EMPLOYMENT AND RESTRICTIVE COVENANT AGREEMENT
THIS EMPLOYMENT AND RESTRICTIVE COVENANT AGREEMENT (this Agreement) is made and entered into as of December 23, 2020, by and between Altimar Acquisition Corporation, a Cayman Islands exempted company (the Company), and Michael D. Rees (Executive), and will be effective as of the Effective Date (as defined below). Capitalized terms used herein that are not defined in the paragraph in which they first appear are defined in Section 13 and, to the extent not defined therein (or if expressly stated herein), shall have the meaning set forth in the Investor Rights Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, Effective Date means the Closing Date (as defined in the BCA (as defined below)), and if the Transactions (as defined below) are not consummated for any or no reason, such that the Closing Date does not occur, this Agreement shall be null and void ab initio.
WHEREAS, simultaneously with the parties entry into this Agreement, the Company, Neuberger Berman Group LLC, Owl Rock Capital Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership, Owl Rock Capital Group LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and Owl Rock Capital Feeder LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, are entering into that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of December 23, 2020 (as amended, the BCA, and the transactions contemplated by the BCA, the Transactions);
WHEREAS, in connection with the Transactions, the Company will change its name to Blue Owl Inc.;
WHEREAS, as a condition to the consummation of the Transactions, Executive must enter into this Agreement and Exhibit A hereto, for preservation of goodwill and to ensure that the Company receives all bargained-for-benefits of the Transactions;
WHEREAS, the Company desires to secure the continued services of Executive for the benefit of the Company and its Affiliates from and after the Effective Date hereof, by entering into the terms of this Agreement;
WHEREAS, Executive desires to continue to provide such services, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the consummation of the Transactions shall be a condition precedent to the effectiveness of this Agreement and the commencement of Executives employment with the Employer pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual promises, covenants and agreements contained herein, together with other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto do hereby agree as follows:
1. Services and Duties. From and after the Effective Date, Executive shall serve the Company in the capacity of Co-President. Executive shall be a full-time employee of Blue Owl Capital Holdings LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the Employer), and an officer of the Company and perform such duties as are reasonably required by the Company from time to time and normally associated with Executives positions, together with such additional duties, commensurate with Executives senior positions with the Company and with its Affiliates, as may be assigned to Executive from time to time by the Executive Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall limit or otherwise restrict the Executives participation in Permitted Activities (as defined in, and subject to, Section 5 of Exhibit A).
2. Term of Employment. The term of this Agreement and Executives employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until terminated in accordance with Section 5 hereof. The period of time starting on the Effective Date and ending on the date of termination of Executives employment is the Employment Term.
(a) Base Compensation. In consideration of Executives full and faithful satisfaction of Executives duties under this Agreement, during the Employment Term, Executive will be paid a base salary at the rate of $500,000 per annum (the Base Compensation), payable in accordance with the Employers typical payroll procedures, but not less frequently than bi-monthly.
(b) Additional Compensation. In addition to the Base Compensation, and subject to the limitations set forth in Section 2.3(b) of the Investor Rights Agreement, for each calendar year during the Employment Term (pro-rated for any partial calendar year), Executive will be entitled to additional cash compensation in an amount per annum equal to the excess, if any, of (i) 1.33% of the Management Fee Revenue over (ii) the Base Compensation (Additional Compensation). The Additional Compensation will be payable in quarterly installments (pro-rated for any partial quarters) promptly, and in any event within sixty (60) days, following the final calculation of the Management Fee Revenue for the quarter to which such Additional Compensation relates. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ten percent (10%) of each quarterly Additional Compensation installment will be reserved (the Holdback Amount) pending completion of Blue Owl Capitals audited financial statements for the relevant calendar year (the Audited Financial Statements). In the event that, (A) 1.33% of the Management Fee Revenue in respect of the relevant calendar year (as determined pursuant to the Audited Financial Statements) exceeds the aggregate amount of Base Compensation and Additional Compensation paid to Executive in respect of such calendar year (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, the aggregate Holdback Amount), Executive will be entitled to payment of such excess; and (B) the aggregate amount of Base Compensation and Additional Compensation paid to Executive in respect of such calendar year (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, the aggregate Holdback Amount) exceeds 1.33% of the Management Fee Revenue in respect of such calendar year (as determined pursuant to the Audited Financial Statements), with such excess amount referred to as the Deficit, the aggregate Holdback Amount will be applied against the Deficit until the Deficit is fully satisfied, with any portion of the aggregate Holdback Amount remaining to be paid to Executive, and if the Deficit exceeds the aggregate Holdback Amount, Executive will repay such excess. All of the payment adjustments described in the preceding sentence will occur within fifteen (15) days after completion of the Audited Financial Statements for the relevant calendar year.
