UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K/A

(Amendment No. 1)

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 23, 2020

 

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware 001-38821 83-2533239
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

2300 Hallock Young Road

Lordstown, Ohio 44481

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (234) 285-4001

 

N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
   
¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
   
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
   
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which
registered
Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share   RIDE   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants to purchase Class A common stock   RIDEW     The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company x

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

 

On October 29, 2020, Lordstown Motors Corp. (f/k/a DiamondPeak Holdings Corp.), a Delaware Corporation (the “Company”), filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Original Report”) to report the Closing and related matters under Items 1.01, 2.01, 3.02, 4.01, 5.01, 5.02, 5.06 and 9.01 of Form 8-K. Due to the large number of events to be reported under the specified items of Form 8-K, this Amendment No. 1 to Form 8-K is being filed to amend the Original Report to include additional matters related to the Transactions under Items 3.03, 5.03 and 5.05 of Form 8-K.

 

Capitalized terms used herein by not defined herein have the meanings given to such terms in the Original Report.

 

Item 3.03Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

 

The information set forth in Item 5.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K/A is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 5.03Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

 

At the Special Meeting, the stockholders of the Company approved Proposal Number 2 – The Charter Proposal and the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) became effective upon filing with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on October 23, 2020. Also on October 23, 2020, the Board approved and adopted the Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”).

 

A description of the amendments included in Certificate of Incorporation is set forth in the sections entitled “Proposal Number 2- The Charter Proposal” beginning on page 126 and “Comparison of Stockholder Rights Before and After Proposed Charter Amendment” beginning on page 129 of the Proxy Statement, which are incorporated by reference herein. Additional information regarding the general effect of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws on the rights of holders of the Company’s capital stock is included in the section entitled “Description of Securities” beginning on page 211 of the Proxy Statement, which is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Copies of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws are attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and Exhibit 3.2, respectively and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 5.05Amendments to the Registrant’s Code of Ethics, or Waiver of a Provision of the Code of Ethics

 

In connection with the Transactions, on October 23, 2020, the Board approved and adopted a new Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (“Code of Ethics”) applicable to all employees, officers and directors of the Company. A copy of the Code of Ethics can be found in the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.lordstownmotors.com.

 

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

 

 

 

(d)                                   Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

Number

  Description
2.1†   Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 1, 2020, by and among DiamondPeak Holding Corp., Lordstown Motors Corp. and DPL Merger Sub Corp. (incorporated by reference to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on August 3, 2020)
3.1   Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
3.2   Amended and Restated Bylaws
4.3   Warrant Agreement, dated February 27, 2019, by and between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (including form of warrant certificate) (incorporated by reference to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 4, 2019)
10.1   Form of Subscription Agreement (incorporated by reference to the Company’s Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on August 3, 2020)
10.2   Registration Rights and Lockup Agreement
10.3#   Form of Indemnification Agreement
10.4#   2020 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to the Company’s proxy statement, filed with the SEC on October 8, 2020)
10.5#   Legacy LMC 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan, as amended by Amendment No. 1, effective February 14, 2020 (including the form of option award agreement thereunder and the terms and conditions that govern the option award agreements)
10.6#   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated November 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and Stephen S. Burns
10.7#   Employment Agreement, dated September 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and John LaFleur, as amended by Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated July 31, 2020
10.8#   Employment Agreement, dated September 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and Julio Rodriguez, as amended by Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated July 31, 2020
10.9#   Employment Agreement, dated October 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and Caimin Flannery, as amended by Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated July 31, 2020
10.10#   Employment Agreement, dated October 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and Rich Schmidt, as amended by Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated July 31, 2020
10.11#   Employment Agreement, dated October 1, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and Thomas V. Canepa, as amended by Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated July 31, 2020
10.12   Intellectual Property License Agreement, between Workhorse Group Inc. and Lordstown Motors Corp., dated November 7, 2019 (incorporated by reference to the Form 10-K of Workhorse Group, Inc., filed with the SEC on March 13, 2020)
10.13   Agreement between Workhorse Group Inc. and Lordstown Motors Corp., dated August 1, 2020 (incorporated by reference to the Form 8-K of Workhorse Group, Inc., filed with the SEC on August 4, 2020)
10.14   License Agreement, between Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd. and Lordstown Motors Corp., as amended by First Amendment, dated July 21, 2020
10.15   Facilities and Support Agreement, between Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd. and Lordstown Motors Corp., dated March 16, 2020
10.16   Asset Transfer Agreement, dated November 7, 2019, between Lordstown Motors Corp. and General Motors LLC, and amended by that certain Amendment to Asset Purchase Agreement, dated May 28, 2020
10.17   Omnibus Agreement, dated August 1, 2020, by and among General Motors LLC, GM EV Holdings LLC, Lordstown Motors Corp., and DiamondPeak Holdings Corp.
16.1   Letter from WithumSmith+Brown, PC to the SEC, dated October 28, 2020
99.1   Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Information

 

#Indicates management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

 

 

  

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Title: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Date: October 29, 2020    

 

 

 

Exhibit 3.1

 

SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

DIAMONDPEAK HOLDINGS CORP.

 

October 23, 2020

 

DiamondPeak Holding Corp., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Corporation”), DOES HEREBY CERTIFY AS FOLLOWS:

 

1.            The name of the Corporation is “DiamondPeak Holdings Corp.” The original certificate of incorporation of the Corporation was filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on November 13, 2018 (the “Original Certificate”).

 

2.            The Corporation amended and restated the Original Certificate on February 27, 2019 (as amended and restated, the “First Amended and Restated Certificate”).

 

3.            This Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Second Amended and Restated Certificate”), which both restates and amends the provisions of the First Amended and Restated Certificate, was duly adopted in accordance with Sections 242 and 245 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, as amended from time to time (the “DGCL”).

 

4.            This Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation shall become effective on the date of filing with the Secretary of State of Delaware.

 

5.            The text of the First Amended and Restated Certificate is hereby restated and amended in its entirety to read as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

NAME

 

The name of the corporation is Lordstown Motors Corp. (the “Corporation”).

 

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the DGCL.

 

ARTICLE III

REGISTERED AGENT

 

The address of the Corporation’s registered office in the State of Delaware is 251 Little Falls Drive, in the City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, State of Delaware, 19808, and the name of the Corporation’s registered agent at such address is Corporation Service Company.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

CAPITALIZATION

 

Section 4.1         Authorized Capital Stock. The total number of shares of all classes of capital stock, each with a par value of $0.0001 per share, which the Corporation is authorized to issue is 312,000,000 shares, consisting of (a) 300,000,000 shares of Class A common stock (the “Common Stock”) and (b) 12,000,000 shares of preferred stock (the “Preferred Stock”).

 

Section 4.2         Preferred Stock. The Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) is hereby expressly authorized to provide out of the unissued shares of the Preferred Stock for one or more series of Preferred Stock and to establish from time to time the number of shares to be included in each such series and to fix the voting rights, if any, designations, powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional, special and other rights, if any, of each such series and any qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, as shall be stated in the resolution or resolutions adopted by the Board providing for the issuance of such series and included in a certificate of designation (a “Preferred Stock Designation”) filed pursuant to the DGCL, and the Board is hereby expressly vested with the authority to the full extent provided by law, now or hereafter, to adopt any such resolution or resolutions.

 

Section 4.3         Common Stock.

 

(a)Voting.

 

(i)         Except as otherwise required by law or this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), the holders of the shares of Common Stock shall exclusively possess all voting power with respect to the Corporation.

 

(ii)        Except as otherwise required by law or this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to one vote for each such share on each matter properly submitted to the stockholders of the Corporation on which the holders of the Common Stock are entitled to vote.

 

(iii)       Except as otherwise required by law or this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), at any annual or special meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation, holders of the Common Stock shall have the exclusive right to vote for the election of directors and on all other matters properly submitted to a vote of the stockholders. Notwithstanding the foregoing, except as otherwise required by law or this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), holders of Common Stock shall not be entitled to vote on any amendment to this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any amendment to any Preferred Stock Designation) that relates solely to the terms of one or more outstanding series of Preferred Stock if the holders of such affected series of Preferred Stock are entitled, either separately or together with the holders of one or more other such series, to vote thereon pursuant to this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation) or the DGCL.

 

(b)           Dividends. Subject to applicable law, the rights, if any, of the holders of any outstanding series of the Preferred Stock, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive such dividends and other distributions (payable in cash, property or capital stock of the Corporation) when, as and if declared thereon by the Board from time to time out of any assets or funds of the Corporation legally available therefor and shall share equally on a per share basis in such dividends and distributions.

 

 

 

 

(c)            Liquidation, Dissolution or Winding Up of the Corporation. Subject to applicable law, the rights, if any, of the holders of any outstanding series of the Preferred Stock, in the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, after payment or provision for payment of the debts and other liabilities of the Corporation, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive all the remaining assets of the Corporation available for distribution to its stockholders, ratably in proportion to the number of shares of Common Stock held by them.

 

Section 4.4         Rights and Options. The Corporation has the authority to create and issue rights, warrants and options entitling the holders thereof to acquire from the Corporation any shares of its capital stock of any class or classes, with such rights, warrants and options to be evidenced by or in instrument(s) approved by the Board. The Board is empowered to set the exercise price, duration, times for exercise and other terms and conditions of such rights, warrants or options; provided, however, that the consideration to be received for any shares of capital stock issuable upon exercise thereof may not be less than the par value thereof.

 

ARTICLE V

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 5.1         Board Powers. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by, or under the direction of, the Board. In addition to the powers and authority expressly conferred upon the Board by statute, this Second Amended and Restated Certificate or the Bylaws of the Corporation (“Bylaws”), the Board is hereby empowered to exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the Corporation, subject, nevertheless, to the provisions of the DGCL, this Second Amended and Restated Certificate, and any Bylaws adopted by the stockholders of the Corporation; provided, however, that no Bylaws hereafter adopted by the stockholders of the Corporation shall invalidate any prior act of the Board that would have been valid if such Bylaws had not been adopted.

 

Section 5.2         Number, Election and Term.

 

(a)            The number of directors of the Corporation, other than those who may be elected by the holders of one or more series of the Preferred Stock voting separately by class or series, shall be fixed from time to time exclusively by the Board pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board.

 

(b)           Subject to Section 5.5 hereof, the Board shall be divided into three classes, as nearly equal in number as possible and designated Class I, Class II and Class III. The Board is authorized to assign members of the Board already in office to Class I, Class II or Class III. The term of the initial Class I Directors shall expire at the first annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation following the effectiveness of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate; the term of the initial Class II Directors shall expire at the second annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation following the effectiveness of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate; and the term of the initial Class III Directors shall expire at the third annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation following the effectiveness of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate. At each succeeding annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation, beginning with the first annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation following the effectiveness of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate, each of the successors elected to replace the class of directors whose term expires at that annual meeting shall be elected for a three-year term or until the election and qualification of their respective successors in office, subject to their earlier death, resignation or removal. Subject to Section 5.5 hereof, if the number of directors that constitute the Board is changed, any increase or decrease shall be apportioned by the Board among the classes so as to maintain the number of directors in each class as nearly equal as possible, but in no case shall a decrease in the number of directors constituting the Board shorten the term of any incumbent director. Subject to the rights of the holders of one or more series of Preferred Stock, voting separately by class or series, to elect directors pursuant to the terms of one or more series of Preferred Stock, the election of directors shall be determined. Directors shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the stockholders present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote thereon. The Board is hereby expressly authorized, by resolution or resolutions thereof, to assign members of the Board already in office to the aforesaid classes at the time this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (and therefore such classification) becomes effective in accordance with the DGCL.

 

 

 

 

(c)            Subject to Section 5.5 hereof, a director shall hold office until the annual meeting for the year in which his or her term expires and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified, subject, however, to such director’s earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal.

 

(d)            Unless and except to the extent that the Bylaws shall so require, the election of directors need not be by written ballot. The holders of shares of Common Stock shall not have cumulative voting rights.

 

Section 5.3         Newly Created Directorships and Vacancies. Subject to Section 5.5 hereof, newly created directorships resulting from an increase in the number of directors and any vacancies on the Board resulting from death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, removal or other cause may be filled solely and exclusively by a majority vote of the remaining directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director (and not by stockholders), and any director so chosen shall hold office for the remainder of the full term of the class of directors to which the new directorship was added or in which the vacancy occurred and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified, subject, however, to such director’s earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal.

 

Section 5.4         Removal. Subject to Section 5.5 hereof, any or all of the directors may be removed from office at any time, but only for cause and only by the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the voting power of all then outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, voting together as a single class.

 

Section 5.5         Preferred Stock - Directors. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article V, and except as otherwise required by law, whenever the holders of one or more series of the Preferred Stock shall have the right, voting separately by class or series, to elect one or more directors, the term of office, the filling of vacancies, the removal from office and other features of such directorships shall be governed by the terms of such series of the Preferred Stock as set forth in this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation) and such directors shall not be included in any of the classes created pursuant to this Article V unless expressly provided by such terms.

 

ARTICLE VI

BYLAWS

 

In furtherance and not in limitation of the powers conferred upon it by law, the Board shall have the power and is expressly authorized to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the Bylaws by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of directors present at a regular or special meeting of the Board at which there is a quorum or by unanimous written consent. The Bylaws also may be adopted, amended, altered or repealed by the stockholders; provided, however, that in addition to any vote of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation required by law or by this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of all then outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, voting together as a single class, shall be required for the stockholders of the Corporation to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the Bylaws; and provided further, however, that no Bylaws hereafter adopted by the stockholders of the Corporation shall invalidate any prior act of the Board that would have been valid if such Bylaws had not been adopted.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII

SPECIAL MEETINGS OF STOCKHOLDERS; ACTION BY WRITTEN CONSENT

 

Section 7.1         Special Meetings. Subject to the rights, if any, of the holders of any outstanding series of the Preferred Stock, and to the requirements of applicable law, special meetings of stockholders of the Corporation may be called only by a Chairman of the Board, a Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, or the Board pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board, and the ability of the stockholders of the Corporation to call a special meeting is hereby specifically denied. Except as provided in the foregoing sentence, special meetings of stockholders of the Corporation may not be called by another person or persons.

 

Section 7.2         Advance Notice. Advance notice of stockholder nominations for the election of directors and of business to be brought by stockholders before any meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation shall be given in the manner provided in the Bylaws.

 

Section 7.3         Action by Written Consent. Except as may be otherwise provided for or fixed pursuant to this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation) relating to the rights of the holders of any outstanding series of Preferred Stock, any action required or permitted to be taken by the stockholders of the Corporation must be effected by a duly called annual or special meeting of such stockholders and may not be effected by written consent of the stockholders.

 

ARTICLE VIII

LIMITED LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION

 

Section 8.1         Limitation of Director Liability. A director of the Corporation shall not be personally liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except to the extent such exemption from liability or limitation thereof is not permitted under the DGCL as the same exists or may hereafter be amended. If the DGCL is amended after the effectiveness of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate to authorize the further elimination or limitation of the liability of directors, then the liability of a director of the Corporation shall be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent authorized by the DGCL, as so amended. Any amendment, modification or repeal of the foregoing sentence shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director of the Corporation hereunder in respect of any act or omission occurring prior to the time of such amendment, modification or repeal.

 

Section 8.2         Indemnification and Advancement of Expenses.

 

(a)            To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, the Corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each person who is or was made a party or is threatened to be made a party to or is otherwise involved in any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (a “proceeding”) by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the Corporation or, while a director or officer of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, trust, other enterprise or nonprofit entity, including service with respect to an employee benefit plan (an “indemnitee”), whether the basis of such proceeding is alleged action in an official capacity as a director, officer, employee or agent, or in any other capacity while serving as a director, officer, employee or agent, against all liability and loss suffered and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes and penalties and amounts paid in settlement) reasonably incurred by such indemnitee in connection with such proceeding. The Corporation shall to the fullest extent not prohibited by applicable law pay the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by an indemnitee in defending or otherwise participating in any proceeding in advance of its final disposition; provided, however, that, to the extent required by applicable law, such payment of expenses in advance of the final disposition of the proceeding shall be made only upon receipt of an undertaking, by or on behalf of the indemnitee, to repay all amounts so advanced if it shall ultimately be determined that the indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified under this Section 8.2 or otherwise. The rights to indemnification and advancement of expenses conferred by this Section 8.2 shall be contract rights and such rights shall continue as to an indemnitee who has ceased to be a director, officer, employee or agent and shall inure to the benefit of his or her heirs, executors and administrators. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 8.2(a), except for proceedings to enforce rights to indemnification and advancement of expenses, the Corporation shall indemnify and advance expenses to an indemnitee in connection with a proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such indemnitee only if such proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the Board.

 

 

 

 

(b)            The rights to indemnification and advancement of expenses conferred on any indemnitee by this Section 8.2 shall not be exclusive of any other rights that any indemnitee may have or hereafter acquire under law, this Second Amended and Restated Certificate, the Bylaws, an agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors, or otherwise.

 

(c)            Any repeal or amendment of this Section 8.2 by the stockholders of the Corporation or by changes in law, or the adoption of any other provision of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate inconsistent with this Section 8.2, shall, unless otherwise required by law, be prospective only (except to the extent such amendment or change in law permits the Corporation to provide broader indemnification rights on a retroactive basis than permitted prior thereto), and shall not in any way diminish or adversely affect any right or protection existing at the time of such repeal or amendment or adoption of such inconsistent provision in respect of any proceeding (regardless of when such proceeding is first threatened, commenced or completed) arising out of, or related to, any act or omission occurring prior to such repeal or amendment or adoption of such inconsistent provision.

 

(d)            This Section 8.2 shall not limit the right of the Corporation, to the extent and in the manner authorized or permitted by law, to indemnify and to advance expenses to persons other than indemnitees.

 

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENT OF SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

 

The Corporation reserves the right at any time and from time to time to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including any Preferred Stock Designation), and other provisions authorized by the laws of the State of Delaware at the time in force that may be added or inserted, in the manner now or hereafter prescribed by this Second Amended and Restated Certificate and the DGCL; and, except as set forth in Article VIII, all rights, preferences and privileges of whatever nature herein conferred upon stockholders, directors or any other persons by and pursuant to this Second Amended and Restated Certificate in its present form or as hereafter amended are granted subject to the right reserved in this Article IX.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE X

EXCLUSIVE FORUM FOR CERTAIN LAWSUITS

 

Section 10.1       Forum.

 

(a)            Subject to Section 10.1(b), unless the Corporation consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the sole and exclusive forum for any internal or intra-corporate claim or any action asserting a claim governed by the internal affairs doctrine as defined by the laws of the State of Delaware, including, but not limited to: (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Corporation; (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any director, officer or other employee or stockholder of the Corporation to the Corporation or the Corporation’s stockholders; or (iii) any action asserting a claim arising pursuant to any provision of the DGCL or this Second Amended and Restated Certificate or the Bylaws (in each case, as they may be amended from time to time), or as to which the DGCL confers jurisdiction on the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, shall be a state court located within the State of Delaware (or, if no court located within the State of Delaware has jurisdiction, the federal district court for the District of Delaware).

 

(b)            Unless the Corporation consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the sole and exclusive forum for any action asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act of 1933 or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder (in each case, as amended) shall be the federal district court for the District of Delaware (or, if such court does not have jurisdiction over such action, any other federal district court of the United States); provided, however, that if the foregoing provisions of this Section 10.1(b) are, or the application of such provisions to any person or entity or any circumstance is, illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the sole and exclusive forum for any action asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act of 1933 or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder (in each case, as amended) shall be the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

 

(c)            Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Second Amended and Restated Certificate, the foregoing provisions of this Section 10.1 shall not apply to any action seeking to enforce any liability, obligation or duty created by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder (in each case, as amended).

 

(d)            To the fullest extent permitted by law, any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring or holding any interest in shares of capital stock of the Corporation shall be deemed to have notice of and consented to the provisions of this Section 10.1.

 

ARTICLE XI

SEVERABILITY

 

If any provision or provisions (or any part thereof) of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable as applied to any person or entity or circumstance for any reason whatsoever, then, to the fullest extent permitted by law, (i) the validity, legality and enforceability of such provisions in any other circumstance and of the remaining provisions of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including, without limitation, each portion of any paragraph of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate containing any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable that is not itself held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable) and the application of such provision to other persons or entities and circumstances shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby, and (ii) the provisions of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate (including, without limitation, each portion of any paragraph of this Second Amended and Restated Certificate containing any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable) shall be construed so as to permit the Corporation to protect its directors, officers, employees and agents from personal liability in respect of their good faith service or for the benefit of the Corporation to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

[Signature page follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. has caused this Second Amended and Restated Certificate to be duly executed and acknowledged in its name and on its behalf by an authorized officer as of the date first set forth above.

 

  DiamondPeak Holdings Corp.
   
  By: /s/ David T. Hamamoto
  Name: David T. Hamamoto
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

[Signature Page to Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation]

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 3.2

 

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

 

BY LAWS

 

OF

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS Corp.

 

(THE “CORPORATION”)

 

ARTICLE I

 

OFFICES

 

Section 1.1. Registered Office. The registered office of the Corporation within the State of Delaware shall be located at either (a) the principal place of business of the Corporation in the State of Delaware or (b) the office of the corporation or individual acting as the Corporation’s registered agent in Delaware.

 

Section 1.2. Additional Offices. The Corporation may, in addition to its registered office in the State of Delaware, have such other offices and places of business, both within and outside the State of Delaware, as the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) may from time to time determine or as the business and affairs of the Corporation may require.

 

ARTICLE II

 

STOCKHOLDERS MEETINGS

 

Section 2.1. Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of stockholders shall be held at such place, either within or without the State of Delaware, and time and on such date as shall be determined by the Board and stated in the notice of the meeting, provided that the Board may in its sole discretion determine that the meeting shall not be held at any place, but may instead be held solely by means of remote communication pursuant to Section 9.5(a). At each annual meeting, the stockholders entitled to vote on such matters shall elect those directors of the Corporation to fill any term of a directorship that expires on the date of such annual meeting and may transact any other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

 

Section 2.2. Special Meetings. Subject to the rights of the holders of any outstanding series of the preferred stock of the Corporation (“Preferred Stock”), and to the requirements of applicable law, special meetings of stockholders, for any purpose or purposes, may be called only by the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, or the Board pursuant to a resolution adopted by a majority of the Board, and may not be called by any other person. Special meetings of stockholders shall be held at such place, either within or without the State of Delaware, and at such time and on such date as shall be determined by the Board and stated in the Corporation’s notice of the meeting, provided that the Board may in its sole discretion determine that the meeting shall not be held at any place, but may instead be held solely by means of remote communication pursuant to Section 9.5(a).

 

Section 2.3. Notices. Written notice of each stockholders meeting stating the place, if any, date, and time of the meeting, and the means of remote communication, if any, by which stockholders and proxy holders may be deemed to be present in person and vote at such meeting and the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting, if such date is different from the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of the meeting, shall be given in the manner permitted by Section 9.3 to each stockholder entitled to vote thereat as of the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to notice of the meeting, by the Corporation not less than 10 nor more than 60 days before the date of the meeting unless otherwise required by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). If said notice is for a stockholders meeting other than an annual meeting, it shall in addition state the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, and the business transacted at such meeting shall be limited to the matters so stated in the Corporation’s notice of meeting (or any supplement thereto). Any meeting of stockholders as to which notice has been given may be postponed, and any meeting of stockholders as to which notice has been given may be cancelled, by the Board upon public announcement (as defined in Section 2.7(c)) given before the date previously scheduled for such meeting.

 

 

 

 

Section 2.4. Quorum. Except as otherwise provided by applicable law, the Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation, as the same may be amended or restated from time to time (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) or these By Laws, the presence, in person or by proxy, at a stockholders meeting of the holders of shares of outstanding capital stock of the Corporation representing a majority of the voting power of all outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote at such meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at such meeting, except that when specified business is to be voted on by a class or series of stock voting as a class, the holders of shares representing a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of such class or series shall constitute a quorum of such class or series for the transaction of such business. If a quorum shall not be present or represented by proxy at any meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation, the chairman of the meeting may adjourn the meeting from time to time in the manner provided in Section 2.6 until a quorum shall attend. The stockholders present at a duly convened meeting may continue to transact business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough stockholders to leave less than a quorum. Shares of its own stock belonging to the Corporation or to another corporation, if a majority of the voting power of the shares entitled to vote in the election of directors of such other corporation is held, directly or indirectly, by the Corporation, shall neither be entitled to vote nor be counted for quorum purposes; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not limit the right of the Corporation or any such other corporation to vote shares held by it in a fiduciary capacity.

 

Section 2.5. Voting of Shares.

 

(a) Voting Lists. The Secretary of the Corporation (the “Secretary”) shall prepare, or shall cause the officer or agent who has charge of the stock ledger of the Corporation to prepare and make, at least 10 days before every meeting of stockholders, a complete list of the stockholders of record entitled to vote at such meeting; provided, however, that if the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to vote is less than 10 days before the meeting date, the list shall reflect the stockholders entitled to vote as of the tenth day before the meeting date, arranged in alphabetical order and showing the address and the number and class of shares registered in the name of each stockholder. Nothing contained in this Section 2.5(a) shall require the Corporation to include electronic mail addresses or other electronic contact information on such list. Such list shall be open to the examination of any stockholder, for any purpose germane to the meeting, during ordinary business hours for a period of at least 10 days prior to the meeting: (i) on a reasonably accessible electronic network, provided that the information required to gain access to such list is provided with the notice of the meeting, or (ii) during ordinary business hours, at the principal place of business of the Corporation. In the event that the Corporation determines to make the list available on an electronic network, the Corporation may take reasonable steps to ensure that such information is available only to stockholders of the Corporation. If the meeting is to be held at a place, then the list shall be produced and kept at the time and place of the meeting during the whole time thereof, and may be inspected by any stockholder who is present. If a meeting of stockholders is to be held solely by means of remote communication as permitted by Section 9.5(a), the list shall be open to the examination of any stockholder during the whole time of the meeting on a reasonably accessible electronic network, and the information required to access such list shall be provided with the notice of meeting. The stock ledger shall be the only evidence as to who are the stockholders entitled to examine the list required by this Section 2.5(a) or to vote in person or by proxy at any meeting of stockholders.

 

(b) Manner of Voting. At any stockholders meeting, every stockholder entitled to vote may vote in person or by proxy. If authorized by the Board, the voting by stockholders or proxy holders at any meeting conducted by remote communication may be effected by a ballot submitted by electronic transmission (as defined in Section 9.3), provided that any such electronic transmission must either set forth or be submitted with information from which the Corporation can determine that the electronic transmission was authorized by the stockholder or proxy holder. The Board, in its discretion, or the chairman of the meeting of stockholders, in such person’s discretion, may require that any votes cast at such meeting shall be cast by written ballot.

 

(c) Proxies. Each stockholder entitled to vote at a meeting of stockholders or to express consent or dissent to corporate action in writing without a meeting may authorize another person or persons to act for such stockholder by proxy, but no such proxy shall be voted or acted upon after three years from its date, unless the proxy provides for a longer period. Proxies need not be filed with the Secretary until the meeting is called to order, but shall be filed with the Secretary before being voted. Without limiting the manner in which a stockholder may authorize another person or persons to act for such stockholder as proxy, either of the following shall constitute a valid means by which a stockholder may grant such authority. No stockholder shall have cumulative voting rights.

 

 

 

 

(i) A stockholder may execute a writing authorizing another person or persons to act for such stockholder as proxy. Execution may be accomplished by the stockholder or such stockholder’s authorized officer, director, employee or agent signing such writing or causing such person’s signature to be affixed to such writing by any reasonable means, including, but not limited to, by facsimile signature.

 

(ii) A stockholder may authorize another person or persons to act for such stockholder as proxy by transmitting or authorizing the transmission of an electronic transmission to the person who will be the holder of the proxy or to a proxy solicitation firm, proxy support service organization or like agent duly authorized by the person who will be the holder of the proxy to receive such transmission, provided that any such electronic transmission must either set forth or be submitted with information from which it can be determined that the electronic transmission was authorized by the stockholder. Any copy, facsimile telecommunication or other reliable reproduction of the writing or transmission authorizing another person or persons to act as proxy for a stockholder may be substituted or used in lieu of the original writing or transmission for any and all purposes for which the original writing or transmission could be used; provided that such copy, facsimile telecommunication or other reproduction shall be a complete reproduction of the entire original writing or transmission.

 

(d) Required Vote. Subject to the rights of the holders of one or more series of Preferred Stock, voting separately by class or series, to elect directors pursuant to the terms of one or more series of Preferred Stock, at all meetings of stockholders at which a quorum is present, the election of directors shall be determined by a plurality of the votes cast by the stockholders present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote thereon. All other matters presented to the stockholders at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be determined by the vote of a majority of the votes cast by the stockholders present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote thereon, unless the matter is one upon which, by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation, these By Laws or applicable stock exchange rules, a different vote is required, in which case such provision shall govern and control the decision of such matter.

 

(e) Inspectors of Election. The Board may, and shall if required by law, in advance of any meeting of stockholders, appoint one or more persons as inspectors of election, who may be employees of the Corporation or otherwise serve the Corporation in other capacities, to act at such meeting of stockholders or any adjournment thereof and to make a written report thereof. The Board may appoint one or more persons as alternate inspectors to replace any inspector who fails to act. If no inspectors of election or alternates are appointed by the Board, the chairman of the meeting shall appoint one or more inspectors to act at the meeting. Each inspector, before discharging his or her duties, shall take and sign an oath faithfully to execute the duties of inspector with strict impartiality and according to the best of his or her ability. The inspectors shall ascertain and report the number of outstanding shares and the voting power of each; determine the number of shares present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and the validity of proxies and ballots; count all votes and ballots and report the results; determine and retain for a reasonable period a record of the disposition of any challenges made to any determination by the inspectors; and certify their determination of the number of shares represented at the meeting and their count of all votes and ballots. No person who is a candidate for an office at an election may serve as an inspector at such election. Each report of an inspector shall be in writing and signed by the inspector or by a majority of them if there is more than one inspector acting at such meeting. If there is more than one inspector, the report of a majority shall be the report of the inspectors.

 

Section 2.6. Adjournments. Any meeting of stockholders, annual or special, may be adjourned by the chairman of the meeting, from time to time, whether or not there is a quorum, to reconvene at the same or some other place. Notice need not be given of any such adjourned meeting if the date, time, and place, if any, thereof, and the means of remote communication, if any, by which stockholders and proxy holders may be deemed to be present in person and vote at such adjourned meeting are announced at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken. At the adjourned meeting the stockholders, or the holders of any class or series of stock entitled to vote separately as a class, as the case may be, may transact any business that might have been transacted at the original meeting. If the adjournment is for more than 30 days, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given to each stockholder of record entitled to vote at the meeting. If after the adjournment a new record date for stockholders entitled to vote is fixed for the adjourned meeting, the Board shall fix a new record date for notice of such adjourned meeting in accordance with Section 9.2, and shall give notice of the adjourned meeting to each stockholder of record entitled to vote at such adjourned meeting as of the record date fixed for notice of such adjourned meeting.

 

 

 

 

Section 2.7. Advance Notice for Business.

 

(a) Annual Meetings of Stockholders. No business may be transacted at an annual meeting of stockholders, other than business that is either (i) specified in the Corporation’s notice of meeting (or any supplement thereto) given by or at the direction of the Board, (ii) otherwise properly brought before the annual meeting by or at the direction of the Board or (iii) otherwise properly brought before the annual meeting by any stockholder of the Corporation (x) who is a stockholder of record entitled to vote at such annual meeting on the date of the giving of the notice provided for in this Section 2.7(a) and on the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to vote at such annual meeting and (y) who complies with the notice procedures set forth in this Section 2.7(a). Notwithstanding anything in this Section 2.7(a) to the contrary, only persons nominated for election as a director to fill any term of a directorship that expires on the date of the annual meeting pursuant to Section 3.2 will be considered for election at such meeting.

 

(i) In addition to any other applicable requirements, for business (other than nominations) to be properly brought before an annual meeting by a stockholder, such stockholder must have given timely notice thereof in proper written form to the Secretary and such business must otherwise be a proper matter for stockholder action. Subject to Section 2.7(a)(iii), a stockholder’s notice to the Secretary with respect to such business, to be timely, must be received by the Secretary at the principal executive offices of the Corporation not later than the close of business on the 90th day nor earlier than the close of business on the 120th day before the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders; provided, however, that in the event that the annual meeting is more than 30 days before or more than 60 days after such anniversary date (or if there has been no prior annual meeting), notice by the stockholder to be timely must be so delivered not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day before the meeting and not later than the later of (x) the close of business on the 90th day before the meeting or (y) the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the annual meeting is first made by the Corporation. The public announcement of an adjournment or postponement of an annual meeting shall not commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for the giving of a stockholder’s notice as described in this Section 2.7(a).

 

(ii) To be in proper written form, a stockholder’s notice to the Secretary with respect to any business (other than nominations) must set forth as to each such matter such stockholder proposes to bring before the annual meeting (A) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the annual meeting, the text of the proposal or business (including the text of any resolutions proposed for consideration and in the event such business includes a proposal to amend these By Laws, the language of the proposed amendment) and the reasons for conducting such business at the annual meeting, (B) the name and record address of such stockholder and the name and address of the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made, (C) the class or series and number of shares of capital stock of the Corporation that are owned beneficially and of record by such stockholder and by the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made, (D) a description of all arrangements or understandings between such stockholder and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made and any other person or persons (including their names) in connection with the proposal of such business by such stockholder, (E) any material interest of such stockholder and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made in such business and (F) a representation that such stockholder (or a qualified representative of such stockholder) intends to appear in person or by proxy at the annual meeting to bring such business before the meeting.

 

(iii) The foregoing notice requirements of this Section 2.7(a) shall be deemed satisfied by a stockholder as to any proposal (other than nominations) if the stockholder has notified the Corporation of such stockholder’s intention to present such proposal at an annual meeting in compliance with Rule 14a-8 (or any successor thereof) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and such stockholder has complied with the requirements of such Rule for inclusion of such proposal in a proxy statement prepared by the Corporation to solicit proxies for such annual meeting. No business shall be conducted at the annual meeting of stockholders except business brought before the annual meeting in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Section 2.7(a), provided, however, that once business has been properly brought before the annual meeting in accordance with such procedures, nothing in this Section 2.7(a) shall be deemed to preclude discussion by any stockholder of any such business. If the Board or the chairman of the annual meeting determines that any stockholder proposal was not made in accordance with the provisions of this Section 2.7(a) or that the information provided in a stockholder’s notice does not satisfy the information requirements of this Section 2.7(a), such proposal shall not be presented for action at the annual meeting. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.7(a), if the stockholder (or a qualified representative of the stockholder) does not appear at the annual meeting of stockholders of the Corporation to present the proposed business, such proposed business shall not be transacted, notwithstanding that proxies in respect of such matter may have been received by the Corporation.

 

 

 

 

(iv) In addition to the provisions of this Section 2.7(a), a stockholder shall also comply with all applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder with respect to the matters set forth herein. Nothing in this Section 2.7(a) shall be deemed to affect any rights of stockholders to request inclusion of proposals in the Corporation’s proxy statement pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act.

 

(b) Special Meetings of Stockholders. Only such business shall be conducted at a special meeting of stockholders as shall have been brought before the meeting pursuant to the Corporation’s notice of meeting. Nominations of persons for election to the Board may be made at a special meeting of stockholders at which directors are to be elected pursuant to the Corporation’s notice of meeting only pursuant to Section 3.2.

 

(c) Public Announcement. For purposes of these By Laws, “public announcement” shall mean disclosure in a press release reported by the Dow Jones News Service, Associated Press or comparable national news service or in a document publicly filed or furnished by the Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Sections 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (or any successor thereto).

 

Section 2.8. Conduct of Meetings. The chairman of each annual and special meeting of stockholders shall be the Chairman of the Board or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (if he or she shall be a director) or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act of the Chief Executive Officer or if the Chief Executive Officer is not a director, the President (if he or she shall be a director) or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the President or if the President is not a director, such other person as shall be appointed by the Board. The date and time of the opening and the closing of the polls for each matter upon which the stockholders will vote at a meeting shall be announced at the meeting by the chairman of the meeting. The Board may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of the meeting of stockholders as it shall deem appropriate. Except to the extent inconsistent with these By Laws or such rules and regulations as adopted by the Board, the chairman of any meeting of stockholders shall have the right and authority to convene and to adjourn the meeting, to prescribe such rules, regulations and procedures and to do all such acts as, in the judgment of such chairman, are appropriate for the proper conduct of the meeting. Such rules, regulations or procedures, whether adopted by the Board or prescribed by the chairman of the meeting, may include, without limitation, the following: (a) the establishment of an agenda or order of business for the meeting; (b) rules and procedures for maintaining order at the meeting and the safety of those present; (c) limitations on attendance at or participation in the meeting to stockholders of record of the Corporation, their duly authorized and constituted proxies or such other persons as the chairman of the meeting shall determine; (d) restrictions on entry to the meeting after the time fixed for the commencement thereof; and (e) limitations on the time allotted to questions or comments by participants. Unless and to the extent determined by the Board or the chairman of the meeting, meetings of stockholders shall not be required to be held in accordance with the rules of parliamentary procedure. The secretary of each annual and special meeting of stockholders shall be the Secretary or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Secretary, an Assistant Secretary so appointed to act by the chairman of the meeting. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Secretary and all Assistant Secretaries, the chairman of the meeting may appoint any person to act as secretary of the meeting.

 

Section 2.9. Consents in Lieu of Meeting. Unless otherwise provided by the Certificate of Incorporation, until the Corporation consummates an initial public offering (“Offering”), any action required to be taken at any annual or special meeting of stockholders, or any action which may be taken at any annual or special meeting of such stockholders, may be taken without a meeting, without prior notice and without a vote, if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by the holders of outstanding stock entitled to vote thereon having not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take such action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote thereon were present and voted, and shall be delivered to the Corporation by delivery to its registered office in the State of Delaware, its principal place of business, or an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the book in which proceedings of meetings of stockholders are recorded. Delivery made to the Corporation’s registered office shall be by hand or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.

 

 

 

 

Every written consent shall bear the date of signature of each stockholder who signs the consent, and no written consent shall be effective to take the corporate action referred to therein unless, within 60 days of the earliest dated consent delivered in the manner required by this section and the DGCL to the Corporation, written consents signed by a sufficient number of holders entitled to vote to take action are delivered to the Corporation by delivery to its registered office in Delaware, its principal place of business or an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the book in which proceedings of meetings of stockholders are recorded. Delivery made to the Corporation’s registered office shall be by hand or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.

