MANAGEMENT SERVICES AGREEMENT
This management services agreement (the “Agreement”) is dated as of October 1, 2011, and is between SP Corporate Services LLC (“SP Corporate”), a Delaware limited liability company having an office at 590 Madison Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York, New York 10022, and ADPT Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) having an office at 691 South Milpitas Boulevard, Suite 208, Milpitas, California 95035.
WHEREAS, the Company desires to have SP Corporate furnish certain services to the Company and its subsidiaries, as described in Section 1.01 (the “Primary Services”) and Section 1.02 (the “Additional Services” and, together with the Primary Services, the “Services”), and SP Corporate has agreed to furnish Services pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth herein.
WHEREAS, the Audit Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) approved this Agreement and recommended the Board’s approval, and a majority of the disinterested directors of the Company has voted to approve this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:
Section 1. Engagement of SP Corporate
1.01. Primary Services.
1.02. Additional Services. During the term of this Agreement, the Company and its subsidiaries may obtain from SP Corporate, and if the Company so elects SP Corporate shall provide, additional accounting, finance, human resources, operational and other services (the “Additional Services”), the scope and details of which, including hourly rates for such Additional Services, shall be determined by reference to current competitive market rates and agreed upon by the Company (with the approval of the Committee) and SP Corporate from time to time and shall be set forth on an Annex to this Agreement. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer shall have the authority to cause the Company to obtain Additional Services in accordance with the terms set forth on the applicable Annex, with the aggregate fees not to exceed $25,000 or any other amount that the Committee otherwise directs (the “Authorized Budget”), and subject to the requirements of the Delegation of Authority attached hereto as Exhibit B, as it may be amended from time to time with the consent of the Committee (the “Delegation of Authority”), and such other procedures as may be adopted from time to time by the Committee. Each time the actual aggregate fees for Additional Services exceed the Authorized Budget or the Chief Executive Officer expects that potential fees together with the actual fees in the aggregate will exceed the Authorized Budget, the Chief Executive Officer shall report to the Committee and present such financial and accounting statements documenting the actual and potential expenses as the Committee may require, and the Committee may approve a new Authorized Budget for the Chief Executive Officer to obtain more Additional Services; provided, however, that the Committee may amend or modify the foregoing process from time to time. The parties may agree at any time to produce a new Annex or amend any existing Annex to this Agreement to provide for further Additional Services, the elimination of certain Additional Services, increases or decreases to the compensation paid hereunder, or other changes, upon the mutual agreement of the parties hereto and, in the case of the Company, with the approval of the Committee.
1.03. In performing Services, SP Corporate and its personnel shall be subject to the oversight of the Committee and shall report to the Committee at least monthly and otherwise in accordance with such procedures as may be adopted by the Committee from time to time. SP Corporate, the CFO Designee, the Reporting Manager Designee, any of SP Corporate’s Agents (as defined below) or any of its personnel may incur an obligation or enter into any transaction on behalf of the Company only (a) with the prior approval of the Committee or (b) in accordance with the Delegation of Authority and consistent with the Company’s business and investment objectives, strategy, guidelines, policies and limitations as approved by the Board from time to time. In addition, the prior approval of the Committee will be required for each expense reimbursement payable to SP Corporate pursuant to Section 3.02, and each transaction to which SP Corporate or any of its Affiliated Companies (as defined below) is a party.
1.04. While the amount of time and personnel required for performance by SP Corporate hereunder will necessarily vary depending upon the nature and type of Services, SP Corporate shall devote such time and effort and make available such personnel as may from time to time reasonably be required for the performance of Services hereunder and shall use its reasonable best efforts to carry out the purposes of the Company and shall perform Services to the best of its abilities in a timely, competent and professional manner, in compliance with any laws relevant to such Services, in compliance with the Delegation of Authority, in compliance with the Company’s policies, procedures and controls provided by the Company to SP Corporate in writing from time to time and in compliance with such reasonable directions as SP Corporate’s officers, employees or representatives may receive from the Committee or from the Company’s officers or other designated representatives from time to time.
