WESTERN UNION COMPANY 2006 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN

Exhibit 10.6

THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY 2006 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN

I. INTRODUCTION

1.1. Purposes. The purposes of The Western Union Company 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) are (i) to advance the interests of The Western Union Company (the “Company”) by attracting and retaining high caliber employees, and other key individuals who perform services for the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate, (ii) to align the interests of the Company’s stockholders and recipients of awards under this Plan by increasing the proprietary interest of such recipients in the Company’s growth and success and (iii) to motivate award recipients to act in the long-term best interests of the Company and its stockholders.

1.2. Definitions.

Affiliate shall mean any entity of which the Company owns or controls, directly or indirectly, less than 50% but at least 20% of the outstanding shares of stock normally entitled to vote for the election of directors (or comparable equity participation and voting power).

Agreement shall mean the written agreement evidencing an award hereunder between the Company and the recipient of such award and shall include any terms and conditions that may apply to such award.

Board shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

Bonus Stock shall mean shares of Common Stock that are not subject to a Restriction Period or Performance Measures.

Bonus Stock Award shall mean an award of Bonus Stock.

Cause shall mean the willful and continued failure to substantially perform the duties assigned by the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate (other than a failure resulting from the award recipient’s Disability), the willful engaging in conduct which is demonstrably injurious to the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate (monetarily or otherwise), any act of dishonesty, the commission of a felony, the continued failure to meet performance standards, excessive absenteeism, or a significant violation of any statutory or common law duty of loyalty to the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate.

Change in Control shall mean:

(a) the acquisition by any individual, entity or group (a “Person”), including any “person” within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act, of beneficial ownership within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act, of 25% or more of either (i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company (the “Outstanding Common Stock”) or (ii) the combined voting power of the then outstanding securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (the “Outstanding Voting Securities”); excluding, however, the following: (A) any acquisition directly from the Company (excluding any acquisition resulting from the exercise of an exercise, conversion or exchange privilege unless the security being so exercised, converted or exchanged was acquired directly


from the Company), (B) any acquisition by the Company, (C) any acquisition by an employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company or (D) any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies with clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) of subsection (c) of this definition; provided further, that for purposes of clause (B), if any Person (other than the Company or any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company) shall become the beneficial owner of 25% or more of the Outstanding Common Stock or 25% or more of the Outstanding Voting Securities by reason of an acquisition by the Company, and such Person shall, after such acquisition by the Company, become the beneficial owner of any additional shares of the Outstanding Common Stock or any additional Outstanding Voting Securities and such beneficial ownership is publicly announced, such additional beneficial ownership shall constitute a Change in Control;

(b) The cessation of individuals, who constitute the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) as of the date this Plan is adopted by the Board, to constitute at least a majority of such Incumbent Board; provided that any individual who becomes a director of the Company subsequent to the date this Plan is approved by the Board whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders, was approved by the vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be deemed a member of the Incumbent Board; and provided further, that any individual who was initially elected as a director of the Company as a result of an actual or threatened solicitation by a Person other than the Board for the purpose of opposing a solicitation by any other Person with respect to the election or removal of directors, or any other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of any Person other than the Board shall not be deemed a member of the Incumbent Board;

(c) the consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a “Corporate Transaction”); excluding, however, a Corporate Transaction pursuant to which (i) all or substantially all of the individuals or entities who are the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Common Stock and the Outstanding Voting Securities immediately prior to such Corporate Transaction will beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 60% of, respectively, the outstanding shares of common stock, and the combined voting power of the outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation resulting from such Corporate Transaction (including, without limitation, a corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or indirectly) in substantially the same proportions relative to each other as their ownership, immediately prior to such Corporate Transaction, of the Outstanding Common Stock and the Outstanding Voting Securities, as the case may be, (ii) no Person (other than: the Company; any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company; the corporation resulting from such Corporate Transaction; and any Person which beneficially owned, immediately prior to such Corporate Transaction, directly or indirectly, 25% or more of the Outstanding Common Stock or the Outstanding Voting Securities, as the case may be) will beneficially own, directly or indirectly, 25% or more of, respectively, the outstanding shares of common stock of the corporation resulting from such Corporate Transaction or the combined voting power of the outstanding securities of such corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors and (iii) individuals who were members of the Incumbent Board will constitute at least a majority of the

 

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members of the board of directors of the corporation resulting from such Corporate Transaction; or

(d) the consummation of a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.

Code shall mean the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

Committee shall mean the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board or its delegate, or any other committee the Board may designate to administer this Plan.

Common Stock shall mean the common stock of the Company.

Company has the meaning specified in Section 1.1.

Corporate Transactionshall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Change in Control” in this Section 1.2.

Disability shall mean the inability of the holder of an award to perform substantially such holder’s duties and responsibilities due to a physical or mental condition (i) that would entitle such holder to benefits under the Company’s Long-Term Disability Plan (or similar disability plan of the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate in which such holder is a participant) or if the Committee deems it relevant, any disability rights provided as a matter of local law or (ii) if such holder is not eligible for long-term disability benefits under any plan sponsored by the Company, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliate, that would, as determined by the Committee, entitle such holder to benefits under the Company’s Long-Term Disability Plan if such holder were eligible therefor. In the case of Incentive Stock Options, the term “Disability” shall have the same meaning as “Permanent and Total Disability” as such term is defined in this Section 1.2.

Employee Matters Agreement shall mean the agreement entered into by the Company and First Data as of [                    ].

Exchange Act shall mean the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

Fair Market Value shall mean the average of the high and low transaction prices of a share of Common Stock as reported in the New York Stock Exchange Composite Transactions on the date as of which such value is being determined or, if there shall be no reported transactions for such date, on the next preceding date for which transactions were reported; provided, however, that if Fair Market Value for any date cannot be so determined, Fair Market Value shall be determined by the Committee by whatever means or method as the Committee, in the good faith exercise of its discretion, shall at such time deem appropriate.