 

ARTICLE III

 

DIRECTORS

 

Section 3.1. Powers; Number. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board, which may exercise all such powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts and things as are not by statute or by the Certificate of Incorporation or by these By Laws required to be exercised or done by the stockholders. Directors need not be stockholders or residents of the State of Delaware. Subject to the Certificate of Incorporation, the number of directors shall be fixed exclusively by resolution of the Board.

 

Section 3.2. Advance Notice for Nomination of Directors.

 

(a) Only persons who are nominated in accordance with the following procedures shall be eligible for election as directors of the Corporation, except as may be otherwise provided by the terms of one or more series of Preferred Stock with respect to the rights of holders of one or more series of Preferred Stock to elect directors. Nominations of persons for election to the Board at any annual meeting of stockholders, or at any special meeting of stockholders called for the purpose of electing directors as set forth in the Corporation’s notice of such special meeting, may be made (i) by or at the direction of the Board or (ii) by any stockholder of the Corporation (x) who is a stockholder of record entitled to vote in the election of directors on the date of the giving of the notice provided for in this Section 3.2 and on the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to vote at such meeting and (y) who complies with the notice procedures set forth in this Section 3.2.

 

(b) In addition to any other applicable requirements, for a nomination to be made by a stockholder, such stockholder must have given timely notice thereof in proper written form to the Secretary. To be timely, a stockholder’s notice to the Secretary must be received by the Secretary at the principal executive offices of the Corporation (i) in the case of an annual meeting, not later than the close of business on the 90th day nor earlier than the close of business on the 120th day before the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders; provided, however, that in the event that the annual meeting is more than 30 days before or more than 60 days after such anniversary date (or if there has been no prior annual meeting), notice by the stockholder to be timely must be so received not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day before the meeting and not later than the later of (x) the close of business on the 90th day before the meeting or (y) the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the annual meeting was first made by the Corporation; and (ii) in the case of a special meeting of stockholders called for the purpose of electing directors, not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the special meeting is first made by the Corporation. In no event shall the public announcement of an adjournment or postponement of an annual meeting or special meeting commence a new time period (or extend any time period) for the giving of a stockholder’s notice as described in this Section 3.2.

 

 

 

 

(c) Notwithstanding anything in paragraph (b) to the contrary, in the event that the number of directors to be elected to the Board at an annual meeting is greater than the number of directors whose terms expire on the date of the annual meeting and there is no public announcement by the Corporation naming all of the nominees for the additional directors to be elected or specifying the size of the increased Board before the close of business on the 90th day prior to the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders, a stockholder’s notice required by this Section 3.2 shall also be considered timely, but only with respect to nominees for the additional directorships created by such increase that are to be filled by election at such annual meeting, if it shall be received by the Secretary at the principal executive offices of the Corporation not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the date on which such public announcement was first made by the Corporation.

 

(d) To be in proper written form, a stockholder’s notice to the Secretary must set forth (i) as to each person whom the stockholder proposes to nominate for election as a director (A) the name, age, business address and residence address of the person, (B) the principal occupation or employment of the person, (C) the class or series and number of shares of capital stock of the Corporation that are owned beneficially or of record by the person and (D) any other information relating to the person that would be required to be disclosed in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with solicitations of proxies for election of directors pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder; and (ii) as to the stockholder giving the notice (A) the name and record address of such stockholder as they appear on the Corporation’s books and the name and address of the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is made, (B) the class or series and number of shares of capital stock of the Corporation that are owned beneficially and of record by such stockholder and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is made, (C) a description of all arrangements or understandings relating to the nomination to be made by such stockholder among such stockholder, the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is made, each proposed nominee and any other person or persons (including their names), (D) a representation that such stockholder (or a qualified representative of such stockholder) intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the persons named in its notice and (E) any other information relating to such stockholder and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is made that would be required to be disclosed in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with solicitations of proxies for election of directors pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. Such notice must be accompanied by a written consent of each proposed nominee to being named as a nominee and to serve as a director if elected.

 

(e) If the Board or the chairman of the meeting of stockholders determines that any nomination was not made in accordance with the provisions of this Section 3.2, or that the information provided in a stockholder’s notice does not satisfy the information requirements of this Section 3.2, then such nomination shall not be considered at the meeting in question. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 3.2, if the stockholder (or a qualified representative of the stockholder) does not appear at the meeting of stockholders of the Corporation to present the nomination, such nomination shall be disregarded, notwithstanding that proxies in respect of such nomination may have been received by the Corporation.

 

(f) In addition to the provisions of this Section 3.2, a stockholder shall also comply with all of the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder with respect to the matters set forth herein. Nothing in this Section 3.2 shall be deemed to affect any rights of the holders of Preferred Stock to elect directors pursuant to the Certificate of Incorporation.

 

Section 3.3. Compensation. Unless otherwise restricted by the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, the Board shall have the authority to fix the compensation of directors, including for service on a committee of the Board, and may be paid either a fixed sum for attendance at each meeting of the Board or other compensation as director. The directors may be reimbursed their expenses, if any, of attendance at each meeting of the Board. No such payment shall preclude any director from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefor. Members of committees of the Board may be allowed like compensation and reimbursement of expenses for service on the committee.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

 

BOARD MEETINGS

 

Section 4.1. Annual Meetings. The Board shall meet as soon as practicable after the adjournment of each annual stockholders meeting at the place of the annual stockholders meeting unless the Board shall fix another time and place and give notice thereof in the manner required herein for special meetings of the Board. No notice to the directors shall be necessary to legally convene this meeting, except as provided in this Section 4.1.

 

Section 4.2. Regular Meetings. Regularly scheduled, periodic meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such times, dates and places (within or without the State of Delaware) as shall from time to time be determined by the Board.

 

Section 4.3. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board (a) may be called by the Chairman of the Board or President and (b) shall be called by the Chairman of the Board, President or Secretary on the written request of at least a majority of directors then in office, or the sole director, as the case may be, and shall be held at such time, date and place (within or without the State of Delaware) as may be determined by the person calling the meeting or, if called upon the request of directors or the sole director, as specified in such written request. Notice of each special meeting of the Board shall be given, as provided in Section 9.3, to each director (i) at least 24 hours before the meeting if such notice is oral notice given personally or by telephone or written notice given by hand delivery or by means of a form of electronic transmission and delivery; (ii) at least two days before the meeting if such notice is sent by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service; and (iii) at least five days before the meeting if such notice is sent through the United States mail. If the Secretary shall fail or refuse to give such notice, then the notice may be given by the officer who called the meeting or the directors who requested the meeting. Any and all business that may be transacted at a regular meeting of the Board may be transacted at a special meeting. Except as may be otherwise expressly provided by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation, or these By Laws, neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any special meeting need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting. A special meeting may be held at any time without notice if all the directors are present or if those not present waive notice of the meeting in accordance with Section 9.4.

 

Section 4.4. Quorum; Required Vote. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board, and the act of a majority of the directors present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Board, except as may be otherwise specifically provided by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws. If a quorum shall not be present at any meeting, a majority of the directors present may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without notice other than announcement at the meeting, until a quorum is present.

 

Section 4.5. Consent In Lieu of Meeting. Unless otherwise restricted by the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board or any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Board or committee, as the case may be, consent thereto in writing or by electronic transmission, and the writing or writings or electronic transmission or transmissions (or paper reproductions thereof) are filed with the minutes of proceedings of the Board or committee. Such filing shall be in paper form if the minutes are maintained in paper form and shall be in electronic form if the minutes are maintained in electronic form.

 

Section 4.6. Organization. The chairman of each meeting of the Board shall be the Chairman of the Board or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (if he or she shall be a director) or, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chief Executive Officer or if the Chief Executive Officer is not a director, the President (if he or she shall be a director) or in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the President or if the President is not a director, a chairman elected from the directors present. The Secretary shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Secretary, an Assistant Secretary shall perform the duties of the Secretary at such meeting. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Secretary and all Assistant Secretaries, the chairman of the meeting may appoint any person to act as secretary of the meeting.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE V

 

COMMITTEES OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 5.1. Establishment. The Board may by resolution of the Board designate one or more committees, each committee to consist of one or more of the directors of the Corporation. Each committee shall keep regular minutes of its meetings and report the same to the Board when required by the resolution designating such committee. The Board shall have the power at any time to fill vacancies in, to change the membership of, or to dissolve any such committee.

 

Section 5.2. Available Powers. Any committee established pursuant to Section 5.1 hereof, to the extent permitted by applicable law and by resolution of the Board, shall have and may exercise all of the powers and authority of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of the Corporation, and may authorize the seal of the Corporation to be affixed to all papers that may require it.

 

Section 5.3. Alternate Members. The Board may designate one or more directors as alternate members of any committee, who may replace any absent or disqualified member at any meeting of such committee. In the absence or disqualification of a member of the committee, the member or members thereof present at any meeting and not disqualified from voting, whether or not he, she or they constitute a quorum, may unanimously appoint another member of the Board to act at the meeting in place of any such absent or disqualified member.

 

Section 5.4. Procedures. Unless the Board otherwise provides, the time, date, place, if any, and notice of meetings of a committee shall be determined by such committee. At meetings of a committee, a majority of the number of members of the committee (but not including any alternate member, unless such alternate member has replaced any absent or disqualified member at the time of, or in connection with, such meeting) shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The act of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee, except as otherwise specifically provided by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation, these By Laws or the Board. If a quorum is not present at a meeting of a committee, the members present may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without notice other than an announcement at the meeting, until a quorum is present. Unless the Board otherwise provides and except as provided in these By Laws, each committee designated by the Board may make, alter, amend and repeal rules for the conduct of its business. In the absence of such rules each committee shall conduct its business in the same manner as the Board is authorized to conduct its business pursuant to Article III and Article IV of these By Laws.

 

ARTICLE VI

 

OFFICERS

 

Section 6.1. Officers. The officers of the Corporation elected by the Board shall be a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Financial Officer, a Secretary and such other officers (including without limitation, a Chairman of the Board, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Assistant Secretaries and a Treasurer) as the Board from time to time may determine. Officers elected by the Board shall each have such powers and duties as generally pertain to their respective offices, subject to the specific provisions of this Article VI. Such officers shall also have such powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred by the Board. The Chief Executive Officer or President may also appoint such other officers (including without limitation one or more Vice Presidents and Controllers) as may be necessary or desirable for the conduct of the business of the Corporation. Such other officers shall have such powers and duties and shall hold their offices for such terms as may be provided in these By Laws or as may be prescribed by the Board or, if such officer has been appointed by the Chief Executive Officer or President, as may be prescribed by the appointing officer.

 

(a) Chairman of the Board. The Chairman of the Board shall preside when present at all meetings of the stockholders and the Board. The Chairman of the Board shall have general supervision and control of the acquisition activities of the Corporation subject to the ultimate authority of the Board, and shall be responsible for the execution of the policies of the Board with respect to such matters. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (if he or she shall be a director) shall preside when present at all meetings of the stockholders and the Board. The powers and duties of the Chairman of the Board shall not include supervision or control of the preparation of the financial statements of the Corporation (other than through participation as a member of the Board). The position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer may be held by the same person.

 

 

 

 

(b) Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Corporation and general control of all of its business subject to the ultimate authority of the Board, and shall be responsible for the execution of the policies of the Board with respect to such matters, except to the extent any such powers and duties have been prescribed to the Chairman of the Board pursuant to Section 6.1(a) above. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (if he or she shall be a director) shall preside when present at all meetings of the stockholders and the Board. The position of Chief Executive Officer and President may be held by the same person.

 

(c) President. The President shall make recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer on all operational matters that would normally be reserved for the final executive responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, the President (if he or she shall be a director) shall preside when present at all meetings of the stockholders and the Board. The President shall also perform such duties and have such powers as shall be designated by the Board. The position of President and Chief Executive Officer may be held by the same person.

 

(d) Vice Presidents. In the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the President, the Vice President (or in the event there be more than one Vice President, the Vice Presidents in the order designated by the Board) shall perform the duties and have the powers of the President. Any one or more of the Vice Presidents may be given an additional designation of rank or function.

 

(e) Secretary.

 

(i) The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the stockholders, the Board and (as required) committees of the Board and shall record the proceedings of such meetings in books to be kept for that purpose. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the stockholders and special meetings of the Board and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board, the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer or President. The Secretary shall have custody of the corporate seal of the Corporation and the Secretary, or any Assistant Secretary, shall have authority to affix the same to any instrument requiring it, and when so affixed, it may be attested by his or her signature or by the signature of such Assistant Secretary. The Board may give general authority to any other officer to affix the seal of the Corporation and to attest the affixing thereof by his or her signature.

 

(ii) The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal executive office of the Corporation or at the office of the Corporation’s transfer agent or registrar, if one has been appointed, a stock ledger, or duplicate stock ledger, showing the names of the stockholders and their addresses, the number and classes of shares held by each and, with respect to certificated shares, the number and date of certificates issued for the same and the number and date of certificates cancelled.

 

(f) Assistant Secretaries. The Assistant Secretary or, if there be more than one, the Assistant Secretaries in the order determined by the Board shall, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Secretary, perform the duties and have the powers of the Secretary.

 

(g) Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Financial Officer shall perform all duties commonly incident to that office (including, without limitation, the care and custody of the funds and securities of the Corporation, which from time to time may come into the Chief Financial Officer’s hands and the deposit of the funds of the Corporation in such banks or trust companies as the Board, the Chief Executive Officer or the President may authorize).

 

(h) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall, in the absence (or inability or refusal to act) of the Chief Financial Officer, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

 

 

Section 6.2. Term of Office; Removal; Vacancies. The elected officers of the Corporation shall be appointed by the Board and shall hold office until their successors are duly elected and qualified by the Board or until their earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, or removal from office. Any officer may be removed, with or without cause, at any time by the Board. Any officer appointed by the Chief Executive Officer or President may also be removed, with or without cause, by the Chief Executive Officer or President, as the case may be, unless the Board otherwise provides. Any vacancy occurring in any elected office of the Corporation may be filled by the Board. Any vacancy occurring in any office appointed by the Chief Executive Officer or President may be filled by the Chief Executive Officer, or President, as the case may be, unless the Board then determines that such office shall thereupon be elected by the Board, in which case the Board shall elect such officer.

 

Section 6.3. Other Officers. The Board may delegate the power to appoint such other officers and agents, and may also remove such officers and agents or delegate the power to remove same, as it shall from time to time deem necessary or desirable.

 

Section 6.4. Multiple Officeholders; Stockholder and Director Officers. Any number of offices may be held by the same person unless the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws otherwise provide. Officers need not be stockholders or residents of the State of Delaware.

 

ARTICLE VII

 

SHARES

 

Section 7.1. Certificated and Uncertificated Shares. The shares of the Corporation may be certificated or uncertificated, subject to the sole discretion of the Board and the requirements of the DGCL.

 

Section 7.2. Multiple Classes of Stock. If the Corporation shall be authorized to issue more than one class of stock or more than one series of any class, the Corporation shall (a) cause the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights of each class of stock or series thereof and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences and/or rights to be set forth in full or summarized on the face or back of any certificate that the Corporation issues to represent shares of such class or series of stock or (b) in the case of uncertificated shares, within a reasonable time after the issuance or transfer of such shares, send to the registered owner thereof a written notice containing the information required to be set forth on certificates as specified in clause (a) above; provided, however, that, except as otherwise provided by applicable law, in lieu of the foregoing requirements, there may be set forth on the face or back of such certificate or, in the case of uncertificated shares, on such written notice a statement that the Corporation will furnish without charge to each stockholder who so requests the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights of each class of stock or series thereof and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences or rights.

 

Section 7.3. Signatures. Each certificate representing capital stock of the Corporation shall be signed by or in the name of the Corporation by (a) the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, the President or a Vice President and (b) the Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Corporation. Any or all the signatures on the certificate may be a facsimile. In case any officer, transfer agent or registrar who has signed or whose facsimile signature has been placed upon a certificate shall have ceased to be such officer, transfer agent or registrar before such certificate is issued, such certificate may be issued by the Corporation with the same effect as if such person were such officer, transfer agent or registrar on the date of issue.

 

Section 7.4. Consideration and Payment for Shares.

 

(a) Subject to applicable law and the Certificate of Incorporation, shares of stock may be issued for such consideration, having in the case of shares with par value a value not less than the par value thereof, and to such persons, as determined from time to time by the Board. The consideration may consist of any tangible or intangible property or any benefit to the Corporation including cash, promissory notes, services performed, contracts for services to be performed or other securities, or any combination thereof.

 

(b) Subject to applicable law and the Certificate of Incorporation, shares may not be issued until the full amount of the consideration has been paid, unless upon the face or back of each certificate issued to represent any partly paid shares of capital stock or upon the books and records of the Corporation in the case of partly paid uncertificated shares, there shall have been set forth the total amount of the consideration to be paid therefor and the amount paid thereon up to and including the time said certificate representing certificated shares or said uncertificated shares are issued.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 7.5. Lost, Destroyed or Wrongfully Taken Certificates.

 

(a) If an owner of a certificate representing shares claims that such certificate has been lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken, the Corporation shall issue a new certificate representing such shares or such shares in uncertificated form if the owner: (i) requests such a new certificate before the Corporation has notice that the certificate representing such shares has been acquired by a protected purchaser; (ii) if requested by the Corporation, delivers to the Corporation a bond sufficient to indemnify the Corporation against any claim that may be made against the Corporation on account of the alleged loss, wrongful taking or destruction of such certificate or the issuance of such new certificate or uncertificated shares; and (iii) satisfies other reasonable requirements imposed by the Corporation.

 

(b) If a certificate representing shares has been lost, apparently destroyed or wrongfully taken, and the owner fails to notify the Corporation of that fact within a reasonable time after the owner has notice of such loss, apparent destruction or wrongful taking and the Corporation registers a transfer of such shares before receiving notification, the owner shall be precluded from asserting against the Corporation any claim for registering such transfer or a claim to a new certificate representing such shares or such shares in uncertificated form.

 

Section 7.6. Transfer of Stock.

 

(a) If a certificate representing shares of the Corporation is presented to the Corporation with an endorsement requesting the registration of transfer of such shares or an instruction is presented to the Corporation requesting the registration of transfer of uncertificated shares, the Corporation shall register the transfer as requested if:

 

(i) in the case of certificated shares, the certificate representing such shares has been surrendered;

 

(ii) (A) with respect to certificated shares, the endorsement is made by the person specified by the certificate as entitled to such shares; (B) with respect to uncertificated shares, an instruction is made by the registered owner of such uncertificated shares; or (C) with respect to certificated shares or uncertificated shares, the endorsement or instruction is made by any other appropriate person or by an agent who has actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person;

 

(iii) the Corporation has received a guarantee of signature of the person signing such endorsement or instruction or such other reasonable assurance that the endorsement or instruction is genuine and authorized as the Corporation may request;

 

(iv) the transfer does not violate any restriction on transfer imposed by the Corporation that is enforceable in accordance with Section 7.8(a); and

 

(v) such other conditions for such transfer as shall be provided for under applicable law have been satisfied.

 

(b) Whenever any transfer of shares shall be made for collateral security and not absolutely, the Corporation shall so record such fact in the entry of transfer if, when the certificate for such shares is presented to the Corporation for transfer or, if such shares are uncertificated, when the instruction for registration of transfer thereof is presented to the Corporation, both the transferor and transferee request the Corporation to do so.

 

Section 7.7. Registered Stockholders. Before due presentment for registration of transfer of a certificate representing shares of the Corporation or of an instruction requesting registration of transfer of uncertificated shares, the Corporation may treat the registered owner as the person exclusively entitled to inspect for any proper purpose the stock ledger and the other books and records of the Corporation, vote such shares, receive dividends or notifications with respect to such shares and otherwise exercise all the rights and powers of the owner of such shares, except that a person who is the beneficial owner of such shares (if held in a voting trust or by a nominee on behalf of such person) may, upon providing documentary evidence of beneficial ownership of such shares and satisfying such other conditions as are provided under applicable law, may also so inspect the books and records of the Corporation.

 

 

 

Section 7.8. Effect of the Corporation’s Restriction on Transfer.

 

(a) A written restriction on the transfer or registration of transfer of shares of the Corporation or on the amount of shares of the Corporation that may be owned by any person or group of persons, if permitted by the DGCL and noted conspicuously on the certificate representing such shares or, in the case of uncertificated shares, contained in a notice, offering circular or prospectus sent by the Corporation to the registered owner of such shares within a reasonable time prior to or after the issuance or transfer of such shares, may be enforced against the holder of such shares or any successor or transferee of the holder including an executor, administrator, trustee, guardian or other fiduciary entrusted with like responsibility for the person or estate of the holder.

 

(b) A restriction imposed by the Corporation on the transfer or the registration of shares of the Corporation or on the amount of shares of the Corporation that may be owned by any person or group of persons, even if otherwise lawful, is ineffective against a person without actual knowledge of such restriction unless: (i) the shares are certificated and such restriction is noted conspicuously on the certificate; or (ii) the shares are uncertificated and such restriction was contained in a notice, offering circular or prospectus sent by the Corporation to the registered owner of such shares within a reasonable time prior to or after the issuance or transfer of such shares.

 

Section 7.9. Regulations. The Board shall have power and authority to make such additional rules and regulations, subject to any applicable requirement of law, as the Board may deem necessary and appropriate with respect to the issue, transfer or registration of transfer of shares of stock or certificates representing shares. The Board may appoint one or more transfer agents or registrars and may require for the validity thereof that certificates representing shares bear the signature of any transfer agent or registrar so appointed.

 

ARTICLE VIII

 

INDEMNIFICATION

 

Section 8.1. Right to Indemnification. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, the Corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each person who was or is made a party or is threatened to be made a party to or is otherwise involved in any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (hereinafter a “proceeding”), by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the Corporation or, while a director or officer of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, trust, other enterprise or nonprofit entity, including service with respect to an employee benefit plan (hereinafter an “Indemnitee”), whether the basis of such proceeding is alleged action in an official capacity as a director, officer, employee or agent, or in any other capacity while serving as a director, officer, employee or agent, against all liability and loss suffered and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes and penalties and amounts paid in settlement) reasonably incurred by such Indemnitee in connection with such proceeding; provided, however, that, except as provided in Section 8.3 with respect to proceedings to enforce rights to indemnification, the Corporation shall indemnify an Indemnitee in connection with a proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such Indemnitee only if such proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the Board.

 

Section 8.2. Right to Advancement of Expenses. In addition to the right to indemnification conferred in Section 8.1, an Indemnitee shall also have the right to be paid by the Corporation to the fullest extent not prohibited by applicable law the expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees) incurred in defending or otherwise participating in any such proceeding in advance of its final disposition (hereinafter an “advancement of expenses”); provided, however, that, if the DGCL requires, an advancement of expenses incurred by an Indemnitee in his or her capacity as a director or officer of the Corporation (and not in any other capacity in which service was or is rendered by such Indemnitee, including, without limitation, service to an employee benefit plan) shall be made only upon the Corporation’s receipt of an undertaking (hereinafter an “undertaking”), by or on behalf of such Indemnitee, to repay all amounts so advanced if it shall ultimately be determined that such Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified under this Article VIII or otherwise.

 

 

 

Section 8.3. Right of Indemnitee to Bring Suit. If a claim under Section 8.1 or Section 8.2 is not paid in full by the Corporation within 60 days after a written claim therefor has been received by the Corporation, except in the case of a claim for an advancement of expenses, in which case the applicable period shall be 20 days, the Indemnitee may at any time thereafter bring suit against the Corporation to recover the unpaid amount of the claim. If successful in whole or in part in any such suit, or in a suit brought by the Corporation to recover an advancement of expenses pursuant to the terms of an undertaking, the Indemnitee shall also be entitled to be paid the expense of prosecuting or defending such suit. In (a) any suit brought by the Indemnitee to enforce a right to indemnification hereunder (but not in a suit brought by an Indemnitee to enforce a right to an advancement of expenses) it shall be a defense that, and (b) in any suit brought by the Corporation to recover an advancement of expenses pursuant to the terms of an undertaking, the Corporation shall be entitled to recover such expenses upon a final judicial decision from which there is no further right to appeal (hereinafter a “final adjudication”) that, the Indemnitee has not met any applicable standard for indemnification set forth in the DGCL. Neither the failure of the Corporation (including its directors who are not parties to such action, a committee of such directors, independent legal counsel, or its stockholders) to have made a determination prior to the commencement of such suit that indemnification of the Indemnitee is proper in the circumstances because the Indemnitee has met the applicable standard of conduct set forth in the DGCL, nor an actual determination by the Corporation (including a determination by its directors who are not parties to such action, a committee of such directors, independent legal counsel, or its stockholders) that the Indemnitee has not met such applicable standard of conduct, shall create a presumption that the Indemnitee has not met the applicable standard of conduct or, in the case of such a suit brought by the Indemnitee, shall be a defense to such suit. In any suit brought by the Indemnitee to enforce a right to indemnification or to an advancement of expenses hereunder, or by the Corporation to recover an advancement of expenses pursuant to the terms of an undertaking, the burden of proving that the Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified, or to such advancement of expenses, under this Article VIII or otherwise shall be on the Corporation.

 

Section 8.4. Non-Exclusivity of Rights. The rights provided to any Indemnitee pursuant to this Article VIII shall not be exclusive of any other right, which such Indemnitee may have or hereafter acquire under applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation, these By Laws, an agreement, a vote of stockholders or disinterested directors, or otherwise.

 

Section 8.5. Insurance. The Corporation may maintain insurance, at its expense, to protect itself and/or any director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation or another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against any expense, liability or loss, whether or not the Corporation would have the power to indemnify such person against such expense, liability or loss under the DGCL.

 

Section 8.6. Indemnification of Other Persons. This Article VIII shall not limit the right of the Corporation to the extent and in the manner authorized or permitted by law to indemnify and to advance expenses to persons other than Indemnitees. Without limiting the foregoing, the Corporation may, to the extent authorized from time to time by the Board, grant rights to indemnification and to the advancement of expenses to any employee or agent of the Corporation and to any other person who is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to an employee benefit plan, to the fullest extent of the provisions of this Article VIII with respect to the indemnification and advancement of expenses of Indemnitees under this Article VIII.

 

Section 8.7. Amendments. Any repeal or amendment of this Article VIII by the Board or the stockholders of the Corporation or by changes in applicable law, or the adoption of any other provision of these By Laws inconsistent with this Article VIII, will, to the extent permitted by applicable law, be prospective only (except to the extent such amendment or change in applicable law permits the Corporation to provide broader indemnification rights to Indemnitees on a retroactive basis than permitted prior thereto), and will not in any way diminish or adversely affect any right or protection existing hereunder in respect of any act or omission occurring prior to such repeal or amendment or adoption of such inconsistent provision; provided however, that amendments or repeals of this Article VIII shall require the affirmative vote of the stockholders holding at least 66.7% of the voting power of all outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation.

 

Section 8.8. Certain Definitions. For purposes of this Article VIII, (a) references to “other enterprise” shall include any employee benefit plan; (b) references to “fines” shall include any excise taxes assessed on a person with respect to an employee benefit plan; (c) references to “serving at the request of the Corporation” shall include any service that imposes duties on, or involves services by, a person with respect to any employee benefit plan, its participants, or beneficiaries; and (d) a person who acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries of an employee benefit plan shall be deemed to have acted in a manner “not opposed to the best interest of the Corporation” for purposes of Section 145 of the DGCL.

 

 

 

Section 8.9. Contract Rights. The rights provided to Indemnitees pursuant to this Article VIII shall be contract rights and such rights shall continue as to an Indemnitee who has ceased to be a director, officer, agent or employee and shall inure to the benefit of the Indemnitee’s heirs, executors and administrators.

 

Section 8.10. Severability. If any provision or provisions of this Article VIII shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever: (a) the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Article VIII shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby; and (b) to the fullest extent possible, the provisions of this Article VIII (including, without limitation, each such portion of this Article VIII containing any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable) shall be construed so as to give effect to the intent manifested by the provision held invalid, illegal or unenforceable.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 9.1. Place of Meetings. If the place of any meeting of stockholders, the Board or committee of the Board for which notice is required under these By Laws is not designated in the notice of such meeting, such meeting shall be held at the principal business office of the Corporation; provided, however, if the Board has, in its sole discretion, determined that a meeting shall not be held at any place, but instead shall be held by means of remote communication pursuant to Section 9.5 hereof, then such meeting shall not be held at any place.

 

Section 9.2. Fixing Record Dates.

 

(a) In order that the Corporation may determine the stockholders entitled to notice of any meeting of stockholders or any adjournment thereof, the Board may fix a record date, which shall not precede the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted by the Board, and which record date shall not be more than 60 nor less than 10 days before the date of such meeting. If the Board so fixes a date, such date shall also be the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to vote at such meeting unless the Board determines, at the time it fixes such record date, that a later date on or before the date of the meeting shall be the date for making such determination. If no record date is fixed by the Board, the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at a meeting of stockholders shall be at the close of business on the business day next preceding the day on which notice is given, or, if notice is waived, at the close of business on the business day next preceding the day on which the meeting is held. A determination of stockholders of record entitled to notice of or to vote at a meeting of stockholders shall apply to any adjournment of the meeting; provided, however, that the Board may fix a new record date for the adjourned meeting, and in such case shall also fix as the record date for stockholders entitled to notice of such adjourned meeting the same or an earlier date as that fixed for determination of stockholders entitled to vote in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Section 9.2(a) at the adjourned meeting.

 

(b) In order that the Corporation may determine the stockholders entitled to receive payment of any dividend or other distribution or allotment of any rights or the stockholders entitled to exercise any rights in respect of any change, conversion or exchange of stock, or for the purpose of any other lawful action, the Board may fix a record date, which record date shall not precede the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted, and which record date shall be not more than 60 days prior to such action. If no record date is fixed, the record date for determining stockholders for any such purpose shall be at the close of business on the day on which the Board adopts the resolution relating thereto.

 

 

 

Section 9.3. Means of Giving Notice.

 

(a) Notice to Directors. Whenever under applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws notice is required to be given to any director, such notice shall be given either (i) in writing and sent by mail, or by a nationally recognized delivery service, (ii) by means of facsimile telecommunication or other form of electronic transmission, or (iii) by oral notice given personally or by telephone. A notice to a director will be deemed given as follows: (i) if given by hand delivery, orally, or by telephone, when actually received by the director, (ii) if sent through the United States mail, when deposited in the United States mail, with postage and fees thereon prepaid, addressed to the director at the director’s address appearing on the records of the Corporation, (iii) if sent for next day delivery by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service, when deposited with such service, with fees thereon prepaid, addressed to the director at the director’s address appearing on the records of the Corporation, (iv) if sent by facsimile telecommunication, when sent to the facsimile transmission number for such director appearing on the records of the Corporation, (v) if sent by electronic mail, when sent to the electronic mail address for such director appearing on the records of the Corporation, or (vi) if sent by any other form of electronic transmission, when sent to the address, location or number (as applicable) for such director appearing on the records of the Corporation.

 

(b) Notice to Stockholders. Whenever under applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws notice is required to be given to any stockholder, such notice may be given (i) in writing and sent either by hand delivery, through the United States mail, or by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service for next day delivery, or (ii) by means of a form of electronic transmission consented to by the stockholder, to the extent permitted by, and subject to the conditions set forth in Section 232 of the DGCL. A notice to a stockholder shall be deemed given as follows: (i) if given by hand delivery, when actually received by the stockholder, (ii) if sent through the United States mail, when deposited in the United States mail, with postage and fees thereon prepaid, addressed to the stockholder at the stockholder’s address appearing on the stock ledger of the Corporation, (iii) if sent for next day delivery by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service, when deposited with such service, with fees thereon prepaid, addressed to the stockholder at the stockholder’s address appearing on the stock ledger of the Corporation, and (iv) if given by a form of electronic transmission consented to by the stockholder to whom the notice is given and otherwise meeting the requirements set forth above, (A) if by facsimile transmission, when directed to a number at which the stockholder has consented to receive notice, (B) if by electronic mail, when directed to an electronic mail address at which the stockholder has consented to receive notice, (C) if by a posting on an electronic network together with separate notice to the stockholder of such specified posting, upon the later of (1) such posting and (2) the giving of such separate notice, and (D) if by any other form of electronic transmission, when directed to the stockholder. A stockholder may revoke such stockholder’s consent to receiving notice by means of electronic communication by giving written notice of such revocation to the Corporation. Any such consent shall be deemed revoked if (1) the Corporation is unable to deliver by electronic transmission two consecutive notices given by the Corporation in accordance with such consent and (2) such inability becomes known to the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary or to the Corporation’s transfer agent, or other person responsible for the giving of notice; provided, however, the inadvertent failure to treat such inability as a revocation shall not invalidate any meeting or other action.

 

(c) Electronic Transmission. “Electronic transmission” means any form of communication, not directly involving the physical transmission of paper, that creates a record that may be retained, retrieved and reviewed by a recipient thereof, and that may be directly reproduced in paper form by such a recipient through an automated process, including but not limited to transmission by telex, facsimile telecommunication, electronic mail, telegram and cablegram.

 

(d) Notice to Stockholders Sharing Same Address. Without limiting the manner by which notice otherwise may be given effectively by the Corporation to stockholders, any notice to stockholders given by the Corporation under any provision of the DGCL, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws shall be effective if given by a single written notice to stockholders who share an address if consented to by the stockholders at that address to whom such notice is given. A stockholder may revoke such stockholder’s consent by delivering written notice of such revocation to the Corporation. Any stockholder who fails to object in writing to the Corporation within 60 days of having been given written notice by the Corporation of its intention to send such a single written notice shall be deemed to have consented to receiving such single written notice.

 

(e) Exceptions to Notice Requirements. Whenever notice is required to be given, under the DGCL, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, to any person with whom communication is unlawful, the giving of such notice to such person shall not be required and there shall be no duty to apply to any governmental authority or agency for a license or permit to give such notice to such person. Any action or meeting that shall be taken or held without notice to any such person with whom communication is unlawful shall have the same force and effect as if such notice had been duly given. In the event that the action taken by the Corporation is such as to require the filing of a certificate with the Secretary of State of Delaware, the certificate shall state, if such is the fact and if notice is required, that notice was given to all persons entitled to receive notice except such persons with whom communication is unlawful.

 

 

 

Whenever notice is required to be given by the Corporation, under any provision of the DGCL, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, to any stockholder to whom (1) notice of two consecutive annual meetings of stockholders and all notices of stockholder meetings or of the taking of action by written consent of stockholders without a meeting to such stockholder during the period between such two consecutive annual meetings, or (2) all, and at least two payments (if sent by first-class mail) of dividends or interest on securities during a 12-month period, have been mailed addressed to such stockholder at such stockholder’s address as shown on the records of the Corporation and have been returned undeliverable, the giving of such notice to such stockholder shall not be required. Any action or meeting that shall be taken or held without notice to such stockholder shall have the same force and effect as if such notice had been duly given. If any such stockholder shall deliver to the Corporation a written notice setting forth such stockholder’s then current address, the requirement that notice be given to such stockholder shall be reinstated. In the event that the action taken by the Corporation is such as to require the filing of a certificate with the Secretary of State of Delaware, the certificate need not state that notice was not given to persons to whom notice was not required to be given pursuant to Section 230(b) of the DGCL. The exception in subsection (1) of the first sentence of this paragraph to the requirement that notice be given shall not be applicable to any notice returned as undeliverable if the notice was given by electronic transmission.

 

Section 9.4. Waiver of Notice. Whenever any notice is required to be given under applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation, or these By Laws, a written waiver of such notice, signed by the person or persons entitled to said notice, or a waiver by electronic transmission by the person entitled to said notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to such required notice. All such waivers shall be kept with the books of the Corporation. Attendance at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a person attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting was not lawfully called or convened.

 

Section 9.5. Meeting Attendance via Remote Communication Equipment.

 

(a) Stockholder Meetings. If authorized by the Board in its sole discretion, and subject to such guidelines and procedures as the Board may adopt, stockholders entitled to vote at such meeting and proxy holders not physically present at a meeting of stockholders may, by means of remote communication:

 

(i) participate in a meeting of stockholders; and

 

(ii) be deemed present in person and vote at a meeting of stockholders, whether such meeting is to be held at a designated place or solely by means of remote communication, provided that (A) the Corporation shall implement reasonable measures to verify that each person deemed present and permitted to vote at the meeting by means of remote communication is a stockholder or proxy holder, (B) the Corporation shall implement reasonable measures to provide such stockholders and proxy holders a reasonable opportunity to participate in the meeting and, if entitled to vote, to vote on matters submitted to the applicable stockholders, including an opportunity to read or hear the proceedings of the meeting substantially concurrently with such proceedings, and (C) if any stockholder or proxy holder votes or takes other action at the meeting by means of remote communication, a record of such votes or other action shall be maintained by the Corporation.

 

(b) Board Meetings. Unless otherwise restricted by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, members of the Board or any committee thereof may participate in a meeting of the Board or any committee thereof by means of conference telephone or other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Such participation in a meeting shall constitute presence in person at the meeting, except where a person participates in the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting was not lawfully called or convened.

 

 

 

Section 9.6. Dividends. The Board may from time to time declare, and the Corporation may pay, dividends (payable in cash, property or shares of the Corporation’s capital stock) on the Corporation’s outstanding shares of capital stock, subject to applicable law and the Certificate of Incorporation.

 

Section 9.7. Reserves. The Board may set apart out of the funds of the Corporation available for dividends a reserve or reserves for any proper purpose and may abolish any such reserve.

 

Section 9.8. Contracts and Negotiable Instruments. Except as otherwise provided by applicable law, the Certificate of Incorporation or these By Laws, any contract, bond, deed, lease, mortgage or other instrument may be executed and delivered in the name and on behalf of the Corporation by such officer or officers or other employee or employees of the Corporation as the Board may from time to time authorize. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances as the Board may determine. The Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer or any Vice President may execute and deliver any contract, bond, deed, lease, mortgage or other instrument in the name and on behalf of the Corporation. Subject to any restrictions imposed by the Board, the Chairman of the Board Chief Executive Officer, President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer or any Vice President may delegate powers to execute and deliver any contract, bond, deed, lease, mortgage or other instrument in the name and on behalf of the Corporation to other officers or employees of the Corporation under such person’s supervision and authority, it being understood, however, that any such delegation of power shall not relieve such officer of responsibility with respect to the exercise of such delegated power.

 

Section 9.9. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be fixed by the Board.

 

Section 9.10. Seal. The Board may adopt a corporate seal, which shall be in such form as the Board determines. The seal may be used by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed, affixed or otherwise reproduced.

 

Section 9.11. Books and Records. The books and records of the Corporation may be kept within or outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may from time to time be designated by the Board.