(c) Annual Reviews. The Base Compensation and the Additional Compensation will be subject to annual review for increase, but not decrease, by the Compensation Committee of the Board and, for as long as Neuberger Berman Group LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (NB), has consent rights as to increases to Executives compensation, NB.
4. Employee Benefits.
(a) Benefit Plans. During the Employment Term, Executive will be eligible to participate in any employee benefit plans offered to employees generally, as well as any employee benefit plans offered to employees at the executive level, subject to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plan documents (including any eligibility requirements and limitations contained in such plans) as may be in effect from time to time and all applicable laws. Nothing in this Section 4, however, shall require the Employer to maintain any employee benefit plan or provide any type or level of benefits to its employees, including Executive, and the Employer may modify or terminate any employee benefit plan at any time.
(b) Paid Time Off. During the Employment Term, Executive will be entitled to paid time off (PTO) each year, to be used in accordance with the applicable Employer policies as in effect from time to time.
(c) Reimbursement of Expenses. During the Employment Term, the Employer shall reimburse Executive for any expenses reasonably incurred by Executive in furtherance of Executives duties hereunder, in accordance with the applicable Employer policies as in effect from time to time.
5. Termination. Subject to the terms of this Section 5, Executives employment and the Employment Term shall terminate upon the earliest to occur of the following (the applicable date of Executives termination of employment, the Termination Date): (a) a termination of Executives employment by the Company due to his Disability, effective on the date on which a written notice to such effect is delivered to Executive; (b) the date of Executives death; (c) a termination of Executives employment by the Company for Cause, effective on the date on which a written notice to such effect is delivered to Executive (for the avoidance of doubt, other than as set forth in clauses (a) and (b) above, Executives employment shall not be terminated by the Company for any reason other than Cause); and (d) a termination of Executives employment by Executive for any reason, effective on the three (3)-month anniversary of the date on which a written notice to such effect is delivered to the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing and for the avoidance of doubt, only the Board may effect a termination of Executives employment pursuant to Section 5(c) above, with any such Board-approved termination further subject to, and conditioned upon, Special Executive Committee Approval.
6. Consequences of Termination.
(a) Payments and Benefits Due Upon Termination for Any Reason or No Reason. In the event that Executives employment and the Employment Term end for any reason or no reason, Executive or Executives estate, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the following (with the amounts due under Section 6(a)(i) through Section 6(a)(iii) hereof to be paid within sixty (60) days following the Termination Date, or such earlier date as may be required by applicable law): (i) any earned but unpaid Base Compensation through the Termination Date; (ii) reimbursement for any unreimbursed business and relocation expenses incurred through the Termination Date; (iii) any accrued but unused PTO in accordance with Employer policy; and (iv) any other accrued and vested payments, benefits or fringe benefits to which Executive may be entitled under the terms of any applicable compensation arrangement, benefit or fringe benefit plan or program (collectively, the Accrued Amounts).
(b) Additional Payments Upon Certain Terminations. In the event that Executives employment and the Employment Term end for any reason other than a Disqualifying Termination, then in addition to the Accrued Amounts, subject (other than in the case of Executives death) to Executives compliance with Section 7 and, Section 8 below, Executive or Executives estate, as the case may be, will be entitled to, for each year during the Restricted Period (subject to pro-ration for any partial years), payment of an amount equal to 1.33% of the Management Fee Revenue per annum (the Continued Compensation), payable annually within thirty (30) days following the completion of the Audited Financial Statements for the applicable calendar year. In the event that Executives employment is terminated as the result of a Disqualifying Termination, Executive will be entitled to the Accrued Amounts but will not be entitled to payment of the Continued Compensation or any other consideration pursuant to this Agreement.
(c) Full and Complete Satisfaction. The amounts payable to Executive pursuant to Section 6(a) and Section 6(b) hereof following Executives termination of employment and the Employment Term shall be in full and complete satisfaction of Executives rights under this Agreement and any other claims that Executive may have in respect of Executives employment with the Company Entities, and Executive acknowledges that such amounts are fair and reasonable and are Executives sole and exclusive remedy, in lieu of all other remedies at law or in equity, with respect to the termination of Executives employment hereunder or any breach of this Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement does not address the consequences, if any, that a termination of Executives employment would have upon the equity or other interests in the Company or its Affiliates held by Executive or members of his Group.
7. Release; Continued Compliance. The Continued Compensation will only be payable if Executive (a) executes and delivers to the Company a customary general release of claims in the form provided by the Company (the Release) within forty-five (45) days or twenty-one (21) days (as may be applicable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act) following the Termination Date, and (b) thereafter does not revoke his consent to such Release within the time period prescribed therein; provided, however, that in no event shall the timing of execution (and non-revocation) of the Release, directly or indirectly, result in Executive designating the calendar year of payment, and if a payment that is subject to execution (and non-revocation) of the Release could be made in more than one taxable year, payment shall be made in the later taxable year. If, during the Restricted Period, Executive breaches Section 1 of Exhibit A, and such breach is not cured (to the extent susceptible of cure) within twenty (20) days following the Executive Committees written notice to Executive thereof, Executives right to receive the Continued Compensation will immediately cease and be forfeited, and Executive will repay any previously received Continued Compensation that is attributable to the period of time following such breach. As a further condition to the receipt of the Continued Compensation, upon any termination of employment, unless otherwise requested by the Executive Committee, Executive shall immediately resign from any officer, consultant, trustee or similar positions Executive holds with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (unless otherwise provided in the Investor Rights Agreement).
