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2000-04-05 ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE) 8-K

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-----BEGIN PRIVACY-ENHANCED MESSAGE----Proc-Type: 2001,MIC-CLEAR Originator-Name: webmaster@www.sec.gov Originator-Key-Asymmetric: MFgwCgYEVQgBAQICAf8DSgAwRwJAW2sNKK9AVtBzYZmr6aGjlWyK3XmZv3dTINen TWSM7vrzLADbmYQaionwg5sDW3P6oaM5D3tdezXMm7z1T+B+twIDAQAB MIC-Info: RSA-MD5,RSA, RC6mohfiCChDy63blM5nKpBuRFUb69KJeKQFZHti3EipivymVoQwuOdgosAIKyl+ dN3X3VniXl4higfoytbA+A== <SEC-DOCUMENT>0000950131-00-002417.txt : 20000406 <SEC-HEADER>0000950131-00-002417.hdr.sgml : 20000406 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000950131-00-002417 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 8-K PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 5 CONFORMED PERIOD OF REPORT: 20000403 ITEM INFORMATION: FILED AS OF DATE: 20000405 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: CENTRAL INDEX KEY: STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: IRS NUMBER: FISCAL YEAR END: FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: SEC ACT: SEC FILE NUMBER: FILM NUMBER: BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: STREET 2: CITY: STATE: BUSINESS PHONE: MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: CITY: STATE: </SEC-HEADER> <DOCUMENT> <TYPE>8-K <SEQUENCE>1 <DESCRIPTION>FORM 8-K <TEXT> <PAGE> SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington D.C. 20549 FORM 8-K Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 3, 2000 ACE LIMITED (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) Cayman Islands (State or other jurisdiction of Incorporation) 1-11778 (Commission) File Number) 98-0091805 (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.) 8-K 001-11778 594045 ACE BLDG 30 WOODBOURNE AVE HAMILTON HM 08 BERMU D0 8092955200 P O BOX HM 1015 HAMITON BERMUDA D0 ACE LTD 0000896159 FIRE, MARINE & CASUALTY INSURANCE [6331] 000000000 1231
The ACE Building 30 Woodbourne Avenue Hamilton, Bermuda (Address of principal executive offices)
HM 08 (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (441) 295-5200 Not Applicable (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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<PAGE> Item 5. Other Events
On April 3, 2000, ACE Limited commenced an offering of FELINE PRIDES (SM). Included as exhibits to this Current Report on Form 8-K are forms of the agreements to be entered into in connection with the offering of the FELINE PRIDES. "FELINE PRIDES" is a service mark of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. <PAGE> SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized. Dated: April 4, 2000 ACE LIMITED By: /s/ Christopher Z. Marshall ----------------------------Christopher Z. Marshall Chief Financial Officer
<PAGE> EXHIBIT INDEX Exhibit Number - -----99.1 99.2 Description ----------Form of Purchase Contract Agreement between ACE Limited and The Bank of New York, as Purchase Contract Agent Form of Pledge Agreement among ACE Limited, The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent, Custodial Agent and Securities Intermediary, and The Bank of New York, as Purchase Contract Agent Form of Income PRIDES (included in Exhibit 99.1 hereto) Certificate of the Powers, Designations, Preferences and Rights of the __% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series A, of ACE Limited Form of Remarketing Agreement between ACE Limited and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, as Remarketing Agent
99.3 99.4 99.5
</TEXT> </DOCUMENT> <DOCUMENT> <TYPE>EX-99.1 <SEQUENCE>2 <DESCRIPTION>FORM OF PURCHASE AGREEMENT <TEXT> <PAGE> ================================================================================ ACE LIMITED AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS PURCHASE CONTRACT AGENT __________________ PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT __________________
Dated as of April . , 2000 ================================================================================ <PAGE>
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TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION <TABLE> <C> Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section <S> <C> Definitions................................................... 1 Compliance Certificates and Opinions.......................... 9 Form of Documents Delivered to Agent..........................10 Acts of Holders; Record Dates.................................10 Notices.......................................................11 Notice to Holders; Waiver.....................................12 Effect of Headings and Table of Contents......................12 Successors and Assigns........................................12 Separability Clause...........................................13 Benefits of Agreement.........................................13 Governing Law.................................................13 Legal Holidays................................................13 Counterparts..................................................13 Inspection of Agreement.......................................13 ARTICLE II CERTIFICATE FORMS Section 2.1. Section 2.2. Forms of Certificates Generally...............................14 Form of Agent's Certificate of Authentication.................15 ARTICLE III THE SECURITIES Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 3.5. 3.6. 3.7. 3.8. 3.9. 3.10. 3.11. 3.12. 3.13. 3.14. 3.15. 3.16. Title and Terms; Denominations................................15 Rights and Obligations Evidenced by the Certificates..........15 Execution, Authentication, Delivery and Dating................16 Temporary Certificates........................................16 Registration; Registration of Transfer and Exchange...........17 Book-Entry Interests..........................................18 Notices to Holders............................................19 Appointment of Successor Clearing Agency......................19 Definitive Certificates.......................................19 Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost and Stolen Certificates............19 Persons Deemed Owners.........................................20 Cancellation..................................................21 Establishment or Reestablishment of Growth PRIDES.............21 Establishment or Reestablishment of Income PRIDES.............22 Transfer of Collateral upon Occurrence of Termination Event...23 No Consent to Assumption......................................24 ARTICLE IV THE PREFERRED SHARES Section 4.1. Section 4.2. Payment of Dividend; Rights to Dividends Preserved; Dividend Rate Reset; Notice...................................24 Notice and Voting.............................................25 ARTICLE V THE PURCHASE CONTRACTS Section 5.1. </TABLE> <PAGE> <TABLE> <S> Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Purchase of Ordinary Shares...................................26
1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.4. 1.5. 1.6. 1.7. 1.8. 1.9. 1.10. 1.11. 1.12. 1.13. 1.14.
5.2. 5.3. 5.4. 5.5. 5.6. 5.7. 5.8. 5.9. 5.10. 5.11.
<C> <C> Contract Adjustment Payments..................................27 Deferral of Payment Dates For Contract Adjustment Payments....28 Payment of Purchase Price.....................................29 Issuance of Ordinary Shares...................................33 Adjustment of Settlement Rate.................................33 Notice of Adjustments and Certain Other Events................38 Termination Event; Notice.....................................38 Early Settlement..............................................39 No Fractional Shares..........................................40 Charges and Taxes.............................................40 ARTICLE VI REMEDIES
Section 6.1. Section Section Section Section Section 6.2. 6.3. 6.4. 6.5. 6.6.
Unconditional Right of Holders to Purchase Ordinary Shares and to Receive Contract Adjustment Payments....................41 Restoration of Rights and Remedies.............................41 Rights and Remedies Cumulative.................................41 Delay or Omission Not Waiver...................................42 Undertaking for Costs..........................................42 Waiver of Stay or Extension Laws...............................42
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ARTICLE VII THE AGENT Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section 7.1. 7.2. 7.3. 7.4. 7.5. 7.6. 7.7. 7.8. 7.9. 7.10. 7.11. 7.12. 7.13. 7.14. Certain Duties and Responsibilities...........................42 Notice of Default.............................................43 Certain Rights of Agent.......................................43 Not Responsible for Recitals or Issuance of Securities........44 May Hold Securities...........................................44 Money Held in Custody.........................................44 Compensation and Reimbursement................................44 Corporate Agent Required; Eligibility.........................45 Resignation and Removal; Appointment of Successor.............45 Acceptance of Appointment by Successor........................46 Merger, Conversion, Consolidation or Succession to Business...47 Preservation of Information; Communications to Holders........47 No Obligations of Agent.......................................47 Tax Compliance................................................48 ARTICLE VIII SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS Section Section Section Section Section 8.1. 8.2. 8.3. 8.4. 8.5. Supplemental Agreements Without Consent of Holders............48 Supplemental Agreements with Consent of Holders...............49 Execution of Supplemental Agreements..........................49 Effect of Supplemental Agreements.............................50 Reference to Supplemental Agreements..........................50 ARTICLE IX CONSOLIDATION, MERGER, SALE OR CONVEYANCE Section 9.1. Section 9.2. Section 9.3. </TABLE> <PAGE> ARTICLE X COVENANTS <TABLE> <S> Section Section Section Section Section EXHIBIT EXHIBIT EXHIBIT EXHIBIT EXHIBIT </TABLE> <PAGE> PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT, dated as of April __, 2000, between ACE Limited, a company duly organized and existing under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the "Company"), and The Bank of New York, a New York banking association, acting as purchase contract agent for the Holders of Securities from time to time (the "Agent"). RECITALS The Company has duly authorized the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Certificates evidencing the Securities. All things necessary to make the Purchase Contracts, when the Certificates are executed by the Company and authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered by the Agent, as provided in this Agreement, the valid obligations of the Company, and to constitute these presents a valid agreement of the Company, in accordance with its terms, have been done. WITNESSETH: For and in consideration of the premises and the purchase of the Securities by the Holders thereof, it is mutually agreed as follows: ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION Section 1.1. Definitions. <C> <C> Performance Under Purchase Contracts..........................51 Maintenance of Office or Agency...............................51 Company to Reserve Ordinary Shares............................52 Covenants as to Ordinary Shares...............................52 Statements of Officer of the Company as to Default............52 Form of Income PRIDES Certificate Form of Growth PRIDES Certificate Instruction to Collateral Agent Instruction to Purchase Contract Agent Notice to Settle with Separate Cash Covenant Not to Merge, Consolidate, Sell or Convey Property Except Under Certain Conditions...............................50 Rights and Duties of Successor Corporation....................50 Opinion of Counsel Given to Agent.............................51
10.1. 10.2. 10.3. 10.4. 10.5. A B C D E
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For all purposes of this Agreement, except as otherwise expressly provided or unless the context otherwise requires: (a) the terms defined in this Article have the meanings assigned to them in this Article and include the plural as well as the singular; and nouns and pronouns of the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter genders; (b) all accounting terms not otherwise defined herein have the meanings assigned to them in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States; (c) the words "herein," "hereof" and "hereunder" and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular Article, Section or other subdivision; and (d) the following terms have the meanings given to them in this Section 1.1(d). "Act" when used with respect to any Holder, has the meaning specified in Section 1.4. "Affiliate" has the same meaning as given to that term in Rule 405 of the Securities Act or any successor rule thereunder. "Agent" means the Person named as the "Agent" in the first paragraph of this instrument until a successor Agent shall have become such pursuant to the applicable provisions of this Agreement, and thereafter "Agent" shall mean such Person. <PAGE> "Agreement" means this instrument as originally executed or as it may from time to time be supplemented or amended by one or more agreements supplemental hereto entered into pursuant to the applicable provisions hereof. "Applicable Market Value" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Authorized Newspaper" means a daily newspaper, in the English language, customarily published on each day that is a Business Day in The City of New York, whether or not published on days that are Legal Holidays, and of general circulation in The City of New York. The Authorized Newspaper for the purposes of the Reset Spread Announcement Date, is currently anticipated to be The Wall Street Journal (NYC edition). "Bankruptcy Code" means title 11 of the United States Code, or any other law of the United States that from time to time provides a uniform system of bankruptcy laws. "Beneficial Owner" means, with respect to a Book-Entry Interest, a who is the beneficial owner of such Book-Entry Interest as reflected on books of the Clearing Agency or on the books of a Person maintaining an with such Clearing Agency (directly as a Clearing Agency Participant or indirect participant, in each case in accordance with the rules of such Agency). Person the account as an Clearing
"Board of Directors" means the board of directors of the Company or a duly authorized committee of that board. "Board Resolution" means one or more resolutions of the Board of Directors, a copy of which has been certified by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Company to have been duly adopted by the Board of Directors and to be in full force and effect on the date of such certification and delivered to the Agent. "Book-Entry Interest" means a beneficial interest in a Global Certificate, ownership and transfers of which shall be maintained and made through book entries by a Clearing Agency as described in Section 3.6. "Business Day" means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or any other day on which banking institutions and trust companies in The City of New York are permitted or required by any applicable law to close. "Cash Settlement" has the meaning set forth in Section 5.4(a)(i). "Certificate" means an Income PRIDES Certificate or a Growth PRIDES Certificate. "Clearing Agency" means an organization registered as a "Clearing Agency" pursuant to Section 17A of the Exchange Act that is acting as a depositary for the Securities and in whose name, or in the name of a nominee of that organization, shall be registered a Global Certificate and which shall undertake to effect book-entry transfers and pledges of the Securities. 2 <PAGE> "Clearing Agency Participant" means a broker, dealer, bank, other financial
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institution or other Person for whom from time to time the Clearing Agency effects book-entry transfers and pledges of securities deposited with the Clearing Agency. "Closing Price" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Collateral" has the meaning specified in Section 2.1 of the Pledge Agreement. "Collateral Agent" means The Bank of New York, a New York banking association, as Collateral Agent under the Pledge Agreement until a successor Collateral Agent shall have become such pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Pledge Agreement, and thereafter "Collateral Agent" shall mean the Person who is then the Collateral Agent thereunder. "Collateral Substitution" has the meaning specified in Section 3.13. "Company" means the Person named as the "Company" in the first paragraph of this instrument until a successor shall have become such pursuant to the applicable provision of this Agreement, and thereafter "Company" shall mean such successor. "Contract Adjustment Payments" means the fee payable by the Company in respect of each Purchase Contract, equal to ____% per annum of the Stated Amount in the case of Income PRIDES and ____% per annum of the Stated Amount in the case of Growth PRIDES, computed on the basis of a 360 day year of twelve 30 day months, plus any Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments accrued pursuant to Section 5.3. "Corporate Trust Office" means the principal corporate trust office of the Agent at which, at any particular time, its corporate trust business shall be administered, which office at the date hereof is located at 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West, New York, New York 10286, Attention: Corporate Trust Administration. "Current Market Price" has the meaning specified in Section 5.5(a)(8). "Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments" has the meaning specified in Section 5.3. "Depositary" means, initially, DTC until another Clearing Agency becomes its successor. "Dividend Rate" means the percentage rate per annum of the Stated Amount of the Preferred Shares at which dividends thereon are payable, if declared. "DTC" means The Depository Trust Company, the initial Clearing Agency. "Early Settlement" has the meaning specified in Section 5.9(a). "Early Settlement Amount" has the meaning specified in Section 5.9(a). "Early Settlement Date" has the meaning specified in Section 5.9(a). "Early Settlement Rate" has the meaning specified in Section 5.9(b). 3 <PAGE> "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and any statute successor thereto, in each case as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. "Expiration Date" has the meaning specified in Section 1.4. "Expiration Time" has the meaning specified in Section 5.6(a)(6). "Failed Remarketing" has the meaning specified in Section 5.4(b). "Global Certificate" means a Certificate that evidences all or part of the Securities and is registered in the name of a Depositary or a nominee thereof. "Growth PRIDES" means the collective rights and obligations of a holder of a Growth PRIDES Certificate in respect of a 1/20th undivided beneficial interest in a Treasury Security, subject in each case to the Pledge thereof, and the related Purchase Contract. "Growth PRIDES Certificate" means a certificate evidencing the rights and obligations of a Holder in respect of the number of Growth PRIDES specified on such certificate. "Growth PRIDES Register" and "Growth PRIDES Registrar" have the respective meanings specified in Section 3.5. "Holder," when used with respect to a Security, means the Person in whose name the Security evidenced by an Income PRIDES Certificate and/or a Growth
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PRIDES Certificate is registered in the related Income PRIDES Register and/or the Growth PRIDES Register, as the case may be. "Income PRIDES" means the collective rights and obligations of a Holder of an Income PRIDES Certificate in respect of a Preferred Share, subject to the Pledge thereof, and the related Purchase Contract. "Income PRIDES Certificate" means a certificate evidencing the rights and obligations of a Holder in respect of the number of Income PRIDES specified on such certificate. "Income PRIDES Register" and "Income PRIDES Registrar" have the respective meanings specified in Section 3.5. "Issuer Order" or "Issuer Request" means a written order or request signed in the name of the Company by the Chairman of the Board, the Vice Chairman, the President or any Vice President (or other officer performing similar functions) of the Company and delivered to the Agent. "Junior Securities" has the meaning specified in Section 5.3. "NYSE" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. 4 <PAGE> "Officer's Certificate" means a certificate signed by the Chairman of the Board, the Vice Chairman, the President or any Vice President (or other officer performing similar functions) of the Company and delivered to the Agent. "One-Month Treasury Bill" means direct obligations of the United States (which may be obligations traded on a when-issued basis only) having a maturity comparable to the remaining term to maturity of the Preferred Shares, as agreed upon by the Company and the Reset Agent. The rate for the One-Month Treasury Bill will be the bid side rate displayed at 10:00 A.M., New York City time, on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in the Telerate system (or if the Telerate system is (a) no longer available on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or (b) in the opinion of the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Company) no longer an appropriate system from which to obtain such rate, such other nationally recognized quotation system as, in the opinion of the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Company) is appropriate. If such rate is not so displayed, the rate for the One-Month Treasury Bill shall be, as calculated by the Reset Agent, the yield to maturity for the One-Month Treasury Bill, expressed as a bond equivalent on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as applicable, and applied on a daily basis, and computed by taking the arithmetic mean of the secondary market bid rates, as of 10:30 A.M., New York City time, on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, of three leading United States government securities dealers selected by the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Company) (which may include the Reset Agent or an Affiliate thereof). "Ordinary Shares" means the ordinary shares, par value US$0.041666667, of the Company. "Opinion of Counsel" means an opinion in writing signed by legal counsel, who may be an employee of or counsel to the Company or an Affiliate and who shall be reasonably acceptable to the Agent. "Outstanding Securities," with respect to any Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, means, as of the date of determination, all Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES evidenced by Certificates theretofore authenticated, executed and delivered under this Agreement, except: (i) If a Termination Event has occurred, (A) Growth PRIDES and (B) Income PRIDES for which the Stated Amount of the related Preferred Share has been theretofore deposited with the Agent in trust for the Holders of such Income PRIDES; (ii) Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES evidenced by Certificates theretofore cancelled by the Agent or delivered to the Agent for cancellation or deemed cancelled pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement; and (iii) Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES evidenced by Certificates in exchange for or in lieu of which other Certificates have been authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holder and delivered pursuant to this Agreement, other than any such Certificate in respect of which there shall have been presented to the Agent proof satisfactory to it that such Certificate is held by a bona fide purchaser in whose hands the 5 <PAGE> Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES evidenced by such Certificate are valid obligations of the Company;
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provided, however, that in determining whether the Holders of the requisite number of the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES have given any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent or waiver hereunder, Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES owned by the Company or any Affiliate of the Company shall be disregarded and deemed not to be outstanding, except that, in determining whether the Agent shall be protected in relying upon any such request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent or waiver, only Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES which a Responsible Officer of the Agent knows to be so owned shall be so disregarded. Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES so owned which have been pledged in good faith may be regarded as Outstanding Securities if the pledgee establishes to the satisfaction of the Agent the pledgee's right so to act with respect to such Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES and that the pledgee is not the Company or any Affiliate of the Company. "Payment Date" means each ___, ___, ___ and ___, commencing ___, 2000.
"Parity Securities" has the meaning specified in Section 5.3. "Person" means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof. "Permitted Investments" has the meaning set forth in Section 1.1 of the Pledge Agreement. "Pledge" means the pledge under the Pledge Agreement of the Preferred Shares or the Treasury Securities, in each case constituting a part of the Securities. "Pledge Agreement" means the Pledge Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, by and among the Company, the Collateral Agent and the Agent, on its own behalf and as attorney-in-fact for the Holders from time to time of the Securities. "Predecessor Certificate" means a Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificate or a Predecessor Growth PRIDES Certificate. "Predecessor Growth PRIDES Certificate" of any particular Growth PRIDES Certificate means every previous Growth PRIDES Certificate evidencing all or a portion of the rights and obligations of the Company and the Holder under the Growth PRIDES evidenced thereby; and, for the purposes of this definition, any Growth PRIDES Certificate authenticated and delivered under Section 3.10 in exchange for or in lieu of a mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Growth PRIDES Certificate shall be deemed to evidence the same rights and obligations of the Company and the Holder as the mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Growth PRIDES Certificate. "Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificate" of any particular Income PRIDES Certificate means every previous Income PRIDES Certificate evidencing all or a portion of the rights and obligations of the Company and the Holder under the Income PRIDES evidenced thereby; and, for the purposes of this definition, any Income PRIDES Certificate authenticated and delivered 6 <PAGE> under Section 3.10 in exchange for or in lieu of a mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Income PRIDES Certificate shall be deemed to evidence the same rights and obligations of the Company and the Holder as the mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Income PRIDES Certificate. "Preferred Shares" means the ___% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series A, no par value per share, of the Company, each having a stated liquidation amount of $50. "Proceeds" has the meaning set forth in Section 1.1 of the Pledge Agreement. "Purchase Contract," when used with respect to any Security, means the contract forming a part of such Security and obligating the Company to (i) sell and the Holder of such Security to purchase Ordinary Shares and (ii) pay the Holder Contract Adjustment Payments with respect to the related Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in Article Five hereof. "Purchase Contract Settlement Date" means May ___, 2003. "Purchase Contract Settlement Fund" has the meaning specified in Section 5.5. "Purchase Price" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Purchased Shares" has the meaning specified in Section 5.6(a)(6). "Record Date" for the distribution and Contract Adjustment Payments payable
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on any Payment Date means, as to any Global Certificate, the Business Day next preceding such Payment Date, and as to any other Certificate, a day selected by the Company which shall be more than one Business Day but less than 60 Business Days prior to such Payment Date. "Register" means the Income PRIDES Register and the Growth PRIDES Register. "Registrar" means the Income PRIDES Registrar and the Growth PRIDES Registrar. "Remarketing Agent" has the meaning specified in Section 5.4. "Remarketing Agreement" means the Remarketing Agreement dated April ____ , 2000 by and among the Company, the Remarketing Agent and the Agent. "Remarketing Fee" has the meaning specified in Section 5.4. "Remarketing Underwriting Agreement" has the meaning specified in the Remarketing Agreement. "Reorganization Event" has the meaning specified in Section 5.6(b). "Reset Agent" means a nationally recognized investment banking firm chosen by the Company to determine the Reset Rate. It is currently anticipated that Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated will act in such capacity. 7 <PAGE> "Reset Announcement Date" means the tenth (10th) Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. "Reset Rate" means the dividend rate per annum (to be determined by the Reset Agent), equal to the sum of (X) the Reset Spread and (Y) the rate of interest on the One-Month Treasury Bill in effect on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, that the Preferred Shares should bear in order for the Preferred Shares to have an approximate market value of 100.5% of their aggregate liquidation amount on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date; provided, that the Company may limit such Reset Spread to be no higher than ________basis points (___%); and provided, further, that in the event of a Failed Remarketing, the Reset Rate shall be the dividend rate per annum in effect on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. "Reset Spread" means a spread amount to be determined by the Reset Agent on the tenth (10th) Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. "Responsible Officer," when used with respect to the Agent, means any officer of the Agent assigned by the Agent to administer its corporate trust matters. "Security" means an Income PRIDES or a Growth PRIDES. "Senior Indebtedness" means indebtedness of any kind of the Company unless the instrument under which such indebtedness is incurred expressly provides that it is on parity with or subordinated in right of payment to the Contract Adjustment Payments. "Settlement Rate" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Stated Amount" means $50. "Termination Date" means the date, if any, on which a Termination Event occurs. "Termination Event" means the occurrence of any of the following events: (i) at any time on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a judgment, decree or court order shall have been entered granting relief under the Bankruptcy Code, adjudicating the Company to be insolvent, or approving as properly filed a petition seeking reorganization or liquidation of the Company or any other similar applicable Federal or State law, and, unless such judgment, decree or order shall have been entered within 60 days prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, such decree or order shall have continued undischarged and unstayed for a period of 60 days; or (ii) a judgment, decree or court order for the appointment of a receiver or liquidator or trustee or assignee in bankruptcy or insolvency of the Company or of its property, or for the winding up or liquidation of its affairs, shall have been entered, and, unless such judgment, decree or order shall have been entered within 60 days prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, such judgment, decree or order shall have continued undischarged and unstayed for a period of 60 days, or (iii) at any time on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Company shall file a petition for relief under the Bankruptcy Code, or shall consent to the filing of a bankruptcy proceeding against it, or shall file a petition or answer or consent seeking reorganization or liquidation under the Bankruptcy Code or
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any other similar applicable Federal or State law, or shall consent to the filing of any such petition, or shall consent to the appointment of a receiver 8 <PAGE> or liquidator or trustee or assignee in bankruptcy or insolvency of it or of its property, or shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or shall admit in writing its inability to pay its debts generally as they become due. "Threshold Appreciation Price" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Threshold Depreciation Price" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "TIA" means the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, or any successor statute. "Trading Day" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1. "Treasury Security" means a zero coupon U.S. Treasury security (CUSIP Number __________________) with a principal amount at maturity equal to $1,000 and maturing on May ___, 2003. "Underwriting Agreement" means the Underwriting Agreement dated April ___, 2000 between the Company and Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Banc of America Securities LLC and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation. "Vice President" means any vice president, whether or not designated by a number or a word or words added before or after the title "vice president." Section 1.2. Compliance Certificates and Opinions.
Except as otherwise expressly provided by this Agreement, upon any application or request by the Company to the Agent to take any action under any provision of this Agreement, the Company shall furnish to the Agent an Officer's Certificate stating that all conditions precedent, if any, provided for in this Agreement relating to the proposed action have been complied with and, if requested by the Agent, an Opinion of Counsel stating that, in the opinion of such counsel, all such conditions precedent, if any, have been complied with, except that in the case of any such application or request as to which the furnishing of such documents is specifically required by any provision of this Agreement relating to such particular application or request, no additional certificate or opinion need be furnished. Every certificate or opinion with respect to compliance with a condition or covenant provided for in this Agreement shall include: (1) a statement that the individual signing such certificate or opinion has read such covenant or condition and the definitions herein relating thereto; (2) a brief statement as to the nature and scope of the examination or investigation upon which the statements or opinions contained in such certificate or opinion are based; (3) a statement that, in the opinion of such individual, he or she has made such examination or investigation as is necessary to enable such individual to express an 9 <PAGE> informed opinion as to whether or not such covenant or condition has been complied with; and (4) a statement as to whether, in the opinion of such individual, such condition or covenant has been complied with. Section 1.3. Form of Documents Delivered to Agent.
In any case where several matters are required to be certified by, or covered by an opinion of, any specified Person, it is not necessary that all such matters be certified by, or covered by the opinion of, only one such Person, or that they be so certified or covered by only one document, but one such Person may certify or give an opinion with respect to some matters and one or more other such Persons as to other matters, and any such Person may certify or give an opinion as to such matters in one or several documents. Any certificate or opinion of an officer of the Company may be based, insofar as it relates to legal matters, upon a certificate or opinion of, or representations by, counsel, unless such officer knows, or in the exercise of reasonable care should know, that the certificate or opinion or representations with respect to the matters upon which his certificate or opinion is based are
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erroneous. Any such certificate or Opinion of Counsel may be based, insofar as it relates to factual matters, upon a certificate or opinion of, or representations by, an officer or officers of the Company stating that the information with respect to such factual matters is in the possession of the Company unless such counsel knows, or in the exercise of reasonable care should know, that the certificate or opinion or representations with respect to such matters are erroneous. Where any Person is required to make, give or execute two or more applications, requests, consents, certificates, statements, opinions or other instruments under this Agreement, they may, but need not, be consolidated and form one instrument. Section 1.4. Acts of Holders; Record Dates.
(a) Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or other action provided by this Agreement to be given or taken by Holders may be embodied in and evidenced by one or more instruments of substantially similar tenor signed by such Holders in person or by agent duly appointed in writing; and, except as herein otherwise expressly provided, such action shall become effective when such instrument or instruments are delivered to the Agent and, where it is hereby expressly required, to the Company. Such instrument or instruments (and the action embodied therein and evidenced thereby) are herein sometimes referred to as the "Act" of the Holders signing such instrument or instruments. Proof of execution of any such instrument or of a writing appointing any such agent shall be sufficient for any purpose of this Agreement and (subject to Section 7.1) conclusive in favor of the Agent and the Company, if made in the manner provided in this Section. (b) The fact and date of the execution by any Person of any such instrument or writing may be proved in any manner which the Agent deems sufficient. (c) The ownership of Securities shall be proved by the Income PRIDES Register or the Growth PRIDES Register, as the case may be. 10 <PAGE> (d) Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or other Act of the Holder of any Certificate shall bind every future Holder of the same Certificate and the Holder of every Certificate issued upon the registration of transfer thereof or in exchange therefor or in lieu thereof in respect of anything done, omitted or suffered to be done by the Agent or the Company in reliance thereon, whether or not notation of such action is made upon such Certificate. (e) The Company may set any day as a record date for the purpose of determining the Holders of Outstanding Securities entitled to give, make or take any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or other action provided or permitted by this Agreement to be given, made or taken by Holders of Securities. If any record date is set pursuant to this paragraph, the Holders of the Outstanding Income PRIDES and the Outstanding Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, on such record date, and no other Holders, shall be entitled to take the relevant action with respect to the Income PRIDES or the Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, whether or not such Holders remain Holders after such record date; provided that no such action shall be effective hereunder unless taken on or prior to the applicable Expiration Date by Holders of the requisite number of Outstanding Securities on such record date. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to prevent the Company from setting a new record date for any action for which a record date has previously been set pursuant to this paragraph (whereupon the record date previously set shall automatically and with no action by any Person be cancelled and of no effect), and nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to render ineffective any action taken by Holders of the requisite number of Outstanding Securities on the date such action is taken. Promptly after any record date is set pursuant to this paragraph, the Company, at its own expense, shall cause notice of such record date, the proposed action by Holders and the applicable Expiration Date to be given to the Agent in writing and to each Holder of Securities in the manner set forth in Section 1.6. With respect to any record date set pursuant to this Section, the Company may designate any date as the "Expiration Date" and from time to time may change the Expiration Date to any earlier or later day; provided that no such change shall be effective unless notice of the proposed new Expiration Date is given to the Agent in writing, and to each Holder of Securities in the manner set forth in Section 1.6, on or prior to the existing Expiration Date. If an Expiration Date is not designated with respect to any record date set pursuant to this Section, the Company shall be deemed to have initially designated the 180th day after such record date as the Expiration Date with respect thereto, subject to its right to change the Expiration Date as provided in this paragraph. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Expiration Date shall be later than the 180th day after the applicable record date. Section 1.5. Notices.
Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or Act of Holders or other document provided or permitted by this Agreement to be
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made upon, given or furnished to, or filed with: (1) the Agent by any Holder or by the Company shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if made, given, furnished or filed in writing and personally delivered or mailed, first-class postage prepaid, to the 11 <PAGE> Agent at The Bank of New York, 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West, New York, New York 10286, Attention: Corporate Trust Administration, or at any other address previously furnished in writing by the Agent to the Holders and the Company; or (2) the Company by the Agent or by any Holder shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if made, given, furnished or filed in writing and personally delivered or mailed, first-class postage prepaid, to the Company at ACE Limited, The ACE Building, 30 Woodbourne Avenue, Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda, or at any other address previously furnished in writing to the Agent by the Company; or (3) the Collateral Agent by the Agent, the Company or any Holder shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if made, given, furnished or filed in writing and personally delivered or mailed, first-class postage prepaid, addressed to the Collateral Agent at The Bank of New York, 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West, New York, New York 10286, Attention: Corporate Trust Administration, or at any other address previously furnished in writing by the Collateral Agent to the Agent, the Company and the Holders. Section 1.6. Notice to Holders; Waiver.
Where this Agreement provides for notice to Holders of any event, such notice shall be sufficiently given (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if in writing and mailed, first-class postage prepaid, to each Holder affected by such event, at its address as it appears in the applicable Register, not later than the latest date, and not earlier than the earliest date, prescribed for the giving of such notice. In any case where notice to Holders is given by mail, neither the failure to mail such notice, nor any defect in any notice so mailed to any particular Holder shall affect the sufficiency of such notice with respect to other Holders. Where this Agreement provides for notice in any manner, such notice may be waived in writing by the Person entitled to receive such notice, either before or after the event, and such waiver shall be the equivalent of such notice. Waivers of notice by Holders shall be filed with the Agent, but such filing shall not be a condition precedent to the validity of any action taken in reliance upon such waiver. In case by reason of the suspension of regular mail service or by reason of any other cause it shall be impracticable to give such notice by mail, then such notification as shall be made with the approval of the Agent shall constitute a sufficient notification for every purpose hereunder. Section 1.7. Effect of Headings and Table of Contents.
The Article and Section headings herein and the Table of Contents are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof. Section 1.8. Successors and Assigns.
All covenants and agreements in this Agreement by the Company shall bind its successors and assigns, whether so expressed or not. 12 <PAGE> Section 1.9. Separability Clause.
In case any provision in this Agreement or in the Securities shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions hereof and thereof shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby. Section 1.10. Benefits of Agreement.
Nothing in this Agreement or in the Securities, express or implied, shall give to any Person, other than the parties hereto and their successors hereunder and, to the extent provided hereby, the Holders, any benefits or any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under this Agreement. The Holders from time to time shall be beneficiaries of this Agreement and shall be bound by all of the terms and conditions hereof and of the Securities evidenced by their Certificates by their acceptance of delivery of such Certificates. Section 1.11. Governing Law.
This Agreement and the Securities shall be governed by and construed in
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accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Section 1.12. Legal Holidays.
In any case where any Payment Date shall not be a Business Day, then (notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement or the Income PRIDES Certificates or the Growth PRIDES Certificates) payment of the Contract Adjustment Payments, if any, shall not be made on such date, but such payments shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day with the same force and effect as if made on such Payment Date, provided that no interest shall accrue or be payable by the Company or any Holder for the period from and after any such Payment Date, except that, if such next succeeding Business Day is in the next succeeding calendar year, such payment shall be made on the immediately preceding Business Day with the same force and effect as if made on such Payment Date. In any case where any Purchase Contract Settlement Date shall not be a Business Day, then (notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Income PRIDES Certificates or the Growth PRIDES Certificates), the Purchase Contracts shall not be performed on such date, but the Purchase Contracts shall be performed on the immediately following Business Day with the same force and effect as if performed on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Section 1.13. Counterparts.
This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts by the parties hereto on separate counterparts, each of which, when so executed and delivered, shall be deemed an original, but all such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same instrument. Section 1.14. Inspection of Agreement.
A copy of this Agreement shall be available at all reasonable times during normal business hours at the Corporate Trust Office for inspection by any Holder. 13 <PAGE> ARTICLE II CERTIFICATE FORMS Section 2.1. Forms of Certificates Generally.
The Income PRIDES Certificates (including the form of Purchase Contract forming part of the Income PRIDES evidenced thereby) shall be in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit A hereto, with such letters, numbers or other marks of identification or designation and such legends or endorsements printed, lithographed or engraved thereon as may be required by the rules of any securities exchange on which the Income PRIDES are listed or any depositary therefor, or as may, consistently herewith, be determined by the officers of the Company executing such Income PRIDES Certificates, as evidenced by their execution of the Income PRIDES Certificates. The definitive Income PRIDES Certificates shall be printed, lithographed or engraved on steel engraved borders or may be produced in any other manner, all as determined by the officers of the Company executing such Income PRIDES Certificates, consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, as evidenced by their execution thereof. The Growth PRIDES Certificates (including the form of Purchase Contracts forming part of the Growth PRIDES evidenced thereby) shall be in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit B hereto, with such letters, numbers or other marks of identification or designation and such legends or endorsements printed, lithographed or engraved thereon as may be required by the rules of any securities exchange on which the Growth PRIDES may be listed or any depositary therefor, or as may, consistently herewith, be determined by the officers of the Company executing such Growth PRIDES Certificates, as evidenced by their execution of the Growth PRIDES Certificates. The definitive Growth PRIDES Certificates shall be printed, lithographed or engraved on steel engraved borders or may be produced in any other manner, all as determined by the officers of the Company executing such Growth PRIDES Certificates, consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, as evidenced by their execution thereof. Every Global Certificate authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered hereunder shall bear a legend in substantially the following form: THIS CERTIFICATE IS A GLOBAL CERTIFICATE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT (AS HEREINAFTER DEFINED) AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF. THIS CERTIFICATE MAY NOT BE EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR A CERTIFICATE REGISTERED, AND NO TRANSFER OF THIS CERTIFICATE IN WHOLE OR IN PART MAY BE REGISTERED, IN THE NAME OF ANY PERSON OTHER THAN SUCH CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF, EXCEPT IN THE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED IN THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT.
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14 <PAGE> Section 2.2. Form of Agent's Certificate of Authentication.
The form of the Agent's certificate of authentication of the Income PRIDES shall be in substantially the form set forth on the form of the Income PRIDES Certificates. The form of the Agent's certificate of authentication of the Growth PRIDES shall be in substantially the form set forth on the form of the Growth PRIDES Certificates. ARTICLE III THE SECURITIES Section 3.1. Title and Terms; Denominations.
