EXHIBIT (k)(4)

 

                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

         THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT entered into as of this ________ day of July,

2005, by and between Patriot Capital Funding, Inc. (the "Company"), a Delaware

corporation, and Richard P. Buckanavage, an individual (the "Executive")

(hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Parties").

 

         WHEREAS, the Executive has heretofore been employed by the Company as

its Managing Director, the Company recognizes the Executive's experience and

relationships in the Company's industry, and the Company desires to retain the

services and employment of the Executive on the terms set forth herein;

 

         WHEREAS, the Executive and the Company have entered into an employment

agreement dated February 11, 2003 (the "Prior Agreement"); and

 

         WHEREAS, the Company and the Executive desire to enter into this

agreement (the "Agreement") which will replace the Prior Agreement and will

provide for the continued employment of the Executive by the Company upon the

terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.

 

         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the respective agreements of the

Parties contained herein, it is agreed as follows:

 

         1.       Term. The term of employment (the "Term") under this Agreement

shall be the period commencing on the date of the consummation of the first

public offering of the Common Stock of the Company pursuant to a registration

statement filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange

Commission (the "IPO Date"), and shall continue in effect until the third

anniversary of the IPO Date unless terminated earlier by either Party pursuant

to Section 7, provided, however, that if the IPO Date does not occur by December

31, 2005, then the Prior Agreement shall continue in effect and this Agreement

shall be automatically terminated and superseded by the Prior Agreement.

 

         2.       Employment.

 

                  (a)      During the Term, the Executive shall be employed as

the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company or such other position

as may be mutually agreed upon in writing by the Parties. The Executive shall

perform the duties, undertake the responsibilities and exercise the authority

customarily performed, undertaken and exercised by persons situated in a similar

executive capacity in a company the size and nature of the Company.

 

                  (b)      The Executive shall devote his full working time,

attention and skill to the performance of such duties, services and

responsibilities, and will use his best efforts to promote the interests of the

Company. The Executive will not, without prior written approval of the Board of

Directors of the Company (the "Board"), engage in any other activities that

would interfere with the performance of his duties as an employee of the

Company, are in violation of written policies of the Company, are in violation

of applicable law, or would create a conflict of interest

 

 

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with respect to the Executive's obligations as an employee of the Company. The

Executive may (i) serve on corporate (subject to the prior approval of the

Board) or charitable boards or committees, (ii) deliver lectures and teach at

educational institutions, (iii) manage his personal affairs, including financial

and legal aspects thereto, and (iv) invest personally in any business where no

conflict of interest exists between such investment and the business of the

Company, as long as the foregoing activities are consistent with the Executive's

commitments in the preceding sentence and Section 9 hereof and do not interfere

with the Executive's performance of his duties and responsibilities for the

Company or any affiliate.

 

         3.       Base Salary. The Company agrees to pay or cause to be paid to

the Executive during the Term a base salary at the annual rate of $300,000 (as

adjusted from time to time in accordance with this Section, the "Base Salary").

Such Base Salary shall be payable in accordance with the Company's customary

practices applicable to its executives. Such Base Salary shall be reviewed at

least annually on or about each March 31 during the Term and may be increased by

the Board or an authorized committee of the Board in its sole discretion. Such

Base Salary may be reduced only if such reduction is implemented by the Company

as part of an overall general salary reduction affecting all of its employees

and such reduction to the Base Salary on a percentage basis is equal to or less

than the percentage reduction otherwise implemented.

 

         4.       Annual Bonus. During the Term, the Executive shall be eligible

to receive an annual bonus (the "Annual Bonus") as set forth in this Section.

For each calendar year beginning with 2005, the Executive shall be eligible for

an Annual Bonus based on an award range of 50% of the Executive's then-current

Base Salary for achieving base performance objectives and 175% of the

Executive's then-current Base Salary for achieving the highest level of

performance objectives. For the avoidance of doubt, if the base performance

objectives are not achieved, the Executive shall not be entitled to an Annual

Bonus under the preceding sentence, although the Board or an authorized

committee of the Board may choose to award the Executive a discretionary Annual

Bonus despite not achieving base performance objectives. The objectives for the

Annual Bonus, which may include quantitative and qualitative objectives, shall

be determined by the Board or an authorized committee of the Board no later than

60 days after the beginning of the applicable measurement period (for 2005,

however, such objectives shall be determined no later than 60 days after the IPO

Date), and the amount of any Annual Bonus shall be determined by the Board or an

authorized committee of the Board and paid no later than March 15 of the

following year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive's Annual Bonus for

2005 shall in no event be less than $225,000.

