Omnibus Equity Plan (2007)Full Document 

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TEKOIL & GAS CORPORATION
OMNIBUS EQUITY PLAN
 
 
1.  Purpose of the Plan.
 
The purpose of this Plan is to encourage ownership in the Company by key personnel whose long-term employment is considered essential to the Company’s continued progress and, thereby motivate, retain and encourage such personnel to act in the shareholders’ interest and share in the Company’s success. The Plan is also intended to assist the Company in the recruitment of new employees, directors, contractors, and consultants.
 
2.  Definitions.
 
As used herein, the following definitions shall apply:
 
(a)   “Administrator” means the Board, any Committee or such delegates as shall be administering the Plan in accordance with Section 4 of the Plan.
 
(b)  “Affiliate” means any Subsidiary or other entity that is directly or indirectly controlled by the Company or any entity in which the Company has a significant ownership interest as determined by the Administrator. The Administrator shall, in its sole discretion, determine which entities are classified as Affiliates and designated as eligible to participate in this Plan.
 
(c)  “Applicable Law” means the requirements relating to the administration of stock option plans under U.S. federal and state laws, any stock exchange or quotation system on which the Company has listed or submitted for quotation the Common Shares to the extent provided under the terms of the Company’s agreement with such exchange or quotation system and, with respect to Awards subject to the laws of any foreign jurisdiction where Awards are, or will be, granted under the Plan, the laws of such jurisdiction.
 
(d)  “Award” means a Cash Award, Stock Award, Option, Stock Appreciation Right or Other Stock-Based Award granted in accordance with the terms of the Plan.
 
(e)  “Awardee” means a Member who has been granted an Award under the Plan.
 
(f)  “Award Agreement” means a Cash Award Agreement, Stock Award Agreement, Option Agreement, Stock Appreciation Right Agreement and/or Other Stock-Based Award Agreement, which may be in written or electronic format, in such form and with such terms as may be specified by the Administrator, evidencing the terms and conditions of an individual Award. Each Award Agreement is subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan.
 
(g)  “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
 
 

 
 
(h)  “Cash Award” means a bonus opportunity awarded under Section 13 of the Plan pursuant to which a Participant may become entitled to receive an amount based on the satisfaction of such performance criteria as are specified in the agreement or, if no agreement is entered into with respect to the Cash Award, other documents evidencing the Award (the “Cash Award Agreement”).
 
(i)  “Change of Control” means any of the following:
 
(i)   The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) (a “Person”) of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of thirty-five percent (35%) or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of Directors (the “Outstanding Company Voting Securities”) or of such other amount that, together with Common Shares already held by such Person, constitutes more than fifty percent (50%) of either (x) the Outstanding Company Voting Securities, or (y) the then outstanding Common Shares of the Company (the “Outstanding Company Common Shares”). However, for purposes of this subsection (i), the following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (A) any acquisition directly from the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company; (B) any acquisition by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company; (C) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company; or (D) any acquisition by any corporation that is a Non-Control Acquisition (as defined in subsection (iii) of this Section 2(i)); or
 
(ii)   Individuals who, as of the effective date of this Plan, constitute the Board of the Company (the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board of the Company within a twelve (12) month period; provided, however, that any individual becoming a Director subsequent to the effective date whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board; or
 
(iii)   Consummation of a reorganization, merger, consolidation, or sale or other disposition of all or a substantial portion of the assets of the Company, or the acquisition by the Company of assets or shares of another corporation (a “Business Combination”), unless, such Business Combination is a Non-Control Acquisition. For the purpose of this provision, “substantial portion of the assets of the Company” is defined as assets having a gross fair market value, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets, of forty percent (40%) or more of the total assets of the Company. A “Non-Control Acquisition” shall mean a Business Combination where: (x) all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Company Common Shares and Outstanding Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, at least fifty percent (50%) of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common stock and the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a corporation which, as a result of such transaction, owns the Company or all or substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their ownership immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding Company Common Shares and Outstanding Company Voting Securities, as the case may be; or (y) a transfer of a substantial portion of the assets of the Company is made to a Person beneficially owning, directly or indirectly, fifty percent (50%) or more of, respectively, the Outstanding Company Common Shares or Outstanding Company Voting Securities (“Control Person”), as the case may be, or to another entity in which either such Control Person or the Company beneficially owns fifty percent (50%) or more of the total value or voting power of such entity’s outstanding voting securities; or
 
 
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(iv)   Approval by the shareholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent any payment or distribution event applicable to an Award is subject to the requirements of Section 409A(a)(2)(A) of the Code, Change of Control shall mean:.
 
