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UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

Underwriting Agreement

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Title: UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT
Governing Law: New York     Date: 5/13/2009
Industry: Insurance (Prop. and Casualty)     Law Firm: Willkie Farr     Sector: Financial

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Exhibit 1

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

THE ALLSTATE CORPORATION

 

$300,000,000 6.200% Senior Notes, Series A due 2014

 

$700,000,000 7.450% Senior Notes, Series B due 2019

 


 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 


 

New York, New York

May 11, 2009

 

To the Representatives
named in Schedule I
hereto of the Underwriters
named in Schedule II hereto

c/o Goldman, Sachs & Co.
85 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

 

c/o Barclays Capital Inc.

745 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY 10019

 

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
270 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The Allstate Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “ Company ”), proposes to issue and sell to the several Underwriters named in Schedule II hereto (the “ Underwriters ”), for whom you (the “ Representatives ”) are acting as representatives, (1) $300,000,000 principal amount of its 6.200% Senior Notes, Series A due 2014 (the “ Series A Securities ”) and (2) $700,000,000 principal amount of its 7.450% Senior Notes, Series B due 2019 (the “ Series B Securities ” and, together with the Series A Securities, the “ Securities ”) registered under the Registration Statement referred to in Section 1(a) below.  The Series A Securities are to be issued pursuant to the provisions of an Indenture, dated as of December 16, 1997, as amended by the Third Supplemental Indenture dated as of July 23, 1999, and the Sixth Supplemental Indenture dated as of June 12, 2000, as supplemented by the Fourteenth Supplemental Indenture, to be dated as of May 13, 2009 (as so amended and supplemented, the “ Series A Indenture ”), between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association (as successor to State Street Bank and Trust

 



 

Company), as trustee (the “ Trustee ”); and the Series B Securities are to be issued pursuant to the provisions of an Indenture, dated as of December 16, 1997, as amended by the Third Supplemental Indenture dated as of July 23, 1999, and the Sixth Supplemental Indenture dated as of June 12, 2000, as supplemented by the Fifteenth Supplemental Indenture, to be dated as of May 13, 2009 (as so amended and supplemented, the “ Series B Indenture ” and, together with the Series A Indenture, the “ Indenture ”), between the Company and the Trustee.

 

1.     Representations and Warranties .  The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with, each of the Underwriters that:

 

(a)   The Company meets the requirements for the use of Form S-3 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “ Act ”), and has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “ Commission ”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-159071) under the Act, which has become effective, for the registration under the Act of the Securities (such registration statement, including the exhibits thereto, as amended at the date of this Agreement and including the information (if any) deemed to be part of the registration statement pursuant to Rule 430A or Rule 430B under the Act, is hereinafter called the “ Registration Statement ”).  No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement is in effect, and no proceedings for such purpose are pending before or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened by the Commission.  If the Registration Statement is an automatic shelf registration statement as defined in Rule 405 under the Act, the Company is eligible to use the Registration Statement as an automatic shelf registration statement and the Company has not received notice that the Commission objects to the use of the Registration Statement as an automatic shelf registration statement.  The Company proposes to file with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Act a supplement or supplements relating to the Securities and the plan of distribution thereof to the form of prospectus included in the Registration Statement; such prospectus in the form in which it appears in the Registration Statement is hereinafter called the “ Basic Prospectus ”; and such Basic Prospectus, as so supplemented by the prospectus supplement or supplements relating to the Securities in the form provided to the Underwriters by the Company and first used to confirm sales of the Securities (or in the form first made available to the Underwriters by the Company to meet requests of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173 under the Act), is hereinafter called the “ Final Prospectus .”  Any preliminary form or forms of the Final Prospectus which has heretofore been filed pursuant to Rule 424 is hereinafter called the “ Preliminary Final Prospectus .”  For purposes of this Agreement, “ free writing prospectus ” means a free writing prospectus as such term is defined in Rule 405 under the Act relating to the Securities.  “ Time of Sale Prospectus ” means the Basic Prospectus, as amended or supplemented, the final term sheet or sheets relating to the Securities set forth in Schedule III (the “ Final Term Sheet ”) together with any other “issuer free writing prospectuses” within the meaning of Rule 433(h) under the Act relating to the Securities (each, including the Final Term Sheet, an “ Issuer Free Writing Prospectus ”), including those, if any, identified in Schedule IV hereto, all considered together, as of 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 11, 2009 (the “ Applicable Time ”).  Any reference herein to the Registration Statement, the Basic Prospectus, any Preliminary Final Prospectus, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 which were filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ Exchange Act ”), on or before the date of this Agreement, or the issue date of the Basic Prospectus, any Preliminary Final Prospectus, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus, as the case may be; and

