Letter Agreement

Management Agreement

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

 

This AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made as of May 11, 2005 between Samsonite Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Marcello Bottoli (“Executive”).

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive entered into an employment agreement on March 3, 2004 (the “Original Agreement”).

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend and restate the Original Agreement as set forth herein.

 

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree that the Original Agreement is amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

 

 

 

1.             Definitions.

 

 

“Affiliate” means, as applied to any specified Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with such Person. For purposes of the foregoing, “control,” when used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of Voting Stock, by contract or otherwise, and the terms “controlled” and “controlling” shall have meanings correlative to the foregoing.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Voting Stock” means, with respect to any Person, any shares of stock or other equity interests of any class or classes of such Person, the holders of which are entitled under ordinary circumstances (irrespective of whether at the time stock or other equity interests of any other class or classes shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote for the election of a majority of the directors, executives, trustees or other governing body of such Person.

 

 

 

2.             Employment. The Company shall continue to employ Executive, and Executive agrees to remain employed by the Company, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement for the period beginning on March 3, 2004 and ending as provided in paragraph 6 hereof (the “Employment Period”).

 

 

3.             Position and Duties.

 

 

(a)           Executive shall serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and shall have the normal duties, responsibilities, functions and authority of the Chief Executive Officer, subject to the power and authority of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”)

 

 

 

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to expand or limit such duties, responsibilities, functions and authority and to overrule actions of officers of the Company. During the Employment Period, Executive shall render such administrative, financial and other executive and managerial services to the Company and its Subsidiaries that are consistent with Executive’s position as the Board may from time to time direct.

 

 

(b)           Executive shall report directly to the Board and Executive shall devote his best efforts and substantially all of his business time and attention (except as may be reasonably required by Executive to perform his duties and responsibilities as a managing director of Samsonite Europe N.V. and for permitted vacation periods and reasonable periods of illness or other incapacity) to the business and affairs of the Company and its Subsidiaries. Executive shall perform his duties, responsibilities and functions to the Company and its Subsidiaries hereunder to the best of his abilities in a diligent, trustworthy, professional and efficient manner and shall comply with the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ policies and procedures in all material respects. In performing his duties and exercising his authority under the Agreement, Executive shall support and implement the business and strategic plans approved from time to time by the Board and shall support and cooperate with the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ efforts to expand their businesses and operate profitably and in conformity with the business and strategic plans approved by the Board. So long as Executive is employed by the Company, Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Board, actively engage in any other employment, occupation or consulting for any direct or indirect compensation, excluding his engagement as a managing director of Samsonite Europe N.V.; provided that Executive may continue to serve in his current capacity on the board of directors of the Italian company, Ratti, so long as such service does not require Executive to spend more than 7 days per annum engaged in such activities (the “Ratti Days”). Executive’s place of work shall be initially a location in the European Union and will vary subject to the needs of the Company’s business and the reasonable discretion of the Board. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence and subject to paragraph 6(i), Executive acknowledges and agrees that once a permanent operational headquarters has been established for the Company by the Board (the “Headquarters”) he will relocate to the Headquarters and that the terms of this Agreement shall continue after such relocation.

 

 

(c)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Subsidiaries” shall mean any corporation or other entity of which the securities or other ownership interests having the voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other governing body are, at the time of determination, owned by the Company, directly or through one or more subsidiaries of the Company. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, for purposes of this Agreement, “Subsidiaries” shall not include Samsonite Europe N.V. or any corporation or other entity of which the securities or other ownership interests having the voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other governing body are, at the time of determination, owned by Samsonite Europe N.V., directly or through one or more subsidiaries of Samsonite Europe N.V.

 

 

4.             Compensation and Benefits.

 

 

(a)           During the Employment Period, Executive’s base salary shall be €300,000 per annum and shall be subject to the review by the Board on an annual basis commencing January 1, 2005 (as adjusted from time to time, the “Base Salary”), which salary shall be payable by the Company in regular installments in accordance with the Company’s

 

 

 

 

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general payroll practices (in effect from time to time) and shall be subject to such withholdings as may be required by law.

 

 

(b)           During the Employment Period, the Company shall reimburse Executive for all reasonable business expenses incurred by him in the course of performing his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement that are consistent with the Company’s policies in effect from time to time with respect to travel, entertainment and other business expenses, subject to the Company’s requirements with respect to reporting and documentation of such expenses.

 

 

(c)           In addition to the Base Salary, during the Employment Period, Executive will be eligible to earn an annual bonus of up to €600,000 (subject to such withholdings as may be required by law) per annum based on the assessment of the compensation committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”) with respect to Executive’s performance during such year as measured against performance targets to be agreed between the Board and Executive on an annual basis.

 

 

(d)           Furthermore, so long as the Executive remains employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, the Company will pay Executive, on January 31st of each year, commencing January 31st, 2005, an aggregate amount equal to the sum of: (1) the benefit that the Executive would otherwise accrue if Executive were eligible to participate on the same basis as other senior executive employees of the Company in the Company’s salaried pension plan and supplemental retirement plan, provided that for the purposes of such calculation no statutory or plan compensation maximum limits shall apply and Executive shall be deemed to have a base salary equal to the Base Salary plus €100,000 (or any other amount as agreed to in writing by the Company and the Executive); plus (2) the amount of $6,500 for the 2005 payment, $7,000 for the 2006 payment, $7,500 for the 2007 payment, and $7,500 indexed for inflation for years after 2007. With reference to payments made under the preceding sentence, if prior to March 3, 2009 Executive’s employment is either terminated by the Company or Executive resigns from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, in either case for any reason other than the Company is declared insolvent or bankrupt in any federal or state bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, then Executive shall owe and pay the Company a cash amount equal to the aggregate payments (net of deductions made by the Company for federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes, excise tax, employment taxes, or any other deductions or withholdings) made by the Company under this paragraph 4(d); provided that if Employee is employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company on the applicable date in the column immediately below, Employee shall not be obligated to the Company for more than the applicable percentage of payments made under clause (2) of the preceding sentence:

 

 

 

 

On or after March 3:

 

 Applicable Percentage:

 

 

2005

 

 80%

 

 

2006

 

 60%

 

 

2007

 

 40%

 

 

2008

 

 20%

 

 

2009 and thereafter

 

  0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All payments made by the Company pursuant to this paragraph 4(d) shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s general payroll practices (in effect from time to time) and shall be subject to such withholdings as may be required by law.

 

 

 

(e)           Executive shall be entitled to four paid weeks of vacation per year during the Employment Period (excluding the Ratti Days), to be accrued and taken in accordance with the Company’s normal vacation policy applicable to senior executive employees.

 

 

(f)            Executive hereby opts out of all of the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ employee benefit plans, programs, arrangements, and agreements for which Executive may otherwise be eligible and releases the Company and its Subsidiaries from any obligations related thereto and waives any claims thereunder or related thereto.

 

 

5.             Board Membership. With respect to all regular elections of directors during the Employment Period, after termination of the Samsonite Corporate Therapeutics, as adopted pursuant to the Stipulation of Settlement dated as of April 28, 2000, by and among the Company and certain third parties thereto, the parties acknowledge that it is the intention of the parties that the Company shall cause Executive to be nominated to, and Executive shall if elected serve as a member of, the Board. Upon the termination or expiration of the Employment Period, Executive shall resign as a director of the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, as the case may be.

 

 

6.             Term.

 

(a)           The Employment Period shall continue for an indefinite period; provided that the Employment Period shall terminate (i) immediately upon Executive’s death or Disability, or (ii) upon 45 days prior written notice (a “Notice Period”) upon Executive’s resignation (with or without Good Reason, as defined below), or (iii) immediately upon the Board’s determination in its good faith judgment that termination of Executive’s employment for Cause (as defined below) is in the best interests of the Company, or (iv) upon 45 days prior written notice (also a “Notice Period”) upon the Board’s determination in its good faith judgment that termination of Executive’s employment without Cause is in the best interests of the Company.

 

 

(b)           If the Employment Period is terminated (1) by the Company without Cause (other than as a result of Executive’s Disability) or (2) upon Executive’s resignation with Good Reason, Executive shall be entitled to:

 

 

(i)            his Base Salary through the date of termination or resignation; and

 

 

(ii)           any bonus amounts to which Executive is entitled through the date of the initiation of the Notice Period, measured and paid at the end of the annual period specified in and pursuant to the criteria set forth in paragraph 4(c), as determined by reference to years that ended on or prior to the earlier of the date of the initiation of the Notice Period, if applicable, or the date of termination or resignation.

 

 

(c)           If the Employment Period is terminated by the Company without Cause (other than as a result of Executive’s Disability), then, in addition to paragraph 6(b) above,

 

 

 

 

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Executive shall be entitled to an amount equal to twenty-four (24) months of Executive’s Base Salary and eighteen (18) months of bonus (minus any payments owed to the Company pursuant to paragraph 4(d), in each case calculated as the average of Base Salary and bonus paid by the Company to Executive during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, as the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company) (the “Severance Compensation”), which shall be payable in a lump sum in cash within 30 days after the date the Employment Period is terminated if and only if Executive has executed and delivered to the Company a general release (other than with respect to those matters as may arise from Executive’s direct or indirect ownership of shares of the Company, Executive’s rights to applicable statutory benefits after termination, and Executive’s other rights on termination as contained herein) in form and substance satisfactory to the Company and only so long as Executive has not breached the provisions of paragraphs 7 and 8 hereof.

