Voting Agreement

Voting Agreement

Exhibit 10.1

 

VOTING AGREEMENT

 

This VOTING AGREEMENT, dated as of October 9, 2018 (this “Agreement”), is by and between Antero Midstream GP LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“AMGP”), and Antero Resources Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“Antero Resources”).

 

RECITALS:

 

WHEREAS, concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, AMGP GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of AMGP (“AMGP GP”), AMGP, Antero IDR Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“IDR Holdings”) and subsidiary of AMGP, Arkrose Midstream Preferred Co LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of AMGP, Arkrose Midstream Newco Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of AMGP (“NewCo”), Arkrose Midstream Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly owned subsidiary of NewCo (“Merger Sub”), Antero Midstream Partners GP LLC (“AMLP GP”), a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP (“AMLP”), a Delaware limited partnership, and AMLP are entering into a Simplification Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Simplification Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other things, subject to the conditions set forth therein, the parties thereto will consummate a series of transactions that includes, (i) at the election of AMLP GP, the merger of AMLP GP with and into AMGP with AMGP surviving the merger, (ii) the conversion of AMGP from a limited partnership into a corporation under the laws of the State of Delaware, (iii) the issuance of non-voting preferred stock of AMGP Corp (as defined in the Simplification Agreement) and donation of such preferred stock to the Antero Foundation for no consideration, (iv) the contribution by AMGP Corp of AMGP Common Stock (as defined in the Simplification Agreement) to NewCo, (v) the merger of Merger Sub with and into AMLP with AMLP surviving the merger and pursuant to which holders of common units representing limited partner interests in AMLP (the “AMLP Common Units”) shall have the right to receive the Merger Consideration (as defined in the Simplification Agreement), (vii) the exchange by the Series B Holders (as defined in the Simplification Agreement) of Series B Units (as defined in the Simplification Agreement) for AMGP Common Stock held by NewCo and (viii) the execution and delivery by the parties thereto of the Registration Rights Agreement and the Stockholders’ Agreement (each as defined in the Simplification Agreement) (collectively, the “Transactions”); and

 

WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, Antero Resources is the record and beneficial owner in the aggregate of, and has the right to vote and dispose of, 98,870,335 AMLP Common Units;

 

WHEREAS, as a condition to AMGP’s willingness to enter into the Simplification Agreement, AMGP has required that Antero Resources agree to enter into this agreement and abide by the covenants and obligations with respect to the Covered Units (as hereinafter defined) set forth herein.

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual representations, warranties, covenants and agreements herein contained, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 



 

ARTICLE 1

 

GENERAL

 

Section 1.1                                    Defined Terms.  The following capitalized terms, as used in this Agreement, shall have the meanings set forth below.  Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings ascribed thereto in the Simplification Agreement.

 

Covered Units” means, the Existing Units, together with any AMLP Common Units that Antero Resources acquires, either beneficially or of record, or has the right to vote (by contract or otherwise) or the right to direct the voting, on or after the date hereof, including any AMLP Common Units received as distributions, as a result of a split, reverse split, combination, merger, conversion, consolidation, reorganization, reclassification, recapitalization or similar transaction, as a result of any exchange of other securities for AMLP Common Units, or upon exercise, exchange or conversion of any option, warrant or other security or instrument exercisable or exchangeable for, or convertible into, AMLP Common Units.

 

Existing Units” means, all AMLP Common Units owned, either beneficially or of record, by Antero Resources on the date of this Agreement.

 

Transfer” means, directly or indirectly, to sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber, gift, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of (whether by merger, conversion or consolidation (including by conversion into securities or other consideration as a result of such merger, conversion or consolidation), by tendering into any tender or exchange offer, by testamentary disposition, by operation of law or otherwise), either voluntarily or involuntarily or for value or without value, or to enter into any contract, option or other arrangement or understanding (whether written or oral) with respect to the voting of or sale, transfer, conversion, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, gift, hypothecation or other disposition of (whether by merger, conversion or consolidation (including by conversion into securities or other consideration as a result of such merger, conversion or consolidation), by tendering into any tender or exchange offer, by testamentary disposition, by operation of law or otherwise).

