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EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENT
BY AND BETWEEN
REFCO GROUP LTD., LLC
PHILLIP R. BENNETT
JUNE 8, 2004
EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENT
This EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), dated as of June 8, 2004, by and between REFCO GROUP LTD., LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the "Company"), and PHILLIP R. BENNETT (the "Executive"), shall become effective upon the Effective Date (as defined below).
WHEREAS, the Executive currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company;
WHEREAS, concurrently with the execution hereof, Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund V, L.P. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, the "Buyers") and the holders of Membership Interests of the Company are entering into that certain Equity Purchase and Merger Agreement (the "Purchase Agreement"), whereby, pursuant to the transactions described therein (the "Transactions"), the Buyers will acquire a majority ownership interest in the Company and the Executive will receive substantial cash proceeds therefrom and acquire a new interest in exchange for his previous interest therein;
WHEREAS, in connection with the Transactions, the Buyers and the Company desire to ensure the continued and valued services of the Executive to the Company and the Executive desires to continue to be employed by the Company;
WHEREAS, the Company desires to be assured that the confidential information and goodwill of the Company will be preserved for the exclusive benefit of the Company; and
WHEREAS, in consideration for (i) inducing the Buyers to enter into the Purchase Agreement and agreeing to consummate the Transactions, pursuant to which the Executive will receive substantial cash proceeds and acquire a new interest in exchange for his previous interest therein, (ii) the continued employment of the Executive by the Company, (iii) the mutual covenants and promises contained herein and intending to be legally bound thereby and (iv) for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and the Executive hereby agree as follows:
- EMPLOYMENT. The Company agrees to employ the Executive, and the Executive agrees to be employed by the Company, for the period set forth in Section 2, in the positions and with the duties and responsibilities set forth in Section 3, and upon the other terms and conditions provided herein.
- EMPLOYMENT TERM. The employment of the Executive by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be for the period commencing on the closing date for the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement (such date, the "Effective Date") through and ending on February 28, 2007 unless earlier terminated pursuant to the provisions of Section 5 hereof (as such period may be extended pursuant to the immediately following sentence, the "Employment Term"). Beginning on February 28, 2007 and on the last day of each fiscal year of the Company thereafter (each a "Reset Date"), the Employment Term shall be automatically extended so as to terminate one year after such Reset Date, unless earlier terminated pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Agreement will automatically terminate upon termination of the Purchase Agreement prior to the Effective Date.
- POSITIONS AND DUTIES.
- During the Employment Term, the Executive's positions shall be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The Executive's responsibilities shall be carried out with the advice and counsel of the Company's Board of Managers (the "Board") and shall include, but shall not be limited to the following: (i) formulating and executing the Company's business strategy; (ii) providing senior level counsel as to the business and operations of the Company; (iii) directing the day-to-day management of the Company's affairs; (iv) representing the
- COMPENSATION AND RELATED MATTERS.
- Base Salary. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("Base Salary") of $1,100,000. The Base Salary shall be payable in installments in accordance with the Company's general payroll practices for executives in effect at the time such payment is made, and shall be subject to all necessary withholding taxes, FICA contributions and similar deductions. During the Employment Term, the Executive's Base Salary shall be subject to such increases (but not decreases) as may be determined from time to time by the Board in its sole discretion; provided, however, that the Executive's Base Salary shall be reviewed by the Board at least annually, with a view to making such upward adjustment, if any, as the Board deems appropriate. Any increased Base Salary shall become the new "Base Salary" for purposes of this Agreement. Payments of Base Salary to the Executive shall not be deemed exclusive and shall not prevent the Executive from participating in any employee benefit plans, programs, or arrangements of the Company in which the Executive is entitled to participate. Payments of Base Salary to the Executive shall not in any way limit or reduce any other obligation of the Company hereunder, and no other compensation, benefit, or payment to the Executive hereunder shall in any way limit or reduce the obligation of the Company regarding the Executive's Base Salary hereunder.
- Annual Bonus. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall be eligible to receive an annual performance bonus for each fiscal year of the Company, payable in cash (each an "Annual Bonus"), which shall be determined in accordance with the Management Bonus Pool Plan to be adopted by the Board as of the Effective Date, as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.
