Terms and Conditions of Equity Award - IBM


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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF YOUR EQUITY
AWARD: EFFECTIVE JUNE 8, 2011



Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award

Table of Contents

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Introduction

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How to Use This Document

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Definition of Terms

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Provisions that apply to all Award types and all countries

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Provisions that apply to all Award types but not all countries

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Provisions that apply to specific Award types for all countries

a.

Restricted Stock Units ("RSUs") including Cash-Settled RSUs and Retention RSUs ("RRSUs")

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i.

All RSUs

ii.

RSUs Other Than Cash-Settled RSUs and Cash-Settled RRSUs

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Cash-Settled RSUs including Cash-Settled RRSUs

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Restricted Stock

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c.

Stock Options ("Options") and Stock Appreciation Rights ("SARs")

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i.

All Option and SAR Awards

ii.

All SAR Awards

d.

Performance Share Units ("PSUs")

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Provisions that apply to specific countries

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a.

Denmark

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Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award

Introduction

This document provides you with the terms and conditions of your Award that are in addition to the terms and conditions contained in your Equity Award Agreement for your specific Award. Also, your Award is subject to the terms and conditions in the governing plan document; the applicable document is indicated in your Equity Award Agreement and can be found at http://w3.ibm.com/hr/exec/comp/eq_prospectus.shtml.

As an Award recipient, you can see a personalized summary of all your outstanding equity grants in the "Personal statement" section of the IBM executive compensation web site (http://w3.ibm.com/hr/exec/comp). This site also contains other information about long-term incentive awards, including copies of the prospectus (the governing plan document). If you have additional questions and you are based in the U.S., you can call the Employee Service Center at 800-796-9876 (or 919-784-8646) weekdays, from 8: 00 a.m. to 8: 00 p.m. Eastern time (TTY available at 800-426-6537). If you are based in another country you can call your local IBM Employee Service Center.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney currently administers these Awards on IBM153s behalf. You can access your equity awards, view your account and transaction history and model transactions on the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney web site at https://www.benefitaccess.com (for security reasons, you will need to register for a password first). You can also contact Morgan Stanley Smith Barney by calling 1-210-677-3662 (or from within the U.S. at 1-800-IBM-4292) and speak with a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney representative. If you have difficulties with the Web site, you can contact the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Web Site Help Desk at 1-210-677-3712 (or from within the U.S. at 1-888-873-1194)

How to Use This Document

Terms and conditions that apply to all awards in all countries can be found on page 4. Review these in addition to any award- or country-specific terms and conditions that may be listed. Once you have reviewed these general terms, check in your Equity Award Agreement for any award-specific and/or country-specific terms that apply to your Award.

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Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award:

Definition of Terms

The following are defined terms in the Long-Term Performance Plan and/or your Equity Award Agreement. These are provided for your information. See the Plan prospectus and your Equity Award Agreement for more details.

"Awards" : The grant of any form of stock option, stock appreciation right, stock or cash award, whether granted singly, in combination or in tandem, to a Participant pursuant to such terms, conditions, performance requirements, limitations and restrictions as the Committee may establish in order to fulfill the objectives of the Plan.

"Board" : The Board of Directors of International Business Machines Corporation ("IBM").

"Capital Stock" : Authorized and issued or unissued Capital Stock of IBM, at such par value as may be established from time to time.

"Committee" : The committee designated by the Board to administer the Plan.

"Company" : IBM and its affiliates and subsidiaries including subsidiaries of subsidiaries and partnerships and other business ventures in which IBM has an equity interest.

"Equity Award Agreement" : The document provided to the Participant which provides the grant details.

"Fair Market Value" : The average of the high and low prices of Capital Stock on the New York Stock Exchange for the date in question, provided that, if no sales of Capital Stock were made on said exchange on that date, the average of the high and low prices of Capital Stock as reported for the most recent preceding day on which sales of Capital Stock were made on said exchange.

"Participant" : An individual to whom an Award has been made under the Plan. Awards may be made to any employee of, or any other individual providing services to, the Company. However, incentive stock options may be granted only to individuals who are employed by IBM or by a subsidiary corporation (within the meaning of section 424(f) of the Code) of IBM, including a subsidiary that becomes such after the adoption of the Plan.

