SUPPORT SERVICES AGREEMENT
THIS SUPPORT SERVICES AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of the 16th of April, 2007, by and between Wells Real Estate Advisory Services, Inc., a Georgia corporation (the “Company”), and Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc., a Georgia corporation (“Service Provider”).
WHEREAS, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the “REIT”), WRT Acquisition Company, LLC (“REIT Sub”), WGS Acquisition Company, LLC, Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc., Wells Capital, Inc., Wells Management Company, Inc., Wells Government Services, Inc. and Wells Advisory Services I, LLC, the sole shareholder of the Company (“Parent”) have entered into that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of the 2nd day of February, 2007 (the “Merger Agreement”) pursuant to which, inter alia, the Company will be merged with and in to REIT Sub (the “Internalization”);
WHEREAS, Service Provider and certain of its affiliates have, prior to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement provided certain services to the REIT and the Company;
WHEREAS, the parties have agreed that after the consummation of the transactions contemplated in the Merger Agreement, Service Provider will provide the services described and set forth on Exhibit A attached hereto and made a part hereof (collectively, the “Services”) all on the terms and conditions set forth herein;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth, the compensation to be paid by the Company to Service Provider as herein provided, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1. Performance of Services. Service Provider shall, subject to the terms and provisions of this Agreement, provide the Services to the REIT. Service Provider agrees that all Services shall be provided in the manner and at a relative level of service consistent in all material respects with (i) that provided to the REIT prior to the date of this Agreement and (ii) that provided by Service Provider to its affiliates or to other third parties. In providing the Services, the Service Provider, as it deems necessary or appropriate in its reasonable discretion, may use its personnel and/or employ the services of third parties to the extent such third-party services are reasonably necessary for the efficient performance of any of the Services (provided, that the costs and expenses of any third parties employed by Service Provider in the ordinary course of fulfilling its obligations under this Agreement (except as provided in Section 21 with respect to additional Services and Sections 3(c), 3(f) and 5(c) in connection with the termination of this Agreement) shall be paid by Service Provider and that such third parties agree to be bound by the confidentiality provisions of this Agreement).
2. Term. The initial term of this Agreement shall commence as of the date hereof, and, unless terminated earlier as provided in Section 3 below, shall continue for a two (2) year period (the “Initial Term”), and shall be renewable at the option of the REIT for an additional two (2) year period at the rate provided in Section 5 (the “First Renewal Term”) and after the First Renewal Term shall be automatically renewed for successive one (1) year periods at agreed upon rates as provided in Section 5 (each a “Subsequent Renewal Term”) unless either party provides notice of termination of the Agreement at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the First Renewal Term or any Subsequent Renewal Term, as the case may be.
(a) This agreement shall terminate in accordance with Section 2 but may be terminated earlier:
(i) upon the mutual written agreement of the parties;
(ii) by the Company for cause (i.e., a material default by Service Provider hereunder) upon thirty (30) days prior written notice to Service Provider; provided, however, that prior to exercising its rights under this Section 3(a)(iii), the Company shall provide written notice to Service Provider of the alleged default, including a reasonable description of such default, and Service Provider shall have ten (10) days after receipt of such notice to cure the default to the Company’s reasonable satisfaction. The Company shall, as full compensation to which Service Provider be entitled, promptly make payment to Service Provider as provided in Section 5 below for the Services performed prior to the effective date of termination in compliance with the terms of this Agreement;