Preferred Securities Guarantee Agreement

PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE AGREEMENT VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP Dated as of November 7, 2001

Exhibit 10.L

PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE AGREEMENT

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

Dated as of November 7, 2001


CROSS REFERENCE TABLE

Section of Section of Guarantee

Trust Indenture Agreement Act of 1939, as amended

 

310(a)

   4.1(a)

310(b)

   2.8, 4.1(c)

310(c)

   N/A

311(a)

   2.2(b)

311(b)

   2.2(b)

311(c)

   N/A

312(a)

   2.2(a)

312(b)

   2.2(b)

312(c)

   N/A

313

   2.3

314(a)

   2.4

314(b)

   N/A

314(c)

   2.5

314(d)

   N/A

314(e)

   1.1, 2.5, 3.2

314(f)

   2.1, 3.2

315(a)

   3.1(d), 3.2(a)

315(b)

   2.7

315(c)

   3.1(c)

315(d)

   3.1(d), 3.2(a), 8.1

315(e)

   N/A

316(a)

   1.1, 2.6, 5.4

316(b)

   5.3, 5.4

316(c)

   9.2

317(a)

   N/A

317(b)

   N/A

318(a)

   2.1(a)

318(b)

   2.1(b)

318(c)

   2.1(b)

* This Cross-Reference Table does not constitute part of this Guarantee Agreement and shall not affect the interpretation of any of its terms or provisions.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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ARTICLE I

   4

SECTION 1.1

  Definitions and Interpretation    4

ARTICLE II

   7

SECTION 2.1

  Trust Indenture Act; Application    7

SECTION 2.2

  Lists of Holders of Securities    8

SECTION 2.3

  Reports by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee    8

SECTION 2.4

  Periodic Reports    8

SECTION 2.5

  Evidence of Compliance with Conditions Precedent    9

SECTION 2.6

  Waiver of Events of Default    9

SECTION 2.7

  Notice of Events of Default    9

SECTION 2.8

  Conflicting Interests    10

ARTICLE III

   10

SECTION 3.1

  Powers and Duties of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee    10

SECTION 3.2

  Certain Rights of Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee    12

SECTION 3.3

  Not Responsible for Recitals or Issuance of Preferred Securities Guarantee    14

ARTICLE IV

   14

SECTION 4.1

  Capital Securities Guarantee Trustee; Eligibility    14

SECTION 4.2

  Appointment, Removal and Resignation of Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee    15

ARTICLE V

   16

SECTION 5.1

  Guarantee    16

SECTION 5.2

  Waiver of Notice and Demand    16

SECTION 5.3

  Obligations Not Affected    16

SECTION 5.4

  Rights of Holders    17

SECTION 5.5

  Guarantee of Payment    18

SECTION 5.6

  Subrogation    18

SECTION 5.7

  Independent Obligations    18

ARTICLE VI

   18

SECTION 6.1

  Limitation of Transactions    18

SECTION 6.2

  Ranking    19


ARTICLE VII

   19

SECTION 7.1

  Termination    19

ARTICLE VIII

   20

SECTION 8.1

 

Exculpation

   20

SECTION 8.2

 

Compensation and Indemnification

   20

ARTICLE IX

   21

SECTION 9.1

 

Successors and Assigns

   21

SECTION 9.2

 

Amendments

   21

SECTION 9.3

 

Notices

   21

SECTION 9.4

 

Benefit

   22

SECTION 9.5

 

Governing Law

   22

 

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PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE AGREEMENT

This PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE AGREEMENT (the “Preferred Securities Guarantee”), dated as of November 7, 2001 is executed and delivered by VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP, a New Jersey corporation (the “Guarantor”), and THE BANK OF NEW YORK, a New York banking corporation, as trustee (the “Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee” or “Trustee”), for the benefit of the Holders (as defined herein) from time to time of the Preferred Securities (as defined herein) of VNB CAPITAL TRUST I, a Delaware statutory business trust (the “Issuer”).

WHEREAS, pursuant to an Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust (the “Declaration”), dated as of November 7, 2001, by and among the trustees of the Issuer named therein, the Guarantor, as sponsor, and the Holders from time to time of undivided beneficial interests in the assets of the Issuer, the Issuer is issuing on the date hereof 7,000,000 Preferred securities, having a liquidation amount of $25 per security and an aggregate liquidation amount of $175,000,000 (or up to $200,000,000 aggregate liquidation amount of additional Preferred Securities pursuant to an overallotment option granted to the underwriters of the Preferred Securities), such Preferred securities being designated the 7 3/4% Trust Originated Preferred SecuritiesSM (“TOPrSSM”) (the “Preferred Securities”).

WHEREAS, as incentive for the Holders to purchase the Preferred Securities, the Guarantor desires irrevocably and unconditionally to agree, to the extent set forth in this Preferred Securities Guarantee, to pay the Guarantee Payments (as defined herein) to the Holders of the Preferred Securities, and the Guarantor agrees to make certain other payments on the terms and conditions set forth herein.

