EX-10.20 5 d431538dex1020.htm EX-10.20 EX-10.20

Exhibit 10.20




This Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (this “Agreement”) is made as of _______________ (the “Grant Date”) by and between Bird Rides, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and _______________ (“Participant”) pursuant to the Company’s 2017 Stock Plan (the “Plan”). To the extent any capitalized terms used in this Agreement are not defined, they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Plan.

1. Grant of Restricted Stock Units. The Company has granted Restricted Stock Units (the “RSUs”) to Participant effective as of the Grant Date. Each RSU represents the right to receive one Share as set forth in this Agreement. Participant will have no right to the distribution of any Shares until the time (if ever) the RSUs have vested. By Participant’s signature and the signature of the Company’s representative below, Participant and the Company agree that this grant of RSUs is governed by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the Plan which is attached to and made a part of this Agreement. In the event of any inconsistency between the Plan and this Agreement, the terms of the Plan will control. The RSUs will at all times prior to settlement represent an unsecured Company obligation payable only from the Company’s general assets.

2. Vesting Schedule. ______________ of the total RSUs shall vest on the _________________ of the Vesting Commencement Date, and _________ of the total RSUs shall vest on each _________________ anniversary of the Vesting Commencement Date thereafter, subject to Participant’s Continuous Service Status through such vesting date. Any fraction of an RSU that would otherwise be vested will be accumulated and will vest only when a whole RSU has accumulated. In the event of a termination of Participant’s Continuous Service Status for any reason, all unvested RSUs will immediately and automatically be cancelled and forfeited, except as otherwise determined by the Administrator or provided in a binding written agreement between Participant and the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, the “Vesting Commencement Date” shall be ______.

3. Settlement. The RSUs will be paid in Shares as soon as administratively practicable after the vesting of the applicable RSU, but in no event later than March 15 of the year following the year in which the RSU’s vesting date occurs. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may delay any payment under this Agreement that the Company reasonably determines would violate Applicable Law until the earliest date the Company reasonably determines the making of the payment will not cause such a violation (in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(7)(ii); provided the Company reasonably believes the delay will not result in the imposition of excise taxes under Section 409A of the Code.

4. Tax Withholding. As a condition to the grant, vesting, and settlement of the RSUs and as further set forth in Section 9 of the Plan, Participant hereby agrees to make adequate provision for the satisfaction of (and will indemnify the Company and any Subsidiary or Affiliate for) any applicable taxes or tax withholdings, social contributions, required deductions, or other payments (if any) (“Tax-Related Items”), which arise with respect to the RSUs and the Shares, if any, or otherwise in connection with the RSUs or the Shares, whether by withholding, direct payment to the Company, or otherwise as determined by the Company in its sole discretion, including if the Shares are publicly traded, payment from the proceeds of the sale of Shares through a Company-approved broker. Regardless of any action the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate takes with respect to any or all applicable Tax-Related Items, Participant acknowledges and agrees that the ultimate liability for all Tax-Related Items is and remains Participant’s responsibility and may exceed any amount actually withheld by the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate. Participant further acknowledges and agrees that Participant is solely responsible for filing all relevant documentation that may be required in relation to the RSUs or any Tax-Related Items (other than filings or documentation that is the specific obligation of the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate pursuant to Applicable Law), such as but not limited to personal income tax returns or reporting statements in relation to the grant, vesting or settlement of the RSUs, the holding of Shares or any bank or brokerage account, the subsequent sale of Shares, and the receipt of any dividends. Participant further acknowledges that the Company makes no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax-Related Items and does not commit to and is under no obligation to structure the terms or any aspect of the RSUs to reduce or eliminate Participant’s liability for Tax-Related Items or achieve any particular tax result. Participant also understands that Applicable Laws may require varying Share or option valuation methods for purposes of calculating Tax-Related Items, and the Company assumes no responsibility or liability in relation to any such valuation or for any calculation or reporting of income or Tax-Related Items that may be required of Participant under Applicable Laws. Further, if Participant has become subject to Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction, Participant acknowledges that the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction.

5. Non-Transferability of RSUs. The RSUs may not be transferred in any manner other than by will or by the laws of descent or distribution. The terms of the RSUs shall be binding upon the executors, administrators, heirs, successors and assigns of Participant.