 

ARTICLE 2

 

VOTING

 

Section 2.1                                    Agreement to Vote Covered UnitsAntero Resources hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that, during the term of this Agreement, at any meeting of the holders of AMLP Common Units, however called, including any adjournment or postponement thereof, and in connection with any action by consent of the holders of AMLP Common Units (or any class or subdivision thereof) in lieu of a meeting thereof, Antero Resources shall:

 

(a)                                 appear at each such meeting and cause its Covered Units to be counted as present thereat for purposes of calculating a quorum; and

 

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(b)                                 (x) in the case of a meeting, vote (or cause to be voted), in person or by proxy, all of the Covered Units, or (y) in the case of a proposed action by consent in lieu of a meeting, duly deliver (or cause to be duly delivered) promptly (and in any event within 48 hours after the receipt of the proposed action by consent) a consent in respect of all of the Covered Units:

 

(i)                                     in favor of the approval of the AMLP Unitholder Proposals and any other related proposal requested by AMLP that is necessary or desirable in furtherance thereof or in connection therewith;

 

(ii)                                  against the approval or adoption of any action, agreement, transaction or proposal that is intended, or would reasonably be expected, to result in a breach of any covenant, agreement, representation, warranty or any other obligation of AMLP contained in the Simplification Agreement or of Antero Resources contained in this Agreement; and

 

(iii)                               against any action, agreement, transaction or proposal that is intended, would reasonably be expected, or the result of which would reasonably be expected, to impede, interfere with, delay, postpone, discourage, frustrate the purposes of or adversely affect any of the Transactions or any action contemplated by the Simplification Agreement.

 

AMLP shall give Antero Resources notice of any amendment or waiver of any provision of the Simplification Agreement within two Business Days after any such amendment or waiver. In the event any provision of the Simplification Agreement is amended or any such provision is waived by AMLP GP or AMLP, the obligations of Antero Resources under this Agreement shall terminate upon such waiver or amendment if such amendment or waiver (a) (i) extends the Termination Date, (ii) adversely impacts the Merger Consideration to be received by Antero Resources or the number or value of the AMGP Common Shares that will be held by Antero Resources upon consummation of the Transactions or (iii) otherwise has a material adverse effect on the interests of Antero Resources in the Transactions and (b) has not been consented to by the Special Committee of Antero Resources.  In such event, the Special Committee of Antero Resources may instruct AMLP that Antero Resources and Arkrose Sub (as defined below) be deemed to vote against all proposals at the AMLP Unitholder Meeting, which instruction will override any different votes, proxies or voting instructions by or on behalf of Antero Resources or Arkrose Sub received by AMLP or its designees.

 

If Antero Resources is the beneficial owner, but not the record holder, of any Covered Units, Antero Resources agrees to take all actions necessary to cause the record holder to vote (or act by written consent) all of such Covered Units in accordance with this Section 2.1.

 

Section 2.2                                    No Inconsistent Agreements.  Antero Resources hereby represents, covenants and agrees that, except for this Agreement, Antero Resources (a) has not entered into, and shall not enter into at any time while this Agreement remains in effect, any voting agreement or voting trust with respect to its Covered Units, (b) has not granted, and shall not grant at any time while this Agreement remains in effect, a proxy, consent or power of attorney with respect to its Covered Units (except pursuant to Section 2.3 hereof) and (c) has not taken and shall not take any

 

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action that would make any representation or warranty of Antero Resources contained herein untrue or incorrect in any material respect or have the effect of preventing or disabling Antero Resources from performing in any material respect any of its obligations under this Agreement.

 

Section 2.3                                    Proxy.  In order to secure the obligations set forth herein, Antero Resources irrevocably appoints each officer of AMGP, or any nominee of the AMGP GP Board, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, as its true and lawful proxy and attorney-in-fact, in the event that Antero Resources does not comply with its obligations in Section 2.1, to vote or execute written consents with respect to Antero Resources’ Covered Units in accordance with Section 2.1 hereof and with respect to any proposed postponements or adjournments of any meeting of the holders of AMLP Common Units at which any of the matters described in Section 2.1 hereof are to be considered.  Antero Resources hereby affirms that this proxy is coupled with an interest and shall be irrevocable, except upon termination of this Agreement, and Antero Resources will take such further action or execute such other instruments as may be necessary to effectuate the intent of this proxy and hereby revokes any proxy previously granted by Antero Resources with respect to any of its Covered Units.  AMGP may terminate this proxy at any time at its sole election by written notice provided to Antero Resources.

