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Convertible Note Agreement Template

    One of the best ways to get returns on your investment is through convertible notes. To legalize the process of transferring your investment amount into shares of the company, you can download our free convertible note agreement template. As the template can be customized, you can add the mutually-agreed discount rate, valuation cap, and more. Download and create your convertible note agreement today.

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A debt instrument that could be converted into equity under predetermined conditions is a convertible note. It includes a discounted fully diluted price per share. At the equity financing, it declares a minimum fund to be raised.

A convertible note is interest-bearing which shall be converted into equity and has a maturity date. However, creating a convertible note template for such conversion is crucial to make sure everything runs smoothly and effectively.

But, what is this convertible note agreement? Is it even necessary for your company?

What Is a Convertible Note Agreement?

A convertible note agreement is a legal document that allows an investor to convert a debt instrument into equity under certain circumstances by subscribing for a convertible note.

The party shall convert into equity under this agreement in the following conditions:

  • Company’s financing exceeds a certain minimum amount.
  • A liquidity event incurs change of listing or control.
  • If neither of these two happens on a predetermined maturity date.

For issuing convertible notes to raise funds, the party could use the convertible note instrument or convertible note subscription agreement.

In case the company has only one investor or a few investors who subscribe for the note, using a convertible note subscription agreement is advisable.

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With a convertible note agreement, you can legally convert debts into shares of the company. Our legally binding convertible note agreement sample helps you identify all the clauses that should be present in your final agreement. Download our free convertible note agreement template to receive equity on your investment today.

How Does a Convertible Note Agreement Work?

There are several ways to use convertible debt note templates. Here a different price mechanism shall be applied and the security of money is intact as if no equity is paid, the investors shall gain their money back.

Moreover, the parties shall create their own convertible notes agreement as per their company's mechanism with the help of convertible note sample agreement. This agreement works as proof of approval at both shareholders and board level.

The parties shall include everything discussed in the meeting in the agreement. The convertible note shall be in sync with the Articles of Association for the validity and reliability of the execution of the deed and consulting the secretary.

This agreement is a clear indication for each investor how much convertible note he will subscribe to and the responsibility of payment. A separate letter is executed to each investor.

Lastly, the letter shall be signed by the company to come into execution.

What Are the Features of a Convertible Note Agreement?

Before agreeing upon a convertible note agreement, the parties shall consider a few features. Some of them are as follow:

  • Discount Rate: In case an investor bore an additional risk by investing earlier or investing more, the compensation is provided as a valuation discount relative to other investors at the financing round.
  • Valuation Cap: The reward given to the investor for taking an additional risk is a valuation cap. It accurately caps the price of the investor’s note which will be converted into equity. In short, the investor with convertible notes gets equity-like upside in case the company takes off.
  • Interest Rate: As the investors’ money is borrowed by the company, convertible notes provide interest as well. However, the interest is not paid in cash but instead accrues to the principal invested which in turn increases the number of issued shares.
  • Maturity Date: The convertible notes agreement should also include the maturity dates. It is mentioned at what date the note is due and the company needs to repay it.
  • Pre-payment Terms: In case the company wants to prepay the accrued interest, it is imperative to take the approval of the majority holders.
  • Documents: The counsel of the company documents every transaction with the help of the Note Purchasing Agreement, Investor Questionnaire, and Convertible Note (this document).
  • Note Purchase Agreement: The agreement includes all the details of representations, covenants, and warranties of the company which shall be provided in conjunction with this agreement.
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With a convertible note agreement, you can legally convert debts into shares of the company. Our legally binding convertible note agreement sample helps you identify all the clauses that should be present in your final agreement. Download our free convertible note agreement template to receive equity on your investment today.


The convertible note agreement shall come under effect only if agreed and signed by the majority of the shareholders. After that, every investor shall adhere to its terms and conditions.

Moreover, the purchase and sale of the notes shall be carried out only if the company and the purchasers mutually agree in writing or oral. Furthermore, the party can form their customized agreement by taking reference from CocoSign.

We have a wide range of relevant and lawful templates which are updated constantly. Our experts' team is also available to resolve any convertible or other agreement related query.


Convertible Note Agreement

This term sheet summarizes key terms of a proposed convertible note issuance, for discussion purposes only.  It is non-binding and is not self-executing. No party has any obligation with respect to the proposed note issuance unless and until it signs a definitive agreement governing such transaction. Any party may end discussions at any time for any reason or no reason at all. [Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties hereto agree to be bound by the provisions contained in the paragraphs entitled “Confidentiality”, “Governing Law”, “Exclusivity”, and “Expenses”.]

Issuer:  [ISSUER], a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”)

Purchaser:  [PURCHASER], a [DESCRIBE ENTITY OR ENTITIES] (the “Purchaser”)

Issuance:  Convertible promissory note due [YEAR DUE] (the “Note”)

Principal:  [Up to] $[PRINCIPAL AMOUNT]; the Purchaser will pay face value for the Note. 