WHEREAS, the Guarantor is also executing and delivering the Common Securities Guarantee Agreement, dated as of November 7, 2001 (the “Common Securities Guarantee”), for the benefit of the holders of the Common Securities (as defined herein), the terms of which provide that if an Event of Default (as defined in the Declaration) has occurred and is continuing, the rights of holders of the Common Securities to receive Guarantee Payments under the Common Securities Guarantee are subordinated, to the extent and in the manner set forth in the Common Securities Guarantee, to the rights of Holders of Preferred Securities to receive Guarantee Payments under this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the purchase by each Holder of the Preferred Securities, which purchase the Guarantor hereby acknowledges shall benefit the Guarantor, the Guarantor executes and delivers this Preferred Securities Guarantee for the benefit of such Holders.

 

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ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

SECTION 1.1 Definitions and Interpretation

In this Preferred Securities Guarantee, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) capitalized terms used in this Preferred Securities Guarantee but not defined in the preamble above have the respective meanings assigned to them in this Section 1.1;

(b) terms defined in the Declaration as in effect at the date of execution of this Preferred Securities Guarantee have the same meaning when used in this Preferred Securities Guarantee unless otherwise defined in this Preferred Securities Guarantee;

(c) a term defined anywhere in this Preferred Securities Guarantee has the same meaning throughout;

(d) all references to “the Preferred Securities Guarantee” or “this Preferred Securities Guarantee” are references to this Preferred Securities Guarantee as modified, supplemented or amended from time to time;

(e) all references in this Preferred Securities Guarantee to Articles and Sections are references to Articles and Sections of this Preferred Securities Guarantee, unless otherwise specified;

(f) a term defined in the Trust Indenture Act has the same meaning when used in this Preferred Securities Guarantee, unless otherwise defined in this Preferred Securities Guarantee or unless the context otherwise requires; and

(g) a reference to the singular includes the plural and vice versa.

“Affiliate” has the same meaning as given to that term in Rule 405 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor rule thereunder.

“Business Day” shall mean any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day on which banking institutions in Wilmington, Delaware, Wayne, New Jersey or New York, New York are authorized or required by law or executive order to remain closed.

“Common Securities” shall mean the securities representing common undivided beneficial interests in the assets of the Issuer.

 

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“Corporate Trust Office” shall mean the office of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee at which the corporate trust business of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall, at any particular time, be principally administered, which office at the date of execution of this Agreement is located at 5 Penn Plaza, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

“Covered Person” shall mean any Holder or beneficial owner of Preferred Securities.

“Debentures” shall mean the series of subordinated debt securities of the Guarantor designated the 7 3/4% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures due December 15, 2031, held by the Property Trustee (as defined in the Declaration) of the Issuer.

“Event of Default” shall mean a default by the Guarantor on any of its payment or other obligations under this Preferred Securities Guarantee; provided, however, that, except with respect to default in respect of any Guarantee Payment, no default by the Guarantor hereunder shall constitute an Event of Default unless the Guarantor shall have received written notice of the default and shall not have cured such default within 60 days after receipt thereof.

“Guarantee Payments” shall mean the following payments or distributions, without duplication, with respect to the Preferred Securities, to the extent not paid or made by or on behalf of the Issuer: (i) any accumulated and unpaid Distributions (as defined in the Declaration) that are required to be paid on such Preferred Securities, to the extent the Issuer has funds available therefor at such time, (ii) the redemption price, including all accumulated and unpaid Distributions to the date of redemption (the “Redemption Price”), to the extent the Issuer has funds available therefor at such time, with respect to any Preferred Securities called for redemption, and (iii) upon a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, winding up or liquidation of the Issuer (other than in connection with the distribution of Debentures to the Holders in exchange for Preferred Securities or in connection with the redemption of the Preferred Securities, in each case as provided in the Declaration), the lesser of (a) the aggregate of the liquidation amount and all accumulated and unpaid Distributions on the Preferred Securities to the date of payment, to the extent the Issuer has funds available therefor at such time, and (b) the amount of assets of the Issuer remaining available for distribution to Holders after satisfaction of liabilities to creditors of the Issuer as required by applicable law (in either case, the “Liquidation Distribution”). If an Event of Default hereunder or an Event of Default under the Declaration (as defined therein) has occurred and is continuing, no Guarantee Payments under the Common Securities Guarantee with respect to the Common Securities or any guarantee payment under the Common Securities Guarantee or any Other Common Securities Guarantee shall be made until the Holders of the Preferred Securities shall be paid in full the Guarantee Payments to which they are entitled under this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

“Holder” shall mean any holder, as registered on the books and records of the Issuer, of any Preferred Securities; provided, however, that, in determining whether the holders of the requisite percentage of Preferred Securities have given any request, notice, consent or waiver hereunder, “Holder” shall not include the Guarantor or any Person actually known to a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee to be an Affiliate of the Guarantor.

 

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“Indemnified Person” shall mean the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee (including in its individual capacity), any Affiliate of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, or any officers, directors, shareholders, members, partners, employees, representatives, nominees, custodians or agents of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

“Indenture” shall mean the Indenture, dated as of November 7, 2001, between Valley National Bancorp, as issuer of Debentures (the “Debenture Issuer”), and The Bank of New York, as trustee, pursuant to which the Debentures are to be issued to the Property Trustee of the Issuer.

“Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities” shall mean, except as provided by the Trust Indenture Act, a vote by Holder(s) of the Preferred Securities, voting separately as a class, of more than 50% of the aggregate liquidation amount (including the amount that would be paid on redemption, liquidation or otherwise, plus accumulated and unpaid Distributions to but excluding the date upon which the voting percentages are determined) of all outstanding Preferred Securities, excluding Preferred Securities held by the Guarantor, the Issuer or any Affiliate thereof.

“Officers’ Certificate” shall mean, with respect to any Person, a certificate signed by the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, an Executive or Senior Vice President, a Vice President, the Chief Financial Officer and the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary. Any Officers’ Certificate delivered with respect to compliance with a condition or covenant provided for in this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall include:

(a) a statement that each officer signing the Officers’ Certificate has read the covenants or conditions and the definitions relating thereto;

(b) a brief statement of the nature and scope of the examination or investigation undertaken by each officer on behalf of such Person in rendering the Officer’s Certificate;

(c) a statement that each such officer has made such examination or investigation as, in such officer’s opinion, is necessary to enable such officer to express an informed opinion as to whether or not such covenant or condition has been complied with; and

(d) a statement as to whether or not, in the opinion of each such officer, such condition or covenant has been complied with.

“Other Common Securities Guarantees” shall have the same meaning as “Other Guarantees” in the Common Securities Guarantee.

 

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“Other Debentures” shall mean all junior subordinated debentures, other than the Debentures (as defined in the Indenture), issued by the Guarantor, from time to time and sold to trusts other than the Issuer to be established by the Guarantor (if any), in each case similar to the Issuer.

“Other Guarantees” shall mean all guarantees, other than this Preferred Securities Guarantee, to be issued by the Guarantor with respect to preferred securities (if any) similar to the Preferred Securities, issued by trusts other than the Issuer to be established by the Guarantor (if any), in each case similar to the Issuer.

“Person” shall mean a legal person, including any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint stock company, limited liability company, trust, unincorporated association, or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof, or any other entity of whatever nature.

“Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee” shall mean The Bank of New York, as Trustee under the Preferred Securities Guarantee, unless and until a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee has been appointed and has accepted such appointment pursuant to the terms of this Preferred Securities Guarantee and thereafter means each such Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

“Responsible Officer” shall mean, with respect to a Person, any officer with direct responsibility for the administration of any matters relating to this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

“Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee” shall mean a successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee possessing the qualifications to act as Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee under Section 4.1.

“Trust Indenture Act” shall mean the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended.

“Trust Securities” shall mean the Common Securities and the Preferred Securities, collectively.

ARTICLE II

TRUST INDENTURE ACT

SECTION 2.1 Trust Indenture Act; Application

(a) This Preferred Securities Guarantee is subject to the provisions of the Trust Indenture Act that are required to be part of this Preferred Securities Guarantee and shall, to the extent applicable, be governed by such provisions.

 

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(b) If and to the extent that any provision of this Preferred Securities Guarantee limits, qualifies or conflicts with the duties imposed by Section 310 to 317, inclusive, of the Trust Indenture Act, such imposed duties shall control. If any provision of this Preferred Securities Guarantee modifies or excludes any provision of the Trust Indenture Act that may be so modified or excluded, the modified or excluded provision of the Trust Indenture Act shall be deemed to apply to this Preferred Securities Guarantee as so modified or excluded, as the case may be.

SECTION 2.2 Lists of Holders of Securities

(a) The Guarantor shall provide the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee (unless the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee is otherwise the registrar of the Preferred Securities) with a list, in such form as the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may reasonably require, of the names and addresses of the Holders of the Preferred Securities (“List of Holders”) as of such date, (i) within fourteen (14) days after each record date for payment of Distributions (as defined in the Declaration), and (ii) at any other time within 30 days of receipt by the Guarantor of a written request for a List of Holders as of a date no more than 14 days before such List of Holders is given to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee; provided, however, that the Guarantor shall not be obligated to provide such List of Holders at any time the List of Holders does not differ from the most recent List of Holders given to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee by the Guarantor. The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may destroy any List of Holders previously given to it upon receipt of a new List of Holders.

(b) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall comply with its obligations under Sections 31l(a), 31l(b) and Section 312(b) of the Trust Indenture Act.

SECTION 2.3 Reports by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee

By June 14 of each year, commencing June 14, 2002, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall provide to the Holders of the Preferred Securities such reports, dated as of May 15 of each year, as are required by Section 313 of the Trust Indenture Act, if any, in the form and in the manner provided by Section 313 of the Trust Indenture Act. The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall also comply with the requirements of Section 313(d) of the Trust Indenture Act.

SECTION 2.4 Periodic Reports

The Guarantor shall provide to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee such documents, reports and information as are required by Section 314 of the Trust Indenture Act (if any) and the compliance certificate required by Section 314 of the Trust Indenture Act in the form, in the manner and at the times required by Section 314 of the Trust Indenture Act. Delivery of such reports, information and documents to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee is for informational purposes only and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s receipt of such shall not constitute constructive notice of any information contained therein or determinable from information contained therein, including the Guarantor’s compliance with any of its covenants hereunder (as to which the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee is entitled to rely exclusively on Officers’ Certificates).

