Incentive Plan

Intercontinentalexchange, Inc. 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan

Exhibit 4.1

 

 

INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE, INC.

2013 OMNIBUS EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PLAN

 

 

 

 


Table of Contents

 

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ARTICLE I GENERAL

     1   
           1.1         Purpose      1   
    1.2         Definitions of Certain Terms      1   
    1.3         Administration      4   
    1.4         Persons Eligible for Awards      6   
    1.5         Types of Awards under Plan      6   
    1.6         Shares of Common Stock Available for Awards      6   

ARTICLE II AWARDS UNDER THE PLAN

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    2.1         Agreements Evidencing Awards      7   
    2.2         No Rights as a Stockholder      7   
    2.3         Options      7   
    2.4         Stock Appreciation Rights      8   
    2.5         Restricted Shares      8   
    2.6         Restricted Stock Units      9   
    2.7         Dividend Equivalent Rights      9   
    2.8         Other Stock-Based Awards      9   
    2.9         Individual Limitation on Awards      10   
    2.10       Repayment if Conditions Not Met      10   

ARTICLE III MISCELLANEOUS

     10   
    3.1         Amendment of the Plan      10   
    3.2         Tax Withholding      10   
    3.3         Required Consents and Legends      11   
    3.4         Right of Offset      11   
    3.5         Nonassignability; No Hedging      11   
    3.6         Change in Control      12   
    3.7         Right of Discharge Reserved      12   
    3.8         Nature of Payments      12   
    3.9         Non-Uniform Determinations      13   
    3.10       Other Payments or Awards      13   
    3.11       Plan Headings      13   
    3.12       Termination of Plan      13   
    3.13       Section 409A      13   
    3.14       Clawback/Recoupment      14   
    3.15       Governing Law      14   
    3.16       Choice of Forum      14   
    3.17       Severability; Entire Agreement      14   
    3.18       Waiver of Claims      15   
    3.19       No Third Party Beneficiaries      15   
    3.20       Successors and Assigns of ICE      15   
    3.21       Waiver of Jury Trial      15   
    3.22       Date of Adoption, Approval of Stockholders and Effective Date      15   

 

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INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE, INC.

2013 OMNIBUS EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PLAN

ARTICLE I

GENERAL

 

1.1 Purpose

The purpose of the IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan is to attract, retain and motivate officers and key employees (including prospective employees), consultants and others who may perform services for the Company (as hereinafter defined), to compensate them for their contributions to the long-term growth and profits of the Company and to encourage them to acquire a proprietary interest in the success of the Company.

This 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan replaces the Company’s 2009 Omnibus Incentive Plan, which was approved by the Company’s stockholders at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 14, 2009 (the “Prior Plan”) (which in turn replaced the Company’s 2005 Equity Incentive Plan, the Company’s 2004 Restricted Stock Plan, the Company’s 2000 Stock Option Plan and the Creditex 1999 Stock Option/Stock Incentive Plan), as amended to the Effective Date (as hereinafter defined), for Awards (as hereinafter defined) granted on or after the Effective Date. Awards may not be granted under the Prior Plan beginning on the Effective Date, but this 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan will not affect the terms or conditions of any equity award grants under the Prior Plan (or any predecessor plans) before the Effective Date.

 

1.2 Definitions of Certain Terms

For purposes of this 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan, the following terms have the meanings set forth below:

1.2.1    “Award” means an award made pursuant to the Plan.

1.2.2    “Award Agreement” means the written document by which each Award is evidenced, and which may, but need not be (as determined by the Committee) executed or acknowledged by a Grantee as a condition to receiving an Award or the benefits under an Award, and which sets forth the terms and provisions applicable to Awards granted under the Plan to such Grantee. Any reference herein to an agreement in writing will be deemed to include an electronic writing to the extent permitted by applicable law.

1.2.3    “Board” means the Board of Directors of ICE.

1.2.4    “Certificate” means a stock certificate (or other appropriate document or evidence of ownership) representing shares of Common Stock.

1.2.5    “Cause” means, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or employment agreement:

(a)        Grantee is convicted of, pleads guilty to, or confesses or otherwise admits to any felony involving intentional conduct or any act of fraud, misappropriation or embezzlement;

(b)        Grantee knowingly engages in any act or course of conduct or knowingly fails to engage in any act or course of conduct (1) which is reasonably likely to adversely affect the Company’s right or qualification under applicable laws, rules or regulations to serve as an exchange or other form of a marketplace for trading commodities or (2) which violates the rules of any exchange or market on which the Company effects trades (or at such time is actively contemplating effecting trades) and which could lead to a denial of the Company’s right or qualification to effect trades on such exchange or market;

(c)        any act or omission by Grantee involving malfeasance or gross negligence in the performance of Grantee’s duties and responsibilities to the material detriment of the Company; or


(d)        Grantee breaches in any material respect any of the provisions of any applicable employment agreement or Award Agreement or violates any provision of any generally applicable code of conduct which is distributed in writing to the Company’s Employees.

1.2.6    “Change in Control” means the happening of any of the following:

(a)        any “person” (as that term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the 1934 Act), is or becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the 1934 Act), directly or indirectly, of securities representing 30% or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding securities of ICE eligible to vote for the election of the members of ICE’s Board (the “Company Voting Securities” unless, (1) such person is ICE or any subsidiary of ICE, (2) such person is an employee benefit plan (or a trust which is a part of such a plan) which provides benefits exclusively to, or on behalf of, employees or former employees of ICE or a subsidiary of ICE, (3) such person is the Grantee, an entity controlled by the Grantee or a group which includes the Grantee or (4) such person acquired such securities in a Non-Qualifying Transaction (as defined in Section 1.2.6(c));

(b)        any dissolution or liquidation of ICE or any sale or the disposition of 50% or more of the assets or business of ICE, or

