SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED
RUSS BERRIE AND COMPANY, INC.
As of December 31, 2007
1. MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS.
1.1 Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of shareholders shall be held on the third Thursday of April in each year, or as soon thereafter as practicable as determined by the Board. The annual meeting shall be held at a place and time determined by the Board.
1.2 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the shareholders may be called by resolution of the Board or by the chairman of the Board or the president and shall be called by the president or secretary upon the written request (stating the purpose or purposes of the meeting) of a majority of the Board or of the holders of 51% of the outstanding shares entitled to vote.
1.3 Place of Meetings. Meetings of the shareholders may be held in or outside New Jersey at the place and time specified by the Board or the officer or shareholders requesting the meeting.
1.4 Notice of Meetings; Waiver of Notice. Written notice of each meeting of shareholders shall be given to each shareholder entitled to vote at the meeting, except that (a) it shall not be necessary to give notice to any shareholder who submits a waiver of notice before or after the meeting, and (b) no notice of an adjourned meeting need be given except when required by law. Each notice of a meeting shall be given, personally or by mail, not less than 10 nor more than 60 days before the meeting and shall state the time and place of the meeting, and, unless it is the annual meeting, shall state at whose direction the meeting is called and the purposes for which it is called. If mailed, notice shall be considered given when mailed to a shareholder at his address on the corporationís records. The attendance of any shareholder at a meeting, without protesting before the conclusion of the meeting the lack of notice to him, shall constitute a waiver of notice by him.
1.5 Quorum. At any meeting of shareholders, the presence in person or by proxy of the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business. In the absence of a quorum a majority in voting interest of those present or, if no shareholders are present, any officer entitled to preside at or to act as secretary of the meeting, may adjourn the meeting until a quorum is present. At any adjourned meeting at which a quorum is present any action may be taken which might have been taken at the meeting as originally called. No notice of an adjourned meeting need be given if the time and place are announced at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken except that if, after the adjournment, a new record date is fixed for the meeting, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given pursuant to Section 1.4.
1.6 Voting; Proxies. Each shareholder of record shall be entitled to one vote for every share registered in his name and may attend meetings and vote either in person or by proxy. Corporate action to be taken by shareholder vote shall be authorized by a majority of the votes cast at a meeting of shareholders, except as otherwise provided by law or by Section 1.7 of these by-laws. Directors shall be elected in the manner provided in Section 2.1 of these by-laws. Voting need not be by ballot unless requested by a shareholder at the meeting or ordered by the chairman of the meeting. Each shareholder entitled to vote at any meeting of shareholders or to express consent to or dissent from corporate action in writing without a meeting may authorize another person to act for him by proxy. Every proxy must be signed by the shareholder or his attorney-in-fact. No proxy shall be valid after eleven months from its date unless it provides otherwise, but in no event shall a proxy be valid after three years from the date of its execution.
1.7 Action by Shareholders Without a Meeting.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in the New Jersey Business Corporation Act, any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of shareholders may be taken without a meeting if all the shareholders entitled to vote thereon or their proxy or proxies consent thereto in writing.
(b) Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of shareholders, other than the annual election of directors, may be taken without a meeting, upon the written consent of shareholders who would have been entitled to cast the minimum number of votes which would be necessary to authorize such action at a meeting at which all shareholders entitled to vote thereon were present and voting. Prompt notice of the taking of any such action shall be given to those shareholders who did not consent in writing.
2. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2.1 Number, Qualification, Election and Term of Directors. The business of the corporation shall be managed by the Board, which shall consist of no fewer than three directors nor more than nine directors, who shall be at least 18 years old. The number of directors may be changed by resolution of a majority of the entire Board or by the shareholders, but no decrease may shorten the term of any incumbent director. Directors shall be elected at each annual meeting of shareholders by a plurality of the votes cast and shall hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders and until the election and qualification of their respective successors, subject to the provisions of Section 2.7. As used in these by-laws, the term ďentire BoardĒ means the total number of directors which the corporation would have if there were no vacancies on the Board.
2.1(A) Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Other Designations by the Directors. The Board shall designate a Chairman of the Board who will preside at all meetings of the Board and shareholders of the corporation, and shall have such powers and duties and the Board assigns to such person. Also, the Board may designate a Vice Chairman of the Board, who will preside at all meetings of the Board and shareholders in the absence of the Chairman, and shall have such powers and duties as the Board or the Chairman assigns to such person from time to time. The Board may make such other designations of members of the Board as it may determine from time to time.
2.2 Quorum and Manner of Acting. Four directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board, except as provided in Section 2.8. Action of the Board shall be authorized by the vote of a majority of the directors present at the time of the vote if there is a quorum, unless otherwise provided by law or these by-laws. In the absence of a quorum a majority of the directors present may adjourn any meeting from time to time until a quorum is present.
