UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  September 16, 2020

 

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Maryland

001-39529

26-1516177

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

(Commission File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

 

800 Clinton Square, Rochester, New York

14604

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(585) 287-6500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.00025 par value

 

BNL

 

New York Stock Exchange

Class A Common Stock, $0.00025 par value1

 

BNL

 

New York Stock Exchange

1 Each share of Class A Common Stock will automatically convert to one share of Common Stock on March 20, 2021, the date that is 180 days after the completion of the initial public offering of the Class A Common Stock.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company    

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

 

 

 

 


 

 

Item 1.01        Entry into Material Definitive Agreement

 

On September 21, 2020, Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (the “Company”) closed its initial public offering (“IPO”) of 33,500,000 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, $0.00025 par value per share (the “Class A Common Stock”) pursuant to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-240381), as amended (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).  In connection with the IPO, the Company entered into the following agreements:

 

 

Underwriting Agreement, dated September 16, 2020, by and among the Company, Broadstone Net Lease, LLC (the “Operating Company”), J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp., and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriting Agreement”);

 

Second Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, dated September 21, 2020, between the Company, as managing member of the Operating Company, and the non-managing members of the Operating Company (the “OP Agreement”);

 

Amendment No. 1 to Term Loan Agreement, dated September 21, 2020, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as Borrower, the Lenders party thereto, and JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. (the “JPM Amendment”);

 

Second Amendment to Term Loan Agreement, dated September 21, 2020, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as Borrower, the Lenders party thereto, and Capital One, National Association (the “CONA Amendment”); and

 

Third Amendment to Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement, dated September 21, 2020, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as Borrower, the lenders party thereto, and Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, as Administrative Agent (the “M&T Amendment”).

 

Forms of the Underwriting Agreement and the OP Agreement were previously filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement and the executed agreements are filed as exhibits to this Form 8-K.  The terms of each of these executed agreements are substantially the same as the terms set forth in the forms of these agreements filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement and as described therein.  

 

Credit Facility Amendments

 

As previously disclosed, the Company previously entered into the following agreements:

 

 

Term Loan Agreement, dated as of February 7, 2020, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as borrower, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (the “JPM Term Loan Agreement”);

 

Term Loan Agreement, dated as of February 27, 2019, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as borrower, Capital One, National Association, as administrative agent, the lenders party thereto, and the other financial institutions a party thereto entered (the “CONA Term Loan Agreement”); and

 

Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement, dated June 23, 2017, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as borrower, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, as administrative agent (“M&T”), and the lenders party thereto (as amended on November 20, 2017 and February 23, 2019, the “M&T Term Loan Agreement”).

 

On September 21, 2020: (i) the Company, the Operating Company, and other parties to the JPM Term Loan Agreement entered into the JPM Amendment; (ii) the Company, the Operating Company, and other parties to the CONA Term Loan Agreement entered into the CONA Amendment; and (iii) the Company, the Operating Company, and other parties to the M&T Term Loan Agreement entered into the M&T Amendment. The JPM Amendment, CONA Amendment and M&T Amendment are collectively referred to herein as the “Credit Facility Amendments”

 


 

 

With respect to their respective term loan agreements, the Credit Facility Amendments: (x) lowered the capitalization rate used to calculate “Total Market Value” from 7.50% to 7.00%, and (y) revised certain defined terms.  Additionally, the Credit Facility Amendments included amendments to conform certain provisions of their respective term loan agreements to the terms of the Company’s previously announced Revolving Credit Agreement, dated September 4, 2020, by and among the Company, the Operating Company as borrower, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and the other parties thereto (the “JPM Revolving Credit Facility”).

 

In addition to the provisions summarized above, the CONA Amendment included provisions that provided a benchmark replacement for LIBOR, if needed.  Finally, the M&T Amendment terminated and removed the revolving commitments in the M&T Term Loan Agreement because such revolving credit facility was paid off on September 21, 2020.

 

Except as expressly amended pursuant to the Credit Facility Amendments, the terms and conditions of each of the JPM Term Loan Agreement, the CONA Term Loan Agreement, and the M&T Agreement remain in full force and effect.

 

The foregoing descriptions of the Underwriting Agreement and the OP Agreement, and the summary of the terms of such agreements in the Registration Statement, are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement and the OP Agreement, which are filed as Exhibits 1.1 and 10.1, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing summaries of the JPM Amendment, CONA Amendment and M&T Amendment are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the JPM Amendment, CONA Amendment and M&T Amendment, which are filed as Exhibits 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 2.03        Creation of Direct Financial Obligation

 

The disclosure included in Item 1.01 above is incorporated herein by reference. Additionally, on September 21, 2020, the Company satisfied all closing conditions in connection with the Company’s previously announced JPM Revolving Credit Facility. As of the same date, there was $0 million in outstanding borrowings under the JPM Revolving Credit Facility. The disclosure set forth under Item 1.01 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on September 11, 2020 is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

 

Item 9.01        Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)

Exhibits 

 

INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

1.1

 

Underwriting Agreement

10.1

 

Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC

10.2

 

Amendment No. 1 to Term Loan Agreement, dated September 21, 2020, by and among Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and the other lenders party thereto  

10.3

 

Second Amendment to Capital One Term Loan Agreement, dated as of September 21, 2020, by and among Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., Broadstone Net Lease, Capital One, National Association, as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto

10.4

 

Third Amendment to Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement, dated as of September 21, 2020, by and among Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto

 

 

 


 

SIGNATURES

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

 

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, INC.

 

/s/ John D. Moragne

Name: John D. Moragne

Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

 

Date: September 21, 2020

 

 

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EXHIBIT 1.1

 

 

 

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.

33,500,000 Shares of Class A Common Stock

Underwriting Agreement

September 16, 2020

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Morgan Stanley & 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

 

c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, NY 10282-2198

 

c/o BMO Capital Markets Corp.

3 Times Square, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10036

 

c/o Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

1585 Broadway

New York, New York 10036

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, a New York limited liability company (the “Operating Partnership,” and, together with the Company, the “Transaction Parties”) confirm their agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein, that the Company will issue and sell to the several underwriters listed in Schedule 1 hereto (the “Underwriters”), for whom you are acting as representatives (the “Representatives”), an aggregate of 33,500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.00025 per share, of the Company (the “Underwritten Shares”) and, at the option of the Underwriters, up to an additional 5,025,000 shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company (the “Option Shares”).  The Underwritten Shares and the Option Shares are herein referred to as the “Shares.”  The shares of Common Stock, par value $0.00025 per share, of the

 


 

Company (the “Common Stock”), including the Class A Common Stock, to be outstanding after giving effect to the sale of the Shares are referred to herein as the “Stock.”  

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (the “Directed Share Underwriter”) has agreed to reserve a portion of the Shares to be purchased by it under this Agreement, up to 1,675,000 Shares, for sale to the Company’s directors, officers, and certain employees and other parties related to the Company (collectively, “Participants”), as set forth in the Prospectus (as hereinafter defined) under the heading “Underwriting” (the “Directed Share Program”).  The Shares to be sold by the Directed Share Underwriter and its affiliates pursuant to the Directed Share Program are referred to hereinafter as the “Directed Shares.”  Any Directed Shares not orally confirmed for purchase by any Participant by 8:00 A.M., New York City time on the business day (as hereinafter defined) on which this Agreement is executed will be offered to the public by the Underwriters as set forth in the Prospectus.

Prior to the Applicable Time (as hereinafter defined), the Transaction Parties will effect a series of transactions described more fully in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and defined therein and herein as the “Recapitalization.”  As part of the Recapitalization, the Transaction Parties will (i) establish the Class A Common Stock of the Company as a new class of Common Stock, (ii) effect a four-for-one stock split of the Common Stock that is outstanding immediately prior to the Closing Date (as hereinafter defined); and (iii) effect a four-for-one unit split of the membership units (the “OP Units”) of the Operating Partnership that are outstanding immediately prior to the Closing Date.

Each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, hereby confirms its agreement with the several Underwriters concerning the purchase and sale of the Shares, as follows:

1.Registration Statement.  The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), a registration statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-240381), including a prospectus, relating to the Shares.  Such registration statement, as amended at the time it became effective, including the information, if any, deemed pursuant to Rule 430A, 430B or 430C under the Securities Act to be part of the registration statement at the time of its effectiveness (“Rule 430 Information”), is referred to herein as the “Registration Statement”; and as used herein, the term “Preliminary Prospectus” means each prospectus included in such registration statement (and any amendments thereto) before effectiveness, any prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(a) under the Securities Act and the prospectus included in the Registration Statement at the time of its effectiveness that omits Rule 430 Information, and the term “Prospectus” means the prospectus in the form first used (or made available upon request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173 under the Securities Act) in connection with confirmation of sales of the Shares.  If the Company has filed an abbreviated registration statement pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act (the “Rule 462 Registration Statement”), then any reference herein to the term “Registration Statement” shall be deemed to include such Rule 462 Registration Statement.  Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings given to such terms in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

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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, the “Pricing Disclosure Package”):  a Preliminary Prospectus dated September 8, 2020 and each “free-writing prospectus” (as defined pursuant to Rule 405 under the Securities Act) listed on Annex A hereto.

“Applicable Time” means 5:25 P.M., New York City time, on September 16, 2020.

2.Purchase of the Shares.

(a)Upon the basis of the warranties and representations herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Company agrees to issue and sell the Underwritten Shares to the several Underwriters as provided in this underwriting agreement (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 purchase at a price per share of $15.98 (the “Purchase Price”) from the Company the respective number of Underwritten Shares set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule 1 hereto.

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 purchase, severally and not jointly, from the Company the Option Shares at the Purchase Price less an amount per 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 purchased, the number of Option Shares to be purchased by each Underwriter shall be the number of Option Shares which bears the same ratio to the aggregate number of Option Shares being 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 10 hereof) bears to the aggregate number of Underwritten Shares being 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 purchase Option Shares at any time in whole, or from time to time in part, on or before the thirtieth 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 but shall not be earlier than the Closing Date nor later than the tenth full business day after the date of such notice (unless such time and date are postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 hereof).  Any such notice shall be given at least two business days prior to the date and time of delivery specified therein.

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(b)The Transaction Parties understand 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 Pricing Disclosure Package.  The Transaction Parties acknowledge and agree that the Underwriters may offer and sell Shares to or through any affiliate of an Underwriter.

(c)Payment for the Shares shall be made by wire transfer in immediately available funds to the account specified by the Company to the Representatives in the case of the Underwritten Shares, at the offices of Clifford Chance US LLP, 31 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019, at 10:00 A.M. New York City time on September 21, 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 purchase such Option Shares. 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 an “Additional Closing Date.”

Payment for the Shares to be purchased on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall be made against delivery to the Representatives for the respective accounts of the several Underwriters of the Shares to be purchased on such date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, with any transfer taxes payable in connection with the 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 certificates for the Shares, if the Shares are represented by certificates, will be made available for inspection and packaging by the Representatives at the office of DTC or its designated custodian not later than 1:00 P.M., New York City time, on the business day prior to the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

(d)The Transaction Parties acknowledge and agree that the Representatives and the other Underwriters are acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length contractual counterparty to the Transaction Parties 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 Transaction Parties or any other person.  Additionally, neither the Representatives nor any other Underwriter is advising the Transaction Parties or any other person as to any legal, tax, investment, accounting or regulatory matters in any jurisdiction.  Each of the Transaction Parties 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 neither the Representatives nor the other Underwriters shall have any responsibility or liability to the Transaction Parties with respect thereto.  Any review by the Representatives and the other Underwriters of the Transaction Parties,

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the transactions contemplated hereby or other matters relating to such transactions will be performed solely for the benefit of the Underwriters and shall not be on behalf of the Transaction Parties.

3.Representations and Warranties of the Transaction Parties.  Each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, represents and warrants to each Underwriter that:

(a)Preliminary Prospectus.  No order preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus has been issued by the Commission, and 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 Transaction Parties make no representation or 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 7(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 any 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 Transaction Parties make no representation or 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 7(b) hereof.  No statement of material fact included in the Prospectus has been omitted from the Pricing Disclosure Package and no statement of material fact included in the Pricing Disclosure Package that is required to be included in the Prospectus has been omitted therefrom.

(c)Issuer Free Writing Prospectus.  Other than the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Parties (including its agents and representatives, other than the Underwriters in their capacity as such) has prepared, made, used, authorized, approved or referred to or will prepare, make, 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 either of the Transaction Parties 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

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Securities Act or (ii) the documents listed on Annex A hereto, each electronic road show and any other written communications approved in writing in advance by the Representatives.  As of its date, 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 did not conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Pricing Disclosure Package, 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 any 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 Transaction Parties make no representation or 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 7(b) hereof.

(d)Emerging Growth Company.  From the time of initial confidential submission of the Registration Statement to the Commission (or, if earlier, the first date on which the Transaction Parties engaged directly or through any person authorized to act on their behalf in any Testing-the-Waters Communication (as hereinafter defined) undertaken in reliance on Section 5(d) of the Securities Act) through the date hereof, the Company has been and is an “emerging growth company,” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act (an “Emerging Growth Company”).  “Testing-the-Waters Communication” means any oral or written communication with potential investors undertaken in reliance on either Section 5(d) of, or Rule 163B under, the Securities Act.

(e)Testing-the-Waters Materials.  The Transaction Parties (i) have not engaged in any Testing-the-Waters Communications other than Testing-the-Waters Communications engaged in with the consent of the Representatives with entities that are qualified institutional buyers within the meaning of Rule 144A under the Securities Act or institutions that are accredited investors within the meaning of Rule 501 under the Securities Act and (ii) have not authorized anyone other than the Representatives to engage in Testing-the-Waters Communications.  The Transaction Parties reconfirm that the Representatives have been authorized to act on their behalf in undertaking Testing-the-Waters Communications by virtue of a writing substantially in the form of Exhibit A hereto.  The Transaction Parties have not distributed or approved for distribution any Written Testing-the-Waters Communications (as hereinafter defined) other than those listed on Annex B hereto.  “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.  Any individual Written Testing-the-Waters Communication did not, as of the date made, conflict with the information contained in

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the Registration Statement or the Pricing Disclosure Package, and complied in all material respects with the Securities Act, and when taken together with the Pricing Disclosure Package, as of the Applicable Time, did not, and as of the Closing Date and as of any 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.

(f)Registration Statement and Prospectus.  The Registration Statement has been declared effective by the Commission. No order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued by the Commission, and no proceeding for that purpose against either of the Transaction Parties or related to the offering of the Shares has been initiated or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Parties, threatened by the Commission; as of the applicable effective date of the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, the Registration Statement and any such post-effective amendment 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 any 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 Transaction Parties make no representation or 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 7(b) hereof. The Registration Agreement was initially confidentially submitted to the Commission on January 10, 2020, and initially publicly filed with the Commission on August 4, 2020.

(g)Financial Statements.  The financial statements (including the related notes thereto) of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, the financial statements (including the related notes thereto) of the Industrial Portfolio Acquisition included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, and the financial statements (including the related notes thereto) of Broadstone Real Estate, LLC (“BRE”) included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, in each case, comply in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and, in the case of the financial statements of the Company and BRE, present fairly the financial position of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, or BRE and its consolidated subsidiaries, as applicable, as of the dates indicated and the results of their respective operations and the changes in

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their respective cash flows, and in the case of the financial statements of the Industrial Portfolio Acquisition, present fairly its revenues and operating expenses, in each case, for the periods specified; such financial statements have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods covered thereby, and any supporting schedules included in the Registration Statement present fairly the information required to be stated therein; the other financial information included 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 the information shown thereby; all disclosures included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus regarding “non-GAAP financial measures” (as such term is defined by the rules and regulations of Commission) comply with Regulation G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Exchange Act”) and Item 10 of Regulation S‑K of the Securities Act, to the extent applicable; and the pro forma financial information and the related notes thereto included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus have been prepared in accordance with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the assumptions underlying such pro forma financial information are reasonable and are set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

(h)No Material Adverse Change.  Since the date of the most recent financial statements of the Company included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (i) there has not been any change in the capital stock (other than, in each case as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (1) the issuance of shares of Common Stock upon exercise of outstanding stock options and warrants, (2) the grant of options and awards under existing equity incentive plans, including the Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. 2020 Omnibus Equity and Incentive Plan, (3) the potential obligation of the Transaction Parties to pay additional earnout consideration in connection with the Internalization, and (4) any dividend or distribution of any kind contemplated, declared, set aside for payment, paid or made by either of the Transaction Parties on any class of its capital stock, in the case of the Company, or on the OP Units, in the case of the Operating Partnership), non-controlling interests, short-term debt or long-term debt of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries, or other form of ownership interests, as applicable, or any material adverse change or any development involving a prospective material adverse change in or affecting the business, the real properties owned or leased by the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries (collectively, the “Properties”), management, results of operations, financial condition or stockholders’ equity of the Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries taken as a whole; (ii) neither the

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Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries has entered into any transaction or agreement (whether or not in the ordinary course of business) that is material to the Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries taken as a whole or incurred any liability or obligation, direct or contingent (including off-balance sheet obligations), that is material to the Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries taken as a whole; and (iii) neither the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries has sustained any loss or interference with its business that is material to the Transaction Parties and their 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 each case as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

(i)Organization and Good Standing of the Company.  The Company has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Maryland, is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, and has all corporate power and authority necessary to own or hold its properties and to conduct the business in which it is engaged, as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, except where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing or have such power or authority would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the business, Properties, management, financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations of the Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries taken as a whole or on the performance by the Transaction Parties of their obligations under this Agreement (a “Material Adverse Effect”).

(j)Organization and Good Standing of Subsidiaries.  Each significant subsidiary of the Company (including, without limitation, the Operating Partnership) has been duly organized or formed, as applicable, and is validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation, organization or formation, is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its businesses requires such qualification, and has all corporate, trust, partnership, limited liability company or similar power and authority necessary to own or hold its properties and to conduct the businesses in which it is engaged, as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, except where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing or have such power or authority would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.  The Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, any corporation, association or other entity other than the subsidiaries listed in Exhibit 21.1 to the Registration Statement and certain other subsidiaries which, considered in the aggregate as a single subsidiary, do not constitute a significant subsidiary.  The only “significant subsidiaries” of the Company within the meaning of Section 1-02 of Regulation S-X promulgated under the Exchange Act are (1) the Operating Partnership and (2) the Company’s taxable REIT subsidiaries taken as a whole.

(k)Capitalization.  The Company has an authorized capitalization as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the heading “Capitalization”; all the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company, including the shares of Common Stock issued in the Recapitalization, have been duly and

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validly authorized and issued and are fully paid and non-assessable, are not subject to any pre-emptive or similar rights and have been offered and sold in compliance with U.S. federal and applicable state securities laws; except as described in or expressly contemplated by 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 shares of capital stock 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 capital stock of the Company or any such subsidiary, any such convertible or exchangeable securities or any such rights, warrants or options, except the potential earnout consideration payable in connection with the Internalization; the capital stock of the Company conforms in all material respects to the description thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; and all the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock or other equity interests of each subsidiary (including, without limitation, all of the issued and outstanding OP Units) 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.

(l)No Stock Options. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their subsidiaries has granted to any person or entity a stock option pursuant to an equity-based compensation plan.

(m)Due Authorization.  Each of the Transaction Parties 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.

(n)Underwriting Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Transaction Parties.

(o)The Shares.  The Shares to be issued and sold by the Company hereunder have been duly authorized by the Company and, when issued and delivered and paid for as provided herein, will be duly and validly issued, will be fully paid and nonassessable and will conform to the descriptions 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.

(p)Ownership and Description of OP Units. The Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of the Operating Partnership (the “Operating Partnership Agreement”) is in full force and effect, and, at the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, the aggregate percentage interests of the Company and the non-managing members in the Operating Partnership will be as set

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forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, provided that, to the extent any portion of the Underwriters’ option to purchase the Option Shares is exercised hereunder, the percentage interests of the Company and the non-managing members in the Operating Partnership will be adjusted accordingly. At the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, the Company will contribute the proceeds from the sale of the Underwritten Shares and, to the extent any portion of the Underwriters’ option is exercised, the related Option Shares, to the Operating Partnership in exchange for a number of OP Units equal to the number of Underwritten Shares and Option Shares issued. All of the OP Units issued to the Company in consideration of the contribution of the proceeds from the sale of the Underwritten Shares and the Option Shares (if any) have been duly authorized and, at the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and will be owned by the Company free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance, claim or equity, and none of such OP Units will be issued in violation of any preemptive rights, resale rights, rights of first offer or refusal or other similar rights. The terms of the OP Units conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and such description conforms in all material respects to the rights set forth in the instruments defining the same. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (A) no OP Units are reserved for any purpose, (B) there are no outstanding securities convertible into or exchangeable for any OP Units or any other ownership interests of the Operating Partnership and (C) there are no outstanding options, rights (preemptive or otherwise) or warrants to purchase or subscribe for OP Units or any other ownership interests of the Operating Partnership.

(q)Recapitalization.  The Recapitalization has been duly and validly authorized by each of the Transaction Parties. The Common Stock to be issued by the Company in the Recapitalization has been duly and validly authorized and, when issued pursuant to the Recapitalization, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable. The OP Units to be issued by the Operating Partnership in the Recapitalization have been duly and validly authorized and, when issued pursuant to the Recapitalization, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

(r)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.

(s)No Violation or Default.  Neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective 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 either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is a party or by which either of

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the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is bound or to which any property or asset of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is subject; or (iii) in violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority having jurisdiction over the Company and its subsidiaries, except, in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) above, for any such default or violation that would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

(t)No Conflicts.  The execution, delivery and performance by the Transaction Parties of this Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, including, without limitation, the Recapitalization, 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, result in the termination, modification or acceleration of, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property, right or asset of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries pursuant to, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is a party or by which either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is bound or to which any property, right or asset of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the charter or by-laws or similar organizational documents of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries or (iii) result in the violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule  or regulation of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, except, in the case of clauses (i) and (iii) above, for any such conflict, breach, violation, default, lien, charge or encumbrance that would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

(u)No Consents Required.  No consent, approval, authorization, order, 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 Transaction Parties of this Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Shares and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including, without limitation, the Recapitalization, except for the registration of the Shares under the Securities Act and such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders and registrations or qualifications as may be required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) and under applicable state securities laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Shares by the Underwriters.

(v)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, demands, claims, suits, arbitrations, inquiries or proceedings (“Actions”) pending to which either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is or may be a party or to which any property of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries is or may be the subject that,

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individually or in the aggregate, if determined adversely to the either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; no such Actions are threatened or, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, contemplated by any governmental or regulatory authority or threatened by others; and (i) there are no current or pending Actions 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.

(w)Independent Accountants.  Deloitte & Touche LLP, who have certified certain financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Transaction Parties within the applicable rules and regulations adopted by the Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) and as required by the Securities Act.

(x)Title to Real and Personal Property.  (i) The Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries have good and marketable fee simple title to, or leasehold interest under a lease in, the Properties, in each case, free and clear of all security interests, mortgages, pledges, liens, encumbrances, claims or equities of any kind other than those that (A) are described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or (B) do not, singly or in the aggregate, materially affect the value of such Property and do not materially interfere with the use made and proposed to be made of such Property by the Transaction Parties and any of their respective subsidiaries; (ii) except as would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, each of the leases under which a Transaction Party or one of its subsidiaries is a tenant relating to a Property are in full force and effect, and (A) no default or event of default has occurred under any such lease with respect to such Property and none of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries has received any notice of any event which, whether with or without the passage of time or the giving of notice, or both, would constitute a default under such lease and (B) none of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries has received any notice of any material claim of any sort that has been asserted by anyone adverse to the rights of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries under any of the leases mentioned above, or affecting or questioning the rights of the Transaction Parties and any of their respective subsidiaries to the continued possession of the leased premises under any such lease; (iii) except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, no tenant under any of the leases of the Properties to which a Transaction Party or any of its subsidiaries is a party (as a landlord) (the “Leases”) has a right of first refusal or an option to purchase any Property, which, if exercised, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (iv) the Transaction Parties have no actual

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knowledge that any Property fails to comply with all applicable codes, laws and regulations (including, without limitation, building and zoning codes, laws and regulations and laws relating to access to such Property), except for such failures to comply that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect; (v) no mortgage or deed of trust encumbering any Property is convertible into ownership interests in a Transaction Party or any of its subsidiaries; and (vi) none of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties and except as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, any lessee under a Lease is in default under any of the Leases and none of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries knows of any event which, whether with or without the passage of time or the giving of notice, or both, would constitute a default under any of the Leases, except, in each case, for such defaults that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(y)Intellectual Property.  (i) The Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries own or have the right to use all patents, patent applications, trademarks, service marks, trade names, trademark registrations, service mark registrations, domain names and other source indicators, copyrights and copyrightable works, know-how, trade secrets, systems, procedures, proprietary or confidential information and all other worldwide intellectual property, industrial property and proprietary rights (collectively, “Intellectual Property”) used in the conduct of their respective businesses; (ii) to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, the Transaction Parties’ and their respective subsidiaries’ conduct of their respective businesses does not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any Intellectual Property of any person; (iii) the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries have not received any written notice of any claim relating to Intellectual Property; and (iv) to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, the Intellectual Property of the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries is not being infringed, misappropriated or otherwise violated by any person.

(z)No Undisclosed Relationships.  No relationship, direct or indirect, exists between or among either of the Transaction Parties or any of their subsidiaries, on the one hand, and the directors, officers, stockholders, customers, suppliers or other affiliates of the Transaction Parties or any of their subsidiaries, on the other, that is required by the Securities Act to be described in each of 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.  Neither of the Transaction Parties is and, after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, will be required to register as an “investment company” or an entity “controlled” by an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Investment Company Act”).

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(bb)Taxes.  The Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries have paid all federal, state, local and foreign taxes and filed all tax returns required to be paid or filed through the date hereof, except for any taxes which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been provided in accordance with GAAP, or where the failure to pay or file would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and except as otherwise disclosed in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, there is no tax deficiency that has been asserted in writing against the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries or any of their respective properties or assets.

(cc)Licenses and Permits.  The Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries possess all licenses, sub-licenses, certificates, permits and other authorizations issued by, and have made all declarations and filings with, the appropriate federal, state, local or foreign 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 each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, except where the failure to possess or make the same would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and except as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries has received notice of any revocation or modification of any such license, sub-license, certificate, permit or authorization or has actual knowledge that any such license, sub-license, certificate, permit or authorization will not be renewed in the ordinary course, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

(dd)No Labor Disputes.  No labor disturbance by or dispute with employees of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, is contemplated or threatened, and neither of the Transaction Parties are 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 have a Material Adverse Effect.

(ee)Certain Environmental Matters.  Except as described in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (i) the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries (x) are in compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws (including common law), rules, regulations, decisions, judgments, decrees, orders and other legally enforceable requirements relating to pollution or the protection of human health or safety (as it relates to exposure to hazardous or toxic substances), the environment, natural resources, hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants (collectively, “Environmental Laws”); (y) have received and are in compliance with all permits, licenses, certificates or other authorizations or approvals required of them under any Environmental Laws to conduct their respective businesses; and (z) have not received written notice of any actual or potential liability or obligation

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under or relating to, or any actual or potential violation of, any Environmental Laws, including for the investigation or remediation of any disposal or release of hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants, and have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in any such notice; (ii) to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, there are no costs or liabilities arising under Environmental Laws of or relating to the Transaction Parties or their respective subsidiaries, except in the case of each of (i) and (ii) above, for any such matter as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and (iii) except as described in each of the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (x) there is no proceeding involving potential monetary sanctions that is pending, or that is known to be contemplated, against the Transaction Parties or their respective subsidiaries under any Environmental Laws in which a governmental entity is also a party, other than such proceeding regarding which it is reasonably believed no monetary sanctions of $100,000 or more will be imposed, (y) the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries are not aware of any facts or issues regarding compliance with Environmental Laws that could reasonably be expected to have a material effect on the capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position of the Transaction Parties and their respective subsidiaries, and (z) none of the Transaction Parties or their respective subsidiaries anticipates that material capital expenditures for environmental control facilities will be required in the current or succeeding fiscal years or in any further periods as may be material.

(ff)Compliance with ERISA.  (i) Each employee benefit plan, within the meaning of Section 3(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), for which the Company or any member of its “Controlled Group” (defined as any entity, whether or not incorporated, that is under common control with the Company within the meaning of Section 4001(a)(14) of ERISA or any entity that would be regarded as a single employer with the Company under Section 414(b),(c),(m) or (o) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (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; (ii) no prohibited transaction, within the meaning of Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code, has occurred with respect to any “benefit plan investor” within the meaning of the Department of Labor regulation at 29 C.F.R. § 2510.3-101, as modified by Section 3(42) of ERISA, excluding transactions effected pursuant to a statutory or administrative exemption; (iii) each Plan that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code is so qualified, and nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification; and (iv) none of the Company or any member of its Controlled Group (A) has any liability under Title IV of ERISA or (B) sponsors, maintains or contributes to any Plan, or has any obligation to sponsor, maintain or contribute to any Plan, except in each case with respect to the events or conditions set forth in (i) through (iv) hereof, as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.  

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(gg)Disclosure Controls.  The Company and its subsidiaries maintain an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act) that complies with the applicable 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 system of “internal control over financial reporting” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that is designed to comply with the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act and has 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 GAAP.  The Company and its subsidiaries maintain 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 GAAP 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 most recent evaluation of its internal controls over financial reporting pursuant to Rule 13a-15(c) of the Exchange Act, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, there are no material weaknesses in the Company’s internal controls.  The Company’s auditors and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company have been advised of:  (i) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which have adversely affected or are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Company’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and (ii) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

(ii)Insurance.  The Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries have insurance covering their respective properties, operations, personnel and businesses, including business interruption insurance, which insurance is in amounts and insures against such losses and risks adequate, in the reasonable judgment of the Transaction Parties, to protect the Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries and their respective businesses and that are customary for the businesses in which they are engaged; and neither the Transaction Parties nor their respective subsidiaries has (i) received notice from any

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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.

