Corporate Services Agreement

AMENDED AND RESTATED CORPORATE SERVICES AGREEMENT by and Among ROYAL BANK OF CANADA as Client and RBC COVERED BOND GUARANTOR LIMITED PARTNERSHIP as Guarantor LP and COMPUTER SHARE TRUST COMPANY OF CANADA as Trustee and Corporate Services Provider and ...

Exhibit 4.10

 

 

 
AMENDED AND RESTATED CORPORATE SERVICES AGREEMENT
 
by and among
 
 
as Client
 
and
 
RBC COVERED BOND GUARANTOR
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
 
as Guarantor LP
 
and
 
COMPUTER SHARE TRUST COMPANY OF CANADA
 
as Trustee and Corporate Services Provider
 
and
 
6848320 CANADA INC.
 
as Corporation
 

 

 
June 24, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
CONTENTS
 
Articles
Page
   
Article 1 –  Definitions
2
   
Article 2 –  Services To Be Provided
2
   
Article 3 –  Confidentiality
4
   
Article 4 –  Indemnity
5
   
Article 5 –  Remuneration, Costs And Expenses
5
   
Article 6 –  Representations, Warranties And Covenants
6
   
Article 7 –  Termination
7
   
Article 8 –  Notices
7
   
Article 9 –  Declaration Of Trust
8
   
Article 10 –  Non-Petition
8
   
Article 11 –  General
9

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
AMENDED AND RESTATED CORPORATE SERVICES AGREEMENT
 
THIS CORPORATE SERVICES AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) initially made the 25th day of October, 2007 and amended and restated on this 24th day of June, 2013.
 
BY AND AMONG:
 
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, a bank named in Schedule I to the Bank Act (Canada), whose head office is at 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 3A9 (hereinafter referred to as “Client”)
 
- and -
 
RBC COVERED BOND GUARANTOR LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, a limited partnership formed under the laws of the Province of Ontario, whose principal office of the Partnership is located at 155 Wellington Street West, 14th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3K7 by its managing general partner RBC COVERED BOND GP INC. (hereinafter referred to as the “Guarantor LP”)
 
- and -
 
COMPUTERSHARE TRUST COMPANY OF CANADA, a trust company formed under the laws of Canada whose registered office is at 100 University Avenue, 11th Floor, North Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2Y1 (hereinafter the “Corporate Services Provider”)
 
- and -
 
6848320 CANADA INC., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada whose registered office is at  (hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation”)
 
WHEREAS
 
A.
The shares of the Corporation are held by the Client and the Corporate Services Provider, in its capacity as trustee pursuant to a declaration of trust dated October 25, 2007 (the "Declaration of Trust") and the Client.
 
B.           The Corporation is the liquidation general partner of the Guarantor LP.
 
C.
The Corporate Services Provider has offered to provide the Client with, and Client has agreed to engage the Corporate Services Provider to so provide, certain services with respect to the Corporation.
 
D.
The parties entered into a Corporate Services Agreement dated October 25, 2007 (the “Prior Corporate Services Agreement”) and the parties now desire to amend and restate in its entirety the terms of the Prior Corporate Services Agreement by entering into this Agreement, such amendment and restatement having been made in accordance with Article 10 of the Prior Corporate Services Agreement.
 
NOW IT IS HEREBY AGREED as follows:
 
 
 

 
 
ARTICLE 1 – DEFINITIONS
 
1.1
The amended and restated master definitions and construction agreement dated June 24, 2013 made between, inter alia, the parties to this Agreement (as the same may be amended, varied or supplemented from time to time with the consent of the parties thereto) (the “Master Definitions and Construction Agreement”) is expressly and specifically incorporated into this Agreement and, accordingly, the expressions defined in the Master Definitions and Construction Agreement shall, except where the context otherwise requires and save where otherwise defined herein, have the same meanings in this Agreement, including the recitals hereto and this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the interpretation provisions set out in Section 2 of the Master Definitions and Construction Agreement.
 