The aggregate number of Income PRIDES evidenced by Certificates authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered hereunder is limited to ( if the Underwriters' over-allotment option pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement is exercised in full), except for Certificates authenticated, executed and delivered upon registration of transfer of, in exchange for, or in lieu of, other Certificates pursuant to Section 3.4, 3.5, 3.10, 3.13, 3.14, 5.9 or 8.5. Growth PRIDES will be issued only in the manner described in Section 3.3 hereof. The Certificates shall be issuable only in registered form and only in denominations of a single Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES and any integral multiple thereof. Section 3.2. Rights and Obligations Evidenced by the Certificates.
Each Income PRIDES Certificate shall evidence the number of Income PRIDES specified therein, with each such Income PRIDES representing the ownership by the Holder thereof of a beneficial interest in a Preferred Share, subject to the Pledge of such Preferred Share by such Holder pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, and the rights and obligations of the Holder thereof and the Company under one Purchase Contract. The Agent as attorney-in-fact for, and on behalf of, the Holder of each Income PRIDES shall pledge, pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, the Preferred Share forming a part of such Income PRIDES, to the Collateral Agent and grant to the Collateral Agent a security interest in the right, title, and interest of such Holder in such Preferred Share for the benefit of the Company, to secure the obligation of the Holder under each Purchase Contract to purchase the Ordinary Shares of the Company. Prior to the purchase of Ordinary Shares under each Purchase Contract, the Purchase Contracts shall not entitle the Holders of Income PRIDES Certificates to any of the rights of a holder of Ordinary Shares, including, without limitation, the right to vote or receive any dividends or other payments or to consent or to receive notice as stockholders in respect of the meetings of stockholders or for the election of directors of the Company or for any other matter, or any other rights whatsoever as stockholders of the Company. Each Growth PRIDES Certificate shall evidence the number of Growth PRIDES specified therein, with each such Growth PRIDES representing the ownership by the Holder thereof of a 1/20th undivided beneficial interest in a Treasury Security, subject to the Pledge of such interest in such Treasury Security by such Holder pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, and the rights and obligations of the Holder thereof and the Company under one Purchase Contract. Prior to the purchase of Ordinary Shares under each Purchase Contract, the Purchase Contracts 15 <PAGE> shall not entitle the Holders of Growth PRIDES Certificates to of a holder of Ordinary Shares, including, without limitation, or receive any dividends or other payments or to consent or to stockholders in respect of the meetings of stockholders or for directors of the Company or for any other matter, or any other as stockholders of the Company. Section 3.3. Execution, Authentication, Delivery and Dating. any of the rights the right to vote receive notice as the election of rights whatsoever
Subject to the provisions of Sections 3.13 and 3.14 hereof, upon the execution and delivery of this Agreement, and at any time and from time to time thereafter, the Company may deliver Certificates executed by the Company to the Agent for authentication, execution on behalf of the Holders and delivery, together with its Issuer Order for authentication of such Certificates, and the Agent in accordance with such Issuer Order shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holders and deliver such Certificates. The Certificates shall be executed on behalf of the Company by the Chairman of the Board, the Vice Chairman, the President or any Vice President (or other officer performing similar functions) of the Company and delivered to the Agent. The signature of any of these officers on the Certificates may be manual or facsimile.
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Certificates bearing the manual or facsimile signatures of individuals who were at any time the proper officers of the Company shall bind the Company, notwithstanding that such individuals or any of them have ceased to hold such offices prior to the authentication and delivery of such Certificates or did not hold such offices at the date of such Certificates. No Purchase Contract evidenced by a Certificate shall be valid until such Certificate has been executed on behalf of the Holder by the manual signature of an authorized signatory of the Agent, as such Holder's attorney-in-fact. Such signature by an authorized signatory of the Agent shall be conclusive evidence that the Holder of such Certificate has entered into the Purchase Contracts evidenced by such Certificate. Each Certificate shall be dated the date of its authentication. No Certificate shall be entitled to any benefit under this Agreement or be valid or obligatory for any purpose unless there appears on such Certificate a certificate of authentication substantially in the form provided for herein executed by an authorized signatory of the Agent by manual signature, and such certificate upon any Certificate shall be conclusive evidence, and the only evidence, that such Certificate has been duly authenticated and delivered hereunder. Section 3.4. Temporary Certificates.
Pending the preparation of definitive Certificates, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holders, and deliver, in lieu of such definitive Certificates, temporary Certificates which are in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit A or Exhibit B hereto, as the case may be, with such letters, numbers or other marks of identification or designation and such legends or endorsements printed, lithographed or engraved thereon as may be required by the rules of any securities exchange on which the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES are listed, or as may, consistently herewith, be determined 16 <PAGE> by the officers of the Company executing such Certificates, as evidenced by their execution of the Certificates. If temporary Certificates are issued, the Company will cause definitive Certificates to be prepared without unreasonable delay. After the preparation of definitive Certificates, the temporary Certificates shall be exchangeable for definitive Certificates upon surrender of the temporary Certificates at the Corporate Trust Office, at the expense of the Company and without charge to the Holder. Upon surrender for cancellation of any one or more temporary Certificates, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder, and deliver in exchange therefor, one or more definitive Certificates of like tenor and denominations and evidencing a like number of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, as the temporary Certificate or Certificates so surrendered. Until so exchanged, the temporary Certificates shall in all respects evidence the same benefits and the same obligations with respect to the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, evidenced thereby as definitive Certificates. Section 3.5. Registration; Registration of Transfer and Exchange.
The Agent shall keep at the Corporate Trust Office a register (the "Income PRIDES Register") in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as it may prescribe, the Agent shall provide for the registration of Income PRIDES Certificates and of transfers of Income PRIDES Certificates (the Agent, in such capacity, the "Income PRIDES Registrar") and a register (the "Growth PRIDES Register") in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as it may prescribe, the Agent shall provide for the registration of the Growth PRIDES Certificates and transfers of Growth PRIDES Certificates (the Agent, in such capacity, the "Growth PRIDES Registrar"). Upon surrender for registration of transfer of any Certificate at the Corporate Trust Office, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the designated transferee or transferees, and deliver, in the name of the designated transferee or transferees, one or more new Certificates of any authorized denominations, like tenor, and evidencing a like number of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be. At the option of the Holder, Certificates may be exchanged for other Certificates, of any authorized denominations and evidencing a like number of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, upon surrender of the Certificates to be exchanged at the Corporate Trust Office. Whenever any Certificates are so surrendered for exchange, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder, and deliver the Certificates which the Holder making the exchange is entitled to receive. All Certificates issued upon any registration of transfer or exchange of a Certificate shall evidence the ownership of the same number of Income PRIDES or
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Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, and be entitled to the same benefits and subject to the same obligations, under this Agreement as the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, evidenced by the Certificate surrendered upon such registration of transfer or exchange. 17 <PAGE> Every Certificate presented or surrendered for registration of transfer or for exchange shall (if so required by the Agent) be duly endorsed, or be accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Agent duly executed, by the Holder thereof or its attorney duly authorized in writing. No service charge shall be made for any registration of transfer or exchange of a Certificate, but the Company and the Agent may require payment from the Holder of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in connection with any registration of transfer or exchange of Certificates, other than any exchanges pursuant to Sections 3.6 and 8.5 not involving any transfer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not be obligated to execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall not be obligated to authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder and deliver any Certificate presented or surrendered for registration of transfer or for exchange on or after the Business Day immediately preceding the earlier of the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or the Termination Date. In lieu of delivery of a new Certificate, upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions specified above in this Section and receipt of appropriate registration or transfer instructions from such Holder, the Agent shall (i) if the Purchase Contract Settlement Date has occurred, deliver the number of Ordinary Shares issuable in respect of the Purchase Contracts forming a part of the Securities evidenced by such Certificate, (ii) in the case of Income PRIDES, if a Termination Event shall have occurred prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, transfer the aggregate Stated Amount of the Preferred Shares evidenced thereby, or (iii) in the case of Growth PRIDES, if a Termination Event shall have occurred prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, transfer the Treasury Securities evidenced thereby, in each case subject to the applicable conditions and in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article Five hereof. Section 3.6. Book-Entry Interests.
The Certificates, on original issuance, will be issued in the form of one or more, fully registered Global Certificates, to be delivered to the Depositary by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such Global Certificate shall initially be registered on the books and records of the Company in the name of Cede & Co., the nominee of the Depositary, and no Beneficial Owner will receive a definitive Certificate representing such Beneficial Owner's interest in such Global Certificate, except as provided in Section 3.9. The Agent shall enter into an agreement with the Depositary if so requested by the Company. Unless and until definitive, fully registered Certificates have been issued to Beneficial Owners pursuant to Section 3.9: (a) the provisions of this Section 3.6 shall be in full force and effect; (b) the Company shall be entitled to deal with the Clearing Agency for all purposes of this Agreement (including the payment of Contract Adjustment Payments and receiving approvals, votes or consents hereunder) as the Holder of the Securities and the sole holder of the Global Certificate(s) and shall have no obligation to the Beneficial Owners; (c) to the extent that the provisions of this Section 3.6 conflict with any other provisions of this Agreement, the provisions of this Section 3.6 shall control; and 18 <PAGE> (d) the rights of the Beneficial Owners shall be exercised only through the Clearing Agency and shall be limited to those established by law and agreements between such Beneficial Owners and the Clearing Agency and/or the Clearing Agency Participants. The Clearing Agency will make book-entry transfers among Clearing Agency Participants and receive and transmit payments of Contract Adjustment Payments to such Clearing Agency Participants. Section 3.7. Notices to Holders.
Whenever a notice or other communication to the Holders is required to be given under this Agreement, the Company or the Company's agent shall give such notices and communications to the Holders and, with respect to any Securities registered in the name of a Clearing Agency or the nominee of a Clearing Agency, the Company or the Company's agent shall, except as set forth herein, have no obligations to the Beneficial Owners. Section 3.8. Appointment of Successor Clearing Agency.
If any Clearing Agency elects to discontinue its services as securities
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depositary with respect to the Securities, the Company may, in its sole discretion, appoint a successor Clearing Agency with respect to the Securities. Section 3.9. Definitive Certificates.
If (i) a Clearing Agency elects to discontinue its services as securities depositary with respect to the Securities and a successor Clearing Agency is not appointed within 90 days after such discontinuance pursuant to Section 3.8, (ii) the Company elects to terminate the book-entry system through the Clearing Agency with respect to the Securities, or (iii) there shall have occurred and be continuing a default by the Company in respect of its obligations under one or more Purchase Contracts, then upon surrender of the Global Certificates representing the Book-Entry Interests with respect to the Securities by the Clearing Agency, accompanied by registration instructions, the Company shall cause definitive Certificates to be delivered to Beneficial Owners in accordance with the instructions of the Clearing Agency. The Company shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of such instructions and may conclusively rely on and shall be protected in relying on, such instructions. Section 3.10. Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost and Stolen Certificates.
If any mutilated Certificate is surrendered to the Agent, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder, and deliver in exchange therefor, a new Certificate at the cost of the Holder, evidencing the same number of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, and bearing a Certificate number not contemporaneously outstanding. If there shall be delivered to the Company and the Agent (i) evidence to their satisfaction of the destruction, loss or theft of any Certificate, and (ii) such security or indemnity at the cost of the Holder as may be required by them to hold each of them and any agent of any of them harmless, then, in the absence of notice to the Company or the Agent that such Certificate has been acquired by a bona fide purchaser, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder, and deliver to the Holder, in lieu of 19 <PAGE> any such destroyed, lost or stolen Certificate, a new Certificate, evidencing the same number of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, and bearing a Certificate number not contemporaneously outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not be obligated to execute and deliver to the Agent, and the Agent shall not be obligated to authenticate, execute on behalf of the Holder, and deliver to the Holder, a Certificate on or after the Business Day immediately preceding the earlier of the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or the Termination Date. In lieu of delivery of a new Certificate, upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions specified above in this Section and receipt of appropriate registration or transfer instructions from such Holder, the Agent shall (i) if the Purchase Contract Settlement Date has occurred, deliver the number of Ordinary Shares issuable in respect of the Purchase Contracts forming a part of the Securities evidenced by such Certificate, or (ii) if a Termination Event shall have occurred prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, transfer the Preferred Shares or the Treasury Securities, as the case may be, evidenced thereby, in each case subject to the applicable conditions and in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article Five hereof. Upon the issuance of any and the Agent may require the any tax or other governmental any other expenses (including therewith. new Certificate under this Section, the Company payment by the Holder of a sum sufficient to cover charge that may be imposed in relation thereto and the fees and expenses of the Agent) connected
Every new Certificate issued pursuant to this Section in lieu of any destroyed, lost or stolen Certificate shall constitute an original additional contractual obligation of the Company and of the Holder in respect of the Security evidenced thereby, whether or not the destroyed, lost or stolen Certificate (and the Securities evidenced thereby) shall be at any time enforceable by anyone, and shall be entitled to all the benefits and be subject to all the obligations of this Agreement equally and proportionately with any and all other Certificates delivered hereunder. The provisions of this Section are exclusive and shall preclude (to the extent lawful) all other rights and remedies with respect to the replacement or payment of mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Certificates. Section 3.11. Persons Deemed Owners.
Prior to due presentment of a Certificate for registration of transfer, the Company and the Agent, and any agent of the Company or the Agent, may treat the Person in whose name such Certificate is registered as the owner of the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES evidenced thereby, for the purpose of receiving dividends on the Preferred Shares, receiving payments of Contract Adjustment Payments, performance of the Purchase Contracts and for all other purposes
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whatsoever, whether or not any dividends on the Preferred Shares or the Contract Adjustment Payments payable in respect of the Purchase Contracts constituting a part of the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES evidenced thereby shall be overdue and notwithstanding any notice to the contrary, and neither the Company nor the Agent, nor any agent of the Company or the Agent, shall be affected by notice to the contrary. 20 <PAGE> Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to any Global Certificate, nothing herein shall prevent the Company, the Agent or any agent of the Company or the Agent, from giving effect to any written certification, proxy or other authorization furnished by any Clearing Agency (or its nominee), as a Holder, with respect to such Global Certificate or impair, as between such Clearing Agency and owners of beneficial interests in such Global Certificate, the operation of customary practices governing the exercise of rights of such Clearing Agency (or its nominee) as Holder of such Global Certificate. Section 3.12. Cancellation.
All Certificates surrendered for delivery of Ordinary Shares on or after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, upon the transfer of Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, after the occurrence of a Termination Event or pursuant to an Early Settlement, or upon the registration of a transfer or exchange of a Security, or a Collateral Substitution or the re-establishment of an Income PRIDES shall, if surrendered to any Person other than the Agent, be delivered to the Agent and, if not already cancelled, shall be promptly cancelled by it. The Company may at any time deliver to the Agent for cancellation any Certificates previously authenticated, executed and delivered hereunder which the Company may have acquired in any manner whatsoever, and all Certificates so delivered shall, upon Issuer Order, be promptly cancelled by the Agent. No Certificates shall be authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holder and delivered in lieu of or in exchange for any Certificates cancelled as provided in this Section, except as expressly permitted by this Agreement. All cancelled Certificates held by the Agent shall be destroyed by the Agent unless otherwise directed by Issuer Order. If the Company or any Affiliate of the Company shall acquire any Certificate, such acquisition shall not operate as a cancellation of such Certificate unless and until such Certificate is delivered to the Agent cancelled or for cancellation. Section 3.13. Establishment or Reestablishment of Growth PRIDES.
A Holder may separate the Preferred Shares from the related Purchase Contracts in respect of an Income PRIDES by substituting for such Preferred Shares, Treasury Securities in an aggregate principal amount at maturity equal to the aggregate Stated Amount of such Preferred Shares (a "Collateral Substitution"), at any time from and after the date of this Agreement and on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date by (a) depositing with the Collateral Agent Treasury Securities having an aggregate principal amount at maturity equal to the aggregate Stated Amount of the Preferred Shares comprising part of such Income PRIDES and (b)(i) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Growth PRIDES than for Income PRIDES, by delivering cash in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last Payment Date through the date of substitution on the Growth PRIDES being created by the Holder over the Contract Payment Adjustments on the related Income PRIDES over the same period, which amount the Agent shall promptly remit to the Company, and (ii) transferring the related Income PRIDES to the Agent accompanied by a notice to the Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit D hereto, stating that the Holder has transferred the relevant amount of Treasury Securities to the Collateral Agent and requesting that the Agent instruct the Collateral Agent to release the Preferred Shares underlying such Income PRIDES, 21 <PAGE> whereupon the Agent shall promptly give such instruction to the Collateral Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto. Upon receipt of the Treasury Securities described in clause (a) above and the instruction described in clause (b) above, in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement, the Collateral Agent will release to the Agent, on behalf of the Holder, Preferred Shares having a corresponding aggregate Stated Amount of such Preferred Shares from the Pledge, free and clear of the Company's security interest therein, and upon receipt thereof the Agent shall promptly: (i) cancel the related Income PRIDES; (ii) transfer the related Preferred Shares to the Holder; and (iii) authenticate, execute on behalf of such Holder and deliver a Growth PRIDES Certificate executed by the Company in accordance with Section 3.3 evidencing the same number of Purchase Contracts as were evidenced by the cancelled Income PRIDES.
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Holders who elect to separate the Preferred Shares from the related Purchase Contract and to substitute Treasury Securities for such Preferred Shares, shall be responsible for any fees or expenses payable to the Collateral Agent for its services as Collateral Agent in respect of the substitution, and the Company shall not be responsible for any such fees or expenses. Holders may make Collateral Substitutions only in integral multiples of 20 Income PRIDES. In the event a Holder making a Collateral Substitution pursuant to this Section 3.13 fails to effect a book-entry transfer of the Income PRIDES or fails to deliver an Income PRIDES Certificate to the Agent after depositing Treasury Securities with the Collateral Agent, the Preferred Shares constituting a part of such Income PRIDES, and any distributions on such Preferred Share, shall be held in the name of the Agent or its nominee in trust for the benefit of such Holder, until such Income PRIDES are so transferred or the Income PRIDES Certificate is so delivered, as the case may be, or, with respect to an Income PRIDES Certificate, such Holder provides evidence satisfactory to the Company and the Agent that such Income PRIDES Certificate has been destroyed, lost or stolen, together with any indemnity that may be required by the Agent and the Company. Except as described in this Section 3.13, for so long as the Purchase Contract underlying an Income PRIDES remains in effect, such Income PRIDES shall not be separable into its constituent parts, and the rights and obligations of the Holder in respect of the Preferred Shares, and Purchase Contract comprising such Income PRIDES may be acquired, and may be transferred and exchanged, only as an Income PRIDES. Section 3.14. Establishment or Reestablishment of Income PRIDES.
A Holder of a Growth PRIDES may create or recreate Income PRIDES at any time on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date by (a) depositing with the Collateral Agent Preferred Shares, having an aggregate Stated Amount equal to the aggregate principal amount at maturity of the Treasury Securities comprising part of 22 <PAGE> the Growth PRIDES and (b) (i) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Income PRIDES than for Growth PRIDES, by delivering to the Agent cash in an amount equal to the excess of the Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last Payment Date through the date of substitution on the Income PRIDES being recreated by such Holders, over the Contract Adjustment Payments that have accrued over the same time period on the related Growth PRIDES and (ii) transferring the related Growth PRIDES to the Agent accompanied by a notice to the Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit D hereto, stating that the Holder has transferred the relevant amount of Preferred Shares, to the Collateral Agent and requesting that the Agent instruct the Collateral Agent to release the Treasury Securities underlying such Growth PRIDES, whereupon the Agent shall promptly give such instruction to the Collateral Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto. Upon receipt of the Preferred Shares described in clause (a) above and the instruction described in clause (b) above, in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement, the Collateral Agent will effect the release of the Treasury Securities having a corresponding aggregate principal amount at maturity from the Pledge to the Agent free and clear of the Company's security interest therein, and upon receipt thereof the Agent shall promptly: (i) (ii) cancel the related Growth PRIDES; transfer the Treasury Securities to the Holder; and
(iii) authenticate, execute on behalf of such Holder and deliver an Income PRIDES Certificate executed by the Company in accordance with Section 3.3 evidencing the same number of Purchase Contracts as were evidenced by the cancelled Growth PRIDES. Holders of Growth PRIDES may establish or reestablish Income PRIDES in integral multiples of 20 Growth PRIDES for 20 Preferred Shares only. Except as provided in this Section 3.14, for so long as the Purchase Contract underlying a Growth PRIDES remains in effect, such Growth PRIDES shall not be separable into its constituent parts and the rights and obligations of the Holder of such Growth PRIDES in respect of the Treasury Security and Purchase Contract comprising such Growth PRIDES may be acquired, and may be transferred and exchanged only as a Growth PRIDES. Section 3.15. Transfer of Collateral upon Occurrence of Termination Event.
Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event and the transfer to the Agent of the Preferred Shares or the Treasury Securities, as the case may be, underlying the Income PRIDES and the Growth PRIDES pursuant to the terms of the Pledge Agreement, the Agent shall request transfer instructions with respect to such Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, from each Holder by
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written request mailed to such Holder at its address as it appears in the Income PRIDES Register or the Growth PRIDES Register, as the case may be. Upon bookentry transfer of the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES or delivery of an Income PRIDES Certificate or Growth PRIDES Certificate to the Agent with such transfer instructions, the Agent shall transfer the Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, underlying such Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, to such Holder by book-entry transfer, or other 23 <PAGE> appropriate procedures, in accordance with such instructions. In the event a Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES fails to effect such transfer or delivery, the Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, underlying such Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, and any distributions thereon, shall be held in the name of the Agent or its nominee in trust for the benefit of such Holder, until such Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES are transferred or the Income PRIDES Certificate or Growth PRIDES Certificate is surrendered or such Holder provides satisfactory evidence that such Income PRIDES Certificate or Growth PRIDES Certificate has been destroyed, lost or stolen, together with any indemnity that may be required by the Agent and the Company. Section 3.16. No Consent to Assumption.
Each Holder of a Security, by acceptance thereof, shall be deemed expressly to have withheld any consent to the assumption under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code or otherwise, of the Purchase Contract by the Company, receiver, liquidator or a person or entity performing similar functions, its trustee in the event that the Company becomes the debtor under the Bankruptcy Code or subject to other similar state or federal law providing for reorganization or liquidation. ARTICLE IV THE PREFERRED SHARES Section 4.1. Payment of Dividend; Rights to Dividends Preserved; Dividend Rate Reset; Notice.
A distribution on any Preferred Share which is paid on any Payment Date shall, subject to receipt thereof by the Agent from the Collateral Agent as provided by the terms of the Pledge Agreement, be paid to the Person in whose name the Income PRIDES Certificate (or one or more Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificates) of which such Preferred Share is a part is registered at the close of business on the Record Date for such Payment Date. Each Income PRIDES Certificate evidencing Preferred Shares delivered under this Agreement upon registration of transfer of or in exchange for or in lieu of any other Income PRIDES Certificate shall carry the rights to accumulated and unpaid dividends, and to accumulate dividends, which were carried by the Preferred Shares underlying such other Income PRIDES Certificate. In the case of any Income PRIDES with respect to which Cash Settlement of the underlying Purchase Contract is effected on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date pursuant to prior notice, or with respect to which Early Settlement of the underlying Purchase Contract is effected on an Early Settlement Date, or with respect to which a Collateral Substitution is effected, in each case on a date that is after any Record Date and on or prior to the next succeeding Payment Date, dividends on the Preferred Shares underlying such Income PRIDES otherwise payable on such Payment Date shall be payable on such Payment Date notwithstanding such Cash Settlement or Early Settlement or Collateral Substitution, and such dividends shall, subject to receipt thereof by the Agent, be payable to the Person in whose name the Income PRIDES Certificate (or one or more 24 <PAGE> Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificates) was registered at the close of business on the Record Date. Except as otherwise expressly provided in the immediately preceding sentence, in the case of any Income PRIDES with respect to which Cash Settlement or Early Settlement of the underlying Purchase Contract is effected on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or an Early Settlement Date, as the case may be, or with respect to which a Collateral Substitution has been effected, dividends on the related Preferred Shares that would otherwise be payable after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or Early Settlement Date shall not be payable hereunder to the Holder of such Income PRIDES; provided, however, that to the extent that such Holder continues to hold the separated Preferred Shares that formerly comprised a part of such Holder's Income PRIDES, such Holder shall be entitled to receive the dividends on such separated Preferred Shares. The applicable Dividend Rate on the Preferred Shares on and after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date will be reset on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date to the Reset Rate (such Reset Rate to be in effect on and after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date). On the Reset Announcement Date, the Reset Spread and the Benchmark Rate
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to be used to determine the Reset Rate will be announced by the Company. On the Business Day immediately following the Reset Announcement Date, the Preferred Shares Holders will be notified of such Reset Spread and the One-Month Treasury Bill rate by the Company. Such notice shall be sufficiently given to Holders of Preferred Shares if published in an Authorized Newspaper in The City of New York. Not later than 7 calendar days nor more than 15 calendar days prior to the Reset Announcement Date, the Company will notify DTC or its nominee (or any successor Clearing Agency or its nominee) by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to notify the Beneficial Owners or Clearing Agency Participants holding Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, of such Reset Announcement Date and the procedures to be followed by such Holders of Income PRIDES who intend to settle their obligation under the Purchase Contract with separate cash on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Section 4.2. Notice and Voting.
Under the terms of the Pledge Agreement, the Agent will be entitled to exercise the voting and any other consensual rights pertaining to the Preferred Shares pledged with the Collateral Agent but only to the extent instructed by the Holders as described below. Upon receipt of notice of any meeting at which holders of Preferred Shares are entitled to vote or upon any solicitation of consents, waivers or proxies of holders of Preferred Shares, the Agent shall, as soon as practicable thereafter, mail to the Holders of Income PRIDES a notice (a) containing such information as is contained in the notice or solicitation, (b) stating that each Holder on the record date set by the Agent therefor (which, to the extent possible, shall be the same date as the record date for determining the holders of Preferred Shares entitled to vote) shall be entitled to instruct the Agent as to the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the Preferred Shares underlying their Income PRIDES and (c) stating the manner in which such instructions may be given. Upon the written request of the Holders of Income PRIDES on such record date, the Agent shall endeavor insofar as practicable to vote or cause to be voted, in accordance with the instructions set forth in such requests, the maximum number of Preferred Shares as to which any particular voting instructions are received. In the absence of specific instructions from the Holder 25 <PAGE> of an Income PRIDES, the Agent shall abstain from voting the Preferred Share underlying such Income PRIDES. The Company hereby agrees, if applicable, to solicit Holders of Income PRIDES to timely instruct the Agent in order to enable the Agent to vote such Preferred Shares. ARTICLE V THE PURCHASE CONTRACTS Section 5.1. Purchase of Ordinary Shares.
Each Purchase Contract shall, unless an Early Settlement has occurred in accordance with Section 5.9 hereof, obligate the Holder of the related Security to purchase, and the Company to sell, on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date at a price equal to the Stated Amount (the "Purchase Price"), a number of newly issued Ordinary Shares equal to the Settlement Rate unless, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, there shall have occurred a Termination Event with respect to the Security of which such Purchase Contract is a part. The "Settlement Rate" is equal to (a) if the Applicable Market Value (as defined below) is equal to or greater than $ ___ (the "Threshold Appreciation Price"), ___ Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract, (b) if the Applicable Market Value is less than the Threshold Appreciation Price, but is greater than $ ___ (the "Threshold Depreciation Price"), the number of Ordinary Shares equal to the Stated Amount divided by the Applicable Market Value and (c) if the Applicable Market Value is less than or equal to Threshold Depreciation Price, ___ Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract, in each case subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5.6 (and in each case rounded upward or downward to the nearest 1/10,000th of a share). As provided in Section 5.10, no fractional Ordinary Shares will be issued upon settlement of Purchase Contracts. The "Applicable Market Value" means the average of the Closing Price per Ordinary Share on each of the 20 consecutive Trading Days ending on the third Trading Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. The "Closing Price" of the Ordinary Shares on any date of determination means the closing sale price (or, if no closing price is reported, the last reported sale price) of the Ordinary Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on such date or, if the Ordinary Shares are not listed for trading on the NYSE on any such date, as reported in the composite transactions for the principal United States securities exchange on which the Ordinary Shares are so listed, or if the Ordinary Shares are not so listed on a United States national or regional securities exchange, as reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market, or, if the Ordinary Shares are not so reported, the last quoted bid price for the Ordinary Shares in the over-the-counter market as reported by the National Quotation Bureau or similar organization, or, if such bid price is not available, the market value of the Ordinary Shares on such date as of 4:00 p.m., New York City time, as determined by a nationally recognized independent
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investment banking firm retained for this purpose by the Company. A "Trading Day" means a day on which the Ordinary Shares (A) are not suspended from trading on any national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market at the close of business and (B) have traded at least once on the national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market that is the primary market for the trading of the Ordinary Shares. 26 <PAGE> Each Holder of an Income PRIDES or a Growth PRIDES, by its acceptance thereof, irrevocably authorizes the Agent to enter into and perform the related Purchase Contract on its behalf as its attorney-in-fact (including the execution of Certificates on behalf of such Holder), agrees to be bound by the terms and provisions thereof, covenants and agrees to perform its obligations under such Purchase Contracts, and consents to the provisions hereof, irrevocably authorizes the Agent as its attorney-in-fact to enter into and perform the Pledge Agreement on its behalf as its attorney-in-fact, and consents to and agrees to be bound by the Pledge of the Preferred Shares or the Treasury Securities pursuant to the Pledge Agreement; provided that upon a Termination Event, the rights of the Holder of such Security under the Purchase Contract may be enforced without regard to any other rights or obligations. Each Holder of an Income PRIDES or a Growth PRIDES, by its acceptance thereof, further covenants and agrees, that, to the extent and in the manner provided in Section 5.4 and the Pledge Agreement, but subject to the terms thereof, payments in respect of the Stated Amount of the Preferred Shares or the Proceeds of the Treasury Securities on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date shall be paid by the Collateral Agent to the Company in satisfaction of such Holder's obligations under such Purchase Contract and such Holder shall acquire no right, title or interest in such payments. Upon registration of transfer of a Certificate, the transferee shall be bound (without the necessity of any other action on the part of such transferee), under the terms of this Agreement, the Purchase Contracts underlying such Certificate and the Pledge Agreement and the transferor shall be released from the obligations under this Agreement, the Purchase Contracts underlying the Certificates so transferred and the Pledge Agreement. The Company covenants and agrees, and each Holder of a Certificate, by its acceptance thereof, likewise covenants and agrees, to be bound by the provisions of this paragraph. Section 5.2. Contract Adjustment Payments.
Subject to Section 5.3 herein, the Company shall pay, on each Payment Date, the Contract Adjustment Payments payable in respect of each Purchase Contract to the Person in whose name such Growth PRIDES Certificate (or one or more Predecessor Growth PRIDES Certificates) is registered at the close of business on the Record Date next preceding such Payment Date. The Contract Adjustment Payments will be payable at the office of the Agent in The City of New York maintained for that purpose or, at the option of the Company, by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto at such Person's address as it appears on the Income PRIDES Register or Growth PRIDES Register. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company's obligation to pay Contract Adjustment Payments (including any accrued or Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments) shall cease. Each Certificate delivered under this Agreement upon registration of transfer of or in exchange for or in lieu of (including as a result of a Collateral Substitution or the re-establishment of an Income PRIDES) any other Certificate shall carry the rights to accrued and unpaid Contract Adjustment Payments, and to accrue Contract Adjustment Payments, which were carried by the Purchase Contracts underlying such other Certificates. 27 <PAGE> Subject to Section 5.9, in the case of any Security with respect to which Early Settlement of the underlying Purchase Contract is effected on an Early Settlement Date that is after any Record Date and on or prior to the next succeeding Payment Date, Contract Adjustment Payments otherwise payable on such Payment Date shall be payable on such Payment Date notwithstanding such Early Settlement, and such Contract Adjustment Payments shall be paid to the Person in whose name the Security Certificate evidencing such Security (or one or more Predecessor Security Certificates) is registered at the close of business on such Record Date. Except as otherwise expressly provided in the immediately preceding sentence, in the case of any Security with respect to which Early Settlement of the underlying Purchase Contract is effected on an Early Settlement Date, Contract Adjustment Payments that would otherwise be payable after the Early Settlement Date with respect to such Purchase Contract shall not be payable. The Company's obligations with respect to Contract Adjustment Payments will be subordinated and junior in right of payment to the Company's obligations under any Senior Indebtedness.
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Section 5.3.
Deferral of Payment Dates For Contract Adjustment Payments.
The Company shall have the right, at any time prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, to defer the payment of any or all of the Contract Adjustment Payments otherwise payable on any Payment Date, but only if the Company shall give the Holders and the Agent written notice of its election to defer such payment (specifying the amount to be deferred) at least ten Business Days prior to the earlier of (i) the next succeeding Payment Date or (ii) the date the Company is required to give notice of the Record Date or Payment Date with respect to payment of such Contract Adjustment Payments to the NYSE or other applicable self-regulatory organization or to Holders of the Securities, but in any event not less than one Business Day prior to such Record Date. Any Contract Adjustment Payments so deferred shall bear additional Contract Adjustment Payments thereon at the rate of __% per annum (computed on the basis of 360-day year of twelve 30-day months), compounding on each succeeding Payment Date, until paid in full (such deferred installments of Contract Adjustment Payments together with the additional Contract Adjustment Payments accrued thereon, being referred to herein as the "Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments"). Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments shall be due on the next succeeding Payment Date except to the extent that payment is deferred pursuant to this Section. No Contract Adjustment Payments may be deferred to any date that occurs later than the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. If the Purchase Contracts are terminated upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Holder's right to receive Contract Adjustment Payments and Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments will terminate. In the event that the Company elects to defer the payment of Contract Adjustment Payments on the Purchase Contracts until the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, each Holder will receive on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in lieu of a cash payment a number of shares of Ordinary Shares (in addition to a number of shares of Ordinary Shares equal to the Settlement Rate) equal to (x) the aggregate amount of Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments payable to such Holder divided by (y) the Applicable Market Value. No fractional shares of Ordinary Shares will be issued by the Company with respect to the payment of Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments on the Purchase Contract Settlement 28 <PAGE> Date. In lieu of fractional shares otherwise issuable with respect to such payment of Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments, the Holder will be entitled to receive an amount in cash as provided in Section 5.9. If the Company does not pay Contract Adjustment Payments on any Payment Date, then, until all Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments are paid and the Contract Adjustment Payment for the current and all prior quarterly periods is paid or set apart for payment, the Company may not declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution of assets on any classes and series of capital stock of the Company now or hereafter authorized, issued or outstanding, which by their terms expressly provide that they rank junior to the Preferred Shares as to dividend distributions and distributions upon the liquidation, winding up and dissolution of the Company, including the Ordinary Shares, or which do not specify their rank (the "Junior Securities") or make any guarantee payments with respect to the foregoing, or redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire any Junior Securities. If the Company does not pay Contract Adjustment Payments on any Payment Date, then, until all Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments are paid and the Contract Adjustment Payment for the current and all prior quarterly periods is paid or set apart for payment, the Company may not declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution of assets on any classes and series of capital stock of the Company now or hereafter authorized, issued or outstanding, which by their terms expressly provide that they rank equally with the Preferred Shares as to dividend distributions and distributions upon the liquidation, winding up and dissolution of the Company ("Parity Securities") or make any guarantee payments with respect to the foregoing, unless such dividends are declared and paid pro rata so that the amount of Contract Adjustment Payments per Purchase Contract and the dividends declared and paid on any other Parity Securities in all cases shall bear to each other the same ratio that the amount of Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments per Purchase Contract and such other Parity Securities bear to each other. If the Company does not pay Contract Adjustment Payments on any Payment Date, then, until all Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments are paid and the Contract Adjustment Payment for the current and all prior quarterly periods is paid or set apart for payment, the Company may not redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire any Parity Securities. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in the immediately preceding three paragraphs, the payment restrictions set forth in such paragraphs shall not apply to (A) dividends or distributions in Junior Securities, (B) redemptions or purchases of any rights outstanding under a shareholder rights plan of the Company, or any successor to such rights plan, or the declaration of a dividend of such rights or the issuance of stock under such
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plans in the future and (C) purchases of Junior Securities related to the issuance of Junior Securities under any benefit plans of the Company or its subsidiaries, as the case may be, for their respective directors, officers or employees. Section 5.4. Payment of Purchase Price.