1.05. In the performance of Services, SP Corporate will (i) assist and support the Company’s compliance with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (the “SOA”) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated thereunder (including Section 404 of the SOA related to internal controls and Sections 302 and 906 of the SOA related to certifications) and any other applicable Federal or state securities law, and act in a manner consistent with regards thereto, and (ii) not cause the Company to violate, any statue or regulation or any order, writ, judgment, or decree of any court, arbitrator or governmental authority applicable to the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
Section 2. Term and Termination
2.01. This Agreement shall commence effective as of October 1, 2011, and shall continue through September 30, 2012, and shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods unless and until terminated as provided in Section 2.02 below.
2.02. This Agreement may be terminated (i) by either party, effective on any anniversary date, upon not less than ninety (90) days prior written notice to the other (provided, however, that at the election of the Company any such termination by SP Corporate shall not take effect until the earlier of the date the Company has selected a substitute chief financial officer to take over the responsibilities of the CFO Designee and 120 days from such termination); (ii) by the Company, at any time, on less than ninety (90) days notice; provided that, if the Company provides less than ninety (90) days notice, it shall pay to SP Corporate a termination fee equal to 125% of the fees due under this Agreement, as calculated under Section 3, from, and including, such termination date until, and including, the 90th day following the date of such notice; (iii) at the election of the Committee, immediately upon death of the CFO Designee, his or her resignation as Chief Financial Officer, removal as Chief Financial Officer by SP Corporate or removal as Chief Financial Officer for Cause by the Company, unless SP Corporate has proposed, and the Committee has approved and appointed a successor Chief Financial Officer, and this Agreement has been amended accordingly; (iv) immediately upon the bankruptcy or dissolution of SP Corporate, or (v) immediately by the Company for Cause or upon a material breach of this Agreement (as reasonably determined by the Committee) by SP Corporate or the CFO Designee.
For the purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean, with respect to the termination of this Agreement, fraud, gross negligence, criminal conduct or willful misconduct by SP Corporate or the CFO Designee, as applicable, or breach of fiduciary duty by the CFO Designee, in connection with performing its or his or her respective duties hereunder, as reasonably determined by the Committee.
2.03. In the event this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 2.02 above, SP Corporate shall cease to perform Services. If the termination of this Agreement takes effect on a day other than the end of a calendar month, monthly fees shall be prorated based on the number of days that SP Corporate performed Services during such calendar month until termination.
Section 3. Payments to SP Corporate
3.01. In consideration of Services furnished by SP Corporate hereunder, the Company shall pay to SP Corporate (a) a fixed monthly fee in the amount and manner as set forth in Exhibit A hereto, which shall be adjustable annually upon mutual agreement by the parties, for Primary Services, and (b)the amounts specified on one or more Annexes to this Agreement as provided in Section 1.02, for Additional Services.
3.02. The Company shall reimburse SP Corporate and the Designated Officers for all reasonable and necessary business expenses incurred on behalf of the Company in connection with the performance of Services, subject to (a) the review and approval of the Committee, (b) the Delegation of Authority and (c) such other policies and procedures as the Company may have in place from time to time, provided that the Chief Executive Officer of the Company shall have the ability to review and approve any reasonable and necessary travel expenses of the Designated Officers in connection with the performance of Services in accordance with the Company’s policies and procedures. Expenses incurred by SP Corporate on behalf of the Company and reimbursable pursuant to this Section 3.02 shall be reimbursed by the Company no less than monthly. SP Corporate shall prepare a statement documenting such expenses during each month, and the Company shall reimburse SP Corporate for such expenses within forty-five (45) days after receipt and approval of such statement and such supporting material as the Committee may require.