 

ARTICLE 3

 

ASSIGNMENT

 

Section 3.1                                    Assignment.  Prior to the Effective Time, Antero Resources shall assign and deliver to Arkrose Subsidiary Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Arkrose Sub”), an amount of AMLP Common Units that results in Antero Resources owning 12,907,876 AMGP Common Shares (the “Assigned Interests”) after taking into account (a) the Conversion and (b) the final calculation of the proration of the Merger Consideration to be paid in the Transactions pursuant to Section 3.1 of the Simplification Agreement (the “Assignment”).  Following the Assignment, the Assigned Interests shall continue to be Covered Units for all purposes under this Agreement, and Antero Resources shall cause Arkrose Sub to assume the rights and duties of Antero Resources under this Agreement and to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement to the same extent as Antero Resources. For the avoidance of doubt, following the Assignment, Antero Resources shall continue to be deemed a beneficial owner of the Assigned Interests and shall remain subject to the rights and duties under this Agreement and shall remain bound by the provisions of this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 4

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

Section 4.1                                    Representations and Warranties of Antero Resources.  Antero Resources (except to the extent otherwise provided herein) hereby represents and warrants to AMGP, with respect to its Covered Units, as follows:

 

(a)                                 Authorization; Validity of Agreement; Necessary Action.  Antero Resources has the requisite power and authority and/or capacity to execute and deliver this Agreement and to carry out its obligations hereunder.  The execution and delivery by

 

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Antero Resources of this Agreement and the performance by it of the obligations hereunder have been duly and validly authorized by Antero Resources and no other actions or proceedings are required on the part of Antero Resources to authorize the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the performance by Antero Resources of its obligations hereunder.  This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by Antero Resources and constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement of Antero Resources, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent transfer, reorganization, moratorium and similar laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equitable principles.

 

(b)                                 Ownership.  Antero Resources is the record and/or beneficial owner of, and has good title to, its Existing Units, free and clear of any liens, except as may be provided for in this Agreement.  All of Antero Resources’ Covered Units from the date hereof through and the term of this Agreement will be beneficially or legally owned by Antero Resources.  Except as provided for in this Agreement, Antero Resources has and will have at all times during the term of this Agreement sole voting power (including the right to control such vote as contemplated herein), sole power of disposition, sole power to issue instructions with respect to the matters set forth in Article 2 hereof, and sole power to agree to all of the matters set forth in this Agreement, in each case with respect to all Antero Resources’ Existing Units and with respect to all of Antero Resources’ Covered Units at any time during the term of this Agreement.  Except for the Existing Units, Antero Resources does not, directly or indirectly, legally or beneficially own or have any option, warrant or other right to acquire any securities of AMLP that are or may by their terms become entitled to vote or any securities that are convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for any securities of AMLP that are or may by their terms become entitled to vote, nor is Antero Resources subject to any contract, agreement, arrangement, understanding or relationship, other than this Agreement, that obligates it to vote, acquire or dispose of any securities of AMLP.

 

(c)                                  No Violation.  Neither the execution and delivery of this Agreement by Antero Resources nor its performance of its obligations under this Agreement will (i) result in a violation or breach of, or conflict with any provisions of, or constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a default) under, or result in the termination or cancellation of, or give rise to a right of purchase under, or result in the creation of any lien (other than under this Agreement) upon any of the properties, rights or assets (including but not limited to its Existing Units) owned by Antero Resources under, any of the terms, conditions or provisions of any note, bond, mortgage, indenture, deed of trust, license, contract, lease, agreement or other instrument or obligation of any kind to which Antero Resources is a party or by which it or any of its properties, rights or assets may be bound, (ii) violate any Law applicable to Antero Resources or any of its properties, rights or assets, or (iii) result in a violation or breach of or conflict with its organizational and governing documents, except in the case of clause (i) as would not reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the ability of Antero Resources to perform its obligations hereunder.

