This is a standard Co-Sale agreement for a Series A financing, as published and recommended by the Foundry Group. The original source is available at http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2011/07/ask-the...
COMPANY , INC.
This Co-Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of Effective Date, by and among Company , Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), each of the persons and entities listed on Exhibit A hereto (the “Investors”) and each of the persons listed on Exhibit B hereto (each referred to herein as a “Key Holder” and collectively as the “Key Holders”).
Whereas, the Key Holders are the beneficial owners of an aggregate of Total Shares Number shares of the Common Stock of the Company;
Whereas, the Investors are purchasing shares of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Stock”) pursuant to that certain Series A Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) of even date herewith (the “Financing”);
Whereas, the obligations in the Purchase Agreement are conditioned upon the execution and delivery of this Agreement; and
Whereas, in connection with the consummation of the Financing, the parties desire to enter into this Agreement in order to grant co-sale rights to the Company and to the Investors.
Now, Therefore, in consideration of these premises and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree hereto as follows:
1.1 “Key Holder Stock” shall mean shares of the Company’s Common Stock now owned or subsequently acquired by the Key Holders by gift, purchase, dividend, option exercise or any other means whether or not such securities are only registered in a Key Holder’s name or beneficially or legally owned by such Key Holder, including any interest of a spouse in any of the Key Holder Stock, whether that interest is asserted pursuant to marital property laws or otherwise. The number of shares of Key Holder Stock owned by the Key Holders as of the date hereof are set forth on Exhibit B, which Exhibit may be amended from time to time by the Company to reflect changes in the number of shares owned by the Key Holders, but the failure to so amend shall have no effect on such Key Holder Stock being subject to this Agreement.
1.2 “Investor Stock” shall mean the shares of the Company’s Common Stock or Preferred Stock now owned or subsequently acquired by the Investors whether or not such securities are only registered in an Investor’s name or beneficially or otherwise legally owned by such Investor.
1.3 For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Transfer” shall include any sale, assignment, encumbrance, hypothecation, pledge, conveyance in trust, gift, transfer by request, devise or descent, or other transfer or disposition of any kind, including, but not limited to, transfers to receivers, levying creditors, trustees or receivers in bankruptcy proceedings or general assignees for the benefit of creditors, whether voluntary or by operation of law, directly or indirectly, of any of the Key Holder Stock.
2. Transfers by a Key Holder.
2.1 Notice of Transfer. If a Key Holder proposes to Transfer any shares of Key Holder Stock then the Key Holder shall promptly give written notice (the “Notice”) simultaneously to the Company and to each of the Investors at least 30 days prior to the closing of such Transfer. The Notice shall describe in reasonable detail the proposed Transfer including, without limitation, the number of shares of Key Holder Stock to be transferred, the nature of such Transfer, the consideration to be paid, and the name and address of each prospective purchaser or transferee. In the event that the Transfer is being made pursuant to the provisions of Section 3.1, the Notice shall so state.
2.2 Right of Co-Sale.
(a) If the right of first refusal in Section 46 of the Company’s Bylaws is not exercised in full by the Company or its assignees (including, without limitation, by the Investors in accordance with the terms of Section 3.8 of the Investor Rights Agreement, by and among the Company and the Investors, of even date herewith, as amended from time to time), then each Investor shall have the right, exercisable upon written notice to such Key Holder with a copy to the Company within 15 days after the expiration of the period during which the Company or its assignees can elect whether to exercise their respective rights of first refusal, to participate in such Transfer of Key Holder Stock on the same terms and conditions. Such notice shall indicate the number of shares of Investor Stock up to that number of shares determined under Section 2.4(b) such Investor wishes to sell under his or her right to participate. To the extent one or more of the Investors exercise such right of participation in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth below, the number of shares of Key Holder Stock that such Key Holder may sell in the transaction shall be correspondingly reduced.
