UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of June 2020

Commission File Number 001-36535

 

GLOBANT S.A.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

GLOBANT S.A.

(Translation of registrant's name into English)

 

37A Avenue J.F. Kennedy
L-1855, Luxembourg
Tel: + 352 20 30 15 96  

 (Address of principal executive office)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:    x Form 20-F      ¨ Form 40-F

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBANT S.A.

FORM 6-K

 

On June 4, 2020, Globant S.A. (the “Company”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, as representatives of the underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), relating to the offer and sale of an aggregate of 2,000,000 common shares of the Company, nominal value $1.20 per share, plus, at the option of the Underwriters, an additional 300,000 common shares, at a public offering price of $135.00 per common share. On June 5, 2020, the Underwriters exercised their option to purchase such additional common shares.

 

The foregoing is a summary description of certain terms of the Underwriting Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by the text of the Underwriting Agreement attached as Exhibit 1.1 to this report on Form 6-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The offer and sale of all shares offered in this offering were made under a prospectus supplement and related prospectus, dated June 4, 2020, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-225731) filed by the Company with the Commission on June 20, 2018 (the “Shelf Registration Statement”).

 

The information contained in this report on Form 6-K, and the documents set forth in Exhibits 1.1, 3.1, 5.1, 8.1, 23.1 and 23.2, are hereby incorporated by reference into the Shelf Registration Statement, to be a part thereof from the date on which this report is submitted, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.

 

Exhibit 1.1 Underwriting Agreement, dated June 4, 2020, by and among the Company and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, as representatives of the underwriters named therein
   
Exhibit 3.1 Amended Articles of Association, dated June 9, 2020
   
Exhibit 5.1 Opinion of Arendt & Medernach S.A., Luxembourg, as to the validity of the common shares
   
Exhibit 8.1 Opinion of Arendt & Medernach S.A., regarding certain tax matters
   
Exhibit 23.1 Consent of Arendt & Medernach S.A. (included in Exhibit 5.1)
   
Exhibit 23.2 Consent of Arendt & Medernach S.A. (included in Exhibit 8.1)

 

 

 

Signatures

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  GLOBANT S.A.
   
   
  By:    /s/ SOL MARIEL NOELLO
  Name: Sol Mariel Noello
  Title: General Counsel

 

Date: June 9, 2020

 

 

 

Exhibit 1.1

 

Globant S.A.

 

2,000,000 Common Shares

 

Underwriting Agreement

 

June 4, 2020

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

As Representatives of the
several Underwriters listed
in Schedule 1 hereto

 

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
383 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10179

 

and

 

c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
200 West Street
New York, New York 10282

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Globant S.A. (the “Company”), a société anonyme organized under the laws of Luxembourg, having its registered office at 37A Avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, Luxembourg, registered with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register under number B 173 727, proposes to issue and sell to the several Underwriters listed in Schedule 1 hereto (the “Underwriters”) who will be subscribing therefor, for whom you are acting as representatives (the “Representatives”), 2,000,000 common shares, nominal value U.S.$1.20 per share (the “Common Shares”) of the Company (the “Underwritten Shares”) and, at the option of the Underwriters, up to an additional 300,000 Common Shares of the Company (the “Option Shares”). The Underwritten Shares and the Option Shares are herein referred to as the “Shares.” The Company hereby confirms its agreement with the several Underwriters concerning the subscription and purchase and issuance and sale of the Shares, as follows:

 

 

 

 

1.            Registration Statement. The Company has, not earlier than three years prior to the date hereof, prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), a registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-225731). Such registration statement, including all exhibits thereto and any prospectus supplement relating to the Shares that is filed with the Commission and deemed by virtue of Rule 430B to be part of such registration statement, each as amended at the time such part of the registration statement became effective, is referred to herein as the “Registration Statement”; as used herein, “Preliminary Prospectus” means each preliminary prospectus (including any preliminary prospectus supplement) relating to the Shares filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act; and as used herein “Prospectus” means the final prospectus relating to the Shares filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act in accordance with Section 5(a) hereof. Any reference herein to the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 6 of Form F-3 under the Securities Act as of the date of such prospectus. Any reference to any amendment or supplement to the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include any post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement, any prospectus supplement relating to the Shares filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act and any documents filed under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and incorporated by reference therein, in each case after the date of the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be; and any reference to any amendment to the Registration Statement shall be deemed to refer to and include any annual report of the Company filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the effective date of the Registration Statement. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings given to such terms in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

At or prior to the Applicable Time (as defined below), the Company had prepared the following information (collectively with the pricing information set forth on Annex A hereto, the “Pricing Disclosure Package”): a Preliminary Prospectus dated June 3, 2020 (including the base prospectus dated June 20, 2018 forming a part of the Registration Statement and the documents incorporated therein by reference) and each “free-writing prospectus” (as defined pursuant to Rule 405 under the Securities Act) listed on Annex B hereto.

 

Applicable Time” means 6:30 P.M. (New York City time), on June 4, 2020.

 

2.            Subscription and Purchase of the Shares by the Underwriters. (a) The Company agrees to issue and sell the Underwritten Shares to the several Underwriters as provided in this Agreement, and each Underwriter, on the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements set forth herein and subject to the conditions set forth herein, agrees, severally and not jointly, to subscribe for and purchase at a price per Share (the “Subscription and Purchase Price”) of U.S.$131.11875 from the Company the respective number of Underwritten Shares set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule I hereto. The Subscription and Purchase Price for each of the Underwritten Shares will be paid by the Underwriters to the Company by (i) offsetting an amount equal to the discounts and commissions with respect to each such Underwritten Share unquestioned, due and payable by the Company to the Underwriters (the “Underwriter Claim”), and therefore deducting the Underwriter Claim from the Price to Public per Share set forth on Annex A hereto and (ii) paying the balance of the amount in clause (i) in cash (for the avoidance of doubt, the aggregate payment made by the Underwriters to the Company for the Underwritten Shares will equal the Subscription and Purchase Price per Share times the total number of Shares purchased).

 

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In addition, the Company agrees to issue and sell the Option Shares to the several Underwriters as provided in this Agreement, and the Underwriters, on the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements set forth herein and subject to the conditions set forth herein, shall have the option to subscribe for and purchase, severally and not jointly, from the Company the Option Shares at the Subscription and Purchase Price less an amount per Common Share equal to any dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Underwritten Shares but not payable on the Option Shares. If any Option Shares are to be subscribed for or purchased, the number of Option Shares to be subscribed for and purchased by each Underwriter shall be the number of Option Shares which bears the same ratio to the aggregate number of Option Shares being subscribed for and purchased as the number of Underwritten Shares set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule 1 hereto (or such number increased as set forth in Section 12 hereof) bears to the aggregate number of Underwritten Shares being subscribed for and purchased from the Company by the several Underwriters, subject, however, to such adjustments to eliminate any fractional shares as the Representatives in their sole discretion shall make.

 

The Underwriters may exercise the option to subscribe for and purchase Option Shares at any time in whole, or from time to time in part on no more than two occasions, on or before the 30th day following the date of the Prospectus, by written notice from the Representatives to the Company. Such notice shall set forth the aggregate number of Option Shares as to which the option is being exercised and the date and time when the Option Shares are to be delivered and paid for, which may be the same date and time as the Closing Date (as hereinafter defined) but shall not be earlier than the Closing Date or later than the 10th full business day (as hereinafter defined) after the date of such notice (unless such time and date are postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 hereof). Any such notice shall be given at least two business days prior to the date and time of delivery specified therein; provided that if the Option Shares are to be delivered and paid for on the Closing Date, such notice may be given one business day prior to the Closing Date.

 

(b)            The Company understands that the Underwriters intend to make a public offering of the Shares as soon after the effectiveness of this Agreement as in the judgment of the Representatives is advisable, and initially to offer the Shares on the terms set forth in the Prospectus. The Company acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters may offer and sell Shares to or through any affiliate (as hereinafter defined) of an Underwriter.

 

(c)            Payment for the Shares shall be made by wire transfer in immediately available funds to the account or accounts specified by the Company in writing, to the Representatives in the case of the Underwritten Shares, at the offices of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP at 8:00 A.M. (New York City time) on June 9, 2020, or at such other time or place on the same or such other date, not later than the fifth business day thereafter, as the Representatives and the Company may agree upon in writing or, in the case of the Option Shares, on the date and at the time and place specified by the Representatives in the written notice of the Underwriters’ election to subscribe for and purchase such Option Shares. With respect to each Option Share, the Underwriter Claim will be offset in an equal amount against, and therefore deducted from, the Price to Public per Share set forth on Annex A hereto (in full payment thereof in an equal amount). The time and date of such payment for the Underwritten Shares is referred to herein as the “Closing Date,” and the time and date for such payment for the Option Shares, if other than the Closing Date, is herein referred to as the “Additional Closing Date.”

 

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Payment for the Shares to be subscribed for and purchased on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall be made immediately prior to the delivery to the Representatives for the respective accounts of the several Underwriters of the Shares to be subscribed for and purchased on such date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, with any Transfer Taxes (as defined below) payable in connection with the issuance and sale of such Shares duly paid by the Company. Delivery of the Shares shall be made through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) unless the Representatives shall otherwise instruct. The register of share capital, or a copy thereof, shall be made available for inspection by the Representatives or their counsel not later than 9:00 A.M. (New York City time) on the business day prior to the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(d)            The Company acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters are acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length contractual counterparty to the Company with respect to the offering of Shares contemplated hereby (including in connection with determining the terms of the offering) and not as a financial advisor or a fiduciary to, or an agent of, the Company or any other person. Additionally, none of the Representatives nor any other Underwriter is advising the Company or any other person as to any legal, tax, investment, accounting or regulatory matters in any jurisdiction. The Company shall consult with its own advisors concerning such matters and shall be responsible for making its own independent investigation and appraisal of the transactions contemplated hereby, and the Underwriters shall have no responsibility or liability to the Company with respect thereto. Any review by the Underwriters of the Company, the transactions contemplated hereby or other matters relating to such transactions shall be performed solely for the benefit of the Underwriters and shall not be on behalf of the Company.

 

(e)            The Company acknowledges that the Underwriters’ research analysts and research departments are required to be independent from their respective investment banking divisions and are subject to certain regulations and internal policies, and that such Underwriters’ research analysts may hold views and make statements or investment recommendations and/or publish research reports with respect to the Company and/or the offering that differ from the views of their respective investment banking divisions. The Company hereby waives and releases, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims that the Company may have against the Underwriters with respect to any conflict of interest that may arise from the fact that the views expressed by their independent research analysts and research departments may be different from or inconsistent with the views or advise communicated to the Company by such Underwriters’ investment banking divisions. The Company acknowledges that each of the Underwriters is a full service securities firm and as such from time to time, subject to applicable securities laws, may effect transactions for its own account or the account of its customers and hold long or short positions in debt or equity securities of the companies that may be the subject of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

3.            Representations, Warranties and Agreements of the Company. The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with, each Underwriter, as of the date hereof, as of the Closing Date, and as of the Additional Closing Date, that:

 

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(a)            Preliminary Prospectus. No order preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus has been issued by the Commission; each Preliminary Prospectus included in the Pricing Disclosure Package, at the time of filing thereof, complied in all material respects with the Securities Act; and no Preliminary Prospectus, at the time of filing thereof, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation and warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in any Preliminary Prospectus (it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information described as such in Section 9(b) hereof).

 

(b)            Pricing Disclosure Package. The Pricing Disclosure Package as of the Applicable Time did not, and as of the Closing Date and as of the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, will not, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation and warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in such Pricing Disclosure Package (it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information described as such in Section 9(b) hereof).

 

(c)            Issuer Free Writing Prospectus. Other than the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus, the Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Underwriters in their capacity as such) has not prepared, used, authorized, approved or referred to and will not prepare, use, authorize, approve or refer to any “written communication” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) that constitutes an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the Shares (each such communication by the Company or its agents and representatives (other than a communication referred to in clause (i) below) an “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus”) other than (i) any document not constituting a prospectus pursuant to Section 2(a)(10)(a) of the Securities Act or Rule 134 under the Securities Act or (ii) the documents listed on Annex B hereto, each electronic road show and any other written communications approved in writing in advance by the Representatives. Each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus complied in all material respects with the Securities Act, has been or will be (within the time period specified in Rule 433) filed in accordance with the Securities Act (to the extent required thereby) and, when taken together with the Preliminary Prospectus accompanying, or delivered prior to delivery of, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, did not, and as of the Closing Date and as of the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, will not, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation and warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or Preliminary Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or Preliminary Prospectus (it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information described as such in Section 9(b) hereof).

 

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(d)            Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Registration Statement has become effective under the Securities Act. No order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued by the Commission, and no proceeding for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act against the Company or related to the offering of the Shares has been initiated or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened by the Commission; as of the applicable effective date of the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment or supplement thereto, the Registration Statement and any such post-effective amendment or supplement complied and will comply in all material respects with the Securities Act, and did not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading; and as of the date of the Prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto and as of the Closing Date and as of the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, the Prospectus will comply in all material respects with the Securities Act and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation and warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto (it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information described as such in Section 9(b) hereof).

 

(e)            Documents Incorporated by Reference. The documents incorporated by reference in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, when they became effective or were filed with the Commission, as the case may be, conformed in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as applicable, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder, and none of such documents contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; any further documents so filed and incorporated by reference in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or any further amendment or supplement thereto, when such documents become effective or are filed with the Commission, as the case may be, will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as applicable, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; and no such documents were filed with the Commission since the Commission’s close of business on the business day immediately prior to the date of this Agreement and prior to the execution of this Agreement.

 

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(f)            Financial Statements. The financial statements (including the related notes thereto) of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus comply in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as applicable, and present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries as of the dates indicated and the results of their operations and the changes in their cash flows for the periods specified; such financial statements have been prepared in conformity with, in the case of the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2019, International Financial Reporting Standards or, in the case of the condensed interim consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2020 and for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, International Accounting Standard 34, and in each case as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IFRS”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods covered thereby, and any supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement present fairly, in all material respects, the information required to be stated therein; and the other financial information included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus has been derived from the accounting records of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries and presents fairly, in all material respects, the information shown thereby.

 

(g)            Status Under the Securities Act. (A) (i) At the time of filing the Registration Statement, (ii) at the time of the most recent amendment thereto for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or form of prospectus), and (iii) at the time the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c) under the Securities Act) made any offer relating to the Shares in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 under the Securities Act, the Company was a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act; and (B) at the time of filing the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, at the earliest time thereafter that the Company or any offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2) under the Securities Act) of the Shares, and at the date hereof, the Company was not and is not an “ineligible issuer,” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

 

(h)            Testing-the-Waters Materials. The Company (i) has not engaged in any Testing-the-Waters Communications and (ii) has not authorized anyone to engage in Testing-the-Waters Communications. The Company has not distributed or approved for distribution any Written Testing-the-Waters Communications. “Written Testing-the-Waters Communication” means any Testing-the-Waters Communication that is a written communication within the meaning of Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

 

(i)            No Material Adverse Change. Since the date of the most recent financial statements of the Company included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (i) there has not been (a) any material change in the share capital, short-term debt or long-term debt of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, (b) any dividend or distribution of any kind declared, set aside for payment, paid or made by the Company on any class of share capital, or (c) any material adverse change, or any development involving a prospective material adverse change, in or affecting the business, properties, management, financial position, shareholders’ equity, results of operations or prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; (ii) neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has entered into any transaction or agreement (whether or not in the ordinary course of business) that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole or incurred any liability or obligation, direct or contingent, that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; and (iii) neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has sustained any loss or interference with its business that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole and that is either from fire, explosion, flood or other calamity, whether or not covered by insurance, or from any labor disturbance or dispute or any action, order or decree of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority; except, in the case of clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) immediately above, as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

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(j)            Organization and Good Standing. The Company and each of its consolidated subsidiaries have been duly organized and are validly existing and in good standing (to the extent this concept exists in the relevant jurisdiction) under the laws of their respective jurisdictions of organization, are duly qualified to do business and are in good standing in each jurisdiction in which their respective ownership or lease of property or the conduct of their respective businesses requires such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify or to be in good standing could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect (as such term is defined below), and have all power and authority necessary to own or hold their respective properties and to conduct the businesses in which they are engaged. The subsidiaries listed in Schedule 2 hereto are the only significant subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) of the Company.

 

(k)            Capitalization. The Company has an authorized capitalization as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Capitalization”; all of the outstanding share capital of the Company have been duly and validly authorized and issued and are fully paid and non-assessable and are not subject to any pre-emptive or similar rights; except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, there are no outstanding rights (including, without limitation, pre-emptive rights), warrants or options to acquire, or instruments convertible into or exchangeable for, any share capital or other equity interest in the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or any contract, commitment, agreement, understanding or arrangement of any kind relating to the issuance of any share capital of the Company or any such subsidiary, any such convertible or exchangeable securities or any such rights, warrants or options; the share capital of the Company conforms in all material respects to the description thereof contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; all the outstanding share capital or other equity interests of each subsidiary owned, directly or indirectly, by the Company have been duly and validly authorized and issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and are owned directly or indirectly by the Company, free and clear of any lien, charge, encumbrance, security interest, restriction on voting or transfer or any other claim of any third party; and the aggregate number of Underwritten Shares and Option Shares, any authorized but unissued Common Shares reserved or allocated (directly or implicitly) for issuance upon exercise of rights under any convertible or exchangeable securities issued by the Company or any other debt securities, options, warrants or other instruments convertible into Common Shares or otherwise giving the right to, or any other right giving the right to, obtain issuance of Common Shares, is not in excess of the authorized but unissued share capital of the Company.

 

(l)            No Rated Securities. There are no debt securities or preferred stock of or guaranteed by the Company or any of its subsidiaries that are rated by a “nationally recognized statistical rating organization,” as such term is defined by the Commission for purposes of Rule 436(g)(2) under the Securities Act.

 

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(m)           Share Options. With respect to the share options (the “Share Options”) granted pursuant to the share-based compensation plans of the Company and its subsidiaries (the “Company Share Plans”), (i) each Share Option intended to qualify as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), so qualifies, (ii) each grant of a Share Option was duly authorized no later than the date on which the grant of such Share Option was by its terms to be effective (the “Grant Date”) by all necessary corporate action, including, as applicable, approval by the board of directors of the Company (or a duly constituted and authorized committee thereof) and any required shareholder approval by the necessary number of votes or written consents, and the award agreement governing such grant (if any) was duly executed and delivered by each party thereto, (iii) each such grant was made in accordance with the terms of the Company Share Plans, the Exchange Act, and all other applicable laws and regulatory rules or requirements, including the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”), and (iv) each such grant was properly accounted for in accordance with IFRS in the financial statements (including the related notes) of the Company. The Company has not knowingly granted, and there is no and has been no policy or practice of the Company of granting, Share Options prior to, or otherwise coordinating the grant of Share Options with, the release or other public announcement of material information regarding the Company or its subsidiaries or their results of operations or prospects.

 

(n)            Due Authorization. The Company has full right, power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder; and all action required to be taken for the due and proper authorization, execution and delivery by it of this Agreement and the consummation by it of the transactions contemplated hereby has been duly and validly taken.

 

(o)            Underwriting Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company.

 

(p)            The Shares. The Shares to be issued and sold by the Company hereunder have been duly authorized by the Company and the shareholders’ preemptive right to subscribe for the Shares has been validly waived by decision of the general meeting of shareholders of the Company held on April 3, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of applicable Luxembourg law, including, in particular, the law of August 10, 1915 on commercial companies, and when issued, delivered and paid for as provided herein, will be duly and validly issued, will be fully paid and non-assessable and will conform to the description thereof in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; and the issuance of the Shares is not subject to any preemptive or similar rights.

 

(q)            Descriptions of the Underwriting Agreement. This Agreement conforms in all material respects to the description thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

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(r)            No Violation or Default. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is (i) in violation of its charter or by-laws or similar organizational documents; (ii) in default, and no event has occurred that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such a default, in the due performance or observance of any term, covenant or condition contained in any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is bound or to which any of the property or assets of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is subject; or (iii) in violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine, U.S. federal or state or other governmental or regulatory authority or court or arbitrator, except, with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii) above, for any such default or violation that, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the business, properties, management, financial position, shareholders’ equity, results of operations or prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole or on the performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement (a “Material Adverse Effect”).

 

(s)            No Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not (i) conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Company or any of its subsidiaries pursuant to, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is bound or to which any of the property or assets of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the charter or by-laws or similar organizational documents of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or (iii) result in the violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine, U.S. federal or state or other governmental or regulatory authority or court or arbitrator.

 

(t)            No Consents Required. No consent, approval, authorization, order, license, registration or qualification of or with any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority is required for the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except for (i) the recording of the issuance of the Shares by way of a notarial deed to be filed and published in accordance with applicable Luxembourg law in connection with the issuance of the Shares; provided that the failure to record the issuance of the Shares shall not affect the validity thereof, (ii) the registration of the Shares under the Securities Act, (iii) the approval by the Exchange of the listing of the Shares, and (iv) such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders and registrations or qualifications as may be required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and under applicable state securities laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Shares by the Underwriters.

 

(u)            Legal Proceedings. Except as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, there are no legal, governmental or regulatory investigations, actions, suits or proceedings pending to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is or may be a party or to which any property of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is or may be the subject that, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; no such investigations, actions, suits or proceedings are threatened or, to the knowledge of the Company, contemplated by any governmental or regulatory authority or threatened by others; and (i) there are no current or pending legal, governmental or regulatory actions, suits or proceedings that are required under the Securities Act to be described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus that are not so described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and (ii) there are no statutes, regulations or contracts or other documents that are required under the Securities Act to be filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus that are not so filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

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(v)            Independent Accountants. Each of (i) Deloitte & Co. S.A., who as of February 25, 2020, and during the periods covered by the financial statements on which they reported, certified certain financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, was an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries within the meaning of the Securities Act and the applicable rules and regulations thereunder adopted by the Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), and (ii) Price Waterhouse & Co. S.R.L., who have reviewed the condensed interim consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2020 and for the three months ended March 31, 2020 of the Company and its subsidiaries included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries within the meaning of the Securities Act and the applicable rules and regulations thereunder adopted by the Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).