(c)        the consummation of any reorganization, merger, consolidation or share exchange or similar form of corporate transaction involving ICE unless (1) the persons who were the beneficial owners of the outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election of the members of ICE’s Board immediately before the consummation of such transaction hold more than 60% of the voting power of the securities eligible to vote for the members of the board of directors of the successor or survivor corporation in such transaction immediately following the consummation of such transaction and (2) the number of the securities of such successor or survivor corporation representing the voting power described in 1.2.6(c)(1) held by the persons described in 1.2.6(c)(1) immediately following the consummation of such transaction is beneficially owned by each such person in substantially the same proportion that each such person had beneficially owned the outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election of the members of ICE’s Board immediately before the consummation of such transaction, provided (3) the percentage described in 1.2.6(c)(1) of the securities of the successor or survivor corporation and the number described in 1.2.6(c)(2) of the securities of the successor or survivor corporation shall be determined exclusively by reference to the securities of the successor or survivor corporation which result from the beneficial ownership of shares of common stock of ICE by the persons described in 1.2.6(c)(1) immediately before the consummation of such transaction (any transaction which satisfies all of the criteria specified in (1), (2) and (3) above shall be deemed to be a “Non-Qualifying Transaction”).

1.2.7    “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, or any successor thereto, and the applicable rulings and regulations thereunder.

1.2.8    “Committee” has the meaning set forth in Section 1.3.1.

1.2.9    “Common Stock” means the common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, and any other securities or property issued in exchange therefor or in lieu thereof pursuant to Section 1.6.3.

1.2.10  “Company” means IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

1.2.11  “Consent” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.3.2.

1.2.12  “Consultant” means any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity that provides bona fide consulting or advisory services to the Company pursuant to a written agreement.

1.2.13  “Covered Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 1.3.4.

 

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1.2.14  “Effective Date” means May 17, 2013, or such other date when the Plan is approved by the stockholders of ICE.

1.2.15  “Employee” means a regular, active employee and a prospective employee of the Company.

1.2.16  “Employment” means a Grantee’s performance of services for the Company, as determined by the Committee. The terms “employ” and “employed” will have their correlative meanings. The Committee in its sole discretion may determine (a) whether and when a Grantee’s leave of absence results in a termination of Employment, (b) whether and when a change in a Grantee’s association with the Company results in a termination of Employment and (c) the impact, if any, of any such leave of absence or change in association on outstanding Awards. Unless expressly provided otherwise, any references in the Plan or any Award Agreement to a Grantee’s Employment being terminated will include both voluntary and involuntary terminations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to any Award subject to Section 409A of the Code (and not exempt therefrom), a termination of Employment occurs when a Grantee experiences a “separation from service” (as such term is defined under Section 409A of the Code).

1.2.17  “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor thereto, and the applicable rules and regulations thereunder.

1.2.18  “Fair Market Value” means, with respect to a share of Common Stock, the closing price reported for the Common Stock on the applicable date as reported on the New York Stock Exchange or, if not so reported, as determined in accordance with a valuation methodology approved by the Committee, unless determined as otherwise specified herein. For purposes of the grant of any Award, the applicable date will be the trading day on which the Award is granted or, if the date the Award is granted is not a trading day, the trading day immediately prior to the date the Award is granted. For purposes of the exercise of any Award, the applicable date is the date a notice of exercise is received by the Company or, if such date is not a trading day, the trading day immediately following the date a notice of exercise is received by the Company.

1.2.19  “Good Reason” means, unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement or employment agreement, and in the absence of written consent of a Grantee:

(a)      there is a material reduction in the Grantee’s base salary in effect immediately prior to a Change in Control; or

(b)      there is a transfer of the Grantee’s primary work site to a new primary work site that is more than 30 miles (measured along a straight line) from the Grantee’s primary work site unless such new primary work site is closer (measured along a straight line) to the Grantee’s primary residence than the Grantee’s then current primary work site.

1.2.20  “Grantee” means an Employee or Consultant who receives an Award.

1.2.21  “Incentive Stock Option” means a stock option to purchase shares of Common Stock that is intended to be an “incentive stock option” within the meaning of Sections 421 and 422 of the Code, as now constituted or subsequently amended, or pursuant to a successor provision of the Code, and which is designated as an Incentive Stock Option in the applicable Award Agreement.

1.2.22  “ICE” means IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. or a successor entity contemplated by Section 3.6.

1.2.23  “Non-Qualifying Transaction” has the meaning set forth in Section 1.2.6(c)

1.2.24  “Performance Goals” means the goals determined by the Committee, in its discretion, to be applicable to a Grantee with respect to an Award. As determined by the Committee, the Performance Goals applicable to an Award may provide for a targeted level or levels of achievement using certain Company or individual performance measures. The Performance Goals may differ from Grantee to Grantee and from Award to Award. Any criteria used may be measured in absolute terms or relative to comparative companies. Such

 

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Performance Goals may include, but are not limited to, earnings; earnings per share; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; revenue; profits; profit growth; profit-related return ratios; cost management; dividend payout ratios; market share; economic value added; cash flow; total shareholder return, or other measures of performance that include one or more variations of the foregoing that are selected by the Committee. The Committee shall have the authority to make equitable adjustments to the Performance Goals in recognition of unusual or non-recurring events affecting the Company or the financial statements of the Company, or in response to changes in applicable laws, or to account for items of gain, loss or expense determined to be extraordinary or unusual in nature or infrequent in occurrence or related to the disposal of a segment of a business or related to a change in accounting principles.

1.2.25  “Plan” means this 2013 Omnibus Employee Incentive Plan, as amended from time to time.

1.2.26  “Plan Action” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.3.1.

1.2.27  “Prior Plan” has the meaning set forth in Section 1.1.

1.2.28  “Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended from time to time, or any successor thereto, and the applicable rules and regulations thereunder.

1.2.29  “Ten Percent Stockholder” means a person owning stock possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of ICE and of any subsidiary corporation of ICE.