 

 

(d)           If the Employment Period is terminated (1) by the Company for Cause, (2) due to Executive’s death or Disability or (3) by Executive’s resignation without Good Reason, Executive, or his estate, as applicable, shall be entitled to receive (i) his Base Salary through the date of termination or resignation and (ii) any bonus amounts to which Executive is entitled determined by reference to years that ended on or prior to the date of termination or resignation.

 

 

(e)           Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, Executive shall not be entitled to any other salary, bonuses, employee benefits or compensation from the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates after the termination or expiration of the Employment Period and all of Executive’s rights to salary, bonuses, employee benefits and other compensation hereunder which would have accrued or become payable after the termination or expiration of the Employment Period (other than amounts owing hereunder as of the date of such termination or expiration that have not yet been paid) shall cease upon such termination or expiration, other than those expressly required under applicable law.

 

 

(f)            The Company may offset any amounts Executive owes it or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates (including any indemnities Executive owes to the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates) against any amounts it owes, or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates owe, Executive hereunder, subject to any requirements of applicable law.

 

 

(g)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” means (i) the engaging by Executive in gross negligence or wilful misconduct that is injurious to any of the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, (ii) the embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates by Executive or the conviction of Executive of a felony or the entrance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere by Executive to a felony, (iii) the wilful failure or refusal by Executive to substantially perform his duties or responsibilities that continues after being brought to the attention of Executive (other than any such failure resulting from Executive’s incapacity due to Executive becoming Disabled), (iv) conduct causing the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates substantial public disgrace or disrepute, (v) any act or omission aiding or abetting a competitor, supplier or customer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to the material disadvantage or detriment of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, (vi) any other material breach of Executive’s employment agreement or terms of employment,

 

 

 

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as applicable, which is not cured to the Board’s reasonable satisfaction, after written notice to Executive and opportunity to cure.

 

 

(h)           Executive will be “Disabled” or deemed to have a “Disability” only if the Board determines in good faith, based on medical evidence acceptable to it, that Executive has become physically or mentally disabled or incapacitated during his employment for a continuous period of at least ninety (90) days to such an extent that he shall be unable to perform his duties.

 

 

(i)            For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean, so long as Executive has not been guilty of (a) engaging in willful misconduct that is materially injurious to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates , (b) the embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or the conviction of Executive of a felony or the entrance of a plea of guilty by Executive to a felony or (c) the failure or refusal by Executive to devote his full business time and attention to the performance of Executive’s duties and responsibilities pursuant to Executive’s employment or similar agreement with the Company and/or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, Executive resigns from employment with the Company as a result of one or more of the following reasons: (i) within 24 months from the commencement of the Employment Period the Board has not resolved that the Headquarters will be located in a “major” European city or its environs (an “Acceptable Location”), or has resolved that the Headquarters will not be located in an Acceptable Location (the “Affirmative Decision”), provided that written notice of Executive’s resignation must be delivered to the Company within twelve (12) months of the earlier of the expiration of such 24-month period or the date of the Affirmative Decision in order for Executive’s resignation with Good Reason to be effective hereunder, (ii) the assignment to Executive by the Company of duties inconsistent with Executive’s position, duties or responsibilities as in effect on March 3, 2004, including, but not limited to, any material reduction in such position, duties or responsibilities or material change in his title, or (iii) any material breach by the Company (or its successors) of this Agreement, in each case set forth above which is not cured to Executive’s reasonable satisfaction within 15 days after written notice thereof to the Company; provided that written notice of Executive’s resignation must be delivered to the Company within 45 days after the occurrence (or, 15 days after the date upon which Executive is aware, after due inquiry, of such breach, if later) of any such material breach in order for Executive’s resignation with Good Reason to be effective hereunder, provided that in each case of clauses (i), (ii) or (iii) of this paragraph 6(i), Executive did not give prior written consent, which consent may be withheld in Executive’s sole discretion.

 

 

7.             Confidential Information.

 

 

(a)           Unless otherwise required by law or judicial process, Executive shall keep confidential all Confidential Information known to Executive concerning the Company, its Subsidiaries, or its Affiliates and their respective businesses during the Employment Period and for the shorter of three (3) years following the termination of the Employment Period or until such information is publicly disclosed by the Company or otherwise becomes publicly disclosed other than through Executive’s actions; provided that Executive shall provide notice to the Company in advance of any disclosure required by law or judicial process in a timely manner to permit the Company to oppose such compelled disclosure.

 

 

 

 

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(b)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” shall mean proprietary information of the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates of any nature and in any form or information about the Company’s, its Subsidiaries’ or its Affiliates’ business, operations, strategy, personnel or plans which is not made publicly available by the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, except for information independently developed by Executive without any use of Confidential Information or which was at the time of disclosure to Executive part of the public domain or thereafter becomes generally part of the public domain other than through Executive’s actions, or which Executive can demonstrate was lawfully in Executive’s possession prior to disclosure to Executive by the Company or was lawfully received by Executive after disclosure from a third party. For the avoidance of doubt, after the Non-compete Period defined below, or if the Company shall not make the written election provided for in paragraphs 8(b)(i) or 8(b)(ii) below, as applicable, the provisions of paragraph 7(a) shall not be construed to prevent Executive from taking any employment on grounds that Executive possesses general or specific knowledge of any such Confidential Information.

 

 

(c)           Upon termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, Executive shall return all property belonging to the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, as applicable, including any and all Confidential Information in Executive’s possession or under his control.

 

 

8.             Non-compete

 

 

(a)           Executive agrees that during the Employment Period and for a period of one (1) year thereafter (the “Non-compete Period”), Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, as a principal, officer, director, employee or in any other capacity whatsoever, without the prior written consent of the Company, engage in, or be or become interested or acquire any ownership of any kind in, or become associated with, or make loans or advance property to any person engaged in or about to engage in, any business activity that is in competition with any of the businesses engaged in by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates during the Employment Period, or in which, during the Employment Period, the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates made preparations to engage, in any of the geographic areas in which such businesses are then conducted by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, have been conducted by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates during the twelve months preceding the termination of the Employment Period, or in which the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates conducts business during the Non-compete Period.

 

 

(b)           Unless Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company for Cause or the Company delivers to Executive its written election terminating the Non-compete Period, Executive’s obligations under paragraph 8(a) above shall be subject to payment of compensation by the Company to Executive during the Non-compete Period, determined as follows:

 

 

(i)            if Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause, the Company shall pay to Executive monthly, in addition to any Severance Compensation, a pro rata portion of his annual salary, calculated as the average of Executive’s salary compensation during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company); or

 

 

 

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(ii)           if Executive’s employment is terminated by Executive with or without Good Reason, the Company shall pay to Executive monthly a pro rata portion of his annual salary, calculated as the average of Executive’s salary compensation during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company), plus, provided that Executive still owns directly or indirectly any 2003 convertible preferred stock of the Company or shares of common stock of the Company resulting from the (a) exercise of options granted by the Company on or from March 3, 2004 or (b) conversion of 2003 convertible preferred stock of the Company, the greater of his average bonus (excluding any payments made pursuant to paragraph 4(d)) during the previous 3 year period or 50% of his allocated bonus (excluding any payments made pursuant to paragraph 4(d)).

 

 

Each payment specified in paragraphs 8(b)(i) and 8(b)(ii) is a “Non-compete Payment.”

 

 

 

(c)           The Non-compete Payment will cease on the earlier of (i) the effective date of the Company’s written election to Executive terminating the Non-compete Period; (ii) Executive’s acceptance of alternative employment or engagement in business activity, which does not violate Executive’s obligations under this paragraph 8, in either case for monetary compensation equal to or greater than 100% of Executive’s prior year Base Salary (provided that service on a board of directors shall not be deemed to be engagement in business activity); or (iii) the end of the Non-compete Period.

 

 

(d)           Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent Executive from making or holding any investment in any amount in securities traded on any national securities exchange or traded in the over the counter market, provided said investments do not exceed one percent (1%) of the issued and outstanding stock of any one such corporation, and provided further that Executive has no active participation in the business of such corporation.

 

 

(e)           During the Non-compete Period, Executive shall not directly or indirectly through another person or entity knowingly or intentionally (i) induce or attempt to induce any person known to him to be an employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to leave the employ of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or in any way interfere with the relationship between the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates and any employee thereof, (ii) hire any person known to him to have been an employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates at any time during the twelve (12) months prior to the termination of the Employment Period or (iii) induce or attempt to induce any material customer, supplier, licensee, licensor, franchisee or other business relation of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to cease doing, or modify its, business with the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such material customer, supplier, licensee or business relation (known to him) and the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates (including, without limitation, making any negative or disparaging statements or communications regarding the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates and/or their officers, directors, shareholders and employees).

