now working to prepare settlement documentation. The settlement is subject to Court approval which, unless waived, is also required to satisfy the condition to the closing of the Merger. The remaining Securities Litigation cases, which include the claims brought by plaintiffs in connection with the Company’s private placement offerings, remain pending.
Parent and the Company have agreed that, if the Company determines that it does not reasonably expect the Securities Litigation to be finally dismissed with prejudice or settled in a manner reasonably satisfactory to Parent by the termination date of December 6, 2017 (as such date may be extended to March 6, 2018 pursuant to the Merger Agreement), the Company may offer a merger consideration holdback. On October 5, 2017, the Company notified Parent that it intends to offer such a holdback if, prior to the termination date, the Company is not able to settle on satisfactory terms the Securities Litigation. If the Company offers a merger consideration holdback, the Company and Parent have agreed to negotiate in good faith and agree the implementation of a mechanism for the holdback that will allow for the removal of the dismissal or settlement of the Securities Litigation as a condition to the closing of the Merger and provide for representatives of the pre-closing stockholders of the Company to jointly, together with the Company, control the litigation, settlement or other resolution of the Securities Litigation (which may include litigating the Securities Litigation to conclusion) following the closing. Any such holdback mechanism must be consistent with the principle that Parent shall bear no risk for any net out-of-pocket costs of the Company and its subsidiaries incurred to resolve the Securities Litigation and the whistleblower claims described below. Parent has advised that it does not intend to waive this requirement or the condition to closing related to the dismissal or settlement of the Securities Litigation. Any offer by the Company that is consistent with the requirements set forth in this paragraph will be deemed to satisfy the condition to closing related to the dismissal or settlement of the Securities Litigation.
If the merger consideration holdback is implemented, then, at the closing of the Merger, the per share merger consideration will be reduced proportionately based on the aggregate amount of the holdback, and stockholders will be issued one contingent value right for each share held as of the closing, with the contingent value rights to represent a proportionate share of the difference between the holdback amount and the aggregate net out-of-pocket costs to the Company of the settlement or other resolution of the Securities Litigation. The amount of any holdback, if implemented, would be determined at a later date and stockholders would be asked to approve and adopt an amended merger agreement that reflects the holdback, contingent value right and reduced cash per share that would be paid at closing. The aggregate amount of any merger consideration holdback, the timing of any settlement or other resolution of the Securities Litigation (which may include litigating the Securities Litigation to conclusion) and any payment in respect of contingent value rights will depend on the results of ongoing mediation between the Company and the plaintiffs in the Securities Litigation as well as any negotiations between the Company and Parent.
Approval of the Merger from the Malaysian Sustainable Energy Development Authority was obtained on May 29, 2017, approval of the Merger from the Brazilian Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica was obtained on May 31, 2017, approval of the Merger from the South African Competition Commission was obtained on July 26, 2017 and approval of the Merger from the South African Department of Energy was obtained with respect to two out of the three projects the Company owns in South Africa on August 4, 2017 and with respect to the third project the Company owns in South Africa on October 5, 2017. The foregoing approvals constitute all of the regulatory approvals required to complete the Merger.
The Company filed a Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A on October 10, 2017, and has scheduled a special meeting of the stockholders of its Class A and Class B common stock to be held on November 13, 2017 for the stockholders to vote upon a proposal to adopt and approve the Merger Agreement and a proposal to adjourn the special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes at the time of the special meeting to adopt and approve the Merger Agreement.
Each of the Company, Parent and Merger Sub has made customary representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement. The Company has also agreed to various agreements and covenants, including, among others, and subject to certain exceptions, to conduct its business in the ordinary course between execution of the Merger Agreement and closing of the Merger and not to engage in certain specified types of transactions during such period.
In addition, the Company is subject to a “no change of recommendation” restriction limiting its ability to change its recommendation in respect of the Merger except as permitted by the Merger Agreement and a “no shop” restriction on its ability to solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties and to provide information to, and engage in discussions with, third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals.
The Merger Agreement contains specified termination rights, including the right for each of the Company and Parent to terminate the Merger Agreement if the Merger is not consummated by December 6, 2017 (subject to a three-month extension under certain circumstances at the discretion of either the Company or Parent). The Merger Agreement provides for other