Section 4. Representations and Warranties of SP Corporate and the Designated Officers
4.01. SP Corporate hereby makes the following representations and warranties on which the Company has relied in making the delegation set forth in this Agreement:
Section 5. Agents
5.01. SP Corporate may delegate any or all of the powers, rights and obligations under this Agreement and may appoint, employ, contract or otherwise deal with any person or entity (each, an “Agent”) in respect of the performance of Additional Services upon prior approval of any such delegation by the Committee. SP Corporate may assign to any such Agent approved by the Committee the right to receive any fee or reimbursement of expenses as SP Corporate would be entitled to received under this Agreement. SP Corporate shall disclose to the Committee upon its request the terms of any such sub-contracting arrangement entered into by and between SP Corporate and any Agent.
5.02. SP Corporate shall supervise the activities of its Agents, and notwithstanding the designation of or delegation to any Agent, SP Corporate shall remain obligated to the Company for the proper performance of Services; provided, however, that SP Corporate and the Company may enter into any agreement for indemnification pursuant to which an Agent may indemnify and hold harmless SP Corporate and the Company, jointly and severally, from any liability to them arising by reason of the act or omission of such Agent. Nothing contained herein shall affect or otherwise limit the indemnification obligations of SP Corporate to the Company as provided in Section 9.01.
Section 6. Records; Access
6.01. SP Corporate shall maintain appropriate records of all its activities hereunder and make such records available for inspection upon request by the Committee and by counsel, auditors and authorized agents of the Company, at any time or from time to time during normal business hours, provided that SP Corporate shall have a reasonable time to review any such records prior to making them available for inspection and to delete or redact from such records any information not specifically relating to the provision of Services to the Company by SP Corporate.
6.02. SP Corporate and its officers, employees and representatives, including the Designated Officers, in performance of Services, shall have access to all accounting books, ledgers, receipts, business information, employee information, research, organizational structure information, data, computer programs and budget figures of the Company and its subsidiaries and any other information of the Company and its subsidiaries related to the performance of Services by SP Corporate, its officers, employees, and representatives, including the Designated Officers, whether or not considered material (the “Information”), and the Company shall promptly make any such Information available to SP Corporate upon its reasonable request. Such Information shall (a) unless otherwise approved by the Committee, at all times remain on the Company’s (or its designated third party service providers’) information technology systems and not be transferred to SP Corporate; (b) in all circumstances, be maintained in accordance with the Company’s internal controls systems and in a manner that will not result in any material weaknesses or combination of deficiencies that would cause material weaknesses in the Company's financial or other controls and (c) remain confidential as provided in Section 11. The Company confirms that the Committee has approved the maintenance of the Information, including accounting systems, for Newco Sports, Inc., (a subsidiary of the Company) and its subsidiaries on the accounting platform of SP Corporate or a designee of SP Corporate (which designee shall be approved by the Committee prior to such delegation), provided that such Information shall (1) at all times be physically and electronically segregated from the Information of SP Corporate and its other clients, and (2) be maintained in a manner that will not result in any material weaknesses or combination of deficiencies that would cause material weaknesses in the Company’s financial or other controls.
6.03. SP Corporate covenants that during the term of this Agreement it will notify the Company of any change in SP Corporate’s business, financial condition, results of operations or status that would reasonably be expected to have a material effect on the provision of Services under this Agreement.
6.04. In the event the Agreement is terminated, SP Corporate will transfer any and all physical and electronic records of the Company in a reasonable format specified by the Company.
Section 7. Limitation on Activities
Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement, SP Corporate and its personnel shall not take any action which, in their sole judgment made in good faith, would violate any law, rule, regulation or statement of policy of any governmental body or agency having jurisdiction over the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, or otherwise not permitted by the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws, as each may be amended from time to time (the “Company’s Charter Documents”), or policies and procedures, except if such action shall be ordered in writing by the Committee following the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee present at a properly called meeting of the Committee, in which case SP Corporate or its personnel shall have no liability for acting in accordance with the specific instructions of the Company so given. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the officers, directors, members, employees, affiliates, consultants or agents of SP Corporate (the “SP Corporate Persons”) (except the CFO Designee in his or her capacity as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Reporting Manager Designee in his or her capacity as the Reporting Manager of the Company) shall not be liable to the Company or holders of its securities for any act or omission by SP Corporate, the CFO Designee or the Reporting Manager Designee, as applicable, taken or omitted to be taken in the performance of Services under this Agreement except as provided in Section 9 of this Agreement.