 

(w)           Title to Real and Personal Property. The Company and its subsidiaries have good and marketable title in fee simple (in the case of real property) to, or have valid and marketable rights to lease or otherwise use, all items of real and personal property and assets that are material to the respective businesses of the Company and its subsidiaries, in each case free and clear of all liens, encumbrances, claims and defects and imperfections of title except those that (i) do not materially interfere with the use made and proposed to be made of such property by the Company and its subsidiaries or (ii) could not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(x)            Title to Intellectual Property. The Company and its subsidiaries own or possess adequate rights to use, on reasonable terms, all patents, patent applications, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, trade names, copyrights, licenses, inventions, trade secrets, technology, know-how and other intellectual property (including trade secrets and other unpatented and/or unpatentable proprietary or confidential information, systems or procedures) (collectively, the “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of their respective businesses as currently conducted and as proposed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus to be conducted. (i) There are no rights of third parties to any such Intellectual Property; (ii) there is no material infringement by third parties of any such Intellectual Property; (iii) there is no pending or threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the Company’s, or any of its subsidiaries’, rights in or to, or that interferes with the issued or pending claims to, any such Intellectual Property, and the Company is unaware of any facts which would form a reasonable basis for any such claim; (iv) there is no pending or threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the validity or scope of any such Intellectual Property, and the Company is unaware of any facts which would form a reasonable basis for any such claim; and (v) there is no pending or threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others that the Company or any of its subsidiaries infringes or otherwise violates any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary rights of others, and the Company is unaware of any other fact which would form a reasonable basis for any such claim.

 

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(y)            Descriptions of Intellectual Property. The statements contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the captions “D. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business and Industry—We may not be able to prevent unauthorized use of our intellectual property and our intellectual property rights may not be adequate to protect our business, competitive position, results of operations and financial condition,” “D. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business and Industry—If we incur any liability for a violation of the intellectual property rights of others, our reputation, business, financial condition and prospects may be adversely affected” and “B. Business overview—Intellectual Property,” insofar as such statements summarize legal matters, agreements, documents, or proceedings discussed therein, are accurate and fair summaries of such legal matters, agreements, documents or proceedings.

 

(z)            No Undisclosed Relationships. No relationship, direct or indirect, exists between or among the Company or any of its subsidiaries, on the one hand, and the directors, officers, shareholders, customers or suppliers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, on the other, that is required by the Securities Act to be described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and that is not so described in such documents and in the Pricing Disclosure Package.

 

(aa)          Investment Company Act. The Company is not required to register as an “investment company” within the meaning of the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Investment Company Act”).

 

(bb)         Taxes. The Company and its subsidiaries have paid all taxes and filed all tax returns required to be paid or filed through the date hereof, except (i) as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (ii) for taxes, if any, as are being contested in good faith and as to which adequate reserves have been established by the Company, or (iii) insofar as the failure to pay such taxes or file such returns would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; and there is no tax deficiency that has been, or, to the knowledge of the Company, could reasonably be expected to be, asserted against the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of their respective properties or assets, except for assessments against which appeals have been or will promptly be taken and as to which adequate reserves have been or will promptly be provided.

 

(cc)         Licenses and Permits. The Company and its subsidiaries possess all licenses, certificates, permits and other authorizations issued by, and have made all declarations and filings with, the appropriate European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine or U.S. federal, state or local or other governmental or regulatory authorities that are necessary for the ownership or lease of their respective properties or the conduct of their respective businesses as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, except where the failure to so possess the same would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; and neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has received notice of any revocation or modification of any such license, certificate, permit or authorization or has any reason to believe that any such license, certificate, permit or authorization will not be renewed in the ordinary course, except where such revocation, modification or nonrenewal would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(dd)        No Labor Disputes. No labor disturbance by or dispute with employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of the Company, is contemplated or threatened, and the Company is not aware of any existing or imminent labor disturbance by, or dispute with, the employees of any of its or its subsidiaries’ principal suppliers, contractors or customers, except as would not reasonably be expected to give rise to a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ee)         Compliance with and Liability under Environmental Laws. (i) Except in each case as could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, the Company and its subsidiaries (a) are, and at all prior times were, in compliance with any and all applicable European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine and U.S. federal, state and local and other applicable laws, rules, regulations or requirements and applicable common law relating to pollution or the protection of the environment, natural resources or human health or safety, including those relating to the generation, storage, treatment, use, handling, transportation, release or threat of release of harmful or deleterious substances (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), (b) have received and are in compliance with all permits, licenses, certificates or other authorizations or approvals required of them under applicable Environmental Laws to conduct their respective businesses, (c) have not received written notice of any actual or potential liability under or relating to, or actual or potential violation of, any Environmental Laws and have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in any such notice, (d) are not conducting or paying for, in whole or in part, and investigation, remediation or other corrective action pursuant to any Environmental Law at any location, and (e) are not a party to any order, decree or agreement that imposes any obligation or liability under any Environmental Law, and (ii) except as described the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (a) there are no proceedings that are pending, or that are known to be contemplated, against the Company or any of its subsidiaries under any Environmental Laws in which a governmental entity is also a party, other than such proceedings regarding which it is reasonably believed no monetary sanctions of U.S.$100,000 or more will be imposed, and (b) none of the Company and its subsidiaries anticipates material capital expenditures relating to any Environmental Laws.

 

(ff)          Compliance with ERISA. (i) Each employee benefit plan, within the meaning of Section 3(3) of the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), for which the Company or any member of its “Controlled Group” (defined as any organization which is a member of a controlled group of corporations within the meaning of Section 414 of the Code) would have any liability (each, a “Plan”) has been maintained in compliance with its terms and the requirements of any applicable statutes, orders, rules and regulations, including but not limited to, ERISA and the Code, except for noncompliance that could not reasonably be expected to result in material liability to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; (ii) no prohibited transaction, within the meaning of Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code, has occurred with respect to any Plan that could reasonably be expected to result in a material liability to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; (iii) for each Plan that is subject to the funding rules of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, the minimum funding standard of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, as applicable, has been satisfied (without taking into account any waiver thereof or extension of any amortization period) and is reasonably expected to be satisfied in the future (without taking into account any waiver thereof or extension of any amortization period); (iv) no “reportable event” (within the meaning of Section 4043(c) of ERISA) has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur that either has resulted, or could reasonably be expected to result, in material liability to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; (v) neither the Company nor any member of the Controlled Group has incurred, nor reasonably expects to incur, any liability under Title IV of ERISA (other than contributions to the Plan or premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”), in the ordinary course and without default) in respect of a Plan (including a “multiemployer plan,” within the meaning of Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA); and (vi) there is no pending audit or investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, the PBGC or any other governmental agency or any foreign regulatory agency with respect to any Plan that could reasonably be expected to result in material liability to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole. None of the following events has occurred or is reasonably likely to occur: (x) a material increase in the aggregate amount of contributions required to be made to all Plans by the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole in the current fiscal year of the Company and its subsidiaries compared to the amount of such contributions made in the Company and its subsidiaries’ most recently completed fiscal year; or (y) a material increase in the Company and its subsidiaries’ “accumulated post-retirement benefit obligations” (within the meaning of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 106) compared to the amount of such obligations in the Company and its subsidiaries’ most recently completed fiscal year.

 

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(gg)        Disclosure Controls. The Company and its subsidiaries maintain an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act) that complies with the requirements of the Exchange Act and that has been designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. The Company and its subsidiaries have carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of their disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act.

 

(hh)        Accounting Controls. The Company and its subsidiaries maintain a consolidated system of “internal control over financial reporting” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that complies with the requirements of the Exchange Act and have been designed by, or under the supervision of, their respective principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including, but not limited to internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations; (ii) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS and to maintain asset accountability; (iii) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; and (iv) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences. Based on the Company’s evaluation of its internal controls over financial reporting in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting is effective and the Company is not aware of any material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting.

 

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(ii)            Insurance. The Company and its subsidiaries have insurance from insurers of recognized financial responsibility covering their respective properties, operations, personnel and businesses, including business interruption insurance, which insurance is in amounts and insures against such losses and risks as are prudent, adequate and in accordance with market and industry practice to protect the Company and its subsidiaries and their respective businesses; all policies of insurance and fidelity or surety bonds insuring the Company or any of its subsidiaries or their respective businesses, assets, employees, officers and directors are in full force and effect; the Company and its subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms of such policies and instruments in all material respects; there are no claims by the Company or any of its subsidiaries under any such policy or instrument as to which any insurance company is denying liability or defending under a reservation of rights clause, other than denials of coverage that are being contested in good faith by the Company; neither the Company nor any subsidiary has been refused any material insurance coverage sought or applied for; and neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has (i) received written notice from any insurer or agent of such insurer that capital improvements or other expenditures are required or necessary to be made in order to continue such insurance or (ii) any reason to believe that it will not be able to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such coverage expires or to obtain similar coverage at reasonable cost from similar insurers as may be necessary to continue its business at a cost that would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(jj)           Cybersecurity; Data Protection. The Company and its subsidiaries’ information technology assets and equipment, computers, systems, networks, hardware, software, websites, applications, and databases (collectively, “IT Systems”) are adequate for, and operate and perform in all material respects as required in connection with the operation of the business of the Company and its subsidiaries as currently conducted, and, to the knowledge of the Company, are free and clear of all material bugs, errors, defects, Trojan horses, time bombs, malware and other corruptants. The Company and its subsidiaries have implemented and maintained commercially reasonable controls, policies, procedures, and safeguards designed to maintain and protect their material confidential information and the integrity, continuous operation, redundancy and security of all IT Systems, material confidential information and all personal, personally identifiable and sensitive personal data as such terms are defined by applicable privacy law (“Personal Data”) used in connection with their businesses, and, to the knowledge of the Company, there have been no breaches, violations, outages or unauthorized uses of or accesses to same, except for those that have been remedied without material cost or liability or the duty to notify any other person, nor any incidents under internal review or investigations relating to the same. The Company and its subsidiaries are presently in material compliance with all applicable laws or statutes and all judgments, orders, rules and regulations of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, internal policies and contractual obligations relating to the privacy and security of IT Systems, Personal Data, and material confidential information and to the protection of such IT Systems, Personal Data, and material confidential information from unauthorized use, access, misappropriation or modification.

 

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(kk)         No Unlawful Payments. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries has (i) used any corporate funds for any unlawful contribution, gift, entertainment or other unlawful expense relating to political activity; (ii) made or taken an act in furtherance of an offer, promise or authorization of any direct or indirect unlawful payment or benefit to any foreign or domestic government official or employee, including of any government-owned or controlled entity or of a public international organization, or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of any of the foregoing, or any political party or party official or candidate for political office; (iii) violated or is in violation of any provision of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, or any applicable law or regulation implementing the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, or committed an offence under the Bribery Act 2010 of the United Kingdom or any other applicable anti-bribery or anti-corruption law; or (iv) made, offered, agreed, requested or taken an act in furtherance of any unlawful bribe or other unlawful benefit, including, without limitation, any rebate, payoff, influence payment, kickback or other unlawful or improper payment or benefit. The Company and its subsidiaries have instituted, maintain and enforce, and will continue to maintain and enforce policies and procedures designed to promote and ensure compliance with all applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.

 

(ll)           Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Company and its subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements, including those of the U.S. Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the applicable money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions where the Company or any of its subsidiaries conducts business, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency (collectively, the “Anti-Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries with respect to the Anti-Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened.

 

(mm)      No Conflicts with Sanctions Laws. Neither the Company, nor any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is currently the subject or the target of any sanctions administered or enforced by the U.S. government (including, without limitation, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State and including, without limitation, the designation as a “specially designated national” or “blocked person”), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”), nor is the Company or any of its subsidiaries located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject or target of Sanctions, including, without limitation, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria (each, a “Sanctioned Country”); and the Company will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering of the Shares hereunder, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity (i) to fund or facilitate any activities of or business with any person that, at the time of such funding or facilitation, is the subject or target of Sanctions, (ii) to fund or facilitate any activities of or business in any Sanctioned Country or (iii) in any other manner that will result in a violation by any person (including any person participating in the transaction, whether as underwriter, advisor, investor or otherwise) of Sanctions. For the past five years, the Company and its subsidiaries have not knowingly engaged in and are not now knowingly engaged in any dealings or transactions with any person that at the time of the dealing or transaction is or was the subject or the target of Sanctions or with any Sanctioned Country.

 

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(nn)        No Restrictions on Subsidiaries. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, no subsidiary of the Company is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, under any agreement or other instrument to which it is a party or is subject, from paying any dividends to the Company, from making any other distribution on such subsidiary’s share capital, from repaying to the Company any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Company or from transferring any of such subsidiary’s properties or assets to the Company or any other subsidiary of the Company.

 

(oo)        No Broker’s Fees. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is a party to any contract, agreement or understanding with any person (other than this Agreement) that would give rise to a valid claim against the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any Underwriter for a brokerage commission, finder’s fee or like payment in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares.

 

(pp)        No Registration Rights. No person has the right to require the Company or any of its subsidiaries to register any securities for sale under the Securities Act by reason of the filing of the Registration Statement with the Commission or the issuance and sale of the Shares by the Company hereunder.

 

(qq)        No Stabilization. The Company has not taken, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that could reasonably be expected to cause or result in any stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Shares.

 

(rr)          Forward-Looking Statements. No forward-looking statement (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act) contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus has been made or reaffirmed without a reasonable basis or has been disclosed other than in good faith.

 

(ss)         Statistical and Market Data. Nothing has come to the attention of the Company that has caused the Company to believe that the statistical and market-related data included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus is not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

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(tt)          Sarbanes-Oxley Act. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, any of the Company’s directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply with any provision of the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith applicable to the Company (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including, without limitation, Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(uu)        Accuracy. There is no franchise, contract or other document of a character required to be described in the Registration Statement, Pricing Disclosure Package or Prospectus, or to be filed as an exhibit thereto, which is not described or filed as required (and the Preliminary Prospectus contains in all material respects the same description of the foregoing matters contained or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus); and the statements in the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus under the caption “Taxation” insofar as such statements summarize legal matters, agreements, documents or proceedings discussed therein, are accurate and fair summaries of such legal matters, agreements, documents or proceedings.

 

(vv)        Passive Foreign Investment Company. The Company believes it was not a “passive foreign investment company” as defined in Section 1297 of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder, for the taxable year ended December 31, 2019; and the Company does not reasonably expect to be considered as such for the taxable year ending December 31, 2020 or any future year.

 

(ww)       Foreign Private Issuer. The Company is a “foreign private issuer” (as defined in Rule 3b-4(c) under the Exchange Act).

 

(xx)         Transfer and Similar Taxes. There are no documentary, stamp, other issuance or transfer taxes, sales or value added taxes or duties or other similar fees or charges (“Transfer Taxes”) and no capital gains, income, withholding or other taxes required to be paid by or on behalf of the Underwriters or the Company in any applicable taxing jurisdiction or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof in connection with: (i) the offer, issuance and sale and delivery of the Shares to or for the respective accounts of such Underwriters; (ii) the sale and delivery by such Underwriters of the Shares to the initial purchasers thereof; (iii) the execution and delivery of this Agreement or any payment to be made pursuant to this Agreement; and (iv) the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except that, in the case of (x) proceedings before a Luxembourg court or (y) the presentation of this Agreement (either directly or by way of reference) to an autorité constituée, such court or autorité constituée may require registration of this Agreement and of all or part of the documents referred to in this Agreement with the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines in Luxembourg, which may result in registration duties becoming due and payable, at a fixed rate of €12 or at an ad valorem rate which depends on the nature of the registered document.

 

(yy)        Distributions in Respect of Common Shares. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, no approvals are currently required in Luxembourg in order for the Company to pay dividends or other distributions declared by the Company to the holders of Common Shares; and under current laws and regulations of Luxembourg, any amounts payable with respect to the Common Shares upon liquidation of the Company or upon redemption thereof and dividends and other distributions declared and payable on the Common Shares may be paid by the Company in U.S. dollars and freely transferred out of Luxembourg. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, no payments of dividends made to holders of Common Shares who are non-residents of Luxembourg currently are subject to income, withholding or other taxes under laws and regulations of Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein and such payments will be free and clear of any other tax, duty, withholding or deduction in Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein and without the necessity of obtaining any governmental authorization in Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein.

 

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(zz)         No Requirement to Qualify to do Business. It is not necessary under the laws of Luxembourg that any holder of Common Shares or the Underwriters should be licensed, qualified or entitled to carry on business in Luxembourg, as the case may be, (i) to enable any of them to enforce their respective rights under this Agreement or the Common Shares or the offer or sale of the Shares as described in the Pricing Disclosure Package or any other document to be delivered in connection herewith or therewith or (ii) solely by reason of the execution, delivery or performance of any such document.

 

(aaa)       Indemnification and Contribution. The indemnification and contribution provisions set forth in Section 9 hereof do not contravene Luxembourg law, public order, mandatory law or public policy.

 

(bbb)      No Immunity. The Company is not, and none of the properties of the Company is, subject to any right or immunity under European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine, U.S. federal or New York state law from any legal action, suit or proceeding, from the giving of any relief in any such legal action, suit or proceeding, from set-off or counterclaim, from the jurisdiction of any European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine, U.S. federal or New York state court, from service of process, attachment upon or prior to judgment, or attachment in aid of execution of judgment, or from execution of a judgment, or other legal process or proceeding for the giving of any relief or for the enforcement of a judgment, in any such court with respect to its obligations, liabilities or any other matter under or arising out of or in connection herewith; and to the extent that the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of its properties, assets or revenue may have or may hereafter become entitled to any such right of immunity in any such court in which proceedings arising out of, or relating to the transactions contemplated hereby, may at any time be commenced, the Company has waived or will waive such right to the extent permitted by law and has consented to such relief and enforcement as provided herein.

 

(ccc)       Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. Any final judgment for a fixed or determined sum of money rendered by any U.S. federal or New York state court located in the State of New York (each, a “New York Court”) having jurisdiction under its own laws in respect of any suit, action or proceeding against the Company based upon this Agreement would be declared enforceable against the Company by the courts of Luxembourg, without reconsideration or reexamination of the merits; provided that (i) the judgment of the New York Court is final and enforceable (exécutoire) in the United States; (i) the New York Court had jurisdiction over the subject matter leading to the judgment; (iii) the New York Court has applied to the dispute the substantive law that would have been applied by Luxembourg courts; (iv) the judgment was granted following proceedings where the counterparty had the opportunity to appear and, if it appeared, to present a defense, and the decision of the New York Court must not have been obtained by fraud, but in compliance with the rights of the defendant; (v) the New York Court has acted in accordance with its own procedural laws; (vi) the judgment of the New York Court does not contravene Luxembourg international public policy; and (vii) the New York Court proceedings were not of a criminal or tax nature.

 

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(ddd)      Valid Choice of Law. The choice of laws of the State of New York as the governing law of this Agreement is a valid choice of law under the laws of Luxembourg and should be honored by the courts of Luxembourg.

 

(eee)       No Requirement to File or Record. To ensure the legality, validity, enforcement or admissibility into evidence of this Agreement in a legal or administrative proceeding in Luxembourg, it is not necessary that (i) this Agreement be filed or recorded with any governmental or regulatory authority or court, except that Luxembourg courts may require that any document tabled as evidence be translated into French or German and further except that, in the case of (x) proceedings before a Luxembourg court or (y) the presentation of this Agreement (either directly or by way of reference) to an autorité constituée, such court or autorité constituée may require registration of this Agreement and of all or part of the documents referred to in this Agreement with the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines in Luxembourg, which may result in registration duties becoming due and payable, at a fixed rate of €12 or at an ad valorem rate which depends on the nature of the registered document, or (ii) that any registration tax, stamp duty or similar tax be paid on or in respect of this Agreement other than court costs (including, without limitation, filing fees, registration duties and deposits to guarantee judgment required by a court in Luxembourg), except as provided in clause (i) of this Section 3(eee).

 

(fff)         Submission to Jurisdiction. The Company has the power to submit, and pursuant to Section 17(c) hereof has legally, validly, effectively and irrevocably submitted, to the jurisdiction of any U.S. federal or New York state court located in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York and has the power to designate, appoint and empower, and pursuant to Section 17(c) hereof, has legally, validly and effectively designated, appointed and empowered an agent for service of process in any suit or proceeding based on or arising under this Agreement in any U.S. federal or New York state court located in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York, and service of process effected in the manner set forth in this Agreement, assuming validity under the laws of the State of New York, will be effective under the laws of Luxembourg to confer valid personal jurisdiction over the Company.

 

(ggg)      Exchange Controls. No exchange control authorization or any other authorization, approval, consent or license of any governmental or regulatory authority or court in Luxembourg is required for the payment of any amounts payable to the Underwriters or the Company under this Agreement.

 

(hhh)      No Withholding Taxes. All payments made to the Underwriters or the Company under this Agreement will not be subject to income, withholding or other taxes under laws and regulations of Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein and will otherwise be free and clear of any other tax, duty, withholding or deduction in Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein and without the necessity of obtaining any governmental authorization in Luxembourg or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein.

 

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4.            [RESERVED].

 

5.            Further Agreements of the Company. The Company covenants and agrees with each Underwriter that:

 

(a)           Required Filings. The Company shall file the final Prospectus with the Commission within the time periods specified by Rule 424(b) and Rule 430A, 430B or 430C under the Securities Act, as applicable, shall file any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act; and shall furnish copies of the Prospectus and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (to the extent not previously delivered) to the Underwriters in New York City prior to 10:00 A.M. (New York City time) on the business day next succeeding the date of this Agreement in such quantities as the Representatives may reasonably request.

