ex10-8.htm EX-10.8 2 ex10-8.htm EXHIBIT 10.8

EXHIBIT 10.8
 
UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC.
AMENDED AND RESTATED
CHANGE IN CONTROL SEVERANCE AGREEMENT
 
          THIS AMENDED AND RESTATED AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”), made and entered into as of this 31st day of December 2008, by and between UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC., a Georgia Corporation (the “Company”), and ___________ (“Executive”).
 
W I T N E S S E T H:
 
          WHEREAS, Executive is a key employee of the Company and an integral part of the Company’s management; and
 
          WHEREAS, the Company desires to assure both itself and its key employees of continuity of management and objective judgment in the event of any Change in Control of the Company, and to induce its key employees to remain employed by the Company; and
 
          WHEREAS, the Company desires to provide certain compensation and benefits to Executive in the event of the termination of his employment under certain circumstances; and
 
          WHEREAS, the Company and Executive entered into a Change in Control Severance Agreement, dated as of June 7, 2001 (“Prior Agreement”); and
 
          WHEREAS, because of certain law changes resulting from the enactment of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the parties desire to amend the Prior Agreement in the manner hereinafter provided;
 
          NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereby agree to amend and restate the Prior Agreement as follows:
 
1.        TERM OF AGREEMENT.
 
          This Agreement shall commence on the date hereof and shall terminate on the Executive’s termination of employment without entitlement to any benefits hereunder; provided, however, the Agreement may be terminated by mutual written agreement of Executive and the Company. This Agreement shall not be considered an employment agreement and in no way guarantees Executive the right to continue in the employment of the Company or its affiliates. Executive’s employment is considered employment at will, subject to Executive’s right to receive payments and benefits upon certain terminations of employment as provided below.
 
2.        DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings specified below:
 
          2.1          “Base Salary.” Executive’s annual salary in effect on his Date of Termination or, if greater, Executive’s highest rate of annual salary in effect during the six-month period prior to his Date of Termination.

 
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          2.2          “Board” or “Board of Directors.” The Board of Directors of the Company, or its successor.
 
          2.3          “Cause.” The involuntary termination of Executive by the Company for the following reasons shall constitute a termination for Cause:
 
                      (a)          If termination shall have been the result of an act or acts by Executive which have been found in an applicable court of law to constitute a felony (other than traffic-related offenses);
 
                      (b)          If termination shall have been the result of an act or acts by Executive which are in the good faith judgment of the Board determined to be in violation of law or of policies of the Company and which result in demonstrably material injury to the Company;
 
                      (c)          If termination shall have been the result of an act or acts of proven or undenied dishonesty by Executive resulting or intended to result directly or indirectly in significant gain or personal enrichment to Executive at the expense of the Company; or
 
                      (d)          Upon the willful and continued failure by Executive substantially to perform his duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity due to mental or physical illness not constituting a Disability, as defined herein), after a demand in writing for substantial performance is delivered by the Board or President, which demand specifically identifies the manner in which the Board or President believes that Executive has not substantially performed his duties, and such failure results in demonstrably material injury to the Company.
 
          With respect to clauses (b), (c) or (d) above of this Section, Executive shall not be deemed to have been involuntarily terminated for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to him a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board (after reasonable notice to Executive and an opportunity for him, together with his counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, Executive was guilty of conduct set forth above in clauses (b), (c) or (d) and specifying the particulars thereof in detail. For purposes of this Agreement, no act or failure to act by Executive shall be deemed to be “willful” unless done or omitted to be done by Executive not in good faith and without reasonable belief that Executive’s action or omission was in the best interests of the Company.
 
