Trust Agreement

Investment Management Trust Agreement


 
This INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT TRUST AGREEMENT is made as of [                     ], 2008 by and between Infinity I-China Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Trustee”).
 
WHEREAS, the Company’s Registration Statement on Form F-1, File No. 333-[                     ] (“Registration Statement”), for its initial public offering of securities (“IPO”) was declared effective on [ , 2008] by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Effective Date”); and
 
WHEREAS, the Company has completed a private placement under Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, of 1,500,000 Warrants (the “Private Warrants”) prior to the completion of the IPO for a purchase price of $1,500,000; and
 
WHEREAS, Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc. (“Morgan”) and Legend Merchant Group (“Legend”) are acting as the representatives (collectively, the “Representatives”) of the underwriters in the IPO (the “Underwriters”); and
 
WHEREAS, as described in the Company’s Registration Statement, in accordance with the Company’s Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association, $35,410,000 of the net proceeds of the IPO and the sale of the Private Warrants ($40,594,000 if the Underwriters’ over-allotment option is exercised in full), will be delivered to the Trustee as of [ , 2008] to be deposited and held in a trust account for the benefit of the Company, the holders of the ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (“Ordinary Shares”), included in the units of the Company’s securities issued in the IPO (the “Units”), and the Representatives; and
 
WHEREAS, a portion of the Property consists of $1,080,000 (or $1,242,000 if the Underwriters’ over-allotment is exercised in full) attributable to the Underwriters’ discount (the “Deferred Discount”) which the Underwriters have agreed to deposit in the Trust Account (as defined below). The amount to be delivered to the Trustee will be referred to herein as the “Property” or the “Base Deposit”, the Shareholders for whose benefit the Trustee shall hold the Property will be referred to as the “Public Shareholders,” and the Public Shareholders, the Company and the Representatives and the Underwriters will be referred to together as the “Beneficiaries”; and

WHEREAS, the Company and the Trustee desire to enter into this Agreement to set forth the terms and conditions pursuant to which the Trustee shall hold the Property.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
 
1. Agreements and Covenants of Trustee. The Trustee hereby agrees and covenants to:
 
(a) Hold the Property in trust for the Beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of this Agreement in segregated trust accounts (the “Trust Account”) established by the Trustee with [                     ]. The Trust Account shall not be located within the United States;

(b) Manage, supervise and administer the Trust Account subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein;
 

 
(c) In a timely manner, upon the written instruction of the Company, to invest and reinvest the Property in any United States “government security” (or in money market funds selected by the Company meeting the conditions specified in Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, as determined by the Company) defined as any Treasury Bill issued by the United States, having a maturity of one hundred and eighty days or less;

(d) Collect and receive, when due, all principal and income arising from the Property, which shall become part of the “Property,” as such term is used herein;

(e) Promptly notify the Company of all communications received by it with respect to any Property requiring action by the Company;

(f) Supply any necessary information or documents as may be requested by the Company in connection with the Company’s preparation of the tax returns for the Trust Account or the Company;

(g) Participate in any plan or proceeding for protecting or enforcing any right or interest arising from the Property if, as and when instructed by the Company to do so;

(h) Render to the Company and to such other person as the Company may instruct, monthly written statements of the activities of and amounts in the Trust Account reflecting all receipts and disbursements of the Trust Account;

(i) If there is any income or other tax obligation relating to the income from the Property in the Trust Account (as determined by the Company), then, from time to time, at the written instruction of the Company, the Trustee shall promptly to the extent there is not sufficient cash in the Trust Account to pay such tax obligation, liquidate such assets held in the Trust Account as shall be designated by the Company in writing;

(j) Commence liquidation of the Trust Account only after and promptly after receipt of, and only in accordance with, the terms of a letter (“Termination Letter”), in a form substantially similar to that attached hereto as either Exhibit A or Exhibit B hereto, signed on behalf of the Company by its President or Chairman of the Board and Secretary or Assistant Secretary or other authorized officer of the Company, and complete the liquidation of the Trust Account and distribute the Property in the Trust Account only as directed in the Termination Letter and the other documents referred to therein; provided, however, that in the event that a Termination Letter has not been received by the Trustee by the 24-month anniversary of the effective date of the Registration Statement, or the 36-month anniversary in the event the extended period is approved (as applicable, the “Last Date”), the Trust Account shall be liquidated in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Termination Letter attached as Exhibit B hereto and distributed to the Shareholders of record on the Last Date. In all cases, the Trustee shall provide the Representatives with a copy of any Termination Letters and/or any other correspondence that it receives with respect to any proposed withdrawal from the Trust Account promptly after it receives same.
 