(jj)Cybersecurity; Data Protection. The Transaction Parties and their 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 Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries as currently conducted, free and clear of all material bugs, errors, defects, Trojan horses, time bombs, malware and other corruptants.  The Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries have implemented and maintained commercially reasonable controls, policies, procedures, and safeguards to maintain and protect their material confidential information and the integrity, continuous operation, redundancy and security of all IT Systems and data (including all personal, personally identifiable, sensitive, confidential or regulated data (“Personal Data”)) used in connection with their businesses, and, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, 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, liability or obligation, nor any incidents under internal review or investigations relating to the same.  The Transaction Parties and their 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 and Personal Data and to the protection of such IT Systems and Personal Data from unauthorized use, access, misappropriation or modification.

(kk)No Unlawful Payments. Neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries nor any director or officer of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, or employee of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries, any agent, affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective 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 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,

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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 will not use, directly or indirectly, the proceeds of the offering of the Shares hereunder in furtherance of an offer, promise, or authorization of any direct or indirect unlawful payment or benefit in violation of any applicable anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws.  The Transaction Parties and their 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 Transaction Parties and their subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements, including those of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the applicable money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions where the Transaction Parties or any of their 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 Transaction Parties or any of their subsidiaries with respect to the Anti-Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, threatened.

(mm)No Conflicts with Sanctions Laws.  Neither the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries nor any director or officer of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, any employee of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective subsidiaries, any agent, affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Transaction Parties or any of their 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 (“OFAC”) 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 (“UNSC”), the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury (“HMT”) or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”), nor is either of the Transaction Parties or any of their 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

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otherwise) of Sanctions.  For the past five years, the Transaction Parties and their 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.

(nn)No Restrictions on Subsidiaries.  No subsidiary of the Company (including the Operating Partnership) 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 capital stock or similar ownership interest, 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 of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective 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 any of them 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.  Except for that certain Registration Rights Agreement, dated February 7, 2020, among the Company, the Trident Owners, and the Founding Owners, no person has the right to require either of the Transaction Parties or their respective 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.

(qq)No Stabilization.  Neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates has 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)Margin Rules.  Neither the issuance, sale and delivery of the Shares nor the application of the proceeds thereof by the Company as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus will violate Regulation T, U or X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or any other regulation of such Board of Governors.

(ss)Statistical and Market Data.  Nothing has come to the attention of the Transaction Parties that has caused either of the Transaction Parties to believe that the statistical and market-related data included in each of 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.

(tt)Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  There is and has been no failure on the part of either of the Transaction Parties or any of their respective directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the Sarbanes-

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Oxley Act of 2002, as amended and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”) with which the Company is required to comply, including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

(uu)Status under the Securities Act.  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. The Company has paid the registration fee for this offering pursuant to Rule 456(b)(1) under the Securities Act or will pay such fee within the time period required by such rule (without giving effect to the proviso therein) and in any event prior to the Closing Date.

(vv)Directed Share Program.  Each of the Transaction Parties represents and warrants that (i) the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, any Preliminary Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses comply in all material respects, and any further amendments or supplements thereto will comply in all material respects, with any applicable laws or regulations of foreign jurisdictions in which the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus, any Preliminary Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as amended or supplemented, if applicable, are distributed in connection with the Directed Share Program, and that (ii) no authorization, approval, consent, license, order, registration or qualification of or with any government, governmental instrumentality or court, other than such as have been obtained, is necessary under the securities laws and regulations of foreign jurisdictions in which the Directed Shares are offered outside the United States.  Neither of the Transaction Parties has offered, or caused the underwriters to offer, Shares to any person pursuant to the Directed Share Program with the specific intent to unlawfully influence (i) a customer or supplier of the Transaction Parties to alter the customer or supplier’s level or type of business with the Transaction Parties, or (ii) a trade journalist or publication to write or publish favorable information about the Transaction Parties.

(ww)Accurate Disclosure.  The statements set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Description of Our Capital Stock,” insofar as they purport to constitute a summary of the terms of the Common Stock and the Shares, under the caption “Description of the Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC” insofar as they purport to constitute a summary of the terms of the OP Units, under the captions “Prospectus Summary—Restrictions on Ownership and Transfer of Our Common Stock,” “Prospectus Summary—Tax Status,” “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions,” “Description of the Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC,” “Certain Provisions of Maryland Law and of Our Charter and Second Amended and Restated Bylaws,” “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations,” and “ERISA Considerations” insofar as they purport to describe the provisions of the laws and

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documents referred to therein, and subject to the limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth therein, are accurate, complete and fair in all material respects.

(xx)Real Estate Investment Trust. Commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2008, the Company has been organized and has operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (a “REIT”) under Sections 856 through 860 of the Code, and its form of organization and proposed method of operation, as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, will enable it to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code, and no actions have been taken or are planned to be taken (or not taken which are required to be taken) which would cause such qualification or method of taxation to be lost. Each of the Company’s corporate subsidiaries that has elected, together with the Company, to be a taxable REIT subsidiary of the Company is in compliance with all requirements applicable to a “taxable REIT subsidiary” within the meaning of Section 856(l) of the Code and all applicable regulations under the Code, and no actions have been taken or are planned to be taken (or not taken which are required to be taken) which would cause such qualification to be lost. Each of the Company’s subsidiaries that is not a “taxable REIT subsidiary” of the Company is a disregarded entity or a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes. All statements regarding the Company’s qualification and taxation as a REIT and descriptions of the Company’s organization and proposed method of operation set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus are accurate in all material respects.

4.Further Agreements of the Transaction Parties.  Each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, covenants and agrees with each Underwriter that:

(a)Required Filings.  The Company will 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, will file any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act; and the Company will 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 will deliver, upon request and 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 counsel for the Underwriters a

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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.  Before using, authorizing, approving, referring to or filing any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, and before filing any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, the Company will furnish to the Representatives and counsel for the Underwriters a copy of the proposed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, amendment or supplement for review and will not use, authorize, approve, refer to or file any such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or file any such proposed amendment or supplement to which the Representatives reasonably object in a timely manner.

(d)Notice to the Representatives.  The Company will advise the Representatives promptly, and confirm such advice in writing (which may be by electronic mail), (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 Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication 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 including, but not limited to, any request for information concerning any Testing-the-Waters Communication; (v) of the issuance by the Commission or any other governmental or regulatory authority 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, the Prospectus or any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication or, to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties, 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, any of the Pricing Disclosure Package, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication 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, any such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication 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 to the knowledge of either of the Transaction Parties the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; and the Company will use its reasonable 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 or any Written Testing-the-Waters

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Communication or suspending any such qualification of the Shares and, if any such order is issued, will use its reasonable best efforts to obtain as soon as possible the withdrawal thereof.

(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 law, the Company will promptly notify the Underwriters thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to paragraph (c) above, 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 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 will promptly notify the Underwriters thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to paragraph (c) above, 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 law.

(f)Blue Sky Compliance.  If required by applicable law, the Company will qualify the Shares for offer and sale under the securities or Blue Sky laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives shall reasonably request and will 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 respect of doing business in any such jurisdiction if it is not otherwise so subject.

(g)Earning Statement.  The Company will make generally available to its security holders and the Representatives as soon as practicable an earning statement that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 of the

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Commission promulgated thereunder covering a period of at least twelve 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 180 days after the date of the Prospectus, neither Transaction Party will (i) offer, pledge, 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, or submit to, or file with, the Commission a registration statement under the Securities Act relating to, any shares of Common Stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Stock (including the OP Units), or publicly disclose the intention to undertake any of the foregoing, or (ii) enter into any swap or other agreement that transfers, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of the Common Stock or any such other securities, or publicly disclose the intention to undertake any of the foregoing, whether any such transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) above is to be settled by delivery of Common Stock or such other securities, in cash or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, other than the Shares to be sold hereunder.

The restrictions described above do not apply to (i) the sale of Shares pursuant to this Agreement; (ii) the public disclosure that the Company will issue shares of Common Stock upon the automatic conversion of its Class A Common Stock on a one-for-one basis 180 days after the completion of the public offering of the Shares; (iii) the issuance of shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities or the exercise of warrants or options (including net exercise) or the settlement of RSUs (including net settlement), in each case outstanding on the date of this Agreement and described in the Prospectus, other than issuances of shares of Common Stock upon exchange of OP Units to any party in contravention of a lock up letter entered into pursuant to Section 6(n) hereof; (iv) grants of stock options, stock awards, restricted stock, RSUs, or other equity awards and the issuance of shares of Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for shares of Common Stock (whether upon the exercise of stock options or otherwise) to the Company’s employees, officers, directors, advisors, or consultants pursuant to the terms of an equity compensation plan in effect as of the Closing Date and described in the Prospectus including, for the avoidance of doubt, the Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. 2020 Omnibus Equity and Incentive Plan; or (v) the filing of any registration statement on Form S-8 relating to securities granted or to be granted pursuant to any plan in effect on the date of this Agreement and described in the Prospectus or any assumed benefit plan pursuant to an acquisition or similar strategic transaction or (vi) the issuance of shares of Common Stock or OP Units in an amount equal to up to ten percent (10%) of the outstanding Common Stock (including the Class A Common Stock) on the Closing Date immediately after this offering, or securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for such amount of Common Stock, in connection with mergers or acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial relationships or other strategic transactions; provided that, in the case of this

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clause (vi), any recipient of such securities shall execute and deliver to the Representatives a “lock-up” agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit D hereto.  

If the Representatives, in their sole discretion, agree to release or waive the restrictions set forth in a lock-up letter described in Section 6(n) hereof for a stockholder, an officer or director of the Company and provide the Company with notice of the impending release or waiver substantially in the form of Exhibit B hereto at least three business days before the effective date of the release or waiver, the Company agrees to announce the impending release or waiver substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto through a major news service at least two business days before the effective date of the release or waiver.

(i)Use of Proceeds.  The Transaction Parties will apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the heading “Use of Proceeds.”

(j)No Stabilization.  Neither of the Transaction Parties nor any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates will 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 Stock.

(k)Exchange Listing.  The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to list, subject to notice of issuance, the Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”).

(l)Reports.  During the period ending five years following the date of this Agreement, so long as the Shares are outstanding, the Company will 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 (EDGAR) system.

(m)Record Retention.  The Company will, 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.

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

(o)Directed Share Program.  The Company will comply with all applicable securities and other laws, rules and regulations in each jurisdiction in which the Directed Shares are offered in connection with the Directed Share Program.

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(p)Emerging Growth Company.  The Company will promptly notify the Representatives if the Company ceases to be an Emerging Growth Company at any time prior to the later of (i) completion of the distribution of Shares within the meaning of the Securities Act and (ii) completion of the 180-day restricted period referred to in Section 4(h) hereof.

(q)Real Estate Investment Trust.  The Company will use its best efforts to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code for its taxable year ending December 31, 2020 and its subsequent taxable years, unless the Company’s Board of Directors determines in good faith that it is no longer in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders to so qualify.

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

(a)It has not used, 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 (including through incorporation by reference) in the Preliminary Prospectus or a previously filed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, (ii) any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus listed on Annex A or prepared pursuant to Section 3(c) or Section 4(c) above (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 will 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).

6.Conditions of Underwriters’ Obligations.  The obligation of each Underwriter to purchase the Underwritten Shares on the Closing Date or the Option Shares on any 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

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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 4(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 Transaction Parties contained herein shall be true and correct on the date hereof and on and as of the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be; and the statements of the Transaction Parties and their officers made in any certificates delivered pursuant to this Agreement shall be true and correct on and as of the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

(c)No Downgrade.  Subsequent to the earlier of (A) the Applicable Time and (B) the execution and delivery of this Agreement, (i) no downgrading shall have occurred in the rating accorded any debt securities, convertible securities or preferred stock issued, or guaranteed by, the Company or any of its subsidiaries by any “nationally recognized statistical rating organization,” as such term is defined under Section 3(a)(62) under the Exchange Act and (ii) no such organization shall have publicly announced that it has under surveillance or review, or has changed its outlook with respect to, its rating of any such debt securities or preferred stock issued or guaranteed by the Company or any of its subsidiaries (other than an announcement with positive implications of a possible upgrading).

(d)No Material Adverse Change.  No event or condition of a type described in Section 3(h) 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 any 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.

(e)Officer’s Certificate.  The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, 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 knowledge of such officers, the representations set forth in Sections 3(b) and 3(f) hereof are true and correct, (ii) confirming that the other representations and warranties of the Transaction Parties in this Agreement are true and correct and that each Transaction Party has complied with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied hereunder

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at or prior to the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and (iii) to the effect set forth in paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) above.

(f)Comfort Letters.  

(i) On the date of this Agreement and on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, Deloitte & Touche LLP shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Company, letters, dated the respective dates of delivery thereof and addressed to the Underwriters, the Board of Directors of the Company, and the Board of Managers of the OP, in form and substance reasonably 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 in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; provided, that the letter delivered on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall use a “cut-off” date no more than two business days prior to such Closing Date or such Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

(ii) On the date of this Agreement and on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, the Company shall have furnished to the Representatives a certificate, dated the respective dates of delivery thereof and addressed to the Underwriters, of its chief financial officer with respect to certain financial data contained in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, providing “management comfort” with respect to such information, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives.

(g)Opinion and 10b-5 Statement of Counsel for the Transaction Parties.  Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, counsel for the Transaction Parties, shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Transaction Parties, their written opinion and 10b-5 statement, dated the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, to the effect set forth in Annex C hereto.

(h)Opinion of Maryland Counsel for the Transaction Parties.  Ballard Spahr LLP, Maryland counsel for the Transaction Parties, shall have furnished to the Representatives, at the request of the Transaction Parties, their written opinion, dated the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, to the effect set forth in Annex D hereto.

(i)Opinion and 10b-5 Statement of Counsel for the Underwriters.  The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, an opinion and 10b-5 statement, addressed to the Underwriters, of Clifford Chance US LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, with respect to such matters as the Representatives may reasonably request, and such counsel shall have

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received such documents and information as they may reasonably request to enable them to pass upon such matters.

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

(k)Good Standing.  The Representatives shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, satisfactory evidence of the good standing of the Transaction Parties and the subsidiaries listed in Schedule 2 hereto in their respective jurisdictions of organization and their good standing in such other jurisdictions as the Representatives may reasonably request, in each case in writing or any standard form of telecommunication from the appropriate governmental authorities of such jurisdictions.

(l)Exchange Listing.  The Shares to be delivered on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall have been approved for listing on the NYSE subject to official notice of issuance.

(m)No Objection. FINRA has confirmed that it has not raised any objection with respect to the fairness and reasonableness of the underwriting terms and arrangements relating to the offering of the Shares.

(n)Lock-up Agreements.  The “lock-up” agreements, each substantially in the form of Exhibit D hereto, between you and certain shareholders, officers and directors of the Company identified on Schedule 3 hereto relating to sales and certain other dispositions of shares of Stock or certain other securities, delivered to you on or before the date hereof, shall be full force and effect on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be.

(o)Recapitalization.  The Recapitalization shall have been completed in the manner contemplated in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

(p)Additional Documents.  On or prior to the Closing Date or any 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.

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7.Indemnification and Contribution.  

(a)Indemnification of the Underwriters.  Each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, agrees to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, its affiliates, directors and officers 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, reasonable and documented legal fees and other expenses reasonably incurred in connection with any suit, action or proceeding or any claim asserted, as such fees and expenses are incurred), joint or several, that arise out of, or are based upon, (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained 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, or (ii) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), any Preliminary Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication, any road show as defined in Rule 433(h) under the Securities Act (a “road show”) or any 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 paragraph (b) below.

(b)Indemnification of the Transaction Parties.  Each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to indemnify and hold harmless the Transaction Parties, the Company’s directors, the Company’s officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls either of the Transaction Parties 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 paragraph (a) above, but only with respect to any losses, claims, damages or liabilities (including, without limitation, reasonable and documented 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, 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, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), any Preliminary Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication, any road show or any Pricing Disclosure Package (including any Pricing Disclosure Package that has subsequently been

 

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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 under the caption “Underwriting”: (i) the names of the Underwriters and their respective participation in the sale of the Shares, (ii) the concession figure appearing in the fifth paragraph thereunder and (iii) the information regarding stabilization, syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids appearing in the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth paragraphs thereunder.

(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 the preceding paragraphs of this Section 7, 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 the preceding paragraphs of this Section 7 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 the preceding paragraphs of this Section 7.  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 and any others entitled to indemnification pursuant to this Section that the Indemnifying Person may designate in such proceeding and shall pay the reasonable and documented fees and expenses in such proceeding and shall pay the reasonable and documented 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 actual or potential defendants in, or targets of, any such action include both the Indemnified Person and the Indemnifying Person and 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 interests 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 reasonable and documented fees and expenses of more than one separate firm (in addition to any local counsel) for all Indemnified Persons, and that all such reasonable and documented fees and expenses shall be paid or reimbursed as they are incurred. Any such separate firm for any Underwriter, its

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affiliates, directors and officers and any control persons of such Underwriter shall be designated in writing by the Representatives and any such separate firm for the Transaction Parties, the Company’s directors, the Company’s officers who signed the Registration Statement and any control persons of either of the Transaction Parties 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, the Indemnifying Person agrees to indemnify each Indemnified Person from and against any loss or liability by reason of such settlement.  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 paragraph, 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 30 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.

(d)Contribution.  If the indemnification provided for in paragraphs (a) or (b) above 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 Transaction Parties, 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 Transaction Parties, 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 Transaction Parties, 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 from the sale of the Shares and the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters 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 Transaction Parties, 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

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the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Transaction Parties or by the Underwriters and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

(e)Limitation on Liability.  The Transaction Parties and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to paragraph (d) above 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 paragraph (d) above.  The amount paid or payable by an Indemnified Person as a result of the losses, claims, damages and liabilities referred to in paragraph (d) above shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth above, any reasonable and documented legal or other expenses incurred by such Indemnified Person in connection with any such action or claim.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (d) and (e), 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 to paragraphs (d) and (e) are several in proportion to their respective purchase obligations hereunder and not joint.

(f)Non-Exclusive Remedies.  The remedies provided for in this Section 7 paragraphs (a) through (e) 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.

(g)Directed Share Program Indemnification.  Each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Directed Share Underwriter, its affiliates, directors and officers and each person, if any, who controls the Directed Share Underwriter within the meaning of either Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act (each a “Directed Share Underwriter Entity”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities (including, without limitation, any legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with defending or investigating any suit, action or proceeding or any claim asserted, as such fees and expenses are incurred) (i) caused by any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any material prepared by or with the consent of the Company for distribution to Participants in connection with the Directed Share Program or caused by any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; (ii) caused by the failure of any Participant to pay for and accept delivery of Directed Shares that the Participant agreed to purchase; or (iii) related to, arising out of, or in connection with the Directed Share Program, other than losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or expenses relating thereto) that are finally judicially determined to have

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resulted from the bad faith or gross negligence of the Directed Share Underwriter Entities.

(h)In case any proceeding (including any governmental investigation) shall be instituted involving any Directed Share Underwriter Entity in respect of which indemnity may be sought pursuant to paragraph (g) above, the Directed Share Underwriter Entity seeking indemnity shall promptly notify the Company in writing and the Transaction Parties, upon request of the Directed Share Underwriter Entity, shall retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Directed Share Underwriter Entity to represent the Directed Share Underwriter Entity and any others the Transaction Parties may designate in such proceeding and shall pay the reasonable fees and disbursements of such counsel related to such proceeding.  In any such proceeding, any Directed Share Underwriter Entity shall have the right to retain its own counsel, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Directed Share Underwriter Entity unless (i) the Transaction Parties and such Directed Share Underwriter Entity shall have mutually agreed to the retention of such counsel, (ii) the Transaction Parties have failed within a reasonable time to retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to such Directed Share Underwriter Entity, (iii) the actual or potential defendants in, or targets of, any such action include both the Directed Share Underwriter Entity and the Transaction Parties and the Directed Share Underwriter Entity 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 Transaction Parties or (iv) the named parties to any such proceeding (including any impleaded parties) include both the Transaction Parties and the Directed Share Underwriter Entity and representation of both parties by the same counsel would be inappropriate due to actual or potential differing interests between them.  The Transaction Parties shall not, in respect of the legal expenses of the Directed Share Underwriter Entities 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 Directed Share Underwriter Entities.  The Transaction Parties shall not be liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without their written consent, but if settled with such consent, the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, agree to indemnify the Directed Share Underwriter Entities from and against any loss or liability by reason of such settlement.  Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, if at any time any Directed Share Underwriter Entity shall have requested the Transaction Parties to reimburse such Directed Share Underwriter Entity for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by the second and third sentences of this paragraph, the Transaction Parties agree that they shall be jointly and severally liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 30 days after receipt by the Transaction Parties of the aforesaid request and (ii) the Transaction Parties shall not have reimbursed such Directed Share Underwriter Entity in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.  The Transaction Parties shall not, without the prior written consent of the Directed Share Underwriter, effect any settlement of any pending or threatened proceeding in respect of which any Directed Share Underwriter Entity is or could have been a party and indemnity could have been sought hereunder by such Directed Share

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Underwriter Entity, unless (x) such settlement includes an unconditional release of the Directed Share Underwriter Entities 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 the Directed Share Underwriter Entity.

(i)To the extent the indemnification provided for in paragraph (g) above is unavailable to a Directed Share Underwriter Entity or insufficient in respect of any losses, claims, damages or liabilities referred to therein, then the Transaction Parties in lieu of indemnifying the Directed Share Underwriter Entity thereunder, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by the Directed Share Underwriter Entity as a result of such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (1) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Transaction Parties on the one hand and the Directed Share Underwriter Entities on the other hand from the offering of the Directed Shares or (2) if the allocation provided by clause 7(i)(1) above is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause 7(i)(1) above but also the relative fault of the Transaction Parties on the one hand and of the Directed Share Underwriter Entities on the other hand in connection with any 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 Transaction Parties on the one hand and the Directed Share Underwriter Entities on the other hand in connection with the offering of the Directed Shares shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the net proceeds from the offering of the Directed Shares (before deducting expenses) and the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Directed Share Underwriter Entities for the Directed Shares, bear to the aggregate public offering price of the Directed Shares.  If the loss, claim, damage or liability is caused by an untrue or alleged untrue statement of material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact, the relative fault of the Transaction Parties on the one hand and the Directed Share Underwriter Entities on the other hand shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement or the omission or alleged omission relates to information supplied by the Transaction Parties or by the Directed Share Underwriter Entities and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

(j)The Transaction Parties and the Directed Share Underwriter Entities agree that it would be not just or equitable if contribution pursuant to paragraph (i) above were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Directed Share Underwriter Entities 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 paragraph (i) above.  The amount paid or payable by the Directed Share Underwriter Entities as a result of the losses, claims, damages and liabilities referred to in the immediately preceding paragraph shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth above, any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by the Directed Share Underwriter Entities in connection with investigating or defending such any action or claim.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (i) above, no Directed Share Underwriter Entity shall be required to

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contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Directed Shares distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages that such Directed Share Underwriter Entity has otherwise been required to pay.  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 remedies provided for in paragraphs (g) through (j) are not exclusive and shall not limit any rights or remedies which may otherwise be available to any indemnified party at law or in equity.

(k)The indemnity and contribution provisions contained in paragraphs (g) through (j) shall remain operative and in full force and effect regardless of (i) any termination of this Agreement, (ii) any investigation made by or on behalf of any Directed Share Underwriter Entity or the Transaction Parties, the Company’s officers or directors or any person controlling the Transaction Parties and (iii) acceptance of and payment for any of the Directed Shares.

8.Effectiveness of Agreement.  This Agreement shall become effective as of the date first written above.

9.Termination.  This Agreement may be terminated in the absolute discretion of the Representatives, by notice to the Transaction Parties, if after the execution and delivery of this Agreement and on or prior to the Closing Date or, in the case of the Option Shares, prior to any Additional Closing Date (i) trading generally shall have been suspended or materially limited on or by the New York Stock Exchange or The Nasdaq Stock Market; (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 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 any 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.

10.Defaulting Underwriter.  

(a)If, on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, any Underwriter defaults on its obligation to purchase the Shares that it has agreed to purchase hereunder on such date, the non-defaulting Underwriters may in their discretion arrange for the 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 purchase of such Shares, then the Company shall be entitled to a further period of 36 hours within which to procure other persons reasonably satisfactory to the non-defaulting Underwriters to purchase such Shares on such terms.  If other persons become obligated or agree to purchase the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter, either the non‑defaulting Underwriters

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or the Company may postpone the Closing Date or any 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 10, purchases Shares that a defaulting Underwriter agreed but failed to purchase.

(b)If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters and the Company as provided in paragraph (a) above, the aggregate number of Shares that remain unpurchased on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, does not exceed one-tenth of the aggregate number of Shares to be purchased on such date, then the Company shall have the right to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase the number of Shares that such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder on such date plus such Underwriter’s pro rata share (based on the number of Shares that such Underwriter agreed to 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 purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters and the Company as provided in paragraph (a) above, the aggregate number of Shares that remain unpurchased on the Closing Date or any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, exceeds one-tenth of the aggregate amount of Shares to be purchased on such date, or if the Company shall not exercise the right described in paragraph (b) above, then this Agreement or, with respect to any Additional Closing Date, the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase Shares on any Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, shall terminate without liability on the part of the non-defaulting Underwriters.  Any termination of this Agreement pursuant to this Section 10 shall be without liability on the part of the Company, except that the Company will continue to be liable for the payment of expenses as set forth in Section 11 hereof and except that the provisions of Section 7 hereof shall not terminate and shall remain in effect.

(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.

11.Payment of Expenses.

(a)Whether or not the transactions contemplated by this Agreement are consummated or this Agreement is terminated, each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, will pay or cause to be paid all costs and expenses incident to the performance of its obligations hereunder, including without limitation, (i) the costs

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incident to the authorization, 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, any Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (including all exhibits, amendments and supplements thereto) and the distribution thereof; (iii)  the fees and expenses of the Company’s counsel and independent accountants; (iv) up to $5,000 of the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the registration or qualification and determination of eligibility for investment of the Shares under the laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives may designate and the preparation, printing and distribution of a Blue Sky Memorandum (including the reasonable and documented related fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters); (v) the cost of preparing stock certificates; (vi) the costs and charges of any transfer agent and any registrar; (vii) the filing fees and all expenses incurred by the Underwriters in connection with any filing with, and clearance of the offering by, FINRA, including the fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters in an amount up to $30,000; (viii) all expenses incurred by the Company in connection with any “road show” presentation to potential investors and any Testing-the-Waters Communication in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares including, without limitation, (1) any travel expenses of the Company’s officers and employees and (2) any other expenses of the Company; (ix) all expenses and application fees related to the listing of the Shares on the NYSE; (x) all of the reasonable and documented fees and disbursements of counsel incurred by the Underwriters in connection with the Directed Share Program up to $20,000; and (xi) stamp duties, similar taxes or duties or other taxes, if any, incurred by the Underwriters in connection with the Directed Share Program.  It is understood, however, that, except as otherwise provided in this Section 11, the Underwriters will pay all fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters.

(b)If (i) this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 9, (ii) the Company for any reason fails to tender the Shares for delivery to the Underwriters or (iii) the Underwriters decline to purchase the Shares for any reason permitted under this Agreement, each of the Transaction Parties, jointly and severally, agrees to reimburse the Underwriters for all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including the fees and expenses of their external counsel but not in-house counsel) reasonably incurred by the Underwriters in connection with this Agreement and the offering contemplated hereby.

12.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 herein, and the affiliates of each Underwriter referred to in Section 7 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.

13.Survival.  The respective indemnities, rights of contribution, representations, warranties and agreements of the Transaction Parties and the Underwriters contained in this

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Agreement or made by or on behalf of the Transaction Parties 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 Transaction Parties or the Underwriters or the directors, officers, controlling persons or affiliates referred to in Section 7 hereof.

14.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; (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.

15.Compliance with 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 Transaction Parties, 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.

16.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; c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282-2198; Attention: Registration Department; c/o BMO Capital Markets Corp., 3 Times Square, 25th Floor, New York New York 10026 (fax:  (212) 702-1205); Attention: Legal Department; and c/o Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036; Attention: Equity Syndicate Desk.  Notices to the Transaction Parties shall be given to them c/o Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., 800 Clinton Square, Rochester, New York, 14604, (fax: 585-625-3680); Attention: Legal.

(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.

(c)Submission to Jurisdiction.  Each of the Transaction Parties hereby submits to the exclusive 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.  Each of the Transaction Parties waives any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such suit or proceeding in such courts.  Each of the Transaction

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Parties agrees that final judgment in any such suit, action or proceeding brought in such court shall be conclusive and binding upon the Transaction Parties and may be enforced in any court to the jurisdiction of which the Transaction Party is subject by a suit upon such judgment.  

(f)Waiver of Jury Trial.  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.

(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

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Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

(h)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.  Delivery of a signed counterpart of this Agreement by e-mail (including pdf or any electronic signature complying with the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, e.g., www.docusign.com) or facsimile transmission shall constitute valid and sufficient delivery thereof.

(i)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.

(j)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.

 

 

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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,

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, INC.

By:

 

/s/ John D. Moragne

Name:

 

John D. Moragne

Title:

 

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, LLC

By: Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.,
its Managing Member

By:

 

/s/ John D. Moragne

Name:

 

John D. Moragne

Title:

 

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

 

 

 


 

 

Accepted:  As of the date first written above

J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC

GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC

BMO CAPITAL MARKETS CORP.

MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC

By: J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC

By:

 

/s/ Haley Threthaway

Name:

 

Haley Trethaway

Title:

 

Vice President

By: GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC

By:

 

/s/ Ryan Cunn

Name:

 

Ryan Cunn

Title:

 

Managing Director

By: BMO CAPITAL MARKETS CORP.

By:

 

/s/ Eric Benedict

Name:

 

Eric Benedict

Title:

 

Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets

By: MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC

By:

 

/s/ Jon Sierant

Name:

 

Jon Sierant

Title:

 

Executive Director

For themselves and on behalf of the
several Underwriters listed
in Schedule 1 hereto.

 

[Signature Page to Underwriting Agreement]


 

Schedule 1

 

Underwriter

 

Number of Underwritten Shares

 

Number of Option Shares

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

 

8,877,500

 

1,331,625

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

 

7,872,500

 

1,180,875

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

 

5,360,000

 

804,000

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

 

5,360,000

 

804,000

Capital One Securities, Inc.

 

2,010,000

 

301,500

Truist Securities, Inc.

 

2,010,000

 

301,500

Regions Securities LLC

 

921,250

 

138,188

BTIG, LLC

 

586,250

 

87,937

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

 

335,000

 

50,250

Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc.

 

167,500

 

25,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

33,500,000

 

 

 

5,025,000

 

 

 

 


 

Schedule 2

Subsidiaries of the Company

Broadstone Net Lease TRS, LLC

 

 

 


 

Schedule 3

List of Persons and Entities Subject to Lock-Up

 

1.

Christopher J. Czarnecki

 

2.

Ryan M. Albano

 

3.

Sean T. Cutt

 

4.

John D. Moragne

 

5.

Amy L. Tait

 

6.

Laurie A. Hawkes

 

7.

David M. Jacobstein

 

8.

Agha S. Khan

 

9.

Shekar Narasimhan

 

10.

Geoffrey H. Rosenberger

 

11.

James H. Watters

 

12.

Broadstone Ventures LLC

 

13.

Box Tree Assets LLC

 

14.

Box Tree Ventures LLC

 

15.

Robert C. Tait as General Trustee of the Irrevocable Trust FBO Margaret S. Tait dated December 18, 2017

 

16.

Robert C. Tait as General Trustee of the Irrevocable Trust FBO Alex N. Tait dated December 18, 2017

 


 

Annex A

 

a.

Pricing Disclosure Package

Preliminary Prospectus dated September 8, 2020 and the information set forth in (b) below.

 

b.

Pricing Information Provided Orally by Underwriters

Public offering price: $17.00 per share

Number of Underwritten Shares: 33,500,000

Number of Option Shares: 5,025,000

Underwriting Discounts and Commissions: $1.02 per share

Settlement date: September 21, 2020

 


 

Annex B

Written Testing-the-Waters Communications

Investor Presentation dated August 2020

 


 

Annex C

Form of Opinion of Counsel for the Transaction Parties

For purposes of this opinion, (i) the “Preliminary Prospectus” is the preliminary prospectus, dated September [], 2020, related to the Class A Shares, (ii) the “Final Prospectus” is the final prospectus, dated September [], 2020, related to the Class A Shares, (iii) the “Registration Statement” is, collectively, the Registration Statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-240381) (the “Initial Registration Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on August 4, 2020, as amended by each of Amendment No. 1 filed with the Commission on September [], 2020, Amendment No. 2 filed with the Commission on September [], 2020 and Amendment No. 3 filed with the Commission on September [], 2020[, and the Registration Statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-[]) (the “462(b) Registration Statement”) filed with the Commission on September [], 2020], (iv) the “Pricing Disclosure Package” consists of the Preliminary Prospectus as of the Applicable Time, as supplemented by the information contained in Annex A, sub-part (a) to the Underwriting Agreement, and (v) the “Applicable Time” is [] p.m. (Eastern time) on September [], 2020, which is the time identified to us by the Underwriters as the time of first sale of Class A Shares to the investors.

Based upon the foregoing, and subject to the limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth herein, we are of the opinion that:

(a)The Initial Registration Statement has been declared effective by the Commission and the 462(b) Registration Statement became effective upon filing with the Commission in accordance with Rule 462(b), in each case, under the Securities Act; any required filing of the Final Prospectus pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act has been made in the manner and within the time period required by Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act; and, to our knowledge, no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings seeking the issuance of such a stop order have been initiated or threatened by the Commission.

(b)The Registration Statement and the Final Prospectus (other than the financial statements, notes and schedules thereto and other financial data or information included therein or omitted therefrom, as to which in each case we express no opinion), as of their respective effective or issue dates, appeared on their faces to be appropriately responsive as to form in all material respects to the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

(c)The Operating Partnership is validly existing as a limited liability company in good standing under the laws of the State of New York.

(d)The Operating Partnership has the limited liability company power and authority to own or lease its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under the Underwriting Agreement.

 


 

(e)The terms of the OP Units conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus; and all the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock or other equity interests of the Operating Partnership have been duly and validly authorized and issued, are fully paid and non-assessable.

(f)The Underwriting Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Operating Partnership.

(g)The Operating Partnership Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Transaction Parties, and constitutes a valid and legally binding agreement of each of the Transaction Parties, enforceable against each of the Transaction Parties in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or by equitable principles relating to enforceability.

(h)The OP Units issued in the Recapitalization have been duly authorized and validly issued and are free and clear of any preemptive rights arising under the Operating Partnership Agreement or the New York Limited Liability Company Law (the “NYLLC Law”).

(i)The execution and delivery by each of the Transaction Parties of the Underwriting Agreement and the issuance and sale of the Class A Shares by the Company thereunder and the consummation of the Recapitalization, will not (i) contravene the Operating Partnership Agreement, (ii) breach or cause a default under any agreement filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement to which the Company or any of its significant subsidiaries is a party (collectively, the “Material Agreements”), (iii) violate any provision of applicable United States of America or State of New York law, rule or regulation, including, in the case of the Operating Partnership, any applicable provision of the NYLLC Law, or (iv) violate any judgment, order or decree of any governmental body, agency or court of the United States of America, the State of New York including, in the case of the Operating Partnership, the State of New York applying or interpreting the NYLLC Law, in each case in respect of this clause (iv) identified to us on the officer’s certificate attached hereto as Annex A. except, in the case of clauses (iii) and (iv) above, for any such conflict, breach, violation, default, lien, charge or encumbrance that would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

(j)No consent, approval, authorization, or order of or filing with any governmental agency or body of the United States of America or the State of New York is required to be obtained or made by the Transaction Parties for the execution and delivery by the Transaction Parties of the Underwriting Agreement or the consummation of the Recapitalization, except for (i) all consents, approvals, authorizations, orders or filings that have been obtained or made and (ii) all consents, approvals, authorizations, orders or filings that may be required under state or foreign securities or blue sky laws or the rules or regulations of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”).

(k)To our knowledge and except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental proceedings pending or threatened against the Company, the Operating Partnership or any of

 


 

their respective significant subsidiaries that would be required by Item 103 of Regulation S-K to be disclosed in a Registration Statement on Form S-11.

(l)The statements in the Preliminary Prospectus, Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus under the headings “Prospectus Summary—Tax Status,” “Prospectus Summary—Implications of Being an Emerging Growth Company,” “Recapitalization, Internalization, and Structure of Our Company,” and “Description of the Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC,” insofar as such statements purport to summarize the provisions of laws or documents referred to therein, fairly summarize in all material respects such laws or documents.

(m)The statements set forth in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus under the caption “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations”, insofar as such statements purport to summarize matters of U.S. federal income tax laws referred to therein, and subject to the limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth therein, fairly summarize the matters set forth therein in all material respects.

(n)To our knowledge, there are no persons with registration rights or other similar rights to have any securities registered pursuant to the Registration Statement or otherwise registered by the Company under the Securities Act.

(o)Neither of the Transaction Parties is, and after giving effect to the application of the proceeds received by the Company from the offering and sale of the Class A Shares and the application of the proceeds therefrom as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Parties will be an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), or registered or required to be registered under the Investment Company Act.

(p)Commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2016, the Company has been organized and operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code, and the Company’s proposed method of operation, as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, will enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code.

Such counsel shall also state the following:

In the course of the preparation by the Transaction Parties of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, we participated in conferences with certain of the officers and other representatives of the Transaction Parties, representatives of the independent registered public accounting firm for the Transaction Parties and representatives of the Underwriters and counsel for the Underwriters, at which the contents of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus were discussed. Given the limitations inherent in the role of outside counsel and the independent verification of factual matters and the character of determinations involved in the registration process, we are not passing upon and do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of

 


 

the statements contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus, other than as set forth in paragraphs (l) and (m) above, and have made no independent check or verification thereof. Subject to the foregoing and on the basis of the information we gained in the course of the performance of the services referred to above, including information obtained from officers and other representatives of the Transaction Parties and representatives of the independent registered public accounting firm for the Transaction Parties, no facts have come to our attention that cause us to believe that (i) the Registration Statement, at the time it became effective, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading, (ii) the Pricing Disclosure Package, taken as a whole, as of the Applicable Time, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, or (iii) the Final Prospectus, as of its date or as of the date and time of delivery of this letter, contained or contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or omits to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. In each case, however, we express no view or belief with respect to the financial statements, notes and schedules thereto and other financial data or financial information included in or omitted from the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus.

In rendering such opinion, such counsel may rely as to matters of fact on certificates of responsible officers of the Company and public officials that are furnished to the Underwriters.

The opinion of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP described above shall be rendered to the Underwriters at the request of the Company and shall so state therein.

 

 

 


 

Annex D

Form of Opinion of Maryland Counsel for the Transaction Parties

September __, 2020

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

      as representatives of the several

Underwriters (as defined herein)

      named in Schedule I to the Underwriting

Agreement

 

c/o BMO Capital Markets Corp.

3 Times Square, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10036

 

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

c/o Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

1585 Broadway

New York, New York 10036

 

c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, NY 10282-2198

 

 

 

 

Re:

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”) – Issuance and sale of [33,500,000] shares (the “Firm Shares”) of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.00025 per share (“Class A Common Stock”), of the Company and the grant to the Underwriters of the option to purchase up to an additional [5,025,000] shares (the “Additional Shares” and together with the Firm Shares, the “Shares”) of Class A Common Stock, pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-240381) filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on August 4, 2020, as amended (the “Registration Statement”)

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as Maryland corporate counsel to the Company in connection with the matter referenced above.  The Company has requested that we provide you with our opinion as Maryland corporate counsel to the Company with respect to certain aspects of Maryland corporate law pursuant to Section 6(h) of the Underwriting Agreement dated as of September __, 2020 (the “Underwriting Agreement”) by and among the Company and Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, a New

 


 

York limited liability company (the “Operating Company”) and you as representatives of the several underwriters named in Schedule I therein (the “Underwriters”).  The Shares are convertible into shares of common stock, par value $0.00025 per share (“Common Stock”), of the Company (the “Conversion Shares”) in accordance with, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the Class A Common Stock set forth in the Articles Supplementary (as defined herein).  Unless otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Underwriting Agreement.

In our capacity as Maryland corporate counsel to the Company and for purposes of this opinion, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents:

 

1.

the corporate charter of the Company (the “Charter”) represented by Articles of Incorporation filed with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of Maryland (the “Department”) on October 18, 2007, Articles of Amendment filed with the Department on September __, 2020 and Articles of Amendment filed with the Department on September __, 2020 (together, the “Articles of Amendment”), and Articles Supplementary filed with the Department on September __, 2020 (the “Articles Supplementary”);

 

2.

the Second Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, effective as of March 23, 2020 (the “Bylaws”);

 

3.

the Action by Written Consent of the Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) of the Company in Lieu of an Organizational Meeting, dated as of ___________ __, 2007 (the “Organizational Resolutions”);

 

4.

resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors, or a duly authorized committee thereof, on or as of August 4, 2020, September __, 2020, and September __, 2020 (collectively and together with the Organizational Resolutions, the “Directors’ Resolutions”);

 

5.

the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of the Operating Company, dated December 31, 2007, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of the Operating Company, effective February 7, 2020 (collectively, the “Operating Agreement”);

 

6.

a status certificate of the Department, dated as of a recent date, to the effect that the Company is duly incorporated and existing under the laws of the State of Maryland;

 

7.

the Registration Statement and (A) the related preliminary prospectus dated September __, 2020 (the “Preliminary Prospectus”) and the issuer free writing prospectus dated September __, 2020 filed with the Commission on September __, 2020 (collectively, the “Pricing Disclosure Package”), and (B) the related final prospectus dated September __, 2020 (the “Prospectus”);

 

8.

a copy of the fully executed Underwriting Agreement;

 


 

 

9.

a certificate executed by two officers of the Company, dated as of a recent date (the “Officers’ Certificate”), to the effect that the Charter, the Bylaws, the Directors’ Resolutions and Operating Agreement are true, correct and complete, have not been rescinded or modified and are in full force and effect as of the date of the Officers’ Certificate, and certifying, among other things, as to the manner of adoption or approval of the Directors’ Resolutions, the form, authorization, approval, execution and delivery of the Underwriting Agreement and the Operating Agreement, the authorization of the four-for-one forward stock split and other transactions comprising the REIT Recapitalization (as defined in the Prospectus), and the consummation thereof, including the issuance of the shares of Common Stock in respect thereof, and the authorization for issuance of the Shares; and

 

10.

such other documents and matters as we have deemed necessary and appropriate to render the opinions set forth in this letter, subject to the limitations, assumptions and qualifications noted below.

Insofar as the opinions and other matters set forth herein constitute, or are based upon, factual matters, we have relied solely upon the Officers’ Certificate and our knowledge.  The words “our knowledge” signify that, in the course of our representation of the Company in matters with respect to which we have been engaged by the Company as Maryland corporate counsel, no information has come to our attention that would give us actual knowledge or actual notice that any of the foregoing certificates on which we have relied with respect to factual matters are not accurate and complete.  We have undertaken no independent investigation or verification of any such factual matters.  The words “our knowledge” and similar language used herein are intended to be limited to the actual knowledge of the attorneys within our firm who have worked on matters on behalf of the Company.

In reaching the opinions set forth below, we have assumed the following:

 

(a)

Each person executing any instrument, document or agreement on behalf of any party (other than the Company) is duly authorized to do so.

 

(b)

Each natural person executing any instrument, document or agreement is legally competent to do so.

 

(c)

There are no modifications of, or amendments to, the pertinent sections of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package, or the Prospectus, nor are there any amendments to the Underwriting Agreement.

 

(d)

All documents submitted to us as originals are authentic, all documents submitted to us as certified, facsimile or photostatic copies conform to the original document, all signatures on all documents submitted to us for examination are genuine, and all public records reviewed are accurate and complete.

 

(e)

All certificates (including the Officers’ Certificate) submitted to us are true and correct, both when made and as of the date hereof.

 


 

 

(f)

The Company has not, and is not required to be, registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

 

(g)

None of the Shares or the Conversion Shares will be, and none of shares of Common Stock issued in connection with the REIT Recapitalization have been, issued or transferred in violation of the provisions of Article VII of the Charter or any provisions of the Articles Supplementary, relating to restrictions on ownership and transfer of shares of stock of the Company.

 

(h)

The conversion of the Shares into the Conversion Shares will be in accordance with, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the Class A Common Stock set forth in the Articles Supplementary.

 

(i)

The Articles of Amendment and the Articles Supplementary, each in the form filed with the Department, have been accepted for record by the Department.

 

(j)

The shares of Common Stock described in the Prospectus under the heading “Capitalization” as “issued and outstanding, actual” were duly and validly authorized and issued and fully paid and non-assessable immediately prior to the effectiveness of the four-for-one forward stock split comprising a part of the REIT Recapitalization, and the books and records of the Company have been updated to reflect such stock split.

Based on our review of the foregoing and subject to the assumptions and qualifications set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date of this letter:

 

1.

The Company is a corporation duly incorporated and validly existing under the laws of the State of Maryland and is in good standing with the Department.  The Company has the corporate power to own its properties and conduct its businesses as described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Business.”

 

2.

As of the date hereof, the number of shares of authorized stock of the Company is as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Description of Our Capital Stock – General.”

 

3.

The issuance of the Shares has been duly authorized and, upon payment and delivery in accordance with the Underwriting Agreement, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.  Once validly issued, no holder of the Shares is or will be subject to personal liability under the Maryland General Corporation Law (“MGCL”) for the debts or obligations of the Company solely by reason of being such a holder.

 

4.

The sale and issuance of the Shares are not subject to any preemptive or other similar rights arising under the MGCL, the Charter or the Bylaws.

 

5.

The shares of Common Stock issued in the four-for-one forward stock split comprising a part of the REIT Recapitalization, as described in the Registration

 


 

Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, have been duly and validly authorized and issued and are fully paid and non-assessable; and the Common Stock of the Company, including the Shares, conforms as to legal matters in all material respects to the description thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Description of Our Capital Stock – Common Stock.”

 

6.

The statements under the captions “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Organizational Structure—Our Charter contains provisions, including ownership and transfer restrictions, that may delay, discourage, or prevent a takeover or change of control transaction that could otherwise result in a premium price to our stockholders,” “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Organizational Structure—Our rights and the rights of our stockholders to take action against our directors and officers are limited,”  “Description of Our Capital Stock,” “Certain Provisions of Maryland Law and of Our Charter and Second Amended and Restated Bylaws” and in Item 34 of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, insofar as such statements constitute summaries of the MGCL, the Charter or the Bylaws, have been reviewed by us and are accurate summaries thereof in all material respects.

 

7.

The Company has the corporate power to enter into and perform its obligations under the Underwriting Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated thereby.  The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of the Underwriting Agreement and the consummation of the REIT Recapitalization have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate actions on the part of the Company, and the Underwriting Agreement has been duly executed and, so far as is known to us, delivered by the Company.

 

8.

The execution, delivery and performance of the Underwriting Agreement by the Company and the consummation by the Company on the date hereof (or on the date of any subsequent Closing) of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement (including the REIT Recapitalization and the issuance and sale of the Shares pursuant to and in accordance with the Underwriting Agreement) do not and will not (i) conflict with or result in any violation of the Charter or Bylaws, (ii) contravene any provision of any Maryland statute, rule or regulation or (iii) so far as is known to us, violate any judgment, order, writ or decree, of any government, government instrumentality or court of the State of Maryland having jurisdiction over the Company or any of its assets, properties or operations and applicable by name to the Company.

 

9.

Except for such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders, filings or registrations as may be required under applicable Maryland state securities laws, as to which we express no opinion, no consent, approval, authorization or order of, or filing or registration with, any court, governmental agency or body of the State of Maryland having jurisdiction over the Company or any of its properties or assets, is required for the execution, delivery and performance of the Underwriting Agreement by the

 


 

Company or the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated thereby, except such as have been obtained or made, or waived.

The opinions presented in this letter are limited to the corporate laws of the State of Maryland and we do not express any opinions herein concerning any laws other than the corporate laws of the State of Maryland.  Furthermore, the opinions presented in this letter are limited to the matters specifically set forth herein and no other opinion shall be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing sentence, we express no opinion with respect to the applicability or effect of any state or federal securities or tax laws or federal or state laws regarding fraudulent transfers, and the opinions presented in this letter are qualified accordingly.

This letter is issued as of the date hereof and the opinions presented herein are necessarily limited to laws now in effect and facts and circumstances presently existing and brought to our attention.  We assume no obligation to supplement the opinions presented herein if any applicable laws change after the date hereof or if we become aware of any facts or circumstances which now exist or which occur or arise in the future that may change the opinions presented herein after the date hereof.  

 


 

The opinions presented in this letter are solely for the use of:  (i) the Underwriters in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement, (ii) Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, as counsel to the Company, in rendering its opinion under Section 6(g) of the Underwriting Agreement and (iii) Clifford Chance US LLP, as counsel to the Underwriters, in rendering its opinion under Section 6(i) of the Underwriting Agreement.  The opinions presented herein may not be relied upon by any other person, or by the Underwriters, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP or Clifford Chance US LLP for any other purpose, without, in each instance, our prior written consent.

Very truly yours,

 

 

 


 

Exhibit A

Testing-the-Waters Authorization

[__________], 2020

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

3 Times Square, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

1585 Broadway

New York, New York 10036

RE:Pre-Marketing Investors Meeting Authorization

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In reliance on Rule 163B under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (the “Issuer”) hereby authorizes each of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and their respective affiliates and employees (collectively, the “Active Bookrunners”) to engage on behalf of the Issuer in oral and written communications with potential investors that are “qualified institutional buyers”, as defined in Rule 144A under the Act, or institutions that are “accredited investors”, within the meaning of Rule 501(a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), (a)(7) or (a)(8) under the Act, to determine whether such investors might have an interest in the Issuer’s contemplated initial public offering (“Testing-the-Waters Communications”).  A “Written Testing-the-Waters Communication” means any Testing-the-Waters Communication that is a written communication within the meaning of Rule 405 under the Act. Each of the Active Bookrunners agrees, individually and not jointly, that it shall not distribute any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication that has not been approved by the Issuer. Any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication shall be subject to prior approval by the Issuer's Chief Financial Officer and Issuer’s legal counsel prior to its dissemination to a potential investor, provided, however, that no such approval shall be required for any written communication that is administrative in nature (i.e., scheduling meetings) or that solely contains information already contained in a communication previously approved by the Issuer.  The Issuer has advised the Active

 


 

Bookrunners that it does not intend to provide or authorize any written communications to potential investors other than communications that are solely administrative in nature.

The Issuer represents that (i) except as disclosed to the Active Bookrunners, it has not alone engaged in any Testing-the-Waters Communications and (ii) it has not authorized anyone other than the Active Bookrunners to engage in Testing-the-Waters Communications. The Issuer represents that it is an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Act (“Emerging Growth Company”) and agrees to promptly notify the Active Bookrunners in writing if the Issuer hereafter ceases to be an Emerging Growth Company while this authorization is in effect. If any Written Testing-the-Waters Communication is used, and at any time following the distribution thereof there occurs an event or development as a result of which such Written Testing-the-Waters Communication included or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing at that subsequent time, not misleading, the Issuer will promptly notify the Active Bookrunners and will promptly amend or supplement, at its own expense and to the extent necessary, the Registration Statement on Form S-11 and the Preliminary Prospectus included therein to eliminate or correct such untrue statement or omission.

Nothing in this authorization is intended to limit or otherwise affect the ability of the Active Bookrunners and their affiliates and their respective employees to engage in communications in which they could otherwise lawfully engage in the absence of this authorization, including, without limitation, any written communication containing only one or more of the statements specified under Rule 134(a) under the Act. This authorization shall remain in effect until the Issuer has provided to Active Bookrunners a written notice revoking this authorization.  All notices as described herein shall be sent by email to J.P Morgan Securities LLC to the attention of Haley Trethaway at haley.o.trethaway@jpmorgan.com, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC to the attention of Ryan Cunn at Ryan.Cunn@gs.com, BMO Capital Markets Corp. to the attention of Eric Benedict at Eric.Benedict@bmo.com and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to the attention of Jon Sierant at Jon.Sierant@morganstanley.com, with copies to Kathleen Werner at Kathleen.werner@cliffordchance.com.  

 

 

 


 

Exhibit B

J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC

GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC

BMO CAPITAL MARKETS CORP.

MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.
Public Offering of Common Stock

[Name and Address of
Officer or Director
Requesting Waiver]

Dear Mr./Ms. [Name]:

This letter is being delivered to you in connection with the offering by Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (the “Company”) of ______ shares of common stock, $0.00025 par value (the “Common Stock”), of the Company and the lock-up letter dated__________________, 2020 (the “Lock-up Letter”), executed by you in connection with such offering, and your request for a [waiver] [release] dated__________________, 20__, with respect to ______  shares of Common Stock (the “Shares”).

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC hereby agree to [waive] [release] the transfer restrictions set forth in the Lock-up Letter, but only with respect to the Shares, effective __________________, 20__; provided, however, that such [waiver] [release] is conditioned on the Company announcing the impending [waiver] [release] by press release through a major news service at least two business days before effectiveness of such [waiver] [release].  This letter will serve as notice to the Company of the impending [waiver] [release].  

Except as expressly [waived] [released] hereby, the Lock-up Letter shall remain in full force and effect.

Yours very truly,

cc:  Company

 


 

Exhibit C

Form of Press Release

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.

[Date]

Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (“Company”) announced today that J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, the joint book-running managers in the Company’s recent public sale of shares of common stock, are [waiving] [releasing] a lock-up restriction with respect to shares of the Company’s common stock held by [certain officers or directors] [an officer or director] of the Company. The [waiver] [release] will take effect on ____________________, 20__, and the shares may be sold on or after such date.

This press release is not an offer for sale of the securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction where such offer is prohibited, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

 

 


 

Exhibit D

FORM OF LOCK-UP AGREEMENT

                      , 2020

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Morgan Stanley & 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

c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, NY 10282-2198

c/o BMO Capital Markets Corp.

3 Times Square, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10036

c/o Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

1585 Broadway

New York, New York 10036

Re:Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. --- 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 Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, a New York limited liability company (the “Operating Partnership”), providing for the public offering (the “Public Offering”) by the several Underwriters named in Schedule 1 to the Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriters”), of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.00025 per share, of the Company (the “Securities”). Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings set forth in the Underwriting Agreement.

 


 

In consideration of the Underwriters’ agreement to purchase and make the Public Offering of the Securities, and for other good and valuable consideration receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned hereby agrees that, without the prior written consent of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC on behalf of the Underwriters, the undersigned will not, and will not cause any direct or indirect affiliate to, during the period beginning on the date of this letter agreement (this “Letter Agreement”) and ending at the close of business 180 days after the date of the final prospectus relating to the Public Offering (the “Prospectus”) (such period, the “Restricted Period”), (1) offer, pledge, 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 shares of common stock, $0.00025 per share par value, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Stock (including without limitation, Common Stock, OP Units, or such other securities which may be deemed to be beneficially owned by the undersigned in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and securities which may be issued upon exercise of a stock option or warrant) (collectively with the Common Stock, “Lock-Up Securities”), (2) enter into any hedging, swap or other agreement or transaction that transfers, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of the Lock-Up Securities, whether any such transaction described in clause (1) or (2) above is to be settled by delivery of Lock-Up Securities, in cash or otherwise, (3) make any demand for or exercise any right with respect to the registration of any Lock-Up Securities, or (4) publicly disclose the intention to do any of the foregoing.  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 Lock-Up Securities, whether any such transaction or arrangement (or instrument provided for thereunder) would be settled by delivery of Lock-Up Securities, in cash or otherwise. The undersigned further confirms that it has furnished J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC with the details of any transaction the undersigned, or any of its affiliates, is a party to as of the date hereof, which transaction would have been restricted by this Letter Agreement if it had been entered into by the undersigned during the Restricted Period.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the undersigned may:

(a)  transfer the undersigned’s Lock-Up Securities:

(i) as a bona fide gift or gifts, or for bona fide estate planning purposes,

(ii) by will or intestacy,

(iii) to any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of the undersigned or the immediate family of the undersigned, or if the undersigned is a trust, to a trustor or beneficiary of the trust

 


 

or to the estate of a beneficiary of such trust (for purposes of this Letter Agreement, “immediate family” shall mean any relationship by blood, current or former marriage, domestic partnership or adoption, not more remote than first cousin),

(iv) to a partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which the undersigned and the immediate family of the undersigned are the legal and beneficial owner of all of the outstanding equity securities or similar interests,

(v) to a nominee or custodian of a person or entity to whom a disposition or transfer would be permissible under clauses (i) through (iv) above,

(vi) if the undersigned is a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust or other business entity, (A) to another corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust or other business entity that is an affiliate (as defined in Rule 405 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended) of the undersigned, or to any investment fund or other entity controlling, controlled by, managing or managed by or under common control with the undersigned or affiliates of the undersigned (including, for the avoidance of doubt, where the undersigned is a partnership, to its general partner or a successor partnership or fund, or any other funds managed by such partnership), or (B) as part of a distribution to members or shareholders of the undersigned,

(vii) by operation of law, such as pursuant to a qualified domestic order, divorce settlement, divorce decree or separation agreement,

(viii) to the Company from an employee of the Company upon death, disability or termination of employment, in each case, of such employee,

(ix)  as part of a sale of the undersigned’s Lock-Up Securities acquired in open market transactions after the completion of the Public Offering,

(x) to the Company in connection with the vesting, settlement, or exercise of restricted stock units, options, warrants or other rights to purchase shares of Common Stock (including, in each case, by way of “net” or “cashless” exercise), including for the payment of exercise price and tax and remittance payments due as a result of the vesting, settlement, or exercise of such restricted stock units, options, warrants or rights, provided that any such shares of Common Stock received upon such exercise, vesting or settlement shall be subject to the terms of this Letter Agreement, and provided further that any such restricted stock units, options, warrants or rights are held by the undersigned pursuant to an agreement or equity awards granted under a stock incentive plan or other equity award plan, each such agreement or plan which is described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, or

(xi) pursuant to a bona fide third-party tender offer, merger, consolidation or other similar transaction that is approved by the Board of Directors of the Company and made to all holders of the Company’s capital stock involving a Change of Control (as defined below) of the Company (for purposes hereof, “Change of Control” shall mean the transfer (whether by tender offer, merger, consolidation or other similar transaction), in one transaction or a series of related transactions, to a person or group of affiliated persons, of shares of capital stock if, after such transfer, such person or group of affiliated persons would hold more than 90% of the outstanding

 


 

voting securities of the Company (or the surviving entity)); provided that in the event that such tender offer, merger, consolidation or other similar transaction is not completed, the undersigned’s Lock-Up Securities shall remain subject to the provisions of this Letter Agreement;

provided that (A) in the case of any transfer or distribution pursuant to clause (a)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi) and (vii), such transfer shall not involve a disposition for value and each donee, devisee, transferee or distributee shall execute and deliver to the Representatives a lock-up letter in the form of this Letter Agreement, (B) in the case of any transfer or distribution pursuant to clause (a) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (ix) and (x), no filing by any party (donor, donee, devisee, transferor, transferee, distributer or distributee) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (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 Restricted Period referred to above) and (C) in the case of any transfer or distribution pursuant to clause (a)(vii) and (viii) it shall be a condition to such transfer that no public filing, report or announcement shall be voluntarily made and if any filing under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, or other public filing, report or announcement reporting a reduction in beneficial ownership of shares of Common Stock in connection with such transfer or distribution shall be legally required during the Restricted Period, such filing, report or announcement shall clearly indicate in the footnotes thereto the nature and conditions of such transfer;  

(b) exercise outstanding options, settle restricted stock units or other equity awards or exercise warrants pursuant to plans described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus; provided that any Lock-up Securities received upon such exercise, vesting or settlement shall be subject to the terms of this Letter Agreement;

(c) convert outstanding preferred stock, warrants to acquire preferred stock or convertible securities into shares of Common Stock or warrants to acquire shares of Common Stock; provided that any such shares of Common Stock or warrants received upon such conversion shall be subject to the terms of this Letter Agreement;

(d) establish trading plans pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act for the transfer of shares of Lock-Up Securities; provided that (1) such plans do not provide for the transfer of Lock-Up Securities during the Restricted Period and (2) no filing by any party under the Exchange Act or other public announcement shall be required or made voluntarily in connection with such trading plan; and

(e) sell the Securities to be sold by the undersigned pursuant to the terms of the Underwriting Agreement.