 

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SECTION 2.5 Evidence of Compliance with Conditions Precedent

The Guarantor shall provide to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee such evidence of compliance with the conditions precedent, if any, provided for in this Preferred Securities Guarantee that relate to any of the matters set forth in Section 314(c) of the Trust Indenture Act. Any certificate or opinion required to be given by an officer pursuant to Section 314(c)(1) may be given in the form of an Officers’ Certificate.

SECTION 2.6 Waiver of Events of Default

The Holders of a Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities may, by vote, on behalf of the Holders of all of the Preferred Securities, waive any past Event of Default and its consequences. Upon such waiver, any such Event of Default shall cease to exist, and any Event of Default arising therefrom shall be deemed to have been cured, for every purpose of this Preferred Securities Guarantee, but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other default or Event of Default or impair any right consequent thereon.

SECTION 2.7 Notice of Events of Default

(a) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall, within 10 Business Days after the occurrence of an Event of Default with respect to this Preferred Securities Guarantee actually known to a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, transmit by mail, first class postage prepaid, to all Holders of the Preferred Securities, notices of all such Events of Default, unless such Events of Default have been cured before the giving of such notice; provided, however, that, except in the case of an Event of Default arising from the non-payment of any Guarantee Payment, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be protected in withholding such notice if and so long as a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee in good faith determines that the withholding of such notice is in the interests of the Holders of the Preferred Securities.

(b) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be deemed to have knowledge of any Event of Default unless the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have received written notice, or a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee charged with the administration of the Declaration shall have obtained actual knowledge, of such Event of Default.

 

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SECTION 2.8 Conflicting Interests

The Declaration shall be deemed to be specifically described in this Preferred Securities Guarantee for the purposes of clause (i) of the first proviso contained in Section 310(b) of the Trust Indenture Act.

SECTION 2.9 Guarantee Trustee May File Proofs of Claim

Upon the occurrence of an Event of Default, the Trustee is hereby authorized to (a) recover judgment, in its own name and as trustee of an express trust, against the Guarantor for the whole amount of any Guarantee Payments remaining unpaid and (b) file such proofs of claim and other papers or documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have its claims and those of the Holders of the Preferred Securities allowed in any judicial proceedings relative to the Guarantor, its creditors or its property.

ARTICLE III

POWERS, DUTIES AND RIGHTS OF

PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE TRUSTEE

SECTION 3.1 Powers and Duties of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee

(a) This Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be held by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee for the benefit of the Holders of the Preferred Securities, and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not transfer this Preferred Securities Guarantee to any Person except a Holder of the Preferred Securities exercising his or her rights pursuant to Section 5.4(b) or to a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee on acceptance by such Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee of its appointment to act as Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee. The right, title and interest of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall automatically vest in any Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, and such vesting and succession of title shall be effective whether or not conveyancing documents have been executed and delivered pursuant to the appointment of such Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

(b) If an Event of Default actually known to a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee has occurred and is continuing, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall enforce this Preferred Securities Guarantee for the benefit of the Holders of the Preferred Securities.

(c) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, before the occurrence of any Event of Default (of which, other than a default in respect of any Guarantee Payment, a Responsible Officer of the Property Trustee has actual knowledge) and after the curing of all such Events of Default that may have occurred, shall undertake to perform only such duties as are specifically set forth in this Preferred Securities Guarantee, and no implied covenants or

 

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obligations shall be read into this Preferred Securities Guarantee against the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee. In case an Event of Default has occurred (that has not been cured or waived pursuant to Section 2.6) and is actually known to a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall exercise such of the rights and powers vested in it by this Preferred Securities Guarantee, and use the same degree of care and skill in its exercise thereof, as a prudent person would exercise or use under the circumstances in the conduct of his or her own affairs.

(d) No provision of this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be construed to relieve the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee from liability for its own negligent action, its own negligent failure to act, or its own willful misconduct, except that:

(i) prior to the occurrence of any Event of Default (of which, other than a default in respect of any Guarantee Payment, a Responsible Officer of the Property Trustee has actual knowledge) and after the curing or waiving of all such Events of Default that may have occurred:

(A) the duties and obligations of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be determined solely by the express provisions of this Preferred Securities Guarantee, and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be liable except for the performance of such duties and obligations as are specifically set forth in this Preferred Securities Guarantee, and no implied covenants or obligations shall be read into this Preferred Securities Guarantee against the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee; and

(B) in the absence of bad faith on the part of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may conclusively rely, as to the truth of the statements and the correctness of the opinions expressed therein, upon any certificates or opinions furnished to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and conforming to the requirements of this Preferred Securities Guarantee; provided, however, that in the case of any such certificates or opinions that by any provision hereof are specifically required to be furnished to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be under a duty to examine the same to determine whether or not on their face they conform to the requirements of this Preferred Securities Guarantee;

(ii) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be liable for any errors of judgment made in good faith by a Responsible Officer of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, unless it shall be proved that the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee or such Responsible Officer was negligent in ascertaining the pertinent facts upon which such judgment was made;

(iii) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be liable with respect to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it in good faith in accordance with the direction of the Holders of a Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities relating to the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, or exercising any trust or power conferred upon the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee under this Preferred Securities Guarantee; and

 

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(iv) no provision of this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall require the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur personal financial liability in the performance of any of its duties or in the exercise of any of its rights or powers, if the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have reasonable grounds for believing that the repayment of such funds or liability is not reasonably assured to it under the terms of this Preferred Securities Guarantee or indemnity, reasonably satisfactory to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, against such risk or liability is not reasonably assured to it.