 

 

(f)            If, at the time of enforcement of this paragraph 8, a court shall hold that the duration, scope or area restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties agree that the maximum duration, scope or area reasonable under such circumstances shall be substituted for the stated duration, scope or area and that the

 

 

 

 

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court shall be allowed to revise the restrictions contained herein to cover the maximum period, scope and area permitted by law. Executive acknowledges that the restrictions contained in this paragraph 8 are reasonable and that he has reviewed the provisions of this Agreement with his legal counsel.

 

 

(g)           This paragraph 8 will survive and continue in full force in accordance with its terms notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement.

 

 

9.             Executive’s Representations. Except as set forth on Schedule 9 attached hereto, Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company that (i) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by Executive do not and shall not conflict with, breach, violate or cause a default under any contract, agreement, instrument, order, judgment or decree to which Executive is a party or by which he is bound, (ii) Executive is not a party to or bound by any employment agreement, non-compete agreement or confidentiality agreement with any other person or entity and (iii) upon the execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company, this Agreement shall be the valid and binding obligation of Executive, enforceable in accordance with its terms. Executive hereby acknowledges and represents that he has consulted with independent legal counsel regarding his rights and obligations under this Agreement and that he fully understands the terms and conditions contained herein.

 

 

10.           Survival. Paragraphs 6 through 23 shall survive and continue in full force in accordance with their terms notwithstanding the expiration or termination of the Employment Period.

 

 

11.           Notices. Any notice provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be either personally delivered, sent by reputable overnight courier service or mailed by first class mail, return receipt requested, to the recipient at the address below indicated:

 

 

Notices to Executive:

 

 

 

c/o Jason Warner

9400 South Dadeland Boulevard

Suite 600

Miami, Florida 33156

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Facsimile: +1 (305) 670-0005

 

 

 

 

 

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With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Jason Warner <jason.warner@abanet.org>

 

 

 

With a further copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Stefania Tomasini

Studio Dott. Guido Severgnini

Via Camperio, 9

20123 Milan

ITALY

Facsimile: +39 0286998501

 

 

 

 

 

Notices to the Company:

 

 

 

Samsonite Corporation

11200 East 45th Street

Denver, Colorado 80239

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Facsimile: +1 (303) 373-6606

Attention: General Counsel

 

 

 

With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Tower 42

25 Old Broad Street

London EC2N 1HQ

UNITED KINGDOM

Facsimile: +44 (0)20 7816 8800

 

Attention: James L. Learner

David Patrick Eich

 

 

 

or such other address or to the attention of such other person as the recipient party shall have specified by prior written notice to the sending party. Any notice under this Agreement shall be deemed to have been given when so delivered, sent or mailed.

 

 

 

12.           Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement or any action in any other jurisdiction, but this Agreement shall be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

 

 

13.           Complete Agreement. This Agreement, those documents (except the Original Agreement) expressly referred to herein and other documents of even date herewith embody the complete agreement and understanding among the parties and supersede and

 

 

 

 

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preempt any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or among the parties, written or oral, which may have related to the subject matter hereof in any way.

 

 

14.           No Strict Construction. The language used in this Agreement shall be deemed to be the language chosen by the parties hereto to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction shall be applied against any party.

 

 

15.           Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in separate counterparts (including by means of facsimile), each of which is deemed to be an original and all of which taken together constitute one and the same agreement.

 

 

16.           Successors and Assigns. The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company, by agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Executive, expressly to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place. This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and any successor to the Company, including without limitation any persons acquiring directly or indirectly all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company whether by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise (and such successor shall thereafter be deemed the “Company” for the purposes of this Agreement), but will not otherwise be assignable, transferable or delegable by the Company. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees and legatees, but otherwise will not otherwise be assignable, transferable or delegable by Executive. This Agreement is personal in nature and neither of the parties hereto shall, without the consent of the other, assign, transfer or delegate this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder except as otherwise expressly provided in this paragraph 16.

 

 

17.           Choice of Law. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement and the exhibits and schedules hereto shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

 

 

18.           Amendment and Waiver. The provisions of this Agreement may be amended or waived only with the prior written consent of the Company (as approved by the Board) and Executive, and no course of conduct or course of dealing or failure or delay by any party hereto in enforcing or exercising any of the provisions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, the Company’s right to terminate the Employment Period for Cause or, except as otherwise stated herein, Executive’s right to terminate the Employment Agreement for Good Reason) shall affect the validity, binding effect or enforceability of this Agreement or be deemed to be an implied waiver of any provision of this Agreement.

 

 

19.           Insurance. The Company may, at its discretion, apply for and procure in its own name and for its own benefit life and/or disability insurance on Executive in any amount or amounts considered advisable. Executive agrees to cooperate in any medical or other examination, supply any information and execute and deliver any applications or other instruments in writing as may be reasonably necessary to obtain and constitute such

 

 

 

 

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insurance. Executive hereby represents that he has no reason to believe that his life is not insurable at rates now prevailing for healthy men of his age.

 

 

20.           Indemnification and Reimbursement of Payments on Behalf of Executive. The Company and its respective Subsidiaries and Affiliates, if applicable, shall be entitled to deduct or withhold from any amounts owing from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to Executive any federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes, excise tax, or employment taxes (“Taxes”) imposed with respect to Executive’s compensation or other payments from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or Executive’s ownership interest in the Company (including, without limitation, wages, bonuses, dividends, the receipt or exercise of equity options and/or the receipt or vesting of restricted equity). In the event the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates does not make such deductions or withholdings, Executive shall indemnify the Company and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates for any amounts paid with respect to any such Taxes, together (if such failure to withhold was at the written direction of Executive or if Executive has not provided the Company with the information necessary to make such deductions or withholdings) with any interest, penalties and related expenses thereto.

 

 

21.           Waiver of Jury Trial. AS A SPECIFICALLY BARGAINED FOR INDUCEMENT FOR EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT (AFTER HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH COUNSEL), EACH PARTY HERETO EXPRESSLY WAIVES THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO OR ARISING IN ANY WAY FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR THE MATTERS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

 

 

22.           Corporate Opportunity. During the Employment Period, Executive shall submit to the Board all business, commercial and investment opportunities or offers presented to Executive or of which Executive becomes aware which relate to the business of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates at any time during the Employment Period (“Corporate Opportunities”). Unless approved by the Board, Executive shall not accept or pursue, directly or indirectly, any Corporate Opportunities on Executive’s own behalf.

 

23.           Executive’s Cooperation. During the Employment Period and thereafter, Executive shall cooperate with the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates in any internal investigation or administrative, regulatory or judicial proceeding as reasonably requested by the Company (including, without limitation, Executive being available to the Company upon reasonable notice for interviews and factual investigations, appearing at the Company’s request to give testimony without requiring service of a subpoena or other legal process, volunteering to the Company all pertinent information and turning over to the Company all relevant documents which are or may come into Executive’s possession, in all cases by providing truthful and accurate information and all at times and on schedules that are reasonably consistent with Executive’s other permitted activities and commitments). In the event the Company requires Executive’s cooperation in accordance with this paragraph, solely in recognition of Executive’s time and expenses he may incur, the Company shall pay Executive a per diem reasonably determined by the Board and reimburse Executive for reasonable expenses incurred in connection therewith (including lodging and meals, upon submission of receipts, and reasonable attorneys’ fees, except in relation to matters as to which Executive is liable for negligence or misconduct).

 

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Employment Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

 

 

 

 SAMSONITE CORPORATION

 

 

 By:

 /s/ Richard Wiley

 

 

 

 Its:

 CFO

 

 

 

 /s/ Marcello Bottoli

 

 

 

 MARCELLO BOTTOLI

 

 

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE 9

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT DATED AS OF MARCH 3, 2004 BETWEEN SAMSONITE CORPORATION AND MARCELLO BOTTOLI

 

 

 

 

 

Executive is subject to certain confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations related to his previous employment with MOET HENNESY LOUIS VUITTON (“LVMH”) and its subsidiaries, under the contract provisions set forth below. The French text set forth below is the official text of the subject agreements and the English translation is unofficial.

 

 

 

1.             Confidentiality provision under employment agreement dated May 10th, 2001:

 

 

 

“ Secret professionnel

 

 

 

Le titulaire accepte de garder confidentiel pendant toute la durée de l’emploi, ainsi qu’aprés, tout ce dont il pourrait avoir eu connaissance en raison de ses fonctions. Cela inclut en particulier toute information concernant des produits existants ou futurs, les services offerts ou utilisés par la Societé, toute information concernat les strategies de la Société sur les produits, les ventes, couts, prix, organigrammes, clients, fournisseurs, etc. Toute exception a cette obligation de secret professionnel est soumise à l’approbation préalable et écrite de la Direction Générale du Groupe”.

