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Filed: 21 Mar 21, 8:00pm

Exhibit 10.12 

 

ATIEVA, INC.

 

2021 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

 

(Adopted by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on January 13, 2021)

(Approved by the Shareholders on January 21, 2021)

 

(Amended and restated by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on February 22, 2021)

(Approved by the Shareholders on February 22, 2021)

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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Section 1.   ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE.1
  
Section 2.   DEFINITIONS.1
(a)   “2009 Plan”1
(b)   “2014 Plan”1
(c)   “Affiliate”1
(d)   “Award”1
(e)   “Award Agreement”1
(f)   “Board of Directors” or “Board”2
(g)   “Cash-Based Award”2
(h)   “Cause”2
(i)   “Change in Control”2
(j)   “Code”4
(k)   “Committee”4
(l)   “Company”4
(m)   “Consultant”4
(n)   “Disability”4
(o)   “Employee”4
(p)   “Exchange Act”4
(q)   “Exercise Price”4
(r)   “Fair Market Value”4
(s)   “ISO”5
(t)   “Listing Date”5
(u)   “Nonstatutory Option” or “NSO”5
(v)   “Officer”5
(w)   “Option”5
(x)   “Outside Director”5
(y)   “Parent”5
(z)   “Participant”5
(aa)   “Plan”5
(bb)   “Purchase Price”5

 

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(cc)   “Restricted Share”5
(dd)   “Restricted Stock Unit”5
(ee)   “SAR”5
(ff)   “Section 409A”5
(gg)   “Securities Act”6
(hh)   “Service”6
(ii)   “Share”6
(jj)   “Stock”6
(kk)   “Subsidiary”6
Section 3.   ADMINISTRATION.6
(a)   Committee Composition6
(b)   Committee Appointment6
(c)   Committee Responsibilities7
Section 4.   ELIGIBILITY.8
(a)   General Rule8
(b)   Ten-Percent Shareholders8
(c)   Attribution Rules8
(d)   Outstanding Stock9
Section 5.   STOCK SUBJECT TO PLAN.9
(a)   Basic Limitation8
(b)   Additional Shares9
(c)   Substitution and Assumption of Awards9
Section 6.   RESTRICTED SHARES.9
(a)   Restricted Share Award Agreement9
(b)   Payment for Awards10
(c)   Vesting10
(d)   Voting and Dividend Rights10
(e)   Restrictions on Transfer of Shares10

 

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Section 7.   TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS.10
(a)   Option Award Agreement10
(b)   Number of Shares10
(c)   Exercise Price11
(d)   Withholding Taxes11
(e)   Exercisability and Term11
(f)   Exercise of Options11
(g)   No Rights as a Shareholder11
(h)   Modification, Extension and Renewal of Options11
(i)   Restrictions on Transfer of Shares12
(j)   Buyout Provisions12
Section 8.   PAYMENT FOR SHARES.12
(a)   General Rule12
(b)   Surrender of Stock12
(c)   Services Rendered12
(d)   Cashless Exercise12
(e)   Exercise/Pledge12
(f)   Net Exercise13
(g)   Promissory Note13
(h)   Other Forms of Payment13
(i)   Limitations under Applicable Law13
Section 9.   STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS.13
(a)   SAR Award Agreement13
(b)   Number of Shares13
(c)   Exercise Price13
(d)   Exercisability and Term13
(e)   Exercise of SARs14
(f)   Modification, Extension or Assumption of SARs14
(g)   Buyout Provisions14
Section 10.   RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS.14
(a)   Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement14
(b)   Payment for Awards14
(c)   Vesting Conditions14
(d)   Voting and Dividend Rights14
(e)   Form and Time of Settlement of Restricted Stock Units15
(f)   Death of Participant15
(g)   Creditors’ Rights15

 

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Section 11.   CASH-BASED AWARDS15
Section 12.   ADJUSTMENT OF SHARES.16
(a)   Adjustments16
(b)   Dissolution or Liquidation16
(c)   Merger or Reorganization16
(d)   Change in Control17
(e)   Reservation of Rights18
Section 13.   DEFERRAL OF AWARDS.18
(a)   Committee Powers18
(b)   General Rules18
Section 14.   AWARDS UNDER OTHER PLANS.19
Section 15.   LEGAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.19
Section 16.   TAXES.19
(a)   Withholding Taxes19
(b)   Share Withholding19
(c)   Section 409A19
Section 17.   TRANSFERABILITY.20
Section 18.   TRANSFER RESTRIcTIONS AND REPURCHASE RIGHTS.20
Section 19.   PERFORMANCE BASED AWARDS.20
Section 20.   FoRFEITURE, CANCELLATION OR RECOUPMENT OF AWARDS.20
Section 21.   NO EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS.21
Section 22.   DURATION AND AMENDMENTS.21
(a)   Term of the Plan21
(b)   Right to Amend the Plan21
(c)   Effect of Termination21

 

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Section 23.   AWARDS TO NON-U.S.  PARTICIPANTS.21
Section 24.   GOVERNING LAW.22
Section 25.   SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS.22
Section 26.   EXECUTION.22

 

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Section 1.          ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE.

 

The Plan was adopted by the Committee on January 13, 2021 and shall be effective on January 21, 2021 (the “Effective Date”). The Plan was amended and restated by the Committee on February [__], 2021. The Plan’s purpose is to enhance the Company’s ability to attract, retain, incent, reward, and motivate persons who make (or are expected to make) important contributions to the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates by providing these individuals with equity ownership and other incentive opportunities.

 

The Plan is intended as the successor to and continuation of the 2014 Plan. Following the Effective Date, no additional stock awards may be granted under the 2014 Plan. Any unallocated shares of Stock remaining available for issuance pursuant to the exercise of options or issuance or settlement of stock awards not previously granted under the 2014 Plan as of 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on the Effective Date (the “2014 Plan’s Available Reserve”) will cease to be available under the 2014 Plan at such time and will be added to the Share Reserve of this Plan (as further described in Section 5(a) below) and be then immediately available for issuance pursuant to Awards granted hereunder. In addition, from and after 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on the Effective Date, all outstanding stock awards granted under the 2014 Plan and 2009 Plan will remain subject to the terms of the 2014 Plan or 2009 Plan, as applicable; provided, however, that any shares of Stock subject to outstanding stock awards granted under the 2014 Plan or 2009 Plan that (i) expire or terminate for any reason prior to exercise or settlement; (ii) are forfeited, cancelled or otherwise returned to the Company because of the failure to meet a contingency or condition required to vest such shares; or (iii) are reacquired, withheld (or not issued) to satisfy a tax withholding obligation in connection with an award or to satisfy the purchase price or exercise price of a stock award (the “Returning Shares”) will immediately be added to the Share Reserve of this Plan (as further described in Section 5(a) below) as and when such shares become Returning Shares, and become available for issuance pursuant to Awards granted hereunder. All Awards granted on or after 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on the Effective Date will be subject to the terms of this Plan.

 

Section 2.          DEFINITIONS.

 

(a)“2009 Plan” means the 2009 Share Plan of Atieva, Inc., as amended.

