This excerpt taken from the PRSP 8-K filed Nov 17, 2005.
VII. MUTUAL COVENANTS OF PROSPERITY AND SNB
Section 7.1. Notification; Updated Disclosure Schedules. SNB shall give prompt notice to Prosperity, and Prosperity shall give prompt notice to SNB, of (i) any representation or warranty made by it in this Agreement becoming untrue or inaccurate, including, without limitation, as a result of any change in a Disclosure Schedule, or (ii) the failure by it to comply with or satisfy any covenant, condition or agreement to be complied with or satisfied by it under this Agreement; provided, however, that no such notification shall affect the representations, warranties, covenants or agreements of the parties or the conditions to the obligations of the
parties under this Agreement; and provided further, however, that if such notification under clause (i) relates to any matter which arises for the first time after the date of this Agreement, then the other party may only terminate this Agreement if such matter would cause the condition set forth in Section 10.3 with respect to SNB and in Section 11.3 with respect to Prosperity, incapable of being satisfied.
Section 7.2. Confidentiality. Prosperity and SNB will not disclose, and will cause their respective representatives to not disclose, directly or indirectly, before or after the consummation or termination of this Agreement, any confidential information, whether written or oral (Subject Information) acquired from the other party to any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity for any reason or purpose whatsoever, other than in connection with the regulatory notice and application process or, after termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 9.1 hereof, use such Subject Information for its own purposes or for the benefit of any person, firm, corporation, association, or other entity under any circumstances. The term Subject Information does not include any information that (i) at the time of disclosure or thereafter is generally available to and known to the public, other than by a breach of this Agreement by the disclosing party, (ii) was available to the disclosing party on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the nondisclosing party or (iii) was independently acquired or developed without violating any obligations of this Agreement.
Section 7.3. Publicity. Except as otherwise required by applicable law or in connection with the regulatory application process, as long as this Agreement is in effect, neither Prosperity nor SNB shall, nor shall they permit any of their officers, directors or representatives to, issue or cause the publication of any press release or public announcement with respect to, or otherwise make any public announcement concerning, the transactions contemplated by this Agreement without the consent of the other party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
Section 7.4. Employee Benefit Plans.
(a) SNB shall execute and deliver such instruments and take such other actions as Prosperity may reasonably require in order to cause the amendment or termination of any of its employee benefit plans on terms satisfactory to Prosperity and in accordance with applicable law and effective no later than the Closing Date. Prosperity agrees that the employees of SNB who continue their employment after the Closing Date (the SNB Employees) will be entitled to participate as newly hired employees in the employee benefit plans and programs maintained for employees of Prosperity and Prosperity Bank, in accordance with the respective terms of such plans and programs, and Prosperity shall take all actions necessary or appropriate to facilitate coverage of SNB Employees in such plans and programs from and after the Closing Date, subject to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Section 7.4.
(b) Each SNB Employee will be entitled to credit for prior service with SNB for all purposes under the employee welfare benefit plans and other employee benefit plans and programs (including any severance programs but excluding stock option plans), sponsored by Prosperity or Prosperity Bank to the extent SNB sponsored a similar type of plan in which SNB Employees participated immediately prior to the Closing Date. Any eligibility waiting period and pre-existing condition exclusion applicable to such plans and programs shall be waived with
respect to each SNB Employee and their eligible dependents. For purposes of determining a SNB Employees benefits for the calendar year in which the Merger occurs under Prosperitys vacation program, any vacation taken by a SNB Employee before the Closing Date for the calendar year in which the Merger occurs will be deducted from the total Prosperity vacation benefit available to such SNB Employee for such calendar year. Prosperity further agrees to credit each SNB Employee and their eligible dependents for the plan year during which coverage under Prosperitys group health plan begins, with any deductibles already incurred during such year, under SNBs group health plan.
(c) Each SNB Employee shall be entitled to credit for past service with SNB for the purpose of satisfying any eligibility or vesting periods applicable to Prosperitys employee benefit plans which are subject to Sections 401(a) and 501(a) of the Code (including, without limitation, Prosperitys 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan).
Section 7.5. Attendance at Certain Board Meetings. In order to facilitate the continuing interaction of Prosperity with SNB and the Bank, and in order to keep each party fully advised of all ongoing activities of the other party, subject to the limitation in this Section 7.5, each party agrees to allow the other party (the Visiting Party) to designate two representatives (who shall be officers of the Visiting Party), each of whom will be allowed to attend as an invited guest and fully monitor all regular and called meetings of the board of directors and loan and discount and asset liability management committees of the other party (including, but not limited to, meetings of the officers loan committee of the other party). Each such party, as the case may be, shall promptly give the Visiting Party prior notice by telephone of all called meetings. Such representatives shall be bound by Visiting Partys confidentiality obligations under this Agreement and shall have no right to vote and may be excluded from sessions of the board of directors or loan or investment committee during which there is being discussed (i) matters involving this Agreement, (ii) information or material which the party hosting the meeting is required or obligated to maintain as confidential under applicable laws or regulations, (iii) matters which the Chairman of the Board determines in his or her reasonable discretion would constitute a conflict of interest or (iv) pending or threatened litigation or investigations if, in the opinion of counsel to the party hosting the meeting, the presence of such representative would or might adversely affect the confidential nature of or any privilege relating to any matters to be discussed. No attendance by representatives of the Visiting Party at the other partys board or committee meetings under this Section 7.5 or knowledge gained or deemed to have been gained by virtue of such attendance will affect any of the representations and warranties in this Agreement made by the party hosting the meeting. If the transactions contemplated by this Agreement are disapproved by any regulatory authority whose approval is required or the Agreement is otherwise terminated prior to the Effective Time, then the Visiting Partys designees will no longer be entitled to notice of and permission to attend such meetings.