 

 

 

“ Professional Secret

 

 

 

The executive accepts to maintain confidential during the duration of the employment and beyond all that he could have come to know due to his functions. This includes in particular all information regarding existing or future products, services offered or used by the Company, all information regarding company strategies on products, sales, costs, prices, organisation charts, customers, suppliers, etc. Any exception to this obligation of professional secret has to be submitted to prior written approval by the General Management of the Group.”

 

 

 

2.             Confidentiality provision under document dated March 13th, 2003:

 

 

 

“Monsieur Marcello Bottoli s’engage et ce sans limitation de durée, à ne pas reveler ni utiliser pour son compte ou pour le compte d’autrui, toutes informations considérées comme confidentielles par le Groupe. Par “informations confidentielles”, il faut comprendre toutes les informations qui ne sont pas connues du public, ou qui ne se trouvent pas dans le domaine public, et dont Monsieur Marcello Bottoli a eu connaissance en raison de ses fonctions depuis son entrée dans le Groupe”.

 

 

 

“Mr. Marcello Bottoli commits without limitation of time not to reveal or use for himself or on behalf of third parties all information considered as confidential by the Group. “Confidential information” is meant to be all information which are not known to the public or which is not in the public domain, which Mr. Marcello Bottoli has come to know due to his functions since his joining the Group.”

 

 

 

 

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3.             Non-solicitation clause under employment agreement dated May 10th, 2001, expiring December 9, 2004:

 

 

 

“ Clause de non-debauchage En cas de cessation du present contrat, et quelle qu’en soit la cause, le titulaire s’interdit , pendant une periode de 2 ans , de recruter ou de favoriser le recrutement d’une façon directe ou indirecte, d’un salarié du Groupe d’activités Mode et Maroquinerie - LVMH, ou d’un ancien salarié l’ayant quitté depuis moins de 6 mois.

 

 

 

“Non solicitation clause

 

In case of termination of this agreement and regardless of the cause of termination, the executive is prohibited to hire or favor directly or indirectly the hiring of a Divisional (LVMH Fashion & Leather Goods Division) employee or of a previous employee, having left the Division since less than 6 months. “

 

 

 

 

EX-10.1 2 a05-9536_1ex10d1.htm EX-10.1

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

 

This AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made as of May 11, 2005 between Samsonite Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Marcello Bottoli (“Executive”).

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive entered into an employment agreement on March 3, 2004 (the “Original Agreement”).

 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend and restate the Original Agreement as set forth herein.

 

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree that the Original Agreement is amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

 

 

 

1.             Definitions.

 

 

“Affiliate” means, as applied to any specified Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with such Person. For purposes of the foregoing, “control,” when used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of Voting Stock, by contract or otherwise, and the terms “controlled” and “controlling” shall have meanings correlative to the foregoing.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Voting Stock” means, with respect to any Person, any shares of stock or other equity interests of any class or classes of such Person, the holders of which are entitled under ordinary circumstances (irrespective of whether at the time stock or other equity interests of any other class or classes shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) to vote for the election of a majority of the directors, executives, trustees or other governing body of such Person.

 

 

 

2.             Employment. The Company shall continue to employ Executive, and Executive agrees to remain employed by the Company, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement for the period beginning on March 3, 2004 and ending as provided in paragraph 6 hereof (the “Employment Period”).

 

 

3.             Position and Duties.

 

 

(a)           Executive shall serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and shall have the normal duties, responsibilities, functions and authority of the Chief Executive Officer, subject to the power and authority of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”)

 

 

 

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to expand or limit such duties, responsibilities, functions and authority and to overrule actions of officers of the Company. During the Employment Period, Executive shall render such administrative, financial and other executive and managerial services to the Company and its Subsidiaries that are consistent with Executive’s position as the Board may from time to time direct.

 

 

(b)           Executive shall report directly to the Board and Executive shall devote his best efforts and substantially all of his business time and attention (except as may be reasonably required by Executive to perform his duties and responsibilities as a managing director of Samsonite Europe N.V. and for permitted vacation periods and reasonable periods of illness or other incapacity) to the business and affairs of the Company and its Subsidiaries. Executive shall perform his duties, responsibilities and functions to the Company and its Subsidiaries hereunder to the best of his abilities in a diligent, trustworthy, professional and efficient manner and shall comply with the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ policies and procedures in all material respects. In performing his duties and exercising his authority under the Agreement, Executive shall support and implement the business and strategic plans approved from time to time by the Board and shall support and cooperate with the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ efforts to expand their businesses and operate profitably and in conformity with the business and strategic plans approved by the Board. So long as Executive is employed by the Company, Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Board, actively engage in any other employment, occupation or consulting for any direct or indirect compensation, excluding his engagement as a managing director of Samsonite Europe N.V.; provided that Executive may continue to serve in his current capacity on the board of directors of the Italian company, Ratti, so long as such service does not require Executive to spend more than 7 days per annum engaged in such activities (the “Ratti Days”). Executive’s place of work shall be initially a location in the European Union and will vary subject to the needs of the Company’s business and the reasonable discretion of the Board. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence and subject to paragraph 6(i), Executive acknowledges and agrees that once a permanent operational headquarters has been established for the Company by the Board (the “Headquarters”) he will relocate to the Headquarters and that the terms of this Agreement shall continue after such relocation.

 

 

(c)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Subsidiaries” shall mean any corporation or other entity of which the securities or other ownership interests having the voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other governing body are, at the time of determination, owned by the Company, directly or through one or more subsidiaries of the Company. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, for purposes of this Agreement, “Subsidiaries” shall not include Samsonite Europe N.V. or any corporation or other entity of which the securities or other ownership interests having the voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other governing body are, at the time of determination, owned by Samsonite Europe N.V., directly or through one or more subsidiaries of Samsonite Europe N.V.

 

 

4.             Compensation and Benefits.

 

 

(a)           During the Employment Period, Executive’s base salary shall be €300,000 per annum and shall be subject to the review by the Board on an annual basis commencing January 1, 2005 (as adjusted from time to time, the “Base Salary”), which salary shall be payable by the Company in regular installments in accordance with the Company’s

 

 

 

 

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general payroll practices (in effect from time to time) and shall be subject to such withholdings as may be required by law.

 

 

(b)           During the Employment Period, the Company shall reimburse Executive for all reasonable business expenses incurred by him in the course of performing his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement that are consistent with the Company’s policies in effect from time to time with respect to travel, entertainment and other business expenses, subject to the Company’s requirements with respect to reporting and documentation of such expenses.

 

 

(c)           In addition to the Base Salary, during the Employment Period, Executive will be eligible to earn an annual bonus of up to €600,000 (subject to such withholdings as may be required by law) per annum based on the assessment of the compensation committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”) with respect to Executive’s performance during such year as measured against performance targets to be agreed between the Board and Executive on an annual basis.

 

 

(d)           Furthermore, so long as the Executive remains employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, the Company will pay Executive, on January 31st of each year, commencing January 31st, 2005, an aggregate amount equal to the sum of: (1) the benefit that the Executive would otherwise accrue if Executive were eligible to participate on the same basis as other senior executive employees of the Company in the Company’s salaried pension plan and supplemental retirement plan, provided that for the purposes of such calculation no statutory or plan compensation maximum limits shall apply and Executive shall be deemed to have a base salary equal to the Base Salary plus €100,000 (or any other amount as agreed to in writing by the Company and the Executive); plus (2) the amount of $6,500 for the 2005 payment, $7,000 for the 2006 payment, $7,500 for the 2007 payment, and $7,500 indexed for inflation for years after 2007. With reference to payments made under the preceding sentence, if prior to March 3, 2009 Executive’s employment is either terminated by the Company or Executive resigns from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, in either case for any reason other than the Company is declared insolvent or bankrupt in any federal or state bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, then Executive shall owe and pay the Company a cash amount equal to the aggregate payments (net of deductions made by the Company for federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes, excise tax, employment taxes, or any other deductions or withholdings) made by the Company under this paragraph 4(d); provided that if Employee is employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company on the applicable date in the column immediately below, Employee shall not be obligated to the Company for more than the applicable percentage of payments made under clause (2) of the preceding sentence:

 

 

 

 

On or after March 3:

 

 Applicable Percentage:

 

 

2005

 

 80%

 

 

2006

 

 60%

 

 

2007

 

 40%

 

 

2008

 

 20%

 

 

2009 and thereafter

 

  0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All payments made by the Company pursuant to this paragraph 4(d) shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s general payroll practices (in effect from time to time) and shall be subject to such withholdings as may be required by law.

 

 

 

(e)           Executive shall be entitled to four paid weeks of vacation per year during the Employment Period (excluding the Ratti Days), to be accrued and taken in accordance with the Company’s normal vacation policy applicable to senior executive employees.

 

 

(f)            Executive hereby opts out of all of the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ employee benefit plans, programs, arrangements, and agreements for which Executive may otherwise be eligible and releases the Company and its Subsidiaries from any obligations related thereto and waives any claims thereunder or related thereto.