Section 8. Limitation on Liability
SP Corporate shall reasonably rely on information provided to it about the Company, if any, that is provided by the Company or the Company’s subsidiaries, employees, agents or representatives. In no event shall SP Corporate be liable for any error or inaccuracy of any report, computation or other information or document produced in accordance with this Agreement, for whose accuracy the Company assumes all responsibility, unless resulting from the fraud, gross negligence, willful misconduct or reckless disregard of duties of SP Corporate or the SP Corporate Persons. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, except with respect to fraud, gross negligence, willful misconduct or reckless disregard of duties by SP Corporate, the CFO Designee or the Reporting Manager Designee or other SP Corporate Persons, SP Corporate’s aggregate liability with respect to, arising from, or arising in connection with this Agreement, or from all Services provided or omitted to be provided under this Agreement, whether in contract, or in tort, or otherwise, is limited to, and shall not exceed the amounts paid hereunder by the Company to SP Corporate as fees and charges for the trailing twelve months from the date of any claim, but not including reimbursable expenses.
Section 9. Indemnity and D&O Insurance
9.01. To the fullest extent permitted by law, SP Corporate shall defend, indemnify, save and hold harmless the Company from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs or expenses, including amounts paid in satisfaction of judgments, in compromises and settlements, as fines and penalties and legal or other costs and reasonable expenses of investigating or defending against any claim or alleged claim of any nature whatsoever resulting from SP Corporate’s, the CFO Designee’s, the Reporting Manager Designee’s or the SP Corporate Persons’ activities or services under this Agreement (a “Claim”) and incurred by reason of SP Corporate’s, the CFO Designee’s, the Reporting Manager Designee’s or the SP Corporate Persons’, as applicable, fraud, willful misconduct, gross negligence or reckless disregard of their respective duties; provided, however, that SP Corporate, the CFO Designee or the Reporting Manager Designee shall not be held responsible for (i) any action of the Company in which SP Corporate, the CFO Designee or the Reporting Manager Designee, as applicable, advised the Board or the Committee prior to taking such action and the Board (including a majority of the disinterested directors) or the Committee declined to follow such advice and such decision was provided in writing to SP Corporate or (ii) any Claim to the extent such Claim is occasioned by the fraud, gross negligence or willful misconduct of duties of the Company’s officers, directors, employees, consultants or agents (except for the Designated Officers, SP Corporate or the SP Corporate Persons).
9.02. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Company shall defend, indemnify, save and hold harmless SP Corporate and the SP Corporate Persons (except for the Designated Officers) from and against any Claim, including any negligent errors or omissions, other than any Claim by the Company, and except to the extent any such Claim is occasioned by the fraud, gross negligence, willful misconduct or reckless disregard of duties of SP Corporate, the CFO Designee, the Reporting Manager Designee or the SP Corporate Persons.
9.03. The Company shall enter into indemnification agreements with the Designated Officers consistent with agreements entered into with other executive officers.
9.04. Promptly after receipt by SP Corporate or the Company of notice of any Claim, it (the “Indemnified Party”) shall notify the other (the “Indemnifying Party”) in writing; provided, however, that the failure of the Indemnified Party to give timely notice hereunder shall not affect the rights of the Indemnified Party to indemnification hereunder, except to the extent that the Indemnifying Party can demonstrate actual, material prejudice to it as a result of such failure. The Indemnified Party shall reasonably cooperate with appropriate requests of the Indemnifying Party with regard to the defense of any Claim. The Indemnifying Party shall maintain authority and control of the defense of any such Claim and the authority to settle or otherwise dispose of any such Claim (provided that the Indemnified Party shall have the right to reasonably participate at its own expense in the defense or settlement of any such Claim). In no event, however, may the Indemnifying Party agree to any settlement of any Claim that would affect any of the Indemnified Party’s rights or obligations, or that would constitute an admission of guilt or liability on the part of the Indemnified Party, without the Indemnified Party’s express prior written consent.
