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Unless this certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, a New York corporation (DTC), to the Company or its agent for registration of transfer, exchange or payment, and any certificate issued is registered in the name of Cede & Co. or in such other name as requested by an authorized representative of DTC (and any payment is made to Cede & Co. or such other entity as is requested by an authorized representative of DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL inasmuch as the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein.
|CUSIP NO. 94986RCD1||FACE AMOUNT: $|
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
MEDIUM-TERM NOTE, SERIES K
Due Nine Months or More From Date of Issue
Notes Linked to the S&P 500® Index
due December 31, 2014
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY, a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (hereinafter called the Company, which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to CEDE & Co., or registered assigns, an amount equal to the Redemption Amount (as defined below), in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts, on the Stated Maturity Date. The Initial Stated Maturity Date shall be December 31, 2014. If no Market Disruption Event (as defined below) occurs or is continuing with respect to the Index (as defined below) on the scheduled Calculation Day (as defined below), the Initial Stated Maturity Date will be the Stated Maturity Date. If a Market Disruption Event occurs or is continuing with respect to the Index on the scheduled Calculation Day, the Stated Maturity Date shall be the later of (i) three Business Days (as defined below) after the postponed Calculation Day and (ii) the Initial Stated Maturity Date. This Security shall not bear any interest.
Any payments on this Security at Maturity will be made against presentation of this Security at the office or agency of the Company maintained for that purpose in the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota and at any other office or agency maintained by the Company for such purpose.
Face Amount shall mean, when used with respect to this Security, the amount set forth on the face of this Security as its Face Amount.
Determination of Redemption Amount
The Redemption Amount of this Security will equal:
If the Ending Level is greater than or equal to the Starting Level: the Face Amount plus the greater of:
|(i)||the Contingent Minimum Return; and|
If the Ending Level is less than the Starting Level, but greater than or equal to the Threshold Level: the Face Amount; or
If the Ending Level is less than the Threshold Level: the Face Amount minus:
Index shall mean the S&P 500® Index.
The Pricing Date shall mean December 23, 2010.
The Starting Level is 1256.77, the Closing Level of the Index on the Pricing Date.
The Closing Level of the Index on any Trading Day means the official closing level of the Index as reported by the Index Sponsor on such Trading Day.
The Ending Level will be the Closing Level of the Index on the Calculation Day.
The Contingent Minimum Return is 20% of the Face Amount.
The Threshold Level is 1131.09, which is equal to 90% of the Starting Level.
The Participation Rate is 100%.
Index Sponsor shall mean Standard & Poors, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Business Day shall mean a day, other than a Saturday or Sunday, that is neither a legal holiday nor a day on which banking institutions are authorized or required by law or regulation to close in New York, New York or Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A Trading Day with respect to the Index means a day, as determined by the Calculation Agent, on which (i) the Relevant Exchanges (as defined below) with respect to the securities underlying the Index are open for trading for their regular trading sessions and (ii) the exchanges on which futures or options contracts related to the Index or successor thereto, if applicable, are traded, are open for trading for their respective regular trading sessions.
The Calculation Day shall be December 23, 2014 or, if such day is not a Trading Day, the next succeeding Trading Day. The Calculation Day is subject to postponement due to the occurrence of a Market Disruption Event. If a Market Disruption Event occurs or is continuing with respect to the Index on the Calculation Day, such Calculation Day will be postponed to the first succeeding Trading Day on which a Market Disruption Event has not occurred and is not continuing. If such first succeeding Trading Day has not occurred as of the eighth scheduled Trading Day after the scheduled Calculation Day, that eighth scheduled Trading Day shall be deemed the Calculation Day. If the Calculation Day has been postponed eight scheduled Trading Days after the scheduled Calculation Day and such eighth scheduled Trading Day is not a Trading Day, or if a Market Disruption Event occurs or is continuing with respect to the Index on such eighth scheduled Trading Day, the Calculation Agent will determine the Closing Level of the Index on such eighth scheduled Trading Day in accordance with the formula for and method of calculating the Closing Level of the Index last in effect prior to commencement of the Market Disruption Event, using the closing price (or, with respect to any of the relevant securities, if such date is not a Trading Day or a Market Disruption Event has occurred, its good faith estimate of the closing price that would have prevailed for such securities) on such date of each security most recently included in the Index. See Market Disruption Events. As used herein, closing price means, with respect to any security on any date, the last reported sales price regular way on such date or, in case no such reported sale takes place on such date, the average of the reported closing bid and asked prices regular way on such date, in either case on the primary organized exchange or trading system on which such security is then listed or admitted to trading.