If the undersigned is not a natural person, the undersigned represents and warrants that no single natural person, entity or “group” (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 50% or more of the common equity interests, or 50% or more of the voting power, in the undersigned.

 


 

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 Company-directed Securities the undersigned may purchase in the Public Offering.

If the undersigned is an officer or director of the Company, (i) J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC on behalf of the Underwriters agree that, at least three business days before the effective date of any release or waiver of the foregoing restrictions in connection with a transfer of shares of Lock-Up Securities, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC on behalf of the Underwriters will notify the Company of the impending release or waiver, and (ii) the Company has agreed in the Underwriting Agreement to announce the impending release or waiver through a major news service at least two business days before the effective date of the release or waiver.  Any release or waiver granted by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC on behalf of the Underwriters hereunder to any such officer or director shall only be effective two business days after the publication date of such announcement.  The provisions of this paragraph will not apply if (a) the release or waiver is effected solely to permit a transfer not for consideration or that is to an immediate family member as defined in FINRA Rule 5130(i)(5) and (b) the transferee has agreed in writing to be bound by the same terms described in this letter to the extent and for the duration that such terms remain in effect at the time of the transfer.

In furtherance of the foregoing, the Company, and any duly appointed transfer agent for the registration or transfer of the securities described herein, are 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.

The undersigned acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters have not provided any recommendation or investment advice nor have the Underwriters solicited any action from the undersigned with respect to the Public Offering of the Securities and the undersigned has consulted their own legal, accounting, financial, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent deemed appropriate. The undersigned further acknowledges and agrees that, although the Representative may be required or choose to provide certain Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS disclosures to you in connection with the Public Offering, the Representative and the other Underwriters are not making a recommendation to you to enter into this Letter Agreement, participate in the Public Offering, or sell any Shares at the price determined in the Public Offering, and nothing set forth in such disclosures is intended to suggest that the Representative or any Underwriter is making such a recommendation.

The undersigned understands that, if the Underwriting Agreement does not become effective by October 15, 2020, or if the Underwriting Agreement (other than the provisions thereof which survive termination) shall terminate or be terminated prior to payment for and

 


 

delivery of the Common Stock to be sold thereunder, the undersigned shall be released from all obligations under this Letter Agreement.  The undersigned understands that the Underwriters are entering into the Underwriting Agreement and proceeding with the Public Offering in reliance upon this Letter Agreement.

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 STOCKHOLDER]

By:

 

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

ck1424182-ex101_8.htm

EXHIBIT 10.1

SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED

OPERATING AGREEMENT

OF

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, LLC

 

 

September 21, 2020

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Page

ARTICLE I  DEFINED TERMS

2

ARTICLE II  ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

15

Section 2.1  Organization

15

Section 2.2  Name

16

Section 2.3  Registered Office and Agent; Principal Office

16

Section 2.4  Term

16

ARTICLE III  PURPOSE

17

Section 3.1  Purpose and Business

17

Section 3.2  Powers

17

ARTICLE IV  CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND ISSUANCES  OF MEMBERSHIP INTERESTS

18

Section 4.1  Capital Contributions of the Members

18

Section 4.2  Issuances of Membership Interests

18

Section 4.3  No Preemptive Rights

19

Section 4.4  Other Contribution Provisions

19

Section 4.5  No Interest on Capital

20

Section 4.6  LTIP Units

20

Section 4.7  Conversion of LTIP Units

23

ARTICLE V  DISTRIBUTIONS

25

Section 5.1  Requirement and Characterization of Distributions

25

Section 5.2  Distributions in Kind

28

Section 5.3  Amounts Withheld

28

Section 5.4  Distributions upon Liquidation

28

Section 5.5  Revisions to Reflect Issuance of Membership Interests

29

ARTICLE VI  ALLOCATIONS

29

Section 6.1  Allocations for Capital Account Purposes

29

Section 6.2  Revisions to Allocations to Reflect Issuance of Membership Interests

33

ARTICLE VII  MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF BUSINESS

33

Section 7.1  Management

33

Section 7.2  Articles of Organization

38

Section 7.3  Title to Company Assets

38

Section 7.4  Reimbursement of the Managing Member

38

Section 7.5Outside Activities of the Managing Member; Relationship of Shares to Membership Units; Funding Debt

41


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Section 7.6  Transactions with Affiliates

44

Section 7.7  Indemnification

44

Section 7.8  Liability of the Managing Member

46

Section 7.9  Other Matters Concerning the Managing Member

48

Section 7.10  Reliance by Third Parties

48

Section 7.11  Loans by Third Parties

49

ARTICLE VIII  RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF NON-MANAGING MEMBERS

49

Section 8.1  Limitation of Liability

49

Section 8.2  Management of Business

49

Section 8.3  Outside Activities of Non-Managing Members

49

Section 8.4  Return of Capital

50

Section 8.5  Rights of Non-Managing Members Relating to the Company

50

Section 8.6  Redemption Right

51

ARTICLE IX  BOOKS, RECORDS, ACCOUNTING AND REPORTS

55

Section 9.1  Records and Accounting

55

Section 9.2  Fiscal Year

55

Section 9.3  Reports

55

ARTICLE X  TAX MATTERS

56

Section 10.1  Preparation of Tax Returns

56

Section 10.2  Tax Elections

56

Section 10.3  Tax Member and Company Tax Audit Matters

56

Section 10.4  Organizational Expenses

59

Section 10.5  Withholding

59

ARTICLE XI  TRANSFERS AND WITHDRAWALS

60

Section 11.1  Transfer

60

Section 11.2  Transfers and Withdrawals by Managing Member and Managing Member Entity

61

Section 11.3  Transfers by Non-Managing Members

62

Section 11.4  Substituted Non-Managing Members

63

Section 11.5  Assignees

64

Section 11.6  General Provisions

64

ARTICLE XII  ADMISSION OF MEMBERS

66

Section 12.1  Admission of a Successor Managing Member

66

Section 12.2  Admission of Additional Non-Managing Members

66

Section 12.3 Amendment of Agreement and Articles of Organization

67

ARTICLE XIII  DISSOLUTION AND LIQUIDATION

67

Section 13.1  Dissolution

67

Section 13.2  Winding Up

68


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Section 13.3  Compliance with Timing Requirements of Regulations; Restoration of Deficit Capital Accounts

69

Section 13.4  Rights of Non-Managing Members

71

Section 13.5  Notice of Dissolution

71

Section 13.6  Cancellation of Articles of Organization

72

Section 13.7  Reasonable Time for Winding Up

72

Section 13.8  Waiver of Partition

72

Section 13.9  Liability of Liquidator

72

ARTICLE XIV  AMENDMENT OF OPERATING AGREEMENT; MEETINGS

72

Section 14.1  Amendments

72

Section 14.2  Meetings of the Members

73

ARTICLE XV  GENERAL PROVISIONS

75

Section 15.1  Addresses and Notice

75

Section 15.2  Titles and Captions

75

Section 15.3  Pronouns and Plurals

75

Section 15.4  Further Action

75

Section 15.5  Binding Effect

75

Section 15.6  Creditors

75

Section 15.7  Waiver

75

Section 15.8  Counterparts

76

Section 15.9  Applicable Law

76

Section 15.10  Invalidity of Provisions

76

Section 15.11  Power of Attorney

76

Section 15.12  Entire Agreement

77

Section 15.13  No Rights as Shareholders

77

Section 15.14  Limitation to Preserve REIT Status

78

 

 

List of Exhibits

 

Exhibit A   Form of Member Registry

 

Exhibit B   Capital Account Maintenance

 

Exhibit C   Special Allocation Rules

 

Exhibit D   Notice of Redemption

 

Exhibit E   Form of DRO Registry

 

Exhibit F   Notice of Election by Member to Convert LTIP Units into OP Units

 

Exhibit G   Notice of Election by the Company to Force Conversion of LTIP Units into OP Units

 

 

 

 

 

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SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED
OPERATING AGREEMENT

OF

BROADSTONE NET LEASE, LLC

THIS SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED OPERATING AGREEMENT (as may be further amended, supplemented or restated from time to time, the “Agreement”) of Broadstone Net Lease, LLC, a New York limited liability company (the “Company”) is dated as of September 21, 2020 and entered into by and among Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a Maryland corporation, as the managing member, and the Persons whose names are set forth on the Member Registry (as hereinafter defined), as non-managing members, together with any other Persons who become Members (as hereinafter defined) in the Company as provided herein.

WHEREAS, on August 8, 2006, the Company and the Managing Member and certain other Persons entered into that certain Operating Agreement of the Company, which was amended and restated by that certain Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of the Company on December 31, 2007, Exhibit A was amended and restated on December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement was amended by Amendment No. 1 on February 7, 2020 (collectively, the “Prior Operating Agreement”);

WHEREAS, in connection with the closing of the initial public offering of the Managing Member (the “IPO”), the Managing Member effected a recapitalization of its common stock, $0.001 par value per share (“Common Stock”), pursuant to which (i) the Managing Member established a new class of Common Stock as “Class A Common Stock” for sale in the IPO and (ii) the Managing Member effected a four-for-one stock split of its Common Stock that was outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the IPO (the “REIT Recapitalization”). The Class A Common Stock sold in the IPO was listed on the NYSE as of the closing of the IPO and is freely tradeable. Each share of Class A Common Stock will automatically convert into one share of Common Stock 180 days after the completion of the IPO (the “Class A Conversion”). Immediately following the Class A Conversion, all outstanding shares of Common Stock, including those shares of Common Stock issued upon conversion of the Class A Common Stock, will be listed on the NYSE and will be freely tradeable;

WHEREAS, in connection with the REIT Recapitalization, the Company effected a recapitalization of its membership units, pursuant to which the Company effected a four-for-one split of its outstanding membership units; and

WHEREAS, in connection with the closing of the IPO, the Members (as hereinafter defined) now desire to amend and restate the Prior Operating Agreement as set forth herein, which shall, amend, restate and supersede the Prior Operating Agreement in its entirety.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants set forth herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree to amend and restate the Prior Operating Agreement in its entirety and agree to continue the Company as a limited liability company under the Act (as hereinafter defined), as amended from time to time, as follows:

 


 

ARTICLE I

DEFINED TERMS

The following definitions shall be for all purposes, unless otherwise clearly indicated to the contrary, applied to the terms used in this Agreement.

2015 Budget Act Partnership Audit Rules” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.3.A.

Act” means the New York State Limited Liability Company Law, as it may be amended from time to time, and any successor to such statute.

Additional Non-Managing Member” means a Person admitted to the Company as a Non-Managing Member pursuant to Section 12.2 hereof and who is shown as a Non-Managing Member on the Member Registry.

Adjusted Capital Account” means the Capital Account maintained for each Member as of the end of each Fiscal Year or other period (i) increased by any amounts which such Member is obligated to restore pursuant to any provision of this Agreement or is deemed to be obligated to restore pursuant to the penultimate sentences of Regulations Sections 1.704-2(g)(1) and 1.704-2(i)(5) and (ii) decreased by the items described in Regulations Sections 1.704-1(b)(2)(ii)(d)(4), 1.704-1(b)(2)(ii)(d)(5) and 1.704-1(b)(2)(ii)(d)(6). The foregoing definition of Adjusted Capital Account is intended to comply with the provisions of Regulations Section 1.704-1(b)(2)(ii)(d) and shall be interpreted consistently therewith.

Adjusted Capital Account Deficit” means, with respect to any Member, the deficit balance, if any, in such Member’s Adjusted Capital Account as of the end of the relevant Fiscal Year.

Adjusted Property” means any property the Carrying Value of which has been adjusted pursuant to Exhibit B.

Adjustment Event” means an event in which (i) the Company makes a distribution of Membership Units or other equity interests in the Company on all outstanding OP Units to the extent that the LTIP Unitholder did not participate in such distribution, (ii) the Company subdivides the outstanding OP Units into a greater number of OP Units or combines the outstanding OP Units into a lesser number of OP Units, (iii) the Company issues any Membership Units in exchange for its outstanding OP Units by way of a reclassification or recapitalization of its OP Units, or (iv) a similar transaction involving OP Units where consideration is not received in connection with such transaction.  For the avoidance of doubt, the following shall not be Adjustment Event:  (a) the issuance of Membership Units in a financing, reorganization, acquisition or similar business transaction; (b) the issuance of Membership Units pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan or other compensation plan, or under a distribution reinvestment plan; or (c) the issuance of any Membership Units to the Managing Member or other Persons in respect of a Capital Contribution to the Company.

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Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, (i) any Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Person, or (ii) any officer, director, general partner, managing member or trustee of such Person or any Person referred to in the foregoing clause (i).  For purposes of this definition, “control,” when used with respect to any Person, means the power to direct the management and policies of such Person, directly or indirectly, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise, and the terms “controlling” and “controlled” have meanings correlative to the foregoing.

Aggregate DRO Amount” means the aggregate balances of the DRO Amounts, if any, of all DRO Members, if any, as determined on the date in question.

Aggregate Special LTIP Unit Distribution Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.D.

Agreed Value” means (i) in the case of any Contributed Property, the Section 704(c) Value of such property as of the time of its contribution to the Company, reduced by any liabilities either assumed by the Company upon such contribution or to which such property is subject when contributed as determined under Section 752 of the Code and the regulations thereunder; and (ii) in the case of any property distributed to a Member by the Company, the Company’s Carrying Value of such property at the time such property is distributed, reduced by any indebtedness either assumed by such Member upon such distribution or to which such property is subject at the time of distribution.

Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the preamble hereto.

Articles of Organization” means the Articles of Organization relating to the Company filed in the office of the New York Department of State, as amended from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and the Act.

Assignee” means a Person to whom one or more Membership Units have been transferred in a manner permitted under this Agreement, but who has not become a Substituted Non-Managing Member, and who has the rights set forth in Section 11.5.

Available Cash” means, with respect to any period for which such calculation is being made, cash of the Company, regardless of source (including Capital Contributions and loans to the Company), that the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, determines is appropriate for distribution to the Members.

Book-Tax Disparities” means, with respect to any item of Contributed Property or Adjusted Property, as of the date of any determination, the difference between the Carrying Value of such Contributed Property or Adjusted Property and the adjusted basis thereof for federal income tax purposes as of such date. A Member’s share of the Company’s Book-Tax Disparities in all of its Contributed Property and Adjusted Property will be reflected by the difference between such Member’s Capital Account balance as maintained pursuant to Exhibit B and the hypothetical balance of such Member’s Capital Account computed as if it had been maintained strictly in accordance with federal income tax accounting principles.

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Business Day” means any day except a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York, New York are authorized or required by law to close.

Capital Account” means the Capital Account maintained for a Member pursuant to Exhibit B.  The initial Capital Account balance for each Member who is a Member on the date hereof shall be the amount set forth opposite such Member’s name on the Member Registry.

Capital Account Limitation” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.B.

Capital Contribution” means, with respect to any Member, any cash and the Agreed Value of Contributed Property which such Member contributes or is deemed to contribute to the Company.

Carrying Value” means (i) with respect to a Contributed Property or Adjusted Property, the Section 704(c) Value of such property reduced (but not below zero) by all Depreciation with respect to such Contributed Property or Adjusted Property, as the case may be, charged to the Members’ Capital Accounts and (ii) with respect to any other Company property, the adjusted basis of such property for federal income tax purposes, all as of the time of determination. The Carrying Value of any property shall be adjusted from time to time in accordance with Exhibit B, and to reflect changes, additions (including capital improvements thereto) or other adjustments to the Carrying Value for dispositions and acquisitions of Company properties, as deemed appropriate by the Managing Member.

Cash Amount” means an amount of cash equal to the Value on the Valuation Date of the Shares Amount.

Class A Conversion” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and in effect from time to time, as interpreted by the applicable regulations thereunder. Any reference herein to a specific section or sections of the Code shall be deemed to include a reference to any corresponding provision of future law.

Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

Company” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

Company Minimum Gain” has the meaning for “partnership minimum gain” set forth in Regulations Section 1.704-2(b)(2), and the amount of Company Minimum Gain, as well as any net increase or decrease in Company Minimum Gain, for a Fiscal Year shall be determined in accordance with the rules of Regulations Section 1.704-2(d).

Company Record Date” means the record date established by the Managing Member either (i) for the distribution of Available Cash pursuant to Section 5.1.A, which record date shall be the same as the record date established by the Managing Member Entity for a distribution to its shareholders of some or all of its portion of such distribution, or (ii) if applicable, for

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determining the Members entitled to vote on or consent to any proposed action for which the consent or approval of the Members is sought pursuant to Section 14.2.

Consent” means the consent or approval of a proposed action by a Member given in accordance with Article XIV.

Consent of the Outside Non-Managing Members” means the Consent of the Non-Managing Members (excluding for this purpose, to the extent any of the following holds OP Units, (i) the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity, (ii) any Person of which the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity directly or indirectly owns or controls more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting interests and (iii) any Person directly or indirectly owning or controlling more than fifty percent (50%) of the outstanding voting interests of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity) holding OP Units representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the Percentage Interest of the OP Units of all Non-Managing Members which are not excluded pursuant to (i), (ii) and (iii) above.

Constituent Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.F.

Contributed Property” means each property or other asset contributed to the Company, in such form as may be permitted by the Act, but excluding cash contributed or deemed contributed to the Company. Once the Carrying Value of a Contributed Property is adjusted pursuant to Exhibit B, such property shall no longer constitute a Contributed Property for purposes of Exhibit B, but shall be deemed an Adjusted Property for such purposes.

Conversion Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.B.

Conversion Factor” means 1.0; provided, however, that, if the Managing Member Entity (i) declares or pays a dividend on its outstanding Shares in Shares or makes a distribution to all holders of its outstanding Shares in Shares and does not make a corresponding distribution on OP Units in OP Units, (ii) subdivides its outstanding Shares, or (iii) combines its outstanding Shares into a smaller number of Shares, the Conversion Factor shall be adjusted by multiplying the Conversion Factor by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the number of Shares issued and outstanding on the record date for such dividend, distribution, subdivision or combination (assuming for such purposes that such dividend, distribution, subdivision or combination has occurred as of such time) and the denominator of which shall be the actual number of Shares (determined without the above assumption) issued and outstanding on the record date for such dividend, distribution, subdivision or combination; and provided further that if an entity shall cease to be the Managing Member Entity (the “Predecessor Entity”) and another entity shall become the Managing Member Entity (the “Successor Entity”), the Conversion Factor shall be adjusted by multiplying the Conversion Factor by a fraction, the numerator of which is the Value of one Share of the Predecessor Entity, determined as of the date when the Successor Entity becomes the Managing Member Entity, and the denominator of which is the Value of one Share of the Successor Entity, determined as of that same date. (For purposes of the second proviso in the preceding sentence, if any shareholders of the Predecessor Entity will receive consideration in connection with the transaction in which the Successor Entity becomes the Managing Member Entity, the numerator in the fraction described above for determining the adjustment to the Conversion Factor (that is, the Value of one Share of the Predecessor Entity) shall be the sum of

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the greatest amount of cash and the fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Managing Member) of any securities and other consideration that the holder of one Share in the Predecessor Entity could have received in such transaction (determined without regard to any provisions governing fractional shares).)  Any adjustment to the Conversion Factor shall become effective immediately after the effective date of the event retroactive to the record date, if any, for the event giving rise thereto, it being intended that (x) adjustments to the Conversion Factor are to be made to avoid unintended dilution or anti-dilution as a result of transactions in which Shares are issued, redeemed or exchanged without a corresponding issuance, redemption or exchange of Membership Units and (y) if a Specified Redemption Date shall fall between the record date and the effective date of any event of the type described above, that the Conversion Factor applicable to such redemption shall be adjusted to take into account such event.

Conversion Notice” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.B.

Conversion Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.A.

Convertible Funding Debt” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5.E.

Current Partnership Audit Rules” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.3.A.

Debt” means, as to any Person, as of any date of determination, (i) all indebtedness of such Person for borrowed money or for the deferred purchase price of property or services, (ii) all amounts owed by such Person to banks or other Persons in respect of reimbursement obligations under letters of credit, surety bonds and other similar instruments guaranteeing payment or other performance of obligations by such Person, (iii) all indebtedness for borrowed money or for the deferred purchase price of property or services secured by any lien on any property owned by such Person, to the extent attributable to such Person’s interest in such property, even though such Person has not assumed or become liable for the payment thereof, and (iv) obligations of such Person incurred in connection with entering into a lease which, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, should be capitalized.

Depreciation” means, for each Fiscal Year or other period, an amount equal to the U.S. federal income tax depreciation, amortization, or other cost recovery deduction allowable with respect to an asset for such year or other period, except that if the Carrying Value of an asset differs from its adjusted basis for U.S. federal income tax purposes at the beginning of such year or other period, Depreciation shall be an amount as calculated in accordance with Regulations Section 1.704-3; provided, however, that if the U.S. federal income tax depreciation, amortization, or other cost recovery deduction for such year is zero and if Depreciation is calculated in accordance with Regulations Section 1.704-3(b), Depreciation shall be determined with reference to such beginning Carrying Value using any reasonable method selected by the Managing Member.

Distribution Measurement Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.D.

Distribution Participation Date” means, with respect to LTIP Units, such date as may be specified in the Vesting Agreement or other documentation pursuant to which such LTIP Units are issued.

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Distribution Payment Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.C.

DRO Amount” means the amount specified in the DRO Registry with respect to any DRO Member, as such DRO Registry may be amended from time to time.

DRO Member” means a Member who has agreed in writing to be a DRO Member and has agreed and is obligated to make certain contributions, not in excess of such DRO Member’s DRO Amount, to the Company with respect to any deficit balance in such Member’s Capital Account upon the occurrence of certain events. A DRO Member who is obligated to make any such contribution only upon liquidation of the Company shall be designated in the DRO Registry as a “Part I DRO Member” and a DRO Member who is obligated to make any such contribution to the Company either upon liquidation of the Company or upon liquidation of such DRO Member’s Membership Interest shall be designated in the DRO Registry as a “Part II DRO Member.”

DRO Registry” means the DRO Registry maintained by the Managing Member in the books and records of the Company containing substantially the same information as would be necessary to complete the Form of DRO Registry attached hereto as Exhibit E.

Economic Capital Account Balances” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.E.

Equity Incentive Plan” means any equity incentive or compensation plan heretofore or hereafter adopted by the Company, the Managing Member or Managing Member Entity, including, without limitation, the Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. 2020 Equity Incentive Plan, as the same may be amended from time to time.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Fiscal Quarter” means any three calendar month quarter of any Fiscal Year of the Company, which quarters shall end on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each Fiscal Year.

Fiscal Year” means the fiscal year of the Company, which shall be the calendar year as provided in Section 9.2.

Forced Conversion” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.C.

Forced Conversion Notice” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7.C.

Funding Debt” means any Debt incurred for the purpose of providing funds to the Company by or on behalf of the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity or any wholly owned subsidiary of either the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity.

Immediate Family” means, with respect to any natural Person, such natural Person’s spouse, parents, descendants, nephews, nieces, brothers, and sisters.

Incapacity” or “Incapacitated” means, (i) as to any individual who is a Member, death, total physical disability or entry by a court of competent jurisdiction adjudicating such Member

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incompetent to manage his or her Person or estate, (ii) as to any corporation which is a Member, the filing of a certificate of dissolution, or its equivalent, for the corporation or the revocation of its charter, (iii) as to any partnership or limited liability company which is a Member, the dissolution and commencement of winding up of the partnership or limited liability company, (iv) as to any estate which is a Member, the distribution by the fiduciary of the estate’s entire interest in the Company, (v) as to any trustee of a trust which is a Member, the termination of the trust (but not the substitution of a new trustee) or (vi) as to any Member, the bankruptcy of such Member. For purposes of this definition, bankruptcy of a Member shall be deemed to have occurred when (a) the Member commences a voluntary proceeding seeking liquidation, reorganization or other relief under any bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, (b) the Member is adjudged as bankrupt or insolvent, or a final and nonappealable order for relief under any bankruptcy, insolvency or similar law now or hereafter in effect has been entered against the Member, (c) the Member executes and delivers a general assignment for the benefit of the Member’s creditors, (d) the Member files an answer or other pleading admitting or failing to contest the material allegations of a petition filed against the Member in any proceeding of the nature described in clause (b) above, (e) the Member seeks, consents to or acquiesces in the appointment of a trustee, receiver or liquidator for the Member or for all or any substantial part of the Member’s properties, (f) any proceeding seeking liquidation, reorganization or other relief under any bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect has not been dismissed within one hundred twenty (120) days after the commencement thereof, (g) the appointment without the Member’s consent or acquiescence of a trustee, receiver or liquidator has not been vacated or stayed within ninety (90) days of such appointment or (h) an appointment referred to in clause (g) is not vacated within ninety (90) days after the expiration of any such stay.

Indemnitee” means (i) any Person made a party to a proceeding by reason of its status as (A) the Managing Member, (B) the Managing Member Entity, (C) a Non-Managing Member, or (D) any direct or indirect trustee, manager, director, officer, member, shareholder or partner of the Company, the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity or a Non-Managing Member, and (ii) such other Persons (including Affiliates of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity, a Non-Managing Member or the Company) as the Managing Member may designate from time to time (whether before or after the event giving rise to potential liability), in its sole and absolute discretion.

IPO” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

IRS” means the Internal Revenue Service, which administers the internal revenue laws of the United States.

Liquidating Event” has the meaning set forth in Section 13.1.

Liquidating Gains” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.E.

Liquidating Losses” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.E.

Liquidator” has the meaning set forth in Section 13.2.A.

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LTIP Distribution Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.C.

LTIP Unit” means a Membership Unit that is designated as an LTIP Unit and that has the rights, preferences and other privileges designated in Sections 4.6 and 4.7 and elsewhere in this Agreement in respect of holders of LTIP Units. The allocation of LTIP Units among the Members shall be set forth on the Member Registry.

LTIP Unit Sharing Percentage” means, for an LTIP Unit, the percentage that is specified as the LTIP Unit Sharing Percentage in the Vesting Agreement or other documentation pursuant to which such LTIP Unit is issued or, if no such percentage is specified, 10%.

LTIP Unitholder” means a Member that holds LTIP Units.

Managing Member” means Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a Maryland corporation, or its successor or permitted assignee, as managing member of the Company.

Managing Member Entity” means the Managing Member; provided, however, that if (i) the common shares of beneficial interest (or other comparable equity interests) of the Managing Member are at any time not Publicly Traded and (ii) the common shares of beneficial interest (or other comparable equity interests) of an entity that owns, directly or indirectly, fifty percent (50%) or more of the common shares of beneficial interest (or other comparable equity interests) of the Managing Member are Publicly Traded, the term “Managing Member Entity” shall refer to such entity whose common shares of beneficial interest (or other comparable equity securities) are Publicly Traded.  If both requirements set forth in clauses (i) and (ii) above are not satisfied, then the term “Managing Member Entity” shall mean the Managing Member.

Managing Member Interest” means a Membership Interest held by the Managing Member that is not designated a Non-Managing Member Interest.  A Managing Member Interest may be expressed as a number of Membership Units.

Managing Member Payment” has the meaning set forth in Section 15.14.

Member” means the Managing Member or a Non-Managing Member, and “Members” means the Managing Member and the Non-Managing Members.

Member Minimum Gain” means an amount, with respect to each Member Nonrecourse Debt, equal to the Company Minimum Gain that would result if such Member Nonrecourse Debt were treated as a Nonrecourse Liability, determined in accordance with Regulations Section 1.704-2(i)(3).

Member Nonrecourse Debt” has the meaning for “partner nonrecourse debt” set forth in Regulations Section 1.704-2(b)(4).

Member Nonrecourse Deductions” has the meaning for “partner nonrecourse deductions” set forth in Regulations Section 1.704-2(i), and the amount of Member Nonrecourse Deductions with respect to Member Nonrecourse Debt for a Fiscal Year shall be determined in accordance with the rules of Regulations Section 1.704-2(i)(2).

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Member Registry” means the Member Registry maintained by the Managing Member in the books and records of the Company, which contains substantially the same information as would be necessary to complete the form of the Member Registry attached hereto as Exhibit A.

Membership Interest” means a Non-Managing Member Interest, a Managing Member Interest or LTIP Units (to the extent the Managing Member has awarded LTIP Units) and includes any and all benefits to which the holder of such a Membership Interest may be entitled as provided in this Agreement, together with all obligations of such Person to comply with the terms and provisions of this Agreement. A Membership Interest may be expressed as a number of Membership Units.

