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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 28, 2024

 

 

VERICITY, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

Delaware

001-38945

46-2348863

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

 

 

 

1350 E Touhy Suite

205W

 

Des Plaines, Illinois

 

60018

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 312 288-0073

 

 

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class

 

Trading
Symbol(s)

 


Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock

 

VERY

 

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 


Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.

Agreement and Plan of Merger

On June 28, 2024, Vericity, Inc. (the “Company”), completed its previously announced merger with Long Grove Acquisition Corp. (“Merger Sub”), a subsidiary of IA American Holdings Inc. (“Parent”). Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), dated as of October 3, 2023, by and among the Company, Merger Sub, Parent, and, solely for purposes of Section 6.03 and Article IX thereof, iA Financial Corporation, Inc., Merger Sub merged with and into the Company (the “Merger”), with the Company surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent.

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, each share of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share, (the “Company Common Stock”) outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (the “Effective Time”) (subject to certain exceptions, including any shares of Company Common Stock owned by stockholders of the Company who have not voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement and have properly exercised appraisal rights in accordance with Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware) was, at the Effective Time, automatically converted into the right to receive $11.43 in cash, without interest and subject to applicable withholding taxes (the “Merger Consideration”).

The foregoing description of the Merger Agreement and the Merger does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on October 3, 2023, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.

The information set forth under Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated in this Item 3.01 by reference.

 

In connection with the consummation of the Merger, trading of the Company Common Stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market (the “Nasdaq”) was suspended following the close of trading on June 27, 2024, and the Company Shares became eligible for delisting from the Nasdaq and termination of registration under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Company has requested that Nasdaq file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a notification of removal from listing on Form 25 with respect to the Company Common Stock to report the delisting of the Company Common Stock from Nasdaq and to deregister the Company Common Stock under Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act.

 

After the Form 25 becomes effective, the Company intends to file with the SEC a certificate of notice of termination on Form 15 with respect to the Company Common Stock, requesting that the Company Common Stock be deregistered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act, and that the reporting obligations of the Company with respect to the Company Common Stock under Sections 13 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act be suspended.

Item 3.03 Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

The information set forth under Item 2.01 and 3.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated in this Item 3.03 by reference.

In connection with the completion of the Merger and at the Effective Time, holders of the Company Common Stock immediately prior to such time ceased to have any rights as stockholders in the Company (other than their right to receive the Merger Consideration) and accordingly, no longer have any interest in the Company’s future earnings or growth.

Item 5.01 Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

The information set forth under Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated in this Item 5.01 by reference.

 

As a result of the Merger, a change in control of the Company occurred, and the Company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent. The aggregate Merger Consideration payable by Parent in connection with the Merger is approximately $170 million, funded by existing cash on hand and available liquidity.

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

The information set forth under Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated in this Item 5.02 by reference.

 

 

 

 


Director Changes and Arrangements

 

In accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the Effective Time, each of the seven directors of the Company prior to consummation of the Merger (Eric Rahe, Richard A. Hemmings, James E. Hohmann, Neil Ashe, Calvin Dong, Scott Perry and Laura R. Zimmerman) ceased to be directors of the Company. In accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, the directors of Merger Sub in office immediately prior to consummation of the Merger (Denis Ricard, Michael L. Stickney, Joe W. Dunlap, Sean O'Brien and James E. Hohmann) became the directors of the Company at the Effective Time and will be the directors of the Company until the earlier of their death, resignation or removal or until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified, as the case may be.

 

There are no arrangements or understandings between any of Denis Ricard, Michael L. Stickney, Joe W. Dunlap, Sean O'Brien and James E. Hohmann and any other persons pursuant to which any of Denis Ricard, Michael L. Stickney, Joe W. Dunlap, Sean O'Brien, and James E. Hohmann, as applicable, was selected as a director of the Company. None of Denis Ricard, Michael L. Stickney, Joe W. Dunlap, Sean O'Brien and James E. Hohmann has any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

The information set forth under Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated in this Item 5.03 by reference.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Certificate of Merger, at the Effective Time, the Certificate of Incorporation of the Surviving Corporation was amended and restated to be the Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Vericity, Inc., and pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, the Bylaws of Merger Sub in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time became the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Surviving Corporation, which will remain the Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the Amended and Restated Bylaws, respectively, of the Surviving Corporation, except that the name of the Surviving Corporation shall remain as Vericity, Inc., until changed or amended as provided therein or pursuant to applicable law.

 

Copies of the Third Amended Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Surviving Corporation are attached as Exhibits 3.1 and 3.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On June 28, 2024, the Company issued a press release announcing the completion of the Merger. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

Exhibit Number

 

Description

2.1

 

Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 3, 2023, by and among Vericity, Inc., IA American Holdings Inc., Long Grove Acquisition Corp. and, solely for purposes of Section 6.03 and Article IX thereof, iA Financial Corporation, Inc.

3.1

 

Third Amended Certificate of Incorporation.

3.2

 

Amended and Restated Bylaws.

99.1

 

Press Release issued Vericity, Inc., dated as of June 28, 2024.

104

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

Vercity, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Date:

June 28, 2024

By:

/s/ John Buchanan

 

 

 

John Buchanan
General Counsel and Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EX-2.1

Exhibit 2.1

 

AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

 

by and among

 

IA AMERICAN HOLDINGS INC.,

 

Long Grove Acquisition Corp.,

 

VERICITY, INC.

 

and

 

IA FINANCIAL CORPORATION, INC.

(solely for purposes of Section 6.03 and Article IX)

 

Dated as of October 3, 2023

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

Article I DEFINITIONS AND TERMS

2

Section 1.01

Definitions

2

Section 1.02

Interpretation

14

Article II THE MERGER

16

Section 2.01

The Merger; Effect of the Merger

16

Section 2.02

Closing

16

Section 2.03

Effective Time

16

Section 2.04

Conversion of the Shares

16

Section 2.05

Organizational Documents

17

Section 2.06

Directors and Officers of the Surviving Corporation

17

Section 2.07

Appraisal Shares

17

Section 2.08

Adjustments to Prevent Dilution

18

Article III EXCHANGE OF Shares

18

Section 3.01

Paying Agent

18

Section 3.02

Exchange Procedures

18

Section 3.03

No Further Ownership Rights

19

Section 3.04

Termination of Exchange Fund

19

Section 3.05

No Liability

20

Section 3.06

Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Certificates

20

Section 3.07

Withholding of Tax

20

Section 3.08

Withholding Certificate

20

Article IV REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

21

Section 4.01

Organization and Good Standing; Organizational Documents

21

Section 4.02

Authority for Agreement

21

Section 4.03

Capitalization

22

Section 4.04

Company Subsidiaries

22

Section 4.05

No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents

23

Section 4.06

Compliance with Laws; Permits

24

Section 4.07

Litigation; Orders

25

Section 4.08

Company Reports; Financial Statements

25

Section 4.09

Absence of Certain Changes or Events

28

Section 4.10

Contracts

28

Section 4.11

Company Insurance Subsidiaries

30

Section 4.12

Company Statutory Statements; Reserves

31

Section 4.13

Insurance Business

31

Section 4.14

Reinsurance

33

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Section 4.15

Actuarial Reports

34

Section 4.16

Taxes

34

Section 4.17

Related Party Transactions

36

Section 4.18

Employee Benefit Plans

36

Section 4.19

Labor

38

Section 4.20

Intellectual Property; Data Privacy

39

Section 4.21

Insurance Coverage

42

Section 4.22

Real Property

42

Section 4.23

Environmental Matters

43

Section 4.24

Information Statement or Proxy Statement

43

Section 4.25

Takeover Statutes

43

Section 4.26

Financial Advisor Opinion

43

Section 4.27

Brokers or Finders

44

Section 4.28

Investment Assets

44

Section 4.29

Insurance Product-Related Tax Matters

44

Article V REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT AND MERGER SUB

46

Section 5.01

Organization and Good Standing

46

Section 5.02

Authority for Agreement

46

Section 5.03

No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents

46

Section 5.04

Litigation

47

Section 5.05

Financing

47

Section 5.06

Interim Operations of Merger Sub

48

Section 5.07

Vote/Approval Required

48

Section 5.08

Information Statement or Proxy Statement

48

Section 5.09

Brokers or Finders

48

Article VI COVENANTS

48

Section 6.01

Conduct of Business by the Company Pending the Merger

48

Section 6.02

Access to Information and Employees; Confidentiality

52

Section 6.03

Reasonable Best Efforts to Consummate Merger; Regulatory Matters

53

Section 6.04

Stockholder Written Consent; Preparation of Information Statement or Proxy Statement

56

Section 6.05

Company Stockholders Meeting

58

Section 6.06

No Solicitation

59

Section 6.07

Public Announcements

62

Section 6.08

Employee Matters

63

Section 6.09

Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification and Insurance

64

Section 6.10

Section 16 Matters

66

Section 6.11

Stock Exchange De-listing

66

Section 6.12

Transaction Litigation

66

Section 6.13

Investment Assets

67

Section 6.14

Notices of Certain Events

67

Section 6.15

No Control of the Other Party’s Business

68

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Article VII CONDITIONS TO CLOSING

68

Section 7.01

Conditions to the Obligations of Each Party

68

Section 7.02

Conditions to the Obligations of Parent and Merger Sub

68

Section 7.03

Conditions to the Obligation of the Company

69

Article VIII TERMINATION, AMENDMENT AND WAIVER

70

Section 8.01

Termination

70

Section 8.02

Fees and Expenses

71

Section 8.03

Effect of Termination

72

Article IX GENERAL PROVISIONS

73

Section 9.01

Nonsurvival of Representations, Warranties, Covenants and Agreements

73

Section 9.02

Amendment; Waiver

73

Section 9.03

Notices

73

Section 9.04

Entire Agreement

75

Section 9.05

No Third-Party Beneficiaries

75

Section 9.06

Assignment

76

Section 9.07

Governing Law

76

Section 9.08

Consent to Jurisdiction

76

Section 9.09

Waiver of Jury Trial

76

Section 9.10

Specific Performance

77

Section 9.11

Counterparts

77

Section 9.12

Severability

77

Section 9.13

No Other Representations or Warranties

78

Section 9.14

Guaranty

79

 

EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit A Form of Stockholder Written Consent

 

SCHEDULES

 

Schedule I Governmental Consents

 

 

iii

 


 

AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

This AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER (together with all annexes, schedules and exhibits hereto, this “Agreement”), dated as of October 3, 2023, is by and among iA American Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”), Long Grove Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”), and Vericity, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and, solely for purposes of Section 6.03 and Article IX, iA Financial Corporation, Inc., a Canadian corporation (“Guarantor”).

W I T N E S S E T H:

WHEREAS, the Company and Merger Sub each has determined that it is advisable, fair to and in the best interests of its respective stockholders to effect a merger (the “Merger”) of Merger Sub with and into the Company pursuant to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, pursuant to which each outstanding share of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company (the “Company Common Stock”) shall be converted into the right to receive cash, as set forth herein, all upon the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement;

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Company Board of Directors”) has adopted resolutions (i) determining that this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby are fair to, advisable and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders (the “Company Stockholders”), (ii) approving this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, (iii) approving the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and, subject to the Company Required Vote, the consummation of the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, (iv) directing that, the adoption of this Agreement be submitted to a vote of the holders of issued and outstanding shares of the Company Common Stock, and (v) recommending the adoption of this Agreement by the holders of the Company Common Stock;

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Merger Sub has adopted resolutions (i) determining that this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby are fair to, advisable and in the best interests of Merger Sub and its sole stockholder, (ii) approving this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby and (iii) declaring its advisability and recommending that the sole stockholder adopt this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby;

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Parent, and Parent, as the sole stockholder of Merger Sub, in each case has adopted this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby;

WHEREAS, promptly following the execution of this Agreement, and as a condition and material inducement to Parent’s willingness to enter into this Agreement, Apex Holdco L.P. will execute and deliver to the Company and Parent an irrevocable written consent pursuant to which it will adopt this Agreement in accordance with Sections 228 and 251(c) of the DGCL; and

 


 

WHEREAS, immediately following the execution and delivery of the Stockholder Written Consent, the Company will use reasonable best efforts to cause each Waiving Stockholder to execute and deliver to the Company and Parent an irrevocable waiver of all rights of such Waiving Stockholder to demand of appraisal of his Shares pursuant to Section 262 of the DGCL in connection with the Merger (the “Appraisal Waivers”).

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements contained in this Agreement, the parties hereby agree as follows:

Article I

DEFINITIONS AND TERMS

Section 1.01 Definitions. The following terms shall have the respective meanings set forth below throughout this Agreement:

Action” means any action, suit or proceeding by or before any Governmental Authority.

Actuarial Reports” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.15.

Adverse Recommendation Change” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.06(b)(vii).

Affiliate” of any Person means another Person that directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such first Person.

Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

AMF Filing” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.03(c)(ii).

AML Laws” means all applicable anti-money laundering Laws, including the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act, as amended by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, and the U.S. Money Laundering Control Act of 1986, as amended.

Alternative Acquisition Agreement” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.06(b)(v).

Apex LP Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Apex Holdco L.P., dated August 7, 2019, as amended on September 4, 2020.

Appraisal Shares” means Shares issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time that are held by any holder who is entitled to demand and properly demands appraisal of such Shares pursuant to, and who complies in all respects with, the provisions of Section 262 of the DGCL.

Appraisal Waivers” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

Bankruptcy and Equity Exception” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.02.

Benefit Plan” means (i) each “employee benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA), whether or not subject to ERISA, and (ii) each other compensation or benefit plan,

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agreement, policy, program, trust fund or arrangement (whether written or unwritten, insured or self-insured), including any profits interest, stock option, stock purchase, stock appreciation right or other stock or stock-based incentive, cash bonus or incentive compensation, commission, retirement, deferred compensation, fringe benefit, health or welfare, post-retirement health or welfare benefit paid time off, unemployment, severance, retention, compensation, employment or consulting, change in control and other similar plan, agreement, policy, program, or arrangement, for the benefit of any current or former employee, officer, director, consultant or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that does not constitute an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA), in each case of clause (i) and (ii), established, maintained, sponsored, contributed to (or with respect to which any obligation to contribute has been undertaken) by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or with respect to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries would reasonably be likely to have any liability, contingent or otherwise.

Book-Entry Share” means each entry in the books of the Company (or its transfer agent) representing uncertificated Shares.

Burdensome Condition” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.03(g).

Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a day on which banking institutions in New York, New York or Chicago, Illinois are authorized or obligated by Law or executive order to be closed.

Certificate” means each certificate representing one or more Shares.

Certificate of Merger” means the certificate of merger with respect to the Merger, containing the provisions required by, and executed in accordance with, the DGCL.

Change in Circumstance” means any material event or development or material change in circumstance with respect to the Company or its Subsidiaries that was not known to or reasonably anticipated by the Company Board of Directors prior to the date hereof.

CIC Plan Amendment” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(k).

Closing” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.02.

Closing Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.02.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Company” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

Company 10-K” means the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, as filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023.

Company Balance Sheet” means the consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of December 31, 2022 and the footnotes thereto set forth in the Company 10-K.

Company Board of Directors” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

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Company Bylaws” means the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company as in effect as of the date hereof.

Company Certificate of Incorporation” means the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company as in effect as of the date hereof.

Company Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

Company Disclosure Schedule” means the Company Disclosure Schedule dated the date hereof and delivered by the Company to Parent prior to the execution of this Agreement.

Company Employee” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.08(a).

Company Financial Statements” means all of the financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries included in the Company Reports.

Company Insurance Producer Subsidiaries” means any Subsidiary of the Company that conducts the business of insurance as an insurance agent, marketer, manager, underwriter, wholesaler, broker, distributor, adjuster, claims administrator or third party administrator or other producer.

Company Insurance Subsidiaries” means the Insurance Company and the Company Insurance Producer Subsidiaries.

Company Lease” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.22(b).

Company Material Adverse Effect” means any state of facts, change, development, event, effect, condition or occurrence that, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to (i) prevent, materially impair or materially delay the Company’s ability to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby on or before the Outside Termination Date or the performance by the Company of any of its material obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) result in a material adverse effect on the financial condition, business, operations, assets and liabilities (considered together) or continuing results of operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole; provided, however, that for purposes of this clause (ii), in no event shall any change, circumstance, effect, development, condition or occurrence resulting from, arising out of or relating to any of the following, alone or in combination, constitute or be deemed to constitute, or be taken into account in determining whether there has been or will be, a Company Material Adverse Effect: (a) changes or conditions generally affecting the insurance or reinsurance industries in which the Company and its Subsidiaries operate, (b) general economic or regulatory or legislative conditions or securities, credit, financial or other capital markets conditions, including any changes in the value of the investment assets owned by a Company Insurance Subsidiary resulting therefrom, (c) changes or proposed changes in applicable Law, GAAP or SAP or other applicable accounting rules, or the interpretation or enforcement of any of the foregoing, including any changes in capital requirements for insurance companies required by applicable Law or mandated by any Governmental Authority, but not including any prescribed or permitted practices specific to the Insurance Company, (d) global or national political conditions (including the outbreak or escalation of war, military action, sabotage or act of terrorism) or any Contagion Event, widespread cyberattack, earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, flood, fire or other natural disaster, in each case,

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whether or not subject to the declaration of a national emergency, whether inside or outside the United States, (e) any failure in and of itself by the Company to meet any published analyst estimates or expectations of the Company’s revenues, premiums written, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations or any failure in and of itself by the Company to meet its internal or published projections, budgets, plans or forecasts of its revenues, premiums written, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations or any change in the price or trading volume of the Company Common Stock, provided that, for purposes of this clause (e), in each case not including the underlying cause thereof, (f) the announcement of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby or the pendency of the Merger or the identity of the parties to this Agreement, including any resulting termination of, reduction in or similar negative impact on relationships, contractual or otherwise, with any policyholders, customers, suppliers, reinsurers, agents, brokers, partners, officers or employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, (g) actions taken or omitted to be taken in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement (including pursuant to Section 6.03) to obtain any consent, approval, authorization or waiver under applicable Law in connection with the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, (h) the entering into and performance of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, including compliance with the covenants set forth herein, or any action taken or omitted to be taken by the Company at the prior written request or with the prior written consent of Parent or Merger Sub, (i) the effects of any breach, violation or non-performance of any provision of this Agreement by Parent or any of its Affiliates or (j) any downgrade or potential downgrade of the credit, financial strength, claims paying ability or other ratings of the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or its outstanding debt (but not the underlying cause thereof); provided, however, that any change, circumstance, effect, development, condition or occurrence referred to in clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall solely be taken into account in determining whether a Company Material Adverse Effect has occurred or would reasonably be expected to occur to the extent that such change, circumstance, effect, development, condition or occurrence has a disproportionate effect on the Company or any of its Subsidiaries compared to other participants in the industries or markets in which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries operates, but only to the extent of such disproportionate effect.

Company Permits” means all Permits necessary for the lawful conduct of the businesses of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

Company Recommendation” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.05.

Company Reports” means all forms, reports, statements, information, registration statements and other documents (as amended or supplemented since the time of filing or furnishing) filed or furnished or required to be filed or furnished by the Company with the SEC since December 31, 2020 through the date hereof.

Company Required Vote” means the affirmative vote or written consent of Company Stockholders of at least a majority of the issued and outstanding Shares in favor of adoption of this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby.

Company Statutory Statements” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.12(a).

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Company Stock Rights” means any options, warrants, calls, redemption rights, preemptive rights, convertible securities, subscriptions, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock plans or stock equivalents or other rights, agreements, arrangements or commitments (contingent or otherwise) obligating the Company to issue or sell any shares of capital stock of, or options, warrants, convertible securities, subscriptions or other equity interests in, the Company.

Company Stockholders” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

Company Stockholders Meeting” means a meeting of the Company Stockholders to be called to consider the Merger, including giving effect to any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Company Termination Fee” means five million, one hundred thousand dollars ($5,100,000).

Confidentiality Agreement” means the Confidentiality Agreement between the Company and iA Financial Corporation Inc. dated May 10, 2023.

Contagion Event” means the effects of any outbreak of contagious disease, epidemic or pandemic (including SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 and any evolutions or mutations thereof), any escalation or worsening of such matter (including any subsequent waves), or any declaration of martial law, any quarantine, “shelter in place,” “stay at home,” workforce reduction, social distancing, shut down, closure, sequester, safety or similar Law, directive, restrictions, guidelines, responses or recommendations of or promulgated by any Governmental Authority or quasi-governmental authority (including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization) in response thereto.

Continuation Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.08(a).

Contract” means any written note, bond, mortgage, indenture, easement, license, contract, agreement, lease or other legally binding obligation.

control” means the possession, directly or indirectly or as trustee or executor, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of stock, as trustee or executor, by contract or credit arrangement or otherwise.

Data Protection Laws” means all applicable Laws pertaining to data protection, data privacy, data security, cybersecurity data transfer (including cross-border transfer), and general consumer protection Laws as applied in the context of data privacy, data breach notification, marketing by email, telephone, text message or other channels, and other similar Laws.

Data Protection Requirements” means (i) Data Protection Laws; (ii) all published, policies and notices relating to the collection, access, use, storage, disclosure, transmission destruction, or cross border transfer of Personal Information; (iii) any Contracts and/or codes of conduct relating to the collection, access, use, storage, disclosure, transmission destruction, or cross border transfer of Personal Information; and (iv) the applicable standards (if any) published by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (e.g., PCI-DSS).

Delaware Courts” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.08.

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Delaware Secretary” means the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware.

DGCL” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

Economic Sanctions/Trade Laws” means all applicable Laws relating to anti-terrorism, the importation of goods, anti-boycott, Export Control Laws, and Sanctions.

Effective Time” means the effective time of the Merger, which shall be the time the Certificate of Merger is duly filed with and accepted by the Delaware Secretary, or such later time as agreed by the parties hereto and specified in such Certificate of Merger.

Employee Producer” means any natural person who engages in activities requiring a Permit as an insurance agent, solicitor, or producer and who performs such activities on behalf of a Company Insurance Subsidiary in the scope of that person’s employment with such Company Insurance Subsidiary.

Environmental Laws” means any Laws governing or relating to: (a) the protection of human health and the protection, investigation or restoration of the environment or natural resources, including the abandonment and decommissioning of facilities used in the conduct of the Company’s business (and any required funding or security with respect to such abandonment and decommissioning), (b) the handling, storage, disposal, transport, Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Substance or (c) noise, odor, indoor air, pollution, contamination or any injury to persons or property resulting from exposure to Hazardous Substances.

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

ERISA Affiliate” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(c).

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Exchange Fund” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.01.

Export Control Laws” means the Export Administration Regulations administered by the U.S. Commerce Department, the International Trade in Arms Regulations administered by the U.S. Department of State, and any other applicable Laws governing exports, except to the extent inconsistent with U.S. Law.

Fraud” means an actual fraud involving a knowing and intentional misrepresentation by a party in the making of a representation or warranty set forth in Article IV or Article V; provided, however, that “Fraud” shall not include any fraud claim based on constructive knowledge, negligent misrepresentation or a similar theory.

Financial Advisor” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.26.

Financial Advisor Opinion” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.26.

GAAP” means United States generally accepted accounting principles in effect from time to time.

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Governmental Authority” means any United States federal, state or local or any foreign government or any court of competent jurisdiction, administrative or regulatory agency or commission or other governmental authority or agency or self-regulatory body, domestic or foreign (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any applicable stock exchange).

Guarantor” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

Hannover Facility” means that certain Second Amended and Restated Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated January 20, 2023, between Hannover Life Reinsurance Company of America (Bermuda) Ltd. and eFinancial, LLC.

Hazardous Substance” means (a) any material, substance, chemical, waste, product, derivative, compound, mixture, solid, liquid, mineral or gas, in each case, whether naturally occurring or manmade, that is defined, designated, identified or classified as a hazardous waste, hazardous substance, hazardous material, pollutant, contaminant or toxic substance under, or for which liability or standards of care are imposed by, any Environmental Law and (b) any petroleum, petroleum distillate or petroleum-derived products, radon, radioactive material or wastes, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, lead or lead-containing materials, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

HSR Act” means the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Indebtedness” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.01(i).

Indemnified Parties” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.09(a).

Information Statement” means a written information statement of the type contemplated by Rule 14c-2 under the Exchange Act, including the related preliminary information statement, and any amendment or supplement thereto, relating to the Stockholder Written Consent, the Merger and this Agreement.

Insurance Company” means Fidelity Life Association, A Legal Reserve Life Insurance Company, an Illinois-domiciled insurance company.

Insurance Contracts” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.13(a).

Insurance Laws” means all Laws applicable to the business of insurance or the regulation of insurance companies and all applicable directives of, and market conduct recommendations resulting from market conduct examinations of, Insurance Regulators.

Insurance Regulators” means all Governmental Authorities regulating the business of insurance under Insurance Laws.

Intellectual Property” means all intellectual property or similar proprietary rights of any kind, nature or description recognized in any jurisdiction, including (a) trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress and other legally protectable indicia of source or origin, whether registered or unregistered, and all applications for registrations thereof, and all goodwill associated with or symbolized by any of the foregoing, (b) internet domain names and social media identifiers, (c)

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patents and pending applications, including provisional applications, continuations, continuations-in-part, divisionals, reissues, extensions and reexaminations thereof and therefor, (d) copyrights in writings, designs, mask works, software, content or any other original works of authorship in any medium, whether registered, unregistered or applied for, and all moral rights in the foregoing, (e) data and database rights, and (f) trade secrets and other rights in confidential and other nonpublic information, including inventions, discoveries, improvements, ideas, know-how, methodology, models, algorithms, formulae, systems, processes and technology, in each case, whether patentable or not.

Investment Assets” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.28.

IRS” means the Internal Revenue Service.

IT Systems” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.20(h).

Key Employee” means each of James E. Hohmann and James C. Harkensee.

Knowledge” means, with respect to (a) the Company as it relates to any fact or other matter, the actual knowledge of the natural Persons set forth in Section 1.01(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule of such fact or matter as of the date hereof, in each case, after reasonable inquiry, and (b) Parent as it relates to any fact or other matter, the actual knowledge of the natural Persons set forth in Section 1.01 of the Parent Disclosure Schedule of such fact or matter as of the date hereof, in each case, after reasonable inquiry.

Law” means any national, regional or local law, statute, ordinance, regulation, judgment, decree, injunction or other legally binding obligation, U.S. or non-U.S., imposed by or on behalf of a Governmental Authority.

Leased Real Property” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.22(b).

Letter of Transmittal” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.02(a).

Lien” means any lien, mortgage, pledge, deed of trust, security interest, charge, encumbrance or hypothecation.

Material Contract” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.10(a).

Maximum Premium” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.09(b).

Merger” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

Merger Consideration” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.04(a).

Merger Sub” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

Non-Recourse Parties” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.14.

OFAC XE “OFAC” \t “3.19(c)”” has the meaning set forth in the definition of “Sanctions”.

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Order” means any order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, stipulation, determination or award entered by or with any Governmental Authority.

Outside Termination Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 8.01(f).

Owned Intellectual Property” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.20(a).

Parent” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

Parent Disclosure Schedule” means the Parent Disclosure Schedule dated the date hereof and delivered by Parent to the Company prior to the execution of this Agreement.

Parent Material Adverse Effect” means any state of facts, change, development, event, effect, condition or occurrence that would reasonably be expected to, individually or in the aggregate, cause a failure of, or a material impairment or delay in, the ability of Parent to perform its material obligations under this Agreement.

Paying Agent” means a bank or trust company reasonably satisfactory to the Company that is organized and doing business under the Laws of the United States or any state thereof appointed by Parent to act as paying agent for payment of the Merger Consideration.

Permit” means any authorization, license, permit, certificate, approval or order of any Governmental Authority.

Permitted Investments” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.01.

Permitted Liens” means (a) Liens for Taxes, assessments or other charges by Governmental Authorities not yet due and payable or the amount or validity of which is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate accruals or reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP on the most recent Company Financial Statements, (b) mechanics’, materialmen’s, carriers’, workmen’s, warehouseman’s, repairmen’s, landlords’ and similar Liens granted or which arise in the ordinary course of business, (c) Liens securing payment, or any obligation, of the applicable Person or its Subsidiaries with respect to outstanding Indebtedness so long as there is no default under such Indebtedness, (d) Liens granted in the ordinary course of the insurance or reinsurance business of the applicable Person or its Subsidiaries on cash and cash equivalent instruments or other investments, including Liens granted (i) in connection with (A) pledges of such instruments or investments to collateralize letters of credit delivered by the applicable Person or its Subsidiaries, (B) the creation of trust funds for the benefit of ceding companies, (C) underwriting activities of the applicable Person or its Subsidiaries, (D) deposit liabilities, (E) statutory deposits and (F) ordinary-course securities lending and short-sale transactions and (ii) with respect to investment securities held in the name of a nominee, custodian or other record owner, (e) pledges or deposits by the applicable Person or any of its Subsidiaries under workmen’s compensation Laws, unemployment insurance Laws or similar legislation, or good faith deposits in connection with bids, tenders, Contracts (other than for the payment of Indebtedness) or leases (not including bids, tenders, Contracts or leases with respect to real property) to which such entity is a party, or deposits to secure public or statutory obligations of such entity or to secure surety or appeal bonds to which such entity is a party, or deposits as security for contested Taxes, in each case incurred or made in the ordinary course of

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business, (f) non-exclusive licenses of Intellectual Property granted to third parties in the ordinary course of business by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (g) transfer restrictions imposed by applicable Law, (h) easements, rights-of-way, encroachments, restrictions, conditions and other similar charges and encumbrances of record incurred or suffered in the ordinary course of business and which, individually or in the aggregate, do not and would not reasonably be likely to materially impair the current use (or contemplated use), utility or value of the Leased Real Property or otherwise materially impair the present or contemplated business operations at the Leased Real Property, each to the extent delivered to Parent, (i) applicable zoning, entitlement, building and other land-use regulations or ordinances imposed by Governmental Authorities having jurisdiction over the Leased Real Property that are not violated by the current use and operation of the Leased Real Property and which do not materially interfere with the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as currently conducted, and (j) such other minor, non-monetary encumbrances or imperfections (other than with respect to Intellectual Property) that do not materially detract from the value of or materially impair the existing use of the property, including the Leased Real Property, affected by such encumbrance or imperfection.

Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership (general or limited), limited liability company, limited liability partnership, trust, joint venture, joint-stock company, syndicate, association, entity, unincorporated organization or Governmental Authority.

Personal Information” means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular individual, and includes “personal data,” “non-public personal information,” or the similar or equivalent term(s) defined under Data Protection Laws.

Producers” means the agents, general agents, sub-agents, brokers, wholesale brokers, independent contractors, consultants, affinity groups, insurance solicitors, producers or other Persons who sell the Insurance Contracts or place business through any Company Insurance Producer Subsidiary, including each Employee Producer.

Proprietary Software” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.20(f).

Proxy Statement” means a definitive proxy statement, including the related preliminary proxy statement, and any amendment or supplement thereto, relating to the Merger and this Agreement to be mailed to the Company Stockholders in connection with the Company Stockholders Meeting.

Registered Intellectual Property” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.20(a).

Reinsurance Contracts” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.14(a).

Related Party Transaction” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.17.

Release” means any release, spill, emission, leaking, pumping, pouring, emptying, escape, injection, deposit, disposal, discharge, dispersal, dumping, leaching or migration of Hazardous Substances into or through the indoor or outdoor environment, including the movement of Hazardous Substances through or in the air, soil, surface water, or groundwater.

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Representatives” means directors, officers, employees, auditors, attorneys and financial advisors and other agents or advisors.

Reserves” means all reserves, funds and other liabilities for claims, benefits, losses (including incurred but not reported losses and losses in the course of settlement), expenses, premiums, policy benefits and expenses, unearned premium reserves, reserves for incurred losses, technical reserves, and incurred but not reported loss adjustment expenses, interest maintenance reserves, asset adequacy reserves and deficiency reserves arising under or in connection with an Insurance Contract or assumed Reinsurance Contract, as required by SAP. References to assumed Reinsurance Contracts herein include indemnity Reinsurance Contracts.

Sanctioned Person” means a person that is (i) included in any Sanctions related list maintained by OFAC or other applicable Governmental Authority; (ii) located, organized, or resident in a country or region subject to comprehensive Sanctions (presently, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, the Crimea region of Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic region of Ukraine, and the Luhansk People’s Republics region of Ukraine); or (iii) owned or controlled by a person specified in (i) or (ii) above.

Sanctions” means all laws and regulations imposing economic sanctions measures administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC XE “OFAC” \t “3.19(c)””), the U.S. Department of State, or other applicable Governmental Authority.

SAP” means, as to the Insurance Company, the statutory accounting practices prescribed or permitted by the applicable Insurance Regulator of the jurisdiction in which it is domiciled.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.08(d).

Scheduled Form D Filings” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.03(f).

SEC” means the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933.

Sensitive Information” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.03(e).

Shares” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.04(a).

Specified Investment Assets” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.13.

Stockholder Written Consent” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.04(a).

Subsidiary” of any Person means any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other legal entity of which at least one of the following is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by such Person (either directly or through or together with another Subsidiary of such Person): (a) more than 50% of the voting stock, equity interests or general partnership interests of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or other legal entity, as the case may be, (b) a general partner interest or (c) a managing member interest.

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Subsidiary Stock Rights” means any options, warrants, calls, redemption rights, preemptive rights, convertible securities, subscriptions, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock plans or stock equivalents or other rights, agreements, arrangements or commitments (contingent or otherwise) of any character issued or authorized by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company obligating the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to issue or sell any shares of capital stock of, or options, warrants, convertible securities, subscriptions or other equity interests in, any Subsidiary of the Company.

Superior Proposal” means any Takeover Proposal that is not solicited after the date of this Agreement in violation of Section 6.06 and is made after the date of this Agreement by any Third Party and that the Company Board of Directors determines in good faith (after consultation with its financial advisor and outside counsel), considering such factors as the Company Board of Directors considers to be appropriate, (a) would, if consummated, be more favorable from a financial standpoint to the stockholders of the Company than the Merger, (b) is reasonably likely to be consummated on the terms proposed, taking into account any legal, financial, regulatory, and stockholder approval requirements, any required third-party consents, the sources, availability and terms of any financing, financing market conditions and the existence of a financing contingency, the likelihood of termination, the timing of closing, the identity of the Person or Persons making the proposal and any other relevant aspects, and (c) for which, if applicable, financing is fully committed or reasonably determined to be available by the Company Board of Directors; provided that, for the purposes of the definition of “Superior Proposal”, all references in the term Takeover Proposal to “15% or more” shall be deemed to be references to “more than 50%.”

Surviving Corporation” means the corporation surviving the Merger.

Takeover Proposal” means any bona fide written inquiry, proposal or offer from any Third Party relating to (a) any direct or indirect acquisition or purchase, in a single transaction or a series of transactions, of (i) 15% or more of the outstanding shares of Company Common Stock or (ii) 15% or more (based on the fair market value thereof, as determined by the Company Board of Directors) of the assets (including capital stock of the Subsidiaries of the Company) of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (b) any tender offer or exchange offer that, if consummated, would result in any Third Party owning, directly or indirectly, 15% or more of the outstanding shares of Company Common Stock or (c) any merger, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, liquidation, dissolution, joint venture, partnership, binding share exchange or similar transaction involving the Company whose business constitutes 15% or more of the net revenues, net income or assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole or pursuant to which any Third Party (or the shareholders of any Third Party) would own, directly or indirectly, 15% or more of any class of equity securities of the Company or of the surviving entity in a merger or the resulting direct or indirect parent of the Company or such surviving entity, other than, in each case, the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

Takeover Proposal Documentation” means any letter of intent, agreement in principle, merger agreement, share purchase agreement, asset purchase agreement, acquisition agreement, option agreement or similar agreement relating to a Takeover Proposal (other than a confidentiality agreement referred to in Section 6.06(a)).

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Tax” means any national, regional or local income, gross receipts, property, sales, use, license, excise, franchise, employment, payroll, premium, withholding, alternative or added minimum, ad valorem, transfer or excise tax, or any other tax, governmental fee or other like assessment or charge in the nature of a tax of any kind whatsoever, together with any interest or penalty or addition thereto, whether disputed or not, imposed by any Governmental Authority.

Tax Return” means any return, report, information, filing, document or similar statement required to be filed with a Governmental Authority with respect to any Tax, including any information return, claim for refund, amended return or declaration of estimated Tax.

Third Party” means any Person or group (as defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) other than Parent, Merger Sub or any Affiliates thereof.

Transaction Litigation” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.12.

Waiving Stockholders” means the stockholders of the Company set forth on Section 1.01(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule.

WARN Act” means the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, 29 U.S.C. § 2101 et seq. or any similar state Laws.

Willful Breach” means a material breach of this Agreement that is a consequence of an act or omission undertaken by the breaching party with the knowledge that the taking of or the omission of taking such act would, or would reasonably be expected to, cause or constitute a material breach of this Agreement.

Section 1.02 Interpretation.

(a) As used in this Agreement, references to the following terms have the meanings indicated:

(i) to the Preamble or to the Recitals, Sections, Articles, Exhibits or Schedules are to the Preamble or a Recital, Section or Article of, or an Exhibit or Schedule to, this Agreement unless otherwise clearly indicated to the contrary;

(ii) to any Contract (including this Agreement) or “organizational document” are to the Contract or organizational document as amended, modified, supplemented or replaced from time to time;

(iii) to any Law are to such Law as amended, modified, supplemented or replaced from time to time and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder and to any section of any Law include any successor to such section;

(iv) to any Governmental Authority include any successor to the Governmental Authority and to any Affiliate include any successor to the Affiliate;

(v) to any “copy” of any Contract or other document or instrument are to a true and complete copy thereof;

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(vi) to “hereof,” “herein,” “hereunder,” “hereby,” “herewith” and words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular Article, Section or clause of this Agreement, unless otherwise clearly indicated to the contrary;

(vii) to the “date of this Agreement,” “the date hereof” and words of similar import refer to October 3, 2023; and

(viii) to “this Agreement” includes the Exhibits and Schedules (including the Company Disclosure Schedule and the Parent Disclosure Schedule) to this Agreement.

(b) Whenever the words “include,” “includes” or “including” are used in this Agreement, they will be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation.” The word “or” shall not be exclusive. Any singular term in this Agreement will be deemed to include the plural, and any plural term the singular. All pronouns and variations of pronouns will be deemed to refer to the feminine, masculine or neuter, singular or plural, as the identity of the Person referred to may require. Where a word or phrase is defined herein, each of its other grammatical forms shall have a corresponding meaning.

(c) Whenever the last day for the exercise of any right or the discharge of any duty under this Agreement falls on a day other than a Business Day, the party having such right or duty shall have until the next Business Day to exercise such right or discharge such duty. Unless otherwise indicated, the word “day” shall be interpreted as a calendar day. With respect to any determination of any period of time, unless otherwise set forth herein, the word “from” means “from and including” and the word “to” means “to but excluding.”

(d) The table of contents and headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and will not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

(e) References to a “party” hereto means Parent, Merger Sub or the Company and references to “parties” hereto means Parent, Merger Sub and the Company unless the context otherwise requires.

(f) References to “dollars” or “$” mean United States dollars, unless otherwise clearly indicated to the contrary.

(g) The parties have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement; consequently, in the event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, this Agreement shall be construed as jointly drafted by the parties and no presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any provision of this Agreement.

(h) No summary of this Agreement prepared by or on behalf of any party shall affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

(i) All capitalized terms used without definition in the Exhibits and Schedules (including the Company Disclosure Schedule and the Parent Disclosure Schedule) to this Agreement shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in this Agreement.

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Article II

THE MERGER

Section 2.01 The Merger; Effect of the Merger.

(a) Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, at the Effective Time, Merger Sub shall be merged with and into the Company in accordance with the DGCL, whereupon the separate existence of Merger Sub shall cease and the Company shall continue as the Surviving Corporation under the Laws of the State of Delaware.

(b) The Merger shall have the effects set forth herein and in the applicable provisions of the DGCL and other applicable Law. Accordingly, from and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation shall have all the properties, rights, privileges, powers, interests and franchises and shall be subject to all restrictions, disabilities, debts, duties and liabilities of the Company and Merger Sub.

Section 2.02 Closing. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, the closing of the Merger (the “Closing”) shall take place at 10:00 a.m., New York time, on the date that is the fifth (5th) Business Day after the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver of those conditions) set forth in Article VII, at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, One Manhattan West, New York, NY 10001, unless another time, date or place (including by remote communication) is agreed to in writing by Parent and the Company (the date on which the Closing occurs, the “Closing Date”).

Section 2.03 Effective Time. On the Closing Date and on the terms and subject to the conditions hereof, the Certificate of Merger shall be filed with the Delaware Secretary by Parent. The Merger shall become effective at the Effective Time.

Section 2.04 Conversion of the Shares. At the Effective Time, by virtue of the Merger and without any action on the part of Parent, Merger Sub, the Company or the holders of any of the following securities:

(a) Except as provided in Section 2.04(b), each share of Company Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (the “Shares”) (excluding any Appraisal Shares) shall be canceled and shall, by virtue of the Merger and without any action on the part of the holder thereof, be converted automatically into the right to receive an amount, in cash, without interest, equal to 11.43 (the “Merger Consideration”), (i) upon surrender of the Certificate representing such Shares as provided in Article III, in the case of certificated Shares, and (ii) automatically, in the case of Book-Entry Shares. All Shares, when so converted, shall no longer be outstanding and shall automatically be retired and shall cease to exist, and each holder of a Certificate representing Shares or Book-Entry Shares shall cease to have any rights with respect thereto, except the right to receive the Merger Consideration into which such Shares have been converted, as provided herein.

(b) Each Share that is owned by the Company as treasury stock or otherwise and each Share owned by Parent, Merger Sub or any other Subsidiary of Parent immediately prior to the

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Effective Time shall be canceled and retired and cease to exist and no payment or distribution shall be made with respect thereto.

(c) Each share of common stock of Merger Sub issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be converted into and become one validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable share of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Surviving Corporation and shall constitute the only outstanding shares of capital stock of the Surviving Corporation.

Section 2.05 Organizational Documents.

(a) At the Effective Time, pursuant to the Merger, the certificate of incorporation of the Surviving Corporation shall be the certificate of incorporation of Merger Sub as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time; provided that the name of the Surviving Corporation shall be “Vericity, Inc.” Thereafter, the certificate of incorporation of the Surviving Corporation may be amended in accordance with its terms and as provided by Law (subject to Section 6.09).

(b) At the Effective Time, pursuant to the Merger, the bylaws of the Surviving Corporation shall be the bylaws of Merger Sub as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time. Thereafter, the bylaws of the Surviving Corporation may be amended in accordance with their terms and the certificate of incorporation of the Surviving Corporation and as provided by Law (subject to Section 6.09).

Section 2.06 Directors and Officers of the Surviving Corporation. At the Effective Time, the directors and officers of Merger Sub as of immediately prior to the Effective Time shall serve as the directors and officers of the Surviving Corporation, and such directors and officers shall hold office until successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified in accordance with and subject to applicable Law and the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation.

Section 2.07 Appraisal Shares. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, any Appraisal Shares shall not be converted into the right to receive the Merger Consideration as provided in Section 2.04(a), but instead at the Effective Time the holders of Appraisal Shares shall be entitled to payment of the fair value of such shares in accordance with the provisions of Section 262 of the DGCL. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any such holder shall fail to perfect or otherwise shall waive, withdraw or lose the right to appraisal under Section 262 of the DGCL or a court of competent jurisdiction shall determine that such holder is not entitled to the relief provided by Section 262 of the DGCL, then the right of such holder to be paid the fair value of such holder’s Appraisal Shares under Section 262 of the DGCL shall cease and such Appraisal Shares shall be deemed to have been converted at the Effective Time into, and shall have become, the right to receive the Merger Consideration as provided in Section 2.04(a), without interest or any other payments. The Company shall serve prompt notice to Parent of any demands for appraisal of any of the Shares, attempted withdrawals of such demands and any other instruments served pursuant to the DGCL received by the Company, and Parent shall have the right to direct, in consultation with the Company, all negotiations and proceedings with respect to such demands; provided that Parent shall not be permitted to require any payment to be made with respect to, or any settlement of, such demands prior to the Closing. The Company shall not, without the prior written consent of Parent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld,

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conditioned or delayed), or as otherwise required under the DGCL, make any payment with respect to, or settle or offer to settle, any such demands, or agree to do or commit to do any of the foregoing.

Section 2.08 Adjustments to Prevent Dilution. Subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 6.01, in the event that the Company changes the number of Shares issued and outstanding prior to the Effective Time as a result of a reclassification, stock split (including a reverse stock split), stock dividend or distribution, recapitalization, merger, subdivision, issuer tender or exchange offer, or other similar transaction, the Merger Consideration shall be proportionately adjusted to reflect such change.

Article III

EXCHANGE OF Shares

Section 3.01 Paying Agent. Prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall enter into an agreement (in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Company) with the Paying Agent to act as paying agent for the payment of the Merger Consideration upon surrender of the Certificates pursuant to this Article III, in the case of certificated Shares, and automatically, in the case of Book-Entry Shares. Immediately prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall deposit with the Paying Agent cash in the aggregate amount required to pay the Merger Consideration in respect of the Shares (such cash amount being referred to herein as the “Exchange Fund”). The Exchange Fund shall be used solely for purposes of paying the Merger Consideration in accordance with this Article III and shall not be used to satisfy any other obligation of Parent or the Company or any of their respective Subsidiaries. Pending distribution of the Exchange Fund in accordance with this Article III, Parent may direct the Paying Agent to invest such cash; provided that (a) no such investment or losses thereon shall affect the Merger Consideration payable to the Company Stockholders and following any losses Parent shall promptly provide additional funds to the Paying Agent for the benefit of the Company Stockholders in the amount of any such losses and (b) such investments (i) shall be obligations of or guaranteed by the United States, commercial paper obligations rated A-1 or P-1 or better by Moody’s Investors Services, Inc. or Standard & Poor’s Corporation, respectively, or certificates of deposit, bank repurchase agreements or bankers acceptances of domestic commercial banks with capital exceeding $5,000,000,000 (collectively, “Permitted Investments”) or money market funds that are invested solely in Permitted Investments and (ii) shall have maturities that will not prevent or delay payments to be made pursuant to this Article III. Any interest and other income from investment of the Exchange Fund will be payable solely to Parent. The Surviving Corporation shall pay all charges and expenses, including those of the Paying Agent, in connection with the exchange of Shares for the Merger Consideration.

Section 3.02 Exchange Procedures.

(a) As promptly as practicable and in any event within two (2) Business Days after the Effective Time, the Paying Agent shall mail to each holder of record of a Certificate or Certificates that, immediately prior to the Effective Time, represented outstanding Shares subsequently converted into the right to receive the Merger Consideration, as set forth in Section 2.04: (i) a letter of transmittal (a “Letter of Transmittal”) that (A) shall specify that delivery shall be effected and risk of loss and title to the Certificates shall pass only upon proper delivery of the Certificates to the Paying Agent (or an affidavit of loss in lieu thereof, together with any bond or indemnity

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agreement, as contemplated by Section 3.06) and (B) shall be in such form and have such other provisions as Parent may specify, subject to the Company’s reasonable approval (which shall be required to be obtained prior to the Closing) and (ii) instructions for use in effecting the surrender of the Certificates in exchange for the Merger Consideration payable in accordance with this Article III.

(b) Upon surrender of a Certificate for cancellation to the Paying Agent, together with a Letter of Transmittal, duly completed and executed, and any other documents reasonably required by the Paying Agent or the Surviving Corporation, (i) the holder of such Certificate shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor the Merger Consideration that such holder has the right to receive pursuant to Section 2.04 and (ii) the Certificate so surrendered shall forthwith be canceled. No interest shall be paid or accrued on the Merger Consideration, including in respect of Merger Consideration payable upon surrender of the Certificates. Until surrendered as contemplated by this Section 3.02, each such Certificate shall be deemed at any time after the Effective Time to represent only the right to receive upon such surrender the applicable Merger Consideration.

(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, surrender of any Book-Entry Shares shall be effected in accordance with the Paying Agent’s customary procedures with respect to securities represented by book entry.

(d) In the event of a transfer of ownership of Shares that is not registered in the transfer records of the Company, the appropriate amount of the Merger Consideration may be paid to a transferee if the Certificate representing such Shares is presented to the Paying Agent properly endorsed or accompanied by appropriate stock powers and otherwise in proper form for transfer and accompanied by all documents reasonably required by the Paying Agent to evidence and effect such transfer and to evidence that any applicable Taxes have been fully paid.

Section 3.03 No Further Ownership Rights. All Merger Consideration paid upon the surrender for exchange of the Shares in accordance with the terms hereof, in the case of certificated Shares, or automatically, in the case of Book-Entry Shares, shall be deemed to have been paid in full satisfaction of all rights pertaining to such Shares and, after the Effective Time, there shall be no further registration of transfers on the transfer books of the Surviving Corporation of the Shares that were issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time. If, after the Effective Time, Certificates are presented to the Surviving Corporation for any reason, they shall be canceled and exchanged for the Merger Consideration as provided in this Article III, subject to applicable Law in the case of Appraisal Shares.

Section 3.04 Termination of Exchange Fund. Any portion of the Exchange Fund (including any interest and other income received with respect thereto) that remains undistributed to the former Company Stockholders on the date that is twelve (12) months after the Effective Time shall be delivered to Parent upon demand, and any former holder of Shares who has not theretofore received any applicable Merger Consideration to which such Company Stockholder is entitled under this Article III shall thereafter look only to Parent (subject to abandoned property, escheat or other similar Laws) for payment of claims with respect thereto.

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Section 3.05 No Liability. None of Parent, the Surviving Corporation or Merger Sub or any of their respective Representatives shall be liable to any holder of Shares for any part of the Merger Consideration delivered to a public official pursuant to any applicable abandoned property, escheat or similar Law. Any amounts remaining unclaimed by holders of any such Shares twenty-four (24) months after the Effective Time or at such earlier date as is immediately prior to the time at which such amounts would otherwise escheat to, or become property of, any Governmental Authority shall, to the extent permitted by applicable Law or Order, become the property of Parent free and clear of any claims or interest of any such holders or their successors, assigns or personal representatives previously entitled thereto.

Section 3.06 Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Certificates. If any Certificate shall have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the making of an affidavit of that fact by the Person claiming such Certificate to be lost, stolen or destroyed and, if required by and at the discretion of Parent or the Surviving Corporation, the posting by such Person of a bond in such reasonable amount as Parent or the Surviving Corporation may direct, or the execution and delivery by such Person of an indemnity agreement in such form as Parent or the Surviving Corporation may direct, in each case as indemnity against any claim that may be made against it with respect to such Certificate, the Paying Agent shall issue in exchange for such lost, stolen or destroyed Certificate the Merger Consideration payable in respect of the number of Shares formerly represented by such Certificate pursuant to this Article III.

Section 3.07 Withholding of Tax. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Parent, the Surviving Corporation, any Affiliate thereof or the Paying Agent shall be entitled to deduct and withhold from amounts otherwise payable pursuant to this Agreement to any holder of Shares and Appraisal Shares, such amounts as Parent, the Surviving Corporation, any Affiliate thereof or the Paying Agent is required to deduct and withhold with respect to the making of such payment under the Code or any provision of Tax Law. Prior to any such deduction or withholding, Parent shall, and shall cause the applicable withholding agent to, provide the applicable holder of Shares or Appraisal Shares a reasonable opportunity to provide any required certifications or other documentation to reduce or eliminate any such deduction or withholding. To the extent that amounts are so withheld by Parent, the Surviving Corporation, any Affiliate thereof, or the Paying Agent and are paid over to the applicable Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Tax Law, such withheld amounts shall be treated for all purposes of this Agreement as having been paid to the Person in respect of which such deduction and withholding was made.

Section 3.08 Withholding Certificate. Prior to the Closing, the Company shall deliver to Parent a statement in accordance with Treasury Regulations Sections 1.897-2(h) and 1.1445-2(c)(3) certifying that the interests in the Company are not United States real property interests within the meaning of Section 897(c) of the Code; provided that, the delivery of this statement shall not be a condition to the Closing, and, if the Company fails to deliver the such statement prior to Closing, Parent’s sole remedy shall be to withhold any applicable Taxes that may be required under Section 1445 of the Code (determined taking into account Section 1445(b)(6) of the Code) in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.07 of this Agreement.

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Article IV

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

Except as disclosed in any report, schedule, form, statement or other document filed with, or furnished to, the SEC by the Company since December 31, 2021 and publicly available prior to the date that is two (2) Business Days prior to the date of this Agreement (but excluding any forward-looking disclosure set forth in any section titled “Risk Factors” or “forward-looking statements” (or similarly captioned section) or in any other section to the extent the disclosure is a forward-looking statement or predictive, cautionary or forward-looking in nature) or set forth in the Company Disclosure Schedule (it being understood that any information set forth in one section or subsection of the Company Disclosure Schedule shall be deemed to apply to and qualify the Section or subsection of this Agreement to which it corresponds in number and each other Section or subsection of this Agreement or the Company Disclosure Schedule to which the relevance of such item is reasonably apparent on the face of such disclosure to such other Section or subsection), the Company represents and warrants to each of the other parties hereto as follows:

Section 4.01 Organization and Good Standing; Organizational Documents.

(a) Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries (i) is a corporation or other legal entity, duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, except where any failure to be in good standing would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (ii) has full corporate or similar power, as applicable, and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and assets and to conduct its business as presently conducted, except where any failure to be in good standing would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, and (iii) is duly qualified or licensed to do business as a foreign corporation and is in good standing (with respect to jurisdictions that recognize such concept) in each jurisdiction where the character of the properties owned, leased or operated by it or the nature of its business makes such qualification or licensing necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified or licensed would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

(b) The copies of the Company Certificate of Incorporation and Company Bylaws that are incorporated by reference into the Company 10-K are complete and correct copies thereof as in effect on the date hereof. The Company is not in violation of any of the provisions of the Company Certificate of Incorporation or the Company Bylaws.

Section 4.02 Authority for Agreement. The Company has all necessary corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement, to perform its obligations hereunder and to consummate the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement, and the consummation by the Company of the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action (including the approval of the Company Board of Directors), and no other corporate proceedings on the part of the Company, and no other votes or approvals of any class or series of capital stock of the Company, are necessary to authorize this Agreement or to consummate the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby (other than, with respect to the consummation of the Merger and the adoption of this Agreement, the

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Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, the Company Required Vote). This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Company and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by Parent and Merger Sub, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, except as enforcement thereof may be limited against the Company by (a) bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium and similar Laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally, general equitable principles (whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law) and any implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, or remedies in general, as from time to time in effect, or (b) the exercise by courts of equity powers (the “Bankruptcy and Equity Exception”). The Company Board of Directors, at a meeting duly called and held on or prior to the date hereof, has (i) determined that this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby are fair, advisable and in the best interests of the Company and the Company Stockholders, (ii) approved this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, (iii) declared it advisable and recommended that the Company Stockholders adopt this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, (iv) approved the execution, delivery and performance by the Company and the Company Stockholders of this Agreement and, subject to the Company Required Vote, the consummation of the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, and (v) directed that in the event the Stockholder Written Consent is not delivered to Parent in accordance with Section 6.04, and Parent has not terminated this Agreement in accordance with Section 8.01(i), the adoption of this Agreement be submitted to a vote at a meeting of the Company Stockholders. The only vote of the stockholders of the Company required to adopt this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby is the Company Required Vote.

