Securities and Exchange Act of 1934
Chordiant Software, Inc. – Exchange Offer
Dear Ms. Brookshire:
We are responding to your letter dated March 22, 2007 addressed to Brian V. Breheny and Daniel Duchovny, as supplemented by telephone conversations with the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance, with regard to your request for exemptive relief. To avoid having to recite or summarize the facts set forth in your letter, our response is attached to the enclosed copy of your letter. Unless otherwise noted, capitalized terms in this letter have the same meaning as in your letter.
On the basis of your representations and the facts presented in your letter, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hereby grants an exemption from Rule 13e-4(f)(5) and Rule 14e-1(c) to permit Chordiant to delay the payment of the Cash Payment until Chordiant's first payroll pay-date in January 2008 as described in your letter.
In granting the requested relief, we note in particular that:
The foregoing exemptive relief is based solely on your representations and the facts presented in your letter dated March 22, 2007, as supplemented by telephone conversations with the Commission staff. This relief is strictly limited to the application of the rules listed above to the Offer. You should discontinue the Offer pending further consultations with the staff if any of the facts or representations set forth in your letter change.
As you note in your letter, the Commission has granted relief similar to that requested on behalf of Chordiant on other occasions1 in order to permit issuers to delay the payment of cash consideration offered in an option repricing tender offer made by issuers to their current employees (other than their current and former executive officers and directors) for compensatory reasons in order to address the potential materially adverse personal tax treatment of certain options under IRS 409A. Rule 13e-4(f)(5) of the Exchange Act and Rule 14e-1 of the Exchange Act require that consideration offered in a tender offer be paid promptly after termination of the offer. Absent the exemptive relief, issuers could not delay the payment of the cash consideration until January 2008.
We therefore find that it is appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors to grant, and hereby grant, an exemption from Rule 13e-4(f)(5) of the Exchange Act and Rule 14e-1 of the Exchange Act to permit any issuer to delay the payment of cash consideration offered in an option repricing tender offer provided that:
We also direct your attention to the anti-fraud and anti-manipulation provisions of the federal securities laws, including Section 9(a), 10(b) and 14(e) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. Responsibility for compliance with these and any other applicable provisions of the federal securities laws rest with the participants in any offer. The Division of Corporation Finance expresses no view with respect to any other questions that any offer may raise, including, but not limited to, an issuer's compensation policies, the use of incorrect measurement dates for an issuer's option grants, an issuer's reliance on the Exemptive Order for Issuer Exchange Offers that are Conducted for Compensatory Purposes issued by the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance on March 21, 2001, and the adequacy of the disclosure concerning, and the applicability of any other federal or state laws to, any offer.
For the Commission,
By the Division of Corporation Finance,
Pursuant to delegated authority,
Brian V. Breheny
Chief, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions
Division of Corporation Finance
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