As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2020

Registration No. 333-             

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

SAVARA INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   84-1318182
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

6836 Bee Cave Road

Building III, Suite 200

Austin, TX

  78746
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

 

 

Non-statutory Stock Option Agreement (Inducement Award)

Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (Inducement Grant)

(Full title of the plan)

Robert Neville

Chief Executive Officer

Savara Inc.

6836 Bee Cave Road

Building III, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78746

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

 

(512) 614-1848

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

Copies to:

J. Robert Suffoletta, Esq.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation

900 S. Capital of Texas Highway

Las Cimas IV, Fifth Floor

Austin, TX 78746

(512) 338-5400

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer      Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act  ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Securities
to be Registered
  Amount
to be
Registered(1)
  Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
Per Share
  Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price
  Amount of
Registration Fee

Common Stock (par value $0.001)

  300,000(2)   $1.01(3)   $303,000   $39.33(4)

Common Stock (par value $0.001)

  200,000(5)   $2.17(6)   $434.000   $56.33(4)

 

 

(1)

Pursuant to Rule 416(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this registration statement (the “Registration Statement”) shall also cover any additional shares of Common Stock of Savara Inc. (the “Registrant”) that become issuable in respect of the securities identified in the above table by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration that increases the number of outstanding shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock.

(2)

Represents shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of an inducement stock option award granted by the Registrant (the “Stock Option”).

(3)

Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee in accordance with Rules 457(h) under the Securities Act. The proposed maximum offering price is equal to the per share exercise price of the Stock Option.

(4)

The amount of the registration fee is calculated pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Securities Act, which currently provides that the filing fee rate shall be “$129.80 per $1 million” of the maximum aggregate price at which such securities are proposed to be offered. The Registration Fee is therefore calculated by multiplying the Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price by 0.0001298.

(5)

Represents shares of common stock issuable upon settlement of an inducement restricted stock unit award granted by the Registrant.

(6)

Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee in accordance with Rules 457(c) and 457(h) under the Securities Act on the basis of the average of the reported high and low sales prices for the Registrant’s common stock as reported by the Nasdaq Global Select Market on April 13, 2020.

 

 

 


EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 is filed by Savara Inc. (the “Registrant”) for the purpose of registering (i) up to 300,000 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), issuable pursuant to a stand-alone inducement stock option award and (ii) up to 200,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon settlement of a stand-alone inducement restricted stock unit award, in each case granted by the Registrant to Dr. Badrul Chowdhury on November 26, 2019 to induce him to accept employment with the Registrant as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer (the “Inducement Awards”). The Inducement Awards were approved in compliance with and in reliance on Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

Item 1.

Plan Information

The documents containing the information specified in this Item 1 will be sent or given to Dr. Chowdhury as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) and the instructions to Form S-8, such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act.

 

Item 2.

Registration Information and Employee Plan Annual Information

The documents containing the information specified in this Item 2 will be sent or given to Dr. Chowdhury as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commission and the instructions to Form S-8, such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act. Such documents, together with the documents incorporated by reference herein pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement on Form S-8, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act, and are available upon written or oral request to: Savara Inc., Attn: Chief Financial Officer, 6836 Bee Cave Road, Building III, Suite 200, Austin, Texas, 78746, Tel: (512) 614-1848.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3.

Incorporation of Documents by Reference

The Registrant hereby incorporates by reference into this Registration Statement the following documents previously filed with the Commission (other than information in a report on Form 8-K that is furnished and not filed pursuant to Form 8-K and, except as may be noted in any such Form 8-K, exhibits filed on such form that are related to such information):

(i)    The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Commission on March  12, 2020, including the information specifically incorporated by reference therein from our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Commission on April 15, 2020, pursuant to Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”);

 

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(ii)    The Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission pursuant to Section 13 of the 1934 Act on February 3,  2020 and April 2, 2020; and

(iii)    The description of the Registrant’s Common Stock included in the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed on April 27, 2017 (File No. 001-32157-17789572), including any amendment or report updating such description.

All documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the 1934 Act after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents; provided, however, that documents or information deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with the rules of the Commission shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any subsequently filed document which also is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4.

Description of Securities

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.

Interests of Named Experts and Counsel

Not applicable.

 

Item 6.