Section 4.03 Capitalization.

(a) The authorized capital stock of the Company consists of 30,000,000 shares of Company Common Stock. As of the close of business on the date hereof, 14,875,000 shares of Company Common Stock are issued and outstanding of which no shares are held in the Company’s treasury, no shares of preferred stock are issued and outstanding and no shares of Company Common Stock are held by a Subsidiary of the Company. All outstanding Shares are, and any additional shares of Company Common Stock issued by the Company after the date hereof and prior to the Effective Time will be, duly authorized and validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, and not subject to any preemptive rights. There are no other outstanding shares of capital stock of or other voting securities or ownership interests in the Company.

(b) There are no Company Stock Rights and no outstanding contractual obligations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire any Shares or Company Stock Rights or to pay any dividend or make any other distribution in respect thereof. There are no stockholder agreements, voting trusts or other agreements or understandings to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party with respect to the holding, voting, registration, redemption, repurchase or disposition of, or that restricts the transfer of, any capital stock or other voting securities or equity interests of stock of the Company.

Section 4.04 Company Subsidiaries.

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(a) A true and complete list of all the Subsidiaries of the Company as of the date hereof is set forth in Exhibit 21.1 to the Company 10-K. The Company or one of its wholly-owned Subsidiaries is the owner of all issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of each Subsidiary of the Company and all such shares are duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. The Company has made available to Parent true, complete and accurate copies of the charter documents of each Subsidiary of the Company, as amended to the date of this Agreement. No Subsidiary of the Company is in violation of any provision of its charter documents, except as would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. All of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of each Subsidiary of the Company are owned by the Company free and clear of all Liens. There are no issued and outstanding Subsidiary Stock Rights. There are no outstanding contractual obligations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire any capital stock of any Subsidiary of the Company or any Subsidiary Stock Rights or to pay any dividend or make any other distribution in respect thereof.

(b) There are no stockholder agreements, voting trusts or other agreements or understandings to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party with respect to the holding, voting, registration, redemption, repurchase or disposition of, or that restricts the transfer of, any capital stock or other voting securities or equity interests of any Subsidiary of the Company.

Section 4.05 No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents.

(a) The execution and delivery of this Agreement by the Company do not, and the performance of this Agreement by the Company and the consummation of the Merger (subject to the approval of this Agreement by the Company Required Vote) and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not, (i) conflict with or violate any provision of the Company Certificate of Incorporation or Company Bylaws, or the equivalent charter documents of any Subsidiary of the Company, (ii) assuming that all consents, approvals, authorizations and waivers contemplated by Section 4.05(b) have been obtained, and all filings described therein have been made, and assuming the accuracy and completeness of the representations and warranties set forth in Section 5.03(b), conflict with or violate any Law applicable to the Company or its Subsidiaries or by which any property or asset of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or affected, (iii) require any consent or other action by any Person under, result in a breach of or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, give to others (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) any right of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, result (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) in triggering any payment or other obligations under, or result in the loss of any right or benefit to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is entitled under any Contract to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any property or asset of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, is bound or affected or (iv) result (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) in the creation of a Lien on any property or asset of the Company or its Subsidiaries, except in the case of clauses (ii), (iii) and (iv) for any such conflicts, violations, breaches, defaults or other occurrences that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

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other transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not, require any action, consent, approval, authorization or waiver of, or filing with or notification to, or registration or qualification with, any Governmental Authority, except for applicable requirements, if any, of (i) the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, state securities laws or “blue sky” laws, (ii) the HSR Act, (iii) the NASDAQ Capital Market, (iv) filing and recordation of the Certificate of Merger, as required by the DGCL, (v) the consents, approvals, authorizations, waivers, filings and notifications set forth in Section 4.05(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule and (vi) such other consents, approvals, authorizations, waivers, permits, filings and notifications that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

Section 4.06 Compliance with Laws; Permits.

(a) The business of the Company and its Subsidiaries is not being, and at all times since December 31, 2021 has not been, conducted in violation of any Law, except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect. Since December 31, 2021 through the date hereof, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notification from any Governmental Authority of any violation of Law applicable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or by which any of their businesses, operations, properties or assets are bound, except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

(b) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries nor any of their respective directors, officers, or, to the Knowledge of the Company, employees, agents, or any other Person associated with or acting for or on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries are in violation of, or has since December 31, 2021, violated, any applicable provisions of (i) any Economic Sanctions/Trade Laws, (ii) any AML Laws or (iii) the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the U.K. Bribery Act, or any similar anti-bribery or anti-corruption Laws, in each case, except for any violations that would not be, material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. None of the Company, its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective directors, officers or employees is a Sanctioned Person. The Company and its Subsidiaries have adopted and maintained written policies, procedures and internal controls reasonably designed and implemented to ensure compliance with all Economic Sanctions/Trade Laws, AML Laws and anti-bribery and anti-corruption Laws.

(c) The Company and its Subsidiaries hold, and at all times since December 31, 2021 have held, all Company Permits and are, and since December 31, 2021 have been, in compliance with the terms of such Company Permits, except where the failure to hold or be in compliance with such Company Permits would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect. All Company Permits are, and have been since December 31, 2021, valid and in full force and effect in accordance with their terms. Since December 31, 2021, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is in default or violation, in any material respect, of any of the Company Permits. As of the date hereof, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is the subject of any pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened Action seeking the revocation, suspension, limitation, termination, modification, impairment or non-renewal of any Company Permit, except as would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. Since December 31, 2021 to the date hereof, there has been no Action and neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries have received any

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written or oral notice from any Governmental Authority regarding (i) any actual or alleged violation of, or failure on any part of the Company or its Subsidiaries to comply with, any term or requirement of any Company Permit in any material respect or (ii) any actual revocation, withdrawal, suspension, cancellation, termination of, or modification to, any Company Permit.

(d) To the Knowledge of the Company, each Employee Producer possesses, and at all times since December 31, 2021 has possessed, all Permits and otherwise satisfied in all material respects all requirements of applicable Law necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities associated with such Employee Producer’s position acting on behalf of the Company Insurance Subsidiaries. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries have made a filing with any Governmental Authority seeking an exemption under 18 U.S.C. § 1033(e)(2) with respect to any Employee Producer.

Section 4.07 Litigation; Orders.

(a) There is no Action pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened (in writing or otherwise) against or affecting the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective directors or officers in their capacities as such, that, if determined adversely, would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

(b) There is no Order outstanding against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective businesses that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. The business of the Company and its Subsidiaries is not being, and at all times since December 31, 2021 has not been, conducted in violation of any Order, except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or prevent, materially delay or materially impair the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

(c) To the Knowledge of the Company, there is no examination, investigation or review by any Governmental Authority with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that is pending or is being threatened in writing that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

Section 4.08 Company Reports; Financial Statements.

(a) The Company has filed all Company Reports required to be filed with the SEC. As of their respective filing date or, if amended, as of the date of that last such amendment, each Company Report has complied in all material respects with all requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, that are applicable to the Company (including based on its status as a smaller reporting company and an emerging growth company under Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). None of the Company Reports contained when filed (and, in the case of registration statements and proxy statements, on the dates of effectiveness and the dates of mailing, respectively) any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or omits or will omit, as the case may be, to state a material fact required to be stated or incorporated by reference therein or

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necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were or are made, not misleading. As of the date hereof, (i) there are no outstanding or unresolved comments received from the SEC with respect to any of the Company Reports and (ii) to the Knowledge of the Company, none of the Company Reports is the subject of any ongoing SEC review or outstanding SEC investigation.

(b) The Company has made available (including via the SEC’s EDGAR system, as applicable) to Parent copies of all of the Company Financial Statements. The Company Financial Statements (i) comply as to form, as of the dates and for the periods referred to therein and as of their respective filing dates with the SEC, in all material respects with the applicable accounting requirements and the applicable published rules and regulations of the SEC with respect thereto (subject to any exceptions to such rules and regulations granted to the Company in light of its status as a smaller reporting company and an emerging growth company under Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act) and (ii) fairly present, in conformity in all material respects with GAAP as in effect on the date of such statement, in each case, consistently applied for the periods involved, the consolidated financial position of the Company at the respective dates thereof and the consolidated results of its operations and changes in cash flows for the respective periods indicated (subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to normal year-end audit adjustments consistent with GAAP).

(c) There are no liabilities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that would be required by GAAP to be reflected on a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries, other than liabilities (i) disclosed and provided for in the Company Balance Sheet or in the balance sheets included in the Company Reports, (ii) incurred in the ordinary course of business since December 31, 2022, (iii) incurred by or on behalf of the Company in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, or (iv) which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

(d) The Company is in compliance in all material respects with (i) the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”) that are applicable to the Company (including based on its status as a smaller reporting company and an emerging growth company under Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act); and (ii) the rules and regulations of the NASDAQ Capital Market that are applicable to the Company (including based on its status as a smaller reporting company and an emerging growth company under Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). With respect to each Company Report on Form 10-K or 10-Q, each of the principal executive officer and the principal financial officer of the Company has made all certifications required by Rule 13a-14 or 15(d) under the Exchange Act and Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act with respect to such Company Reports and the statements in such certifications are true and accurate in all material respects.

(e) The Company maintains, on behalf of itself and its Subsidiaries, a system of internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act and applies to smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies under Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act) that is reasonably designed and implemented to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP including policies and procedures that

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(i) require the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP and that receipts and expenditures of the Company and its Subsidiaries are being made only in accordance with appropriate authorizations of the Company’s management and the Company Board of Directors and (iii) provide assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries. No material weaknesses or significant deficiencies exist with respect to the internal control over financial reporting of the Company that have not been disclosed in the Company Reports as filed with or furnished to the SEC prior to the date of this Agreement. The Company has disclosed, based on its most recent evaluation, to the Company’s outside auditors and the audit committee of the Company Board of Directors, (i) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design and operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect in any material respect the Company’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data and (ii) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

(f) The Company has established and maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in paragraph (e) of Rule 13a-15 under the Exchange Act) as required by Rule 13a-15 under the Exchange Act, reasonably designed and implemented to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files and submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, including that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files and submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management of the Company, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

(g) Since December 31, 2021, (i) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any director or officer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has received any complaint, allegation, assertion, or claim that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has engaged in any material improper or illegal accounting or auditing practices or maintains improper or inadequate internal accounting controls, and (ii) no attorney representing the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, whether or not employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, has reported evidence of a material violation of securities Laws, breach of fiduciary duty or similar violation by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective officers, directors, employees or agents to the Company Board of Directors or any committee thereof or to any director or officer of the Company pursuant to the rules of the SEC adopted under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

(h) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to, nor do they have any obligation or other commitment to become a party to, “off-balance sheet arrangements” (as defined in Item 303(a) of Regulation S-K under the Exchange Act) where the result, purpose or intended effect of such contract is to avoid disclosure of any material transaction involving, or material liabilities of, the Company and its Subsidiaries in the Company Reports.

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Section 4.09 Absence of Certain Changes or Events. Except as contemplated by, or as disclosed in, this Agreement or impacted by or taken in response to any Contagion Event, since December 31, 2022 through the date hereof, (a) the Company and its Subsidiaries have conducted their businesses in the ordinary course consistent with past practices in all material respects and (b) there has not been any change, circumstance, effect, development, condition or occurrence that, individually or in the aggregate, has had, or would be reasonably expected to have, a Company Material Adverse Effect.

Section 4.10 Contracts.

(a) Section 4.10(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a list, as of the date hereof, of all Contracts (except for any Insurance Contract, Reinsurance Contract, Benefit Plan, or the Apex LP Agreement) to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party to or bound that meets the following criteria (each, a “Material Contract”):

(i) any Contract that would be required to be filed by the Company as a “material contract” pursuant to Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act;

(ii) any Contract containing covenants binding upon the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that materially restricts the ability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any Person that controls, or is under common control with, the Company to engage or compete in any type or line of business or in any geographic area (including through “non-competition” or “exclusivity” provisions);

(iii) any Contract with respect to the formation, creation, operation, management or control of a joint venture, partnership, limited liability company or other similar agreement or arrangement that is material to the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (excluding Investment Assets acquired in the ordinary course of business);

(iv) any Contract (A) providing for Indebtedness of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries having an outstanding or committed amount in excess of $1,000,000, other than any Indebtedness between or among any of the Company and any of its Subsidiaries or (B) that is a guarantee by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of the Indebtedness of any person other than the Company or a wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company;

(v) any Contract expressly limiting or prohibiting the payment of dividends or distributions in respect of the capital stock or other equity interests of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, prohibiting the pledging of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or prohibiting the issuance of guarantees by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (other than pursuant to applicable Law or Order);

(vi) any Contract pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (A) licenses any material Intellectual Property from any non-Affiliated Person, other than licenses for open source software or generally commercially available software or software-enabled services that are licensed pursuant to standard end-user terms, (B) licenses any material Intellectual Property to any non-Affiliated Person other than

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non-exclusive licenses granted to customers for the Company’s products and services in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices, or (C) is restricted in its right to assert, use or register any material Owned Intellectual Property, including any coexistence agreements, settlement agreements, covenants not to sue or similar agreements or arrangements;

(vii) any Contract (A) relating to a direct or indirect acquisition, divestiture, merger or similar transaction by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and which contains representations, covenants, indemnities or other obligations (including indemnification, “earn-out” or other contingent obligations) that are still in effect (other than this Agreement) or (B) pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries will acquire any material interest in any other person or other business enterprise;

(viii) any Contract that involves the settlement of any pending or threatened claim, action or proceeding that requires payment obligations after the date hereof in excess of $1,000,000, other than claims settled under Insurance Contracts in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices and within applicable policy limits;

(ix) any Contract (i) with an Affiliate of the Company or its Subsidiaries (other than a wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company) or (ii) that constitutes a Related Party Transaction pursuant to Section 4.17 and which remains in effect as of the date hereof;

(x) any Contract that (A) grants any right of first refusal, right of first offer, or similar right with respect to any material assets, rights, or properties of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (B) obligates the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to conduct business on an exclusive or preferential basis or that contains a “most favored nation” or similar covenant with any third party;

(xi) any Contract that provides for any guaranty of liabilities or obligations by the Company or any Subsidiary thereof, in each case that is material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, other than any guaranty by the Company or a Subsidiary thereof of any of the obligations of the Company or another wholly-owned Subsidiary thereof; or

(xii) any Contract or commitment with any Insurance Regulator or other Governmental Authority that is material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

(b) Assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the other party or parties thereto, as of the date hereof, (i) each Material Contract is a valid and binding obligation of the Company and any of its Subsidiaries party thereto and, to the Knowledge of the Company, each other party or parties thereto, in accordance with its terms and is in full force and effect, subject to the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception, (ii) the Company and any applicable Subsidiary is not and, to the Knowledge of the Company, no other party thereto is in default in the performance, observation or fulfillment of any obligation, covenant or condition contained in each Material Contract and (iii) to the Knowledge of the Company, no event has occurred that, with or without notice, lapse of time or both, would constitute a default under any Material Contract,

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except, with respect to each of the foregoing clauses (i), (ii) and (iii), where such failures to be valid and binding and in full force and effect and defaults would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

Section 4.11 Company Insurance Subsidiaries.

(a) Except as would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, each Company Insurance Subsidiary (i) has conducted its business in compliance with all applicable Insurance Laws, (ii) is duly licensed or authorized as an (x) insurance company in its jurisdiction of organization, in the case of the Insurance Company, or (y) as an insurance producer, managing general agent, third-party administrator, broker, solicitor or adjuster, as applicable (for the type of business written, sold, serviced, adjusted or produced by such insurance producer, agency, managing general agent, third-party administrator, broker, solicitor, adjuster or customer representative) in its resident jurisdiction, in the case of each Company Insurance Producer Subsidiary, and (iii) is duly licensed, authorized or otherwise eligible to transact the business of insurance in each other jurisdiction where it is required to be so licensed, authorized or otherwise eligible in order to conduct its business as currently conducted. The Insurance Company is not commercially domiciled under the Laws of any jurisdiction or otherwise treated as domiciled in a jurisdiction other than that of its jurisdiction or incorporation. None of the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries other than the Insurance Company is engaging or, since December 31, 2021, has engaged, in the ‎business of insurance as a risk-bearing entity in ‎any jurisdiction.

(b) Except as would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (i) there is no charge pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, charge threatened in writing by any Insurance Regulator that any Company Insurance Subsidiary has violated, nor is there any investigation pending nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, investigation threatened in writing by any Insurance Regulator related to possible violations by any Company Insurance Subsidiary of any applicable Insurance Laws and (ii) since December 31, 2021, the Insurance Company has filed all material reports, forms, rates, notices and materials required to be filed by it with any Insurance Regulator. None of the Company Insurance Subsidiaries is subject to any Order or decree of any Insurance Regulator, and no Insurance Regulator has revoked, suspended or limited, or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened in writing to revoke, suspend or limit, any license or other Permit issued pursuant to the Insurance Laws.

(c) Except as would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, the Insurance Company is not subject to any requirement imposed by a Governmental Authority (i) to maintain specified capital or surplus amounts or levels or to any restriction on the payment of dividends or other distributions on its shares of capital stock or (ii) that restricts the conduct of the business of the Insurance Company in any material respect, except for any such requirements or restrictions imposed by applicable Insurance Laws of general application.

(d) As of the date hereof, there are no unpaid claims or assessments made in writing or, to the Knowledge of the Company, as of the date of this Agreement, threatened against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries by any insurance guaranty association in connection with such association’s insurance guaranty fund, other than unpaid claims or assessments (i) disclosed, provided for, reflected in, reserved against or otherwise described in the Company Statutory

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Statements provided or made available to Parent or (ii) that are not material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

(e) To the Knowledge of the Company, no Employee Producer or other employee of a Company Insurance Subsidiary receives any material payment for his or her own account from any customer of such Company Insurance Subsidiary in connection with the business of such Company Insurance Subsidiary.

Section 4.12 Company Statutory Statements; Reserves.

(a) Except for any failure to file or submit the same that has been cured or resolved to the satisfaction of the applicable Insurance Regulator, since December 31, 2021, the Insurance Company has filed or submitted all material annual and quarterly statutory financial statements, together with all exhibits, interrogatories, notes, schedules and actuarial opinions, affirmations or certifications, in each case, required by applicable Insurance Law to be filed with or submitted to the appropriate Insurance Regulator of each jurisdiction in which it is licensed, authorized or otherwise eligible with respect to the conduct of the business of insurance or reinsurance, as applicable (collectively, the “Company Statutory Statements”).

(b) The Company has made available to Parent, to the extent required to be filed with the applicable Insurance Regulator as of the date of this Agreement, all Company Statutory Statements as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022, and for the annual periods then ended, each in the form filed with the applicable Insurance Regulator. The financial statements included in such Company Statutory Statements fairly present, in conformity in all material respects with applicable SAP, in each case, consistently applied for the periods involved, the statutory financial position of the Insurance Company at the respective dates thereof and the results of operations and changes in capital and surplus (or stockholders’ equity, as applicable) of the Insurance Company for the respective periods then ended. Such Company Statutory Statements complied in all material respects with all applicable Insurance Laws when filed with the applicable Insurance Regulator. No material violation or deficiency has been asserted in writing (or, to the Knowledge of the Company, orally) by any Insurance Regulator with respect to any of such Company Statutory Statements that has not been cured or otherwise resolved prior to the date hereof.

(c) The Reserves reported in the Company Statutory Statements (i) were, except as otherwise noted in such Company Statutory Statements, determined in accordance with generally accepted actuarial standards, consistently applied throughout the specified period and (ii) satisfied the requirements of all applicable Law in all material respects, except as otherwise noted in such Company Statutory Statements and notes thereto included in such Company Statutory Statements.

(d) The Insurance Company has not received any “permitted practices” or “prescribed practices” or any permission to deviate from SAP from, nor has an outstanding request for such to, an Insurance Regulator in connection with the Company Statutory Statements, which have not been disclosed in the notes to the Company Statutory Statements filed with Insurance Regulators prior to the date hereof.

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Section 4.13 Insurance Business.

(a) All insurance policies and contracts, together with all binders, slips, certificates, endorsements and riders thereto, that are in effect as of the date of this Agreement and issued, reinsured or assumed by the Insurance Company (“Insurance Contracts”) are on forms and at rates approved by the insurance regulatory authority of the jurisdiction where issued or, to the extent required by applicable Laws, have been filed with and not objected to by such authority within the period provided for objection, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

(b) Except to the extent prohibited by applicable Law, the Company has made available to Parent true and complete copies of (i) any material reports on financial examination (including draft reports where final reports are not yet available) and (ii) any material reports on market conduct examination (including draft reports where final reports are not yet available), in the case of each of clauses (i) and (ii) delivered by any Insurance Regulators in respect of any Company Insurance Subsidiary since December 31, 2021 through the date of this Agreement. All material deficiencies or violations noted in the financial and market conduct examination reports of any Insurance Regulators received by the Insurance Company since December 31, 2021 have been resolved to the reasonable satisfaction of the Governmental Authority that noted such deficiency or violations.

(c) Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, since December 31, 2021, to the Knowledge of the Company, (i) each Producer, at the time such Producer wrote, sold, solicited, produced, serviced or adjusted business, or performed such other act for or on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that may require a producer’s, solicitor’s, broker’s, adjusters’ or other insurance license, was duly licensed and appointed, where required, as an insurance producer, managing general agent, third-party administrator, broker, solicitor or adjuster, as applicable (for the type of business written, sold or produced by such insurance producer, agency, managing general agent, third-party administrator, broker, solicitor, adjuster or customer representative), in the particular jurisdiction in which such Producer wrote, sold, produced, solicited or serviced such business, (ii) no Producer has breached the terms of any agency or broker contract with a Company Insurance Subsidiary or violated any Law or policy of a Company Insurance Subsidiary in the solicitation, negotiation, writing, sale or production of business for any Company Insurance Subsidiary and (iii) no Producer has been enjoined, indicted, convicted or made the subject of any consent decree or judgment on account of any violation of applicable Law in connection with such Producer’s actions in his, her or its capacity as a Producer for a Company Insurance Subsidiary or any enforcement or disciplinary proceeding alleging any such violation. There are no outstanding (A) disputes between the Company or any Company Insurance Subsidiary, on the one hand, and any Producer, on the other hand, concerning material amounts of commissions or other incentive compensation, (B) to the Knowledge of the Company, material errors and omissions claims against any Producer in regard to any Insurance Contract related to or arising from the Producer’s relationship with the Company or any Company Insurance Subsidiary or (C) material amounts owed by any Producer to any Company Insurance Subsidiary, in each case, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect. The manner in which the Company Insurance Subsidiaries compensate Producers involved in the solicitation,

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negotiation, writing, sale, production of business or servicing of Insurance Contracts is in compliance in all material respects with applicable Law.

(d) Since December 31, 2021, the Company Insurance Subsidiaries have complied in all material respects with applicable Law relating to (i) anticompetitive activities; (ii) unlawful rebating and inducements, excess fees and charges, sharing commissions with, or otherwise “aiding and abetting” an unlicensed Producer or insurance carrier (including through the payment of excessive or improperly contingent referral fees), improper sales, and other unfair insurance trade practices; (iii) all regulatory and other requirements of any Governmental Authority relating to trust accounts and insurance premium liability; (iv) market conduct recommendations resulting from audits, examinations or investigations by any Governmental Authority; and (v) unclaimed property, escheatment and similar legal requirements.

Section 4.14 Reinsurance.

(a) Section 4.14(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true and correct list of all reinsurance agreements to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party and has any existing material rights or material obligations as of the date hereof (the “Reinsurance Contracts”), each of which is in full force and effect in accordance with its terms. The Company has made available to Parent and Merger Sub a true and correct copy of each such Reinsurance Contract in effect as of the date hereof. Each Reinsurance Contract is a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company or its Subsidiaries, as applicable, and to the Knowledge of the Company, each other party thereto, and is enforceable against the Company or its Subsidiaries, as applicable, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, each other party thereto, in accordance with its terms (except in each case as may be limited by the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception).

(b) Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, (i) each Company Insurance Subsidiary has appropriately taken credit in its Company Statutory Statements pursuant to Insurance Laws for all ceded reinsurance, coinsurance or excess insurance ceded pursuant to any Reinsurance Contracts to which it is a party, and all such amounts recoverable have been properly recorded in its books and records of account (if so accounted therefor) and are properly reflected in its Company Statutory Statements, and no Governmental Authority has objected in writing to such characterization and accounting, (ii) none of the Insurance Company nor, to the Knowledge of the Company, any counterparty to any Reinsurance Contract is in default or breach under the terms of such Reinsurance Contract or has failed to perform any material obligation under any such Reinsurance Contract, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, there does not exist any event, condition or omission that would constitute such a breach or default (whether by lapse of time or notice or both), (iii) as of the date of this Agreement, to the Knowledge of the Company, no counterparty to any Reinsurance Contract is insolvent or the subject of a rehabilitation, liquidation, conservatorship, receivership, bankruptcy or similar proceeding, (iv) no written notice of any intention to cancel, terminate or change the scope of rights or obligations under, or not to renew, any Reinsurance Contract has been received by the Insurance Company from any such reinsurer, and there are no pending or threatened disputes with respect to any Reinsurance Contract, (v) since December 31, 2021, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notice from any applicable reinsurer that any amount of reinsurance ceded by the Insurance Company, as applicable, to such counterparty will be uncollectible or otherwise defaulted on, (vi)

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to the Knowledge of the Company, the financial condition of each party to a Reinsurance Contract is not impaired to the extent that a default thereunder is reasonably anticipated and (vii) there are no, and since December 31, 2021 there have been no, disputes under any Reinsurance Contracts other than disputes in the ordinary course for which adequate loss reserves have been established. None of the Reinsurance Contracts is finite reinsurance, financial reinsurance or such other form of reinsurance that does not meet the risk transfer requirements under applicable Laws or that does not qualify for risk transfer and reinsurance treatment under GAAP and SAP.

Section 4.15 Actuarial Reports. As of the date of this Agreement, with respect to the Company Insurance Subsidiaries, the Company has made available to Parent all material actuarial reports in the Company’s possession and prepared and certified by independent actuaries with respect to any Company Insurance Subsidiary that provides actuarial appraisal values and projections based on data as of December 31, 2021 or later (the “Actuarial Reports”). The information and data furnished by the Company and the Company Insurance Subsidiaries to its independent actuaries in connection with the preparation of such Actuarial Reports were derived from the books and records of the Company and its Subsidiaries and, to the Knowledge of the Company, are accurate in all material respects for the periods covered by such reports.

Section 4.16 Taxes. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect:

(a) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have (i) timely filed or caused to be filed (taking into account any extension of time within which to file) all Tax Returns required to be filed by such entities, and all such Tax Returns are complete and correct, (ii) timely paid or caused to be timely paid all Taxes shown as due on such Tax Returns and (iii) have complied with all information reporting (and related withholding) and record retention requirements.

(b) All Taxes required to be withheld under applicable Tax Law in connection with amounts paid by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company to any employee, independent contractor, creditor or shareholder have been withheld and, to the extent required by applicable Tax Law, paid to the appropriate Governmental Authority.

(c) There are no pending audits with respect to any Tax Returns of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of the date hereof.

(d) No waivers or extensions of statutes of limitations in respect of Taxes have been granted or agreed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that are currently outstanding.