 

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any reference herein to the terms “amend,” “amendment” or “supplement” with respect to the Registration Statement, the Basic Prospectus, any Preliminary Final Prospectus, the Time of Sale Prospectus, the Final Prospectus or any free writing prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the filing of any free writing prospectus and the filing of any document under the Exchange Act after the date of this Agreement, or the issue date of the Basic Prospectus, any Preliminary Final Prospectus, the Time of Sale Prospectus, the Final Prospectus or any free writing prospectus, as the case may be, deemed to be incorporated therein by reference.

 

(b) (i) As of the date hereof, when the Final Prospectus is first filed or transmitted for filing pursuant to Rule 424 under the Act, when, prior to the Time of Delivery (as hereinafter defined), any amendment to the Registration Statement becomes effective (including the filing of any document incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement), when any supplement to the Final Prospectus is filed with the Commission and at the Time of Delivery, (A) the Registration Statement, as amended as of any such time and the Final Prospectus, as amended or supplemented as of any such time, and the Indenture complied and will comply in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Act, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “ Trust Indenture Act ”), and the Exchange Act and the respective rules thereunder, (B) the Registration Statement, as amended as of any such time, does not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact and does not and will not omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading and (C) the Final Prospectus, as amended or supplemented as of such time, does not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact and does not and will not omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however , that, in the case of each of (A), (B) and (C), the Company makes no representations or warranties as to (x) the parts of the Registration Statement which constitute the Statement of Eligibility and Qualification (Form T-1) under the Trust Indenture Act of the Trustee (the “ Form T-1 ”); (y) the information contained in or omitted from the Registration Statement, the Final Prospectus or any amendment thereof or supplement thereto in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by any Underwriter specifically for use therein; or (z) any statement which does not constitute part of the Registration Statement, the Final Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto pursuant to Rule 412(c) under the Act.

 

(ii)           As of the Applicable Time, the Time of Sale Prospectus did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however , that the Company makes no representations or warranties as to (A) the information contained in or omitted from the Time of Sale Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by any Underwriter specifically for use therein; or (B) any statement which does not constitute part of the Time of Sale Prospectus pursuant to Rule 412(c) under the Act.

 

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(iii)          The information included in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as of its date, did not conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus, as of such date.  Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as supplemented by and taken together with the Time of Sale Prospectus did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however , that the Company makes no representations or warranties as to (A) the information contained in or omitted from such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by any Underwriter specifically for use therein; or (B) any statement which does not constitute part of the Time of Sale Prospectus pursuant to Rule 412(c) under the Act.

 

(c)   Each document incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus, at the time they were, or hereafter are, filed with the Commission, complied or will comply and, at any time when a prospectus relating to the Securities is required to be delivered under the Act in connection with sales by any Underwriter or dealer, will comply in all material respects with the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

(d)   The Company has been since the time of the initial filing of the Registration Statement, and continues to be, a “well-known seasoned issuer” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Act) and has not been, and continues not to be, an “ineligible issuer” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Act), in each case at all times relevant under the Act in connection with the offering of the Securities.  Any free writing prospectus that the Company is required to file pursuant to Rule 433(d) under the Act has been, or will be, filed with the Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the applicable rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.  Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that the Company has filed, or is required to file, pursuant to Rule 433(d) under the Act or that was prepared by or on behalf of or used by the Company complies or will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Act and the applicable rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.  Except for the Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses, if any, identified in Schedules III and IV hereto, and electronic road shows each furnished to you before first use, the Company has not prepared, used or referred to, and will not, without your prior consent, prepare, use or refer to any free writing prospectus.