6. Lock-Up Agreement. If so requested by the Company or the underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of the Company’s securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), Participant shall not sell, make any short sale of, loan, grant any option for the purchase of, or otherwise dispose of any securities of the Company however or whenever acquired (except for those being registered) without the prior written consent of the Company or such underwriters, as the case may be, for 180 days from the effective date of the registration statement, plus such additional period, to the extent required by FINRA rules, up to a maximum of 216 days from the effective date of the registration statement, and Participant shall execute an agreement reflecting the foregoing as may be requested by the underwriters at the time of such offering.

7. Investment and Taxation Representations. In connection with the receipt of the RSUs, Participant represents to the Company the following:

(a) Participant understands that the RSUs and the underlying Shares have not been registered under the Securities Act by reason of a specific exemption therefrom, which exemption depends upon, among other things, the bona fide nature of Participant’s investment intent as expressed herein.



(b) Participant further acknowledges and understands that the securities must be held indefinitely unless they are subsequently registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from such registration is available. Participant further acknowledges and understands that the Company is under no obligation to register the securities.

(c) Participant is familiar with the provisions of Rule 144, promulgated under the Securities Act, which, in substance, permits limited public resale of “restricted securities” acquired, directly or indirectly, from the issuer of the securities (or from an affiliate of such issuer), in a non-public offering subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Participant understands that the Company provides no assurances as to whether he or she will be able to resell any or all of the Shares to be acquired upon settlement of the RSUs pursuant to Rule 144, which rule requires, among other things, that the Company be subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, that resales of securities take place only after the holder has held the Shares underlying the RSUs for certain specified time periods, and under certain circumstances, that resales of securities be limited in volume and take place only pursuant to brokered transactions. Notwithstanding this Section 7(d), Participant acknowledges and agrees to the restrictions set forth in Section 7(e) below.

(d) Participant further understands that in the event all of the applicable requirements of Rule 144 are not satisfied, registration under the Securities Act, compliance with Regulation A, or some other registration exemption will be required; and that, notwithstanding the fact that Rule 144 is not exclusive, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission has expressed its opinion that persons proposing to sell private placement securities other than in a registered offering and otherwise than pursuant to Rule 144 will have a substantial burden of proof in establishing that an exemption from registration is available for such offers or sales, and that such persons and their respective brokers who participate in such transactions do so at their own risk.

(e) Participant understands that Participant may suffer adverse tax consequences as a result of Participant’s receipt or disposition of the RSUs. Participant represents that Participant has consulted any tax consultants Participant deems advisable in connection with the receipt or disposition of the RSUs and that Participant is not relying on the Company for any tax advice.

8. No Employment Rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall affect in any manner whatsoever the right or power of the Company, or a parent, subsidiary or affiliate of the Company, to terminate Participant’s employment or consulting relationship, for any reason, with or without cause.

9. Data Privacy. Participant hereby explicitly and unambiguously consents to the collection, use and transfer, whether in electronic or other form, of Participant’s personal data (as described below) by and among, as applicable, the Company and any Subsidiary or Affiliate or third parties as may be selected by the Company for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering, and managing Participant’s participation in the Plan. Participant understands that refusal or withdrawal of consent may affect Participant’s ability to participate in the Plan or to realize benefits from the RSUs.



Participant understands that the Company and any Subsidiary or Affiliate may hold certain personal information about Participant, including, but not limited to, Participant’s name, home address and telephone number, date of birth, social insurance number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any shares of stock or directorships held in the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate, details of all RSUs or any other entitlement to Shares awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in Participant’s favor (“Personal Data”). Participant understands that Personal Data may be transferred to any Subsidiary or Affiliate or third parties assisting in the implementation, administration and management of the Plan, that these recipients may be located in the United States, Participant’s country, or elsewhere, and that the recipient’s country may have different data privacy laws and protections than Participant’s country.

10. Miscellaneous.

(a) Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement, and all acts and transactions pursuant hereto and the rights and obligations of the parties hereto shall be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of California, without giving effect to principles of conflicts of law. For purposes of litigating any dispute that may arise directly or indirectly from this Agreement, the parties hereby submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state of California and agree that any such litigation shall be conducted only in the courts of California or the federal courts of the United States located in California and no other courts.

(b) Entire Agreement. This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement and understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous discussions, understandings and agreements, whether oral or written, between them relating to the subject matter hereof.