SECTION 3.2 Certain Rights of Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee

(a) Subject to the provisions of Section 3.1:

(i) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may conclusively rely, and shall be fully protected in acting or refraining from acting, upon any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, direction, consent, order, bond, debenture, note, other evidence of indebtedness or other paper or document believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed, sent or presented by the proper party or parties;

(ii) any direction or act of the Guarantor contemplated by this Preferred Securities Guarantee may be sufficiently evidenced by an Officers’ Certificate;

(iii) whenever, in the administration of this Preferred Securities Guarantee, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall deem it desirable that a matter be proved or established before taking, suffering or omitting any action hereunder, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee (unless other evidence is herein specifically prescribed) may, in the absence of bad faith on its part, request and conclusively rely upon an Officers’ Certificate, which, upon receipt of such request, shall be promptly delivered by the Guarantor;

(iv) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have no duty to see to any recording, filing or registration of any instrument or other document (or any rerecording, refiling or registration thereof);

(v) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may consult with counsel of its selection, and the advice or opinion of such counsel with respect to legal matters shall be full and complete authorization and protection in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it hereunder in good faith and in accordance with such advice or opinion; and such counsel may be counsel to the Guarantor or any of its Affiliates and may include any of its employees; and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have the right at any time to seek instructions concerning the administration of this Preferred Securities Guarantee from any court of competent jurisdiction;

 

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(vi) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be under no obligation to exercise any of the rights or powers vested in it by this Preferred Securities Guarantee at the request or direction of any Holder, unless such Holder shall have provided to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee such security and indemnity, reasonably satisfactory to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, against the costs, expenses (including attorneys’ fees and expenses and the expenses of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s agents, nominees or custodians) and liabilities that might be incurred by it in complying with such request or direction, including such reasonable advances as may be requested by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, provided, however, that nothing contained in this Section 3.2(a)(vi) shall be taken to relieve the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, upon the occurrence of an Event of Default, of its obligation to exercise the rights and powers vested in it by this Preferred Securities Guarantee;

(vii) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have no obligation to make any investigation into the facts or matters stated in any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, direction, consent, order, bond, debenture, note, other evidence of indebtedness or other paper or document, but the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, in its discretion, may make such further inquiry or investigation into such facts or matters as it may see fit;

(viii) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may execute any of the trusts or powers hereunder or perform any duties hereunder either directly or by or through agents, nominees, custodians or attorneys, and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be responsible for any misconduct or negligence on the part of any such person appointed with due care by it hereunder;

(ix) any action taken by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee or its agents hereunder shall bind the Holders of the Preferred Securities, and the signature of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee or its agents alone shall be sufficient and effective to perform any such action; and no third party shall be required to inquire as to the authority of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee to so act or as to its compliance with any of the terms and provisions of this Preferred Securities Guarantee, both of which shall be conclusively evidenced by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s or its agent’s taking such action;

(x) whenever in the administration of this Preferred Securities Guarantee the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall deem it desirable to receive instructions with respect to enforcing any remedy or right or taking any other action hereunder, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, (i) may request instructions from the Holders of a Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities, (ii) may refrain from enforcing such remedy or right or taking such other action until such instructions are received, and (iii) shall be protected in conclusively relying on or acting in accordance with such instructions; and

(xi) the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be liable for any action taken, suffered, or omitted to be taken by it in good faith, without negligence, and reasonably believed by it to be authorized or within the discretion or rights or powers conferred upon it by this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

 

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(b) No provision of this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be deemed to impose any duty or obligation on the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee to perform any act or acts or exercise any right, power, duty or obligation conferred or imposed on it in any jurisdiction in which it shall be illegal, or in which the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be unqualified or incompetent in accordance with applicable law, to perform any such act or acts or to exercise any such right, power, duty or obligation. No permissive power or authority available to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be construed to be a duty.

SECTION 3.3 Not Responsible for Recitals or Issuance of Preferred Securities Guarantee

The recitals contained in this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be taken as the statements of the Guarantor, and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee does not assume any responsibility for their correctness. The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee makes no representation as to the validity or sufficiency of this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

ARTICLE IV

PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE TRUSTEE

SECTION 4.1 Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee; Eligibility

(a) There shall at all times be a Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee that shall

(i) not be an Affiliate of the Guarantor; and

(ii) be a corporation or other Person organized and doing business under the laws of the United States of America or any state or territory thereof or of the District of Columbia, or a corporation or other Person permitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission to act as an indenture trustee under the Trust Indenture Act, authorized under such laws to exercise corporate trust powers, having a combined capital and surplus of at least fifty million U.S. dollars ($50,000,000), and subject to supervision or examination by federal, state, territorial or District of Columbia authority; it being understood that if such corporation or other Person publishes reports of condition at least annually, pursuant to law or to the requirements of the supervising or examining authority referred to above, then, for the purposes of this Section 4.1(a)(ii) and to the extent permitted by the Trust Indenture Act, the combined capital and surplus of such corporation shall be deemed to be its combined capital and surplus as set forth in its most recent report of condition so published.

