Form of Restricted Stock Unit Agreement under 2020 Incentive Award Plan
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT GRANT NOTICE
Capitalized terms not specifically defined in this Restricted Stock Unit Grant Notice (the Grant Notice) have the meanings given to them in the 2020 Incentive Award Plan (as amended from time to time, the Plan) of Playtika Holding Corp. (the Company).
The Company hereby grants to the participant listed below (Participant) the Restricted Stock Units described in this Grant Notice (the RSUs), subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and the Restricted Stock Unit Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A (the Agreement), both of which are incorporated into this Grant Notice by reference. Each RSU is hereby granted in tandem with a corresponding dividend equivalent to the extent a portion of such RSU is vested, as further described in Article III of the Agreement (the Dividend Equivalents).
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By Participants signature below, Participant agrees to be bound by the terms of this Grant Notice, the Plan and the Agreement. Participant has reviewed the Plan, this Grant Notice and the Agreement 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 Plan, this Grant Notice and the Agreement. Participant hereby agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Administrator upon any questions arising under the Plan, this Grant Notice or the Agreement.
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RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT
Capitalized terms not specifically defined in this Agreement have the meanings specified in the Grant Notice or, if not defined in the Grant Notice, in the Plan.
1.1 Award of RSUs and Dividend Equivalents. The Company has granted the RSUs to Participant effective as of the grant date set forth in the Grant Notice (the Grant Date). Each RSU represents the right to receive one Share, as set forth in this Agreement. Participant will have no right to the distribution of any Shares until the time (if ever) the RSUs have vested. Each vested portion of the RSU has a corresponding Dividend Equivalent as described in Article III.
1.2 Incorporation of Terms of Plan. The RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents are 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.
1.3 Unsecured Promise. The RSUs and Dividend Equivalents will at all times prior to settlement represent an unsecured Company obligation payable only from the Companys general assets.
VESTING; FORFEITURE AND SETTLEMENT
2.1 Vesting; Forfeiture. The RSUs will vest according to the vesting schedule in the Grant Notice (the Vesting Schedule), except that any fraction of an RSU that would otherwise be vested will be accumulated and will vest only when a whole RSU has accumulated. Except as provided in the Grant Notice, in the event of Participants Termination of Service for any reason, all unvested RSUs and any unpaid Dividend Equivalents will immediately and automatically be cancelled and forfeited, except as otherwise determined by the Administrator or provided in a binding written agreement between Participant and the Company.
(a) RSUs (including any RSUs credited as Dividend Equivalents) will be paid in Shares as soon as administratively practicable after the vesting of the applicable RSU, but in no event more than sixty days after the applicable vesting date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may delay any payment under this Agreement that the Company reasonably determines would violate Applicable Laws until the earliest date the Company reasonably determines the making of the payment will not cause such a violation (in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(7)(ii)), provided the Company reasonably believes the delay will not result in the imposition of excise taxes under Section 409A.
(b) All distributions shall be made by the Company in the form of whole shares of Common Stock.
(c) Neither the time nor form of distribution of Shares with respect to the RSUs or the Dividend Equivalents may be changed, except as may be permitted by the Administrator in accordance with the Plan and Section 409A of the Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder.
3.1 Award of Dividend Equivalents. To the extent a portion of an RSU has vested, but such vested portion of such RSU has not yet settled pursuant to Section 2.2, such vested portion of such RSU granted hereunder is hereby granted in tandem with a corresponding Dividend Equivalent, which Dividend Equivalent shall remain outstanding from such date of vesting until the earlier of the settlement or forfeiture of the RSU to which it corresponds. Pursuant to each outstanding Dividend Equivalent, Participant shall be entitled to receive additional RSUs (or cash as set forth in Section 3.4) equal to the value of any dividends, if any, that Participant would have received in respect of the Share underlying the RSU to which such Dividend Equivalent relates, had such Share been outstanding on the applicable dividend record date.
3.2 Crediting of Additional RSUs. Subject to Section 3.3 below, when such dividends are so declared, the following shall occur:
(a) On the date that the Company pays a cash dividend in respect of outstanding Shares, the Company shall credit Participant with a number of full and fractional RSUs equal to the quotient of (i) the total number of vested RSUs subject to this Award but not yet distributed, multiplied by the per Share dollar amount of such dividend, divided by (ii) the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date such dividend is paid;
(b) On the date that the Company pays a Common Stock dividend in respect of outstanding Shares, the Company shall credit the Participant with a number of full and fractional RSUs equal to the product of (i) the total number of vested RSUs subject to this Award but not yet distributed, multiplied by (ii) the number of Shares distributed with respect to such dividend per Share; or
(c) On the date that the Company pays any other type of distribution in respect of outstanding Shares, the Company shall credit the Participant in an equitable manner based on the total number of RSUs subject to this Award but not yet distributed, as determined in the sole discretion of the Administrator.
