Form 485BXT Federated Hermes Adviser

June 23, 2021 4:12 PM EDT

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1933 Act File No. 333-218374

1940 Act File No. 811-23259

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

Form N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

 

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

Pre-Effective Amendment No.

 

 

Post-Effective Amendment No. 43

and/or

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

 

THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940

 

 

Amendment No. 44
 

Federated Hermes Adviser Series

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Federated Hermes Funds
4000 Ericsson Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086-7561

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(412) 288-1900

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code)

Peter J. Germain, Esquire
1001 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-3779

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box):

 

immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
On June 29, 2021 pursuant to paragraph (b)
60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
On __________ pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)
On __________ pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485
  If appropriate, check the following:
This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.
 

 

This amendment to the Registration Statement hereby incorporates by reference, pursuant to Rule 411 under the Securities Act of 1933, Parts A and B of Post-Effective Amendment No. 41 Filed April 8, 2021 in their entirety.

Item 28. Exhibits

(a) Declaration of Trust  
1 Conformed copy of the Certificate of Trust of the Registrant dated July 12, 2017, including Amendments dated August 15, 2018 and June 26, 2020 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 33 on July 29, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
2 Conformed copy of the Declaration of Trust of the Registrant dated July 12, 2017, including Amendment Nos. 1 through 9 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 37 on December 23, 2020 on Form N-1A (file Nos 81-23259 and 333-218374).  

 

(b) By-Laws  
  Conformed copy of the By-Laws of the Registrant dated July 12, 2017 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 33 on July 29, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  

 

(c) Instruments Defining Rights of Security Holders  
  Federated Securities Corp. does not issue share certificates for this Registrant.  

 

(d) Investment Advisory Contracts  
  Federated MDTA, LLC  
1 Conformed copy of the Investment Advisory Contract of the Registrant dated June 1, 2017, including Exhibits A and B, and Limited Power of Attorney dated June 1, 2017 +
  Federated Global Investment Management Corp.  
2 Conformed copy of the Investment Advisory Contract of the Registrant dated September 1, 2018, including Exhibits A through H and Limited Power of Attorney dated September 1, 2018 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
  Federated Investment Management Company  
3 Conformed copy of the Investment Advisory Contract of the Registrant dated December 1, 2018, including Exhibits A through E and Limited Power of Attorney dated December 1, 2018 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 39 on January 20, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259.  
  Sub-Advisory Agreement-Federated Global Investment Management Corp and Hermes Investment Management Limited  
4 Conformed copy of the Sub-Advisory Agreement of the Registrant dated September 1, 2018, including Exhibits A through E and Limited Power of Attorney dated September 1, 2018 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
  Sub-Advisory Agreement-Federated Investment Management Company and Hermes Investment Management Limited  
5 Conformed copy of the Sub-Advisory Agreement of the Registrant dated December 1, 2018, including Exhibits A through C and Limited Power of Attorney dated December 1, 2018 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
  Sub-Advisory Agreement-Federated Global Investment Management Corp and Polaris Capital Management, LLC  
6 Conformed copy of the Sub-Advisory Agreement of the Registrant dated August 23, 2019, including Exhibit A and Limited Power of Attorney dated August 23, 2019 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  

 

(e) Underwriting Contracts  
1 Conformed copy of the Distributor’s Contract of the Registrant dated May 16, 2017, including Exhibits A through DDD. +
2 Conformed copy of the Distributor’s Contract for Class B Shares of the Registrant dated October 24, 1997, including Amendments dated October 1, 2003 and June 1, 2001 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 35 on October 27, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259).  

 

(f) Bonus or Profit Sharing Contracts  
  Not applicable  

 

(g) Custodian Agreements  
1 Conformed copy of the Amended and Restated Master Custodian Agreement dated June 7, 2005 by and between The Bank of New York Mellon and the Registrant, including Amendments 1 through 33, and Exhibits A and B revised June 1, 2021. +
2 Conformed copy of Amended and Restated Master Custodian Agreement dated March 1, 2017 by and between State Street Bank and Trust Company and the Registrant, including Appendix A, revised as of June 1, 2021 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 42 on June 10, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259).  

 

(h) Other Material Contracts  
     
1 Services Agreement  
(a) Conformed copy of the Services Agreement between Federated Advisory Services Company and Federated MDTA LLC dated July 31, 2006, including Schedule 1 (revised February 1, 2021) as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 41 on April 8, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
(b) Conformed copy of the Services Agreement between Federated Advisory Services Company and Federated Global Investment Management Corp. dated January 1, 2004, including Schedule 1 (revised December 1, 2020) as filed in via EDGAR Post-Effective Amendment No. 37 on December 23, 2020 on Form N-1A (file Nos 81-23259 and 333-218374).  
(c) Conformed copy of the Services Agreement between Federated Advisory Services Company and Federated Investment Management Company dated January 1, 2004, including Schedule 1 (revised June 1, 2021). +
(d) Conformed copy of the Second Amended and Restated Services Agreement, amended and restated as of December 1, 2001, between Federated Shareholder Services Company and the Registrant, including Schedule 1 (revised June 1, 2021) +
(e) Conformed copy of the Principal Shareholder Servicer’s Agreement for Class B Shares of the Registrant dated October 24, 1997 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 35 on October 27, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
(f) Conformed copy of the Shareholder Services Agreement for Class B Shares of the Registrant dated October 24, 1997. as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 37 on December 23, 2020 on Form N-1A (file Nos 81-23259 and 333-218374).  
     
2 Transfer Agency Agreement  
  Conformed copy of the Transfer Agency and Service Agreement between the Federated Funds and State Street Bank and Trust Company dated January 31, 2017, including Exhibit A (revised March 2, 2021) and Schedules as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 42 on June 10, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259)  
     
3 Administrative Services Agreement  
  Conformed copy of the Second Amended and Restated Agreement for Administrative Services between the Federated Funds and Federated Administrative Services dated September 1, 2017, including Exhibit A (revised March 1, 2021) and Exhibit B as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 41 on April 8, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
     
4 Financial Administration and Accounting Agreement  
(a) Conformed copy of the Financial Administration and Accounting Services Agreement between the Federated Funds and The Bank of New York Mellon dated March 1, 2011 as amended, including Schedule 1 (updated as of June 1, 2021) +
(b) Conformed copy of the Financial Administration and Accounting Services Agreement between the Federated Funds and State Street Bank and Trust Company dated March 1, 2011, as amended, including Exhibit A (updated as of March 1, 2021) as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 42 on June 10, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259)  

 

(i) Legal Opinion  
1 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund, as filed in Pre-Effective Amendment No. 1 on August 25, 2017 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
2 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 5 on November 1, 2018 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
3 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund and Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 11 on March 15, 2019 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
4 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund and Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 12 on March 29, 2019 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
5 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes International Equity Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 17 on June 26, 2019 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
6 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund, Federated International Equity Fund and Federated International Growth Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 20 on August 26, 2019 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
7 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund, as filed in Post-Effective Amendment No. 22 on September 18, 2019 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  
8 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
9 Conformed copy of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes Conservative Municipal Microshort Fund and Federated Hermes Conservative Microshort as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 40 on January 29, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
10 Form of Opinion and Consent of Counsel as to the legality of shares being registered for Federated Hermes MDT Market Neutral Fund as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 41 on April 8, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  

 

(j) Other Opinions  
1 Conformed copy of Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Ernst & Young LLP N/A
2 Conformed copy of Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Deloitte & Touche LLP N/A
3 Conformed copies of Consents of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm KPMG LLP N/A

 

(k) Omitted Financial Statements  
  Not Applicable  

 

(l) Initial Capital Agreements  
  Conformed copy of Initial Capital Understanding, as filed in Pre-Effective Amendment No. 1 on August 25, 2017 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  

 

 
 

 

 

(m) Rule 12b-1 Plan  
1 Form of the Distribution Plan between certain classes of the Registrant and Federated Securities Corp., dated May 16, 2017, including Exhibit A through Exhibit BB as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 41 on April 8, 2021 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
2 Conformed copy of the Distribution Plan for Class B Shares of the Registrant dated October 24, 1997 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 35 on October 27, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos 333-218374 and 811-23259).  

 

(n) Rule 18f-3 Plan  
  Conformed copy of the Multiple Class Plan and all share class Exhibits as adopted by certain Federated investment companies offering separate classes of shares +

 

(o) Powers of Attorney  
  Conformed copy of Power of Attorney of the Registrant dated November 1, 2020. as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 37 on December 23, 2020 on Form N-1A (file Nos 81-23259 and 333-218374).  

 

(p) Codes of Ethics  
1 Conformed copy of Federated Hermes, Inc. Code of Ethics for Access Persons, effective January 31, 2020 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 31 on June 1, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 333-218374 and 811-23259).  
2 Copy of the Personal Account Dealing Policy for Hermes Investment Management as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 37 on December 23, 2020 on Form N-1A (file Nos 81-23259 and 333-218374).  
3 Copy of the Polaris Capital Management, LLC Code of Ethics effective January 2020 as filed via EDGAR in Post-Effective Amendment No. 33 on July 29, 2020 on Form N-1A (File Nos. 811-23259 and 333-218374).  

 

+ Exhibit is being filed electronically with registration statement  

 

 
 

 

 

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Item 29.  Persons Controlled by or Under Common Control with the Fund:
No persons are controlled by the Fund.

 

Item 30.  Indemnification

Indemnification is provided to Officers and Trustees of the Registrant pursuant to the Registrant's Declaration of Trust, as amended. This includes indemnification against: (a) any liabilities or expenses incurred in connection with the defense or disposition of any action, suit or proceeding in which an Officer or Trustee may be or may have been involved; and (b) any liabilities and expenses incurred by an Officer or Trustee as a result of having provided personally identifiable information to a regulator or counterparty by or with whom the Registrant (or its series, as applicable) is regulated or engages in business to satisfy a legal or procedural requirement of such regulator or counterparty.

The Investment Advisory Contract, and Sub-advisory Agreement as applicable, (collectively, “Advisory Contracts”) between the Registrant and the investment adviser, and sub-adviser as applicable, (collectively, “Advisers”) of its series, provide that, in the absence of willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the obligations or duties under the Advisory Contracts on the part of the Advisers, Advisers shall not be liable to the Registrant or to any shareholder for any act or omission in the course of or connected in any way with rendering services or for any losses that may be sustained in the purchase, holding, or sale of any security.

The Registrant’s distribution contract contains provisions limiting the liability, and providing for indemnification, of the Officers and Trustees under certain circumstances.

Registrant's Trustees and Officers are covered by an Investment Trust Errors and Omissions Policy.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to Trustees, Officers, and controlling persons of the Registrant by the Registrant pursuant to the Declaration of Trust, as amended, or otherwise, the Registrant is aware that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and, therefore, is unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by Trustees), Officers, or controlling persons of the Registrant in connection with the successful defense of any act, suit, or proceeding) is asserted by such Trustees, Officers, or controlling persons in connection with the shares being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issues.

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities may be permitted pursuant to Section 17 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 for Trustees, Officers, and controlling persons of the Registrant by the Registrant pursuant to the Declaration of Trust, as amended, or otherwise, the Registrant is aware of the position of the Securities and Exchange Commission as set forth in Investment Company Act Release No. IC-11330. Therefore, the Registrant undertakes that in addition to complying with the applicable provisions of the Declaration of Trust, as amended, or otherwise, in the absence of a final decision on the merits by a court or other body before which the proceeding was brought, that an indemnification payment will not be made unless in the absence of such a decision, a reasonable determination based upon factual review has been made (i) by a majority vote of a quorum of non-party Trustees who are not interested persons of the Registrant or (ii) by independent legal counsel in a written opinion that the indemnitee was not liable for an act of willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of duties. The Registrant further undertakes that advancement of expenses incurred in the defense of a proceeding (upon undertaking for repayment unless it is ultimately determined that indemnification is appropriate) against an Officer, Trustee or controlling person of the Registrant will not be made absent the fulfillment of at least one of the following conditions: (i) the indemnitee provides security for his undertaking; (ii) the Registrant is insured against losses arising by reason of any lawful advances; or (iii) a majority of a quorum of disinterested non-party Trustees or independent legal counsel in a written opinion makes a factual determination that there is reason to believe the indemnitee will be entitled to indemnification.

 

 

Item 31 Business and Other Connections of Investment Adviser:

Federated Global Investment Management Corp.

For a description of the other business of the Investment Adviser, see the section entitled “Who Manages the Fund?” in Part A. The affiliations with the Registrant of one of the Trustees and two of the Officers of the Investment Adviser are included in Part B of this Registration Statement under "Who Manages and Provides Services to the Fund?"  The remaining Trustees of the Investment Adviser and, in parentheses, their principal occupations are:  Thomas R. Donahue, (Chief Financial Officer, Federated Hermes, Inc.) and John B. Fisher, (Vice Chairman, Federated Hermes, Inc.) 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-3779.  The business addresses of the Officers of the Investment Adviser are:  1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3779; 101 Park Avenue, 41st Floor, New York, NY  10178 and 400 Meridian Centre, Suite 200, Rochester, NY  14618.  Some of these individuals are also officers of a majority of the Investment Advisers to the investment companies in the Federated Hermes Fund Complex described in Part B of this Registration Statement.
The Officers of the Investment Adviser are:
Chairman: J. Christopher Donahue
President/ Chief Executive Officer: John B. Fisher
Executive Vice President:

Stephen F. Auth

Anne H. Kruczek

Senior Vice Presidents:

John S. Ettinger

Timothy Goodger

James Gordon

William P. Pribanic

Martin Christian Schulz

Hans Utsch

Richard A Winkowski, Jr.

Yu (Calvin) Zhang

Vice Presidents:

Steven Abrahamson

Jonathan Art

Thomas J. Banks

Mark S. Bauknight

Thomas M. Brakel

G. Andrew Bonnewell

Steven A. Chiavarone

Darius Czoch

Stephen DeNichilo

Fabrice Di Giusto

Steven Friedman

Qun Liu

Marc Halperin

Qun Liu

Barbara E. Miller

John F. Sherman

Anastacio U. Teodoro, IV

Vivian Wohl

 

Assistant Vice Presidents:

William Scott Camp

Charles Curran

Michael Czekaj

Keith Michaud

Robert Szeles

 

Secretary: G. Andrew Bonnewell
Assistant Secretaries:

Edward C. Bartley

George F. Magera

 

Treasurer: Thomas R. Donahue
Assistant Treasurers: Jeremy D. Boughton
Richard A. Novak
Chief Compliance Officer: Stephen Van Meter

 

Item 31 Business and Other Connections of Investment Adviser:

Federated Investment Management Company

For a description of the other business of the Investment Adviser, see the section entitled “Who Manages the Fund?” in Part A. The affiliations with the Registrant of two of the Trustees and two of the Officers of the Investment Adviser are included in Part B of this Registration Statement under "Who Manages and Provides Services to the Fund?"  The remaining Trustees of the Investment Adviser and, in parentheses, their principal occupations are:  Thomas R. Donahue, (Chief Financial Officer, Federated Hermes, Inc.), 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-3779, John B. Fisher, (Vice Chairman, Federated Hermes, Inc.) 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-3779 and James J. Gallagher, II, Partner, Morris James LLP, 500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500, Wilmington, DE  19801-1494.  The business address of each of the Officers of the Investment Adviser is 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-3779.  These individuals are also officers of a majority of the Investment Advisers to the investment companies in the Federated Hermes Fund Complex described in Part B of this Registration Statement.
The Officers of the Investment Adviser are:
Chairman: J. Christopher Donahue
President/ Chief Executive Officer: John B. Fisher
Executive Vice Presidents:

Deborah A. Cunningham

Anne H. Kruczek

Robert J. Ostrowski

Timothy G. Trebilcock

Senior Vice Presidents:

Todd Abraham

J. Scott Albrecht

Randall S. Bauer

Jonathan C. Conley

Mark E. Durbiano

Donald T. Ellenberger

Eamonn G. Folan

Richard J. Gallo

John T. Gentry

Susan R. Hill

William R. Jamison

Jeffrey A. Kozemchak

Marian R. Marinack

Mary Jo Ochson

Jeffrey A. Petro

Ihab Salib

Michael W. Sirianni, Jr.

Steven J. Wagner

Paige Wilhelm

 

Vice Presidents:

Christopher S. Bodamer

G. Andrew Bonnewell

Hanan Callas

David B. Catalane, Jr.

Nicholas S. Cecchini

Leslie Ciferno

Jerome Conner

Lee R. Cunningham, II

Gregory Czamara, V

B. Anthony Delserone, Jr.

Jason DeVito

Bryan Dingle

William Ehling

Ann Ferentino

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick

Timothy P. Gannon

Kathryn P. Glass

James L. Grant

Patricia L. Heagy

Nathan H. Kehm

Allen J. Knizner

Tracey Lusk

Karen Manna

Daniel James Mastalski

Robert J. Matthews

Christopher McGinley

Keith E. Michaud

Karl Mocharko

Joseph M. Natoli

Gene Neavin

Bob Nolte

Liam O’Connell

Mary Kay Pavuk

John Polinski

Rae Ann Rice

Brian Ruffner

Thomas C. Scherr

John Sidawi

Kyle Stewart

Patrick J. Strollo, III

Mary Ellen Tesla

James Damen Thompson

Nicholas S. Tripodes

Anthony A. Venturino

Mark Weiss

George B. Wright

Christopher Wu

 

Assistant Vice Presidents:

John Badeer

Patrick Benacci

James Chelmu

Jordan Gregov

Brandon Ray Hochstetler

Jeff J. Ignelzi

Nick Navari

Bradley Payne

Braden Rotberg

John W. Scullion

Steven J. Slanika

Peter Snook

Tyler R. Stenger

Randal Stuckwish

Michael S. Wilson

 

Secretary: G. Andrew Bonnewell
Assistant Secretaries:

Edward C. Bartley

George F. Magera

 

Treasurer: Thomas R. Donahue
Assistant Treasurers: Jeremy D. Boughton
Richard A. Novak
Chief Compliance Officer: Stephen Van Meter

 

 

Item 31 Business and Other Connections of Investment Adviser:

Federated MDTA LLC

For a description of the other business of the Investment Adviser, see the section entitled “Who Manages the Fund?” in Part A. The affiliations with the Registrant of one of the Trustees and one of the Officers of the Investment Adviser are included in Part B of this Registration Statement under "Who Manages and Provides Services to the Fund?"  The remaining Trustees of the Investment Adviser and, in parentheses, their principal occupations are:  Thomas R. Donahue, (Chief Financial Officer, Federated Hermes, Inc.), 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-3779, and John B. Fisher, (Vice Chairman, Federated Hermes, Inc.) 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-3779.  The business address of Gordon Ceresino is 125 High Street, Oliver Tower, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02110.  The business address of the remaining Officers of the Investment Adviser is 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3779. These remaining officers are also officers of a majority of the Investment Advisers to the investment companies in the Federated Hermes Fund Complex described in Part B of this Registration Statement.
The Officers of the Investment Adviser are:
Chairman: J. Christopher Donahue
Vice Chairman: Gordon Ceresino
President/ Chief Executive Officer: John B. Fisher
Executive Vice President: Anne H. Kruczek
Senior Vice President:

Edward Foss

Daniel J. Mahr

William Pribanic

 

Vice Presidents:

Thomas T. Beals

John C. Duane

Frederick L. Konopka

John Paul Lewicke

Keith E. Michaud

Tony Ng

Kelly Patel

John F. Sherman

Sarah A. Stahl

Gregory Sterzel

Shuo Damien Zhang

 

Assistant Vice Presidents:

Michael G. Bertani

Kevin R. Walker

 

Secretary: George F. Magera
Assistant Secretary:

Edward C. Bartley

 

Treasurer: Richard A. Novak
Assistant Treasurer: Jeremy D. Boughton
Chief Compliance Officer: Stephen Van Meter

 

 
 

 

 

Item 32  Principal Underwriters:
(a) Federated Securities Corp., the Distributor for shares of the Registrant, acts as principal underwriter for the following investment companies, including the Registrant:
  Federated Hermes Adjustable Rate Securities Trust
  Federated Hermes Adviser Series
  Federated Hermes Core Trust
  Federated Hermes Core Trust III
  Federated Hermes Equity Funds
  Federated Hermes Equity Income Fund, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Fixed Income Securities, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Global Allocation Fund
  Federated Hermes Government Income Securities, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Government Income Trust
  Federated Hermes High Income Bond Fund, Inc.
  Federated Hermes High Yield Trust
  Federated Hermes Income Securities Trust
  Federated Hermes Index Trust
  Federated Hermes Institutional Trust
  Federated Hermes Insurance Series
  Federated Hermes Intermediate Municipal Trust
  Federated Hermes International Series, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Investment Series Funds, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Managed Pool Series
  Federated Hermes MDT Series
  Federated Hermes Money Market Obligations Trust
  Federated Hermes Municipal Bond Fund, Inc.
  Federated Hermes Municipal Securities Income Trust
  Federated Hermes Premier Municipal Income Fund
  Federated Hermes Project and Trade Finance Tender Fund
  Federated Hermes Short-Intermediate Duration Municipal Trust
  Federated Hermes Short-Intermediate Government Trust
  Federated Hermes Short-Term Government Trust
  Federated Hermes Total Return Government Bond Fund
  Federated Hermes Total Return Series, Inc.
  Federated Hermes World Investment Series, Inc.