8. Restrictive Covenants. The parties agree that the restrictive covenants set forth in Exhibit A hereto (the Restrictive Covenants) are incorporated herein by reference and shall be deemed to be fully contained herein. Executive understands, acknowledges and agrees that the Restrictive Covenants apply during (a) his employment with the Employer or any Affiliate of the Company and (b) the specified periods following termination of his employment with the Employer and any other Affiliate of the Company which may have employed him.
9. Assignment. This Agreement, and all of the terms and conditions hereof, shall bind the Company and its successors and assigns and Executive and Executives heirs, valid assigns, executors and administrators. No transfer or assignment of this Agreement shall release the Company from any obligation to Executive hereunder. Neither this Agreement, nor any of the Companys rights or obligations hereunder, may be assigned or are otherwise subject to hypothecation by Executive. The Company may assign the rights and obligations of the Company hereunder, in whole or in part, to any of the Companys Subsidiaries or Affiliates, or to any other successor or assign in connection with the sale of all or substantially all of the Companys assets or equity or in connection with any merger, acquisition and/or reorganization, provided the assignee assumes the obligations of the Company hereunder.
10. Tax Withholding. The Employer shall be entitled to withhold such federal, state and local taxes as may be required pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
11. Section 409A. To the extent applicable, the intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this Agreement comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder (collectively, Code Section 409A); and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance therewith. In no event whatsoever shall the Company be liable for any additional tax, interest or penalty that may be imposed on Executive by Code Section 409A or damages for failing to comply with Code Section 409A.
(a) A termination of employment shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of any provision of this Agreement providing for the payment of any amount or benefit upon or following a termination of employment, unless such termination is also a separation from service within the meaning of Code Section 409A, and, for purposes of any such provision of this Agreement, references to a termination, termination of employment or like terms shall mean separation from service. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if Executive is deemed on the date of termination to be a specified employee within the meaning of that term under Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B), then with regard to any payment or the provision of any benefit that is considered nonqualified deferred compensation under Code Section 409A payable on account of a separation from service, such payment or benefit shall not be made or provided until the date which is the earlier of (i) the expiration of the six (6)-month period measured from the date of such separation from service of Executive and (ii) the date of Executives death, solely to the extent required under Code Section 409A. Upon the expiration of the foregoing delay period, all payments and benefits delayed pursuant to this Section 11(a) (whether they would have otherwise been payable in a single sum or in installments in the absence of such delay) shall be paid or reimbursed to Executive in a lump sum, and all remaining payments and benefits due under this Agreement shall be paid or provided in accordance with the normal payment dates specified for them herein.
(b) To the extent that reimbursements or other in-kind benefits under this Agreement constitute nonqualified deferred compensation for purposes of Code Section 409A, (i) all expense or other reimbursements hereunder shall be made on or prior to the last day of the taxable year following the taxable year in which such expenses were incurred by Executive; (ii) any right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit; and (iii) no such, expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided in any taxable year shall in any way affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, in any other taxable year.
(c) For purposes of Code Section 409A, Executives right to receive installment payments pursuant to this Agreement shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments. Whenever a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days, the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole discretion of the Company. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, in no event shall any payment or benefit under this Agreement that constitutes nonqualified deferred compensation for purposes of Code Section 409A be subject to offset by any other amount unless otherwise permitted by Code Section 409A.
(a) Notices. Any notices provided hereunder must be in writing and shall be deemed effective (i) on the day of personal delivery or the following business day if such day of delivery is not a business day (including personal delivery by recognized overnight courier), (ii) with respect to e-mail, on the day of confirmation of receipt of such e-mail or (iii) the third (3rd) business day after mailing by first class mail to the recipient at the address indicated below, or to such other address or to the attention of such other person as the recipient party may have specified by prior written notice to the sending party:
To the Company:
c/o Owl Rock Capital Partners
399 Park Avenue, 38th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Attention: Alan Kirshenbaum
Attention: Neena Reddy
To Executive: At the location set forth in the Companys records.
