Form of Stock Option Notice and Agreement under the WeWork Companies Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan
WeWork Companies Inc.
Nonstatutory Stock Option Agreement
Granted Under 2013 Stock Incentive Plan
1. Grant of Option.
This agreement evidences the grant by WeWork Companies Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), on , 201_ (the Grant Date) to , an employee, director or consultant of the Company (the Participant), of an option to purchase, in whole or in part, on the terms provided herein and in the Companys 2013 Stock Incentive Plan (the Plan), a total of shares (the Shares) of common stock, $0.001 par value per share, of the Company (Common Stock) at $ per Share. Unless earlier terminated, this option shall expire at 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on (the Final Exercise Date).
It is intended that the option evidenced by this agreement shall not be an incentive stock option as defined in Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and any regulations promulgated thereunder (the Code). Except as otherwise indicated by the context, the term Participant, as used in this option, shall be deemed to include any person who acquires the right to exercise this option validly under its terms.
2. Vesting Schedule.
This option will become exercisable (vest) as to Twenty percent (20%) of the Shares on , 20 (the Vesting Commencement Date) and an additional one-sixtieth (1/60th) of the Shares subject to this option shall vest each month thereafter on the corresponding day of the month as the Vesting Commencement Date (or if there is no such day in any month, then the last day of such calendar month), until the Shares are vested with respect to one hundred percent (100%) of the Shares.
The right of exercise shall be cumulative so that to the extent the option is not exercised in any period to the maximum extent permissible it shall continue to be exercisable, in whole or in part, with respect to all Shares for which it is vested until the earlier of the Final Exercise Date or the termination of this option under Section 3 hereof or the Plan.
3. Exercise of Option.
(a) Form of Exercise. To exercise this option, the Participant (or in the case of exercise after the Participants death or incapacity, the Participants executor, administrator, heir or legatee, as the case may be) must deliver to the Company at its principal office, an executed Notice of Stock Option Exercise and Joinder Agreement to the Stockholders Agreement in the form attached hereto as Annex A, accompanied by this agreement, and payment in full in the manner provided in the Plan; provided that to the extent that the Company so authorizes, an electronic method of exercise of this option shall be permitted. The Participant may purchase less than the number of shares covered hereby, provided that no partial exercise of this option may be for any fractional share.
(b) Continuous Relationship with the Company Required. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 3, this option may not be exercised unless the Participant, at the time he or she exercises this option, is, and has been at all times since the Grant Date, an employee, officer or director of, or a consultant or advisor to, the Company or any other entity the employees, officers, directors, consultants, or advisors of which are eligible to receive option grants under the Plan (an Eligible Participant).
(c) Termination of Relationship with the Company. If the Participant ceases to be an Eligible Participant for any reason, then, except as provided in paragraphs (d) and (e) below, the right to exercise this option shall terminate three months after such cessation (but in no event after the Final Exercise Date), provided that this option shall be exercisable only to the extent that the Participant was entitled to exercise this option on the date of such cessation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Participant, prior to the Final Exercise Date, violates the non-competition or confidentiality provisions of any employment contract, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement or other agreement between the Participant and the Company, the right to exercise this option shall terminate immediately upon such violation.
(d) Exercise Period Upon Death or Disability. If the Participant dies or becomes disabled (within the meaning of Section 22(e)(3) of the Code) prior to the Final Exercise Date while he or she is an Eligible Participant and the Company has not terminated such relationship for cause as specified in paragraph (e) below, this option shall be exercisable, within the period of one year following the date of death or disability of the Participant, by the Participant (or in the case of death by an authorized transferee), provided that this option shall be exercisable only to the extent that this option was exercisable by the Participant on the date of his or her death or disability, and further provided that this option shall not be exercisable after the Final Exercise Date.
