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PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

THIS PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of April 16, 2007 by and between Wells Advisory Services I, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company (“Pledgor”), Wells Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“REIT”), WRT Acquisition Company, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company (“REIT Sub”), WGS Acquisition Company, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company (“REIT GS Sub” and, collectively with REIT, REIT Sub and the respective successors and assigns of REIT, REIT Sub and REIT GS Sub, “Secured Party”).

WHEREAS, Secured Party and Pledgor, among other parties, have entered into that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 2, 2007 (as the same may be amended or modified in accordance with its terms, the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other things, Pledgor has agreed to indemnify the Secured Party on the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Pledgor is required to execute and deliver this Agreement and to pledge and grant a continuing security interest in the Collateral (as defined herein) as additional security for the Secured Obligations (as defined herein);

WHEREAS, concurrent with the execution of this Agreement, the parties will enter into a Custodian Agreement with SunTrust Bank (the “Custodian”) pursuant to which the Custodian will act as custodian with respect to the Pledged Shares (as defined herein);

WHEREAS, all capitalized terms used herein which are not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Merger Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and of the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

 

1. Definitions

For the purposes of this Agreement:

(a) “Collateral” means (i) (A) during the period (the “Lock-Up Period”) of eighteen (18) months commencing on the date of this Agreement, an aggregate of 19,546,302 REIT Common Shares issued by the Secured Party to the Pledgor pursuant to the Merger Agreement (the “Pledged Shares”); provided, that, in the case of any spilt or combination of REIT Common Shares or other recapitalization, the Pledged Shares shall constitute the securities into which the previously-outstanding Pledged Shares are converted or otherwise changed, (B) during the period of six (6) months following the end of the Lock-Up Period (the “Follow-On Period”), the Follow-On Collateral, and (C) following the end of the Follow-On Period, the Remaining Collateral; (ii) except as provided in Section 3(a)(ii), any dividends or distributions, distributions in property or other distributions made on or with respect to any of the Pledged Shares constituting Collateral in clause (i)(A) above and, if applicable, any Follow-On Collateral in clause (i)(B) and/or any Remaining Collateral in clause (i)(C) above; (iii) any money or other property paid to Secured Party pursuant to Section 3(b); (iv) any Replacement Assurances, as defined in, and provided pursuant to, Section 4; (v) all new, substituted and/or additional shares or other securities issued upon conversion or exchange of or by reason of any stock dividend, reclassification, readjustment, stock split or other change declared or made with respect to the Collateral in clauses (i)—(iv) above, or any warrants or any other rights, options or securities issued in respect of such Collateral; and (vi) all proceeds of the foregoing. The Collateral shall not include the 22,339 REIT Common Shares issued to Wells Capital, Inc. pursuant to Section 2.12 of the Merger Agreement.

(b) “Event of Default” means (i) any failure by Pledgor to fully pay or perform one or more of its obligations pursuant to Sections 7.3 or 8.2 of the Merger Agreement (collectively, the “Secured Obligations”), as

 

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determined by at least a majority of all of REIT’s disinterested directors who are non-employee directors, regardless of whether Secured Party has exercised its rights under Sections 7.3 or 8.2 of the Merger Agreement except that, if the obligation is disputed in good faith by Pledgor by notice given to Secured Party before the close of business on the tenth Business Day after Pledgor’s receipt of notice of such determination, Pledgor shall be deemed in default only if it fails to pay or perform within ten (10) Business Days after agreeing to do so or after being ordered to do so by an arbitration ruling or a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to a judgment, order or decree that becomes final and non-appealable; (ii) the unenforceability of the Secured Party’s security interest in the Collateral with the priority set forth herein for any reason whatsoever (other than as a result of Secured Party’s actions or inactions); or (iii) any material breach by Pledgor (of any of its obligations under this Agreement that is not cured within ten (10) Business Days after Pledgor’s receipt of Secured Party’s written notice thereof except that if the obligation is disputed in good faith by Pledgor by notice to the Secured Party by the tenth Business Day after Pledgor’s receipt of such notice of breach, then, with respect to the portion of such obligation that is disputed in good faith, Pledgor shall be deemed in default only if it fails to perform within ten (10) Business Days after being ordered to do so by an arbitration ruling or a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to a judgment, order or decree that becomes final and non-appealable or after such dispute is otherwise resolved by the parties.

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