Restricted Stock Agreement, dated as of November 8, 2018, between MBIA Inc. and Daniel M. Avitabile
RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT
This Restricted Stock Agreement (this Agreement) is made and entered into as of November 8, 2018 between MBIA Inc., a Connecticut corporation (together with its successors and assigns, the Company), and Daniel M. Avitabile (the Grantee).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company maintains the MBIA Inc. 2005 Omnibus Incentive Plan (as amended, the Plan), pursuant to which the Compensation and Governance Committee (the Committee) of the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) may recommend that the Board grant, among other awards, shares of common stock (the Restricted Stock), par value $1 per share, of the Company, which are subject to certain forfeiture provisions and/or certain restrictions on transferability selected by the Committee pursuant to the terms of the Plan (capitalized terms used in this Agreement without definition shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Plan);
WHEREAS, the Committee and the Board have determined that the Companys current Named Executive Officers (collectively, the Executives and each an Executive) each possesses unique skills and experience which are essential to the achievement of the Companys priorities, including the generation of shareholder value, over the long term;
WHEREAS, the Committee and the Board have determined that in order to enhance the prospect that the Executives remain with the Company on a long-term basis and to promote continuity and stability, it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to offer the Executives long-term, time-based awards of Restricted Stock that will ensure that the Executives focus remains on the long-term strength of the Company and further align the interests of the Executives with the long-term interests of the Company;
WHEREAS, the Committee and the Board have approved the award to the Grantee on November 8, 2018 (the Grant Date) of 333,333 shares of Restricted Stock that are subject to the time based restrictions set forth in Section 2(a) below (the Shares);
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth, and for other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Grantee (together, the Parties) do hereby agree as follows:
1. Grant and Vesting of Restricted Stock.
(a) Grant of Restricted Stock. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and in accordance with the Plan, the Company hereby evidences its grant to the Grantee of 333,333 Shares.
(b) Restriction Period. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Shares granted hereby may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise directly or indirectly encumbered or disposed of except to the extent that the Shares have become vested (i.e., become non-forfeitable) pursuant to Section 2 below.
2. Vesting of Shares.
(a) Vesting of Shares. To the extent not previously forfeited and except as set forth in Section 2(b) or Section 2(c) below, the Shares shall become vested on March 3, 2025 (the Vesting Date) if the Grantee is continuously employed by the Company through the Vesting Date. Except as provided in Section 2(b) or Section 2(c) below, in the event the Grantees employment terminates prior to the Vesting Date, the Shares shall be forfeited by the Grantee.
(b) Early Vesting of Shares Upon Qualifying Termination. The Shares shall become vested immediately if and when the Grantee experiences a Qualifying Termination prior to the Vesting Date. A Qualifying Termination means a termination of the Grantees employment (a) due to his death or Disability, (b) by the Company, or its successor in the event of a Change in Control, without Cause, or (c) with the approval of the Board, or the Board of Directors of the Companys successor, in the event of a Change in Control.
(c) Change in Control. In the event the Company experiences a Change in Control prior to March 3, 2025, the Shares shall be substituted with an Alternative Award (as defined in the Plan) which shall vest on the earlier of March 3, 2025 or the date the Grantee experiences a Qualifying Termination as defined in Section 2(b) above.
3. No Right to Continued Employment; Post-Employment Restrictions. The grant of the Shares hereunder shall not be construed as granting to the Grantee any right of continued employment, and the right of the Company to terminate the Grantees employment at any time at will (whether by dismissal, discharge or otherwise) is specifically reserved.
4. Nonassignability of the Shares. The Shares are personal to the Grantee and, except as expressly permitted in this Agreement or the Plan, no rights granted hereunder may be transferred, assigned, pledged or hypothecated in any way (whether by operation of law or otherwise) and no such rights shall be subject to execution, attachment or similar process, except that the Shares may be transferred, in whole or in part, to any Permitted Transferee, provided that such Permitted Transferees shall be bound by the provisions of this Agreement. Any person or entity to whom the Shares have been transferred in whole or in part in accordance with this Section 4 shall, to the extent of the transfer, succeed to the rights and obligations of the Grantee under this Agreement.