 

(b)           Delivery of Copies. The Company shall deliver, without charge, (i) to the Representatives, three signed copies of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto, in each case including all exhibits and consents filed therewith; and (ii) to each Underwriter (A) a conformed copy of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto (without exhibits) and (B) during the Prospectus Delivery Period (as defined below), as many copies of the Prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus) as the Representatives may reasonably request. As used herein, the term “Prospectus Delivery Period” means such period of time after the first date of the public offering of the Shares as in the opinion of U.S. counsel for the Underwriters a prospectus relating to the Shares is required by law to be delivered (or required to be delivered but for Rule 172 under the Securities Act) in connection with sales of the Shares by any Underwriter or dealer.

 

(c)           Amendments or Supplements, Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses. During the Prospectus Delivery Period and before (i) preparing, using, authorizing, approving, referring to or filing any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, and (ii) filing any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, the Company shall furnish to the Representatives and counsel for the Underwriters a copy of the proposed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, amendment or supplement for review and shall not prepare, use, authorize, approve, refer to or file any such proposed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, amendment or supplement to which the Representatives reasonably object.

 

(d)           Notice to the Representatives. The Company shall advise the Representatives promptly, and confirm such advice in writing (i) when the Registration Statement has become effective; (ii) when any amendment to the Registration Statement has been filed or becomes effective; (iii) when any supplement to the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any amendment to the Prospectus has been filed or distributed; (iv) of any request by the Commission for any amendment to the Registration Statement or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus or the receipt of any comments from the Commission relating to the Registration Statement or any other request by the Commission for any additional information; (v) of the issuance by the Commission of any order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus, any of the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act; (vi) of the occurrence of any event or development within the Prospectus Delivery Period as a result of which the Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package or any such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading; and (vii) of the receipt by the Company of any notice with respect to any suspension of the qualification of the Shares for offer and sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; and the Company shall use its best efforts to prevent the issuance of any such order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus, any of the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus suspending any such qualification of the Shares and, if any such order is issued, shall obtain as soon as possible the withdrawal thereof.

 

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(e)            Ongoing Compliance. (1) If during the Prospectus Delivery Period (i) any event or development shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading or (ii) it is necessary to amend or supplement the Prospectus to comply with applicable law, the Company shall immediately notify the Underwriters thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to Section 5(c) hereof, file with the Commission and furnish to the Underwriters and to such dealers as the Representatives may designate such amendments or supplements to the Prospectus as may be necessary so that the statements in the Prospectus as so amended or supplemented will not, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser, be misleading or so that the Prospectus will comply with applicable law and (2) if at any time prior to the Closing Date (i) any event or development shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which the Pricing Disclosure Package as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Pricing Disclosure Package is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading or (ii) it is necessary to amend or supplement the Pricing Disclosure Package to comply with applicable law, the Company shall immediately notify the Underwriters thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to Section 5(c) hereof, file with the Commission (to the extent required) and furnish to the Underwriters and to such dealers as the Representatives may designate, such amendments or supplements to the Pricing Disclosure Package as may be necessary so that the statements in the Pricing Disclosure Package as so amended or supplemented will not, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Pricing Disclosure Package is delivered to a purchaser, be misleading or so that the Pricing Disclosure Package will comply with applicable law.

 

(f)            Blue Sky Compliance. The Company shall qualify the Shares for offer and sale under the securities or Blue Sky laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives shall reasonably request and shall continue such qualifications in effect so long as required for distribution of the Shares; provided that the Company shall not be required to (i) qualify as a foreign corporation or other entity or as a dealer in securities in any such jurisdiction where it would not otherwise be required to so qualify, (ii) file any general consent to service of process in any such jurisdiction or (iii) subject itself to taxation in any such jurisdiction if it is not otherwise so subject.

 

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(g)          Earnings Statement. The Company shall make generally available to its security holders and the Representatives as soon as practicable an earnings statement that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 of the Commission promulgated thereunder covering a period of at least 12 months beginning with the first fiscal quarter of the Company occurring after the “effective date” (as defined in Rule 158) of the Registration Statement.

 

(h)           Clear Market. For a period of 90 days after the date of the Prospectus, the Company shall not (i) offer, pledge, sell, announce the intention to sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase, or otherwise transfer or dispose of, directly or indirectly, or file with the Commission a registration statement (or equivalent) under the Securities Act or in Luxembourg or any other jurisdiction relating to, any Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Shares or other share capital of the Company, or publicly disclose the intention to make any offer, sale, pledge, disposition or filing, or (ii) enter into any swap or other agreement that transfers, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of any Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or any such other securities, whether any such transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) is to be settled by delivery of any Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or such other securities, in cash or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, other than (w) the Shares to be sold hereunder, (x) any Common Shares or other share capital of the Company issued upon the exercise of options or other awards outstanding on the date hereof or granted under Company Share Plans, (y) the filing of a registration statement on Form S-8 relating to an offering of securities pursuant to or reserved for issuance under the Company's Company Share Plans or any options granted to employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries prior to the date hereof or (z) the entry into an agreement providing for the issuance by the Company of Common Shares or any security convertible into or exercisable for Common Shares in connection with an acquisition, merger, joint venture, strategic alliance or partnership, which is not for the purpose of a raising capital, entered into by the Company or any of its subsidiaries, and the issuance of any such securities pursuant to any such agreement; provided that, in the case of this clause (z), (i) the aggregate number of Common Shares that the Company may issue or agree to issue (including any securities convertible into or exercisable for Common Shares) shall not exceed the number of shares equivalent to 5% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on the Closing Date and (ii) the Company shall cause each recipient of such Common Shares or other securities to execute and deliver to the Representatives, on or prior to the date of issuance of such Common Shares or other securities, a lock-up agreement in the form set forth as Exhibit A hereto.

 

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(i)            No Stabilization. The Company shall not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that could reasonably be expected to cause or result in any stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Common Shares.

 

(j)            Exchange Listing. For so long as the Company is a reporting company pursuant to Section 12 or Section 15 of the Exchange Act, the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the listing of the Shares on the Exchange.

 

(k)           Reports. During a period of three years from the effective date of the Registration Statement, so long as the Company is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the Company shall furnish to the Representatives, as soon as they are available, copies of all reports or other communications (financial or other) furnished to holders of the Shares, and copies of any reports and financial statements furnished to or filed with the Commission or any national securities exchange or automatic quotation system; provided the Company will be deemed to have furnished such reports and financial statements to the Representatives to the extent they are filed on the Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system.

 

(l)            Record Retention. The Company shall, pursuant to reasonable procedures developed in good faith, retain copies of each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is not filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 433 under the Securities Act.

 

(m)          Filings. The Company shall file with the Commission such reports as may be required by Rule 463 under the Securities Act.

 

(n)          Tax Gross-Up. The Company agrees with each of the Underwriters to make all payments under this Agreement without withholding or deduction for or on account of any present or future taxes, duties or governmental charges whatsoever imposed by any applicable taxing jurisdiction (“Taxing Jurisdiction”), unless the Company is compelled by law to deduct or withhold such taxes, duties or charges. In that event, the Company shall pay such additional amounts as may be necessary in order that the net amounts received after such withholding or deduction will equal the amounts that would have been received if no withholding or deduction had been made, except to the extent that such taxes, duties or charges (a) were imposed due to some connection of an Underwriter with the Taxing Jurisdiction other than the mere entering into of this Agreement or receipt of payments hereunder or (b) would not have been imposed but for the failure of such Underwriter to comply with any reasonable certification, identification or other reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the Taxing Jurisdiction of the Underwriter if such compliance is timely requested by the Company and required or imposed by the applicable law as a precondition to an exemption from, or reduction in, such taxes, duties or other charges.

 

(o)           Filing Fees. To pay the required Commission filing fees relating to the Shares within the time required by Rule 456(b)(1) under the Securities Act without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) under the Securities Act.

 

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(p)            Use of Proceeds. The Company shall apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Use of Proceeds.”

 

(q)            Transfer Taxes. The Company shall bear and pay (or, in respect of any Transfer Tax for which the Underwriters are initially liable, shall promptly reimburse the same to the Underwriters) any Transfer Taxes (together with any related costs, fines, penalties or interest) that are payable on or in connection with (i) the creation, issuance, subscription, distribution, offer and sale and/or delivery of the Shares to be issued by it to the Underwriters and to subscribers procured by the Underwriters and (ii) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, and any value added tax payable in connection with the commissions and other amounts payable or allowable by the Company. The Company agrees that the Underwriters may each elect to deduct from the payments to be made by them to the Company under this Agreement, any amounts required to be paid by the Company under this Section 5(q).

 

(r)            Investment Company Act. The Company shall not invest, or otherwise use the proceeds received by the Company from the sale of the Shares in such a matter as would require the Company or any of its subsidiaries to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act.

 

6.            [RESERVED].

 

7.            Certain Agreements of the Underwriters. Each Underwriter hereby represents and agrees that:

 

(a)            It has not used, authorized use of, referred to or participated in the planning for use of, and will not use, authorize use of, refer to or participate in the planning for use of, any “free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act (which term includes use of any written information furnished to the Commission by the Company and not incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement and any press release issued by the Company) other than (i) a free writing prospectus that contains no “issuer information” (as defined in Rule 433(h)(2) under the Securities Act) that was not included in the Preliminary Prospectus or a previously filed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, (ii) any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus listed on Annex B or prepared pursuant to Section 3(c) hereof (including any electronic road show), or (iii) any free writing prospectus prepared by such Underwriter and approved by the Company in advance in writing (each such free writing prospectus referred to in clauses (i) or (iii), an “Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus”).

 

(b)            It has not and shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, use any free writing prospectus that contains the final terms of the Shares unless such terms have previously been included in a free writing prospectus filed with the Commission.

 

(c)            It is not subject to any pending proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act with respect to the offering (and will promptly notify the Company if any such proceeding against it is initiated during the Prospectus Delivery Period).

 

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8.            Conditions of Underwriters’ Obligations. The obligation of each Underwriter to subscribe for and purchase the Underwritten Shares on the Closing Date or the Option Shares on the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, as provided herein, is subject to the performance by the Company of its covenants and other obligations hereunder and to the following additional conditions:

 

(a)            Registration Compliance; No Stop Order. No order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall be in effect, and no proceeding for such purpose or pursuant to Section 8A under the Securities Act shall be pending before or threatened by the Commission; the Prospectus and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus shall have been timely filed with the Commission under the Securities Act (in the case of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act) and in accordance with Section 5(a) hereof; and all requests by the Commission for additional information shall have been complied with to the reasonable satisfaction of the Representatives.

 

(b)            Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Company contained herein shall be true and correct on the date hereof and on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be; and the statements of the Company and its officers made in any certificates delivered pursuant to this Agreement shall be true and correct on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(c)            No Material Adverse Change. No event or condition of a type described in Section 3(i) hereof shall have occurred or shall exist, which event or condition is not described in the Pricing Disclosure Package (excluding any amendment or supplement thereto) and the Prospectus (excluding any amendment or supplement thereto) and the effect of which in the judgment of the Representatives makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering, sale or delivery of the Shares on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, on the terms and in the manner contemplated by this Agreement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(d)            Officers’ Certificates. The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, (x) a certificate of the chief financial officer or chief accounting officer of the Company and one additional senior executive officer of the Company who is satisfactory to the Representatives (i) confirming that such officers have carefully reviewed the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and, to the best knowledge of such officers, the representations of the Company set forth in Sections 3(b) and 3(f) hereof are true and correct, (ii) confirming that the other representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement are true and correct and that the Company has complied with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied hereunder at or prior to the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and (iii) to the effect set forth in Sections 8(a) and (c) hereunder.

 

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(e)            Comfort Letters. On the date of this Agreement and on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, each of Deloitte & Co. S.A. and Price Waterhouse & Co. S.R.L. shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Company, letters, dated the respective dates of delivery thereof and addressed to the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters, in form and substance satisfactory to the Representatives, containing statements and information of the type customarily included in accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters with respect to the financial statements and certain financial information contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; provided, that the letter delivered on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall use a “cut-off” date no more than three business days prior to such Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(f)            Opinion and 10b-5 Disclosure Letter of U.S. Counsel for the Company. DLA Piper LLP (US), U.S. counsel for the Company, shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Company, their written opinion and 10b-5 disclosure letter, dated the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives.

 

(g)            Opinion of Luxembourg Counsel for the Company. Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg counsel for the Company, shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Company, their written opinion, dated the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives.

 

(h)            Opinion of Argentine Counsel for the Company. Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, special Argentine counsel for the Company, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives.

 

(i)            Opinion and 10b-5 Disclosure Letter of U.S. Counsel for the Underwriters. The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, an opinion and 10b-5 disclosure letter of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, U.S. counsel for the Underwriters, with respect to such matters as the Representatives may reasonably request, and such counsel shall have received such documents and information as they may reasonably request to enable them to pass upon such matters.

 

(j)            Opinion of Luxembourg Counsel for the Underwriters. The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, an opinion of Elvinger Hoss Prussen, société anonyme, Luxembourg counsel for the Underwriters, with respect to such matters as the Representatives may reasonably request, and such counsel shall have received such documents and information as they may reasonably request to enable them to pass upon such matters.

 

(k)            No Legal Impediment to Issuance and/or Sale. No action shall have been taken and no statute, rule, regulation or order shall have been enacted, adopted or issued by any European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine or U.S. federal, state or local or other governmental or regulatory authority that would, as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, prevent the issuance or sale of the Shares; and no injunction or order of any European Union, Luxembourg, Argentine or U.S. federal, state or local or other court shall have been issued that would, as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, prevent the issuance or sale of the Shares.

 

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(l)            Good Standing. The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, satisfactory evidence of the good standing of the Company, Globant, LLC and Globant España S.A. (sociedad unipersonal) in their respective jurisdictions of organization, in each case in writing or any standard form of telecommunication from the appropriate governmental authorities of such jurisdictions.

 

(m)            Exchange Listing. The Shares to be delivered on the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date shall have been approved for listing on the Exchange.

 

(n)            Lock-up Agreements. The “lock-up” agreements, each substantially in the form of Exhibit A hereto, delivered to the Representatives by certain shareholders, officers and directors of the Company listed in Annex C hereto relating to sales and certain other dispositions of Common Shares or certain other securities, delivered to you on or before the date hereof, shall be in full force and effect on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(o)            Additional Documents. On or prior to the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, the Company shall have furnished to the Representatives such further certificates and documents as the Representatives may reasonably request.

 

All opinions, letters, certificates and evidence mentioned above or elsewhere in this Agreement shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions hereof only if they are in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters.

 

9.            Indemnification and Contribution.

 

(a)            Indemnification of the Underwriters. The Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents and each person, if any, who controls such Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities (including, without limitation, legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with any suit, action or proceeding or any claim asserted, as such fees and expenses are incurred), that arise out of, or are based upon, (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement or caused by any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, not misleading, (ii) or any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any Preliminary Prospectus, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, any “issuer information” filed or required to be filed pursuant to Rule 433(d) under the Securities Act, any road show as defined in Rule 433(h) under the Securities Act (a “road show”), or the Pricing Disclosure Package (including any Pricing Disclosure Package that has subsequently been amended), or caused by any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, in each case except insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities arise out of, or are based upon, any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with any information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein, it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information described as such in Section 9(b) hereof.

 

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(b)            Indemnification of the Company. Each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors, its officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act to the same extent as the indemnity set forth in Section 9(a) hereof, but only with respect to any losses, claims, damages or liabilities that arise out of, or are based upon, any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with any information relating to such Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus any road show or the Pricing Disclosure Package (including any Pricing Disclosure Package that has subsequently been amended), it being understood and agreed upon that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the following information in the Prospectus furnished on behalf of each Underwriter: the information contained in the seventh, ninth and tenth paragraphs under the caption “Underwriting.”

 

(c)            Notice and Procedures. If any suit, action, proceeding (including any governmental or regulatory investigation), claim or demand shall be brought or asserted against any person in respect of which indemnification may be sought pursuant to Section 9(a) or (b) hereof, such person (the “Indemnified Person”) shall promptly notify the person against whom such indemnification may be sought (the “Indemnifying Person”) in writing; provided that the failure to notify the Indemnifying Person shall not relieve it from any liability that it may have under Section 9(a) or (b) hereof except to the extent that it has been materially prejudiced (through the forfeiture of substantive rights or defenses) by such failure; and provided, further, that the failure to notify the Indemnifying Person shall not relieve it from any liability that it may have to an Indemnified Person otherwise than under Section 9(a) or (b) hereof. If any such proceeding shall be brought or asserted against an Indemnified Person and it shall have notified the Indemnifying Person thereof, the Indemnifying Person shall retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Person (who shall not, without the consent of the Indemnified Person, be counsel to the Indemnifying Person) to represent the Indemnified Person in such proceeding and shall pay the fees and expenses of such counsel related to such proceeding, as incurred. In any such proceeding, any Indemnified Person shall have the right to retain its own counsel, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Indemnified Person unless (i) the Indemnifying Person and the Indemnified Person shall have mutually agreed to the contrary; (ii) the Indemnifying Person has failed within a reasonable time to retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Person; (iii) the Indemnified Person shall have reasonably concluded that there may be legal defenses available to it that are different from or in addition to those available to the Indemnifying Person; or (iv) the named parties in any such proceeding (including any impleaded parties) include both the Indemnifying Person and the Indemnified Person and representation of both parties by the same counsel would be inappropriate due to actual or potential differing interest between them. It is understood and agreed that the Indemnifying Person shall not, in connection with any proceeding or related proceedings in the same jurisdiction, be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one separate firm (in addition to any local counsel) for all Indemnified Persons, and that all such fees and expenses shall be paid or reimbursed as they are incurred. Any such separate firm for any Underwriter, its affiliates, directors and officers and any control persons of such Underwriter shall be designated in writing by the Representatives, any such separate firm for the Company, its directors, its officers who signed the Registration Statement and any control persons of the Company shall be designated in writing by the Company. The Indemnifying Person shall not be liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without its written consent, but if settled with such consent or if there be a final judgment for the plaintiff, the Indemnifying Person agrees to indemnify each Indemnified Person from and against any loss or liability by reason of such settlement or judgment. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, if at any time an Indemnified Person shall have requested that an Indemnifying Person reimburse the Indemnified Person for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by this Section 9(c), the Indemnifying Person shall be liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by the Indemnifying Person of such request and (ii) the Indemnifying Person shall not have reimbursed the Indemnified Person in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement. No Indemnifying Person shall, without the written consent of the Indemnified Person, effect any settlement of any pending or threatened proceeding in respect of which any Indemnified Person is or could have been a party and indemnification could have been sought hereunder by such Indemnified Person, unless such settlement (x) includes an unconditional release of such Indemnified Person, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnified Person, from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such proceeding and (y) does not include any statement as to or any admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any Indemnified Person.

 

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(d)            Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in Sections 9(a) and (b) hereof is unavailable to an Indemnified Person or insufficient in respect of any losses, claims, damages or liabilities referred to therein, then each Indemnifying Person under such paragraph, in lieu of indemnifying such Indemnified Person thereunder, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such Indemnified Person as a result of such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other, from the offering of the Shares or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) but also the relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other, in connection with the statements or omissions that resulted in such losses, claims, damages or liabilities, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other, shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the net proceeds (before deducting expenses) received by the Company, on the one hand, from the sale of the Shares, as applicable, and the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters, on the other hand, in connection therewith, in each case as set forth in the table on the cover of the Prospectus, bear to the aggregate offering price of the Shares. The relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Underwriters and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

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(e)            Limitation on Liability. The Company and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to Section 9(d) hereof were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation that does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to in Section 9(c) hereof. The amount paid or payable by an Indemnified Person as a result of the losses, claims, damages and liabilities referred to in Section 9(d) hereof shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth above, any legal or other expenses incurred by such Indemnified Person in connection with any such action or claim. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 9(c) and (d) hereof, in no event shall an Underwriter be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by such Underwriter with respect to the offering of the Shares exceeds the amount of any damages that such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay by reason of such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission. No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. The Underwriters’ obligations to contribute pursuant Sections 9(c) and 9(d) hereof are several in proportion to their respective purchase obligations hereunder and not joint.

 

(f)            Non-Exclusive Remedies. The remedies provided for in this Section 9 are not exclusive and shall not limit any rights or remedies which may otherwise be available to any Indemnified Person at law or in equity.

 

10.            Effectiveness of Agreement. This Agreement shall become effective upon the execution and delivery hereof by the parties hereto.

 

11.            Termination. This Agreement may be terminated in the absolute discretion of the Representatives, by notice to the Company, if after the execution and delivery of this Agreement and prior to the Closing Date or, in the case of the Option Shares, prior to the Additional Closing Date (i) trading generally shall have been suspended or materially limited on or by any of the Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, The Nasdaq Stock Market, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange or the Chicago Board of Trade; (ii) trading of any securities issued or guaranteed by the Company shall have been suspended on any exchange or in any over-the-counter market; (iii) a general moratorium on commercial banking activities shall have been declared by U.S. federal or New York State authorities; or (iv) there shall have occurred any outbreak or escalation of hostilities or any change in financial markets or any calamity or crisis, either within or outside the United States, that, in the judgment of the Representatives, is material and adverse and makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering, sale or delivery of the Shares on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, on the terms and in the manner contemplated by this Agreement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

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12.            Defaulting Underwriter.

 

(a)            If, on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, any Underwriter defaults on its obligation to subscribe for and purchase the Shares that it has agreed to subscribe for and purchase hereunder on such date, the non-defaulting Underwriters may in their discretion arrange for the subscription and purchase of such Shares by other persons satisfactory to the Company on the terms contained in this Agreement. If, within 36 hours after any such default by any Underwriter, the non-defaulting Underwriters do not arrange for the subscription and purchase of such Shares, then the Company shall be entitled to a further period of 36 hours within which to procure other persons satisfactory to the non-defaulting Underwriters to subscribe for and purchase such Shares on such terms. If other persons become obligated or agree to subscribe for and purchase the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter, either the non-defaulting Underwriters or the Company may postpone the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, for up to five full business days in order to effect any changes that in the opinion of counsel for the Company or counsel for the Underwriters may be necessary in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or in any other document or arrangement, and the Company agrees to promptly prepare any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus that effects any such changes. As used in this Agreement, the term “Underwriter” includes, for all purposes of this Agreement unless the context otherwise requires, any person not listed in Schedule 1 hereto that, pursuant to this Section 12, subscribes for and purchases Shares that a defaulting Underwriter agreed but failed to subscribe for and purchase.