 

         5.       Options. As soon as practicable following the commencement of

the Term, the Company commits to granting the Executive stock options for 2005

that shall constitute no fewer than 37.5% of the options available to be granted

under the management option pool for 2005. If the Company makes a secondary

public offering of its common stock, the Company will, subject to the

requirements and limitations of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended,

grant the Executive stock options that shall constitute no fewer than 20% of the

options available to be granted under the management option pool that relates to

such offering. If the Company makes a third public offering of its common stock,

the Company will, subject to the requirements and limitations of the Investment

Company Act of 1940, as amended, grant the Executive stock

 

 

 

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options that shall constitute no fewer than 20% of the options available to be

granted under the management option pool that relates to such offering. All such

options shall become vested in accordance with the following schedule: 1/3 upon

the first anniversary of grant, 1/3 upon the second anniversary of grant, and

1/3 upon the third anniversary of grant. The options shall have such other terms

as are provided under the applicable option plan and grant agreement.

 

         6.       Employee Benefits.

 

                  (a)      During the Term, subject to the Company's right to

amend, modify, or terminate any plan or program, the Executive shall be entitled

to participate in all employee benefit plans, practices and programs maintained

by the Company and made available to employees generally including, without

limitation, all pension, retirement, savings, medical, hospitalization,

disability, dental, life or travel accident insurance benefit plans, vacation

and sick leave. The Executive's participation in such plans, practices and

programs shall be on a basis and subject to terms no less favorable than

applicable to employees of the Company generally (subject to applicable tax code

and other legal restrictions), provided, however, that such participation may be

on a basis and subject to terms more favorable than applicable to employees of

the Company generally.

 

                  (b)      During the Term, subject to the Company's right to

amend, modify or terminate any such plans or benefits, the Executive shall be

entitled to participate in all executive benefit plans, and fringe benefit and

perquisite arrangements now maintained or hereafter established by the Company

for the purpose of providing compensation and/or benefits generally to

executives of the Company. Unless otherwise provided herein, the Executive's

participation in such plans shall be on a basis and subject to terms no less

favorable than applicable to other similarly situated executives of the Company

generally, provided, however, that such participation may be on a basis and

subject to terms more favorable than applicable to similarly situated executives

of the Company generally.

 

                  (c)      During the Term, the Company agrees to pay all

reasonable business expenses, subject to reasonable documentation, incurred by

the Executive in furtherance of the Company's business, including, without

limitation, continuing education, obtaining professional licenses, traveling,

and entertainment expenses, in accordance with the Company's policies.

 

                  (d)      During the Term, if the Executive agrees to relocate

his residence at the Company's request, the Company shall pay all reasonable

relocation expenses, subject to reasonable documentation, including, but not

limited to, the costs of moving the Executive's household goods and real estate

commission costs related to selling the Executive's home, provided, however,

that such relocation expenses shall not include any loss on the sale of the

Executive's home. The Company will also make a payment to the Executive in the

amount necessary to ensure that the Executive, after all applicable federal,

state, and local taxes, and taking into account any tax deductions available to

the Executive, is in the same economic position as if the Executive had not been

subject to tax on the Company's payment or reimbursement of relocation expenses.

 

 

 

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        7.        Termination of Employment. The Executive's employment by the

Company may be terminated by either the Executive or the Company at any time

and, except as expressly set forth in this Section 7, with no requirement of

notice or explanation from either Party. Upon the Executive's termination of

employment during the Term, the Executive shall be entitled to the payments and

benefits described below.

 

                  (a)      Termination by the Executive Without Good Reason or

Due to Death or Disability. If during the Term the Executive voluntarily

terminates employment with the Company without Good Reason (as defined below) or

due to death or Disability (as defined below), the Company shall pay the

Executive any earned but unpaid Base Salary, any Annual Bonus payment with

respect to a completed measurement period that is fully earned and vested at

separation or death but not yet paid, and any amounts to which the Executive is

legally entitled under the generally applicable terms of pension, savings,

disability, life insurance, or other programs. In addition, if the Executive

terminates employment with the Company due to death or Disability, then with

respect to any Annual Bonus measurement period during which the Executive

terminates employment, the Company shall pay the Executive (or, in the case of

death, the Executive's beneficiary) a lump sum cash amount equal to a pro rata

portion, based on the length of the Executive's service with the Company during

such period, of the Average Annual Bonus (as defined below). Furthermore, if the

Executive terminates employment with the Company due to death, then the Company

shall pay the Executive's beneficiary in a lump sum payment the sum of (i) the

Executive's annual Base Salary for the year in which he terminates employment

and (ii) his Average Annual Bonus, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of

which is the longer of 12 months or the number of full and partial calendar

months remaining in the term of this Agreement determined immediately before

such termination, up to 18 months, and the denominator of which is 12. Other

than the payments and benefits described in this Section 7(a), the Company will

be under no obligation to make additional severance or similar payments to the

Executive or his estate, as the case may be.

