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I have a contract for consulting services from a company in Connecticut. It was made in August of 2015. There is a success fee attached to the project which relies on not only a successful outcome of a license award (this already happened) but project financing. I would like to ensure that this agreement is still viable.

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No, I just need to know that the agreement is still viable when the financing is approved.

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Hello. My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney. I am working on a response to your question and should have that to you shortly. If it is possible for you to provide a copy of the contract, I can provide a more thorough response.

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I can scan an provide a copy. Where should I send it?
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Perfect. I received them and will review now and get back to you.

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Thank you for the additional information. The section you read to me is the pertinent one. Unfortunately with any contract, different people can interpret the language in different ways. But my understanding of the language is that you become entitled to the success fee upon the award of the final, non-appealable license or pre-approval to develop, construct and operate the project. The timing of the fee is tied to the latter (or later to happen) of either that pre-approval or third-party financing. As a person interpreting the language, the reason for that provision is to recognized you earn the success fee upon the license but that they may not have the funds to pay it until financing is obtained. Though the language about meeting and conferring to discuss an extension, amendment or replacement of the contract if both pre-approval and financing are not obtained by Feb. 29, 2016 may potentially create some confusion; it is my opinion that the more important part of that portion of the section is that is says the parties shall meet and confer ..., as may be mutually agreeable and necessary, ... Thus, since you continued consulting, since they were awarded the license (which is the thing for which you are being provided the success fee, just waiting for payment upon financing), and since neither you nor the other party determined it was "mutually agreeable or necessary" to meet to possibly change this provision, the contract remains place as is without any amendment or revision. The position you should take, if they do disagree, is that they had the ability per this contract language to request a meeting to confer about a change but they did not so request it and, thus, they clearly did not believe it was necessary. I hope this helps.

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