AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS HOLDINGS, INC.
2000 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
(As Amended through March 27, 2003)

1.

 

Purpose

     The purpose of the Plan is to provide a means through which the Company may attract able persons to become and remain directors of the Company and its subsidiaries and enter and remain in the employ of the Company and its subsidiaries and to provide a means whereby employees, directors and consultants of the Company and its subsidiaries can acquire and maintain Common Stock ownership, or be paid incentive compensation measured by reference to the value of Common Stock, thereby strengthening their commitment to the welfare of the Company and its subsidiaries and promoting an identity of interest between stockholders and these employees, directors and consultants.

     So that the appropriate incentive can be provided, the Plan provides for granting Incentive Stock Options, Nonqualified Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights and Stock Bonus Awards, or any combination of the foregoing.

2.

 

Definitions

     The following definitions shall be applicable throughout the Plan.

     (a)  "Award" means, individually or collectively, any Incentive Stock Option, Nonqualified Stock Option, Stock Appreciation Right or Stock Bonus Award.

     (b)  "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company.

     (c)  "Cause" means the Company or any of its subsidiaries having cause to terminate a Participant's employment or service in accordance with the provisions of any existing employment, consulting or any other agreement between the Participant and the Company or any of its subsidiaries or, in the absence of such an employment, consulting or other agreement, upon (i) the determination by the Committee that the Participant has ceased to perform his duties to the Company or any of its subsidiaries(other than as a result of his incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury), which failure amounts to intentional and extended neglect of his duties, (ii) the Committee's determination that the Participant has engaged or is about to engage in conduct injurious to the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or (iii) the Participant having plead no contest to a charge of a felony or having been convicted of a felony.

     (d)  "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Reference in the Plan to any section of the Code shall be deemed to include any amendments or successor provisions to such section and any regulations under such section.

     (e)  "Committee" means the full Board, the Compensation Committee of the Board or such other committee as the Board may appoint to administer the Plan.

     (f)  "Common Stock" means the common stock par value $0.01 per share, of the Company.

     (g)  "Company" means American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and any successor thereto.

     (h)  "Date of Grant" means the date on which the granting of an Award is authorized or such other date as may be specified in such authorization.

     (i)  "Disability" means the complete and permanent inability by reason of illness or accident to perform the duties of the occupation at which a Participant was employed or served when such disability commenced or, if the Participant was retired when such disability commenced, the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity, in either case as determined by the Committee based upon medical evidence acceptable to it.

     (j)  "Eligible Person" means any (i) person regularly employed by the Company or any subsidiary of the Company; provided, however, that no such employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement shall be an Eligible Person unless and to the extent that such eligibility is set forth in such collective bargaining agreement or in an agreement or instrument relating thereto; (ii) director of the Company; or (iii) consultant to the Company.

     (k)  "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

     (l)  "Fair Market Value" on a given date means (i) if the Stock is listed on a national securities exchange, the mean between the highest and lowest sale prices reported as having occurred on the primary exchange with which the Stock is listed and traded on the date prior to such date, or, if there is no such sale on that date, then on the last preceding date on which such a sale was reported; (ii) if the Stock is not listed on any national securities exchange but is quoted in the National Market System of the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System on a last sale basis, the average between the high bid price and low ask price reported on the date prior to such date, or, if there is no such sale on that date, then on the last preceding date on which a sale was reported; (iii) if the Stock is not listed on a national securities exchange nor quoted in the National Market System of the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System on a last sale basis, the amount determined by the Committee to be the fair market value based upon a good faith attempt to value the Stock accurately; or (iv) notwithstanding clauses (i) - (iii) above, with respect to Awards granted as of the consummation of an IPO, the price at which Stock is sold to the public in the IPO.

     (m)  "Holder" means a Participant who has been granted an Award.

     (n)  "Incentive Stock Option" means an Option granted by the Committee to a Participant under the Plan which is designated by the Committee as an Incentive Stock Option pursuant to Section 422 of the Code.

