ICC Model Mergers & Acquisitions Contract 1 - Share Purchase Agreement

No. 656E

ISBN : 978-92-842-1337-1

M&A agreements cover a variety of contracts to transfer businesses or companies.

This share purchase agreement becomes extremely useful in any situation where the entire issued share capital of a company or business is acquired by another.

This model is an invaluable tool for parties and lawyers who are not specialized in M&A contracts and helps drafting a simple contract. It covers the most common issues involved while leaving enough flexibility for the parties to work out special situations for themselves. Buyers, sellers, lawyers and scholars will find in this model contract a useful companion in their daily work which will help them deal with:

  • Pre-closing and post-closing undertakings
  • Price and closing
  • Warranties and breach of warranties
  • Indemnification, indemnification procedure, and limitation of liability
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Confidentiality

Many other issues (e.g. conditions that must be met before closing) are covered in the useful annexes and schedules.

Code ISBN : 978-92-842-1337-1
Weight : 0.2400 kgs
Number of pages : 74
Publishing date : 2004
Language : English
Format in cm : 18.8*27.4

Foreword ...5 

PART ONE 

Introduction ...7 

1. The present model ...7 

2. The drafting technique used ...7 

3. The negotiation and conclusion of SPA's: order of events ...8 

4. Possible adjustment of the price: closing accounts and earn-outs ...9 

5. The negotiation of the payment conditons ...10 

6. Warranties and disclosure letter ...11 

7. Knowledge of the buyer and breaches of warranties ...12 

8. Applicable law ...14 

Footnotes ...16 

Share Purchase Agreement ...17 

Article 1 - Definitions ...17 

Article 2 - Good faith and fair dealing ...18 

Article 3 - Object of the agreement ...18 

Article 4 - Price ...18 

Article 5 - Conduct of business, and material adverse change ...18 

Article 6 - Closing ...19 

Article 7 - Post-closing undertakings ...19 

Article 8 - Warranties ...19 

Article 9 - Seller's liability for warranty breaches ...21 

Article 10 - Claim procedure ...20 

Article 11 - Limitation of liability for warranty breaches ...21 

Article 12 - Payment for breach ...22 

Article 13 - Restrictive covenants ...23 

Article 14 - Confidentiality/announcements ...24 

Article 15 - General ...24 

Article 16 - Notices ...25 

Article 17 - Resolution of disputes ...25 

Article 18 - Applicable law ...26 

Article 19 - Automatic inclusion under the present Agreement ...26 

Footnotes ...27 

PART TWO 

Annex 1 - Company infomation ...29 

Annex 2 - Shares ...30 

Annex 3 - Pre-closing items ...31 

  • 1. Antitrust matters ...31 
  • 2. Consent of all regulatory authorities concerned ...31 
  • 3. Third-parties conditions precedent ...31 
  • 4. Obligations of the parties ...32 

Annex 4 - Checklist of documents and/or items to be delivered at closing ...34 

  • 1. Antitrust matters ...34 
  • 2. Consent of all regulatory authorities concerned ...34 
  • 3. Corporate matters ...34 
  • 4. Third-parties conditions precedent ...34 
  • 5. Obligations of the parties ...35 

Schedules ...37 

A.1. The Company ...38 

A.2. The Shares ...39 

A.3. The Seller ...39 

A.4. Accounts ...40 

A.5. Position since the Accounts Date ...40 

A.6. Receivables ...41 

A.7. Taxes ...41 

A.8. Subsidiaries ...42 

A.9. Real Estates ...42 

A.10. Environmental Matters ...43 

A.11. Assets ...44 

A.12. Insurance ...45 

A.13. Bank Accounts ...45 

A.14. Conduct of Business, Commercial Contracts and Joint Ventures ...46 

A.15. Agency and Distribution Agreements ...48 

A.16. Personnel ...48 

A.17. Pensions ...51 

A.18. Intellectual Property Rights ...51 

A.19. Litigation ...52 

A.20. Grants ...53 

A.21. Special Contracts and Arrangements ...53 

A.22. Transactions with Shareholders or Directors ...54 

A.23. Competition Matters ...54 

A.24. Information Technology Systems ...55 

A.25. Effect of this Agreement ...56 

Appendix : UNIDROIT Principles of international commercial contracts ...57 

ICC at a glance ...73 

Selected ICC publications ...74