UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 6-K

 

 

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

 

 

For the month of December 2020

 

Commission File Number: 001-34999

 

OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

 

 

 

518 SHANGCHENG ROAD, FLOOR 17

SHANGHAI, CHINA 200120

 

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F x  Form 40-F ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.  Description
99.1  Press Release-Ossen Innovation Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement for Going Private Transaction
99.2  Agreement and Plan of Merger

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.

 

 By: /s/ Junhong Li
 Name:  Junhong Li
 Title: Director

 

Date: December 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

Ossen Innovation Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement for Going Private Transaction

 

SHANGHAI, December 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: OSN), a China-based manufacturer of an array of plain surface, rare earth and zinc coated pre-stressed steel materials, today announced that it has entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with New Ossen Group Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the Law of the British Virgin Islands (the “Parent”), and New Ossen Innovation Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the Law of the British Virgin Islands and a wholly-owned Subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”), pursuant to which the Parent will acquire the Company for US$1.70 in cash per ordinary share of the Company (the “Shares”), or US$5.10 in cash per American Depositary Share of the Company (each, an “ADS”, representing three Shares).

 

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, at the effective time of the merger (the “Effective Time”), Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company, with the Company surviving the Merger as the surviving company and becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”). At the Effective Time, each of the Company’s ordinary shares issued, outstanding and not represented by ADS immediately prior to the Effective Time, other than the Excluded Shares and the Dissenting Shares (each as defined in the Merger Agreement), will be cancelled and cease to exist in exchange for the right to receive US$1.70 in cash and without interest, and each ADS of the Company, other than ADSs representing the Excluded Shares, together with each Share represented by such ADSs, will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive US$5.10 in cash and without interest.

 

Pujiang International Group Limited (the “Sponsor”) has entered into an equity commitment letter with the Parent, pursuant to which the Sponsor committed to invest in the Parent at or immediately prior to the Effective Time an aggregate cash amount equal to US$12.5 million. The Sponsor has entered into a limited guarantee in favor of the Company in respect of certain payment obligations of the Parent under the Merger Agreement.

 

The Company’s board of directors (the “Board”), acting upon the unanimous recommendation of a committee of independent and disinterested directors established by the Board (the “Special Committee”), approved the Merger Agreement and the Merger and resolved to recommend that the Company’s shareholders vote to authorize and approve the Merger Agreement and the Merger. The Special Committee negotiated the terms of the Merger Agreement with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors.

 

The Merger, which is currently expected to close during the first half of 2021, is subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the Merger Agreement by an affirmative vote of holders of Shares representing at least a majority of the Shares present and voting in person or by proxy at a meeting of the Company’s shareholders which will be convened to consider the approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. Pujiang International Group Limited, which is controlled by Mr. Liang Tang, has agreed to vote all of the Shares they beneficially own, which represent approximately 65.9% of the voting rights attached to the outstanding Shares as of the date of the Merger Agreement, in favor of the authorization and approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. If completed, the Merger will result in the Company becoming a privately-held company and its ADSs will no longer be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

 

Houlihan Lokey (China) Limited is serving as the financial advisor to the Special Committee. DLA Piper LLP is serving as the U.S. legal counsel to the Special Committee. Ogier is serving as British Virgin Islands legal counsel to the Special Committee. Becker & Poliakoff, LLP is serving as the U.S. legal counsel to the Company. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is serving as the U.S. legal counsel to Parent and the Sponsor.  

 

Additional Information About the Merger

 

The Company will furnish to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a current report on Form 6-K regarding the Merger, which will include as an exhibit thereto the Merger Agreement. All parties desiring details regarding the Merger are urged to review these documents, which will be available at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

 

 

 

 

In connection with the Merger, the Company will prepare and mail a Schedule 13E-3 Transaction Statement (the “Schedule 13E-3”). The Schedule 13E-3 will be filed with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE SCHEDULE 13E-3 AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE MERGER, AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the Schedule 13E-3 by mail, shareholders also will be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Company, the Merger, and related matters, without charge from the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

 

About Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.

 

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells a wide variety of plain surface pre-stressed steel materials and rare earth coated and zinc coated pre-stressed steel materials. The Company’s products are mainly used in the construction of bridges, as well as in highways and other infrastructure projects. The Company has two manufacturing facilities located in Maanshan, Anhui Province, and Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province.

 

Safe Harbor Statements

 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks outlined in the Company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 20-F. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Wei Hua, Chief Executive Officer

Email: int.tr@ossengroup.com

Phone: +86-21-6888-8886

Web: www.osseninnovation.com    

 

Investor Relations

GIC IR

Phone: +1-347-393-4230

Email: info@goldenir.com

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.2

Execution

 

 

AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

 

among

 

New Ossen Group Limited,

 

New Ossen Innovation Limited

 

and

 

OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD

 

Dated as of December 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

 

Article I THE MERGER 2
Section 1.01   The Merger 2
Section 1.02   Closing; Closing Date 2
Section 1.03   Effective Time 2
Section 1.04   Effects of the Merger 3
Section 1.05   Directors and Officers 3
Article II CONVERSION OF SECURITIES; MERGER CONSIDERATION 3
Section 2.01   Cancellation and Conversion of Securities 3
Section 2.02   Dissenting Shares 4
Section 2.03   Exchange of Share Certificates, etc 5
Section 2.04   No Transfers 7
Section 2.05   Termination of Deposit Agreement 8
Article III REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY 8
Section 3.01   Organization, Good Standing and Qualification 8
Section 3.02   Memorandum and Articles of Association 9
Section 3.03   Capitalization 9
Section 3.04   Authority Relative to This Agreement; Fairness 10
Section 3.05   No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents 11
Section 3.06   Permits; Compliance with Laws 12
Section 3.07   SEC Filings; Financial Statements 14
Section 3.08   Proxy Statement 16
Section 3.09   Absence of Certain Changes or Events 16
Section 3.10   Absence of Litigation 16
Section 3.11   Employee Benefit Plans 17
Section 3.12   Labor and Employment Matters 17
Section 3.13   Real Property; Title to Assets 18
Section 3.14   Intellectual Property; Information Technology 19
Section 3.15   Privacy and Data Security 22
Section 3.16   Taxes 23
Section 3.17   No Secured Creditors; Solvency 25
Section 3.18   Material Contracts 25
Section 3.19   Environmental Matters 25
Section 3.20   Insurance 26
Section 3.21   Interested Party Transactions 26
Section 3.22   Anti-Takeover Provisions 27
Section 3.23   Brokers 27
Section 3.24   Customers; Suppliers 27
Section 3.25   Inventories 27
Section 3.26   Product Defects and Warranties 28
Section 3.27   No Other Representations or Warranties 28

 

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Article IV REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT AND MERGER SUB 28
Section 4.01   Corporate Organization 28
Section 4.02   Authority Relative to This Agreement 29
Section 4.03   No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents 29
Section 4.04   Capitalization 30
Section 4.05   Available Funds and Financing 30
Section 4.06   Brokers 31
Section 4.07   Guarantee 31
Section 4.08   Absence of Litigation 31
Section 4.09   Ownership of Shares 31
Section 4.10   Proxy Statement 31
Section 4.11   Solvency 32
Section 4.12   Non-Reliance on Company Estimates 32
Section 4.13   Parent Group Contracts 32
Section 4.14   Independent Investigation 33
Section 4.15   No Additional Representations 33
Article V CONDUCT OF BUSINESS PENDING THE MERGER 33
Section 5.01   Conduct of Business by the Company Pending the Merger. 33
Section 5.02   Compliance 36
Section 5.03   No Control of Other Party’s Business 36
Article VI ADDITIONAL AGREEMENTS 37
Section 6.01   Proxy Statement and Schedule 13E-3 37
Section 6.02   Company Shareholders’ Meeting 38
Section 6.03   Access to Information 39
Section 6.04   No Solicitation of Transactions 40
Section 6.05   Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification 44
Section 6.06   Notification of Certain Matters 46
Section 6.07   Financing 46
Section 6.08   Further Action; Reasonable Best Efforts 47
Section 6.09   Obligations of Merger Sub 48
Section 6.10   Participation in Litigation 48
Section 6.11   Resignations 48
Section 6.12   Public Announcements 48
Section 6.13   Stock Exchange Delisting 48
Section 6.14   Takeover Statutes 49
Section 6.15   No amendment to Parent Group Contracts 49
Article VII CONDITIONS TO THE MERGER 49
Section 7.01   Conditions to the Obligations of Each Party 49
Section 7.02   Additional Conditions to the Obligations of Parent and Merger Sub 50

 

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Section 7.03   Additional Conditions to the Obligations of the Company 50
Section 7.04   Frustration of Closing Conditions 51
Article VIII TERMINATION 51
Section 8.01   Termination by Mutual Consent 51
Section 8.02   Termination by Either the Company or Parent 51
Section 8.03   Termination by the Company 52
Section 8.04   Termination by Parent 53
Section 8.05   Effect of Termination 53
Section 8.06   Termination Fee 53
Article IX GENERAL PROVISIONS 56
Section 9.01   Non-Survival of Representations, Warranties and Agreements 56
Section 9.02   Notices 56
Section 9.03   Certain Definitions 56
Section 9.04   Severability 66
Section 9.05   Interpretation 67
Section 9.06   Entire Agreement; Assignment 67
Section 9.07   Parties in Interest 68
Section 9.08   Specific Performance 68
Section 9.09   Governing Law; Dispute Resolution 69
Section 9.10   Amendment 70
Section 9.11   Waiver 70
Section 9.12   Confidentiality 70
Section 9.13   Counterparts 70

 

ANNEX A

 

APPENDIX I

 

APPENDIX II

 

Schedule A

 

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AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER, dated as of December 17, 2020 (this “Agreement”), among New Ossen Group Limited, a company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands (“Parent”), New Ossen Innovation Limited, a company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands and a wholly-owned Subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”), and Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd, a company with limited liability incorporated under the Law of the British Virgin Islands (the “Company”). Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Section 9.03 hereof.

 

WHEREAS, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement and in accordance with Part IX of the BVI Business Companies Act, as amended, of the British Virgin Islands (the “Companies Act”), Parent and the Company intend to enter into a transaction pursuant to which Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company surviving the Merger as the surviving company (as defined in the Companies Act) (the “Surviving Company”) and becoming a wholly-owned Subsidiary of Parent as a result of the Merger;

 

WHEREAS, the board of directors of the Company (the “Company Board”), acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee, has unanimously (i) determined that it is fair to, and in the best interests of, the Company and its shareholders (other than the holders of Excluded Shares), and declared it advisable, for the Company to enter into this Agreement and the Plan of Merger and consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Plan of Merger, including the Merger (collectively, the “Transactions”), (ii) authorized and approved the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, and (iii) resolved to recommend the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, by the holders of Shares at the Shareholders’ Meeting and direct that this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, be submitted to a vote of the holders of Shares for authorization and approval;

 

WHEREAS, the respective sole director of each of Parent and Merger Sub has each (i) approved the execution, delivery and performance by Parent and Merger Sub, respectively, of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, and (ii) declared it advisable for Parent and Merger Sub, respectively, to enter into this Agreement and the Plan of Merger and consummate the Transactions;

 

WHEREAS, as a condition and inducement to Parent’s and Merger Sub’s willingness to enter into this Agreement, concurrently with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Rollover Shareholder and Parent have executed and delivered a rollover and support agreement, dated as of the date hereof (the “Support Agreement”), providing that, among other things, the Rollover Shareholder will (A) vote all Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) it directly or indirectly holds, together with any Shares it acquired (whether beneficially or of record) after the date hereof and prior to the Effective Time, in favor of the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, and (B) agree, upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Support Agreement, to receive no cash consideration for the cancellation of Rollover Shares, or to receive shares in Parent as consideration for contribution of Rollover Shares into Parent which will then be cancelled for no cash consideration, in each case, in accordance with this Agreement; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS, as a condition and inducement to the Company’s willingness to enter into this Agreement, concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, the Sponsor (or its respective Affiliates) (the “Guarantor”) has executed and delivered a limited guarantee in favor of the Company with respect to certain obligations of Parent under this Agreement (as may be supplemented or amended from time to time in accordance with this Agreement, the “Guarantee”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, and intending to be legally bound hereby, Parent, Merger Sub and the Company hereby agree as follows:

 

Article I

THE MERGER

 

Section 1.01        The Merger.

 

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement or waiver by the party having the benefit of such condition, and in accordance with the Companies Act, at the Effective Time, Merger Sub shall be merged with and into the Company. As a result of the Merger, the Merger Sub shall cease to exist and will be struck off the Register of Companies by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs in the British Virgin Islands and the Company shall continue as the Surviving Company and become a wholly-owned Subsidiary of Parent.

 

Section 1.02        Closing; Closing Date.

 

Unless otherwise unanimously agreed in writing between the Company, Parent and Merger Sub, the closing for the Merger (the “Closing”) shall take place at 10:00 a.m. (Hong Kong time) electronically as soon as practicable, but in any event no later than the tenth (10th) Business Day following the day on which the last of the conditions set forth in Article VII (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or, if permissible, waiver of those conditions) is satisfied or, if permissible, waived (such date being the “Closing Date”).

 

Section 1.03        Effective Time.

 

Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, on the Closing Date, Merger Sub and the Company shall execute articles of merger and a plan of merger (together, the “Plan of Merger”) substantially in the form set out in Annex A attached hereto and such parties shall file the Plan of Merger and other documents required under the Companies Act to effect the Merger with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the British Virgin Islands as provided in Section 171(2) of the Companies Act, and, as soon as practicable on or after the Closing Date, shall make or cause to be made all other filings or recordings required under the Companies Act. The Merger shall become effective at the time when the Plan of Merger has been registered by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the British Virgin Islands or at such other subsequent date or time, not exceeding 30 days after the registration, as Merger Sub and the Company may agree and specify in the Plan of Merger in accordance with the Companies Act (the “Effective Time”).

 

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Section 1.04        Effects of the Merger.

 

At the Effective Time, the Merger shall have the effects specified in the Companies Act. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, and subject thereto, at the Effective Time, all the rights, property of every description, including choses in action, and the business, undertaking, goodwill, benefits, immunities and privileges, of each of the Company and Merger Sub shall vest in the Surviving Company and the Surviving Company shall be liable for and subject to in the same manner as the Company and the Merger Sub to all mortgages, charges or security interests and all Contracts, obligations, claims, debts and liabilities of the Company and Merger Sub in accordance with the Companies Act.

 

Section 1.05        Directors and Officers.

 

The parties hereto shall take all actions necessary so that (a) the directors of Merger Sub immediately prior to the Effective Time or such other persons designated by Parent shall be the initial directors of the Surviving Company, and (b) the officers of the Company immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be the initial officers of the Surviving Company, in each case, unless otherwise determined by Parent prior to the Effective Time, and shall hold office until their respective successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified or until the earlier of their death, resignation or removal in accordance with the memorandum and articles of association of the Surviving Company.

 

Article II

CONVERSION OF SECURITIES; MERGER CONSIDERATION

 

Section 2.01        Cancellation and Conversion of Securities

 

At the Effective Time, by virtue of the Merger and without any further action on the part of Parent, Merger Sub, the Company or the holders of any securities of the Company:

 

(a)         each ordinary share, par value US$0.01 per share, of the Company (each a “Share”) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than the Excluded Shares, the Dissenting Shares and Shares represented by ADSs), shall be cancelled and cease to exist in exchange for the right to receive US$1.70 in cash per Share without interest (the “Per Share Merger Consideration”) payable in the manner provided in Section 2.03;

 

(b)        each American Depositary Share, representing three (3) Shares (each, an “ADS” or collectively, the “ADSs”), issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than ADSs representing the Excluded Shares), together with each Share represented by such ADSs, shall be cancelled and cease to exist in exchange for the right to receive US$5.10 in cash per ADS without interest (the “Per ADS Merger Consideration”) pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement, and in the event of any conflict between this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement, this Agreement shall prevail;

 

(c)        each of the Excluded Shares and ADSs representing the Excluded Shares, in each case issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be cancelled and cease to exist without payment of any consideration or distribution therefor;

 

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(d)        each of the Dissenting Shares issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be cancelled and cease to exist in accordance with Section 2.02 and thereafter represent only the right to receive the applicable payments set forth in Section 2.02; and

 

(e)         immediately following the cancellation of the Shares (other than the Excluded Shares, the Dissenting Shares and the Shares represented by ADSs) and ADSs (other than ADSs representing the Excluded Shares) pursuant to the terms and conditions set out in Section 2.01(a) to (d), each ordinary share, par value US$1 per share, of Merger Sub issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be converted into and become one (1) validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable ordinary share, par value US$0.01 per share, of the Surviving Company. Such ordinary shares in the Surviving Company shall constitute the only issued and outstanding share capital of the Surviving Company, which shall be reflected in the register of members of the Surviving Company.

 

Section 2.02        Dissenting Shares.

 

(a)         Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary and to the extent available under the Companies Act, Shares that are issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and that are held by shareholders of the Company who shall have validly exercised and not effectively withdrawn or lost their rights to dissent from the Merger, or dissenter rights, in accordance with Section 179 of the Companies Act (collectively, the “Dissenting Shares,” holders of Dissenting Shares collectively being referred to as “Dissenting Shareholders”) shall be cancelled at the Effective Time and the Dissenting Shareholders shall not be entitled to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration, subject to and except for such rights as are granted under Section 179 of the Companies Act.

 

(b)        For the avoidance of doubt, all Shares held by Dissenting Shareholders who shall have failed to exercise or perfect or who effectively shall have withdrawn or lost their dissenter rights under Section 179 of the Companies Act shall thereupon not be Dissenting Shares and shall be cancelled and cease to exist as of the Effective Time, in consideration of the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration, without any interest thereon, in the manner provided in Section 2.03. Parent shall promptly deposit or cause to be deposited with the Paying Agent any additional funds necessary to pay in full the aggregate Per Share Merger Consideration so due and payable to such shareholders who have failed to exercise or perfect or who shall have effectively withdrawn or lost such dissenter rights under Section 179 of the Companies Act.

 

(c)         The Company shall give Parent (i) prompt notice of any notices of objection, notices of approvals, notice of dissent or demands for appraisal or written offers, under Section 179 of the Companies Act received by the Company, attempted withdrawals of such notices, demands or offers, and any other instruments served pursuant to applicable Law of the British Virgin Islands and received by the Company relating to its shareholders’ rights to dissent from the Merger or appraisal rights and (ii) the opportunity to direct all negotiations and proceedings with respect to any such notice or demand for appraisal under the Companies Act. The Company shall not, except with the prior written consent of Parent, make any offers or payment with respect to any exercise by a shareholder of its rights to dissent from the Merger or any demands for appraisal or offer to settle or settle any such demands or approve any withdrawal of any such demands.

 

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(d)        In the event that any written notices of objection to the Merger are served by any shareholders of the Company pursuant to Section 179 of the Companies Act, the Company shall serve written notice of the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, on such shareholders pursuant to Section 179 of the Companies Act within twenty (20) days of obtaining the Requisite Company Vote at the Shareholders’ Meeting.

 

Section 2.03        Exchange of Share Certificates, etc.

 

(a)         Paying Agent. Prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall appoint a bank or trust company selected by Parent with the Company’s prior consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed) to act as paying agent (the “Paying Agent”) for all payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.01(a), Section 2.01(b) and Section 2.02(b) (in the case of Section 2.02(b), when ascertained) (collectively, the “Merger Consideration”), and Parent shall enter into a paying agent agreement with the Paying Agent in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Company. At or prior to the Effective Time, or in the case of payments pursuant to Section 2.02(b), when ascertained, Parent shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, with the Paying Agent, for the benefit of the holders of Shares and ADSs (other than Excluded Shares), cash in an amount sufficient to pay the Merger Consideration (such cash being hereinafter referred to as the “Exchange Fund”). Except as contemplated by Section 2.03(b) and Section 2.03(g), the Exchange Fund shall not be used for any other purpose.

 

(b)        Exchange Procedures. Promptly after the Effective Time (and in any event within five (5) Business Days thereafter), the Surviving Company shall cause the Paying Agent to mail to each person who was, at the Effective Time, a registered holder of Shares entitled to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration pursuant to Section 2.01(a): (i) a letter of transmittal (which shall be in customary form for a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands reasonably acceptable to Parent and the Company, and shall specify the manner in which the delivery of the Exchange Fund to registered holders of such Shares (other than Excluded Shares) shall be effected and contain such other provisions as Parent and the Company may mutually agree); and (ii) instructions for use in effecting the surrender of any issued share certificates representing such Shares (the “Share Certificates”) (or affidavits and indemnities of loss in lieu of the Share Certificates as provided in Section 2.03(c)) or non-certificated Shares represented by book entry (“Uncertificated Shares”) and/or such other documents as may be required in exchange for the Per Share Merger Consideration. Upon surrender of, if applicable, a Share Certificate (or affidavit and indemnity of loss in lieu of the Share Certificate as provided in Section 2.03(c)) or Uncertificated Shares and/or such other documents as may be required pursuant to such instructions to the Paying Agent in accordance with the terms of such letter of transmittal, duly executed in accordance with the instructions thereto, each registered holder of Shares represented by such Share Certificate (or affidavits and indemnities of loss in lieu of the Share Certificates as provided in Section 2.03(c)) and each registered holder of Uncertificated Shares shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor a check, in the amount equal to (x) the number of Shares represented by such Share Certificate (or affidavit and indemnity of loss in lieu of the Share Certificate as provided in Section 2.03(c)) or the number of Uncertificated Shares multiplied by (y) the Per Share Merger Consideration, subject to applicable withholding in accordance with Section 2.03(h), and any Share Certificate so surrendered shall forthwith be marked as cancelled. Prior to the Effective Time, Parent and the Company shall establish procedures with the Paying Agent and the Depositary to ensure that (A) the Paying Agent will transmit to the Depositary as promptly as reasonably practicable following the Effective Time an amount in cash in immediately available funds equal to the product of (x) the number of ADSs issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than ADSs representing Excluded Shares) and (y) the Per ADS Merger Consideration, and (B) the Depositary will distribute the Per ADS Merger Consideration to holders of ADSs pro rata to their holdings of ADSs (other than ADSs representing Excluded Shares) upon surrender by them of the ADSs. Pursuant to the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the ADS holders will pay any applicable fees, charges and expenses of the Depositary, stock transfer or other Taxes and other government charges due to or incurred by the Depositary in connection with the cancellation of their ADSs. The Surviving Company will pay any applicable fees, charges and expenses of the Depositary and government charges (other than withholding Taxes, if any, which shall be withheld by the Depositary in accordance with Section 2.03(h)) due to or incurred by the Depositary in connection with distribution of the Per ADS Merger Consideration to holders of ADSs and the cancellation of ADSs (excluding any fees, including ADS cancellation or termination fees, payable by holders of ADSs in accordance with the Deposit Agreement). No interest shall be paid or will accrue on any amount payable in respect of the Shares or ADSs pursuant to the provisions of this Article II.

 

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(c)         Lost Certificates. If any Share Certificate shall have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the making of an affidavit of that fact by the person claiming such Share Certificate to be lost, stolen or destroyed and, if required by the Surviving Company or the Paying Agent, the posting by such person of a bond, in such reasonable amount as the Surviving Company or the Paying Agent may direct, as indemnity against any claim that may be made against it with respect to such Share Certificate, the Paying Agent will pay in respect of such lost, stolen or destroyed Share Certificate an amount equal to the Per Share Merger Consideration multiplied by the number of Shares (other than Excluded Shares or Dissenting Shares) represented by such Share Certificate to which the holder thereof is entitled pursuant to Section 2.01(a).