 

(b)“2014 Plan” means the 2014 Share Plan of Atieva, Inc., as amended.

 

(c)“Affiliate” means any entity other than a Subsidiary, if the Company and/or one or more Subsidiaries own not less than 50% of such entity.

 

(d)“Award” means any award of an Option, a SAR, a Restricted Share, a Restricted Stock Unit or a Cash-Based Award under the Plan.

 

(e)            “Award Agreement” means the agreement between the Company and the recipient of an Award which contains the terms, conditions and restrictions pertaining to such Award.

 

 

 

(f)“Board of Directors” or “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company, as constituted from time to time.

 

(g)“Cash-Based Award” means an Award that entitles the Participant to receive a cash-denominated payment.

 

(h)           “Cause” means, unless such term or an equivalent term is otherwise defined by the applicable Award Agreement or other written agreement between a Participant and the Company applicable to an Award, any of the following: (i) Participant’s willful failure substantially to perform his or her duties and responsibilities to the Company or deliberate violation of a Company policy; (ii) Participant’s commission of any act of fraud, embezzlement, dishonesty or any other willful misconduct that has caused or is reasonably expected to result in material injury to the Company; (iii) Participant’s conviction of a felony, any crime involving moral turpitude or a misdemeanor where imprisonment is imposed, (iv) Participant’s gross incompetence in performing his or her duties to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, (v) Participant’s material failure to comply with applicable laws or governmental regulations related to or in the course of Participant’s employment with or providing services to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, (vi) unauthorized use or disclosure by Participant of any proprietary information or trade secrets of the Company or any other party to whom the Participant owes an obligation of nondisclosure as a result of his or her relationship with the Company; or (vii) Participant’s willful breach of any of his or her obligations under any written agreement or covenant with the Company. The determination as to whether a Participant is being terminated for Cause shall be made in good faith by the Company and shall be final and binding on the Participant. The foregoing definition does not in any way limit the Company’s ability to terminate a Participant’s employment or consulting relationship at any time as provided in Section 5(d) below, and the term “Company” will be interpreted to include any Subsidiary, Parent or Affiliate, as appropriate.

 

(i)            “Change in Control” means the occurrence of any of the following events:

 

(i)A change in the composition of the Board occurs, as a result of which fewer than one-half of the incumbent directors are directors who either:

 

(A)Had been directors of the Company on the “look-back date” (as defined below) (the “original directors”); or

 

(B)Were elected, or nominated for election, to the Board with the affirmative votes of at least a majority of the aggregate of the original directors who were still in office at the time of the election or nomination and the directors whose election or nomination was previously so approved (the “continuing directors”);

 

provided, however, that for this purpose, the “original directors” and “continuing directors” shall not include any individual whose initial assumption of office occurred as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents, by or on behalf of a person other than the Board;

 

 

 

(ii)Any “person” (as defined below) who by the acquisition or aggregation of securities, 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 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities ordinarily (and apart from rights accruing under special circumstances) having the right to vote at elections of directors (the “Base Capital Stock”); except that any change in the relative beneficial ownership of the Company’s securities by any person resulting solely from a reduction in the aggregate number of outstanding Shares of Base Capital Stock, and any decrease thereafter in such person’s ownership of securities, shall be disregarded until such person increases in any manner, directly or indirectly, such person’s beneficial ownership of any securities of the Company;

 

(iii)The consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company or a Subsidiary of the Company with or into another entity or any other corporate reorganization, if persons who were not shareholders of the Company immediately prior to such merger, consolidation or other reorganization own immediately after such merger, consolidation or other reorganization 50% or more of the voting power of the outstanding securities of each of (A) the Company (or its successor) and (B) any direct or indirect parent corporation of the Company (or its successor); or

 

(iv)The sale, transfer, or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets.

 

For purposes of subsection (i)(i) above, the term “look-back” date means the later of (1) the Effective Date and (2) the date that is 24 months prior to the date of the event that may constitute a Change in Control.

 

For purposes of subsection (i)(ii) above, the term “person” shall have the same meaning as when used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act, but shall exclude (1) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan maintained by the Company or a Parent or Subsidiary and (2) a corporation owned directly or indirectly by the shareholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the Stock.

 

Any other provision of this Section 2(i) notwithstanding, a transaction shall not constitute a Change in Control if its sole purpose is to change the state of the Company’s incorporation or to create a holding company that will be owned in substantially the same proportions by the persons who held the Company’s securities immediately before such transaction, and a Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur if the Company files a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with an initial or secondary public offering of securities or debt of the Company to the public.

 

 

 

(j)             “Code” means the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

(k)            “Committee” means the Compensation Committee as designated by the Board, which is authorized to administer the Plan, as described in Section 3 hereof.

 

(l)             “Company” means Atieva, Inc., an exempted company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands or any successor thereto.

 

(m)           “Consultant” means an individual who is a consultant or advisor and who provides bona fide services to the Company, a Parent, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliate as an independent contractor (not including service as a member of the Board) or a member of the Board of a Parent or a Subsidiary, in each case who is not an Employee.

 

(n)            “Disability” means any permanent and total disability as defined by Section 22(e)(3) of the Code.

 

(o)            “Employee” means any individual who is a common-law employee of the Company, a Parent, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliate.

 

(p)            “Exchange Act” means the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

(q)           “Exercise Price” means, in the case of an Option, the amount for which one Share may be purchased upon exercise of such Option, as specified in the applicable Option Award Agreement. “Exercise Price” means, in the case of a SAR, an amount, as specified in the applicable SAR Award Agreement, which is subtracted from the Fair Market Value of one Share in determining the amount payable upon exercise of such SAR.

 

(r)           “Fair Market Value” with respect to a Share, means the market price of one Share, determined by the Committee as follows:

 

(i)If the Stock was traded over-the-counter on the date in question, then the Fair Market Value shall be equal to the last transaction price quoted for such date by the OTC Bulletin Board or, if not so quoted, shall be equal to the mean between the last reported representative bid and asked prices quoted for such date by the principal automated inter-dealer quotation system on which the Stock is quoted or, if the Stock is not quoted on any such system, by the Pink Quote system;

 

(ii)If the Stock was traded on any established stock exchange (such as the New York Stock Exchange, The Nasdaq Global Market or The Nasdaq Global Select Market) or national market system on the date in question, then the Fair Market Value shall be equal to the closing price reported for such date by the applicable exchange or system; or

 

 

 

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

 

In all cases, the determination of Fair Market Value by the Committee shall be conclusive and binding on all persons.

 

(s)            “ISO” means an employee incentive stock option described in Section 422 of the Code.

 

(t)            “Listing Date” means the date on which the Company has a class of equity securities registered under Section 12 of the Securities Act.

 

(u)           “Nonstatutory Option” or “NSO” means an employee stock option that is not an ISO.

 

(v)            “Officer” means any person designated by the Company as an officer.

 

(w)           “Option” means an ISO or NSO granted under the Plan and entitling the holder to purchase Shares.

 

(x)            “Outside Director” means a member of the Board who is not a common-law employee of, or paid consultant to, the Company, a Parent or a Subsidiary.