 

(b)            If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the issuance and subscription and purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters, the Company as provided in Section 11(a) hereof, the aggregate number of Shares that remain unpurchased on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, does not exceed one-eleventh of the aggregate number of Shares to be subscribed for and purchased on such date, then the Company shall have the right to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to subscribe for and purchase the number of Shares that such Underwriter agreed to subscribe for and purchase hereunder on such date plus such Underwriter’s pro rata share (based on the number of Shares that such Underwriter agreed to subscribe for and purchase on such date) of the Shares of such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters for which such arrangements have not been made.

 

(c)            If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the subscription and purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters, the Company as provided in Section 11(a) hereof, the aggregate number of Shares that remain unpurchased on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, exceeds one-eleventh of the aggregate amount of Shares to be subscribed and purchased on such date, or if the Company shall not exercise the right described in Section 11(b) hereof, then the remaining Underwriters shall have the right to subscribe for and purchase all, but shall not be under any obligation to subscribe for and purchase any, of the Shares, and if such non-defaulting Underwriters do not subscribe for and purchase all the Shares, this Agreement or, with respect to any Additional Closing Date, the obligation of the Underwriters to subscribe for and purchase Shares on the Additional Closing Date shall terminate without liability on the part of the non-defaulting Underwriters. Any termination of this Agreement pursuant to this Section 12 shall be without liability on the part of the Company, except that the Company shall continue to be liable for the payment of expenses as set forth in Section 13 hereof and except that the provisions of Section 9 hereof shall not terminate and shall remain in effect.

 

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(d)            Nothing contained herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter of any liability it may have to the Company or any non-defaulting Underwriter for damages caused by its default.

 

13.            Payment of Expenses.

 

(a)            Whether or not the transactions contemplated by this Agreement are consummated or this Agreement is terminated, the Company agrees to pay or cause to be paid all costs and expenses incident to the performance of the Company’s obligations hereunder, including, without limitation, (i) the costs incident to the issuance, sale, preparation and delivery of the Shares and any taxes payable in that connection; (ii) the costs incident to the preparation, printing and filing under the Securities Act of the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (including all exhibits, amendments and supplements thereto and all documents incorporated therein by reference) and the distribution thereof; (iii) the fees and expenses of the Company’s counsels and independent accountants; (iv) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the registration or qualification and determination of eligibility for investment of the Shares under the state or foreign securities or blue sky laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives may designate and the preparation, printing and distribution of a Blue Sky Memorandum (including the related fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters); (v) the issuance and delivery of the Shares, including any Transfer Taxes in connection with the issuance or sale of the Shares or the execution of this Agreement; (vi) the costs and charges of any transfer agent and any registrar; (vii) all expenses incurred by the Company in connection with any “road show” presentation to potential investors including, without limitation, expenses associated with the production of road show videos, slides and graphics, reasonable and documented fees and expenses of any consultants engaged in connection with the road show presentations, travel and lodging expenses of the representatives and officers of the Company and any such consultants, and the cost of aircraft and other transportation chartered in connection with the road show; and (viii) all expenses and application fees related to the listing of the Shares on the Exchange. It is understood, however, that, except as specifically provided in this Section 13(a) and in Section 9 hereof, the Underwriters shall pay their own costs and expenses, including the fees of their counsel, any transfer taxes on the resale of Shares and any advertising expenses in connection with offers to prospective purchasers of the Shares. For the avoidance of doubt, the Underwriter Claim shall become immediately unquestioned, due and payable on the Closing Date prior to the issue of the Underwritten Shares or on the Additional Closing Date prior to the issue of the Option Shares, as applicable, and shall be offset in an equal amount against, and therefore deducted from, the Price to Public per Share set forth on Annex A hereto (in payment thereof in equal amounts).

 

(b)            If (i) this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 11 hereof, (ii) the Company for any reason fails to tender the Shares for delivery to the Underwriters or (iii) the Underwriters decline to subscribe for and purchase the Shares for any reason permitted under this Agreement, the Company agrees to reimburse the Underwriters for all out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including the fees and expenses of their counsel) reasonably incurred by the Underwriters in connection with this Agreement and the offering contemplated hereby.

 

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14.            Persons Entitled to Benefit of Agreement. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and the officers and directors and any controlling persons referred to in Section 9 hereof. Nothing in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any other person any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision contained herein. No purchaser of Shares from any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor merely by reason of such purchase.

 

15.            Survival. The respective indemnities, rights of contribution, representations, warranties and agreements of the Company and the Underwriters contained in this Agreement or made by or on behalf of the Company or the Underwriters pursuant to this Agreement or any certificate delivered pursuant hereto shall survive the delivery of and payment for the Shares and shall remain in full force and effect, regardless of any termination of this Agreement or any investigation made by or on behalf of the Company or the Underwriters. The provisions of Sections 9 and 13(b) hereof shall survive the termination or cancellation of this Agreement.

 

16.            Certain Defined Terms. For purposes of this Agreement, (a) except where otherwise expressly provided, the term “affiliate” has the meaning set forth in Rule 405 under the Securities Act; (b) the term “business day” means any day other than a day on which banks are permitted or required to be closed in New York City; and (c) the term “subsidiary” has the meaning set forth in Rule 405 under the Securities Act ; and (d) the term “significant subsidiary” has the meaning set forth in Rule 1-02 of Regulation S-X under the Exchange Act.

 

17.            Miscellaneous.

 

(a)            Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed or transmitted and confirmed by any standard form of telecommunication. Notices to the Underwriters shall be given to the Representatives c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179 (fax: (212) 622-8358), Attention: Equity Syndicate Desk; and c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282-2198, Attention: Registration Department. Notices to the Company shall be given to it at 37A Avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, Luxembourg (fax: +54 11 4109-1800 ext. 8100); Attention: Sol Mariel Noello, General Counsel.

 

(b)            Governing Law. This Agreement, and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Agreement, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

 

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(c)            Submission to Jurisdiction. The Company hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal and New York state courts in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York in any suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby. The Company waives any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such suit or proceeding in such courts. The Company irrevocably appoints Corporation Service Company, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 as its authorized agent in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York upon which process may be served in any such suit or proceeding, and agrees that service of process upon such authorized agent, and written notice of such service to the Company by the person serving the same to the address provided in Section 17(a) hereof, shall be deemed in every respect effective service of process upon the Company in any such suit or proceeding. The Company hereby represents and warrants that its authorized agent has accepted such appointment and has agreed to act as such authorized agent for service of process. The Company further agrees to take any and all action as may be necessary to maintain such designation and appointment of its authorized agent in full force and effect for a period of seven years from the date of this Agreement. Each of the parties hereto hereby waives any right to trial by jury in any suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.

 

(d)            Judgment Currency. The Company agrees to indemnify each Underwriter, its directors, officers, affiliates and each person, if any, who controls such Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act against any loss incurred by such Underwriter as a result of any judgment or order being given or made for any amount due hereunder and such judgment or order being expressed and paid in a currency (the “judgment currency”) other than U.S. dollars and as a result of any variation as between (i) the rate of exchange at which the U.S. dollar amount is converted into the judgment currency for the purpose of such judgment or order, and (ii) the rate of exchange at which such indemnified person is able to purchase U.S. dollars with the amount of the judgment currency actually received by the indemnified person. The foregoing indemnity shall constitute a separate and independent obligation of the Company, and shall continue in full force and effect notwithstanding any such judgment or order as aforesaid. The term “rate of exchange” shall include any premiums and costs of exchange payable in connection with the purchase of, or conversion into, the relevant currency.

 

(e)            Counterparts. This Agreement may be signed in counterparts (which may include counterparts delivered by any standard form of telecommunication), each of which shall be an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., www.docusign.com) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.

 

(f)            Waiver of Immunity. To the extent that the Company has or hereafter may acquire any immunity (sovereign or otherwise) from jurisdiction of any court of (i) the European Union, Luxembourg, Argentina or any political subdivision thereof, (ii) the United States or the State of New York, (iii) any jurisdiction in which it owns or leases property or assets or from any legal process (whether through service of notice, attachment prior to judgment, attachment in aid of execution, execution, set-off or otherwise) with respect to itself or its property and assets or this Agreement, the Company hereby irrevocably waives such immunity in respect of its obligations under this Agreement to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

 

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(g)            Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

(i) In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such Underwriter of this Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

(ii) In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such Underwriter becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Agreement that may be exercised against such Underwriter are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

As used in this Section 16(g):

 

BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).

 

Covered Entity” means any of the following:

 

(i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

 

(ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or

 

(iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

 

Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

(h)            Amendments or Waivers. No amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement, nor any consent or approval to any departure therefrom, shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be in writing and signed by the parties hereto.

 

(i)            Headings. The headings herein are included for convenience of reference only and are not intended to be part of, or to affect the meaning or interpretation of, this Agreement.

 

(j)            Integration. This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings (whether written or oral) among the Company and the Underwriters, or any of them, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

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(k)            USA Patriot Act. In accordance with the requirements of the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)), the Underwriters are required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies their respective clients, including the Company, which information may include the name and address of their respective clients, as well as other information that will allow the Underwriters to properly identify their respective clients.

 

[Signature pages follow]

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding, please indicate your acceptance of this Agreement by signing in the space provided below.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  GLOBANT S.A.
   
  By: /s/ Sol Mariel Noello
    Name: Sol Mariel Noello
    Title: General Counsel

 

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Accepted: June 4, 2020

 

For themselves and on behalf of the

several Underwriters listed

in Schedule 1 hereto.

 
J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC  
   
By: /s/ Alejandra Fernandez  
  Name: Alejandra Fernandez  
  Title:   Executive Director  
   
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC  
   
By: /s/ Daniel M. Young  
  Name: Daniel M. Young  
  Title:   Managing Director  

 

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Schedule 1

 

Underwriter  Number of Shares 
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC   761,223 
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC   700,000 
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.   395,102 
BBVA Securities Inc.   28,735 
BNP Paribas Securities Corp.   28,735 
BofA Securities, Inc.   28,735 
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC   28,735 
Santander Investment Securities, Inc.   28,735 
Total   2,000,000 

 

 Sch. 1-1 

 

 

Schedule 2

 

Significant Subsidiaries

 

Subsidiary Jurisdiction of Organization
   
Sistemas Globales S.A. Argentina
Globant, LLC USA (Delaware)
Globant España S.A. (sociedad unipersonal) Spain

 

 Sch. 2-1 

 

 

Annex A

 

Pricing Information

 

Price to Public: U.S.$135.00 per Share

 

  Annex A-1  

 

Annex B

 

Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses

 

1.Issuer Free Writing Prospectus dated June 3, 2020 filed with the Commission on June 3, 2020.

 

  Annex B-1  

 

 

Annex C

 

Shareholders, Directors and Officers of the Company to provide Lock-Up Agreements

 

Name  Title
    
Martín Migoya  Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Martín Gonzalo Umaran  Director and Chief of Staff
Guibert Andrés Englebienne  Director and Chief Technology Officer
Francisco Álvarez-Demalde  Director
Mario Eduardo Vásquez  Director
Philip A. Odeen  Director
Linda Rottenberg  Director
Richard Haythornthwaite  Director
Juan Ignacio Urthiague  Chief Financial Officer
Yanina Maria Conti  Chief Accounting Officer
Gustavo Barreiro  Chief Information Officer
Sol Mariel Noello  General Counsel
Wanda Weigert  Chief Brand Officer
Patricia Pomies  Chief Delivery Officer
Mercedes María Mac Pherson  Chief Talent & Diversity Officer
Noltur S.A.  Shareholder
Mifery S.A.  Shareholder
Ewerzy S.A.  Shareholder

 

  Annex C-1  

 

 

Exhibit A

 

Form of Lock-Up Agreement

 

 

June __, 2020

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

As Representatives of the

several Underwriters listed

in Schedule 1 to the Underwriting

Agreement referred to below

 

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
383 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10179

 

and

 

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

 

Re:         Globant S.A. — Public Offering

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The undersigned understands that you, as Representatives of the several Underwriters, propose to enter into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Globant S.A. (the “Company”), a société anonyme organized under the laws of Luxembourg, providing for the public offering (the “Public Offering”) by the several Underwriters named in Schedule 1 to the Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriters”), of common shares of the Company (the “Shares”). Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings set forth in the Underwriting Agreement.

 

Exhibit A-1 

 

 

In consideration of the Underwriters’ agreement to subscribe for and purchase and make the Public Offering of the Shares, and for other good and valuable consideration receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned hereby agrees that, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, the undersigned shall not, during the period (the “Lock-Up Period”) ending 60 days after the date of the final prospectus relating to the Public Offering (the “Prospectus”), (1) offer, pledge, sell, announce the intention to sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase, lend, or otherwise transfer or dispose of, directly or indirectly, any common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) or other share capital of the Company or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Shares or other share capital of the Company (including without limitation, Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or such other securities which may be deemed to be beneficially owned by the undersigned in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commission and securities which may be issued upon exercise of a share option or warrant), or publicly disclose the intention to make any offer, sale, pledge or disposition, (2) enter into any swap or other agreement that transfers, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of the Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or such other securities, whether any such transaction described in clause (1) or (2) above is to be settled by delivery of Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or such other securities, in cash or otherwise or (3) make any demand for or exercise any right with respect to the registration of any Common Shares or other share capital of the Company or any security convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Shares or other share capital of the Company without the prior written consent of the Representatives, in each case other than (A) transfers of Common Shares or other share capital of the Company as a bona fide gift or gifts, including as a result of the operation of law or estate or intestate succession; (B) if the undersigned is a natural person, to (i) a member of the immediate family of the undersigned (for purposes of this Letter Agreement, “immediate family” shall mean any relationship by blood, marriage, or adoption, not more remote than first cousin), (ii) any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of the undersigned or the immediate family of the undersigned, and/or charitable organizations or (iii) a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which the undersigned and the immediate family of the undersigned are the direct or indirect legal and beneficial owners of all the outstanding equity securities or similar interests of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity; (C) if the undersigned is a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity, to (i) any trust or other entity for the direct or indirect benefit of the undersigned or any affiliate, wholly-owned subsidiary, limited partner, member or stockholder of the undersigned, (ii) a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which the undersigned and any affiliate, wholly-owned subsidiary, limited partner, member or stockholder of the undersigned are the direct or indirect legal and beneficial owners of all the outstanding equity securities or similar interests of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity, (iii) partners, members or shareholders of the undersigned, or (iv) pursuant to an order of a court or regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the undersigned or in compliance with applicable law or regulation; (D) to the undersigned’s affiliates or to any investment fund or other entity controlled or managed by the undersigned; [and] (E) the establishment of a trading plan pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act for the transfer of Common Shares; provided that such plan does not provide for the transfer of Common Shares during the Lock-Up Period and, other than any filing required to be made pursuant to Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act after the expiration of the Lock-Up Period, no public announcement of the establishment or existence of such plan and no filing with the Commission or other regulatory authority in respect of such plan or transactions thereunder or contemplated thereby, by the undersigned, the Company or any other person, shall be made by the undersigned, the Company or any other person, prior to the expiration of the Lock-Up Period [and (F) sales of up to [●] Common Shares under a trading plan pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act];1 provided that in the case of any transfer or distribution pursuant to clause (A), (B), (C) or (D), each donee or distributee shall execute and deliver to the Representatives a lock-up letter in the form of this paragraph; and provided, further, that in the case of any transfer or distribution pursuant to clause (A), (B), (C) or (D), no filing by any party (donor, donee, transferor or transferee) under the Exchange Act, or other public announcement, shall be required or shall be made voluntarily in connection with such transfer or distribution (other than a filing on a Form 5 made after the expiration of the Lock-Up Period). If the undersigned is an officer or director of the Company, the undersigned further agrees that the foregoing provisions shall be equally applicable to any Shares the undersigned may purchase in the Public Offering.

 

 

1 To be included in Lock-up Agreements provided by Juan Urthiague and Wanda Weigert only.

 

Exhibit A-2 

 

 

Furthermore, the undersigned may exercise options to purchase Common Shares or receive Common Shares upon the vesting of restricted stock awards in each case pursuant to the Company Share Plans (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) or as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and effect the related transfer of Common Shares to the Company (i) deemed to occur upon the cashless exercise of such options or (ii) for the primary purpose of paying the exercise price of such options or for paying taxes (including estimated taxes) due as a result of the exercise of such options or as a result of the vesting of such Common Shares under such restricted stock awards; provided that no filing under Section 16 of the Exchange Act reporting a disposition of Common Shares shall be required or shall be voluntarily made in connection with such exercise or vesting; and provided, further that the Common Shares purchased or received by the undersigned remain subject to this Letter Agreement.

 

The undersigned acknowledges and agrees that the foregoing precludes the undersigned from engaging in any hedging or other transactions or arrangements (including, without limitation, any short sale or the purchase or sale of, or entry into, any put or call option, or combination thereof, forward, swap or any other derivative transaction or instrument, however described or defined) designed or intended, or which could reasonably be expected to lead to or result in, a sale or disposition or transfer (whether by the undersigned or any other person) of any economic consequences of ownership, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, of any Common Shares, whether any such transaction or arrangement (or instrument provided for thereunder) would be settled by delivery of Common Shares, in cash or otherwise.

 

In furtherance of the foregoing, the Company, and any duly appointed transfer agent for the registration or transfer of the securities described herein, is hereby authorized to decline to make any transfer of securities if such transfer would constitute a violation or breach of this Letter Agreement.

 

The undersigned hereby represents and warrants that the undersigned has full power and authority to enter into this Letter Agreement. All authority herein conferred or agreed to be conferred and any obligations of the undersigned shall be binding upon the successors, assigns, heirs or personal representatives of the undersigned.

 

Exhibit A-3 

 

 

 

This Letter Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the date that the Company provides written notice to the Representatives that the Company has determined not to proceed with the proposed Public Offering and is terminating this Letter Agreement on behalf of all of the Company’s holders of Common Shares subject to this Letter Agreement; provided that the Company and the Representatives shall not have executed the Underwriting Agreement on or prior to such date. Assuming the Underwriting Agreement has been executed, this Letter Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the date that the Underwriting Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms if such termination occurs prior to the closing of the sale of the Shares as contemplated thereby. This Letter Agreement shall lapse and become null and void if the execution of the Underwriting Agreement has not occurred prior to September 30, 2020. The undersigned understands that the Underwriters are entering into the Underwriting Agreement and proceeding with the Public Offering in reliance upon this Letter Agreement.

 

[Signature page follows]

 

Exhibit A-4 

 

 

This Letter Agreement and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Letter Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

 

 

  Very truly yours,
 
  [NAME OF SIGNATORY]
   
  By:  
 

Name:

Title:

 

Exhibit A-5 

Exhibit 3.1

 

« GLOBANT S.A. » 

société anonyme 

L-1855 Luxembourg, 37A, avenue J.F. Kennedy 

R.C.S. Luxembourg, section B numéro 173.727

 

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STATUTS COORDONNES à la date du 9 juin 2020

 

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A.            NAME - DURATION - PURPOSE - REGISTERED OFFICE

 

Article 1      Name

 

There exists a company in the form of a joint stock company (société anonyme) under the name of “GLOBANT S.A.” (the "Company") which shall be governed by the law of 10 August 1915 concerning commercial companies, as amended (the “Law”), as well as by the present articles of association.

 

Article 2      Duration

 

The Company is incorporated for an unlimited duration. It may be dissolved at any time and without cause by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders, adopted in the manner required for an amendment of these articles of association.

 

Article 3      Object

 

3.1.             The Company's primary purpose is the creation, holding, development and realization of a portfolio, consisting of interests and rights of any kind and of any other form of investment in entities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in foreign entities, whether such entities exist or are to be created, especially by way of subscription, acquisition by purchase, sale or exchange of securities or rights of any kind whatsoever, such as equity instruments, debt instruments, patents and licenses, as well as the administration and control of such portfolio.

 

3.2.             The Company may further grant any form of security for the performance of any obligations of the Company or of any entity in which it holds a direct or indirect interest or right of any kind or in which the Company has invested in any other manner or which forms part of the same group of entities as the Company and lend funds or otherwise assist any entity in which it holds a direct or indirect interest or right of any kind or in which the Company has invested in any other manner or which forms part of the same group of companies as the Company.

 

3.3.             The Company may borrow in any form and may issue any kind of notes, bonds and debentures and generally issue any debt, equity and/or hybrid or other securities of any kind in accordance with Luxembourg law.

 

3.4.             The Company may carry out any commercial, industrial, financial, real estate, technical, intellectual property or other activities which it may deem useful in accomplishment of these purposes.

 

Article 4      Registered office

 

4.1              The Company's registered office is established in the city of Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Company's registered office may be transferred by a resolution of the board of directors within the same municipality.

 

4.2               It may be transferred to any other municipality in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by means of a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders.

 

4.3               Branches or other offices may be established either in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or abroad by a resolution of the board of directors.

 

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B.            SHARE CAPITAL - COMMON SHARES - REGISTER OF COMMON SHARES - OWNERSHIP AND TRANSFER OF COMMON SHARES

 

Article 5      Share capital

 

5.1.             The Company has a share capital of forty-seven million six hundred thirty-seven thousand six hundred forty-six US dollars and eighty cents (USD 47,637,646.80) represented by thirty-nine million six hundred ninety-eight thousand thirty-nine (39,698,039) common shares having a nominal value of one US dollar and twenty cents (USD 1.20) per common share.

 

5.2.             The Company's issued share capital may be (i) increased by a resolution of the board of directors (or delegate thereof) in accordance with articles 6.1 and 6.2 of these articles of association or (ii) increased or reduced by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders, adopted in the manner required for an amendment of these articles of association.