 

(d)                                 Consents and Approvals.  No consent, approval, order or authorization of, or registration, declaration or filing with, any Governmental Entity is necessary to be

 

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obtained or made by Antero Resources in connection with its execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, except for any reports under Sections 13(d) and 16 of the Exchange Act as may be required in connection with this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

(e)                                  Reliance by AMGP.  Antero Resources understands and acknowledges that AMGP is entering into the Simplification Agreement in reliance upon Antero Resources’ execution and delivery of this Agreement and the representations, warranties, covenants and obligations of Antero Resources contained herein.

 

(f)                                   Adequate Information.  Antero Resources acknowledges that it is a sophisticated party with respect to its Covered Units and has adequate information concerning the business and financial condition of AMLP to make an informed decision regarding the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and has, independently and without reliance upon AMLP and based on such information as Antero Resources has deemed appropriate, made its own analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement.  Antero Resources acknowledges that AMGP has not made and is not making any representation or warranty, whether express or implied, of any kind or character except as expressly set forth in this Agreement.

 

Section 4.2                                    Representations and Warranties of AMGP.  AMGP hereby represents and warrants to Antero Resources that the execution and delivery of this Agreement by AMGP and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of the AMGP GP Board.  AMGP acknowledges that Antero Resources has not made and is not making any representation or warranty of any kind except as expressly set forth in this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 5

 

OTHER COVENANTS

 

Section 5.1                                    Prohibition on Transfers, Other Actions. During the term of this Agreement:

 

(a)                                 Antero Resources hereby agrees not to (i) Transfer any of the Covered Units, beneficial ownership thereof or any other interest therein, (ii) enter into any agreement, arrangement or understanding, or take any other action, that violates or conflicts with, or would reasonably be expected to violate or conflict with, or would reasonably be expected to result in or give rise to a violation of or conflict with, Antero Resources’ representations, warranties, covenants and obligations under this Agreement, or (iii) take any action that would restrict or otherwise affect Antero Resources’ legal power, authority and right to comply with and perform its covenants and obligations under this Agreement.  Any Transfer in violation of this provision shall be null and void.

 

(b)                                 Antero Resources agrees that if it attempts to Transfer, vote, provide consent in lieu of a meeting or provide any other Person with the authority to vote or provide consent with respect to any of the Covered Units other than in compliance with

 

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this Agreement, Antero Resources shall be deemed to have unconditionally and irrevocably instructed AMLP to not, (i) permit any such Transfer on its books and records, (ii) issue a book-entry interest or a new certificate representing any of the Covered Units, or (iii) record such vote or consent unless and until Antero Resources has complied in all respects with the terms of this Agreement.

 

(c)                                  Antero Resources agrees that it shall not, and shall cause each of its controlled Affiliates to not, become a member of a “group” (as that term is used in Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) that Antero Resources or such Affiliate is not currently a part of and that has not been disclosed in a filing with the SEC prior to the date hereof (other than as a result of entering into this Agreement) for the purpose of opposing or competing with, or otherwise interfering with, impeding or delaying the consummation of, the Transactions.

 

(d)                                 Antero Resources agrees not to take any action that would make any of its representations or warranties contained herein untrue or incorrect in any material respect or would reasonably be expected to have the effect of preventing, impeding, interfering with, delaying or otherwise adversely affecting in any respect its due and timely performance of its obligations under or contemplated by this Agreement.

 

Section 5.2                                    Further Assurances.  Each of the parties hereto agrees that it will use its reasonable best efforts to do all things reasonably necessary to effectuate this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

Section 5.3                                    Waiver of Appraisal Rights and Claims.  Antero Resources hereby waives any and all rights of appraisal or rights to dissent from the consummation of the Merger and any other action contemplated by the Simplification Agreement.  Without limiting the foregoing, Antero Resources agrees not to commence, join in, facilitate, assist or encourage, and agrees to take all actions necessary to opt out of, any class in any class action with respect to, any claim, derivative or otherwise, against AMLP, AMLP GP, and their respective Affiliates, or any of their respective officers, directors, managers, employees, or agents, and their respective successors and assigns, (a) challenging the validity of, or seeking to enjoin the operation of, any provision of this Agreement, (b) alleging any breach of the organizational documents of AMLP, AMLP GP or any of their Affiliates, in connection with the evaluation, negotiation or entry into, or the performance by any party of its obligations under, the Simplification Agreement, or (c) alleging that the evaluation, negotiation or entry into, or the performance by any party of its obligations under, the Simplification Agreement would result in a violation of law.

