First Amendment

 

 

EXHIBIT 10.3

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (as amended, modified, restated or supplemented from time to time, the “AGREEMENT”), dated as of April 23, 2005, by and among Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, (the “COMPANY”), and the individual set forth on ATTACHMENT 1 (the “EXECUTIVE”).

 

WHEREAS, the Company entered into a Contribution and Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (as amended, modified, restated or supplemented from time to time, the “TRANSACTION AGREEMENT”) dated as of December 3, 2004, with The DirecTV Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“DTV”), Hughes Network Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“HNS”), and SkyTerra Communications, Inc., a Delaware corporation;

 

WHEREAS, the Executive is currently party to the Prior Agreements identified on ATTACHMENT 1; and

 

WHEREAS, subject to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement, the Company desires to employ the Executive on a full-time basis and the Executive desires to be so employed by the Company.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants contained herein (including, without limitation, the Company’s employment of the Executive and the advantages and benefits thereby inuring to the Executive) and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt, adequacy and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged by each party hereto, the parties hereby agree as follows:

 

1.      EMPLOYMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE.

 

1.1    EMPLOYMENT BY THE COMPANY. The Company hereby employs the Executive in the position set forth on ATTACHMENT 1 and the Executive hereby accepts such employment with the Company. During the Employment Period (as defined in Section 3), the Executive shall directly and exclusively report to, and perform such duties and services for the Company (including supervising the Company’s investment in its subsidiaries and affiliates (such subsidiaries and affiliates, collectively, “AFFILIATES”)), as may be designated from time to time by the individuals referred to on ATTACHMENT 1. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall devote all of his business time and attention to his employment under this Agreement; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the Executive may continue to engage in the outside activities set forth on ATTACHMENT 1 during the Employment Period. The Executive acknowledges that he shall be required to travel on business in connection with the performance of his duties hereunder.

 

1.2    LOCATION. During the Employment Period, the Executive’s principal place of employment shall be Germantown, Maryland; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the Executive shall be required to travel in a manner consistent with his employment as a senior executive employed in a world-wide business.

 

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2.      COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS.

 

2.1    (a) SALARY. During the Employment Period, the Company shall pay the Executive for services during his employment under this Agreement a base salary of no less than the annual rate set forth on ATTACHMENT 1 (“BASE SALARY”). The Base Salary received by the Executive shall be reviewed by the Compensation Committee (the “COMPENSATION COMMITTEE”) of the Board of Managers of the Company (the “BOARD”) no less frequently than annually. If at any time a Compensation Committee does not exist, all references herein to the “Compensation Committee” shall be deemed to be the “Board.” Any and all increases to the Executive’s Base Salary shall be determined by the Compensation Committee, in its sole discretion. During the Employment Period, such Base Salary shall be payable in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll policies in force at the time of payment, less any required or authorized payroll deductions. The Base Salary may be increased, but not decreased, during the Employment Period.

 

(b)    ANNUAL BONUS. For each fiscal year during the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible to receive an annual discretionary bonus with a target amount (the “TARGET BONUS AMOUNT”) up to the percentage of his Base Salary set forth on ATTACHMENT 1, subject to his satisfaction of objective performance criteria that have been pre-established by the Managing Member (such as minimum EBITDA, free cash flow, backlog, and accomplishment of strategic goals (e.g., the successful launch and implementation of Spaceway 3)). For each fiscal year during the Employment Period, the Compensation Committee may award an additional bonus, in its sole discretion, to the Executive of up to 50 percent of the Executive’s Target Bonus Amount, in the event of the Executive’s significant out-performance of objective performance criteria that have been pre-established by the Compensation Committee.

 

(c)    EQUITY COMPENSATION. The Executive shall purchase the number of Class B Units of the Company as set forth on ATTACHMENT 1 (the “RESTRICTED UNITS”) at the closing (the “CLOSING”) of the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement, having the terms and conditions provided below and such other terms and conditions not inconsistent therewith as may be provided for in the Restricted Unit Purchase Agreement attached hereto as EXHIBIT A (as amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time, the “RESTRICTED UNIT AGREEMENT”), and the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of the Company (as amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time, the “LLC AGREEMENT”). The Executive acknowledges that the Restricted Units will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Restricted Unit Agreement and the LLC Agreement and shall be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture and restrictions on transferability.

 

(d)    TIME-VESTING UNITS. 50.0 percent of the Restricted Units issued to the Executive hereunder (the “TIME-VESTING UNITS”) shall vest over sixty months with 10 percent of the Time Vesting Units vesting on the first day of the 7th month following the Closing and the remainder of the Time Vesting Units vesting in fifty-four equal months installments of 1.6667 percent commencing on the first day of the 8th month following the Closing, subject to the Executive’s continued employment on the date of vesting and to Section 4 below. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, if the Executive is employed by the

 

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Company on the date that the Investor (together with its affiliates) holds less than 20% of the aggregate equity interests, measured by vote and value, of the Company (an “INVESTOR DILUTION TRANSACTION”), then all of the Time Vesting Units shall vest on the later to occur of (i) the third anniversary of the Closing or (ii) the first anniversary of the date on which the Investor Dilution Transaction occurs. For the avoidance of doubt, following the occurrence of an Excluded Event (as defined below), but subject to the other provisions herein, the Time Vesting Units shall continue to vest in accordance with and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

(e)    PERFORMANCE UNITS. The remaining 50.0 percent of the Restricted Units granted to the Executive hereunder (the “PERFORMANCE UNITS”) shall vest as follows: (X) 50.0 percent of the Performance Units shall vest on the Test Date (as defined below) if and when the Investors have received a Cumulative Total Return as set forth below of at least 3.0 times the amount of their aggregate Capital Contributions (as defined in the LLC Agreement) as of the Test Date and (Y) the remaining 50.0 percent of the Performance Units shall vest on the Test Date if and when the Investors have received a Cumulative Total Return of at least 5.0 times the amount of their aggregate Capital Contributions as of the Test Date, in each case, subject to the Executive’s continued employment as of the Test Date and to Section 4 below. If the Performance Units remain outstanding but not yet vested as of the fifth anniversary of the Closing, they shall be forfeited upon such anniversary; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that in the event that any Performance Units remain outstanding upon such anniversary and the valuation process referred to in the definition of “CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN” has not yet been completed in accordance with the terms hereof, the forfeiture of such Performance Units shall be tolled until the completion of such valuation process. For the avoidance of doubt, following the occurrence of an Excluded Event, but subject to the other provisions herein, the Performance Units shall continue to vest in accordance with and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

(f)    DEFINED TERMS.

 

(A)    CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN. The “CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN” means the sum (net of all transaction and valuation costs) of (i) all dividends and other distributions (including the aggregate amount of the Quarterly Management Fee Payments (as defined in the LLC Agreement), but specifically excluding tax distributions and expense reimbursement payments) paid to the Investors with respect to the Class A Units, (ii) the gross proceeds of any sale of Class A Units by any of the Investors, and (iii) solely for purposes of determining Cumulative Total Return as of the fifth anniversary of the Closing, the fair market value of the Class A Units held by the Investors on the fifth anniversary of the Closing, which will be determined by a nationally recognized third party valuation firm selected by the Managing Member. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, upon a Significant Event Cumulative Total Return shall be finally determined and there shall be no further opportunity to vest in any Performance Units.

 

(B)    INVESTORS. The “INVESTORS” means SkyTerra and its successors and assigns (other than assigns of SkyTerra resulting from a Change in Control).

 

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(C)    SIGNIFICANT EVENT. A “SIGNIFICANT EVENT” means a Change of Control or a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company in accordance with the LLC Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Significant Event shall not include (i) the consummation of any public offering of the securities of the Company pursuant to a registration statement declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended or (ii) a SkyTerra Acquisition (as defined in the Restricted Unit Agreement) (each of (i) and (ii), an “EXCLUDED EVENT”).

 

(D)    TEST DATE. The “TEST DATE” means the date that is the earlier to occur of (i) the fifth anniversary of the date hereof and (ii) the consummation of a Significant Event.

 

(g)    ADJUSTMENT. In the event of any equity split, reverse split, equity distribution, merger, consolidation, recapitalization or similar event affecting the capital structure of the Company, the number and kind of equity interests (or other property, including without limitation cash) subject to the Restricted Units shall be equitably adjusted as determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee to prevent the dilution or enlargement of the value of the Executive’s Restricted Units.

 

(h)    BENEFITS. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be eligible to participate, on the same basis and at the same level as other similarly situated senior executives of the Company generally, in any group insurance, hospitalization, medical, vision, health and accident, disability, life insurance, fringe benefit and retirement plans or programs of the Company now existing or hereafter established to the extent that he is eligible under the general provisions thereof. The Executive shall receive credit for service prior to the Closing for all purposes to the extent provided in EXHIBIT J to the Transaction Agreement. During the Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to a number of days of vacation time annually as set forth on ATTACHMENT 1, consistent with the Company’s policies at such time as may be mutually agreed by the parties hereto.

 

(i)    EXPENSES. During the Employment Period, pursuant to the Company’s customary reimbursement policies in force at the time of payment, the Executive shall be promptly reimbursed, subject to the Executive’s presentation of vouchers or receipts therefor, for all expenses properly incurred by the Executive on behalf of the Company in the performance of the Executive’s duties hereunder.

 

(j)    EXECUTIVE AUTOMOBILE BENEFITS. During the Employment Period, the Company shall provide the Executive with an annual car allowance in the amount set forth on Attachment 1 (the “AUTO ALLOWANCE”), which such amount shall be paid in accordance with the policies or practices of the Company.

