SEC Form 4
FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
KOELMEL JOHN R

(Last) (First) (Middle)
726 EXCHANGE STREET
SUITE 618

(Street)
BUFFALO NY 14210

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP INC [ FNFG ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
President & CEO
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
08/01/2012
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 08/01/2012 P 25,000 A $7.53 396,853 D
Common Stock 22,922 I By 401k
Common Stock 3,534 I By Esop
Common Stock 21,384 I By spouse
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $13.79 01/24/2012 01/24/2021 Common Stock 116,091 116,091 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $9.84 03/30/2013 03/30/2022 Common Stock 208,413 208,413 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $14.95 01/12/2005 01/12/2014 Common Stock 30,000 30,000 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $12.87 05/04/2005 05/04/2014 Common Stock 13,700 13,700 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $12.91 12/28/2005 05/03/2015 Common Stock 35,200 35,200 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $14.83 09/08/2007 09/08/2016 Common Stock 21,800 21,800 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $14.7 01/31/2008 01/31/2017 Common Stock 46,500 46,500 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $14.7 02/20/2008 02/20/2017 Common Stock 100,000 100,000 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $13.25 01/27/2009 01/27/2019 Common Stock 89,109 89,109 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $12.02 01/28/2009 01/28/2018 Common Stock 125,067 125,067 D
Non-qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $14.44 01/26/2011 01/25/2020 Common Stock 108,945 108,945 D
Explanation of Responses:
Ann M. Segarra, power of attorney for John R. Koelmel 08/02/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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