 

Article 6      Authorized capital

 

6.1              The Company’s authorized capital, excluding the Company's share capital, is set at five million six hundred seventy thousand eight hundred forty-eight US dollars and forty cents (USD 5,670,848.40), consisting in four million seven hundred twenty-five thousand seven hundred seven (4,725,707) common shares having a nominal value of one US dollar and twenty cents (USD 1.20) per common share.

 

6.2              The board of directors is authorized to issue common shares, to grant options to subscribe for common shares and to issue any other instruments convertible into, or giving rights to, common shares within the limit of the authorized share capital, to such persons and on such terms as it shall see fit, and specifically to carry out such issue or issues without reserving a pre-emptive subscription right for the existing shareholders during a period of time from the date of the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on 3 April 2020 and ending on the fifth (5th) anniversary of the date of the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on 3 April 2020. Such common shares may be issued above, at or below market value, above or at nominal value, or by way of incorporation of available reserves (including premium). The general meeting has authorized the board of directors to waive, suppress or limit any pre-emptive subscription rights of shareholders to the extent the board deems such waiver, suppression or limitation advisable for any issue or issues of common shares within the scope of the Company’s authorized (un-issued) share capital. This authorization may be renewed, amended or extended by resolution of the general meeting of shareholders adopted in the manner required for an amendment of these articles of association. Upon an issue of shares within the authorized share capital, the board shall have the present articles of association amended accordingly.

 

6.3              The authorized capital of the Company may be increased or reduced by a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders adopted in the manner required for amendments of these articles of association.

 

Article 7      Common shares

 

7.1              The Company’s share capital is divided into common shares, each of them having the same nominal value. The common shares of the Company are shall remain in registered form only.

 

7.2              The Company may have one or several shareholders.

 

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7.3              No fractional common shares shall be issued or exist.

 

7.4              Within the limits and conditions laid down by the Law, the Company may repurchase its own common shares and may hold them in treasury.

 

7.5              A register of common shares will be kept by the Company and will be available for inspection by any shareholder. Ownership of registered common shares will be established by inscription in the said register or in the event separate registrars have been appointed pursuant to article 7.6, in such separate register(s). Without prejudice to the conditions for transfer by book entries provided for in article 7.8 of these articles of association, a transfer of registered common shares shall be carried out by means of a declaration of transfer entered in the relevant register, dated and signed by the transferor and the transferee or by their duly authorized representatives or by the Company upon notification of the transfer or acceptance of the transfer by the Company. The Company may accept and enter in the relevant register a transfer on the basis of correspondence or other documents recording the agreement between the transferor and the transferee.

 

7.6              The Company may appoint registrars in different jurisdictions who will each maintain a separate register for the registered common shares entered therein and the holders of common shares may elect to be entered in one of the registers and to be transferred from time to time from one register to another register. The board of directors may however impose transfer restrictions for common shares that are registered, listed, quoted, dealt in or have been placed in certain jurisdictions in compliance with the requirements applicable therein. A transfer to the register kept at the Company's registered office may always be requested.

 

7.7              Subject to the provisions of article 7.8 and article 7.10, the Company may consider the person in whose name the registered common shares are registered in the register of shareholders as the full owner of such registered common shares. In the event that a holder of registered common shares does not provide an address in writing to which all notices or announcements from the Company may be sent, the Company may permit a notice to this effect to be entered into the register of shareholders and such holder’s address will be deemed to be at the registered office of the Company or such other address as may be so entered by the Company from time to time, until a different address shall be provided to the Company by such holder in writing. The holder may, at any time, change his address as entered in the register of shareholders by means of written notification to the Company.

 

7.8              The common shares may be held by a holder (the “Holder”) through a securities settlement system or a Depository (as this term is defined below). The Holder of common shares held in such fungible securities accounts has the same rights and obligations as if such Holder held the common shares directly. The common shares held through a securities settlement system or a Depository shall be recorded in an account opened in the name of the Holder and may be transferred from one account to another in accordance with customary procedures for the transfer of securities in book-entry form. However, the Company will make dividend payments, if any, and any other payments in cash, common shares or other securities, if any, only to the securities settlement system or Depository recorded in the register of shareholders or in accordance with the instructions of such securities settlement system or Depository. Such payment will grant full discharge of the Company’s obligations in this respect.

 

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7.9               In connection with a general meeting, the board of directors may decide that no entry shall be made in the register of shareholders and no notice of a transfer shall be recognized by the Company and the registrar(s) during the period starting on the Record Date (as hereinafter defined) and ending on the closing of such general meeting.

 

7.10            All communications and notices to be given to a registered shareholder shall be deemed validly made if made to the latest address communicated by the shareholder to the Company in accordance with article 7.7 or, if no address has been communicated by the shareholder, the registered office of the Company or such other address as may be so entered by the Company in the register from time to time according to article 7.8.

 

7.11            Where common shares are recorded in the register of shareholders in the name of or on behalf of a securities settlement system or the operator of such system and recorded as book-entry interests in the accounts of a professional depositary or any sub-depositary (any depositary and any sub-depositary being referred to hereinafter as a “Depositary”), the Company - subject to having received from the Depositary a certificate in proper form - will permit the Depository of such book-entry interests to exercise the rights attaching to the common shares corresponding to the book-entry interests of the relevant Holder, including receiving notices of general meetings, admission to and voting at general meetings, and shall consider the Depository to be the holder of the common shares corresponding to the book-entry interests for purposes of this article 7 of the present articles of association. The board of directors may determine the formal requirements with which such certificates must comply.

 

Article 8      Ownership of common shares

 

8.1              The Company will recognize only one (1) holder per common share. If a common share is owned by several persons, they must designate a single person to be considered as the sole owner of such common share in relation to the Company. The Company is entitled to suspend the exercise of all rights attached to a common share held by several owners until one (1) owner has been designated.

 

8.2              The common shares are freely transferable, subject to the provisions of these articles of association. All rights and obligations attached to any common share are passed to any transferee thereof, except as otherwise provided for herein.

 

8.2.1            As long as the common shares of the Company are admitted to trading on a regulated market (within the meaning of Directive 2014/65/EU) within the territory of the European Economic Area (the “Regulated Market”) the provisions of Directive 2004/25/EC on takeover bids shall apply in the context of any takeover in respect of the Company’s common shares.

 

If the common shares are no longer admitted to trading on any Regulated Market the following rules shall apply in the context of any takeover in respect of the Company’s common shares.

 

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Any person (such person hereinafter called, the “Bidder”) wishing to acquire by any means (including, but not limited to, the conversion of any financial instrument convertible into common shares), directly or indirectly, common shares (the “Intended Acquisition”) which, when aggregated with his/her/its existing common share holdings, together with any shares held by a person controlling the Bidder, controlled by the Bidder and/or under common control with the Bidder, represent at least thirty-three point thirty-three percent (33.33%) of the share capital of the Company (the “Threshold”), shall have the obligation to propose an unconditional takeover bid to acquire the entirety of the then-outstanding common shares together with any financial instrument convertible into common shares (the “Takeover Bid”). Each Takeover Bid shall be conducted in accordance with the procedure stipulated under clauses (i) through (vii) hereof (the “Takeover Bid Procedure”) and shall also be conducted in conformity and compliance with the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which the Company´s common shares or other securities are listed and/or where the Takeover Bid takes place and the rules of the stock exchanges where the Company’s common shares are listed (for the avoidance of doubt excluding any Regulated Market), in each case, applicable to public offers (collectively, the “Applicable Rules”), it being understood that, to the extent any such requirements impose stricter rules or regulations upon the Bidder, such stricter rules and regulations shall be complied with by Bidder.

 

(i) The Bidder shall notify the Company in writing about the Intended Acquisition and the Takeover Bid (the “Takeover Notice”), at least fifteen (15) Luxembourg business days (or such shorter period as is required under Applicable Rules) in advance of the commencement date thereof (such notification date, the “Takeover Notice Date”). A Takeover Notice shall also be required regarding any agreement or memorandum of understanding that the Bidder intends to enter into with a holder of common shares and/or financial instrument convertible into common shares whereby, under certain circumstances, due to such agreement or memorandum of understanding, the Bidder would become the holder of common shares resulting the Threshold being attained or exceeded (hereinafter called “Prior Agreement”). In addition to complying with the Applicable Rules, such Takeover Notice shall include the following minimum information, subject to the inclusion of any additional information as may be required under the Applicable Rules: (A) The Bidder’s identification, nationality and domicile. If the Bidder is made up of a group of individuals or entities, the identification and domicile of each member of the group and of the managing officer of each entity forming part of the group; (B) The consideration offered for the common shares and the financial instruments convertible into common shares and the source of funds to pay such consideration. (C) The scheduled expiration date of the Takeover Bid period, whether it can be extended, and if so, how long the extension may be and according to which procedure the extension shall be made; (D) A statement by the Bidder indicating the exact dates before and after which the holders of common shares and financial instruments convertible into common shares, who have validly tendered their common shares and/or financial instruments convertible into common shares subject to the Takeover Bid regime, shall be entitled to withdraw them, how the common shares and the financial instruments convertible into common shares thus tendered shall be accepted, and how the withdrawal of the common shares and the financial instruments convertible into common shares from sale under the Takeover Bid regime shall be carried out; (E) Any additional information, including the Bidder’s financial or accounting statements, as the Company may reasonably request or which may be necessary so as to avoid the above Takeover Notice from leading to erroneous conclusions or when the information submitted is incomplete or insufficient.

 

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(ii) On the Takeover Notice Date, the Company shall mail to each holder of common shares and financial instruments convertible into common shares, at the Bidder’s cost and expense, a copy of the Takeover Notice. In the case of registered holders of common shares and/or financial instrument convertible into common shares, the Takeover Notice will be sent by registered mail and in case of common shares and financial instrument convertible into common shares held through a brokerage account, the Takeover Notice will be mailed to the relevant brokers through the Depository agent.

 

(iii) On the Takeover Notice Date, the Bidder shall publish a notice containing the information stated in paragraph (i). Subject to applicable legal provisions, the Takeover Notice shall be published in two (2) major newspapers of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in the City of New York, U.S.A. or such longer period as required under Applicable Laws.

 

(iv) The consideration for each common share and financial instrument convertible into common shares payable to each holder thereof shall be the same, shall be payable in cash only, and shall not be lower than the highest of the following prices:

 

(A) the highest price per common shares and financial instrument convertible into common shares paid by the Bidder, or on behalf thereof, in relation to any acquisition of common shares and the financial instruments convertible into common shares within the twelve months period immediately preceding the Takeover Notice, adjusted as a consequence of any division of shares, stock dividend, subdivision or reclassification affecting or related to common shares and/or the financial instruments convertible into common shares; or

 

(B) the highest closing sale price, during the sixty-day period immediately preceding the Takeover Notice, of a common share of the Company as quoted by the New York Stock Exchange, in each case as adjusted as a consequence of any division of shares, stock dividend, subdivision or reclassification affecting or related to common shares and financial instrument convertible into common shares.

 

(v) The Takeover Bid shall be open for a minimum period of at least twenty (20) Luxembourg business days as from the date the Takeover Bid was commenced.

 

(vi) The Bidder shall acquire all common shares and financial instruments convertible into common shares that are validly tendered (and not withdrawn) before the expiration date of the Takeover Bid in accordance with the provisions of these articles of association governing Takeover Bids.

 

(vii) Once the Takeover Bid Procedure has been completed, the Bidder may execute the Prior Agreement, if any, regardless of the number of common shares and financial instrument convertible into common shares purchased. The Prior Agreement, if any, shall be executed within thirty (30) days following the closing of the Takeover Bid; otherwise, it shall be necessary to repeat the Takeover Bid Procedure provided for in this article in order to execute the Prior Agreement.

 

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8.2.2            If the terms of article 8.2.1 hereof are not complied with, the Bidder shall be forbidden to acquire common shares, whether directly or indirectly, by any means (including, but not limited to, the conversion of any financial instrument convertible into common shares) or instrument if, as a result of such acquisition, the Bidder (when aggregated with any shares held by a person controlling the Bidder, controlled by the Bidder and/or under common control with the Bidder) becomes the holder of common shares which, in addition to its prior holdings represent, in the aggregate, at least thirty-three point thirty-three percent (33.33%) of the share capital of the Company. The Board of Directors shall suspend any right to vote or to receive dividends or any other kind of distributions attached to common shares acquired in breach of the provisions of article 8.2.1 and none of these common shares shall be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at any meeting of shareholders of the Company, until such common shares are sold. In addition, if the terms of article 8.2.1 hereof are not complied with, the Company may consider any transfer of common shares acquired in breach of the provisions of article 8.2.1 to be invalid in which case none of the Company, any registrar or Depository shall enter such transfer into the relevant registers and books of the Company.

 

8.2.3            If a holder of any financial instrument convertible into common shares contemplating an Intended Acquisition fails to comply with the terms of article 8.2.1 hereof, the Board of Directors may refuse the conversion into common shares of the portion of any such convertible instruments which, if converted, would result in that person becoming the holder of common shares in the reach or in excess of the Threshold.

 

8.2.4            For the purposes of this article 8.2, the term “indirectly” shall include the Bidder’s parent companies, the companies controlled by the Bidder or that would end up under its control as a consequence of any Takeover, Takeover Bid or Prior Agreement, as the case may be, that would grant at the same time the control of the Company, the companies submitted to the common control of the Bidder and other persons acting jointly with the Bidder; likewise, the holdings any person has through trusts or other similar mechanisms shall be included.

 

C.            GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

Article 9      Powers of the general meeting of shareholders

 

The shareholders exercise their collective rights in the general meeting of shareholders. Any regularly constituted general meeting of shareholders of the Company represents the entire body of shareholders of the Company. It shall have the broadest powers to authorize, order, carry out or ratify acts relating to the Company.

 

Article 10    Convening general meetings of shareholders

 

10.1            The general meeting of shareholders of the Company may at any time be convened by the board of directors, to be held at such place and on such date as specified in the convening notice of such meeting.

 

10.2            The general meeting of shareholders must be convened by the board of directors, upon request in written indicating the agenda, addressed to the board of directors by one or several shareholders representing at least ten percent (10%) of the Company´s issued share capital. In such case, a general meeting of shareholders must be convened and shall be held within a period of one (1) month from receipt of such request. Shareholder(s) holding at least five percent (5%) of the Company´s issued share capital may request the addition of one or several items to the agenda of any general meeting of shareholders and propose resolutions. Such requests must be received at the Company´s registered office by registered mails at least twenty-two (22) days before the date of such meeting.

 

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10.3            The annual general meeting of shareholders shall be held within six (6) months of the end of each financial year in Luxembourg, at the registered office of the Company or at such other place as may be specified in the convening notice of such meeting.

 

10.4            Other general meetings of shareholders may be held at such place and time as may be specified in the respective notice of meeting.

 

10.5            General meetings of shareholders shall be convened in accordance with the provisions of the Law and if the common shares of the Company are listed on a foreign stock exchange, in accordance with the requirements of such foreign stock exchange applicable to the Company.

 

10.6             If the common shares of the Company are not listed on any foreign stock exchange, all shareholders recorded in the register of shareholders on the date of the general meeting of the shareholders are entitled to be admitted to the general meeting of shareholders.

 

10.7             If the common shares of the Company are listed on a stock exchange, all shareholders recorded in any register of shareholders of the Company are entitled to be admitted and vote at the general meeting of shareholders based on the number of shares they hold on a date and time preceding the general meeting of shareholders as the record date for admission to the general meeting of shareholders (the “Record Date”), which the board of directors may determine as specified in the convening notice.

 

10.8            Any shareholder, Holder or Depositary, as the case may be, who wishes to attend the general meeting must inform the Company thereof no later than on the third business day preceding the date of such general meeting, or by any other date which the board of directors may determine and as specified in the convening notice, in a manner to be determined by the board of directors in the convening notice. In case of common shares held through the operator of a securities settlement system or with a Depositary designated by such Depositary, a holder of common shares wishing to attend a general meeting of shareholders should receive from such operator or Depositary a certificate certifying the number of common shares recorded in the relevant account on the Record Date. The certificate should be submitted to the Company no later than three (3) business days prior to the date of such general meeting. If the shareholder votes by means of a proxy, the proxy shall be deposited at the registered office of the Company or with any agent of the Company, duly authorized to receive such proxies, at the same time. The board of directors may set a shorter period for the submission of the certificate or the proxy in which case this will be specified in the convening notice.

 

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10.9            If all shareholders are present or represented at a general meeting of shareholders and state that they have been informed of the agenda of the meeting, the general meeting of shareholders may be held without prior notice.

 

Article 11      Conduct of general meetings of shareholders

 

11.1            A board of the meeting shall be formed at any general meeting of shareholders, composed of a chairman, a secretary and a scrutineer, each of whom shall be appointed by the general meeting of shareholders and who do not need to be shareholders. The board of the meeting shall ensure that the meeting is held in accordance with applicable rules and, in particular, in compliance with the rules in relation to convening the meeting, quorum, if any, and majority requirements, vote tallying and representation of shareholders.

 

11.2            An attendance list must be kept for any general meeting of shareholders.

 

11.3            Each common share entitles the holder thereof to one vote, subject to the provisions of the Law. Unless otherwise required by applicable law or by these articles of association, resolutions at a general meeting of shareholders duly convened are adopted by a simple majority of the votes validly cast, regardless of the proportion of the issued share capital of the Company present or represented at such meeting. Abstention and nil votes will not be taken into account.

 

11.4            A shareholder may act at any general meeting of shareholders by appointing another person, shareholder or not, as his proxy in writing by a signed document transmitted by mail or facsimile or by any other means of communication authorized by the board of directors. One person may represent several or even all shareholders.

 

11.5            Shareholders who participate in a general meeting of shareholders by conference call, video-conference or by any other means of communication authorized by the board of directors, which allows such shareholder’s identification and which allows that all the persons taking part in the meeting hear one another on a continuous basis and may effectively participate in the meeting, are deemed to be present for the computation of quorum and majority, subject to such means of communication being made available at the place of the meeting.

 

11.6            Each shareholder may vote at a general meeting of shareholders through a signed voting form sent by mail or facsimile or by any other means of communication authorized by the board of directors and delivered to the Company’s registered office or to the address specified in the convening notice. The shareholders may only use voting forms provided by the Company which contain at least the place, date and time of the meeting, the agenda of the meeting, the proposals submitted to the resolution of the meeting, as well as for each proposal three boxes allowing the shareholder to vote in favor of or against the proposed resolution or to abstain from voting thereon by ticking the appropriate boxes. The Company will only take into account voting forms received no later than three (3) business days prior to the date of the general meeting of shareholders to which they relate. The board of directors may set a shorter period for the submission of the voting forms.

 

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11.7            The board of directors may determine further conditions that must be fulfilled by the shareholders for them to take part in any general meeting of shareholders.

 

Article 12      Amendments of the articles of association

 

Subject to the provisions of the Law and of these articles of association, any amendment of the articles of association requires a majority of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the votes validly cast at a general meeting at which at least half (1/2) of the issued share capital is represented. In case the second condition is not satisfied, a second meeting may be convened in accordance with the Law, which may validly deliberate regardless of the proportion of the issued share capital of the Company represented at such meeting and at which resolutions are taken at a majority of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the votes validly cast. Abstention and nil votes will not be taken into account for the calculation of the majority.

 

Article 13      Adjourning general meetings of shareholders

 

The board of directors may adjourn any general meeting of shareholders already commenced, including any general meeting convened in order to resolve on an amendment of the articles of association, for a period of four (4) weeks. The board of directors must adjourn any general meeting of shareholders already commenced if so required by one or several shareholders representing in the aggregate at least twenty per cent (20%) of the Company’s issued share capital. By such an adjournment of a general meeting of shareholders already commenced, any resolution already adopted in such meeting will be cancelled. For the avoidance of doubt, once a meeting has been adjourned pursuant to the second sentence of this article 13, the board of directors shall not be required to adjourn such meeting a second time.

 

Article 14      Minutes of general meetings of shareholders

 

The board of any general meeting of shareholders shall draw up minutes of the meeting which shall be signed by the members of the board of the meeting as well as by any shareholder who requests to do so. Any copy and excerpt of such original minutes to be produced in judicial proceedings or to be delivered to any third party shall be signed by the chairman or the co-chairman of the board of directors or by any two of its members.

 

D.            MANAGEMENT

 

Article 15      Board of directors

 

15.1            The Company shall be managed by a board of directors, whose members may but do not need to be shareholders of the Company. The board of directors is vested with the broadest powers to take any actions necessary or useful to fulfill the Company’s corporate purpose, with the exception of the actions reserved by law or these articles of association to the general meeting of shareholders.

 

15.2             In accordance with article 60 of the Law, the Company’s daily management and the Company’s representation in connection with such daily management may be delegated to one or several members of the board of directors or to any other person(s) appointed by the board of directors, who may but are not required to be shareholders or not, acting alone or jointly. Their appointment, revocation and powers shall be determined by a resolution of the board of directors.

 

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15.3            The board of directors may also grant special powers by notarized proxy or private instrument to any person(s) acting alone or jointly with others as agent of the Company.

 

15.4            The board of directors is composed of a minimum of seven (7) directors and a maximum of fifteen (15) directors. The board of directors must choose from among its members a chairman of the board of directors. It may also choose a co-chairman and it may choose a secretary, who does not need to be a shareholder or a member of the board of directors.

 

Article 16     Election and removal of directors and term of the office

 

16.1            Directors shall be elected by the general meeting of shareholders, and shall be appointed for a period up to four (4) years; provided however that directors shall be elected on a staggered basis, with one third (1/3) of the directors being elected each year and; provided, further that such term may be exceeded by a period up to the annual general meeting held following the fourth anniversary of the appointment. Each elected director shall hold office until his or her successor is elected. If a legal entity is elected director of the Company, such legal entity must designate an individual as permanent representative who shall execute this role in the name and for the account of the legal entity. The relevant legal entity may only remove its permanent representative if it appoints a successor at the same time. An individual may only be a permanent representative of one director and may not be a director at the same time.

