Consulting Agreement, dated February 1, 2019, by and between Zeno Management, Inc. and Cam Gallagher
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT (this Agreement) is entered into by and between Zeno Management, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Zeno Pharma, LLC (the Parent), and Cam Gallagher (Consultant), and shall be effective as of February 1, 2019 (the Effective Date).
WHEREAS, the Company desires to continue to engage Consultant, and Consultant desires to provide services to the Company, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises herein contained, the parties agree as follows:
1. Definitions. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
(b) Cause means any of the following:
(i) Consultants unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information or trade secrets of the Company or its affiliates or any material breach of a written agreement between Consultant and the Company or any affiliate, including without limitation a material breach of any confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicit or similar agreement;
(ii) Consultants commission of, indictment for or the entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere by Consultant to, a felony under the laws of the United States or any state thereof or any crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude (or any similar crime in any jurisdiction outside the United States);
(iii) Consultants gross negligence or willful misconduct or Consultants willful or repeated failure or refusal to substantially perform his services under this Agreement;
(iv) any act of fraud, embezzlement, material misappropriation or dishonesty committed by Consultant against the Company or its affiliates; or
(v) any acts, omissions or statements by Consultant which the Company reasonably determines to be materially detrimental or damaging to the reputation, operations, prospects or business relations of the Company or its affiliates;
provided, however, that prior to the determination that Cause under clauses (i), (iii), (iv) or (v) of this Section 1(b) has occurred, the Company shall (A) provide to Consultant in writing, in reasonable detail, the reasons for the determination that such Cause exists, (B) other than with respect to clause (v) above which specifies the applicable period of time for Consultant to remedy his breach, afford Consultant a reasonable opportunity to remedy any such breach, (C) provide Consultant an opportunity to be heard prior to the final decision to terminate Consultants service hereunder for such Cause and (D) make any decision that such Cause exists in good faith.
The foregoing definition shall not in any way preclude or restrict the right of the Company or any successor or affiliate thereof to terminate this Agreement or Consultants services for any other acts or omissions, but such other acts or omissions shall not be deemed, for purposes of this Agreement, to constitute grounds for termination for Cause.
(c) Change in Control shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the Zeno Pharma, LLC 2017 Profits Interest Plan.
(d) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, and the Treasury Regulations and other interpretive guidance issued thereunder.
(e) Good Reason means the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions without Consultants written consent:
(i) a change in Consultants position or responsibilities that represents a substantial reduction in his position or responsibilities as in effect immediately prior thereto; the assignment to Consultant of any duties or responsibilities that are materially inconsistent with such position or responsibilities; or any removal of Consultant from or failure to reappoint or reelect Consultant to any of such positions, including Consultants position as a member of the Board or the board of directors of Parent, except in connection with the termination of Consultants services for Cause, as a result of his Permanent Disability or death, or by Consultant other than for Good Reason; provided, however, that neither a change in Consultants reporting relationship as a result of a Change in Control nor the fact that Consultants reporting relationship is altered following a Change in Control because the Company or its successor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of another entity following such Change in Control shall alone constitute Good Reason;
(ii) a material reduction in Consultants retainer;
(iii) the Company requiring Consultant (without Consultants consent) to be based at any place outside a fifty (50)-mile radius of his then-current place at which he is providing services to the Company prior to any such relocation, except for reasonably required travel on the Companys business; or
(iv) any material breach by the Company or any affiliate of its obligations to Consultant under any applicable services agreement between Consultant and the Company or such affiliate.
Consultant must provide written notice to the Company of the occurrence of any of the foregoing events or conditions without Consultants written consent within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of such event. The Company or any successor or affiliate shall have a period of thirty (30) days to cure such event or condition after receipt of written notice of such event from Consultant. Consultants Separation from Service by reason of voluntary termination of his services with the Company for Good Reason must occurs within thirty (30) days following the expiration of the foregoing thirty (30) day cure period.
(f) Involuntary Termination means (i) Consultants Separation from Service by reason of Consultants termination by the Company other than for Cause, or (ii)
Consultants Separation from Service by reason of Consultants voluntary termination of his services with the Company for Good Reason. Consultants Separation from Service by reason of Consultants death or termination by the Company following Consultants Permanent Disability shall not constitute an Involuntary Termination.
