Purpose of the Plan
Act: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any successor thereto.
Affiliate: Any entity directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with, the Company or any other entity designated by the Board in which the Company or an Affiliate has an interest.
Award: An Option, Share Appreciation Right or Other Share-Based Award granted pursuant to the Plan.
Beneficial Owner: A “beneficial owner”, as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act (or any successor rule thereto).
Board: The Board of Directors of the Company.
Board Approval Date: December 10, 2009, the date the Plan was approved by the Board.
Change in Control: The occurrence of any of the following events:
any Person (other than (A) the Company, any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company, or (B) any company owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of shares of the Company) becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company, representing 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then-outstanding securities;
during any period of twenty-four consecutive months, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than a director nominated by any Person (other than the Board) who publicly announces an intention to take or to consider taking actions (including, but not limited to, an actual or threatened proxy contest) which if consummated would constitute a Change in Control under (i), (iii) or (iv) of this Section 2(f)) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders has been approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority thereof;
the consummation of any transaction or series of transactions resulting in a merger, consolidation or amalgamation, in which the Company is involved, other than a merger, consolidation or amalgamation which would result in the shareholders of the
the complete liquidation of the Company or the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets.
Code: The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor thereto.
Committee: A committee of the Board (including, without limitation, the full Board) that has been designated by the Board to administer the Plan.
Company: Accenture plc, a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland with a registered number of 471706.
Effective Date: The date the Plan was approved by the Company’s shareholders.
Fair Market Value: On a given date,
if there should be a public market for the Shares on such date, the arithmetic mean of the high and low prices of the Shares as reported on such date on the Composite Tape of the principal national securities exchange on which such Shares are listed or admitted to trading, or, if the Shares are not listed or admitted on any national securities exchange, the arithmetic mean of the per Share closing bid price and per Share closing asked price on such date as quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (or such market in which such prices are regularly quoted) (the “NASDAQ”), or, if no sale of Shares shall have been reported on the Composite Tape of any national securities exchange or quoted on the NASDAQ on such date, then the immediately preceding date on which sales of the Shares have been so reported or quoted shall be used; and
if there should not be a public market for the Shares on such date, the Fair Market Value shall be the value established by the Committee in good faith;
Grant Price: The purchase price per Share under the terms of an Option, as determined pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Plan.
ISO: An Option that is also an incentive stock option, as described in Section 422 of the Code, granted pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Plan.
Option: A share option granted pursuant to Section 6 of the Plan.
Other Share-Based Awards: Awards granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Plan.
Participant: An employee, director, or consultant of, or any Person who performs services for, the Company or an Affiliate who is selected by the Committee to participate in the Plan.
Person: A “person”, as such term is used for purposes of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Act (or any successor section thereto).
RSU: A restricted share unit, granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Plan, that represents the right to receive a Share.
Shares: Class A ordinary shares of the Company.
Share Appreciation Right: A share appreciation right granted pursuant to Section 7 of the Plan.
Subsidiary: A “subsidiary corporation” as defined in Section 424(f) of the Code (or any successor section thereto).
Shares Subject to the Plan
Time Limitation. No Award may be granted under the Plan after December 10, 2024, but Awards theretofore granted may extend beyond that date.
Aggregate Limits on Awards to Non-Employee Directors. The maximum number of Shares subject to Awards granted during a fiscal year to any non-employee director, taken together with any cash retainer paid to such non-employee director in respect of such fiscal year, shall not exceed $750,000 in total value (calculating the value of any such Awards based on the grant date fair value of such Awards for financial reporting purposes and excluding, for this purpose, the value of any dividends or dividend equivalents paid on any Shares or Awards).
Terms and Conditions of Options
Grant Price; Exercisability and Term. Options granted under the Plan shall have a Grant Price that is not less than the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of grant (other than in the case of Options granted in substitution of previously granted awards, as described in Section 4, or as provided under Section 8), and shall be exercisable at such time and upon such terms and conditions, as may be determined by the Committee. No Option shall have a term in excess of ten years.
Exercise of Options. Except as otherwise provided in the Plan or in an Award agreement, an Option may be exercised for all, or from time to time any part, of the Shares for which it is then exercisable. For purposes of this Section 6 of the Plan, the exercise date of an Option shall be the later of the date a notice of exercise is received by the Company and, if applicable, the date payment is received by the Company pursuant to clauses (i), (ii) or (iii) in the following sentence. Except as otherwise provided in an Award agreement, the purchase price for the Shares as to which an Option is exercised shall be paid in full no later than the time when Shares are delivered following option exercise, with such payment made to the Company (i) in cash or its equivalent (e.g., by check), (ii) to the extent permitted by the Committee, by net-settlement in Shares or by transferring Shares having a Fair Market Value equal to the aggregate Grant Price for the Shares being purchased to a nominee of the Company and satisfying such other requirements as may be imposed by the Committee; provided, that such Shares have been held by the Participant for no less than six months (or such other period as established from time to time by the Committee or generally accepted accounting principles, (iii) partly in cash and, to the extent permitted by the Committee, partly in such Shares or (iv) through the delivery of irrevocable instructions to a broker to sell Shares obtained upon the exercise of the Option and deliver promptly to the Company an amount out of the proceeds of such sale equal to the aggregate Grant Price for the Shares being purchased. No Participant shall have any rights to dividends or other rights of a shareholder with respect to Shares subject to an Option until the Participant has given written notice of exercise of the Option, the Participant has paid in full for such Shares, the Shares in question have been registered in the Company’s register of shareholders and, if applicable, the Participant has satisfied any other conditions imposed by the Committee pursuant to the Plan.