(e) Termination for Cause. If, prior to the Final Exercise Date, the Participants employment or other relationship with the Company is terminated by the Company for Cause (as defined below), the right to exercise this option shall terminate immediately upon the effective date of such termination of employment or other relationship. If the Participant is party to an employment, consulting or severance agreement with the Company that contains a definition of cause for termination of employment or other relationship, Cause shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in such agreement. Otherwise, Cause shall mean (i) a repeated failure of the Participant after written notice from the Board to perform his reasonably assigned duties for the Company, (ii) the Participants engagement in dishonesty, gross negligence or misconduct, which in the case of dishonesty only has had a material adverse effect on the business or affairs of the Company as determined by the Board in good faith; (iii) the conviction of the Participant of, or the entry of a pleading of guilty or nolo contendere by the Participant to, any crime involving moral turpitude or any felony; (iv) a breach by the Participant of any invention and non-disclosure agreement or non-competition and non-solicitation agreement with the Company, which breach is not cured within ten days written notice thereof; or (v) intentional misconduct by the Participant or intentional failure by the Participant to perform his or her responsibilities to the Company, as determined by the Company, which determination shall be conclusive. The Participants employment or other relationship shall be considered to have been terminated for Cause if the Company determines, within 30 days after the Participants resignation, that termination for Cause was warranted.
4. Restrictions on Transfer; Company Right of First Refusal.
(a) Notice of Proposed Transfer. If the Participant proposes to sell, assign, transfer, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of, by operation of law or otherwise (collectively, transfer) any Shares acquired upon exercise of this option, then the Participant shall first give written notice of the proposed transfer (the Transfer Notice) to the Company. The Transfer Notice shall name the proposed transferee and state the number of such Shares the Participant proposes to transfer (the Offered Shares), the price per share and all other material terms and conditions of the transfer. In addition to the Companys rights set forth in this Section 4, the Shares are subject to certain additional restrictions on transfer as set forth in the Companys Amended and Restated Stockholders Agreement dated December 9, 2014, as may be amended from time to time, to which Participant shall become a party upon exercise of this option and execution of the Joinder Agreement to the Stockholders Agreement in the form attached hereto as Annex A.
(b) Company Right to Purchase. For 30 days following its receipt of such Transfer Notice, the Company shall have the option to purchase all or part of the Offered Shares at the price and upon the terms set forth in the Transfer Notice. In the event the Company elects to purchase all or part of the Offered Shares, it shall give written notice of such election to the Participant within such 30-day period. Within 10 days after his or her receipt of such notice, the Participant shall tender to the Company at its principal offices the certificate or certificates representing the Offered Shares to be purchased by the Company, duly endorsed in blank by the Participant or with duly endorsed stock powers attached thereto, all in a form suitable for transfer of the Offered Shares to the Company. Promptly following receipt of such certificate or certificates, the Company shall deliver or mail to the Participant a check in payment of the purchase price for such Offered Shares; provided that if the terms of payment set forth in the Transfer Notice were other than cash against delivery, the Company may pay for the Offered Shares on the same terms and conditions as were set forth in the Transfer Notice; and provided further that any delay in making such payment shall not invalidate the Companys exercise of its option to purchase the Offered Shares.
(c) Shares Not Purchased By Company. If the Company does not elect to acquire all of the Offered Shares, the Participant may, within the 30-day period following the expiration of the option granted to the Company under subsection (b) above, transfer the Offered Shares which the Company has not elected to acquire to the proposed transferee, provided that such transfer shall not be on terms and conditions more favorable to the transferee than those contained in the Transfer Notice. Notwithstanding any of the above, all Offered Shares transferred pursuant to this Section 4 shall remain subject to the right of first refusal set forth in this Section 4 and such transferee shall, as a condition to such transfer, deliver to the Company a written instrument confirming that such transferee shall be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this Section 4.
(d) Consequences of Non-Delivery. After the time at which the Offered Shares are required to be delivered to the Company for transfer to the Company pursuant to subsection (b) above, the Company shall not pay any dividend to the Participant on account of such Offered Shares or permit the Participant to exercise any of the privileges or rights of a stockholder with respect to such Offered Shares, but shall, insofar as permitted by law, treat the Company as the owner of such Offered Shares.
(e) Exempt Transactions. The following transactions shall be exempt from the provisions of this Section 4:
(1) any transfer of Shares to or for the benefit of any spouse, child or grandchild of the Participant, or to a trust for their benefit;
(2) any transfer pursuant to an effective registration statement filed by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act); and
(3) the sale of all or substantially all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company (including pursuant to a merger or consolidation);
provided, however, that in the case of a transfer pursuant to clause (1) above, such Shares shall remain subject to the right of first refusal set forth in this Section 4.
(f) Assignment of Company Right. The Company may assign its rights to purchase Offered Shares in any particular transaction under this Section 4 to one or more persons or entities.