Calculation Agent Agreement shall mean the Calculation Agent Agreement dated as of December 31, 2010 between the Company and the Calculation Agent, as amended from time to time.
Calculation Agent shall mean the Person that has entered into the Calculation Agent Agreement with the Company providing for, among other things, the determination of the Ending Level and the Redemption Amount, which term shall, unless the context otherwise requires, include its successors under such Calculation Agent Agreement. The initial Calculation Agent shall be Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Pursuant to the Calculation Agent Agreement, the Company may appoint a different Calculation Agent from time to time after the initial issuance of this Security without the consent of the Holder of this Security and without notifying the Holder of this Security.
Discontinuance Of The Index; Alteration Of Method Of Calculation
If the Index Sponsor discontinues publication of the Index, and the Index Sponsor or another entity publishes a successor or substitute equity index that the Calculation Agent
determines, in its sole discretion, to be comparable to the Index (a Successor Equity Index), then, upon the Calculation Agents notification of that determination to the Trustee and the Company, the Calculation Agent will substitute the Successor Equity Index as calculated by the relevant Index Sponsor or any other entity and calculate the Ending Level as described above. Upon any selection by the Calculation Agent of a Successor Equity Index, the Company will cause notice to be given to the Holder of this Security.
In the event that the Index Sponsor discontinues publication of the Index and the Calculation Agent does not select a Successor Equity Index, the Calculation Agent will compute a substitute level for the Index in accordance with the procedures last used to calculate the Index before any discontinuance. If a Successor Equity Index is selected or the Calculation Agent calculates a level as a substitute for the Index, the Successor Equity Index or level will be used as a substitute for the Index for all purposes, including the purpose of determining whether a Market Disruption Event exists.
If at any time the Index Sponsor makes a material change in the formula for or the method of calculating the Index, or in any other way materially modifies the Index so that the Index does not, in the opinion of the Calculation Agent, fairly represent the level of the Index had those changes or modifications not been made, then, from and after that time, the Calculation Agent will, at the close of business in New York, New York, on the date that the Closing Level of the Index is to be calculated, make any adjustments as, in the good faith judgment of the Calculation Agent, may be necessary in order to arrive at a value of an equity index comparable to the Index as if those changes or modifications had not been made, and calculate the level of the Index with reference to such equity index, as so adjusted. Accordingly, if the method of calculating the Index is modified so that the level of the Index is a fraction or a multiple of what it would have been if it had not been modified, then the Calculation Agent will adjust the Index in order to arrive at a level of the Index as if it had not been modified.
Market Disruption Events
A Market Disruption Event means, with respect to the Index, any of the following events as determined by the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion:
|(A)||A material suspension or material limitation of trading in the securities which then comprise 20% or more of the level of the Index or any Successor Equity Index has been imposed by the Relevant Exchanges on which those securities are traded, at any time during the one-hour period preceding the Close of Trading on such day, whether by reason of movements in price exceeding limits permitted by those Relevant Exchanges or otherwise.|
|(B)||A material suspension or material limitation of trading has occurred on that day, in each case during the one-hour period preceding the Close of Trading in options or futures contracts related to the Index or any Successor Equity Index, on the primary exchange or quotation system on which those options or futures contracts are traded, whether by reason of movements in price exceeding levels permitted by the exchange, the quotation system or otherwise.|
|(C)||Any event, other than an early closure, that materially disrupts or impairs the ability of market participants in general to effect transactions in, or obtain market values for, the securities that then comprise 20% or more of the level of the Index or any Successor Equity Index, at any time during the one-hour period that ends at the Close of Trading on that day.|
|(D)||Any event, other than an early closure, that materially disrupts or impairs the ability of market participants in general to effect transactions in, or obtain market values for, the futures or options contracts relating to the Index or any Successor Equity Index on the primary exchange or quotation system on which those futures or options contracts are traded, at any time during the one-hour period that ends at the Close of Trading on that day.|
|(E)||The closure of the Relevant Exchanges on which the securities that then comprise 20% or more of the level of the Index or any Successor Equity Index are traded or the primary exchange or quotation system on which futures or options contracts relating to the Index or any Successor Equity Index are traded prior to its scheduled Close of Trading unless the earlier closing time is announced by the Relevant Exchanges, the primary exchange or the quotation system, as applicable, at least one hour prior to the earlier of (1) the actual closing time for the regular trading session on the Relevant Exchanges, the primary exchange or the quotation system, as applicable, and (2) the submission deadline for orders to be entered into the relevant exchanges, the primary exchange or the quotation system, as applicable, for execution at the Close of Trading on that day.|
For purposes of determining whether a Market Disruption Event has occurred:
|(1)||the relevant percentage contribution of a security to the level of the Index or any Successor Equity Index will be based on a comparison of (x) the portion of the level of the Index attributable to that security and (y) the overall level of the Index or Successor Equity Index, in each case immediately before the occurrence of the Market Disruption Event;|
|(2)||Close of Trading means in respect of any Relevant Exchange, primary exchange or quotation system, the scheduled weekday closing time on a day on which such Relevant Exchange, primary exchange or quotation system is scheduled to be open for trading for its respective regular trading session, without regard to after hours or any other trading outside the regular trading session hours; and|
|(3)||Relevant Exchange for any security (or any combination thereof then underlying the Index or any Successor Equity Index) means the primary exchange or quotation system on which such security is traded, as determined by the Calculation Agent.|
The Calculation Agent will determine the Redemption Amount and the Ending Level. In addition, the Calculation Agent will (i) determine if adjustments are required to the Closing Level of the Index under the circumstances described in this Security, (ii) if publication of the Index is discontinued, select a Successor Equity Index or, if no Successor Equity Index is available, determine the Closing Level of the Index under the circumstances described in this Security, and (iii) determine whether a Market Disruption Event has occurred.