(b) If at any time the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall cease to be eligible to so act under Section 4.1(a), the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall immediately resign in the manner and with the effect set out in Section 4.2(c).

 

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(c) If the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee has or shall acquire any “conflicting interest” within the meaning of Section 310(b) of the Trust Indenture Act, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and Guarantor shall in all respects comply with the provisions of Section 310(b) of the Trust Indenture Act.

SECTION 4.2 Appointment, Removal and Resignation of Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee

(a) Subject to Section 4.2(b), the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may be appointed or removed without cause at any time by the Guarantor except during an Event of Default.

(b) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall not be removed in accordance with Section 4.2(a) until a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee has been appointed and has accepted such appointment by written instrument executed by such Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and delivered to the Guarantor.

(c) The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall hold office until a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have been appointed, subject to Section 4.1, or until its removal or resignation. The Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may resign from office (without need for prior or subsequent accounting) by an instrument in writing executed by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and delivered to the Guarantor, which resignation shall not take effect until a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee has been appointed, subject to Section 4.1, and has accepted such appointment by instrument in writing executed by such Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and delivered to the Guarantor and the resigning Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

(d) If no Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have been appointed and accepted appointment as provided in this Section 4.2 within 60 days after delivery of an instrument of removal or resignation, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee resigning or being removed may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for appointment of a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee. Such court may thereupon, after prescribing such notice, if any, as it may deem proper, appoint a Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

(e) No Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall be liable for the acts or omissions to act of any Successor Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

(f) Upon termination of this Preferred Securities Guarantee or removal or resignation of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee pursuant to this Section 4.2, the Guarantor shall pay to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee all amounts due to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee accrued to the date of such termination, removal or resignation.

 

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ARTICLE V

GUARANTEE

SECTION 5.1 Guarantee

The Guarantor irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to pay in full to the Holders the Guarantee Payments (without duplication of amounts theretofore paid by the Issuer), as and when due, regardless of any defense, right of set-off or counterclaim that the Issuer may have or assert. The Guarantor’s obligation to make a Guarantee Payment may be satisfied by direct payment of the required amounts by the Guarantor to the Holders or by causing the Issuer to pay such amounts to the Holders.

SECTION 5.2 Waiver of Notice and Demand

The Guarantor hereby waives notice of acceptance of this Preferred Securities Guarantee and of any liability to which it applies or may apply, presentment, demand for payment, any right to require a proceeding first against the Issuer or any other Person before proceeding against the Guarantor, protest, notice of nonpayment, notice of dishonor, notice of redemption and all other notices and demands.

SECTION 5.3 Obligations Not Affected

The obligations, covenants, agreements and duties of the Guarantor under this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be absolute and unconditional and shall in no way be affected or impaired by reason of the happening from time to time of any event, including without limitation the following, whether or not with notice to, or the consent of, the Guarantor:

(a) the release or waiver, by operation of law or otherwise, of the performance or observance by the Issuer of any express or implied agreement, covenant, term or condition relating to the Preferred Securities to be performed or observed by the Issuer;

(b) the extension of time for the payment by the Issuer of all or any portion of the Distributions, Redemption Price, Liquidation Distributions or any other sums payable under the terms of the Preferred Securities or the extension of time for the performance of any other obligation under, arising out of, or in connection with, the Preferred Securities (other than an extension of time for payment of Distributions, Redemption Price, Liquidation Distributions or other sums payable that result from the extension of any interest payment period on the Debentures permitted by the Indenture);

(c) any failure, omission, delay or lack of diligence on the part of the Holders to enforce, assert or exercise any right, privilege, power or remedy conferred on the Holders pursuant to the terms of the Preferred Securities, or any action on the part of the Issuer granting indulgence or extension of any kind;

 

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(d) the voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution, sale of any collateral, receivership, insolvency, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, reorganization, arrangement, composition or readjustment of debt of, or other similar proceedings affecting, the Issuer or any of the assets of the Issuer;

(e) any invalidity of, or defect or deficiency in, the Preferred Securities;

(f) the settlement or compromise of any obligation guaranteed hereby or hereby incurred; or

(g) any other circumstance whatsoever that might otherwise constitute a legal or equitable discharge or defense of a guarantor; it being the intent of this Section 5.3 that the obligations of the Guarantor with respect to the Guarantee Payments shall be absolute and unconditional under any and all circumstances.

There shall be no obligation of the Holders to give notice to, or obtain consent of, the Guarantor with respect to the happening of any of the foregoing.

SECTION 5.4 Rights of Holders

(a) The Holders of a Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee in respect of this Preferred Securities Guarantee or exercising any trust or power conferred upon the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee under this Preferred Securities Guarantee; provided, however, that, subject to Section 3.1, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall have the right to decline to follow any such direction if the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee shall reasonably and in good faith determine that the action so directed would be unjustly prejudicial to the holders not taking part in such direction or if the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee being advised by counsel determines that the action or proceeding so directed may not lawfully be taken or if the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee reasonably and in good faith by its board of directors or trustees, executive committee, or a trust committee of directors or trustees and/or Responsible Officers shall determine that the action or proceedings so directed would involve the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee in personal liability.