(v)   Any one person, or “more than one person acting as a group” (as determined under Code Section 409A), acquires ownership of stock of the Company that, together with stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than fifty percent (50%) of the total Fair Market Value or total voting power of the stock of the Company;
 
(vi)   Any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the twelve (12) month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) ownership of stock of the Company possessing thirty percent (30%) or more of the total voting power of the stock of the Company;
 
(vii)   A majority of members of the Company’s Board is replaced during any twelve (12) month period by Directors whose appointments or elections are not endorsed by a majority of the members of the Company’s Board immediately prior to the date of the appointment or election; or
 
(viii)   Any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the twelve (12) month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) assets from the Company that have a total Gross Fair Market Value equal to or more than forty percent (40%) of the total Gross Fair Market Value of all assets of the Company immediately prior to such acquisition or acquisitions. For this purpose, “Gross Fair Market Value” means the value of the assets of the Company, or the value of the assets being disposed of, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets.
 
(j)  “Code” means the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
 
(k)  “Committee” means a committee of Directors appointed by the Board in accordance with Section 4 of the Plan.
 
(l)  “Common Shares (or Shares)” means all of the shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.000001 par value.
 
(m)  “Company” means Tekoil & Gas Corporation, a Delaware corporation, or, except as utilized in the definition of Change of Control, its successor.
 
(n)  “Conversion Award” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(b)(xii) of the Plan.
 
 
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(o)  “Director” means a member of the Board.
 
(p)  “Disability” or “Disabled,as appropriate, means:
 
(i)   The Participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months; or
 
(ii)   The Participant is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than three (3) months under an accident or health plan covering the Company’s employees.
 
Notwithstanding the above, a Participant will be deemed to be “Disabled” if he is determined to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board. In addition, a Participant will be deemed to be “Disabled” if he is determined to be disabled in accordance with a disability insurance program maintained by the Company, provided that the definition of “Disability” applied under such disability insurance program complies with the requirements of (i) or (ii), above.
 
(q)  “Disaffiliation” means an Affiliate’s ceasing to be an Affiliate for any reason (including, without limitation, as a result of a public offering, or a spin-off or sale by the Company, of the stock of the Affiliate) or a sale of a division of the Company and/or its Affiliates.
 
(r)  “Employee” means a regular, active employee of the Company or any Affiliate, including an Officer and/or Director who is also a regular, active employee of the Company or any Affiliate. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion, for purposes of the Plan, an Employee shall be considered to have terminated employment and to have ceased to be an Employee if his employer ceases to be an Affiliate, even if he continues to be employed by such employer.
 
(s)  “Exchange Act” means the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
(t)  “Fair Market Value” means:
 
(i)   if the Common Shares are not readily tradable on an established securities market, within the meaning of Code Section 409A and the treasury regulations and other guidance issued thereunder (not regularly quoted by brokers or dealers making a market in such Shares), the value on the relevant date as determined by the Board utilizing the reasonable application of a reasonable valuation method in accordance with Code Section 409A and the applicable treasury regulations and other guidance issued thereunder. The valuation method utilized to determine the Fair Market Value of the Common Shares on the date of an applicable Award shall be set forth in resolutions or other action taken by the Board; and
 
(ii)   if the Common Shares are readily tradable on an established securities market, within the meaning of Code Section 409A and the treasury regulations and other guidance issued thereunder, the closing price for the Common Shares reported on a consolidated basis on any stock exchange or quotation system on which the Company was listed on the relevant date(s) or, if there were no sales on such date(s), the closing price on the nearest preceding date on which sales occurred.
 
 
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(u)  “Grant Date” means, with respect to each Award, the date upon which the Award is granted to an Awardee pursuant to this Plan, which may be a designated future date as of which such Award will be effective.
 
(v)  “Incentive Stock Option” means an Option that is identified in the Option Agreement as intended to qualify as an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder, and that actually does so qualify.
 
(w)  “Member” means an Employee, Director of the Company or any Affiliate who is not a regular, active employee of the Company or Affiliate, and any person hired by the Company or an Affiliate as an independent contractor, leased employee, consultant, or other person who is designated by the Administrator, the Company or an Affiliate at the time of hire or thereafter as eligible to participate in or receive benefits under the Plan. Unless otherwise determined by the Administrator in its sole discretion, for purposes of the Plan, an individual shall cease to be a Member if the entity for whom he or she is performing services ceases to be an Affiliate, even if he or she continues to provide services to such entity.
 
(x)  “Nonqualified Stock Option” means an Option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.
 
(y)  “Officer” means a person who is an officer of the Company within the meaning of Section 16 of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
 
(z)  “Option” means a right granted under Section 8 of the Plan to purchase a number of Shares or Stock Units at such exercise price, at such times, and on such other terms and conditions as are specified in the agreement or other documents evidencing the Award (the “Option Agreement”). Both Incentive Stock Options and Nonqualified Stock Options may be granted under the Plan.
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