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Forward Share Purchase Agreement entered into as of December 22, 2021, by and among Merida Merger Corp. I and Castle Creek Arbitrage,LLC
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FORWARD SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT
This Forward Share Purchase Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of December 22, 2021, by and among (i) Merida Merger Corp. I, a Delaware corporation (“Merida”), (ii) Castle Creek Arbitrage,LLC, on behalf of itself and any affiliated investment funds (an “Investor”). Each of Merida and Investor is individually referred to herein as a “Party” and collectively as the “Parties”.
WHEREAS, Merida is a special purpose acquisition company, also known as a blank check company, formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses;
WHEREAS, Merida has entered into an agreement and plan of merger (as amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) with Leafly Holdings, Inc., a Washington corporation (“Leafly”), pursuant to which a wholly-owned merger subsidiary of Merida will merge with and into Leafly, and then Leafly as the surviving company of that merger will merge with and into another wholly-owned merger subsidiary of Merida (such transactions, the “Business Combination” and Merida, following the consummation of that second merger shall be referred to herein as the “Company”), and Merida has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) that will seek, among other things, stockholder approval of the Business Combination; and
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to enter into this Agreement, pursuant to which the Company shall purchase from the Investors, and each Investor may sell and transfer to the Company, in each case, subject to the conditions set forth herein, certain shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share of Merida held by the Investors (the “Shares”) on the terms set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises, representations, warranties and the mutual covenants contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt, sufficiency and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:
1.Sale of Shares; Shares Purchase and Sale; Closing.
(a)Forward Share Purchase. Subject to the conditions set forth in Section 4, on the three (3) month anniversary of the date of the closing of the Business Combination (the “Business Combination Closing Date”), an Investor may elect to sell and transfer to the Company, and the Company shall purchase from the Investor, all or any portion of the number of Shares (including any Additional Shares (as defined below)) that are then held by the Investor, but not to exceed the Maximum Share Amount set forth in Appendix A with respect to each Investor (including any Additional Shares) in the aggregate unless otherwise agreed in writing by all Parties, at a price per Share equal to $10.16 per Share (the “Shares Purchase Price”). Each Investor shall, notify the Company and the Escrow Agent (as defined below) in writing not later than five (5) Business Days (as defined below) prior to the three (3) month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date whether or not such Investor is exercising such Investor’s right to sell any of the Shares (including any Additional Shares) held by such Investor to the Company pursuant to this Agreement (each, a “Shares Sale Notice”), and the Escrow Agent and the Company shall each promptly provide written confirmation of the receipt of such Shares Sale Notice. Any Investor that fails to timely deliver a Shares Sales Notice in accordance with the immediately preceding sentence
shall be deemed to have forfeited its right to sell any Shares (including any Additional Shares) to the Company pursuant to this Agreement; provided that, promptly following the Business Combination Closing Date, the Company shall inform each Investor in writing of the date that is the three-month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date.
(b)Shares Closing. If a Shares Sale Notice is timely delivered by any Investor to the Company and Escrow Agent, the closing of the sale of the Shares contemplated in each such timely delivered Share Sales Notice (the “Shares Closing”) shall occur on the three (3) month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date, or if such date is not a Business Day, then on the next succeeding Business Day (such date, the “Shares Closing Date”). On the Shares Closing Date, each selling Investor shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, the Shares (including any Additional Shares) subject to the applicable Shares Sale Notice free and clear of all liens and encumbrances to Escrow Agent and, in exchange therefor, the Escrow Agent shall deliver to each such selling Investor(s) an amount equal to (i) the Shares Purchase Price multiplied by (ii) the number of Shares being sold by such selling Investor (with respect to any particular selling Investor, the “Investor Shares Purchase Price”), which shall be paid by wire transfer of immediately available funds from the Escrow Account (as defined below). The Escrow Agent shall promptly deliver such sold Shares to the Company.
2.Representations and Warranties of the Investors. Each Investor represents and warrants to Merida, severally and not jointly:
(a)No Short Sales. Until the three (3) month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date, each Investor agrees not to engage in any transactions involving any Short Sales involving any securities of Merida or the Company. For purposes hereof, “Short Sales” include, without limitation, all “short sales” as defined in Rule 200 promulgated under Regulation SHO under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended, the “Exchange Act”).
(b)Organization and Power. Such Investor is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation and has all requisite power and authority to carry on its business as presently conducted and as proposed to be conducted.