(g) Consultants Permanent Disability shall be deemed to have occurred if Consultant shall become physically or mentally incapacitated or disabled or otherwise unable fully to perform his services hereunder for a period of ninety (90) consecutive calendar days or for one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in any one hundred eighty (180) calendar-day period. The existence of Consultants Permanent Disability shall be determined by the Company on the advice of a physician chosen by the Company and the Company reserves the right to have Consultant examined by a physician chosen by the Company at the Companys expense.
(h) Separation from Service, with respect to Consultant, means Consultants separation from service, as defined in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h).
2. Services to Be Rendered.
(a) Services. Consultant shall be engaged as a consultant to the Company and will serve as the Executive Director of the Company. In such capacity, Consultant shall perform all projects agreed upon by the CEO and Consultant related to such role. Consultant shall perform the services at the Companys offices in San Diego, California, or such other locations as mutually agreed upon by the CEO and Consultant from time to time. Consultant shall be subject to and comply with the policies and procedures generally applicable to similarly-situated service providers of the Company to the extent the same are not inconsistent with any term of this Agreement. Consultant will not perform any services for the Company except as authorized or requested by the CEO.
(b) Time Commitment. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Consultant will, to the best of Consultants ability, devote at least fifty percent (50%) of his productive time and efforts to the performance of the services hereunder. Unless otherwise determined by Consultant and the CEO, the manner and means by which Consultant chooses to complete projects are in Consultants sole discretion and control. In performing the services and completing the projects, Consultant will use Consultants own equipment, tools and other materials at Consultants own expense, unless otherwise determined by Consultant and the CEO. Consultant may not subcontract or otherwise delegate Consultants obligations under this Agreement. Consultant will perform the services, and provide the results thereof, with the highest degree of professional skill and expertise.
3. Compensation and Benefits. The Company shall pay or provide, as the case may be, to Consultant the compensation and other benefits and rights set forth in this Section 3.
(a) Retainer. The Company shall pay to Consultant an annual retainer of $203,949.84, payable in accordance with the Companys usual pay practices (and in any event no less frequently than monthly). Consultants retainer shall be subject to review annually by and at the sole discretion of the Board or its designee.
(b) Annual Bonus. Consultant shall participate in any annual bonus plan that the Board or its designee may approve for similarly-situated service providers of the Company. In addition to Consultants base salary, Consultant may be eligible to earn, for each fiscal year of the Company ending during the term of Consultants service with the Company, an annual cash performance bonus under the Companys bonus plan, as approved from time to time by the Board. Consultants target bonus under any such annual bonus plan shall be forty percent (40%) of Consultants base salary actually paid for the year to which such annual bonus relates (the Target Bonus). Consultants actual annual bonus will be determined on the basis of Consultants and/or the Companys or its affiliates attainment of financial or other performance criteria established by the Board or its designee in accordance with the terms and conditions of such bonus plan. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, Consultant must be providing services to the Company on the date of payment of such annual bonus in order to be eligible to receive such annual bonus. Consultant hereby acknowledges and agrees that nothing contained herein confers upon Consultant any right to an annual bonus in any year, and that whether the Company pays Consultant an annual bonus and the amount of any such annual bonus will be determined by the Company in its sole discretion.
(c) Benefits. Consultant will not be entitled to any of the benefits which the Company may make available to its employees, such as group insurance, profit-sharing or retirement benefits.
(d) Expenses. The Company shall reimburse Consultant for reasonable out-of-pocket business expenses incurred in connection with the performance of his services hereunder, subject to such policies as the Company may from time to time establish, and Consultant furnishing the Company with evidence in the form of receipts satisfactory to the Company substantiating the claimed expenditures.
(e) Equity and Other Benefit Plans. Consultant shall be entitled to participate in any equity plan that is generally available to similarly-situated service providers of the Company. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, Consultants participation in and benefits under any such plan shall be on the terms and subject to the conditions specified in the governing document of the particular plan.
4. Termination. Consultant shall be entitled to receive benefits upon a Separation from Service only as set forth in this Section 4:
(a) Term and Termination. The Company and Consultant acknowledge that Consultants services under this Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time for any or no reason, with or without notice. If Consultants service terminates for any reason, Consultant shall not be entitled to any payments, benefits, damages, awards or compensation other than as provided in this Agreement. Consultants service under this Agreement shall be terminated immediately on the death of Consultant.