 

 

5.             Board Membership. With respect to all regular elections of directors during the Employment Period, after termination of the Samsonite Corporate Therapeutics, as adopted pursuant to the Stipulation of Settlement dated as of April 28, 2000, by and among the Company and certain third parties thereto, the parties acknowledge that it is the intention of the parties that the Company shall cause Executive to be nominated to, and Executive shall if elected serve as a member of, the Board. Upon the termination or expiration of the Employment Period, Executive shall resign as a director of the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, as the case may be.

 

 

6.             Term.

 

(a)           The Employment Period shall continue for an indefinite period; provided that the Employment Period shall terminate (i) immediately upon Executive’s death or Disability, or (ii) upon 45 days prior written notice (a “Notice Period”) upon Executive’s resignation (with or without Good Reason, as defined below), or (iii) immediately upon the Board’s determination in its good faith judgment that termination of Executive’s employment for Cause (as defined below) is in the best interests of the Company, or (iv) upon 45 days prior written notice (also a “Notice Period”) upon the Board’s determination in its good faith judgment that termination of Executive’s employment without Cause is in the best interests of the Company.

 

 

(b)           If the Employment Period is terminated (1) by the Company without Cause (other than as a result of Executive’s Disability) or (2) upon Executive’s resignation with Good Reason, Executive shall be entitled to:

 

 

(i)            his Base Salary through the date of termination or resignation; and

 

 

(ii)           any bonus amounts to which Executive is entitled through the date of the initiation of the Notice Period, measured and paid at the end of the annual period specified in and pursuant to the criteria set forth in paragraph 4(c), as determined by reference to years that ended on or prior to the earlier of the date of the initiation of the Notice Period, if applicable, or the date of termination or resignation.

 

 

(c)           If the Employment Period is terminated by the Company without Cause (other than as a result of Executive’s Disability), then, in addition to paragraph 6(b) above,

 

 

 

 

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Executive shall be entitled to an amount equal to twenty-four (24) months of Executive’s Base Salary and eighteen (18) months of bonus (minus any payments owed to the Company pursuant to paragraph 4(d), in each case calculated as the average of Base Salary and bonus paid by the Company to Executive during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, as the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company) (the “Severance Compensation”), which shall be payable in a lump sum in cash within 30 days after the date the Employment Period is terminated if and only if Executive has executed and delivered to the Company a general release (other than with respect to those matters as may arise from Executive’s direct or indirect ownership of shares of the Company, Executive’s rights to applicable statutory benefits after termination, and Executive’s other rights on termination as contained herein) in form and substance satisfactory to the Company and only so long as Executive has not breached the provisions of paragraphs 7 and 8 hereof.

 

 

(d)           If the Employment Period is terminated (1) by the Company for Cause, (2) due to Executive’s death or Disability or (3) by Executive’s resignation without Good Reason, Executive, or his estate, as applicable, shall be entitled to receive (i) his Base Salary through the date of termination or resignation and (ii) any bonus amounts to which Executive is entitled determined by reference to years that ended on or prior to the date of termination or resignation.

 

 

(e)           Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, Executive shall not be entitled to any other salary, bonuses, employee benefits or compensation from the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates after the termination or expiration of the Employment Period and all of Executive’s rights to salary, bonuses, employee benefits and other compensation hereunder which would have accrued or become payable after the termination or expiration of the Employment Period (other than amounts owing hereunder as of the date of such termination or expiration that have not yet been paid) shall cease upon such termination or expiration, other than those expressly required under applicable law.

 

 

(f)            The Company may offset any amounts Executive owes it or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates (including any indemnities Executive owes to the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates) against any amounts it owes, or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates owe, Executive hereunder, subject to any requirements of applicable law.

 

 

(g)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” means (i) the engaging by Executive in gross negligence or wilful misconduct that is injurious to any of the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, (ii) the embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates by Executive or the conviction of Executive of a felony or the entrance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere by Executive to a felony, (iii) the wilful failure or refusal by Executive to substantially perform his duties or responsibilities that continues after being brought to the attention of Executive (other than any such failure resulting from Executive’s incapacity due to Executive becoming Disabled), (iv) conduct causing the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates substantial public disgrace or disrepute, (v) any act or omission aiding or abetting a competitor, supplier or customer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to the material disadvantage or detriment of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, (vi) any other material breach of Executive’s employment agreement or terms of employment,

 

 

 

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as applicable, which is not cured to the Board’s reasonable satisfaction, after written notice to Executive and opportunity to cure.

 

 

(h)           Executive will be “Disabled” or deemed to have a “Disability” only if the Board determines in good faith, based on medical evidence acceptable to it, that Executive has become physically or mentally disabled or incapacitated during his employment for a continuous period of at least ninety (90) days to such an extent that he shall be unable to perform his duties.

 

 

(i)            For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean, so long as Executive has not been guilty of (a) engaging in willful misconduct that is materially injurious to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates , (b) the embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or the conviction of Executive of a felony or the entrance of a plea of guilty by Executive to a felony or (c) the failure or refusal by Executive to devote his full business time and attention to the performance of Executive’s duties and responsibilities pursuant to Executive’s employment or similar agreement with the Company and/or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, Executive resigns from employment with the Company as a result of one or more of the following reasons: (i) within 24 months from the commencement of the Employment Period the Board has not resolved that the Headquarters will be located in a “major” European city or its environs (an “Acceptable Location”), or has resolved that the Headquarters will not be located in an Acceptable Location (the “Affirmative Decision”), provided that written notice of Executive’s resignation must be delivered to the Company within twelve (12) months of the earlier of the expiration of such 24-month period or the date of the Affirmative Decision in order for Executive’s resignation with Good Reason to be effective hereunder, (ii) the assignment to Executive by the Company of duties inconsistent with Executive’s position, duties or responsibilities as in effect on March 3, 2004, including, but not limited to, any material reduction in such position, duties or responsibilities or material change in his title, or (iii) any material breach by the Company (or its successors) of this Agreement, in each case set forth above which is not cured to Executive’s reasonable satisfaction within 15 days after written notice thereof to the Company; provided that written notice of Executive’s resignation must be delivered to the Company within 45 days after the occurrence (or, 15 days after the date upon which Executive is aware, after due inquiry, of such breach, if later) of any such material breach in order for Executive’s resignation with Good Reason to be effective hereunder, provided that in each case of clauses (i), (ii) or (iii) of this paragraph 6(i), Executive did not give prior written consent, which consent may be withheld in Executive’s sole discretion.

 

 

7.             Confidential Information.

 

 

(a)           Unless otherwise required by law or judicial process, Executive shall keep confidential all Confidential Information known to Executive concerning the Company, its Subsidiaries, or its Affiliates and their respective businesses during the Employment Period and for the shorter of three (3) years following the termination of the Employment Period or until such information is publicly disclosed by the Company or otherwise becomes publicly disclosed other than through Executive’s actions; provided that Executive shall provide notice to the Company in advance of any disclosure required by law or judicial process in a timely manner to permit the Company to oppose such compelled disclosure.

 

 

 

 

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(b)           For purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” shall mean proprietary information of the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates of any nature and in any form or information about the Company’s, its Subsidiaries’ or its Affiliates’ business, operations, strategy, personnel or plans which is not made publicly available by the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, except for information independently developed by Executive without any use of Confidential Information or which was at the time of disclosure to Executive part of the public domain or thereafter becomes generally part of the public domain other than through Executive’s actions, or which Executive can demonstrate was lawfully in Executive’s possession prior to disclosure to Executive by the Company or was lawfully received by Executive after disclosure from a third party. For the avoidance of doubt, after the Non-compete Period defined below, or if the Company shall not make the written election provided for in paragraphs 8(b)(i) or 8(b)(ii) below, as applicable, the provisions of paragraph 7(a) shall not be construed to prevent Executive from taking any employment on grounds that Executive possesses general or specific knowledge of any such Confidential Information.

 

 

(c)           Upon termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, Executive shall return all property belonging to the Company, its Subsidiaries or its Affiliates, as applicable, including any and all Confidential Information in Executive’s possession or under his control.

 

 

8.             Non-compete

 

 

(a)           Executive agrees that during the Employment Period and for a period of one (1) year thereafter (the “Non-compete Period”), Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, as a principal, officer, director, employee or in any other capacity whatsoever, without the prior written consent of the Company, engage in, or be or become interested or acquire any ownership of any kind in, or become associated with, or make loans or advance property to any person engaged in or about to engage in, any business activity that is in competition with any of the businesses engaged in by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates during the Employment Period, or in which, during the Employment Period, the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates made preparations to engage, in any of the geographic areas in which such businesses are then conducted by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, have been conducted by the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates during the twelve months preceding the termination of the Employment Period, or in which the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates conducts business during the Non-compete Period.

