AMENDED AND RESTATED
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
NEW RIVER PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
The name of the Corporation shall be New River Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The purpose for which the Corporation is formed is to transact any or all lawful business, not required to be specifically stated in these Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, for which corporations may be incorporated under the Virginia Stock Corporation Act, as amended from time to time, and any legislation succeeding thereto (the “VSCA”).
All references herein to “Articles of Incorporation” shall mean these Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, as subsequently amended or restated in accordance herewith and with the VSCA.
The aggregate number of shares that the Corporation shall have authority to issue shall be 25,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share (hereinafter called “Preferred Stock”), and 150,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (hereinafter called “Common Stock”).
Simultaneously with the effective date of these Articles of Incorporation (the “Effective Date”), every two shares of the Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall, automatically and without any action on the part of the holder thereof, be reclassified as and changed into one share of Common Stock. No fractional shares shall be issued upon such change, and the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued shall be rounded down to the nearest whole share. If a fractional interest in a share of Common Stock would be deliverable upon such change, the Corporation shall pay an amount in cash equal to the fair market value of such fractional interest, as determined by the Board of Directors, to each holder of shares of Common Stock to whom such fractional interest would have been deliverable. No such fractional interest will entitle the holder thereof to vote or to any rights of a shareholder of the Corporation.
The following is a description of each of such classes of stock, and a statement of the preferences, limitations, voting rights and relative rights in respect of the shares of each such class:
1. Authority to Fix Rights of Preferred Stock. The Board of Directors shall have authority, by resolution or resolutions, at any time and from time to time to divide and establish any or all of the unissued shares of Preferred Stock not then allocated to any series of Preferred Stock into one or more series, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to fix and determine the designation of each such series, the number of shares that shall constitute such series and the following relative rights and preferences of the shares of each series so established:
(a) The annual or other periodic dividend rate payable on shares of such series, the time of payment thereof, whether such dividends shall be cumulative or non-cumulative, and the date or dates from which any cumulative dividends shall commence to accrue;
(b) the price or prices at which and the terms and conditions, if any, on which shares of such series may be redeemed;
(c) the amounts payable upon shares of such series in the event of the voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation;
(d) the sinking fund provisions, if any, for the redemption or purchase of shares of such series;
(e) the extent of the voting powers, if any, of the shares of such series;
(f) the terms and conditions, if any, on which shares of such series may be converted into shares of stock of the Corporation of any other class or classes or into shares of any other series of the same or any other class or classes;
(g) whether, and if so the extent to which, shares of such series may participate with the Common Stock in any dividends in excess of the preferential dividend fixed for shares of such series or in any distribution of the assets of the Corporation, upon a liquidation, dissolution or winding-up thereof, in excess of the preferential amount fixed for shares of such series; and
(h) any other preferences and relative, optional or other special rights, and qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences or rights, of shares of such series not fixed and determined by law or in this Article III.
2. Distinctive Designations of Series. Each series of Preferred Stock shall be so designated as to distinguish the shares thereof from the shares of all other series. Different series of Preferred Stock shall not be considered to constitute different voting groups of shares for the purpose of voting by voting groups except as required by the VSCA or as otherwise specified by the Board of Directors with respect to any series at the time of the creation thereof.
3. Restrictions on Certain Distributions. So long as any shares of Preferred Stock are outstanding, the Corporation shall not declare and pay or set apart for payment
any dividends (other than dividends payable in Common Stock or other stock of the Corporation ranking junior to the Preferred Stock as to dividends) or make any other distribution on such junior stock if, at the time of making such declaration, payment or distribution, the Corporation shall be in default with respect to any dividend payable on, or any obligation to redeem, any shares of Preferred Stock.
4. Redeemed or Reacquired Shares. Shares of any series of Preferred Stock that have been redeemed or otherwise reacquired by the Corporation (whether through the operation of a sinking fund, upon conversion or otherwise) shall have the status of authorized and unissued shares of Preferred Stock and may be redesignated and reissued as a part of such series (unless prohibited by the articles of amendment creating such series) or of any other series of Preferred Stock. Shares of Common Stock that have been reacquired by the Corporation shall have the status of authorized and unissued shares of Common Stock and may be reissued.
5. Voting Rights. Subject to the provisions of the VSCA or of the Bylaws of the Corporation as from time to time in effect with respect to the closing of the transfer books or the fixing of a record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to vote, and except as otherwise provided by the VSCA or in resolutions of the Board of Directors establishing any series of Preferred Stock pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article III, the holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Corporation shall exclusively possess voting power for the election of directors and for all other purposes, with each holder of record of shares of Common Stock of the Corporation being entitled to one vote for each share of such stock standing in his name on the books of the Corporation.
