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*
LAWRENCE JAMES G

(Last) (First) (Middle)
1455 VALLEY ROAD

(Street)
WAYNE NJ 07470-

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP [ VLY ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
Executive Vice President
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
12/15/2011
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(2) 12/15/2011 S 400 D $11.6 60,454 I Trustee FBO Mother(1)
Common Stock(2) 12/16/2011 S 60,454 D $11.71 0 I Trustee FBO Mother(1)
Common Stock(2) 12/16/2011 S 18,246 D $11.7 0 I Executor - Mother's Estate(3)
Common Stock(2) 12/16/2011 S 10,811 D $11.71 0 I Executor(4)
Common Stock(2) 317,631 D
Common Stock(2) 21,445 I By Spouse
Common Stock(2) 4,557 I Custodian For Son
Common Stock(2) 1,708 I Spouse And Self/custodians For Grandchildren
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
Stock Option/NQ $12.5048 11/15/2011 11/15/2020 Common Stock 5,988 5,988 D
Stock Options $16.219 11/27/2002 11/27/2011 Common Stock 6,787 6,787 D
Stock Options $16.981 11/18/2003 11/18/2012 Common Stock 7,757 7,757 D
Stock Options $19.8 11/17/2004 11/17/2013 Common Stock 17,728 17,728 D
Stock Options $19.8762 11/26/2005 11/16/2014 Common Stock 16,886 16,886 D
Stock Options $18.4095 11/14/2006 11/14/2015 Common Stock 19,430 19,430 D
Stock Options $20.1429 11/13/2007 11/13/2016 Common Stock 18,506 18,506 D
Stock Options $15.381 02/12/2009 02/12/2018 Common Stock 12,155 12,155 D
Explanation of Responses:
1. Mr. Lawrence is a trustee of a trust for the benefit of his mother, of which he is a 45% beneficiary; and his son a 10% beneficiary, of which Mr. Lawrence is the trustee. The reported amount reflects the total shares held in the trust.
2. Valley National Bancorp declared a 5% stock dividend on April 13, 2011, to shareholders of record on May 6, 2011, payable May 20, 2011.
3. Mr. Lawrence is the Executor and 50% beneficiary of his Mother's Estate.
4. Mr. Lawrence is the Executor and 50% beneficiary of his father's Estate.
/s/ JAMES G. LAWRENCE 12/16/2011
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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