     (o)  "IPO" means the initial offering of Common Stock to the public through an effective registration statement.

     (p)  "Non-Employee Director" means a "non-employee director" within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act or any successor rule or regulation.

     (q)  "Nonqualified Stock Option" means an Option granted under the Plan which is not designated as an Incentive Stock Option.

     (r)  "Normal Termination" means termination of employment or service with the Company and all of its subsidiaries:

 

(i)

 

Upon retirement pursuant to the retirement plan of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, as may be applicable at the time to the Participant in question;

 

 

 

 

 

(ii)

 

On account of Disability;

 

 

 

 

 

(iii)

 

With the written approval of the Committee; or

 

 

 

 

 

(iv)

 

By the Company or any of its subsidiaries without Cause.

     (s)  "Option" means an Award granted under Section 7 of the Plan.

     (t)  "Option Period" means the period described in Section 7(c).

     (u)  "Option Price" means the exercise price set for an Option described in Section 7(a).

     (v)  "Participant" means an Eligible Person who has been selected by the Committee to participate in the Plan and to receive an Award.

     (w)  "Plan" means the American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc. 2000 Equity Incentive Plan, as may be amended from time to time.

     (x)  "Qualified Committee" means a committee composed of at least two Qualified Directors.

     (y)  "Qualified Director" means a person who is (i) an Non-Employee Director and (ii) an "outside director" within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code.

     (z)  "Securities Act" means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

     (aa)  "Stock" means the Common Stock or such other authorized shares of stock of the Company as from time to time may be authorized for use under the Plan.

     (bb)  "Stock Appreciation Right" or "SAR" means an Award granted under Section 8 of the Plan.

     (cc)  "Stock Bonus" means an Award granted under Section 9 of the Plan.

     (dd)  "Stock Option Agreement" means the agreement between the Company and a Participant who has been granted an Option pursuant to Section 7 which defines the rights and obligations of the parties as required in Section 7(d).

3.

 

Effective Date, Duration and Shareholder Approval

     The Plan is effective as of April 17, 2000, the date of adoption of the Plan by the Board. The effectiveness of the Plan and the validity of any and all Awards granted pursuant to the Plan is contingent upon approval of the Plan by the stockholders of the Company in a manner which complies with (i) Section 422(b)(1) and, to the extent provided in Section 14 herein, Section 162(m) of the Code and (ii) the requirements of the primary national securities exchange with which the Stock is listed, if so listed, and/or the National Market System of the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System, if the Stock is quoted thereon. Unless and until the stockholders approve the Plan in compliance with the applicable requirements, no Award granted under the Plan shall be effective.

     The expiration date of the Plan, after which no Awards may be granted hereunder, shall be April 17, 2010; provided, however, that the administration of the Plan shall continue in effect until all matters relating to the payment of Awards previously granted have been settled.

4.

 

Administration

     The Committee shall administer the Plan; provided, however, that as of and after the date the Company first becomes subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, the Plan shall be administered by the full Board or a committee of the Board composed of at least two persons, each member of which, at the time he takes any action with respect to an Award under the Plan, shall be a Non-Employee Director; and further provided, that as of and after the date that the exemption for the Plan under Section 162(m) of the Code expires, as set forth in Section 14 herein, to the extent that the Company determines that an Award is intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Plan shall be administered by a Qualified Committee. The majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The acts of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present or acts approved in writing by a majority of the Committee shall be deemed the acts of the Committee.

     Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have exclusive power to:

     (a)  Select the Eligible Persons to participate in the Plan;

     (b)  Determine the nature and extent of the Awards to be made to each Participant;

     (c)  Determine the time or times when Awards will be made to Participants;

     (d)  Determine the conditions to which the payment of Awards may be subject;

     (e)  Prescribe the form of Stock Option Agreement or other form or forms evidencing Awards; and

     (f)  Cause records to be established in which there shall be entered, from time to time as Awards are made to Participants, the date of each Award, the number of Incentive Stock Options, Nonqualified Stock Options, SARs and Stock Bonuses awarded by the Committee to each Participant.

