Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 15, 2020


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


DELAWARE   1-12471   68-0232575
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


225 Liberty Street, 27th Floor, New York, NY   10281
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


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Item 1.01 Entry into Material Definitive Agreement.


On December 15, 2020, TheMaven, Inc. (the “Company”), Maven Coalition, Inc. (as successor to HubPages, Inc.), and Paul Edmondson, solely in his capacity as Securityholder Representative, entered into the fourth amendment (the “Amendment”) to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 13, 2018, by and among the Company,

HubPages, Inc., HP Acquisition Co., Inc., and Mr. Edmondson, as amended (the “Merger Agreement”).


Pursuant to the terms of the Amendment, the parties agreed, among other things, that:


  the Stock Awards (as that term is defined in the Merger Agreement) shall cease to vest and all unvested shares shall be deemed unvested and forfeited, leaving an aggregate of 1,064,549 shares vested under the Stock Awards (the “Vested HP Shares”);
  the RSU Grant (as that term is defined in the Merger Agreement) shall be modified to vest on December 31, 2020 and as of the close of business on December 31, 2020, each RSU Grant shall be terminated and deemed forfeited, with no shares vesting thereunder; and
  subject to certain conditions, the Company agreed to purchase from the Key Personnel (as that term is defined in the Merger Agreement), or their respective successors or assigns of the Vested HP Shares, all of the Vested HP Shares at a price of $4.00 per share in 24 equal monthly installments on the second business day of each calendar month beginning on January 4, 2021.


Furthermore, each of the Key Personnel agreed that they will not (i) offer, pledge, sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase, lend or otherwise transfer or dispose of their Vested HP Shares; or (ii) enter into any swap or other agreement, arrangement or transaction that transfers to another, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, any of the economic consequence of ownership of any of their Vested HP Shares, whether any transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) is to be settled by delivery of the Company’s common stock, other securities, in cash or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the Company; provided; however, that the foregoing shall not apply to transfers of Vested HP Shares (x) as a bona fide gift or gifts, (y) by will, other testamentary document or intestate succession to the legal representative, heir, beneficiary or an immediate family member, or (z) by operation of law, such as pursuant to a qualified domestic order or as required by a divorce settlement.


The foregoing is only a brief description of the respective material terms of the Amendment, does not purport to be a complete description of the respective rights and obligations of the parties thereunder and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment that is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.


Item 9.01 — Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.   Description
10.1   Fourth Amendment to Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 15, 2020, by and among TheMaven, Inc., Maven Coalition, Inc. and Paul Edmondson as the Securityholder Representative






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: December 21, 2020 By: /s/ Doug Smith
  Name: Doug Smith
  Title: Chief Financial Officer