ARTICLE 2 – SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED
 
2.1
Subject to Section 2.2, the Corporate Services Provider is prepared to provide the following Corporate Services (the “Corporate Services”) for and in respect of the Corporation for so long as a majority of the Board of Directors of the Corporation is comprised of designated directors appointed pursuant to the Letter Agreement and agrees (subject, in each case, to the obligations of the Corporate Services Provider in its capacity as Trustee pursuant to the Declaration of Trust) to arrange on behalf of, and at the sole expense of the Corporation for the following services to be provided to and in respect of the Corporation:
 
 
(a)
all general corporate secretarial, registrar and company administration services required by the Corporation;
 
 
(b)
the preparation, keeping and auditing (if applicable) of the accounts of the Corporation and such books and records as are required by any applicable law or otherwise to be kept by the Corporation for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Corporation;
 
 
(c)
providing all necessary staff and facilities for the Corporation, including the provision of the Company's registered office (which shall be located at c/o Computershare Trust Company of Canada, 100 University Avenue, 11th Floor, North Tower, Toronto, ON  M5J 2Y1;
 
 
(d)
keeping the register of shareholders, issuing share certificates, and effecting share transfers and filing (in compliance with the Trust Deed and insofar as the Board of Directors of the Corporation have duly approved, signed and delivered the same and monies in respect of applicable fees are made available) as any applicable corporate returns and filings, consents of directors, and tax returns and filings in Canada or any jurisdiction in which such consents, returns or filings are required by applicable law;
 
 
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(e)
the convening of shareholders’ and directors’ meetings of the Corporation as and when required in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Act”) in and when required providing facilities for holding such meetings and preparing and keeping minutes of such meetings;
 
 
(f)
accepting service of process and any other documents or notices to be served on the Corporation;
 
 
(g)
providing such other corporate administration services as may be required by the Corporation from time to time ;
 
 
(h)
as and when requested by a director, the secretary of the Corporation or the accountants or auditors of the Corporation, as the case may be, to deliver to such person such information in connection with the Corporation as may be in the possession of the Corporate Services Provider or as may be reasonably obtainable by it;
 
 
(i)
as and when requested under the terms of any agreements to which the Corporation is party, the delivery to any person entitled to it under such terms of such information or documents which is (a) provided for under such agreements, and (b) in the possession of the Corporate Services Provider or is reasonably obtainable by it;
 
 
(j)
at the request of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, prepare and forward to the shareholders all statements and notices which the Board of Directors of the Corporation is required to issue, send or serve in accordance with the Act;
 
 
(k)
give, at the request of the Board of Directors of the Company, any directions and information to any providers of services (such as auditors, accountants, financial or management advisers or counsel, as applicable) or other agents appointed by the Board of Directors or the officers of the Corporation, as the case may be; and
 
 
(l)
use its best efforts to cause the Corporation (to the extent that the Corporation has sufficient funds and other resources and is otherwise able to do so) to comply with its obligations under any agreement by which the Corporation is bound.
 
2.2
In providing the Corporate Services, the Corporate Services Provider shall not be required to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur financial liability in the performance of any of the Corporate Services or in the exercise of any of its rights or powers in connection therewith if there are reasonable grounds for believing that the reimbursement of such expenditure or indemnity satisfactory to it against such risk or liability is not assured to it, provided that the Corporate Services Provider shall, forthwith upon making such a determination, deliver notice of the same to the Guarantor LP and the Client, which notice shall indicate the grounds for such belief.
 
2.3
The Corporate Services Provider shall not be responsible for any misconduct or negligence on the part of any person or entity appointed with reasonable due care by it to provide any of the Corporate Services.
 
