Employment Agreement

Bank of New Orleans Employment Agreement

by Louisiana Bancorp Inc
May 1st, 2007

Exhibit 10.7

BANK OF NEW ORLEANS

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), is made and entered into as of the ____ day of ________ 2007, between Bank of New Orleans (the “Bank”), a federally chartered savings bank which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Louisiana Bancorp, Inc. (the “Corporation”), and John LeBlanc (the “Executive”).

WITNESSETH

WHEREAS, the Executive is currently employed as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank;

WHEREAS, the Executive is currently employed as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation, a Louisiana corporation (the Corporation and the Bank are referred to together herein as the “Employers”);

WHEREAS, the Bank has adopted a Plan of Conversion pursuant to which the Bank will convert to a federally chartered stock savings bank and become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation (the “Conversion”);

WHEREAS, the Bank desires to assure itself of the continued availability of the Executive’s services as provided in this Agreement;

WHEREAS, the Executive is willing to serve the Bank on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth; and

WHEREAS, the Executive is concurrently entering into a separate employment agreement with the Corporation;

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual agreements herein contained, and upon the other terms and conditions hereinafter provided, the Bank and the Executive hereby agree as follows:

1. Definitions. The following words and terms shall have the meanings set forth below for the purposes of this Agreement:

(a) Annual Compensation. The Executive’s “Annual Compensation” for purposes of determining severance payable under this Agreement shall be deemed to mean the sum of (i) the annual rate of Base Salary as of the Date of Termination, and (ii) the cash bonus, if any, earned by the Executive for the calendar year immediately preceding the year in which the Date of Termination occurs.


(b) Base Salary. “Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a) hereof.

(c) Cause. Termination of the Executive’s employment for “Cause” shall mean termination because of personal dishonesty, incompetence, willful misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty involving personal profit, intentional failure to perform stated duties, willful violation of any law, rule or regulation (other than traffic violations or similar offenses) or final cease-and-desist order or material breach of any provision of this Agreement.

(d) Change in Control. “Change in Control” shall mean a change in the ownership of the Corporation or the Bank, a change in the effective control of the Corporation or the Bank or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the Corporation or the Bank, in each case as provided under Section 409A of the Code and the regulations thereunder, provided that the Conversion shall not be deemed to constitute a Change in Control.

(e) Code. “Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

(f) Date of Termination. “Date of Termination” shall mean (i) if the Executive’s employment is terminated for Cause, the date on which the Notice of Termination is given, and (ii) if the Executive’s employment is terminated for any other reason, the date specified in such Notice of Termination.

(g) Disability. “Disability” shall mean the Executive (i) is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, or (ii) is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than three months under an accident and health plan covering employees of the Employers.

(h) ERISA. “ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.

(i) Good Reason. Termination by the Executive of the Executive’s employment for “Good Reason” shall mean termination by the Executive following a Change in Control based on:

(A) Without the Executive’s express written consent, the failure to elect or to re-elect or to appoint or to re-appoint the Executive to the offices of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Employers or a material adverse change made by the Employers in the Executive’s functions, duties or responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Employers;

(B) Without the Executive’s express written consent, a reduction by either of the Employers in the Executive’s Base Salary as the same may be increased from time to time or, except to the extent permitted by Section 3(b) hereof, a reduction in the package of fringe benefits provided to the Executive, taken as a whole;

 

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(C) The principal executive office of either of the Employers is relocated outside of the Metairie, Louisiana area or, without the Executive’s express written consent, either of the Employers require the Executive to be based anywhere other than an area in which the Employers’ principal executive office is located, except for required travel on business of the Employers to an extent substantially consistent with the Executive’s present business travel obligations; or

(D) The failure by the Bank to obtain the assumption of and agreement to perform this Agreement by any successor as contemplated in Section 9 hereof.

(j) IRS. IRS shall mean the Internal Revenue Service.

(k) Notice of Termination. Any purported termination of the Executive’s employment by the Bank for any reason, including without limitation for Cause, Disability or Retirement, or by the Executive for any reason, including without limitation for Good Reason, shall be communicated by written “Notice of Termination” to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Notice of Termination” shall mean a dated notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive’s employment under the provision so indicated, (iii) specifies a Date of Termination, which shall be not less than thirty (30) nor more than ninety (90) days after such Notice of Termination is given, except in the case of the Bank’s termination of the Executive’s employment for Cause, which shall be effective immediately, and (iv) is given in the manner specified in Section 10 hereof.

(l) Retirement. “Retirement” shall means voluntary termination by the Executive which constitutes a retirement, including early retirement, under the Bank’s 401(k) plan.