(a) (i) Unless a Holder settles the underlying Purchase Contract through the early delivery of cash to the Agent in the manner described in Section 5.9, each Holder of an Income PRIDES must notify the Agent by use of a notice in substantially the form of Exhibit E hereto of 29 <PAGE> its intention to pay in cash ("Cash Settlement") the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares to be purchased pursuant to a Purchase Contract. Such notice shall be made on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. The Agent shall promptly notify the Collateral Agent of the receipt of such a notice from a Holder intending to make a Cash Settlement. (ii) A Holder of an Income PRIDES who has so notified the Agent of its intention to make a Cash Settlement is required to pay the Purchase Price to the Collateral Agent prior to 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in lawful money of the United States by certified or cashiers' check or wire transfer, in each case in immediately available funds payable to or upon the order of the Company. Any cash received by the Collateral Agent will be invested promptly by the Collateral Agent in Permitted Investments and paid to the Company on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in settlement of the Purchase Contract in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. Any funds received by the Collateral Agent in respect of the investment earnings from the investment in such Permitted Investments will be distributed to the Agent when received for payment to the Holder. (iii) If a Holder of an Income PRIDES fails to notify the Agent of its intention to make a Cash Settlement in accordance with paragraph (a)(i) above, such failure shall constitute an event of default and the Holder shall be deemed to have consented to the disposition of the pledged Preferred Shares pursuant to the remarketing as described in paragraph (b) below. If a Holder of an Income PRIDES does notify the Agent as provided in paragraph (a)(i) above of its intention to pay the Purchase Price in cash, but fails to make such payment as required by paragraph (a)(ii) above, such failure shall also constitute a default; however, the Preferred Shares of such a Holder will not be remarketed but instead the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, will exercise its rights as a secured party with respect to such Preferred Shares, including those rights specified in paragraph (c) below. (b) In order to dispose of the Preferred Shares of Income PRIDES Holders who have not notified the Agent of their intention to effect a Cash Settlement as provided in paragraph (a)(i) above, the Company shall engage a nationally recognized investment bank (the "Remarketing Agent") pursuant to the Remarketing Agreement to sell such Preferred Shares. In order to facilitate the remarketing, the Agent shall notify, by 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the fourth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Remarketing Agent of the aggregate number of Preferred Shares to be remarketed. Concurrently, the Collateral Agent, pursuant to the terms of the Pledge Agreement, will present for remarketing such Preferred Shares to the Remarketing Agent. Upon receipt of such notice from the Agent and such Preferred Shares from the Collateral Agent, the Remarketing Agent will, on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, use its reasonable efforts to remarket such Preferred Shares on such date at a price of approximately [100.5%] (but not less than 100%) of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of such Preferred Shares, plus accumulated and unpaid distributions, if any, thereon. After deducting as the remarketing fee ("Remarketing Fee") an amount not exceeding 25 basis points (.25%) of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the remarketed Preferred Shares from any amount of such proceeds in excess of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the remarketed Preferred Shares plus accumulated and unpaid dividends, if any, then the Remarketing Agent will remit the entire 30 <PAGE> amount of the proceeds from such remarketing to the Collateral Agent. Such portion of the proceeds, equal to the aggregate stated liquidation amount of such Preferred Shares, will automatically be applied by the Collateral Agent, in accordance with the Pledge Agreement to satisfy in full such Income PRIDES holders' obligations to pay the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares under the related Purchase Contracts on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Any proceeds in excess of those required to pay the Purchase Price and the Remarketing Fee will be remitted to the Agent for payment to the Holders of the related Income PRIDES. Income PRIDES Holders whose Preferred Shares are so remarketed will not otherwise be responsible for the payment of any Remarketing Fee in connection therewith. If, in spite of using its reasonable efforts, the Remarketing Agent cannot remarket the related Preferred Shares of such Holders
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of Income PRIDES at a price not less then 100% of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of such Preferred Shares plus accumulated and unpaid dividends, if any, the remarketing will be deemed to have failed (a "Failed Remarketing") and in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Company will exercise its rights as a secured party with respect to such Preferred Shares, including those actions specified in paragraph (c) below; provided, that if upon a Failed Remarketing the Collateral Agent exercises such rights for the benefit of the Company with respect to such Preferred Shares, any accumulated and unpaid dividends on such Preferred Shares will become payable by the Company to the Agent for payment to the Beneficial Owner of the Income PRIDES to which such Preferred Shares relates. Such payment will be made by the Company on or prior to 11 a.m., New York City time, on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in lawful money of the United States by certified or cashiers' check or wire transfer in immediately available funds payable to or upon the order of the Agent. The Company will cause a notice of such Failed Remarketing to be published on the second Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in an Authorized Newspaper in The City of New York. (c) With respect to any Preferred Shares beneficially owned by Holders who have elected Cash Settlement but failed to deliver cash as required in (a)(ii) above, or with respect to Preferred Shares which are subject to a Failed Remarketing, the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Company reserves all of its rights as a secured party with respect thereto and, subject to applicable law and paragraph (g) below, may, among other things, (i) retain the Preferred Shares in full satisfaction of the Holders obligations under the Purchase Contracts or (ii) sell the Preferred Shares in one or more public or private sales. (d) (i) Unless a Holder of Growth PRIDES settles the underlying Purchase Contract through the early delivery of cash to the Agent in the manner described in Section 5.9, each Holder of a Growth PRIDES or must notify the Agent by use of a notice in substantially the form of Exhibit E hereto of its intention to pay in cash the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares to be purchased pursuant to a Purchase Contract on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the second Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. (ii) A Holder of a Growth PRIDES who has so notified the Agent of its intention to make a Cash Settlement in accordance with paragraph (d)(i) above is required to pay the Purchase Price to the Collateral Agent prior to 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in lawful money of the United States by certified or cashiers' check or wire transfer, in each case in immediately available funds payable to or upon the order of the Company. Any cash received by the 31 <PAGE> Collateral Agent will be invested promptly by the Collateral Agent in Permitted Investments and paid to the Company on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in settlement of the Purchase Contract in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. Any funds received by the Collateral Agent in respect of the investment earnings from the investment in such Permitted Investments will be distributed to the Agent when received for payment to the Holder. (iii) If a Holder of a Growth PRIDES fails to notify the Agent of its intention to make a Cash Settlement in accordance with paragraph (d)(i) above, but fails to make such payment as required by paragraph (d)(ii) above, then upon the maturity of the Pledged Treasury Securities held by the Collateral Agent on the Business Day immediately prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the principal amount at maturity of the Treasury Securities received by the Collateral Agent will be invested promptly in overnight Permitted Investments. On the Purchase Contract Settlement Date an amount equal to the Purchase Price will be remitted to the Company as payment thereof without receiving any instructions from the Holder. In the event the sum of the proceeds from the related Pledged Treasury Securities and the investment earnings earned from such investments is in excess of the aggregate Purchase Price of the Purchase Contracts being settled thereby, the Collateral Agent will distribute such excess to the Agent for the benefit of the Holder of the related Growth PRIDES when received. (e) Any distribution to Holders of excess funds and interest described above shall be payable at the office of the Agent in The City of New York maintained for that purpose or, at the option of the Holder, by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto at such address as it appears on the Register. (f) Unless a Holder settles the underlying Purchase Contract through the early delivery of cash to the Collateral Agent in the manner described herein, the Company shall not be obligated to issue any Ordinary Shares in respect of a Purchase Contract or deliver any certificate therefor to the Holder unless it shall have received payment in full of the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares to be purchased thereunder in the manner herein set forth.
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Upon Cash Settlement of any Purchase Contract, (i) the Collateral Agent will in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement cause the Pledged Preferred Shares or the Pledged Treasury Securities underlying the relevant Security to be released from the Pledge by the Collateral Agent free and clear of any security interest of the Company and transferred to the Agent for delivery to the Holder thereof or its designee as soon as practicable and (ii) subject to the receipt thereof from the Collateral Agent, the Agent shall, by book-entry transfer, or other appropriate procedures, in accordance with instructions provided by the Holder thereof, transfer such Preferred Shares or such Treasury Securities (or, if no such instructions are given to the Agent by the Holder, the Agent shall hold such Preferred Shares or such Treasury Securities, and any dividends or distributions thereon, in the name of the Agent or its nominee in trust for the benefit of such Holder). (g) The obligations of the Holders to pay the Purchase Price are nonrecourse obligations and are payable solely out of any Cash Settlement or the proceeds of any Collateral Pledged to secure the obligations of the Holders and in no event will Holders be liable for any deficiency between the proceeds of Collateral disposition and the Purchase Price. 32 <PAGE> Section 5.5. Issuance of Ordinary Shares.
Unless a Termination Event shall have occurred on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or an Early Settlement shall have occurred, on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, upon its receipt of payment in full of the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares purchased by the Holders pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Article and subject to Section 5.6(b), the Company shall issue and deposit with the Agent, for the benefit of the Holders of the Outstanding Securities, one or more certificates representing the newly issued Ordinary Shares registered in the name of the Agent (or its nominee) as custodian for the Holders (such certificates for Ordinary Shares, together with any dividends or distributions for which a record date and payment date for such dividend or distribution has occurred after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, being hereinafter referred to as the "Purchase Contract Settlement Fund") to which the Holders are entitled hereunder. Subject to the foregoing, upon surrender of a Certificate to the Agent on or after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, together with settlement instructions thereon duly completed and executed, the Holder of such Certificate shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor a certificate representing that number of whole Ordinary Shares which such Holder is entitled to receive pursuant to the provisions of this Article Five (after taking into account all Securities then held by such Holder) together with cash in lieu of fractional shares as provided in Section 5.10 and any dividends or distributions with respect to such shares constituting part of the Purchase Contract Settlement Fund, but without any interest thereon, and the Certificate so surrendered shall forthwith be cancelled. Such shares shall be registered in the name of the Holder or the Holder's designee as specified in the settlement instructions provided by the Holder to the Agent. If any Ordinary Shares issued in respect of a Purchase Contract are to be registered to a Person other than the Person in whose name the Certificate evidencing such Purchase Contract is registered, no such registration shall be made unless the Person requesting such registration has paid any transfer and other taxes required by reason of such registration in a name other than that of the registered Holder of the Certificate evidencing such Purchase Contract or has established to the satisfaction of the Company that such tax either has been paid or is not payable. Section 5.6. (a) Adjustment of Settlement Rate.
Adjustments for Dividends, Distributions, Stock Splits, Etc.
(1) In case the Company shall pay or make a dividend or other distribution on the Ordinary Shares in Ordinary Shares, the Settlement Rate, as in effect at the opening of business on the day following the date fixed for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such dividend or other distribution shall be increased by dividing such Settlement Rate by a fraction of which the numerator shall be the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding at the close of business on the date fixed for such determination and the denominator shall be the sum of such number of shares and the total number of shares constituting such dividend or other distribution, such increase to become effective immediately after the opening of business on the day following the date fixed for such determination. For the purposes of this paragraph (1), the number of Ordinary Shares at the time outstanding shall not include shares held in the treasury of the Company but shall include any shares issuable in respect of any scrip certificates issued in lieu of fractions of Ordinary Shares. The Company will not pay any dividend or make any distribution on Ordinary Shares held in the treasury of the Company. 33 <PAGE> (2) In case the Company shall issue rights, options or warrants to all holders of its Ordinary Shares (not being available on an equivalent basis to Holders of the Securities upon settlement of the Purchase Contracts underlying such Securities) entitling them, for a period expiring within 45 days
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after the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such rights, options or warrants, to subscribe for or purchase Ordinary Shares at a price per share less than the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share on the date fixed for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such rights, options or warrants (other than pursuant to a dividend reinvestment plan), the Settlement Rate in effect at the opening of business on the day following the date fixed for such determination shall be increased by dividing such Settlement Rate by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding at the close of business on the date fixed for such determination plus the number of Ordinary Shares which the aggregate of the offering price of the total number of Ordinary Shares so offered for subscription or purchase would purchase at such Current Market Price and the denominator of which shall be the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding at the close of business on the date fixed for such determination plus the number of Ordinary Shares so offered for subscription or purchase, such increase to become effective immediately after the opening of business on the day following the date fixed for such determination. For the purposes of this paragraph (2), the number of Ordinary Shares at any time outstanding shall not include shares held in the treasury of the Company but shall include any shares issuable in respect of any scrip certificates issued in lieu of fractions of Ordinary Shares. The Company shall not issue any such rights, options or warrants in respect of Ordinary Shares held in the treasury of the Company. (3) In case outstanding Ordinary Shares shall be subdivided or split into a greater number of Ordinary Shares, the Settlement Rate in effect at the opening of business on the day following the day upon which such subdivision or split becomes effective shall be proportionately increased, and, conversely, in case outstanding Ordinary Shares shall each be combined into a smaller number of Ordinary Shares, the Settlement Rate in effect at the opening of business on the day following the day upon which such combination becomes effective shall be proportionately reduced, such increase or reduction, as the case may be, to become effective immediately after the opening of business on the day following the day upon which such subdivision, split or combination becomes effective. (4) In case the Company shall, by dividend or otherwise, distribute to all holders of its Ordinary Shares evidences of its indebtedness or assets (including securities, but excluding any rights or warrants referred to in paragraph (2) of this Section, any dividend or distribution paid exclusively in cash and any dividend or distribution referred to in paragraph (1) of this Section), the Settlement Rate shall be adjusted so that the same shall equal the rate determined by dividing the Settlement Rate in effect immediately prior to the close of business on the date fixed for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such distribution by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share on the date fixed for such determination less the then fair market value (as determined by the Board of Directors, whose determination shall be conclusive and described in a Board Resolution filed with the Agent) of the portion of the assets or evidences of indebtedness so distributed applicable to one Ordinary Share and the denominator of which shall be such Current Market Price per Ordinary Shares, such adjustment to become effective immediately prior to the opening of business on the day following the date fixed for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such 34 <PAGE> distribution. In any case in which this paragraph (4) is applicable, paragraph (2) of this Section shall not be applicable. (5) In case the Company shall, (I) by dividend or otherwise, distribute to all holders of its Ordinary Shares cash (excluding any cash that is distributed in a Reorganization Event to which Section 5.6(b) applies or as part of a distribution referred to in paragraph (4) of this Section) in an aggregate amount that, combined together with (II) the aggregate amount of any other distributions to all holders of its Ordinary Shares made exclusively in cash within the 12 months preceding the date of payment of such distribution and in respect of which no adjustment pursuant to this paragraph (5) or paragraph (6) of this Section has been made and (III) the aggregate of any cash plus the fair market value (as determined by the Board of Directors, whose determination shall be conclusive and described in a Board Resolution) of consideration payable in respect of any tender or exchange offer by the Company or any of its subsidiaries for all or any portion of the Ordinary Shares concluded within the 12 months preceding the date of payment of the distribution described in clause (I) above and in respect of which no adjustment pursuant to this paragraph (5) or paragraph (6) of this Section has been made, exceeds 5% of the product of the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share on the date for the determination of holders of Ordinary Shares entitled to receive such distribution times the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding on such date, then, and in each such case, immediately after the close of business on such date for determination, the Settlement Rate shall be increased so that the same shall equal the rate determined by dividing the Settlement Rate in effect immediately prior to the close of business on the date fixed for determination of the stockholders entitled to receive such distribution by a fraction (i) the numerator of which shall be equal to the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share on the date fixed for such determination less an amount equal to the quotient of (x) the combined amount distributed or payable in the transactions described in clauses (I), (II) and (III) above and (y) the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding on such date
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for determination and (ii) the denominator of which shall be equal to the Current Market Price per Ordinary Shares on such date for determination. (6) In case (I) a tender or exchange offer made by the Company or any subsidiary of the Company for all or any portion of the Ordinary Shares shall expire and such tender or exchange offer (as amended upon the expiration thereof) shall require the payment to stockholders (based on the acceptance (up to any maximum specified in the terms of the tender or exchange offer) of Purchased Shares) of an aggregate consideration having a fair market value (as determined by the Board of Directors, whose determination shall be conclusive and described in a Board Resolution) that combined together with (II) the aggregate of the cash plus the fair market value (as determined by the Board of Directors, whose determination shall be conclusive and described in a Board Resolution), as of the expiration of such tender or exchange offer, of consideration payable in respect of any other tender or exchange offer, by the Company or any subsidiary of the Company for all or any portion of the Ordinary Shares expiring within the 12 months preceding the expiration of such tender or exchange offer and in respect of which no adjustment pursuant to paragraph (5) of this Section or this paragraph (6) has been made and (III) the aggregate amount of any distributions to all holders of the Company's Ordinary Shares made exclusively in cash within the 12 months preceding the expiration of such tender or exchange offer and in respect of which no adjustment pursuant to paragraph (5) of this Section or this paragraph (6) has been made, exceeds 5% of the product of the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share as of the last time (the "Expiration Time") tenders could have been made 35 <PAGE> pursuant to such tender or exchange offer (as it may be amended) times the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding (including any tendered shares) on the Expiration Time, then, and in each such case, immediately prior to the opening of business on the day after the date of the Expiration Time, the Settlement Rate shall be adjusted so that the same shall equal the rate determined by dividing the Settlement Rate immediately prior to the close of business on the date of the Expiration Time by a fraction (i) the numerator of which shall be equal to (A) the product of (I) the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share on the date of the Expiration Time and (II) the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding (including any tendered shares) on the Expiration Time less (B) the amount of cash plus the fair market value (determined as aforesaid) of the aggregate consideration payable to stockholders based on the transactions described in clauses (I), (II) and (III) above (assuming in the case of clause (I) the acceptance, up to any maximum specified in the terms of the tender or exchange offer, of Purchased Shares), and (ii) the denominator of which shall be equal to the product of (A) the Current Market Price per Ordinary Share as of the Expiration Time and (B) the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding (including any tendered shares) as of the Expiration Time less the number of all shares validly tendered and not withdrawn as of the Expiration Time (the shares deemed so accepted, up to any such maximum, being referred to as the "Purchased Shares"). (7) The reclassification of Ordinary Shares into securities including securities other than Ordinary Shares (other than any reclassification upon a Reorganization Event to which Section 5.6(b) applies) shall be deemed to involve (a) a distribution of such securities other than Ordinary Shares to all holders of Ordinary Shares (and the effective date of such reclassification shall be deemed to be "the date fixed for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive such distribution" and the "date fixed for such determination" within the meaning of paragraph (4) of this Section), and (b) a subdivision, split or combination, as the case may be, of the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding immediately prior to such reclassification into the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding immediately thereafter (and the effective date of such reclassification shall be deemed to be "the day upon which such subdivision or split becomes effective" or "the day upon which such combination becomes effective", as the case may be, and "the day upon which such subdivision, split or combination becomes effective" within the meaning of paragraph (3) of this Section). (8) The "Current Market Price" per Ordinary Share on any day means the average of the daily Closing Prices for the 5 consecutive Trading Days selected by the Company commencing not more than 30 Trading Days before, and ending not later than, the earlier of the day in question and the day before the "ex date" with respect to the issuance or distribution requiring such computation. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "ex date", when used with respect to any issuance or distribution, shall mean the first date on which the Ordinary Shares trades regular way on such exchange or in such market without the right to receive such issuance or distribution. (9) All adjustments to the Settlement Rate, shall be calculated to the nearest 1/10,000th of a Ordinary Share (or if there is not a nearest 1/10,000th of a share to the next lower 1/10,000th of a share). No adjustment in the Settlement Rate shall be required unless such adjustment would require an increase or decrease of at least one percent therein; provided, however, that any adjustments which by reason of this subparagraph are not required to be made shall be carried forward and taken into account in any subsequent adjustment. If an adjustment is
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36 <PAGE> made to the Settlement Rate pursuant to paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) or (10) of this Section 5.6(a), an adjustment shall also be made to the Applicable Market Value solely to determine which of clauses (a), (b) or (c) of the definition of Settlement Rate in Section 5.1 will apply on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Such adjustment shall be made by multiplying the Applicable Market Value by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the Settlement Rate immediately after such adjustment pursuant to paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) or (10) of this Section 5.6(a) and the denominator of which shall be the Settlement Rate immediately before such adjustment; provided, however, that if such adjustment to the Settlement Rate is required to be made pursuant to the occurrence of any of the events contemplated by paragraph (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (7) or (10) of this Section 5.6(a) during the period taken into consideration for determining the Applicable Market Value, appropriate and customary adjustments shall be made to the Settlement Rate. (10) The Company may make such increases in the Settlement Rate, in addition to those required by this Section, as it considers to be advisable in order to avoid or diminish any income tax to any holders of Ordinary Shares resulting from any dividend or distribution of stock or issuance of rights or warrants to purchase or subscribe for stock or from any event treated as such for income tax purposes or for any other reasons. (b) Adjustment for Consolidation, Merger or Other Reorganization Event. In the event of (i) any consolidation or merger of the Company with or into another Person (other than a merger or consolidation in which the Company is the continuing corporation and in which the Ordinary Shares outstanding immediately prior to the merger or consolidation is not exchanged for cash, securities or other property of the Company or another corporation), (ii) any sale, transfer, lease or conveyance to another Person of the property of the Company as an entirety or substantially as an entirety, (iii) any statutory exchange of securities of the Company with another Person (other than in connection with a merger or acquisition) or (iv) any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company other than as a result of or after the occurrence of a Termination Event (any such event, a "Reorganization Event"), the Settlement Rate will be adjusted to provide that each Holder of Securities will receive on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date with respect to each Purchase Contract forming a part thereof, the kind and amount of securities, cash and other property receivable upon such Reorganization Event (without any interest thereon, and without any right to dividends or distribution thereon which have a record date that is prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date) by a Holder of the number of Ordinary Shares issuable on account of each Purchase Contract if the Purchase Contract Settlement Date had occurred immediately prior to such Reorganization Event assuming such Holder of Ordinary Shares is not a Person with which the Company consolidated or into which the Company merged or which merged into the Company or to which such sale or transfer was made, as the case may be (any such Person, a "Constituent Person"), or an Affiliate of a Constituent Person to the extent such Reorganization Event provides for different treatment of Ordinary Shares held by Affiliates of the Company and non-affiliates and such Holder failed to exercise his rights of election, if any, as to the kind or amount of securities, cash and other property receivable upon such Reorganization Event (provided that if the kind or amount of securities, cash and other property receivable upon such Reorganization Event is not the same for each Ordinary Share held immediately prior to such Reorganization Event by other than a Constituent Person or an Affiliate thereof and in respect of which such rights of election shall not have been exercised ("non-electing share"), then for the purpose of this Section the kind and 37 <PAGE> amount of securities, cash and other property receivable upon such Reorganization Event by each non-electing share shall be deemed to be the kind and amount so receivable per share by a plurality of the non-electing shares). In the event of such a Reorganization Event, the Person formed by such consolidation, merger or exchange or the Person which acquires the assets of the Company or, in the event of a liquidation or dissolution of the Company, the Company or a liquidating trust created in connection therewith, shall execute and deliver to the Agent an agreement supplemental hereto providing that the Holders of each Outstanding Security shall have the rights provided by this Section 5.6. Such supplemental agreement shall provide for adjustments which, for events subsequent to the effective date of such supplemental agreement, shall be as nearly equivalent as may be practicable to the adjustments provided for in this Section. The above provisions of this Section shall similarly apply to successive Reorganization Events. Section 5.7. Notice of Adjustments and Certain Other Events.
(a) Whenever the Settlement Rate is adjusted as herein provided, the Company shall: (i) forthwith compute the Settlement Rate in accordance with Section 5.6 and prepare and transmit to the Agent an Officer's Certificate setting forth the Settlement Rate, the method of calculation thereof in reasonable detail, and the facts requiring such adjustment and upon which
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such adjustment is based; and (ii) within 10 Business Days following the occurrence of an event that requires an adjustment to the Settlement Rate pursuant to Section 5.6 (or if the Company is not aware of such occurrence, as soon as practicable after becoming so aware), provide a written notice to the Holders of the Securities of the occurrence of such event and a statement in reasonable detail setting forth the method by which the adjustment to the Settlement Rate was determined and setting forth the adjusted Settlement Rate. (b) The Agent shall not at any time be under any duty or responsibility to any Holder of Securities to determine whether any facts exist which may require any adjustment of the Settlement Rate, or with respect to the nature or extent or calculation of any such adjustment when made, or with respect to the method employed in making the same. The Agent shall not be accountable with respect to the validity or value (or the kind or amount) of any Ordinary Shares, or of any securities or property, which may at the time be issued or delivered with respect to any Purchase Contract; and the Agent makes no representation with respect thereto. The Agent shall not be responsible for any failure of the Company to issue, transfer or deliver any Ordinary Shares pursuant to a Purchase Contract or to comply with any of the duties, responsibilities or covenants of the Company contained in this Article. Section 5.8. Termination Event; Notice.
The Purchase Contracts and all obligations and rights of the Company and the Holders thereunder, including, without limitation, the rights of the Holders to receive and the obligation of the Company to pay any Contract Adjustment Payments, if the Company shall have such obligation, and the rights and obligations of Holders to purchase Ordinary Shares, shall immediately and automatically terminate, without the necessity of any notice or action by any 38 <PAGE> Holder, the Agent or the Company, if, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a Termination Event shall have occurred. Upon and after the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Securities shall thereafter represent the right to receive the Preferred Shares, forming a part of such Securities in the case of Income PRIDES, or Treasury Securities in the case of Growth PRIDES, in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.3 of the Pledge Agreement. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company shall promptly but in no event later than two Business Days thereafter give written notice to the Agent, the Collateral Agent and to the Holders, at their addresses as they appear in the Register. Section 5.9. Early Settlement.
(a) Subject to and upon compliance with the provisions of this Section 5.9, at the option of the Holder thereof, Purchase Contracts underlying Securities, having an aggregate Stated Amount equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof, may be settled early ("Early Settlement") in the case of Income PRIDES on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date and in the case of Growth PRIDES on or prior to the second Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, in each case, as provided herein. In order to exercise the right to effect Early Settlement with respect to any Purchase Contracts, the Holder of the Certificate evidencing Securities shall deliver such Certificate to the Agent at the Corporate Trust Office duly endorsed for transfer to the Company or in blank with the form of Election to Settle Early on the reverse thereof duly completed and accompanied by payment (payable to the Company in immediately available funds in an amount (the "Early Settlement Amount") equal to (i) the product of (A) the Stated Amount times (B) the number of Purchase Contracts with respect to which the Holder has elected to effect Early Settlement plus (ii) if such delivery is made with respect to any Purchase Contracts during the period from the close of business on any Record Date next preceding any Payment Date to the opening of business on such Payment Date, an amount equal to the sum of (x) the Contract Adjustment Payments payable on such Payment Date with respect to such Purchase Contracts plus (y) in the case of Income PRIDES Certificates, the dividends on the related Preferred Shares payable on such Payment Date. Except as provided in the immediately preceding sentence and subject to the second to last paragraph of Section 5.2, no payment or adjustment shall be made upon Early Settlement of any Purchase Contract on account of any Contract Adjustment Payments accrued on such Purchase Contract or on account of any dividends on the Ordinary Shares issued upon such Early Settlement. If the foregoing requirements are first satisfied with respect to Purchase Contracts underlying any Securities at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day, such day shall be the "Early Settlement Date" with respect to such Securities and if such requirements are first satisfied after 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day or on a day that is not a Business Day, the "Early Settlement Date" with respect to such Securities shall be the next succeeding Business Day. (b) Upon Early Settlement of Purchase Contracts by a Holder of the related Securities, the Company shall issue, and the Holder shall be entitled to receive, Ordinary Shares on account of each Purchase Contract as to which Early
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Settlement is effected (the "Early Settlement Rate"). The Early Settlement Rate shall be adjusted in the same manner and at the same time as the Settlement Rate is adjusted. As promptly as practicable after Early Settlement of Purchase Contracts in accordance with the provisions of this Section 5.9, the Company shall issue and shall deliver to the Agent at the Corporate Trust Office a certificate or certificates for 39 <PAGE> the full number of Ordinary Shares issuable upon such Early Settlement together with payment in lieu of any fraction of a share, as provided in Section 5.10. (c) No later than the third Business Day after the applicable Early Settlement Date the Company shall cause (i) the Ordinary Shares issuable upon Early Settlement of Purchase Contracts to be issued and delivered, and (ii) the related Preferred Shares, in the case of Income PRIDES, or the related Treasury Securities, in the case of Growth PRIDES, to be released from the Pledge by the Collateral Agent and transferred, in each case to the Agent for delivery to the Holder thereof or its designee. (d) Upon Early Settlement of any Purchase Contracts, and subject to receipt of Ordinary Shares from the Company and the Preferred Shares, or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, from the Collateral Agent, as applicable, the Agent shall, in accordance with the instructions provided by the Holder thereof on the applicable form of Election to Settle Early on the reverse of the Certificate evidencing the related Securities, (i) transfer to the Holder the Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities, as the case may be, forming a part of such Securities, and (ii) deliver to the Holder a certificate or certificates for the full number of Ordinary Shares issuable upon such Early Settlement together with payment in lieu of any fraction of a share, as provided in Section 5.10. (e) In the event that Early Settlement is effected with respect to Purchase Contracts underlying less than all the Securities evidenced by a Certificate, upon such Early Settlement the Company shall execute and the Agent shall authenticate, countersign and deliver to the Holder thereof, at the expense of the Company, a Certificate evidencing the Securities as to which Early Settlement was not effected. Section 5.10. No Fractional Shares.
No fractional shares or scrip representing fractional Ordinary Shares shall be issued or delivered upon settlement on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or upon Early Settlement of any Purchase Contracts. If Certificates evidencing more than one Purchase Contract shall be surrendered for settlement at one time by the same Holder, the number of full Ordinary Shares which shall be delivered upon settlement shall be computed on the basis of the aggregate number of Purchase Contracts evidenced by the Certificates so surrendered. Instead of any fractional Ordinary Share which would otherwise be deliverable upon settlement of any Purchase Contracts on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or upon Early Settlement, the Company, through the Agent, shall make a cash payment in respect of such fractional interest in an amount equal to the value of such fractional shares times the Applicable Market Value. The Company shall provide the Agent from time to time with sufficient funds to permit the Agent to make all cash payments required by this Section 5.10 in a timely manner. Section 5.11. Charges and Taxes.
The Company will pay all stock transfer and similar taxes attributable to the initial issuance and delivery of the Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Purchase Contracts and in payment of any Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to pay any such tax or taxes which may be payable in respect of any exchange of or 40 <PAGE> substitution for a Certificate evidencing a Security or any issuance of a Ordinary Share in a name other than that of the registered Holder of a Certificate surrendered in respect of the Securities evidenced thereby, other than in the name of the Agent, as custodian for such Holder, and the Company shall not be required to issue or deliver such share certificates or Certificates unless or until the Person or Persons requesting the transfer or issuance thereof shall have paid to the Company the amount of such tax or shall have established to the satisfaction of the Company that such tax has been paid. ARTICLE VI REMEDIES Section 6.1. Unconditional Right of Holders to Purchase Ordinary Shares and to Receive Contract Adjustment Payments.
The Holder of any Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES shall have the right, which is absolute and unconditional, to purchase Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Purchase Contract constituting a part of such Security and to receive payment of each installment of the Contract Adjustment Payments with respect to the
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Purchase Contract on the respective Payment Date for such Security (subject to the right of the Company to defer payment thereof pursuant to Section 5.3, the prepayment of Contract Adjustment Payments pursuant to Section 5.9(a) and to the forfeiture of any Deferred Contract Adjustment Payments upon Early Settlement pursuant to Section 5.9(b) or upon the occurrence of a Termination Event) and, in each such case, to institute suit for the enforcement of any such right to purchase Ordinary Shares and payment and such rights shall not be impaired without the consent of such Holder. Section 6.2. Restoration of Rights and Remedies.
If any Holder has instituted any proceeding to enforce any right or remedy under this Agreement and such proceeding has been discontinued or abandoned for any reason, or has been determined adversely to such Holder, then and in every such case, subject to any determination in such proceeding, the Company and such Holder shall be restored severally and respectively to their former positions hereunder and thereafter all rights and remedies of such Holder shall continue as though no such proceeding had been instituted. Section 6.3. Rights and Remedies Cumulative.
Except as otherwise provided with respect to the replacement or payment of mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Certificates in the last paragraph of Section 3.10, no right or remedy herein conferred upon or reserved to the Holders is intended to be exclusive of any other right or remedy, and every right and remedy shall, to the extent permitted by law, be cumulative and in addition to every other right and remedy given hereunder or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity or otherwise. The assertion or employment of any right or remedy hereunder, or otherwise, shall not prevent the concurrent assertion or employment of any other appropriate right or remedy. 41 <PAGE> Section 6.4. Delay or Omission Not Waiver.
No delay or omission of any Holder to exercise any right or remedy upon a default shall impair any such right or remedy or constitute a waiver of any such right. Every right and remedy given by this Article or by law to the Holders may be exercised from time to time, and as often as may be deemed expedient, by such Holders. Section 6.5. Undertaking for Costs.
All parties to this Agreement agree, and each Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, by its acceptance of such Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES shall be deemed to have agreed, that any court may in its discretion require, in any suit for the enforcement of any right or remedy under this Agreement, or in any suit against the Agent for any action taken, suffered or omitted by it as Agent, the filing by any party litigant in such suit of an undertaking to pay the costs of such suit, and that such court may in its discretion assess reasonable costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, against any party litigant in such suit, having due regard to the merits and good faith of the claims or defenses made by such party litigant; provided that the provisions of this Section shall not apply to any suit instituted by the Company, to any suit instituted by the Agent, to any suit instituted by any Holder, or group of Holders, holding in the aggregate more than 10% of the Outstanding Securities, or to any suit instituted by any Holder for the enforcement of distributions on any Preferred Shares or Contract Adjustment Payments on any Purchase Contract on or after the respective Payment Date therefor in respect of any Security held by such Holder, or for enforcement of the right to purchase Ordinary Shares under the Purchase Contracts constituting part of any Security held by such Holder. Section 6.6. Waiver of Stay or Extension Laws.
The Company covenants (to the extent that it may lawfully do so) that it will not at any time insist upon, or plead, or in any manner whatsoever claim or take the benefit or advantage of, any stay or extension law wherever enacted, now or at any time hereafter in force, which may affect the covenants or the performance of this Agreement; and the Company (to the extent that it may lawfully do so) hereby expressly waives all benefit or advantage of any such law and covenants that it will not hinder, delay or impede the execution of any power herein granted to the Agent or the Holders, but will suffer and permit the execution of every such power as though no such law had been enacted. ARTICLE VII THE AGENT Section 7.1. Certain Duties and Responsibilities.
(a) (1) The Agent undertakes to perform, with respect to the Securities, such duties and only such duties as are specifically set forth in this Agreement and the Pledge Agreement, and no implied covenants or obligations shall be read into this Agreement against the Agent; and (2) in the absence of bad faith, willful misconduct or negligence on its part, the Agent may, with respect to the Securities, conclusively rely, as to
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the truth of the statements and the correctness of the opinions expressed therein, upon certificates or opinions furnished to the 42 <PAGE> Agent and conforming to the requirements of this Agreement, but in the case of any certificates or opinions which by any provision hereof are specifically required to be furnished to the Agent, the Agent shall be under a duty to examine the same to determine whether or not they conform to the requirements of this Agreement. (b) No provision of this Agreement shall be construed to relieve the Agent from liability for its own negligent action, its own negligent failure to act, its own bad faith, or its own willful misconduct, except that (1) this Subsection shall not be construed to limit the effect of Subsection (a) of this Section; (2) the Agent shall not be liable for any error of judgment made in good faith by a Responsible Officer, unless it shall be proved that the Agent was negligent in ascertaining the pertinent facts; and (3) no provision of this Agreement shall require the Agent to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur any financial liability in the performance of any of its duties hereunder, or in the exercise of any of its rights or powers, if adequate indemnity is not provided to it. (c) Whether or not therein expressly so provided, every provision of this Agreement relating to the conduct or affecting the liability of or affording protection to the Agent shall be subject to the provisions of this Section. (d) The Agent is authorized to execute and deliver the Pledge Agreement in its capacity as Agent. Section 7.2. Notice of Default.
Within 30 days after the occurrence of any default by the Company hereunder of which a Responsible Officer of the Agent has actual knowledge, the Agent shall transmit by mail to the Company and the Holders of Securities, as their names and addresses appear in the Register, notice of such default hereunder, unless such default shall have been cured or waived. Section 7.3. Certain Rights of Agent.
Subject to the provisions of Section 7.1: (a) the Agent may rely and shall be protected in acting or refraining from acting upon any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, direction, consent, order, bond, debenture, note, other evidence of indebtedness or other paper or document believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper party or parties; (b) any request or direction of the Company mentioned herein shall be sufficiently evidenced by an Officer's Certificate, Issuer Order or Issuer Request, and any resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company may be sufficiently evidenced by a Board Resolution; 43 <PAGE> (c) whenever in the administration of this Agreement the Agent shall deem it desirable that a matter be proved or established prior to taking, suffering or omitting any action hereunder, the Agent (unless other evidence be herein specifically prescribed) may, in the absence of bad faith on its part, rely upon an Officer's Certificate of the Company; (d) the Agent may consult with counsel and the written advice of such counsel or any Opinion of Counsel shall be full and complete authorization and protection in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it hereunder in good faith and in reliance thereon; (e) the Agent shall not be bound to make any investigation into the facts or matters stated in any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, direction, consent, order, bond, debenture, note, other evidence of indebtedness or other paper or document, but the Agent, in its discretion, may make reasonable further inquiry or investigation into such facts or matters related to the execution, delivery and performance of the Purchase Contracts as it may see fit, and, if the Agent shall determine to make such further inquiry or investigation, it shall be given a reasonable opportunity to examine the books, records and premises of the Company, personally or by agent or attorney; and (f) the Agent may execute any of the powers hereunder or perform any duties hereunder either directly or by or through agents or attorneys or an Affiliate and the Agent shall not be responsible for any misconduct or negligence on the part of any agent or attorney or an Affiliate appointed with
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due care by it hereunder. Section 7.4. Not Responsible for Recitals or Issuance of Securities.