 

(b)    

(1)

Positions and Offices with Distributor

(2)

Name

 

(3)

Positions and Offices With Registrant

Executive Vice President, Assistant Secretary and Director: Thomas R. Donahue  
President and Director: Paul Uhlman  
Vice President and Director: Peter J. Germain  
Director: Frank C. Senchak  

 

 
 

 

(1)

Positions and Offices with Distributor

(2)

Name

 

(3)

Positions and Offices With Registrant

Executive Vice Presidents:

Michael Bappert

Peter W. Eisenbrandt

Anne H. Kruczek

Solon A. Person, IV

 
Senior Vice Presidents:

Irving Anderson

Daniel G. Berry

Jack Bohnet

Edwin J. Brooks, III

Bryan Burke

Scott J. Charlton

Steven R. Cohen

James S. Conley

Stephen R. Cronin

Charles L. Davis, Jr.

Michael T. DiMarsico

Jack C. Ebenreiter

James Getz, Jr.

Scott A. Gunderson

Dayna C. Haferkamp

Vincent L. Harper, Jr.

Bruce E. Hastings

Jeffrey S. Jones

Ryan W. Jones

Scott D. Kavanagh

Michael Koenig

Edwin C. Koontz

Jane E. Lambesis

Jerry Landrum

Hans W. Lange, Jr.

Michael Liss

Diane Marzula

Amy Michaliszyn

Richard C. Mihm

Vincent T. Morrow

John C. Mosko

Alec H. Neilly

Keith Nixon

James E. Ostrowski

Stephen Otto

Richard P. Paulson

Richard A. Recker

Diane M. Robinson

Brian S. Ronayne

Timothy A. Rosewicz

Eduardo G. Sanchez

Tom Schinabeck

Edward L. Smith

John A. Staley

Mark J. Strubel

William C. Tustin

Michael N. Vahl

G. Walter Whalen

Lewis C. Williams

Michael Wolff

Daniel R. Wroble

Erik Zettlemayer

Paul Zuber

 
Vice Presidents:

Frank Amato

Catherine M. Applegate

Kenneth C. Baber

Raisa E. Barkaloff

Robert W. Bauman

Marc Benacci

Christopher D. Berg

Bill Boarts

Zachary Bono

Matthew A. Boyle

Edward R. Bozek

Thomas R. Brown

Mark Carroll

Dan Casey

Stephen J. Costlow

Mary Ellen Coyne

David G. Dankmyer

Christopher T. Davis

Charles R. Ebbs

Donald Edwards

Mark A. Flisek

Stephen Francis

Heather W. Froelich

David D. Gregoire

Raymond J. Hanley

George M. Hnaras

Scott A. Holick

Christopher Jackson

Todd Jones

Patrick Kelly

Nicholas R. Kemerer

Robert H. Kern

Shawn E. Knutson

Crystal C. Kwok

David M. Larrick

Justin Levy

John P. Liekar

Jonathan Lipinski

Paul J. Magan

Alexi A. Maravel

Meghan McAndrew

Martin J. McCaffrey

Samuel McGowan

Daniel McGrath

Brian McInis

Harry Mills

Mark J. Murphy

Ryan M. Newman

Catherine M. Nied

Ted Noethling

John A. O’Neill

Mark Patsy

Marcus Persichetti

Max E. Recker

Emory Redd

Matt Ryan

 
 

John Shrewsbury

Peter Siconolfi

Bradley Smith

John R. Stanley

Jonathan Sullivan

Gregory Tzanoukakis

David Wasik

Brian R. Willer

Littell L. Wilson

James J. Wojciak

 
Assistant Vice Presidents:

Debbie Adams-Marshall

Edward R. Costello

Adina A. Davis

Madison Dischinger

Kristen C. Kiesling

Anthony W. Lennon

Stephen R. Massey

Carol McEvoy McCool

John K. Murray

Melissa R. Ryan

Carol Anne Sheppard

Scott A. Vallina

Laura Vickerman

 
Secretary: Kary A. Moore  
Assistant Secretaries: Edward C. Bartley  
  Thomas R. Donahue  
  George F. Magera  
Treasurer: Richard A. Novak  
Assistant Treasurer: Jeremy D. Boughton  
Chief Compliance Officer: Stephen Van Meter  

 

(c) Not Applicable

 

 

 
 

 

 

Item 33.  Location of Accounts and Records:
All accounts and records required to be maintained by Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Rules 31a-1 through 31a-3 promulgated thereunder are maintained at one of the following locations:

 

Registrant

Federated Hermes Funds

4000 Ericsson Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086-7561

(Notices should be sent to the Agent for Service at the address listed on the facing page of this filing.)

Federated Administrative Services

(Administrator)

1001 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3779

Federated Global Investment Management Corporation

(Adviser to Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, Federated Global Small Cap Fund, Federated Hermes International Equity Fund and Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund, Federated International Equity Fund, Federated International Growth Fund, Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund)

101 Park Avenue

41st Floor

New York, NY 10178

Federated Investment Management Company

(Adviser to Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, Federated Hermes SDG High Yield Credit Fund, Federated Hermes Conservative Microshort Fund, Federated Hermes Conservative Municipal Microshort Fund)

1001 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3779

Federated MDTA LLC

(Adviser to Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund and Federated Hermes MDT Market Neutral Fund)

125 High Street

Oliver Street Tower, 21st Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Hermes Investment Management Limited

(Sub-Adviser to Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund, Federated Hermes International Equity Fund, Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, Federated Hermes SDG High Yield Credit Fund)

Sixth Floor

150 Cheapside

London EC2V 6ET

England

Polaris Capital Management LLC

(Sub-Adviser to Federated International Equity Fund)

121 High Street

Boston, MA 02110

State Street Bank and Trust Company

(Transfer Agent and Dividend Disbursing Agent)

P.O. Box 219318

Kansas City, MO 64121-9318

State Street Bank and Trust Company

(Custodian)

1 Iron Street

Boston, MA 02110

Bank of New York Mellon
(Custodian)

The Bank of New York Mellon

One Wall Street

New York, NY 10286

 

Item 34.  Management Services:  Not applicable.  
   
Item 35.  Undertakings:
Registrant hereby undertakes to comply with the provisions of Section 16(c) of the 1940 Act with respect to the removal of Trustees and the calling of special shareholder meetings by shareholders.

 

 
 

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant, Federated Hermes Adviser Series has duly caused this Amendment to its Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of Pittsburgh and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on the 23rd day of June, 2021.

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

BY: /s/ George F. Magera

George F. Magera, Assistant Secretary

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following person in the capacity and on the date indicated:

 

NAME TITLE DATE

BY: /s/ George F. Magera

George F. Magera,
Assistant Secretary

Attorney In Fact For the Persons Listed Below June 23, 2021
J. Christopher Donahue* President and Trustee (Principal Executive Officer)  
John B. Fisher* Trustee  
Lori A. Hensler* Treasurer (Principal Financial Officer/Principal Accounting Officer)  
John T. Collins* Trustee  
G. Thomas Hough* Trustee  
Maureen E. Lally-Green* Trustee  
Thomas O’Neill* Trustee  
Madelyn A. Reilly* Trustee  
P. Jerome Richey* Trustee  
John S. Walsh* Trustee  
*By Power of Attorney    

 

 

Exhibit 28 (d)(1) under Form N-1A

Exhibit 10 under item 601/Reg. S-K

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Adviser Series.

8/15/18 – Federated MDT Equity Trust name changed to Federated Adviser Series

 

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

INVESTMENT ADVISORY CONTRACT

 

 

This Contract is made this 1st day of June, 2017, between Federated MDTA, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company having its principal place of business in Boston, Massachusetts (the "Adviser"), and Federated MDT Equity Trust, a Delaware statutory trust, having its principal place of business in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (the “Trust”).

 

WHEREAS the Trust is an open-end management investment company as that term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”), and is registered as such with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and

 

WHEREAS Adviser is engaged in the business of rendering investment advisory and management services.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:

 

1.       The Trust hereby appoints Adviser as investment adviser for each of the portfolios (“Funds”) of the Trust which executes an exhibit to this Contract, and Adviser accepts the appointment. Subject to the direction of the Trustees, Adviser shall provide investment research and supervision of the investments of the Funds and conduct a continuous program of investment evaluation and of appropriate sale or other disposition and reinvestment of each Fund’s assets.

 

2.       Adviser, in its supervision of the investments of each of the Funds will be guided by each of the Fund's investment objective and policies and the provisions and restrictions contained in the Declaration of Trust and By-Laws of the Trust and as set forth in the Registration Statement and exhibits as may be on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

3.       Each Fund shall pay or cause to be paid all of its own expenses and its allocable share of Trust expenses, including, without limitation, the expenses of organizing the Trust and continuing its existence; fees and expenses of Trustees and officers of the Trust; fees for investment advisory services and administrative personnel and services; expenses incurred in the distribution of its shares ("Shares"), including expenses of administrative support services; fees and expenses of preparing and printing its Registration Statements under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Act, and any amendments thereto; expenses of registering and qualifying the Trust, the Funds, and the Shares of the Funds under federal and state laws and regulations; expenses of preparing, printing, and distributing prospectuses (and any amendments thereto) to shareholders; interest expense, taxes, fees, and commissions of every kind; expenses of issue (including cost of Share certificates), purchase, repurchase, and redemption of Shares, including expenses attributable to a program of periodic issue; charges and expenses of custodians, transfer agents, dividend disbursing agents, shareholder servicing agents, and registrars; printing and mailing costs, auditing, accounting, and legal expenses; reports to shareholders and governmental officers and commissions; expenses of meetings of Trustees and shareholders and proxy solicitations therefor; insurance expenses; association membership dues and such nonrecurring items as may arise, including all losses and liabilities incurred in administering the Trust and the Funds. Each Fund will also pay extraordinary expenses as may arise including expenses incurred in connection with litigation, proceedings, and claims and the legal obligations of the Trust to indemnify its officers and Trustees and agents with respect thereto.

 

4.       Each of the Funds shall pay to Adviser, for all services rendered to each Fund by Adviser hereunder, the fees set forth in the exhibits attached hereto.

 

5.       The net asset value of each Fund's Shares as used herein will be calculated to the nearest 1/10th of one cent.

 

6.       The Adviser may from time to time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation (and, if appropriate, assume expenses for one or more of the Funds) to the extent that any of the Funds’ expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as the Adviser may, by notice to the Fund, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

7.       This Contract shall begin for each Fund as of the date of execution of the applicable exhibit and shall continue in effect with respect to each Fund presently set forth on an exhibit (and any subsequent Funds added pursuant to an exhibit during the initial term of this Contract) for two years from the date of this Contract set forth above and thereafter for successive periods of one year, subject to the provisions for termination and all of the other terms and conditions hereof if: (a) such continuation shall be specifically approved at least annually by the vote of a majority of the Trustees of the Fund, including a majority of the Trustees who are not parties to this Contract or interested persons of any such party cast in person at a meeting called for that purpose; and (b) Adviser shall not have notified a Fund in writing at least sixty (60) days prior to the anniversary date of this Contract in any year thereafter that it does not desire such continuation with respect to the Fund.

 

8.       Notwithstanding any provision in this Contract, it may be terminated at any time with respect to any Fund, without the payment of any penalty, by the Trustees of the Trust or by a vote of the shareholders of that Fund on sixty (60) days' written notice to Adviser.

 

9.       This Contract may not be assigned by Adviser and shall automatically terminate in the event of any assignment. Adviser may employ or contract with such other person, persons, corporation, or corporations at its own cost and expense as it shall determine in order to assist it in carrying out this Contract.

 

10.       In the absence of willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the obligations or duties under this Contract on the part of Adviser, Adviser shall not be liable to the Trust or to any of the Funds or to any shareholder for any act or omission in the course of or connected in any way with rendering services or for any losses that may be sustained in the purchase, holding, or sale of any security.

 

11.       This Contract may be amended at any time by agreement of the parties provided that the amendment shall be approved both by the vote of a majority of the Trustees of the Trust including a majority of the Trustees who are not parties to this Contract or interested persons of any such party to this Contract (other than as Trustees) cast in person at a meeting called for that purpose, and, where required by Section 15(a)(2) of the Act, on behalf of a Fund by a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund as defined in Section 2(a)(42) of the Act.

 

12.       The Adviser acknowledges that all sales literature for investment companies (such as the Fund) are subject to strict regulatory oversight. The Adviser agrees to submit any proposed sales literature for the Trust (or any Fund) or for itself or its affiliates which mentions the Trust (or any Fund) to the Trust’s distributor for review and filing with the appropriate regulatory authorities prior to the public release of any such sales literature, provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed so as to create any obligation or duty on the part of the Adviser to produce sales literature for the Trust (or any Fund). The Trust agrees to cause its distributor to promptly review all such sales literature to ensure compliance with relevant requirements, to promptly advise Adviser of any deficiencies contained in such sales literature, to promptly file complying sales literature with the relevant authorities, and to cause such sales literature to be distributed to prospective investors in the Fund.

 

13.       Adviser is hereby expressly put on notice of the limitation of liability as set forth in Article VIII, Section 8.1 of the Declaration of Trust and agrees that the obligations pursuant to this Contract of a particular Fund and of the Trust with respect to that particular Fund be limited solely to the assets of that particular Fund, and Adviser shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of any other Fund, the Trustees, officers, employees or agents of the Trust, or any of them.

 

14.       The Trust and the Funds are hereby expressly put on notice of the limitation of liability as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation of the Adviser and agree that the obligations assumed by the Adviser pursuant to this Contract shall be limited in any case to the Adviser and its assets and, except to the extent expressly permitted by the Act, the Funds shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the Adviser, the Directors, officers, employees, or agents of the Adviser, or any of them.

 

15.       Adviser agrees to maintain the security and confidentiality of nonpublic personal information (“NPI”) of Fund customers and consumers, as those terms are defined in Regulation S-P, 17 CFR Part 248. Adviser agrees to use and redisclose such NPI for the limited purposes of processing and servicing transactions; for specific law enforcement and miscellaneous purposes; and to service providers or in connection with joint marketing arrangements directed by the Fund(s), in each instance in furtherance of fulfilling Adviser’s obligations under this Contract and consistent with the exceptions provided in 17 CFR Sections 248.14, 248.15 and 248.13, respectively.

 

16.       The parties hereto acknowledge that Federated Investors, Inc., has reserved the right to grant the non-exclusive use of the names “Federated, “Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund” or any derivative thereof to any other investment company, investment company portfolio, investment adviser, distributor or other business enterprise, and to withdraw from the Fund the use of the names “Federated,” “Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund” or any derivative thereof. The names “Federated” and “Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund” will continue to be used by the Trust and each Fund so long as such use is mutually agreeable to Federated Investors, Inc. and the Trust.

 

17.       This Contract shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

18.       This Contract will become binding on the parties hereto upon their execution of the attached exhibits to this Contract.

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund.

 

EXHIBIT A

to the

Investment Advisory Contract

 

Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

For all services rendered by Adviser hereunder, Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund shall pay to Adviser and Adviser agrees to accept as full compensation for all services rendered hereunder, an annual investment advisory fee at an annual rate ranging from 0.75 of 1% on the first $500 million of average daily net assets of the Fund to 0.40 of 1% on average daily net assets in excess of $2 billion as specified below.

 

Average Daily Net Assets Advisory Fee
First $500 million 0.750%
Second $500 million 0.675%
Third $500 million 0.600%
Fourth $500 million 0.525%
Over $2 billion 0.400%

 

The portion of the fee based upon the average daily net assets of the Fund shall be accrued daily at the rate of 1/365th of the investment advisory fee as set forth in the schedule above applied to the daily net assets of the Fund. The advisory fee so accrued shall be paid to Adviser daily.

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2017.

 

 

 

Federated MDT Equity Trust

 

 

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

Federated MDTA, LLC

 

 

By: /s/ John B. Fisher

Name: John B. Fisher

Title: President

 

 

 

 
 

 

EXHIBIT B

to the

Investment Advisory Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES MDT MARKET NEUTRAL FUND

 

For all services rendered by Adviser hereunder, Federated Hermes MDT Market Neutral Fund shall pay to Adviser and Adviser agrees to accept as full compensation for all services rendered hereunder, an annual investment advisory fee equal to 0.80% of the average daily net assets of the Fund.

  

The portion of the fee based upon the average daily net assets of the Fund shall be accrued daily at the rate of 1/365th of 0.80 of 1% applied to the daily net assets of the Fund. The advisory fee so accrued shall be paid to Adviser daily.

 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 26th day of January, 2021.

 

 

 

Federated Hermes MDT Market Neutral Fund

 

 

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

Federated MDTA LLC

 

 

By: /s/ John B. Fisher

Name: John B. Fisher

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, dated as of June 1, 2017, that Federated MDT Equity Trust, a statutory trust duly organized under the laws of the state of Delaware (the “Trust”), does hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Federated MDTA, LLC, a limited liability company duly organized under the laws of the Delaware (the "Adviser"), to act hereunder as the true and lawful agent and attorney-in-fact of the Trust, for the specific purpose of executing and delivering all such agreements, instruments, contracts, assignments, bond powers, stock powers, transfer instructions, receipts, waivers, consents and other documents, and performing all such acts, as the Adviser may deem necessary or reasonably desirable, related to the acquisition, disposition and/or reinvestment of the funds and assets of the Trust and each portfolio thereof in accordance with Adviser's supervision of the investment, sale and reinvestment of the funds and assets of the Trust and each portfolio thereof pursuant to the authority granted to the Adviser as investment adviser of the Trust under that certain investment advisory contract dated June 1, 2017 by and between the Adviser and the Fund (such investment advisory contract, as may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time is hereinafter referred to as the "Investment Advisory Contract").