3.3 Additional RSUs Subject to Same Terms. To the extent that any additional RSUs are credited to Participant in respect of the Participants Dividend Equivalent rights, such additional RSUs shall be subject to the same terms as the original RSUs to which they relate.
3.4 Termination of Dividend Equivalents. Dividend Equivalent rights shall remain outstanding from the date of vesting through the earlier to occur of (i) the forfeiture for any reason of the RSU to which such Dividend Equivalent right corresponds or (ii) the delivery to the Participant of payment for the RSU (in accordance with Section 2.2 above) to which such Dividend Equivalent right corresponds. For the avoidance of doubt, if a Dividend Equivalent right terminates after the applicable record date for a Company dividend (other than due to the forfeiture of the RSU to which such Dividend Equivalent right corresponds) and prior to the corresponding payment date thereof, Participant shall still be entitled to payment of the Dividend Equivalent right amount determined in accordance with this Article III, if and when the Company pays the underlying dividend; provided, however, that, unless otherwise provided by the Administrator, such Dividend Equivalent right amount shall be made in cash (rather than RSUs to be paid in Shares) within thirty days following the applicable dividend payment date. Further, if no dividend (or dividend record date) is declared by the Board prior to the date of forfeiture or date of settlement of the RSU to which such Dividend Equivalent right corresponds, such Dividend Equivalent shall automatically be cancelled on such forfeiture date or settlement date.
3.5 Section 409A. Dividend Equivalent rights and any amounts that may become distributable in respect thereof shall be treated separately from the RSUs and the rights arising in connection therewith for purposes of the designation of time and form of payments required by Section 409A.
TAXATION AND TAX WITHHOLDING
4.1 Representation. Participant represents to the Company that Participant has reviewed with Participants own tax advisors the tax consequences of this Award and the transactions contemplated by the Grant Notice and this Agreement. Participant is relying solely on such advisors and not on any statements or representations of the Company or any of its agents.
4.2 Taxes; Tax Withholding.
(a) The Company shall not be obligated to deliver any certificate representing Shares issuable with respect to the RSUs or the Dividend Equivalents to 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 vesting or settlement of the RSUs or the Dividend Equivalents, the distribution of the Shares issuable with respect thereto, or any other taxable event related to the RSUs or the Dividend Equivalents (the Tax Withholding Obligation).
(b) Unless Participant elects to satisfy the Tax Withholding Obligation by some other means in accordance with Section 9.5 of the Plan, Participants acceptance of this Award constitutes Participants instruction and authorization to the Company to, and the Company shall, with respect to the Tax Withholding Obligation arising as a result of the vesting or distribution of the RSUs (including additional RSUs granted pursuant to Section 3.2), withhold a net number of vested Shares otherwise issuable pursuant to the RSUs having a then-current Fair Market Value not exceeding the amount necessary to satisfy the Tax Withholding Obligation of the Company and its Related Entities with respect to the vesting or distribution of the RSUs.
(c) Subject to Section 9.5 of the Plan, the applicable Tax Withholding Obligation will be determined based on Participants Applicable Tax Withholding Rate. Participants Applicable Tax Withholding Rate shall mean (i) the greater of (A) the minimum applicable statutory tax withholding rate or (B) with the Participants consent, the maximum individual tax withholding rate permitted under the rules of the applicable taxing authority for tax withholding attributable to the underlying transaction; provided, further, that in no event shall Participants Applicable Tax Withholding Rate exceed the maximum individual statutory tax rate in the applicable jurisdiction at the time of such withholding (or such other rate as may be required to avoid the liability classification of the applicable award under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America); provided, however, that the number of Shares tendered or withheld, if applicable, pursuant to Section 4.2(b) shall be rounded up to the nearest whole Share sufficient to cover the applicable Tax Withholding Obligation, to the extent rounding up to the nearest whole Share does not result in the liability classification of the RSUs and Dividend Equivalents under generally accepted accounting principles.