 

1.3 Administration

1.3.1    The Compensation Committee of the Board (as constituted from time to time, and including any successor committee, the “Committee”) will administer the Plan. In particular, the Committee will have the authority in its sole discretion to:

(a)      exercise all of the powers granted to it under the Plan;

(b)      construe, interpret and implement the Plan and all Award Agreements;

(c)      prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to the Plan, including rules governing the Committee’s own operations;

(d)      make all determinations necessary or advisable in administering the Plan;

(e)      correct any defect, supply any omission and reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan;

(f)      amend the Plan to reflect changes in applicable law but, subject to Section 1.6.3 or as otherwise specifically provided herein, no such amendment shall adversely impair the rights of the Grantee of any Award without the holder’s consent;

(g)      grant Awards and determine who will receive Awards, when such Awards will be granted and the terms of such Awards, including setting forth provisions with regard to the effect of a termination of Employment on such Awards;

(h)      amend any outstanding Award Agreement in any respect, but, subject to Section 1.6.3 or as otherwise specifically provided herein, no such amendment shall adversely impair the rights of the Grantee of any Award without the holder’s consent, including, without limitation, to (1) accelerate the time or times at which the Award becomes vested, unrestricted or may be exercised (and, in connection with such acceleration, the Committee may provide that any shares of Common Stock acquired pursuant to such Award will be restricted shares, which are subject to vesting, transfer, forfeiture or repayment provisions similar to those in the Grantee’s underlying Award), (2) accelerate the time or times at which

 

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shares of Common Stock are delivered under the Award (and, without limitation on the Committee’s rights, in connection with such acceleration, the Committee may provide that any shares of Common Stock delivered pursuant to such Award will be restricted shares, which are subject to vesting, transfer, forfeiture or repayment provisions similar to those in the Grantee’s underlying Award), (3) waive or amend any goals, restrictions or conditions set forth in such Award Agreement, or impose new goals, restrictions and conditions or (4) reflect a change in the Grantee’s circumstances (e.g., a change to part-time employment status or a change in position, duties or responsibilities); and

(i)      determine at any time whether, to what extent and under what circumstances and method or methods (1) Awards may be (A) settled in cash, shares of Common Stock, other securities, other Awards or other property (in which event, the Committee may specify what other effects such settlement will have on the Grantee’s Award, including the effect on any repayment provisions under the Plan or Award Agreement), (B) exercised or (C) canceled, forfeited or suspended, (2) shares of Common Stock, other securities, other Awards or other property and other amounts payable with respect to an Award may be deferred either automatically or at the election of the Grantee thereof or of the Committee, (3) to the extent permitted under applicable law, loans (whether or not secured by Common Stock) may be extended by the Company with respect to any Awards and (4) Awards may be settled by ICE, any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or any of its or their designees.

1.3.2    Actions of the Committee may be taken by the vote of a majority of its members present at a meeting (which may be held telephonically). Any action may be taken by a written instrument signed by a majority of the Committee members, and action so taken will be fully as effective as if it had been taken by a vote at a meeting. The determination of the Committee on all matters relating to the Plan or any Award Agreement will be final, binding and conclusive.

The Committee may allocate among its members and delegate to any person who is not a member of the Committee or to any administrative group within the Company, any of its powers, responsibilities or duties. In delegating its authority, the Committee will consider the extent to which any delegation may cause Awards to fail to be deductible under Section 162(m) of the Code or to fail to meet the requirements of Rule 16(b)-3(d)(1) or Rule 16(b)-3(e) under the Exchange Act.

1.3.3    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Board may, in its sole discretion, at any time and from time to time, grant Awards or administer the Plan. In any such case, the Board will have all of the authority and responsibility granted to the Committee herein.

1.3.4    No Employee or member of the Board (each such person, a “Covered Person”) will have any liability to any person (including any Grantee) for any action taken or omitted to be taken or any determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Award. Each Covered Person will be indemnified and held harmless by ICE against and from (a) any loss, cost, liability or expense (including attorneys’ fees) that may be imposed upon or incurred by such Covered Person in connection with or resulting from any action, suit or proceeding to which such Covered Person may be a party or in which such Covered Person may be involved by reason of any action taken or omitted to be taken under the Plan or any Award Agreement, in each case, in good faith and (b) any and all amounts paid by such Covered Person, with ICE’s approval, in settlement thereof, or paid by such Covered Person in satisfaction of any judgment in any such action, suit or proceeding against such Covered Person, provided that ICE will have the right, at its own expense, to assume and defend any such action, suit or proceeding and, once ICE gives notice of its intent to assume the defense, ICE will have sole control over such defense with counsel of ICE’s choice. The foregoing right of indemnification will not be available to a Covered Person to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction in a final judgment or other final adjudication, in either case, not subject to further appeal, determines that the acts or omissions of such Covered Person giving rise to the indemnification claim resulted from such Covered Person’s bad faith, fraud or willful misconduct. The foregoing right of indemnification will not be exclusive of any other rights of indemnification to which Covered

 

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Persons may be entitled under ICE’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation or Amended and Restated Bylaws, as a matter of law, or otherwise, or any other power that ICE may have to indemnify such persons or hold them harmless.

 

1.4 Persons Eligible for Awards

Awards under the Plan may be made to Employees and Consultants.

 

1.5 Types of Awards under Plan

Awards may be made under the Plan in the form of any of the following, in each case in respect of Common Stock: (a) stock options, (b) stock appreciation rights, (c) restricted shares, (d) restricted stock units, (e) dividend equivalent rights and (f) other stock-based or stock-related Awards (including performance awards) that the Committee determines to be consistent with the purposes of the Plan and the interests of the Company. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, all Awards under the Plan shall be subject to a minimum vesting schedule of at least thirty-six months following the date of grant of the Award, provided, however, that (1) such vesting schedule may be on a monthly, quarterly or yearly pro-rata basis and (2) all Awards for which vesting will lapse on achievement of Performance Goals shall be subject to a minimum vesting schedule of at least twelve months.

 

1.6 Shares of Common Stock Available for Awards

1.6.1    Common Stock Subject to the Plan. Subject to the other provisions of this Section 1.6, the total number of shares of Common Stock that may be granted under the Plan is 3,500,000, plus the number of additional shares available for future awards under the Prior Plan as of the Effective Date and the number of shares related to awards under the Prior Plan as of the Effective Date which thereafter terminate, expire unexercised, or are forfeited, canceled or otherwise lapse for any reason. Such shares of Common Stock may, in the discretion of the Committee, be either authorized but unissued shares or shares previously issued and reacquired by ICE. Shares of Common Stock issued in connection with awards that are assumed, converted or substituted as a result of the Company’s acquisition of another company (including by way of merger, combination or similar transaction) will not count against the number of shares that may be issued under the Plan.