 

The Adviser shall exercise or omit to exercise the powers and authorities granted herein in each case as the Adviser in its sole and absolute discretion deems desirable or appropriate under existing circumstances. The Trust hereby ratifies and confirms as good and effectual, at law or in equity, all that the Adviser, and its officers and employees, may do by virtue hereof. However, despite the above provisions, nothing herein shall be construed as imposing a duty on the Adviser to act or assume responsibility for any matters referred to above or other matters even though the Adviser may have power or authority hereunder to do so. Nothing in this Limited Power of Attorney shall be construed (i) to be an amendment or modifications of, or supplement to, the Investment Advisory Contract, (ii) to amend, modify, limit or denigrate any duties, obligations or liabilities of the Adviser under the terms of the Investment Advisory Contract or (iii) exonerate, relieve or release the Adviser any losses, obligations, penalties, actions, judgments and suits and other costs, expenses and disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against the Adviser (x) under the terms of the Investment Advisory Contract or (y) at law, or in equity, for the performance of its duties as the investment adviser of the Fund.

 

The Trust hereby agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Adviser and its trustees, officers and employees (each of the foregoing an "Indemnified Party" and collectively the "Indemnified Parties") against and from any and all losses, obligations, penalties, actions, judgments and suits and other costs, expenses and disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against an Indemnified Party, other than as a consequence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of an Indemnified Party, arising out of or in connection with this Limited Power of Attorney or any other agreement, instrument or document executed in connection with the exercise of the authority granted to the Adviser herein to act on behalf of the Trust and each portfolio thereof, including without limitation the reasonable costs, expenses and disbursements in connection with defending such Indemnified Party against any claim or liability related to the exercise or performance of any of the Adviser's powers or duties under this Limited Power of Attorney or any of the other agreements, instruments or documents executed in connection with the exercise of the authority granted to the Adviser herein to act on behalf of the Trust and each portfolio thereof, or the taking of any action under or in connection with any of the foregoing. The obligations of the Trust under this paragraph shall survive the termination of this Limited Power of Attorney with respect to actions taken by the Adviser on behalf of the Trust and each portfolio thereof during the term of this Limited Power of Attorney.

 

Any person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity dealing with the Adviser in its capacity as attorney-in-fact hereunder for the Trust is hereby expressly put on notice that the Adviser is acting solely in the capacity as an agent of the Trust and that any such person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity must look solely to the Trust for enforcement of any claim against the Trust, as the Adviser assumes no personal liability whatsoever for obligations of the Trust entered into by the Adviser in its capacity as attorney-in-fact for the Trust.

 

Each person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity which deals with the Trust through the Adviser in its capacity as agent and attorney-in-fact of the Trust is hereby expressly put on notice that all persons or entities dealing with the Trust must look solely to the assets of the Trust and/or the specific portfolio on whose behalf the Adviser is acting pursuant to its powers hereunder for enforcement of any claim against the Trust, as the Trustees, officers and/or agents of the Trust, the shareholders of the Trust assume no personal liability whatsoever for obligations entered into on behalf of the Trust.

 

Liability for or recourse under or upon any undertaking of the Adviser pursuant to the power or authority granted to the Adviser under this Limited Power of Attorney under any rule of law, statute or constitution or by the enforcement of any assessment or penalty or by legal or equitable proceedings or otherwise shall be limited only to the assets of the Fund on whose behalf the Adviser was acting pursuant to the authority granted hereunder.

 

The Trust hereby agrees that no person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity dealing with the Adviser shall be bound to inquire into the Adviser's power and authority hereunder and any such person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity shall be fully protected in relying on such power or authority unless such person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity has received prior written notice from the Trust that this Limited Power of Attorney has been revoked. This Limited Power of Attorney shall be revoked and terminated automatically upon the cancellation or termination of the Investment Advisory Contract between the Trust and the Adviser. Except as provided in the immediately preceding sentence, the powers and authorities herein granted may be revoked or terminated by the Trust at any time provided that no such revocation or termination shall be effective until the Adviser has received actual notice of such revocation or termination in writing from the Trust.

 

This Limited Power of Attorney constitutes the entire agreement between the Trust and the Adviser, may be changed only by a writing signed by both of them, and shall bind and benefit their respective successors and assigns; provided, however, the Adviser shall have no power or authority hereunder to appoint a successor or substitute attorney in fact for the Trust.

 

This Limited Power of Attorney shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without reference to principles of conflicts of laws. If any provision hereof, or any power or authority conferred upon the Adviser herein, would be invalid or unexercisable under applicable law, then such provision, power or authority shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary to render it valid or exercisable while most nearly preserving its original intent, and no provision hereof, or power or authority conferred upon the Adviser herein, shall be affected by the invalidity or the non-exercisability of another provision hereof, or of another power or authority conferred herein.

 

This Limited Power of Attorney may be executed in as many identical counterparts as may be convenient and by the different parties hereto on separate counterparts. This Limited Power of Attorney shall become binding on the Trust when the Trust shall have executed at least one counterpart and the Adviser shall have accepted its appointment by executing this Limited Power of Attorney. Immediately after the execution of a counterpart original of this Limited Power of Attorney and solely for the convenience of the parties hereto, the Trust and the Adviser will execute sufficient counterparts so that the Adviser shall have a counterpart executed by it and the Trust, and the Trust shall have a counterpart executed by the Trust and the Adviser. Each counterpart shall be deemed an original and all such taken together shall constitute but one and the same instrument, and it shall not be necessary in making proof of this Limited Power of Attorney to produce or account for more than one such counterpart.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Trust has caused this Limited Power of Attorney to be executed by its duly authorized officer as of the date first written above.

 

Federated MDT Equity Trust

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepted and agreed to this
June 1, 2017

 

Federated MDTA, LLC

 

By: /s/ John B. Fisher

Name: John B. Fisher

Title: President

 

 

Exhibit 28 (e)(1) under Form N-1A

Exhibit 1 under item 601/Reg. S-K

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Adviser Series.

8/15/18 – Federated MDT Equity Trust name changed to Federated Adviser Series

 

Federated MDT Equity Trust

 

DISTRIBUTOR'S CONTRACT

 

AGREEMENT made this 16th day of May, 2017, by and between Federated MDT Equity Trust (the “Trust”), a Delaware statutory trust, and FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP. (“FSC”), a Pennsylvania Corporation.

In consideration of the mutual covenants hereinafter contained, it is hereby agreed by and between the parties hereto as follows:

1.       The Trust hereby appoints FSC as its agent to sell and distribute shares of the Trust which may be offered in one or more series (the "Funds") consisting of one or more classes (the "Classes") of shares (the "Shares"), as described and set forth on one or more exhibits to this Agreement, at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the current Prospectuses of the Trust. FSC hereby accepts such appointment and agrees to provide such other services for the Trust, if any, and accept such compensation from the Trust, if any, as set forth in the applicable exhibits to this Agreement.

2.       The sale of any Shares may be suspended without prior notice whenever in the judgment of the Trust it is in its best interest to do so.

3.       Neither FSC nor any other person is authorized by the Trust to give any information or to make any representation relative to any Shares other than those contained in the Registration Statement, Prospectuses, or Statements of Additional Information ("SAIs") filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the same may be amended from time to time, or in any supplemental information to said Prospectuses or SAIs approved by the Trust. FSC agrees that any other information or representations other than those specified above which it or any dealer or other person who purchases Shares through FSC may make in connection with the offer or sale of Shares, shall be made entirely without liability on the part of the Trust. No person or dealer, other than FSC, is authorized to act as agent for the Trust for any purpose. FSC agrees that in offering or selling Shares as agent of the Trust, it will, in all respects, duly conform to all applicable state and federal laws and the rules and regulations of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., including its Rules of Fair Practice. FSC will submit to the Trust copies of all sales literature before using the same and will not use such sales literature if disapproved by the Trust.

4.       This Agreement is effective with respect to each Class as of the date of execution of the applicable exhibit and shall continue in effect with respect to each Class presently set forth on an exhibit and any subsequent Classes added pursuant to an exhibit during the initial term of this Agreement for one year from the date set forth above, and thereafter for successive periods of one year if such continuance is approved at least annually by the Trustees of the Trust including a majority of the members of the Board of Trustees of the Trust who are not interested persons of the Trust and have no direct or indirect financial interest in the operation of any Distribution Plan relating to the Trust or in any related documents to such Plan ("Disinterested Trustees") cast in person at a meeting called for that purpose. If a Class is added after the first annual approval by the Trustees as described above, this Agreement will be effective as to that Class upon execution of the applicable exhibit and will continue in effect until the next annual approval of this Agreement by the Trustees and thereafter for successive periods of one year, subject to approval as described above.

5.       This Agreement may be terminated with regard to a particular Fund or Class at any time, without the payment of any penalty, by the vote of a majority of the DisinterestedTrustees or by a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the particular Fund or Class on not more than sixty (60) days' written notice to any other party to this Agreement. This Agreement may be terminated with regard to a particular Fund or Class by FSC on sixty (60) days' written notice to the Trust.

6.       This Agreement may not be assigned by FSC and shall automatically terminate in the event of an assignment by FSC as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, provided, however, that FSC may employ such other person, persons, corporation or corporations as it shall determine in order to assist it in carrying out its duties under this Agreement.

7.       FSC shall not be liable to the Trust for anything done or omitted by it, except acts or omissions involving willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the duties imposed by this Agreement.

8.       This Agreement may be amended at any time by mutual agreement in writing of all the parties hereto, provided that such amendment is approved by the Trustees of the Trust including a majority of the Disinterested Trustees of the Trust cast in person at a meeting called for that purpose.

9.       This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

10. (a) Subject to the conditions set forth below, the Trust agrees to indemnify and hold harmless FSC and each person, if any, who controls FSC within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 20 of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended, against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever (including but not limited to any and all expenses whatsoever reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever) arising out of or based upon any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement, any Prospectuses or SAIs (as from time to time amended and supplemented) or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, unless such statement or omission was made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Trust about FSC by or on behalf of FSC expressly for use in the Registration Statement, any Prospectuses and SAIs or any amendment or supplement thereof.

If any action is brought against FSC or any controlling person thereof with respect to which indemnity may be sought against the Trust pursuant to the foregoing paragraph, FSC shall promptly notify the Trust in writing of the institution of such action and the Trust shall assume the defense of such action, including the employment of counsel selected by the Trust and payment of expenses. FSC or any such controlling person thereof shall have the right to employ separate counsel in any such case, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of FSC or such controlling person unless the employment of such counsel shall have been authorized in writing by the Trust in connection with the defense of such action or the Trust shall not have employed counsel to have charge of the defense of such action, in any of which events such fees and expenses shall be borne by the Trust. Anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, the Trust shall not be liable for any settlement of any such claim of action effected without its written consent. The Trust agrees promptly to notify FSC of the commencement of any litigation or proceedings against the Trust or any of its officers or Trustees or controlling persons in connection with the issue and sale of Shares or in connection with the Registration Statement, Prospectuses, or SAIs.

(b)       FSC agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Trust, each of its Trustees, each of its officers who have signed the Registration Statement and each other person, if any, who controls the Trust within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, but only with respect to statements or omissions, if any, made in the Registration Statement or any Prospectus, SAI, or any amendment or supplement thereof in reliance upon, and in conformity with, information furnished to the Trust about FSC by or on behalf of FSC expressly for use in the Registration Statement or any Prospectus, SAI, or any amendment or supplement thereof. In case any action shall be brought against the Trust or any other person so indemnified based on the Registration Statement or any Prospectus, SAI, or any amendment or supplement thereof, and with respect to which indemnity may be sought against FSC, FSC shall have the rights and duties given to the Trust, and the Trust and each other person so indemnified shall have the rights and duties given to FSC by the provisions of subsection (a) above.

(c)       Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to protect any person against liability to the Trust or its shareholders to which such person would otherwise be subject by reason of willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence in the performance of the duties of such person or by reason of the reckless disregard by such person of the obligations and duties of such person under this Agreement.

(d)       Insofar as indemnification for liabilities may be permitted pursuant to Section 17 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, for Trustees, officers, FSC and controlling persons of the Trust by the Trustees pursuant to this Agreement, the Trust is aware of the position of the Securities and Exchange Commission as set forth in the Investment Company Act Release No. IC-11330. Therefore, the Trust undertakes that in addition to complying with the applicable provisions of this Agreement, in the absence of a final decision on the merits by a court or other body before which the proceeding was brought, that an indemnification payment will not be made unless in the absence of such a decision, a reasonable determination based upon factual review has been made (i) by a majority vote of a quorum of non-party Disinterested Trustees, or (ii) by independent legal counsel in a written opinion that the indemnitee was not liable for an act of willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of duties. The Trust further undertakes that advancement of expenses incurred in the defense of a proceeding (upon undertaking for repayment unless it is ultimately determined that indemnification is appropriate) against an officer, Trustees, FSC or controlling person of the Trust will not be made absent the fulfillment of at least one of the following conditions: (i) the indemnitee provides security for his undertaking; (ii) the Trust is insured against losses arising by reason of any lawful advances; or (iii) a majority of a quorum of non-party Disinterested Trustees or independent legal counsel in a written opinion makes a factual determination that there is reason to believe the indemnitee will be entitled to indemnification.

11.       FSC is hereby expressly put on notice of the limitation of liability as set forth in Article VIII of the Declaration of Trust and agrees that the obligations assumed by the Trust pursuant to this agreement shall be limited in any case to the Trust and its assets and FSC shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the Trust, the Trustees, officers, employees or agents of the Trust, or any of them.

12.       This Agreement will become binding on the parties hereto upon the execution of the attached exhibits to the Agreement.

 

13.       FSC agrees to maintain the security and confidentiality of nonpublic personal information (“NPI”) of Fund customers and consumers, as those terms are defined in Regulation S-P, 17 CFR Part 248. FSC agrees to use and redisclose such NPI for the limited purposes of processing and servicing transactions; for specified law enforcement and miscellaneous purposes; and to service providers or in connection with joint marketing arrangements directed by the Funds, in each instance in furtherance of fulfilling FSC’s obligations under this contract, and consistent with the exceptions provided in 17 CFR Sections 248.14, 248.15 and 248.13, respectively.

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

 

Exhibit A

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated the 16th day of May, 2017 between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp. (FSC) with respect to the Institutional Shares of Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund set forth above.

1.      FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

2.      FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor's Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and FSC, the Trust executes and delivers this Exhibit with respect to the Institutional Shares of the Fund set forth above.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

By: /s/ George F. Magera

 

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

 

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

 

Exhibit B

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Class R6 Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated the 16th day of May, 2017 between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp. (FSC) with respect to the R6 Shares of Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund set forth above.

1.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.
2.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor's Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and FSC, the Trust executes and delivers this Exhibit with respect to the Class R6 Shares of the Fund set forth above.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

By: /s/ George F. Magera

 

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

 

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

 

Exhibit C

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Service Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated the 16th day of May, 2017 between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp. (FSC) with respect to the Service Shares of Federated MDT Large Cap Value Fund set forth above.

1.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.
2.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor's Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and FSC, the Trust executes and delivers this Exhibit with respect to the Service Shares of the Fund set forth above.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 1, 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

By: /s/ George F. Magera

 

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

 

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 
 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

 

Exhibit D

 

to the

 

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class of shares (“Shares”) set forth above.

1.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.
2.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:
a.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

3.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.
4.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.
5.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

 
 

 

Exhibit D (con’t)

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp., FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND, and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

By: /s/ George F. Magera

 

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

 

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

Exhibit E

 

to the

 

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class of shares (“Shares”) set forth above.

6.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.
7.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:
b.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

8.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.
9.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.
10.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

 
 

 

Exhibit E (con’t)

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp., FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June. 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

 

By:/s/ George F. Magera

 

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

 

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes MDT Large Cap Value Fund

 

 

Exhibit F

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND

Class R Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Trust and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class of shares (“Shares”) set forth above.

11.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.
12.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:
c.With respect to the Class R Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.50% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

13.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.
14.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.
15.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

 
 

 

Exhibit F (con’t)

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST and Federated Securities Corp., FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the FEDERATED MDT LARGE CAP VALUE FUND, and with respect to the Class R Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2017.

 

FEDERATED MDT EQUITY TRUST

 

By:/s/ George F. Magera

Name: George F. Magera

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Edward C. Bartley

Name: Edward C. Bartley

Title: Assistant Secretary

 

 
 

 

 

Exhibit G

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT EQUITY FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

3.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

4.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

5.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit H

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT EQUITY FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

3.For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

4.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

5.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

6.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit I

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT EQUITY FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2018.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit J

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT EQUITY FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit K

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES ABSOLUTE RETURN CREDIT FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

3FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

4FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

5FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit L

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES ABSOLUTE RETURN CREDIT FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

7.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

8.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

9.For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

10.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

11.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

12.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit M

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES ABSOLUTE RETURN FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

3.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

4.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit N

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES ABSOLUTE RETURN CREDIT FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

6FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

7FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Absolute Return Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit O

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL EQUITY FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

8The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

9During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

b.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

10FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

11FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

12FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit P

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL EQUITY FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

13.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

14.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

15.For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

16.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

17.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

18.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit Q

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL EQUITY FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

5.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

6.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit R

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL EQUITY FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

13FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

14FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit S

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL SMALL CAP FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

15The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

16During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

c.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

17FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

18FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

19FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit T

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL SMALL CAP FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

19.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

20.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

21.For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

22.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

23.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

24.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit U

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL SMALL CAP FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

7.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

8.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit V

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES GLOBAL SMALL CAP FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

20FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

21FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Global Small Cap Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

.Exhibit W

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES UNCONSTRAINED CREDIT FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

22The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

23During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

d.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

24FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

25FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

26FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit X

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES UNCONSTRAINED CREDIT FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

25.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

26.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

27.For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

28.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

29.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

30.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit Y

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES UNCONSTRAINED CREDIT FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

9.FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

10.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

Exhibit Z

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES UNCONSTRAINED CREDIT FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

27FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

28FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Unconstrained Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2018.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Developed Equity Fund

 

 

.Exhibit AA

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

29The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

30During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

e.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

31FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

32FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

33FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes International Equity Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of April 1, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Developed Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit BB

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

34The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

35During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

a.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

36For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

37FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

38FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

39FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes International Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of April 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Developed Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit CC

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

40FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

41FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes International EquityFund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of April, 2019.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Developed Equity Fund

 

Exhibit DD

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

42FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

43FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes International Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of April, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Emerging Markets Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit EE

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

44The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

45During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

f.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

46FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

47FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

48FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 1, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Emerging Markets Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit FF

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

49The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

50During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

b.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

51For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

52FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

53FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

54FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Emerging Markets Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit GG

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

55FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

56FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes Emerging Markets Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit HH

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

57FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

58FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Emerging Markets Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Equity Fund

 

Exhibit II

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

59The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

60During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

g.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

61FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

62FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

63FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Equity Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 1, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit JJ

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

64The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

65During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

c.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

66For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

67FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

68FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

69FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit KK

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

70FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

71FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Equity Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit LL

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL EQUITY FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

72FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

73FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Equity Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Equity Fund

 

 

Exhibit MM

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL GROWTH FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

74The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

75During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

h.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

76FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

77FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

78FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Growth Fund and with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 1, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Growth Fund

 

 

Exhibit NN

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL GROWTH FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

79The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

80During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

d.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

81For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

82FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

83FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

84FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Growth Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Growth Fund

 

 

Exhibit OO

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL GROWTH FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

85FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

86FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Growth Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By:/s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

 

 

6/29/20 – Name changed to Federated Hermes International Growth Fund

 

 

Exhibit PP

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED INTERNATIONAL GROWTH FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

87FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

88FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated International Growth Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of June, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit QQ

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT HIGH YIELD CREDIT FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

89The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

90During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

i.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

91FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

92FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

93FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September 1, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit RR

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT HIGH YIELD CREDIT FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

94The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

95During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

e.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

96For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

97FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

98FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

99FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit SS

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT HIGH YIELD CREDIT FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

100FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

101FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2019.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

Exhibit TT

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES SDG ENGAGEMENT HIGH YIELD CREDIT FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

102FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

103FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of September, 2019.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit UU

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES U.S. SMID FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

104The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

105During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

j.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

106FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

107FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

108FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of March, 2020.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit VV

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES U.S. SMID FUND

Class C Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class C Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

 

109The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

110During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

f.With respect to the Class C Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.75% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

 

111For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

 

112FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

113FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

114FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund, and with respect to the Class C Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of March, 2020.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

 

Exhibit WW

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES U.S. SMID FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

115FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

116FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of March, 2020.