     The Committee shall have the authority, subject to the provisions of the Plan, to establish, adopt, or revise such rules and regulations and to make all such determinations relating to the Plan as it may deem necessary or advisable for the administration of the Plan. The Committee's interpretation of the Plan or any documents evidencing Awards granted pursuant thereto and all decisions and determinations by the Committee with respect to the Plan shall be final, binding, and conclusive on all parties unless otherwise determined by the Board.

5.

 

Grant of Awards; Shares Subject to the Plan

     The Committee may, from time to time, grant Awards of Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, and/or Stock Bonuses to one or more Eligible Persons; provided, however, that:

 

 

 

     (a) Subject to Section 11, the aggregate number of shares of Stock made subject to all Awards may not exceed 7,355,000 shares and the aggregate number of shares of Stock that may be granted as a Stock Bonus under the Plan may not exceed 50,000;

 

 

 

 

     (b) Such shares shall be deemed to have been used in payment of Awards whether they are actually delivered or the Fair Market Value equivalent of such shares is paid in cash. In the event any Option or SAR not attached to an Option, shall be surrendered, terminate, expire, or be forfeited, the number of shares of Stock no longer subject thereto shall thereupon be released and shall thereafter be available for new Awards under the Plan;

 

 

 

 

     (c) Stock delivered by the Company in settlement of Awards under the Plan may be authorized and unissued Stock or Stock held in the treasury of the Company or may be purchased on the open market or by private purchase;

 

 

 

     (d) Following the date that the exemption from the application of Section 162(m) of the Code described in Section 14 (or any other exemption having similar effect) ceases to apply to Awards, no Participant may receive Options or SARs under the Plan with respect to more than 1,500,000 shares of Stock in any one year; and

 

 

 

 

     (e) The Committee may, in its sole discretion, require a Participant to pay consideration for an Award in an amount and in a manner as the Committee deems appropriate.

 

6.

 

Eligibility

     Participation shall be limited to Eligible Persons who have received written notification from the Committee, or from a person designated by the Committee, that they have been selected to participate in the Plan.

7.

 

Discretionary Grant of Stock Options

     The Committee is authorized to grant one or more Incentive Stock Options or Nonqualified Stock Options to any Eligible Person; provided, however, that no Incentive Stock Options shall be granted to any Eligible Person who is not an employee of the Company. Each Option so granted shall be subject to the following conditions, or to such other conditions as may be reflected in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.

     (a)  Option price. The exercise price ("Option Price") per share of Stock for each Option shall be set by the Committee at the time of grant but shall not be less than the Fair Market Value of a share of Stock at the Date of Grant.

     (b)  Manner of exercise and form of payment. Options which have become exercisable may be exercised by delivery of written notice of exercise to the Committee accompanied by payment of the Option Price. The Option Price shall be payable in cash and/or shares of Stock valued at the Fair Market Value at the time the Option is exercised or, in the discretion of the Committee, either (i) in other property having a fair market value on the date of exercise equal to the Option Price, or (ii) by delivering to the Committee a copy of irrevocable instructions to a stockbroker to deliver promptly to the Company an amount of sale or loan proceeds sufficient to pay the Option Price.

     (c)  Option Period and Expiration. Options shall vest and become exercisable in such manner and on such date or dates determined by the Committee and shall expire after such period, not to exceed ten years from the Date of Grant, as may be determined by the Committee (the "Option Period"); provided, however, that notwithstanding any vesting dates set by the Committee, the Committee may in its sole discretion accelerate the exercisability of any Option, which acceleration shall not affect the terms and conditions of any such Option other than with respect to exercisability. If an Option is exercisable in installments, such installments or portions thereof which become exercisable shall remain exercisable until the Option expires. Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Option Agreement, the Option shall expire earlier than the end of the Option Period in the following circumstances:

 

(i)

 

If prior to the end of the Option Period, the Holder shall undergo a Normal Termination, the Option shall expire on the earlier of the last day of the Option Period or the date that is thirty days after the date of such Normal Termination. In such event, the Option shall remain exercisable by the Holder until its expiration, only to the extent the Option was exercisable at the time of such Normal Termination.