(c) Amendments and Waivers. No modification of or amendment to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights under this Agreement, shall be effective unless in writing signed by the parties to this Agreement. No delay or failure to require performance of any provision of this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of that provision as to that or any other instance.

(d) Successors and Assigns. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, this Agreement, and the rights and obligations of the parties hereunder, will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives. The Company may assign any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement. No other party to this Agreement may assign, whether voluntarily or by operation of law, any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement, except with the prior written consent of the Company.



(e) Notices. Any notice, demand or request required or permitted to be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed sufficient when delivered personally or by overnight courier or sent by email, or 48 hours after being deposited in the U.S. mail as certified or registered mail with postage prepaid, addressed to the party to be notified at such party’s address as set forth on the signature page, as subsequently modified by written notice, or if no address is specified on the signature page, at the most recent address set forth in the Company’s books and records.

(f) Severability. If one or more provisions of this Agreement are held to be unenforceable under Applicable Law, the parties agree to renegotiate such provision in good faith. In the event that the parties cannot reach a mutually agreeable and enforceable replacement for such provision, then (i) such provision shall be excluded from this Agreement, (ii) the balance of the Agreement shall be interpreted as if such provision were so excluded and (iii) the balance of the Agreement shall be enforceable in accordance with its terms.

(g) Construction. This Agreement is the result of negotiations between and has been reviewed by each of the parties hereto and their respective counsel, if any; accordingly, this Agreement shall be deemed to be the product of all of the parties hereto, and no ambiguity shall be construed in favor of or against any one of the parties hereto.

(h) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement. Execution of a facsimile or scanned copy will have the same force and effect as execution of an original, and a facsimile or scanned signature will be deemed an original and valid signature.

(i) Electronic Delivery and Translation. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to Participant’s current or future participation in the Plan, the RSUs, the Shares underlying the RSUs, any other Company securities, any other Company-related documents or any notices required by applicable law or the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws by email or any other electronic means. By accepting the RSUs, whether electronically or otherwise, Participant hereby (i) consents to receive such documents and notices by electronic means, (ii) consents to the use of electronic signatures, and (iii) if applicable, agrees to participate in the Plan and/or receive any such documents and notices through an on-line or electronic system established and maintained by the Company or a third party designated by the Company, including but not limited to the use of electronic signatures or click-through electronic acceptance of terms and conditions. To the extent Participant has been provided with a copy of this Agreement, the Plan, or any other documents relating to the RSUs in a language other than English, the English language documents will prevail in case of any ambiguities or divergences as a result of translation.

(j) Imposition of Other Requirements. The Company reserves the right, without Participant’s consent, to cancel or forfeit outstanding grants or impose other requirements on Participant’s participation in the Plan, on the RSUs and the Shares underlying the RSUs and on any other Shares acquired under the Plan, to the extent the Company determines it is necessary or advisable in order to comply with Applicable Laws or facilitate the administration of the Plan. Participant agrees to sign any additional agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing. Furthermore, Participant acknowledges that the Applicable Laws of the country in which Participant is residing or working at the time of the



issuance, vesting or settlement of RSUs or the holding or sale of the Shares underlying the RSUs (including any rules or regulations governing securities, foreign exchange, tax, labor, or other matters) may subject Participant to additional procedural or regulatory requirements that Participant is and will be solely responsible for and must fulfill. If applicable, such requirements may be outlined in but are not limited to the Country-Specific Addendum (the “Addendum”) attached hereto, which forms part of this Agreement. Notwithstanding any provision herein, Participant’s participation in the Plan shall be subject to any applicable special terms and conditions or disclosures as set forth in the Addendum. The Participant also understands and agrees that if the Participant works, resides, moves to, or otherwise is or becomes subject to Applicable Laws or Company policies of another jurisdiction at any time, certain country-specific notices, disclaimers and/or terms and conditions may apply to him as from the date of grant, unless otherwise determined by the Company in its sole discretion.

(k) Limitations Applicable to Section 16 Persons. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement, if Participant is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, the Plan, this Agreement and the RSUs will be subject to any additional limitations set forth in any applicable exemptive rule under Section 16 of the Exchange Act (including any amendment to Rule 16b-3) that are requirements for the application of such exemptive rule. To the extent Applicable Laws permit, this Agreement will be deemed amended as necessary to conform to such applicable exemptive rule.

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The parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.