(e) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received written notice from any Governmental Authority in a jurisdiction in which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries does not file Tax Returns that the Company or any such Subsidiary, as applicable, is subject to taxation by that jurisdiction, which such notice has not been resolved.

(f) There are no agreements currently in effect relating to the allocation or sharing of Taxes to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party, other than such agreements between or among the Company and its Subsidiaries or between or among Subsidiaries of the Company.

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(g) No deficiency with respect to Taxes has been proposed, asserted or assessed in writing against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and, to the Knowledge of the Company, there are no pending or threatened in writing audits, claims or proceedings regarding any Taxes of the Company and its Subsidiaries or the properties or assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

(h) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have at all times complied in all respects with Section 482 of the Code and any similar provision of foreign Tax Law.

(i) There are no liens (other than any Permitted Liens) for Taxes on any of the properties or assets of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(j) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries will be required to include any item of income in, or to exclude any item of deduction from, taxable income in any taxable period (or portion thereof) ending after the Closing Date as a result of any closing agreement, installment sale or open transaction on or prior to the Closing Date, any accounting method change or agreement with any Governmental Authority on or prior to the Closing Date, any intercompany transaction or excess loss account described in Section 1502 of the Code (or any corresponding provision of Tax Law), any prepaid amount received on or prior to the Closing Date, or as a result of Section 807 of the Code. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries will have any liability for Taxes under Section 965(h) of the Code after the Closing Date due to an election made prior to the Closing Date.

(k) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has participated in a “reportable transaction” within the meaning of Treasury Regulations Section 1.6011-4(b) or any other transaction requiring disclosure under analogous provisions of Tax Law.

(l) Since the date that precedes by two years the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has been a “distributing corporation” or a “controlled corporation” (within the meaning of Section 355(a)(1)(A) of the Code) in a distribution of stock intended to qualify for tax-free treatment under Section 355 of the Code.

(m) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (i) has been a member of an affiliated group filing a consolidated federal income Tax Return (other than a group the common parent of which was any of the Company and its Subsidiaries) since August 7, 2019, or (ii) has any obligation or liability for the Taxes of any person (other than the Company or any of its Subsidiaries) under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1502-6 (or any similar provision of Law), as a transferee or successor, by Contract (other than a Contract entered into in the ordinary course of business the primary subject of which is not Taxes) or otherwise. The deconsolidation of the Company’s prior consolidated group resulting from the Company’s demutualization in 2019 did not result in any event that would result in income recognition for the Company and its Subsidiaries.

(n) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has requested or received any rulings or entered into any closing, gain recognition or similar agreements that will have any effect in any Tax period (or portion thereof) beginning after the Closing.

Notwithstanding any other representation or warranty in this Article IV, (i) the representations and warranties in this Section 4.16, Section 4.18 and Section 4.29 constitute the sole and exclusive

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representations and warranties of the Company and its Subsidiaries with respect to any Taxes or Tax Returns and (ii) nothing in this Agreement (including this Section 4.16) shall be construed as providing a representation or warranty with respect to the existence, amount, expiration date or limitations on (or availability of) any net operating loss or other Tax attribute of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

Section 4.17 Related Party Transactions. Since December 31, 2021, there has been no transaction, or series of related transactions, agreements, arrangements or understandings to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries was or is to be a party, that (i) involved any direct or indirect beneficial owner of five percent (5%) or more of the issued and outstanding shares of Company Common Stock, (ii) any present or former director or officer of such Persons, (iii) involved any Affiliate, “associate” or member of the “immediate family” (as such terms are respectively defined in Rules 12b-2 and 16a-1 under the Exchange Act) of any of the foregoing or (iv) of a type that would be required to be disclosed under Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act (any Contract, transaction or other arrangement of the type described in this sentence, a “Related Party Transaction”).

Section 4.18 Employee Benefit Plans.

(a) Section 4.18(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true and complete list as of the date hereof of each material Benefit Plan.

(b) With respect to each material Benefit Plan, the Company has made available to Parent a true and complete copy of, to the extent applicable (i) the plan document and any amendments thereto (including a written description of the material provisions of each unwritten material Benefit Plan), any related trust agreement, insurance contract or policy or other funding instrument, (ii) the most recent summary plan description and any summary of material modifications thereto, (iii) each trust, insurance or annuity contract or other funding vehicle with respect to each funded or insured plan, (iv) the most recent annual report on Form 5500 and any schedules thereto, (v) the most recent financial statements and actuarial or other valuation reports, (vi) the most recently received IRS determination letter (or, if applicable, advisory or option letter) and (vii) all notices or correspondence received in the past year with respect to any Benefit Plan from any Governmental Authority.

(c) No Benefit Plan is, and neither the Company nor any Person that is a member of a “controlled group of corporations” with, or is under “common control” with, or is a member of the same “affiliated service group” with the Company, in each case, as defined in Sections 414(b), (c), (m) or (o) of the Code (each, an “ERISA Affiliate”) maintains, contributes to or sponsors (or has in the past six (6) years maintained, contributed to, or sponsored): (i) a “multiemployer plan” as defined in Section 3(37) of ERISA or an employee benefit plan that is subject to Section 302 or Title IV of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code, (ii) any multiple employer plan as described in Section 4063 or 4064 of ERISA or Section 413(c) of the Code, or (iii) any “multiple employer welfare arrangement” within the meaning of Section 3(4) of ERISA. None of the Company and ERISA Affiliates has withdrawn at any time within the preceding six years from any “multiemployer plan” as defined in Section 3(37) of ERISA, or incurred any withdrawal liability which remains unsatisfied, and no events have occurred and no circumstances exist that could reasonably be expected to result in any such liability to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

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To the Knowledge of the Company, no event has occurred and no condition exists that would subject the Company or any of its Subsidiaries by reason of its affiliation with any current or former ERISA Affiliate to any material (A) Tax, penalty, fine, (B) Lien or (C) other liability imposed by ERISA, the Code or other applicable Laws.

(d) With respect to each Benefit Plan intended to be “qualified” within the meaning of Section 401(a) of the Code, (i) each such Benefit Plan has been determined to be so qualified and has received a favorable determination or opinion letter from the IRS with respect to its qualification, (ii) the trusts maintained thereunder have been determined to be exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code and (iii) no event has occurred that would reasonably be likely to result in disqualification or adversely affect such qualification or exemption or the imposition of any material liability, penalty or Tax under ERISA or the Code. None of the Company, its Subsidiaries and, to the Knowledge of the Company, any “party in interest” or “disqualified person” with respect to a Benefit Plan has engaged in a non-exempt “prohibited transaction” within the meaning of Section 4975 of the Code or Section 406 of ERISA.

(e) Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (i) each Benefit Plan has been established, maintained and administered in accordance with its terms and in compliance with applicable Law (including ERISA and the Code); (ii) no such Benefit Plan is under audit or examination (nor has written notice been received of a potential audit or examination) by any Governmental Authority; (iii) all payments required to be made by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under, or with respect to, any Benefit Plan (including all contributions, distributions, reimbursements, premium payments or intercompany charges) with respect to all prior periods have been timely made or, for any such payments that are not yet due, properly accrued and reflected in the most recent consolidated balance sheet prior to the date hereof, in each case in accordance with the provisions of each of the Benefit Plans, applicable Law and GAAP; and (iv) the Company or its Subsidiary, as applicable, has prepared in good faith and timely filed all requisite governmental reports (which were true, correct and complete as of the date filed), including any required audit reports, and has properly and timely filed and distributed or posted all notices and reports to employees required to be filed, distributed or posted with respect to each such Benefit Plan.

(f) No material Benefit Plan provides welfare benefits or coverage, including death or medical benefits (whether or not insured), to any person following retirement or termination of service, other than coverage mandated solely by applicable Law.

(g) There are no Actions, claims or lawsuits (other than routine claims for benefits) pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against or relating to any Benefit Plan, the assets of any of the trusts under such Benefit Plan or the sponsor or the administrator, or against any fiduciary of the Benefit Plan with respect to the operation of such Benefit Plan or the Company or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to any Benefit Plan that, if determined adversely, would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, no facts or circumstances exist that, individually or in the aggregate, have given rise, or would be reasonably expected to give rise, to any such Action, claim or lawsuit.

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(h) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any obligation to make any gross-up payment to any individual with respect to any income Tax, additional Tax, excise Tax or interest charge imposed pursuant to Section 409A or Section 4999 of the Code.

(i) Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement, stockholder approval of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby by the Company Required Vote, nor the consummation of the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby would reasonably be expected to, either alone or in conjunction with any other event, (i) entitle any current or former director, officer or employee or individual service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to payment or benefit (or result in the funding of any such payment or benefit), (ii) increase the amount or value of any benefit or compensation otherwise payable or required to be provided to any current or former director, officer, employee or individual service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iii) accelerate the time of payment, funding or vesting of amounts or benefits due to any current or former director, officer, employee or individual service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or (iv) result in forgiveness of any loan or indebtedness or trigger any funding obligation under any Benefit Plan.

(j) Neither the execution or delivery of this Agreement, stockholder approval of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby by the Company Required Vote, nor the consummation of the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby would reasonably be expected to, either alone or in conjunction with any other event, result in any payment or benefit (whether in cash or property or the vesting of property) to any “disqualified individual” (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code) that could reasonably be expected to, individually or in combination with any other payment, constitute an “excess parachute payment” (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code).

(k) On or prior to the date hereof, an amendment (the “CIC Plan Amendment”) to the Vericity Holdings, Inc. Change in Control Severance Benefits Plan was approved by the Board (as defined therein). The Company has delivered to Parent a true, correct and complete copy of the CIC Plan Amendment. The CIC Plan Amendment, in the form delivered to Parent, is in full force and effect and has not been modified, amended, altered, withdrawn or rescinded in any respect.

Section 4.19 Labor.

(a) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to, bound by, or, as of the date of this Agreement, negotiating a collective bargaining or other material labor agreement with any labor union, works council, trade union, labor association or other employee representative organization. To the Knowledge of the Company, there has not been since December 31, 2021, nor is there currently, any organized effort by any labor union, works council, trade union, labor association or other employee representative organization to organize any employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries into one or more collective bargaining units. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is, or since December 31, 2021 has been, a party to, any material dispute or material controversy with a labor union, works council, trade union, labor association or other employee representative organization, nor since December 31, 2021 has the Company or any of its Subsidiaries experienced any actual or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened labor strikes, work slowdowns, lockouts, work stoppages, recognitional picketing, material arbitrations, material grievances, material unfair labor practice charges or

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proceedings, and to the Knowledge of the Company, none are threatened, in each case, with respect to the Company employees. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby do not and will not result in any breach or other violation of any collective bargaining or other similar material labor-related agreement to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or bound.

(b) No officer or Key Employee has given written notice of intention to terminate his, her or their employment with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and to the Knowledge of the Company no officers or Key Employees intends to terminate his, her or their employment with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(c) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries are in compliance and, since December 31, 2021, have complied, in each case, in all material respects, with all applicable Laws relating to employment matters, including applicable Laws relating to wages, hours, wage payment, classification of all employees and service providers (including as exempt or non-exempt and as employee versus independent contractor), employee record keeping, privacy, labor, fair employment practices, hiring, training and/or promotion, terms and conditions of employment, pay equity, workers’ compensation, occupational safety and health, plant closings, withholding of taxes, discrimination in employment, disability rights or benefits, equal employment opportunity, immigration (including applicable I-9 Laws), reasonable accommodations, labor relations and collective bargaining, employee leave issues, and unemployment insurance.

(d) Since December 31, 2021, to the Knowledge of the Company, (i) no allegations of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct have been made in writing against any director, officer or employee at the level of Vice President or higher of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and (ii) there are no actions, suits, investigations or proceedings pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing that involve any allegations of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct by any director, officer or employee at the level of Vice President or higher of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. Since December 31, 2021, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries have entered into any settlement agreements related to allegations of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct by any director, officer or employee at the level of Vice President or higher of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(e) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries are and, since December 31, 2021, have been in material compliance with the WARN Act.

(f) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries are not and have not been: (i) a “contractor” or “subcontractor” (as defined by Executive Order 11246) or (ii) required to comply with Executive Order 11246 or any other applicable Law requiring affirmative action or other employment-related actions for government contractors or subcontractors.

(g) To the Knowledge of the Company, no Key Employee is in material violation of any term of any nondisclosure agreement, common law nondisclosure obligation, fiduciary duty, non-competition agreement, restrictive covenant or other similar obligation: (i) to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (ii) to a former employer of any such employee relating (A) to the right

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of any such employee to be employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (B) to the knowledge or use of trade secrets or proprietary information.

Section 4.20 Intellectual Property; Data Privacy.

(a) Section 4.20 of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a complete and accurate list of all (i) patents and patent applications, (ii) trademark registrations, service mark registrations and applications for the foregoing, (iii) copyright registrations and applications and (iv) domain name registrations and social media identifiers, in each case, which are owned or purported by the Company to be owned by the Company or a Subsidiary of the Company as of the date hereof (collectively, the “Registered Intellectual Property” and, together with all Intellectual Property owned or purported by the Company to be owned by the Company or its Subsidiaries, the “Owned Intellectual Property”). Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, the Company or a Subsidiary of the Company owns, or has a valid, subsisting and enforceable license or other right to use, all Intellectual Property that is used or held for use in the conduct of the businesses of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as presently conducted, provided that the foregoing shall not be deemed to be a representation or warranty with respect to the infringement, misappropriation or other violation of the Intellectual Property rights any other Person.

(b) To the Knowledge of the Company, the conduct of the businesses of the Company and each of its Subsidiaries as currently conducted does not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate, and the conduct of the businesses of the Company and each of its Subsidiaries during the since December 31, 2021 has not infringed, misappropriated or otherwise violated, any Intellectual Property rights of any Person. As of the date hereof, there is no Action pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is infringing, misappropriating or otherwise violating the Intellectual Property rights of any Person. To the Knowledge of the Company, no Person is infringing any Owned Intellectual Property. No Registered Intellectual Property is the subject of any opposition, cancellation, inter partes review or similar Action in any jurisdiction. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is subject to any injunction or other specific judicial, administrative or other administrative order that restricts or impairs its use or distribution of any Owned Intellectual Property. No Person has alleged, in an Action to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or, to the Knowledge of the Company, otherwise, that any Owned Intellectual Property is not owned by the Company or its Subsidiaries, is subject to the rights of any third party or that any Owned Intellectual Property is invalid or unenforceable.

(c) Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, the Company or one of its Subsidiaries exclusively owns all right, title and interest in and to the Owned Intellectual Property free and clear of all Liens (other than Permitted Liens), and such rights are subsisting, valid and, to the Knowledge of the Company, enforceable.

(d) The consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not alter or impair any rights of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to any Owned Intellectual Property or, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be

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material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, any other Intellectual Property that it uses in the conduct of its business.

(e) Each current and former director, officer, employee, consultant or contractor of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that has made a material contribution to the creation, invention, modification, or improvement of any Owned Intellectual Property for or on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, in whole or in part, has signed a valid and enforceable written Contract pursuant to which all of their Intellectual Property and other rights in and to such contributions have been irrevocably assigned to the Company or one of its Subsidiaries, except to the extent such assignment occurred by operation of law, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, no such director, officer, employee, consultant or contractor is in material violation thereof.

(f) None of the Company’s material computer software (the “Proprietary Software”) is licensed or made available by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in any manner that, pursuant to the terms of any applicable “open source” or “free software” license, would require the Company to (i) disclose the source of any source code for any portion of such Proprietary Software; (ii) condition the use or distribution of such Proprietary Software on the granting to any Person of the right to make derivative works or other modifications to such Proprietary Software or portions thereof or any rights or immunities under any Owned Intellectual Property; (iii) conditions the use or distribution of such Proprietary Software on such Proprietary Software being made subject to the terms and conditions of any open source software license; or (iv) otherwise imposes an obligation on the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to distribute or otherwise make available any such Proprietary Software on a royalty-free basis. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is and has been in material compliance with the terms and conditions of all licenses for such open source software. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any written notice or request from any Person to disclose, distribute or license the Proprietary Software pursuant to an open source software license, or alleging noncompliance with any open source software license.

(g) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries comply with, and have at all times since December 31, 2021 complied with, all Data Protection Requirements, except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

(h) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have established and maintain, and have since December 31, 2021 maintained, commercially reasonable physical, technical, and administrative security measures and policies, compliant with Data Protection Requirements in all material respects, reasonably designed and implemented to protect the security, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of (i) information technology networks and systems, including the software owned or controlled by the Company or such Subsidiary and used in the course of the operations of their respective businesses (the “IT Systems”), and (ii) Personal Information collected, used, processed or held for use by or on behalf of the Company or such Subsidiary in the course of the operations of their respective businesses.

(i) Since December 31, 2021, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has experienced any unauthorized disclosure, destruction, modification, or use of, or access to, any Personal Information or any security incident or breach of security of the IT Systems that would

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in each instance require notification to any Person pursuant to any Data Protection Requirement, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

(j) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any subpoenas, demands, or other notices from any Governmental Authority investigating, inquiring into, or otherwise relating to any actual or potential violation of any Data Protection Law and, to the Company’s Knowledge, neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries is under investigation by any Governmental Authority for any actual or potential violation of any Data Protection Law except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. No complaint, claim, enforcement action, proceeding, or litigation of any kind has been served on, or initiated against, the Company or its Subsidiaries by any private party or Governmental Authority alleging any violation of any Data Protection Requirement, except for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

Section 4.21 Insurance Coverage. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (a) the Company and its Subsidiaries maintain policies of insurance in such amounts and against such risks as the Company believes to be commercially reasonable, (b) all such insurance policies are in full force and effect and (c) all premiums due thereunder have been paid when due. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is in breach of or default in any material respect under any such insurance policy or has taken any action or failed to take any action that, with the notice or lapse of time, would constitute such a breach or default or permit termination or modification of any such insurance policies.

Section 4.22 Real Property.

(a) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (i) owns nor, since December 31, 2012, has owned, a fee simple interest in any real property or (ii) is a party to any agreement or option to purchase any real property or interest therein.

(b) Section 4.22(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true and complete list of all real property leased or subleased by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of the date of this Agreement (each such property, the “Leased Real Property”). The Company has provided or made available to Parent a true, complete and correct copy of all the Company Leases. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, (i) the Company or one of its Subsidiaries has a good and valid leasehold or subleasehold interest in each Leased Real Property pursuant to a lease agreement (together with any guarantees thereof, the “Company Lease”), free and clear of all Liens (other than Permitted Liens) and (ii) each Company Lease is valid, binding, in full force and effect and enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability thereof may be limited by the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception.

(c) Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries, nor, to the Knowledge of the Company, any other party under any Company Lease, is in material default

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under any Company Lease, and no event has occurred that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a material default of any Company Lease. The Company or one of its Subsidiaries has exclusive possession of the Leased Real Property. To the Knowledge of the Company, there are no other Contracts granting any Person (other than the Company or one of its Subsidiaries) the right to use or occupy any of the Leased Real Property.

(d) The Company or one of its Subsidiaries, as applicable, have obtained all certificates of occupancy and other permits or approvals required with respect to the use and occupancy of the Leased Real Property, except where a failure to obtain any such material permits or approvals would not reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

Section 4.23 Environmental Matters. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, (a) since December 31, 2021 through the date hereof, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiary has received written notice from any Governmental Authority or other Person alleging that the Company or any of its Subsidiary is in violation of or liable under any applicable Environmental Law nor is the Company or any of its Subsidiaries subject to any investigation with respect to potential liability pursuant to applicable Environmental Laws, (b) there has been no Release at, on, under, migrating from or migrating to (i) any real properties leased by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (ii) any real property currently owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any real property that was previously owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that is reasonably likely to result in any material cost, liability or obligation of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under any applicable Environmental Law.

Section 4.24 Information Statement or Proxy Statement. The Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, will, when filed, comply as to form in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act. None of the information provided by the Company to be included in the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, at the date the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, is first mailed to the Company Stockholders, and at the time of the Company Stockholders Meeting (if held), will contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company makes no representation or warranty with respect to any information supplied by Parent or Merger Sub that is contained or incorporated by reference in any of the foregoing documents.

Section 4.25 Takeover Statutes. The Company is not party to any shareholder rights agreement, “poison pill,” voting trust or similar anti-takeover agreement or plan. Assuming the accuracy of the representations and warranties of Parent and Merger Sub set forth in Section 5.07, the Company Board of Directors has taken or shall have taken all action prior to the Closing to ensure that no restrictions included in any “fair price,” “moratorium,” “control share acquisition” or other similar antitakeover statute or regulation (including Section 203 of the DGCL) enacted under state or federal laws in the United States applicable to the Company are applicable to the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby.

Section 4.26 Financial Advisor Opinion. Raymond James Financial, Inc. (the “Financial Advisor”) has delivered to the Company Board of Directors its opinion (the “Financial Advisor

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Opinion”) to the effect that, as of the date of such opinion, the Merger Consideration to be received by the holders (other than Parent and its Affiliates) of shares of Company Common Stock pursuant to this Agreement is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders. As of the date hereof, the Financial Advisor Opinion has not been withdrawn, revoked or modified. The matters set forth in Section 4.26 of the Company Disclosure Schedules are true and complete.

Section 4.27 Brokers or Finders. No broker, finder, investment banker, financial advisor or other Person (other than the Financial Advisor, the fees and expenses of which will be paid by the Company) is entitled to any brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission, or the reimbursement of expenses in connection therewith, in connection with this Agreement, the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby based upon arrangements made by or on behalf of the Company, its Subsidiaries or any of their respective directors, officers or employees.

Section 4.28 Investment Assets.

(a) The Company has provided Parent with a true, correct and complete list of all investment portfolio transactions, including the acquisition of bonds, stocks, alternative investments, other securities, mortgage loans, real estate, joint ventures, and other investments, by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (the “Investment Assets”) that were carried on the books and records of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of June 30, 2023. Except for Investment Assets that matured or were sold, redeemed or otherwise disposed of after June 30, 2023, the Company and its Subsidiaries, or a trustee acting on behalf of the Company or any such Subsidiary, has good and valid title to all of the Investment Assets it purports to own, free and clear of all Liens except Permitted Liens. The Company has provided Parent with a true, correct and complete copy of the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and each of the Investment Assets complies in all material respects with, the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(b) To the Knowledge of the Company, as of the date hereof, none of the Investment Assets are subject to any capital calls or similar liabilities, or any restrictions or suspensions on redemptions, “lock-ups”, “gates”, “side pockets”, stepped-up fee provisions or other penalties or restrictions relating to withdrawals or redemptions, except as would not constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect.

Section 4.29 Insurance Product-Related Tax Matters. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to be material to any Company Insurance Subsidiary:

(a) The Tax treatment of each Insurance Contract is not, and, since the time of issuance (or subsequent modification), has not been, less favorable to the purchaser, policyholder or intended beneficiaries thereof, than the Tax treatment (i) that was purported to apply in any written materials provided by any of the Company and its Subsidiaries to the purchaser (or policyholder) at the time of issuance (or any subsequent modification of such policy) or (ii) for which such policy was designed or reasonably expected to qualify at the time of issuance (or subsequent modification), except, in each case, for changes resulting from changes to the Code, any Treasury Regulations, and administrative guidance and judicial interpretations issued thereunder after the time of such sale, issuance or modification. For purposes of this Section 4.29, the provisions of applicable Law relating to the Tax treatment of such Insurance Contracts shall include, but not be

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limited to, Sections 72, 101, 401 through 409A, 412, 415, 417, 457, 817, 7702, 7702A and 7702B of the Code, any Treasury Regulations, and administrative guidance and judicial interpretations issued thereunder.

(b) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has entered into any agreement or is involved in any discussions or negotiations with the IRS or any other Governmental Authority, or otherwise has requested relief from the IRS or any other Governmental Authority, regarding the failure of any Insurance Contract currently in force to meet its intended Tax treatment, including without limitation Sections 72, 101, 401 through 409A, 412, 415, 417, 457, 817, 7702 and 7702A of the Code and any Treasury Regulations and administrative guidance issued thereunder, as applicable to such Insurance Contracts.

(c) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to or has received written notice of any federal, state, local or foreign audits or other administrative or judicial Action with regard to the Tax treatment of any Insurance Contract currently in force, or of any written claims by the purchasers, holders or intended beneficiaries thereof regarding the Tax treatment thereof or any plan or arrangement in connection with which such Insurance Contracts were purchased or have been administered.

(d) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (nor any of their Affiliates) is a party to any “hold harmless” or indemnification agreement or tax sharing agreement or similar arrangement under which it is liable for the Tax treatment of (i) any Insurance Contract currently in force or (ii) any plan or arrangement in connection with which such Insurance Contracts were purchased or have been administered.

(e) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have complied with all reporting, withholding, and disclosure requirements under the Code that are applicable to the Insurance Contracts and, in particular, but without limitation, have reported distributions under such Insurance Contracts in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Code, Treasury Regulations and forms issued by the IRS.

(f) All Insurance Contracts that are subject to Section 101(f) of the Code satisfy the requirements of that Section and otherwise qualify as life insurance contracts for purposes of the Code. All Insurance Contracts that are subject to Section 7702 of the Code satisfy the requirements of Section 7702 of the Code and otherwise qualify as life insurance contracts for purposes of the Code. All Insurance Contracts that are required to satisfy the provisions of Sections 72 and/or 817 of the Code satisfy all applicable requirements of such sections. All Insurance Contracts that are long-term care insurance contracts satisfy the requirements of Section 7702B of the Code.

(g) None of the Insurance Contracts is a “modified endowment contract” within the meaning of Section 7702A of the Code, except for those Insurance Contracts that are being administered as “modified endowment contracts” and with respect to which the policyholder has consented in writing to the treatment of such Insurance Contracts as “modified endowment contracts” and has not acted to revoke such consent.

(h) All information technology licensed or owned by the Company and all processes and procedures performed by the Company, in each case that have been used to maintain the

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Insurance Contracts’ qualification for their Tax treatment under applicable provisions of the Code, to monitor the Insurance Contracts for treatment as “modified endowment contracts” or to facilitate compliance with the reporting, withholding and disclosure requirements described in this Section 4.29(h) have been designed, implemented and performed in a commercially reasonable manner to maintain such qualification or facilitate such monitoring or compliance.

Article V

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT AND MERGER SUB

Parent and Merger Sub jointly and severally represent and warrant to the Company as follows:

Section 5.01 Organization and Good Standing. Each of Parent and Merger Sub, (a) is a corporation or other legal entity duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, (b) has full corporate or similar power, as applicable, and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and assets and to conduct its business as presently conducted, and (c) is duly qualified or licensed to do business as a foreign corporation and is in good standing (with respect to jurisdictions that recognize such concept) in each jurisdiction where the character of the properties owned, leased or operated by it or the nature of its business makes such qualification or licensing necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified or licensed would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.02 Authority for Agreement. Each of Parent and Merger Sub has all necessary corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement, to perform its obligations hereunder and to consummate the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement. The execution, delivery and performance by Parent and Merger Sub of this Agreement, and the consummation by Parent and Merger Sub of the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and no other corporate proceedings on the part of Parent or Merger Sub, and no other votes or approvals of any class or series of capital stock of Parent or Merger Sub, are necessary to authorize this Agreement or to consummate the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by Parent and Merger Sub and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of Parent and Merger Sub enforceable against Parent and Merger Sub in accordance with its terms, except as enforcement thereof may be limited against Parent or Merger Sub by the Bankruptcy and Equity Exception.

Section 5.03 No Conflict; Required Filings and Consents.

