STOCK ESCROW AGREEMENTSTOCK ESCROW AGREEMENT, dated as of _________, 2006 ("Agreement"),
by and among ASIA AUTOMOTIVE ACQUISITION CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation
("Company"), WILLIAM R. HERREN, RUDY WILSON, VINIT BANSAL, CHUN HAO, ASIA
DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL LLC, GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS, L.P., GLOBIS OVERSEAS FUND,
LTD., GLOBIS ASIA LLC, MITCHELL METZMAN, CRAIG SAMUELS (collectively "Initial
Stockholders") and Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, a New York
corporation ("Escrow Agent").
WHEREAS, the Company has entered into an Underwriting Agreement,
dated _____________, 2006 ("Underwriting Agreement"), with Rodman & Renshaw, LLC
("Rodman & Renshaw") acting as representative of the several underwriters
(collectively, the "Underwriters"), pursuant to which, among other matters, the
Underwriters have agreed to purchase 4,375,000 units ("Units") of the Company.
Each Unit consists of one share of the Company's common stock, par value $.0001
per share ("Common Stock"), and one Warrant to purchase one share of Common
Stock, all as more fully described in the Company's final Prospectus, dated
_____________, 2006 ("Prospectus") comprising part of the Company's Registration
Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-127755) under the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended ("Registration Statement"), declared effective on _____________, 2006
WHEREAS, the Initial Stockholders have agreed as a condition of the
sale of the Units to deposit their shares of Common Stock of the Company, as set
forth opposite their respective names in Exhibit A attached hereto (collectively
"Escrow Shares"), in escrow as hereinafter provided.
WHEREAS, the Company and the Initial Stockholders desire that the
Escrow Agent accept the Escrow Shares, in escrow, to be held and disbursed as
IT IS AGREED:
1. Appointment of Escrow Agent. The Company and the Initial Stockholders
hereby appoint the Escrow Agent to act in accordance with and subject to the
terms of this Agreement and the Escrow Agent hereby accepts such appointment and
agrees to act in accordance with and subject to such terms.
2. Deposit of Escrow Shares. On or before the Effective Date, each of the
Initial Stockholders shall deliver to the Escrow Agent certificates representing
his respective Escrow Shares, to be held and disbursed subject to the terms and
conditions of this Agreement. Each Initial Stockholder acknowledges that the
certificate representing his Escrow Shares is legended to reflect the deposit of
such Escrow Shares under this Agreement.
3. Disbursement of the Escrow Shares. The Escrow Agent shall hold the
Escrow Shares until the second anniversary of the Effective Date ("Escrow
Period"), on which date it shall, upon written instructions from each Initial
Stockholder, disburse each of the Initial Stockholder's Escrow Shares (and any
applicable stock power) to such Initial Stockholder; provided, however, that if
the Escrow Agent is notified by the Company pursuant to Section 7.7 hereof
that the Company is being liquidated at any time during the Escrow Period, then
the Escrow Agent shall promptly destroy the certificates representing the Escrow
Shares; provided further, however, that if, after the Company consummates a
Business Combination (as such term is defined in the Registration Statement), it
(or the surviving entity) subsequently consummates a liquidation, merger, stock
exchange or other similar transaction which results in all of the stockholders
of such entity having the right to exchange their shares of Common Stock for
cash, securities or other property, then the Escrow Agent will, upon receipt of
a certificate, executed by the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial
Officer of the Company, in form reasonably acceptable to the Escrow Agent, that
such transaction is then being consummated, release the Escrow Shares to the
Initial Stockholders upon consummation of the transaction so that they can
similarly participate. The Escrow Agent shall have no further duties hereunder
after the disbursement or destruction of the Escrow Shares in accordance with
this Section 3.
4. Consummation of a Business Combination. Within thirty (30) days after
the consummation by the Company of a Business Combination, the Company shall
deliver to the
Escrow Agent a certificate executed by the Chief Executive Officer or the Chief
Financial Officer, in form reasonably acceptable to the Escrow Agent, stating
that a Business Combination has been consummated, the date of the Business
Combination shall have been consummated and the date that is one hundred eighty
days after the date of consummation of a Business Combination.
5. Rights of Initial Stockholders in Escrow Shares.
5.1 Voting Rights as a Stockholder. Subject to the terms of the
Insider Letter described in Section 4.4 hereof and except as herein provided,
the Initial Stockholders shall retain all of their rights as stockholders of the
Company during the Escrow Period, including, without limitation, the right to
vote such shares.
