THIS INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT is made on , 2014, between TCP International Holdings Ltd., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Switzerland with its registered address at Alte Steinhauserstrasse 1, 6330 Cham, Switzerland (the Company); and  (Indemnitee).
WHEREAS Indemnitee is a director and/or an officer of the Company;
WHEREAS highly skilled and competent persons are becoming more reluctant to serve public companies as directors or officers unless they are provided with adequate protection through insurance and indemnification against inordinate risks of claims and actions against them arising out of their service to and activities on behalf of such companies;
WHEREAS uncertainties relating to indemnification increase the difficulty of attracting and retaining such persons;
WHEREAS the Board has determined that an inability to attract and retain such persons is detrimental to the best interests of the Company and that the Company should act to assure such persons that there will be increased certainty of such protection in the future;
WHEREAS, it is reasonable, prudent and necessary for the Company contractually to obligate itself to indemnify Indemnitee to the fullest extent permitted by Swiss law so that Indemnitee will serve or continue to serve the Company free from undue concern that Indemnitee will not be so indemnified; and
WHEREAS, Indemnitee is willing to serve, continue to serve and to take on additional service for or on behalf of the Company on the condition that Indemnitee be so indemnified.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the covenants contained herein, the Company and Indemnitee do hereby covenant and agree as follows:
1.1 In this Agreement unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and expressions shall have the following meanings:
Agreement means this Indemnification Agreement;
Board means the Board of Directors of the Company;
Business Day means any day on which banks in Switzerland are open for business;
Corporate Status means the status of a person who is or was a director, officer, employee, agent, or fiduciary of the Company or any other Group Company, or is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, officer, employee, agent or fiduciary of any other company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other entity or enterprise;
Disinterested Director means a director of the Company who is not or was not a party to a Proceeding in respect of which indemnification is sought by Indemnitee;
Group Companies means the Company and each subsidiary of the Company (wherever incorporated or organized);
Independent Counsel means a law firm or a member of a law firm that neither is presently nor in the past five years has been retained to represent: (i) the Company or Indemnitee in any matter material to either such party, or (ii) any other party to the Proceeding giving rise to a claim for indemnification hereunder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term Independent Counsel shall not include any person who, under the applicable standards of professional conduct then prevailing, would have a conflict of interest in representing either the Company or Indemnitee in an action to determine Indemnitees right to indemnification under this Agreement;
Parties means the parties to this Agreement collectively, and Party means any one of them; and
Proceeding means any action, suit, arbitration, alternate dispute resolution mechanism, investigation, administrative hearing or any other proceeding whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative and whether formal or informal.
1.2 In this Agreement unless the context otherwise requires:
1.2.1 references to statutory provisions shall be construed as references to those provisions as amended or re-enacted or as their application is modified by other provisions from time to time and shall include references to any provisions of which they are re-enactments (whether with or without modification);
1.2.2 references to clauses and schedules are references to clauses hereof and schedules hereto; references to sub-clauses or paragraphs are, unless otherwise stated, references to sub-clauses of the clause or paragraphs of the schedule in which the reference appears;
1.2.3 references to the singular shall include the plural and vice versa and references to the masculine shall include the feminine and/or neuter and vice versa; and
1.2.4 references to persons shall include companies, partnerships, associations and bodies of persons, whether incorporated or unincorporated.
2. AGREEMENT TO SERVE
Indemnitee agrees to serve as a director and/or an officer of the Company. This Agreement does not create or otherwise establish any right on the part of Indemnitee to be and continue to be elected or appointed a director and/or an officer of the Company or any other Group Company and does not create an employment contract between the Company and Indemnitee.
3. INDEMNITY OF DIRECTOR/OFFICER
3.1 Subject to clause 10, the Company shall indemnify Indemnitee if Indemnitee is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed Proceeding, including a Proceeding brought by or in the right of the Company, by reason of the fact that Indemnitee is or was a director, officer, employee, agent, or fiduciary of the Company or is or
was serving at the request of the Company as a director, officer, employee, agent, or fiduciary of any other company, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other entity or enterprise or by reason of anything done or not done by Indemnitee in any such capacity. Subject to clause 10, pursuant to this sub-clause 3.1 Indemnitee shall be indemnified against expenses (including attorneys fees and disbursements), judgments, penalties, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by Indemnitee in connection with such Proceeding (including, but not limited to, the investigation, defense, settlement or appeal thereof).