(g) Termination. The provisions of this Section 4 shall terminate upon the earlier of the following events:
(1) the closing of the sale of shares of Common Stock in an underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement filed by the Company under the Securities Act; or
(2) the sale of all or substantially all of the outstanding shares of capital stock, assets or business of the Company, by merger, consolidation, sale of assets or otherwise (other than a merger or consolidation in which all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were beneficial owners of the Companys voting securities immediately prior to such transaction beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 75% (determined on an as-converted basis) of the outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the resulting, surviving or acquiring corporation in such transaction).
(h) No Obligation to Recognize Invalid Transfer. The Company shall not be required (1) to transfer on its books any of the Shares which shall have been sold or transferred in violation of any of the provisions set forth in this Section 4, or (2) to treat as owner of such Shares or to pay dividends to any transferee to whom any such Shares shall have been so sold or transferred.
(i) Legends. The certificate representing Shares shall bear a legend substantially in the following form (in addition to, or in combination with, any legend required by applicable federal and state securities laws and agreements relating to the transfer of the Company securities):
The shares represented by this certificate are subject to a right of first refusal in favor of the Company, as provided in a certain stock option agreement with the Company.
(a) Definitions. For purposes of this Section 5, capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the respective meanings ascribed to them in the Stockholders Agreement, dated of even date herewith, by and among the Company and the stockholders listed on Schedule A attached thereto.
(b) Drag-Along. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, if, after or in connection with approval of the Board, (A) the holders of a majority of the outstanding Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share, of the Company (the Common Shares), and (B) the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share, of the Company, and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share, of the Company (together, the Preferred Shares), voting together as a single class on an as-converted to Common Share basis, agree to consummate any (X) Transfer of Shares which constitutes a Change in Control; or (Y) a transaction that qualifies as a Deemed Liquidation Event (whether in one transaction or a series of related transactions and whether structured as a merger, stock sale, stock exchange, or otherwise, each, a Drag-Along Sale), then the Participant hereby agrees to:
(1) Transfer a proportionate percentage of its Shares acquired upon exercise of this option in the Drag-Along Sale and vote all Shares acquired upon exercise of this option, all other securities evidencing an ownership interest in the Company, and all Convertible Securities owned or controlled by it as of the time of the record date for the Drag-Along Sale in favor of the Drag-Along Sale, as the case may be;
(2) refrain from voting against or asserting or exercising any dissenters or appraisal rights under applicable law at any time with respect to such Drag-Along Sale; and
(3) execute and deliver such documents and instruments, and take such other actions, as reasonably are required to expedite or complete the Drag-Along Sale.
(c) Termination of Drag-Along. The terms, conditions and obligations set forth in this Section 5 shall terminate upon the closing of a firm commitment underwritten public offering of the equity of the Company pursuant to the Securities Act with total proceeds of not less than $30,000,000.
6. Market Stand-off Agreement.
Each Participant hereby agrees that it will not, without the prior written consent of the managing underwriter, during the period commencing on the date of the final prospectus relating to the registration by the Company of shares of its Common Stock or any other equity securities under the Securities Act on a registration statement on Form S-1 or Form S-3, and ending on the date specified by the Company and the managing underwriter (such period not to exceed one hundred eighty (180) days in the case of the first
underwritten public offering of the Common Stock or any other equity securities under the Securities Act (the IPO), or such other period as may be requested by the Company or an underwriter to accommodate regulatory restrictions on (1) the publication or other distribution of research reports and (2) analyst recommendations and opinions, including, but not limited to, the restrictions contained in FINRA Rule 2711(f)(4) or NYSE Rule 472(f)(4), or any successor provisions or amendments thereto), or (y) ninety (90) days in the case of any registration other than the IPO, or such other period as may be requested by the Company or an underwriter to accommodate regulatory restrictions on (1) the publication or other distribution of research reports and (2) analyst recommendations and opinions, including, but not limited to, the restrictions contained in FINRA Rule 2711(f)(4) or NYSE Rule 472(f)(4), or any successor provisions or amendments thereto), (i) lend; offer; pledge; sell; contract to sell; sell any option or contract to purchase; purchase any option or contract to sell; grant any option, right, or warrant to purchase; or otherwise transfer or dispose of, directly or indirectly, any shares of Common Stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable (directly or indirectly) for Common Stock (held immediately before the effective date of the registration statement for such offering) or (ii) enter into any swap or other arrangement that transfers to another, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of such