Family Entityshall mean a trust in which one or more Family Members have more than fifty percent of the beneficial interest, a foundation in which the award holder and/or one or more Family Members control the management of assets and any other entity in which the award holder and/or one or more Family Members own more than fifty percent of the voting interests.

 

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Family Member shall mean an award holder’s spouse, parent, child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, mother or father-in-law, son or daughter-in-law, stepparent, grandparent, former spouse, niece, nephew or brother or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, or any person sharing the award holder’s household (other than a tenant or employee).

First Data shall mean First Data Corporation, including any subsidiary or affiliate thereof. A subsidiary of First Data Corporation shall mean any entity of which First Data Corporation owns or controls, directly or indirectly, 50% or more of the outstanding shares of stock normally entitled to vote for the election of directors (or comparable equity participation and voting power). An affiliate of First Data Corporation shall mean any entity of which First Data Corporation owns or controls, directly or indirectly, less than 50% of the outstanding shares of stock normally entitled to vote for the election of directors (or comparable equity participation and voting power).

Incentive Stock Option shall mean an option to purchase shares of Common Stock that meets the requirements of Section 422 of the Code, or any successor provision, which is intended by the Committee to constitute an Incentive Stock Option.

Incumbent Board shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Change in Control” in this Section 1.2.

Mature Shares shall mean previously-acquired shares of Common Stock for which the holder thereof has good title, free and clear of all liens and encumbrances and which such holder either (i) has held for at least six months or (ii) has purchased on the open market.

Nonqualified Stock Option shall mean an option (including a Purchased Stock Option) to purchase shares of Common Stock which is not an Incentive Stock Option.

Outstanding Common Stock shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Change in Control” in this Section 1.2.

Outstanding Voting Securities shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Change in Control” in this Section 1.2.

Performance Grant shall mean an award conferring a right, contingent upon the attainment of specified Performance Measures within a specified Performance Period, to receive shares of Common Stock, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, cash, or any combination thereof, as determined by the Committee or as evidenced in the Agreement relating to such Performance Grant.

Performance Measures shall mean the criteria and objectives that may be established by the Committee, which must be satisfied or met (i) as a condition to the exercisability of all or a portion of a Stock Option or SAR, (ii) as a condition to the grant of a Stock Award or (iii) during the applicable Restriction Period or Performance Period as a condition to the holder’s receipt, in the case of a Stock Award, of the shares of Common Stock subject to such award and/or of payment with respect to such award, or, in the case of a Performance Grant, of the shares of Common Stock, Restricted Stock or Restricted Stock Units subject to such award and/or of payment with respect to such award. Such criteria and objectives may include one or more of the following: the attainment by a share of Common Stock of a specified value within or for a

 

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specified period of time, earnings per share, earnings before interest expense and taxes, return to stockholders (including dividends), return on equity, earnings, revenues, market share, cash flow or cost reduction goals, operating profit, pretax return on total capital, economic value added, or any combination of the foregoing. Such criteria and objectives may relate to results obtained by the individual, the Company, a Subsidiary, an Affiliate, or any business unit or division thereof, or may apply to results obtained relative to a specific industry or a specific index. If the Committee desires that compensation payable pursuant to any award subject to Performance Measures be “qualified performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, the Performance Measures (i) shall be established by the Committee no later than the end of the first quarter of the Performance Period or Restriction Period, as applicable (or such other time designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service) and (ii) shall satisfy all other applicable requirements imposed under United States Treasury Regulations promulgated under Section 162(m) of the Code, including the requirement that such Performance Measures be stated in terms of an objective formula or standard.

Performance Period shall mean any period designated by the Committee or specified in an Agreement during which the Performance Measures applicable to a Performance Grant shall be measured.

Permanent and Total Disability shall have the meaning set forth in Section 22(e)(3) of the Code or any successor thereto.

Person shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Change in Control” set forth in this Section 1.2.

Plan shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.1.

Plan Share Limit shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.5.

Post-Termination Exercise Period shall mean the period specified in or pursuant to Section 2.3(a), Section 2.3(b), Section 2.3(d) or Section 2.3(e) following termination of employment with or service to the Company during which a Stock Option or SAR may be exercised.

Purchased Stock Option shall mean a Nonqualified Stock Option that is sold to eligible individuals at a price determined by the Committee, has an exercise price equal to the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock subject to such Stock Option on the date such Stock Option is sold to the eligible individual, and contains such additional terms and conditions as the Committee deems appropriate.

Related Employment shall mean the employment or performance of services by an individual for an employer that is neither the Company nor a Subsidiary nor an Affiliate, provided that (i) such employment or performance of services is undertaken by the individual at the request of the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate, (ii) immediately prior to undertaking such employment or performance of services, the individual was employed by or performing service for the Company, a Subsidiary, or an Affiliate or was engaged in Related Employment and (iii) such employment or performance of services is in the best interests of the Company as determined by the Committee and is recognized by the Committee, in its discretion, as Related

 

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Employment. The death or Disability of an individual or his or her involuntary termination of employment during a period of Related Employment shall be treated, for purposes of this Plan, as if the death, Disability or involuntary termination had occurred while the individual was employed by or performing services for the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate.

Replacement and Substitute Award shall mean a Stock Option, Restricted Stock Award, or Restricted Stock Unit Award granted in connection with the spin-off of the Company to certain current and former employees and directors of First Data pursuant to the terms of the Employee Matters Agreement.

Restricted Stock shall mean shares of Common Stock which are subject to a Restriction Period.

Restricted Stock Award shall mean an award of Restricted Stock under this Plan.

Restricted Stock Unit shall mean the right to receive one share of Common Stock or the Fair Market Value thereof in cash, which shall be contingent upon the expiration of a specified Restriction Period and subject to such additional restrictions as may be contained in the Agreement relating thereto. The Committee shall specify in the Agreement whether a Restricted Stock Unit Award shall be payable in Common Stock, cash, or any combination thereof.