 
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ARTICLE 3 – CONFIDENTIALITY
 
3.1
Notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement, the Corporate Services Provider shall not at any time disclose to any person, firm or company whatsoever and shall treat as confidential, any information relating to the business, finances or other matters of the Corporation, the Client or any of their affiliates as confidential and shall not (regardless of whether or not such person shall still be in office) at any time disclose to any person, firm or company whatsoever any information relating to the business, finances or other matters of the Corporation, the Client or the Guarantor LP or the managing general partner of the Guarantor LP which it may have obtained as a result of (in the case of the Corporate Services Provider) its role in providing the Services and fulfilling its obligations hereunder, provided however that the provisions of this Section 3.1 shall not apply:
 
 
(a)
to the disclosure of any information already known to the recipient otherwise than as a result of a breach of this section or other unauthorised or improper conduct of such person;
 
 
(b)
to the disclosure of any information which is or becomes public knowledge otherwise than as a result of a breach of this section or other unauthorised or improper conduct of such person;
 
 
(c)
to the extent that the disclosure is required pursuant to any law or order of any court or other governmental authority pursuant to any direction, request or requirement (whether or not having the force of law);
 
 
(d)
to the disclosure of any information to professional advisers who receive the same under a duty of confidentiality or from whom it obtained an undertaking substantially in the form of this section;
 
 
(e)
in relation to any information which it is expressly authorized to provide to the Guarantor LP, the Rating Agencies, the Issuer, the Bond Trustee, the Servicer, CMHC or any other party under the terms of this Agreement, the other Transaction Documents or pursuant to the Guide;
 
 
(f)
to the disclosure of any information with the consent of the parties hereto; and
 
 
(g)
to the disclosure on behalf of the relevant Corporation (or on behalf of the Guarantor LP if applicable), in circumstances required by the terms of any contract or agreement, to which the Corporation (or on behalf of the Guarantor LP if applicable and if disclosure in accordance with the terms of the Guarantor LP Agreement) is now or hereinafter becomes a party, to the persons to whom such disclosure is required by the terms of the relevant contract or agreement.
 
 
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ARTICLE 4 – INDEMNITY
 
4.1
The Corporation agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Corporate Services Provider, its successors and assigns, and its and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agents (the “Indemnified Parties”) against and from any demands, claims, assessments, proceedings, suits, actions, costs, judgments, penalties, interest, liabilities, losses, damages, debts, expenses and disbursements (including expert consultant and legal fees and disbursements on a solicitor and client basis) (collectively, “Claims”) that the Indemnified Parties, or any of them, may suffer or incur, or that may be asserted against them, or any of them, in consequence of, arising from or in any way relating to this Agreement (as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time) or the Corporate Services Provider’s duties hereunder or any other services that the Corporate Services Provider may provide to the Corporation in connection with or pursuant to the terms of this letter agreement or the Corporate Service Provider’s duties hereunder, except that no individual Indemnified Party shall be entitled to indemnification in the event such Indemnified Party is found to have acted in bad faith, engaged in wilful misconduct or been grossly negligent.  For greater certainty, the Corporation agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Indemnified Parties against and from any present and future taxes (other than income taxes), duties, assessments or other charges imposed or levied on behalf of any governmental authority having the power to tax in connection with the Corporate Services Provider’s duties hereunder.
 
4.2
The Corporation agrees that its liability hereunder shall be absolute and unconditional, regardless of the correctness of any representations of any third parties and regardless of any liability of third parties to the Indemnified Parties, and shall accrue and become enforceable without prior demand or any other precedent action or proceeding, and shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
 
ARTICLE 5 – REMUNERATION, COSTS AND EXPENSES
 
5.1
The Corporation shall pay to the Corporate Services Provider as consideration for its services provided pursuant to this Agreement an annual fee of such amount as may be agreed to from time to time by the parties hereto payable on the date hereof and thereafter at least 30 days prior to each anniversary of the date hereof.
 
5.2
In addition to Section 5.1, the Corporation shall reimburse the Corporate Services Provider on demand for all reasonable travelling and other out of pocket expenses properly incurred by it, its agents, employees in the performance of its or their duties.
 
5.3
The Corporation shall further pay the Corporate Services Provider such additional remuneration, or meet the cost of such additional expenses (including legal and accounting advice) as shall be agreed between the Corporate Services Provider and the other parties hereto in the event that the Corporate Services Provider finds it expedient or necessary or it is requested by the other parties hereto to undertake duties which the Corporate Services Provider and the other parties hereto agree to be of an exceptional nature or otherwise outside the scope of the Corporate Services.
 