(b) Termination Payments Upon Involuntary Termination. Subject to Sections 4(d) and 9(o) and Consultants continued compliance with Section 5, if Consultants service is Involuntarily Terminated, Consultant shall be entitled to receive, in lieu of any termination benefits to which Consultant may otherwise be entitled under any other plan or program of the Company, the benefits provided below:
(i) the Company shall pay to Consultant his fully earned but unpaid retainer, when due, through the date of Consultants Involuntary Termination at the rate then in effect, plus all other benefits, if any, under any Company group retirement plan, nonqualified deferred compensation plan, equity award plan or agreement, health benefits plan or other Company group benefit plan to which Consultant may be entitled pursuant to the terms of such plans or agreements at the time of Consultants Involuntary Termination (the Accrued Obligations);
(ii) Consultant shall be entitled to receive a termination benefit in an amount equal to (A) Consultants monthly retainer as in effect immediately prior to the date of Consultants Involuntary Termination, multiplied by (B) the Termination Payment Multiplier (as defined below), which amount shall be payable in a lump sum sixty (60) days following Consultants Involuntary Termination. For purposes of this Section 4, Termination Payment Multiplier shall mean the sum of (1) nine (9) plus (2) one (1) month for each additional twelve-month period of Consultants service with the Company or its affiliates (including Zeno Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) following September 1, 2015; provided, however, that the Termination Payment Multiplier shall not exceed twelve (12);
(iii) Consultant shall be entitled to receive Consultants Target Bonus for the year in which Consultants Involuntary Termination occurs, prorated for the portion of the year that has expired prior to the date of Consultants Involuntary Termination, which amount shall be payable in a lump sum sixty (60) days following Consultants Involuntary Termination; and
(iv) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 4(b), and subject to Sections 4(d) and 9(o) and Consultants continued compliance with Section 5, in the event of Consultants Involuntary Termination within twelve (12) months following a Change in Control, (A) the Termination Payment Multiplier for purposes of clauses (ii) and (iv) above shall be deemed to be twelve (12), and (B) the Target Bonus for purposes of clause (iii) above shall not be subject to proration.
(c) Termination for Cause, Voluntary Termination, Without Good Reason, Death or Termination for Permanent Disability. In the event of Consultants termination of service as a result of Consultants termination by the Company for Cause, Consultants voluntary termination of this Agreement without Good Reason, Consultants death or Consultants termination of service following Consultants Permanent Disability, the Company shall not have any other or further obligations to Consultant under this Agreement (including any financial obligations) except that Consultant shall be entitled to receive the Accrued Obligations. The foregoing shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any and all other rights and remedies which may be available to the Company under the circumstances, whether at law or in equity.
(d) Release. As a condition to Consultants receipt of any post-termination benefits pursuant to Section 4(b) above, Consultant (or, in the event of Consultants incapacity as a result of his Permanent Disability, Consultants legal representative) shall execute a general release of all claims in favor of the Company and its affiliates (the Release) in the form attached
hereto as Exhibit A. In the event the Release does not become effective within the fifty-five (55) day period following the date of Consultants Involuntary Termination, Consultant shall not be entitled to the aforesaid payments and benefits.
(e) Exclusive Remedy. Except as otherwise expressly required by law or as specifically provided herein, all of Consultants rights to compensation and other amounts hereunder (if any) accruing after the termination of Consultants service shall cease upon such termination. In the event of Consultants termination of service with the Company, Consultants sole remedy shall be to receive the payments and benefits described in this Section 4. In addition, Consultant acknowledges and agrees that he is not entitled to any reimbursement by the Company for any taxes payable by Consultant as a result of the payments and benefits received by Consultant pursuant to this Section 4, including, without limitation, any excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code.
(f) No Mitigation. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4(b)(iv) above, Consultant shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided for in this Section 4 by seeking other engagements, employment or otherwise, nor shall the amount of any payment or benefit provided for in this Section 4 be reduced by any compensation earned by Consultant as the result of engagement or employment by another company or self-employment or by retirement benefits; provided, however, that loans, advances or other amounts owed by Consultant to the Company may be offset by the Company against amounts payable to Consultant under this Section 4.
