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
OMB APPROVAL
OMB Number: 3235-0287
Estimated average burden
hours per response: 0.5
X
Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
Williams Michael

(Last) (First) (Middle)
FIVE HUNDRED STAPLES DRIVE

(Street)
FRAMINGHAM MA 01702

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
STAPLES INC [ SPLS ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
Chief Legal Officer
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
09/12/2017
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 09/12/2017 D(1) 28,314(2) D $10.25 75,143 D
Common Stock 09/12/2017 D(3) 75,143 D $10.25 0 D
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
Explanation of Responses:
1. Disposed of pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of June 28, 2017 among issuer, Arch Parent Inc. and Arch Merger Sub Inc. (the "Merger Agreement"), pursuant to which Arch Merger Sub Inc. merged with and into the issuer (the "Merger") effective as of September 12, 2017.
2. ESPP - Adjusted to reflect additional shares acquired through reporting person's participation in Staples Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
3. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, restricted stock units outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger were canceled and converted into the contingent right to receive an amount in cash equal to $10.25 per underlying share on the earlier of (i) the date on which the original vesting conditions applicable to the award (taking into account any accelerated vesting provisions to which the award is subject) are satisfied or (ii) 180 days following the closing date, subject, in each case, to the reporting person's continuous service to the issuer through the applicable vesting date.
Remarks:
Michael Williams, Chief Legal Officer 09/12/2017
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
Reminder: Report on a separate line for each class of securities beneficially owned directly or indirectly.
* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4 (b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
Note: File three copies of this Form, one of which must be manually signed. If space is insufficient, see Instruction 6 for procedure.
Persons who respond to the collection of information contained in this form are not required to respond unless the form displays a currently valid OMB Number.