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GLOBAL EQUITY FUND
AUCTION AGENCY AGREEMENT
dated as of September , 2005
to Auction Market Preferred Shares ("AMPS"),
Shares Series M28
Shares Series F7
XXXXXX GLOBAL EQUITY FUND
THE BANK OF NEW YORK
as Auction Agent
AUCTION AGENCY AGREEMENT
This Auction Agency Agreement (this "Agreement"), dated as of September , 2005, is between XXXXXX GLOBAL EQUITY FUND (the "Fund") and The
Bank of New York, a New York banking corporation (the "Auction Agent").
Fund proposes to issue auction market preferred shares, no par value per share, designated Series M28 Auction Market Preferred Shares, liquidation preference $25,000 per share
and Series F7 AMPS, liquidation preference $25,000 per share (collectively, the "AMPS"), pursuant to the Fund's Statement of Preferences (as defined below).
Fund desires that The Bank of New York perform certain duties as agent in connection with each Auction (as defined below) of AMPS (in such capacity, the "Auction Agent"), and as the
transfer agent, registrar, dividend paying agent and redemption agent with respect to the AMPS (in such capacity, the "Paying Agent"), upon the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and the Fund
hereby appoints The Bank of New York as said Auction Agent and Paying Agent in accordance with those terms and conditions (hereinafter generally referred to as the "Auction Agent," except in
Sections 3 and 4 below).
THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants contained herein, the Fund and the Auction Agent agree as follows:
I. DEFINITIONS AND RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.
1.1 Terms Defined by Reference to the Statement of Preferences.
terms not defined herein shall have the respective meanings specified in the Statement of Preferences.
1.2 Certain Defined Terms.
used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:
Member" of any Person shall mean such Person's agent member of a participant in the Securities Depository that will act on behalf of a Bidder.
shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof.
Procedures" shall mean the Auction Procedures that are set forth in Part II of the Statement of Preferences.
Officer" shall mean each Vice President, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of the Auction Agent assigned to its Dealing and Trading Group of
its Corporate Trust Department and every other officer or employee of the Auction Agent designated as an "Authorized Officer" for purposes hereof in a written communication from the Auction Agent to
Agreement" shall mean each agreement between the Auction Agent and a broker-dealer substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.
shall mean the date the Fund consummates the transactions for the issuance and sale of the AMPS.
Officer" shall mean the Chairman, the President, each Vice President (whether or not designated by a number or word or words added before or after the title "Vice
President"), the Secretary, the Treasurer, each Assistant Secretary and each Assistant Treasurer of the Fund and every other officer or employee of the Fund designated as a "Fund Officer" for purposes
hereof in a written notice from the Fund to the Auction Agent.
shall be a holder of record of one or more AMPS, listed as such in the share register maintained by the Paying Agent pursuant to Section 4.6 hereof.
of Preferences" shall mean the Statement of Preferences of Auction Market Preferred Shares dated September , 2005 specifying the powers,
preferences and rights of the AMPS, attached as Appendix A to the Statement of Additional Information relating to the AMPS dated September , 2005.
1.3 Rules of Construction.
the context or use indicates another or different meaning or intent, the following rules shall apply to the construction of this Agreement:
importing the singular number shall include the plural number and vice versa.
captions and headings herein are solely for convenience of reference and shall not constitute a part of this Agreement nor shall they affect its meaning,
construction or effect.
words "hereof," "herein," "hereto," and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole.
references herein to a particular time of day shall be to New York City time.
II. THE AUCTION.
2.1 Purpose; Incorporation by Reference of Auction Procedures.
Statement of Preferences provides that the Applicable Rate on the AMPS for each Dividend Period therefor after the initial Dividend Period shall be the rate per
annum that a commercial bank, trust company or other financial institution appointed by the Fund advises results from the implementation of the Auction Procedures. The Board of Trustees of the Fund
has adopted a resolution appointing The Bank of New York as Auction Agent for purposes of the Auction Procedures. The Auction Agent hereby accepts such appointment and agrees that, on each Auction
Date, it shall follow the procedures set forth in this Section 2 and the Auction Procedures for the purpose of determining the Applicable Rate for the AMPS for the next Dividend Period. Each
periodic operation of such procedures is hereinafter referred to as an "Auction."
of the provisions contained in the Auction Procedures are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part hereof to the same
extent as if such provisions were set forth fully herein. In the event of any conflict between the Auction Procedures and the terms hereof, the Auction Procedures shall govern and control.