(c)Authorization. Such Investor has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement. This Agreement, when executed and delivered by such Investor will constitute the valid and legally binding obligation of such Investor enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, except (i) as limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent conveyance and any other laws of general application affecting enforcement of creditors’ rights generally, or (ii) as limited by laws relating to the availability of specific performance, injunctive relief or other equitable remedies ((i) and (ii) collectively, the “Enforceability Exceptions”).
(d)Governmental Consents and Filings. No consent, approval, order or authorization of, or registration, qualification, designation, declaration or filing with, any federal, state or local governmental authority is required on the part of such Investor in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (collectively, the “Transactions”) other than disclosure reports regarding such transactions that such Investor is required to file in accordance with the terms of the Exchange Act (as defined below).
(e)Compliance with Other Instruments. The execution, delivery and performance by such Investor of this Agreement and the consummation by such Investor of the Transactions will
not result in any violation or default (i) of any provisions of its organizational documents, (ii) of any instrument, judgment, order, writ or decree to which it is a party or by which it is bound, (iii) under any note, indenture or mortgage to which it is a party or by which it is bound, (iv) under any lease, agreement, contract or purchase order to which it is a party or by which it is bound, or
(v) of any provision of federal or state statute, rule or regulation applicable to it, in each case (other than clause (i)), which would have a material adverse effect on such Investor or any of the other Investors or its or their ability to consummate the Transactions.
(f)Shareholdings. As of the date of this Agreement, each Investor holds the number of Shares set forth on Appendix A hereto.
(g)Disclosure of Information. Such Investor has had an opportunity to (i) discuss Merida’s and the Company’s business, management and financial affairs, and the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as well as the terms of the Business Combination, with Merida’s management (it being acknowledged by Merida that no material non-public information was provided other than as will be disclosed pursuant to Section 3(c)) and (ii) been given access to all of Merida’s SEC Reports (as defined below).
(h)Sophistication. Such Investor has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of entering into this Agreement, and it has sought such accounting, legal and tax advice as it has considered necessary to make an informed investment decision and the Investor has made its own assessment and has satisfied itself concerning relevant tax or other economic considerations relative to it entering into this Agreement.
(i)No Other Representations and Warranties; Non-Reliance. Except for the specific representations and warranties contained in this Section 2 and in any certificate or written agreement delivered pursuant hereto, neither the Investor or any person acting on behalf of such Investor nor any of such Investor’s affiliates (collectively, the “ Investor Parties”) has made, makes or shall be deemed to make any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to such Investor or the other Investors, and the Investor Parties disclaim any such representation or warranty. Except for the specific representations and warranties expressly made by Merida in Section 3 of this Agreement, in any certificate or written agreement delivered pursuant hereto and in any public filings, the Investor Parties specifically disclaim that they are relying upon any other representations or warranties that may have been made by the Merida Parties (as defined below).
3.Representations and Warranties of Merida. Merida represents and warrants to each Investor as follows:
(a)Organization and Corporate Power. Merida is a corporation duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing as a corporation under the laws of the State of Delaware and has all requisite corporate power and authority to carry on its business as presently conducted and as proposed to be conducted. Merida has no subsidiaries other than the merger subsidiary referenced in the recitals hereto that was formed for the purpose of effecting the Business Combination. As of the date of this Agreement, there were 14,982,073 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of Merida issued and outstanding.
(b)Authorization. All corporate action required to be taken by Merida’s Board of Directors in order to authorize Merida to enter into this Agreement has been taken. This Agreement, when executed and delivered by Merida, shall constitute the valid and legally binding
obligation of Merida, enforceable against Merida in accordance with its term, subject to the effect of the Enforceability Exceptions.
(c)Disclosure. Merida has not disclosed to any Investor any material non-public information with respect to Merida, its securities or the Business Combination, other than any such information that shall be publicly disclosed by Merida either by the issuance of a press release or the filing with the Commission a Current Report on Form 8-K, in each case, by 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time on the first Business Day immediately following the date that the Parties enter into this Agreement. Such public disclosure shall disclose the name of the Investors as having entered into the Agreement. Thereafter, neither Merida nor the Company shall provide Investor with any information which could restrict the Investor in trading of the securities of Merida or the Company without the prior written consent of the Investor.