 

(d)        Untraceable and Dissenting Shareholders. Remittances for the Per Share Merger Consideration or the Per ADS Merger Consideration, as the case may be, shall not be sent to holders of Shares or ADSs who are untraceable unless and until, except as provided below, they notify the Paying Agent or the Depositary, as applicable, of their current contact details prior to the Effective Time. A holder of Shares or ADSs will be deemed to be untraceable if (i) such person has no registered address in the register of members (or branch register) maintained by the Company or the Depositary, as applicable, or (ii) on the last two consecutive occasions on which a dividend has been paid by the Company a check payable to such person either (x) has been sent to such person and has been returned undelivered or has not been cashed, or (y) has not been sent to such person because on an earlier occasion a check for a dividend so payable has been returned undelivered, and in any such case no valid claim in respect thereof has been communicated in writing to the Company or the Depositary, as applicable, or (iii) notice of the Shareholders’ Meeting convened to vote on the Merger has been sent to such person and has been returned undelivered. Monies due to Dissenting Shareholders and shareholders of the Company (including holders of ADSs) who are untraceable shall be returned to the Surviving Company on demand and held in a non-interest bearing bank account for the benefit of Dissenting Shareholders and shareholders of the Company (including holders of ADSs) who are untraceable. Monies unclaimed after a period of seven (7) years from the Closing Date shall be forfeited and shall revert to the Surviving Company.

 

(e)         Adjustments to Merger Consideration. The Per Share Merger Consideration and the Per ADS Merger Consideration shall be equitably adjusted to reflect appropriately the effect of any share split, reverse share split, share dividend (including any dividend or distribution of securities convertible into Shares), extraordinary cash dividends, reorganization, recapitalization, reclassification, combination, exchange of shares or other like change with respect to Shares or ADSs occurring on or after the date hereof and prior to the Effective Time and to provide to the holders of Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) the same economic effect as contemplated by this Agreement prior to such action.

 

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(f)         Termination of Exchange Fund. Any portion of the Exchange Fund that remains unclaimed by the holders of Shares or ADSs for six (6) months after the Effective Time shall be delivered to the Surviving Company upon demand, and any holders of Shares and ADSs (other than Excluded Shares) who have not theretofore complied with this Article II shall thereafter look only to the Surviving Company for the cash to which they are entitled pursuant to Section 2.01(a) and Section 2.01(b).

 

(g)        No Liability. None of the Paying Agent, the Rollover Shareholder, the Sponsor, Parent, the Surviving Company or the Depositary shall be liable to any former holder of Shares for any such Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) (or dividends or distributions with respect thereto), or cash properly delivered to a public official pursuant to any applicable abandoned property, bona vacantia, escheat or similar Law. Any amounts remaining unclaimed by such former holders at such time at which such amounts would otherwise escheat to or become property of any Governmental Authority shall become, to the extent permitted by applicable Laws, the property of the Surviving Company or its designee, free and clear of all claims or interest of any person previously entitled thereto.

 

(h)        Withholding Rights. Each of Parent, the Surviving Company, the Paying Agent, Merger Sub and the Depositary shall be entitled to deduct and withhold from the consideration otherwise payable pursuant to this Agreement to any holder of Shares or ADSs such amounts as it is required to deduct and withhold with respect to the making of such payment under any provision of applicable Tax Law. To the extent that amounts are so withheld by Parent, the Surviving Company, the Paying Agent, Merger Sub or the Depositary, as the case may be, such withheld amounts shall be (i) remitted by Parent, the Surviving Company, the Paying Agent, Merger Sub or the Depositary, as applicable, to the applicable Governmental Authority and (ii) to the extent so remitted, treated for all purposes of this Agreement as having been paid to the holder of the Shares or ADSs in respect of which such deduction and withholding was made by Parent, the Surviving Company, the Paying Agent, Merger Sub or the Depositary, as the case may be.

 

Section 2.04        No Transfers.

 

From and after the Effective Time, (a) the register of members of the Company shall be closed, and there shall be no registrations of transfers in the register of members of the Surviving Company of the Shares that were outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, and (b) the holders of Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall cease to have any rights with respect to such Shares, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement or by Law. On or after the Effective Time, any Share Certificates presented to the Paying Agent, Parent or Surviving Company for transfer or any other reason shall be cancelled, in exchange for the right to receive the cash consideration to which the holders thereof are entitled under this Article II in the case of Shares other than the Excluded Shares and the Dissenting Shares, and for no consideration in the case of Excluded Shares and only in accordance with Section 2.02 in the case of the Dissenting Shares.

 

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Section 2.05        Termination of Deposit Agreement.

 

As soon as reasonably practicable after the Effective Time, the Surviving Company shall provide notice to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the “Depositary”) to terminate the amended and restated deposit agreement dated January 6, 2016, entered into by and among the Company, the Depositary and all holders from time to time of ADSs issued thereunder, as amended by amendment No.1 thereto dated as of August 11, 2016 (the “Deposit Agreement”) in accordance with its terms.

 

Article III

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

 

Except (a) as set forth in the Company Disclosure Schedule delivered to Parent and Merger Sub prior to or contemporaneously with the execution of this Agreement (it being understood that any information set forth in one section or subsection of the Company Disclosure Schedule shall be deemed to apply and qualify the section or subsection of this Agreement to which it corresponds in number), (b) as may be disclosed in the Company SEC Reports filed and publicly available after January 1, 2017 and prior to the date of this Agreement (without giving effect to any amendment to any such Company SEC Report filed on or after the date hereof and excluding disclosures in the Company SEC Reports contained in the “Risk Factors” and “Forward Looking Statements” sections and any other sections to the extent they are general, nonspecific, forward-looking or cautionary in nature, in each case, other than any specific factual information contained therein) to the extent that it is reasonably apparent that a matter disclosed in the Company SEC Reports is applicable to a section or subsection of the Company Disclosure Schedule, or (c) for any matters known by or should have been known to Dr. Liang Tang or Ms. Yingli Pan in their official capacity as fiduciaries and directors, the Company hereby represents and warrants to Parent and Merger Sub that:

 

Section 3.01        Organization, Good Standing and Qualification.

 

(a)         The Company is a company duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the British Virgin Islands. Each of the Company’s Subsidiaries is a legal entity duly organized or formed, validly existing and in good standing (to the extent the relevant jurisdiction recognizes such concept of good standing) under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization or formation, and each Group Company has the requisite corporate or similar power and authority and all necessary governmental approvals to own, lease, operate and use its properties and assets and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted, except where the failure of any Group Company to be so organized, existing or in good standing or of any Group Company to have such power or authority has not had and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect. Each Group Company is duly qualified or licensed to do business, and is in good standing (to the extent the relevant jurisdiction recognizes such concept of good standing), in each jurisdiction where the character of the properties and assets owned, leased, operated or used by it or the nature of its business makes such qualification or licensing necessary, except for any such failure to be so qualified or licensed or in good standing as would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(b)        Section 3.01(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true and complete list of each Group Company and each other entity in which a Group Company owns or otherwise holds any equity interest as of the date hereof, together with (i) the jurisdiction of organization or formation of each such Group Company or other entity, (ii) the percentage of the outstanding issued shares, share capital or registered capital, as the case may be, of each such Group Company or other entity owned or otherwise held by such Group Company, and (iii) the other shareholder(s) of such Group Company or other entity. The corporate structure of the Group Companies and the ownership among the Group Companies and the establishment thereof are in compliance with all applicable Laws. Except as set forth in Section 3.01(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule, (x) there are no other corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, associations, or entities through which any Group Company conducts business, or other entities in which a Group Company controls or owns, of record or beneficially, any direct or indirect equity or other interest or right (contingent or otherwise) to acquire the same, and (y) no Group Company is a participant in (nor is any part of their businesses conducted through) any joint venture, partnership, or similar arrangement.

 

Section 3.02        Memorandum and Articles of Association.

 

The Company has heretofore furnished to Parent a complete and correct copy of the memorandum and articles of association or equivalent organizational documents, each as amended to date, of each Group Company. Such memorandum and articles of association or equivalent organizational documents are in full force and effect as of the date hereof. No Group Company is in violation of any of the provisions of its memorandum and articles of association or equivalent organizational documents in any material respect.

 

Section 3.03        Capitalization.

 

(a)         The Company is authorized to issue a maximum of 100,000,000 Shares of a par value of US$0.01 per share. As of the date of this Agreement, 19,791,110 Shares are issued and outstanding, all of which have been duly authorized and are validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

 

(b)         There are no options, warrants, preemptive rights, conversion rights, redemption rights, share appreciation rights, repurchase rights, convertible debt, other convertible instruments or other rights, agreements, arrangements or commitments of any character issued by any Group Company relating to the issued or unissued shares or share capital of any Group Company or obligating any Group Company to issue, transfer or sell or cause to be issued, transferred or sold any Equity Securities of any Group Company or any securities or obligations convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for, or giving any person a right to subscribe for or acquire, any securities of any Group Company and no securities or obligations evidencing such rights are authorized, issued or outstanding. There are no outstanding contractual obligations of any Group Company to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire any Equity Securities of any Group Company. The Company has not issued and does not have outstanding any bonds, debentures, notes or other obligations that provide the holders thereof with the right to vote (or are convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for securities having the right to vote) on any matter on which the shareholders of the Company may vote.

 

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(c)         The outstanding shares, share capital or registered capital, as the case may be, of each of the Company’s Subsidiaries is duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, and the portion of the outstanding shares, share capital or registered capital, as the case may be, of each of the Company’s Subsidiaries and such other entities listed in Section 3.01(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule that is owned by any Group Company is owned by such Group Company free and clear of all Liens. Such Group Company has the unrestricted right to vote, and (subject to limitations imposed by applicable Law and the applicable constitutional documents) to receive dividends and distributions on, all such Equity Securities. The outstanding shares, share capital or registered capital, as the case may be, of each of the Company’s Subsidiaries is not subject to any outstanding obligations of any Group Company requiring the registration under any securities Law for sale of such shares, share capital or registered capital, as the case may be. There are no outstanding contractual obligations of any Group Company to provide funds to, or make any investment (in the form of a loan, capital contribution or otherwise) in, any of the Company’s Subsidiaries.

 

(d)        None of Company’s Subsidiaries makes or adopts any option plans or employee incentive plans or reserves any shares, registered capital or share capital for any directors, officers, employees or consultants of any Group Company.

 

Section 3.04        Authority Relative to This Agreement; Fairness.

 

(a)         The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement, to perform its obligations hereunder and, subject to receipt of the Requisite Company Vote, to consummate the Transactions. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the Transactions have been duly authorized and approved by the Company Board acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee, and no other corporate action on the part of the Company is necessary to authorize the execution and delivery by the Company of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation by it of the Transactions, in each case, subject only to the authorization and approval by way of a shareholders’ resolution of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions by the affirmative vote of holders of Shares representing at least a majority of the Shares present and voting in person or by proxy as a single class at the Shareholders’ Meeting (the “Requisite Company Vote”) in accordance with the Companies Act and the memorandum and articles of association of the Company. This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by the Company and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by Parent and Merger Sub, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent transfer, reorganization, moratorium and similar Laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general principles of equity (the “Bankruptcy and Equity Exception”).

 

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(b)        As of the date hereof, the Special Committee comprises two (2) members of the Company Board, each of whom qualifies as an “independent director” (as such term is defined in Nasdaq Stock Market Rule 5605(a)(2)). The Company Board, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee, by resolutions duly adopted by unanimous vote of those directors voting at a meeting duly called and held and not subsequently rescinded or modified in a manner adverse to Parent, has (i) determined that it is fair to, and in the best interests of, the Company and its shareholders (other than the holders of Excluded Shares), and declared it advisable, for the Company to enter into this Agreement, and the Plan of Merger and consummate the Transactions, including the Merger; (ii) authorized and approved the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger; (iii) resolved to recommend the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, to the holders of Shares (the “Company Recommendation”) and direct that this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the consummation of the Transactions, including the Merger, be submitted for approval by the shareholders of the Company at the Shareholders’ Meeting; and (iv) taken all such actions as may be required to enter into this Agreement and, as of the Closing Date, shall have taken all actions as may be required to be taken by the Company to effect the Transactions, including the Merger.

 

(c)         The Special Committee has received from Houlihan Lokey (China) Limited (the “Financial Advisor”) its written opinion, dated the date of this Agreement, to the effect that, the Per Share Merger Consideration to be received by the holders of Shares (other than Excluded Shares and Shares represented by ADSs) and the Per ADS Merger Consideration to be received by the holders of ADSs (other than ADSs representing the Excluded Shares) are fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, a copy of which opinion will be delivered to Parent promptly after the date of this Agreement solely for informational purposes. The Financial Advisor has consented to the inclusion of a copy of such opinion in the Proxy Statement. It is agreed and understood that such opinion may not be relied on by Parent, Merger Sub or any of their respective Affiliates.

 

Section 3.05        No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents.

 

(a)         The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company do not, and the performance of this Agreement by the Company and the consummation of the Transactions will not, (i) assuming that the Requisite Company Vote is obtained, conflict with or violate the memorandum and articles of association of the Company or any equivalent organizational documents of any other Group Company, (ii) assuming (solely with respect to performance of this Agreement and consummation of the Transactions) that the matters referred to in Section 3.05(b) are complied with and the Requisite Company Vote is obtained, conflict with or violate any statute, law, ordinance, regulation, rule, code, executive order, injunction, judgment, decree or other order (“Law”) applicable to any Group Company or by which any property or asset of any Group Company is bound or affected, or (iii) violate, conflict with, require consent under, result in any breach of, result in loss of benefit under, or constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default) under, or give to others any right of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, or result in the creation of a Lien or other encumbrance on any property or asset of any Group Company pursuant to, any Contract or obligation to which any Group Company is a party or by which any of their respective properties or assets are bound, except, with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii), for any such conflict, violation, breach, default, right or other occurrence that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(b)        The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company do not, and the performance of this Agreement by the Company and the consummation by the Company of the Transactions will not, require any consent, approval, authorization or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any nation or government, any agency, public or regulatory authority, instrumentality, department, commission, court, arbitrator, ministry, tribunal or board of any nation or government or political subdivision thereof, in each case, whether foreign or domestic and whether national, supranational, federal, provincial, state, regional, local or municipal (each, a “Governmental Authority”), except for (i) compliance with the applicable requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (including the joining of the Company in the filing of a Schedule 13E-3, the furnishing of a Form 6-K with the Proxy Statement, and the filing or furnishing of one or more amendments to the Schedule 13E-3 and such Form 6-K to respond to comments of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), if any, on such documents), (ii) compliance with the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”), (iii) the filing with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the British Virgin Islands of the Plan of Merger and other necessary corporate documentation pursuant to the Companies Act, and (iv) any such consent, approval, authorization, permit, action, filing or notification the failure of which to make or obtain would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.06        Permits; Compliance with Laws.

 

(a)         Each of the Group Companies is in possession of all franchises, grants, authorizations, licenses, permits, easements, variances, exceptions, consents, certificates, approvals and orders of any Governmental Authority necessary for it to own, lease, operate and use its properties and assets or to carry on its business as it is now being conducted except for any such franchises, grants, authorizations, licenses, permits, easements, variances, exceptions, consents, certificates, approvals and orders the absence of which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect (the “Material Company Permits”). All of the Material Company Permits are valid and in full force and effect and passed their respective annual or periodic inspection or renewal in accordance with applicable Laws and no suspension or cancellation of any of the Material Company Permits is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened. Each of the Group Companies is in compliance with the terms of the Material Company Permits. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all permits, licenses and approvals by, and filings and registrations and other requisite formalities with, the Governmental Authorities in the PRC that are required to be obtained or made in respect of each Group Company established in the PRC with respect to its establishment, capital structure, business and operations as it is now being conducted, including the approval of and registrations with the State Administration for Market Regulation of the PRC (formerly the State Administration for Industry and Commerce), the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC, the National Development and Reform Commission of the PRC, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange of the PRC (“SAFE”), China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC, and the State Administration of Taxation of the PRC, and their respective local counterparts, have been duly completed in accordance with applicable Laws of the PRC. For any business carried out by any Group Company in the PRC, such Group Company has not violated any PRC Law that imposes any prohibition or restriction on foreign investment. Each Group Company that is established in the PRC has been conducting and will conduct its business activities within the permitted scope of business, and has been operating or will operate its business in full compliance with all relevant legal requirements and with all requisite permits, licenses and approvals granted by, and filings and registrations made with the competent Governmental Authorities of the PRC.

 

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(b)        The Group Companies are and have been in all material respects in compliance with all applicable Laws and the applicable listing, corporate governance and other rules and regulations of the Nasdaq. No event has occurred and no circumstance exists that (with or without notice or lapse of time) (i) may constitute or result in a material violation by any Group Company of, or a failure on the part of such entity to comply with in any material respect, any applicable Laws, or (ii) may give rise to any material obligation on the part of any Group Company to undertake, or to bear all or any portion of the cost of, any remedial action of any nature. No Group Company is in default, breach or violation of any Law applicable to it (including (i) any Law applicable to its business, (ii) any Tax Law , and (iii) any Law related to the protection of Personal Data) or by which any of its share, security, equity interest, property or asset is bound or affected. No Group Company has received any written notice or communication of any material non-compliance with any applicable Law that has not been cured.

 

(c)         No Group Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, any of their respective directors, administrators, officers, board of directors (supervisory and management) members, employees, agents, Affiliates or other persons acting on behalf of any Group Company (collectively, the “Company Representatives”) has violated any Anticorruption Law, nor has any Group Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, any Company Representative (x) made or given any bribe, rebate, payoff, influence payment, kickback or any other type of payment, that would violate any applicable Anticorruption Laws, or (y) offered, paid, promised to pay, or authorized the payment of any money or anything of value, to any Government Official or to any person under circumstances where a Group Company or any Company Representative knew or ought reasonably to have known (after due and proper inquiry) that all or a portion of such money or thing of value would be offered, given, or promised, directly or indirectly, to a person:

 

(i)                     for the purpose of: (A) influencing any act or decision of a Government Official in his or her official capacity; (B) inducing a Government Official to do or omit to do any act in violation of his or her lawful duties; (C) securing any improper advantage; or (D) inducing a Government Official to influence or affect any act or decision of any Governmental Authority; or

 

(ii)                    in a manner which would constitute or have the purpose or effect of public or commercial bribery, acceptance of, or acquiescence in extortion, kickbacks, other unlawful or improper means of obtaining business or advantage or would otherwise violate any Anticorruption Law.

 

(d)        No officer, director, or beneficial owner of the Company or its Subsidiaries is a Government Official.

 

(e)         No Group Company has conducted or initiated any internal investigation or made a voluntary, directed, involuntary or other disclosure to any Governmental Authority with respect to any alleged act or omission arising under or relating to any noncompliance with any Anticorruption Law. No Group Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, any Company Representative has received any written notice, request or citation for any actual or potential noncompliance with any Anticorruption Law. The Group Companies have implemented policies and procedures designed to ensure that each Group Company and the employees and other intermediaries of the Group Companies comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and all other applicable Anticorruption Laws.

 

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(f)         The Group Companies have fully complied with all of the SAFE Rules and Regulations and duly and lawfully obtained all requisite permits, licenses, approvals, filings and registrations and other requisite formalities with the SAFE as required under the SAFE Rules and Regulations which are in full force and effect, and there exist no grounds on which any such permits, licenses, approvals, filings or registrations may be cancelled or revoked or any Group Company or its legal representative may be subject to liability or penalties for misrepresentations or failures to disclose information to SAFE or its local counterparts. Neither the Company nor such holder or beneficial owner has received any oral or written inquiries, notifications, orders or any other forms of official correspondence from SAFE or any of its local counterparts with respect to any actual or alleged non-compliance with the SAFE Rules and Regulations.

 

Section 3.07        SEC Filings; Financial Statements.

 

(a)         The Company has filed or otherwise furnished (as applicable), all forms, reports, statements, schedules and other documents required to be filed with or furnished to the SEC by the Company (including any amendments thereto, collectively, the “Company SEC Reports”). As of the date of filing, in the case of Company SEC Reports filed pursuant to the Exchange Act (and to the extent such Company SEC Reports were amended, then as of the date of filing of such amendment), and as of the date of effectiveness in the case of Company SEC Reports filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) (and to the extent such Company SEC Reports were amended, then as of the date of effectiveness of such amendment), the Company SEC Reports (i) complied in all material respects with either the requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as the case may be, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, each as in effect on the date so filed or effective, and (ii) did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated or incorporated by reference therein or necessary in order to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading as of its filing date or effective date (as applicable).

 

(b)        Each of the consolidated financial statements (including, in each case, any notes thereto) contained in or incorporated by reference into the Company SEC Reports was prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods indicated (except as may be indicated in the notes thereto) and each fairly presents or, in the case of Company SEC Reports filed or furnished after the date hereof, will fairly present, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position, results of operations, changes in shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Company and its Subsidiaries as at the respective dates thereof and for the respective periods indicated therein (subject, in the case of unaudited interim statements, to normal year-end audit adjustments which are not material in the aggregate and the exclusion of certain notes in accordance with the rules of the SEC relating to unaudited financial statements), in each case in accordance with GAAP, except as may be noted therein.

 

(c)         Except as and to the extent set forth in the consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries (including the notes thereto) included in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 18, 2020, no Group Company has outstanding (i) any Indebtedness or any commitments therefor, or (ii) any other liability or obligation of any nature (whether accrued, absolute, contingent or otherwise), except for liabilities or obligations (A) incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice since December 31, 2019, (B) incurred pursuant to this Agreement or in connection with the Transactions, or (C) which do not, or would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(d)        The Company has made available to Parent complete and correct copies of all material amendments and modifications that have not been filed by the Company with the SEC to all agreements, documents and other instruments that previously had been filed by the Company with the SEC and are currently in effect.

 

(e)         The Company has timely filed and made available to Parent all certifications and statements required by (x) Rule 13a-14 or Rule 15d-14 under the Exchange Act or (y) 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 (Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) with respect to any Company SEC Report. The Company is in compliance, in all material respects, with all provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 which are applicable to it. The Company has established and maintains disclosure controls and procedures required by Rule 13a-15 or Rule 15d-15 under the Exchange Act to ensure that all material information concerning the Company and its Subsidiaries required to be included in reports filed under the Exchange Act is made known on a timely basis to the individuals responsible for the preparation of the Company’s SEC filings and other public disclosure documents, and to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s certifying officers have evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by the Company’s most recently filed annual report under the Exchange Act (such date, the “Evaluation Date”). The Company presented in its most recently filed annual report under the Exchange Act the conclusions of the certifying officers about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures based on their evaluations as of the Evaluation Date. Neither the Company nor, to the knowledge of the Company, its independent registered public accounting firm has identified or been made aware of any “significant deficiencies” or “material weaknesses” (as defined by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) in the design or operation of the internal controls and procedures of the Company that are reasonably likely to adversely affect the ability of the Company to record, process, summarize and report financial data. To the knowledge of the Company, there is, and since January 1, 2017, there has been, no fraud or allegation of fraud, whether or not material, that involves (or involved) the management of the Company or other employees who have (or had) a significant role in the internal controls over financial reporting utilized by the Company. Since the Evaluation Date, there have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in the Exchange Act) that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. As used in this Section 3.07, the term “file” shall be broadly construed to include any manner in which a document or information is furnished, supplied or otherwise made available to the SEC.

 

(f)         The Group Companies maintain a system of internal control over financial reporting that is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP and include those policies and procedures that are designed to (i) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations, (ii) provide for maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of a Group Company’s assets, (iii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain asset accountability, (iv) provide reasonable assurance that access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization and provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of a Group Company’s assets that would have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements, and (v) provide reasonable assurance that the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences.

 

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Section 3.08        Proxy Statement.

 

The information supplied by the Company for inclusion in the Proxy Statement (including any amendment or supplement thereto or document incorporated by reference therein) and the Schedule 13E-3 (including any amendment or supplement thereto or document incorporated by reference therein including the notice of the Shareholders’ Meeting and the form of proxy) shall not (i) on the date the Proxy Statement (including any amendment or supplement thereto) is first mailed to shareholders of the Company or at the time of the Shareholders’ Meeting, contain any untrue statement of any material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading, or (ii) on the date the Schedule 13E-3 and any amendment or supplement thereto is filed with the SEC, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company makes no representation with respect to statements made or incorporated by reference therein based on information supplied by or on behalf of Parent or Merger Sub for inclusion or incorporation by reference in the Proxy Statement or the Schedule 13E-3.

 

Section 3.09        Absence of Certain Changes or Events.