 

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 
 

Exhibit XX

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES U.S. SMID FUND

r6 shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated
May 16, 2017, between the Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class R6 Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

117FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

118FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes U.S. SMID Fund, and with respect to the Class R6 Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of March, 2020.

 

FEDERATED ADVISER SERIES

 

By:/s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit YY

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES CONSERVATIVE MICROSHORT FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

k.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

2.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

3.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

4.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Conservative Microshort Fund with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

Exhibit ZZ

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES CONSERVATIVE MICROSHORT FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

5.      FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

6.      FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Conservative Microshort Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit AAA

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES CONSERVATIVE MUNICIPAL MICROSHORT FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

7.The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

8.During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

l.With respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

9.FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

10.FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

11.FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Conservative Municipal Microshort Fund with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

Exhibit BBB

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES CONSERVATIVE MUNICIPAL MICROSHORT FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

12.   FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

13.   FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Conservative Municipal Microshort Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 
 

 

Exhibit CCC

to the

Distributor’s Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES MDT MARKET NEUTRAL FUND

Class A Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Class A Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1The Trust hereby appoints FSC to engage in activities principally intended to result in the sale of shares of the above-listed Class. Pursuant to this appointment, FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2During the term of this Agreement, the Trust will pay FSC for services pursuant to this Agreement:

 

 

b.with respect to the Class A Shares, a monthly fee computed as the annual rate of 0.05% of 1% of the average aggregate net asset value of the Shares held during the month;

For the month in which this Agreement becomes effective or terminates, there shall be an appropriate proration of any fee payable on the basis of the number of days that the Agreement is in effect during the month.

3FSC may from time-to-time and for such periods as it deems appropriate reduce its compensation to the extent any Class expenses exceed such lower expense limitation as FSC may, by notice to the Trust, voluntarily declare to be effective.

 

4FSC will enter into separate written agreements with various firms to provide certain of the services set forth in Paragraph 1 herein. FSC, in its sole discretion, may pay Financial Institutions a periodic fee in respect of Shares owned from time to time by their clients or customers. The schedules of such fees and the basis upon which such fees will be paid shall be determined from time to time by FSC in its sole discretion.

 

5FSC will prepare reports to the Board of Trustees of the Trust on a quarterly basis showing amounts expended hereunder including amounts paid to Financial Institutions and the purpose for such expenditures.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes Market Neutral Fund with respect to the Class A Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

 

(signature page to follow)

 
 

 

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul a. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 
 

Exhibit DDD

to the

Distributor's Contract

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

FEDERATED HERMES MDT MARKET NEUTRAL FUND

Institutional Shares

The following provisions are hereby incorporated and made part of the Distributor’s Contract dated

May 16, 2017, between the Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp. with respect to the Institutional Shares (“Shares”) of the portfolio set forth above.

1FSC is authorized to select a group of financial institutions (“Financial Institutions”) to sell Shares at the current offering price thereof as described and set forth in the respective prospectuses of the Trust.

 

2FSC will enter into separate written agreements with such Financial Institutions to sell Shares as set forth in Paragraph 1 herein.

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in the Distributor’s Contract dated May 16, 2017, between Federated Hermes Adviser Series and Federated Securities Corp., Federated Hermes Adviser Series executes and delivers this Exhibit on behalf of the Federated Hermes MDT Market Neutral Fund, and with respect to the Institutional Shares thereof, first set forth in this Exhibit.

Witness the due execution hereof this 1st day of December, 2020.

 

 

FEDERATED HERMES ADVISER SERIES

 

By: /s/ J. Christopher Donahue

Name: J. Christopher Donahue

Title: President

 

 

 

 

FEDERATED SECURITIES CORP.

 

By: /s/ Paul A. Uhlman

Name: Paul A. Uhlman

Title: President

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 28 (g)(1) under Form N-1A

Exhibit 10 under item 601/Reg. S-K

 

 

 

CUSTODY AGREEMENT

 

AGREEMENT, dated as of June 7, 2005 between the registered investment companies, on behalf of each Series of such registered investment companies, if any, listed on Schedule I to this Agreement, as it may be amended from time to time (each standalone registered investment company and each Series a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”) and The Bank of New York, a New York corporation authorized to do a banking business having its principal office and place of business at One Wall Street, New York, New York 10286 (“Custodian” or “Bank”).

 

WITNESSETH:

 

that for and in consideration of the mutual promises hereinafter set forth the Funds and Custodian agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

 

Whenever used in this Agreement, the following words shall have the meanings set forth below:

 

1. “Authorized Person” shall be any person, whether or not an officer or employee of the Fund, duly authorized by the Fund's board to execute any Certificate or to give any Oral Instruction with respect to one or more Accounts, such persons to be designated in a “Certificate annexed hereto as Schedule I hereto or such other Certificate as may be received by Custodian from time to time.

 

2. “BNY Affiliate” shall mean any office, branch or subsidiary of The Bank of New York Company, Inc.

 

3. “Book-Entry System” shall mean the Federal Reserve/Treasury book-entry system for receiving and delivering securities, its successors and nominees.

 

4. “Business Day” shall mean any day on which Custodian and relevant Depositories are open for business.

 

5. “Certificate” shall mean any notice, instruction, or other instrument in writing, authorized or required by this Agreement to be given to Custodian, which is actually received by Custodian by letter or facsimile transmission and signed on behalf of a Fund by an Authorized Person or a person reasonably believed by Custodian to be an Authorized Person.

 

6. “Composite Currency Unit” shall mean the Euro or any other composite currency unit consisting of the aggregate of specified amounts of specified currencies, as such unit may be constituted from time to time.

 

 

 

7. “Depository” shall include (a) the Book-Entry System, (b) the Depository Trust Company, { c) any other clearing agency or securities depository registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission identified to the Fund from time to time, and (d) the respective successors and nominees of the foregoing.

 

8. “Foreign Depository” shall mean (a) Euroclear, (b) Clearstream Banking, societe anonyme, (c) each Eligible Securities Depository as defined in Rule 17f-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, identified to the Fund from time to time, and (d) the respective successors and nominees of the foregoing.

 

9. “Instructions” shall mean communications transmitted by electronic or telecommunications media, including S.W.I.F.T., computer-to-computer interface, or dedicated transmission lines.

 

10. “Oral Instructions” shall mean verbal instructions received by Custodian from an Authorized Person or from a person reasonably believed by Custodian to be an Authorized Person.

 

11. “Series” shall mean a “series company” as defined in Rule 18f-2(a) promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

 

12. “Securities” shall include, without limitation, any common stock and other equity securities, bonds, debentures and other debt securities, notes, mortgages or other obligations, and any instruments representing rights to receive, purchase, or subscribe for the same, or representing any other rights or interests therein (whether represented by a certificate or held in a Depository or by a Subcustodian).

 

13. “Subcustodian” shall mean a bank (including any branch thereof) or other financial institution (other than a Foreign Depository) located outside the U.S. which is utilized by Custodian in connection with the purchase, sale or custody of Securities hereunder and identified to the Fund from time to time, and their respective successors and nominees.

 

14. See Second Amendment, dated 9/5/08

 

ARTICLE II

APPOINTMENT OF CUSTODIAN; ACCOUNTS;

REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, AND COVENANTS

 

1. (a) The Fund hereby appoints Custodian as Custodian of all Securities and cash at any time delivered to Custodian during the term of this Agreement, and authorizes Custodian to hold Securities in registered form in its name or the name of its nominees. Custodian hereby accepts such appointment and agrees to establish and maintain one or more securities accounts and cash accounts for each Fund in which Custodian will hold Securities and cash as provided herein. Custodian shall maintain books and records segregating the assets of each Fund from the assets of any other Fund. Such accounts (each, an “Account”; collectively, the “Accounts”) shall be in the name of each Fund.

 

(b)        Custodian may from time to time establish on its books and records such sub-accounts within each Account as the Fund and Custodian may agree upon (each a “Special Account”), and Custodian shall reflect therein such assets as the Fund may specify in a Certificate or Instructions.

 

(c)        Custodian may from time to time establish pursuant to a written agreement with and for the benefit of a broker, dealer, future commission merchant or other third party identified in a Certificate or Instruction such accounts on such terms and conditions as the Fund and Custodian shall agree, and Custodian shall transfer to such account such Securities and money as a Fund may specify in a Certificate or Instructions.

 

2.        Each Fund hereby represents and warrants, which representations and warranties shall be continuing and shall be deemed to be reaffirmed upon each delivery of a Certificate or each giving of Oral Instructions or Instructions by a Fund, that:

 

(a)        It is duly organized and existing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, with full power to carry on its business as now conducted, to enter into this Agreement, and to perform its obligations hereunder;

 

(b)        This Agreement has been duly authorized by resolution of the Funds' boards, executed and delivered by each Fund, constitutes a valid and legally binding obligation of each Fund, enforceable in accordance with its terms, and there is no statute, regulation, role, order or judgment binding on it, and no provision of its charter or by-laws, nor of any mortgage, indenture, credit agreement or other contract binding on it or affecting its property, which would prohibit its execution or performance of this Agreement;

 

(c)        It is conducting its business in substantial compliance with all applicable laws and requirements, both state and federal, and has obtained all regulatory licenses, approvals and consents necessary to carry on its business as now conducted;

 

(d)        It will not use the services provided by Custodian hereunder in any manner that is, or will result in, a violation of any law, rule or regulation applicable to the Fund;

 

(e)        Its foreign custody manager, if the foreign custody manager is not the Custodian, as defined in Rule 17f-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “'40 Act”), has determined that use of each Subcustodian (including any Replacement Custodian) which Custodian is authorized to utilize in accordance with Section 1 (a) of Article ill hereof satisfies the applicable requirements of the '40 Act and Rule 17f-5 thereunder;

 

(f)        It is fully informed of the protections and risks associated with various methods of transmitting Instructions and Oral Instructions and delivering Certificates to Custodian, shall, and shall cause each Authorized Person, to safeguard and treat with reasonable care any user and authorization codes, passwords and/or authentication keys, understands that there may be more secure methods of transmitting or delivering the same than the methods selected by it, agrees that the security procedures (if any) to be utilized provide a commercially reasonable degree of protection in light of its particular needs and circumstances, and acknowledges and agrees that Instructions may conclusively be presumed by Custodian to have been given by person(s) duly authorized, and may be acted upon as given;

 

(g)        It shall manage its borrowings, including, without limitation any advance or overdraft (including any day-light overdraft) in the Accounts, so that the aggregate of its total borrowings for each Fund does not exceed the amount such Fund is permitted to borrow under the '40 Act;

 

(h)        Its transmission or giving of, and Custodian acting upon and in reliance on Certificates, Instructions, or Oral Instructions pursuant to this Agreement shall at all times comply with the '40 Act; and

 

(i)        It has the right to grant the security interest and security entitlement to Custodian contained in Section 1 of Article V hereof, free of any right of redemption or prior claim of any other person or entity, such pledge and such grants shall have a first priority subject to no setoffs, counterclaims, or other liens or grants prior to or on a parity therewith, and it shall take such additional steps as Custodian may require to assure such priority;

 

(j)        Each Fund or its investment adviser has considered the custody risks of maintaining assets with each Foreign Depository with which it maintains its assets.

 

(k)        Each Fund shall cause procedures to be maintained on the manner in which Instructions pursuant to which cash is distributed shall be given to Custodian.

 

3.        The Fund hereby covenants that it shall from time to time complete and execute and deliver to Custodian upon Custodian's request a Form FR U-1 (or successor form) whenever the Fund borrows from Custodian any money to be used for the purchase or carrying of margin stock as defined in Federal Reserve Regulation U .

 

4.        The Bank hereby represents and warrants, which representations and warranties shall be continuing that:

 

(a)        It is a bank having the qualifications prescribed in paragraph (1) of section 26(a) of the '40 Act;

 

(b)        It is duly organized and existing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, with full power to carry on its business as now conducted, to enter into this Agreement, and to perform its obligations hereunder;

 

(c)        It is conducting its business in substantial compliance with all applicable laws and requirements, both state and federal, and has obtained all regulatory licenses, approvals and consents necessary to carry on its business as now conducted.

 

(d)        In connection with the Funds' obligations under Rule 38a-l of the 1940 Act the Bank agrees as follows:

 

(1)        the Bank agrees to reasonably cooperate with the Funds and the Funds' Chief Compliance Officer in the administration of the Funds' compliance program (“Compliance Program”) as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”);

 

(2)        the Bank has implemented and maintains policies and procedw.-es reasonably designed to prevent, detect and promptly correct any violations of Federal Securities Laws with respect to services the Bank provides to the Funds (“Compliance Procedures”);

 

(3)        the Bank Will provide summaries of any Compliance Procedures that may affect in any material respect, the services provided hereunder by the Bank to the Funds;

 

(4)        the Bank periodically reviews the adequacy of such Compliance Procedures and the effectiveness of their implementation and upon the request of a Fund, Will provide the then current interval between such reviews;

 

(5)        in the event that an officer or employee of the Bank administering this Agreement has actual knowledge of the occurrence of a “Material Compliance Matter” (as defined in Rule 38a-l(e)(2)) which the Bank reasonably believes is related to or Will affect the Fund, the Bank will, if permitted by law and the Bank's regulators, notify the Fund of such occurrence;

 

(6)        except where prohibited bylaw, regulation or rule or as may be directed or instructed by the Bank's regulators, the Bank agrees to notify the Funds following quarter-end of any inspections by, or other inquiries received from, the SEC or any other regulatory or law enforcement agency after the date of this certification, which relate to the services provided by the Bank to the Funds hereunder. For the avoidance of doubt, such notification obligation shall be satisfied if the notice is contained in any publicly available regulatory filing.

 

(d)        The Bank will maintain throughout the term of this Agreement, such contingency plans as it reasonably believes to be necessary and appropriate to recover its operations from the occurrence of a disaster and which are consistent with any statue or regulation to which it is subject that imposes business resumption and contingency planning standards. The Bank agrees to provide the Funds With a summary of its contingency plan as it relates to the systems used to provide the services hereunder and to provide the Funds with periodic updates of such summary upon the Funds' reasonable request.

 

ARTICLE III

CUSTODY AND RELATED SERVICES

 

1. (a) Subject to the terms hereof, each Fund hereby authorizes Custodian to hold any Securities received by it from time to time for the Fund's account. Custodian shall be entitled to utilize, subject to subsection (c) of this Section I, Depositories, Subcustodians, and, subject to subsection (d) of this Section 1, Foreign Depositories, to the extent possible in connection With its performance hereunder. Securities and cash held in a Depository or Foreign Depository will be held subject to the rules, terms and conditions of such entity .Securities and cash held through Subcustodians shall be held subject to the terms and conditions of Custodian's agreements with such Subcustodians. Subcustodians may be authorized to hold Securities in Foreign Depositories in which such Subcustodians participate. Unless otherwise required by local law or practice or a particular Subcustodian agreement, Securities deposited with a Subcustodian, a Depositary or a Foreign Depository Will be held in a commingled account, in the name of Custodian, holding only Securities held by Custodian as Custodian for its customers.

 

Custodian shall identify on its books and records the Securities and cash belonging to the Fund, whether held directly or indirectly through Depositories, Foreign Depositories, or Subcustodians. Custodian shall, directly or indirectly, through Subcustodians, Depositories, or Foreign Depositories, endeavor, to the extent feasible, to hold Securities in the country or other jurisdiction in which the principal trading market for such Securities is located, where such Securities are to be presented for cancellation and/or payment and/or registration, or where such Securities are acquired. Custodian at any time may cease utilizing any Subcustodian and/or may replace a Subcustodian with a different Subcustodian (the “Replacement Subcustodian”). In the event Custodian selects a Replacement Subcustodian, Custodian shall not utilize such Replacement Subcustodian until after the Fund's foreign custody manager has determined that utilization of such Replacement Subcustodian satisfies the requirements of the' 40 Act and Rule 17f-5 thereunder.

 

(b)        Unless Custodian has received a Certificate or Instructions to the contrary, Custodian shall hold Securities indirectly through a Subcustodian only if (i) the Securities are not subject to any right, charge, security interest, lien or claim of any kind in favor of such Subcustodian or its creditors or operators, including a receiver or trustee in bankruptcy or similar authority, except for a claim of payment for the safe custody or administration of Securities on behalf of a Fund by such Subcustodian, and (ii) beneficial ownership of the Securities is freely transferable without the payment of money or value other than for safe custody or administration.

 

(c)        With respect to each Depository, Custodian (i) shall exercise due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards in discharging its duties as a securities intermediary to obtain and thereafter maintain Securities or financial assets deposited or held in such Depository, and (ii) will provide, promptly upon request by a Fund, such reports as are available concerning the internal accounting controls and financial strength of Custodian.

 

(d)        With respect to each Foreign Depository, Custodian shall exercise reasonable care, prudence, and diligence (i) to provide the Fund with an analysis of the custody risks associated with maintaining assets with the Foreign Depository, and (ii) to monitor such custody risks on a continuing basis and promptly notify the Fund of any material change in such risks. The Fund acknowledges and agrees that such analysis and monitoring shall be made on the basis of, and limited by, information gathered from Subcustodians or through publicly available information otherwise obtained by Custodian, and shall not include any evaluation of Country Risks. As used herein the term “Country Risks” shall mean with respect to any Foreign Depository: (a) the financial infrastructure of the country in which it is organized, (b) such country's prevailing custody and settlement practices, (c) nationalization, expropriation or other governmental actions, (d) such country's regulation of the banking or securities industry, (e) currency controls, restrictions, devaluations or fluctuations, and (f) market conditions which affect the order execution of securities transactions or affect the value of securities.

 

2.        Custodian shall furnish the Fund with an advice of daily transactions (including a confirmation of each transfer of Securities) and a monthly summary of all transfers to or from the Accounts.

 

3.        With respect to all Securities held hereunder, Custodian shall, unless otherwise instructed to the contrary:

 

(a)        Receive all income and other payments and advise the Fund as promptly as practicable of any such amounts due but not paid;

 

(b)        Present for payment and receive the amount paid upon all Securities which may mature and advise the Fund as promptly as practicable of any such amounts due but not paid;

 

(c)        Forward to the Fund copies of all information or documents that it may actually receive from an issuer of Securities which, in the opinion of Custodian, are intended for the beneficial owner of Securities;

 

(d)        Execute, as Custodian, any certificates of ownership, affidavits, declarations or other certificates under any tax. laws now or hereafter in effect in connection with the collection of bond and note coupons;

 

(e)        Hold directly or through a Depository, a Foreign Depository, or a Subcustodian all rights and similar Securities issued with respect to any Securities credited to an Account hereunder; and

 

(f)        Endorse for collection checks, drafts or other negotiable instruments.

 

(1)       Custodian shall notify the Fund of rights or discretionary actions with respect to Securities held hereunder, and of the date or dates by when such rights must be exercised or such action must be taken, provided that Custodian has actually received, from the issuer or the relevant Depository (with respect to Securities issued in the United States) or from the relevant Subcustodian, Foreign Depository, or a nationally or internationally recognized bond or corporate action service to which Custodian subscribes, timely notice of such rights or discretionary corporate action or of the date or dates such rights must be exercised or such action must be taken. Absent actual receipt of such notice, Custodian shall have no liability for failing to so notify the Fund.

 

(2)        Whenever Securities (including, but not limited to, warrants, options, tenders, options to tender or non-mandatory puts or calls) confer discretionary rights on the Fund or provide for discretionary action or alternative courses of action by the Fund, the Fund shall be responsible for making any decisions relating thereto and for directing Custodian to act. In order for Custodian to act, it must receive the Fund's Certificate or Instructions at Custodian's offices, addressed as Custodian may from time to time request, not later than noon (New York time) at least two (2) Business Days prior to the last scheduled date to act with respect to such Securities (or such earlier date or time as Custodian may specify to the Fund). Absent Custodian's timely receipt of such Certificate or Instructions, Custodian shall not be liable for failure to take any action relating to or to exercise any rights conferred by such Securities.

 

4.        All voting rights with respect to Securities, however registered, shall be exercised by the Fund or its designee. For Securities issued in the United States, Custodian's only duty shall be to mail to the Fund ally documents (including proxy statements, annual reports and signed proxies) actually received by Custodian relating to the exercise of such voting rights. With respect to Securities issued outside of the United States, the Custodian will use reasonable commercial efforts to facilitate the exercise of voting and other shareholder rights, subject always to the laws, regulations and practical constraints that may exist in the country which such securities are issued. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Custodian's only duty shall be to provide the Funds with access to a provider of global proxy services at the Fund's request and to coordinate the provision of services between each Fund and the global proxy service provider. The Fund shall be responsible for all costs associated with its use of such services.

 

5.        Custodian shall promptly advise the Fund upon Custodian's actual receipt of notification of the partial redemption, partial payment or other action affecting less than all Securities of the relevant class. If Custodian, any Subcustodian, any Depository, or any Foreign Depository holds any Securities in which the Fund has an interest as part of a fungible mass, Custodian, such Subcustodian, Depository, or Foreign Depository may select the Securities to participate in such partial redemption, partial payment or other action in any non-discriminatory manner that it customarily uses to make such selection.

 

6.        Custodian shall not under any circumstances accept bearer interest coupons which have been stripped from United States federal, state or local government or agency securities unless explicitly agreed to by Custodian in writing. ,

 

7.        The Fund shall be liable for all taxes, assessments, duties and other governmental charges, including any interest or penalty with respect thereto (“Taxes”), with respect to any cash or Securities held on behalf of the Fund or any transaction related thereto. The Fund shall indemnify Custodian and each Subcustodian for the amount of any Tax that Custodian, any such Subcustodian or any other withholding agent is required under applicable laws (whether by assessment or otherwise) to pay on behalf of, or in respect of income earned by or payments or distributions made to or for the account of the Fund (including any payment of Tax required by reason of an earlier failure to withhold). Custodian shall, or shall instruct the applicable Subcustodian or other withholding agent to, withhold the amount of any Tax which is required to be withheld under applicable law upon collection of any dividend, interest or other distribution made with respect to any Security and any proceeds or income from the sale, loan or other transfer of any Security .In the event that Custodian or any Subcustodian is required under applicable law to pay any Tax on behalf of the Fund, Custodian is hereby authorized to withdraw cash from any cash account in the amount required to pay such Tax and to use such cash, or to remit such cash to the appropriate Subcustodian or other withholding agent, for the timely payment of such Tax in the manner required by applicable law. If the aggregate amount of cash in all cash accounts is not sufficient to pay such Tax, Custodian shall promptly notify the Fund of the additional amount of cash (in the appropriate currency) required, and the Fund shall directly deposit such additional amount in the appropriate cash account promptly after receipt of such notice, for use by Custodian as specified herein. In the event that Custodian reasonably believes that Fund is eligible, pursuant to applicable law or to the provisions of any tax treaty, for a reduced rate of, or exemption from, any Tax which is otherwise required to be withheld or paid on behalf of the Fund under any applicable law, Custodian shall, or shall instruct the applicable Subcustodian or withholding agent to, either withhold or pay such Tax at such reduced rate or refrain from withholding or paying such Tax, as appropriate; provided that Custodian shall have received from the Fund all documentary evidence of residence or other qualification for such reduced rate or exemption required to be received under such applicable law or treaty .In the event that Custodian reasonably believes that a reduced rate of, or exemption from, any Tax is obtainable only by means of an application for refund, Custodian and the applicable Subcustodian shall have no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any forms or documentation provided by the Fund to Custodian hereunder. The Fund hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Custodian and each Subcustodian in respect of any liability arising from any underwithholding or underpayment of any Tax which results from the inaccuracy or invalidity of any such forms or other documentation, and such obligation to indemnify shall be a continuing obligation of the Fund, its successors and assigns notwithstanding the termination of this Agreement.

 

8. (a) For the purpose of settling Securities and foreign exchange transactions, the Fund shall provide Custodian with sufficient immediately available funds for all transactions by such time and date as conditions in the relevant market dictate. As used herein, “sufficient immediately available funds” shall mean either (i) sufficient cash denominated in U .S. dollars to purchase the necessary foreign currency, or (ii) sufficient applicable foreign currency, to settle the transaction. Custodian shall provide the Fund with immediately available funds each day which result from the actual settlement of all sale transactions, based upon advices received by Custodian from Subcustodians, Depositories, and Foreign Depositories. Such funds shall be in U.S. dollars or such other currency as the Fund may specify to Custodian.

 

(b)        Any foreign exchange transaction effected by Custodian in connection with this Agreement may be entered with Custodian or a BNY Affiliate acting as principal or otherwise through customary banking channels. The Fund may issue a standing Certificate or Instructions with respect to foreign exchange transactions, but Custodian may establish roles or limitations concerning any foreign exchange facility made available to the Fund. The Fund shall bear all risks of investing in Securities or holding cash denominated in a foreign currency.

 

9.        Until such time as Custodian receives a certificate to the contrary with respect to a particular Security, Custodian may release the identity of the Fund to an issuer which requests such information pursuant to the Shareholder Communications Act of 1985 for the specific purpose of direct communications between such issuer and shareholder.

 

ARTICLE IV

PURCHASE AND SALE OF SECURITIES;

CREDITS TO ACCOUNT

 

1.        Promptly after each purchase or sale of Securities by the Fund, the Fund shall deliver to Custodian a Certificate or Instructions, or with respect to a purchase or sale of a Security generally required to be settled on the same day the purchase or sale is made, Oral Instructions specifying all information Custodian may reasonably request to settle such purchase or sale. Custodian shall account for all purchases and sales of Securities on the actual settlement date unless otherwise agreed by Custodian,

 

2.        Custodian shall release and deliver securities owned by a Fund which are held by the Custodian or in a Depository account of the Custodian only upon receipt of Instructions, which may be continuing instructions when deemed appropriate by the parties. Unless an Instruction states to the contrary, Custodian shall only release and deliver securities from the account of a Fund upon receipt of payment thereof, In the case of a sale through a Depository, the Custodian shall transfer securities sold for the account of a Fund upon (i) receipt of advice from the Depository that payment for such securities has been transferred to the account of the Custodian at the Depository, and {ii) the making of an entry on the records of the Custodian to reflect such transfer and payment for the account of the Fund.

 

3.        Upon receipt of Instructions, which may be continuing instructions when deemed appropriate by the parties, the Custodian shall payout moneys of a Fund upon the purchase of securities for the account of the Fund against the delivery of such securities to the Custodian. In the case of a purchase effected through a Depository the Custodian shall pay for securities purchased for the account of each Fund upon (i) receipt of advice from the Depository that such securities have been transferred to the account of the Custodian at the Depository, and (ii) the making of an entry on the records of the Custodian to reflect such payment and transfer for the account of the Fund.

 

4.        Custodian may, as a matter of bookkeeping convenience or by separate agreement with the Fund, credit the Account with the proceeds from the sale, redemption or other disposition of Securities or interest, dividends or other distributions payable on Securities prior to its actual receipt of final payment therefor. All such credits shall be conditional until Custodian's actual receipt of final payment and may be reversed by Custodian to the extent that final payment is not received. Payment with respect to a transaction will not be “final” until Custodian shall have received immediately available funds which under applicable local law, rule and/or practice are irreversible and not subject to any security interest, levy or other encumbrance, and which are specifically applicable to such transaction.

 

ARTICLE V

OVERDRAFTS OR INDEBTEDNESS

 

1.        See Second Amendment, dated 9/5/08. If Custodian should in its sole discretion advance funds on behalf of any Fund which results in an overdraft {this shall specifically not include any day-light overdraft) because the money held by Custodian in an Account for such Fund shall be insufficient to pay the total amount payable upon a purchase of Securities specifically allocated to such Fund, as set forth ill a Certificate, Instructions or Oral Instructions, or if an overdraft arises in the separate account of a Fund for some other reason, including, without limitation, because of a reversal of a conditional credit or the purchase of any currency, or if the Fund is for any other reason indebted to Custodian with respect to a Fund due to a borrowing from a Fund from the Custodian, (except a borrowing for investment or for temporary or emergency purposes using Securities as collateral pursuant to a separate agreement and subject to the provisions of Section 2 of this Article), such overdraft or indebtedness shall be deemed to be a loan made by Custodian to the Fund for such Fund payable on demand and shall bear interest from the date incurred at a rate per annum as disclosed on the Fee Schedule between the Funds and Custodian, as such Fee Exhibit may be amended from time to time. In addition, the Fund hereby agrees that Custodian shall to the maximum extent permitted by law have a continuing lien, security interest, and security entitlement in and to any property, including, without limitation, any investment property or any financial asset, of such Fund at any time held by Custodian for the benefit of such Fund or in which such Fund may have an interest (which is then in Custodian's possession or control or in possession or control of any third party acting in Custodian's behalf. The Fund authorizes Custodian, in its sole discretion, at any time to charge any such overdraft or indebtedness together with interest due thereon against any balance of account standing to such Fund's credit on Custodian's books. Notwithstanding, anything in this Agreement to the contrary, provided that Custodian and a Fund are parties to a Custodial Undertaking in Connection with Master Repurchase Agreement or a Subcustodial Undertaking in Connection with Master Repurchase Agreement (collectively the “Custodial Undertakings”), Custodian agrees that any securities held by Custodian in connection with a repurchase agreement entered into by such Fund and subject to the Custodial Undertakings shall not be subject to any security interest, lien or right of setoff by Custodian or any third pep claiming through Custodian and Custodian shall not pledge, encumber, hypothecate, transfer, dispose of, or otherwise grant any third party an interest in, any such securities.

 

2.        If the Fund borrows money from any bank (including Custodian if the borrowing is pursuant to a separate agreement) for investment or for temporary or emergency purposes using Securities held by Custodian hereunder as collateral for such borrowings, the Fund shall deliver to Custodian a Certificate specifying with respect to each such borrowing: (a) the Fund to which such borrowing relates; (b) the name of the bank, (c) the amount of the borrowing, (d) the time and date, if known, on which the loan is to be entered into, (e) the total amount payable to the Fund on the borrowing date, (f) the Securities to be delivered as collateral for such loan, including the name of the issuer, the title and the number of shares or the principal amount of any particular Securities, and (g) a statement specifying whether such loan is for investment purposes or for temporary or emergency purposes and that such loan is in conformance with the '40 Act and the Fund's prospectus. Custodian shall deliver on the borrowing date specified in a Certificate the specified collateral against payment by the lending bank of the total amount of the loan payable, provided that the same conforms to the total amount payable as set forth in the Certificate. Custodian may, at the option of the lending bank, keep such collateral in its possession, but such collateral shall be subject to all rights therein given the lending bank by virtue of any promissory note or loan agreement. Custodian shall deliver such Securities as additional collateral as may be specified in a Certificate to collateralize further any transaction described in this Section. The Fund shall cause all Securities released from collateral status to be returned directly to Custodian, and Custodian shall receive from time to time such return of collateral as may be tendered to it. In the event that the Fund fails to specify in a Certificate the Fund, the name of the issuer, the title and number of shares or the principal amount of any particular Securities to be delivered as collateral by Custodian, Custodian shall not be under any obligation to deliver any Securities.

 

 
 

ARTICLE VI

SALE AND REDEMPTION OF SHARES

 

1.        Whenever the Fund shall sell any shares issued by the Fund (“Shares”) it shall deliver to Custodian a Certificate or, Instructions specifying the amount of money and/or Securities to be received by Custodian for the sale of such Shares and specifically allocated to an Account for such Fund.

 

2.        Upon receipt of such money, Custodian shall credit such money to an Account in the name of the Fund for which such money was received.

 

3.        Except as provided hereinafter, whenever the Fund desires Custodian to make payment out of the money held by Custodian hereunder in connection with a redemption of any Shares, it shall furnish to Custodian a Certificate or Instructions specifying the total amount to be paid for such Shares. Custodian shall make payment of such total amount to the transfer agent specified in such Certificate or Instructions out of the money held in an Account of the appropriate Fund.

 

4.        Notwithstanding the above provisions regarding the redemption of any Shares, whenever any Shares are redeemed pursuant to any check redemption privilege which may from time to time be offered by the Fund, Custodian, unless otherwise instructed by a Certificate or Instructions, shall, upon presentment of such check;, charge the amount thereof against the money held in the Account of the Fund of the Shares being redeemed, provided, that if the Fund or its agent timely advises Custodian that such check is not to be honored, Custodian shall return such check unpaid.

 

ARTICLE VII

PAYMENT OF DIVIDENDS OR DISTRIBUTIONS

 

1.        Whenever the Fund shall determine to pay a dividend or distribution on Shares it shall furnish to Custodian Instructions or a Certificate setting forth with respect to the Fund specified therein the date of the declaration of such dividend or distribution, the total amount payable, and the payment date.

 

2.        Upon the payment date specified in such Instructions or Certificate, Custodian shall payout of the money held for the account of such Fund the total amount payable to the dividend agent of the Fund specified therein.

 

ARTICLE VIII

CONCERNING CUSTODIAN

 

1. (a) The Custodian shall be held to a standard of reasonable care in carrying out the provisions of this Agreement; provided, however, that the Custodian shall be held to different standard of care of imposed by any other provision of this Agreement or imposed upon Custodian by any applicable law or regulation, which by its terms cannot be contractually modified or waived. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, Custodian shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, damages, liabilities or claims, including attorneys' and accountants' fees (collectively, “Losses”), incurred by or asserted against the Fund, except those Losses arising out of Custodian's own negligence or willful misconduct. Custodian shall have no liability whatsoever for the action or inaction of any Depositories or of any Foreign Depositories, except in each case to the extent such action or inaction is a direct result of the Custodian' s failure to fulfill its duties hereunder. With respect to any Losses incurred by the Fund as a result of the acts or any failures to act by any Subcustodian (other than a BNY Affiliate), Custodian shall take appropriate action to recover such Losses from such Subcustodian; and Custodian's sole responsibility and liability to the Fund shall be limited to amounts so received from such Subcustodian ( exclusive of costs and expenses incurred by Custodian). In no event shall Custodian be liable to the Fund or any third party for special, indirect or consequential damages, or lost profits or loss of business, arising in connection with this Agreement, nor shall Custodian or any Subcustodian be liable: (i) for acting in accordance with any Certificate or Oral Instructions actually received by Custodian and reasonably believed by Custodian to be given by an Authorized Person; (ii) for acting in accordance with Instructions without reviewing the same; (iii) for conclusively presuming that all Instructions are given only by person(s) duly authorized; (00 for conclusively presuming that all disbursements of cash directed by the Fund, whether by a Certificate, an Oral Instruction, or an Instruction, are in accordance with Section 2(i) of Article II hereof; (y) for holding property in any particular country, including, but not limited to, Losses resulting from nationalization, expropriation or other governmental actions; regulation of the banking or securities industry; exchange or currency controls or restrictions, devaluations or fluctuations; availability of cash or Securities or market conditions which prevent the transfer of property or execution of Securities transactions or affect the value of property; (yi) for any Losses due to forces beyond the control of Custodian, including without limitation strikes, work stoppages, acts of war or terrorism, insurrection, revolution, nuclear or natural catastrophes or acts of God, or interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities, communications or computer (software and hardware) services; (yii) for the insolvency of any Subcustodian (other than a BNY Affiliate), any Depository, or, except to the extent such action or inaction is a direct result of the Custodian's failure to fulfill its duties hereunder, any Foreign Depository; or (yiii)l for any Losses arising from the applicability of any law or regulation now or hereafter in effect, or from the occurrence of any event, including, without limitation, implementation or adoption of any rules or procedures of a Foreign Depository, which may affect, limit prevent or impose costs or burdens on, the transferability, convertibility, or availability of any currency or Composite Currency Unit in any country or on the transfer of any Securities, and in no event shall Custodian be obligated to substitute another currency for a currency (including a currency that is a component of a Composite Currency Unit) whose transferability, convertibility or availability has been affected, limited, or prevented by such law, regulation or event and to the extent that any such law, regulation or event imposes a cost or charge upon Custodian in relation to the transferability, convertibility, or availability of any cash currency or Composite Currency Unit, such cost or charge shall be for the account of the Fund, and Custodian may treat any account denominated in an affected currency as a group of separate accounts denominated in the relevant component currencies.

 

(b)        Custodian may enter into subcontracts, agreements and understandings with any BNY Affiliate, whenever and on such terms and conditions as it deems necessary or appropriate to perform its services hereunder. No such subcontract, agreement or understanding shall discharge Custodian from its obligations hereunder.

 

(c)        The Fund agrees to indemnify Custodian and hold Custodian harmless from and against any and all Losses sustained or incurred by or asserted against Custodian by reason of or as a result of any action or inaction, or arising out of Custodian's performance hereunder, including reasonable fees and expenses of counsel incurred by Custodian in a successful defense of claims by the Fund; provided however, that the Fund shall not indemnify Custodian for those Losses arising out of Custodian's own negligence or willful misconduct. This indemnity shall be a continuing obligation of the Fund, its successors and assigns, notwithstanding the termination of this Agreement.

