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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 11, 2014

Securities Act File No. 333-189706
and 333-189707


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549



Form N-2
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 ý
Pre-Effective Amendment No. o
Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 ý



New Mountain Finance Corporation
New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 720-0300

(Address and telephone number,
including area code, of principal executive offices)

Robert A. Hamwee
Chief Executive Officer
New Mountain Finance Corporation
787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(Name and address of agent for service)



COPIES TO:
Steven B. Boehm, Esq.
John J. Mahon, Esq.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 383-0100
Fax: (202) 637-3593



                Approximate date of proposed public offering: From time to time after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

                If any securities being registered on this form will be offered on a delayed or continuous basis in reliance on Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered in connection with a dividend reinvestment plan, check the following box. ý

                It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box):

                o    when declared effective pursuant to Section 8(c).



CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 
Title of Securities
Being Registered

  Amount
Being
Registered

  Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price(1)

  Amount of
Registration
Fee

 
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share(2)(3)(7)            
 
Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share(2)            
 
Subscription Rights(2)            
 
Warrants(4)            
 
Debt Securities(5)            
 
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share(6)(7)   4,843,938   (8)   (8)
 
Total       $250,000,000(9)   $32,638.52(10)
 
(1)
Estimated pursuant to Rule 457(o) under the Securities Act of 1933 solely for the purpose of determining the registration fee. The proposed maximum offering price per security will be determined, from time to time, by New Mountain Finance Corporation ("NMFC") and New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. (the "Operating Company", and together with NMFC, the "Registrants") in connection with the sale by NMFC or the Operating Company, as applicable, of the securities registered under this Registration Statement.

(2)
Subject to Note 9 below, there is being registered hereunder an indeterminate number of shares of common stock or preferred stock, or subscription rights to purchase shares of common stock of NMFC as may be sold, from time to time.

(3)
Includes such indeterminate number of shares of common stock of NMFC as may, from time to time, be issued upon conversion or exchange of other securities registered hereunder, to the extent any such securities are, by their terms, convertible or exchangeable for common stock of NMFC.

(4)
Subject to Note 9 below, there is being registered hereunder an indeterminate number of warrants of NMFC as may be sold, from time to time, representing rights to purchase common stock, preferred stock or debt securities of NMFC or the Operating Company, as applicable.

(5)
Subject to Note 9 below, there is being registered hereunder an indeterminate number of debt securities of NMFC or the Operating Company, as applicable, as may be sold, from time to time. If any debt securities of NMFC or the Operating Company, as applicable, are issued at an original issue discount, then the offering price shall be in such greater principal amount as shall result in an aggregate price to investors not to exceed $250,000,000.

(6)
These shares are being registered on behalf of selling stockholders.

(7)
For each outstanding share of NMFC common stock, NMFC will hold one common membership unit of the Operating Company on a one-to-one basis. No separate consideration will be received for the Operating Company's common membership units in this offering.

(8)
In reliance upon Rule 429 under the Securities Act of 1933, all shares unsold on behalf of such selling stockholders under a registration statement on Form N-2 (File Nos. 333-185955 and 333-185954) (a total of 4,843,938 shares) are carried forward into this registration statement. A registration fee has been previously paid with respect to the 4,843,938 shares being registered on behalf of such selling stockholders.

(9)
In no event will the aggregate offering price of all securities issued from time to time pursuant to this Registration Statement exceed $250,000,000.

(10)
Previously paid.

   



EXPLANATORY NOTE

          This Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form N-2 (File Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707) of New Mountain Finance Corporation and New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. (the "Registration Statement") is being filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), solely for the purpose of filing exhibits to the Registration Statement. Accordingly, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 consists only of a facing page, this explanatory note and Part C of the Registration Statement on Form N-2 setting forth the exhibits to the Registration Statement. This Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 does not modify any other part of the Registration Statement. Pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 shall become effective immediately upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The contents of the Registration Statement are hereby incorporated by reference.

PART C
Other Information

Item 25.    Financial Statements And Exhibits

(1)
Financial Statements

          The following financial statements of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., formerly known as New Mountain Guardian (Leveraged), L.L.C. (the "Operating Company"), New Mountain Finance Corporation ("NMFC") and New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation ("AIV Holdings") are included in Part C of this Registration Statement. The Operating Company is the sole investment of NMFC and of AIV Holdings.


INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 
  PAGE

INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

   

New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.

   

Consolidated Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Members' Capital as of September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and December 31, 2012

  F-3

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-4

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Members' Capital for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-5

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-6

Consolidated Schedule of Investments as of September 30, 2013 (unaudited)

  F-7

Consolidated Schedule of Investments as of December 31, 2012

  F-13

New Mountain Finance Corporation

   

Statements of Assets and Liabilities as of September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and December 31, 2012

  F-18

Statements of Operations for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-19

Statements of Changes in Net Assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-20

Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-21

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New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation

   

Statements of Assets and Liabilities as of September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and December 31, 2012

  F-22

Statements of Operations for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-23

Statements of Changes in Net Assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-24

Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and September 30, 2012 (unaudited)

  F-25

Combined Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., the Financial Statements of New Mountain Finance Corporation and the Financial Statements of New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation

  F-26

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

  F-69

AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

   

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

  F-70

New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.

   

Consolidated Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Members' Capital as of December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011

  F-72

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010

  F-73

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Members' Capital for the years ended December 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010

  F-74

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010

  F-75

Consolidated Schedule of Investments as of December 31, 2012

  F-76

Consolidated Schedule of Investments as of December 31, 2011

  F-82

New Mountain Finance Corporation

   

Statement of Assets and Liabilities as of December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011

  F-87

Statements of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-88

Statement of Changes in Net Assets for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-89

Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-90

New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation

   

Statement of Assets and Liabilities as of December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011

  F-91

Statements of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-92

Statement of Changes in Net Assets for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-93

Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from May 19, 2011 (commencement of operations) to December 31, 2011

  F-94
(2)
Exhibits

(a)(1)   Certificate of Incorporation of New Mountain Guardian Corporation(2)

(a)(2)

 

Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation of New Mountain Guardian Corporation changing its name to New Mountain Finance Corporation(1)

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(a)(3)   Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of New Mountain Finance Corporation(3)

(a)(4)

 

Certificate of Formation of New Mountain Guardian (Leveraged), L.L.C.(1)

(a)(5)

 

Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Formation of New Mountain Guardian (Leveraged), L.L.C. changing its name to New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.(4)

(a)(6)

 

Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office of New Mountain Finance Corporation(5)

(b)(1)

 

Bylaws of New Mountain Finance Corporation(2)

(b)(2)

 

Amended and Restated Bylaws of New Mountain Finance Corporation(3)

(b)(3)

 

Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.(4)

(b)(4)

 

First Joinder Agreement with Respect to the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.(4)

(b)(5)

 

Second Joinder Agreement with Respect to the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.(4)

(b)(6)

 

Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.(6)

(b)(7)

 

Form of Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C.(1)

(d)(1)

 

Form of Stock Certificate of New Mountain Finance Corporation(1)

(d)(2)

 

Form of Indenture(16)

(e)

 

Dividend Reinvestment Plan(3)

(f)(1)

 

Letter Agreement relating to entry into Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement by and among New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower and Collateral Administrator, each of the lenders thereto, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian.(1)

(f)(2)

 

Form of Variable Funding Note of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as the Borrower(1)

(f)(3)

 

Form of Amended and Restated Account Control Agreement, among New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as the Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Securities Intermediary(1)

(f)(4)

 

First Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

(f)(5)

 

Second Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

(f)(6)

 

Third Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities LLC, As Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

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(f)(7)   Sixth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(9)

(f)(8)

 

Seventh Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian(10)

(f)(9)

 

Eighth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian(11)

(f)(10)

 

Ninth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian(12)

(f)(11)

 

Tenth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian(14)

(f)(12)

 

Eleventh Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Collateral Custodian(15)

(f)(13)

 

Twelfth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Lender and Collateral Custodian(19)

(f)(14)

 

Loan and Security Agreement, by and among New Mountain Guardian (Leveraged), L.L.C., as Collateral Administrator, New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, each of the lenders party thereto, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Collateral Custodian(1)

(f)(15)

 

First Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(1)

(f)(16)

 

Second Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(1)

(f)(17)

 

Third Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

(f)(18)

 

Fourth Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

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(f)(19)   Fifth Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(6)

(f)(20)

 

Ninth Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Lender(9)

(f)(21)

 

Tenth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Lender(10)

(f)(22)

 

Eleventh Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Lender(11)

(f)(23)

 

Twelfth Amendment to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement between New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C. , as Borrower, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Lender(13)

(f)(24)

 

Account Control Agreement, by and between New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as Pledgor, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Administrative Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Securities Intermediary.(1)

(f)(25)

 

Variable Funding Note of New Mountain Guardian SPV Funding, L.L.C., as the Borrower.(1)

(g)

 

Form of Amended and Restated Investment Advisory and Management Agreement(7)

(h)(1)

 

Form of Underwriting Agreement(8)

(h)(2)

 

Underwriting Agreement dated January 29, 2014(18)

(h)(3)

 

Underwriting Agreement dated April 9, 2014

(j)(1)

 

Form of Safekeeping Agreement among New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as the Administrative Agent and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Safekeeping Agent(1)

(j)(2)

 

Custody Agreement by and between New Mountain Finance Corporation and U.S. Bank National Association

(k)(1)

 

Amended and Restated Administration Agreement(6)

(k)(2)

 

Form of Trademark License Agreement(1)

(k)(3)

 

Amendment No. 1 to Trademark License Agreement(6)

(k)(4)

 

Form of Registration Rights Agreement(1)

(k)(5)

 

Form of Indemnification Agreement by and between New Mountain Finance Corporation and each director(1)

(k)(6)

 

Form of Indemnification Agreement by and between New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. and each director(1)

(k)(7)

 

Form of Letter Agreement relating to Lock-Up Period by and among New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. and New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C.(1)

(l)(1)

 

Opinion of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP(17)

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(l)(2)   Opinion of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

(n)(1)

 

Consent of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (incorporated by reference to exhibit (l)(1) hereto)(17)

(n)(2)

 

Consent of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (incorporated by reference to exhibit (l)(2) hereto)

(n)(3)

 

Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP(17)

(n)(4)

 

Report of Deloitte & Touche LLP(17)

(n)(5)

 

Awareness Letter of Deloitte & Touche LLP(17)

(n)(6)

 

Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP

(n)(7)

 

Report of Deloitte & Touche LLP

(r)

 

Code of Ethics(1)

99.1

 

Form of Prospectus Supplement for Common Stock Offerings(8)

99.2

 

Form of Prospectus Supplement for Preferred Stock Offerings(16)

99.3

 

Form of Prospectus Supplement for Rights Offerings(16)

99.4

 

Form of Prospectus Supplement for Warrants Offerings(16)

99.5

 

Form of Prospectus Supplement for Debt Securities Offerings(16)

(1)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 Pre-Effective Amendment No. 3 (File Nos. 333-168280 and 333-172503) filed on May 9, 2011.

(2)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 (File No. 333-168280) filed on July 22, 2010.

(3)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on August 11, 2011.

(4)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on August 11, 2011.

(5)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation and New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation report on Form 8-K filed on August 25, 2011.

(6)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2011.

(7)
Previously filed as Annex A to New Mountain Finance Corporation's definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed on March 28, 2012.

(8)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 Pre-Effective Amendment No. 1 (File Nos. 333-180689 and 333-180690) filed on July 10, 2012.

(9)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on May 8, 2012.

(10)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on August 8, 2012.

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(11)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's report on Form 8-K filed on December 21, 2012.

(12)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s report on Form 8-K filed on April 1, 2013.

(13)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s report on Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2013.

(14)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s report on Form 8-K filed on June 26, 2013.

(15)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s report on Form 8-K filed on October 29, 2013.

(16)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 Pre-Effective Amendment No. 1 (File Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707) filed on November 20, 2013.

(17)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 Pre-Effective Amendment No. 2 (File Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707) filed on December 6, 2013.

(18)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Corporation's registration statement on Form N-2 Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 (File Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707) filed on January 29, 2014.

(19)
Previously filed in connection with New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.'s report on Form 8-K filed on March 25, 2014.

Item 26.    Marketing Arrangements

          The information contained under the heading "Plan of Distribution" in this Registration Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 27.    Other Expenses Of Issuance And Distribution

SEC registration fee

  $ 32,638.52 *

FINRA filing fee

  $ 38,000.00 **

New York Stock Exchange listing fee

  $ 59,564.33  

Accounting fees and expenses

  $ 170,000.00  

Legal fees and expenses

  $ 355,000.00  

Printing and engraving

  $ 200,000.00  

Miscellaneous fees and expenses

  $ 5,000.00  
       

Total

  $ 860,202.85  
       
       

Note: All listed amounts, except the SEC registration fee and the FINRA filing fee, are estimates.

*
$20,361.79 of this amount has been offset against filing fees associated with unsold securities registered under previous registration statements.

**
$22,392.00 of this amount has been offset against filing fees associated with unsold securities registered under previous registration statements.

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Item 28.    Persons Controlled By Or Under Common Control

          The Operating Company may be deemed to control certain portfolio companies. See "Portfolio Companies" in the prospectus. As of September 30, 2013, NMFC owned approximately 85.3% of the common membership units of the Operating Company and New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation owned approximately 14.7% of the common membership units of the Operating Company.

Item 29.    Number Of Holders Of Securities

          The following table sets forth the number of record holders of NMFC's common stock as of December 4, 2013.

Title of Class
  Number of
Record Holders
 

Common stock, $0.01 par value

    12  

Item 30.    Indemnification

          Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law empowers a Delaware corporation to indemnify its officers and directors and specific other persons to the extent and under the circumstances set forth therein.

          Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation Law allows a Delaware corporation to eliminate the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liabilities arising (a) from any breach of the director's duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders; (b) from acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (c) under Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law; or (d) from any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.

          Subject to the 1940 Act or any valid rule, regulation or order of the SEC thereunder, NMFC's amended and restated bylaws provide that it will indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened action, suit or proceeding whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of NMFC, or is or was serving at the request of NMFC as a director or officer of another corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, in accordance with provisions corresponding to Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The 1940 Act provides that a company may not indemnify any director or officer against liability to it or its security holders to which he or she might otherwise be subject by reason of his or her willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of his or her office unless a determination is made by final decision of a court, by vote of a majority of a quorum of directors who are disinterested, non-party directors or by independent legal counsel that the liability for which indemnification is sought did not arise out of the foregoing conduct. In addition, NMFC's amended and restated bylaws provide that the indemnification described therein is not exclusive and shall not exclude any other rights to which the person seeking to be indemnified may be entitled under statute, any bylaw, agreement, vote of stockholders or directors who are not interested persons, or otherwise, both as to action in his or her official capacity and to his or her action in another capacity while holding such office.

          The above discussion of Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law and NMFC's amended and restated bylaws is not intended to be exhaustive and is respectively qualified in its entirety by such statute and NMFC's amended and restated bylaws.

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          Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrants pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrants has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrants of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrants in the successful defense of any action suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrants will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is again public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

          The Registrants have obtained primary and excess insurance policies insuring our directors and officers against some liabilities they may incur in their capacity as directors and officers. Under such policies, the insurer, on the Registrants' behalf, may also pay amounts for which the Registrants have granted indemnification to the directors or officers.

          The Investment Management Agreement provides that, absent willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence in the performance of its duties or by reason of the reckless disregard of its duties and obligations, New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C., or the Investment Adviser, and its officers, managers, agents, employees, controlling persons, members (or their owners) and any other person or entity affiliated with it are entitled to indemnification from the Operating Company for any damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and amounts reasonably paid in settlement) arising from the rendering of the Investment Adviser's services under the Investment Management Agreement or otherwise as an investment adviser of the Operating Company.

          The Administration Agreement provides that, absent willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence in the performance of their respective duties or by reason of the reckless disregard of their respective duties and obligations, New Mountain Finance Administration, L.L.C. and its officers, managers, agents, employees, controlling persons, members and any other person or entity affiliated with it are entitled to indemnification from the Registrants for any damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and amounts reasonably paid in settlement) arising from the rendering of services under the Administration Agreement or otherwise as administrator for the Registrants.

Item 31.    Business And Other Connections Of Investment Adviser

          A description of any other business, profession, vocation, or employment of a substantial nature in which the Investment Adviser, and each director or executive officer of the Investment Adviser, is or has been during the past two fiscal years, engaged in for his or her own account or in the capacity of director, officer, employee, partner or trustee, is set forth in Part A of this Registration Statement in the sections entitled "Management — Biographical Information — Directors", "Portfolio Management — Investment Personnel", "Management — Biographical Information — Executive Officers Who Are Not Directors" and "Investment Management Agreement". Additional information regarding the Investment Adviser and its officers and directors is set forth in its Form ADV, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC File No. 801-71948), and is incorporated herein by reference.

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Item 32.    Location Of Accounts And Records

          All accounts, books and other documents required to be maintained by Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the rules thereunder are maintained at the offices of:

Item 33.    Management Services

          Not Applicable.

Item 34.    Undertakings

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SIGNATURES

          Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Registrants have duly caused this Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form N-2 to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, in the State of New York, on the 11th day of April, 2014.

    NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORPORATION
NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE HOLDINGS, L.L.C.

 

 

By:

 

/s/ ROBERT A. HAMWEE

Robert A. Hamwee
Chief Executive Officer

          Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form N-2 has been signed by the following persons on behalf of the Registrants, and in the capacities indicated, on the 11th day of April, 2014.

Signature
 
Title

 

 

 
/s/ ROBERT A. HAMWEE

Robert A. Hamwee
  Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director

/s/ DAVID M. CORDOVA

David M. Cordova

 

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer) and Treasurer

*

Steven B. Klinsky

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors

*

Adam Weinstein

 

Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President and Director

*

Alfred F. Hurley Jr.

 

Director

*

David R. Malpass

 

Director

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Signature
 
Title

 

 

 
*

David Ogens
  Director

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Kurt J. Wolfgruber

 

Director

*
Signed by Robert A. Hamwee pursuant to a power of attorney signed by each individual and filed with this registration statement on June 28, 2013.

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Section 2: EX-99.(H)(3) (EX-99.(H)(3))


Exhibit (h)(3)

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation

 

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

 


 

Underwriting Agreement

 

April 9, 2014

 

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

 

As representatives (the “Representatives”) of the several Underwriters

named in Schedule I hereto,

 

c/o       Goldman, Sachs & Co.

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), proposes, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, to sell to the Underwriters named in Schedule I hereto (the “Underwriters”) an aggregate of 3,500,000 shares (the “Firm Shares”) of Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share (“Stock”) of the Company. In addition, the Company proposes to sell, at the election of the Representatives, up to an additional 525,000 of Stock of the Company (the “Optional Shares”).  The Firm Shares and the Optional Shares are herein referred to collectively as the “Shares.”

 

On May 19, 2011, each of the Company and New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (“NMF LLC” and, together with the Company, the “NMF Funds”), filed a Form N-54A Notification of Election to be Subject to Sections 55 through 65 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (File Nos. 814-00832 and 814-00839, respectively) (collectively, the “Notifications of Election”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Investment Company Act”), pursuant to which each of the NMF Funds elected to be treated as a business development company (“BDC”).

 

The Company has elected to be treated, and intends to qualify annually, as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) (within the meaning of Section 851(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”)), commencing with its taxable year ending on December 31, 2011. NMF LLC has been treated, and intends to continue to be treated, as a partnership or a disregarded entity (rather than an association or partnership taxable as a corporation) for federal income tax purposes.

 

NMF LLC has entered into an amended and restated investment advisory and management agreement, dated as of May 8, 2012 (the “Investment Management Agreement”), with New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (the “Adviser”), which has registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “Advisers Act”).

 

Each of the NMF Funds has jointly entered into an amended and restated administration agreement, dated as of November 8, 2011 (the “Administration Agreement”), with New Mountain Finance Administration, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (the “Administrator”).

 



 

Each of the NMF Funds has jointly entered into a trademark license agreement, dated as of May 19, 2011, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated November 8, 2011 (the “License Agreement”), with New Mountain Capital, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (“New Mountain”).

 

NMF LLC has entered into a safekeeping agreement, dated as of May 19, 2011 (the “Safekeeping Agreement”), with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

 

The Company entered into a joinder agreement, dated May 19, 2011 (the “Company Joinder Agreement”), to the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of NMF LLC, dated May 19, 2011, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated November 8, 2011 (the “NMF LLC Agreement”).