 

Section 9.12. Resignation. Any director, committee member or officer may resign by giving notice thereof in writing or by electronic transmission to the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer, the President or the Secretary. The resignation shall take effect at the time it is delivered unless the resignation specifies a later effective date or an effective date determined upon the happening of an event or events. Unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

 

Section 9.13. Surety Bonds. Such officers, employees and agents of the Corporation (if any) as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President or the Board may direct, from time to time, shall be bonded for the faithful performance of their duties and for the restoration to the Corporation, in case of their death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office, of all books, papers, vouchers, money and other property of whatever kind in their possession or under their control belonging to the Corporation, in such amounts and by such surety companies as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President or the Board may determine. The premiums on such bonds shall be paid by the Corporation and the bonds so furnished shall be in the custody of the Secretary.

 

Section 9.14. Securities of Other Corporations. Powers of attorney, proxies, waivers of notice of meeting, consents in writing and other instruments relating to securities owned by the Corporation may be executed in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation by the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, any Vice President or any officers authorized by the Board. Any such officer, may, in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, take all such action as any such officer may deem advisable to vote in person or by proxy at any meeting of security holders of any corporation in which the Corporation may own securities, or to consent in writing, in the name of the Corporation as such holder, to any action by such corporation, and at any such meeting or with respect to any such consent shall possess and may exercise any and all rights and power incident to the ownership of such securities and which, as the owner thereof, the Corporation might have exercised and possessed. The Board may from time to time confer like powers upon any other person or persons.

 

Section 9.15. Amendments. The Board shall have the power to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the By Laws. The affirmative vote of a majority of the Board shall be required to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the By Laws. The By Laws also may be adopted, amended, altered or repealed by the stockholders; provided, however, that in addition to any vote of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation required by applicable law or the Certificate of Incorporation, the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power (except as otherwise provided in Section 8.7) of all outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, voting together as a single class, shall be required for the stockholders to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the By Laws.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.2

 

FINAL VERSION

 

Amended and restated Registration Rights and Lockup Agreement

 

This Amended and Restated Registration Rights and Lockup Agreement (this “Agreement”), is made as of August 1, 2020, by and among DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”), and each of the parties listed on Schedule A that is a signatory hereto (each, a “Stockholder” and collectively, the “Stockholders”) and will be effective as of the Effective Time (as defined in the Merger Agreement (as defined below)) or, in respect of any Stockholder that executes this Agreement thereafter, at the time of such execution. Any capitalized terms used but not defined herein will have the meaning ascribed to such term in the Merger Agreement.

 

Recitals

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 31, 2020 (as the same may be further amended, modified or otherwise supplemented from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Parent, DPL Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned Subsidiary of Company (“Merger Sub”), and Lordstown Motor Corp., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company, with the Company surviving as a wholly owned Subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”);

 

WHEREAS, in connection with the consummation of the Transactions, certain Stockholders will receive shares of Class A common stock of Parent, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), as consideration in the Transactions in respect of their equity interests held in the Company as of immediately prior to the consummation of the Transactions;

 

WHEREAS, the Sponsors currently hold an aggregate of 7,000,000 shares (the “Sponsor Shares”) of Class B common stock of Parent, par value $0.0001 per share, which, upon the consummation of the Transactions, will automatically be converted into 7,000,000 shares of Common Stock;

 

WHEREAS, the Sponsors currently hold an aggregate of 5,066,667 redeemable warrants to purchase, at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, shares of Common Stock (the “Private Placement Warrants”);

 

WHEREAS, Parent and the Sponsors are parties to that certain Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of February 27, 2019 (the “Prior Registration Rights Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, the parties to the Prior Registration Rights Agreement desire to amend and restate the Prior Registration Rights Agreement, to provide for certain rights and obligations included herein and to include the Stockholders identified herein;

 

WHEREAS, concurrently with the execution of the Merger Agreement, Parent has entered into subscription agreements with certain investors, pursuant to which such investors will subscribe for, and Parent will issue, unregistered shares of Common Stock (the “PIPE Investment”);

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the PIPE Investment will be consummated concurrently with the consummation of the Merger;

 

WHERAS, Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (“BGL”) will be issued warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock pursuant to that that certain Letter Agreement, dated as of July 24, 2020, by and between BGL and the Company; and

 

WHEREAS, in connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, the parties hereto desire to enter into this Agreement to provide for certain rights and obligations included herein and to grant certain registration rights to the Stockholders holding Registrable Securities as set forth below.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual covenants, agreements and provisions contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, intending to be legally bound, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

Article I.
DEFINITIONS

 

Section 1.01       Definitions.

 

The following definitions shall apply to this Agreement:

 

A&R Bylaws” means the amended and restated bylaws of Parent adopted in connection with the consummation of the Transactions, as the same may be amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time.

 

A&R Certificate of Incorporation” means the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Parent, as filed on the Closing Date with the Secretary of the State of Delaware and as the same may be amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time

 

Adverse Disclosure” means any public disclosure of non-public information, which disclosure, in the good faith judgment of the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer of Parent, after consultation with counsel to Parent, (i) would be required to be made in any Registration Statement or Prospectus for the applicable Registration Statement or Prospectus not to contain any Misstatement, (ii) would not be required to be made at such time if the Registration Statement were not being filed or was not effective and available for use, and (iii) Parent has a bona fide business purpose for not making such information public.

 

Affiliate” with respect to any Person, has the meaning ascribed to such term under Rule 12b-2 promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act.

 

Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Applicable Law” means all applicable provisions of constitutions, treaties, statutes, laws (including the common law), rules, regulations, decrees, ordinances, codes, proclamations, declarations or orders of any Governmental Authority.

 

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BGL” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Blackout Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.04(d).

 

BlackRock Entities” means BlackRock Credit Alpha Master Fund L.P. and HC NCBR Fund.

 

BlackRock Subscription Agreements” means the Subscription Agreements, dated February 14, 2019, by and between Parent and each of the BlackRock Entities.

 

Business Day” means any day except a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in the City of New York are authorized or required by law to close.

 

Closing” means the closing of the Transactions.

 

Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the recitals.

 

Company” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

control” (i) with respect to any Person, has the meaning ascribed to such term under Rule 12b-2 promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act, and (ii) with respect to any Interest, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct, whether by agreement, contract, agency or otherwise, the voting rights or disposition of such Interest.

 

Demanding Holders” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.02(a).

 

DP Sponsor” means DiamondPeak Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

 

Effectiveness Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.01(a).

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

Family Group” means, with respect to a Person who is an individual, (i) such individual’s spouse and descendants (whether natural or adopted), parents and such parent’s descendants (whether natural or adopted) (collectively, for purposes of this definition, “relatives”), (ii) such individual’s executor or personal representative, (iii) any trust, the trustee of which is such individual or such individual’s executor or personal representative and which at all times is and remains solely for the benefit of such individual and/or such individual’s relatives or (iv) an endowed trust or other charitable foundation, but only if such individual or such individual’s executor or personal representative maintains control over all voting and disposition decisions.

 

Filing Deadline” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.01(a).

 

General Motors” means GM EV Holdings LLC, General Motors LLC and their respective Affiliates.

 

Governmental Authority” means any government, court, regulatory or administrative agency, commission or authority or other governmental instrumentality, federal, state or local, domestic, foreign or multinational.

 

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Interest” means the capital stock or other securities of Parent or any Affiliate thereof or any other interest or financial or other stake therein, including, without limitation, Parent Equity Interests.

 

Joinder Agreement” means the joinder agreement in form and substance of Exhibit A attached hereto.

 

Key Stockholder Lockup Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.01(b).

 

Key Stockholders” mean DP Sponsor, BGL, the Majority Stockholder and Workhorse Group Inc.

 

Lockup Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.01(c).

 

Majority Stockholder” means Stephen S. Burns.

 

Majority Stockholder Lockup Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.01(c).

 

Maximum Number of Securities” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.02(d).

 

Merger” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Merger Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Merger Sub” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Minimum Amount” has the amount set forth in Section 3.02(a).

 

Misstatement” means an untrue statement of a material fact or an omission to state a material fact required to be stated in a Registration Statement or Prospectus, or necessary to make the statements in a Registration Statement or Prospectus (in the light of the circumstances under which they were made) not misleading.

 

Organizational Documents” means the A&R Bylaws and the A&R Charter.

 

own” or “ownership” (and derivatives of such terms) means (i) ownership of record and (ii) “beneficial ownership” as defined in Rule 13d-3 or Rule 16a-1(a)(2) promulgated by the SEC under the Exchange Act (but without regard to any requirement for a security or other interest to be registered under Section 12 of the Securities Act).

 

Parent” has the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Parent Equity Interest” means Common Stock or any other equity securities of Parent, or securities exchangeable or exercisable for, or convertible into, such other equity securities of Parent.

 

Permitted Transfers” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.03(b).

 

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Person” means an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, trust or other entity or organization, including a government or political subdivision or an agency or instrumentality thereof.

 

Piggyback Registration” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.03(a).

 

Prior Registration Rights Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the recitals.

 

Private Placement Warrants” has the meaning set forth in the recitals.

 

Prospectus” means the prospectus included in any Registration Statement, as supplemented by any and all prospectus supplements and as amended by any and all post-effective amendments and including all material incorporated by reference in such prospectus.

 

Registrable Securities” shall mean (i) the Private Placement Warrants, including the shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the exercise of any Private Placement Warrants; (ii) any outstanding shares of Common Stock held by a Stockholder as of the Effective Time, after giving effect to the Transactions (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the PIPE Investment and the conversion of the Sponsor Shares), (iii) any shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of the BGL Warrants held by BGL as of the Effective Time, and (iv) any other equity security of Parent issued or issuable with respect to any such share of Common Stock to a Stockholder by way of a stock dividend or stock split or in connection with a combination of shares, recapitalization, merger, consolidation or reorganization; provided, however, that as to any particular Registrable Security, such securities shall cease to be Registrable Securities when: (A) a Registration Statement with respect to the sale of such securities shall have become effective under the Securities Act and such securities shall have been sold, transferred, disposed of or exchanged in accordance with such Registration Statement; (B) such securities shall have been otherwise transferred, new certificates for such securities not bearing a legend restricting further transfer shall have been delivered by Parent and subsequent public distribution of such securities shall not require registration under the Securities Act; (C) such securities shall have ceased to be outstanding; (D) such securities may be sold without registration pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act (or any successor rule promulgated thereafter by the SEC) (“Rule 144”) (but with no volume, current public information or other restrictions or limitations); or (E) such securities have been sold to, or through, a broker, dealer or underwriter in a public distribution or other public securities transaction.

 

Registration” means a registration effected by preparing and filing a registration statement or similar document in compliance with the requirements of the Securities Act, and the applicable rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and such registration statement becoming effective.

 

Registration Expenses” shall mean the out-of-pocket expenses of a Registration, including, without limitation, the following:

 

(A) all registration and filing fees (including fees with respect to filings required to be made with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.) and any securities exchange on which the Common Stock is then listed;

 

(B) fees and expenses of compliance with securities or blue sky laws;

 

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(C) printing, messenger, telephone and delivery expenses;

 

(D) reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for Parent;

 

(E) reasonable fees and disbursements of all independent registered public accountants of Parent incurred specifically in connection with such Registration (including the expenses of any “comfort letters” required by or incident to such performance); and

 

(F) reasonable fees and expenses of one (1) legal counsel selected by the Demanding Holders in connection with an Underwritten Offering, not to exceed $75,000.

 

Registration Statement” means any registration statement that covers the Registrable Securities pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, including the Prospectus included in such registration statement, amendments (including post-effective amendments) and supplements to such registration statement, and all exhibits to and all material incorporated by reference in such registration statement.

 

Release Date” means the last consecutive trading day where the Volume Weighted Average Share Price equals or exceeds $12.00 per share (as adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, reorganizations, recapitalizations and similar transactions) for at least twenty (20) out of thirty (30) consecutive trading days, with such thirty (30) consecutive trading days commencing not earlier than 150 days after the Closing.

 

Representative” means, with respect to any Person, any director, officer, employee, consultant, financial advisor, counsel, accountant or other agent of such Person.

 

Rule 144” has the meaning set forth in the definition of Registrable Securities.

 

SEC” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

Sponsors” means DP Sponsor and the BlackRock Entities.

 

Sponsor Shares” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Stockholders” has the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person of which at least a majority of the securities or ownership interests having by their terms ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other Persons performing similar functions is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by such Person and/or by one or more of its Subsidiaries.

 

Suspension Event” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.01(c).

 

Suspension Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.04(d).

 

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Third Party Purchaser” means any Person who, immediately prior to the contemplated transaction, does not directly or indirectly own or have the right to acquire any outstanding Common Stock.

 

Transactions” means the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the other Transaction Documents.

 

Transfer” means to, directly or indirectly, sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber, hypothecate or similarly dispose of, either voluntarily or involuntarily, or to enter into any contract, option or other arrangement or understanding with respect to the sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, hypothecation or similar disposition of, any Interest owned by a Person or any interest (including a beneficial interest) in, or the ownership, control or possession of, any Interest owned by a Person.

 

Transfer Agent” means AST or any successor transfer agent with respect to the Common Stock duly appointed by Parent.

 

Underwriter” or “Underwriters” means a securities dealer who purchases any Registrable Securities as principal in an Underwritten Offering and not as part of such dealer’s market-making activities.

 

Underwritten Offering” means a Registration in which securities of Parent are sold to an Underwriter in a firm commitment underwriting for distribution to the public.

 

Underwritten Offering Request” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.02(a).

 

Underwritten Offerings Cap” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.02(b).

 

Volume Weighted Average Share Price”, with respect to any trading day, means the volume-weighted average share price of the Common Stock as displayed on Parent’s page on Bloomberg (or any successor service) in respect of the period from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., New York City time, on such trading day.

 

Article II.
Lockup

 

Section 2.01       General Restrictions on Transfer.

 

(a)               Except as permitted by Section 2.02, DP Sponsor shall not Transfer any shares of Common Stock beneficially owned or owned of record by it until the earlier of: (i) the date that is one (1) year from the Closing or (ii) the Release Date.

 

(b)               Except as permitted by Section 2.02, none of General Motors, Workhorse Group Inc. or BGL shall Transfer any shares of Common Stock beneficially owned or owned of record by it until the date that is six (6) months from the Closing. (each of the periods described in clauses (a) and (b), a “Key Stockholder Lockup Period”).

 

(c)               Except as permitted by Section 2.02, the Majority Stockholder shall not Transfer:

 

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    i.    any shares of Common Stock beneficially owned or owned of record by the Majority Stockholder until the date that is one (1) year from the Closing; and

 

  ii.    more than fifty percent (50%) of the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned or owned of record by the Majority Stockholder as of the date of this Agreement, until the date that is two (2) years from the Closing (each of (i)-(ii), a “Majority Stockholder Lockup Period” and, together with the Key Stockholder Lockup Periods, the “Lockup Periods”));

 

provided, that the Majority Stockholder shall not, at any time, Transfer any shares of Common Stock if, immediately following such Transfer, the Majority Stockholder would be the beneficial owner and owner of record of fewer than the number of shares that would be required to satisfy any outstanding indemnification claim made by Parent pursuant to the Merger Agreement.

 

(d)               Following the expiration of a Lockup Period, the Stockholder to whom such Lockup Period previously applied may sell such number of shares of Common Stock or BGL Warrants that are no longer subject to the Lockup Period without restriction under this Agreement, other than the restriction set forth in Section 2.03(c) below.

 

(e)               Prior to the expiration of each Lockup Period applicable to a Stockholder, such Stockholder may not assign or delegate such Stockholder’s rights, duties or obligations under this Agreement, in whole or in part, except in connection with such Transfer of Common Stock or BGL Warrants pursuant to Section 2.02.

 

(f)                The provisions of this Section 2.01 shall not apply to the BlackRock Entities (it being acknowledged and agreed that such BlackRock Entities shall remain subject to the lockup provisions contained in their respective BlackRock Subscription Agreements)

 

Section 2.02       Permitted Transfers

 

(a)               Transfer to Third Party Purchaser. The provisions of Section 2.01 shall not apply to any Transfer by any Stockholder pursuant to a merger, stock sale, consolidation or other business combination of Parent with a Third Party Purchaser approved by the board of directors of Parent that results in a change in control of Parent.

 

(b)               Transfers for Estate Planning. Notwithstanding Section 2.01, any Stockholder who is a natural Person, so long as the applicable transferee executes a counterpart signature page to this Agreement agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement applicable to such Stockholder, shall be permitted to make the following Transfers:

 

   i.  any Transfer of shares of Common Stock or BGL Warrants by such Stockholder to its Family Group without consideration (it being understood that any such Transfer shall be conditioned on the receipt of an undertaking by such transferee to Transfer such shares of Company Stock to the transferor if such transferee ceases to be a member of the transferor’s Family Group); provided, that no further Transfer by such member of such Stockholder’s Family Group may occur unless such Transfer is made (A) in compliance with the provisions of this Agreement or (B) to a charitable organization; and

 

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    ii. upon the death of any Stockholder who is a natural Person, any distribution of any such shares of Common Stock or BGL Warrants owned by such Stockholder by the will or other instrument taking effect at death of such Stockholder or by applicable laws of descent and distribution to such Stockholder’s estate, executors, administrators and personal representatives, and then to such Stockholder’s heirs, legatees or distributees; provided, that a Transfer by such transferor pursuant to this Section 2.02(b)(ii) shall only be permitted if a Transfer to such transferee would have been permitted if the original Stockholder had been the transferor.

 

(c)               Transfers to Affiliates. Notwithstanding Section 2.01, each Stockholder shall be permitted to Transfer from time to time any or all of the Common Stock or BGL Warrants owned by such Stockholder to any of its wholly-owned Subsidiaries or to a person or entity wholly owning such Stockholder, so long as the applicable transferee executes a counterpart signature page to this Agreement agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement applicable to such Stockholder.

 

Section 2.03       Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to Transfers

 

(a)               Legend. In addition to any legends required by Applicable Law, each certificate representing Common Stock shall bear a legend substantially in the following form:

 

“THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO A Registration Rights and Lockup AGREEMENT (A COPY OF WHICH IS ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF PARENT). NO TRANSFER, SALE, ASSIGNMENT, PLEDGE, HYPOTHECATION OR OTHER DISPOSITION OF THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE MAY BE MADE EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH AGREEMENT.”

 

(b)               Prior Notice. At least three (3) Business Days of prior notice shall be given to Parent by the transferor of any Common Stock or BGL Warrants that is subject to a Lockup Period but the Transfer of which is permitted by Section 2.02(b) or Section 2.02(c). Prior to the consummation of any such permitted Transfer, or prior to any Transfer pursuant to which rights and obligations of the transferor under this Agreement are assigned in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, the transferring Stockholder shall cause the transferee to execute and deliver to Parent a Joinder Agreement and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and shall provide any documents required by the Transfer Agent to consummate such Transfer. Upon any Transfer by any Stockholder of any of its Common Stock or BGL Warrants, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and which is made in conjunction with the assignment of such Stockholder’s rights and obligations hereunder, the transferee thereof shall be substituted for, and shall assume all the rights and obligations under this Agreement, of the transferor thereof.

 

(c)               Compliance with Laws. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, each Stockholder agrees that it will not, directly or indirectly, Transfer any of its Common Stock or BGL Warrants except as permitted under the Securities Act and other applicable federal or state securities laws.

 

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(d)               Null and Void. Any attempt to Transfer any Common Stock or BGL Warrants that is not in compliance with this Agreement shall be null and void, and Parent shall not, and shall cause any transfer agent not to, give any effect in Parent’s stock records to such attempted Transfer and the purported transferee in any such purported Transfer shall not be treated as the owner of such Common Stock or BGL Warrants for any purposes of this Agreement.

 

(e)               Removal of Legends. In connection with the written request of a Stockholder, Parent shall remove any restrictive legend included on the certificates (or, in the case of book-entry shares, any other instrument or record) representing such Stockholder’s and/or its Affiliates’ or permitted transferee’s ownership of Common Stock not subject to Article II hereof, and Parent shall issue a certificate (or evidence of the issuance of securities in book-entry form) without such restrictive legend or any other restrictive legend to the holder of the applicable shares of Common Stock upon which it is stamped, if (i) such shares of Common Stock are registered for resale under the Securities Act and the registration statement for such shares of Common Stock has not been suspended pursuant to Section 3.04 hereof or as otherwise required by the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder, or (ii) such shares of Common Stock are sold or transferred pursuant to Rule 144. Following the earlier of (A) the effective date of a Registration Statement registering such shares of Common Stock or (B) Rule 144 becoming available for the resale of such shares of Common Stock without volume or manner-of-sale restrictions, Parent, upon the written request of the Stockholder or its permitted transferee and the provision by such Person of an opinion of reputable counsel reasonably satisfactory to Parent and the Transfer Agent, shall instruct the Transfer Agent to remove the legend from such shares of Common Stock (in whatever form) and shall cause Parent counsel to issue any legend removal opinion required by the Transfer Agent. Any fees (with respect to the Transfer Agent, Parent counsel, or otherwise) associated with the removal of such legend (except for the provision of the legal opinion by the Stockholder or its permitted transferee to the Transfer Agent referred to above) shall be borne by Parent. If a legend is no longer required pursuant to the foregoing, Parent will no later than five (5) Business Days following the delivery by any Stockholder or its permitted transferee to Parent or the Transfer Agent (with notice to Parent) of a legended certificate (if applicable) representing such shares of Common Stock and, to the extent required, a seller representation letter representing that such shares of Common Stock may be sold pursuant to Rule 144, and a legal opinion of reputable counsel reasonably satisfactory to Parent and the Transfer Agent, deliver or cause to be delivered to the holder of such Parent Equity Interests a certificate representing such shares of Common Stock (or evidence of the issuance of such shares of Common Stock in book-entry form) that is free from all restrictive legends.

 

Section 2.04       Majority Stockholder Indemnification

 

(a)               Subject to the limitations on liability set forth in the Merger Agreement, if there is determined to be any Loss indemnifiable pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Parent shall have recourse for such Loss from Lockup Shares that are then held by the Majority Stockholder, and the Majority Stockholder hereby agrees to transfer to Parent the amount of outstanding Lockup Shares for which the Majority Stockholder is liable pursuant to the Section 8.2 of the Merger Agreement.

 

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(b)               In the event of any conflict between this Section 2.04 and the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement shall govern and control.

 

Article III.
Registration rights

 

Section 3.01       Registration Statement

 

(a)               Filing. Within forty-five (45) days after the date of the consummation of the Merger (the “Filing Deadline”), Parent shall file with the SEC (at Parent’s sole cost and expense) a Registration Statement registering the resale of the Registrable Securities, and Parent shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to have the Registration Statement declared effective as soon as practicable after the filing thereof, but no later than the 60th calendar day (or 120th calendar day if the SEC notifies Parent that it will “review” any or all of the Registration Statement) following the Filing Deadline (such date, the “Effectiveness Date”); provided, however, that Parent’s obligations to include the Registrable Securities held by any Stockholder in the Registration Statement are contingent upon such Stockholder furnishing in writing to Parent such information regarding such Stockholder, the securities of Parent held by such Stockholder and the intended method of disposition of the Registrable Securities as shall be reasonably requested by Parent to effect the registration of the Registrable Securities, and shall execute such documents in connection with such registration as Parent may reasonably request that are customary of a selling stockholder in similar situations.

 

(b)               Effectiveness. Parent shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the continuous effectiveness of the Registration Statement until the earliest of (i) the date on which the all Registerable Securities may be resold without volume or manner of sale limitations pursuant to Rule 144, (ii) the date on which such Registerable Securities have actually been sold and (iii) the date which is two (2) years after the consummation of the Merger. For purposes of clarification, any failure by Parent to file the Registration Statement by the Filing Deadline or to effect such Registration by the Effectiveness Date shall not otherwise relieve Parent of its obligations to file or effect the Registration Statement set forth in this Section 3.01.

 

(c)               Delay. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Parent shall be entitled to delay or postpone the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, and from time to time to require any Stockholder not to sell under the Registration Statement or to suspend the effectiveness thereof, if Adverse Disclosure would be required (each such circumstance, a “Suspension Event”); provided, however, that Parent may not delay or suspend the Registration Statement on more than two occasions or for more than sixty (60) consecutive calendar days per occasion, or more than one hundred and twenty (120) total calendar days, during any twelve (12)-month period. Upon receipt of any written notice from Parent of the happening of any Suspension Event (which notice shall not contain material non-public information) during the period that the Registration Statement is effective or if as a result of a Suspension Event the Registration Statement or related Prospectus contains a Misstatement, each Stockholder agrees that (i) such Stockholder will immediately discontinue offers and sales of the Common Stock under the Registration Statement (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, sales conducted pursuant to Rule 144) until such Stockholder receives copies of a supplemental or amended Prospectus (which Parent agrees to promptly prepare) that corrects the misstatement(s) or omission(s) referred to above and receives written notice from Parent that such Stockholder may resume such offers and sales, and (ii) such Stockholder will maintain the confidentiality of any information included in such written notice delivered by Parent unless otherwise required by Applicable Law or subpoena. If so directed by Parent, each Stockholder will deliver to Parent or, in such Stockholder’s sole discretion destroy, all copies of the Prospectus covering the Common Stock in such Stockholder’s possession; provided, however, that this obligation to deliver or destroy all copies of the Prospectus covering the Common Stock shall not apply (i) to the extent such Stockholder is required to retain a copy of such Prospectus (1) to comply with applicable legal, regulatory, self-regulatory or professional requirements or (2) in accordance with a bona fide pre-existing document retention policy or (ii) to copies stored electronically on archival servers as a result of automatic data back-up.

 

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Section 3.02       Underwritten Offering.

 

(a)                 Right to Underwritten Offerings. Subject to the conditions of this Section 3.02, any Stockholder may, by providing written notice to Parent, request to sell all or part of its Registrable Securities that are registered by the Registration Statement contemplated by Section 3.01 and not subject to Article II hereof (any such Stockholder a “Demanding Holder” and, collectively, the “Demanding Holders”) in an Underwritten Offering. Each request for an Underwritten Offering (a “Underwritten Offering Request”) shall specify the number of Registrable Securities intended to be offered and sold by such Stockholder pursuant to the Underwritten Offering. Promptly (but in any event within ten (10) days) after receipt of an Underwritten Offering Request, Parent shall give written notice of the Underwritten Offering Request to all other Stockholders. Such notice shall offer such Stockholders the opportunity to include in the Underwritten Offering such number of Registrable Securities as each such Stockholder may request. Each such Stockholder shall make such request in writing to Parent within five (5) Business Days after the receipt of any such notice from Parent. Parent shall not be required to effect an Underwritten Offering unless the reasonably expected aggregate gross proceeds from the offering of the Registrable Securities to be registered in connection with such Underwritten Offering are at least $75,000,000 (the “Minimum Amount”) and shall not be required to effect an underwritten offering pursuant to an Underwritten Offering within ninety (90) days of the completion of a previous Underwritten Offering.

 

(b)               Selection of Underwriters and Number of Registrations. Parent shall, upon receipt of such Underwritten Offering Request, enter into an underwriting agreement in a form as is customary in Underwritten Offerings of equity securities with the managing Underwriter or Underwriters selected by Parent after consultation with the Demanding Holders and shall take all such other reasonable actions as are requested by the managing Underwriter or Underwriters to expedite or facilitate the disposition of such Registrable Securities; provided, however, that Parent shall have no obligation to facilitate or participate in more than two (2) Underwritten Offerings pursuant to this Section 3.02 for any Stockholder (and not more than four (4) Underwritten Offerings for all Stockholders in the aggregate) (the “Underwritten Offerings Cap”); provided further that if an Underwritten Offering is commenced but terminated prior to the pricing thereof for any reason, such Underwritten Offering will not be counted as an Underwritten Offering pursuant to this Section 3.02.

 

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(c)               Underwriting Agreement. In connection with any Underwritten Offering contemplated by this Section 3.02, the underwriting agreement into which each Demanding Holder, any participating Stockholder and Parent shall enter shall contain such representations, covenants, indemnities (subject to Article V) and other rights and obligations as are customary in underwritten offerings of equity securities. If requested by the Underwriters in connection with any Underwritten Offering, any Stockholder that holds Registrable Securities and has the right to participate in such Underwritten Offering pursuant to Section 3.02(a) (other than those Stockholders who are not participating in the Underwritten Offering and who together with such Stockholder’s Affiliates “beneficially own” (as such term is defined under and determined pursuant to Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act) less than 3.0% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Common Stock) shall enter into a customary lockup agreement in connection therewith not to exceed ninety (90) days from the pricing of such Underwritten Offering.

 

(d)               Reduction of Underwritten Offering. If the managing Underwriter or Underwriters in an Underwritten Offering, in good faith, advises Parent, the Demanding Holders and other participating Stockholders that the dollar amount or number of Registrable Securities that the Demanding Holders desire to sell, taken together with all Common Stock or other equity securities that Parent or any other Stockholder desires to sell and the shares of Common Stock, if any, as to which a Registration has been requested pursuant to separate written contractual piggy-back registration rights held by any other stockholders who desire to sell, exceeds the maximum dollar amount or maximum number of equity securities that can be sold in the Underwritten Offering without adversely affecting the proposed offering price, the timing, the distribution method, or the probability of success of such offering (such maximum dollar amount or maximum number of such securities, as applicable, the “Maximum Number of Securities”), then Parent shall include in such Underwritten Offering, as follows:

 

i.   first, the Registrable Securities of the Demanding Holders and other participating Stockholders pro rata based on the respective number of Registrable Securities that each Demanding Holder and participating Stockholder has requested be included in such Underwritten Offering and the aggregate number of Registrable Securities that the Demanding Holders and participating Stockholders have requested be included in such Underwritten Offering that can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities;

 

ii.   second, to the extent that the Maximum Number of Securities has not been reached under the foregoing clause (i), Common Stock or other equity securities that Parent desires to sell, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities; and

 

iii.  third, to the extent that the Maximum Number of Securities has not been reached under the foregoing clause (i) and clause (ii), Common Stock or other equity securities of persons or entities that Parent is obligated to register in a Registration pursuant to separate written contractual arrangements with such persons, pro rata, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities.

 

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(e)               Each Demanding Holder and participating Stockholder shall have the right to withdraw all or any portion of its Registrable Securities included in an Underwritten Offering pursuant to this Section 3.02 for any or no reason whatsoever upon written notification to Parent and the Underwriter or Underwriters of its intention to withdraw from such Underwritten Offering prior to the public announcement of such Underwritten Offering and, in the case of the Demanding Holder that withdraws all of its Registrable Securities, it shall no longer be considered an Underwritten Offering for purposes of the Underwritten Offerings Cap for that Demanding Holder; provided, however, that upon the withdrawal of an amount of Registrable Securities that results in the remaining amount of Registrable Securities included by the Demanding Holders and participating Stockholders in such Underwritten Offering being less than the Minimum Amount, Parent may cease all efforts to complete the Underwritten Offering and, for the avoidance of doubt, if such efforts are ceased, such Underwritten Offering shall not count against the Underwritten Offerings Cap, in the aggregate or for any Stockholder. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Parent shall be responsible for the Registration Expenses incurred in connection with an Underwritten Offering prior to its withdrawal under this Section 3.02.

 

Section 3.03       Piggyback Registration Rights.

 

(a)               If at any time Parent proposes to file a registration statement under the Securities Act with respect to an Underwritten Offering of equity securities, or securities or other obligations exercisable or exchangeable for, or convertible into equity securities, for its own account or for the account of stockholders of Parent on a form that would permit registration of Registrable Securities, other than a registration statement (i) filed in connection with any employee stock option or other benefit plan, (ii) for an exchange offer or offering of securities solely to the Stockholders, (iii) for an offering of debt that is convertible into equity securities of Parent, (iv) for a dividend reinvestment plan or (v) on Form S-4, then Parent shall give written notice of such proposed filing to all of the Stockholders as soon as practicable but not less than ten (10) days before the anticipated filing date of such registration statement, which notice shall (A) describe the amount and type of securities to be included in such offering, the intended method(s) of distribution, and the name of the proposed managing Underwriter or Underwriters, if any, in such offering, and (B) offer to all of the Stockholders the opportunity to register the sale of such number of Registrable Securities as such Stockholders may request in writing within five (5) days after receipt of such written notice (in the case of an “overnight” or “bought” offering, such requests must be made by the Stockholders within one (1) Business Day after the delivery of any such notice by Parent) (such Registration a “Piggyback Registration”); provided, however, that if Parent has been advised by the managing Underwriter(s) that the inclusion of Registrable Securities for sale for the benefit of the Stockholders will have an adverse effect on the price, timing or distribution of the Common Stock in the Underwritten Offering, then (A) if no Registrable Securities can be included in the Underwritten Offering in the opinion of the managing Underwriter(s), Parent shall not be required to offer such opportunity to the Stockholders or (B) if any Registrable Securities can be included in the Underwritten Offering in the opinion of the managing Underwriter(s), then the amount of Registrable Securities to be offered for the accounts of Stockholders shall be determined based on the provisions of this Section 3.03.

 

(b)               Subject to this Section 3.03, Parent shall, in good faith, cause such Registrable Securities to be included in such Piggyback Registration and shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the managing Underwriter or Underwriters of a proposed Underwritten Offering to permit the Registrable Securities requested by the Stockholders pursuant to this Section 3.03 to be included in a Piggyback Registration on the same terms and conditions as any similar securities of Parent included in such Registration and to permit the sale or other disposition of such Registrable Securities in accordance with the intended method(s) of distribution thereof. If no written request for inclusion from a Stockholder is received within the specified time, each such Stockholder shall have no further right to participate in such Underwritten Offering. All such Stockholders proposing to distribute their Registrable Securities through an Underwritten Offering under this Section 3.03 shall enter into an underwriting agreement in customary form with the Underwriter(s) selected for such Underwritten Offering by Parent.

 

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(c)               If the managing Underwriter or Underwriters in an Underwritten Offering that is to be a Piggyback Registration, in good faith, advises Parent and the Stockholders participating in the Piggyback Registration that the dollar amount or number of shares of Common Stock that Parent desires to sell, taken together with (i) the shares of Common Stock, if any, as to which Registration has been demanded pursuant to separate written contractual arrangements with persons or entities other than the Stockholders hereunder, (ii) the Registrable Securities as to which registration has been requested pursuant to this Section3.03, and (iii) the shares of Common Stock, if any, as to which Registration has been requested pursuant to separate written contractual piggy-back registration rights of other stockholders of Parent, exceeds the Maximum Number of Securities, then:

 

i.                        If the Registration is undertaken for Parent’s account, Parent shall include in any such Registration:

 

(A)              first, shares of Common Stock or other equity securities that Parent desires to sell, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities;

 

(B)              second, to the extent that the Maximum Number of Securities has not been reached under the foregoing clause (A), pro rata to (i) the Registrable Securities of Stockholders exercising their rights to register their Registrable Securities pursuant to this Section 3.03 and (ii) shares of Common Stock or other equity securities, if any, as to which Registration has been requested pursuant to written contractual piggy-back registration rights of other stockholders of Parent, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities;

 

ii.                        If the Registration is pursuant to a demand by persons or entities other than the Stockholders pursuant to separate written contractual arrangements, then Parent shall include in any such Registration:

 

(A)             first, shares of Common Stock or other equity securities, if any, of such requesting persons or entities, other than the Stockholders, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities;

 

(B)              second, to the extent that the Maximum Number of Securities has not been reached under the foregoing clause (A), pro rata to (i) the Registrable Securities of Stockholders exercising their rights to register their Registrable Securities pursuant to this Section 3.03, (ii) shares of Common Stock or other equity securities that Parent desires to sell, and (iii) shares of Common Stock or other equity securities for the account of other persons or entities that Parent is obligated to register pursuant to separate written contractual arrangements with such persons or entities, which can be sold without exceeding the Maximum Number of Securities.

 

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iii.                        Any Stockholder shall have the right to withdraw from a Piggyback Registration for any or no reason whatsoever upon written notification to Parent and the Underwriter or Underwriters (if any) of its intention to withdraw from such Piggyback Registration prior to the public announcement of such Underwritten Offering. Parent (whether on its own good faith determination or as the result of a request for withdrawal by persons pursuant to separate written contractual obligations) may withdraw a Registration Statement filed with the SEC in connection with a Piggyback Registration at any time prior to the effectiveness of such Registration Statement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Parent shall be responsible for the Registration Expenses incurred in connection with the Piggyback Registration prior to its withdrawal under this Section 3.03.

 

(d)               For purposes of clarity, any Registration effected pursuant to Section 3.03 hereof shall not be counted as a Registration effected under Section 3.02 hereof.

 

Section 3.04       Parent Procedures.

 

(a)               General Procedures. If and whenever Parent is required to effect the registration of any Registrable Securities pursuant to this Agreement, Parent shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to effect and facilitate the registration, offering and sale of such Registrable Securities in accordance with the intended method of disposition thereof as promptly as is practicable and, pursuant thereto, Parent shall as expeditiously as possible and as applicable:

 

i.                        prepare and file with the SEC such amendments and post-effective amendments to the Registration Statement, and such supplements to the Prospectus, as may be required by the rules, regulations or instructions applicable to the registration form used by Parent or by the Securities Act or rules and regulations thereunder to keep the Registration Statement effective until all of such Registrable Shares have been disposed of (if earlier) in accordance with the intended plan of distribution set forth in such Registration Statement or supplement to the Prospectus;

 

ii.                        prior to filing a Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, furnish without charge to the Underwriters, if any, and the Stockholders included in such Registration, and to one legal counsel selected by such Stockholders, copies of such Registration Statement as proposed to be filed, each amendment and supplement to such Registration Statement (in each case including all exhibits thereto and documents incorporated by reference therein), the Prospectus included in such Registration (including each preliminary Prospectus), and such other documents as the Underwriters and the Stockholders included in such Registration or the legal counsel for any such Stockholders may request in order to facilitate the disposition of the Registrable Securities owned by such Stockholders.