Restricted Stock Unit Award shall mean an award of Restricted Stock Units under this Plan.

Restriction Period shall mean any period designated by the Committee during which (i) the Common Stock subject to a Restricted Stock Award may not be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise encumbered or disposed of, except as provided in this Plan or the Agreement relating to such award or (ii) the vesting conditions applicable to a Restricted Stock Unit Award shall remain in effect.

Retirement shall mean an employee’s termination of employment with or service to the Company by reason of retirement on or after (i) age 65, or (ii) age 55, provided the employee has completed at least 10 Years of Service.

SAR shall mean the right to receive, upon exercise, shares of Common Stock (which may be Restricted Stock), cash or a combination thereof with an aggregate value equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value of one share of Common Stock on the date of exercise over the base price of such SAR, multiplied by the number of such SARs which are exercised.

Stock Award shall mean a Restricted Stock Award, a Restricted Stock Unit Award, or a Bonus Stock Award.

Stock Option shall mean a Nonqualified Stock Option or an Incentive Stock Option.

Subsidiary shall mean any entity of which the Company owns or controls, directly or indirectly, 50% or more of the outstanding shares of stock normally entitled to vote for the election of directors (or comparable equity participation and voting power).

Tax Date shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5.5.

 

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Ten Percent Holder shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(a).

Years of Service shall mean (i) the number of years of service credited to an individual under the Company’s Incentive Savings Plan (“ISP”) or (ii) if the individual is not eligible to participate in the ISP, the number of such individual’s years of service, computed as if the individual had been eligible to participate in the ISP while employed by the Company or a Subsidiary, provided, however, that unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, the computed number of years of service shall not include any period of an individual’s employment with an Affiliate.

1.3. Administration. This Plan shall be administered by the Committee. The Committee may grant any one or a combination of the following awards under this Plan to eligible persons: (i) Stock Options (in the form of Nonqualified Stock Options or Incentive Stock Options), (ii) SARs, (iii) Restricted Stock Awards, (iv) Restricted Stock Unit Awards, (v) Bonus Stock Awards, and (vi) Performance Grants.

The Committee shall, subject to the terms of this Plan, select eligible persons for participation in this Plan and determine the form, amount and timing of each award to such persons, the exercise price or base price associated with the award, the time and conditions of exercise or settlement of the award and all other terms and conditions of the award, including, without limitation, the form of the Agreement evidencing the award.

The Committee may, in its sole discretion and for any reason at any time, take action such that (i) any or all outstanding Stock Options and SARs shall become exercisable in part or in full, (ii) all or a portion of the Restriction Period applicable to any outstanding Stock Award shall lapse, (iii) all or a portion of the Performance Period applicable to any outstanding Performance Grant shall lapse and (iv) the Performance Measures applicable to any outstanding award (if any) shall be deemed to be satisfied at the maximum or any other level.

The Committee shall, subject to the terms of this Plan, interpret this Plan and the application thereof, establish, amend and revoke rules and regulations it deems necessary or desirable for the administration of this Plan, adopt sub-plans applicable to specific Subsidiaries, Affiliates or locations and may impose, incidental to the grant of an award, conditions with respect to the award, such as limiting competitive employment or other activities to the extent permitted under local law. The Committee may require, as a condition to the issuance, exercise, settlement or acceptance of an award under this Plan, that the award recipient agree to mandatory arbitration to settle any disputes relating to such award. All such interpretations, rules, regulations and conditions shall be final, binding and conclusive.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Committee may delegate some or all of its power and authority hereunder to another entity or committee, a member of the Board, or one or more officers of the Company as the Committee deems appropriate; provided, however, that the Committee may not delegate its power and authority to another entity or committee, a member of the Board, or one or more officers of the Company with regard to (i) the grant of an award to any person who is a “covered employee” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code or who, in the Committee’s judgment, is likely to be a covered employee at any time during the period an award hereunder to such employee would be outstanding, (ii) the selection for participation in this Plan of an officer or other person subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act or decisions

 

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concerning the timing, pricing or amount of an award to such an officer or other person, and (iii) any decision regarding the impact of a Change in Control on awards issued under the Plan. In exercising its power and authority hereunder with respect to Replacement and Substitute Awards held by employees of First Data, the Committee shall, in good faith, cooperate with and give due regard to any information provided by First Data.

No member of the Committee, and no entity, committee, member of the Board or officer to whom the Committee delegates any of its power and authority hereunder, shall be liable for any act, omission, interpretation, construction or determination made in connection with this Plan in good faith, and the members of the Committee and such entities, committees, members of the Board or officers shall be entitled to indemnification and reimbursement by the Company in respect of any claim, loss, damage or expense (including attorneys’ fees) arising therefrom to the full extent permitted by law.

A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The acts of the Committee shall be either (i) acts of a majority of the members of the Committee present at any meeting at which a quorum is present or (ii) acts approved in writing by all of the members of the Committee without a meeting.

1.4. Eligibility. All employees of the Company, Subsidiaries and Affiliates and other individuals who perform services for the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate are eligible to receive awards under this Plan, as the Committee in its sole discretion may select from time to time. In connection with the spin-off of the Company, certain current and former employees and directors of First Data will receive Replacement and Substitute Awards. The Committee’s selection of a person to participate in this Plan at any time shall not require the Committee to select such person to participate in this Plan at any other time.

1.5. Shares Available.

(a) Plan Share Limit. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5.7, [                    ] shares of Common Stock shall be available under this Plan (the “Plan Share Limit”).

(b) Deductions. Shares of Common Stock subject to Stock Options and SARs shall apply against and reduce the Plan Share Limit as one share for every one share subject thereto. Shares of Common Stock subject to Stock Awards and Performance Grants shall apply against and reduce the Plan Share Limit as [three] shares for every one share subject thereto or payable pursuant thereto. Dividend equivalents paid with respect to awards shall not apply against or reduce the Plan Share Limit.