 

                  (b)      Termination by the Company Without Cause or by the

Executive With Good Reason. If during the Term the Company terminates the

Executive's employment without Cause (as defined below) or the Executive

terminates employment with Good Reason (as defined below), subject to the

Executive's compliance with Section 7(d), Section 7(e), and Section 9 hereof,

the Company shall provide the payments and benefits described in this Section

7(b). The Company shall pay the Executive the sum of (i) his annual Base Salary

for the year in which he terminates employment and (ii) his Average Annual

Bonus, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months

in the Severance Period and the denominator of which is 12. The "Severance

Period" is the longer of 12 months or the number of full and partial calendar

months remaining in the term of this Agreement determined immediately before

such termination, up to 18 months. Such amount shall be paid in equal monthly

installments, with the first six months of installments paid in a single lump

sum six months after the Executive's termination of employment, and the

remaining installments paid monthly for the remainder of the Severance Period,

provided, however, that the first six months of installments shall be paid on a

monthly basis rather than in a lump sum following the Executive's termination of

employment if such monthly payments can be made without adverse tax consequences

under section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. With respect to any Annual

Bonus measurement period during which the Executive is terminated, the Company

shall also pay the Executive a

 

 

 

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lump sum cash amount equal to a pro rata portion, based on the length of the

Executive's service during such measurement period, of the Average Annual Bonus,

payable at the same time as the severance amount described in the preceding

sentences. In addition, the Executive's stock options shall become 100% vested

and exercisable for their full term.

 

         The Company shall provide continued medical and dental insurance

coverage during the Severance Period (or until the Executive becomes eligible

for such coverage under another employer's program, if sooner), which coverage

shall be deemed to satisfy COBRA health coverage requirements, at a cost to the

Executive that does not exceed the amount the Executive would have paid had the

Executive continued in employment during the period. Should the Executive's

continued participation under the Company's medical and dental insurance

programs described above become impermissible under the Internal Revenue Code,

ERISA, or other applicable law, or likely to result in adverse tax consequences

to the Company or other participants covered by such programs, the Company may,

in its sole discretion, satisfy any of its obligations to the Executive under

this paragraph by providing the Executive with economically equivalent coverage

through alternative arrangements, or the cash value of such coverage, in a

manner that places the Executive in a net economic position that is at least

equivalent to the position in which the Executive would have been had such

alternative arrangements not been used by the Company.

 

         The Company shall also pay the Executive any earned but unpaid Base

Salary, any Annual Bonus awards with respect to a completed measurement period

that are fully earned and vested at separation but not yet paid, and any amounts

to which the Executive is entitled under the generally applicable terms of

pension, savings, disability, life insurance, or other programs. Other than the

payments and benefits described in this Section 7(b), the Company will make no

additional severance or similar payments.

 

                  (c)      Termination by the Company With Cause. If the Company

terminates the Executive's employment with Cause, the Company shall pay the

Executive only any earned but unpaid Base Salary and any amounts to which the

Executive is legally entitled under the generally applicable terms of pension,

savings, disability or other programs.

 

                  (d)      Release of Claims. As a condition to receiving the

severance, benefits and entitlements pursuant to Section 7(a) (other than

benefits payable upon death), Section 7(b) or Section 8 hereof, the Executive

shall be required to deliver to the Company and not revoke a general release of

claims against the Company, its affiliates, and their officers, directors,

employees and agents in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A. The

Executive shall be afforded seven days after execution and delivery of such

release to revoke it, in which event the Executive shall not be entitled to the

payments, rights or other entitlements hereunder other than as required by

applicable law.

 

                  (e)      Resignation. Notwithstanding any other provision of

this Agreement, upon the termination of the Executive's employment for any

reason, unless otherwise requested by the Company, the Executive shall

immediately resign from the board of directors of the Company, if applicable,

and from the boards of directors of any affiliates of the Company and as a

trustee of, or fiduciary to, any employee benefit plans of the Company or any of

its affiliates.

 

 

 

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The Executive agrees to execute any and all documentation of such resignations

upon request by the Company, but he shall be treated for all purposes as having

so resigned upon termination of his employment regardless of when or whether he

executes any such documentation.

 

                  (f)      Definitions. The following terms shall have the

following meanings for purposes of this Agreement.

 

         "Cause" means (i) the Executive's willful and continued failure to

perform substantially his or her duties with the Company (other than any such

failure resulting from the Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental

illness or any such failure subsequent to the Executive being delivered a notice

of termination without Cause by the Company or delivering a notice of

termination for Good Reason to the Company that results in the Executive's

termination of employment) after a written demand for substantial performance is

delivered to the Executive by the Company which specifically identifies the

manner in which the Company believes that the Executive has failed to perform

substantially his or her duties; (ii) the Executive's willfully engaging in

illegal conduct or gross misconduct which is demonstrably and materially

injurious to the Company or its affiliates, (iii) the Executive's ineligibility

to serve as an employee, officer, or director of the Company pursuant to Section

9 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, or (iv) the Executive's

conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude; provided, however,

that a failure on the part of the Executive to achieve performance objectives

set by the Company shall not in and of itself constitute Cause pursuant to

clause (i) hereof. Prior to terminating the Executive's employment for Cause,

the Company must notify the Executive in writing of any event purporting to

constitute Cause within 45 days of the Board's knowledge of its existence and,

if curable, must provide the Executive with at least 20 days to cure such event.

If such event is not cured by the Executive in such time period, or is

incurable, then the Executive's employment shall be terminated for Cause if 2/3

of the independent members of the Board determine in writing to so terminate his

employment.