 

16.2            Any director may be removed at any time without cause or prior notice by the general meeting of shareholders.

 

16.3            Directors shall be eligible for re-election indefinitely.

 

16.4            If a vacancy in the office of a member of the board of directors because of death, legal incapacity, bankruptcy, retirement or otherwise occurs, such vacancy may be filled on a temporary basis by a person designated by the remaining board members until the next general meeting of shareholders, which shall resolve on a permanent appointment.

 

Article 17     Convening meetings of the board of directors

 

17.1            The board of directors shall meet following notice validly given by the chairman or by any two (2) of its members at the place indicated in the notice of the meeting as described in the next paragraph.

 

17.2            Written notice of any meeting of the board of directors must be given to the directors at least five (5) days in advance of the date scheduled for the meeting by mail, facsimile, electronic mail or any other means of communication, except in case of emergency, in which case the nature and the reasons of such emergency must be indicated in the notice. Such convening notice is not necessary in case of assent to waive such requirement of each director in writing by mail, facsimile, electronic mail or by any other means of communication, a copy of such document being sufficient proof thereof. Also, a convening notice is not required for a board meeting to be held at a time and location determined in a prior resolution adopted by the board of directors. No convening notice shall furthermore be required in case all members of the board of directors are present or represented at a meeting of the board of directors or in the case of resolutions in writing pursuant to these articles of association.

 

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Article 18     Conduct of meetings of the board of directors

 

18.1            The chairman of the board of directors shall preside at all meetings of the board of directors. In the absence of the chairman, the board of directors may appoint another director as chairman pro tempore.

 

18.2            The board of directors can act and deliberate validly only if at least the majority of its members are present or represented at a meeting of the board of directors.

 

18.3            Resolutions are adopted with the approval of a majority of the members present or represented at a meeting of the board of directors. In case of a tie, the chairman of the board of directors shall have a casting (deciding) vote. In the absence of the chairman of the board of directors, the director who has been appointed as chairman pro tempore of the meeting shall not have a casting (deciding) vote.

 

18.4            Any director may act at any meeting of the board of directors by appointing any other director as proxy in writing by mail, facsimile, electronic mail or by any other means of communication. Any director may represent one or several other directors.

 

18.5            Any director who participates in a meeting of the board of directors by conference-call, videoconference or by any other means of communication which allows such director’s identification and which allows that all the persons taking part in the meeting hear one another on a continuous basis and may effectively participate in the meeting, is deemed to be present for the computation of quorum and majority. A meeting of the board of directors held through such means of communication is deemed to be held at the Company’s registered office.

 

18.6            The board of directors may unanimously pass resolutions in writing which shall have the same effect as resolutions passed at a meeting of the board duly convened and held. Such resolutions in writing are passed when dated and signed by all directors on a single document or on multiple counterparts, a copy of a signature sent by mail, facsimile or a similar means of communication being sufficient proof thereof. The single document showing all signatures or the entirety of the signed counterparts, as the case may be, will form the instrument giving evidence of the passing of the resolutions and the date of the resolutions shall be the date of the last signature.

 

18.7            The secretary or, if no secretary has been appointed, the chairman which was present at a meeting, shall draw up minutes of the meeting of the board of directors, which shall be signed by the chairman or by the secretary, as the case may be, or by any two directors.

 

Article 19     Committees of the board of directors

 

The board of directors may establish one or more committees, including without limitation, an audit committee, a nominating and corporate governance committee and a compensation committee, and for which it shall, if one or more of such committees are set up, appoint the members who may be but do not need to be members of the board of directors (subject always, if the common shares of the Company are listed on a foreign stock exchange, to the requirements of such foreign stock exchange applicable to the Company and/or of such regulatory authority competent in relation to such listing), determine the purpose, powers and authorities as well as the procedures and such other rules as may be applicable thereto.

 

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Article 20     Dealings with third parties

 

The Company will be bound towards third parties in all circumstances by (i) the sole signature of the chairman of the board of directors, (ii) joint signatures of any two directors or (iii) by the joint signatures or the sole signature of any person(s) to whom such signatory power has been granted by the board of directors, within the limits of such authorization.

 

With respect to matters that constitute daily management of the Company, the Company will be bound towards third parties by the sole signature of (i) the administrateur délégué or délégué à la gestion journalière (“Chief Executive Officer” or “CEO”), (ii) the directeur financier (“Chief Financial Officer” or “CFO”) or (iii) any other person(s) to whom such power in relation to the daily management of the Company has been delegated in accordance with article 15 hereof, acting alone or jointly in accordance with the rules of such delegation, if any has(ve) been appointed.

 

Article 21     Indemnification

 

21.1            The members of the board of directors are not held personally liable for the indebtedness or other obligations of the Company. As agents of the Company, they are responsible for the performance of their duties. Subject to the exceptions and limitations listed in article 21.2 and mandatory provisions of law, every person who is, or has been, a member of the board of directors or officer of the Company shall be indemnified by the Company to the fullest extent permitted by law against liability and against all expenses reasonably incurred or paid by him in connection with any claim, action, suit or proceeding which he becomes involved as a party or otherwise by virtue of his being or having been such a director or officer and against amounts paid or incurred by him in the settlement thereof. The words “claim”, “action”, “suit” or “proceeding” shall apply to all claims, actions, suits or proceedings (civil, criminal or otherwise including appeals) actual or threatened and the words “liability” and “expenses” shall include without limitation attorneys’ fees, costs, judgments, amounts paid in settlement and other liabilities.

 

21.2            No indemnification shall be provided to any director or officer (i) against any liability to the Company or its shareholders by reason of willful misconduct, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of his office (ii) with respect to any matter as to which he shall have been finally adjudicated to have acted in bad faith and not in the interest of the Company or (iii) in the event of a settlement, unless the settlement has been approved by a court of competent jurisdiction or by the board of directors.

 

21.3            The right of indemnification herein provided shall be severable, shall not affect any other rights to which any director or officer may now or hereafter be entitled, shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be such director or officer and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of such a person. Nothing contained herein shall affect or limit any rights to indemnification to which corporate personnel, including directors and officers, may be entitled by contract or otherwise under law. The Company shall specifically be entitled to provide contractual indemnification to and may purchase and maintain insurance for any corporate personnel, including directors and officers of the Company, as the Company may decide upon from time to time.

 

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21.4            Expenses in connection with the preparation and representation of a defense of any claim, action, suit or proceeding of the character described in this article 21 shall be advanced by the Company prior to final disposition thereof upon receipt of any undertaking by or on behalf of the officer or director, to repay such amount if it is ultimately determined that he is not entitled to indemnification under this article.

 

Article 22     Conflicts of interest

 

22.1            Any director who has, directly or indirectly, a conflicting interest in a transaction submitted to the approval of the board of directors which conflicts with the Company’s interest, must inform the board of directors of such conflict of interest and must have his declaration recorded in the minutes of the board meeting. The relevant director may not take part in the discussions on and may not vote on the relevant transaction. A special report shall be made on any transactions in which any of the directors may have had an interest conflicting with that of the Company, at the next general meeting, before any resolution is put in vote.

 

22.2            No contract or other transaction between the Company and any other company or firm shall be affected or invalidated by the fact that any one or more of the directors or officers of the Company is interested in, or is a director, associate, officer, agent, adviser or employee of such other company or firm. Any director or officer who serves as a director, officer or employee or otherwise of any company or firm with which the Company shall contract or otherwise engage in business shall not, by reason of such affiliation with such other company or firm only, be prevented from considering and voting or acting upon any matters with respect to such contract or other business.

 

E.            AUDITORS

 

Article 23     Auditor(s)

 

23.1            The Company’s annual accounts shall be audited by one or more approved independent auditors (réviseurs d’entreprises agréés), appointed by the general meeting of shareholders at the board of directors’ recommendation (acting on the recommendation of the audit committee, if any). The general meeting of shareholders shall determine the number of auditor(s) and the term of their office which shall not exceed one (1) year and may be renewed for successive one (1) year periods.

 

23.2            An auditor may be dismissed at any time with cause (or with his approval) by the general meeting of shareholders. An auditor may be reappointed.

 

F.            FINANCIAL YEAR – PROFITS – INTERIM DIVIDENDS

 

Article 24     Financial year

 

The Company’s financial year shall begin on the first (1) January of each year and shall terminate on the thirty-first (31st) December of the same year.

 

Article 25     Profits

 

25.1 At the end of each financial year, the accounts are closed and the board of directors shall draw up or shall cause to be drawn up an inventory of assets and liabilities, the balance sheet and the profit and loss accounts in accordance with the Law.

 

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25.2            From the Company’s annual net profits five per cent (5%) at least shall be allocated to the Company’s legal reserve. This allocation ceases to be mandatory as soon and as long as the aggregate amount of the Company’s legal reserve amounts to ten per cent (10%) of the Company’s issued share capital. Sums contributed to the Company by shareholders may also be allocated to the legal reserve. In the case of a share capital reduction, the Company’s legal reserve may be reduced in proportion so that it does not exceed ten per cent (10%) of the issued share capital.

 

25.3            The annual general meeting of shareholders determines upon proposal of the board of directors how the remainder of the annual net profits will be allocated.

 

25.4            Dividends which have not been claimed within five (5) years after the date on which they became due and payable revert back to the Company.

 

Article 26     Interim dividends – Share premium and additional premiums

 

26.1            The board of directors may declare and pay interim dividends in accordance with the provisions of the Law.

 

26.2            Any share premium, additional premiums or other distributable reserve may be freely distributed to the shareholders (including by interim dividends) subject to the provisions of the Law.

 

G.            LIQUIDATION

 

Article 27     Liquidation

 

27.1            In the event of the Company’s dissolution, the liquidation shall be carried out by one or several liquidators, individuals or legal entities, appointed by the general meeting of shareholders resolving on the Company’s dissolution which shall determine the liquidator’s/liquidators’ powers and remuneration. Unless otherwise provided, the liquidator or liquidators shall have the most extensive powers for the realization of the assets and payment of the liabilities of the Company.

 

27.2            The surplus resulting from the realization of the assets and the payment of all liabilities shall be distributed among the shareholders in proportion to the number of common shares of the Company held by them.

 

H.            GOVERNING LAW

 

Article 28     Governing law

 

All matters not governed by these articles of association shall be determined in accordance with the Law.

 

SUIT LA TRADUCTION FRANÇAISE DE CE QUI PRECEDE

 

A.            DENOMINATION - OBJET - DURÉE - SIÈGE SOCIAL

 

Article 1.     Dénomination

 

Il existe une société anonyme sous la dénomination « GLOBANT S.A. » (ci-après la « Société ») qui sera régie par la loi du 10 août 1915 sur les sociétés commerciales, telle que modifiée (la « Loi »), ainsi que par les présents statuts.

 

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Article 2.     Durée

 

La Société est constituée pour une durée illimitée. Elle pourra être dissoute à tout moment et sans cause par une décision de l’assemblée générale des actionnaires, prise aux conditions requises pour une modification des présents statuts.

 

Article 3.     Objet

 

3.1 La Société a pour objet principal la création, la détention, le développement et la réalisation d'un portefeuille, constitué de participations et de droits de toute nature et de toute autre forme d'investissement dans des entités dans le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et dans des entités étrangères, que ces entités soient préexistantes ou qui seront constituées, notamment par voie de souscription, d’acquisition par achat, de cession ou d’échange de titres ou de droits de quelque nature que ce soit, tels que des titres de participation, des titres de créance, des brevets et des licences, ainsi que la gestion et le contrôle de ce portefeuille.

 

3.2 La Société peut également accorder toute forme de garantie pour l'exécution de toute obligation de la Société ou de toute entité dans laquelle elle détient une participation ou droit direct ou indirect de toute nature, ou dans laquelle la Société a investi sous quelque forme que ce soit, ou qui fait partie du même groupe d'entités que la Société et prêter des fonds ou assister autrement toute entité dans laquelle elle détient une participation ou droit direct ou indirect de toute nature ou dans laquelle la Société a investi sous quelque forme que ce soit, ou qui fait partie du même groupe d'entités que la Société.

 

3.3 La Société peut emprunter sous toute forme et émettre toute sorte d’obligations ainsi que, de manière générale émettre toute sorte de titres de créance, de titres de participation et/ou de titres hybrides ou autres conformément au droit luxembourgeois.

 

3.4 La Société pourra exercer toute activité commerciale, industrielle, financière, immobilière, technique, de propriété intellectuelle ou d’autres activités qu’elle estimera utiles pour l’accomplissement de ces objets.

 

Article 4.     Siège social

 

4.1 Le siège social de la Société est établi dans la ville de Luxembourg, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. Le siège social pourra être transféré au sein de la même commune par décision du conseil d’administration.

 

4.2 Il pourra être transféré dans toute autre commune du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg par décision de l'assemblée générale des actionnaires.

 

4.3 Des succursales ou bureaux peuvent être créés, tant au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg qu'à l'étranger, par décision du conseil d’administration.

 

B.            CAPITAL SOCIAL – ACTIONS – REGISTRE DES ACTIONS – PROPRIETE ET TRANSFERT DES ACTIONS

 

Article 5     Capital social

 

5.1. Le capital social est fixé à quarante-sept millions six cent trente-sept mille six cent quarante-six US dollars et quatre-vingt cents (USD 47.637.646,80) et est représenté par trente-neuf millions six cent quatre-vingt-dix-huit mille trente-neuf (39.698.039) actions ordinaires d’une valeur nominale d’un US dollar et vingt cents (USD 1,20) chacune.

 

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5.2 Le capital social émis de la Société peut être (i) augmenté par une décision du conseil d’administration (ou d’un délégué de celui-ci) conformément aux articles 6.1 et 6.2 des présents statuts ou (ii) augmenté ou réduit par une décision de l’assemblée générale des actionnaires, adoptée selon les conditions requises pour une modification des présents statuts.

 

Article 6.     Capital autorisé

 

6.1 Le capital autorisé de la Société, excluant le capital social émis, est fixé à un montant de cinq millions six cent soixante-dix mille huit cent quarante-huit US dollars et quarante cents (USD 5.670.848,40), divisé en quatre millions sept cent vingt-cinq mille sept cent sept (4.725.707) actions ordinaires ayant une valeur nominale d’un US dollar et vingt cents (USD 1,20) chacune.

 

6.2 Le conseil d'administration est autorisé à émettre des actions ordinaires, à accorder des options de souscription d'actions ordinaires et à émettre tous autres instruments convertibles en, ou donnant droit à des, actions ordinaires dans la limite du capital social autorisé au profit de personnes et dans les conditions qu'il jugera opportunes, et plus précisément de procéder à une telle émission ou de telles émissions sans qu’un droit préférentiel de souscription aux actions nouvelles ne soit réservé aux actionnaires existants pour une période commençant à la date de l'assemblée générale extraordinaire des actionnaires du 3 avril 2020 et se terminant au cinquième (5e) anniversaire de la date de l'assemblée générale extraordinaire des actionnaires du 3 avril 2020. Ces actions peuvent être émises à une valeur excédant ou en-deçà de la valeur du marché, au-dessus de ou à la valeur nominale ou par incorporation de réserves disponibles (y compris la prime d’émission). L'assemblée générale a expressément autorisé le conseil d'administration à renoncer, supprimer ou limiter tous droits préférentiels de souscription d’actionnaires dans la mesure où ce dernier jugera cette renonciation, suppression ou limitation opportune pour toute émission ou émissions d'actions ordinaires dans la limite du capital social autorisé (non-émis) de la Société. Cette autorisation peut être renouvelée, modifiée ou prolongée par une décision de l'assemblée générale des actionnaires adoptée aux conditions requises pour la modification des statuts. Après une émission d'actions dans le cadre du capital social autorisé, le conseil d'administration veillera à ce que les présents statuts soient modifiés en conséquence.

 

6.3 Le capital autorisé (non-émis) de la Société peut être augmenté ou réduit par une décision de l’assemblée générale des actionnaires, adoptée aux conditions requises pour la modification des statuts.

 

Article 7.     Actions

 

7.1 Le capital social de la Société est divisé en actions ordinaires ayant chacune la même valeur nominale. Les actions ordinaires de la Société sont et devront être uniquement sous forme nominative.

 

7.2 La Société peut avoir un ou plusieurs actionnaires.

 

7.3 Aucune fraction d’actions ordinaires ne peut exister ou être émise.

 

7.4 Dans les limites et dans les conditions définies par la Loi, la Société peut racheter ses propres actions et les conserver.

 

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7.5 Un registre des actions ordinaires sera tenu par la Société et mis à disposition aux fins de vérification par tout actionnaire. La propriété des actions nominatives sera établie par l’inscription sur ledit registre ou dans le cas où des teneurs de registres séparés ont été nommés conformément à l'article 7.6, dans ce(s) registre(s) séparé(s). Sans préjudice des conditions de transfert par inscriptions prévues à l'article 7.8 de ces statuts, un transfert d'actions nominatives devra être effectué au moyen d'une déclaration de transfert inscrite dans le registre concerné, datée et signée par le cédant et le cessionnaire ou par leurs représentants dûment autorisés ou par la Société suite à la notification de la cession ou de l'acceptation de la cession par la Société. La Société peut accepter et inscrire un transfert dans le registre approprié sur la base d’une correspondance ou de tout autre document actant un accord entre le cédant et le cessionnaire.

 

7.6 La Société peut nommer des teneurs de registre dans différentes juridictions qui tiendront chacun un registre séparé pour les actions nominatives y inscrites et les détenteurs d'actions ordinaires pourront choisir d'être inscrits dans l'un des registres et d'être transférés au fil du temps d'un registre à un autre registre. Le conseil d'administration peut toutefois imposer des restrictions au transfert pour les actions ordinaires inscrites, cotées, traitées ou placées dans certaines juridictions conformément aux exigences applicables dans ces juridictions. Un transfert vers le registre tenu au siège social de la Société peut toujours être demandé.

 

7.7 Sous réserve des dispositions de l'article 7.8 et l'article 7.10, la Société peut considérer la personne au nom de laquelle les actions nominatives sont inscrites dans le registre des actionnaires comme étant le propriétaire unique desdites actions nominatives. Dans le cas où un détenteur d'actions nominatives ne fournit pas d'adresse à laquelle toutes les notifications et avis de la Société pourront être envoyés, la Société pourra inscrire ce fait dans le registre des actionnaire et l'adresse de ce détenteur sera considérée comme étant au siège social de la Société ou à tout autre adresse que la Société pourra inscrire au fil du temps jusqu'à ce que ce détenteur ait fourni par écrit une adresse différente à la Société. Le détenteur peut, à tout moment, changer son adresse telle qu'elle figure dans le registre des actionnaires au moyen d'une notification écrite à envoyer à la Société.

 

7.8 Les actions ordinaires peuvent être tenues par un porteur (le «Porteur») à travers un système de compensation ou d'un Dépositaire (tel que ce terme est défini ci-dessous). Le Porteur d'actions ordinaires détenues dans ces comptes de titres fongibles a les mêmes droits et obligations que si ce Porteur détenait directement les actions ordinaires. Les actions ordinaires détenues au travers d’un système de compensation ou d'un Dépositaire doivent être consignées dans un compte ouvert au nom du Porteur et peuvent être transférées d'un compte à un autre, conformément aux procédures habituelles pour le transfert de titres sous forme d'inscription en compte. Toutefois, la Société versera les dividendes, s’il y en a, ainsi que tout autre paiement en espèces, actions ou autres titres, s’il y en a, uniquement au profit du système de compensation ou du Dépositaire inscrits dans le registre des actionnaires ou conformément aux instructions de ce système de compensation ou Dépositaire. Ce paiement déchargera complètement la Société de ses obligations à cet égard.

 

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7.9 Dans le cadre d'une assemblée générale, le conseil d'administration peut décider qu’aucune entrée ne soit faite dans le registre des actionnaires et aucun avis de transfert ne soit reconnu par la Société et le(s) teneur(s) de registre durant la période commençant à la Date d’Inscription (telle que définie ci-après) et se terminant à la clôture de cette assemblée générale.

 

7.10 Toutes les communications et avis à donner à un actionnaire inscrit sont réputés valablement faits s’ils sont faits à la dernière adresse communiquée par l'actionnaire à la Société conformément à l'article 7.7 ou, si aucune adresse n'a été communiquée par l'actionnaire, le siège social de la Société ou à une autre adresse qui pourra être inscrite par la Société dans le registre au fil du temps conformément à l'article 7.8.

 

7.11 Lorsque les actions ordinaires sont enregistrées dans le registre des actionnaires au nom et pour le compte d’un système de compensation ou de l’opérateur d’un tel système et enregistré comme entrée dans les comptes d’un dépositaire professionnel ou d’un sous-dépositaire (tout dépositaire et sous-dépositaire désigné ci-après comme un «Dépositaire»), la Société – sous réserve d'avoir reçu du Dépositaire un certificat en bonne et due forme – permettra au Dépositaire de telles entrées en compte d'exercer les droits attachés aux actions ordinaires correspondant aux entrées en compte du Porteur concerné, y compris de recevoir les convocations aux assemblées générales, l'admission et le vote aux assemblées générales et doit considérer le Dépositaire comme étant le Porteur des actions ordinaires correspondant aux entrées compte aux fins du présent article 7 des présents statuts. Le conseil d'administration peut déterminer les conditions de forme auxquelles devront répondre ces certificats.

 

Article 8     Propriété des actions

 

8.1 La Société ne reconnaît qu'un seul (1) titulaire par action ordinaire. Si une action ordinaire est détenue par plusieurs personnes, elles devront désigner une personne qui sera considérée comme seule propriétaire de cette action ordinaire vis-à-vis de la Société. La Société aura le droit de suspendre l'exercice de tous les droits attachés à une action ordinaire détenue par plusieurs personnes, jusqu'à ce qu'un (1) propriétaire ait été désigné.

 

8.2 Les actions ordinaires sont librement cessibles, sauf disposition contraire des présents statuts. Tous les droits et obligations attachés à une action ordinaire seront transférés à tout cessionnaire sous réserve d’une disposition contraire des présents statuts.