 

For purposes of this Agreement, the Company Joinder Agreement, the Administration Agreement and the License Agreement are collectively referred to as the “Company Agreements;” and the NMF LLC Agreement, the Company Joinder Agreement, the Investment Management Agreement, the Administration Agreement, the License Agreement and the Safekeeping Agreement are collectively referred to as the “NMF LLC Agreements.”

 

1.  Each of the NMF Funds, jointly and severally, represents and warrants to and agrees with each of the Underwriters, and the Adviser and the Administrator, jointly and severally, represent and warrant to and agree with each of the Underwriters, that:

 

(a)                     A registration statement on Form N-2 (File Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707) (as amended as of its effective date on December 27, 2013, the “Initial Registration Statement”) in respect of the Shares has been filed with the Commission; the NMF Funds are eligible to use Form N-2; the Initial Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, each in the form heretofore delivered to you, and, excluding exhibits thereto, for each of the other Underwriters, have become effective or been declared effective by the Commission in such form; other than a registration statement, if any, increasing the size of the offering (a “Rule 462(b) Registration Statement”), filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (together with the rules and regulations thereunder, the “Act”), which became effective upon filing, no other post-effective amendment to the Initial Registration Statement has heretofore been filed with the Commission and not become effective; and no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Initial Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto or the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement, if any, has been issued and no proceeding for that purpose has been initiated or, to the knowledge of the NMF Funds, threatened by the Commission (the base prospectus included in the Initial Registration Statement as of its effective date on December 27, 2013, is hereinafter called the “Basic Prospectus”; the preliminary prospectus supplement, dated April 9, 2014, relating to the Shares filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 of the rules and regulations of the Commission under the Act, together with the Basic Prospectus, is hereinafter called the “Pricing Prospectus”; the various parts of the Initial Registration Statement and the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement, if any, including all exhibits thereto and including the information contained in the form of final prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 under the Act in accordance with Section 7(A)(a) hereof and deemed by virtue of Rule 430C under the Act to be part of the Initial Registration Statement at the time it was declared effective, each as amended at the time such part of the Initial Registration Statement became effective or such part of the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement, if any, became or hereafter becomes effective, are hereinafter collectively called the “Registration Statement”; and the Basic Prospectus, together with the prospectus supplement, dated April 9, 2014, filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 under the Act in accordance with Section 7(A)(a) hereof and in the form first used by the Underwriters to confirm sales of the Shares, is hereinafter called the “Prospectus”; any reference to any amendment or supplement to the Basic Prospectus, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include any post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement and any prospectus supplement relating to the Shares filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 under the Act, in each case after the date of the Basic Prospectus, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be;

 

(b)                     No order preventing or suspending the use of the Pricing Prospectus has been issued by the Commission, and the Pricing Prospectus, at the time of filing thereof, conformed in all material respects to the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder, and did not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to

 

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make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however, that this representation and warranty shall not apply to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by an Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein;

 

(c)                      For the purposes of this Agreement, the “Applicable Time” is 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the date of this Agreement.  The Pricing Prospectus, as of the Applicable Time, when considered together with the price to the public and number of Shares to be offered set forth on the cover of the Prospectus (such price to the public and number of Shares being referred to herein as the “Pricing Information”), did not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; and each Additional Disclosure Item (as defined in Section 8 hereof) listed in Schedule II(a) hereto does not conflict in any material respect with the information contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus and each such Additional Disclosure Item, as supplemented by and taken together with the Pricing Prospectus as of the Applicable Time when considered together with the Pricing Information, did not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however, that this representation and warranty shall not apply to statements or omissions made in the Pricing Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by an Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein; there are no contracts or agreements that are required to be described in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or to be filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement, that have not been so described and filed as required;

 

(d)                     The Registration Statement conforms, and the Prospectus, and any further amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus will conform, in all material respects to the requirements of the Act and do not and will not, as of the applicable effective date of the Initial Registration Statement and each post-effective amendment thereto and as of the applicable filing date as to the Prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; provided, however, that this representation and warranty shall not apply to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by an Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein;

 

(e)                      Since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus, there has not been any change in the capital stock or long-term debt of any of the NMF Funds or any material adverse change, or any development involving a prospective material adverse change, in or affecting the general affairs, management, financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations of any of the NMF Funds (any such change or development is hereinafter referred to as a “Material Adverse Change”), otherwise than as set forth or contemplated in the Pricing Prospectus;

 

(f)                       Each of the NMF Funds has good and marketable title in fee simple to, or has valid rights to lease or otherwise use, all material real property and good and marketable title to all material personal property owned by them free and clear of all liens, encumbrances and defects except (i) such liens, encumbrances or defects as are described in the Pricing Prospectus or (ii) such as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change; the NMF Funds own, lease or have access to all material properties and other assets that are necessary to the conduct of their business as described in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus;

 

(g)                      The Company has been duly incorporated and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with power and authority to own its properties and conduct its business as described in the Pricing Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and each of the Company Agreements, and has been duly qualified as a foreign corporation for the transaction of business and is in good standing under the laws of each other jurisdiction in which it owns or leases properties or conducts any business so as to require such qualification, except where the failure to be so qualified in any such jurisdiction would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material

 

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Adverse Change; and (ii) NMF LLC has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited liability company in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with limited liability company power and authority to own its properties and conduct its business as described in the Pricing Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and each of the NMF LLC Agreements, and has been duly qualified as a foreign company for the transaction of business and is in good standing under the laws of each other jurisdiction in which it owns or leases properties or conducts any business so as to require such qualification, except where the failure to be so qualified in any such jurisdiction would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change;

 

(h)                     The Company has an authorized capitalization as set forth in the Pricing Prospectus under the caption “Capitalization;” all of the issued shares of capital stock of the Company have been duly and validly authorized and issued and are fully paid and non-assessable and conform in all material respects to the description of the Stock contained in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus; and all of the membership interests of NMF LLC have been duly and validly authorized and issued, are fully paid and non-assessable, except as otherwise set forth in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus and except as such non-assessability may be affected by Section 18-607 and 18-804 of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, and to the extent any such membership interests are owned directly or indirectly by the Company, such membership interests will be owned by the Company free and clear of all liens, encumbrances, equities or claims;

 

(i)     The Shares to be issued and sold to the Underwriters hereunder have been duly and validly authorized and, when issued and delivered against payment therefor as provided herein, will be duly and validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable and will conform in all material respects to the description of the Stock contained in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus and the offer and sale of the Shares as contemplated hereby has been duly approved by all necessary corporate action; no holder of Shares will be subject to personal liability by reason of being such a holder; and, except as otherwise set forth in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, the issuance of the Shares is not subject to any pre-emptive, co-sale right, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any security holder of the Company or any other person;

 

(j)                        Neither of the NMF Funds owns, directly or indirectly, any shares of stock, membership interests or any other equity or long-term debt securities of any corporation or other entity other than (i) as described in the Pricing Prospectus under the caption “Business” and (ii) the corporations or other entities described in the Pricing Prospectus under the caption “Portfolio Companies” (each a “Portfolio Company” and collectively, the “Portfolio Companies”). The NMF Funds do not control (as such term is defined in Section 2(a)(9) of the Investment Company Act) any of the Portfolio Companies;

 

(k)                     This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the NMF Funds; each of the Company Agreements and the NMF LLC Agreements has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Company and NMF LLC, respectively, and constitute valid, binding and enforceable agreements of the Company and NMF LLC, respectively, subject, as to enforcement, to applicable bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally; and the Investment Management Agreement has been approved by NMF LLC’s board of directors and holders of membership interests in accordance with Section 15 of the Investment Company Act and contains the applicable provisions required by Section 205 of the Advisers Act and Section 15 of the Investment Company Act;

 

(l)                         None of the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement or any of the Company Agreements or NMF LLC Agreements, or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, will (i) conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which each of the NMF Funds is a party or by which each of the NMF Funds is bound or to which any of their respective properties or assets are subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the certificate of incorporation or certificate of formation, as applicable, or the bylaws or limited liability company agreement, as applicable, of each of the NMF Funds or (iii) result in a violation of any statute or any order, rule or regulation of any court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over each of the NMF Funds or any of their properties after giving effect to any consents, approvals, authorizations, orders, registrations, qualifications and waivers as have been obtained or made as of the date of this Agreement (including, but not limited to, the no-

 

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action letter of the Commission, dated April 27, 2011, relating to Sections 12, 55 and 61 of the Investment Company Act), except, with respect to clause (i), to the extent that any such conflict, breach or violation would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change; and no consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any such court or governmental agency or body is required for the execution, delivery or performance of any of this Agreement, the Company Agreements or the NMF LLC Agreements, or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, except the registration under the Act of the Shares, such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state securities or Blue Sky laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Shares by the Underwriters and such consents, approvals, authorization, orders, registrations or qualifications which have been obtained or effected;

 

(m)                 None of the NMF Funds (i) is in violation of its respective organizational documents, including certificate of incorporation, certificate of formation, bylaws and limited liability company agreement, or (ii) is in default in the performance or observance of any obligation, agreement, covenant or condition contained in any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement, lease or other agreement or instrument to which each is a party or by which each or any of their respective properties may be bound, except, with respect to clause (ii), to the extent that any such default would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change;

 

(n)                     The statements set forth in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus under the caption “Description of NMFC’s Capital Stock,” insofar as they purport to constitute a summary of the terms of the Stock, and under the captions “Investment Management Agreement,” “Administration Agreement,” “License Agreement,” “Material Federal Income Tax Considerations” and “Regulation” insofar as they purport to describe the provisions of the laws and documents referred to therein, are accurate, complete and fair summaries in all material respects;

 

(o)                     Each of the NMF Funds is not and, after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof, will not be required to register as an “investment company,” as such term is used in the Investment Company Act;

 

(p)                     Other than as set forth in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental proceedings pending to which any of the NMF Funds is a party or of which any property of any of the NMF Funds is the subject which, would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change; and, to the NMF Funds’ knowledge, no such proceedings are threatened or contemplated by governmental authorities or threatened by others;

 

(q)                     Each of the NMF Funds has duly elected to be regulated by the Commission as a BDC under the Investment Company Act, and no order of suspension or revocation has been issued or proceedings therefor initiated or, to the knowledge of each of the NMF Funds, threatened by the Commission.  Each such election is effective and has not been withdrawn and the provisions of each of the NMF Funds’ amended and restated certificate of incorporation or amended and restated certificate of formation, as applicable, and amended and restated bylaws or amended and restated limited liability company agreement, as applicable, and compliance by each of the NMF Funds with the investment objectives, policies and restrictions described in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus will not conflict with the provisions of the Investment Company Act applicable to each of the NMF Funds;

 

(r)                        Deloitte & Touche, LLP, who has certified certain financial statements of each of the NMF Funds, is an independent registered public accounting firm as required by the Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder;

 

(s)                       The financial statements, together with the related notes, included in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of each of the NMF Funds at the dates indicated and the statement of operations, changes in net assets, cash flows and financial highlights of each of the NMF Funds for the periods specified; said financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved.  The selected financial data included in the Pricing Prospectus and the

 

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Prospectus present fairly the information shown therein and was compiled on a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements included in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus.

 

(t)                        Each of the NMF Funds maintains a system of internal accounting and other controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization and with the investment objectives, policies and restrictions of the Company and the applicable requirements of the Investment Company Act and the Code; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP, to maintain accountability for assets and to maintain material compliance with the books and records requirements under the Investment Company Act; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; and (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences.  There has been (1) no material weakness (whether or not remediated) in either of the NMF Funds’ internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15 and 15d-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)); (2) no change in either of the NMF Funds’ internal control over financial reporting that has materially negatively affected, or is reasonably likely to materially negatively affect, either of the NMF Funds’ internal control over financial reporting; and (3) no failure on the part of either of the NMF Funds and any of their respective directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply with any provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith to the extent applicable to the NMF Funds.

 

(u)                     Each of the NMF Funds has established and maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act) that comply with the requirements of the Exchange Act; such disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that material information relating to each of the NMF Funds, including material information pertaining to the operations and assets managed by the Adviser, is made known to the respective NMF Fund’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer by others within the respective NMF Fund and the Adviser, and such disclosure controls and procedures are effective to perform the functions for which they were established;

 

(v)                     The terms of the Investment Management Agreement comply in all material respects with the applicable provisions of the Investment Company Act and the Advisers Act;

 

(w)                   Except as set forth in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, (i) there are no agreements requiring the registration under the Act of, and (ii) there are no options, warrants or other rights to purchase any shares of, or exchange any securities for shares of, the Company’s capital stock;

 

(x)                     When the Notifications of Election were filed with the Commission, they (i) contained all statements required to be stated therein in accordance with, and compiled in all material respects with the requirements of, the Investment Company Act and (ii) did not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; the NMF Funds have not filed with the Commission any notice of withdrawal of the Notifications of Election pursuant to Section 54(c) of the Investment Company Act and no order of suspension or revocation of such Notifications of Election have been issued or proceedings therefor initiated or, to the best knowledge of the Company, threatened by the Commission;

 

(y)                     Following the execution and effectiveness of the License Agreement, the NMF Funds own, or have obtained a valid and enforceable license for, or other right to use, the trademarks (whether registered or unregistered) and trade names described in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus as being licensed by them or which are necessary for the conduct of their businesses;

 

(z)                      Each of the NMF Funds maintains insurance covering their properties, operations, personnel and businesses as each NMF Fund deems adequate; such insurance insures against such losses and risks to an extent which is adequate in accordance with customary industry practice to protect each of the NMF Funds and their businesses; all such insurance is fully in force;

 

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Registration Statement, and no such termination or non-renewal has been threatened by any of the NMF Funds or, to each of the NMF Funds’ knowledge, any other party to any such contract or agreement;

 

(bb)              None of the NMF Funds have, directly or indirectly, extended credit, arranged to extend credit, or renewed any extension of credit, in the form of a personal loan, to or for any director or executive officer of any of the NMF Funds, or to or for any family member or affiliate of any director or executive officer of any of the NMF Funds;

 

(cc)                None of the NMF Funds nor, to any of the NMF Funds’ knowledge, any employee or agent of any of the NMF Funds has made any payment of funds of any of the NMF Funds or received or retained any funds in violation of any law, rule or regulation, which payment, receipt or retention of funds is of a character required to be disclosed in the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus;

 

(dd)              None of the NMF Funds nor, to any of the NMF Funds’ knowledge, any of its respective directors, officers, affiliates or controlling persons has taken, directly or indirectly, any action designed to result in, or which has constituted or might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, under the Exchange Act, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale of the Shares;

 

(ee)                Except as disclosed in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, (i) no person is serving or acting as an officer, director or investment adviser of any of the NMF Funds, except in accordance with the provisions of the Investment Company Act and the Advisers Act and (ii) to the knowledge of the Company, no director of any of the NMF Funds is an “affiliated person” (as defined in the Investment Company Act) of any of the Underwriters;

 

(ff)                  The operations of each of the NMF Funds are in compliance in all material respects with the provisions of the Investment Company Act applicable to a BDC and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder;

 

(gg)                The NMF Funds have not distributed and prior to the later to occur of (i) the First Time of Delivery (as defined in Section 6 hereof) and (ii) the completion of the distribution of the Shares will not distribute any offering material other than (A) the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing, (B) such materials as may be approved by the Representatives and filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 482 of the Act and (C) a Canadian wrapper (the “Canadian Wrapper”) prepared solely for use in distribution of the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus to Canadian persons;

 

(hh)              None of the persons identified as “independent directors” in the Registration Statement or the Pricing Prospectus is an “interested person” as that term is defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act;

 

(ii)                      Except as described in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus, no relationship, direct or indirect, exists between or among any of the NMF Funds, on the one hand, and the directors, officers or stockholders of any of the NMF Funds, on the other hand, that is required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Pricing Prospectus which is not so described;

 

(jj)                    Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus, none of the NMF Funds nor the Adviser have any material lending or other relationship with any affiliate of any Underwriter and none of the NMF Funds will use any of the proceeds from the sale of the Shares to repay any indebtedness owed to any affiliate of any Underwriter;

 

(kk)              Except as set forth in or contemplated in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus (exclusive of any supplement thereto), (i) each of the NMF Funds has filed or has caused to be filed all foreign, federal, state and local tax returns required to be filed or has properly requested extensions thereof (except in any case in which the failure so to file would not have a Material Adverse Change), (ii) each of the NMF Funds has paid all taxes required to be paid by it and any other assessment, fine or penalty levied against it, to the extent that any of the foregoing is due and payable, except for any such assessment, fine or penalty that is currently being contested in good faith or as would not have a Material Adverse Change, (iii) the Company has elected to be treated, and has operated, and intends to continue to operate, its business so as to continue to qualify as a RIC

 

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under Subchapter M of the Code, (iv) NMF LLC intends to direct the investment of the net proceeds of the offering of the Shares, and has operated, and intends to continue to operate, its business, in such a manner so as to enable the Company to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Code, and (v) NMF LLC has been organized as a limited liability company for state law purposes and has been treated, and intends to continue to be treated, as a partnership or a disregarded entity (rather than an association or partnership taxable as a corporation) for federal income tax purposes;

 

(ll)                      Each of the NMF Funds is not aware that any executive officer, key employee or significant group of employees, if any, of any of the NMF Funds plans to terminate employment with any of the NMF Funds or is subject to any noncompete, nondisclosure, confidentiality, employment, consulting or similar agreement that would be violated by the present or proposed business activities of any of the NMF Funds;

 

(mm)      Each of the NMF Funds (i) has adopted and implemented written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation of the Federal Securities Laws (as that term is defined in Rule 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act) by each of the NMF Funds and (ii) is conducting its business in compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, decisions, directives and orders applicable to the NMF Funds, except in the case of (i) and (ii) as would not, either individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to, result in a Material Adverse Change;

 

(nn)              None of the NMF Funds nor, to the knowledge of any of the NMF Funds, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person acting on behalf of any of the NMF Funds has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that has resulted or would result in a violation by such persons of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “FCPA”), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA;

 

(oo)              The operations of each of the NMF Funds are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the applicable money laundering statutes of all applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar applicable rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency (collectively, “Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving any of the NMF Funds with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of any of the NMF Funds, has been threatened;

 

(pp)              None of the NMF Funds nor, to the knowledge of any of the NMF Funds, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or person acting on behalf of any of the NMF Funds is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and none of the NMF Funds will directly or indirectly use any of the proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Shares contemplated by this Agreement, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available any such proceeds to any joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC;

 

(qq)              Any statistical and market-related data included in the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus are based on or derived from sources that the Company believes to be reliable and accurate; and

 

(ww)                      Each of the NMF Funds has no consolidated subsidiaries as determined in accordance with GAAP, except for New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C. (“SPV Funding”), NMF Ancora Holdings, Inc. (“Ancora Holdings”), New Mountain Finance Servicing, LLC (“Finance Servicing”), New Mountain Finance SBIC G.P., L.L.C. (“SBIC GP”) and New Mountain Finance SBIC, L.P. (“SBIC LP” and, together with SPV Funding, Ancora Holdings, Finance Servicing and SBIC GP, the “NMF Subsidiaries”). SPV Funding, which is a bankruptcy-remote vehicle that was formed in connection with the establishment of a secured revolving credit

 

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facility (the “Credit Facility”), has been duly formed and is validly existing in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware, with full power and authority to own, lease and/or operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Pricing Prospectus and is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification. Ancora Holdings has been duly formed and is validly existing in good standing as a corporation under the laws of the State of Delaware, with full power and authority to own, lease and/or operate its properties and is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification. Finance Servicing has been duly formed and is validly existing in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware, with full power and authority to own, lease and/or operate its properties and is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification. SBIC GP has been duly formed and is validly existing in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware, with full power and authority to own, lease and/or operate its properties and is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification. SBIC LP has been duly formed and is validly existing in good standing as a limited partnership under the laws of the State of Delaware, with full power and authority to own, lease and/or operate its properties and is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification. NMF LLC owns, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding equity interests of each of the NMF Subsidiaries free and clear of any liens, charges or encumbrances in favor of any third parties, except such liens, charges or encumbrances as have been or may be imposed thereon in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Credit Facility. None of the NMF Subsidiaries employ any persons or conduct any business other than, in the case of SPV Funding, in connection with the Credit Facility (and any activities incidental thereto), including the acquisition, holding or disposition of assets on behalf of NMF LLC, including the receipt of interest, dividends and principal payments thereon.