2. Term of Employment and Duties.

(a) The Bank hereby employs the Executive as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the Executive hereby accepts said employment and agrees to render such services to the Bank on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be and remain in effect during the period of three years beginning on _____________, 2007 (the “Effective Date”) and ending on the third anniversary of the Effective Date, plus such extensions, if any, as are provided pursuant to Section 2(b) hereof (the “Employment Period”).

(b) Except as provided in Section 2(c), beginning on the Effective Date, on each day during the Employment Period, the Employment Period shall automatically be extended for one additional day, unless either the Bank, on the one hand, or the Executive, on the other hand, elects not to extend the Agreement further by giving written notice thereof to the other party, in which case the Employment Period shall end on the third anniversary of the date on which such

 

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written notice is given. At least annually, the Board of Directors of the Bank shall consider and review (with appropriate corporate documentation thereof, and taking into account all relevant factors) the Executive’s performance hereunder and whether the Employment Period shall continue to be extended. If the Board of Directors determines not to extend the Employment Period, it shall provide written notice to the Executive as set forth above. Upon termination of the Executive’s employment with the Bank for any reason whatsoever, any daily extensions provided pursuant to this Section 2(b), if not theretofore discontinued, shall automatically cease.

(c) Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to prohibit the Bank at any time from terminating the Executive’s employment during the Employment Period for any reason, provided that the relative rights and obligations of the Bank and the Executive in the event of any such termination shall be determined under this Agreement.

(d) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall perform such executive services for the Bank as may be consistent with his titles and from time to time assigned to him by the Bank’s Board of Directors.

3. Compensation and Benefits.

(a) The Employers shall compensate and pay the Executive for his services during the term of this Agreement at a minimum base salary of $78,931.44 per year (“Base Salary”), which may be increased from time to time in such amounts as may be mutually determined by the Boards of Directors of the Employers and may not be decreased without the Executive’s express written consent. In addition to his Base Salary, the Executive shall be entitled to receive during the term of this Agreement such bonus payments as may be determined by the Boards of Directors of the Employers.

(b) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in and receive the benefits of any pension or other retirement benefit plan, profit sharing, stock option, employee stock ownership, or other plans, benefits and privileges given to employees and executives of the Employers, to the extent commensurate with his then duties and responsibilities, as fixed by the Boards of Directors of the Employers, as well as his Supplemental Executive Retirement Agreement with the Bank dated March 1, 2007. The Bank shall not make any changes in such plans, benefits or privileges which would adversely affect the Executive’s rights or benefits thereunder, unless such change occurs pursuant to a program applicable to all executive officers of the Bank and does not result in a proportionately greater adverse change in the rights of or benefits to the Executive as compared with any other executive officer of the Bank. Nothing paid to the Executive under any plan or arrangement presently in effect or made available in the future shall be deemed to be in lieu of the salary payable to the Executive pursuant to Section 3(a) hereof.

(c) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be entitled to paid annual vacation in accordance with the policies as established from time to time by the Boards of Directors of the Employers. The Executive shall not be entitled to receive any additional compensation from the Employers for failure to take a vacation, nor shall the Executive be able to accumulate unused vacation time from one year to the next, except to the extent authorized by the Boards of Directors of the Employers.

 

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(d) During the term of this Agreement, in keeping with past practices, the Employers shall continue to pay club dues and assessments for the Bissonet Country Club on behalf of the Executive so that the Executive may use such club for business purposes.

(e) The Executive’s compensation, benefits and expenses shall be paid by the Corporation and the Bank in the same proportion as the time and services actually expended by the Executive on behalf of each respective Employer.

4. Expenses. The Employers shall reimburse the Executive or otherwise provide for or pay for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in furtherance of or in connection with the business of the Employers, including, but not by way of limitation, automobile expenses and traveling expenses, and all reasonable entertainment expenses (whether incurred at the Executive’s residence, while traveling or otherwise), subject to such reasonable documentation and policies as may be established by the Boards of Directors of the Employers. If such expenses are paid in the first instance by the Executive, the Employers shall reimburse the Executive therefor.

5. Termination.

(a) The Bank shall have the right, at any time upon prior Notice of Termination, to terminate the Executive’s employment hereunder for any reason, including without limitation termination for Cause, Disability or Retirement, and the Executive shall have the right, upon prior Notice of Termination, to terminate his employment hereunder for any reason.

(b) In the event that (i) the Executive’s employment is terminated by the Bank for Cause or (ii) the Executive terminates his employment hereunder other than for Disability, Retirement, death or Good Reason, the Executive shall have no right pursuant to this Agreement to compensation or other benefits for any period after the applicable Date of Termination.