 

(e)   The Company has been duly incorporated, is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation, has the corporate power and authority to own its property and to conduct its business as described in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus and is duly qualified to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the conduct of its business or its ownership or leasing of property requires such qualification, except to the extent that the failure to be so qualified or be in good standing would not have a material adverse effect on the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

(f)    Each subsidiary of the Company listed in Schedule V hereto (each, a “ Principal Subsidiary ”) has been duly incorporated, is validly existing as an insurance company or a corporation, as the case may be, in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its

 

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incorporation, has the corporate power and authority to own its property and to conduct its business as described in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus and is duly qualified to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the conduct of its business or its ownership or leasing of property requires such qualification, except to the extent that the failure to be so qualified or be in good standing would not have a material adverse effect on the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.  The Principal Subsidiaries are currently the only operating insurance companies that are “significant subsidiaries” of the Company as that term is defined in Rule 1-02(w) of Regulation S-X of the rules and regulations of the Commission under the Act.

 

(g)   All of the issued shares of capital stock of each Principal Subsidiary have been duly and validly authorized and issued, are fully paid and nonassessable, and are owned of record directly or indirectly by the Company or another Principal Subsidiary, as the case may be, free and clear of any security interest, claim, lien or encumbrance.

 

(h)   Each Principal Subsidiary is duly licensed or authorized as an insurer or reinsurer in each jurisdiction where it is required to be so licensed or authorized, except where the failure to be so licensed or authorized in any such jurisdiction does not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, business or properties of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; the Company and each Principal Subsidiary have made all required filings under applicable insurance holding company statutes, and each is duly licensed or authorized as an insurance holding company in each jurisdiction where it is required to be so licensed or authorized, except where the failure to have made such filings or to be so licensed or authorized in any such jurisdiction does not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, business or properties of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; the Company and each Principal Subsidiary have all necessary authorizations, approvals, orders, consents, registrations or qualifications of and from all insurance regulatory authorities to conduct their respective businesses as described in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, except where the failure to have such authorizations, approvals, orders, consents, registrations or qualifications does not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, business or properties of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; and none of the Company or any Principal Subsidiary has received any notification from any insurance regulatory authority to the effect that any additional authorization, approval, order, consent, registration or qualification from such insurance regulatory authority is needed to be obtained by any of the Company or any Principal Subsidiary in any case where it could be reasonably expected that (x) the Company or any Principal Subsidiary would in fact be required either to obtain any such additional authorization, approval, order, consent, registration or qualification or cease or otherwise limit writing certain business and (y) obtaining such authorization, approval, order, consent, license, certificate, permit, registration or qualification or limiting such business would have a material adverse effect on the business, financial position or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

(i)    Each Principal Subsidiary is in compliance with the requirements of the insurance laws and regulations of its state of incorporation and the insurance laws and regulations of other jurisdictions which are applicable to such Principal Subsidiary, and has filed all notices, reports, documents or other information required to be filed thereunder, except where the failure to so

 

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comply or file would not have a material adverse effect on the business, financial position or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

(j)    Other than as set forth in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental proceedings pending to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or to which any property of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is the subject which, if determined adversely to the Company or any of its subsidiaries, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, business or properties of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; and, to the best of the Company’s knowledge, no such proceedings are threatened.

 

(k)   This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company.

 

(l)    The Indenture has been duly qualified under the Trust Indenture Act and has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and is a valid and binding agreement of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms except as (i) the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and (ii) rights of acceleration and the availability of equitable remedies may be limited by equitable principles of general applicability.

 

(m)  The Securities have been duly authorized and, when the Securities are issued and delivered pursuant to this Agreement, such Securities will have been duly executed, authenticated, issued and delivered and will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company entitled to the benefits provided by the Indenture.

 

(n)   The issuance and sale of the Securities and compliance by the Company with all of the provisions of the Securities, the Indenture and this Agreement will not conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument for borrowed money to which the Company or any Principal Subsidiary is a party or by which the Company or any of its Principal Subsidiaries is bound or to which any of the property or assets of the Company or any of its Principal Subsidiaries is subject, nor will such action result in any violation of the provisions of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation or Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company or any of its Principal Subsidiaries or any statute or any order, rule or regulation of any court or insurance regulatory authority or other governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the Company or any of its Principal Subsidiaries or any of their properties, in each case other than such breaches, conflicts, violations or defaults which, individually or in the aggregate, would not have a material adverse effect on the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole, and no authorization, approval, order, consent, registration or qualification of or with any such court or insurance regulatory authority or other governmental agency or body is required for the issue or sale of the Securities, except such authorizations, approvals, orders, consents, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state or foreign securities or Blue Sky laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Securities by the Underwriters, in each case other than such authorizations, approvals, orders, consents, registrations or qualifications which (individually or in the aggregate) the failure to make, obtain or comply with would not have a material adverse effect on the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

