First Amended and Restated Trademark License Agreement, dated February 25, 2021, by and between SLR Senior Investment Corp. and SLR Capital Partners, LLC

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Exhibit 10.1


This AMENDED AND RESTATED TRADEMARK LICENSE AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and effective as of February 25, 2021 (the “Effective Date”) by and between SLR CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC (f/k/a SOLAR CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC), a Delaware limited liability company (the “Licensor”), and SLR SENIOR INVESTMENT CORP. (f/k/a SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD.), a Maryland corporation (“Company”) (each a “party,” and collectively, the “parties”).


WHEREAS, Company is a closed-end management investment fund that has elected to be regulated as a business development company;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the First Amended and Restated Investment Advisory Agreement, dated as of August 2, 2016, between Licensor and Company (the “Advisory Agreement”), Company has engaged Licensor to act as the investment adviser to the Company;

WHEREAS, pursuant to an Amendment to its Certificate of Formation filed in the State of Delaware on February 24, 2021, the Licensor changed its name from Solar Capital Partners, LLC to SLR Capital Partners, LLC;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Articles of Amendment filed in the State of Maryland on February 24, 2021, the Company changed its name from Solar Senior Capital Ltd. to SLR Senior Investment Corp.;

WHEREAS, Licensor is the owner of the trade names “SOLAR” and “SLR” (each, a “Licensed Mark”) in the United States of America (the “Territory”);

WHEREAS, the Company and the Licensor are parties to the trademark license agreement, dated February 24, 2011, by and between the Company and the Licensor (the “Prior Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company is permitted to use the “SOLAR” Licensed Mark in connection with its business;

WHEREAS, the Company now desires to use both the “SOLAR” Licensed Mark and the “SLR” Licensed Mark in connection with the operation of its business, and Licensor is willing to permit Company to use the Licensed Marks, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

WHEREAS, the Company and the Licensor desire to amend and restate the Prior Agreement in order to (i) change the name of the Company from “Solar Senior Capital Ltd.” to “SLR Senior Investment Corp.”; (ii) change the name of the Licensor from “Solar Capital Partners, LLC” to “SLR Capital Partners, LLC”; and (iii) revise the definition of “Licensed Mark” to include both “SOLAR” and “SLR”; and

WHEREAS, the board of directors of the Company has approved this Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:



1.1 License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Licensor hereby grants to Company, and Company hereby accepts from Licensor, a personal, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use the Licensed Marks solely and exclusively as an element of Company’s own company name and in connection with the conduct of its business. Except as provided above, neither Company nor any affiliate, owner, director, officer, employee, or agent thereof shall otherwise use the Licensed Marks or any derivative thereof without the prior express written consent of Licensor in its sole and absolute discretion. All rights not expressly granted to Company hereunder shall remain the exclusive property of Licensor.

1.2 Licensor’s Use. Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude Licensor, its affiliates, or any of their respective successors or assigns from using or permitting other entities to use the Licensed Marks whether or not such entity directly or indirectly competes or conflicts with Company’s business in any manner.



2.1 Ownership. Company acknowledges and agrees that Licensor is the owner of all right, title, and interest in and to the Licensed Marks, and all such right, title, and interest shall remain with the Licensor. Company shall not otherwise contest, dispute, or challenge Licensor’s right, title, and interest in and to the Licensed Marks.

2.2 Goodwill. All goodwill and reputation generated by Company’s use of the Licensed Marks shall inure to the benefit of Licensor. Company shall not by any act or omission use the Licensed Marks in any manner that disparages or reflects adversely on Licensor or its business or reputation. Except as expressly provided herein, neither party may use any trademark or service mark of the other party without that party’s prior written consent, which consent shall be given in that party’s sole discretion.



3.1 Quality Control. In order to preserve the inherent value of the Licensed Marks, Company agrees to use reasonable efforts to ensure that it maintains the quality of the Company’s business and the operation thereof equal to the standards prevailing in the operation of Licensor’s and Company’s business as of the date of this Agreement. Company further agrees to use the Licensed Marks in accordance with such quality standards as may be reasonably established by Licensor and communicated to Company from time to time in writing, or as may be agreed to by Licensor and Company from time to time in writing.

3.2 Compliance With Laws. Company agrees that the business operated by it in connection with the Licensed Marks shall comply with all laws, rules, regulations and requirements of any governmental body in the Territory or elsewhere as may be applicable to the operation, advertising and promotion of the business, and shall notify Licensor of any action that must be taken by Company to comply with such law, rules, regulations or requirements.

3.3 Notification of Infringement. Each party shall immediately notify the other party and provide to the other party all relevant background facts upon becoming aware of (i) any registrations of, or applications for registration of, marks in the Territory that do or may conflict with any Licensed Marks, and (ii) any infringements, imitations, or illegal use or misuse of the Licensed Marks in the Territory.



4.1 Mutual Representations. Each party hereby represents and warrants to the other party as follows:

(a) Due Authorization. Such party is duly formed and in good standing as of the Effective Date, and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by such party have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of such party.

(b) Due Execution. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by such party and, with due authorization, execution and delivery by the other party, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of such party, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms.

(c) No Conflict. Such party’s execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement do not: (i) violate, conflict with or result in the breach of any provision of the organizational documents of such party; (ii) conflict with or violate any law or governmental order applicable to such party or any of its assets, properties or businesses; or (iii) conflict with, result in any breach of, constitute a default (or event which with the giving of notice or lapse of time, or both, would become a default) under, require any consent under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration, suspension, revocation or cancellation of any contract, agreement, lease, sublease, license, permit, franchise or other instrument or arrangement to which it is a party.



5.1 Term. This Agreement shall expire upon expiration or termination of the Advisory Agreement.

5.2 Upon Termination. Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, all rights granted to Company under this Agreement with respect to the Licensed Marks shall cease, and Company shall immediately discontinue use of the Licensed Marks.



6.1 Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. Neither party may assign, delegate or otherwise transfer this Agreement or any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the other party. No assignment by either party permitted hereunder shall relieve the applicable party of its obligations under this Agreement. Any assignment by either party in accordance with the terms of this Agreement shall be pursuant to a written assignment agreement in which the assignee expressly assumes the assigning party’s rights and obligations hereunder. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the rights and obligations of Company under this Agreement shall be deemed to be assigned to a newly-formed entity in the event of the merger of Company into, or conveyance of all of the assets of Company to, such newly-formed entity; provide, further, however, that the sole purpose of that merger or conveyance is to effect a mere change in Company’s legal form into another limited liability entity.

6.2 Independent Contractor. Except as expressly provided or authorized in the Advisory Agreement, neither party shall have, or shall represent that it has, any power, right or authority to bind the other party to any obligation or liability, or to assume or create any obligation or liability on behalf of the other party.

6.3 Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given or made (and shall be deemed to have been duly given or made upon receipt) by delivery in person, by overnight courier service (with signature required), by facsimile, or by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested) to the respective parties at the following addresses:

If to Licensor:

SLR Capital Partners, LLC

500 Park Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Tel. No.: (212)  ###-###-####

Fax No.: (212)  ###-###-####

Attn: Michael S. Gross

If to Company:

SLR Senior Investment Corp.

500 Park Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Tel. No.: (212)  ###-###-####

Fax No.: (212) 993-1699

Attn: Michael S. Gross

6.4 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law rules. The parties unconditionally and irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in the State of New York and waive any objection with respect thereto, for the purpose of any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

6.5 Amendment. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by an instrument in writing signed by all parties hereto.

6.6 No Waiver. The failure of either party to enforce at any time for any period the provisions of or any rights deriving from this Agreement shall not be construed to be a waiver of such provisions or rights or the right of such party thereafter to enforce such provisions, and no waiver shall be binding unless executed in writing by all parties hereto.

6.7 Severability. If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any law or public policy, all other terms and provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions contemplated hereby is not affected in any manner materially adverse to any party. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties hereto shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner in order that the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated as originally contemplated to the greatest extent possible.

6.8 Headings. The descriptive headings contained in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

6.9 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which when executed shall be deemed to be an original instrument and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement.

6.10 Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, between the parties with respect to such subject matter.

6.11 Third Party Beneficiaries. Nothing in this Agreement, either express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any third party any legal or equitable right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party has caused this Agreement to be executed as of the Effective Date by its duly authorized officers.


SLR Senior Investment Corp.

/s/ Michael S. Gross

Name:   Michael S. Gross
Title:   President and Co-Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Bruce Spohler


Bruce Spohler


Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer


SLR Capital Partners, LLC


/s/ Michael S. Gross

Name:   Michael S. Gross
Title:   Managing Member

/s/ Bruce Spohler


Name: Bruce Spohler

Title: Managing Member