 

3.      EMPLOYMENT PERIOD. The Executive’s employment under this Agreement shall commence on the Closing and shall terminate on the second anniversary of the date thereof, unless terminated earlier pursuant to Section 4 (the “INITIAL EMPLOYMENT PERIOD”). Unless written notice of either party’s desire to terminate this Agreement has been given to the other party at least ninety days but no more than one hundred and twenty days prior to the expiration of the Initial Employment Period (or any renewal thereof contemplated by this

 

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sentence), the term of the Executive’s employment hereunder shall be automatically renewed for successive one-year periods (such term, including the Initial Employment Period, as it may be extended, the “EMPLOYMENT PERIOD”). Notice of non-renewal provided by the Company shall be treated as a termination by the Company without Cause for purposes of Sections 4.4(a), (b) and (c) and Section 4.10, and the Company shall have no additional obligation to the Executive other than the payment of the Accrued Obligations (as defined below), except as otherwise required by law or the terms of the Company’s benefit plans. Notice of non-renewal provided by the Executive shall be treated as a termination by the Executive without Good Reason for purposes of Section 4.6(a).

 

4.      TERMINATION AND FORFEITURE OF PAYMENTS AND BENEFITS.

 

4.1    TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY FOR CAUSE. The Executive’s employment with the Company may be terminated at any time by the Company for Cause. Upon such a termination, the Company shall have no obligation to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement or any other agreement executed in connection herewith other than the payment of the Executive’s (i) earned but unpaid base salary and any bonus earned in accordance with the terms of the applicable bonus plan but which has not been paid, (ii) accrued but unused vacation, and (iii) accrued but unreimbursed documented business expenses incurred in accordance with Company policies, in each case, through the effective date of such termination (the “ACCRUED OBLIGATIONS”), except as otherwise required by law or by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans. All Restricted Units that have not yet been vested as of the date of termination, shall be forfeited as of the date of termination. Any Restricted Units that have vested may be repurchased by the Company at any time following such termination of employment at a price per Restricted Unit equal to the lesser of (i) the greater of (1) (x) fair market value thereof as determined by the Managing Member in its reasonable and good faith discretion (the “FAIR MARKET VALUE”) of such Restricted Unit on the date of the termination minus (y) the value of any dividends or other distributions previously paid to the Executive in respect of such Restricted Unit (subject to equitable adjustment in the Company’s discretion to reflect equity distributions, corporate transactions, or similar events, to the extent not reflected in (y)) and (2) $0, and (ii) (x) the original purchase price paid for such Restricted Unit by the Executive minus (y) the value of any dividends or other distributions previously paid to the Executive in respect of such Restricted Unit, but in no event less than $0.

 

For purposes of this Agreement, the term “CAUSE” shall mean any of the following: (i) the Executive’s failure to perform materially his duties under this Agreement (other than by reason of illness or disability), (ii) the Executive’s commission of any felony, or his commission of any other crime involving moral turpitude or his commission of a material dishonest act or fraud against the Company or any of its Affiliates, (iii) the Executive’s use or sale of illegal drugs, (iv) any act or omission by the Executive that (A) is the result of his misconduct or gross negligence and that is, or may reasonably be expected to be, materially injurious to the financial condition, business or reputation of the Company or any of its Affiliates or (B) is the result of his willful, reckless or grossly negligent act or omission occurring during the Employment Period or during the one-year period prior to the date hereof and results in a violation of any International Trade Law (as defined in the Transaction Agreement), (v) the Executive’s breach of any material provision of this Agreement, the Conflict of Interest and

 

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Confidentiality Agreement, the Restricted Unit Agreement or the LLC Agreement, or (vi) the Executive’s exercise of his right to revoke the release set forth in, and in accordance with, Section 9 hereof. Any such occurrence described in clauses (i), (iv)(B) or (v) of the preceding sentence shall constitute “CAUSE” only after the Company has given the Executive written notice that the Company has elected to terminate his employment for Cause, which notice shall specify the particular acts or failures to act on the basis of which the decision to so terminate employment was made. In the case of a termination for Cause described in clause (i), (ii), or (iv), the Executive shall be given the opportunity to meet with the Board within twenty (20) business days of receipt of such notice to defend such acts or failures to act.

 

4.2    PERMANENT DISABILITY. If, during the Employment Period, the Executive becomes permanently disabled within the meaning of the Company’s applicable long-term disability plan, the Company shall have the right to terminate the Executive’s employment with the Company upon written notice to the Executive. Upon such a termination, the Company shall have no obligation to the Executive other than payment of the Accrued Obligations and to treat the Restricted Units as described below in this Section 4.2, except as otherwise required by law or by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans. Any Time Vesting Units that are not vested as of the date of termination shall vest as of the date of termination. If the Performance Units are not vested as of the date of termination, the Performance Units will remain outstanding until the 180th day following the date of termination (not to exceed the fifth anniversary of the Closing), and if the Test Date occurs prior to the last day of such 180-day period and the Investors meet the applicable Cumulative Total Return goal as of the Test Date, the Executive will vest in a number of Performance Units at such time as each applicable Cumulative Total Return goal is met. All other Performance Units will be forfeited. If any Performance Units remain outstanding but have not yet vested as of the expiration of the foregoing 180-day period, they shall be forfeited. Section 4.10 shall apply to Company repurchases of vested Restricted Units. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board, in its sole discretion, may permit the vesting of any Performance Units that are not vested as of the date of termination.

 

4.3    DEATH. The Executive’s employment with the Company shall terminate automatically upon the death of the Executive and the Company shall have no obligation to the Executive or the Executive’s estate other than payment of the Accrued Obligations and to treat the Restricted Units as described below in this Section 4.3, except as otherwise required by law or by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans. Any Time Vesting Units that are not vested as of the date of termination shall vest as of the date of termination. If the Performance Units are not vested as of the date of termination, the Performance Units will remain outstanding until the 180th day following the date of termination (not to exceed the fifth anniversary of the Closing), and if the Test Date occurs prior to the last day of such 180-day period and the Investors meet the applicable Cumulative Total Return goal as of the Test Date, the Executive will vest in a number of Performance Units at such time as each applicable Cumulative Total Return goal is met. All other Performance Units will be forfeited. If any Performance Units remain outstanding but have not yet vested as of the expiration of the foregoing 180-day period, they shall be forfeited. Section 4.10 shall apply to Company repurchases of vested Restricted Units. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board, in its sole discretion, may permit the vesting of any Performance Units that are not vested as of the date of termination.

 

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4.4    TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY WITHOUT CAUSE. The Executive’s employment with the Company may be terminated at any time by the Company without Cause. In such event, the Executive shall have the rights set forth in the subparagraphs below.

 

(a)    SEVERANCE. Subject to the Executive’s continued compliance with his obligations under this Agreement and the other agreements executed in connection herewith, the Company shall have no obligation to the Executive other than: (i) the payment of the Accrued Obligations; (ii) the payment of an amount equal to the sum of the Executive’s annual Base Salary (as in effect as of the date of termination) plus the Target Bonus Amount that would have been payable to the Executive for the calendar year in which such termination occurs as if the Executive were employed by the Company at the end of such year; (iii) treatment of the Restricted Units as described below in Section 4.4(b) and (c) and Section 4.10; (iv) the continuation of the Executive’s participation in all Company health and medical plans in which the Executive was participating immediately prior to the date of termination, on the same basis as other senior executives of the Company, for a period twelve months following such date of termination; and (vi) reasonable executive outplacement benefits, except as otherwise required by law or by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans (excluding severance plans). All payments pursuant to this Section 4.4(a) shall be made in a lump sum; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the payment of the bonus pursuant to Section 4.4(a)(ii) shall be paid at the time and in the manner bonuses are paid to the executive officers of the Company for the year in which such termination occurred. In the event that the Executive is eligible to receive the severance benefits provided for by this Section 4.4(a), the Executive shall not be eligible to receive severance benefits under any other Company plan, policy or agreement.

 

(b)    TIME VESTING UNITS. To the extent that any Time Vesting Units remain unvested as of the date that is six (6) months following such termination, such unvested Time Vesting Units shall be forfeited as of such date; PROVIDED, that if the termination without Cause occurs within the one-year period after a Change of Control (as defined in Section 4.8 below), all unvested Time Vesting Units shall vest as of the date of termination.

 

(c)    PERFORMANCE UNITS. If the Performance Units are not vested as of the date of termination, the Performance Units will remain outstanding until the 180th day following the date of termination (not to exceed the fifth anniversary of the Closing), and if the Test Date occurs prior to the last day of such 180-day period and the Investors meet the applicable Cumulative Total Return goal as of the Test Date, the Executive will vest in a number of Performance Units at such time as each applicable Cumulative Total Return goal is met. All other Performance Units will be forfeited. In the event that (i) the Company consummates an initial public offering of its equity interests prior to the third anniversary of the Closing and (ii) the Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated without Cause after the third anniversary of the Closing, then the unvested Performance Units shall remain outstanding until the Test Date. If the Performance Units remain outstanding but not yet vested as of the fifth anniversary of the Closing, they shall be forfeited.

 

4.5    TERMINATION BY THE EXECUTIVE FOR GOOD REASON. (a) During the Employment Period, the Executive’s employment with the Company may be terminated by the Executive for Good Reason, if the Executive provides the Company with

 

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notice within 90 days following the Executive’s knowledge of the event constituting Good Reason. In the event that the Executive terminates his employment with the Company for Good Reason, the Executive shall be entitled to the same payments and benefits that he would have been entitled to receive under Section 4.4 if his employment had been terminated by the Company without Cause and the Company shall be entitled to the repurchase rights thereunder.