 

8.2.1 Tant que les actions ordinaires de la Société sont admises à la négociation sur un marché réglementé (au sens de la directive 2014/65/UE) sur le territoire de l'Espace Economique Européen (le "Marché Réglementé"), les dispositions de la directive 2004/25/CE sur les offres publiques d'acquisition s'appliquent dans le cadre de toute prise de contrôle portant sur les actions ordinaires de la Société.

 

Si les actions ordinaires ne sont plus admises à la négociation sur un Marché Réglementé, les règles suivantes s'appliqueront dans le cadre de toute prise de contrôle portant sur les actions ordinaires de la Société.

 

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Toute personne (cette personne étant ci-après appelée l’ "Offrant") qui désire acquérir par quelque moyen que ce soit (y compris, mais sans s'y limiter, la conversion de tout instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires), directement ou indirectement, des actions ordinaires (l'"Acquisition Envisagée") qui, une fois ses actions ordinaires existantes regroupées avec les actions détenues par une personne contrôlant l'Offrant, contrôlée par l’Offrant et/ou sous contrôle commun avec l’Offrant, représentent au moins trente-trois virgule trente-trois pour cent (33,33%) du capital social de la Société (le "Seuil"), aura l'obligation de proposer une offre inconditionnelle d'acquisition pour acquérir la totalité des actions ordinaires alors en circulation ainsi que tout instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires (l'"Offre Publique d’Acquisition"). Chaque Offre Publique d’Acquisition sera menée conformément à la procédure stipulée aux points (i) à (vii) du présent article (la "Procédure d'Offre Publique d’Acquisition") et sera également menée dans le respect de et en conformité avec les lois et règlements des juridictions dans lesquelles les actions ordinaires ou autres titres de la Société sont cotés et/ou dans lesquelles l'Offre Publique d’Acquisition a lieu et les règles des bourses où sont cotées les actions ordinaires de la Société (afin d’éviter tout doute, hors tout Marché Réglementé), dans chaque cas, applicables aux offres publiques (collectivement, les "Règles Applicables"), étant entendu que, dans la mesure où de telles exigences imposeraient à l’Offrant des règles ou réglementations plus strictes, ces règles et réglementations plus strictes devront être respectées par l’Offrant.

 

(i) L'Offrant notifiera par écrit à la Société l'Acquisition Envisagée et l'Offre Publique d’Acquisition (la "Notification d'Offre"), au moins quinze (15) jours ouvrables luxembourgeois (ou tout autre délai plus court requis par les Règles Applicables) avant la date de son commencement (cette date de notification, la "Date de la Notification d'Offre"). Une Notification d’Offre sera également requise pour tout accord ou tout protocole d'entente que l'Offrant a l'intention de conclure avec un détenteur d'actions ordinaires et/ou d'instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires aux termes duquel, dans certaines circonstances, en raison de cet accord ou protocole d’entente, l'Offrant deviendrait le détenteur d'actions ordinaires résultant dans l’atteinte du Seuil ou son dépassement (ci-après appelé "Accord Préalable"). En plus de se conformer aux Règles Applicables, la Notification d’Offre devra comprendre les renseignements minimaux suivants, sous réserve de l’insertion de tout renseignement supplémentaire qui pourrait être exigé en vertu des Règles Applicables : (A) L'identification, la nationalité et le domicile de l’Offrant. Si l’Offrant est composé d'un groupe de personnes physiques ou morales, l'identification et le domicile de chaque membre du groupe et du directeur général de chaque entité faisant partie du groupe ; (B) la contrepartie offerte pour les actions ordinaires et les instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires et la source des fonds pour payer cette contrepartie. (C) La date d'expiration prévue de la période de l'Offre Publique d’Acquisition, si elle peut être prolongée et, dans l'affirmative, quelle peut être la durée de la prolongation et selon quelle procédure cette prolongation doit être effectuée ; (D) Une déclaration de l'Offrant indiquant les dates exactes avant et après lesquelles les détenteurs d'actions ordinaires et d'instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires, qui ont valablement offert leurs actions ordinaires et/ou leurs instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires dans le cadre du régime de l'Offre d'Achat, auront le droit de les retirer, la manière selon laquelle les actions ordinaires et les instruments financiers convertis en actions ordinaires ainsi offerts seront acceptés ainsi que la manière dont le retrait des actions ordinaires et des instruments financiers convertis en actions ordinaires des ventes effectuées dans le cadre de l'Offre doit être effectué ; (E) Toute information supplémentaire, y compris les états financiers ou comptables de l'Offrant, que la Société pourrait raisonnablement demander ou qui pourrait être nécessaire afin d'éviter que la Notification d’Offre ci-dessus ne mène à des conclusions erronées ou lorsque l'information soumise est incomplète ou insuffisante.

 

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(ii) À la Date de Notification d’Offre, la Société enverra par courrier à chaque détenteur d'actions ordinaires et d'instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires, aux frais de l’Offrant, un exemplaire de la Notification d’Offre. Dans le cas des détenteurs nominatifs d'actions ordinaires et/ou d'instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires, la Notification d’Offre sera envoyée par courrier recommandé et, dans le cas des actions ordinaires et des instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires détenus dans un compte de courtage, la Notification d’Offre sera envoyée aux courtiers concernés par l'entremise de l'agent dépositaire.

 

(iii) À la Date de la Notification d’Offre, l'Offrant devra publier un avis contenant les informations mentionnées au paragraphe (i). Sous réserve des dispositions légales applicables, la Notification d’Offre sera publiée dans deux (2) grands journaux du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et dans la ville de New York, États-Unis, ou dans un délai plus long si les lois applicables le requièrent.

 

iv) La contrepartie pour chaque action ordinaire et chaque instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires payable à chaque détenteur devra être la même, devra être payable en espèces seulement et ne devra pas être inférieure au plus élevé des prix suivants :

 

(A) le prix le plus élevé par action ordinaire et instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires payé par l'Offrant, ou pour son compte, relativement à toute acquisition d'actions ordinaires et aux instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires au cours de la période de douze mois précédant immédiatement la Notification d’Offre, ajusté par suite d'une division des actions, d'un dividende en actions, d’un fractionnement ou d'un reclassement touchant les actions ordinaires et/ou les instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires ; ou

 

(B) le cours de clôture le plus élevé, au cours de la période de soixante jours précédant immédiatement la Notification l’Offre, d'une action ordinaire de la Société cotée à la Bourse de New York, dans chaque cas ajusté par suite d'une division d'actions, d'un dividende en actions, d'un fractionnement ou d'une reclassification touchant ou lié aux actions ordinaires et à un instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires.

 

(v) L'Offre Publique d’Acquisition sera ouverte pendant une période minimale d'au moins vingt (20) jours ouvrables luxembourgeois à compter de la date à laquelle l'Offre Publique d’Acquisition aura été introduite.

 

(vi) L'Offrant devra acquérir toutes les actions ordinaires et tous les instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires qui seront valablement offerts (et non retirés) avant la date d'expiration de l'Offre Publique d’Acquisition conformément aux dispositions des présents statuts régissant les Offres Publiques d'Acquisition.

 

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(vii) Une fois la procédure d’Offre Publique d’Acquisition terminée, l'Offrant pourra signer l’Accord Préalable, s’il y en a un, quel que soit le nombre d'actions ordinaires et d'instruments financiers convertibles en actions ordinaires acquises. L’Accord Préalable, le cas échéant, sera signé dans les trente (30) jours suivant la clôture de l'Offre Publique d'Acquisition ; dans le cas contraire, il sera nécessaire de répéter la procédure d'Offre Publique d'Acquisition prévue au présent article afin de signer l’Accord Préalable.

 

8.2.2 Si les termes de l'article 8.2.1 ne sont pas respectés, il sera interdit à l’Offrant d'acquérir des actions ordinaires, directement ou indirectement, par quelque moyen que ce soit (y compris, mais sans s'y limiter, la conversion de tout instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires) ou instrument si, en conséquence de cette acquisition, l'Offrant (lorsqu'il est regroupé avec les actions détenues par une personne qui contrôle l’Offrant, contrôlée par l'Offrant et/ou sous le contrôle commun de l'Offrant) deviendrait le détenteur d'actions ordinaires qui, en plus de ses détentions préexistantes, représenteraient au total au moins trente-trois virgule trente-trois pour cent (33,33%) du capital social de la Société. Le conseil d'administration suspendra tout droit de vote ou de recevoir des dividendes ou autres distributions de quelque nature que ce soit attachés aux actions ordinaires acquises en violation des dispositions de l'article 8.2.1 et aucune de ces actions ordinaires ne pourra être prise en compte pour déterminer si le quorum est atteint à une assemblée des actionnaires de la Société, tant que ces actions ordinaires ne seront pas vendues. En outre, si les conditions de l'article 8.2.1 des présents statuts ne sont pas respectées, la Société pourra considérer tout transfert d'actions ordinaires acquises en violation des dispositions de l'article 8.2.1 comme non valide, auquel cas aucun administrateur ou dépositaire de la Société, quel qu'il soit, ne pourra inscrire ce transfert dans les registres et livres pertinents de la Société

 

8.2.3 Si le détenteur d'un instrument financier convertible en actions ordinaires qui envisage une Acquisition Envisagée ne se conforme pas aux modalités de l'article 8.2.1 des présents statuts, le conseil d'administration pourra refuser la conversion en actions ordinaires de la partie de ces instruments convertibles qui, en cas de conversion, résulterait en ce que cette personne devienne la détentrice d'actions ordinaires atteignant ou dépassant le Seuil.

 

8.2.4 Aux fins du présent article 8.2, le terme "indirectement" comprendra les sociétés mères de l'Offrant, les sociétés contrôlées par l'Offrant ou qui se retrouveraient sous son contrôle à la suite de toute Acquisition, Offre Publique d’Acquisition ou Accord Préalable, selon le cas, qui accorderait en même temps le contrôle de la Société, les sociétés soumises au contrôle commun de l'Offrant et les autres personnes agissant conjointement avec l’Offrant ; seront également incluses les détentions que pourrait avoir une personne par l'entremise de trusts ou autres mécanismes similaires.

 

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C.            ASSEMBLEES GENERALES DES ACTIONNAIRES

 

Article 9.        Pouvoirs de l’assemblée générale des actionnaires

 

Les actionnaires exercent leurs droits collectifs en assemblée générale d’actionnaires. Toute assemblée générale d’actionnaires de la Société régulièrement constituée représente l’ensemble des actionnaires de la Société. L’assemblée générale des actionnaires a les pouvoirs les plus étendus pour autoriser, ordonner, réaliser ou ratifier des actes relatifs à la Société.

 

Article 10.      Convocation des assemblées générales d’actionnaires

 

10.1 L'assemblée générale des actionnaires de la Société peut, à tout moment, être convoquée par le conseil d'administration, au lieu et date fixés dans la convocation à une telle assemblée.

 

10.2 L'assemblée générale des actionnaires doit obligatoirement être convoquée par le conseil d'administration sur demande écrite, comportant l'ordre du jour, d'un ou plusieurs actionnaires représentant au moins dix pour cent (10%) du capital social de la Société. Dans ce cas, l'assemblée générale des actionnaires doit être convoquée et tenue dans un délai d'un (1) mois à compter de la réception de cette demande. L'(es) actionnaire(s) représentant au moins cinq pour cent (5%) du capital social émis de la Société peuvent demander l'ajout d'un ou plusieurs points à l'ordre du jour de toute assemblée générale des actionnaires. Une telle demande doit être reçue au siège social de la Société par lettre recommandée au moins vingt-deux (22) jours avant la date de l'assemblée.

 

10.3 L'assemblée générale annuelle des actionnaires doit être tenue dans les six (6) mois suivant la fin de chaque exercice social au Luxembourg, au siège social de la Société ou à tout autre endroit tel qu'indiqué dans la convocation à cette assemblée.

 

10.4 D’autres assemblées générales d’actionnaires pourront se tenir au lieu et à l’heure indiquée dans les convocations correspondantes à l’assemblée générale.

 

10.5 Les assemblées générales des actionnaires sont convoquées conformément aux dispositions de la Loi et si les actions ordinaires de la Société sont cotées sur une bourse étrangère, conformément aux exigences de cette bourse étrangère applicables à la Société.

 

10.6 Si les actions de la Société ne sont pas cotées sur une bourse étrangère, tous les actionnaires inscrits dans le registre des actionnaires à la date de l'assemblée générale des actionnaires ont le droit d'être admis à l'assemblée générale des actionnaires.

 

10.7 Si les actions ordinaires de la Société sont cotées sur une bourse, tous les actionnaires inscrits dans un registre des actionnaires de la Société ont le droit d'être admis et de voter à l'assemblée générale des actionnaires sur base du nombre d’actions ordinaires qu’ils détiennent à une date et une heure avant l'assemblée générale des actionnaires que le conseil d'administration peut déterminer comme la date d’inscription (la «Date d'Inscription») et telle que précisée dans la convocation.

 

10.8 Tout actionnaire, Porteur ou Dépositaire, selon le cas, qui souhaite assister à l'assemblée générale doit en informer la Société au plus tard le troisième jour ouvrable précédant la date de cette assemblée générale, ou jusqu’à toute autre date que le conseil d'administration peut déterminer et telle que précisée dans la convocation, d’une manière devant être déterminée par le conseil d'administration dans l’avis de convocation. Dans le cas d'actions ordinaires détenues par l'opérateur d'un système de compensation ou par un Dépositaire désigné par un tel Dépositaire, un Porteur d'actions ordinaires qui souhaite assister à une assemblée générale des actionnaires doit recevoir de ces opérateurs ou Dépositaires un certificat attestant le nombre d'actions ordinaires inscrites dans le compte correspondant à la Date d’Inscription. Le certificat doit être présenté à la Société au plus tard trois (3) jours ouvrables avant la date de cette assemblée générale. Si l'actionnaire vote au moyen d’une procuration, la procuration doit être déposée au siège social de la Société ou chez tout autre agent de la Société, dûment autorisé à recevoir ces procurations, dans le même temps. Le conseil d'administration peut fixer un délai plus court pour le la présentation du certificat ou de la procuration auquel cas cela sera précisé dans la convocation.

 

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10.9 Si tous les actionnaires sont présents ou représentés à une assemblée générale des actionnaires et déclarent qu'ils ont été informés de l'ordre du jour de la réunion, l'assemblée générale des actionnaires peut être tenue sans convocation préalable.

 

Article 11       Conduite des assemblées générales d’actionnaires

 

11.1 Un bureau de l'assemblée doit être constitué à chaque assemblée générale d’actionnaires, composé d'un président, d'un secrétaire et d'un scrutateur, chacun devant être nommés par l’assemblée générale des actionnaires, sans qu'ils soient nécessairement des actionnaires. Le bureau doit s’assurer que l’assemblée est tenue en conformité avec les règles applicables et, en particulier, en conformité avec les règles relatives à la convocation, au quorum, s’il en existe, au partage des voix et à la représentation des actionnaires.

 

11.2 Une liste de présence doit être tenue à toute assemblée générale d’actionnaires.

 

11.3 Chaque action ordinaire donne droit à une voix en assemblée générale d’actionnaires, sous réserve des dispositions de la Loi. Sauf disposition contraire de la Loi ou des statuts, les décisions prises en assemblée générale d’actionnaires dûment convoquées sont adoptées à la majorité simple des voix valablement exprimées quelle que soit la part du capital social émis de la Société présente ou représentée à l’assemblée générale. Les abstentions et les votes blancs ou nuls ne sont pas pris en compte.

 

11.4 Un actionnaire peut participer à toute assemblée générale des actionnaires en désignant une autre personne, actionnaire ou non, comme son mandataire par écrit au moyen d’un document signé, transmis par courrier, par télécopie, ou par tout autre moyen de communication autorisé par le conseil d’administration. Une personne peut représenter plusieurs voire même tous les actionnaires.

 

11.5 Les actionnaires qui prennent part à une assemblée générale par conférence téléphonique, vidéoconférence ou par tout autre moyen de communication autorisé par le conseil d’administration, permettant leur identification et permettant à toutes les personnes participant à l'assemblée de s'entendre mutuellement sans discontinuité, garantissant une participation effective à l'assemblée, sont réputés être présents pour le calcul du quorum et de la majorité, à condition que de tels moyens de communication soient disponibles sur les lieux de tenue de l'assemblée.

 

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11.6 Chaque actionnaire peut voter à une assemblée générale des actionnaires au moyen d'un bulletin de vote signé, envoyé par courrier, télécopie ou tout autre moyen de communication autorisé par le conseil d’administration et délivré au siège social de la Société ou à l'adresse indiquée dans la convocation. Les actionnaires ne peuvent utiliser que les bulletins de vote fournis par la Société qui indiquent au moins le lieu, la date et l'heure de l'assemblée, l'ordre du jour de l'assemblée, les résolutions soumises au vote de l'assemblée, ainsi que pour chaque résolution, trois cases à cocher permettant à l'actionnaire de voter en faveur ou contre la résolution proposée, ou d'exprimer une abstention par rapport à chacune des résolutions proposées, en cochant la case appropriée. La Société ne prendra en compte que des bulletins de vote reçus au plus tard trois (3) jours avant la tenue de l'assemblée générale des actionnaires à laquelle ils se rapportent. Le conseil d’administration peut fixer une durée plus courte pour la présentation des bulletins de vote.

 

11.7 Le conseil d’administration peut définir des conditions supplémentaires qui devront être remplies par les actionnaires afin qu’ils puissent participer à une assemblée générale des actionnaires.

 

Article 12.      Modification des statuts

 

Sous réserve des dispositions de la Loi et des présents statuts, toute modification des statuts nécessite une majorité d’au moins deux-tiers (2/3) des voix valablement exprimées lors d’une assemblée générale à laquelle au moins la moitié (1/2) du capital social émis de la Société est représentée. Si le quorum n’est pas atteint à une assemblée, une seconde assemblée pourra être convoquée dans les conditions prévues par la Loi, qui pourra alors délibérer quel que soit le capital social émis de la Société représentée à l’assemblé et lors de laquelle les décisions seront adoptées à la majorité d’au moins deux-tiers (2/3) des voix valablement exprimées. Les abstentions et les votes blancs ou nuls ne sont pas pris en compte pour le calcul de la majorité.

 

Article 13.      Prorogation des assemblées générales des actionnaires

 

Le conseil d’administration peut proroger toute assemblée générale d’actionnaires déjà commencée, y compris toute assemblée générale en vue de statuer sur une modification des statuts, pour une période de quatre (4) semaines. Le conseil d’administration doit proroger toute assemblée générale des actionnaires déjà commencée à la demande d’un ou plusieurs actionnaires représentant au moins vingt pour cent (20%) du capital social de la Société. Lors d’une telle prorogation d’une assemblée générale déjà commencée, toute décision déjà adoptée par l’assemblée générale des actionnaires sera annulée. Pour éviter toute confusion, une fois qu’une assemblée a été prorogée conformément à la deuxième phrase de cet article 13, le conseil d'administration ne sera pas tenu de proroger une telle assemblée une deuxième fois.

 

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Article 14.      Procès-verbal des assemblées générales d’actionnaires

 

Le bureau de toute assemblée générale des actionnaires doit dresser un procès-verbal de l’assemblée qui doit être signé par les membres du bureau de l’assemblée ainsi que par tout actionnaire qui en fait la demande. Toute copie ou extrait de ces procès-verbaux originaux devant être produit(e) dans le cadre de procédures judiciaires ou devant être communiqu(é) à tout tiers devra être signé(e) par le président ou le co-président du conseil d’administration ou par deux membres du conseil d’administration.

 

D.            ADMINISTRATION

 

Article 15.      Conseil d’administration

 

15.1 La Société est gérée par un conseil d’administration dont les membres peuvent mais ne doivent pas être des actionnaires de la Société. Le conseil d’administration est investi des pouvoirs les plus étendus pour prendre toute mesure nécessaire ou utile afin de réaliser l’objet social de la Société, à l’exception des pouvoirs réservés par la loi ou par les présents statuts à l’assemblée générale des actionnaires.

 

15.2 La gestion journalière de la Société ainsi que la représentation de la Société en rapport avec cette gestion journalière peut, en conformité avec l’article 60 de la Loi, être déléguée à un ou plusieurs membres du conseil d’administration ou à toute(s) autre(s) personne(s) nommée(s) par le conseil d’administration, qui peuvent mais ne doivent pas être actionnaire, agissant individuellement ou conjointement. Leur nomination, révocation et pouvoirs seront déterminés par une décision du conseil d’administration.

 

15.3 Le conseil d’administration peut également conférer des pouvoirs spéciaux au moyen d’une procuration authentique ou d’un acte sous seing privé, à toute personne agissant seule ou conjointement avec d’autres en qualité de mandataires de la Société.

 

15.4 Le conseil d’administration est composé au minimum de sept (7) administrateurs et au maximum quinze (15) administrateurs. Le conseil d’administration doit choisir parmi ces membres un président du conseil d’administration. Il peut aussi choisir un co-président et il peut choisir un secrétaire qui n’a pas besoin d’être un actionnaire ou un membre du conseil d’administration.

 

Article 16.      Nomination, révocation et durée des mandats des administrateurs

 

16.1 Les administrateurs sont nommés par l’assemblée générale des actionnaires pour un mandat allant jusqu’à quatre (4) ans ; étant entendu toutefois que les administrateurs doivent être élus sur une base échelonnée, avec un tiers (1/3) des administrateurs étant élus chaque année et; étant encore entendu que cette période peut être dépassée d’une période allant jusqu'à l'assemblée générale annuelle se tenant après le quatrième anniversaire de la nomination. Chaque administrateur élu doit rester en fonction jusqu'à ce que son successeur soit élu. Si une personne morale est nommée en tant qu’administrateur de la Société, cette personne morale doit désigner une personne physique en qualité de représentant permanent qui doit assurer cette fonction au nom et pour le compte de la personne morale. La personne morale peut révoquer son représentant permanent uniquement si elle nomme simultanément son successeur. Une personne physique peut uniquement être le représentant permanent d’un seul administrateur de la Société et ne peut être simultanément administrateur de la Société.

