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PROTEON THERAPEUTICS INC filed this Form S-1/A on 10/07/2014
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Mr. Steven K. Burke

October 1, 2014

Page 3 of 10


reason of Constructive Termination within thirty (30) days after the occurrence of one of the events specified in 9(b) (i-v) below, by giving notice of your resignation in accordance with Section 18 below.  In the event of your death or disability as provided in Section 8(b)(vi) or 8(b)(vii) below your employment will terminate by reason of Constructive Termination as of the date of your death or as of the end of the one hundred eighty (180) day period, in the case of disability.


In the event of such termination, in addition to Final Compensation, you shall be entitled to the following:  (i) provided that no benefits are payable to you under a separate severance agreement as a result of such termination, an amount equal to twelve (12) months of your Base Salary, at the rate in effect on the date of termination, plus your annual Bonus in respect of any Calendar year that has been earned but not yet paid (for this purpose the Bonus earned for such calendar year shall be determined by the Board in good faith and in the same manner applicable to executive officers of the Company, your “Earned and Unpaid Bonus”) or, in the event Constructive Termination or a termination without Cause occurs within thirty (30) days prior to or three hundred sixty-five (365) days following a Corporate Transaction, twelve (12) months of your Base Salary at the rate in effect on the date of termination plus, only following a Corporation Transaction, an amount equal to your Pro-Rata Bonus plus any Earned and Unpaid Bonus, less applicable withholdings and deductions, paid in a lump sum as provided below (the “Severance Payment”); (ii) if you are participating in the Company’s group health insurance plans on the effective date of termination, and you timely elect and remain eligible for continued coverage under COBRA, or, if applicable, state insurance laws, the Company shall pay that portion of your COBRA premiums equal to the amount that the Company was paying for you under such group health insurance plans prior to the effective date of termination for twelve (12) months following or for the continuation period for which Employee is eligible, whichever is longer and in the event the continuation period is provided by state law and is less than twelve (12) months, pay to you the premium payments it would have made for the remainder of the twelve (12) month-period (the “COBRA Premiums”); (iii) fifty percent (50%) of any unvested stock options or unvested restricted shares held by you shall vest in full upon the occurrence of the Constructive Termination or a termination without Cause, accelerated to one hundred percent (100%) vesting in the event Constructive Termination or a termination without Cause occurs within thirty (30) days prior to or three hundred sixty-five (365) days following a Corporate Transaction (as defined below) (the “Option Acceleration”); and (iv) at your request, the post-termination exercise grace period set forth in your stock option agreements shall be extended to provide for an exercise period of up to one hundred eighty (180) days following the termination (the “Option Extension”); provided, however, that the Option Extension period shall not be extended beyond the period of time that would enable the stock option to remain exempt under Section 409A (as defined below).


Any obligation of the Company to you in Section 8(b) is conditioned upon you signing and returning to the Company a timely and effective release of claims, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Release of Claims”). The Release of Claims required for separation benefits in accordance with this Section 8(b) creates legally binding obligations on your part and the Company and its Affiliates therefore advise you to seek the advice of an attorney before signing it. The Severance Payments shall be payable and due as a lump sum, and will be paid thirty (30) days following the later of the effective date of the Release of Claims or the date the Release of Claims, signed by you, is received by the Company, subject to Section 11(d) hereof.  The payment of the COBRA Premiums will commence on such later date as well.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company determines that it cannot provide such reimbursement of premiums to you without potentially violating applicable law, the Company shall not be obligated to make any such payments or reimbursements to you.


The following shall constitute Constructive Termination: