AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO
THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED
This Amendment No. 1
), dated as of September 28, 2007, is
made by and between 3Com Corporation.,
corporation (the Company
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company,
a New York
state trust company
) to amend the Third Amended and Restated Preferred Shares Rights Agreement
dated as of November 4, 2002, by and between the Company and the Rights Agent (the Rights
). Capitalized terms used in this Amendment but not defined herein shall have the
meaning assigned to them in the Rights Agreement.
Whereas, Section 27 of the Rights Agreement provides that, in certain circumstances,
the Company may supplement or amend the Rights Agreement without the approval of any holders of
Whereas, the Company desires to modify the terms of the Rights Agreement in certain
respects as set forth herein, and in connection therewith, is entering into this Amendment and
directing the Rights Agent to enter into this Amendment.
Now, Therefore, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual covenants
and conditions set forth below, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which
is hereby acknowledged, the parties to this Amendment hereby agree as follows:
||Amendment of the Rights Agreement.
1.1 Section 1 of the Rights Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following new sentence
to the definition of Acquiring Person:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither Diamond II Holdings, Inc. nor any of its
Affiliates or Associates shall be deemed to be an Acquiring Person and neither a
Shares Acquisition Date nor a Distribution Date shall be deemed to occur and the
Rights will not separate from the Common Shares, in each case, solely by reason of
the execution, delivery, performance or consummation of the transactions
contemplated pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 28,
2007, by and among the Company, Diamond II Holdings, Inc., and Diamond II
Acquisition Corp. (including any amendment or supplement thereto, the Merger
2. No Other Amendment. Except as modified by this Amendment, the Rights Agreement shall
remain in full force and effect without any modification. By executing this Amendment below, the
Company certifies that this Amendment has been executed and delivered in compliance with the terms
of Section 27 of the Rights Agreement and is consistent with the terms thereof. This Amendment
shall be deemed an amendment to the Rights Agreement and shall become effective when executed and
delivered by the Company and the Rights Agent as provided under Section 27 of the Rights Agreement.
Each of Diamond II Holdings, Inc. and Diamond II Acquisition Corp. shall be an express third party
3. Effect of Amendment. This Amendment shall be deemed to be in force and effect
immediately prior to the execution of the Merger Agreement; provided, however, that
this Amendment shall automatically terminate (if at all) and be of no further force or effect on
the date on which the Merger Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms. Except as and
to the extent expressly modified by this Amendment, the Rights Agreement and the exhibits thereto,
shall remain in full force and effect in all respects. In the event of a conflict or inconsistency
between this Amendment and the Rights Agreement and the exhibits thereto, the provisions of this
Amendment shall govern.
4. Force Majeure. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Rights
Agent shall not be liable for any delays or failures in performance resulting from acts beyond its
reasonable control including, without limitation, acts of God, terrorist acts, shortage of supply,
breakdowns or malfunctions, interruptions or malfunction of computer facilities, or loss of data
due to power failures or mechanical difficulties with information storage or retrieval systems,
labor difficulties, war, or civil unrest.
5. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in several counterparts, each of which
shall constitute an original and all of which, when taken together, shall constitute one agreement.
. This Amendment shall be deemed to be a contract made under the laws of
the State of Delaware
and for all purposes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with
the laws of such state applicable to contracts to be made and performed entirely within such state.
If any term or other provision of the Amendment is determined to be invalid, illegal or incapable
of being enforced by any rule of law or public policy, all other terms and provisions of this
Amendment shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect and upon such determination that any
term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, this Amendment and such
term or other provision shall be deemed to have been amended so as to effect the original intent of
the parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner to the board of directors of the
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