- Incentive Compensation Awards. The Executive shall be eligible to participate, in amounts and on terms no less favorable than with respect to any other employee of the Company, in equity-based compensation plans, including option plans, restricted or phantom membership interest plans and other equity incentive plans as shall be determined by the Board from time to time during the Employment Term. It is acknowledged that on the Effective Date, the Company will grant the Executive certain restricted Class B Common Units of the Company, pursuant to that certain Restricted Unit Agreement, by and between the Company and the Executive (the "Restricted Unit Agreement").
- Employee Benefits.
- Incentive, Savings, and Retirement Plans. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall be entitled to participate, in amounts and on terms no less favorable than with respect to any other employee of the Company, in all incentive, savings, and retirement plans, programs, and arrangements applicable generally to other senior executives at the Company.
- Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Employment Term, the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall be eligible to participate in and shall receive all benefits under, in amounts and on terms no less favorable than with respect to any other employee of the Company, all welfare benefits plans, programs, and arrangements provided by the Company (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental, disability, salary continuance, employee life, group life, accidental death, and travel accident insurance plans, programs, and arrangements) to the extent applicable generally to other senior executives at the Company. The life insurance benefits that the Company shall provide pursuant to this Section 4d(ii) shall include, without limitation, the payment of all annual premiums due in respect of each of the following life insurance policies with Equitable, as insurer: (A) Policy # 49-243-688 and (B) Policy # 44-231-710 (collectively, the "Executive Life Insurance Benefits"). The Company may, at its election and for its benefit, obtain insurance against the disability, accidental loss or death of the Executive (e.g. "Key Man Insurance") and the Executive shall submit to such physical examinations and supply such information as may be reasonably required in connection with the obtainment thereof.
- Expenses. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in performing the Executive's duties and responsibilities hereunder. The Executive shall comply with such reasonable limitations and reporting requirements with respect to such expenses as the Board may establish from time to time.
- Use of Company Aircraft. For each 12-month period (or ratable portion thereof) during the Employment Term, the Executive shall be entitled to use aircraft operated by or for the Company (the "Company Aircraft"), to the extent such aircraft are reasonably available, (1) for business uses related to the Executive's responsibilities with respect to the management of the Company's global operations and (2) subject to the Company's priority for business purposes, personal uses. The timing and amount of the Executive's use of the Company Aircraft shall be at the Executive's reasonable discretion but shall be consistent with prior use thereof by the Executive and, in any event, the number of hours of use of Company Aircraft by the Executive shall be limited to the greater of (A) 250 hours per 12-month period (of which up to 50 hours may be for personal use pursuant to clause (2) above) and (B) such higher number of hours as may be approved in advance by the Board.
additional bonus equal to the amount of any federal, state and local taxes payable in respect of such imputed compensation. For purposes of determining the amount of the additional bonus payable pursuant hereto, the Executive shall be deemed to pay federal, state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rates applicable to individuals for the calendar year in which such additional bonus payment is to be made. The additional bonus payments provided for in this Section 4(f) shall be made upon the earlier of:
- written certification to the Company by the Executive's tax advisor (who must be a certified public accountant with professional experience in such matters) that the Executive is liable for taxes with respect to his personal use of the Company Aircraft; and
- the assessment of the Executive by any federal, state or municipal taxing authority of any taxes with respect to the Executive's personal use of the Company Aircraft; provided, however, that no payment under this clause (ii) shall be required to be paid prior to the 31st of March following the calendar year in which the imputed income giving rise to the payment occurred.
- TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
- Death. The Executive's employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Employment Term.