(b) Reasonableness of Restrictions; Severability; Reformation. The Company and Executive expressly agree that the restrictions contained in this Agreement (including Exhibit A) (i) are reasonable and lawful, (ii) will not unnecessarily or unreasonably restrict Executives professional business opportunities should Executive cease to be an employee of the Company Entities and (iii) are no broader than necessary to protect the goodwill, confidential information, proprietary information, trade secrets and other legitimate business interests of the Company Entities. However, if any provision of this Agreement shall be held or deemed to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction for any reason, the invalidity of that provision shall not have the effect of rendering the provision in question unenforceable in any other jurisdiction or in any other case or of rendering any other provisions herein unenforceable, but the invalid provision shall be substituted with a valid provision that most closely approximates the intent and the economic effect of the invalid provision and that would be enforceable to the maximum extent permitted in such jurisdiction or in such case. If it is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in any state that any restriction in this Agreement (including Exhibit A) is excessive in duration or scope or is unreasonable or unenforceable under applicable law, the parties agree to modify such restriction so as to render it enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by the laws of that state.
(c) DTSA. 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b) provides: An individual shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that (A) is made (i) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal. An individual who files a lawsuit for retaliation by an employer for reporting a suspected violation of law may disclose the trade secret to his or her attorney and use the trade secret information in the court proceeding, if the individual (A) files any document containing the trade secret under seal; and (B) does not disclose the trade secret, except pursuant to court order. Nothing in this Agreement (including this Exhibit A) is intended to conflict with 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b) or create liability for disclosures of trade secrets that are expressly allowed by 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b).
(d) Whistleblower Protection. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, no provision of this Agreement (including Exhibit A) will be interpreted so as to impede Executive (or any other individual) from: (i) making any disclosure of relevant and necessary information or documents in any action, investigation or proceeding relating to this Agreement, or as required by law or legal process, including with respect to possible violations of law; (ii) participating, cooperating or testifying in any action, investigation or proceeding with, or providing information to, any governmental agency, legislative body or any self-regulatory organization, including, but not limited to, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Congress and any agency Inspector General; (iii) accepting any U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards; or (iv) making other disclosures under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation. In addition, nothing in this Agreement or any other agreement or Company policy prohibits or restricts Executive from initiating communications with, or responding to any inquiry from, any administrative, governmental, regulatory or supervisory authority regarding any good faith concerns about possible violations of law or regulation. Executive does not need the prior authorization of the Company to make any such reports or disclosures, and Executive will not be required to notify the Company that such reports or disclosures have been made.
(e) Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including Exhibit A) constitutes the final, complete and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement and understanding between the parties related to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and preempts any prior or contemporaneous understandings, agreements or representations by or between the parties, written or oral. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding sentence, this Agreement does not supersede or preempt any restrictive covenant agreements to the extent they relate to or are a condition of continued vesting, repurchase rights and/or forfeiture of carried interest, capital interests and related economics in respect of the Existing Diamond Flagship Funds (as defined in the BCA) and any investment product managed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, in each case, in effect on the Effective Date. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Transactions (as defined below) are not consummated for any or no reason, such that the Closing Date does not occur, this Agreement shall be null and void ab initio, and all arrangements otherwise superseded by this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
(f) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in separate counterparts, any one of which need not contain signatures of more than one party, but all of which taken together will constitute one and the same agreement. A faxed, .pdf-ed or electronic signature shall operate the same as an original signature and shall be considered to have the same binding legal effect as if it were the original signed version thereof delivered in person.
(g) Amendments. No amendments or other modifications to this Agreement may be made except by a writing signed by each party hereto. No amendment or waiver of this Agreement requires the consent of any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity not a party to this Agreement.
(h) Survivorship. The provisions of this Agreement necessary to carry out the intention of the parties as expressed herein (including, without limitation, the Restrictive Covenants provided in Section 8 hereof and Exhibit A hereto) shall survive the Termination Date.
(i) Waiver. The waiver by either party of the other partys prompt and complete performance, or breach or violation, of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate nor be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach or violation, and the failure by any party hereto to exercise any right or remedy which it or he may possess hereunder shall not operate nor be construed as a bar to the exercise of such right or remedy by such party upon the occurrence of any subsequent breach or violation. No waiver shall be deemed to have occurred unless set forth in a writing executed by or on behalf of the waiving party. No such written waiver shall be deemed a continuing waiver unless specifically stated therein, and each such waiver shall operate only as to the specific term or condition waived and shall not constitute a waiver of such term or condition for the future or as to any act other than that specifically waived.
(j) Captions. The captions of this Agreement are for convenience and reference only and in no way define, describe, extend or limit the scope or intent of this Agreement or the intent of any provision hereof.
(k) Construction. The parties acknowledge that this Agreement is the result of arms-length negotiations between sophisticated parties, each afforded representation by legal counsel. Each and every provision of this Agreement shall be construed as though both parties participated equally in the drafting of the same, and any rule of construction that a document shall be construed against the drafting party shall not be applicable to this Agreement.