(c) Increases. The Plan Share Limit shall be increased by shares of Common Stock subject to an outstanding award that are not issued or delivered by reason of the expiration, termination, cancellation or forfeiture of such award or by reason of the delivery or withholding of shares of Common Stock to pay all or a portion of the exercise price of an award, if any, or to satisfy all or a portion of the tax withholding obligations relating to an award. Increases in the Plan Share Limit by virtue of this Section 1.5(c) shall be made in a manner that is consistent with the Plan Share Limit deductions made pursuant to Section 1.5(b). No increases shall be made in the Plan Share Limit by reason of the exercise of SARs.

 

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(d) Performance-based Compensation. To the extent necessary for an award to be qualified performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code, the maximum aggregate number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which Stock Options, SARs, Stock Awards or Performance Grants may be issued to any individual during a calendar year shall be one-half of one percent of the total number of outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Company as of the preceding December 31st. The maximum amount of cash payable during a calendar year to any person in connection with a Performance Grant shall be $8,000,000.

(e) Source of Shares. Shares of Common Stock shall be made available from authorized but unissued shares, treasury shares, reacquired shares, or any combination thereof.

1.6 Employment. Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, references to “employment” with the Company or “employment with or service to the Company” shall mean the employment with or service to the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate, including transfers of employment between the Company, a Subsidiary and an Affiliate, approved leaves of absence, and Related Employment.

II. STOCK OPTIONS AND STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS

2.1. Stock Options. The Committee may, in its discretion, grant Stock Options to such eligible persons as may be selected by the Committee. An Incentive Stock Option may not be granted to any person who is not an employee of the Company or any parent or subsidiary (as defined in Section 424 of the Code). Each Incentive Stock Option shall be granted within ten years of the date this Plan is adopted by the Board. To the extent the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined as of the date of grant) of shares of Common Stock with respect to which options designated as Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by a participant during any calendar year (under this Plan or any other plan of the Company, or any parent or subsidiary as defined in Section 424 of the Code) exceeds the amount (currently $100,000) established by the Code, such options shall constitute Nonqualified Stock Options.

Stock Options shall be subject to the following terms and conditions and shall contain such additional terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the terms of this Plan, as the Committee shall deem advisable:

(a) Number of Shares and Purchase Price. The number of shares of Common Stock subject to a Stock Option shall be determined by the Committee. The purchase price per share of Common Stock purchasable upon exercise of a Stock Option shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant of such Stock Option; provided, however, that if an Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to any person who, at the time such Incentive Stock Option is granted, owns capital stock possessing more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of capital stock of the Company (or of any parent or subsidiary as defined in Section 424 of the Code) (a “Ten Percent Holder”), the purchase price per share of Common Stock shall be the price (currently 110% of Fair Market Value) required by the Code in order to constitute an Incentive Stock Option.

 

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(b) Option Period and Exercisability. The period during which a Stock Option may be exercised shall be determined by the Committee; provided, however, that no Incentive Stock Option shall be exercised later than ten years after its date of grant; provided further, that if an Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to a Ten Percent Holder, such Incentive Stock Option shall not be exercised later than five years after its date of grant. The Committee may, in its discretion, establish Performance Measures which shall be satisfied or met as a condition to the grant of a Stock Option or to the exercisability of all or a portion of a Stock Option. The Committee shall determine whether a Stock Option shall become exercisable in cumulative or non-cumulative installments and in part or in full at any time. An exercisable Stock Option, or portion thereof, may be exercised only with respect to whole shares of Common Stock.

(c) Method of Exercise. A Stock Option may be exercised (i) by giving written notice to the Company specifying the number of whole shares of Common Stock to be purchased and accompanied by payment therefor in full (or arrangement made for such payment to the Company’s satisfaction) either (A) in cash, (B) by delivery (either actual delivery or by attestation procedures established by the Company) of Mature Shares having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the date of exercise, equal to the aggregate purchase price payable by reason of such exercise, (C) except as may be prohibited by applicable law, in cash by a broker-dealer acceptable to the Company to whom the optionee has submitted an irrevocable notice of exercise, or (D) by a combination of (A) and (B), in each case to the extent set forth in the Agreement relating to the Stock Option, and (ii) by executing such documents as the Company may reasonably request. Any fraction of a share of Common Stock which would be required to pay such purchase price shall be disregarded and the remaining amount due shall be paid in cash by the optionee. No certificate or other indicia of ownership representing Common Stock shall be delivered until the full purchase price therefor, and any withholding taxes thereon, as described in Section 5.5, have been paid (or arrangement made for such payment to the Company’s satisfaction).

(d) Minimum Vesting Period. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, no Stock Option may become exercisable until six months from the date such Stock Option was granted.

(e) Repricing and Discounting. Subject to Section 5.7, the repricing or discounting of Stock Options is expressly disallowed under this Plan.

2.2. Stock Appreciation Rights. The Committee may, in its discretion, grant SARs to such eligible persons as may be selected by the Committee.

SARs shall be subject to the following terms and conditions and shall contain such additional terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the terms of this Plan, as the Committee shall deem advisable:

(a) Number of SARs and Base Price. The number of SARs subject to an award shall be determined by the Committee. The base price of an SAR shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date such SAR is granted.