- Disability. If the Board determines in good faith that the Disability (as defined below) of the Executive has occurred during the Employment Term, the Company may give the Executive notice of its intention to terminate the Executive's employment (a "Disability Notice of Termination"). In such event, the Executive's employment hereunder shall terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such Disability Notice of Termination by the Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that, within the 30-day period after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement, "Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive or the inability of the Executive to perform his duties hereunder for an aggregate of one hundred eighty (180) days within any given period of three hundred sixty (360) consecutive days, as a result of incapacity of the Executive, due to bodily injury or disease or any other mental or physical illness, which may be permanent with regard to the Executive's ability to return to work in his full capacity; provided, however, that the Executive's return to work after receipt of a Disability Notice of Termination shall not require or cause the resetting of the one hundred eighty (180) day measurement period set forth above for determining a Disability. Any determination of Disability shall be made by the Board in consultation with a qualified physician or physicians selected by the Board and/or the Company's insurers and reasonably acceptable to the Executive (or, if applicable, his legal representative). During any period (not to exceed 360 days) in which the Board believes that the Executive's incapacity could reasonably be expected to result in a Disability, the Board shall be entitled to appoint an
The Executive's employment shall not be deemed to have been terminated for "Cause" unless and until there shall have been delivered to the Executive a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than one-half (1/2) of the entire membership of the Board (excluding the Executive) at a meeting of the Board called and held for such purpose, finding that in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive is guilty of conduct constituting "Cause" and specifying the particulars thereof in detail; provided, however, that no such determination shall be made by the Board unless the Executive is provided with reasonable advance notice of the Board meeting, indicating that the purpose of such meeting is the determination of whether such "Cause" exists, and unless the Executive, together with his counsel, is provided with an opportunity to be heard before the Board at such meeting prior to such determination being made.
Any act, or failure to act, based upon authority given pursuant to a resolution duly adopted by the Board or based upon the advice of counsel for the Company shall be conclusively presumed to be done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive in good faith and in the best interests of the Company, and no act or failure to act, on the Executive's part, shall be deemed "willful" unless done by the Executive not in good faith and without a reasonable belief that the Executive's actions or omissions were in the best interest of the Company.
- Termination by the Company without Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive's employment hereunder at any time during the Employment Term without Cause.
- Termination by the Executive for Good Reason. The Executive may terminate the Executive's employment hereunder at any time during the Employment Term for Good Reason (as defined below).
For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" shall mean only any of the following (without the Executive's written consent):
- any material diminution in the Executive's position (including status, title and reporting requirements), functions, responsibilities, or authority as contemplated by Section 3(a) of this Agreement (other than as provided in Section 5(b)), excluding for this purpose any isolated, insubstantial, and inadvertent actions not taken in bad faith and which are remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of written notice thereof given by the Executive;
- any failure by the Company to comply with any of its obligations under this Agreement, other than any isolated, insubstantial, and inadvertent actions not taken in bad faith and which are remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of written notice thereof given by the Executive; or
- the Company's requiring the Executive to reside in or be based at any office or location other than the greater metropolitan area of New York, New York.
- Termination by the Executive Voluntarily. The Executive may terminate the Executive's employment hereunder at any time during the Employment Term for any reason other than Good Reason, or for no reason.
- Notice of Termination. Any termination of the Executive's employment hereunder by the Company or by the Executive (other than a termination due to the Executive's death) shall be communicated by a Notice of Termination (as defined below) to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" shall mean a notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) in the case of a termination for Disability, Cause, or Good Reason, sets forth the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated, and (iii) specifies the Date of Termination (as defined below); provided, however, that, notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, a Notice of Termination given in connection with a termination for Good Reason shall be given by the Executive within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 60 days, following the occurrence of the event giving rise to such right of termination. The failure by the Company or the Executive to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance which contributes to a showing of Disability, Cause, or Good Reason shall not waive any right of the Company or the Executive hereunder or preclude the Company or the Executive from asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing the Company's or the Executive's rights hereunder.
- Date of Termination. For purposes of this Agreement, the "Date of Termination" shall mean the effective date of termination of the Executive's employment hereunder, which date shall be: (i) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Executive's death, the date of the Executive's death; (ii) if the Executive's employment is terminated because of the Executive's Disability, the Disability Effective Date or such later date (up to 30 days) specified in the Disability Notice of Termination; (iii) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason, the date on which the Notice of Termination is given; and (iv) if the Executive's employment is terminated by either party for any other reason, the date specified in the Notice of Termination, which date shall in no event be earlier than the 30th day after the date such notice is given (such 30 day period, the "Notice Period"); provided, however, that in lieu of a thirty (30) day Notice Period, the Company may accept or give a shorter notice period (or no notice period) and place the Executive on paid leave (with such leave constituting active status as the term is used in Section 6(a) of this Agreement) during the Notice Period.