 

         "Disability" means a physical or mental infirmity which impairs the

Executive's ability to substantially perform his duties under this Agreement for

at least one hundred eighty (180) days (which need not be consecutive) during

any 365-consecutive-day period. The Executive shall be entitled to the

compensation and benefits provided for under this Agreement for any period

during the Term and prior to the establishment of the Executive's Disability

during which the Executive is unable to work due to a physical or mental

infirmity.

 

         "Good Reason" means, without the Executive's express written consent,

the occurrence of any of the following events:

 

                  (i)      any material change in the duties or responsibilities

(including reporting responsibilities) of the Executive that is inconsistent in

any material and adverse respect with the Executive's position, duties,

responsibilities or status with the Company (including any material and adverse

diminution of such duties or responsibilities); or

 

                  (ii)     a material and adverse change in the Executive's

titles or offices (including, if applicable, membership on the Company's Board

of Directors) with the Company set forth in Section 2(a) hereof;

 

 

 

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                  (iii)    a reduction by the Company in the Executive's rate of

annual Base Salary or an adverse change in the Executive's Annual Bonus

opportunity as a percentage of his Base Salary, provided, however, that the

Executive's rate of annual Base Salary may be reduced without being considered

Good Reason if such reduction is implemented by the Company as part of an

overall general salary reduction affecting all of its employees and such

reduction to the Base Salary on a percentage basis is equal to or less than the

percentage reduction otherwise implemented;

 

                  (iv)     any requirement of the Company that the Executive be

based anywhere more than 50 miles from the office where the Executive is located

at the commencement of the Term or, if the Executive subsequently agrees to a

change in such location, 50 miles from such new office location; or

 

                  (v)      the failure of any purchaser of or successor to all

or substantially all of the Company's assets to assume the obligations of the

Company contained in this Agreement, either in writing or as a matter of law.

 

                  The Executive must notify the Company of any event purporting

to constitute Good Reason within 45 days following the Executive's knowledge of

its existence, and the Company shall have 20 days in which to correct or remove

such Good Reason, or such event shall not constitute Good Reason.

 

         "Average Annual Bonus" means the average of the Annual Bonuses paid to

the Executive during the Term, provided, however, that if the Executive's

employment is terminated before December 31, 2005, the Average Annual Bonus

shall be $225,000.

 

         8.       Change in Control.

 

                  (a)      Upon a Change in Control during the Term, the options

granted pursuant to Section 5 shall become 100% vested and exercisable for their

full term (subject to earlier termination thereafter in accordance with the

applicable plan and/or award agreement). In addition, if during the Term the

Executive voluntarily terminates employment without Good Reason at any time

during the 30-day period following the six-month anniversary of the Change in

Control, the Executive shall be entitled to receive the payments and benefits

described in Section 7(b) (for clarification, upon such a voluntary termination

without Good Reason, the Executive shall not be entitled to the thirty-six month

Severance Period provided by the following sentence of this Section 8). If,

during the Term, the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company without

Cause or by the Executive with Good Reason within one year following a Change in

Control, the Severance Period under Section 7(b) shall be thirty-six months,

notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 7(b). Solely for purposes of

this Section 8(a), "Good Reason" shall mean Good Reason as defined in Section

7(f), but taking into account only clauses (iii), (iv), and (v).

 

                  (b)      "Change in Control" means the occurrence of any of

                           the following events:

 

 

 

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                           (i)      An acquisition in one or more transactions

(other than directly from the Company) of any voting securities of the Company

by any Person (as defined below) immediately after which such Person has

Beneficial Ownership (as defined below) of fifty percent or more of the combined

voting power of the Company's then outstanding voting securities; provided,

however, in determining whether a Change in Control has occurred, voting

securities which are acquired in a "Non-Control Acquisition" (as hereinafter

defined) shall not constitute an acquisition which would cause a Change in

Control. A "Non-Control Acquisition" shall mean an acquisition by (A) an

employee benefit plan (or a trust forming a part thereof) maintained by (I) the

Company or (II) any corporation or other Person of which a majority of its

voting power or its voting equity securities or equity interest is owned,

directly or indirectly, by the Company (for purposes of this definition, a

"Subsidiary"), (B) the Company or its Subsidiaries, or (C) any Person in

connection with a "Non-Control Transaction" (as hereinafter defined);

 

                           (ii)     The individuals who, as of the IPO Date are

members of the Board (the "Incumbent Board"), cease for any reason to constitute

at least a majority of the members of the Board or, following a Merger (as

defined below), the board of directors of the ultimate Parent Corporation (as

defined below); provided, however, that if the election, or nomination for

election by the Company's common stockholders, of any new director was approved

by a vote of at least a majority of the Incumbent Board (or, with respect to the

directors who are not "interested persons" as defined in the Investment Company

Act of 1940, by a majority of the directors who are not "interested persons"

serving on the Incumbent Board), such new director shall, for purposes of this

Agreement, be considered as a member of the Incumbent Board; provided further,

however, that no individual shall be considered a member of the Incumbent Board

if such individual initially assumed office as a result of an actual or

threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person other

than the Board (a "Proxy Contest") including by reason of any agreement intended

to avoid or settle any Proxy Contest; or

 