 
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5.4
The Corporate Services Provider is hereby authorized, at its discretion and at the expense of the Corporation:
 
 
(a)
to refer all documents or requests relating to the Corporate Services or any other matters to its legal department, the Corporation’s legal department, the Corporation’s solicitors, or the solicitors for the Corporate Services Provider for direction and advice, and the Corporate Services Provider, in so doing, shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Corporate Services Provider against and from any liability, cost and expense for any action taken by it in accordance with such instructions or advice.  The Corporate Services Provider may, however, accept and act on any documents which appear to it to be in order and, in such cases, in the absence of gross negligence or wilful misconduct, shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Corporate Services Provider against and from any liability, cost and expense; and
 
 
(b)
to employ such counsel, consultants, experts, advisers, agents or agencies as it may reasonably require for the purpose of determining and discharging its duties hereunder and shall not be responsible for the negligent actions or misconduct of such parties.
 
ARTICLE 6 – REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND COVENANTS
 
6.1
The Corporate Services Provider represents, warrants and covenants (and continues to represent, warrant and covenant for as long as it continues to be Corporate Services Provider) as follows, and acknowledges that the other parties to this Agreement are relying on such representations, warranties and covenants in entering into, and performing their obligations under, this Agreement:
 
 
(a)
it possesses the necessary experience, qualifications, facilities and other resources to perform its responsibilities under this Agreement;
 
 
(b)
it meets or exceeds the minimum standards, if any, (and, if applicable, possesses the minimum ratings), if any, prescribed by the Rating Agencies;
 
 
(c)
if regulated, it is in regulatory good standing;
 
 
(d)
it is in material compliance with its internal policies and procedures (including risk management policies), if any, relevant to the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement;
 
 
(e)
it is in material compliance with all laws, regulations and rules applicable to the Corporate Service Provider relevant to the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement; and
 
 
(f)
it shall comply with, and perform its obligations under, the provisions of the Guide, and of the Transaction Documents to which it is a party, in each case applicable to it.
 
 
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ARTICLE 7 – TERMINATION
 
7.1
This Agreement shall terminate upon:
 
 
(a)
the non-breaching parties other than the Corporate Service Provider on the one hand, or the Corporate Service Provider, on the other hand, where it is a non-breaching party, providing notice in writing to the other terminating this Agreement upon the other (i) committing a breach of this Agreement which is not capable of remedy, or (ii) committing a breach of this Agreement which is capable of remedy but which is not remedied within 30 days of receipt of notice thereof;
 
 
(b)
immediately without any further action or notice upon the Corporate Services Provider becoming an Affiliate (as such term is used in the Bank Act (Canada)) of the Bank; or
 
 
(c)
the Corporate Services Provider, on the one hand, or the other parties, on the other hand, serving three (3) months' notice in writing to the other parties hereto (jointly), or as the case may be, the Corporate Services Provider.
 
7.2
The obligations of the parties pursuant to Sections 4, 5 and 7 hereof shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
 
ARTICLE 8 – NOTICES
 
8.1
Any Notice, consent or approval (hereinafter collectively referred to as a “Notices”) required or permitted to be given in connection with this letter agreement shall be in writing and shall be sufficiently given if delivered (whether in person, by courier service or other personal method of delivery), or if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail:
 
 
(a)
in the case of Notices to the Corporate Services Provider at:
 
100 University Avenue, 9th Floor, North Tower
Toronto, ON  M5J 2Y1

Attention:          Manager, Corporate Trust
Fax:                      (416) 981-9777
 
 
 
(b)
in the case of the Guarantor LP at:
 
155 Wellington Street West, 14th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5V 3K7

Attention:           Senior Manager, Securitization
Fax:                      416-974-1368
 
 
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(c)
in the case of Notices to the Corporation at:
 
6848320 Canada Inc.
c/o Computershare Trust Company of Canada
100 University Avenue
9th Floor, North Tower
Toronto, ON  M5J 2Y1

Attention:          Manager, Corporate Trust
Fax:                      416-981-9777
 
 
(d)
in the case of Notices to the Client at:
 
155 Wellington Street West, 14th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5V 3K7

Attention:           Senior Manager, Securitization
Fax:                      416-974-1368
 
Notices delivered or transmitted to a party as provided above shall be deemed to have been given and received on the day it is delivered or transmitted, provided that it is delivered or transmitted on a business day prior to 5:00 p.m. local time in the place of delivery or receipt.  If Notices are delivered or transmitted after 5:00 p.m. local time or if the day is not a Business Day, then the Notices shall be deemed to have been given and received on the next Business Day.
 