- Public Statement of Termination. In the event the Executive's employment terminates for any reason other than death of the Executive, the Company and the Executive shall agree upon a public statement pertaining to the Executive's termination of employment, and the terms of said statement shall not be subject to subsequent modification by either party unless required by law; provided, however, that in the event the Company and the Executive are unable in good faith to agree on such a statement, either party may make public statements as are necessary to comply with law.
- OBLIGATIONS OF THE COMPANY UPON TERMINATION.
- Termination by the Company Without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason. If, during the Employment Term, the Company shall terminate the Executive's employment hereunder without Cause, or the Executive shall terminate the Executive's employment for Good Reason, the Executive shall be entitled to receive, as his exclusive right and remedy in respect of such termination: (i) the payment of (A) all Accrued Obligations plus (B) at the time the Company pays its executives bonuses in accordance with its general payroll policies, the Pro Rata Bonus plus (C) severance pay equal to one-twelfth (1/12) of the Executive's Base Salary and Annual Bonus as of the Date of Termination for each of the first twenty-four (24) months from and following the Date of Termination, payable in accordance with the Company's regular pay schedule and policies and (ii) the provision of the Welfare Benefit Continuation. Within thirty (30) days of the Company's receipt of a written request from the Executive, the Company shall deposit all amounts due to the Executive pursuant to this Section 6(a), to the extent that such amounts are calculable at such time (and, if not so calculable, within thirty (30) days such amounts become calculable), into an escrow account or rabbi trust pursuant to an escrow or trust agreement that is reasonably acceptable to the Executive.
For purposes of this Agreement, "Accrued Obligations" shall mean, (1) all Base Salary earned by the Executive but unpaid as of the Date of Termination, (2) reimbursement for any and all monies advance in connection with the Executive's employment for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by the Executive through the Date of Termination and (3) all other payments and benefits to which the Executive may be entitled under the terms of any applicable compensation arrangement or benefit plan or program of the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, "Pro Rata Bonus" shall mean, as to any fiscal year of the Company in which the Executive's employment with the Company is terminated, an amount equal to that pro rata portion of the Executive's Annual Bonus which, but for the Executive's termination of employment, would have been earned by the Executive during such year. Such pro rata portion shall be determined based upon a formula, the denominator of which shall be 365 and the numerator of which shall be the number of days during the Company's fiscal year in question which the Executive was employed by the Company on active status (including any period of paid leave in lieu of a notice period, as contemplated by Section 5(h) of this Agreement). For purposes of this Agreement, "Welfare Benefit Continuation" shall mean provision of welfare benefits such that the Executive shall continue to be (1) covered, upon the same terms and conditions described in Section 4(d)(ii) hereof, by the same or equivalent medical and dental as in effect for the Executive and the Executive's family immediately prior to the Date of Termination until the Executive's sixty-fifth (65th) birthday and (2) provided with the Executive Life Insurance Benefits from the Date of Termination until the second anniversary thereof.
- Death. If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of the Executive's death during the Employment Term, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive's heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives under this Agreement, other than for payment of (i) all Accrued Obligations plus (ii) at the time the
- PROPRIETARY INFORMATION; INVENTIONS IN THE FIELD.