5.2 Dividends and Other Distributions in Respect of the Escrow
Shares. During the Escrow Period, all dividends payable in cash with respect to
the Escrow Shares shall be paid to the Initial Stockholders, but all dividends
payable in stock or other non-cash property ("Non-Cash Dividends") shall be
delivered to the Escrow Agent to hold in accordance with the terms hereof. As
used herein, the term "Escrow Shares" shall be deemed to include the Non-Cash
Dividends distributed thereon, if any.
5.3 Restrictions on Transfer. During the Escrow Period, no sale,
transfer or other disposition may be made of any or all of the Escrow Shares
except (i) by gift to a member of Initial Stockholder's immediate family or to a
trust, the beneficiary of which is an Initial Stockholder or a member of an
Initial Stockholder's immediate family, (ii) by virtue of the laws of descent
and distribution upon death of any Initial Stockholder, or (iii) pursuant to a
qualified domestic relations order; provided, however, that such permissive
transfers may be implemented only upon the respective transferee's written
agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and of the
Insider Letter signed by the Initial Stockholder transferring the Escrow Shares.
During the Escrow Period, the Initial Stockholders shall not pledge or grant a
security interest in the Escrow Shares or grant a security interest in their
rights under this Agreement.
5.4 Insider Letters. Each of the Initial Stockholders has executed a
letter agreement with Rodman & Renshaw and the Company, dated as indicated on
Exhibit A hereto, and which is filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement
("Insider Letter"), respecting the rights and obligations of such Initial
Stockholder in certain events, including but not limited to the liquidation of
6. Concerning the Escrow Agent.
6.1 Good Faith Reliance. The Escrow Agent shall not be liable for
any action taken or omitted by it in good faith and in the exercise of its own
best judgment, and 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 Escrow Agent), 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 Escrow Agent to be
genuine and to be signed or presented by the proper person or persons. The
Escrow Agent shall not be bound by any notice or demand, or any waiver,
modification, termination or rescission of this Agreement unless evidenced by a
writing delivered to the Escrow Agent signed by the proper party or parties and,
if the duties or rights of the Escrow Agent are affected, unless it shall have
given its prior written consent thereto.
6.2 Indemnification. The Escrow Agent shall be indemnified and held
harmless by the Company from and against any expenses, including counsel fees
and disbursements, or loss suffered by the Escrow Agent in connection with any
action, suit or other proceeding involving any claim which in any way, directly
or indirectly, arises out of or relates to this Agreement, the services of the
Escrow Agent hereunder, or the Escrow Shares held by it hereunder, other than
expenses or losses arising from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of
the Escrow Agent. The Escrow Agent hereby waives any right, interest or claim of
any kind that it may have in or to any monies held in the trust account for the
benefit of the holders of Public Securities (as defined in the Underwriting
Agreement) and agrees not to seek any payment of any indemnity of the Company
under this Section
6.2 from any monies held in the trust account for the benefit of the holders of
the Public Securities. Promptly after the receipt by the Escrow Agent of notice
of any demand or claim or the commencement of any action, suit or proceeding,
the Escrow Agent shall notify the other parties hereto in writing. In the event
of the receipt of such notice, the Escrow Agent, in its sole discretion, may
commence an action in the nature of interpleader in an appropriate court to
determine ownership or disposition of the Escrow Shares or it may deposit the
Escrow Shares with the clerk of any appropriate court or it may retain the
Escrow Shares pending receipt of a final, non-appealable order of a court having
jurisdiction over all of the parties hereto directing to whom and under what
circumstances the Escrow Shares are to be disbursed and delivered. The
provisions of this Section 5.2 shall survive in the event the Escrow Agent
resigns or is discharged pursuant to Sections 5.5 or 5.6 below.
6.3 Compensation. The Escrow Agent shall be entitled to reasonable
compensation from the Company for all services rendered by it hereunder. The
Escrow Agent shall also be entitled to reimbursement from the Company for all
expenses paid or incurred by it in the administration of its duties hereunder
including, but not limited to, all counsel, advisors' and agents' fees and
disbursements and all taxes or other governmental charges.
6.4 Further Assurances. From time to time on and after the date
hereof, the Company and the Initial Stockholders shall deliver or cause to be
delivered to the Escrow Agent such further documents and instruments and shall
do or cause to be done such further acts as the Escrow Agent shall reasonably
request to carry out more effectively the provisions and purposes of this
Agreement, to evidence compliance herewith or to assure itself that it is
protected in acting hereunder.