 

(b)    For purposes of this Agreement, the term “GOOD REASON” shall mean any of the following conditions or events without the Executive’s prior consent: (i) a material diminution of the Executive’s position or responsibilities that is inconsistent with the Executive’s title (PROVIDED that (x) any change in the Executive’s position or responsibilities that occurs as a result of a sale of the Company or its significant assets or (y) any change in the Executive’s position or responsibilities pursuant to an internal reorganization, in each case, following which the Executive’s level of position at the Company is not materially diminished shall not give rise to Good Reason under clause (i) or clause (ii) of this definition), (ii) a material and willful breach by the Company of any terms of this Agreement, (iii) a reduction in the Executive’s Base Salary or the percentage of his Base Salary eligible as a target bonus, or (iv) a relocation of the Executive’s principal place of business more than fifty (50) miles away from the location set forth as the Executive’s principal place of business in Section 1.2. Any such occurrence shall constitute “GOOD REASON” only after the Executive has given the Company written notice of, and twenty (20) business days opportunity to cure, such violation after receipt by the Company of such written notice, and then only if such occurrence is not cured.

 

4.6    TERMINATION BY THE EXECUTIVE WITHOUT GOOD REASON.

 

(a)    The Executive may voluntarily resign from his employment with the Company without Good Reason, PROVIDED that the Executive shall provide the Company with ninety (90) days’ advance written notice (which notice requirement may be waived, in whole or in part, by the Company in its sole discretion) of his intent to terminate. Upon such a termination, the Company shall have no obligation to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement or any other agreement executed in connection herewith other than the payment of the Accrued Obligations, except as otherwise required by law or by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans. All Restricted Units that have not yet been vested as of the date of termination shall be forfeited as of the date of termination. Subject to Section 4.6(b), any Restricted Units that have vested may be repurchased by the Company at any time following such termination of employment at a price per Restricted Unit equal to the lesser of (i) the (x) Fair Market Value of such Restricted Unit on the date of the termination minus (y) the value of any distributions previously paid to the Executive in respect of such Restricted Unit (subject to equitable adjustment in the Company’s discretion to reflect equity distributions, corporate transactions, or similar events, to the extent not reflected in (y)) and (ii) the original purchase price paid for such Restricted Unit by the Executive.

 

(b)    If the Executive terminates his employment with the Company pursuant to this Section 4.6 and represents, warrants and covenants (the “RETIREMENT COVENANT”) that he is permanently retiring and does not intend to, and will not, engage in any business or professional activity whether as an employer, consultant or owner (excluding the Executive’s Management of his owned real estate or his personal portfolio of publicly traded securities), then any Restricted Units that have vested may be repurchased by the Company at any time following

 

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such termination of employment at a price per Restricted Unit regardless of the value of the Escrow Amount (as defined below) equal to the (x) Fair Market Value of such Restricted Unit on the date of the termination minus (y) the value of any distributions previously paid to the Executive in respect of such Restricted Unit (subject to equitable adjustment in the Company’s discretion to reflect equity distributions, corporate transactions, or similar events, to the extent not reflected in (y)). All amounts (whether cash, securities or other property) (the “ESCROW AMOUNT”) (i) payable upon the exercise of the repurchase right set forth in the prior sentence and (ii) derived from the Restricted Units whether from distribution, a Liquidity Event resulting after the date that the Executive terminates his employment with the Company (the “RETIREMENT DATE”) pursuant to this Section 4.6(b) or otherwise, in each case, shall be deposited into an escrow account under the sole control of the Company. The Escrow Amount shall be promptly released to the Executive on the fifth anniversary of the Retirement Date (or to his estate upon his death) if the Executive has complied with the Retirement Covenant in all respects. If the Executive violates the Retirement Covenant at any time prior to the earlier of (x) the fifth anniversary of the Retirement Date and (y) the date of his death, the Escrow Amount shall be promptly released to the Company for the sole benefit of the Company and the Executive shall have no right or claim to the Escrow Amount or any other rights with respect to the Restricted Units repurchased pursuant by the Company pursuant to this Section 4.6(b). For the purposes of this Agreement, the term “LIQUIDITY EVENT” shall mean the consummation of an Excluded Event, a Significant Event, a Sale of the Company (as defined in the Restricted Unit Agreement), an Exchange (as defined in the Restricted Unit Agreement) or any other event or transaction resulting in the purchase, sale, transfer or disposition of the Restricted Units (or any securities issued in exchange for, or substitution of, the Restricted Units) after the Retirement Date.

 

4.7    RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND COOPERATION. As a condition to receiving any payments set forth in Section 4.2 through Section 4.5, the Executive (or his executor) shall be required to execute and not revoke a waiver and release of claims in favor of the Company and its Affiliates, in the form attached hereto as EXHIBIT B and, to the extent reasonably necessary, for a 180-day period following such employment termination, shall make himself reasonably available to provide transition services and consultation to the Company, subject to his other business and personal commitments.

 

4.8    DEFINITION OF CHANGE OF CONTROL. A “CHANGE OF CONTROL” shall mean (i) the acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time) not affiliated with the Company or its owners immediately prior to such acquisition of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of more than 50 percent, indirectly or directly, of the equity vote of the Company (other than any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any Affiliate) or (ii) consummation of an amalgamation, a merger or consolidation of the Company or any direct or indirect subsidiary thereof with any other entity or a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company following which the voting securities of the Company that are outstanding immediately prior to such transaction cease to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity (or the entity that owns substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) or any parent or other Affiliate thereof) at

 

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least 50 percent of the combined voting power of the securities of the Company or, if the Company is not the surviving entity, such surviving entity (or the entity that owns substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) or any parent or other Affiliate thereof, outstanding immediately after such transaction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change of Control shall not include a SkyTerra Acquisition or the acquisition of any assets or securities of the Company or its subsidiaries by the Investors, DTV or any of their respective Affiliates.

 

4.9    RESIGNATION. Upon a termination of employment, the Executive will upon the Company’s request resign from all boards of directors and officer positions of the Company and any of its Affiliates.

 

4.10    REPURCHASE RIGHT. Any Restricted Units held by the Executive as a result of vesting may be repurchased (the “REPURCHASE RIGHT”) by the Company at any time during the two-year period following (x) the date of termination of employment in the event that such Restricted Units were vested as of such termination and (y) the vesting of such Restricted Units in the event that such vesting occurred after the date of termination of employment, each (other than Repurchase Rights exercised following a termination pursuant to Section 4.1 and 4.6) at a price per Restricted Unit equal to the Fair Market Value thereof determined as of the date of repurchase. If the Company’s or any of its subsidiaries’ debt agreements restrict, limit or prohibit it from exercising the Repurchase Right, the foregoing two-year period shall be tolled until such time as the Company is permitted to exercise the Repurchase Right pursuant to the terms of such debt agreements. At no time shall the Company be obligated to exercise the Repurchase Right. The Repurchase Right shall be exercised by the Company, or its designee, by delivering to the Executive a written notice of exercise and a check in the amount of the applicable purchase price. Upon delivery of such notice and payment of the applicable purchase price, the Company, or its designee, shall become the legal and beneficial owner of the Restricted Units being repurchased and all rights and interest therein or related thereto, and the Company, or its designee, shall have the right to transfer to its own name the number of Restricted Units being repurchased without further action by the Executive or any of his transferees. If the Company or its designee elect to exercise the Repurchase Right pursuant to this Section 4.10 and the Executive or his transferee fails to deliver the Restricted Units in accordance with the terms hereof, the Company, or its designee, may, at its option, in addition to all other remedies it may have, deposit the applicable purchase price in an escrow account administered by an independent third party (to be held for the benefit of, and payment over to, the Executive or his transferee in accordance herewith) or set-off the applicable purchase price against any amount the Company or its affiliates may owe the Executive at such time, whereupon the Company shall by written notice to the Executive cancel on its books all of the Executive’s or his transferee’s right, title and interest in and to such Restricted Units. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, in lieu of “forfeiting” any unvested Restricted Units hereunder, the Company may, but shall not be obligated to, repurchase such Restricted Units at a purchase price equal to the original purchase price paid for such Restricted Units held by the Executive. For purposes of this Section 4.10, in the event that the Executive in good faith disputes the determination of Fair Market Value hereunder, the Managing Member shall select a regionally or nationally recognized investment banking or valuation firm (the “VALUER”) to determine the fair market value of such Restricted Units and the Valuer’s determination shall be

 

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final and binding on all the parties. The fees and expenses of the Valuer shall be paid one-half by the Executive and one-half by the Company.

 

5.      COVENANTS.

 

5.1    The Executive understands that, in the course of his employment with the Company, he will be given access to confidential information and trade secrets including, but not limit to, discoveries, ideas, concepts, software in various stages of development, designs, drawings, specifications, techniques, models, data, source code, object code, documentation, diagrams, flowcharts, research, development, processes, procedures, “know-how,” marketing techniques and materials, marketing and development plans, business plans, merger or acquisition investigations, customer names and other information relating to customers, price lists, pricing policies, and financial information of the Company (“CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION”). Confidential Information also includes any information described above which the Company obtains from another party and which the Company treats as proprietary or designates as Confidential Information, whether or not owned or developed by the Company. The Executive agrees that during his employment by the Company and thereafter to hold in confidence and not to directly or indirectly reveal, report, publish, disclose, or transfer any Confidential Information to any person or entity, or utilize any Confidential Information for any purpose, except in the course of the Executive’s work for the Company. The Executive agrees to turn over all copies of Confidential Information in his control to the Company upon request or upon termination of his employment with the Company. For purposes of this Section 5.1, the “Company” shall include Affiliates of the Company. The Executive agrees to enter into as of the Closing the Company’s general Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement set forth on EXHIBIT C.