 

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iii.                        prior to any public offering of Registrable Securities, use its commercially reasonable efforts to (i) register or qualify the Registrable Securities covered by the Registration Statement under such securities or “blue sky” laws of such jurisdictions in the United States as the Stockholders included in such Registration Statement (in light of their intended plan of distribution) may request and (ii) take such action necessary to cause such Registrable Securities covered by the Registration Statement to be registered with or approved by such other Governmental Authorities as may be necessary by virtue of the business and operations of Parent and do any and all other acts and things that may be necessary or advisable to enable the Stockholders included in such Registration Statement to consummate the disposition of such Registrable Securities in such jurisdictions; provided, however, that Parent shall not be required to qualify generally to do business in any jurisdiction where it would not otherwise be required to qualify or take any action to which it would be subject to general service of process or taxation in any such jurisdiction where it is not then otherwise so subject;

 

iv.                        cause all such Registrable Securities to be listed on each securities exchange or automated quotation system on which similar securities issued by Parent are then listed;

 

v.                        provide a Transfer Agent or warrant agent, as applicable, and registrar for all such Registrable Securities no later than the effective date of such Registration Statement;

 

vi.                        advise each seller of such Registrable Securities, promptly after it shall receive notice or obtain knowledge thereof, of the issuance of any stop order by the SEC suspending the effectiveness of such Registration Statement or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose and promptly use its commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop order or to obtain its withdrawal if such stop order should be issued;

 

vii.                        at least two (2) days prior to the filing of any Registration Statement or Prospectus or any amendment or supplement to such Registration Statement furnish a copy thereof to each seller of such Registrable Securities and its counsel, including, without limitation, providing copies promptly upon receipt of any comment letters received with respect to any such Registration Statement or Prospectus;

 

viii.                        notify the Stockholders at any time when a Prospectus relating to such Registration Statement is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, of the happening of any event as a result of which the Prospectus included in such Registration Statement, as then in effect, includes a Misstatement, and then to correct such Misstatement as set forth in Section 3.04(d) hereof;

 

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ix.                        permit a representative of the Stockholders (such representative to be selected by a majority of the participating Stockholders), the Underwriters, if any, and any attorney or accountant retained by such Stockholders or Underwriter to participate, at each such person’s own expense, in the preparation of the Registration Statement, and cause Parent’s officers, directors and employees to supply all information reasonably requested by any such representative, Underwriter, attorney or accountant in connection with the Registration; provided, however, that such representatives or Underwriters enter into a confidentiality agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Parent, prior to the release or disclosure of any such information; and provided further, Parent may not include the name of any Stockholder or Underwriter or any information regarding any Stockholder or Underwriter in any Registration Statement or Prospectus, any amendment or supplement to such Registration Statement or Prospectus, any document that is to be incorporated by reference into such Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any response to any comment letter, without the prior written consent of such Stockholder or Underwriter and providing each such Stockholder or Underwriter a reasonable amount of time to review and comment on such applicable document, which comments Parent shall include unless contrary to Applicable Law;

 

x.                        obtain a “cold comfort” letter (including any necessary “bring-down cold comfort letter” as may be required or requested by any Underwriter on the date any Registrable Securities are delivered for sale pursuant to Registration) from Parent’s independent registered public accountants in the event of an Underwritten Offering which the participating Stockholders may rely on, in customary form and covering such matters of the type customarily covered by “cold comfort” letters as the managing Underwriter may reasonably request, and reasonably satisfactory to a majority-in-interest of the participating Stockholders;

 

xi.                        on the date the Registrable Securities are delivered for sale pursuant to such Registration, obtain an opinion, dated such date, of counsel representing Parent for the purposes of such Registration, addressed to the Stockholders, the placement agent or sales agent, if any, and the Underwriters, if any, covering such legal matters with respect to the Registration in respect of which such opinion is being given as the Stockholders, placement agent, sales agent, or Underwriter may reasonably request and as are customarily included in such opinions and negative assurance letters, and reasonably satisfactory to a majority in interest of the participating Stockholders;

 

xii.                        in the event of any Underwritten Offering, enter into and perform its obligations under an underwriting agreement, in usual and customary form, with the managing Underwriter of such offering;

 

xiii.                        make available to its security holders, as soon as reasonably practicable, an earnings statement covering the period of at least twelve (12) months beginning with the first day of Parent’s first full calendar quarter after the effective date of the Registration Statement which satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 thereunder (or any successor rule promulgated thereafter by the SEC);

 

xiv.                        if the Registration involves the Registration of Registrable Securities in an Underwritten Offering in excess of the Minimum Amount, use its reasonable efforts to make available senior executives of Parent to participate in customary “road show” presentations that may be reasonably requested by the Underwriter in any Underwritten Offering; and

 

xv.                        otherwise, in good faith, cooperate reasonably with, and take such customary actions as may reasonably be requested by the Stockholders, in connection with such Registration.

 

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(b)               Registration Expenses. The Registration Expenses of all Registrations shall be borne by Parent. It is acknowledged by the Stockholders that the Stockholders shall bear all incremental selling expenses relating to the sale of Registrable Securities, such as Underwriters’ commissions and discounts, brokerage fees, Underwriter marketing costs and, other than as set forth in the definition of “Registration Expenses,” all reasonable fees and expenses of any legal counsel representing the Stockholders.

 

(c)               Requirements for Participation in Underwritten Offerings. No person may participate in any Underwritten Offering for equity securities of Parent pursuant to a Registration initiated by Parent hereunder unless such person (i) agrees to sell such person’s securities on the basis provided in any underwriting arrangements approved by Parent and (ii) completes and executes all customary questionnaires, powers of attorney, indemnities, lockup agreements, underwriting agreements and other customary documents as may be reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements.

 

(d)               Suspension of Sales; Adverse Disclosure. Upon receipt of written notice from Parent that a Registration Statement or Prospectus contains a Misstatement, each of the Stockholders shall forthwith discontinue disposition of Registrable Securities until he, she or it has received copies of a supplemented or amended Prospectus correcting the Misstatement (it being understood that Parent hereby covenants to prepare and file such supplement or amendment as soon as practicable after the time of such notice), or until he, she or it is advised in writing by Parent that the use of the Prospectus may be resumed (any such period, a “Suspension Period”). If the filing, initial effectiveness or continued use of a Registration Statement in respect of any Registration at any time would require Parent to make an Adverse Disclosure or would require the inclusion in such Registration Statement of financial statements that are unavailable to Parent for reasons beyond Parent’s control, Parent may, upon giving prompt written notice of such action to the Holders, delay the filing or initial effectiveness of, or suspend use of, such Registration Statement for the shortest period of time determined in good faith by Parent to be necessary for such purpose (any such period, a “Blackout Period”). In the event Parent exercises its rights under the preceding sentence, the Stockholders agree to suspend, immediately upon their receipt of the notice referred to above, their use of the Prospectus relating to any Registration in connection with any sale or offer to sell Registrable Securities. Parent shall immediately notify the Stockholders of the expiration of any period during which it exercised its rights under this Section 3.04(d). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 3.04, in no event shall any Suspension Period or any Blackout Period continue for more than ninety (90) days in the aggregate during any 365-day period.

 

(e)               Reporting Obligations. As long as any Stockholder shall own Registrable Securities, Parent, at all times while it shall be a reporting company under the Exchange Act, covenants to file timely (or obtain extensions in respect thereof and file within the applicable grace period) all reports required to be filed by Parent after the Effective Date pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act and to promptly furnish the Stockholders with true and complete copies of all such filings. Parent further covenants that it shall take such further action as any Stockholder may reasonably request, all to the extent required from time to time to enable such Stockholder to sell shares of Common Stock held by such Stockholder without registration under the Securities Act within the limitation of the exemptions provided by Rule 144, including providing any legal opinions. Upon the request of any Stockholder, Parent shall deliver to such Stockholder a written certification of a duly authorized officer as to whether Parent has complied with such requirements.

 

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Section 3.05       Indemnification and Contribution

 

(a)               Parent agrees to indemnify, to the extent permitted by law, each Stockholder, its officers and directors and each person who controls such Stockholder (within the meaning of the Securities Act) against all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) caused by any Misstatement or alleged Misstatement, except insofar as the such Misstatement or alleged Misstatement caused by or contained in any information furnished in writing to Parent by such Stockholder expressly for use in such Registration Statement or Prospectus. Parent shall indemnify the Underwriters, their officers and directors and each person who controls such Underwriters (within the meaning of the Securities Act) to the same extent as provided in the foregoing with respect to the indemnification of the Stockholder.

 

(b)               In connection with any Registration Statement in which a Stockholder is participating, such Stockholder shall furnish to Parent in writing such information and affidavits as Parent reasonably requests for use in connection with any such Registration Statement or Prospectus and, to the extent permitted by law, shall indemnify Parent, its directors and officers and agents and each person who controls Parent (within the meaning of the Securities Act) against any losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees) resulting from any Misstatement, but only to the extent that such Misstatement is contained in any information or affidavit so furnished in writing by such Stockholder expressly for use in such Registration Statement or Prospectus; provided, however, that the obligation to indemnify shall be several, not joint and several, among such Stockholders holding Registrable Securities, and the liability of each such Stockholder holding Registrable Securities shall be in proportion to and limited to the net proceeds received by such Stockholder from the sale of Registrable Securities pursuant to such Registration Statement. The Stockholders shall indemnify the Underwriters, their officers, directors and each person who controls such Underwriters (within the meaning of the Securities Act) to the same extent as provided in the foregoing with respect to indemnification of Parent.

 

(c)               Any person entitled to indemnification herein shall (i) give prompt written notice to the indemnifying party of any claim with respect to which it seeks indemnification (provided. that the failure to give prompt notice shall not impair any person’s right to indemnification hereunder to the extent such failure has not materially prejudiced the indemnifying party) and (ii) unless in such indemnified party’s reasonable judgment a conflict of interest between such indemnified and indemnifying parties may exist with respect to such claim, permit such indemnifying party to assume the defense of such claim with counsel reasonably satisfactory to the indemnified party. If such defense is assumed, the indemnifying party shall not be subject to any liability for any settlement made by the indemnified party without its consent (but such consent shall not be unreasonably withheld). An indemnifying party who is not entitled to, or elects not to, assume the defense of a claim shall not be obligated to pay the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (plus local counsel) for all parties indemnified by such indemnifying party with respect to such claim, unless in the reasonable judgment of any indemnified party a conflict of interest may exist between such indemnified party and any other of such indemnified parties with respect to such claim. No indemnifying party shall, without the consent of the indemnified party, consent to the entry of any judgment or enter into any settlement which cannot be settled in all respects by the payment of money (and such money is so paid by the indemnifying party pursuant to the terms of such settlement) or which settlement does not include as an unconditional term thereof the giving by the claimant or plaintiff to such indemnified party of a release from all liability in respect to such claim or litigation.

 

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(d)               The indemnification provided for under this Article III shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of the indemnified party or any officer, director or controlling person of such indemnified party and shall survive the transfer of securities. Parent and each Stockholder participating in an offering also agrees to make such provisions as are reasonably requested by any indemnified party for contribution to such party in the event Parent’s or such Stockholder’s indemnification is unavailable for any reason.

 

(e)               If the indemnification provided under Section 3.05 hereof from the indemnifying party is unavailable or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses referred to herein, then the indemnifying party, in lieu of indemnifying the indemnified party, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by the indemnified party as a result of such losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative fault of the indemnifying party and the indemnified party, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative fault of the indemnifying party and indemnified party shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any action in question, including any untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact, was made by, or relates to information supplied by, such indemnifying party or indemnified party, and the indemnifying party’s and indemnified party’s relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such action; provided, however, that the liability of any Stockholder under this Section 3.05(e) shall be limited to the amount of the net proceeds received by such Stockholder in such offering giving rise to such liability. The amount paid or payable by a party as a result of the losses or other liabilities referred to above shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth in Sections 3.05(a), (b) and (c) above, any legal or other fees, charges or expenses reasonably incurred by such party in connection with any investigation or proceeding. The parties hereto agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this subsection Section 3.05(e) were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation, which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to in this Section 3.05(e). No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution pursuant to this Section 3.05(e) from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

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Article IV.
MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 4.01       Release of Liability.

 

In the event any Stockholder shall Transfer all of the Common Stock held by such Stockholder in compliance with the provisions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, if accompanied with the assignment of rights and obligations hereunder, the execution and delivery by the transferee of a Joinder Agreement) without retaining any interest therein, then such Stockholder shall cease to be a party to this Agreement and shall be relieved and have no further liability arising hereunder for events occurring from and after the date of such Transfer, except in the case of fraud or intentional misconduct.

 

Section 4.02       Obligations to Parent.

 

Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to provide to any Stockholder any rights in favor of any other Stockholder. All commitments made hereunder are made solely to Parent and may not be enforced by any other Stockholder.

 

Section 4.03       Notices.

 

All notices, requests, consents, claims, demands, waivers and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given or made as follows: (a) when delivered in person or by a nationally recognized overnight courier (with written confirmation of receipt), (b) upon receipt of confirmation of successful transmission if sent by facsimile or (c) upon receipt if sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid. Such communications must be sent to the respective parties at the addresses identified on the signature page.

 

Section 4.04       Interpretation.

 

For purposes of this Agreement, (a) the words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation”; (b) the word “or” is not exclusive; and (c) the words “herein,” “hereof,” “hereby,” “hereto” and “hereunder” refer to this Agreement as a whole. The definitions given for any defined terms in this Agreement shall apply equally to both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. Unless the context otherwise requires, references herein: (x) to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules mean the Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules attached to, this Agreement; (y) to an agreement, instrument or other document means such agreement, instrument or other document as amended, supplemented and modified from time to time to the extent permitted by the provisions thereof and (z) to a statute means such statute as amended from time to time and includes any successor legislation thereto and any regulations promulgated thereunder. This Agreement shall be construed without regard to any presumption or rule requiring construction or interpretation against the party drafting an instrument or causing any instrument to be drafted. The Exhibits and Schedules referred to herein shall be construed with, and as an integral part of, this Agreement to the same extent as if they were set forth verbatim herein.

 

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Section 4.05       Headings.

 

The headings and other captions in this Agreement are for convenience and reference only and shall not constitute a part of this Agreement, nor shall they affect its meaning, construction or effect.

 

Section 4.06       Severability.

 

If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated. Upon such a determination, the parties 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 so that the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.

 

Section 4.07       Entire Agreement.

 

This Agreement and the Organizational Documents constitute the sole and entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter contained herein and therein, and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings and agreements, both written and oral, with respect to such subject matter. In the event of any inconsistency or conflict between this Agreement and any Organizational Document, the Stockholders and Parent shall, to the extent permitted by Applicable Law, amend such Organizational Document to comply with the terms of this Agreement.

 

Section 4.08       Amendment and Modification; Waiver.

 

This Agreement may be amended only by a written instrument signed by (a) Parent and (b) the Stockholders (for so long as the Stockholder continue to own Common Stock; provided, however, that no such amendment shall materially adversely change the rights or obligations of any Stockholder disproportionately generally vis a vis other Stockholders party to this Agreement without the written approval of such disproportionately affected Stockholder. No waiver by any party of any of the provisions hereof shall be effective unless explicitly set forth in writing and signed by the party so waiving. No waiver by any party shall operate or be construed as a waiver in respect of any failure, breach or default not expressly identified by such written waiver, whether of a similar or different character, and whether occurring before or after that waiver. No failure to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right, remedy, power or privilege arising from this Agreement shall operate or be construed as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power or privilege. Parent shall not waive any provision of this Agreement without the written consent of the Stockholders (for so long as the Stockholder continues to own Common Stock).

 

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Section 4.09       Successors and Assigns.

 

This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns and transferees. Neither this Agreement nor any right, benefit, remedy, obligation or liability arising hereunder may be assigned by any party without the prior written consent of the other parties, and any attempted assignment without such consent shall be null and void and of no effect; provided, that a Stockholder may assign any and all of its rights under this Agreement, together with its Common Stock, to a permitted assignee or transferee in compliance with Section 2.02 hereof (and such transferee or assignee shall be deemed to be a member of the any of the above mentioned groups to which the transferor belonged).

 

Section 4.10       No Third-Party Beneficiaries.

 

This Agreement is for the sole benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns and transferees and nothing herein, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other Person or entity any legal or equitable right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

Section 4.11       Governing Law.

 

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Delaware or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of Delaware.

 

Section 4.12       Equitable Remedies.

 

Each party hereto acknowledges that the other parties hereto would be irreparably damaged in the event of a breach or threatened breach by such party of any of its obligations under this Agreement and hereby agrees that in the event of a breach or a threatened breach by such party of any such obligations, each of the other parties hereto shall, in addition to any and all other rights and remedies that may be available to them in respect of such breach, be entitled to an injunction from a court of competent jurisdiction (without any requirement to post bond) granting such parties specific performance by such party of its obligations under this Agreement.

 

Section 4.13       Counterparts.

 

This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall be deemed to be one and the same agreement. A signed copy of this Agreement delivered by facsimile, email or other means of electronic transmission shall be deemed to have the same legal effect as delivery of an original signed copy of this Agreement.

 

Section 4.14       Jurisdiction and Venue; Waiver of Jury Trial.

 

Each party hereto hereby irrevocably consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Delaware and the United States District Court therein in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO, AND AGREES NOT TO REQUEST, TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OF THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

 

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Section 4.15       Additional Securities Subject to Agreement

 

Each Stockholder agrees that any other Parent Equity Interests which it shall hereafter acquire by means of a stock split, stock dividend, distribution or exercise of warrants or options immediately after the consummation of the Transactions shall be subject to the provisions of this Agreement to the same extent as if held on the Effective Time.

 

Section 4.16       Further Assurances

 

Each party to this Agreement shall cooperate and take such action as may be reasonably requested by another party to this Agreement in order to carry out the provisions and purposes of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

[Signature Page Immediately Follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed by their respective authorized officers as of the day and year first above written.

 

  Parent:
   
  DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation
   
  By:                      
  Name: David T. Hamamoto
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

  Stockholders:
   
  By:                       
     Name:
     Title:

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

JOINDER AGREEMENT

 

This Joinder Agreement (this “Joinder Agreement”) is made as of the date written below by the undersigned (the “Joining Party”) in accordance with the Amended & Restated Registration Rights and Lockup Agreement dated as of [•], 2020 (as the same may be amended from time to time, the “RRL Agreement”) among DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation , and the Stockholders (as defined thereto).

 

Capitalized terms used, but not defined, herein shall have the meaning ascribed to such terms in the RRL Agreement.

 

The Joining Party hereby acknowledges and agrees that, by its execution of this Joinder Agreement, the Joining Party shall be deemed to be a party under the RRL Agreement as of the date hereof and shall have all of the rights and obligations of the Stockholder from whom it has acquired the Common Stock (to the extent permitted by the RRL Agreement) as if it had executed the RRL Agreement. The Joining Party hereby ratifies, as of the date hereof, and agrees to be bound by, all of the terms, provisions and conditions contained in the RRL Agreement.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Joinder Agreement as of the date written below.

 

Date: _________________, 20[ ]

 

[NAME OF JOINING PARTY]

 

By:     

Name:

Title:

 

Address for Notices:

 

AGREED ON THIS [ ] day of [ ], 20[ ]:

 

By:    

Name:

Title:

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A

 

Stockholders

 

Name Address
GM EV Holdings LLC  
Stephen S. Burns  
Workhorse Group Inc.  
DiamondPeak Sponsor LLC  
BlackRock Credit Alpha Master Fund L.P.  
HC NCBR Fund  
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company  

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.3

 

FORM OF INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT

 

This INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT is made this [    ] day of [            ] (the “Agreement”) by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and [                    ] (“Indemnitee”).

 

WHEREAS, the Company believes that in order to attract and retain highly competent persons to serve as directors or in other capacities, including as officers, it must provide such persons with adequate protection through indemnification against the risks of claims and actions against them arising out of their services to and activities on behalf of the Company;

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires and has requested Indemnitee to serve as a director or officer and may also desire and request the Indemnitee to serve in the future in another Position (as hereinafter defined) at an Affiliated Entity (as hereinafter defined);

 

WHEREAS, in order to induce the Indemnitee to serve as a director or officer of the Company or in another Position at an Affiliated Entity, the Company is willing to grant the Indemnitee the indemnification provided for herein. Indemnitee is willing to so serve on the basis that such indemnification be provided. The indemnification provided herein is a supplement to and in furtherance of any rights granted under the Company’s and any applicable Affiliated Entity’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws and shall not be deemed to be a substitute therefor nor to diminish or abrogate any rights of Indemnitee thereunder.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and Indemnitee do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement:

 

(a) “Change of Control” means, and shall be deemed to have occurred if, on or after the date of this Agreement, (i) any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)), other than (A) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its subsidiaries acting in such capacity, or (B) a corporation owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company, is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than 20% of the total voting power represented by the Company’s then outstanding Voting Securities (as hereinafter defined) , (ii) during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) and any new director whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds ( 23) of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof, (iii) the stockholders of the Company approve a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation other than a merger or consolidation that would result in the Voting Securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into Voting Securities of the surviving entity) more than 50% of the total voting power represented by the Voting Securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation, (iv) the stockholders of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement for the sale or disposition by the Company of (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) all or substantially all of its assets, or (v) the Company shall file or have filed against it, and such filing shall not be dismissed, any bankruptcy, insolvency or dissolution proceedings, or a trustee, administrator or creditors committee shall be appointed to manage or supervise the affairs of the Company; provided that the beneficial ownership by Stephen Burns of those shares of common stock beneficially owned by him as of October [23], 2020 (as increased solely by any shares issued to Stephen Burns as part of a bona fide employee benefit plan) shall not be deemed a Change of Control hereunder.

 

 

 

 

(b) “Expenses” shall include all out of pocket fees, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, retainers, court costs, transcript costs, fees of experts, witness fees, travel expenses, duplicating costs, printing and binding costs, postage, delivery service fees, and all other disbursements or expenses of the types customarily incurred if Indemnitee is involved in any manner (including, without limitation, as a party or a witness) in any Proceeding (as hereinafter defined) and the fees and costs incurred in seeking to enforce, interpret or construe an indemnification, reimbursement or payment right under this Agreement, the Company’s or any Affiliated Entity’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws, any other agreement to which Indemnitee and the Company or any Affiliated Entity is party, any vote of stockholders or directors of the Company or any of its Affiliated Entities, the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”), any other applicable law or any liability insurance policy or in connection with a determination contemplated by Section 5 of this Agreement.

 

(c) “Position” is (i) service as a director, officer, partner, trustee, fiduciary, manager or employee of the Company or of any other corporation, limited liability company, public limited company, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, fund or other enterprise as to which the Company beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, at least a majority of the voting power of equity or membership interests, or in the case of employee benefit plans, is sponsored or maintained by the Company or one of the foregoing (any of the foregoing, an “Affiliated Entity”) or (ii) service at the request of the Company as a director, officer, partner, trustee, fiduciary, manager or employee of a corporation, limited liability company, public limited company, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, fund or other enterprise which is not an Affiliated Entity (an “Unaffiliated Entity”), provided, however, that such request for service has been approved in writing by the Board or a committee thereof or by the Chairman of the Board or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

 

(d) “Proceeding” shall mean any civil, criminal, administrative or investigative action, suit, proceeding or procedure in which the Indemnitee is involved in any manner by reason of the fact of the Indemnitee’s Position or Positions, including, without limitation, as a party or a witness.

 

(e) “Undertaking” shall mean an undertaking by Indemnitee to repay Expenses if it shall ultimately be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction from which no appeal can be taken that Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified by the Company.

 

(f) “Voting Securities” means any securities of the Company that vote generally in the election of directors.

 

Section 2. Indemnification — General. The Company shall indemnify, subject to the terms of this Agreement, Indemnitee against all judgments, awards, fines, ERISA excise taxes, penalties, amounts paid in settlement, liabilities and losses and shall pay or reimburse all Expenses incurred by Indemnitee, subject to the terms of this Agreement, to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law in effect on the date hereof or as amended to increase the scope of permitted indemnification, if Indemnitee is involved in any manner (including, without limitation, as a party or a witness) in any Proceeding by reason of the fact of Indemnitee’s Position or Positions, including, without limitation, any Proceeding by or in the right of the Company to procure a judgment in its favor, but excluding any Proceeding initiated by Indemnitee other than (a) Proceedings initiated by Indemnitee which are consented to in advance in writing by the majority vote of the directors of the Company (excluding any directors who are parties to the Proceeding, even though less than a quorum; or if there are no such directors, or if such directors so direct, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion) and (b) counterclaims made by Indemnitee in a Proceeding which directly respond to and negate the affirmative claim made against Indemnitee in such Proceeding. In the event Indemnitee incurs Expenses or settles a Proceeding under circumstances in which the Company would have an obligation to indemnify Indemnitee for the Expenses or settlement amount, the Company may discharge its indemnification obligation by making payments on behalf of Indemnitee directly to the parties to whom such Expenses or settlement amounts are owed by Indemnitee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company will also, to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law in effect on the date hereof or as amended to increase the scope of permitted indemnification, indemnify, reimburse and pay Indemnitee for Expenses incurred in seeking to enforce, interpret or construe an indemnification, reimbursement or payment right under this Agreement, the Company’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws or similar organizational documents of any Affiliated Entity, any other agreement to which Indemnitee and the Company or any of its Affiliated Entities are party, any vote of stockholders or directors of the Company or any of its Affiliated Entities, the DGCL or other corporate or entity law governing any Affiliated Entities, any other applicable law relating to the Positions or any liability insurance policy.

 

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Section 3. Expenses. Upon receipt by the Company of an Undertaking by Indemnitee, the Company shall pay or reimburse Expenses incurred by Indemnitee in connection with a Proceeding, any action or proceeding contemplated by the last sentence of Section 2 of this Agreement and any determination contemplated by Section 5 of this Agreement, in each case in advance of its final disposition. The Company shall not impose other conditions to advancement and shall not seek or agree to any order that would prohibit Indemnitee from enforcing such right to advancement. Such payment shall be made within thirty (30) days after the receipt by the Company of a written request from Indemnitee requesting reimbursement or payment of such Expenses. Such request shall reasonably evidence the Expenses incurred by Indemnitee. The burden of proving that the Company is not liable for reimbursement or payment of Expenses shall be on the Company.

 

Section 4. Limitations. The Company shall not indemnify Indemnitee (a) if such indemnification or payment would be prohibited under any applicable laws, rules or regulations, (b) for an accounting of profits arising from the purchase and sale by the Indemnitee of securities under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, or (c) for violations of federal or state insider trading laws, unless, in each such case, Indemnitee has been successful on the merits, received the Company’s written consent prior to incurring an Expense or, after receiving the Company’s written consent to incurring the cost of settlement, settled the Proceeding. This Section 4 shall not limit the Company’s obligation to advance Expenses to Indemnitee pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement.

 

Section 5. Standard of Conduct. No claim for indemnification shall be paid by the Company unless it has been determined that Indemnitee acted in good faith and in a manner Indemnitee reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Company and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful, which is the standard of conduct set forth in Section 145 of the DGCL (as such, the “Standard of Conduct”, with such Standard of Conduct to be automatically revised to conform to any successor provision of the DGCL that is more favorable to Indemnitee) except that no indemnification shall be made with respect to any Proceeding by or in right of the Company as to which the Indemnitee shall have been adjudged to be liable to the Company, except as determined by the court or other tribunal adjudicating the Proceeding. Unless (a) a Change of Control has occurred or (b) ordered by a court or other tribunal, such determinations of whether the Standard of Conduct has been satisfied shall be made by (i) a majority vote of the directors of the Company who are not parties to the Proceeding, even though less than a quorum, or (ii) by a committee of such directors designated by a majority vote of such directors, even though less than a quorum, or (iii) if there are no such directors, or if such directors so direct, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion, or (iv) by stockholders of the Company. If a Change of Control has occurred, such determination of whether the Standard of Conduct has been satisfied shall be made by independent legal counsel in a written opinion to the Company and Indemnitee. Such independent legal counsel shall be selected by Indemnitee and approved by the Company (which approval shall not be unreasonably conditioned, withheld or delayed). The Company shall pay the fees and expenses of the independent legal counsel and indemnify the independent legal counsel against any and all expenses (including attorneys’ fees), claims, liabilities and damages arising out of or relating to its engagement and shall indemnify, reimburse and pay Indemnitee for Expenses incurred in connection with such determination. Indemnitee shall be deemed to have met the Standard of Conduct if the determination is not made by the Company within sixty days of receipt by the General Counsel of a written request by Indemnitee for indemnity. If the Indemnitee has been determined not to have met the Standard of Conduct, Indemnitee may commence litigation in any court in the State of Delaware having subject matter jurisdiction thereof and in which venue is proper seeking an initial de novo determination by the court or challenging any such determination or any aspect thereof, including the legal or factual bases therefor, and the Company hereby consents to service of process and agrees to appear in any such proceeding. Any determination under this Section 5 otherwise shall be conclusive and binding on the Company and Indemnitee. In no event shall a determination be a prerequisite to or affect the Company’s obligation to advance Expenses to Indemnitee pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement.

 

Section 6. Contribution. If the full indemnification and payment or reimbursement of Expenses provided by this Agreement may not be paid to Indemnitee because it has been finally adjudicated that such indemnification or payment or reimbursement of Expenses incurred by Indemnitee is prohibited by Delaware or other law, or if it has been determined as provided above that the Standard of Conduct has not been met, and if and to the extent that Indemnitee is not entitled to coverage under the Company’s directors and officers liability insurance policy, then in respect of any such actual or threatened Proceeding in which the Company or an Affiliated Entity is jointly liable with Indemnitee (or would be if joined in such Proceeding), as determined:

 

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(a) if no Change of Control has occurred, by (i) majority vote of the directors of the Company who are not parties to the Proceeding, even though less than a quorum, or (ii) by a committee of such directors designated by a majority vote of such directors, even though less than a quorum, or (iii) if there are no such directors, or if such directors so direct, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion, or (iv) by stockholders of the Company, or

 

(b) if a Change of Control has occurred, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion to the Company and Indemnitee (such independent legal counsel to be selected by Indemnitee and approved by the Company (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed)), the Company shall contribute to the amount of loss, liability or Expenses incurred by Indemnitee in such proportion as appropriate to reflect (i) the relative benefits received by the Company and any Affiliated Entity on the one hand and Indemnitee on the other hand from the transaction from which such Proceeding arose and (ii) the relative fault of the Company, any Affiliated Entity or Unaffiliated Entity, including other persons indemnified by the Company, on the one hand, and Indemnitee, on the other hand, in connection with the events which resulted in such Proceeding, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative fault of the Company, any Affiliated Entity or Unaffiliated Entity, including other persons indemnified by the Company, on the one hand, and of Indemnitee, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent the circumstances resulting in such Proceeding. The Company acknowledges that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 6 were determined by pro rata allocation or any other method of allocation which does not take into account the foregoing equitable considerations.

 

Section 7. Defense of Claim. If any Proceeding asserted or commenced against Indemnitee is also asserted or commenced against the Company or an Affiliated Entity, the Company or the Affiliated Entity shall be entitled, except as otherwise provided herein below, to assume the defense thereof. After notice from the Company or any Affiliated Entity to Indemnitee of its election to assume the defense of any such Proceeding, Indemnitee shall have the right to employ Indemnitee’s own counsel in such Proceeding, but the Expenses of such counsel incurred after notice from the Company or any Affiliated Entity to Indemnitee of its assumption of the defense thereof shall be at the expense of Indemnitee and the Company shall not be obligated to Indemnitee under this Agreement for any Expenses subsequently incurred by Indemnitee in connection therewith other than reasonable costs of investigation and reasonable travel and lodging expenses arising out of Indemnitee’s participation in the defense of such Proceeding, unless (a) otherwise notified by the Company, (b) Indemnitee’s counsel shall have reasonably concluded and so notified the Company that there is a conflict of interest between the Company or any Affiliated Entity and Indemnitee in the conduct of defense of such Proceeding, or (c) the Company or any Affiliated Entity shall not in fact have employed counsel to assume the defense of such Proceeding, in any of which cases the Expenses of Indemnitee in such Proceeding shall be reimbursed or paid by the Company. The Company or any Affiliated Entity shall not be entitled to assume the defense of any Proceeding brought by or on behalf of the Company by its stockholders or as to which Indemnitee’s counsel shall have made the conclusion set forth in clause (b) of the preceding sentence of this Section 7.

 

Section 8. Settlement. The Company will not, without the prior written consent of the Indemnitee, which may be provided or withheld in Indemnitee’s sole discretion, effect any settlement of any Proceeding against Indemnitee unless such settlement solely involves the payment of money by persons other than Indemnitee and includes an unconditional release of Indemnitee from all liability arising from or relating to any matters that are the subject of such Proceeding. The Company shall not be obligated to indemnify Indemnitee against amounts paid in settlement of a Proceeding against Indemnitee if such settlement is effected by Indemnitee without the Company’s prior written consent, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

 

Section 9. Duration of Agreement. This Agreement will be considered to be in effect on the first day of the Indemnitee’s Position or Positions, even if such date occurs prior to the date of this Agreement, and will continue for so long as Indemnitee may be subject to any possible Proceeding by reason of the fact of Indemnitee’s Position or Positions, whether or not Indemnitee ceases to hold such Position or Positions.

 

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Section 10. Confidentiality. Except as required by law or as otherwise becomes public (other than in violation of this Agreement) or as communicated to Indemnitee’s counsel or to Indemnitee’s or the Company’s insurer, in seeking indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses hereunder, Indemnitee agrees to keep confidential any information that arises in connection with this Agreement, including but not limited to, claims for indemnification or payment or reimbursement of Expenses, amounts paid or payable under this Agreement and any communications between the Indemnitee and the Company.

 

Section 11. Applicability to Other Indemnification Provisions. This Agreement is entered into pursuant to Section 145(f) of the DGCL and to the fullest extent permitted by law shall be in addition to indemnification and reimbursement or payment of Expenses provided by the DGCL. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Company shall apply this Agreement in considering requests for indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses under its certificate of incorporation, bylaws, or any other agreement or undertaking of the Company or similar constituent documents of an Affiliated Entity that provides rights to indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses.

 

Section 12. No Duplication of Payments. The Company shall indemnify and pay or reimburse Expenses of the Indemnitee in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, providedhowever, that the Company shall not be liable under this Agreement to make any payment under this Agreement to the extent that Indemnitee (a) is otherwise entitled to receive reimbursement or payment of amounts otherwise payable hereunder from an Unaffiliated Entity (including insurance maintained by an Unaffiliated Entity) as a result of Indemnitee’s Position or Positions at or with respect to an Unaffiliated Entity, (b) receives payment or reimbursement under an insurance policy maintained by the Company or by or out of a fund created by the Company and under the control of a trustee or otherwise, or (c) receives payment from other sources provided by the Company. If Indemnitee has a right of recovery from an Unaffiliated Entity (including insurance maintained by an Unaffiliated Entity), Indemnitee shall take all actions reasonably necessary to recover payment (or insurance) from such Unaffiliated Entity before seeking payment from the Company under this Agreement, including initiating a civil, criminal, administrative or investigation action, suit, proceeding or procedure; provided, however, that to the extent recovery of such payment requires meeting a prior deductible or other financial outlay, such payment or financial outlay shall be deemed to be an Expense hereunder.

 

Section 13. Insurance. The Company shall purchase and maintain a policy or policies of insurance with reputable insurance companies with A.M. Best ratings of “A” or better, providing Indemnitee with coverage for any liability asserted against, and incurred by, Indemnitee or on Indemnitee’s behalf by reason of the fact of Indemnitee’s Position or Positions, whether or not the Company would have the power to indemnify Indemnitee against such liability under the provisions of this Agreement. Such insurance policies shall have coverage terms and policy limits that are reasonable in scope and amount, as determined by the Company in its reasonable discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall have no obligation to obtain or maintain such insurance if the Company determines in good faith that such insurance is not reasonably available, if the premium costs for such insurance are disproportionate to the amount of the coverage provided, if the coverage provided by such insurance is limited by exclusions so as to provide an insufficient benefit, or if the Company otherwise determines in good faith that obtaining or maintaining such insurance is not in the best interests of the Company. At the time the Company receives from Indemnitee any notice of the commencement of an action, suit or proceeding, the Company shall give prompt notice of the commencement of such action, suit or proceeding to the insurers in accordance with the procedures set forth in the policy. The Company shall thereafter take all necessary or desirable action to cause such insurers to pay, on behalf of Indemnitee, all amounts payable as a result of such proceeding in accordance with the terms of such policy. The Company agrees that if there is a change in control of the Company, the Company shall maintain (or cause to be maintained) for the benefit of Indemnitee, the same policy or policies of insurance maintained in accordance with this Section 13 immediately prior to such change in control for a period of six years after the change in control or the termination of this Agreement in accordance with Section 9, whichever is later.

 

Section 14. Subrogation. In the event of payment under this Agreement, the Company shall be subrogated to the extent of such payment to all of the rights of recovery of Indemnitee under any insurance policy held by the Company or an Affiliated Entity or otherwise. Indemnitee shall execute all documents reasonably required and shall do everything reasonably necessary to secure such rights, including the execution of such documents necessary to enable the Company to effectively bring suit to enforce such rights.

 

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Section 15. Notice by Indemnitee. Indemnitee shall promptly notify the Company in writing in accordance with Section 21 of this Agreement upon the earlier of (a) becoming aware of a Proceeding where indemnity or reimbursement or payment of Expenses may be sought or (b) receiving or being served with any summons, citation, subpoena, complaint, indictment, information, inquiry or other document relating to any Proceeding which may be subject to indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses covered hereunder. As a condition to indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses, any demand for payment by Indemnitee hereunder shall be in writing. The failure to promptly notify the Company of the commencement of the action, suit or proceeding, or of Indemnitee’s request for indemnification, will not relieve the Company from any liability that it may have to Indemnitee hereunder, except to the extent the Company is actually and materially prejudiced in its defense of such action, suit or proceeding as a result of such failure.

 

Section 16. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, inoperative or unenforceable as applied to any particular Proceeding or in any particular jurisdiction, for any reason, such circumstances shall not have the effect of rendering the provision in question invalid, inoperative or unenforceable in any other distinguishable Proceeding or jurisdiction, or of rendering any other provision or provisions herein contained invalid, inoperative or unenforceable to any extent whatsoever. The invalidity, inoperability or unenforceability of any one or more phrases, sentences, clauses or sections contained in this Agreement shall not affect any other remaining part of this Agreement.

 

Section 17. Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, Indemnitee and Indemnitee’s heirs, personal representatives, executors and administrators and upon the Company and its successors and assigns.

 

Section 18. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall for all purposes be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same Agreement.

 

Section 19. Headings. The headings of the paragraphs of this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall not be deemed to constitute part of this Agreement or to affect the construction thereof.

 

Section 20. Modification and Waiver. No supplement, modification or amendment of this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing by both of the parties hereto. No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed or shall constitute a waiver of any other provisions hereof (whether or not similar) nor shall such waiver constitute a continuing waiver.

 

Section 21. Notices. All notices, requests, demands and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if (a) delivered by hand, on the date delivered, (b) mailed by certified or registered mail, with postage prepaid, on the third business day after the date on which it is mailed or (c) sent by guaranteed overnight courier service, with postage prepaid, on the business day after the date on which it is sent:

 

(i) If to Indemnitee, to the address set forth on the signature page of this Agreement;

 

(ii) If to the Company, to:

Lordstown Motors Corp.