(d)Governmental Consents and Filings. No consent, approval, order or authorization of, or registration, qualification, designation, declaration or filing with, any federal, state or local governmental authority is required on the part of Merida in connection with the consummation of the Transactions, other than disclosure reports regarding such transactions Merida is required to file in accordance with the terms of the Exchange Act.
(e)Compliance with Other Instruments. The execution, delivery and performance by Merida of this Agreement and the consummation by Merida of the Transactions will not result in any violation or default (i) of any provisions of its organizational documents, (ii) of any instrument, judgment, order, writ or decree to which it is a party or by which it is bound, (iii) under any note, indenture or mortgage to which it is a party or by which it is bound, (iv) under any lease, agreement, contract or purchase order to which it is a party or by which it is bound, or
(v) of any provision of federal or state statute, rule or regulation applicable to it or the Transactions, in each case (other than clause (i)), which would have a material adverse effect on Merida or its ability to consummate the Transactions.
(f)SEC Filings. To the knowledge of Merida, none of Merida’s reports and other filings with the Commission (the “SEC Reports”), as of their respective dates, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.
(g)No Other Representations and Warranties; Non-Reliance. Except for the specific representations and warranties contained in this Section 3 and in any certificate or written agreement delivered pursuant hereto or in any public filings, neither Merida or any person on behalf of Merida nor any of Merida’s affiliates (collectively, the “Merida Parties”) has made, makes or shall be deemed to make any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to Merida, the Company, the Transactions or the Business Combination, and the Merida Parties disclaim any such representation or warranty. Except for the specific representations and warranties expressly made by the Investors in Section 2 of this Agreement and in any certificate or agreement delivered pursuant hereto, the Merida Parties specifically disclaim that they are relying upon any other representations or warranties that may have been made by the Investor Parties.
(a)No Redemptions; No Tenders. Each Investor further agrees not to, (i) request redemption of any of the Shares (including any Additional Shares) in conjunction with Merida’s
stockholders’ approval of the Business Combination, or (ii) tender the Shares (including any Additional Shares) to Merida in response to any redemption or tender offer that Merida may commence for its shares of common stock
(b)Option to Purchase Additional Shares and Certain Derivatives. Merida hereby acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement shall prohibit any Investor from purchasing in the open market or from third parties prior to the Business Combination Closing Date additional shares of common stock of Merida, including shares that have previously been tendered by third parties for redemption at their original redemption value in conjunction with Merida’s stockholders’ approval of the Business Combination, to the extent such third parties unwind such tenders for redemption (the “Additional Shares”), or any warrants, convertible notes or options (including puts or calls) of Merida; provided, the aggregate number of Shares and Additional Shares owned by an Investor and subject to Sections 1, 4(b) and 4(c) shall not exceed the Maximum Share Amount set forth on Appendix A with respect to each Investor, unless otherwise agreed in writing by all Parties. For the avoidance of doubt, all Additional Shares shall be deemed Shares for all purposes hereunder and shall be purchased by the Company in accordance with Section 1.
(c)Open Market Sale. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Parties agree that each Investor shall, commencing on the day after the date by which shares of common stock of Merida must be tendered for redemption in conjunction with Merida’s stockholders’ approval of the Business Combination (the “Redemption Date”), have the right, but not the obligation, to sell any or all of the Shares held by such Investor (including any Additional Shares) in the open market if the sale price exceeds $10.01 per Share prior to payment of any commissions due by the Investor for such sale. Each Investor shall give written notice to the Company and Escrow Agent of any sale of Shares (including any Additional Shares) pursuant to Section 4(c) within three (3) Business Days following the date of such sale (each, an “Open Market Sale Notice”), and each Open Market Sale Notice shall include the date of the sale, the number of Shares sold, and confirmation that the sale price per Share was greater than $10.01 per Share prior to the payment of any commissions due by the Investor for the sale. If an Investor sells any Shares (including any Additional Shares) in the open market after the Redemption Date and prior to the one (1) month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date at a sales price per Share that is greater than $10.06 (such sale, the “Early Sale” and such Shares, the “Early Sale Shares”), then, within five (5) Business Days of the Company’s and the Escrow Agent’s receipt of such Open Market Sale Notice, the Escrow Agent shall release from the Escrow Account (x) to the selling Investor an amount equal to $0.05 per Early Sale Share sold by such Investor (the “Early Sale Premium”), which shall be paid by wire transfer of immediately available funds from the Escrow Account to the Investor, and (y) to the Company an amount equal to $10.11 per Early Sale Share sold in such Early Sale.