 

2.        Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Custodian sep be under no obligation to inquire into, and shall not be liable for:

 

(a)        Any Losses incurred by the Fund or any other person as a result of the receipt or acceptance of fraudulent, forged or invalid Securities, or Securities which are otherwise not freely transferable or deliverable without encumbrance in any relevant market;

 

(b)        The validity of the issue of any Securities purchased, sold, or written by or for the Fund, the legality of the purchase, sale or writing thereof, or the propriety of the amount paid or received therefor;

 

(c)        The legality of the sale or redemption of any Shares, or the propriety of the amount to be received or paid therefor;

 

(d)        The legality of the declaration or payment of any dividend or distribution by the Fund;

 

(e)        The legality of any borrowing by the Fund;

 

(f)        The legality of any loan of portfolio Securities, nor shall Custodian be under any duty or obligation to see to it that any cash or collateral delivered to it by a broker, dealer or financial institution or held by it at any time as a result of such loan of portfolio Securities is adequate security for the Fund against any loss it might sustain as a result of such loan, which duty or obligation shall be the sole responsibility of the Fund. In addition, Custodian shall be under no duty or obligation to see that any broker, dealer or financial institution to which portfolio Securities of the Fund are lent makes payment to it of any dividends or interest which are payable to or for the account of the Fund during the period of such loan or at the termination of such loan, provided, however that Custodian shall promptly notify the Fund in the event that such dividends or interest are not paid and received when due;

 

(g)        The sufficiency or value of any amounts of money and/or Securities held in any Special Account in connection with transactions by the Fund; whether any broker, dealer, futures commission merchant or clearing member makes payment to the Fund of any variation margin payment or similar payment which the Fund may be entitled to receive from such broker, dealer, futures commission merchant or clearing member, or whether any payment received by Custodian from any broker, dealer, futures commission merchant or clearing member is the amount the Fund is entitled to receive, or to notify the Fund of Custodian's receiptor non-receipt of any such payment; or

 

(h)        Whether any Securities at any time delivered to, or held by it or by any Subcustodian, for the account of a Fund are such as properly may be held by the Fund under the provisions of its then current prospectus and statement of additional information, or to ascertain whether any transactions by the Fund, whether or not involving Custodian, are such transactions as may properly be engaged in by the Fund.

 

3.        Custodian may, with respect to questions of law specifically regarding an Account, obtain the advice and opinion of counsel to the independent trustees of a Fund or other counsel that is mutually agreed upon by the Funds and the Custodian and shall be fully protected with respect to anything done or omitted by it in good faith in conformity with such advice.

 

4.        Custodian shall be under no obligation to take action to collect any amount payable on Securities in default, or if payment is refused after due demand and presentment.

 

5.        Custodian shall have no duty or responsibility to inquire into, make recommendations, supervise, or determine the suitability of any transactions affecting any Account.

 

6.        The Fund shall pay to Custodian the fees and charges as may be specifically agreed upon from time to time and such other fees and charges at Custodian's standard rates for such services as maybe applicable. The Fund shall reimburse Custodian for all costs associated with the conversion of the Fund's Securities hereunder and the transfer of Securities and records kept in connection with this Agreement. The Fund shall also reimburse Custodian, at cost, for out-of-pocket expenses which are a normal incident of the services provided hereunder.

 

7.        Custodian has the right to debit any cash account for any amount payable by the Fund in connection with any and all obligations of the Fund to Custodian. In addition to the rights of Custodian under applicable law and other agreements, at any time when the Fund shall not have honored any of its obligations to Custodian, Custodian shall have the right without notice to the Fund to retain or set-off, against such obligations of the Fund, any Securities or cash Custodian or a BNY Affiliate may directly or indirectly hold for the account of the Fund, and any obligations (whether matured or unmatured) that Custodian or a BNY Affiliate may have to the Fund in any currency or Composite Currency Unit. Any such asset of, or obligation to, the Fund may be transferred to Custodian and any BNY Affiliate in order to effect the above rights.

 

8.        The Fund agrees to forward to Custodian a Certificate or Instructions confirming Oral Instructions by the close of business of the same day that such Oral Instructions are given to Custodian. The Fund agrees that the fact that such confirming Certificate or Instructions are not received or that a contrary Certificate or contrary Instructions are received by Custodian shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of transactions authorized by such Oral Instructions and effected by Custodian. If the Fund elects to transmit Instructions through an on-line communications system offered by Custodian, the Fund's use thereof shall be subject to the Terms and Conditions attached as Appendix J hereto, and Custodian shall provide user and authorization codes, passwords and authentication keys only to an Authorized Person or a person reasonably believed by Custodian to be an Authorized Person.

 

9.        The books and records pertaining to the Fund which are in possession of Custodian shall be the property of the Fund. Such books and records shall be prepared and maintained as required by the '40 Act and the rules thereunder. The Fund, or its authorized representatives, shall have access to such books and records during Custodian's normal business hours. Upon the reasonable request of the Fund, copies of any such books and records shall be provided by Custodian to the Fund or its authorized representative. Upon the reasonable request of the Fund, Custodian shall provide in hard copy or on computer disc any records included in any such delivery which are maintained by Custodian on a computer disc, or are similarly maintained.

 

10.        It is understood that Custodian is authorized to supply any information regarding the Accounts which is required by any law, regulation or rule now or hereafter in effect. The Custodian shall provide the Fund with any report obtained by the Custodian on the system of internal accounting control of a Depository, and with such reports on its own system of internal accounting control as the Fund may reasonably request from time to time.

 

11.        Custodian shall have no duties or responsibilities whatsoever except such duties and responsibilities as are specifically set forth in this Agreement, and no covenant or obligation shall be implied against Custodian in connection with this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE IX

TERMINATION

 

1.        Either of the parties hereto may terminate this Agreement by giving to the other party a notice in writing specifying the date of such termination, which shall be not less than ninety (90) days after the date of giving of such notice. In the event such notice is given by the Fund, it shall be accompanied by a copy of a resolution of the board of the Fund, certified by the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary, electing to terminate this Agreement and designating a successor Custodian or Custodians, each of which shall be a bank or trust company having not less than $2,000,000 aggregate capital, surplus and undivided profits. In the event such notice is given by Custodian, the Fund shall, on or before the termination date, deliver to Custodian a copy of a resolution of the board of the Fund, certified by the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary, designating a successor Custodian or Custodians. In the absence of such designation by the Fund, Custodian may designate a successor Custodian which shall be a bank or trust company having not less than $2,000,000 aggregate capital, surplus and undivided profits. Upon the date set forth in such notice this Agreement shall terminate, and Custodian shall upon receipt of a notice of acceptance by the successor Custodian on that date deliver directly to the successor Custodian all Securities and money then owned by the Fund and held by it as Custodian, after deducting an fees, expenses and other accounts for the payment or reimbursement of which it shall then be entitled.

 

2.        If a successor Custodian is not designated by the Fund or Custodian in accordance with the preceding Section, the Fund shall upon the date specified in the notice of termination of this Agreement and upon the delivery by Custodian of all Securities (other than Securities which cannot be delivered to the Fund) and money then owned by the Fund be deemed to be its own Custodian and Custodian shall thereby be relieved of all duties and responsibilities pursuant to this Agreement, other than the duty with respect to Securities which cannot be delivered to the Fund to hold such Securities hereunder in accordance with this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE X

MISCELLANEOUS

 

1.        The Fund agrees to furnish to Custodian a new Certificate of Authorized Persons in the event of any change in the then present Authorized Persons. Until such new Certificate is received, Custodian shall be fully protected in acting upon Certificates or Oral Instructions of such present Authorized Persons.

 

2.        Any notice or other instrument in writing, authorized or required by this Agreement to be given to Custodian, shall be sufficiently given if addressed to Custodian and received by it at its offices at One Wall Street, New York, New York 10286, or at such other place as Custodian may from time to time designate in writing.

 

3.        Any notice or other instrument in writing, authorized or required by this Agreement to be given to the Fund shall be sufficiently given if addressed to the Fund and received by it at its offices at 5800 Corporate Drive, Pittsburgh PA, J5237-7000 or at such other place as the Fund may from time to time designate in writing.

 

4.        Each and every right granted to either party hereunder or under any other document delivered hereunder or in connection herewith, or allowed it by law or equity, shall be cumulative and may be exercised from time to time. No failure on the part of either party to exercise, and no delay in exercising, any right will operate as a waiver thereof, nor will any single or partial exercise by either party of any right preclude any other or future exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right.

 

5.        In case any provision in or obligation under this Agreement shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any exclusive jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected thereby. This Agreement may not be amended or modified in any manner except by a written agreement executed by both parties, except that any amendment to the Schedule I hereto need be signed only by the Fund and any amendment to Appendix I hereto need be signed only by Custodian. This Agreement shall extend to and shall be binding upon the parties hereto, and their respective successors and assigns; provided, however, that this Agreement shall not be assignable by either party without the written consent of the other.

 

6.        This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of laws principles thereof. The Fund and Custodian hereby consent to the jurisdiction of a state or federal court situated in New York City, New York in connection with any dispute arising hereunder. The Fund hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such proceeding brought in such a court and any claim that such proceeding brought in such a court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. The Fund and Custodian each hereby irrevocably waives any and all rights to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.

 

7.        This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but such counterparts shall, together, constitute only one instrument.

 

8.        The Custodian is expressly put on notice of the limitation of liability as set forth in the Declaration of Trust of those registered investment companies which are business trusts and agrees that the obligations and liabilities assumed by a registered investment company or any Series pursuant to this Agreement, including, without limitation, any obligation or liability to indemnify the Custodian, shall be limited in any case to the relevant Fund and its assets and that the Custodian shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the relevant Fund, from any other Fund or its shareholders or from the Trustees, Officers, employees or agents of the registered investment company or Series, or any of them. In addition, in connection with the discharge and satisfaction of any claim made by the Custodian involving more than one Fund, the Trustees or Officers of such Funds shall have the exclusive right to determine the appropriate allocations of liability for any claim between or among the Funds.

 

9.        The Bank hereby represents and warrants that it has implemented and shall maintain appropriate measures designed to satisfy the requirements of federal and New York law applicable to the Bank with respect to the confidentiality of the portfolio holdings and transactions of each Fund. Upon request, the Bank shall annually make available to each Fund such summaries or audit reports, including any SAS 70 report, as the Bank generally makes available to its similar customers.

See Tenth Amendment dated 3/25/11 for new Article XI

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Funds and Custodian have caused this Agreement to be executed by their respective officers, thereunto duly authorized, as of the day and year first above written.

 

Each of the registered investment companies or series thereof listed on Schedule II to this Agreement

 

 

By: /s/ Richard J. Thomas

Title: Treasurer

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

 

 

By: /s/ Edward G. McGann

Title: EDWARD G. McGANN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

 
 

SCHEDULE I

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZED PERSONS

 

 

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See Amendment dated 11/8/07

 

SCHEDULE II

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Government Reserves Fund a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Municipal Trust a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 
 

APPENDIX I

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

 

ON-LINE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM (THE “SYSTEM”)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

1.       License; Use. Upon delivery to an Authorized Person or a person reasonably believed by Custodian to be an Authorized Person of the Fund of software enabling the Fund to obtain access to the System (the “Software”), Custodian grants to the Fund a personal, nontransferable and nonexclusive license to use the Software solely for the purpose of transmitting Written Instructions, receiving reports, making inquiries or otherwise communicating with Custodian in connection with the Account(s). The Fund shall use the Software solely for its own internal and proper business purposes and not in the operation of a service bureau. Except as set forth herein, no license or right of any kind is granted to the Fund with respect to the Software. The Fund acknowledges that Custodian and its suppliers retain and have title and exclusive proprietary rights to the Software, including any trade secrets or other ideas, concepts, know-how, methodologies, or information incorporated therein and the exclusive rights to any copyrights, trademarks and patents (including registrations and applications for registration of either), or other statutory or legal protections available in respect thereof. The Fund further acknowledges that all or a part of the Software may be copyrighted or trademarked (or a registration or claim made therefor) by Custodian or its suppliers. The Fund shall not take any action with respect tot the Software inconsistent with the foregoing acknowledgement, nor shall the Fund attempt to decompile, reverse engineer or modify the Software. The Fund may not coy, sell, lease or provide, directly or indirectly, any of the Software of any portion thereof to any other person or entity without Custodian’s prior written consent. The Fund may not remove any statutory copyright notice or other notice included in the Software or on any media containing the Software. The Fund shall reproduce any such notice on any reproduction of the Software and shall add any statutory copyright notice or other notice to the Software or media upon Custodian’s request.

 

2.       Equipment. The Fund shall obtain and maintain at its own cost and expense all equipment and services, including but not limited to communications services, necessary for it to utilize the Software and obtain access to the System, and Custodian shall not be responsible for the reliability or availability of any such equipment or services.

 

3.       Proprietary Information. The Software, any data base and any proprietary data, processes, information and documentation made available to the Fund (other than which are or become part of the public domain or are legally required to be made available to the public) (collectively, the “Information”), are the exclusive and confidential property of Custodian or its suppliers. The Fund shall keep the Information confidential by using the same care and discretion that the Fund uses with respect to its own confidential property and trade secrets, but not less than reasonable care. Upon termination of the Agreement or the Software license granted herein for any reason, the Fund shall return to Custodian any and all copies of the Information which are in its possession or under its control.

 

4.       Modifications. Custodian reserves the right to modify the Software from time to time and the Fund shall install new releases of the Software as Custodian may direct. The Fund agrees not to modify or attempt to modify the Software without the Custodian’s prior written consent. The Fund acknowledges that any modifications to the Software, whether by the Fund or Custodian and whether with or without Custodian’s consent, shall become the property of Custodian.

 

5.       NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES. CUSTODIAN AND ITS MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE SOFTWARE, SERVICES OR ANY DATABASE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE FUND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SOFTWARE, SERVICES AND ANY DATABASE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS.” IN NO EVENT SHALL CUSTODIAN OR ANY SUPPLIER BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL, WHICH THE FUND MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE, SERVICES OR ANY DATABASE, EVEN IF CUSTODIAN OR SUCH SUPPLIER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT SHALL CUSTODIAN OR ANY SUPPLIER BE LIABLE FOR ACTS OF GOD, MACHINE OR COMPUTER BREAKDOWN OR MALFUNCTION, INTERRUPTION OR MALFUNCTION OF COMMUNICATION FACILITIES, LABOR DIFFICULTIES OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR OR DISSIMILAR CAUSE BEYOND THEIR REASONABLE CONTROL.

 

6.       Security; Reliance; Unauthorized Use. The Fund will cause all persons utilizing the Software and System to treat all applicable user and authorization codes, passwords and authentication keys with extreme care, and it will establish internal control and safekeeping procedures to restrict the availability of the same to persons duly authorized to give Instructions. Custodian is hereby irrevocably authorized to act in accordance with and rely on Instructions received by it through the System. The Fund acknowledges that it is its sole responsibility to assure that only persons duly authorized use the System and that Custodian shall not be responsible nor liable for any unauthorized use thereof.

 

7.       System Acknowledgements. Custodian shall acknowledge through the System its receipt of each transmission communicated through the System, and in the absence of such acknowledgment Custodian shall not be liable for any failure to act in accordance with such transmission and the Fund may not claim that such transmission was received by Custodian.

 

8.       EXPORT RESTRICTIONS. EXPORT OF THE SOFTWARE IS PROHIBITED BY UNITED STATES LAW. THE FUND MAY NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES RESELL, DIVERT, TRANSFER, TRANSSHIP OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF THE SOFTWARE (IN ANY FORM) IN OR TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY. IF CUSTODIAN DELIVERED THE SOFTWARE TO THE FUND OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SOFTWARE WAS EXPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EXPORTER ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS. DIVERSION CONTRARY TO U.S. LAW IS PROHIBITED. The Fund hereby authorizes Custodian to report its name and address to government agencies to which Custodian is required to provide such information by law.

 

9.       ENCRYPTION. The Fund acknowledges and agrees that encryption may not be available for every communication through the System, or for all data. The Fund agrees that Custodian may deactivate any encryption features at any time, without notice or liability to the Fund, for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or troubleshooting the System or the Software.

 
 

JOINT TRADING ACCOUNT CUSTODY AGREEMENT

 

(Repurchase Transactions)

 

Agreement made as of June 7, 2005, between the Funds listed on Schedule I hereto (individually, a “Fund”; collectively, the “Funds”) and The Bank of New York (the “Custodian”).

 

WITNESSETH

 

WHEREAS, Custodian is presently the custodian for each Fund pursuant to a separate custody agreement between such Funds and Custodian (each, a “Custody Agreement”; collectively, the “Custody Agreements”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Funds are permitted to enter into repurchase transactions through joint trading accounts; and

 

WHEREAS, Custodian is willing to act as custodian of the assets of each Fund maintained in joint trading accounts in accordance with the Custody Agreements and this Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, all capitalized terms used by not defined herein shall have the meanings given them in the Custody Agreements;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises hereinafter set forth, the parties agree as follows:

 

1.       The Funds hereby request Custodian to establish and maintain certain joint trading accounts (the “Joint Trading Accounts”) to be used by the Funds for the purpose of engaging in repurchase transactions. Custodian agrees to establish and maintain the Joint Trading Accounts and hold cash transferred to the Joint Trading Account as provided herein.

 

2.       On each business day that Funds intend to enter into repurchase transactions through a Joint Trading Account, an Authorized Person shall on behalf of the applicable Funds deliver to Custodian a Certificate or Written Instructions disclosing each Fund’s interest in the monies transferred to each Joint Trading Account. Upon transfer on monies from the Joint Trading Account against receipt of securities into Joint Trading Account or a similar Joint Trading Account established by a subcustodial bank pursuant to repurchase transactions (“Repo Assets”), Custodian shall confirm to each Fund the purchase of its proportionate interest in the Repo Assets, and shall identify such interest in Custodian’s books and records as belonging to such Fund by including the Funds’ Certificate or Written Instructions in the books and records of all appropriate Funds or otherwise. The following business day Custodian shall transfer the monies received upon completion of repurchase transactions from each Joint Trading Account or from a similar Joint Trading Account established at a bank pursuant to a Subcustodial Undertaking in connection with a Master Repurchase Agreement, plus any accrued income received, to each Fund’s Account in proportion to such Fund’s interest in such repurchase transactions.

 

3.       If Custodian in its sole discretion advances funds, or if there shall arise for whatever reason an overdraft or other indebtedness in connection with a Joint Trading Account, such advance, overdraft or indebtedness shall be deemed a loan made by Custodian to a Fund to which such advance, overdraft or indebtedness relates, payable on demand and bearing interest pursuant to the terms of such Fund’s Custody Agreement with Custodian. The Funds agree to furnish to Custodian promptly (and in any event by the close of business on the day of such advance, overdraft or indebtedness) with a Certificate or Written Instructions identifying each Fund to which such advance, overdraft or indebtedness relates, and the amount allocable to such Fund. In order to secure repayment of each Fund’s indebtedness to Custodian hereunder, each Fund hereby agrees that Custodian shall have a continuing lien and security interest in and to any property at any time held by it for the benefit of the Fund either hereunder or under Such Fund’s Custody Agreement with Custodian, or in which the Fund may have an interest which is then in Custodian’s possession or control or in possession or control of any third party acting in Custodian’s behalf, including in its behalf as Custodian under the Fund’s Custody Agreement with Custodian. Each Fund authorizes Custodian, in its sole discretion, at any time to charge any advance, overdraft or indebtedness together with interest due thereon against any balance of accounts standing to the Fund’s credit on the books of Custodian, including those books maintained by Custodian in its capacity as Custodian for the Fund under is Custody Agreement with the Fund. Notwithstanding, anything in this Agreement to the contrary, provided that Custodian and a Fund are parties to a Custodial Undertaking in Connection with Master Repurchase Agreement (collectively, the “Custodial Undertakings”), Custodian agrees that any securities held by Custodian in connection with a repurchase agreement entered into by such Fund and subject to the Custodian Undertakings shall not be subject to any security interest, lien or right of setoff by Custodian or any third party claiming through Custodian and Custodian shall not pledge, encumber, hypothecate, transfer, dispose of, or otherwise grant any third party an interest in, any such securities.