(g) Return of the Companys Property. In the event of Consultants termination of service for any reason, the Company shall have the right, at its option, to require Consultant to vacate his offices prior to or on the effective date of separation and to cease all activities on the Companys behalf. Upon Consultants termination of service in any manner, as a condition to Consultants receipt of any termination payments described in this Agreement, Consultant shall immediately surrender to the Company all lists, books and records of, or in connection with, the Companys business, and all other property belonging to the Company, it being distinctly understood that all such lists, books and records, and other documents, are the property of the Company. Consultant shall deliver to the Company a signed statement certifying compliance with this Section 4(g) prior to the receipt of any termination payments described in this Agreement.
5. Certain Covenants.
(a) Noncompetition. Except as may otherwise be approved by the Board, during the term of Consultants service, Consultant shall not have any ownership interest (of record or beneficial) in, or have any interest as an employee, salesman, consultant, officer or director in, or otherwise aid or assist in any manner, any firm, corporation, partnership, proprietorship or other business that engages in any county, city or part thereof in the United States and/or any foreign country in a business which competes directly or indirectly (as determined by the Board) with the Companys business in such county, city or part thereof, so long as the Company, or any successor in interest of the Company to the business and goodwill of the Company, remains engaged in such business in such county, city or part thereof or continues to solicit customers or potential customers therein; provided, however, that Consultant may own, directly or indirectly, solely as an investment, securities of any entity which are traded on any national securities exchange if
Consultant (i) is not a controlling person of, or a member of a group which controls, such entity; or (ii) does not, directly or indirectly, own one percent (1%) or more of any class of securities of any such entity.
(b) Confidential Information. Consultant and the Company have entered into the Companys standard proprietary information and inventions assignment agreement (the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement). Consultant agrees to perform each and every obligation of Consultant therein contained.
(c) Solicitation of Employees. During the term of Consultants service and for one (1) year thereafter (the Restricted Period), Consultant will not, either directly or through others, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee, independent contractor or consultant of the Company or its affiliates to terminate his relationship with the Company or its affiliates in order to become an employee, consultant or independent contractor to or for any other person or entity, or otherwise encourage or solicit any employee of the Company or its affiliates to leave the Company or such affiliates for any reason or to devote less than all of any such employees efforts to the affairs of the Company; provided that the foregoing shall not affect any responsibility Consultant may have in connection with his services with respect to the bona fide hiring and firing of Company personnel.
(d) Solicitation of Consultants. Consultant shall not during the term of Consultants service and for the Restricted Period, directly or indirectly, hire, solicit or encourage to cease work with the Company or any of its affiliates any consultant then under contract with the Company or any of its affiliates.
(e) Nondisparagement. Consultant agrees that neither he nor anyone acting by, through, under or in concert with him shall disparage or otherwise communicate negative statements or opinions about the Company, Parent, or their respective board members, officers, employees or businesses. The Company agrees that neither its Board members nor officers, nor the board members or officers of Parent, shall disparage or otherwise communicate negative statements or opinions about Consultant. Except as may be required by law, neither Consultant, nor any member of Consultants family, nor anyone else acting by, through, under or in concert with Consultant will disclose to any individual or entity (other than Consultants legal or tax advisors) the terms of this Agreement.
(f) Rights and Remedies Upon Breach. If Consultant breaches or threatens to commit a breach of any of the provisions of this Section 5 (the Restrictive Covenants), the Company shall have the following rights and remedies, each of which rights and remedies shall be independent of the other and severally enforceable, and all of which rights and remedies shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights and remedies available to the Company under law or in equity:
(i) Specific Performance. The right and remedy to have the Restrictive Covenants specifically enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction, all without the need to post a bond or any other security or to prove any amount of actual damage or that money damages would not provide an adequate remedy, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach or threatened breach will cause irreparable injury to the Company and that money damages will not provide adequate remedy to the Company; and
(ii) Accounting and Indemnification. The right and remedy to require Consultant (A) to account for and pay over to the Company all compensation, profits, monies, accruals, increments or other benefits derived or received by Consultant or any associated party deriving such benefits as a result of any such breach of the Restrictive Covenants; and (B) to indemnify the Company against any other losses, damages (including special and consequential damages), costs and expenses, including actual attorneys fees and court costs, which may be incurred by them and which result from or arise out of any such breach or threatened breach of the Restrictive Covenants.