- Proprietary Information. In the course of service to the Company, the Executive will have access to confidential information regarding the organization, business and finances of the Company and its affiliated companies, including products, services, designs, methods, techniques, systems, specifications, know-how, strategic or technical data, marketing research data, product research and development data, sales techniques, confidential customer lists and information, sources of supply and trade secrets, all of which are confidential and may be proprietary and are owned or used by the Company, or any of its affiliates. Such information shall hereinafter be called "Proprietary Information" and shall include any and all items enumerated in the preceding sentence and coming within the scope of the business of the Company or any of its affiliated companies as to which the Executive may have access, whether conceived or developed by others or by the Executive alone or with others during the period of service to the Company, whether or not conceived or developed during regular working hours. Proprietary Information shall not include any records, data or information
which are (i) in the public domain during or after the Employment Term provided the same are not in the public domain as a consequence of disclosure directly or indirectly by the Executive in violation of this Agreement, (ii) required to be disclosed by law, or (iii) reasonably required to be disclosed in prosecuting or defending any suit, proceeding or investigation to which the Executive is a party.
- Fiduciary Obligations. The Executive agrees that Proprietary Information is of critical importance to the Company and a violation of this Section 7 would seriously and irreparably impair and damage the Company's business. The Executive agrees that he shall keep all Proprietary Information in a fiduciary capacity for the sole benefit of the Company.
- Non-Use and Non-Disclosure. The Executive shall not during the Employment Term or at any time thereafter: (i) disclose, directly or indirectly, any Proprietary Information to any person, other than any person who, in the reasonable judgment of the Executive, needs to know such Proprietary Information or such other persons to whom the Executive has been specifically instructed to make disclosure by the Board and in all such cases only to the extent required in the course of the Executive's service to the Company; or (ii) use any Proprietary Information, directly or indirectly, for the Executive's own benefit or for the benefit of any person or entity other than the Company.
- Assignment of Inventions. The Executive agrees to assign and transfer to the Company or its designee, without any separate remuneration or compensation, his entire right, title and interest in and to all Inventions in the Field (as defined below), together with all United States and foreign rights with respect thereto, and, at the Company's expense, to execute and deliver all appropriate patent and copyright applications for securing United States and foreign patents and copyrights on Inventions in the Field and to perform all lawful acts, including giving testimony, and to execute and deliver all such instruments that may be necessary or proper to vest all such Inventions in the Field and patents and copyrights with respect thereto in the Company, and to assist the Company in the prosecution or defense of any interference which may be declared involving any of said patent applications, patents, copyright applications or copyrights. For the purposes of this Agreement, the words "Inventions in the Field" shall include any discovery, process, design, development, improvement, application, technique, or invention, whether patentable or copyrightable or not and whether reduced to practice or not, conceived, created, discovered, invented or made by the Executive, individually or jointly with others (whether on or off the Company's premises or during or after normal working hours), while in the employ of the Company or any of its affiliated companies, and which was or is directly or indirectly related to the business of the Company or any of its affiliated companies or suppliers or customers, or which resulted or results from any work performed by, or use of any Documents, Property or other personal property of the Company (whether tangible or intangible and whether owned, leased or contracted for) by, any executive, employee or agent of the Company or any of its affiliated companies.
- Return of Documents. All (i) notes, memoranda, reports, lists, letters, documents, records, specifications, software programs, software code, data, tapes and other media of every kind, form and description relating to or within the scope of the business of the Company or any of its affiliated companies and any copies, in whole or in part, thereof (collectively, the "Documents"), whether or not prepared by the Executive, and (ii) all computers, cellular telephones, pagers, credit and/or calling cards, keys, access cards or other personal property of or relating to the Company or any of its affiliated companies (collectively, the "Property") shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Company. The Executive shall safeguard all Documents and Property and shall surrender to the Company within five (5) days of any Date of Termination, or at such earlier time or times as the Board or its designee may specify, all
Documents and Property then in the Executive's possession or control; provided, however, that the Executive may retain a copy of any personnel-related materials relating to his employment with the Company, including, but not limited to, this Agreement, any compensation or benefit plan or program, or any awards or evidence of participation in such plans or programs, or any other communications to or from the Company related to Executive's employment. During the Employment Term, the Executive shall not make, use or permit to be used any Documents or Property otherwise than for the benefit of the Company. After the Employment Term, the Executive shall not use or permit others to use any Documents or Property.
- Acknowledgement. This Section 7 shall not be construed to unreasonably restrict the Executive's ability to disclose Proprietary Information in an arbitration or court proceeding regarding the assertion of, or defense against, any claim of breach of this Agreement.