Indemnification of Directors and Officers

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorizes a corporation to indemnify its directors and officers against liabilities arising out of actions, suits and proceedings to which they are made or threatened to be made a party by reason of the fact of their prior or current service to the corporation as a director or officer, in accordance with the provisions of Section 145, which are sufficiently broad to permit indemnification under certain circumstances for liabilities arising under the Securities Act. The indemnity may cover expenses (including attorneys’ fees) judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the director or officer in connection with any such action, suit or proceeding. Section 145 permits corporations to pay expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by directors and officers in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding. In addition, Section 145 provides that a corporation has the power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of its directors and officers against any liability asserted against them and incurred by them in their capacity as a director or officer, or arising out of their status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify the director or officer against such liability under Section 145.

The Registrant’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), provides that, to the fullest extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law, (1) a director shall not

 

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be personally liable to the Registrant or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, and (2) the Registrant shall indemnify any director or officer made a party to an action or proceeding, whether criminal, civil, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact of such person’s current or prior service as a director or officer of the Registrant, any predecessor of the Registrant or any other enterprise per the Registrant’s or any predecessor to the Registrant’s request.

The Registrant’s amended and restated bylaws, as amended (the “Bylaws”), provide that (a) the Registrant shall indemnify its directors and officers to the maximum extent and in the manner permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes, settlements and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred in connection with any proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, arising by reason of the fact that such person is or was an agent of the corporation, subject to certain limited exceptions, (b) the Registrant shall advance expenses incurred by any director or officer prior to the final disposition of any proceeding to which the director or officer was or is or is threatened to be made a party promptly following a request therefore, subject to certain limited exceptions, and (c) the rights conferred in the Bylaws are not exclusive.

The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with each of its directors and executive officers to give such directors and officers additional contractual assurances regarding the scope of the indemnification set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws and to provide additional procedural protections. These agreements, among other things, provide that the Registrant will indemnify its directors and executive officers for expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, penalties and amounts paid in settlement (including all interest, assessments and other charges paid or payable in connection therewith) actually and reasonably incurred by a director or executive officer in connection with any action or proceeding to which such person was, is or is threatened to be made a party, a witness or other participant by reason of such person’s services as a director or executive officer of the Registrant, any of the Registrant’s subsidiaries or any other company or enterprise to which the person provides services at the Registrant’s request, and any federal, state, local or foreign taxes imposed on the director or executive officer as a result of the actual or deemed receipt of any payments under the indemnification agreements.

In addition, the indemnification agreements provide that, upon the request of a director or executive officer, the Registrant shall advance expenses (including attorneys’ fees) to the director or officer. The Registrant intends to enter into indemnification agreements with any new directors and executive officers in the future.

The Registrant has also obtained insurance policies covering its directors and officers with respect to certain liabilities, including liabilities arising under the Securities Act.

 

Item 7.

Exemption from Registration Claimed

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.

Exhibits

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Documents

  4.1    Non-statutory Stock Option Agreement (Inducement Award) between Badrul Chowdhury and Savara Inc. dated November 26, 2019 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.37 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 12, 2020).
  4.2    Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (Inducement Grant) between Badrul Chowdhury and Savara Inc. dated November 26, 2019.
  5.1    Opinion of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
23.1    Consent of RSM US LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
23.2    Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
23.3    Consent of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. is contained in Exhibit 5.1 to this Registration Statement.
24.1    Power of Attorney is contained on the signature page.

 

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Item 9.

Undertakings

(a)    The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

(1)    To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

(i)    To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

(ii)    To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement.

(iii)    To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement.

Provided, however, that Paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the 1934 Act (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.

(2)    That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new Registration Statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3)    To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

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(b)    The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the 1934 Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the 1934 Act) that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(c)    Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Austin, State of Texas, on April 17, 2020.

 

SAVARA INC.
By:  

/s/ Robert Neville

  Robert Neville
Title:   Chief Executive Officer

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENT, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Robert Neville and David Lowrance, and each of them, as his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement on Form S-8, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection therewith, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of them, or their or his substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue thereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Company and in the capacities and on the dates indicated:

 

Signature

  

Title

 

Date

/s/ Robert Neville

Robert Neville

  

Chief Executive Officer and Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

  April 17, 2020

/s/ Dave Lowrance

Dave Lowrance

  

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

  April 17, 2020

/s/ Nevan Elam

Nevan Elam

   Director   April 17, 2020

/s/ Rick Hawkins

Rick Hawkins

   Director   April 17, 2020

/s/ Joseph McCracken

Joseph McCracken

   Director   April 17, 2020


/s/ Matthew Pauls

Matthew Pauls

   Director   April 17, 2020

/s/ David Ramsay

David Ramsay

   Director   April 17, 2020

/s/ Ricky Sun

Ricky Sun

   Director   April 17, 2020

/s/ An Van Es-Johansson

An Van Es-Johansson

   Director   April 17, 2020
EX-4.2

Exhibit 4.2

SAVARA INC.

RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AGREEMENT (INDUCEMENT AWARD)

NOTICE OF GRANT OF RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS

The Awardee has been granted an award of Restricted Stock Units (the “Award”) pursuant to this Agreement, each of which represents the right to receive on the applicable Settlement Date one (1) Share of common stock of Savara Inc. (the “Company”), as follows:

 

Awardee:   Badrul Chowdhury
Grant Date:   November 26, 2019
Vesting Commencement Date:   November 15, 2019
Number of Restricted Stock Units:   200,000, subject to adjustment as provided by the Restricted Stock Units Agreement.

Settlement Date: For each Restricted Stock Unit, except as otherwise provided by this Award Agreement, the first date that is administratively practicable following the date on which such unit becomes a Vested Unit (if any) in accordance with the vesting schedule set forth below; but no later than March 15th of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Restricted Stock Units become Vested Units.

Vested Units:    Except as provided by the Restricted Stock Units Agreement and provided that the Awardee’s service has not terminated, the Number of Restricted Stock Units shall become Vested Units as follows:

100% of the Restricted Stock Units shall vest on the eighteen (18) month anniversary of the Vesting Commencement Date subject to Awardee’s continued provision of Services to the Company through such date.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event Awardee ceases providing Services to the Company due to the Company’s, or a successor of the Company’s termination of Awardee’s service other than for Cause or Awardee’s death or disability or due to Awardee’s resignation for Good Reason, in either case within 24 months following a Change in Control, the Restricted Stock Units shall become fully vested and free from restrictions.

For the purposes of this Award, “Cause” shall mean the commission of any act of fraud, embezzlement or dishonesty by Awardee, any unauthorized use or disclosure by such person of confidential information or trade secrets of the Company or an Affiliate or a successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof), or any other intentional misconduct by such person adversely affecting the business affairs of the Company or an Affiliate or a successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof) in a material manner.


For purposes of this Award, “Good Reason” shall mean, in each case without Awardee’s explicit written consent, which Awardee may withhold or provide in Awardee’s sole and absolute discretion, (i) a reduction by the Company or an Affiliate or a successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof) of more than 10% in Awardee’s rate of annual base salary as in effect immediately prior to such Change in Control; (ii) a reduction by the Company or an Affiliate or a successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof) of more than 10% of Awardee’s individual annual target or bonus opportunity, except under circumstances where the Company or the Affiliate or the successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof) implement changes to the bonus structure of similarly situated employees, including but not limited to changes to the bonus structure designed to integrate the Company’s or the Affiliate’s personnel with other personnel of the successor company (or a subsidiary or parent thereof); (iii) a change in position that materially reduces Awardee’s level of responsibility, including the level of person to whom Awardee reports; or (iv) a relocation following the Change in Control of Grantee’s primary office location (A) by more than 50 miles or (B) that would reasonably be expected to increase Awardee’s commute such that Awardee’s total (i.e., round-trip) commute would reasonably be expected to increase by more than one hour per day; provided, however, that no such occurrence shall constitute Good Reason unless (x) the Awardee gives the Company a written notice of termination for Good Reason not more than 30 days after the initial existence of the condition, (y) the grounds for termination (if susceptible to correction) are not corrected by the Company within 30 days of its receipt of such notice, and (z) the Awardee’s termination of employment occurs within 90 days following the Company’s receipt of such notice.

By their signatures below or by electronic acceptance or authentication in a form authorized by the Company, the Company and the Awardee agree that the Award is governed by this Grant Notice as well as the attached Restricted Stock Units Agreement and by the provisions of the Plan (although granted outside the Plan), both of which are made a part of this document. The Awardee shall not be entitled to this Award, which shall not be treated as having been granted, until this Agreement is executed. The Awardee represents that the Awardee has read and is familiar with the provisions of the Plan and this Award Agreement, and hereby accepts the Award subject to all of their terms and conditions.