 

Section 5.4                                    Antero Resources Capacity.  Antero Resources has entered into this Agreement solely in its capacity as a record or beneficial owner of Covered Units.  None of the provisions of this Agreement shall be construed to prohibit, limit or restrict any Representative of Antero Resources who is an officer of AMLP or a member of the AMLP GP Board from exercising his or her duties to AMLP by taking any action whatsoever in his or her capacity as an officer or director, including with respect to the Simplification Agreement and the Transactions.

 

Section 5.5                                    Registration Rights Agreement.  At the closing of the Transactions contemplated by the Simplification Agreement, AMGP (or its successor entity) and Antero

 

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Resources shall enter into a Registration Rights Agreement substantially in the form attached as an exhibit to the Simplification Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 6

 

MERGER CONSIDERATION ELECTION

 

Section 6.1                                    Consideration Election. In connection with the elections to be made with respect to the Merger Consideration to be received by the holders of Eligible Units under Section 3.1 of the Simplification Agreement, Antero Resources (for itself and on behalf of Arkrose Sub) hereby irrevocably elects to receive the AR Mixed Election Consideration with respect to each AR Eligible Unit, subject to the provisions of Section 3.1(b) of the Simplification Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 7

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 7.1                                    Termination.

 

(a)                                 This Agreement, other than Article 6 and this Article 7, shall remain in effect until the earliest to occur of (a) the Closing Date, (b) the valid termination of the Simplification Agreement in accordance with the terms thereof, (c) the mutual written consent of all of the parties hereto to terminate this Agreement, and (d) the Termination Date (as such term is defined in the Simplification Agreement as of the date hereof, without giving effect to any amendment or waiver thereof).  In addition, AMGP may terminate this Agreement, other than Article 7, with respect to all or any portion of Antero Resources’ Covered Units by delivering a written notice to Antero Resources stating the portion of Antero Resources’ Covered Units with respect to which this Agreement is terminated (in which case Antero Resources’ obligations hereunder shall terminate only with respect to the portion of its Covered Units so identified).

 

(b)                                 For the avoidance of doubt and subject to the penultimate paragraph of Section 2.1, unless and until this Agreement is terminated in accordance with this Section 7.1, the agreements set forth herein, including the irrevocable proxy in Section 2.3, shall remain in full force and effect.  Nothing in this Section 7.1 and no termination of this Agreement shall relieve or otherwise limit any party of liability for any breach of this Agreement occurring prior to such termination.

 

Section 7.2                                    No Ownership Interest.  Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to vest in AMGP any direct or indirect ownership or incidence of ownership of or with respect to any Covered Units.  All rights, ownership and economic benefit relating to the Covered Units of Antero Resources shall remain vested in and belong to Antero Resources, and AMGP shall have no authority to direct Antero Resources in the voting or disposition of any of its Covered Units, except as otherwise provided herein.

 

Section 7.3                                    Publicity.  Antero Resources hereby permits AMLP and AMGP to include and disclose in the Joint Proxy Statement, and in such other schedules, certificates, applications, agreements or documents as such entities reasonably determine to be necessary or appropriate in

 

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connection with the consummation of the Transactions and the other actions contemplated by the Simplification Agreement Antero Resources’ identity and ownership of the Covered Units and the nature of Antero Resources’ commitments, arrangements and understandings pursuant to this Agreement.  AMGP hereby permits Antero Resources to disclose this Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Simplification Agreement in any reports required to be filed by Antero Resources or any of its Affiliates under Sections 13(d) and 16 of the Exchange Act.

