participant for the Company in performing the Participants duties and responsibilities hereunder shall be considered works made for hire, as defined in the U.S. Copyright Act.
(b) All trade secret information conceived or originated by the Participant that arises during the term of the Participants employment and/or service with the Company and out of the performance of the Participants duties and responsibilities to the Company or any related material or information shall be the property of the Company, and all rights therein are hereby assigned by the Participant to the Company.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Participant understands that pursuant to the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, the Participant shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that (A) is made (i) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.
Section 5.10 Non-Disparagement. The Participant will not malign, defame or disparage the reputation, character, image, products or services of the Company, or the reputation or character of the Companys directors, officers, employees, shareholders or agents, either orally or in writing, at any time; provided that nothing in this Section 5.10 shall be construed to limit or restrict the Participant from providing truthful information to the extent required by applicable law in connection with any legal proceeding, government investigation or other legal matter.
Section 5.11 Enforcement. The Participant acknowledges that the provisions of Article V are reasonable and necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the Company, and that any violation of those provisions by the Participant would cause real, immediate, substantial and irreparable harm to the Company to such an extent that monetary damages alone would be an inadequate remedy therefor. Therefore, in the event of any actual or threatened breach of any provision of Article V, the Company shall, in addition to
any other remedies it may have, be entitled to injunctive and other equitable relief to enforce such provisions and to restrain the Participant from violating or continuing to violate such provisions, and such relief may be granted without the necessity of proving actual monetary damages or posting bond. The Participant agrees that the Restricted Period shall be tolled, and shall not run, during any period of time in which he or she is in violation of the terms of Section 5.4, Section 5.5 or Section 5.6, in order that the Company and its affiliates shall have all of the agreed-upon temporal protection recited herein. No breach of any provision of this Agreement by the Company, or any other claimed breach of contract or violation of law, or change in the nature or scope of the Participants employment and/or service relationship with the Company, shall operate to extinguish the Participants obligation to comply with Article V. The Company (including, without limitation, its affiliates) are third party beneficiaries under this Agreement and shall have the right to enforce all of the Participants obligations to the Company under this Agreement, including without limitation pursuant to Article V, and the Company shall be entitled to assign its rights under this Article V without the Participants consent and any such assignees shall have the right to enforce all of the Participants obligations to comply with this Article V. The Participant covenants and agrees that he or she has received adequate consideration for his or her obligations contained in Article V, and will not take the position that the covenants contained in Article V are void for lack of consideration. The Participant will be responsible for any and all attorneys fees and costs the Company incurs in enforcing the Participants obligations contained in Article V.
Section 6.1 Administration. The Administrator shall have the power to interpret the Plan, the Grant Notice and this Agreement and to adopt such rules for the administration, interpretation and application of the Plan, the Grant Notice and this Agreement as are consistent therewith and to interpret, amend or revoke any such rules. All actions taken and all interpretations and determinations made by the Administrator will be final and binding upon Participant, the Company and all other interested Persons. To the extent allowable pursuant to Applicable Law, no member of the Committee or the Board will be personally liable for any action, determination or interpretation made with respect to the Plan, the Grant Notice or this Agreement.
Section 6.2 Whole Shares. The Option may only be exercised for whole Shares.
Section 6.3 Option Not Transferable. Subject to Section 4.1 hereof, the Option may not be sold, pledged, assigned or transferred in any manner other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, unless and until the Shares underlying the Option have been issued, and all restrictions applicable to such Shares have lapsed. Neither the Option nor any interest or right therein or part thereof shall be liable for the debts, contracts or engagements of Participant or his or her successors in interest or shall be subject to disposition by transfer, alienation, anticipation, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or any other means whether such disposition be voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law by judgment, levy, attachment, garnishment or any other legal or equitable proceedings (including bankruptcy), and any attempted disposition thereof shall be null and void and of no effect, except to the extent that such disposition is permitted by the preceding sentence.