2300 Hallock Young Road

Lordstown, OH 44481

Attention: General Counsel

 

or to such other address as may have been furnished to Indemnitee by the Company or to the Company by Indemnitee, as the case may be.

 

Section 22. Governing Law. The parties agree that this Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware. If a court of competent jurisdiction shall make a final determination that the provisions of the law of any state other than Delaware govern indemnification by the Company of Indemnitee, then the indemnification provided under this Agreement shall in all instances be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted under such law, notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary.

 

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Section 23. Venue. Any Proceeding relating to or arising from this Agreement, including without limitation, any Proceeding regarding indemnification or reimbursement or payment of Expenses arising out of this Agreement, shall only be brought and heard in the Chancery Court in and for the State of Delaware (the “Delaware Court”), and may not be brought in any other judicial forum. The Company hereby irrevocably and unconditionally (a) agrees that any action or proceeding arising out of or in connection with this Agreement may brought in the Delaware Court, (b) consents to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Delaware Court for purposes of any action or proceeding arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, (c) consents to service of process at the Company’s address set forth in Section 21 of this Agreement with the same legal force and validity as if served upon the Company personally within the State of Delaware, (d) waives any objection to the laying of venue of any such action or proceeding in the Delaware Court and (e) waives, and agrees not to plead or to make, any claim that any such action or proceeding brought in the Delaware Court has been brought in an improper or inconvenient forum.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the day and year first above written.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By:  
  Name:    
  Title:                  

 

AGREED TO AND ACCEPTED BY:    
   
   
Name: [Insert Name of Indemnitee]  
Address:   [Insert Address of Indemnitee]  

 

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Exhibit 10.5

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

 

2019 INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

 

(Effective September 1, 2019)

 

 

 

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

 

2019 INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1. Purpose 1
2. Definitions 1
3. Administration 5
  3.1 Committees of the Board 5
  3.2 Committee Procedures 5
  3.3 Authority of the Committee 5
  3.4 Committee Liability 5
4. Eligibility 5
5. Stock Subject to Plan 5
  5.1 Basic Limitation 5
  5.2 Additional Shares 6
6. Terms and Conditions of Grants 6
  6.1 Form and Amount of Stock Grant 6
  6.2 Stock Grant Agreement 6
  6.3 Exercisability 6
  6.4 Vesting 6
  6.5 Duration of Stock Grant 6
  6.6 Purchase Price 6
  6.7 Effect of Change in Control 7
  6.8 Rights as Stockholder 7
7. Terms and Conditions of Options 7
  7.1 Stock Option Agreement 7

 

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  7.2 Number of Shares; Nature of Option 7
  7.3 Purchase Price 7
  7.4 Exercisability 8
  7.5 Vesting 8
  7.6 Early Exercise 8
  7.7 Effect of Change in Control 8
  7.8 Term 8
  7.9 Exercise of Options on Termination of Service 8
  7.10 No Rights as Stockholder 9
  7.11 Modification, Extension and Assumption of Options 9
8. Cash Awards 9
  8.1 Granting of Cash Awards 9
9. Forms of Payment 9
  9.1 General Rule 9
  9.2 Surrender of Stock 9
  9.3 Promissory Notes 9
  9.4 Cashless Exercise 9
  9.5 Other Forms of Payment 10
10. Adjustments upon Changes in Common Stock 10
  10.1 General 10
  10.2 Merger, Consolidation or Other Reorganization 10
  10.3 Reservation of Rights 10
11. Withholding Taxes 11
  11.1 General 11
  11.2 Stock Withholding 11

 

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  11.3 Cashless Exercise/Pledge 11
  11.4 Other Forms of Payment 11
12. Legal Requirements 11
  12.1 Restrictions on Issuance 11
  12.2 Restrictions on Transfer 11
  12.3 Financial Reports 11
13. Assignment or Transfer of Awards 12
  13.1 General 12
  13.2 Trusts 12
14. No Employment Rights 12
15. Duration and Amendments 12
  15.1 Term of the Plan 12
  15.2 Right to Amend or Terminate the Plan 12
  15.3 Effect of Amendment or Termination 13
16. Code Section 409A Compliance 13
17. Execution 13

 

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LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

 

2019 INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

 

1.                  Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to offer selected employees, directors and consultants an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in the success of the Company, or to increase such interest, to encourage such persons to remain in the employ of the Company and to attract new employees with outstanding qualifications. The Plan seeks to achieve this purpose by providing for the direct grant or sale of Shares of the Company’s Stock for the grant of Options to purchase Shares of the Company’s Stock and for the granting of cash awards under the Plan. Options granted under the Plan may include Nonstatutory Stock Options as well as Incentive Stock Options intended to qualify under Section 422 of the Code. While this Plan is intended to satisfy Rule 701 under the Securities Act and the DGCL, Options may be granted and Shares may be awarded or sold under this Plan in reliance upon other federal and state securities law exemptions and to the extent another exemption is relied upon, the terms of this Plan which are required only because of Rule 701 or the DGCL need not apply to the extent provided by the Board in the Stock Option Agreement or Stock Grant Agreement, as the case may be.

 

2.                  Definitions. The following terms shall have the meanings set forth in this Section 2.

 

Award” shall mean any right awarded under the Plan, including a Stock Grant, an Incentive Stock Option, a Non-qualified Stock Option or a Cash Award.

 

Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company, as constituted from time to time.

 

Cash Award” shall mean an Award denominated in cash that is granted under Section 8 of the Plan.

 

Cash Award Agreement” shall mean the agreement between the Company and a Cash Award Recipient that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to a Cash Award.

 

Cash Award Recipient” shall mean the holder of a Cash Award.

 

Cause” shall mean the reasons for terminating a Key Contributor’s Service, as set forth in a Stock Option Agreement, Stock Acquisition Agreement, Cash Award Agreement or Employment Agreement between the Company and such Key Contributor.

 

Change in Control” shall mean:

 

(a)           One Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) acquires ownership of stock of the Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of the Company; provided, that, a Change in Control shall not occur if any Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) owns more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the Company’s stock and acquires additional stock;

 

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(b)          A majority of the members of the Board are replaced during any twelve-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board before the date of appointment or election; or

 

(c)           One person (or more than one person acting as a group), acquires (or has acquired during the twelve-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) assets from the Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of the Company immediately before such acquisition(s).

 

Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Committee” shall mean a committee consisting of one or more members of the Board that is appointed by the Board to administer the Plan under Section 3.

 

Common-Law Employee” shall mean an individual paid from W-2 Payroll of the Company or a Subsidiary. If, during any period, the Company (or a Subsidiary, as applicable) has not treated an individual as a Common-Law Employee and, for that reason, has not paid such individual in a manner which results in the issuance of a Form W-2 and withheld taxes with respect to him or her, then that individual shall not be an eligible Common-Law Employee for that period, even if any person, court or government agency determines, retroactively, that such individual is or was a Common-Law Employee during all or any portion of that period.

 

Company” shall mean Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation. “Consultant” shall mean an individual who performs bona fide Service other than as a Common-Law Employee, a member of the Board, or a member of the board of directors of a Subsidiary.

 

DGCL” shall mean the Delaware General Corporation Law (Title 8, Chapter 1 of the Delaware Code), as amended.

 

Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

Fair Market Value” shall mean the determination of the market price of Shares of the Company’s Stock made by the Board, which in all cases shall be conclusive and binding on all persons in accordance with the following guidelines:

 

(a)           If the Shares are traded over-the-counter on the Valuation Date but are not traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market or the Nasdaq National Market System, the Fair Market Value shall be equal to the mean between the last reported representative bid and asked prices quoted for the Valuation Date by the principal automated inter-dealer quotation system on which the Shares are quoted or, if the Shares are not quoted on any such system, by the “Pink Sheets” published by the National Quotation Bureau, Inc.;

 

(b)           If the Shares are traded over-the-counter on the Valuation Date and are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market or the Nasdaq National Market System, the Fair Market Value shall be equal to the last-transaction price quoted for the Valuation Date by the Nasdaq Stock Market or the Nasdaq National Market;

 

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(c)           If the Shares are traded on a stock exchange on the Valuation Date, the Fair Market Value shall be equal to the closing price reported by the applicable composite transactions report for the Valuation Date; and

 

(d)           If none of the foregoing provisions is applicable, the Fair Market Value shall be determined by the Board in good faith on such basis as it deems appropriate.

 

Grantee” shall mean the holder of a Stock Grant.

 

Incentive Stock Option” shall mean an incentive stock option described in Section 422(b) of the Code.

 

Key Contributor” shall mean: (i) an individual who is a Common-Law Employee of the Company, a Parent or a Subsidiary; (ii) a member of the Board, including (without limitation) a Non-Employee Director, or an affiliate of a member of the Board; (iii) a member of the board of directors of a Subsidiary; or (iv) a Consultant.

 

Non-Employee Director” shall mean a member of the Board who is not a Common-Law Employee of the Company or a Subsidiary and who is otherwise not disqualified from being a “non-employee director,” as set forth in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

 

Nonstatutory Stock Option” shall mean a stock option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.

 

Option” shall mean an Incentive Stock Option or Nonstatutory Stock Option granted under the Plan entitling the holder to purchase Shares.

 

Optionee” shall mean holder of an Option.

 

Parent” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 424(e) of the Code.

 

Participant” shall mean an individual or estate that holds an Option, Stock Grant or Cash Award.

 

Plan” shall mean this 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan of Lordstown Motors Corp.

 

Purchase Price” shall mean the consideration for which one Share may be acquired under the Plan.

 

Securities Act” shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

Share” shall mean one share of Stock, as adjusted in accordance with Section 9 of the Plan.

 

Service” shall mean any service that the Company employs or engages a Person to perform.

 

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Stock” shall mean the Company’s common stock.

 

Stock Acquisition Agreement” shall mean the agreement between the Company and a person who acquires Shares under the Plan whether pursuant to an Option or a Stock Grant.

 

Stock Grant” shall mean a right to acquire Shares under the Plan other than by the exercise of an Option.

 

Stock Grant Agreement” shall mean the agreement between the Company and a Grantee that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to a Stock Grant.

 

Stock Option Agreement” shall mean the agreement between the Company and an Optionee that contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to an Option.

 

Subsidiary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 424(f) of the Code.

 

Ten Percent Stockholder” shall mean an individual who owns more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of the Company, its Parent or any of its Subsidiaries. In determining stock ownership, the attribution rules of Section 424(d) of the Code shall be applied and “outstanding stock” shall include all stock actually issued and outstanding immediately after granting of an Option or Stock Grant, but shall not include Shares authorized for issuance under outstanding Options held by a Key Contributor or by any other person.

 

Total and Permanent Disability” shall mean a Key Contributor’s inability to effectively perform the essential functions of his job by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for not less than 90 consecutive days or 125 non-consecutive days, in either case during any 12-month period, and in any case as determined in good faith by an independent doctor selected in good faith by the Board of Directors and mutually acceptable to the Key Contributor.

 

Valuation Date” shall mean the date on which the Fair Market Value of Shares is determined.

 

W-2 Payroll” shall mean the mechanism or procedure the Company or a Subsidiary utilizes to pay any individual which results in the issuance of Internal Revenue Service Form W-2 to the individual. “W-2 Payroll” does not include any mechanism or procedure which results in the issuance of any Internal Revenue Service form other than Form W-2 to an individual, including, but not limited to, Form 1099. Whether a mechanism or procedure constitutes “W-2 Payroll” shall be determined in the absolute discretion of the Company (or Subsidiary, as applicable), and such determination shall be conclusive and binding on all persons.

 

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3.             Administration.

 

3.1           Committees of the Board. The Plan shall be administered by the Board (which, in the absence of a specific designation of a committee, shall be the Committee); however, any or all administrative functions otherwise exercisable by the Board may be delegated to a Committee. Members of the Committee shall serve for such period of time as the Board may determine and shall be subject to removal by the Board at any time. The Board may also at any time terminate the functions of the Committee and reassume all powers and authority previously delegated to the Committee. If a Committee has been appointed, any reference to the Board in the Plan shall be construed as a reference to the Committee to whom the Board has assigned a particular function. If the Stock becomes publicly traded, the Board may appoint a Committee which, if appointed, shall be comprised solely of two or more Non-Employee Directors (although Committee functions may be delegated to officers to the extent the Options or Stock Grants are made to persons who are not subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16 of the Exchange Act).

 

3.2           Committee Procedures. The Board shall designate one of the members of the Committee as chairperson. The Committee may hold meetings at such times and places as it shall determine. The acts of a majority of the Committee members present at meetings at which a quorum exists, or acts reduced to or approved in writing by all Committee members, shall be valid acts of the Committee.

 

3.3           Authority of the Committee. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have full authority and discretion to take any actions it deems necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan. The Committee has authority to determine, in its sole discretion, to whom, and the time or times at which, Options, Stock Grants or Cash Awards may be made and the number of Shares subject to each Option or Stock Grant or the amount of any Cash Award. The Committee has authority to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for Plan administration. All decisions, interpretations and other actions of the Committee shall be final, conclusive and binding on all parties who have an interest in the Plan or any Option or Shares issued thereunder.

 

3.4            Committee Liability. No member of the Board or the Committee will be liable for any action or determination made in good faith by the Committee with respect to the Plan or any Award made under the Plan.

 

4.             Eligibility. Only Key Contributors shall be eligible for designation as Participants by the Board. In addition, only individuals who are Common-Law Employees shall be eligible for the grant of Incentive Stock Options.

 

5.             Stock Subject to Plan.

 

5.1           Basic Limitation. The Shares issuable under the Plan shall be authorized but unissued or reacquired Shares of Stock. The maximum number of Shares which may be issued under the Plan shall not exceed 200,000 Shares, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 10. In any event, (i) the number of Shares subject to Options or Stock Grants outstanding at any time under the Plan shall not exceed the number of Shares which then remain available for issuance under the Plan; and (ii) to the extent an award is made in reliance upon the exemption available under the DGCL, the number of Shares subject to Options or Stock Grants outstanding at any time under the Plan (together with other shares of Stock that must be aggregated for this purpose) shall not exceed the limitation imposed by the DGCL, if any. The Company, during the term of the Plan, shall at all times reserve and keep available sufficient Shares to satisfy the requirements of the Plan. Subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 10, no more than 150,000 shares of Stock may be issued in the aggregate pursuant to the exercise of Incentive Stock Options.

 

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5.2           Additional Shares. If any outstanding Option or Stock Grant expires or is canceled, forfeited or otherwise terminated, the Shares allocable to the unexercised portion of such Option or Stock Grant shall again be available for issuance under the Plan. If Shares issued under the Plan are reacquired by the Company pursuant to any right of repurchase or right of first refusal, such Shares shall again be available for issuance under the Plan, except that the aggregate number of Shares that may be issued upon the exercise of Incentive Stock Options shall in no event exceed the number of Shares reserved for issuance pursuant to Section 5.1 plus the number of Shares that revert to the Plan pursuant to the first sentence of this Section 5.2, as adjusted pursuant to Section 10.

 

6.             Terms and Conditions of Grants.

 

6.1           Form and Amount of Stock Grant. Each Stock Grant shall specify the number of Shares that are subject to the Stock Grant. A Stock Grant may be awarded in combination with a Nonstatutory Stock Option and such a Stock Grant may provide that the Shares subject to the Stock Grant will be forfeited in the event that the related Nonstatutory Stock Option is exercised.

 

6.2           Stock Grant Agreement. Each Stock Grant shall be evidenced by a Stock Grant Agreement between the Grantee and the Company. Each Stock Grant shall be subject to all applicable terms and conditions of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms and conditions that are not inconsistent with the Plan as the Board deems appropriate for inclusion in a Stock Acquisition Agreement. The provisions of the various Stock Grant Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

6.3           Exercisability. Each Stock Acquisition Agreement shall specify the conditions upon which the Stock Grant shall become exercisable, if applicable, which shall be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. If required by applicable law, however, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, each Stock Grant shall become exercisable no less rapidly than the rate of 20% per year for each of the first five (5) years from the date of the Stock Grant.

 

6.4           Vesting. Each Stock Grant shall specify the conditions upon which the Grantee’s rights in the Shares subject to the Stock Grant shall vest, which shall be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. If required by applicable law, however, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, the Shares subject to each Stock Grant shall vest no less rapidly than the rate of 20% per year for each of the first five (5) years from the date of the Stock Grant.

 

6.5           Duration of Stock Grant. Any Stock Grant shall automatically expire thirty (30) days after the Stock Grant is communicated in writing to the Grantee if the Grantee does not, within such thirty (30) day period, accept the Stock Grant by signing the Stock Grant Agreement.

 

6.6           Purchase Price. The Purchase Price of Shares offered under a Stock Grant shall be established by the Board and set forth in the Stock Grant Agreement. In no event will the Purchase Price be less than the par value of a Share. The Purchase Price shall be payable in a form described in Section 9 or, in the discretion of the Board, in consideration for past services rendered to the Company or for its benefit.

 

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6.7           Effect of Change in Control. The Board may determine at the time of making a Stock Grant or thereafter, that upon a Change in Control such Stock Grant shall become exercisable as to all or a portion of the Shares subject to the Stock Grant or that the vesting of a Grantee’s rights in all or a portion of the Shares subject to such Stock Grant shall be accelerated.

 

6.8           Rights as Stockholder. Holders of Shares acquired under the Plan shall have the same voting, dividend and other rights as the Company’s other stockholders. A Stock Grant, however, may require that the holder of Shares acquired under such Stock Grant invest any cash dividends received in additional Shares. Such additional Shares shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions as the Shares with respect to which the dividends were paid. Such additional Shares shall not reduce the number of Shares available for issuance under the Plan.

 

7.             Terms and Conditions of Options.

 

7.1           Stock Option Agreement. Each grant of an Option under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Stock Option Agreement between the Optionee and the Company. Such Option shall be subject to all applicable terms and conditions of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms and conditions that are not inconsistent with the Plan and that the Board deems appropriate for inclusion in a Stock Option Agreement. The provisions of the various Stock Option Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

7.2           Number of Shares; Nature of Option. Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the number of Shares that are subject to the Option and shall provide for the adjustment of such number of Shares in accordance with Section 10. The Stock Option Agreement shall also specify whether the Option is an Incentive Stock Option or a Nonstatutory Stock Option. Notwithstanding such designation, however, to the extent the aggregate Fair Market Value of the Shares with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by the Optionee during any calendar year (under all plans of the Company and any Parent or Subsidiary) exceeds $100,000, such Options shall be treated as Nonstatutory Stock Options. For purposes of this Section 7.2, Incentive Stock Options shall be taken into account in the order in which they were granted. The Fair Market Value of the Shares shall be determined as of the time the Option with respect to such Shares is granted.

 

7.3           Purchase Price. The Purchase Price of Shares subject to an Option shall be established by the Board and set forth in a Stock Option Agreement. The Purchase Price of Shares subject to an Incentive Stock Option shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value (110% for Ten Percent Stockholders) on the date the Option is granted. The Purchase Price of Shares subject to a Nonstatutory Stock Option shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value on the date the Option is granted. In no event shall the Purchase Price be less than the par value of a Share. The Purchase Price shall be payable in a form described in Section 9. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Option may be granted with a Purchase Price lower than that prescribed in this Section 7.3 if the Option grant is attributable to the issuance or assumption of an option in a transaction to which Section 424(a) of the Code applies.

 

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7.4           Exercisability. Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the date when the Option becomes exercisable, which shall be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. If required by applicable law, however, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, Options granted to Key Contributors who are not officers shall become exercisable no less rapidly than the rate of 20% per year for each of the first five (5) years from the date the Option is granted.

 

7.5           Vesting. Each Stock Option Agreement shall specify the date or events upon which the Optionee’s rights in the Shares subject to the Option shall vest, which shall be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. If required by applicable law, however, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, Shares subject to Options granted to Key Contributors who are not officers shall vest no less rapidly than the rate of 20% per year for each of the first five (5) years from the date the Option is granted.

 

7.6           Early Exercise. A Stock Option Agreement may permit an Optionee to exercise an Option before it is vested (i.e., make an “early exercise”), subject to the Company’s right to repurchase Shares acquired under the Option. The Company’s right to repurchase Shares shall lapse at the same rate as the Optionee’s rights in the Shares would have vested in accordance with Section 7.5 had there been no early exercise. If required by applicable law, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, the Company’s right to repurchase Shares may be exercised only within ninety (90) days after the later of (i) the termination of the Optionee’s Service or (ii) the date of exercise of the Option, and in any event for cash or for cancellation of indebtedness incurred in purchasing the Shares.

 

7.7           Effect of Change in Control. The Board may determine, at the time of granting an Option or thereafter, that upon a Change in Control such Option shall become exercisable as to all or a portion of the Shares subject to the Option or that the vesting of an Optionee’s rights in all or a portion of the Shares subject to such Option shall be accelerated.

 

7.8           Term. The Stock Option Agreement shall specify the term of the Option. The term shall not exceed ten (10) years from the date of grant or, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten Percent Stockholder, five (5) years from the date of grant. In the case of a Nonqualified Stock Option, the term of the Option shall not exceed ten (10) years from the date of the grant. Subject to the preceding sentence, the Board in its sole discretion, shall determine when an Option will expire.

 

7.9           Exercise of Options on Termination of Service. Each Option shall set forth the extent to which the Optionee shall have the right to exercise the Option following termination of the Optionee’s Service with the Company and its Subsidiaries. Such provisions shall be determined in the sole discretion of the Board, need not be uniform among all Optionees, and may reflect distinctions based on the reasons for termination of Service. If required by applicable law, however, including the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, each Stock Option Agreement shall provide the Optionee with the right to exercise the Option following the Optionee’s termination of Service during the Option term (x) for at least thirty (30) days if termination of Service is due to any reason other than Cause, death or Total and Permanent Disability, and (y) for at least six (6) months after termination of Service if due to death or Total and Permanent Disability.

 

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7.10          No Rights as Stockholder. An Optionee, or a transferee of an Optionee, shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any Shares subject to an Option until such person becomes entitled to receive such Shares by delivering to the Company a signed Stock Acquisition Agreement and any other agreements required to be delivered pursuant to such Stock Acquisition Agreement and paying the Purchase Price pursuant to the terms of such Option.

 

7.11         Modification, Extension and Assumption of Options. Within the limitations of the Plan, the Board may modify, extend or assume outstanding Options or may accept the cancellation of outstanding Options (whether granted by the Company or another issuer) in return for the grant of new Options for the same or a different number of Shares and at the same or a different Purchase Price. The foregoing notwithstanding and except as set forth in Section 10.2, no modification of an Option shall, without the consent of the Optionee, impair the Optionee’s rights or increase the Optionee’s obligations under such Option.

 

8.              Cash Awards.

 

8.1            Granting of Cash Awards. The Committee may grant Cash Awards, either alone or in tandem with other Awards, in such amounts and subject to such conditions as the Committee shall determine in its sole discretion. Cash Awards may be subject to performance goals, other vesting conditions, and such other terms as the Committee determines in its discretion. Cash Awards shall be evidenced in a Cash Award Agreement.

 

9.              Forms of Payment.

 

9.1           General Rule. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 9, the entire Purchase Price shall be payable in cash or cash equivalents acceptable to the Company at the time of purchase.

 

9.2           Surrender of Stock. To the extent that a Stock Option Agreement or Stock Grant Agreement so provides, payment may be made wholly or in part with Stock that has already been owned by the Optionee or Grantee, or the representative of either, for such time period as may be specified by the Board and that is surrendered to the Company in good form for transfer. Such Stock shall be valued at Fair Market Value on the date when the new Shares are acquired under the Plan.

 

9.3           Promissory Notes. Unless expressly set forth in an applicable Stock Option Agreement or Stock Grant Agreement, and subject to express ratification by the Board, payment may not be made, wholly or in part, via use of promissory note or similar promise to pay. The interest rate and other terms and conditions of such note shall be determined by the Board. In no event shall the stock certificate(s) representing such Shares be released to the Optionee or Grantee until such note is paid in full, unless otherwise provided in the Stock Option Agreement, Stock Grant Agreement or Stock Acquisition Agreement.

 

9.4           Cashless Exercise. To the extent provided in a Stock Option Agreement or Stock Grant Agreement, if a public market for the Stock exists, payment may be made by delivery (on a form acceptable to the Board) of an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell Stock and to deliver all or part of the sale proceeds to the Company in payment of the aggregate Purchase Price.

 

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9.5           Other Forms of Payment. To the extent provided in a Stock Option Agreement or Stock Grant Agreement, and subject to express approval by the Board, payment may be made in any other form that is consistent with applicable laws, regulations and rules.

 

10.           Adjustments upon Changes in Common Stock.

 

10.1          General. In the event of a subdivision of the outstanding Stock, a declaration of a dividend payable in Stock, a combination or consolidation of the outstanding Stock into a lesser number of shares, a recapitalization, a reclassification of the outstanding Stock or such other event as the Board may determine necessitates an adjustment be made, the Board shall make appropriate adjustments, subject to the limitations set forth in Section 10.3, in one or more of (i) the number of Shares of Stock available for future grants of Options or Stock Grants, (ii) the number of Shares of Stock covered by each outstanding Option or Stock Grant or (iii) the Purchase Price of Shares subject to an Option or offered under a Stock Grant.

 

10.2          Merger, Consolidation or Other Reorganization. If the Company is a party to a merger, consolidation or other corporate reorganization, outstanding unexercised Options shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement between the Company and the other party to such merger, consolidation or reorganization and such Options may be assumed, substituted, modified or cancelled, without the consent of any Optionee, as the Board, in its sole discretion, may determine. By way of example only, and not in limitation of the Board’s authority, any such agreement may provide for any of the following:

 

(i)              The continuation of such outstanding Options by the Company (if the Company is the surviving corporation); or

 

(ii)             The assumption of the Plan and such outstanding Options by the surviving corporation or its parent; or

 

(iii)            The substitution by the surviving corporation or its parent of options with substantially the same terms for such outstanding Options; or

 

(iv)            The cancellation of the outstanding Options of the Company (if the Company is not the surviving corporation).

 

10.3        Reservation of Rights. Except as set forth in Section 10.1, an Optionee or Grantee shall have no rights by reason of (i) any subdivision or consolidation of shares of Company stock of any class, (ii) the payment of any dividend by the Company, or (iii) any other increase or decrease in the number of shares of Company stock of any class. Except as set forth in Section 10.1, any issuance by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall not affect, and no adjustment by reason thereof shall be made with respect to, the number of Shares subject to an Option, the number of Shares subject to any Stock Grant and/or the Purchase Price under any Option or Stock Grant. The grant of an Option or a Stock Grant pursuant to the Plan shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations or changes of its capital or business structure, to merge, consolidate or reorganize or to dissolve or liquidate or sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of all or any part of its business, assets or securities.

 

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11.           Withholding Taxes.

 

11.1         General. To the extent required by applicable federal, state, local or foreign law, a Participant shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Committee for the satisfaction of any withholding tax obligations that arise in connection with the Plan. The Company shall not be required to issue any Shares or make any cash payment under the Plan until such obligations are satisfied.

 

11.2         Stock Withholding. The Committee may permit a Participant to satisfy all or part of the withholding or income tax obligations by having the Company withhold all or a portion of any Shares of Stock that otherwise would be issued or by surrendering all or a portion of any Shares of Stock previously acquired. Shares of Stock that are withheld or surrendered pursuant to this Section 11 shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date when taxes otherwise would be withheld in cash. Any payment of taxes by assigning Shares of Stock to the Company may be subject to restrictions, including any restrictions required by rules of any federal or state regulatory body or other authority.

 

11.3         Cashless Exercise/Pledge. The Committee may provide that if Company Shares of Stock are publicly traded at the time of exercise, arrangements may be made to meet the Optionee’s withholding obligation by cashless exercise or pledge.

 

11.4         Other Forms of Payment. The Committee may permit such other means of tax withholding as it determines to be appropriate.

 

12.           Legal Requirements.

 

12.1         Restrictions on Issuance. Shares shall not be issued under the Plan unless the issuance and delivery of such Shares complies with (or is exempt from) all applicable requirements of law, including (without limitation) the Securities Act, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, state securities laws and regulations, and the regulations of any stock exchange on which the Company’s securities may then be listed, and the Company has obtained the approval of or a favorable ruling from any governmental agency that the Company determines to be necessary or advisable.

 

12.2         Restrictions on Transfer. If the Company or any managing underwriter of an offering of securities of the Company so determines, no Shares issued upon exercise of a Stock Grant or an Option may be sold or otherwise transferred or disposed of during a period of up to one hundred eighty (180) days following the effective date of a registration statement covering securities of the Company filed under the Securities Act. Any Shares issued upon exercise of a Stock Grant or an Option shall be subject to such rights of repurchase, rights of first refusal and other transfer restrictions as the Board may determine. Such restrictions shall apply in addition to any restrictions that may apply to holders of Stock generally.

 

12.3         Financial Reports. To the extent required to comply with the DGCL or the regulations thereunder, not less often than annually the Company shall furnish to Optionees and Grantees summary financial information, including a balance sheet, regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, unless such Optionees or Grantees have duties with the Company that assure them access to equivalent information. Such financial statements need not be audited.

 

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13.           Assignment or Transfer of Awards.

 

13.1        General. No Stock Grant, Option or Cash Award shall be anticipated, assigned, attached, garnished, optioned, transferred or made subject to any creditor’s process, whether voluntarily, involuntarily or by operation of law, except as approved by the Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing:

 

(i)              while the Shares are subject to the DGCL, Grantees and Optionees may not transfer their rights hereunder except by will, beneficiary designation or the laws of descent and distribution; and

 

(ii)              Incentive Stock Options may not be transferred or alienated in any way.

 

13.2         Trusts. Neither this Section 13 nor any other provision of the Plan shall preclude a Participant from transferring or assigning Shares to (i) the trustee of a trust that is revocable by such Participant alone, both at the time of the transfer or assignment and at all times thereafter prior to such Participant’s death, or (ii) the trustee of any other trust to the extent approved by the Committee in writing. A transfer or assignment of Shares from such trustee to any person other than such Participant shall be permitted only to the extent approved in advance by the Committee in writing, and Shares held by such trustee shall be subject to all the conditions and restrictions set forth in the Plan and in the applicable Stock Acquisition Agreement, as if such trustee were a party to such Stock Acquisition Agreement.

 

14.           No Employment Rights. No provision of the Plan, nor any Option, Stock Grant or Cash Awards shall be construed to give any person any right to become, to be treated as, or to remain a Key Contributor. The Company and its Subsidiaries reserve the right to terminate any Key Contributor’s employment at any time and for any reason or for no reason, with or without Cause.

 

15.           Duration and Amendments.

 

15.1         Term of the Plan. The Plan, as set forth herein, shall become effective on the date of its adoption by the Board, subject to the approval of the Company’s stockholders. If the stockholders fail to approve the Plan within twelve (12) months after its adoption by the Board, any Options, Stock Grants or Cash Awards granted within such twelve (12) month period shall be null and void, and no additional Options, Stock Grants or Cash Awards shall be granted after the expiration of such twelve (12) month period. The Plan shall terminate automatically ten (10) years after its adoption by the Board and may be terminated on any earlier date pursuant to Section 15.2 below.

 

15.2         Right to Amend or Terminate the Plan. The Board may amend or terminate the Plan at any time. An amendment of the Plan shall be subject to the approval of the Company’s stockholders only to the extent required by applicable laws, regulations or rules.

 

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15.3         Effect of Amendment or Termination. No Shares shall be issued or sold under the Plan after the termination thereof, except upon exercise of an Option or Stock Grant granted prior to such termination. Except as may be permitted under Section 10.2, the termination of the Plan, or any amendment thereof, shall not affect any Shares previously issued or Option or Stock Grant previously granted under the Plan, or the payment of any Cash Awards granted prior to the effective date of the termination.

 

16.            Code Section 409A Compliance. The Plan is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code to the extent subject thereto, and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, the Plan shall be interpreted and administered to be in compliance therewith. Any payments described in the Plan that are due within the “short-term deferral period” as defined in Section 409A of the Code shall not be treated as deferred compensation unless applicable laws require otherwise. Any payments under the Plan which constitute deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A and which are payable upon or following a Participant’s termination of employment or Services shall only be payable following the Participant’s “separation from service” within the meaning of Treasury Regulation §1.409A-1(h). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Plan, to the extent required to avoid accelerated taxation and tax penalties under Section 409A of the Code, amounts that would otherwise be payable and benefits that would otherwise be provided pursuant to the Plan during the six (6) month period immediately following the Participant’s separation from service shall instead be paid on the first payroll date after the six-month anniversary of the Participant’s separation from service (or the Participant’s death, if earlier). Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither the Company nor the Committee shall have any obligation to take any action to prevent the assessment of any additional tax or penalty on any Participant under Section 409A of the Code and neither the Company nor the Committee will have any liability to any Participant for such tax or penalty.

 

17.           Execution. To record the adoption of the Plan, the Company has caused its authorized officer to execute the same.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns
   
  Its: Chief Executive Officer

 

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AMENDMENT NO. 1

TO

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

2019 INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN

  

The Lordstown Motors Corp. 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan effective September 1, 2019 (the “Plan”), was amended to decrease the shares of Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Shares”), available under Section 5.1 of the Plan to 100,000 Shares. The Board approved the decrease to the number of Shares on February 14, 2020:

 

1.       Definitions

 

All capitalized terms used in this Amendment No. 1 which are not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings given such terms in the Plan.

 

2.       Shares Available for Options

 

Section 5.1 of the Plan is hereby amended and restated as follows:

 

Basic Limitation. The Shares issuable under the Plan shall be authorized but unissued or reacquired Shares of Stock. The maximum number of Shares which may be issued under the Plan shall not exceed 100,000 Shares, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 10. In any event, (i) the number of Shares subject to Options or Stock Grants outstanding at any time under the Plan shall not exceed the number of Shares which then remain available for issuance under the Plan; and (ii) to the extent an award is made in reliance upon the exemption available under the DGCL, the number of Shares subject to Options or Stock Grants outstanding at any time under the Plan (together with other shares of Stock that must be aggregated for this purpose) shall not exceed the limitation imposed by the DGCL, if any. The Company, during the term of the Plan, shall at all times reserve and keep available sufficient Shares to satisfy the requirements of the Plan. Subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 10, no more than 100,000 shares of Stock may be issued in the aggregate pursuant to the exercise of Incentive Stock Options.”

 

3.       Effective Date; Construction

 

The effective date of this Amendment No. 1 is February 14, 2020, and this Amendment No. 1 shall be deemed to be a part of the Plan as of such date. In the event of any inconsistencies between the provisions of the Plan and this Amendment No. 1, the provisions of this Amendment No. 1 shall control. Except as modified by this Amendment No. 1, the Plan shall continue in full force and effect without change.

  

 

 

 

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THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED OR QUALIFIED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 OR THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE, AND MAY BE OFFERED AND SOLD ONLY IF REGISTERED AND QUALIFIED PURSUANT TO THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL AND STATE SECURITIES LAWS OR IF THE COMPANY IS PROVIDED AN OPINION OF COUNSEL SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY THAT REGISTRATION AND QUALIFICATION UNDER FEDERAL AND STATE SECURITIES LAWS IS NOT REQUIRED.

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.

(“COMPANY”)

 

2019 STOCK PLAN

 

STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT

 

1.                  Notice of Stock Option Grant. You, the Optionee named below, have been granted an Option to purchase Common Stock of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of the Company’s 2019 Stock Plan (the “Plan”), as may be amended, and this Stock Option Agreement. Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used in this Stock Option Agreement shall have the same meanings as in the Plan. This Section 1 of this Stock Option Agreement sets forth the basic terms of your Option and your rights with respect to the Shares subject to the Option. These basic terms are subject to and are to be interpreted in accordance with the Plan and the Terms and Conditions attached hereto.

 

1.1Date of Grant (mm/dd/yy): [INSERT DATE]

 

1.2Optionee’s Name:         [INSERT NAME]

 

1.3Check Here if Optionee is a Ten Percent Stockholder:      

 

  Type of Option: x Nonstatutory Stock Option
       
      Incentive Stock Option1

 

 

1 If checked, then this Option is intended to be an “incentive stock option” within the meaning of Section 422A of the Internal Revenue Code. This Option shall be construed and exercised consistent with that intention. It is acknowledged that the United States Treasury Department may amend or modify from time to time its regulations governing “incentive stock options.” Accordingly, it is understood and agreed by the Optionee that the Company may amend or modify the Plan and this Agreement in any respect deemed by the Company to be necessary or desirable to comply with such regulations, as amended or modified from time to time or to meet the requirements for an “incentive stock option.”

 

 

 

 

1.3.1Check Here if this is a Replacement Stock Option:    
   
  and identify Stock Option Agreement Replaced:    

 

1.4Number of Shares Subject to Option:        [INSERT NUMBER]

 

1.5Purchase Price per Share (USD):          [INSERT STRIKE PRICE]

 

1.6Time of Exercise: x At the time and to the extent your rights have vested under Section 1.10
       
      At any time after the Date of Grant (“Early Exercise”)
       
      Other______________________________________________________________  

 

1.7Vesting Start Date (dd/mm/yy): [INSERT DATE]

 

1.8Form of Payment for Exercise: as defined in Terms and Conditions Section 2.4.3

 

1.9Vesting Schedule: Subject to Sections 2.1 and 2.2 of the Terms and Conditions, the Shares subject to the Option shall vest as follows:

 

1.9.134% of the Shares subject to the Option shall vest on the date hereof;
1.9.233% of the Shares subject to the Option shall vest on the first anniversary of the date hereof; and
1.9.333% of the Shares subject to the Option shall vest on the second anniversary of the date hereof.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Option granted hereunder will vest in full if there occurs with respect to the Company prior to the date the Option would become exercisable a Change in Control.

 

THE OPTION GRANTED HEREUNDER REPLACES AND SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL OTHER RIGHTS, AGREEMENTS AND OPTIONS PREVIOUSLY PROMISED TO YOU BY THE COMPANY UNDER THE PLAN OR REFERENCED IN ANY EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT OR OFFER LETTERS OR OTHERWISE TO ACQUIRE SECURITIES OF THE COMPANY UNDER THE PLAN. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, UNLESS EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AWARD, THIS OPTION DOES NOT REPLACE ANY OPTIONS PREVIOUSLY GRANTED TO YOU PURSUANT TO AN EXISTING AUTHORIZED AND FULLY EXECUTED STOCK OPTION AWARD.

 

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By signing below, you agree to all of the terms and conditions of the Plan and this Stock Option Agreement, including the attached Terms and Conditions and Stock Acquisition Agreement.

 

 

  OPTIONEE
   
   
  Print Name
   
   
  Signature
   
   
  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
   
   
  By:            
  Stephen S. Burns, Chief Executive Officer

 

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2.       Terms and Conditions.