 

2.  The Adviser and the Administrator, jointly and severally, represent and warrant to, and agree with, the Underwriters that:

 

(a)                     Since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus, there has not been any material adverse change, or any development involving a prospective material adverse change, in or affecting the general affairs, management, financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations of each of the Adviser and the Administrator (any such change or development is hereinafter referred to as an “Adviser Material Adverse Change” with respect to the Adviser and as an “Administrator Material Adverse Change” with respect to the Administrator), otherwise than as set forth or contemplated in the Pricing Prospectus;

 

(b)                     Each of the Adviser and the Administrator has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited liability company and is in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with power and authority to own its properties and conduct its business as described in the Pricing Prospectus, and each has been duly qualified as a foreign corporation for the transaction of business and is in good standing under the laws of each other jurisdiction in which each owns or leases properties or conducts any business so as to require such qualification, except where the failure to be so qualified in any such jurisdiction would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in an Adviser Material Adverse Change or Administrator Material Adverse Change;

 

(c)                      The Adviser is duly registered with the Commission as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act and is not prohibited by the Advisers Act or the Investment Company Act from acting under the Investment Management Agreement for NMF LLC as contemplated by the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus. There has been no proceeding initiated or, to the Adviser’s knowledge, threatened by the Commission for the purpose of suspending the registration of the Adviser under the Advisers Act;

 

(d)                     (i) This Agreement and the Investment Management Agreement have each been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Adviser and constitute valid, binding and enforceable agreements of the Adviser

 

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subject, as to enforcement, to applicable bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and (ii) this Agreement and the Administration Agreement have each been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Administrator and constitute valid, binding and enforceable agreements of the Administrator subject, as to enforcement, to applicable bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally;

 

(e)                      None of the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, the Investment Management Agreement or the Administration Agreement, or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, will (i) conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Adviser or the Administrator is a party or by which the Adviser or the Administrator is bound or to which any of the respective property or assets of each of the Adviser or the Administrator is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of each of the Adviser’s or the Administrator’s limited liability company agreement or (iii) result in any violation of any statute or any order, rule or regulation of any court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over it or any of its properties after giving effect to any consents, approvals, authorizations, orders, registrations, qualifications and waivers as will have been obtained or made as of the date of this Agreement (including, but not limited to, the no-action letter of the Commission, dated April 27, 2011, relating to Sections 12, 55 and 61 of the Investment Company Act), except, with respect to clause (i), to the extent that any such conflict, breach or violation would not reasonably be expected to result either in an Adviser Material Adverse Change or an Administrator Material Adverse Change; and no consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any such court or governmental agency or body is required for the execution, delivery or performance of any of this Agreement, the Investment Management Agreement or the Administration Agreement, or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby by the Adviser and the Administrator, except such as have been obtained under the Act, the Investment Company Act and the Advisers Act and except such consents, approvals, authorization, orders, registrations or qualifications which have been obtained or effected;

 

(f)                       There are no legal or governmental proceedings pending to which the Adviser or the Administrator is a party or of which any of their respective property is the subject which would reasonably be expected to individually or in the aggregate materially adversely affect either the Adviser’s or the Administrator’s ability to properly render services to either of the NMF Funds under the Investment Management Agreement or Administration Agreement, as applicable, or have a material adverse effect on either the Adviser’s or the Administrator’s current or future financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations and, to the Adviser’s and the Administrator’s knowledge, no such proceedings have been threatened or contemplated by governmental authorities or threatened by others;

 

(g)                      Neither the Adviser nor the Administrator (i) is in violation of its respective limited liability company agreement or (ii) is in default in the performance or observance of any obligation, agreement, covenant or condition contained in any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement, lease or other agreement or instrument to which either the Adviser or the Administrator is a party or by which either the Adviser or the Administrator or any of their respective properties may be bound, except, with respect to clause (ii), to the extent that any such default would not reasonably be expected to result in an Adviser Material Adverse Change or an Administrator Material Adverse Change;

 

(h)                     Each of the Adviser and the Administrator possesses all licenses, certificates, permits and other authorizations issued by appropriate federal, state or foreign regulatory authorities necessary to conduct their respective business, and neither the Adviser nor the Administrator has received any notice of proceeding relating to the revocation or modification of any such license, certificate, permit or authorization which, individually or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would reasonably be expected to result in an Adviser Material Adverse Change or an Administrator Material Adverse Change;

 

(i)                         The descriptions of the Adviser and the Administrator and each respective principals and business, and the statements attributable to each of the Adviser and the Administrator, in the Pricing Prospectus and the Prospectus do not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading;

 

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(j)                        Each of the Adviser and the Administrator has the financial resources available to each necessary for the performance of their respective services and obligations as contemplated in the Pricing Prospectus and under this Agreement and the Investment Management Agreement with respect to the Adviser, and under this Agreement and the Administration Agreement with respect to the Administrator;

 

(k)                     Each of the Adviser and the Administrator is not aware that (i) any of their respective executives, key employees or significant group of employees plans to terminate employment with either the Adviser or the Administrator, respectively, or (ii) any such executive or key employee is subject to any noncompete, nondisclosure, confidentiality, employment, consulting or similar agreement that would be violated by either the Adviser’s or the Administrator’s present or proposed business activities;

 

(l)                         The Adviser maintains a system of internal controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions effectuated by the Adviser under the Investment Management Agreement are executed in accordance with its management’s general or specific authorization and (ii) access to NMF LLC’s assets is permitted only in accordance with its management’s general or specific authorization;

 

(m)                 The Administrator maintains a system of internal controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions for which the Administrator has bookkeeping and record keeping responsibility for under the Administration Agreement are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of each of the NMF Funds’ financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and to maintain accountability for each of the NMF Funds’ assets and (ii) the recorded accountability for such assets is compared with existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences;

 

(n)                     Each of the Adviser and the Administrator has not taken, directly or indirectly, any action designed to result in, or which has constituted or might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, under the Exchange Act or otherwise, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale of the Shares, and neither the Adviser nor the Administrator is aware of any such action being taken by any of their respective affiliates;

 

(o)                     Neither the Adviser nor the Administrator nor, to their respective knowledge, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person, in each case, acting on behalf of each of the Adviser or the Administrator has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that has resulted or would result in a violation by such persons of the FCPA, including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA;

 

(p)                     Each of the Adviser’s and the Administrator’s operations are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Money Laundering Laws and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving either the Adviser or the Administrator with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to each of the Adviser’s or the Administrator’s knowledge, threatened; and

 

(q)                     Neither the Adviser nor the Administrator nor, to their respective knowledge, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person acting on behalf of each of the Adviser or the Administrator is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the OFAC; and neither the Adviser or the Administrator will cause the Company to use any of the proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Shares contemplated by this Agreement, or cause the Company to lend, contribute or otherwise make available any such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

 

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3.  Subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth:

 

(a)                     The Company agrees to issue and sell to each of the Underwriters, and each of the Underwriters agrees, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Company, at a purchase price per share of $14.57, the number of Firm Shares set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule I hereto and (ii) in the event and to the extent that the Underwriters shall exercise the election to purchase Optional Shares as provided below, the Company agrees to sell to each of the Underwriters, and each of the Underwriters agrees, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Company, at a purchase price per share of $14.57, that portion of the number of Optional Shares as to which such election shall have been exercised (to be adjusted by you so as to eliminate fractional shares) determined by multiplying such number of Optional Shares by a fraction, the numerator of which is the maximum number of Optional Shares which such Underwriter is entitled to purchase as set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule I hereto and the denominator of which is the maximum number of Optional Shares that all of the Underwriters are entitled to purchase hereunder.

 

(b)                     The Company hereby grants to the Underwriters the right to purchase at their election up to 525,000 Optional Shares, at the purchase price per share set forth in the paragraph above, for the sole purpose of covering sales of shares in excess of the number of Firm Shares, provided that the purchase price per Optional Share shall be reduced by an amount per share equal to any dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Firm Shares but not payable on the Optional Shares.  Any such election to purchase Optional Shares may be exercised only by written notice from you to the Company, given within a period of 30 calendar days after the date of this Agreement, setting forth the aggregate number of Optional Shares to be purchased and the date on which such Optional Shares are to be delivered, as determined by you but in no event earlier than the First Time of Delivery (as defined in Section 5 hereof) or, unless you and the Company otherwise agree in writing, earlier than two or later than ten business days after the date of such notice.

 

(c)                      In addition to the foregoing, and as a condition to the Underwriters’ purchase of Firm Shares and Optional Shares from the Company, the Adviser agrees to pay the Underwriters an amount equal to $0.6990 per share, to an account designated in writing by the Representatives.

 

4.  Upon the authorization by you of the release of the Firm Shares, the several Underwriters propose to offer the Firm Shares for sale upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Prospectus.

 

5.  The Shares to be purchased by each Underwriter hereunder, in definitive form, and in such authorized denominations and registered in such names as the Representatives may request upon at least forty-eight hours’ prior notice to the Company shall be delivered by or on behalf of the Company to the Underwriters, through the facilities of the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), for the account of such Underwriter, against payment by or on behalf of such Underwriter of the purchase price therefor by wire transfer of Federal (same-day) funds to the account specified by the Company to the Representatives (which shall be an account of NMF LLC, unless the Company otherwise provides notice to the Representatives) at least forty-eight hours in advance.  The Company will cause the certificates representing the Shares to be made available for checking and packaging at least twenty-four hours prior to the Time of Delivery (as defined below) with respect thereto at the office of DTC or its designated custodian (the “Designated Office”).  The time and date of such delivery and payment shall be, with respect to the Firm Shares, 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on April 15, 2014 or such other time and date as the Representatives and the Company may agree upon in writing, and, with respect to the Optional Shares, 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the date specified by the Representatives in the written notice given by the Representatives of the Underwriters’ election to purchase such Optional Shares, or such other time and date as the Representatives and the Company may agree upon in writing.  Such time and date for delivery of the Firm Shares is herein called the “First Time of Delivery,” such time and date for delivery of the Optional Shares, if not the First Time of Delivery, is herein called the “Subsequent Time of Delivery,” and each such time and date for delivery is herein called a “Time of Delivery.”

 

(a)                     The documents to be delivered at each Time of Delivery by or on behalf of the parties hereto pursuant to Section 10 hereof, including the cross receipt for the Shares and any additional documents requested by the Underwriters pursuant to Section 10(j) hereof, will be delivered at the offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, One New York Plaza, New York, New York 10004 (the “Closing Location”), and the Shares will be delivered at the Designated Office, all at such Time of Delivery.  A meeting will be held at the

 

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Closing Location on the New York Business Day next preceding such Time of Delivery, at which meeting the final drafts of the documents to be delivered pursuant to the preceding sentence will be available for review by the parties hereto.  For the purposes of this Agreement “New York Business Day” shall mean each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which is not a day on which banking institutions in New York City are generally authorized or obligated by law or executive order to close.

 

6.  (A) Each of the NMF Funds agrees with each of the Underwriters:

 

(a)                     To prepare the Prospectus in a form approved by you and to file such Prospectus pursuant to Rule 497 under the Act not later than the Commission’s close of business on the second business day following the execution and delivery of this Agreement, or, if applicable, such earlier time as may be required by Rule 430C under the Act; to make no further amendment or any supplement to the Registration Statement, the Basic Prospectus or the Prospectus prior to the last Time of Delivery which shall be disapproved by you promptly after reasonable notice thereof; to advise you, promptly after it receives notice thereof, of the time when any amendment to the Registration Statement has been filed or becomes effective or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus has been filed and to furnish you with copies thereof; to advise you, promptly after it receives notice thereof, of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order or of any order preventing or suspending the use of the Pricing Prospectus or other prospectus in respect of the Shares, of the suspension of the qualification of the Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, of the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for any such purpose, or of any request by the Commission for the amending or supplementing of the Registration Statement or the Prospectus or for additional information; and, in the event of the issuance of any stop order or of any order preventing or suspending the use of the Pricing Prospectus or other prospectus or suspending any such qualification, to promptly use its best efforts to obtain the withdrawal of such order;

 

(b)                     Promptly from time to time to take such action as you may reasonably request to qualify the Shares for offering and sale under the securities laws of such jurisdictions as you may request and to comply with such laws so as to permit the continuance of sales and dealings therein in such jurisdictions for as long as may be necessary to complete the distribution of the Shares, provided that in connection therewith the Company shall not be required (i) to qualify as a foreign corporation, (ii) to file a general consent to service of process in any jurisdiction or (iii) to subject itself to taxation in respect of doing business in any jurisdiction in which it is not otherwise subject;

 

(c)                      Prior to 3:00 p.m., New York City time, on the New York Business Day next succeeding the date of this Agreement or as otherwise agreed to by the Company and the Representatives and from time to time, to furnish the Underwriters with written and electronic copies of the Prospectus in New York City in such quantities as you may reasonably request, and, if the delivery of a prospectus is required at any time by the Act after the time of issue of the Prospectus in connection with the offering or sale of the Shares and if at such time any event shall have occurred as a result of which the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made when such Prospectus is delivered, not misleading, or, if for any other reason it shall be necessary during such same period to amend or supplement the Prospectus in order to comply with the Act, to notify you and upon your request to prepare and furnish without charge to each Underwriter and to any dealer in securities as many written and electronic copies as you may from time to time reasonably request of an amended Prospectus or a supplement to the Prospectus which will correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance; and in case any Underwriter is required to deliver a prospectus in connection with sales of any of the Shares at any time nine months or more after the time of issue of the Prospectus, upon your request but at the expense of such Underwriter, to prepare and deliver to such Underwriter as many written and electronic copies as you may request of an amended or supplemented Prospectus complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Act;

 

(d)                     To make generally available to the Company’s securityholders as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 16 months after the effective date of the Registration Statement (as defined in Rule 158(c) under the Act), an earnings statement of the Company and its subsidiaries (which need not be audited) complying with Section 11(a) of the Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (including, at the option of the Company, Rule 158);

 

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(e)                      For one year following the date hereof, to furnish to its stockholders after the end of each fiscal year, within the required time period for filing thereof (or as soon as practicable thereafter), an annual report (including a balance sheet and statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries certified by independent public accountants) and, after the end of each of the first three quarters of each fiscal year (beginning with the fiscal quarter ending after the effective date of the Registration Statement), to make available to its stockholders, within the required time period for filing thereof (or as soon as practicable thereafter), consolidated summary financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries, if any, for such quarter in reasonable detail; provided, however, that the Company will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of this paragraph (f) if the Company files with or furnishes to the Commission the reports, documents or information of the types otherwise so required;

 

(f)                       To use the net proceeds received from the sale of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement in the manner specified in the Pricing Prospectus under the caption “Use of Proceeds”;

 

(g)                      To use its best efforts to list, subject to notice of issuance, the Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”);

 

(h)                     If the Company elects to rely upon Rule 462(b), the Company shall file a Rule 462(b) Registration Statement with the Commission in compliance with Rule 462(b) by 10:00 P.M., Washington, D.C. time, on the date of this Agreement, and the Company shall at the time of filing either pay to the Commission the filing fee for the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement or give irrevocable instructions for the payment of such fee pursuant to Rule 111(b) under the Act;

 

(i)                         To use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Company to continue to qualify to be treated as a RIC under Subchapter M of the Code, and to maintain such election in effect, for each taxable year during which the Company is a BDC under the Investment Company Act;

 

(j)                        To use its best efforts to cause NMF LLC to continue to qualify as a partnership or a disregarded entity (rather than an association or partnership taxable as a corporation) for federal income tax purposes; and to use its commercially reasonable efforts to maintain such qualification and election in effect for each taxable year during which the Company is a BDC under the Investment Company Act;

 

(k)                     To use, during a period of two years from the effective date of the Registration Statement, its commercially reasonable efforts to maintain its status as a BDC; provided, however, each of the NMF Funds may change the nature of its business so as to cease to be, or to withdraw its election as, a BDC, with the approval of its board of directors and a vote of stockholders as required by Section 58 and Section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Investment Company Act or any successor provision;

 

(l)                         Not to take, directly or indirectly, any action designed, or which could reasonably be expected to cause or result in, under the Exchange Act, in the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale of the Shares;

 

(m)                 Before using, approving or referring to any Additional Disclosure Item (as defined in Section 7 hereof), the Company will furnish to the Representatives and counsel for the Underwriters a copy of such material for review and will not make, prepare, use, authorize, approve or refer to any such material to which the Representatives reasonably object;

 

(n)                     To comply with the applicable provisions of the Act, the Exchange Act and the Investment Company Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder, so as to permit the completion of the distribution of the Shares as contemplated in this Agreement and the Prospectus.

 

(B)  Each of the Adviser and the Administrator agrees with each of the Underwriters not to take, directly or indirectly, any action designed, or which could reasonably be expected to cause or result in, under the Exchange Act, in the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale of the Shares.

 

7.  Each of the NMF Funds agrees with each of the Underwriters that, during the period beginning from the date hereof and continuing to and including the date 60 days after the date of the Prospectus (the “Lock-Up

 

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Period”), not to (i) offer, sell, contract to sell, pledge, grant any option to purchase, exchange, convert, make any short sale or otherwise dispose, except as provided hereunder, of any securities of the Company that are substantially similar to the Shares, including but not limited to any options or warrants to purchase shares of Stock, or any securities that are convertible into or exchangeable for, or that represent the right to receive, Stock, including membership interests in NMF LLC or any such substantially similar securities (other than pursuant to a dividend reinvestment plan described in the Pricing Prospectus) or (ii) publicly announce an intention to effect any transaction specified in clause (i), without the prior written consent of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC; provided, however, that if (1) during the last 17 days of the Lock-Up Period, the NMF Funds release earnings results or announce material news or a material event or (2) prior to the expiration of the Lock-Up Period, the NMF Funds announce that it will release earnings results during the 15-day period following the last day of the Lock-Up Period, then in each case the Lock-Up Period will be automatically extended until the expiration of the 18-day period beginning on the date of release of the earnings results or the announcement of the material news or material event, as applicable, unless each of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC waives, in writing, such extension; the NMF Funds will provide Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, each holder of Stock and each holder of common membership units of NMF LLC subject to the Lock-Up Period pursuant to the lockup letters attached as Exhibit A with prior notice of any such announcement that gives rise to an extension of the Lock-up Period.

 

8.  The Company represents and agrees that, without the prior consent of the Representatives, (i) it will not distribute any offering material other than the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, and (ii) it has not made and will not make any offer relating to the Shares that would constitute a “free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 405 under the Act and which the parties agree, for the purposes of this Agreement, includes (x) any “advertisement” as defined in Rule 482 under the Act; and (y) any sales literature, materials or information provided to investors by, or with the approval of, the Company in connection with the marketing of the offering of the Shares, including any in-person roadshow or investor presentations (including slides and scripts relating thereto) made to investors by or on behalf of the Company (the materials and information referred to in this Section 8 are herein referred to as an “Additional Disclosure Item”); any Additional Disclosure Item the use of which has been consented to by the Representatives is listed on Schedule II(a) hereto; and, without the prior consent of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC it has not made and will not make any offer relating to the Shares that would constitute a free writing prospectus.