(b) Exercise Period and Exercisability. The Agreement relating to an award of SARs shall specify whether such award may be settled in shares of Common Stock (including shares of Restricted Stock) or cash or a combination thereof. The period for the exercise of an SAR shall

 

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be determined by the Committee. The Committee may, in its discretion, establish Performance Measures which shall be satisfied or met as a condition to the grant of an SAR or to the exercisability of all or a portion of an SAR. The Committee shall determine whether an SAR may be exercised in cumulative or non-cumulative installments and in part or in full at any time. An exercisable SAR, or portion thereof, may be exercised only with respect to a whole number of SARs. If an SAR is exercised for shares of Restricted Stock, a certificate or certificates or other indicia of ownership representing such Restricted Stock shall be issued in accordance with Section 3.2(c) and the holder of such Restricted Stock shall have such rights of a stockholder of the Company as determined pursuant to Section 3.2(d). Prior to the exercise of an SAR for shares of Common Stock, including Restricted Stock, the holder of such SAR shall have no rights as a stockholder of the Company with respect to the shares of Common Stock subject to such SAR and shall have rights as a stockholder of the Company in accordance with Section 5.10.

(c) Method of Exercise. An SAR may be exercised (i) by giving written notice to the Company specifying the whole number of SARs which are being exercised and (ii) by executing such documents as the Company may reasonably request.

(d) Minimum Vesting Period. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, no SAR may become exercisable until six months from the date such SAR was granted.

(e) Repricing and Discounting. Subject to Section 5.7, the repricing or discounting of SARs is expressly disallowed under this Plan.

2.3. Termination of Employment or Service.

(a) Disability. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR terminates by reason of Disability, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall become fully vested and exercisable and may thereafter be exercised by such holder (or such holder’s legal representative or similar person) until the date which is one year after the effective date of such holder’s termination of employment or service, or if earlier, the expiration date of the term of such Stock Option or SAR.

(b) Retirement. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR terminates by reason of Retirement, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall continue to vest in accordance with its terms, and to the extent vested, may thereafter be exercised by such holder (or such holder’s legal representative or similar person) until the date which is four years after the effective date of such holder’s termination of employment or service, or if earlier, the expiration date of the term of such Stock Option or SAR.

(c) Death. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR terminates by reason of death, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall become fully vested and exercisable and may thereafter be exercised by such holder’s executor, administrator, legal representative, beneficiary or similar person until the date which is one year after the date of death, or if earlier, the expiration date of the term of such Stock Option or SAR.

 

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(d) Involuntary Termination Without Cause. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, and except as provided in Section 5.8, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR is terminated by the Company, a Subsidiary or an Affiliate without Cause, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall cease to vest, and to the extent already vested, may thereafter be exercised by such holder (or such holder’s legal representative or similar person) until the date which is three months after such involuntary termination, or if earlier, the expiration date of the term of such Stock Option or SAR.

(e) Other Termination. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR terminates for any reason other than Disability, Retirement, death, involuntary termination without Cause, or termination for Cause, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall cease to vest, and to the extent already vested, may thereafter be exercised by such holder (or such holder’s legal representative or similar person) until the close of the New York Stock Exchange (if open) on the date which is the thirtieth (30th) day following such holder’s termination of employment or service. If the New York Stock Exchange is closed on such date, then such Stock Option or SAR shall be forfeited and shall be canceled by the Company effective with the close of the New York Stock Exchange on the next following day in which the New York Stock Exchange is open. If the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Option or SAR is terminated for Cause, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall cease to vest, and to the extent already vested, may thereafter be exercised by such holder (or such holder’s legal representative or similar person) until the close of the New York Stock Exchange (if open) on the date of such holder’s termination of employment or service. If the New York Stock Exchange is closed at the time of such holder’s termination of employment, then such Stock Option or SAR shall be forfeited at the time such holder’s employment is terminated and shall be canceled by the Company.

(f) Death Following Termination of Employment or Service. Unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, if the holder of a Stock Option or SAR dies during the applicable Post-Termination Exercise Period, each Stock Option and SAR held by such holder shall be exercisable only to the extent that such Stock Option or SAR is exercisable on the date of such holder’s death and may thereafter be exercised by the holder’s executor, administrator, legal representative, beneficiary or similar person until the date which is one year after the date of death, or if earlier, the expiration date of the term of such Stock Option or SAR.

III. STOCK AWARDS

3.1. Stock Awards. The Committee may, in its discretion, grant Stock Awards to such eligible persons as may be selected by the Committee. The Agreement relating to the Stock Award shall specify whether the Stock Award is a Restricted Stock Award, a Restricted Stock Unit Award, or a Bonus Stock Award.

3.2. Terms of Stock Awards. Stock Awards shall be subject to the following terms and conditions and shall contain such additional terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the terms of this Plan, as the Committee shall deem advisable.

(a) Number of Shares and Other Terms. The number of shares of Common Stock subject to a Stock Award and the Performance Measures (if any) and the Restriction Period applicable to a Restricted Stock Award or a Restricted Stock Unit Award shall be determined by the Committee.

 

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(b) Vesting and Forfeiture. The Agreement relating to a Restricted Stock Award or Restricted Stock Unit Award shall provide, in the manner determined by the Committee, in its discretion, and subject to the provisions of this Plan, for the vesting of the shares of Common Stock subject to such award, in the case of a Restricted Stock Award, or for the vesting of the Restricted Stock Unit Award itself, in the case of Restricted Stock Unit Award, (i) if specified Performance Measures are satisfied or met during the specified Restriction Period or (ii) if the holder of such award remains continuously in the employment of or service to the Company during the specified Restriction Period, and for the forfeiture of all or a portion of the shares of Common Stock subject to such award in the case of a Restricted Stock Award, or for the forfeiture of the Restricted Stock Unit Award itself, in the case of a Restricted Stock Unit Award, (x) if specified Performance Measures are not satisfied or met during the specified Restriction Period or (y) if the holder of such award does not remain continuously in the employment of or service to the Company during the specified Restriction Period.

Bonus Stock Awards shall not be subject to any Performance Measures or Restriction Periods.