(c) In the event that the Executive’s employment is terminated as a result of Disability, Retirement or the Executive’s death during the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall have no right pursuant to this Agreement to compensation or other benefits for any period after the applicable Date of Termination.

(d) In the event that (i) the Executive’s employment is terminated by the Bank for other than Cause, Disability, Retirement or the Executive’s death or (ii) such employment is terminated by the Executive (a) due to a material breach of this Agreement by the Bank, which breach has not been cured within fifteen (15) days after a written notice of non-compliance has been given by the Executive to the Employers, or (b) for Good Reason, then the Bank shall, subject to the provisions of Section 6 hereof, if applicable,

 

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(A) pay to the Executive, in a lump sum as of the Date of Termination, a cash severance amount equal to three (3) times that portion of the Executive’s Annual Compensation paid by the Bank,

(B) maintain and provide for a period ending at the earlier of (i) thirty-six (36) months after the Date of Termination or (ii) the date of the Executive’s full-time employment by another employer (provided that the Executive is entitled under the terms of such employment to benefits substantially similar to those described in this subparagraph (B)), at no cost to the Executive, the Executive’s continued participation in all group insurance, life insurance, health and accident, disability and other “employee welfare benefit plans” within the meaning of Section 3(l) of ERISA offered by the Bank in which the Executive was entitled to participate immediately prior to the Date of Termination (other than the continuation of any vacation time, sick leave or similar leave), subject to subparagraphs (C) and (D) below,

(C) in the event that the Executive’s participation in any plan, program or arrangement as provided in subparagraph (B) of this Section 5(d) is barred, or during such period any such plan, program or arrangement is discontinued or the benefits thereunder are materially reduced, the Bank shall arrange to provide the Executive with benefits substantially similar to those which the Executive was entitled to receive under such plans, programs and arrangements immediately prior to the Date of Termination, and

(D) if the provision of any of the benefits covered by Section 5(d)(B) or (C) would trigger the 20% tax and interest penalties under Section 409A of the Code either due to the nature of such benefit or the length of time it is being provided, then the benefit(s) that would trigger such tax and interest penalties due to the nature of such benefit shall not be provided at all and the benefit(s) that would trigger the tax and interest penalties if provided beyond the “limited period of time” set forth in the regulations under Section 409A shall not be provided beyond such limited period of time (the “Excluded Benefits”), and in lieu of the Excluded Benefits the Employers shall pay to the Executive, in a lump sum within 30 days following termination of employment or within 30 days after such determination should it occur after termination of employment, a cash amount equal to the cost to the Employers of providing the Excluded Benefits.

6. Limitation of Benefits under Certain Circumstances. If the payments and benefits pursuant to Section 5 hereof, either alone or together with other payments and benefits which the Executive has the right to receive from the Bank, would constitute a “parachute payment” under Section 280G of the Code, then the payments and benefits payable by the Bank pursuant to Section 5 hereof shall be reduced by the minimum amount necessary to result in no portion of the payments and benefits payable by the Bank under Section 5 being non-deductible to the Bank pursuant to Section 280G of the Code and subject to the excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code. If the payments and benefits under Section 5 are required to be reduced, the cash severance shall be reduced first, followed by a reduction in the fringe benefits. The determination of any reduction in the payments and benefits to be made pursuant to Section 5 shall be based upon the opinion of independent tax counsel selected by the Bank and paid by the Bank. Such counsel shall promptly prepare the foregoing opinion, but in no event later than thirty (30) days from the Date of Termination, and may use such actuaries as such counsel deems

 

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necessary or advisable for the purpose. Nothing contained herein shall result in a reduction of any payments or benefits to which the Executive may be entitled upon termination of employment under any circumstances other than as specified in this Section 6, or a reduction in the payments and benefits specified in Section 5 below zero.

7. Mitigation; Exclusivity of Benefits.

(a) The Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any benefits hereunder by seeking other employment or otherwise, nor shall the amount of any such benefits be reduced by any compensation earned by the Executive as a result of employment by another employer after the Date of Termination or otherwise, except as set forth in Section 5(d)(B) above.

(b) The specific arrangements referred to herein are not intended to exclude any other benefits which may be available to the Executive upon a termination of employment with the Employers pursuant to employee benefit plans of the Employers or otherwise.