 

9.  Each of the NMF Funds jointly and severally covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters that the NMF Funds will pay or cause to be paid the following: (i) the fees, disbursements and expenses of the Company’s counsel and accountants in connection with the registration of the Shares under the Act and all other expenses in connection with the preparation, printing, reproduction and filing of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus, and the Prospectus and amendments and supplements thereto and the mailing and delivering of copies thereof to the Underwriters and dealers; (ii) the cost of printing or producing any Agreement among Underwriters, this Agreement, the Blue Sky Memorandum and closing documents (including any compilations thereof) in connection with the offering, purchase, sale and delivery of the Shares; (iii) all expenses in connection with the qualification of the Shares for offering and sale under state securities laws as provided in Section 6A(b) hereof, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters in connection with such qualification and in connection with the Blue Sky survey; (iv) to the extent applicable, all fees and expenses in connection with listing the Shares on the Exchange; (v) the filing fees incident to, and in addition, the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters up to $10,000.00 in connection with any required review by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority of the terms of the sale of the Shares; (vi) the cost of preparing stock certificates; (vii) the cost and charges of any transfer agent or registrar; (viii) all “road show” expenses of the Company (provided that the NMF Funds will pay fifty percent (50%) of the aggregate cost of any private aircraft used in connection with such “road show” presentations, if any); and (ix) all other costs and expenses incident to the performance of any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator of their obligations hereunder which are not otherwise specifically provided for in this Section. In connection with clause (ii) of the proceeding sentence, the Representatives agree to pay New York State stock transfer tax, and the Company agrees to reimburse the Underwriters for associated carrying costs if such tax

 

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payment is not rebated on the day of payment and for any portion of such tax payment not rebated. It is understood, however, that, except as provided in this Section, and Sections 11, 12 and 14 hereof, the Underwriters will pay all of their own costs and expenses, including the fees of their counsel, stock transfer taxes on resale of any of the Shares by them, and any advertising expenses connected with any offers they may make.

 

10.  The obligations of the Underwriters hereunder, as to the Shares to be delivered at each Time of Delivery, shall be subject, in their discretion, to the condition that all representations and warranties and other statements of each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator herein are, at and as of such Time of Delivery, true and correct, the condition that each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator shall have performed all of their respective obligations hereunder theretofore to be performed, and the following additional conditions:

 

(a)                     The Prospectus shall have been filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 under the Act within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by the rules and regulations under the Act and in accordance with Section 6A(a) hereof; if the Company has elected to rely upon Rule 462(b) under the Act, the Rule 462(b) Registration Statement shall have become effective by 10:00 P.M., Washington, D.C. time, on the date of this Agreement; no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any part thereof shall have been issued and no proceeding for that purpose shall have been initiated or threatened by the Commission; no stop order suspending or preventing the use of the Prospectus shall have been initiated or threatened by the Commission; and all requests for additional information on the part of the Commission shall have been complied with to your reasonable satisfaction;

 

(b)                     Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, shall have furnished to you their written opinion or opinions, dated such Time of Delivery, in form and substance satisfactory to you, with respect to such matters as you may reasonably request, and such counsel shall have received such papers and information as they may reasonably request to enable them to pass upon such matters;

 

(c)                      Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, counsel for the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator, shall have furnished to you their written opinion or opinions, dated such Time of Delivery, in form and substance satisfactory to you;

 

(d)                     On the date of the Prospectus at a time prior to the execution of this Agreement, at 9:30 a.m., New York City time, on the effective date of any post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement filed subsequent to the date of this Agreement and also at such Time of Delivery, Deloitte & Touche, LLP shall have furnished to you a letter or letters, dated the respective dates of delivery thereof, in form and substance satisfactory to you;

 

(e)                      Since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Pricing Prospectus there shall not have been any change in the capital stock or long-term debt of any of the NMF Funds or any change, or any development involving a prospective change, in or affecting the general affairs, management, financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations of any of the NMF Funds otherwise than as set forth or contemplated in the Pricing Prospectus, the effect of which, is in the Representatives’ judgment so material and adverse as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the public offering or the delivery of the Shares being delivered at such Time of Delivery on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Prospectus;

 

(f)                       On or after the Applicable Time, to the extent any of the NMF Funds have rated debt securities, (i) no downgrading shall have occurred in the rating accorded any of the NMF Funds’ debt securities by any “nationally recognized statistical rating organization,” as that term is defined by the Commission for purposes of Rule 436(g)(2) under the Act, and (ii) no such organization shall have publicly announced that it has under surveillance or review, with possible negative implications, its rating of any of any of the NMF Funds’ debt securities;

 

(g)                      On or after the Applicable Time, there shall not have occurred any of the following: (i) a suspension or material limitation in trading in securities generally on the Exchange or the NASDAQ Stock Market; (ii) a suspension or material limitation in trading in the Company’s securities on the Exchange; (iii) a

 

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general moratorium on commercial banking activities declared by either Federal or New York State authorities or a material disruption in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States; (iv) the outbreak or escalation of hostilities involving the United States or the declaration by the United States of a national emergency or war or (v) the occurrence of any other calamity or crisis or any change in financial, political or economic conditions in the United States or elsewhere, if the effect of any such event specified in clause (iv) or (v) in the Representatives’ judgment makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the public offering or the delivery of the Shares being delivered at such Time of Delivery on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Prospectus;

 

(h)                     The Shares to be sold at such Time of Delivery shall have been duly listed, subject to notice of issuance, on the Exchange;

 

(i)                         The Company shall have complied with the provisions of Section 7(A)(c) hereof with respect to the furnishing of prospectuses;

 

(j)                        Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator shall have furnished or caused to be furnished to you at such Time of Delivery certificates of their respective officers satisfactory to you as to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator herein at and as of such Time of Delivery, as to the performance by each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator of all of their respective obligations hereunder to be performed at or prior to such Time of Delivery, as to the matters set forth in subsections (a) and (f) of this Section and as to such other matters as you may reasonably request, provided that the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator, as applicable, have been informed as to such other matters for which certificates will be requested prior to the Applicable Time;

 

(k)                     The Company shall have obtained and delivered to the Underwriters executed copies of an agreement from each of the Company’s directors and officers with respect to the Stock, substantially in the form set forth in Exhibit A hereof and otherwise in substance satisfactory to you; and

 

11.  Indemnification.

 

(a)                     Each of the NMF Funds, jointly and severally, will indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which such Underwriter may become subject, under the Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and will reimburse each Underwriter for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such Underwriter in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim as such expenses are incurred; provided, however, that none of the NMF Funds shall be liable in any such case to the extent that any such loss, claim, damage or liability arises out of or is based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission made in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to any of the NMF Funds by any Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein.

 

(b)                     The Adviser and the Administrator, jointly and severally, will indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which such Underwriter may become subject, under the Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and will reimburse each Underwriter for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such Underwriter in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim as such expenses are incurred, provided, however, that the Adviser or the Administrator shall not be liable in any such case to the

 

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extent that any such loss, claim, damage or liability arises out of or is based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission made in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator by any Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein.

 

(c)                      Each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, will indemnify and hold harmless each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities to which any of NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator may become subject, under the Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in each case to the extent, but only to the extent, that such untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission was made in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or any Additional Disclosure Item, in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein; and will reimburse any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim as such expenses are incurred. Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator acknowledge that (i) the second and third sentences of the fifth paragraph related to concessions and reallowances and (ii) the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth paragraphs related to stabilization, syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids under the heading “Underwriting” in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus constitute the only information furnished in writing by or on behalf of the Underwriters specifically for inclusion in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus or the Prospectus.

 

(d)                     Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party under subsection (a), (b) or (c) above of notice of the commencement of any action, such indemnified party shall, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made against the indemnifying party under such subsection, notify the indemnifying party in writing of the commencement thereof; but the omission so to notify the indemnifying party shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have to any indemnified party under such subsection, except to the extent that it has been materially prejudiced (through the forfeiture of substantive rights or defenses) by such failure. In case any such action shall be brought against any indemnified party and it shall notify the indemnifying party of the commencement thereof, the indemnifying party shall be entitled to participate therein and, to the extent that it shall wish, jointly with any other indemnifying party similarly notified, to assume the defense thereof, with counsel reasonably satisfactory to such indemnified party (who shall not, except with the consent of the indemnified party, be counsel to the indemnifying party), and, after notice from the indemnifying party to such indemnified party of its election so to assume the defense thereof, the indemnifying party shall not be liable to such indemnified party under such subsection for any legal expenses of other counsel or any other expenses, in each case subsequently incurred by such indemnified party, in connection with the defense thereof other than reasonable costs of investigation.  No indemnifying party shall, without the written consent of the indemnified party, effect the settlement or compromise of, or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to, any pending or threatened action or claim in respect of which indemnification or contribution may be sought hereunder (whether or not the indemnified party is an actual or potential party to such action or claim) unless such settlement, compromise or judgment (i) includes an unconditional release of the indemnified party from all liability arising out of such action or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act, by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

(e)                      If the indemnification provided for in this Section 11 is unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party under subsection (a), (b) or (c) above in respect of any losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) referred to therein but is otherwise applicable in accordance with its terms, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such indemnified party as

 

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a result of such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other from the offering of the Shares.  If, however, the allocation provided by the immediately preceding sentence is not permitted by applicable law or if the indemnified party failed to give the notice required under subsection (d) above, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to such amount paid or payable by such indemnified party in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only such relative benefits but also the relative fault of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof), as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.  The relative benefits received by the NMF Funds, the Adviser, and the Administrator on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other shall be deemed to be in the same proportion as the total net proceeds from the offering (before deducting expenses) received by the Company bear to the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters, in each case as set forth in the table on the cover page of the Prospectus.  The relative fault shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator on the one hand or the Underwriters on the other and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.  The NMF Funds, the Adviser, the Administrator and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this subsection (e) were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this subsection (e).  The amount paid or payable by an indemnified party as a result of the losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) referred to above in this subsection (e) shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection (e), no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Shares underwritten by it and distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages which such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay by reason of such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.  No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.  The Underwriters’ obligations in this subsection (e) to contribute are several in proportion to their respective underwriting obligations and not joint.

 

(f)                       The obligations of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator under this Section 11 shall be in addition to any liability which each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator may otherwise have and shall extend, upon the same terms and conditions, to each person, if any, who controls any Underwriter within the meaning of the Act and each affiliate of any Underwriter; and the obligations of the Underwriters under this Section 11 shall be in addition to any liability which the respective Underwriters may otherwise have and shall extend, upon the same terms and conditions, to each officer and director of each of the NMF Funds (including any person who, with his or her consent, is named in the Registration Statement as about to become a director of the Company or NMF LLC), the Adviser or the Administrator and to each person, if any, who controls any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator within the meaning of the Act.  No party shall be entitled to indemnification under this Section 11 if such indemnification of such party would violate Section 17(i) of the Investment Company Act.

 

12.  (a)  If any Underwriter shall default in its obligation to purchase the Shares which it has agreed to purchase hereunder at a Time of Delivery, you may in your discretion arrange for you or another party or other parties to purchase such Shares on the terms contained herein.  If within thirty-six hours after such default by any Underwriter you do not arrange for the purchase of such Shares, then the Company shall be entitled to a further period of thirty-six hours within which to procure another party or other parties satisfactory to you to purchase such Shares on such terms.  In the event that, within the respective prescribed periods, you notify the Company that you have so arranged for the purchase of such Shares, or the Company notifies you that it has so arranged for the purchase of such Shares, you or the Company shall have the right to postpone such Time of Delivery for a period of not more than seven days, in order to effect whatever changes may thereby be made

 

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necessary in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, or in any other documents or arrangements, and the Company agrees to file promptly any amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus which in your opinion may thereby be made necessary. The term “Underwriter” as used in this Agreement shall include any person substituted under this Section with like effect as if such person had originally been a party to this Agreement with respect to such Shares.

 

(b)                     If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by you and the Company as provided in subsection (a) above, the aggregate number of such Shares which remains unpurchased does not exceed one-eleventh of the aggregate number of all the Shares to be purchased at such Time of Delivery, then the Company shall have the right to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase the number of Shares which such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder at such Time of Delivery and, in addition, to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase its pro rata share (based on the number of Shares which such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder) of the Shares of such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters for which such arrangements have not been made; but nothing herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter from liability for its default.

 

(c)                      If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by you and the Company as provided in subsection (a) above, the aggregate number of such Shares which remains unpurchased exceeds one-eleventh of the aggregate number of all the Shares to be purchased at such Time of Delivery, or if the Company shall not exercise the right described in subsection (b) above to require non-defaulting Underwriters to purchase Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters, then this Agreement (or, with respect to the Second Time of Delivery, the obligations of the Underwriters to purchase and of the Company to sell the Optional Shares) shall thereupon terminate, without liability on the part of any non-defaulting Underwriter or the Company, except for the expenses to be borne by the Company and the Underwriters as provided in Section 9 hereof and the indemnity and contribution agreements in Section 11 hereof; but nothing herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter from liability for its default.

 

13.  The respective indemnities, agreements, representations, warranties and other statements of each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser, the Administrator and the several Underwriters, as set forth in this Agreement or made by or on behalf of them, respectively, pursuant to this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect, regardless of any investigation (or any statement as to the results thereof) made by or on behalf of any Underwriter or any controlling person of any Underwriter, or any of the NMF Funds, or any officer or director or controlling person of any of the NMF Funds, and shall survive delivery of and payment for the Shares.

 

14.  If this Agreement shall be terminated pursuant to Section 12 hereof, each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator shall not then be under any liability to any Underwriter except as provided in Sections 9 and 11, hereof; provided, if for any other reason, other than the occurrence of an event provided in Section 10(g) hereof, any Shares are not delivered by or on behalf of the Company as provided herein, each of the NMF Funds, jointly and severally, will reimburse the Underwriters through you for its allocable portion of all out-of-pocket expenses approved in writing by you, including fees and disbursements of counsel, reasonably incurred by the Underwriters in making preparations for the purchase, sale and delivery of the Shares not so delivered by the NMF Funds, but each of the NMF Funds shall then be under no further liability to any Underwriter except as provided in Sections 9 and 11 hereof.

 

15.  In all dealings hereunder, you shall act on behalf of each of the Underwriters, and the parties hereto shall be entitled to act and rely upon any statement, request, notice or agreement on behalf of any Underwriter made or given by you jointly or by Goldman, Sachs & Co., or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC or Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC on behalf of you as the Representatives.

 

All statements, requests, notices and agreements hereunder shall be in writing, and:

 

(i) if to the Underwriters shall be delivered or sent by mail, telex or facsimile transmission to you in care of Goldman, Sachs & Co., 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, Attention: Registration Department; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department; and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, Attention:

 

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Equity Syndicate Desk, with a copy to Legal Department; provided, however, that any notice to an Underwriter pursuant to Section 11(e) hereof shall be delivered or sent by mail, telex or facsimile transmission to such Underwriter at its address set forth in its Underwriters’ Questionnaire, or telex constituting such Questionnaire, which address will be supplied to the Company by you upon request; provided, however, that notices under Section 7 shall be in writing, and if to the Underwriters shall be delivered or sent by mail, telex or facsimile transmission to you as the Representatives at Goldman, Sachs & Co., 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, Attention: Control Department; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department; and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Equity Syndicate Desk, with a copy to Legal Department;

 

(ii) if to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator shall be delivered or sent by mail, telex or facsimile transmission to New Mountain Finance Corporation, 787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor, New York, New York 10019, Attention: Robert Hamwee, with a copy to Steven B. Boehm c/o Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20001; and

 

Any such statements, requests, notices or agreements shall take effect upon receipt thereof.

 

In accordance with the requirements of the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)), the Underwriters are required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies their respective clients, including any of the NMF Funds, which information may include the name and address of their respective clients, as well as other information that will allow the Underwriters to properly identify their respective clients.

 

16.  This Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure solely to the benefit of, the Underwriters, each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator, to the extent provided in Sections 11 and 13 hereof, the officers and directors of each of the NMF Funds and each person who controls any of the NMF Funds or any Underwriter, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, and no other person shall acquire or have any right under or by virtue of this Agreement. No purchaser of any of the Shares from any Underwriter shall be deemed a successor or assign by reason merely of such purchase.

 

17.  Time shall be of the essence of this Agreement.  As used herein, the term “business day” shall mean any day when the Commission’s office in Washington, D.C. is open for business.

 

18.  Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator hereby acknowledges and agrees that (i) the purchase and sale of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement is an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Company on the one hand, and the several Underwriters, on the other, (ii) in connection therewith and with the process leading to such transaction each Underwriter is acting solely as a principal and not the agent or fiduciary of the Company, (iii) no Underwriter has assumed an advisory or fiduciary responsibility in favor any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator with respect to the offering contemplated hereby or the process leading thereto (irrespective of whether such Underwriter has advised or is currently advising any of the NMF Funds on other matters) or any other obligation to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement and (iv) each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator has consulted its own legal and financial advisors to the extent it deemed appropriate.  Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator agrees that it will not claim that the Underwriters, or any of them, has rendered advisory services of any nature or respect, or owes a fiduciary or similar duty to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator in connection with such transaction or the process leading thereto.

 

19.  This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings (whether written or oral) between the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other, or any of them, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

20.  THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY MATTERS RELATED TO THIS TRANSACTION SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT OF LAWS THAT WOULD RESULT IN THE APPLICATION OF ANY LAW OTHER THAN THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

 

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21.  Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser, the Administrator and each of the Underwriters hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all right to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

22.  This Agreement may be executed by any one or more of the parties hereto in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same instrument.

 

23.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, each of the NMF Funds is authorized to disclose to any persons the U.S. federal and state income tax treatment and tax structure of the potential transaction and all materials of any kind (including tax opinions and other tax analyses) provided to any of the NMF Funds relating to that treatment and structure, without the Underwriters imposing any limitation of any kind. However, any information relating to the tax treatment and tax structure shall remain confidential (and the foregoing sentence shall not apply) to the extent necessary to enable any person to comply with securities laws. For this purpose, “tax structure” is limited to any facts that may be relevant to that treatment.

 

24.  Except as set forth below, no claim, counterclaim or dispute of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of or in any way relating to this Agreement (a “Claim”) may be commenced, prosecuted or continued in any court other than the courts of the State of New York located in the City and County of New York or in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, which courts shall have jurisdiction over the adjudication of such matters, and each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator each consents to the jurisdiction of such courts and personal service with respect thereto.  Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator each hereby consents to personal jurisdiction, service and venue in any court in which any Claim arising out of or in any way relating to this Agreement is brought by any third party against any Underwriter or any indemnified party.  Each Underwriter and each of the NMF Funds (each on its behalf and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, on behalf of its stockholders and affiliates), the Adviser and the Administrator (each on its behalf and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, on behalf of its members and affiliates) each waive all right to trial by jury in any action, proceeding or counterclaim (whether based upon contract, tort or otherwise) in any way arising out of or relating to this Agreement.  Each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator each agrees that a final judgment in any such action, proceeding or counterclaim brought in any such court shall be conclusive and binding upon each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator and may be enforced in any other courts to the jurisdiction of which any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator each is or may be subject, by suit upon such judgment.