 

2.1Vesting. Your rights in Shares subject to your Option vest during your Service as specified in Section 1.10 of this Stock Option Agreement. Vesting will cease if your Service terminates for any reason.

 

2.2Service; Leaves of Absence. Your Service shall cease when you cease to be in Service as a Key Contributor, as determined in the sole discretion of the Board. For purposes of your Option, your Service does not terminate when you take a bona fide leave of absence that was approved by the Company in writing if the terms of the leave of absence provide for continued Service crediting or when continued Service crediting is required by applicable law. However, for purposes of determining whether your Option is entitled to Incentive Stock Option status, your Service will be treated as terminating ninety (90) days after your leave of absence began, unless your right to return to active work is guaranteed by law or by a contract. Your Service terminates in any event when the approved leave of absence ends, unless you immediately return to active work. The Company determines which leaves of absence count toward Service and when your Service terminates for all purposes under the Plan.

 

2.3Term of Option. Your Option expires on the day before the tenth (10th) anniversary of the Date of Grant (fifth (5th) anniversary for a Ten Percent Stockholder), and will expire earlier if your Service terminates as follows:

 

2.3.1Regular Termination. If your Service terminates for any reason except Cause, death or Total and Permanent Disability, your Option will expire at the close of business at Company headquarters on the date thirty (30) days after the date your Service terminates. During that thirty (30) day period, you may exercise your Option with respect to Shares in which your rights were vested on the date your Service terminated.

 

2.3.2Cause. If your Service terminates for Cause, your Option will expire at the close of business at Company headquarters on the date seven (7) days after the date your Service terminates. For purposes of this Section 2.3.2, "Cause" means any of the following: (i) "Cause" as defined in any employment agreement, engagement agreement or any other similar agreement between the Company and you and (ii) your breach of this Stock Option Agreement, which you do not cure within thirty (30) days of receiving written notice from the Company of such breach.

 

2.3.3Death. If you die while in Service, your Option will expire at the close of business at Company headquarters on the date six (6) months after the date of death. During that six (6) month period, your estate or heirs may exercise that portion of your Option that was vested on the date of death.

 

2.3.4Total and Permanent Disability. If your Service terminates because of your Total and Permanent Disability, your Option will expire at the close of business at Company headquarters on the date six (6) months after the date your Service terminates. During that six (6) month period, you may exercise your Option with respect to Shares in which your rights were vested on the date of your Total and Permanent Disability. If your Total and Permanent Disability is not expected to result in death or to last for a continuous period of at least six (6) months, your Option will be eligible for Incentive Stock Option tax treatment only if it is exercised within three (3) months following the termination of your Service.

 

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2.4Exercise of Option.

 

2.4.1Restrictions on Exercise of Option and Transfer of Shares.

 

i)By signing this Stock Option Agreement, you agree not to exercise this Option or sell any Shares acquired upon exercise of this Option at a time when applicable laws, regulations or the Company or underwriter trading policies prohibit exercise or sale. In particular, the Company shall have the right to designate one or more periods of time, each of which shall not exceed one hundred eighty (180) days in length, during which this Option shall not be exercisable if the Company determines (in its sole discretion) that such limitation on exercise could in any way facilitate a lessening of any restriction on transfer pursuant to the Securities Act or any state securities laws with respect to any issuance of securities by the Company, facilitate the registration or qualification of any securities by the Company under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, or facilitate the perfection of any exemption from the registration or qualification requirements of the Securities Act or any applicable state securities laws for the issuance or transfer of any securities. Such limitation on exercise shall not alter the Vesting Schedule set forth in Section 1.10 of this Stock Option Agreement, but shall only limit the periods during which this Option shall be exercisable.

 

ii)If the sale of Shares under the Plan is not registered under the Securities Act, but an exemption is available which requires an investment representation or other representation, you shall represent and agree at the time of Option exercise that the Shares are being acquired for investment, and not with a view to the sale or distribution thereof, and shall make such other representations as are deemed necessary or appropriate by the Company and its counsel.

 

2.4.2Method of Exercise. To exercise your Option, you must sign the Stock Acquisition Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Stock Acquisition Agreement"), and any Stockholders Agreement among the Company and its stockholders (as applicable, and as amended or modified from time to time, the "Stockholders Agreement"), and deliver the signed Stock Acquisition Agreement and Stockholders Agreement, together with full payment of the Purchase Price, to the Company at the address given on the Stock Acquisition Agreement. Without limitation, your Option and the Shares subject to your Option are subject to the terms and conditions of the Stock Acquisition Agreement and the Stockholders Agreement. Your exercise will be effective when the signed Stock Acquisition Agreement, the signed Stockholders Agreement and the Purchase Price are received by the Company. If someone else wants to exercise your Option after your death, that person must prove to the Company's satisfaction that he or she is entitled to do so.

 

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2.4.3Form of Payment. When you submit the Stock Acquisition Agreement and the Stockholders Agreement, you must include payment of the aggregate Purchase Price for the Shares you are purchasing. Payment may be made in one (or a combination) of the following forms:

 

i)Your personal check, a cashier's check or a money order.

 

ii)Shares of Stock which you have owned for six months and which are surrendered to the Company. The value of such Stock, determined as of the effective date of the Option exercise, will be applied to the Purchase Price.

 

iii)To the extent that a public market for Stock exists as determined by the Company, by delivery (on a form approved by the Company) of an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell Stock and to deliver all or part of the sale proceeds to the Company in payment of the aggregate Purchase Price.

 

2.4.4Withholding Taxes. You will not be allowed to exercise your Option unless you make acceptable arrangements to pay any withholding or other taxes that may be due as a result of the exercise of the Option or the sale of Shares acquired upon exercise of your Option.

 

2.5Exercise of Option Before Vesting ("Early Exercise"). If, under Section 1.8, you are permitted to exercise your Option before your rights are vested in accordance with Section 1.10, and you exercise your Option before full vesting, the vesting provisions set forth in Section 1.10 will apply to the Shares you acquire upon exercise of your Option. If you exercise your Option before your rights are vested, you should consider making an election under Section 83(b) of the Code (the "Section 83(b) Election"). The Section 83(b) Election must be filed within thirty (30) days after the date you acquire Shares in which your rights are not vested.

 

2.6Market Stand-Off. In connection with any underwritten public offering by the Company of its equity securities pursuant to an effective registration statement filed under the Securities Act, including the Company's initial public offering, you shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in any transaction prohibited by the underwriter, nor shall you sell, make any short sale of, contract to sell, transfer the economic risk of ownership in, loan, hypothecate, pledge, grant any option for the purchase of, or otherwise dispose of or transfer for value or agree to engage in any of the foregoing transactions with respect to any Shares without the prior written consent of the Company or its underwriters, for such period of time after the effective date of such registration statement as may be requested by the Company or such underwriters. Such period of time shall not exceed one hundred eighty (180) days and may be required by the underwriter as a market condition of the offering. By signing this Stock Option Agreement you agree to execute and deliver such other agreements as may be reasonably requested by the Company or the underwriter which are consistent with the foregoing or which are necessary to give further effect thereto. To enforce the provisions of this Section 2.6, the Company may impose stop-transfer instructions with respect to the Shares until the end of the applicable stand-off period.

 

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2.7Transfer of Option. Prior to your death, only you may exercise your Option. You have no right to transfer or assign your Option. For instance, you may not sell your Option or use it as security for a loan. If you attempt to do any of these things, your Option will immediately become invalid. You may, however, dispose of your Option in your will. Regardless of any marital property settlement agreement, the Company is not obligated to honor a notice of exercise from your spouse or former spouse, nor is the Company obligated to recognize such individual's interest in your Option in any other way.

 

2.8No Retention Rights. Your Option does not give you the right to be retained by the Company (or any Subsidiary) in any capacity. The Company reserves the right to terminate your Service at any time and for any reason or for no reason, with or without Cause.

 

2.9Stockholder Rights. You, or your estate or heirs, have no rights as a stockholder of the Company until you acquire Shares pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions of the Stock Acquisition Agreement.

 

2.10Adjustments to Common Stock. Your rights upon a stock split, a stock dividend or a similar change in the Company's Stock or upon a merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Company are set forth in the Plan.

 

2.11Non-Competition. You agree that, from and after the date hereof until the second anniversary of the date that you no longer own any Option or Shares, you will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as a shareholder, director, manager, member, officer, employee, agent, consultant or advisor of any Person: (i) acquire or hold any economic or financial interest in, act as a partner, member, shareholder, consultant, employee or representative of, render services to, or otherwise operate, engage in or hold an interest in any Person that engages in, or engages in the management or operation of any Person that engages in any business that competes with the Company Business (as defined herein); (ii) solicit orders from or seek or propose to do business with any customer or supplier of the business relating to the Company Business; or (iii) influence or attempt to influence any customer, supplier, employee, contractor, representative or advisor of the Company Business to curtail, terminate or refrain from maintaining its, his or her relationship with Company or any of its Subsidiaries. For purposes of this Section 2.11, "Company Business" shall mean the business in which the Company is engaged including, but not limited to, developing, designing and manufacturing battery-electric vehicles under 10,001 GVW, and related products and services.

 

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2.12Remedy. You acknowledge and agree that the Company's remedy at law for any breach of any of your obligations under this Stock Option Agreement would be inadequate, and agree and consent that, to the extent permissible under applicable law, temporary and permanent injunctive relief may be granted in a proceeding that may be brought to enforce any provision of this Stock Option Agreement without the necessity of proof of actual damage or the posting of a bond or other security. Any provision of this Stock Option Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective, but only to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability, without invalidating the other provisions hereof or without affecting the validity or unenforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

2.13Legends. All certificates representing the Shares issued upon exercise of your Option shall, where applicable, have endorsed thereon the following legends:

 

THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AND HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED FOR INVESTMENT AND NOT WITH A VIEW TO, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION THEREOF. NO SUCH SALE OR DISTRIBUTION MAY BE AFFECTED WITHOUT AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT RELATED THERETO OR AN OPINION OF COMPANY COUNSEL IN A FORM SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933.

 

THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO A LOCKUP PERIOD OF UP TO 180 DAYS FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE INITIAL REGISTRATION STATEMENT OF THE CORPORATION DECLARED EFFECTIVE UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, AS SET FORTH IN AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ISSUER AND THE ORIGINAL HOLDER OF THESE SHARES, A COPY OF WHICH MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE ISSUER. SUCH LOCKUP PERIOD IS BINDING ON TRANSFEREES OF THESE SHARES.

 

THE SECURITIES EVIDENCED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF A STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT DATED AS OF                                    ,               , A STOCK ACQUISITION AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AND                 A STOCKHOLDERS AGREEMENT DATED AS OF                       ,                   . COPIES OF SUCH AGREEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED AT NO COST BY WRITTEN REQUEST MADE BY THE HOLDER OF RECORD OF THIS CERTIFICATE TO THE CORPORATE SECRETARY OF THE COMPANY.

 

2.14Applicable Law. This Stock Option Agreement will be interpreted and enforced under the laws of the State of Delaware.

 

2.15Incorporation of Plan by Reference. The text of the Plan is incorporated in this Stock Option Agreement by reference.

  

  2.16 Tax Withholding. The Company can recover or withhold the applicable income tax on any taxable benefit arising to the Optionee in respect of stock options granted under this Stock Option Agreement, to comply with its tax withholding obligation under the tax regulations of the United States of America.

 

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2.17Change in Control. If a Change in Control occurs and if the agreements effectuating the Change in Control do not provide for the assumption or substitution of your Option, you agree that the Company, in its sole and absolute discretion, may take either or both of the following actions to be effective as of the date of the Change in Control (or as of any other date fixed by the Company occurring within the thirty (30) day period immediately preceding the date of the Change in Control but only if such action remains contingent upon the consummation of the transaction resulting in a Change in Control) (such date referred to as the "Action Effective Date"):

 

2.17.1unilaterally cancel this Option in exchange for:

 

i)whole and/or fractional Shares (or for whole Shares and cash in lieu of any fractional Share) or whole and/or fractional shares of a successor (or for whole shares of a successor and cash in lieu of any fractional share) which, in the aggregate, are equal in value to the Option Cash Out Amount (as defined herein); or

 

ii)cash or other property equal in value to the Option Cash Out Amount; or

 

2.17.2unilaterally cancel this Option after providing you a reasonable period (which period shall not be less than thirty (30) days) to exercise your Option.

 

"Option Cash Out Amount" means with respect to a Change in Control, the amount that would have been payable as of the Action Effective Date with respect to the unexercised portion of any Option if such Option had been exercised immediately prior to the Change in Control, as reasonably determined by the Board, less the aggregate option exercise price relating to the unexercised portion of such Option.

 

This Stock Option Agreement (including all Exhibits hereto) and the Plan constitute the entire understanding between you and the Company regarding your Option. Any other agreements, commitments or negotiations concerning your Option are superseded.

 

By signing this Stock Option Agreement, you agree to all of the terms and conditions described above and in the Plan. You also acknowledge that you have read Section 6 of the Stock Acquisition Agreement, entitled "Purchaser's Investment Representations," and that you can and hereby do make the same representations with respect to the grant of this Option.

 

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Exhibit 10.6

 

Amended and Restated Employment Agreement

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), made and entered into as of November 1, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), is by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and Stephen S. Burns (“Executive”). Certain capitalized terms shall have the meaning given to them in Section 7 below.

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive entered into an Employment Agreement, dated as of July 1, 2019 (the “Original Employment Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to amend the Original Employment Agreement on the terms and conditions set forth herein;

 

WHEREAS, Company considers Executive a “key executive” and agrees to provide Executive the significant consideration described in this Agreement as and for Company’s retention of Executive; and

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement as of the Effective Date and this Agreement shall supersede all prior employment terms and conditions, including without limitation, the Original Employment Agreement, whether or not in writing.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.            Employment Period. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby agrees to employ Executive as the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Company during the Employment Period, and Executive hereby agrees to be employed by Company and provide services for and on behalf of Company during the Employment Period subject to and in accordance with this Agreement. The period from the date of this Agreement until the Termination Date shall be referred to as the “Employment Period.”

 

2.            Duties. Executive agrees that, during the Employment Period, Executive will serve Company diligently and in good faith and will, subject to the exceptions below, devote his full business time, energies and talents to serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Company, subject to and at the direction of Company’s board of directors (the “Board of Directors”). Executive shall: (a) have such duties and responsibilities commensurate with his position as Chief Executive Officer and as may be reasonably assigned to Executive from time to time by the Board of Directors; (b) perform all lawful duties assigned to Executive in good faith, subject to the reasonable direction of the Board of Directors; and (c) act in accordance with written Company policies as may be in effect from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the Employment Period Executive may devote reasonable time to activities other than those required under this Agreement, including activities of a charitable, educational, religious or similar nature (including professional associations); provided such activities do not inhibit, prohibit, interfere with or breach any of Executive’s duties under this Agreement or common law, or otherwise conflict in any material way with the Company Business.

 

 

 

 

3.            Compensation and Benefits. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company shall pay Executive, and Executive agrees to accept from Company, as compensation in full for his services to be performed hereunder and for the faithful performance and observance of all of his obligations to Company hereunder, the following annual salary and other compensation during the Employment Period:

 

(a)     Base Salary. Company shall pay to Executive a base salary in the amount of $250,000 per annum (the “Annual Base Salary”), payable in equal periodic installments less all customary payroll deductions (with such annual salary for any part of a month to be paid on a pro-rated basis), in accordance with customary policies and normal payroll practices of Company.

 

(b)     Benefits. During the Employment Period, Executive and Executive’s dependents, as the case may be, shall be eligible to participate in all executive plans and programs as in effect from time to time thereof generally available to other executives of Company and subject to the terms and conditions thereof, including a 401(k) Plan, medical and dental, and disability benefits. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Company shall be permitted to amend, add to or eliminate the benefit plans at any time and at Company’s sole discretion.

 

(c)     Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to vacation time consistent with Company’s established programs and policies as may be in effect during the Employment Period; provided that Executive shall be entitled to four (4) weeks of vacation per year (which, if not used in a fiscal year, will not be carried to the next fiscal year).

 

(d)     Expense Reimbursement. Executive shall be reimbursed by Company, on terms and conditions that are substantially similar to those that apply to other similarly situated executives of Company, for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for entertainment, travel, meals, lodging and similar items which are actually incurred by Executive in connection with the Company Business, provided that Executive complies with the policies, practices and procedures of Company for incurring expenses and submitting expense reports, receipts, or similar documentation of any such expenses.

 

4.            Term and Termination.

 

(a)     Term. The term of Executive’s employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until terminated. The effective date of any termination hereunder shall be referred to as the “Termination Date”.

 

(b)     Termination. Executive’s employment hereunder may be terminated on the following terms and conditions:

 

(i)      by Company for Cause, effective upon written notice from Company to Executive, following the expiration, without cure, of any applicable cure period;

 

(ii)     by Company for any reason other than for Cause, effective 30 days following written notice from Company to Executive;

 

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(iii)    by Executive, effective one (1) year following written notice from Executive to Company; or

 

(iv)    by Change of Control as defined herein.

 

(c)     Death/Disability. This Agreement and Executive’s employment hereunder shall terminate immediately and automatically by reason of Executive’s death or Disability. In the event Executive's employment with Company terminates, for any reason whatsoever, including death or Disability, Executive shall be entitled to the benefits described in Section 4(h).

 

(d)     Severance Payment.

 

(i)      In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to twelve (12) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): (a) a lump sum payment equal to one-half of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of following the Termination Date, and (b) one-fourth of the balance of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of each of the three-month, six-month, nine-month and twelve month anniversaries of the Termination Date (and in each case no interest shall accrue on such amount); provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. In addition to the foregoing severance payment, in the event of Executive's Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive, within ten (10) days following the Termination Upon Change of Control, a lump sum payment equal to one hundred percent (100%) of (a) any actual bonus amount earned with respect to a previous year to the extent that all the conditions for payment of such bonus have been satisfied (excluding any requirement to be in employment with Company as of a given date which is after the Termination Date) and any such bonus was earned but is unpaid on the Termination Date; and (b) the target bonus then in effect for Executive for the year in which such termination occurs, such payment to be prorated to reflect the full number of months Executive remained in the employ of Company; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. To illustrate, if Executive's target bonus at 100% equals $120,000 for the calendar year and Executive is terminated on October 15th, then the foregoing payment shall equal $100,000 (i.e., ten (10) months' prorated bonus at one hundred percent (100%) with October counting as a full month worked).

 

(ii)     If Company terminates Executive's employment other than for Cause, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to six (6) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): one-sixth (1/6th) of such amount shall be payable each month during the (6) month period following such termination in accordance with Company’s regular payroll schedule; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code.

 

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(iii)    Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, payments to be made upon a termination of employment under this Agreement will be made upon a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code.

 

(iv)    Executive shall forfeit all rights to payment of severance pursuant to this Section 4(d) or otherwise unless he signs and delivers a general release and separation agreement, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Company within 60 days after Executive’s termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, no severance payment will be due and payable until Executive executes and delivers such general release and separation agreement and it is not subject to revocation, if applicable.

 

 

(e)     Equity Compensation Acceleration. Upon a Termination Upon Change of Control, the vesting and exercisability of all then outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any equity incentive plan adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Company Plans”) shall be accelerated as to 100% of the shares subject to any such equity awards granted to Executive.

 

(f)      COBRA. If Executive timely elects coverage under the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), Company shall continue to provide to Executive, at Company's expense, Company's health-related executive insurance coverage for Executive only as in effect immediately prior to the Termination Upon Change of Control for a period of twelve (12) months following such Termination Upon Change of Control. The date of the "qualifying event" for Executive and any dependents shall be the Termination Date.

 

(g)     Indemnification. In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, (a) Company shall continue to indemnify Executive against all claims related to actions arising prior to the termination of Executive's employment to the fullest extent permitted by law, and (b) if Executive was covered by Company's directors' and officers' insurance policy, or an equivalent thereto (the "D&O Insurance Policy"), immediately prior to the Change of Control, Company or its successor shall continue to provide coverage under a D&O Insurance Policy for not less than twenty-four (24) months following the Termination Upon Change of Control on substantially the same terms of the D&O Insurance Policy in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control.

 

(h)     Rights and Payments Upon Termination. In connection Executive’s termination from Company, regardless of the reason, Executive shall be entitled to the Minimum Payments, in addition to any payments or benefits to which Executive may be entitled under the express terms of any executive benefit plan or as required by law. Any payments to be made to Executive pursuant to this Section 4 shall be made in accordance with Company's customary policies and normal payroll practices.

 

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5.            Restrictive Covenants.

 

(a)     Confidential Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that he may receive certain confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets of Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including (i) internal business information (including, information relating to strategic plans and practices, business, accounting, financial or marketing plans, practices or programs, training practices and programs, salaries, bonuses, incentive plans and other compensation and benefits information and accounting and business methods); (ii) identities of, individual requirements of, specific contractual arrangements with, and information about, Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and their respective confidential information; (iii) industry research compiled by, or on behalf of Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, identities of potential target companies, management teams, and transaction sources identified by, or on behalf of, Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries; (iv) compilations of data and analyses, processes, methods, track and performance records, data and data bases relating thereto; and (v) computer software documentation, data and data bases and updates of any of the foregoing; (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Executive will not, during or after the term of this Agreement, whether through an Affiliate or otherwise, take commercial or proprietary advantage of or profit from any Confidential Information or disclose Confidential Information to any Person for any reason or purpose whatsoever, except (i) to authorized representatives and employees of Company or its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and as otherwise may be proper in the course of performing Executive’s obligations under this Agreement or (ii) as is required to be disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, administrative body or governmental body, or by subpoena, summons or legal process, or by law, rule or regulation; provided that, unless otherwise prohibited by law, rule or regulation, Executive shall provide to the Board of Directors prompt notice of any such disclosure. For purposes of this Section 5(a), Confidential Information does not include any information that is or becomes generally known to the other participants in the industry in which Company and its Subsidiaries operate other than as a result of any breach of nondisclosure by any Person. The limitations in this Section 5(a) are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other restrictions that Executive may be bound by (whether by contract or otherwise), including Company’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement.

 

(b)     Documents and Property. All records, files, documents and other materials or copies thereof relating to the Company Business, which Executive shall prepare, receive, or use shall be and remain the sole property of Company, shall not be used by Executive in any manner that would be adverse to Company’s interests, and, other than in connection with the performance by Executive of his duties hereunder, shall not be removed from the premises of Company or any Subsidiary without Company’s prior written consent, and shall be promptly returned to Company upon Executive’s termination of employment hereunder for any reason whatsoever, together with all copies (including copies or recordings in electronic form), abstracts, notes or reproductions of any kind made from or about the records, files, documents or other materials.

 

(c)     Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation. During the Employment Period and for a two (2) year period thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), Executive will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as a shareholder, director, manager, member, officer, employee, agent, consultant or advisor of any Person: (i) acquire or hold any economic or financial interest in, act as a partner, member, shareholder, consultant, employee or representative of, render services to, or otherwise operate, engage in or hold an interest in any Person that engages in, or engages in the management or operation of any Person that engages in any business that competes with the Company Business; (ii) solicit orders from or seek or propose to do business with any customer or supplier of the business relating to the Company Business; or (iii) influence or attempt to influence any customer, supplier, employee, contractor, representative or advisor of the Company Business to curtail, terminate or refrain from maintaining its, his or her relationship with Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(d)     Non-Disparagement. During and after Executive’s employment with Company, neither Company nor Executive will make any adverse or derogatory statements, remarks or comments, oral or written, directly or indirectly, to any individual or entity about or with reference to or with respect to Executive or Company, or any of its executives, officers, managers, members, directors or agents. The foregoing shall not be violated by truthful statements in response to legal process, required governmental testimony or filings, or administrative or arbitral proceedings (including, without limitation, depositions in connection with such proceedings).

 

(e)     Remedies for Breach of Covenants. Executive acknowledges and expressly agrees that the covenants contained in this Section 5 are reasonable with respect to their duration, geographical area and scope. Executive further acknowledges that, in light of his position with Company and access to Confidential Information during the Employment Period, the restrictions contained in this Section 5 are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of Company, that they create no undue hardships, that any violation of these restrictions would cause substantial injury to Company and such interests, and that such restrictions were a material inducement to Company to enter into this Agreement. In the event of any violation or threatened violation of these restrictions, Company, in addition to and not in limitation of, any other rights, remedies or damages available to Company under this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity, shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, to prevent or restrain any such violation by Executive and any and all Persons directly or indirectly acting for or with his, as the case may be.

 

6.            Inventions and Innovations. Executive acknowledges and agrees that he is separately bound by the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement with Company. In addition, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement, Executive acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in and to any past, present and future inventions, business applications, know-how, customer lists, trade secrets, innovations, methods, designs, ideas, improvements, copyrights, patents, domain names, trademarks, trade dress and other intellectual property which Executive personally develops or creates in whole or in part at any time and at any place during his employment with Company, and which is, directly or indirectly, related to or usable in connection with, the business activities of Company (all items set forth above are hereafter collectively referred to as the “Inventions and Innovations”), shall be and remain forever the sole and exclusive property of Company, and Executive thus automatically assigns and agrees to assign any such right, title and interest in his possession, or that he acquires, to Company. In this regard, Executive acknowledges and agrees that any Inventions and Innovations embodying copyrightable subject matter are “works made for hire,” and Executive automatically assigns and agrees to assign all right, title and interest to Company in the same if such Inventions and Innovations are not “works made for hire.” Executive agrees to promptly reveal all information relating to the Inventions and Innovations to Company and cooperate with Company to execute such documents as may be necessary to establish ownership and protection in Company’s name for the Inventions and Innovations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Inventions and Innovations shall not include any publicly available information or any information that was developed by Executive on his own time with his own tools and/or materials and without the resources of Company or any Subsidiary thereof.

 

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7.            Definitions. As used throughout this Agreement, all of the terms defined in this Section 7 shall have the meanings given below.

 

Affiliate” shall mean each individual, company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, which is, directly or indirectly, controlled by, controls, or is under common control with, Company, where “control” means (i) the ownership of a majority of the voting securities or other voting interests or other equity interests of any company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, or (ii) the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity.

 

Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Annual Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

Board of Directors” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.

 

Cause” shall mean the Board of Directors’ determination in good faith that Executive has:

 

(i)      failed, disregarded or refused to substantially perform his duties and obligations to Company as required by this Agreement and the Board of Directors (other than any such failure resulting from his Disability or Executive’s termination of his employment with Company for any reason);

 

(ii)     breached a fiduciary responsibility to Company in any material respect;

 

(iii)    commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement or other misappropriation of funds;

 

(iv)    breached any confidentiality or proprietary information agreement in any material respect between Executive and Company;

 

(v)     acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct when undertaking Executive’s duties;

 

(vi)    breached this Agreement;

 

(vii)   Executive’s excessive and unreasonable absences from Executive’s duties for any reason (other than authorized leave or leave required by law or as a result of Executive’s Disability); or

 

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(viii)  Executive’s indictment for, conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, (A) a felony, (B) a misdemeanor (other than traffic or motor vehicle violations), or (C) any other act, omission or event that, in any such case, has caused or is likely to cause economic harm to Company or any of its Subsidiaries or the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries or that Company in good faith believes is reasonably likely to cause material harm to the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries, their respective products, services and/or trade/service marks;

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to Company’s termination of Executive for Cause under clauses (i) or (vi) above, Company shall give Executive written notice specifying in reasonable detail the existence of any condition and Executive shall have 30 days from the date of Executive’s receipt of such notice in which to cure the condition giving rise to Cause.

 

Change of Control” means:

 

(i)      one Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) acquires ownership of stock of Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of Company; provided, that, a Change in Control shall not occur if any Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) owns more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of Company’s stock and acquires additional stock;

 

(ii)     a majority of the members of the Board of Directors are replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board of Directors before the date of appointment or election; or

 

(iii)    one Person (or more than one person acting as a group), acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) assets from Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of Company immediately before such acquisition(s).

 

A transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if: (a) its sole purpose is to change the state of Company’s incorporation; (b) its sole purpose is to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held Company’s securities immediately before such transaction; or (c) it constitutes Company’s initial public offering of its securities.

 

Code” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

 

Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Company Business” shall mean the business in which Company is engaged including, but not limited to, developing, designing and manufacturing battery-electric vehicles under 10,001 GVW, and related products and services.

 

Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

Disability” shall mean that Executive is unable to effectively perform the essential functions of his job by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for not less than 90 consecutive days or 125 non-consecutive days, in either case during any 12-month period (unless a longer period is required under applicable law, then during such longer period), and in any case as determined in good faith by an independent doctor selected in good faith by the Board of Directors and mutually acceptable to Executive.

 

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Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Employment Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.

 

Good Reason” is defined as the occurrence of any of the following: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by Company; or (ii) Executive has a material reduction in position, status, duties or responsibilities, or is assigned duties materially inconsistent with his position. If Executive wishes to terminate his employment for Good Reason, he shall first give Company thirty (30) days prior written notice of the circumstances constituting Good Reason and an opportunity to cure.

 

 

Inventions and Innovations” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

 

Minimum Payments” shall mean, as applicable, the following amounts:

 

(i)      Executive’s earned but unpaid Annual Base Salary for the period ending on the Termination Date, with such payments to be made in accordance with Section 3(a);

 

(ii)     Executive’s accrued but unpaid vacation days for the period ending on the Termination Date; and

 

(iii)    Executive’s unreimbursed business expenses and all other items earned and owed to Executive through and including, the Termination Date.

 

Person” shall mean any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, corporation, limited liability company, entity or governmental entity (whether federal, state, county, city or otherwise and including any instrumentality, division, agency or department thereof).

 

Restricted Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

Subsidiary” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association or business entity of which: (i) if a corporation, a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled (irrespective of whether, at the time, stock of any other class or classes of such corporation shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; or (ii) if a partnership, limited liability company, association or other business entity, either (A) a majority of partnership or other similar ownership interests thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof or (B) that Person is a general partner, managing member, manager or managing director of such partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity. For purposes hereof and unless otherwise indicated, the term “Subsidiary” refers to a Subsidiary of Company.

 

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Termination Date” shall mean the date of termination of Executive’s employment as determined in accordance with Section 3.

 

Termination Upon Change of Control” means:

 

(i)      any termination of the employment of Executive by Company without Cause during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control; or

 

(ii)     any resignation by Executive for Good Reason where (i) such Good Reason occurs during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control, and (ii) such resignation occurs at or after such Change of Control and in any event within six (6) months following the occurrence of such Good Reason.

 

(iii)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term "Termination Upon Change of Control" shall not include any termination of the employment of Executive: (1) by Company for Cause; (2) by Company as a result of the Disability of Executive; (3) as a result of the death of Executive; or (4) as a result of the voluntary termination of employment by Executive for any reason other than Good Reason.

 

8.            Notices. Notices and all other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (i) delivered personally, (ii) delivered by a recognized overnight courier service, or (iii) mailed by United States registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:

 

If to Company to:

 

Lordstown Motors Corp.

2300 Hallock Young Road, S.W.

Lordstown, OH 44481

Attention: General Counsel

 

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If to Executive, to:

 

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or to such other address as either party may furnish to the other in writing, except that notices of changes of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

 

9.            Applicable Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement and the performance of the obligations imposed by this Agreement shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

 

10.          FORUM SELECTION. ALL ACTIONS OR PROCEEDINGS IN ANY WAY, MANNER OR RESPECT, ARISING OUT OF OR FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LITIGATED IN COURTS HAVING SITUS WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO EXECUTIVE HEREBY CONSENTS AND SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO. EXECUTIVE HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO TRANSFER OR CHANGE THE VENUE OF ANY LITIGATION BROUGHT AGAINST EXECUTIVE BY COMPANY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION.

 

11.          WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EXECUTIVE AND COMPANY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY OF ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS OR EVENTS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR ANY COURSE OF CONDUCT, COURSE OF DEALING, STATEMENTS (WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN) OR ACTIONS OF ANY PARTY HERETO. THE PARTIES HERETO EACH AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION TRIED BY A COURT SHALL BE TRIED WITHOUT A JURY. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO FURTHER WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK TO CONSOLIDATE ANY SUCH LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN WAIVED WITH ANY OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL CANNOT OR HAS NOT BEEN WAIVED.

 

12.          Entire Agreement; Severability. This Agreement amends and restates the Original Employment Agreement in its entirety. The Original Employment Agreement will be of no further force or effect. This Agreement, together with the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement and the Company Plans, constitute the entire agreement between Executive and Company concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior negotiations, undertakings, agreements and arrangements with respect thereto, whether written or oral. If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, then the invalidity or unenforceability of that provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. The various covenants and provisions of this Agreement are intended to be severable and to constitute independent and distinct binding obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the scope of any covenant contained in this Agreement is too broad to permit enforcement to its full extent, such covenant shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and Executive hereby agrees that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly.

 

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13.          Withholding of Taxes. Company may withhold from any amounts or other benefits payable under this Agreement all federal, state, city or other taxes as may be required pursuant to any law, governmental regulation or ruling.

 

14.          No Assignment. Executive’s rights to receive payments or benefits under this Agreement shall not be assignable or transferable whether by pledge, creation of a security interest or otherwise, other than a transfer by will, by the laws of descent or distribution or to a revocable living trust of Executive. In the event of any attempted assignment or transfer contrary to this Section 14, Company shall have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned or transferred. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees.

 

15.          Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Company, its successors and assigns (including any company into or with which Company may merge or consolidate).

 

16.          Survival. The provisions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

17.          Amendment; Waivers. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by written agreement signed by Executive and Company. No waiver of any provision or condition of this Agreement by any party shall be valid unless set forth in a writing signed by such party. No such waiver shall be deemed to be a waiver of any other or similar provision or condition, or of any future event, act, breach or default, and no course of dealing shall be implied or arise from any waiver or series of waivers (written or otherwise) of any right or remedy hereunder.

 

18.          Joint Participation. The parties hereto participated jointly in the negotiation and preparation of this Agreement, and each party has had the opportunity to obtain the advice of legal counsel and to review and comment upon the Agreement. Accordingly, it is agreed that no rule of construction shall apply against any party or in favor of any party. This Agreement shall be construed as if the parties jointly prepared this Agreement, and any uncertainty or ambiguity shall not be interpreted against one party and in favor of the other.

 

19.          No Conflicting Agreement. Executive hereby represents and warrants to Company that he is not subject to any existing non-competition or other restrictive agreements, clauses or arrangements, written or oral, that in any way prohibit or constrain in any material respect his acceptance of and/or performance of duties pursuant to this Agreement, or that in any manner circumscribe the scope of activities or other business that he is entitled to pursue and consummate on behalf of Company.

 

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20.          Construction; Miscellaneous. Whenever used in this Agreement, the singular shall include the plural and vice versa (where applicable), the use of the masculine, feminine or neuter gender shall be deemed to include the other genders (unless the context otherwise requires), the words “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” “hereby,” “hereunder,” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole (including exhibits), the words “include,” “includes” and “including” means “include, without limitation,” “includes, without limitation” and “including, without limitation,” respectively. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only, shall not be deemed to constitute a part hereof, and shall not be deemed to limit, characterize or in any way affect the construction or enforcement of the provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement may be executed in any number of identical counterparts, any of which may contain the signatures of less than all parties, and all of which together shall constitute a single agreement. All remedies of any party hereunder are cumulative and not alternative, and are in addition to any other remedies available at law, in equity or otherwise.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.

 

  COMPANY:
     
  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns        
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Its: Chief Executive Officer    
     
  EXECUTIVE:
     
  /s/ Stephen S. Burns
  Stephen S. Burns

 

   

 

 

Exhibit 10.7

 

Amendment to Employment Agreement

 

This Amendment to Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”), made and entered into as of July 31, 2020, by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”) and John LaFleur (“Executive”).

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive are parties to that certain Employment Agreement, dated September 1, 2019 (the “Employment Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, Company is pursuing a business combination with DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation, pursuant to which the Company will consummate a merger with an affiliate of DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. (the “Business Combination”); and

 

WHEREAS, in connection with the Business Combination, Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement as described herein.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.                  Capitalized Terms. All capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Employment Agreement.

 

2.                  Amendments to Employment Agreement. On the day immediately preceding the date of the consummation of the Business Combination, and contingent upon, the consummation of the Business Combination, each of Sections 3(e) and 3(f) of the Employment Agreement will terminate and be of no further force or effect.

 

3.                   Cashless Exercise of Options. Company shall allow Executive to deliver the purchase price payable for the exercise of any options held by Executive either (a) by delivering an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell the stock underlying the options and to deliver all or part of the proceeds to Company in payment of the purchase price, or (b) through means of a net share settlement, as determined by the Company in its discretion.

 

4.                   Executive Acknowledgments. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Business Combination is not, and shall not be considered, a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Employment Agreement nor a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Lordstown Motors Corp. 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan. Executive and Company further acknowledge and agree that commencing on the date on which the Company enters into a definitive agreement regarding the Business Combination and until the earlier of (i) consummation of the Business Combination or (ii) the termination of the Business Combination without consummation, Executive shall not be entitled to receive or be issued any Stock Options pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Employment Agreement or deferred cash bonus awards pursuant to Section 3(f) of the Employment Agreement.

 

 

 

 

5.                   Effect of Amendment. Except as expressly amended hereby, the Employment Agreement shall be and remain in full force and effect. On and after the date of this Amendment, each reference in the Employment Agreement to “this Agreement,” “hereunder,” “hereof,” or words of like import referring to the Employment Agreement, shall mean and refer to the Employment Agreement as amended hereby. If the Business Combination is not consummated, the amendments to the Employment Agreement in Section 2 hereof shall have no force or effect.

 

6.                   Governing Law. This Amendment shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

7.                   Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.

 

[Signature Page Follows]

 

 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Amendment as of the date first set forth above.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
   
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
   
  EXECUTIVE
   
  /s/ John LaFleur
  Name: John LaFleur

 

 

 

 

Employment Agreement

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), made and entered into as of September 1, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), is by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and John LaFleur (“Executive”). Certain capitalized terms shall have the meaning given to them in Section 7 below.

 

WHEREAS, Company desires to employ Executive, and Executive desires to be employed by Company; and

 

WHEREAS, Company considers Executive a “key executive” and agrees to provide Executive the significant consideration described in this Agreement as and for Company’s retention of Executive.

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement as of the Effective Date and this Agreement shall supersede all prior employment terms and conditions, whether or not in writing.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.            Employment Period. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby agrees to employ Executive as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Company during the Employment Period, and Executive hereby agrees to be employed by Company and provide services for and on behalf of Company during the Employment Period subject to and in accordance with this Agreement. The period from the date of this Agreement until the Termination Date shall be referred to as the “Employment Period.”