                           (iii)    The consummation of:

 

                                    (A)      A merger, consolidation or

reorganization involving the Company (a "Merger") or an indirect or direct

subsidiary of the Company, or to which securities of the Company are issued,

unless:

 

                                             (I)      the stockholders of the

Company, immediately before a Merger, own, directly or indirectly immediately

following the Merger, more than fifty percent of the combined voting power of

the outstanding voting securities of (1) the corporation resulting from the

Merger (the "Surviving Corporation") if fifty percent or more of the combined

voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Surviving

Corporation is not Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by another Person

or group of Persons (a "Parent Corporation"), or (2) if there is one or more

Parent Corporations, the ultimate Parent Corporation,

 

                                             (II)     the individuals who were

members of the Incumbent Board immediately prior to the execution of the

agreement providing for a Merger constitute at least a majority of the members

of the board of directors of (1) the Surviving

 

 

 

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Corporation or (2) the ultimate Parent Corporation, if the ultimate Parent

Corporation, directly or indirectly, owns fifty percent or more of the combined

voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Surviving

Corporation, and

 

                                             (III)    no Person other than (1)

the Company, (2) any Subsidiary, (3) any employee benefit plan (or any trust

forming a part thereof) maintained by the Company, the Surviving Corporation,

any Subsidiary, or the ultimate Parent Corporation, or (4) any Person who,

together with its Affiliates (as defined below), immediately prior to a Merger

had Beneficial Ownership of fifty percent or more of the then outstanding voting

securities, owns, together with its Affiliates, Beneficial Ownership of fifty

percent or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting

securities of (1) the Surviving Corporation or (2) the ultimate Parent

Corporation.

 

                                             Each transaction described in

clauses (I) through (III) above shall herein be referred to as a "Non-Control

Transaction."

 

                           (B)      A complete liquidation or dissolution of the

Company (other than where assets of the Company are transferred to or remain

with a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of the Company).

 

                           (C)      The direct or indirect sale or other

disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to any

Person (other than (1) a transfer to a Subsidiary, (2) under conditions that

would constitute a Non-Control Transaction with the disposition of assets being

regarded as a Merger for this purpose, or (3) the distribution to the Company's

stockholders of the stock of a Subsidiary or any other assets).

 

                  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change in Control shall not

be deemed to have occurred in connection with any action or event relating to

any public offering of the Company's common stock or solely because any Person

(the "Subject Person") acquired Beneficial Ownership of more than the permitted

amount of the then outstanding voting securities as a result of the acquisition

of voting securities by the Company which, by reducing the number of voting

securities then outstanding, increases the proportional number of shares

Beneficially Owned by the Subject Persons, provided that if a Change in Control

would occur (but for the operation of this sentence) as a result of the

acquisition of voting securities by the Company, and after such share

acquisition by the Company, the Subject Person becomes the Beneficial Owner of

any additional voting securities which increases the percentage of the then

outstanding voting securities Beneficially Owned by the Subject Person, then a

Change in Control shall occur.

 

                  "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.

"Beneficial Ownership" means ownership within the meaning of Rule 13d-3

promulgated under the Exchange Act. "Person" means "person" as such term is used

for purposes of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Exchange Act, including without

limitation, any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership,

trust, unincorporated organization, government or any agency or political

subdivision thereof or any other entity or any group of Persons.

 

 

 

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         9.       Restrictive Covenants. In consideration of the Base Salary,

Annual Bonus, options, employee benefits, and severance promises contained in

this Agreement, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Executive

enters into the following covenants.

 

                  (a)      Confidentiality. The Executive shall not, without the

prior express written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, use for

any purpose any Confidential Information (as defined below) in any way, or

divulge, disclose or make available or accessible any Confidential Information

to any person, firm, partnership, corporation, trust or any other entity or

third party unless (i) such disclosure is reasonably necessary or appropriate in

connection with the performance by the Executive of his duties as an executive

of the Company or (ii) such disclosure is required by applicable law or (iii)

the Executive is requested or required by a judicial or arbitration body or

governmental agency (by oral question, interrogatories, requests for information

or documents, subpoena, civil investigative demand or similar process) to

disclose any such information, in which case the Executive will (A) promptly

notify the Company of such request or requirement, so that the Company may seek

an appropriate protective order and (B) cooperate with the Company, at its

expense, in seeking such an order. "Confidential Information" means all

information respecting the business and activities of the Company and any of its

affiliates, including, without limitation, respecting the clients, customers,

suppliers, employees, consultants, prospects, computer or other files, projects,

products, computer disks or other media, computer hardware or computer software

programs, underwriting, lending or investment standards, marketing plans,

financial information, methodologies, know-how, processes, trade secrets,

policies, practices, projections, forecasts, formats, operational methods,

product development techniques, research, strategies or information agreed to

with third-parties to be kept confidential by the Company and any of its

affiliates. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding sentence, Confidential

Information shall not include any information that is, or becomes, a part of the

public domain or generally available to the public (unless such availability

occurs as a result of any breach by the Executive of this Agreement) or any

business knowledge and experience of the type usually acquired by persons

engaged in positions similar to the Executive's position with the Company, to

the extent such knowledge and experience is non-Company specific and not

proprietary to the Company or any of its affiliates.