9.05. If SP Corporate should reasonably determine its interests are or may be adverse to the interests of the Company, SP Corporate may retain its own counsel in connection with such claim or alleged claim or action, in which case the Company shall be liable, to the extent permitted under this Section 9, to SP Corporate for any reasonable and documented legal, accounting or other directly related fees and expenses incurred by SP Corporate in connection with its investigating or defending such claim or alleged claim or action.
9.06. At all times during which (a) the CFO Designee is acting as non-employee Chief Financial Officer of the Company, the Company shall cause him or her, and (b) the Reporting Manager Designee is acting as non-employee Reporting Manager of the Company, the Company shall cause him or her, to be covered by the Company’s D&O insurance policy applicable to other officers and directors.
9.07. Neither SP Corporate nor the Company (including their officers, directors, members, employees, affiliates and consultants and the Designated Officers) shall be liable to the other or any third party for any special, consequential or exemplary damages (including lost or anticipated revenues or profits relating to the same) arising from any claim relating to this Agreement or any of the services provided hereunder, whether such claim is based on warranty, contract, tort (including negligence or strict liability) or otherwise, even if an authorized representative of SP Corporate or the Company, as applicable, is advised of the possibility or likelihood of the same.
Section 10. Payments and Duties of SP Corporate Upon Termination
10.01. SP Corporate shall promptly upon termination:
Section 11. Confidential Information; Non-Solicitation
11.01. Except as provided in Sections 11.02 and 11.03 below, neither SP Corporate nor the Designated Officers shall at any time during or following the termination or expiration for any reason of this Agreement, directly or indirectly, disclose, publish or divulge to any person (except where necessary in connection with the furnishing of Services under this Agreement), appropriate or use, or cause or permit any other person to appropriate or use, any of the Company’s inventions, discoveries, improvements, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary, secret or confidential information not then publicly available (the “Confidential Information”).
11.02. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 11.01 above, SP Corporate or the Designated Officers may disclose Confidential Information to SP Corporate’s representatives who (i) need to know such information to permit SP Corporate and the Designated Officers to provide Services in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, (ii) are informed of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information and (iii) agree to maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information. SP Corporate shall be fully responsible for any breach of the provisions of this Section 11 by any of its representatives.
11.03. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 11.01 above, if SP Corporate, the Designated Officers or any of SP Corporate’s representatives are required to disclose any Confidential Information pursuant to applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, SP Corporate shall promptly notify the Company in writing of any such requirement, if legally permissible, so that the Company may seek an appropriate protective order or other appropriate remedy or waive compliance with the provisions of this Agreement. SP Corporate shall, and shall direct its representatives (including the Designated Officers) to, reasonably cooperate with the Company to obtain such a protective order or other remedy and if such order or other remedy is not obtained, or the Company waives compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, SP Corporate, the Designated Officers or SP Corporate’s representatives shall disclose only that portion of the Confidential Information which they are advised by counsel that they are legally required to so disclose and will use good faith efforts to obtain reliable assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded the information so disclosed.
11.04. SP Corporate and the Designated Officers acknowledge that (i) they are aware and that SP Corporate’s representatives have been advised that (a) the Confidential Information may include material non-public information about the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and (b) the United States securities laws and securities law of other jurisdictions prohibit any person who has material non-public information about a company from purchasing or selling securities of such company on the basis of such information or from otherwise misappropriating such material non-public information in breach of fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, (ii) SP Corporate has developed compliance procedures regarding the use of material non-public information and (iii) SP Corporate, the Designated Officers and SP Corporate’s representatives will handle such material non-public information in accordance with applicable laws, including Federal and state securities laws. SP Corporate and its personnel, and the Designated Officers, shall comply with the Company’s policies regarding Confidential Information and insider trading.