(d) Participant acknowledges that Participant is ultimately liable and responsible for all taxes owed in connection with the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents, regardless of any action the Company or any Related Entity takes with respect to any Tax Withholding Obligations that arise in connection with the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents. Neither the Company nor any Related Entity makes any representation or undertaking regarding the tax treatment to Participant in connection with the awarding, vesting or payment of the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents or the subsequent sale of Shares.
The Company and the Related Entities do not commit and are under no obligation to structure the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents to reduce or eliminate Participants tax liability.
In connection with the award of the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents, Participant represents to the Company the following:
(a) Participant is aware of the Companys business affairs and financial condition and has acquired sufficient information about the Company to reach an informed and knowledgeable decision to acquire the Shares issuable upon settlement of the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents. Participant is acquiring these Shares for investment for Participants own account only and not with a view to, or for resale in connection with, any distribution thereof within the meaning of the Securities Act.
(b) Participant acknowledges and understands that the Shares constitute restricted securities under the Securities Act and have not been registered under the Securities Act in reliance upon a specific exemption therefrom, which exemption depends upon, among other things, the bona fide nature of Participants investment intent as expressed herein. Participant further understands that the Shares must be held indefinitely unless they are subsequently registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from such registration is available. Participant further acknowledges and understands that the Company is under no obligation to register the Shares. Participant understands that the certificate evidencing the Shares may be imprinted with a legend which prohibits the transfer of the Shares unless they are registered or such registration is not required in the opinion of counsel satisfactory to the Company and any other legend required under Applicable Laws.
(c) Participant is familiar with the provisions of Rule 701 and Rule 144, each promulgated under the Securities Act, which, in substance, permit limited public resale of restricted securities acquired, directly or indirectly from the issuer thereof, in a non-public offering subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. In the event the Company becomes subject to the reporting requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, ninety days thereafter (or such longer period as any market stand-off agreement may require) the Shares exempt under Rule 701 may under present law be resold, subject to the satisfaction of certain of the conditions specified by Rule 144.
(d) In the event that the Company does not qualify under Rule 701 at the time of purchase of the Shares, then the Shares may be resold in certain limited circumstances subject to the provisions of Rule 144.
(e) Participant further understands that in the event all of the applicable requirements of Rule 701 or 144 are not satisfied, registration under the Securities Act, compliance with Regulation A, or some other registration exemption will be required; and that, notwithstanding the fact that Rules 144 and 701 are not exclusive, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission has expressed its opinion that persons proposing to sell private placement securities other than in a registered offering and otherwise than pursuant to Rules 144 or 701 will have a substantial burden of proof in establishing that an exemption from registration is available for such offers or sales, and that such persons and their respective brokers who participate in such transactions do so at their own risk. Participant understands that no assurances can be given that any such other registration exemption will be available in such event.
6.1 Award Not Transferable; Other Restrictions. Without limiting the generality of any other provision hereof, the Award shall be subject to the restrictions on transferability set forth in Section 9.1 of the Plan. Without limiting the generality of any other provision hereof, the Participant hereby expressly acknowledges that Section 10.8 (Lock-Up Period) and Section 10.9 (Right of First Refusal) of the Plan are expressly incorporated into this Agreement and are applicable to the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement.
6.2 Restrictive Legends and Stop-Transfer Orders.
(a) Legends. The Participant understands and agrees that the Company shall cause the legends set forth below or legends substantially equivalent thereto, to be placed upon any certificate(s) evidencing ownership of the Shares together with any other legends that may be required by state or federal securities laws:
THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED FOR INVESTMENT AND NOT WITH A VIEW TO, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION THEREOF. THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 (THE ACT) OR ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED UNLESS AND UNTIL REGISTERED UNDER THE ACT AND SUCH LAWS OR, IN THE OPINION OF COUNSEL IN FORM AND SUBSTANCE SATISFACTORY TO THE ISSUER OF THESE SECURITIES, SUCH OFFER, SALE OR TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR HYPOTHECATION IS IN COMPLIANCE THEREWITH.
THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REPURCHASE RIGHTS, FORFEITURE PROVISIONS, TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS AND A RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL HELD BY THE ISSUER OR ITS ASSIGNEE(S), AS SET FORTH IN A RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ISSUER AND THE ORIGINAL HOLDER OF THESE SHARES, COPIES OF WHICH MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE ISSUER. SUCH REPURCHASE RIGHTS, FORFEITURE PROVISIONS, TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS AND RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL ARE BINDING ON TRANSFEREES OF THESE SHARES.