2.3 Place of Meetings. Meetings of the Board may be held in or outside New Jersey.
2.4 Annual and Regular Meetings. Annual meetings of the Board, for the election of officers and consideration of other matters, shall be held either (a) without notice immediately after the annual meeting of shareholders and at the same place, or (b) as soon as practicable after the annual meeting of shareholders, on notice as provided in Section 2.6 of these by-laws. Regular meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such times and places as the Board determines. If the day fixed for a regular meeting is a legal holiday, the meeting shall be held on the next business day.
2.5 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Chairman of the Board, a Vice Chairman of the Board or the chief executive officer. Only business related to the purposes set forth in the notice of meeting may be transacted at a special meeting.
2.6 Notice of Meetings; Waiver of Notice. Notice of the time and place of each special meeting of the Board, and of each annual meeting not held immediately after the annual meeting of shareholders and at the same place, shall be given to each director by delivering or mailing it to him at his residence or usual place of business at least three days before the meeting, or by delivering, telephoning or telegraphing it to him at least two days before the meeting. Notice need not be given to any director who submits a signed waiver of notice before or after the meeting or who attends the meeting without protesting before the conclusion of the meeting of the lack of notice to him. Notice of any adjourned meeting need not be given, other than by announcement at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken.
2.7 Resignation and Removal of Directors. Any director may resign at any time by delivering his resignation in writing to the president or secretary of the corporation, to take effect at the time specified in the resignation; the acceptance of a resignation, unless required by its terms, shall not be necessary to make it effective. Any or all of the directors may be removed at any time, either with or without cause, by vote of the shareholders.
2.8 Vacancies. Any vacancy in the Board, including one created by an increase in the number of directors, may be filled for the unexpired term by a majority vote of the remaining directors, though less than a quorum.
2.9 Compensation. Directors shall receive such compensation and such reimbursement of their reasonable expenses in connection with the performance of their duties, as the Board determines. A director may also be paid for serving the corporation, its affiliates or subsidiaries in other capacities.
2.10 Board or Committee Action Without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board or by any committee of the Board may be taken without a meeting if all of the members of the Board or of the committee consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action. The resolution and the written consents by the members of the Board or the committee shall be filed with the minutes of the proceeding of the Board or of the committee.
2.11 Participation in Board or Committee Meeting by Conference Telephone. Any or all members of the Board or of any committee of the Board may participate in a meeting of the Board or of the committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
3.1 Executive Committee. The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may designate an Executive Committee of one or more directors which shall have all the authority of the Board, except as otherwise provided in the resolution or by-laws, and which shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. All action of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board at its next meeting. The Executive Committee shall adopt rules of procedure and shall meet as provided by those rules or by resolutions of the Board.
3.2 Other Committees. The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may designate other committees of directors, to serve at the Boardís pleasure, with such powers and duties as the Board determines.
4.1 Number; Security. The executive officers of the corporation shall be the chief executive officer, president, division presidents, one or more vice presidents, a secretary and a treasurer, and any other position which may be designated by the Board, in its discretion, as an executive office of the corporation. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person. The Board may require any officer, agent or employee to give security for the faithful performance of his duties.
4.2 Election; Term of Office. The executive officers of the corporation shall be elected annually by the Board, and each such officer shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the Board and until the election of his successor, subject to the provisions of Section 4.4.
4.3 Subordinate Officers. The Board may elect subordinate officers (including assistant secretaries and assistant treasurers), agents or employees, each of whom shall hold office for such period and have such powers and duties as the Board determines. The Board may delegate to any executive officer or to any committee the power to appoint or elect, respectively, and define the powers and duties of any subordinate officers, agents or employees.
4.4 Resignation and Removal of Officers. Any officer may resign at any time by delivering his resignation in writing to the president or secretary of the corporation, to take effect
at the time specified in the resignation. Any officer elected by the Board or by a committee or appointed by an executive officer may be removed by the Board either with or without cause.
4.5 Vacancies. A vacancy in any office may be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed in Sections 4.2 and 4.3 of these by-laws for election to the office.
4.6 Chief Executive Officer. Subject to the control of the Board, the chief executive officer shall have such powers and duties as chief executive officers usually have or as the Board assigns to him. Unless otherwise specified by the chief executive officer or the Board, the other executive officers of the corporation shall report to the chief executive officer. In the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board, the chief executive officer shall preside at all meetings of the Board and of the shareholders.
4.7 President. The Board shall elect a president. In the event the president is not the same as chief executive officer, the president shall have such powers as shall be assigned to him by the chief executive officer.