 

(y)            “Parent” means any corporation (other than the Company) in an unbroken chain of corporations ending with the Company, if each of the corporations other than the Company owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in such chain. A corporation that attains the status of a Parent on a date after the adoption of the Plan shall be a Parent commencing as of such date.

 

(z)             “Participant” means a person who holds an Award.

 

(aa)          “Plan” means this 2021 Stock Incentive Plan of Atieva, Inc., as amended from time to time.“

 

(bb)         Purchase Price” means the consideration for which one Share may be acquired under the Plan (other than upon exercise of an Option), as specified by the Committee.

 

(cc)          “Restricted Share” means a Share awarded under the Plan.

 

(dd)         “Restricted Stock Unit” means a bookkeeping entry representing the Company’s obligation to deliver one Share (or distribute cash) on a future date in accordance with the provisions of a Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement.

 

(ee)         “SAR” means a stock appreciation right granted under the Plan.

 

(ff)           “Section 409A” means Section 409A of the Code.

 

 

 

(gg)         “Securities Act” means the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

(hh)         “Service” means service as an Employee, Consultant or Outside Director, subject to such further limitations as may be set forth in the Plan or the applicable Award Agreement. Service does not terminate when an Employee goes on a bona fide leave of absence, that was approved by the Company in writing, if the terms of the leave provide for continued Service crediting, or when continued Service crediting is required by applicable law. However, for purposes of determining whether an Option is entitled to ISO status, an Employee’s employment will be treated as terminating three months after such Employee went on leave, unless such Employee’s right to return to active work is guaranteed by law or by a contract. Service terminates in any event when the approved leave ends, unless such Employee immediately returns to active work. The Company determines which leaves of absence count toward Service, and when Service terminates for all purposes under the Plan.

 

(ii)            “Share” means one Share of Stock, as adjusted in accordance with Section 12 (if applicable).

 

(jj)           “Stock” means the Common Shares of the Company.

 

(kk)         “Subsidiary” means any corporation, if the Company owns and/or one or more other Subsidiaries own not less than 50% of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of such corporation. A corporation that attains the status of a Subsidiary on a date after the adoption of the Plan shall be considered a Subsidiary commencing as of such date. The determination of whether an entity is a “Subsidiary” shall be made in accordance with Section 424(f) of the code.

 

Section 3.          ADMINISTRATION.

 

(a)           Committee Composition. The Plan shall be administered by a Committee appointed by the Board, or by the Board acting as the Committee. The Committee shall consist of two or more directors of the Company. In addition, on and following the Listing Date, to the extent required by the Board, the composition of the Committee shall satisfy such requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”), as applicable, and as the Securities and Exchange Commission may establish for administrators acting under plans intended to qualify for exemption under Rule 16b-3 (or its successor) under the Exchange Act.

 

(b)           Committee Appointment. The Board may also appoint one or more separate committees of the Board, each composed of one or more directors of the Company who need not satisfy the requirements of Section 3(a), who may administer the Plan, grant Awards under the Plan and determine all terms of such grants, in each case with respect to all Employees, Consultants and Outside Directors (except such as may be on such committee), provided that such committee or committees may perform these functions only with respect to Employees who are not considered Officers or members of the Board. Within the limitations of the preceding sentence, any reference in the Plan to the Committee shall include such committee or committees appointed pursuant to the preceding sentence. To the extent permitted by applicable laws, the Board or Committee may also authorize one or more Officers of the Company to designate Employees, other than Officers, to receive Awards and/or to determine the number of such Awards to be received by such persons; provided, however, that the Board or Committee shall specify the total number of Awards that such Officers may so award.

 

 

 

(c)            Committee Responsibilities. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have full authority and discretion to take the following actions:

 

(i)To interpret the Plan and to apply its provisions;

 

(ii)To adopt, amend, or rescind rules, procedures, and forms relating to the Plan;

 

(iii)To adopt, amend, or terminate sub-plans established for the purpose of satisfying applicable foreign laws including qualifying for preferred tax treatment under applicable foreign tax laws;

 

(iv)To authorize any person to execute, on behalf of the Company, any instrument required to carry out the purposes of the Plan;

 

(v)To determine when Awards are to be granted under the Plan;

 

(vi)To select the Participants to whom Awards are to be granted;

 

(vii)To determine the type of Award and number of Shares or amount of cash to be made subject to each Award;

 

(viii)To prescribe the terms and conditions of each Award, including (without limitation) the Exercise Price and Purchase Price, and the vesting or duration of the Award (including accelerating the vesting of Awards, either at the time of the Award or thereafter, without the consent of the Participant), to determine whether an Option is to be classified as an ISO or as an NSO, and to specify the provisions of the agreement relating to such Award;

 

(ix)To amend any outstanding Award Agreement, subject to applicable legal restrictions and to the consent of the Participant if the Participant’s rights or obligations would be materially impaired;

 

(x)To prescribe the consideration for the grant of each Award or other right under the Plan and to determine the sufficiency of such consideration;

 

(xi)To determine the disposition of each Award or other right under the Plan in the event of a Participant’s divorce or dissolution of marriage;

 

(xii)To determine whether Awards under the Plan will be granted in replacement of other grants under an incentive or other compensation plan of an acquired business;

 

 

 

(xiii)To correct any defect, supply any omission, or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or any Award Agreement;

 

(xiv)To establish or verify the extent of satisfaction of any performance goals or other conditions applicable to the grant, issuance, exercisability, vesting, and/or ability to retain any Award; and

 

(xv)To take any other actions deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan.

 

Subject to the requirements of applicable law, the Committee may designate persons other than members of the Committee to carry out its responsibilities and may prescribe such conditions and limitations as it may deem appropriate, except that the Committee may not delegate its authority with regard to the selection for participation of or the granting of Awards under the Plan to persons who are Officers. All decisions, interpretations and other actions of the Committee shall be final and binding on all Participants and all persons deriving their rights from a Participant. No member of the Committee shall be liable for any action that he has taken or has failed to take in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award under the Plan.

 

Section 4.          ELIGIBILITY.

 

(a)            General Rule. Only Employees, Consultants and Outside Directors shall be eligible for the grant of Awards. Only common-law employees of the Company, a Parent, or a Subsidiary shall be eligible for the grant of ISOs.

 

(b)           Ten-Percent Shareholders. An Employee who owns more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of outstanding stock of the Company, a Parent or Subsidiary shall not be eligible for the grant of an ISO unless such grant satisfies the requirements of Section 422(c)(5) of the Code.

 

(c)            Attribution Rules. For purposes of Section 4(b) above, in determining stock ownership, an Employee shall be deemed to own the stock owned, directly or indirectly, by or for such Employee’s brothers, sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Stock owned, directly or indirectly, by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust shall be deemed to be owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries.

 

(d)           Outstanding Stock. For purposes of Section 4(b) above, “outstanding stock” shall include all stock actually issued and outstanding immediately after the grant. “Outstanding stock” shall not include Shares authorized for issuance under outstanding options held by the Employee or by any other person.

