EX-99.(E.1) 2 tv491843_ex99-e1.htm DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT BETWEEN HEARTLAND GROUP, INC. AND ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.

Exhibit e.1

 

 

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made as of April 16 , 2018, between Heartland Group, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“Heartland”), and ALPS Distributors, Inc., a Colorado corporation (“ALPS”).

 

WHEREAS, Heartland is an open-end, management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), presently consisting of one or more portfolios (each a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”);

 

WHEREAS, ALPS is registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.;

 

WHEREAS, Heartland and ALPS are parties to a distribution agreement, as amended, attached hereto as Exhibit 1 (“Prior Distribution Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, on January 11, 2018, DST Systems, Inc. (“DST”), the ultimate parent company of ALPS (as of that date), announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement under which SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (“SS&C”) will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of DST (the “Transaction”);

 

WHEREAS, upon completion of the Transaction, SS&C will have indirect controlling interest in ALPS and, as such, the Transaction may result in an “assignment” (as such term is defined under the 1940 Act) of the Prior Distribution Agreement;

 

WHEREAS, under the 1940 Act, an assignment includes any direct or indirect transfer of a controlling block of an entity’s voting securities and, as a result of an assignment, the Prior Distribution Agreement may be deemed terminated; and

 

WHEREAS, in light of the possible assignment and change in control of ALPS in connection with the Transaction, ALPS and Heartland wish to enter into this Agreement effective upon close of the Transaction.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and undertakings herein contained, the parties agree as follows.

 

1.Appointment. Heartland hereby appoints ALPS to provide the distribution services set forth in the Prior Distribution Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit 1.

 

2.Incorporation. Except as provided below in Section 3, all terms, conditions, representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Prior Distribution Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit 1, are incorporated herein by reference.

 

3.Conflicts.

 

(a)To the extent any defined term within the main body of this Agreement (“Main Body”; for the avoidance of doubt, the term “Main Body” excludes Exhibit 1 and any future exhibit to this Agreement (each, a “Future Exhibit”)) conflicts with a defined term provided in Exhibit 1, the defined term included in the Main Body shall control and the conflicting defined term within Exhibit 1 is hereby replaced with the defined term contained within the Main Body.

 

 
 

 

 

(b)To the extent there is any other conflict between the Main Body and Exhibit 1, the Main Body shall control.

 

(c)To the extent there is a conflict between Exhibit 1 and a Future Exhibit, the Future Exhibit shall control.

 

4.Duration and Termination of this Agreement.

 

(a)Initial Term. This Agreement shall become effective as of the date first written above (the “Start Date”) and shall continue thereafter throughout the period that ends two (2) years after the Start Date (the “Initial Term”).

 

(b)Renewal Term. If not sooner terminated, this Agreement shall renew at the end of the Initial Term and shall thereafter continue for successive annual periods, provided such continuance is specifically approved at least annually (i) by Heartland’s Board of Directors or (ii) by a vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the relevant Fund of Heartland, provided that in either event the continuance is also approved by the majority of the Directors of Heartland who are not interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) of any party to this Agreement by vote cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. If a plan under Rule 12b-1 of the 1940 Act is in effect (where applicable), continuance of the plan and this Agreement must be approved at least annually by a majority of the Directors of Heartland who are not interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) and have no financial interest in the operation of such plan or in any agreements related to such plan, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval.

 

(c)This Agreement is terminable on sixty (60) days’ written notice by Heartland’s Board of Directors, by vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the relevant Fund of Heartland, or by ALPS.

 

(d)Deliveries Upon Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement, ALPS agrees to cooperate in the orderly transfer of distribution duties and shall deliver to Heartland or as otherwise directed by Heartland (at the expense of Heartland) all records and other documents made or accumulated in the performance of its duties for Heartland hereunder. In the event ALPS gives notice of termination under this Agreement, it will continue to provide the services contemplated hereunder after such termination at the contractual rate for up to 120 days, provided that Heartland uses all reasonable commercial efforts to appoint such replacement on a timely basis.