(l) Arbitration; Exclusive Jurisdiction; Waiver of Jury Trial. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including the validity, interpretation, performance, breach, alleged breach, negotiation or termination of this Agreement, shall be settled by binding arbitration to be held in New York, New York and administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules (including the procedures for Large, Complex Commercial Disputes if applicable under those rules) in effect when the arbitration is commenced. Any such arbitration shall be in front of a panel of three (3) arbitrators comprised of one (1) independent and impartial arbitrator designated by the Company, one (1) independent and impartial arbitrator designated by Executive and one (1) independent and impartial arbitrator (who shall be the chair of the arbitral tribunal) jointly designated by the arbitrators designated by the Company and Executive in accordance with the rules of the AAA. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, any actions or proceedings seeking interim equitable relief, or to enforce an arbitration award, may be brought in, and with regard to such court proceedings the parties consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of, the Delaware Court of Chancery or, if such court shall not have jurisdiction, any federal court of the United States located in the State of Delaware or, if no such federal court shall have jurisdiction, the Delaware Superior Court and any appellate court from any appeal thereof. The parties agree that any process or notice of motion or other application to any of such courts, and any paper in connection with any such arbitration, may be served by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal service or in such other manner as may be permissible under the rules of the applicable court or arbitration tribunal, provided that a reasonable time for appearance is allowed. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable Law, the decision of the panel of arbitrators shall be final and binding and not be subject to appeal. The costs of the arbitration (other than any costs that are specific to a particular party, such as the fees and expenses of counsel, fact witnesses or experts), including any AAA administration fee and filing fee, arbitrators fees and the costs of the use of facilities during the hearings, will be initially borne equally by the Company and Executive, and promptly following the issuance of an award, the non-prevailing party shall reimburse the prevailing party for such costs (and any award of the arbitration panel shall contain a specific provision providing for the reimbursement of such costs by the non-prevailing party). The arbitrators shall have the power to grant temporary, preliminary and permanent relief, including injunctive relief and specific performance, or any other remedy available from a court of competent jurisdiction. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Section 12(l) shall limit the ability of a party to seek or obtain injunctive relief under Section 12(m). Nothing herein shall affect the right of any party hereto to serve process in any other manner permitted by law. TO THE EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW THAT CANNOT BE WAIVED, EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVES, AND COVENANTS THAT IT OR HE WILL NOT ASSERT (WHETHER AS PLAINTIFF, DEFENDANT OR OTHERWISE), ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION ARISING IN WHOLE OR IN PART UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OF THE CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTIONS, WHETHER NOW EXISTING OR HEREAFTER ARISING, AND WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, AND AGREES THAT ANY OF THEM MAY FILE A COPY OF THIS PARAGRAPH WITH ANY COURT AS WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF THE KNOWING, VOLUNTARY AND BARGAINED-FOR AGREEMENT AMONG THE PARTIES IRREVOCABLY TO WAIVE ITS OR HIS RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY PROCEEDING WHATSOEVER BETWEEN THEM RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OF THE CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTIONS AND WILL INSTEAD BE TRIED IN A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION BY A JUDGE SITTING WITHOUT A JURY.
(m) Governing Law; Equitable Remedies. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO CONFLICT OF LAWS PRINCIPLES THEREOF). The parties hereto agree that irreparable damage would occur in the event that any of the provisions of Section 8 or Exhibit A of this Agreement were not performed in accordance with its specific terms or was otherwise breached. It is accordingly agreed that the parties hereto shall be entitled to an injunction or injunctions
and other equitable remedies to prevent breaches of Section 8 or Exhibit A of this Agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions thereof in accordance with Section 12(l), including an injunction in aid of arbitration from any court of competent jurisdiction, this being in addition to any other remedy to which they are entitled at law or in equity. In such event, any requirements for the securing or posting of any bond with respect to such remedy are hereby waived by each of the parties hereto. Each party further agrees that, in the event of any action for an injunction or other equitable remedy in respect of such breach or enforcement of specific performance pursuant to this Section 12(m), it or he will not assert the defense that a remedy at law would be adequate.
(n) Third Party Beneficiaries. Except as expressly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall confer any rights or remedies upon any person, other than the parties hereto and any and all of Executives heirs, successors, valid assigns, executors and administrators. In any provision of the Agreement which provides rights or remedies to, or permits the assignment of rights to, Affiliates or Subsidiaries of the Company, the terms Affiliates and Subsidiaries shall be construed to exclude any private fund (or similar vehicle) or business development company of, or any other accounts, funds, vehicles or other client advised or sub-advised by the Company or any of its Affiliates or any portfolio companies thereof.
13. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement:
(a) Affiliate means an affiliate of the Company (or other referenced entity, as the case may be) as defined in Rule 405 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
(b) Blue Owl Capital means Blue Owl Capital Inc., a Delaware corporation (formerly Altimar Acquisition Corporation, a Cayman Island exempted company).