4.8 Vice President. Each vice president shall have such powers and duties as the Board or the president assigns to him.
4.9 Treasurer. The treasurer shall be the chief accounting and financial officer of the corporation and shall be in charge of the corporationís books and accounts. Subject to the control of the Board, he shall have such other powers and duties as the Board or the president assigns to him.
4.10 Secretary. The secretary shall be the secretary of, and keep the minutes of, all meetings of the Board and of the shareholders, shall be responsible for giving notice of all meetings of shareholders and of the Board, and shall keep the seal and, when authorized by the Board, apply it to any instrument requiring it. Subject to the control of the Board, he shall have such other powers and duties as the Board or the president assigns to him. In the absence of the secretary from any meeting, the minutes shall be kept by the person appointed for that purpose by the presiding officer.
4.11 Salaries. The Board may fix the officersí salaries, if any, or it may authorize the president to fix the salary of any other officer.
5.1 Certificated and Uncertificated Shares. The corporationís shares may be represented by certificates in the form approved by the Board, or by uncertificated shares that may be evidenced by registration in the holderís name in book-entry form on the books of the corporation, or a combination of both, as determined by the Board in its discretion and issued in accordance with applicable law. Except as otherwise expressly provided by applicable law, the rights and obligations of holders of shares represented by certificates and the rights and obligations of the holders of uncertificated shares of the same class and series shall be identical. To the extent shares are represented by a certificate, each such certificate shall be signed by (i) the Chairman of the Board (or vice-Chairman, if any), or the president or a vice president, and (ii) by the treasurer or an assistant treasurer, or the secretary or an assistant secretary of the
corporation, and may be sealed with the corporationís seal or a facsimile of the seal. Any and all signatures on share certificates may be facsimiles. In case any officer, transfer agent or registrar who has signed or whose facsimile signature has been placed upon such a certificate shall have ceased to be such an officer, transfer agent or registrar before such certificate is issued, it may be issued by the corporation with the same effect as if the person who signed such certificate, or whose facsimile signature had been placed thereon, were such officer, transfer agent or registrar at the date of its issue.
5.2 Transfers. No transfer of shares shall be valid as against the corporation for any purpose until such transfer has been entered on the stock transfer books of the corporation by an entry showing from and to whom such stock is transferred, and (i) with respect to stock represented by a certificate (except to the extent Section 5.3 below applies), upon surrender of the certificate previously issued therefore which is outstanding and not canceled, duly endorsed or accompanied by appropriate evidence of succession, assignment or authority to transfer, and (ii) with respect to uncertificated shares, upon receipt of proper transfer instructions from the record holder thereof. Any restrictions on the transfer or registration of transfer of any shares shall be noted conspicuously on the certificates or in the uncertificated share registration records of the corporation. The Board may, in its discretion, appoint responsible banks or trust companies or other qualified institutions to act as transfer agents or registrars of the shares of the corporation.
5.3 Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Certificates. No uncertificated shares or no certificate for shares in the corporation shall be issued in place of any certificate alleged to have been lost, stolen or destroyed, except upon production of such evidence of loss, theft or destruction and upon delivery to the corporation of a bond of indemnity in such amount, and upon such terms and secured by such surety, as the Board may in its discretion require.
5.4 Additional Regulation. The Board may make such additional rules and regulations as it may deem expedient, and not inconsistent with these by-laws, concerning the issue, transfer and registration of certificated or uncertificated shares of the corporation. All references to shares in these by-laws shall refer to either shares represented by certificates or uncertificated shares, and no such reference shall be construed to require certificated shares or to grant additional or different rights or obligations as between the holders of certificated and uncertificated shares of the corporation.
5.5 Determination of Shareholders of Record. The Board may fix, in advance, a date as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of or to vote at any meeting of the shareholders, or to express consent to or dissent from any proposal without a meeting, or to receive payment of any dividend or the allotment of any rights, or for the purpose of any other action.
6.1 Seal. The Board shall adopt a corporate seal, which shall be in the form of a circle and shall bear the corporationís name and the year and state in which it was incorporated.
6.2 Fiscal and Tax Year. The Board may determine the corporationís fiscal year. Until changed by the Board, the corporationís fiscal year and tax year shall be from January 1 to December 31 of each year.
6.3 Voting of Shares in Other Corporations. Shares in other corporations which are held by the corporation may be represented and voted by the president or a vice president of this corporation or by proxy or proxies appointed by one of them. The Board may, however, appoint some other person to vote the shares.
6.4 Amendments. By-laws may be amended, repealed or adopted by the shareholders or by a majority of the entire Board, but any by-law adopted by the Board may be amended or repealed by the shareholders.
[As Filed: 01-07-2008]