(b) Each Investor may sell all or any part of that number of shares equal to the product obtained by multiplying (i) the aggregate number of shares of Key Holder Stock covered by the Notice and not purchased by the Company or its assignees by (ii) a fraction the numerator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion or exercise of Preferred Stock or other rights to acquire shares of Common Stock held by such Investor at the time of the Transfer and the denominator of which is the total number of shares of Common Stock held by such Key Holder (and not purchased by the Company or the Investors) plus the number of shares of Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion or exercise of Preferred Stock or other rights to acquire shares of Common Stock held by all Investors at the time of the Notice.
(c) Each Investor who elects to participate in the Transfer pursuant to this Section 2 (a “Co-Sale Participant”) shall effect its participation in the Transfer by promptly delivering to such Key Holder for transfer to the prospective purchaser one or more certificates, properly endorsed for transfer, which represent:
(i) the type and number of shares of Common Stock which such Co-Sale Participant elects to sell; or
(ii) that number of shares of Preferred Stock which is at such time convertible into the number of shares of Common Stock which such Co-Sale Participant elects to sell; provided, however, that if the prospective purchaser objects to the delivery of Preferred Stock in lieu of Common Stock, such Co-Sale Participant shall convert such Preferred Stock into Common Stock and deliver Common Stock as provided in Section 2.4(c)(i) above. The Company agrees to make any such conversion concurrent with and contingent upon the actual transfer of such shares to the purchaser.
(d) The stock certificate or certificates that the Co-Sale Participant delivers to such Key Holder pursuant to Section 2.4(c) shall be transferred to the prospective purchaser in consummation of the sale of the Common Stock pursuant to the terms and conditions specified in the Co-Sale Notice, and the Key Holder shall concurrently therewith remit to such Co-Sale Participant that portion of the sale proceeds to which such Co-Sale Participant is entitled by reason of its participation in such sale. To the extent that any prospective purchaser or purchasers prohibits such assignment or otherwise refuses to purchase shares or other securities from a Co-Sale Participant exercising its rights of co-sale hereunder, such Key Holder shall not sell to such prospective purchaser or purchasers any Key Holder Stock unless and until, simultaneously with such sale, such Key Holder shall purchase such shares or other securities from such Co-Sale Participant on the same terms and conditions specified in the Co-Sale Notice.
(e) The exercise or non-exercise of the rights of any Investor hereunder to participate in one or more Transfers of Key Holder Stock made by any Key Holder shall not adversely affect his right to participate in subsequent Transfers of Key Holder Stock subject to Section 2.
(f) To the extent that the Investors do not elect to participate in the sale of the Key Holder Stock subject to the Co-Sale Notice, such Key Holder may, not later than sixty (60) days following delivery to the Company of the Co-Sale Notice, enter into an agreement providing for the closing of the Transfer of such Key Holder Stock covered by the Co-Sale Notice within thirty (30) days of such agreement on terms and conditions not materially more favorable to the transferor than those described in the Co-Sale Notice. Any proposed Transfer on terms and conditions materially more favorable than those described in the Co-Sale Notice, as well as any subsequent proposed Transfer of any of the Key Holder Stock by a Key Holder, shall again be subject to the first refusal and co-sale rights of the Company and/or Investors and shall require compliance by a Key Holder with the procedures described in this Section 2.
3. Exempt Transfers.
3.1 Notwithstanding the foregoing, the co-sale rights of the Company and/or the Investors set forth in Section 2 above shall not apply to any transfer without consideration to the Key Holder’s ancestors, descendants or spouse or to trusts for the benefit of such persons or the Key Holder; provided, that, in the event of any transfer made pursuant to the exemption provided herein, (A) the Key Holder shall inform the Investors of such transfer prior to effecting it and (B) the transferee shall enter into a written agreement to be bound by and comply with all provisions of this Agreement, as if it were an original Key Holder hereunder, including without limitation Section 2. Such transferred Key Holder Stock shall remain “Key Holder Stock” hereunder, and such pledgee, transferee or donee shall be treated as the “Key Holder” for purposes of this Agreement.
3.2 Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of Section 2 shall not apply to the sale of any Key Holder Stock to the public pursuant to a registration statement filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
3.3 This Agreement is subject to, and shall in no manner limit the right which the Company may have to repurchase securities from the Key Holder pursuant to (a) a stock restriction agreement or other agreement between the Company and the Key Holder and (b) any right of first refusal set forth in the Bylaws of the Company.