(c) Board means the board of directors of the Company.
(d) Cause shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(f)(iii) of the Investor Rights Agreement.
(e) Company Entities means the Company and any of its direct and indirect Subsidiaries.
(f) Disability means any physical or mental incapacity which prevents Executive from carrying out all or substantially all of his duties under this Agreement for any period of one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days or any aggregate period of eight (8) months in any twelve-month (12) period, as determined by a majority of the members of the Board (but, for the sake of clarity, excluding Executive) in their sole discretion.
(g) Disqualifying Termination means a termination of Executives employment (i) by the Company for Cause or (ii) by Executive for any reason prior to the fifth (5th) anniversary of the Effective Date. For the avoidance of doubt, neither Executives resignation due to his Disability nor a termination of Executives employment due to his death will be a Disqualifying Termination.
(h) Investor Rights Agreement means that certain Investor Rights Agreement, by and among Blue Owl Capital and the other parties specified therein, to be entered into in connection with the Transactions and dated as of the Effective Date.
(i) Management Fee Revenue means the management fee revenue (as determined in accordance with GAAP) of Blue Owl Capital and its Subsidiaries (as defined in the Investment Rights Agreement) (determined on a consolidated basis and including incentive fees payable by any business development company) for such calendar year, as reasonably determined by Blue Owl Capitals Chief Financial Officer in good faith in a manner consistent with the Companys financial reporting, with the final amount subject to the Audited Financial Statements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent any increase in Management Fee Revenue results from the acquisition of a business with more than $1 billion in amounts that would constitute Management Fee Revenue if earned by the Company during the trailing twelve (12)-month period, then for purposes of Section 3(b) and Section 6(b), the inclusion of such increase in Management Fee Revenue resulting from such acquisition will be determined subject to any consent required pursuant to Section 2.3(c) of the Investor Rights Agreement.
(j) Subsidiary means a subsidiary of the Company (or other referenced entity, as the case may be) as defined in Rule 405 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF AND INTENDING TO BE LEGALLY BOUND THEREBY, the parties hereto have executed and delivered this Agreement as of the year and date first above written.
|ALTIMAR ACQUISITION CORPORATION|
|Name: Tom Wasserman|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer|
|Name:||Michael D. Rees|
1. Non-Competition. Subject to Section 5, during the period from the date hereof until the fifth (5th) anniversary of the date on which the Executive ceases to be an employee of or provider of services to the Company Entities (such date, the Termination Date) (such period, giving effect to the foregoing proviso, the Restricted Period), the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, and other than in connection with the Company Business, directly or indirectly, sponsor, advise, promote, manage, own any interest in, control or render services to any Person who provides, or is preparing to provide, investment advisory services to another Person in exchange for compensation, in each case, that competes with (a) a business line of the Company Entities as of the Termination Date or (b) a business line planned, as of the Termination Date, to be implemented within the twelve (12)-month period following the Termination Date (collectively, the Competitive Services). Executive undertakes not to intentionally circumvent or attempt to circumvent his obligations hereunder or otherwise to limit the effect of any provision of this Exhibit A.
2. Non-Solicitation; Non-Interference.
(a) During the period from the date hereof until the two (2)-year anniversary of the Termination Date, the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, in any manner or capacity (other than for the sole benefit of the Company Funds and/or the Company Entities), employ, engage, attempt to employ or engage, recruit or otherwise solicit, induce or influence any Person who is an employee of any of the Company Entities (Company Personnel) to leave employment with the Company Entities; provided, that nothing contained in this Section 2 shall prohibit, Executive, after the Termination Date, from (i) making any solicitation through the use of general advertising in newspapers, publications, the internet or other media of general circulation not directed or targeted at Company Personnel, (ii) making any solicitation or hiring of any administrative or executive assistants who were working for Executive immediately prior to the Termination Date or (iii) the taking of any action with respect to any former Company Personnel, if such former Company Personnel has otherwise not been employed or engaged by the Company Entities for at least six (6) months prior to the action and was not (A) induced to terminate his or her employment with, or service to, the Company Entities or (B) solicited for hire or engagement, in either case of (A) or (B), directly or indirectly by Executive prior to the expiration of such six (6)-month period.