 

                  (b)      Non-Competition. During the Term and ending upon the

later of (i) one year after the Executive's termination of employment with the

Company or (ii) the end of any Severance Period, the Executive shall not,

without the prior written consent of the Company, engage in any business or

activity, whether as an employee, consultant, partner, principal, agent,

representative, stockholder (other than as the holder of an interest of two

percent or less in the equity of a publicly traded corporation) or other

individual, corporate or representative capacity, or render any services or

provide any advice or assistance to any business, person or entity, if such

business, activity, person or entity competes anywhere in the same geographic

area with the Company or any of its affiliates in respect of (x) any

then-current product, service or business of the Company or any of its

affiliates on the date the Executive terminates employment with the Company or

(y) any product, service or business as to which the Company or any of its

affiliates has actively begun preparing to develop or offer as of the date the

Executive terminates employment with the Company.

 

 

 

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                  (c)      Non-Solicitation. During the Term and ending upon the

later of (i) one year after the Executive's termination of employment with the

Company or (ii) the end of any Severance Period, the Executive shall not divert,

solicit or lure away the patronage of (x) any client or business of the Company

or any of its affiliates as of or within the two-year period prior to such

termination of employment or (y) any prospective client or business of the

Company or any of its affiliates. As used herein, "prospective client" means any

client that the Company or any of its affiliates (i) is soliciting as of such

termination and (ii) with whom the Company or any of its affiliates has provided

a written proposal that has not been rejected by such prospective client.

Furthermore, the Executive shall not, during the Term and ending upon the later

of (x) one year after the Executive's termination of employment with the Company

or (y) the end of any Severance Period, (i) directly or indirectly, solicit or

induce any employee, consultant, or other service provider of the Company or any

of its affiliates to terminate his or her employment or other relationship with

the Company or any of its affiliates or (ii) solicit, directly or indirectly,

any person who was an employee of the Company or any of its affiliates during

the six-month period prior to the Executive's termination of employment (other

than a former employee of the Company who was involuntarily terminated by the

Company) to work for the Executive or any other person or entity.

 

                  (d)      Return of Materials. Upon termination of employment,

the Executive will leave with the Company all memoranda, notes, records,

manuals, or other documents and media (in whatever form maintained, whether

documentary, computer storage or otherwise) pertaining to the Company's

business, including all copies thereof; other than such documents and items that

are personal to the employee (e.g., pay stubs, personal tax documentation and

other compensation or employment related materials).

 

                  (e)      Non-Disparagement. Following the termination of his

employment for any reason, whether during or after the Term, the Executive

agrees to refrain from making any statement or comment, whether oral or written,

of a defamatory or disparaging nature to third parties regarding the Company,

its affiliates, or their directors and officers, and the Company agrees to

refrain, and to use its best efforts to cause its directors and officers to

refrain, from making any statement or comment, whether oral or written, of a

defamatory or disparaging nature to third parties regarding the Executive.

 

                  (f)      Cooperation. Following the termination of his

employment for any reason, whether during or after the Term, upon reasonable

request by the Company, the Executive shall cooperate with the Company or any of

its affiliates with respect to any legal or investigatory proceeding, including

any government or regulatory investigation, or any litigation or other dispute

relating to any matter in which the Executive was involved or had knowledge

during his employment with the Company, subject to the reasonable demands of the

Executive business endeavors and schedule. The Company shall reimburse the

Executive for all reasonable out-of-pocket costs, such as travel, hotel and meal

expenses, incurred by the Executive in providing any cooperation pursuant to

this Section 9(f).

 

                  (g)      Ownership of Executive Developments. All copyrights,

patents, trade secrets, or other intellectual property rights associated with

any ideas, concepts, techniques,

 

 

 

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inventions, processes, or works of authorship developed or created by the

Executive during the course of performing work for the Company, or its clients,

including, but not limited to, software programs, manuals, publications and

reports (collectively, the "Work Product") belongs and shall belong exclusively

to the Company and shall, to the extent possible, be considered a work made by

the Executive for hire for the Company within the meaning of Title 17 of the

United States Code. To the extent the Work Product may not be considered work

made by the Executive for hire for the Company, the Executive agrees to assign,

and automatically assign at the time of creation of the Work Product, without

any requirement of further consideration, any right, title, or interest he may

have in such Work Product. Upon request of the Company, the Executive shall take

such further actions, including execution and delivery of instruments of

conveyance, as may be appropriate to give full and proper effect to such

assignment. Notwithstanding anything else in this Agreement, any ideas,

concepts, techniques, inventions, processes or works of authorship developed or

created by the Executive on the Executive's own time, and which have no

application in the business of the Company ("Executive Work Product"), shall not

be considered Work Product, and the Company shall have no interest in any such

Executive Work Product.

