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EX-10.1: STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT

Stock Purchase Agreement

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Title: EX-10.1: STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT
Governing Law: New York     Date: 12/7/2006
Industry: Business Services     Law Firm: Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati    

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Exhibit 10.1

EXECUTION VERSION

STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT

     This Stock Purchase Agreement (the “ Agreement ”) is made as of December 6, 2006 by and among Gartner, Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “ Company ”), Silver Lake Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, Silver Lake Investors, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, and Silver Lake Technology Investors, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (collectively, “ Silver Lake ”).

RECITALS

     A. WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, Silver Lake owns of record 23,615,128 shares of common stock, par value $0.0005 per share, of the Company (the “ Common Stock ”), which constitutes approximately 20.7% of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Company;

     B. WHEREAS, Silver Lake desires and voluntarily agrees to sell certain shares of Common Stock held by Silver Lake to the Company, and the Company desires to purchase such shares from Silver Lake;

     C. WHEREAS, Silver Lake is entitled to certain contractual consent rights (in addition to any vote or consent of the board of directors or the stockholders of the Company required by law or the Company’s certificate of incorporation) pursuant to the terms of the Securityholders Agreement by and among the Company, Silver Lake Partners, L.P. and certain additional signatories thereto; and

     D. WHEREAS, the Company and Silver Lake desire to make certain covenants and agreements with one another pursuant to this Agreement.

     NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and promises set forth herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows:

AGREEMENT

     1.  Purchase and Sale of the Shares; the Closing .

          1.1 Purchase and Sale of Common Stock . Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and on the basis of the representations, warranties and covenants set forth herein, Silver Lake agrees to sell to the Company, and the Company agrees to purchase from Silver Lake, 10,389,610 shares of Common Stock (the “ Shares ”). The allocation of the Shares to be sold by each Silver Lake entity at the Closing shall be pro rata based on the number of shares of Common Stock held of record by each of Silver Lake Partners, L.P., Silver Lake Investors, L.P., and Silver Lake Technology Investors, L.L.C., rounded to the nearest whole share, or in such other proportion as Silver Lake may determine; provided Silver Lake notifies the Company of such allocation at least one business day prior to the Closing.

          1.2 Purchase Price . The “ Per Share Purchase Price ” for the Shares shall be $19.25 per share. The “ Purchase Price ” shall equal the Per Share Purchase Price specified in this Section 1.2 multiplied by the number of Shares purchased by the Company from Silver Lake pursuant to Section 1.1 of this Agreement.

 


 

          1.3 The Closing . Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the purchase and sale of the Shares contemplated by this Agreement (the “ Closing ”) will take place at the offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 40 th Floor, New York, New York 10019 at 10:00 a.m. New York City time, on December 13, 2006, or such other day or location as the parties may mutually agree. At the Closing, (i) Silver Lake will deliver to the Company certificates representing the Shares to be purchased by the Company duly endorsed or accompanied by stock powers duly executed in blank and otherwise in form acceptable for transfer on the books of the Company (or shall deliver the Shares in such other manner as is reasonably agreed), and (ii) the Company shall deliver the Purchase Price to Silver Lake by wire transfer of immediately available funds to one or more accounts specified by Silver Lake at least one business day prior to the Closing.

     2.  Representations and Warranties of Silver Lake . In order to induce the Company to enter into this Agreement, Silver Lake hereby represents and warrants to the Company as follows:

          2.1 Ownership of Shares . Silver Lake owns of record the number of issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock set forth in the recitals to this Agreement. The Shares to be sold to the Company by Silver Lake when delivered to the Company shall be free and clear of any liens, claims or encumbrances, including rights of first refusal and similar claims except for restrictions of applicable state and federal securities laws. There are no restrictions on the transfer of such Shares imposed by any shareholder or similar agreement or any law, regulation or order, other than applicable state and federal securities laws.

          2.2 Authorization . Silver Lake has full right, power and authority to execute, deliver and perform this Agreement and to sell, assign and deliver the Shares to be sold by it to the Company. This Agreement is the legal, valid and, assuming due execution and delivery by the other parties hereto, binding obligation of Silver Lake, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that the enforceability thereof may be limited by (i) principles of public policy, (ii) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws of general application relating to or affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally, and (iii) rules of law governing the availability of equitable remedies.

          2.3 No Violation; No Consent . The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby by Silver Lake (i) will not constitute a breach or violation of or default under any judgment, decree or order or any agreement or instrument of Silver Lake or to which Silver Lake is subject, (ii) will not result in the creation or imposition of any lien upon the Shares to be sold by Silver Lake, and (iii) will not require the consent of or notice to any governmental entity or any party to any contract, agreement or arrangement with Silver Lake.

          2.4 Brokerage . There are no claims for brokerage commissions or finder’s fees or similar compensation in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement based on any arrangement or agreement made by or on behalf of Silver Lake.

     3.  Representations and Warranties of the Company . In order to induce Silver Lake to enter into this Agreement, the Company hereby represents and warrants as follows:

          3.1 Organization and Corporate Power; Authorization . The Company is a corporation duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware. The Company has the requisite power and authority to execute, deliver and perform this Agreement and to acquire the Shares. As of the Closing, the Company will have sufficient capital to purchase the Shares hereunder in compliance with Section 160 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The execution, delivery and

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performance of this Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby have been approved by a majority of the disinterested directors on the Board of Directors of the Company, having been advised by counsel, and have been otherwise duly authorized by all requisite action on the part of the Company. This Agreement and any other agreements, instruments, or documents entered into by the Company pursuant to this Agreement have been duly executed and delivered by the Company and are the legal, valid and, assuming due execution by the other parties hereto, binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms except to the extent that the enforceability thereof may be limited by (i) principles of public policy, (ii) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws of general application relating to or affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally, and (iii) rules of law governing the availability of equitable remedies.

          3.2 No Violation; No Consent . The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the consummat


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