 

 

 

 

 

(ii)

 

If the Holder dies prior to the end of the Option Period and while still in the employ or service of the Company or within thirty days of Normal Termination, the Option shall expire on the earlier of the last day of the Option Period or the date that is thirty days after the date of death of the Holder. In such event, the Option shall remain exercisable by the person or persons to whom the Holder's rights under the Option pass by will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution until its expiration, only to the extent the Option was exercisable by the Holder at the time of death.

 

(iii)

 

If the Holder ceases employment or service with the Company for reasons other than Normal Termination or death, the Option shall expire immediately upon such cessation of employment or service.

     (d)  Stock Option Agreement - Other Terms and Conditions. Each Option granted under the Plan shall be evidenced by a Stock Option Agreement, which shall contain such provisions as may be determined by the Committee and, except as may be specifically stated otherwise in such Stock Option Agreement, which shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(i)

 

Each Option issued pursuant to this Section 7 or portion thereof that is exercisable shall be exercisable for the full amount or for any part thereof.

 

 

 

 

 

(ii)

 

Each share of Stock purchased through the exercise of an Option issued pursuant to this Section 7 shall be paid for in full at the time of the exercise. Each Option shall cease to be exercisable, as to any share of Stock, when the Holder purchases the share or exercises a related SAR or when the Option expires.

 

 

 

 

 

(iii)

 

Subject to Section 10(k), Options issued pursuant to this Section 7 shall not be transferable by the Holder except by will or the laws of descent and distribution and shall be exercisable during the Holder's lifetime only by him.

 

 

 

 

 

(iv)

 

Each Option issued pursuant to this Section 7 shall vest and become exercisable by the Holder in accordance with the vesting schedule established by the Committee and set forth in the Stock Option Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

(v)

 

Each Stock Option Agreement may contain a provision that, upon demand by the Committee for such a representation, the Holder shall deliver to the Committee at the time of any exercise of an Option issued pursuant to this Section 7 a written representation that the shares to be acquired upon such exercise are to be acquired for investment and not for resale or with a view to the distribution thereof. Upon such demand, delivery of such representation prior to the delivery of any shares issued upon exercise of an Option issued pursuant to this Section 7 shall be a condition precedent to the right of the Holder or such other person to purchase any shares. In the event certificates for Stock are delivered under the Plan with respect to which such investment representation has been obtained, the Committee may cause a legend or legends to be placed on such certificates to make appropriate reference to such representation and to restrict transfer in the absence of compliance with applicable federal or state securities laws.

 

(vi)

 

Each Incentive Stock Option Agreement shall contain a provision requiring the Holder to notify the Company in writing immediately after the Holder makes a disqualifying disposition of any Stock acquired pursuant to the exercise of such Incentive Stock Option. A disqualifying disposition is any disposition (including any sale) of such Stock before the later of (a) two years after the Date of Grant of the Incentive Stock Option or (b) one year after the date the Holder acquired the Stock by exercising the Incentive Stock Option.

     (e)  Incentive Stock Option Grants to 10% Stockholders. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 7, if an Incentive Stock Option is granted to a Holder who owns stock representing more than ten percent of the voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of a subsidiary (within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code of the Company), the Option Period shall not exceed five years from the Date of Grant of such Option and the Option Price shall be at least 110 percent of the Fair Market Value (on the Date of Grant) of the Stock subject to the Option.