 

SAVARA INC.
By:  

/s/ David Lowrance

Title:   CFO

AWARDEE

 

Signature:  

/s/ Badrul Chowdhury

Date:   November 26, 2019
Address:  

                     

 

 

 

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SAVARA INC.

RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS AGREEMET

Savara Inc. (“Savara” or the “Company”) has granted to the Awardee named in the Notice of Grant of Restricted Stock Units (the “Grant Notice”) to which this Restricted Stock Units Agreement (the “Agreement”) is attached an Award consisting of Restricted Stock Units (the “Units”) subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Grant Notice and this Agreement. This Award was granted outside of the Company’s 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) as an “inducement grant” within the meaning of NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). Although this Award was granted outside the Plan, the Award will be governed in all respects as if issued under the Plan, as currently in effect and as may be amended hereafter from time to time, which is incorporated herein by reference.

By signing the Grant Notice, the Awardee: (a) acknowledges receipt of and represents that the Awardee has read and is familiar with the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan and the prospectus for the Plan prepared in connection with the registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the shares issuable pursuant to the Award (the “Prospectus”), (b) accepts the Award subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan and (c) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Company’s Board of Directors or its delegate (collectively, the “Board”) upon any questions arising under the Grant Notice or this Agreement.

1.    Definitions and Construction.

(i)    Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms shall have the meanings assigned in the Grant Notice or the Plan (despite the fact that the Units are not granted under the Plan).

(ii)    Captions and titles contained herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of any provision of this Agreement. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular. Use of the term “or” is not intended to be exclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

2.    Administration. All questions of interpretation concerning the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan shall be determined by the Board. All such determinations shall be final and binding upon all persons having an interest in the Award as provided by the Plan. Any Officer shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Company with respect to any matter, right, obligation, or election which is the responsibility of or which is allocated to the Company herein, provided the Officer has apparent or actual authority with respect to such matter, right, obligation, or election.

3.    Grant of Units. On the Grant Date, the Awardee shall acquire, subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the Number of Restricted Stock Units set forth in the Grant Notice, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 10 of this Agreement. Each Unit represents a right to receive on a date determined in accordance with the Grant Notice and this Agreement one (1) Share.

 

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4.    No Monetary Payment Required. The Awardee is not required to make any monetary payment (other than applicable tax withholding, if any) as a condition to receiving the Units or Shares issued upon settlement of the Units, the consideration for which shall be past services actually rendered and/or future services to be rendered to the Company or an affiliate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if required by applicable state corporate law, the Awardee shall furnish consideration in the form of cash or past services rendered having a value not less than the par value of the Shares issued upon settlement of the Units.

5.    Vesting of Units. The Units shall vest and become Vested Units as provided in the Grant Notice.

6.    Company Reacquisition Right.

(a)    Grant of Company Reacquisition Right. Except to the extent otherwise provided in an employment agreement between the Company or an Affiliate and the Awardee or this Agreement, in the event that the Awardee’s Service terminates for any reason or no reason, with or without cause, the Awardee shall forfeit and the Company shall automatically reacquire all Units which are not, as of the time of such termination, Vested Units (“Unvested Units”), and the Awardee shall not be entitled to any payment therefor (the “Company Reacquisition Right”).

(b)    Dividends, Distributions and Adjustments. Upon a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company paid in shares of Stock or other property, or any other adjustment upon a change in the capital structure of the Company as described in Section 11.2 of the Plan, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic dividends paid on Shares pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) to which the Awardee is entitled by reason of the Awardee’s ownership of Unvested Units shall be immediately subject to the Company Reacquisition Right and included in the terms “Units” and “Unvested Units” for all purposes of the Company Reacquisition Right with the same force and effect as the Unvested Units immediately prior to the dividend, distribution or adjustment, as the case may be. For purposes of determining the number of Vested Units following a dividend, distribution or adjustment, credited Service shall include all service with the Company or an Affiliate at the time the service is rendered.