(c) Share Certificates/Indicia of Ownership. During the Restriction Period, a certificate or certificates or other indicia of ownership representing a Restricted Stock Award may be registered in the holder’s name or a nominee name at the discretion of the Company and may bear a legend, in addition to any legend which may be required pursuant to Section 5.6, indicating that the ownership of the shares of Common Stock represented thereby is subject to the restrictions, terms and conditions of this Plan and the Agreement relating to the Restricted Stock Award. As determined by the Committee, all certificates or other indicia of ownership registered in the holder’s name shall be deposited with the Company, together with stock powers or other instruments of assignment (including a power of attorney), each endorsed in blank with a guarantee of signature if deemed necessary or appropriate by the Company, which would permit transfer to the Company of all or a portion of the shares of Common Stock subject to the Restricted Stock Award in the event such award is forfeited in whole or in part. Upon termination of any applicable Restriction Period (and the satisfaction or attainment of any applicable Performance Measures), or upon the grant of a Bonus Stock Award, in each case subject to the Company’s right to require payment of any taxes in accordance with Section 5.5, a certificate or certificates evidencing ownership, or such other indicia of ownership as determined by the Committee, of the requisite number of shares of Common Stock shall be delivered to the holder of such award.

(d) Rights with Respect to Restricted Stock Awards. Unless otherwise set forth in the Agreement relating to a Restricted Stock Award, and subject to the Committee’s right to cause such Award to be cancelled pursuant to an adjustment under Section 5.7, the holder of such award shall have all rights as a stockholder of the Company, including voting rights, the right to receive dividends and the right to participate in any capital adjustment applicable to all holders of Common Stock; provided, however, that a distribution with respect to shares of Common Stock shall be deposited with the Company and shall be subject to the same restrictions as the shares of Common Stock with respect to which such distribution was made. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding sentence, in the Committee’s sole discretion, regular cash dividends issued

 

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with respect to Common Stock subject to a Restricted Stock Award may be paid to the holder notwithstanding the restrictions applicable to the Common Stock with respect to which the cash dividends were made.

(e) Rights and Provisions Applicable to Restricted Stock Unit Awards. The Agreement relating to a Restricted Stock Unit Award shall specify whether the holder thereof shall be entitled to receive, on a current or deferred basis, dividend equivalents, or the deemed reinvestment of any deferred dividend equivalents, with respect to the number of shares of Common Stock subject to such award. Prior to the settlement of a Restricted Stock Unit Award, the holder thereof shall not have any rights as a stockholder of the Company with respect to the shares of Common Stock subject to such award, except to the extent that the Committee, in its sole discretion, may grant dividend equivalents on Restricted Stock Unit Awards which are settled in shares of Common Stock. No shares of Common Stock and no certificates or other indicia of ownership representing shares of Common Stock that are subject to a Restricted Stock Unit Award shall be issued upon the grant of a Restricted Stock Unit Award. Instead, shares of Common Stock subject to Restricted Stock Unit Awards and the certificates or other indicia of ownership representing such shares of Common Stock shall only be distributed at the time of settlement of such Restricted Stock Unit Awards in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Plan and the Agreement relating to such Restricted Stock Unit Award.

(f) Minimum Restriction Period. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, the minimum Restriction Period shall be one year.

3.3. Termination of Employment or Service.

(a) Disability and Death. Unless otherwise set forth in the Agreement relating to a Stock Award, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of such award terminates by reason of Disability or death, the Restriction Period shall terminate as of the effective date of such holder’s termination of employment or service and all Performance Measures applicable to such award shall be deemed to have been satisfied at the maximum level.

(b) Other Termination. Unless otherwise set forth in the Agreement relating to a Stock Award, and except as provided in Section 5.8, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Stock Award terminates for any reason other than Disability or death, the portion of such award which is subject to a Restriction Period on the effective date of such holder’s termination of employment or service shall be immediately forfeited by such holder and canceled by the Company.

IV. PERFORMANCE GRANTS

4.1. Performance Grants. The Committee may, in its discretion, make Performance Grants to such eligible persons as may be selected by the Committee.

4.2. Terms of Performance Grants. Performance Grants shall be subject to the following terms and conditions and shall contain such additional terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the terms of this Plan, as the Committee shall deem advisable.

(a) Amount of Performance Grant and Performance Measures. The Agreement shall set forth the amount of the Performance Grant and a description of the Performance Measures and the Performance Period applicable to such Performance Grant, as determined by the Committee in its discretion.

 

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(b) Vesting and Forfeiture. The Agreement shall provide, in the manner determined by the Committee in its discretion, for the vesting of a Performance Grant, if specified Performance Measures are satisfied during the specified Performance Period, and for the forfeiture of all or a portion of such award, if specified Performance Measures are not satisfied during the specified Performance Period.

(c) Settlement of Vested Performance Grants. The Agreement (i) shall specify whether a Performance Grant may be settled in shares of Common Stock, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock Units, cash or a combination thereof and (ii) may specify whether the holder thereof shall be entitled to receive, on a current or deferred basis, dividend equivalents, and, if determined by the Committee, interest on or the deemed reinvestment of any deferred dividend equivalents, with respect to the number of shares of Common Stock subject to such award, if any. If a Performance Grant is settled in shares of Restricted Stock, a certificate or certificates or other indicia of ownership representing such Restricted Stock shall be issued in accordance with Section 3.2(c) and the holder of such Restricted Stock shall have such rights of a stockholder of the Company as determined pursuant to Section 3.2(d). Prior to the settlement of a Performance Grant in shares of Common Stock or Restricted Stock the holder of such award shall have no rights as a stockholder of the Company with respect to any shares of Common Stock subject to such award and shall have rights as a stockholder of the Company in accordance with Section 5.10.

(d) Minimum Performance Period. The minimum Performance Period for any Performance Grant is one year from the date such grant is made.