11.05. The Company agrees that, during the term of this Agreement, and for a period of one (1) year from the termination of this Agreement, it will not, directly or indirectly, without obtaining the prior written consent of the SP Corporate, solicit for employment, hire or employ any person who has served as a Designated Officer or any other officers or employees of SP Corporate or its affiliates; provided, however, that the restriction on solicitation or hire above shall not restrict the Company’s ability to conduct generalized searches for employment (including through the use of general or media advertisements, employment agencies and internet postings) not directly targeted towards SP Corporate’s or its affiliates’ officers or employees and hiring any person that ceases to be employed by SP Corporate or an affiliate thereof without the Company’s prior direct solicitation. Notwithstanding anything to contrary in this Agreement, this Section 11.05 shall not apply to John Quicke’s serving as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Section 12. Non-Exclusive Arrangement; Conflicts of Interest
12.01. The Company acknowledges that SP Corporate and its Affiliated Companies (as defined below) have in the past and may from time to time in the future enter into agreements similar to this Agreement with other companies pursuant to which SP Corporate may agree to provide services similar in nature to Services being provided hereunder, and such agreements shall not constitute a breach of this Agreement; provided, however, that SP Corporate covenants that in doing so SP Corporate shall not breach any of its covenants or obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement. The Company understands that the CFO Designee and Reporting Manager Designee, as of the respective dates they are designated to serve as the Designated Officers, may provide services to certain other companies, and such other activities shall not constitute a breach of this Agreement. The Designated Officers shall not accept any additional [managerial or executive] positions with any other company without prior disclosure to the Committee and if the Committee reasonably determines that such engagement will interfere with such Designated Officer’s performance of Services under this Agreement or his or her duties and responsibilities to the Company, except that the Designated Officers may perform for other companies, on a part-time basis, intermittent or periodic special projects that do not interfere with such Designated Officer’s performance of Services under this Agreement or his or her duties and responsibilities to the Company without disclosure to or approval by the Company or the Committee. In addition, to the extent business opportunities arise, the Company acknowledges that SP Corporate will be under no obligation to present such opportunity to the Company, and SP Corporate may, in its sole discretion, present any such opportunity to whatever company it so chooses, or to none at all; provided, however, nothing contained herein shall affect or otherwise limit the fiduciary obligations of the officers and directors of the Company, including the Designated Officers.
12.02. The Company, SP Corporate and their respective Affiliated Companies (as defined below) recognize and acknowledge that as a result of SP Corporate providing Services pursuant to this Agreement the potential for conflicts of interest exist between and/or among SP Corporate, the Company, Affiliated Companies of SP Corporate and the Company and the respective officers and directors of SP Corporate and the Company, including but not limited to (i) that an Affiliated Company of SP Corporate may be a majority or significant stockholder of the Company, (ii) that directors, officers, members and/or employees of SP Corporate or of Affiliated Companies of SP Corporate may serve as directors and/or officers of the Company, (iii) that SP Corporate and Affiliated Companies thereof may engage and are expected to continue to engage in the same, similar or related lines of business as those in which the Company, directly or indirectly, may engage and/or other business activities that overlap with or compete with those in which the Company, directly or indirectly, may engage, (iv) that SP Corporate and Affiliated Companies thereof may have an interest in the same areas of corporate opportunity as the Company and Affiliated Companies thereof, and (v) that SP Corporate and Affiliated Companies thereof may engage in material business transactions with the Company and Affiliated Companies thereof, including (without limitation) providing Services to or being a significant supplier of the Company and Affiliated Companies thereof. SP Corporate and the Company agree that if either of them determines that an actual conflict of interest exists, or if either of them has knowledge of any actions, occurrences, conditions or circumstances that could reasonably be expected to result in a conflict of interest, it shall disclose the fact of such actual or prospective conflict to the other and, in such event, both SP Corporate and the Company shall work cooperatively to either (i) resolve or prevent, as applicable, the conflict of interest in a manner satisfactory to both SP Corporate and the Company or (ii) cease providing or receiving the Services giving rise to such conflict.