 

 

(b)           Unless Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company for Cause or the Company delivers to Executive its written election terminating the Non-compete Period, Executive’s obligations under paragraph 8(a) above shall be subject to payment of compensation by the Company to Executive during the Non-compete Period, determined as follows:

 

 

(i)            if Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause, the Company shall pay to Executive monthly, in addition to any Severance Compensation, a pro rata portion of his annual salary, calculated as the average of Executive’s salary compensation during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company); or

 

 

 

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(ii)           if Executive’s employment is terminated by Executive with or without Good Reason, the Company shall pay to Executive monthly a pro rata portion of his annual salary, calculated as the average of Executive’s salary compensation during the previous 3-year period (or, if Executive has not yet been employed by the Company for a 3-year period, the average of the entire period during which Executive has been employed by the Company), plus, provided that Executive still owns directly or indirectly any 2003 convertible preferred stock of the Company or shares of common stock of the Company resulting from the (a) exercise of options granted by the Company on or from March 3, 2004 or (b) conversion of 2003 convertible preferred stock of the Company, the greater of his average bonus (excluding any payments made pursuant to paragraph 4(d)) during the previous 3 year period or 50% of his allocated bonus (excluding any payments made pursuant to paragraph 4(d)).

 

 

Each payment specified in paragraphs 8(b)(i) and 8(b)(ii) is a “Non-compete Payment.”

 

 

 

(c)           The Non-compete Payment will cease on the earlier of (i) the effective date of the Company’s written election to Executive terminating the Non-compete Period; (ii) Executive’s acceptance of alternative employment or engagement in business activity, which does not violate Executive’s obligations under this paragraph 8, in either case for monetary compensation equal to or greater than 100% of Executive’s prior year Base Salary (provided that service on a board of directors shall not be deemed to be engagement in business activity); or (iii) the end of the Non-compete Period.

 

 

(d)           Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent Executive from making or holding any investment in any amount in securities traded on any national securities exchange or traded in the over the counter market, provided said investments do not exceed one percent (1%) of the issued and outstanding stock of any one such corporation, and provided further that Executive has no active participation in the business of such corporation.

 

 

(e)           During the Non-compete Period, Executive shall not directly or indirectly through another person or entity knowingly or intentionally (i) induce or attempt to induce any person known to him to be an employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to leave the employ of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or in any way interfere with the relationship between the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates and any employee thereof, (ii) hire any person known to him to have been an employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates at any time during the twelve (12) months prior to the termination of the Employment Period or (iii) induce or attempt to induce any material customer, supplier, licensee, licensor, franchisee or other business relation of the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to cease doing, or modify its, business with the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such material customer, supplier, licensee or business relation (known to him) and the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates (including, without limitation, making any negative or disparaging statements or communications regarding the Company or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates and/or their officers, directors, shareholders and employees).

 

 

(f)            If, at the time of enforcement of this paragraph 8, a court shall hold that the duration, scope or area restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties agree that the maximum duration, scope or area reasonable under such circumstances shall be substituted for the stated duration, scope or area and that the

 

 

 

 

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court shall be allowed to revise the restrictions contained herein to cover the maximum period, scope and area permitted by law. Executive acknowledges that the restrictions contained in this paragraph 8 are reasonable and that he has reviewed the provisions of this Agreement with his legal counsel.

 

 

(g)           This paragraph 8 will survive and continue in full force in accordance with its terms notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement.

 

 

9.             Executive’s Representations. Except as set forth on Schedule 9 attached hereto, Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company that (i) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by Executive do not and shall not conflict with, breach, violate or cause a default under any contract, agreement, instrument, order, judgment or decree to which Executive is a party or by which he is bound, (ii) Executive is not a party to or bound by any employment agreement, non-compete agreement or confidentiality agreement with any other person or entity and (iii) upon the execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company, this Agreement shall be the valid and binding obligation of Executive, enforceable in accordance with its terms. Executive hereby acknowledges and represents that he has consulted with independent legal counsel regarding his rights and obligations under this Agreement and that he fully understands the terms and conditions contained herein.

 

 

10.           Survival. Paragraphs 6 through 23 shall survive and continue in full force in accordance with their terms notwithstanding the expiration or termination of the Employment Period.

 

 

11.           Notices. Any notice provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be either personally delivered, sent by reputable overnight courier service or mailed by first class mail, return receipt requested, to the recipient at the address below indicated:

 

 

Notices to Executive:

 

 

 

c/o Jason Warner

9400 South Dadeland Boulevard

Suite 600

Miami, Florida 33156

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Facsimile: +1 (305) 670-0005

 

 

 

 

 

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With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Jason Warner <jason.warner@abanet.org>

 

 

 

With a further copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Stefania Tomasini

Studio Dott. Guido Severgnini

Via Camperio, 9

20123 Milan

ITALY

Facsimile: +39 0286998501

 

 

 

 

 

Notices to the Company:

 

 

 

Samsonite Corporation

11200 East 45th Street

Denver, Colorado 80239

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Facsimile: +1 (303) 373-6606

Attention: General Counsel

 

 

 

With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

 

 

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Tower 42

25 Old Broad Street

London EC2N 1HQ

UNITED KINGDOM

Facsimile: +44 (0)20 7816 8800

 

Attention: James L. Learner

David Patrick Eich

 

 

 

or such other address or to the attention of such other person as the recipient party shall have specified by prior written notice to the sending party. Any notice under this Agreement shall be deemed to have been given when so delivered, sent or mailed.

 

 

 

12.           Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement or any action in any other jurisdiction, but this Agreement shall be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

 

 

13.           Complete Agreement. This Agreement, those documents (except the Original Agreement) expressly referred to herein and other documents of even date herewith embody the complete agreement and understanding among the parties and supersede and

 

 

 

 

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preempt any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or among the parties, written or oral, which may have related to the subject matter hereof in any way.

 

 

14.           No Strict Construction. The language used in this Agreement shall be deemed to be the language chosen by the parties hereto to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction shall be applied against any party.

 

 

15.           Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in separate counterparts (including by means of facsimile), each of which is deemed to be an original and all of which taken together constitute one and the same agreement.

 

 

16.           Successors and Assigns. The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company, by agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Executive, expressly to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place. This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and any successor to the Company, including without limitation any persons acquiring directly or indirectly all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company whether by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise (and such successor shall thereafter be deemed the “Company” for the purposes of this Agreement), but will not otherwise be assignable, transferable or delegable by the Company. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees and legatees, but otherwise will not otherwise be assignable, transferable or delegable by Executive. This Agreement is personal in nature and neither of the parties hereto shall, without the consent of the other, assign, transfer or delegate this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder except as otherwise expressly provided in this paragraph 16.

 

 

17.           Choice of Law. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement and the exhibits and schedules hereto shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

 

 

18.           Amendment and Waiver. The provisions of this Agreement may be amended or waived only with the prior written consent of the Company (as approved by the Board) and Executive, and no course of conduct or course of dealing or failure or delay by any party hereto in enforcing or exercising any of the provisions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, the Company’s right to terminate the Employment Period for Cause or, except as otherwise stated herein, Executive’s right to terminate the Employment Agreement for Good Reason) shall affect the validity, binding effect or enforceability of this Agreement or be deemed to be an implied waiver of any provision of this Agreement.

 

 

19.           Insurance. The Company may, at its discretion, apply for and procure in its own name and for its own benefit life and/or disability insurance on Executive in any amount or amounts considered advisable. Executive agrees to cooperate in any medical or other examination, supply any information and execute and deliver any applications or other instruments in writing as may be reasonably necessary to obtain and constitute such

 

 

 

 

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insurance. Executive hereby represents that he has no reason to believe that his life is not insurable at rates now prevailing for healthy men of his age.

 

 

20.           Indemnification and Reimbursement of Payments on Behalf of Executive. The Company and its respective Subsidiaries and Affiliates, if applicable, shall be entitled to deduct or withhold from any amounts owing from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates to Executive any federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes, excise tax, or employment taxes (“Taxes”) imposed with respect to Executive’s compensation or other payments from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or Executive’s ownership interest in the Company (including, without limitation, wages, bonuses, dividends, the receipt or exercise of equity options and/or the receipt or vesting of restricted equity). In the event the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates does not make such deductions or withholdings, Executive shall indemnify the Company and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates for any amounts paid with respect to any such Taxes, together (if such failure to withhold was at the written direction of Executive or if Executive has not provided the Company with the information necessary to make such deductions or withholdings) with any interest, penalties and related expenses thereto.

 

 

21.           Waiver of Jury Trial. AS A SPECIFICALLY BARGAINED FOR INDUCEMENT FOR EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT (AFTER HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH COUNSEL), EACH PARTY HERETO EXPRESSLY WAIVES THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO OR ARISING IN ANY WAY FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR THE MATTERS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

 

 

22.           Corporate Opportunity. During the Employment Period, Executive shall submit to the Board all business, commercial and investment opportunities or offers presented to Executive or of which Executive becomes aware which relate to the business of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries or Affiliates at any time during the Employment Period (“Corporate Opportunities”). Unless approved by the Board, Executive shall not accept or pursue, directly or indirectly, any Corporate Opportunities on Executive’s own behalf.