 

5.Assignment. This Agreement will automatically terminate in the event of its assignment (as defined in the 1940 Act). This Agreement shall not be assignable by Heartland without the prior written consent of ALPS.

 

6.Amendments. This Agreement may only be amended by the parties in writing.

 

 
 

 

 

7.Governing Law. The provisions of this Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado and the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder. To the extent that the laws of the State of Colorado conflict with the 1940 Act or such rules, the latter shall control.

 

8.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed by the parties hereto on any number of counterparts, and all of said counterparts taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument.

 

9.Entire Agreement. This Agreement embodies the entire agreement and understanding among the parties and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings relating to the subject matter hereof; provided, however, that ALPS may embody in one or more separate documents its agreement, if any, with respect to delegated duties and oral instruction.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.

 

     
  HEARTLAND GROUP, INC.
  By: /s/ Vinita Paul
  Name: Vinita Paul
  Title: VP, CCO & Secretary
     
     
  ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
  By: /s/ Steven B. Price
  Name: Steven B. Price.
  Title: Senior Vice President & Director of Distribution Services

 

 

 
 

EXHIBIT 1

 

[Distribution Agreement]

 

 
 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

Distribution Agreement (the “Agreement”) made this 1st day of November, 2011, by and between Heartland Group, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Fund”), and ALPS Distributors, Inc., a Colorado corporation (the “Distributor”).

 

WHEREAS, the Fund is a registered open-end management investment company organized as a series trust offering a number of portfolios of securities (each a “Portfolio” and collectively, the “Portfolios”);

 

WHEREAS, the Fund and Distributor are party to a Distribution Agreement dated July 12, 2007, attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by reference (the “Distribution Agreement”), whereby the Fund retained the Distributor to promote and distribute the shares of the Portfolios.

 

WHEREAS, on July 19, 2011, ALPS Holdings, Inc., (“AHI”) the parent company of the Distributor, entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which AHI agreed to be acquired by DST Systems, Inc. (“DST”) (the “Transaction”); the acquisition also includes an indirect controlling interest in the Distributor;

 

WHEREAS, upon completion of the Transaction, the Transaction may result in an “assignment”, as such term is defined under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, (the “1940 Act”) of the Distribution Agreement;

 

WHEREAS, under the 1940 Act, an assignment includes any direct or indirect transfer of a controlling block of an entity’s voting securities and a result of the assignment, henceforth the Distribution Agreement may be deemed terminated; and

 

WHEREAS, in light of the proposed assignment and change in control of the Distributor in connection with the Transaction, the Distributor and Fund wish to enter into this Agreement effective upon close of the Transaction.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and undertakings herein contained, the Fund and the Distributor agree as follows:

 

1.Appointment. The Fund hereby appoints the Distributor to provide the distribution services set forth in the Distribution Agreement.

 

2.Entire Agreement. All terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in the Distribution Agreement are incorporated herein by reference and both the Fund and Distributor hereby agree that unless specified elsewhere in this Agreement, all terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in the this Agreement, including the Distribution Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by reference, constitute the entire understanding between the parties hereto, and supersede any prior understanding or agreements between the parties related to the services contemplated herein, including the Distribution Agreement.

 

 
 

 

 

3.Duration and Termination. This Agreement shall be effective on the date first set forth above, and unless terminated as provided herein, shall continue for two years from its effective date, and thereafter from year to year, provided such continuance is approved annually by the vote of a majority of the Board of Directors, and by the vote of those Directors who are not “interested persons” of the Fund (the “Independent Directors”) and, if a plan under Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act is in effect, by the vote of those Directors who are not “interested persons” of the Fund and who are not parties to such plan or this Agreement and have no financial interest in the operation of such plan or in any agreements related to such plan, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on the approval. This Agreement may be terminated at any time, without the payment of any penalty, as to each Portfolio (i) by vote of majority of the Independent Directors or (ii) by vote of a majority (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, on at least sixty (60) days prior written notice to the Distributor. In addition, this Agreement may be terminated at any time by the Distributor upon at least sixty (60) days prior written notice to the Fund. This Agreement shall automatically terminate in the event of its assignment. In this paragraph, the terms “assignment” and “interested persons” shall have the respective meanings specified in the 1940 Act.