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding, please sign and return to us four counterparts hereof, and upon the acceptance hereof by you, on behalf of each of the Underwriters, this letter and such acceptance hereof shall constitute a binding agreement between each of the Underwriters and each of the NMF Funds, the Adviser and the Administrator.  It is understood that your acceptance of this letter on behalf of each of the Underwriters is pursuant to the authority set forth in a form of agreement among Underwriters, the form of which shall be submitted to any of the NMF Funds, the Adviser or the Administrator for examination upon request, but without warranty on your part as to the authority of the signers thereof.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Name: Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Title: Secretary

 

 

 

 

New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Name: Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Title: Secretary

 

 

 

 

New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Name: Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Title: Authorized Person

 

 

 

 

New Mountain Finance Administration, L.L.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Name: Paula A. Bosco

 

 

Title: Authorized Person

 

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Accepted as of the date hereof:

 

 

 

 

 

GOLDMAN, SACHS & CO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Adam Greene

 

 

 

Name: Adam Greene

 

 

 

Title: Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ David Herman

 

 

 

Name: David Herman

 

 

 

Title: Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Katerina Pergola

 

 

 

Name: Katerina Pergola

 

 

 

Title: Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Representatives of the several Underwriters

 

 

named in Schedule I hereto

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE I

 

Underwriter

 

Total Number of
Firm Shares to be
Purchased

 

Number of
Optional Shares
to be Purchased
if Maximum
Option
Exercised

 

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

 

1,050,000

 

157,500

 

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

 

1,050,000

 

157,500

 

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

 

700,000

 

105,000

 

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated

 

192,500

 

28,875

 

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

 

192,500

 

28,875

 

BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC

 

105,000

 

15,750

 

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

 

105,000

 

15,750

 

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

 

105,000

 

15,750

 

Total

 

3,500,000

 

525,000

 

 



 

SCHEDULE II

 

(a)                   Additional Disclosure Item:

 

·                  None

 



 

EXHIBIT A

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation

 

Lock-Up Agreement

 

April 9, 2014

 

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

 

As representatives (the “Representatives”) of the several Underwriters

named in Schedule I hereto

 

c/o Goldman, Sachs & Co.
200 West Street
New York, New York 10282

 

Re:                             New Mountain Finance Corporation - Lock-Up Agreement

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The undersigned understands that Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, as representatives (the “Representatives”), propose to enter into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) on behalf of the several Underwriters named in Schedule I thereof (collectively, the “Underwriters”) with New Mountain Finance Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (“NMF LLC”), New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company and New Mountain Finance Administration, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company, providing for a public offering of the Common Stock of the Company (the “Shares”) pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form N-2 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

 

In consideration of the agreement by the Underwriters to offer and sell the Shares, and of other good and valuable consideration the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned agrees that, during the period specified in the following paragraph (the “Stockholder Lock-Up Period”), the undersigned will not (i) offer, sell, contract to sell, pledge, grant any option to purchase, exchange, convert, make any short sale or otherwise dispose of any shares of Common Stock of the Company, or any options or warrants to purchase any shares of Common Stock of the Company, or any securities convertible into, exchangeable for or that represent the right to receive shares of Common Stock of the Company, including membership interests in NMF LLC, whether now owned or hereinafter acquired, owned directly by the undersigned (including holding as a custodian) or with respect to which the undersigned has beneficial ownership within the rules and regulations of the SEC (collectively the “Undersigned’s Shares”) [(other than pursuant to a dividend reinvestment plan described in the Registration Statement referred to above)] (1)  or (ii) publicly announce an intention to effect any transaction specified in clause (i). The foregoing restrictions are expressly agreed to preclude the undersigned from engaging in any hedging or other transaction which is designed to or which reasonably could be expected to lead to or result in a sale or disposition of the Undersigned’s Shares even if such Shares would be disposed of by someone other than the undersigned. Such prohibited hedging or other transactions would include without limitation any short sale or any purchase, sale or grant of any right (including without

 


(1)  To be added in Lock-Up Agreement for Steven B. Klinsky

 



 

limitation any put or call option) with respect to any of the Undersigned’s Shares or with respect to any security that includes, relates to, or derives any significant part of its value from such Shares.

 

The initial Stockholder Lock-Up Period will commence on the date of this Lock-Up Agreement and continue for 60 days after the public offering date set forth on the final prospectus used to sell the Shares (the “Public Offering Date”) pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement; provided, however, that if (1) during the last 17 days of the initial Stockholder Lock-Up Period, the Company releases earnings results or announces material news or a material event or (2) prior to the expiration of the initial Stockholder Lock-Up Period, the Company announces that it will release earnings results during the 15-day period following the last day of the initial Stockholder Lock-Up Period, then in each case the Stockholder Lock-Up Period will be automatically extended until the expiration of the 18-day period beginning on the date of release of the earnings results or the announcement of the material news or material event, as applicable, unless the Representatives waive, in writing, such extension.

 

The undersigned hereby acknowledges that the Company has agreed in the Underwriting Agreement to provide written notice of any event that would result in an extension of the Stockholder Lock-Up Period pursuant to the previous paragraph to the undersigned (in accordance with Section 15 of the Underwriting Agreement) and agrees that any such notice properly delivered will be deemed to have been given to, and received by, the undersigned. The undersigned hereby further agrees that, prior to engaging in any transaction or taking any other action that is subject to the terms of this Lock-Up Agreement during the period from the date of this Lock-Up Agreement to and including the 34th day following the expiration of the initial Stockholder Lock-Up Period, it will give notice thereof to the Company and will not consummate such transaction or take any such action unless it has received written confirmation from the Company that the Stockholder Lock-Up Period (as such may have been extended pursuant to the previous paragraph) has expired.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the undersigned may transfer the Undersigned’s Shares (i) as a bona fide gift or gifts, provided that the donee or donees thereof agree to be bound in writing by the restrictions set forth herein, (ii) to any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of the undersigned or the immediate family of the undersigned, provided that the trustee of the trust agrees to be bound in writing by the restrictions set forth herein, and provided further that any such transfer shall not involve a disposition for value, or (iii) with the prior written consent of the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters. For purposes of this Lock-Up Agreement, “immediate family” shall mean any relationship by blood, marriage or adoption, not more remote than first cousin. In addition, notwithstanding the foregoing, if the undersigned is (a) a corporation, limited liability company, partnership (including a limited partnership) or other entity, such corporation, limited liability company, partnership (including a limited partnership) or other entity may transfer the Undersigned’s Shares to any wholly-owned subsidiary of such corporation, limited liability company, partnership (including a limited partnership) or other entity; or (b) a limited liability company or partnership (including a limited partnership), such limited liability company or partnership (including a limited partnership) may transfer the Undersigned’s Shares to any member or partner of such limited liability company or partnership (including a limited partnership); provided, however, that in any such case, it shall be a condition to the transfer that the transferee execute an agreement stating that the transferee is receiving and holding such Undersigned’s Shares subject to the provisions of this Agreement and there shall be no further transfer of such Undersigned’s Shares except in accordance with this Agreement, and provided further that any such transfer shall not involve a disposition for value. The undersigned now has, and, except as contemplated by clause (i), (ii), or (iii) above, for the duration of this Lock-Up Agreement will have, good and marketable title to the Undersigned’s Shares, free and clear of all liens, encumbrances, and claims whatsoever. The undersigned also agrees and consents to the entry of stop transfer instructions with the Company’s transfer agent and registrar against the transfer of the Undersigned’s Shares except in compliance with the foregoing restrictions.

 



 

The undersigned understands that the Company and the Underwriters are relying upon this Lock-Up Agreement in proceeding toward consummation of the offering. The undersigned further understands that this Lock-Up Agreement is irrevocable and shall be binding upon the undersigned’s heirs, legal representatives, successors, and assigns.

 



 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exact Name of Stockholder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title

 



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Section 3: EX-99.(J)(2) (EX-99.(J)(2))


Exhibit (j)(2)

 


 

CUSTODY AGREEMENT

 


 

dated as of March 31, 2014

by and between

 

NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORPORATION

 

(“Company”)

 

and

 

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

(“Custodian”)

 



 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Page

1.

DEFINITIONS

2

2.

APPOINTMENT OF CUSTODIAN

8

3.

DUTIES OF CUSTODIAN

8

4.

REPORTING

17

5.

DEPOSIT IN U.S. SECURITIES SYSTEMS

18

6.

SECURITIES HELD OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

18

7.

CERTAIN GENERAL TERMS

21

8.

COMPENSATION OF CUSTODIAN

23

9.

RESPONSIBILITY OF CUSTODIAN

23

10.

SECURITY CODES

27

11.

TAX LAW

27

12.

EFFECTIVE PERIOD, TERMINATION

27

13.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

28

14.

PARTIES IN INTEREST; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFIT

29

15.

NOTICES

29

16.

CHOICE OF LAW AND JURISDICTION

30

17.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT; COUNTERPARTS

30

18.

AMENDMENT; WAIVER

31

19.

SUCCESSOR AND ASSIGNS

31

20.

SEVERABILITY

31

21.

REQUEST FOR INSTRUCTIONS

31

22.

OTHER BUSINESS

32

23.

REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

32

24.

MISCELLANEOUS

32

 

 

 

SCHEDULES

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A —  Trade Confirmation

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE B —  Initial Authorized Persons

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE C —  Persons Authorized to Confirm Instructions by call-back

 

 

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This CUSTODY AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is dated as of March 31, 2014, and is by and between NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORPORATION (and any successor or permitted assign, the “Company”), a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, having its principal place of business at 787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor, New York, New York 10019, and U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (and any successor or permitted assign acting as custodian hereunder, the “Custodian”), a national banking association having a place of business at One Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

 

RECITALS

 

WHEREAS, the Company is a closed-end management investment company, which has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”);

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires to retain U.S. Bank National Association to act as custodian for the Company and each Subsidiary hereafter identified to the Custodian;

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires that certain of the Company’s Securities (as defined below) and cash be held and administered by the Custodian pursuant to this Agreement in compliance with Section 17(f) of the 1940 Act; and

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.                                      DEFINITIONS

 

1.1                               Defined Terms.  In addition to terms expressly defined elsewhere herein, the following words shall have the following meanings as used in this Agreement:

 

Account” means the Cash Accounts, the Securities Account, any Subsidiary Cash Account and any Subsidiary Securities Account, collectively.

 

Agreement” means this Custody Agreement (as the same may be amended from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof).

 

Authorized Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.4.

 

Business Day” means a day on which the Custodian or the relevant sub-custodian, including a Foreign Sub-custodian, is open for business in the market or country in which a transaction is to take place.

 

Cash Account” or “Cash Accounts”  means any or all of the segregated trust accounts to be established at the Custodian to which the Custodian shall deposit or credit and hold any cash or Proceeds received by it from time to time from or with respect to the Securities or the sale of the Securities of the Company, as applicable, which trust accounts shall be designated the “Cash Proceeds Account”, “Principal Account”, and “Interest Account”.

 

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Company” has the meaning set forth in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

 

Confidential Information” means any databases, computer programs, screen formats, screen designs, report formats, interactive design techniques, and other similar or related information that may be furnished to the Company by the Custodian from time to time pursuant to this Agreement.

 

Custodian” has the meaning set forth in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

 

Document Custodian” means the Custodian when acting in the role of a document custodian hereunder.

 

Eligible Investment” means any investment that at the time of its acquisition is one or more of the following:

 

(a)                                 United States government and agency obligations;

 

(b)                                 commercial paper having a rating assigned to such commercial paper by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services or Moody’s Investor Service, Inc. (or, if neither such organization shall rate such commercial paper at such time, by any nationally recognized rating organization in the United States of America) equal to one of the two highest ratings assigned by such organization, it being understood that as of the date hereof such ratings by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services are “A1+” and “A1” and such ratings by Moody’s Investor Service, Inc. are “P1” and “P2”;

 

(c)                                  interest bearing deposits in United States dollars in United States or Canadian banks with an unrestricted surplus of at least U.S. $250,000,000, maturing within one year; and

 

(d)                                 money market funds (including funds of the bank serving as Custodian or its affiliates) or United States government securities funds designed to maintain a fixed share price and high liquidity.

 

Eligible Securities Depository” has the meaning set forth in Section (b)(1) of Rule 17f-7 under the 1940 Act.

 

Federal Reserve Bank Book-Entry System” means a depository and securities transfer system operated by the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States on which are eligible to be held all United States Government direct obligation bills, notes and bonds.

 

Financing Documents” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.3(b)(ii).

 

Foreign Intermediary” means a Foreign Sub-custodian and Eligible Securities Depository.

 

Foreign Sub-custodian” means and includes (i) any branch of a “U.S. Bank,” as that term is defined in Rule 17f-5 under the 1940 Act, (ii) any “Eligible Foreign Custodian,” as that term is defined in Rule 17f-5 under the 1940 Act, having a contract with the

 

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Custodian in accordance with Section 6.6, which the Custodian has determined will provide reasonable care of assets of the Company based on the standards specified in Section 6.7 below.

 

Foreign Securities” means Securities for which the primary market is outside the United States.

 

Loan” means any U.S. dollar denominated commercial loan, or Participation therein, made by a bank or other financial institution that by its terms provides for payments of principal and/or interest, including discount obligations and payment- in-kind obligations, acquired by the Company from time to time.

 

Loan Checklist” means a list delivered to the Document Custodian in connection with delivery of each Loan to the Custodian by the Company that identifies the items contained in the related Loan File.

 

Loan File” means, with respect to each Loan delivered to the Document Custodian, each of the Required Loan Documents identified on the related Loan Checklist.

 

Noteless Loan” means a Loan with respect to which (i) the related loan agreement does not require the obligor to execute and deliver an Underlying Note to evidence the indebtedness created under such Loan and (ii) no Underlying Notes are outstanding with respect to the portion of the Loan transferred by the issuer or the prior holder of record.

 

Participation” means an interest in a Loan that is acquired indirectly by way of a participation from a selling institution.

 

Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, association, joint stock company, trust (including any beneficiary thereof), unincorporated organization, or any government or agency or political subdivision thereof.

 

Proceeds” means, collectively, (i) the net cash proceeds to the Company of the initial public offering by the Company and any subsequent offering by the Company of any class of securities issued by the Company, (ii) cash distributions, earnings, dividends, fees and other cash payments paid on the Securities (or, as applicable, Subsidiary Securities) by or on behalf of the issuer or obligor thereof, or applicable paying agent, (iii) the net cash proceeds of the sale or other disposition of the Securities (or, as applicable, Subsidiary Securities) pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and (iv) the net cash proceeds to the Company of any borrowing or other financing by the Company (and any Reinvestment Earnings from investment of any of the foregoing), as delivered to the Custodian from time to time.

 

Proper Instructions” means (i) instructions received by the Custodian in form acceptable to it, from the Company, or any Person duly authorized by the Company, by any of the following means:

 

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(a)                                 in writing signed by two (2) Authorized Persons (and delivered by hand, by mail, by overnight courier, or by PDF);

 

(b)                                 by electronic mail sent by one Authorized Person with one or more other Authorized Person(s) copied;

 

(c)                                  in tested communication;

 

(d)                                 in a communication utilizing access codes effected between electro mechanical or electronic devices; or

 

(e)                                  such other means as may be agreed upon from time to time by the Custodian and the party giving such instructions, including oral instructions;

 

provided that, for any transaction involving cash (e.g., withdrawals, transfers and disbursements) or assets, the Custodian shall confirm that the instruction is authorized by an Authorized Person by telephone call-back at the telephone number designated in Schedule C. The Authorized Person confirming the instruction shall be a person other than the Authorized Person from whom the Instruction was received; and

 

(ii) Trade Confirmations.

 

Reinvestment Earnings” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.6(b).

 

Required Loan Documents” means, for each Loan:

 

(a)                                 other than in the case of a Participation, an executed copy of the Assignment for such Loan, as identified on the Loan Checklist;

 

(b)                                 with the exception of Noteless Loans and Participations, the original executed Underlying Note endorsed by the issuer or the prior holder of record in blank or to the Company, as identified on the Loan Checklist;

 

(c)                                  (i) if the Company is the sole lender or if the Company or an affiliate of the Company acts as agent for the lenders, (A) an executed copy of the Underlying Loan Agreement (which may be included in the Underlying Note if so indicated in the Loan Checklist), together with a copy of all amendments and modifications thereto, as identified on the Loan Checklist, (B) a copy of each related security agreement (if any) signed by the applicable obligor(s), as identified on the Loan Checklist, and (C) a copy of each related guarantee (if any) then executed in connection with such Loan, as identified on the Loan Checklist, and (ii) in all other cases, such copies of the documents described in clauses (A), (B) and (C), which may not be executed copies, as are reasonably available to the Company, as identified on the Loan Checklist; and

 

(d)                                 a copy of the Loan Checklist.

 

Securities” means, collectively, (i) the investments, including Loans, acquired by the Company and delivered to the Custodian by the Company from time to time during the

 

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term of, and pursuant to the terms of, this Agreement and (ii) all dividends in kind (e.g., non-cash dividends) from the investments described in clause (i).  For avoidance of confusion, the term “securities” includes stocks, shares, bonds, debentures, notes, mortgages or other obligations and any certificates, receipts, warrants or other instruments representing rights to receive, purchase, or subscribe for the same, or evidencing or representing any other rights or interests therein, or in any property or assets).

 

Securities Account” means the segregated trust account to be established at the Custodian to which the Custodian shall deposit or credit and hold the Securities (other than Loans) received by it pursuant to this Agreement, which account shall be designated the “New Mountain Finance Corporation Securities Custody Account”.

 

Securities Custodian” means the Custodian when acting in the role of a securities custodian hereunder.

 

Securities Depository” means The Depository Trust Company and any other clearing agency registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), which acts as a system for the central handling of securities where all securities of any particular class or series of an issuer deposited within the system are treated as fungible and may be transferred or pledged by bookkeeping entry without physical delivery of the securities.

 

Securities System” means the Federal Reserve Book-Entry System, a clearing agency which acts as a Securities Depository, or another book entry system for the central handling of securities (including an Eligible Securities Depository).

 

Street Delivery Custom” means a custom of the United States securities market to deliver securities which are being sold to the buying broker for examination to determine that the securities are in proper form.

 

Street Name” means the form of registration in which the securities are held by a broker who is delivering the securities to another broker for the purposes of sale, it being an accepted custom in the United States securities industry that a security in Street Name is in proper form for delivery to a buyer and that a security may be re-registered by a buyer in the ordinary course.

 

Subsidiary Cash Account” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.13(b).

 

Subsidiary Securities” collectively, (i) the investments, including Loans, acquired by a Subsidiary and delivered to the Custodian from time to time during the term of, and pursuant to the terms of, this Agreement and (ii) all dividends in kind (e.g., non-cash dividends) from the investments described in clause (i).

 

Subsidiary Securities Account” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.13(a).

 

Subsidiary” means any wholly owned subsidiary of the Company identified to the Custodian by the Company.

 

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Trade Confirmation” means a confirmation to the Custodian from the Company of the Company’s acquisition of a Loan, and setting forth applicable information with respect to such Loan, which confirmation may be in the form of Schedule A attached hereto and made a part hereof, subject to such changes or additions as may be agreed to by, or in such other form as may be agreed to by, the Custodian and the Company from time to time.

 

UCC” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.3.

 

Underlying Loan Agreement” means, with respect to any Loan, the document or documents evidencing the commercial loan agreement or facility pursuant to which such Loan is made.

 

Underlying Loan Documents” means, with respect to any Loan, the related Underlying Loan Agreement together with any agreements and instruments (including any Underlying Note) executed or delivered in connection therewith.

 

Underlying Note” means the one or more promissory notes executed by an obligor to evidence a Loan.

 

1.2                               Construction.  In this Agreement unless the contrary intention appears:

 

(a)                                 any reference to this Agreement or another agreement or instrument refers to such agreement or instrument as the same may be amended, modified or otherwise rewritten from time to time;

 

(b)                                 a reference to a statute, ordinance, code or other law includes regulations and other instruments under it and consolidations, amendments, re-enactments or replacements of any of them;

 

(c)                                  any term defined in the singular form may be used in, and shall include, the plural with the same meaning, and vice versa;

 

(d)                                 a reference to a Person includes a reference to the Person’s executors, successors and permitted assigns;

 

(e)                                  an agreement, representation or warranty in favor of two or more Persons is for the benefit of them jointly and severally;

 

(f)                                   an agreement, representation or warranty on the part of two or more Persons binds them jointly and severally;

 

(g)                                  a reference to the term “including” means “including, without limitation,” and

 

(h)                                 a reference to any accounting term is to be interpreted in accordance with generally accepted principles and practices in the United States, consistently applied, unless otherwise instructed by the Company.

 

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1.3                               Headings.  Headings are inserted for convenience and do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.

 

2.                                      APPOINTMENT OF CUSTODIAN

 

2.1                               Appointment and Acceptance.  The Company hereby appoints the Custodian as custodian of certain Securities and cash owned by the Company and the Subsidiaries (as applicable) and delivered to the Custodian by the Company from time to time during the period of this Agreement, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement (which shall include any addendum hereto which is hereby incorporated herein and made a part of this Agreement), and the Custodian hereby accepts such appointment and agrees to perform the services and duties set forth in this Agreement with respect to it, subject to and in accordance with the provisions hereof.  All Required Loan Documents and Securities in certificated form shall be maintained and held on behalf of the Company by the Custodian in its vaults or the vaults of a sub-custodian.

 

2.2                               Instructions.  The Company agrees that it shall from time to time provide, or cause to be provided, to the Custodian all necessary instructions and information, and shall respond promptly to all inquiries and requests of the Custodian, as may reasonably be necessary to enable the Custodian to perform its duties hereunder.

 

2.3                               Company Responsible For Directions.  The Company is solely responsible for directing the Custodian with respect to deposits to, withdrawals from and transfers to or from the Account.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Custodian has no responsibility for the Company’s compliance with the 1940 Act, any restrictions, covenants, limitations or obligations to which the Company may be subject or for which it may have obligations to third-parties in respect of the Account, and the Custodian shall have no liability for the application of any funds made at the direction of the Company.  The Company shall be solely responsible for properly instructing all applicable payors to make all appropriate payments to the Custodian for deposit to the Account, and for properly instructing the Custodian with respect to the allocation or application of all such deposits.