4. Prohibited Transfers.
4.1 Put Option.
(a) In the event that a Key Holder should sell any Key Holder Stock in contravention of the co-sale rights of each Investor under Section 2.2 of this Agreement (a “Prohibited Transfer”), each Investor, in addition to such other remedies as may be available at law, in equity or hereunder, shall have the put option provided below, and such Key Holder shall be bound by the applicable provisions of such option.
(b) In the event of a Prohibited Transfer, each Investor shall have the right to sell to such Key Holder the type and number of shares of Common Stock equal to the number of shares each Investor would have been entitled to transfer to the purchaser under Section 2.2 hereof had the Prohibited Transfer been effected pursuant to and in compliance with the terms hereof. Such sale shall be made on the following terms and conditions:
(c) The price per share at which the shares are to be sold to the Key Holder shall be equal to the price per share paid by the purchaser to such Key Holder in such Prohibited Transfer. The Key Holder shall also reimburse each Investors for any and all fees and expenses, including legal fees and expenses, incurred in connection with the exercise or the attempted exercise of the Investor’s rights under Section 2.4.
(d) Within 90 days after the date on which an Investor received notice of the Prohibited Transfer, such Investor shall, if exercising the option created hereby, deliver to the Key Holder the certificate or certificates representing the shares to be sold, each certificate to be properly endorsed for transfer.
(e) Such Key Holder shall, upon receipt of the certificate or certificates for the shares to be sold by an Investor, pursuant to this Section 4.1, pay the aggregate purchase price therefor and the amount of reimbursable fees and expenses, as specified in Section 4.1(c), in cash or by other means acceptable to the Investor.
4.2 Voidability of Transfer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any purported Transfer by a Key Holder of Key Holder Stock in violation of Section 2 and/or Section 3 hereof shall be voidable at the option of the holders of a majority of the Investor Stock if the holders of a majority of the Investor Stock do not elect to exercise the call or put option set forth in this Section 4, and the Company agrees it will not effect such a transfer nor will it treat any alleged transferee as the holder of such shares without the written consent of the holders of a majority of the Investor Stock.
5.1 Each certificate representing shares of Key Holder Stock now or hereafter owned by the Key Holder or issued to any person in connection with a Transfer pursuant to Section 3.1 hereof shall be endorsed with the following legend:
“THE SALE, PLEDGE, HYPOTHECATION OR TRANSFER OF THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE IS SUBJECT TO, AND IN SOME CASES PROHIBITED BY, THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF A CERTAIN RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL AND CO-SALE AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG THE STOCKHOLDER, THE CORPORATION AND CERTAIN HOLDERS OF STOCK OF THE CORPORATION. COPIES OF SUCH AGREEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED UPON WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE SECRETARY OF THE CORPORATION.”
5.2 The Key Holders agree that the Company may instruct its transfer agent to impose transfer restrictions on the shares represented by certificates bearing the legend referred to in Section 5.1 above to enforce the provisions of this Agreement and the Company agrees to promptly do so. The legend shall be removed at the request of any Key Holder following termination of this Agreement.
6.1 Conditions to Exercise of Rights. Exercise of the Investors’ rights under this Agreement shall be subject to and conditioned upon, and the Key Holders and the Company shall use their best efforts to assist each Investor in, compliance with applicable laws.
6.2 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Colorado and shall be binding upon the parties hereto in the United States and worldwide. Each of the parties hereto irrevocably consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any federal or state court within Denver County, State of Colorado in connection with any matter based upon or arising out of this Agreement or the matters contemplated herein or any other matter relating to the equity interests of the Purchaser in the Company (whether based on breach of contract, tort, breach of duty or any other theory), agrees that process may be served upon it in any manner authorized by the laws of the State of Colorado for such persons and waives and covenants not to assert or plead any objection that they might otherwise have to jurisdiction, venue and such process. Each party agrees not to commence any legal proceedings based upon or arising out of this Agreement or the matters contemplated herein or any other matter relating to the equity interests of the Purchaser in the Company (whether based on breach of contract, tort, breach of duty or any other theory) except in such courts.