 

4.Amendment. No provision of this Agreement may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated except by an instrument in writing signed by the party against which an enforcement of the change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought.

 

5.Choice of Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to the choice of laws provisions thereof.

 

6.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

7.Defined Terms. All capitalized terms used but not defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Distribution Agreement.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their officers designated below as of the date first set forth above.

 

ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.  
By: /s/ Thomas A. Carter  
  Thomas A. Carter, President  
HEARTLAND GROUP, INC.  
By: /s/ Paul T. Beste  
Name: Paul T. Beste  
Title: Vice President  
 
 

 

Exhibit A

 

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) dated as of July 12, 2007, between Heartland Group, Inc. (the “Fund”), an open-end, management investment company organized as a corporation under the laws of the State of Maryland, and ALPS Distributors, Inc., a Colorado corporation and a registered broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Distributor”).

 

WHEREAS, the Fund is an open-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, presently consisting of the portfolios listed in Schedule A, attached hereto; and

 

WHEREAS, the Fund wishes to employ the services of the Distributor in connection with the promotion and distribution of the shares of the Fund (the “Shares”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and undertakings herein contained, the parties agree as follows:

 

1.       Documents — The Fund has furnished or will furnish, upon request, the Distributor with copies of the Fund’s Articles of Incorporation, advisory agreement, custodian agreement, transfer agency agreement, administration agreement, current prospectus, and statement of additional information, and all forms relating to any plan, program or service offered by the Fund. The Fund shall furnish, within a reasonable time period, to the Distributor a copy of any amendment or supplement to any of the above-mentioned documents. Upon request, the Fund shall furnish promptly to the Distributor any additional documents necessary or advisable to perform its functions hereunder. As used in this Agreement the terms “registration statement”, “prospectus” and “statement of additional information” shall mean any registration statement, prospectus and statement of additional information filed by the Fund with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and any amendments and supplements thereto that are filed with the SEC.

 

2.       Sales of Shares — The Fund grants to the Distributor the right to sell the Shares as agent on behalf of the Fund, during the term of this Agreement, subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) and of the laws governing the sale of securities in the various states (“Blue Sky Laws”), under the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The Distributor shall have the right to sell, as agent on behalf of the Fund, the Shares covered by the registration statement, prospectus and statement of additional information for the Fund then in effect under the 1933 Act and 1940 Act.

 

3.       Sales of Shares by the Fund— The rights granted to the Distributor shall be nonexclusive in that the Fund reserves the right to sell Shares to investors on applications received and accepted by the Fund.

 

4.       Public Offering Price — Except as otherwise noted in the Fund’s current prospectus and/or statement of additional information, all Shares sold to investors by the Distributor or the Fund will be sold at the public offering price. The public offering price for all accepted subscriptions will be the net asset value per Share, as determined in the manner described in the Fund’s current prospectus and/or statement of additional information. The Fund shall in all cases receive the net asset value per Share on all sales. If a fee in connection with shareholder redemptions is in effect, such fee will be paid to the Fund.

 

 
 

 

 

5.       Suspension of Sales — The Fund reserves the right to suspend sales and the Distributor’s authority to process orders for Shares on behalf of the Fund if, in the judgment of the Fund, it is in the best interests of the Fund to do so. Suspension will continue for such period as may be determined by the Fund.