 

3.                                      DUTIES OF CUSTODIAN

 

3.1                               Segregation.  All Securities and non-cash property held by the Custodian, as applicable, for the account of the Company (other than Securities maintained in a Securities Depository or Securities System) shall be physically segregated from other Securities and non-cash property in the possession of the Custodian and shall be identified as subject to this Agreement.

 

3.2                               Securities Custody Account.  The Custodian shall open and maintain in its trust department a segregated trust account in the name of the Company, subject only to order of the Custodian, in which the Custodian shall enter and carry, subject to Section 3.3(b), all Securities (other than Loans) and other investment assets of the Company which are delivered to it in accordance with this Agreement.  For

 

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avoidance of doubt, the Custodian shall not be required to credit or deposit Loans in the Securities Account but shall instead maintain a register (in book-entry form or in such other form as it shall deem necessary or desirable) of such Loans, containing such information as the Company and the Custodian may reasonably agree; provided that, with respect to such Loans, all Required Loan Documents shall be held in safekeeping by the Document Custodian, individually segregated from the securities and investments of any other Person and marked so as to clearly identify them as the property of the Company in a manner consistent with Rule 17f-1 under the 1940 Act and as set forth in this Agreement.

 

The Custodian shall have no power or authority to assign, hypothecate, pledge or otherwise dispose of any such Securities and investments except pursuant to the direction of the Company under terms of the Agreement.

 

3.3                               Delivery of Cash and Securities to Custodian.

 

(a)                                 The Company shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the Custodian certain of the Company’s Securities, cash and other investment assets, including (a) payments of income, payments of principal and capital distributions received by the Company with respect to such Securities, cash or other assets owned by the Company at any time during the period of this Agreement, and (b) cash received by the Company for the issuance, at any time during such period, of securities or in connection with a borrowing by the Company, except as otherwise permitted by the 1940 Act.  With respect to Loans, Required Loan Documents and other Underlying Loan Documents shall be delivered to the Custodian in its role as, and at the address identified for, the Document Custodian.  With respect to assets other than Loans, such assets shall be delivered to the Custodian in its role as, and (where relevant) at the address identified for, the Securities Custodian.  Except to the extent otherwise expressly provided herein, delivery of Securities to the Custodian shall be in Street Name or other good delivery form.  The Custodian shall not be responsible for such Securities, cash or other assets until actually delivered to, and received by it.  With respect to Securities (other than Loan Assets and assets in the nature of “general intangibles” (as hereinafter defined)) held by the Custodian in its capacity as a “securities intermediary” (as defined in Section 8-102 of the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect in the State of New York (the “UCC”)), the Custodian shall be obligated to exercise due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards in discharging its duties as a securities intermediary to obtain and maintain such Securities.

 

(b)                                 (i)                                     In connection with its acquisition of a Loan or other delivery of a Security constituting a Loan, the Company shall deliver or cause to be delivered to the Custodian (in its roles as, and at the address identified for, the Custodian and Document Custodian) a properly completed Trade Confirmation containing such information in respect of such Loan as the Custodian may reasonably require in order to enable the Custodian to perform its duties hereunder in respect of such Loan on which the Custodian may conclusively rely without further inquiry or investigation, in such form and format as the Custodian reasonably may require,

 

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and shall deliver to the Document Custodian (in its role as, and at the address identified for, the Document Custodian) the Required Loan Documents, including the Loan Checklist.

 

(ii)                                  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, delivery of Securities acquired by the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary thereof) which constitute Noteless Loans or Participations or which are otherwise not evidenced by a “security” or “instrument” as defined in Section 8-102 and Section 9-102(a)(47) of the UCC), respectively, shall be made by delivery to the Document Custodian of (i) in the case of a Noteless Loan, a copy of the loan register with respect to such Noteless Loan evidencing registration of such Loan on the books and records of the applicable obligor or bank agent to the name of the Company or, if applicable, a Subsidiary thereof (or, in either case, its nominee) or a copy (which may be a facsimile copy) of an assignment agreement in favor of the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary thereof) as assignee, and (ii) in the case of a Participation, a copy of the related participation agreement.  Any duty on the part of the Custodian with respect to the custody of such Loans shall be limited to the exercise of reasonable care by the Custodian in the physical custody of any such documents delivered to it, and any related instrument, security, credit agreement, assignment agreement and/or other agreements or documents, if any (collectively, “Financing Documents”), that may be delivered to it.  Nothing herein shall require the Custodian to credit to the Securities Account or to treat as a financial asset (within the meaning of Section 8-102(a)(9) of the UCC) any such Loan or other asset in the nature of a general intangible (as defined in Section 9-102(a)(42) of the UCC) or to “maintain” a sufficient quantity thereof.

 

(iii)                               The Custodian may assume the genuineness of any such Financing Document it may receive and the genuineness and due authority of any signatures appearing thereon, and shall be entitled to assume that each such Financing Document it may receive is what it purports to be. If an original “security” or “instrument” as defined in Section 8-102 and Section 9-102(a)(47) of the UCC, respectively, is or shall be or become available with respect to any Loan to be held by the Custodian under this Agreement, it shall be the sole responsibility of the Company to make or cause delivery thereof to the Document Custodian, and the Custodian shall not be under any obligation at any time to determine whether any such original security or instrument has been or is required to be issued or made available in respect of any Loan or to compel or cause delivery thereof to the Custodian.

 

(iv)                              Contemporaneously with the acquisition of any Loan, the Company shall (A) if requested by the Custodian, provide to the Custodian an amortization schedule of principal payments and a schedule of the interest payable date(s) identifying the amount and due dates of all scheduled principal and interest payments for such Loan; (B) take all actions necessary for the Company to acquire good title to such Loan; and (C) take all actions as may be necessary (including appropriate payment notices and instructions to bank agents or other applicable paying agents) to cause (x) all payments in respect of the Loan to be

 

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made to the Custodian and (y) all notices, solicitations and other communications in respect of such Loan to be directed to the Company.  The Custodian shall have no liability for any delay or failure on the part of the Company to provide necessary information to the Custodian, or for any inaccuracy therein or incompleteness thereof, or for any delay or failure on the part of the Company to give such effective payment instruction to bank agents and other paying agents, in respect of the Loans.  With respect to each such Loan, the Custodian shall be entitled to rely on any information and notices it may receive from time to time from the related bank agent, obligor or similar party with respect to the related Loan Asset, or from the Company, and shall be entitled to update its records (as it may deem necessary or appropriate) on the basis of such information or notices received, without any obligation on its part independently to verify, investigate or recalculate such information.

 

3.4                               Release of Securities.

 

(a)                                 The Custodian shall release and ship for delivery, or direct its agents or sub-custodian to release and ship for delivery, as the case may be, Securities or Required Loan Documents (or other Underlying Loan Documents) of the Company held by the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian from time to time upon receipt of Proper Instructions (which shall, among other things, specify the Securities or Required Loan Documents (or other Underlying Loan Documents) to be released, with such delivery and other information as may be necessary to enable the Custodian to perform (including the delivery method)), which may be standing instructions (in form acceptable to the Custodian), in the following cases:

 

(i)                                     upon sale of such Securities by or on behalf of the Company, and such sale may, unless and except to the extent otherwise directed by Proper Instructions, be carried out by the Custodian:

 

(A)           in accordance with the customary or established practices and procedures in the jurisdiction or market where the transactions occur, including delivery to the purchaser thereof or to a dealer therefor (or an agent of such purchaser or dealer) against expectation of receiving later payment; or

 

(B)           in the case of a sale effected through a Securities System, in accordance with the rules governing the operations of the Securities System;

 

(ii)                                  upon the receipt of payment in connection with any repurchase agreement related to such Securities;

 

(iii)                               to a depositary agent in connection with tender or other similar offers for such Securities;

 

(iv)                              to the issuer thereof, or its agent, when such Securities are called, redeemed, retired or otherwise become payable (unless otherwise directed by

 

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Proper Instructions, the cash or other consideration is to be delivered to the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian);

 

(v)                                 to an issuer thereof, or its agent, for transfer into the name of the Custodian or of any nominee of the Custodian or into the name of any of its agents or sub-custodian or their nominees, or for exchange for a different number of bonds, certificates or other evidence representing the same aggregate face amount or number of units;

 

(vi)                              to brokers, clearing banks or other clearing agents for examination in accordance with the Street Delivery Custom;

 

(vii)                           for exchange or conversion pursuant to any plan of merger, consolidation, recapitalization, reorganization or readjustment of the securities of the issuer of such Securities, or pursuant to any deposit agreement (unless otherwise directed by Proper Instructions, the new securities and cash, if any, are to be delivered to the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian);

 

(viii)                        in the case of warrants, rights or similar securities, the surrender thereof in the exercise of such warrants, rights or similar securities or the surrender of interim receipts or temporary securities for definitive securities (unless otherwise directed by Proper Instructions, the new securities and cash, if any, are to be delivered to the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian); and/or

 

(ix)                              for any other purpose, but only upon receipt of Proper Instructions and an officer’s certificate signed by an officer of the Company (which officer shall not have been the Authorized Persons providing the Proper Instructions) stating (i) the specified securities to be delivered, (ii) the purpose for such delivery, (iii) that such purpose is a proper corporate purpose and (iv) naming the person or persons to whom delivery of such Securities shall be made, and attaching a certified copy of a resolution of the board of directors of the Company or an authorized committee thereof approving the delivery of such Proper Instructions.

 

3.5                               Registration of Securities.  Securities held by the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian (other than bearer securities, securities held in a Securities System or Securities that are Noteless Loans or Participations) shall be registered in the name of the Company or its nominee; or, at the option of the Custodian (if the Custodian determines it cannot hold such security in the name of the Company), in the name of the Custodian or in the name of any nominee of the Custodian, or in the name of its agents or its sub-custodian or their nominees; or, if directed by the Company by Proper Instruction, may be maintained in Street Name. To the extent the Securities are held in a Securities System, the Custodian, its agents and its sub-custodian shall not be obligated to accept Securities on behalf of the Company under the terms of this Agreement unless such Securities are in Street Name or other good deliverable form.

 

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3.6                               Bank Accounts, and Management of Cash

 

(a)                                 Proceeds and other cash received by the Custodian from time to time shall be deposited or credited to the respective Cash Account as designated by the Company.  All amounts deposited or credited to the designated Cash Account shall be subject to clearance and receipt of final payment by the Custodian.

 

(b)                                 Amounts held in the respective Cash Account from time to time may be invested in Eligible Investments pursuant to specific written Proper Instructions (which may be standing instructions) received by the Custodian from two Authorized Persons acting on behalf of the Company. Such investments shall be subject to availability and the Custodian’s then applicable transaction charges (which shall be at the Company’s expense). The Custodian shall have no liability for any loss incurred on any such investment. Absent receipt of such written instruction from the Company, the Custodian shall have no obligation to invest (or otherwise pay interest on) amounts on deposit in the respective Cash Accounts. In no instance will the Custodian have any obligation to provide investment advice to the Company. Any earnings from such investment of amounts held in the Cash Accounts from time to time (collectively, “Reinvestment Earnings”) shall be redeposited in the respective Cash Accounts (and may be reinvested at the written direction of the Company).

 

(c)                                  In the event that the Company shall at any time request a withdrawal of amounts from any of the Cash Accounts, the Custodian shall be entitled to liquidate, and shall have no liability for any loss incurred as a result of the liquidation of, any investment of the funds credited to such Cash Account as needed to provide necessary liquidity, unless such losses are a result of any act or omission on the part of the Custodian, agent or sub-custodian due to its gross negligence, bad faith, misfeasance, misconduct or material breach of this Agreement.

 

(d)                                 The Company acknowledges that cash deposited or invested with any bank (including the bank acting as Custodian) may make a margin or generate banking income for which such bank shall not be required to account to the Company.

 

(e)                                  The Custodian shall be authorized to open such additional accounts as may be necessary or convenient for administration of its duties hereunder.

 

3.7                               Foreign Exchange

 

(a)                                 Upon the receipt of Proper Instructions, the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian may (but shall not be obligated to) enter into all types of contracts for foreign exchange on behalf of the Company, upon terms acceptable to the Custodian and the Company (in each case at the Company’s expense), including transactions entered into with the Custodian, its sub-custodian or any affiliates of the Custodian or the sub-custodian. The Custodian shall have no liability for any losses incurred in or resulting from the rates obtained in such foreign exchange transactions; and absent specific Proper Instructions, the Custodian shall not be deemed to have any duty to carry out any foreign exchange on behalf of the

 

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Company. The Custodian shall be entitled at all times to comply with any legal or regulatory requirements applicable to currency or foreign exchange transactions.

 

(b)                                 The Company acknowledges that the Custodian, any sub-custodian or any affiliates of the Custodian or any sub-custodian, involved in any such foreign exchange transactions may make a margin or generate banking income from foreign exchange transactions entered into pursuant to this Section for which they shall not be required to account to the Company.

 

3.8                               Collection of Income.  The Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian shall use reasonable efforts to collect on a timely basis all income and other payments with respect to the Securities held hereunder to which the Company shall be entitled, to the extent consistent with usual custom in the securities custodian business in the United States. Such efforts shall include collection of interest income, dividends and other payments with respect to registered domestic securities if, on the record date with respect to the date of payment by the issuer, the Security is registered in the name of the Custodian or its nominee (or in the name of its agent or sub-custodian, or their nominees); and interest income, dividends and other payments with respect to bearer domestic securities if, on the date of payment by the issuer, such Securities are held by the Custodian or its sub-custodian or agent; provided, however, that in the case of Securities held in Street Name, the Custodian shall use commercially reasonable efforts only to timely collect income. In no event shall the Custodian’s agreement herein to collect income be construed to obligate the Custodian to commence, undertake or prosecute any legal proceedings.

 

3.9                               Payment of Moneys.

 

(a)                                 Upon receipt of Proper Instructions, which may be standing instructions, the Custodian shall pay out from the respective Cash Account designated by the Company (or remit to its agents or its sub-custodian, and direct them to pay out) moneys of the Company on deposit therein in the following cases:

 

(i)                                     upon the purchase of Securities for the Company pursuant to such Proper Instruction; and such purchase may, unless and except to the extent otherwise directed by Proper Instructions, be carried out by the Custodian:

 

(A)                 in accordance with the customary or established practices and procedures in the jurisdiction or market where the transactions occur, including delivering money to the seller thereof or to a dealer therefor (or any agent for such seller or dealer) against expectation of receiving later delivery of such securities; or

 

(B)                 in the case of a purchase effected through a Securities System, in accordance with the rules governing the operation of such Securities System;

 

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or through the Custodian, its agents or its sub-custodian, as contemplated by Section 3.8 above; and

 

(iii)                               for any other purpose directed by the Company, but only upon receipt of Proper Instructions specifying the amount of such payment, and naming the Person or Persons to whom such payment is to be made.

 

(b)                                 At any time or times, the Custodian shall be entitled to pay (i) itself from any of the Cash Accounts, whether or not in receipt of express direction or instruction from the Company, any amounts due and payable to it pursuant to Section 8 hereof, and (ii) as otherwise permitted by Section 7.5, 9.4 or Section 12.5 below; provided, however, that in each case (i) the Custodian shall have first invoiced or billed the Company for such amounts and the Company shall have failed to pay such amounts within thirty (30) days after the date of such invoice or bill, and (ii) all such payments shall be regularly accounted for to the Company.

 

3.10                        Proxies. The Custodian will, with respect to the Securities held hereunder, use reasonable efforts to cause to be promptly executed by the registered holder of such Securities proxies received by the Custodian from its agents or its sub-custodian or from issuers of the Securities being held for the Company, without indication of the manner in which such proxies are to be voted, and upon receipt of Proper Instructions shall promptly deliver to the applicable issuer such proxies relating to such Securities. In the absence of such Proper Instructions, or in the event that such Proper Instructions are not received in a timely fashion, except to the extent otherwise expressly provided herein, the Custodian shall be under no duty to act with regard to such proxies.  Notwithstanding the above, neither Custodian nor any nominee of Custodian shall vote any of the Securities held hereunder by or for the account of the Company, except in accordance with Proper Instructions.

 

3.11                        Communications Relating to Securities.  The Custodian shall transmit promptly to the Company all written information (including proxies, proxy soliciting materials, notices, pendency of calls and maturities of Securities and expirations of rights in connection therewith) received by the Custodian, from its agents or its sub-custodian or from issuers of the Securities being held for the Company. The Custodian shall have no obligation or duty to exercise any right or power, or otherwise to preserve rights, in or under any Securities unless and except to the extent it has received timely Proper Instruction from the Company in accordance with the next sentence. The Custodian will not be liable for any untimely exercise of any right or power in connection with Securities at any time held by the Custodian, its agents or sub-custodian unless:

 

(i)                                     the Custodian has received Proper Instructions with regard to the exercise of any such right or power; and

 

(ii)                                  the Custodian, or its agents or sub-custodian are in actual possession of such Securities,

 

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in each case, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the date on which such right or power is to be exercised. It will be the responsibility of the Company to notify the Custodian of the Person to whom such communications must be forwarded under this Section.

 

3.12                        Records.  The Custodian shall create and maintain complete and accurate records relating to its activities under this Agreement with respect to the Securities, cash or other property held for the Company under this Agreement, as required by Section 31 of the 1940 Act, and Rules 31a-1 and 32a-2 thereunder. To the extent that the Custodian, in its sole opinion, is able to do so, the Custodian shall provide assistance to the Company (at the Company’s reasonable request made from time to time) by providing sub-certifications regarding certain of its services performed hereunder to the Company in connection with the Company’s certification requirements pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended. All such records shall be the property of the Company and shall at all times during the regular business hours of the Custodian be open for inspection by duly authorized officers, employees or agents of the Company (including its independent public accountants) and employees and agents of the Securities and Exchange Commission, upon reasonable request and prior notice and at the Company’s expense. The Custodian shall, at the Company’s request, supply the Company with a tabulation of Securities owned by the Company and held by the Custodian and shall, when requested to do so by the Company and for such compensation as shall be agreed upon between the Company and the Custodian, include, to the extent applicable, the certificate numbers in such tabulations, to the extent such information is available to the Custodian.

 

3.13                        Custody of Subsidiary Securities.

 

(a)                                 At the request of the Company, with respect to each Subsidiary identified to the Custodian by the Company, there shall be established at the Custodian a segregated trust account to which the Custodian shall deposit and hold any Subsidiary Securities (other than Loans) received by it pursuant to this Agreement, which account shall be designated the “[INSERT NAME OF SUBSIDIARY] Securities Account” (the “Subsidiary Securities Account”).

 

(b)                                 At the request of the Company, with respect to each Subsidiary identified to the Custodian by the Company, there shall be established at the Custodian a segregated trust account to which the Custodian shall deposit and hold any Proceeds received by it from time to time from or with respect to Subsidiary Securities or other Proceeds, which account shall be designated the “[INSERT NAME OF SUBSIDIARY] Cash Proceeds Account” (the “Subsidiary Cash Account”).

 

(c)                                  To the maximum extent possible, the provisions of this Agreement regarding Securities of the Company, the Securities Account and the Cash Accounts shall be applicable to any Subsidiary Securities, cash and other investment assets, Subsidiary Securities Account and Subsidiary Cash Account, respectively.  The

 

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parties hereto agree that the Company shall notify the Custodian in writing as to the establishment of any Subsidiary as to which the Custodian is to serve as custodian pursuant to the terms of this Agreement; and identify in writing any accounts the Custodian shall be required to establish for such Subsidiary as herein provided.

 

3.14                        Responsibility for Property Held by Sub-custodians.  The Custodian’s responsibility with respect to the selection or appointment of a sub-custodian shall be limited to a duty to exercise reasonable care in the selection or retention of such sub-custodian in light of prevailing settlement and securities handling practices, procedures and controls in the relevant market. With respect to any costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, or claims (including attorneys’ and accountants’ fees) incurred as a result of the acts or the failure to act by any sub-custodian, the Custodian shall take reasonable action to recover such costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, or claims from such sub-custodian; provided that the Custodian’s sole liability in that regard shall be limited to amounts actually received by it from such sub-custodian (exclusive of related costs and expenses incurred by the Custodian).