The recitals contained herein and in the Certificates shall be taken as the statements of the Company and the Agent assumes no responsibility for their accuracy. The Agent makes no representations as to the validity or sufficiency of either this Agreement or of the Securities, or of the Pledge Agreement or the Pledge. The Agent shall not be accountable for the use or application by the Company of the proceeds in respect of the Purchase Contracts. Section 7.5. May Hold Securities.
Any Registrar or any other agent of the Company, or the Agent and its Affiliates, in their individual or any other capacity, may become the owner or pledgee of Securities and may otherwise deal with the Company, the Collateral Agent or any other Person with the same rights it would have if it were not Registrar or such other agent, or the Agent. Section 7.6. Money Held in Custody.
Money held by the Agent in custody hereunder need not be segregated from the other funds except to the extent required by law or provided herein. The Agent shall be under no obligation to invest or pay interest on any money received by it hereunder except as otherwise agreed in writing with the Company. Section 7.7. Compensation and Reimbursement.
The Company agrees: 44 <PAGE> (1) to pay to the Agent from time to time reasonable compensation for all services rendered by it hereunder; (2) except as otherwise expressly provided herein, to reimburse the Agent upon its request for all reasonable expenses, disbursements and advances incurred or made by the Agent in accordance with any provision of this Agreement (including the reasonable compensation and the reasonable expenses and disbursements of its agents and counsel), except any such expense, disbursement or advance as may be attributable to its negligence, willful misconduct or bad faith; and (3) to indemnify the Agent and any predecessor Agent for, and to hold it harmless against, any loss, liability or expense incurred without negligence, willful misconduct or bad faith on its part, arising out of or in connection with the acceptance or administration of its duties hereunder, including the costs and expenses of defending itself against any claim or liability in connection with the exercise or performance of any of its powers or duties hereunder. Section 7.8. Corporate Agent Required; Eligibility.
There shall at all times be an Agent hereunder which shall be a corporation organized and doing business under the laws of the United States of America, any State thereof or the District of Columbia, authorized under such laws to exercise corporate trust powers, having (or being a member of a bank holding company having) a combined capital and surplus of at least $50,000,000, subject to supervision or examination by Federal or State authority and having a Corporate Trust Office in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, if there be such a corporation in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, qualified and eligible under this Article and willing to act on reasonable terms. If such corporation publishes reports of condition at least annually, pursuant to law or to the requirements of said supervising or examining authority, then for the purposes of this Section, the combined capital and surplus of such corporation shall be deemed to be its combined capital and surplus as set forth in its most recent report of condition so published. If at any time the Agent shall cease to be eligible in accordance with the provisions of this Section, it shall resign immediately in the manner and with the effect hereinafter specified in this Article. Section 7.9. Resignation and Removal; Appointment of Successor.
(a) No resignation or removal of the Agent and no appointment of a successor Agent pursuant to this Article shall become effective until the acceptance of appointment by the successor Agent in accordance with the applicable requirements of Section 7.10. (b) The Agent may resign at any time by giving written notice thereof to the Company 60 days prior to the effective date of such resignation. If the instrument of acceptance by a successor Agent required by Section 7.10 shall not have been delivered to the Agent within 30 days after the giving of such notice of resignation, the resigning Agent may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor Agent. (c) The Agent may be removed at any time by Act of the Holders of a
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majority in number of the Outstanding Securities delivered to the Agent and the Company. 45 <PAGE> (d) if at any time:
(1) the Agent fails to comply with Section 310(b) of the TIA, as if the Agent were an indenture trustee under an indenture qualified under the TIA, after written request therefor by the Company or by any Holder who has been a bona fide Holder of a Security for at least six months; or (2) the Agent shall cease to be eligible under Section 7.8 and shall fail to resign after written request therefor by the Company or by any such Holder; or (3) the Agent shall become incapable of acting or shall be adjudged a bankrupt or insolvent or a receiver of the Agent or of its property shall be appointed or any public officer shall take charge or control of the Agent or of its property or affairs for the purpose of rehabilitation, conservation or liquidation; then, in any such case, (i) the Company by a Board Resolution may remove the Agent, or (ii) any Holder who has been a bona fide Holder of a Security for at least six months may, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the removal of the Agent and the appointment of a successor Agent. (e) If the Agent shall resign, be removed or become incapable of acting, or if a vacancy shall occur in the office of Agent for any cause, the Company, by a Board Resolution, shall promptly appoint a successor Agent and shall comply with the applicable requirements of Section 7.10. If no successor Agent shall have been so appointed by the Company and accepted appointment in the manner required by Section 7.10, any Holder who has been a bona fide Holder of a Security for at least six months may, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor Agent. (f) The Company shall give, or shall cause such successor Agent to give, notice of each resignation and each removal of the Agent and each appointment of a successor Agent by mailing written notice of such event by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to all Holders as their names and addresses appear in the applicable Register. Each notice shall include the name of the successor Agent and the address of its Corporate Trust Office. Section 7.10. Acceptance of Appointment by Successor.
(a) In case of the appointment hereunder of a successor Agent, every such successor Agent so appointed shall execute, acknowledge and deliver to the Company and to the retiring Agent an instrument accepting such appointment, and thereupon the resignation or removal of the retiring Agent shall become effective and such successor Agent, without any further act, deed or conveyance, shall become vested with all the rights, powers, agencies and duties of the retiring Agent; but, on the request of the Company or the successor Agent, such retiring Agent shall, upon payment of its charges, execute and deliver an instrument transferring to such successor Agent all the rights, powers and trusts of the retiring Agent and shall duly assign, transfer and deliver to such successor Agent all property and money held by such retiring Agent hereunder. 46 <PAGE> (b) Upon request of any such successor Agent, the Company shall execute any and all instruments for more fully and certainly vesting in and confirming to such successor Agent all such rights, powers and agencies referred to in paragraph (a) of this Section. (c) No successor Agent shall accept its appointment unless at the time of such acceptance such successor Agent shall be qualified and eligible under this Article. Section 7.11. Merger, Conversion, Consolidation or Succession to Business.
Any corporation into which the Agent may be merged or converted or with which it may be consolidated, or any corporation resulting from any merger, conversion or consolidation to which the Agent shall be a party, or any corporation succeeding to all or substantially all the corporate trust business of the Agent, shall be the successor of the Agent hereunder, provided such corporation shall be otherwise qualified and eligible under this Article, without the execution or filing of any paper or any further act on the part of any of the parties hereto. In case any Certificates shall have been authenticated and executed on behalf of the Holders, but not delivered, by the Agent then in office, any successor by merger, conversion or consolidation to such Agent may adopt such authentication and execution and deliver the Certificates so authenticated and executed with the same effect as if such successor Agent had itself authenticated and executed such Securities.
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Section 7.12.
Preservation of Information; Communications to Holders.
(a) The Agent shall preserve, in as current a form as is reasonably practicable, the names and addresses of Holders received by the Agent in its capacity as Registrar. (b) If three or more Holders (herein referred to as "applicants") apply in writing to the Agent, and furnish to the Agent reasonable proof that each such applicant has owned a Security for a period of at least six months preceding the date of such application, and such application states that the applicants desire to communicate with other Holders with respect to their rights under this Agreement or under the Securities and is accompanied by a copy of the form of proxy or other communication which such applicants propose to transmit, then the Agent shall, mail to all the Holders copies of the form of proxy or other communication which is specified in such request, with reasonable promptness after a tender to the Agent of the materials to be mailed and of payment, or provision for the payment, of the reasonable expenses of such mailing. Section 7.13. No Obligations of Agent.
Except to the extent otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Agent assumes no obligations and shall not be subject to any liability under this Agreement, the Pledge Agreement or any Purchase Contract in respect of the obligations of the Holder of any Security thereunder. The Company agrees, and each Holder of a Certificate, by his acceptance thereof, shall be deemed to have agreed, that the Agent's execution of the Certificates on behalf of the Holders shall be solely as agent and attorney-in-fact for the Holders, and that the Agent shall have no obligation to perform such Purchase Contracts on behalf of the Holders, except to the extent expressly provided in Article Five hereof. 47 <PAGE> Section 7.14. Tax Compliance.
(a) The Agent, on its own behalf and on behalf of the Company, will comply with all applicable certification, information reporting and withholding (including "backup" withholding) requirements imposed by applicable tax laws, regulations or administrative practice with respect to (i) any payments made with respect to the Securities or (ii) the issuance, delivery, holding, transfer, redemption or exercise of rights under the Securities. Such compliance shall include, without limitation, the preparation and timely filing of required returns and the timely payment of all amounts required to be withheld to the appropriate taxing authority or its designated agent. (b) The Agent shall comply with any written direction received from the Company with respect to the application of such requirements to particular payments or Holders or in other particular circumstances, and may for purposes of this Agreement rely on any such direction in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.1(a)(2) hereof. (c) The Agent shall maintain all appropriate records documenting compliance with such requirements, and shall make such records available, on written request, to the Company or its authorized representative within a reasonable period of time after receipt of such request. ARTICLE VIII SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS Section 8.1. Supplemental Agreements Without Consent of Holders.
Without the consent of any Holders, the Company and the Agent, at any time and from time to time, may enter into one or more agreements supplemental hereto, in form satisfactory to the Company and the Agent, for any of the following purposes: (1) to evidence the succession of another Person to the Company, and the assumption by any such successor of the covenants of the Company herein and in the Certificates; or (2) to add to the covenants of the Company for the benefit of the Holders, or to surrender any right or power herein conferred upon the Company; or (3) to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment hereunder by a successor Agent; or (4) to make provision with respect to the rights of Holders pursuant to the requirements of Section 5.6(b); or (5) to cure any ambiguity, to correct or supplement any provisions herein which may be inconsistent with any other provisions herein, or to make any other provisions with respect to such matters or questions arising under this Agreement, provided such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the Holders.
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48 <PAGE> Section 8.2. Supplemental Agreements with Consent of Holders.
With the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority of the outstanding Purchase Contracts voting together as one class, by Act of said Holders delivered to the Company and the Agent, the Company, when authorized by a Board Resolution, and the Agent may enter into an agreement or agreements supplemental hereto for the purpose of modifying in any manner the terms of the Purchase Contracts, or the provisions of this Agreement or the rights of the Holders in respect of the Securities; provided, however, that, except as contemplated herein, no such supplemental agreement shall, without the consent of the Holder of each Outstanding Security affected thereby, (1) change any Payment Date;
(2) change the amount or the type of Collateral required to be Pledged to secure a Holder's Obligations under the Purchase Contract, impair the right of the Holder of any Purchase Contract to receive distributions on the related Collateral (except for the rights of Holders of Income PRIDES to substitute the Treasury Securities for the Pledged Preferred Shares or the rights of holders of Growth PRIDES to substitute Preferred Shares for the Pledged Treasury Securities) or otherwise adversely affect the Holder's rights in or to such Collateral or adversely alter the rights in or to such Collateral; (3) reduce any Contract Adjustment Payments, or change any place where, or the coin or currency in which, any Contract Adjustment Payments are payable; (4) impair the right to institute suit for the enforcement of any Purchase Contract; (5) reduce the number of Ordinary Shares to be purchased pursuant to any Purchase Contract, increase the price to purchase Ordinary Shares upon settlement of any Purchase Contract, change the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or otherwise adversely affect the Holder's rights under any Purchase Contract; or (6) reduce the percentage of the outstanding Purchase Contracts the consent of whose Holders is required for any such supplemental agreement; provided, that if any amendment or proposal referred to above would adversely affect only the Income PRIDES or the Growth PRIDES, then only the affected class of Holder as of the record date for the Holders entitled to vote thereon will be entitled to vote on such amendment or proposal, and such amendment or proposal shall not be effective except with the consent of Holders of not less than a majority of such class. It shall not be necessary for any Act of Holders under this Section to approve the particular form of any proposed supplemental agreement, but it shall be sufficient if such Act shall approve the substance thereof. Section 8.3. Execution of Supplemental Agreements.
In executing, or accepting the additional agencies created by, any supplemental agreement permitted by this Article or the modifications thereby of the agencies created by this 49 <PAGE> Agreement, the Agent shall be entitled to receive and (subject to Section 7.1) shall be fully protected in relying upon, an Opinion of Counsel stating that the execution of such supplemental agreement is authorized or permitted by this Agreement. The Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, enter into any such supplemental agreement which affects the Agent's own rights, duties or immunities under this Agreement or otherwise. Section 8.4. Effect of Supplemental Agreements.
Upon the execution of any supplemental agreement under this Article, this Agreement shall be modified in accordance therewith, and such supplemental agreement shall form a part of this Agreement for all purposes; and every Holder of Certificates theretofore or thereafter authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered hereunder shall be bound thereby. Section 8.5. Reference to Supplemental Agreements.
Certificates authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered after the execution of any supplemental agreement pursuant to this Article may, and shall if required by the Agent, bear a notation in form approved by the Agent as to any matter provided for in such supplemental agreement. If the Company shall so determine, new Certificates so modified as to conform, in the opinion of the Agent and the Company, to any such supplemental agreement may be prepared and executed by the Company and authenticated, executed on behalf of
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the Holders and delivered by the Agent in exchange for Outstanding Certificates. ARTICLE IX CONSOLIDATION, MERGER, SALE OR CONVEYANCE Section 9.1. Covenant Not to Merge, Consolidate, Sell or Convey Property Except Under Certain Conditions. The Company covenants that it will not merge or consolidate with any other Person or sell, assign, transfer, lease or convey all or substantially all of its properties and assets to any Person or group of affiliated Persons in one transaction or a series of related transactions, unless (i) either the Company shall be the continuing corporation, or the successor (if other than the Company) shall expressly assume all the obligations of the Company under the Purchase Contracts, the Preferred Shares, this Agreement and the Pledge Agreement by one or more supplemental agreements in form reasonably satisfactory to the Agent and the Collateral Agent, executed and delivered to the Agent and the Collateral Agent by such corporation, and (ii) the Company or such successor corporation, as the case may be, shall not, immediately after such merger or consolidation, or such sale, assignment, transfer, lease or conveyance, be in default in the performance of any covenant or condition hereunder, under any of the Securities or under the Pledge Agreement. Section 9.2. Rights and Duties of Successor Corporation.
In case of any such consolidation, merger, sale, assignment, transfer, lease or conveyance and upon any such assumption by a successor corporation in accordance with Section 9.1, such successor corporation shall succeed to and be substituted for the Company with the same effect as if it had been named herein as the Company. Such successor corporation thereupon may cause 50 <PAGE> to be signed, and may issue either in its own name or in the name of ACE Limited any or all of the Certificates evidencing Securities issuable hereunder which theretofore shall not have been signed by the Company and delivered to the Agent; and, upon the order of such successor corporation, instead of the Company, and subject to all the terms, conditions and limitations in this Agreement prescribed, the Agent shall authenticate and execute on behalf of the Holders and deliver any Certificates which previously shall have been signed and delivered by the officers of the Company to the Agent for authentication and execution, and any Certificate evidencing Securities which such successor corporation thereafter shall cause to be signed and delivered to the Agent for that purpose. All the Certificates so issued shall in all respects have the same legal rank and benefit under this Agreement as the Certificates theretofore or thereafter issued in accordance with the terms of this Agreement as though all of such Certificates had been issued at the date of the execution hereof. In case of any such consolidation, merger, sale, assignment, transfer, lease or conveyance such change in phraseology and form (but not in substance) may be made in the Certificates evidencing Securities thereafter to be issued as may be appropriate. Section 9.3. Opinion of Counsel Given to Agent.
The Agent, subject to Sections 7.1 and 7.3, shall receive an Opinion of Counsel as conclusive evidence that any such consolidation, merger, sale, assignment, transfer, lease or conveyance, and any such assumption, complies with the provisions of this Article and that all conditions precedent to the consummation of any such consolidation, merger, sale, assignment, transfer, lease or conveyance have been met. ARTICLE X COVENANTS Section 10.1. Performance Under Purchase Contracts.
The Company covenants and agrees for the benefit of the Holders from time to time of the Securities that it will duly and punctually perform its obligations under the Purchase Contracts in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contracts and this Agreement. Section 10.2. Maintenance of Office or Agency.
The Company will maintain in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York an office or agency where Certificates may be presented or surrendered for acquisition of Ordinary Shares upon settlement of the Purchase Contracts on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date or Early Settlement and for transfer of Collateral upon occurrence of a Termination Event, where Certificates may be surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange, for a Collateral Substitution or re-establishment of an Income PRIDES and where notices and demands to or upon the Company in respect of the Securities and this Agreement may be served. The Company will give prompt written notice to the Agent of the location, and any change in the location, of such office or agency. If at any time the Company shall fail to maintain any such required office or agency or
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shall fail to furnish the Agent with the address thereof, such presentations, surrenders, notices and demands may be made or served at the Corporate Trust Office, and the 51 <PAGE> Company hereby appoints the Agent as its agent to receive all such presentations, surrenders, notices and demands. The Company may also from time to time designate one or more other offices or agencies where Certificates may be presented or surrendered for any or all such purposes and may from time to time rescind such designations; provided, however, that no such designation or rescission shall in any manner relieve the Company of its obligation to maintain an office or agency in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York for such purposes. The Company will give prompt written notice to the Agent of any such designation or rescission and of any change in the location of any such other office or agency. The Company hereby designates as the place of payment for the Securities the Corporate Trust Office and appoints the Agent at its Corporate Trust Office as paying agent in such city. Section 10.3. Company to Reserve Ordinary Shares.
The Company shall at all times prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date reserve and keep available, free from preemptive rights, out of its authorized but unissued Ordinary Shares the full number of Ordinary Shares issuable against tender of payment in respect of all Purchase Contracts constituting a part of the Securities evidenced by Outstanding Certificates. Section 10.4. Covenants as to Ordinary Shares.
The Company covenants that all Ordinary Shares which may be issued against tender of payment in respect of any Purchase Contract constituting a part of the Outstanding Securities will, upon issuance, be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. Section 10.5. Statements of Officer of the Company as to Default.
The Company will deliver to the Agent, within 120 days after the end of each fiscal year of the Company ending after the date hereof, an Officer's Certificate, stating whether or not to the best knowledge of the signer thereof the Company is in default in the performance and observance of any of the terms, provisions and conditions hereof, and if the Company shall be in default, specifying all such defaults and the nature and status thereof of which such Officer may have knowledge. 52 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed as of the day and year first above written. ACE LIMITED By:____________________________ Name: Title: THE BANK OF NEW YORK as Purchase Contract Agent By:____________________________ Name: Title:
53 <PAGE> EXHIBIT A THIS CERTIFICATE IS A GLOBAL CERTIFICATE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT (AS HEREINAFTER DEFINED) AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF. THIS CERTIFICATE MAY NOT BE EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR A CERTIFICATE REGISTERED, AND NO TRANSFER OF THIS CERTIFICATE IN WHOLE OR IN PART MAY BE REGISTERED, IN THE NAME OF ANY PERSON OTHER THAN SUCH CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF, EXCEPT IN THE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED IN THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT. Unless this Certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The
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Depository Trust Company (55 Water Street, New York, New York) 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 such other name as requested by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, and any payment hereon is made to Cede & Co., ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY A PERSON IS WRONGFUL since the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein. No.________ Number of Income PRIDES ___________________ Form of Face of Income PRIDES Certificate This Income PRIDES Certificate certifies that Cede & Co. is the registered Holder of the number of Income PRIDES set forth above. Each Income PRIDES represents (i) beneficial ownership by the Holder of one share of Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, Series A, no par value per share (the "Preferred Share"), of ACE Limited, a company duly organized and existing under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the "Company"), having a stated liquidation amount of $50, subject to the Pledge of such Preferred Share by such Holder pursuant to the Pledge Agreement and (ii) the rights and obligations of the Holder under one Purchase Contract with the Company. All capitalized terms used herein which are defined in the Purchase Contract Agreement have the meaning set forth therein. Pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, the Preferred Shares constituting part of each Income PRIDES evidenced hereby have been pledged to the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, to secure the obligations of the Holder under the Purchase Contract comprising a portion of such Income PRIDES. The Pledge Agreement provides that all payments of the Stated Amount of or cash dividends on, any Pledged Preferred Shares (as defined in the Pledge Agreement) constituting part of the Income PRIDES received by the Collateral Agent shall be paid by the Collateral Agent by wire transfer in same day funds (i) in the case of (A) cash dividends with respect to Pledged Preferred Shares, and (B) any payments of the Stated Amount with respect to any Preferred Shares that have been released from the Pledge pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, to the Agent to the account designated by the Agent, no later than 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Business Day such payment is received by the Collateral Agent (provided that in the event A-1 <PAGE> such payment is received by the Collateral Agent on a day that is not a Business Day or after 12:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day, then such payment shall be made no later than 10:30 a.m., New York City time, on the next succeeding Business Day) and (ii) in the case of payments of the Stated Amount of any Pledged Preferred Shares to the Company on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date (as defined herein) in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement, in full satisfaction of the respective obligations of the Holders of the Income PRIDES of which such Pledged Preferred Shares are a part under the Purchase Contracts forming a part of such Income PRIDES. Distributions on any Preferred Share forming part of an Income PRIDES evidenced hereby which are payable quarterly in arrears on ___, ___, ___ and ___ of each year, commencing ___, 2000 (a "Payment Date"), shall, subject to receipt thereof by the Agent from the Collateral Agent, be paid to the Person in whose name this Income PRIDES Certificate (or a Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificate) is registered at the close of business on the Record Date for such Payment Date. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby obligates the Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate to purchase, and the Company to sell, on May ___, 2003 (the "Purchase Contract Settlement Date"), at a price equal to $50 (the "Stated Amount"), a number of ordinary shares, US$0.041666667 par value per share ("Ordinary Shares"), of the Company, equal to the Settlement Rate, unless on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date there shall have occurred a Termination Event or an Early Settlement with respect to the Income PRIDES of which such Purchase Contract is a part, all as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement and more fully described on the reverse hereof. The purchase price (the "Purchase Price") for the Ordinary Shares purchased pursuant to each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby, if not paid earlier, shall be paid on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date by application of payment received in respect of the Stated Amount of the Pledged Preferred Shares pledged to secure the obligations under such Purchase Contract of the Holder of the Income PRIDES of which such Purchase Contract is a part. The Company shall pay on each Payment Date in respect of each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby an amount (the "Contract Adjustment Payments") equal to % per annum of the Stated Amount, computed on the basis of a 360 day year of twelve 30 day months. Such Contract Adjustment Payments shall be payable to the Person in whose name this Income PRIDES Certificate (or a Predecessor Income PRIDES Certificate) is registered at the close of business on the Record Date for such Payment Date. Dividends on the Preferred Shares and Contract Adjustment Payments will be payable at the office of the Agent in The City of New York or, at the option of the Company, by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as Cusip No. ___________
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such address appears on the Income PRIDES Register. Reference is hereby made to the further provisions 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 Agent by manual signature, this Income PRIDES Certificate shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Pledge Agreement or the Purchase Contract Agreement or be valid or obligatory for any purpose. A-2 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be duly executed. ACE LIMITED By: _______________________________ Name: Title: By: _______________________________ Name: Title: HOLDER SPECIFIED ABOVE (as to obligations of such Holder under the Purchase Contracts evidenced hereby) By: THE BANK OF NEW YORK not indidually but solely as Attorney-in-Fact of such Holder By: _______________________________ Name: Title: Dated: A-3 <PAGE> AGENT'S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION This is one of the Income PRIDES Certificates referred to in the within mentioned Purchase Contract Agreement. By: THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Purchase Contract Agent
By:______________________________ Authorized Officer A-4 <PAGE> (Form of Reverse of Income PRIDES Certificate) Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby is governed by a Purchase Contract Agreement, dated as of April ___ , 2000 (as may be supplemented from time to time, the "Purchase Contract Agreement"), between the Company and The Bank of New York, a New York banking association, as Purchase Contract Agent (including its successors thereunder, herein called the "Agent"), to which Purchase Contract Agreement and supplemental agreements thereto reference is hereby made for a description of the respective rights, limitations of rights, obligations, duties and immunities thereunder of the Agent, the Company, and the Holders and of the terms upon which the Income PRIDES Certificates are, and are to be, executed and delivered. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby obligates the Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate to purchase, and the Company to sell, on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date at a price equal to the Stated Amount (the "Purchase Price"), a number of Ordinary Shares of the Company equal to the Settlement Rate, unless, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, there shall have occurred a Termination Event or an Early Settlement with respect to the Security of which such Purchase Contract is a part. The "Settlement Rate" is equal to (a) if the Applicable Market Value (as defined below) is equal to or greater than $___ (the "Threshold Appreciation Price"), ___ Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract, (b) if the Applicable Market Value is less than the Threshold Appreciation Price but is greater than $___ (the "Threshold Depreciation Price"), the number of Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract equal to the Stated Amount divided by the Applicable Market Value and (c) if the Applicable Market Value is less than or equal to the Threshold Depreciation Price, ___ Ordinary
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Shares per Purchase Contract, in each case subject to adjustment as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. No fractional Ordinary Shares will be issued upon settlement of Purchase Contracts, as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby, which is settled either through Early Settlement or Cash Settlement, shall obligate the Holder of the related Income PRIDES to purchase at the Purchase Price, and the Company to sell, a number of newly issued Ordinary Shares equal to the Early Settlement Rate or the Settlement Rate, as applicable. The "Applicable Market Value" means the average of the Closing Price per Ordinary Share on each of the 20 consecutive Trading Days ending on the third Trading Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. The "Closing Price" of the Ordinary Shares on any date of determination means the closing sale price (or, if no closing price is reported, the last reported sale price) of the Ordinary Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on such date or, if the Ordinary Shares is not listed for trading on the NYSE on any such date, as reported in the composite transactions for the principal United States securities exchange on which the Ordinary Shares is so listed, or if the Ordinary Shares is not so listed on a United States national or regional securities exchange, as reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market, or, if the Ordinary Shares is not so reported, the last quoted bid price for the Ordinary Shares in the over-the-counter market as reported by the National Quotation Bureau or similar organization, or, if such bid price is not available, the A-5 <PAGE> market value of the Ordinary Shares on such date as determined by a nationally recognized independent investment banking firm retained for this purpose by the Company. A "Trading Day" means a day on which the Ordinary Shares (A) is not suspended from trading on any national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market at the close of business and (B) has traded at least once on the national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market that is the primary market for the trading of the Ordinary Shares. In accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement, the Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate shall pay the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares purchased pursuant to each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby by effecting a Cash Settlement, or an Early Settlement or from the proceeds of a remarketing of the related Pledged Preferred Shares of such holders. A Holder of Income PRIDES who does not elect, on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, to make an effective Cash Settlement or an Early Settlement, shall pay the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares to be issued under the related Purchase Contract from the Proceeds of the sale of the related Pledged Preferred Shares held by the Collateral Agent. Such sale will be made by the Remarketing Agent pursuant to the terms of the Remarketing Agreement and the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. If, as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement, upon the occurrence of a Failed Remarketing the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, exercises its rights as a secured creditor with respect to the Pledged Preferred Shares related to this Income PRIDES certificate, any accumulated and unpaid dividends on such Pledged Preferred Shares will become payable by the Company to the holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate in the manner provided for in the Purchase Contract Agreement. The Company shall not be obligated to issue any Ordinary Shares in respect of a Purchase Contract or deliver any certificates therefor to the Holder unless it shall have received payment in full of the aggregate purchase price for the Ordinary Shares to be purchased thereunder in the manner herein set forth. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby and all obligations and rights of the Company and the Holder thereunder shall terminate if a Termination Event shall have occurred. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company shall give written notice to the Agent and to the Holders, at their addresses as they appear in the Income PRIDES Register. Upon and after the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Collateral Agent shall release the Pledged Preferred Share (as defined in the Pledge Agreement) from the Pledge. An Income PRIDES shall thereafter represent the right to receive the Preferred Share in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. Under the terms of the Pledge Agreement, the Agent will be entitled to exercise the voting and any other consensual rights pertaining to the Pledged Preferred Shares. Upon receipt of notice of any meeting at which holders of Preferred Shares are entitled to vote or upon the solicitation of consents, waivers or proxies of holders of Preferred Shares, the Agent shall, as soon as practicable thereafter, mail to the Income PRIDES holders a notice (a) containing such information as is contained in the notice or solicitation, (b)
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stating that each Income PRIDES A-6 <PAGE> holder on the record date set by the Agent therefor (which, to the extent possible, shall be the same date as the record date for determining the holders of Preferred Shares entitled to vote) shall be entitled to instruct the Agent as to the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the Preferred Shares constituting a part of such holder's Income PRIDES and (c) stating the manner in which such instructions may be given. Upon the written request of the Income PRIDES Holders on such record date, the Agent shall endeavor insofar as practicable to vote or cause to be voted, in accordance with the instructions set forth in such requests, the maximum number of Preferred Shares as to which any particular voting instructions are received. In the absence of specific instructions from the Holder of an Income PRIDES, the Agent shall abstain from voting the Preferred Share evidenced by such Income PRIDES. The Income PRIDES Certificates are issuable only in registered form and only in denominations of a single Income PRIDES and any integral multiple thereof. The transfer of any Income PRIDES Certificate will be registered and Income PRIDES Certificates may be exchanged as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. The Income PRIDES Registrar may require a Holder, among other things, to furnish appropriate endorsements and transfer documents permitted by the Purchase Contract Agreement. No service charge shall be required for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Company and the Agent may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith. A holder who elects to substitute a Treasury Security for Preferred Shares thereby creating Growth PRIDES, shall be responsible for any fees or expenses payable in connection therewith. Except as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement, for so long as the Purchase Contract underlying an Income PRIDES remains in effect, such Income PRIDES shall not be separable into its constituent parts, and the rights and obligations of the Holder of such Income PRIDES in respect of the Preferred Share and Purchase Contract constituting such Income PRIDES may be transferred and exchanged only as an Income PRIDES. The holder of an Income PRIDES may substitute for the Pledged Preferred Shares securing its obligation under the related Purchase Contract Treasury Securities in an aggregate principal amount at maturity equal to the aggregate Stated Amount of the Pledged Preferred Shares in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. From and after such Collateral Substitution, the Security for which such Pledged Treasury Securities secures the Holder's obligation under the Purchase Contract shall be referred to as a "Growth PRIDES." A Holder may make such Collateral Substitution only in integral multiples of 20 Income PRIDES for 20 Growth PRIDES. Such Collateral Substitution may cause the equivalent aggregate principal amount of this Income PRIDES Certificate to be increased or decreased; provided, however, the equivalent aggregate principal amount of Income PRIDES Certificate shall not exceed $400,000,000. All such adjustments to the equivalent aggregate principal amount of this Income PRIDES Certificate shall be duly recorded by placing an appropriate notation on the Schedule attached hereto. A Holder of Growth PRIDES may create or recreate Income PRIDES by (a) depositing with the Collateral Agent Preferred Shares having an aggregate Stated Amount equal to the aggregate principal amount at maturity of the Pledged Treasury Securities comprising part of the Growth PRIDES in exchange for the release of such Pledged Treasury Securities in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement and (b) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Income PRIDES than for Growth PRIDES, by delivering to the Agent cash in an amount equal to the excess of the A-7 <PAGE> Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last payment date through the date of substitution on the Income PRIDES being created or recreated by such Holders, over the Contract Adjustment Payments that have accrued over the same time period on the related Growth PRIDES. Any such recreation may be effected only in integral multiples of 20 Growth PRIDES for 20 Income PRIDES. The Purchase Contracts and all obligations and rights of the Company and the Holders thereunder, shall immediately and automatically terminate, without the necessity of any notice or action by any Holder, the Agent or the Company, if, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a Termination Event shall have occurred. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company shall promptly but in no event later than two Business Days thereafter give written notice to the Agent, the Collateral Agent and to the Holders, at their addresses as they appear in the Income PRIDES Register. Upon and after the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Collateral Agent shall release the Preferred Shares from the Pledge in accordance with the provisions of the Pledge Agreement. Subject to and upon compliance with the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement, at the option of the Holder thereof, Purchase Contracts underlying
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Securities having an aggregate Stated Amount equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof may be settled early ("Early Settlement") as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. In order to exercise the right to effect Early Settlement with respect to any Purchase Contracts evidenced by this Income PRIDES Certificate, the Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate shall deliver this Income PRIDES Certificate to the Agent at the Corporate Trust Office duly endorsed for transfer to the Company or in blank with the form of Election to Settle Early set forth below duly completed and accompanied by payment in the form of immediately available funds payable to the order of the Company in an amount (the "Early Settlement Amount") equal to (i) the product of (A) the Stated Amount times (B) the number of Purchase Contracts with respect to which the Holder has elected to effect Early Settlement, plus (ii) if such delivery is made with respect to any Purchase Contracts during the period from the close of business on any Record Date for any Payment Date to the opening of business on such Payment Date, the dividends on the related Preferred Shares payable on such Payment Date, if declared, with respect to such Purchase Contracts. Upon Early Settlement of Purchase Contracts by a Holder of the related Securities, the Pledged Preferred Shares underlying such Securities shall be released from the Pledge as provided in the Pledge Agreement and the Holder shall be entitled to receive a number of Ordinary Shares on account of each Purchase Contract forming part of an Income PRIDES as to which Early Settlement is effected equal to the Early Settlement Rate. The Early Settlement Rate shall initially be equal to Ordinary Shares and shall be adjusted in the same manner and at the same time as the Settlement Rate is adjusted as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. Upon registration of transfer of this Income PRIDES Certificate, the transferee shall be bound (without the necessity of any other action on the part of such transferee, except as may be required by the Agent pursuant to the Purchase Contract Agreement), under the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Purchase Contracts evidenced hereby and the transferor shall be released from the obligations under the Purchase Contracts evidenced by this Income PRIDES Certificate. The Company covenants and agrees, and the Holder, by its acceptance hereof, likewise covenants and agrees, to be bound by the provisions of this paragraph. A-8 <PAGE> The Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate, by its acceptance hereof, authorizes the Agent to enter into and perform the related Purchase Contracts forming part of the Income PRIDES evidenced hereby on his behalf as his attorney-in-fact, expressly withholds any consent to the assumption (i.e., affirmance) of the Purchase Contracts by the Company or its trustee in the event that the Company becomes the subject of a case under the Bankruptcy Code, agrees to be bound by the terms and provisions thereof, covenants and agrees to perform his obligations under such Purchase Contracts, consents to the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement, authorizes the Agent to enter into and perform the Pledge Agreement on his behalf as its attorney-in-fact, and consents to the Pledge of the underlying this Income PRIDES Certificate pursuant to the Pledge Agreement. The Holder further covenants and agrees, that, to the extent and in the manner provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement, but subject to the terms thereof, payments in respect to the Stated Amount of the Pledged Preferred Shares on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date shall be paid by the Collateral Agent to the Company in satisfaction of such Holder's obligations under such Purchase Contract and such Holder shall acquire no right, title or interest in such payments. Subject to certain exceptions, the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement may be amended with the consent of the Holders of a majority of the Purchase Contracts. The Purchase Contracts shall for all purposes be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York. The Company, the Agent and its Affiliates and any agent of the Company or the Agent may treat the Person in whose name this Income PRIDES Certificate is registered as the owner of the Income PRIDES evidenced hereby for the purpose of receiving payments of dividends payable quarterly on the Preferred Shares, if declared, receiving payments of Contract Adjustment Payments, performance of the Purchase Contracts and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not any payments in respect thereof be overdue and notwithstanding any notice to the contrary, and neither the Company, the Agent nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary. The Purchase Contracts shall not, prior to the settlement thereof, entitle the Holder to any of the rights of a holder of Ordinary Shares. A copy of the Purchase Contract Agreement is available for inspection at the offices of the Agent. A-9 <PAGE> ABBREVIATIONS
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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 Custodian -----------------------------------(cust) (minor)
UNIF GIFT MIN ACT -
Under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act -----------------------------------(State) TEN ENT JT TEN as tenants by the entireties as joint tenants with right of survivorship and not as tenants in common
Additional abbreviations may also be used though not in the above list. ___________________________ FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby sell(s), assign(s) and transfer(s) unto - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please insert Social Security or Taxpayer I.D. or other Identifying Number of Assignee) - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please Print or Type Name and Address Including Postal Zip Code of Assignee) the within Income PRIDES Certificates and all rights thereunder, hereby irrevocably constituting and appointing - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------attorney to transfer said Income PRIDES Certificates on the books of ACE Limited with full power of substitution in the premises. Dated: -------------------------------------------------------------Signature NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the A-10 <PAGE> name as it appears upon the face of the within Income PRIDES Certificates in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever. Signature Guarantee: ------------------A-11 <PAGE> SETTLEMENT INSTRUCTIONS The undersigned Holder directs that a certificate for Ordinary Shares deliverable upon settlement on or after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date of the Purchase Contracts underlying the number of Income PRIDES evidenced by this Income PRIDES Certificate be registered in the name of, and delivered, together with a check in payment for any fractional share, to the undersigned at the address indicated below unless a different name and address have been indicated below. If shares are to be registered in the name of a Person other than the undersigned, the undersigned will pay any transfer tax payable incident thereto. Dated: ---------------------------------------------------------------Signature Signature Guarantee: -----------------(if assigned to another person)
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If shares are to be registered in the name of and delivered to a Person other than the Holder, please (i) print such Person's name and address and (ii) provide a guarantee of your signature:
REGISTERED HOLDER
Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - --------------------------------Name - --------------------------------Address - --------------------------------- --------------------------------- --------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any -------------------------------------Name -------------------------------------Address ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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<PAGE> ELECTION TO SETTLE EARLY The undersigned Holder of this Income PRIDES Certificate hereby irrevocably exercises the option to effect Early Settlement in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement with respect to the Purchase Contracts underlying the number of Income PRIDES evidenced by this Income PRIDES Certificate specified below. The option to effect Early Settlement may be exercised only with respect to Purchase Contracts underlying Income PRIDES with an aggregate Stated Amount equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof. The undersigned Holder directs that a certificate for Ordinary Shares deliverable upon such Early Settlement be registered in the name of, and delivered, together with a check in payment for any fractional share and any Income PRIDES Certificate representing any Income PRIDES evidenced hereby as to which Early Settlement of the related Purchase Contracts is not effected, to the undersigned at the address indicated below unless a different name and address have been indicated below. Pledged Preferred Shares deliverable upon such Early Settlement will be transferred in accordance with the transfer instructions set forth below. If shares are to be registered in the name of a Person other than the undersigned, the undersigned will pay any transfer tax payable incident thereto. Dated: --------------------------Signature Guarantee: -------------------------------------A-13 <PAGE> Number of Securities evidenced hereby as to which Early Settlement of the related Purchase Contracts is being elected: If Ordinary Shares or Income PRIDES Certificates are to be registered in the name of and delivered to and Pledged Preferred Shares are to be transferred to a Person other than the Holder, please print such Person's name and address: REGISTERED HOLDER -------------------------------------Signature
Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - --------------------------------Name - --------------------------------Address - --------------------------------- --------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------Name -------------------------------------Address ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
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Transfer Instructions for Pledged Preferred Shares Transferable Upon Early Settlement or a Termination Event: - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------A-14 <PAGE> [TO BE ATTACHED TO GLOBAL CERTIFICATES] SCHEDULE OF INCREASES OR DECREASES IN GLOBAL CERTIFICATE The following increases or decreases in this Global Certificate have been made: <TABLE> <CAPTION> Principal Amount of this Global Amount of decrease Amount of increase Certificate in Principal in Principal following such Amount of the Amount of the decrease or Global Certificate Global Certificate increase ------------------------------------------------<C> <C> <C> Signature of authorized officer of Transfer Agent or Securities Custodian ------------------<C>
Date - ---------------<S>
</TABLE> A-15 <PAGE> EXHIBIT B THIS CERTIFICATE IS A GLOBAL CERTIFICATE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT (AS HEREINAFTER DEFINED) AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF A CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF. THIS CERTIFICATE MAY NOT BE EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR A CERTIFICATE REGISTERED, AND NO TRANSFER OF THIS CERTIFICATE IN WHOLE OR IN PART MAY BE REGISTERED, IN THE NAME OF ANY PERSON OTHER THAN SUCH CLEARING AGENCY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF, EXCEPT IN THE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED IN THE PURCHASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT. Unless this Certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company (55 Water Street, New York, New York) 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 such other name as requested by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, and any payment hereon is made to Cede & Co., ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY A PERSON IS WRONGFUL since the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein. No. ___ Number of Growth PRIDES ____________________ Cusip No.______
Form of Face of Growth PRIDES Certificate This Growth PRIDES Certificate certifies that Cede & Co. is the registered Holder of the number of Growth PRIDES set forth above. Each Growth PRIDES represents (i) a 1/20th undivided beneficial ownership interest in a Treasury Security, subject to the Pledge of such interest in such Treasury Security by such Holder pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, and (ii) the rights and obligations of the Holder under one Purchase Contract with ACE Limited, a company duly organized and existing under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the "Company"). All capitalized terms used herein which are defined in the Purchase Contract Agreement have the meaning set forth therein. Pursuant to the Pledge Agreement, of each Growth PRIDES evidenced hereby Agent, for the benefit of the Company, under the Purchase Contract comprising Each Purchase PRIDES Certificate "Purchase Contract Amount"), a number the Treasury Securities constituting part have been pledged to the Collateral to secure the obligations of the Holder a portion of such Growth PRIDES.
