This excerpt taken from the AIZ DEF 14A filed Apr 10, 2008.
SECTION 9. Change of Control Provisions.
9.1. Impact of Event. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan to the contrary, upon a Change of Control (as defined below):
(a) Any Options and Stock Appreciation Rights outstanding which are not then exercisable and vested shall become fully exercisable and vested;
(b) The restrictions and deferral limitations applicable to any Restricted Stock shall lapse, and such Restricted Stock shall become free of all restrictions and become fully vested and transferable;
(c) All Restricted Stock Units shall be considered to be earned and payable in full, and any deferral or other restriction shall lapse and such Restricted Stock Units shall be settled in cash as promptly as is practicable; and
(d) Subject to Section 11.4, the Committee may also make additional adjustments and/or settlements of outstanding Awards as it deems appropriate and consistent with the Plans purposes.
9.2. Definition of Change of Control. For purposes of the Plan, a Change of Control shall mean any of the following events:
(a) Individuals who, on the Effective Date, constitute the Board (the Incumbent Directors) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided that any person becoming a director and whose election or nomination for election is approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Incumbent Directors then on the Board shall be an Incumbent Director; provided, however, that no individual initially elected or nominated as a director of the Company as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of any person as defined in Section 3(a)(9) of the Act (a Person), other than the Board, including by reason of any agreement, shall be deemed an Incumbent Director;
(b) Any person is or becomes a Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of either (i) 30% or more of the then-outstanding shares of common stock of the Company or (ii) securities representing 30% or more of the combined voting power of the Companys then-outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election
of directors (Company Voting Securities); provided, however, that for purposes of this subsection (b), the following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (1) an acquisition directly from the Company or any Subsidiary; (2) an acquisition by the Company or a Subsidiary; (3) an acquisition by a Person who is on the Effective Date the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company or 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Companys outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election of directors; (4) an acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any Subsidiary; or (5) an acquisition pursuant to a transaction that complies with Sections 9.2(c)(i), 9.2(c)(ii), and 9.2(c)(iii) below;
(c) The consummation of a reorganization, merger, consolidation, statutory share exchange or similar corporate transaction involving the Company or a Subsidiary, the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Companys assets, or the acquisition of assets or stock of another corporation (a Transaction), unless immediately following the Transaction: (i) all or substantially all of the individuals who were Beneficial Owners, respectively, of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company and outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election of directors immediately prior to the Transaction beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 60% of, respectively, the outstanding shares of common stock and the combined voting power of the outstanding securities entitled to vote in the election of directors of the corporation resulting from the Transaction (the Surviving Entity), in substantially the same proportions as their ownership, immediately prior to the Transaction, of the outstanding common stock of the Company and the outstanding securities eligible to vote in the election of directors of the Company; (ii) no Person (other than the Company, a Subsidiary, the Surviving Entity, or any employee benefit plan or related trust sponsored or maintained by the foregoing) is or becomes a Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of 30% or more of the outstanding common stock or 30% or more of the total voting power of the outstanding securities eligible to vote for the election of directors of the Surviving Entity; and (iii) at least a majority of the members of the board of the Surviving Entity were Incumbent Directors at the time of the Boards approval of the execution of the initial agreement providing for the Transaction; or
(d) Approval by the stockholders of the Company of a complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
9.3. Special Change of Control Post-Termination Exercise Rights. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable Award Agreement, notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, upon a Change of Control any Option or Stock Appreciation Right held by the Participant as of the date of the Change of Control may thereafter be exercised until the earlier of (a) the last date on which such Option or Stock Appreciation Right would be exercisable in the absence of this Section 9.3, and (b) the first to occur of (i) the third anniversary of such Change of Control, (ii) the Participants Termination of Employment for Cause, and (iii) the expiration of the Term of such Option or Stock Appreciation Right.
9.4. Section 409A of the Code. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any Award is subject to Section 409A of the Code, this Section 9 shall be applicable only to the extent specifically provided in the Award Agreement and as permitted pursuant to Section 10.6.