2.2 Preparation for Each Auction; Maintenance of Registry of Existing Holders.
of the date hereof, the Fund shall provide the Auction Agent with a list of the Broker-Dealers previously approved by the Fund and shall cause to be delivered to the
Auction Agent for execution by the Auction Agent a Broker-Dealer Agreement signed by each such Broker-Dealer. The Auction Agent shall keep such list current and accurate based solely upon information
provided to it by the Fund and shall indicate thereon, or on a separate list, the identity of each Existing Holder, if any, whose most recent Order was submitted by a Broker-Dealer on such list and
resulted in such Existing Holder continuing to hold or purchase AMPS. Not later than five Business Days prior to any Auction Date for which any change in such list of Broker-Dealers is to be
effective, the Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of such change and, if any such change is the addition of a Broker-Dealer to such list, the Fund shall cause to be delivered to the
Auction Agent for execution by the Auction Agent a Broker-Dealer Agreement signed by such
The Auction Agent shall have entered into a Broker-Dealer Agreement with each Broker-Dealer prior to the participation of any such Broker-Dealer in any Auction.
provisions contained in Section 3 of Part I of the Statement of Preferences concerning Special Dividend Periods and the notification of a Special
Dividend Period will be followed by the Fund and, to the extent applicable, the Auction Agent, and the provisions contained therein are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be
deemed to be a part of this Agreement to the same extent as if such provisions were set forth fully herein.
Applicable Percentage and the Applicable Spread on the date of this Agreement are those rates as determined by the Fund and are 125% and 125 bps, respectively. If
there is any change in the credit
rating of AMPS by the rating agency (or substitute or successor rating agencies) referred to in the definition of "Applicable Percentage" and "Applicable Spread" resulting in any change in the
Applicable Percentage or Applicable Spread for AMPS after the date given herewith, the Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of such change in the Applicable Percentage or Applicable Spread
prior to 12:00 Noon on the Business Day prior to the next Auction Date for any series of AMPS succeeding such change. In determining the Maximum Rate for series of AMPS on any Auction Date as set
forth in 2.6(a)(i) hereof, the Auction Agent shall be entitled to rely on the last Applicable Percentage and Applicable Spread for AMPS of which it has most recently received notice from the
Fund (or, in the absence of such notice, the percentage or spread determined by reference to the definition of Applicable Percentage and Applicable Spread, respectively, in the Statement of
(d) (i) On
each Auction Date, the Auction Agent shall determine the Applicable Rate and the Maximum Rate. If any Treasury Index Rate is not quoted on an interest or
bond equivalent, as the case may be, basis, the Auction Agent shall convert the quoted rate to the interest or bond equivalent thereof as set forth in the definition of such rate in the Statement of
Preferences if the rate obtained by the Auction Agent is quoted on a discount basis, or if such rate is quoted on a basis other than an interest or bond equivalent or discount basis the Auction Agent
shall convert the quoted rate to an interest or bond equivalent rate after consultation with the Fund as to the method of such conversion.
any LIBOR Rate is to be determined by reference to Moneyline's Telerate Page 3750 or by rate quotations provided by LIBOR Dealer(s), as the case may be, and
Moneyline's Telerate Page 3750 is unavailable or the LIBOR Dealer(s) fail to provide rate quotations, as the case may be (as described in the Statement of Preferences), then the Auction Agent
shall immediately notify the Fund so that the Fund can determine whether to select a Substitute LIBOR Dealer or Substitute LIBOR Dealers to provide such rate quotation(s) not being supplied.
any Treasury Index Rate is to be based on rates supplied by U.S. Government Securities Dealers and one or more of the U.S. Government Securities Dealers shall not
provide a quotation for the determination of such Treasury Index Rate, the Auction Agent shall immediately notify the Fund so that the Fund can determine whether to select a Substitute U.S. Government
Securities Dealer or Substitute U.S. Government Securities Dealers to provide the quotation or quotations not being supplied by any U.S. Government Securities Dealer or U.S. Government Securities
Dealers. The Fund shall promptly advise the Auction Agent of any such selection.
(e) (i) The
Auction Agent shall maintain a current registry of the Existing Holders of the AMPS based upon information provided to it by Broker-Dealers for purposes
of each individual Auction. The Fund shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide or cause to be provided to the Auction Agent within ten Business Days following the date of the Closing a list
of the initial Existing Holders of AMPS, and the Broker-Dealer of each such Existing Holder through which
Existing Holder purchased such shares. The Auction Agent may conclusively rely upon, as evidence of the identities of the Existing Holders, such list, the results of each Auction and notices from
any Existing Holder, the Agent Member of any Existing Holder or the Broker-Dealer of any Existing Holder with respect to such Existing Holder's transfer of any AMPS to another Person.
the event of any partial redemption of AMPS, upon notice in writing by the Fund to the Auction Agent of such partial redemption, the Auction Agent promptly shall
request the Securities Depository to notify the Auction Agent in writing of the identities of the Agent Members (and the respective numbers of shares) from the accounts of which shares have been
called for redemption and the person or department at such Agent Member to contact regarding such redemption. At least two Business Days prior to the Auction preceding the date of redemption, the
Auction Agent shall request each Agent Member so identified to disclose to the Auction Agent (upon selection by such Agent Member of the Existing Holders whose shares are to be redeemed) the number of
AMPS of each such Existing Holder, if any, to be redeemed by the Fund, provided that the Auction Agent has been furnished with the name and telephone number of a person or department at such Agent
Member from which it is to request such information. In the absence of receiving any such information with respect to an Existing Holder, from such Existing Holder's Agent Member or otherwise, the
Auction Agent may continue to treat such Existing Holder as having ownership of the number of AMPS shown in the Auction Agent's registry of Existing Holders.