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2. Limited Distributions of Income on Property.
 
(a) If there is any income tax obligation relating to the income from the Property in the Trust Account, or if there is any other tax obligation to which the Company is subject (as determined by the Company), then, at the written instruction of the Company, the Trustee shall disburse to the Company or the Internal Revenue Service or other taxing authority, as applicable, by wire transfer or check (as directed by the Company in its instruction letter), out of the Property in the Trust Account, the amount indicated by the Company as required to pay income or other taxes and disburse to the Company by wire transfer out of the Property in the Trust Account, the amount indicated by the Company as owing in respect of such taxes.

(b) Upon written request from the Company containing certification that such distribution pursuant to this Section 2(b) shall only be used to fund the working capital requirements of the Company and the costs related to identifying, researching and acquiring a prospective target business, including, without limitation, the expenses incurred in connection with the Company’s dissolution, the Trustee shall distribute to the Company an amount up to $1,250,000 of the interest earned and collected on the Property in the Trust Account, net of taxes payable, through the last day of the month immediately preceding the date of receipt of the Company’s written request.

(c) Upon receipt of the Termination Letter, the Trustee shall liquidate the Trust Account in accordance with Section 1(j).

(d) Except as provided in this Section 2, no other distributions from the Trust Account shall be permitted.
 
3. Agreements and Covenants of the Company. The Company hereby agrees and covenants:
 
(a) To provide all instructions to the Trustee hereunder in writing, signed by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. In addition, except with respect to its duties under paragraphs 1(i) and 1(j), the Trustee shall be entitled to rely on, and shall be protected in relying on, any verbal or telephonic advice or instruction which it in good faith believes to be given by any one of the persons authorized above to give written instructions, provided that the Company and/or the Representatives shall promptly confirm such instructions in writing;

(b)  Subject to the provisions of Section 5 hereof, to hold the Trustee harmless and indemnify the Trustee from and against any and all expenses, including reasonable counsel fees and disbursements, or loss suffered by the Trustee in connection with any action, suit or other proceeding brought against the Trustee involving any claim, or in connection with any claim or demand which in any way arises out of or relates to this Agreement, the services of the Trustee hereunder, or the Property or any income earned from investment of the Property, except for expenses and losses resulting from the Trustee’s gross negligence or willful misconduct. Promptly after the receipt by the Trustee of notice of demand or claim or the commencement of any action, suit or proceeding, pursuant to which the Trustee intends to seek indemnification under this paragraph, it shall notify the Company in writing of such claim (hereinafter referred to as the “Indemnified Claim”). The Trustee shall have the right to conduct and manage the defense against such Indemnified Claim, provided that the Trustee shall obtain the consent of the Company with respect to the selection of counsel, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. The Trustee may not agree to settle any Indemnified Claim without the prior written consent of the Company. The Company may participate in such action with its own counsel at its own expense;
 
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(c) Pay the Trustee an initial acceptance fee, an annual fee and a transaction processing fee for each disbursement made pursuant to Section 1(i) as set forth on Schedule A hereto, which fees shall be subject to modification by the parties from time to time. It is expressly understood that the Property shall not be used to pay such fees and further agreed that said transaction processing fees shall be deducted by the Trustee from the disbursements made to the Company pursuant to Section 2(b). The Company shall pay the Trustee the initial acceptance fee and first year’s fee at the consummation of the IPO and thereafter on the anniversary of the Effective Date. The Trustee shall refund to the Company the annual fee (on a pro rata basis) with respect to any period after the liquidation of the Trust Account. The Company shall not be responsible for any other fees or charges of the Trustee except as set forth in this Section 3(c) and as may be provided in Section 3(b) hereof (it being expressly understood that the Property shall not be used to make any payments to the Trustee under such Sections);

(d) That, in the event the Company consummates a Business Combination and the Trust Account is liquidated in accordance with Section 1(j) hereof, the Trustee or another independent party designated by the Company shall act as the inspector of election to certify the results of the Shareholder vote. As used in this Agreement, the term “Business Combination” means the acquisition by the Company, through merger, capital stock exchange, asset or stock acquisition of, or similar business combination with, one or more operating businesses, as more fully described in the prospectus forming a part of the Registration Statement;

(e) That the Officer’s Certificate referenced in Sections 1(j) hereof shall require the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to each certify the following (wherever applicable): (1) prior to the Last Date, the Company has entered into a Business Combination with a target business, the terms of which are consistent with the requirements set forth in the Registration Statement; and (2) the Board of Directors (the “Board”) has approved the Business Combination. A copy of such consent and the definitive agreement relating to the Business Combination so approved shall be attached as an exhibit to the Officer’s Certificate;