 

4.                                      REPORTING

 

(a)                                 The Custodian shall render to the Company a monthly report of (i) all deposits to and withdrawals from the Cash Accounts during the month, and the outstanding balance (as of the last day of the preceding monthly report and as of the last day of the subject month), (ii) an itemized statement of the Securities held pursuant to this Agreement as of the end of each month, all transactions in the Securities during the month, as well as a list of all Securities transactions that remain unsettled at that time, and (iii) such other matters as the parties may agree from time to time.

 

(b)                                 For each Business Day, the Custodian shall render to the Company a daily report of (i) all deposits to and withdrawals from the Cash Accounts for such Business Day and the outstanding balance as of the end of such Business Day, and (ii) a report of settled trades of Securities for such Business Day.

 

(c)                                  The Custodian shall have no duty or obligation to undertake any market valuation of the Securities under any circumstance.

 

(d)                                 The Custodian shall provide the Company, promptly upon request, with such reports as are reasonably available to it and as the Company may reasonably request from time to time, concerning (i) the internal accounting controls, including procedures for safeguarding securities, which are employed by the Custodian or any Foreign Sub-custodian appointed pursuant to Section 6.1 and (ii) the financial strength of the Custodian or any Foreign Sub-custodian appointed pursuant to Section 6.1.

 

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5.                                      DEPOSIT IN U.S. SECURITIES SYSTEMS

 

The Custodian may deposit and/or maintain Securities in a Securities System within the United States in accordance with applicable Federal Reserve Board and Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations, including Rule 17f-4 under the 1940 Act, and subject to the following provisions:

 

(a)                                 The Custodian may keep domestic Securities in a U.S. Securities System; provided that such Securities are represented in an account of the Custodian in the U.S. Securities System which shall not include any assets of the Custodian other than assets held by it as a fiduciary, custodian or otherwise for customers;

 

(b)                                 The records of the Custodian with respect to Securities which are maintained in a U.S. Securities System shall identify by book-entry those Securities belonging to the Company;

 

(c)                                  The Custodian shall provide to the Company copies of all notices received from the U.S. Securities System of transfers of Securities for the account of the Company; and

 

(d)                                 Anything to the contrary in this Agreement notwithstanding, the Custodian shall not be liable to the Company for any direct loss, damage, cost, expense, liability or claim to the Company resulting from use of any U.S. Securities System (other than to the extent resulting from the gross negligence, misfeasance or misconduct of the Custodian itself, or from failure of the Custodian to enforce effectively such rights as it may have against the U.S. Securities System) provided however that to the extent it places and maintains financial assets, corresponding to the Company’s security entitlements, with a Securities Depository, nothing in this paragraph (d) shall relieve the Custodian from its obligation to exercise due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards in discharging its duty as a securities intermediary to obtain and thereafter maintain such financial assets.

 

6.                                      SECURITIES HELD OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

 

6.1                               Appointment of Foreign Sub-custodian.  The Company hereby authorizes and instructs the Custodian in its sole discretion to employ one or more Foreign Sub-custodians to act as Eligible Securities Depositories or as sub-custodian to hold the Securities and other assets of the Company maintained outside the United States, subject to the Company’s approval in accordance with this Section. If the Custodian wishes to appoint a Foreign Sub-custodian to hold property of the Company subject to this Agreement, it will so notify the Company and provide it with information reasonably necessary to determine any such new Foreign Sub-custodian’s eligibility under Rule 17f-5 under the 1940 Act, including a copy of the proposed agreement with such Foreign Sub-custodian. The Company shall at the meeting of its board of directors next following receipt of such notice and information give a written approval or disapproval of the proposed action.

 

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6.2                               Assets to be Held.  The Custodian shall limit the Securities and other assets maintained in the custody of the Foreign Sub-custodian to: (a) Foreign Securities and (b) cash and cash equivalents in such amounts as the Company (through Proper Instructions) may determine to be reasonably necessary to effect the Company’s transactions in such investments.

 

6.3                               Omnibus Accounts.  The Custodian may hold Foreign Securities and related Proceeds with one or more Foreign Sub-custodians or Eligible Securities Depositories in each case in a single account with such Sub-custodian or Securities Depository that is identified as belonging to the Custodian for the benefit of its customers; provided however, that the records of the Custodian with respect to Securities and related Proceeds that are property of the Company maintained in such account(s) shall identify by book-entry those Securities and other property as belonging to the Company.

 

6.4                               Reports Concerning Foreign Sub-custodian.  The Custodian will supply to the Company, upon request from time to time, statements in respect of the Securities held by Foreign Sub-custodians or Eligible Securities Depositories, including an identification of the Foreign Sub-custodians and Eligible Securities Depositories having physical possession of the Foreign Securities.

 

6.5                               Transactions in Foreign Custody Account.  Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, settlement and payment for Securities received by a Foreign Intermediary for the account of the Company may be effected in accordance with the customary established securities trading or securities processing practices and procedures in the jurisdiction or market in which the transaction occurs, including delivering securities to the purchaser thereof or to a dealer therefor (or an agent for such purchaser or dealer) against a receipt with the expectation of receiving later payment for such securities from such purchaser or dealer.

 

6.6                               Foreign Sub-custodian.  Each contract or agreement pursuant to which the Custodian employs a Foreign Sub-custodian shall include provisions that provide: (i) for indemnification or insurance arrangements (or any combination of the foregoing) such that the Company will be adequately protected against the risk of loss of assets held in accordance with such contract; (ii) that the Company’s assets will not be subject to any right, charge, security interest, lien or claim of any kind in favor of the Sub-custodian or its creditors (except a claim of payment for their safe custody or administration) or, in the case of cash deposits, liens or rights in favor of creditors of the Sub-custodian arising under bankruptcy, insolvency, or similar laws; (iii) that beneficial ownership for the Company’s assets will be freely transferable without the payment of money or value other than for safe custody or administration; (iv) that adequate records will be maintained identifying the assets as belonging to the Company or as being held by a third party for the benefit of the Company; (v) that the Company’s independent public accountants will be given access to those records or confirmation of the contents of those records; and (vi) that the Company will receive periodic reports with

 

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respect to the safekeeping of the Company’s assets, including notification of any transfer to or from a Company’s account or a third party account containing assets held for the benefit of the Company. Such contract may contain, in lieu of any or all of the provisions specified above, such other provisions that the Custodian determines will provide, in their entirety, the same or a greater level of care and protection for Company assets as the specified provisions, in their entirety.

 

6.7                               Custodian’s Responsibility for Foreign Sub-custodian.

 

(a)                                 With respect to its responsibilities under this Section 6, the Custodian agrees to exercise reasonable care, prudence and diligence such as a person having responsibility for the safekeeping of property of the Company would exercise. The Custodian further agrees that the Foreign Securities will be subject to reasonable care, based on the standards applicable to the Custodian in the relevant market, if maintained with each Foreign Sub-custodian, after considering all factors relevant to the safekeeping of such assets, including: (i) the Foreign Sub-custodian’s practices, procedures, and internal controls, including the physical protections available for certificated securities (if applicable), the method of keeping custodial records, and the security and data protection practices; (ii) whether the Foreign Sub-custodian has the requisite financial strength to provide reasonable care for Company assets; (iii) the Foreign Sub-custodian’s general reputation and standing and, in the case of Eligible Securities Depository, the Eligible Securities Depository’s operating history and number of participants; and (iv) whether the Company will have jurisdiction over and be able to enforce judgments against the Foreign Sub-custodian, such as by virtue of the existence of any offices of the Foreign Sub-custodian in the United States or the Sub-custodian’s consent to service of process in the United States.

 

(b)                                 At the end of each calendar quarter or at such other times as the Company’s board of directors deems reasonable and appropriate based on the circumstances of the Company’s foreign custody arrangements, the Custodian shall provide written reports notifying the board of directors of the Company as to the placement of the Foreign Securities and cash of the Company with a particular Foreign Sub-custodian and of any material changes in the Company’s foreign custody arrangements. The Custodian shall promptly take such steps as may be required to withdraw assets of the Company from any Foreign Sub-custodian that has ceased to meet the requirements of Rule 17f-5 under the 1940 Act.

 

(c)                                  The Custodian shall establish a system to monitor the appropriateness of maintaining the Company’s assets with a particular Foreign Sub-custodian and the performance of the contract governing the Company’s arrangements with such Foreign Sub-custodian.  To the extent the Custodian holds Foreign Securities and related Proceeds with one or more Eligible Securities Depositories, the Custodian shall provide the Company with an analysis of the custody risks associated with maintaining assets with such Eligible Securities Depository and shall monitor such custody risks on a continuing basis and promptly notify the Company of any material change in these risks.  The Custodian agrees to exercise reasonable care,

 

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prudence and diligence in performing its obligations under this clause (c). If the Custodian determines that a custody arrangement with an Eligible Securities Depository no longer meets the requirements of this Section, the Company’s Foreign Securities must be withdrawn from such depository as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

(d)                                 The Custodian’s responsibility with respect to the selection or appointment of a Foreign Sub-custodian shall be limited to a duty to exercise reasonable care in the selection or retention of such Foreign Intermediaries in light of prevailing settlement and securities handling practices, procedures and controls in the relevant market. With respect to any costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, or claims (including attorneys’ and accountants’ fees) incurred as a result of the acts or the failure to act by any Foreign Sub-custodian, the Custodian shall take reasonable action to recover such costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, or claims from such Foreign Sub-custodian; provided that the Custodian’s sole liability in that regard shall be limited to amounts actually received by it from such Foreign Intermediaries (exclusive of related costs and expenses incurred by the Custodian). The Custodian shall have no responsibility for any act or omission (or the insolvency of) any Securities System (including an Eligible Securities Depository). In the event the Company incurs a loss due to the negligence, willful misconduct, or insolvency of a Securities System (including an Eligible Securities Depository), the Custodian shall make reasonable endeavors, in its discretion, to seek recovery from the Eligible Securities Depository.

 

7.                                      CERTAIN GENERAL TERMS

 

7.1                               No Duty to Examine Underlying Instruments.  Nothing herein shall obligate the Custodian to review or examine the terms of any underlying instrument, certificate, credit agreement, indenture, loan agreement, promissory note, or other financing document evidencing or governing any Security to determine the validity, sufficiency, marketability or enforceability of any Security (and shall have no responsibility for the genuineness or completeness thereof), or otherwise.

 

7.2                               Resolution of Discrepancies.  In the event of any discrepancy between the information set forth in any report provided by the Custodian to the Company and any information contained in the books or records of the Company, the Company shall promptly notify the Custodian thereof and the parties shall cooperate to diligently resolve the discrepancy.

 

7.3                               Improper Instructions.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Custodian shall not be obligated to take any action (or forebear from taking any action), which it reasonably determines to be contrary to the terms of this Agreement or applicable law.  In no instance shall the Custodian be obligated to provide services on any day that is not a Business Day.

 

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7.4                               Proper Instructions

 

(a)                                 The Company will give a notice to the Custodian, in form acceptable to the Custodian, specifying the names and specimen signatures of persons authorized to give Proper Instructions (collectively, “Authorized Persons” and each is an “Authorized Person”), which notice shall be signed by any two Authorized Persons previously certified to the Custodian.  The Custodian shall be entitled to rely upon the identity and authority of such persons until it receives written notice from two Authorized Persons of the Company to the contrary.  The initial Authorized Persons are set forth on Schedule B attached hereto and made a part hereof (as such Schedule B may be modified from time to time by written notice from the Company to the Custodian); and the Company hereby represents and warrants that the true and accurate specimen signatures of such initial Authorized Persons are set forth on Schedule B.

 

(b)                                 The Custodian shall have no responsibility or liability to the Company (or any other person or entity), and shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company, in the event that a subsequent written confirmation of an oral instruction fails to conform to the oral instructions received by the Custodian.  The Custodian shall not have an obligation to act in accordance with purported instructions to the extent that they conflict with applicable law or regulations, local market practice or the Custodian’s operating policies and practices. The Custodian shall not be liable for any loss resulting from a delay while it obtains clarification of any Proper Instructions.

 

7.5                               Actions Permitted Without Express Authority.  The Custodian may, at its discretion, without express authority from the Company:

 

(a)                                 make payments to itself as described in or pursuant to Section 3.9(b), or to make payments to itself or others for minor expenses of handling securities or other similar items relating to its duties under this Agreement; provided that (i) the Custodian shall have first invoiced or billed the Company for such amounts and the Company shall have failed to pay such amounts within thirty (30) days after the date of such invoice or bill, and (ii)  all such payments shall be regularly accounted for to the Company;

 

(b)                                 surrender Securities in temporary form for Securities in definitive form;

 

(c)                                  endorse for collection cheques, drafts and other negotiable instruments; and

 

(d)                                 in general attend to all nondiscretionary details in connection with the sale, exchange, substitution, purchase, transfer and other dealings with the securities and property of the Company.

 

7.6                               Evidence of Authority.  The Custodian shall be protected in acting upon any instructions, notice, request, consent, certificate, instrument or paper reasonably believed by it to be genuine and to have been properly executed or otherwise given by or on behalf of the Company by Authorized Persons.  The Custodian

 

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may receive and accept a certificate signed by any two Authorized Persons as conclusive evidence of:

 

(a)                                 the authority of any person to act in accordance with such certificate; or

 

(b)                                 any determination or action by the Company as described in such certificate,

 

and such certificate may be considered as in full force and effect until receipt by the Custodian of written notice to the contrary from two Authorized Persons of the Company.

 

7.7                               Receipt of Communications.  Any communication received by the Custodian on a day which is not a Business Day or after 4:30 p.m., Eastern time (or such other time as is agreed by the Company and the Custodian from time to time), on a Business Day will be deemed to have been received on the next Business Day (but in the case of communications so received after 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, on a Business Day the Custodian will use its best efforts to process such communications as soon as possible after receipt).

 

8.                                      COMPENSATION OF CUSTODIAN

 

8.1                               Fees.  The Custodian shall be entitled to compensation for its services in accordance with the terms of that certain fee letter dated on or about March 4, 2014.

 

8.2                               Expenses.  The Company agrees to pay or reimburse to the Custodian upon its request from time to time all costs, disbursements, advances, and expenses (including reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel) incurred, and any disbursements and advances made (including any Account overdraft resulting from any settlement or assumed settlement, provisional credit, chargeback, returned deposit item, reclaimed payment or claw-back, or the like), in connection with the preparation or execution of this Agreement or in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby or the administration of this Agreement or performance by the Custodian of its duties and services under this Agreement, from time to time (including costs and expenses of any action deemed necessary by the Custodian to collect any amounts owing to it under this Agreement).

 

9.                                      RESPONSIBILITY OF CUSTODIAN

 

9.1                               General Duties.  The Custodian shall have no duties, obligations or responsibilities under this Agreement or with respect to the Securities or Proceeds except for such duties as are expressly and specifically set forth in this Agreement, and the duties and obligations of the Custodian shall be determined solely by the express provisions of this Agreement.  No implied duties, obligations or responsibilities shall be read into this Agreement against, or on the part of, the Custodian.

 

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9.2                               Instructions

 

(a)                                 The Custodian shall be entitled to refrain from taking any action unless it has such instruction (in the form of Proper Instructions) from the Company as it reasonably deems necessary, and shall be entitled to require, upon notice to the Company, that Proper Instructions to it be in writing.  The Custodian shall have no liability for any action (or forbearance from action) taken pursuant to the Proper Instruction of the Company.

 

(b)                                 Whenever the Custodian is entitled or required to receive or obtain any communications or information pursuant to or as contemplated by this Agreement, it shall be entitled to receive the same in writing, in form, content and medium reasonably acceptable to it and otherwise in accordance with any applicable terms of this Agreement; and whenever any report or other information is required to be produced or distributed by the Custodian it shall be in form, content and medium reasonably acceptable to it and the Company and otherwise in accordance with any applicable terms of this Agreement.

 

9.3                               General Standards of Care.  Notwithstanding any terms herein contained to the contrary, the acceptance by the Custodian of its appointment hereunder is expressly subject to the following terms, which shall govern and apply to each of the terms and provisions of this Agreement (whether or not so stated therein):

 

(a)                                 The Custodian may rely on (and shall be protected in acting or refraining from acting in reliance upon) any written notice, instruction, statement, certificate, request, waiver, consent, opinion, report, receipt or other paper or document furnished to it (including any of the foregoing provided to it by telecopier or electronic means), not only as to its due execution and validity, but also as to the truth and accuracy of any information therein contained, which it in good faith believes to be genuine and signed or presented by the proper person (which in the case of any instruction from or on behalf of the Company shall be any two Authorized Persons); and the Custodian shall be entitled to presume the genuineness and due authority of any signature appearing thereon.  The Custodian shall not be bound to make any independent investigation into the facts or matters stated in any such notice, instruction, statement, certificate, request, waiver, consent, opinion, report, receipt or other paper or document; provided, however, that, if the form thereof is specifically prescribed by the terms of this Agreement, the Custodian shall examine the same to determine whether it substantially conforms on its face to such requirements hereof.

 

(b)                                 Neither the Custodian nor any of its directors, officers or employees shall be liable to anyone for any error of judgment, or for any act done or step taken or omitted to be taken by it (or any of its directors, officers of employees), or for any mistake of fact or law, or for anything which it may do or refrain from doing in connection herewith, unless such action or inaction constitutes gross negligence, willful misconduct or bad faith on its part and in breach of the terms of this Agreement.  The Custodian shall not be liable for any action taken by it in good faith and reasonably believed by it to be within powers conferred upon it, or taken by it pursuant to any direction or instruction by which it is governed hereunder, or

 

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omitted to be taken by it by reason of the lack of direction or instruction required hereby for such action.  Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, the Custodian shall not be under any obligation at any time to ascertain whether the Company is in compliance with the 1940 Act, the regulations thereunder, or the Company’s investment objectives and policies then in effect.

 

(c)                                  In no event shall the Custodian be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages (including lost profits) whether or not it has been advised of the likelihood of such damages.

 

(d)                                 Upon written notice to the Company, the Custodian may consult with, and obtain advice from, legal counsel selected in good faith with respect to any question as to any of the provisions hereof or its duties hereunder, or any matter relating hereto, and the written opinion or advice of such counsel shall be full and complete authorization and protection in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by the Custodian in good faith in accordance with the opinion and directions of such counsel; the reasonable cost of such services shall be reimbursed pursuant to Section 8.2 above.

 

(e)                                  The Custodian shall not be deemed to have notice of any fact, claim or demand with respect hereto unless actually known by an officer working in its Corporate Trust Services group and charged with responsibility for administering this Agreement or unless (and then only to the extent received) in writing by the Custodian at the applicable address(es) as set forth in Section 15 and specifically referencing this Agreement.

 

(f)                                   No provision of this Agreement shall require the Custodian to expend or risk its own funds, or to take any action (or forbear from action) hereunder which might in its judgment involve any expense or any financial or other liability unless it shall be furnished with acceptable indemnification.  Nothing herein shall obligate the Custodian to commence, prosecute or defend legal proceedings in any instance, whether on behalf of the Company or on its own behalf or otherwise, with respect to any matter arising hereunder, or relating to this Agreement or the services contemplated hereby.

 

(g)                                  The permissive right of the Custodian to take any action hereunder shall not be construed as duty.

 

(h)                                 The Custodian may act or exercise its duties or powers hereunder through agents (including for the avoidance of doubt, sub-custodians) or attorneys, and the Custodian shall not be liable or responsible for the actions or omissions of any such agent or attorney (i) appointed with the Company’s prior written consent specifically acknowledging such limitation of liability and (ii) maintained with reasonable due care.

 

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(i)                                     All indemnifications contained in this Agreement in favor of the Custodian shall survive the termination of this Agreement or earlier resignation or removal of the Custodian.

 

9.4                               Indemnification; Custodian’s Lien.

 

(a)                                 The Company shall and does hereby indemnify and hold harmless each of the Custodian, and any Foreign Sub-custodian appointed pursuant to Section 6.1 above, for and from any and all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses), and any and all losses, damages, claims and liabilities, that may arise, be brought against or incurred by the Custodian, and any advances or disbursements made by the Custodian (including in respect of any Account overdraft, returned deposit item, chargeback, provisional credit, settlement or assumed settlement, reclaimed payment, claw-back or the like), as a result of, relating to, or arising out of this Agreement, or the administration or performance of the Custodian’s duties hereunder, or the relationship between the Company (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Subsidiary) and the Custodian created hereby, other than such liabilities, losses, damages, claims, costs and expenses as are directly caused by the Custodian’s action or inaction constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct.