(g) Severability of Covenants/Blue Pencilling. If any court determines that any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part thereof, is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the Restrictive Covenants shall not thereby be affected and shall be given full effect, without regard to the invalid portions. If any court determines that any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part thereof, are unenforceable because of the duration of such provision or the area covered thereby, such court shall have the power to reduce the duration or area of such provision and, in its reduced form, such provision shall then be enforceable and shall be enforced. Consultant hereby waives any and all right to attack the validity of the Restrictive Covenants on the grounds of the breadth of their geographic scope or the length of their term.
(h) Enforceability in Jurisdictions. The Company and Consultant intend to and do hereby confer jurisdiction to enforce the Restrictive Covenants upon the courts of any jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such covenants. If the courts of any one or more of such jurisdictions hold the Restrictive Covenants wholly unenforceable by reason of the breadth of such scope or otherwise, it is the intention of the Company and Consultant that such determination not bar or in any way affect the right of the Company to the relief provided above in the courts of any other jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such covenants, as to breaches of such covenants in such other respective jurisdictions, such covenants as they relate to each jurisdiction being, for this purpose, severable into diverse and independent covenants.
(i) Whistleblower Provision. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit Consultant from communicating directly with, cooperating with, or providing information to, any government regulator, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or the U.S. Department of Justice. Consultant acknowledges that the Company has provided Consultant with the following notice of immunity rights in compliance with the requirements of the Defend Trade Secrets Act: (i) Consultant shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any Federal or State trade secret law for the disclosure of proprietary information that is made in confidence to a Federal, State, or local government official or to an attorney solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law, (ii) Consultant shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any Federal or State trade secret law for the disclosure of proprietary information that is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal and (iii) if Consultant files a lawsuit for retaliation by the Company for reporting a suspected violation of law, Consultant may disclose the proprietary information to Consultants attorney and use the proprietary information in the court proceeding, if Consultant files any document containing the proprietary information under seal, and does not disclose the proprietary information, except pursuant to court order.
(j) Definitions. For purposes of this Section 5, the term Company means not only Zeno Management, Inc., but also Parent as well as any company, partnership or entity which, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with Zeno Management, Inc.
6. Insurance; Indemnification.
(a) Insurance. The Company shall have the right to take out life, health, accident, key-man or other insurance covering Consultant, in the name of the Company and at the Companys expense in any amount deemed appropriate by the Company. Consultant shall assist the Company in obtaining such insurance, including, without limitation, submitting to any required examinations and providing information and data required by insurance companies.
(b) Indemnification. Consultant will be provided with indemnification against third party claims related to his work for the Company to the extent permitted by Delaware law. The Company shall provide Consultant with directors and officers liability insurance coverage at least as favorable as that which the Company may maintain from time to time for its executive officers.
7. Arbitration. Any dispute, claim or controversy based on, arising out of or relating to Consultants service or this Agreement shall be settled by final and binding arbitration in San Diego, California, before a single neutral arbitrator in accordance with the JAMS Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures (the Rules), and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. The Rules may be found online at www.jamsadr.com. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator, one shall be appointed by JAMS in accordance with its Rules. Each party shall pay the fees of its own attorneys, the expenses of its witnesses and all other expenses connected with presenting its case; provided, however, Consultant and the Company agree that, to the extent permitted by law, the arbitrator may, in his or her discretion, award reasonable attorneys fees to the prevailing party; provided, further, that the prevailing party shall be reimbursed for such fees, costs and expenses within forty-five (45) days following any such award, but in no event later than the last day of Consultants taxable year following the taxable year in which the fees, costs and expenses were incurred; provided, further, that the parties obligations pursuant to this sentence shall terminate on the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date of Consultants termination of service. Other costs of the arbitration, including the cost of any record or transcripts of the arbitration, JAMS administrative fees, the fee of the arbitrator, and all other fees and costs, shall be borne by the Company. This Section 7 is intended to be the exclusive method for resolving any and all claims by the parties against each other for payment of damages under this Agreement or relating to Consultants service. This Agreement shall not limit either partys right to obtain any provisional remedy, including, without limitation, injunctive or similar relief, from any court of competent jurisdiction as may be necessary to protect their rights and interests pending the outcome of arbitration, including without limitation injunctive relief, in any court of competent jurisdiction. Seeking any such relief shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such partys right to compel arbitration. Both Consultant and the Company expressly waive their right to a jury trial.