 

6.       Solicitation of Sales — In consideration of these rights granted to the Distributor, the Distributor agrees to use its best efforts to solicit orders for the sale of the Shares at the public offering price and will undertake such advertising and promotion as it believes is reasonable in connection with such solicitation. The Distributor shall review and file such materials with the SEC and/or the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (the “NASD”) to the extent required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, and by the rules of the NASD. This shall not prevent the Distributor from entering into like arrangements with other issuers. The Distributor will act only on its own behalf as principal should it choose to enter into selling agreements with selected dealers or others.

 

7.       Authorized Representations — The Distributor is not authorized by the Fund to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained in the registration statement or prospectus and statement of additional information, or contained in shareholder reports or other material that may be prepared by or on behalf of the Fund for the Distributor’s use. Consistent with the foregoing, the Distributor may prepare and distribute sales literature or other material as it may deem appropriate in consultation with the Fund, provided such sales literature complies with applicable law and regulations.

 

8.       Registration of Shares — The Fund agrees that it will take all action necessary to register the Shares under the 1933 Act and the 1940 Act (subject to the necessary approval of its shareholders). The Fund shall make available to the Distributor, at the Distributor’s expense, such number of copies of its prospectus and statement of additional information as the Distributor may reasonably request. The Fund shall furnish to the Distributor copies of all information, financial statements and other papers, which the Distributor may reasonably request for use in connection with the distribution of Shares of the Fund.

 

9.       Fund Expenses — Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties hereto in writing, the Distributor shall not be responsible for fees and expenses in connection with (a) filing of any registration statement, printing and the distribution of any prospectus and statement of additional information under the 1933 Act and/or the 1940 Act and amendments prepared for use in connection with the offering of Shares for sale to the public, preparing, setting in type, printing and mailing the prospectus, statement of additional information and any supplements thereto sent to existing shareholders, (b) preparing, setting in type, printing and mailing any report (including annual and semi-annual reports) or other communication to shareholders of the Fund, and (c) the Blue Sky registration and qualification of Shares for sale in the various states in which the officers of the Fund shall determine it advisable to qualify such Shares for sale (including registering the Fund as a broker or dealer or any officer of the Fund as agent or salesman in any state).

 

 
 

 

 

11.       Use of the Distributor’s Name — The Fund shall not use the name of the Distributor, or any of its affiliates, in any prospectus or statement of additional information, sales literature, and other material relating to the Fund in any manner without the prior written consent of the Distributor (which shall not be unreasonably withheld); provided, however, that the Distributor hereby approves all lawful uses of the names of the Distributor and its affiliates in the prospectus and statement of additional information of the Fund and in all other materials which merely refer to accurate terms to their appointment hereunder or which are required by the SEC, NASD, OCC or any state securities authority.

 

12.       Use of the Fund’s Name — Neither the Distributor nor any of its affiliates shall use the name of the Fund in any publicly disseminated materials, including sales literature in any manner without the prior consent of the Fund (which shall not be unreasonably withheld); provided, however, that the Fund hereby approves all lawful uses of its name in any required regulatory filings of the Distributor which merely refer in accurate terms to the appointment of the Distributor hereunder, or which are required by the SEC, NASD, OCC or any state securities authority.

 

13.       Insurance — The Distributor agrees to maintain fidelity bond and liability insurance coverages which are, in scope and amount, consistent with coverages customary for distribution activities relating to the Fund. The Distributor shall notify the Fund upon receipt of any notice of material, adverse change in the terms or provisions of its insurance coverage. Such notification shall include the date of change and the reason or reasons therefor. The Distributor shall notify the Fund of any material claims against it, whether or not covered by insurance, and shall notify the Fund from time to time as may be appropriate of the total outstanding claims made by it under its insurance coverage.