ISOs. The Committee may grant Options under the Plan that are intended to be ISOs. No ISO shall have a per Share Grant Price of less than the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date granted or have a term in excess of ten years; provided, however, that no ISO may be granted to any Participant who at the time of such grant, owns more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of shares of the Company or of any Subsidiary, unless (i) the Grant Price for such ISO is at least 110% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date the ISO is granted and (ii) the date on which such ISO terminates is a date not later than the day preceding the fifth anniversary of the date on which the ISO is granted. Any Participant who disposes of Shares acquired upon the exercise of an ISO either (A) within two years after the date of grant of such ISO or (B) within one year after the transfer of such Shares to the Participant, shall notify the Company of such disposition and of the amount realized upon such disposition. All Options granted under the Plan are intended to be nonqualified stock options, unless the applicable Award agreement expressly states that the Option is intended to be an ISO. If an Option is intended to be an ISO, and if for any reason such Option (or portion thereof) shall not qualify as an ISO, then, to the extent of such nonqualification, such Option (or portion thereof) shall be regarded as a nonqualified stock option granted under the Plan; provided that such Option (or portion thereof) otherwise complies with the Plan’s requirements relating to nonqualified stock options. In no event shall any member of the Committee, the Company or any of its Affiliates (or their respective employees, officers or directors) have any liability to any Participant (or any other Person) due to the failure of an Option to qualify for any reason as an ISO.
Attestation. Wherever in this Plan or any agreement evidencing an Award a Participant is permitted to pay the Grant Price or taxes relating to the exercise of an Option by delivering Shares to a nominee of the Company, the Participant may, subject to procedures satisfactory to the Committee, satisfy such delivery requirement by presenting proof of beneficial ownership of such Shares, in which case the Company shall treat the Option as exercised without further payment and shall withhold such number of Shares from the Shares acquired by the exercise of the Option.
Repricing of Options. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, the repricing of an Option, once granted hereunder, is prohibited without prior approval of the Company’s shareholders. For this purpose, a “repricing” means any of the following (or any other action that has the same effect as any of the following): (i) changing the terms of an Option to lower the Grant Price; (ii) any other action that is treated as a “repricing” under generally accepted accounting principles; and (iii) repurchasing for cash or canceling an Option in exchange for another Award at a time when the Grant Price is greater than the Fair Market Value of the underlying Shares, unless the cancellation and exchange occurs in connection with a change in capitalization or similar change permitted under Section 9(a) below.
Terms and Conditions of Share Appreciation Rights
Grants. The Committee also may grant (i) a Share Appreciation Right independent of an Option or (ii) a Share Appreciation Right in connection with an Option, or a portion thereof. A Share Appreciation Right granted pursuant to clause (ii) of the preceding sentence (A) may be granted at the time the related Option is granted or at any time prior to the exercise or cancellation of the related Option, (B) shall cover the same number of Shares covered by an Option (or such lesser number of Shares as the Committee may determine) and (C) shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as such Option except for such additional limitations as are contemplated by this Section 7 (or such additional limitations as may be included in an Award agreement).
Terms. The exercise price per Share of a Share Appreciation Right shall be an amount determined by the Committee that is not less than the Fair Market Value of a Share on the
Limitations. The Committee may impose, in its discretion, such conditions upon the exercisability or transferability of Share Appreciation Rights as it may deem fit but in no case shall a Share Appreciation Right vest and become exercisable until the lapse of a period of at least one year from the date of grant. No Share Appreciation Right shall have a term in excess of ten years.
Repricing of Share Appreciation Rights. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, the repricing of a Share Appreciation Right, once granted hereunder, is prohibited without prior approval of the Company’s shareholders. For this purpose, a “repricing” means any of the following (or any other action that has the same effect as any of the following): (i) changing the terms of a Share Appreciation Right to lower its exercise price; (ii) any other action that is treated as a “repricing” under generally accepted accounting principles; and (iii) repurchasing for cash or canceling a Share Appreciation Right in exchange for another Award at a time when its exercise price is greater than the Fair Market Value of the underlying Shares, unless the cancellation and exchange occurs in connection with a change in capitalization or similar change permitted under Section 9(a) below.
Other Share-Based Awards
Adjustments Upon Certain Events
Generally. In the event of any change in the outstanding Shares after the Board Approval Date by reason of any Share dividend or split, reorganization, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, amalgamation, spin-off or combination transaction or repurchase or exchange of Shares or other corporate exchange, or any distribution to shareholders of Shares other than regular cash dividends or any transaction similar to the foregoing, the Committee in its sole discretion and without liability to any person shall make such substitution or adjustment, if any, as it deems to be equitable, as to (i) the number or kind of Shares or other securities or property issued or reserved for issuance pursuant to the Plan or pursuant to outstanding Awards, (ii) the Grant Price or exercise price of any Share Appreciation Right, (iii) any applicable performance measures or performance vesting terms with respect to outstanding Awards and/or (iv) any other affected terms of any Award.
Change in Control. In the event of a Change in Control after the Board Approval Date, the Committee may, in its sole discretion (but subject to Section 17), provide for the termination of an Award upon the consummation of the Change in Control and (x) the payment of a cash amount in exchange for the cancellation of an Award which, in the case of Options and Share Appreciation Rights, may equal the excess, if any, of the Fair Market Value of the Shares subject to such Options or Share Appreciation Rights over the aggregate exercise price of such Options or Share Appreciation Rights, and/or (y) the issuance of substitute Awards that will substantially preserve the otherwise applicable terms of any affected Awards previously granted hereunder.
No Right to Employment or Awards
Successors and Assigns
Nontransferability of Awards
Amendments or Termination
Choice of Law
Effectiveness of the Plan