GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:GCAP) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:GCAP) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

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On February 4, 2019, GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an employment agreement with Diego Rotsztain, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel (the “Rotsztain Agreement”). On February 5, 2019, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Samantha Roady, the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer (such agreement, together with the Rotsztain Agreement, the “Employment Agreements”).

Each Employment Agreement has an initial term of three years and automatically renews for successive one-year periods unless either party gives notice of an intent not to extend the term at least 90 days prior to the end of the then-current term. Each Employment Agreement sets forth the current base salary for the applicable executive, which can be increased at the discretion of the compensation committee of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”). In addition, each Employment Agreement provides for annual discretionary bonuses and equity grants to the applicable executive, in each case as determined by the Compensation Committee.

Each Employment Agreement also provides that, in the event the applicable executive’s employment terminates without “Cause” (as defined in each Employment Agreement) or as a result of a resignation for “Good Reason” (as defined in each Employment Agreement) other than in connection with a “Change in Control” (as defined in each Employment Agreement), he or she will be entitled to receive any earned and unpaid salary through the date of termination, as well as any accrued and unused paid time off and appropriate expense reimbursements. In such circumstances, subject to the execution of a release of claims in favor of the Company, the applicable executive would also be entitled to receive the following payments and benefits: (i) severance in an amount equal to 18 months’ base salary in effect at the time of termination; (ii) any accrued and unpaid incentive bonuses for the fiscal year prior to termination of employment; (iii) a pro-rata bonus with respect to such year, which amount shall be calculated to a formula set forth in each Employment Agreement, taking into account the Company’s performance during the relevant fiscal year and assuming satisfaction by the applicable executive of his or her personal goals and objectives at levels specified in each Employment Agreement; (iv) an amount equal to one-and-a-half times the applicable executive’s aggregate incentive compensation for the year in which termination occurs, assuming satisfaction of corporate and personal goals and objectives at levels specified in each Employment Agreement; (v) with respect to outstanding equity incentive awards, accelerated vesting such that all equity grants held at the time of termination that are subject to time-based vesting conditions that would have vested from the date of grant through the end of the 18-month period following the applicable executive’s termination (assuming a monthly vesting schedule) will immediately vest and become exercisable, and that all equity grants subject to performance-based vesting conditions that would have vested from the date of grant through the end of the 18-month period following the applicable executive’s termination (assuming a monthly vesting schedule) will immediately vest and become exercisable assuming the satisfaction of Company goals and objectives at levels specified in the applicable Employment Agreement; and (vi) continued health benefits at the same premium rates charged to other current employees for the 18-month period following termination of employment.

In addition, in the event the applicable executive’s employment terminates without “Cause” (as defined in each Employment Agreement) or in the event of a resignation for “Good Reason” (as defined in each Employment Agreement) on or within twelve months after a “Change in Control” (as defined in each Employment Agreement), the applicable executive would be entitled to receive any earned and unpaid salary through the date of his or her termination, as well as any accrued and unused paid time off and appropriate expense reimbursements. Each Employment Agreement provides that, in such circumstances, subject to the execution of a release of claims in favor of the Company, the applicable executive would also be entitled to receive: (i) severance in an amount equal to twenty-four months’ base salary in effect at the time of termination; (ii) any accrued and unpaid incentive bonuses for the fiscal year prior to termination of employment; (iii) a pro-rata incentive bonus with respect to the fiscal year in which the termination of employment occurs based on the applicable executive’s target incentive bonus for such fiscal year and, in certain instances described in the applicable Employment Agreement, the Company’s achievement of annualized operating metrics during the year of termination; (iv) an amount equal to two-times the applicable executive’s aggregate target incentive compensation for the fiscal year in which the termination of employment occurs, assuming satisfaction of corporate and personal goals and objectives at levels specified in each Employment Agreement; (v) with respect to outstanding equity awards, accelerated vesting such that all equity grants held at the time of termination that are subject to time-based vesting conditions will immediately vest and become exercisable in full, and that all equity grants subject to performance-based vesting conditions will immediately vest and become exercisable assuming the satisfaction of Company goals and objectives at levels specified in each Employment Agreement; and (vi) continued health benefits at the same premium rates charged to other current employees for the twenty-four month period following termination of employment.

Each Employment Agreement also contains non-disclosure, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. The non-disclosure provisions provide for protection of the Company’s confidential information. The non-competition and non-solicitation provisions prevent the applicable executive from competing with the Company or soliciting the Company’s customers or employees for a period of twelve months following any termination of employment, other than in connection with a “Change in Control,” in which case such provisions would remain in effect for a period of six months. In the event of the applicable executive’s breach of any of these covenants, the Company’s obligations to pay such executive the amounts described above will cease.

The Employment Agreements do not require the Company to reimburse the applicable executive for the amount of any golden parachute excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”); instead, if the payments to be received by the applicable executive under his or her Employment Agreement constitute “excess parachute payments” (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code), the amounts payable as described above would be paid in full or reduced to such lesser amounts that would result in no portion of the payments being subject to the golden parachute excise tax, whichever would result in the applicable executive’s receipt of the greatest amount under the applicable Employment Agreement on an after-tax basis.

The foregoing description of the Employment Agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the Employment Agreements.

About GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:GCAP)

GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. is a provider of trading services and solutions, specializing in over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded markets. The Company’s segments include Retail segment, Institutional segment, Futures segment, and Corporate and other. The retail segment provides its retail customers with access to a range of global financial markets, including spot foreign exchange (forex), precious metals, spread bets and contracts for difference (CFDs) on commodities, indices, individual equities and interest rate products, as well OTC options on forex. The institutional segment provides agency execution services and offers access to markets and self-directed trading in forex, commodities, equities, options and futures through an electronic communications network (ECN), through its GTX platform. The futures segment offers execution and risk management services for exchange-traded futures and futures options on the United States and European futures and options exchanges.

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