The Company covenants that, so long as this Security is Outstanding, there shall at all times be a Calculation Agent (which shall be a broker-dealer, bank or other financial institution) with respect to this Security.
All determinations made by the Calculation Agent with respect to this Security will be at the sole discretion of the Calculation Agent and, in the absence of manifest error, will be conclusive for all purposes and binding on the Company and the Holder of this Security. All percentages and other amounts resulting from any calculation with respect to this Security will be rounded at the Calculation Agents discretion.
The Company agrees, and by acceptance of a beneficial ownership interest in this Security each Holder of this Security will be deemed to have agreed (in the absence of a statutory, regulatory, administrative or judicial ruling to the contrary), for United States federal income tax purposes to characterize and treat this Security as a pre-paid derivative contract in respect of the Index.
Redemption and Repayment
This Security is not subject to redemption at the option of the Company or repayment at the option of the Holder hereof prior to December 31, 2014. This Security is not entitled to any sinking fund.
If an Event of Default, as defined in the Indenture, with respect to this Security shall occur and be continuing, the Redemption Amount (calculated as set forth in the next sentence) of this Security may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture. The amount payable to the Holder hereof upon any acceleration permitted under the Indenture will be equal to the Redemption Amount hereof calculated as provided herein as though the date of acceleration was the Calculation Day; provided, however, if such date is not a Trading Day or if a Market Disruption Event has occurred or is continuing on that day, the Calculation Day will be postponed as provided herein.
Reference is hereby made to the further provisions of this Security set forth on the reverse hereof, which further provisions shall for all purposes have the same effect as if set forth at this place.
Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Trustee referred to on the reverse hereof by manual signature or its duly authorized agent under the Indenture referred to on the reverse hereof by manual signature, this Security shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be duly executed under its corporate seal.
|WELLS FARGO & COMPANY|
TRUSTEES CERTIFICATE OF
This is one of the Securities of the
series designated therein described
in the within-mentioned Indenture.
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.,
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WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
MEDIUM-TERM NOTE, SERIES K
Due Nine Months or More From Date of Issue
Notes Linked to the S&P 500® Index
due December 31, 2014
This Security is one of a duly authorized issue of securities of the Company (herein called the Securities), issued and to be issued in one or more series under an indenture dated as of July 21, 1999, as amended or supplemented from time to time (herein called the Indenture), between the Company and Citibank, N.A., as Trustee (herein called the Trustee, which term includes any successor trustee under the Indenture), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the respective rights, limitations of rights, duties and immunities thereunder of the Company, the Trustee and the Holders of the Securities, and of the terms upon which the Securities are, and are to be, authenticated and delivered. This Security is one of the series of the Securities designated as Medium-Term Notes, Series K, of the Company, which series is limited to an aggregate principal amount or face amount, as applicable, of $25,000,000,000 or the equivalent thereof in one or more foreign or composite currencies. The amount payable on the Securities of this series may be determined by reference to the performance of one or more equity-, commodity- or currency-based indices, exchange traded funds, securities, commodities, currencies, statistical measures of economic or financial performance, or a basket comprised of two or more of the foregoing, or any other market measure or may bear interest at a fixed rate or a floating rate. The Securities of this series may mature at different times, be redeemable at different times or not at all, be repayable at the option of the Holder at different times or not at all and be denominated in different currencies.
Article Sixteen of the Indenture shall not apply to this Security.
The Securities are issuable only in registered form without coupons and will be either (a) book-entry securities represented by one or more Global Securities recorded in the book-entry system maintained by the Depositary or (b) certificated securities issued to and registered in the names of, the beneficial owners or their nominees.