4.3. Termination of Employment or Service.

(a) Disability, Retirement and Death. Unless otherwise set forth in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Performance Grant terminates during the Performance Period by reason of Disability, Retirement or death, the Performance Period shall continue and the holder, or the holder’s executor, administrator, legal representative, beneficiary or similar person, as applicable, shall be entitled to a prorated award. Such prorated award shall be equal to the value of the award at the end of the Performance Period multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which shall equal the number of months such holder was employed with or performing services for the Company during the Performance Period (fractional months shall be ignored) and the denominator of which shall equal the number of months in the Performance Period; provided, however, that such holder, or such holder’s executor, administrator, legal representative, beneficiary or similar person, as applicable, shall not be entitled to payment or distribution of such Performance Grant earlier than the date set forth in the Agreement.

(b) Other Termination. Unless otherwise set forth in the Agreement, if the employment with or service to the Company of the holder of a Performance Grant terminates during the Performance Period for any reason other than Disability, Retirement or death, each Performance Grant that is not vested shall be immediately forfeited.

 

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V. GENERAL

5.1. Effective Date and Term of Plan. This Plan shall be submitted to the stockholder(s) of the Company for approval and, if approved, shall become effective as of the date of approval by the Board. No Stock Option may be exercised prior to the date of such stockholder approval. This Plan shall terminate when shares of Common Stock are no longer available for the grant, exercise or settlement of awards, unless terminated earlier by the Board or the Committee. Termination of this Plan shall not affect the terms or conditions of any award granted prior to termination. If this Plan is not approved by the stockholder(s) of the Company, this Plan and any awards granted hereunder shall be null and void.

5.2. Amendments. The Board or the Committee may amend or terminate this Plan, and except as provided in Sections 2.1(e) and 2.2(e), the Committee may amend outstanding awards under this Plan in any manner as it shall deem advisable in its sole discretion, subject to any requirement of stockholder approval required by applicable law, rule or regulation, including Section 162(m) and Section 422 of the Code; provided, however, that no amendment of the Plan shall be made without stockholder approval if such amendment would increase the maximum number of shares of Common Stock available under this Plan (subject to Section 5.7). No amendment of the Plan or an outstanding award may impair the rights of a holder (the determination of which shall be made by the Committee in its sole discretion) of an outstanding award without the consent of such holder.

5.3. Agreement. The Company may condition an award holder’s right (i) to exercise, vest or settle the award and (ii) to receive delivery of shares, on the execution and delivery to the Company of the Agreement and the completion of other requirements, including, but not limited to, the execution of a nonsolicitation agreement by the recipient and delivery thereof to the Company.

5.4. Transferability of Stock Options. Stock Options may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of by the holder thereof, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution; provided, however, that unless otherwise specified in the Agreement, as long as the holder continues employment with or service to the Company, such holder may transfer Stock Options to a Family Member or Family Entity without consideration; provided, however, in the case of a transfer of Stock Options to a limited liability company or a partnership which is a Family Entity, such transfer may be for consideration consisting solely of an equity interest in the limited liability company or partnership to which the transfer is made. Any transfer of Stock Options shall be in a form acceptable to the Committee, shall be signed by the holder and shall be effective only upon written acknowledgement by the Committee of its receipt and acceptance of such notice. If a Stock Option is transferred to a Family Member or to a Family Entity, such Stock Option may not thereafter be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of by such Family Member or Family Entity except by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

5.5. Tax Withholding. The Company shall have the right to require, as of the grant, vesting, or exercise of an award, the sale of any shares of Common Stock, the receipt of any dividends or the payment of any cash pursuant to an award made hereunder, payment by the holder of such award of any federal, state, local or other income, social insurance, payroll or other tax-related items which may be required to be withheld or paid in connection with such award. An

 

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Agreement may provide that (i) the Company shall withhold whole shares of Common Stock which would otherwise be delivered to a holder having an aggregate Fair Market Value determined as of the date the obligation to withhold or pay taxes arises in connection with an award (the “Tax Date”) in the amount necessary to satisfy any such obligation, or withhold an amount of cash which would otherwise be payable to a holder, including withholding from wages or other cash compensation otherwise due to the holder, in the amount necessary to satisfy any such obligation or (ii) the holder may satisfy any such obligation by any of the following means: (A) a cash payment to the Company, (B) delivery (either actual delivery or by attestation procedures established by the Company) to the Company of Common Stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the Tax Date, equal to the amount necessary to satisfy any such obligation, (C) authorizing the Company to withhold whole shares of Common Stock which would otherwise be delivered having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the Tax Date, or withhold an amount of cash which would otherwise be payable to a holder, equal to the amount necessary to satisfy any such obligation, (D) in the case of the exercise of a Stock Option, a cash payment by a broker-dealer acceptable to the Company to whom the optionee has submitted an irrevocable notice of exercise, in each case to the extent set forth in the Agreement relating to an award, or (E) any combination of (A) and (B). Shares of Common Stock to be delivered or withheld may not have an aggregate Fair Market Value in excess of the amount determined by applying the minimum statutory withholding rate. Any fraction of a share of Common Stock which would be required to satisfy such an obligation shall be disregarded and the remaining amount due shall be paid in cash by the holder

5.6. Restrictions on Shares. Each award made hereunder shall be subject to the requirement that if at any time the Company determines that the listing, registration or qualification of the shares of Common Stock subject to such award upon any securities exchange or under any law, or the consent or approval of any governmental body, or the taking of any other action is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the vesting, exercise or settlement of such award or the delivery of shares thereunder, such award shall not vest, be exercised or settled and such shares shall not be delivered unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent, approval or other action shall have been effected or obtained, free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company. In addition, the Committee may condition the grant of an award on compliance with certain listing, registration or other qualifications applicable to the award under any law or any obligation to obtain the consent or approval of a governmental body. The Company may require that certificates or other indicia of ownership evidencing shares of Common Stock delivered pursuant to any award made hereunder bear a legend indicating that the sale, transfer or other disposition thereof by the holder is prohibited except in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