(d) E s c r o w .
(i)Simultaneously with the closing of the Business Combination, Merida shall deposit, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt, sufficiency and adequacy of which Merida hereby acknowledges, into a non-interest bearing escrow account (the “Escrow Account”) with Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company (the “Escrow Agent”), subject to the terms of a written escrow agreement (the “Escrow Agreement”) substantially in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto and to be entered into on or prior to the Business Combination Closing Date, an amount equal to the lesser of (x) $6,096,000 and (y) $10.16 multiplied by the number of Shares and Additional Shares held by the Investors as of the closing of the Business Combination (the “Escrowed Funds”),
provided that, in no event shall the amount of the Escrowed Funds be less than the amount needed to pay the aggregate Shares Purchase Price in respect of all Shares (including any Additional Shares (subject to Section 4(b)) of each Investor who elects to sell its Shares to the Company pursuant to Section 1(a). Not later than two (2) Business Days prior to the Business Combination Closing Date, the Company shall request from each Investor, and each Investor shall promptly inform the Company and the Escrow Agent of, the number of Shares (including Additional Shares) then held by such Investor, which number of Shares shall be re-confirmed by each Investor as of the Business Combination Closing Date. The Escrow Agreement shall (i) require the Escrow Agent to provide to each Investor proof of escrow or other written evidence of the deposit of the Escrowed Funds promptly following Merida’s deposit of the Escrowed Funds and (ii) irrevocably cause the Escrow Agent to release from the Escrow Account the aggregate Shares Purchase Price in accordance with Section 1. The payments to be made by the Escrow Agent to the Investors in accordance with Section 1 or Section 4(c), if applicable, will be made solely with the Escrowed Funds.
(ii)Subject to Section 4(c), upon receipt by the Escrow Agent and Company of written notice that any Investor has sold Shares above $10.16 (including any Additional Shares) as provided in Section 4(c), the Escrow Agent may release to the Company for the Company’s use without restriction an aggregate amount equal to the number of Shares (including any Additional Shares) sold multiplied by $10.11.
(iii)In the event that any Investor elects not to sell to the Company any Shares (including any Additional Shares) held by such Investor by either (A)the Investor delivering a written notice to the Company on behalf of itself stating such Investor’s intention not to sell any Shares (or any Additional Shares) to the Company, or (B) such Investor failing to timely deliver a Shares Sale Notice to the Company pursuant to Section 1(a) for any of its Shares, the Company may promptly issue instructions to the Escrow Agent to release from the Escrow Account to the Company for the Company’s use without restriction an amount equal to (x) $10.16 multiplied by (y) the number of Shares held by such Investor.
(iv)Merida covenants and agrees that it has or as of the Business Combination Closing Date will have available funds or unrestricted access to available funds in an amount necessary to fully fund the Escrow Account in respect of the Escrowed Funds.
(e)Notification. Each of the Company and the Investors shall promptly notify the other of the occurrence of any event that would make any of the representations and warranties of such Party set forth in Section 3 and Section 2, respectively, untrue or incorrect at any time between the date of this Agreement and the Shares Closing Date, except where the failure of a representation and warranty to be true and correct would not have a material adverse effect on Merida’s or the Company’s ability to consummate the Transactions.
(f)Security Agreement in Escrow Account. To secure the obligations of Merida and the Company under this Agreement, Merida and the Company each grant to the Investors a security interest in, and lien on, all right, title, and interest of Merida and the Company in and to the Escrow Account in respect of all funds required to satisfy Merida’s and the Company’s obligations hereunder, the Escrow Agreement, all rights related thereto, and all proceeds, products, and profits of the foregoing. In the event of a default by Merida or the Company under this Agreement or the Escrow Agreement, then, in addition to any other rights the Investors may have under this
Agreement, the Escrow Agreement, and applicable law, the Investors shall also have the rights and remedies of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code as enacted in the State of New York. Merida and the Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to prepare and file such UCC financing statements or other documents as reasonably directed by any Investor with respect to their security interests.