 

                  (h)      Interpretation. The Executive agrees that due to the

uniqueness of his skills, abilities, and relationships and the uniqueness of the

confidential information and knowledge of financing structures that he will

possess in the course of his employment with the Company, the covenants set

forth above are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the Company. It

is the intention of the Parties that the provisions of this Section 9 be

enforced to the fullest extent permissible under the laws and policies of each

jurisdiction in which enforcement may be sought, and that in the event that any

provision of this Section 9 shall, for any reason, be held invalid or

unenforceable in any respect, it shall not invalidate, render unenforceable or

otherwise affect any other provision hereof, and such invalid or unenforceable

provision shall be construed by limiting it so as to be valid and enforceable to

the fullest extent permissible under applicable law. If applicable law does not

permit an invalid or unenforceable provision to be so construed, then the

invalid or unenforceable provision shall be stricken and the remaining portions

of this Section 9 shall be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law. In

addition, if any provision of this Sections 9 shall be determined to be invalid

or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall be deemed to apply

only with respect to the operation of such provision in the particular

jurisdiction in which such determination is made and not with respect to any

other provision or jurisdiction.

 

                  (i)      Remedies. The Executive agrees that any breach of the

terms of this Section 9 would result in irreparable injury and damage to the

Company for which the Company would have no adequate remedy at law; the

Executive therefore also agrees that in the event of said breach or any threat

of breach, the Company shall be entitled to an immediate injunction and

restraining order from a court of competent jurisdiction, without posting a

bond, to prevent such breach and/or threatened breach and/or continued breach by

the Executive and/or any and all persons and/or entities acting for and/or with

the Executive, without having to prove damages. The availability of injunctive

relief shall be in addition to any other remedies to which the Company may be

entitled at law or in equity but remedies other than injunctive relief may only

be pursued in an arbitration brought in accordance with Section 11 of this

Agreement. The terms of this paragraph shall not prevent the Company from

pursuing in an arbitration any other available remedies for any breach or

threatened breach of this Section 9, including but not

 

 

 

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limited to the recovery of damages from the Executive. In addition, if the

Company defers or withholds any payment, benefit or entitlement due to the

Executive pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise based on the Executive's

violation of any provision of this Agreement and it is subsequently determined

that the Executive did not commit such breach, the Company shall promptly pay

all such unpaid amounts, and shall extend such rights or other entitlements, to

the Executive as of the date that it is so determined that the Executive did not

commit such breach.

 

         The provisions of this Section 9 shall survive any termination of this

Agreement, and the existence of any claim or cause of action by the Executive

against the Company, whether predicated on this Agreement or otherwise, shall

not constitute a defense to the enforcement by the Company of the covenants and

agreements of this Section 9; provided, however, that this paragraph shall not,

in and of itself, preclude the Executive from defending himself against the

enforceability of the covenants and agreements of this Section 9.

 

         10.      Tax Matters.

 

                  (a)      If any amount, entitlement, or benefit paid or

payable to the Executive or provided for his benefit under this Agreement and

under any other agreement, plan or program of the Company or any of its

affiliates (such payments, entitlements and benefits referred to as a "Payment")

is subject to the excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue

Code of 1986, as amended from time to time (the "Code"), or any similar federal

or state law (an "Excise Tax"), then notwithstanding anything contained in this

Agreement to the contrary, to the extent that any or all Payments would be

subject to the imposition of an Excise Tax, the Payments shall be reduced (but

not below zero) if and to the extent that such reduction would result in the

Executive retaining a larger amount, on an after-tax basis (taking into account

federal, state and local income taxes and the imposition of the Excise Tax),

than if the Executive received all of the Payments (such reduced amount is

hereinafter referred to as the "Limited Payment Amount"). Unless the Executive

shall have given prior written notice specifying a different order to the

Company to effectuate the limitations described in the preceding sentence, the

Company shall reduce or eliminate the Payments, by first reducing or eliminating

those payments or benefits which are not payable in cash and then by reducing or

eliminating cash payments, in each case in reverse order beginning with payments

or benefits which are to be paid the farthest in time from the Determination (as

defined below). Any notice given by the Executive pursuant to the preceding

sentence shall take precedence over the provisions of any other plan,

arrangement or agreement, including, but not limited to, the other provisions of

this Agreement, governing the Executive's rights and entitlements to any

compensation, entitlement or benefit.

 

                  (b)      All calculations under this Section 10 shall be made

by a nationally recognized accounting firm designated by the Company and

reasonably acceptable to the Executive (other than the accounting firm that is

regularly engaged by any party who has effectuated a Change in Control) (the

"Accounting Firm"). The Company shall pay all fees and expenses of such

Accounting Firm. The Accounting Firm shall provide its calculations, together

with detailed supporting documentation, both to the Company and the Executive

within 45 days after the Change in Control or the Date of Termination, whichever

is later (or such earlier time as is requested by the Company) and, with respect

to the Limited Payment Amount, shall deliver its

 

 

 

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opinion to the Executive that he is not required to report any Excise Tax on his

federal income tax return with respect to the Limited Payment Amount

(collectively, the "Determination"). Within 5 days of the Executive's receipt of

the Determination, the Executive shall have the right to dispute the

Determination (the "Dispute"). The existence of the Dispute shall not in any way

affect the right of the Executive to receive the Payments in accordance with the

Determination. If there is no Dispute, the Determination by the Accounting Firm

shall be final binding and conclusive upon the Company and the Executive (except

as provided in subsection (c) below).