 

5.2    The Executive agrees that, during his employment with the Company and for one (1) year thereafter (the “RESTRICTED PERIOD”), he will not, either directly or indirectly, (i) hire Company employees or former employees (which shall for this purpose include any individual employed by the Company at any point during the year preceding such hiring by the Executive or the Executive’s new employer), induce, persuade, solicit or attempt to induce, persuade, or solicit any of the Company’s employees to leave the Company’s employ, nor will he help others to do so or (ii) induce, persuade, solicit or attempt to induce, persuade, or solicit any person or entity that was a customer of the Company during the Restricted Period or the one-year period preceding the Restricted Period, or is a prospective customer, for the purpose of (A) providing to such customer goods or services similar to or in competition with the goods or services provided by the Company or (B) inducing or encouraging them to acquire of obtain from anyone other than the Company, goods or services similar to or in competition with the goods or services provided by the Company. This means, among other things, that if the Executive’s employment with the Company terminates (whether voluntarily or involuntarily), he shall refrain for one (1) year from giving any person or entity the names of his former, fellow employees or former, current or prospective customers or any information about them, as well as refrain from in any way helping any person or entity hire any of his former, fellow employees away from the Company or otherwise engage any former, current or prospective customers. This shall not be construed to prohibit general solicitations of employment through the placing of advertisements. For purposes of this Section 5.2, the “Company” shall include Affiliates of the Company.

 

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5.3    The Executive agrees that, during the Restricted Period, he shall not, without the prior written consent of the Board, engage in or become associated with any business or other endeavor engaged in or competitive with the businesses (the “PROTECTED BUSINESSES”) conducted by the Company, DTV, the Investors or any of their respective Subsidiaries at the time of such engagement or association. For these purposes, the Executive shall be considered to have become “associated with” a business or other endeavor if the Executive becomes directly or indirectly involved as an owner, principal, employee, officer, director, independent contractor, representative, stockholder, financial backer, agent, partner, advisor, lender, or in any other individual or representative capacity with any individual, partnership, corporation or other organization that is engaged in that business. The foregoing shall not be construed to forbid the Executive from making or retaining investments in less than one percent of the equity of any entity, if such equity is listed on a national securities exchange or regularly traded in an over-the-counter market.

 

5.4    The Executive agrees that during and after his employment by the Company, the Executive will assist the Company and its Affiliates in the defense of any claims, or potential claims that may be made or threatened to be made against the Company or any of its Affiliates in any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or otherwise (a “PROCEEDING”), and will assist the Company and its Affiliates in the prosecution of any claims that may be made by the Company or any of its Affiliates in any Proceeding, to the extent that such claims may relate to the Executive’s employment or the period of the Executive’s employment by the Company. The Executive agrees, unless precluded by law, to promptly inform the Company if the Executive is asked to participate (or otherwise become involved) in any Proceeding involving such claims or potential claims. The Executive also agrees, unless precluded by law, to promptly inform the Company if the Executive is asked to assist in any investigation (whether governmental or otherwise) of the Company or any of its Affiliates (or their actions), regardless of whether a lawsuit has then been filed against the Company or any of its Affiliates with respect to such investigation. The Company agrees to reimburse the Executive for all of the Executive’s reasonable out-of-pocket expenses associated with such assistance, including lost wages or other benefits, travel expenses and any attorneys’ fees.

 

5.5    The Company and the Executive acknowledge that the time, scope, geographic area and other provisions of Sections 5.2 and 5.3 have been specifically negotiated by sophisticated commercial parties and agree that all such provisions are reasonable under the circumstances of the activities contemplated by this Agreement. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that the terms of Sections 5.2 and 5.3: (i) are reasonable in light of all of the circumstances, (ii) are sufficiently limited to protect the legitimate interests of the Company and its Affiliates, (iii) impose no undue hardship on the Executive and (iv) are not injurious to the public. The Executive further acknowledges and agrees that (x) the Executive’s breach of the provisions of Sections 5.2 and 5.3 will cause the Company irreparable harm, which cannot be adequately compensated by money damages, and (y) if the Company elects to prevent the Executive from breaching such provisions by obtaining an injunction against the Executive, there is a reasonable probability of the Company’s eventual success on the merits. The Executive consents and agrees that if the Executive commits any such breach or threatens to commit any breach, the Company shall be entitled to temporary and permanent injunctive relief from a court of competent jurisdiction, without posting any bond or other security and without the necessity

 

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of proof of actual damage, in addition to, and not in lieu of, such other remedies as may be available to the Company for such breach, including the recovery of money damages. The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that the provisions of Section 7.9 below are accurate and necessary because (A) as of the Closing, the State of Delaware will have a substantial relationship to the parties hereto and to the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement, (B) the use of the State of Delaware law provides certainty to the parties hereto in any covenant litigation in the United States, and (C) enforcement of the provisions of Sections 5.2 and 5.3 would not violate any fundamental public policy of the State of Delaware or any other jurisdiction. In the event that the agreements in Sections 5.2 and 5.3 shall be determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable by reason of their extending for too great a period of time or over too great a geographical area or by reason of their being too extensive in any other respect, they shall be interpreted to extend only over the maximum period of time for which they may be enforceable and/or over the maximum geographical area as to which they may be enforceable and/or to the maximum extent in all other respects as to which they may be enforceable, all as determined by such court in such action.

 

6.    NOTICES. Any notice or communication given by either party hereto to the other shall be in writing and personally delivered or mailed by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or by facsimile, to the following addresses:

 

if to the Company:

 

Hughes Network Systems, LLC

c/o SkyTerra Communications, Inc.

19 West 44th Street, Suite 507

New York, New York 10036

Attention.: Chief Executive Officer

Telecopy No.: 212-730-7541

 

With a copy to:

 

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Times Square Tower

7 Times Square

New York, NY 10036

Telephone: (212) 326-2000

Telecopy: (212) 326-2061

Attention: John J. Suydam, Esq.

 

if to the Executive:

 

The most recent address on file for the Executive at the Company. With a copy to:

 

Doreen E. Lilienfeld, Esq.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

599 Lexington Avenue

 

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13th Floor

New York, NY 10022

212-848-7179 (facsimile)

 

Any notice shall be deemed given when actually delivered to such party at the designated address, or five days after such notice has been mailed or sent by overnight courier or when sent by facsimile with printed confirmation, whichever comes earliest. Any person entitled to receive notice may designate in writing, by notice to the other, such other address to which notices to such person shall thereafter be sent.

 

7.      MISCELLANEOUS.

 

7.1    REPRESENTATION. No agreements or obligations exist to which the Executive is a party or otherwise bound, in writing or otherwise, that in any way interfere with, impede or preclude him from fulfilling all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

7.2    ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement, and the documents incorporated by reference herein, including, without limitation, the LLC Agreement, the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement, the Restricted Unit Agreement and the Prior Agreements specified on ATTACHMENT 1, contain the entire understanding of the parties in respect of their subject matter and supersede upon their effectiveness all other prior plans, arrangements, agreements and understandings, including, without limitation, the Prior Agreements, between the parties with respect to such subject matter. The Executive represents and warrants that, immediately prior to the effectiveness of this Agreement, except for the Prior Agreements and the Separation and Release Agreement (the “SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT”) between the Executive and DTV dated on or about the date hereof, there are no agreements, understandings or arrangements, whether oral or written, among DTV or any of its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Executive, on the other hand. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in any other contract between the Executive and the Company or its Affiliates and predecessors (including, but not limited to the Settlement Agreement), all other contracts and agreements (including, but not limited to, the Prior Agreements) are hereby terminated as of the date hereof, and shall be of no further force or effect.

 

7.3    AMENDMENT; WAIVER. This Agreement may not be amended, supplemented, canceled or discharged, except by written instrument executed by the party against whom enforcement is sought. No failure to exercise, and no delay in exercising, any right, power or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof. No waiver of any breach of any provision of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or succeeding breach of the same or any other provision.

 

7.4    BINDING EFFECT; ASSIGNMENT. The rights and obligations of this Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of any successor of the Company by reorganization, merger or consolidation, or any assignee of all or substantially all of the Company’s business and properties. The Company may assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement to any of its Affiliates without the consent of the Executive. The Executive’s rights or obligations under this Agreement may not be assigned by the Executive.

 

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7.5    HEADINGS. The headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

 

7.6    GOVERNING LAW; INTERPRETATION. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed for all purposes by the laws and public policy (other than conflict of laws principles) of the State of Delaware applicable to contracts executed and to be wholly performed therein.

 

7.7    FURTHER ASSURANCES. Each of the parties agrees to execute, acknowledge, deliver and perform, and cause to be executed, acknowledged, delivered and performed, at any time and from time to time, as the case may be, all such further acts, deeds, assignments, transfers, conveyances, powers of attorney and assurances as may be reasonably necessary to carry out the provisions or intent of this Agreement.

 

7.8    SEVERABILITY. The parties have carefully reviewed the provisions of this Agreement and agree that they are fair and equitable. However, in light of the possibility of differing interpretations of law and changes in circumstances, the parties agree that if any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the provisions of this Agreement shall, to the extent permitted by law, remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated. Moreover, if any of the provisions contained in this Agreement are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be excessively broad as to duration, activity, geographic application or subject, it shall be construed, by limiting or reducing it to the extent legally permitted, so as to be enforceable to the extent compatible with then applicable law.

