|TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form 20-F on 03/06/2018|
by the Founders to our competitors. The Founders have tag-along rights on transfers of Class B shares to certain specified parties, and based on certain conditions. Expedia has the right to drag the Founders in connection with a sale of all of its Class A shares and Class B shares. Expedia and the Founders agreed to grant each other a right of first offer on any transfers of Class A shares or Class B shares to a third party.
Call and put rights
Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement, if a Founder is removed for reasonable cause, Expedia will have the right to purchase, and the Founder will be obligated to sell, all, but not less than all, of the Class A shares and Class B shares owned by such Founder, at a price based on a volume-weighted average of the trading price of our Class A shares.
If the general meeting of shareholders resolves to remove a Founder as a management board member without reasonable cause or if the supervisory board revokes the title of chief executive officer from a Founder then serving as chief executive officer without either (i) reasonable cause or (ii) the consent of another Founder, and the Founder terminates his services as management board member within 30 days thereof, then, the Founder will have the right to sell, and Expedia will be obligated to buy, all, but not less than all, of such Founder’s shares, at a price based on a volume-weighted average of the trading price of our Class A shares, unless a fact or circumstance exists which would be reasonably likely to result in the occurrence of any of the events in clauses (a) through (g) in the definition of reasonable cause set forth below. In such a case, no right to sell will be triggered by the removal of such management board member.
Reasonable cause for purposes of the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement means, with respect to a management board member, the occurrence of any of the following: (a) the willful or gross neglect by the management board member of his or her fiduciary duties owed to the company or its subsidiaries; (b) the plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, or conviction for, the commission of a felony (or equivalent) offense by the management board member; provided, that for purposes of this clause (b) if a management board member is removed following being formally accused or charged with the commission of such an offense, and such management board member subsequently is convicted of (or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to) such offense, there will be deemed to have been reasonable cause at the time of the removal; (c) a material breach (or breaches which, when aggregated with any prior breach or breaches, are material) by the management board member of his or her fiduciary duties owed to the company or any of its subsidiaries, or of the company's organizational documents; (d) a material breach by the management board member of any nondisclosure, non-solicitation, or noncompetition obligation owed to the company or any of its subsidiaries; (e) a material failure (or failures which, when aggregated with any prior failure or failures, are material) to meet reasonable individual expectations in respect of his individual management duties in respect of the execution of his or her employment or duties as a management board member; (f) a material failure (or failures which, when aggregated with any prior failure or failures, are material) by the company to perform pursuant to the annual business plan, except to the extent that the failure results from unforeseen circumstances and is responded to reasonably and appropriately by such management board member, and (g) any other fact or circumstance or action or inaction by such management board member, in each case constituting good cause under German law as interpreted by German courts.
If the Founders have to sell ordinary shares to pay taxes realized in connection with the Post-IPO merger or to repay a loan obtained by the Founders to pay such taxes, the ownership levels at which they lose certain rights in the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement shall be equitably adjusted such that, in effect, all or a portion of the shares so sold are treated as having been retained by the Founders.
IPO Structuring Agreement
In connection with our IPO, travel B.V., the Founders, Expedia Lodging Partner Services S.à r.l., trivago GmbH, and certain other Expedia parties entered into an IPO structuring agreement, which we refer to as the IPO Structuring Agreement. Under the IPO Structuring Agreement, each of trivago N.V., trivago GmbH and each of the Founders requested tax rulings from the German tax authorities in connection with the Post-IPO merger. On August 22, 2017, the parties thereto entered into a side letter to the IPO Structuring Agreement to confirm the parties' understandings with respect to the consummation of the Post-IPO merger.