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A <> clawback is an arrangement whereby the equity owners commit to use <> they have received in the past to finance the cash needs of the project or corporation in the future. Clawback has a more general definition. For example, premiums paid on an insurance policy may be refunded (or clawed back) if the policy is cancelled in a certain time frame. Such an arrangement is specified in the contract and referred to as a clawback provision.
1. A provision in an incentive stock option that requires an employee to reimburse the company for any gains from exercising options in the event the employee goes to work for a direct competitor within a specified number of months of exercise.
2. Excessive management share of profits that must be refunded to investors of a venture capital fund. A clawback is required when managers of a venture capital fund take a contractual share of early investment gains that are subsequently reduced by losses.