This excerpt taken from the WFC 8-K filed Sep 10, 2008.
Section 12.6 Successors and Assigns.
This Trust Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of any successor to the Depositor, the Trust or the Relevant Trustee, including any successor by operation of law. Except in connection with any consolidation, merger or sale involving the Depositor that is permitted under Article VIII of the Base Indenture and pursuant to which the assignee agrees in writing to perform the Depositors obligations hereunder, the Depositor shall not assign its obligations hereunder.
Section 12.7 Effect of Headings and Table of Contents.
The Article and Section headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction of this Trust Agreement.
Section 12.8 Reports, Notices and Demands.
Any report, notice, demand or other communication that by any provision of this Trust Agreement is required or permitted to be given or served to or upon any Holder, the Depositor or the Administrative Trustees may be given or served in writing by deposit thereof, first-class, postage prepaid, in the United States mail, hand delivery or facsimile transmission, in each case, addressed, (a) in the case of a Holder of Trust Preferred Securities, to such Holder as such Holders name and address may appear on the Securities Register; and (b) in the case of the Holder of the Common Securities or the Depositor, to Wells Fargo & Company, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94163, Attention: Chief Financial Officer MAC# A0101-121, facsimile no.: (415) 975-7151. Such notice, demand or other communication to or upon a Holder shall be deemed to have been sufficiently given or made, for all purposes, upon hand delivery, mailing or transmission.
Any notice, demand or other communication that by any provision of this Trust Agreement or any Transaction Agreement is required or permitted to be given or served to or upon the Issuer Trust, the Property Trustee, the Delaware Trustee or the Administrative Trustees shall be given or served in writing by deposit thereof, first-class postage prepaid, in the United States mail, or hand delivery or facsimile transmission, in each case, addressed to such Person as follows: (a) with respect to the Property Trustee, to The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association, 2 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1020, Chicago, Illinois 60602, facsimile no. 312-827-8542; (b) with respect to the Delaware Trustee, to BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware, 100 White Clay Center, Route 273, New Castle County, Newark, Delaware 19711, facsimile (302) 453-4400; and (c) with respect to the Administrative Trustees, to them at the address above for notices to the Depositor, marked Attention: Administrative Trustees of Wells Fargo Capital XV. Such notice, demand or other communication to or upon the Issuer Trust, the Delaware Trustee or the Property Trustee shall be deemed to have been sufficiently given or made, for all purposes, upon hand delivery, mailing or transmission.
Section 12.9 Agreement Not to Petition.
Each of the Issuer Trustees and the Depositor agree for the benefit of the Holders that, until at least one year and one day after the Issuer Trust has been dissolved in accordance with Article IX, they shall not file, or join in the filing of, a petition against the Issuer Trust under any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar law (including the United States Bankruptcy Code) (collectively, Bankruptcy Laws) or otherwise join in the commencement of any proceeding against the Issuer Trust under any Bankruptcy Law. In the event that the Depositor takes action in violation of this Section 12.9, the Property Trustee agrees, for the benefit of Holders, that at the expense of the Depositor, it shall file an answer with the bankruptcy court or otherwise properly contest the filing of such petition by the Depositor against the Issuer Trust or the commencement of such action and raise the defense that the Depositor has agreed in writing not to take such action and should be stopped and precluded therefrom and such other defenses, if any, as counsel for the Issuer Trustee or the Issuer Trust may assert. The provisions of this Section 12.9 shall survive the termination of this Trust Agreement.
Section 12.10 Trust Indenture Act; Conflict with Trust Indenture Act.
(a) This Trust Agreement is subject to the provisions of the Trust Indenture Act that are required or deemed to be part of this Trust Agreement and shall, to the extent applicable, be governed by such provisions.
(b) The Property Trustee shall be the only Issuer Trustee that is a trustee for the purposes of the Trust Indenture Act.
(c) If any provision hereof limits, qualifies or conflicts with a provision of the Trust Indenture Act that is required under such Act to be a part of and govern this Trust Agreement, the latter provision shall control. If any provision of this Trust Agreement modifies or excludes any provision of the Trust Indenture Act that may be so modified or excluded, the latter provision shall be deemed to apply to this Trust Agreement as so modified or to be excluded, as the case may be.
(d) The application of the Trust Indenture Act to this Trust Agreement shall not affect the nature of the Trust Securities as equity securities representing undivided beneficial interests in the assets of the Issuer Trust.
Section 12.11 Acceptance of Terms of Trust Agreement, Guarantee Agreement and Indenture.
THE RECEIPT AND ACCEPTANCE OF A TRUST SECURITY OR ANY INTEREST THEREIN BY OR ON BEHALF OF A HOLDER OR ANY BENEFICIAL OWNER, WITHOUT ANY SIGNATURE OR FURTHER MANIFESTATION OF ASSENT, SHALL CONSTITUTE THE UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE BY THE HOLDER AND ALL OTHERS HAVING A BENEFICIAL INTEREST IN SUCH TRUST SECURITY OF ALL THE TERMS AND PROVISIONS OF THIS TRUST AGREEMENT, THE GUARANTEE AGREEMENT AND THE INDENTURE, AND AGREEMENT TO THE SUBORDINATION PROVISIONS AND OTHER TERMS OF THE GUARANTEE AGREEMENT AND THE INDENTURE, AND SHALL CONSTITUTE THE AGREEMENT OF THE TRUST, SUCH HOLDER AND SUCH OTHERS THAT THE TERMS AND PROVISIONS OF THIS TRUST AGREEMENT SHALL BE BINDING, OPERATIVE AND EFFECTIVE AS BETWEEN THE TRUST AND SUCH HOLDER AND SUCH OTHERS.
Section 12.12 Force Majeure.
In no event shall any Issuer Trustee be responsible or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder arising out of or caused by, directly or indirectly, forces beyond their control, including, without limitation, strikes, work stoppages, accidents, acts of war or terrorism, civil or military disturbances, nuclear or natural catastrophes or acts of God, and interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities, communications or computer (software and hardware) services; it being understood that the Issuer Trustees shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the banking industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.
Section 12.13 Waiver of Jury Trial.
EACH OF THE DEPOSITOR AND THE ISSUER TRUSTEES HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS TRUST AGREEMENT, THE PREFERRED SECURITIES, THE NOTES OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.
Section 12.14 Counterparts.
This Trust Agreement may contain more than one counterpart of the signature page and this Trust Agreement may be executed by the affixing of the signature of each of the Issuer Trustees to one of such counterpart signature pages. All of such counterpart signature pages shall be read as though one, and they shall have the same force and effect as though all of the signers had signed a single signature page.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Trust Agreement as of the date first above written.