Any party hereto may, from time to time, change its address by giving written notice to the other parties in accordance with the provisions as set out herein.
 
ARTICLE 9 – DECLARATION OF TRUST
 
9.1
The Client and the Corporation agree for the benefit of the Corporate Services Provider, in its capacity as Trustee, to be bound by the terms of the Declaration of Trust.
 
ARTICLE 10 – NON-PETITION
 
10.1
The Corporate Services Provider agrees that it shall not institute or join any other Person or entity in instituting against, or with respect to, the Corporation, the Guarantor LP, or any of the general partners of the Guarantor LP, any bankruptcy or insolvency event so long as any securities issued by the Corporation shall be outstanding or there shall not have elapsed one year plus one day since the last day on which any such securities shall have been outstanding.  The foregoing provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement by either party.
 
 
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ARTICLE 11 – GENERAL
 
11.1
Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, the provisions of this Agreement may be amended or waived only by written agreement of all of the parties, and if any such amendment or waiver is determined to be material in the opinion of the Guarantor LP Rating Agency Confirmation (as such term is used in the Declaration of Trust) shall be required in respect thereof.  The Guarantor LP (or the Cash Manager on its behalf) shall deliver notice to the Rating Agencies of any amendment or waiver which does not require Rating Agency Confirmation provided that failure to deliver such notice shall not constitute a breach of the obligations of the Guarantor LP under this Agreement.  No single or partial exercise of, or failure or delay in exercising, any right under this Agreement shall constitute a waiver or preclude any other or further exercise of that or any other right.
 
11.2
This Agreement (and the benefits and obligations contained in it) may not be assigned by any party without the prior written consent of each of the other parties hereto and unless the Guarantor LP has obtained Rating Agency Confirmation for any such assignment.
 
11.3
This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, including by facsimile transmission, each of which when executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement.
 
11.4
This Agreement is a contract made and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable in the Province of Ontario.
 
11.5
Any legal action or proceeding with respect to this agreement may be brought in the courts of the Province of Ontario and by execution and delivery of this Agreement, each of Client, the Corporation, the Guarantor LP and the Corporate Services Provider consents, to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of those courts. Each of Client, the Corporation, the Guarantor LP and the Corporate Services Provider irrevocably waives, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any objection, including any objection to the laying of venue or based on the grounds of forum non conveniens, which it may now or hereafter have to the bringing of any action or proceeding in such jurisdiction in respect of this Agreement or any document related hereto. The Client, the Corporation, the Guarantor LP and the Corporate Services Provider each waive personal service of any claim, notice of motion or application, summons, complaint or other process, which may be made by any other means permitted by Ontario law.
 
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed as of the date first written above.

 
   
COMPUTERSHARE TRUST COMPANY
OF CANADA
     
   
Per:
/s/ Mircho Mirchev
     
Name: Mircho Mirchev
     
Title:  Corporate Trust Officer
   
Per:
/s/ Stanley Kwan
     
Name: Stanley Kwan
     
Title:  Associate Trust Officer
 

   
     
     
Per:
/s/ James Salem
       
Name:  James Salem
       
Title:  Executive Vice-President and Treasurer
         
     
Per:
/s/ David Power
       
Name: David Power
       
Title: Vice-President, Corporate Treasury
 

 
     
6848320 CANADA INC.
       
     
Per:
/s/ Stuart Swartz
       
Name: Stuart Swartz
       
Title: President and Secretary
 
 
     
RBC COVERED BOND GUARANTOR
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP by its managing
general partner RBC COVERED BOND GP INC.
       
     
Per:
/s/ David Power
       
Name: David Power
       
Title:  President