The Company agrees, to the extent permitted by law, not to voluntarily claim the benefits of any laws concerning usurious rates of interest against a Holder of this Security.
Modification and Waivers
The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Securities of each series to be affected under the Indenture at any time by the Company and the Trustee with the consent of the Holders of a majority in principal amount of the Securities at the
time Outstanding of all series to be affected, acting together as a class. The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders of a majority in principal amount of the Securities of all series at the time Outstanding affected by certain provisions of the Indenture, acting together as a class, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series, to waive compliance by the Company with those provisions of the Indenture. Certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences may be waived under the Indenture by the Holders of a majority in principal amount of the Securities of each series at the time Outstanding, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series. Solely for the purpose of determining whether any consent, waiver, notice or other action or Act to be taken or given by the Holders of Securities pursuant to the Indenture has been given or taken by the Holders of Outstanding Securities in the requisite aggregate principal amount, the principal amount of this Security will be deemed to be equal to the amount set forth on the face hereof as the Face Amount hereof. Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Security shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Security and of any Security issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange herefor or in lieu hereof, whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Security.
Section 403 and Article Fifteen of the Indenture and the provisions of clause (ii) of Section 401(1)(B) of the Indenture, relating to defeasance at any time of (a) the entire indebtedness on this Security and (b) certain restrictive covenants and certain Events of Default, upon compliance by the Company with certain conditions set forth therein, shall not apply to this Security. The remaining provisions of Section 401 of the Indenture shall apply to this Security.
This Security is issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $1,000 or any amount in excess thereof which is an integral multiple of $1,000.
Registration of Transfer
Upon due presentment for registration of transfer of this Security at the office or agency of the Company in the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a new Security or Securities of this series, with the same terms as this Security, in authorized denominations for an equal aggregate Face Amount will be issued to the transferee in exchange herefor, as provided in the Indenture and subject to the limitations provided therein and to the limitations described below, without charge except for any tax or other governmental charge imposed in connection therewith.
This Security is exchangeable for definitive Securities in registered form only if (x) the Depositary notifies the Company that it is unwilling or unable to continue as Depositary for this Security or if at any time the Depositary ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and a successor depositary is not appointed within 90 days after the Company receives such notice or becomes aware of such ineligibility, (y) the Company in its sole discretion determines that this Security shall be exchangeable for definitive Securities in registered form and notifies the Trustee thereof or (z) an Event of Default with respect to the Securities represented hereby has occurred and is continuing. If this Security is exchangeable pursuant to the preceding sentence, it shall be exchangeable for definitive Securities in registered form, having the same date of issuance, Stated Maturity Date and other terms and of authorized denominations aggregating a like amount.
This Security may not be transferred except as a whole by the Depositary to a nominee of the Depositary or by a nominee of the Depositary to the Depositary or another nominee of the Depositary or by the Depositary or any such nominee to a successor of the Depositary or a nominee of such successor. Except as provided above, owners of beneficial interests in this Global Security will not be entitled to receive physical delivery of Securities in definitive form and will not be considered the Holders hereof for any purpose under the Indenture.
Prior to due presentment of this Security for registration of transfer, the Company, the Trustee and any agent of the Company or the Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Security is registered as the owner hereof for all purposes, whether or not this Security be overdue, and neither the Company, the Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.
Obligation of the Company Absolute
No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Security or the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the Redemption Amount at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed, except as otherwise provided in this Security.
No Personal Recourse
No recourse shall be had for the payment of the Redemption Amount, or for any claim based hereon, or otherwise in respect hereof, or based on or in respect of the Indenture or any indenture supplemental thereto, against any incorporator, stockholder, officer or director, as such, past, present or future, of the Company or any successor corporation, whether by virtue of any constitution, statute or rule of law, or by the enforcement of any assessment or penalty or otherwise, all such liability being, by the acceptance hereof and as part of the consideration for the issuance hereof, expressly waived and released.
All terms used in this Security which are defined in the Indenture shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Indenture unless otherwise defined in this Security.
This Security shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.
The following abbreviations, when used in the inscription on the face of this instrument, shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations:
|TEN COM||||as tenants in common|
|TEN ENT||||as tenants by the entireties|
as joint tenants with right of
survivorship and not
as tenants in common
|UNIF GIFT MIN ACT ||
Under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act
Additional abbreviations may also be used though not in the above list.
FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby sell(s) and transfer(s) unto
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the within Security of WELLS FARGO & COMPANY and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint __________________ attorney to transfer the said Security on the books of the Company, with full power of substitution in the premises.
NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name as written upon the face of the within instrument in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatever.