Form of Restricted Stock Award Agreement for Independent Directors (Starwood Property Trust, Inc. 2017 Equity Plan)

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Exhibit 10.3






THIS RESTRICTED STOCK AWARD AGREEMENT, (the “Agreement”), dated as of September 24, 2019 (the “Grant Date”), is made by and between Starwood Property Trust, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and [●]  (the “Grantee”).


WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the Starwood Property Trust, Inc. 2017 Equity Plan (the “Plan”), pursuant to which the Company may grant to eligible persons, including the Grantee,  shares of Stock that are restricted as to transfer (shares so restricted hereinafter referred to as “Restricted Stock”);


WHEREAS, the Grantee is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) who is not an executive officer of the Company;


WHEREAS, the Company desires to grant to the Grantee the number of shares of Restricted Stock provided for herein;


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the recitals and the mutual agreements herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:


Section 1.        Grant of Restricted Stock Award


(a)        Grant of Restricted Stock.  The Company hereby grants to the Grantee 4,861 shares of Restricted Stock on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and as otherwise provided in the Plan.


(b)        Incorporation of Plan.  The provisions of the Plan are hereby incorporated herein by reference.  Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of the Plan and any capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the definitions set forth in the Plan.  The Board shall have final authority to interpret and construe the Plan and this Agreement and to make any and all determinations thereunder, and its decision shall be binding and conclusive upon the Grantee and its representatives in respect of any questions arising under the Plan or this Agreement.


Section 2.        Terms and Conditions of Award


The grant of Restricted Stock provided in Section 1(a) shall be subject to the following terms, conditions and restrictions:




(a)        Ownership of Shares. Subject to the restrictions set forth in the Plan and this Agreement, the Grantee shall possess all incidents of ownership of the Restricted Stock granted hereunder, including the right to receive dividends and distributions with respect to such Stock, as set forth in Section 2(b) below, and the right to vote such Stock.


(b)        Payment of Dividends/Distributions.  The Grantee shall be entitled to receive dividends and distributions that become payable on the Restricted Stock at the time such dividends or distributions are paid to other holders of Stock.  Stock or other property (other than cash) distributed in connection with a dividend or distribution payable with respect to the Restricted Stock shall be subject to restrictions and a risk of forfeiture to the same extent as such Restricted Stock.


(c)        Restrictions.  Restricted Stock and any interest therein, may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of prior to the lapse of restrictions set forth in this Agreement applicable thereto, as set forth in Section 2(e).  The Board may in its discretion, cancel all or any portion of any outstanding restrictions prior to the expiration of the periods provided under Section 2(e).


(d)        Certificate; Restrictive Legend.  The Grantee agrees that any certificate issued for Restricted Stock prior to the lapse of any outstanding restrictions relating thereto shall be inscribed with the following legend:


This certificate and the shares of stock represented hereby are subject to the terms and conditions, including forfeiture provisions and restrictions against transfer (the “Restrictions”), contained in the Starwood Property Trust, Inc. 2017 Equity Plan and an agreement entered into between the registered owner and Starwood Property Trust, Inc.  Any attempt to dispose of these shares in contravention of the Restrictions, including by way of sale, assignment, transfer, pledge, hypothecation or otherwise, shall be null and void and without effect.


(e)        Lapse of Restrictions; Forfeiture.  Except as may otherwise be provided herein, the restrictions on transfer set forth in Section 2(c) shall lapse on the first anniversary of the date hereof,  subject to the Grantee’s continuing to provide service to the Company as of such vesting date.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Restricted Stock granted hereunder (and any then-unvested dividends and distributions thereon) shall become immediately vested and free of transfer restrictions upon a Change in Control.


Upon each lapse of restrictions relating to Restricted Stock, the Company shall issue to the Grantee a stock certificate representing a number of shares of Stock, free of the restrictive legend described in Section 2(d), equal to the number of shares subject to this Restricted Stock award with respect to which such restrictions have lapsed.  If certificates representing such



Restricted Stock shall have theretofore been delivered to the Grantee, such certificates shall be returned to the Company, complete with any necessary signatures or instruments of transfer prior to the issuance by the Company of such unlegended shares of Stock.


Upon termination of the Grantee’s service as a member of the Board, any as yet unvested Restricted Stock and dividends or distributions thereon shall be immediately forfeited.  Such Restricted Stock and any unpaid dividends or distributions with respect to Restricted Stock forfeited pursuant to this Section 2(e) shall be transferred to, and reacquired by, the Company without payment of any consideration by the Company, and neither the Grantee nor any of the Grantee’s successors or assigns shall thereafter have any further rights or interests in such shares, certificates, dividends and distributions.  If certificates containing restrictive legends shall have theretofore been delivered to the Grantee, such certificates shall be returned to the Company, complete with any necessary signatures or instruments of transfer.


Section 3.        Miscellaneous


(a)        Notices.  Any and all notices, designations, consents, offers, acceptances and any other communications provided for herein shall be given in writing and shall be delivered either personally or by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, which shall be addressed, in the case of the Company to the Corporate Counsel of the Company at the principal office of the Company and, in the case of the Grantee, at the address most recently on file with the Company.


(b)        Bound by Plan.  By signing this Agreement, the Grantee acknowledges that the Grantee has received a copy of the Plan and has had an opportunity to review the Plan and has agreed to be bound with respect to all the terms and provisions of the Plan.


(c)        Successors.  The terms of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, its successors and assigns, and of the Grantee and the Grantee’s successors and permitted assigns.


(d)        Invalid Provision.  If any provision of this Agreement is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction not to be enforceable in the manner set forth in this Agreement, the Grantee agrees that it is the intention of the parties to this Agreement that such provision should be enforceable to the maximum extent possible under applicable law and that such provision shall be reformed to make it enforceable in accordance with the intent of the parties.  If any provisions of this Agreement are held to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidation or unenforceability shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the other portions hereof.


(e)        Modifications. No change, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same be in writing and signed by the parties hereto.




(f)        Entire Agreement.  This Agreement and the Plan contain the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein and therein and supersede all prior communications, representations and negotiations in respect thereto.


(g)        Governing Law.  This Agreement and the rights of the Grantee hereunder shall be construed and determined in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the laws of any other jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland to be applied.


(h)        Headings. The headings of the Sections hereof are provided for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction, and shall not constitute a part, of this Agreement.


(i)         Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.


(j)         Acceptance of Agreement.  This Agreement must be acknowledged and accepted by the Grantee not more than 14 days after the date on which it is delivered to the Grantee.  If the Grantee fails to acknowledge and accept this Agreement within such 14-day period, then this Agreement and the grant of Restricted Stock contemplated hereunder shall be void and of no force or effect.




IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed and delivered by the Company as of the first date written above.











By:         ______                                     


Its:  Authorized Signatory