 

                  (c)      If, after the Payments have been made to the

Executive, it is established that the Payments made to, or provided for the

benefit of, the Executive exceed the limitations provided in subsection (a)

above (an "Excess Payment") or are less than such limitations (an

"Underpayment"), as the case may be, then the provisions of this subsection (c)

shall apply. If it is established pursuant to a final determination of a court

or an Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") proceeding which has been finally and

conclusively resolved, that an Excess Payment has been made, the Executive shall

repay the Excess Payment to the Company on demand. In the event that it is

determined by (i) the Accounting Firm, the Company (which shall include the

position taken by the Company, or together with its consolidated group, on its

federal income tax return) or the IRS, (ii) pursuant to a determination by a

court, or (iii) upon the resolution to the satisfaction of the Executive of the

Dispute, that an Underpayment has occurred, the Company shall pay an amount

equal to the Underpayment to the Executive within 10 days of such determination

or resolution together with interest on such amount at the applicable federal

short-term rate, as defined under Section 1274(d) of the Code and as in effect

on the first date that such amount should have been paid to the Executive under

this Agreement, from such date until the date that such Underpayment is made to

the Executive.

 

         11.      Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon

and shall inure to the benefit of the Company, its successors and assigns,

provided, however, that neither this Agreement nor any right or interest

hereunder shall be assignable or transferable by the Executive, his

beneficiaries or legal representatives, except by will or by the laws of descent

and distribution. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be

enforceable by the Executive's legal personal representative.

 

         12.      Arbitration. Except as set forth in Section 9(g) hereof, any

and all disputes, claims and controversies between the Company or any of its

affiliates and the Executive arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or

the breach thereof, or otherwise arising out of or relating to the Executive's

employment or the termination thereof shall be resolved by binding arbitration

before a single arbitrator in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules

of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration shall take place in

Westport, Connecticut. The arbitrator shall have no authority to award punitive

damages. The award of the arbitrator shall be final and judgment thereon may be

entered in any court having jurisdiction. The Parties shall share the costs of

the arbitrator equally, but the Parties shall pay their own legal and other

expenses.

 

         13.      Notice. For the purposes of this Agreement, notices and all

other communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall

be deemed to have been duly given when personally delivered (provided written

acknowledgement of receipt is obtained) or three

 

 

 

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days after being sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, postage

prepaid, addressed as follows:

 

                           If to the Company:

 

                           Chief Operating Officer

                           Patriot Capital Funding, Inc.

                           61 Wilton Road, 2nd Floor

                           Westport, CT  06880

 

                           with a copy to:

 

                           Chairman of the Board of Directors

                           Patriot Capital Funding, Inc.

                           61 Wilton Road, 2nd Floor

                           Westport, CT  06880

 

                           and

 

                           Cynthia Krus, Esq.

                           Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

                           1275 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

                           Washington, D.C.  20004

 

                           If to the Executive:

 

                           Richard P. Buckanavage

                           64 Teahouse Lane

                           Ridgefield, CT 06877

 

         or to such other address given by each Party to the other in accordance

with the foregoing procedures.

 

         14.      Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified

or discharged unless such modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and

signed by the Executive and the Company. No waiver of any provision of this

Agreement shall be deemed effective unless in writing and signed by the Party

against whom it is being enforced. No waiver by either Party hereto at any time

of any breach by the other Party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or

provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other Party shall be deemed

a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any

prior or subsequent time. No agreement or representations, oral or otherwise,

express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by

either Party which are not expressly set forth in this Agreement.

 

 

 

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         15.      Withholding. The Company may withhold from any amounts or

payments under this Agreement such Federal, state, local or other taxes as shall

be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

 

         16.      Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and

construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut

without giving effect to the conflict of law principles thereof.

 

         17.      Severability. The provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed

severable and the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision shall not

affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions hereof.

 

         18.      Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire

agreement between the Parties hereto and supersedes all prior agreements, if

any, understandings and arrangements, oral or written, between the Parties

hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

         19.      Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more

counterparts.

 

         20.      Voluntary Agreement. The Executive acknowledges that he has

been advised that he may consult with counsel of his choosing in considering

this Agreement, that he has had an adequate opportunity to do so, and that he is

entering into this Agreement voluntarily.

 

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be

executed by its duly authorized officer and the Executive has executed this

Agreement as of the day and year first above written.

 

                           Patriot Capital Funding, Inc.

 

 

                           By:

                              -------------------              -----------------

                           I. Joseph Massoud                   Date

                           Chairman of the

                           Board of Directors

 

 

                           ----------------------              -----------------

                           Richard P. Buckanavage              Date

 

 

 

 

 

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