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(o)   Except as described in or contemplated by the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, there has not been any material adverse change in, or any adverse development which materially affects, the business, properties, financial condition or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole from the dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus; and, since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, there has not been any material increase in the consolidated capital stock (other than issuances of capital stock upon exercise of options and stock appreciation rights, upon earn-outs of performance shares and upon conversions of convertible securities, in each case which were outstanding on the date of the latest balance sheet incorporated by reference in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus) or any material increase in the consolidated long-term debt of the Company and its subsidiaries or any material adverse change, or any development involving a prospective material adverse change, in or affecting the general affairs, management, financial position, stockholders’ equity or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, otherwise than as set forth or contemplated in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus.

 

(p)   The Company is not, and after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Securities and the application of the net proceeds therefrom as described in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, will not be an “investment company” or an entity “controlled” by an “investment company,” as such terms are defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(q)   The Company maintains a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that: (w) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (x) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and to maintain accountability for assets; (y) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; and (z) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences; in each case, within the meaning of and to the extent required by Section 13(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act.

 

(r)    During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, there were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

(s)   The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that are effective in providing reasonable assurance that material information required to be disclosed in its reports filed with or submitted to the Commission under the Exchange Act is made known to management, including the Company’s principal executive officer and the Company’s principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Any certificate signed by any officer of the Company and delivered to the Representatives or counsel for the Underwriters in connection with the offering of the Securities

 

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shall be deemed a representation and warranty by the Company, as to matters covered thereby, to each Underwriter.

 

2.     Purchase and Sale .  The Company hereby agrees to sell to the several Underwriters, and each Underwriter, upon the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained, but subject to the conditions hereinafter stated, agree, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Company (1) at a purchase price of 99.259% of the principal amount thereof, the principal amount of Series A Securities set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule II hereto and (2) at a purchase price of 99.078% of the principal amount thereof, the principal amount of Series B Securities set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule II hereto — the purchase price — plus, in each case, accrued interest, if any, from May 11, 2009 to the date of payment and delivery.

 

3.     Payment and Delivery of the Securities .  Delivery of and payment for the Securities shall be made at 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on May 13, 2009, or at such time on such later date not more than three Business Days after the foregoing date as the Representatives shall designate, which date and time may be postponed by agreement between the Representatives and the Company or as provided in Section 11 hereof (such date and time of delivery and payment for the Securities being herein called the “ Time of Delivery ”).  Delivery of the Securities shall be made to the Representatives for the respective accounts of the several Underwriters against payment by the several Underwriters through the Representatives of the purchase price thereof to or upon the order of the Company by wire transfer payable in same day funds to an account specified by the Company.  Delivery of the Securities shall be made through the facilities of the Depository Trust Company unless the Representatives otherwise instruct.

 

4.     Offering by Underwriters .  It is understood that the several Underwriters propose to offer the Securities for sale to the public as set forth in the Time of Sale Prospectus and the Final Prospectus.

 

5.     Company Covenants .  The Company agrees with each of the Underwriters of the Securities:

 

(a)   (i) To prepare the Final Prospectus as amended and supplemented in relation to the Securities in a form approved by the Representatives and to timely file such Final Prospectus pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Act; (ii) to make no further amendment or any supplement to the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus as amended or supplemented after the date hereof and prior to the Time of Delivery for the Securities unless the Representatives shall have had a reasonable opportunity to review and comment upon any such amendment or supplement prior to any filing thereof; (iii) to advise the Representatives promptly of any such amendment or supplement after such Time of Delivery and furnish the Representatives with copies thereof; (iv) to file promptly all reports and any definitive proxy or information statements required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act for so long as the delivery of a prospectus is required in connection with the offering or sale of the Securities, and during such same period to advise the Representatives, promptly after it receives notice thereof, of (I) the time when any amendment to the Registration Statement has been filed or becomes effective or any supplement or amendment to the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus has been filed with the

 