Auction Agent shall register a transfer of the ownership of AMPS from an Existing Holder to another Existing Holder, or to another Person if permitted by the Fund,
only if such transfer is made pursuant to an Auction or, if such transfer is made other than pursuant to an Auction, the Auction Agent has been notified of such transfer in writing, in a notice
substantially in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto, by such Existing Holder or by the Agent Member of such Existing Holder. The Auction Agent is not required to accept any notice of
transfer delivered for an Auction unless it is received by the Auction Agent by 3:00 p.m. on the Business Day next preceding the Auction Date. The Auction Agent shall rescind a transfer made on
the registry of the Existing Holders of any AMPS if the Auction Agent has been notified in writing, in a notice substantially in the form of Exhibit C attached hereto, by the Agent Member or
the Broker-Dealer of any Person that (i) purchased any AMPS and the seller failed to deliver such shares or (ii) sold any AMPS and the purchaser failed to make payment to such Person
upon delivery to the purchaser of such shares.
Auction Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, request that the Broker-Dealers, as set forth in Section 3.2(b) of the Broker-Dealer Agreements,
provide the Auction Agent with a list of their respective customers that such Broker-Dealers believe are Beneficial Owners of AMPS. The Auction Agent shall keep confidential any such information and
shall not disclose any such information so provided to any Person other than the relevant Broker-Dealer and the Fund; provided, however, that
the Auction Agent reserves the right and is authorized to disclose any such information if (a) it is ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction or a regulatory body, judicial or
quasi-judicial agency or authority having the authority to compel such disclosure, (b) it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would be unlawful or (c) failure to do so
would expose the Auction Agent to loss, liability, claim, damage or expense for which it has not received indemnity or security satisfactory to it.
2.3 Auction Schedule.
Auction Agent shall normally conduct Auctions, in the case of the Series M28 AMPS every 28 days after the first Auction and, in the case of the Series F7
AMPS days every seven (7) after the first Auction, in accordance with the schedule set forth below. Such schedule may be changed by the Auction Agent with the consent of the Fund, which
consent shall not be withheld unreasonably. The
Agent shall give notice of any such change to each Broker-Dealer. Such notice shall be received prior to the first Auction Date on which any such change shall be effective.
|By 9:30 a.m.
||Auction Agent shall advise the Fund and the Broker-Dealers of Maximum Rate as set forth in Section 2.2(c)(i) hereof.
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Auction Agent shall assemble information communicated to it by Broker-Dealers as provided in Section 2(a) of Part II of the Statement of Preferences. Submission deadline is 1:30 p.m.
Not earlier than 1:30 p.m.
Auction Agent shall make determinations pursuant to Section 3(a) of Part II of the Statement of Preferences.
By approximately 3:30 p.m.
Auction Agent shall advise the Fund of the results of the Auction as provided in Section 3(b) of Part II of the Statement of Preferences.
Submitted Bid Orders and Submitted Sell Orders will be accepted and rejected in whole or in part and AMPS will be allocated as provided in Section 4 of Part II of the Statement of Preferences.
Auction Agent shall give notice of the Auction results as set forth in Section 2.4 hereof.
Auction Agent will follow the Bond Market Association's Market Practice U.S. Holiday Recommendations for shortened trading days for the bond markets (the "BMA Recommendation")
unless the Auction Agent is instructed otherwise. In the event of a BMA Recommendation on an Auction Date, the Submission Deadline will be 11:30 a.m., instead of 1:30 p.m., and as a
result the notice set forth in Section 2.4 will occur earlier.
2.4 Notice of Auction Results.
each Auction Date, the Auction Agent shall notify Broker-Dealers of the results of the Auction held on such date by telephone or other electronic means acceptable to the parties.
later than 12:00 noon on each Payment Date, the Fund shall pay to the Auction Agent in Federal Funds or similar same-day funds an amount in cash equal to
(i) in the case of any Auction Date immediately preceding a Dividend Period of less than one year, the product of (A) a fraction the numerator of which is the number of days in
such Dividend Period (calculated by counting the first day of such Dividend Period but excluding the last day thereof) and the denominator of which is 360, times (B) 1/4 of 1%,
times (C) $25,000 times (D) the sum of the aggregate number of outstanding AMPS for which the Auction is conducted and (ii) in the case of any Special Dividend Period of one year
or more, the amount determined by mutual consent of the Fund and the Broker-Dealers pursuant to Section 3.5 of the Broker-Dealer Agreements. The Auction Agent shall apply such moneys as set
forth in Section 3.5 of the Broker-Dealer Agreements and shall thereafter remit to the Fund any remaining funds paid to the Auction Agent pursuant to this Section 2.5(a).