     (f)  $100,000 Per Year Limitation for Incentive Stock Options. To the extent the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined as of the Date of Grant) of Stock for which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by any Participant during any calendar year (under all plans of the Company and its Subsidiaries) exceeds $100,000, such excess Incentive Stock Options shall be treated as Nonqualified Stock Options.

     (g)  No Re-Pricing. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan other than Section 11, the Committee may not, without prior approval of the Company's stockholders, seek to effect any re-pricing of any previously granted, "underwater" Option by: (i) amending or modifying the terms of the Option to lower the exercise price; (ii) canceling the underwater Option and granting replacement Options having a lower exercise price; or (iii) repurchasing the underwater Options and granting new Options under this Plan. For purposes of this Section 7(g), an Option will be deemed to be "underwater" at any time when the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock is less than the exercise price of the Option.

8.

 

Stock Appreciation Rights

     Any Option granted under the Plan may include SARs, either at the Date of Grant or, except in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, by subsequent amendment. The Committee also may award SARs independent of any Option. An SAR shall confer on the Holder thereof the right to receive in shares of Stock, cash or a combination thereof the value equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value of one share of Stock on the date of exercise over the exercise price for the SAR, with respect to every share of Stock for which the SAR is granted. An SAR shall be subject to such terms and conditions not inconsistent with the Plan as the Committee shall impose, including, but not limited to, the following:

     (a)  Vesting. SARs granted in connection with an Option shall become exercisable, be transferable and shall expire according to the same vesting schedule, transferability rules and expiration provisions as the corresponding Option. An SAR granted independent of an Option shall become exercisable, be transferable and shall expire in

accordance with a vesting schedule, transferability rules and expiration provisions as established by the Committee and reflected in an Award agreement.

     (b)  Automatic exercise. If on the last day of the Option Period (or in the case of an SAR independent of an Option, the period established by the Committee after which the SAR shall expire), the Fair Market Value of the Stock exceeds the Option Price (or in the case of an SAR granted independent of an Option, the Fair Market Value of the Stock on the Date of Grant), the Holder has not exercised the SAR or the corresponding Option, and neither the SAR nor the corresponding Option has expired, such SAR shall be deemed to have been exercised by the Holder on such last day and the Company shall make the appropriate payment therefor.

     (c)  Payment. Upon the exercise of an SAR, the Company shall pay to the Holder an amount equal to the number of shares subject to the SAR multiplied by the excess, if any, of the Fair Market Value of one share of Stock on the exercise date over the Option Price, in the case of an SAR granted in connection with an Option, or the Fair Market Value of one share of Stock on the Date of Grant, in the case of an SAR granted independent of an Option. The Company shall pay such excess in cash, in shares of Stock valued at Fair Market Value, or any combination thereof, as determined by the Committee. Fractional shares shall be settled in cash.

     (d)  Method of exercise. A Holder may exercise an SAR after such time as the SAR vests by filing an irrevocable written notice with the Committee or its designee, specifying the number of SARs to be exercised, and the date on which such SARs were awarded.

     (e)  Expiration. Each SAR shall cease to be exercisable, as to any share of Stock, when the Holder exercises the SAR or exercises a related Option, with respect to such share of Stock. Except as otherwise provided, in the case of SARs granted in connection with Options, an SAR shall expire on a date designated by the Committee which is not later than seven years after the Date of Grant of the SAR.

9.

 

Stock Bonus Awards

     The Committee may issue unrestricted Stock under the Plan to Eligible Persons, alone or in tandem with other Awards, in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee shall from time to time in its sole discretion determine. Stock Bonus Awards under the Plan shall be granted as, or in payment of, a bonus, or to provide incentives or recognize special achievements or contributions.

10.