(b) Stop-Transfer Notices. The Participant agrees that, in order to ensure compliance with the restrictions referred to herein, the Company may issue appropriate stop transfer instructions to its transfer agent, if any, and that, if the Company transfers its own securities, it may make appropriate notations to the same effect in its own records.
(c) Refusal to Transfer. The Company shall not be required (i) to transfer on its books any Shares that have been sold or otherwise transferred in violation of any of the provisions of this Agreement or (ii) to treat as owner of such Shares or to accord the right to vote or pay dividends to any purchaser or other transferee to whom such Shares shall have been so transferred.
(d) Other Restrictions on Transfer. In addition to the limitations contained in Section 6.1 above and this Section 6.2, the Participant agrees and acknowledges that Participant will not transfer in
any manner the Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement unless (a) the transfer is pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act or the rules and regulations in effect thereunder, or (b) counsel for the Company shall have reasonably concluded that no such registration is required because of the availability of an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. To the extent permitted by Applicable Laws, the Plan and this Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent necessary to conform to such laws, rules and regulations.
6.3 Adjustments. Participant acknowledges that the RSUs, the Dividend Equivalents and the Shares issuable with respect thereto are subject to adjustment, modification and termination in certain events as provided in this Agreement and the Plan.
6.4 Notices. Any notice to be given under the terms of this Agreement to the Company must be in writing and addressed to the Company in care of the Companys Secretary at the Companys principal office or the Secretarys then-current email address or facsimile number. Any notice to be given under the terms of this Agreement to Participant must be in writing and addressed to Participant at Participants last known mailing address, email address or facsimile number in the Companys personnel files. By a notice given pursuant to this Section, either party may designate a different address for notices to be given to that party. Any notice will be deemed duly given when actually received, when sent by email, 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, when delivered by a nationally recognized express shipping company or upon receipt of a facsimile transmission confirmation.
6.5 Titles. Titles are provided herein for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction of this Agreement.
6.6 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 and, to the extent Applicable Laws permit, will be deemed amended as necessary to conform to Applicable Laws.
6.7 Successors and Assigns. The Company may assign any of its rights under this Agreement to single or multiple assignees, and this Agreement will inure to the benefit of the successors and assigns of the Company. Subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth in the Plan, this Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, legatees, legal representatives, successors and assigns of the parties hereto.
6.8 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. Participant hereby agrees to execute such further instruments and to take such further action as the Company requests to carry out the purposes and intent of this Agreement and the Plan, including, without limitation, restrictions on the transferability of the Shares, the right of the Company to repurchase shares of Common Stock, the right of the Company to require that shares of Common Stock be transferred in the event of certain transactions, tag-along rights, bring-along rights, redemption and co-sale rights and voting requirements in accordance with the Plan. [This Agreement may be amended by the Company in accordance with Section 9.6 of the Plan.] [This Agreement may not be amended without the written consent of Participant and an authorized officer of the Company.]1
6.9 Agreement Severable. In the event that any provision of the Grant Notice or this Agreement is held illegal or invalid, the provision will be severable from, and the illegality or invalidity of
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the provision will not be construed to have any effect on, the remaining provisions of the Grant Notice or this Agreement.
6.10 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 may not be construed as creating a trust. Neither the Plan nor any underlying program, in and of itself, has any assets. Participant will have only the rights of a general unsecured creditor of the Company with respect to amounts credited and benefits payable, if any, with respect to the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents, and rights no greater than the right to receive the Shares as a general unsecured creditor with respect to the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents, as and when settled pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
6.11 Rights as a 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 deliverable hereunder 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). 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. The issuance of Shares under this Award to Participant shall be subject to Participants satisfaction of the conditions under Section 10.14 of the Plan and execution of a counterpart signature page or joinder agreeing to be subject to any stockholders agreement as the Administrator shall determine, including without limitation, that certain Equity Plan Stockholders Agreement adopted as of June 26, 2020 by the Company and the other parties thereto.
6.12 Not a Contract of Employment. Nothing in the Plan, the Grant Notice or this Agreement confers upon Participant any right to continue in the employ or service of the Company or any Related Entity or interferes with or restricts in any way the rights of the Company and its Related Entities, 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 expressly provided otherwise in a written agreement between the Company or a Related Entity and Participant.
6.13 Counterparts. The Grant Notice may be executed in one or more counterparts, including by way of any electronic signature, subject to Applicable Laws, each of which will be deemed an original and all of which together will constitute one instrument.