(a) The execution and delivery of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub do not, and the performance of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub and the consummation of the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not, (i) conflict with or violate Parent’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws, or the equivalent charter documents of Merger Sub, (ii) assuming that all consents, approvals, authorizations and waivers contemplated by Section 5.03(b) have been obtained, and all filings described therein have been made, and

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assuming the accuracy and completeness of the representations and warranties set forth in Section 4.05(b), conflict with or violate any Law applicable to Parent or its Subsidiaries or by which any property or asset of Parent or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or affected, (iii) require any consent or other action by any Person under, result in a breach of or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, give to others (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) any right of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, result (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) in triggering any payment or other obligations under, or result in the loss of any right or benefit to which Parent or any of its Subsidiaries is entitled under, any Contract (other than any Benefit Plan) to which Parent or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which Parent or any of its Subsidiaries, or any property or asset of Parent or any of its Subsidiaries, is bound or affected or (iv) result (immediately or with notice or lapse of time or both) in the creation of a Lien on any property or asset of Parent or its Subsidiaries, except in the case of clauses (ii), (iii) and (iv) for any such conflicts, violations, breaches, defaults or other occurrences that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

(b) The execution and delivery of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub do not, and the performance of this Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub will not, require any action, consent, approval, authorization or waiver of, or filing with or notification to, or registration or qualification with, any Governmental Authority, except for applicable requirements, if any, of (i) the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, state securities laws or “blue sky” laws, (ii) the HSR Act, (iii) the NASDAQ Capital Market, (iv) the Toronto Stock Exchange, (v) filing and recordation of the Certificate of Merger, as required by the DGCL, (vi) the consents, approvals, authorizations, waivers, permits, filings and notifications set forth in Section 5.03(b) of the Parent Disclosure Schedule and (vii) such other consents, approvals, authorizations, waivers, filings and notifications that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.04 Litigation.

(a) There is no Action or investigation or review by any Governmental Authority pending or, to the Knowledge of Parent, threatened in writing against Parent or any of its Subsidiaries, including Merger Sub, that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

(b) There is no Order outstanding against Parent or any of its Subsidiaries, including Merger Sub, or their respective businesses that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

(c) As of the date hereof, no investigation or review by any Governmental Authority with respect to Parent or any of its Subsidiaries or their respective business is pending or, to the Knowledge of Parent, threatened in writing that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.05 Financing. Parent has the financial capacity to perform and to cause Merger Sub and the Surviving Corporation to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement, and Parent has available, and will continue to have available through and at the Closing,

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unencumbered cash or cash equivalents that are sufficient to permit Parent to fund the Merger Consideration set forth in Article II and any other amounts payable by Parent, Merger Sub, the Surviving Corporation or any of their respective Subsidiaries in connection with this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.

Section 5.06 Interim Operations of Merger Sub. Merger Sub was formed solely for the purpose of engaging in the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and Merger Sub has not, and immediately prior to the Effective Time will have not, engaged in any business or incurred any material liabilities or obligations other than in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

Section 5.07 Vote/Approval Required. No vote or consent of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of Parent is required to approve this Agreement, the Merger or the transactions contemplated hereby. The vote or consent of Parent as the sole stockholder of Merger Sub (which shall have occurred prior to the Effective Time) is the only vote or consent of the holders of any class or series of capital stock of Merger Sub necessary to adopt this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby.

Section 5.08 Information Statement or Proxy Statement. The information supplied by Parent, Merger Sub and their respective Representatives for inclusion in the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, to be sent to the Company Stockholders in connection with the Company Stockholders Meeting, at the date the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, is first mailed to the Company Stockholders, and at the time of the Company Stockholders Meeting, if applicable, will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Parent makes no representation or warranty with respect to any information supplied by the Company that is contained in any of the foregoing documents.

Section 5.09 Brokers or Finders. No broker, finder or investment banker (other than RBC Capital Markets, LLC, the fees and expenses of which will be paid by Parent) is entitled to any brokerage, finder’s or other fee or commission in connection with this Agreement, the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby based upon arrangements made by or on behalf of Parent or Merger Sub or any of their respective directors, officers or employees.

Article VI

COVENANTS

Section 6.01 Conduct of Business by the Company Pending the Merger. During the period from the date of this Agreement through the earlier of the Closing and the termination of this Agreement, except as otherwise contemplated or permitted by this Agreement, as set forth in Section 6.01 of the Company Disclosure Schedule, as required in connection with any Contagion Event, as required by applicable Law or Order, as required by any Contract as in effect as of the date of this Agreement, or with the prior written consent of Parent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned), (x) the Company shall and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to conduct their respective businesses and operations in the ordinary course of

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business consistent with past practices in all material respects, (y) the Company shall and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to use their reasonable best efforts to preserve intact their business organizations, goodwill and assets and to preserve its present relationships with Governmental Authorities and other key third parties, including customers, reinsurers, producers, distributors, suppliers and other Persons with whom the Company and its Subsidiaries have business relationships, and (z) the Company shall not and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries not to (it being understood that no act or omission by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to compliance with the matters specifically addressed by any provision of this clause (z) shall be deemed to be a breach of clauses (x) or (y)):

(a) declare, set aside, make or pay any dividends or other distributions (whether in cash, stock or property) in respect of any of its or its Subsidiaries’ capital stock or any other equity interests, other than any dividends or distributions by a wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company to the Company or to any other wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company;

(b) adjust, split, combine, subdivide or reclassify any of its capital stock or other equity interests of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or issue or authorize or propose the issuance of any other securities in respect of, in lieu of or in substitution for, shares of its capital stock or other voting or equity interests of any class or series of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

(c) repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire or offer to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire, directly or indirectly, any shares of its or its Subsidiaries capital stock or any Company Stock Rights;

(d) issue, grant, deliver, offer, sell, pledge, dispose of or encumber any shares of, or securities convertible into or exchangeable for, or option, warrants, calls, commitments or rights of any kind to acquire, any shares of its capital stock or other voting or equity interests of any class or series of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

(e) adopt any amendments to or propose to amend the Company Certificate of Incorporation or Company Bylaws or organizational documents of the Company’s Subsidiaries;

(f) purchase an equity interest in, or a substantial portion of the assets of, any Person or any division or business thereof, if the amount of the consideration paid or transferred by the Company and its Subsidiaries would exceed $500,000 for any individual transaction or $1,500,000 in the aggregate for all such transactions, or merge or consolidate with any Person, in each case, other than (i) any such action solely between or among the Company and its Subsidiaries, (ii) pursuant to the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (iii) the acquisition of Investment Assets in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;

(g) sell, lease, transfer, license, encumber or otherwise dispose of any of its properties or assets (including capital stock of any Subsidiary of the Company, but excluding Intellectual Property) other than (i) sales or other dispositions of assets in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, (ii) solely of assets pursuant to the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iii) sales or other dispositions of assets utilized in the operations of the Company or its Subsidiaries the total value of which does not exceed $500,000

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for any single transaction or $1,500,000 in the aggregate for all such transactions, (iv) sales or other dispositions of obsolete assets that are no longer used or useful in the conduct of the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (v) pursuant to Contracts in effect on the date of this Agreement (or entered into after the date of this Agreement in compliance with this Section 6.01);

(h) sell, assign, transfer, license, abandon, cancel, permit to lapse, pledge, encumber, fail to renew, maintain or pursue filed applications for or otherwise dispose of any material Intellectual Property, other than the grant of non-exclusive licenses in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, or disclose to any Person any non-public material Intellectual Property, except in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice pursuant to written obligations of non-disclosure and non-use;

(i) incur any indebtedness for borrowed money, issue or sell any debt securities or warrants or other rights to acquire any debt securities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, guarantee any such indebtedness or any debt securities of another Person, or enter into any “keep well” or other agreement to maintain any financial statement condition of another Person (collectively, “Indebtedness”), other than (i) borrowings under the Hannover Facility not in excess of $3,000,000, (ii) Indebtedness incurred in connection with the refinancing of any Indebtedness existing on the date of this Agreement, (iii) Indebtedness incurred solely between the Company and any of its Subsidiaries or solely between its Subsidiaries, or (iv) any additional Indebtedness the total value of which does not exceed $250,000 in the aggregate;

(j) make any loans, capital contribution or advance to or investment in any Person, other than (i) to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (ii) pursuant to the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of the date hereof in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;

(k) other than in connection with claims under Insurance Contracts or Reinsurance Contracts, settle any material Actions made or pending against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, other than any settlements (i) in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices or (ii) (A) for amounts not to exceed, for any such settlement individually, $500,000, and for all such settlements in the aggregate, $1,500,000 and (B) that would not reasonably be likely to prohibit or materially restrict the Company and its Subsidiaries from operating their business following the Closing Date;

(l) make any material change (i) in any accounting methods, principles or practices, (ii) to the investment policies and guidelines of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in effect on the date hereof or (iii) to any of the actuarial, underwriting, claims administration, pricing, loss control, reserving or reinsurance policies, practices or principles of any Company Insurance Subsidiary in effect on the date hereof or any material assumption underlying an actuarial practice or policy, in each case, other than as required by changes in GAAP or in SAP prescribed or permitted by the applicable insurance regulatory authorities and accounting pronouncements by the SEC, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Financial Accounting Standards Board;

(m) except as required by a Benefit Plan existing and as in effect on the date hereof and set forth on Section 4.18(a) of the Company Disclosure Schedule, (i) grant any Company Stock

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Rights or other equity or equity-based awards in respect of the capital stock or other securities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to any current or former director, officer, employee or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) grant any increases in the compensation or benefits payable or available to any current or former director, officer, employee or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iii) make any grant of, or increase, any severance, retention, change in control, termination or similar compensation or benefits payable to any current or former director, officer, employee or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iv) accelerate the time of payment or vesting of, or the lapsing of material restrictions with respect to, or fund or otherwise secure the payment of, any compensation or benefits under any Benefit Plan, (v) establish, adopt, enter into, terminate or amend any Benefit Plan or establish, adopt or enter into any plan, agreement, program, policy or other arrangement that would be a Benefit Plan if it were in existence as of the date hereof, (vi) loan or advance any money or other property to any current or former director, officer, employee or other service provider of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (other than routine advancement of business expenses in the ordinary course of business), or (vii) materially amend or modify any performance criteria, metrics or targets under any Benefit Plan such that, as compared to those criteria, metrics or targets under any Benefit Plan in effect as of the date of this Agreement, the performance criteria, metrics or targets would reasonably be expected to be more likely to be achieved than in the absence of such amendment or modification;

(n) (i) hire or make an offer to hire any Person to be an officer or employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or engage or make an offer to engage any other service provider to provide services to any Company or any of its Subsidiaries, other than the hiring of employees or engagement of service providers with annual base pay or fee not in excess of $200,000 in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice and on the same or substantially similar terms and conditions of employment as similarly-situated employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries and not otherwise in contravention of Section 6.01(m), (ii) promote or terminate (other than for cause) the employment or engagement of, any employee or other service provider (retroactively or otherwise), in each case, with annual base pay or fee in excess of $200,000 or (iii) affirmatively waive the restrictive covenant obligations of any current or former employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

(o) (i) enter into any collective bargaining agreement or other agreement with any labor union, works council, trade union, labor association or other employee representative organization, or (ii) recognize or certify any labor union, works council, trade union, labor association other employee representative organization, or group of employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as the bargaining representative for any employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

(p) except as in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices, (i) make, revoke or change any material Tax election, (ii) settle or compromise any material income Tax liability, (iii) file any amended material income Tax Return, (iv) fail to pay any material amount of Taxes that are due and payable (including estimated Tax payments), (v) change an annual accounting period or change (or make a request to any Governmental Authority to change) any aspect of its method of accounting for Tax purposes, (vi) prepare or file any material income Tax Returns in a manner which is materially inconsistent with past practices (unless otherwise required by applicable Law), (vii) consent to any extension or waiver of the limitation period applicable to

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any Tax claim or assessment, (viii) surrender any right to claim a Tax refund, offset or other reduction in Tax liability, or (ix) enter into any Tax sharing, closing, or similar agreement in respect of any Taxes, obtain or request any Tax ruling, in each case of (i) through (ix) to the extent that doing so would reasonably be likely to result in a material incremental cost to Parent, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries after the Closing;

(q) (i) commute, materially amend or assign or waive any material rights under any Material Contract or any Reinsurance Contract, other than in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, or (ii) enter into any Contract that would have been a Material Contract or Reinsurance Contract had it been entered into prior to the execution of this Agreement if the Company or any of its Subsidiaries would be required to post collateral to secure its liabilities under such agreement or contract in excess of the amount required by applicable Law for the ceding company to receive full credit for the reserves ceded thereunder;

(r) authorize, recommend, propose, enter into or adopt any plan or agreement of complete or partial liquidation, dissolution, restructuring, recapitalization, merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

(s) make, commit to make or authorize any capital expenditures that are in excess of (i) 110% of the individual line items of, or (ii) 105% of the aggregate amount of capital expenditures scheduled to be made in, the capital expenditure budget set forth on Section 6.01(s) of the Company Disclosure Schedule for the period indicated therein; provided, however, that the Company and its Subsidiaries shall be permitted to make emergency capital expenditures in the event that the Company determines in its reasonable judgment, after consultation with Parent, that such capital expenditures are necessary to maintain its ability to operate its businesses in the ordinary course or for the safety of individuals, assets or the environment;

(t) (i) modify, amend, terminate, assign or waive any material rights of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under any Related Party Transaction or (ii) enter into any Related Party Transaction;

(u) enter into a new business outside of (i) the existing business of the Company and its Subsidiaries or (ii) any new business that is complementary to the existing business of the Company and its Subsidiaries;

(v) modify, waive, terminate or voluntarily abandon, fail to renew, let lapse or otherwise change, any material Company Permit or any material insurance licenses of the Company Insurance Subsidiaries;

(w) (i) enter into any agreement or commitment for the purchase, acquisition, sale, lease, sublease, license, sublicense, occupancy or other direct or indirect transfer of any real property or any interest therein (other than in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice), (ii) acquire any fee simple title to, or interest in, real property or (iii) materially amend or modify, voluntarily terminate or rescind, exercise or decline any material option, or request or grant any material waiver under any Company Lease; or

(x) authorize, agree, in writing or otherwise, to take, or commit to any of the actions described in this Section 6.01.

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Section 6.02 Access to Information and Employees; Confidentiality. During the period from the date of this Agreement through the earlier of the Closing and the termination of this Agreement, the Company shall, and shall cause its Representatives to, afford the Representatives of Parent and Merger Sub, upon reasonable prior written notice, which shall be directed to the Company’s General Counsel, reasonable access during normal business hours to the senior officers, offices and other facilities, and books and records of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries shall be obligated to provide any such access or information to the extent that doing so (i) would reasonably be likely to cause a waiver of an attorney-client privilege or loss of attorney work product protection, (ii) would constitute a violation of any applicable Law, (iii) would violate any Contract to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or bound or (iv) would interfere unreasonably with the business or operations of the Company or its Subsidiaries or would otherwise result in significant interference with the prompt and timely discharge by their respective employees of their normal duties. Without limiting the foregoing, in the event that the Company does not provide access or information in reliance on the immediately preceding sentence, it shall provide notice to Parent that it is withholding such access or information and shall use its reasonable best efforts to communicate, to the extent feasible, the applicable information in a way that would not risk waiver of such privilege, violate the applicable Law, Contract or interfere unreasonably.

Section 6.03 Reasonable Best Efforts to Consummate Merger; Regulatory Matters.

(a) Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, each of Parent, Merger Sub, Guarantor and the Company shall, and shall cause their respective Affiliates to, use its reasonable best efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions and to do, or cause to be done, and to assist and cooperate with the other parties in doing, all things necessary to fulfill all conditions applicable to such party pursuant to this Agreement and to consummate and make effective, as promptly as practicable, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby, including using its reasonable best efforts in (i) obtaining all necessary consents, approvals, authorizations or waivers from Governmental Authorities and making all necessary registrations, filings and notices with any Governmental Authority (including under Insurance Laws and the HSR Act) and (ii) executing and delivering any additional agreements, documents or instruments necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by, and to fully carry out the purposes of, this Agreement, in each case, except as would, or would reasonably be expected to, constitute or result in a Burdensome Condition.

(b) Without limiting the general applicability of Section 6.03(a), and upon the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement, each of Parent and Guarantor shall, and shall cause its respective Affiliates to, use reasonable best efforts to take any and all actions necessary to avoid each and every impediment under any applicable Law that may be asserted by, or Order that may be entered by, any Governmental Authority with respect to this Agreement, the Merger or any other transaction contemplated hereby so as to enable the Closing to occur as promptly as practicable, including by using its reasonable best efforts in (1) taking all actions otherwise necessary to (x) obtain all consents, approvals, authorizations or waivers of Governmental Authorities required to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and secure the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, (y) resolve any objections that may be asserted by any Governmental Authority with respect to the Merger or any other transaction contemplated hereby and (z) prevent the entry of, and have vacated, lifted,

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reversed or overturned, any Order that would prevent, prohibit, restrict or delay the consummation of the Merger or any other transaction contemplated hereby and (2) proffering to Governmental Authorities to take such actions, in each case, except as would constitute or result in a Burdensome Condition.

(c) In furtherance of and without limiting the foregoing, (i) Parent and Guarantor shall file a “Form A” Acquisition of Control, together with all exhibits, affidavits and certificates, with the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance as promptly as practicable and in any event within twenty (20) Business Days of the date hereof, (ii) Guarantor shall file a notification of the Merger with The Autorité des marchés financiers as promptly as practicable and in any event within twenty (20) Business Days of the date hereof (the “AMF Filing”) and (iii) each of Parent and the Company shall file a notification and report form pursuant to the HSR Act with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and requesting early termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act, as promptly as practicable and in any event within twenty (20) Business Days of the date hereof. All filing fees payable in connection with the foregoing shall be borne by Parent.

(d) Parent and Guarantor shall promptly provide, or cause to be provided, all copies of existing agreements and documents, instruments, affidavits, statements or information that may be required or requested by any Governmental Authority relating to Parent and its Affiliates or any Persons who are deemed or may be deemed to “control” Parent within the meaning of applicable Insurance Laws (including Guarantor), including its or their structure, ownership, businesses, operations, jurisdiction of domicile, regulatory and legal compliance, assets, liabilities, financing, financial condition or results of operations, or any of its or their directors, officers, employees, general or limited partners, members or shareholders and the transactions contemplated hereby and such other matters as may be required or requested by such Governmental Authority, in each case, in connection with obtaining all necessary approvals, authorizations or waivers from Governmental Authorities for the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

(e) Each of the Company, Guarantor, Parent and Merger Sub shall consult and cooperate with one another with respect to the obtaining of all consents, approvals, authorizations or waivers of Governmental Authorities necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub shall keep the others apprised on a prompt basis of the status of matters relating to such consents, approvals, authorizations or waivers. Subject to applicable Laws, Parent and the Company shall have the right to review in advance and, to the extent practicable, and subject to any restrictions under applicable Law, each shall consult the other on, any filing made with, or written materials submitted to, any Governmental Authority necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and each party agrees to in good faith consider and reasonably accept comments of the other parties thereon. Parent and the Company shall promptly furnish to each other copies of all such filings and written materials after their filing or submission, in each case subject to applicable Laws. Parent and the Company shall promptly advise each other upon receiving any communication from any Governmental Authority with respect to any consent, approval, authorization or waiver required to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including promptly furnishing each other copies of any such written or electronic communication,

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and shall promptly advise each other when any such communication causes such party to believe that there is a reasonable likelihood that any such consent, approval, authorization or waiver will not be obtained or that the receipt of any such consent, approval, authorization or waiver will be materially delayed or conditioned. Parent, Merger Sub and the Company shall not, and shall cause their respective Affiliates not to, permit any of their respective directors, officers, employees, partners, members, shareholders or any other Representatives to participate in any live or telephonic meeting (other than non-substantive scheduling or administrative calls and discussions in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice that are not primarily related to this Agreement and the transactions expressly contemplated hereby) with any Governmental Authority in respect of any filings, investigation or other inquiry necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except to the extent related to any filings with the Toronto Stock Exchange or the AMF Filing, unless it consults with the other in advance and, to the extent permitted by applicable Law and by such Governmental Authority, gives the other party the opportunity to attend and participate in such meeting (other than a telephone call initiated by such Governmental Authority and not scheduled in advance). Parent and Merger Sub shall not amend, revoke or refile any filing, submission, application, notification or report form or extend any applicable waiting or review periods or enter into any agreement with a Governmental Authority to delay or not to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby, except as required by applicable Law or with the prior written consent of the Company, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event will any party to this Agreement be required to disclose to any other party to this Agreement any information or materials that (i) contain trade secret, or commercially or competitively sensitive information (provided, however, that such materials may be exchanged on an “Outside Counsel Only” basis), (ii) contain personally identifiable information (including personal financial statements or any other financial information or tax-related information), or (iii) are legally privileged (collectively, “Sensitive Information”), including any information or materials that may be shared prior to or during telephone calls or conferences with Governmental Authorities. Each party shall be permitted to redact Sensitive Information from documents shared with the other parties.

(f) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, in no event shall any party hereto be required to agree to take or enter into any action which is not conditioned upon the Closing. Parent, Merger Sub and their Affiliates shall be permitted to file requests for approval or non-disapproval from Government Authorities of the actions proposed to be taken and agreements proposed to entered into by the Insurance Company on or following the Closing Date set forth on Section 6.03(f) of the Parent Disclosure Schedule (the “Scheduled Form D Filings”). Upon the written request of Parent, the Company shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to, provide reasonable cooperation and assistance to Parent and its counsel in the preparation of, and, at the direction of Parent, the filing and review of the Scheduled Form D Filings.

(g) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement, Parent and Guarantor shall not be obligated to take or refrain from taking or to agree to Parent, Guarantor, their respective Subsidiaries and Affiliates or the Company or its Subsidiaries taking or refraining from taking any action (including any amendment, waiver or termination of any agreement, exhibit or schedule, including this Agreement) or to suffer to exist any limitation, action, restriction, condition, requirement or arrangement, which, individually or together with all other such limitations, actions, restrictions, conditions, requirements or arrangements, would, or would reasonably be expected to, (i) result in a Company Material Adverse Effect or materially change

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the manner in which the Company has conducted its business in the ordinary course, including any change to its place of operations, or (ii) (A) be material and adverse to Guarantor and its Subsidiaries (other than the Company and its Subsidiaries), taken as a whole, or (B) change the manner in which Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries (other than the Company and its Subsidiaries) has conducted its business operations in the ordinary course in a manner that, individually or in the aggregate, is material and adverse to Guarantor and its Subsidiaries (other than the Company and its Subsidiaries), taken as a whole (provided that, for purposes of this sub-clause 6.03(g)(ii), Guarantor and its Subsidiaries (other than the Company and its Subsidiaries) shall be deemed a consolidated group of entities of the same size and scale (financially and otherwise) as Parent and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, based on the balance sheet for Parent and its Subsidiaries set forth in Section 6.03(g) of the Parent Disclosure Schedule) (each of such clauses (i) and (ii), a “Burdensome Condition”). Without the prior written consent of Parent, the Company shall not (and shall cause its Subsidiaries not to) take any action or agree to the taking or refraining from any action or accept any limitation, action, restriction, condition or requirement that, individually or in the aggregate, would, or would be reasonably expected to, result in a Burdensome Condition.

(h) Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts, in consultation and cooperation with Parent, to obtain as promptly as reasonably practicable prior to the Closing Date the third-party consents set forth on Section 6.03(h)(A) of the Company Disclosure Schedule and amend the agreement set forth on Section 6.03(h)(B) of the Company Disclosure Schedule as set forth therein; provided, however, that (i) the Company shall not, and shall cause its Subsidiaries not to, (and the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not be required to) compromise any right, asset or benefit or expend any amount or incur any liabilities, make any accommodations or provide any other consideration to obtain any such consents or amendment without the prior written consent of Parent, and (ii) obtaining such consents or amendment shall not be required to satisfy the conditions set forth in Section 7.02(b) as of the Closing Date and the failure to obtain such consents or amendment shall not, in and of itself, be considered evidence of a failure by the Company to perform its obligations under or otherwise comply with this Section 6.03(h).

Section 6.04 Stockholder Written Consent; Preparation of Information Statement or Proxy Statement.

(a) Immediately after the execution of this Agreement, the Company shall take all actions necessary to seek and obtain the Company Required Vote by an irrevocable written consent of Apex Holdco L.P. with respect to 11,373,352 Shares in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Stockholder Written Consent”) in accordance with applicable Law, the Company Certificate of Incorporation and the Company Bylaws. As promptly as practicable after receipt of the Stockholder Written Consent, (i) the Company shall deliver to Parent a copy (including by facsimile or other electronic image scan transmission) of the executed Stockholder Written Consent and (ii) the Company will use reasonable best efforts to cause the Waiving Stockholders to execute and deliver the Appraisal Waivers to the Company and Parent promptly following delivery of the executed Stockholder Written Consent. If the Stockholder Written Consent is not executed and delivered to Parent within twenty-four (24) hours after the execution of this Agreement, Parent shall have the right to terminate this Agreement as set forth in Section 8.01(i).

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(b) In the event the Stockholder Written Consent is delivered to Parent pursuant to Section 6.04, each of the Company and Parent shall cooperate with each other in the preparation of the preliminary and the definitive Information Statement, including all amendments or supplements to the preliminary Information Statement as promptly as practicable thereafter. The Company shall prepare and file with the SEC the preliminary Information Statement as promptly as reasonably practicable (and in any event no later than twenty (20) Business Days following the date of this Agreement). The Company shall promptly notify Parent of the receipt of any comments of the SEC with respect to the preliminary Information Statement and of any requests by the SEC for any amendment or supplement thereto or for additional information and shall provide to Parent, as promptly as reasonably practicable, copies of all written correspondence between the Company or any Representative of the Company and the SEC with respect to the preliminary or definitive Information Statement. If any comments are received from the SEC with respect to the preliminary Information Statement, the Company shall respond as promptly as reasonably practicable to such comments. Parent shall, as promptly as reasonably practicable, provide the Company with such information as may be required to be included in the Information Statement or as may be reasonably required to respond to any comment of the SEC. As promptly as reasonably practicable after all comments received from the SEC have been cleared by the SEC, which clearance will be deemed to occur if the SEC has not affirmatively notified the Company prior to the tenth day after filing the preliminary Information Statement that the SEC will not be reviewing the Information Statement, and all information required to be contained in the Information Statement has been included therein, the Company shall file the definitive Information Statement with the SEC and cause such definitive Information Statement (which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall contain the Financial Advisor Opinion) to be mailed (including by electronic delivery if permitted) to its stockholders of record, as of a record date reasonably established by the Company Board of Directors in accordance with applicable Law.

(c) In the event the Stockholder Written Consent is not delivered to Parent pursuant to Section 6.04 and Parent has not terminated this Agreement in accordance with Section 8.01(i), each of the Company and Parent shall cooperate with each other in the preparation of the preliminary and the definitive Proxy Statement, including all amendments or supplements to the preliminary Proxy Statement. The Company shall prepare and file with the SEC the preliminary Proxy Statement as promptly as reasonably practicable (and in any event no later than 20 Business Days following the date of this Agreement). The Company shall promptly notify Parent of the receipt of any comments of the SEC with respect to the preliminary Proxy Statement and of any requests by the SEC for any amendment or supplement thereto or for additional information and shall provide to Parent, as promptly as reasonably practicable, copies of all written correspondence between the Company or any Representative of the Company and the SEC with respect to the preliminary or definitive Proxy Statement. If any comments are received from the SEC with respect to the preliminary Proxy Statement, the Company shall respond as promptly as reasonably practicable to such comments. Parent shall, as promptly as reasonably practicable, provide the Company with such information as may be required to be included in the Proxy Statement or as may be reasonably required to respond to any comment of the SEC. As promptly as reasonably practicable after all comments received from the SEC have been cleared by the SEC, which clearance will be deemed to occur if the SEC has not affirmatively notified the Company prior to the tenth day after filing the preliminary Proxy Statement that the SEC will not be reviewing the Proxy Statement, and all information required to be contained in the Proxy Statement has been included therein, the Company shall file the definitive Proxy Statement with the SEC and cause

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such definitive Proxy Statement to be mailed (including by electronic delivery if permitted) to its stockholders of record, as of a record date reasonably established by the Company Board of Directors in accordance with applicable Law.