 

3.       It is expressly understood and agreed that in performing hereunder, Custodian is relying solely upon information contained in Certificates and Written Instructions received by it from time to time, has no independent knowledge of the terms and conditions of any repurchase transactions entered by or on behalf of any Funds, and shall have no duty to inquire into any of such terms and conditions nor any valuation responsibilities (including mark-to-market) with regard to securities and monies which are the subject of repurchase transactions hereunder. Custodian’s sole responsibility in settling transactions through the Joint Trading Account shall be to receive and deliver securities and monies in accordance with instructions contained in Certificates and Written Instructions and to comply with paragraph 2 of this Agreement.

 

4.       Each Fund hereby represents and warrants, which representations and warranties shall be continuing and shall be deemed to be reaffirmed upon each instruction given by each Fund, that

 

(a)       its execution and delivery of this Agreement and its performance hereunder has been duly authorized by its Board of Directors or Board of Trustees (as the case may be) and constitutes is several, but not joint, binding obligation;

 

(b)       the person or persons executing this Agreement on its behalf has and have been duly and properly authorized to do so;

 

(c)       upon allocation of any advance, overdraft or indebtedness to its account pursuant to paragraph 2 above, its total borrowings from all sources (including Custodian) shall be in conformity with the requirements and limitations set forth in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and its Prospectus.

 

5.       This Agreement is supplemental to the Custody Agreement between Custodian and each Fund and the assets of each Fund shall be maintained and administered by Custodian subject to the terms and conditions of the Custody Agreement. In the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the Custody Agreement of any Fund, the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall govern and control.

 

6.       This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to the conflict of law principles thereof. This Agreement may not be amended or modified in any manner except by a written instrument executed by each Fund and Custodian. This Agreement may be terminated with respect to any Fund by either Custodian or such Fund upon thirty (30) days prior written notice.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed by their respective officers, thereunto duly authorized, as of the day and year first above written.

 

By: /s/ Richard J. Thomas

On behalf of each Fund listed on
Schedule I hereto

Title: Treasurer

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

 

By: /s/ Edward G. McGann

Title: Managing Director

 
 

See Amendment dated 11/8/07

 

SCHEDULE I

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Government Reserves Fund a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Municipal Trust a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 
 

JOINT TRADING ACCOUNT

 

REPURCHASE TRANSACTION CONFIRMATION

 

 

The Bank of New York hereby confirms the purchase by each Fund identified in the attached Certificate of its proportionate share of an undivided interest in the securities transferred to the Joint Trading Account # , as such interests are set forth in the attached Certificate.

 

 

Date:

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

 

 

 

By:

(Authorized Signature)

 
 

EXHIBIT C

 

FOREIGN CUSTODY MANAGER AGREEMENT

AGREEMENT made as of November 8, 2007 between the Funds listed on Schedule I to this Agreement (the “Funds”) and The Bank of New York (“BNY”).

W I T N E S S E T H:

WHEREAS, the Funds desire to appoint BNY as a Foreign Custody Manager on the terms and conditions contained herein;

WHEREAS, BNY desires to serve as a Foreign Custody Manager and perform the duties set forth herein on the terms and conditions contained herein;

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises hereinafter contained in this Agreement, the Funds and BNY hereby agree as follows:

ARTICLE I
DEFINITIONS

Whenever used in this Agreement, the following words and phrases, unless the context otherwise requires, shall have the following meanings:

1.“Board” shall mean the board of directors or board of trustees, as the case may be, of the Funds.
2.“Eligible Foreign Custodian” shall have the meaning provided in the Rule.
3.“Monitoring System” shall mean a system established by BNY to fulfill the Responsibilities specified in clauses (d) and (e) of Section 1 of Article III of this Agreement.
4.“Responsibilities” shall mean the responsibilities delegated to BNY under the Rule as a Foreign Custody Manager with respect to each Specified Country and each Eligible Foreign Custodian selected by BNY, as such responsibilities are more fully described in Article III of this Agreement.
5.“Rule” shall mean Rule 17f-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
6.“Specified Country” shall mean each country listed on Schedule II attached hereto and each country, other than the United States, constituting the primary market for a security with respect to which the Funds has given settlement instructions to The Bank of New York as custodian (the “Custodian”) under its Custody Agreement with the Funds.

ARTICLE II
BNY AS A FOREIGN CUSTODY MANAGER

1.      The Funds on behalf of its Board hereby delegate to BNY with respect to each Specified Country the Responsibilities.

2.      BNY accepts the Board’s delegation of Responsibilities with respect to each Specified Country and agrees in performing the Responsibilities as a Foreign Custody Manager to exercise reasonable care, prudence and diligence such as a person having responsibility for the safekeeping of the Funds’ assets would exercise.

3.      BNY shall provide to the Board at such times as the Board deems reasonable and appropriate based on the circumstances of the Funds’ foreign custody arrangements written reports notifying the Board of the placement of assets of the Funds with a particular Eligible Foreign Custodian within a Specified Country and of any material change in the arrangements (including the contract governing such arrangements) with respect to assets of the Funds with any such Eligible Foreign Custodian.

ARTICLE III
RESPONSIBILITIES

1.      Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, BNY shall with respect to each Specified Country select an Eligible Foreign Custodian. In connection therewith, BNY shall: (a) determine that assets of the Funds held by such Eligible Foreign Custodian will be subject to reasonable care, based on the standards applicable to custodians in the relevant market in which such Eligible Foreign Custodian operates, after considering all factors relevant to the safekeeping of such assets, including, without limitation, those contained in paragraph (c)(1) of the Rule; (b) determine that the Funds’ foreign custody arrangements with each Eligible Foreign Custodian are governed by a written contract with the Custodian which will provide reasonable care for the Funds’ assets based on the standards specified in paragraph (c)(1) of the Rule; (c) determine that each contract with an Eligible Foreign Custodian shall include the provisions specified in paragraph (c)(2)(i)(A) through (F) of the Rule or, alternatively, in lieu of any or all of such (c)(2)(i)(A) through (F) provisions, such other provisions as BNY determines will provide, in their entirety, the same or a greater level of care and protection for the assets of the Funds as such specified provisions; (d) monitor pursuant to the Monitoring System the appropriateness of maintaining the assets of the Funds with a particular Eligible Foreign Custodian pursuant to paragraph (c)(1) of the Rule and the performance of the contract governing such arrangement; and (e) advise the Funds whenever BNY determines under the Monitoring System that an arrangement (including, any material change in the contract governing such arrangement) described in preceding clause (d) no longer meets the requirements of the Rule.

2.      For purposes of preceding Section 1 of this Article, BNY’s determination of appropriateness shall not include, nor be deemed to include, any evaluation of Country Risks associated with investment in a particular country. For purposes hereof, “Country Risks” shall mean systemic risks of holding assets in a particular country including but not limited to (a) an Eligible Foreign Custodian’s use of any depositories that act as or operate a system or a transnational system for the central handling of securities or any equivalent book-entries; (b) such country’s financial infrastructure; (c) such country’s prevailing custody and settlement practices; (d) nationalization, expropriation or other governmental actions; (e) regulation of the banking or securities industry; (f) currency controls, restrictions, devaluations or fluctuations; and (g) market conditions which affect the orderly execution of securities transactions or affect the value of securities.

ARTICLE IV
REPRESENTATIONS

1.      The Funds hereby represent that: (a) this Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Funds, constitutes a valid and legally binding obligation of the Funds enforceable in accordance with its terms, and no statute, regulation, rule, order, judgment or contract binding on the Funds prohibits the Funds’ execution or performance of this Agreement; and (b) this Agreement has been approved and ratified by the Board.

2.      BNY hereby represents that: (a) BNY is duly organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, with full power to carry on its businesses as now conducted, and to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder; (b) this Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by BNY, constitutes a valid and legally binding obligation of BNY enforceable in accordance with its terms, and no statute, regulation, rule, order, judgment or contract binding on BNY prohibits BNY’s execution or performance of this Agreement; and (c) BNY has established the Monitoring System.

ARTICLE V

CONCERNING BNY

1.      BNY shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, damages, liabilities or claims, including attorneys’ and accountants’ fees, sustained or incurred by, or asserted against, the Funds except to the extent the same arises out of the failure of BNY to exercise the care, prudence and diligence required by Section 2 of Article II hereof. In no event shall BNY be liable to the Funds, the Board, or any third party for special, indirect or consequential damages, or for lost profits or loss of business, arising in connection with this Agreement.

2.      The Funds shall indemnify BNY and hold it harmless from and against any and all costs, expenses, damages, liabilities or claims, including attorneys’ and accountants’ fees, sustained or incurred by, or asserted against, BNY by reason or as a result of any action or inaction, or arising out of BNY’s performance hereunder, provided that the Funds shall not indemnify BNY to the extent any such costs, expenses, damages, liabilities or claims arises out of BNY’s failure to exercise the reasonable care, prudence and diligence required by Section 2 of Article II hereof.

3.      For its services hereunder, the Funds agree to pay to BNY such compensation and out-of-pocket expenses as provided in the Custodian Agreement entered into between BNY and the Funds.

4.      BNY shall have only such duties as are expressly set forth herein. In no event shall BNY be liable for any Country Risks associated with investments in a particular country.

ARTICLE VI

MISCELLANEOUS

1.      This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Funds and BNY as a foreign custody manager, and no provision in the Custody Agreement between the Funds and the Custodian shall affect the duties and obligations of BNY hereunder, nor shall any provision in this Agreement affect the duties or obligations of the Custodian under the Custody Agreement.

2.      Any notice or other instrument in writing, authorized or required by this Agreement to be given to BNY, shall be sufficiently given if received by it at its offices at 100 Church Street, 10th Floor, New York, New York 10286, or at such other place as BNY may from time to time designate in writing.

3.      Any notice or other instrument in writing, authorized or required by this Agreement to be given to the Funds shall be sufficiently given if received by it at its offices at 5800 Corporate Drive, Pittsburgh PA, J5237-7000 or at such other place as the Funds may from time to time designate in writing.

4.      In case any provision in or obligation under this Agreement shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected thereby. This Agreement may not be amended or modified in any manner except by a written agreement executed by both parties. This Agreement shall extend to and shall be binding upon the parties hereto, and their respective successors and assigns; provided however, that this Agreement shall not be assignable by either party without the written consent of the other.

5.      This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of laws principles thereof. The Funds and BNY hereby consent to the jurisdiction of a state or federal court situated in New York City, New York in connection with any dispute arising hereunder. The Funds hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such proceeding brought in such a court and any claim that such proceeding brought in such a court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. The Funds and BNY each hereby irrevocably waives any and all rights to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.

6.      The parties hereto agree that in performing hereunder, BNY is acting solely on behalf of the Funds and no contractual or service relationship shall be deemed to be established hereby between BNY and any other person by reason of this Agreement.

7.      This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but such counterparts shall, together, constitute only one instrument.

8.      This Agreement shall terminate simultaneously with the termination of the Custody Agreement between the Funds and the Custodian, and may otherwise be terminated by either party giving to the other party a notice in writing specifying the date of such termination, which shall be not less than thirty (30) days after the date of such notice.

9.      The Custodian is expressly put on notice of the limitation of liability as set forth in the Declaration of Trust of those registered investment companies which are business trusts and agrees that the obligations and liabilities assumed by a registered investment company or any Series pursuant to this Agreement, including, without limitation, any obligation or liability to indemnify the Custodian, shall be limited in any case to the relevant Fund and its assets and that the Custodian shall not seek satisfaction of any such obligation from the shareholders of the relevant Fund, from any other Fund or its shareholders or from the Trustees, Officers, employees or agents of the registered investment company or Series, or any of them. In addition, in connection with the discharge and satisfaction of any claim made by the Custodian involving more than one Fund, the Trustees or Officers of such Funds shall have the exclusive right to determine the appropriate allocations of liability for any claim between or among the Funds.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Funds and BNY have caused this Agreement to be executed by their respective officers, thereunto duly authorized, as of the date first above written.

 

THE FUNDS LISTED ON SCHEDULE I

By: /s/ Richard A. Novak

Title: Treasurer

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

By: Joseph F. Keenan

Title: Managing Director

 
 

SCHEDULE I

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Government Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Municipal Trust, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Government Obligations Tax-Managed Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

U.S. Treasury Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Automated Government Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Market Opportunity Fund, a portfolio of Federated Equity Funds

 

Federated Stock Trust

 

 
 

SCHEDULE II

Specified Countries

Australia National Australia Bank Ltd
Austria Bank Austria Creditanstalt A.G.
Belgium ING Belgium SA/NV
Brazil Citibank N.A.
Canada Royal Bank of Canada
Czech Republic ING Bank N.V. Prague
Denmark Danske Bank
Egypt Citibank, N.A.
Finland Nordea Bank Finland plc
France BNP Paribas Securities Services/ CACEIS Bank
Germany BHF-BANK AG
Hong Kong HSBC
Hungary ING Bank (Hungary) Rt.
India Deutsche Bank AG Mumbai/ HSBC
Indonesia HSBC
Israel Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Italy Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.
Japan The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd/ Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Malaysia HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
Mexico Banco Nacional de Mexico
Netherlands ING Bank
New Zealand National Australia Bank
Norway DnB NOR Bank ASA
Poland ING Bank Slaski
Portugal Banco Comercial Portugues
Singapore United Overseas Bank Limited/ DBS Bank Ltd.
South Africa Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
South Korea HSBC
Spain Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A./ Santander Investment, S.A.
Sweden Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
Switzerland Credit Suisse, Zurich
Taiwan HSBC
Turkey Garanti Bank
United Kingdom The Bank of New York/ Deutsche Bank AG London (Depository and Clearing Centre)
 
 

EXHIBIT D

 

 

Non-Money Market Funds Fee Schedule

 

DOMESTIC CUSTODY (U.S. Securities Processing)

 

Safekeeping, Income Collection, Transaction Processing, Account Administration

 

0.25 of a basis point per annum on the average net assets of the Fund.

 

U.S. Security Transaction Charges (per transaction):

 

$4.50 DTC/FRB Book Entry Settlements

$4.00 Repurchase Agreements (each leg)

$5.00 Time Deposits

$5.00 Maturities

$20.00 Physical Settlements, Euroclear, Options, and Futures Transactions

$5.00 Paydowns

$4.00 Wire Transfers/Checks (not related to securities settlements)

$2.00 Interfund/Account Transactions

 

Manual Instruction Surcharge

Transactions instructed in a manner which does not facilitate Straight-Through-Processing will incur an additional $15 per transaction.

 

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

In addition to the above fee-schedule, Out-of-Pocket expenses will be charged as incurred. These charges would include but are not limited to:

  • Securities pricing.
  • Custom electronic interfaces and/or programming beyond normal and customary system development associated with conversion.
  • Local taxes, stamp duties or other assessments, including stock exchange fees, postage and insurance for shipping, facsimile reporting, extraordinary telecommunications fees or other unusual expenses, which are unique to a country in which the Funds are investing.

 

See Second Amendment, dated 9/5/08

Compensating Balance Arrangement

 

The Funds and The Bank of New York have entered into a compensating balance arrangement, which would allow the Funds to compensate the Bank for any overdrafts by maintaining a positive cash balance the next day. Conversely, on any day the Funds maintain a positive balance, they will be allowed to overdraw the account as compensation. In both cases, Federal Reserve requirements, currently 10%, will be assessed. Therefore, all overdrafts must be compensated at 100% of the total and all positive balances will allow for an overdraft of 90% of the total.

 

Balances for the tax-exempt portfolios will be permitted an open-ended roll forward. The taxable portfolios are closed out on a quarterly basis with no carry-over to the subsequent quarter. At the end of each quarter, the average overdraft will be assessed a fee of 1% above the actual Federal Funds rate at the end of the period. Any average positive balance will receive an earnings credit computed at the daily effective 90 day T-bill rate minus 0.25 bps on the last day of the period. Earnings credits will be offset against the Funds’ safekeeping fees.

 

 
 

GLOBAL CUSTODY (Non-US Securities Processing)

 

 

  Global  
  Safekeeping Fee Transaction Fee
Countries *(in basis points)1 (U.S. Dollars)2
Argentina 17.00 55
Australia 1.50 25
Austria 3.00 40
Bahrain 50.00 140
Bangladesh 50.00 145
Belgium 2.50 35
Bermuda 17.00 70
Botswana 50.00 140
Brazil 12.00 30
Bulgaria 30.00 85
Canada 1.00 10
Chile 20.00 80
China “A” Shares 15.00 80
China “B” Shares 15.00 60
Colombia 50.00 95
Costa Rica 14.00 65
Croatia 25.00 70
Cyprus 15.00 35
Czech Republic 18.00 50
Denmark 2.00 35
Ecuador 30.00 55
Egypt 30.00 85
Estonia 10.00 60
Euromarket/Euroclear3 1.00 10
Euromarket/Clearstream 1.00 10
Finland 3.50 35
France 2.00 30
Germany 1.50 25
Ghana 50.00 140
Greece 9.00 40
Hong Kong 3.00 45
Hungary 20.00 55
Iceland 11.00 35
India 13.00 105
Indonesia 11.00 80
Ireland (Equities) 3.00 33
Ireland (Gov’t Bonds) 1.00 13
Israel 20.00 40
Italy 1.50 35
Ivory Coast 50.00 140
Jamaica 50.00 60
Japan 1.75 20
Jordan 50.00 140
Kazakhstan 53.00 140
Kenya 48.00 140
Latvia 50.00 45
Lebanon 50.00 140
Lithuania 20.00 43
Luxembourg 10.00 80
Malaysia 4.50 45
Malta 20.00 63
Mauritius 25.00 100
Mexico 6.50 30
Morocco 50.00 95
Namibia 50.00 60
Netherlands 2.00 25
New Zealand 2.00 35
Nigeria 50.00 60
Norway 2.50 35
Oman 50.00 140
Pakistan 50.00 140
Peru 50.00 83
Philippines 6.00 60
Poland 15.00 63
Portugal 5.00 50
Qatar 50.00 140
Romania 30.00 80
Russia Equities 40.00 95
Singapore 3.50 45
Slovak Republic 23.00 95
Slovenia 50.00 60
South Africa 2.50 30
South Korea 6.50 45
Spain 2.50 40
Sri Lanka 13.00 70
Swaziland 50.00 60
Sweden 2.00 30
Switzerland 2.00 35
Taiwan 10.00 60
Thailand 5.00 50
Trinidad & Tobago 50.00 53
Tunisia 50.00 53
Turkey 12.50 60
Ukraine 75.00 250
United Kingdom 0.50 10
Uruguay 75.00 83
Venezuela 50.00 140
Zambia 50.00 140
Zimbabwe 50.00 140
       

 

Not In Bank/Not in Custody Assets USA4………………………$500 per line per annum

 

Third Party Foreign Exchange Settlements      
$70 per non-USD currency movement        
           
Minimum charges imposed by Agent Banks/Local Administrators    
Brazil - 15 basis points for annual administrative charges      
           
Colombia - USD $600 per month minimum administration charge      
Ecuador - USD $800 monthly minimum per relationship      
Egypt - USD $400 monthly minimum per relationship      
           
Additional Charges        
Local taxes, stamp duties or other assessments, including stock exchange fees, postage and  
insurance for shipping, facsimile reporting, extraordinary telecommunications fees or other unusual  
expenses, which are unique to a country in which the Funds are investing  
       

 

 

 
 

EXHIBIT E

 

Money Market Funds Fee Schedule

 

DOMESTIC CUSTODY (U.S. Securities Processing)

 

Safekeeping, Income Collection, Transaction Processing, Account Administration

 

0.25 of a basis point per annum on the average net assets of the Fund.

