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SAMPLE BUY-SELL AGREEMENT
Should be reviewed by an attorney familiar with the laws in your state
before using for your business.
This Buy-Sell Agreement (this "Agreement") is made effective as of
__________________, between and among ___________________________________
(the "Company") and each of the individuals listed on the attached Schedule A (each an
"Owner," and collectively, the "Owners").
The Owners own all of the outstanding common stock of the Company (the "Units"),
and desire to promote and protect their mutual interests and the interests of the Company.
Therefore, the parties hereby agree as follows.
Article I - Sales and Transfers
1. General Transfer Restriction. No Owner (or any party acting on behalf of an Owner)
may sell or transfer any of such Owner's Units, whether now owned or later acquired,
except in accordance with the terms of this Agreement or by the written consent of the
Company and all of the other Owners. Any attempted sale or transfer of any Units (or any
interest in any Units) that violates the terms of this Agreement shall be void and shall not
be binding upon, or recognized by, the Company or the Owners.
a. Sale or Transfer Defined. The phrase "sale or transfer" includes any sale, pledge,
encumbrance, gift, bequest, or other transfer of any Units, whether or not the transfer
would be made (i) for value, or (ii) to another Owner, or (iii) voluntarily or
involuntarily or by operation of law, or (iv) during an Owner's lifetime or upon an
Owner's death.
b. Exception. A sale or transfer of an Owner's Units to a trust that is wholly
revocable by that Owner and for which that Owner is the sole trustee is not a
prohibited sale or transfer. However, any subsequent attempted sale or transfer by the
trustee of such trust shall be subject to all of the terms of this Agreement with the
Owner (and not the trust) deemed as the owner of such Units.
2. Permitted Voluntary Sale or Transfer During Lifetime. Any Owner who wishes to sell
or transfer such Owner's Units must first provide written notice of such intent to each of
the other Owners. Such Owner (a "Seller") shall be deemed to have offered to sell
his/her Units (the "Offered Units") to the other Owners. The notice must state the name
of the party (the "Third Party Purchaser") to whom the Seller wishes to sell or transfer
the Offered Units and the terms of the proposed sale or transfer.
a. First Option to Other Owners. Each of the other Owners shall have thirty (30)
days from the effective date of the notice during which such other Owners may elect
to buy the Offered Units in proportion to their respective ownership of all outstanding
SAMPLE BUY-SELL AGREEMENT
Should be reviewed by an attorney familiar with the laws in your state
before using for your business.
This Buy-Sell Agreement (this "Agreement") is made effective as of
__________________, between and among ___________________________________
(the "Company") and each of the individuals listed on the attached Schedule A (each an
"Owner," and collectively, the "Owners").
The Owners own all of the outstanding common stock of the Company (the "Units"),
and desire to promote and protect their mutual interests and the interests of the Company.
Therefore, the parties hereby agree as follows.
Article I - Sales and Transfers
1. General Transfer Restriction. No Owner (or any party acting on behalf of an Owner)
may sell or transfer any of such Owner's Units, whether now owned or later acquired,
except in accordance with the terms of this Agreement or by the written consent of the
Company and all of the other Owners. Any attempted sale or transfer of any Units (or any
interest in any Units) that violates the terms of this Agreement shall be void and shall not
be binding upon, or recognized by, the Company or the Owners.
a. Sale or Transfer Defined. The phrase "sale or transfer" includes any sale, pledge,
encumbrance, gift, bequest, or other transfer of any Units, whether or not the transfer
would be made (i) for value, or (ii) to another Owner, or (iii) voluntarily or
involuntarily or by operation of law, or (iv) during an Owner's lifetime or upon an
Owner's death.
b. Exception. A sale or transfer of an Owner's Units to a trust that is wholly
revocable by that Owner and for which that Owner is the sole trustee is not a
prohibited sale or transfer. However, any subsequent attempted sale or transfer by the
trustee of such trust shall be subject to all of the terms of this Agreement with the
Owner (and not the trust) deemed as the owner of such Units.
2. Permitted Voluntary Sale or Transfer During Lifetime. Any Owner who wishes to sell
or transfer such Owner's Units must first provide written notice of such intent to each of
the other Owners. Such Owner (a "Seller") shall be deemed to have offered to sell
his/her Units (the "Offered Units") to the other Owners. The notice must state the name
of the party (the "Third Party Purchaser") to whom the Seller wishes to sell or transfer
the Offered Units and the terms of the proposed sale or transfer.
a. First Option to Other Owners. Each of the other Owners shall have thirty (30)
days from the effective date of the notice during which such other Owners may elect
to buy the Offered Units in proportion to their respective ownership of all outstanding
Units (excluding the Offered Units) or in such other proportion upon which the other
Owners may agree. During this 30-day period, the other Owners must collectively
agree to buy all or none of the Offered Units. If the other Owners exercise their
option to buy, then they shall acquire the Offered Units on the same terms and
conditions as contained in the notice of the proposed sale or transfer. These terms
shall be supplemented as necessary by the payment terms described in Article III
below.
b. Permitted Sale or Transfer to Third Party Purchaser. If the other Owners do not
validly exercise their option to buy all of the Offered Units within the 30-day period,
then the Seller may complete the sale or transfer to the Third Party Purchaser.
