|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 10/12/2018|
the Company or its Subsidiaries to permit any access to any of its employees, properties, books, contracts, and records or its business, properties, and personnel, or to permit any inspection, review, sampling, or audit, or to disclose or otherwise make available any information that, in the reasonable judgment of the Company, would (i) unreasonably disrupt the operations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) result in the disclosure of any trade secrets of a third party or violate any obligations of confidentiality of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to a third party if the Company will have used reasonable best efforts to obtain the consent of such third party to such disclosure (provided that the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to allow for access or disclosure to the extent that does not result in the disclosure of any trade secrets or violation of the confidentiality obligations) or (iii) be expected to cause the loss or waiver of the protection of any attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, or other relevant legal privilege (provided that the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to allow for access or disclosure to the extent that does not result in a loss of attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, or other relevant legal privilege). Notwithstanding the foregoing, Parent and its Representatives will not be permitted to perform any on-site procedures (including an on-site environmental or other study or any sampling) with respect to any property of the Company or its Subsidiaries without the Companys prior written consent, which may be withheld in the Companys sole and absolute discretion. All requests for information made pursuant to this Section 7.6 must be directed to the executive officer or other Person designated by the Company. All information exchanged or made available will be governed by the terms of the Confidentiality Agreement.
(c) To the extent that any of the information or material furnished pursuant to this Section 7.6 or otherwise in accordance with the terms of this Agreement may include material subject to the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine or any other applicable privilege concerning pending or threatened legal proceedings or governmental investigations, the parties understand and agree that they have a commonality of interest with respect to such matters and it is their desire, intention and mutual understanding that the sharing of such material is not intended to, and will not, waive or diminish in any way the confidentiality of such material or its continued protection under the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine or other applicable privilege. All such information that is entitled to protection under the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine or other applicable privilege will remain entitled to such protection under these privileges, this Agreement, and under the joint defense doctrine.
(d) Parent and Merger Sub will not, and each will cause its respective Representatives not to, prior to the Effective Time, use any information obtained pursuant to this Section 7.6 for any competitive or other purpose unrelated to the consummation of the Merger and the other Transactions (provided that the purpose of the Merger and the other Transactions shall be understood to include the post-Closing transition and integration). Prior to the Closing, Parent and Merger Sub will not, and will cause its respective Representatives not to, contact or otherwise communicate with the employees, customers, suppliers, distributors, engineers, land planners, contractors, subcontractors, landlords, lessors, banks or other lenders of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries regarding the business of the Company, this Agreement, the Merger or the other Transactions without the prior written consent of the Company (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned); provided, that, for the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Section 7.6(d) shall be deemed to restrict Parent and its Representatives and Affiliates from contacting such parties in the ordinary course of Parents business.
7.7. Stock Exchange Delisting; Periodic Reports. The Company and Parent will cooperate to take, or cause to be taken, all actions, and do or cause to be done all things, reasonably necessary, proper or advisable under applicable Laws and rules and policies of the NYSE to enable the delisting by the Surviving Corporation of the Shares from the NYSE and the deregistration of the Shares under the Exchange Act as promptly as practicable after the Effective Time. Prior to the Closing, the Company shall in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice prepare quarterly and annual reports pursuant to the Exchange Act such that if any such reports are required to be filed after the Closing and prior to the tenth day following Closing, the Company will be reasonably capable of timely filing such reports.
7.8. Publicity. The initial press release regarding the Merger will be a joint press release of Parent and the Company. Thereafter, the Company and Parent will not, and will cause its respective Subsidiaries not to, issue any press release or make any other public announcement or public statement (to the extent not previously