          2.4          “Change in Control.” A Change in Control of the Company means any one of the following events:
 
                      (a)          The acquisition (other than from the Company) by any Person of Beneficial Ownership of twenty percent (20%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding voting securities; provided, however, that for purposes of this definition, Person shall not include any person who on December 31, 2008 owns ten percent (10%) or more of the Company’s outstanding securities, and a Change in Control shall not be deemed to occur solely because twenty percent (20%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities is acquired by (i) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under one (1) or more employee benefit plans maintained by the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or (ii) any corporation, which, immediately prior to such acquisition, is owned directly or indirectly by the shareholders of the Company in the same proportion as their ownership of stock in the Company immediately prior to such acquisition.

 
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                      (b)          Approval by shareholders of the Company of (1) a merger or consolidation involving the Company if the shareholders of the Company, immediately before such merger or consolidation do not, as a result of such merger or consolidation, own, directly or indirectly, more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the corporation resulting from such merger or consolidation in substantially the same proportion as their ownership of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately before such merger or consolidation, or (2) a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company or an agreement for the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company.
 
                      (c)          A change in the composition of the Board such that the individuals who, as of December 31, 2008, constitute the Board (such Board shall be hereinafter referred to as the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, for purposes of this definition that any individual who becomes a member of the Board subsequent to December 31, 2008 whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of those individuals who are members of the Board and who were also members of the Incumbent Board (or deemed to be such pursuant to this proviso) shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board; but, provided, further, that any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest (as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act, including any successor to such Rule), or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board, shall not be so considered as a member of the Incumbent Board.
 
          2.5          “CIC Severance Period.” A period equal to 36 months from the Executive’s Date of Termination.
 
          2.6          “Code.” The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as it may be amended from time to time.
 
          2.7          “Company.” United Community Banks, Inc., a Georgia corporation, or any successor to its business and/or assets.
 
          2.8          “Date of Termination.” The date specified in the Notice of Termination (which, unless otherwise required by this Agreement, may be immediate) as the date upon which the Executive’s employment with the Company is to cease. In the case of termination by Executive for Good Reason, the Date of Termination shall not be less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days from the date the notice of termination is given.
 
          2.9          “Disability.” Disability shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the Company’s long-term disability plan covering the Executive, or in the absence of such plan, a meaning consistent with Section 22(e)(3) of the Code.

 
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          2.10          “Good Reason.” A Good Reason for termination by Executive of Executive’s employment shall mean the occurrence (without the Executive’s express written consent) during the 6-month period prior to, or within the eighteen (18) month period following, the date of a Change in Control of any one of the following acts by the Company, or failures by the Company to act, unless, in the case of any act or failure to act described in paragraphs (a), (c), or (d) below, such act or failure to act is corrected prior to the Date of Termination specified in the Notice of Termination given in respect thereof (the date 6 months prior to the date of the Change in Control is referred to in this Section 2.10 as the “Change in Control Date”):
 
                          (a)          the substantial adverse change in Executive’s responsibilities at the Company from those in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control Date; or
 
                        (b)          the required relocation of Executive to a location outside of the market area of the Company on the Change in Control Date; or
 
                        (c)          a material reduction from those in effect on the Change in Control Date in the levels of coverage of Executive under the Company’s director and officer liability insurance policy or indemnification commitments; or
 
                        (d)          after the Change in Control Date, a reduction in Executive’s Base Salary, a reduction in his incentive compensation or the failure by the Company to continue to provide Executive with benefits substantially similar to those enjoyed by Executive under any of the Company’s pension, deferred compensation, life insurance, medical, health and accident or disability plans in which Executive was participating at the Change in Control Date, the taking of any action by the Company which would directly or indirectly reduce any of such benefits or deprive Executive of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by Executive at the Change in Control Date.
 
          Executive’s right to terminate the Executive’s employment for Good Reason shall not be affected by the Executive’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness, except for a Disability as defined in Section 2.9 above. Executive’s continued employment shall not constitute consent to, or a waiver of rights with respect to, any act or failure to act constituting Good Reason hereunder.
 
          2.11          “Notice of Termination”. A written notice from one party to the other party specifying the Date of Termination and which sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances relating to the basis for termination of Executive’s employment.
 
          2.12          “Person”. Any individual, corporation, bank, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization or other entity.
 