Section 6.4 Adjustments. The Administrator may accelerate the vesting of all or a portion of the Option in such circumstances as it, in its sole discretion, may determine. Participant acknowledges that the Option is subject to adjustment, modification and termination in certain events as provided in this Agreement and the Plan, including Article VIII of the Plan.
Section 6.5 Notices. Any notice to be given under the terms of this Agreement to the Company shall be addressed to the Company in care of the Secretary of the Company at the Companys principal office, and any notice to be given to Participant shall be addressed to Participant at Participants last email or physical address reflected on the Companys records. By a notice given pursuant to this Section 6.5, either party may hereafter designate a different address for notices to be given to that party. Any notice shall be deemed duly given when sent via email (to Participant only) or when sent by certified mail (return receipt requested) and deposited (with postage prepaid) in a post office or branch post office regularly maintained by the United States Postal Service.
Section 6.6 Titles. Titles are provided herein for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of this Agreement.
Section 6.7 Governing Law. The laws of the State of Delaware shall govern the interpretation, validity, administration, enforcement and performance of the terms of this Agreement regardless of the law that might be applied under principles of conflicts of laws.
Section 6.8 Conformity to Securities Laws. Participant acknowledges that the Plan, the Grant Notice and this Agreement are intended to conform to the extent necessary with all Applicable Laws, including, without limitation, the provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, and any and all regulations and rules promulgated thereunder by the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities laws and regulations. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Plan shall be administered, and the Option is granted and may be exercised, only in such a manner as to conform to Applicable Law. To the extent permitted by Applicable Law, the Plan, the Grant Notice and this Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to Applicable Law.
Section 6.9 Amendment, Suspension and Termination. To the extent permitted by the Plan, this Agreement may be wholly or partially amended or otherwise modified, suspended or terminated at any time or from time to time by the Administrator or the Board, provided that, except as may otherwise be provided by the Plan, no amendment, modification, suspension or termination of this Agreement shall adversely affect the Option in any material respect without the prior written consent of Participant.
Section 6.10 Successors and Assigns. The Company may assign any of its rights under this Agreement to single or multiple assignees, and this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the successors and assigns of the Company. Subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth in Section 6.3 and the Plan, this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, legatees, legal representatives, successors and assigns of the parties hereto.
Section 6.11 Limitations Applicable to Section 16 Persons. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement, if Participant is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, the Plan, the Option, the Grant Notice and this Agreement shall be subject to any additional limitations set forth in any applicable exemptive rule under Section 16 of the Exchange Act (including any amendment to Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act) that are requirements for the application of such exemptive rule. To the extent permitted by Applicable Law, this Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such applicable exemptive rule.
Section 6.12 Not a Contract of Employment. Nothing in this Agreement or in the Plan shall confer upon Participant any right to continue to serve as an employee or other service provider of any Participating Company or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the rights of any Participating Company, which rights are hereby expressly reserved, to discharge or terminate the services of Participant at any time for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, except to the extent (i) expressly provided otherwise in a written agreement between a Participating Company and Participant or (ii) where such provisions are not consistent with applicable foreign or local laws, in which case such applicable foreign or local laws shall control.
Section 6.13 Entire Agreement. The Plan, the Grant Notice and this Agreement (including any exhibit hereto) constitute the entire agreement of the parties and supersede in their entirety all prior undertakings and agreements of the Company and Participant with respect to the subject matter hereof.
Section 6.14 Section 409A. This Option is not intended to constitute nonqualified deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A and shall be interpreted consistent with such intent. However, notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Grant Notice or this Agreement, if at any time the Administrator determines that this Option (or any portion thereof) may be subject to Section 409A, the Administrator shall have the right in its sole discretion (without any obligation to do so or to indemnify Participant or any other Person for failure to do so) to adopt such amendments to the Plan, the Grant Notice or this Agreement, or adopt other policies and procedures (including amendments, policies and procedures with retroactive effect), or take any other actions, as the Administrator determines are necessary or appropriate for this Option either to be exempt from the application of Section 409A or to comply with the requirements of Section 409A.