7.    Settlement of the Award.

(a)    Issuance of Shares. Subject to the provisions of Section 7(c) of this Agreement, the Company shall issue to the Awardee on the settlement date with respect to each Vested Unit to be settled on such date one (1) Share. Shares issued in settlement of Units shall not be subject to any restriction on transfer other than any such restriction as may be required pursuant to Section 7(c) of this Agreement, Section 10 of this Agreement, other applicable laws, insider trading policies or any agreement between the Awardee and the Company applicable to the Shares (collectively, “Share Sale Restrictions”).

(b)    Beneficial Ownership of Shares; Certificate Registration. The Awardee hereby authorizes the Company, in its sole discretion, to deposit for the benefit of the Awardee with the broker designated by the Company with which the Awardee has an account, any or all Shares acquired by the Awardee pursuant to the settlement of the Award. Except as provided by the preceding sentence, a certificate for the Shares as to which the Award is settled shall be registered in the name of the Awardee, or, if applicable, in the names of the heirs of the Awardee.

 

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(c)    Restrictions on Grant of the Award and Issuance of Shares. The grant of the Award and issuance of Shares upon settlement of the Award shall be subject to compliance with all applicable requirements of federal, state or foreign law with respect to such securities. No Shares may be issued hereunder if the issuance of such Shares would constitute a violation of any applicable federal, state or foreign securities laws or other law or regulations or the requirements of any stock exchange or market system upon which the Shares may then be listed. The inability of the Company to obtain from any regulatory body having jurisdiction the authority, if any, deemed by the Company’s legal counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance of any shares subject to the Award shall relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the failure to issue such Shares as to which such requisite authority shall not have been obtained. As a condition to the settlement of the Award, the Company may require the Awardee to satisfy any qualifications that may be necessary or appropriate, to evidence compliance with any applicable law or regulation and to make any representation or warranty with respect thereto as may be requested by the Company.

(d)    Fractional Shares. The Company shall not be required to issue fractional Shares upon the settlement of the Award.

(e)    Section 409A. It is the intent of this Agreement that it and all payments and benefits hereunder be exempt from, or comply with, the requirements of Section 409A so that none of the Restricted Stock Units provided under this Agreements or Shares issuable thereunder will be subject to the additional tax imposed under Section 409A, and any ambiguities herein will be interpreted to be so exempt or so comply. Each payment payable under this Agreement is intended to constitute a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2). However, in no event with the Company reimburse Awardee, or be otherwise responsible for, any taxes or costs that may be imposed on Awardee as a result of Section 409A. For purposes of this Agreement “Section 409A” means Section 409A of the Code and any final Treasury Regulations and Internal Revenue Service guidance thereunder, as each may be amended from time to time. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if the vesting of the balance, or some lesser portion of the balance, of the Units is accelerated in connection with Awardee’s termination of Service (provided that such termination is a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A, as determined by the Company), other than due to death, and if (x) Awardee is a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A at the time of such termination of Service and (y) the payment of such accelerated Units will result in the imposition of additional tax under Section 409A if paid to Awardee on or within the six (6) month period following Awardee’s termination of Service, then the payment of such accelerated Restricted Stock Units will not be made until the date six (6) months and one (1) day following the date of Awardee’s termination of Service, unless Participant dies following his or her termination of Service, in which case, the Restricted Stock Units will be paid in Shares to Participant’s estate as soon as practicable following his or her death.

 

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8.    Tax Withholding.

(a)    In General. At the time the Grant Notice is executed, or at any time thereafter as requested by the Company, the Awardee hereby authorizes withholding from payroll and any other amounts payable to the Awardee, and otherwise agrees to make adequate provision for, any sums required to satisfy the federal, state, local and foreign tax (including any social insurance) withholding obligations of the Company and its Affiliates, if any, which arise in connection with the Award, the vesting of Units or the issuance of Shares in settlement thereof. The Company shall have no obligation to deliver shares of Stock until such tax withholding obligations of the Company have been satisfied by the Awardee.

(b)    Assignment of Sale Proceeds; Payment of Tax Withholding by Check. Subject to compliance with applicable law and any Share Sale Restrictions, the Company may permit the Awardee to satisfy the tax withholding obligations in accordance with procedures established by the Company providing for either (i) delivery by the Awardee to the Company or a broker approved by the Company of properly executed instructions, in a form approved by the Company, providing for the assignment to the Company of the proceeds of a sale with respect to some or all of the Shares being acquired upon settlement of Units, or (ii) payment by check.