3.       SCOPE OF AGREEMENT.
 
        This Agreement provides for the payment of compensation and benefits to Executive in the event in connection with a Change in Control his employment is involuntarily terminated by the Company without Cause or if the Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason. If Executive is terminated by the Company for Cause, dies, incurs a Disability or voluntarily terminates employment (other than for Good Reason), this Agreement shall terminate, and Executive shall be entitled to no payments of compensation or benefits pursuant to the terms of this Agreement; provided that in such events, Executive will be entitled to whatever benefits are payable pursuant to the terms of any health, life insurance, disability, welfare, retirement, deferred compensation, or other plan or program maintained by the Company. Executive agrees that this Agreement supercedes and replaces any existing plan or arrangement of the Company, including any employment agreement, which provides Executive severance benefits in the event of his termination under the circumstances covered by this Agreement.

 
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4.
BENEFITS UPON TERMINATION IN CONNECTION WITH A CHANGE IN CONTROL.
 
          If a Change in Control occurs during the term of this Agreement and Executive’s employment is terminated within six (6) months prior to or eighteen (18) months following the date of the Change in Control, and if such termination is an involuntary termination by the Company without Cause (and does not arise as a result of death or Disability) or a termination by Executive for Good Reason (as defined in Section 2.10 above), Executive shall be entitled to the compensation and benefits described in Section 4.1 through 4.7 below. If Executive does not participate in a particular plan or program at the Change in Control Date (or if the Company no longer maintains or offers such plan or program at the Change in Control Date), the provisions of the section related to such plan, program or award shall not apply to Executive.
 
          4.1          Base Salary. Executive shall continue to receive his Base Salary (subject to withholding of all applicable taxes) for the entire CIC Severance Period (as defined in Section 2.5 above), provided that all such salary payments shall be paid in a lump sum payment (determined by taking the Present Value, as defined in Section 5.5, of such payments) no later than 30 days after his Date of Termination.
 
          4.2          Annual Bonus. Executive shall be entitled to bonus payments from the Company as follows:
 
                      (a)          Notwithstanding any terms of the plan to the contrary, for the fiscal year that ended prior to Executive’s Date of Termination, but for which no annual bonus payments have been paid as of his Date of Termination, Executive shall receive a bonus calculated using the actual results for all performance criteria for such fiscal year, provided that in no case shall the bonus under this subsection (a) be less than the average of the bonuses paid to him with respect to the last two fiscal years in which bonuses were paid to the Executive. Such amount shall be payable at the time such bonus amounts are paid to other participants, or if previously paid to other participants, no later than 30 days after the Executive’s Date of Termination.
 
                      (b)          For the fiscal year during which Executive’s Date of Termination occurs, Executive shall receive, within 30 days following his Date of Termination, a prorated bonus (based on the number of days that he was employed during such fiscal year), calculated as if Executive’s target award level (including any personal performance component) under the Company’s annual incentive had been achieved for such year.
 
                     (c)          In addition to the bonus payments payable under (a) and (b) above, Executive shall be entitled to an additional bonus amount equal to the average of the bonuses paid to him with respect to the two fiscal years in which bonuses were paid to him immediately preceding the year in which his Date of Termination occurs, multiplied by three (3). Such bonus amount shall be paid in a lump sum within 30 days following the Executive’s Date of Termination.

 
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          4.3          Health and Life Insurance Coverages.
 
                      (a)          The group health care (including any executive medical plan) and group term life insurance benefits coverages provided to Executive at his Date of Termination shall be continued at the same level as for active executives and in the same manner as if his employment under this Agreement had not terminated, beginning on the Date of Termination and ending on the last day of the CIC Severance Period. Any additional coverages Executive had at termination, including dependent coverage, will also be continued for such period on the same terms, to the extent permitted by the applicable policies or contracts. Any costs Executive was paying for such coverages at the time of termination shall be paid by Executive by separate check payable to the Company each month in advance. If the terms of any life insurance plan referred to in this Section, or the laws applicable to such plan do not permit continued participation by Executive, then the Company will arrange for other life insurance coverage(s) satisfactory to Executive at Company’s expense which provides substantially similar benefits or will pay Executive a lump sum amount equal to the costs of such coverage(s) for the CIC Severance Period within 30 days following his Date of Termination.
 