5.7. Adjustment. In the event of any stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization, reorganization, merger, consolidation, combination, exchange of shares, liquidation, spin-off or other similar change in capitalization or event, or any distribution to holders of Common Stock other than a regular cash dividend, the number, class and kind of securities (including, for this purpose, securities of any other entity that is a party to any such transaction) available under this Plan, the maximum number of securities available for Stock Awards and Performance Grants, the number, class and kind of securities (including, for this purpose, securities of any other entity that is a party to any such transaction) subject to each outstanding Stock Option and the purchase price per security, the terms of each outstanding Stock Option, the maximum number of securities with respect to which Stock Options or SARs (or a combination thereof), or Stock Awards or

 

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Performance Grants may be made or granted during any calendar year to any person, the number, class and kind of securities (including, for this purpose, securities of any other entity that is a party to any such transaction) subject to each outstanding SAR and the base price per SAR, the terms of each outstanding SAR, the number, class and kind of securities (including, for this purpose, securities of any other entity that is a party to any such transaction) subject to each outstanding Stock Award or Performance Grant, and the terms of each outstanding Stock Award or Performance Grant shall be appropriately adjusted by the Committee, such adjustments to be made in the case of outstanding Stock Options and SARs without an increase in the aggregate purchase price or base price. The decision of the Committee regarding any such adjustment shall be final, binding and conclusive. If any such adjustment would result in a fractional security being (a) available under this Plan, such fractional security shall be disregarded, or (b) subject to an award under this Plan, the Company shall pay the holder of such award, in connection with the adjustment or first vesting, exercise or settlement of such award in whole or in part occurring after such adjustment, as the Committee may determine, an amount in cash determined by multiplying (i) the fraction of such security (rounded to the nearest hundredth) by (ii) the excess, if any, of (A) the Fair Market Value on the vesting, exercise or settlement date over (B) the exercise or base price, if any, of such award.

5.8. Change in Control. As of the effective date of a Change in Control (a) each outstanding Stock Option and SAR granted under the Plan shall become fully vested and exercisable, (b) the Restriction Period applicable to each outstanding Stock Award granted under the Plan shall lapse, (c) the Performance Period applicable to any outstanding Performance Grant issued under the Plan shall lapse, and (d) the Performance Measures applicable to any outstanding award under the Plan shall be deemed to be satisfied at the target level (or if greater, at the performance level actually attained). Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, each Stock Option or SAR granted to a holder whose employment is terminated for an eligible reason according to the terms of the Company severance policy applicable to the holder as of the effective date of a Change in Control during the period commencing on and ending twenty-four months after the effective date of the Change in Control shall remain exercisable by such holder (or his or her legal representative or similar person) until the earlier of (y) the end of the severance period applicable to the holder under such severance policy or, if later, the end of the otherwise applicable Post-Termination Exercise Period, or (z) the expiration date of the term of the Stock Option or SAR.

5.9. No Right of Participation or Employment. No person shall have any right to participate in this Plan. Neither this Plan nor any award made hereunder shall confer upon any person any right to continued employment by the Company, any Subsidiary or any Affiliate of the Company or affect in any manner the right of the Company, any Subsidiary or any Affiliate of the Company to terminate the employment of any person at any time without liability hereunder.

5.10. Rights as Stockholder. No person shall have any right as a stockholder of the Company with respect to any shares of Common Stock or other equity security of the Company which is subject to an award hereunder unless and until such person becomes a stockholder of record with respect to such shares of Common Stock or equity security.

5.11. Designation of Beneficiary. If permitted by the Committee, the holder of an award may file with the Committee a written designation of one or more persons as such holder’s beneficiary or beneficiaries (both primary and contingent) in the event of the holder’s death. To the extent an outstanding Stock Option or SAR granted hereunder is exercisable, such beneficiary or beneficiaries shall be entitled to exercise such Stock Option or SAR to the extent permitted under local law.

 

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Each beneficiary designation shall become effective only when filed in writing with the Committee during the holder’s lifetime on a form prescribed by the Committee. The spouse of a married holder domiciled in a community property jurisdiction shall join in any designation of a beneficiary other than such spouse. The filing with the Committee of a new beneficiary designation shall cancel all previously filed beneficiary designations.

If a holder fails to designate a beneficiary, or if all designated beneficiaries of a holder predecease the holder, then each outstanding Stock Option and SAR hereunder held by such holder, to the extent exercisable, may be exercised by such holder’s executor, administrator, legal representative or similar person.

5.12. Governing Law. This Plan, each award hereunder and the related Agreement, and all determinations made and actions taken pursuant thereto, to the extent not otherwise governed by the Code or the laws of the United States, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware and construed in accordance therewith without giving effect to principles of conflicts of laws.

5.13. Replacement and Substitute Awards. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, any Stock Option or Stock Award that is intended to be a Replacement or Substitute Award granted in connection with the spin-off of the Company shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as the original First Data award to which it relates.

5.14. Foreign Employees. The Committee may adopt, amend or rescind rules, procedures or sub-plans relating to the operation and administration of the Plan to accommodate the specific requirements of local laws and procedures and to foster and promote achievement of the purposes of this Plan. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee is specifically authorized to adopt rules, procedures and sub-plans with provisions that limit or modify rights on death, Disability or Retirement or on termination of employment; available methods of exercise or settlement of an award; payment of income, social insurance contributions and payroll taxes; the withholding procedures and handling of any stock certificates or other indicia of ownership which vary with local requirements. The Committee may also adopt rules, procedures or sub-plans applicable to particular Subsidiaries, Affiliates or locations. The rules of such sub-plans may take precedence over other provisions of this Plan, with the exception of Sections 1.5 and 5.2, but unless otherwise superseded by the terms of such sub-plan, the provisions of this Plan shall govern the operation of such sub-plan.

5.15. Termination of Employment or Service. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, an award holder employed by or providing service to an entity that is a Subsidiary or an Affiliate under this Plan shall be deemed to have terminated employment with or service to the Company for purposes of this Plan on the date that such entity ceases to be a Subsidiary or an Affiliate hereunder.

 

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