securities, whether any such transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) above is to be settled by delivery of Common Stock or other securities, in cash, or otherwise. The foregoing provisions of this Section 6 shall apply only to the IPO, shall not apply to the sale of any shares to an underwriter pursuant to an underwriting agreement, or the transfer of any shares to any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of the Participant or the immediate family of the Participant, provided that the trustee of the trust agrees to be bound in writing by the restrictions set forth herein, and provided further that any such transfer shall not involve a disposition for value, and shall be applicable to the Participant only if all officers and directors are subject to the same restrictions and the Company uses commercially reasonable efforts to obtain a similar agreement from all stockholders individually owning more than one percent (1%) of the Companys outstanding Common Stock (after giving effect to conversion into Common Stock of all outstanding Preferred Shares). The underwriters in connection with such registration are intended third party beneficiaries of this Section 6 and shall have the right, power, and authority to enforce the provisions hereof as though they were a party hereto. Each Participant further agrees to execute such agreements as may be reasonably requested by the underwriters in connection with such registration that are consistent with this Section 6 or that are necessary to give further effect thereto. Any discretionary waiver or termination of the restrictions of any or all of such agreements by the Company or the underwriters shall apply pro rata to all Participants subject to such agreements, based on the number of shares subject to such agreements.
No Shares will be issued pursuant to the exercise of this option unless and until the Participant pays to the Company, or makes provision satisfactory to the Company for payment of, any federal, state or local withholding taxes required by law to be withheld in respect of this option.
8. Irrevocable Proxy and Power of Attorney.
(a) The Participant hereby constitutes and appoints as proxy of the Participant and hereby grants a power of attorney to each of We Holdings LLC (WH), any designee of WH and Adam Neumann (each with full power of substitution and each a Designee), and each of them, with full power and authority in the name of, and for and behalf of, the Participant with respect to any matters submitted to the stockholders for consent or vote, and hereby authorizes each Designee to represent and to vote all of the Shares in any such matter. The proxy and power of attorney granted pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence (i) is given in consideration of the agreements of the parties in connection with the transactions contemplated by this agreement and, as such, each is coupled with an interest and shall be irrevocable unless and until WH and Adam Neumann terminate this Section 8 in writing (such time, the Termination Time) and (ii) shall not be effective in connection with a stockholder vote pursuant to Section 280G(b)(5) of the Code.
(b) The Participant hereby revokes any and all previous proxies or powers of attorney, if any, with respect to the Shares and shall not hereafter, unless and until the Termination Time, purport to grant any other proxy or power of attorney with respect to any of the Shares, deposit any of the Shares into a voting trust or enter into any agreement (other than this agreement), arrangement or understanding with any person, directly or indirectly, to vote, grant any proxy or give instructions with respect to the voting of any of the Shares, in each case, with respect to any of the matters set forth herein.
9. Transfer Restrictions.
(a) This option may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered by the Participant, either voluntarily or by operation of law, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and, during the lifetime of the Participant, this option shall be exercisable only by the Participant.
(b) The Participant agrees that he or she will not transfer any Shares issued pursuant to the exercise of this option unless the transferee, as a condition to such transfer, delivers to the Company a written instrument confirming that such transferee shall be bound by all of the terms and conditions of Section 4 and Section 5; provided that such a written confirmation shall not be required with respect to (1) Section 4 after such provision has terminated in accordance with Section 4(g) or (2) Section 5 after the completion of the lock-up period in connection with the Companys initial underwritten public offering.
10. Provisions of the Plan.
This option is subject to the provisions of the Plan (including the provisions relating to amendments to the Plan), a copy of which is furnished to the Participant with this option.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this option to be executed under its corporate seal by its duly authorized officer. This option shall take effect as a sealed instrument.
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The undersigned hereby accepts the foregoing option and agrees to the terms and conditions thereof. The undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Companys 2013 Stock Incentive Plan.3
If the Participant resides in a community property state, it is desirable to have the Participants spouse also accept the option by signature here. The following are community property states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. Although Wisconsin is not formally a community property state, it has laws governing the division of marital property similar to community property states and it may be desirable to have a Wisconsin Participants spouse also accept the option. In addition, if the Company is granting an option to a California Participant, it must comply with California blue sky rules which require modification to this option.