(f)  In connection with any vote of the Company’s Shareholders regarding a Business Combination, provide to the Trustee an affidavit or certificate of a firm regularly engaged in the business of soliciting proxies and tabulating Shareholder votes (which firm may be the Trustee) verifying the vote of the Company’s Shareholders regarding such Business Combination; and

(g)  Within five business days after the Underwriters’ over-allotment option (or any unexercised portion thereof) expires or is exercised in full, to provide the Trustee notice in writing (with a copy to the Underwriters) of the total amount of the Deferred Discount, which shall in no event be less than $1,080,000.

4. Limitations of Liability. The Trustee shall have no responsibility or liability to:
 
(a) Take any action with respect to the Property, other than as directed in Sections 1 and 2 hereof and the Trustee shall have no liability to any party except for liability arising out of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct;

(b) Institute any proceeding for the collection of any principal and income arising from, or institute, appear in or defend any proceeding of any kind with respect to, any of the Property unless and until it shall have received written instructions from the Company given as provided herein to do so and the Company shall have advanced or guaranteed to it funds sufficient to pay any expenses incident thereto;

(c) Change the investment of any Property, other than in compliance with Section 1(c);
 
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(d)  Refund any depreciation in principal of any Property;

(e) Assume that the authority of any person designated by the Company to give instructions hereunder shall not be continuing unless provided otherwise in such designation, or unless the Company shall have delivered a written revocation of such authority to the Trustee;

(f) The other parties hereto or to anyone else for any action taken or omitted by it, or any action suffered by it to be taken or omitted, in good faith and in the exercise of its own best judgment, except for its gross negligence or willful misconduct. The Trustee may rely conclusively and shall be protected in acting upon any order, notice, demand, certificate, opinion or advice of counsel (including counsel chosen by the Trustee), statement, instrument, report or other paper or document (not only as to its due execution and the validity and effectiveness of its provisions, but also as to the truth and acceptability of any information therein contained) which is believed by the Trustee, in good faith, to be genuine and to be signed or presented by the proper person or persons. The Trustee shall not be bound by any notice or demand, or any waiver, modification, termination or rescission of this Agreement or any of the terms hereof, unless evidenced by a written instrument delivered to the Trustee signed by the proper party or parties and, if the duties or rights of the Trustee are affected, unless it shall give its prior written consent thereto;

(g) Verify the correctness of the information set forth in the Registration Statement or to confirm or assure that any acquisition made by the Company or any other action taken by it is as contemplated by the Registration Statement, unless an officer of the Trustee has actual knowledge thereof, written notice of such event is sent to the Trustee or as otherwise required under Section 1(j) hereof;

(h) Pay any taxes on behalf of the Trust Account (it being expressly understood that the Trustee’s sole obligation with respect to taxes shall be to issue the checks with respect thereto provided for by Section 2(a) hereof); and

(i) Verify calculations, qualify or otherwise approve Company requests for distributions pursuant to Section 1(i), 2(a) or 2(b) above.
 
5. No Right of Set-Off. The Trustee waives any right of set-off or any right, title, interest or claim of any kind that the Trustee may have against the Property held in the Trust Account. In the event the Trustee has a claim against the Company under this Agreement, including, without limitation, under Section 3(b), the Trustee will pursue such claim solely against the Company and not against the Property held in the Trust Account.

6. Termination. This Agreement shall terminate as follows:
 
(a) If the Trustee gives written notice to the Company that it desires to resign under this Agreement, the Company shall use its reasonable efforts to locate a successor trustee during which time the Trustee shall continue to act in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. At such time the Company notifies the Trustee that a successor trustee has been appointed by the Company and has agreed to become subject to the terms of this Agreement, the Trustee shall transfer the management of the Trust Account to the successor trustee, including, but not limited to, the transfer of copies of the reports and statements relating to the Trust Account, whereupon this Agreement shall terminate; provided, however, that, in the event the Company does not locate a successor trustee within ninety days of receipt of the resignation notice from the Trustee, the Trustee may, but shall not be obligated to, submit an application to have the Property deposited with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and upon such deposit, the Trustee shall be immune from any liability whatsoever that arises due to any actions or omissions to act by any party after such deposit; or
 
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(b) At such time that the Trustee has completed the liquidation of the Trust Account in accordance with the provisions of Section 1(j) hereof, and distributed the Property in accordance with the provisions of the Termination Letter, this Agreement shall terminate except with respect to Section 3(b).

