|TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form F-3 on 04/05/2018|
WHEREAS, the parties hereto intend to resolve (and to use their respective best efforts to cause HoldCo to resolve) as shareholders of the Company by shareholders’ resolution, which must not be taken prior to 1 January 2017, to effect the distribution of a dividend or an advance dividend for the fiscal year 2016 of the Company in an amount of EUR 500,000 which shall be paid to the shareholders of the Company prior to the Merger;
WHEREAS, the parties hereto acknowledge and agree that each transaction contemplated by this Agreement, in itself, is fair and balanced in all commercial and economic aspects, and that no party intends to convey any pecuniary benefit to the respective other party under this Agreement;
WHEREAS, the parties acknowledge and agree that (x) the IPO Exchange Ratio (as defined below) is aimed at achieving a value-for-value exchange, and (y) in light of the foregoing, the Put Right (as defined below) is deemed by each of HoldCo, the Founders and Expedia to have zero value, and the parties therefore agree and acknowledge that no consideration is owed by the Founders for the grant of such Put Right; and
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the respective covenants and agreements set forth below, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, do hereby agree as follows:
1.1. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings specified in this Section 1.1:
“Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.
“ADSs” means the American Depositary Shares of HoldCo, each representing one Class A Ordinary Share.
“Adverse Ruling Determination” means, with respect to any Ruling Request, (a) the issuance by the applicable German tax authority of an adverse ruling in connection with such Ruling Request to the effect that the Merger will not qualify as a Tax-Free Transaction (or a previously issued ruling to the effect that the Merger will qualify as a Tax-Free Transaction is not valid and binding on the German tax authorities before the corporate documents on the Merger are notarized in the Netherlands), (b) the determination by the applicable German tax authority that it will not issue a favorable ruling in connection with such Ruling Request, (c) a request by the applicable German tax authority for the Company or the relevant Founder, as applicable, to withdraw such Ruling Request, or (d) the lack of a decision with respect to the qualification of the Merger as a Tax-Free Transaction by the applicable German tax authority on such Ruling Request by the date which is twelve (12) months after the IPO Date (as defined below) (the “End Date”), in the case of each of clauses (a) through (c), on the basis that the Merger will not qualify as a Tax-Free Transaction (but only if (x) such issuance, determination or request is the final decision of the applicable German tax authority regarding the Ruling Request (and not only a preliminary assessment) and (y) the Merger cannot be restructured or altered in such a manner,