6.3 Amendment. Any provision of this Agreement may be amended or modified and/or the observance thereof may be waived or this Agreement terminated, only with the written consent of (a) the Company, (b) as to the Investors, persons holding a majority of the Common Stock issued or issuable upon the conversion of Preferred Stock held by the Investors and their assignees (pursuant to Section 6.4 hereof) and (c) as to the Key Holders, only by the holders of a majority of the Key Holder Stock held by Key Holders then providing services to the Company as officers or employees; provided, that, no consent of any Key Holder shall be necessary for any amendment and/or restatement that merely includes additional holders of Preferred Stock or other preferred stock of the Company as “Investors” as parties hereto or other employees of the Company as “Key Holders” and parties hereto and does not otherwise materially increase such Key Holders’ obligations hereunder other than the change in the number of shares determined by Section 2.2 hereof as a result of the addition of such additional holder. Any amendment or waiver effected in accordance with this Section 6.3 shall be binding upon each Investor, its successors and assigns, the Company and each of the Key Holders. No consent of any party hereto shall be necessary to include as a party to this Agreement any transferee required to become a party hereto pursuant to Section 3.1 hereof or to add any individual as a “Key Holder” hereunder. In the event that the Company hires any executive officer, the Company covenants and agrees that such individual shall be added as a party hereunder as a “Key Holder”.
6.4 Successors and Assigns. The provisions hereof shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding upon, the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors and administrators and other legal representatives.
6.5 Term. This Agreement shall continue in full force and effect from the date hereof through the earliest of the following dates, on which date it shall terminate in its entirety:
(a) the date of the closing of a firm commitment underwritten public offering of the Common Stock pursuant to a registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and declared effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, that results in all outstanding shares of Preferred Stock being converted into Common Stock; and
(b) the date of the closing of an Acquisition, as defined in the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation as in effect as of the date hereof, as amended from time to time.
6.6 Ownership. Each Key Holder represents and warrant that he, she or it is the sole legal and beneficial owner of those shares of Key Holder Stock he or she currently holds subject to the Agreement and that no other person has any interest (other than a community property interest) in such shares.
6.7 Notices. All notices required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given: (a) upon personal delivery to the party to be notified, (b) when sent by confirmed electronic mail or facsimile if sent during normal business hours of the recipient; if not, then on the next business day, (c) five (5) days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or (d) one (1) day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, specifying next day delivery, with written verification of receipt. All communications shall be sent to the address appearing on the books of the Company or at such other address or electronic mail address as such party may designate by 10 days advance written notice to the other parties hereto.
6.8 Severability. In the event one or more of the provisions of this Agreement should, for any reason, be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, such invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability shall not affect any other provisions of this Agreement, and this Agreement shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.
6.9 Costs and Attorneys’ Fees. In the event that any action, suit or other proceeding is instituted based upon or arising out of this Agreement or the matters contemplated herein or any other matter relating to the equity interests of the Purchaser in the Company (whether based on breach of contract, tort, breach of duty or any other theory), the prevailing party shall recover all of such party’s costs (including, but not limited to expert witness costs) and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in each such action, suit or other proceeding, including any and all appeals or petitions therefrom.
6.10 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Exhibits hereto, along with the Purchase Agreement and the other documents delivered pursuant thereto constitute the full and entire understanding and agreement between the parties with regard to the subjects hereof and thereof and no party shall be liable or bound to any other in any manner by any oral or written representations, warranties, covenants and agreements except as specifically set forth herein and therein. Each party expressly represents and warrants that it is not relying on any oral or written representations, warranties, covenants or agreements outside of this Agreement.
6.11 Additional Investors. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, if the Company shall issue additional shares of its Preferred Stock pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, any purchaser of such shares of Preferred Stock may become a party to this Agreement by executing and delivering an additional counterpart signature page to this Agreement and shall be deemed an “Investor” hereunder.
6.12 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
The foregoing Co-Sale Agreement is hereby executed as of the Effective Date.
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LIST OF KEY HOLDERS
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