Membership Unit” means a fractional, undivided share of the Membership Interests of all Members issued pursuant to Sections 4.1 and 4.2, and includes OP Units, LTIP Units and any other classes or series of Membership Units established after the date hereof. The number of Membership Units outstanding and the Percentage Interests in the Company represented by such Membership Units are set forth in the Member Registry.

Net Income” means, for any taxable period, the excess, if any, of the Company’s items of income and gain for such taxable period over the Company’s items of loss and deduction for such taxable period.  The items included in the calculation of Net Income shall be determined in accordance with Exhibit B.  If an item of income, gain, loss or deduction that has been included in the initial computation of Net Income is subjected to the special allocation rules in Exhibit C, Net Income or the resulting Net Loss, whichever the case may be, shall be recomputed without regard to such item.

Net Loss” means, for any taxable period, the excess, if any, of the Company’s items of loss and deduction for such taxable period over the Company’s items of income and gain for such taxable period.  The items included in the calculation of Net Loss shall be determined in accordance with Exhibit B.  If an item of income, gain, loss or deduction that has been included in the initial computation of Net Loss is subjected to the special allocation rules in Exhibit C, Net Loss or the resulting Net Income, whichever the case may be, shall be recomputed without regard to such item.

New Securities” means (i) any rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities having the right to subscribe for or purchase Shares, excluding grants under the Equity Incentive Plan, or (ii) any Debt issued by the Managing Member that provides any of the rights described in clause (i).

Non-Managing Member” means any Person named as a Non-Managing Member in the Member Registry or any Substituted Non-Managing Member or Additional Non-Managing Member, in such Person’s capacity as a Non-Managing Member in the Company.

Non-Managing Member Interest” means a Membership Interest of a Non-Managing Member in the Company representing a fractional part of the Membership Interests of all Non-Managing Members and includes any and all benefits to which the holder of such a Membership Interest may be entitled as provided in this Agreement, together with all obligations of such

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Person to comply with the terms and provisions of this Agreement. A Non-Managing Member Interest may be expressed as a number of Membership Units.

Nonrecourse Built-in Gain” means, with respect to any Contributed Properties or Adjusted Properties that are subject to a mortgage or negative pledge securing a Nonrecourse Liability, the amount of any taxable gain that would be allocated to the Members pursuant to Section 2.B of Exhibit C if such properties were disposed of in a taxable transaction in full satisfaction of such liabilities and for no other consideration.

Nonrecourse Deductions” has the meaning set forth in Regulations Section 1.704-2(b)(1), and the amount of Nonrecourse Deductions for a Fiscal Year shall be determined in accordance with the rules of Regulations Section 1.704-2(c).

Nonrecourse Liability” has the meaning set forth in Regulations Section 1.752-1(a)(2).

Notice of Redemption” means a Notice of Redemption substantially in the form of Exhibit D.

Operating Entity” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.4.F.

OP Unit” means any Membership Unit that is not specifically designated by the Managing Member as being of another specified class of Membership Units (including, without limitation, any Membership Unit issued on or prior to the date hereof).

OP Unit Economic Balance” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.E.

OP Unit Transaction” means any transaction or series of related transactions (including without limitation a merger, consolidation, unit exchange, self-tender offer for all or substantially all OP Units or other business combination or reorganization, or sale of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets, but excluding any OP Unit Transaction which constitutes an Adjustment Event) as a result of which OP Units shall be exchanged for or converted into the right, or the holders of such OP Units shall otherwise be entitled, to receive cash, securities or other property or any combination thereof.

Parent Entity” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.4.F.

Percentage Interest” means, as to a Member holding a class of Membership Interests, its interest in such class, determined by dividing the Membership Units of such class owned by such Member by the total number of Membership Units of such class then outstanding.

Personmeans an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust, joint venture, unincorporated organization and any government, governmental department or agency or political subdivision thereof.

Predecessor Entity” has the meaning set forth in the definition of “Conversion Factor” herein.

Prior Operating Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

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Publicly Traded” means listed or admitted to trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Stock Market, any nationally or internationally recognized stock exchange or any successor to any of the foregoing.

Qualified Assets” means any of the following assets: (i) interests, rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities of the Company; (ii) Debt issued by the Company or any Subsidiary thereof in connection with the incurrence of Funding Debt; (iii) equity interests in Qualified REIT Subsidiaries and limited liability companies (or other entities disregarded from their sole owner for U.S. federal income tax purposes, including wholly owned grantor trusts) whose assets consist solely of Qualified Assets; (iv) up to a one percent (1%) equity interest in any partnership or limited liability company at least ninety-nine percent (99%) of the equity of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by the Company; (v) cash held for payment of administrative expenses or pending distribution to security holders of the Managing Member Entity or any wholly owned Subsidiary thereof or pending contribution to the Company; and (vi) other tangible and intangible assets that, taken as a whole, are either de minimis in relation to the net assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries or are held temporarily in a manner that does not adversely affect the distribution rights of Non-Managing Members.

Qualified REIT Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Managing Member Entity that is a “qualified REIT subsidiary” within the meaning of Section 856(i) of the Code.

Recapture Income” means any gain recognized by the Company (computed without regard to any adjustment pursuant to Section 754 of the Code) upon the disposition of any property or asset of the Company, which gain is characterized either as ordinary income or as “unrecaptured Section 1250 gain” (as defined in Section 1(h)(6) of the Code) because it represents the recapture of depreciation deductions previously taken with respect to such property or asset.

Recourse Liabilities” means the amount of liabilities owed by the Company (other than Nonrecourse Liabilities and liabilities to which Member Nonrecourse Deductions are attributable in accordance with Section 1.704-(2)(i) of the Regulations).

Redeeming Member” has the meaning set forth in Section 8.6.A.

Redemption Amount” means either the Cash Amount or the Shares Amount, as determined by the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion; provided, however, that if the Shares are not Publicly Traded at the time a Redeeming Member exercises its Redemption Right, the Redemption Amount shall be paid only in the form of the Cash Amount unless the Redeeming Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, consents to payment of the Redemption Amount in the form of the Shares Amount.  A Redeeming Member shall have no right, without the Managing Member’s consent, in its sole and absolute discretion, to receive the Redemption Amount in the form of the Shares Amount.

Redemption Right” has the meaning set forth in Section 8.6.A.

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Regulations” means the Treasury Regulations promulgated under the Code, as such regulations may be amended from time to time (including corresponding provisions of succeeding regulations).

REIT” means an entity that qualifies as a real estate investment trust under the Code.

REIT Recapitalization” has the meaning set forth in the recitals hereto.

REIT Requirements” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.A.

Residual Gain” or “Residual Loss” means any item of gain or loss, as the case may be, of the Company recognized for U.S. federal income tax purposes resulting from a sale, exchange or other disposition of Contributed Property or Adjusted Property, to the extent such item of gain or loss is not allocated pursuant to Section 2.B.1(a) or 2.B.2(a) of Exhibit C to eliminate Book-Tax Disparities.

Safe Harbors” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.6.F.

Same Award” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.D.

Section 704(c) Value” of any Contributed Property means the fair market value of such property at the time of contribution as determined by the Managing Member using such reasonable method of valuation as it may adopt; provided, however, subject to Exhibit C, the Managing Member shall, in its sole and absolute discretion, use such method as it deems reasonable and appropriate to allocate the aggregate of the Section 704(c) Value of Contributed Properties in a single or integrated transaction among each separate property on a basis proportional to its fair market values.

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Share” means a share of common stock (or other comparable equity interest) of the Managing Member Entity.  Shares may be issued in one or more classes or series in accordance with the terms of the organizational documents of the Managing Member Entity.  Shares issued in lieu of the Cash Amount may be either registered or unregistered Shares at the option of the Managing Member.  If there is more than one class or series of Shares, the term “Shares” shall, as the context requires, be deemed to refer to the class or series of Shares that corresponds to the class or series of Membership Interests for which the reference to Shares is made. When used with reference to OP Units, the term “Shares” refers to the shares of common stock (or other comparable equity interest) of the Managing Member Entity.

Shares Amount” means a number of Shares equal to the product of the number of Membership Units offered for redemption by a Redeeming Member times the Conversion Factor; provided, however, that if the Managing Member Entity issues to holders of Shares securities, rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities entitling such holders to subscribe for or purchase Shares or any other securities or property (collectively, the “rights”), then the Shares Amount shall also include such rights that a holder of that number of

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Shares would be entitled to receive unless the Company issues corresponding rights to holders of Membership Units.

Special LTIP Unit Distribution” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.1.D.

Specified Redemption Date” means the twentieth (20th) Business Day after the Valuation Date or such shorter period as the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, may determine; provided, however, that, if the Shares are not Publicly Traded, the Specified Redemption Date means the thirtieth (30th) Business Day after receipt by the Managing Member of a Notice of Redemption.

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, limited liability company, trust, partnership or joint venture, or other entity of which a majority of (i) the voting power of the voting equity securities or (ii) the outstanding equity interests is owned, directly or indirectly, by such Person.

Substituted Non-Managing Member” means a Person who is admitted as a Non-Managing Member to the Company pursuant to Section 11.4 and who is shown as a Non-Managing Member in the Member Registry.

Successor Entity” has the meaning set forth in the definition of “Conversion Factor” herein.

Target Balance” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.1.E.

Termination Transaction” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.2.B.

Unrealized Gain” attributable to any item of Company property means, as of any date of determination, the excess, if any, of (i) the fair market value of such property (as determined under Exhibit B) as of such date, over (ii) the Carrying Value of such property (prior to any adjustment to be made pursuant to Exhibit B) as of such date.

Unrealized Loss” attributable to any item of Company property means, as of any date of determination, the excess, if any, of (i) the Carrying Value of such property (prior to any adjustment to be made pursuant to Exhibit B) as of such date, over (ii) the fair market value of such property (as determined under Exhibit B) as of such date.

Unvested LTIP Units” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.6.C.

UPREIT” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.4.F.

Valuation Date” means the date of receipt by the Managing Member of a Notice of Redemption or, if such date is not a Business Day, the first Business Day thereafter.

Value” means, with respect to one Share of a class of outstanding Shares of the Managing Member Entity that are Publicly Traded, the average of the daily market price for the ten consecutive trading days immediately preceding the date with respect to which value must be determined. The market price for each such trading day shall be the closing price, regular way,

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on such day, or if no such sale takes place on such day, the average of the closing bid and asked prices on such day. If the outstanding Shares of the Managing Member Entity are Publicly Traded and the Shares Amount includes, in addition to the Shares, rights or interests that a holder of Shares has received or would be entitled to receive, then the Value of such rights shall be determined by the Managing Member acting in good faith on the basis of such quotations and other information as it considers, in its reasonable judgment, appropriate. If the Shares of the Managing Member Entity are not Publicly Traded, the Value of the Shares Amount per Membership Unit tendered for redemption (which will be the Cash Amount per Membership Unit offered for redemption payable pursuant to Section 8.6.A) means the amount that a holder of one Membership Unit would receive if each of the assets of the Company were to be sold for its fair market value on the Specified Redemption Date, the Company were to pay all of its outstanding liabilities, and the remaining proceeds were to be distributed to the Members in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Such Value shall be determined by the Managing Member, acting in good faith and based upon a commercially reasonable estimate of the amount that would be realized by the Company if each asset of the Company (and each asset of each partnership, limited liability company, trust, joint venture or other entity in which the Company owns a direct or indirect interest) were sold to an unrelated purchaser in an arms’ length transaction where neither the purchaser nor the seller were under economic compulsion to enter into the transaction (without regard to any discount in value as a result of the Company’s minority interest in any property or any illiquidity of the Company’s interest in any property).

Vested LTIP Units” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.6.C.

Vesting Agreement” means each or any, as the context implies, agreement or instrument entered into by a holder of LTIP Units upon acceptance of an award of LTIP Units under an Equity Incentive Plan.

ARTICLE II

ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

Section 2.1

Organization

A.Organization, Status and Rights.  The Company is a limited liability company organized pursuant to the provisions of the Act and upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Prior Operating Agreement.  The Members hereby confirm and agree to their status as members of the Company and to continue the business of the Company on the terms set forth in this Agreement.  Except as expressly provided herein, the rights and obligations of the Members and the administration and termination of the Company shall be governed by the Act.  The Membership Interest of each Member shall be personal property for all purposes.

B.Qualification of Limited Liability Company.  The Members (i) agree that if the laws of any jurisdiction in which the Company transacts business so require, the appropriate officers or other authorized representatives of the Company shall file, or shall cause to be filed, with the appropriate office in that jurisdiction, any documents necessary for the Company to qualify to transact business under such laws; and (ii) agree and obligate themselves to execute, acknowledge and cause to be filed for record, in the place or places and manner prescribed by law, any amendments to the Articles of Organization as may be required, either by the Act, by

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the laws of any jurisdiction in which the Company transacts business, or by this Agreement, to reflect changes in the information contained therein or otherwise to comply with the requirements of law for the continuation, preservation and operation of the Company as a limited liability company under the Act.

C.Representations.  Each Member represents and warrants that such Member is duly authorized to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under this Agreement and that the Person, if any, executing this Agreement on behalf of such Member is duly authorized to do so and that this Agreement is binding on and enforceable against such Member in accordance with its terms.

Section 2.2

Name

The name of the Company shall be Broadstone Net Lease, LLC.  The Company’s business may be conducted under any other name or names deemed advisable by the Managing Member, including the name of any of the Managing Member or any Affiliate thereof.  The words “Limited Liability Company,” “LLC,” “L.L.C.” or similar words or letters shall be included in the Company’s name where necessary for the purposes of complying with the laws of any jurisdiction that so requires. The Managing Member in its sole and absolute discretion may change the name of the Company at any time and from time to time and shall notify the Non-Managing Members of such change in the next regular communication to the Non-Managing Members.

Section 2.3

Registered Office and Agent; Principal Office

The address of the registered office of the Company in the State of New York is located at 800 Clinton Square Rochester, NY 14604, and the registered agent for service of process on the Company at such registered office is the Company.  The Managing Member may, from time to time, designate a new registered agent and/or registered office for the Company and, notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement, may amend this Agreement and the Articles of Organization of the Company to reflect such designation without the consent of the Non-Managing Members or any other Person. The principal office of the Company is 800 Clinton Square Rochester, NY 14604, or such other place as the Managing Member may from time to time designate by notice to the Non-Managing Members. The Company may maintain offices at such other place or places within or outside the State of New York as the Managing Member deems advisable.

Section 2.4

Term

The term of the Company commenced on August 8, 2006, and shall continue until dissolved pursuant to the provisions of Article XIII or as otherwise provided by law.

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ARTICLE III

PURPOSE

Section 3.1

Purpose and Business

The purpose and nature of the business to be conducted by the Company is (i) to conduct any business that may be lawfully conducted by a limited liability company organized pursuant to the Act; (ii) to enter into any corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, limited liability company or other similar arrangement to engage in any of the foregoing or the ownership of interests in any entity engaged, directly or indirectly, in any of the foregoing; and (iii) to do anything necessary or incidental to the foregoing; provided, however, that any business shall be limited to and conducted in such a manner as to permit the Managing Member and, if different, the Managing Member Entity, at all times to be classified as a REIT, unless the Managing Member or Managing Member Entity, as applicable, in its sole and absolute discretion has chosen to cease to qualify as a REIT or has chosen not to attempt to qualify as a REIT for any reason or reasons whether or not related to the business conducted by the Company.  In connection with the foregoing, and without limiting the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity’s right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cease qualifying as a REIT, the Members acknowledge that the status of the Managing Member Entity as a REIT inures to the benefit of all the Members and not solely to the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity or their or its Affiliates, members and shareholders.

Section 3.2

Powers

The Company is empowered to do any and all acts and things necessary, appropriate, proper, advisable, incidental to or convenient for the furtherance and accomplishment of the purposes and business described herein and for the protection and benefit of the Company, including, without limitation, full power and authority, directly or through its ownership interest in other entities, to enter into, perform and carry out contracts of any kind, borrow money and issue evidences of indebtedness, whether or not secured by mortgage, deed of trust, pledge or other lien, acquire, own, manage, improve and develop real property, and lease, sell, transfer and dispose of real property; provided, however, that the Company shall not take, or shall refrain from taking, any action which, in the judgment of the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, (i) could adversely affect the ability of any of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity to continue to qualify as a REIT (if such entity has chosen to attempt to qualify as a REIT), (ii) could subject any of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity to any taxes under Section 857 or Section 4981 of the Code, or (iii) could violate any law or regulation of any governmental body or agency having jurisdiction over any of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity or its securities, unless such action (or inaction) shall have been specifically consented to by the Managing Member in writing.

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ARTICLE IV

CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND ISSUANCES
OF MEMBERSHIP INTERESTS

Section 4.1

Capital Contributions of the Members

Prior to the execution of this Agreement, the Members have made the Capital Contributions as set forth in the Member Registry. On the date hereof, the Members own Membership Units in the amounts set forth in the Member Registry and have Percentage Interests in the Company as set forth in the Member Registry.  The number of Membership Units and Percentage Interest shall be adjusted in the Member Registry from time to time by the Managing Member to the extent necessary to reflect accurately exchanges, redemptions, Capital Contributions, the issuance of additional Membership Units or similar events having an effect on a Member’s Percentage Interest occurring after the date hereof in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.  Except as provided in Sections 7.5, 10.5, and 13.3 hereof, the Members shall have no obligation to make any additional Capital Contributions or provide any additional funding to the Company (whether in the form of loans, repayments of loans or otherwise).  Except as otherwise set forth in Section 13.3 hereof, no Member shall have any obligation to restore any deficit that may exist in its Capital Account, either upon a liquidation of the Company or otherwise, provided that such Capital Account deficit did not arise by reason of distributions in violation of this Agreement or applicable law or other actions in violation of this Agreement or applicable law.

Section 4.2

Issuances of Membership Interests

A.General.  The Managing Member is hereby authorized to cause the Company from time to time to issue to Members (including the Managing Member and its Affiliates) or other Persons (including, without limitation, in connection with the contribution of property to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries) Membership Units or other Membership Interests in one or more classes, or in one or more series of any of such classes, with such designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights, powers and duties, including rights, powers and duties senior to one or more other classes of Membership Interests, all as shall be determined, subject to applicable New York law, by the Managing Member in its sole and absolute discretion, including, without limitation, (i) the allocations of items of Company income, gain, loss, deduction and credit to each such class or series of Membership Interests, (ii) the right of each such class or series of Membership Interests to share in Company distributions, (iii) the rights of each such class or series of Membership Interests upon dissolution and liquidation of the Company, (iv) the rights, if any, of each such class to vote on matters that require the vote or Consent of the Non-Managing Members, and (v) the consideration, if any, to be received by the Company; provided, however, that no such Membership Units or other Membership Interests shall be issued to the Managing Member Entity unless either  (a) the Membership Interests are issued in connection with the grant, award or issuance of Shares or other equity interests in the Managing Member Entity (including a transaction described in Section 7.5.F) having designations, preferences and other rights such that the economic interests attributable to such Shares or other equity interests are substantially similar to the designations, preferences and other rights (except voting rights) of the Membership Interests issued to the Managing Member Entity in accordance with this Section 4.2.A, or (b) the additional

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Membership Interests are issued to all Members holding Membership Interests in the same class in proportion to their respective Percentage Interests in such class.  If the Company issues Membership Interests pursuant to this Section 4.2.A, the Managing Member shall make such revisions to this Agreement (including but not limited to the revisions described in Section 5.5, Section 6.2 and Section 8.6) as it deems necessary to reflect the issuance of such Membership Interests.  

B.Classes of Membership Units.  From and after the date of the Agreement, the Company shall have three classes of Membership Units entitled “OP Units” and “LTIP Units,” and such additional classes of Membership Units as may be created by the Managing Member pursuant to Section 4.2.A.  OP Units, LTIP Units or a class of Membership Interests created pursuant to Section 4.2.A, at the election of the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, may be issued to newly admitted Members in exchange for the contribution by such Members of cash, real estate membership interests, stock, notes or other assets or consideration; provided, however, that any Membership Unit that is not specifically designated by the Managing Member as being of a particular class shall be deemed to be an OP Unit.  The terms of the LTIP Units shall be in accordance with Sections 4.6 and 4.7.

 

C.Prior Membership Units.  All Membership Units (as defined in the Prior Operating Agreement) are hereby deemed to be OP Units.

 

Section 4.3

No Preemptive Rights

Except to the extent expressly granted by the Company pursuant to another Agreement, no Person shall have any preemptive, preferential or other similar right with respect to (i) additional Capital Contributions or loans to the Company or (ii) issuance or sale of any Membership Units or other Membership Interests.

Section 4.4

Other Contribution Provisions

A.General. If any Member is admitted to the Company and is given a Capital Account in exchange for services rendered to the Company, such transaction shall be treated by the Company and the affected Member as if the Company had compensated such Member in cash, and the Member had made a Capital Contribution of such cash to the capital of the Company.

B.Mergers. To the extent the Company acquires any property (or an indirect interest therein) by the merger of any other Person into the Company or with or into a Subsidiary of the Company, Persons who receive Membership Interests in exchange for their interest in the Person merging into the Company or with or into a Subsidiary of the Company shall be deemed to have been admitted as Additional Non-Managing Members pursuant to Section 12.2 and shall be deemed to have made Capital Contributions as provided in the applicable merger agreement (or if not so provided, as determined by the Managing Member in its sole and absolute discretion) and as set forth in the Member Registry.


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Section 4.5

No Interest on Capital

No Member shall be entitled to interest on its Capital Contributions or its Capital Account.

Section 4.6

LTIP Units

A.Issuance of LTIP Units. The Managing Member may from time to time issue LTIP Units to Persons who provide services to the Company or the Managing Member, for such consideration as the Managing Member may determine to be appropriate, and admit such Persons as Non-Managing Members. Subject to the following provisions of this Section 4.6 and the special provisions of Sections 4.7 and 6.1.E, LTIP Units shall be treated as OP Units, with all of the rights, privileges and obligations attendant thereto. For purposes of computing the Members’ Percentage Interests, holders of LTIP Units shall be treated as OP Unit holders and LTIP Units shall be treated as OP Units. In particular, the Company shall maintain at all times a one-to-one correspondence between LTIP Units and OP Units for conversion, distribution and other purposes, including, without limitation, complying with the following procedures:

(i)If an Adjustment Event occurs, then the Managing Member shall make a corresponding adjustment to the LTIP Units to maintain a one-for-one conversion and economic equivalence ratio between OP Units and LTIP Units.  If more than one Adjustment Event occurs, the adjustment to the LTIP Units need be made only once using a single formula that takes into account each and every Adjustment Event as if all Adjustment Events occurred simultaneously.  If the Company takes an action affecting the OP Units other than actions specifically defined as “Adjustment Events” and in the opinion of the Managing Member such action would require an adjustment to the LTIP Units to maintain the one-to-one correspondence described above, the Managing Member shall have the right to make such adjustment to the LTIP Units, to the extent permitted by law and by any applicable Equity Incentive Plan, in such manner and at such time as the Managing Member, in its sole discretion, may determine to be appropriate under the circumstances.  If an adjustment is made to the LTIP Units, as herein provided, the Company shall promptly file in the books and records of the Company an officer’s certificate setting forth such adjustment and a brief statement of the facts requiring such adjustment, which certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the correctness of such adjustment absent manifest error.  Promptly after filing of such certificate, the Company shall mail a notice to each LTIP Unitholder setting forth the adjustment to his or her LTIP Units and the effective date of such adjustment; and

(ii)Subject to the provisions of Sections 5.1.C, 5.1.D and 5.1.E, the LTIP Unitholders shall, when, as and if distributions with respect to OP Units are authorized and declared by the Managing Member out of assets legally available for that purpose, be entitled to receive distributions in an amount per LTIP Unit equal to the distributions per OP Unit paid to holders of OP Units on such Company Record Date established by the Managing Member with respect to such distribution. So long as any LTIP Units are outstanding, no distributions (whether in cash or in kind) shall be authorized, declared or paid on OP Units, unless equal distributions have been or contemporaneously are authorized, declared and paid on the LTIP Units.


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B.Priority.  Subject to the provisions of this Section 4.6 and the special provisions of Sections 4.7 , 5.1.C, 5.1.D and 5.1.E, the LTIP Units shall rank pari passu with the OP Units as to the payment of regular and special periodic or other distributions and distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up.  As to the payment of distributions and as to distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up, any class or series of Membership Units which by its terms specifies that it shall rank junior to, on a parity with, or senior to the OP Units shall also rank junior to, or pari passu with, or senior to, as the case may be, the LTIP Units. Subject to the terms of any Vesting Agreement, an LTIP Unitholder shall be entitled to transfer his or her LTIP Units to the same extent, and subject to the same restrictions as holders of OP Units are entitled to transfer their OP Units pursuant to Article XI.

C.Special Provisions. LTIP Units shall be subject to the following special provisions:

(i)Vesting Agreements.  LTIP Units may, in the sole discretion of the Managing Member, be issued subject to vesting, forfeiture and additional restrictions on transfer pursuant to the terms of a Vesting Agreement.  The terms of any Vesting Agreement may be modified by the Managing Member from time to time in its sole discretion, subject to any restrictions on amendment imposed by the relevant Vesting Agreement or by any applicable Equity Incentive Plan.  LTIP Units that have vested under the terms of a Vesting Agreement are referred to as “Vested LTIP Units”; all other LTIP Units shall be treated as “Unvested LTIP Units.”

(ii)Forfeiture.  Unless otherwise specified in the Vesting Agreement, upon the occurrence of any event specified in a Vesting Agreement as resulting in either the right of the Company or the Managing Member to repurchase LTIP Units at a specified purchase price or some other forfeiture of any LTIP Units, then if the Company or the Managing Member exercises such right to repurchase or such forfeiture occurs in accordance with the applicable Vesting Agreement, the relevant LTIP Units shall immediately, and without any further action, be treated as cancelled and no longer outstanding for any purpose.  Unless otherwise specified in the Vesting Agreement, no consideration or other payment shall be due with respect to any LTIP Units that have been forfeited, other than any distributions declared with respect to a Company Record Date prior to the effective date of the forfeiture. In connection with any repurchase or forfeiture of LTIP Units, the balance of the portion of the Capital Account of the LTIP Unitholder that is attributable to all of his or her LTIP Units shall be reduced by the amount, if any, by which it exceeds the target balance contemplated by Section 6.1.E hereof, calculated with respect to the LTIP Unitholder’s remaining LTIP Units, if any.

(iii)Allocations. LTIP Unitholders shall be entitled to certain special allocations of gain under Section 6.1.E.  LTIP Units shall be allocated Net Income and Net Loss, for any taxable year or portion of a taxable year occurring after such issuance and prior to the Distribution Participation Date for such LTIP Units, to the extent that the date of issuance and the Distribution Participation Date are not the same under the terms of the applicable Vesting Agreement, in amounts per LTIP Unit equal to the amounts allocated per OP Unit for the same period multiplied by the LTIP Unit Sharing Percentage for such LTIP Units.  Commencing with the portion of the taxable year of the Company that begins on the Distribution Participation Date established for any LTIP Units, such LTIP Units shall be allocated Net Income and Net Loss in

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amounts per LTIP Unit equal to the amounts allocated per OP Unit.  The allocations provided by the preceding sentence shall be subject to Section 6.1.A and Section 6.1.B of the Agreement.  The Managing Member is authorized in its discretion to delay or accelerate the participation of the LTIP Units in allocations of Net Income and Net Loss, or to adjust the allocations made after the Distribution Participation Date, so that the ratio of (i) the total amount of Net Income or Net Loss allocated with respect to each LTIP Unit in the taxable year in which that LTIP Unit’s Distribution Participation Date falls, to (ii) the total amount distributed to that LTIP Unit with respect to such period, is equal to such ratio as computed for the OP Units held by the Managing Member.

(iv)Redemption.  The Redemption Right provided to the holders of OP Units under Section 8.6 hereof shall not apply with respect to LTIP Units unless and until they are converted to OP Units as provided in clause (v) below and Section 4.7.

(v)Conversion to OP Units. Vested LTIP Units are eligible to be converted into OP Units in accordance with Section 4.7.

D.Voting.  LTIP Unitholders shall (a) have the same voting rights as the Non-Managing Members, with the LTIP Units voting as a single class with the OP Units and having one vote per LTIP Unit; and (b) have the additional voting rights that are expressly set forth below. So long as any LTIP Units remain outstanding, the Company shall not, without the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the LTIP Units outstanding at the time, given in person or by proxy, either in writing or at a meeting (voting separately as a class), amend, alter or repeal, whether by merger, consolidation or otherwise, the provisions of this Agreement applicable to LTIP Units so as to materially and adversely affect any right, privilege or voting power of the LTIP Units or the LTIP Unitholders as such, unless such amendment, alteration, or repeal affects equally, ratably and proportionately the rights, privileges and voting powers of all of OP Units (including the OP Units held by the Managing Member); but subject, in any event, to the following provisions:

(i)With respect to any OP Unit Transaction (as defined in Section 4.7.F hereof), so long as the LTIP Units are treated in accordance with Section 4.7.F hereof, the consummation of such OP Unit Transaction shall not be deemed to materially and adversely affect such rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the LTIP Units or the LTIP Unitholders as such; and

(ii)Any creation or issuance of any Membership Units or of any class or series of Membership Interest in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, additional OP Units or LTIP Units, whether ranking senior to, junior to, or on a parity with the LTIP Units with respect to distributions and the distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up, shall not be deemed to materially and adversely affect such rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the LTIP Units or the LTIP Unitholders as such.

The foregoing voting provisions will not apply if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to which such vote would otherwise be required will be effected, all outstanding LTIP Units shall have been converted into OP Units.