"Plan" : Any IBM Long-Term Performance Plan.

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Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award:

Provisions that apply to all Award types but not all countries

The following terms apply to all countries and for all Award types (Restricted Stock Units, Cash-Settled Restricted Stock Units, Restricted Stock, Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights and Performance Share Units).

Cancellation and Rescission

All determinations regarding enforcement, waiver or modification of the cancellation and rescission and other provisions of the Plan and your Equity Award Agreement (including the provisions relating to termination of employment, death and disability) shall be made in IBM153s sole discretion. Determinations made under your Equity Award Agreement and the Plan need not be uniform and may be made selectively among individuals, whether or not such individuals are similarly situated.

You agree that the cancellation and rescission provisions of the Plan and your Equity Award Agreement are reasonable and agree not to challenge the reasonableness of such provisions, even where forfeiture of your Award is the penalty for violation.

Jurisdiction, Governing Law, Expenses and Taxes

Your Equity Award Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts or choice of law rules or principles. You submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal or state courts of New York, County of Westchester, to resolve all issues that may arise out of or relate to your Equity Award Agreement.

If any court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of your Equity Award Agreement, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of your Equity Award Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

If you or the Company brings an action to enforce your Equity Award Agreement and the Company prevails, you will pay all costs and expenses incurred by the Company in connection with that action and in connection with collection, including reasonable attorneys153 fees.

If the Company, in its sole discretion, determines that it has incurred or will incur any obligation to withhold taxes as a result of your Award, without limiting the Company153s rights under Section 9 of the Plan, the Company may withhold the number of shares that it determines is required to satisfy such liability and/or the Company may withhold amounts from other compensation to the extent required to satisfy such liability under federal, state, provincial, local, foreign or other tax laws. To the extent that such amounts are not withheld, the Company may require you to pay to the Company any amount demanded by the Company for the purpose of satisfying such liability.

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The following provision applies to all Award types (Restricted Stock Units, Cash-Settled Restricted Stock Units, Restricted Stock, Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights and Performance Share Units) granted to all individuals in all countries except those with a home country of Latin America, specifically: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Non-Solicitation

In consideration of your Award, you agree that during your employment with the Company and for two years following the termination of your employment for any reason, you will not directly or indirectly hire, solicit or make an offer to any employee of the Company to be employed or perform services outside of the Company. Also, you agree that during your employment with the Company and for one year following the termination of your employment for any reason, you will not directly or indirectly, solicit, for competitive business purposes, any customer of the Company with which you were involved as part of your job responsibilities during the last year of your employment with the Company. By accepting your Award, you acknowledge that the Company would suffer irreparable harm if you fail to comply with the foregoing, and that the Company would be entitled to any appropriate relief, including money damages, equitable relief and attorneys153 fees.

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Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award:

Provisions that apply to specific Award types for all countries

a. Restricted Stock Units ("RSUs") including Cash-Settled RSUs and Retention RSUs ("RRSUs")

All references in this document to RSUs include RRSUs, unless explicitly stated otherwise

i. All RSUs

Termination of Employment including Death, Disability and Leave of Absence

Termination of Employment

In the event you cease to be an employee (other than on account of death or are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan) prior to the Vesting Date(s) set in your Equity Award Agreement, all then unvested RSUs, including RRSUs, under your Award shall be canceled.

However, your unvested and/or outstanding RSUs, but not RRSUs, will continue to vest upon the termination of employment if all of the following criteria are met:

- You are on the performance team, or any successor team thereto, at the time of termination of employment;

- You have completed at least one year of active service since the award date of grant;

- You have reached age 55 with 15 years of service at the time of termination of employment (age 60 with 15 years of service for the Chairman and CEO); and

- Appropriate senior management, the Committee or the Board, as appropriate, do not exercise their discretion to cancel or otherwise limit the vesting of the RSUs.

Death or Disability

Upon your death all RSUs covered by this Agreement shall vest immediately and your Vesting Date shall be your date of death. If you are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan, your RSUs shall continue to vest according to the terms of your Award.