6.5 Resignation. The Escrow Agent may resign at any time and be
discharged from its duties as escrow agent hereunder by its giving the other
parties hereto written notice and such resignation shall become effective as
hereinafter provided. Such resignation shall become effective at such time that
the Escrow Agent shall turn over to a successor escrow agent appointed by the
Company, the Escrow Shares held hereunder. If no new escrow agent is so
appointed within the 60 day period following the giving of such notice of
resignation, the Escrow Agent may deposit the Escrow Shares with any court it
reasonably deems appropriate.
6.6 Discharge of Escrow Agent. The Escrow Agent shall resign and be
discharged from its duties as escrow agent hereunder if so requested in writing
at any time by the other parties hereto, jointly, provided, however, that such
resignation shall become effective only upon acceptance of appointment by a
successor escrow agent as provided in Section 5.5.
6.7 Liability. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the
Escrow Agent shall not be relieved from liability hereunder for its own gross
negligence or its own willful misconduct.
7.1 Governing Law. This Agreement shall for all purposes be deemed
to be made under and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State
of New York, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles that would
result in the application of the substantive laws of another jurisdiction.
7.2 Third Party Beneficiaries. Each of the Initial Stockholders
hereby acknowledges that the Underwriters are third party beneficiaries of this
Agreement and this Agreement may not be modified or changed without the prior
written consent of Rodman & Renshaw.
7.3 Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement
of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and, except as
expressly provided herein, may not be changed or modified except by an
instrument in writing signed by the party to the charged.
7.4 Headings. The headings contained in this Agreement are for
reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or
7.5 Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure
to the benefit of the respective parties hereto and their legal representatives,
successors and assigns.
7.6 Notices. Any notice or other communication required or which may
be given hereunder shall be in writing and either be delivered personally or be
mailed, certified or registered mail, or by private national courier service,
return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and shall be deemed given when so
delivered personally or, if mailed, two days after the date of mailing, as
If to the Company, to:
ASIA AUTOMOTIVE ACQUISITION CORPORATION
401 South Old Woodward, Suite 450
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
If to a Stockholder, to his address set forth in Exhibit A.
and if to the Escrow Agent, to:
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company
17 Battery Place
New York, New York 10004
A copy of any notice sent hereunder shall be sent to:
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
Attn: Christopher S. Auguste, Esq.
Rodman & Renshaw, LLC
1270 Avenue of the Americas 16th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Attn: Jimmie L. Sundstrom
The parties may change the persons and addresses to which the
notices or other communications are to be sent by giving written notice to any
such change in the manner provided herein for giving notice.
7.7 Liquidation of the Company. The Company shall give the Escrow
Agent written notification of the liquidation and dissolution of the Company in
the event that the Company fails to consummate a Business Combination within the
time period(s) specified in the Prospectus.
WITNESS the execution of this Agreement as of the date first above
ASIA AUTOMOTIVE ACQUISITION CORPORATION
Name: William R. Herren
William R. Herren
ASIA DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL LLC
GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS, L.P.
GLOBIS OVERSEAS FUND, LTD.
GLOBIS ASIA LLC
CONTINENTAL STOCK TRANSFER
& TRUST COMPANY
Name and Address of Number Stock Date of
Initial Stockholder of Shares Certificate Number Insider Letter
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William R. Herren 229,800 October 20, 2005
Saginaw, Michigan, 48603
Rudy Wilson 229,800 October 20, 2005
366 W. Brown Street
Birmingham, Michigan, 48009
Vinit Bansal 229,800 October 20, 2005
Novi, Michigan, 48374
Chun Hao 229,800 October 20, 2005
1211 Peninsula Tower
Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Asia Development Capital LLC 229,800 October 20, 2005
410 South Old Woodward Suite 450
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Globis Capital Partners, L.P. 60,000 February 14, 2006
60 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Globis Overseas Fund, Ltd. 20,000 February 14, 2006
60 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Globis Asia LLC 20,000 February 14, 2006
1239 Veeder Dr.
Hewlett, NY 11557
Mitchell Metzman 50,000 February 14, 2006
4808 Mooreland Lane, Suite 109
Bethesda, MD 20814
Craig Samuels 50,000 February 14, 2006
4808 Mooreland Lane, Suite 109
Bethesda, MD 20814