 

7.9    DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Arbitration will be the method of resolving disputes under this Agreement, other than disputes arising under Section 5. All arbitrations arising out of this Agreement shall be conducted in the State of Delaware. Subject to the following provisions, the arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (the “ASSOCIATION”) then in effect. Any award entered by the arbitrators shall be final, binding and nonappealable and judgment may be entered thereon by either party in accordance with applicable law in any court of competent jurisdiction. This arbitration provision shall be specifically enforceable. The arbitrators shall have no authority to modify any provision of this Agreement or to award a remedy for a dispute involving this Agreement other than a benefit specifically provided under or by virtue of this Agreement. Each party shall be responsible for its own expenses relating to the conduct of the arbitration (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) and shall share the fees of the Association equally.

 

7.10    LEGAL FEES. The Company will promptly reimburse the Executive for all reasonable and documented legal fees and related expenses incurred in connection with the drafting, negotiation and execution of this Agreement and the other documents relating to the equity arrangements contemplated hereunder (including the Restricted Unit Agreement); PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the sum of all fees and related expenses reimbursable to the Executive and all other executives of the Company shall not exceed $25,000 in the aggregate and shall not be payable to more than one counsel.

 

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7.11    INDEMNIFICATION. The Company will, to a degree no less favorable than would be applicable under its policies and contractual obligations to the Executive as of immediately following the Closing, indemnify and hold the Executive harmless from any and all liability arising from his good faith performance of services as an employee, officer or director of the Company. In addition, the Executive will have the benefit of coverage under any D&O insurance policy that the Company may have in place to the same extent as similarly situated executives of the Company.

 

7.12    WITHHOLDING TAXES. All payments hereunder, and pursuant to any other agreement to which the Executive is a party, shall be subject to any and all applicable federal, state, local and foreign withholding taxes and all other applicable withholding amounts. Any such amounts so withheld shall be treated as paid to the Executive. If the amount that the Company is required to withhold exceeds the cash payments currently paid to the Executive, the Executive shall promptly pay to the Company the amount of such excess; PROVIDED, that if such amount is not paid, the Company may withhold amounts otherwise due to the Executive.

 

7.13    NO MITIGATION. The Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any severance payments payable by the Company hereunder by seeking alternative employment following the Executive’s termination of employment with the Company.

 

7.14    COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute the same instrument.

 

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8.    RELEASE. Employee, on Employee’s own part and on behalf of Employee’s dependents, heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, and successors, and each of them, hereby covenants not to sue and fully releases, acquits, and discharges HNS, the Company, and their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, owners, trustees, directors, managers, officers, members, agents, employees, stockholders, representatives, assigns, and successors (collectively referred to as “COMPANY RELEASEES”) with respect to and from any and all claims, wages, agreements, contracts, covenants, actions, suits, causes of action, expenses, attorneys’ fees, damages, and liabilities of whatever kind or nature in law, equity or otherwise, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, and whether or not concealed or hidden, which Employee has at any time heretofore owned or held against said Company Releasees, including, without limitation, those arising out of or in any way connected with the Prior Agreements or Employee’s employment relationship with the Company, except with respect to the obligations set forth in this Agreement.

 

9.    TIME TO CONSIDER RELEASE. Employee may take twenty-one (21) days from the date this Agreement is presented to Employee to consider whether to execute this Agreement, and may wish to consult with an attorney prior to execution of this Agreement. Employee, by signing this Agreement, specially acknowledges that he/she is waiving his/her right to pursue any claims under federal, state or local discrimination laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 626 ET SEQ., which have arisen prior to the execution of this Agreement. This release shall become final and irrevocable upon execution by the Employee, except that if Employee is age 40 or older, Employee may revoke the release at any time during the seven (7) day period following Employee’s execution of this Agreement, after which time it shall be final and irrevocable.

 

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

 

 

 

 

THE COMPANY

 

HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC

 

 

By:

 

SkyTerra Communications, Inc.,

its Managing Member

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Jeffrey A. Leddy

 

 

Name: Jeffrey A. Leddy

Title:   CEO

 

 

 

 

THE EXECUTIVE

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Pradman Kaul         

 

 

Pradman Kaul

 

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ATTACHMENT 1

 

Pradman Kaul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position

 

  

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

Reporting Person

 

  

Managing Member of the Company

 

 

 

Outside Activities

  

The Executive can serve on the board of directors of the following entities: Primus Telecom, Optimos, Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd., and The University of Maryland Foundation. Additionally, the Executive can continue in his position as a Member of the National Advisory Council, George Washington University and as the Chairman of the Maryland-India Business Roundtable.

 

 

 

Annual Base Salary

 

  

$540,798

 

 

 

Maximum Bonus Percentage    

 

  

75 percent

 

 

 

Number of Restricted Units

 

  

1,500

 

 

 

Vacation Days

 

  

25 with a maximum accrual limit of 50 days

 

 

 

Executive Medical Plan

  

The Executive shall be entitled to participate in the current executive medical plan of the Company at the Company’s expense.

 

 

 

Auto Allowance

 

  

$15,120

 

 

 

Prior Agreements

  

Hughes Electronics Corporation Executive Change in Control Severance Agreement dated as of July 9, 2001, as amended, and The DIRECTV Group Employment Transition Assistance Plan dated as of June 18, 2004.

 

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

RESTRICTED UNIT PURCHASE AGREEMENT, dated as of April 23, 2005 (this “Agreement”), between HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Company”); and Pradman Kaul (the “Purchaser”).

 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto are entering into this Agreement to provide for the Company’s issuance and sale of certain equity securities to the Purchaser and to set forth certain other agreements between them.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual benefits to be derived and the representations and warranties, conditions and covenants contained herein, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as set forth below.

 

Section 1.    Definitions.

 

Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings set forth below.

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls, or is Controlled by, or is under common Control with, such Person and/or one or more affiliates thereof.

 

Board” means the Board of Managers of the Company. Any calculation, determination, election or decision of the Board hereunder shall be made by the Board excluding the Purchaser if the Purchaser is a member of the Board at such time.

 

Business Day” means any day except a Saturday, a Sunday or any other day on which commercial banks are not required to be open in New York, New York.

 

Compensation Committee” means the compensation committee of the Board.

 

Control” (including, with correlative meaning, the terms “Controlling”, “Controlled by” and “under common Control with”), as 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 a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.

 

Documents” means this Agreement, the Employment Agreement (together with the conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement attached thereto), and the LLC Agreement.

 

Employment Agreement” means the Employment Agreement dated as of the date hereof between the Company and the Purchaser, as amended, modified, restated or supplemented from time to time.

 

Equity Securities” means (a) Restricted Units and any other Securities of the Company acquired by the Purchaser from time to time, (b) any equity Securities issued or issuable pursuant to Section 7 and (c) any equity Securities issued or issuable directly or

 

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indirectly with respect to the Securities referred to in clauses (a) and (b) above by way of conversion, distribution, dividend or split or in connection with a combination of equity interests, recapitalization, merger, consolidation or other reorganization.

 

Fair Market Value” means, with respect to each Security, the fair market value thereof as determined by the Managing Member in its reasonable good faith discretion.

 

Law” means any law, treaty, convention, rule, directive, legislation, ordinance, regulatory code (including, without limitation, rules and regulations) or similar provision having the force of law or an order of any governmental entity or any self-regulatory organization.

 

Lien” means and includes security interests, mortgages, liens, pledges, charges, easements, reservations, restrictions, clouds, servitudes, rights of way, options, rights of first refusal, community property interests, equitable interests, restrictions of any kind, conditional sale or other title retention agreements, any agreement to provide any of the foregoing and all other encumbrances, whether or not relating to the extension of credit or the borrowing of money, whether imposed by contract, Law, equity or otherwise.

 

LLC Agreement” means the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement dated as of April 22, 2005, among the Company, and its other members, as amended, modified, restated or supplemented from time to time.

 

Person” shall be construed as broadly as possible and shall include an individual person, a partnership (including a limited liability partnership), a corporation, an association, a joint stock company, a limited liability company, a trust, a joint venture, an unincorporated organization and a governmental authority.

 

Rule 144” means Rule 144 (including Rule 144(k) and all other subdivisions thereof) promulgated by the Commission under the Securities Act, as such rule may be amended from time to time, or any similar or successor rule then in force.

 

Sale Transaction” means the consummation of (a) the transfer (in one or a series of related transactions) of all or substantially all of the Company’s consolidated assets to a Person or a group of Persons acting in concert; (b) the sale or transfer (in one or a series of related transactions) of a majority of the outstanding Securities of the Company to one Person or a group of Persons acting in concert; or (c) the merger or consolidation of the Company with or into another Person, in the case of clauses (b) and (c) above, under circumstances in which the holders of a majority of the voting power of the outstanding Securities of the Company immediately prior to such transaction own less than a majority in voting power of the outstanding Securities of the Company or the surviving or resulting corporation or acquirer, as the case may be, immediately following such transaction. A sale (or multiple related sales) of one or more Subsidiaries of the Company (whether by way of merger, consolidation, reorganization or sale of all or substantially all assets or Securities) which constitutes all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company shall be deemed a “Sale Transaction.”

 

Securities” means “securities” as defined in Section 2(1) of the Securities Act and includes, with respect to any Person, such Person’s capital stock or other equity interests or any options, warrants or other securities that are directly or indirectly convertible into, or exercisable or exchangeable for, such Person’s capital stock or other equity or equity-linked interests.