 

Section 7.4                                    Notices.  All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed given (a) upon personal delivery to the party to be notified; (b) when received when sent by facsimile by the party to be notified, provided, however, that notice given by facsimile shall not be effective unless either (i) a duplicate copy of such fax notice is promptly given by one of the other methods described in this Section 7.4 or (ii) the receiving party delivers a written confirmation of receipt for such notice by fax or any other method described in this Section 7.4; or (c) when delivered by a courier (with confirmation of delivery); in each case to the party to be notified at the following address:

 

If to Antero Resources, to:

 

Antero Resources Corporation

1615 Wynkoop Street

Denver, Colorado  80202

Attn:                    Yvette Schultz

Telephone:                                   (303) 357-6886

Facsimile:                                         (303) 357-7315

Email:            yschultz@anteroresources.com

 

with a copy to the Special Committee of Antero Resources:

 

c/o Sidley Austin LLP

1000 Louisiana, Suite 6000

Houston, Texas 77002

Attn:                    J. Mark Metts and George Vlahakos

Telephone:                                   (713) 495-4500

Facsimile:                                         (713) 495-7799

Email:            mmetts@sidley.com and gvlahakos@sidley.com

 

If to AMGP, to:

 

Antero Midstream GP LP

1615 Wynkoop Street Denver, Colorado  80202

Attn:                    Yvette Schultz

Telephone:                                   (303) 357-6886

Facsimile:                                         (303) 357-7315

Email:            yschultz@anteroresources.com

 

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with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

600 Travis, Suite 4200

Houston, Texas 77002

Attn:                    Robert V. Jewell

Telephone:                                   (713) 220-4358

Facsimile:                                         (713) 220-4285

Email:            bjewell@HuntonAK.com

 

Section 7.5                                    Interpretation.  The words “hereof,” “herein” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in this Agreement shall refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement, and Section references are to this Agreement unless otherwise specified.  Whenever the words “include,” “includes” or “including” are used in this Agreement, they shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation.” The meanings given to terms defined herein shall be equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of such terms.  The headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.  This Agreement is the product of negotiation by the parties having the assistance of counsel and other advisers.  It is the intention of the parties that this Agreement not be construed more strictly with regard to one party than with regard to the others.

 

Section 7.6                                    Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument, and shall become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the parties and delivered (by telecopy, electronic delivery or otherwise) to the other parties.  Signatures to this Agreement transmitted by facsimile transmission, by electronic mail in “portable document format” (“.pdf”) form, or by any other electronic means intended to preserve the original graphic and pictorial appearance of a document, will have the same effect as physical delivery of the paper document bearing the original signature.

 

Section 7.7                                    Entire Agreement.  This Agreement, together with the schedule annexed hereto, and, solely to the extent of the defined terms referenced herein, the Simplification Agreement, constitute the entire agreement, and supersede all other prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the parties, or any of them, with respect to the subject matter hereof and thereof, and this Agreement is not intended to grant standing to any person other than the parties hereto; provided, however, that nothing contained in this Agreement shall supersede or replace the transfer restrictions set forth in the governing documents for AMLP, which provisions shall remain in full force and effect according to their terms.

 

Section 7.8                                    Governing Law.  This Agreement and the performance of the transactions contemplated hereby and obligations of the parties hereunder will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to any choice of Law principles.  Each of the parties agrees that this Agreement (a) involves at least $100,000.00 and (b) has been entered into by the parties in express reliance on 6 Del. C. § 2708.  Each of the parties hereto irrevocably and unconditionally confirms and agrees that it is and shall continue to be

 

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(i) subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Delaware and of the federal courts sitting in the State of Delaware, and (ii) subject to service of process in the State of Delaware.  Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally (A) consents and submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the Delaware Court of Chancery, or, in the event, but only in the event, that such court declines to accept jurisdiction over such proceeding, the Superior Court of the State of Delaware (Complex Commercial Division) (or, if subject matter jurisdiction is vested exclusively in the federal courts of the United States of America, the federal courts of the United States of America located in the State of Delaware) (the “Delaware Courts”) for any actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (and agrees not to commence any litigation relating thereto except in such courts), (B) waives any objection to the laying of venue of any such litigation in the Delaware Courts and agrees not to plead or claim in any Delaware Court that such litigation brought therein has been brought in any inconvenient forum, and (C) ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ANY CONTROVERSY THAT MAY ARISE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT ISSUES, AND THEREFORE EACH SUCH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT.  Each of the parties hereby further irrevocably and unconditionally confirms and agrees, to the extent such party is not otherwise subject to service of process in the State of Delaware, to appoint and maintain an agent in the State of Delaware as such party’s agent for acceptance of legal process and to notify the other parties of the name and address of such agent, and that service of process may, to the fullest extent permitted by law, also be made on such party by prepaid certified mail with a proof of mailing receipt validated by the United States Postal Service constituting evidence of valid service, and that service made pursuant to this sentence shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, have the same legal force and effect as if served upon such party personally within the State of Delaware.