6.14 Section 409A.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, this Agreement or the Grant Notice, the Plan, this Agreement and the Grant Notice shall be interpreted in accordance with, and incorporate the terms and conditions required by, Section 409A of the Code (together with any Department of Treasury regulations and other interpretive guidance issued thereunder, including without limitation any such regulations or other guidance that may be issued after the Grant Date, Section 409A). The Administrator may, in its discretion, adopt such amendments to the Plan, this Agreement or the Grant Notice 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 to comply with the requirements of Section 409A.
(b) This Agreement is not intended to provide for any deferral of compensation subject to Section 409A, and, accordingly, the Shares issuable pursuant to the RSUs (including RSUs credited as Dividend Equivalents) shall be distributed to Participant, and any payments in respect of Dividend
Equivalents shall be paid to Participant, no later than the later of: (A) the fifteenth (15th) day of the third month following Participants first taxable year in which such RSUs and/or Dividend Equivalents, as applicable, are no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, and (B) the fifteenth (15th) day of the third month following first taxable year of the Company in which such RSUs and/or Dividend Equivalents, as applicable, are no longer subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, as determined in accordance with Section 409A.
(c) For purposes of Section 409A (including, without limitation, for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(iii)), each payment that Participant may be eligible to receive under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate and distinct payment.
6.15 Governing Law. The provisions of the Plan and all Awards made thereunder, including the RSUs and the Dividend Equivalents, shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, disregarding choice-of-law principles of the law of any state that would require the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than such state.
6.16 [Certain Payments by the Company.
(a) Gross-Up Payment. Notwithstanding any other provision of any other plan, arrangement or agreement to the contrary, including, without limitation, the Plan, subject only to Section 6.16(b)(i) below, if it shall be determined that any Payment (as defined below) will be subject to the Excise Tax (as defined below), then Participant shall be entitled to receive an additional cash payment (the Gross-Up Payment) equal to the sum of the Excise Tax payable with respect to any Gross-Up Eligible Payment (as defined below) by Participant plus an amount such that, after payment by Participant of all taxes (and any interest or penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including without limitation, any federal, state, local or foreign income or employment taxes (and any interest and penalties imposed with respect thereto) on the Gross-Up Payment and the Excise Tax imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, but excluding any income taxes and penalties imposed on the Gross-Up Eligible Payment itself, Participant retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment such that Participant is in the same after-tax position with respect to the Gross-Up Eligible Payment as if the Excise Tax had not been imposed. For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment (and the amount of the Gross-Up Eligible Payment that is an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Q&A 38 of Treasury Regulation Section 1.280G-1 and therefore determining what portion of the Gross-Up Eligible Payment is subject to the Excise Tax), notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 280G of the Code, the Participants base amount (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code) first shall be allocated to any Payments to Participant that are not Gross-Up Eligible Payments (and not otherwise eligible for a tax gross-up under any other agreement between Participant and the Company or any Related Entity) (the Non-Gross-Up Eligible Payments) and, only after the exhaustion of such Non-Gross-Up Eligible Payments shall any portion of Participants base amount be allocated to the Gross-Up Eligible Payment. This analysis in the preceding sentence shall be recalculated each time a Payment becomes determinable.
(i) Prior to the occurrence of any Change in Control, the Companys independent accounting firm retained by the Company (the Accounting Firm) shall determine whether or not, a shareholder vote exemption is available under Q&A 6 of Section 280G of the Code. The Accounting Firm will provide written notice to Participant and the Company of such determination and any such determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and Participant. If the determination by the Accounting Firm is that a shareholder vote exemption is available under Q&A 6 of Section 280G of the Code, the Company shall solicit such approval in a manner that complies with Q&A 7 of Section 280G of the Code, and the remainder
of Section 6.16 of this Agreement shall no longer apply, and Participant will not be entitled to any Gross-Up Payment. If the determination by the Accounting Firm is that a shareholder vote exemption is not available under Q&A 6 of Section 280G of the Code, the remainder of Section 6.16 of this Agreement shall continue to apply, and Participant shall be entitled to the Gross-Up Payment in accordance with this Section 6.16. All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne solely by the Company.
(ii) Subject to the provisions of Section 6.16(b)(i) above and Section 6.16(c) below, all determinations required to be made under this Section 6.16, including whether and when a Gross-Up Payment is required, the amount of such Gross-Up Payment, and the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made by the Accounting Firm. The Accounting Firm shall provide detailed supporting calculations to the Company and Participant within fifteen (15) business days of the receipt of notice from Participant that there has been a Payment or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne solely by the Company. Any determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon the Company and Participant. As a result of the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code at the time of the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that Gross-Up Payments that will not have been made by the Company should have been made (the Underpayment), consistent with the calculations required to be made hereunder. In the event the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to Section 6.16(c) below and Participant is thereafter required by a taxing authority to make a payment of any Excise Tax as the result of an Underpayment, the Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the Underpayment that has occurred and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to or for Participants benefit.