 

14.       Indemnification — The Fund agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Distributor and each of its directors and officers and each person, if any, who controls the Distributor within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act, against any loss, liability, claim, damages or expenses (including the reasonable cost of investigating or defending any alleged loss, liability, claim, damages or expense and reasonable counsel fees incurred in connection therewith) arising by reason of any person acquiring any Shares, based upon the ground that the registration statement, prospectus, statement of additional information, shareholder reports or other information filed or made public by the Fund (as from time to time amended) included an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated or necessary in order to make the statements not misleading under the 1933 Act, the 1940 Act or any other statute or the common law. However, the Fund does not agree to indemnify the Distributor or hold it harmless to the extent that the statement or omission was made in reliance upon, and in conformity with, information furnished to the Fund by or on behalf of the Distributor. In no case (i) is the indemnity of the Fund in favor of the Distributor or any person indemnified to be deemed to protect the Distributor or any person against any liability to the Fund or its security holders to which the Distributor or such person would otherwise be subject by reason of willful misfeasance, bad faith or negligence in the performance of its duties or by reason of its reckless

 

 
 

disregard of its obligations and duties under this Agreement, or (ii) is the Fund to be liable under its indemnity agreement contained in the paragraph with respect to any claim made against the Distributor or any person indemnified unless the Distributor or person, as the case may be, shall have notified the Fund in writing of the claim promptly after the summons or other first written notification giving information of the nature of the claims shall have been served upon the Distributor or any such person (or after the Distributor or such person shall have received notice of service on any designated agent). However, failure to notify the Fund of any claim shall not relieve the Fund from any liability which it may have to any person against whom such action is brought otherwise than on account of its indemnity agreement contained in this paragraph. The Fund shall be entitled to participate at its own expense in the defense, or, if it so elects, to assume the defense of any suit brought to enforce any claims, and if the Fund elects to assume the defense, the defense shall be conducted by counsel chosen by the Fund. In the event the Fund elects to assume the defense of any suit and retain counsel, the Distributor, officers or directors or controlling person(s), defendant(s) in the suit, shall bear the fees and expenses of any additional counsel retained by them. If the Fund does not elect to assume the defense of any suit, it will reimburse the Distributor, officers or directors or controlling person(s) or defendant(s) in the suit for the reasonable fees and expenses of any counsel retained by them. The Fund agrees to notify the Distributor promptly of the commencement of any litigation or proceeding against it or any of its officers in connection with the issuance or sale of any of the Shares.

 

The Distributor also covenants and agrees that it will indemnify and hold harmless the Fund and each of its officers and person, if any, who controls the Fund within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act, against any loss, liability, damages, claims or expense (including the reasonable cost of investigating or defending any alleged loss, liability, damages, claim or expense and reasonable counsel fees incurred in connection therewith) arising by reason of any person acquiring any Shares, based upon the 1933 Act, the 1940 Act or any other statute or common law, alleging (a) any wrongful act of the Distributor or any of its employees or (b) that any sales literature, advertisements, information, statements or representations used or made by the Distributor or any of its affiliates or employees or that the registration statement, prospectus, statement of additional information, (as from time to time amended) included an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated or necessary in order to make the statements not misleading, insofar as the statement or omission was made in reliance upon, and in conformity with, information furnished to the Fund by or on behalf of the Distributor. In no case (i) is the indemnity of the Distributor in favor of the Fund or any person indemnified to be deemed to protect the Fund or any person against any liability to which the Fund or such person would otherwise be subject by reason of willful misfeasance, bad faith or negligence in the performance of its duties or by reason of its reckless disregard of its obligations and duties under this Agreement, or (ii) is the Distributor to be liable under its indemnity agreement contained in this paragraph with respect to any claim made against the Fund or any person indemnified unless the Fund or person, as the case may be, shall have notified the Distributor in writing of the claim promptly after the summons or other first written notification giving information of the nature of the claim shall have been served upon the Fund or any such person (or after the Fund or such person shall have received notice of service on any designated agent). However, failure to notify the Distributor of any claim shall not relieve the Distributor from any liability which it may have to the Fund or any person against whom the action is brought otherwise than on account of its indemnity agreement contained in this paragraph. In the case of any notice to the Distributor it shall be entitled to participate, at its own expense, in the