(c)    Withholding in Shares. The Company may require, or permit, the Awardee to satisfy all or any portion of the Company’s or Affiliate’s tax withholding obligations by deducting from the Shares otherwise deliverable to the Awardee in settlement of the Award a number of whole Shares having a fair market value, as determined by the Company as of the date on which the tax withholding obligations arise, not in excess of the amount of such tax withholding obligations determined by the applicable minimum statutory withholding rates.

9.    Death of Awardee. Any distribution or delivery to be made to Awardee under this Agreement will, if Awardee is then deceased, be made to Awardee’s designated beneficiary, or if no beneficiary survives Awardee, to Awardee’s estate. Any such transferee must furnish the Company with (i) written notice of his or her status as transferee and (ii) evidence satisfactory to the Company to establish the validity of the transfer and compliance with any laws or regulations pertaining to said transfer.

10.    Adjustments for Changes in Capital Structure. Subject to any required action by the stockholders of the Company and the requirements of Section 409A to the extent applicable, in the event of any change in the Shares effected without receipt of consideration by the Company, whether through merger, consolidation, reorganization, reincorporation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination of shares, exchange of shares, or similar change in the capital structure of the Company, or in the event of payment of a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company in a form other than Shares (excepting normal cash dividends) that has a material effect on the Fair Market Value of Shares, appropriate and proportionate adjustments shall be made in the number of Units subject to the Award and/or the number and kind of shares to be issued in settlement of the Award, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the Awardee’s rights under the Award. For purposes of the foregoing, conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as “effected without receipt of consideration by the Company.” Any fractional Share resulting from an adjustment pursuant to this Section shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number. Such adjustments shall be determined by the Board, and its determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.

 

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11.    Rights as a Stockholder or Employee. The Awardee shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any Shares which may be issued in settlement of this Award until the date of the issuance of a certificate for such Shares (as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company). No adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date such certificate is issued, except as provided in Section 10 of this Agreement. If the Awardee is an Employee, the Awardee understands and acknowledges that, except as otherwise provided in a separate, written employment agreement between the Company or an Affiliate and the Awardee, the Awardee’s employment is “at will” and is for no specified term. Nothing in this Agreement shall confer upon the Awardee any right to continue in the service of the Company or an Affiliate or interfere in any way with any right to terminate the Awardee’s service at any time.

12.    Legends. The Company may at any time place legends referencing any applicable federal, state or foreign securities law restrictions on all certificates representing Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement. The Awardee shall, at the request of the Company, promptly present to the Company any and all certificates representing Shares acquired pursuant to this Award in the possession of the Awardee in order to carry out the provisions of this Section.

13.    Miscellaneous Provisions.

(a)    Termination or Amendment. The Board may terminate or amend this Agreement at any time; provided, however, that except as provided above in Section 12 in connection with a Change in Control, no such termination or amendment may adversely affect the Awardee’s rights under this Agreement without the consent of the Awardee unless such termination or amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law or government regulation, including, but not limited to, Section 409A. No amendment or addition to this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing.

(b)    Nontransferability of the Award. Prior to the issuance of Shares on the applicable Settlement Date, neither this Award nor any Units subject to this Award shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, exchange, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, or garnishment by creditors of the Awardee or the Awardee’s beneficiary, except transfer by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. All rights with respect to the Award shall be exercisable during the Awardee’s lifetime only by the Awardee or the Awardee’s guardian or legal representative.

(c)    Further Instruments. The parties hereto agree to execute such further instruments and to take such further action as may reasonably be necessary to carry out the intent of this Agreement.

(d)    Binding Effect. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the successors and assigns of the Company and, subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth herein, be binding upon the Awardee and the Awardee’s heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.

 

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(e)    Delivery of Documents and Notices. Any document relating to this Agreement or any notice required or permitted hereunder shall be given in writing and shall be deemed effectively given (except to the extent that this Agreement provides for effectiveness only upon actual receipt of such notice) upon personal delivery, electronic delivery at the e-mail address, if any, provided for the Awardee by the Company or any Affiliate, or upon deposit in the U.S. Post Office or foreign postal service, by registered or certified mail, or with a nationally recognized overnight courier service, with postage and fees prepaid, addressed to the other party at the address shown below that party’s signature to the Grant Notice or at such other address as such party may designate in writing from time to time to the other party.