1.6.2    Replacement of Shares. If any Award is forfeited, expires, terminates or otherwise lapses, in whole or in part, without the delivery of Common Stock, then the shares of Common Stock covered by such forfeited, expired, terminated or lapsed award will again be available for grant under the Plan. For the avoidance of doubt, the following will not again become available for issuance under the Plan: (A) any shares of Common Stock withheld in respect of taxes, (B) any shares tendered or withheld to pay the exercise price of stock options, (C) any shares repurchased by the Company from the optionee with the proceeds from the exercise of stock options and (D) any shares subject to stock appreciation rights but not issued on exercise as a result of the operation of Section 2.4.4.

1.6.3    Adjustments. The Committee will adjust the number of shares of Common Stock authorized pursuant to Section 1.6.1, adjust the individual Grantee limitations set forth in Sections 2.3.1 and 2.4.1 and 2.9 and adjust the terms of any outstanding Awards (including, without limitation, the number of shares of Common Stock covered by each outstanding Award, the type of property to which the Award relates and the exercise or strike price of any Award), in such manner as it deems appropriate (including, without limitation, by payment of cash) to prevent the enlargement or dilution of rights, or otherwise as it deems appropriate, for any increase or decrease in the number of issued shares of Common Stock (or issuance of shares of stock other than shares of Common Stock) resulting from a recapitalization, stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, spinoff, splitup, combination, reclassification or exchange of shares of Common Stock, merger, consolidation, rights offering, separation, reorganization or liquidation, or any other change in the corporate structure or shares of ICE, including any extraordinary dividend or extraordinary distribution. After any adjustment made pursuant to this Section 1.6.3, the number of shares of Common Stock subject to each outstanding Award will be rounded down to the nearest whole number.

 

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ARTICLE II

AWARDS UNDER THE PLAN

 

2.1 Agreements Evidencing Awards

Each Award granted under the Plan will be evidenced by an Award Agreement that will contain such provisions and conditions as the Committee deems appropriate. Unless otherwise provided herein, the Committee may grant Awards in tandem with or in substitution for any other Award or Awards granted under the Plan or any award granted under any other plan of ICE. By accepting an Award pursuant to the Plan, a Grantee thereby agrees that the Award will be subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Plan and the applicable Award Agreement.

 

2.2 No Rights as a Stockholder

No Grantee (or other person having rights pursuant to an Award) will have any of the rights of a stockholder of ICE with respect to shares of Common Stock subject to an Award until the delivery of such shares. Except as otherwise provided in Section 1.6.3, no adjustments will be made for dividends, distributions or other rights (whether ordinary or extraordinary, and whether in cash, Common Stock, other securities or other property) for which the record date is before the date the Certificates for the shares are delivered.

 

2.3 Options

2.3.1    Grant. Stock options may be granted to eligible recipients in such number and at such times during the term of the Plan as the Committee may determine; provided, however, that the maximum number of shares of Common Stock as to which stock options may be granted under the Plan to any one individual in any one fiscal year may not exceed 1,000,000 shares (as adjusted pursuant to the provisions of Section 1.6.3).

2.3.2    Incentive Stock Options. At the time of grant, the Committee will determine (a) whether all or any part of a stock option granted to an eligible Employee will be an Incentive Stock Option and (b) the number of shares subject to such Incentive Stock Option; provided, however, that (1) the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined as of the time the option is granted) of the stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by an eligible Employee during any calendar year (under all such plans of ICE and of any subsidiary corporation of ICE) will not exceed $100,000 and (2) no Incentive Stock Option (other than an Incentive Stock Option that may be assumed or issued by the Company in connection with a transaction to which Section 424(a) of the Code applies) may be granted to a person who is not eligible to receive an Incentive Stock Option under the Code. The form of any stock option which is entirely or in part an Incentive Stock Option will clearly indicate that such stock option is an Incentive Stock Option or, if applicable, the number of shares subject to the Incentive Stock Option.

2.3.3    Exercise Price. The exercise price per share with respect to each stock option will be determined by the Committee but will not be less than the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock (or, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten Percent Stockholder, 110% of the Fair Market Value).

2.3.4    Term of Stock Option. In no event will any stock option be exercisable after the expiration of ten years (or, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten Percent Stockholder, five years) from the date on which the stock option is granted.

2.3.5    Exercise of Stock Option and Payment for Shares. A stock option may be exercised at such time or times and subject to such terms and conditions as will be determined by the Committee at the time the stock option is granted and set forth in the Award Agreement. Subject to any limitations in the applicable Award Agreement, any shares not acquired pursuant to the exercise of a stock option on the applicable vesting date may be acquired thereafter at any time before the final expiration of the stock option. To exercise a stock option, the Grantee must give written notice to ICE specifying the number of shares to be acquired and accompanied by

 

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payment of the full purchase price therefor in cash or by certified or official bank check or in another form as determined by the Company, including: (a) personal check, (b) shares of Common Stock, based on the Fair Market Value as of the exercise date, of the same class as those to be granted by exercise of the stock option, (c) any other form of consideration approved by the Company and permitted by applicable law and (d) any combination of the foregoing. Any person exercising a stock option will make such representations and agreements and furnish such information as the Committee may in its discretion deem necessary or desirable to assure compliance by ICE, on terms acceptable to ICE, with the provisions of the Securities Act and any other applicable legal requirements. If a Grantee so requests, shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of a stock option may be issued in the name of the Grantee and another jointly with the right of survivorship.

2.3.6    Repricing. Except as otherwise permitted by Section 1.6.3, reducing the exercise price of stock options issued and outstanding under the Plan, including through amendment, cancellation in exchange for the grant of a substitute Award or repurchase for cash or other consideration (in each case that has the effect of reducing the exercise price), will require approval of the stockholders of ICE.