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Section 4.7

Conversion of LTIP Units.

A.Conversion Right.  An LTIP Unitholder shall have the right (the “Conversion Right”), at his or her option, at any time to convert all or a portion of his or her Vested LTIP Units into fully paid and non-assessable OP Units; provided, however, that a holder may not exercise the Conversion Right for fewer than one thousand (1,000) Vested LTIP Units or, if such holder holds fewer than one thousand (1,000) Vested LTIP Units, all of the Vested LTIP Units held by such holder.  LTIP Unitholders shall not have the right to convert Unvested LTIP Units into OP Units until they become Vested LTIP Units; provided, however, that when an LTIP Unitholder is notified of the expected occurrence of an event that will cause his or her Unvested LTIP Units to become Vested LTIP Units, such LTIP Unitholder may give the Company a Conversion Notice conditioned upon and effective as of the time of vesting and such Conversion Notice, unless subsequently revoked by the LTIP Unitholder, shall be accepted by the Company subject to such condition.  The Managing Member shall have the right at any time to cause a conversion of Vested LTIP Units into OP Units, providedhowever, that any Special LTIP Unit Distribution payable with respect to such Vested LTIP Units is paid prior to such conversion.  In all cases, the conversion of any LTIP Units into OP Units shall be subject to the conditions and procedures set forth in this Section 4.7.

B.Exercise by an LTIP Unitholder.  A holder of Vested LTIP Units may convert such LTIP Units into an equal number of fully paid and non-assessable OP Units, giving effect to all adjustments (if any) made pursuant to Section 4.6 hereof.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event may a holder of Vested LTIP Units convert a number of Vested LTIP Units that exceeds (x) the Economic Capital Account Balance of such Non-Managing Member, to the extent attributable to its ownership of LTIP Units, divided by (y) the OP Unit Economic Balance, in each case as determined as of the effective date of conversion (the “Capital Account Limitation”). In order to exercise his or her Conversion Right, an LTIP Unitholder shall deliver a notice (a “Conversion Notice”) in the form attached as Exhibit F to this Agreement to the Company (with a copy to the Managing Member) not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days prior to a date (the “Conversion Date”) specified in such Conversion Notice; provided, however, that if the Managing Member has not given to the LTIP Unitholders notice of a proposed or upcoming OP Unit Transaction (as defined in Section 4.7.F hereof) at least thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of such OP Unit Transaction, then LTIP Unitholders shall have the right to deliver a Conversion Notice until the earlier of (x) the tenth day after such notice from the Managing Member of a OP Unit Transaction or (y) the third business day immediately preceding the effective date of such OP Unit Transaction.  A Conversion Notice shall be provided in the manner provided in Section 15.1.  Each LTIP Unitholder covenants and agrees with the Company that all Vested LTIP Units to be converted pursuant to this Section 4.7.B shall be free and clear of all liens and encumbrances.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a holder of LTIP Units may deliver a Notice of Redemption pursuant to Section 8.6 relating to those OP Units that will be issued to such holder upon conversion of such LTIP Units into OP Units in advance of the Conversion Date; provided, however, that the redemption of such OP Units by the Company shall in no event take place until after the Conversion Date.  For clarity, it is noted that the objective of this paragraph is to put an LTIP Unitholder in a position where, if he or she so wishes, the OP Units into which his or her Vested LTIP Units will be converted can be redeemed by the Company simultaneously with such conversion, with the further consequence that, if the Managing Member elects to assume and perform the Company’s

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redemption obligation with respect to such OP Units under Section 8.6 hereof by delivering to such holder Shares rather than cash, then such holder can have such Shares issued to him or her simultaneously with the conversion of his or her Vested LTIP Units into OP Units.  The Managing Member and LTIP Unitholder shall reasonably cooperate with each other to coordinate the timing of the events described in the foregoing sentence.  An LTIP Unitholder may give a Conversion Notice with respect to Unvested LTIP Units, provided that such Unvested LTIP Units become Vested LTIP Units on or prior to the Conversion Date.

C. Forced Conversion.  The Company, at any time at the election of the Managing Member, may cause any number of Vested LTIP Units held by an LTIP Unitholder to be converted (a “Forced Conversion”) into an equal number of fully paid and non-assessable OP Units, giving effect to all adjustments (if any) made pursuant to Section 4.6; provided, however, that the Company may not cause Forced Conversion of any LTIP Units that would not at the time be eligible for conversion at the option of such LTIP Unitholder pursuant to Section 4.7.B or with respect to which a Special LTIP Unit Distribution is payable and has not been paid.  In order to exercise its right of Forced Conversion, the Company shall deliver a notice (a “Forced Conversion Notice”) in the form attached as Exhibit G to this Agreement to the applicable LTIP Unitholder not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the Conversion Date specified in such Forced Conversion Notice.  A Forced Conversion Notice shall be provided in the manner provided in Section 15.1.

D. Completion of Conversion.  A conversion of Vested LTIP Units for which the holder thereof has given a Conversion Notice or the Company has given a Forced Conversion Notice shall occur automatically after the close of business on the applicable Conversion Date without any action on the part of such LTIP Unitholder, as of which time such LTIP Unitholder shall be credited on the books and records of the Company with the issuance as of the opening of business on the next day of the number of OP Units issuable upon such conversion.  After the conversion of LTIP Units as aforesaid, the Company shall deliver to such LTIP Unitholder, upon his or her written request, a certificate of the Managing Member certifying the number of OP Units and remaining LTIP Units, if any, held by such person immediately after such conversion.  The Assignee of any Non-Managing Member pursuant to Article XI hereof may exercise the rights of such Non-Managing Member pursuant to this Section 4.7 and such Non-Managing Member shall be bound by the exercise of such rights by the Assignee.

E.Impact of Conversions for Purposes of Section 6.1.E.  For purposes of making future allocations under Section 6.1.E hereof and applying the Capital Account Limitation, the portion of the Economic Capital Account Balance of the applicable LTIP Unitholder that is treated as attributable to his or her LTIP Units shall be reduced, as of the date of conversion, by the product of the number of LTIP Units converted and the OP Unit Economic Balance.

F. OP Unit Transactions.  If the Company or the Managing Member Entity shall be a party to any OP Unit Transaction, then the Managing Member shall, immediately prior to the OP Unit Transaction, exercise its right to cause a Forced Conversion with respect to the maximum number of LTIP Units then eligible for conversion, taking into account any allocations that occur in connection with the OP Unit Transaction or that would occur in connection with the OP Unit Transaction if the assets of the Company were sold at the OP Unit Transaction price or, if applicable, at a value determined by the Managing Member in good faith using the value

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attributed to the Membership Units in the context of the OP Unit Transaction (in which case the Conversion Date shall be the effective date of the OP Unit Transaction).  In anticipation of such Forced Conversion and the consummation of the OP Unit Transaction, the Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause each LTIP Unitholder to be afforded the right to receive in connection with such OP Unit Transaction in consideration for the OP Units into which his or her LTIP Units will be converted the same kind and amount of cash, securities and other property (or any combination thereof) receivable upon the consummation of such OP Unit Transaction by a holder of the same number of OP Units, assuming such holder of OP Units is not a Person with which the Company consolidated or into which the Company merged or which merged into the Company or to which such sale or transfer was made, as the case may be (a “Constituent Person”), or an affiliate of a Constituent Person.  In the event that holders of OP Units have the opportunity to elect the form or type of consideration to be received upon consummation of the OP Unit Transaction, prior to such OP Unit Transaction the Managing Member shall give prompt written notice to each LTIP Unitholder of such election, and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to afford the LTIP Unitholders the right to elect, by written notice to the Managing Member, the form or type of consideration to be received upon conversion of each LTIP Unit held by such holder into OP Units in connection with such OP Unit Transaction.  If an LTIP Unitholder fails to make such an election, such holder (and any of its transferees) shall receive upon conversion of each LTIP Unit held him or her (or by any of his or her transferees) the same kind and amount of consideration that a holder of a OP Unit would receive if such OP Unit holder failed to make such an election.  Subject to the rights of the Company and the Managing Member under any Vesting Agreement and any applicable Equity Incentive Plan, to the extent any LTIP Units are then outstanding, the Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause the terms of any OP Unit Transaction to be consistent with the provisions of this Section 4.7.F and to enter into an agreement with the successor or purchasing entity, as the case may be, for the benefit of any LTIP Unitholders whose LTIP Units will not be converted into OP Units in connection with the OP Unit Transaction that will (i) contain provisions enabling the holders of LTIP Units that remain outstanding after such OP Unit Transaction to convert their LTIP Units into securities as comparable as reasonably possible under the circumstances to the OP Units and (ii) preserve as far as reasonably possible under the circumstances the distribution, special allocation, conversion, and other rights set forth in this Agreement for the benefit of the LTIP Unitholders.

ARTICLE V

DISTRIBUTIONS

Section 5.1

Requirement and Characterization of Distributions

A.Distribution of Operating Income.  The Managing Member shall distribute at least quarterly an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Available Cash of the Company with respect to such quarter or shorter period to the Members in accordance with the terms established for the class or classes of Membership Interests held by such Members who are Members on the respective Company Record Date with respect to such quarter or shorter period as provided in Sections 5.1.B and in accordance with the respective terms established for each class of Membership Interest. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in no event may a Member receive a distribution of Available Cash with respect to a Membership Unit for a quarter or shorter period if such Member is entitled to receive a distribution with respect to

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a Share for which such Membership Unit has been redeemed or exchanged.  Unless otherwise expressly provided for herein, or in the terms established for a new class or series of Membership Interests created in accordance with Article IV hereof, no Membership Interest shall be entitled to a distribution in preference to any other Membership Interest.  If the Managing Member Entity has chosen to attempt to qualify as a REIT, the Managing Member shall make such reasonable efforts, as determined by it in its sole and absolute discretion and consistent with the qualification of the Managing Member Entity as a REIT, to distribute Available Cash (a) to Non-Managing Members in a manner that would not cause any such distribution or portion thereof to be treated as part of a sale of property to the Company by a Non-Managing Member under Section 707 of the Code or the Regulations thereunder; provided, however, that none of the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity, and the Company shall have liability to a Non-Managing Member under any circumstances as a result of any distribution to a Non-Managing Member being so treated, and (b) to the Managing Member Entity in an amount sufficient to enable the Managing Member Entity to make distributions to its shareholders that will enable the Managing Member Entity to (1) satisfy the requirements for qualification as a REIT under the Code and the Regulations (the “REIT Requirements”), and (2) avoid any federal income or excise tax liability.

B.Method.

(i)Each holder of Membership Interests, if any, that is entitled to any preference in distribution shall be entitled to a distribution in accordance with the rights of any such class of Membership Interests (and, within such class, pro rata in proportion to the respective Percentage Interests on such Company Record Date); and

(ii)To the extent there is Available Cash remaining after the payment of any preference in distribution in accordance with the foregoing clause (i) (if applicable), with respect to Membership Interests that are not entitled to any preference in distribution, such Available Cash shall be distributed pro rata to each such class in accordance with the terms of such class (and, within each such class, pro rata in proportion to the respective Percentage Interests on such Company Record Date).

C.Distributions With Respect to LTIP Units.  Commencing from the Distribution Participation Date established for any LTIP Units, for any quarterly or other period holders of such LTIP Units shall be entitled to receive, if, when and as regular cash distributions are authorized by the Managing Member out of funds legally available for the payment of distributions, regular cash distributions in an amount per unit equal to the distribution payable on each OP Unit for the corresponding quarterly or other period (the “LTIP Distribution Amount”).  In addition, from and after the Distribution Participation Date, LTIP Units shall be entitled to receive, if, when and as non-liquidating special, extraordinary or other distributions are authorized by the Managing Member out of funds or other property legally available for the payment of distributions, non-liquidating special, extraordinary or other distributions in an amount per unit equal to the amount of any non-liquidating special, extraordinary or other distributions payable on the OP Units which may be made from time to time.  LTIP Units shall also be entitled to receive, if, when and as distributions representing proceeds of a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company are authorized by the Managing Member out of funds or other property legally available for the payment of

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distributions, distributions representing proceeds of a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company in an amount per unit equal to the amount of any such distributions payable on the OP Units, whether made prior to, on or after the Distribution Participation Date, provided that the amount of such distributions shall not exceed the positive balances of the Capital Accounts of the holders of such LTIP Units to the extent attributable to the ownership of such LTIP Units.  Distributions on the LTIP Units, if authorized, shall be payable on such dates and in such manner as may be authorized by the Managing Member (any such date, a “Distribution Payment Date”); provided that the Distribution Payment Date and the record date for determining which holders of LTIP Units are entitled to receive a distribution shall be the same as the corresponding dates relating to the corresponding distribution on the OP Units.

D.Special LTIP Unit Distribution.  As of the Distribution Participation Date for an LTIP Unit that is not forfeited on or prior to such Distribution Participation Date, the holder of such LTIP Unit will be entitled to receive a special distribution (the “Special LTIP Unit Distribution”) with respect to such unit, equal to the Aggregate Special LTIP Unit Distribution Amount with respect to such LTIP Unit, divided by the total number of such holder’s LTIP Units that (A) have the same Distribution Participation Date, (B) were issued as part of the same award or program for purposes of Section 4.6 as specified in the Vesting Agreement or other documentation pursuant to which such LTIP Units are issued (the “Same Award” with respect to such LTIP Unit), and (C) are not forfeited on or prior to such Distribution Participation Date; providedhowever, that such amount shall not exceed either (x) the amount of non-liquidating cash distributions per unit that were paid on the OP Units on or after the date of the issuance of such LTIP Unit (or such other date as is specified as the Distribution Measurement Date in the Vesting Agreement or other documentation pursuant to which such LTIP Unit is issued) (such date being referred to as the “Distribution Measurement Date” with respect to such LTIP Unit) and prior to such Distribution Participation Date or (y) an amount that, together with all other Special LTIP Unit Distributions made to such holder on the same date with respect to such holder’s other LTIP Units issued as part of the Same Award as such LTIP Unit, exceeds the positive balance of the Capital Account of such holder to the extent attributable to such LTIP Units.  The “Aggregate Special LTIP Unit Distribution Amount” with respect to a holder’s LTIP Unit equals the aggregate amount determined by totaling, for each of such holder’s LTIP Units that were issued as part of the Same Award, (x) the amount of non-liquidating cash distributions per unit that were paid on the OP Units on or after the Distribution Measurement Date with respect to such LTIP Unit and prior to the earlier of the Distribution Participation Date for such LTIP Unit or the Distribution Participation Date for the LTIP Unit with respect to which the Aggregate Special LTIP Unit Distribution Amount is being calculated, multiplied by (y) the LTIP Unit Sharing Percentage for such LTIP Unit, and subtracting from such total aggregate amount all Special LTIP Unit Distributions previously made with respect to LTIP Units that were issued as part of the Same Award.  The Special LTIP Unit Distribution for an LTIP Unit will be payable on the first Distribution Payment Date on or after the Distribution Participation Date for such LTIP Unit if and when authorized by the Managing Member out of funds legally available for the payment of distributions; provided that, to the extent not otherwise prohibited by the terms of any class of Membership Interests entitled to any preference in distribution and authorized by the Managing Member out of funds legally available for the payment of distributions, such Special LTIP Unit Distribution may be paid prior to such Distribution

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Payment Date.  On or after the Distribution Participation Date with respect to an LTIP Unit, if such LTIP Unit is outstanding, no distributions (other than in OP Units, LTIP Units or other Membership Interests ranking on par with or junior to such units as to distributions and upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Company) shall be declared or paid or set apart for payment upon the OP Units, the LTIP Units or any other Membership Interests ranking junior to or on a parity with the LTIP Unit as to distributions for any period (other than Special LTIP Unit Distributions with respect to LTIP Units that had an earlier Distribution Participation Date) unless the full amount of any Special LTIP Unit Distributions due with respect to such LTIP Unit have been or contemporaneously are declared and paid.

E.LTIP Units Intended to Qualify as Profits Interests.  Distributions made pursuant to this Section 5.1 shall be adjusted as necessary to ensure that the amount apportioned to each LTIP Unit does not exceed the amount attributable to items of Company income or gain realized after the date such LTIP Unit was issued by the Company.  The intent of this Section 5.1.E is to ensure that any LTIP Units issued after the date of this Agreement qualify as “profits interests” under Revenue Procedure 93-27, 1993-2 C.B. 343 (June 9, 1993) and Revenue Procedure 2001-43, 2001-2 C.B. 191 (August 3, 2001), and this Section 5.1 shall be interpreted and applied consistently therewith. The Managing Member at its discretion may amend this Section 5.1.E to ensure that any LTIP Units granted after the date of this Agreement will qualify as “profits interests” under Revenue Procedure 93-27, 1993-2 C.B. 343 (June 9, 1993) and Revenue Procedure 2001-43, 2001-2 C.B. 191 (August 3, 2001) (and any other similar rulings or regulations that may be in effect at such time).

Section 5.2

Distributions in Kind

The Managing Member may determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, to make a distribution in kind of Company assets to the holders of Membership Interests, and such assets shall be distributed in such a fashion as to ensure that the fair market value is distributed and allocated in the same manner as a cash distribution in accordance with Articles V, VI and XIII hereof

Section 5.3

Amounts Withheld

All amounts withheld pursuant to the Code or any provisions of any state or local tax law and Section 10.5 with respect to any allocation, payment or distribution to the Managing Member, the Non-Managing Members or Assignees shall be treated as amounts distributed to the Managing Member, Non-Managing Members or Assignees, as the case may be, pursuant to Section 5.1 for all purposes under this Agreement.

Section 5.4

Distributions upon Liquidation 

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Section 5.5

Revisions to Reflect Issuance of Membership Interests

If the Company issues Membership Interests to the Managing Member or any Additional Non-Managing Member pursuant to Article IV hereof, the Managing Member shall make such revisions to this Article V and the Member Registry in the books and records of the Company as it deems necessary to reflect the terms of the issuance of such Membership Interests.  Such revisions shall not require the consent or approval of any other Member.  In the absence of any agreement to the contrary, an Additional Non-Managing Member shall be entitled to the distributions set forth in Section 5.1 (without regard to this Section 5.5) with respect to the period during which the closing of its contribution to the Company occurs, multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which is the number of days from and after the date of such closing through the end of the applicable period, and the denominator of which is the total number of days in such period.

ARTICLE VI

ALLOCATIONS

Section 6.1

Allocations for Capital Account Purposes

For purposes of maintaining the Capital Accounts and in determining the rights of the Members among themselves, the Company’s items of income, gain, loss and deduction (computed in accordance with Exhibit B) shall be allocated among the Members in each taxable year (or portion thereof) as provided herein below.

A.Net Income.  After giving effect to the special allocations set forth in Section 1 of Exhibit C of the Company Agreement and any special allocations required to be made pursuant to Section 6.1.E, Net Income shall be allocated:

 

(1)

first, to the Managing Member to the extent that Net Loss previously allocated to the Managing Member pursuant to Section 6.1.B(6) exceed Net Income previously allocated to the Managing Member pursuant to this clause (1);

 

(2)

second, to each DRO Member until the cumulative Net Income allocated to such DRO Member under this clause (2) equals the cumulative Net Loss allocated to such DRO Member under Section 6.1.B(5) (and among the DRO Members, pro rata in proportion to their respective percentages of the cumulative Net Loss allocated to all DRO Members pursuant to Section 6.1.B(5) hereof);

 

(3)

third, to the Managing Member until the cumulative Net Income allocated under this clause (3) equals the cumulative Net Loss allocated the Managing Member under Section 6.1.B(4);

 

(4)

fourth, to the holders of any Membership Interests that are entitled to any preference upon liquidation until the cumulative Net Income allocated under this clause (4) equals the cumulative Net Loss allocated to such Members under Section 6.1.B(3);

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(5)

fifth, to the holders of any Membership Interests that are entitled to any preference in distribution in accordance with the rights of any other class of Membership Interests until each such Membership Interest has been allocated, on a cumulative basis pursuant to this clause (5), Net Income equal to the amount of distributions payable that are attributable to the preference of such class of Membership Interests, whether or not paid (and, within such class, pro rata in proportion to the respective Percentage Interests as of the last day of the period for which such allocation is being made);

 

(6)

sixth, to the holders of any Membership Interests that are not entitled to any preference upon liquidation until the cumulative Net Income allocated under this clause (6) equals the cumulative Net Loss allocated to such Members under Section 6.1.B(2); and

 

(7)

finally, with respect to Membership Interests that are not entitled to any preference in distribution or with respect to which distributions are not limited to any preference in distribution, pro rata to each such class in accordance with the terms of such class (and, within such class, pro rata in proportion to the respective Percentage Interests as of the last day of the period for which such allocation is being made).

B.Net Loss.  After giving effect to the special allocations set forth in Section 1 of Exhibit C of the Company Agreement and any special allocations required to be made pursuant to Sections 6.1.E, Net Loss shall be allocated:

 

(1)

first, to the holders of Membership Interests that are not entitled to any preference in distribution or with respect to which distributions are not limited to any preference in distribution, in proportion to, and to the extent that, their share of the Net Income previously allocated pursuant to Section 6.1.A(7) exceeds, on a cumulative basis, the sum of (a) distributions with respect to such Membership Interests pursuant to clause (ii) of Section 5.1.B and (b) Net Loss allocated under this clause (1);

 

(2)

second, with respect to classes of Membership Interests that are not entitled to any preference in distribution upon liquidation, pro rata to each such class in accordance with the terms of such class (and, within such class, pro rata in proportion to the respective Percentage Interests as of the last day of the period for which such allocation is being made); provided, however, that Net Loss shall not be allocated to any Member pursuant to this Section 6.1.B(2) to the extent that such allocation would cause such Member to have an Adjusted Capital Account Deficit (or increase any existing Adjusted Capital Account Deficit) (determined in each case (i) by not including in the Members’ Adjusted Capital Accounts any amount that a Member is obligated to contribute to the Company with respect to any deficit in its Capital Account pursuant to Section 13.3 and (ii) in the case of a Member who also holds classes of Membership Interests that are entitled to any preferences in distribution upon liquidation, by subtracting from such Members’ Adjusted Capital Account the amount of such preferred

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distribution to be made upon liquidation) at the end of such taxable year (or portion thereof);

 

(3)

third, with respect to classes of Membership Interests that are entitled to any preference in distribution upon liquidation, in reverse order of the priorities of each such class (and within each such class, pro rata in proportion to their respective Percentage Interests as of the last day of the period for which such allocation is being made); provided, however, that Net Loss shall not be allocated to any Member pursuant to this Section 6.1.B(3) to the extent that such allocation would cause such Member to have an Adjusted Capital Account Deficit (or increase any existing Adjusted Capital Account Deficit) (determined in each case by not including in the Members’ Adjusted Capital Accounts any amount that a Member is obligated to contribute to the Company with respect to any deficit in its Capital Account pursuant to Section 13.3) at the end of such taxable year (or portion thereof);

 

(4)

fourth, to the Managing Member in an amount equal to the excess of (a) the amount of the Company’s Recourse Liabilities over (b) the Aggregate DRO Amount;

 

(5)

fifth, to and among the DRO Members, in proportion to their respective DRO Amounts, until such time as the DRO Members as a group have been allocated cumulative Net Loss pursuant to this clause (5) equal to the Aggregate DRO Amount; and

 

(6)

thereafter, to the Managing Member.

C.Allocation of Nonrecourse Debt.  For purposes of Regulation Section 1.752-3(a), the Members agree that Nonrecourse Liabilities of the Company in excess of the sum of (i) the amount of Company Minimum Gain and (ii) the total amount of Nonrecourse Built-in Gain shall be allocated by the Managing Member by taking into account facts and circumstances relating to each Member’s respective interest in the profits of the Company unless and to the extent provided otherwise in an agreement between any Member and the Company.  For this purpose, the Managing Member shall have the sole and absolute discretion in any Fiscal Year to allocate such excess Nonrecourse Liabilities among the Members in any manner permitted under Code Section 752 and the Regulations thereunder.

D.Recapture Income.  Any gain allocated to the Members upon the sale or other taxable disposition of any Company asset shall, to the extent possible after taking into account other required allocations of gain pursuant to Exhibit C, be characterized as Recapture Income in the same proportions and to the same extent as such Members have been allocated any deductions directly or indirectly giving rise to the treatment of such gains as Recapture Income.

E.Special Allocations Regarding LTIP Units. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 6.1.A, Liquidating Gains shall first be allocated to the LTIP Unitholders until their Economic Capital Account Balances, to the extent attributable to their ownership of LTIP Units, are equal to (i) the OP Unit Economic Balance, multiplied by (ii) the number of their LTIP Units,


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plus the aggregate net amount of Net Income and Net Loss allocated to such LTIP Units prior to the Distribution Participation Date with respect to such LTIP Units less the amount of any Special LTIP Unit Distributions with respect to such LTIP Units (such amount, the “Target Balance”); provided, however, that no such Liquidating Gains will be allocated with respect to any particular LTIP Unit unless and to the extent that such Liquidating Gains, when aggregated with other Liquidating Gains realized since the issuance of such LTIP Unit, exceed Liquidating Losses realized since the issuance of such LTIP Unit.  After giving effect to the special allocations set forth in Section 1 oExhibit C hereto, and notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 6.1.A and 6.1.B above, in the event that, due to distributions with respect to OP Units in which the LTIP Units do not participate or otherwise, the Economic Capital Account Balances of any present or former holder of LTIP Units, to the extent attributable to the holder’s ownership of LTIP Units, exceed the Target Balance, then Liquidating Losses shall be allocated to such holder to the extent necessary to reduce or eliminate the disparity.  In the event that Liquidating Gains or Liquidating Losses are allocated under this Section 6.1.E, Net Income allocable under Section 6.1.A(6) and any Net Loss shall be recomputed without regard to the Liquidating Gains or Liquidating Losses so allocated. For this purpose, “Liquidating Gains” means net gains that are or would be realized in connection with the actual or hypothetical sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, including but not limited to net capital gain realized in connection with an adjustment to the value of Company assets under Section 704(b) of the Code made pursuant to Section 1.D of Exhibit B of the Company Agreement.  “Liquidating Losses” means any net capital loss realized in connection with any such event.  The Economic Capital Account Balances” of the LTIP Unitholders will be equal to their Capital Account balances to the extent attributable to their ownership of LTIP Units, plus the amount of their share of any Member Minimum Gain or Company Minimum Gain, in either case to the extent attributable to their ownership of LTIP Units and computed on a hypothetical basis after taking into account all allocations through the date on which any allocation is made under this Section 6.1.E, but prior to the realization of any Liquidating Gains.  Similarly, the “OP Unit Economic Balance” shall mean (i) the Capital Account balance of the Managing Member, plus the amount of the Managing Member’s share of any Member Minimum Gain or Company Minimum Gain, in either case to the extent attributable to the Managing Member’s ownership of OP Units and computed on a hypothetical basis after taking into account all allocations through the date on which any allocation is made under this Section 6.1.E, but prior to the realization of any Liquidating Gains, divided by (ii) the number of the Managing Member’s OP Units. Any such allocations shall be made among the LTIP Unitholders in proportion to the amounts required to be allocated to each under this Section 6.1.E. The parties agree that the intent of this Section 6.1.E is to make the Capital Account balance associated with each LTIP Unit to be economically equivalent to the Capital Account balance associated with the Managing Member’s OP Units (on a per-unit basis, other than differences resulting from the allocation of Net Income and Net Loss allocated to such LTIP Units prior to the Distribution Participation Date with respect to such LTIP Units in excess of the amount of Special LTIP Unit Distributions paid with respect to such LTIP Units), to the extent that Liquidating Gains are of a sufficient magnitude to do so upon a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or upon an adjustment to the Members’ Capital Accounts pursuant to Section 1.D of Exhibit B.  To the extent the LTIP Unitholders receive a distribution in excess of their Capital Accounts, such distribution will be a guaranteed payment under Section 707(c) of the Code.

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Section 6.2

Revisions to Allocations to Reflect Issuance of Membership Interests

If the Company issues Membership Interests to the Managing Member or any Non-Managing Additional Member pursuant to Article IV hereof, the Managing Member shall make such revisions to this Article VI and the Member Registry in the books and records of the Company as it deems necessary to reflect the terms of the issuance of such Membership Interests, including making preferential allocations to classes of Membership Interests that are entitled thereto.  Such revisions shall not require the consent or approval of any other Member.