 

 

 

Section 5.          STOCK SUBJECT TO PLAN.

 

(a)            Basic Limitation. Shares offered under the Plan shall be authorized but unissued Shares or treasury Shares. The maximum aggregate number of Shares authorized for issuance as Awards under the Plan shall not exceed 47,534,042 Shares (the “Share Reserve”), which number is the sum of (x) 16,616,225 new Shares, plus (y) Shares subject to the 2014 Plan’s Available Reserve, plus (z) the Returning Shares, if any, which become available for grant under this Plan from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the number of Shares that may be delivered in the aggregate pursuant to the exercise of ISOs granted under the Plan shall not exceed 95,068,084 Shares plus, to the extent allowable under Section 422 of the Code, any Shares that become available for issuance under the Plan pursuant to Section 5(c). The limitations of this Section 5(a) shall be subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 12. The number of Shares that are subject to Awards outstanding at any time under the Plan shall not exceed the number of Shares which then remain available for issuance under the Plan. The Company shall at all times reserve and keep available sufficient Shares to satisfy the requirements of the Plan.

 

 

(b)           Additional Shares. If Restricted Shares or Shares issued upon the exercise of options are forfeited, then such Shares shall again become available for Awards under the Plan. If Restricted Stock Units, Options, or SARs are forfeited or terminate for any reason before being exercised or settled, or an Award is settled in cash without the delivery of Shares to the holder, then the corresponding Shares shall again become available for Awards under the Plan. If Restricted Stock Units or SARs are settled, then only the number of Shares (if any) actually issued in settlement of such Restricted Stock Units or SARs shall reduce the number available in Section 5(a) and the balance (including any Shares withheld to satisfy tax withholding obligations) shall again become available for Awards under the Plan. Any Shares withheld to satisfy the Exercise Price or tax withholding obligation pursuant to any Award of Options or SARs shall be added back to the Shares available for Awards under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 5(b), Shares that have actually been issued shall not again become available for Awards under the Plan, except for Shares that are forfeited and do not become vested.

 

(c)           Substitution and Assumption of Awards. The Committee may make Awards under the Plan by assumption, substitution, or replacement of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units, or similar awards granted by another entity (including a Parent or Subsidiary), if such assumption, substitution, or replacement is in connection with an asset acquisition, stock acquisition, merger, consolidation, or similar transaction involving the Company (and/or its Parent or Subsidiary) and such other entity (and/or its affiliate). The terms of such assumed, substituted, or replaced Awards shall be as the Committee, in its discretion, determines is appropriate, notwithstanding limitations on Awards in the Plan. Any such substitute or assumed Awards shall not count against the Share limitation set forth in Section 5(a) (nor shall Shares subject to such Awards be added to the Shares available for Awards under the Plan as provided in Section 5(b) above), except that Shares acquired by exercise of substitute ISOs will count against the maximum number of Shares that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of ISOs under the Plan.

 

Section 6.          RESTRICTED SHARES.

 

(a)           Restricted Share Award Agreement. Each grant of Restricted Shares under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Restricted Share Award Agreement between the Participant and the Company. Such Restricted Shares shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan. The provisions of the various Restricted Share Award Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

 

 

(b)           Payment for Awards. Restricted Shares may be sold or awarded under the Plan for such consideration as the Committee may determine, including (without limitation) cash, cash equivalents, full-recourse promissory notes, past services, and future services.

 

(c)           Vesting. Each Award of Restricted Shares may or may not be subject to vesting. Vesting shall occur, in full or in installments, upon satisfaction of the conditions specified in the Restricted Share Award Agreement. A Restricted Share Award Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting in the event of the Participant’s death, Disability or retirement or other events.

 

(d)          Voting and Dividend Rights. A holder of Restricted Shares awarded under the Plan shall have the same voting, dividend, and other rights as the Company’s other shareholders, except that in the case of any unvested Restricted Shares, the holder shall not be entitled to any dividends or other distributions paid or distributed by the Company in respect of outstanding Shares. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at the Committee’s discretion, the holder of unvested Restricted Shares may be credited with such dividends and other distributions, provided that such dividends and other distributions shall be paid or distributed to the holder only if, when and to the extent such unvested Restricted Shares vest. The value of dividends and other distributions payable or distributable with respect to any unvested Restricted Shares that do not vest shall be forfeited. At the Committee’s discretion, the Restricted Share Award Agreement may require that the holder of Restricted Shares invest any cash dividends received in additional Restricted Shares. Such additional Restricted Shares shall be subject to the same conditions as the Award with respect which the dividend was paid. For the avoidance of doubt, other than with respect to the right to receive dividends and other distributions, the holders of unvested Restricted Shares shall have the same voting rights and other rights as the Company’s other shareholders in respect of such unvested Restricted Shares.

 

(e)           Restrictions on Transfer of Shares. Restricted Shares shall be subject to such rights of repurchase, rights of first refusal, or other restrictions as the Committee may determine. Such restrictions shall be set forth in the applicable Restricted Share Award Agreement and shall apply in addition to any general restrictions that may apply to all holders of Shares.

 

Section 7.          TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OPTIONS.

 

(a)           Option Award Agreement. Each grant of an Option under the Plan shall be evidenced by an Option Award Agreement between the Participant 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 which are not inconsistent with the Plan and which the Committee deems appropriate for inclusion in an Option Award Agreement. The Option Award Agreement shall specify whether the Option is an ISO or an NSO. The provisions of the various Option Award Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

(b)           Number of Shares. Each Option Award Agreement shall specify the number of Shares that are subject to the Option and shall provide for the adjustment of such number in accordance with Section 12.

 

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(c)           Exercise Price. Each Option Award Agreement shall specify the Exercise Price. The Exercise Price of an ISO shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant, and the Exercise Price of an NSO shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Options may be granted with an Exercise Price of less than 100% of the Fair Market Value per Share on the date of grant pursuant to a transaction described in, and in a manner consistent with, Section 424(a) of the Code. Subject to the foregoing in this Section 7(c), the Exercise Price under any Option shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion. The Exercise Price shall be payable in one of the forms described in Section 8.

 

(d)           Withholding Taxes. As a condition to the exercise of an Option, the Participant shall make such arrangements as the Committee may require for the satisfaction of any federal, state, local or foreign withholding tax obligations that may arise in connection with such exercise. The Participant shall also make such arrangements as the Committee may require for the satisfaction of any federal, state, local or foreign withholding tax obligations that may arise in connection with the disposition of Shares acquired by exercising an Option.

 

(e)            Exercisability and Term. Each Option Award Agreement shall specify the date when all or any installment of the Option is to become exercisable. The Option Award Agreement shall also specify the term of the Option; provided that the term of an ISO shall in no event exceed 10 years from the date of grant (five years for ISOs granted to Employees described in Section 4(b)). An Option Award Agreement may provide for accelerated exercisability in the event of the Participant’s death, Disability, or retirement or other events and may provide for expiration prior to the end of its term in the event of the termination of the Participant’s Service. Options may be awarded in combination with SARs, and such an Award may provide that the Options will not be exercisable unless the related SARs are forfeited. Subject to the foregoing in this Section 7(e), the Committee in its sole discretion shall determine when all or any installment of an Option is to become exercisable and when an Option is to expire.