Target Closing Date:  On or before [TARGET CLOSING DATE], [or as soon as practicable after satisfaction or waiver of all closing conditions] [to occur simultaneously with signing the definitive documentation]


[ANNUAL CAPITALIZED INTEREST]% per year, capitalized into the Note’s principal.

2% per year default penalty. 

Payment Dates:  [Quarterly, in arrears [beginning on [START DATE]]] [Upon maturity]

Maturity:  Unless converted, the Note matures on the [NUMERAL (FIRST, SECOND, ETC.)] anniversary of the closing date.

Use of Proceeds:  Proceeds from the Note issuance must be used [for general corporate purposes]. 


[Permitted Indebtedness:  (i) Mechanics’ liens and obligations to trade creditors, (ii) existing indebtedness [[DESCRIBE]], and (iii) [Unsecured] indebtedness from a commercial bank or comparable lender [for (describe purpose)] in an amount not to exceed $[[MAX INDEBTEDNESS]].] 

[Security:  The Note will be secured by a [first priority] [subordinated] lien on [all the Issuer’s assets and business]  [real property] [assets] [accounts receivable] [intellectual property] [securities] [commercial tort claims] [contract rights] [insurance claims].]

[Guaranty:  The Issuer’s obligations will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed [on a joint and several basis] by [the founders / subsidiaries / parent corp / other guarantor].]

Mandatory Conversion:  The outstanding principal and interest on the Note will convert automatically into shares of the Issuer’s [COMMON OR PREFERRED STOCK] upon any of the following events:

  • The Issuer accepts a third-party cash investment [in an aggregate amount of at least $[MINIMUM 3RD PARTY INVESTMENT ]in the Issuer in exchange for shares of its stock, in which case the Purchaser will receive equity of the same type and on substantially the same terms and conditions as the third-party investor or syndicate; or
  • The issuer achieves annual [revenue, earnings, or other defined milestone] [calculated in accordance with GAAP / IFRS] of at least $[MINIMUM ACHIEVEMENT], in which case the Purchaser will receive shares of the Issuer’s common stock; or  
  • [The Issuer agrees to a change-of-control or sale of substantially all the Issuer’s business and assets to a third party.]

[Redemption:  If the Issuer agrees to a change-of-control or sale of substantially all the Issuer’s business and assets to a third party, the Issuer must redeem the Note in cash [or liquid securities] at [% OF OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST]% of the outstanding principal and interest on the Note.] 

Conversion Price:  Upon conversion due to a third-party investment [or change-of-control], the Purchaser will receive new equity in an amount that values the Issuer’s total outstanding equity pre-money at the [minimum] [weighted average] valuation offered in that round, minus [(i)] __% [if the conversion occurs on or before [CONVERSION DATE (I)], (ii) __% if the conversion occurs on or before [CONVERSION DATE (II)], or (iii) __% if the conversion occurs on or before [CONVERSION DATE (III)]] (the “Discount”), and in any case not to exceed an implied pre-money valuation of $[CAP] (the “Cap”). 

Upon conversion due to the Issuer’s achieving a performance milestone, the Purchaser will receive new equity [in an amount that values the Issuer’s total outstanding equity pre-money at $[NEW OUTSTANDING EQUITY VALUATION]  [at fair market value based on [a defined formula]] as determined by a mutually acceptable valuation agent, subject to the Discount and Cap].

Board Seat / Info Rights:  The Issuer’s Board of Directors will consist of [# MEMBERS] members.  The Purchaser may appoint

[# PURCHASER CAN APPOINT] member[s] to the Issuer’s Board of Directors to represent the Purchaser’s interests while the Note remains outstanding.  [The Issuer will appoint [an] independent member[s] to [one] of the remaining directorships.]  [Upon closing, the initial members will be [the CEO, the Purchaser representative, etc.]] 

The Purchaser will have customary information and inspection rights, including to receive all periodic financial and investor information reports that the Issuer prepares for its stockholders.  [While the Note remains outstanding the Issuer will prepare and deliver to the Purchaser: an annual budget, annual [AUDITED / UNAUDITED] financial statements [within __ days of each fiscal year end], quarterly unaudited financial statements [within __ days of each fiscal quarter end].]

Reps and Warranties:  The Issuer will make standard representations and warranties for a financing of this type.

Covenants:  The Note will contain standard affirmative and negative covenants for a financing of this type, including but not limited to the following covenants.  [Covenant waivers require the consent of Note holders representing [a majority] __% of the outstanding principal and interest on the Notes.]