 

General

     (a)  Additional Provisions of an Award. Awards under the Plan also may be subject to such other provisions (whether or not applicable to the benefit awarded to any other Participant) as the Committee determines appropriate including, without limitation, provisions to assist the Participant in financing the purchase of Stock upon the exercise of Options, provisions for the forfeiture of or restrictions on resale or other disposition of shares of Stock acquired under any Award, provisions giving the Company the right to repurchase shares of Stock acquired under any Award in the event the Participant elects to dispose of such shares, and provisions to comply with Federal and state securities laws and Federal and state tax withholding requirements. Any such provisions shall be reflected in the applicable Award agreement.

     (b)  Privileges of Stock Ownership. Except as otherwise specifically provided in the Plan, no person shall be entitled to the privileges of stock ownership in respect of shares of Stock which are subject to Awards hereunder until such shares have been issued to that person.

     (c)  Government and Other Regulations. The obligation of the Company to make payment of Awards in Stock or otherwise shall be subject to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and to such approvals by governmental agencies as may be required. Notwithstanding any terms or conditions of any Award to the contrary, the Company shall be under no obligation to offer to sell or to sell and shall be prohibited from offering to sell or selling any shares of Stock pursuant to an Award unless such shares have been properly registered for sale pursuant to the Securities Act with the Securities and Exchange Commission or unless the Company has received an opinion of counsel, satisfactory to the Company, that such shares may be offered or sold without such registration pursuant to an available exemption therefrom and the terms and conditions of such exemption have been fully complied with. The Company shall be under no obligation to register for sale under the Securities Act any of the shares of Stock to be offered or sold under the Plan. If the shares of Stock offered for sale or sold under the Plan are offered or sold pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act, the Company may restrict the transfer of such shares and may legend the Stock certificates representing such shares in such manner as it deems advisable to ensure the availability of any such exemption.

     (d)  Tax Withholding. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Company or a Subsidiary, as appropriate, shall have the right to deduct from all Awards cash and/or Stock, valued at Fair Market Value on the date of payment, in an amount necessary to satisfy all Federal, state or local taxes as required by law to be withheld with respect to such Awards and, in the case of Awards paid in Stock, the Holder or other person receiving such Stock may be required to pay to the Company prior to delivery of such Stock, the amount of any such taxes which the Company is required to withhold, if any, with respect to such Stock. Subject in particular cases to the disapproval of the Committee, the Company may accept shares of Stock of equivalent Fair Market Value in payment of such withholding tax obligations if the Holder of the Award elects to make payment in such manner.

     (e)  Claim to Awards and Employment Rights. No employee or other person shall have any claim or right to be granted an Award under the Plan or, having been selected for the grant of an Award, to be selected for a grant of any other Award. Neither the Plan nor any action

taken hereunder shall be construed as giving any Participant any right to be retained in the employ or service of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.

     (f)  Designation and Change of Beneficiary. Each Participant may file with the Committee a written designation of one or more persons as the beneficiary who shall be entitled to receive the rights or amounts payable with respect to an Award due under the Plan upon his death. A Participant may, from time to time, revoke or change his beneficiary designation without the consent of any prior beneficiary by filing a new designation with the Committee. The last such designation received by the Committee shall be controlling; provided, however, that no designation, or change or revocation thereof, shall be effective unless received by the Committee prior to the Participant's death, and in no event shall it be effective as of a date prior to such receipt. If no beneficiary designation is filed by the Participant, the beneficiary shall be deemed to be his or her spouse or, if the Participant is unmarried at the time of death, his or her estate.

     (g)  Payments to Persons Other Than Participants. If the Committee shall find that any person to whom any amount is payable under the Plan is unable to care for his affairs because of illness or accident, or is a minor, or has died, then any payment due to such person or his estate (unless a prior claim therefor has been made by a duly appointed legal representative) may, if the Committee so directs the Company, be paid to his spouse, child, relative, an institution maintaining or having custody of such person, or any other person deemed by the Committee to be a proper recipient on behalf of such person otherwise entitled to payment. Any such payment shall be a complete discharge of the liability of the Committee and the Company therefor.