(d) The Company shall make all necessary filings with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby (including the Merger) under the Exchange Act and applicable blue sky laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Company will advise Parent, promptly after it receives notice thereof, of the time when any supplement or amendment to the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, has been filed.

(e) If at any time prior to, but not after, the receipt of the Company Required Vote, any information relating to Parent or the Company, or any of their respective Affiliates, officers or directors, should be discovered by Parent or the Company that should be set forth in an amendment or supplement to the Information Statement or the Proxy Statement, as applicable, so that the Information Statement or Proxy Statement, as applicable, would not include any misstatement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, the party that discovers such information shall promptly notify the other party and an appropriate amendment or supplement describing such information shall be promptly filed by the Company with the SEC and, to the extent required by applicable Law, disseminated to the stockholders of the Company.

(f) Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to filing or mailing the Information Statement or Proxy Statement (or any amendment or supplement thereto), as applicable, or responding to any comments of the SEC with respect thereto, the Company (i) will provide Parent with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on such document or response (including the proposed final version of such document or response), (ii) shall include in such document or response all comments reasonably and promptly proposed by Parent and (iii) shall not file or mail such document or respond to the SEC prior to receiving the approval of Parent, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed.

Section 6.05 Company Stockholders Meeting. Subject to the other provisions of this Agreement, in the event the Stockholder Written Consent is not delivered to Parent pursuant to Section 6.04 and Parent has not terminated this Agreement in accordance with Section 8.01(i), the Company, acting through the Company Board of Directors, shall take all actions in accordance with applicable Law, the Company Certificate of Incorporation, the Company Bylaws and the rules and regulations of the NASDAQ Capital Market to establish a record date for, duly call, give notice of, convene and hold, as promptly as practicable after the SEC or the staff of the SEC clears the Proxy Statement for mailing to the Company Stockholders, the Company Stockholders Meeting for the purpose of considering and voting upon the adoption of this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement. Subject to Section 6.06, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, the Company Board of Directors shall recommend adoption of this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby by the Company Stockholders (the “Company Recommendation”) and include such recommendation in the Proxy Statement. Unless this Agreement has been duly terminated in accordance with the terms herein, the Company shall, subject to Section 6.06, take all lawful action to solicit from the Company Stockholders proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby and shall take all other action reasonably necessary or advisable

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to secure the vote or consent of the Company Stockholders that is required by the rules and regulations of the NASDAQ Capital Market and the DGCL. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Company, after consultation with Parent, may adjourn or postpone the Company Stockholders Meeting to the extent necessary to ensure that any legally required supplement or amendment to the Proxy Statement is provided to the Company Stockholders or, if as of the time for which the Company Stockholders Meeting is originally scheduled (as set forth in the Proxy Statement), there are insufficient shares of Company Common Stock represented (either in person or by proxy) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of the Company Stockholders Meeting.

Section 6.06 No Solicitation.

(a) The Company agrees that (i) it and its directors and officers shall not, (ii) its Subsidiaries and its Subsidiaries’ directors and officers shall not and (iii) it shall not, shall cause its Subsidiaries to not, and shall use reasonable best efforts to cause its and its Subsidiaries’ other Representatives to not, directly or indirectly, (A) solicit, initiate, propose or knowingly encourage or facilitate any inquiry or the making of any proposal or offer that constitutes or is reasonably likely to lead to or result in a Takeover Proposal (other than contacting or engaging in discussions with the Person making a Takeover Proposal or its Representatives for the sole purpose of clarifying such Takeover Proposal to determine whether it constitutes a Superior Proposal), (B) enter into, continue or otherwise participate in any discussions or negotiations regarding, or furnish to any Person any material, non-public information in furtherance of, any Takeover Proposal or any inquiry, proposal or offer that is reasonably likely to lead to or result in a Takeover Proposal, (C) provide access to the properties, assets or employees of the Company or its Subsidiaries to any Person with respect to or in response to any Takeover Proposal or any inquiry, proposal or offer that is reasonably likely to lead to or result in a Takeover Proposal, (D) enter into any Takeover Proposal Documentation or (E) resolve, propose or agree to do any of the foregoing. The Company shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries and its and their respective directors and officers, and use reasonable best efforts to cause its and its Subsidiaries’ other Representatives, to immediately cease and cause to be terminated all then existing discussions and negotiations with any Person conducted theretofore by the Company or its Subsidiaries or any of its or their respective Representatives with respect to any Takeover Proposal. Within ten (10) Business Days after the date of this Agreement the Company shall deliver a written notice to each Person that has received non-public information regarding the Company within the six (6) months prior to the date of this Agreement pursuant to a confidentiality agreement with the Company for purposes of evaluating any transaction that would constitute a Takeover Proposal if consummated following the date of this Agreement and for whom no similar notice has been delivered prior to the date of this Agreement requesting the prompt return or destruction of all confidential information concerning the Company and any of its Subsidiaries heretofore furnished to such Person. The Company will immediately terminate any physical and electronic data access previously granted to any Person for purposes of evaluating any transaction that could be a Takeover Proposal. Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else in this Agreement to the contrary, at any time prior to obtaining the Company Required Vote, in response to a bona fide written Takeover Proposal, if the Company Board of Directors determines in good faith, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, that such Takeover Proposal constitutes or would reasonably be expected to lead to a Superior Proposal, the Company may (and may authorize and permit its Subsidiaries and Representatives to), subject to compliance with this Section 6.06(a), (x) furnish information with

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respect to the Company and its Subsidiaries to the Person making such Takeover Proposal (and its Representatives) after the Company receives an executed confidentiality agreement from such Person containing confidentiality provisions not materially less favorable to the Company than those contained in the Confidentiality Agreement (it being understood that such confidentiality agreement need not prohibit the making or amendment of a Takeover Proposal and need not contain any standstill), provided that all material information has previously been provided to Parent or is provided to Parent prior to or substantially concurrently with the time it is provided to such Person or any of its Representatives, and (y) participate in discussions and negotiations with the Person making such Takeover Proposal (and its Representatives) regarding such Takeover Proposal; provided, further, that prior to taking any such actions set forth in the foregoing clauses (x) or (y), the Company Board of Directors determines in good faith, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, that failure to take such action would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of the directors under Delaware Law.

(b) Neither the Company Board of Directors nor any committee thereof shall:

(i) withdraw, withhold, qualify or modify in a manner adverse to Parent or Merger Sub, or publicly propose to withdraw, withhold, qualify or modify in a manner adverse to Parent or Merger Sub, the Company Recommendation,

(ii) approve, endorse or recommend the adoption of, or publicly propose to approve, endorse or recommend the adoption of, any Takeover Proposal,

(iii) fail to publicly reaffirm the Company Recommendation on or prior to the earlier of (A) five (5) Business Days of a written request by Parent to make such public reaffirmation and (B) three (3) Business Days prior to the date of the Company Stockholders Meeting following the receipt by the Company of a public Takeover Proposal (other than in the case of a Takeover Proposal in the form of a tender offer or exchange offer which shall be governed by clause (vi) of this Section 6.06(b)) (or promptly after the announcement or disclosure of such Takeover Proposal if announced or disclosed on or after the third Business Day prior to the date of the Company Stockholders Meeting) that has not been withdrawn; provided that Parent may make any such request only once in any five (5) Business Day period,

(iv) fail to include the Company Recommendation in the Proxy Statement when filed with the SEC or disseminated to the Company Stockholders,

(v) publicly declare advisable or publicly propose to enter into, any letter of intent, memorandum of understanding, agreement in principle, acquisition agreement, merger agreement, option agreement, joint venture agreement, partnership agreement or other agreement relating to a Takeover Proposal (an “Alternative Acquisition Agreement”),

(vi) in the case of a Takeover Proposal in the form of a tender offer or exchange offer pursuant to Rule 14d-2 under the Exchange Act for Shares (other than by Parent or an Affiliate of Parent), fail to recommend, in a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14d-9, against acceptance of such tender offer or exchange offer by its stockholders on or prior to the earlier of (i) ten (10) Business Days after commencement

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of such tender offer or exchange offer and (ii) three (3) Business Days prior to the date of the Company Stockholders Meeting (or promptly after the commencement of such tender offer or exchange offer if commenced on or after the third Business Day prior to the date of the Company Stockholders Meeting), or

(vii) cause or permit the Company to enter into an Alternative Acquisition Agreement (each of clauses (i) through this (vii), an “Adverse Recommendation Change”).

(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else to the contrary contained in this Agreement, at any time prior to, but not after, obtaining the Company Required Vote, the Company Board of Directors may, if, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, it determines in good faith that the failure to take such action would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware Law, (x) make an Adverse Recommendation Change in response to a Change in Circumstance that has been determined in good faith by the Company Board of Directors to constitute a Change in Circumstance after consultation with its financial advisors and outside legal counsel, (y) make an Adverse Recommendation Change in response to a bona fide written Takeover Proposal from a third party that was not solicited at any time following the execution of this Agreement that the Company Board of Directors determines is a Superior Proposal and did not arise from a breach of the obligations set forth in this Section 6.06 or (z) cause or permit the Company to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 8.01(d) in order to enter into any Takeover Proposal Documentation regarding a Superior Proposal, if and only if:

(i) the Company shall have given Parent written notice at least four (4) Business Days prior to making any such Adverse Recommendation Change or causing or permitting the Company to terminate this Agreement pursuant to clause (z) above, which notice shall include, as applicable, (A) an unredacted copy of any Superior Proposal that is the basis of the proposed action by the Company Board of Directors, including any applicable transaction and financing documents to the extent provided by the relevant party in connection with the Superior Proposal (it being understood and agreed that (1) any material amendment or material modification to such Superior Proposal, including any amendment to the financial terms of such Superior Proposal, shall require a new written notice, compliance with the requirements of this Section 6.06(c) and an additional two (2) Business Day period prior to taking any specified action and (2) in determining whether to make an Adverse Recommendation Change or to cause or permit the Company to so terminate this Agreement, the Company Board of Directors shall (x) take into account any binding offers to amend the terms of this Agreement made by Parent in writing to the Company and any other information offered by Parent in response to the notice and (y) negotiate (and cause its officers, employees, financial advisor and outside legal counsel to negotiate) in good faith with Parent (to the extent Parent wishes to negotiate) to make such adjustments or revisions to the terms of this Agreement as would obviate the need for the Company Board of Directors to effect an Adverse Recommendation Change or terminate this Agreement in response thereto) or (B) a reasonably detailed description of the material event or development or material change in circumstance constituting such Change in Circumstances; and

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(ii) after considering any proposed binding offers to amend the terms of this Agreement made by Parent in writing during such periods described above, if any, the Company Board of Directors shall have determined in good faith, after consultation with its financial advisor and outside legal counsel, that the Takeover Proposal remains a Superior Proposal and that the failure to make the Adverse Recommendation Change in response to such Superior Proposal or Change in Circumstance or cause or permit the Company to terminate this Agreement in response to such Superior Proposal would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware Law.

(d) In the event that on or after the date of this Agreement the Company receives a Takeover Proposal, any request for information relating to the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company or for access to the properties, books or records of the Company in connection with or in response to a Takeover Proposal or that is reasonably likely to lead to or result in a Takeover Proposal or any request for discussions or negotiations with the Company or a Representative of the Company relating to a Takeover Proposal, the Company will (i) promptly (and in no event later than forty-eight (48) hours after receipt thereof) notify (which notice shall be provided orally and in writing and shall identify the Person making such Takeover Proposal or request and set forth the material terms thereof) Parent thereof, (ii) keep Parent reasonably and promptly (and in no event later than forty-eight (48) hours) informed of the status and material terms of (including with respect to changes to the status or material terms of) any such Takeover Proposal or request and (iii) as promptly as practicable (but in no event later than forty-eight (48) hours after receipt) provide to Parent unredacted copies of all material correspondence and written materials (regardless of whether electronic) sent or provided to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that describes any terms or conditions thereof, including any proposed transaction agreements (along with all schedules and exhibits thereto and any financing commitments related thereto), as well as written summaries of any material oral communications relating to the terms and conditions thereof.

(e) Nothing contained in this Section 6.06 or elsewhere in this Agreement shall prohibit the Company from, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal counsel, (i) taking and disclosing to its stockholders a position contemplated by Rule 14d-9 or Rule 14e-2(a) promulgated under the Exchange Act or Item 1012(c) of Regulation M-A promulgated under the Exchange Act or (ii) making any disclosure to its stockholders if the Company Board of Directors determines (after consultation with its outside counsel) that failure to do so would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware Law, it being understood, however, that this clause (ii) shall not be deemed to permit the Company Board of Directors to make an Adverse Recommendation Change or take any of the actions referred to in clause (ii) of Section 6.06(b) except, in each case, to the extent permitted by Section 6.06(b). The parties agree that any “stop, look and listen” or similar communication of the type contemplated by Rule 14d-9(f) of the Exchange Act (or any similar communication to the stockholders of the Company) shall not be deemed to be an Adverse Recommendation Change. In addition, it is understood and agreed that, for purposes of this Agreement, a factually accurate public statement by the Company that describes the Company’s receipt of a Takeover Proposal and the operation of this Agreement with respect thereto shall not be deemed a withdrawal or modification, or proposal by the Board of Directors of the Company to withdraw or modify, the Company Recommendation, an adoption or recommendation with respect to such Takeover Proposal, or an Adverse Recommendation Change; provided, however, that if any such disclosure described in this Section 6.06(e) has the

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effect of withdrawing or adversely modifying the Company Recommendation, such disclosure shall be deemed to be an Adverse Recommendation Change and Parent shall have the right to terminate this Agreement as set forth in Section 8.01(e). The Company shall not modify, amend or terminate, or waive, release or assign, any provisions of any confidentiality or standstill agreement (or any similar agreement) to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party and shall enforce the provisions of any such agreement.

Section 6.07 Public Announcements. The Company and Parent shall agree on the press releases to be issued by each of them announcing the entering into of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby. Thereafter, the Company and Parent shall consult with each other before issuing any press release or otherwise making any public statements (including scheduling of a press conference or conference call with investors or analysts) with respect to this Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated hereby and shall not issue any such press release or make any such public statement without the prior consent of the other party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed; provided, however, that a party may, without the prior consent of the other party, issue such press release or make such public statement (a) as may be required by Law or Order, the applicable rules and regulations of the NASDAQ Capital Market or the Toronto Stock Exchange or any listing agreement with the NASDAQ Capital Market or the Toronto Stock Exchange, (b) as contemplated by Section 6.06(b) or (c) to enforce its rights and remedies under this Agreement.

Section 6.08 Employee Matters.

(a) During the period commencing on the Effective Time and ending on the first anniversary of the Closing Date (the “Continuation Period”), Parent shall provide to each employee of the Company and its Subsidiaries at the Effective Time who remains an employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (each such employee, a “Company Employee”): (i) base salary or wage rate that is, in each case, no less than the base salary or wage rate to each such Company Employee immediately prior to the Effective Time; (ii) annual cash incentive bonus opportunities that are no less favorable in the aggregate than those provided to each such Company Employee immediately prior to the Effective Time; and (iii) retirement, health and welfare benefits (excluding severance benefits, defined benefit pension plans, post-employment health and welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and equity or equity-based and long-term compensation benefits) that are substantially comparable, in the aggregate, to those retirement, health and welfare benefits (excluding severance benefits, defined benefit pension plans, post-employment health and welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and equity or equity-based and long-term compensation benefits) provided to such Company Employee immediately prior to the Effective Time.

(b) Parent shall provide each Company Employee who incurs a termination of employment by Parent or its Affiliate (other than for cause or on account of death or disability) during the Continuation Period, subject to such Company Employee’s timely executing and not revoking a waiver and general release agreement in the form customarily used by Parent or its Affiliate, with severance payments and benefits that are no less favorable than the severance payments and benefits to which such employee would have been entitled with respect to such termination under the severance policies of the Company set forth on Section 4.18(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedule.

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(c) Parent shall, or shall cause the Surviving Corporation or Parent’s or the Surviving Corporation’s Subsidiaries, as applicable, to give Company Employees full credit for Company Employees’ service with the Company and its Subsidiaries for purposes of eligibility, vesting and determination of the level of benefits (including for purposes of vacation and severance) under any benefit plans made generally available to officers or employees or any class or level of officers or employees maintained by Parent, the Surviving Corporation or any of their respective Subsidiaries in which a Company Employee participates to the same extent recognized by the Company immediately prior to the Effective Time; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not apply with respect to benefit accruals under any defined benefit pension plan, for purposes of any post-employment health or welfare benefit plan, or to the extent that such recognition would result in a duplication of benefits with respect to the same period of service.

(d) Parent shall, or shall cause the Surviving Corporation or Parent’s or the Surviving Corporation’s Subsidiaries, as applicable, to use commercially reasonable efforts to (i) waive any preexisting condition limitations otherwise applicable to Company Employees and their eligible dependents under any plan of Parent or any Subsidiary of Parent that provides health benefits in which Company Employees may be eligible to participate following the Effective Time, other than any limitations that were in effect with respect to such employees as of the Effective Time under the analogous Benefit Plan, (ii) honor any deductible, co-payment and out-of-pocket maximums incurred by the Company Employees and their eligible dependents under the health plans in which they participated immediately prior to the Effective Time during the portion of the calendar year prior to the Effective Time in satisfying any deductibles, co-payments or out-of-pocket maximums under health plans of Parent, the Surviving Corporation or any of their respective Subsidiaries in which they are eligible to participate after the Effective Time in the same plan year in which such deductibles, co-payments or out-of-pocket maximums were incurred and (iii) waive any waiting period limitation or evidence of insurability requirement that would otherwise be applicable to a Company Employee and his or her eligible dependents on or after the Effective Time, in each case to the extent such Company Employee or eligible dependent had satisfied any similar limitation or requirement under an analogous Benefit Plan prior to the Effective Time.

(e) This Section 6.08 shall be binding upon and shall inure solely to the benefit of each of the parties to this Agreement and nothing in this Section 6.08 or any other provision of this Agreement or any other related Contract, express or implied (i) shall be construed to establish, amend, or modify any Benefit Plan or any other benefit or compensation plan, program, agreement or arrangement, (ii) shall alter or limit the ability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or Parent or any of its Subsidiaries to amend, modify or terminate any benefit or compensation plan, program, agreement or arrangement or (iii) is intended to or shall confer upon any third-party beneficiary rights or obligations in any person (including any current or former employee of the Company or its Subsidiaries) or any right to employment or service or continued employment or service for any period of time by reason of this Agreement or any other related agreement, or any right to a particular term or condition of employment or service with Parent or the Company or any of their respective Subsidiaries or Affiliates or any other person.

Section 6.09 Directors’ and Officers’ Indemnification and Insurance.

(a) From and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation shall, and Parent shall cause the Surviving Corporation to, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the individuals who at

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or prior to the Effective Time were directors or officers of the Company or any of its current Subsidiaries (the “Indemnified Parties”) against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, fines, penalties, costs (including amounts paid in settlement or compromise) and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) in connection with any actual or threatened Action or investigation, whenever asserted, based on or arising out of, relating to or in connection with any act or omission occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (including relating to this Agreement) to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL or any other applicable Law or provided under the Company Certificate of Incorporation and the Company Bylaws in effect on the date hereof.

(b) From the Effective Time and for a period of six (6) years thereafter, Parent and the Surviving Corporation shall maintain in effect directors’ and officers’ liability insurance covering acts or omissions occurring at or prior to the Effective Time with respect to Indemnified Parties with terms, conditions, retentions and levels of coverage at least as favorable as those of such current insurance coverage; provided, however, that in no event will Parent or the Surviving Corporation be required to expend in any one year an amount in excess of 200% of the annual premiums currently paid by the Company for such insurance (the “Maximum Premium”); provided, further, that, if the annual premiums for such insurance coverage exceed the Maximum Premium, Parent and the Surviving Corporation will be obligated to obtain a policy with the greatest coverage available for a cost not exceeding such amount; provided, further, however, that, in lieu of the foregoing insurance coverage, the Company may, at its option, or if requested by Parent, the Company shall, purchase, prior to the Effective Time, a six (6) year “tail” insurance policy that provides coverage substantially similar in all material respects to the coverage described above, provided that the Company does not pay more than the Maximum Premium for the coverage period for such “tail” insurance policy.

(c) Parent and the Company agree that all rights to indemnification and exculpation from liabilities for acts or omissions occurring at or prior to the Effective Time (and rights for advancement of expenses) now existing in favor of the Indemnified Parties as provided in the respective certificates of incorporation or bylaws (or comparable organizational documents) of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and any indemnification or other agreements of the Company and its Subsidiaries as in effect on the date of this Agreement shall be assumed by the Surviving Corporation in the Merger, without further action, at the Effective Time and shall survive the Merger and shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with their terms. Further, the Surviving Corporation shall, and Parent shall cause the Surviving Corporation to, maintain in the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Surviving Corporation from and after the Effective Time provisions no less favorable with respect to indemnification, advancement of expenses and exculpation of the Indemnified Parties than are presently set forth in the Company Certificate of Incorporation and Company Bylaws, which provisions shall not be amended, repealed or otherwise modified for a period of six (6) years from the Effective Time in any manner that would adversely affect the rights thereunder of any such individuals, except as amendments may be required by the DGCL or other applicable Law during such period.

(d) This Section 6.09 shall survive the consummation of the Merger, is intended to benefit, and shall be enforceable by each Indemnified Party and their respective successors, heirs and representatives, shall be binding on all successors and assigns of Parent and the Surviving Corporation and shall not be amended without the prior written consent of the applicable Indemnified Party (including his or her successors, heirs and representatives).

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(e) In the event that the Surviving Corporation or its successors or assigns (i) consolidates with or merges into any other Person and shall not be the continuing or surviving corporation or entity of such consolidation or merger or (ii) transfers or conveys all or a majority of its properties and assets to any Person, then, and in each such case, proper provision shall be made so that the successors and assigns of the Surviving Corporation shall succeed to the obligations set forth in Section 6.08 and this Section 6.09.

(f) The rights of the Indemnified Parties under this Section 6.09 shall be in addition to, and not in substitute for, any rights such Indemnified Parties may have under the certificate of incorporation, bylaws or similar organizational documents of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or under any applicable Contracts or Laws, and Parent shall, and shall cause the Surviving Corporation to, honor and perform under all indemnification agreements entered into by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 6.09(a), and without prejudice to the rights referenced in the prior sentence, (i) an Indemnified Party shall be entitled to the rights provided by Section 6.09(a) that are in addition to the rights referenced in the prior sentence only after providing a written undertaking by or on behalf of such Indemnified Party to repay such amounts if it is ultimately determined that such Indemnified Party is not entitled to indemnification and (ii) Parent shall have the right, upon written notice to any Indemnified Party, to assume the defense of any proceeding in respect of which indemnification is or would be sought hereunder employing counsel reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnified Party.

(g) Nothing in this Agreement is intended to, shall be construed to or shall release, waive or impair any rights to directors’ and officers’ insurance claims under any insurance policy that is or has been in existence with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries for any of their respective directors, officers or other employees, it being understood and agreed that the indemnification provided for in this Section 6.09 is not prior to or in substitution for any such claims under such policies.

Section 6.10 Section 16 Matters. Prior to the Effective Time, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to cause to be exempt under Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act any dispositions of Shares (including derivative securities with respect to Shares) resulting from the transactions contemplated hereby by each director or officer of the Company who is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act (or who will become subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act as a result of the transactions contemplated hereby) with respect to equity securities of the Company.

Section 6.11 Stock Exchange De-listing. Parent and the Company shall use their respective reasonable best efforts to cause the Company’s securities to be de-listed from the NASDAQ Capital Market and de-registered under the Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable following the Effective Time.

Section 6.12 Transaction Litigation. Subject to applicable Law, the Company shall promptly notify Parent of any stockholder demands, litigations, arbitrations or other similar actions (including derivative claims) commenced or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company or any director or officer thereof relating to this Agreement (collectively, the “Transaction Litigation”) and shall keep Parent promptly and reasonably informed regarding any

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Transaction Litigation. Subject to applicable Law, the Company and Parent shall cooperate with the other in the defense or settlement of any Transaction Litigation, at each party’s sole cost and expense, and shall in good faith consult with each other on a regular basis regarding the defense or settlement of such Transaction Litigation and shall reasonably consider each other’s advice with respect to such Transaction Litigation, but only if it is not reasonably determined by either of the parties, upon the advice of counsel, that doing so could result in the loss of the ability to successfully assert any legal privilege or work product protection. Subject to applicable Law, none of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries shall settle or offer to settle any Transaction Litigation without the prior written consent of Parent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed). Subject, in all respects, to Parent’s right to direct, in consultation with the Company, negotiations and proceedings with respect to stockholder demands for appraisal in accordance with Section 2.07, it is understood and agreed that this Section 6.12 shall not give Parent the right to direct the defense of any Transaction Litigation.

Section 6.13 Investment Assets. The Company shall, or shall cause its applicable Subsidiaries to, deliver to Parent, within 15 Business Days following the end of each calendar month, a summary report of (a) all Investment Assets (other than real estate) owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of such month end and if available, the market value thereof as of such month end (or, if not available as of such month end, then as of the most recent available date) and (b) all Investment Assets that are real estate owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as of such month end and the carrying values thereof as of the most recent calendar quarter end as determined on a basis consistent with the Company’s current practices with respect to its real estate (and, if there has been any third party appraisal or report completed and delivered to the Company during such month that speaks to the value of any particular real estate property, such information will be included in the report for that month). Except for the Investment Assets set forth in Section 6.13 to the Company Disclosure Schedule (the “Specified Investment Assets”), the market values for Investment Assets provided by the Company pursuant to clause (a) of the prior sentence will be determined from reference to a data file retrieved by the Company through the Company’s investment management software provided by Clearwater Analytics, LLC. With respect to the Specified Investment Assets (for which the Company receives only quarter-end valuation updates), the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts (including by incurring such cost as the Company may determine in its reasonable discretion) to obtain month-end reports of market value of the Specified Investment Assets from the custodians of the Specified Investment Assets. From and after the date hereof until the Closing, the Company shall cause executives and officers of the Company and its Subsidiaries, and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause third-party investment managers of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case, having primary responsibility for Investment Assets to be available during business hours to answer questions and consult with Representatives of Parent, as reasonably requested by Parent in writing, with respect to such matters.

Section 6.14 Notices of Certain Events.

(a) From the date hereof until the earlier of the Effective Time and the termination of this Agreement in accordance with the terms of Article VIII, each of the Company and Parent shall promptly notify the other party of any Action or Order that, to the Knowledge of such party, is commenced or threatened against such party or any of its Affiliates that, if pending on the date of this Agreement, would have been required to have been disclosed pursuant to Section 4.07 (in the

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event that the Company is the notifying party) or Section 5.04 (in the event that Parent is the notifying party).