Fund shall not designate any Person to act as a Broker-Dealer, or permit an Existing Holder or a Potential Beneficial Owner to participate in Auctions through any
Person other than a Broker-Dealer, without the prior written approval of the Auction Agent, which approval shall not be withheld unreasonably. The Fund may designate an Affiliate of Xxxxxxx Lynch,
Pierce, Xxxxxx & Xxxxx Incorporated to act as a Broker-Dealer.
Auction Agent shall terminate any Broker-Dealer Agreement as set forth therein if so directed in writing by the Fund.
to Section 2.5(b) hereof, the Auction Agent from time to time shall enter into such Broker-Dealer Agreements as the Fund shall request in writing.
Auction Agent shall maintain a list of Broker-Dealers.
2.6 Ownership of AMPS and Submission of Bids by the Fund and Its Affiliates.
the Fund nor any Affiliate of the Fund may submit any Sell Order or Bid, directly or indirectly, in any Auction, except that an Affiliate of the Fund that is a Broker-Dealer may
submit a Sell Order or Bid on behalf of a Beneficial Owner or a Potential Beneficial Owner. The Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing if the Fund or, to the best of the Fund's knowledge, any
Affiliate of the Fund becomes a Beneficial Owner of any AMPS. Any AMPS redeemed, purchased or otherwise acquired (i) by the Fund shall not be reissued, except in accordance with the
requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act") or (ii) by its Affiliates shall not be transferred (other than to the Fund). The Auction Agent shall have no duty or
liability with respect to enforcement of this Section 2.6.
2.7 Access to and Maintenance of Auction Records.
Auction Agent shall afford to the Fund, its agents, independent public accountants and counsel, access at reasonable times during normal business hours to review and make
extracts or copies (at the Fund's sole cost and expense) of all books, records, documents and other information concerning the conduct and results of Auctions, provided that any such agent, accountant
or counsel shall furnish the Auction Agent with a letter from the Fund requesting that the Auction Agent afford such person access at least one Business Day prior to the date of such access. The
Auction Agent shall maintain records relating to any Auction for a period of at least two years after such Auction (unless requested in writing by the Fund to maintain such records for such
longer period not in excess of four years, then for such longer period), and such records, in reasonable detail, shall accurately and fairly reflect the actions taken by the Auction Agent
hereunder. The Fund agrees to keep confidential any information regarding the customers of any Broker-Dealer received from the Auction Agent in connection with this Agreement or any Auction, and shall
not disclose such information or permit the disclosure of such information without the prior written consent of the applicable Broker-Dealer to anyone except such agent, accountant or counsel engaged
to audit or review the results of Auctions as permitted by this Section 2.7. The Fund reserves the right to disclose any such information if it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do
so would (i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to liability, unless the Broker-Dealer shall have offered indemnification satisfactory to the Fund. Any such agent, accountant or counsel,
before having access to such information, shall agree to keep such information confidential and not to disclose such information or permit disclosure of such information without the prior written
consent of the applicable Broker-Dealer, provided that such agent, accountant or counsel may reserve the right to disclose any such information if it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do
so would (i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to liability, unless the Broker-Dealer shall have offered indemnification satisfactory to such agent, accountant or counsel. The Auction Agent
shall have no responsibility for, and shall have no liability in connection with, the Fund's performance of its duties under this Section 2.7.
III. THE AUCTION AGENT AS PAYING AGENT.
3.1 The Paying Agent.
Board of Trustees of the Fund has adopted a resolution appointing The Bank of New York as Auction Agent and Paying Agent. The Paying Agent hereby accepts such appointment and agrees
to act in accordance with its standard procedures and the provisions of the Statement of Preferences which are specified herein with respect to the AMPS and as set forth in this Section 3.
3.2 The Fund's Notices to the Paying Agent.
any AMPS are to be redeemed, the Fund promptly shall deliver to the Paying Agent a Notice of Redemption, which will be mailed by the Paying Agent to each Holder at least five
Business Days prior to the date such Notice of Redemption is required to be mailed pursuant to the Statement of Preferences. The Paying Agent shall have no responsibility to confirm or verify the
accuracy of any such Notice.
3.3 The Fund to Provide Funds for Dividends and Redemptions.
later than 12:00 noon on each Dividend Payment Date, the Fund shall deposit with the Paying Agent an aggregate amount of Federal Funds or similar
same-day funds equal to the declared dividends to be paid to Holders on such Dividend Payment Date, and shall give the Paying Agent irrevocable written instructions to apply such funds to
the payment of such dividends on such Dividend Payment Date.
the Fund shall give a Notice of Redemption, then by noon of the date fixed for redemption, the Fund shall deposit in trust with the Paying Agent an aggregate amount
of Federal Funds or similar same-day funds sufficient to redeem such AMPS called for redemption and shall give the Paying Agent irrevocable written instructions and authority to pay the
redemption price to the Holders of AMPS called for redemption upon surrender of the certificate or certificates therefor.