 

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Whenever a reference herein to Securities is referring to any derivative Securities, the rights of the Purchaser shall apply to such derivative Securities and all underlying Securities directly or indirectly issuable upon conversion, exchange or exercise of such derivative securities.

 

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor Federal statute, and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated thereunder, all as the same shall be in effect from time to time.

 

Share Market Price” means, (x) with respect to the SkyTerra Shares to be issued to the Purchaser in connection with an Exchange: (a) if such SkyTerra Shares are not publicly traded or quoted at the time of determination, the fair market value of such Securities determined by the board of directors of SkyTerra; and (b) if the SkyTerra Shares are publicly traded or quoted at the time of determination, the per share fair market value of such Securities shall be the average closing trading price of such Securities for the twenty (20) Business Day period immediately preceding the date of determination, and (y) with respect to an Exchange following an initial public offering of the Company’s equity securities, the per share fair market value of such Securities shall be the average closing trading price of such Securities for the twenty (20) Business Day period immediately preceding the date of determination.

 

SkyTerra” means SkyTerra Communications, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its successors and assigns.

 

SkyTerra Acquisition” means the direct or indirect acquisition by SkyTerra and/or any of its Affiliates, pursuant to any transaction structure, of all or substantially all of the Securities of the Company that are held by members of the Company that are not employees of the Company.

 

Subsidiary” means, at any time, with respect to any Person (the “Subject Person”), any other Person of which either (a) more than fifty percent (50%) of the Securities or other interests entitled to vote in the election of directors or comparable governance bodies performing similar functions or (b) more than a 50% interest in the profits or capital of such Person, are at the time owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Subject Person or through one or more subsidiaries of the Subject Person.

 

Transfer” of Securities shall be construed broadly and shall include any issuance, sale, assignment, transfer, participation, gift, bequest, distribution, or other disposition thereof, or any pledge or hypothecation thereof, placement of a Lien thereon or grant of a security interest therein or other encumbrance thereon, in each case whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law or otherwise. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Transfer shall not include the sale or transfer of Equity Securities by the Purchaser to the Company or any of its designees pursuant to the Employment Agreement or otherwise limit the Purchaser’s obligations in Section 8(b).

 

Transferee” means a Person acquiring or intending to acquire Equity Securities through a Transfer.

 

Section 2.    Authorization of Restricted Units; Adjustments.

 

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(a)    The Company has authorized the issuance and sale to the Purchaser, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, an aggregate of 1,500 units (the “Restricted Units”) of the Company’s Class B Units (the “Units”). For the purposes of the Employment Agreement, 50.0 percent of the Restricted Units shall be “Time Vesting Units” and 50.0 percent of the Restricted Units shall be “Performance Vesting Units.”

 

(b)    In the event of any equity split, reverse equity split, dividend, merger, consolidation, recapitalization or similar event affecting the capital structure of the Company’s Class A Units, the number, kind and type of equity (or other property, including without limitation cash) subject to the Restricted Units shall be equitably adjusted as determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee to prevent the dilution or enlargement of the value of the Executive’s Restricted Units.

 

Section 3.    Issuance and Sale of Restricted Units.

 

At the Closing, subject to the terms and conditions hereof and in reliance upon the representations and warranties, covenants and agreements contained herein, the Company will issue and sell to the Purchaser, and the Purchaser will purchase from the Company, the Restricted Units for a purchase price per Restricted Unit equal to $0.01. The aggregate purchase price paid for all Restricted Units is hereinafter referred to as the “Cash Consideration”.

 

Section 4.    Closing.

 

The closing of the transactions contemplated hereby (the “Closing”) will take place simultaneously with the execution and delivery of this Agreement at the offices of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, 7 Times Square, New York, New York 10036.

 

Section 5.    Deliveries at the Closing.

 

At the Closing, the Purchaser shall deliver to the Company (i) the Cash Consideration; (ii) a duly executed counterpart to the LLC Agreement and the Employment Agreement (together with the conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement attached thereto); and (iii) a duly executed spousal consent in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.

 

Section 6.    Representations and Warranties.

 

(a)    Representations and Warranties of the Company. The Company represents and warrants to the Purchaser as of the date of this Agreement as set forth below.

 

(i)    It is a company duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware. It has full power and authority to execute, deliver and perform this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby, and the execution, delivery and performance by it of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action.

 

(ii)    This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by the Company and constitutes a legal and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms.

 

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(iii)    The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby will not (A) violate any provision of Law to which the Company is subject, (B) violate any order, judgment or decree applicable to the Company or (C) conflict with, or result in a breach or default under, any term or condition of the Company’s certificate of formation or the LLC Agreement or any agreement or instrument to which the Company is a party or by which it is bound, except for such violations, conflicts, breaches or defaults that would not, in the aggregate, materially affect the Company’s ability to perform its obligations hereunder.

 

(iv)    No consent, approval or authorization of, or declaration to or filing with, any Person is required to be made or obtained by the Company for the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement or the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby, including, the authorization, issuance and delivery of the Restricted Units.

 

(b)    General Representations and Warranties of the Purchaser. The Purchaser hereby represents and warrants to the Company as of the date of this Agreement as set forth below.

 

(i)    Each Document has been duly and validly executed and delivered by the Purchaser and each Document constitutes a legal and binding obligation of the Purchaser, enforceable against the Purchaser in accordance with its terms.

 

(ii)    The execution, delivery and performance by the Purchaser of each Document and the consummation by the Purchaser of the transactions contemplated by each such Document will not (A) violate any provision of any Law to which the Purchaser is subject, (B) violate any order, judgment or decree applicable to the Purchaser or (C) conflict with, or result in a breach or default under, any term or condition of any agreement or other instrument to which the Purchaser is a party or by which the Purchaser is bound, except for such violations, conflicts, breaches or defaults that would not, in the aggregate, materially affect the Purchaser’s ability to perform its obligations under each such Document.

 

(iii)    No consent, approval or authorization of, or declaration to or filing with, any Person is required to be made or obtained by the Purchaser for the execution, delivery and performance by the Purchaser of the Documents or the consummation by the Purchaser of the transactions contemplated the Documents.

 

(c)    Investment Representations of the Purchaser. The Purchaser hereby represents and warrants to the Company as of the date of this Agreement as set forth below.

 

(i)    The Purchaser understands that (A) the Restricted Units have not been registered under the Securities Act or registered or qualified under applicable state securities Laws by reason of their issuance by the Company in a transaction exempt from the registration and qualification requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities Laws, and (B) the Restricted Units issued to the Purchaser must be held by the Purchaser indefinitely unless a subsequent disposition thereof is registered or qualified

 

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under the Securities Act and applicable state securities Laws, or are exempt from such registration or qualification. The Purchaser further understands that in connection with the Transfer of the Restricted Units, that the Company may request, and if so requested the Purchaser will furnish, such certificates, legal opinions and other information as the Company may reasonably require to confirm that such share Transfer complies with the foregoing.

 

(ii)    The Purchaser further understands that, with respect to the Restricted Units, the exemption from registration afforded by Rule 144 (the provisions of which are known to the Purchaser) promulgated under the Securities Act depends on the satisfaction of various conditions, and that, if applicable, Rule 144 may only afford the basis for sales only under certain circumstances and only in limited amounts.

 

(iii)    The Purchaser will not Transfer the Restricted Units acquired by it hereunder, except in compliance with the Documents.

 

(iv)    The Purchaser is acquiring the Restricted Units for its own account, for investment only and not with a view to, or an intention of, the distribution thereof in violation of the Securities Act or any applicable state securities Laws.

 

(v)    The Purchaser is an “accredited investor” (as defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act).

 

(vi)    The Purchaser has no need for liquidity in its investment in the Restricted Units and is able to bear the economic risk of his investment in the Restricted Units for an indefinite period of time.

 

(vii)    The Purchaser has been represented by counsel and/or advisors in connection with the execution and delivery of the Documents and has had an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers concerning the terms and conditions of the offering of the Restricted Units and has had full access to or been provided with all such other information concerning the Company as he has requested.

 

(viii)    The Purchaser has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters and with respect to investments in securities of privately held companies such that the Purchaser is capable of evaluating the risks and merits of his investment in the Restricted Units

 

(ix)    The Purchaser further understands that this Agreement is made with the Purchaser in reliance upon its representations to the Company contained in Sections 5(b) and 5(c).

 

(d)    Acknowledgement of Purchaser. As an inducement to the Company to issue the Restricted Units to the Purchaser and as a condition thereto, the Purchaser acknowledges and agrees as set forth below.

 

(i)    Neither the issuance of the Restricted Units to the Purchaser nor any provision contained in the Documents shall entitle the Purchaser to obtain employment with or remain in the employment of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries

 

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or Affiliates or affect any right the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate of the Company may have to terminate the Purchaser’s employment, pursuant to the Employment Agreement or otherwise, for any reason.

 

(ii)    The Company shall have no duty or obligation to disclose to the Purchaser, and the Purchaser shall have no right to be advised of, any material information regarding the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates at any time prior to, upon or in connection with the repurchase of the Restricted Units upon the termination of the Purchaser’s employment with the Company and any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or as otherwise provided in the Documents.

 

(e)    The Optionee hereby acknowledges receipt of a complete copy of each of the Documents. The Optionee has reviewed each of the Documents and agrees to be bound by the terms of each of the Documents.

 

Section 7.    SkyTerra Acquisition.

