EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
(the Agreement), is made effective as of
20___ (the Date of
Grant), between Education Management Corporation, a Pennsylvania corporation, and the participant
set forth on the signature page hereto (the Participant):
WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the Education Management Corporation Omnibus Long-Term
Incentive Plan (the Plan), which Plan is incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this
Agreement to the extent set forth in Section 14 below. Capitalized terms not otherwise defined
herein or by reference herein shall have the meanings given thereto in the Plan; and
WHEREAS, the Committee has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its
shareholders to grant an Option to the Participant pursuant to the Plan, the Employment Agreement
between the Participant and the Company (the Parties) dated as of [date] (the Employment
Agreement), and the terms set forth herein.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth, the Parties
agree as follows:
1. Grant of the Option. The Company hereby grants to the Participant the right and
option (the Option) to purchase, on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, all or any
part of an aggregate of the number of Shares set forth on the signature page hereto, subject to
adjustment as set forth in the Plan. The Option Price shall be as set forth on the signature page
hereto, which the Parties agree is not less than the fair market value of a Share as of the date
2. Duration. Subject to the provisions of the Plan and this Agreement, the
Participant may exercise all or any part of the Vested Portion of the Option at any time prior to
the tenth anniversary of the Date of Grant (the Termination Date). The Option may not be
cancelled or forfeited without the Participants prior written consent prior to such Termination
Date, other than as expressly provided (x) in Section 15 of the Plan (relating to Transactions),
or (y) in this Agreement.
(a) Subject solely to the provisions of Sections 3(b), 3(c), 4(a), 4(b) and 4(c) below and
Section 15 of the Plan, the Option shall vest and become exercisable on each anniversary of the
Date of Grant with respect to an aggregate of 25% of the Shares originally subject to the Option.
The portion of the Option which has become vested and exercisable as described in Sections 3(a),
3(b) or 3(c) is hereinafter referred to as the Vested Portion.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing and Section 3(c), one hundred percent (100%) of the Shares
then subject to the Option shall be accelerated and become vested and exercisable immediately prior
to, but subject to the consummation of, a Change in Control.
(c) If the Participants Employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by the
Participant for Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement), the Option shall vest and
become exercisable on the next anniversary of the Date of Grant with respect to 25% of the Shares
then subject to the Option. The remaining portion of the Option shall automatically be canceled
without payment of any consideration therefor.
For purposes of this Section 3(c), and of the percentages set forth in it, Shares previously
subject to the Option, and in respect of which the Option has already been exercised, shall be
treated as still subject to the Option. If the Participants Employment is terminated by the
Company without Cause or by the Participant for Good Reason, the Vested Portion of the Option
(including that which continues to vest in accordance with this Section 3(c)) shall remain
exercisable until the second anniversary of the date of termination of Employment.
4. Certain Other Terminations of Employment.
(a) If the Participants Employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, the Option shall,
whether or not vested, automatically be canceled without payment of consideration therefor.
(b) If the Participants Employment is terminated by the Participant without Good Reason (as
defined in the Employment Agreement) and not for death or Disability, the Option shall, to the
extent not then or previously vested and exercisable, automatically be canceled without payment of
consideration therefor, and the Vested Portion of the Option shall remain exercisable until thirty
days following the date of termination of Employment.
(c) If the Participants Employment is terminated due to the Participants death or
Disability, the Option shall, to the extent not then or previously vested and exercisable,
automatically be canceled without payment of consideration therefor, and the Vested Portion of the
Option shall remain exercisable until the first anniversary of the date of termination of