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Commission, (II) the issuance by the Commission of any stop order or of any order preventing or suspending the use of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus, (III) the suspension of the qualification of the Securities for offering or sale in any jurisdiction or of the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for any such purpose, or (IV) any request by the Commission for the amending or supplementing of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus or for additional information; and, in the event of the issuance of any such stop order or of any such order preventing or suspending the use of the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus or suspending any such qualification, to use promptly its best efforts to obtain the withdrawal of such order;

 

(b)   To furnish to you a copy of each proposed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to be prepared by or on behalf of, used by, or referred to by the Company and not to use or refer to any proposed free writing prospectus without your consent;

 

(c)   Not to take any action that would result in an Underwriter or the Company being required to file with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433(d) under the Act a free writing prospectus prepared by or on behalf of the Underwriters that the Underwriters otherwise would not have been required to file thereunder;

 

(d)   If the Time of Sale Prospectus is being used to solicit offers to buy the Securities at a time when the Final Prospectus is not yet available to prospective purchasers, to furnish the Underwriters with copies of the Time of Sale Prospectus as amended or supplemented in such quantities as the Representatives may from time to time reasonably request, and if at such time any event shall have occurred as a result of which the Time of Sale Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made when such Time of Sale Prospectus is delivered, not misleading, or, if for any other reason it shall be necessary during such period to amend or supplement the Time of Sale Prospectus or to file under the Exchange Act any document incorporated by reference in the Time of Sale Prospectus in order to comply with the Act, the Exchange Act or the Trust Indenture Act, to notify the Representatives and upon their request to prepare and furnish without charge to each Underwriter and to any dealer in securities as many copies as the Representatives may from time to time reasonably request of an amended Time of Sale Prospectus or a supplement to the Time of Sale Prospectus which will correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance;

 

(e)   Promptly from time to time to take such action as the Representatives may reasonably request to qualify the Securities for offering and sale under the securities and insurance securities laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives may request and to comply with such laws so as to permit the continuance of sales and dealings therein in such jurisdictions for as long as may be necessary to complete the distribution of the Securities, provided that in connection therewith, the Company shall not be required to qualify as a foreign corporation or to file a general consent to service of process in any jurisdiction or to subject itself to taxation in respect of doing business in any jurisdiction in which it is not otherwise subject to such taxation;

 

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request, and, if the delivery of a prospectus is required at any time in connection with the offering or sale of the Securities (or in lieu thereof the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) under the Act), and if at such time any event shall have occurred as a result of which the Final Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made when such Final Prospectus (or in lieu thereof the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) under the Act) is delivered, not misleading, or, if for any other reason it shall be necessary during such period to amend or supplement the Final Prospectus or to file under the Exchange Act any document incorporated by reference in the Final Prospectus in order to comply with the Act, the Exchange Act or the Trust Indenture Act, to notify the Representatives and upon their request to prepare and furnish without charge to each Underwriter and to any dealer in securities as many copies as the Representatives may from time to time reasonably request of an amended Final Prospectus or a supplement to the Final Prospectus which will correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance;

 

(g)   To make generally available to its securityholders as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than eighteen months after the effective date of the Registration Statement, an earnings statement of the Company and its subsidiaries (which need not be audited) complying with Section 11(a) of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder;

 

(h)   During the period beginning from the date hereof and continuing to and including the latter of (i) the termination of trading restrictions for the Securities, as notified to the Company by the Representatives or their counsel and (ii) the Time of Delivery for the Securities, not to offer, sell, contract to sell or otherwise dispose of any securities of the Company which are substantially similar to the Securities, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld; and

 

(i)    Not to take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that would constitute or that might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, under the Exchange Act or otherwise, stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Securities.

 

6.     Fees and Expenses .  The Company covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters that the Company will pay or cause to be paid the following: (i) the fees, disbursements and expenses of the Company’s counsel and accountants in connection with the registration of the Securities under the Act and all other expenses incurred in connection with the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement, Basic Prospectus, any Preliminary Final Prospectus, the Time of Sale Prospectus, the Final Prospectus and any free writing prospectus prepared by or on behalf of, used by or referred to by the Company, and amendments and supplements to any of the foregoing and the mailing and delivering of copies thereof to the Underwriters and dealers; (ii) the cost of printing or producing this Agreement, any Blue Sky Survey and any Legal Investment Memoranda in connection with the offering, purchase, sale and delivery of the Securities; (iii) all reasonable expenses in connection with the qualification of the Securities for offering and sale under state securities and insurance securities laws as provided in Section 5(e) hereof, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters in connection with such qualification and in connection with the Blue Sky and Legal Investment surveys; (iv) the filing fees incident to securing any required review by the

 

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. of the terms of the sale of the Securities; (v) any fees charged by securities rating services for rating the Securities; (vi) the cost of preparing the Securities; (vii) the fees and expenses of any Trustee, Paying Agent or Transfer Agent and the fees and disbursements of counsel for any such Trustee, Paying Agent or Transfer Agent in connection with the Indenture and the Securities; and (viii) all other costs and expenses incident to the performance of its obligations hereunder which are not otherwise specifically provided in this Section.  It is understood, however, that, except as provided in this Section, Section 8 and Section 10 hereof, the Underwriters will pay all of their own costs and expenses, including the fees of their counsel, transfer taxes on resale of any of the Securities by them, and any advertising expenses connected with any offers they may make.

 

7.     Conditions to Underwriters’ Obligations .  The obligations of the Underwriters to purchase the Securities shall be subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties on the part of the Company contained herein as of the execution of this Agreement and as of the Time of Delivery, to the accuracy of the statements of the Company made in any certificates pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Company of its obligations hereunder and to the following additional conditions:

 

(a)   The Final Prospectus as amended or supplemented in relation to the Securities shall have been filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by the rules and regulations under the Act and in accordance with Section 5(a) hereof; no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any part thereof shall have been issued and no proceeding for that purpose shall have been initiated or threatened by the Commission; and all requests for additional information on the part of the Commission shall have been complied with to the Representatives’ reasonable satisfaction;

 

(b)   Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, counsel for the Company, shall have furnished to you their written opinion, dated the Time of Delivery for the Securities, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to you, to the effect set forth in Schedule VI hereto.

 

(c)   Mary J. McGinn, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of the Company and Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of Allstate Insurance Company, shall have furnished to you her written opinion, dated the Time of Delivery for the Securities, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to you, to the effect set forth in Schedule VII hereto.

 

(d)   The Representatives shall have received from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, such opinion or opinions, dated the Time of Delivery and addressed to the Representatives, with respect to the issuance and sale of the Securities, the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus as amended and supplemented and other related matters as the Representatives may reasonably require, and the Company shall have furnished to such counsel such documents as they request for this purpose of enabling them to pass upon such matters.

 

(e)   The Company shall have furnished to the Representatives a certificate of the Company, signed by the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, General Counsel, Treasurer or Controller of the Company, dated the Time of Delivery, to the effect that the signatory of such certificate

 

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has carefully examined the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Prospectus, the Final Prospectus and amendments and supplements thereto and this Agreement and that:

 

(i)        the representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement are true and correct on and as of the Time of Delivery with the same effect as if made on the Time of Delivery and the Company has complied with all agreements and satisfied all the conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to the Time of Delivery;

 

(ii)       no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or, to the Company’s knowledge, threatened; and

 

(iii)      since the date of the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus there has occurred no event required to be set forth in an amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Final Prospectus, and there has been no document required to be filed under the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder which, upon filing, would be deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Time of Sale Prospectus or the Final Prospectus which has not been so filed. -

 

(f)    On the date hereof, Deloitte & Touche LLP shall have furnished to the Representatives a letter, dated the date hereof, to the effect set forth in Schedule VIII hereto.  As of the Time of Delivery, Deloitte & Touche LLP shall have furnished to the Representatives a letter, dated as of the Time of Delivery, reaffirming, as of such date, all of the statements set forth in Schedule VIII hereto and otherwise in form and substance satisfactory to the Representatives.

 

(g)   Subsequent to the effective date of this Agreement, there shall not have been any decrease in the rating of any of the Company’s debt securities by any of Moody’s Investors Service or Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., or any public notice given of any intended or potential decrease in any such rating or of a possible change in any such rating that does not indicate the direction of the possible change.

 

(h)   Prior to or at the Time of Delivery, the Company shall have furnished or shall furnish to the Representatives such additional certificates of officers of the Company as to such other matters as the Representatives may reasonably request.

 

If any of the conditions specified in this Section 7 shall not have been fulfilled in all material respects when and as provided in this Agreement, or if any of the opinions and certificates mentioned above or elsewhere in this Agreement shall not be in all material respects reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to the Representatives and counsel for the


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