 

(b)                                 If the Company requires the Custodian, its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents, to advance cash or securities for any purpose (including but not limited to securities settlements, foreign exchange contracts and assumed settlement) or in the event that the Custodian or its nominee shall incur or be assessed any taxes, charges, expenses, assessments, claims or liabilities in connection with the performance of this Agreement, except such as may arise from its or its nominee’s own gross negligent action, grossly negligent failure to act or willful misconduct, or if the Company fails to compensate or pay the Custodian pursuant to Section 8.1 or Section 9.4 hereof, any cash at any time held for the account of the Company shall be security therefor and should the Company fail to repay the Custodian promptly (or, if specified, within the time frame provided herein), the Custodian shall be entitled to utilize available cash to the extent necessary to obtain reimbursement

 

9.5                               Force Majeure.  Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Custodian shall be without liability to the Company for any damage or loss resulting from or caused by events or circumstances beyond the Custodian’s reasonable control, including nationalization, expropriation, currency restrictions, the interruption, disruption or suspension of the normal procedures and practices of any securities market, power, mechanical, communications or other technological failures or interruptions, computer viruses or the like, fires, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters, civil and military disturbance, acts of war or terrorism, riots, revolution, acts of God, work stoppages, strikes, national disasters of any kind, or other similar events or acts; errors by the Company (including any Authorized Person) in its instructions to the Custodian; or changes in applicable law, regulation or orders.

 

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10.                               SECURITY CODES

 

If the Custodian issues to the Company security codes, passwords or test keys in order that it may verify that certain transmissions of information, including Proper Instructions, have been originated by the Company, the Company shall take commercially reasonable steps to safeguard any security codes, passwords, test keys or other security devices that the Custodian shall make available.

 

11.                               TAX LAW

 

11.1                        Domestic Tax Law.  The Custodian shall have no responsibility or liability for any obligations now or hereafter imposed on the Company, or the Custodian as custodian of the Securities or the Proceeds, by the tax law of the United States or any state or political subdivision thereof.  The Custodian shall be kept indemnified by and be without liability to the Company for such obligations including taxes (but excluding any income taxes assessable in respect of compensation paid to the Custodian pursuant to this Agreement), withholding, certification and reporting requirements, claims for exemption or refund, additions for late payment interest, penalties and other expenses (including legal expenses) that may be assessed against the Company, or the Custodian as custodian of the Securities or Proceeds.

 

11.2                        Foreign Tax Law.  It shall be the responsibility of the Company to notify the Custodian of the obligations imposed on the Company, or the Custodian as custodian of any Foreign Securities or related Proceeds, by the tax law of foreign (i.e., non-U.S.) jurisdictions, including responsibility for withholding and other taxes, assessments or other government charges, certifications and government reporting. The sole responsibility of the Custodian with regard to such tax law shall be to use reasonable efforts to cooperate with the Company with respect to any claims for exemption or refund under the tax law of the jurisdictions for which the Company has provided such information.

 

12.                               EFFECTIVE PERIOD, TERMINATION

 

12.1                        Effective Date.  This Agreement shall become effective as of its due execution and delivery by each of the parties.  This Agreement shall continue in full force and effect until terminated as hereinafter provided.  This Agreement may be terminated by the Custodian or the Company pursuant to Section 12.2.

 

12.2                        Termination.  This Agreement shall terminate upon the earliest of (a) occurrence of the effective date of termination specified in any written notice of termination given by either party to the other not later than sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of termination specified therein, (b) such other date of termination as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties in writing.

 

12.3                        Resignation.  The Custodian may at any time resign under this Agreement by giving not less than sixty (60) days advance written notice thereof to the Company.  The Company may at any time remove the Custodian under this

 

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Agreement by giving not less than sixty (60) days advance written notice thereof to the Custodian.

 

12.4                        Successor.  Prior to the effective date of termination of this Agreement, or the effective date of the resignation or removal of the Custodian, as the case may be, the Company shall give Proper Instruction to the Custodian designating a successor Custodian, if applicable. The Custodian shall, upon receipt of Proper Instruction from the Company (i) deliver directly to the successor Custodian all Securities (other than Securities held in a Book-Entry System or Securities Depository) and cash then owned by the Company and held by the Custodian as custodian, and (ii) transfer any Securities held in a Book-Entry System or Securities Depository to an account of or for the benefit of the Company at the successor Custodian, provided that the Company shall have paid to the Custodian all fees, expenses and other amounts to the payment or reimbursement of which it shall then be entitled. In addition, the Custodian shall, at the expense of the Company, transfer to such successor all relevant books, records, correspondence, and other data established or maintained by the Custodian under this Agreement (if such form differs from the form in which the Custodian has maintained the same, the Company shall pay any expenses associated with transferring the data to such form), and will cooperate in the transfer of such duties and responsibilities. Upon such delivery and transfer, the Custodian shall be relieved of all obligations under this Agreement.

 

12.5                        Payment of Fees, etc.  Upon termination of this Agreement or resignation or removal of the Custodian, the Company shall pay to the Custodian such compensation, and shall likewise reimburse the Custodian for its costs, expenses and disbursements, as may be due as of the date of such termination or resignation (or removal, as the case may be).  All indemnifications in favor of the Custodian under this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement, or any resignation or removal of the Custodian.

 

12.6                        Final Report.  In the event of any resignation or removal of the Custodian, the Custodian shall provide to the Company a complete final report or data file transfer of any Confidential Information as of the date of such resignation or removal.

 

13.                               REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

13.1                        Representations of the Company.  The Company represents and warrants to the Custodian that:

 

(a)                                 it has the power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement, and it has duly authorized, executed and delivered this Agreement so as to constitute its valid and binding obligation; and

 

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(b)                                 in giving any instructions which purport to be “Proper Instructions” under this Agreement, the Company will act in accordance with the provisions of its certificate of incorporation and bylaws and any applicable laws and regulations.

 

13.2                        Representations of the Custodian.  The Custodian hereby represents and warrants to the Company that:

 

(a)                                 it is qualified to act as a custodian pursuant to Sections 17(f) and 26(a)(1) of the 1940 Act;

 

(b)                                 it has the power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement;

 

(c)                                  it has duly authorized, executed and delivered this Agreement so as to constitute its valid and binding obligations; and

 

(d)                                 it maintains business continuity policies and standards that include data file backup and recovery procedures that comply with all applicable regulatory requirements.

 

14.                               PARTIES IN INTEREST; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFIT

 

This Agreement is not intended for, and shall not be construed to be intended for, the benefit of any third parties and may not be relied upon or enforced by any third parties (other than successors and permitted assigns pursuant to Section 19).

 

15.                               NOTICES

 

Any Proper Instructions (to the extent given by hand, mail, courier, electronic mail or telecopier) shall be given to the following address (or such other address as either party may designate by written notice to the other party), and otherwise any notices, approvals and other communications hereunder shall be sufficient if made in writing and given to the parties at the following address (or such other address as either of them may subsequently designate by notice to the other), given by (i) hand, (ii) certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, (iii) recognized courier or delivery service, or (iv) confirmed telecopier or telex, or by electronic mail:

 

(a)                                 if to the Company or any Subsidiary, to

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation

787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor

New York, New York 10019

Attention: David Cordova

Tel:   212-220-3546

Fax:   646-224-8942

Email:  [email protected]

 

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(b)                                 if to the Custodian (other than in its role as Document Custodian), to

 

U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services

One Federal Street, 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Ref: New Mountain Finance Corporation

Attention:  Peter Murphy

Email: [email protected]

 

(c)                                  if to the Custodian solely in its role as Document Custodian, to

 

U.S. Bank National Association

1719 Otis Way

Florence, South Carolina 29501

Mail Code:

Ref: New Mountain Finance Corporation

Attention: Steven Garrett

Fax No.:  (843) 673-0162

Email:  [email protected]

 

16.                               CHOICE OF LAW AND JURISDICTION

 

This Agreement shall be construed, and the provisions thereof interpreted under and in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of New York for all purposes (without regard to its choice of law provisions); except to the extent such laws are inconsistent with federal securities laws, including the 1940 Act, in which case such federal securities laws shall govern.

 

17.                               ENTIRE AGREEMENT; COUNTERPARTS

 

17.1                        Complete Agreement.  This Agreement constitutes the complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with regard to the matters addressed herein and supersedes and terminates, as of the date hereof, all prior agreements or understandings, oral or written, between the parties to this Agreement relating to such matters.

 

17.2                        Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts and all counterparts taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

17.3                        Facsimile Signatures.  The exchange of copies of this Agreement and of signature pages by facsimile transmission or pdf shall constitute effective execution and delivery of this Agreement as to the parties and may be used in lieu of the original

 

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Agreement for all purposes.  Signatures of the parties transmitted by facsimile or pdf shall be deemed to be their original signatures for all purposes.

 

18.                               AMENDMENT; WAIVER

 

18.1                        Amendment.  This Agreement may not be amended except by an express written instrument duly executed by each of the Company and the Custodian.

 

18.2                        Waiver.  In no instance shall any delay or failure to act be deemed to be or effective as a waiver of any right, power or term hereunder, unless and except to the extent such waiver is set forth in an express written instrument signed by the party against whom it is to be charged.

 

19.                               SUCCESSOR AND ASSIGNS

 

19.1                        Successors Bound.  The covenants and agreements set forth herein shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of each of the parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns.  Neither party shall be permitted to assign their rights under this Agreement without the written consent of the other party; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not limit the ability of the Custodian to delegate certain duties or services to or perform them through agents or attorneys appointed with due care as expressly provided in this Agreement.

 

19.2                        Merger and Consolidation.  Any corporation or association into which the Custodian may be merged or converted or with which it may be consolidated, or any corporation or association resulting from any merger, conversion or consolidation to which the Custodian shall be a party, or any corporation or association to which the Custodian transfers all or substantially all of its corporate trust business, shall be the successor of the Custodian hereunder, and shall succeed to all of the rights, powers and duties of the Custodian hereunder, without the execution or filing of any paper or any further act on the part of any of the parties hereto.

 

20.                               SEVERABILITY

 

The terms of this Agreement are hereby declared to be severable, such that if any term hereof is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such determination shall not affect the remaining terms.

 

21.                               REQUEST FOR INSTRUCTIONS

 

If, in performing its duties under this Agreement, the Custodian is required to decide between alternative courses of action, the Custodian may (but shall not be obliged to) request written instructions from the Company as to the course of action desired by it.  If the Custodian does not receive such instructions within two (2) Business Days after it has requested them, the Custodian may, but shall be under no duty to, take or refrain from taking any such courses of action.  The Custodian shall act in accordance with instructions received from the Company in response to

 

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such request after such two-Business Day period except to the extent it has already taken, or committed itself to take, action inconsistent with such instructions.

 

22.                               OTHER BUSINESS

 

Nothing herein shall prevent the Custodian or any of its affiliates from engaging in other business, or from entering into any other transaction or financial or other relationship with, or receiving fees from or from rendering services of any kind to the Company or any other Person.  Nothing contained in this Agreement shall constitute the Company and/or the Custodian (and/or any other Person) as members of any partnership, joint venture, association, syndicate, unincorporated business or similar assignment as a result of or by virtue of the engagement or relationship established by this Agreement.

 

23.                               REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

 

This Agreement and all schedules, exhibits, attachments and amendment hereto may be reproduced by any photographic, photostatic, microfilm, micro-card, miniature photographic or other similar process.  The parties hereto each agree that any such reproduction shall be admissible in evidence as the original itself in any judicial or administrative proceeding, whether or not the original is in existence and whether or not such reproduction was made by a party in the regular course of business, and that any enlargement, facsimile or further production shall likewise be admissible in evidence.

 

24.                               MISCELLANEOUS

 

The Company acknowledges receipt of the following notice:

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT.

 

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.  For a non-individual person such as a business entity, a charity, a trust or other legal entity the Custodian will ask for documentation to verify its formation and existence as a legal entity.  The Custodian may also ask to see financial statements, licenses, identification and authorization documents from individuals claiming authority to represent the entity or other relevant documentation.”

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties has caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered by a duly authorized officer, intending the same to take effect as of the date first written above.

 

Witness:

 

NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORPORATION

 

 

 

/s/ Karrie J. Jerry

 

By:

/s/ David Cordova

Name: Karrie J. Jerry

 

 

Name: David Cordova

Title: Compliance Vice President

 

 

Title: CFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witness:

 

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

/s/ Peter Murphy

 

By:

/s/ Ralph J. Creasia, Jr.

Name: Peter Murphy

 

 

Name: Ralph J. Creasia, Jr.

Title: Vice President

 

 

Title: Vice President

 

[Signature Page to Custody Agreement]

 



 

SCHEDULE A

 

(Trade Confirmation)

 

Trade Ticket - Subscription

 

Trade Number:

Transaction Type:

 

TradeDate

SettleDate

CUSIP

Issuer Description

Investment ID

Investment Description

Maturity Date

Coupon Rate

Moody’s Industry

Moody’s Rating

S&P Industry

S&P Rating

Capital Structure Rank

Custodian

Custodian Account

Account Number

Broker

DTC# / EuroClear

Sale Reason

Security Country

Quantity

Price

Total Commission

SEC Fee

TradeExpenses

Principal Amount

Accrued Interest

Setttlement Amount

Security Currency

Trade Remarks

 

AdditionalComment

 

 

Entered By

 

 

Trader

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized Signatory

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE B

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZED PERSONS

 

Each of the undersigned hereby certifies that he/she is the duly elected and acting CEO, President and Director and CAO and Director, respectively, of New Mountain Finance Corporation (the “Client”), and further certifies that the following officers or employees of the Client have been duly authorized to deliver Proper Instructions to the Custodian pursuant to the Agreement between the Client and Custodian dated March 31, 2014, and that the signatures appearing opposite their names are true and correct:

 

Robert A. Hamwee

 

CEO, President & Director

 

/s/ Robert A. Hamwee

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

Adam B. Weinstein

 

CAO & Director

 

/s/ Adam B. Weinstein

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

Steven B. Klinsky

 

Chairman of the Board

 

/s/ Steven B. Klinsky

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Title

 

Signature

 

This certificate supersedes any certificate of Authorized Persons you may currently have on file.

 

 

By:

/s/ Robert A. Hamwee

 

Title: CEO, President and Director

 

 

 

 

 

Date: March 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Adam B. Weinstein

 

Title: CAO and Director

 

 

 

 

 

Date: March 31, 2014

 



 

SCHEDULE C

 

Persons Authorized to Confirm Instructions by call-back

 

The following persons are authorized by the Company to confirm instructions to the Custodian:

 

Name

 

Telephone Number

 

Email

Robert A. Hamwee

 

212.220.5057

 

[email protected]

Adam B. Weinstein

 

212.220.4247

 

[email protected]

James W. Stone III

 

212.655.0078

 

[email protected]

John R. Kline*

 

212.720.0309

 

[email protected]

 


*John R. Kline should be the primary call back person.

 



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Section 4: EX-99.(L)(2) (EX-99.(L)(2))


Exhibit (l)(2)

 

[Letterhead of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP]

 

April 11, 2014

 

New Mountain Finance Corporation

787 Seventh Avenue, 48th Floor

New York, NY 10019

 

Re:                             New Mountain Finance Corporation
Registration Statement on Form N-2

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have acted as counsel to New Mountain Finance Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the preparation and filing by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) of a registration statement on Form N-2 on June 28, 2013 (as amended from time to time, the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), with respect to the offer, issuance and sale from time to time pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”).  The Registration Statement provides that the Common Stock may be issued from time to time in amounts, at prices, and on terms to be set forth in one or more supplements to the final prospectus included in the Registration Statement at the time it becomes effective.

 

This opinion letter is rendered in connection with the issuance and sale by the Company of up to 4,025,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock (the “Shares”), as described in the prospectus supplement, dated as of April 9, 2014, filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497 under the Securities Act (the “Prospectus Supplement”). The Shares are being sold by the Company pursuant to an underwriting agreement, dated as of April 9, 2014, by and among the Company, New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C., New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C., and New Mountain Finance Administration L.L.C. and Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriting Agreement”).

 

As counsel to the Company, we have participated in the preparation of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus Supplement and have examined the originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction as being true copies, of the following:

 

(i)                                     The Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as amended by the Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office thereto, certified as of a recent date by the Delaware Secretary of State;

 



 

(ii)                                  The Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;

 

(iii)                               A Certificate of Good Standing with respect to the Company issued by the Delaware Secretary of State as of a recent date; and

 

(iv)                              The resolutions of the board of directors of the Company, or a duly authorized committee thereof, relating to, among other things, (a) the authorization and approval of the preparation and filing of the Registration Statement, and (b) the authorization of the issuance, offer and sale of the Shares pursuant to the Registration Statement, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company.

 

With respect to such examination and our opinion expressed herein, we have assumed, without any independent investigation or verification, (i) the genuineness of all signatures on all documents submitted to us for examination, (ii) the legal capacity of all natural persons, (iii) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, (iv) the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as conformed or reproduced copies and the authenticity of the originals of such copied documents, and (v) that all certificates issued by public officials have been properly issued. We also have assumed without independent investigation or verification the accuracy and completeness of all corporate records made available to us by the Company.

 

As to certain matters of fact relevant to the opinions in this opinion letter, we have relied upon certificates of public officials (which we have assumed remain accurate as of the date of this opinion), upon certificates and/or representations of officers and employees of the Company, upon such other certificates as we deemed appropriate, and upon such other data as we have deemed to be appropriate under the circumstances.  We have not independently established the facts, or in the case of certificates of public officials, the other statements, so relied upon.

 

The opinions set forth below are limited to the effect of the Delaware General Corporation Law, as in effect on the date hereof, and we express no opinion as to the applicability or effect of any other laws of such jurisdiction or the laws of any other jurisdictions.  Without limiting the preceding sentence, we express no opinion as to any state securities or broker-dealer laws or regulations thereunder relating to the offer, issuance and sale of the Shares.

 

On the basis of and subject to the foregoing, and in reliance thereon, and subject to the limitations and qualifications set forth in this opinion letter, we are of the opinion that the Shares have been duly authorized for issuance and, when issued and paid for in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Underwriting Agreement, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

The opinions expressed in this opinion letter (i) are strictly limited to the matters stated in this opinion letter, and without limiting the foregoing, no other opinions are to be implied and (ii)

 

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are only as of the date of this opinion letter, and we are under no obligation, and do not undertake, to advise the addressee of this opinion letter or any other person or entity either of any change of law or fact that occurs, or of any fact that comes to our attention, after the date of this opinion letter, even though such change or such fact may affect the legal analysis or a legal conclusion in this opinion letter.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. We do not admit by giving this consent that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

/s/ SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP

 

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Section 5: EX-99.(N)(6) (EX-99.(N)(6))


Exhibit (n)(6)

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We consent to the use in this Prospectus Supplement to the Post-Effective Amendment No. 2 to Registration Statement Nos. 333-189706 and 333-189707 on Form N-2 of our reports dated March 5, 2014 relating to the consolidated financial statements of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. and the financial statements of New Mountain Finance Corporation and New Mountain Finance AIV Holdings Corporation, and the effectiveness of New Mountain Finance Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting, and our report dated March 5, 2014 relating to the information New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. set forth under the heading “Senior Securities” appearing in the Prospectus Supplement, and to the reference to us under the headings “Selected Financial and Other Data”, “Senior Securities” and “Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” in such Prospectus Supplement.

 

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

 

 

New York, New York

 

April 9, 2014

 

 



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Section 6: EX-99.(N)(7) (EX-99.(N)(7))


Exhibit (n)(7)

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C.:

 

We have audited the consolidated statements of assets, liabilities and members’ capital of New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. (the “Entity”), including the consolidated schedules of investments, as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in members’ capital, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013, and have issued our report dated March 5, 2014 (included elsewhere in this Registration Statement).  Our audit also included the information as of December 31, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, appearing under the caption “Senior Securities”.  This information is the responsibility of the Entity’s management. The information as of December 31, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, appearing under the caption “Senior Securities” has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in our audit of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the financial statements from which it has been derived.

 

 

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

 

 

New York, New York

 

March 5, 2014

 

 



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