3.4 Disbursing Dividends and Redemption Price.
receipt of the Federal Funds or similar same-day funds and instructions from the Fund described in Section 3.3 above, the Paying Agent shall pay to the Holders
(or former Holders) entitled thereto (i) on each Dividend Payment Date, dividends on the AMPS, and (ii) on any date fixed for redemption, the redemption price of any shares of AMPS
called for redemption. The amount of dividends for any Dividend Period to be paid by the Paying Agent to Holders will be determined by the Fund as set forth in Section 2 of Part I of the
Statement of Preferences. The redemption price to be paid by the Paying Agent to the Holders of any shares of AMPS called for redemption will be determined as set forth in Section 10 of
Part I of the Statement of Preferences. The Paying Agent shall have no duty to determine the redemption price and may rely on the amount thereof set forth in the Notice of Redemption.
IV. THE PAYING AGENT AS TRANSFER AGENT AND REGISTRAR.
4.1 Original Issue of Share Certificates.
the Date of Original Issue of the AMPS, one certificate for each series of AMPS shall be issued by the Fund and registered in the name of Cede & Co., as nominee of the
Securities Depository, and countersigned by the Paying Agent.
4.2 Registration of Transfer or Exchange of Shares.
as provided in this Section 4.2, the AMPS shall be registered solely in the name of the Securities Depository or its nominee. If the Securities Depository shall give notice
of its intention to resign as such, and if the Fund shall not have selected a substitute Securities Depository acceptable to the Paying Agent prior to such resignation, then upon such resignation the
AMPS at the Fund's request, may be registered for transfer or exchange, and a new certificate thereupon shall be issued in the name of the designated transferee or transferees, upon surrender of the
old certificate in form deemed by the Paying Agent to be properly endorsed for transfer with (a) all necessary endorsers' signatures guaranteed in such manner and form and by such guarantor as
the Paying Agent may reasonably require, (b) such assurances as the Paying Agent shall deem necessary or appropriate to evidence the genuineness and effectiveness of each necessary endorsement
and (c) satisfactory evidence of compliance with all applicable laws relating to the collection of taxes in connection with any registration of transfer or exchange or funds necessary for the
payment of such taxes. If the certificate for the AMPS is not held by the Securities Depository or its nominee, payments upon transfer of shares in an Auction shall be made in Federal Funds or similar
same-day funds to the Auction Agent against delivery of certificates therefor.
4.3 Removal of Legend.
request for removal of a legend indicating a restriction on transfer from a certificate evidencing AMPS shall be accompanied by an opinion of counsel stating that such legend may be
removed and such shares may be transferred free of the restriction described in such legend, said opinion to be delivered under cover of a letter from a Fund Officer authorizing the Paying Agent to
remove the legend on the basis of said opinion.
4.4 Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Shares Certificates.
Paying Agent shall issue and register a replacement certificate for a certificate represented to have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the fulfillment of such requirements as
shall be deemed appropriate by the Fund and by the Paying Agent, subject at all times to provisions of law, the Statement of Preferences governing such matters and resolutions adopted by the Fund with
lost, stolen or destroyed securities. The Paying Agent may issue a new certificate in exchange for and upon the cancellation of a mutilated certificate. Any request by the Fund to the Paying Agent to
issue a replacement or new certificate pursuant to this Section 4.4 shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Fund to the Paying Agent that such issuance will comply with
provisions of applicable law and the Statement of Preferences and resolutions of the Fund.
4.5 Disposition of Canceled Certificates: Record Retention.
Paying Agent shall retain stock certificates which have been canceled in transfer or in exchange and accompanying documentation in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of
the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") for at least two calendar years from the date of such cancellation. The Paying Agent, upon written request by the Fund, shall afford to
the Fund, its agents and counsel access at reasonable times during normal business hours to review and make extracts or copies (at the Fund's sole cost and expense) of such certificates and
accompanying documentation. Upon written request by the Fund at any time within the six month period commencing immediately after the expiration of this two-year period, the Paying Agent
shall deliver to the Fund the canceled certificates and accompanying documentation. The Fund, at its expense, shall retain such records for a minimum additional period of at least four
calendar years from the date of delivery of the records to the Fund and shall make such records available during this period at any time, or from time to time, for reasonable periodic, special,
or other examinations by representatives of the Commission. The Fund also shall undertake to furnish to the Commission, upon demand, either at its principal office or at any regional office, complete,
correct and current hard copies of any and all such records.
4.6 Stock Register.
Paying Agent shall maintain the stock register, which shall contain a list of the Holders, the number of shares held by each Holder and the address of each Holder. The Paying Agent
shall record in the stock register any change of address of a Holder upon written notice by such Holder. In case of any written request or demand for the inspection of the share register or any other
books of the Fund in the possession of the Paying Agent, the Paying Agent will notify the Fund and secure instructions as to permitting or refusing such inspection. The Paying Agent reserves the
right, however, to exhibit the stock register or other records to any person in case it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would (i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to
liability, unless the Fund shall have offered indemnification satisfactory to the Paying Agent.
4.7 Return of Funds.
funds deposited with the Paying Agent by the Fund for any reason (other than for the payment of amounts due to the Paying Agent) under this Agreement, including for the payment of
dividends or the redemption of AMPS, that remain with the Paying Agent after 12 months shall be repaid to the Fund upon written request by the Fund.
V. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.
5.1 Representations and Warranties of the Fund.
Fund represents and warrants to the Auction Agent that:
Fund is duly organized and is validly existing as a statutory trust under the laws of the State of Delaware, and has full power to execute and deliver this
Agreement and to authorize, create and issue the AMPS;
Fund is registered with the Commission under the 1940 Act as a closed-end, non-diversified, management investment company;
Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered by the Fund and constitutes the legal, valid and binding obligation of the Fund,
enforceable against the Fund in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization and other laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors' rights and to
general equitable principles;
form of the certificate evidencing the AMPS complies with all applicable laws of the State of Delaware;
AMPS have been duly and validly authorized by the Fund and, upon completion of the initial sale of the AMPS and receipt of payment therefor, will be validly issued
by the Fund, fully paid and nonassessable;
the time of the offering of the AMPS, the shares offered will be registered under the Securities Act and no further action by or before any governmental body or
authority of the United States or of
any state thereof is required in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement or will be required in connection with the issuance of shares of the AMPS, except such action as required
by applicable state securities laws;
execution and delivery of this Agreement and the issuance and delivery of the AMPS do not and will not conflict with, violate, or result in a breach of the terms,
conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, the Agreement and Declaration of Trust, any order or decree of any court or public authority having jurisdiction over the Fund, or any
indenture, contract, agreement or undertaking to which the Fund is a party or by which it is bound; and
taxes are payable upon or in respect of the execution of this Agreement or will be payable upon or in respect of the issuance of the AMPS.
5.2 Representations and Warranties of the Auction Agent.
Auction Agent represents and warrants to the Fund that:
Auction Agent is duly organized and is validly existing as a banking corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of New York and has the corporate
power to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement; and
Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered by the Auction Agent and constitutes the legal, valid and binding obligation of the Auction
Agent, enforceable against the Auction Agent in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization and other laws of general applicability relating to or affecting creditors'
rights and to general equitable principles.
VI. THE AUCTION AGENT.
6.1 Duties and Responsibilities.
Auction Agent is acting solely as agent for the Fund hereunder and owes no fiduciary duties to any Person whatsoever, and no implied duties, fiduciary or otherwise,
shall be read into this Agreement against the Auction Agent.
Auction Agent undertakes to perform such duties and only such duties as are set forth specifically in this Agreement, and no implied covenants or obligations shall
be read into this Agreement against the Auction Agent.
the absence of willful misconduct or gross negligence on its part, the Auction Agent shall not be liable for any action taken, suffered or omitted by it or for any
error of judgment made by it in the performance of its duties under this Agreement. The Auction Agent shall not be liable for any error of judgment made in good faith unless the Auction Agent shall
have been grossly negligent in ascertaining (or failing to ascertain) the pertinent facts.
no event shall the Auction Agent be liable for special, punitive, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever (including, but not limited to, lost
profits), even if the Auction Agent has been advised of the likelihood of such loss or damage and regardless of the form of action.
6.2 Rights of the Auction Agent.
Auction Agent may conclusively rely upon, and shall be fully protected in acting or refraining from acting upon, any communication authorized hereby and any written
instruction, notice, request, direction, consent, report, certificate, share certificate or other instrument, paper or document reasonably believed by it to be genuine. The Auction Agent shall not be
liable for acting or refraining from acting upon any telephone communication authorized hereby which the Auction Agent reasonably believes in good faith to have been given by the Fund or by a
Broker-Dealer. The Auction Agent may record telephone communications with the Fund or with the Broker-Dealers or with both.
Auction Agent may consult with counsel of its choice, and the advice of such counsel 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 reasonable reliance thereon.
Auction Agent shall not be required to advance, expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur or become exposed to financial liability in the performance of its
duties hereunder. The Auction Agent shall be under no liability for interest on any money received by it hereunder except as otherwise agreed in writing with the Fund.
Auction Agent may perform its duties and exercise its rights hereunder either directly or by or through agents or attorneys and shall not be responsible for the
conduct on the part of any such agent or attorney appointed by it with due care.
Auction Agent shall not be liable for any error of judgment made in good faith unless the Auction Agent shall have been grossly negligent in ascertaining the
pertinent facts necessary to make such judgment.
Auction Agent shall not be: (i) required to, and does not make any representations nor have any responsibilities as to the validity, accuracy, value or
genuineness of any signatures or endorsements, other than its own; (ii) obligated to take any legal action hereunder that might, in its judgment, involve any expense or liability, unless it has
been furnished with indemnity satisfactory to it; and (iii) responsible for or liable in any respect on account of the identity, authority or rights of any Person executing or delivering or
purporting to execute or deliver any document under this Agreement or any Broker-Dealer Agreement. The Auction Agent makes no representations as to and shall have no liability with respect to the
correctness of the recitals in, or the validity, accuracy or adequacy of this Agreement, any Broker-Dealer Agreement, the AMPS, any offering material used in connection with the offer and sale of the
AMPS or any other agreement or instrument executed in connection with the transactions contemplated herein or in any thereof. The Auction Agent shall have no obligation or liability in respect of the
registration or exemption therefrom of the AMPS under federal or state securities laws in respect of the sufficiency or the conformity of any transfer of the AMPS pursuant to the terms of the Auction
Agency Agreement, any Broker Dealer Agreement, or any other document contemplated thereby or related thereto.
in the administration of the provisions of this Agreement the Auction Agent shall deem it necessary or desirable that a matter be proved or established prior to
taking or suffering any action to be taken hereunder, such matter (unless other evidence in respect thereof be herein specifically prescribed) may, in the absence of gross negligence or willful
misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent, be deemed to be conclusively proved and established by a certificate signed by the Fund or Broker-Dealer, and delivered to the Auction Agent and such
certificate, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent, shall be full warrant to the Auction Agent for any action taken or omitted by it under the
provisions of this Agreement upon the faith thereof.
Auction Agent shall not be bound to make any investigation into the facts or matters stated in any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report,
notice, request, consent, entitlement order, approval or other paper or document furnished by the Fund or a Broker-Dealer, except to the extent that such failure to investigate would be deemed grossly
corporation into which the Auction Agent may be merged or converted or with which it may be consolidated, or any corporation resulting from any merger, conversion or
consolidation to which the Auction Agent shall be a party, or any corporation succeeding to the Dealing and Trading business of the Auction Agent shall be the successor of the Auction Agent hereunder,
with the consent of the Fund but without the execution of filing any paper with any party hereto or any further act on the part of any of the parties hereto, except where any instrument of transfer or
assignment is required by law to effect such succession, anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding.
6.3 Compensation, Expenses and Indemnification.
Fund shall pay to the Auction Agent from time to time reasonable compensation for all services rendered by it under this Agreement and under the Broker-Dealer
Agreements as shall be set forth in a separate writing signed by the Fund and the Auction Agent, subject to adjustments if the AMPS no longer are held of record by the Securities Depository or its
nominee or if there shall be such other change as shall increase or decrease materially the Auction Agent's obligations hereunder or under the Broker-Dealer Agreements.
Fund shall reimburse the Auction Agent upon its request for all reasonable expenses, disbursements and advances incurred or made by the Auction Agent in accordance
with any provision of this Agreement and of the Broker-Dealer Agreements (including the reasonable compensation, expenses and disbursements of its agents and counsel), except any expense, disbursement
or advance attributable to its gross negligence or willful misconduct.
Fund shall indemnify the Auction Agent and its officers, directors, employees and agents for, and hold it harmless from and against, any loss, liability or expense
incurred without gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent arising out of or in connection with its agency under this Agreement and under the Broker-Dealer Agreements,
including the costs and expenses (including the reasonable fees and expenses of its counsel) of defending itself against any claim or liability in connection with its exercise or performance of any of
its duties hereunder and thereunder, except such as may result from its gross negligence or willful misconduct.
6.4 Force Majeure.
Auction Agent shall not be responsible for or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement arising out of or caused, directly or
indirectly, by circumstances
beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God; earthquakes; fires; floods; wars; civil or military disturbances; sabotage; epidemics; riots; acts of terrorism;
interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities, computer (hardware or software) or communications services; accidents; labor disputes; acts of civil or military authority or governmental actions; it
being understood that the Auction Agent shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the banking industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the
7.1 Term of Agreement.
term of this Agreement is unlimited unless it shall be terminated as provided in this Section 7.1. The Fund may terminate this Agreement at any time by so
notifying the Auction Agent in writing, provided that, if any AMPS remain outstanding, the Fund shall have entered into an agreement with a successor auction agent. The Auction Agent may terminate
this Agreement upon prior notice to the Fund on the date specified in such notice, which date shall be no earlier than 60 days after delivery of such notice. The Auction Agent may resign after
30 days following the delivery of notice to the Fund that the Auction Agent has not been paid amounts due to it. If the Auction Agent terminates this Agreement while any AMPS remains
outstanding, the Fund shall use its best efforts to enter into an agreement with a successor auction agent containing substantially the same terms and conditions as this Agreement.