 

23.           Executive’s Cooperation. During the Employment Period and thereafter, Executive shall cooperate with the Company and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates in any internal investigation or administrative, regulatory or judicial proceeding as reasonably requested by the Company (including, without limitation, Executive being available to the Company upon reasonable notice for interviews and factual investigations, appearing at the Company’s request to give testimony without requiring service of a subpoena or other legal process, volunteering to the Company all pertinent information and turning over to the Company all relevant documents which are or may come into Executive’s possession, in all cases by providing truthful and accurate information and all at times and on schedules that are reasonably consistent with Executive’s other permitted activities and commitments). In the event the Company requires Executive’s cooperation in accordance with this paragraph, solely in recognition of Executive’s time and expenses he may incur, the Company shall pay Executive a per diem reasonably determined by the Board and reimburse Executive for reasonable expenses incurred in connection therewith (including lodging and meals, upon submission of receipts, and reasonable attorneys’ fees, except in relation to matters as to which Executive is liable for negligence or misconduct).

 

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Employment Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

 

 

 

 SAMSONITE CORPORATION

 

 

 By:

 /s/ Richard Wiley

 

 

 

 Its:

 CFO

 

 

 

 /s/ Marcello Bottoli

 

 

 

 MARCELLO BOTTOLI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE 9

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT DATED AS OF MARCH 3, 2004 BETWEEN SAMSONITE CORPORATION AND MARCELLO BOTTOLI

 

 

 

 

 

Executive is subject to certain confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations related to his previous employment with MOET HENNESY LOUIS VUITTON (“LVMH”) and its subsidiaries, under the contract provisions set forth below. The French text set forth below is the official text of the subject agreements and the English translation is unofficial.

 

 

 

1.             Confidentiality provision under employment agreement dated May 10th, 2001:

 

 

 

“ Secret professionnel

 

 

 

Le titulaire accepte de garder confidentiel pendant toute la durée de l’emploi, ainsi qu’aprés, tout ce dont il pourrait avoir eu connaissance en raison de ses fonctions. Cela inclut en particulier toute information concernant des produits existants ou futurs, les services offerts ou utilisés par la Societé, toute information concernat les strategies de la Société sur les produits, les ventes, couts, prix, organigrammes, clients, fournisseurs, etc. Toute exception a cette obligation de secret professionnel est soumise à l’approbation préalable et écrite de la Direction Générale du Groupe”.

 

 

 

“ Professional Secret

 

 

 

The executive accepts to maintain confidential during the duration of the employment and beyond all that he could have come to know due to his functions. This includes in particular all information regarding existing or future products, services offered or used by the Company, all information regarding company strategies on products, sales, costs, prices, organisation charts, customers, suppliers, etc. Any exception to this obligation of professional secret has to be submitted to prior written approval by the General Management of the Group.”

 

 

 

2.             Confidentiality provision under document dated March 13th, 2003:

 

 

 

“Monsieur Marcello Bottoli s’engage et ce sans limitation de durée, à ne pas reveler ni utiliser pour son compte ou pour le compte d’autrui, toutes informations considérées comme confidentielles par le Groupe. Par “informations confidentielles”, il faut comprendre toutes les informations qui ne sont pas connues du public, ou qui ne se trouvent pas dans le domaine public, et dont Monsieur Marcello Bottoli a eu connaissance en raison de ses fonctions depuis son entrée dans le Groupe”.

 

 

 

“Mr. Marcello Bottoli commits without limitation of time not to reveal or use for himself or on behalf of third parties all information considered as confidential by the Group. “Confidential information” is meant to be all information which are not known to the public or which is not in the public domain, which Mr. Marcello Bottoli has come to know due to his functions since his joining the Group.”

 

 

 

 

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3.             Non-solicitation clause under employment agreement dated May 10th, 2001, expiring December 9, 2004:

 

 

 

“ Clause de non-debauchage En cas de cessation du present contrat, et quelle qu’en soit la cause, le titulaire s’interdit , pendant une periode de 2 ans , de recruter ou de favoriser le recrutement d’une façon directe ou indirecte, d’un salarié du Groupe d’activités Mode et Maroquinerie - LVMH, ou d’un ancien salarié l’ayant quitté depuis moins de 6 mois.

 

 

 

“Non solicitation clause

 

In case of termination of this agreement and regardless of the cause of termination, the executive is prohibited to hire or favor directly or indirectly the hiring of a Divisional (LVMH Fashion & Leather Goods Division) employee or of a previous employee, having left the Division since less than 6 months. “

 

 

 

 

EX-10.5 6 a05-9536_1ex10d5.htm EX-10.5

 

 

Exhibit 10.5

 

 

 

MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

BETWEEN :

 

 

 

SAMSONITE EUROPE N.V., having its registered office at 9700 Oudenaarde (Belgium), Westering 17,

 

 

 

hereinafter referred to as “the Company”,

 

 

 

represented for the purpose of the present agreement (the “Agreement”) by Mr. Richard H. Wiley, director, and Mr. Marc Matton, director.

 

 

 

 

 

AND :

 

 

 

Mr. Marcello BOTTOLI, having his residence at Belfortstraat 18 B2, B-9700 Gent, Belgium,

 

 

 

hereinafter referred to as “Mr. BOTTOLI”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS Mr. BOTTOLI will execute the day-to-day management of the Company on a self-employed basis;

 

 

 

WHEREAS the Company and Mr. BOTTOLI wish to determine in writing the conditions under which the latter will perform his office as managing director.

 

 

 

 

 

IT HAS BEEN AGREED UPON AS FOLLOWS :

 

 

 

 

 

Article 1 — Object of the agreement

 

 

1.                   Mr. BOTTOLI will be in charge of the day-to-day management of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in line with the policies and applicable strategic decisions applicable within the SAMSONITE GROUP, as they may be modified from time to time. Day-to-day management in this Agreement shall have the meaning as referred to in Section 525 of the Belgian Company Code and no such duties shall take place in the United States of America. For the purpose of this Agreement, “Subsidiaries” shall mean any corporation or other entity of which the securities or other ownership interests having the voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other governing body are, at the time of determination, owned by the Company, directly or through one or more subsidiaries of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.                   The Company commits itself to have Mr. BOTTOLI appointed by the General Assembly of Shareholders as director with effect on 25 June 2004 and by the board of directors of the Company (the “Board of Directors”) as managing director also with effect on the same date.

 

 

 

Article 2 — The conditions of the underlying agreement

 

 

1.                   Mr. BOTTOLI shall perform and discharge his duties, powers, functions and services hereunder in good faith, in accordance with the requirements of applicable law, rules and regulations, and with the standards set forth herein and in any event with the due care and skill and to the standards which would be expected from a competent (managing) director  providing services of the kind described herein.  Mr. BOTTOLI shall perform the management of the Company as a normal prudent person, with proper diligence and in accordance with generally accepted and consistently applied business practices.

 

 

 

2.                   Mr. BOTTOLI shall perform the Agreement on a self-employed basis, as his full professional activities for the benefit of the Company fall within the realm of his corporate office (in the meaning of Section 2 of the Royal Decree of 19 December 1967).  Mr. BOTTOLI will receive no direct instructions from the Company in relation to the organisation and performance of the duties and services to be rendered under this Agreement, nor will the Company exercise any complete or partial employer’s authority in relation to Mr. BOTTOLI.  Mr. BOTTOLI will not act, nor will he consider himself as being an employee, in view of the fact that his relation with the Company is not based upon an employment contract.

 

 

 

3.                   Mr. BOTTOLI is solely liable for all his personal social obligations in relation to the execution of this Agreement.  Mr. BOTTOLI will be affiliated with a social security fund for independent workers and will submit to the Company proof of each payment to this social security fund within 30 days following every calendar quarter.

 

 

 

4.                   Mr. BOTTOLI will spend the time and attention which is reasonably required to perform his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.  Prior to the commencement of this Agreement and during the execution thereof, Mr. BOTTOLI will inform the Company in writing of any other positions (whether remunerated or not) he holds in any other company or association. The Company has the right in the reasonable view of the Company to request Mr. BOTTOLI to forfeit such positions to the extent they could possibly hinder the proper execution of this Agreement; provided that Mr. BOTTOLI may continue to serve in his current capacity on the board of directors of the Italian company, Ratti, so long as such service does not require Mr. BOTTOLI to spend more than 7 days per annum engaged in such activities.

 

 

 

5.                   Mr. BOTTOLI is allowed to use the infrastructure, logistical support and the documentation of the Company necessary for the performance of his duties and obligations under this Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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6.                   As a corporate officer, Mr. BOTTOLI agrees to respect all instructions in relation to safety and health, that are applicable within the buildings of the Company and its Subsidiaries where employees are working.

 

 

 

                            Mr. BOTTOLI explicitly allows the Company to take the necessary measures in his name in the event any problem should arise in this respect.

 

 

 

7.                   Mr. BOTTOLI shall report on his activities at the times determined by the Board of Directors, and any time either party to this Agreement considers it necessary for the proper execution of either parties’ obligations arising from this Agreement. Mr. BOTTOLI will however, not be asked to give account of the work hours, work methods and/or work organisation.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 3 — Management fees

 

 

1.                   The Company will pay Mr. BOTTOLI for the duration of this Agreement a fixed annual management fee (hereinafter “Management Fee”). This fee shall amount to 100.000,00 EUR gross, payable in 12 monthly instalments. In case of an incomplete month or year, said fee will be paid pro rata temporis.