(g)Indemnification. Merida (referred to as the “Indemnitor”) agrees to indemnify each Investor and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents and shareholders (collectively referred to as the “Indemnitees”) against, and hold them harmless of and from, any and all loss, liability, cost, damage and expense, including without limitation, reasonable and documented out-of-pocket outside counsel fees, which the Indemnitees may suffer or incur by reason of any action, claim or proceeding, in each case, brought by a third party creditor of Merida, the Company or any of their respective subsidiaries asserting that any Investor or the Investors are not entitled to receive the aggregate Share Purchase Price or such portion thereof as they are entitled to receive pursuant to Section 1(a) and Section 4(c) of this Agreement, in each case unless such action, claim or proceeding is the result of the fraud, bad faith, willful misconduct or gross negligence of any Indemnitee.
5.Closing Conditions. The obligation of the Company to purchase the Shares at the Shares Closing under this Agreement from each Investor shall be subject in all respects to the consummation of the Business Combination, such Shares being free and clear of all liens and other encumbrances as of the Shares Closing and such Shares being continuously held by such Investor from the closing of the Business Combination through the three (3) month anniversary of the Business Combination Closing Date.
6.Termination. This Agreement may be terminated as follows:
(a)with respect to any Investor, at any time by mutual written consent of such Investor and Merida, provided that this Agreement will continue in force and effect with respect to other non-consenting Investors and Merida;
(b)automatically if the stockholders of Merida fail to approve the Business Combination or the Business Combination fails to close by February 28, 2022;
(c)with respect to any Investor, prior to the closing of the Business Combination upon notice from such Investor to Merida if there occurs a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Merger Agreement); provided that, solely for purposes of this Agreement (and not, for the avoidance of doubt, for purposes of the Merger Agreement), the failure of the counterparties to the Note Purchase Agreements (as defined in the Merger Agreement) to fund or cause the funding of 25% or greater of the aggregate amount of the Notes (as defined in the Merger Agreement) when required to do so pursuant to the terms of the Note Subscription Agreements shall constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect; and
(d)with respect to any Investor, by such Investor if prior to the shareholder meeting to approve the Business Combination, Merida and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, have not executed the Escrow Agreement.
Merida shall promptly publicly disclose any event that constitutes a Company Material Adverse Effect under Section 6(c) above and shall notify the Investors not later than the shareholder meeting time of any failure to enter into the Escrow Agreement as contemplated by Section 6(d).
In the event of termination in accordance with Section 6(a), 6(b), 6(c), or 6(d), this Agreement shall forthwith become null and void and have no effect, without any liability on the part of the Investors, Merida, or the Company and their respective directors, officers, employees, partners, managers, members, or stockholders and, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, all rights and obligations of each Party shall immediately cease (other than the Indemnitor’s obligations under Section 4(g)); provided, however, that nothing contained in this Section 6 shall relieve any Party from liabilities or damages arising out of any actual fraud or willful breach by such party of any of its representations, warranties, covenants or agreements contained in this Agreement prior to termination of this Agreement.
7.Trust Fund Waiver. Each Investor acknowledges that Merida has established a trust account (“Trust Account”) for the benefit of Merida’s public stockholders and that disbursements from the Trust Account are available only in the limited circumstances as described in the SEC Reports. Each Investor further acknowledges and agrees that Merida’s sole assets consist of the cash proceeds of Merida’s initial public offering and private placements of its securities, and that substantially all of these proceeds have been deposited in the Trust Account for the benefit of its public stockholders. Each Investor (on behalf of itself and its affiliates) hereby waives any past, present or future claim of any kind against, and any right to access, the Trust Account and any funds contained therein for any reason whatsoever, and will not seek recourse against the Trust Account at any time for any reason whatsoever; provided, however, that nothing herein shall serve to limit or prohibit an Investor’s or the Investors’ right to pursue a claim against the Company for (i) legal relief against monies or other assets held outside the Trust Account or
(ii) specific performance or other equitable relief in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement so long as such claim would not affect Merida’s ability to fulfill its obligation to effectuate redemption of public shares as described in the SEC Reports. This Section 7.05 shall survive the termination of this Agreement for any reason.
(a)Notices. All notices and other communications given or made pursuant to this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given upon the earlier of actual receipt, or (i) personal delivery to the Party to be notified, (ii) when sent, if sent by electronic mail during normal business hours of the recipient, and if not sent during normal business hours, then on the recipient’s next Business Day, (iii) five (5) Business Days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or (iv) one (1) Business Day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, freight prepaid, specifying next Business Day delivery, with written verification of receipt. All notices and other communications sent to a Party shall be sent to the e-mail address or address as set forth on the signature page of such Party hereto, or to such e-mail address or address as subsequently modified by written notice given by such Party in accordance with this Section 8(a).