 

Since December 31, 2019, except as expressly contemplated by this Agreement, each Group Company has conducted business in all material respects in the ordinary course of business and in a manner consistent with past practice, and (a) there has not been any Company Material Adverse Effect, or any change, event, development, occurrence or effect that, individually or in the aggregate, has had or would reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect; (b) no Group Company has taken any action that, were such action taken after the date of this Agreement without Parent’s consent, would constitute a breach of covenants contained in Section 5.01, and (c) there has not been any receiver, trustee, administrator or other similar person appointed in relation to the affairs of the Company or its property or any part thereof.

 

Section 3.10        Absence of Litigation.

 

There is no litigation, hearing, suit, claim, action, proceeding or investigation (an “Action”) pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened against any Group Company, or any share, security, equity interest, property or asset of any Group Company, before any Governmental Authority which (a) has or would reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, (b) seeks to enjoin, restrain or prevent the Merger or the other Transactions, or (c) prevents, materially delays or materially impedes or, if decided adversely against the Company, would reasonably be expected to prevent, materially delay or materially impede, the performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement or the consummation of the Transactions. No Group Company, nor any share, security, equity interest, or material property or asset of any Group Company is subject to any continuing order of, consent decree, settlement agreement or other similar written agreement with, or, to the knowledge of the Company, continuing investigation by, any Governmental Authority, or any order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, determination or award of any Governmental Authority.

 

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Section 3.11        Employee Benefit Plans.

 

(a)         Each material Company Employee Plan has been established, operated and maintained in compliance with its terms and with applicable Law (including any special provisions relating to qualified plans where such Company Employee Plan was intended so to qualify).

 

(b)         All contributions or other amounts payable by a Group Company with respect to each Company Employee Plan in respect of current or prior plan years have been paid or accrued in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. There are no claims (other than for benefits incurred in the ordinary course) or Actions pending, or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened against any Company Employee Plan or against the assets of any Company Employee Plan which could reasonably be expected to result in any liability to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(c)         Except as expressly provided under this Agreement, neither the execution of this Agreement, shareholder approval of this Agreement, nor the consummation of the Transactions alone (whether alone or in connection with any additional or subsequent events such as a termination of employment), will (i) entitle any current or former director, employee or consultant of any Group Company to material compensation in the form of a severance payment or similar payment, (ii) accelerate the time of payment or vesting or result in any payment or funding of compensation or benefits under, increase the amount payable or result in any other obligation pursuant to, any of the Company Employee Plans, or (iii) limit or restrict the right to merge, materially amend, terminate or transfer the assets of any Company Employee Plan on or following the Effective Time, other than in the case of (i) and (ii), continued coverage under applicable Company Employee Plans for a specified duration no longer than twelve months upon any resignation or termination following the consummation of the Transaction.

 

Section 3.12        Labor and Employment Matters.

 

(a)         Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to, or bound by, or currently negotiating in connection with entering into, any collective bargaining agreements or labor contracts or understandings with any labor unions, works councils, or labor organizations. There is no (i) material unfair labor practice, labor dispute (other than routine individual grievances) or labor arbitration proceeding pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to their businesses, (ii) activity or proceeding by a labor union or representative thereof to the knowledge of the Company to organize or represent any current or former employee, officer, director, consultant or independent contractor of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (each, an “Employee”), or (iii) lockout, strike, slowdown, work stoppage or threat thereof by or with respect to such Employees, and during the last three years there has not been any such action.

 

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(b)        There are no complaints, charges or claims against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing to be brought by or filed with any Governmental Authority or otherwise based on, arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise relating to the employment or termination of employment of any individual by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that, if individually or collectively resolved against the Company or its Subsidiaries, would reasonably be expected to result in material liability to the Company.

 

(c)         Each Group Company is in compliance with all applicable laws relating to employment and employment practices, including those related to wages, work hours, shifts, overtime, Social Security Benefits, holidays and leave, collective bargaining terms and conditions of employment and the payment and withholding of Taxes and other sums as required by the competent Governmental Authority and have withheld and paid in full to the competent Governmental Authority, or are holding for payment not yet due to such Governmental Authority, all amounts required to be withheld from or paid with respect to any of its current or former Employees or any other person (including the withholding and payment of all individual income taxes and contributions to Social Security Benefits payable), and is not liable for any arrears of wages, Taxes, penalties or other sums for failure to comply with any of the foregoing.

 

(d)        Since December 31, 2019, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries engaged in layoffs, facility closings or employment terminations that have resulted in, or would reasonably be expected to result in, material liability to the Company and its Subsidiaries under, any state, local or foreign Law or regulation covering or with respect to layoffs or facility closings.

 

(e)         Each Group Company incorporated in the PRC has entered into labor contracts with each of its employees in accordance with applicable Law. No Group Company incorporated in the PRC has used the service provided by any Employee employed or engaged through labor dispatch or similar arrangement.

 

(f)         As of the date of this Agreement, none of the Group Companies has received any written notice from any officer of the Group Companies that he or she intends to resign from the Group Companies.

 

Section 3.13        Real Property; Title to Assets.

 

(a)         With respect to each Owned Real Property: (i) the relevant Group Company has good and marketable title, validly granted land use rights or building ownership rights, as applicable, to such Owned Real Property, free and clear of all Liens, except Permitted Encumbrances, (ii) no Group Company has leased or otherwise granted to any person the right to use or occupy such Owned Real Property or any portion thereof, (iii) there are no outstanding options, rights of first offer or rights of first refusal to purchase such Owned Real Property or any portion thereof or interest therein, and (iv) the relevant Group Company is the only party in possession of such Owned Real Property. No Group Company is a party to any Contract, agreement or option to purchase any material real property or interest therein. The land use rights relating to the Owned Real Property have been obtained from a competent Governmental Authority in compliance with applicable PRC Law, all amounts (including, if applicable, land grant premiums) required under applicable Law in connection with securing such title or land use rights have been paid in full and such land use rights are not subject to any restrictions that would materially interfere with the operation of the Group Companies as currently conducted as of the date hereof. The relevant Group Company has duly complied with all of the terms and conditions of, and all of its obligations under, the relevant land use rights contract or real property purchase contract in relation to any Owned Real Property owned by it, and no Group Company has been subject to any fine or other penalty imposed by any Governmental Authority. The Owned Real Property remains in conformity with all applicable building codes and standards, fire prevention, safety, planning or zoning Law.

 

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(b)        The use, occupation, operation, leasing, management of the Owned Real Properties and real properties leased, used or occupied by any Group Company (collectively, the “Company Real Property”) by any Group Company is not in contravention of any applicable Laws in any material respect. Each Group Company has used the Company Real Property in compliance with the approved use and zoning requirement under the relevant title certificates, land use rights certificates, certificates of real estate ownership and similar title documents, or as otherwise required by the competent Governmental Authorities.

 

(c)         To the knowledge of the Company, (i) all buildings, structures, improvements, fixtures, building systems and equipment, and all components thereof, included in the Company Real Property (the “Improvements”) are in good condition and repair and sufficient for the operation of the business of the Group Companies, (ii) there are no structural deficiencies or latent defects affecting any of the Improvements, and (iii) there are no facts or conditions affecting any of the Improvements which would materially interfere with the use or occupancy of the Improvements or any portion thereof in the operation of the business of the Group Companies.

 

(d)         The Company and its Subsidiaries have good and marketable title to, or a valid and binding leasehold interest in, all other properties and assets necessary to conduct their respective businesses as currently conducted (excluding Owned Real Property and Intellectual Property), in each case free and clear of all Liens, except Permitted Encumbrances. The material tangible personal property and assets owned or used by the Company and its Subsidiaries are (i) usable in the ordinary course of business and, in all material respects, are adequate and suitable for the uses to which they are being put, and (ii) are in good and working order, reasonable wear and tear and immaterial defects excepted.

 

Section 3.14        Intellectual Property; Information Technology.

 

(a)         Section 3.14(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth an accurate and complete list of all (i) registered or registerable Intellectual Property and pending applications with respect thereto that are owned by any Group Company as of the date of this Agreement and (ii) Intellectual Property that are exclusively licensed to and are material to the respective business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, as conducted as of the date hereof, indicating for each such item the registration number or publication number, as applicable, and the jurisdiction in which such Intellectual Property has been issued or is registered.

 

(b)        The Company and its Subsidiaries own or possess adequate licenses or other valid and enforceable rights to use (in each case, free and clear of any Liens, except for Permitted Encumbrances), all Intellectual Property used in, or necessary to conduct, the business of the Company or its Subsidiaries as currently conducted and as currently proposed to be conducted.

 

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(c)        The use of any Intellectual Property in connection with the operation of their respective businesses or otherwise by the Company or its Subsidiaries does not infringe upon, misappropriate, or otherwise violate and has not infringed upon, misappropriated or otherwise violated the Intellectual Property rights of any person and is in accordance with any applicable license pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries acquired the right to use such Intellectual Property. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notice of, and to the knowledge of the Company, there is no threatened, assertion or claim that it, or the business or activities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (including the commercialization and exploitation of their products and services), is infringing upon, diluting, misappropriating, or otherwise violating or has infringed upon, diluted, misappropriated, or otherwise violated any Intellectual Property right of any person, including any demands or unsolicited offers to license any Intellectual Property nor are there any facts or circumstances that would form the basis for any claim against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of infringement, unauthorized use, or violation of any Intellectual Property right of any person, or challenging the ownership, use, validity or enforceability of any Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries nor the business or activities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (including the commercialization and exploitation of their products and services) infringes, dilutes or misappropriates or has infringed, diluted or misappropriated any Intellectual Property rights of any person. To the knowledge of the Company, no person (including current and former officers, employees, consultants and contractors of any Group Company) is currently infringing, diluting or misappropriating Intellectual Property owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(d)         With respect to each Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company, (i) such Group Company is the owner of the entire right, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property, and is entitled to use, transfer and license such Intellectual Property in the continued operation of its respective business without payment to any Third Party (other than to one or more Governmental Authorities or other similar parties for the purposes of registering and maintaining such rights), (ii) no Group Company is obligated to assign ownership of any such Intellectual Property to any Third Party and (iii) no Group Company is bound by or subject to any non-compete or other restrictions on the operation and scope of its respective business. None of the Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company has been revoked, invalidated or otherwise challenged in whole or in part.

 

(e)         With respect to each item of Intellectual Property licensed to any Group Company, (i) such Group Company has the right to use such Intellectual Property in the continued operation of its respective business in accordance with the terms of the license agreement governing such Intellectual Property, and (ii) no party to any license of such Intellectual Property is in breach thereof or default thereunder.

 

(f)         No person is challenging in writing the validity, enforceable, use or ownership of or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatening to challenge, or infringing upon, misappropriating, or otherwise violating any right of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to any Intellectual Property owned by or licensed to the Company or its Subsidiaries.

 

(g)        No Intellectual Property licensed or owned by the Company or its Subsidiaries is being used or enforced in a manner that would result in the abandonment, cancellation or unenforceability of such Intellectual Property.

 

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(h)        Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries owns all right, title and interest in and to all Intellectual Property created or developed by, for or under the direction or supervision of the Company or such Subsidiary, and all current or former officers, employees, consultants or contractors who have participated in the creation or development of any such Intellectual Property have executed and delivered to the Company or such Subsidiary a valid and enforceable agreement (i) providing for the non-disclosure by such person of confidential information and (ii) providing for the present assignment by such person to the Company or such Subsidiary of any Intellectual Property developed or arising out of such person’s employment by, engagement by or contract with the Company or such Subsidiary of the Company and, to the knowledge of the Company, no such officer, employee, consultant or contractor is in material violation of any term of any such agreement.

 

(i)          There are no outstanding Orders issued against any Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company that restricts or limits the use or licensing thereof by any Group Company.

 

(j)          (A) A Group Company owns or has a valid right or license to use or otherwise exploit all Software used in connection with the businesses of the Group Companies as currently conducted, and (B) a Group Company possesses the source code, object code and documentation for all such Software that is proprietary to and owned by any Group Company (the “Company Owned Software”), (C) no Third Party has any ownership right or interest in any Company Owned Software, (D) the Group Companies have not disclosed the source code for any Company Owned Software to any Third Party, and (E) no such Software is subject to any obligation (including the terms of any open source license) that would require any Group Company to (i) disclose to any person any source code or Trade Secret that is part of any Company Owned Software, (ii) not charge fees or other consideration for such Software, or (iii) grant any right to any person to decompile or otherwise reverse-engineer such Software.

 

(k)         The consummation of the Transactions will not result in the loss or impairment or the restriction on use or other exploitation of any Intellectual Property owned by or licensed to any Group Company.

 

(l)          The Company and its Subsidiaries have taken all actions reasonably necessary to (i) maintain and protect each material item of Intellectual Property that they own or are licensed or otherwise authorized to use, and (ii) protect the confidentiality and value of trade secrets and other know-how or confidential or proprietary information (together, the “Trade Secrets”) that are owned by any Group Company or provided to any Group Company by any Third Party under conditions of confidentiality, including having and effectively implementing in the business operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries Intellectual Property, information security and privacy measures comparable with those implemented by similarly situated companies in the U.S. and the PRC operating in the industry of the Company and its Subsidiaries. To the knowledge of the Company, (A) there has been no unauthorized disclosure or use of any Third Party’s Trade Secrets by any officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of any Group Company, and none of the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ Trade Secrets have been disclosed to any Third Party except pursuant to valid and appropriate written non-disclosure agreements or license agreements or pursuant to obligations to maintain confidentiality arising by operation of Law, and (B) there has been no material breach of any Group Company’s security measures wherein any Trade Secrets have been disclosed or may have reasonably been disclosed without authorization to any Third Party. Immediately subsequent to the Effective Time, all Intellectual Property owned or used by any Group Company shall be owned by or available for use by the Company and its Subsidiaries on terms and conditions identical to those under which the Company and its Subsidiaries owned or used such Intellectual Property immediately prior to the Effective Time.

 

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(m)        The Company IT Assets are (A) adequate and sufficient for, and operate and perform in accordance with their documentation and functional specifications and otherwise as required in connection with, the operation of the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ businesses and the protection of Trade Secrets by the Group Companies, and (B) to the knowledge of the Company, are free from any material defects, viruses, worms and other malware. The Company and its Subsidiaries have implemented reasonable backup, security and disaster recovery measures and technology consistent with industry practices and the Company IT Assets have not failed in any material respect, and to the knowledge of the Company, (i) no person has gained unauthorized access to any material Company IT Assets, and (ii) the data that they process and/or produce with respect to the businesses of the Company and its Subsidiaries has not been corrupted or compromised in any material respect.

 

(n)        None of the Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company is subject to any Contract or other obligation as a result of any funding or support from, or any arrangement with, any Governmental Authority or agency or nonprofit organization.

 

(o)        No Group Company is a party to or bound by any Contract that grants or purports to grant a license, covenant not to sue or other right under any Intellectual Property of Parent of any of its Affiliates (other than the Group Companies).

 

(p)        Each Group Company has information technology systems sufficient in all material respects to operate the business of such Group Company as it is currently conducted and as contemplated to be conducted. Each Group Company has taken reasonable steps and implemented reasonable procedures to ensure that information technology systems used in connection with the operation of such Group Company, and data stored or transmitted on such systems, are and have been secure and, to the knowledge of the Company, such systems are free from any disabling codes or instructions and any “back door,” “time bomb,” “Trojan horse,” “worm,” “drop dead device,” “virus” or other software routines or hardware components that are designed to permit unauthorized access or the unauthorized disablement or erasure of such Company Product (or all parts thereof) or data or other software of users. There have been no unauthorized intrusions or breaches of the security of the information technology systems used in connection with the operation of the Group Companies.

 

Section 3.15       Privacy and Data Security.(a) Each Group Company complies, and at all times have complied, except as has not been and would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company or its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, with all applicable Privacy Laws, with applicable Privacy Policies, and with applicable contractual obligations of the Company and its Subsidiaries governing privacy, data protection, and data security with respect to the Processing of Personal Data by the Company and its Subsidiaries. There are no material unsatisfied requests from individuals to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries seeking to exercise rights under any Privacy Law. Neither the execution of this Agreement nor the consummation of the Transactions constitutes a material breach or violation of any applicable Privacy Law, any applicable Privacy Policy, or any applicable contractual obligations of the Company and its Subsidiaries governing privacy, data protection, and data security with respect to the Processing of Personal Data by the Company and its Subsidiaries. There is no, and has not been any, (i) Action of any nature pending or threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to privacy, data protection, or data security with respect to the Processing of Personal Data by the Company and its Subsidiaries; or (ii) written notice of any actual or asserted noncompliance with any Law to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries are subject relating to privacy, data protection, or data security with respect to the Processing of Personal Data by the Company.

 

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(b)        The Company and its Subsidiaries have at all times (i) implemented and maintained reasonable measures in compliance with applicable Privacy Laws, designed to preserve and protect the confidentiality, availability, security, and integrity of all Systems and Personal Data within the possession or control of the Company and its Subsidiaries; (ii) implemented and maintained reasonable disaster recovery and business continuity plans for their business; and (iii) not suffered any security breach (x) resulting in any material unauthorized access to, or acquisition of, any Personal Data within the possession or control of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (y) which required a regulatory notification or reporting requirement to any Governmental Authority.

 

(c)         The IT Assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, including any portions of which are provided or operated by Third Parties, are adequate and sufficient to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all Personal Data and Third Party information in compliance in all material respects with reasonable industry practices and all applicable Privacy Laws and agreements. There have been no material unauthorized access, intrusions or breaches of the security of (i) any such IT Assets operated or controlled by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any Third Party or (ii) any Personal Data under the custody or control of the Company. No person (including any Governmental Authority) has made any claim or commenced any proceeding against the Company or any Third Party service provider to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to loss, damage or unauthorized access, disclosure, use, modification or other misuse of Personal Data by the Company, any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective service providers.

 

Section 3.16        Taxes.

 

(a)         Each Group Company has duly and timely filed all Tax Returns and reports required to be filed by it and has paid and discharged all Taxes required to be paid or discharged (whether or not reflected on a Tax Return), other than such payments as are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been established on the Company’s financial statements in accordance with GAAP. All such Tax Returns are true, accurate and complete in all material respects. No Tax authority or agency or other Governmental Authority is asserting in writing or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatening to assert against any Group Company any material deficiency or claim for any Taxes or interest thereon or penalties in connection therewith. There are no pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened Actions for the assessment or collection of any Taxes against any Group Company. No Group Company has granted any waiver of any statute of limitations with respect to, or any extension of a period for the assessment of, any Tax.

 

(b)        No audit or other examination or administrative, judicial or other proceeding of, or with respect to, any Tax Return or Taxes of any Group Company is currently in progress, and no Group Company has been notified of any written request for, or, to the knowledge of the Company, any threat of, such an audit or other examination or administrative, judicial or other proceeding. No written claim has been made by any Governmental Authority in a jurisdiction where a Group Company does not file Tax Returns that such Group Company is or may be subject to taxation by such jurisdiction.

 

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(c)         No Group Company incorporated outside the PRC takes the position for tax purposes that it is a “resident enterprise” of the PRC or Tax resident in any jurisdiction other than its jurisdiction of formation.

 

(d)        Each Group Company has, in accordance with applicable Law, duly registered with the relevant Governmental Authority, obtained and maintained the validity of all national and local tax registration certificates and complied in all material respects with all requirements imposed by such Governmental Authorities. Each submission made by or on behalf of any Group Company to any Governmental Authority in connection with obtaining Tax exemptions, Tax holidays, Tax deferrals, Tax incentives or other preferential Tax treatments or Tax rebates was accurate and complete in all material respects at the time of its submission and none of such Tax exemptions, holidays, deferrals, incentives, or other preferential treatments or rebates contained any material misstatement or material omission that would have affected the granting of such Tax exemptions, holidays, deferrals, incentives or other preferential treatments or rebates. No suspension, revocation or cancellation of any Tax exemptions, holidays, deferrals, incentives, or other preferential treatments or rebates is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened. The Transactions will not have any adverse effect on the continued validity and effectiveness of any such Tax exemptions, holidays, deferrals, incentives, or other preferential treatments or rebates and will not result in the claw-back or recapture of any such Tax exemptions, preferential treatments or rebates.

 

(e)         The Group Companies have complied in all material respects with all applicable Laws relating to (i) the withholding and payment over to the appropriate Governmental Authority of all Taxes required to be withheld by the Group Companies, and (ii) information reporting with respect to, any payment made or received by the Group Companies (including those relating to the individual income tax obligations of the employees of the Group Companies).

 

(f)         No Group Company is liable to any Third Party for any material amount under any Tax Sharing Agreement.

 

(g)        No Group Company (i) has ever been a member of an affiliated group filing a consolidated, combined, unitary, affiliated or similar Tax Return (other than a group the common parent of which was a Group Company) or (ii) has any material liability for the Taxes of any person (other than any of the Group Companies due to being a member of a group described in clause (i), as a transferee or successor, by contract, or otherwise.

 

(h)        None of the shares, securities, equity interests, property or assets of the Group Companies are subject to Liens for any material Taxes (other than Liens for Taxes that are not yet due or are being contested in good faith and for which adequate accruals or reserves have been established on the financial statements of the Company in accordance with GAAP).

 

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(i)          No Group Company will be required to include any material item of income in, or exclude any material item of deduction from, taxable income for any taxable period (or portion thereof) ending after the Closing Date as a result of any (i) change in method of accounting for a taxable period ending on or prior to the Closing Date; (ii) an agreement entered into with a Governmental Authority; (iii) installment sale made on or prior to the Closing Date; or (iv) prepaid amount received on or prior to the Closing Date.

 

Section 3.17        No Secured Creditors; Solvency.

 

(a)         No Group Company has any secured creditors holding a fixed or floating security interest.

 

(b)        No Group Company has taken any steps to seek protection pursuant to any bankruptcy Law, nor does the Company have any knowledge or reason to believe that its creditors intend to initiate involuntary bankruptcy proceedings or any knowledge of any fact which would reasonably lead a creditor to do so. The Group Companies on a consolidated basis are not, as of the date hereof, Insolvent.

 

Section 3.18        Material Contracts.

 

(a)         Except for this Agreement and the Contracts filed as exhibits to the Company SEC Reports, as of the date hereof, none of the Company or its Subsidiaries is a party to or bound by any Contract that is required to be filed by the Company pursuant to Item 4 of the Instructions to Exhibits to the Company’s most recently filed annual report on Form 20-F. Each such Contract described in this Section 3.18 is referred to herein as a “Material Contract.”

 

(b)        Except as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (i) each of the Material Contracts is valid and binding on the Company or its Subsidiaries, as the case may be, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, each other party thereto, and is in full force and effect, in each case subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception, (ii) there is no breach or default under any Material Contract by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and no event has occurred that with the lapse of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a material breach or default thereunder by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iii) to the Knowledge of the Company, no other party to any Material Contract is in breach of or in default under the terms of any Material Contract where such breach or default would reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, and (iv) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any notice in writing from any counterparty that such counterparty intends to terminate any Material Contract.

 

Section 3.19        Environmental Matters.

 

Except as would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company Material Adverse Effect, (a) each Group Company is in compliance with all applicable Environmental Law and has obtained and possesses all approvals, permits, licenses, filings and other authorizations (including environmental assessment reports, and construction project verification reports that are required under applicable PRC Laws) currently required for their establishment and their operation under any Environmental Law (the “Environmental Permits”), and all such Environmental Permits are in full force and effect, (b) no property currently or formerly owned or operated by any Group Company has been contaminated with or is releasing any Hazardous Substance in a manner that would reasonably be expected to require remediation or other action pursuant to any Environmental Law, (c) no Group Company has received any notice, demand, letter, claim or request for information alleging that any Group Company is in violation of or liable under any Environmental Law, which remains unresolved, (d) no Group Company is subject to any order, decree or injunction with any Governmental Authority or agreement with any Third Party concerning liability under any Environmental Law or relating to Hazardous Substances, (e) neither the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement nor the consummation of the Transactions will (i) require any notice to or consent of any Governmental Authority or other Person pursuant to any applicable Environmental Law or Environmental Permit or (ii) subject any Environmental Permit to suspension, cancellation, modification, revocation or nonrenewal, and (f) no Group Company has assumed, undertaken or otherwise provided an indemnity with respect to the liability of any other Person arising under Environmental Laws or relating to Hazardous Substances.

 

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Section 3.20        Insurance.