5. Exercise of Option.
(a) Subject to Section 2, the Vested Portion of the Option may be exercised by delivering to
the Company at its principal office written notice of intent to so exercise; provided that the
Option may be exercised with respect to whole Shares only. Such notice shall specify the number of
Shares for which the Option is being exercised (the Purchased Shares) and shall be accompanied by
payment in full of the Option Price in cash or by check or wire transfer; provided, however, that,
in the sole discretion of the Committee, payment of such aggregate Option Price may instead be
made, in whole or in part, by one or more of the following: (i) provided that the Company is not
then contractually prohibited from permitting exercise in this fashion, the delivery to the Company
of a certificate or certificates representing Shares, duly endorsed or accompanied by a duly
executed stock power, which delivery effectively transfers to the Company good and valid title to
such Shares, free and clear of any pledge, commitment, lien,
claim or other encumbrance (such Shares to be valued at their aggregate Fair Market Value on
the date of such exercise), provided that if a certificate or certificates representing Shares in
excess of the amount required are delivered, a certificate (or other satisfactory evidence of
ownership) representing the excess number of Shares shall promptly be returned by the Company, (ii)
a reduction in the number of Purchased Shares to be issued upon such exercise having a Fair Market
Value on the date of exercise equal to the aggregate Option Price in respect of the Purchased
Shares, provided that the Company is not then contractually prohibited from permitting exercise in
this fashion, or (iii) other cashless exercise procedures approved by the Committee. The
Participant shall not have any rights to dividends or other rights of a stockholder with respect to
Shares subject to the Option until the Participant has given written notice of exercise of the
Option, paid the Option Price in full for such Shares and, if applicable, has satisfied any other
conditions pursuant to the Plan or this Agreement (including provisions for the payment of
applicable withholding taxes, which provisions may be made in any of the ways in which the Option
Price may be paid). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement or the
Plan, for purposes of this Section 5(a), the Fair Market Value of a Share shall, to the extent
necessary to avoid incurring additional tax, interest or penalties under Section 409A of the
Code, not be treated as greater than the fair market value of a Share determined consistently
with Section 409A of the Code and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan or this Agreement to the contrary, the
Option may not be exercised prior to the completion of any registration or qualification of the
Option or the Shares under applicable state and Federal securities or other laws, or under any
ruling or regulation of any governmental body or national securities exchange (collectively, the
Legal Requirements) that the Committee shall in its sole discretion determine to be necessary or
advisable, unless an exemption to such registration or qualification is available and satisfied.
The Committee may establish additional procedures as it deems necessary or desirable in connection
with the exercise of the Option or the issuance of any Shares upon such exercise to comply with any
Legal Requirements. Such procedures may include but are not limited to the establishment of
limited periods during which the Option may be exercised or that following receipt of the notice of
exercise, and prior to the completion of the exercise, the Participant will be required to affirm
the exercise of the Option following receipt of any disclosure deemed necessary or desirable by the
(c) The Company shall, upon payment in accordance with Section 5(a) above of the Option Price
for Purchased Shares, deliver such Shares as soon as reasonably practicable to the Participant and
pay all original issue and transfer taxes and all other fees and expenses incident to such
delivery. All Shares delivered upon any exercise of the Option shall, when delivered, (i) be duly
authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, (ii) be registered for sale, and for
resale, under U.S. state and federal securities laws to the extent that other Shares issued under
the Plan are then so registered or qualified and (iii) be listed, or otherwise qualified, for
trading on any securities exchange or securities market on which other Shares issued under the Plan
of the same class are then listed or qualified.
(d) In the event of the Participants death, the Vested Portion of the Option shall remain
exercisable by the Participants executor or administrator, or the person or persons to whom the
Participants rights under this Agreement shall pass by will or by the laws of
descent and distribution, or the person or persons to whom such rights have passed under
Section 9, as the case may be, to the extent set forth in Section 4 (and the term Participant
shall be deemed to include such heir or legatee or permitted transferee). Any such heir or legatee
or permitted transferee of the Participant shall take rights herein granted subject to the terms
and conditions hereof.
6. Transactions. This Option shall be subject to the provisions of Section 15.2 of
the Plan in the event of a Transaction.