 

 

 

2.                   Mr. BOTTOLI shall be solely responsible for his good legal standing, social security status (as a self-employed individual) and any social security contributions due from such status, and tax status under the laws of applicable jurisdictions.  Mr. BOTTOLI acknowledges that the Company shall be paying the Management Fee and the amounts under Articles 4 and 5 after deduction of Belgian withholding tax, if any, and any other applicable deductions.

 

 

 

3.                   The parties may from time to time decide to modify the Management Fee in mutual agreement, it being understood that such adjustment will need to be endorsed by the competent corporate body of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 4 — Sign-on bonus

 

 

In June 2004, the Company paid Mr. BOTTOLI a sign-on bonus of 33.333,00 EUR gross.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 5 — Benefits

 

 

1.                   Mr. BOTTOLI shall be entitled to the following benefits, to be provided by the Company or, at the Company’s election, its Subsidiaries, during the term of this Agreement:

 

 

 

(a)  group medical insurance adopted by the Company for participation by Mr. BOTTOLI subject to the terms and conditions of such plan, it being understood that during 2005 such medical insurance shall be provided in the form of a

 

 

 

 

 

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German-based plan with benefits reasonably equivalent to those under the medical insurance policy carried by Mr. BOTTOLI and his family during the year 2004; and

 

 

 

(b)          during 2004, reimbursement for reasonable premium payments made by Mr. BOTTOLI to his current medical insurance provider.

 

 

 

In addition, during the term of this Agreement, Mr. BOTTOLI shall be entitled to participate in all of the Company’s benefit programs for which directors of the Company are generally eligible.

 

 

 

2.                   The Company will lease an automobile, the aggregate payments for which shall not exceed 25.000,00 EUR annually, and provide it to Mr. BOTTOLI for business use in accordance with Company policy.

 

 

 

3.                   For the period during which Mr. BOTTOLI’s place of work is Oudenaarde, Belgium, the Company will:

 

 

 

(a)           rent an apartment, the aggregate payments for which shall not exceed 25.000,00 EUR annually, and allow Mr. BOTTOLI to reside in it in accordance with Company policy; and

 

 

 

(b)          pay Mr. BOTTOLI’s reasonable professional travel costs to and from the Company’s offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, in accordance with the Company policy with respect to reimbursement of expenses, in an aggregate amount not to exceed 25.000,00 EUR annually.

 

 

 

4.                   Mr. BOTTOLI agrees to work in good faith with the Company and its Subsidiaries to minimize expenses relating to the forgoing benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 6 — Special tax status for expatriates

 

 

1.                   The Company will file a request on behalf of Mr. BOTTOLI in order to obtain the special tax status for expatriates.

 

 

 

2.                   Mr. BOTTOLI will not undertake any action that could jeopardize the approval or continued application of the special tax status for expatriates or reduce the benefits for the Company.

 

 

 

3.                   Mr. BOTTOLI  shall keep all documents related to his professional travel to a destination outside Belgium, such as boarding passes, train tickets, visa stubs, etc., and forward these upon request to the Company or its designated tax advisors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Article 7 — Termination - Disruption

 

 

1.                   Subject to any other agreements between the parties hereto, this Agreement is concluded for an indefinite period of time and commences on 25 June 2004.

 

 

 

                            In the event, Mr. BOTTOLI wishes to resign or terminate this Agreement, he will promptly inform the Company. It is explicitly agreed, that Mr. BOTTOLI will have to serve in any event, except as otherwise agreed in writing between parties, a notice period of 45 days in order to ensure the continuity of the Company’s activities and the handover of his responsibilities to his successor.  The Company may terminate this  Agreement at any time by giving a notice period of 45 days.

 

 

 

2.                   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, upon termination of this Agreement by the Company or Mr. BOTTOLI, Mr. BOTTOLI shall not be entitled to any indemnity or severance payment or any additional amount by way of Management Fees.

 

 

 

3.                   The Company may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect in the event (i) that Mr. BOTTOLI violates any provision of this Agreement, (ii) of serious misconduct, gross negligence, gross or deliberate fault or deceit committed by Mr. BOTTOLI, or (iii) Mr. BOTTOLI becomes prohibited from holding office as managing director.

 

 

 

4.                   Upon revocation of Mr. BOTTOLI’s mandate by the Company or resignation of Mr. BOTTOLI as managing director of the Company, Mr. BOTTOLI will promptly resign from the board or from any other corporate office in any Subsidiary.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 8 — Death and Illness

 

 

1.                   If Mr. BOTTOLI is unable to perform the day-to-day management due to physical or mental disability during a continuous period of at least 90 days, the Company shall have the right to terminate this Agreement with immediate effect and without indemnity or severance payment.

 

 

 

2.                   Mr. BOTTOLI has the obligation to produce, in the event of physical or mental disability, medical certificates and shall comply with such other requirements as the Company may reasonably impose.

 

 

 

3.                   This Agreement shall terminate automatically upon Mr. BOTTOLI’s death. In this event, the Agreement is terminated with immediate effect and without indemnity and severance payment.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 9 — Confidentiality

 

 

1.                   Unless otherwise required by law or judicial process, Mr. BOTTOLI shall keep confidential all Confidential Information known to Mr. BOTTOLI concerning the Company or its affiliated companies and their respective businesses during the term of this Agreement and for the shorter of three (3) years following the termination of this Agreement or until such information is publicly disclosed by the Company or otherwise becomes publicly disclosed other than through the actions of Mr. BOTTOLI;

 

 

 

 

 

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provided that Mr. BOTTOLI shall provide notice to the Company in advance of any disclosure required by law or judicial process in a timely manner to permit the Company to oppose such compelled disclosure.

 

 

 

2.                   For purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” shall mean proprietary information of the Company and its affiliated companies of any nature and in any form or information about the Company’s or its affiliated companies’ business, operations, strategy, personnel or plans which is not made publicly available by the Company or its affiliated companies, except for information independently developed by Mr. BOTTOLI without any use of Confidential Information or which was at the time of disclosure to Mr. BOTTOLI part of the public domain or thereafter becomes generally part of the public domain other than through Mr. BOTTOLI’s actions, or which Mr. BOTTOLI can demonstrate was lawfully in his possession prior to disclosure to Mr. BOTTOLI by the Company or was lawfully received by Mr. BOTTOLI after disclosure from a third party.

 

 

 

3.                   Upon termination of the engagement of Mr. BOTTOLI for any reason, Mr. BOTTOLI shall return all property belonging to the Company or its Subsidiaries as applicable, including any and all Confidential Information in the possession of Mr. BOTTOLI or under his control.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 10 - Enforceability

 

 

Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement or any action in any other jurisdiction, but this Agreement shall be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 11 - Jurisdiction

 

 

The courts of the registered office of the Company have exclusive authority in relation to every dispute connected to the interpretation, the execution and/or the termination of this Agreement.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 12 - Entire agreement

 

 

This Agreement embodies the complete agreement and understanding among the parties and supersedes and pre-empts any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or among the parties, written or oral, which may have related to the subject matter hereof in any way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Article 13 - Notices

 

 

All notices or other correspondence arising under this Agreement shall be duly delivered or sent by registered post to :

 

 

 

Notices to Mr. BOTTOLI:

 

 

 

c/o Stefania Tomasini

 

Studio Dott. Guido Severgnini

 

Via Camperio, 9

 

20123 Milan

 

ITALY

 

Facsimile: +39 0286998501

 

 

 

With a copy, which shall not constitute notice, to:

 

 

 

Jason Warner

 

9400 South Dadeland Boulevard

 

Suite 600

 

Miami, Florida 33156

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

Facsimile: +1 (305) 670-0005

 

 

 

Notices to the Company:

 

 

 

SAMSONITE EUROPE NV

 

Westering 17

 

9700 Oudenaarde

 

BELGIUM

 

Facsimile: +32/55/300.970

 

Attention: Caroline Giraldo

 

 

 

With a copy, which shall not constitute notice, to:

 

 

 

KIRKLAND & ELLIS INTERNATIONAL LLP

 

Tower 42

 

25 Old Broad Street

 

London EC2N 1HQ

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Facsimile: +44 20 7816 8800

 

Attention: James L. Learner

David Patrick Eich

 

 

 

 

 

Or such other person and address as the parties shall notify the other in writing or vice versa from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Made in two originals in Oudenaarde to be effective as of                                   .  Both parties acknowledge receipt of an original copy duly signed by both parties.

 

 

 

 

 

  /s/ Marcello Bottoli

 

 

MARCELLO BOTTOLI

 

(“read and approved”)

 

 

 

 

 

SAMSONITE EUROPE N.V.

 

(“read and approved”)

 

 

 

 

 

By:

  /s/ Richard H. Wiley

 

 

RICHARD H. WILEY, Director

 

 

 

 

 

By:

  /s/ Marc Matton

 

 

MARC MATTON, Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

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