 

(f)            Exercise of Options. Each Option Award Agreement shall set forth the extent to which the Participant shall have the right to exercise the Option following termination of the Participant’s Service with the Company and its Subsidiaries, and the right to exercise the Option of any executors or administrators of the Participant’s estate or any person who has acquired such Option(s) directly from the Participant by bequest or inheritance. Such provisions shall be determined in the sole discretion of the Committee, need not be uniform among all Options issued pursuant to the Plan, and may reflect distinctions based on the reasons for termination of Service.

 

(g)          No Rights as a Shareholder. A Participant shall have no rights as a shareholder with respect to any Shares covered by his Option until the date of the issuance of a share certificate for such Shares. No adjustments shall be made, except as provided in Section 12.

 

(h)           Modification, Extension and Renewal of Options. Within the limitations of the Plan, the Committee may modify, extend, or renew outstanding options or may accept the cancellation of outstanding options (to the extent not previously exercised), whether or not granted hereunder, in return for the grant of new Options for the same or a different number of Shares and at the same or a different Exercise Price, or in return for the grant of a different Award for the same or a different number of Shares or for cash. The foregoing notwithstanding, no modification of an Option shall, without the consent of the Participant, materially impair his or her rights or obligations under such Option; provided, however, that an amendment or modification that may cause an ISO to become a NSO, and any amendment or modification that is required to comply with the rules applicable to ISOs, shall not be treated as materially impairing the rights or obligations of the Participant.

 

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(i)            Restrictions on Transfer of Shares. Any Shares issued upon exercise of an Option shall be subject to such special forfeiture conditions, rights of repurchase, rights of first refusal, and other transfer restrictions as the Committee may determine. Such restrictions shall be set forth in the applicable Option Award Agreement and shall apply in addition to any general restrictions that may apply to all holders of Shares.

 

(j)            Buyout Provisions. The Committee may at any time (i) offer to buy out for a payment in cash or cash equivalents an Option previously granted or (ii) authorize a Participant to elect to cash out an Option previously granted, in either case at such time and based upon such terms and conditions as the Committee shall establish.

 

Section 8.          PAYMENT FOR SHARES.

 

(a)           General Rule. The entire Exercise Price or Purchase Price of Shares issued under the Plan shall be payable in lawful money of the United States of America at the time when such Shares are purchased, except as provided in Section 8(b) through Section 8(h) below.

 

(b)           Surrender of Stock. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement so provides, payment may be made all or in part by surrendering, or attesting to the ownership of, Shares which have already been owned by the Participant or his or her representative. Such Shares shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date when the new Shares are purchased under the Plan. The Participant shall not surrender, or attest to the ownership of, Shares in payment of the Exercise Price if such action would cause the Company to recognize compensation expense (or additional compensation expense) with respect to the Option for financial reporting purposes.

 

(c)           Services Rendered. At the discretion of the Committee, Shares may be awarded under the Plan in consideration of services rendered to the Company or a Subsidiary. If Shares are awarded without the payment of a Purchase Price in cash, the Committee shall make a determination (at the time of the Award) of the value of the services rendered by the Participant and the sufficiency of the consideration to meet the requirements of Section 6(b).

 

(d)           Cashless Exercise. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement so provides, if the Stock is traded on an established securities market, payment may be made all or in part by delivery (on a form prescribed by the Committee) of an irrevocable direction to a securities broker to sell Shares and to deliver all or part of the sale proceeds to the Company in payment of the aggregate Exercise Price.

 

(e)           Exercise/Pledge. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement so provides, payment may be made all or in part by delivery (on a form prescribed by the Committee) of an irrevocable direction to a securities broker or lender to pledge Shares, as security for a loan, and to deliver all or part of the loan proceeds to the Company in payment of the aggregate Exercise Price.

 

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(f)           Net Exercise. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement so provides, by a “net exercise” arrangement pursuant to which the number of Shares issuable upon exercise of the Option shall be reduced by the largest whole number of Shares having an aggregate Fair Market Value that does not exceed the aggregate Exercise Price (plus tax withholdings, if applicable) and any remaining balance of the aggregate Exercise Price (and/or applicable tax withholdings) not satisfied by such reduction in the number of whole Shares to be issued shall be paid by the Participant in cash or any other form of payment permitted under the Option Award Agreement.

 

(g)           Promissory Note. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement or Restricted Share Award Agreement so provides, payment may be made all or in part by delivering (on a form prescribed by the Company) a full-recourse promissory note.

 

(h)           Other Forms of Payment. To the extent that an Option Award Agreement or Restricted Share Award Agreement so provides, payment may be made in any other form that is consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and rules.

 

(i)            Limitations under Applicable Law. Notwithstanding anything herein or in an Option Award Agreement or Restricted Share Award Agreement to the contrary, payment may not be made in any form that is unlawful, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

 

Section 9.          STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS.

 

(a)           SAR Award Agreement. Each grant of a SAR under the Plan shall be evidenced by a SAR Award Agreement between the Participant and the Company. Such SAR shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan. The provisions of the various SAR Award Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

(b)           Number of Shares. Each SAR Award Agreement shall specify the number of Shares to which the SAR pertains and shall provide for the adjustment of such number in accordance with Section 12.

 

(c)           Exercise Price. Each SAR Award Agreement shall specify the Exercise Price. The Exercise Price of a SAR shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SARs may be granted with an Exercise Price of less than 100% of the Fair Market Value per Share on the date of grant pursuant to a transaction described in, and in a manner consistent with, Section 424(a) of the Code. Subject to the foregoing in this Section 9(c), the Exercise Price under any SAR shall be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

 

(d)           Exercisability and Term. Each SAR Award Agreement shall specify the date when all or any installment of the SAR is to become exercisable. The SAR Award Agreement shall also specify the term of the SAR. A SAR Award Agreement may provide for accelerated exercisability in the event of the Participant’s death, Disability, retirement, or other events and may provide for expiration prior to the end of its term in the event of the termination of the Participant’s Service. SARs may be awarded in combination with Options, and such an Award may provide that the SARs will not be exercisable unless the related Options are forfeited. A SAR may be included in an ISO only at the time of grant but may be included in an NSO at the time of grant or thereafter. A SAR granted under the Plan may provide that it will be exercisable only in the event of a Change in Control.

 

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(e)               Exercise of SARs. Upon exercise of a SAR, the Participant (or any person having the right to exercise the SAR after his or her death) shall receive from the Company (i) Shares, (ii) cash or (iii) a combination of Shares and cash, as the Committee shall determine. The amount of cash and/or the Fair Market Value of Shares received upon exercise of SARs shall, in the aggregate, be equal to the amount by which the Fair Market Value (on the date of surrender) of the Shares subject to the SARs exceeds the Exercise Price.