(c) Claims by Taxing Authority. Participant shall notify the Company in writing of any claim by the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the payment by the Company of the Gross-Up Payment or that there has been an Underpayment. Such notification shall be given as soon as practicable, but no later than ten (10) business days after Participant is informed in writing of such claim. Participant shall apprise the Company of the nature of such claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid. Participant shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period following the date on which Participant gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter period ending on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim is due). If the Company notifies Participant in writing prior to the expiration of such period that the Company desires to contest such claim, Participant shall:
(i) give the Company any information reasonably requested by the Company relating to such claim;
(ii) take such action in connection with contesting such claim as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time, including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with respect to such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the Company;
(iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order to effectively contest such claim; and
(iv) permit the Company to participate in any proceedings relating to such claim;
provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and expenses (including any attorneys fees and additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection with such contest,
and shall indemnify and hold Participant harmless, on an after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest and penalties) imposed as a result of such representation and payment of costs and expenses. Without limitation on the foregoing provisions of this Section 6.16(c), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in connection with such contest, and, at its sole discretion, may pursue or forgo any and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings, and conferences with the applicable taxing authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole discretion, either pay the tax claimed to the appropriate taxing authority on Participants behalf and direct Participant to sue for a refund or to contest the claim in any permissible manner, and Participant agrees to prosecute such contest to a determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of initial jurisdiction, and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall determine; provided, however, that, if the Company pays such claim and directs Participant to sue for a refund, the Company shall indemnify and hold Participant harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest or penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to such payment or with respect to any imputed income in connection with such payment; and provided, further, that any extension of the statute of limitations relating to payment of taxes for any of Participants taxable years with respect to which such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited solely to such contested amount. Furthermore, the Companys control of the contest shall be limited to issues with respect to which a Gross-Up Payment would be payable hereunder, and Participant shall be entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any other issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority.
(d) Refunds. If, after the receipt by Participant of a Gross-Up Payment or payment by the Company of an amount on Participants behalf pursuant to Section 6.16(c) above, Participant becomes entitled to receive any refund with respect to the Excise Tax to which such Gross-Up Payment relates or with respect to such claim, Participant shall (subject to the Companys complying with the requirements of Section 6.16(c) above, if applicable) promptly pay to the Company the amount of such refund (together with any interest paid or credited thereon after taxes applicable thereto). If, after payment by the Company of an amount on Participants behalf pursuant to Section 6.16(c) above, a determination is made that Participant shall not be entitled to any refund with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify Participant in writing of its intent to contest such denial of refund prior to the expiration of thirty (30) days after such determination, then the amount of such payment shall offset, to the extent thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to be paid.
(e) Payment of the Gross-Up Payment. Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to this Section 6.16, shall be paid by the Company to Participant within ten (10) days of the receipt of the Accounting Firms determination that such a Gross-Up Payment is required; provided that the Gross-Up Payment shall in all events be paid no later than the end of Participants taxable year following Participants taxable year in which the Excise Tax (and any income or other related taxes or interest or penalties thereon) on a Gross-Up Eligible Payment is remitted to the Internal Revenue Service or any other applicable taxing authority or, in the case of amounts relating to a claim described in Section 6.16(c) above that does not result in the remittance of any federal, state, local, and foreign income, excise, social security, and other taxes, the calendar year in which the claim is finally settled or otherwise resolved. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company may, in its sole discretion, withhold and pay over to the Internal Revenue Service or any other applicable taxing authority, for Participants benefit, all or any portion of any Gross-Up Payment, and Participant hereby consents to such withholding.
(f) Certain Definitions. The following terms shall have the following meanings for purposes of this Agreement:
(i) Excise Tax shall mean the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, together with any interest or penalties imposed with respect to such excise tax.
(ii) Gross-Up Eligible Payment shall mean any Payment paid or payable pursuant to this Agreement or the Award.
(iii) Payment shall mean any payment or distribution in the nature of compensation (within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code) to or for Participants benefit, whether paid or payable pursuant to the Plan or this Agreement or otherwise.]2
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NTD: Applicable for U.S. Executives only.