i.    Description of Electronic Delivery. The Plan documents, which may include but do not necessarily include: the Plan, the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan Prospectus, and any reports of the Company provided generally to the Company’s stockholders, may be delivered to the Awardee electronically. In addition, the Awardee may deliver electronically the Grant Notice to the Company or to such third party involved in administering the Plan as the Company may designate from time to time. Such means of electronic delivery may include but do not necessarily include the delivery of a link to a Company intranet or the Internet site of a third party involved in administering this Agreement, the delivery of the document via e-mail or such other means of electronic delivery specified by the Company.

ii.    Consent to Electronic Delivery. The Awardee acknowledges that the Awardee has read Section 11(e)(i) of this Agreement and consents to the electronic delivery of the Grant Notice, as described in Section 11(e)(i). The Awardee acknowledges that he or she may receive from the Company a paper copy of any documents delivered electronically at no cost to the Awardee by contacting the Company by telephone or in writing. The Awardee further acknowledges that the Awardee will be provided with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. Similarly, the Awardee understands that the Awardee must provide the Company or any designated third-party administrator with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. The Awardee may revoke his or her consent to the electronic delivery of documents described in Section 11(e)(i) or may change the electronic mail address to which such documents are to be delivered (if Awardee has provided an electronic mail address) at any time by notifying the Company of such revoked consent or revised e-mail address by telephone, postal service or electronic mail. Finally, the Awardee understands that he or she is not required to consent to electronic delivery of documents described in Section 11(e)(i).

14.    Integrated Agreement. This Award is subject to the provisions of the Plan (despite the fact that the Award is not granted under the Plan). The Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan, together with any employment, service or other agreement between the Awardee and the Company or an Affiliate referring to the Award, shall constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the Awardee and the Company or an Affiliate with respect to the subject matter contained herein or therein and supersede any prior agreements, understandings, restrictions, representations, or warranties among the Awardee and the Company or an Affiliate with respect to such subject matter other than those as set forth or provided for herein or therein. To the extent contemplated herein or therein, the provisions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan shall survive any settlement of the Award and shall remain in full force and effect.

 

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15.    Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California as such laws are applied to agreements between California residents entered into and to be performed entirely within the State of California.

16.    Counterparts. The Grant Notice may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

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EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

 

 

900 South Capital of Texas Highway

Las Cimas IV, Fifth Floor

Austin, TX 78746-5546

 

PHONE 512.338.5400

FAX 512.338.5499

 

www.wsgr.com

OPINION OF WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI, P.C.

April 17, 2020

Savara Inc.

6836 Bee Cave Road,

Building III, Suite 200

Austin, Texas 78746

Re:    Registration Statement on Form S-8

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have examined the Registration Statement on Form S-8 to be filed by you with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about the date hereof (the “Registration Statement”) in connection with up to 500,000 shares of your common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Shares”), issuable pursuant to the (i) Non-statutory Stock Option Agreement (Inducement Award) entered into by and between you and Dr. Badrul Chowdhury (“Dr. Chowdhury”) and (ii) Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (Inducement Grant) entered into between you and Dr. Chowdhury (together, the “Inducement Awards”). As your counsel for this matter, we have examined the proceedings taken and are familiar with the proceedings proposed to be taken by you in connection with the issuance and sale of the Shares pursuant to the Inducement Awards.

It is our opinion that, upon completion of the actions being taken, or contemplated by us as your counsel to be taken by you prior to the issuance of the Shares pursuant to the Registration Statement and the Inducement Awards and upon completion of the actions being taken in order to permit such transactions to be carried out in accordance with the general corporation law of the State of Delaware (including the statutory provisions, all applicable provisions of the Delaware Constitution and reported judicial decisions interpreting the foregoing), the Shares, when issued and sold in the manner referred to in the Inducement Awards, will be legally and validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

We consent to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to said Registration Statement and further consent to the use of our name wherever appearing in said Registration Statement, and any amendments thereto.

 

Very truly yours,
WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
Professional Corporation
/s/ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation

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EX-23.1

Exhibit 23.1

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Savara Inc. of our reports dated March 12, 2020, relating the consolidated financial statements and to the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, appearing in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Savara Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2019.

/s/ RSM US LLP

Austin, Texas

April 17, 2020

EX-23.2

Exhibit 23.2

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Savara Inc. of our report dated March 13, 2019 relating to the financial statements which appears in Savara Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Austin, Texas

April 17, 2020