ARTICLE VII

MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF BUSINESS

Section 7.1

Management

A.Powers of Managing Member. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, all management powers over the business and affairs of the Company are and shall be exclusively vested in the Managing Member, and no Non-Managing Member shall have any right to participate in or exercise control or management power over the business and affairs of the Company.  The Managing Member may not be removed by the Non-Managing Members with or without cause.  In addition to the powers now or hereafter granted a managing member of a limited liability company under applicable law or which are granted to the Managing Member under any other provision of this Agreement, the Managing Member shall have full power and authority to do all things deemed necessary or desirable by it to conduct the business of the Company, to exercise all powers set forth in Section 3.2 and to effectuate the purposes set forth in Section 3.1, including, without limitation:

 

(1)

the making of any expenditures, the lending or borrowing of money (including, without limitation, making prepayments on loans and borrowing money to permit the Company to make distributions to its Members in such amounts as are required under Section 5.1.A or will permit the Managing Member Entity (so long as the Managing Member Entity chooses to attempt to qualify as a REIT) to avoid the payment of any U.S. federal income tax (including, for this purpose, any excise tax pursuant to Section 4981 of the Code) and to make distributions to its shareholders sufficient to permit the Managing Member Entity to maintain its REIT status), the assumption or guarantee of, or other contracting for, indebtedness and other liabilities including, without limitation, the assumption or guarantee of the debt of the Managing Member, its Subsidiaries or the Company’s Subsidiaries, the issuance of evidences of indebtedness (including the securing of same by mortgage, deed of trust or other lien or encumbrance on the Company’s assets) and the incurring of any obligations the Managing Member deems necessary for the conduct of the activities of the Company;

 

(2)

the making of tax, regulatory and other filings, or rendering of periodic or other reports to governmental or other agencies having jurisdiction over the business or assets of the Company;

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(3)

the acquisition, disposition, mortgage, pledge, encumbrance, hypothecation or exchange of any or all of the assets of the Company (including acquisition of any new assets, the exercise or grant of any conversion, option, privilege or subscription right or other right available in connection with any assets at any time held by the Company) or the merger, consolidation, reorganization or other combination of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company with or into another entity on such terms as the Managing Member deems proper;

 

(4)

the use of the assets of the Company (including, without limitation, cash on hand) for any purpose consistent with the terms of this Agreement and on any terms it sees fit, including, without limitation, the financing of the conduct of the operations of the Managing Member, the Company or any of the Company’s Subsidiaries, the lending of funds to other Persons (including, without limitation, the Managing Member, its Subsidiaries, the Company’s Subsidiaries and any of their Affiliates) and the repayment of obligations of the Company and its Subsidiaries and any other Person in which the Company has an equity investment and the making of capital contributions to, and equity investments in, its Subsidiaries;

 

(5)

the management, operation, leasing, landscaping, repair, alteration, demolition or improvement of any real property or improvements owned by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company or any Person in which the Company has made a direct or indirect equity investment;

 

(6)

the negotiation, execution, and performance of any contracts, conveyances or other instruments that the Managing Member considers useful or necessary to the conduct of the Company’s operations or the implementation of the Managing Member’s powers under this Agreement, including contracting with contractors, developers, consultants, accountants, legal counsel, other professional advisors and other agents and the payment of their expenses and compensation out of the Company’s assets;

 

(7)

the mortgage, pledge, encumbrance or hypothecation of any assets of the Company;

 

(8)

the distribution of Company cash or other Company assets in accordance with this Agreement;

 

(9)

the holding, managing, investing and reinvesting of cash and other assets of the Company;

 

(10)

the collection and receipt of revenues and income of the Company;

 

(11)

the selection, designation of powers, authority and duties and the dismissal of employees of the Company (including, without limitation, employees having titles such as “president,” “vice president,” “secretary” and “treasurer”) and agents, outside attorneys, accountants, consultants and contractors of the Company and


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the determination of their compensation and other terms of employment or hiring, including waivers of conflicts of interest and the payment of their expenses and compensation out of the Company’s assets;

 

(12)

the maintenance of such insurance (including, without limitation, directors, trustees and officers insurance) for the benefit of the Company and the Members (including, without limitation, the Managing Member Entity) and the directors, trustees and officers thereof as the Managing Member deems necessary or appropriate;

 

(13)

the formation of, or acquisition of an interest (including non-voting interests in entities controlled by Affiliates of the Company or the Managing Member or third parties) in, and the contribution of property to, any further limited or general partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, corporations or other relationships that it deems desirable (including, without limitation, the acquisition of interests in, and the contributions of funds or property to, or making of loans to, its Subsidiaries and any other Person in which it has an equity investment from time to time, or the incurrence of indebtedness on behalf of such Persons or the guarantee of the obligations of such Persons); provided, however, that as long as the Managing Member Entity has determined to attempt to continue to qualify as a REIT, the Company may not engage in any such formation, acquisition or contribution that would cause the Managing Member Entity to fail to qualify as a REIT;

 

(14)

the control of any matters affecting the rights and obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, including the settlement, compromise, submission to arbitration or any other form of dispute resolution or abandonment of any claim, cause of action, liability, debt or damages due or owing to or from the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, the commencement or defense of suits, legal proceedings, administrative proceedings, arbitrations or other forms of dispute resolution, the representation of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company in all suits or legal proceedings, administrative proceedings, arbitrations or other forms of dispute resolution, the incurring of legal expense and the indemnification of any Person against liabilities and contingencies to the extent permitted by law;

 

(15)

the determination of the fair market value of any Company property distributed in kind, using such reasonable method of valuation as the Managing Member may adopt;

 

(16)

the exercise, directly or indirectly, through any attorney-in-fact acting under a general or limited power of attorney, of any right, including the right to vote, appurtenant to any assets or investment held by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company;

 

(17)

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any other Person in which the Company has a direct or indirect interest, individually or jointly with any such Subsidiary or other Person;

 

(18)

the exercise of any of the powers of the Managing Member enumerated in this Agreement on behalf of any Person in which the Company does not have any interest pursuant to contractual or other arrangements with such Person;

 

(19)

the making, executing and delivering of any and all deeds, leases, notes, deeds to secure debt, mortgages, deeds of trust, security agreements, conveyances, contracts, guarantees, warranties, indemnities, waivers, releases or other legal instruments or agreements in writing necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the Managing Member for the accomplishment of any of the powers of the Managing Member enumerated in this Agreement;

 

(20)

the distribution of cash to acquire Membership Units held by a Non-Managing Member in connection with a Non-Managing Member’s exercise of its Redemption Right under Section 8.6;

 

(21)

the determination regarding whether a payment to a Member who exercises its Redemption Right under Section 8.6 that is assumed by the Managing Member Entity will be paid in the form of the Cash Amount or the Shares Amount, except as such determination may be limited by Section 8.6.

 

(22)

the acquisition of Membership Interests in exchange for cash, debt instruments and other property;

 

(23)

the maintenance of the Member Registry in the books and records of the Company to reflect the Capital Contributions and Percentage Interests of the Members as the same are adjusted from time to time to the extent necessary to reflect redemptions, Capital Contributions, the issuance and transfer of Membership Units, the admission of any Additional Non-Managing Member or any Substituted Non-Managing Member or otherwise;

 

(24)

the registration of any class of securities under the Securities Act or the Securities Exchange Act, and the listing of any debt securities of the Company on any exchange;

 

(25)

the issuance of additional Membership Units, as appropriate and in the Managing Member’s sole and absolute discretion, in connection with capital contributions by Additional Non-Managing Members and additional capital contributions by Members pursuant to Article IV hereof;

 

(26)

the taking of any and all acts and things necessary or prudent to ensure that the Company will not be classified as an association taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes or a “publicly traded partnership” for purposes of Section 7704 of the Code, including but not limited to imposing restrictions on transfers, restrictions on the number of Members and restrictions on redemptions;

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(27)

the filing of applications, communicating and otherwise dealing with any and all governmental agencies having jurisdiction over, or in any way affecting, the Company’s assets or any other aspect of the Company business;

 

(28)

taking of any action necessary or appropriate to comply with all regulatory requirements applicable to the Company in respect of its business, including preparing or causing to be prepared all financial statements required under applicable regulations and contractual undertakings and all reports, filings and documents, if any, required under the Exchange Act, the Securities Act, or by any national securities exchange requirements;

 

(29)

the enforcement of any rights against any Member pursuant to representations, warranties, covenants and indemnities relating to such Member’s contribution of property or assets to the Company; and

 

(30)

to take such other action, execute, acknowledge, swear to or deliver such other documents and instruments, and perform any and all other acts that the Managing Member deems necessary or appropriate for the formation, continuation and conduct of the business and affairs of the Company (including, without limitation, all actions consistent with allowing the Managing Member Entity at all times to qualify as a REIT unless the Managing Member Entity voluntarily terminates its REIT status) and to possess and enjoy all the rights and powers of a managing member as provided by the Act.

B.No Approval by Non-Managing Members.  Each of the Non-Managing Members agrees that the Managing Member is authorized to execute, deliver and perform the above-mentioned agreements and transactions on behalf of the Company without any further act, approval or vote of the Members, notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Act or any applicable law, rule or regulation, to the fullest extent permitted under the Act or other applicable law, rule or regulation. The execution, delivery or performance by the Managing Member or the Company of any agreement authorized or permitted under this Agreement shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Managing Member without consideration of any other obligation or duty, fiduciary or otherwise, of the Company or the Non-Managing Members and shall not constitute a breach by the Managing Member of any duty that the Managing Member may owe the Company or the Non-Managing Members or any other Persons under this Agreement or of any duty stated or implied by law or equity.  The Non-Managing Members acknowledge that the Managing Member is acting for the collective benefit of the Company, the Non-Managing Members and the shareholders of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity.

C.Insurance.  At all times from and after the date hereof, the Managing Member may cause the Company to obtain and maintain (i) casualty, liability and other insurance on the properties of the Company and its Subsidiaries and (ii) liability insurance for the Indemnitees hereunder, and (iii) such other insurance as the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, determines to be necessary.

 

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D.Working Capital and Other Reserves.  At all times from and after the date hereof, the Managing Member may cause the Company to establish and maintain working capital reserves in such amounts as the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, deems appropriate and reasonable from time to time, including upon liquidation of the Company under Article XIII.

Section 7.2

Articles of Organization

The Managing Member has previously filed the Articles of Organization with the Department of State of New York. To the extent that such action is determined by the Managing Member to be reasonable and necessary or appropriate, the Managing Member shall file amendments to and restatements of the Articles of Organization and do all the things to maintain the Company as a limited liability company (or a company in which the members have limited liability) under the laws of the State of New York and each other state, the District of Columbia or other jurisdiction in which the Company may elect to do business or own property. Subject to the terms of Section 8.5.A(4), the Managing Member shall not be required, before or after filing, to deliver or mail a copy of the Articles of Organization or any amendment thereto to any Non-Managing Member.  The Managing Member shall use all reasonable efforts to cause to be filed such other certificates or documents as may be reasonable and necessary or appropriate for the formation, continuation, qualification and operation of a limited liability company (or a company in which the members have limited liability) in the State of New York and any other state, the District of Columbia or other jurisdiction in which the Company may elect to do business or own property.

Section 7.3

Title to Company Assets

Title to Company assets, whether real, personal or mixed and whether tangible or intangible, shall be deemed to be owned by the Company as an entity, and no Members, individually or collectively, shall have any ownership interest in such Company assets or any portion thereof. Title to any or all of the Company assets may be held in the name of the Company, the Managing Member or one or more nominees, as the Managing Member may determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, including Affiliates of the Managing Member. The Managing Member hereby declares and warrants that any Company assets for which legal title is held in the name of the Managing Member or any nominee or Affiliate of the Managing Member shall be held by the Managing Member for the use and benefit of the Company in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. All Company assets shall be recorded as the property of the Company in its books and records, irrespective of the name in which legal title to such Company assets is held.

Section 7.4

Reimbursement of the Managing Member

A.No Compensation.  Except as provided in this Section 7.4 and elsewhere in this Agreement (including Section 10.3.C and the provisions of Articles V and VI regarding distributions, payments and allocations to which it may be entitled), the Managing Member shall not be compensated for its services as the managing member of the Company.

 

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B.Responsibility for Company, Managing Member and Managing Member Entity Expenses.  The Company shall be responsible for and shall pay all expenses relating to the Company’s organization, the ownership of its assets and its operations.  The Managing Member shall be reimbursed on a monthly basis, or such other basis as the Managing Member may determine in its sole and absolute discretion, for all expenses it incurs relating to or resulting from the ownership and operation of, or for the benefit of, the Company (including, without limitation, (i) expenses relating to the ownership of interests in and operation of the Company, (ii) compensation of the officers and employees including, without limitation, payments under any stock option or incentive plan that provides for stock units, or other phantom stock, pursuant to which employees will receive payments based upon dividends on or the value of Shares, (iii) auditing expenses, (iv) director fees and expenses of the Managing Member Entity, (v) all costs and expenses of being a public company, including costs of filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports and other distributions to its shareholders, and (vi) all costs and expenses associated with litigation involving the Managing Member and the Managing Member Entity, the Company or any Subsidiary); provided, however, that (i) the amount of any such reimbursement shall be reduced by (x) any interest earned by the Managing Member with respect to bank accounts or other instruments or accounts held by it on behalf of the Company as permitted in Section 7.5.A (which interest is considered to belong to the Company and shall be paid over to the Company to the extent not applied to reimburse the Managing Member for expenses hereunder); and (y) any amount derived by the Managing Member from any investments permitted in Section 7.5.A; (ii) if the Managing Member or Managing Member Entity qualifies as a REIT, the Company shall not be responsible for any taxes that the Managing Member Entity would not have been required to pay if that entity qualified as a REIT for federal income tax purposes or any taxes imposed on the Managing Member or Managing Member Entity by reason of that entity’s failure to distribute to its shareholders an amount equal to its taxable income; (iii) the Company shall not be responsible for expenses or liabilities incurred by the Managing Member in connection with any business or assets of the Managing Member other than its ownership of Membership Interests or operation of the business of the Company or ownership of interests in Qualified Assets to the extent permitted in Section 7.5.A; and (iv) the Company shall not be responsible for any expenses or liabilities of the Managing Member that are excluded from the scope of the indemnification provisions of Section 7.7.A by reason of the provisions of clause (i), (ii) or (iii) thereof. The Managing Member shall determine in good faith the amount of expenses incurred by it or the Managing Member Entity related to the ownership of Membership Interests or operation of, or for the benefit of, the Company.  If certain expenses are incurred that are related both to the ownership of Membership Interests or operation of, or for the benefit of, the Company and to the ownership of other assets (other than Qualified Assets as permitted under Section 7.5.A) or the operation of other businesses, such expenses will be allocated to the Company and such other entities (including the Managing Member and Managing Member Entity) owning such other assets or businesses in such a manner as the Managing Member in its sole and absolute discretion deems fair and reasonable. Such reimbursements shall be in addition to any reimbursement to the Managing Member and the Managing Member Entity pursuant to Section 10.3.C and as a result of indemnification pursuant to Section 7.7.  All payments and reimbursements hereunder shall be characterized for U.S. federal income tax purposes as expenses of the Company incurred on its behalf, and not as expenses of the Managing Member or Managing Member Entity.  

 

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C.Membership Interest Issuance Expenses.  The Managing Member shall also be reimbursed for all expenses it incurs relating to any issuance of Membership Interests, Shares, Debt of the Company, Funding Debt of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity or rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities pursuant to Article IV (including, without limitation, all costs, expenses, damages and other payments resulting from or arising in connection with litigation related to any of the foregoing), all of which expenses are considered by the Members to constitute expenses of, and for the benefit of, the Company.

D.Repurchases of Shares. If the Managing Member Entity exercises its rights under its organizational documents to purchase Shares or otherwise elects or is required to purchase from its shareholders Shares in connection with a share repurchase or similar program or otherwise, or for the purpose of delivering such Shares to satisfy an obligation under any dividend reinvestment or equity purchase program adopted by the Managing Member Entity, any employee equity purchase plan adopted by the Managing Member Entity or any similar obligation or arrangement undertaken by the Managing Member Entity in the future, the purchase price paid by the Managing Member Entity for those Shares and any other expenses incurred by the Managing Member Entity in connection with such purchase shall be considered expenses of the Company and shall be reimbursable to the Managing Member Entity, subject to the conditions that: (i) if those Shares subsequently are to be sold by the Managing Member Entity, the Managing Member Entity shall pay to the Company any proceeds received by the Managing Member Entity for those Shares (provided, however, that a transfer of Shares for Membership Units pursuant to Section 8.6 would not be considered a sale for such purposes); and (ii) if such Shares are required to be cancelled pursuant to applicable law or are not retransferred by the Managing Member Entity within thirty (30) days after the purchase thereof, the Managing Member shall cause the Company to cancel a number of Membership Units (rounded to the nearest whole Membership Unit) held by the Managing Member equal to the product attained by multiplying the number of those Shares by a fraction, the numerator of which is one and the denominator of which is the Conversion Factor.

E.Reimbursement not a Distribution.  Except as set forth in the succeeding sentence, if and to the extent any reimbursement made pursuant to this Section 7.4 is determined for U.S. federal income tax purposes not to constitute a payment of expenses of the Company, the amount so determined shall constitute a guaranteed payment with respect to capital within the meaning of Section 707(c) of the Code, shall be treated consistently therewith by the Company and all Members and shall not be treated as a distribution for purposes of computing the Members’ Capital Accounts.  Amounts deemed paid by the Company to the Managing Member in connection with redemption of Membership Units pursuant to Section 7.5.B shall be treated as a distribution for purposes of computing the Member’s Capital Accounts.

F.Funding for Certain Capital Transactions. In the event that the Managing Member Entity shall undertake to acquire (whether by merger, consolidation, purchase, or otherwise) the assets or equity interests of another Person and such acquisition shall require the payment of cash by the Managing Member Entity (whether to such Person or to any other selling party or parties in such transaction or to one or more creditors, if any, of such Person or such selling party or parties), (a) the Company shall advance to the Managing Member Entity the cash required to consummate such acquisition if, and to the extent that, such cash is not to be obtained by the Managing Member Entity through an issuance of Shares described in Section 4.2 or pursuant to a

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transaction described in Section 7.5.B, (b) the Managing Member Entity shall, upon consummation of such acquisition, transfer to the Company (or cause to be transferred to the Company), in full and complete satisfaction of such advance and as required by Section 7.5, the assets or equity interests of such Person acquired by the Managing Member Entity in such acquisition (or equity interests in Persons owning all of such assets or equity interests), and (c) pursuant to and in accordance with Section 4.2 and Section 7.5.B, the Company shall issue to the Managing Member, Membership Interests and/or rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities of the Company having designations, preferences and other rights that are substantially the same as those of any additional Shares, other equity securities, New Securities and/or Convertible Funding Debt, as the case may be, issued by the Managing Member Entity in connection with such acquisition (whether issued directly to participants in the acquisition transaction or to third parties in order to obtain cash to complete the acquisition).  In addition to, and without limiting, the foregoing, in the event that the Managing Member Entity engages in a transaction in which (x) the Managing Member Entity (or a wholly owned direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Managing Member Entity) merges with another entity (referred to as the “Parent Entity”) that is organized in the UPREIT form (i.e., where the Parent Entity holds substantially all of its assets and conducts substantially all of its operations through a partnership, limited liability company or other entity (referred to as an “Operating Entity”)) (“UPREIT”) and the Managing Member Entity survives such merger, (y) such Operating Entity merges with or is otherwise acquired by the Company in exchange in whole or in part for Membership Interests, and (z) the Managing Member Entity is required or elects to pay part of the consideration in connection with such merger involving the Parent Entity in the form of cash and part of the consideration in the form of Shares, the Company shall distribute to the Managing Member with respect to its existing Membership Interest an amount of cash sufficient to complete such transaction and the Managing Member shall cause the Company to cancel a number of Membership Units (rounded to the nearest whole number) held by the Managing Member equal to the product attained by multiplying the number of additional Shares of the Managing Member Entity that the Managing Member Entity would have issued to the Parent Entity or the owners of the Parent Entity in such transaction if the entire consideration therefor were to have been paid in Shares by a fraction, the numerator of which is one and the denominator of which is the Conversion Factor.

Section 7.5

Outside Activities of the Managing Member; Relationship of Shares to Membership Units; Funding Debt

A.General.  Except as contemplated by Section 7.3, without the Consent of the Outside Non-Managing Members, the Managing Member shall not, directly or indirectly, enter into or conduct any business other than in connection with the ownership, acquisition and disposition of Managing Member Interests and the management of the business of the Company and such activities as are incidental thereto.  Without Consent of the Outside Non-Managing Members, the assets of the Managing Member shall be limited to Membership Interests, permitted debt obligations of the Company (as contemplated by Section 7.5.F) and permitted assets of the Company (as contemplated by Section 7.3); provided, however, that the Managing Member shall be permitted to hold such bank accounts or similar instruments or accounts in its name as it deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities and purposes as contemplated under this Agreement and its organizational documents (provided that accounts held on behalf of the Company to permit the Managing Member to carry out its responsibilities under this Agreement

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shall be considered to belong to the Company and the interest earned thereon shall, subject to Section 7.4.B, be applied for the benefit of the Company); and, provided further that, the Managing Member shall be permitted to acquire Qualified Assets.

B.Repurchase of Shares and Other Securities.  If the Managing Member Entity exercises its rights under its organizational documents to purchase Shares or otherwise elects to purchase from the holders thereof Shares, other equity securities of the Managing Member Entity, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt, then the Managing Member Entity shall cause the Company to purchase from the Managing Member Entity (a) in the case of a purchase of Shares, that number of Membership Units of the appropriate class equal to the product obtained by multiplying the number of Shares purchased by the Managing Member Entity times a fraction, the numerator of which is one and the denominator of which is the Conversion Factor, or (b) in the case of the purchase of any other securities on the same terms and for the same aggregate price that the Managing Member Entity purchased such securities.

C.Equity Incentive Plan.  If, at any time or from time to time, the Managing Member Entity sells or otherwise issues Shares pursuant to any Equity Incentive Plan, the Managing Member Entity shall transfer or cause to be transferred the proceeds of the sale of such Shares, if any, to the Company as an additional Capital Contribution and the Company shall issue to the Managing Member Entity an amount of additional Membership Units equal to the number of Shares so sold or issued divided by the Conversion Factor.  If the Company or the Managing Member Entity acquires Shares as a result of the forfeiture of such Shares under any Equity Incentive Plan, then the Managing Member shall cause the Company to cancel, without payment of any consideration to the Managing Member, that number of Membership Units of the appropriate class equal to the number of Shares so acquired, and, if the Company acquired such Shares, it shall transfer such Shares to the Managing Member for cancellation.

D.Issuances of Shares and Other Securities.  So long as the common shares of the Managing Member Entity are Publicly Traded, the Managing Member Entity shall not grant, award or issue any additional Shares (other than Shares issued pursuant to Section 8.6 hereof or pursuant to a dividend or distribution (including any share split) of Shares to all of its shareholders that results in an adjustment to the Conversion Factor pursuant to clause (i), (ii) or (iii) of the definition thereof), other equity securities of the Managing Member Entity, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt unless (i) the Managing Member shall cause, pursuant to Section 4.2.A hereof, the Company to issue to the Managing Member, Membership Interests or rights, options, warrants or convertible or exchangeable securities of the Company having designations, preferences and other rights, all such that the economic interests are substantially the same as those of such additional Shares, other equity securities, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt, as the case may be, and (ii) in exchange therefor, the Managing Member Entity transfers or otherwise causes to be transferred to the Company, as an additional Capital Contribution, the proceeds from the grant, award, or issuance of such additional Shares, other equity securities, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt, as the case may be, or from the exercise of rights contained in such additional Shares, other equity securities, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt, as the case may be (or, in the case of an acquisition described in Section 7.4.F in which all or a portion of the cash required to consummate such acquisition is to be obtained by the Managing Member Entity through an issuance of Shares described in Section 4.2, the Managing Member Entity complies with such Section 7.4.F).  Without limiting

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the foregoing, the Managing Member Entity is expressly authorized to issue additional Shares, other equity securities, New Securities or Convertible Funding Debt, as the case may be, for less than fair market value, and the Managing Member is expressly authorized, pursuant to Section 4.2.A hereof, to cause the Company to issue to the Managing Member corresponding Membership Interests (for example, and not by way of limitation, the issuance of Shares and corresponding Membership Units pursuant to a share purchase plan providing for purchases of Shares, either by employees or shareholders, at a discount from fair market value or pursuant to employee share options that have an exercise price that is less than the fair market value of the Shares, either at the time of issuance or at the time of exercise), as long as (a) the Managing Member concludes in good faith that such issuance is in the interests of the Managing Member and the Company and (b) the Managing Member Entity transfers all proceeds from any such issuance or exercise to the Company as an additional Capital Contribution.

E.Funding Debt.  The Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity or any wholly owned Subsidiary of either of them may incur a Funding Debt, including, without limitation, a Funding Debt that is convertible into Shares or otherwise constitutes a class of New Securities (“Convertible Funding Debt”), subject to the condition that the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity or such Subsidiary, as the case may be, lend to the Company the net proceeds of such Funding Debt; provided, however, that Convertible Funding Debt shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.5.D above; and, provided further that, if the Managing Member Entity attempts to qualify as a REIT, the Managing Member, the Managing Member Entity or such Subsidiary shall not be obligated to lend the net proceeds of any Funding Debt to the Company in a manner that would be inconsistent with the Managing Member’s or Managing Member Entity’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT. If the Managing Member, Managing Member Entity or such Subsidiary enters into any Funding Debt, the loan to the Company shall be on comparable terms and conditions, including interest rate, repayment schedule, costs and expenses and other financial terms, as are applicable with respect to or incurred in connection with such Funding Debt.

F.Capital Contributions of the Managing Member.  The Capital Contributions by the Managing Member pursuant to Sections 7.5.C and 7.5.D will be deemed to equal the cash contributed by the Managing Member plus, (i) in the case of cash contributions funded by an offering of any equity interests in or other securities of the Managing Member Entity, the offering costs attributable to the cash contributed to the Company to the extent not reimbursed pursuant to Section 7.4.C and (ii) in the case of Membership Units issued pursuant to Section 7.5.C, an amount equal to the difference between the Value of the Shares sold pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan and the net proceeds of such sale.

G.Tax Loans.  The Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity may in its sole and absolute discretion, cause the Company to make an interest free loan to the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity, as applicable, provided that the proceeds of such loans are used to satisfy any tax liabilities of the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity, as applicable.

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Section 7.6

Transactions with Affiliates

A.Transactions with Certain Affiliates.  Except as expressly permitted by this Agreement with respect to any non-arms’ length transaction with an Affiliate, the Company shall not, directly or indirectly, sell, transfer or convey any property to, or purchase any property from, or borrow funds from, or lend funds to, any Member or any Affiliate of the Company that is not also a Subsidiary of the Company, except pursuant to transactions that are determined in good faith by the Managing Member to be on terms that are fair and reasonable.

B.Conflict Avoidance.  The Managing Member is expressly authorized to enter into, in the name and on behalf of the Company, a non-competition arrangement and other conflict avoidance agreements with various Affiliates of the Company and Managing Member on such terms as the Managing Member, in its sole and absolute discretion, believes are advisable.

C.Benefit Plans Sponsored by the Company.  The Managing Member in its sole and absolute discretion and without the approval of the Non-Managing Members, may propose and adopt on behalf of the Company employee benefit plans funded by the Company for the benefit of employees of the Managing Member, the Company, Subsidiaries of the Company or any Affiliate of any of them.

Section 7.7

Indemnification

A.General. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Company shall indemnify each Indemnitee from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, joint or several, expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and other legal fees and expenses), judgments, fines, settlements and other amounts, arising from or in connection with any and all claims, demands, subpoenas, requests for information, formal or informal investigations, actions, suits or proceedings, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, incurred by the Indemnitee and relating to the Company, the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity or the direct or indirect operation of, or the direct or indirect ownership of property by, the Indemnitee, the Company or the Managing Member or the Managing Member Entity as set forth in this Agreement in which any such Indemnitee may be involved, or is threatened to be involved, as a party or otherwise, unless it is established by a final determination of a court of competent jurisdiction that: (i) the act or omission of the Indemnitee was a direct cause of the loss and either was committed in bad faith or was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty, (ii) the Indemnitee actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services or (iii) in the case of any criminal proceeding, the Indemnitee had reasonable cause to believe that the act or omission was unlawful. Without limitation, the foregoing indemnity shall extend to any liability of any Indemnitee, pursuant to a loan guarantee, contractual obligation for any indebtedness or other obligation or otherwise, for any indebtedness of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company (including, without limitation, any indebtedness which the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company has assumed or taken subject to), and the Managing Member is hereby authorized and empowered, on behalf of the Company, to enter into one or more indemnity agreements consistent with the provisions of this Section 7.7 in favor of any Indemnitee having or potentially having liability for any such indebtedness. The termination of any proceeding by judgment, order or settlement does not create a presumption that the Indemnitee did not meet the requisite standard of conduct set forth in this Section 7.7.A. The

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termination of any proceeding by conviction or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, or an entry of an order of probation prior to judgment, creates a rebuttable presumption that the Indemnitee acted in a manner contrary to that specified in this Section 7.7.A with respect to the subject matter of such proceeding. Any indemnification pursuant to this Section 7.7 shall be made only out of the assets of the Company, and any insurance proceeds from the liability policy covering the Managing Member and any Indemnitee, and neither the Managing Member nor any Non-Managing Member shall have any obligation to contribute to the capital of the Company or otherwise provide funds to enable the Company to fund its obligations under this Section 7.7.

B.Reimbursement of Expenses. To the fullest extent permitted by law, reasonable expenses expected to be incurred by an Indemnitee shall be paid or reimbursed by the Company in advance of the final disposition of any and all claims, demands, actions, suits or proceedings, civil, criminal, administrative or investigative made or threatened against an Indemnitee upon receipt by the Company of (i) a written affirmation by the Indemnitee of the Indemnitee’s good faith belief that the standard of conduct necessary for indemnification by the Company as authorized in this Section 7.7 has been met and (ii) a written undertaking by or on behalf of the Indemnitee to repay the amount if it shall ultimately be determined that the standard of conduct has not been met.

C.No Limitation of Rights. The indemnification provided by this Section 7.7 shall be in addition to any other rights to which an Indemnitee or any other Person may be entitled under any agreement, pursuant to any vote of the Members, as a matter of law or otherwise, and shall continue as to an Indemnitee who has ceased to serve in such capacity unless otherwise provided in a written agreement pursuant to which such Indemnitee is indemnified.  

D.Insurance. The Company may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of the Indemnitees and such other Persons as the Managing Member shall determine against any liability that may be asserted against or expenses that may be incurred by such Person in connection with the Company’s activities, regardless of whether the Company would have the power to indemnify such Indemnitee or Person against such liability under the provisions of this Agreement.

E.No Personal Liability for Members. In no event may an Indemnitee subject any of the Members to personal liability by reason of the indemnification provisions set forth in this Agreement.

F.Interested Transactions. An Indemnitee shall not be denied indemnification in whole or in part under this Section 7.7 because the Indemnitee had an interest in the transaction with respect to which the indemnification applies if the transaction was otherwise permitted by the terms of this Agreement.