 

Section 7.9                                    Amendment; Waiver.  The obligations of Antero Resources and Arkrose Sub hereunder may not be modified or amended except by an instrument in writing signed by AMGP and Antero Resources with respect to which such modification or amendment will be effective; provided, however, that any such amendments or modifications must be approved by the Special Committee of Antero Resources.  Each party may waive any right of such party hereunder by an instrument in writing signed by such party and delivered to the party benefiting from such waiver; provided, however, that any such waiver by Antero Resources or Arkrose Sub must be approved by the Special Committee of Antero Resources.

 

Section 7.10                             Specific Enforcement.  The parties acknowledge and agree that the parties would be damaged irreparably in the event that the obligations to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby are not performed in accordance with their specific terms or this Agreement is otherwise breached, and that in addition to remedies, other than injunctive relief and specific performance, that the parties may have under law or equity, the parties shall be entitled to injunctive relief to prevent breaches of this Agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions hereof.  Each of the parties hereto hereby waives (a) any defense in any action for specific performance that a remedy at law would be adequate and (b) any requirement under any law to post security as a prerequisite to obtaining equitable relief.

 

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Section 7.11                             Severability.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, any term or provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof, that is invalid or unenforceable in any situation in any jurisdiction shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining terms and provisions hereof or the validity or enforceability of the offending term or provision in any other situation or in any other jurisdiction.  If the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction declares that any term or provision hereof is illegal, void, invalid or unenforceable, the parties hereto agree that the court making such determination shall have the power to limit the term or provision, to delete specific words or phrases, or to replace any illegal, void, invalid or unenforceable term or provision with a term or provision that is legal, valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the illegal, void, invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, in the event such court does not exercise the power granted to it in the prior sentence, the parties hereto shall replace such invalid or unenforceable term or provision with a valid and enforceable term or provision that will achieve, to the extent possible, the original economic, business and other purposes of such invalid or unenforceable term as closely as possible in an acceptable manner in order that the transactions contemplated hereby be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.

 

Section 7.12                             Expenses.  Except as otherwise expressly provided herein or in the Simplification Agreement, all costs and expenses incurred in connection with this Agreement and the actions contemplated hereby shall be paid by the party incurring such expenses, whether or not the Transactions are consummated.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, in the event a party breaches its obligations under the terms of this Agreement, the non-breaching party shall be entitled to reimbursement from the breaching party of its fees and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) in connection with any action by the non-breaching party to enforce its rights hereunder.

 

Section 7.13                             Successors and Assigns; Third Party Beneficiaries.

 

(a)                                 Neither this Agreement nor any of the rights, interests or obligations hereunder shall be assigned by any of the parties hereto (whether by operation of Law or otherwise) without the prior written consent of the other parties; provided, however, that AMGP may transfer or assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement, in whole or in part or from time to time in part, to one or more of its Affiliates at any time.  Any assignment in violation of the foregoing shall be null and void.  Subject to the preceding two sentences, this Agreement will be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties and their respective successors and assigns.

 

(b)                                 This Agreement is not intended to and shall not confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto) any rights or remedies hereunder. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 6.13(b), AMLP and AMLP GP (and their successors) are third-party beneficiaries to this Agreement in respect of Article 7 of this Agreement and shall be entitled to rely upon and directly enforce the provisions of Article 7 of this Agreement.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties hereto has caused this Agreement to be executed as of the date first written above by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

ANTERO MIDSTREAM GP LP

 

 

 

 

By:

AMGP GP LLC, its

 

general partner

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alvyn A. Schopp

 

Name:

Alvyn A. Schopp

 

Title:

Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Senior Vice President and Treasurer

 

 

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alvyn A. Schopp

 

Name:

Alvyn A. Schopp

 

Title:

Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Senior Vice President and Treasurer

 

[Signature Page to AMGP Voting Agreement with Antero Resources]