3.2 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement other than clause 10, Indemnitee shall be indemnified against all expenses (including attorneys fees and disbursements) actually and reasonably incurred by Indemnitee or on Indemnitees behalf in defending any Proceedings referred to in clause 3.1 in which judgment is given in his favor, in which he is acquitted, or in respect of which relief is granted to him.
3.3 Subject to clause 10, the Company shall indemnify Indemnitee for such portion of the expenses (including attorneys fees), witness fees, damages, judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement and any other amounts that Indemnitee becomes legally obligated to pay in connection with any Proceeding referred to in clause 3.1 in respect of which Indemnitee is entitled to indemnification hereunder, even if Indemnitee is not entitled to indemnification hereunder for the total amount thereof.
4. INDEMNIFICATION FOR EXPENSES OF A WITNESS
Subject to clause 10, to the extent that Indemnitee is, by reason of Indemnitees Corporate Status, a witness in any Proceeding, Indemnitee shall be indemnified by the Company against all expenses actually and reasonably incurred by Indemnitee or on Indemnitees behalf in connection therewith.
5. DETERMINATION OF ENTITLEMENT TO INDEMNIFICATION
5.1 Indemnitee shall request indemnification pursuant to this Agreement by notice in writing to the secretary of the Company. The secretary shall, promptly upon receipt of Indemnitees request for indemnification, advise in writing the Board or such other person or persons empowered to make the determination as provided in sub-clause 5.2 that Indemnitee has made such request for indemnification. Subject to clause 10, upon making such request for indemnification, Indemnitee shall be presumed to be entitled to indemnification hereunder and the Company shall have the burden of proof in the making of any determination contrary to such presumption.
5.2 Upon written request by Indemnitee for indemnification pursuant to sub-clause 3.1, the entitlement of Indemnitee to indemnification pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall be determined by the following person or persons who shall be empowered to make such determination:
5.2.1 the Board, by a majority vote of the Disinterested Directors; or
5.2.2 if such vote is not obtainable or, even if obtainable, if such Disinterested Directors so direct by majority vote, by Independent Counsel in a written opinion to the Board, a copy of which shall be delivered to Indemnitee; or
5.2.3 by a majority vote of the shareholders.
5.3 For purposes of sub-clause 5.2, if needed, Independent Counsel shall be selected by the Board and approved by Indemnitee. Upon failure of the Board to so select such Independent Counsel or upon failure of Indemnitee to so approve, either the Board or Indemnitee may request the International Chamber of Commerce (the ICC) to appoint an Independent Counsel in accordance with the provisions regarding the appointment of experts contained in the ICCs Rules for Expertise. Such determination of entitlement to indemnification shall be made not later than 60 days after receipt by the Company of a written request for indemnification. Such request shall include documentation or information which is necessary for such determination and which is reasonably available to Indemnitee. Subject to clause 10, any expenses (including attorneys fees) incurred by Indemnitee in connection with Indemnitees request for indemnification hereunder shall be borne by the Company irrespective of the outcome of the determination of Indemnitees entitlement to indemnification. If the person or persons making such determination shall determine that Indemnitee is entitled to indemnification as to part (but not all) of the application for indemnification, such persons may reasonably prorate such partial indemnification among such claims, issues or matters in respect of which indemnification is requested.
6. ADVANCEMENT OF EXPENSES
All reasonable expenses incurred by Indemnitee (including attorneys fees, retainers and advances of disbursements required of Indemnitee) shall be paid by the Company in advance of the final disposition of any Proceeding at the request of Indemnitee as promptly as possible, and in any event within twenty days after the receipt by the Company of a statement or statements from Indemnitee requesting such advance or advances from time to time. Indemnitees entitlement to such expenses shall include those incurred in connection with any Proceeding by Indemnitee seeking an adjudication or award in arbitration pursuant to this Agreement. Such statement or statements shall reasonably evidence the expenses incurred by Indemnitee in connection therewith and shall include or be accompanied by an undertaking by or on behalf of Indemnitee to repay such amount if it is ultimately determined that Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified against such expenses by the Company as provided by this Agreement or otherwise. Subject to clause 10, the Company shall have the burden of proof in any determination under this clause 6. No amounts advanced hereunder shall be deemed an extension of credit by the Company to Indemnitee.
7. REMEDIES OF INDEMNITEE IN CASES OF DETERMINATION NOT TO INDEMNIFY OR TO ADVANCE EXPENSES
7.1 In the event that: (a) a determination is made that Indemnitee is not entitled to indemnification hereunder; (b) payment has not been timely made following a determination of entitlement to indemnification pursuant to clause 5; or (c) expenses are not advanced pursuant to clause 6, Indemnitee shall be entitled to apply to a court of competent jurisdiction at the place of incorporation of the Company for a determination of Indemnitees entitlement to such indemnification or advance.