 

(f)                Modification, Extension or Assumption of SARs. Within the limitations of the Plan, the Committee may modify, extend, or assume outstanding SARs or may accept the cancellation of outstanding SARs (whether granted by the Company or by another issuer) in return for the grant of new SARs for the same or a different number of Shares and at the same or a different Exercise Price, or in return for the grant of a different Award for the same or a different number of Shares or cash. The foregoing notwithstanding, no modification of a SAR shall, without the consent of the holder, materially impair his or her rights or obligations under such SAR.

 

(g)               Buyout Provisions. The Committee may at any time (i) offer to buy out for a payment in cash or cash equivalents a SAR previously granted, or (ii) authorize a Participant to elect to cash out a SAR previously granted, in either case at such time and based upon such terms and conditions as the Committee shall establish.

 

Section 10.RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS.

 

(a)               Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement. Each grant of Restricted Stock Units under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement between the Participant and the Company. Such Restricted Stock Units shall be subject to all applicable terms of the Plan and may be subject to any other terms that are not inconsistent with the Plan. The provisions of the various Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreements entered into under the Plan need not be identical.

 

(b)               Payment for Awards. To the extent that an Award is granted in the form of Restricted Stock Units, no cash consideration shall be required of the Award recipients.

 

(c)               Vesting Conditions. Each Award of Restricted Stock Units may or may not be subject to vesting. Vesting shall occur, in full or in installments, upon satisfaction of the conditions specified in the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement. A Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement may provide for accelerated vesting in the event of the Participant’s death, Disability, retirement, or other events.

 

(d)               Voting and Dividend Rights. The holders of Restricted Stock Units shall have no voting rights. Prior to settlement or forfeiture, any Restricted Stock Unit awarded under the Plan may, at the Committee’s discretion, carry with it a right to dividend equivalents. Such right, if awarded, entitles the holder to be credited with an amount equal to all cash dividends paid on one Share while the Restricted Stock Unit is outstanding. Settlement of dividend equivalents may be made in the form of cash, in the form of Shares, or in a combination of both. Dividend equivalents may also be converted into additional Restricted Stock Units at the Committee’s discretion. Dividend equivalents shall not be distributed prior to settlement of the Restricted Stock Unit to which the dividend equivalents pertain. Prior to distribution, any dividend equivalents shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions (including without limitation, any forfeiture conditions) as the Restricted Stock Units to which they attach. The value of dividend equivalents payable or distributable with respect to any unvested Restricted Stock Units that do not vest shall be forfeited.

 

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(e)               Form and Time of Settlement of Restricted Stock Units. Settlement of vested Restricted Stock Units may be made in the form of (i) cash, (ii) Shares or (iii) any combination of both, as determined by the Committee. The actual number of Restricted Stock Units eligible for settlement may be larger or smaller than the number included in the original Award, based on predetermined performance factors. Methods of converting Restricted Stock Units into cash may include (without limitation) a method based on the average Fair Market Value of Shares over a series of trading days. A Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement may provide that vested Restricted Stock Units may be settled in a lump sum or in installments. A Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement may provide that the distribution may occur or commence when all vesting conditions applicable to the Restricted Stock Units have been satisfied or have lapsed, or it may be deferred to any later date, subject to compliance with Section 409A. The amount of a deferred distribution may be increased by an interest factor or by dividend equivalents. Until an Award of Restricted Stock Units is settled, the number of such Restricted Stock Units shall be subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 12.

 

(f)                Death of Participant. Any Restricted Stock Unit Award that becomes payable after the Participant’s death shall be distributed to the Participant’s beneficiary or beneficiaries. Each recipient of a Restricted Stock Unit Award under the Plan shall designate one or more beneficiaries for this purpose by filing the prescribed form with the Company. A beneficiary designation may be changed by filing the prescribed form with the Company at any time before the Participant’s death. If no beneficiary was designated or if no designated beneficiary survives the Participant, then any Restricted Stock Units Award that becomes payable after the Participant’s death shall be distributed to the Participant’s estate.

 

(g)               Creditors’ Rights. A holder of Restricted Stock Units shall have no rights other than those of a general creditor of the Company. Restricted Stock Units represent an unfunded and unsecured obligation of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement.

 

Section 11.CASH-BASED AWARDS

 

The Committee may, in its sole discretion, grant Cash-Based Awards to any Participant in such number or amount and upon such terms, and subject to such conditions, as the Committee shall determine at the time of grant and specify in an applicable Award Agreement. The Committee shall determine the maximum duration of the Cash-Based Award, the amount of cash which may be payable pursuant to the Cash-Based Award, the conditions upon which the Cash-Based Award shall become vested or payable, and such other provisions as the Committee shall determine. Each Cash-Based Award shall specify a cash-denominated payment amount, formula, or payment ranges as determined by the Committee. Payment, if any, with respect to a Cash-Based Award shall be made in accordance with the terms of the Award and may be made in cash or in Shares, as the Committee determines.

 

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Section 12.ADJUSTMENT OF SHARES.

 

(a)               Adjustments. In the event of a subdivision of the outstanding Stock, a declaration of a dividend payable in Shares, a declaration of a dividend payable in a form other than Shares in an amount that has a material effect on the price of Shares, a combination or consolidation of the outstanding Stock (by reclassification or otherwise) into a lesser number of Shares, a recapitalization, a spin-off or a similar occurrence, the Committee shall make appropriate and equitable adjustments in:

 

(i)The class(es) and number of securities available for future Awards and the limitations set forth under Section 5;

 

(ii)The class(es) and number of securities covered by each outstanding Award; and

 

(iii)The Exercise Price under each outstanding Option and SAR.

 

The Committee will make such adjustments, and its determination will be final, binding and conclusive.

 

(b)               Dissolution or Liquidation. To the extent not previously exercised or settled, Options, SARs, and Restricted Stock Units shall terminate immediately prior to the dissolution or liquidation of the Company.

 

(c)               Merger or Reorganization. In the event that the Company is a party to a merger or other reorganization, outstanding Awards shall be subject to the agreement of merger or reorganization. Subject to compliance with Section 409A, such agreement may provide for one or more of the following, without limitation:

 

(i)The continuation of the outstanding Awards by the Company, if the Company is a surviving corporation;

 

(ii)The assumption of the outstanding Awards by the surviving corporation or its parent or subsidiary;

 

(iii)The substitution by the surviving corporation or its parent or subsidiary of its own awards for the outstanding Awards;

 

(iv)Immediate vesting, exercisability, or settlement of outstanding Awards followed by the cancellation of such Awards upon or immediately prior to the effectiveness of such transaction;

 

(v)Cancellation of the Award, to the extent not vested or not exercised prior to the effective time of the merger or reorganization, in exchange for such cash or equity consideration (including no consideration) as the Committee, in its sole discretion, may consider appropriate; or

 

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(vi)Settlement of the intrinsic value of the outstanding Awards (whether or not then vested or exercisable) in cash or cash equivalents or equity (including cash or equity subject to deferred vesting and delivery consistent with the vesting restrictions applicable to such Awards or the underlying Shares) followed by the cancellation of such Awards (and, for the avoidance of doubt, if as of the date of the occurrence of the transaction the Committee determines in good faith that no amount would have been attained upon the exercise of such Award or realization of the Participant’s rights, then such Award may be terminated by the Company without payment), provided that any such amount may be delayed to the same extent that payment of consideration to the holders of Stock in connection with the merger or reorganization is delayed as a result of escrows, earnouts, holdbacks or other contingencies;

 

in each case without the Participant’s consent. Any acceleration of payment of an amount that is subject to Section 409A will be delayed, if necessary, until the earliest time that such payment would be permissible under Section 409A without triggering any additional taxes applicable under Section 409A.