 

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16.2 Chaque administrateur peut être révoqué de ses fonctions à tout moment et sans motif par l’assemblée générale des actionnaires.

 

16.3 Les administrateurs sont rééligibles indéfiniment.

 

16.4 Dans l’hypothèse où un poste d’administrateur deviendrait vacant suite au décès, à l’incapacité juridique, à la faillite, à la retraite ou autre, cette vacance pourra être comblée à titre temporaire par les administrateurs restants jusqu’à la prochaine assemblée générale d’actionnaires, appelée à statuer sur la nomination permanente.

 

Article 17.      Convocation aux conseils d’administration

 

17.1 Le conseil d’administration se réunit sur convocation valablement donnée par le président ou par deux (2) administrateurs au lieu défini dans la convocation décrite dans le paragraphe ci-dessous.

 

17.2 Une convocation écrite à toute réunion du conseil d’administration doit être adressée aux administrateurs cinq (5) jours au moins avant la date prévue pour la réunion par écrit, par télécopie, courrier électronique ou tout autre moyen de communication, sauf en cas d’urgence, auquel cas la nature et les motifs de cette urgence devront être exposés dans la convocation. L'avis de convocation n'est pas nécessaire dans le cas d’une renonciation à cette exigence de chaque administrateur par écrit par courrier, télécopie, courrier électronique ou par tout autre moyen de communication, une copie de ce document étant une preuve suffisante. De la même manière, aucune convocation préalable ne sera exigée pour toute réunion du conseil d’administration dont l’heure et l’endroit auront été déterminés dans une décision précédente adoptée par le conseil d’administration. Aucune convocation préalable n’est également requise dans l’hypothèse où tous les membres du conseil d’administration sont présents ou représentés à une réunion du conseil d’administration où dans le cas où des décisions écrites auraient été approuvées et signées par tous les membres du conseil d’administration.

 

Article 18.      Conduite des réunions du conseil d’administration

 

18.1 Le président du conseil d’administration doit présider toute réunion du conseil d’administration. En cas d’absence du président, le conseil d’administration peut nommer un autre administrateur en qualité de président temporaire.

 

18.2 Le conseil d’administration ne peut valablement délibérer ou statuer que si la majorité au moins des administrateurs est présente ou représentée à une réunion du conseil d’administration.

 

18.3 Les décisions sont prises à la majorité des voix des administrateurs présents ou représentés lors de la réunion du conseil d’administration. En cas d’égalité des voix, le président du conseil d’administration a une voix prépondérante. En cas d’absence du président du conseil d’administration, l’administrateur qui aura été nommé président temporaire de la réunion ne dispose pas de voix prépondérante.

 

18.4 Tout administrateur peut participer à toute réunion du conseil d’administration en désignant comme mandataire un autre membre du conseil d’administration par écrit, télécopie, courrier électronique ou tout autre moyen similaire de communication. Tout administrateur peut représenter un ou plusieurs autres administrateurs.

 

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18.5 Un administrateur qui participe à une réunion du conseil d’administration, par conférence téléphonique, vidéoconférence ou par tout autre moyen de communication autorisant les membres participant à de telles réunions de s’entendre les uns les autres de manière continue et permettant une participation effective à ces réunions, est considéré être présent et est pris en compte en matière de quorum et de majorité. La participation à une réunion par ces moyens équivaudra à une participation en personne et la réunion devra être considérée comme ayant été tenue au siège social de la Société.

 

18.6 Le conseil d’administration peut à l’unanimité passer des décisions écrites qui auront la même valeur que les décisions prises lors d’une réunion du conseil d’administration dûment convoquée et tenue. De telles décisions écrites sont prises quand datées et signées par les administrateurs sur un document ou sur plusieurs copies, une copie d'une signature envoyée par la poste, par télécopieur ou par un moyen de communication similaire étant une preuve suffisante. Le document unique montrant toutes les signatures ou la totalité des documents signés, le cas échéant, formeront l’instrument qui sera la preuve de l'adoption des résolutions et la date des décisions sera la date de la dernière signature.

 

18.7 Le secrétaire ou, si aucun secrétaire n'a été nommé, le président qui était présent lors d'une réunion, dresse un procès-verbal de la réunion du conseil d'administration, qui doit être signé par le président ou par le secrétaire, selon le cas, ou par deux administrateurs.

 

Article 19      Comité du conseil d’administration

 

Le conseil d’administration peut créer un ou plusieurs comités, incluant sans limitation, un comité d’audit, un comité de nomination et de gouvernance d'entreprise et un comité de rémunération, et pour lesquels il doit, si un ou plusieurs de ces comités sont mis en place, nommer les membres qui peuvent, mais ne doivent pas nécessairement, être des membres du conseil d'administration (toujours sous réserve, si les actions ordinaires de la Société sont inscrites à une bourse étrangère, des exigences de cette bourse étrangère applicables à la Société et / ou de l’autorité de régulation compétente en relation avec cette cotation), déterminer le but, les pouvoirs et autorités ainsi que les procédures et les autres règles qui leur seront applicables.

 

Article 20.      Relations avec les tiers

 

La Société est engagée à l’égard des tiers en toutes circonstances par (i) la signature du président du conseil d’administration, (ii) la signature conjointe de deux (2) administrateurs ou (iii) par la signature conjointe ou la signature unique de toute(s) personne(s) à laquelle (auxquelles) un tel pouvoir aura été délégué par le conseil d’administration dans les limites d’une telle délégation.

 

Concernant les matières relevant de la gestion journalière de la Société, la Société est engagée à l’égard des tiers par la seule signature de (i) l’administrateur délégué ou du délégué à la gestion journalière (le « Délégué à la gestion journalière » ou « CEO »), (ii) le directeur financier (le « Directeur Financier » ou « CFO ») ou (iii) toute(s) personne(s) à quelle (auxquelles) un tel pouvoir en relation avec la gestion journalière de la Société aura été délégué par le conseil d’administration, en accord avec l’article 15 ci-dessus, agissant individuellement ou conjointement en accord avec les termes d’une telle délégation, si tant est qu’une telle personne ait été nommée.

 

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Article 21.      Indemnisation

 

21.1 Les membres du conseil d'administration ne sont pas tenus personnellement responsables des dettes ou d'autres obligations de la Société. Comme mandataires de la Société, ils sont responsables de l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Sous réserve des exceptions et limitations prévues à l'article 21.2 et des dispositions impératives de la loi, toute personne qui est, ou a été, membre du conseil d' administration ou dirigeant de la Société sera indemnisé par la Société, dans toute la mesure permise par la loi, contre toute responsabilité et toutes les dépenses raisonnablement engagées ou payées par lui en rapport avec toute réclamation, action, poursuite ou procédure dans lesquelles il est impliqué en tant que partie ou autre, pour être être ou avoir été administrateur ou dirigeant, et les sommes payées ou engagées par lui dans le règlement de celles-ci . Les mots «demande» , «action », «poursuite» ou «procédure» s'appliqueront à toutes les demandes, actions, poursuites ou procédures (civiles, pénales ou autres, y compris les appels) actuelles ou menacées et les mots « responsabilité » et «dépenses» comprennent, sans limitation les frais d'avocat, les coûts, les jugements, les montants payés en transaction et autres passifs.

 

21.2 Aucune indemnisation ne sera due à tout administrateur ou dirigeant (i) contre toute responsabilité envers la Société ou ses actionnaires en raison de fautes intentionnelles, de mauvaise foi, de négligence grave ou téméraire dans l’exercice de sa fonction ( ii ) à l'égard de toute affaire dans laquelle il aura été finalement condamné pour avoir agi de mauvaise foi et non dans l'intérêt de la Société ou ( iii ) dans le cas d' une transaction, à moins que la transaction ait été approuvée par un tribunal compétent, ou par le conseil d'administration.

 

21.3 Le droit à la présente d'indemnisation ici prévue est séparable, ne doit pas porter atteinte aux droits dont tout administrateur ou dirigeant peut présentement ou plus tard avoir droit et doit continuer pour une personne qui a cessé d'être administrateur ou dirigeant et bénéficiera aux héritiers, exécuteurs testamentaires et administrateurs de cette personne. Aucune disposition des présents statuts ne peut affecter ou limiter les droits à indemnisation dont le personnel, y compris les administrateurs et dirigeants, peuvent avoir droit par contrat ou autrement en vertu de la loi. La Société est expressément habilitée à fournir une indemnisation contractuelle et peut souscrire et maintenir une assurance pour tout le personnel, y compris les administrateurs et dirigeants de la Société, comme elle peut le décider au fil du temps.

 

21.4 Les dépenses liées à la préparation et la représentation d'une défense contre toute réclamation, action, poursuite ou procédure ayant le caractère décrit dans cet article 21 seront avancées par la Société avant toute décision finale sur réception de l’engagement par ou pour le compte d’un/de dirigeant(s) ou d’(un)administrateur(s), de rembourser ce montant s'il est finalement déterminé qu'il n'a pas droit à une indemnisation en vertu du présent article.

 

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Article 22.      Conflit d’intérêts

 

22.1 Tout administrateur qui a, directement ou indirectement, lors d’une transaction soumise à l'approbation du conseil d'administration, un intérêt qui est en conflit avec celui de la Société, doit informer le conseil d'administration de ce conflit d'intérêts et doit faire enregistrer sa déclaration dans le procès-verbal de la réunion du conseil d’administration. L’administrateur en question ne peut pas prendre part aux discussions et ne peut pas voter sur la transaction concernée. Un rapport spécial sur les opérations dans lesquelles un des administrateurs aurait eu un intérêt opposé à celui de la Société, doit être présenté lors de la prochaine assemblée générale avant que toute résolution soit mise au vote.

 

22.2 Aucun contrat ou autre transaction entre la Société et toute autre société ne sera affecté ou invalidé par le fait qu'un ou plusieurs administrateurs ou dirigeants de la Société sont intéressés, ou sont administrateurs, associés, dirigeants, agents, conseillers ou employés de cette autre société. Tout administrateur ou dirigeant qui est administrateur, dirigeant ou employé ou autre de toute société avec laquelle la Société contractera ou s’engage, ne doit pas, en raison de son appartenance à cette société, être empêché de voter ou d’agir dans les matières à l'égard de tel contrat ou autre affaire.

 

E.            AUDIT ET SURVEILLANCE DE LA SOCIETE

 

Article 23.      Auditeurs

 

23.1 Les comptes annuels de la Société doivent être audités par un ou plusieurs réviseurs d'entreprises agréés, nommés par l'assemblée générale des actionnaires après recommandation du conseil d'administration (agissant sur recommandation du comité d’audit, s’il existe). L'assemblée générale des actionnaires fixe le nombre de réviseur(s) et la durée de leur mandat qui ne peut excéder un (1) an et peut être renouvelé pour des périodes successives d'un (1) an.

 

23.2 Le réviseur peut être révoqué à tout moment avec motif (ou avec son approbation) par l'assemblée générale des actionnaires. Un auditeur peut être reconduit.

 

F. EXERCICE SOCIAL – AFFECTATION DES BENEFICES – ACOMPTES SUR DIVIDENDES

 

Article 24.      Exercice social

 

L’exercice social de la Société commence le premier (1) janvier de chaque année et se termine le trente-et-un (31) décembre de la même année.

 

Article 25.      Comptes annuels - Affectation des bénéfices

 

25.1 Au terme de chaque exercice social, les comptes sont clôturés et le conseil d'administration dresse ou fait dresser un inventaire des actifs et passifs de la Société, le bilan et le compte de profits et pertes conformément à la Loi.

 

25.2 Sur les bénéfices annuels nets de la Société, cinq pour cent (5%) au moins seront affectés à la réserve légale. Cette affectation cessera d'être obligatoire dès que le montant total de la réserve légale de la Société atteindra dix pour cent (10%) du capital social de la Société. Les sommes apportées à la Société par les actionnaires peuvent également être affectées à la réserve légale. En cas de réduction du capital social, la réserve légale de la Société pourra être réduite en proportion afin qu'elle n'excède pas dix pour cent (10%) du capital social.

 

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25.3 Sur proposition du conseil d’administration, l'assemblée générale des actionnaires décidera de l’affectation du solde du bénéfice net annuel.

 

25.4 Les dividendes qui n'ont pas été réclamés dans les cinq (5) ans après la date à laquelle ils sont devenus exigibles et payables reviennent à la Société.

 

Article 26.      Acomptes sur dividendes - Prime d'émission et primes assimilées

 

26.1 Le conseil d’administration peut décider de distribuer des acomptes sur dividendes dans le respect des conditions prévues par la Loi.

 

26.2 Toute prime d'émission, prime assimilée ou autre réserve distribuable peuvent être librement distribuées aux actionnaires (y compris par acomptes surdividendes) sous réserve des dispositions de la Loi et des présents statuts.

 

G. LIQUIDATION

 

Article 27.      Liquidation

 

27.1 En cas de dissolution de la Société, la liquidation sera effectuée par un ou plusieurs liquidateurs, personnes physiques ou morales, nommés par l'assemblée générale des actionnaires ayant décidé la dissolution de la Société et qui fixera les pouvoirs et émoluments de chacun des liquidateurs. Sauf dispositions contraires, le liquidateur ou les liquidateurs disposeront des pouvoirs les plus étendus pour la réalisation de l’actif et le paiement du passif de la Société.

 

27.2 Le surplus résultant de la réalisation de l’actif et du paiement de l’ensemble des dettes sera réparti entre les actionnaires en proportion du nombre des actions ordinaires qu'ils détiennent dans la Société.

 

H. LOI APPLICABLE

 

Article 28.      Loi applicable

 

Tout ce qui n’est pas régi par les présents statuts sera déterminé en conformité avec la Loi.

 

STATUTS COORDONNES, délivrés à la société sur sa demande.

 

Belvaux, le 9 juin 2020.

 

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Exhibit 5.1

 

 

To the Board of Directors

of Globant S.A.

37A, avenue J.F. Kennedy,

L-1855 Luxembourg

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

   
  Luxembourg, 9 June 2020
   
  Your ref. : /
  Our ref. : 52801 / 30283152
  Sophie.wagner@arendt.com
  Tel. : (352) 40 78 78-253
  Fax : (352) 40 78 04-634

 

GLOBANT S.A. – Form F-3 Registration Statement

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

1.Scope

 

We are acting as Luxembourg counsel for Globant S.A., a société anonyme, having its registered office at 37A, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, registered with the Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés de Luxembourg (the “RCS”) under number B 173 727, (the “Company”) in connection with the offering by the Company of 2,300,000 of its common shares (the “New Shares”), each with a nominal value of one U.S. dollar and twenty cents (U.S.$ 1.20) per share under the Registration Statement on Form F-3 (the “Registration Statement”) filed on 20 June 2018 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and the filing of two prospectus supplements under Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act (the “Prospectus Supplements”).

 

2.Documents

 

For the purpose of this opinion we have reviewed, and relied on the following documents:

 

(i)an e-mail copy of the Registration Statement;

 

(ii)an e-mail copy of the Prospectus Supplements;

 

(iii)an electronic copy of the consolidated articles of association of the Company as at 2 June 2020;

 

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(iv)an electronic copy of the signed written resolutions of the board of directors of the Company dated 1st June 2020 on inter alia the offering of common shares of the Company and the issue of the New Shares (the “Resolutions 1”);

 

(v)an electronic copy of the signed resolutions of the pricing committee of the Company dated 4th June 2020 determining inter alia (i) the number of New Shares to be issued and (ii) the offer and issue price of the New Shares (the “Resolutions 2”);

 

(vi)an electronic copy of the signed resolutions of the authorized officer of the board of directors of the Company dated 9th June 2020 inter alia (i) acknowledging the Resolutions 2 and (ii) deciding the increase of the share capital of the Company and the issue of the New Shares within the authorized capital of the Company (the “Resolutions 3” and together with the Resolutions 1 and the Resolutions 2, the “Resolutions”);

 

(vii)an electronic version of an excerpt from the RCS with respect to the Company dated 9 June 2020;

 

(viii)an electronic version of a certificate of non-registration of a judicial decision (certificat de non-inscription d’une décision judiciaire) issued by the RCS in relation to the Company dated 9 June 2020 and certifying that as of 8 June 2020 no Luxembourg court decision as to inter alia the faillite, concordat préventif de faillite, gestion contrôlée, sursis de paiement, liquidation judiciaire (together, the “Luxembourg Insolvency Proceedings”) or foreign court decision as to faillite, concordat or other analogous procedures which have to be filed with the RCS in accordance with the law of December 19, 2002 on, inter alia, the RCS (the “Foreign Proceedings”) has been filed with the RCS in respect of the Company;

 

as well as such corporate records as have been disclosed to us and such certifications made to us, which we deemed necessary and appropriate as a basis for the opinions hereinafter expressed.

 

We have made an enquiry on the website of the Luxembourg Bar (Barreau de Luxembourg) (www.barreau.lu) on 9 June 2020 at 10.00 a.m. (CET) as to whether a faillite (bankruptcy) ruling has been issued against the Company by a court in Luxembourg and we have also made an enquiry in relation to the Company on the website of the RCS on 9 June 2020 at 10.00 a.m. (CET) as to whether Luxembourg Insolvency Proceedings, a decision of liquidation volontaire (voluntary liquidation), or any similar Foreign Proceedings, or a decision appointing an interim administrator (administrateur provisoire) have been filed with the RCS with respect to the Company (together, the “Searches”). At the time of the relevant Search, no court ruling declaring the Company subject to any Luxembourg Insolvency Proceedings or appointing an interim administrator (administrateur provisoire), and no similar Foreign Proceedings or decision of liquidation volontaire (voluntary liquidation) were on file with the RCS. It should be noted that such Searches are subject to disclaimers on the relevant websites, and do not reveal whether any such court ruling has been rendered, any such Foreign Proceeding commenced or decision taken which has not yet been registered or filed or does not yet appear on the relevant websites, or whether steps have been taken to declare the Company subject to any of the above proceedings or to decide a liquidation volontaire (voluntary liquidation). Thus, we cannot opine as to whether any such action has been initiated, court ruling rendered, Foreign Proceedings commenced or decision taken but not yet filed and published with the RCS. We have not made any enquiries other than those described in this section.

 

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We express no opinion as to any laws other than the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and this opinion is to be construed under Luxembourg law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Luxembourg.

 

3.Assumptions

 

For the purposes of this opinion we have relied on the accuracy and completeness of the documents that we have reviewed and that they remain in full force and effect. We have furthermore assumed that all copies of documents that we have reviewed conform to the originals, that all originals are genuine and complete and that each signature is the genuine signature of the individual as signatory on the document. In addition, we have assumed and have not verified the accuracy as to factual matters of each document we have reviewed. We have assumed that the Shares will be issued against a payment in cash.

 

4.Opinion

 

Based on the above assumptions and subject to the qualifications set out below, and having regard for such legal considerations as we have deemed relevant, we are of the opinion that:

 

4.1The Company is a validly existing société anonyme under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

 

4.2The New Shares being offered by the Company, once duly subscribed and fully paid and issued in accordance with the Registration Statement, the Prospectus Supplements and the Resolutions, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

 

5.Qualifications

 

This opinion speaks as of the date hereof. No obligation is assumed to update this opinion or to inform any person of any changes of law or other matters coming to our knowledge and occurring after the date hereof, which may affect this opinion in any respect.

 

This opinions is subject to all limitations by reason of national or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, controlled management, suspension of payment, fraudulent conveyance, general settlement of composition with creditors, general settlement with creditors, reorganisation or similar laws affecting the rights of creditors generally.

 

In this opinion Luxembourg legal concepts are expressed in English terms and not in their original French terms. The concepts concerned may not be identical to the concepts described by the same English terms as they exist in the laws of other jurisdictions.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement (as an exhibit to a Report of Foreign Private Issuer on Form 6-K that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement) and to use of our name under the heading “Legal Matters” and “Taxation” as regards the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the prospectus contained therein and in the Prospectus Supplements. In giving such consent we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act.

 

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This Opinion is issued by and signed on behalf of Arendt & Medernach SA, admitted to practice in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and registered on the list V of lawyers of the Luxembourg Bar.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

By and on behalf of Arendt & Medernach SA

 

/s/ Sophie Wagner-Chartier

 

Sophie Wagner-Chartier

Partner

 

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Exhibit 8.1

 

 

To the Board of Directors

of Globant S.A.

37A, avenue J.F. Kennedy

L-1855 Luxembourg

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

   
   
  Luxembourg, 9 June 2020
   
  Our ref. 52801 / 30403339v1
  alain.goebel@arendt.com
  Tel.      : (352) 40 78 78-512
  Fax      : (352) 40 78 04-635

 

GLOBANT S.A. – F-3 Registration Statement

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

We are acting as Luxembourg counsel for Globant S.A., a société anonyme, having its registered office at 37A, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, registered with the Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés de Luxembourg under number B 173 727, (the “Company”) in connection with the offering by the Company of 2,300,000 of its common shares, each with a nominal value of one U.S. dollar and twenty cents (U.S.$ 1.20) per share, under the Registration Statement on Form F-3 (the “Registration Statement”) filed on 20 June 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the “Securities Act”) and the filing of two prospectus supplements under Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act (the “Prospectus Supplements”).

 

We hereby confirm that the discussion set forth under the caption “Taxation – Luxembourg tax considerations”, in the Prospectus Supplements, which are part of the Company’s Registration Statement filed on 20 June 2018, is our opinion.

 

For the purpose of this confirmation, we have assumed that the Company is exclusively tax resident in Luxembourg at the date hereof.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to use of our name under the heading “Legal Matters” and “Taxation” as regards the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the Prospectus Supplements. In giving such consent we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act.

 

 

 

We express no opinion as to any laws other that the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and this opinion is to be construed under Luxembourg law.

 

This opinion is issued by and signed on behalf of Arendt & Medernach SA, admitted to practice in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and registered on the list V of lawyers of the Luxembourg Bar.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

By and on behalf of Arendt & Medernach SA

 

  /s/ Alain Goebel  
  Alain Goebel  
  Partner  

 

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