8. General Relationship. Consultants relationship with the Company will be that of an independent contractor and nothing in this Agreement should be construed to create a partnership, joint venture, or employer-employee relationship with Consultant. Consultant is not the agent of the Company and is not authorized to make any representation, warranty, contract, or commitment on behalf of the Company. Consultant will be solely responsible for all tax returns and payments required to be filed with or made to any federal, state or local tax authority with respect to Consultants performance of the services hereunder and receipt of fees under this Agreement. The Company will regularly report amounts paid to Consultant by filing Form 1099-MISC with the Internal Revenue Service as required by law. Because Consultant is an independent contractor, the Company will not withhold or make payments for social security, make unemployment insurance or disability insurance contributions, or obtain workers compensation insurance on Consultants behalf (or for any individual performing services on behalf of Consultant). Consultant agrees to accept exclusive liability for complying with all applicable state and federal laws governing self-employed individuals, including obligations such as payment of taxes, social security, disability and other contributions based on fees paid to Consultant under this Agreement.
(a) Modification; Prior Claims. This Agreement and the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement (and the other documents referenced therein) set forth the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all existing agreements between them concerning such subject matter, including any prior consulting agreement between the Company and Consultant. This Agreement may be amended or modified only with the written consent of Consultant and an authorized representative of the Company. No oral waiver, amendment or modification will be effective under any circumstances whatsoever.
(b) Assignment; Assumption by Successor. The rights of the Company under this Agreement may, without the consent of Consultant, be assigned by the Company, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to any person, firm, corporation or other business entity which at any time, whether by purchase, merger or otherwise, directly or indirectly, acquires all or substantially all of the assets or business of the Company. The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company expressly to assume and to agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place; provided, however, that no such assumption shall relieve the Company of its obligations hereunder. As used in this Agreement, the Company shall mean the Company as hereinbefore defined and any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law or otherwise.
(c) Survival. The covenants, agreements, representations and warranties contained in or made in Sections 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 of this Agreement shall survive Consultants termination of service.
(d) Third-Party Beneficiaries. Except as expressly set forth herein, this Agreement does not create, and shall not be construed as creating, any rights enforceable by any person not a party to this Agreement.
(e) Waiver. The failure of either party hereto at any time to enforce performance by the other party of any provision of this Agreement shall in no way affect such partys rights thereafter to enforce the same, nor shall the waiver by either party of any breach of any provision hereof be deemed to be a waiver by such party of any other breach of the same or any other provision hereof.
(f) Section Headings. The headings of the several sections in this Agreement are inserted solely for the convenience of the parties and are not a part of and are not intended to govern, limit or aid in the construction of any term or provision hereof.
(g) Notices. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered as follows with notice deemed given as indicated: (i) by personal delivery when delivered personally; (ii) by overnight courier upon written verification of receipt; (iii) by email, telecopy or facsimile transmission upon acknowledgment of receipt of electronic transmission; or (iv) by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, upon verification of receipt. Notice shall be sent to Consultant at the address listed on the Companys personnel records and to the Company at its principal place of business, or such other address as either party may specify in writing.
(h) Severability. All Sections, clauses and covenants contained in this Agreement are severable, and in the event any of them shall be held to be invalid by any court, this Agreement shall be interpreted as if such invalid Sections, clauses or covenants were not contained herein.
(i) Governing Law and Venue. This Agreement is to be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to contracts made and to be performed wholly within such State, and without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof. Except as provided in Sections 5 and 7, any suit brought hereon shall be brought in the state or federal courts sitting in San Diego County, California, the parties hereto hereby waiving any claim or defense that such forum is not convenient or proper. Each party hereby agrees that any such court shall have in personam jurisdiction over it and consents to service of process in any manner authorized by California law.
(j) Non-transferability of Interest. None of the rights of Consultant to receive any form of compensation payable pursuant to this Agreement shall be assignable or transferable except through a testamentary disposition or by the laws of descent and distribution upon the death of Consultant. Any attempted assignment, transfer, conveyance, or other disposition (other than as aforesaid) of any interest in the rights of Consultant to receive any form of compensation to be made by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be void.
(k) Gender. Where the context so requires, the use of the masculine gender shall include the feminine and/or neuter genders and the singular shall include the plural, and vice versa, and the word person shall include any corporation, firm, partnership or other form of association.