          If the terms of the health care plan referred to in this subsection (a) do not permit continued participation by Executive as required by this subsection or if the healthcare benefits to be provided to Executive and his dependents pursuant to this subsection (a) cannot be provided in a manner such that the benefit payments will be tax-free to Executive and his dependents, then the Company shall (i) pay to Executive within five (5) days after Executive’s Date of Termination a lump sum amount equal to the monthly rate for COBRA coverage at the date of Executive’s termination under the healthcare plan that is then being paid by former active employees for the level of coverage that applies to Executive and his dependents, minus the amount active employees are then paying for such coverage, multiplied by the number of months in the CIC Severance Period (plus a tax gross-up on the lump sum amount determined under this subsection (a)(i)), and (ii) permit Executive and his dependents to elect to participate in the healthcare plan for the Continuation Period upon payment of the applicable rate for COBRA coverage during the Continuation Period;
 
                      (b)          For purposes of any individual executive life insurance policy (or policies) maintained by the Company for Executive, the Company shall continue to pay the premiums for such policy or policies during the CIC Severance Period.
 
          4.4          Retiree Medical Coverage. If Executive has satisfied the requirements for receiving Retiree Medical Coverage on his Date of Termination or will satisfy such requirements prior to the last day of the CIC Severance Period, Executive (and his dependents) shall be covered by, and receive benefits under, the Company’s Retiree Medical Coverage program for executives at his level. Executive’s Retiree Medical Coverage shall commence on the date his group health care coverage terminates under section 4.3 above, and shall continue for the life of the Executive (and his dependents) (i.e., the coverage shall be vested and may not be terminated), subject only to such changes in the level of coverage that apply to executives at his level generally.

 
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          4.5          Profit Sharing Plan. Executive will be treated as if he continued to participate, consistent with past practices, for the CIC Severance Period in the Profit Sharing Plan (or any successor or replacement plan) as in effect as of his Date of Termination. The compensation payable to Executive under Sections 4.1 and 4.2(c) above shall be treated (unless otherwise excluded) as compensation under the plan as if it were paid on a monthly basis. Executive will receive an amount equal to the Company’s contributions to the Profit Sharing Plan, assuming Executive had participated in such plan at the maximum permissible contributions level. The Company shall pay to Executive or, if applicable, his beneficiary, a supplemental benefit equal to the Present Value on the Date of Termination (calculated as provided in the plan) of the excess of (i) the benefit Executive would have been paid under such plan if he had continued to be covered for the CIC Severance Period (less any amounts Executive would have been required to contribute), over (ii) the benefit actually payable under such plan. The Company shall pay such additional benefits in a lump sum within 30 days of Executive’s Date of Termination.
 
          4.6          Automobile, Club Dues. Executive shall be provided for the CIC Severance Period at the Company’s expense with an automobile or automobile allowance (and reimbursement of related automobile expenses) commensurate with the practice in effect for executives at the date of the Change in Control, and reimbursement of club dues and assessments in accordance with the practice in effect for executives at the date of the Change in Control. The amount of reimbursable expenses under this Section 4.6 for one calendar year shall not affect the amount of reimbursable expenses in a subsequent calendar year and the reimbursement payment shall be made no later than the end of the calendar year following the calendar year during which the expense is incurred.
 