 

2.             Duties. Executive agrees that, during the Employment Period, Executive will serve Company diligently and in good faith and will, subject to the exceptions below, devote his full business time, energies and talents to serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Company, subject to and at the direction of Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and Company’s board of directors (the “Board of Directors”). Executive shall: (a) have such duties and responsibilities commensurate with his position as Chief Operating Officer and as may be reasonably assigned to Executive from time to time by the CEO or the Board of Directors, including the duties set forth on Exhibit A hereto; (b) perform all lawful duties assigned to Executive in good faith, subject to the reasonable direction of the CEO and the Board of Directors; and (c) act in accordance with written Company policies as may be in effect from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the Employment Period Executive may devote reasonable time to activities other than those required under this Agreement, including activities of a charitable, educational, religious or similar nature (including professional associations); provided such activities do not inhibit, prohibit, interfere with or breach any of Executive’s duties under this Agreement or common law, or otherwise conflict in any material way with the Company Business.

 

 

 

 

3.             Compensation and Benefits. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company shall pay Executive, and Executive agrees to accept from Company, as compensation in full for his services to be performed hereunder and for the faithful performance and observance of all of his obligations to Company hereunder, the following annual salary and other compensation during the Employment Period:

 

(a)               Base Salary. Company shall pay to Executive a base salary in the amount of $250,000 per annum (the “Annual Base Salary”), payable in equal periodic installments less all customary payroll deductions (with such annual salary for any part of a month to be paid on a pro-rated basis), in accordance with customary policies and normal payroll practices of Company.

 

(b)                Benefits. During the Employment Period, Executive and Executive’s dependents, as the case may be, shall be eligible to participate in all executive plans and programs as in effect from time to time thereof generally available to other executives of Company and subject to the terms and conditions thereof, including a 401(k) Plan, medical and dental, and disability benefits. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Company shall be permitted to amend, add to or eliminate the benefit plans at any time and at Company’s sole discretion.

 

(c)                Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to vacation time consistent with Company’s established programs and policies as may be in effect during the Employment Period; provided that Executive shall be entitled to four (4) weeks of vacation per year (which, if not used in a fiscal year, will not be carried to the next fiscal year).

 

(d)                Expense Reimbursement. Executive shall be reimbursed by Company, on terms and conditions that are substantially similar to those that apply to other similarly situated executives of Company, for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for entertainment, travel, meals, lodging and similar items which are actually incurred by Executive in connection with the Company Business, provided that Executive complies with the policies, practices and procedures of Company for incurring expenses and submitting expense reports, receipts, or similar documentation of any such expenses.

 

(e)                Key Employee Stock Options. As consideration for Executive joining Company at its initial formation, in addition to any other equity incentive plan or stock option plans, Executive shall be entitled to the issuance of options (the “Initial Stock Options”) to acquire one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the date of the closing of Company’s initial private capital offering, in accordance with the terms set forth in a Stock Option Agreement between Company and Executive. Upon the closing of any subsequent private capital offering that occurs prior to the Additional Issue Date (as defined herein) and, in any event, at least once during each calendar quarter that concludes prior to the Additional Issue Date (each, a “Subsequent Issuance Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of such Subsequent Issuance Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to any options issued by Company to Executive prior to such Subsequent Issuance Date, at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of such Subsequent Issuance Date (all of such options issued prior to the Additional Issue Date, the “Initial Stock Options”). Upon the earlier to occur of: (i) the date of the closing of the private capital offering being handled by Company advisor Brown Gibbons Lang & Company for Company’s contemplated acquisition of the General Motors Lordstown plant; and (ii) September 18, 2021 (the “Additional Issue Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of  (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the Additional Issue Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to the Initial Stock Options (the “Additional Stock Options” and together with the Initial Stock Option, the “Stock Options”), at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of the Additional Issue Date.  Upon exercise of any of the vested Stock Options Executive may make any available tax elections at Executive’s discretion, including Section 83(b) elections, to offset or limit any tax liabilities imposed against Executive related to the exercise of any Stock Options.

 

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(f)                 Deferred Cash Award. Executive shall be entitled to participate in any deferred cash bonus plan established by Company to reflect the increase in the fair market value of Company’s common stock between the date of the issuance of the Initial Stock Options and the Additional Issuance Date, subject to such terms and conditions as Company may establish.

 

(g)                Equity Compensation. The period during which Executive may exercise any rights ("Exercise Period") under any outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any equity incentive plan adopted by the Board of Directors (the "Company Plans") shall continue as set forth in the Stock Option Agreement granting such rights; provided, however, such Exercise Period shall terminate immediately in the event Executive is terminated for Cause or for breach of the non-competition or non-solicitation provisions of this Agreement. Further, except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, in the event Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason, then the vesting of all outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) shall cease. Subject to the foregoing, the time within which to exercise any stock options upon termination of Executive’s employment shall be set forth in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.

 

4.             Term and Termination.

 

(a)                Term. The term of Executive’s employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until terminated. The effective date of any termination hereunder shall be referred to as the “Termination Date”.

 

(b)                Termination. Executive’s employment hereunder may be terminated on the following terms and conditions:

 

(i)                 by Company for Cause, effective upon written notice from Company to Executive, following the expiration, without cure, of any applicable cure period;

 

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(ii)                by Company for any reason other than for Cause, effective 30 days following written notice from Company to Executive;

 

(iii)               by Executive, effective six (6) months following written notice from Executive to Company; or

 

(iv)               by Change of Control as defined herein.

 

(c)                Death/Disability. This Agreement and Executive’s employment hereunder shall terminate immediately and automatically by reason of Executive’s death or Disability. In the event Executive's employment with Company terminates, for any reason whatsoever, including death or Disability, Executive shall be entitled to the benefits described in Section 4(h).

 

(d)                Severance Payment.

 

(i)                 In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to twelve (12) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): (a) a lump sum payment equal to one-half of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of following the Termination Date, and (b) one-fourth of the balance of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of each of the three-month, six-month, nine-month and twelve month anniversaries of the Termination Date (and in each case no interest shall accrue on such amount); provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. In addition to the foregoing severance payment, in the event of Executive's Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive, within ten (10) days following the Termination Upon Change of Control, a lump sum payment equal to one hundred percent (100%) of (a) any actual bonus amount earned with respect to a previous year to the extent that all the conditions for payment of such bonus have been satisfied (excluding any requirement to be in employment with Company as of a given date which is after the Termination Date) and any such bonus was earned but is unpaid on the Termination Date; and (b) the target bonus then in effect for Executive for the year in which such termination occurs, such payment to be prorated to reflect the full number of months Executive remained in the employ of Company; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. To illustrate, if Executive's target bonus at 100% equals $120,000 for the calendar year and Executive is terminated on October 15th, then the foregoing payment shall equal $100,000 (i.e., ten (10) months' prorated bonus at one hundred percent (100%) with October counting as a full month worked).

 

(ii)                If Company terminates Executive's employment other than for Cause, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to six (6) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): one-sixth (1/6th) of such amount shall be payable each month during the (6) month period following such termination in accordance with Company’s regular payroll schedule; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code.

 

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(iii)               Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, payments to be made upon a termination of employment under this Agreement will be made upon a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code.

 

(iv)               Executive shall forfeit all rights to payment of severance pursuant to this Section 4(d) or otherwise unless he signs and delivers a general release and separation agreement, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Company within 60 days after Executive’s termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, no severance payment will be due and payable until Executive executes and delivers such general release and separation agreement and it is not subject to revocation, if applicable.

 

(e)                Equity Compensation Acceleration. Upon a Termination Upon Change of Control, the vesting and exercisability of all then outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any Company Plans shall be accelerated as to 100% of the shares subject to any such equity awards granted to Executive.

 

(f)                 COBRA. If Executive timely elects coverage under the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), Company shall continue to provide to Executive, at Company's expense, Company's health-related executive insurance coverage for Executive only as in effect immediately prior to the Termination Upon Change of Control for a period of twelve (12) months following such Termination Upon Change of Control. The date of the "qualifying event" for Executive and any dependents shall be the Termination Date.

 

(g)                Indemnification. In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, (a) Company shall continue to indemnify Executive against all claims related to actions arising prior to the termination of Executive's employment to the fullest extent permitted by law, and (b) if Executive was covered by Company's directors' and officers' insurance policy, or an equivalent thereto (the "D&O Insurance Policy"), immediately prior to the Change of Control, Company or its successor shall continue to provide coverage under a D&O Insurance Policy for not less than twenty-four (24) months following the Termination Upon Change of Control on substantially the same terms of the D&O Insurance Policy in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control.

 

(h)       Rights and Payments Upon Termination. In connection with Executive’s termination from Company, regardless of the reason, Executive shall be entitled to the Minimum Payments, in addition to any payments or benefits to which Executive may be entitled under the express terms of any executive benefit plan or as required by law. Any payments to be made to Executive pursuant to this Section 4 shall be made in accordance with Company's customary policies and normal payroll practices.

 

5.             Restrictive Covenants.

 

(a)               Confidential Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that he may receive certain confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets of Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including (i) internal business information (including, information relating to strategic plans and practices, business, accounting, financial or marketing plans, practices or programs, training practices and programs, salaries, bonuses, incentive plans and other compensation and benefits information and accounting and business methods); (ii) identities of, individual requirements of, specific contractual arrangements with, and information about, Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and their respective confidential information; (iii) industry research compiled by, or on behalf of Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, identities of potential target companies, management teams, and transaction sources identified by, or on behalf of, Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries; (iv) compilations of data and analyses, processes, methods, track and performance records, data and data bases relating thereto; and (v) computer software documentation, data and data bases and updates of any of the foregoing; (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Executive will not, during or after the term of this Agreement, whether through an Affiliate or otherwise, take commercial or proprietary advantage of or profit from any Confidential Information or disclose Confidential Information to any Person for any reason or purpose whatsoever, except (i) to authorized representatives and employees of Company or its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and as otherwise may be proper in the course of performing Executive’s obligations under this Agreement or (ii) as is required to be disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, administrative body or governmental body, or by subpoena, summons or legal process, or by law, rule or regulation; provided that, unless otherwise prohibited by law, rule or regulation, Executive shall provide to the Board of Directors prompt notice of any such disclosure. For purposes of this Section 5(a), Confidential Information does not include any information that is or becomes generally known to the other participants in the industry in which Company and its Subsidiaries operate other than as a result of any breach of nondisclosure by any Person. The limitations in this Section 5(a) are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other restrictions that Executive may be bound by (whether by contract or otherwise), including Company’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement.

 

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(b)               Documents and Property. All records, files, documents and other materials or copies thereof relating to the Company Business, which Executive shall prepare, receive, or use shall be and remain the sole property of Company, shall not be used by Executive in any manner that would be adverse to Company’s interests, and, other than in connection with the performance by Executive of his duties hereunder, shall not be removed from the premises of Company or any Subsidiary without Company’s prior written consent, and shall be promptly returned to Company upon Executive’s termination of employment hereunder for any reason whatsoever, together with all copies (including copies or recordings in electronic form), abstracts, notes or reproductions of any kind made from or about the records, files, documents or other materials.

 

(c)               Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation. During the Employment Period and for a two (2) year period thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), Executive will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as a shareholder, director, manager, member, officer, employee, agent, consultant or advisor of any Person: (i) acquire or hold any economic or financial interest in, act as a partner, member, shareholder, consultant, employee or representative of, render services to, or otherwise operate, engage in or hold an interest in any Person that engages in, or engages in the management or operation of any Person that engages in any business that competes with the Company Business; (ii) solicit orders from or seek or propose to do business with any customer or supplier of the business relating to the Company Business; or (iii) influence or attempt to influence any customer, supplier, employee, contractor, representative or advisor of the Company Business to curtail, terminate or refrain from maintaining its, his or her relationship with Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(d)               Non-Disparagement. During and after Executive’s employment with Company, neither Company nor Executive will make any adverse or derogatory statements, remarks or comments, oral or written, directly or indirectly, to any individual or entity about or with reference to or with respect to Executive or Company, or any of its executives, officers, managers, members, directors or agents. The foregoing shall not be violated by truthful statements in response to legal process, required governmental testimony or filings, or administrative or arbitral proceedings (including, without limitation, depositions in connection with such proceedings).

 

(e)                Remedies for Breach of Covenants. Executive acknowledges and expressly agrees that the covenants contained in this Section 5 are reasonable with respect to their duration, geographical area and scope. Executive further acknowledges that, in light of his position with Company and access to Confidential Information during the Employment Period, the restrictions contained in this Section 5 are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of Company, that they create no undue hardships, that any violation of these restrictions would cause substantial injury to Company and such interests, and that such restrictions were a material inducement to Company to enter into this Agreement. In the event of any violation or threatened violation of these restrictions, Company, in addition to and not in limitation of, any other rights, remedies or damages available to Company under this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity, shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, to prevent or restrain any such violation by Executive and any and all Persons directly or indirectly acting for or with his, as the case may be.

 

6.             Inventions and Innovations. Executive acknowledges and agrees that he is separately bound by the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement with Company. In addition, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement, Executive acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in and to any past, present and future inventions, business applications, know-how, customer lists, trade secrets, innovations, methods, designs, ideas, improvements, copyrights, patents, domain names, trademarks, trade dress and other intellectual property which Executive personally develops or creates in whole or in part at any time and at any place during his employment with Company, and which is, directly or indirectly, related to or usable in connection with, the business activities of Company (all items set forth above are hereafter collectively referred to as the “Inventions and Innovations”), shall be and remain forever the sole and exclusive property of Company, and Executive thus automatically assigns and agrees to assign any such right, title and interest in his possession, or that he acquires, to Company. In this regard, Executive acknowledges and agrees that any Inventions and Innovations embodying copyrightable subject matter are “works made for hire,” and Executive automatically assigns and agrees to assign all right, title and interest to Company in the same if such Inventions and Innovations are not “works made for hire.” Executive agrees to promptly reveal all information relating to the Inventions and Innovations to Company and cooperate with Company to execute such documents as may be necessary to establish ownership and protection in Company’s name for the Inventions and Innovations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Inventions and Innovations shall not include any publicly available information or any information that was developed by Executive on his own time with his own tools and/or materials and without the resources of Company or any Subsidiary thereof.

 

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7.             Definitions. As used throughout this Agreement, all of the terms defined in this Section 7 shall have the meanings given below.

 

Affiliate” shall mean each individual, company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, which is, directly or indirectly, controlled by, controls, or is under common control with, Company, where “control” means (i) the ownership of a majority of the voting securities or other voting interests or other equity interests of any company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, or (ii) the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity.

 

Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Annual Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

Board of Directors” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.

 

Cause” shall mean the Board of Directors’ determination in good faith that Executive has:

 

(i)          failed, disregarded or refused to substantially perform his duties and obligations to Company as required by this Agreement and the Board of Directors (other than any such failure resulting from his Disability or Executive’s termination of his employment with Company for any reason);

 

(ii)         breached a fiduciary responsibility to Company in any material respect;

 

(iii)        commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement or other misappropriation of funds;

 

(iv)        breached any confidentiality or proprietary information agreement in any material respect between Executive and Company;

 

(v)         acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct when undertaking Executive’s duties;

 

(vi)        breached this Agreement;

 

(vii)       Executive’s excessive and unreasonable absences from Executive’s duties for any reason (other than authorized leave or leave required by law or as a result of Executive’s Disability); or

 

(viii)      Executive’s indictment for, conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, (A) a felony, (B) a misdemeanor (other than traffic or motor vehicle violations), or (C) any other act, omission or event that, in any such case, has caused or is likely to cause economic harm to Company or any of its Subsidiaries or the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries or that Company in good faith believes is reasonably likely to cause material harm to the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries, their respective products, services and/or trade/service marks;

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to Company’s termination of Executive for Cause under clauses (i) or (vi) above, Company shall give Executive written notice specifying in reasonable detail the existence of any condition and Executive shall have 30 days from the date of Executive’s receipt of such notice in which to cure the condition giving rise to Cause.

 

Change of Control” means:

 

(i)          The consummation of a merger or consolidation of Company with or into another entity or any other corporate reorganization, if more than 50% of the combined voting power of the continuing or surviving entity’s securities outstanding immediately after such merger, consolidation or other reorganization is owned by persons who were not stockholders of Company immediately prior to such merger, consolidation or other reorganization; or

 

(ii)         Any transaction (other than an issuance of shares by Company for cash) in or by means of which one or more persons acting in concert acquire, in the aggregate, more than 50% of the combined voting power of Company’s outstanding equity securities; or

 

(iii)        The sale, transfer or other disposition of all or substantially all of Company’s assets; or

 

(iv)        Any other event determined by the Board of Directors to constitute a Change in Control for purposes of a Company Plan.

 

A transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if: (a) its sole purpose is to change the state of Company’s incorporation; (b) its sole purpose is to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held Company’s securities immediately before such transaction; or (c) it constitutes Company’s initial public offering of its securities.

 

Code” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

 

Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Company Business” shall mean the business in which Company is engaged including, but not limited to, developing, designing and manufacturing battery-electric vehicles under 10,001 GVW, and related products and services.

 

Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

Disability” shall mean that Executive is unable to effectively perform the essential functions of his job by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for not less than 90 consecutive days or 125 non-consecutive days, in either case during any 12-month period (unless a longer period is required under applicable law, then during such longer period), and in any case as determined in good faith by an independent doctor selected in good faith by the Board of Directors and mutually acceptable to Executive.

 

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Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Employment Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.

 

Good Reason” is defined as the occurrence of any of the following: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by Company; or (ii) Executive has a material reduction in position, status, duties or responsibilities, or is assigned duties materially inconsistent with his position. If Executive wishes to terminate his employment for Good Reason, he shall first give Company thirty (30) days prior written notice of the circumstances constituting Good Reason and an opportunity to cure.

 

Inventions and Innovations” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

 

Minimum Payments” shall mean, as applicable, the following amounts:

 

(i)       Executive’s earned but unpaid Annual Base Salary for the period ending on the Termination Date, with such payments to be made in accordance with Section 3(a);

 

(ii)      Executive’s accrued but unpaid vacation days for the period ending on the Termination Date; and

 

(iii)     Executive’s unreimbursed business expenses and all other items earned and owed to Executive through and including, the Termination Date.

 

Person” shall mean any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, corporation, limited liability company, entity or governmental entity (whether federal, state, county, city or otherwise and including any instrumentality, division, agency or department thereof).

 

Restricted Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

Subsidiary” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association or business entity of which: (i) if a corporation, a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled (irrespective of whether, at the time, stock of any other class or classes of such corporation shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; or (ii) if a partnership, limited liability company, association or other business entity, either (A) a majority of partnership or other similar ownership interests thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof or (B) that Person is a general partner, managing member, manager or managing director of such partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity. For purposes hereof and unless otherwise indicated, the term “Subsidiary” refers to a Subsidiary of Company.

 

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Termination Date” shall mean the date of termination of Executive’s employment as determined in accordance with Section 3.

 

Termination Upon Change of Control” means:

 

(i)       any termination of the employment of Executive by Company without Cause during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control; or

 

(ii)      any resignation by Executive for Good Reason where (i) such Good Reason occurs during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control, and (ii) such resignation occurs at or after such Change of Control and in any event within six (6) months following the occurrence of such Good Reason.

 

(iii)     Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term "Termination Upon Change of Control" shall not include any termination of the employment of Executive: (1) by Company for Cause; (2) by Company as a result of the Disability of Executive; (3) as a result of the death of Executive; or (4) as a result of the voluntary termination of employment by Executive for any reason other than Good Reason.

 

8.            Notices. Notices and all other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (i) delivered personally, (ii) delivered by a recognized overnight courier service, or (iii) mailed by United States registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:

 

If to Company to:

 

Lordstown Motors Corp.

2300 Hallock Young Road, S.W.

Lordstown, OH 44481

Attention: General Counsel

 

If to Executive, to:

 

[                               ]

 

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or to such other address as either party may furnish to the other in writing, except that notices of changes of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

 

9.             Applicable Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement and the performance of the obligations imposed by this Agreement shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

10.           FORUM SELECTION. ALL ACTIONS OR PROCEEDINGS IN ANY WAY, MANNER OR RESPECT, ARISING OUT OF OR FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LITIGATED IN COURTS HAVING SITUS WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO EXECUTIVE HEREBY CONSENTS AND SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO. EXECUTIVE HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO TRANSFER OR CHANGE THE VENUE OF ANY LITIGATION BROUGHT AGAINST EXECUTIVE BY COMPANY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION.

 

11.           WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EXECUTIVE AND COMPANY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY OF ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS OR EVENTS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR ANY COURSE OF CONDUCT, COURSE OF DEALING, STATEMENTS (WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN) OR ACTIONS OF ANY PARTY HERETO. THE PARTIES HERETO EACH AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION TRIED BY A COURT SHALL BE TRIED WITHOUT A JURY. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO FURTHER WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK TO CONSOLIDATE ANY SUCH LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN WAIVED WITH ANY OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL CANNOT OR HAS NOT BEEN WAIVED.

 

12.           Entire Agreement; Severability. This Agreement, together with the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement, the Company Plans and any applicable Stock Option Agreement, constitute the entire agreement between Executive and Company concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior negotiations, undertakings, agreements and arrangements with respect thereto, whether written or oral. If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, then the invalidity or unenforceability of that provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. The various covenants and provisions of this Agreement are intended to be severable and to constitute independent and distinct binding obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the scope of any covenant contained in this Agreement is too broad to permit enforcement to its full extent, such covenant shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and Executive hereby agrees that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly.

 

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13.           Withholding of Taxes. Company may withhold from any amounts or other benefits payable under this Agreement all federal, state, city or other taxes as may be required pursuant to any law, governmental regulation or ruling.

 

14.           No Assignment. Executive’s rights to receive payments or benefits under this Agreement shall not be assignable or transferable whether by pledge, creation of a security interest or otherwise, other than a transfer by will, by the laws of descent or distribution or to a revocable living trust of Executive. In the event of any attempted assignment or transfer contrary to this Section 14, Company shall have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned or transferred. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees.

 

15.           Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Company, its successors and assigns (including any company into or with which Company may merge or consolidate).

 

16.           Survival. The provisions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

17.           Amendment; Waivers. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by written agreement signed by Executive and Company. No waiver of any provision or condition of this Agreement by any party shall be valid unless set forth in a writing signed by such party. No such waiver shall be deemed to be a waiver of any other or similar provision or condition, or of any future event, act, breach or default, and no course of dealing shall be implied or arise from any waiver or series of waivers (written or otherwise) of any right or remedy hereunder.

 

18.           Joint Participation. The parties hereto participated jointly in the negotiation and preparation of this Agreement, and each party has had the opportunity to obtain the advice of legal counsel and to review and comment upon the Agreement. Accordingly, it is agreed that no rule of construction shall apply against any party or in favor of any party. This Agreement shall be construed as if the parties jointly prepared this Agreement, and any uncertainty or ambiguity shall not be interpreted against one party and in favor of the other.

 

19.           No Conflicting Agreement. Executive hereby represents and warrants to Company that he is not subject to any existing non-competition or other restrictive agreements, clauses or arrangements, written or oral, that in any way prohibit or constrain in any material respect his acceptance of and/or performance of duties pursuant to this Agreement, or that in any manner circumscribe the scope of activities or other business that he is entitled to pursue and consummate on behalf of Company.

 

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20.           Construction; Miscellaneous. Whenever used in this Agreement, the singular shall include the plural and vice versa (where applicable), the use of the masculine, feminine or neuter gender shall be deemed to include the other genders (unless the context otherwise requires), the words “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” “hereby,” “hereunder,” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole (including exhibits), the words “include,” “includes” and “including” means “include, without limitation,” “includes, without limitation” and “including, without limitation,” respectively. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only, shall not be deemed to constitute a part hereof, and shall not be deemed to limit, characterize or in any way affect the construction or enforcement of the provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement may be executed in any number of identical counterparts, any of which may contain the signatures of less than all parties, and all of which together shall constitute a single agreement. All remedies of any party hereunder are cumulative and not alternative, and are in addition to any other remedies available at law, in equity or otherwise.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.

 

  COMPANY:
     
  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns        
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Its: Chief Executive Officer    
     
  EXECUTIVE:
     
  /s/ John LaFleur
  John LaFleur

 

   

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

Executive's job responsibilities will comprise managing and overseeing all business development and matters of Company, including the subsidiaries, including but not limited to:

 

(a)       Manage and oversee all Vehicle Design and Engineering activities. This will include the hiring and management of a Chief Technology Officer and all engineering personnel as listed on the detailed organization chart already provided.

 

(b)       Manage and oversee all Production Operations that include all production engineering and Facility Management. This will include the hiring and management of a Chief Production Officer and all engineering/production personnel as listed on detailed organization chart already provided.

 

(c)       Assist CEO in hiring and management of Sales/Marketing personnel and associated activities.

 

(d)       Assist CEO in hiring and management of HR personnel and associated activities.

 

(e)       Work with CFO and CEO to establish and manage all budgetary aspects relative to LMC engineering and production expenditures.

 

   

 

 

Exhibit 10.8

 

Amendment to Employment Agreement

 

This Amendment to Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”), made and entered into as of July 31, 2020, by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”) and Julio Rodriguez (“Executive”).

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive are parties to that certain Employment Agreement, dated September 1, 2019 (the “Employment Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, Company is pursuing a business combination with DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation, pursuant to which the Company will consummate a merger with an affiliate of DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. (the “Business Combination”); and

 

WHEREAS, in connection with the Business Combination, Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement as described herein.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.                 Capitalized Terms. All capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Employment Agreement.

 

2.                  Amendments to Employment Agreement. On the day immediately preceding the date of the consummation of the Business Combination, and contingent upon, the consummation of the Business Combination, each of Sections 3(e) and 3(f) of the Employment Agreement will terminate and be of no further force or effect.

 

3.                  Cashless Exercise of Options. Company shall allow Executive to deliver the purchase price payable for the exercise of any options held by Executive either (a) by delivering an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell the stock underlying the options and to deliver all or part of the proceeds to Company in payment of the purchase price, or (b) through means of a net share settlement, as determined by the Company in its discretion.

 

4.                  Executive Acknowledgments. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Business Combination is not, and shall not be considered, a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Employment Agreement nor a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Lordstown Motors Corp. 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan. Executive and Company further acknowledge and agree that commencing on the date on which the Company enters into a definitive agreement regarding the Business Combination and until the earlier of (i) consummation of the Business Combination or (ii) the termination of the Business Combination without consummation, Executive shall not be entitled to receive or be issued any Stock Options pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Employment Agreement or deferred cash bonus awards pursuant to Section 3(f) of the Employment Agreement.

 

 

 

 

5.                  Effect of Amendment. Except as expressly amended hereby, the Employment Agreement shall be and remain in full force and effect. On and after the date of this Amendment, each reference in the Employment Agreement to “this Agreement,” “hereunder,” “hereof,” or words of like import referring to the Employment Agreement, shall mean and refer to the Employment Agreement as amended hereby. If the Business Combination is not consummated, the amendments to the Employment Agreement in Section 2 hereof shall have no force or effect.

 

6.                  Governing Law. This Amendment shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

7.                  Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Amendment as of the date first set forth above.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
   
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
   
  EXECUTIVE
   
  /s/ Julio Rodriguez
  Name: Julio Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

Employment Agreement

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), made and entered into as of September 1, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), is by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and Julio Rodriguez (“Executive”). Certain capitalized terms shall have the meaning given to them in Section 7 below.

 

WHEREAS, Company desires to employ Executive, and Executive desires to be employed by Company; and

 

WHEREAS, Company considers Executive a “key executive” and agrees to provide Executive the significant consideration described in this Agreement as and for Company’s retention of Executive.

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement as of the Effective Date and this Agreement shall supersede all prior employment terms and conditions, whether or not in writing.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.            Employment Period. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby agrees to employ Executive as the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Company during the Employment Period, and Executive hereby agrees to be employed by Company and provide services for and on behalf of Company during the Employment Period subject to and in accordance with this Agreement. The period from the date of this Agreement until the Termination Date shall be referred to as the “Employment Period.”

 

2.             Duties. Executive agrees that, during the Employment Period, Executive will serve Company diligently and in good faith and will, subject to the exceptions below, devote his full business time, energies and talents to serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Company, subject to and at the direction of Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and Company’s board of directors (the “Board of Directors”). Executive shall: (a) have such duties and responsibilities commensurate with his position as Chief Financial Officer and as may be reasonably assigned to Executive from time to time by the CEO or the Board of Directors, including the duties set forth on Exhibit A hereto; (b) perform all lawful duties assigned to Executive in good faith, subject to the reasonable direction of the CEO and the Board of Directors; and (c) act in accordance with written Company policies as may be in effect from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the Employment Period Executive may devote reasonable time to activities other than those required under this Agreement, including activities of a charitable, educational, religious or similar nature (including professional associations); provided such activities do not inhibit, prohibit, interfere with or breach any of Executive’s duties under this Agreement or common law, or otherwise conflict in any material way with the Company Business.

 

 

 

 

3.             Compensation and Benefits. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company shall pay Executive, and Executive agrees to accept from Company, as compensation in full for his services to be performed hereunder and for the faithful performance and observance of all of his obligations to Company hereunder, the following annual salary and other compensation during the Employment Period:

 

(a)               Base Salary. Company shall pay to Executive a base salary in the amount of $250,000 per annum (the “Annual Base Salary”), payable in equal periodic installments less all customary payroll deductions (with such annual salary for any part of a month to be paid on a pro-rated basis), in accordance with customary policies and normal payroll practices of Company.

 

(b)               Benefits. During the Employment Period, Executive and Executive’s dependents, as the case may be, shall be eligible to participate in all executive plans and programs as in effect from time to time thereof generally available to other executives of Company and subject to the terms and conditions thereof, including a 401(k) Plan, medical and dental, and disability benefits. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Company shall be permitted to amend, add to or eliminate the benefit plans at any time and at Company’s sole discretion.

 

(c)                Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to vacation time consistent with Company’s established programs and policies as may be in effect during the Employment Period; provided that Executive shall be entitled to four (4) weeks of vacation per year (which, if not used in a fiscal year, will not be carried to the next fiscal year).

 

(d)               Expense Reimbursement. Executive shall be reimbursed by Company, on terms and conditions that are substantially similar to those that apply to other similarly situated executives of Company, for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for entertainment, travel, meals, lodging and similar items which are actually incurred by Executive in connection with the Company Business, provided that Executive complies with the policies, practices and procedures of Company for incurring expenses and submitting expense reports, receipts, or similar documentation of any such expenses.

 

(e)                Key Employee Stock Options. As consideration for Executive joining Company at its initial formation, in addition to any other equity incentive plan or stock option plans, Executive shall be entitled to the issuance of options to acquire one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the date of the closing of Company’s initial private capital offering, in accordance with the terms set forth in a Stock Option Agreement between Company and Executive. Upon the closing of any subsequent private capital offering that occurs prior to the Additional Issue Date (as defined herein) and, in any event, at least once during each calendar quarter that concludes prior to the Additional Issue Date (each, a “Subsequent Issuance Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of such Subsequent Issuance Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to any options issued by Company to Executive prior to such Subsequent Issuance Date, at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of such Subsequent Issuance Date (all of such options issued prior to the Additional Issue Date, the “Initial Stock Options”). Upon the earlier to occur of: (i) the date of the closing of the private capital offering being handled by Company advisor Brown Gibbons Lang & Company for Company’s contemplated acquisition of the General Motors Lordstown plant; and (ii) September 18, 2021 (the “Additional Issue Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the Additional Issue Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to the Initial Stock Options (the “Additional Stock Options” and together with the Initial Stock Options, the “Stock Options”), at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of the Additional Issue Date. Upon exercise of any of the vested Stock Options Executive may make any available tax elections at Executive’s discretion, including Section 83(b) elections, to offset or limit any tax liabilities imposed against Executive related to the exercise of any Stock Options.

 

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(f)                Deferred Cash Award. Executive shall be entitled to participate in any deferred cash bonus plan established by Company to reflect the increase in the fair market value of Company’s common stock between the date of the issuance of the Initial Stock Options and the Additional Issuance Date, subject to such terms and conditions as Company may establish.

 

(g)               Equity Compensation. The period during which Executive may exercise any rights ("Exercise Period") under any outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any equity incentive plan adopted by the Board of Directors (the "Company Plans") shall continue as set forth in the Stock Option Agreement granting such rights; provided, however, such Exercise Period shall terminate immediately in the event Executive is terminated for Cause or for breach of the non-competition or non-solicitation provisions of this Agreement. Further, except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, in the event Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason, then the vesting of all outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) shall cease. Subject to the foregoing, the time within which to exercise any stock options upon termination of Executive’s employment shall be set forth in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.

 

4.             Term and Termination.

 

(a)               Term. The term of Executive’s employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until terminated. The effective date of any termination hereunder shall be referred to as the “Termination Date”.

 

(b)               Termination. Executive’s employment hereunder may be terminated on the following terms and conditions:

 

(i)                by Company for Cause, effective upon written notice from Company to Executive, following the expiration, without cure, of any applicable cure period;

 

(ii)               by Company for any reason other than for Cause, effective 30 days following written notice from Company to Executive;

 

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(iii)              by Executive, effective six (6) months following written notice from Executive to Company; or

 

(iv)              by Change of Control as defined herein.

 

(c)               Death/Disability. This Agreement and Executive’s employment hereunder shall terminate immediately and automatically by reason of Executive’s death or Disability. In the event Executive's employment with Company terminates, for any reason whatsoever, including death or Disability, Executive shall be entitled to the benefits described in Section 4(h).

 

(d)               Severance Payment.

 

(i)                In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to twelve (12) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): (a) a lump sum payment equal to one-half of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of following the Termination Date, and (b) one-fourth of the balance of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of each of the three-month, six-month, nine-month and twelve month anniversaries of the Termination Date (and in each case no interest shall accrue on such amount); provided, however, that if Section 409 A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. In addition to the foregoing severance payment, in the event of Executive's Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive, within ten (10) days following the Termination Upon Change of Control, a lump sum payment equal to one hundred percent (100%) of (a) any actual bonus amount earned with respect to a previous year to the extent that all the conditions for payment of such bonus have been satisfied (excluding any requirement to be in employment with Company as of a given date which is after the Termination Date) and any such bonus was earned but is unpaid on the Termination Date; and (b) the target bonus then in effect for Executive for the year in which such termination occurs, such payment to be prorated to reflect the full number of months Executive remained in the employ of Company; provided, however, that if Section 409 A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. To illustrate, if Executive's target bonus at 100% equals $120,000 for the calendar year and Executive is terminated on October 15th, then the foregoing payment shall equal $100,000 (i.e., ten (10) months' prorated bonus at one hundred percent (100%) with October counting as a full month worked).

 

(ii)                If Company terminates Executive's employment other than for Cause, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to six (6) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): one-sixth (1/6th) of such amount shall be payable each month during the (6) month period following such termination in accordance with Company’s regular payroll schedule; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code.

 

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(iii)              Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, payments to be made upon a termination of employment under this Agreement will be made upon a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code.

 

(iv)              Executive shall forfeit all rights to payment of severance pursuant to this Section 4(d) or otherwise unless he signs and delivers a general release and separation agreement, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Company within 60 days after Executive’s termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, no severance payment will be due and payable until Executive executes and delivers such general release and separation agreement and it is not subject to revocation, if applicable.

 

(e)               Equity Compensation Acceleration. Upon a Termination Upon Change of Control, the vesting and exercisability of all then outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any Company Plans shall be accelerated as to 100% of the shares subject to any such equity awards granted to Executive.

 

(f)                COBRA. If Executive timely elects coverage under the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), Company shall continue to provide to Executive, at Company's expense, Company's health-related executive insurance coverage for Executive only as in effect immediately prior to the Termination Upon Change of Control for a period of twelve (12) months following such Termination Upon Change of Control. The date of the "qualifying event" for Executive and any dependents shall be the Termination Date.

 

(g)               Indemnification. In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, (a) Company shall continue to indemnify Executive against all claims related to actions arising prior to the termination of Executive's employment to the fullest extent permitted by law, and (b) if Executive was covered by Company's directors' and officers' insurance policy, or an equivalent thereto (the "D&O Insurance Policy"), immediately prior to the Change of Control, Company or its successor shall continue to provide coverage under a D&O Insurance Policy for not less than twenty-four (24) months following the Termination Upon Change of Control on substantially the same terms of the D&O Insurance Policy in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control.

 

(h)               Rights and Payments Upon Termination. In connection with Executive’s termination from Company, regardless of the reason, Executive shall be entitled to the Minimum Payments, in addition to any payments or benefits to which Executive may be entitled under the express terms of any executive benefit plan or as required by law. Any payments to be made to Executive pursuant to this Section 4 shall be made in accordance with Company's customary policies and normal payroll practices.

 

5.             Restrictive Covenants.

 

(a)               Confidential Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that he may receive certain confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets of Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including (i) internal business information (including, information relating to strategic plans and practices, business, accounting, financial or marketing plans, practices or programs, training practices and programs, salaries, bonuses, incentive plans and other compensation and benefits information and accounting and business methods); (ii) identities of, individual requirements of, specific contractual arrangements with, and information about, Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and their respective confidential information; (iii) industry research compiled by, or on behalf of Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, identities of potential target companies, management teams, and transaction sources identified by, or on behalf of, Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries; (iv) compilations of data and analyses, processes, methods, track and performance records, data and data bases relating thereto; and (v) computer software documentation, data and data bases and updates of any of the foregoing; (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Executive will not, during or after the term of this Agreement, whether through an Affiliate or otherwise, take commercial or proprietary advantage of or profit from any Confidential Information or disclose Confidential Information to any Person for any reason or purpose whatsoever, except (i) to authorized representatives and employees of Company or its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and as otherwise may be proper in the course of performing Executive’s obligations under this Agreement or (ii) as is required to be disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, administrative body or governmental body, or by subpoena, summons or legal process, or by law, rule or regulation; provided that, unless otherwise prohibited by law, rule or regulation, Executive shall provide to the Board of Directors prompt notice of any such disclosure. For purposes of this Section 5(a), Confidential Information does not include any information that is or becomes generally known to the other participants in the industry in which Company and its Subsidiaries operate other than as a result of any breach of nondisclosure by any Person. The limitations in this Section 5(a) are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other restrictions that Executive may be bound by (whether by contract or otherwise), including Company’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement.

 

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(b)               Documents and Property. All records, files, documents and other materials or copies thereof relating to the Company Business, which Executive shall prepare, receive, or use shall be and remain the sole property of Company, shall not be used by Executive in any manner that would be adverse to Company’s interests, and, other than in connection with the performance by Executive of his duties hereunder, shall not be removed from the premises of Company or any Subsidiary without Company’s prior written consent, and shall be promptly returned to Company upon Executive’s termination of employment hereunder for any reason whatsoever, together with all copies (including copies or recordings in electronic form), abstracts, notes or reproductions of any kind made from or about the records, files, documents or other materials.