6. No Preemptive Rights. No holder of shares of stock of any class of the Corporation shall, as such holder, have any right to subscribe for or purchase (a) any shares of stock of any class of the Corporation, or any warrants, options or other instruments that shall confer upon the holder thereof the right to subscribe for or purchase or receive from the Corporation any shares of stock of any class, whether or not such shares of stock, warrants, options or other instruments are issued for cash or services or property or by way of dividend or otherwise, or (b) any other security of the Corporation that shall be convertible into, or exchangeable for, any shares of stock of the Corporation of any class or classes, or to which shall be attached or appurtenant any warrant, option or other instrument that shall confer upon the holder of such security the right to subscribe for or purchase or receive from the Corporation any shares of its stock of any class or classes, whether or not such securities are issued for cash or services or property or by way of dividend or otherwise, other than such right, if any, as the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may from time to time determine. If the Board of Directors shall offer to the holders of shares of stock of any class of the Corporation, or any of them, any such shares of stock, options, warrants, instruments or other securities of the Corporation, such offer shall not, in any way, constitute a waiver or release of the right of the Board of Directors subsequently to dispose of other securities of the Corporation without offering the same to said holders.
7. Control Share Acquisition Statute. The provisions of Article 14.1 of the VSCA shall not apply to acquisitions of shares of any class of capital stock of the Corporation.
1. The Board of Directors shall consist of such number of directors as shall be specified in accordance with the Bylaws of the Corporation.
2. Subject to the rights of the holders of any Preferred Stock then outstanding, directors may be removed only with cause and only by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by each voting group that is entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (“Voting Stock”).
3. Subject to the rights of the holders of any Preferred Stock then outstanding and to any limitations set forth in the VSCA, newly-created directorships resulting from any increase in the number of directors and any vacancies in the Board of Directors resulting from death, resignation, disqualification, removal or other cause shall be filled solely (i) by the Board of Directors or (ii) at an annual meeting of shareholders by the shareholders entitled to vote on the election of directors. If the directors remaining in office constitute fewer than a quorum of the Board, they may fill the vacancy by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors remaining in office.
4. No provision of any agreement, plan or related document contemplated by Section 13.1-646 of the VSCA and approved by the Board of Directors shall be considered to be a limitation on the authority or power of the Board of Directors but, if so considered, is hereby authorized by these Articles of Incorporation.
Except as expressly otherwise required in the Articles of Incorporation, (i) an amendment or restatement of the Articles of Incorporation for which the VSCA requires shareholder approval, (ii) the approval of a plan of merger or share exchange for which the VSCA requires shareholder approval, (iii) the approval of a sale of assets other than in regular course of business or (iv) the approval of the dissolution of the Corporation shall be approved by a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by each voting group that is entitled to vote on the matter, unless in submitting any such matter to the shareholders the Board of Directors shall require a greater vote.
1. In this Article:
“applicant” means the person seeking indemnification pursuant to this Article.
“expenses” includes counsel fees.
“liability” means the obligation to pay a judgment, settlement, penalty, fine,
including any excise tax assessed with respect to an employee benefit plan, or reasonable expenses incurred with respect to a proceeding.
“party” includes an individual who was, is or is threatened to be made a named defendant or respondent in a proceeding.
“proceeding” means any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative and whether formal or informal.
2. In any proceeding brought by or in the right of the Corporation or brought by or on behalf of shareholders of the Corporation, no director or officer of the Corporation shall be liable to the Corporation or its shareholders for monetary damages with respect to any transaction, occurrence or course of conduct, whether prior or subsequent to the effective date of this Article, except for liability resulting from such person’s having engaged in willful misconduct or a knowing violation of the criminal law or any federal or state securities law.
3. The Corporation shall indemnify (a) any person who was or is a party to any proceeding, including a proceeding brought by a shareholder in the right of the Corporation or brought by or on behalf of shareholders of the Corporation, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the Corporation, or (b) any director or officer who is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, trustee, partner or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, against any liability incurred by him or her in connection with such proceeding unless he or she engaged in willful misconduct or a knowing violation of the criminal law. A person is considered to be serving an employee benefit plan at the Corporation’s request if his or her duties to the Corporation also impose duties on, or otherwise involve services by, him or her to the plan or to participants in or beneficiaries of the plan. The Board of Directors is hereby empowered, by a majority vote of a quorum of disinterested Directors, to enter into a contract to indemnify any director or officer in respect of any proceedings arising from any act or omission, whether occurring before or after the execution of such contract.
4. No amendment or repeal of this Article shall have any effect on the rights provided under this Article with respect to any act or omission occurring prior to such amendment or repeal. The Corporation shall promptly take all such actions, and make all such determinations, as shall be necessary or appropriate to comply with its obligation to make any indemnity under this Article and shall promptly pay or reimburse all reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by any director or officer in connection with such actions and determinations or proceedings of any kind arising therefrom.
5. The termination of any proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not of itself create a presumption that the applicant did not meet the standard of conduct described in Section 2 or 3 of this Article.
6. Any indemnification under Section 3 of this Article (unless ordered by a court) shall be made by the Corporation only as authorized in the specific case upon a determination that indemnification of the applicant is proper in the circumstances because he or she has met the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 3 of this Article.
The determination shall be made:
(a) by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors not at the time parties to the proceeding;
(b) if a quorum cannot be obtained under subsection (a) of this Section 6, by majority vote of a committee duly designated by the Board of Directors (in which designation directors who are parties may participate), consisting solely of two or more directors not at the time parties to the proceeding;
(c) by special legal counsel (which may include outside counsel regularly used by the Corporation so long as such counsel is not involved in the proceeding in question):
(i) selected by the Board of Directors or its committee in the manner prescribed in subsection (a) or (b) of this Section 6; or
(ii) if a quorum of the Board of Directors cannot be obtained under subsection (a) of this Section 6 and a committee cannot be designated under subsection (b) of this Section 6, selected by majority vote of the full Board of Directors, in which selection directors who are parties may participate; or
(d) by the shareholders, but shares owned by or voted under the control of directors who are at the time parties to the proceeding may not be voted on the determination.
Any evaluation as to reasonableness of expenses shall be made in the same manner as the determination that indemnification is appropriate, except that if the determination is made by special legal counsel, such evaluation as to reasonableness of expenses shall be made by those entitled under subsection (c) of this Section 6 to select counsel.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event there has been a change in the composition of a majority of the Board of Directors after the date of the alleged act or omission with respect to which indemnification is claimed, any determination as to indemnification and advancement of expenses with respect to any claim for indemnification made pursuant to this Article shall be made by special legal counsel agreed upon by the Board of Directors and the applicant. If the Board of Directors and the applicant are unable to agree upon such special legal counsel the Board of Directors and the applicant each shall select a nominee, and the nominees shall select such special legal counsel.
7. (a) The Corporation shall pay for or reimburse the reasonable expenses incurred by any applicant who is a party to a proceeding in advance of final disposition of the proceeding or the making of any determination under Section 6 of this
Article if the applicant furnishes the Corporation (i) a written statement of his or her good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of conduct described in Section 3 of this Article and (ii) a written undertaking, executed personally or on his or her behalf, to repay the advance if it is ultimately determined that he or she did not meet such standard of conduct.
(b) The undertaking required by paragraph (ii) of subsection (a) of this Section 7 shall be an unlimited general obligation of the applicant but need not be secured and may be accepted without reference to financial ability to make repayment.
(c) Authorizations of payments under this Section 7 shall be made by the persons specified in Section 6 of this Article.
8. The Corporation may indemnify or contract to indemnify, and advance or reimburse any reasonable expenses incurred by, any person not specified in Section 2 or 3 of this Article who was, is or may become a party to any proceeding, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was an employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, provided that such indemnity shall not extend to willful misconduct or a knowing violation of criminal law.
9. The Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify it against the whole or any portion of the liability assumed by it in accordance with this Article and may also procure insurance, in such amounts as the Board of Directors may determine, on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, against any liability asserted against or incurred by him or her in any such capacity or arising from his or her status as such, whether or not the Corporation would have power to indemnify him or her against such liability under the provisions of this Article.
10. Every reference herein to directors, officers, employees or agents shall include former directors, officers, employees and agents and their respective heirs, executors and administrators. The indemnification hereby provided and provided hereafter pursuant to the power hereby conferred by this Article on the Board of Directors shall not be exclusive of any other rights to which any person may be entitled, including any right under policies of insurance that may be purchased and maintained by the Corporation or others, with respect to claims, issues or matters in relation to which the Corporation would not have the power to indemnify such person under the provisions of this Article. Such rights shall not prevent or restrict the power of the Corporation to make or provide for any further indemnity, or provisions for determining entitlement to indemnity, pursuant to one or more indemnification agreements, bylaws or other arrangements (including, without limitation, creation of trust funds or security interests funded by letters of credit or other means) approved by the Board of Directors (whether or not any of the directors of the Corporation shall be a party to or beneficiary of any
such agreements, bylaws or arrangements); provided,
however, that any provision of such agreements, bylaws or other
arrangements shall not be effective if and to the extent that it is determined
to be contrary to this Article or applicable laws of the
11. Each provision of this Article shall be severable, and an adverse determination as to any such provision shall in no way affect the validity of any other provision.
In furtherance of, and not in limitation of, the powers conferred by the VSCA, the Board of Directors is expressly authorized and empowered to adopt, amend or repeal the Bylaws of the Corporation; provided, however, that the Bylaws adopted by the Board of Directors under the powers hereby conferred may be altered, amended or repealed by the Board of Directors or by the shareholders having voting power with respect thereto, provided further that, in the case of any such action by shareholders, the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the then outstanding Voting Stock, voting together as a single voting group, shall be required in order for the shareholders to alter, amend or repeal any provision of the Bylaws or to adopt any additional Bylaw.
Dated: , 2004