          4.7          Section 409A Compliance. To the extent applicable, this Agreement shall at all times be operated in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and the regulations and rulings thereunder (“Section 409A”), including any applicable transition rules. The Company shall have authority to take action, or refrain from taking any action, with respect to the payments and benefits under this Agreement that is reasonably necessary to comply with Section 409A. Specifically, the Company shall have the authority to delay the commencement of any payment or benefit under Section 4 to “key employees” of the Company (as determined by the Company in accordance with procedures established by the Company that are consistent with Section 409A) to a date which is six months after the date of Executive’s Termination of Employment (and on such date the payments that would otherwise have been made during such six-month period shall be made) to the extent such delay is required under the provisions of Section 409A, provided that the Company and Executive may agree to take into account any transitional rule available under Section 409A.
 
          4.8          Other Benefits. Except as expressly provided herein, all other fringe benefits provided to Executive as an active employee of the Company (e.g., long-term disability, AD&D, etc.), shall cease on his Date of Termination, provided that any conversion or extension rights applicable to such benefits shall be made available to Executive at his Date of Termination or when such coverages otherwise cease at the end of the CIC Severance Period.

 
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5.
LIMITATION ON BENEFITS.
 
          5.1          Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, any benefits payable or to be provided to Executive by the Company or its affiliates, whether pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise, which are treated as Severance Payments shall, but only to the extent necessary, be modified or reduced in the manner provided in 5.2 below so that the benefits payable or to be provided to Executive under this Agreement that are treated as Severance Payments, as well as any payments or benefits provided outside of this Agreement that are so treated, shall not cause the Company to have paid an Excess Severance Payment. In computing such amount, the parties shall take into account all provisions of Code Section 280G, and the regulations thereunder, including making appropriate adjustments to such calculation for amounts established to be Reasonable Compensation.
 
          5.2          In the event that the amount of any Severance Payments which would be payable to or for the benefit of Executive under this Agreement must be modified or reduced to comply with this Section 5, Executive shall direct which Severance Payments are to be modified or reduced; provided, however, that no increase in the amount of any payment or change in the timing of the payment shall be made without the consent of the Company.
 
          5.3          This Section 5 shall be interpreted so as to avoid the imposition of excise taxes on Executive under Section 4999 of the Code or the disallowance of a deduction to the Company pursuant to Section 280G(a) of the Code with respect to amounts payable under this Agreement or otherwise. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event will any of the provisions of this Section 5 create, without the consent of Executive, an obligation on the part of Executive to refund any amount to the Company following payment of such amount.
 
          5.4          In addition to the limits otherwise provided in this Section 5, to the extent permitted by law, Executive may in his sole discretion elect to reduce any payments he may be eligible to receive under this Agreement to prevent the imposition of excise taxes on Executive under Section 4999 of the Code.
 
          5.5          For purposes of this Section 5, the following definitions shall apply:
 
                           (a)          “Excess Severance Payment”. The term “Excess Severance Payment” shall have the same meaning as the term “excess parachute payment” defined in Section 280G(b)(1) of the Code.
 
                           (b)          “Severance Payment”. The term “Severance Payment” shall have the same meaning as the term “parachute payment” defined in Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code.
 
                           (c)          “Reasonable Compensation”. The term “Reasonable Compensation” shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 280G(b)(4) of the Code. The parties acknowledge and agree that, in the absence of a change in existing legal authorities or the issuance of contrary authorities, amounts received by Executive as damages under or as a result of a breach of this Agreement shall be considered Reasonable Compensation.
 
                           (d)          “Present Value”. The term “Present Value” shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 280G(d)(4) of the Code.

 
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6.
MISCELLANEOUS.
 
          6.1          No Obligation to Mitigate. Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided for under this Agreement by seeking other employment, nor shall the amount of any payment provided for under this Agreement be reduced by any compensation earned by Executive as a result of employment by another employer after the Date of Termination or otherwise
 
          6.2          Contract Non-Assignable. The parties acknowledge that this Agreement has been entered into due to, among other things, the special skills and knowledge of Executive, and agree that this Agreement may not be assigned or transferred by Executive.
 
