|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 10/12/2018|
effective in providing reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of the Companys financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company has disclosed as of the date hereof, based on the most recent evaluation of its Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer prior to the date of this Agreement, to the Companys auditors and the audit committee of the Company Board (x) any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the design or operation of its internal controls over financial reporting that are reasonably likely to materially affect the Companys ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial information and (y) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees of the Company or any Subsidiary who have a significant role in the Companys internal control over financial reporting, and each such deficiency, weakness and fraud so disclosed to auditors, if any, has been disclosed to Parent prior to the date of this Agreement. As used in this Agreement, the terms significant deficiency and material weakness have the meanings assigned to such terms in Auditing Standard No. 5 of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board as in effect on the date of this Agreement.
(d) The consolidated financial statements of the Company and the Subsidiaries included in, or incorporated by reference into, the Company Reports, including the related notes and schedules (the Company Financial Statements), (i) comply as to form in all material respects with the applicable accounting requirements and the published rules and regulations of the SEC with respect thereto, (ii) have been prepared in accordance with GAAP applied on a consistent basis during the periods involved (except as indicated in the notes thereto) and (iii) fairly present, or, in the case of consolidated balance sheets included in or incorporated by reference into the Company Reports filed after the date of this Agreement, will fairly present, in each case in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of the respective dates thereof and each of the consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), equity, and cash flows included in or incorporated by reference into the Company Reports (including any related notes and schedules) fairly presents, or in the case of consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), equity, and cash flows included in or incorporated by reference into Company Reports filed after the date of this Agreement, will fairly present, in each case in all material respects, the results of operations, retained earnings (loss), and changes in financial position for the periods set forth therein (subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to the absence of notes and to normal year-end audit adjustments), in each case in accordance with GAAP (except, in the case of the unaudited statements, to the extent permitted by the SEC) consistently applied during the periods involved, except as may be noted therein or in the notes thereto.
(e) None of the Company or any Subsidiary is a party to, or has any commitment to become a party to, any joint venture, off-balance sheet partnership or any similar contract or arrangement, including any contract relating to any transaction or relationship between or among the Company or any Subsidiary, on the one hand, and any unconsolidated Affiliate of the Company or any Subsidiary, including any structured finance, special purpose or limited purpose entity or Person, on the other hand, or any off-balance sheet arrangements (as defined in Item 303(a) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act) where the result, purpose or effect is to avoid disclosure of any material transaction involving, or material liabilities of, the Company or any Subsidiary in the Companys or such Subsidiarys audited financial statements or other Company Reports.
5.6. Absence of Certain Changes. From and after December 31, 2017 through the date of this Agreement, (a) the Company and its Subsidiaries have, except in connection with matters relating to this Agreement and the Companys review of strategic alternatives or the conclusion thereof, conducted their business in all material respects in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, (b) there has not been any Material Adverse Effect or any event, circumstance, change, effect, development, condition or occurrence that would reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect and (c) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has taken any action that would be prohibited by Section 7.1(b)(iii) (other than the execution and delivery of this Agreement), (iv), (vii), (viii), (ix), (xii), (xiii), (xiv), or (xvi) if taken after the date hereof.
(a) Except as would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, as of the date of this Agreement, (i) there are no civil, criminal, or administrative