(b) The Company shall give prompt notice to Parent of any change, circumstance, condition, development, effect, event, occurrence or state of facts that, to the Knowledge of the Company, has had or would reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect, or would reasonably be expected to make the satisfaction of any of the conditions in Section 7.02 impossible or unlikely; and

(c) Parent shall give prompt notice to the Company of any change, circumstance, condition, development, effect, event, occurrence or state of facts that, to the Knowledge of Parent, has had or would reasonably be expected to have a Parent Material Adverse Effect, or would reasonably be expected to make the satisfaction of any of the conditions in Section 7.03(a) and Section 7.03(b) impossible or unlikely;

provided, however, that no such notification required by clause (a), (b) or (c) above (and no other notification required to be given under any other Section of this Agreement) shall affect the representations, warranties, covenants or agreements of the parties or the conditions to the obligations of the parties under this Agreement.

Section 6.15 No Control of the Other Party’s Business. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall give Parent, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ operations prior to the Effective Time, and nothing contained in this Agreement shall give the Company, directly or indirectly, the right to control or direct Parent’s or its Subsidiaries’ operations prior to the Effective Time. Prior to the Effective Time, each of the Company and Parent shall exercise, consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, complete control and supervision over its and its Subsidiaries’ respective operations.

Article VII

CONDITIONS TO CLOSING

Section 7.01 Conditions to the Obligations of Each Party. The obligations of the parties to effect the Merger on the Closing Date are subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by each party) as of the Closing Date of the following conditions:

(a) Company Required Vote. The Company Required Vote shall have been obtained in accordance with applicable Law, the Company Certificate of Incorporation and the Company Bylaws and, if obtained by the Stockholder Written Consent, the Information Statement shall have been cleared by the SEC and mailed to the stockholders of the Company (in accordance with Regulation 14C under the Exchange Act) at least 20 days prior to the Closing.

(b) No Order. No Law or Order (whether temporary, preliminary or permanent) shall have been enacted, issued or enforced that is in effect and that prevents or prohibits consummation of the Merger.

(c) Governmental Consents. The consents, approvals, authorizations, waivers, filings or notifications set forth in Schedule I shall have been made or obtained and shall be in full force

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and effect without the imposition of a Burdensome Condition. The applicable waiting periods, together with any extensions thereof, under the HSR Act shall have expired or been terminated.

Section 7.02 Conditions to the Obligations of Parent and Merger Sub. The obligations of Parent and Merger Sub to effect the Merger on the Closing Date are subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by Parent and Merger Sub) as of the Closing Date of the following conditions:

(a) Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Company (i) set forth in Section 4.01, Section 4.02, the second sentence of Section 4.04(a), Section 4.05(a)(i), Section 4.25 and Section 4.27 shall be true and correct in all material respects as of the Closing Date as if made on and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of such earlier date), (ii) set forth in Section 4.03 shall be true and correct in all respects (other than for de minimis exceptions) as of the Closing Date as if made on and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of such earlier date), (iii) set forth in Section 4.09(b) shall be true and correct in all respects as of the Closing Date as if made on and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of such earlier date) and (iv) set forth in Article IV (other than Section 4.01, Section 4.02, Section 4.03, the second sentence of Section 4.04(a), Section 4.05(a)(i), Section 4.09(b), Section 4.25 and Section 4.27) shall be true and correct as of the Closing Date as if made on and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of such earlier date), except where the failure of such representations and warranties to be so true and correct would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect; provided, however, that for purposes of determining the satisfaction of clauses (i), (ii) and (iv) of this condition, no effect shall be given to any exception or qualification in such representations and warranties relating to “material,” “materiality” or “Company Material Adverse Effect”. Parent shall have received a certificate to such effect dated the Closing Date and executed by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

(b) Covenants and Agreements. The covenants and agreements of the Company set forth in this Agreement to be performed or complied with at or prior to the Effective Time shall have been duly performed or complied with in all material respects. Parent shall have received a certificate to such effect dated the Closing Date and executed by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

(c) No Company Material Adverse Effect. Since the date of this Agreement, there shall not have occurred any Company Material Adverse Effect which is continuing.

Section 7.03 Conditions to the Obligation of the Company. The obligation of the Company to effect the Merger on the Closing Date is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by the Company) as of the Closing Date of the following conditions:

(a) Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of Parent set forth in Article V shall be true and correct as of the Closing Date as if made on and as of the Closing Date (except to the extent expressly made as of an earlier date, in which case as of such earlier date), except where the failure of such representations and warranties to be so true and correct would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be likely to have a Parent Material

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Adverse Effect; provided, however, that for purposes of determining the satisfaction of this condition, no effect shall be given to any exception or qualification in such representations and warranties relating to “material,” “materiality” or “Parent Material Adverse Effect.” The Company shall have received a certificate to such effect dated the Closing Date and executed by a duly authorized officer of Parent.

(b) Covenants and Agreements. The covenants and agreements of Parent and Merger Sub set forth in this Agreement to be performed or complied with at or prior to the Effective Time shall have been duly performed or complied with in all material respects. The Company shall have received a certificate to such effect dated the Closing Date and executed by a duly authorized officer of Parent.

Article VIII

TERMINATION, AMENDMENT AND WAIVER

Section 8.01 Termination. This Agreement may be terminated and the Merger (and the other transactions contemplated hereby) may be abandoned at any time prior to the Effective Time (notwithstanding if the Company Required Vote has been obtained):

(a) by mutual written consent of the Company and Parent, which consent shall have been approved by the action of their respective Boards of Directors;

(b) by Parent or the Company, if any Governmental Authority shall have issued an Order, or there shall have been enacted any Law, in each case, permanently preventing or prohibiting the Merger, and such Order shall have become final and nonappealable or such Law remains in effect; provided, however, that the right to terminate this Agreement under this clause (b) shall not be available to any party whose breach of any representation or warranty or failure to fulfill any covenant or agreement under this Agreement has been the principal cause of, or resulted in, the imposition of such Order or Law or the failure of such Order or Law to be resisted, resolved or lifted;

(c) by Parent or the Company, if (i) the Stockholder Written Consent has not been executed and delivered to Parent and (ii) the Company Required Vote shall not have been obtained at the Company Stockholders Meeting duly convened therefor or at any adjournment or postponement thereof at which a vote to adopt this Agreement has been taken;

(d) by the Company, if the Stockholder Written Consent has not been executed and delivered to Parent, prior to the receipt of the Company Required Vote in accordance with Section 6.06(c)(z), with respect to a Superior Proposal; provided that the Company has complied with Section 6.06 and concurrently, and as a condition to such termination, the Company pays Parent the Company Termination Fee in accordance with Section 8.02(b)(i);

(e) by Parent, if the Stockholder Written Consent has not been executed and delivered to Parent, prior to the receipt of the Company Required Vote, if (i) the Company Board of Directors shall have made an Adverse Recommendation Change or (ii) the Company Board of Directors shall fail to include the Company Recommendation in the Proxy Statement when mailed;

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(f) by Parent or the Company, if the Merger shall not have been consummated prior to July 3, 2024 (as such date may be extended pursuant to the second proviso below or pursuant to Section 9.10, the “Outside Termination Date”); provided that the right to terminate this Agreement under this Section 8.01(f) shall not be available to any party whose failure to fulfill any obligation under this Agreement or whose breach of any representation or warranty given in this Agreement has been the cause of, or results in, the failure of the Merger to occur on or before such date; provided, further, that if on a date that would have been the Outside Termination Date the conditions set forth in Section 7.01(c) are the only conditions in Article VII (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at the Closing) that shall not have been satisfied or waived on or before such date, the Outside Termination Date shall be automatically extended to October 3, 2024, in which case the Outside Termination Date shall be deemed for all purposes to be such later date;

(g) by Parent, if (i) there has been a breach by the Company of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement set forth in this Agreement that would, individually or in the aggregate, result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.02(a) or Section 7.02(b) if continuing on the Closing Date and (ii) such breach has not been cured (or is not capable of being cured) by the earlier of (A) thirty (30) days after the giving of written notice to the Company of such breach and (B) the Outside Termination Date; provided that Parent shall not have the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.01(g) if Parent or Merger Sub is then in material breach of any of its representations, warranties, covenants or agreements set forth in this Agreement;

(h) by the Company, if (i) there has been a breach by Parent of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement set forth in this Agreement that would, individually or in the aggregate, result in a failure of a condition set forth in Section 7.03(a) or Section 7.03(b) if continuing on the Closing Date and (ii) such breach has not been cured (or is not capable of being cured) by the earlier of (A) thirty (30) days after the giving of written notice to Parent of such breach and (B) the Outside Termination Date; provided that the Company shall not have the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.01(h) if the Company is then in material breach of any of its representations, warranties, covenants or agreements set forth in this Agreement; or

(i) by Parent, if the Stockholder Written Consent has not been executed and delivered to Parent within twenty-four (24) hours after the execution of this Agreement.

The party desiring to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 8.01 (other than clause (a) hereof) shall give written notice of such termination to the other party in accordance with Section 9.03, specifying the provision or provisions hereof pursuant to which such termination is effected.

Section 8.02 Fees and Expenses.

(a) Expense Allocation. Except as otherwise specified in Section 6.03 and Section 8.02(b), all costs and expenses (including fees and expenses payable to Representatives) incurred in connection with this Agreement, the Merger and the other transactions contemplated hereby shall be paid by the party incurring such cost or expense, whether or not the Merger is consummated.

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(b) Company Termination Fee.

(i) If this Agreement is terminated (A) by the Company pursuant to Section 8.01(d) or (B) by Parent pursuant to Section 8.01(e) or Section 8.01(i), the Company shall pay Parent, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty and as the sole and exclusive remedy of Parent and Merger Sub against the Company and its Subsidiaries and any of their respective Affiliates, stockholders or Representatives for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the failure of the Merger to be consummated, the Company Termination Fee. If the Company Termination Fee is payable pursuant to clause (A) of the preceding sentence, the Company Termination Fee shall be paid on the date of such termination and if the Company Termination Fee is payable pursuant to clause (B) of the preceding sentence, the Company Termination Fee shall be paid within two (2) Business Days after the date of such termination, in each case, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by Parent in writing.

(ii) If this Agreement is terminated by Parent or the Company pursuant to Section 8.01(c) or by Parent pursuant to Section 8.01(g) (other than a termination because of a breach of the representations and warranties set forth in Section 4.09(b)) and (A) at any time after the date hereof and prior to the breach giving rise to such termination, a Takeover Proposal shall have been made known to the stockholders of the Company and not withdrawn prior to such breach and (B) within twelve (12) months of such termination, the Company either consummates such Takeover Proposal or enters into a definitive agreement to consummate such Takeover Proposal and the Company thereafter consummates such Takeover Proposal (whether or not within such twelve (12) month period), then the Company shall, within two (2) Business Days after the Company consummates such Takeover Proposal, pay Parent, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty and as the sole and exclusive remedy of Parent and Merger Sub against the Company and its Subsidiaries and any of their respective Affiliates, stockholders or Representatives for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the failure of the Merger to be consummated, the Company Termination Fee by wire transfer of immediately available funds; provided that, for the purposes of this Section 8.02(b)(ii), all references in the term Takeover Proposal to “15% or more” shall be deemed to be references to “more than 50%.”

(iii) The parties agree and understand that in no event shall the Company be required to pay the Company Termination Fee on more than one occasion.

(c) Enforcement Costs. The parties acknowledge that the agreements set forth in this Section 8.02 are an integral part of the transactions contemplated hereby and that, without these agreements, the parties would not enter into this Agreement. Accordingly, if the Company fails promptly to pay any amount due pursuant to this Section 8.02, the Company shall also pay any costs and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) incurred by Parent in connection with an Action to enforce this Agreement that results in an Order for such amount against the Company.

Section 8.03 Effect of Termination. In the event of termination of this Agreement by either the Company or Parent as provided in Section 8.01, this Agreement shall forthwith become void and have no effect, without any liability or obligation on the part of Parent and Merger Sub

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or the Company, except that (a) the provisions of Section 8.02, this Section 8.03 and Article IX shall survive termination and (b) nothing herein shall relieve any party from liability for any Willful Breach of this Agreement (it being acknowledged and agreed by the parties hereto that the failure to close the Merger by any party that was otherwise obligated to do so under the terms of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a Willful Breach of this Agreement) or for Fraud; provided that the provisions of Section 8.02(b) providing for the Company Termination Fee shall constitute the exclusive remedy with respect to the circumstances set forth therein.

Article IX

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 9.01 Nonsurvival of Representations, Warranties, Covenants and Agreements. None of the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in this Agreement or in any instrument delivered pursuant to this Agreement, including any rights arising out of any breach of such representations, warranties, covenants and agreements, shall survive the Effective Time, except for (a) Article II and Article III, (b) those other covenants or agreements set forth herein that by their terms apply to or are to be performed in whole or in part after the Effective Time and (c) this Article IX.

Section 9.02 Amendment; Waiver.

(a) This Agreement may be amended by the parties in writing at any time before or after the Company Required Vote has been obtained and prior to the filing of the Certificate of Merger with the Delaware Secretary; provided, however, that from and after the Company Required Vote shall have been obtained, no such amendment, modification or supplement shall be made that pursuant to applicable Law requires further adoption by the Company Stockholders without such further adoption. This Agreement may not be amended, changed or supplemented or otherwise modified except by an instrument in writing signed on behalf of all of the parties.

(b) At any time prior to the Effective Time, each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub may (i) extend the time for the performance of any of the obligations or other acts of any of the other party or parties, as the case may be, (ii) waive any inaccuracies in the representations and warranties of the other party set forth in this Agreement or in any document delivered pursuant to this Agreement or (iii) subject to the provisions of Section 9.02(a), waive compliance with any of the agreements of the other party or parties, as the case may be, or fulfillment of any conditions (to the extent any such condition may be waived) to its own obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement on the part of a party to any such extension or waiver shall be valid only if set forth in an instrument in writing signed on behalf of such party by a duly authorized officer. The failure of any party to this Agreement to assert any of its rights under this Agreement or otherwise shall not constitute a waiver of those rights.

Section 9.03 Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands and other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing (and made orally if so required pursuant to any Section of this Agreement) and shall be deemed given (a) when delivered personally by hand, (b) if transmitted by electronic mail (“e-mail”) (but only if confirmation of receipt of such e-mail is requested and received, provided that each notice party shall use reasonable best efforts to confirm

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receipt of any such e-mail correspondence promptly upon receipt of such request), or (c) two (2) Business Days following the day sent by an internationally recognized overnight courier (with written confirmation of receipt), in each case, at the following addresses and email addresses (or to such other address or email address as a party may have specified by notice given to the other party pursuant to this provision):

if to Parent or Merger Sub, to:
 

iA American Holdings Inc.
425 Austin Avenue

Waco, Texas 76701
Attention: Maryann Norwood

Email: maryann.norwood@ia.ca

with copies to (which shall not constitute notice):

 

iA Financial Corporation Inc.

1080 Grande Allée West

Québec (Québec) G1S 1C7

Attention : Julie Martel

Email : julie.martel@ia.ca

 

Attention : Legal Department

Email: Legal-Acquisitions@ia.ca

 

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10019
Email:
dluce@willkie.com

Attention: David D. Luce

 

Email: jhochman@willkie.com

Attention: Jeffrey S. Hochman

if to the Company, to:

Vericity, Inc.
1350 E. Touhy Avenue, Suite 205W
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018

Email: john.buchanan@fidelitylife.com
Attention: John Buchanan

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with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice):

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
One Manhattan West
New York, New York 10001
Email: todd.freed@skadden.com
Attention: Todd E. Freed

 

Email: jon.hlafter@skadden.com
Attention: Jon A. Hlafter

if to Guarantor, to:


iA Financial Corporation Inc.

1080 Grande Allée West

Québec (Québec) G1S 1C7

Attention : Julie Martel

Email : julie.martel@ia.ca

 

Attention : Legal Department

Email: Legal-Acquisitions@ia.ca

with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice):

 

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10019
Email:
dluce@willkie.com

Attention: David D. Luce

 

Email: jhochman@willkie.com

Attention: Jeffrey S. Hochman

 

Section 9.04 Entire Agreement. This Agreement, the Company Disclosure Schedule, the Parent Disclosure Schedule and the Confidentiality Agreement contain the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes and cancels all prior agreements, negotiations, correspondence, undertakings and communications of the parties, oral or written, respecting such subject matter.

Section 9.05 No Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is not intended to and does not confer upon any Person other than the parties hereto any rights or remedies hereunder, other than, from and after the Effective Time (i) each Indemnified Party and their respective successors, heirs and representatives, each of whom shall have the right to enforce the provisions of Section 6.09 directly and (ii) the right of the Company Stockholders to receive the Merger Consideration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall have the right to recover, through an Action brought by the Company, damages from Parent and Merger Sub in the event of a breach of this

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Agreement by Parent and Merger Sub, in which event the damages recoverable by the Company for itself and on behalf of the Company Stockholders shall be determined by reference to the total amount that would have been recoverable by such holders if all such holders brought an action against Parent or Merger Sub and were recognized as third-party beneficiaries hereunder. The representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in this Agreement are the product of negotiations among the parties and are for the sole benefit of the parties and may, in certain instances, be qualified, limited or changed by the confidential Company Disclosure Schedule. Any inaccuracies in such representations or warranties or failure to perform or breach of such covenants or agreements are subject to waiver by the parties in accordance with Section 9.02 without notice or liability to any other Person. In some instances, the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in this Agreement may represent an allocation among the parties of risk associated with particular matters regardless of the knowledge of any of the parties. Consequently, Persons other than the parties may not rely upon the representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in this Agreement as characterizations of actual facts or circumstances as of the date of this Agreement or as of any other date.

Section 9.06 Assignment. Neither this Agreement nor any of the rights, interests or obligations under this Agreement shall be assigned or delegated, in whole or in part, by operation of Law or otherwise by any of the parties without the prior written consent of the other parties, and any attempted assignment in violation of the foregoing shall be null and void. Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement will be binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the parties and their respective successors and assigns.

Section 9.07 Governing Law. This Agreement, and all claims or causes of action (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) that may be based upon, arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the negotiation, execution or performance of this Agreement (including any claim or cause of action based upon, arising out of or related to any representation or warranty made in or in connection with this Agreement) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of the State of Delaware, without respect to its applicable principles of conflicts of laws that might require the application of the laws of another jurisdiction.

Section 9.08 Consent to Jurisdiction. Each of the parties hereby irrevocably and unconditionally (a) submits, for itself and its property, to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the Delaware Court of Chancery (or, only if the Delaware Court of Chancery does not have jurisdiction over a particular matter, the Superior Court of the State of Delaware (and the Complex Commercial Litigation Division thereof if such division has jurisdiction over the particular matter), or only if the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Superior Court of the State of Delaware do not have jurisdiction, any federal court of the United States of America sitting in the State of Delaware) (“Delaware Courts”), and any appellate court from any decision thereof, in any Action based upon, arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including the negotiation, execution or performance of this Agreement and agrees that all claims in respect of any such Action shall be heard and determined in the Delaware Courts and agrees not to bring any such Action in any other court, (b) waives, to the fullest extent it may legally and effectively do so, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any Action based upon, arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the negotiation, execution or performance of this Agreement in the Delaware Courts, including any objection based on its place of incorporation or domicile, (c) waives, to the fullest extent permitted by Law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such Action

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in any such court and (d) agrees that a final, non-appealable judgment in any such Action shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by Law. Each of the parties consents and agrees that service of process, summons, notice or document for any action permitted hereunder may be delivered by registered mail addressed to it at the applicable address set forth in Section 9.03 or in any other manner permitted by applicable Law.

Section 9.09 Waiver of Jury Trial. EACH OF THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ANY CONTROVERSY THAT MAY BE BASED UPON, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT ISSUES AND, THEREFORE, EACH SUCH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY FOR ANY DISPUTE BASED UPON, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE BREACH, TERMINATION OR VALIDITY HEREOF OR ANY TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT. EACH OF THE PARTIES CERTIFIES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT (A) NEITHER THE OTHER PARTIES NOR THEIR RESPECTIVE REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS OR ATTORNEYS HAVE REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER, (B) EACH OF THE PARTIES UNDERSTANDS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS WAIVER, (C) EACH OF THE PARTIES MAKES THIS WAIVER VOLUNTARILY AND (D) EACH OF THE PARTIES HAS BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS OF THIS Section 9.09. ANY PARTY MAY FILE AN ORIGINAL COUNTERPART OR A COPY OF THIS AGREEMENT WITH ANY COURT AS WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF THE CONSENT OF THE PARTIES TO THE WAIVER OF THEIR RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY.

Section 9.10 Specific Performance. The parties agree that irreparable damage would occur and that the parties would not have any adequate remedy at law in the event that any provision of this Agreement were not performed in accordance with its specific terms or were otherwise breached and that money damages or other legal remedies would not be an adequate remedy for any such failure to perform or breach. It is accordingly agreed that, without posting a bond or other undertaking, the parties shall be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief to prevent breaches of this Agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions of this Agreement in the Delaware Courts, this being in addition to any other remedy to which they are entitled at law or in equity. In the event that any such action is brought in equity to enforce the provisions of this Agreement, no party will allege, and each party hereby waives the defense or counterclaim, that there is an adequate remedy at law. The parties further agree that (a) by seeking any remedy provided for in this Section 9.10, a party shall not in any respect waive its right to seek any other form of relief that may be available to such party under this Agreement and (b) nothing contained in this Section 9.10 shall require any party to institute any action for (or limit such party’s right to institute any action for) specific performance under this Section 9.10 before exercising any other right under this Agreement. If, prior to the Outside Termination Date, any party brings any Action in accordance with this Agreement to enforce specifically the performance of the terms and provisions hereof against any other party, the Outside Termination Date shall be automatically extended (i) for the period during which such Action is pending, plus ten (10) Business Days or

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(ii) by such other time period established by the court presiding over such action on good cause shown, as the case may be.

Section 9.11 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same agreement and shall become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the parties and delivered (including by facsimile or other electronic transmission) to the other parties.

Section 9.12 Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by the Delaware Courts or other Governmental Authority to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions contemplated hereby is not affected in any manner materially adverse to any party. Upon such a determination, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner in order that the transactions contemplated hereby be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.

Section 9.13 No Other Representations or Warranties.

(a) Except for the representations and warranties expressly contained in Article IV and any certificates or instruments delivered pursuant to this Agreement, neither the Company nor any other Person on behalf of the Company makes any express or implied representation or warranty with respect to the Company, its Subsidiaries or their respective businesses or with respect to any other information provided to Parent, Merger Sub or their Representatives or Affiliates in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby. Neither the Company nor any other Person will have or be subject to any liability to Parent, Merger Sub or any other Person resulting from the distribution to Parent, Merger Sub or their respective Representatives or Affiliates, or Parent’s, Merger Sub’s or their Representatives’ or Affiliates’ use of, any such information, including any information, documents, projections, forecasts or any other material made available to Parent, Merger Sub or their Representatives or Affiliates in certain “data rooms” or management presentations in connection with Parent’s and Merger Sub’s consideration and review of the transactions contemplated hereby, unless any such information is expressly included in a representation or warranty contained in Article IV and any certificates or instruments delivered pursuant to this Agreement.

(b) Except for the representations and warranties expressly contained in Article V and any certificates or instruments delivered pursuant to this Agreement, neither Parent nor Merger Sub nor any other Person on behalf of Parent or Merger Sub makes any express or implied representation or warranty with respect to Parent, Merger Sub, or their respective Subsidiaries or their respective businesses or with respect to any other information provided to the Company or its Representatives or Affiliates in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby.

(c) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement or any other agreement, document or instrument delivered or to be delivered in connection herewith, each of Parent and Merger Sub acknowledges and agrees that, except as expressly provided herein, the Company and its Subsidiaries make no representations or warranties with respect to, and nothing

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contained in this Agreement or in any other agreement, document or instrument to be delivered in connection herewith is intended or shall be construed to be a representation or warranty, express or implied, of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, for any purposes of this Agreement or any other agreement, document or instrument to be delivered in connection herewith or therewith, in respect of (i) the adequacy or sufficiency of Reserves or (ii) the effect of the adequacy or sufficiency of Reserves on any line item, asset, liability or equity amount on any financial or other document.

Section 9.14 Guaranty. In order to induce the Company to enter into this Agreement, Guarantor hereby absolutely, irrevocably and unconditionally guarantees, for the benefit of the Company, if and when due, full and complete payment of any amounts owed by Parent or Merger Sub pursuant to this Agreement, including the payment of the Merger Consideration by Parent and Merger Sub, subject to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Guarantor’s sole and exclusive obligations and liabilities under this Agreement are as expressly set forth in Section 6.03 and this Article IX. Such guarantee shall be as primary obligor and not merely as surety. Except as expressly provided in Section 6.03 and this Article IX, including this Section 9.14, with respect to Guarantor, none of Guarantor, its Affiliates or any of its or their respective direct or indirect former, current or future stockholders, equityholders, partners, members, Representatives or Affiliates (other than Parent and Merger Sub, subject to and in accordance with the terms of this Agreement) (collectively, the “Non-Recourse Parties”) shall have any obligation or liability to any Person, and the Company and its Affiliates shall not make any claim against any Non-Recourse Party, relating to, arising under, or in connection with this Agreement, the Merger or the other transactions contemplated hereby.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized, all as of the date first written above.

IA AMERICAN HOLDINGS INC.

By:
Name:
Title:

By:
Name:
Title:

LONG GROVE ACQUISITION CORP.

By:
Name:
Title:

VERICITY, INC.

By:
Name:
Title:

IA FINANCIAL CORPORATION, INC. solely for purposes of Section 6.03 and Article IX

By:
Name:
Title:

 

 

[Signature Page to Agreement and Plan of Merger]

 


 

Exhibit A

 

form of stockholder written consent

if 81= 88 "2332861-NYCSR03A - MSW"


 

SCHEDULE I

 

GOVERNMENTAL CONSENTS

 

1. Texas General Agent change of control filing.

2. The “Form A” Acquisition of Control filing with the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance.

3. Notification and report form pursuant to the HSR Act with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.

4. Prior notification of the Merger to, and no opposition by, The Autorité des marchés financiers.

if 82= 88 "2332861-NYCSR03A - MSW"


EX-3.1

 

Exhibit 3.1

THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

VERICITY, INC.

ARTICLE I

The name of the corporation (the “Corporation”) is: Vericity, Inc.

ARTICLE II

The address of the registered office of the Corporation in the State of Delaware is 1209 Orange Street, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, Delaware, 19801. The name of the registered agent of the Corporation at such address is The Corporation Trust Company.

ARTICLE III

The nature of the business or purposes to be conducted or promoted by the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

ARTICLE IV

The total number of shares of stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is 1,000 shares of Common Stock, each of which shall have a par value of $0.01 per share.

ARTICLE V

In furtherance and not in limitation of the powers conferred by statute, the bylaws of the Corporation may be made, altered, amended or repealed by the stockholders or by a majority of the entire board of directors of the Corporation (the “Board”).

ARTICLE VI

Elections of directors need not be by written ballot.

ARTICLE VII

A.
Exculpation. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law as it presently exists or as may hereafter be amended, a director of the Corporation shall not be personally liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for a breach of fiduciary duty as a director. No amendment to, modification of or repeal of this paragraph shall apply to or have any effect on the liability or alleged liability of any director of the Corporation for or with respect to any acts or omissions of such director occurring prior to such amendment.