 

2.4 Stock Appreciation Rights

2.4.1    Grant. Stock appreciation rights may be granted to eligible recipients in such number and at such times during the term of the Plan as the Committee may determine; provided, however, that the maximum number of shares of Common Stock as to which stock appreciation rights may be granted under the Plan to any one individual in any one fiscal year may not exceed 1,000,000 shares (as adjusted pursuant to the provisions of Section 1.6.3).

2.4.2    Exercise Price. The exercise price per share with respect to each stock appreciation right will be determined by the Committee but will not be less than the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock.

2.4.3    Term of Stock Appreciation Right. In no event will any stock appreciation right be exercisable after the expiration of ten years from the date on which the stock appreciation right is granted.

2.4.4    Exercise of Stock Appreciation Right and Delivery of Shares. Each stock appreciation right may be exercised in such installments as may be determined in the Award Agreement at the time the stock appreciation right is granted. Subject to any limitations in the applicable Award Agreement, any stock appreciation rights not exercised on the applicable installment date may be exercised thereafter at any time before the final expiration of the stock appreciation right. To exercise a stock appreciation right, the Grantee must give written notice to ICE specifying the number of stock appreciation rights to be exercised. Upon exercise of stock appreciation rights, shares of Common Stock with a Fair Market Value equal to (a) the excess of (1) the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the date of exercise over (2) the exercise price of such stock appreciation right multiplied by (b) the number of stock appreciation rights exercised will be delivered to the Grantee. Any person exercising a stock appreciation right will make such representations and agreements and furnish such information as the Committee may in its discretion deem necessary or desirable to assure compliance by ICE, on terms acceptable to ICE, with the provisions of the Securities Act and any other applicable legal requirements. If a Grantee so requests, shares purchased may be issued in the name of the Grantee and another jointly with the right of survivorship.

2.4.5    Repricing. Except as otherwise permitted by Section 1.6.3, reducing the exercise price of stock appreciation rights issued and outstanding under the Plan, including through amendment, cancellation in exchange for the grant of a substitute Award or repurchase for cash or other consideration (in each case that has the effect of reducing the exercise price), will require approval of the stockholders of ICE.

 

2.5 Restricted Shares

2.5.1    Grants. Subject to Section 2.9, the Committee may grant or offer for sale restricted shares in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine. The terms and conditions set

 

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forth by the Committee in the applicable Award Agreement may relate to vesting and nontransferability restrictions that will lapse upon the achievement of one or more goals related to the completion of service by the Grantee or the achievement of Performance Goals, as determined by the Committee at the time of grant. Upon the delivery of such shares, the Grantee will have the rights of a stockholder with respect to the restricted shares, subject to any other restrictions and conditions as the Committee may include in the applicable Award Agreement. In the event that a Certificate is issued in respect of restricted shares, such Certificate may be registered in the name of the Grantee but will be held by ICE or its designated agent until the time the restrictions lapse.

2.5.2    Right to Vote and Receive Dividends on Restricted Shares. Each Grantee of an Award of restricted shares will, during the period of restriction, be the beneficial and record owner of such restricted shares and will have full voting rights with respect thereto. Unless the Committee determines otherwise in an Award Agreement, during the period of restriction, all dividends (whether ordinary or extraordinary and whether paid in cash, additional shares or other property) or other distributions paid upon any restricted share will be retained by the Company for the account of the relevant Grantee. Such dividends or other distributions will revert back to the Company if for any reason the restricted share upon which such dividends or other distributions were paid reverts back to the Company. Upon the expiration of the period of restriction, all such dividends or other distributions made on such restricted share and retained by the Company will be paid, without interest, to the relevant Grantee.

 

2.6 Restricted Stock Units

2.6.1    Grant. Subject to Section 2.9, the Committee may grant Awards of restricted stock units in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine. A Grantee of a restricted stock unit will have only the rights of a general unsecured creditor of ICE until delivery of shares of Common Stock, cash or other securities or property is made as specified in the applicable Award Agreement. The terms and conditions set forth by the Committee in the applicable Award Agreement may relate to vesting and nontransferability restrictions that will lapse upon the achievement of one or more goals related to the completion of service by the Grantee or the achievement of Performance Goals, as determined by the Committee at the time of grant. On the delivery date specified in the Award Agreement, the Grantee of each restricted stock unit not previously forfeited or terminated will receive one share of Common Stock, cash or other securities or property equal in value to a share of Common Stock or a combination thereof, as specified by the Committee.

 

2.7 Dividend Equivalent Rights

The Committee may include in the Award Agreement with respect to any Award a dividend equivalent right entitling the Grantee to receive amounts equal to all or any portion of the regular cash dividends that would be paid on the shares of Common Stock covered by such Award if such shares had been delivered pursuant to such Award. The Grantee of a dividend equivalent right will have only the rights of a general unsecured creditor of ICE until payment of such amounts is made as specified in the applicable Award Agreement. In the event such a provision is included in an Award Agreement, the Committee will determine whether such payments will be made in cash, in shares of Common Stock or in another form, whether they will be conditioned upon the exercise of the Award to which they relate, the time or times at which they will be made, and such other terms and conditions as the Committee will deem appropriate.

 

2.8 Other Stock-Based Awards

Subject to Section 2.9, the Committee may grant other types of stock-based or stock-related Awards (including the grant or offer for sale of unrestricted shares of Common Stock and the grant of performance based awards) in such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine. The terms and conditions set forth by the Committee in the applicable Award Agreement may relate to vesting and nontransferability restrictions that will lapse upon the achievement of one or more goals related to the completion of service by the Grantee or the achievement of Performance Goals, as determined by the Committee at the time of grant. Such Awards may entail the transfer of actual shares of Common Stock to Award recipients and may include Awards designed to comply with or take advantage of the applicable local laws of jurisdictions other than the United States.

 

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2.9 Individual Limitation on Awards

The maximum number of shares of Common Stock as to which restricted shares, restricted stock units, dividend equivalent rights and other types of stock-based or stock-related Awards, that are, in each case, subject to the achievement of Performance Goals, may be granted under the Plan to any one individual in any one fiscal year may not exceed 1,000,000 shares (as adjusted pursuant to the provisions of Section 1.6.3).