 

(c)               Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation. During the Employment Period and for a two (2) year period thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), Executive will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as a shareholder, director, manager, member, officer, employee, agent, consultant or advisor of any Person: (i) acquire or hold any economic or financial interest in, act as a partner, member, shareholder, consultant, employee or representative of, render services to, or otherwise operate, engage in or hold an interest in any Person that engages in, or engages in the management or operation of any Person that engages in any business that competes with the Company Business; (ii) solicit orders from or seek or propose to do business with any customer or supplier of the business relating to the Company Business; or (iii) influence or attempt to influence any customer, supplier, employee , contractor, representative or advisor of the Company Business to curtail, terminate or refrain from maintaining its, his or her relationship with Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(d)               Non-Disparagement. During and after Executive’s employment with Company, neither Company nor Executive will make any adverse or derogatory statements, remarks or comments, oral or written, directly or indirectly, to any individual or entity about or with reference to or with respect to Executive or Company, or any of its executives, officers, managers, members, directors or agents. The foregoing shall not be violated by truthful statements in response to legal process, required governmental testimony or filings, or administrative or arbitral proceedings (including, without limitation, depositions in connection with such proceedings).

 

(e)               Remedies for Breach of Covenants. Executive acknowledges and expressly agrees that the covenants contained in this Section 5 are reasonable with respect to their duration, geographical area and scope. Executive further acknowledges that, in light of his position with Company and access to Confidential Information during the Employment Period, the restrictions contained in this Section 5 are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of Company, that they create no undue hardships, that any violation of these restrictions would cause substantial injury to Company and such interests, and that such restrictions were a material inducement to Company to enter into this Agreement. In the event of any violation or threatened violation of these restrictions, Company, in addition to and not in limitation of, any other rights, remedies or damages available to Company under this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity, shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, to prevent or restrain any such violation by Executive and any and all Persons directly or indirectly acting for or with his, as the case may be.

 

6.             Inventions and Innovations. Executive acknowledges and agrees that he is separately bound by the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement with Company. In addition, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement, Executive acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in and to any past, present and future inventions, business applications, know-how, customer lists, trade secrets, innovations, methods, designs, ideas, improvements, copyrights, patents, domain names, trademarks, trade dress and other intellectual property which Executive personally develops or creates in whole or in part at any time and at any place during his employment with Company, and which is, directly or indirectly, related to or usable in connection with, the business activities of Company (all items set forth above are hereafter collectively referred to as the “Inventions and Innovations”), shall be and remain forever the sole and exclusive property of Company, and Executive thus automatically assigns and agrees to assign any such right, title and interest in his possession, or that he acquires, to Company. In this regard, Executive acknowledges and agrees that any Inventions and Innovations embodying copyrightable subject matter are “works made for hire,” and Executive automatically assigns and agrees to assign all right, title and interest to Company in the same if such Inventions and Innovations are not “works made for hire.” Executive agrees to promptly reveal all information relating to the Inventions and Innovations to Company and cooperate with Company to execute such documents as may be necessary to establish ownership and protection in Company’s name for the Inventions and Innovations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Inventions and Innovations shall not include any publicly available information or any information that was developed by Executive on his own time with his own tools and/or materials and without the resources of Company or any Subsidiary thereof.

 

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7.             Definitions. As used throughout this Agreement, all of the terms defined in this Section 7 shall have the meanings given below.

 

Affiliate” shall mean each individual, company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, which is, directly or indirectly, controlled by, controls, or is under common control with, Company, where “control” means (i) the ownership of a majority of the voting securities or other voting interests or other equity interests of any company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, or (ii) the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity.

 

Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Annual Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

Board of Directors” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.

 

Cause” shall mean the Board of Directors’ determination in good faith that Executive has:

 

(i)                failed, disregarded or refused to substantially perform his duties and obligations to Company as required by this Agreement and the Board of Directors (other than any such failure resulting from his Disability or Executive’s termination of his employment with Company for any reason);

 

(ii)               breached a fiduciary responsibility to Company in any material respect;

 

(iii)              commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement or other misappropriation of funds;

 

(iv)              breached any confidentiality or proprietary information agreement in any material respect between Executive and Company;

 

(v)               acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct when undertaking Executive’s duties;

 

(vi)              breached this Agreement;

 

(vii)             Executive’s excessive and unreasonable absences from Executive’s duties for any reason (other than authorized leave or leave required by law or as a result of Executive’s Disability); or

 

(viii)            Executive’s indictment for, conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, (A) a felony, (B) a misdemeanor (other than traffic or motor vehicle violations), or (C) any other act, omission or event that, in any such case, has caused or is likely to cause economic harm to Company or any of its Subsidiaries or the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries or that Company in good faith believes is reasonably likely to cause material harm to the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries, their respective products, services and/or trade/service marks;

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to Company’s termination of Executive for Cause under clauses (i) or (vi) above, Company shall give Executive written notice specifying in reasonable detail the existence of any condition and Executive shall have 30 days from the date of Executive’s receipt of such notice in which to cure the condition giving rise to Cause.

 

Change of Control” means:

 

(i)      one Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) acquires ownership of stock of Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of Company; provided, that, a Change in Control shall not occur if any Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) owns more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of Company’s stock and acquires additional stock;

 

(ii)     a majority of the members of the Board of Directors are replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board of Directors before the date of appointment or election; or

 

(iii)    one Person (or more than one person acting as a group), acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) assets from Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of Company immediately before such acquisition(s).

 

A transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if: (a) its sole purpose is to change the state of Company’s incorporation; (b) its sole purpose is to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held Company’s securities immediately before such transaction; or (c) it constitutes Company’s initial public offering of its securities.

 

Code” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

 

Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Company Business” shall mean the business in which Company is engaged including, but not limited to, developing, designing and manufacturing battery-electric vehicles under 10,001 GVW, and related products and services.

 

Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

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Disability” shall mean that Executive is unable to effectively perform the essential functions of his job by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for not less than 90 consecutive days or 125 non-consecutive days, in either case during any 12-month period (unless a longer period is required under applicable law, then during such longer period), and in any case as determined in good faith by an independent doctor selected in good faith by the Board of Directors and mutually acceptable to Executive .

 

Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Employment Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.

 

Good Reason” is defined as the occurrence of any of the following: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by Company; or (ii) Executive has a material reduction in position, status, duties or responsibilities, or is assigned duties materially inconsistent with his position. If Executive wishes to terminate his employment for Good Reason, he shall first give Company thirty (30) days prior written notice of the circumstances constituting Good Reason and an opportunity to cure.

 

Inventions and Innovations” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

 

Minimum Payments” shall mean, as applicable, the following amounts:

 

(i)     Executive’s earned but unpaid Annual Base Salary for the period ending on the Termination Date, with such payments to be made in accordance with Section 3(a);

 

(ii)    Executive’s accrued but unpaid vacation days for the period ending on the Termination Date; and

 

(iii)   Executive’s unreimbursed business expenses and all other items earned and owed to Executive through and including, the Termination Date.

 

Person” shall mean any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, corporation, limited liability company, entity or governmental entity (whether federal, state, county, city or otherwise and including any instrumentality, division, agency or department thereof).

 

Restricted Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

Subsidiary” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association or business entity of which: (i) if a corporation, a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled (irrespective of whether, at the time, stock of any other class or classes of such corporation shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; or (ii) if a partnership, limited liability company, association or other business entity, either (A) a majority of partnership or other similar ownership interests thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof or (B) that Person is a general partner, managing member, manager or managing director of such partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity. For purposes hereof and unless otherwise indicated, the term “Subsidiary” refers to a Subsidiary of Company.

 

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Termination Date” shall mean the date of termination of Executive’s employment as determined in accordance with Section 3.

 

Termination Upon Change of Control” means:

 

(i)     any termination of the employment of Executive by Company without Cause during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control; or

 

(ii)    any resignation by Executive for Good Reason where (i) such Good Reason occurs during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control, and (ii) such resignation occurs at or after such Change of Control and in any event within six (6) months following the occurrence of such Good Reason.

 

(iii)   Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term "Termination Upon Change of Control" shall not include any termination of the employment of Executive: (1) by Company for Cause; (2) by Company as a result of the Disability of Executive; (3) as a result of the death of Executive; or (4) as a result of the voluntary termination of employment by Executive for any reason other than Good Reason.

 

8.           Notices. Notices and all other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (i) delivered personally, (ii) delivered by a recognized overnight courier service, or (iii) mailed by United States registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:

 

If to Company to:

 

Lordstown Motors Corp.

2300 Hallock Young Road, S.W.

Lordstown, OH 44481

Attention: General Counsel

 

If to Executive, to:

 

Julio Rodriguez

[                          ]

 

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or to such other address as either party may furnish to the other in writing, except that notices of changes of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

 

9.           Applicable Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement and the performance of the obligations imposed by this Agreement shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

 

10.         FORUM SELECTION. ALL ACTIONS OR PROCEEDINGS IN ANY WAY, MANNER OR RESPECT, ARISING OUT OF OR FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LITIGATED IN COURTS HAVING SITUS WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO EXECUTIVE HEREBY CONSENTS AND SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED WITHIN TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO. EXECUTIVE HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO TRANSFER OR CHANGE THE VENUE OF ANY LITIGATION BROUGHT AGAINST EXECUTIVE BY COMPANY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION.

 

11.         WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EXECUTIVE AND COMPANY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY OF ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS OR EVENTS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR ANY COURSE OF CONDUCT, COURSE OF DEALING, STATEMENTS (WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN) OR ACTIONS OF ANY PARTY HERETO. THE PARTIES HERETO EACH AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION TRIED BY A COURT SHALL BE TRIED WITHOUT A JURY. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO FURTHER WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK TO CONSOLIDATE ANY SUCH LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN WAIVED WITH ANY OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDING IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL CANNOT OR HAS NOT BEEN WAIVED.

 

12.         Entire Agreement; Severability. This Agreement, together with the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement, the Company Plans and any applicable Stock Option Agreement, constitute the entire agreement between Executive and Company concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior negotiations, undertakings, agreements and arrangements with respect thereto, whether written or oral. If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, then the invalidity or unenforceability of that provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. The various covenants and provisions of this Agreement are intended to be severable and to constitute independent and distinct binding obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the scope of any covenant contained in this Agreement is too broad to permit enforcement to its full extent, such covenant shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and Executive hereby agrees that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly.

 

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13.         Withholding of Taxes. Company may withhold from any amounts or other benefits payable under this Agreement all federal, state, city or other taxes as may be required pursuant to any law, governmental regulation or ruling.

 

14.         No Assignment. Executive’s rights to receive payments or benefits under this Agreement shall not be assignable or transferable whether by pledge, creation of a security interest or otherwise, other than a transfer by will, by the laws of descent or distribution or to a revocable living trust of Executive. In the event of any attempted assignment or transfer contrary to this Section 14, Company shall have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned or transferred. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees.

 

15.         Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Company, its successors and assigns (including any company into or with which Company may merge or consolidate).

 

16.         Survival. The provisions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

17.         Amendment; Waivers. This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by written agreement signed by Executive and Company. No waiver of any provision or condition of this Agreement by any party shall be valid unless set forth in a writing signed by such party. No such waiver shall be deemed to be a waiver of any other or similar provision or condition, or of any future event, act, breach or default, and no course of dealing shall be implied or arise from any waiver or series of waivers (written or otherwise) of any right or remedy hereunder.

 

18.         Joint Participation. The parties hereto participated jointly in the negotiation and preparation of this Agreement, and each party has had the opportunity to obtain the advice of legal counsel and to review and comment upon the Agreement. Accordingly, it is agreed that no rule of construction shall apply against any party or in favor of any party. This Agreement shall be construed as if the parties jointly prepared this Agreement, and any uncertainty or ambiguity shall not be interpreted against one party and in favor of the other.

 

19.         No Conflicting Agreement. Executive hereby represents and warrants to Company that he is not subject to any existing non-competition or other restrictive agreements, clauses or arrangements, written or oral, that in any way prohibit or constrain in any material respect his acceptance of and/or performance of duties pursuant to this Agreement, or that in any manner circumscribe the scope of activities or other business that he is entitled to pursue and consummate on behalf of Company.

 

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20.         Construction; Miscellaneous. Whenever used in this Agreement, the singular shall include the plural and vice versa (where applicable), the use of the masculine, feminine or neuter gender shall be deemed to include the other genders (unless the context otherwise requires), the words “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” “hereby,” “hereunder,” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole (including exhibits), the words “include,” “includes” and “including” means “include, without limitation,” “includes, without limitation” and “including, without limitation,” respectively. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only, shall not be deemed to constitute a part hereof, and shall not be deemed to limit, characterize or in any way affect the construction or enforcement of the provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement may be executed in any number of identical counterparts, any of which may contain the signatures of less than all parties, and all of which together shall constitute a single agreement. All remedies of any party hereunder are cumulative and not alternative, and are in addition to any other remedies available at law, in equity or otherwise.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.

 

  COMPANY:
     
  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns        
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Its: Chief Executive Officer    
     
  EXECUTIVE:
     
  /s/ Julio Rodriguez
  Julio Rodriguez

 

   

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

The Executive's job responsibilities will comprise managing and overseeing all financial operations and matters of Company, including the subsidiaries, including but not limited to:

 

(a)      Timely and accurate annual and quarterly financial reporting in accordance with applicable law and United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). 

 

(b)      Management of our Finance Department and oversight of all financial personnel, accounting systems, procedures and policies.

 

(c)      Establishing and maintaining adequate financial controls, sufficient as a minimum to enable your appropriate certification of Company's annual and quarterly reports in accordance with GAAP rules.

 

(d)      Managing the treasury functions for Company, as well as all borrowings, debt facilities and equity fundraising, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

 

(e)      Undertaking financial planning for Company, including preparing annual and other budgets and projections and managing in compliance with such budgets as may be approved by the Board of Directors.

 

(f)       Monthly management reporting and analysis for the Board of Directors. Investor relations to the extent reasonably requested by the CEO. 

 

(g)      All such functions as are customarily applicable to your position, as well as those that are reasonably assigned to you by Company.

 

   

 

 

Exhibit 10.9

 

Amendment to Employment Agreement

 

This Amendment to Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”), made and entered into as of July 31, 2020, by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”) and Caimin Flannery (“Executive”).

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive are parties to that certain Employment Agreement, dated October 1, 2019 (the “Employment Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, Company is pursuing a business combination with DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., a Delaware corporation, pursuant to which the Company will consummate a merger with an affiliate of DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. (the “Business Combination”); and

 

WHEREAS, in connection with the Business Combination, Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement as described herein.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.             Capitalized Terms. All capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Employment Agreement.

 

2.             Amendments to Employment Agreement. On the day immediately preceding the date of the consummation of the Business Combination, and contingent upon, the consummation of the Business Combination, each of Sections 3(e) and 3(f) of the Employment Agreement will terminate and be of no further force or effect.

 

3.             Cashless Exercise of Options. Company shall allow Executive to deliver the purchase price payable for the exercise of any options held by Executive either (a) by delivering an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell the stock underlying the options and to deliver all or part of the proceeds to Company in payment of the purchase price, or (b) through means of a net share settlement, as determined by the Company in its discretion.

 

4.             Executive Acknowledgments. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Business Combination is not, and shall not be considered, a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Employment Agreement nor a “Change in Control” of the Company under the Lordstown Motors Corp. 2019 Incentive Compensation Plan. Executive and Company further acknowledge and agree that commencing on the date on which the Company enters into a definitive agreement regarding the Business Combination and until the earlier of (i) consummation of the Business Combination or (ii) the termination of the Business Combination without consummation, Executive shall not be entitled to receive or be issued any Stock Options pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Employment Agreement or deferred cash bonus awards pursuant to Section 3(f) of the Employment Agreement.

 

   

 

 

5.             Effect of Amendment. Except as expressly amended hereby, the Employment Agreement shall be and remain in full force and effect. On and after the date of this Amendment, each reference in the Employment Agreement to “this Agreement,” “hereunder,” “hereof,” or words of like import referring to the Employment Agreement, shall mean and refer to the Employment Agreement as amended hereby. If the Business Combination is not consummated, the amendments to the Employment Agreement in Section 2 hereof shall have no force or effect.

 

6.             Governing Law. This Amendment shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of Ohio applicable to agreements made and wholly to be performed in such state without regard to conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction.

 

7.             Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Amendment as of the date first set forth above.

 

  LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP.
     
  By: /s/ Stephen S. Burns
  Name: Stephen S. Burns
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
     
  EXECUTIVE
     
  /s/ Caimin Flannery
  Name: Caimin Flannery

 

   

 

 

Employment Agreement

 

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), made and entered into as of October 1, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), is by and between Lordstown Motors Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and Caimin S. Flannery (“Executive”). Certain capitalized terms shall have the meaning given to them in Section 7 below.

 

WHEREAS, Company desires to employ Executive, and Executive desires to be employed by Company; and

 

WHEREAS, Company considers Executive a “key executive” and agrees to provide Executive the significant consideration described in this Agreement as and for Company’s retention of Executive.

 

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to enter into this Agreement as of the Effective Date and this Agreement shall supersede all prior employment terms and conditions, whether or not in writing.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows:

 

1.             Employment Period. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby agrees to employ Executive as the Vice President of Business Development (“VP-BD”) of Company during the Employment Period, and Executive hereby agrees to be employed by Company and provide services for and on behalf of Company during the Employment Period subject to and in accordance with this Agreement. The period from the date of this Agreement until the Termination Date shall be referred to as the “Employment Period.”

 

2.             Duties. Executive agrees that, during the Employment Period, Executive will serve Company diligently and in good faith and will, subject to the exceptions below, devote his full business time, energies and talents to serving as the Vice President of Business Development of the Company, subject to and at the direction of Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and Company’s board of directors (the “Board of Directors”). Executive shall: (a) have such duties and responsibilities commensurate with his position as Vice President of Business Development and as may be reasonably assigned to Executive from time to time by the CEO or the Board of Directors, including the duties set forth on Exhibit A hereto; (b) perform all lawful duties assigned to Executive in good faith, subject to the reasonable direction of the CEO and the Board of Directors; and (c) act in accordance with written Company policies as may be in effect from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the Employment Period Executive may devote reasonable time to activities other than those required under this Agreement, including activities of a charitable, educational, religious or similar nature (including professional associations); provided such activities do not inhibit, prohibit, interfere with or breach any of Executive’s duties under this Agreement or common law, or otherwise conflict in any material way with the Company Business. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall be authorized to continue to perform services as owner and principal of Caimin Flannery & Associates including, but not limited to, merchant banking services, business development and advisory services, and other related client matters.

 

   

 

 

3.            Compensation and Benefits. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company shall pay Executive, and Executive agrees to accept from Company, as compensation in full for his services to be performed hereunder and for the faithful performance and observance of all of his obligations to Company hereunder, the following annual salary and other compensation during the Employment Period:

 

(a)      Base Salary. Company shall pay to Executive a base salary in the amount of $250,000 per annum (the “Annual Base Salary”), payable in equal periodic installments less all customary payroll deductions (with such annual salary for any part of a month to be paid on a pro-rated basis), in accordance with customary policies and normal payroll practices of Company.

 

(b)      Benefits. During the Employment Period, Executive and Executive’s dependents, as the case may be, shall be provided specific life insurance benefits as described on Exhibit B attached hereto inasmuch as their current state of life requires a continuation of the specific plans through the Employment Period. In addition to the foregoing, Executive or Executive’s dependents each shall be eligible to participate in all executive plans and programs as in effect from time to time thereof generally available to other executives of Company and subject to the terms and conditions thereof, including a 401(k) Plan, medical and dental, and disability benefits. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Company shall be permitted to amend, add to or eliminate the benefit plans at any time and at Company’s sole discretion. Company shall not be obligated to provide benefits that otherwise duplicate those benefits sought to be continued by Executive or Executive’s dependents as described in Exhibit B, but shall in no manner impede or interfere with the benefits described in Exhibit B through the Employment Period or any extension thereof under the COBRA laws or any similar such applicable state law.

 

(c)      Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to vacation time consistent with Company’s established programs and policies as may be in effect during the Employment Period; provided that Executive shall be entitled to four (4) weeks of vacation per year (which, if not used in a fiscal year, will not be carried to the next fiscal year).

 

(d)      Expense Reimbursement. Executive shall be reimbursed by Company, on terms and conditions that are substantially similar to those that apply to other similarly situated executives of Company, for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for entertainment, travel, meals, lodging and similar items which are actually incurred by Executive in connection with the Company Business, provided that Executive complies with the policies, practices and procedures of Company for incurring expenses and submitting expense reports, receipts, or similar documentation of any such expenses.

 

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(e)     Key Employee Stock Options. As consideration for Executive joining Company at its initial formation, in addition to any other equity incentive plan or stock option plans, Executive shall be entitled to the issuance of options (the “Initial Stock Options”) to acquire one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the date of the closing of Company’s initial private capital offering, in accordance with the terms set forth in a Stock Option Agreement between Company and Executive. Upon the closing of any subsequent private capital offering that occurs prior to the Additional Issue Date (as defined herein) and, in any event, at least once during each calendar quarter that concludes prior to the Additional Issue Date (each, a “Subsequent Issuance Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of such Subsequent Issuance Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to any options issued by Company to Executive prior to such Subsequent Issuance Date, at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of such Subsequent Issuance Date (all of such options issued prior to the Additional Issue Date, the “Initial Stock Options”). Upon the earlier to occur of: (i) the date of the closing of the private capital offering being handled by Company advisor Brown Gibbons Lang & Company for Company’s contemplated acquisition of the General Motors Lordstown plant; and (ii) September 18, 2021 (the “Additional Issue Date”), Executive shall be awarded options to acquire an additional number of shares of Company’s common stock equal to the excess, if any, of (i) one percent (1%) of Company’s outstanding common stock computed on a fully diluted basis as of the Additional Issue Date, over (ii) the number of common shares subject to the Initial Stock Options (the “Additional Stock Options” and together with the Initial Stock Option, the “Stock Options”), at a strike price equal to the fair market value of one share of Company common stock as of the Additional Issue Date. Upon exercise of any of the vested Stock Options Executive may make any available tax elections at Executive’s discretion, including Section 83(b) elections, to offset or limit any tax liabilities imposed against Executive related to the exercise of any Stock Options.

 

(f)      Deferred Cash Award. Executive shall be entitled to participate in any deferred cash bonus plan established by Company to reflect the increase in the fair market value of Company’s common stock between the date of the issuance of the Initial Stock Options and the Additional Issuance Date, subject to such terms and conditions as Company may establish.

 

(g)     Equity Compensation. The period during which Executive may exercise any rights ("Exercise Period") under any outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any equity incentive plan adopted by the Board of Directors (the "Company Plans") shall continue as set forth in the Stock Option Agreement granting such rights; provided, however, such Exercise Period shall terminate immediately in the event Executive is terminated for Cause or for breach of the non-competition or non-solicitation provisions of this Agreement. Further, except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, in the event Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason, then the vesting of all outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) shall cease. Subject to the foregoing, the time within which to exercise any stock options upon termination of Executive’s employment shall be set forth in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.

 

4.            Term and Termination.

 

(a)     Term. The term of Executive’s employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until terminated. The effective date of any termination hereunder shall be referred to as the “Termination Date”.

 

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(b)     Termination. Executive’s employment hereunder may be terminated on the following terms and conditions:

 

(i)      by Company for Cause, effective upon written notice from Company to Executive, following the expiration, without cure, of any applicable cure period;

 

(ii)     by Company for any reason other than for Cause, effective 30 days following written notice from Company to Executive;

 

(iii)    by Executive, effective thirty (30) days following written notice from Executive to Company; or

 

(iv)    by Change of Control as defined herein.

 

(c)     Death/Disability. This Agreement and Executive’s employment hereunder shall terminate immediately and automatically by reason of Executive’s death or Disability. In the event Executive's employment with Company terminates, for any reason whatsoever, including death or Disability, Executive shall be entitled to the benefits described in Section 4(h).

 

(d)     Severance Payment.

 

(i)      In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to twelve (12) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): (a) a lump sum payment equal to one-half of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of following the Termination Date, and (b) one-fourth of the balance of such amount shall be payable within ten (10) days of each of the three-month, six-month, nine-month and twelve month anniversaries of the Termination Date (and in each case no interest shall accrue on such amount); provided, however, that if Section 409 A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. In addition to the foregoing severance payment, in the event of Executive's Termination Upon Change of Control, Executive shall be entitled to receive, within ten (10) days following the Termination Upon Change of Control, a lump sum payment equal to one hundred percent (100%) of (a) any actual bonus amount earned with respect to a previous year to the extent that all the conditions for payment of such bonus have been satisfied (excluding any requirement to be in employment with Company as of a given date which is after the Termination Date) and any such bonus was earned but is unpaid on the Termination Date; and (b) the target bonus then in effect for Executive for the year in which such termination occurs, such payment to be prorated to reflect the full number of months Executive remained in the employ of Company; provided, however, that if Section 409 A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code. To illustrate, if Executive's target bonus at 100% equals $120,000 for the calendar year and Executive is terminated on October 15th, then the foregoing payment shall equal $100,000 (i.e., ten (10) months' prorated bonus at one hundred percent (100%) with October counting as a full month worked).

 

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(ii)      If Company terminates Executive's employment other than for Cause, Executive shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to six (6) months of Executive's Annual Base Salary which shall be paid according to the following schedule (subject to Section 4(d)(iv)): one-sixth (1/6th) of such amount shall be payable each month during the (6) month period following such termination in accordance with Company’s regular payroll schedule; provided, however, that if Section 409A of the Code would otherwise apply to such cash severance payment, it instead shall be paid at such time as permitted by Section 409A of the Code.

 

(iii)     Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, payments to be made upon a termination of employment under this Agreement will be made upon a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code.

 

(iv)     Executive shall forfeit all rights to payment of severance pursuant to this Section 4(d) or otherwise unless he signs and delivers a general release and separation agreement, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Company within 60 days after Executive’s termination of employment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, no severance payment will be due and payable until Executive executes and delivers such general release and separation agreement and it is not subject to revocation, if applicable.

 

(e)      Equity Compensation Acceleration. Upon a Termination Upon Change of Control, the vesting and exercisability of all then outstanding stock options (or any other equity award, including, without limitation, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units) granted to Executive under any Company Plans shall be accelerated as to 100% of the shares subject to any such equity awards granted to Executive.

 

(f)       COBRA. If Executive timely elects coverage under the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), Company shall continue to provide to Executive, at Company's expense, Company's health-related executive insurance coverage for Executive only as in effect immediately prior to the Termination Upon Change of Control for a period of twelve (12) months following such Termination Upon Change of Control. The date of the "qualifying event" for Executive and any dependents shall be the Termination Date.

 

(g)      Indemnification. In the event of a Termination Upon Change of Control, (a) Company shall continue to indemnify Executive against all claims related to actions arising prior to the termination of Executive's employment to the fullest extent permitted by law, and (b) if Executive was covered by Company's directors' and officers' insurance policy, or an equivalent thereto, (the "D&O Insurance Policy"), immediately prior to the Change of Control, Company or its successor shall continue to provide coverage under a D&O Insurance Policy for not less than twenty-four (24) months following the Termination Upon Change of Control on substantially the same terms of the D&O Insurance Policy in effect immediately prior to the Change of Control.

 

(h)      Rights and Payments Upon Termination. In connection with Executive’s termination from Company, regardless of the reason, Executive shall be entitled to the Minimum Payments, in addition to any payments or benefits to which Executive may be entitled under the express terms of any executive benefit plan or as required by law. Any payments to be made to Executive pursuant to this Section 4 shall be made in accordance with Company's customary policies and normal payroll practices.

 

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5.            Restrictive Covenants.

 

(a)     Confidential Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that he may receive certain confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets of Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including (i) internal business information (including, information relating to strategic plans and practices, business, accounting, financial or marketing plans, practices or programs, training practices and programs, salaries, bonuses, incentive plans and other compensation and benefits information and accounting and business methods); (ii) identities of, individual requirements of, specific contractual arrangements with, and information about, Company, its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and their respective confidential information; (iii) industry research compiled by, or on behalf of Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, identities of potential target companies, management teams, and transaction sources identified by, or on behalf of, Company and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries; (iv) compilations of data and analyses, processes, methods, track and performance records, data and data bases relating thereto; and (v) computer software documentation, data and data bases and updates of any of the foregoing; (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Executive will not, during or after the term of this Agreement, whether through an Affiliate or otherwise, take commercial or proprietary advantage of or profit from any Confidential Information or disclose Confidential Information to any Person for any reason or purpose whatsoever, except (i) to authorized representatives and employees of Company or its Affiliates and Subsidiaries and as otherwise may be proper in the course of performing Executive’s obligations under this Agreement or (ii) as is required to be disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, administrative body or governmental body, or by subpoena, summons or legal process, or by law, rule or regulation; provided that, unless otherwise prohibited by law, rule or regulation, Executive shall provide to the Board of Directors prompt notice of any such disclosure. For purposes of this Section 5(a), Confidential Information does not include any information that is or becomes generally known to the other participants in the industry in which Company and its Subsidiaries operate other than as a result of any breach of nondisclosure by any Person. The limitations in this Section 5(a) are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other restrictions that Executive may be bound by (whether by contract or otherwise), including Company’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement.

 

(b)     Documents and Property. All records, files, documents and other materials or copies thereof relating to the Company Business, which Executive shall prepare, receive, or use shall be and remain the sole property of Company, shall not be used by Executive in any manner that would be adverse to Company’s interests, and, other than in connection with the performance by Executive of his duties hereunder, shall not be removed from the premises of Company or any Subsidiary without Company’s prior written consent, and shall be promptly returned to Company upon Executive’s termination of employment hereunder for any reason whatsoever, together with all copies (including copies or recordings in electronic form), abstracts, notes or reproductions of any kind made from or about the records, files, documents or other materials.

 

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(c)     Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation. During the Employment Period and for a two (2) year period thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), Executive will not, directly or indirectly, individually or as a shareholder, director, manager, member, officer, employee, agent, consultant or advisor of any Person: (i) acquire or hold any economic or financial interest in, act as a partner, member, shareholder, consultant, employee or representative of, render services to, or otherwise operate, engage in or hold an interest in any Person that engages in, or engages in the management or operation of any Person that engages in any business that competes with the Company Business; (ii) solicit orders from or seek or propose to do business with any customer or supplier of the business relating to the Company Business; or (iii) influence or attempt to influence any customer, supplier, employee , contractor, representative or advisor of the Company Business to curtail, terminate or refrain from maintaining its, his or her relationship with Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(d)     Non-Disparagement. During and after Executive’s employment with Company, neither Company nor Executive will make any adverse or derogatory statements, remarks or comments, oral or written, directly or indirectly, to any individual or entity about or with reference to or with respect to Executive or Company, or any of its executives, officers, managers, members, directors or agents. The foregoing shall not be violated by truthful statements in response to legal process, required governmental testimony or filings, or administrative or arbitral proceedings (including, without limitation, depositions in connection with such proceedings).

 

(e)     Remedies for Breach of Covenants. Executive acknowledges and expressly agrees that the covenants contained in this Section 5 are reasonable with respect to their duration, geographical area and scope. Executive further acknowledges that, in light of his position with Company and access to Confidential Information during the Employment Period, the restrictions contained in this Section 5 are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the legitimate business interests of Company, that they create no undue hardships, that any violation of these restrictions would cause substantial injury to Company and such interests, and that such restrictions were a material inducement to Company to enter into this Agreement. In the event of any violation or threatened violation of these restrictions, Company, in addition to and not in limitation of, any other rights, remedies or damages available to Company under this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity, shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, to prevent or restrain any such violation by Executive and any and all Persons directly or indirectly acting for or with his, as the case may be.

 

6.            Inventions and Innovations. Executive acknowledges and agrees that he is separately bound by the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement with Company. In addition, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement, Executive acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in and to any past, present and future inventions, business applications, know-how, customer lists, trade secrets, innovations, methods, designs, ideas, improvements, copyrights, patents, domain names, trademarks, trade dress and other intellectual property which Executive personally develops or creates in whole or in part at any time and at any place during his employment with Company, and which is, directly or indirectly, related to or usable in connection with, the business activities of Company (all items set forth above are hereafter collectively referred to as the “Inventions and Innovations”), shall be and remain forever the sole and exclusive property of Company, and Executive thus automatically assigns and agrees to assign any such right, title and interest in his possession, or that he acquires, to Company. In this regard, Executive acknowledges and agrees that any Inventions and Innovations embodying copyrightable subject matter are “works made for hire,” and Executive automatically assigns and agrees to assign all right, title and interest to Company in the same if such Inventions and Innovations are not “works made for hire.” Executive agrees to promptly reveal all information relating to the Inventions and Innovations to Company and cooperate with Company to execute such documents as may be necessary to establish ownership and protection in Company’s name for the Inventions and Innovations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Inventions and Innovations shall not include any publicly available information or any information that was developed by Executive on his own time with his own tools and/or materials and without the resources of Company or any Subsidiary thereof.

 

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7.            Definitions. As used throughout this Agreement, all of the terms defined in this Section 7 shall have the meanings given below.

 

Affiliate” shall mean each individual, company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, which is, directly or indirectly, controlled by, controls, or is under common control with, Company, where “control” means (i) the ownership of a majority of the voting securities or other voting interests or other equity interests of any company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity, or (ii) the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other business entity.

 

Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Annual Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

Board of Directors” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.

 

Cause” shall mean the Board of Directors’ determination in good faith that Executive has:

 

(i)      failed, disregarded or refused to substantially perform his duties and obligations to Company as required by this Agreement and the Board of Directors (other than any such failure resulting from his Disability or Executive’s termination of his employment with Company for any reason);

 

(ii)     breached a fiduciary responsibility to Company in any material respect;

 

(iii)    commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement or other misappropriation of funds;

 

(iv)    breached any confidentiality or proprietary information agreement in any material respect between Executive and Company;

 

(v)     acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct when undertaking Executive’s duties;

 

(vi)    breached this Agreement;

 

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(vii)   Executive’s excessive and unreasonable absences from Executive’s duties for any reason (other than authorized leave or leave required by law or as a result of Executive’s Disability); or

 

(viii)  Executive’s indictment for, conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, (A) a felony, (B) a misdemeanor (other than traffic or motor vehicle violations), or (C) any other act, omission or event that, in any such case, has caused or is likely to cause economic harm to Company or any of its Subsidiaries or the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries or that Company in good faith believes is reasonably likely to cause material harm to the image, reputation and/or goodwill of Company or its Subsidiaries, their respective products, services and/or trade/service marks;

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to Company’s termination of Executive for Cause under clauses (i) or (vi) above, Company shall give Executive written notice specifying in reasonable detail the existence of any condition and Executive shall have 30 days from the date of Executive’s receipt of such notice in which to cure the condition giving rise to Cause.

 

Change of Control” means:

 

(i)      one Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) acquires ownership of stock of Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of Company; provided, that, a Change in Control shall not occur if any Person (or more than one Person acting as a group) owns more than 50% of the total fair market value or total voting power of Company’s stock and acquires additional stock;

 

(ii)     a majority of the members of the Board of Directors are replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the Board of Directors before the date of appointment or election; or

 

(iii)    one Person (or more than one person acting as a group), acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) assets from Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of Company immediately before such acquisition(s).

 

A transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if: (a) its sole purpose is to change the state of Company’s incorporation; (b) its sole purpose is to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held Company’s securities immediately before such transaction; or (c) it constitutes Company’s initial public offering of its securities.

 

Code” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

 

Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

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Company Business” shall mean the business in which Company is engaged including, but not limited to, developing, designing and manufacturing battery-electric vehicles under 10,001 GVW, and related products and services.

 

Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

Disability” shall mean that Executive is unable to effectively perform the essential functions of his job by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for not less than 90 consecutive days or 125 non-consecutive days, in either case during any 12-month period (unless a longer period is required under applicable law, then during such longer period), and in any case as determined in good faith by an independent doctor selected in good faith by the Board of Directors and mutually acceptable to Executive .

  

Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Employment Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.

 

Good Reason” is defined as the occurrence of any of the following: (i) a material breach of this Agreement by Company; or (ii) Executive has a material reduction in position, status, duties or responsibilities, or is assigned duties materially inconsistent with his position. If Executive wishes to terminate his employment for Good Reason, he shall first give Company thirty (30) days prior written notice of the circumstances constituting Good Reason and an opportunity to cure.

 

Inventions and Innovations” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

 

Minimum Payments” shall mean, as applicable, the following amounts:

 

(i)        Executive’s earned but unpaid Annual Base Salary for the period ending on the Termination Date, with such payments to be made in accordance with Section 3(a);

 

(ii)       Executive’s accrued but unpaid vacation days for the period ending on the Termination Date; and

 

(iii)      Executive’s unreimbursed business expenses and all other items earned and owed to Executive through and including, the Termination Date.

 

Person” shall mean any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, corporation, limited liability company, entity or governmental entity (whether federal, state, county, city or otherwise and including any instrumentality, division, agency or department thereof).

 

Restricted Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(c).

 

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Subsidiary” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association or business entity of which: (i) if a corporation, a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled (irrespective of whether, at the time, stock of any other class or classes of such corporation shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; or (ii) if a partnership, limited liability company, association or other business entity, either (A) a majority of partnership or other similar ownership interests thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof or (B) that Person is a general partner, managing member, manager or managing director of such partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity. For purposes hereof and unless otherwise indicated, the term “Subsidiary” refers to a Subsidiary of Company.

 

Termination Date” shall mean the date of termination of Executive’s employment as determined in accordance with Section 3.

 

Termination Upon Change of Control” means:

 

(i)        any termination of the employment of Executive by Company without Cause during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control; or

 

(ii)       any resignation by Executive for Good Reason where (i) such Good Reason occurs during the period commencing on or after the date that Company enters into a definitive agreement that results in a Change of Control (even though still subject to approval by Company's stockholders and other conditions and contingencies, but provided that the Change of Control actually occurs) and ending on the date which is twelve (12) months following the Change of Control, and (ii) such resignation occurs at or after such Change of Control and in any event within six (6) months following the occurrence of such Good Reason.

 

(iii)       Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term "Termination Upon Change of Control" shall not include any termination of the employment of Executive: (1) by Company for Cause; (2) by Company as a result of the Disability of Executive; (3) as a result of the death of Executive; or (4) as a result of the voluntary termination of employment by Executive for any reason other than Good Reason.

 

 

8.             Notices. Notices and all other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (i) delivered personally, (ii) delivered by a recognized overnight courier service, or (iii) mailed by United States registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:

 

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If to Company to:

 

Lordstown Motors Corp.

2300 Hallock Young Road, S.W.

Lordstown, OH 44481

Attention: General Counsel

 

If to Executive, to:

 

Caimin Flannery

[                           ]

  

or to such other address as ei