Leave of Absence

In the event of a management approved leave of absence, any unvested RSUs shall continue to vest as if you were an active employee of the Company, subject to the terms in this document and your Equity Award Agreement. If you return to

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active status, your unvested RSUs will continue to vest in accordance with the terms in this document and your Equity Award Agreement.

Dividend Equivalents

IBM shall not pay dividend equivalents on cash-settled or stock-settled unvested RSU awards.

ii. RSUs Other Than Cash-Settled RSUs and Cash-Settled RRSUs

Settlement of Award

Subject to Sections 12 and 13 of the Plan and the section "Termination of Employment including Death, Disability and Leave of Absence" above, upon the Vesting Date(s), or as soon thereafter as may be practicable but in no event later than March 15 of the following calendar year, IBM shall make a payment to Participant in shares of Capital Stock equal to the number of vested RSUs, subject to any applicable tax withholding requirements as described in Section 9 of the Plan, and the respective RSUs shall thereupon be canceled. RSUs are not shares of Capital Stock and do not convey any stockholder rights.

iii. Cash-Settled RSUs including Cash-Settled RRSUs

Settlement of Award

Subject to Sections 12 and 13 of the Plan and the section entitled "Termination of Employment including Death, Disability and Leave of Absence" above, upon the Vesting Date(s), or as soon thereafter as may be practicable but in no event later than March 15 of the following calendar year, the Company shall make a payment to Participant in cash equal to the Fair Market Value of the vested RSUs, subject to any applicable tax withholding requirements as described in Section 9 of the Plan, and the respective RSUs shall thereupon be canceled. Fair Market Value will be calculated in your home country currency at the exchange rate on the applicable Vesting Date using a commercially reasonable measure of exchange rate. RSUs are not shares of Capital Stock and do not convey any stockholder rights.

b. Restricted Stock

Settlement of Award

Subject to Sections 12 and 13 of the Plan and the paragraph entitled "Termination of Employment including Death, Disability or Leave of Absence" below, upon the Vesting Date(s), or as soon thereafter as may be practicable but in no event later than March 15 of the following calendar year, the shares of Restricted Stock awarded under your Equity Award Agreement will be deliverable to you, subject to any applicable tax withholding requirements as described in Section 9 of the Plan.

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Termination of Employment including Death, Disability and Leave of Absence

Termination of Employment

In the event you cease to be an employee (other than on account of death or are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan) prior to the Vesting Date(s) in your Equity Award Agreement, all then unvested shares of Restricted Stock under your Award shall be canceled (unless your Equity Award Agreement provides otherwise).

Death or Disability

Upon your death all unvested shares of Restricted Stock covered by your Equity Award Agreement shall vest immediately and your Vesting Date shall be your date of death. If you are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan, your unvested shares of Restricted Stock shall continue to vest according to the terms of your Equity Award Agreement.

Leave of Absence

In the event of a management approved leave of absence, any unvested shares of Restricted Stock shall continue to vest as if you were an active employee of the Company, subject to the terms in this document and your Equity Award Agreement. If you return to active status, your unvested shares of Restricted Stock will continue to vest in accordance with the terms in this document and your Equity Award Agreement.

Dividends and Other Rights

During the period that the Restricted Stock is held by IBM hereunder, such stock will remain on the books of IBM in your name, may be voted by you, and any applicable dividends shall be paid to you. Shares issued in stock splits or similar events which relate to Restricted Stock then held by IBM in your name shall be issued in your name but shall be held by IBM under the terms hereof.

Transferability

Shares of Restricted Stock awarded under your Equity Award Agreement cannot be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered prior to the vesting of your Award as set forth in your Equity Award Agreement and any such sale, assignment, transfer, pledge or encumbrance, or any attempt thereof, shall be void.

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c. Stock Options ("Options") and Stock Appreciation Rights ("SARs")

i. All Option and SAR Awards

Termination of Employment including Death, Disability and Leave of Absence

Termination of Employment

In the event you cease to be an employee (other than on account of death or are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan):

- Any Options or SARs that are not exercisable as of the date your employment terminates shall be canceled immediately (unless your Equity Award Agreement provides otherwise), and

- Any Options or SARs that are exercisable as of the date your employment terminates (other than for cause) will remain exercisable for 90 days (not three months) after the date of termination, after which any unexercised Options or SARs are canceled; provided, however, if you are a banded executive when your employment with the Company terminates (other than for cause) after you have attained age 55 and completed at least 15 years of service with the Company at the time of termination, any Options or SARs that are exercisable as of the date your employment terminates shall remain exercisable for the full term as in your Equity Award Agreement (unless your Equity Award Agreement provides otherwise).