5. Legend. Until the vesting of the Shares and the end of any transfer restriction pursuant to Section 2 above, each certificate evidencing such Shares shall be registered in the Grantees name and shall bear the following legend: THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS (INCLUDING FORFEITURE) CONTAINED IN A RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT BETWEEN MBIA INC. AND GRANTEE, AND NEITHER THIS CERTIFICATE NOR THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY IT ARE ASSIGNABLE OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERABLE EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH AGREEMENT, A COPY OF WHICH IS ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE COMPANY. Promptly following the vesting of the Shares or the end of any transfer restriction with respect to the Shares pursuant to Section 2 above, the Grantee or any broker designated by the Grantee shall be furnished certificate(s) or book entry evidence of ownership of the Shares that bear no such legend for the Shares that have vested or with respect to which the transfer restriction has ended.
6. Withholding. Without limiting the Companys authority under the Plan, the Grantee agrees that the Company shall withhold a sufficient number of vested Shares that have an aggregate Fair Market Value on the date of vesting required to cover any applicable tax withholding requirements arising out of this Agreement.
7. Amendment or Waiver. No provision of this Agreement may be amended unless such amendment is set forth in a writing that is signed by the Parties and that specifically identifies the provision(s) being amended. No waiver by any person of any breach of any condition or provision contained in this Agreement shall be deemed a waiver of any breach of a similar or dissimilar condition or provision at the same or any prior or any subsequent time. To be effective, any waiver must be in writing signed by the waiving person.
8. References and Headings. References herein to rights and obligations of the Grantee shall apply, where appropriate, to the estate or other legal representative of the Grantee or his successors and assigns as permitted under this Agreement, as the case may be, without regard to whether specific reference to such estate or other legal representative or his successors and assigns is contained in a particular provision of this Agreement. The headings of Sections contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not control or affect the meaning or construction of any provision of this Agreement.
9. Notices. Any notice required or permitted to be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given (a) when delivered directly to the person concerned or (b) three business days after being sent by postage-prepaid certified or registered mail or by nationally recognized overnight carrier, return receipt requested, duly addressed to the person concerned at the location indicated below (or to such changed address as such party may subsequently by similar process give notice of):
If to the Company, at the Companys headquarters and to the
attention of the Office of the Secretary, with a copy to
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, 919 Third Avenue, New York,
New York 10022, Attention: Lawrence K. Cagney.
If to the Grantee, at the Companys headquarters and to the
attention of the Grantee.
If to a transferee permitted under Section 4, to the address (if
any) supplied by the Grantee to the Company.
10. Resolution of Disputes. Any dispute or controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Grantees employment with the Company, or the termination thereof, shall be resolved by binding confidential arbitration, to be held in New York City before three arbitrators in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. Each of the Parties shall be entitled to appoint one of the three arbitrators and the third arbitrator shall be appointed by the arbitrators appointed by the Parties. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The Company shall promptly pay all costs and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorneys fees, incurred by the Grantee (or his permitted successors and assigns) in resolving any claim raised in such an arbitration, other than any claim brought by the Grantee (or the Grantees permitted successors and assigns) that the arbitrator(s) determine to have been brought (a) in bad faith or (b) without any reasonable basis.
11. The Companys Representations. The Company represents and warrants that (a) it is fully authorized by action of the Board and of the Committee (and of any other person or body whose action is required) to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder; (b) the grant of the Shares and this Agreement have been approved in accordance with Rule 16b-3(d)(1) promulgated under the 1934 Act; (c) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by the Company does not violate any applicable law, regulation, order, judgment or decree or any agreement, plan or corporate governance document of the Company; and (d) upon the execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company and the Grantee, this Agreement shall be the valid and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except to the extent enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors rights generally.
(a) This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their respective permitted successors, heirs (in the case of the Grantee) and assigns.
(b) No rights or obligations of the Company under this Agreement may be assigned or transferred by the Company except that such rights and obligations may be assigned or transferred pursuant to a merger, consolidation or other combination in which the Company is not the continuing entity, or a sale or liquidation of all or substantially all of the business and assets of the Company, provided that the assignee or transferee is the successor to all or substantially all of the business and assets of the Company and such assignee or transferee expressly assumes the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company as set forth in this Agreement. In the event of any merger, consolidation, other combination, sale of business and assets, or liquidation as described in the preceding sentence, the Company shall use its best reasonable efforts to cause such assignee or transferee to promptly and expressly assume the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company hereunder.
13. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut without regard to the principles of conflict of laws.
14. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which, when taken together, shall constitute one document.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
|Jonathan Harris, General Counsel|
|Daniel M. Avitabile|