However, the sale or transfer must be made on the same terms and conditions as those
contained in the notice to the other Owners. Further, the Third Party Purchaser must
agree in writing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement before or at the time of
the sale or transfer. If the sale or transfer to the Third Party Purchaser is not
completed within sixty (60) days after the expiration of the other Owners' 30-day
option period, then the authorization under this Agreement for such sale or transfer
shall be deemed withdrawn as if no such sale or transfer had been contemplated and
no notice had been given.
3. Involuntary Lifetime Sale or Transfer. Any Owner who has any information that
would reasonably lead that Owner to expect that an Involuntary Lifetime Disposition
(defined below) may occur with respect to that Owner's Units, and any person or entity
who has acquired or may acquire an interest in such Units, must promptly provide written
notice to each of the other Owners. The notice must describe the nature and details of the
Involuntary Lifetime Disposition, and must state the name of the party (the "Third Party
Transferee"). The Owner shall be deemed to have offered to sell such Owner's Units
(the "Offered Units") to the other Owners.
a. First Option to Other Owners. Each of the other Owners shall have thirty (30)
days from the effective date of such notice during which such other Owners may elect
to buy the Offered Units in proportion to their respective ownership of all outstanding
Units (excluding the Offered Units) or in such other proportion upon which the other
Owners agree. If the other Owners exercise their option to buy some or all of the
Offered Units, then they shall acquire such Units at the purchase price and on the
payment terms described in Articles II and III below.
b. Permitted Sale or Transfer to Third Party Transferee. If the other Owners do not
validly exercise their option to buy all of the Offered Units within the 30-day period,
then any remaining Offered Units may be transferred to the Third Party Transferee.
However, the transfer must be made on the same terms and conditions as those
contained in the notice to the other Owners. Further, the Third Party Transferee must
agree in writing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement before or at the time of
the transfer. If the transfer to the Third Party Transferee is not completed within sixty
(60) days after the expiration of the other Owners' 30-day option period, then the
authorization under this Agreement for such transfer shall be deemed withdrawn as if
no such transfer had been contemplated and no notice had been given.
c. Involuntary Lifetime Disposition. An "Involuntary Lifetime Disposition"
occurs when an Owner's Units, or any portion or interest in them, are involuntarily
sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of, or an involuntary sale, transfer or disposal
is threatened by any third person, whether by
(i)
sale upon the execution or in foreclosure of any pledge, hypothecation, lien
or charge,
(i)
acquisition of an interest in such Units by a trustee in bankruptcy or a
receiver, or
(iii) any other means (but not including the death of the Owner or any purchase
by the Other Owners pursuant to the other sections of this Agreement).
An "Involuntary Lifetime Disposition" also occurs when (i) an Owner is
adjudicated incompetent by any court, or (ii) a guardian or conservator is appointed
for an Owner (unless the Owner is a Disabled Employee, as defined below in Section
I(5)(c)). An "Involuntary Lifetime Disposition" also occurs when a court order
does not grant the Owner sole ownership of the Owner's Units in connection with a
property division in a divorce proceeding.
4. Death of an Owner. Upon the death of an Owner, his or her Personal Representative
(see paragraph 4.a below) will immediately be deemed to have offered to sell to the other
Owners all of the deceased Owner's Units (the "Offered Units") at the Purchase Price
and on the Payment Terms described in Articles II and III below. Each such other Owner
shall accept such offer and agree to buy such Offered Units in proportion to his or her
respective ownership of all outstanding Units (excluding the Offered Units), or in such
other proportion upon which the other Owners may agree. Notwithstanding the actual
closing date specified in Section III(2), the transfer of the Units shall be deemed effective
as of the close of business on the date of the deceased Owner's death. The other Owners
and the Personal Representative shall promptly do all things necessary to cause such
transfer in accordance with this Agreement.
a. Personal Representative. A Seller's "Personal Representative" includes any
administrator, personal representative, executor or trustee who has legal responsibility
for managing and disposing of the Seller's Units. It also includes any person who
succeeds in interest to such Units, if no such fiduciary has control over such Units.