 

The Company will have no obligation to treat all Awards, all Awards held by a Participant, or all Awards of the same type, similarly.

 

(d)               Change in Control. In addition to (and without limitation) the actions that may be taken under Section 12(c), in the event of a Change in Control in which the surviving corporation or acquiring corporation (or the surviving or acquiring corporation’s parent company) does not continue, assume or settle (subject to vesting) outstanding Awards, or substitute similar stock awards for outstanding Awards, then with respect to any such Awards that have not been continued, assumed, settled or substituted, the Committee may determine, at the time of granting an Award or thereafter, that the vesting (and exercisability, if applicable) of any such Awards (or portion thereof) will be accelerated in full (and with respect to any Awards subject to performance-based vesting, that vesting shall be deemed satisfied at the target level or based on actual performance measured in accordance with the applicable performance goals as of the date of the Change in Control, or the greater thereof) to a date prior to the effective time of the Change in Control (contingent upon the closing or completion of the Change in Control) as the Committee will determine (or, if the Committee does not determine such a date, to the date that is five days prior to the effective time of the Change in Control), and any reacquisition or repurchase rights held by the Company with respect to such vested Awards will lapse (contingent upon the closing or completion of the Change in Control). In addition, the Committee may determine, at the time of granting an Award or thereafter, that such Award shall become exercisable or vested as to all or part of the Shares subject to such Award in the event that a Change in Control occurs with respect to the Company. The Committee will have no obligation to treat all Awards, all Awards held by a Participant, or all Awards of the same type, similarly.

 

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(e)               Reservation of Rights. Except as provided in this Section 12, a Participant shall have no rights by reason of any subdivision or consolidation of Shares of stock of any class, the payment of any dividend or any other increase or decrease in the number of Shares of stock of any class. Any issue 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 or Exercise Price of Shares subject to an Award. The grant of an Award 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 or consolidate or to dissolve, liquidate, sell, or transfer all or any part of its business or assets. In the event of any change affecting the Shares or the Exercise Price of Shares subject to an Award, including a merger or other reorganization, for reasons of administrative convenience, the Company in its sole discretion may refuse to permit the exercise of any Award during a period of up to 30 days prior to the occurrence of such event.

 

Section 13.DEFERRAL OF AWARDS.

 

(a)               Committee Powers. Subject to compliance with Section 409A, the Committee (in its sole discretion) may permit or require a Participant to:

 

(i)Have cash that otherwise would be paid to such Participant as a result of the exercise of a SAR or the settlement of Restricted Stock Units credited to a deferred compensation account established for such Participant by the Committee as an entry on the Company’s books;

 

(ii)Have Shares that otherwise would be delivered to such Participant as a result of the exercise of an Option or SAR converted into an equal number of Restricted Stock Units; or

 

(iii)Have Shares that otherwise would be delivered to such Participant as a result of the exercise of an Option or SAR or the settlement of Restricted Stock Units converted into amounts credited to a deferred compensation account established for such Participant by the Committee as an entry on the Company’s books.

 

Such amounts shall be determined by reference to the Fair Market Value of such Shares as of the date when they otherwise would have been delivered to such Participant.

 

(b)               General Rules. A deferred compensation account established under this Section 13 may be credited with interest or other forms of investment return, as determined by the Committee. A Participant for whom such an account is established shall have no rights other than those of a general creditor of the Company. Such an account shall represent an unfunded and unsecured obligation of the Company and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable agreement between such Participant and the Company. If the deferral or conversion of Awards is permitted or required, the Committee (in its sole discretion) may establish rules, procedures, and forms pertaining to such Awards, including (without limitation) the settlement of deferred compensation accounts established under this Section 13.

 

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Section 14.AWARDS UNDER OTHER PLANS.

 

The Company may grant awards under other plans or programs. Such awards may be settled in the form of Shares issued under the Plan. Such Shares shall be treated for all purposes under the Plan like Shares issued in settlement of Restricted Stock Units and shall, when issued, reduce the number of Shares available under Section 5.

 

Section 15.LEGAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.

 

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 United States Securities Act, 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 or favorable ruling from any governmental agency which the Company determines is necessary or advisable. The Company shall not be liable to a Participant or other persons as to: (a) the non-issuance or sale of Shares as to which the Company has not obtained from any regulatory body having jurisdiction the authority deemed by the Company’s counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance and sale of any Shares under the Plan; and (b) any tax consequences expected, but not realized, by any Participant or other person due to the receipt, exercise or settlement of any Award granted under the Plan.

 

Section 16.TAXES.

 

(a)               Withholding Taxes. To the extent required by applicable federal, state, local, or foreign law, a Participant or his or her successor shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Company 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.

 

(b)               Share Withholding. The Committee may permit a Participant to satisfy all or part of his or her withholding or income tax obligations by having the Company withhold all or a portion of any Shares that otherwise would be issued to him or her or by surrendering all or a portion of any Shares that he or she previously acquired. Such Shares shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date when taxes otherwise would be withheld in cash. In no event may a Participant have Shares withheld that would otherwise be issued to him or her in excess of the number necessary to satisfy the maximum legally required tax withholding.

 

(c)               Section 409A. Each Award that provides for “nonqualified deferred compensation” within the meaning of Section 409A shall be subject to such additional rules and requirements as specified by the Committee from time to time in order to comply with Section 409A. If any amount under such an Award is payable upon a “separation from service” (within the meaning of Section 409A) to a Participant who is then considered a “specified employee” (within the meaning of Section 409A), then no such payment shall be made prior to the date that is the earlier of (i) six months and one day after the Participant’s separation from service, or (ii) the Participant’s death, but only to the extent such delay is necessary to prevent such payment from being subject to interest, penalties, and/or additional tax imposed pursuant to Section 409A. In addition, the settlement of any such Award may not be accelerated except to the extent permitted by Section 409A.

 

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Section 17.TRANSFERABILITY.

 

Unless the agreement evidencing an Award (or an amendment thereto authorized by the Committee) expressly provides otherwise, no Award granted under the Plan, nor any interest in such Award, may be sold, assigned, conveyed, gifted, pledged, hypothecated, or otherwise transferred in any manner (prior to the vesting and lapse of any and all restrictions applicable to Shares issued under such Award), other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution; provided, however, that an ISO may be transferred or assigned only to the extent consistent with Section 422 of the Code. Any purported assignment, transfer, or encumbrance in violation of this Section 17 shall be void and unenforceable against the Company.

 

Section 18.TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS AND REPURCHASE RIGHTS.