(l) Counterparts; Facsimile or .pdf Signatures. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered will be
deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement. This Agreement may be executed and delivered by facsimile or by .pdf file and upon such delivery the facsimile or .pdf signature will be deemed to have the same effect as if the original signature had been delivered to the other party.
(m) Construction. The language in all parts of this Agreement shall in all cases be construed simply, according to its fair meaning, and not strictly for or against any of the parties hereto. Without limitation, there shall be no presumption against any party on the ground that such party was responsible for drafting this Agreement or any part thereof.
(n) Withholding and Other Deductions. All compensation payable to Consultant hereunder shall be subject to such deductions as the Company is from time to time required to make pursuant to law, governmental regulation or order.
(o) Code Section 409A.
(i) This Agreement is not intended to provide for any deferral of compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code, and, accordingly, the termination payments payable under Section 4(b)(ii) and (iii) shall be paid no later than the later of: (A) the fifteenth (15th) day of the third month following Consultants first taxable year in which such amounts 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 amounts are is no longer subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, as determined in accordance with Code Section 409A and any Treasury Regulations and other guidance issued thereunder. To the extent applicable, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with Code Section 409A and Department of Treasury regulations and other interpretive guidance issued thereunder. Each series of installment payments made under this Agreement is hereby designated as a series of separate payments within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to Consultants termination of service shall mean Consultants Separation from Service.
(ii) If Consultant is a specified employee (as defined in Section 409A of the Code), as determined by the Company in accordance with Section 409A of the Code, on the date of Consultants Separation from Service, to the extent that the payments or benefits under this Agreement are subject to Section 409A of the Code and the delayed payment or distribution of all or any portion of such amounts to which Consultant is entitled under this Agreement is required in order to avoid a prohibited distribution under Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, then such portion deferred pursuant to this Section 9(o)(ii) shall be paid or distributed to Consultant in a lump sum on the earlier of (A) the date that is six (6)-months following Consultants Separation from Service, (B) the date of Consultants death or (C) the earliest date as is permitted under Section 409A of the Code. Any remaining payments due under the Agreement shall be paid as otherwise provided herein.
(iii) To the extent applicable, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the applicable exemptions from Section 409A of the Code. If Consultant and the Company determine that any payments or benefits payable under this Agreement intended to comply with Sections 409A(a)(2), (3) and (4) of the Code do not comply with Section 409A of the Code, Consultant and the Company agree to amend this Agreement, or take such other actions as
Consultant and the Company deem reasonably necessary or appropriate, to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder (and any applicable transition relief) while preserving the economic agreement of the parties. To the extent that any provision in this Agreement is ambiguous as to its compliance with Section 409A of the Code, the provision shall be read in such a manner that no payments payable under this Agreement shall be subject to an additional tax as defined in Section 409A(a)(1)(B) of the Code.
(iv) Any reimbursement of expenses or in-kind benefits payable under this Agreement shall be made in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(1)(iv) and shall be paid on or before the last day of Consultants taxable year following the taxable year in which Consultant incurred the expenses. The amount of expenses reimbursed or in-kind benefits payable during any taxable year of Consultants shall not affect the amount eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits payable in any other taxable year of Consultants, and Consultants right to reimbursement for such amounts shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.
|ZENO MANAGEMENT, INC.|
|Name:||Anthony Y. Sun, M.D.|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|
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GENERAL RELEASE OF CLAIMS
[The language in this Release may change based on legal developments and evolving best practices; this form is provided as an example of what will be included in the final Release document.]
This General Release of Claims (Release) is entered into as of this day of , , between Cam Gallagher (Consultant), and Zeno Management, Inc. (the Company) (collectively referred to herein as the Parties).
WHEREAS, Consultant and the Company are parties to that certain Consulting Agreement dated as of February 1, 2019 (the Agreement);
WHEREAS, the Parties agree that Consultant is entitled to certain termination payments under the Agreement, subject to Consultants execution of this Release; and
WHEREAS, the Company and Consultant now wish to fully and finally to resolve all matters between them.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of, and subject to, the termination payments payable to Consultant pursuant to the Agreement, the adequacy of which is hereby acknowledged by Consultant, and which Consultant acknowledges that he would not otherwise be entitled to receive, Consultant and the Company hereby agree as follows:
1. General Release of Claims by Consultant.
(a) Consultant, on behalf of himself and his executors, heirs, administrators, representatives and assigns, hereby agrees to release and forever discharge the Company and all predecessors, successors and their respective parent corporations, affiliates, related, and/or subsidiary entities, and all of their past and present investors, directors, shareholders, officers, general or limited partners, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, and the benefit plans in which Consultant is or has been a participant by virtue of his service to the Company (collectively, the Company Releasees), from any and all claims, debts, demands, accounts, judgments, rights, causes of action, equitable relief, damages, costs, charges, complaints, obligations, promises, agreements, controversies, suits, expenses, compensation, responsibility and liability of every kind and character whatsoever (including attorneys fees and costs), whether in law or equity, known or unknown, asserted or unasserted, suspected or unsuspected (collectively, Claims), which Consultant has or may have had against such entities based on any events or circumstances arising or occurring on or prior to the date hereof or on or prior to the date hereof, arising directly or indirectly out of, relating to, or in any other way involving in any manner whatsoever Consultants service to the Company or the termination thereof, including any and all claims arising under federal, state, or local laws, including without limitation claims of wrongful discharge, breach of express or implied contract, fraud, misrepresentation, defamation, or liability in tort, and claims of any kind that may be brought in any court or administrative agency.
Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, Consultant does not release any Claims which, my law, may not be released, or the following claims:
(i) Claims for indemnity under the bylaws of the Company, as provided for by Delaware law or under any applicable insurance policy with respect to Consultants liability as a director or officer of the Company;
(ii) Claims based on any right Consultant may have to enforce the Companys executory obligations under the Agreement;
(iii) Claims Consultant may have to vested or earned compensation and benefits; and
(iv) Consultants right to communicate or cooperate with any government agency.
(b) CONSULTANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF AND IS FAMILIAR WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:
A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.
BEING AWARE OF SAID CODE SECTION, CONSULTANT HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS HE MAY HAVE THEREUNDER, AS WELL AS UNDER ANY OTHER STATUTES OR COMMON LAW PRINCIPLES OF SIMILAR EFFECT.
(c) Consultant understands that this Release shall become effective, irrevocable, and binding upon his execution of it.
(d) Consultant further understands that Consultant will not be given any termination payments under the Agreement unless this Release is effective on or before the date that is fifty-five (55) days following the date of Consultants termination of service.
2. No Assignment. Consultant represents and warrants to the Company Releasees that there has been no assignment or other transfer of any interest in any Claim that Consultant may have against the Company Releasees. Consultant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company Releasees from any liability, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and attorneys fees incurred as a result of any such assignment or transfer from Consultant.
3. Severability. In the event any provision of this Release is found to be unenforceable by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary to allow enforceability of the provision as so limited, it being intended that the parties shall receive the benefit contemplated herein to the fullest extent permitted by law. If a
deemed modification is not satisfactory in the judgment of such arbitrator or court, the unenforceable provision shall be deemed deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby.
4. Interpretation; Construction. The headings set forth in this Release are for convenience only and shall not be used in interpreting this Agreement. This Release has been drafted by legal counsel representing the Company, but Consultant has participated in the negotiation of its terms. Furthermore, Consultant acknowledges that Consultant has had an opportunity to review and revise the Release and have it reviewed by legal counsel, if desired, and, therefore, the normal rule of construction to the effect that any ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Release. Either partys failure to enforce any provision of this Release shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision, or prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of this Release.
5. Governing Law and Venue. This Release will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and the State of California applicable to contracts made and to be performed wholly within such State, and without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof. Any suit brought hereon shall be brought in the state or federal courts sitting in San Diego County, California, the Parties hereby waiving any claim or defense that such forum is not convenient or proper. Each party hereby agrees that any such court shall have in personam jurisdiction over it and consents to service of process in any manner authorized by California law.
6. Entire Agreement. This Release and the Agreement constitute the entire agreement of the Parties in respect of the subject matter contained herein and therein and supersede all prior or simultaneous representations, discussions, negotiations and agreements, whether written or oral. This Release may be amended or modified only with the written consent of Consultant and an authorized representative of the Company. No oral waiver, amendment or modification will be effective under any circumstances whatsoever.
7. Counterparts. This Release may be executed in multiple counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, and intending to be legally bound, the Parties have executed the foregoing Release as of the date first written above.
|CONSULTANT||ZENO MANAGEMENT, INC.|
|Print Name: Kevin Bunker, Ph.D.||Print Name:|