8. Withholding. All payments required to be made by the Bank hereunder to the Executive shall be subject to the withholding of such amounts, if any, relating to tax and other payroll deductions as the Bank shall determine are required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

9. Assignability. The Bank may assign this Agreement and its rights and obligations hereunder in whole, but not in part, to any corporation, bank or other entity with or into which the Bank may hereafter merge or consolidate or to which the Bank may transfer all or substantially all of its assets, if in any such case said corporation, bank or other entity shall by operation of law or expressly in writing assume all obligations of the Bank hereunder as fully as if it had been originally made a party hereto, but may not otherwise assign this Agreement or its rights and obligations hereunder. The Executive may not assign or transfer this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder.

10. Notice. For the purposes of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the respective addresses set forth below:

 

To the Bank:    Secretary
   Bank of New Orleans
   1600 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
   Metairie, Louisiana 70005
To the Corporation:    Secretary
   Louisiana Bancorp, Inc.
   1600 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
   Metairie, Louisiana 70005

 

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To the Executive:    John LeBlanc
   At the address last appearing on
   the personnel records of the Employers

11. Amendment; Waiver. No provisions of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing signed by the Executive and such officer or officers as may be specifically designated by the Board of Directors of the Bank to sign on its behalf. No waiver by any party hereto at any time of any breach by any other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. In addition, notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Bank may amend in good faith any terms of this Agreement, including retroactively, in order to comply with Section 409A of the Code.

12. Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States where applicable and otherwise by the substantive laws of the State of Louisiana.

13. Nature of Obligations. Nothing contained herein shall create or require the Bank to create a trust of any kind to fund any benefits which may be payable hereunder, and to the extent that the Executive acquires a right to receive benefits from the Bank hereunder, such right shall be no greater than the right of any unsecured general creditor of the Bank.

14. Headings. The section headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

15. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

16. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.

17. Regulatory Actions. The following provisions shall be applicable to the parties to the extent that they are required to be included in employment agreements between a savings bank and its employees pursuant to Section 563.39(b) of the Office of Thrift Supervision (“OTS”) Rules and Regulations, 12 C.F.R. §563.39(b), or any successor thereto, and shall be controlling in the event of a conflict with any other provision of this Agreement, including without limitation Section 5 hereof.

(a) If the Executive is suspended from office and/or temporarily prohibited from participating in the conduct of the Bank’s affairs pursuant to notice served under Section 8(e)(3) or Section 8(g)(1) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (“FDIA”)(12 U.S.C. §§1818(e)(3) and 1818(g)(1)), the Bank’s obligations under this Agreement shall be suspended as of the date of

 

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service, unless stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the charges in the notice are dismissed, the Bank may, in its discretion: (i) pay the Executive all or part of the compensation withheld while its obligations under this Agreement were suspended, and (ii) reinstate (in whole or in part) any of its obligations which were suspended.

(b) If the Executive is removed from office and/or permanently prohibited from participating in the conduct of the Bank’s affairs by an order issued under Section 8(e)(4) or Section 8(g)(1) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §§1818(e)(4) and (g)(1)), all obligations of the Bank under this Agreement shall terminate as of the effective date of the order, but vested rights of the Executive and the Bank as of the date of termination shall not be affected.

(c) If the Bank is in default, as defined in Section 3(x)(1) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1813(x)(1)), all obligations under this Agreement shall terminate as of the date of default, but vested rights of the Executive and the Bank as of the date of termination shall not be affected.

(d) All obligations under this Agreement shall be terminated pursuant to 12 C.F.R. §563.39(b)(5) (except to the extent that it is determined that continuation of the Agreement for the continued operation of the Bank is necessary): (i) by the Director of the OTS, or his/her designee, at the time the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) enters into an agreement to provide assistance to or on behalf of the Bank under the authority contained in Section 13(c) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1823(c)); or (ii) by the Director of the OTS, or his/her designee, at the time the Director or his/her designee approves a supervisory merger to resolve problems related to operation of the Bank or when the Bank is determined by the Director of the OTS to be in an unsafe or unsound condition, but vested rights of the Executive and the Employers as of the date of termination shall not be affected.

18. Regulatory Prohibition. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, any payments made to the Executive pursuant to this Agreement, or otherwise, are subject to and conditioned upon their compliance with Section 18(k) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1828(k)) and 12 C.F.R. Part 359.

19. Entire Agreement. This Agreement embodies the entire agreement between the Bank and the Executive with respect to the matters agreed to herein. All prior agreements between the Bank and the Executive with respect to the matters agreed to herein are hereby superseded and shall have no force or effect. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing contained in this Agreement shall affect the agreement of even date being entered into between the Corporation and the Executive.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed as of the date first above written.

 

Attest:     BANK OF NEW ORLEANS
       By:     
Ivan J. Miestchovich       Gordon K. Konrad
Corporate Secretary       Chairman of the Compensation Committee
    EXECUTIVE
    By:     
      John LeBlanc

 

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