(b) If the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee fails to enforce such Preferred Securities Guarantee, any Holder of the Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Guarantor to enforce the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s rights under this Preferred Securities Guarantee, without first instituting a legal proceeding against the Issuer, the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee or any other person or entity. The Guarantor waives any right or remedy to require that any action be brought first against the Issuer or any other person or entity before proceeding directly against the Guarantor.

 

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SECTION 5.5 Guarantee of Payment

This Preferred Securities Guarantee creates a guarantee of payment and not of collection.

SECTION 5.6 Subrogation

The Guarantor shall be subrogated to all (if any) rights of the Holders of Preferred Securities against the Issuer in respect of any amounts paid to such Holders by the Guarantor under this Preferred Securities Guarantee; provided, however, that the Guarantor shall not (except to the extent required by mandatory provisions of law) be entitled to enforce or exercise any right that it may acquire by way of subrogation or any indemnity, reimbursement or other agreement, in all cases as a result of payment under this Preferred Securities Guarantee, if, at the time of any such payment, any amounts are due and unpaid under this Preferred Securities Guarantee. If any amount shall be paid to the Guarantor in violation of the preceding sentence, the Guarantor agrees to hold such amount in trust for the Holders and to pay over such amount to the Holders.

SECTION 5.7 Independent Obligations

The Guarantor acknowledges that its obligations hereunder are independent of the obligations of the Issuer with respect to the Preferred Securities, and that the Guarantor shall be liable as principal and as debtor hereunder to make Guarantee Payments pursuant to the terms of this Preferred Securities Guarantee notwithstanding the occurrence of any event referred to in subsections (a) through (h), inclusive, of Section 5.3 hereof.

ARTICLE VI

LIMITATION OF TRANSACTIONS; SUBORDINATION

SECTION 6.1 Limitation of Transactions

So long as any Preferred Securities remain outstanding, the Guarantor shall not nor permit any subsidiary of the Guarantor to (i) declare or pay any dividends or distributions on, or redeem, purchase, acquire, or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of the Guarantor’s capital stock, (ii) make any payment of principal of, or interest, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities of the Guarantor (including Other Debentures) that rank pari passu with or junior in right of payment to the Debentures, (iii) make any guarantee payments with respect to any guarantee by the Guarantor of the debt securities of any subsidiary of the Guarantor (including Other Guarantees) if such guarantee ranks pari passu with or junior in right of payment to the Debentures (other than (a) dividends or distributions in shares of, or options, warrants, rights to subscribe for or purchase shares of, common stock of the Guarantor, (b) any declaration of a dividend in connection with the implementation of a shareholders’ rights plan, or the issuance of stock under any such plan in the future, or the redemption or repurchase

 

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of any such rights pursuant thereto, (c) payments under this Preferred Securities Guarantee, (d) as a result of a reclassification of the Guarantor’s capital stock or the exchange or the conversion of one class or series of the Guarantor’s capital stock for another class or series of the Guarantor’s capital stock, (e) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of the Guarantor’s capital stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such capital stock or the security being converted or exchanged, and (f) purchases of common stock related to the issuance of common stock or rights under any of the Guarantor’s benefit or compensation plans for its directors, officers or employees or any of the Guarantor’s dividend reinvestment plans) if at such time (l) there shall have occurred any event of which the Guarantor has actual knowledge that (A) is a Default or Event of Default (each as defined in the Indenture) and (B) in respect of which the Guarantor shall not have taken reasonable steps to cure, (2) if the Debentures are held by the Property Trustee, the Guarantor shall be in default with respect to its payment of any obligations under this Preferred Securities Guarantee or (3) the Guarantor shall have given notice of its election of the exercise of its right to commence an Extended Interest Payment Period as provided in the Indenture and shall not have rescinded such notice, and such Extended Interest Payment Period, or an extension thereof, shall have commenced and be continuing, or (iv) amend the Common Securities Guarantee to reduce, suspend or cancel the subordination, to the rights of holders of the Preferred Securities, of Guarantee Payments (as that term is defined in the Common Securities Guarantee with respect to the Common Securities) with respect to the holders of the Common Securities.

SECTION 6.2 Ranking

The obligations of the Guarantor under this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall rank pari passu with the obligations of the Guarantor under (i) any Other Guarantee, (ii) the Indenture and the Debentures issued thereunder; and (iii) any other security, guarantee or other agreement or obligation that is expressly stated to rank pari passu with the obligations of the Guarantor under this Preferred Securities Guarantee or with any obligation that ranks pari passu with the obligations of the Guarantor under this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

ARTICLE VII

TERMINATION

SECTION 7.1 Termination

This Preferred Securities Guarantee shall terminate and be of no further force and effect upon (i) full payment of the Redemption Price of all Preferred Securities, (ii) dissolution, winding up or liquidation of the Issuer, immediately following the full payment of the amounts payable in accordance with the Declaration, or (iii) the distribution of all of the Debentures to the Holders of the Trust Securities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Preferred Securities Guarantee will continue to be effective or will be reinstated, as the case may be, if at any time any Holder of the Preferred Securities must restore payment of any sums paid under the Preferred Securities or under this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

 

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ARTICLE VIII

INDEMNIFICATION

SECTION 8.1 Exculpation

(a) No Indemnified Person shall be liable, responsible or accountable in damages or otherwise to the Guarantor or any Covered Person for any loss, damage or claim incurred by reason of any act or omission performed or omitted by such Indemnified Person in good faith in accordance with this Preferred Securities Guarantee and in a manner that such Indemnified Person reasonably believed to be within the scope of the authority conferred on such Indemnified Person by this Preferred Securities Guarantee or by law, except that an Indemnified Person shall be liable for any such loss, damage or claim incurred by reason of such Indemnified Person’s negligence or willful misconduct with respect to such acts or omissions.