     (h)  No Liability of Committee Members. No member of the Committee shall be personally liable by reason of any contract or other instrument executed by such member or on his behalf in his capacity as a member of the Committee nor for any mistake of judgment made in good faith, and the Company shall indemnify and hold harmless each member of the Committee and each other employee, officer or director of the Company to whom any duty or power relating to the administration or interpretation of the Plan may be allocated or delegated, against any cost or expense (including counsel fees) or liability (including any sum paid in settlement of a claim) arising out of any act or omission to act in connection with the Plan unless arising out of such person's own fraud or willful bad faith; provided, however, that approval of the Board shall be required for the payment of any amount in settlement of a claim against any such person. The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be exclusive of any other rights of indemnification to which such persons may be entitled under the Company's Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws, as a matter of law, or otherwise, or any power that the Company may have to indemnify them or hold them harmless.

     (i)  Governing law. The Plan shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to the principles of conflicts of law thereof.

     (j)  Funding. No provision of the Plan shall require the Company, for the purpose of satisfying any obligations under the Plan, to purchase assets or place any assets in a trust or other entity to which contributions are made or otherwise to segregate any assets, nor shall the Company maintain separate bank accounts, books, records or other evidence of the existence of a

segregated or separately maintained or administered fund for such purposes. Holders shall have no rights under the Plan other than as unsecured general creditors of the Company, except that insofar as they may have become entitled to payment of additional compensation by performance of services, they shall have the same rights as other employees under general law.

     (k)  Nontransferability. A person's rights and interest under the Plan, including amounts payable, may not be sold, assigned, donated, or transferred or otherwise disposed of, mortgaged, pledged or encumbered except, in the event of a Holder's death, to a designated beneficiary to the extent permitted by the Plan, or in the absence of such designation, by will or the laws of descent and distribution; provided, however, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, allow for transfer of Awards other than Incentive Stock Options to other persons or entities.

     (l)  Reliance on Reports. Each member of the Committee and each member of the Board shall be fully justified in relying, acting or failing to act, and shall not be liable for having so relied, acted or failed to act in good faith, upon any report made by the independent public accountant of the Company and its Subsidiaries and upon any other information furnished in connection with the Plan by any person or persons other than himself.

     (m)  Relationship to Other Benefits. No payment under the Plan shall be taken into account in determining any benefits under any pension, retirement, profit sharing, group insurance or other benefit plan of the Company except as otherwise specifically provided in such other plan.

     (n)  Expenses. The expenses of administering the Plan shall be borne by the Company.

     (o)  Pronouns. Masculine pronouns and other words of masculine gender shall refer to both men and women.

     (p)  Titles and Headings. The titles and headings of the sections in the Plan are for convenience of reference only, and in the event of any conflict, the text of the Plan, rather than such titles or headings shall control.

     (q)  Shareholders Agreement. As a condition to receiving an Award under the Plan each Participant receiving Stock or rights to acquire Stock under the Plan shall agree to enter into a shareholders agreement to be approved by the Board at such time as the Board deems appropriate.

11.

 

Changes in Capital Structure

     Awards granted under the Plan and any agreements evidencing such Awards, the maximum number of shares of Stock subject to all Awards and the maximum number of shares of Stock with respect to which any one person may be granted Options or SARs during any year, if applicable, shall be subject to equitable adjustment or substitution, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, as to the number, price or kind of a share of Stock or other consideration subject to such Awards (i) in the event of changes in the outstanding Stock or in the capital structure of the Company by reason of stock dividends, stock splits, reverse stock

splits, recapitalizations, reorganizations, mergers, consolidations, combinations, exchanges, or other relevant changes in capitalization occurring after the Date of Grant of any such Award or (ii) in the event of any change in applicable laws or any change in circumstances which results in or would result in any substantial dilution or enlargement of the rights granted to, or available for, Participants in the Plan, or which otherwise warrants equitable adjustment because it interferes with the intended operation of the Plan. In addition, in the event of any such adjustment or substitution, the aggregate number of shares of Stock available under the Plan shall be appropriately adjusted by the Committee, whose determination shall be conclusive. Following the date that the exemption from the application of Section 162(m) of the Code described in Section 14 (or any other exemption having similar effect) ceases to apply to Awards, with respect to Awards intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" under Section 162(m) of the Code, such adjustments or substitutions shall be made only to the extent that the Committee determines that such adjustments or substitutions may be made without a loss of deductibility for such Awards under Section 162(m) of the Code. The Company shall give each Participant notice of an adjustment hereunder and, upon notice, such adjustment shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes.