Contract evidenced hereby obligates the Holder of this Growth to purchase, and the Company, to sell, on May ____, 2003 (the Settlement Date"), at a price equal to $50 (the "Stated of ordinary shares, US$0.041666667 par value per share
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("Ordinary Shares"), of the Company equal to the Settlement Rate, unless on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date there shall have occurred a Termination Event or an Early Settlement with respect to the Growth PRIDES of which such Purchase Contract is a part, all as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement and B-1 <PAGE> more fully described on the reverse hereof. The purchase price for the Ordinary Shares purchased pursuant to each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby will be paid by application of the Proceeds from the Treasury Securities pledged to secure the obligations under such Purchase Contract in accordance with the terms of the Pledge Agreement. The Company shall pay on each Payment Date in respect of each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby an amount (the "Contract Adjustment Payments") equal to ____ % per annum of the Stated Amount, computed on the basis of a 360 day year of twelve 30 day months. Such Contract Adjustment Payments shall be payable to the Person in whose name this Growth PRIDES Certificate (or a Predecessor Growth PRIDES Certificate) is registered at the close of business on the Record Date for such Payment Date. Contract Adjustment Payments will be payable at the office of the Agent in The City of New York or, at the option of the Company, by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such address appears on the Growth PRIDES Register. Reference is hereby made to the further provisions 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 Agent by manual signature, this Growth PRIDES Certificate shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Pledge Agreement or the Purchase Contract Agreement or be valid or obligatory for any purpose. B-2 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be duly executed. ACE LIMITED By: ---------------------------------Name: Title: By: ---------------------------------Name: Title: HOLDER SPECIFIED ABOVE (as to obligations of such Holder under the Purchase Contracts) By: THE BANK OF NEW YORK, not individually but solely as Attorney-in-Fact of such Holder
By: ---------------------------------Name: Title: Dated: B-3 <PAGE> AGENT'S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION This is one of the Growth PRIDES referred to in the within-mentioned Purchase Contract Agreement. By: By: ---------------------------------Authorized Officer B-4 <PAGE> THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Purchase Contract Agent
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(Reverse of Growth PRIDES Certificate) Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby is governed by a Purchase Contract Agreement, dated as of August 12, 1999 (as may be supplemented from time to time, the "Purchase Contract Agreement") between the Company and The Bank of New York, a New York banking association, as Purchase Contract Agent (including its successors thereunder, herein called the "Agent"), to which the Purchase Contract Agreement and supplemental agreements thereto reference is hereby made for a description of the respective rights, limitations of rights, obligations, duties and immunities thereunder of the Agent, the Company and the Holders and of the terms upon which the Growth PRIDES Certificates are, and are to be, executed and delivered. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby obligates the Holder of this Growth PRIDES Certificate to purchase, and the Company to sell, on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date at a price equal to the Stated Amount (the "Purchase Price") a number of Ordinary Shares of the Company equal to the Settlement Rate, unless, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, there shall have occurred a Termination Event or an Early Settlement with respect to the Security of which such Purchase Contract is a part. The "Settlement Rate" is equal to (a) if the Applicable Market Value (as defined below) is equal to or greater than $__ (the "Threshold Appreciation Price"), __ Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract, (b) if the Applicable Market Value is less than the Threshold Appreciation Price but is greater than $__ (the "Threshold Depreciation Price"), the number of Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract equal to the Stated Amount divided by the Applicable Market Value and (c) if the Applicable Market Value is less than or equal to the Threshold Depreciation Price, __ Ordinary Shares per Purchase Contract, in each case subject to adjustment as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. No fractional Ordinary Shares will be issued upon settlement of Purchase Contracts, as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby which is settled through Early Settlement shall obligate the Holder of the related Growth PRIDES to purchase at the Purchase Price, and the Company to sell, a number of newly issued Ordinary Shares equal to the Early Settlement Rate. The "Applicable Market Value" means the average of the Closing Prices per Ordinary Share on each of the 20 consecutive Trading Days ending on the third Trading Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. The "Closing Price" of the Ordinary Shares on any date of determination means the closing sale price (or, if no closing price is reported, the last reported sale price) of the Ordinary Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on such date or, if the Ordinary Shares is not listed for trading on the NYSE on any such date, as reported in the composite transactions for the principal United States securities exchange on which the Ordinary Shares is so listed, or if the Ordinary Shares is not so listed on a United States national or regional securities exchange, as reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market, or, if the Ordinary Shares is not so reported, the last quoted bid price for the Ordinary Shares in the over-the-counter market as reported by the National Quotation Bureau or similar organization, or, if such bid price is not available, the market value of the Ordinary Shares on such date as determined by a nationally recognized independent investment banking firm retained for this purpose by the Company. B-5 <PAGE> A "Trading Day" means a day on which the Ordinary Shares (A) is not suspended from trading on any national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market at the close of business and (B) has traded at least once on the national or regional securities exchange or association or over-the-counter market that is the primary market for the trading of the Ordinary Shares. In accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement, the Holder of this Growth PRIDES Certificate shall pay the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares purchased pursuant to each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby by effecting either an Early Settlement of each such Purchase Contract or by applying a principal amount of the Pledged Treasury Securities underlying such Holder's Growth PRIDES equal to the Stated Amount of such Purchase Contract to the purchase of the Ordinary Shares. The Company shall not be obligated to issue any Ordinary Shares in respect of a Purchase Contract or deliver any certificates therefor to the Holder unless it shall have received payment in full of the aggregate purchase price for the Ordinary Shares to be purchased thereunder in the manner herein set forth. Each Purchase Contract evidenced hereby and all obligations and rights of the Company and the Holder thereunder shall terminate if a Termination Event shall have occurred. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company shall give written notice to the Agent and to the Holders, at their addresses as they appear in the Growth PRIDES Register. Upon and after the occurrence of a
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Termination Event, the Collateral Agent shall release the Pledged Treasury Securities (as defined in the Pledge Agreement) forming a part of each Growth PRIDES from the Pledge. A Growth PRIDES shall thereafter represent the right to receive the Treasury Securities forming a part of such Growth PRIDES in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. The Growth PRIDES Certificates are issuable only in registered form and only in denominations of a single Growth PRIDES and any integral multiple thereof. The transfer of any Growth PRIDES Certificate will be registered and Growth PRIDES Certificates may be exchanged as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. The Growth PRIDES Registrar may require a Holder, among other things, to furnish appropriate endorsements and transfer documents permitted by the Purchase Contract Agreement. No service charge shall be required for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Company and the Agent may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith. A Holder who elects to substitute Preferred Shares for Treasury Securities, thereby recreating Income PRIDES, shall be responsible for any fees or expenses payable in connection therewith. Except as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement, for so long as the Purchase Contract underlying a Growth PRIDES remains in effect, such Growth PRIDES shall not be separable into its constituent parts, and the rights and obligations of the Holder of such Growth PRIDES in respect of the Treasury Security and the Purchase Contract constituting such Growth PRIDES may be transferred and exchanged only as a Growth PRIDES. The Holder of a Growth PRIDES may substitute for the Pledged Treasury Securities securing its obligation under the related Purchase Contract Preferred Shares with a Stated Amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of the Pledged Treasury Securities in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement. From and after such Collateral Substitution, the B-6 <PAGE> Security for which such Preferred Shares secures the Holder's obligation under the Purchase Contract shall be referred to as an "Income PRIDES." A Holder may make such Collateral Substitution only in integral multiples of 20 Growth PRIDES for 20 Preferred Shares. Such Collateral Substitution may cause the equivalent aggregate principal amount of this Growth PRIDES Certificate to be increased or decreased; provided, however, the equivalent aggregate principal amount outstanding under this Growth PRIDES Certificate shall not exceed $400,000,000. All such adjustments to the equivalent aggregate principal amount of this Growth PRIDES Certificate shall be duly recorded by placing an appropriate notation on the Schedule attached hereto. A Holder of Income PRIDES may create or recreate a Growth PRIDES by (a) delivering to the Collateral Agent Treasury Securities in an aggregate principal amount equal to the aggregate Stated Amount of the Pledged Preferred Shares in exchange for the release of such Pledged Preferred Shares in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement and (b) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Growth PRIDES than for Income PRIDES, by delivering to the Agent cash in an amount equal to the excess of the Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last payment date through the date of substitution on the Growth PRIDES being created or recreated by such Holders, over the Contract Adjustment Payments that have accrued over the same time period on the related Income PRIDES. Any such recreation of a Growth PRIDES may be effected only in multiples of 20 Income PRIDES for 20 Growth PRIDES. The Purchase Contracts and all obligations and rights of the Company and the Holders thereunder, including, without limitation, the rights of the Holders to receive and the obligation of the Company to pay Contract Adjustment Payments, shall immediately and automatically terminate, without the necessity of any notice or action by any Holder, the Agent or the Company, if, on or prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a Termination Event shall have occurred. Upon the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Company shall promptly but in no event later than two business days thereafter give written notice to the Agent, the Collateral Agent and to the Holders, at their addresses as they appear in the Growth PRIDES Register. Upon and after the occurrence of a Termination Event, the Collateral Agent shall release the Treasury Securities from the Pledge in accordance with the provisions of the Pledge Agreement. Subject to and upon compliance with the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement, at the option of the Holder thereof, Purchase Contracts underlying Securities having an aggregate Stated Amount equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof may be settled early ("Early Settlement") as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. In order to exercise the right to effect Early Settlement with respect to any Purchase Contracts evidenced by this Growth PRIDES Certificate, the Holder of this Growth PRIDES Certificate shall deliver this Growth PRIDES Certificate to the Agent at the Corporate Trust Office duly endorsed for transfer to the Company or in blank with the form of Election to Settle Early set forth below duly completed and accompanied by payment in the form of immediately available funds payable to the order of the Company in an amount (the "Early Settlement Amount") equal to (i) the product of (A) the Stated Amount times (B) the number of Purchase Contracts with respect to which the Holder has elected to effect Early Settlement, plus (ii) if such delivery is
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made with respect to any Purchase Contracts during the period from the close of business on any Record Date for any Payment Date to the opening of business on such Payment Date, an amount equal to the Contract Adjustment B-7 <PAGE> Payments payable on such Payment Date with respect to such Purchase Contracts. Upon Early Settlement of Purchase Contracts by a Holder of the related Securities, the Pledged Treasury Securities underlying such Securities shall be released from the Pledge as provided in the Pledge Agreement and the Holder shall be entitled to receive a number of Ordinary Shares on account of each Purchase Contract forming part of a Growth PRIDES as to which Early Settlement is effected equal to the Early Settlement Rate. The Early Settlement Rate shall initially be equal to Ordinary Shares and shall be adjusted in the same manner and at the same time as the Settlement Rate is adjusted as provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. Upon registration of transfer of this Growth PRIDES Certificate, the transferee shall be bound (without the necessity of any other action on the part of such transferee, except as may be required by the Agent pursuant to the Purchase Contract Agreement), under the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Purchase Contracts evidenced hereby and the transferor shall be released from the obligations under the Purchase Contracts evidenced by this Growth PRIDES Certificate. The Company covenants and agrees, and the Holder, by his acceptance hereof, likewise covenants and agrees, to be bound by the provisions of this paragraph. The Holder of this Growth PRIDES Certificate, by his acceptance hereof, authorizes the Agent to enter into and perform the related Purchase Contracts forming part of the Growth PRIDES evidenced hereby on his behalf as its attorney-in-fact, expressly withholds any consent to the assumption (i.e., affirmance) of the Purchase Contracts by the Company or its trustee in the event that the Company becomes the subject of a case under the Bankruptcy Code, agrees to be bound by the terms and provisions thereof, covenants and agrees to perform its obligations under such Purchase Contracts, consents to the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement, authorizes the Agent to enter into and perform the Pledge Agreement on his behalf as his attorney-in-fact, and consents to the Pledge of the Treasury Securities underlying this Growth PRIDES Certificate pursuant to the Pledge Agreement. The Holder further covenants and agrees, that, to the extent and in the manner provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Pledge Agreement, but subject to the terms thereof, payments in respect to the Stated Amount of the Pledged Treasury Securities on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date shall be paid by the Collateral Agent to the Company in satisfaction of such Holder's obligations under such Purchase Contract and such Holder shall acquire no right, title or interest in such payments. Subject to certain exceptions, the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement may be amended with the consent of the Holders of a majority of the Purchase Contracts. The Purchase Contracts shall for all purposes be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York. The Company, the Agent and its Affiliates and any agent of the Company or the Agent may treat the Person in whose name this Growth PRIDES Certificate is registered as the owner of the Growth PRIDES evidenced hereby for the purpose of receiving payments of interest on the Treasury Securities, receiving payments of Contract Adjustment Payments, performance of the Purchase Contracts and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not any payments in respect thereof be overdue and notwithstanding any notice to the contrary, and neither the Company, the Agent nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary. B-8 <PAGE> The Purchase Contracts shall not, prior to the settlement thereof, entitle the Holder to any of the rights of a holder of Ordinary Shares. A copy of the Purchase Contract Agreement is available for inspection at the offices of the Agent. B-9 <PAGE> ABBREVIATIONS 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 Custodian -----------------------------------
UNIF GIFT MIN ACT -
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Under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act ----------------------------------(State) TEN ENT JT TEN as tenants by the entireties as joint tenants with right of survivorship and not as tenants in common
Additional abbreviations may also be used though not in the above list. ______________________________ FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby sell(s), assign(s) and transfer(s) unto - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please insert Social Security or Taxpayer I.D. or other Identifying Number of Assignee) - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please Print or Type Name and Address Including Postal Zip Code of Assignee) the within Growth PRIDES Certificates and all rights thereunder, hereby irrevocably constituting and appointing - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------attorney to transfer said Growth PRIDES Certificates on the books of ACE Limited with full power of substitution in the premises. Dated: --------------------------------------------Signature NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name as it appears upon the face of the within Growth PRIDES B-10 <PAGE> Certificates in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever. Signature Guarantee:__________________ B-11 <PAGE> SETTLEMENT INSTRUCTIONS The undersigned Holder directs that a certificate for Ordinary Shares deliverable upon settlement on or after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date of the Purchase Contracts underlying the number of Growth PRIDES evidenced by this Growth PRIDES Certificate be registered in the name of, and delivered, together with a check in payment for any fractional share, to the undersigned at the address indicated below unless a different name and address have been indicated below. If shares are to be registered in the name of a Person other than the undersigned, the undersigned will pay any transfer tax payable incident thereto. Dated:________________________ ______________________________ Signature Signature Guarantee: REGISTERED HOLDER
If shares are to be registered in the name of and delivered to a Person other than the Holder, please print such Person's name and address:
Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - -----------------------------------------------------------
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Name - -----------------------------Address - ------------------------------ ------------------------------ -----------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
Name -----------------------------Address ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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<PAGE> ELECTION TO SETTLE EARLY The undersigned Holder of this Growth PRIDES Certificate hereby irrevocably exercises the option to effect Early Settlement in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement with respect to the Purchase Contracts underlying the number of Growth PRIDES evidenced by this Growth PRIDES Certificate specified below. The option to effect Early Settlement may be exercised only with respect to Purchase Contracts underlying Growth PRIDES with an aggregate Stated Amount equal to $1,000 or an integral multiple thereof. The undersigned Holder directs that a certificate for Ordinary Shares deliverable upon such Early Settlement be registered in the name of, and delivered, together with a check in payment for any fractional share and any Growth PRIDES Certificate representing any Growth PRIDES evidenced hereby as to which Early Settlement of the related Purchase Contracts is not effected, to the undersigned at the address indicated below unless a different name and address have been indicated below. Pledged Treasury Securities deliverable upon such Early Settlement will be transferred in accordance with the transfer instructions set forth below. If shares are to be registered in the name of a Person other than the undersigned, the undersigned will pay any transfer tax payable incident thereto. Dated:______________________ ________________________________ Signature
Signature Guarantee: _________________________ B-13 <PAGE> Number of Securities evidenced hereby as to which Early Settlement of the related Purchase Contracts is being elected: If Ordinary Shares or Growth REGISTERED HOLDER PRIDES Certificates are to be registered in the name of and delivered to and Pledged Treasury Securities are to be transferred to a Person other than the Holder, please print such Person's name and address: Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - --------------------------------Name - --------------------------------Address - --------------------------------- --------------------------------- --------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any -----------------------------------Name -----------------------------------Address -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Transfer Instructions for Pledged Treasury Securities Transferable Upon Early Settlement or a Termination Event:
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- --------------------------------- --------------------------------- --------------------------------B-14 <PAGE> [TO BE ATTACHED TO GLOBAL CERTIFICATES] SCHEDULE OF INCREASES OR DECREASES IN GLOBAL CERTIFICATE The following increases or decreases in this Global Certificate have been made: <TABLE> <CAPTION> Amount of decrease in Principal Amount of the Global Certificate -----------------<C> Amount of increase in Principal Amount of the Global Certificate -----------------<C> Principal Amount of this Global Certificate following such decrease or increase -----------------<C> Signature of authorized officer of Transfer Agent or Securities Custodian -----------------<C>
Date - -----------------<S> </TABLE>
B-15 <PAGE> EXHIBIT C INSTRUCTION FROM PURCHASE CONTRACT AGENT TO COLLATERAL AGENT The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: FELINE PRIDES of ACE Limited (the "Company"),
We hereby notify you in accordance with Section 4.1 of the Pledge Agreement, dated as of April . , 2000, among the Company, yourselves, as Collateral Agent, and ourselves, as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-infact for the holders of [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES] from time to time, that the holder of securities listed below (the "Holder") has elected to substitute [$_____ aggregate principal amount at maturity of Treasury Securities] [$_______ Stated Amount of Preferred Shares] in exchange for the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] held by you in accordance with the Pledge Agreement and has delivered to us a notice stating that the Holder has transferred [Treasury Securities] [Preferred Shares] to you, as Collateral Agent. We hereby instruct you, upon receipt of such [Pledged Treasury Securities] [Pledged Preferred Shares], and upon the payment by such Holder of any applicable fees, to release the [Preferred Shares] [Treasury Securities] related to such [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES] to us in accordance with the Holder's instructions. Date:--------------------------------------------By: ----------------------Name: Title: Signature Guarantee:-----Please print name and address of Registered Holder electing to substitute [Treasury Securities] [Preferred Shares] for the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities]: C-1 <PAGE> ________________ Name ________________ Address _________________________________ Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
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C-2 <PAGE> EXHIBIT D INSTRUCTION TO PURCHASE CONTRACT AGENT The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: FELINE PRIDES of ACE Limited (the "Company"),
The undersigned Holder hereby notifies you that it has delivered to The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent, [$_______ aggregate principal amount at maturity of Treasury Securities] [$_______ Stated Amount of Preferred Shares] in exchange for the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] held by the Collateral Agent, in accordance with Section 4.1 of the Pledge Agreement, dated April , 2000, among you, the Company and the Collateral Agent. The undersigned Holder has paid the Collateral Agent all applicable fees relating to such exchange. The undersigned Holder hereby instructs you to instruct the Collateral Agent to release to you on behalf of the undersigned Holder the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] related to such [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES]. Date: ---------------------------------------------------------------By: --------------------------------Signature Guarantee: ---------------Dated: Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - ---------------------------------Name Address - ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------D-1 <PAGE> EXHIBIT E NOTICE TO SETTLE BY SEPARATE CASH The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: FELINE PRIDES of ACE Limited (the "Company"), ----------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
The undersigned Holder hereby irrevocably notifies you in accordance with Section 5.3 of the Purchase Contract Agreement, dated as of April ____ , 2000 between the Company, yourselves, as Purchase Contract Agent and as Attorney-inFact for the Holders of the Purchase Contracts, that such Holder has elected to pay to the Collateral Agent, on or prior to 11:00 a.m. New York City time, on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, (in lawful money of the United States by [certified or cashiers check] [wire transfer] in immediately available funds), $_________ as the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares issuable to such Holder by the Company under the related Purchase Contract on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. The undersigned Holder hereby instructs you to notify promptly the Collateral Agent of the undersigned Holders election to make such cash settlement with respect to the Purchase Contracts related to such Holder's [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES].
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Date: -----------------------------
---------------------------------By: ------------------------------Signature Guarantee: --------------
Dated: Please print name and address of Registered Holder: - ---------------------------------Name Address - ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------E-1 </TEXT> </DOCUMENT> <DOCUMENT> <TYPE>EX-99.2 <SEQUENCE>3 <DESCRIPTION>FORM OF PLEDGE AGREEMENT <TEXT> <PAGE> PLEDGE AGREEMENT among ACE LIMITED, THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Collateral Agent, Custodial Agent and Securities Intermediary AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Purchase Contract Agent ---------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
Dated as of April _, 2000 <PAGE> Table of Contents <TABLE> <CAPTION> <S> <C> ARTICLE I Definitions Section 1.1 Definitions.............................................. ARTICLE II Pledge; Control and Perfection. Section 2.1 Section 2.2 The Pledge............................................... Control and Perfection................................... ARTICLE III Distributions on Pledged Collateral. ARTICLE IV Substitution, Release, Repledge and Settlement of Preferred Shares. Section 4.1 Substitution for Preferred Shares and the Creation of Growth Prides............................................ 9 5 6 2 Page ---<C>
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Section 4.2 Section Section Section Section 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6
Substitution of Treasury Securities and the Creation of Income Prides............................................ Termination Event........................................ Cash Settlement.......................................... Early Settlement......................................... Application of Proceeds Settlement....................... ARTICLE V Voting Rights--Preferred Shares. ARTICLE VI Rights and Remedies
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Section 6.1 Section 6.2
Rights and Remedies of the Collateral Agent.............. Substitutions............................................ ARTICLE VII Representations and Warranties; Covenants.
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Section 7.1 Section 7.2
Representations and Warranties........................... Covenants................................................ ARTICLE VIII The Collateral Agent.
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Section Section Section Section Section </TABLE>
8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5
Appointment, Powers and Immunities....................... Instructions of the Company.............................. Reliance by Collateral Agent............................. Rights in Other Capacities............................... Non-Reliance on Collateral Agent......................... i
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<PAGE> <TABLE> <CAPTION> <S> Section Section Section Section Section Section
8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 8.10 8.11
<C> <C> Compensation and Indemnity............................... 19 Failure to Act........................................... 19 Resignation of Collateral Agent.......................... 20 Right to Appoint Agent or Advisor........................ 21 Survival................................................. 21 Exculpation.............................................. 21 ARTICLE IX Amendment.
Section Section Section Section Section
9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5
Amendment Amendment Execution Effect of Reference
Without Consent of Holders..................... with Consent of Holders........................ of Amendments.................................. Amendments..................................... to Amendments.................................. ARTICLE X Miscellaneous.
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Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Section
10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 10.10 10.11
No Waiver................................................ GOVERNING LAW............................................ Notices.................................................. Successors and Assigns................................... Counterparts............................................. Severability............................................. Expenses, Etc............................................ Security Interest Absolute............................... Consent to Jurisdiction; Miscellaneous................... Waiver of Immunities..................................... Judgement Currency.......................................
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EXHIBIT A Instruction to Collateral Agent............................................. A-1 EXHIBIT B Instruction to Purchase Contract Agent...................................... B-1 EXHIBIT C Instruction to Custodial Agent Regarding Remarketing........................ C-1 EXHIBIT D Instruction to Custodial Agent Regarding Withdrawal from Remarketing........ D-1 </TABLE> ii <PAGE>
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PLEDGE AGREEMENT PLEDGE AGREEMENT, dated as of April __, 2000 (this "Agreement"), among ACE Limited, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the "Company"), The Bank of New York, a New York banking corporation, not individually but solely as collateral agent (in such capacity, together with its successors in such capacity, the "Collateral Agent"), as custodial agent (in such capacity, together with its successors in such capacity, the "Custodial Agent") and as "securities intermediary" as defined in Section 8-102(a)(14) of the Code (as defined herein) (in such capacity, together with its successors in such capacity, the "Securities Intermediary"), and The Bank of New York, not individually but solely as purchase contract agent and as attorney-in-fact of the Holders (as defined in the Purchase Contract Agreement) from time to time of the Securities (as hereinafter defined) (in such capacity, together with its successors in such capacity, the "Purchase Contract Agent") under the Purchase Contract Agreement (as herein after defined). RECITALS The Company and the Purchase Contract Agent are parties to the Purchase Contract Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as modified and supplemented and in effect from time to time, the "Purchase Contract Agreement"), pursuant to which there may be issued up to __ FELINE PRIDES of the Company (__ if the Underwriters' over-allotment option pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement and Pricing Agreement is exercised in full), having a stated amount of $50 (the "Stated Amount") per FELINE PRIDES. The FELINE PRIDES will initially consist of __ units (referred to as "Income PRIDES") with a face amount, per Income PRIDES, equal to the Stated Amount. Each Income PRIDES will be comprised of (a) a stock purchase contract (the "Purchase Contract") under which (i) the holder will purchase from the Company not later than __ (the "Purchase Contract Settlement Date"), for an amount of cash equal to the Stated Amount, a number of ordinary shares, $0.041666667 par value per ordinary share (the "Ordinary Shares"), of the Company equal to the Settlement Rate (as defined below), and (ii) the Company will pay to the Holder, on a quarterly basis, unsecured contract adjustment payments ("Contract Adjustment Payments") at the rate of __% of the Stated Amount per annum, and (b) beneficial ownership of one __% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Share, Series A, US$__ par value per share (each, a "Preferred Share") of the Company, having a stated liquidation preference equal to the Stated Amount. As provided herein, holders of Income PRIDES may substitute collateral in order to create units of Growth PRIDES ("Growth PRIDES" and together, with the Income PRIDES, the "Securities"). Each Growth PRIDES so created will be comprised of (a) a Purchase Contract under which (i) the holder will purchase from the Company not later than the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, for an amount in cash equal to the Stated Amount, a number of Ordinary Shares of the Company equal to the Settlement Rate and (ii) the Company will pay to the Holder thereof Contract Adjustment Payments at the rate of __% of the Stated Amount per annum, and (b) a 1/20th undivided beneficial interest in a zero-coupon U.S. Treasury Security (CUSIP No. __) <PAGE> having a principal amount at maturity equal to $1,000 and maturing on __ (the "Treasury Securities"). Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement and the Purchase Contracts, the Holders, from time to time, of the Securities have irrevocably authorized the Purchase Contract Agent, as attorney-in-fact of such Holders, among other things, to execute and deliver this Agreement on behalf of such Holders and to grant the pledge provided hereby of the Preferred Shares and any Treasury Securities delivered in exchange therefor to secure each Holder's obligations under the related Purchase Contract, as provided herein and subject to the terms hereof. Upon such pledge, the Preferred Shares and the Treasury Securities will be beneficially owned by the Holders but will be owned of record by the Purchase Contract Agent subject to the Pledge hereunder. Accordingly, the Company, the Collateral Agent, the Securities Intermediary, the Custodial Agent and the Purchase Contract Agent, on its own behalf and as attorney-in-fact of the Holders from time to time of the Securities, agree as follows: ARTICLE I Definitions Section 1.1 Definitions. For all purposes of this agreement, except as otherwise expressly provided or unless the context otherwise requires: (a) the terms defined in this Article have the meanings assigned to them in this Article and include the plural as well as the singular; (b) the words "herein," "hereof" and "hereunder" and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular Article, Section or other subdivision;
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(c) the following terms have the meanings assigned to them in the Purchase Contract Agreement: (i) Act, (ii) Agent, (iii) Board Resolution, (iv) Business Day, (v) Cash Settlement, (vi) Certificate, (vii) Contract Adjustment Payments, (viii) Early Settlement, (ix) Early Settlement Amount, (x) Early Settlement Date, (xi) Failed Remarketing, (xii) Holder, (xiii) Opinion of Counsel, (xiv) Outstanding Securities, (xv) Remarketing Agent, (xvi) Remarketing Agreement, (xvii) Settlement Rate and (xviii) Termination Event; and "Agreement" means this instrument as originally executed or as it may from time to time be supplemented or amended by one or more agreements supplemental hereto entered into pursuant to the applicable provisions hereof. "Bankruptcy Code" means Title 11 of the United States Code, or any other law of the United States that from time to time provides a uniform system of bankruptcy laws. 2 <PAGE> "Cash" means any coin or currency of the United States as at the time shall be legal tender for payment of public and private debts. "Code" has the meaning specified in Section 6.1hereof. "Collateral" has the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof. "Collateral Account" means the securities account (number __) maintained at The Bank of New York in the name "The Bank of New York, as Purchase Contract Agent on behalf of the holders of certain securities of ACE Limited, Collateral Account subject to the security interest of The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent, for the benefit of ACE Limited, as pledgee" and any successor account. "Collateral Agent" has the meaning specified in the first paragraph of this Agreement. "Company" means the Person named as the "Company" in the first paragraph of this instrument until a successor shall have become such, and thereafter "Company" shall mean such successor. "Custodial Agent" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Intermediary" means any entity that in the ordinary course of its business maintains securities accounts for others and is acting in that capacity. "Ordinary Shares" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Permitted Investments" means any one of the following which shall mature not later than the next succeeding Business Day: (i) any evidence of indebtedness with an original maturity of 365 days or less issued, or directly and fully guaranteed or insured, by the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof (provided that the full faith and credit of the United States of America is pledged in support thereof or such indebtedness constitutes a general obligation of it); (ii) deposits, certificates of deposit or acceptances with an original maturity of 365 days or less of any institution which is a member of the Federal Reserve System having combined capital and surplus and undivided profits of not less than US$200,000,000 at the time of deposit; (iii) investments with an original maturity of 365 days or less of any Person that is fully and unconditionally guaranteed by a bank referred to in clause (ii); (iv) investments in commercial paper, other than commercial paper issued by the Company or its affiliates, of any corporation incorporated under the laws of the United States or any State thereof, which commercial paper has a rating at the time of purchase at least equal to "A-1" by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services ("S&P") or at least equal to "P-1" by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's"); and (v) investments in money market funds registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and rated in the highest applicable rating category by S&P or Moody's. 3 <PAGE> "Person" means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof. "Pledge" has the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof. "Pledged Preferred Shares" has the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof. "Pledged Treasury Securities" has the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof. "Preferred Shares" has the meaning specified in the Recitals.