as otherwise provided in this Section 7.1(b), the respective rights and duties of the Fund and the Auction Agent under this Agreement shall cease upon
termination of this Agreement. The Fund's representations, warranties, covenants and obligations to the Auction
under Sections 5.1 and 6.3 hereof shall survive the termination hereof. Upon termination of this Agreement, the Auction Agent shall (i) resign as Auction Agent under the
Broker-Dealer Agreements, (ii) at the Fund's written request, deliver promptly to the Fund copies of all books and records maintained by it in connection with its duties hereunder, and
(iii) at the written request of the Fund, transfer promptly to the Fund or to any successor auction agent any funds deposited by the Fund with the Auction Agent (whether in its capacity as
Auction Agent or as Paying Agent) pursuant to this Agreement which have not been distributed previously by the Auction Agent in accordance with this Agreement.
for (i) communications authorized to be made by telephone pursuant to this Agreement or the Auction Procedures and (ii) communications in connection with Auctions
(other than those expressly required to be in writing), all notices, requests and other communications to any party hereunder shall be in writing (including telecopy or similar writing) and shall be
given to such party at its address or telecopier number set forth below:
to the Fund,
Global Equity Fund
Attention: Xxxxxx Xxx
c/o ALPS Mutual Fund Services, Inc.
0000 Xxxxxxxx, Xxxxx 0000
Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxxx 00000
Telephone No.: (000) 000-0000
Facsimile No.: (000) 000-0000
to the Auction Agent,
Bank of New York
Corporate Trust Department
000 Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx, 0X
Xxx Xxxx, Xxx Xxxx 00000
Attention: Dealing and Trading Group—Auction Desk
Telephone No.: (000) 000-0000
Facsimile No.: (000) 000-0000
such other address or telecopier number as such parry hereafter may specify for such purpose by notice to the other party. Each such notice, request or communication shall be effective when
delivered at the address specified herein. Communications shall be given on behalf of the Fund by a Fund Officer and on behalf of the Auction Agent by an Authorized Officer.
7.3 Entire Agreement.
Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof, and there are no other representations, endorsements, promises, agreements or
understandings, oral, written or implied, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof, except for written agreements relating to the compensation of the Auction Agent.
herein, express or implied, shall give to any Person, other than the Fund, the Auction Agent and their respective successors and assigns, any benefit of any legal or equitable
right, remedy or claim hereunder.
7.5 Amendment; Waiver.
Agreement shall not be deemed or construed to be modified, amended, rescinded, canceled or waived, in whole or in part, except by a written instrument signed by a
duly authorized representative of the party to be charged. The Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of any change in the Statement of Preferences prior to the effective date of any such
change. If any such change in the Statement of Preferences materially increases the Auction Agent's obligations hereunder, the Fund shall obtain the written consent of the Auction Agent prior to the
effective date of such change.
of either party hereto to exercise any right or remedy hereunder in the event of a breach hereof by the other party shall not constitute a waiver of any such
right or remedy with respect to any subsequent breach.
7.6 Successors and Assigns.
Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the respective successors and permitted assigns of each of the Fund and the Auction Agent. This
Agreement may not be assigned by either party hereto absent the prior written consent of the other party, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably.
any clause, provision or section hereof shall be ruled invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity or unenforceability of such clause,
provision or section shall not affect any of the remaining clauses, provisions or sections hereof.
7.8 Execution in Counterparts.
Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which shall constitute but one and the same instrument.
7.9 Governing Law.
Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and to be performed in said state.
parties agree that all actions and proceedings arising out of this Auction Agency Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated hereby shall be brought in the County of New York,
and, in connection with any such action or proceeding, submit to the jurisdiction of, and venue in, such County. Each of the parties hereto also irrevocably waives all right to trial by jury in any
action, proceeding or counterclaim arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed and delivered by their proper and duly authorized officers as of the date first above written.
||XXXXXX GLOBAL EQUITY FUND
||Name: Xxxxxx X. May
THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Auction Agent
||Name: Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx
Title: Assistant Treasurer
(Note: To be used only for transfers made other than pursuant to an Auction)
GLOBAL EQUITY FUND
Auction Market Preferred Shares ("AMPS")
are (check one):
Existing Holder named below;
Broker-Dealer for such Existing Holder; or
Agent Member for such Existing Holder.
We hereby notify you that such Beneficial Owner has transferred
AMPS to .
(Name of Existing Holder)
(Name of Broker-Dealer)
(Name of Agent Member)
(Note: To be used only for failures to deliver or to pay for
Auction Market Preferred Shares sold pursuant to an Auction)
NOTICE OF A FAILURE TO DELIVER
We are a Broker-Dealer for (the
"Purchaser"), which purchased Series M28
Auction and Series F7 Market Preferred Shares of XXXXXX GLOBAL EQUITY FUND in the Auction held on
from the seller of such shares.
hereby notify you that (check one):
Seller failed to deliver such shares to the Purchaser.
Purchaser failed to make payment to the Seller upon delivery of such shares.
(Name of Broker-Dealer)
AUCTION AGENCY AGREEMENT