7. Miscellaneous.
 
(a) The Company and the Trustee each acknowledge that the Trustee will follow the security procedures set forth below with respect to funds transferred from the Trust Account. The Company and the Trustee will each restrict access to confidential information relating to such security procedures to authorized persons. Each party must notify the other party immediately if it has reason to believe unauthorized persons may have obtained access to such information, or of any change in its authorized personnel. In executing funds transfers, the Trustee will rely upon account numbers or other identifying numbers of a beneficiary, beneficiary’s bank or intermediary bank, rather than names. The Trustee shall not be liable for any loss, liability or expense resulting from any error in an account number or other identifying number, provided it has accurately transmitted the identifying numbers provided.

(b) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to conflict of laws principles that would result in the application of the substantive laws of another jurisdiction. It may be executed in several counterparts, each one of which shall constitute an original, and together shall constitute but one instrument. Facsimile or other electronic signatures shall constitute original signatures for all purposes of this Agreement.

(c) This Agreement contains the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement or any provision hereof may only be changed, amended or modified by a writing signed by each of the parties hereto; provided, however, that no such change, amendment or modification may be made without the prior written consent of the Representatives, who, along with each other Underwriter, the parties specifically agree, is and shall be a third party beneficiary for purposes of this Agreement. As to any claim, cross-claim or counterclaim in any way relating to this Agreement, each party waives the right to trial by jury.

(d)  The parties hereto consent to the jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located in the State and County of New York for purposes of resolving any disputes hereunder. The parties hereto irrevocably submit to such jurisdiction, which jurisdiction shall be exclusive, and hereby waive any objection to such exclusive jurisdiction and accept such venue, and waive any objection that such courts represent an inconvenient forum.

(e)  Any notice, consent or request to be given in connection with any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be sent by express mail or similar private courier service, by certified mail (return receipt requested), by hand delivery or by facsimile transmission:
 
if to the Trustee, to:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
59 Maiden Lane, Plaza Level
Attn: [                   ]
Fax No.: [                    ]
 
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if to the Company, to:

Unit 5707, The Center
99 Queen’s Road Central
Hong Kong
Tel: +852-21693117
Fax: +[                           ]
Attn: Robert Barasch

in either case with a copy to:

Legend Merchant Group
30 Broad Street
38th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Attn: Samuel Ottensoser
Fax No: (212) 809-5567

and

Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc.
600 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Attn: Tina Pappas
Fax No.: (212) 218-3760

and
 
Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole LLP
370 Lexington Avenue
Attn: Stuart Neuhauser, Esq.
Fax No.: (212) 370-7889
 
and

Loeb & Loeb LLP
345 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10154
Attn: Mitchell S. Nussbaum, Esq.
Fax No: (212) 407-4990

(f) This Agreement may not be assigned by the Trustee without the prior written consent of the Company and the Representatives.

(g)  Each of the Trustee and the Company hereby represents that it has the full right and power and has been duly authorized to enter into this Agreement and to perform its respective obligations as contemplated hereunder. The Trustee acknowledges and agrees that it shall not make any claims or proceed against the Trust Account, including by way of set-off, and shall not be entitled to any funds in the Trust Account under any circumstance. The Trustee hereby consents to the inclusion of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company in the Registration Statement and other materials relating to the IPO.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Investment Management Trust Agreement as of the date first written above.

 
AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee
       
       
       
 
By:
     
 
 
 
Name:  
 
 
 
Title:    
 
 
 
   
 
       
       
       
 
By:
      
 
 
 
Name:
 
 
 
Title:
 
 
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EXHIBIT A
[Letterhead of Company]
 
[Insert date]
 
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
59 Maiden Lane, Plaza Level
New York, New York 10038
Attn:
Fax No.: [                           ]

Re:   Trust Account No. [  ] Termination Letter
 
Gentlemen:
 
Pursuant to Section 1(j) of the Investment Management Trust Agreement between Infinity I-China Acquisition Corporation (“Company”) and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Trustee”), dated as of [                     ], 2008 (“Trust Agreement”), this is to advise you that the Company has entered into an agreement (“Business Agreement”) with __________________ (“Target Business”) to consummate a business combination with Target Business (“Business Combination”) on or about [_______]. The Company shall notify you at least 48 hours in advance of the actual date of the consummation of the Business Combination (“Consummation Date”). Capitalized words used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Trust Agreement.
 