 

The Group Companies maintain policies of insurance covering the Company, the Subsidiaries of the Company or any of their respective directors, legal representatives, employees, with reputable insurers in such amounts and covering such risks as are in compliance with applicable Laws and in accordance with prevailing industry practice for companies engaged in businesses similar to that of the Group Companies (taking into account the cost and availability of such insurance) in the PRC. No notice of cancellation or modification has been received by the Company with respect to any such insurance policy, and there is no existing default or event which, with or without due notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a default, by any insured thereunder. No Group Company has any reason to believe that it will not be able to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such coverage expires or to obtain similar coverage from similar insurers as may be necessary to continue its business without a significant increase in cost. None of the Group Companies has received any written notice of any threatened termination of, premium increase with respect to, or alteration of coverage under, any of its respective insurance policies.

 

Section 3.21        Interested Party Transactions.

 

None of the directors or officers of any Group Company, individuals owning, directly or indirectly, an interest in the voting power of any Group Company that gives them significant influence over any Group Company, and close members of any such individual’s family (i) has, directly or indirectly, an economic interest in any person that (A) furnishes or sells services or products that any Group Company furnishes or sells, or proposes to furnish or sell, or (B) is otherwise engaged in business that directly competes with that of any Group Company; (ii) has, directly or indirectly, an economic interest in any person that purchases from or sells or furnishes to any Group Company any goods or services; (iii) has, directly or indirectly, a beneficial interest in any Material Contract other than those Contract to which such director or officer is expressly a party; (iv) has, directly or indirectly, any material contractual or other arrangement with any Group Company (other than employment relationship or serving as a director); (v) received any payment or other benefit from any Group Company (except for payments and benefits received in connection with such person’s employment or serving as a director); or (vi) advanced or owed any material amount to any Group Company; provided, however, that ownership of no more than five percent (5%) of the outstanding voting stock of a person shall not be deemed an “economic interest in any person” for purposes of this Section 3.20. No Group Company has extended or maintained credit, arranged for the extension of credit or renewed an extension of credit in the form of a personal loan to or for any director or executive officer (or equivalent thereof) of the Company.

 

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Section 3.22        Anti-Takeover Provisions.

 

The Company is not party to a shareholder rights agreement, “poison pill” or similar anti-takeover agreement or plan. The Company Board has taken all necessary action so that any takeover, anti-takeover, moratorium, “business combination,” “fair price,” “control share” or other similar Laws enacted under any Laws applicable to the Company, including any such applicable Laws under the Companies Act, (each, a “Takeover Statute”) does not, and will not, apply to the Company, the Shares, this Agreement or the Transactions, including the Merger.

 

Section 3.23        Brokers.

 

Except for the Financial Advisor, no broker, finder or investment banker is entitled to any brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission in connection with the Transactions based upon arrangements made by or on behalf of the Company.

 

Section 3.24        Customers; Suppliers.

 

(a)         No Group Company has any outstanding material disputes concerning its products and services with any of the ten (10) largest customers of the Group Companies (determined on the basis of aggregate revenues recognized by the Group Companies, taken as a whole, over the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters ended September 30, 2020 (each, a “Material Customer”) and the Company has no knowledge of any present failure to perform on the part of any Material Customer by any Group Company. As of the date of this Agreement, no Group Company has received any information from any Material Customer that (i) such customer shall not continue as a customer of the Company (or the Surviving Company or Parent) or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) such customer intends to terminate or materially modify existing Contracts with the Company (or the Surviving Company or Parent), or (iii) to the knowledge of the Company, such customer has been threatened with bankruptcy or insolvency.

 

(b)        As of the date of this Agreement, no Group Companies has received any information from any of the ten (10) largest suppliers of the Group Companies (determined on the basis of aggregate purchases made by] the Group Companies, taken as a whole, over the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters ended September 30, 2020 that (i) such supplier shall not continue as a supplier of the Company (or the Surviving Company or Parent) or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) such supplier intends to terminate or materially modify existing Contracts with the Company (or the Surviving Company or Parent), or (iii) to the knowledge of the Company, such supplier has been threatened with bankruptcy or insolvency.

 

Section 3.25        Inventories.

 

(a)         The Inventory is of a quality and quantity salable in the Company’s ordinary course of business, except for items that have been written off or written down to fair market value or for which adequate reserves have been established consistent with the Company’s accounting principles; (b) the Company and its Subsidiaries have not received any written notice of, any pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened investigation or regulatory action by any Governmental Authority involving any of the Inventory; and (c) the Inventory is of a quantity and availability sufficient to meet the historical requirements, and the Company and its Subsidiaries are capable of maintaining or producing Inventory in a quantity sufficient to meet known future requirements, of the customers of the Company and its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business, taking into account seasonal variations in demand. All specification material included in the Inventory conforms to all applicable specifications or standards.

 

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Section 3.26        Product Defects and Warranties.

 

(a)         All Company Products have been provided, in all material respects, in conformity with all applicable contractual commitments and all express and implied warranties and specifications, other representations and warranties communicated by the Company to its customers, and have been provided in conformity with all applicable Law, including all applicable Laws that pertain to prestressed steel materials, labeling of product or product packaging. The Company Products conform in all material respects to all required UL, CE and other safety certifications required under the Laws of all jurisdictions in which the Company directly or indirectly sells Company Products. To the knowledge of the Company, there are no material design, manufacturing or other defects, latent or otherwise, with respect to any Company Products.

 

(b)         The Company has received no written notice or demand, or claim, action, suit, inquiry, hearing, proceeding, notice of violation or investigation from, by or before any Governmental Authority relating to any Company Product, including the packaging and advertising related thereto.

 

(c)         No Company Product produced or sold by any Group Company is subject to any express warranty nor any other warranty other than any warranties that are implied by applicable Law.

 

Section 3.27        No Other Representations or Warranties.

 

Except for the representations and warranties contained in this Article III, each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that neither the Company nor any other person on behalf of the Company makes any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to any Group Company or with respect to any other information provided to Parent or Merger Sub in connection with the Transactions.

 

Article IV

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT AND MERGER SUB

 

Parent and Merger Sub hereby, jointly and severally, represent and warrant to the Company that:

 

Section 4.01        Corporate Organization.

 

Each of Parent and Merger Sub is a company duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the British Virgin Islands and has the requisite corporate power and authority and all necessary governmental approvals to own, lease and operate its properties and assets and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted, except where the failure to be so organized, existing or in good standing or to have such power, authority and governmental approvals would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay consummation of any of the Transactions by Parent or Merger Sub or otherwise be materially adverse to the ability of Parent or Merger Sub to perform their material obligations under this Agreement.

 

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Section 4.02        Authority Relative to This Agreement.

 

Each of Parent and Merger Sub has all necessary corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement, to perform its obligations hereunder and to consummate the Transactions. The execution and delivery of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub and the consummation by Parent and Merger Sub of the Transactions have been duly and validly authorized by all necessary corporate action, and no other corporate proceedings on the part of Parent or Merger Sub are necessary to authorize this Agreement or to consummate the Transactions (other than the filings, notifications and other obligations and actions described in Section 4.03(b)). This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by Parent and Merger Sub and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of each of Parent and Merger Sub, enforceable against each of Parent and Merger Sub in accordance with its terms, subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception.

 

Section 4.03        No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents.

 

(a)         The execution and delivery of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub do not, and the performance of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub will not, (i) conflict with or violate the memorandum and articles of association of either Parent or Merger Sub, (ii) assuming that all consents, approvals, authorizations and other actions described in Section 4.03(b) have been obtained and all filings and obligations described in Section 4.03(b) have been made, conflict with or violate any Law applicable to Parent or Merger Sub or by which any property or asset of either of them is bound or affected, or (iii) result in any breach of, or constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, or result in the creation of a Lien or other encumbrance on any property or asset of Parent or Merger Sub pursuant to, any Contract or obligation to which Parent or Merger Sub is a party or by which Parent or Merger Sub or any property or asset of either of them is bound or affected, except, with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii), for any such conflicts, violations, breaches, defaults or other occurrences which would not, individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay consummation of any of the Transactions by Parent or Merger Sub or otherwise be materially adverse to the ability of Parent and Merger Sub to perform their material obligations under this Agreement.

 

(b)        The execution and delivery of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub do not, and the performance of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub and the consummation by Parent and Merger Sub of the Transactions will not, require any consent, approval, authorization or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any Governmental Authority, except for (i) the filings and/or notices pursuant to Section 13 of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, (ii) compliance with the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq, (iii) the filing with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the British Virgin Islands of the Plan of Merger and related documentation w pursuant to the Companies Act], and (iv) any such consent, approval, authorization, permit, action, filing or notification the failure of which to make or obtain would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(c)         Except as contemplated under the Equity Commitment Letter, Merger Sub has no secured creditors holding a fixed or floating security interest.

 

Section 4.04        Capitalization.

 

(a)         The Parent is authorized to issue a maximum of 50,000 ordinary shares, par value of US$1.00 per share, all of which have been duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable. Parent was formed solely for the purpose of engaging in the Transactions, and it has not conducted any business prior to the date hereof and has no, and prior to the Effective Time, will have no, assets, liabilities or obligations of any nature other than those incident to its formation and capitalization pursuant to this Agreement, the Support Agreement and the Transactions.

 

(b)        The Merger Sub is authorized to issue a maximum of 50,000 ordinary shares, par value of US$1.00 per share, all of which are outstanding and have been duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable. All of the issued and outstanding shares of Merger Sub is, and at the Effective Time will be, owned by Parent. Merger Sub was formed solely for the purpose of engaging in the Transactions, and it has not conducted any business prior to the date hereof and has no, and prior to the Effective Time will have no, assets, liabilities or obligations of any nature other than those incident to its formation and capitalization and pursuant to this Agreement and the Transactions.

 

Section 4.05        Available Funds and Financing.

 

(a)         Parent has delivered to the Company true and complete copies of (i) the executed equity commitment letter from the Sponsor or its Affiliate (the “Equity Commitment Letter”) pursuant to which the Sponsor or its Affiliate named therein has committed to purchase, or cause the purchase of, for cash, subject to the terms and conditions thereof, Equity Securities of Parent, up to the aggregate amount set forth therein (the “Equity Financing”).

 

(b)        As of the date hereof, (i) the Equity Commitment Letter is in full force and effect and is a legal, valid and binding obligation of Parent (as applicable and subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception) and, to the knowledge of Parent, the other parties thereto (subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception), and (ii) the Equity Commitment Letter has not been amended or modified and no such amendment or modification is contemplated, and the respective commitments contained in the Equity Commitment Letter have not been withdrawn or rescinded in any material respect. Assuming (A) the Equity Financing is funded in accordance with the Equity Commitment Letter, and (B) the satisfaction of the conditions to the obligation of Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Merger as set forth in Section 7.01 and Section 7.02 or the waiver of such conditions, as of the date hereof, the proceeds contemplated by the Equity Commitment Letter will be sufficient for Merger Sub and the Surviving Company to pay (1) the Merger Consideration, and (2) any other amounts required to be paid in connection with the consummation of the Transactions upon the terms and conditions contemplated hereby and all related fees and expenses associated therewith. The Equity Commitment Letter contains all of the conditions precedent (or, where applicable, refer to customary conditions precedent for a transaction of the nature contemplated by the Equity Commitment Letter) to the obligations of the parties thereunder to make the Equity Financing available to Parent on the terms and conditions contained therein. As of the date hereof, no event has occurred, which, with or without notice, lapse of time or both, would constitute a default or breach under the Equity Commitment Letter on the part of Parent or, to the knowledge of Parent, any other parties thereto.

 

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Section 4.06        Brokers.

 

No broker, finder or investment banker is entitled to any brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission in connection with the Transactions based upon arrangements made by or on behalf of Parent or Merger Sub.

 

Section 4.07        Guarantee.

 

The Guarantee has been duly and validly executed and delivered by the Guarantor and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Guarantor, enforceable against the Guarantor in accordance with the terms thereof subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception, and no event has occurred, which, with or without notice, lapse of time or both, would constitute a default on the part of the Guarantor under the Guarantee.

 

Section 4.08        Absence of Litigation.

 

As of the date hereof, (x) there is no material Action pending or, to the knowledge of Parent, threatened against Parent or Merger Sub before any Governmental Authority and (y) neither Parent nor Merger Sub is subject to any continuing order of, consent decree, settlement agreement or other similar written agreement with, or, to the knowledge of Parent, continuing investigation by, any Governmental Authority, or any order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, determination or award of any Governmental Authority, in each case which seeks to, or would reasonably be expected to prevent or materially impair or delay the consummation of the Merger or other Transactions.

 

Section 4.09        Ownership of Shares.

 

As of the date hereof, other than the Rollover Shares, none of Parent, Merger Sub, the Sponsor nor any of their respective Affiliates beneficially own (as such term is used in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) any Shares or other securities of, or any other economic interest (through derivative securities or otherwise) in the Company, or any options, warrants or other rights to acquire Shares or other securities of, or any other economic interest (through derivative securities or otherwise) in, the Company.

 

Section 4.10        Proxy Statement.

 

The information supplied by Parent and Merger Sub for inclusion in the Proxy Statement to be sent to the shareholders of the Company in connection with the Shareholders’ Meeting (including any amendment or supplement thereto or document incorporated by reference therein) and the Schedule 13E-3 relating to the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, by the shareholders of the Company shall not, (i) on the date the Proxy Statement (including any amendment or supplement thereto) is first mailed to the shareholders of the Company or at the time of the Shareholders’ Meeting, contain any untrue statement of any material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading, or (ii) on the date the Schedule 13E-3 and any amendment or supplement thereto is filed with the SEC, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading. Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither Parent nor Merger Sub makes any representation with respect to statements made or incorporated by reference therein based on information supplied by or on behalf of the Company for inclusion or incorporation by reference in the Proxy Statement or the Schedule 13E-3.

 

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Section 4.11        Solvency.

 

Parent and Merger Sub, individually and on a consolidated basis, are not insolvent as of the date hereof. As of the date hereof, neither Parent nor Merger Sub is in default in any material respect with respect to any Indebtedness.

 

Section 4.12        Non-Reliance on Company Estimates.

 

The Company has made available to Parent and Merger Sub, and may continue to make available, certain estimates, projections and other forecasts for the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries and certain plan and budget information. Each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that these estimates, projections, forecasts, plans and budgets and the assumptions on which they are based were prepared for specific purposes and may vary significantly from each other. Further, each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that there are uncertainties inherent in attempting to make such estimates, projections, forecasts, plans and budgets, that Parent and Merger Sub are taking full responsibility for making their own evaluation of the adequacy and accuracy of all estimates, projections, forecasts, plans and budgets so furnished to them (including the reasonableness of the assumptions underlying such estimates, projections, forecasts, plans and budgets), and that neither Parent nor Merger Sub is relying on any estimates, projections, forecasts, plans or budgets furnished by the Company, its Subsidiaries or their respective Affiliates and Representatives, and neither Parent nor Merger Sub shall, and shall cause its Affiliates and their respective Representatives not to, hold any such Person liable with respect thereto, other than for fraud in connection therewith.

 

Section 4.13        Parent Group Contracts

 

Parent has delivered to the Company and the Special Committee a true and complete copy of each of: (i) the Equity Commitment Letter, (ii) the Guarantee, and (iii) the Support Agreement, (collectively, the “Parent Group Contracts”), including all amendments thereto or modifications thereof. As of the date hereof, other than the Parent Group Contracts, there are no other Contracts (i) relating to the Transactions between or among two or more of the following persons (including any two of the same category of person): Parent, Merger Sub, the Rollover Shareholder, or the Sponsor (or through any of their respective Affiliates, but excluding any agreements among any one or more of the foregoing solely relating to the Surviving Company following the Effective Time), (ii) relating to the Transactions between or among Parent, Merger Sub, the Rollover Shareholder, the Sponsor or any of their respective Affiliates, on the one hand, and any member of the Company’s management, any member of the Company Board or any of the Company’s shareholders in their capacities as such, on the other hand or (iii) pursuant to which any shareholder of the Company would be entitled to receive consideration of a different amount or nature than the Per Share Merger Consideration or the Per ADS Merger Consideration or pursuant to which any shareholder of the Company has agreed to vote to approve this Agreement or the Merger or has agreed to vote against any Superior Proposal.

 

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Section 4.14        Independent Investigation.

 

Parent and Merger Sub have conducted their own independent investigation, review and analysis of the business, operations, assets, liabilities, results of operations, financial condition and prospects of the Company and its Subsidiaries, which investigation, review and analysis was performed by Parent, Merger Sub, their respective Affiliates and Representatives. Each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that as of the date hereof, it, its Affiliates and their respective Representatives have been provided reasonable access to the personnel, properties, facilities and records of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such purpose. In entering into this Agreement, each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that it has relied solely upon the aforementioned investigation, review and analysis and not on any statements, representations or opinions of any of the Company, its Affiliates or their respective Representatives (except for the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Article III of this Agreement and in any certificate delivered pursuant to this Agreement).

 

Section 4.15        No Additional Representations.

 

Except for the representations and warranties made by Parent and Merger Sub in this Article IV, neither Parent nor Merger Sub nor any other person on behalf of Parent or Merger Sub makes any other express or implied representation or warranty with respect to Parent or Merger Sub or their respective business, operations, assets, liabilities, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects or any information provided to the Company or any of its Affiliates or Representatives, notwithstanding the delivery or disclosure to the Company or any of its Affiliates or Representatives of any documentation, forecasts or other information with respect to any one or more of the foregoing, and the Company acknowledges the foregoing.

 

Article V

CONDUCT OF BUSINESS PENDING THE MERGER

 

Section 5.01        Conduct of Business by the Company Pending the Merger.

 

The Company agrees that, from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, except as (x) required by applicable Law, or (y) expressly contemplated or permitted by this Agreement, unless Parent shall otherwise consent in writing, (i) the businesses of the Group Companies shall be conducted in the ordinary course of business and in a manner consistent with past practice; and (ii) the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to preserve substantially intact the assets and the business organization of the Group Companies, to keep available the services of the current officers and key employees of the Group Companies and to maintain in all material respects the current relationships of the Group Companies with existing customers, suppliers and other persons with which any Group Companies has material business relations as of the date hereof.

 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing paragraph, from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, except as (x) required by applicable Law, or (y) expressly contemplated or permitted by this Agreement, the Company shall not and shall not permit any other Group Company to, directly or indirectly, do or propose to do any of the following without the prior written consent of Parent:

 

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(a)         amend or otherwise change its memorandum and articles of association or equivalent organizational documents;

 

(b)        issue, sell, transfer, lease, sublease, license, pledge, dispose of, grant or encumber, or authorize the issuance, sale, transfer, lease, sublease, license, pledge, disposition, grant or encumbrance of, (i) any shares of any class of any Group Company, (ii) any property or assets (whether real, personal or mixed, and including leasehold interests and intangible property) of any Group Company with a value or purchase price (including the value of assumed liabilities) in excess of US$100,000, except in the ordinary course of business, or (iii) any material Intellectual Property owned by or licensed to any Group Company, except in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;

 

(c)         declare, set aside, make or pay any dividend or other distribution, payable in cash, shares, property or otherwise, with respect to any of its shares (other than dividends or other distributions from any Subsidiary of the Company to the Company or any of its other Subsidiaries consistent with past practice);

 

(d)        reclassify, combine, split, subdivide or redeem, or purchase or otherwise acquire, directly or indirectly, any of its shares or securities or other rights exchangeable into or convertible or exercisable for any of its shares;

 

(e)         effect or commence any liquidation, dissolution, scheme of arrangement, merger, consolidation, amalgamation, restructuring, reorganization, public offering or similar transaction involving any Group Company, or create any new Subsidiary, other than the Transactions;

 

(f)         acquire, whether by purchase, merger, spin off, consolidation, scheme of arrangement, amalgamation or acquisition of stock or assets or otherwise, any assets, securities or properties, in aggregate, with a value or purchase price (including the value of assumed liabilities) in excess of US$250,000 in any transaction or related series of transactions;

 

(g)        make any capital contribution or investment in any corporation, partnership, other business organization or any division thereof in excess of US$100,000 in aggregate;

 

(h)        incur, assume, alter, amend or modify any Indebtedness, or guarantee any Indebtedness, or issue any debt securities, except for (i) the incurrence or guarantee of Indebtedness under any Group Company’s existing credit facilities as in effect on the date hereof in an aggregate amount not to exceed the maximum amount authorized under the Contracts evidencing such Indebtedness or (ii) not in an aggregate amount in excess of US$1,000,000;

 

(i)          other than expenditures necessary to maintain assets in good repair consistent with the past practice, authorize, or make any commitment with respect to, any single capital expenditure which is in excess of US$500,000 or capital expenditures which are, in the aggregate, in excess of US$3,000,000 for the Group Companies taken as a whole;

 

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(j)          except as required pursuant to this Agreement, (i) enter into any new employment or compensatory agreements (including the renewal of any such agreements), or terminate any such agreements, with any Employee of any Group Company other than the hiring or termination of employees with an aggregate annual compensation of less than US$150,000, (ii) grant or provide any severance or termination payments or benefits to any Employee of any Group Company, (iii) increase the compensation, bonus or pension, welfare, severance or other benefits of, pay any bonus to any Employee of any Group Company except such increases or payments, in the aggregate, do not cause an increase in the labor costs of the Group Companies, taken as a whole, by more than 1%, (iv) make any new equity awards to any Employee of any Group Company, (v) establish, adopt, amend or terminate any Company Employee Plan, (vi) take any action to accelerate the vesting or payment, of compensation or benefits under the Company Employee Plan, or (vii) forgive any loans to any Employee of any Group Company;

 

(k)         adopt any employee share option plan or other employee incentive plan or issue, grant or announce any options or incentive awards thereunder;

 

(l)          make any changes with respect to financial accounting policies or procedures, including changes affecting the reported consolidated assets, liabilities or results of operations of the Group Companies, except as required by changes in statutory or regulatory accounting rules or GAAP or regulatory requirements with respect thereto;

 

(m)        enter into, amend, modify, consent to the termination of, or waive any material rights under, any Material Contract (or any Contract that would be a Material Contract if such Contract had been entered into prior to the date hereof);

 

(n)        enter into any Contract between a Group Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on the one hand, and any “related party” (as such term is defined in Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Exchange Act) of any Group Company, one the other hand, except for (i) Contracts solely between the Company and/or its wholly-owned Subsidiaries and (ii) Contracts permitted under Section 5.01(j);

 

(o)        terminate or cancel, let lapse, or amend or modify in any material respect, other than renewals in the ordinary course of business, any material insurance policies maintained by it which are not promptly replaced by a comparable amount of insurance coverage;

 

(p)        commence any Action for a claim of more than US$1,000,000 (excluding any Action seeking for an injunctive relief or other similar equitable remedies) or settle, release, waive or compromise any pending or threatened Action of or against any Group Company (A) for an amount in excess of US$1,000,000, (B) that would impose any material restrictions on the business or operations of any Group Company, or (C) that is brought by or on behalf of any current, former or purported holder of any shares or debt securities of any Group Company relating to the Transactions;

 

(q)        permit any Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company to lapse or to be abandoned, dedicated, or disclaimed, fail to perform or make any applicable filings, recordings or other similar actions or filings, fail to pay all required fees and Taxes required or advisable to maintain and protect its interest in each and every item of Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company, or grant or license or transfer to any Third Party any material Intellectual Property owned by any Group Company;

 

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(r)         fail to make in a timely manner any filings or registrations with the SEC required under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder;

 

(s)         enter into, or propose to enter into, any transaction involving any earn-out or similar payment payable by any Group Company, to any Third Party, other than payments in connection with purchases of vehicles, plant, equipment, supplies or computers in the ordinary course of business;

 

(t)         engage in the conduct of any new line of business material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

 

(u)        make or change any material Tax election, amend any Tax Return, enter into any closing agreement or seek any ruling from any Governmental Authority with respect to material Taxes, surrender any right to claim a material refund of Taxes, settle or finally resolve any material controversy with respect to Taxes, agree to an extension or waiver of the statute of limitations with respect to the assessment or determination of material Taxes, change any method of Tax accounting or Tax accounting period, initiate any voluntary Tax disclosure to any Governmental Authority, or incur any material amount of Taxes outside of the ordinary course of business;

 

(v)        grant any fixed or floating security interests; or

 

(w)        announce an intention, enter into any formal or informal agreement or otherwise make a commitment, to do any of the foregoing.

