This excerpt taken from the WYN 8-K filed Jul 31, 2006.
Section 5.1 Liability for Distribution Taxes. In the event that, following a Final Determination relating to a Pre-2007 Shared Entity Audit, it is determined Distribution Taxes are due and payable to a Taxing Authority, notwithstanding Article III, Section 8.8 and Section 8.9 shall govern and control the payment of amounts owed hereunder.
Section 5.2 Definition of Fault. For purposes of this Agreement, Distribution Taxes shall be deemed to result from the fault (Fault) of a Party if such Taxes are directly attributable to, or result from:
(a) any action, or failure or omission to act, by such Party or such Partys Affiliates following a Distribution, including, without limitation, a cessation, transfer to Affiliates or others, disposition of its active trade or business within the meaning of Section 355(b) of the Code or other businesses, failure to maintain continuity of business enterprise, an issuance of stock, stock buyback, or payment of an extraordinary dividend by such Party or such Partys Affiliates following such Distribution;
(b) the direct or indirect acquisition of all or a portion of such Partys stock and/or its assets (or any transaction or series of related transactions that is deemed to be such an acquisition for purposes of Section 355(e) of the Code and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder) by any means whatsoever by any person including pursuant to an issuance of stock by such Party or its Affiliates;
(c) any negotiations, understandings, agreements or arrangements by or involving such Party or its Affiliates with respect to transactions or events (including, without limitation, stock issuances pursuant to the exercise of stock options or otherwise, option grants, capital contributions or acquisitions of stock, or a series of such transactions or events) that cause any of the Distributions or related transactions to be treated as part of a plan pursuant to which one or more persons acquire directly or indirectly a Fifty Percent or Greater Interest in any such Party; or
(d) any act or failure to act that is described in Section 5.3 hereof of any such Party (regardless of whether such act or failure to act is covered by a ruling, Unqualified Tax Opinion or waiver, described below).
Section 5.3 Limits on Proposed Acquisition Transactions and other transactions for Restricted Period. For the Restricted Period applicable to each of the Parties, respectively, such Party (a Requesting Party) shall not:
(a) enter into any Proposed Acquisition Transaction, approve any Proposed Acquisition Transaction for any purpose or permit any Proposed Acquisition Transaction to occur;
(b) merge or consolidate with any other person or liquidate or partially liquidate;
(c) sell or otherwise transfer in a single transaction or series of transactions 50% or more of the gross or net assets of the active trade or business (for purposes of Section 355(b) of the Code) or 50% or more of the consolidated gross or net assets of its businesses (such percentages to be measured based on fair market values as of the date of the applicable Distribution);
(d) amend its certificate of incorporation (or other organizational documents), or take any other action, whether through a stockholder vote or otherwise, affecting the voting rights of the stock of such Party; or
(e) take any other action or actions (including any action or transaction that would be reasonably likely to be inconsistent with any representations or covenants made by such Party in the Tax Representation Letter issued by such Party to Skadden in connection with the issuance by Skadden of its opinion relating to the Tax consequences of a Distribution or any of the positions set forth in Section 2.5) which in the aggregate (taking into account other transactions described in this section) would be reasonably likely to have the effect of causing or permitting one or more Persons (whether or not acting in concert) to acquire, directly or indirectly, stock of any of the Parties representing a Fifty Percent or Greater Interest in such Party or otherwise jeopardize Tax-Free Status;
provided, however, that such Requesting Party shall be permitted to take such action or one or more actions set forth in the foregoing clauses (a) through (e) if, prior to taking each such action(s): (1) such Requesting Party shall have requested that Cendant obtain a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service and Cendant shall have received such ruling (or if Cendant is the Requesting Party, Cendant shall have received a ruling) in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to a Majority of the Parties that confirms that such action or actions will not result in Distribution Taxes, taking into account such actions and any other relevant transactions in the aggregate, (2) such Requesting Party shall provide each of the other Parties with an Unqualified Tax Opinion in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to a Majority of the Parties that confirms that such action or actions will not result in Distribution Taxes, taking into account such actions and any other relevant transactions in the aggregate, or (3) such
Requesting Party shall have received a written statement from each of the other Parties that provides that such other Party waives the requirement to obtain a ruling or opinion described in this paragraph. In determining whether such ruling or opinion is reasonably satisfactory, the Parties may consider, among other factors, the appropriateness of any underlying assumptions, representations and covenants made in connection with such ruling or opinion. The Requesting Party shall bear all costs and expenses of securing any such ruling or opinion and shall reimburse the other Parties for all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses that such Parties may incur in good faith in seeking to obtain or evaluate any such ruling or opinion.