Nonqualified Stock Option Agreement - ExlService Holdings Inc. and Shiv Kumar Nerur Thiagarajan
EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC. 2003 STOCK OPTION PLAN
NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
THIS OPTION AGREEMENT (the Agreement ), dated as of March 1, 2004 (the Date of Grant ), is made by and between ExlService Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company ), and Shiv kumar Nerur Thiagarajan (the Participant ).
WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the ExlService Holdings, Inc. 2003 Stock Option Plan (the Plan ), pursuant to which options may be granted to purchase shares of the Companys Series B common stock, par value, $0.001 per share (Stock ); and
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board ) has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to grant the stock option award provided for herein to the Participant subject to the terms set forth herein;
NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the premises and the covenants of the parties contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, for themselves, their successors and assigns, hereby agree as follows:
1. Grant of Option .
(a) Grant . The Company hereby grants to the Participant an option (the Option ) to purchase 30,000 shares of Stock (such shares of Stock, the Option Shares ), on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and as otherwise provided in the Plan. This Option is not intended to be treated as an Incentive Stock Option.
(b) Incorporation by Reference. Etc . The provisions of the Plan are hereby incorporated herein by reference. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of the Plan and any capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the definitions set forth in the Plan. The Committee shall have final authority to interpret and construe the Plan and this Agreement and to make any and all determinations under them, and its decision shall be binding and conclusive upon the Participant and his legal representative in respect of any questions arising under the Plan or this Agreement.
3. Terms and Conditions .
(a) Option Price . The price at which the Participant shall be entitled to purchase the Option Shares upon the exercise of all or any portion of this Option shall be $7.50 per share.
(b) Expiration Date . Subject to Section 3(d) hereof, the Option shall expire at the end of the period commencing on the Date of Grant and ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET ) on the day preceding the tenth anniversary of the date of this Agreement (the Option Period ).
(c) Exercisability of the Option
(i) Except as may otherwise be provided herein, the Option shall become vested and exercisable as to 25% of the Option Shares on March 2, 2005, and then as to 25% of the remaining unvested Option Shares, on the each of March 2, 2006, March 2, 2007, and March 2, 2008, on which date all of the Option Shares shall have become vested.
(ii) The Option may be exercised only by written notice, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (or a successor form provided by the Committee) delivered in person or by mail in accordance with Section 4(a) hereof and accompanied by (i) payment therefore, (ii) an executed copy of the Stock Purchase Agreement, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B , by and between the Company and the Participant (the Stock Purchase Agreement ), and (iii) if the Participant is married and is a resident of a state which is a Community Property state, an executed spousal consent substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit C . The purchase price of the Option Shares shall be paid by the Participant to the Company (A) by certified check, (B) following an initial public offering by the Company of shares of Stock registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (an Initial Offering ), by a cashless exercise procedure if and in the manner approved by the Committee, or (C) by any other method approved by the Committee in writing. If requested by the Committee, the Participant shall promptly deliver his copy of this Agreement evidencing the Option to the Secretary of the Company who shall endorse thereon a notation of such exercise and promptly return such Agreement to the Participant.
(d) Effect of Termination of Employment on Options . In the event that the Participant ceases to be employed by the Company or its Affiliates for any reason, the Option (to the extent then outstanding) shall expire at 11:59 p.m., ET on the earlier of (i) the last day of the Option Period, or (ii) the date that is 90 days after the date of such termination. In such event, the Option shall remain exercisable by the Participant until its expiration, only to the extent the Option was vested and exercisable at the time of such termination.
(e) Compliance with Legal Requirements . The granting and exercising of the Option, and any other obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall be subject to all applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations and to such approvals by any regulatory or governmental agency as may be required. The Committee, in its sole discretion, may postpone the issuance or delivery of Option Shares as the Committee may consider appropriate and may require the Participant to make such representations and furnish such information as it may consider appropriate in connection with the issuance or delivery of Option Shares in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
(f) Transferability . The Option shall not be transferable by the Participant other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution.
(g) Rights as Stockholder . The Participant shall not be deemed for any purpose to be the owner of any shares of Stock subject to this Option unless, until and to the extent that (i) this Option shall have been exercised pursuant to its terms, (ii) the Participant shall have executed the Stock Purchase Agreement, (iii) the Company shall have issued and delivered to the Participant the Option Shares, and (iv) the Participants name shall have been entered as a stockholder of record with respect to such Option Shares on the books of the Company.
(h) Tax Withholding . Prior to the delivery of a certificate or certificates representing the Option Shares, the Participant must pay in the form of a certified check to the Company any such additional amount as the Company determines that it is required to withhold under applicable federal, state or local tax laws in respect of the exercise or the transfer of Option Shares; provided that the Committee may, in its sole discretion, allow such withholding obligation to be satisfied by any other method described in Section 8(d) of the Plan.
4. Miscellaneous .
(a) Notices . All notices, demands and other communications provided for or permitted hereunder shall be made in writing and shall be by registered or certified first-class mail, return receipt requested, telecopier, courier service or personal delivery:
if to the Company:
ExlService Holdings, Inc.
350 Park Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Facsimile: (212) 872-1524
Attention: Mr. Rohit Kapoor
with a copy to:
Oak Hill Capital Management, Inc.
Park Avenue Tower
65 East 55 th Street, 36 th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Facsimile: (212) 758-3572
Attention: John R. Monsky, Esq.
with a copy to:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Telecopy: (212) 373-3000
Attention: Kenneth M. Schneider, Esq.
if to the Participant:
Shiv kumar Nerur Thiagarajan
43 Strawberry Patch Lane,
Stamford, CT 06903
All such notices, demands and other communications shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered by hand, if personally delivered; when delivered by courier, if delivered by commercial courier service; five (5) business days after being deposited in the mail, postage prepaid, if mailed; and when receipt is mechanically acknowledged, if telecopied.
(b) Severability The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, and each other provision of this Agreement shall be severable and enforceable to the extent permitted by law.
(c) No Rights to Employment . Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as given the Participant any right to be retained, in any position, as an employee, consultant or director of the Company or its Affiliates or shall interfere with or restrict in any way the right of the Company or its Affiliates, which are hereby expressly reserved, to remove, terminate or discharge the participant at any time for any reason whatsoever.
(d) Bound by Plan . By signing this Agreement, the Participant acknowledges that he has received a copy of the Plan and has had an opportunity to review the Plan and agrees to be bound by all the terms and provisions of the Plan.
(e) Beneficiary . The Participant may file with the Committee a written designation of a beneficiary on such from as may be prescribed by the Committee and may, from time to time, amend or revoke such designation. If no designated beneficiary survives the Participant, the executor or administrator of the Participants estate shall be deemed to be the Participants beneficiary.
(e) Successors . The terms of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns, and of the Participant and the beneficiaries, executors, administrators, heirs and successors of the Participant.
(f) Entire Agreement . This Agreement and the Plan contain the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter contained herein and supersede all prior communications, representations and negotiations in respect thereto. No change, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same be in writing and signed by the parties hereto.
(g) Governing Law . This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without regard to principles of conflicts of law thereof, or Principals of conflicts of laws of any other jurisdiction which could cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.
(h) Headings . The headings of the Sections hereof are provided for convenience only and are not to serve as a basis for interpretation or construction, and shall not constitute a part, of this Agreement.
(i) Signature in Counterparts . This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day first written above.
|EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.|
/s/ Rohit Kapoor
|President & CFO|
/s/ Shiv Kumar Nerur Thiagarajan
|Shiv Kumar Nerur Thiagarajan|
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