 

2.10 Repayment if Conditions Not Met

If the Committee determines that all terms and conditions of the Plan and a Grantee’s Award Agreement were not satisfied, and that the failure to satisfy such terms, then the Grantee will be obligated to pay the Company immediately upon demand therefor, (a) with respect to a stock option and a stock appreciation right, an amount equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value (determined at the time of exercise) of the shares of Common Stock that were delivered in respect of such exercised stock option or stock appreciation right, as applicable, over the exercise price paid therefor, (b) with respect to restricted shares, an amount equal to the Fair Market Value (determined at the time such shares became vested) of such restricted shares and (c) with respect to restricted stock units, an amount equal to the Fair Market Value (determined at the time of delivery) of the shares of Common Stock delivered with respect to the applicable delivery date, in each case with respect to clauses (a), (b) and (c) of this Section 2.10, without reduction for any amount applied to satisfy withholding tax or other obligations in respect of such Award.

ARTICLE III

MISCELLANEOUS

 

3.1 Amendment of the Plan

3.1.1    Unless otherwise provided in the Plan or in an Award Agreement, the Board may from time to time suspend, discontinue, revise or amend the Plan in any respect whatsoever but, subject to Section 1.6.3 or as otherwise specifically provided herein, no such amendment shall materially adversely impair the rights of the Grantee of any Award without the Grantee’s consent.

3.1.2    Unless otherwise determined by the Board, stockholder approval of any suspension, discontinuance, revision or amendment will be obtained only to the extent necessary to comply with any applicable laws, regulations or rules of a securities exchange or self-regulatory agency; provided, however, if and to the extent the Board determines that it is appropriate for Awards granted under the Plan to constitute performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code, no amendment that would require stockholder approval in order for amounts paid pursuant to the Plan to constitute performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m)(4)(C) of the Code will be effective without the approval of the stockholders of ICE as required by Section 162(m) of the Code and, if and to the extent the Board determines it is appropriate for the Plan to comply with the provisions of Section 422 of the Code, no amendment that would require stockholder approval under Section 422 of the Code will be effective without the approval of the stockholders of ICE.

 

3.2 Tax Withholding

Grantees shall be solely responsible for any applicable taxes (including, without limitation, income and excise taxes) and penalties, and any interest that accrues thereon, that they incur in connection with the receipt, vesting or exercise of any Award. As a condition to the delivery of any shares of Common Stock, cash or other securities or property pursuant to any Award or the lifting or lapse of restrictions on any Award, or in connection with any other event that gives rise to a federal or other governmental tax withholding obligation on the part of the Company relating to an Award (including, without limitation, FICA tax), (a) the Company may deduct or withhold (or cause to be deducted or withheld) from any payment or distribution to a Grantee whether or not pursuant to the Plan (including shares of Common Stock otherwise deliverable), (b) the Committee will be

 

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entitled to require that the Grantee remit cash to the Company (through payroll deduction or otherwise) or (c) the Company may enter into any other suitable arrangements to withhold, in each case in an amount sufficient in the opinion of the Company to satisfy such withholding obligation.

 

3.3 Required Consents and Legends

3.3.1    If the Committee at any time determines that any Consent (as hereinafter defined) is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the granting of any Award, the delivery of shares of Common Stock or the delivery of any cash, securities or other property under the Plan, or the taking of any other action thereunder (each such action, a “Plan Action”), then such Plan Action will not be taken, in whole or in part, unless and until such Consent will have been effected or obtained to the full satisfaction of the Committee. The Committee may direct that any Certificate evidencing shares delivered pursuant to the Plan will bear a legend setting forth such restrictions on transferability as the Committee may determine to be necessary or desirable, and may advise the transfer agent to place a stop transfer order against any legended shares.

3.3.2    The term “Consent” as used in this Article III with respect to any Plan Action includes (a) any and all listings, registrations or qualifications in respect thereof upon any securities exchange or under any federal, state, or local law, or law, rule or regulation of a jurisdiction outside the United States, (b) any and all written agreements and representations by the Grantee with respect to the disposition of shares, or with respect to any other matter, which the Committee may deem necessary or desirable in order to comply with the terms of any such listing, registration or qualification or to obtain an exemption from the requirement that any such listing, qualification or registration be made, (c) any and all other consents, clearances and approvals in respect of a Plan Action by any governmental or other regulatory body or any stock exchange or self-regulatory agency, (d) any and all consents by the Grantee to (i) the Company’s supplying to any third party recordkeeper of the Plan such personal information as the Committee deems advisable to administer the Plan, (ii) the Company’s deducting amounts from the Grantee’s wages, or another arrangement satisfactory to the Committee, to reimburse the Company for advances made on the Grantee’s behalf to satisfy certain withholding and other tax obligations in connection with an Award and (iii) the Company’s imposing sales and transfer procedures and restrictions and hedging restrictions on shares of Common Stock delivered under the Plan and (e) any and all consents or authorizations required to comply with, or required to be obtained under, applicable local law or otherwise required by the Committee. Nothing herein will require the Company to list, register or qualify the shares of Common Stock on any securities exchange.

 

3.4 Right of Offset

The Company will have the right to offset against its obligation to deliver shares of Common Stock (or other property or cash) under the Plan or any Award Agreement any outstanding amounts (including, without limitation, travel and entertainment or advance account balances, loans, repayment obligations under any Awards, or amounts repayable to the Company pursuant to tax equalization, housing, automobile or other employee programs) that the Grantee then owes to the Company and any amounts the Committee otherwise deems appropriate pursuant to any tax equalization policy or agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an Award provides for the deferral of compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, the Committee will have no right to offset against its obligation to deliver shares of Common Stock (or other property or cash) under the Plan or any Award Agreement if such offset could subject the Grantee to the additional tax imposed under Section 409A in respect of an outstanding Award.

 

3.5 Nonassignability; No Hedging

Unless otherwise provided in an Award Agreement, no Award (or any rights and obligations thereunder) granted to any person under the Plan may be sold, exchanged, transferred, assigned, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of or hedged, in any manner (including through the use of any cash-settled instrument), whether voluntarily or involuntarily and whether by operation of law or otherwise, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, and all such Awards (and any rights thereunder) will be exercisable during the

 

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life of the Grantee only by the Grantee or the Grantee’s legal representative. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee may permit, under such terms and conditions that it deems appropriate in its sole discretion, a Grantee to transfer any Award to any person or entity that the Committee so determines. Any sale, exchange, transfer, assignment, pledge, hypothecation, or other disposition in violation of the provisions of this Section 3.5 will be null and void and any Award which is hedged in any manner will immediately be forfeited. All of the terms and conditions of the Plan and the Award Agreements will be binding upon any permitted successors and assigns.

 

3.6 Change in Control

3.6.1    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee (or unless otherwise set forth in an employment agreement or an Award Agreement), if a Grantee’s Employment is terminated by ICE or any successor entity thereto without Cause, or if the Grantee terminates employment for Good Reason, in each case upon or within two years after a Change in Control, each Award granted to such Grantee prior to such Change in Control shall become fully vested (including the lapsing of all restrictions and conditions) and, as applicable, exercisable as of the date of such termination of Employment, and any shares of Common Stock deliverable pursuant to restricted stock units shall be delivered promptly (but no later than 15 days) following such Grantee’s termination of Employment, provided that, as of the Change in Control date, any outstanding performance-based Awards shall be deemed earned at the greater of the target level or actual performance level through the Change in Control date (or if no target level is specified, the maximum level) with respect to all open performance periods.

3.6.2    In the event of a Change in Control, a Grantee’s Award shall be treated, to the extent determined by the Committee to be permitted under Section 409A of the Code, in accordance with one of the following methods as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion: (i) cancel such awards for fair value (as determined in the sole discretion of the Committee) which, in the case of stock options and stock appreciation rights, may equal the excess, if any, of the value of the consideration to be paid in the Change in Control transaction to holders of the same number of shares of Common Stock subject to such stock options or stock appreciation rights over the aggregate exercise price of such stock options or stock appreciation rights, as the case may be; (ii) provide for the issuance of substitute awards that will substantially preserve the otherwise applicable terms of any affected Awards previously granted under the Plan, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion; or (iii) provide that for a period of at least 20 days prior to the Change in Control, any stock options or stock appreciation rights will be exercisable as to all shares of Common Stock subject thereto (but any such exercise will be contingent upon and subject to the occurrence of the Change in Control and if the Change in Control does not take place within a specified period after giving such notice for any reason whatsoever, the exercise will be null and void) and that any stock options or stock appreciation rights not exercised prior to the consummation of the Change in Control will terminate and be of no further force and effect as of the consummation of the Change in Control. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event of a Change in Control, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, terminate any stock option or stock appreciation right for which the exercise price is equal to or exceeds the per share value of the consideration to be paid in the Change in Control transaction without payment of consideration therefor.

 

3.7 Right of Discharge Reserved

Neither the grant of an Award nor any provision in the Plan or in any Award Agreement will confer upon any Grantee the right to continued Employment by the Company or affect any right which the Company may have to terminate or alter the terms and conditions of such Employment.

 

3.8 Nature of Payments

3.8.1    Any and all grants of Awards and deliveries of Common Stock, cash, securities or other property under the Plan will be in consideration of services performed or to be performed for the Company by the Grantee. Awards under the Plan may, in the discretion of the Committee, be made in substitution in whole or in part for cash or other compensation otherwise payable to a Grantee. Only whole shares of Common Stock will be

 

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delivered under the Plan. Awards will, to the extent reasonably practicable, be aggregated in order to eliminate any fractional shares. Fractional shares may, in the discretion of the Committee, be forfeited or be settled in cash or otherwise as the Committee may determine.

3.8.2    All such grants and deliveries of shares of Common Stock, cash, securities or other property under the Plan will constitute a special discretionary incentive payment to the Grantee and will not be required to be taken into account in computing the amount of salary or compensation of the Grantee for the purpose of determining any contributions to or any benefits under any pension, retirement, profit-sharing, bonus, life insurance, severance or other benefit plan of the Company or under any agreement with the Grantee, unless the Company specifically provides otherwise.

 

3.9 Non-Uniform Determinations

3.9.1    The Committee’s determinations under the Plan and Award Agreements need not be uniform and any such determinations may be made by it selectively among persons who receive, or are eligible to receive, Awards under the Plan (whether or not such persons are similarly situated). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee will be entitled, among other things, to make non-uniform and selective determinations under Award Agreements, and to enter into non-uniform and selective Award Agreements, as to (a) the persons to receive Awards, (b) the terms and provisions of Awards and (c) whether a Grantee’s Employment has been terminated for purposes of the Plan.

3.9.2    To the extent the Committee deems it necessary, appropriate or desirable to comply with foreign law or practices and to further the purposes of the Plan, the Committee may, without amending the Plan, establish special rules applicable to Awards to Grantees who are foreign nationals, are employed outside the United States, or both, and grant Awards (or amend existing Awards) in accordance with those rules.

 

3.10 Other Payments or Awards

Nothing contained in the Plan will be deemed in any way to limit or restrict the Company from making any award or payment to any person under any other plan, arrangement or understanding, whether now existing or hereafter in effect.

 

3.11 Plan Headings

The headings in the Plan are for the purpose of convenience only and are not intended to define or limit the construction of the provisions hereof.

 

3.12 Termination of Plan

The Board reserves the right to terminate the Plan at any time; provided, however, that in any case, the Plan will terminate May 17, 2023, and provided further, that all Awards made under the Plan before its termination will remain in effect until such Awards have been satisfied or terminated in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Plan and the applicable Award Agreements and provided further that no Awards (other than a stock option or stock appreciation right) that are intended to be “performance-based” under Section 162(m) of the Code shall be granted on or after the five-year anniversary of the stockholder approval of the Plan unless the Performance Goals are reapproved (or other designated performance goals are approved) by the stockholders no later than the first stockholder meeting that occurs in the fifth year following the year in which stockholders previously approved the Performance Goals.