5. Termination of Employment. If any Owner is employed by the Company (an
"Employee-Owner") and ceases to be an employee of the Company because the
Employee-Owner is a Disabled Employee (see paragraph 5.c below), or for any other
reason, then such Owner shall be deemed to have offered to sell all of his or her Units
(the "Offered Units") to the Other Owners for the Purchase Price and on the Payment
Terms described in Articles II and III below. Such offer shall be deemed made on the
date such Employee-Owner ceased to be an employee of the Company. This provision
does not apply to early retirement or the Employee-Owner's death as discussed below.
a. Early Retirement. If the Employee-Owner voluntarily retires prior to age
__________ years, or if the Employee-Owner has not given the Company at least five
(5) years' prior written notice of his or her intention to leave the Company's employ,
the Purchase Price shall be reduced by 0.00 percent from the amount otherwise
determined in Article II below.
b. Death of the Employee-Owner. If the Employee-Owner ceases to be an employee
of the Company because of death, the provisions of Section I(4) shall govern.
c. Disabled Employee. An Employee-Owner is a "Disabled Employee" when such
person is
(i)
under a legal decree of incompetency, or
(ii)
eligible for benefits for more than 50% disability under any group or
individual disability insurance policy (as confirmed by an insurance
company), or
(iii) unable to perform substantially all of his or her regular duties for a period
which is reasonably expected to last at least 180 substantially consecutive
days, as determined by an examining physician, to which examination each
Employee-Owner hereby consents.
d. Other Owners Must Buy. Each other Owner shall agree to buy all of the Offered
Units of the selling Employee-Owner in proportion to his or her respective ownership
of all outstanding Units (excluding the Offered Units), or in such other proportion
upon which the Other Owners may agree.
e. No Obligation to Employ. Nothing in this Agreement imposes any obligation on
the Company to employ any Owner.
6. Option of the Company. The other Owners shall have the option to transfer their
collective purchase rights under sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Article II to the Company.
The effect shall be that the Company may purchase the Offered Units in lieu of the
purchase of such Units by the other Owners. The Company shall be bound by the time
periods set forth above, the purchase price provisions of Article II, and the payment
provisions of Article III. The Company may acquire such amounts of life insurance on
the lives of the Owners as it deems appropriate to enable it to purchase Offered Units.
The option created under this paragraph may be exercised by a consent to transfer signed
by Owners who hold at least 0.00 percent of the outstanding Units.
Article II - Purchase Price
The "Purchase Price" shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this
Article II, and the payment terms are set forth in Article III.
1. Book Value / Purchase Price. The "Purchase Price" shall be one times the "book
value" of the Offered Units on the last day of the month most recently ended prior to the
date of any deemed offer.
2. Calculation by CPA. The book value of the Offered Units shall be calculated by the
independent certified public accountant ("CPA") regularly employed by the Company. If
the Company does not have a regularly employed independent CPA, the determination
shall be made by an independent CPA selected by the Company for this purpose. The
book value shall be calculated in a manner consistent with the Company's regular
financial statements and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles,
consistently applied. The Company shall provide such data as the CPA deems necessary
or useful to make such determination.
3. Costs. The fees and reimbursed expenses charged by the CPA for the valuation shall
be the Company's obligation.
Article III - Payment Terms
1. Type of Payment. The Purchase Price paid for the Offered Units of a deceased Owner
shall be paid in cash to the extent of the face amount of the life insurance policies that
any Owner buying such Units has maintained under Article V of this Agreement. The
remaining portion of the Purchase Price shall be paid in cash. However, at the option of
each other Owner, the remaining portion may be paid in sixty (60) equal monthly
installments of principal and interest. Such installment payments shall begin on the date
of the closing and shall include interest compounded annually at the prime rate as listed
in the Wall Street Journal on such closing date. Each other Owner shall give the Seller a
negotiable promissory note as evidence of this debt. Such note shall permit the other
Owner to prepay all or any part of the principal balance of the note at any time without
penalty or premium. Payments shall first be applied to interest.
2. The Closing. The purchase of the Offered Units will take place at a closing at the
Company's primary place of business or at any other place and time to which the parties
agree. In the case of the death or voluntary retirement of the Seller, the closing shall be
held 180 days after the date of the Owner's death or the effective date of retirement. In all
other cases, the closing shall be held within thirty days after the date on which (i) the last
option to buy is exercised or lapses, or (ii) the other Owners last become obligated to buy.
a. Delivery of Certificates. At the closing, the other Owners will pay for the Offered
Units. The Seller will deliver certificates (if any have been issued) representing all of
the Offered Units, duly endorsed, free and clear of all encumbrances, and with
evidence of payment of all necessary transfer taxes and fees.