          6.3          Successors; Binding Agreement.
 
                       (a)          In addition to any obligations imposed by law upon any successor to the Company, the Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company or that acquires a controlling stock interest in the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement, in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption and agreement prior to the effective date of such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement and shall entitle Executive to compensation and benefits from the Company under Section 4 in the amount and on the same terms as Executive would be entitled to hereunder if Executive were to terminate Executive’s employment for Good Reason.
 
                       (b)          This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representative, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If Executive shall die while any amount is still payable to Executive hereunder (other than amounts which, by their terms, terminate upon the death of Executive), all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the executors, personal representatives or administrators of Executive’s estate.
 
          6.4          Notices. All notices, requests, demands and other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or seven days after mailing if mailed first class, certified mail, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
 
 
If to the Company:
United Community Banks, Inc.
   
Attention: Secretary
   
P.O. Box 398
   
Blairsville, GA 30514

 
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If to Executive:
   
     
     
 
Any party may change the address to which notices, requests, demands and other communications shall be delivered or mailed by giving notice thereof to the other party in the same manner provided herein.
 
          6.5          Provisions Severable. If any provision or covenant, or any part thereof, of this Agreement should be held by any court to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, either in whole or in part, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of the remaining provisions or covenants, or any part thereof, of this Agreement, all of which shall remain in full force and effect.
 
          6.6          Waiver. Failure of either party to insist, in one or more instances, on performance by the other in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver or relinquishment of any right granted in this Agreement or the future performance of any such term or condition or of any other term or condition of this Agreement, unless such waiver is contained in a writing signed by the party making the waiver.
 
          6.7          Amendments and Modifications. This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a writing signed by both parties hereto, which makes specific reference to this Agreement.
 
          6.8          Governing Law. The validity and effect of this Agreement shall be governed by and be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia.
 
          6.9          Disputes; Legal Fees; Indemnification.
 
                        (a)          Disputes. All claims by Executive for compensation and benefits under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be directed to and be determined by the Board. Any denial by the Board of a claim for benefits under this Agreement shall be provided in writing to Executive within 30 days of such decision and shall set forth the specific reasons for the denial and the specific provisions of this Agreement relied upon. The Board shall afford a reasonable opportunity to Executive for a review of its decision denying a claim and shall further allow Executive to appeal in writing to the Board a decision of the Board within sixty (60) days after notification by the Board that Executive’s claim has been denied. To the extent permitted by applicable law, any further dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration in Atlanta, Georgia, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrator’s award in any court having jurisdiction.

 
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                        (b)          Legal Fees. If, in connection with a Change in Control, Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason or if the Company involuntarily terminates Executive without Cause, then, in the event Executive incurs legal fees and other expenses in seeking to obtain or to enforce any rights or benefits provided by this Agreement and is successful, in whole or in part, in obtaining or enforcing any such rights or benefits through settlement, mediation, arbitration or otherwise, the Company shall pay Executive’s reasonable legal fees and expenses and related costs incurred in enforcing this Agreement including, without limitation, attorneys fees and expenses, experts fees and expenses, investigative fees, and travel expenses. The legal fees, expenses and related costs payable to Executive under this Section 6.9(b) shall be paid within sixty (60) days after such amounts are determined to be payable pursuant to this Section 6.9(b). Except to the extent provided in the preceding sentences, each party shall pay its own legal fees and other expenses associated with any dispute under this Agreement.
 
                        (c)          Indemnification. During the Term of this Agreement and after Executive’s termination, the Company shall indemnify Executive and hold Executive harmless from and against any claim, performance as an officer, director or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or other affiliates or in any other capacity, including any fiduciary capacity, in which Executive serves at the Company’s request, in each case to the maximum extent permitted by law and under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws (the “Governing Documents”), provided that in no event shall the protection afforded to Executive hereunder be less than that afforded under the Governing Documents as in effect on the date of this Agreement except from changes mandated by law.
 
          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this amended and restated Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
 
    EXECUTIVE  
       
       
         
       
       
    UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC.  
       
         
   
By: 
   
         
Attest:
       
         
         
Secretary
       
(CORPORATE SEAL)
       
 
 
 
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