 

U.S. Security Transaction Charges (per transaction):

 

$4.50 DTC/FRB Book Entry Settlements

$4.00 Repurchase Agreements (each leg)

$5.00 Time Deposits

$5.00 Maturities

$20.00 Physical Settlements, Euroclear, Options, and Futures Transactions

$5.00 Paydowns

$4.00 Wire Transfers/Checks (not related to securities settlements)

$2.00 Interfund/Account Transactions

 

Manual Instruction Surcharge

Transactions instructed in a manner which does not facilitate Straight-Through-Processing will incur an additional $15 per transaction.

 

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

In addition to the above fee-schedule, Out-of-Pocket expenses will be charged as incurred. These charges would include but are not limited to:

  • Securities pricing
  • Custom electronic interfaces and/or programming beyond normal and customary system development associated with conversion.
  • Local taxes, stamp duties or other assessments, including stock exchange fees, postage and insurance for shipping, facsimile reporting, extraordinary telecommunications fees or other unusual expenses, which are unique to a country in which the Funds are investing.

 

See Second Amendment, dated 9/5/08

Compensating Balance Arrangement

 

The Funds and The Bank of New York have entered into a compensating balance arrangement, which would allow the Funds to compensate the Bank for any overdrafts by maintaining a positive cash balance the next day. Conversely, on any day the Funds maintain a positive balance, they will be allowed to overdraw the account as compensation. In both cases, Federal Reserve requirements, currently 10%, will be assessed. Therefore, all overdrafts must be compensated at 100% of the total and all positive balances will allow for an overdraft of 90% of the total.

 

Balances for the tax-exempt portfolios will be permitted an open-ended roll forward. The taxable portfolios are closed out on a quarterly basis with no carry-over to the subsequent quarter. At the end of each quarter, the average overdraft will be assessed a fee of 1% above the actual Federal Funds rate at the end of the period. Any average positive balance will receive an earnings credit computed at the daily effective 90 day T-bill rate minus 0.25 bps on the last day of the period. Earnings credits will be offset against the Funds’ safekeeping fees.

 

 
 

GLOBAL CUSTODY (Non-US Securities Processing)

 

 

  Global  
  Safekeeping Fee Transaction Fee
Countries *(in basis points)1 (U.S. Dollars)2
Argentina 17.00 55
Australia 1.50 25
Austria 3.00 40
Bahrain 50.00 140
Bangladesh 50.00 145
Belgium 2.50 35
Bermuda 17.00 70
Botswana 50.00 140
Brazil 12.00 30
Bulgaria 30.00 85
Canada 1.00 10
Chile 20.00 80
China “A” Shares 15.00 80
China “B” Shares 15.00 60
Colombia 50.00 95
Costa Rica 14.00 65
Croatia 25.00 70
Cyprus 15.00 35
Czech Republic 18.00 50
Denmark 2.00 35
Ecuador 30.00 55
Egypt 30.00 85
Estonia 10.00 60
Euromarket/Euroclear3 1.00 10
Euromarket/Clearstream 1.00 10
Finland 3.50 35
France 2.00 30
Germany 1.50 25
Ghana 50.00 140
Greece 9.00 40
Hong Kong 3.00 45
Hungary 20.00 55
Iceland 11.00 35
India 13.00 105
Indonesia 11.00 80
Ireland (Equities) 3.00 33
Ireland (Gov’t Bonds) 1.00 13
Israel 20.00 40
Italy 1.50 35
Ivory Coast 50.00 140
Jamaica 50.00 60
Japan 1.75 20
Jordan 50.00 140
Kazakhstan 53.00 140
Kenya 48.00 140
Latvia 50.00 45
Lebanon 50.00 140
Lithuania 20.00 43
Luxembourg 10.00 80
Malaysia 4.50 45
Malta 20.00 63
Mauritius 25.00 100
Mexico 6.50 30
Morocco 50.00 95
Namibia 50.00 60
Netherlands 2.00 25
New Zealand 2.00 35
Nigeria 50.00 60
Norway 2.50 35
Oman 50.00 140
Pakistan 50.00 140
Peru 50.00 83
Philippines 6.00 60
Poland 15.00 63
Portugal 5.00 50
Qatar 50.00 140
Romania 30.00 80
Russia Equities 40.00 95
Singapore 3.50 45
Slovak Republic 23.00 95
Slovenia 50.00 60
South Africa 2.50 30
South Korea 6.50 45
Spain 2.50 40
Sri Lanka 13.00 70
Swaziland 50.00 60
Sweden 2.00 30
Switzerland 2.00 35
Taiwan 10.00 60
Thailand 5.00 50
Trinidad & Tobago 50.00 53
Tunisia 50.00 53
Turkey 12.50 60
Ukraine 75.00 250
United Kingdom 0.50 10
Uruguay 75.00 83
Venezuela 50.00 140
Zambia 50.00 140
Zimbabwe 50.00 140
       

 

Not In Bank/Not in Custody Assets USA4………………………$500 per line per annum

 

 

 

Third Party Foreign Exchange Settlements      
$70 per non-USD currency movement        
           
Minimum charges imposed by Agent Banks/Local Administrators    
Brazil - 15 basis points for annual administrative charges      
           
Colombia - USD $600 per month minimum administration charge      
Ecuador - USD $800 monthly minimum per relationship      
Egypt - USD $400 monthly minimum per relationship      
           
Additional Charges        
Local taxes, stamp duties or other assessments, including stock exchange fees, postage and  
insurance for shipping, facsimile reporting, extraordinary telecommunications fees or other unusual  
expenses, which are unique to a country in which the Funds are investing  
       

 

 

 

 
 

Amendment to

Custody Agreement

between

The Bank of New York

and

The Funds listed on Schedule II to the Custody Agreement, as amended from time to time

 

 

This Amendment (the “Amendment”) dated as of November 8, 2007 between The Bank of New York (“Custodian”) and the Funds listed on Schedule II to the Custody Agreement, as amended by Exhibit A attached hereto (each a “Fund”).

 

WHEREAS, the Federated Capital Reserves Fund, Federated Government Reserves Fund and Federated Municipal Trust (collectively, the “Federated Reserves Funds”), and Custodian, having executed the Custody Agreement dated June 7, 2005, now wish to make certain changes to the Custody Agreement and provisions thereof which provisions the Federated Reserves Funds and Custodian agree shall be deemed by them, and each of them, to be included as of the date of this Amendment within the Custody Agreement as if originally stated therein; and

 

WHEREAS, the Federated Reserves Funds and the Custodian agree to the addition of the following funds to the Custody Agreement: Government Obligations Tax-Managed Fund, U.S. Treasury Cash Reserves, and Automated Government Cash Reserves, each a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust; Federated Market Opportunity Fund, a portfolio of Federated Equity Funds; and Federated Stock Trust; and

 

WHEREAS, the Funds’ Board desires to delegate certain of its responsibilities for performing the services set forth in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2) and (c)(3) of Rule 17f-5 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 to the Custodian as Foreign Custody Manager and the Custodian agrees to accept such delegation of responsibilities; and

 

WHEREAS, the Custody Agreement is amended to include a Fee Schedule for non-money market funds;

 

WHEREAS, the Custody Agreement Fee Schedule for non-money market funds is amended to reduce the interest rate on overdrafts from 2% to 1% and to include a Global Custody Fee Schedule; and

 

WHEREAS, the Custody Agreement Fee Schedule for money market funds is amended to, include three new money market funds, to reduce the interest rate on overdrafts from 2% to 1% and to include a Global Custody Fee Schedule.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Funds and Custodian hereby agree as follows:

 

1.       Schedule II of the Custody Agreement and Schedule I of the Joint Trading Account Agreement are each replaced with the Schedule II and Schedule I respectively, attached to this Amendment as Exhibits A and B, respectively.

 

2. The Custodian shall serve as Foreign Custody Manager in accordance with the Foreign Custody Management Agreement, attached to this Amendment as Exhibit C.

 

3. The Custody Agreement is amended to include a Fee Schedule for non-money market funds, attached to this Amendment as Exhibit D.

 

4. The Fee Schedule for non-money market funds is hereby added to the Custody Agreement in the form attached to this Amendment as Exhibit D.

 

5. The Fee Schedule for money funds is amended to include Government Obligations Tax-Managed Fund, U.S. Treasury Cash Reserves, and Automated Government Cash Reserves, each a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust, to reduce the interest rate on overdrafts from 2% to 1% above the actual Federal Funds rate at the end of the period and to provide a Global Custody Fee schedule, attached to this Amendment as Exhibit E.

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be executed by their duly designated officers below as of the day and year first above written.

 

ACKNOWLEDGED AND AGREED:

Custodian:

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK

On behalf of each of the funds indicated on Schedule II of the Custody Agreement, as amended from time to time.

 

   
   
By:  /s/ Joseph F. Keenan By:  /s/ Richard A. Novak
Title:  Managing Director Title:  Treasurer

 

 

 
 

EXHIBIT A

 

CUSTODY AGREEMENT

SCHEDULE II

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Government Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Municipal Trust, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Government Obligations Tax-Managed Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

U.S. Treasury Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Automated Government Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Market Opportunity Fund, a portfolio of Federated Equity Funds

 

Federated Stock Trust

 

 

 
 

EXHIBIT B

 

JOINT TRADING ACCOUNT AGREEMENT

SCHEDULE I

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Government Reserves Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Municipal Trust, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Government Obligations Tax-Managed Fund, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

U.S. Treasury Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Automated Government Cash Reserves, a portfolio of Money Market Obligations Trust

 

Federated Market Opportunity Fund, a portfolio of Federated Equity Funds

 

Federated Stock Trust

 

 

 
 

Second Amendment to the Custody Agreement

 

 

This Amendment is made as of September 5, 2008 to the Custody Agreement (the “Agreement”) dated June 7, 2005 and amended November 8, 2007 between the Funds listed on Schedule II attached hereto (each a "Fund") and The Bank of New York Mellon (the "Custodian").

 

WHEREAS, each Fund and the Custodian wish to modify the provisions of the Agreement as set forth below;

 

NOW THEREFORE, each the Fund and the Custodian agree to the following amendments.

 

1.       Section 14. “Internal Operating Account” to Article I of the Agreement shall be revised as follows:

 

14. “Internal Operating Account” shall mean accounts established by the Custodian at the direction of a Fund to facilitate the intraday transfer of monies to or from the Custodian representing aggregated subscriptions or redemptions for allocation to individual Funds as indicated by the Fund or its agent.

 

And;

 

Each Fund and the Custodian hereby amend Article V. Section 1 of the Agreement by replacing the first sentence of the section as follows:

 

If Custodian should in its sole discretion advance funds on behalf of any Fund which results in an overdraft at the end of any day, because the money held by Custodian in an Account, including an Internal Operating Account, for such Fund shall be insufficient to pay the total amount payable upon a purchase of Securities specifically allocated to such Fund, as set forth in a Certificate, Instructions or Oral Instructions, or if an overdraft arises in the separate account of a Fund for some other reason, including, without limitation, because of a reversal of a conditional credit or the purchase of any currency, or if the Fund is for any other reason indebted to Custodian with respect to a Fund, due to borrowing by a Fund from the Custodian, (except a borrowing for investment or for temporary or emergency purposes using Securities as collateral pursuant to a separate agreement and subject to the provisions of Section 2 of this Article), such overdraft or indebtedness shall be deemed to be a loan made by Custodian to the Fund for such Fund payable on demand and shall bear interest from the date incurred at a rate per annum as disclosed on the Fee Schedule between the Funds and the Custodian as such Fee Exhibit may be amended from time to time. 

 

2.       Within Exhibit D, the section entitled “Compensating Balance Arrangement” is replaced in its entirety with the following Amended and Restated section entitled “Compensating Balance Arrangement” as attached hereto.

 

3.       Within Exhibit E, the section entitled “Compensating Balance Arrangement” is replaced in its entirety with the following Amended and Restated section entitled “Compensating Balance Arrangement” as attached hereto.

 

4.       Each Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Schedule I to Exhibit C, the Foreign Custody Manager Agreement, are updated to include the following new Funds:

 

Federated California Municipal Income Fund

Federated New York Municipal Income Fund

Federated North Carolina Municipal Income Fund

Federated Ohio Municipal Income Fund

Federated Pennsylvania Municipal Income Fund

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been executed for and on behalf of the undersigned as of the day and year first written above.

 

On behalf of each of the Funds indicated on Schedule II attached hereto

 

 

By: /s/ Richard A. Novak

Name: Richard A. Novak

Title: Treasurer

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

 

 

By: /s/ Bruce L. Baumann

Title: Vice President

 
 

Amended and Restated

Exhibit D

 

Compensating Balance Arrangement

 

Each of the Funds listed below and The Bank of New York Mellon have entered into an earnings credit balance arrangement pursuant to which it has been agreed that 90% of any positive balances will be compensated at the 90 day T-Bill rate and 100% of overdrawn balances will be charged at a rate of 1% over the Fed Funds rate. Monthly, the net resultant credit or charge will be applied to the each Funds’ respective safekeeping fees. Credits that exceed the safekeeping fee may be carried over into the next billing period at the discretion of Custodian.

 

FUNDS

Federated Stock Trust

Federated Market Opportunity Fund

Federated California Municipal Income Fund

Federated North Carolina Municipal Income Fund

Federated New York Municipal Income Fund

Federated Ohio Municipal Income Fund

Federated Pennsylvania Municipal Income Fund

 
 

See Fifth Amendment dated 11/13/09 for Compensating Balance Arrangement

 

Amended and Restated

Exhibit E

 

Compensating Balance Arrangement

Each Fund listed below and The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Bank”) have entered into a average compensating balance arrangement, which would allow the Funds to compensate the Bank for any overdrafts by maintaining a positive cash balance and conversely, on any day a Fund maintains a positive balance, the respective Fund will be permitted to overdraw the account as compensation.

 

In each instance, Federal Reserve requirements (currently 10%), will be assessed. Therefore, all overdrafts must be compensated at 100% of the total and all positive balances will allow for an overdraft of up to 90% of the total (unless the positive balance is the result of an error on the part on the Bank, in which case the positive balance would be assessed at 100%). The Funds shall maintain the average compensating balance over quarterly periods (ending March, June, September and December for FGRF, FCRF and FMUTR; and ending February, May, August, and November for AGCR, USTCR and GOTMF). Average balances will be computed at the end of the quarter. Net positive balances will receive an earnings credit computed at the daily effective 90 – day T-Bill rate on the last day of a period. Net negative balances will be charged at the Fed Funds rate plus 1% on the last day of the period. Quarterly net credits or charges will be applied to the safekeeping fees. Credits that exceed the safekeeping fee will be carried over into the next billing period but must be applied in a 12 month cycle; all accumulated unapplied credits will expire in the final quarter of the cycle, i.e. in November or December. However, upon specific request from Fund, Custodian at its discretion may agree to carry forward into the next 12 month cycle any accumulated credits, contingent on their application within a specified time period.

 

Credits are not redeemable for cash and will expire in the event the relationship with the Funds is terminated.

 

FUNDS

Federated Capital Reserves Fund (FCRF)

Federated Government Reserve Fund (FGRF)

Federated Municipal Trust Fund (FMUTR)

US Treasury Cash Reserve Fund (USTCR)

Automated Government Cash Reserves (AGCR)

Government Obligations Tax Managed Fund (GOTMF)

 

 

 
 

 

Third Amendment to the Custody Agreement

 

 

This Amendment is made as of September 8, 2009 to the Custody Agreement (the “Agreement”) dated June 7, 2005, amended November 7, 2007 and September 5, 2008 between the Funds listed on Schedule II attached hereto (each a "Fund") and The Bank of New York Mellon (the "Custodian").

 

WHEREAS, each Fund and the Custodian wish to modify the provisions of the Agreement as set forth below;

 

NOW THEREFORE, each the Fund and the Custodian agree to the following amendments.

 

1.       Within Exhibit C, the section entitled Schedule II is replaced in its entirety with Amended and Restated Schedule II as attached hereto.

 

2.       Exhibit D, the fee schedule for non-money market funds, is amended to include a fee for the safekeeping of gold bullion and a transaction charge for settlement of trades involving same with restated Exhibit D as attached hereto.

 

3.       A Precious Metals Supplement is added as Exhibit F to include provisions for the custody of assets consisting of precious metals held for the Federated Market Opportunity Fund.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been executed for and on behalf of the undersigned as of the day and year first written above.

 

On behalf of each of the Funds indicated on Schedule II attached hereto

 

 

By: /s/ Richard A. Novak

Title: Treasurer

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

 

 

By: /s/ Andrew Pfeifer

Title: Vice President

 
 

Custody Agreement

Schedule II

 

 

 

Federated Stock Trust

Federated Market Opportunity Fund

Federated California Municipal Income Fund

Federated North Carolina Municipal Income Fund

Federated New York Municipal Income Fund

Federated Ohio Municipal Income Fund

Federated Pennsylvania Municipal Income Fund

 

Federated Capital Reserves Fund

Federated Government Reserve Fund

Federated Municipal Trust Fund

US Treasury Cash Reserve Fund

Automated Government Cash Reserves

Government Obligations Tax Managed Fund

 

 

 

 

See Fourth Amendment adding new funds, effective 10/23/09

 
 

Custody Agreement

Amended and Restated

Exhibit C, Schedule II

 

Specified Countries

 

 

Country/Market Subcustodian(s)
Argentina Citibank N.A.
Australia National Australia Bank Limited
Austria UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Bahrain HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
Bangladesh Standard Chartered Bank
Belgium ING Belgium, SA/NV
Benin Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire
Bermuda Bank of Bermuda Limited
Botswana Barclays Bank of Botswana Ltd.
Brazil Citibank N.A.  
Bulgaria ING Bank N.V.
Burkina Faso Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire
Canada CIBC Mellon Trust Company
Cayman Islands The Bank of New York Mellon  
Channel Islands The Bank of New York Mellon
Chile Banco de Chile
China HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited
Colombia Cititrust Colombia S.A.
Costa Rica Banco BCT
Croatia Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.
Cyprus EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Czech Republic ING Bank  N.V.
Denmark Danske Bank
Ecuador Banco de la Produccion S.A.
Egypt HSBC Bank Egypt S.A.E.   
Estonia SEB Pank AS
Euromarket Clearstream Banking Luxembourg S.A.
Euromarket Euroclear Bank
Finland Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
France BNP Paribas Securities Services
France CACEIS Bank
Germany BHF Asset Servicing GmbH
Ghana Barclays Bank of Ghana Ltd.
Greece EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Guinea Bissau Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire
Hong Kong HSBC Ltd.
Hungary ING Bank N.V.
Iceland New Landsbanki Islands
India Deutsche Bank AG
Indonesia HSBC Ltd.
Ireland The Bank of New York Mellon
Israel Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Italy Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A
Ivory Coast Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire
Japan Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. (MHCB)
Japan The Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.
Jordan HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd.
Kazakhstan HSBC Kazakhstan
Kenya Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd.
Kuwait HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd.
Latvia AS SEB banka
Lebanon HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd.
Lithuania SEB Bankas
Luxembourg Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEEL)
Malaysia HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
Mali Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire
Malta HSBC Bank Malta plc
Mauritius