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"Proceeds" means all interest, dividends, cash, instruments, securities, financial assets (as defined in Sections 8-102(a)(9) of the Code) and other property from time to time received, receivable or otherwise distributed upon the sale, exchange, collection or disposition of the Collateral or any proceeds thereof. "Purchase Contract" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Purchase Contract Agent" has the meaning specified in the first paragraph of this Agreement. "Purchase Contract Agreement" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Purchase Contract Settlement Date" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Remarketing Underwriting Agreement" means the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement attached as Exhibit A to the Remarketing Agreement. "Securities" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Securities Intermediary" has the meaning specified in the first paragraph of this Agreement. "Security Entitlement" has the meaning set forth in Section 8-102(a)(17) of the Code. "Separate Preferred Shares" means any Preferred Shares that are not Pledged Preferred Shares. "Stated Amount" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "TRADES" means the Treasury/Reserve Automated Debt Entry System maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York pursuant to the TRADES Regulations. "TRADES Regulations" means the regulations of the United States Department of the Treasury, published at 31 C.F.R. Part 357, as amended from time to time. Unless otherwise defined herein, all terms defined in the TRADES Regulations are used herein as therein defined. 4 <PAGE> "Transfer" means, with respect to the Collateral and in accordance with the instructions of the Collateral Agent, the Purchase Contract Agent or the Holder, as applicable: (i) in the case of Collateral consisting of securities which cannot be delivered by book-entry or which the parties agree are to be delivered in physical form, delivery in appropriate physical form to the recipient accompanied by any duly executed instruments of transfer, assignments in blank, transfer tax stamps and any other documents necessary to constitute a legally valid transfer to the recipient; and (ii) in the case of Collateral consisting of securities maintained in book-entry form by causing a "securities intermediary" (as defined in Section 8-102(a)(14) of the Code) to (i) credit a "security entitlement" (as defined in Section 8-102(a)(17) of the Code) with respect to such securities to a "securities account" (as defined in Section 8-501(a) of the Code) maintained by or on behalf of the recipient and (ii) to issue a confirmation to the recipient with respect to such credit. In the case of Collateral to be delivered to the Collateral Agent, the Securities Intermediary shall be the Securities Intermediary and the securities account shall be the Collateral Account. "Treasury Security" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Trust" has the meaning specified in the Recitals. "Value" with respect to any item of Collateral on any date means, as to (i) a Preferred Share, the Stated Amount, (ii) Cash, the face amount thereof and (iii) Treasury Securities, the aggregate principal amount thereof at maturity. ARTICLE II Pledge; Control and Perfection. Section 2.1 The Pledge. The Holders from time to time acting through the Purchase Contract Agent, as their attorney-in-fact, and the Purchase Contract Agent, as such attorney-in-fact, hereby pledge and grant to the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, as collateral security for the performance when due by such Holders of their respective obligations under the related Purchase Contracts, a security interest in all of the right, title and interest of the Purchase Contract Agent and such Holders (a) in the Preferred
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Shares constituting a part of the Securities and any Treasury Securities delivered in exchange for any Preferred Shares, and any Preferred Shares delivered in exchange for any Treasury Securities, in accordance with Section 4.2 hereof, in each case that have been Transferred to or received by the Collateral Agent and not released by the Collateral Agent to such Holders under the provisions of this Agreement; (b) in payments made by Holders pursuant to Section 4.4; (c) in the Collateral Account and all securities, financial assets, Cash and other property credited thereto and all Security Entitlements related thereto; and (d) all Proceeds of the foregoing (all of the foregoing, collectively, the "Collateral"). Prior to or concurrently with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Purchase Contract Agent, on behalf of the initial Holders of the Securities, shall cause the 5 <PAGE> Preferred Shares comprising a part of the Income PRIDES to be Transferred to the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Company. Such Preferred Shares shall be Transferred by physically delivering such Securities to the Securities Intermediary indorsed in blank and causing the Securities Intermediary to credit the Collateral Account with such Securities and sending the Collateral Agent a confirmation of the deposit of such Securities. In the event a Holder of Income PRIDES so elects, such Holder may Transfer Treasury Securities to the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Company in exchange for the release by the Collateral Agent on behalf of the Company of Preferred Shares with an aggregate stated liquidation preference equal to the aggregate principal amount at maturity of the Treasury Securities so Transferred to the Purchase Contract Agent on behalf of such Holder. Such Treasury Securities shall be Transferred to the Collateral Account maintained by the Collateral Agent at the Securities Intermediary by book-entry transfer to the Collateral Account in accordance with the TRADES Regulations and other applicable law and by the notation by the Securities Intermediary on its books that a Security Entitlement with respect to such Treasury Securities has been credited to the Collateral Account. For purposes of perfecting the Pledge under applicable law, including, to the extent applicable, the TRADES Regulations or the Uniform Commercial Code as adopted and in effect in any applicable jurisdiction, the Collateral Agent shall be the agent of the Company as provided herein. The pledge provided in this Section 2.1 is herein referred to as the "Pledge" and the Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities subject to the Pledge, excluding any Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities released from the Pledge as provided in Sections 4.1 and 4.2 hereof, respectively, are hereinafter referred to as "Pledged Preferred Shares" or the "Pledged Treasury Securities," respectively. Subject to the Pledge and the provisions of Section 2.2 hereof, the Holders from time to time shall have full beneficial ownership of the Collateral. Whenever directed by the Collateral Agent acting on behalf of the Company, the Securities Intermediary shall have the right to reregister the Preferred Shares or any other Securities held in physical form in its name. Except as may be required in order to release Preferred Shares in connection with a Holder's election to convert its investment from an Income PRIDES to a Growth PRIDES, or except as otherwise required to release Securities as specified herein, neither the Collateral Agent nor the Securities Intermediary shall relinquish physical possession of any certificate evidencing a Preferred Share prior to the termination of this Agreement. If it becomes necessary for the Securities Intermediary to relinquish physical possession of a certificate in order to release a portion of the Preferred Shares evidenced thereby from the Pledge, the Securities Intermediary shall use its best efforts to obtain physical possession of a replacement certificate evidencing any Preferred Shares remaining subject to the Pledge hereunder registered to it or endorsed in blank within fifteen days of the date it relinquished possession. The Securities Intermediary shall promptly notify the Company and the Collateral Agent of the Securities Intermediary's failure to obtain possession of any such replacement certificate as required hereby. Section 2.2 Control and Perfection. (a) In connection with the Pledge granted in Section 2.1, and subject to the other provisions of this Agreement, the Holders from time to time acting through the Purchase Contract Agent, as their attorney-in-fact, hereby authorize and direct the Securities Intermediary (without the necessity of obtaining the further consent of the Purchase Contract Agent or any of the Holders), and the Securities Intermediary agrees, to 6 <PAGE> comply with and follow any instructions and entitlement orders (as defined in Section 8-102(a)(8) of the Code) that the Collateral Agent on behalf of the Company may give in writing with respect to the Collateral Account, the Collateral credited thereto and any Security Entitlements with respect to any thereof. Such instructions and entitlement orders may, without limitation, direct the Securities Intermediary to transfer, redeem, sell, liquidate, assign, deliver or otherwise dispose of the Preferred Shares, the Treasury Securities and any Security Entitlements with respect thereto and to pay and deliver any income, proceeds or other funds derived therefrom to the Company. The Holders from time to time acting through the Purchase Contract Agent hereby further authorize and direct the Collateral Agent, as Agent of the Company, to itself issue instructions and entitlement orders, and to otherwise take action, with respect to the Collateral Account, the Collateral credited thereto and any
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Security Entitlements with respect thereto, pursuant to the terms and provisions hereof, all without the necessity of obtaining the further consent of the Purchase Contract Agent or any of the Holders. The Collateral Agent shall be the agent of the Company and shall act as directed in writing by the Company. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Collateral Agent shall issue entitlement orders to the Securities Intermediary when and as directed by the Company. (b) The Securities Intermediary hereby confirms and agrees that: (i) all securities or other property underlying any financial assets credited to the Collateral Account shall be registered in the name of the Securities Intermediary, indorsed to the Securities Intermediary or in blank or credited to another Collateral Account maintained in the name of the Securities Intermediary and in no case will any financial asset credited to the Collateral Account be registered in the name of the Purchase Contract Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Company or any Holder, payable to the order of, or specially indorsed to, the Purchase Contract Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Company or any Holder except to the extent the foregoing have been specially indorsed to the Securities Intermediary or in blank; (ii) all property delivered to the Securities Intermediary pursuant to this Pledge Agreement (including, without limitation, any Preferred Shares or Treasury Securities) will be promptly credited to the Collateral Account; (iii) the Collateral Account is an account to which financial assets are or may be credited, and the Securities Intermediary shall, subject to the terms of this Agreement, treat the Purchase Contract Agent as entitled to exercise the rights of any financial asset credited to the Collateral Account; (iv) the Securities Intermediary has not entered into, and until the termination of this Agreement will not enter into, any agreement with any other person relating to the Collateral Account and/or any financial assets credited thereto pursuant to which it has agreed to comply with entitlement orders (as defined in Section 8-102(a)(8) of the Code) of such other person; and (v) the Securities Intermediary has not entered into, and until the termination of this Agreement will not enter into, any agreement with the Company, the Collateral Agent or the Purchase Contract Agent purporting to limit or condition the obligation of the Securities Intermediary to comply with entitlement orders as set forth in this Section 2.2 hereof. (c) The Securities Intermediary hereby agrees that each item of property (whether investment property, financial asset, security, instrument or cash) credited to the Collateral Account shall be treated as a "financial asset" within the meaning of Section 8-102(a)(9) of the Code. 7 <PAGE> (d) In the event of any conflict between this Agreement (or any portion thereof) and any other agreement now existing or hereafter entered into, the terms of this Agreement shall prevail. (e) The Purchase Contract Agent hereby irrevocably constitutes and appoints the Collateral Agent and the Company, with full power of substitution, as the Purchase Contract Agent's attorney-in-fact to take on behalf of, and in the name, place and stead of the Purchase Contract Agent and the Holders, any action necessary or desirable to perfect and to keep perfected the security interest in the Collateral referred to in Section 2.1. The grant of such powerof-attorney shall not be deemed to require of the Collateral Agent any specific duties or obligations not otherwise assumed by the Collateral Agent hereunder. ARTICLE III Distributions on Pledged Collateral. So long as the Purchase Contract Agent is the registered owner of the Pledged Preferred Shares, it shall receive all payments thereon. If the Pledged Preferred Shares are reregistered, such that the Collateral Agent becomes the registered holder, all payments of the Stated Amount, or cash dividends on, the Pledged Preferred Shares, as the case may be, and all payments of the principal of, or cash distributions on, any Pledged Treasury Securities received by the Collateral Agent that are properly payable hereunder shall be paid by the Collateral Agent by wire transfer in same day funds: (i) In the case of (A) cash dividends with respect to the Pledged Preferred Shares and (B) any payments of the Stated Amount with respect to any Preferred Shares that have been released from the Pledge pursuant to Section 4.3 hereof, to the Purchase Contract Agent, for the benefit of the relevant Holders of Securities, to the account designated by the Purchase Contract Agent for such purpose, no later than 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Business Day such payment is received by the Collateral Agent (provided that in the event such payment is received by the Collateral Agent on a day that is not a Business Day or after 12:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day, then such payment shall be made no later than 10:30 a.m., New York City time, on the next succeeding Business Day); (ii) In the case of any principal payments with respect to any Treasury Securities that have been released from the Pledge pursuant to Section 4.3 hereof, to the Holders of the Growth PRIDES to the accounts designated by them in writing for such purpose no later than 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Business Day such payment is
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received by the Collateral Agent (provided that in the event such payment is received by the Collateral Agent on a day that is not a Business Day or after 12:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day, then such payment shall be made no later than 10:30 a.m., New York City time, on the next succeeding Business Day); and 8 <PAGE> (iii) In the case of payments of the Stated Amount of any Pledged Preferred Shares or the principal of any Pledged Treasury Securities, to the Company on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 4.6(a) or 4.6(b) hereof, in full satisfaction of the respective obligations of the Holders under the related Purchase Contracts. All payments received by the Purchase Contract Agent as provided herein shall be applied by the Purchase Contract Agent pursuant to the provisions of the Purchase Contract Agreement. If, notwithstanding the foregoing, the Purchase Contract Agent shall receive any payments of the Stated Amount on account of any Preferred Share, that, at the time of such payment, is a Pledged Preferred Share or a Holder of a Growth PRIDES shall receive any payments of principal on account of any Treasury Securities that, at the time of such payment, are Pledged Treasury Securities, the Purchase Contract Agent or such Holder shall hold the same as trustee of an express trust for the benefit of the Company (and promptly deliver the same over to the Company) for application to the obligations of the Holders under the related Purchase Contracts, and the Holders shall acquire no right, title or interest in any such payments of Stated Amount or principal so received. ARTICLE IV Substitution, Release, Repledge and Settlement of Preferred Shares. Section 4.1 Substitution for Preferred Shares and the Creation of Growth Prides. At any time on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a Holder of Income PRIDES shall have the right to substitute Treasury Securities for the Preferred Shares securing such Holder's obligations under the Purchase Contract(s) comprising a part of its Income PRIDES in integral multiples of 20 Income PRIDES by (a) Transferring to the Collateral Agent Treasury Securities having a Value equal to the aggregate Stated Amount of the Pledged Preferred Shares to be released and (b)(i) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Growth PRIDES than for Income PRIDES, delivering to the Purchase Contract Agent cash in an amount equal to the Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last date that Contract Adjustment Payments were made through the date of substitution on the Growth PRIDES being created by the Holder, which amount the Purchase Contract Agent shall promptly remit to the Company, and (ii) delivering the related Income PRIDES to the Purchase Contract Agent, accompanied by a notice, substantially in the form of Exhibit B hereto, to the Purchase Contract Agent stating that such Holder has Transferred Treasury Securities to the Collateral Agent pursuant to clause (a) above (stating the Value of the Treasury Securities Transferred by such Holder) and requesting that the Purchase Contract Agent instruct the Collateral Agent to release from the Pledge the Pledged Preferred Shares related to such Income PRIDES. The Purchase Contract Agent shall instruct the Collateral Agent in the form provided in Exhibit A. Upon receipt of Treasury Securities from a Holder of Income PRIDES and the related instruction from the Purchase Contract Agent, the Collateral Agent shall release the Pledged Preferred Shares and shall promptly Transfer such Pledged Preferred shares free and clear of any lien, pledge or security interest created hereby, to the Purchase Contract Agent. All items Transferred and/or substituted 9 <PAGE> by any Holder pursuant to this Section 4.1, Section 4.2 or any other Section of this Agreement shall be Transferred and/or substituted free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances. Section 4.2 Substitution of Treasury Securities and the Creation of Income Prides. At any time on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, a Holder of Growth PRIDES shall have the right to reestablish Income PRIDES consisting of the Purchase Contracts and Preferred Shares in integral multiples of 20 Income PRIDES by (a) Transferring to the Collateral Agent Preferred Shares having a Value equal to the Value of the Pledged Treasury Securities to be released and (b) (i) in the event that Contract Adjustment Payments are at a higher rate for Income PRIDES than for Growth PRIDES, by delivering to the Purchase Contract Agent cash in an amount equal to the excess of the Contract Adjustment Payments that would have accrued since the last payment date through the date of substitution on the Income PRIDES being recreated by such Holders, over the Contract Adjustment Payments that have accrued over the same time period on the related Growth PRIDES and (ii) delivering the related Growth PRIDES to the Purchase Contract Agent, accompanied by a notice, substantially in the form of Exhibit B hereto, to the Purchase Contract Agent stating that such Holder has transferred Preferred Shares to the Collateral Agent pursuant to clause (a) above and requesting that the Purchase Contract Agent instruct the Collateral Agent to release from the Pledge the Pledged Treasury Securities related to such Growth PRIDES. 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Purchase Contract Agent shall instruct the Collateral Agent in the form provided in Exhibit A. Upon receipt of the Preferred Shares from such Holder and the instruction from the Purchase Contract Agent, the Collateral Agent shall release the Treasury Securities and shall promptly Transfer such Treasury Securities, free and clear of any lien, pledge or security interest created hereby, to the Purchase Contract Agent. Section 4.3 Termination Event. Upon receipt by the Collateral Agent of written notice from the Company or the Purchase Contract Agent that there has occurred a Termination Event, the Collateral Agent shall release all Collateral from the Pledge and shall promptly Transfer any Pledged Preferred Shares and Pledged Treasury Securities to the Purchase Contract Agent for the benefit of the Holders of the Income PRIDES and the Growth PRIDES, respectively, free and clear of any lien, pledge or security interest or other interest created hereby. If such Termination Event shall result from the Company's becoming a debtor under the Bankruptcy Code, and if the Collateral Agent shall for any reason fail promptly to effectuate the release and Transfer of all Pledged Preferred Shares or of the Pledged Treasury Securities, as the case may be, as provided by this Section 4.3, the Purchase Contract Agent shall (i) use its best efforts to obtain an opinion of a nationally recognized law firm reasonably acceptable to the Collateral Agent to the effect that, as a result of the Company's being the debtor in such a bankruptcy case, the Collateral Agent will not be prohibited from releasing or Transferring the Collateral as provided in this Section 4.3, and shall deliver such opinion to the Collateral Agent within ten days after the occurrence of such Termination Event, and if (y) the Purchase Contract Agent shall be unable to obtain such opinion within ten days after the occurrence of such Termination Event or (z) the Collateral Agent shall continue, after delivery of such opinion, to refuse to effectuate the release and Transfer of all Pledged Preferred Shares or the Pledged Treasury Securities, as the case may be, as provided in this Section 4.3, then the Purchase 10 <PAGE> Contract Agent shall within fifteen days after the occurrence of such Termination Event commence an action or proceeding in the court with jurisdiction of the Company's case under the Bankruptcy Code seeking an order requiring the Collateral Agent to effectuate the release and transfer of all Pledged Preferred Shares or of the Pledged Treasury Securities, as the case may be, as provided by this Section 4.3 or (ii) commence an action or proceeding like that described in subsection (i)(z) hereof within ten days after the occurrence of such Termination Event. Section 4.4 Cash Settlement. (a) Upon receipt by the Collateral Agent of (i) a notice from the Purchase Contract Agent promptly after the receipt by the Purchase Contract Agent of such notice that a Holder of an Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES has elected, in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 5.4(a)(i) or (d)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, respectively, to settle its Purchase Contract with Cash and (ii) payment of the amount required to settle such contract by such Holder on or prior to 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in lawful money of the United States by certified or cashiers' check or wire transfer in immediately available funds payable to or upon the order of the Company, then the Collateral Agent shall promptly invest any Cash received from a Holder in connection with a Cash Settlement in Permitted Investments. Upon receipt of the proceeds upon the maturity of the Permitted Investments on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Collateral Agent shall pay the portion of such proceeds and deliver any certified or cashiers' checks received and any funds so wired, in an aggregate amount equal to the Purchase Price, to the Company on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, and shall distribute any funds in respect of the interest earned from the Permitted Investments to the Purchase Contract Agent for payment to the relevant Holders. (b) If a Holder of an Income PRIDES fails to notify the Purchase Contract Agent of its intention to make a Cash Settlement in accordance with Section 5.4(a)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, such failure shall constitute an event of default under the Purchase Contract Agreement and hereunder, and the Holder shall be deemed to have consented to the disposition of the Pledged Preferred Shares pursuant to the remarketing as described in Section 5.4(b) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, which is incorporated herein by reference. If a Holder of an Income PRIDES does notify the Purchase Contract Agent as provided in Section 5.4(a)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement of its intention to pay the Purchase Price in cash, but fails to make such payment as required by Section 5.4(a)(ii) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, such failure will constitute an event of default under the Purchase Contract Agreement and hereunder, and the Preferred Shares of such a Holder will not be remarketed but instead the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, will exercise its rights as a secured party with respect to such Preferred Shares at the direction of the Company to retain or dispose of the Collateral in accordance with applicable law. In addition, in the event of a Failed Remarketing as described in Section 5.4(b) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, such Failed Remarketing shall constitute an event of default hereunder by such Holder and the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, will also exercise its rights as a secured party with respect to such Preferred Shares at the direction of the Company to retain or dispose of the Collateral in accordance with applicable law.
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11 <PAGE> (c) If a Holder of a Growth PRIDES fails to notify the Purchase Contract Agent of such Holder's intention to make a Cash Settlement in accordance with Section 5.4(d)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, or if a Holder of a Growth PRIDES does notify the Purchase Contract Agent as provided in paragraph 5.4(d)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement of its intention to pay the Purchase Price in cash, but fails to make such payment as required by paragraph 5.4(d)(ii) of the Purchase Contract Agreement, such failure shall constitute an event of default hereunder by such Holder and upon the maturity of any Pledged Treasury Securities, if any, held by the Collateral Agent on the Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the principal amount at maturity of the Pledged Treasury Securities received by the Collateral Agent shall, upon written direction of the Company, be invested promptly in Permitted Investments. On the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, an amount equal to the Purchase Price will be remitted to the Company as payment thereof. In the event the sum of the proceeds from the related Pledged Treasury Securities and the investment earnings earned from such investments is in excess of the aggregate Purchase Price of the Purchase Contracts being settled thereby, the Collateral Agent will distribute such excess to the Purchase Contract Agent for the benefit of the Holder of the related Growth PRIDES or Income PRIDES when received. Section 4.5 Early Settlement. Upon written notice to the Collateral Agent by the Purchase Contract Agent that one or more Holders of Securities have elected to effect Early Settlement of their respective obligations under the Purchase Contracts forming a part of such Securities in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contracts and the Purchase Contract Agreement (setting forth the number of such Purchase Contracts as to which such Holders have elected to effect Early Settlement), and that the Purchase Contract Agent has received from such Holders, and paid to the Company as confirmed in writing by the Company, the related Early Settlement Amounts pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Contracts and the Purchase Contract Agreement and that all conditions to such Early Settlement have been satisfied, then the Collateral Agent shall release from the Pledge, (a) Pledged Preferred Shares in the case of a Holder of Income PRIDES or (b) Pledged Treasury Securities in the case of a Holder of Growth PRIDES, as the case may be, with a principal amount at maturity equal to the product of (i) the Stated Amount times (ii) the number of such Purchase Contracts as to which such Holders have elected to effect Early Settlement and shall Transfer all such Pledged Preferred Shares or Pledged Treasury Securities, as the case may be, free and clear of the Pledge created hereby, to the Purchase Contract Agent for the benefit of the Holders. Section 4.6 Application of Proceeds Settlement. (a) In the event a Holder of Income PRIDES has not elected to make an effective Cash Settlement by notifying the Purchase Contract Agent in the manner provided for in paragraph 5.4(a)(i) in the Purchase Contract Agreement or has not made an Early Settlement of the Purchase Contract(s) underlying its Income PRIDES, such Holder shall be deemed to have elected to pay for the Ordinary Shares to be issued under such Purchase Contract(s) from the Proceeds of the related Pledged Preferred Shares. The Collateral Agent shall, by 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the fourth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, without any instruction from such Holder of Income PRIDES, present the related Pledged Preferred Shares to the Remarketing Agent for remarketing. Upon receiving such Pledged Preferred Shares, the Remarketing Agent, 12 <PAGE> pursuant to the terms of the Remarketing Agreement and the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, will use its reasonable efforts to remarket such Pledged Preferred Shares on such date at a price not less than approximately 100.5% of the aggregate Value of such Pledged Preferred Shares, plus accumulated and unpaid dividends, if any, thereon. After deducting as the remarketing fee an amount not exceeding 25 basis points (.25%) of the aggregate Value of the Pledged Preferred Shares from any amount of such Proceeds in excess of the aggregate Value, plus such accumulated and unpaid dividends of the remarketed Pledged Preferred Shares, the Remarketing Agent will remit the entire amount of the Proceeds of such remarketing to the Collateral Agent. On the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Collateral Agent shall apply that portion of the Proceeds from such remarketing equal to the aggregate Value, plus such accumulated and unpaid distributions of such Pledged Preferred Shares, to satisfy in full the obligations of such Holders of Income PRIDES to pay the Purchase Price to purchase the Ordinary Shares under the related Purchase Contracts. The remaining portion of such Proceeds, if any, shall be distributed by the Collateral Agent to the Purchase Contract Agent for payment to the Holders. If the Remarketing Agent advises the Collateral Agent in writing that it cannot remarket the related Pledged Preferred Shares of such Holders of Income PRIDES at a price not less than 100% of the aggregate Value of such Pledged Preferred Shares plus any accumulated and unpaid distributions, thus resulting in a Failed Remarketing and an event of default under the Purchase Contract Agreement and hereunder, the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company will, at the written direction of the Company, retain or dispose of the
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Pledged Preferred Shares in accordance with applicable law and satisfy in full, from any such disposition or retention, such Holder's obligation to pay the Purchase Price for the Ordinary Shares. (b) In the event a Holder of Growth PRIDES has not made an Early Settlement of the Purchase Contract(s) underlying its Growth PRIDES, such Holder shall be deemed to have elected to pay for the Ordinary Shares to be issued under such Purchase Contract(s) from the Proceeds of the related Pledged Treasury Securities. On the Business Day immediately prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Collateral Agent shall, at the written direction of the Purchase Contract Agent, invest the Cash proceeds of the maturing Pledged Treasury Securities in overnight Permitted Investments. Without receiving any instruction from any such Holder of Growth PRIDES, the Collateral Agent shall apply the Proceeds of the related Pledged Treasury Securities to the settlement of such Purchase Contracts on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. In the event the sum of the Proceeds from the related Pledged Treasury Securities and the investment earnings from the investment in overnight Permitted Investments is in excess of the aggregate Purchase Price of the Purchase Contracts being settled thereby, the Collateral Agent shall distribute such excess, when received, to the Purchase Contract Agent for the benefit of the Holders. (c) Pursuant to the Remarketing Agreement and subject to the terms of the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, but no earlier than the Payment Date immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, holders of Separate Preferred Shares may elect to have their Separate Preferred Shares remarketed by delivering their Separate Preferred Shares, together with a notice of such election, substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto, to the Custodial Agent. The Custodial Agent will hold such Separate 13 <PAGE> Preferred Shares in an account separate from the Collateral Account. A holder of Separate Preferred Shares electing to have its Separate Preferred Shares remarketed will also have the right to withdraw such election by written notice to the Custodial Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit D hereto, on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, upon which notice the Custodial Agent will return such Separate Preferred Shares to such holder. On the fourth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, the Custodial Agent will deliver to the Remarketing Agent for remarketing all Separate Preferred Shares delivered to the Custodial Agent pursuant to this Section 4.6(c) and not withdrawn pursuant to the terms hereof prior to such date. The portion of the proceeds from such remarketing equal to the aggregate Value of such Separate Preferred Shares will automatically be remitted by the Remarketing Agent to the Custodial Agent for the benefit of the holders of such Separate Preferred Shares. In addition, after deducting as the remarketing fee an amount not exceeding 25 basis points (.25%) of the Value of the remarketed Separate Preferred Shares, from any amount of such proceeds in excess of the aggregate Value of the remarketed Separate Preferred Shares plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends thereon, the Remarketing Agent will remit to the Custodial Agent the remaining portion of the proceeds, if any, for the benefit of such holders. If, despite using its reasonable efforts, the Remarketing Agent advises the Custodial Agent in writing that it cannot remarket the related Separate Preferred Shares of such holders at a price not less than 100% of the aggregate Value of such Separate Preferred Shares plus accumulated and unpaid dividends and thus resulting in a Failed Remarketing, the Remarketing Agent will promptly return such Preferred Shares to the Custodial Agent for redelivery to such holders. ARTICLE V Voting Rights--Preferred Shares. The Purchase Contract Agent may exercise, or refrain from exercising, any and all voting and other consensual rights pertaining to the Pledged Preferred Shares or any part thereof for any purpose not inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement and in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Contract Agreement; provided, that the Purchase Contract Agent shall not exercise or, as the case may be, shall not refrain from exercising such right if, in the judgment of the Company, such action would impair or otherwise have a material adverse effect on the value of all or any of the Pledged Preferred Shares; and provided, further, that the Purchase Contract Agent shall give the Company and the Collateral Agent at least five days' prior written notice of the manner in which it intends to exercise, or its reasons for refraining from exercising, any such right. Upon receipt of any notices and other communications in respect of any Pledged Preferred Shares, including notice of any meeting at which holders of Preferred Shares are entitled to vote or solicitation of consents, waivers or proxies of holders of Preferred Shares, the Collateral Agent shall use reasonable efforts to send promptly to the Purchase Contract Agent such notice or communication, and as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of a written request therefor from the Purchase Contract Agent, execute and deliver to the Purchase Contract Agent such proxies and other instruments in respect of such Pledged Preferred Shares (in form and
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14 <PAGE> substance satisfactory to the Collateral Agent) as are prepared by the Purchase Contract Agent with respect to the Pledged Preferred Shares. ARTICLE VI Rights and Remedies Section 6.1 Rights and Remedies of the Collateral Agent. (a) In addition to the rights and remedies specified in Section 4.4 hereof or otherwise available at law or in equity, after an event of default hereunder, the Collateral Agent shall have all of the rights and remedies with respect to the Collateral of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code (or any successor thereto) as in effect in the State of New York from time to time (the "Code") (whether or not the Code is in effect in the jurisdiction where the rights and remedies are asserted) and the TRADES Regulations and such additional rights and remedies to which a secured party is entitled under the laws in effect in any jurisdiction where any rights and remedies hereunder may be asserted. Wherever reference is made in this Agreement to any section of the Code, such reference shall be deemed to include a reference to any provision of the Code which is a successor to, or amendment of, such section. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such remedies may include, to the extent permitted by applicable law, (i) retention of the Pledged Preferred Shares or other Collateral in full satisfaction of the Holders' obligations under the Purchase Contracts or (ii) sale of the Pledged Preferred Shares or other Collateral in one or more public or private sales. (b) Without limiting any rights or powers otherwise granted by this Agreement to the Collateral Agent, in the event the Collateral Agent is unable to make payments to the Company on account of principal payments of any Pledged Treasury Securities as provided in Article III hereof in satisfaction of the obligations of the Holder of Growth PRIDES of which such Pledged Treasury Securities is a part under the related Purchase Contracts, the inability to make such payments shall constitute an event of default hereunder and the Collateral Agent shall have and may exercise, with reference to such Pledged Treasury Securities and such obligations of such Holder, any and all of the rights and remedies available to a secured party under the Code and the TRADES Regulations after default by a debtor, and as otherwise granted herein or under any other law. (c) Without limiting any rights or powers otherwise granted by this Agreement to the Collateral Agent, the Collateral Agent is hereby irrevocably authorized to receive and collect all payments of (i) the Stated Amount of or, cash dividends on, the Pledged Preferred Shares, or (ii) the principal amount at maturity of the Pledged Treasury Securities, subject, in each case, to the provisions of Section 3, and as otherwise granted herein. (d) The Purchase Contract Agent, individually and as attorney-in-fact for each Holder of Securities, in the event such Holder becomes the Holder of a Growth PRIDES, agrees that, from time to time, upon the written request of the Collateral Agent, the Purchase Contract Agent or such Holder shall execute and deliver such further documents and do such other acts and things as the Collateral Agent may reasonably request in order to maintain the Pledge, and the perfection and priority thereof, and to confirm the rights of the Collateral Agent hereunder. The Purchase Contract Agent shall have no liability to any Holder for executing any documents 15 <PAGE> or taking any such acts requested by the Collateral Agent hereunder, except for liability for its own negligent act, its own negligent failure to act, its bad faith or its own willful misconduct. Section 6.2 Substitutions. Whenever a Holder has the right to substitute Treasury Securities or Preferred Shares, as the case may be, for Collateral held by the Collateral Agent, such substitution shall not constitute a novation of the security interest created hereby. ARTICLE VII Representations and Warranties; Covenants. Section 7.1 Representations and Warranties. The Holders from time to time, acting through the Purchase Contract Agent as their attorney-in-fact (it being understood that the Purchase Contract Agent shall not be liable for any representation or warranty made by or on behalf of a Holder), hereby represent and warrant to the Collateral Agent, which representations and warranties shall be deemed repeated on each day a Holder Transfers Collateral that: (a) such Holder has the power to grant a security interest in and lien on the Collateral; (b) such Holder is the sole beneficial owner of the Collateral and, in
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the case of Collateral delivered in physical form, is the sole holder of such Collateral and is the sole beneficial owner of, or has the right to Transfer, the Collateral it Transfers to the Collateral Agent, free and clear of any security interest, lien, encumbrance, call, liability to pay money or other restriction other than the security interest and lien granted under Section 2.1 hereof; (c) upon the Transfer of the Collateral to the Collateral Account, the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Company, will have a valid and perfected first priority security interest therein (assuming that any central clearing operation or any Intermediary or other entity not within the control of the Holder involved in the Transfer of the Collateral, including the Collateral Agent, gives the notices and takes the action required of it hereunder and under applicable law for perfection of that interest and assuming the establishment and exercise of control pursuant to Section 2.2 hereof); and (d) the execution and performance by the Holder of its obligations under this Agreement will not result in the creation of any security interest, lien or other encumbrance on the Collateral other than the security interest and lien granted under Section 2.1 hereof or violate any provision of any existing law or regulation applicable to it or of any mortgage, charge, pledge, indenture, contract or undertaking to which it is a party or which is binding on it or any of its assets. Section 7.2 Covenants. The Holders from time to time, acting through the Purchase Contract Agent as their attorney-in-fact (it being understood that the Purchase Contract Agent shall not be liable for any covenant made by or on behalf of a Holder), hereby covenant to the Collateral Agent that for so long as the Collateral remains subject to the Pledge: 16 <PAGE> (a) neither the Purchase Contract Agent nor such Holders will create or purport to create or allow to subsist any mortgage, charge, lien, pledge or any other security interest whatsoever over the Collateral or any part of it other than pursuant to this Agreement; and (b) neither the Purchase Contract Agent nor such Holders will sell or otherwise dispose (or attempt to dispose) of the Collateral or any part of it except for the beneficial interest therein, subject to the pledge hereunder, transferred in connection with the Transfer of the Securities. ARTICLE VIII The Collateral Agent. Section 8.1 Appointment, Powers and Immunities. The Collateral Agent shall act as Agent for the Company hereunder with such powers as are specifically vested in the Collateral Agent by the terms of this Agreement, together with such other powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. Each of the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary: (a) shall have no duties or responsibilities except those expressly set forth in this Agreement and no implied covenants or obligations shall be inferred from this Agreement against any of them, nor shall any of them be bound by the provisions of any agreement by any party hereto beyond the specific terms hereof; (b) shall not be responsible for any recitals contained in this Agreement, or in any certificate or other document referred to or provided for in, or received by it under, this Agreement, the Income PRIDES, Growth PRIDES or the Purchase Contract Agreement, or for the value, validity, effectiveness, genuineness, enforceability or sufficiency of this Agreement (other than as against the Collateral Agent), the Securities or the Purchase Contract Agreement or any other document referred to or provided for herein or therein or for any failure by the Company or any other Person (except the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, as the case may be) to perform any of its obligations hereunder or thereunder or for the perfection, priority or, except as expressly required hereby, maintenance of any security interest created hereunder; (c) shall not be required to initiate or conduct any litigation or collection proceedings hereunder (except in the case of the Collateral Agent, pursuant to directions furnished under Section 8.2 hereof, subject to Section 8.6 hereof); (d) shall not be responsible for any action taken or omitted to be taken by it hereunder or under any other document or instrument referred to or provided for herein or in connection herewith or therewith, except for its own negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct; and (e) shall not be required to advise any party as to selling or retaining, or taking or refraining from taking any action with respect to, the Securities or other property deposited hereunder. Subject to the foregoing, during the term of this Agreement, the Collateral Agent shall take all reasonable action in connection with the safekeeping and preservation of the Collateral hereunder. No provision of this Agreement shall require the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur any financial liability in the performance of any of its duties hereunder. In no event shall the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary be liable for any amount in excess of the