 

Section 5.02        Compliance.

 

During the period from the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, the Company shall ensure that each Group Company will conduct its business in compliance with all applicable Laws in all material respects, and obtain, make and maintain in effect, all consents, approvals, authorizations or permits of, or filings with or notifications to, the relevant Governmental Authority or other person required in respect of the due and proper establishment and operations of such Group Company in accordance with applicable Laws.

 

Section 5.03        No Control of Other Party’s Business.

 

Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to give Parent or Merger Sub, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct the Company’s or the Company’s Subsidiaries’ operations prior to the Effective Time. Prior to the Effective Time, the Company shall exercise, consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, complete control and supervision over its and its Subsidiaries’ respective operations.

 

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Article VI

ADDITIONAL AGREEMENTS

 

Section 6.01        Proxy Statement and Schedule 13E-3.

 

(a)        As soon as practicable following the date of this Agreement but in any event within thirty (30) days after the date hereof, the Company, with the assistance of Parent and Merger Sub, shall prepare a proxy statement relating to the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, by the shareholders of the Company by the Requisite Company Vote including a notice convening the Shareholders’ Meeting in accordance with the Company’s articles of association (such proxy statement and notice, as amended or supplemented, being referred to herein as the “Proxy Statement”). Concurrently with the preparation of the Proxy Statement, the Company, Parent and Merger Sub shall jointly prepare and cause to be filed with the SEC a Rule 13e-3 transaction statement on Schedule 13E-3 relating to the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, by the shareholders of the Company (such Schedule 13E-3, as amended or supplemented, being referred to herein as the “Schedule 13E-3”). Each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub shall use its reasonable best efforts so that the Proxy Statement and the Schedule 13E-3 will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. Each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub shall use its reasonable best efforts to respond promptly to any comments of the SEC with respect to the Proxy Statement and the Schedule 13E-3. Each of Parent and Merger Sub shall provide reasonable assistance and cooperation to the Company in the preparation, filing and distribution of the Proxy Statement, the Schedule 13E-3 and the resolution of comments from the SEC. Upon its receipt of any comments (written or oral) from the SEC or its staff or any request from the SEC or its staff for amendments or supplements to the Proxy Statement and the Schedule 13E-3, the Company shall promptly notify Parent and Merger Sub and shall provide Parent with copies of all correspondence between the Company and its representatives, on the one hand, and the SEC and its staff, on the other hand. Prior to filing the Schedule 13E-3 or mailing the Proxy Statement (or in each case, any amendment or supplement thereto) or responding to any comments of the SEC with respect thereto, the Company (i) shall provide Parent and Merger Sub with a reasonable period of time to review and comment on such document or response and (ii) shall consider in good faith all additions, deletions or changes reasonably proposed by Parent in good faith.

 

(b)          Each of Parent, Merger Sub and the Company agrees, as to itself and its respective Affiliates or Representatives, that none of the information supplied or to be supplied by Parent, Merger Sub or the Company, as applicable, expressly for inclusion or incorporation by reference in the Proxy Statement, the Schedule 13E-3 or any other documents filed or to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Transactions, will, as of the time such documents (or any amendment thereof or supplement thereto) are mailed to the holders of Shares and at the time of the Shareholders’ Meeting, contain any untrue statement of a material fact, or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Each of Parent, Merger Sub and the Company further agrees that all documents that such party is responsible for filing with the SEC in connection with the Merger will comply as to form and substance in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and any other applicable Laws and that all information supplied by such party for inclusion or incorporation by reference in such document will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact, or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. If at any time prior to the Effective Time, any event or circumstance relating to Parent, Merger Sub or the Company, or their respective officers or directors, should be discovered which should be set forth in an amendment or a supplement to the Proxy Statement or the Schedule 13E-3 so that such document would not include any misstatement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading, the party discovering such event or circumstance shall promptly inform the other parties and an appropriate amendment or supplement describing such event or circumstance shall be promptly filed with the SEC and disseminated to the shareholders of the Company to the extent required by Law.

 

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Section 6.02        Company Shareholders’ Meeting.

 

(a)         As soon as practicable after the SEC confirms that it has no further comments on the Schedule 13E-3 or that it is not reviewing the Schedule 13E-3, the Company shall (i) establish a record date for determining shareholders of the Company entitled to vote at the Shareholders’ Meeting (the “Record Date”) in consultation with Parent; (ii) mail or cause to be mailed the Proxy Statement to the holders of Shares (and concurrently furnish the Proxy Statement under Form 6-K), including Shares represented by ADSs, as of the Record Date, and (iii) instruct the Depositary to (A) fix the Record Date as the record date for determining the holders of ADSs who shall be entitled to give instructions for the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the Shares represented by ADSs (the “Record ADS Holders”), (B) provide all proxy solicitation materials to all Record ADS Holders, and (C) vote all Shares represented by ADSs in accordance with the instructions of such corresponding Record ADS Holders. Subject to Section 6.02(b), without the consent of Parent, the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, are the only matters (other than procedural matters) that shall be proposed to be voted upon by the shareholders of the Company at the Shareholders’ Meeting.

 

(b)        As soon as practicable after the date of mailing the Proxy Statement, the Company shall hold the Shareholders’ Meeting. Subject to this Section 6.02 and Section 6.04, the Company Board shall recommend to holders of the Shares that they authorize and approve this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, and shall include such recommendation in the Proxy Statement. The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to solicit from its shareholders proxies in favor of the authorization and approval of this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, and shall take all other action necessary or advisable to secure the Requisite Company Vote. In the event that subsequent to the date hereof, the Company Board makes a Change in the Company Recommendation or any Superior Proposal is commenced, publicly proposed or disclosed, or otherwise communicated to the Company or any other person, the Company shall nevertheless submit this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, to the holders of the Shares for authorization and approval at the Shareholders’ Meeting in accordance with this Section 6.02, unless this Agreement shall have been terminated in accordance with its terms prior to the Shareholders’ Meeting.

 

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(c)         Notwithstanding Section 6.02(b), the Company may, after consultation in good faith with Parent, recommend the adjournment of the Shareholders’ Meeting to its shareholders (i) to the extent necessary to ensure that any required supplement or amendment to the Proxy Statement is provided to the holders of Shares within a reasonable amount of time in advance of the Shareholders’ Meeting, (ii) as otherwise required by applicable Law, or (iii) if as of the time for which the Shareholders’ Meeting is scheduled as set forth in the Proxy Statement, there are insufficient Shares represented (in person or by proxy) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of the Shareholders’ Meeting. If the Shareholders’ Meeting is adjourned, the Company shall convene and hold the Shareholders’ Meeting as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter, subject to the immediately preceding sentence, provided that, the Company shall not recommend to its shareholders the adjournment of the Shareholders’ Meeting to a date that is less than five (5) Business Days prior to the Termination Date.

 

Section 6.03        Access to Information.

 

(a)         From the date hereof until the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII and subject to applicable Law, upon reasonable advance notice from Parent, the Company shall (i) provide to Parent (and Parent’s officers, directors, employees, accountants, consultants, financial and legal advisors, agents, financing sources (including potential sources) and other authorized representatives of Parent and such other parties, collectively, “Representatives”) reasonable access during normal business hours to the offices, properties, books and records of any Group Company, (ii) furnish to Parent and its Representatives such existing financial and operating data and other existing information as such persons may reasonably request in writing, and (iii) instruct its and its Subsidiaries’ employees, legal counsel, financial advisors, auditors and other Representatives to reasonably cooperate with Parent and its Representatives in their investigation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any such investigation shall be conducted in such a manner as not to interfere unreasonably with the business or operations of the Company or its Subsidiaries or otherwise result in any significant interference with the timely discharge by the employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries of their duties.

 

(b)        Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 6.03(a), nothing in this Agreement shall require the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to provide Parent or any of its Representatives with access to any books, records, documents or other information to the extent that (i) such books, records, documents or other information is subject to any confidentiality agreement with a Third Party (provided that at the request of Parent, the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to obtain a waiver from such Third Party), (ii) the disclosure of such books, records, documents or other information would result in the loss of attorney-client privilege which could not be reasonably remedied by use of common interest agreements or other methods to maintain such privilege, or (iii) the disclosure of such books, records, documents or other information is prohibited by applicable Law.

 

(c)         No investigation pursuant to this Section 6.03 shall affect any representation or warranty in this Agreement of any party hereto or any condition to the obligations of the parties hereto.

 

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Section 6.04        No Solicitation of Transactions.

 

(a)         Until the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, except pursuant to Section 6.04(b), the Company agrees that neither it nor any of its Subsidiaries will, and that it will cause its and its Subsidiaries’ Representatives (including any investment banker, attorney or accountant retained by any Group Company) not to, in each case, directly or indirectly, (i) solicit, initiate, encourage (including by way of furnishing nonpublic information concerning any Group Company), or take any other action to facilitate, any inquiries or the making of any proposal or offer (including any proposal or offer to its shareholders) that constitutes, or may reasonably be expected to lead to, any Competing Transaction, (ii) enter into, maintain or continue discussions or negotiations with, or provide any nonpublic information concerning any Group Company to, any Third Party in furtherance of such inquiries or to obtain a proposal or offer for a Competing Transaction or any proposal or offer that could reasonably be expected to lead to a Competing Transaction, (iii) agree to, approve, endorse, recommend or consummate any Competing Transaction or enter into any letter of intent or Contract or commitment contemplating or otherwise relating, or that may reasonably be expected to lead to, to any Competing Transaction or requiring the Company to abandon this Agreement or any of the Transactions, including the Merger, or (iv) grant any waiver, amendment or release under any standstill, confidentiality or similar agreement or Takeover Statutes (and the Company shall promptly take all action necessary to terminate or cause to be terminated any such waiver previously granted with respect to any provision of any such confidentiality, standstill or similar agreement or Takeover Statute and to enforce each such confidentiality, standstill and similar agreement). The Company shall notify Parent as promptly as practicable (and in any event within forty-eight (48) hours), orally and in writing, of any proposal or offer, or any inquiry or contact between the Company or its Representatives and any Third Party, regarding a Competing Transaction or that could reasonably be expected to lead to a Competing Transaction, specifying (x) the material terms and conditions thereof (including material amendments or proposed material amendments) and providing, if applicable, copies of any written requests, proposals or offers, including proposed agreements, (y) the identity of the party making such proposal or offer or inquiry or contact, and (z) whether the Company has any intention to provide confidential information to such person. The Company shall keep Parent informed, on a reasonably current basis (and in any event within forty-eight (48) hours of the occurrence of any material changes, developments, discussions or negotiations) of the status and terms of any such proposal, offer, inquiry, contact or request and of any material changes in the status and terms of any such proposal, offer, inquiry, contact or request (including the material terms and conditions thereof). Without limiting the foregoing, the Company shall (A) promptly notify Parent orally and in writing if it determines to initiate actions concerning a proposal, offer, inquiry, contact or request, in each case as permitted by this Section 6.04, and (B) provide Parent with forty-eight (48) hours prior notice (or such lesser prior notice as is provided to the members of the Company Board or members of the Special Committee) of any meeting of the Company Board or Special Committee at which the Company Board or Special Committee, as applicable, is reasonably expected to consider any Competing Transaction. The Company shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries and the Representatives of the Company and its Subsidiaries to, immediately cease and terminate all existing discussions or negotiations with any parties conducted heretofore with respect to a Competing Transaction and immediately revoke or withdraw access of any Third Party to any data room containing any nonpublic information concerning any Group Company and request, and use its reasonable efforts to cause, all such Third Parties to promptly return or destroy all such nonpublic information. The Company shall not, and shall cause its Subsidiaries not to, enter into any confidentiality agreement with any Third Party subsequent to the date of this Agreement which prohibits the Company from providing such information to Parent.

 

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(b)        Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 6.04(a), at any time prior to the receipt of the Requisite Company Vote, following the receipt of an unsolicited, written, bona fide proposal or offer regarding a Competing Transaction which was not obtained in violation of Section 6.04, the Company and its Representatives may, with respect to such proposal or offer and acting only under the direction of the Special Committee:

 

(i)               contact the person who has made such proposal or offer solely to clarify and understand the terms and conditions thereof to the extent the Special Committee shall have determined in good faith that such contact is necessary to determine whether such proposal or offer constitutes a Superior Proposal or could reasonably be expected to result in a Superior Proposal;

 

(ii)               provide information in response to the request of the person who has made such proposal or offer, if and only if, prior to providing such information, the Company has received from the person so requesting such information an executed confidentiality agreement in reasonably customary form; provided that such confidentiality agreement shall not include any provision calling for any exclusive right to negotiate with such person or having the effect of prohibiting the Company from satisfying its obligations under this Agreement, provided further that the Company shall concurrently make available to Parent any information concerning the Company and the Subsidiaries that is provided to any such person and that was not previously made available to Parent or its Representatives; and

 

(iii)              engage or participate in any discussions or negotiations with the person who has made such proposal or offer;

 

provided, that prior to taking any actions described in clause (ii) or (iii) above, the Special Committee has provided written notice to Parent at least three (3) Business Days prior to taking any such action, and has (A) determined, in its good faith judgment, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, that such proposal or offer constitutes or would reasonably be expected to result in a Superior Proposal, and (B) determined, in its good faith judgment, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, that, in light of such Superior Proposal, failure to take such action would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of the Company Board under applicable Law.

 

(c)         Except as set forth in Section 6.04(d), neither the Company Board nor any committee thereof shall (i) (A) change, withhold, withdraw (or not continue to make), qualify or modify (or publicly propose to change, withhold, withdraw (or not continue to make), qualify or modify), in a manner adverse to Parent or Merger Sub, the Company Recommendation, (B) fail to make the Company Recommendation or fail to include the Company Recommendation in the Proxy Statement, (C) adopt, approve or recommend, or publicly propose to adopt, approve or recommend to the shareholders of the Company, a Competing Transaction, (D) if a tender offer or exchange offer that constitutes a Competing Transaction is commenced, (x) fail to publicly recommend against acceptance of such tender offer or exchange offer by the Company shareholders (including, for these purposes, by disclosing that it is taking no position with respect to the acceptance of such tender offer or exchange offer by its shareholders, which shall constitute a failure to recommend against acceptance of such tender offer or exchange offer), provided that a customary “stop, look and listen” communication by the Company Board pursuant to Rule 14d−9(f) of the Exchange Act or a statement that the Company Board has received and is currently evaluating such Competing Transaction shall not be prohibited, or (y) fail to publicly reaffirm the Company Recommendation, in each case of (x) and (y) within two (2) Business Days after Parent so requests in writing, (E) fail to recommend against any Competing Transaction subject to Regulation 14D under the Exchange Act in a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 within ten (10) Business Days after the commencement of such Competing Transaction, or (F) take any action or make any statement inconsistent with the Company Recommendation (any of the foregoing, a “Change in the Company Recommendation”), or (ii) cause or permit the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to enter into any letter of intent, memorandum of understanding, agreement in principle, merger agreement, acquisition agreement or other or similar document or Contract with respect to any Competing Transaction other than a confidentiality agreement referred to in Section 6.02(b) entered into in compliance with Section 6.04(b) (an “Alternative Acquisition Agreement”).

 

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(d)        Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement, from the date of this Agreement and at any time prior to the receipt of the Requisite Company Vote, if the Company has received a bona fide written proposal or offer with respect to a Competing Transaction which was not withdrawn and which was not obtained in violation of Section 6.04 and the Company Board determines, in its good faith judgment upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel), that such proposal or offer constitutes a Superior Proposal and failure to make a Change in the Company Recommendation with respect to such Superior Proposal would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable Law, the Company Board may, upon the recommendation of the Special Committee, (A) effect a Change in the Company Recommendation and/or (B) with respect to such Superior Proposal, authorize the Company to terminate this Agreement in accordance with Section 8.03(c) and enter into an Alternative Acquisition Agreement, but only (i) if the Company shall have complied with the requirements of Section 6.04(a) and Section 6.04(b) with respect to such proposal or offer; (ii) after (A) providing at least six (6) Business Days’ (the “Superior Proposal Notice Period”) written notice to Parent (a “Notice of Superior Proposal”) advising Parent that the Company Board has received a Superior Proposal, specifying the material terms and conditions of such Superior Proposal (and providing any proposed agreements related thereto), identifying the person making such Superior Proposal and indicating that the Company Board intends to effect a Change in the Company Recommendation and/or authorize the Company to terminate this Agreement in accordance with Section 8.03(c) and the manner in which it intends (or may intend) to do so, it being understood that the Notice of Superior Proposal or any amendment or update thereto or the determination to so deliver such notice shall not constitute a Change in the Company Recommendation, (B) negotiating with and causing its financial and legal advisors to negotiate with Parent, Merger Sub and their respective Representatives in good faith (to the extent Parent desires to negotiate) to make such adjustments in the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the Equity Financing, so that such Third Party proposal or offer would cease to constitute a Superior Proposal, and (C) permitting Parent and its Representatives to make a presentation to the Company Board and the Special Committee regarding this Agreement, the Equity Financing and any adjustments with respect thereto (to the extent Parent desires to make such presentation); provided that any material modifications to such Third Party proposal or offer that the Company Board has determined to be a Superior Proposal shall be deemed a new Superior Proposal and the Company shall be required to again comply with the requirements of this Section 6.04, provided, further, that with respect to the new written notice to Parent, the Superior Proposal Notice Period shall be deemed to be a four (4) Business Day period rather than the six (6) Business Day period first described above; and (iii) following the end of such six (6) Business Day period or four (4) Business Day period (as applicable), the Company Board shall have determined, in its good faith judgment upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel), that taking into account any changes to this Agreement and the Equity Financing proposed by Parent and Merger Sub in response to the Notice of Superior Proposal or otherwise, that the proposal or offer with respect to the Competing Transaction giving rise to the Notice of Superior Proposal continues to constitute a Superior Proposal. None of the Company, the Company Board or any committee of the Company Board shall enter into any Contract with any Third Party to limit or not to give prior notice to Parent of its intention to effect a Change in the Company Recommendation.

 

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(e)         Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.04 to the contrary, prior to obtaining the Requisite Company Vote, if an Intervening Event shall have occurred and be continuing, and other than in response to or in connection with a Superior Proposal, if the board of directors of the Company determines, in its good faith judgment upon the recommendation of the Special Committee (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel), that failure to effect a Change in the Company Recommendation and/or terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 8.03 would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable Law, the board of directors of the Company may, upon the recommendation of the Special Committee, effect Change in the Company Recommendation and/or terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 8.03(c); provided that prior to effecting such Change in the Company Recommendation, (i) the Company has provided Parent at least six (6) Business Days’ prior written notice with reasonable details about the Intervening Event indicating that the board of directors of the Company intends to effect a Change in the Company Recommendation and/or terminate this Agreement, and (ii) during the six (6) Business Day period following Parent and Merger Sub’s receipt of the aforementioned notice, the Company shall, and shall cause its Representatives to, negotiate with Parent and Merger Sub in good faith (to the extent Parent and Merger Sub desire to negotiate) to make such adjustments in the terms and conditions of this Agreement, so that it would no longer be inconsistent with the board of directors’ fiduciary obligations not to effect a Change in the Company Recommendation, and (iii) following the end of the six (6) Business Day period, the board of directors of the Company (acting at the direction of the Special Committee following consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel) shall have determined in good faith, taking into account any changes to this Agreement proposed in writing by Parent and Merger Sub in response to the aforementioned notice, that it would continue to be inconsistent with the board of directors’ fiduciary duties under applicable Law not to effect the Change in the Company Recommendation in light of the Intervening Event.

 

(f)         Nothing contained in this Section 6.04 shall be deemed to prohibit the Company, the Company Board or the Special Committee from (i) complying with its disclosure obligations under U.S. federal or state or non-U.S. Law with regard to a Competing Transaction, including taking and disclosing to its shareholders a position contemplated by Rule 14e-2(a), Rule 14d-9 or Item 1012(a) of Regulation M-A promulgated under the Exchange Act (or any similar communication to shareholders in connection with the making or amendment of a tender offer or exchange offer); provided that any such disclosure (other than a “stop, look and listen” communication of the type contemplated by Rule 14d-9(f) under the Exchange Act or a statement that the Company Board or the Special Committee, as applicable, has received and is currently evaluating such Competing Transaction) that is not an express rejection of any applicable Competing Transaction or an express reaffirmation of its recommendation in favor of the Transactions shall be deemed to be a Change in the Company Recommendation, or (ii) making any “stop-look-and-listen” communication of the type contemplated by Rule 14d-9(f) under the Exchange Act.

 

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(g)        Prior to the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, the Company shall not submit to the vote of its shareholders any Competing Transaction or enter into any Alternative Acquisition Agreement or propose to do so.

 

The Company shall promptly inform its Representatives of the obligations applicable to such Representatives in this Section 6.04.

 

Section 6.05        Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification.

 

(a)         The indemnification, advancement and exculpation provisions of the indemnification agreements by and among the Company and its directors and certain executive officers as in effect at the Effective Time shall survive the Merger and shall not be amended, repealed or otherwise modified for a period of six (6) years from the Effective Time in any manner that would adversely affect the rights thereunder of the current or former directors or officers of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. The memorandum and articles of association of the Surviving Company shall contain provisions no less favorable to the intended beneficiaries with respect to exculpation and indemnification of liability and advancement of expenses than are set forth in the memorandum and articles of association of the Company as in effect on the date hereof, and Parent shall cause such provisions not be amended, repealed or otherwise modified for a period of six (6) years from the Effective Time in any manner that would affect adversely the rights thereunder of individuals who, at or prior to the Effective Time, were directors, officers, employees, fiduciaries or agents of the Company, unless such modification shall be required by Law. From and after the Effective Time, any agreement of any Indemnified Party with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries regarding exculpation or indemnification of liability or advancement of expenses shall be assumed by the Surviving Company, shall survive the Merger and shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

 

(b)        Subject to the terms and conditions of this Section 6.05, from and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Company shall, and Parent shall cause the Surviving Company to, and each of the Surviving Company and Parent shall cause its Subsidiaries to, indemnify and hold harmless (including any obligations to advance funds for expenses) (i) each person who is, or at the Closing Date will be, a current or former director, officer, employee or other fiduciary of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (the “Indemnified Parties”) against any and all costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses), judgments, fines, losses, claims, damages, liabilities and amounts paid in settlement in connection with any actual or threatened claim, action, suit, proceeding or investigation, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (“Damages”), arising out of, relating to or in connection with (x) the fact that an Indemnified Party is or was a director, officer or employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (y) any acts or omissions occurring or alleged to have occurred (including acts or omissions with respect to the approval of this Agreement or the Transactions or arising out of or pertaining to the Transactions and actions to enforce this provision or any other indemnification or advancement right of any Indemnified Party) prior to or at the Effective Time, to the extent provided under the Company’s or such Subsidiaries’ respective organizational and governing documents or agreements in effect on the date hereof (true and complete copies of which shall have been delivered to Parent prior to the date hereof) and to the fullest extent permitted by the Companies Act or any other applicable Law, provided, that such indemnification shall be subject to any limitation imposed from time to time under applicable Law; and (ii) such persons against any and all Damages arising out of acts or omissions in such persons’ official capacity as an officer, director or other fiduciary of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries if such service was at the request or for the benefit of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(c)         Upon being served with any summons, citation, subpoena, complaint, indictment, information, or other document relating to any Action which may result in the payment or advancement of any amounts under Section 6.05(b), any Group Company’s organizational and governing documents, or any existing indemnification agreements, the person seeking indemnification shall notify the Surviving Company promptly, but in all events no later than the earlier of (i) five (5) days after actual receipt, and (ii) as soon as necessary after actual receipt to prevent the Surviving Company or any of its Subsidiaries from being materially and adversely prejudiced by late notice. The Surviving Company (or a Subsidiary nominated by it) shall have the right to participate in any such Action and, at its option, assume the defense of such Action. The person seeking indemnification shall have the right to effectively participate in the defense and/or settlement of such Action, including receiving copies of all correspondence and participating in all meetings and teleconferences concerning the Action. In the event the Surviving Company (or a Subsidiary nominated by it) assumes the defense of any Action pursuant to this Section 6.05(c), neither the Surviving Company nor any of its Subsidiaries shall be liable to the person seeking indemnification for any fees of counsel subsequently incurred by such person with respect to the same Action.