Death or Disability

In the event of your death, all Options or SARs shall become fully exercisable and remain exercisable for their full term.

In the event you are disabled (as described in Section 12 of the Plan), any unvested Options or SARs shall continue to vest and be exercisable.

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Leave of Absence

In the event of a management approved leave of absence, any unvested Options or SARs shall continue to vest and be exercisable as if you were an active employee of the Company, subject to the terms in this document and your Equity Award Agreement. If you return to active status, your Options or SARs will continue to vest and be exercisable in accordance with their terms. If you do not return to active status,

- Your unvested Options or SARs will be canceled immediately; and

- Your vested Options or SARs will be canceled on the later of the 91st day following your last day of active employment or the date of the termination of your leave of absence; provided, however, if you are a banded executive when your employment terminates (other than for cause) after you have attained age 55 and completed at least 15 years of service with the Company at the time of termination, any Options or SARs that are exercisable as of the date your employment terminates shall remain exercisable for the full term as in your Equity Award Agreement.

Termination of Employment for Cause

If your employment terminates for cause, all exercisable and not exercisable Options or SARs are canceled immediately.

ii. All SAR Awards

Settlement of Award

Upon exercise, the Company shall deliver an aggregate amount, in cash, equal to the excess of the Fair Market Value of a share of Capital Stock on the date of exercise over the Exercise Price set forth in your Equity Award Agreement multiplied by the number of SARs exercised, subject to any applicable tax withholding requirements as described in Section 9 of the Plan. The value of the Award will be calculated in your home country currency at the exchange rate on the date the Award becomes fully vested using a commercially reasonable measure of exchange rate.

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d. Performance Share Units ("PSUs")

Termination of Employment, including Death and Disability, and Leave of Absence

Termination of Employment and Leave of Absence

If you cease to be an active, full-time employee for any reason (other than on account of death or are disabled as described in Section 12 of the Plan) before the Date of Payout, all PSUs are canceled immediately provided, however, if you are a banded executive when your employment terminates (other than for cause) after you have attained age 55, completed at least 15 years of service with the Company at the time of termination, and completed at least one year of active service during the PSU Performance Period (as set forth in your Equity Award Agreement), the PSUs granted hereunder shall be paid out on the Date of Payout (as set forth in your Equity Award Agreement) based on IBM performance over the entire applicable Performance Period(s), in an amount that will be prorated for the number of months completed as an active executive during the PSU Performance Period, adjusted for the performance score.

However, your unvested PSUs will continue to vest upon termination of employment or the time you cease to be an active, full-time employee if all of the following criteria are met:

- You are on the performance team, or any successor team thereto, at the time of termination of employment or the time you cease to be an active, full-time employee;

- You have completed at least one year of active service during the PSU Performance Period (as set forth in your Equity Award Agreement);

- You have reached age 55 with 15 years of service at the time of termination of employment or the time you cease to be an active, full-time employee (age 60 with 15 years of service for the Chairman and CEO);

- The Committee has certified that all performance conditions have been met; and

- Appropriate senior management, the Committee or the Board, as appropriate, do not exercise their discretion to cancel or otherwise limit the payout.

Death or Disability

Prior to the Date of Payout, (i) in the event of your death or (ii) if you are disabled (as described in Section 12 of the Plan), all PSUs shall continue to vest according to the terms of your Equity Award Agreement and the PSUs will be paid out at the end of the Performance Period based on IBM performance over the entire applicable Performance Period(s).

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Terms and Conditions of Your Equity Award:

Provisions that apply to specific countries

a. Denmark

i. All Awards

Non-Solicitation

The following part of the above non-solicitation provision does not apply to those individuals with the home country of Denmark: "In consideration of your Award, you agree that during your employment with the Company and for two years following the termination of your employment for any reason, you will not directly or indirectly hire, solicit or make an offer to any employee of the Company to be employed or perform services outside of the Company."

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