- RESTRICTIONS ON ACTIVITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE.
- Acknowledgments. The Executive and Company acknowledge and agree that the Executive is being employed hereunder in a key capacity with the Company and that the Company is engaged in a highly competitive business and that the success of the Company's business in the marketplace depends upon its goodwill and reputation for quality and dependability. The Executive and the Company further acknowledge and agree that (i) reasonable limits may be placed on the Executive's ability to compete against the Company and its affiliated companies as provided herein to the extent that they protect and preserve the legitimate business interests and goodwill of the Company and/or its affiliated companies and (ii) such limits are (A) in consideration for and as an inducement for, among other things, the consummation of the Transactions that will result in the Executive receiving substantial cash proceeds, (B) the result of arms-length negotiations between the parties, (C) reasonable in scope and duration, and (D) necessary to protect the legitimate business interests of the Company and its affiliated companies. In addition, the Executive acknowledges (1) that the business of the Company and its subsidiaries is international in scope and without geographical limitation and (2) notwithstanding the state of incorporation or formation or principal office or location of the Company or any of its affiliated companies, or any of their respective executives or employees (including the Executive), it is expected that the Company will have business activities and have valuable business relationships within its industry throughout the United States and the world. The Executive acknowledges that he has carefully read this Agreement and has given careful consideration to the restraints imposed upon the Executive by this Agreement, and is in full accord as to their necessity for the reasonable and proper protection of the Proprietary Information, whether now existing or to be developed in the future. The Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that each and every restraint imposed by this Agreement is reasonable with respect to subject matter, time period and geographical area.
- Non-Competition Restrictions. During the Non-Competition Period (as defined below), the Executive will not and will not permit any of his Affiliates (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) to anywhere in the Territory (as defined below) engage or participate in, directly or indirectly, alone or as principal, agent, employee, employer, consultant, investor or partner of, or assist in the management of, or provide advisory or other services to, or own any stock or any other ownership interest in, or make any financial investment in, any business or entity which is Competitive with the Company (as defined below); provided, however, that (i) the ownership of not more than 2% of the outstanding securities of any class of securities listed on a national exchange or inter-dealer quotation system and (ii) service as a non-employee member of the board of directors or other governing body of an Asset Management Entity shall not constitute a violation of this Section 8(b). For purposes of this Agreement, a business or entity shall be considered "Competitive with the Company" as of any point in time during the Non-Competition Period if it competes with (A) the products then marketed or sold by
the Company and/or any of its affiliated companies and as such products may be improved and/or modified, (B) the services then marketed, sold or provided by the Company and/or any of its affiliated companies and as such services may be improved and/or modified or (C) the products and/or services that the Company and/or any of its affiliated companies, is then actively developing, designing, marketing, producing or supplying in the future including, without limitation, the business of providing financial products or services, including those involving or related to exchange-traded derivatives, managed futures, prime brokerage services, fixed income securities, foreign exchange, equities, over-the-counter derivatives and asset management of structured products related to the Company's core business. For purposes of this Agreement, the "Non-Competition Period" shall mean the period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the later of (x) the two year anniversary of the Date of Termination and (y) the five year anniversary of the Effective Date. For purposes of this Agreement, "Territory" shall mean the States of New York and Illinois and every other State or foreign country where the Company and/or any of its affiliated companies maintains employees, owns or leases property or otherwise conducts business during the Non-Competition Period.