 

(d)        In the event the Company or the Surviving Company or any of their respective successors or assigns (i) consolidates with or merges into any other person and shall not be the continuing or surviving company or entity of such consolidation or merger or (ii) transfers all or substantially all of its properties and assets to any person, then, and in each such case, proper provision shall be made so that the successors and assigns of the Company or the Surviving Company, as the case may be, or at Parent’s option, Parent, shall assume the obligations set forth in this Section 6.05.

 

(e)         The agreements and covenants contained in this Section 6.05 shall be in addition to any other rights an Indemnified Party may have under the memorandum and articles of association of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (or equivalent constitutional documents), or any agreement between an Indemnified Party and the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, under the Companies Act or other applicable Law, or otherwise. The provisions of this Section 6.05 shall survive the consummation of the Merger and are intended to be for the benefit of, and shall be enforceable by, each of the Indemnified Parties and their heirs and legal representatives, each of which shall be a Third Party beneficiary of the provisions of this Section 6.05. The obligations of Parent and the Surviving Company under this Section 6.05 shall not be terminated or modified in such a manner as to adversely affect the rights of any Indemnified Party without the consent of such Indemnified Party.

 

(f)         Nothing in this Agreement is intended to, shall be construed to or shall release, waive or impair any rights to directors’ and officers’ insurance claims under any policy or other agreement that is or has been in existence with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective officers, directors and employees, it being understood and agreed that the indemnification provided for in this Section 6.05 is not prior to or in substitution for any such claims under any such policies.

 

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Section 6.06        Notification of Certain Matters.

 

Each of the Company and Parent shall promptly notify the other in writing of:

 

(a)         any notice or other communication from any person alleging that the consent of such person is or may be required in connection with the Transactions;

 

(b)        any notice or other communication from any Governmental Authority in connection with the Transactions;

 

(c)         any Actions commenced or, to the knowledge of the Company or the knowledge of Parent, threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Parent and any of its Subsidiaries, as the case may be, that, if pending on the date of this Agreement, would have been required to have been disclosed by such party pursuant to any of such party’s representations and warranties contained herein, or that relate to such party’s ability to consummate the Transactions; and

 

(d)        if a breach of any representation or warranty or failure to perform any covenant or agreement on the part of such party set forth in this Agreement shall have occurred that would cause the conditions set forth in Section 7.01, Section 7.02 or Section 7.03 not to be satisfied;

 

together, in each case, with a copy of any such notice, communication or Action; provided that the delivery of any notice pursuant to this Section 6.06 shall not limit or otherwise affect the remedies available hereunder to the party receiving such notice; provided further, that failure to give prompt notice pursuant to Section 6.06(d) shall not constitute a failure of a condition to the Merger set forth in Article VII except to the extent that the underlying breach of a representation or warranty or failure to perform any covenant or agreement not so notified would, standing alone, constitute such a failure.

 

Section 6.07        Financing.

 

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, each of Parent and Merger Sub shall use its reasonable best efforts to (i) maintain in effect the Equity Commitment Letter until the Transactions are consummated, (iii) satisfy, or cause to be satisfied, on a timely basis all conditions to the closing of and funding under the Equity Commitment Letter applicable to Parent and/or Merger Sub that are within its control, (iv) seek to enforce its right under the Equity Commitment Letter, and (v) consummate the Equity Financing at or prior to the Effective Time. Neither Parent nor Merger Sub shall agree to or permit any amendments or modifications to, or grant any waivers of, any condition or other provision under the Equity Commitment Letter without the prior written consent of the Company (which shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), unless such amended or modified Equity Commitment Letter is subject only to such conditions to funding that are substantially similar, or are not less favorable in aggregate, from the standpoint of the Company and its shareholders (other than the holders of Excluded Shares), than the terms and conditions as set forth in the Equity Commitment Letter as in effect on the date hereof.

 

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Section 6.08        Further Action; Reasonable Best Efforts.

 

(a)        In furtherance and not in limitation of the covenants of the parties contained herein and subject to Section 6.08(b), if any objections are asserted with respect to the Transactions under any Law or if any suit is instituted (or threatened to be instituted) by any applicable Governmental Authority or any private party challenging any of the Transactions as violating any Law or which would otherwise prevent, materially impede or materially delay the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, each of Parent, Merger Sub and the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to resolve any such objections or suits so as to permit consummation of the Transactions, which shall include in the case of the Company if (and only if) requested by Parent, the Company’s selling, holding separate or otherwise disposing of or conducting its or any of its Subsidiaries’ business in a manner which would resolve such objections or suits or agreeing to sell, hold separate or otherwise dispose of or conduct its or any of its Subsidiaries’ business in a manner which would resolve such objections or suits or permitting the sale, holding separate or other disposition of, any of its assets or the assets of its Subsidiaries or the conducting of its business in a manner which would resolve such objections or suits; provided, however, that the Company may expressly condition any such sale, holding separate or other disposal, and any agreement to take any such action or to conduct its or any of its Subsidiaries’ business in any manner, upon the consummation of the Merger and other Transactions.

 

(b)        Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, none of Parent, Merger Sub or any of their respective Affiliates or Representatives shall be required to take or refrain from taking, or to agree to it, its Affiliates or any Group Company taking or refraining from taking, any action, or to permitting or suffering to exist any restriction, condition, limitation or requirement which, individually or together with all other such actions, restrictions, conditions, limitations or requirements would or may be reasonably likely to (i) adversely affect the interest of Parent, Merger Sub or any of their respective Affiliates or Representatives in the Transaction, (ii) require Parent, Merger Sub or any of their respective Affiliates or Representatives commit to or effect, by consent decree, hold separate orders, or otherwise, the restructuring, reorganization, sale, divesture or disposition of such of its or any of its Affiliates’ or portfolio companies’ assets, properties or businesses, or accept any prohibition or limitation on the ownership or operation of, or any arrangement that would apply to, any of its or any of its Affiliates’ or portfolio companies’ assets, properties or businesses, (iii) require the Sponsor or its Affiliates to agree to any modification to the governance or similar rights of the Sponsor or its Affiliates agreed by the Sponsor or its Affiliates with respect to the Company and its Affiliates following the Closing or (iv) result in a Company Material Adverse Effect.

 

(c)         Each party hereto shall, upon request by any other party, furnish such other party with all information concerning itself, its Subsidiaries, directors, officers and shareholders and such other matters as may be reasonably necessary or advisable in connection with the Proxy Statement, the Schedule 13E-3, or any other statement, filing, notice or application made by or on behalf of Parent, Merger Sub, the Company or any of their respective Subsidiaries to any Third Party and/or any Governmental Authority in connection with the Transactions.

 

(d)         The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all appropriate action, and to do, or cause to be done, at or prior to the Closing all things within its control which are necessary, proper or advisable and which are reasonably requested by Parent to facilitate the continuing operations of business of the Group Companies from and after the Closing, including using its reasonable best efforts to provide operational data, provide bank account information of the Group Companies, locate the corporate chops and finance stamps of the Group Companies incorporated in the PRC and procure the satisfaction of the closing conditions set forth in Section 7.02.

 

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Section 6.09        Obligations of Merger Sub.

 

Parent shall take all action necessary to cause Merger Sub to perform its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the Transactions on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement.

 

Section 6.10        Participation in Litigation.

 

Prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall give prompt notice to the Company, and the Company shall give prompt notice to Parent, of any Actions commenced or, to the knowledge of the Company on the one hand and the knowledge of Parent on the other hand, threatened against such party or its directors which relate to this Agreement and the Transactions. The Company shall give Parent the opportunity to participate in the defense or settlement of any shareholder Action against the Company and/or its directors relating to this Agreement or the Transactions, and no such Action shall be settled without Parent’s prior written consent.

 

Section 6.11        Resignations.

 

To the extent requested by Parent in writing at least three (3) Business Days prior to Closing, on the Closing Date, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to cause to be delivered to Parent duly signed resignations, effective as of the Effective Time, of the directors of any Group Company designated by Parent, which shall include a waiver of any claims against any Group Company.

 

Section 6.12        Public Announcements.

 

The press release announcing the execution of this Agreement shall be issued only in such form as shall be mutually agreed upon by the Company and Parent. At any time prior to termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, Parent and the Company shall consult with each other before issuing any press release, having any communication with the press (whether or not for attribution), making any other public statement or scheduling any press conference or conference call with investors or analysts with respect to this Agreement or the Transactions and, except in respect of any such press release, communication, other public statement, press conference or conference call as may be required by applicable Law or rules and policies of the Nasdaq, shall not issue any such press release, have any such communication, make any such other public statement or schedule any such press conference or conference call prior to obtaining the consent (not to be unreasonably withheld) of such other party.

 

Section 6.13        Stock Exchange Delisting.

 

The Company shall cooperate with Parent and use reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions, and do or cause to be done all things, reasonably necessary, proper or advisable on its part under applicable Laws and rules and policies of the Nasdaq to enable the delisting of the Shares and ADSs from the Nasdaq and the deregistration of the Shares and ADSs under the Exchange Act as promptly as practicable after the Effective Time.

 

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Section 6.14        Takeover Statutes.

 

If any Takeover Statute is or may become applicable to any of the Transactions, the parties hereto shall use their respective reasonable best efforts (a) to take all action necessary so that no Takeover Statute is or becomes applicable to any of the Transactions and (b) if any such Takeover Statute is or becomes applicable to any of the foregoing, to take all action necessary (including, in the case of the Company and the Company Board, grant all necessary approvals) so that the Transactions may be consummated as promptly as practicable on the terms contemplated by this Agreement, including all actions to eliminate or lawfully minimize the effects of such Takeover Statute on the Transactions.

 

Section 6.15        No amendment to Parent Group Contracts.

 

Parent and Merger Sub shall not, and shall cause its respective Affiliates not to, (a) amend, modify, withdraw, waive or terminate any Parent Group Contract or (b) enter into or modify any other Contract directly relating to the Transactions, in each case of (a) and (b in a manner that would individually or in the aggregate, prevent or materially delay the ability of Parent or Merger Sub to consummate the Merger and other Transactions, in each case without the prior written consent of the Special Committee (acting on behalf of the Company).

 

Article VII

CONDITIONS TO THE MERGER

 

Section 7.01        Conditions to the Obligations of Each Party.

 

The obligations of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible under applicable Law) of the following conditions at or prior to the Closing Date:

 

(a)         Shareholder Approval. This Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger, shall have been authorized and approved by holders of Shares constituting the Requisite Company Vote at the Shareholders’ Meeting in accordance with the Companies Act and the Company’s memorandum and articles of association.

 

(b)        No Injunction. No Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction shall have enacted, issued, promulgated, enforced or entered any Law or award, writ, injunction, determination, rule, regulation, judgment, decree or executive order (an “Order”), whether temporary, preliminary or permanent, which is then in effect or is pending, proposed or threatened, that has or would have the effect of enjoining, restraining, prohibiting or otherwise making illegal the consummation of the Transactions.

 

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Section 7.02        Additional Conditions to the Obligations of Parent and Merger Sub.

 

The obligations of Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible under applicable Law) of the following additional conditions at or prior to the Closing Date:

 

(a)         Representations and Warranties. (i) Other than the representations and warranties of the Company contained in Section 3.03(a), the first sentence of Section 3.03(b), Section 3.04(a), Section 3.04(b), Section 3.21 and Section 3.22, the representations and warranties of the Company contained in this Agreement (without giving effect to any qualification as to “materiality,” “Company Material Adverse Effect” or any similar standard or qualification set forth therein) shall be true and correct as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, as though made on and as of such date and time (other than representations and warranties that by their terms address matters only as of a specified time, which shall be true and correct only as of such time), except where the failure of such representations and warranties of the Company to be so true and correct do not, and would not be reasonably expected to, constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect, (ii) the representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.04(a), Section 3.04(b), Section 3.21 and Section 3.22 shall be true and correct in all material respects as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, as though made on and as of such date and time (other than representations and warranties that by their terms address matters only as of a specified time, which shall be true and correct only as of such time), and (iii) the representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.03(a) and the first sentence of Section 3.03(b) shall be true and correct in all respects (except for de minimis inaccuracies) as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, as though made on and as of such date and time (other than representations and warranties that by their terms address matters only as of a specified time, which shall be true and correct only as of such time).

 

(b)        Agreements and Covenants. The Company shall have performed or complied in all material respects with all agreements and covenants required by this Agreement to be performed or complied with by it on or prior to the Closing Date.

 

(c)         Dissenting Shareholders. The holders of no more than ten percent (10)% of the Shares shall have validly served a notice of dissent under Section 179 of the Companies Act.

 

(d)        Officer Certificate. The Company shall have delivered to Parent a certificate, dated the Closing Date, signed by a senior executive officer of the Company, certifying as to the satisfaction of the conditions specified in Section 7.02(a), Section 7.02(b),and Section 7.02(e).

 

(e)         No Material Adverse Effect. No Company Material Adverse Effect shall have occurred since the date of this Agreement.

 

Section 7.03        Additional Conditions to the Obligations of the Company.

 

The obligations of the Company to consummate the Merger are subject to the satisfaction or waiver (where permissible under applicable Law) of the following additional conditions at or prior to the Closing Date:

 

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(a)               Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of Parent and Merger Sub contained in this Agreement shall be true and correct (without giving effect to any qualification as to “materiality” or similar standard or qualification set forth therein) as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, as though made on and as of such date and time (other than representations and warranties that by their terms address matters only as of a specified time, which shall be true and correct only as of such time), except where the failure of such representations and warranties of Parent and Merger Sub to be so true and correct, individually or in the aggregate, have not, and would not reasonably be expected to, prevent, materially delay or materially impede or impair the ability of Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Transactions.

 

(b)        Agreements and Covenants. Each of Parent and Merger Sub shall have performed or complied in all material respects with all agreements and covenants required by this Agreement to be performed or complied with by it on or prior to the Closing Date.

 

(c)         Officer Certificate. Parent shall have delivered to the Company a certificate, dated the date of the Closing, signed by an executive officer of Parent, certifying as to the satisfaction of the conditions specified in Section 7.03(a) and Section 7.03(b).

 

Section 7.04        Frustration of Closing Conditions.

 

Prior to the Termination Date, none of the Company, Parent or Merger Sub may rely on the failure of any condition set forth in Article VII to be satisfied if such failure was caused by such party’s failure to act in good faith to comply with this Agreement and consummate the Transactions.

 

Article VIII

TERMINATION

 

Section 8.01        Termination by Mutual Consent.

 

This Agreement may be terminated and the Transactions may be abandoned at any time prior to the Effective Time by mutual written consent of Parent and the Company with the approval of their respective boards of directors (or in the case of the Company, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee).

 

Section 8.02        Termination by Either the Company or Parent.

 

This Agreement may be terminated by either the Company (acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee) or Parent at any time prior to the Effective Time, if:

 

(a)         the Effective Time shall not have occurred on or before June 17, 2021 (the “Termination Date”); or

 

(b)        any Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction shall have enacted, issued, promulgated, enforced or entered any final and non-appealable Order which, or taken any other final and non-appealable action that, has the effect of making consummation of the Transactions illegal or otherwise preventing or prohibiting consummation of the Transactions; or

 

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(c)         the Requisite Company Vote shall not have been obtained at the Shareholders’ Meeting duly convened therefor and concluded or at any adjournment or postponement thereof;

 

provided, that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.02 shall not be available to any party whose failure to fulfill any of its obligations under this Agreement (or, in the case of termination by Parent, the failure of the Rollover Shareholder to fulfill any of its respective obligations under the Support Agreement) has been a material cause of, or resulted in, the failure of the applicable condition(s) being satisfied.

 

Section 8.03        Termination by the Company.

 

This Agreement may be terminated by the Company (acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee) at any time prior to the Effective Time, if:

 

(a)         a breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant of Parent or Merger Sub set forth in this Agreement shall have occurred, which breach (i) would give rise to the failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.03 and as a result of such breach, such condition would not be capable of being satisfied prior to the Termination Date, and (ii) is incapable of being cured or, if capable of being cured, is not cured by Parent or Merger Sub, as applicable, within thirty (30) days following receipt of written notice of such breach from the Company (or, if the Termination Date is less than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of receipt of such notice, by the Termination Date); provided that the Company shall not have the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.03(a) if the Company is then in breach of any representations, warranties, agreements or covenants of the Company hereunder that would give rise to the failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.02;

 

(b)        (i) all of the conditions set forth in Section 7.01 and Section 7.02 (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied by actions taken at the Closing) have been satisfied, (ii) the Company has delivered to Parent an irrevocable written notice confirming that all of the conditions set forth Section 7.03 have been satisfied (or that the Company is willing to waive any unsatisfied conditions in Section 7.03) and that it is ready, willing and able to consummate the Closing and (iii) Parent and Merger Sub fail to complete the Closing within ten (10) Business Days following the later of (x) date on which the Closing should have occurred pursuant to Section 1.02 and (y) the date on which the foregoing notice is delivered to Parent; or

 

(c)         prior to the receipt of the Requisite Company Vote, (i) the Company Board (acting upon unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee) or the Special Committee (acting upon unanimous vote and to the extent it is within the authority of the Special Committee) has authorized the Company to (i) terminate this Agreement and/or enter into an Alternative Acquisition Agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal pursuant to Section 6.04(d), or (ii) to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 6.04(e); provided that the Company shall not be entitled to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.03(c) unless the Company has (A) complied with the requirements of Section 6.04 with respect to such Superior Proposal and/or Alternative Acquisition Agreement and (B) complied with Section 8.06 and pays in full the Company Termination Fee prior to or concurrently with taking any action pursuant to this Section 8.03(c), and any purported termination pursuant to this Section 8.03(c) shall be void and of no force or effect if the Company shall not have paid the Company Termination Fee in full in accordance with this Section 8.03(c) and Section 8.06.

 

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Section 8.04        Termination by Parent.

 

This Agreement may be terminated by Parent at any time prior to the Effective Time, if:

 

(a)         a breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant of the Company set forth in this Agreement shall have occurred, which breach would give rise to the failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.02 and as a result of such breach, such condition would not be capable of being satisfied prior to the Termination Date; provided that Parent shall not have the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.04(a) if either Parent or Merger Sub is then in breach of any representations, warranties or covenants of Parent or Merger Sub hereunder that would give rise to the failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.03; or

 

(b)               the Company Board or any committee thereof shall have effected a Change in the Company Recommendation.

 

Section 8.05        Effect of Termination.

 

In the event of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, this Agreement shall forthwith become void, and there shall be no liability under this Agreement on the part of any party hereto (or any Representative of such party); provided that the terms of Section 6.03(c), Section 6.12, Articles VIII and IX shall survive any termination of this Agreement.

 

Section 8.06        Termination Fee

 

(a)         In the event that:

 

(i)               (A) a bona fide proposal or offer with respect to a Competing Transaction shall have been made, proposed or communicated (and not withdrawn), after the date hereof and prior to the Shareholders’ Meeting (or prior to the termination of this Agreement if there has been no Shareholders’ Meeting), (B) following the occurrence of an event described in the preceding clause (A), this Agreement is terminated by the Company or Parent pursuant to Section 8.02(a) or Section 8.02(c), and (C) within twelve (12) months after the termination of this Agreement, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries consummates, or enters into a definitive agreement in connection with, any Competing Transaction by a Third Party (in each case whether or not the Competing Transaction was the same Competing Transaction referred to in clause (A)) (provided that for purposes of this Section 8.06(a), all references to “15%” in the definition of “Competing Transaction” shall be deemed to be references to “100%”);

 

(ii)               this Agreement is terminated by Parent pursuant to Section 8.04; or

 

(iii)              this Agreement is terminated by the Company pursuant to Section 8.03(c),

 

then the Company shall pay, or cause to be paid, to Parent or its designees an amount equal to US$340,000 (the “Company Termination Fee”) by wire transfer of same day funds as promptly as possible (but in any event (x) within two (2) Business Days after such termination in the case of a termination referred to in clause (ii) above, (y) at least one (1) Business Day prior to and as a condition of the consummation by the Company of a Competing Transaction or entry by the Company into the definitive agreement in connection with a Competing Transaction in the case of a termination referred to in clause (i) above, or (z) prior to or concurrently with the termination of this Agreement in case of a termination pursuant to clause (iii) above); it being understood that in no event shall the Company be required to pay the Company Termination Fee on more than one occasion.

 

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(b)        Parent will pay, or cause to be paid, to the Company an amount equal to US$680,000 (the “Parent Termination Fee”) if this Agreement is terminated by the Company pursuant to Section 8.03(a) or Section 8.03(b), such payment to be made as promptly as possible (but in any event within five (5) Business Days following such termination by wire transfer of same day funds); it being understood that in no event shall Parent be required to pay the Parent Termination Fee on more than one occasion.

 

(c)         Each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges that (i) the agreements contained in this Section 8.06 are an integral part of the Transactions, (ii) the damages resulting from termination of this Agreement under circumstances where a Company Termination Fee or Parent Termination Fee is payable are uncertain and incapable of accurate calculation and therefore, the amounts payable pursuant to Section 8.06(a) or Section 8.06(b) are not a penalty but rather constitute amounts akin to liquidated damages in a reasonable amount that will compensate Parent or the Company, as the case may be, for the efforts and resources expended and opportunities foregone while negotiating this Agreement and in reliance on this Agreement and on the expectation of the consummation of the Transactions, and (iii) without the agreements contained in this Section 8.06, the parties hereto would not have entered into this Agreement.

 

(d)         (i)        Subject to Section 9.08, the Equity Commitment Letter and the Guarantee, in the event that Parent or Merger Sub fails to effect the Closing for any reason or no reason or they otherwise breach this Agreement or otherwise fail to perform hereunder, then the Company’s right to terminate this Agreement and receive the Parent Termination Fee pursuant to Section 8.06(b) and the guarantee of such obligations pursuant to the Guarantee (subject to their terms, conditions and limitations), shall be the sole and exclusive remedy of any Group Company and all members of the Company Group against (A) Parent, Merger Sub, the Guarantor, and the Sponsor, (B) the former, current and future direct or indirect holders of any equity, general or limited partnership or liability company interest, controlling persons, management companies, portfolio companies, incorporators, directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys, representatives, Affiliates, members, managers, general or limited partners, shareholders, stockholders, successors or assignees of Parent, Merger Sub, the Guarantor or the Sponsor, (C) any lender or prospective lender, lead arranger, arranger, agent or representative of or to Parent, Merger Sub or any Guarantor or Sponsor, or (D) any former, current or future direct or indirect holders any equity, general or limited partnership or limited liability company interest, controlling persons, management companies, portfolio companies, incorporators, directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys, representatives, Affiliates, members, managers, general or limited partners, shareholders, stockholders, successors or assignees of any of the foregoing (clauses (A) through (D) of this Section 8.06(e), collectively, the “Parent Group”), for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement or failure to perform hereunder or other failure of the Merger or the other Transactions to be consummated. For the avoidance of doubt, neither Parent nor any other member of the Parent Group shall have any liability for monetary damages of any kind or nature or arising in any circumstance in connection with this Agreement or any of the Transactions (including the Equity Commitment Letter and the Guarantee) other than the payment of the Parent Termination Fee pursuant to Section 8.06(b), and the costs and expenses pursuant to Section 8.06(c), and in no event shall any Group Company, the direct or indirect shareholders of the Company or any other Group Company, or any of their respective Affiliates, directors, officers, employees, members, managers, partners, representatives, advisors or agents of the foregoing, (collectively, the “Company Group”) seek, or permit to be sought, on behalf of any member of the Company Group, any monetary damages from any member of the Parent Group in connection with this Agreement or any of the Transactions (including the Equity Commitment Letter and the Guarantee), other than (without duplication) from Parent or Merger Sub to the extent provided in Section 8.06(b) and Section 8.06(c), or the Guarantor to the extent provided in the Guarantee.