12.03. For purposes of this Agreement, “Affiliated Companies” shall mean in respect of SP Corporate any entity which is controlled by SP Corporate, controls SP Corporate or is under common control with SP Corporate (other than the Company and any entity that is controlled by the Company) and in respect of the Company shall mean any entity controlled by the Company.
12.04. The Company represents and warrants that the Committee has approved this Agreement and recommended Board approval, and a majority of the disinterested directors of the Company has voted to approve this Agreement.
Section 13. Independence
13.01. Except as specifically provided herein, none of the parties shall act or represent or hold itself out as having authority to act as an agent or partner of any other party, or in any way bind or commit any other party to any obligations. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as creating a partnership, joint venture, agency, trust or other association of any kind, each party being individually responsible for its obligations set forth in this Agreement. SP Corporate or its officers, employees and representatives shall not have the authority to act for, bind, or otherwise commit the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, and neither SP Corporate nor any of its officers, employees or representatives shall hold itself or themselves out as having any such authority, except (i) for the CFO Designee’s authority to act as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and perform his or her duties in that position, (ii) for the Reporting Manager Designee’s authority to act as the Reporting Manager of the Company and perform his or her duties in that position, and (iii) to the extent that such authority has been specifically granted to SP Corporate or any of its officers, employees and representatives by the Committee.
13.02. Neither party shall be responsible for the compensation, the withholding of taxes, workers compensation, employee benefits or any other employer liability for the employees and agents of the other party. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the parties acknowledge and agree that SP Corporate is an independent contractor and that none of SP Corporate, the CFO Designee or the Reporting Manager Designee is an employee of the Company. SP Corporate or an Affiliated Company of SP Corporate shall timely withhold and pay all taxes and file all reports required by applicable law to be withheld, paid and filed for the Designated Officers.
Section 14. General
14.01. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto pertaining to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior representations and agreements, whether oral or written, and cannot be modified, changed, waived or terminated except by a writing signed by both of the parties hereto. No course of conduct or trade custom or usage shall in any way be used to explain, modify, amend or otherwise construe this Agreement.
14.02. All notices, requests, demands and other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if personally delivered, sent by nationally recognized overnight carrier, one day after being sent, or mailed by first class registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, five days after being sent.
14.03. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the State of New York and the parties hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of any federal or state court located therein, and agree that jurisdiction shall rest exclusively therein, without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws.
14.04. Except as provided in Section 5 of this Agreement, this Agreement may not be assigned directly or indirectly, by operation of law or otherwise, by any party hereto (including in connection with a sale or transfer of all or substantially all of business or assets of such party, whether by sale, merger, operation of law, or otherwise in connection with a change of control) without the prior written consent of the other parties to this Agreement. This Agreement shall solely inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their permitted (in accordance with the foregoing) successors and assigns.
14.05. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
14.06. Sections 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14.03 and this Section 14.06 shall survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement.
The parties have duly executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
The CFO Designee, in his or her capacity as Chief Financial Officer, will perform all duties normally associated with that of a Chief Financial Officer, including without limitation:
The Reporting Manager Designee, in his or her capacity as the Financial Reporting Manager, will perform all duties normally associated with that of a Financial Reporting Manager, including without limitation:
The monthly fee for providing the Primary Services shall be $35,000.00, paid in advance on the first day of the month.
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY
As of October 1, 2011
ADPT DELEGATION/LIMITATION OF AUTHORITY