(b) During the period from the date hereof until the one (1)-year anniversary of the Termination Date, the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, in any manner or capacity (other than for the sole benefit of the Company Funds), solicit (i) the business of any Clients or Prospective Clients of the Company Entities or (ii) the acquisition of any Prospective Portfolio Investments (as defined below), in each case, with which (or with whom) Executive first had contact on behalf of the Company Business or as to which (or whom) Executive has accessed Confidential Information (as defined below). For purposes of this Section 2(b), (A) Client means any person, firm, corporation or other organization whatsoever for whom any Company Entity has provided investment advisory services and with respect to whom Executive, individuals reporting to Executive or individuals over whom
Executive had direct or indirect responsibility had personal contact or dealings on a Company Entitys behalf during the two (2)-year period immediately preceding Executives Termination Date; (B) Prospective Client means any person, firm, corporation or other organization whatsoever with whom any Company Entity has had any negotiations or discussions regarding the possible investment in a Company Fund within the nine (9)-month period immediately preceding Executives Termination Date and with respect to whom Executive, individuals reporting to Executive or individuals over whom Executive had direct or indirect responsibility had personal contact or dealings on the Companys behalf during such nine (9)-month period; and (C) Prospective Portfolio Investment means any prospective portfolio investments of any Company Funds that, to Executives knowledge, were in process or under active consideration by any of the Company Entities as of Executives Termination Date.
(c) During the Restricted Period, the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, intentionally, directly or indirectly, in any manner or capacity, induce or encourage any investor in a Company Fund to seek to have its capital commitment to such Company Fund or Company Funds reduced, or to terminate or diminish its business relationship with any Company Entity.
(d) During the Restricted Period, Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, work with any other Principal to control, manage, sponsor, advise or sub-advise any business that provides investment advisory services for compensation.
(a) During the Employment Term and thereafter, Executive shall not disclose, communicate or use any Confidential Information, other than in the course of Executives performance of his duties and responsibilities to the Company Entities (except as provided in Sections 12(c) and 12(d) of the Agreement to which this Exhibit A is attached).
(b) Confidential Information means (i) all secret, confidential or proprietary information, knowledge or data and all information regarding the business methods, operations or results, in each case, of or relating to any Company Entity or the Clients, Prospective Clients or employees of any Company Entity, (ii) all non-public information related to the business activities of the Company Entities and their Clients obtained by Executive during his employment and (iii) materials contained in Client files, unless, in each case, such information (A) was known to the public before its disclosure to Executive; (B) becomes generally known to the public subsequent to disclosure to Executive through no wrongful act of Executive or any representative of Executive; or (C) Executive is required to disclose by applicable law, regulation or legal process.
(c) Executive agrees to comply with the Companys Code of Conduct and Compliance Manual provided to Executive in writing for purposes of handling material, non-public information during the course of Executives employment with the Company. Upon the Termination Date, Executive shall deliver to the Company all property belonging to the Company (including all Confidential Information and all documents, recordings and other tangible records (including tapes, discs or other similar media)), provided, that, Executive may retain documentation pertaining to his compensation arrangements and post-termination obligations to the Company.
(d) Except as provided in Sections 12(c) and 12(d) of the Agreement to which this Exhibit A is attached, if Executive receives a subpoena or other legal process that would or may require the disclosure of Confidential Information or any Company Entitys documents or information, Executive must notify the Company promptly following his receipt of such process.
4. Intellectual Property; Company Work Product.
(a) For purposes of this Exhibit A:
(i) Intellectual Property means all: (A) patents, patent applications and patent disclosures; (B) trademarks, service marks, trade dress, trade names, logos, corporate names, Internet domain names and registrations and applications for the registration thereof, together with all of the goodwill associated therewith; (C) copyrights and copyrightable works (including, without limitation, mask works, computer software, source code, object code, data, databases and documentation relating thereto (collectively, Software)), and registrations and applications for the registration thereof; (D) trade secrets and other Confidential Information (whether or not patentable), including, without limitation, inventions, discoveries, developments, improvements, know-how, ideas, concepts, products, devices, systems, processes, methods, business methods, techniques, strategies, formulas, compositions, equations, algorithms, rules, protocols, Software, research and development information, data, drawings, specifications, flowcharts, schematics, programmer notes, designs, proposals, plans, financial and marketing plans, track record (i.e., investment performance of accounts) and customer, partner and vendor lists and information; (E) other similar proprietary rights; and (F) copies and tangible embodiments thereof (in whatever form or medium); and
(ii) Company Work Product means Intellectual Property that is conceived, developed, made or reduced to practice by Executive, alone or jointly with others, during the term of Executives employment with the Company Entities, and: (A) by using equipment, supplies, facilities or information of any Company Entity (other than use of Executives mobile device, tablet or personal computer, and not relating to the current or anticipated business activities of the Company Entities); (B) arises out of Executives employment by the Company Entities; or (C) arises out of any of the Company Entities current or anticipated business activities.
(b) Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company shall own all right, title and interest in and to all Company Work Product, including, without limitation, any right to collect for past damages for the infringement or unauthorized use of Company Work Product. To the extent that any Intellectual Property that forms part of the Company Work Product does not automatically, by operation of law, vest in the Company, Executive hereby irrevocably transfers and assigns to the Company (or, to the extent not transferable, waives) all right, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property for all forms and media, whether or not now existing, throughout the world, including, without limitation, any right to collect for past damages for the infringement or unauthorized use of such Intellectual Property and waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, all of Executives moral rights with respect to such Intellectual Property.