(b)No Finder’s Fees. Each Party represents that it neither is nor will be obligated for any finder’s fee or commission in connection with the Transactions. Each Investor agrees to indemnify and to hold harmless Merida from any liability for any commission or compensation in the nature of a finder’s or broker’s fee arising out of the Transactions (and the costs and expenses of defending against such liability or asserted liability) for which such Investor, or any of its respective officers, employees or representatives is solely responsible or arising out of any agreement entered into by any such person or entity. Merida agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Investors from any liability for any commission or compensation in the nature of a finder’s or broker’s fee arising out of the Transactions (and the costs and expenses of defending against such
liability or asserted liability) for which Merida or any of its officers, employees or representatives is responsible or arising out of any agreement entered into by any such person or entity.
(c)Survival of Representations and Warranties. All of the representations and warranties contained herein shall survive the Shares Closing.
(d)Entire Agreement. This Agreement, together with any documents, instruments and writings that are delivered pursuant hereto or referenced herein, constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the Parties in respect of its subject matter and supersedes all prior understandings, agreements, or representations by or among the Parties, written or oral, to the extent they relate in any way to the subject matter hereof or to the Transactions.
(e)Successors. All of the terms, agreements, covenants, representations, warranties, and conditions of this Agreement are binding upon, and inure to the benefit of and are enforceable by, the Parties and their respective successors. Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to confer upon any party other than the Parties or their respective successors and assigns any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement, except as expressly provided in this Agreement.
(f)Assignments. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, no Party may assign either this Agreement or any of its rights, interests, or obligations hereunder without the prior written approval of the each of the other Parties.
(g)Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument. Signatures sent by facsimile transmission or in PDF format shall be deemed to be originals for all purposes of this Agreement.
(h)Headings. The section headings contained in this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and will not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
(i)Governing Law; Jurisdiction. This Agreement, the entire relationship of the Parties, and any litigation among the Parties (whether grounded in contract, tort, statute, law or equity) shall be governed by, construed in accordance with, and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to its choice of laws or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Delaware or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware. Any dispute arising from or relating to the relative rights of the parties hereto and all other questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement, shall be brought exclusively in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (the “Court of Chancery”) or, to the extent the Court of Chancery does not have subject matter jurisdiction, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the appellate courts having jurisdiction of appeals in such courts (the “Delaware Federal Court”) or, to the extent neither the Court of Chancery nor the Delaware Federal Court has subject matter jurisdiction, the Superior Court of the State of Delaware (the “Chosen Courts”), and, solely with respect to any such action (i) irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Chosen Courts, (ii) waives any objection to laying venue in any such action in the Chosen Courts, and (iii) waives any objection that the Chosen Courts are an inconvenient forum or do not have jurisdiction over any party hereto.
(j)MUTUAL WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, SUIT, OR PROCEEDING BROUGHT TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN OR AMONG ANY OF THE PARTIES HERETO, WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF, CONNECTED WITH, RELATED OR INCIDENTAL TO THIS AGREEMENT AND/OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.
(k)Amendments. This Agreement may not be amended, modified or waived as to any particular provision, except with the prior written consent of all Parties.
(l)Severability. The provisions of this Agreement will be deemed severable and the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision will not affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions hereof; provided that if any provision of this Agreement, as applied to any Party or to any circumstance, is adjudged by a governmental authority, arbitrator, or mediator not to be enforceable in accordance with its terms, the Parties agree that the governmental authority, arbitrator, or mediator making such determination will have the power to modify the provision in a manner consistent with its objectives such that it is enforceable, and/or to delete specific words or phrases, and in its reduced form, such provision will then be enforceable and will be enforced.
(m)Expenses. Each Party shall pay its own expenses in connection with this Agreement; provided, however that Merida and the Company are jointly responsible for all fees associated with the Escrow Account.
(n)Most Favored Nation. In the event the Sponsor enters into separate agreements with other investors in respect of the purchase of Shares, before or after the execution of this Agreement, the Sponsor represents that the material terms of such other agreements will be no more favorable to such other investors thereunder than the terms of this Agreement are in respect of the Investors. In the event that another investor is afforded any such more favorable terms than the Investors, the Sponsor shall promptly so inform each Investor of such more favorable terms, and each Investor shall have the right to elect to have such more favorable terms included herein, in which case the parties hereto shall promptly amend this Agreement to effect the same. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Sponsor transfers or sells Founder Shares to another investor and that investor also executes a non-redemption agreement or forward share purchase agreement substantially similar to this Agreement with terms more beneficial to another investor than the Investors, each Investor shall be notified of such agreement and have the right to amend the terms of this Agreement to match the more favorable terms and/or each Investor shall have the right elect to have such terms included herein.
(o)Exclusivity. Merida represents that it has not entered into any similar agreements with any other parties prior to the execution of this Agreement. Merida may enter into a similar non-redemption or forward purchase agreement for a maximum aggregate 4,000,000 shares, subject to the terms of Section 8(n).
(p)Construction. The Parties have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. If an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, this Agreement will be construed as if drafted jointly by the Parties and no presumption or burden of proof will arise favoring or disfavoring any Party because of the authorship of any provision of this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, “Business Day” means any day other than Saturday, Sunday, or a day on which commercial banks in New York are obligated by any applicable law to
close. Any reference to any federal, state, local, or foreign law will be deemed also to refer to law as amended and all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, unless the context requires otherwise. The words “include,” “includes,” and “including” will be deemed to be followed by “without limitation.” Pronouns in masculine, feminine, and neuter genders will be construed to include any other gender, and words in the singular form will be construed to include the plural and vice versa, unless the context otherwise requires. The words “this Agreement,” “herein,” “hereof,” “hereby,” “hereunder,” and words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular subdivision unless expressly so limited. The Parties intend that each representation, warranty, and covenant contained herein will have independent significance. If a Party has breached any representation, warranty, or covenant contained herein in any respect, the fact that there exists another representation, warranty or covenant relating to the same subject matter (regardless of the relative levels of specificity) which such party has not breached will not detract from or mitigate the fact that such party is in breach of the first representation, warranty, or covenant.
(q)Waiver. No waiver by a Party of any default, misrepresentation, or breach of warranty or covenant hereunder, whether intentional or not, may be deemed to extend to any prior or subsequent default, misrepresentation, or breach of warranty or covenant hereunder or affect in any way any rights arising because of any prior or subsequent occurrence.
(r)Specific Performance. Each Party agrees that irreparable damage may occur in the event any provision of this Agreement was not performed by any other Party in accordance with the terms hereof and that the other Parties shall be entitled to seek specific performance of the terms hereof, in addition to any other remedy at law or equity.
(s)Rule 10 b 5 - 1 .
i.The Company represents and warrants to the Investors that Company is not entering into this Agreement to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for the Shares) or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for the Shares) for the purpose of inducing the purchase or sale of such securities or otherwise in violation of the Exchange Act, and the Company represents and warrants to the Investors that the Company has not entered into or altered, and agrees that the Company will not enter into or alter, any corresponding or hedging transaction or position with respect to the Shares. The Company acknowledges that it is the intent of the Company that this Agreement comply with the requirements of paragraphs (c)(1)(i)(A) and (B) of Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 10b5-1”) and this Agreement shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c).
ii.The Company agrees that it will not seek to control or influence the Investors’
decision to make any “purchases or sales” (within the meaning of Rule 10b5- 1(c)(1)(i)(B)(3)) under this Agreement, including, without limitation, an Investor’s decision to enter into any hedging transactions.
iii. The Company acknowledges and agrees that any amendment, modification, waiver or termination of this Agreement must be effected in accordance with the requirements for the amendment or termination of a “plan” as defined in Rule 10b5-1(c). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company acknowledges and agrees that any such amendment, modification, waiver or termination shall be made in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade the prohibitions of Rule 10b-5, and no such amendment, modification or
waiver shall be made at any time at which the Company or any officer, director, manager or similar person of the Company is aware of any material non-public information regarding the Company or the Shares.
[Signature page follows]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement to be effective as of the date first set forth above.
Castle Creek Arbitrage, LLC
By: /s/ Allan Weine
Name: Allan Weine
Title: Authorized Person
Address for Notices:
190 s Lasalle Suite3050 Chicago, Il 60603
Merida Merger Corp I
By: /s/ Peter Lee
Name: Peter Lee
Address for Notices:
641 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor New York NY 10022
Number of Shares
Maximum Share Amount
CC Arbitrage, Ltd
CC Arb West LLC
Exhibit A Escrow Agreement