7.2 Alternatively to sub-clause 7.1, Indemnitee, at Indemnitees option, may seek an award in arbitration to be conducted by an arbitral tribunal administered by the Swiss Chambers of Commerce in accordance with the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration in force on the date when the notice of arbitration is submitted in accordance with the rules set out in this Agreement. The seat of the arbitration shall be at the place of incorporation of the Company. The arbitral proceedings shall be conducted in the English language. The Company shall not oppose Indemnitees right to seek any such adjudication or award in arbitration or any other claim.
7.3 Subject to clause 10, if a determination is made pursuant to the terms of clause 5 that Indemnitee is entitled to indemnification, the Company shall be bound by such determination and is precluded from asserting that such determination has not been made or that the procedure by which such determination was made is not valid, binding and enforceable. If the court or arbitral tribunal shall determine that Indemnitee is entitled to any indemnification hereunder, the Company shall pay all reasonable expenses (including attorneys fees and disbursements) actually incurred by Indemnitee in connection with such adjudication or award in arbitration (including, but not limited to, any appellate proceedings).
8. OTHER RIGHTS TO INDEMNIFICATION
The indemnification and advancement of expenses (including attorneys fees) provided by this Agreement shall not be deemed exclusive of any other right to which Indemnitee may now or in the future be entitled under any provision of the Companys articles of association or organizational regulations or any agreement, vote of shareholders, the Board or Disinterested Directors, provision of law, or otherwise, provided, however, that where the Company may indemnify Indemnitee pursuant to either this Agreement or the articles of association or organizational regulations of the Company, the Company may indemnify Indemnitee under either this Agreement or the articles of association or organizational regulations of the Company but Indemnitee shall, in no case, be indemnified by the Company in respect of any expense, liability or cost of any type for which payment is or has been actually made to Indemnitee under any insurance policy, indemnity clause, articles of association or organizational regulations of the Company or agreement, except in respect of any excess beyond such payment.
9. ATTORNEYS FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES TO ENFORCE AGREEMENT
In the event that Indemnitee is subject to or intervenes in any Proceeding in which the validity or enforceability of this Agreement is at issue or seeks an adjudication or award in arbitration to enforce Indemnitees rights under, or to recover damages for breach of, this Agreement, Indemnitee, if Indemnitee prevails in whole or in part in such action, shall be entitled to recover from the Company and shall be indemnified by the Company against, any actual expenses for attorneys fees and disbursements reasonably incurred by Indemnitee, provided that in bringing such action, Indemnitee acted in good faith.
10. LIMITATION OF INDEMNIFICATION
10.1 Notwithstanding any other terms of this Agreement, nothing herein shall indemnify Indemnitee against, or exempt Indemnitee from, any liability in respect of Indemnitees gross negligence and unlawful intent pursuant to Art. 100 § 1 (or comparable section then existing) of the Swiss Code of Obligations; provided however, that, to the extent Swiss applicable law changes after the date of this Agreement so that the Company may, under such law, at the applicable time, indemnify Indemnitee to an extent greater than provided in this clause 10 (as a result of the restrictions contained in this clause 10), the Company shall indemnify Indemnitee without regard to the restrictions contained in this clause 10 to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law at such time.
10.2 In addition, notwithstanding any other terms of this Agreement, nothing herein shall indemnify Indemnitee against, or exempt Indemnitee from, any liability (a) in respect of Indemnitees fraud and dishonesty; and (b) with respect to any suit by or in right of the Company, where such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the Company.
11. LIABILITY INSURANCE
To the extent the Company maintains an insurance policy or policies providing directors and officers liability insurance, Indemnitee shall be covered by such policy or policies, in accordance with its or their terms, to the maximum extent of the coverage available for any Company director or officer and to the fullest extent permitted by Swiss law.
12. DURATION OF AGREEMENT
This Agreement shall apply with respect to Indemnitees occupation of any of the position(s) described in sub-clause 3.1 of this Agreement prior to the date of this Agreement and with respect to all periods of such service after the date of this Agreement, even though Indemnitee may have ceased to occupy such positions(s).