(c) Without limiting Executives obligations under any other provision of this Exhibit A, Executive hereby agrees to disclose to the Company promptly and fully, maintain adequate and current records of and comply with the Companys policies regarding record keeping (as such policies may be created and amended from time to time) for any and all material Company Work Product. Such records shall be and shall remain the exclusive property of the Company and shall be made available promptly to the Company at any time upon request of the Company.
(d) Executive shall not disclose to any Company Entity, use in its business or cause any Company Entity to use any information or material that is confidential to any third party (other than where a right or permission to do so has been secured from the applicable third party), nor shall Executive incorporate into any Company Work Product any Intellectual Property of any third party, unless such incorporation has been authorized in writing by the Company. Executive hereby represents and warrants that he is not party to any agreement currently in effect (other than with respect to surviving confidentiality obligations) that obligates Executive to grant, assign or license to any party (other than the Company Entities) any interest in Intellectual Property conceived, developed, made or reduced to practice by Executive, or which would otherwise inhibit Executive from fulfilling his obligations herein.
(e) During the Employment Term and thereafter, upon the request of any Company Entity, Executive will promptly provide cooperation and assistance to the Company and its successors, assigns or other legal representatives, at the Companys expense (such assistance and cooperation including, without limitation, the execution and delivery of any and all affidavits, declarations, oaths, exhibits, assignments, powers of attorney or other documentation as may be reasonably required): (i) in obtaining and/or perfecting ownership and control over Intellectual Property included in Company Work Product; (ii) in the preparation and prosecution of any applications for, or registration of, any Intellectual Property included within Company Work Product; (iii) in the prosecution or defense of, or other participation in, any court or patent office proceedings, including, without limitation, any interference, opposition, reexamination, reissue, litigation or other proceedings, that may arise in connection with Company Work Product, including, without limitation, producing documents or providing testimony relating to Company Work Product, and assisting the Company to obtain such documents or testimony; and (iv) in obtaining any additional patents or other protection that the Company may deem appropriate and that may be secured under the laws now or hereafter in effect in any country.
(f) Executive hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Company and its duly authorized officers and agents, as Executives agents and attorneys-in-fact to act for and on Executives behalf and instead of Executive, to execute and file any documents, applications or related findings and to do all other lawfully permitted acts to further the purposes set forth above in Section 4, including, without limitation, the perfection of assignment and the prosecution and issuance of patents, patent applications, copyright applications and registrations, trademark applications and registrations or other rights in connection with such inventions and improvements thereto with the same legal force and effect as if executed by Executive, in each case, exercisable solely where Executive is deceased or incapacitated or otherwise has not fulfilled his obligations hereunder in a reasonably timely manner after written request from the Company.
5. Permitted Activities. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Exhibit A shall not limit or otherwise restrict the following activities, to the extent such activities do not interfere in any material respect with Executives role and responsibilities at the Company Entities: (a) the activities of Executives Family Members (to the extent not acting at the direction of or on
behalf of Executive in breach of this Exhibit A), (b) Executive owning in a passive capacity up to five percent (5%) of the outstanding equity interests of (i) any publicly traded class of equity or debt securities registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or (ii) a third party investment fund that is not controlled by Executive (including by way of any investment consent rights over actions taken by such investment fund), in each case, so long as such ownership does not create any conflict of interest with Executives duties hereunder, (c) Executive making any investment, engaging in any activities or otherwise taking any action related to bona fide charitable, non-profit, philanthropic, community, literary and artistic activities (including joining or participating in the activities or serving on the board of any bona fide non-profit organization or trade or industry group or association) or (d) Executive providing investment advice to Executives Family Members or being actively involved in Executives Family Office (as defined below), so long as such activities are (i) not inconsistent with the restrictions set forth in Section 1 and Section 2 hereof, (ii) such investments are made in accordance with the Companys compliance and trade reporting policies and (iii) such investments do not include a diversion of an investment opportunity presented to Executive in his capacity as an executive with the Company. For the purposes of this Section 5, Family Office means the organization responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of the Executives and/or one or more of Executives Family Members financial and personal affairs (whether exclusively or on a collective basis with the financial and personal affairs of a limited number of friends and family and/or other Company professionals), which may include, but is not limited to, wealth management, making and managing of investments, tax planning, estate planning and philanthropic endeavors, and includes any entity which holds the personal investments of Executive or his Family Members; provided that Executives does not receive any investment advisory-related fees or other fees (excluding any cost allocation or expense reimbursement), directly or indirectly, from any investors in the Family Office.
6. For the avoidance of doubt, this Exhibit A is incorporated in the Employment and Restrictive Covenant Agreement, dated as of December 23, 2020, by and between Altimar Acquisition Corporation and Michael D. Rees, and the terms of Section 12 thereto shall apply to this Exhibit A.