 

Commencing on the date that is one year following the consummation of the SkyTerra Acquisition, if any, the Purchaser shall have the right to exchange (the “Exchange”) all of his Restricted Units which have vested in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement for common stock of SkyTerra (“SkyTerra Shares”). The number of SkyTerra Shares to be issued to the Purchaser in connection with the Exchange shall equal the quotient obtained by dividing (x) the product of (1) the number of Vested Securities and (2) the Fair Market Value of such Vested Securities by (y) the Share Market Price.

 

Section 8.    Specific Transfer Restrictions on Equity Securities.

 

The provisions set forth in this Section 8 shall apply to the Purchaser and any Transferee of the Purchaser (other the Company or its designees).

 

(a)    The Purchaser acknowledges the restrictions on Transfer of the Equity Securities set forth in the LLC Agreement (including, without limitation, Section 9 thereof).

 

(b)    If the SkyTerra Investors (as defined in the LLC Agreement) approve a Sale Transaction, the Purchaser shall consent to and raise no objections against the Sale Transaction, and if the Sale Transaction is structured as a sale of the issued and outstanding Securities of the Company (whether by merger, recapitalization, consolidation or sale or Transfer of Securities of the Company, or otherwise), then the Purchaser shall waive any dissenters rights, appraisal rights or similar rights in connection with such Sale Transaction and such Purchaser shall agree to sell his Equity Securities on the terms and conditions approved by the Board. The Purchaser shall take all necessary and desirable actions in connection with the consummation of the Sale Transaction, including, but not limited to, the execution of such agreements and instruments (including equityholder resolutions) and other actions necessary to provide the representations, warranties, indemnities, covenants, conditions, escrow agreement(s) and other provisions and agreements relating to such Sale Transaction. In the event that the Purchaser fails for any reason to take any of the foregoing actions after reasonable notice thereof, he hereby grants an irrevocable power of attorney and proxy to the Company to take all necessary actions and execute and deliver all documents deemed by the Company necessary to effectuate the terms of this Section 8(b).

 

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(c)    If and whenever the Company proposes to register any of its Securities under the Securities Act for its own account (or otherwise), the Purchaser agrees not to effect (other than pursuant to such registration) any public sale or distribution (including, but not limited to, any sale pursuant to Rule 144 or Rule 144A of the Securities Act) of any Equity Securities or any other Securities of the Company until 180 days after (or with respect to the Company’s initial public offering of Units under the Securities Act, 270 days after), and during the twenty (20) days prior to, the effective date of such registration.

 

(d)    Any Transferee of Equity Securities (other than the Company or its designees) shall, as a condition to such Transfer, agree to be bound by all of the provisions of the Documents applicable to holders of Equity Securities (including, without limitation, Sections 7 and 8 hereof).

 

Section 9.    Indemnification.

 

(a)    The Company shall indemnify, defend and hold the Purchaser harmless from and against all liability, loss or damage, together with all reasonable costs and expenses related thereto (including reasonable legal and accounting fees and expenses), relating to or arising from the untruth, inaccuracy or breach of any of the representations, warranties or covenants of the Company contained in this Agreement.

 

(b)    The Purchaser shall indemnify and hold the Company harmless from and against all liability, loss or damage, together with all reasonable costs and expenses related thereto (including reasonable legal and accounting fees and expenses), relating to or arising from the untruth, inaccuracy or breach of any of the representations, warranties or covenants of the Purchaser contained in this Agreement.

 

Section 10.    Tax Election.

 

(a)    THE PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT IS THE PURCHASER’S SOLE RESPONSIBILITY, AND NOT THE COMPANY’S, TO DECIDE IF AN ELECTION UNDER SECTION 83(B) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SHOULD BE MADE AND TO FILE TIMELY SUCH ELECTION, EVEN IF THE PURCHASER REQUESTS THE COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE THIS FILING ON HIS BEHALF. THE PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT IS NOT RELYING ON ANY TAX ADVICE PROVIDED BY THE COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER ADVISORS, AND THE PURCHASER IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH HIS OWN TAX ADVISORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MATTERS SET FORTH HEREIN.

 

Section 11.    General Provisions.

 

(a)    Transfers in Violation of Agreement. Any attempted Transfer of any Equity Securities in violation of the Documents shall be null and void, and the Company shall not record such Transfer on its books or treat any purported Transferee of such Equity Securities as the owner of such Equity Securities for any purpose.

 

(b)    Amendments; Waiver and Release. The terms and provisions of this Agreement may not be modified or amended, nor may any of the provisions hereof be waived,

 

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temporarily or permanently, except pursuant to a written instrument executed by the party to be bound by such modification or amendment. The failure of any party to enforce any of the provisions of this Agreement shall in no way be construed as a waiver of such provisions and shall not affect the right of such party thereafter to enforce each and every provision of this Agreement in accordance with its terms.

 

(c)    Severability. It is the desire and intent of the parties hereto that the provisions each Document be enforced to the fullest extent permissible under the laws and public policies applied in each jurisdiction in which enforcement is sought. Accordingly, if any particular provision of any Document shall be adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, prohibited or unenforceable for any reason, such provision, as to such jurisdiction, shall be ineffective, without invalidating the remaining provisions of such Document or affecting the validity or enforceability of such Document or affecting the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if such provision could be more narrowly drawn so as not to be invalid, prohibited or unenforceable in such jurisdiction, it shall, as to such jurisdiction, be so narrowly drawn, without invalidating the remaining provisions of such Document or affecting the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

(d)    Entire Agreement. The Documents and the other writings referred to in the Documents or delivered pursuant to the Documents contain the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter of the Documents and supersede all prior and contemporaneous arrangements or understandings with respect thereto.

 

(e)    Successors and Assigns. Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Purchaser and the Company and their respective successors, permitted assigns, heirs, representatives and estates, as the case may be; provided, however, that the rights and obligations of the Purchaser under this Agreement shall not be assignable except in connection with a Transfer of Equity Securities not prohibited under the terms and provisions of the Documents. Except as expressly provided herein, this Agreement shall not confer any rights or remedies upon any Person other than the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

 

(f)    Counterparts and Facsimile Execution. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same agreement and shall become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the parties and delivered (by facsimile or otherwise) to the other party, it being understood that all parties need not sign the same counterpart. Any counterpart or other signature hereunder delivered by facsimile shall be deemed for all purposes as constituting good and valid execution and delivery of this Agreement by such party.

 

(g)    Remedies. Each of the parties to this Agreement and any such Person granted rights hereunder whether or not such Person is a signatory hereto (including, without limitation, the SkyTerra Investors) shall be entitled to enforce its rights under this Agreement specifically to recover damages and costs (including reasonable attorney’s fees) for any breach of any provision of this Agreement and to exercise all other rights existing in its favor. The parties hereto agree and acknowledge that money damages may not be an adequate remedy for any breach of the provisions of this Agreement and that any party and any such Person granted

 

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rights hereunder whether or not such Person is a signatory hereto (including, without limitation, SkyTerra) may in its sole discretion apply to any court of law or equity of competent jurisdiction for specific performance and/or other injunctive relief (without posting any bond or deposit) in order to enforce or prevent any violations of the provisions of this Agreement. The SkyTerra Investors shall be third party beneficiaries of the rights of the Company hereunder.

 

(h)    Notices. All notices, requests, demands, claims and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and sufficient if delivered in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Employment Agreement.

 

(i)    Construction. The use in this Agreement of the term “including” means “including, without limitation.” The words “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole, including the schedules and exhibits, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified, supplemented or restated, and not to any particular section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or clause contained in this Agreement. All references to sections, schedules and exhibits mean the sections of this Agreement and the schedules and exhibits attached to this Agreement, except where otherwise stated. The title of and the section and paragraph headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not govern or affect the interpretation of any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement. The use herein of the masculine, feminine or neuter forms shall also denote the other forms, as in each case the context may require. Where specific language is used to clarify by example a general statement contained herein, such specific language shall not be deemed to modify, limit or restrict in any manner the construction of the general statement to which it relates. The language used in this Agreement has been chosen by the parties to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction shall be applied against any party.

 

(j)    WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY OF ANY ACTION, PROCEEDING OR COUNTERCLAIM BASED UPON OR ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY DEALINGS BETWEEN THE PARTIES HERETO RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO ALSO WAIVES ANY BOND OR SURETY OR SECURITY UPON SUCH BOND THAT MIGHT, BUT FOR THIS WAIVER, BE REQUIRED OF THE OTHER PARTY. THE SCOPE OF THIS WAIVER IS INTENDED TO BE ALL ENCOMPASSING OF ANY AND ALL DISPUTES THAT MAY BE FILED IN ANY COURT AND THAT RELATE TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONTRACT CLAIMS, TORT CLAIMS, BREACH OF DUTY CLAIMS, AND ALL OTHER COMMON LAW AND STATUTORY CLAIMS. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THIS WAIVER IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO FURTHER WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT IT HAS REVIEWED OR HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THIS WAIVER WITH ITS RESPECTIVE LEGAL COUNSEL, AND THAT IT KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY WAIVES ITS JURY TRIAL RIGHTS FOLLOWING CONSULTATION WITH SUCH LEGAL COUNSEL. IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, THIS AGREEMENT MAY BE FILED AS A WRITTEN CONSENT TO A TRIAL BY THE COURT.