 

Shares acquired under the Plan shall be subject to such transfer restrictions, forfeiture conditions, rights of repurchase, rights of first refusal and other restrictions as the Committee may determine. Such restrictions may be set forth in the applicable Award Agreement, exercise notice or Stock purchase agreement and, unless otherwise provided in any such agreement, shall apply to any dividends paid with respect to such Shares. Such restrictions shall apply in addition to any restrictions otherwise applicable to holders of shares of Stock generally.

 

Section 19.PERFORMANCE BASED AWARDS.

 

The number of Shares or other benefits granted, issued, retained, and/or vested under an Award may be made subject to the attainment of performance goals. The Committee may utilize any performance criteria selected by it in its sole discretion to establish performance goals.

 

Section 20.FORFEITURE, CANCELLATION OR RECOUPMENT OF AWARDS.

 

The Committee shall have the authority, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to specify in an Award Agreement, exercise notice or share purchase agreement that the Participant’s rights, payments and benefits with respect to an Award shall be subject to reduction, cancellation, forfeiture, or recoupment upon the occurrence of specified events, in addition to any otherwise applicable vesting or performance conditions of an Award. Such events may include, but shall not be limited to, in each case to the extent permitted by applicable law, termination of Service for Cause or any act by a Participant, whether before or after termination of Service, that would constitute Cause for termination of Service, a Participant’s noncompliance with applicable restrictive covenants and conditions, and any other events set forth in a clawback, recoupment or similar policy adopted by the Company.

 

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In the event that the Company is required to prepare restated financial results owing to an executive officer’s intentional misconduct or grossly negligent conduct, the Committee shall have the authority, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to require reimbursement or forfeiture to the Company of the amount of bonus or incentive compensation (whether cash-based or equity-based) such executive officer received during the three fiscal years preceding the year the restatement is determined to be required, to the extent that such bonus or incentive compensation exceeds what the officer would have received based on an applicable restated performance measure or target. After the Listing Date, the Company will recoup incentive-based compensation from executive officers to the extent required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and any rules, regulations and listing standards that may be issued under that act. Any right of recoupment under this provision will be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights of recoupment that may be available to the Company. No recovery of compensation under any clawback policy or this Section 20 will be an event giving rise to a right to resign for “good reason” or “constructive termination” (or similar term) under any agreement with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates.

 

Section 21.NO EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS.

 

No provision of the Plan, nor any Award granted under the Plan, shall be construed to give any person any right to become, to be treated as, or to remain an Employee or Consultant. The Company and its Subsidiaries reserve the right to terminate any person’s Service at any time and for any reason, with or without notice.

 

Section 22.DURATION AND AMENDMENTS.

 

(a)               Term of the Plan. The Plan, as set forth herein, shall come into existence on the date of its adoption by the Committee, subject to approval within twelve (12) months by the shareholders of the Company holding a majority of the voting power of shares of the Company entitled to vote thereon. Unless and until the Plan has been approved by the shareholders of the Company, no Option or Award may be exercised, and no shares of Stock may be issued under the Plan. In the event the shareholders of the Company shall not approve the Plan within such twelve (12) month period, the Plan and any previously granted Awards shall terminate. No Award may be granted hereunder prior to the Effective Date. The Board or the Committee may suspend or terminate the Plan at any time. Unless previously terminated, the Plan will terminate ten (10) years after the earlier of (i) the date the Plan is adopted by the Committee, or (ii) the date the Plan is approved by the stockholders.

 

(b)               Right to Amend the Plan. The Board or the Committee may amend the Plan at any time and from time to time. Rights and obligations under any Award granted before amendment of the Plan shall not be materially impaired by such amendment, except with consent of the Participant. 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.

 

(c)               Effect of Termination. No Awards shall be granted under the Plan after the termination thereof. The termination of the Plan shall not affect Awards previously granted under the Plan.

 

Section 23.AWARDS TO NON-U.S. PARTICIPANTS.

 

Awards may be granted to Participants who are non-United States nationals or employed or providing services outside the United States, or both, on such terms and conditions different from those applicable to Awards to Participants who are employed or providing services in the United States as may, in the judgment of the Committee, be necessary or desirable to recognize differences in local law, tax policy, or custom. The Committee also may impose conditions on the exercise, vesting, or settlement of Awards in order to minimize the Company’s obligation with respect to tax equalization for Participants on assignments outside their home country.

 

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Section 24.GOVERNING LAW.

 

The Plan and each Award Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of California, without application of the conflicts of law principles thereof.

 

Section 25.SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS.

 

The terms of the Plan shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and any successor entity, including any successor entity contemplated by Section 12(c).

 

Section 26.EXECUTION.

 

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

 

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 ATIEVA, INC.
  
 By:/s/ Peter Rawlinson
 Name:Peter Rawlinson
 Title:Chief Executive Officer
  Chief Technology Officer

 

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2021 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

CALIFORNIA SUPPLEMENT

 

(California Participants)

 

Prior to the date, if ever, that the Company is subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, the terms set forth herein shall apply to Awards issued to a Participant whose Award is issued in reliance on Section 25102(o) of the California Corporations Code (a “California Participant”). All capitalized terms used herein but not otherwise defined shall have the respective meanings set forth in the Plan.

 

1.                  The following rules shall apply to any Option in the event of termination of the Participant’s Service:

 

(a)               If such termination was for reasons other than death, “Permanent Disability” (as defined below), or Cause, the Participant shall have at least 30 days after the date of such termination to exercise his or her Option to the extent the Participant is entitled to exercise on his or her termination date, provided that in no event shall the Option be exercisable after the expiration of the term as set forth in the Award Agreement.

 

(b)               If such termination was due to death or Permanent Disability, the Participant shall have at least 6 months after the date of such termination to exercise his or her Option to the extent the Participant is entitled to exercise on his or her termination date, provided that in no event shall the Option be exercisable after the expiration of the term as set forth in the Award Agreement.

 

Permanent Disability” for purposes of this California Supplement shall mean the inability of the Participant, in the opinion of a qualified physician acceptable to the Company, to perform the major duties of the Participant’s position with the Company or any Parent or Subsidiary because of the sickness or injury of the Participant.

 

2.                  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 12(a) of the Plan, the Committee shall in any event make such adjustments as may be required by Section 25102(o) of the California Corporations Code.

 

3.                  Notwithstanding anything stated herein to the contrary, no Options granted to California Participants shall have a term in excess of 10 years measured from the Option grant date.

 

4.                  The Company shall furnish summary financial information (audited or unaudited) of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, consistent with the requirements of applicable laws, at least annually to each California Participant during the period such Participant has one or more Awards outstanding, and in the case of an individual who acquired Shares pursuant to the Plan, during the period such Participant owns such Shares; provided, however, the Company shall not be required to provide such information if (i) the issuance is limited to key persons whose duties in connection with the Company assure their access to equivalent information or (ii) the Plan or any agreement complies with all conditions of Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended; provided that for purposes of determining such compliance, any registered domestic partner shall be considered a “family member” as that term is defined in Rule 701.

 

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