7. No Right to Continued Employment. The granting of the Option evidenced hereby and
this Agreement shall impose no obligation on the Company or any Affiliate to continue the
Employment of the Participant and shall not lessen or affect the Companys or its Affiliates right
to terminate the Employment of the Participant.
8. Legend on Certificates. The certificates representing the Shares purchased by
exercise of the Option shall be subject to such stop transfer orders and other restrictions as the
Committee may reasonably deem advisable under the Plan or the rules, regulations, and other
requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any stock exchange upon which such Shares
are listed, and any applicable Federal or state laws, and the Committee may cause a legend or
legends to be put on any such certificates to make appropriate reference to such restrictions,
provided, however, that any such legends shall be removed, promptly upon the Participants
reasonable written request, to the extent that the grounds that supported requiring the legend no
9. Transferability. The Option may not be assigned, alienated, pledged, attached,
sold or otherwise transferred or encumbered by the Participant otherwise than by will or by the
laws of descent and distribution, and any such purported assignment, alienation, pledge,
attachment, sale, transfer or encumbrance shall be void and unenforceable against the Company or
any Affiliate; provided that the designation of one or more beneficiaries to whom the Option shall
be transferred, in whole or in part, upon the death of the Participant shall not constitute a
prohibited assignment, alienation, pledge, attachment, sale, transfer or encumbrance.
10. Taxes. Prior to the issuance of any Shares upon exercise of the Option, the
Participant shall be required to satisfy any applicable withholding taxes in respect of the Option
in accordance with Section 5(a) above. Subject to the foregoing, the Participant shall be solely
responsible for the payment of all taxes relating to the payment or provision of any amounts or
benefits hereunder. All amounts and benefits due to the Participant under this Agreement are
subject to Section 7 of the Employment Agreement.
11. Securities Laws. In connection with the acquisition of any Shares pursuant to the
exercise of the Option, the Participant will make or enter into such written representations,
warranties and agreements as the Committee may reasonably request in order to comply with any Legal
Requirements or with this Agreement.
12. Notices. Any notice necessary under this Agreement shall be addressed to the
Company in care of its Secretary at the principal executive office of the Company and to the
Participant at the address appearing in the personnel records of the Company for the Participant
or to either party hereto at such other address as either party may hereafter designate in
writing to the other. Any such notice shall be deemed effective upon receipt thereof by the
13. Choice of Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance
with its express terms, and otherwise in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without
giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law, provided that the provisions set forth herein
that are required to be governed by the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988, as amended,
shall be governed by the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988, as amended.
14. Option Subject to Plan. By entering into this Agreement, the Participant agrees
and acknowledges that the Participant has received and read a copy of the Plan. The Option is
subject to the Plan to the extent that the Plan is not inconsistent with this Agreement. The terms
and provisions of the Plan, as it may be amended from time to time, are hereby incorporated herein
by reference. In the event of any inconsistency between (x) any term or provision of this
Agreement and (y) any term or provision of the Plan or any other Company Arrangement (as defined in
the Employment Agreement), other than the Employment Agreement, the terms and provisions of this
Agreement will govern and prevail.
15. Miscellaneous. Sections 8.2, 8.7 and 8.11 of the Employment Agreement (relating,
respectively, to amendments and waivers, severability, and general interpretation principles) shall
be deemed incorporated herein in full, with the references to the Employment Agreement in such
Sections being treated as references to this Agreement, and the references to the Executive in
such Sections being treated as references to the Participant. In addition, there shall be
submitted for arbitration (as provided in Section 8.6 of the Employment Agreement) any dispute,
controversy or claim related to whether the Participants termination of Employment was for Cause
or Good Reason.
16. Signature in Counterparts. This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each of
which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon
the same instrument. Signatures delivered by facsimile shall be effective for all purposes.
[signature page follows]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Agreement, effective as of the Date of Grant.
||EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
|Agreed and acknowledged as
of the date first above written:
|Number of time-vesting Shares
subject to the Option:
|Option Price: $