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TOC | 1 General Definitions | 2 Option Transactions | 3 Exercise of Options | 4 Forward Transactions | 5 Equity Swap Transactions | 6 Valuation | 7 Settlement | 8 Cash Settlement | 9 Physical Settlement | 10 Dividends | 11 Adjustments and Modifications | 12 Extraordinary Events · 12.8 Cancellation Amount · 12.9 Additional Disruption Events · 12.9 List of ADEs · 12.9(b) Consequences of ADEs | 13 Miscellaneous

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Section 12.3 in a Nutshell
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12.3. Consequences of Tender Offers. If “Tender Offer” applies, then if, under “Consequences of Tender Offers” for “Share-for-Share”, “Share-for-Other” or “Share-for-Combined”, the specified consequence is:

12.3(a)Cancellation and Payment”, then the Transaction in question will be cancelled as of the Tender Offer Date and:
(i) Under an Option Transaction, Seller will pay Buyer the amount calculated under Section 12.7(b), and
(ii) Under a Forward Transaction or a Equity Swap Transaction one party will pay to the other the amount calculated under Section 12.7(c);
12.3(b)Options Exchange Adjustment”, then following each adjustment to the settlement terms of any relevant Options Exchange-traded options, the Calculation Agent will make adjustments per Section 11.2(b) (ignoring the words “diluting or concentrative” in the second sentence);
12.3(c)Calculation Agent Adjustment”, then, following the Tender Offer Date the Issuer and the Shares will not change, but the Calculation Agent shall either:
(i) adjust the Transaction to account for the economic effect of the Tender Offer on the Transaction (but not solely for changes in volatility, expected dividends, stock loan rate or liquidity on the Shares), which it may do by reference to corresponding adjustments made by an options exchange to options on the Shares and determine the effective date of that adjustment, or
(ii) if it determines that no adjustment under (i) would produce a commercially reasonable result, notify the parties that the Transaction will terminate and “Cancellation and Payment” will apply and will be calculated under Section 12.7 (for Option Transactions as if “Calculation Agent Determination” applied;
12.3(d) If “Modified Calculation Agent Adjustment (Tender Offers)” is specified then, after the Tender Offer Date, Calculation Agent will either (i) adjust the Transaction to account for the economic effect of the Tender Offer in its determination, or (ii) if that would not produce a commercially reasonable result, terminate the Transaction, in which case “Cancellation and Payment” will under Section 12.7 (and for an Option Transaction, “Calculation Agent Determination” will apply).
12.3(e)Partial Cancellation and Payment”, then the portion of a Share Basket Transaction represented by Affected Shares will be cancelled as of the Tender Offer Date, the amount calculated under Section 12.7 for such Affected Shares will be paid by one party to the other, the Share Basket Transaction will continue with the Basket comprising the remaining Shares, and the Calculation Agent will adjust any terms if necessary to preserve as nearly as practicable the economic terms of the Transaction for the remaining Shares; or
12.3(f)Component Adjustment”, then for a Share-for-Combined Tender Offer:
(i) “Share-for-Share” will apply to the part of the consideration comprising New Shares and
(ii)“Share-for-Other” will apply to the part of the consideration comprising Other Consideration.

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Section 12.3. Consequences of Tender Offers. If “Tender Offer” is specified in the related Confirmation to be applicable to a Transaction, then if, under “Consequences of Tender Offers” in relation to “Share-for-Share”, “Share-for-Other” or “Share-for-Combined”, the consequence specified in the related Confirmation is:

12.3(a)Cancellation and Payment”, then (i) in the case of an Option Transaction, the Option Transaction will be cancelled as of the Tender Offer Date and Seller will pay to Buyer the amount calculated in accordance with Section 12.7(b), and (ii) in the case of a Forward Transaction or an Equity Swap Transaction, the Forward Transaction or the Equity Swap Transaction will be cancelled as of the Tender Offer Date and an amount calculated in accordance with Section 12.7(c) will be paid by one party to the other;
12.3(b)Options Exchange Adjustment”, then following each adjustment to the settlement terms of options on any relevant Shares traded on any Options Exchange, the Calculation Agent will make one or more adjustments as provided in Section 11.2(b) (without regard to the words “diluting or concentrative” in the second sentence);
12.3(c)Calculation Agent Adjustment”, then, on or after the relevant Tender Offer Date the Issuer and the Shares will not change, but the Calculation Agent shall either
(i)
(A) make such adjustment to the exercise, settlement, payment or any other terms of the Transaction as the Calculation Agent determines appropriate to account for the economic effect on the Transaction of such Tender Offer (provided that no adjustments will be made to account solely for changes in volatility, expected dividends, stock loan rate or liquidity relevant to the Shares or to the Transaction), which may, but need not, be determined by reference to the adjustment(s) made in respect of such Tender Offer by an options exchange to options on the relevant Shares traded on such options exchange and
(B) determine the effective date of that adjustment, or
(ii) if the Calculation Agent determines that no adjustment that it could make under (i) will produce a commercially reasonable result, notify the parties that the relevant consequence shall be the termination of the Transaction, in which case “Cancellation and Payment” will be deemed to apply and any payment to be made by one party to the other shall be calculated in accordance with Section 12.7, and in respect of an Option Transaction, the Calculation Agent shall determine the amount of such payment as if “Calculation Agent Determination” applied to the Option Transaction;
12.3(d)Modified Calculation Agent Adjustment (Tender Offers)” then, on or after the relevant Tender Offer Date, the Issuer and the Shares will not change, but the Calculation Agent shall either (i)(A) make such adjustment to the exercise, settlement, payment or any other terms of the Transaction (including, without limitation, the spread) as the Calculation Agent determines appropriate to account for the economic effect on the Transaction of such Tender Offer (including adjustments to account for changes in volatility, expected dividends, stock loan rate or liquidity relevant to the Shares or to the Transaction), which may, but need not, be determined by reference to the adjustment(s) made in respect of such Tender Offer by an options exchange to options on the relevant Shares traded on such options exchange and (B) determine the effective date of that adjustment, or (ii) if the Calculation Agent determines that no adjustment that it could make under (i) will produce a commercially reasonable result, notify the parties that the relevant consequence shall be the termination of the Transaction, in which case “Cancellation and Payment” will be deemed to apply and any payment to be made by one party to the other shall be calculated in accordance with Section 12.7, and in respect of an Option Transaction, the Calculation Agent shall determine the amount of such payment as if “Calculation Agent Determination” applied to the Option Transaction;
12.3(e)Partial Cancellation and Payment”, then, in respect of a Share Basket Transaction, that portion of the Share Basket Transaction represented by Affected Shares will be cancelled as of the Tender Offer Date, the amount calculated in accordance with Section 12.7 in respect of such Affected Shares will be paid by one party to the other, the remainder of the Share Basket Transaction will continue with the Basket comprising Shares that are not Affected Shares, and the Calculation Agent will adjust any relevant terms if necessary to preserve as nearly as practicable the economic terms of the Transaction for the remaining Shares; or
12.3(f)Component Adjustment”, then, in respect of a Share-for-Combined Tender Offer, the consequence specified opposite “Share-for-Share” shall apply to that portion of the consideration that consists of New Shares (as determined by the Calculation Agent) and the consequence specified opposite “Share-for-Other” shall apply to that portion of the consideration that consists of Other Consideration (as determined by the Calculation Agent).

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Section 12.3. Consequences of Tender Offers

12.3(a) Cancellation and Payment (Tender Offers)
12.3(b) Options Exchange Adjustment (Tender Offers)
12.3(c) Calculation Agent Adjustment (Tender Offers)
12.3(d) Modified Calculation Agent Adjustment (Tender Offers)
12.3(e) Partial Cancellation and Payment (Tender Offers)
12.3(f) Component Adjustment (Tender Offers)

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Summary

A comparison reveals that the consequences for Merger Events under Section 12.2 and Tender Offers under Section 12.3 are, but for the section about alternative Obligations, effectively the same, belying unnecessary semantic complication in the structure of this document, if you are interested in that kind of thing. (Most legal eagles aren’t, we tend to find.)
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