 


 

B.
Right to Indemnification of Directors and Officers. The Corporation shall indemnify, advance expenses to, and hold harmless, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law as it presently exists or may hereafter be amended, any person (an “Indemnified Person”) who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Corporation) (a “Proceeding”), by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director or officer of the Corporation or, while a director or officer of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, trust, enterprise or nonprofit entity, including service with respect to employee benefit plans, against all liability and loss suffered and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually paid and reasonably incurred by such Indemnified Person in connection with such Proceeding. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, except as otherwise provided in Section D of this Article VII, the Corporation shall be required to indemnify an Indemnified Person in connection with a Proceeding (or part thereof) commenced by such Indemnified Person only if the commencement of such Proceeding (or part thereof) by the Indemnified Person was authorized in advance by the Board. Any amendment, repeal or modification of this paragraph shall not adversely affect any right or protection hereunder of any person in any respect of any act or omission occurring prior to the time of such repeal or modification.
C.
Advancement of Expenses of Directors and Officers. The Corporation shall pay the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by an Indemnified Person in defending any Proceeding in advance of its final disposition; provided, however, that, to the extent required by law, such payment of expenses in advance of the final disposition of the Proceeding shall be made only upon receipt of an undertaking by the Indemnified Person to repay all amounts advanced if it should be ultimately determined that the Indemnified Person is not entitled to be indemnified under this Article VII or otherwise.
D.
Claims by Directors and Officers. If a claim for indemnification or advancement of expenses under this Article VII is not paid in full within 30 days after a written claim therefor by the Indemnified Person has been received by the Corporation, the Indemnified Person may file suit to recover the unpaid amount of such claim and, if successful in whole or in part, shall be entitled to be paid the expense of prosecuting such claim. In any such action the Corporation shall have the burden of proving that the Indemnified Person is not entitled to the requested indemnification or advancement of expenses under applicable law as it presently exists or may hereafter be amended.
E.
Indemnification of Employees and Agents. The Corporation may indemnify and advance expenses to any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to or is otherwise involved in any Proceeding by reason of the fact that such person, or a person for whom such person is the legal representative, is or was an employee or agent of the Corporation or, while an employee or agent of the Corporation, is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, trust, enterprise or nonprofit entity, including service with respect to employee benefit plans, against all liability and loss suffered and expenses (including attorney’s fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such Proceeding. The ultimate determination of entitlement to indemnification of persons who are non-director or officer

 


 

employees or agents shall be made in such manner as is determined by the Board in its sole discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, the Corporation shall not be required to indemnify a person in connection with a Proceeding initiated by such person if the Proceeding was not authorized in advance by the Board.
F.
Advancement of Expenses of Employees and Agents. The Corporation may pay the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by an employee or agent in defending any Proceeding in advance of its final disposition on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Board.
G.
Non-Exclusivity of Rights. The rights conferred on any person by this Article VII shall not be exclusive of any other rights which such person may have or hereafter acquire under any statute, provision of this Certificate of Incorporation, the Bylaws of the Corporation, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.
H.
Other Indemnification. The Corporation’s obligation, if any, to indemnify a person who was or is serving at its request as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, trust, organization or other enterprise shall be reduced by any amount which such person may collect as indemnification from such other corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, trust, organization or other enterprise. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Article VII, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to the extent that an Indemnified Person is entitled to be indemnified by, or receive advancement of expenses from, the Corporation hereunder or under the Corporation’s Bylaws, (a) the Corporation shall be the indemnitor of first resort (i.e., its obligations to such Indemnified Person are primary and any obligations of the direct and indirect holders of Common Stock or any of their affiliates (the “Owners”) to provide indemnification or advancement for the same loss or damage incurred by such Indemnified Person are secondary); (b) the Owner’s obligations, if any, to so indemnify or advance expenses to any such Indemnified Person shall be reduced by an amount that such Indemnified Person collects as indemnification or advancement from the Corporation; (c) if the Owners pay or cause to be paid, for any reason (including, without limitation, pursuant to Article III hereof) any amounts that should have been paid by the Corporation, then (i) the Owners shall be fully subrogated to all rights of the relevant Indemnified Person with respect to such payment and (ii) each relevant Indemnified Person shall assign to the Owners all of such Indemnified Person’s rights to advancement or indemnification with respect to such payment from or with respect to the Corporation; and (d) the Corporation hereby waives any and all rights of subrogation with respect to payments of indemnification or advancement of expenses against the Owners or any insurer thereof. The Corporation agrees that the Owners shall be express third-party beneficiaries of the second sentence of this Section I of Article VII.
I.
Insurance. The Board may, to the full extent permitted by applicable law as it presently exists or as may hereafter be amended, authorize an appropriate officer or officers to purchase and maintain, at the Corporation’s expense, insurance: (a) to indemnify the Corporation for any obligation which it incurs as a result of the indemnification of Indemnified Persons and employees under the provisions of this Article VII; and (b) to indemnify or insure Indemnified Persons an employees against liability in instances in which they may not otherwise be indemnified by the Corporation under the provisions of this Article VII.

 


 

J.
Amendment or Repeal. Any repeal or modification of the foregoing provisions of this Article VII shall not adversely affect any right or protection hereunder of any person in respect of any act or omission occurring prior to the time of such repeal or modification. The rights provided hereunder shall inure to the benefit of any Indemnified Person and such person’s heirs, executors and administrators.

 

 

 


EX-3.2

 

Exhibit 3.2

AMENDED AND RESTATED BYLAWS

OF

VERICITY, INC.
(a Delaware corporation)

ARTICLE I

STOCKHOLDERS
1.1.
Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of stockholders for the election of directors and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting shall be held each year at such date and time, within or without the State of Delaware, as the Board of Directors (the “Board”) shall determine.
1.2.
Special Meetings. Special meetings of stockholders for the transaction of such business as may properly come before the meeting may be called by order of the Board or by stockholders holding together at least a majority of all of the shares of Long Grove Acquisition Corp. (the “Corporation”) entitled to vote thereat, and shall be held at such date and time, within or without the State of Delaware, as may be specified by such order. If the Board fails to fix the place for such meeting, the meeting shall be held at the principal executive office of the Corporation.
1.3.
Notice of Meetings. Written notice of all meetings of the stockholders, stating the place, date and hour of the meeting and the place within the city or other municipality or community at which the list of stockholders may be examined, shall be mailed or delivered to each stockholder not less than 10 nor more than 60 days prior to the meeting. Notice of any special meeting shall state in general terms the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is to be held.
1.4.
Stockholder Lists.
(a)
The officer who has charge of the stock ledger of the Corporation shall prepare and make, at least 10 days before every meeting of stockholders, a complete list of the stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting, arranged in alphabetical order, and showing the address of each stockholder and the number of shares registered in the name of each stockholder. Such list shall be open to the examination of any stockholder, for any purpose germane to the meeting, either at a place within the city where the meeting is to be held, which place shall be specified in the notice of the meeting, or, if not so specified, at the place where the meeting is to be held. The list shall also be produced and kept at the time and place of the meeting during the whole time thereof, and may be inspected by any stockholder who is present.
(b)
The stock ledger shall be the only evidence as to who are the stockholders entitled to examine the stock ledger, the list required by this section or the books of the Corporation, or to vote in person or by proxy at any meeting of stockholders.

 


 

1.5.
Quorum. Except as otherwise provided by law or the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation (as may be amended or restated from time to time, the “Certificate of Incorporation”), a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of stockholders shall consist of the holders of record of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of the capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote at the meeting, present in person or by proxy. At all meetings of the stockholders at which a quorum is present, all matters, except as otherwise provided by law or the Certificate of Incorporation, shall be decided by the vote of the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote thereat present in person or by proxy. If there be no such quorum, the holders of a majority of such shares so present or represented may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without further notice, until a quorum shall have been obtained. When a quorum is once present it is not broken by the subsequent withdrawal of any stockholder.
1.6.
Organization. Meetings of stockholders shall be presided over by the Chairman, if any, or if none or in the Chairman’s absence the Vice‑Chairman, if any, or if none or in the Vice-Chairman’s absence the President, if any, or if none or in the President’s absence a Vice President, or, if none of the foregoing is present, by a chairman to be chosen by the stockholders entitled to vote who are present in person or by proxy at the meeting. The Secretary of the Corporation, or in the Secretary’s absence an Assistant Secretary, shall act as secretary of every meeting, but if neither the Secretary nor an Assistant Secretary is present, the presiding officer of the meeting shall appoint any person present to act as secretary of the meeting.
1.7.
Voting; Proxies; Required Vote.
(a)
At each meeting of stockholders, every stockholder shall be entitled to vote in person or by proxy appointed by an instrument in writing, subscribed by such stockholder or by such stockholder’s duly authorized attorney‑in‑fact, and, unless the Certificate of Incorporation provides otherwise, shall have one vote for each share of stock entitled to vote registered in the name of such stockholder on the books of the Corporation on the applicable record date fixed pursuant to these Bylaws. At all elections of directors, the voting may but need not be by ballot and a plurality of the votes cast there shall elect. Except as otherwise required by law or the Certificate of Incorporation, any other action shall be authorized by a majority of the votes cast.
(b)
Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of stockholders may, except as otherwise required by law or the Certificate of Incorporation, be taken without a meeting, without prior notice and without a vote, if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by the holders of record of a number of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation representing the number of votes necessary to authorize or take such action at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote thereon were present and voted. Prompt notice of the taking of corporate action without a meeting by less than unanimous written consent shall be given to those stockholders who have not consented in writing.
1.8.
Inspectors. The Board, in advance of any meeting, may, but need not, appoint one or more inspectors of election to act at the meeting or any adjournment thereof. If an inspector or inspectors are not so appointed, the person presiding at the meeting may, but need not, appoint one or more inspectors. In case any person who may be appointed as an inspector fails to appear or act, the vacancy may be filled by appointment made by the directors in advance of the meeting or at the meeting by the person presiding thereat. Each inspector, if any, before entering upon the

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discharge of his or her duties, shall take and sign an oath faithfully to execute the duties of inspector at such meeting with strict impartiality and according to the best of his ability. The inspectors, if any, shall determine the number of shares of stock outstanding and the voting power of each, the shares of stock represented at the meeting, the existence of a quorum, and the validity and effect of proxies, and shall receive votes, ballots or consents, hear and determine all challenges and questions arising in connection with the right to vote, count and tabulate all votes, ballots or consents, determine the result, and do such acts as are proper to conduct the election or vote with fairness to all stockholders. On request of the person presiding at the meeting, the inspector or inspectors, if any, shall make a report in writing of any challenge, question or matter determined by such inspector or inspectors and execute a certificate of any fact found by such inspector or inspectors.
ARTICLE II

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2.1.
General Powers. The business, property and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by, or under the direction of, the Board.
2.2.
Qualification; Number; Term; Remuneration.
(a)
Each director shall be at least 18 years of age. A director need not be a stockholder, a citizen of the United States, or a resident of the State of Delaware. The number of directors constituting the entire Board shall initially be four, and thereafter shall be the number fixed from time to time by affirmative vote of a majority of directors then on the Board (provided that no decrease in the number of directors that would have the effect of shortening the term of, or removing, an incumbent director may be made by the Board). The use of the phrase “entire Board” herein refers to the total number of directors which the Corporation would have if there were no vacancies.
(b)
Except as provided in Section 2.12, directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the stockholders. Directors who are elected at an annual meeting of stockholders, and directors who are elected in the interim to fill vacancies and newly created directorships, shall hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier resignation or removal.
(c)
Directors may be paid their expenses, if any, of attendance at each meeting of the Board and may be paid a fixed sum for attendance at each meeting of the Board or a stated salary as director. No such payment shall preclude any director from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefor. Members of special or standing committees may be allowed like compensation for attending committee meetings.
2.3.
Quorum and Manner of Voting. Except as otherwise provided by the Certificate of Incorporation, these Bylaws or by law, a majority of the entire Board shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the directors present in person or by proxy, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn a meeting to another time and place without notice. The vote of the majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board.

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2.4.
Places of Meetings. Meetings of the Board may be held at any place within or without the State of Delaware, as may from time to time be fixed by resolution of the Board, or as may be specified in the notice of meeting.
2.5.
Action by Communications Equipment. Members of the Board or any committee thereof may participate in a meeting of such Board or committee by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.
2.6.
Annual Meeting. Following the annual meeting of stockholders, the newly elected Board shall meet for the purpose of the election of officers and the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Such meeting may be held without notice immediately after the annual meeting of stockholders at the same place at which such stockholders’ meeting is held.
2.7.
Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of shall be held at such times and places as the Board shall from time to time by resolution determine. Notice need not be given of regular meetings of the Board held at times and places fixed by resolution of the Board.
2.8.
Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of shall be held whenever called by the Chairman of the Board, President or by a majority of the directors then in office.
2.9.
Notice of Meetings. A notice of the place, date and time and the purpose or purposes of each meeting of the Board shall be given to each director by mailing the same at least two days before the special meeting, or by telegraphing or telephoning the same or by delivering the same personally not later than the day before the day of the meeting. Notice of any meeting of the Board need not be given to any director, however, if waived by him in writing whether before or after such meeting be held, or if he shall be present at such meeting, and any meeting of the Board shall be a legal meeting without any notice thereof having been given, if all the directors then in office shall be present thereat.
2.10.
Organization. At all meetings of the Board, the Chairman, if any, or if none or in the Chairman’s absence or inability to act the President, or in the President’s absence or inability to act any Vice President who is a member of the Board, or in such Vice President’s absence or inability to act a chairman chosen by the directors, shall preside. The Secretary of the Corporation shall act as secretary at all meetings of the Board when present, and, in the Secretary’s absence, the presiding officer may appoint any person to act as secretary.
2.11.
Resignation; Removal. Any director may resign at any time upon written notice to the Corporation and such resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof by the President or Secretary, unless otherwise specified in the resignation. Any or all of the directors may be removed, with or without cause, by the holders of a majority of the shares of stock outstanding and entitled to vote for the election of directors.
2.12.
Vacancies. Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, vacancies on the Board, whether caused by resignation, death, disqualification, removal, an increase in the authorized number of directors or otherwise, may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the

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remaining directors, although less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director, or by the holders of a majority of the shares of stock outstanding and entitled to vote for the election of directors.
2.13.
Action by Written Consent. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board may be taken without a meeting if all the directors consent thereto in writing, and the writing or writings are filed with the minutes of proceedings of the Board.
ARTICLE III

COMMITTEES
3.1.
Appointment. From time to time the Board by a resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board may appoint any committee or committees for any purpose or purposes, to the extent lawful, which shall have powers as shall be determined and specified by the Board in the resolution of appointment.
3.2.
Procedures, Quorum and Manner of Acting. Each committee shall fix its own rules of procedure, and shall meet where and as provided by such rules or by resolution of the Board. Except as otherwise provided by law, the presence of a majority of the then appointed members of a committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by that committee, and in every case where a quorum is present the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the committee present shall be the act of the committee. Each committee shall keep minutes of its proceedings, and actions taken by a committee shall be reported to the Board.
3.3.
Action by Written Consent. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of any committee of the Board may be taken without a meeting if all the members of the committee consent thereto in writing, and the writing or writings are filed with the minutes of proceedings of the committee.
3.4.
Term; Termination. In the event any person shall cease to be a director of the Corporation, such person shall simultaneously therewith cease to be a member of any committee appointed by the Board.
ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS
4.1.
Election and Qualifications. The Board shall elect the officers of the Corporation, which shall include a President and a Secretary, and may include, by election or appointment, one or more Vice Presidents (any one or more of whom may be given an additional designation of rank or function), a Treasurer and such Assistant Secretaries, such Assistant Treasurers and such other officers as the Board may from time to time deem proper. Each officer shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by these Bylaws and as may be assigned by the Board or the President.
4.2.
Term of Office and Remuneration. The term of office of all officers shall be until their respective successors have been elected and qualified or their earlier resignation or removal. The remuneration of all officers of the Corporation may be fixed by the Board or in such manner as the Board shall provide.

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4.3.
Resignation; Removal; Vacancies. Any officer may resign at any time upon written notice to the Corporation and such resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof by the President or Secretary, unless otherwise specified in the resignation. Any officer shall be subject to removal, with or without cause, at any time by vote of a majority of the entire Board. Any vacancy in any office arising from any cause may be filled by the Board.
4.4.
Chairman of the Board. The Chairman of the Board, if there be one, shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall have such other powers and duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board.
4.5.
President and Chief Executive Officer. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation, and shall have such duties as customarily pertain to that office. The President shall have general management and supervision of the property, business and affairs of the Corporation and over its other officers; may appoint and remove assistant officers and other agents and employees; and may execute and deliver in the name of the Corporation powers of attorney, contracts, bonds and other obligations and instruments.
4.6.
Vice President. A Vice President may execute and deliver in the name of the Corporation contracts and other obligations and instruments pertaining to the regular course of the duties of said office, and shall have such other authority as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or the President.
4.7.
Treasurer. The Treasurer shall in general have all duties incident to the position of Treasurer and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board or the President.
4.8.
Secretary. The Secretary shall in general have all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board or the President.
4.9.
Assistant Officers. Any assistant officer shall have such powers and duties of the officer such assistant officer assists as such officer or the Board shall from time to time prescribe.
ARTICLE V

BOOKS AND RECORDS
5.1.
Location. The books and records of the Corporation may be kept at such place or places within or outside the State of Delaware as the Board or the respective officers in charge thereof may from time to time determine. The record books containing the names and addresses of all stockholders, the number and class of shares of stock held by each and the dates when they respectively became the owners of record thereof shall be kept by the Secretary as prescribed in the Bylaws and by such officer or agent as shall be designated by the Board.
5.2.
Addresses of Stockholders. Notices of meetings and all other corporate notices may be delivered personally or mailed to each stockholder at the stockholder’s address as it appears on the records of the Corporation.
5.3.
Fixing Date for Determination of Stockholders of Record.

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(a)
In order that the Corporation may determine the stockholders entitled to notice of or to vote at any meeting of stockholders or any adjournment thereof, the Board may fix a record date, which record date shall not precede the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted by the Board, and which record date shall not be more than 60 nor less than 10 days before the date of such meeting. If no record date is fixed by the Board, the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of or to vote at a meeting of stockholders shall be at the close of business on the day next preceding the day on which notice is given, or, if notice is waived, at the close of business on the day next preceding the day on which the meeting is held. A determination of stockholders of record entitled to notice of or to vote at a meeting of stockholders shall apply to any adjournment of the meeting; provided, however, that the Board may fix a new record date for the adjourned meeting.
(b)
In order that the Corporation may determine the stockholders entitled to consent to corporate action in writing without a meeting, the Board may fix a record date, which record date shall not precede the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted by the Board, and which date shall not be more than 10 days after the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted by the Board. If no record date has been fixed by the Board, the record date for determining stockholders entitled to consent to corporate action in writing without a meeting, when no prior action by the Board is required, shall be the first date on which a signed written consent setting forth the action taken or proposed to be taken is delivered to the Corporation by delivery to its registered office in this State, its principal place of business, or an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the book in which proceedings of meetings of stockholders are recorded. Delivery made to the Corporation’s registered office shall be by hand or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested. If no record date has been fixed by the Board and prior action by the Board is required by this chapter, the record date for determining stockholders entitled to consent to corporate action in writing without a meeting shall be at the close of business on the day on which the Board adopts the resolution taking such prior action.
(c)
In order that the Corporation may determine the stockholders entitled to receive payment of any dividend or other distribution or allotment of any rights or the stockholders entitled to exercise any rights in respect of any change, conversion or exchange of stock, or for the purpose of any other lawful action, the Board may fix a record date, which record date shall not precede the date upon which the resolution fixing the record date is adopted, and which record date shall be not more than 60 days prior to such action. If no record date is fixed, the record date for determining stockholders for any such purpose shall be at the close of business on the day on which the Board adopts the resolution relating thereto.
ARTICLE VI

CERTIFICATES REPRESENTING STOCK
6.1.
Stock Certificates; Signatures. The shares of the Corporation shall be represented by certificates or shall be uncertificated. Every holder of stock represented by certificates and upon request every holder of uncertificated shares shall be entitled to have a certificate, signed by or in the name of the Corporation by the Chairman or Vice‑Chairman of the Board, or the President or Vice President, and by the Treasurer or an Assistant Treasurer, or the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Corporation, representing the number of shares registered in certificate form. Any

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and all signatures on any such certificate may be facsimiles. In case any officer, transfer agent or registrar who has signed or whose facsimile signature has been placed upon a certificate shall have ceased to be such officer, transfer agent or registrar before such certificate is issued, it may be issued by the Corporation with the same effect as if he were such officer, transfer agent or registrar at the date of issue. The name of the holder of record of the shares represented thereby, with the number of such shares and the date of issue, shall be entered on the books of the Corporation.
6.2.
Transfers of Stock. The shares of stock of the Corporation shall be transferable on the books of the Corporation by the holders thereof in person, or by their duly authorized attorneys or legal representatives, on delivery of an assignment or power of transfer. A record shall be made of each transfer.
6.3.
Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Stock Certificates. The Corporation may issue a new certificate of stock in place of any certificate, theretofore issued by it, alleged to have been lost, stolen or destroyed, and the Board may require the owner of any lost, stolen or destroyed certificate, or his legal representative, to give the Corporation a bond sufficient to indemnify the Corporation against any claim that may be made against it on account of the alleged loss, theft or destruction of any such certificate or the issuance of any such new certificate.
ARTICLE VII

DIVIDENDS

Subject always to the provisions of law, these Bylaws and the Certificate of Incorporation, the Board shall have full power to determine whether any, and, if any, what part of any, funds legally available for the payment of dividends shall be declared as dividends and paid to stockholders; the division of the whole or any part of such funds of the Corporation shall rest wholly within the lawful discretion of the Board, and it shall not be required at any time, against such discretion, to divide or pay any part of such funds among or to the stockholders as dividends or otherwise; and before payment of any dividend, there may be set aside out of any funds of the Corporation available for dividends such sum or sums as the Board from time to time, in its absolute discretion, thinks proper as a reserve or reserves to meet contingencies, or for equalizing dividends, or for repairing or maintaining any property of the Corporation, or for such other purpose as the Board shall think conducive to the interest of the Corporation, and the Board may modify or abolish any such reserve in the manner in which it was created.

ARTICLE VIII

RATIFICATION

Any transaction, questioned in any lawsuit on the ground of lack of authority, defective or irregular execution, adverse interest of director, officer or stockholder, non‑disclosure, miscomputation, or the application of improper principles or practices of accounting, may be ratified before or after judgment, by the Board or by the stockholders, and if so ratified shall have the same force and effect as if the questioned transaction had been originally duly authorized. Such ratification shall be binding upon the Corporation and its stockholders and shall constitute a bar to any claim or execution of any judgment in respect of such questioned transaction.

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ARTICLE IX

CORPORATE SEAL

The Corporation shall have no corporate seal.

ARTICLE X

FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be fixed, and shall be subject to change, by the Board. Unless otherwise fixed by the Board, the fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year.

ARTICLE XI

WAIVER OF NOTICE

Whenever notice is required to be given by these Bylaws, the Certificate of Incorporation or by law, a written waiver thereof, signed by the person or persons entitled to said notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to notice.

ARTICLE XII

Bank Accounts, Drafts, Contracts, Etc.
12.1.
Bank Accounts and Drafts. In addition to such bank accounts as may be authorized by the Board, the primary financial officer or any person designated by said primary financial officer, whether or not an employee of the Corporation, may authorize such bank accounts to be opened or maintained in the name and on behalf of the Corporation as he may deem necessary or appropriate, payments from such bank accounts to be made upon and according to the check of the Corporation in accordance with the written instructions of said primary financial officer, or other person so designated by the Treasurer.
12.2.
Contracts. The Board may authorize any person or persons, in the name and on behalf of the Corporation, to enter into or execute and deliver any and all deeds, bonds, mortgages, contracts and other obligations or instruments, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
12.3.
Proxies; Powers of Attorney; Other Instruments. The Chairman, the President or any other person designated by either of them shall have the power and authority to execute and deliver proxies, powers of attorney and other instruments on behalf of the Corporation in connection with the rights and powers incident to the ownership of stock by the Corporation. The Chairman, the President or any other person authorized by proxy or power of attorney executed and delivered by either of them on behalf of the Corporation may attend and vote at any meeting of stockholders of any company in which the Corporation may hold stock, and may exercise on behalf of the Corporation any and all of the rights and powers incident to the ownership of such stock at any such meeting, or otherwise as specified in the proxy or power of attorney so authorizing any such person. The Board, from time to time, may confer like powers upon any other person.

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12.4.
Financial Reports. The Board may appoint the primary financial officer or other fiscal officer or any other officer to cause to be prepared and furnished to stockholders entitled thereto any special financial notice and/or financial statement, as the case may be, which may be required by any provision of law.
ARTICLE XIII

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Corporation is authorized to use “electronic transmissions” as defined in the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware to the full extent allowed by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, including, but not limited to the purposes of notices, proxies, waivers, resignations, and any other purpose for which electronic transmissions are permitted. Any reference in these Bylaws to the delivery of consents, approvals or waivers or to the taking of any other actions by a writing, shall be satisfied by use of an electronic transmission. An electronic transmission by a stockholder consenting to an action to be taken is considered to be written, signed, and dated for the purposes of this article if the transmission sets forth or is delivered with information from which the Corporation can determine that the transmission was transmitted by the stockholder and the date on which the stockholder transmitted the transmission. The date of transmission is the date on which the consent was signed. Consent given by electronic transmission may not be considered delivered until the consent is reproduced in paper form and the paper form is delivered to the Corporation at its registered office in this state or its principal place of business, or to an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the book in which proceedings of stockholder meetings are recorded. Notwithstanding the foregoing limitations on delivery, consent given by electronic transmission may be delivered to the principal place of business of the Corporation or to an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the book in which proceedings of stockholder meetings are recorded to the extent and in the manner provided by resolution of the Board of the Corporation.

ARTICLE XIV

AMENDMENTS

The Board shall have power to adopt, amend or repeal Bylaws. Bylaws adopted by the Board may be repealed or changed, and new Bylaws made, by the stockholders, and the stockholders may prescribe that any Bylaw made by them shall not be altered, amended or repealed by the Board.

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EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

iA Financial Group Completes $170 million Acquisition of Vericity

Vericity Stockholders to Receive $11.43 per Share in Cash

Chicago, Illinois – June 28, 2024 – Vericity, Inc. (“Vericity”) (NASDAQ: VERY) announced today that iA American Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of iA Financial Corporation, Inc. (collectively, “iA”) (TSE: IAG) has completed its acquisition of Vericity in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $170 million. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement that was entered into by the parties on October 3, 2023, iA acquired all of the issued and outstanding common stock of Vericity at a price of $11.43 per share.

James Hohmann, Vericity’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “This milestone marks the start of a new chapter for Vericity and we are proud to join the iA family. Combining our teams and resources unlocks exciting new opportunities to extend the capabilities of Fidelity Life and eFinancial to make life insurance more accessible and affordable for everyday Americans. We also see abundant possibilities ahead for our employees who will play a pivotal role in charting and achieving our future growth potential.”

Previously, Vericity was majority owned by J.C. Flowers & Co. (“J.C. Flowers”), a leading private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry.

As a result of the completion of the transaction, Vericity’s common stock has ceased trading and Vericity is no longer listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

Raymond James Financial, Inc. served as financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor to Vericity on this transaction.

 

About Vericity
Vericity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, Fidelity Life Association and eFinancial, LLC, is a leader in direct-to-consumer life insurance solutions. As an innovator in product design and distribution, the company makes life insurance affordable and accessible for middle market consumers. With national call centers, digitally enabled sales and underwriting processes, quick policy issuance, and an emphasis on products not medically underwritten at the time of sale, it is easier for customers to get the coverage they need at a price they can afford. Visit https://www.vericity.com/ to learn more.


 

 

About iA Financial Group

iA Financial Group is one of the largest insurance and wealth management groups in Canada, with operations in the United States. Founded in 1892, it is an important Canadian public company and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbolsIAG (common shares) and IAF (preferred shares). For more information, visit https://ia.ca/.

 

Contacts

John Buchanan, General Counsel
Vericity, Inc.

John.Buchanan@FidelityLife.com