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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 


FORM 8-K
 

 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 16, 2008
 

Lazard Ltd
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 

Bermuda
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

001-32492
98-0437848
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
   
Clarendon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda
HM 11
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)

441-295-1422
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 1.01          Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

The information set forth in Item 3.03 below is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3.02          Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.

On May 15, 2008, Lazard Ltd issued an aggregate of 14,582,750 shares of its Class A common stock as part of the scheduled settlement of the purchase contracts forming a part of its 6.625% Equity Security Units (the “ESUs”).  Of the shares issued, 4,999,800 shares (the “Private Shares”) were issued to Natixis S.A. in a transaction exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”).  The aggregate consideration paid for the Private Shares was determined pursuant to the terms of the ESUs and totaled $150,000,000.  The issuance of the Private Shares is exempt from the registration requirements of the Act pursuant to Section 4(2) thereof because (i) neither Lazard Ltd nor any person acting on its behalf engaged in any form of general solicitation or general advertising in connection with the sale of the Private Shares, (ii) Natixis S.A. is a sophisticated investor and (iii) Lazard Ltd understands that Natixis S.A. did not purchase its ESUs with a view towards, or for resale in connection with, the public sale or distribution thereof.

Item 3.03           Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

On May 15, 2008, Lazard Group LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Lazard Ltd, and The Bank of New York, as trustee (the “Trustee”), entered into an Amended and Restated Third Supplemental Indenture (the “Supplemental Indenture”) to the Indenture dated as of May 10, 2005, between Lazard Group LLC and the Trustee, which governs the terms of Lazard Group LLC’s $437,500,000 aggregate principal amount of 6.120% Senior Notes initially due 2035 (the “Notes”). The Supplemental Indenture, among other things, resets the maturity of the Notes to May 15, 2010 and resets the interest rate on the Notes to a rate of 4.00% per annum.

The above summary of the Supplemental Indenture is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete terms and provisions of the Supplemental Indenture which is filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 8.01            Other Events.

On May 15, 2008, the previously announced remarketing of the Notes was consummated and the purchase contracts forming a part of the ESUs were settled. As a result, (i) Lazard Ltd  issued an aggregate of 14,582,750 shares of its Class A common stock to the holders of its ESUs for $437,500,000, (ii) substantially all of the Notes were remarketed with the reset terms described above, (iii) Lazard Group LLC purchased all of the remarketed Notes for $439,675,440 and (iv) the ESUs were retired.

Item 9.01            Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.       The following exhibit is filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:
 
  Exhibit Number   Description of Exhibit 
 
4.1
 
Amended and Restated Third Supplemental Indenture dated as of May 15, 2008
 
 

 
 
 

 

 
 
SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
(Registrant)
       
 
By:
/s/  Michael J. Castellano
   
Name:
Michael J. Castellano
   
Title:
Chief Financial Officer

Dated:  May 16, 2008
 


 
 

 
 

 
EXHIBIT INDEX
 
 
  Exhibit Number   Description of Exhibit 
 
4.1
 
Amended and Restated Third Supplemental Indenture dated as of May 15, 2008