 

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(ii)            Subject to Section 9.08, in the event Parent or its designees shall receive payment from the Company of the Company Termination Fee pursuant to Section 8.06(a), the receipt of such Company Termination Fee shall be the sole and exclusive remedy (whether at law, in equity, in contract, in tort or otherwise) of any member of the Parent Group against any member of the Company Group for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement or failure to perform hereunder or other failure of the Merger to be consummated. Neither the Company nor any other member of the Company Group shall have any liability for monetary damages of any kind or nature or arising in any circumstance in connection with this Agreement or any of the Transactions other than the payment by the Company of the Company Termination Fee pursuant to Section 8.06(a), and in no event shall any of Parent, Merger Sub or any other member of the Parent Group seek, or permit to be sought, on behalf of any member of the Parent Group, any monetary damages from any member of the Company Group in connection with this Agreement or any of the Transactions, other than (without duplication) from the Company to the extent provided in Section 8.06(a). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, neither the termination of this Agreement nor the payment of the Company Termination Fee will relieve the Company from liability for any willful breach of this Agreement. In the case of any damages sought by Parent in connection with this Agreement, such damages will include the benefit of the bargain lost by the Parent taking into consideration relevant matters, including opportunity costs and the time value of money.

 

(iii)            Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Equity Commitment Letter, the Support agreement, the Guarantee or any other document contemplated thereby or any document or instrument delivered in connection hereunder or thereunder (collectively, the “Transaction Documents”), but subject to Section 9.08, the maximum aggregate liability, whether in equity or at Law, in Contract, in tort or otherwise, of the Parent Group collectively (including monetary damages for fraud or breach, whether willful, intentional, unintentional or otherwise, or monetary damages in lieu of specific performance) (A) under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, (B) in connection with the failure of the Merger (including the Equity Financing) or the other transactions contemplated hereunder or under the Transaction Documents to be consummated or (C) in respect of any representation or warranty made or alleged to have been made in connection with this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, will not exceed under any circumstances an amount equal to the Parent Termination Fee, if any, due and owing to the Company pursuant to Section 8.06(b).

 

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(e)        All out-of-pocket fees and expenses incurred in connection with this Agreement and the Transactions shall be paid by the party incurring such fees and expenses, whether or not the Merger or any other Transaction is consummated.

 

Article IX

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Section 9.01        Non-Survival of Representations, Warranties and Agreements.

 

The representations, warranties and agreements in this Agreement and in any certificate delivered pursuant hereto shall terminate at the earlier of the Effective Time and termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII, except that this Section 9.01 shall not limit any covenant or agreement of the parties hereto which by its terms contemplates performance after the Effective Time or termination of this Agreement, including the agreements set forth in Article I and Article II, Section 6.06, Article VIII and this Article IX.

 

Section 9.02        Notices.

 

All notices, requests, claims, demands and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given (and shall be deemed to have been duly given upon receipt) by delivery in person, by facsimile or by international overnight courier to the respective parties at the following addresses (or at such other address for a party as shall be specified in a notice given in accordance with this Section 9.02):

 

(a)         if to Parent or Merger Sub:

 

16/F, No.518, Shangcheng Road
Pudong District
Shanghai, China
Attention: Hua Xia
Fascimile: +86 21 6888 8666
Email: huaxia@ossengroup.com

 

with a copy to:

 

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Jin Mao Tower 38F, Unit 03-04
88 Century Boulevard
Pudong, Shanghai, 200121, China
Attention: Dan Ouyang, Esq.; Jie Zhu, Esq.
Facsimile: +86 21 6165 1799
Email: douyang@wsgr.com; jizhu@wsgr.com

 

(b)         if to the Company:

 

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.

 

17th Floor, 518 Shangcheng Road

Shanghai 200120, PRC

Attention: Zhou Jiacheng

Facsimile: +86 21 6888 8666

Email: zhoujiacheng@ossengroup.com

 

with a copy to:

 

DLA Piper

20th Floor, South Tower Beijing Kerry Center

No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District

Beijing 100020, PRC

Attention: James Chang, Esq.

Facsimile: +86 10 8520 0700

Email: james.Chang@dlapiper.com

 

(c)         if to the Special Committee, addressed to it care of the Company, with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

DLA Piper

20th Floor, South Tower Beijing Kerry Center

No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District

Beijing 100020, PRC

Attention: James Chang, Esq.

Facsimile: +86 10 8520 0700

Email: james.Chang@dlapiper.com

 

Section 9.03        Certain Definitions.

 

(a)         For purposes of this Agreement:

 

Affiliate” of a specified person means a person who, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such specified person; provided, that, for the purpose of this Agreement, Affiliates of Parent or Merger Sub shall not include the Sponsor and its Affiliates.

 

Anticorruption Law” means Laws relating to anti-bribery or anticorruption (governmental or commercial), which apply to the business and dealings of any Group Company, including Laws that prohibit the corrupt payment, offer, promise or authorization of the payment or transfer of anything of value (including gifts or entertainment), directly or indirectly, to any Government Official, government employee or commercial entity to obtain a business advantage such as, without limitation, the PRC Criminal Law, the PRC Law on Anti-Unfair Competition adopted on September 2, 1993, the Interim Rules on Prevention of Commercial Bribery issued by the PRC State Administration of Industry and Commerce on November 15, 1996, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the United Kingdom Bribery Act 2010, each as amended from time to time, and all applicable Laws enacted to implement the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions.

 

Business Day” means any day on which the principal offices of the SEC in Washington, D.C. are open to accept filings, or, in the case of determining a date when any payment is due, any day on which banks are not required or authorized to close in New York, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands or Beijing, PRC.

 

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Company Disclosure Schedule” means the disclosure schedule delivered by the Company to and accepted by Parent and Merger Sub on the date hereof.

 

Company Employee Plan” means any plan, program, policy, practice, Contract or other arrangement providing for compensation, severance, termination pay, deferred compensation, performance awards, share or share-related awards, fringe benefits or other employee benefits or remuneration of any kind, whether written, unwritten or otherwise, that is or has been maintained, contributed to or required to be contributed to by any Group Company for the benefit of any current or former employee, director or officer of such Group Company, other than any employment Contract or compensatory agreement with a current or former employee, director or officer which is not maintained for the benefit of any group or class of employees.

 

Company IT Assets” means all Software, systems, servers, computers, hardware, firmware, middleware, networks, data, data communications lines, routers, hubs, switches and all other information technology equipment, and all associated documentation owned by or licensed, pursuant to valid and enforceable license agreements, to the Company and its Subsidiaries.

 

Company Products” mean all products or service offerings that have been, or currently are, developed, manufactured, delivered, made commercially available, marketed, supported, sold, provided or distributed, offered for sale, imported or exported for resale, or licensed out by any Group Company, and all product or service offerings that any Group Company intend to, in accordance with their product roadmaps, develop, manufacture, deliver, make commercially available, market, support, sell, provide or distribute, offered for sale, import or export for resale, or license out, after the Closing Date.

 

Company Material Adverse Effect” means any fact, event, circumstance, change, condition, occurrence or effect that, individually or in the aggregate with all other facts, events, circumstances, changes, conditions, occurrences and effects (including any change in applicable Law or the interpretation or enforcement thereof or other regulatory change that affects the Company or any of its Subsidiaries), is or would reasonably be expected to (a) have a material adverse effect on the business, condition (financial or otherwise), assets, liabilities, properties or results of operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole or (b) prevent or materially delay the consummation of the Transactions or otherwise be materially adverse to the ability of the Company to perform its material obligations under this Agreement; provided, however, that clause (a) shall not include any fact, event, circumstance, change, condition, occurrence or effect occurring after the date hereof following or resulting from (i) geopolitical conditions, any outbreak or escalation of war or major hostilities or any act of sabotage or terrorism or natural or man-made disasters or epidemic-induced public health crises or other force majeure events, (ii) changes in Laws, GAAP or enforcement or interpretation thereof, in each case proposed, adopted or enacted after the date of this Agreement, (iii) changes or conditions that generally affect the industry and market in which the Company and its Subsidiaries operate, (iv) changes in the financial, credit or other securities or capital markets, or in general economic, business, regulatory, legislative or political conditions, (v) the announcement, pendency or consummation of the Transactions, or (vi) any action taken by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries at the written request, or with the written consent, of Parent or expressly required by this Agreement; except, in the case of clause (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv), to the extent having a materially disproportionate effect on the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, relative to other participants in the industry in which the Company and its Subsidiaries operates (in which case the incremental materially disproportionate impact or impacts may be taken into account in determining whether there has been a Company Material Adverse Effect).

 

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Competing Transaction” means any of the following (other than the Transactions): (i) any merger, consolidation, share exchange, business combination, scheme of arrangement, amalgamation, recapitalization, liquidation, dissolution or other similar transaction involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries whose assets, individually or in the aggregate, constitute 15% or more of the consolidated assets of the Company or to which 15% or more of the total revenue or net income of the Company are attributable; (ii) any sale, lease, exchange, transfer or other disposition of assets or businesses that constitute or represent 15% or more of the total revenue, net income or assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole; (iii) any sale, exchange, transfer or other disposition of 15% or more of any class of Equity Securities of the Company, or securities convertible into or exchangeable for 15% or more of any class of Equity Securities of the Company; (iv) any tender offer or exchange offer that, if consummated, would result in any person beneficially owning 15% or more of any class of Equity Securities of the Company; (v) any other transaction the consummation of which would be reasonably likely to impede, interfere with, prevent or materially delay the Merger; (vi) any other transaction having an effect similar to the foregoing; or (vii) any combination of the foregoing.

 

Confidential Information” means any confidential or proprietary information, disclosed prior to or after the date hereof by one party hereto or any of its Affiliates to any other party hereto or any of its Affiliates, concerning the disclosing party’s business, financial condition, proprietary technology, research and development and other confidential matters, including any confidential or proprietary information provided under this Agreement, any other Transaction Document or any of the exhibits or schedule attached hereto. Confidential Information shall not include any information which (i) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of a disclosure by the receiving party or its Representatives in violation of this Agreement or other obligation of confidentiality, (ii) was available to the receiving party on a non-confidential basis prior to its disclosure by the disclosing party or the disclosing party’s Representatives, or (iii) becomes available to the receiving party on a non-confidential basis from a person (other than the disclosing party or the disclosing party’s Representatives) who is not, or is reasonably believed by the receiving party not to be, prohibited from disclosing such information to the receiving party by a legal, contractual or fiduciary obligation to the disclosing party or any of the disclosing party’s Representatives.

 

Contract” means any note, bond, mortgage, indenture, deed of trust, contract, agreement, lease, license, permit, franchise or other instrument.

 

control” (including the terms “controlled by” and “under common control with”) means the possession, directly or indirectly, or as trustee or executor, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities or the possession of voting power, as trustee or executor, by contract or credit arrangement or otherwise.

 

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Environmental Laws” means any applicable PRC national, provincial or local Law, U.S. federal, state or local Law or applicable Laws of any other jurisdiction, relating to (a) pollution, (b) the protection of human health and safety (including workplace health and safety) or the environment, including the storage, use, transport or disposal of solid and hazardous waste, discharges of substances to surface water or groundwater, air emissions, recordkeeping, notification, disclosure and reporting requirements respecting Hazardous Substances, and all Laws relating to endangered or threatened species of fish, wildlife and plants and the management or use of natural resources, and (c) the handling, use, transportation, disposal, release or threatened release of any Hazardous Substance.

 

Equity Securities” mean any share, capital stock, registered capital, partnership, member or similar interest in any entity and any option, warrant, right or security convertible, exchangeable or exercisable therefor or any other instrument or right the value of which is based on any of the foregoing.

 

Excluded Shares” means, collectively, (i) the Rollover Shares; and (ii) Shares held by Parent, the Company or any of their Subsidiaries.

 

Governmental Authority” means any government, any governmental or regulatory entity or body, department, commission, board, agency, instrumentality, taxing authority, political subdivision, bureau, unit, official and any self-regulatory organization (including Nasdaq) and any court, tribunal, arbitral or judicial body, in each case whether federal, state, county, provincial, and whether local, foreign or supranational.

 

Government Official” means (a) any official, officer, employee or representative of, or other individual acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of, any Governmental Authority or agency or instrumentality thereof (including any state-owned or controlled enterprise), (b) any political party or party official or candidate for political office or (c) any company, business, enterprise or other entity owned, in whole or in part, or controlled by any person described in the foregoing clause (a) or (b) of this definition.

 

Group Company” means any of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

 

Hazardous Substance” means any materials, chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, toxic or hazardous substances, including (a) those listed, classified or regulated under any Environmental Law as hazardous substance, toxic substance, pollutant, contaminant or oil, (b) those that can cause harm to living organisms, human welfare, or the environment, (c) those whose presence, handling, or management requires registration, authorization, investigation or remediation under Environmental Laws and (d) any petroleum product or by product, asbestos containing material, polychlorinated biphenyl, radioactive material, lead, pesticides, natural gas and nuclear fuel.

 

Indebtedness” means, with respect to any person, (a) all indebtedness of such person, whether or not contingent, for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such person for the deferred purchase price of property or services, (c) all obligations of such person evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or other similar instruments, (d) all obligations of such person under currency, interest rate or other swaps, and all hedging and other obligations of such person under other derivative instruments, (e) all indebtedness created or arising under any conditional sale or other title retention agreement with respect to property acquired by such person (even though the rights and remedies of the seller or lender under such agreement in the event of default are limited to repossession or sale of such property), (f) all obligations of such person as lessee under leases that have been or should be, in accordance with GAAP, recorded as capital leases, (g) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such person under acceptance, letter of credit or similar facilities, (h) all obligations of such person to purchase, redeem, retire, defease or otherwise acquire for value any shares of such person or any warrants, rights or options to acquire such shares, valued, in the case of redeemable preferred shares, at the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference plus accrued and unpaid dividends, (i) all Indebtedness of others referred to in clauses (a) through (h) above guaranteed directly or indirectly in any manner by such person, and (j) all Indebtedness referred to in clauses (a) through (h) above secured by (or for which the holder of such Indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Liens on property (including accounts and contract rights) owned by such person, even though such person has not assumed or become liable for the payment of such Indebtedness.

 

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Insolvent” means, with respect to any person (a) the present fair saleable value of such person’s assets is less than the amount required to pay such person’s total Indebtedness, (b) such person is unable to pay its debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and liabilities become absolute and matured, (c) such person intends to incur or believes that it will incur debts that would be beyond its ability to pay as such debts mature, or (d) such person has unreasonably small capital with which to conduct the business in which it is engaged as such business is now conducted and is proposed to be conducted.

 

Intellectual Property” means all rights, anywhere in the world, in or to: (a) patents, patent applications (and any patents that issue from those patent application), certificates of invention, substitutions relating to any of the patents and patent applications, utility models, inventions and discoveries, statutory invention registrations, mask works, invention disclosures, industrial designs, community designs and other designs, and any other governmental grant for the protection of inventions or designs; (b) Trademarks; (c) works of authorship (including Software) and copyrights, and moral rights, design rights and database rights therein and thereto, whether or not registered; (d) confidential and proprietary information, including trade secrets, know-how and invention rights; (e) rights of privacy and publicity; (f) registrations, applications, renewals, reissues, reexaminations, continuations, continuations-in-part, divisions, extensions, and foreign counterparts for any of the foregoing in clauses (a)-(e); and (g) any and all other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

 

Intervening Event” means any material development or material change in circumstances that affects the business, assets or operation of the Company occurring or arising after the date hereof with respect to the Company that was neither known to the Company Board or executive officers of the Company nor reasonably foreseeable as of or prior to the date hereof; provided, that in no event shall the receipt, existence or terms of any Competing Transaction or any matter relating thereto or consequence thereof constitute an Intervening Event.

 

Inventory” means all finished goods inventories and all work in process.

 

IT Assets” means any and all computers, Software, hardware, systems, servers, workstations, routers, hubs, switches, data communications lines and other information technology equipment, and all associated documentation.

 

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knowledge” means, with respect to the Company, the knowledge, after reasonable inquiry and investigation, of the individuals listed in Section 9.03(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule, and with respect to any other party hereto, the actual knowledge of any director or executive officer of such party, in each case, after due inquiry.

 

Liens” means any security interest, pledge, hypothecation, mortgage, lien (including environmental and Tax liens), violation, charge, lease, license, encumbrance, servient easement, adverse claim, reversion, reverter, preferential arrangement, restrictive covenant, condition or restriction of any kind, including any right of first refusal, right of first offer, call option, and any other restriction on the use, voting, transfer, receipt of income or other exercise of any attributes of ownership.

 

Owned Real Property” means all real property and interests in real property, land use rights together with all buildings, structures, improvements and fixtures located thereon, and all easements and other rights and interests appurtenant thereto, owned by any Group Company.

 

Permitted Encumbrances” mean, with respect to each Owned Real Property: (a) real estate Taxes, assessments and other governmental levies, fees or charges imposed with respect to such real property which are not due and payable as of the Closing Date, or which are being contested in good faith and for which appropriate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP, (b) mechanics liens and similar liens for labor, materials or supplies provided with respect to such real property incurred in the ordinary course of business for amounts which are not due and payable and which shall be paid in full and released at Closing, (c) zoning, building codes and other land use Laws regulating the use or occupancy of such real property or the activities conducted thereon which are imposed by any Governmental Authority having jurisdiction over such real property which are not violated by the current use or occupancy of such real property or the operation of the business thereon and (d) easements, covenants, conditions, restrictions and other similar matters of record affecting title to such real property which do not or would not materially impair the use or occupancy of such real property in the operation of the business conducted thereon.

 

person” means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, syndicate, person (including a “person” as defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act), trust, association or entity or government, political subdivision, agency or instrumentality of a government.

 

Personal Data” means: (i) a natural person’s name, street address, telephone number, e-mail address, photograph, social security number or tax identification number, driver’s license number, credit card number, biometric identifier, or any other data that alone or in combination with other data held by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries allows identification of a natural person, and (ii) any other data defined as “personal data,” “personally identifiable information,” “nonpublic personal information,” “customer proprietary network information,” “individually identifiable health information,” “protected health information,” or “personal information” under any Law.

 

PRC” means the People’s Republic of China excluding, for the purposes of this Agreement only, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macau Special Administrative Region and Taiwan.

 

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Privacy Law” means any Law to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries governing privacy, data protection, or data security with respect to the Processing of Personal Data by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

Privacy Policy” means each published privacy policy, privacy notice, or privacy statement of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to the Company’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ Processing of Personal Data.

 

Processing” or “Processed” means, with respect to any Personal Data, any operation or set of operations performed thereon, whether or not by automated means, including adaptation, alignment, alteration, collection, combination, compilation, consultation, creation, destruction, disclosure, disposal, dissemination, erasure, interception, maintenance, making available, organization, recording, restriction, retention, and retrieval, storage, structuring, transmission, and use.

 

Rollover Shareholder” means Pujiang International Group Limited, an exempted company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

 

Rollover Shares” means (i) Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) held by the Rollover Shareholder as of the date hereof as set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and (ii) any Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) that the Rollover Shareholder may acquire following the date hereof and prior to the Effective Time by means of purchase, dividend or distribution or otherwise.

SAFE Circular 37” means the Notice on Issues Relating to the Administration of Foreign Exchange in Overseas Investment and Financing and Reverse Investment Activities of Domestic Residents Conducted via Special Purpose Vehicles issued by SAFE on July 14, 2014, or any successor rule or regulation under PRC Law.

 

SAFE Circular 7” means the Notice on Issues Relating to the Administration of Foreign Exchange for Domestic Individuals Participating in Stock Incentive Plan of Overseas Listed Company issued by SAFE on February 15, 2012, which became effective as of February 15, 2012, or any successor rule or regulation under PRC Law.

 

SAFE Circular 75” means the Notice Regarding Certain Administrative Measures on Financing and Inbound Investments by PRC Residents Through Offshore Special Purpose Vehicles issued by SAFE on October 21, 2005, which became effective as of November 1, 2005 and replaced by SAFE Circular 37 on July 14, 2014.

 

SAFE Circular 78” means the Operation Rules on the Foreign Exchange Administration on the Participation by Domestic Individuals in the Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Stock Option Plans of Offshore Listed Companies issued by SAFE on March 28, 2007, which became effective as of March 28, 2007 and replaced by SAFE Circular 7 on February 15, 2012.

 

SAFE Rules and Regulations” means the SAFE Circular 37, SAFE Circular 7, SAFE Circular 75, SAFE Circular 78 and any other applicable rules, regulations, guidelines and reporting and registration requirements issued by SAFE.

 

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Shareholders’ Meeting” means an extraordinary general meeting of the Company’s shareholders (including any adjournments or postponements thereof) to be held to consider the authorization and approval of, and to authorize and approve, this Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the Transactions, including the Merger.

 

Social Security Benefits” means any social insurance, pension insurance benefits, medical insurance benefits, work-related injury insurance benefits, maternity insurance benefits, unemployment insurance benefits and public housing provident fund benefits or similar benefits, in each case as required by any applicable Law or contractual arrangements.

 

Software” means all (a) computer programs, applications, systems and code, including software implementations of algorithms, models and methodologies, program interfaces, and source code and object code, and firmware, operating systems and specifications, (b) Internet and intranet websites, databases and compilations, including data and collections of data, whether machine-readable or otherwise, (c) development and design tools, library functions and compilers, (d) technology supporting websites, and the contents and audiovisual displays of websites, and (e) media, documentation and other works of authorship, including user manuals, training materials, descriptions, flow charts and other work products relating to or embodying any of the foregoing or on which any of the foregoing is recorded.

 

Special Committee” means a committee of the Company Board consisting of members of the Company Board that are not affiliated with Parent or Merger Sub and are not members of the management of the Company.

 

Sponsor” means Pujiang International Group Limited, an exempted company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

 

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any party, any person (a) of which such party or any other Subsidiary of such party is a general or managing partner, (b) of which at least a majority of the securities (or other interests having by their terms ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other performing similar functions with respect to such corporation or other organization) is, directly or indirectly, owned or controlled by such party or by any one or more of its Subsidiaries, or by such party and one or more of its Subsidiaries, (c) of which at least a majority of the economic interests is, directly or indirectly, owned or controlled by such party or by any one or more of its Subsidiaries, or by such party and one or more of its Subsidiaries, including interests held through a variable-interest-entity structure or other similar contractual arrangements, or (d) whose assets and financial results are consolidated with the net earnings of such party and are recorded on the books of such party for financial reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP.

 

Superior Proposal” means a bona fide written proposal or offer with respect to a Competing Transaction, which was not obtained in violation of Section 6.04, that would result in any person (or its shareholders, members or other equity owners) becoming the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of more than 50% of the assets (on a consolidated basis), or more than 50% of the total voting power of the Equity Securities, of the Company that (i) provides for the payment of cash consideration per Share to holders thereof that is in excess of the Per Share Merger Consideration and cash consideration per ADS to holders thereof that is in excess of the Per ADS Merger Consideration, and (ii) the Company Board has determined in its good faith judgment, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel), is reasonably likely to be consummated in accordance with its terms without undue delay, taking into account all legal, financial and regulatory aspects of the proposal (including financing, regulatory or other consents and approvals, shareholder litigation, the identity of the person making the proposal, breakup or termination fee and expense reimbursement provisions, expected timing, risk and likelihood of consummation and other relevant events and circumstances), and would, if consummated, result in a transaction more favorable to the Company’s shareholders (other than the Rollover Shareholder) solely from a financial point of view than the Transactions (including the effect of any termination fee or provision relating to the reimbursement of expenses) provided that no offer or proposal shall be deemed to be a “Superior Proposal” if any financing required to consummate the transaction contemplated by such offer or proposal is not fully committed or if the receipt of any such financing is a condition to the consummation of such transaction, or if the Company’s recourse in the event such transaction is not consummated because of the failure to obtain financing is less favorable to the Company in any material respect than the Company’s recourse in such an event hereunder.

 

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Systems” means all information technology networks, systems, devices and other equipment owned or otherwise within the possession or control of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

 

Tax Sharing Agreementmeans all existing agreements or arrangements (whether or not written) binding the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that provide for the allocation, apportionment, sharing or assignment of any Tax liability or benefit, or the transfer or assignment of income, revenues, receipts, or gains for the purpose of determining any person’s Tax liability (excluding any ordinary course agreement the principal purposes of which does not relate to Taxes).