 

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(k)    GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DOMESTIC LAWS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE WITHOUT REGARD TO THE CONFLICTS OF LAWS OR PRINCIPLES THEREOF THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION OTHER THAN THE STATE OF DELAWARE. WITH RESPECT TO ANY LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR BROUGHT WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY TRANSACTION CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT, EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO IRREVOCABLY (a) SUBMITS TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL AND DELAWARE STATE COURTS LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF DELAWARE IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE; (b) WAIVES ANY OBJECTION IT MAY HAVE AT ANY TIME TO THE LAYING OF VENUE OF ANY PROCEEDING BROUGHT IN ANY SUCH COURT; (c) WAIVES ANY CLAIM THAT SUCH PROCEEDING HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN AN INCONVENIENT FORUM; AND (d) FURTHER WAIVES THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH PROCEEDINGS, THAT SUCH COURT DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER SUCH PARTY.

 

(l)    Survival of Representations and Warranties. All representations, warranties and agreements contained herein shall survive for the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, indefinitely.

 

(m)    Further Assurances. Each party hereto shall do and perform or cause to be done and performed all such further acts and things and shall execute and deliver all such other agreements, certificates, instruments, and documents as any other party hereto reasonably may request in order to carry out the provisions of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby. Without limiting the foregoing each party shall use its commercially reasonable efforts, and the other parties shall cooperate with such efforts, to obtain any consents, orders, authorizations and approvals of, or effect the notification of or filing with each Person, whether private or governmental, whose consent or approval is or may be required to permit the consummation of, and give full effect to, the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Company:

 

HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC

 

 

By:

 

SkyTerra Communications, Inc.,

its Managing Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Jeffrey A. Leddy         

 

 

Name: Jeffrey A. Leddy

Title: Chief Executive Officer and President

 

 

Purchaser:

 

/s/ Pradman Kaul

Pradman Kaul

 

EX-10.29 2 dex1029.htm EXHIBIT 10.29

Exhibit 10.29

AMENDMENT TO

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

This Amendment (“Amendment”) to the Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of April 23, 2005, by and between Pradman P. Kaul (“Executive”) and Hughes Communications, Inc, a Delaware corporation (the “Company,” together with Executive, the “Parties”), dated as of December 23, 2010.

WHEREAS, the Parties entered into the Agreement that sets forth the terms and conditions of the continued employment relationship of the Executive with the Company; and

WHEREAS, the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company to increase the cash severance amount payable to Executive under the Agreement upon certain severance eligible terminations and to make certain amendments required to comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the conditions and mutual covenants contained herein, the Parties agree, effective as of December 23, 2010, as follows:

FIRST: Section 4.4(a) is amended as follows:

 

 

(a)

Section 4.4(a)(ii) is amended in its entirety to read as follows: the payment of a lump sum amount equal to three (3) times the sum of (x) and (y), where (x) is the Executive’s annual Base Salary (as in effect as of the date of termination) and (y) is 100% of Base Salary, which percentage of Base Salary represents the Executive’s target bonus amount; and

 

 

(b)

Section 4.4(a)(iv) is amended in its entirety to read as follows: notwithstanding any payment timing provision in this Section 4.4 to the contrary, the payment on the last day of the month following each month for which the Executive is eligible to elect COBRA continuation coverage, has elected COBRA continuation coverage and has fully paid the COBRA premium for such month, a cash amount equal to 1.5 times the COBRA premium for such month paid by the Executive; and

 

 

(c)

The clause “on the 60th day following Executive’s termination” shall be added at the end of the sentence that reads “All payments pursuant to this Section 4.4(a) shall be made in a lump sum” and

 

 

(d)

The second to last clause of Section 4.4(a), beginning “PROVIDED, HOWEVER,” shall be deleted in its entirety.

SECOND: A new Section 4.11 is added to the Agreement, as follows:

 

 

4.11

Section 280G. (a) If any payment or benefit the Executive would receive under this Agreement, when combined with any other payment or benefit the Executive


 

receives (“Payment”), would (A) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (B) but for this sentence, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then such Payment shall be either (1) the full amount of such Payment or (2) such lesser amount (with cash payments being reduced before stock option compensation) as would result in no portion of the Payment being subject to the Excise Tax, whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state and local employment taxes, income taxes, and the Excise Tax, results in Executive’s receipt, on an after-tax basis, of the greater amount of the Payment notwithstanding that all or some portion of the Payment may be subject to the Excise Tax. For these purposes, the amount of federal and state income taxes payable with respect to the foregoing shall be calculated at the maximum marginal income tax rate for each year in which the foregoing shall be paid to the Executive (based upon the rate in effect for such year as set forth in the Code at the time of termination of the Executive’s employment).

 

 

(b)

All determinations required to be made under this Section 4.11(b), including whether and to what extent the Payments shall be reduced and the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made by the nationally recognized certified public accounting firm used by the Company immediately prior to the effective date of the Change in Control or, if such firm declines to serve, such other nationally recognized certified public accounting firm as may be designated by the Company (the “Accounting Firm”). The Accounting Firm shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to Executive and the Company at such time as is requested by the Company. All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne solely by the Company. Any determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding upon Executive and the Company. For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 4.11(b), the Accounting Firm may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good-faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code.

THIRD: The following amendments to the Agreement are adopted in respect of Code Section 409A:

 

 

(a)

A sentence shall be added at the end of Section 2.1(b), which reads: “In no event will Executive’s annual bonus be paid later than March 15th of the calendar year following the calendar year to which such annual bonus relates.”

 

 

(b)

Section 4.7 shall be revised in its entirety to read: “As a condition to receiving any payments set forth in Section 4.2 through 4.5, the Executive (or his executor) shall be required to execute and not revoke a waiver and release of claims in favor of the Company and its Affiliates, in the form attached hereto as EXHIBIT B, no later than the 60th day following Executive’s termination, and, to the extent reasonably necessary, for a 180-day period following such employment termination, shall make himself reasonably available to provide transition services and consultation to the Company, subject to his other business and personal commitments; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the level of such services


 

and consultation does not exceed 20 percent of the level of the average level services Executive provided to the Company and its Affiliates in the 36-month period preceding such termination so as not to lose the presumption that such termination constitutes a “separation from service” under Section 409A of the Code and Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(h).”

 

 

(c)

A new Section 7.15 is added, which reads as follows: “This Agreement and the payments hereunder are intended to be exempt from or to satisfy the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, including published guidance and regulations interpreting such Section, and should be interpreted accordingly. In particular, and without limiting the preceding sentence, if the Company determines Executive is a “specified employee” (within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code and determined in accordance with Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(i) and the Company’s specified employee identification policy, if any, in effect on the date of Executive’s termination) as of date of Executive’s termination, then any payment under this Agreement that is treated as deferred compensation payable on account of Executive’s separation from service under Section 409A of the Code shall be accumulated and paid on the date that is six months after the date of separation from service (or Executive’s death, if occurring earlier) (without interest or earnings). Further, any reference to “termination of employment” shall mean, where applicable, a “separation from service” as set forth under Section 409A of the Code and Final Treasury Regulation § 1.409A-1(h). In no event may Executive, directly or indirectly, designate the calendar year of any payment to be made under this Agreement or otherwise which constitutes a “deferral of compensation” within the meaning of Code Section 409A. To the extent that any reimbursements made pursuant to this Agreement are taxable to Executive, any such reimbursement payment due to Executive shall be paid to Executive as promptly as practicable, and in no event later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the expense was incurred. The reimbursements made pursuant to this Agreement are not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit and the amount of such benefits and reimbursements that Executive receives in one taxable year shall not affect the amount of such benefits or reimbursements that Executive receives in any other taxable year. In the event that any provision of this Agreement is inconsistent with Code Section 409A or such guidance, then the applicable provisions of Code Section 409A shall supersede such inconsistent provision. In accordance with the foregoing, Executive shall not have a legally binding right to any distribution made to Executive in error. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event will any of the Company, its Affiliates or their respective officers, directors, employees, or agents have any liability for failure of the Agreement to satisfy Code Section 409A and none of the foregoing guarantees that the Agreement complies with Code Section 409A.”

FOURTH: Section 5.2 is amended as follows: the clause “The Executive agrees that, during his employment with the Company and for one (1) year thereafter” shall be replaced with “The Executive agrees that, during his employment with the Company and for three (3) years


thereafter or such lesser period of time for which payments are actually made pursuant to Section 4.4(a)”

FIFTH: Except as expressly modified by this Amendment, all other terms and provisions of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and are hereby ratified in all respects.

[SIGNATURE PAGE FOLLOWS]


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment to the Agreement has been executed by the Parties as of the date first set forth above.

 

HUGHES COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

  

 

EXECUTIVE:

By:

 

/s/ Dean A. Manson

  

 

/s/ Pradman Kaul

 

Name: Dean A. Manson

Title: SVP, General Counsel

            and Secretary

  

 

Name: Pradman Kaul


Annex A

SCHEDULE IDENTIFYING MATERIAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

AMENDMENTS TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS,

DATED AS OF DECEMBER 23, 2010,

BETWEEN HUGHES COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND

THE INDIVIDUALS LISTED BELOW

 

 

  

Multiplier for
Severance Amount

 

  

Percentage of Base
Salary for Target
Bonus Amount

 

  

Time Period for Non-
Competition
Agreement

 

T. Paul Gaske

  

 

2x

  

  

 

70%

  

  

 

2 years

 

Bahram Pourmand

  

 

1.5x

  

  

 

60%

  

  

 

18 months

  

Adrian Morris

  

 

1.5x

  

  

 

60%

  

  

 

18 months

  

Grant Barber

  

 

1.5x

  

  

 

60%

  

  

 

18 months