Section 6.15 Agreement Severable. In the event that any provision of the Grant Notice or this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, such provision will be severable from, and such invalidity or unenforceability will not be construed to have any effect on, the remaining provisions of the Grant Notice or this Agreement.
Section 6.16 Limitation on Participants Rights. Participation in the Plan confers no rights or interests other than as herein provided. This Agreement creates only a contractual obligation on the part of the Company as to amounts payable and shall not be construed as creating a trust. Neither the Plan nor any underlying program, in and of itself, has any assets. Participant shall have only the right to receive Shares as a general unsecured creditor with respect to the Option, as and when exercised pursuant to the terms hereof.
Section 6.17 Counterparts. The Grant Notice may be executed in one or more counterparts, including by way of any electronic signature, subject to Applicable Law, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.
Section 6.18 Broker-Assisted Sales. In the event of any broker-assisted sale of Shares in connection with the payment of withholding taxes as provided in Section 3.4(c) or the payment of the Exercise Price as provided in Section 4.4(c): (a) any Shares to be sold through a broker-assisted sale will be sold on the day the tax withholding obligation or exercise of the Option, as applicable, occurs or arises, or as soon thereafter as practicable; (b) such Shares may be sold as part of a block trade with other participants in the Plan in which all participants receive an average price; (c) Participant will be responsible for all brokers fees and other costs of sale, and Participant agrees to indemnify and hold the Company harmless from any losses, costs, damages, or expenses relating to any such sale; (d) to the extent the proceeds of such sale exceed the applicable tax withholding obligation or Exercise Price, the Company agrees to pay such excess in cash to Participant as soon as reasonably practicable; (e) Participant acknowledges that the Company or its designee is under no obligation to arrange for such sale at any particular price, and that the proceeds of any such sale may not be sufficient to satisfy the applicable tax withholding obligation or Exercise Price; and (f) in the event the proceeds of such sale are insufficient to satisfy the applicable tax withholding obligation, Participant agrees to pay immediately upon demand to the Participating Company with respect to which the withholding obligation arises an amount in cash sufficient to satisfy any remaining portion of the applicable Participating Companys withholding obligation.
Section 6.19 Clawback. The Option (including any proceeds, gains or other economic benefit actually or constructively received by the Participant upon any receipt or exercise of the Option or upon the receipt or resale of any Shares underlying the Option) will be subject to any Company claw-back policy as in effect from time to time, including any claw-back policy adopted to comply with Applicable Laws (including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder).
Section 6.20 Incentive Stock Options. Participant acknowledges that to the extent the aggregate Fair Market Value of Shares (determined as of the time the option with respect to the Shares is granted) with respect to which Incentive Stock Options, including this Option (if applicable), are exercisable for the first time by Participant during any calendar year exceeds $100,000 or if for any other reason such Incentive Stock Options do not qualify or cease to qualify for treatment as incentive stock options under Section 422 of the Code, such Incentive Stock Options shall be treated as Non-Qualified Stock Options. Participant further acknowledges that the rule set forth in the preceding sentence shall be applied by taking the Option and other stock options into account in the order in which they were granted, as determined under Section 422(d) of the Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder. Participant also acknowledges that an Incentive Stock Option exercised more than three (3) months after Participants Termination of Service, other than by reason of death or disability, will be taxed as a Non-Qualified Stock Option.
Section 6.21 Notification of Disposition. If this Option is designated as an Incentive Stock Option, Participant shall give prompt written notice to the Company of any disposition or other transfer of any Shares acquired under this Agreement if such disposition or transfer is made (a) within two (2) years from the Grant Date or (b) within one (1) year after the transfer of such Shares to Participant. Such notice shall specify the date of such disposition or other transfer and the amount realized, in cash, other property, assumption of indebtedness or other consideration, by Participant in such disposition or other transfer.
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