G.Benefit. The provisions of this Section 7.7 are also for the benefit of the Indemnitees, their employees, officers, directors, trustees, heirs, successors, assigns and administrators and shall not be deemed to create any rights for the benefit of any other Persons. Any amendment, modification or repeal of this Section 7.7, or any provision hereof, shall be prospective only and shall not in any way affect the limitation on the Company’s liability to any Indemnitee under this Section 7.7 as in effect immediately prior to such amendment,

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modification or repeal with respect to claims arising from or related to matters occurring, in whole or in part, prior to such amendment, modification or repeal, regardless of when such claims may arise or be asserted.

H.Indemnification Payments Not Distributions. If and to the extent any payments to the Managing Member pursuant to this Section 7.7 constitute gross income to the Managing Member (as opposed to the repayment of advances made on behalf of the Company), such amounts shall constitute guaranteed payments within the meaning of Section 707(c) of the Code, shall be treated consistently therewith by the Company and all Members, and shall not be treated as distributions for purposes of computing the Members’ Capital Accounts.

I.Exception to Indemnification. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Managing Member shall not be entitled to indemnification hereunder for any loss, claim, damage, liability or expense for which the Managing Member is obligated to indemnify the Company under any other agreement between the Managing Member and the Company.

Section 7.8

Liability of the Managing Member

A.General.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Managing Member (which for the purposes of this Section 7.8 shall include the directors, trustees and officers of the Managing Member) shall not be liable or accountable for monetary or other damages or otherwise to the Company, any Members or any Assignees for losses sustained, liabilities incurred or benefits not derived as a result of errors in judgment or mistakes of fact or law or of any act or omission unless the Managing Member acted in bad faith and the act or omission was material to the matter giving rise to the loss, liability or benefit not derived.

B.Tax Consequences of Managing Member Entity and Non-Managing Members.  The Non-Managing Members expressly acknowledge that the Managing Member, in considering whether to dispose of any of the Company assets, shall take into account the tax consequences to the Managing Member Entity of any such disposition and shall have no liability whatsoever to the Company or any Non-Managing Member for decisions that are based upon or influenced by such tax consequences.  In addition, in exercising its authority under this Agreement with respect to other matters, the Managing Member may, but shall be under no obligation to, take into account the tax consequences to any Member (including the Managing Member Entity) of any action taken (or not taken) by the Managing Member.  No decision or action (or failure to act) contemplated by the preceding sentence shall constitute a breach of any duty owed to the Company or the Non-Managing Members by law or equity, fiduciary or otherwise.  The Managing Member and the Company shall not have liability to any Non-Managing Member for monetary or other damages or otherwise for losses sustained, liabilities incurred or benefits not derived by such Non-Managing Member in connection with any taking or omission to take any such actions by the Managing Member unless the Managing Member acted in bad faith and the act or omission was material to the matter giving rise to the loss, liability or benefit not derived.


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C.No Obligation to Consider Separate Interests of Non-Managing Members or Shareholders.  The Non-Managing Members expressly acknowledge that the Managing Member is acting on behalf of the Company, its equityholders (and, to the extent separate, the equityholders of the Managing Member Entity), and the equityholders of the Non-Managing Members, collectively, and that, except as otherwise set forth herein, the Managing Member is under no obligation to consider or give priority to the separate interests of the Non-Managing Members (including, without limitation, the tax consequences to Non-Managing Members or Assignees) in deciding whether to cause the Company to take (or decline to take) any actions.  Any decisions or actions taken or not taken in accordance with the terms of this Agreement shall not constitute a breach of any duty owed to the Company or the Non-Managing Members by law or equity, fiduciary or otherwise.  The Managing Member and the Company shall not have liability to any Non-Managing Member for monetary or other damages or otherwise for losses sustained, liabilities incurred or benefits not derived by such Non-Managing Member in connection with any taking or omission to take any such actions by the Managing Member unless the Managing Member acted in bad faith and the act or omission was material to the matter giving rise to the loss, liability or benefit not derived.

D.Actions of Agents. Subject to its obligations and duties as Managing Member set forth in Section 7.1.A, the Managing Member may exercise any of the powers granted to it by this Agreement and perform any of the duties imposed upon it hereunder either directly or by or through its agents. The Managing Member shall not be liable to the Company or any Member for any misconduct or negligence on the part of any such agent appointed by the Managing Member in good faith.

E.Effect of Amendment. Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, any amendment, modification or repeal of this Section 7.9 or any provision hereof shall be prospective only and shall not in any way affect the limitations on the Managing Member’s liability to the Company and the Non-Managing Members or any other Person bound by this Agreement under this Section 7.8 as in effect immediately prior to such amendment, modification or repeal with respect to claims arising from or relating to matters occurring, in whole or in part, prior to such amendment, modification or repeal, regardless of when such claims may arise or be asserted.

F.Limitations of Fiduciary Duty.  Sections 7.1.B, 7.1.E and this Section 7.8 and any other Section of this Agreement limiting the liability of the Managing Member and/or its trustees, directors and officers shall constitute an express limitation of any duties, fiduciary or otherwise, that they would owe the Company or the Non-Managing Members if such duty would be imposed by any law, in equity or otherwise.

G.Reliance on this Agreement.  The provisions of this Agreement, to the extent that they restrict or eliminate the duties and liabilities of the Managing Member or any other Person under the Act or otherwise existing at law or in equity, are agreed by the Members to replace such other duties and liabilities of the Managing Member.


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Section 7.9

Other Matters Concerning the Managing Member

A.Reliance on Documents. The Managing Member may rely and shall be protected in acting or refraining from acting upon any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, consent, order, bond, debenture or other paper or document believed by it in good faith to be genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper party or parties.

B.Reliance on Advisors. The Managing Member may consult with legal counsel, accountants, appraisers, management consultants, investment bankers and other consultants and advisers selected by it, and any act taken or omitted to be taken in reliance upon the opinion of such Persons as to matters which the Managing Member reasonably believes to be within such Person’s professional or expert competence shall be conclusively presumed to have been done or omitted in good faith and in accordance with such opinion.

C.Action Through Agents. The Managing Member shall have the right, in respect of any of its powers or obligations hereunder, to act through any of its duly authorized officers and a duly appointed attorney or attorneys-in-fact. Each such attorney shall, to the extent provided by the Managing Member in the power of attorney, have full power and authority to do and perform all and every act and duty that is permitted or required to be done by the Managing Member hereunder.

D.Actions to Maintain REIT Status or Avoid Taxation of the Managing Member Entity. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement or the Act, if the Managing Member Entity attempts to qualify as a REIT, any action of the Managing Member on behalf of the Company or any decision of the Managing Member to refrain from acting on behalf of the Company undertaken in the good faith belief that such action or omission is necessary or advisable in order (i) to protect the ability of the Managing Member Entity to qualify as a REIT or (ii) to allow the Managing Member Entity to avoid incurring any liability for taxes under Section 857 or 4981 of the Code, is expressly authorized under this Agreement and is deemed approved by all of the Non-Managing Members.

Section 7.10

Reliance by Third Parties

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, any Person dealing with the Company shall be entitled to assume that the Managing Member has full power and authority, without consent or approval of any other Member or Person, to encumber, sell or otherwise use in any manner any and all assets of the Company, to enter into any contracts on behalf of the Company and to take any and all actions on behalf of the Company, and such Person shall be entitled to deal with the Managing Member as if the Managing Member were the Company’s sole party in interest, both legally and beneficially. Each Non-Managing Member hereby waives any and all defenses or other remedies that may be available against such Person to contest, negate or disaffirm any action of the Managing Member in connection with any such dealing, in each case except to the extent that such action imposes, or purports to impose, liability on the Non-Managing Member. In no event shall any Person dealing with the Managing Member or its representatives be obligated to ascertain that the terms of this Agreement have been complied with or to inquire into the necessity or expedience of any act or action of the Managing Member

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or its representatives. Each and every certificate, document or other instrument executed on behalf of the Company by the Managing Member or its representatives shall be conclusive evidence in favor of any and every Person relying thereon or claiming thereunder that (i) at the time of the execution and delivery of such certificate, document or instrument, this Agreement was in full force and effect, (ii) the Person executing and delivering such certificate, document or instrument was duly authorized and empowered to do so for and on behalf of the Company, and (iii) such certificate, document or instrument was duly executed and delivered in accordance with the terms and provisions of this Agreement and is binding upon the Company.

Section 7.11

Loans by Third Parties

The Company may incur Debt, or enter into similar credit, guarantee, financing or refinancing arrangements for any purpose (including, without limitation, in connection with any acquisition of property and any borrowings from, or guarantees of Debt of the Managing Member or any of its Affiliates) with any Person upon such terms as the Managing Member determines appropriate.

ARTICLE VIII

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF NON-MANAGING MEMBERS

Section 8.1

Limitation of Liability

The Non-Managing Members shall have no liability under this Agreement except as expressly provided in this Agreement, including Section 10.5, or under the Act.

Section 8.2

Management of Business

No Non-Managing Member or Assignee (other than the Managing Member, any of its Affiliates, or any officer, director, employee, partner, agent or trustee of the Managing Member, the Company or any of their Affiliates, in their capacity as such) shall take part in the operation, management or control (within the meaning of the Act) of the Company’s business, transact any business in the Company’s name or have the power to sign documents for or otherwise bind the Company. The transaction of any such business by the Managing Member, any of its Affiliates or any officer, director, employee, partner, agent or trustee of the Managing Member, the Company or any of their Affiliates, in their capacity as such, shall not affect, impair or eliminate the limitations on the liability of the Non-Managing Members or Assignees under this Agreement.

Section 8.3

Outside Activities of Non-Managing Members

Subject to Section 7.5 hereof, and subject to any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 7.6.B hereof and to any other agreements entered into by a Non-Managing Member or its Affiliates with the Managing Member, the Company or a Subsidiary, any Non-Managing Member (other than the Managing Member) and any officer, director, manager, employee, agent, trustee, Affiliate, member or shareholder of any Non-Managing Member shall be entitled to and may have business interests and engage in business activities in addition to those relating to the Company, including business interests and activities in direct or indirect competition with the

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Company. Neither the Company nor any Members shall have any rights by virtue of this Agreement in any business ventures of any Non-Managing Member, officer, director, manager, employee, agent, trustee, Affiliate, member, shareholder or Assignee of any Non-Managing Member.  None of the Non-Managing Members (other than the Managing Member) or any other Person shall have any rights by virtue of this Agreement or the relationship established hereby in any business ventures of any other Person (other than the Managing Member to the extent expressly provided herein), and no Person (other than the Managing Member) shall have any obligation pursuant to this Agreement to offer any interest in any such business venture to the Company, any Non-Managing Member or any such other Person, even if such opportunity is of a character which, if presented to the Company, any Non-Managing Member or such other Person, could be taken by such Person.

Section 8.4

Return of Capital

Except pursuant to the right of redemption set forth in Section 8.6, no Non-Managing Member shall be entitled to the withdrawal or return of its Capital Contribution, except to the extent of distributions made pursuant to this Agreement or upon termination of the Company as provided herein. No Non-Managing Member or Assignee shall have priority over any other Non-Managing Member or Assignee either as to the return of Capital Contributions (except as permitted by Section 4.2.A) or, except to the extent provided by Exhibit C or as permitted by Sections 4.2.A, 5.1.B(i), 6.1.A and 6.1.B, or otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, as to profits, losses, distributions or credits.

Section 8.5

Rights of Non-Managing Members Relating to the Company

A.General. In addition to other rights provided by this Agreement or by the Act, and except as limited by Section 8.5.D, each Non-Managing Member shall have the right, for a business purpose reasonably related to such Non-Managing Member’s interest as a Non-Managing Member in the Company, upon written demand with a statement of the purpose of such demand and at such Non-Managing Member’s own expense (including such administrative charges as the Managing Member may establish from time to time):

 

(1)

to obtain a copy of the Company’s U.S. federal, state and local income tax returns for each Fiscal Year;

 

(2)

to obtain a current list of the name and last known business, residence or mailing address of each Member;

 

(3)

to obtain a copy of this Agreement and the Articles of Organization and all amendments thereto, together with executed copies of all powers of attorney pursuant to which this Agreement, the Articles of Organization and all amendments thereto have been executed;

 

(4)

to obtain true and full information regarding the amount of cash and a description and statement of the Agreed Value of any other property or services contributed by each Member and which each Member has agreed to contribute in the future, and the date on which each Member became a Member; and

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(5)

other information regarding the affairs of the Company as is just and reasonable.

B.Notice of Conversion Factor. The Company shall notify each Non-Managing Member upon request (i) of the then current Conversion Factor and (ii) of any changes to the Conversion Factor.

C.Notice of Termination Transaction of the Managing Member Entity.  Prior to making any extraordinary distributions of cash or property to its shareholders or effecting a Termination Transaction, the Managing Member Entity shall provide written notice to the Non-Managing Members of its intention to effect such distribution or Termination Transaction at least twenty (20) Business Days (or such shorter period determined by the Managing Member Entity in its sole and absolute discretion) prior to the record date to determine shareholders eligible to receive such distribution or to vote upon such Termination Transaction (or, if no such record date is applicable, at least twenty (20) Business Days (or such shorter period determined by the Managing Member Entity in its sole and absolute discretion) before consummation of such distribution or Termination Transaction).  This provision for such notice shall not be deemed (i) to permit any transaction that otherwise is prohibited by this Agreement or requires a Consent of the Members or (ii) to require a Consent on the part of any one or more of the Non-Managing Members to a transaction that does not otherwise require Consent under this Agreement.  Each Non-Managing Member agrees, as a condition to the receipt of the notice pursuant hereto, to keep confidential the information set forth therein until such time as the Managing Member Entity has made public disclosure thereof, to use such information during such period of confidentiality solely for purposes of determining whether to exercise the Redemption Right (if applicable) and to execute a confidentiality agreement provided by the Managing Member Entity; provided, however, that a Non-Managing Member may disclose such information to its attorney, accountant and/or financial advisor for purposes of obtaining advice with respect to such exercise so long as such attorney, accountant and/or financial advisor agrees to receive and hold such information subject to this confidentiality requirement.

D.Confidentiality.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 8.5, the Managing Member may keep confidential from the Non-Managing Members, for such period of time as the Managing Member determines in its sole and absolute discretion, any information that (i) the Managing Member reasonably believes to be in the nature of trade secrets or other information the disclosure of which the Managing Member in good faith believes is not in the best interests of the Company or could damage the Company or its business or (ii) the Company is required by law or by agreements with unaffiliated third parties to keep confidential, provided, however, that this Section 8.5.D shall not affect the notice requirements set forth in Section 8.5.C.

Section 8.6

Redemption Right

A.General.  

(i)Subject to Section 8.6.C and Section 11.6.E and except as set forth in Section 4.2.C, at any time on or after one year following the date of the initial issuance thereof (which, in the event of the transfer of an OP Unit, shall be deemed to be the date that the OP Unit was issued to the original recipient thereof for purposes of this Section 8.6), the holder of an OP

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Unit (if other than the Managing Member Entity or any Subsidiary of the Managing Member Entity) shall have the right (the “Redemption Right”) to require the Company to redeem such Membership Unit, with such redemption to occur on the Specified Redemption Date and at a redemption price equal to and in the form of the Cash Amount to be paid by the Company.  Any such Redemption Right shall be exercised pursuant to a Notice of Redemption delivered to the Company (with a copy to the Managing Member Entity) by the holder of the Membership Units who is exercising the Redemption Right (the “Redeeming Member”). A Non-Managing Member may exercise the Redemption Right from time to time, without limitation as to frequency, with respect to part or all of the Membership Units that it owns, as selected by the Non-Managing Member, provided, however, that a Non-Managing Member may not exercise the Redemption Right for fewer than one thousand (1,000) Membership Units of a particular class unless such Redeeming Member then holds fewer than one thousand (1,000) Membership Units in that class, in which event the Redeeming Member must exercise the Redemption Right for all of the Membership Units held by such Redeeming Member in that class, and provided further that, with respect to a Non-Managing Member which is an entity, such Non-Managing Member may exercise the Redemption Right for fewer than one thousand (1,000) Membership Units without regard to whether or not such Non-Managing Member is exercising the Redemption Right for all of the Membership Units held by such Non-Managing Member as long as such Non-Managing Member is exercising the Redemption Right on behalf of one or more of its equity owners in respect of one hundred percent (100%) of such equity owners’ interests in such Non-Managing Member.

(ii)The Redeeming Member shall have no right with respect to any Membership Units so redeemed to receive any distributions paid in respect of a Company Record Date for distributions in respect of Membership Units after the Specified Redemption Date with respect to such Membership Units.

(iii)The Assignee of any Non-Managing Member may exercise the rights of such Non-Managing Member pursuant to this Section 8.6, and such Non-Managing Member shall be deemed to have assigned such rights to such Assignee and shall be bound by the exercise of such rights by such Non-Managing Member’s Assignee.  In connection with any exercise of such rights by such Assignee on behalf of such Non-Managing Member, the Cash Amount shall be paid by the Company directly to such Assignee and not to such Non-Managing Member.

(iv)Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to Section 8.6.B(iv), if the Managing Member Entity provides notice to the Non-Managing Members pursuant to Section 8.5.C hereof, the Redemption Right shall be exercisable, without regard to whether the Membership Units have been outstanding for any specified period, during the period commencing on the date on which the Managing Member Entity provides such notice and ending on the record date to determine shareholders eligible to receive such distribution or participate in such Termination Transaction (or if none, ending on the date of consummation of such distribution or Termination Transaction).  If this subparagraph (iv) applies, the Specified Redemption Date is the date on which the Company and the Managing Member receive notice of exercise of the Redemption Right, rather than ten (10) Business Days after receipt of the Notice of Redemption.

B.Managing Member Entity Assumption of Redemption Right.  

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(i)If a Non-Managing Member has delivered a Notice of Redemption, the Managing Member Entity may, in its sole and absolute discretion (subject to the limitations on ownership and transfer of Shares set forth in the organizational documents of the Managing Member Entity), elect to assume directly and satisfy a Redemption Right, with such redemption to occur on the Specified Redemption Date.  If such election is made by the Managing Member Entity, the Company shall determine whether the Managing Member Entity shall pay the Redemption Amount in the form of the Cash Amount or the Shares Amount.  The Company’s decision regarding whether such payment shall be made in the form of the Cash Amount or the Shares Amount shall be made by the Managing Member, in its capacity as the managing member of the Company and in its sole and absolute discretion.  Payment of the Redemption Amount in the form of Shares shall be in Shares duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable and if applicable, free and clear of any pledge, lien, encumbrance or restriction, other than those provided in the organizational documents of the Managing Member Entity, the Securities Act, relevant state securities or blue sky laws and any applicable registration rights agreement with respect to such Shares entered into by the Redeeming Member, and shall bear a legend in form and substance determined by the Managing Member Entity.  Upon such payment by the Managing Member Entity, the Managing Member Entity shall acquire the Membership Units offered for redemption by the Redeeming Member and shall be treated for all purposes of this Agreement as the owner of such Membership Units.  Unless the Managing Member Entity, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall exercise its right to assume directly and satisfy the Redemption Right, the Managing Member Entity shall not have any obligation to the Redeeming Member or to the Company with respect to the Redeeming Member’s exercise of the Redemption Right.  If the Managing Member Entity shall exercise its right to assume directly and satisfy the Redemption Right in the manner described in the first sentence of this Section 8.6B and shall fully perform its obligations in connection therewith, the Company shall have no right or obligation to pay any amount to the Redeeming Member with respect to such Redeeming Member’s exercise of the Redemption Right, and each of the Redeeming Member, the Company and the Managing Member Entity shall, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, treat the transaction between the Managing Member Entity and the Redeeming Member as a sale of the Redeeming Member’s Membership Units to the Managing Member Entity.  

(ii)If the Managing Member determines that the Managing Member Entity shall pay the Redeeming Member the Redemption Amount in the form of Shares, the total number of Shares to be paid to the Redeeming Member in exchange for the Redeeming Member’s Membership Units shall be the applicable Shares Amount. If this amount is not a whole number of Shares, the Redeeming Member shall be paid (i) that number of Shares which equals the nearest whole number less than such amount plus (ii) an amount of cash which the Managing Member Entity determines, in its reasonable discretion, to represent the fair value of the remaining fractional Share which would otherwise be payable to the Redeeming Member.

(iii)Each Redeeming Member agrees to execute such documents or provide such information or materials as the Managing Member Entity may reasonably require in connection with the issuance of Shares upon exercise of the Redemption Right.

C.Exceptions to Exercise of Redemption Right.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 8.6.A and 8.6.B, a Member shall not be entitled to exercise the Redemption Right pursuant to Section 8.6.A if (but only as long as) the delivery of Shares to such Member on the

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Specified Redemption Date would (i) be prohibited under the restrictions on the ownership or transfer of Shares in the organizational documents of the Managing Member Entity, (ii) with respect to any Membership Units issued on or after the date hereof, be prohibited under applicable federal or state securities laws or regulations (in each case regardless of whether the Managing Member Entity would in fact assume and satisfy the Redemption Right), (iii) without limiting the foregoing, result in the Managing Member’s Entity’s Shares being owned by fewer than 100 persons (determined without reference to rules of attribution), (iv) without limiting the foregoing, result in the Managing Member Entity being “closely held” within the meaning of Section 856(h) of the Code or cause the Managing Member to own, actually or constructively, ten percent (10%) or more of the ownership interests in a tenant of the Managing Member Entity, the Company or a subsidiary of the Company within the meaning of Section 856(d)(2)(B) of the Code, and (v) without limiting the foregoing, cause the acquisition of the Shares by the Redeeming Member to be “integrated” with any other distribution of Shares for purposes of complying with the registration provision of the Securities Act, as amended.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Managing Member may, in its sole and absolute discretion, waive such prohibition set forth in this Section 8.6.C.

D.No Liens on Membership Units Delivered for Redemption. Each Non-Managing Member covenants and agrees that all Membership Units delivered for redemption shall be delivered to the Company or the Managing Member Entity, as the case may be, free and clear of all liens; and, notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, neither the Managing Member Entity nor the Company shall be under any obligation to acquire Membership Units which are or may be subject to any liens. Each Non-Managing Member further agrees that, if any Federal, state or local tax is payable as a result of the transfer of its Membership Units to the Company or the Managing Member Entity, such Non-Managing Member shall assume and pay such transfer tax.

E.Additional Membership Interests; Modification of Holding Period.  If the Company issues Membership Interests to any Additional Non-Managing Member pursuant to Article IV, the Managing Member may make such revisions to this Section 8.6 as it determines are necessary to reflect the issuance of such Membership Interests (including setting forth any restrictions on the exercise of the Redemption Right with respect to such Membership Interests which differ from those set forth in this Agreement); provided, however, that no such revisions shall materially adversely affect the rights of any other Non-Managing Member to exercise its Redemption Right without that Non-Managing Member’s prior written consent.  In addition, the Managing Member may, with respect to any holder or holders of Membership Units, at any time and from time to time, as it shall determine in its sole and absolute discretion, (i) reduce or waive the length of the period prior to which such holder or holders may not exercise the Redemption Right or (ii) reduce or waive the length of the period between the exercise of the Redemption Right and the Specified Redemption Date.

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ARTICLE IX

BOOKS, RECORDS, ACCOUNTING AND REPORTS

Section 9.1

Records and Accounting

The Managing Member shall keep or cause to be kept at the principal office of the Company appropriate books and records with respect to the Company’s business, including, without limitation, all books and records necessary to provide to the Non-Managing Members any information, lists and copies of documents required to be provided pursuant to Section 9.3. Any records maintained by or on behalf of the Company in the regular course of its business may be kept on, or be in the form of, punch cards, magnetic tape, photographs, micrographics or any other information storage device, provided, however, that the records so maintained are convertible into clearly legible written form within a reasonable period of time. The books of the Company shall be maintained, for financial and tax reporting purposes, on an accrual basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Section 9.2

Fiscal Year

The Fiscal Year shall be the calendar year.

Section 9.3

Reports

A.Annual Reports.  If and to the extent that the Managing Member Entity mails its annual report to its shareholders, as soon as practicable, but in no event later than the date on such reports are mailed, the Managing Member Entity shall cause to be mailed to each Non-Managing Member an annual report, as of the close of the most recently ended Fiscal Year, containing financial statements of the Company, or of the Managing Member Entity (and, if different, the Managing Member) if such statements are prepared on a consolidated basis with the Company, for such Fiscal Year, presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, such statements to be audited by a nationally recognized “Big Four” firm of independent public accountants selected by the Managing Member Entity.

B.Quarterly Reports.  If and to the extent that the Managing Member Entity mails quarterly reports to its shareholders, as soon as practicable, but in no event later than the date on such reports are mailed, the Managing Member Entity shall cause to be mailed to each Non-Managing Member a report containing unaudited financial statements, as of the last day of such fiscal quarter, of the Company, or of the Managing Member Entity (and, if different, the Managing Member) if such statements are prepared on a consolidated basis with the Company, and such other information as may be required by applicable law or regulation, or as the Managing Member determines to be appropriate.

C.The Managing Member shall have satisfied its obligations under Sections 9.3.A and 9.3.B by (i) to the extent the Managing Member Entity or the Company is subject to periodic reporting requirements under the Exchange Act, filing the quarterly and annual reports required thereunder within the time periods provided for the filing of such reports, including any permitted extensions, or (ii) posting or making available the reports required by this Section 9.3

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on the website maintained from time to time by the Company or the Managing Member Entity, provided that such reports are able to be printed or downloaded from such website.

ARTICLE X

TAX MATTERS

Section 10.1

Preparation of Tax Returns

The Managing Member shall arrange for the preparation and timely filing of all returns of the Company income, gains, deductions, losses and other items required of the Company for U.S. federal and state income tax purposes and shall use all reasonable efforts to furnish, within ninety (90) days of the close of each taxable year, the tax information reasonably required by Non-Managing Members for federal and state income tax reporting purposes.  

Section 10.2

Tax Elections

A.Except as otherwise provided herein, the Managing Member shall, in its sole and absolute discretion, determine whether to make any available election pursuant to the Code (including the election under Section 754 of the Code). The Managing Member shall have the right to seek to revoke any such election upon the Managing Member’s determination in its sole and absolute discretion that such revocation is in the best interests of the Members.

B.To the extent provided for in Treasury Regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and/or other IRS guidance issued after the date hereof, the Company is hereby authorized to, and at the direction of the Managing Member shall, elect a safe harbor under which the fair market value of any Membership Interests issued in connection with the performance of services after the effective date of such Treasury Regulations (or other guidance) will be treated as equal to the liquidation value of such Membership Interests (i.e., a value equal to the total amount that would be distributed with respect to such interests if the Company sold all of its assets for their fair market value immediately after the issuance of such Membership Interests, satisfied its liabilities (excluding any non-recourse liabilities to the extent the balance of such liabilities exceeds the fair market value of the assets that secure them) and distributed the net proceeds to the Members under the terms of this Agreement). In the event that the Company makes a safe harbor election as described in the preceding sentence, each Member hereby agrees to comply with all safe harbor requirements with respect to transfers of such Membership Interests while the safe harbor election remains effective.

Section 10.3

Tax Member and Company Tax Audit Matters

A.General. The Managing Member shall be the “tax member” of the Company for federal, state and local income tax administrative or judicial proceedings (such administrative proceedings being referred to as a “tax audit” and such judicial proceedings being referred to as a “judicial review”) and is treated as the “tax matters partner” of the Company pursuant to Section 6231(a)(7) of the Code as in effect on November 1, 2015 (Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code as in effect on November 1, 2015 referred to as the “Current Partnership Audit Rules”) and the “partnership representative” pursuant to Section 6223(a) of the Code as included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (with the changes to Subchapter C of Chapter 63 of the Code as

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made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 referred to as the “2015 Budget Act Partnership Audit Rules”).  The partnership representative shall have the authority to designate from time to time a “designated individual” to act on behalf of the partnership representative, and such designated individual shall be subject to replacement by the partnership representative in accordance with Section 301.6223-1 of the Treasury Regulations.  The designated individual will act only as directed by the partnership representative.  The Managing Member is authorized to conduct all tax audits and judicial reviews for the Company. So long as Section 6223(c)(3) of the Current Partnership Audit Rules is in effect, upon receipt of notice from the IRS of the beginning of an administrative proceeding with respect to the Company, the tax member shall furnish the IRS with the name, address, taxpayer identification number and profit interest of each of the Non-Managing Members and any Assignees; provided, however, that such information is provided to the Company by the Non-Managing Members and the Assignees.

B.Powers.  The tax member is authorized, but not required (and the Members hereby consent to the tax member, the partnership representative and the designated individual, as relevant, taking the following actions):

 

(1)

to elect out of the 2015 Budget Act Partnership Audit Rules, if available;

 

(2)

to enter into any settlement with the IRS with respect to any tax audit or judicial review for the adjustment of Company items required to be taken into account by a Member or the Company for income tax purposes, and in the settlement agreement the tax member may expressly state that such agreement shall bind the Company and all Members, except that, so long as the Current Partnership Audit Rules are in effect, such settlement agreement shall not bind any Member (i) who (within the time prescribed pursuant to the Code and Regulations under the Current Partnership Audit Rules) files a statement with the IRS providing that the tax member shall not have the authority to enter into a settlement agreement on behalf of such Member or (ii) who is a “notice partner” (as defined in Section 6231(a)(8) of the Current Partnership Audit Rules) or a member of a “notice group” (as defined in Section 6223(b)(2) of the Current Partnership Audit Rules);

 

(3)

to seek judicial review of any adjustment assessed by the IRS or any other tax authority, including the filing of a petition for readjustment with the United States Tax Court or the filing of a complaint for refund with the United States Claims Court or the District Court of the United States for the district in which the Company’s principal place of business is located;

 

(4)