Affirmative covenants will require the Issuer to:

  • continue its corporate existence
  • maintain insurance policies on [real property] [inventory] [vehicles] [key man life]
  • comply with applicable law
  • pay taxes
  • protect its intellectual property 
  • prepare financial reports [in accordance with [GAAP / IFRS]] on a quarterly basis and annual reports [[[REVIEWED] / [AUDITED]] by an outside accountant]]

Negative covenants will forbid the Issuer to:

  • change its business or enter a new line of business
  • dispose of its assets other than in the ordinary course of business [and not to exceed $__ in the aggregate]
  • enter into any agreement to merge or combine with another company
  • make any acquisition of another company, its business or assets [, except for certain purchases of inventory in the ordinary course of business] 
  • issue dividends, stock repurchases or redemptions, make payments with respect to subordinated debt, or make other restricted payments [in an aggregate amount exceeding $____]
  • Make any loans or investments [in an aggregate amount exceeding $____] [other than in the ordinary course of business]
  • incur any lien or make any negative pledge, other than mechanics’ liens in favor of suppliers incurred in the ordinary course of business
  • incur any additional indebtedness, including guaranties, sale-leasebacks, and other contingent obligations [in an aggregate amount exceeding $_____] [other than in the ordinary course of business]
  • engage in any transactions with insiders or their affiliates [, except for [OUTLINE EXCEPTIONS HERE]]
  • increase the size of its Board of Directors beyond [BOARD SIZE MAX] members
  • increase the annual cash compensation for any employee beyond $[CASH COMPENSATION MAX] or by more than [COMPENSATION MAX %]% over the previous year

Events of Default:  The Note will include events of default customary for financings of this type, including but not limited to the following.

Automatic events of default will give rise to a default upon their occurrence:

  • failure to pay interest or principal when due
  • the Issuer’s voluntary or involuntary bankruptcy or insolvency
  • any default by the Issuer under other material indebtedness

The following events of default trigger the [Purchaser’s] right [of Note holders representing [a majority] [__%] of the outstanding principal and interest on the Notes] to declare a default:

  • covenant violation
  • inaccurate reps and warranties
  • material legal judgment against the Issuer [, including [final and unappealable] invalidation of key patent claims by a court of law] 
  • default under a material contract

[Closing Conditions:  The parties’ obligation to close will be contingent on customary conditions for a financing of this type, including [satisfactory completion of the Purchaser’s due diligence] [regulatory approvals] [third party consents] [the Purchaser’s obtaining third-party financing in an amount sufficient to fund the purchase price and on terms satisfactory to it].]  

Registration Rights:  The holders of shares of stock issued upon the Note’s conversion will have customary registration rights, including the right to piggyback on any registration of shares from the same class of equity by the Issuer

Transferability:  The Purchaser may not transfer the Note [, except [to its affiliates and] in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws.]

[Documentation:  The [Issuer’s counsel] will prepare initial drafts of definitive legal documentation for review and comment by the [Purchaser’s counsel]. The definitive documentation [will combine the loan agreement terms, the convertible note [, and the security agreement] in a single document] [will consist of a note purchase agreement with attached forms of the note[s] and security agreement to be executed on closing].

Governing Law and Jurisdiction: [This term sheet and the definitive documentation shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New York State applicable to transactions signed and to be performed solely within such state. 

Confidentiality:  [This term sheet is Confidential Information within the meaning used in the confidentiality agreement, dated [CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT DATE], between the parties hereto.]  

[Except as otherwise required by law, the Issuer will not disclose the existence or terms of this term sheet or any of the matters referred to herein (“Confidential Information”) to any persons other than its executive officers, directors, accountants and attorneys, and shall inform all recipients of Confidential Information that they may not disclose it to third parties. The Purchaser is responsible for all such recipients’ conduct with respect to the Confidential Information.  The Issuer may seek injunctive relief, in addition to other remedies, to enforce this provision.]

Exclusivity:  During the period commencing on the date hereof and continuing for 90 days, neither the Issuer, nor any of its respective affiliates, agents, principals, attorneys, or other representatives shall directly or indirectly contact, solicit, encourage or negotiate with any person or entity other than Purchaser with respect to any transaction involving the purchase of equity interests of the Company, or substantially all of its business and assets (a “Competing Transaction”). If Seller receives or becomes aware of

any offer to engage in a Competing Transaction, he will promptly notify Purchaser of such offer, its terms, and the offeror’s identity.

Expenses:  [The parties will pay their own expenses in connection with this transaction.] [Contingent upon closing, the Issuer will pay all of the Purchaser’s third-party expenses from the date hereof in connection with this transaction, including legal and financial advisory fees, up to a maximum amount of $[THIRD-PARTY EXPENSES MAX], from the proceeds of the Issuance.]

[Amendment:  The Notes may only be amended by a written instrument signed by Note holders representing a majority of the outstanding principal and interest on the Notes. Any such amendment will be binding on all Note holders.]  

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