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ACETO CORP filed this Form 8-K/A on 10/17/2017
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Exhibit 10.2


Execution VERSION




THIS CHANGE IN CONTROL AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”), dated as of the 11th day of October, 2017, is entered into by and between Aceto Corporation, a New York corporation (the “Company”), and William C. Kennally, III (the “Executive”).




WHEREAS, the Executive currently serves as a key employee of the Company and the Executive’s services and knowledge are valuable to the Company;


WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to provide enhanced severance protections to the Executive following a Change in Control of the Company subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and


WHEREAS, the Board has authorized the Company to enter into this Agreement.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants contained herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby mutually acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:


1.           TERM. The term of this Agreement (the “Term”) shall become effective as of the date hereof (the “Effective Date”) and shall terminate one year after the date of any written notification from the Company to the Executive terminating this Agreement; provided, however, that if a Change in Control occurs while this Agreement is still in effect, any written notification to the Executive terminating this Agreement (including any written notification given prior to such Change in Control), shall not be effective until the second anniversary of the Change in Control; and provided, further, that this Agreement shall continue in effect following any Qualifying Termination (as defined below) which occurs prior to the termination of this Agreement with respect to all rights and obligations accruing as a result of such Qualifying Termination. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement shall terminate if the Executive ceases to be an employee of the Company and its subsidiaries for any reason prior to a Change in Control which, for these purposes, shall include cessation of such employment as a result of the sale or other disposition of or the liquidation, wind-down or dissolution of, the division, subsidiary or other business unit by which the Executive is employed.


2.           CHANGE IN CONTROL. No amounts and benefits shall be payable hereunder unless there shall have been a Change in Control of the Company, as set forth below. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Change in Control” shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day that any one or more of the following conditions shall have occurred:


(a)           any natural person or entity (a “Person”), as such term is used in Section 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”) (other than (i) the Company and/or its wholly owned subsidiaries; (ii) any employee benefit plan of the Company and any trustee or other fiduciary in such capacity holding securities under such plan; (iii) any corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company; or (iv) any other Person, who, within the one (1) year prior to the event which would otherwise be a Change in Control, was an executive officer of the Company), is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 20% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities. For purposes hereof, the term “Independent Director” shall be determined under the rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market;


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