 

Taxes” means any and all taxes, fees, levies, duties, tariffs, imposts and other charges of any kind (together with any and all interest, penalties, additions to tax and additional amounts imposed with respect thereto) imposed by any Governmental Authority or taxing authority, including taxes or other charges on or with respect to income, franchise, windfall or other profits, gross receipts, occupation, property, real estate, deed, land use, sales, use, capital stock, payroll, severance, employment (including withholding obligations imposed on employer/payer), social security, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation or net worth; taxes or other charges in the nature of excise, withholding (as payor or payee), ad valorem, stamp, transfer, value-added or gains taxes; license, registration and documentation fees; and customers’ duties, tariffs and similar charges.

 

Tax Return” means any return, declaration, statement, report estimate, form or information return relating to Taxes filed or required to be filed with a Governmental Authority, and any schedules or amendments thereof.

 

Third Party” means any person or “group” (as defined under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) of persons, other than Parent or any of its Affiliates or Representatives.

 

Trademarks” means trademarks, service marks, logos, slogans, brand names, domain names, uniform resource locators, trade dress, trade names, corporate names, geographical indications and other identifiers of source or goodwill, including the goodwill symbolized thereby or associated therewith, in any and all jurisdictions, whether or not registered.

 

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(b)        The following terms have the meaning set forth in the Sections set forth below:

 

Defined Term Location of Definition
Action Section 3.10
ADSs Section 2.01(b)
Agreement Preamble
Alternative Acquisition Agreement Section 6.04(c)
Bankruptcy and Equity Exception Section 3.04(a)
Change in the Company Recommendation Section 6.04(c)
Closing Section 1.02
Closing Date Section 1.02
Company Preamble
Company Board Recitals
Company Group Section 8.06(d)
Company Owned Software Section 3.14(j)
Company Real Property Section 3.13(b)
Company Recommendation Section 3.04(b)
Company SEC Reports Section 3.07(a)
Company Termination Fee Section 8.06(a)
Companies Act Recitals
Damages Section 6.05(b)
Deposit Agreement Section 2.05
Depositary Section 2.05
Dissenting Shareholders Section 2.02(a)
Dissenting Shares Section 2.02(a)
Effective Time Section 1.03
Employee Section 3.12(a)
Environmental Permits Section 3.19
Equity Commitment Letter Section 4.05(a)
Equity Financing Section 4.05(a)
Evaluation Date Section 3.07(e)
Exchange Act Section 3.05(b)
Exchange Fund Section 2.03(a)
Financial Advisor Section 3.04(c)
GAAP Section 3.07(b)
Governmental Authority Section 3.05(b)
Guarantor Recitals
Guarantee Recitals
Improvements Section 3.13(c)
Indemnified Parties Section 6.05(b)
Law Section 3.05(a)
Material Company Permits Section 3.06(a)
Material Contracts Section 1.01

 

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Defined Term Location of Definition
Material Customer Section 3.23(a)
Merger Recitals
Merger Consideration Section 2.03(a)
Merger Sub Preamble
Nasdaq Section 3.05(b)
Notice of Superior Proposal Section 6.04(d)
Order Section 7.01(b)
Parent Preamble
Parent Group Section 8.06(d)
Parent Group Contracts Section 4.13
Parent Termination Fee Section 8.06(b)
Paying Agent Section 2.03(a)
Per ADS Merger Consideration Section 2.01(b)
Per Share Merger Consideration Section 2.01(a)
Plan of Merger Section 1.03
Proxy Statement Section 6.01(a)
Record ADS Holders Section 6.02(a)
Record Date Section 6.02(a)
Representatives Section 6.03(a)
Requisite Company Vote Section 3.04(a)
SAFE Section 3.06(a)
Schedule 13E-3 Section 6.01(a)
SEC Section 3.05(b)
Securities Act Section 3.07(a)
Share Certificates Section 2.03(b)
Shares Section 2.01(a)
Superior Proposal Notice Period Section 6.04(d)
Support Agreement Recitals
Surviving Company Recitals
Takeover Statute Section 3.21
Termination Date Section 8.02(a)
Trade Secrets Section 3.14(l)
Transactions Recitals
Uncertificated Shares Section 2.03(b)

 

Section 9.04        Severability.

 

If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any rule of Law, or public policy, all other conditions and provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect so long as the economic or legal substance of the Transactions is not affected in any manner adverse to any party. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties hereto shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in a mutually acceptable manner in order that the Transactions be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.

 

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Section 9.05        Interpretation.

 

When a reference is made in this Agreement to a Section, Article or Exhibit such reference shall be to a Section, Article or Exhibit of this Agreement unless otherwise indicated. The table of contents and headings contained in this Agreement or in any Exhibit are for convenience of reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement. All words used in this Agreement will be construed to be of such gender or number as the circumstances require. Any capitalized terms used in any Exhibit but not otherwise defined therein shall have the meaning set forth in this Agreement. All Exhibits annexed hereto or referred to herein are hereby incorporated in and made a part of this Agreement as if set forth herein. The word “including” and words of similar import when used in this Agreement will mean “including, without limitation,” unless otherwise specified. The words “hereof,” “herein” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in this Agreement shall refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement. The definitions contained in this Agreement are applicable to the singular as well as the plural forms of such terms and to the masculine as well as to the feminine and neuter genders of such term. Any agreement, instrument or statute defined or referred to herein or in any agreement or instrument that is referred to herein means such agreement, instrument or statute as from time to time amended, modified or supplemented, including (in the case of agreements or instruments) by waiver or consent and (in the case of statutes) by succession of comparable successor statutes and references to all attachments thereto and instruments incorporated therein. References to a person are also to its permitted successors and assigns. References to clauses without a cross-reference to a Section or subsection are references to clauses within the same Section or, if more specific, subsection. References from or through any date shall mean, unless otherwise specified, from and including or through and including, respectively. The symbol “US$” refers to United States Dollars. All US$ amounts used in Article III and Article V include the equivalent amount denominated in other currencies. The word “extent” in the phrase “to the extent” means the degree to which a subject or other thing extends and such phrase shall not mean simply “if.” References to “day” shall mean a calendar day unless otherwise indicated as a “Business Day.”

 

Section 9.06        Entire Agreement; Assignment.

 

This Agreement (including the Exhibits and Schedules hereto) and the Company Disclosure Schedule constitute the entire agreement among the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, among the parties, or any of them, with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement shall not be assigned (whether pursuant to a merger, by operation of law or otherwise), except that Parent and Merger Sub may assign all or any of their rights and obligations hereunder to any Affiliate of Parent), provided that no such assignment shall relieve the assigning party of its obligations hereunder if such assignee does not perform such obligations. Any purported assignment in violation of this Section 9.06 is void.

 

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Section 9.07        Parties in Interest.

 

This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure solely to the benefit of each party hereto, and nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other person any right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement, other than Section 6.05, Section 8.06(a) and Section 8.06(e) (which are intended to be for the benefit of the persons covered thereby and may be enforced by such persons); provided, however, that in no event shall any holders of Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs) have any right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

Section 9.08        Specific Performance.

 

(a)         Subject to Section 9.08(b) and Section 9.08(c), the parties hereto agree that irreparable damage would occur in the event any provision of this Agreement were not performed in accordance with the terms hereof by the parties, and that money damages or other legal remedies would not be an adequate remedy for such damages. Accordingly, subject to Section 9.08(b) and Section 9.08(c), the parties hereto acknowledge and hereby agree that in the event of any breach by the Company, on the one hand, or Parent or Merger Sub, on the other hand, of any of their respective covenants or obligations set forth in this Agreement, the Company, on the one hand, or Parent or Merger Sub, on the other hand, shall, subject to Section 8.06, each be entitled to specific performance of the terms hereof (including the obligation of the parties to consummate the Merger, subject in each case to the terms and conditions of this Agreement), including an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of this Agreement by any party, in addition to any other remedy at law or equity.

 

(b)        Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the obligation of Parent to consummate the Transactions and the Company’s right to seek or obtain an injunction or injunctions, or other appropriate form of specific performance or equitable relief, in each case, with respect to causing Parent and/or Merger Sub to cause the Equity Financing to be funded at any time and/or to effect the Closing in accordance with Section 1.02, on the terms and subject to the conditions in this Agreement, shall be subject to the satisfaction of each of the following conditions: (i) all conditions in Section 7.01 and Section 7.02 (other than those conditions that by their terms are to be satisfied at the Closing) have been satisfied or waived, (ii) Parent and Merger Sub fail to complete the Closing by the date the Closing is required to have occurred pursuant to Section 1.02, and (iii) the Company has irrevocably confirmed in writing that (A) all conditions set forth in Section 7.03 have been satisfied or that it is willing to waive any of the conditions to the extent not so satisfied in Section 7.03 and (B) if specific performance is granted and the Equity Financing are funded, then the Closing will occur.

 

(c)         Each party waives (i) any defenses in any action for an injunction or other appropriate form of specific performance or equitable relief, including the defense that a remedy at law would be adequate and (ii) any requirement under any Law to post a bond or other security as a prerequisite to obtaining an injunction or other appropriate form of specific performance or equitable relief. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (x) while the parties hereto may pursue both a grant of specific performance and the payment of the amounts set forth in Section 8.06, neither Parent and Merger Sub, on the one hand, nor the Company, on the other hand, shall be permitted or entitled to receive both a grant of specific performance that results in a Closing and payment of such amounts, and (y) upon the payment of such amounts, the remedy of specific performance shall not be available against the party making such payment and, if such party is Parent or Merger Sub, any other member of the Parent Group or, if such party is the Company, any other member of the Company Group.

 

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(d)        This Section 9.08 shall not be deemed to alter, amend, supplement or otherwise modify the terms of the Equity Commitment Letter (including the expiration or termination provisions thereof).

 

Section 9.09        Governing Law; Dispute Resolution.

 

(a)         This Agreement shall be interpreted, construed and governed by and in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York without regard to the conflicts of law principles thereof or of any other jurisdiction that would subject such matter to the Laws of another jurisdiction, except that the following matters arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be interpreted, construed and governed by and in accordance with the Laws of the British Virgin Islands in respect of which the parties hereto hereby irrevocably submit to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the British Virgin Islands: the Merger, the vesting of the undertaking, property and liabilities of Merger Sub in the Surviving Company, the cancellation of the Shares (including Shares represented by ADSs), the rights provided for in Section 179 of the Companies Act with respect to any Dissenting Shares, the fiduciary or other duties of the Company Board and the directors of Merger Sub and the internal corporate affairs of the Company and Merger Sub.

 

(b)        Subject to Section 9.08, Section 9.09(a) and the last sentence of this Section 9.09(b), any disputes, actions and proceedings against any party or arising out of or in any way relating to this Agreement shall be submitted to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”) and resolved in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of HKIAC in force at the relevant time and as may be amended by this Section 9.09. The place of arbitration shall be Hong Kong. The official language of the arbitration shall be English and the arbitration tribunal shall consist of three arbitrators (each, an “Arbitrator”). The claimant(s), irrespective of number, shall nominate jointly one Arbitrator; the respondent(s), irrespective of number, shall nominate jointly one Arbitrator; and a third Arbitrator will be nominated jointly by the first two Arbitrators and shall serve as chairman of the arbitration tribunal. In the event the claimant(s) or respondent(s) or the first two Arbitrators shall fail to nominate or agree the joint nomination of an Arbitrator or the third Arbitrator within the time limits specified by the Rules, such Arbitrator shall be appointed promptly by the HKIAC. The arbitration tribunal shall have no authority to award punitive or other punitive-type damages. The award of the arbitration tribunal shall be final and binding upon the disputing parties. Any party to an award may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for enforcement of such award and, for purposes of the enforcement of such award, the parties irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction and waive any defenses to such enforcement based on lack of personal jurisdiction or inconvenient forum.

 

(c)         EACH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY OF THE AGREEMENTS DELIVERED IN CONNECTION HEREWITH OR THE MERGER AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR THEREBY. EACH PARTY CERTIFIES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT (A) NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE EITHER OF SUCH WAIVERS, (B) IT UNDERSTANDS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF SUCH WAIVERS, (C) IT MAKES SUCH WAIVERS VOLUNTARILY, AND (D) IT HAS BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION 9.09(C).

 

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Section 9.10        Amendment.

 

This Agreement may be amended by the parties hereto at any time prior to the Effective Time by action taken (a) with respect to Parent and Merger Sub, by or on behalf of their respective boards of directors, and (b) with respect to the Company, by the Company Board (upon recommendation of the Special Committee); provided, however, that, after the approval of this Agreement and the Transactions by the shareholders of the Company, no amendment may be made that would reduce the amount or change the type of consideration into which each Share (including Shares represented by ADSs) shall be converted upon consummation of the Merger. This Agreement may not be amended except by an instrument in writing signed by each of the parties hereto.

 

Section 9.11        Waiver.

 

At any time prior to the Effective Time, any party hereto may by action taken (a) with respect to Parent and Merger Sub, by or on behalf of their respective boards of directors and (b) with respect to the Company, by action taken by or on behalf of the Company Board (upon recommendation of the Special Committee), (i) extend the time for the performance of any obligation or other act of any other party hereto, (ii) waive any inaccuracy in the representations and warranties of any other party contained herein or in any document delivered pursuant hereto and (iii) waive compliance with any agreement of any other party or any condition to its own obligations contained herein. Any such extension or waiver shall be valid if set forth in an instrument in writing signed by the party or parties to be bound thereby. No failure or delay by any party in exercising any right, power or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise thereof preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power or privilege.

 

Section 9.12        Confidentiality.

 

(a)         Prior to and during the term of this Agreement, each party has disclosed or may disclose to the other party Confidential Information. Subject to Section 9.12(b), unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the disclosing party, the receiving shall (i) except as required by Law, keep confidential and not disclose or reveal any Confidential Information to any person other than the receiving party’s Representatives (A) who are actively and directly participating in the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any other Transaction Document or who otherwise need to know the Confidential Information for the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any other Transaction Document and (B) whom the receiving party will cause to observe the terms of this Section 9.12, and (ii) not use Confidential Information for any purpose other than in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any other Transaction Document. Each party acknowledges that such party shall be responsible for any breach of this Section 9.12 by such party or its Representatives and each party agrees, at its sole expense, to take reasonable measures (including but not limited to court proceedings) to restrain its Representatives from prohibited or unauthorized disclosure or use of the Confidential

 

(b)        In the event that the receiving party or any of its Representatives is required by Law to disclose any Confidential Information, the receiving party will provide the disclosing party with prompt notice of such request or requirement in order to enable the disclosing party to seek an appropriate protective order or other remedy (and if the disclosing party seeks such an order, the receiving party will provide such cooperation as the disclosing party shall reasonably request), to consult with the receiving party with respect to the disclosing party’s taking steps to resist or narrow the scope of such request or legal process, or to waive compliance, in whole or in part, with the terms of this Section 9.12. In the event that such protective order or other remedy is not obtained, or the disclosing party waives compliance, in whole or in party, with this Section 9.12, then the receiving party or its Representative will disclose only that portion of the Confidentiality Information that is legally required to be disclosed.

 

Section 9.13        Counterparts.

 

This Agreement may be executed and delivered (including by facsimile transmission) in one or more counterparts, and by the different parties hereto in separate counterparts, each of which when executed shall be deemed to be an original but all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Parent, Merger Sub and the Company have caused this Agreement to be executed as of the date first written above by their respective directors or officers thereunto duly authorized.

 

  For and on behalf of
   
  OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.
   
  By: /s/ Wei Hua
  Name: Wei Hua
  Title: Director
   
  NEW OSSEN GROUP LIMITED
   
  By: /s/ Tang Liang
  Name: Tang Liang
  Title: Director
   
  NEW OSSEN INNOVATION LIMITED
   
  By: /s/ Tang Liang
  Name: Tang Liang
  Title: Director

 

[Signature Page to Agreement and Plan of Merger]

 

 

 

 

ANNEX A

 

PLAN OF MERGER

 

PART I: ARTICLES OF MERGER

 

ARTICLES OF MERGER

 

OF

 

NEW OSSEN INNOVATION LIMITED

 

AND

 

OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.

 

the surviving company of the merger being OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.

 

1.       We, New Ossen Innovation Limited (the "Merging Company") and Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. (the "Surviving Company"), hereby adopt the Plan of Merger appended to these Articles of Merger (the "Plan"), to the intent that the merger shall be effective on [ ] (the "Effective Date").

 

2.       The Plan was approved by each of the directors and shareholders of the Merging Company by way of a resolution of its directors dated [ ] and a resolution of its shareholders dated [ ] respectively.

 

3.       The Plan was approved by each of the directors and shareholders of the Surviving Company by way of a resolution of its directors dated [ ] and a resolution of its shareholders dated [ ] respectively.

 

4.       The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Merging Company were registered by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs in the British Virgin Islands on [ ] under registered number [ ].

 

5.       The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Surviving Company were registered by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs in the British Virgin Islands on 1November 2010 under registered number 1567594.

 

6.       The Surviving Company and the Merging Company have complied with all the applicable provisions of the laws of the British Virgin Islands; to enable them to merge on the Effective Date.

 

7.       The name of the Surviving Company upon the consummation and effectiveness of this Merger shall remain unchanged.

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

In witness whereof these Articles of Merger have been duly executed on __________________

 

  Signed for and on behalf of  
     
  NEW OSSEN INNOVATION LIMITED  
  by:  
     
     
  Name:  
  Title:  
     
  Signed for and on behalf of  
  OSSEN INNOVATION CO., LTD.  
     
  by:  
     
     
  Name:  
  Title:  

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

PART II: PLAN OF MERGER

 

THIS PLAN OF MERGER is made on [•], 2020.

 

BETWEEN

 

(1)       New Ossen Innovation Limited, a company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands on 12 November 2020, with its registered office situated at Unit 8, 2/F., Qwomar Trading Complex, Blackburne Road, Port Purcell, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, VG1110 (“Merger Sub”); and

 

(2)       Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd., a company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands on 21 January 2010, with its registered office situated at the offices of Mossack Fonseca & Co. (B.V.I.) Ltd., Akara Building, 24 De Castro Street, Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (the “Company” or the “Surviving Company” and together with Merger Sub, the “Constituent Companies”).

 

WHEREAS

 

(a)       Merger Sub and the Company have agreed to merge (the “Merger”) on the terms and conditions contained or referred to in an Agreement (the “Agreement”) dated as of December 17, 2020 among New Ossen Group Limited, Merger Sub and the Company, a copy of which is attached as Appendix I to this Plan of Merger (and which constitutes part of this Plan of Merger) and under the provisions of Part IX of the BVI Business Companies Act, as amended, of the British Virgin Islands (the “Companies Act”), pursuant to which Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company and cease to exist, and the Surviving Company will continue as the surviving company in the Merger.

 

(b)       This Plan of Merger is made in accordance with section 170 of the Companies Act.

 

(c)       Terms used in this Plan of Merger and not otherwise defined in this Plan of Merger shall have the meanings given to them in the Agreement.

 

WITNESSETH

 

CONSTITUENT COMPANIES

 

1.                  The constituent companies (as defined in the Companies Act) to the Merger are Merger Sub and the Company.

 

NAME OF THE SURVIVING COMPANY

 

2.                  The surviving company (as defined in the Companies Act) is the Surviving Company and its name shall remain unchanged, namely Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, at the Effective Date (as defined hereof), the Merger Sub shall be simultaneously merged with and into the Company, after which the separate existence of the Company shall cease and the Company shall be the only surviving entity and shall continue to operate under its current name.

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

REGISTERED OFFICE

 

3.                  The Surviving Company shall have its registered office at [the offices of Mossack Fonseca & Co. (B.V.I.) Ltd., Akara Building, 24 De Castro Street, Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands].

 

AUTHORIZED AND ISSUED SHARES

 

4.                  Immediately prior to the Effective Date (as defined below) Merger Sub was authorized to issue a maximum of [·] share of US$[1.00] par value per share, of which [·] share(s) have been issued.

 

5.                  Immediately prior to the Effective Date the Company was authorized to issue a maximum of 100,000,000 Shares of US$0.01 par value per share, of which [19,791,110] Shares have been issued and fully paid.

 

6.                  On the Effective Date, the Surviving Company shall be authorized to issue a maximum of 100,000,000 shares of US$0.01 par value per share.

 

7.                  On the Effective Date, by virtue of the merger, automatically and without any further action on part of the holder thereof and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Agreement: [To conform with Section 2.01 of the Agreement]

 

(a)               Each Share, par value US$0.01 per share, of the Company issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than the Excluded Shares, the Dissenting Shares and Shares represented by ADSs), shall be cancelled and cease to exist in exchange for the right to receive the Per Share Merger Consideration.

 

(b)               Each ADS issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (other than ADSs representing the Excluded Shares), and each Share represented by such ADSs, shall be cancelled and cease to exist in exchange for the right to the Per ADS Merger Consideration .

 

(c)               Each of the Excluded Shares and ADSs representing the Excluded Shares, in each case issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Date, shall be cancelled and cease to exist without payment of any consideration or distribution therefor.

 

(d)               Each of the Dissenting Shares issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be cancelled and shall cease to exist and thereafter represent only the right to receive the applicable payments set forth in Section 2.02 of the Agreement.

 

EFFECTIVE DATE

 

8.                  The Merger shall take effect on [•] (the “Effective Date”).

 

MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

 

9.                  The current memorandum and articles of association of the Surviving Company shall remain as the memorandum and articles of association of the Surviving Company until such time as duly amended.

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY

 

 

10.              On the Effective Date, the rights, property of every description including choses in action, and the business, undertaking, goodwill, benefits, immunities and privileges of each of the Constituent Companies shall immediately vest in the Surviving Company which shall be liable for and subject, in the same manner as the Constituent Companies, to all mortgages, charges, or security interests and all contracts, obligations, claims, debts and liabilities of each of the Constituent Companies.

 

DIRECTORS BENEFITS

 

11.              There are no amounts or benefits payable to the directors of the Constituent Companies on the Merger becoming effective.

 

DIRECTORS OF THE SURVIVING COMPANY

 

12.              The names and addresses of the directors of the Surviving Company are as follows:

 

NAME ADDRESS
[•] [•]

 

 

SECURED CREDITORS

 

13.          (a)       [Merger Sub has entered into a [•] dated [•] in favor of [•] pursuant to which a fixed and/or floating security interest has been created and the consent of [•] to the Merger has been obtained.] Merger Sub has no [other] secured creditors and has not granted any other fixed or floating security interests as at the date of this Plan of Merger; and

 

(b)       [The Company has entered into [•] dated [•] in favor of [•] pursuant to which a fixed and/or floating security interest has been created and the consent of [•] to the Company has been obtained.] The Company has no [other] secured creditors and has not granted any other fixed or floating security interests as at the date of this Plan of Merger.

 

RIGHT OF TERMINATION

 

14.              This Plan of Merger may be terminated or amended pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Agreement at any time prior to the Effective Date.

 

AMENDMENTS

 

15.              At any time prior to the Effective Time, this Plan of Merger may be amended by the board of directors of both the Surviving Company and Merger Sub to effect any other changes to this Plan of Merger which the directors of both the Surviving Company and Merger Sub deem advisable, provided that such changes do not materially adversely affect any rights of the shareholders of the Surviving Company or Merger Sub, as determined by the directors of both the Surviving Company and Merger Sub, respectively.

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

APPROVAL AND AUTHORIZATION

 

16.              This Plan of Merger has been approved by the board of directors of each of Merger Sub and the Company pursuant to section 170 of the Companies Act.

 

17.              This Plan of Merger has been authorized by the shareholders of each of Merger Sub and the Company pursuant to section 170 of the Companies Act.

 

COUNTERPARTS

 

18.              This Plan of Merger may be executed by facsimile and in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

GOVERNING LAW

 

19.              This Plan of Merger shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the British Virgin Islands.

 

For and on behalf of New Ossen Innovation Limited:  
   
   
[Name]  
Director  
   
For and on behalf of Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.:  
   
   
[Name]  
Director  

 

[Annex A]

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX I

(the Agreement)

 

[Appendix I]

 

 

 

 

Schedule A

 

Rollover Shares

 

Rollover Shareholder Rollover Shares
Pujiang International Group Limited 13,050,000 Shares representing the ordinary shares held by Acme Innovation Limited, a wholly-owned Subsidiary of Pujiang International Group Limited.

 

[Schedule A]