13. NOTICE OF PROCEEDINGS BY INDEMNITEE
13.1 Indemnitee agrees promptly to notify the Company in writing upon being served with any summons, citation, subpoena, complaint, indictment, information or other document relating to any Proceeding which may be subject to indemnification hereunder, provided, however, that the failure to so notify the Company will not relieve the Company from any liability it may have to Indemnitee except to the extent that such failure materially prejudices the Companys ability to defend such claim. With respect to any such Proceeding as to which Indemnitee notifies the Company of the commencement thereof:
13.1.1 the Company will be entitled to participate therein at its own expense; and
13.1.2 except as otherwise provided below, to the extent that it may wish, the Company jointly with any other indemnifying party similarly notified will be entitled to assume the defense thereof, with counsel reasonably satisfactory to Indemnitee. After notice from the Company to Indemnitee of its election so to assume the defense thereof, the Company will not be liable to Indemnitee under this Agreement for any legal or other expenses subsequently incurred by Indemnitee in connection with the defense thereof other than reasonable costs of investigation or as otherwise provided below. Indemnitee shall have the right to employ Indemnitees own counsel in such Proceeding, but the fees and expenses of such counsel incurred after notice from the Company of its assumption of the defense thereof shall be at the expense of Indemnitee and not subject to indemnification hereunder unless: (a) the employment of counsel by Indemnitee has been authorized by the Company; (b) in the reasonable opinion of counsel to Indemnitee there is or may be a conflict of interest between the Company and Indemnitee in the conduct of the defense of such Proceeding; or (c) the Company shall not in fact have employed counsel to assume the defense of such action, in each of which cases, subject to clause 10, the fees and expenses of counsel shall be at the expense of the Company.
13.2 Neither the Company nor Indemnitee shall settle any claim without the prior written consent of the other (which shall not be unreasonably withheld).
Any notice required to be given hereunder shall be in writing in the English language and shall be served by sending the same by prepaid recorded post, facsimile or by delivering the same by hand to the address of the Party or Parties in question as set out below (or such other address as such Party or Parties shall notify the other Parties of in accordance with this clause). Any notice sent by post as provided in this clause shall be deemed to have been served five Business Days after dispatch and any notice sent by facsimile as provided in this clause shall be deemed to have been served at the time of dispatch and in proving the service of the same it will be sufficient to prove in the case of a letter that such letter was properly stamped, addressed and placed in the post; and in the case of a facsimile that such facsimile was duly dispatched to a current facsimile number of the addressee.
TCP International Holdings Ltd.
Alte Steinhauserstrasse 1, 6330 Cham
15.1 Notwithstanding the expiration or termination of this Agreement howsoever arising, such expiration or termination shall not operate to affect such of the provisions hereof as are expressed or intended to remain in full force and effect.
15.2 If any of the clauses, conditions, covenants or restrictions of this Agreement or any deed or document emanating herefrom shall be found to be void but would be valid if some part thereof were deleted or modified, then such clause, condition, covenant or restriction shall apply with such deletion or modification as may be necessary to make it valid and effective so as to give effect as nearly as possible to the intent manifested by such clause, condition, covenant or restriction.
15.3 This Agreement shall be binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns (including any transferee of all or substantially all of its assets and any successor or resulting company by merger, amalgamation or operation of law) and shall inure to the benefit of Indemnitee and Indemnitees spouse, assigns, heirs, estate, devises, executors, administrators or other legal representatives.
15.4 This Agreement (together with any documents referred to herein) constitutes the whole agreement between the Parties relating to its subject matter and supersedes any prior indemnification arrangement between the Company (or its predecessor) and Indemnitee (except as specifically set forth in clause 8).
15.5 No provision in this Agreement may be amended unless such amendment is agreed to in writing, signed by Indemnitee and by a duly authorized officer of the Company. No waiver by either Party of any breach by the other Party of any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other Party shall be deemed a waiver of a similar or dissimilar condition or provision at the same or any prior or subsequent time. Any waiver must be in writing and signed by Indemnitee or a duly authorized officer of the Company, as the case may be.
15.6 The headings in this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall not affect the construction of this Agreement.
15.7 This Agreement may be executed in counterparts each of which when executed and delivered shall constitute an original but all such counterparts together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
15.8 The terms and conditions of this Agreement and the rights of the parties hereunder shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. The Parties to this Agreement hereby irrevocably agree that the court at the place of incorporation of the Company shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any dispute, suit, action, arbitration or proceedings (Agreement Proceedings) which may arise out of or in connection with this Agreement and waive any objection to Agreement Proceedings in such court on the grounds of venue or on the basis that the Agreement Proceedings have been brought in an inconvenient forum.
15.9 All payments made by the Company to Indemnitee hereunder shall be deemed to have been made in the ordinary course of business of the Company, and shall not be deemed to be extraordinary payments.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, intending to be bound hereby, have duly executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
SIGNED by and on behalf of:
TCP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LTD.