 

 
 

defense or, if it so elects, to assume the defense of any suit brought to enforce the claim, and if the Distributor elects to assume the defense, the defense shall be conducted by counsel chosen by it and satisfactory to the Fund, to its officers and to any controlling person(s) or defendant(s) in the suit. In the event that the Distributor elects to assume the defense of any suit and retain counsel, the Fund or controlling person(s), defendant(s) in the suit, shall bear the fees and expense of any additional counsel retained by them. If the Distributor does not elect to assume the defense of any suit, it will reimburse the Fund, officers or controlling person(s), defendant(s) in the suit, for the reasonable fees and expenses of any counsel retained by them. The Distributor agrees to notify the Fund promptly of the commencement of any litigation or proceedings against it in connection with the Fund and sale of any of the Shares.

 

15.       Supplemental Information — The Distributor and the Fund shall regularly consult with each other regarding the Distributor’s performance of its obligations under this Agreement. In connection therewith, the Fund shall submit to the Distributor at a reasonable time in advance of filing with the SEC reasonably final copies of any amended or supplemented registration statement (including exhibits) under the 1933 Act and the 1940 Act; provided, however, that nothing contained in this Agreement shall in any way limit the Fund’s right to file at any time such amendments to any registration statement and/or supplements to any prospectus or statement of additional information, of whatever character, as the Fund may deem advisable, such right being in all respects absolute and unconditional.

 

The Distributor acknowledges that the only information provided to it by the Fund is that contained in the registration statement, the prospectus, the statement of additional information and reports and financial information referred to herein. Neither the Distributor nor any other person is authorized by the Fund to give any information or to make any representations, other than those contained in such documents and any sales literature or advertisements specifically approved by appropriate representatives of the Fund.

 

16.       Term — This Agreement shall become effective as of July 12, 2007, and shall continue until two years from such date and thereafter shall continue automatically for successive annual periods, provided such continuance is specifically approved at least annually (i) by the Fund’s Board of Directors or (ii) by a vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the relevant Series of the Fund (as defined in the 1940 Act), provided that in either event the continuance is also approved by the majority of the Directors of the Fund who are not interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) of any party to this Agreement by vote cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. This Agreement is terminable without penalty on sixty days’ written notice by the Fund’s Board of Directors, by vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the relevant Series of the Fund or by the Distributor. This Agreement shall automatically terminate in the event of its assignment (as defined in the 1940 Act).

 

Upon the termination of this Agreement, the Distributor, at the Fund’s expense and direction, shall transfer to such successor as the Fund shall specify all relevant books, records and other data established or maintained by the Distributor under this Agreement.

 

17.       Anti-Money Laundering — The Distributor agrees to maintain an anti-money laundering program in compliance with Title III of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (the “USA Patriot Act”) and all applicable laws and regulations promulgated thereunder. The Distributor confirms that, as soon as possible, following the request from the Fund, the Distributor will supply the Fund with copies of the Distributor’s anti-money laundering policy and procedures, and such other relevant certifications and representations regarding such policy and procedures as the Fund may reasonably request from time to time.

 

 
 

 

 

18.       Notice - Any notice required or permitted to be given by either party to the other shall be deemed sufficient if sent by (i) telecopier (fax) or (ii) registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, addressed by the party giving notice to the other party at the last address furnished by the other party to the party giving notice:

 

if to the Fund at:

 

Heartland Group, Inc.

789 North Water Street, Suite 500
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Attn: Secretary

 

if to the Distributor at:

 

1290 Broadway, Suite 1100,
Denver, Colorado 80203
Attn: General Counsel

 

or such other telecopier (fax) number or address as may be furnished by one party to the other.

