In addition, under our tax allocation agreement with McDonald's, McDonald's (as our parent) has the sole authority to file federal income tax returns and most state income tax returns on
our behalf and is responsible for administering that agreement until the consummation of this offering. Assuming McDonald's economic interest in our outstanding common stock falls to less than 80%,
this arrangement is expected to terminate for federal and some state income tax purposes for taxable periods following the offering. However, the tax allocation agreement will remain in effect for
taxable years prior to this offering. Consequently, this may result in conflicts of interest between McDonald's and us. For example, McDonald's (as our parent) may choose to contest, compromise or
settle any adjustment or deficiency proposed by the relevant taxing authority in a manner that may be beneficial to McDonald's and detrimental to us and for which we may be required to reimburse
McDonald's under the tax allocation agreement. The tax allocation agreement will continue to apply to, and govern, the sharing of tax liabilities between McDonald's and us for state tax purposes for
those states in which we and McDonald's will continue to file tax returns on a combined basis following the offering.
The corporate opportunity provisions in our amended certificate of incorporation could enable McDonald's to benefit from corporate opportunities that might otherwise be available to Chipotle.
amended certificate of incorporation will contain provisions related to corporate opportunities that may be of interest to both McDonald's and us. It will provide that if a corporate
opportunity is offered to:
of our officers or employees who is also a director (but not an officer or employee) of McDonald's, that opportunity will belong to us unless expressly offered to that
person primarily in his or her capacity as a director of McDonald's, in which case it will belong to McDonald's;
of our directors who is also an officer or employee of McDonald's, that opportunity will belong to McDonald's unless expressly offered to that person primarily in his or
her capacity as our director, in which case it will belong to us; and
person who is either (1) an officer or employee of both us and McDonald's or (2) a director of both us and McDonald's (but not an officer or employee of
either one), that opportunity will belong to McDonald's unless expressly offered to that person primarily in his or her capacity as our director, in which case such opportunity shall belong to us.
In following these procedures, any person who is offered a corporate opportunity will have satisfied his or her fiduciary duties to our shareholders and us. In addition, our amended
certificate of incorporation will provide that any corporate opportunity that belongs to McDonald's or to us, as the case may be, may not be pursued by the other, unless and until the party to whom
the opportunity belongs determines not to pursue the opportunity and so informs the other party. Furthermore, so long as the material facts of any transaction between us and McDonald's have been
disclosed to or are known by our board of directors or relevant board committee, and the board or such committee (which may, for quorum purposes, include directors who are directors or officers of
McDonald's) authorizes the transaction by an affirmative vote of a majority of the disinterested directors, then McDonald's will have satisfied its fiduciary duties and will not be liable to us or our
shareholders for any breach of fiduciary duty or duty of loyalty relating to that transaction. These provisions create the possibility that a corporate opportunity that may be pertinent to us may be
used for the benefit of McDonald's.
Future sales or distributions of our shares by McDonald's could depress our class A common stock price.
After this offering, and subject to the lock-up period described below, McDonald's may sell all or a portion of the shares of our class B
common stock that it owns (which shares would be converted automatically into class A shares in connection with any sale prior to a tax-free distribution) or distribute those shares to its
shareholders, including a distribution in exchange for McDonald's shares or securities (or another similar transaction). Sales by McDonald's in the public market or distributions to its