(b) An Indemnified Person shall be fully protected in relying in good faith upon the records of the Guarantor and upon such information, opinions, reports or statements presented to the Guarantor by any Person as to matters the Indemnified Person reasonably believes are within such other Person’s professional or expert competence and who has been selected with reasonable care by or on behalf of the Guarantor, including information, opinions, reports or statements as to the value and amount of the assets, liabilities, profits, losses, or any other facts pertinent to the existence and amount of assets from which Distributions to Holders of Preferred Securities might properly be paid.

SECTION 8.2 Compensation and Indemnification

The Guarantor agrees to pay to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee such compensation for its services as shall be mutually agreed upon by the Guarantor and the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee. The Guarantor shall reimburse the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee upon request for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by it, including the reasonable compensation and expenses of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s agents and counsel, except any expense as may be attributable to the negligence or bad faith of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

The Guarantor agrees to indemnify each Indemnified Person for, and to hold each Indemnified Person harmless against, any and all loss, liability, damage, action, suit, claim or expense incurred without negligence or bad faith on its part, arising out of or in connection with the acceptance or administration of the trust or trusts hereunder, including the costs and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) of defending itself against, or investigating, any claim or liability in connection with the exercise or performance of any of its powers or duties hereunder. The provisions of this Section 8.2 shall survive the termination of this Preferred Securities Guarantee and shall survive the resignation or removal of the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee.

 

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ARTICLE IX

MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION 9.1 Successors and Assigns

All guarantees and agreements contained in this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall bind the successors, assigns, receivers, trustees and representatives of the Guarantor and shall inure to the benefit of the Holders of the Preferred Securities then outstanding. Except in connection with any merger or consolidation of the Guarantor with or into another entity permitted by Section 10.01 of the Indenture or any sale, transfer, conveyance or other disposition of the property of the Guarantor permitted by Section 10.01 of the Indenture, the Guarantor may not assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Preferred Securities Guarantee.

SECTION 9.2 Amendments

Except with respect to any changes that do not materially adversely affect the rights of Holders of the Preferred Securities (in which case no consent of such Holders will be required), this Preferred Securities Guarantee may only be amended with the prior approval of the Holders of a Majority in Liquidation Amount of the Preferred Securities. The provisions of Section 12.2 of the Declaration with respect to meetings of Holders of the Trust Securities apply to the giving of such approval. This Preferred Securities Guarantee may not be amended, and no amendment hereof that affects the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s rights, duties or immunities hereunder or otherwise, shall be effective, unless such amendment is executed by the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee (which shall have no obligation to execute any such amendment, but may do so in its sole discretion).

SECTION 9.3 Notices

All notices provided for in this Preferred Securities Guarantee shall be in writing, duly signed by the party giving such notice, and shall be delivered, telecopied or mailed by first class mail, as follows:

(a) If given to the Issuer, in care of the Administrative Trustee at the Issuer’s mailing address set forth below (or such other address as the Issuer may give notice of to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and the Holders of the Preferred Securities):

VNB CAPITAL TRUST I

1455 Valley Road

Wayne, New Jersey 07470

Attention: Alan D. Eskow

Telephone: (973) 305-8800

Telecopier: (973) 305-8415

(b) If given to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee, at the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee’s mailing address set forth below (or such other address as the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee may give notice of to the Holders of the Preferred Securities):

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

5 Penn Plaza, 13th Floor

New York, New York 10001-1810

Attention: Julie Salovitch-Miller

Telephone: (212) 328-7629

Telecopier: (212) 896-7298

 

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(c) If given to the Guarantor, at the Guarantor’s mailing address set forth below (or such other address as the Guarantor may give notice of to the Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee and the Holders of the Preferred Securities):

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

1455 Valley Road

Wayne, New Jersey 07470

Attention: Alan D. Eskow

Telephone: (973) 305-8800

Telecopier: (973) 305-8415

(d) If given to any Holder of the Preferred Securities, at the address set forth on the books and records of the Issuer.

All such notices shall be deemed to have been given when received in person, telecopied with receipt confirmed, or mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid except that if a notice or other document is refused delivery or cannot be delivered because of a changed address of which no notice was given, such notice or other document shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date of such refusal or inability to deliver.

SECTION 9.4 Benefit

This Preferred Securities Guarantee is solely for the benefit of the Holders of the Preferred Securities and, subject to Section 3.1(a), is not separately transferable from the Preferred Securities.

SECTION 9.5 Governing Law

THIS PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS PRINCIPLES.

 

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THIS PREFERRED SECURITIES GUARANTEE is executed as of the day and year first above written.

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP
as Guarantor
By:  

 

Name:   Alan D. Eskow
Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
THE BANK OF NEW YORK
as Preferred Securities Guarantee Trustee
By:  

 

Name:   Julie Salovitch-Miller
Title:   Vice President

 

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