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17 <PAGE> Value of the Collateral. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent, the Purchase Contract Agent and Securities Intermediary, each in its individual capacity, hereby waive any right of setoff, bankers lien, liens or perfection rights as securities intermediary or any counterclaim with respect to any of the Collateral. Section 8.2 Instructions of the Company. The Company shall have the right, by one or more instruments in writing executed and delivered to the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, as the case may be, to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for the realization of any right or remedy available to the Collateral Agent, or of exercising any power conferred on the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, as the case may be, or to direct the taking or refraining from taking of any action authorized by this Agreement; provided, however, that (i) such direction shall not conflict with the provisions of any law or of this Agreement and (ii) the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary shall be adequately indemnified as provided herein. Nothing in this Section 8.2 shall impair the right of the Collateral Agent in its discretion to take any action or omit to take any action which it deems proper and which is not inconsistent with such direction. Section 8.3 Reliance by Collateral Agent. Each of the Securities Intermediary, the Custodial Agent and the Collateral Agent shall be entitled conclusively to rely upon any certification, order, judgment, opinion, notice or other communication (including, without limitation, any thereof by telephone or facsimile) believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed or sent by or on behalf of the proper Person or Persons (without being required to determine the correctness of any fact stated therein), and upon advice and statements of legal counsel and other experts selected by the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, as the case may be. As to any matters not expressly provided for by this Agreement, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary shall in all cases be fully protected in acting, or in refraining from acting, hereunder in accordance with instructions given by the Company in accordance with this Agreement. Section 8.4 Rights in Other Capacities. The Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary and their affiliates may (without having to account therefor to the Company) accept deposits from, lend money to, make their investments in and generally engage in any kind of banking, trust or other business with the Purchase Contract Agent, any Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES and any holder of Separate Preferred Shares (and any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates) as if it were not acting as the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, as the case may be, and the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary and their affiliates may accept fees and other consideration from the Purchase Contract Agent, any Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES or any holder of Separate Preferred Shares without having to account for the same to the Company; provided that each of the Securities Intermediary, the Custodial Agent and the Collateral Agent covenants and agrees with the Company that it shall not accept, receive or permit there to be created in favor of itself and shall take no affirmative action to permit there to be created in favor of any other Person, any security interest, lien or other encumbrance of any 18 <PAGE> kind in or upon the Collateral and the Collateral shall not be commingled with any other assets of any such Person. Section 8.5 Non-Reliance on Collateral Agent. None of the Securities Intermediary, the Custodial Agent or the Collateral Agent shall be required to keep itself informed as to the performance or observance by the Purchase Contract Agent or any Holder of Securities of this Agreement, the Purchase Contract Agreement, the Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES or any other document referred to or provided for herein or therein or to inspect the properties or books of the Purchase Contract Agent or any Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES. The Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary shall not have any duty or responsibility to provide the Company or the Remarketing Agent with any credit or other information concerning the affairs, financial condition or business of the Purchase Contract Agent, any Holder of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES or any holder of Separate Preferred Shares (or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates) that may come into the possession of the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary or any of their respective affiliates. Section 8.6 Compensation and Indemnity. The Company agrees: (i) to pay each of the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent from time to time such compensation as shall be agreed in writing between the Company and the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, for all services rendered by each of them hereunder and (ii) to indemnify the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary for, and to hold each of them harmless from and against, any loss, liability or reasonable out-of-pocket
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expense incurred without negligence, willful misconduct or bad faith on its part, arising out of or in connection with the acceptance or administration of its powers and duties under this Agreement, including the reasonable out-ofpocket costs and expenses (including reasonable fees and expenses of counsel) of defending itself against any claim or liability in connection with the exercise or performance of such powers and duties. The Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary shall each promptly notify the Company of any third party claim which may give rise to the indemnity hereunder and give the Company the opportunity to participate in the defense of such claim with counsel reasonably satisfactory to the indemnified party, and no such claim shall be settled without the written consent of the Company, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. Section 8.7 Failure to Act. In the event of any ambiguity in the provisions of this Agreement or any dispute between or conflicting claims by or among the parties hereto or any other Person with respect to any funds or property deposited hereunder, the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent shall be entitled, after prompt notice to the Company and the Purchase Contract Agent, at its sole option, to refuse to comply with any and all claims, demands or instructions with respect to such property or funds so long as such dispute or conflict shall continue, and neither the Collateral Agent nor the Custodial Agent shall be or become liable in any way to any of the parties hereto for its failure or refusal to comply with such conflicting claims, demands or instructions. The Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent shall be entitled to refuse to act until either (i) such conflicting or adverse claims or demands shall have been finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction or settled by agreement between the 19 <PAGE> conflicting parties as evidenced in a writing, satisfactory to the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, or (ii) the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, shall have received security or an indemnity reasonably satisfactory to the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, sufficient to save the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, harmless from and against any and all loss, liability or reasonable out-of-pocket expense which the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, may incur by reason of its acting without bad faith, willful misconduct or gross negligence. The Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent may in addition elect to commence an interpleader action or seek other judicial relief or orders as the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent, as the case may be, may deem necessary. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, neither the Collateral Agent nor the Custodial Agent shall be required to take any action that is in its opinion contrary to law or to the terms of this Agreement, or which would in its opinion subject it or any of its officers, employees or directors to liability. Section 8.8 Resignation of Collateral Agent. Subject to the appointment and acceptance of a successor Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent as provided below, (a) the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent may resign at any time by giving notice thereof to the Company and the Purchase Contract Agent as attorney-in-fact for the Holders of Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, (b) the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent may be removed at any time by the Company and (c) if the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent fails to perform any of its material obligations hereunder in any material respect for a period of not less than 20 days after receiving written notice of such failure by the Purchase Contract Agent and such failure shall be continuing, the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent may be removed by the Purchase Contract Agent. The Purchase Contract Agent shall promptly notify the Company of any removal of the Collateral Agent pursuant to clause (c) of the immediately preceding sentence. Upon any such resignation or removal, the Company shall have the right to appoint a successor Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be. If no successor Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, shall have been so appointed and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days after the retiring Collateral Agent's or Custodial Agent's giving of notice of resignation or such removal, then the retiring Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be. Each of the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent shall be a bank which has an office in New York, New York with a combined capital and surplus of at least $50,000,000. Upon the acceptance of any appointment as Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, hereunder by a successor Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, such successor shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, and the retiring Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, as the case may be, shall take all appropriate action to transfer any money and property held by it hereunder (including the Collateral) to such successor. The retiring Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent shall, upon such succession, be discharged from its duties and obligations as Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent hereunder. After any retiring Collateral Agent's or Custodial Agent's resignation hereunder as Collateral Agent or Custodial Agent, the provisions of this Section 8.8 shall continue in effect for its benefit in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was acting as the Collateral Agent or Custodial
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20 <PAGE> Agent. Any resignation or removal of the Collateral Agent hereunder shall be deemed for all purposes of this Agreement as the simultaneous resignation or removal of the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary. Section 8.9 Right to Appoint Agent or Advisor. The Collateral Agent shall have the right to appoint agents or advisors in connection with any of its duties hereunder, and the Collateral Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or omitted by, or in reliance upon the advice of, such agents or advisors selected in good faith. The appointment of agents pursuant to this Section 8.9 shall be subject to prior consent of the Company, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. Section 8.10 Survival. The provisions of this Article 8 shall survive termination of this Agreement and the resignation or removal of the Collateral Agent or the Custodial Agent. Section 8.11 Exculpation. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in no event shall any of the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary or their officers, employees or agents be liable under this Agreement to any third party for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever, including lost profits, whether or not the likelihood of such loss or damage was known to the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary, or any of them, incurred without any act or deed that is found to be attributable to gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on the part of the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent or the Securities Intermediary. ARTICLE IX Amendment. Section 9.1 Amendment Without Consent of Holders. Without the consent of any Holders or the holders of any Separate Preferred Shares, the Company, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent, the Securities Intermediary and the Purchase Contract Agent, at any time and from time to time, may amend this Agreement, in form satisfactory to the Company, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent, the Securities Intermediary and the Purchase Contract Agent, for any of the following purposes: (1) to evidence the succession of another Person to the Company, and the assumption by any such successor of the covenants of the Company; or (2) to add to the covenants of the Company for the benefit of the Holders, or to surrender any right or power herein conferred upon the Company so long as such covenants or such surrender do not adversely affect the validity, perfection or priority of the security interests granted or created hereunder; or (3) to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment hereunder by a successor Collateral Agent, Securities Intermediary or Purchase Contract Agent; or 21 <PAGE> (4) to cure any ambiguity, to correct or supplement any provisions herein which may be inconsistent with any other such provisions herein, or to make any other provisions with respect to such matters or questions arising under this Agreement, provided such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the Holders. Section 9.2 Amendment with Consent of Holders. With the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority of the Purchase Contracts at the time outstanding, by Act of said Holders delivered to the Company, the Purchase Contract Agent or the Collateral Agent, as the case may be, the Company, when duly authorized, the Purchase Contract Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent and the Securities Intermediary may amend this Agreement for the purpose of modifying in any manner the provisions of this Agreement or the rights of the Holders in respect of the Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES; provided, however, that no such supplemental agreement shall, without the consent of the Holder of each Outstanding Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES adversely affected thereby, (1) change the amount or type of Collateral underlying an Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES (except for the rights of holders of Income PRIDES to substitute the Treasury Securities for the Pledged Preferred Shares, or the rights of Holders of Growth PRIDES to substitute Preferred Shares for the Pledged Treasury Securities), impair the right of the Holder of any Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES to receive distributions on the underlying Collateral or otherwise adversely affect the Holder's rights in or to such Collateral; or (2) otherwise effect any action that would require the consent
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of the Holder of each Outstanding Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES affected thereby pursuant to the Purchase Contract Agreement if such action were effected by an agreement supplemental thereto; or (3) reduce the percentage of Purchase Contracts the consent of whose Holders is required for any such amendment. It shall not be necessary for any Act of Holders under this Section to approve the particular form of any proposed amendment, but it shall be sufficient if such Act shall approve the substance thereof. Section 9.3 Execution of Amendments. In executing any amendment permitted by this Section, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent, the Securities Intermediary and the Purchase Contract Agent shall be entitled to receive and (subject to Section 6.1 hereof, with respect to the Collateral Agent, and Section 7.1 of the Purchase Contract Agreement, with respect to the Purchase Contract Agent) shall be fully protected in relying upon, an Opinion of Counsel stating that the execution of such amendment is authorized or permitted by this Agreement and that all conditions precedent, if any, to the execution and delivery of such amendment have been satisfied. 22 <PAGE> Section 9.4 Effect of Amendments. Upon the execution of any amendment under this Article 9, this Agreement shall be modified in accordance therewith, and such amendment shall form a part of this Agreement for all purposes; and every Holder of Certificates theretofore or thereafter authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered under the Purchase Contract Agreement shall be bound thereby. Section 9.5 Reference to Amendments. Security Certificates authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered after the execution of any amendment pursuant to this Section may, and shall if required by the Collateral Agent or the Purchase Contract Agent, bear a notation in form approved by the Purchase Contract Agent and the Collateral Agent as to any matter provided for in such amendment. If the Company shall so determine, new Security Certificates so modified as to conform, in the opinion of the Collateral Agent, the Purchase Contract Agent and the Company, to any such amendment may be prepared and executed by the Company and authenticated, executed on behalf of the Holders and delivered by the Purchase Contract Agent in accordance with the Purchase Contract Agreement in exchange for Outstanding Security Certificates. ARTICLE X Miscellaneous. Section 10.1 No Waiver. No failure on the part of any party hereto or any of its agents to exercise, and no course of dealing with respect to, and no delay in exercising, any right, power or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise by any party hereto or any of its agents of any right, power or remedy hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power or remedy. The remedies herein are cumulative and are not exclusive of any remedies provided by law. Section 10.2 GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. Without limiting the foregoing, the above choice of law is expressly agreed to by the Securities Intermediary, the Collateral Agent and the Holders from time to time acting through the Purchase Contract Agent, as their attorney-in-fact, in connection with the establishment and maintenance of the Collateral Account. The Company, the Collateral Agent and the Holders from time to time of the Securities, acting through the Purchase Contract Agent as their attorney-in-fact, hereby submit to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and of any New York state court sitting in New York City for the purposes of all legal proceedings arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby. The Company, the Collateral Agent and the Holders from time to time of the Securities, acting through the Purchase Contract Agent as their attorney-in-fact, irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which they may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any such proceeding brought in such a court and any claim that any such proceeding brought in such a court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Section 10.3 Notices. All notices, requests, consents and other communications provided for herein (including, without limitation, any modifications of, or waivers or consents 23 <PAGE> under, this Agreement) shall be given or made in writing (including, without limitation, by telecopy) delivered to the intended recipient at the "Address for Notices" specified below its name on the signature pages hereof or, as to any party, at such other address as shall be designated by such party in a notice to the other parties. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, all such
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communications shall be deemed to have been duly given when transmitted by telecopier or personally delivered or, in the case of a mailed notice, upon receipt, in each case given or addressed as aforesaid. Section 10.4 Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective successors and assigns of the Company, the Collateral Agent, the Custodial Agent, the Securities Intermediary and the Purchase Contract Agent, and the Holders from time to time of the Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES, by their acceptance of the same, shall be deemed to have agreed to be bound by the provisions hereof and to have ratified the agreements of, and the grant of the Pledge hereunder by, the Purchase Contract Agent. Section 10.5 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument, and any of the parties hereto may execute this Agreement by signing any such counterpart. Section 10.6 Severability. If any provision hereof is invalid and unenforceable in any jurisdiction, then, to the fullest extent permitted by law, (i) the other provisions hereof shall remain in full force and effect in such jurisdiction and shall be liberally construed in order to carry out the intentions of the parties hereto as nearly as may be possible and (ii) the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof in any jurisdiction shall not affect the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction. Section 10.7 Expenses, Etc. The Company agrees to reimburse the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent for: (a) all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses of the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent (including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and expenses of counsel to the Collateral Agent and the Custodial Agent), in connection with (i) the negotiation, preparation, execution and delivery or performance of this Agreement and (ii) any modification, supplement or waiver of any of the terms of this Agreement; (b) all reasonable costs and expenses of the Collateral Agent (including, without limitation, reasonable fees and expenses of counsel) in connection with (i) any enforcement or proceedings resulting or incurred in connection with causing any Holder of Securities to satisfy its obligations under the Purchase Contracts forming a part of the Securities and (ii) the enforcement of this Section 10.7; and (c) all transfer, stamp, documentary or other similar taxes, assessments or charges levied by any governmental or revenue authority in respect of this Agreement or any other document referred to herein and all costs, expenses, taxes, assessments and other charges incurred in connection with any filing, registration, recording or perfection of any security interest contemplated hereby. Section 10.8 Security Interest Absolute. All rights of the Collateral Agent and security interests hereunder, and all obligations of the Holders from time to time hereunder, shall be absolute and unconditional irrespective of: 24 <PAGE> (a) any lack of validity or enforceability of any provision of the Purchase Contracts or the Securities or any other agreement or instrument relating thereto; (b) any change in the time, manner or place of payment of, or any other term of, or any increase in the amount of, all or any of the obligations of Holders of Securities under the related Purchase Contracts, or any other amendment or waiver of any term of, or any consent to any departure from any requirement of, the Purchase Contract Agreement or any Purchase Contract or any other agreement or instrument relating thereto; or (c) any other circumstance which might otherwise constitute a defense available to, or discharge of, a borrower, a guarantor or a pledgor. Section 10.9 Consent to Jurisdiction; Miscellaneous. Each of the parties hereto hereby expressly and irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of any competent court in the place of its domicile and any United States Federal or New York State court sitting in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York in any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Underwriting Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby to the extent that such court has subject matter jurisdiction over the controversy, and expressly and irrevocably waives, to the extent permitted under applicable law, any immunity from the jurisdiction thereof and any claim or defense in such action, suit or proceeding based on a claim of improper venue, forum non conveniens or any similar basis to which it might otherwise be entitled in any such action, suit or proceeding. The Company irrevocably appoints ACE USA, Inc., 1133 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Floor, New York, New York 10036 as its authorized agent in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York upon which process may be served in any such action, suit or proceeding, and agrees that service of process upon such agent, and written notice of said service to the Company by the person serving the same to the address provided in Section 10.9, shall be deemed in every respect effective service of process upon the Company, in any such action, suit or proceeding. The Company further agrees to take any and all action as may be necessary to
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maintain such designation and appointment of such agent in full force and effect for a period of seven years from the date of this Agreement. Section 10.10 Waiver of Immunities. To the extent that the Company or any of its properties, assets or revenues may have or may hereafter become entitled to, or have attributed to them, any right of immunity, on the grounds of sovereignty, from any legal action, suit or proceeding, from set-off or counterclaim, from the jurisdiction of any court, from service of process, from attachment upon or prior to judgment, or from attachment in aid of execution of judgment, or from execution of judgment, other legal process or proceeding for the giving of any relief or for the enforcement of any judgment, in any jurisdiction in which proceedings may at any time be commenced, with respect to their obligations, liabilities or any other matter under or arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or any additional agreement, the Company hereby irrevocably and unconditionally, to the extent permitted by applicable law, waives and agrees not to plead or claim any such immunity and consents to such relief and enforcement. Section 10.11 Judgement Currency. The Company agrees to indemnify each of the Purchase Contract Agent and the Collateral Agent against any loss incurred by such party as a 25 <PAGE> result of any judgment or order being given or made for any amount due hereunder and such judgment or order being expressed and paid in a currency (the "Judgment Currency") other than United States dollars and as a result of any variation as between (i) the rate of exchange at which the United States dollar amount is converted into the Judgment Currency for the purpose of such judgment or order, and (ii) the rate of exchange at which such party is able to purchase United States dollars with the amount of the Judgment Currency actually received by such party. The foregoing indemnity shall constitute a separate and independent obligation of the Company and shall continue in full force and effect notwithstanding any such judgment or order as aforesaid. The term "rate of exchange" shall include any premiums and costs of exchange payable in connection with the purchase of, or conversion into, the relevant currency. 26 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed as of the day and year first above written. ACE LIMITED By: _______________________________ Name: Title: Address for Notices: ACE Limited The ACE Building 30 Woodbourne Avenue Hamilton HM 08 Bermuda Attention: General Counsel and Secretary Telecopy: THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-in-fact of the Holders from time to time of the Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES By: _______________________________ Name: Title: Address for Notices: The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Telecopy: (212) 815-5915 THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Collateral Agent, Custodial Agent and as Securities Intermediary By: _______________________________ Name: Title: 27 <PAGE> Address for Notices:
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The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Telecopy: (212) 815-5915 28 <PAGE> EXHIBIT A INSTRUCTION FROM PURCHASE CONTRACT AGENT TO COLLATERAL AGENT The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: FELINE PRIDES of ACE Limited (the "Company") We hereby notify you in accordance with Section [4.1] [4.2] of the Pledge Agreement, dated as of April __, 2000 (the "Pledge Agreement") among the Company, yourselves, as Collateral Agent, Custodial Agent and Securities Intermediary and ourselves, as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-in-fact for the holders of [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES] from time to time, that the holder of the Securities listed below (the "Holder") has elected to substitute [$_____ aggregate principal amount at maturity of Treasury Securities] [$_______ Stated Amount of Preferred Shares in exchange for an equal Value of [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] held by you in accordance with the Pledge Agreement and has delivered to us a notice stating that the Holder has Transferred [Treasury Securities] [Preferred Shares] to you, as Collateral Agent. We hereby instruct you, upon receipt of such [Pledged Treasury Securities] [Pledged Preferred Securities], to release the [Preferred Shares] [Treasury Securities] related to such [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES] to us in accordance with the Holder's instructions. Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning set forth in the Pledge Agreement. Date: -------------------------------------------------------------------By: ------------------------------------Name: Title: Signature Guarantee: ------------------------------------A-1 <PAGE> Please print name and address of Registered Holder electing to substitute [Treasury Securities] [Preferred Shares] for the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities]: ________________________________ Name ________________________________ Address ________________________________ ________________________________ A-2 <PAGE> EXHIBIT B INSTRUCTION TO PURCHASE CONTRACT AGENT The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: FELINE PRIDES of ACE Limited (the "Company") _________________________________ Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
The undersigned Holder hereby notifies you that it has delivered to The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent, [$_______ aggregate principal amount at maturity of Treasury Securities] [$ aggregate Stated Amount of Preferred Shares in exchange for an equal Value of [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] held by the Collateral Agent, in accordance with Section 4.1 of the
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Pledge Agreement, dated April _ _ , 2000 (the "Pledge Agreement"), between you, the Company and the Collateral Agent. The undersigned Holder hereby instructs you to instruct the Collateral Agent to release to you on behalf of the undersigned Holder the [Pledged Preferred Shares] [Pledged Treasury Securities] related to such [Income PRIDES] [Growth PRIDES]. Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning set forth in the Pledge Agreement. Date:___________________ _________________________ Signature Guarantee:____________________ Please print name and address of Registered Holder: ________________________ Name _________________________ Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
________________________ Address ________________________ ________________________ B-1 <PAGE> EXHIBIT C INSTRUCTION TO CUSTODIAL AGENT REGARDING REMARKETING The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: Preferred Shares of ACE Limited (the "Company") The undersigned hereby notifies you in accordance with Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement, dated as of April __, 2000 (the "Pledge Agreement"), among the Company, yourselves, as Collateral Agent, Securities Intermediary and Custodial Agent, and yourselves, as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-infact for the Holders of Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES from time to time, that the undersigned elects to deliver $__________ stated liquidation amount of Preferred Shares for delivery to the Remarketing Agent on the fourth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date for remarketing pursuant to Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement. The undersigned will, upon request of the Remarketing Agent, execute and deliver any additional documents deemed by the Remarketing Agent or by the Company to be necessary or desirable to complete the sale, assignment and transfer of the Preferred Shares tendered hereby. The undersigned hereby instructs you, upon receipt of the Proceeds of such remarketing from the Remarketing Agent to deliver such Proceeds to the undersigned in accordance with the instructions indicated herein under "A. Payment Instructions." The undersigned hereby instructs you, in the event of Failed Remarketing, upon receipt of the Preferred Shares tendered herewith from the Remarketing Agent, to be delivered to the person(s) and the address(es) indicated herein under "B. Delivery Instructions." With this notice, the undersigned hereby (i) represents and warrants that the undersigned has full power and authority to tender, sell, assign and transfer the Preferred Shares tendered hereby and that the undersigned is the record owner of any Preferred Shares tendered herewith in physical form or a participant in The Depositary Trust Company ("DTC") and the beneficial owner of any Preferred Shares tendered herewith by book-entry transfer to your account at DTC and (ii) agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement. Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning set forth in the Pledge Agreement. C-1 <PAGE> Date: ---------------------------------------------------------------By: ------------------------------------Name: Title: Signature Guarantee: --------------------
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Please print name and address: - -----------------------------Name ----------------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number, if any
- -----------------------------Address - ------------------------------ -----------------------------C-2 <PAGE> A. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Proceeds of the remarketing should be paid by check in the name of the person(s) set forth below and mailed to the address set forth below. Name(s) -------------------------------------(Please Print) Address -------------------------------------(Please Print) - ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------(Zip Code) - ---------------------------------------------(Tax Identification or Social Security Number) B. DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS
In the event of a Failed Remarketing, Preferred Shares which are in physical form should be delivered to the person(s) set forth below and mailed to the address set forth below. Name(s) -------------------------------------(Please Print) Address -------------------------------------(Please Print) - ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------(Zip Code) - ---------------------------------------------(Tax Identification or Social Security Number) In the event of a Failed Remarketing, Preferred Shares which are in book-entry form should be credited to the account at The Depositary Trust Company set forth below. ------------------------------------DTC Account Number Name of Account Party: -------------------------C-3 <PAGE> EXHIBIT D INSTRUCTION TO CUSTODIAL AGENT REGARDING
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WITHDRAWAL FROM REMARKETING The Bank of New York 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration Re: Preferred Shares of ACE Limited (the "Company") The undersigned hereby notifies you in accordance with Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement, dated as of April __, 2000 (the "Pledge Agreement") among the Company, yourselves, as Collateral Agent, Securities Intermediary and Custodial Agent and yourselves, as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-infact for the Holders of Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES from time to time, that the undersigned elects to withdraw the $_____ aggregate stated liquidation amount of Preferred Shares delivered to the Custodial Agent on ___________, for remarketing pursuant to Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement. The undersigned hereby instructs you to return such Preferred Shares to the undersigned in accordance with the undersigned's instructions. With this notice, the Undersigned hereby agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of Section 4.6(c) of the Pledge Agreement. Capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meaning set forth in the Pledge Agreement. Date: -------------------------------------------------------------------By: ------------------------------------Name: ----------------------------------Title: ---------------------------------Signature Guarantee: -------------------Please print name and address: - ---------------------------------(Name) ----------------------------------------Social Security or other Taxpayer ----------------------------------------Identification Number, if any - ---------------------------------D-1 <PAGE> Address - ---------------------------------- ----------------------------------
D-2 <PAGE> A. DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS
In the event of a Failed Remarketing, Preferred Shares which are in physical form should be delivered to the person(s) set forth below and mailed to the address set forth below. Name(s) -------------------------------------(Please Print) Address -------------------------------------(Please Print) - ---------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------
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(Zip Code) - ---------------------------------------------(Tax Identification or Social Security Number) In the event of a Failed Remarketing, Preferred Shares which are in book-entry form should be credited to the account at The Depositary Trust Company set forth below. ------------------------------------DTC Account Number Name of Account Party: -------------------------D-3 </TEXT> </DOCUMENT> <DOCUMENT> <TYPE>EX-99.4 <SEQUENCE>4 <DESCRIPTION>CERTIFICATE OF THE POWERS,DESIGNATIONS,PREFERENCES <TEXT> <PAGE> ACE LIMITED CERTIFICATE OF THE POWERS, DESIGNATIONS, PREFERENCES AND RIGHTS OF THE ___% CUMULATIVE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED SHARES, SERIES A NO PAR VALUE PER SHARE LIQUIDATION VALUE US$50 PER SHARE The undersigned, the __________ of ACE Limited, a corporation duly organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the "Company"), DOES HEREBY CERTIFY that the following resolutions have been duly adopted by the Board of Directors of the Company: RESOLVED, that pursuant to the authority expressly granted to and vested in the Board of Directors of the Company by the provisions of the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, this Board of Directors hereby authorizes the issuance of a series (this "Series") of the preferred shares of the Company (the "Preferred Shares") which shall consist of ______ shares, and this Board of Directors hereby fixes the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, of the shares of this Series (in addition to the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, set forth in the Articles of Association of the Company which are applicable to the shares of this Series) as follows: (i) Designation. The designation of this Series shall be the ___% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series A. The number of shares of this Series shall be _______. The liquidation preference of this Series shall be US$50 per share. (ii) Rank. The Preferred Shares shall, with respect to dividend rights and dividend rights and upon liquidation, winding up and dissolution, rank (i) senior to the Company's ordinary shares, US$0.041666667 par value per share (the "Ordinary Shares"), and to all classes and series of capital stock of the Company now or hereafter authorized, issued or outstanding, which by their terms expressly provide that they rank junior to the Preferred Shares as to dividend distributions and distributions upon the liquidation, winding up and dissolution of the Company, or which do not specify their rank (collectively with the Ordinary Shares, the "Junior Securities"); (ii) on a parity with each other class of capital stock or series of preferred shares issued by the Company after the date hereof, the terms of which specifically provide that such class or series will rank on a parity with the Preferred Shares as to dividend distributions and distributions upon the liquidation, winding up and dissolution of the Company (collectively referred to as the "Parity Securities"); and (iii) junior to each other class or series of capital stock issued by the Company after the date hereof, the terms of which specifically provide that such class or series will rank senior to the Preferred Shares as to dividend distributions and <PAGE> distributions upon the liquidation, winding up and dissolution of the Company (collectively referred to as the "Senior Securities"). (iii) ----Dividends. --------Dividends are payable on the Preferred Shares as follows:
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(a) The holders of the shares of this Series shall be entitled to receive, out of funds legally available for that purpose, and when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors of the Company, dividends payable in cash at the annual rate of: (i) until May ___, 2003, ___% per annum and (ii) thereafter, at the Reset Rate, in each case, of the liquidation preference per Preferred Share. (b) The dividend rate will be reset on the third Business Day immediately preceding May___, 2003 and dividends shall accumulate on the Preferred Shares at the Reset Rate from May___, 2003 to but excluding June ___, 2003. The Reset Agent shall determine the Reset Rate in the manner provided in the Purchase Contract Agreement. On the Reset Announcement Date, the Reset Spread and the One-Month Treasury Bill Rate to be used to determine the Reset Rate will be announced by the Company. On the Business Day immediately following the Reset Announcement Date, the Preferred Shares holders will be notified of such Reset Spread and One-Month Treasury Bill Rate by the Company. Such notice shall be sufficiently given to holders of the shares of this Series if published in an Authorized Newspaper in The City of New York. Not later than 7 calendar days nor more than 15 calendar days prior to the Reset Announcement Date, the Company will notify DTC or its nominee (or any successor Clearing Agency or its nominee) by firstclass mail, postage prepaid, to notify the beneficial owners or Clearing Agency Participants holding Preferred Shares or Income PRIDES of such Reset Announcement Date. (c) Dividends on the Preferred Shares shall be fully cumulative and shall accumulate, without interest, from April___, 2000, and shall be payable in arrears in cash in equal quarterly payments on _______, _______, _______ and _______ of each year, commencing _______, 2000 (each, a "Dividend Payment Date"), to holders of record on the books and records of the Company (1) so long as the Preferred Shares remain in book-entry only form, at the close of business on the Business Day immediately preceding the relevant Dividend Payment Date and (2) with respect to the Preferred Shares not in book-entry form, as of the relevant record date established by a resolution of the Board of Directors which shall be more than one Business Day but less than 60 Business Days immediately preceding the relevant Dividend Payment Date. If any date on which dividends on the Preferred Shares are to be made is not a Business Day, payment of the dividends payable on such date will be made on the next succeeding day that is a Business Day, without any interest or other payment in respect of any delay. (d) Holders of the shares of this Series shall be entitled to receive such dividends in preference to and in priority over dividends upon the Junior Securities, but subject to the rights of holders of Senior Securities. The Preferred Shares shall be on a parity as to dividends with all Parity Securities. 2 <PAGE> (e) Except as described below, dividends on the Preferred Shares shall be paid only in cash. The amount of dividends payable shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months. The amount of dividends payable for any period will be computed on the basis of the actual number of days elapsed in that 90-day period. All dividends paid with respect to the Preferred Shares pursuant to this section shall be paid pro rata to the holders entitled thereto. (f) In the event the Company does not declare or pay dividends on the Preferred Shares through May ___, 2003, on May ___, 2003, instead of a cash payment in respect of such dividends, holders of the shares of this Series will be entitled to receive a number of Ordinary Shares of the Company equal to (1) the aggregate liquidation preference of the Preferred Shares held by such holder plus accumulated and unpaid dividends thereon, divided by (2) the average of the closing prices per Ordinary Share on each of the twenty consecutive Trading Days ending on the third Trading Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003. (g) Accumulated but unpaid dividends for any past dividend period may be declared by the Board of Directors and paid on any date fixed by the Board of Directors, whether or not a Dividend Payment Date, to holders of record on the books and records of the Company on any date fixed by the Board of Directors. Holders of the shares of this Series shall not be entitled to any dividends in excess of full cumulative dividends, as herein provided, on the Preferred Shares. No interest, or sum of money in lieu of interest, shall be payable in respect of any dividend payment on the Preferred Shares that may be in arrears. (h) Payment Restrictions.