- Non-Solicitation and No-Hire Restrictions. During the Non-Competition Period, the Executive will not and will not permit any of his Affiliates to (i) solicit, or attempt to solicit any officer, director, consultant or executive of the Company or any of its affiliated companies (each such individual, a "Company Affiliate") to leave his or her engagement with the Company or such affiliated company, (ii) hire any Company Affiliate or (iii) call upon, solicit, divert or attempt to solicit or divert from the Company or any of its affiliated companies any of their customers or suppliers or potential or prospective customers or suppliers of whom the Executive was aware were potential or prospective customers prior to or during the Employment Term in any manner that harms or interferes with such person's relationship with the Company; provided, however, that nothing in this Section 8(c) shall be deemed to prohibit the Executive from calling upon or soliciting a customer or supplier of the Company or any affiliated company during the Non-Competition Period if such action relates solely to a business which is not Competitive with the Company; provided, further, that nothing in this Section 8(c) shall be deemed to prohibit the Executive from (A) soliciting or hiring any Company Affiliate if such Company Affiliate is a member of the Executive's immediate family; (B) placing advertisements in newspapers or other media of general circulation advertising employment opportunities; and (C) hiring any Company Affiliate who responds to such advertisements without any prior notice thereof by the Executive or any of his Affiliates; provided that such Company Affiliate was not otherwise solicited by the Executive or any of his Affiliates in violation of this Agreement.
- Non-Disparagement Restrictions. Each of the Executive and the Company covenants and agrees that during the Non-Competition Period, such party will not, directly or indirectly, either in writing or by any other medium, make any disparaging, derogatory or negative statement, comment or remark about the other party or any of its affiliated companies, or Thomas H. Lee Partners or any of its affiliates, or any of their respective officers, directors, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, as the case may be; provided, however, that either party may make such statements, comments or remarks as are necessary to comply with law.
- The Executive's Skills and Abilities. THE EXECUTIVE REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES HE POSSESSES AT THE TIME OF COMMENCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT HEREUNDER ARE SUFFICIENT TO PERMIT HIM, IN THE EVENT OF TERMINATION OF HIS EMPLOYMENT HEREUNDER, TO EARN A LIVELIHOOD SATISFACTORY TO HIMSELF WITHOUT
VIOLATING ANY PROVISION OF SECTION 7 OR SECTION 8 HEREOF, FOR EXAMPLE, BY USING SUCH KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, OR SOME OF THEM, IN THE SERVICE OF A BUSINESS THAT IS NOT COMPETITIVE WITH THE COMPANY.
- The Executive will not circumvent the purpose of any restriction contained in this Section 8 by engaging in business outside the Territory through remote means such as telephone, correspondence or computerized communication.
- REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.
- The Company represents and warrants to the Executive that the execution, delivery, and performance by the Company of this Agreement have been duly authorized by all necessary limited liability company action of the Company and do not and will not conflict with or result in a violation of any provision of, or constitute a default under, any material contract, agreement, instrument, or obligation to which the Company is a party or by which it is bound.
- The Executive represents and warrants to the Company that the execution, delivery, and performance by the Executive of this Agreement do not and will not conflict with or result in a violation of any provision of, or constitute a default under, any material contract, agreement, instrument, or obligation to which the Executive is a party or by which the Executive is bound.
- FULL SETTLEMENT.
- There shall be no right of set off or counterclaim against, or delay in, any payments to the Executive, or to the Executive's heirs or legal representatives, provided for in this Agreement, in respect of any claim against or debt or other obligation of the Executive or others, whether arising hereunder or otherwise.
- In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement, and such amounts shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment.
- INDEMNIFICATION; DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS INSURANCE. The Company agrees that in connection with the Executive's service to the Company pursuant hereto, the Executive shall be entitled to the benefit of any indemnification provisions in the Company's Limited Liability Company Agreement and/or any of its affiliated companies and any director and officer liability insurance coverage carried by the Company and/or any of its affiliated companies, if any. The Company shall take no action to amend or revise the provisions in its Limited Liability Company Agreement that would reduce or impair the right of the Executive to indemnification thereunder.
- INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. In recognition of the fact that a breach by the Executive of any of the provisions of Section 7 or Section 8 hereof will cause irreparable damage to the Company for which monetary damages alone will not constitute an adequate remedy, the Company shall be entitled as a matter of right (without being required to prove damages or furnish any bond or other security) to obtain a restraining order, an injunction, an order of specific performance, or other equitable or extraordinary relief from any court of competent jurisdiction restraining any further violation of such provisions by the Executive or requiring the Executive to perform the Executive's obligations hereunder. Such right to equitable or extraordinary relief shall not be exclusive but shall be in addition to all other rights and remedies to which the Company may be entitled at law or in equity, including without limitation the right to recover monetary damages for the breach by the Executive of any of the provisions of this Agreement.
- GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law
provision or rule (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the law of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.
- NOTICES. All notices, requests and demands to or upon the parties hereto to be effective shall be in writing, by facsimile, by overnight courier or by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, and shall be deemed to have been duly given or made upon: (a) delivery by hand, (b) one business day after being sent by nationally recognized overnight courier; or (c) in the case of transmission by facsimile, when confirmation of receipt is obtained. Such communications shall be addressed and directed to the parties as follows (or to such other address as either party shall designate by giving like notice of such change to the other party):
- if to the Company:
Refco Group Ltd., LLC
One World Financial Center
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281
Attention: Board of Managers
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice to the Company) to:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Attention: James Westra
- if to the Executive:
Phillip R. Bennett
125 Colt Lane
Gladstone, NJ 07934
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice to the Executive) to:
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
New York, NY 10019
Attention: Joseph P. Collins
or to such other address as the party to whom notice is given may have previously furnished to the other in writing in the manner set forth above.
- BINDING EFFECT; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFIT.
- This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the Executive. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and shall be enforceable by the Executive's legal representatives.
- This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.
- The Company shall require any successor or assign (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, or otherwise) to all or substantially all the business and/or assets of the Company, by agreement in writing, expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession or assignment had taken place. As used in this Agreement, the "Company" shall mean the Company as hereinabove defined and any successor or assign to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which executes and delivers this Agreement provided for in this
- Amendment. This Agreement may not be modified or amended in any respect except by an instrument in writing signed by each of the Company and the Executive. No person, other than pursuant to a resolution of the Board or a committee thereof, shall have authority on behalf of the Company to agree to modify, amend, or waive any provision of this Agreement or anything in reference thereto.
- Actions by the Company and/or the Board. Any action to be taken by the Company and/or the Board pursuant to this Agreement shall be subject to the minimum approval and other requirements set forth in the Company's Limited Liability Company Agreement and that certain Securityholders' Agreement, dated as of the Effective Date, by and among the Company and certain of its securityholders, as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time (the "Securityholders' Agreement").
- Waiver. Any term or condition of this Agreement may be waived at any time by the party hereto which is entitled to have the benefit thereof, but such waiver shall only be effective if evidenced by a writing signed by such party, and a waiver on one occasion shall not be deemed to be a waiver of the same or any other type of breach on a future occasion. No failure or delay by a party hereto in exercising any right or power hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof nor shall any single or partial exercise thereof preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or power.
- Withholding Taxes. The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such federal, state, local, or foreign taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
- Nonalienation of Benefits. The Executive shall not have any right to pledge, hypothecate, anticipate, or in any way create a lien upon any payments or other benefits provided under this Agreement; and no benefits payable hereunder shall be assignable in anticipation of payment either by voluntary or involuntary acts, or by operation of law, except by will or pursuant to the laws of descent and distribution.
- Attorneys' Fees. The Executive and the Company agree that in any court, arbitration or other dispute resolution proceedings arising out of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to its or his reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred by it or him in connection with resolution of the dispute in question in addition to any other relief granted thereby.
- Severability. The parties agree that each provision herein shall be treated as a separate and independent clause, and the unenforceability of any one clause shall in no way impair the enforceability of any other clauses of this Agreement. If any one or more provisions of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, including due to being overbroad in scope activity, subject or otherwise: (i) this Agreement shall be considered divisible; (ii) such provision shall be deemed inoperative to the extent it is deemed invalid or unenforceable; and (iii) in all other respects this Agreement shall remain full force and effect; provided, however, that if any such provision maybe made valid or enforceable by limitation
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be executed on its behalf by its duly authorized officer, and the Executive has executed this Agreement, as of the date first above set forth.
| || ||REFCO GROUP LTD., LLC|
/s/ PHILLIP R. BENNETT
/s/ PHILLIP BENNETT
|PHILLIP R. BENNETT|| ||Name:|| ||Phillip Bennett|
| || ||Title:|| ||President|