party about a specific transaction that, if consummated, would result in a Change in Control (and before complete abandonment of such discussions without the transaction being consummated) or (ii) the Company has become a party to a definitive agreement to consummate a transaction that would result in a Change in Control (and before complete termination of such agreement without the transaction being consummated).
(c) Any amounts payable as provided herein shall be paid as described in Section 6.
(d) For clarification, for the purposes of this Section 4, Change in Control and Good Reason shall have the meaning given such terms in the Plan.
5. Restrictions; Forfeiture. In addition to other terms and conditions stated in the Plan or this Award Certificate, the Award and the underlying Shares are subject to the following restrictions. No right or interest of the Participant in the Award, to the extent restricted, may be pledged, encumbered or hypothecated to or in favor of any party other than the Company or an Affiliate or shall be subject to any lien, obligation or liability of the Participant to any other party other than the Company or an Affiliate. Except as otherwise provided in the Plan, the Award shall not be transferable (including by sale, assignment, pledge or hypothecation) other than by will or the laws of intestate succession. Prior to vesting and payment, the Shares subject to the Award may not be sold, transferred, exchanged, assigned, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise encumbered. Except as may be otherwise provided in the Plan or this Award Certificate, if the Participants employment with the Company terminates for any reason (whether by the Company or the Participant and whether voluntary or involuntary) prior to December 31, 2022 other than as set forth in Section 3(b) or Section 4 herein, then the Participant shall forfeit all of the Participants right, title and interest in and to the Award and the Shares to the extent the Award (and corresponding Shares) were not earned and vested as of the date the Participants Continuous Status as a Participant terminated. The restrictions imposed under this Section 5 shall apply to all Shares or other securities issued with respect to Shares hereunder in connection with any merger, reorganization, consolidation, recapitalization, stock dividend or other change in corporate structure affecting the Stock of the Company.
6. Settlement of Award; Delivery of Shares. No certificate or certificates for the Shares shall be issued at the time of grant of the Award. A certificate or certificates for the Shares underlying the Award (or, in the case of uncertificated Shares, other written evidence of ownership in accordance with applicable laws) shall be issued in the name of the Participant (or his beneficiary) only in the event, and to the extent, that the Award has been earned and vested. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following provisions shall apply: (a) except with respect to distributions following termination of employment (that is, a separation of service under Code Section 409A) due to death, Disability or Retirement or in contemplation of a Change in Control or within one year after the effective date of a Change in Control, any Shares or other benefits payable pursuant to the Award shall, upon the earning and vesting of the Award, be distributed to the Participant (or his beneficiary) after December 31, 2022 and within the 60 days following December 31, 2022 and upon the earning and/or vesting of the Award in connection with a Change in Control be distributed to the Participant (or his beneficiary) within the 60 days following the Change in Control; and (b) any distributions due to termination of employment as a result of death, Disability or Retirement or in contemplation of a Change in Control or within one year after the effective date of a Change in Control shall be paid within 60 days following the date of termination of employment (except as otherwise provided below with respect to a delay in payments if the Participant is a specified employee), and the Participant shall not have the right to designate the taxable year of the payment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant is or may be a specified employee (as defined under Code Section 409A), and the distribution is due to separation from service, then such distribution shall be subject to delay as provided in Section 18.22 of the Plan (or any successor provision thereto) to the extent required by Section 409A of the Code.