(1) So long as any Preferred Shares are outstanding, if the Company does not pay dividends on the Preferred Shares on any Dividend Payment Date, then, until all accumulated and unpaid dividends are paid and the full quarterly dividend on the Preferred Shares for the current and all prior dividend periods is declared or set apart for payment, the Company may not declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution of assets on any Junior Securities or make any guarantee payments with respect to the
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foregoing, or redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire any Junior Securities. (2) So long as any Preferred Shares are outstanding, if the Company does not pay dividends on the Preferred Shares on any Dividend Payment Date, then, until all accumulated and unpaid dividends are paid and the full quarterly dividend on the Preferred Shares for the current and all prior dividend periods is declared or set apart for payment, the Company may not declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution of assets on any Parity Securities or make any guarantee payments with respect to the foregoing, unless such dividends are declared and paid pro rata so that the amount of dividends declared and paid per share on the Preferred Shares and any other Parity Securities in all cases shall bear to each other the 3 <PAGE> same ratio that the amount of accumulated but unpaid dividends per share on the Preferred Shares and such other Parity Securities bear to each other. (3) So long as any Preferred Shares are outstanding, if the Company does not pay dividends on the Preferred Shares on any Dividend Payment Date, then, until all accumulated and unpaid dividends are paid and the full quarterly dividend on the Preferred Shares for the current and all prior dividend periods is declared or set apart for payment, the Company may not redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire any Parity Securities. (4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Sections (iii)(g)(1), (2) and (3) above, the payment restrictions set forth in such Sections shall not apply to (A) dividends or distributions in Junior Securities, (B) redemptions or purchases of any rights outstanding under a shareholder rights plan of the Company, or any successor to such rights plan, or the declaration of a dividend of such rights or the issuance of stock under such plans in the future and (C) purchases of Junior Securities related to the issuance of Junior Securities under any benefit plans of the Company or its subsidiaries, as the case may be, for their respective directors, officers or employees. (i) Any dividend payment made on the shares of this Series shall be credited first against the dividends accumulated with respect to the earliest dividend period for which dividends have not been paid. (iv) Remarketing. ---- ----------(a) In accordance with the Remarketing Agreement and subject to the terms of the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, beneficial owners of Preferred Shares that comprise components of Income PRIDES who have failed to notify the Purchase Contract Agent on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003 of their intention to settle the related Purchase Contract by Cash Settlement on the Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003, will be remarketed on the third Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003 in the manner described in Section 5.4(b) of the Purchase Contract Agreement. (b) In accordance with the Remarketing Agreement and subject to the terms of the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003, but no earlier than the Dividend Payment Date immediately preceding May ___, 2003, beneficial owners of Preferred Shares that are separately traded from the Income PRIDES as the result of the creation of Growth PRIDES (the "Separate Preferred Shares") may elect to have their Preferred Shares remarketed by delivering the Preferred Shares to the Collateral Agent together with a notice of such election to the collateral agent. Holders of Preferred Shares electing to have their Preferred Shares remarketed will also have the right to withdraw such election on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003. Such Preferred Shares shall be remarketed in the manner described in Section 5.4(b) of the 4 <PAGE> Purchase Contract Agreement. In the event of a Failed Remarketing, the Remarketing Agent shall promptly return the Separate Preferred Shares to the Collateral Agent for release to the holders thereof. (v) Repayment at Option of Holders. --- -----------------------------(a) If a Failed Remarketing has occurred, each holder of Separate Preferred Shares shall have the right to require the Company to repay all or a portion of such shares owned by such holder (the "Put Option") on May ____, 2003 (the "Put Option Exercise Date"), upon at least three Business Days' prior notice, at a repayment price of $50 per share plus an amount equal to the accumulated and unpaid dividends to the date of payment (the "Put Option Repayment Price"). (b) In order for the Preferred Shares to be repaid on the Put Option Exercise Date, the Company must receive on or prior to 4:00 p.m. on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Put Option Exercise Date, at the office of the Transfer Agent maintained for that purpose in The City of New York, the Preferred Shares to be repaid with the form entitled "Option to Elect Repayment"
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on the reverse thereof or otherwise accompanying such Preferred Share duly completed. Any such notice received by the Company shall be irrevocable. All questions as to the validity, eligibility (including time of receipt) and acceptance of the Preferred Shares for repayment shall be determined by the Company, whose determination shall be final and binding. (c) Payment of the Put Option Repayment Price to holders of Preferred Shares shall be made at the office of the Transfer Agent maintained for that purpose in The City of New York, provided that the Transfer Agent has received from the Company a sufficient amount of cash in connection with the related repayment of the Preferred Shares no later than 1:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Put Option Exercise Date by check or wire transfer in immediately available funds at such place and to such account as may be designated by such holders. If the Transfer Agent holds immediately available funds sufficient to pay the Put Option Repayment Price of such Preferred Shares, then, immediately prior to the close of business on the Put Option Exercise Date, such Preferred Shares will cease to be outstanding and dividends thereon will cease to accumulate, whether or not Preferred Shares are delivered to the Transfer Agent, and all other rights of the holder in respect of the Preferred Shares shall terminate and lapse (other than the right to receive the Put Option Repayment Price but without interest on such Put Option Repayment Price). The Company shall not be required to register or cause to be registered the transfer of any Preferred Shares for which repayment has been elected. If payment of the Put Option Repayment Price in respect of Preferred Shares is improperly withheld or refused and not paid either by the Transfer Agent or the Company, dividends on such Preferred Shares will continue to accumulate, from the original Put Option Exercise Date to the actual date of payment, in which case the actual payment date will be considered the Put Option Exercise Date for purposes of calculating the Put Option Repayment Price. 5 <PAGE> (d) The Company will request, not later than 10 nor more than 15 calendar days prior to May ___, 2003 [(the date on which some or all of the Preferred Shares could be remarketed in the manner described in Section 5.4(b) of the Purchase Contract Agreement)] that DTC notify the holders of the Separate Preferred Shares as well as the Income PRIDES and Growth PRIDES holders of such remarketing and of the procedures that must be followed if a holder of Separate Preferred Shares wishes to exercise such holder's rights with respect to the Put Option. (vi) Mandatory Redemption. The Preferred Shares are not redeemable prior to June ___, 2003. On June ___, 2003 (the "Redemption Date"), the Preferred Shares shall be redeemed by the Company in whole for cash, out of any source of funds legally available, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the liquidation preference per Preferred Share plus all accumulated and unpaid dividends thereon (the "Redemption Price"). The Preferred Shares are not subject to any sinking fund. (vii) ----Procedure for Mandatory Redemption. ----------------------------------
(a) Upon redemption of the Preferred Shares pursuant to Section (vi) hereof, notice of such redemption shall be mailed by first-class mail, postage prepaid, not less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the Redemption Date to holders of record of the Preferred Shares at their respective addresses as they shall appear in the books and records of the company; provided, however, that the failure to give such notice or any defect therein or in the mailing thereof shall not affect the validity of the proceeding for the redemption of the Preferred Shares except as to the holder to whom the Company has failed to give such notice or except as to the holder to whom notice was defective. Each such notice shall state: (1) the Redemption Date; (2) the redemption price; (3) the place or places where certificates for such Preferred Shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; (4) that dividends on the Preferred Shares to be redeemed will cease to accumulate thereon unless the Company shall default in payment of the Redemption Price; and (5) the CUSIP number of the Preferred Shares being redeemed. (b) If a notice of redemption shall have been given as aforesaid and the Company shall have deposited on or before the Redemption Date a sum sufficient to redeem the shares of this Series as to which a notice of redemption has been given in trust with the Transfer Agent with irrevocable instructions and authority to pay the Redemption Price to the holders thereof, or if no such deposit is made, then upon the Redemption Date (unless the Company shall default in making payment of the Redemption Price), all rights of the holders thereof as shareholders of the Company by reason of the ownership of such shares (except their right to receive the Redemption Price thereof without interest) shall cease and terminate, and such shares shall no longer be deemed outstanding for any purpose. The Company shall be entitled to receive, from time to time, from the Transfer Agent the interest, if any, earned on such moneys deposited with it, and the holders of any shares so redeemed shall have no claim to any such interest. In case the holder of any shares of this Series so called for redemption shall not claim the Redemption Price for its shares within six (6) years after the date of redemption, the Transfer Agent shall, upon
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demand, pay 6 <PAGE> over to the Company such amount remaining on deposit, and the Transfer Agent shall thereupon be relieved of all responsibility to the holder of such shares, and such holder shall look only to the Company for payment thereof. After such six-year period, the right of any shareholder or other Person to receive such payment may be forfeited in the manner and with the effect provided under applicable law. (c) Not later than 1:00 p.m., New York City Time, on the Business Day immediately preceding the Redemption Date, the Company shall irrevocably deposit with the Transfer Agent sufficient funds for the payment of the Redemption Price for the shares to be redeemed on the Redemption Date and shall give the Transfer Agent irrevocable instructions to apply such funds, and, if applicable and so specified in the instructions, the income and proceeds therefrom, to the payment of such Redemption Price. The Company may direct the Transfer Agent to invest any such available funds, provided that the proceeds of any such investment will be available to the Transfer Agent in The City of New York at the opening of business on such Redemption Date. (d) [Except as otherwise expressly set forth in this paragraph and under applicable law, nothing contained in this certificate shall limit any legal right of the Company to purchase or otherwise acquire any shares of this Series at any price, whether higher or lower than the Redemption Price, in private negotiated transactions, the over-the-counter market or otherwise; provided that the Company may not purchase or otherwise acquire shares of this Series unless all accumulated and unpaid dividends on all outstanding shares of the this Series for all dividend period(s) terminating on or before the date of such purchase or acquisition shall have been or are being contemporaneously paid or set apart for payment.] (e) If the Company shall not have funds legally available for the redemption of all of the shares of this Series on the Redemption Date, the Company shall redeem on the Redemption Date only the number of shares of this Series as it shall have legally available funds to redeem, as determined in an equitable manner, and the remainder of the shares of this Series shall be redeemed, at the option of the Company, on the earliest practicable date next following the day on which the Company shall first have funds legally available for the redemption of such shares. (f) Prior to calling the shares of this Series for redemption in accordance with this Section, the Company, by resolution of its Board of Directors, shall, to the extent of the redemption amount, to the extent of any such funds legally available therefor and to the extent permitted by law, declare a dividend on the shares of this Series payable on or prior to the Redemption Date in an amount equal to any accumulated and unpaid dividends on the shares of this Series as of such date. (viii) Liquidation Preference. ------ ---------------------(a) The liquidation preference of shares of this Series, in case of the voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company, shall be US$50 per 7 <PAGE> share, plus the amount per share of any dividends accumulated thereon and remaining unpaid at the date of such liquidation, dissolution or windingup. (b) In the event of any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company, the holders of shares of this Series shall be entitled to receive the liquidation price of such shares held by them in preference to and in priority over any distributions upon all Junior Securities, but subject to the rights of holders of Senior Securities. Upon payment in full of the liquidation price to which the holders of shares of this Series are entitled, the holders of shares of this Series will not be entitled to any further participation in any distribution of assets by the Company. If the assets of the Company are not sufficient to pay in full the liquidation price payable to the holders of shares of this Series and the liquidation price payable to the holders of all Parity Shares, the holders of all such shares shall share ratably in such distribution of assets in accordance with the amounts which would be payable on such distribution if the amounts to which the holders of shares of this Series and the holders of Parity Shares are entitled were paid in full. (c) Neither a consolidation or merger of the Company with or into any other corporation, nor a merger of any other corporation with or into the Company, nor a sale or transfer of all or any part of the Company's assets for cash, securities or other property shall be considered a liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company within the meaning of this Section
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(viii). (ix) Reacquired Shares. All shares of this Series which are at any time redeemed pursuant to Section (vii) above shall have the status of authorized but unissued Preferred Shares, without designation as to series, subject to reissuance by the Board of Directors of the Company as shares of this Series or shares of any one or more other series. (x) Voting Rights. Except as indicated below or as otherwise required by applicable law, holders of shares of this Series will not have voting rights. (a) If at any time dividends payable on the shares of this Series are in arrears and unpaid in an aggregate amount equal to or exceeding the aggregate amount of dividends payable thereon for six quarterly dividend periods, the holders of the shares of this Series, together with the holders of any other series of Parity Securities as to which dividends are in arrears and unpaid in an aggregate amount equal to or exceeding the aggregate amount of dividends payable for six quarterly dividend periods (but only if the holders of the shares of such other series would otherwise have a right to elect Directors as a result of a dividend arrearage), will have the special and exclusive right (superseding the separate right of such other series to elect Directors so long as shares of this Series remain outstanding, except as otherwise expressly provided in the certificate of designation establishing such other series), voting separately as a class with any such other series, to elect two Directors of the Company, such Directors to be in addition to the number of Directors constituting the Board of Directors of the Company immediately prior to the accrual of such right. Such right of the holders of shares of this Series to elect two Directors shall, when vested, continue until all accumulated dividends on the shares of 8 <PAGE> this Series shall have been paid in full and, when so paid, the holders of shares of this Series to elect two Directors class shall terminate, subject to revesting in the event of subsequent default in an aggregate amount equivalent to six dividends. such right of separately as a each and every full quarterly
(b) At any time when such special voting power has vested in the holders of the shares of this Series as described in Section (x)(1) above, a proper officer of the Company will, upon the written request of the holders of record of at least 10% of the shares of this Series then outstanding addressed to the Secretary of the Company, call an extraordinary meeting of the holders of such Series for the purpose of electing directors. Such meeting will be held at the earliest practicable date in such place as may be designated pursuant to the Articles of Association (or if there be no designation, at the principal office of the Company in Hamilton, Bermuda). If such meeting shall not be called by the proper officers of the Company within 20 days after the Secretary of the Company has been personally served with such request, or within 30 days after mailing the same within the United States by registered or certified mail addressed to the Secretary of the Company at its principal office, then the holders of record of at least 10% of such class or series then outstanding may designate in writing one of their number to call such meeting at the Company's expense, and such meeting may be called by such Person so designated upon the notice required for annual meetings of shareholders and will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda. Any holder of the shares of such class or series so designated will have access to the stock books of the Company for the purpose of causing meetings of shareholders to be called pursuant to these provisions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such extraordinary meeting will be called during the period within 90 days immediately preceding the date fixed for the next annual meeting of shareholders. (c) At any annual or extraordinary meeting at which the holders of any class or series of Parity Securities have the special right, voting separately as a class, to elect directors as described above, the presence, in person or by proxy, of the holders of 33 1/3% of such class or series will be required to constitute a quorum of such class or series for the election of any director by the holders of such class or series, voting as a class. At any such meeting or adjournment thereof, (1) the absence of a quorum of such class or series, voting as a class, and the absence of a quorum for the election of such other directors will not prevent the election of the directors to be elected by such class or series, voting as a class, and (2) in the absence of either or both such quorums, a majority of the holders present in person or by proxy of any class or series of shares for which a quorum is lacking will have power to adjourn the meeting for the election of directors which they are entitled to elect, from time to time until a quorum shall be present, without notice other than announcement at the meeting. (d) During any period in which the holders of any class or series of Parity Securities have the right to vote as a class for directors as described above, any vacancies in the Board of Directors will be filled only by vote of a majority (even if that be only a single director) of the
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remaining directors theretofore elected by the holders of such class or series which elected the directors whose office shall have become vacant. During such period the directors so elected by the holders of such class or series will continue in office 9 <PAGE> (1) until the next succeeding annual meeting or until their successors, if any, are elected by such holders and qualify or (2) unless required by applicable law to continue in office for a longer period, until termination of the right of the holders of such class or to vote as a class for directors, if earlier. If and to the extent permitted by applicable law, immediately upon any termination of the right of the holders of any class or series of preferred shares to vote as a class for directors as provided herein, the term of office of the directors then in office so elected by the holders of such class or series will terminate. (e) Whether or not the Company is being wound up, the rights attached to any class or series of Parity Securities may only be varied with the consent in writing of the holders of three-fourths of the issued shares of that class or series, or with the sanction of a special resolution approved by at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of that class or series at a duly convened meeting where at least one-third of the issued shares of that class or series are represented, either in person or by proxy. The rights attached to any class or series of Parity Securities will not be deemed to be varied by the creation or issue of any shares or any securities convertible into or evidencing the right to purchase shares ranking prior to or equally with such class or series of the Parity Securities with respect to the payment of dividends or of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up. Holders of the shares of this Series are not entitled to vote on any amalgamation, consolidation, merger or statutory share exchange, except to the extent that such a transaction would vary the rights attached to any such class or series of Parity Securities, in which case any such variation is subject to the approval process described above. Holders of the shares of this Series are not entitled to vote on any sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company. (f) On any item on which the holders of the shares of this Series are entitled to vote, such holders will be entitled to one vote for each preferred share held. (xi) Miscellaneous. The number of authorized shares of this Series may be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares thereof then outstanding) by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the capital stock of the Company entitled to vote. (xii) No Preemptive Rights. The holders of shares of this Series shall have no preemptive rights, including preemptive rights with respect to any shares of capital stock or other securities of the Company convertible into or carrying rights or options to purchase any such shares. (xiii) Certain Definitions. As used in this certificate, the following terms shall have the following respective meanings: "Authorized Newspaper" means a daily newspaper, in the English language, customarily published on each day that is a Business Day in The City of New York, whether or not published on days that are legal holidays, and of general circulation in The City of New York. The Authorized Newspaper for the purposes of the Reset Spread Announcement Date, is currently anticipated to be The Wall Street Journal (NYC edition). 10 <PAGE> "Business Day" means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or any other day on which banking institutions and trust companies in The City of New York are permitted or required by any applicable law to close. "Cash Settlement" has the meaning set forth in Section 5.4(a)(i) of the Purchase Contract Agreement. "Clearing Agency" means an organization registered as a "Clearing Agency" pursuant to Section 17A of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended,that is acting as a depositary for the shares of this Series and in whose name, or in the name of a nominee of that organization, shall be registered a global certificate and which shall undertake to effect book-entry transfers and pledges of the shares of this Series. (1) "Clearing Agency Participant" means a broker, dealer, bank, other financial institution or other Person for whom from time to time the Clearing Agency effects book-entry transfers and pledges of securities deposited with the Clearing Agency. "Collateral Agent" means The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent under the Pledge Agreement until a successor Collateral Agent shall have become such
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pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Pledge Agreement, and thereafter "Collateral Agent" shall mean the Person who is then the Collateral Agent thereunder. "Company" means the Person named as the "Company" in the first paragraph of this instrument. "Contract Adjustment Payments" has the meaning set forth in the Purchase Contract Agreement. "Dividend Payment Date" has the meaning set forth in Section (iii)(c). "DTC" means The Depository Trust Company, the initial Clearing Agency. "Failed Remarketing" has the meaning set forth in Section 5.4(b) of the Purchase Contract Agreement. "Growth PRIDES" means the collective rights and obligations of a holder of a Growth PRIDES certificate in respect of a 1/20th undivided beneficial interest in a treasury security, subject in each case to the pledge thereof under the Pledge Agreement, and the related Purchase Contract. "Income PRIDES" means the collective rights and obligations of a holder of an Income PRIDES certificate in respect of a Preferred Share, subject to the pledge thereof under the Pledge Agreement, and the related Purchase Contract. "Junior Securities" has the meaning set forth in Section (ii). 11 <PAGE> "One-Month Treasury Bill" means direct obligations of the United States (which may be obligations traded on a when-issued basis only) having a maturity comparable to the remaining term to maturity of the Preferred Shares, as agreed upon by the Company and the Reset Agent. The rate for the One-Month Treasury Bill will be the bid side rate displayed at 10:00 A.M., New York City time, on the third Business Day immediately preceding the May ___, 2003 in the Telerate system (or if the Telerate system is (a) no longer available on the third Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003 or (b) in the opinion of the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Company) no longer an appropriate system from which to obtain such rate, such other nationally recognized quotation system as, in the opinion of the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Sponsor) is appropriate. If such rate is not so displayed, the rate for the One-Month Treasury Bill shall be, as calculated by the Reset Agent, the yield to maturity for the One-Month Treasury Bill, expressed as a bond equivalent on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as applicable, and applied on a daily basis, and computed by taking the arithmetic mean of the secondary market bid rates, as of 10:30 A.M., New York City time, on the third Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003, of three leading United States government securities dealers selected by the Reset Agent (after consultation with the Company) (which may include the Reset Agent or an affiliate thereof). "Ordinary Shares" has the meaning set forth in Section (ii). "Parity Securities " has the meaning set forth in Section (ii). "Person" means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof. "Pledge Agreement" means the Pledge Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, by and among the Company, the Collateral Agent and the Agent, on its own behalf and as attorney-in-fact for the Holders from time to time of the Securities. "Preferred Shares" has the meaning set forth in the preamble. "Purchase Contract," when used with respect to any Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES, means the contract forming a part of such security and obligating the Company to (i) sell and the holder of such Security to purchase Ordinary Shares and (ii) pay the holder Contract Adjustment Payments with respect to the related Income PRIDES or Growth PRIDES on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in Article Five of the Purchase Contract Agreement. "Purchase Contract Agent" means The Bank of New York. "Purchase Contract Agreement" means the agreement between the Company and the Purchase Contract Agent, dated April ___, 2000. "Put Option" has the meaning set forth in Section (v). "Put Option Exercise Price" has the meaning set forth in Section (v). 12 <PAGE> "Put Option Repayment Price" has the meaning set forth in Section (v).
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"Redemption Date" has the meaning set forth in Section (iv). "Redemption Price" has the meaning set forth in Section (iv). "Remarketing Agent" means a nationally recognized investment banking firm chosen by the Company to remarket the Preferred Shares. It is currently anticipated that Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated will act in such capacity "Remarketing Agreement" means the Remarketing Agreement dated April , 2000 by and among the Company, the Remarketing Agent and the Purchase Contract Agent. "Remarketing Underwriting Agreement" has the meaning specified in the Remarketing Agreement. "Reset Agent" means a nationally recognized investment banking firm chosen by the Company to determine the Reset Rate. It is currently anticipated that Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated will act in such capacity. "Reset Announcement Date" means the tenth (10th) Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003. "Reset Rate" means the dividend rate per annum (to be determined by the Reset Agent), equal to the sum of (X) the Reset Spread and (Y) the rate of interest on the One-Month Treasury Bill in effect on the third Business Day immediately preceding May __, 2003, that the Preferred Shares should bear in order for the Preferred Shares to have an approximate market value of 100.5% of their aggregate liquidation amount on the third Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003; provided, that the Company may limit such Reset Spread to be no higher than basis points ( %); and provided, further, that in the event of a Failed Remarketing, the Reset Rate shall be the dividend rate per annum in effect on the Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003. "Reset Spread" means a spread amount to be determined by the Reset Agent on the tenth (10th) Business Day immediately preceding May ___, 2003. "Senior Securities" has the meaning set forth in Section (ii). "Series" has the meaning set forth in the preamble. "Separate Preferred Shares" has the meaning set forth in Section (iv)(b). "Trading Day" has the meaning specified in Section 5.1 of the Purchase Contract Agreement. "Transfer Agent" means The Bank of New York. 13 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Certificate to be duly executed on its behalf by its undersigned ________ and attested to by its _____________ this ___ day of April, 2000.
______________________________ Name: Title: ATTEST: _____________________________ Name: Title: 14 </TEXT> </DOCUMENT> <DOCUMENT> <TYPE>EX-99.5 <SEQUENCE>5 <DESCRIPTION>FORM OF REMARKETING AGREEMENT <TEXT> <PAGE> REMARKETING AGREEMENT REMARKETING AGREEMENT, dated as of April ., 2000 (the "Remarketing Agreement") by and among ACE Limited, a company organized and existing under the laws of the Cayman Islands ("the "Company"), The Bank of New York, a New York banking corporation, not individually but solely as Purchase Contract Agent and
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as attorney-in-fact of the holders of Purchase Contracts (each as defined in the Purchase Contract Agreement (as defined herein)), and Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the "Remarketing Agent"). WITNESSETH: WHEREAS, the Company will issue its FELINE PRIDES (the "FELINE PRIDES") in an aggregate Stated Amount of $ . under the Purchase Contract Agreement, dated as of April ., 2000, by and between the Purchase Contract Agent and the Company (the "Purchase Contract Agreement"); and WHEREAS, the Company will issue concurrently in connection with the issuance of the FELINE PRIDES .% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series A, par value US$ . per Preferred Share (the "Preferred Shares") in an aggregate stated liquidation amount of $ .; and WHEREAS, the FELINE PRIDES will initially consist of . units referred to as "Income PRIDES"; and WHEREAS, the Preferred Shares will be pledged pursuant to the Pledge Agreement (the "Pledge Agreement"), dated as of April ., 2000, by and among the Company, The Bank of New York, as collateral agent (the "Collateral Agent"), and the Purchase Contract Agent, to secure an Income PRIDES holder's obligations under the related Purchase Contract on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date; and WHEREAS, the Preferred Shares of such holders of Preferred Share electing to have their Preferred Shares remarketed, or of such Income PRIDES holders who have elected not to settle the Purchase Contracts related to their Income PRIDES from the proceeds of a Cash Settlement and who have not early settled their Purchase Contracts, will be remarketed by the Remarketing Agent on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date; and WHEREAS, the applicable dividend rate on the Preferred Shares that remain outstanding on and after the Purchase Contract Settlement Date will be reset on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, to the Reset Rate to be determined by the Reset Agent as the rate that such Preferred Shares should bear in order to have an approximate market value of 100.5% of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the Preferred Shares on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, provided that in the determination of such Reset Rate, the Company may limit the Reset Spread (a component of the Reset Rate) to be no higher than . basis points (.%); and <PAGE> WHEREAS, the Company has requested Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated ("Merrill Lynch") to act as the Reset Agent and as the Remarketing Agent, and as such to perform the services described herein; and WHEREAS, Merrill Lynch is willing to act as Reset Agent and Remarketing Agent and as such to perform such duties on the terms and conditions expressly set forth herein; NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the covenants herein made, and subject to the conditions herein set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows: Definitions. Capitalized terms used and not defined in this ----------Agreement shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Purchase Contract Agreement or, if not therein defined, the Pledge Agreement. Appointment and Obligations of Remarketing Agent. The Company -----------------------------------------------hereby appoints Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch hereby accepts such appointment, (i) as the Reset Agent to determine in consultation with the Company, in the manner provided for by the terms of the Preferred Shares, the Reset Rate, that in the opinion of the Reset Agent, will, when applied to the Preferred Shares, enable a Preferred Share to have an approximate market value of approximately 100.5% of the aggregate stated liquidation amount in the case of such Preferred Share provided that the Company may limit such Reset Rate to be no higher than the rate on the One-month Treasury Bill plus . basis points (.%), and (ii) as the exclusive Remarketing Agent to remarket the Preferred Shares, of such Preferred Shareholders electing to have their Preferred Shares remarketed, or of such Income PRIDES holders who have not early settled the related Purchase Contracts and have failed to notify the Purchase Contract Agent, on or prior to the fifth Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, of their intention to settle the related Purchase Contracts through Cash Settlement, for settlement on the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, pursuant to the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement with the Company and the Purchase Contract Agent, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (with such changes as the Company, the Purchase Contract Agent and the Remarketing Agent may agree upon, it being understood that changes may be necessary in the representations, warranties, covenants and other provisions of the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement due to changes in law or facts and circumstances). Pursuant to the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, the Remarketing Agent, either as the sole remarketing underwriter or as the representative of a Section 2. Section 1.
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syndicate including the Remarketing Agent and one or more other remarketing underwriters designated by the Remarketing Agent, will agree, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, that the Remarketing Agent and any such other remarketing underwriters will purchase severally the Preferred Shares to be sold by the holder or holders of Preferred Shares or Income PRIDES on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date and use their reasonable efforts to remarket such Preferred Shares (such purchase and remarketing being hereinafter referred to as the "Remarketing"), at a price of approximately 100.5% of such Preferred Shares aggregate stated liquidation amount plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, the Remarketing Agent shall not remarket any Preferred Shares for a price less than 100% of the aggregate stated liquidation preference of such Preferred Shares, plus accumulated and unpaid dividends. The proceeds of such remarketing shall be paid to the Collateral Agent in accordance 2 <PAGE> with Section 4.6 of the Pledge Agreement and Section 5.4 of the Purchase Contract Agreement (each of which Sections are incorporated herein by reference). Fees. With respect to the Remarketing, the Remarketing Agent ---shall retain as Remarketing Fee an amount not exceeding 25 basis points (.25%) of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the remarketed securities from any amount received in connection with such Remarketing in excess of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of such remarketed Preferred Shares plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends. In addition, the Reset Agent shall receive from the Company a reasonable and customary fee as the Reset Agent Fee (the "Reset Agent Fee"); provided, however, that if the Remarketing Agent shall also act as the Reset Agent, then the Reset Agent shall not be entitled to receive any such Reset Agent Fee. Payment of such Reset Agent Fee shall be made by the Company on the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date in immediately available funds or, upon the instructions of the Reset Agent by certified or official bank check or checks or by wire transfer. Replacement and Resignation of Remarketing Agent. (a) The -----------------------------------------------Company may in its absolute discretion replace Merrill Lynch in its capacity hereunder as the Remarketing Agent and/or as the Reset Agent by giving notice prior to 3:00 p.m., New York City time, on the eleventh Business Day immediately prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Any such replacement shall become effective upon the Company's appointment of a successor to perform the services that would otherwise be performed hereunder by the Remarketing Agent and/or the Reset Agent. Upon providing such notice, the Company shall use all reasonable efforts to appoint such a successor and to enter into a remarketing agreement with such successor as soon as reasonably practicable. (b) Merrill Lynch may resign at any time and be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder as the Remarketing Agent and/or as the Reset Agent by giving notice prior to 3:00 p.m., New York City time, on the eleventh Business Day immediately prior to the Purchase Contract Settlement Date. Any such resignation shall become effective upon the Company's appointment of a successor to perform the services that would otherwise be performed hereunder by the Remarketing Agent and/or the Reset Agent. Upon receiving notice from the Remarketing Agent and/or the Reset Agent that it wishes to resign hereunder, the Company shall appoint such a successor and enter into a remarketing agreement with it as soon as reasonably practicable. Dealing in the Securities. The Remarketing Agent, when acting ------------------------hereunder or under the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement or acting in its individual or any other capacity, may, to the extent permitted by law, buy, sell, hold or deal in any of the Preferred Shares. With respect to any Preferred Shares owned by it, the Remarketing Agent may exercise any vote or join in any action with like effect as if it did not act in any capacity hereunder. The Remarketing Agent, in its individual capacity, either as principal or agent, may also engage in or have an interest in any financial or other transaction with the Company as freely as if it did not act in any capacity hereunder. Registration Statement and Prospectus. In connection with the ------------------------------------Remarketing, if and to the extent required (in the opinion of counsel for either the Remarketing Agent or the Company) by applicable law, regulations or interpretations in effect at the time of such 3 <PAGE> Remarketing, the Company shall use its reasonable efforts to have a registration statement relating to the Preferred Shares effective under the Securities Act of 1933 by the third Business Day immediately preceding the Purchase Contract Settlement Date, shall furnish a current prospectus and/or prospectus supplement to be used in such Remarketing by the remarketing underwriter or underwriters under the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement, and shall pay all expenses relating thereto. Section 6. Section 5. Section 4. Section 3.
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Conditions to the Remarketing Agent's Obligations. The ------------------------------------------------obligations of the Remarketing Agent and any other remarketing underwriters to purchase and remarket the Preferred Shares shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement. (a) If at any time during the term of this Agreement, the Company is in default with respect to the payment of a dividend on the Preferred Shares, then the obligations and duties of the Remarketing Agent under this Agreement shall be suspended until such default has been cured. The Company will give the Remarketing Agent notice of all such defaults. Termination of Remarketing Agreement. This Agreement shall -----------------------------------terminate as to the Remarketing Agent on the effective date of its replacement pursuant to Section 4(a) hereof or pursuant to Section 4(b) hereof. Notwithstanding any such termination, the obligations set forth in Section 3 hereof shall survive and remain in full force and effect until all amounts payable under said Section 3 shall have been paid in full. Remarketing Agent's Performance; Duty of Care. The duties and --------------------------------------------obligations of the Remarketing Agent hereunder shall be determined solely by the express provisions of this Agreement and the Remarketing Underwriting Agreement. Section 10. Governing Law. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND ------------CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. Section 11. Term of Agreement. Unless otherwise terminated in accordance ----------------with the provisions hereof and except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect from the date hereof until the first day thereafter on which no Preferred Shares are outstanding. Section 12. Successors and Assigns. The rights and obligations of the ---------------------Company hereunder may not be assigned or delegated to any other person without the prior written consent of Merrill Lynch as the Remarketing Agent and/or as the Reset Agent. The rights and obligations of Merrill Lynch as the Remarketing Agent and/or as the Reset Agent hereunder may not be assigned or delegated to any other person without the prior written consent of the Company. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and Merrill Lynch as the Remarketing Agent and/or as the Reset Agent and their respective successors and assigns. The terms "successors" and "assigns" shall not include any purchaser of Securities merely because of such purchase. Section 13. Headings. Section headings have been inserted in this -------Agreement as a matter of convenience of reference only, and it is agreed that such section headings are not a part of this Agreement and will not be used in the interpretation of any provision of this Agreement. 4 <PAGE> Section 14. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held -----------or deemed to be or shall, in fact, be invalid, inoperative or unenforceable as applied in any particular case in any or all jurisdictions because it conflicts with any provisions of any constitution, statute, rule or public policy or for any other reason, such circumstances shall not have the effect of rendering the provision in question invalid, inoperative or unenforceable in any other case, circumstances or jurisdiction, or of rendering any other provision or provisions of this Agreement invalid, inoperative or unenforceable to any extent whatsoever. Section 15. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, -----------each of which shall be regarded as an original and all of which shall constitute one and the same document. Section 16. Amendments. This Agreement may be amended by any instrument in ---------writing signed by the parties hereto. Section 17. Notices. Unless otherwise specified, any notices, requests, ------consents or other communications given or made hereunder or pursuant hereto shall be made in writing or transmitted by any standard form of telecommunication, including telephone, telegraph or telecopy, and confirmed in writing. All written notices and confirmations of notices by telecommunication shall be deemed to have been validly given or made when delivered or mailed, registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid. All such notices, requests, consents or other communications shall be addressed as follows: if to the Company, ACE Limited, The ACE Building, 30 Woodbourne Avenue, Section 9. Section 8.
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Hamilton HM 08 Bermuda, Attention: General Counsel and Secretary; if to the Remarketing Agent or Reset Agent (if Merrill Lynch & Co. is the Remarketing Agent or the Reset Agent), to Merrill Lynch & Co., World Financial Center, North Tower, New York, New York 10281, Attention: ___________, with a copy to Brown & Wood LLP, One World Trade Center, New York, NY 10048, Attention: L. Markus Wiltshire; and if to the Purchase Contract Agent, to 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286, Attention: Corporate Trust Administration, or to such other address as any of the above shall specify to the other in writing. Section 18. Consent to Jurisdiction; Miscellaneous. Each of the parties -------------------------------------hereto hereby expressly and irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of any competent court in the place of its domicile and any United States Federal or New York State court sitting in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York in any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby to the extent that such court has subject matter jurisdiction over the controversy, and expressly and irrevocably waives, to the extent permitted under applicable law, any immunity from the jurisdiction thereof and any claim or defense in such action, suit or proceeding based on a claim of improper venue, forum non ----- --conveniens or any similar basis to which it might otherwise be entitled in any - ---------such action, suit or proceeding. The Company irrevocably appoints ACE USA, Inc., 1133 Avenue of the Americas, 32/nd/ Floor, New York, New York 10036 as its authorized agent in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York upon which process may be served in any such action, suit or proceeding, and agrees that service of process upon such agent, and written notice of said service to the Company by the person serving the same to the address provided in Section 18, shall be deemed in every respect effective service of process upon the Company, in any such action, suit or proceeding. The Company further agrees to take any and all action as may be 5 <PAGE> necessary to maintain such designation and appointment of such agent in full force and effect for a period of seven years from the date of this Agreement. Section 19. Waiver of Immunities. To the extent that the Company or any of -------------------its properties, assets or revenues may have or may hereafter become entitled to, or have attributed to them, any right of immunity, on the grounds of sovereignty, from any legal action, suit or proceeding, from set-off or counterclaim, from the jurisdiction of any court, from service of process, from attachment upon or prior to judgment, or from attachment in aid of execution of judgment, or from execution of judgment, other legal process or proceeding for the giving of any relief or for the enforcement of any judgment, in any jurisdiction in which proceedings may at any time be commenced, with respect to their obligations, liabilities or any other matter under or arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or any additional agreement, the Company hereby irrevocably and unconditionally, to the extent permitted by applicable law, waives and agrees not to plead or claim any such immunity and consents to such relief and enforcement. Section 20. Judgement Currency. The Company agrees to indemnify each of the -----------------Remarketing Agent and the Purchase Contract Agent against any loss incurred by such party as a result of any judgment or order being given or made for any amount due hereunder and such judgment or order being expressed and paid in a currency (the "Judgment Currency") other than United States dollars and as a result of any variation as between (i) the rate of exchange at which the United States dollar amount is converted into the Judgment Currency for the purpose of such judgment or order, and (ii) the rate of exchange at which the such party is able to purchase United States dollars with the amount of the Judgment Currency actually received by such party. The foregoing indemnity shall constitute a separate and independent obligation of the Company and shall continue in full force and effect notwithstanding any such judgment or order as aforesaid. The term "rate of exchange" shall include any premiums and costs of exchange payable in connection with the purchase of, or conversion into, the relevant currency. 6 <PAGE> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Company, the Purchase Contract Agent and the Remarketing Agent has caused this Agreement to be executed in its name and on its behalf by one of its duly authorized officers as of the date first above written. ACE LIMITED By: _______________________________ Name: Title:
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CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED: MERRILL LYNCH & CO. MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED By: ________________________________ Authorized Signatory THE BANK OF NEW YORK not individually but solely as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-in-fact for the holders of the Purchase Contracts By: ________________________________ Name: Title: 7 <PAGE> Exhibit A to Remarketing Agreement FORM OF REMARKETING UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the "Remarketing Underwriter") hereby agrees to purchase the Preferred Shares (the "Securities"), that have been tendered by the holders of the Income PRIDES for sale on .. 1. Definitions. Capitalized terms used and not defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings assigned to them in the purchase contract agreement (the "Purchase Contract Agreement"), the pledge agreement (the "Pledge Agreement"), the underwriting agreement (the "Underwriting Agreement"), each as identified in Schedule I hereto. 2. Registration Statement and Prospectus. If required (in the opinion of counsel to either the Remarketing Underwriter or the Company) by applicable law, the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and there has become effective, a registration statement on Form S-3 (No.__________________), including a prospectus, relating to the Securities. Such registration statement, as amended to the date of this Agreement, is hereinafter referred to as the "Registration Statement," the prospectus included in the Registration Statement is hereinafter referred to as the "Basic Prospectus" and the Basic Prospectus, as amended or supplemented to the date of this Agreement to relate to the Securities and to the remarketing of the Securities, is hereinafter referred to as the "Final Prospectus" (including in each case all documents incorporated by reference). 3. Provisions Incorporated by Reference. (a) Subject to Section 3(b), the provisions of the Underwriting Agreement shall be incorporated, as applicable, into this Agreement and made applicable to the obligations of the Remarketing Underwriter, except as explicitly amended hereby. (b) With respect to the provisions of the Underwriting Agreement incorporated herein, for the purposes hereof, (i) all references therein to the "Underwriter" or "Underwriters" shall be deemed to refer to the Remarketing Underwriter; (ii) all references therein to the "Securities" which are the subject thereof shall be deemed to refer to the Securities as defined herein; (iii) all references therein to the "Closing Date" shall be deemed to refer to the Remarketing Closing Date specified in Schedule I hereto (the "Remarketing Closing Date"); (iv) all references therein to the "Registration Statement" and the "Prospectus" shall be deemed to refer to the Registration Statement and the Final Prospectus, respectively, as defined herein. 4. Purchase and Sale; Remarketing Underwriting Fee. Subject to the terms and conditions and in reliance upon the representations and warranties herein set forth or incorporated herein, the Remarketing Underwriter agrees to purchase from the registered holder or holders thereof in the manner specified in Section 5 hereof, the principal amount of Securities A-1 <PAGE> set forth in Schedule I hereto at a purchase price not less than 100% of such Securities' aggregate stated liquidation amount plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends thereon. In connection therewith, the registered holder or holders thereof agree, in the manner specified in Section 5 hereof, to pay to the Remarketing Underwriter a Remarketing Underwriting Fee equal to an amount not exceeding 25 basis points (.25%) of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the Securities, from any amount received in connection with such Remarketing in excess of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the Securities plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends. The right of each holder of Securities to have
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Securities tendered for purchase shall be limited to the extent that (i) the Remarketing Underwriter conducts a remarketing pursuant to the terms of the Remarketing Agreement, (ii) Securities tendered have not been called for redemption, (iii) the Remarketing Underwriter is able to find a purchaser or purchasers for tendered Securities and (iv) such purchaser or purchasers deliver the purchase price therefor to the Remarketing Underwriter. The Remarketing Underwriter is not obligated to purchase any Securities that would otherwise remain unsold in a remarketing. Neither the Company nor the Remarketing Underwriter shall be obligated in any case to provide funds to make payment upon tender of Securities for remarketing. 5. Delivery and Payment. Delivery of payment for the remarketed Securities and payment of the Remarketing Underwriting Fee shall be made on the Remarketing Closing Date at the location and time specified in Schedule I hereto (or such later date not later than five business days after such date as the Remarketing Underwriter shall designate), which date and time may be postponed by agreement between the Remarketing Underwriter, the Company and the [registered holder or holders thereof]. Delivery of payment for the remarketed Securities shall be [to or upon the order of the [registered holder or holders of the remarketed Securities] by certified or official bank check or checks drawn on or by a New York Clearing House bank and payable in immediately available funds][in immediately available funds by wire transfer to an account or accounts designated by the [Company] [registered holder or holders of the remarketed Securities] or, if the remarketed Securities are represented by a Global Security, by any method of transfer agreed upon by the Remarketing Underwriter and the depositary for the Securities. [It is understood that any registered holder or, if the Securities are represented by a Global Security, any beneficial owner, that has an account at the Remarketing Underwriter and tenders its Securities through such account will not be required to pay any fee or commission to the Remarketing Underwriter.] If the Securities are not represented by a Global Security, certificates for the Securities shall be registered in such names and denominations as the Remarketing Underwriter may request not less than three full business days in advance of the Remarketing Closing Date, and the Company and the [registered holder or holders thereof] agree to have such certificates available for inspection, packaging and checking by the Remarketing Underwriter in New York, New York not later than 1:00 p.m. on the Business Day prior to the Remarketing Closing Date. 6. Notices. Unless otherwise specified, any notices, requests, consents or other communications given or made hereunder or pursuant hereto shall be made in writing or A-2 <PAGE> transmitted by any standard form of telecommunication, including telephone, telegraph or telecopy, and confirmed in writing. All written notices and confirmations of notices by telecommunication shall be deemed to have been validly given or made when delivered or mailed, registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid. All such notices, requests, consents or other communications shall be addressed as follows: if to the Company, to ACE Limited, The Ace Building, 30 Woodbourne Avenue, Hamilton HM 08 Bermuda, Attention: General Counsel and Secretary; if to the Remarketing Underwriter, to Merrill Lynch & Co., World Financial Center, North Tower, New York, New York 10281, Attention: ____________, with a copy to Brown & Wood LLP, One World Trade Center, New York, NY 10048, Attention: L. Markus Wiltshire; and if to the Purchase Contract Agent, to 101 Barclay Street, Floor 21 West New York, New York 10286 Attention: Corporate Trust Administration, or to such other address as any of the above shall specify to the other in writing. A-3 <PAGE> If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding of our agreement, please sign and return to us the enclosed duplicate hereof, whereupon this letter and your acceptance shall represent a binding agreement among the Company, the Purchase Contract Agent and the Remarketing Underwriter. Very truly yours, ACE LIMITED By: ------------------------------------Name: Title: CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED: MERRILL LYNCH & CO. MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH
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INCORPORATED
By: --------------------------------------------Authorized Signatory THE BANK OF NEW YORK not individually but solely as Purchase Contract Agent and as attorney-in-fact for the holders of the Purchase Contracts By: ---------------------------------------------Name: Title: A-4 <PAGE> SCHEDULE I Purchase Contract Agreement dated as of April ., 2000 by and between Ace Limited, a Cayman Islands company, and The Bank of New York, a New York banking corporation Pledge Agreement dated as of April ., 2000 by and between Ace Limited, a Cayman Islands company, and The Bank of New York, as Collateral Agent, Custodial Agent and Securities Intermediary, and as Purchase Contract Agent Registration Statement No. 333-78841 Principal Amount of Securities: $. ($. if the Underwriters' over-allotment option is exercised) Underwriting Agreement, dated as of April ., 2000 between Ace Limited and Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, [comanagers] Remarketing Underwriting Fee: .25% (.0025)
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