     Notwithstanding the above, in the event of any of the following:

 

 

 

     A. The Company is merged or consolidated with another corporation or entity and, in connection therewith, consideration is received by shareholders of the Company in a form other than stock or other equity interests of the surviving entity;

 

 

 

 

     B. All or substantially all of the assets of the Company are acquired by another person;

 

 

 

 

     C. The reorganization or liquidation of the Company; or

 

 

 

 

     D. The Company shall enter into a written agreement to undergo an event described in clauses A, B or C above,

then the Committee may, in its discretion and upon at least 10 days advance notice to the affected persons, cancel any outstanding Awards and pay to the Holders thereof, in cash, the value of such Awards based upon the price per share of Stock received or to be received by other shareholders of the Company in the event. The terms of this Section 11 may be varied by the Committee in any particular Award agreement.

12.

 

Nonexclusivity of the Plan

     Neither the adoption of this Plan by the Board nor the submission of this Plan to the stockholders of the Company for approval shall be construed as creating any limitations on the power of the Board to adopt such other incentive arrangements as it may deem desirable, including, without limitation, the granting of stock options otherwise than under this Plan, and such arrangements may be either applicable generally or only in specific cases.

13.

 

Amendments and Termination

     The Board may at any time terminate the Plan. Subject to Section 11, with the express written consent of an individual Participant, the Board or the Committee may cancel or reduce or otherwise alter outstanding Awards if, in its judgment, the tax, accounting, or other effects of the Plan or potential payouts thereunder would not be in the best interest of the Company. The Board or the Committee may, at any time, or from time to time, amend or suspend and, if suspended, reinstate, the Plan in whole or in part.

14.

 

Effect of Section 162(m) of the Code

     The Plan, and all Awards issued thereunder, are intended to be exempt from the application of Section 162(m) of the Code, which restricts under certain circumstances the Federal income tax deduction for compensation paid by a public company to named executives in excess of $1 million per year. The exemption is based on Treasury Regulation Section 1.162-27(f), in the form existing on the effective date of the Plan, with the understanding that such regulation generally exempts from the application of Section 162(m) of the Code compensation paid pursuant to a plan that existed before a company becomes publicly held. Under such Treasury Regulation, this exemption is available to the Plan for the duration of the period that lasts until the earlier of (i) the expiration or material modification of the Plan, (ii) the exhaustion of the maximum number of shares of Stock available for Awards under the Plan, as set forth in Section 5(a), or (iii) the first meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected that occurs after the close of the third calendar year following the calendar year in which the Company first becomes subject to the reporting obligations of Section 12 of the Exchange Act. The Committee may, without shareholder approval, amend the Plan retroactively and/or prospectively to the extent it determines necessary in order to comply with any subsequent clarification of Section 162(m) of the Code required to preserve the Company's Federal income tax deduction for compensation paid pursuant to the Plan. To the extent that the Committee determines as of the Date of Grant of an Award that (i) the Award is intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code and (ii) the exemption described above is no longer available with respect to such Award, such Award shall not be effective until any stockholder approval required under Section 162(m) of the Code has been obtained.

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As adopted by the Board of Directors of
American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc.
as of April 17, 2000

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Douglas W. Kohrs

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

President

 

 

 

 


 

 

[Effective April 17, 2000 as amended on May 24, 2000, November 29, 2001 and March 27, 2003]

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