 

3.13 Section 409A

It is the intention of the Company that no Award shall be “nonqualified deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A of the Code, unless and to the extent that the Committee specifically determines otherwise as provided below, and the Plan and the terms and conditions of all Awards shall be interpreted, construed and administered in accordance with this intent, so as to avoid the imposition of taxes and penalties on Grantees

 

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pursuant to Section 409A. The Company shall have no liability to any Grantee or otherwise if the Plan or any Award, vesting, exercise or payment of any Award hereunder is subject to the additional tax and penalties under Section 409A of the Code. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, with respect to any Award that is subject to Section 409A of the Code, if a Grantee is a “specified employee” (as such term is defined in Section 409A of the Code and as determined by the Company) as of the Grantee’s termination of Employment, any payments (whether in cash, shares or other property) to be made with respect to the Award upon the Grantee’s Termination of Service will be accumulated and paid (without interest) on the earlier of (i) first business day of the seventh month following the Grantee’s “separation from service” (as such term is defined and used in Section 409A of the Code) or (ii) the date of the Grantee’s death.

 

3.14 Clawback/Recoupment

Awards under this Plan may be subject to recoupment or clawback as may be required by applicable law, or the Company’s recoupment, or “clawback” policy as it may be amended from time to time.

 

3.15 Governing Law

THE PLAN WILL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, WITHOUT REGARD TO PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT OF LAWS.

 

3.16 Choice of Forum

3.16.1  The Company and each Grantee, as a condition to such Grantee’s participation in the Plan, hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any state or federal court located in Atlanta, Georgia over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to or concerning the Plan. The Company and each Grantee, as a condition to such Grantee’s participation in the Plan, acknowledge that the forum designated by this Section 3.16.1 has a reasonable relationship to the Plan and to the relationship between such Grantee and the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein will preclude the Company from bringing any action or proceeding in any other court for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of Section 3.16.1.

3.16.2  The agreement by the Company and each Grantee as to forum is independent of the law that may be applied in the action, and the Company and each Grantee, as a condition to such Grantee’s participation in the Plan, (i) agree to such forum even if the forum may under applicable law choose to apply non-forum law, (ii) hereby waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which the Company or such Grantee now or hereafter may have to personal jurisdiction or to the laying of venue of any such suit, action or proceeding in any court referred to in Section 3.16.1, (iii) undertake not to commence any action arising out of or relating to or concerning the Plan in any forum other than the forum described in this Section 3.16 and (iv) agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, a final and non-appealable judgment in any such suit, action or proceeding in any such court will be conclusive and binding upon the Company and each Grantee.

3.16.3  Each Grantee, as a condition to such Grantee’s participation in the Plan, hereby irrevocably appoints the General Counsel of ICE as such Grantee’s agent for service of process in connection with any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to or concerning the Plan, who will promptly advise such Grantee of any such service of process.

3.16.4  Each Grantee, as a condition to such Grantee’s participation in the Plan, agrees to keep confidential the existence of, and any information concerning, a dispute, controversy or claim described in Section 3.16, except that a Grantee may disclose information concerning such dispute, controversy or claim to the court that is considering such dispute, controversy or claim or to such Grantee’s legal counsel (provided that such counsel agrees not to disclose any such information other than as necessary to the prosecution or defense of the dispute, controversy or claim).

 

3.17 Severability; Entire Agreement

If any of the provisions of the Plan or any Award Agreement is finally held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable (whether in whole or in part), such provision will be deemed modified to the extent, but only to the

 

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extent, of such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability and the remaining provisions will not be affected thereby; provided that if any of such provisions is finally held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable because it exceeds the maximum scope determined to be acceptable to permit such provision to be enforceable, such provision will be deemed to be modified to the minimum extent necessary to modify such scope in order to make such provision enforceable hereunder. The Plan and any Award Agreements contain the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter thereof and supersede all prior agreements, promises, covenants, arrangements, communications, representations and warranties between them, whether written or oral with respect to the subject matter thereof.

 

3.18 Waiver of Claims

Each Grantee of an Award recognizes and agrees that before being selected by the Committee to receive an Award he or she has no right to any benefits under such Award. Accordingly, in consideration of the Grantee’s receipt of any Award hereunder, he or she expressly waives any right to contest the amount of any Award, the terms of any Award Agreement, any determination, action or omission hereunder or under any Award Agreement by the Committee, the Company or the Board, or any amendment to the Plan or any Award Agreement (other than an amendment to the Plan or an Award Agreement to which his or her consent is expressly required by the express terms of an Award Agreement).

 

3.19 No Third Party Beneficiaries

Except as expressly provided in an Award Agreement, neither the Plan nor any Award Agreement will confer on any person other than the Company and the Grantee of any Award any rights or remedies thereunder. The exculpation and indemnification provisions of Section 1.3.4 will inure to the benefit of a Covered Person’s estate and beneficiaries and legatees.

 

3.20 Successors and Assigns of ICE

The terms of the Plan will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of ICE and any successor entity contemplated by Section 3.6.

 

3.21 Waiver of Jury Trial

EACH GRANTEE WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION BASED ON, ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLAN.

 

3.22 Date of Adoption, Approval of Stockholders and Effective Date

The Plan was adopted on March 1, 2013 by the Board, subject to the approval by the stockholders of ICE at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 17, 2013. The Plan will only be effective if it is approved by the stockholders of ICE at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Any Awards granted under the Plan prior to such stockholder approval shall be conditioned upon such approval and shall be null and void if such approval is not obtained; provided, however, that stock options and stock appreciation rights granted under the Plan prior to such stockholder approval may not be exercisable until after such stockholder approval and no shares of Common Stock may be delivered pursuant to a restricted stock unit granted under the Plan prior to such stockholder approval until after such stockholder approval; provided further that restricted stock and other stock-based or stock-related Awards may not be granted prior to obtaining stockholder approval. If the Plan is not so approved by the stockholders of ICE, then the Plan will be null and void in its entirety and the Prior Plan will remain in full force and effect.

 

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