This excerpt taken from the ASYS 8-K filed Apr 12, 2006.
12 GENERAL PROVISIONS
12.1 Successors and Assigns. This Agreement binds and is for the benefit of the successors and permitted assigns of each party. Borrower may not assign this Agreement or any rights or obligations under it without Banks prior written consent (which may be granted or withheld in Banks discretion). Bank has the right, without the consent of or notice to Borrower, to sell, transfer, negotiate, or grant participation in all or any part of, or any interest in, Banks obligations, rights, and benefits under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.
12.2 Indemnification. Borrower agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Bank and its directors, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, or any other Person affiliated with or representing Bank harmless against: (a) all obligations, demands, claims, and liabilities (collectively, Claims) asserted by any other party in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Loan Documents; and (b) all losses or Bank Expenses incurred, or paid by Bank from, following, or arising from transactions between Bank and Borrower (including reasonable attorneys fees and expenses), except for Claims and/or losses directly caused by Banks gross negligence or willful misconduct.
12.3 Limitation of Actions. Any claim or cause of action by Borrower against Bank, its directors, officers, employees, agents, accountants, attorneys, or any other Person affiliated with or representing Bank based upon, arising from, or relating to this Loan Agreement or any other Loan Document, or any other transaction contemplated hereby or thereby or relating hereto or thereto, or any other matter, cause or thing whatsoever, occurred, done, omitted or suffered to be done by Bank, its directors, officers, employees, agents, accountants or attorneys, shall be barred unless asserted by Borrower by the commencement of an action or proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction by the filing of a complaint within one year after the first act, occurrence or omission upon which such claim or cause of action, or any part thereof, is based, and the service of a summons and complaint on an officer of Bank, or on any other person authorized to accept service on behalf of Bank, within thirty (30) days thereafter. Borrower agrees that such one-year period is a reasonable and sufficient time for Borrower to investigate and act upon any such claim or cause of action. The one-year period provided herein shall not be waived, tolled, or extended except by the written consent of Bank in its sole discretion. This provision shall survive any termination of this Loan Agreement or any other Loan Document.
12.4 Time of Essence. Time is of the essence for the performance of all Obligations in this Agreement.
12.5 Severability of Provisions. Each provision of this Agreement is severable from every other provision in determining the enforceability of any provision.
12.6 Amendments in Writing; Integration. All amendments to this Agreement must be in writing signed by both Bank and Borrower. This Agreement and the Loan Documents represent the entire agreement about this subject matter and supersede prior negotiations or agreements. All prior agreements, understandings, representations, warranties, and negotiations between the parties about the subject matter of this Agreement and the Loan Documents merge into this Agreement and the Loan Documents.
12.7 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts and by different parties on separate counterparts, each of which, when executed and delivered, are an original, and all taken together, constitute one Agreement.
12.8 Survival. All covenants, representations and warranties made in this Agreement continue in full force until this Agreement has terminated pursuant to its terms and all Obligations (other than inchoate indemnity obligations and any other obligations which, by their terms, are to survive the termination of this Agreement) have been satisfied. The obligation of Borrower in Section 12.2 to indemnify Bank shall survive until the statute of limitations with respect to such claim or cause of action shall have run.
12.9 Confidentiality. In handling any confidential information, Bank shall exercise the same degree of care that it exercises for its own proprietary information, but disclosure of information may be made: (a) to Banks Subsidiaries or Affiliates; (b) to prospective transferees or purchasers of any interest in the Credit
Extensions (provided, however, Bank shall use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain such prospective transferees or purchasers agreement to the terms of this provision); (c) as required by law, regulation, subpoena, or other order; (d) to Banks regulators or as otherwise required in connection with Banks examination or audit; and (e) as Bank considers appropriate in exercising remedies under this Agreement. Confidential information does not include information that either: (i) is in the public domain or in Banks possession when disclosed to Bank, or becomes part of the public domain after disclosure to Bank; or (ii) is disclosed to Bank by a third party, if Bank does not know that the third party is prohibited from disclosing the information.
12.10 Attorneys Fees, Costs and Expenses. In any action or proceeding between Borrower and Bank arising out of or relating to the Loan Documents, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys fees and other costs and expenses incurred, in addition to any other relief to which it may be entitled.
12.11 EXIM Borrower Agreement; Cross-Collateralization; Cross-Default; Conflicts. Both this Agreement and the EXIM Borrower Agreement shall continue in full force and effect, and all rights and remedies under this Agreement and the EXIM Borrower Agreement are cumulative. The term Obligations as used in this Agreement and in the EXIM Borrower Agreement shall include without limitation the obligation to pay when due all loans made pursuant to the EXIM Borrower Agreement (the EXIM Loans) and all interest thereon and the obligation to pay when due all Advances made pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and all interest thereon. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all Collateral as defined in this Agreement and as defined in the EXIM Borrower Agreement shall secure all EXIM Loans and all Advances and all interest thereon, and all other Obligations. Any Event of Default under this Agreement shall also constitute an Event of Default under the EXIM Borrower Agreement, and any Event of Default under the EXIM Borrower Agreement shall also constitute an Event of Default under this Agreement. In the event Bank assigns its rights under this Agreement and/or under any note evidencing EXIM Loans and/or its rights under the EXIM Borrower Agreement and/or under any note evidencing Advances, to any third party, including, without limitation, the EXIM Bank, whether before or after the occurrence of any Event of Default, Bank shall have the right (but not any obligation), in its sole discretion, to allocate and apportion Collateral to the EXIM Borrower Agreement and/or note assigned and to specify the priorities of the respective security interests in such Collateral between itself and the assignee, all without notice to or consent of the Borrower. Should any term of this Agreement conflict with any term of the EXIM Borrower Agreement, the more restrictive term in either agreement shall govern Borrower.