 

19.       Confidential Information — The Distributor, its officers, directors, employees and agents will treat confidentially and as proprietary information of the Fund all records and other information relative to the Fund and to prior or present shareholders or to those persons or entities who respond to the Distributor’s inquiries concerning investment in the Fund, and will not use such records and information for any purposes other than performance of its responsibilities and duties hereunder. If the Distributor is requested or required by, but not limited to, depositions, interrogatories, requests for information or documents, subpoena, civil investigation, demand or other action, proceeding or process or as otherwise required by law, statute, regulation, writ, decree or the like to disclose such information, the Distributor will provide the Fund with prompt written notice of any such request or requirement so that the Fund may seek an appropriate protective order or other appropriate remedy and/or waive compliance with this provision. If such order or other remedy is not sought, or obtained, or waiver not received within a reasonable period following such notice, then the Distributor may without liability hereunder, disclose to the person, entity or agency requesting or requiring the information, that portion of the information that is legally required in the reasonable opinion of the Distributor’s counsel.

 

20.       Limitation of Liability — The Distributor agrees that the obligations assumed by the Fund under this contract shall be limited in all cases to the Fund and its assets. The Distributor agrees that it shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders or any individual shareholder of the Fund. Nor shall the Distributor seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the Directors, officers or any individual Director or officer of the Fund. The Distributor understands that the rights and obligations of each Series of the Fund under the Fund’s Articles of Incorporation are separate and distinct from those of any and all other Series.

 

 
 

 

 

Any obligations of the Fund entered into in the name or on behalf thereof by any of the Directors or officers, representatives or agents are made not individually, but in such capacities, and are not binding upon any of the Directors or officers, shareholders, or representatives of the Fund personally, but bind only the Fund property, and all persons dealing with any Series of Shares of the Fund must look solely to the Fund property belonging to such Series for the enforcement of any claims against the Fund.

 

21.       Miscellaneous — Each party agrees to perform such further acts and execute such further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof. This Agreement shall be construed, interpreted, and enforced in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Colorado. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience of reference only and in no way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect. This Agreement may not be changed, waived, discharged or amended except by written instrument that shall make specific reference to this Agreement and which shall be signed by the party against which enforcement of such change, waiver, discharge or amendment is sought. This Agreement may be executed simultaneously in two or more counterparts, each of which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

All activities by the Distributor and its agents and employees as distributor of the Shares shall comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations including, without limitation, all rules and regulations made or adopted by the SEC or any securities association registered under the Exchange Act.

 

The Distributor will promptly transmit any orders received by it for purchase, redemption or exchange of the Shares to the Fund’s transfer agent.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Fund has executed this instrument in its name and behalf, and the Distributor has executed this instrument in its name and behalf; as of the date and year first above written.

 

HEARTLAND GROUP, INC.   ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
By: /s/ Paul T. Beste   By: /s/ Tom Carter
Name: Paul T. Beste   Name:  Tom Carter
Title: V.P. & Sec.   Title:  Managing Director
 
 

 

 

Schedule A
List of Portfolios

 

Heartland Value Fund

 

Heartland Value Plus Fund

 

Heartland Select Value Fund

 

 
 

Amendment No. 1 to

 

Distribution Agreement

 

This Amendment No. 1 to Distribution Agreement (the “Amendment”) is made this 17 day of July, 2013, by and between Heartland Group, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Fund”), and ALPS Distributors, Inc., a Colorado corporation (the “Distributor”).

 

WHEREAS, the Fund is a registered open-end management investment company organized as a series corporation offering a number of portfolios of securities (each a “Portfolio” and collectively, the “Portfolios”);

 

WHEREAS, the Fund and Distributor are party to a Distribution Agreement dated November 1, 2011, (the “Distribution Agreement”), whereby the Fund retained the Distributor to promote and distribute the shares of the Portfolios, which is hereby amended; and

 

WHEREAS, on or about April 29, 2013, the Heartland International Value Fund became a Portfolio of the Fund and the Fund seeks to have Distributor serve as Distributor of that Portfolio.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and undertakings herein contained, the Fund and the Distributor agree as follows:

 

1.Appointment. The Fund hereby appoints the Distributor to provide the distribution services set forth in the Distribution Agreement.