In accordance with paragraph _____ of Article _ of the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company, the Business Combination has been approved by the Shareholders of the Company and by the Public Shareholders holding a majority of the IPO Shares cast at the meeting relating to the Business Combination, and Public Shareholders holding less than 40% of the IPO Shares have voted against the Business Combination and given notice of exercise of their redemption rights described in paragraph __ of Article ____of the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company. Pursuant to Section 3(f) of the Trust Agreement, we are providing you with [an affidavit] [a certificate] of __________, which verifies the vote of the Company’s Shareholders in connection with the Business Combination. In accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement, we hereby authorize you to commence liquidation of the Trust Account to the effect that, on the Consummation Date, all of funds held in the Trust Account will be immediately available for transfer to the account or accounts that the Company shall direct in writing on the Consummation Date.
 
On the Consummation Date (i) counsel for the Company shall deliver to you written notification that (a) the Business Combination has been consummated or will, concurrently with your transfer of funds to the accounts as directed by the Company, be consummated and (b) the provisions of Section 11-51-302(6) and Rule 51-3.4 of the CRS have been met, to the extent applicable, and (ii) the Company shall deliver to you written instructions with respect to the transfer of the funds held in the Trust Account (“Instruction Letter”). You are hereby directed and authorized to transfer the funds held in the Trust Account immediately upon your receipt of the counsel’s letter and the Instruction Letter in accordance with the terms of the Instruction Letter. In the event that certain deposits held in the Trust Account may not be liquidated by the Consummation Date without penalty, you will notify the Company of the same and the Company shall direct you as to whether such funds should remain in the Trust Account and be distributed after the Consummation Date to the Company or be distributed immediately and the penalty incurred. Upon the distribution of all the funds in the Trust Account pursuant to the terms hereof, the Trust Agreement shall be terminated.
 

 
In the event that the Business Combination is not consummated on the Consummation Date described in the notice thereof and we have not notified you on or before the original Consummation Date of a new Consummation Date, then the funds held in the Trust Account shall be reinvested as provided in the Trust Agreement on the business day immediately following the Consummation Date as set forth in the notice.
     
 
Very truly yours,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:    
 
Name:
  Title:
 
 
cc:
Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc.
Legend Merchant Group



EXHIBIT B
 
[Letterhead of Company]
 
[Insert date]
 
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
59 Maiden Lane, Plaza Level
New York, New York 10038
Attn:
Fax No.: [                             ]
 
Re:   Trust Account No. [ ] Termination Letter
 
Gentlemen:
 
Pursuant to paragraph 1(j) of the Investment Management Trust Agreement between Infinity I-China Acquisition Corporation (“Company”) and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (“Trustee”), dated as of [                     ], 2008 (“Trust Agreement”), this is to advise you that the Company has been unable to effect a Business Combination (as defined in the Trust Agreement) with a target company within the time frame specified in the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company, as described in the Company’s prospectus relating to its initial public offering.
 
In accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement, we hereby (a) certify to you that the provisions of Section 11-51-302(6) and Rule 51-3.4 of the CRS have been met and (b) authorize you to commence liquidation of the Trust Account as promptly as practicable to the Shareholders of record on the Last Date (as defined in the Trust Agreement). The Company will establish a record date for the purposes of determining the Shareholders entitled to receive their share of liquidation proceeds. The record date shall be within ten (10) days of the date of this letter or as soon as thereafter is reasonably practicable and legally permissible. You will notify the Company in writing as to when all of the funds in the Trust Account will be available for immediate transfer (“Transfer Date”) in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement and the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company. You shall commence distribution of such funds in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement and the Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company and you shall oversee the distribution of such funds. Upon the payment of all the funds in the Trust Account, your obligations under the Trust Agreement shall be terminated.
     
 
Very truly yours,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:    
 
Name:
  Title:
 
 
cc:
Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc.
Legend Merchant Group 
 

 

Schedule of fees pursuant to Section 3(c) of Investment Management Trust Agreement
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
 

Fee Item
Time and method of payment
Amount
Initial acceptance fee
Initial closing of IPO by wire transfer
[$                      ]
Annual fee
First year, initial closing of IPO by wire transfer; thereafter on the anniversary of the effective date of the IPO by wire transfer or check
[$                      ]
Transaction processing fee for disbursements to Company under Sections 2(a) and 2(b)
Deduction by Trustee from disbursement made to Company under Section 2(b)
[$                      ]
 
  Agreed:
     
Dated: [                ], 2008 Infinity I-China Acquisition Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
  By:     
 
Name:
Title:
   
     
     
  American Stock Transfer & Trust Co.
 
 
 
 
 
  By:          
 
Authorized Officer