 

2.List of Portfolios. Schedule A (List of Portfolios) of the Distribution Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Schedule A (List of Portfolios) attached hereto.

 

3.Entire Agreement. All terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in the Distribution Agreement are incorporated herein by reference and both the Fund and Distributor hereby agree that unless specified elsewhere in this Amendment, all terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in this Amendment and in the Distribution Agreement constitute the entire understanding between the parties hereto, and supersede any prior understanding or agreements between the parties related to the services contemplated herein and the Distribution Agreement.

 

4.Choice of Law. This Amendment shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to the choice of laws provisions thereof.

 

5.Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

6.Defined Terms. All capitalized terms used but not defined in this Amendment shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Distribution Agreement.

 

 
 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be executed by their officers designated below as of the date first set forth above.

 

ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.  
By: /s/ Thomas A. Carter  
  Thomas A. Carter, President  
     
HEARTLAND GROUP, INC.  
By: /s/ Paul T. Beste  
Name: Paul T. Beste  
Title: V.P.  
     
 
 

Schedule A
List of Portfolios

 

Heartland Value Fund

 

Heartland Value Plus Fund

 

Heartland Select Value Fund

 

Heartland International Value Fund

 

 
 

Amendment No. 2 to

 

Distribution Agreement

 

This Amendment No. 2 to Distribution Agreement (the “Amendment”) is made this 26th day of August, 2014, by and between Heartland Group, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Fund”), and ALPS Distributors, Inc., a Colorado corporation (the “Distributor”).

 

WHEREAS, the Fund is a registered open-end management investment company organized as a series corporation offering a number of portfolios of securities (each a “Portfolio” and collectively, the “Portfolios”);

 

WHEREAS, the Fund and Distributor are party to a Distribution Agreement dated November 1, 2011, as amended July 17, 2013, (the “Distribution Agreement”), whereby the Fund retained the Distributor to promote and distribute the shares of the Portfolios, which is hereby amended; and

 

WHEREAS, on or about August 15, 2014, the Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund became a Portfolio of the Fund and the Fund seeks to have Distributor serve as Distributor of that Portfolio.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and undertakings herein contained, the Fund and the Distributor agree as follows:

 

1.Appointment. The Fund hereby appoints the Distributor to provide the distribution services set forth in the Distribution Agreement.

 

2.List of Portfolios. Schedule A (List of Portfolios) of the Distribution Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Schedule A (List of Portfolios) attached hereto.

 

3.Entire Agreement. All terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in the Distribution Agreement are incorporated herein by reference and both the Fund and Distributor hereby agree that unless specified elsewhere in this Amendment, all terms, conditions, representations and warranties contained in this Amendment and in the Distribution Agreement constitute the entire understanding between the parties hereto, and supersede any prior understanding or agreements between the parties related to the services contemplated herein and the Distribution Agreement.

 

4.Choice of Law. This Amendment shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to the choice of laws provisions thereof.

 

5.Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

 
 

 

 

6.Defined Terms. All capitalized terms used but not defined in this Amendment shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Distribution Agreement.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be executed by their officers designated below as of the date first set forth above.

 

ALPS DISTRIBUTORS, INC.  
By: /s/ Jeremy O. May  
  Jeremy O. May, President  
Name: Jeremy O. May  
Title: President  
     
     
HEARTLAND GROUP, INC.  
By:  /s/ Paul T. Beste  
Name: Paul T. Beste  
Title: V.P.  

 

 

 
 

Schedule A
List of Portfolios

 

Heartland Value Fund

 

Heartland Value Plus Fund

 

Heartland Select Value Fund

 

Heartland International Value Fund

 

Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund