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Lazard Funds Prospectus
September 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Shares

 

Institutional

 

Open

 

R6

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lazard Equity Franchise Portfolio

 

LZFIX

 

LZFOX

 

RLZFX

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved the shares described in this Prospectus or determined whether this Prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


 

 


 

Lazard Funds Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary Section

 

Carefully review this important section for information on the Portfolio’s investment objective and fees and a summary of the Portfolio’s principal investment strategies and risks.

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

Investment Strategies and

 

Review this section for additional information

 

 

Investment Risks

 

on the Portfolio’s investment

6

 

Overview

 

strategies and risks.

6

 

Investment Strategies

 

 

7

 

Investment Risks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

Fund Management

 

Review this section for details on the people and

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Investment Manager

 

organizations who oversee the Portfolio.

10

 

Portfolio Management

 

 

10

 

Biographical Information of Principal Portfolio Managers

 

 

11

 

Administrator

 

 

11

 

Distributor

 

 

11

 

Custodian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

Shareholder Information

 

Review this section for details on how shares

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General

 

are valued, how to purchase, sell and exchange

13

 

How to Buy Shares

 

shares, related charges and payments of

16

 

Distribution and Servicing Arrangements

 

dividends and distributions.

16

 

How to Sell Shares

 

 

17

 

Investor Services

 

 

18

 

General Policies

 

 

18

 

Account Policies, Dividends and Taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Financial Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

Other Performance of the Investment Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Cover

 

Where to learn more about the Portfolio.

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Lazard Funds Summary Section

 

Lazard Equity Franchise Portfolio

Investment Objective

The Portfolio seeks total return consisting of appreciation and income.

Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Portfolio, a series of The Lazard Funds, Inc. (the “Fund”). Investors transacting in Institutional Shares through a financial intermediary acting as a broker in an agency capacity may be required to pay a commission directly to the broker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Institutional
Shares

 

Open
Shares

 

R6
Shares

 

Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management Fees

 

.80%

 

.80%

 

 

 

.80%

 

 

Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees

 

None

 

.25%

 

 

 

None

 

 

Other Expenses*

 

.20%

 

.20%

 

 

 

.20%

 

 

Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses

 

1.00%

 

1.25%

 

 

 

1.00%

 

 

Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement**

 

.05%

 

.05%

 

 

 

.10%

 

 

Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement**

 

.95%

 

1.20%

 

 

 

.90%

 

 

 

*

 

Other Expenses are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

 

**

 

Reflects a contractual agreement by Lazard Asset Management LLC (the "Investment Manager") to waive its fee and, if necessary, reimburse the Portfolio until September 29, 2019, to the extent Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses exceed .95%, 1.20% and .90% of the average daily net assets of the Portfolio’s Institutional Shares, Open Shares and R6 Shares, respectively, exclusive of taxes, brokerage, interest on borrowings, fees and expenses of "Acquired Funds" and extraordinary expenses. This agreement can only be amended by agreement of the Fund, upon approval by the Fund’s Board of Directors (the "Board"), and the Investment Manager to lower the net amount shown and will terminate automatically in the event of termination of the Management Agreement between the Investment Manager and the Fund, on behalf of the Portfolio.

Example

This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.

The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated and then hold or redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same, giving effect to the fee waiver and expense reimbursement arrangement described above. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

Institutional Shares

 

 

$

 

97

 

 

 

$

 

313

 

 

Open Shares

 

 

$

 

122

 

 

 

$

 

381

 

 

R6 Shares

 

 

$

 

92

 

 

 

$

 

308

 

 

Portfolio Turnover

The Portfolio pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual portfolio operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. Because the Portfolio had not commenced investment operations prior to the date of this Prospectus, no portfolio turnover information is presented.

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Principal Investment Strategies

The Portfolio invests primarily in equity securities, principally common stocks, of US and non-US companies, including those in emerging markets. The Portfolio normally invests in equity securities listed on a national or other recognized securities exchange of companies that the Investment Manager considers to have an “economic franchise,” meaning companies that have historically shown an ability to generate unleveraged returns, at or above their cost of capital, for long periods of time. The Investment Manager considers that strong business franchises are often able to accomplish this performance and status because of competitive advantages such as an established or recognized brand, proprietary intellectual property or other intangible assets or industry economics such as relatively high customer switching costs. Under normal circumstances, the Portfolio invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities. The Portfolio may invest in the equity securities of any size company.

The Investment Manager may seek to hedge some or all foreign currency exposure in the Portfolio against movements relative to the US dollar by entering into foreign currency forward contracts, but the Investment Manager may determine not to hedge some or all of the Portfolio’s foreign currency exposure from time-to-time or at any time.

The Portfolio is classified as “non-diversified” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), which means that it may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers, when compared to a diversified fund.

Principal Investment Risks

The value of your investment in the Portfolio will fluctuate, which means you could lose money.

Market Risk. Market risks, including political, regulatory, market and economic developments, and developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market, can affect the value of the Portfolio’s investments. In addition, turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and/or fixed income markets may negatively affect many issuers, which could adversely affect the Portfolio.

Issuer Risk. The value of a security may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods or services, as well as the historical and prospective earnings of the issuer and the value of its assets or factors unrelated to the issuer’s value, such as investor perception.

Franchise Companies Risk. Changes in the worldwide economy, consumer spending, competition, demographics and consumer preferences, government regulation and economic conditions may adversely affect franchise companies individually or across an industry and may negatively impact the Portfolio to a greater extent than if the Portfolio’s assets were invested more broadly in a number of types of companies.

Non-US Securities Risk. The Portfolio’s performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting the non-US countries and companies in which the Portfolio invests. Non-US securities carry special risks, such as less developed or less efficient trading markets, political instability, a lack of company information, differing auditing and legal standards, and, potentially, less liquidity. In addition, investments denominated in currencies other than US dollars may experience a decline in value, in US dollar terms, due solely to fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Emerging Market Risk. Emerging market countries can generally have economic structures that are less diverse and mature, and political systems that are less stable, than those of developed countries. The economies of countries with emerging markets may be based predominantly on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme debt burdens or volatile inflation rates. The securities markets of emerging market countries have historically been extremely volatile. These market conditions may continue or worsen. Significant devaluation of emerging market currencies against the US dollar may occur

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subsequent to acquisition of investments denominated in emerging market currencies.

Growth Investing Risk. The Portfolio invests in stocks believed by the Investment Manager to have the potential for growth, but that may not realize such perceived potential for extended periods of time or may never realize such perceived growth potential. Such stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they can be more sensitive to investor perceptions of the issuing company’s growth potential. The stocks in which the Portfolio invests may respond differently to market and other developments than other types of stocks.

Foreign Currency and Foreign Currency Hedging Risk. Irrespective of any foreign currency exposure hedging, the Portfolio may experience a decline in the value of its portfolio securities, in US dollar terms, due solely to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. The Investment Manager may not be able to accurately predict movements in exchange rates and there may be imperfect correlations between movements in exchange rates that could cause the Portfolio to incur significant losses. Currency investments could be adversely affected by delays in, or a refusal to grant, repatriation of funds or conversion of emerging market currencies.

Forward Currency Contracts Risk. Forward currency contracts may increase volatility or reduce returns, perhaps substantially, particularly since most derivatives have a leverage component that provides investment exposure in excess of the amount invested. Forward currency contracts are subject to the risk of default by the counterparty to the contracts and can be illiquid. These contracts are subject to many of the risks of, and can be highly sensitive to changes in the value of, the related currency. As such, a small investment could have a potentially large impact on the Portfolio’s performance. Derivatives transactions incur costs, either explicitly or implicitly, which reduce return. Successful use of derivatives is subject to the Investment Manager’s ability to predict correctly movements in the direction of the relevant reference asset or market. Use of forward currency contracts, even when entered into for hedging purposes, may cause the Portfolio to experience losses greater than if the Portfolio had not engaged in such transactions.

Large Cap Companies Risk. Investments in large cap companies may underperform other segments of the market when such other segments are in favor or because such companies may be less responsive to competitive challenges and opportunities and may be unable to attain high growth rates during periods of economic expansion.

Small and Mid Cap Companies Risk. Small and mid cap companies carry additional risks because their earnings tend to be less predictable, their share prices more volatile and their securities less liquid than larger, more established companies. The shares of small and mid cap companies tend to trade less frequently than those of larger companies, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when the Investment Manager deems it appropriate.

Non-Diversification Risk. The Portfolio’s net asset value (“NAV”) may be more vulnerable to changes in the market value of a single issuer or group of issuers and may be relatively more susceptible to adverse effects from any single corporate, industry, economic, market, political or regulatory occurrence than if the Portfolio’s investments consisted of securities issued by a larger number of issuers.

Securities Selection Risk. Securities and other investments selected by the Investment Manager for the Portfolio may not perform to expectations. This could result in the Portfolio’s underperformance compared to other funds with similar investment objectives or strategies.

Performance Bar Chart and Table

Because the Portfolio had not commenced investment operations prior to the date of this Prospectus, no performance returns are presented. Annual performance returns provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in performance from year to year. Comparison of Portfolio performance to an appropriate index indicates how the Portfolio’s average annual returns compare with those of a

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broad measure of market performance. After the Portfolio commences investment operations, performance information will be available at www.LazardNet.com or by calling (800) 823-6300. The Portfolio’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future.

Management

Investment Manager

Lazard Asset Management LLC

Portfolio Managers/Analysts

Bertrand Cliquet, portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams, has been with the Portfolio since September 2017.

Matthew Landy, portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams, has been with the Portfolio since September 2017.

John Mulquiney, portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams, has been with the Portfolio since September 2017.

Warryn Robertson, portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams, has been with the Portfolio since September 2017.

Purchase and Sale of Portfolio Shares

The initial investment minimums are:

 

 

 

Institutional Shares*

 

 

$

 

100,000

 

 

Open Shares*

 

 

$

 

2,500

 

 

R6 Shares**

 

 

$

 

1,000,000

 

 

 

*

 

Unless the investor is a client of a securities dealer or other institution which has made an aggregate minimum initial purchase for its clients of at least $100,000 for Institutional Shares or $2,500 for Open Shares.

 

**

 

There is no minimum investment amount for R6 Shares purchased by certain types of employee benefit plans and individuals considered to be affiliates of the Fund or the Investment Manager, discretionary accounts with the Investment Manager and affiliated and non-affiliated registered investment companies.

The subsequent investment minimum for Institutional Shares and Open Shares is $50. There is no subsequent investment minimum for R6 Shares.

Portfolio shares are redeemable through the Fund’s transfer agent, Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. (the “Transfer Agent”), on any business day by telephone, mail or overnight delivery. Clients of financial intermediaries may be subject to the intermediaries’ procedures.

Tax Information

All dividends and short-term capital gains distributions are generally taxable to you as ordinary income, and long-term capital gains are generally taxable as such, whether you receive the distribution in cash or reinvest it in additional shares.

Financial Intermediary Compensation (Open and Institutional Shares only)
Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Portfolio through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and/or the Investment Manager and its affiliates may pay the intermediary for the sale of Portfolio shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Lazard Funds Investment Strategies and Investment Risks

 

Overview

The Fund consists of thirty-four separate Portfolios, one of which is described in this Prospectus. There is no guarantee that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Because you could lose money by investing in the Portfolio, be sure to read all risk disclosures carefully before investing.

The Portfolio has adopted a policy to invest at least 80% of its assets in specified securities appropriate to its name and to provide its shareholders with at least 60 days’ prior notice of any change with respect to this policy.

The Portfolio’s investment objective may be changed without the approval of the Portfolio’s shareholders upon 60 days’ notice to shareholders.

Investment Strategies

The Portfolio invests primarily in equity securities, including common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities, of US and non-US companies, including those in emerging markets. The Portfolio normally invests in equity securities listed on a national or other recognized securities exchange of companies that the Investment Manager considers to have an “economic franchise,” meaning companies that have historically shown an ability to generate unleveraged returns, at or above their cost of capital, for long periods of time. The Investment Manager considers that strong business franchises are often able to accomplish this performance and status because of competitive advantages such as an established or recognized brand, proprietary intellectual property or other intangible assets or industry economics such as relatively high customer switching costs. These companies may have such a strong association with a product or service that their names and their industries are intertwined in the minds of the public. Such companies may not, however, necessarily be in the business of selling “franchises”—an authorization granted by the company to an individual or group enabling it to carry out specified commercial activities, e.g., acting as an agent for delivering a company’s products or services. Under normal circumstances, the Portfolio invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities. The Portfolio may invest in the equity securities of any size company and also may invest in initial public offerings (“IPOs”).

The Investment Manager may seek to hedge some or all foreign currency exposure in the Portfolio against movements relative to the US dollar by entering into foreign currency forward contracts, but the Investment Manager may determine not to hedge some or all of the Portfolio’s foreign currency exposure from time-to-time or at any time.

The Portfolio may invest in exchange-traded open-end management investment companies (“ETFs”) and similar products such as exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”), which generally pursue a passive index-based strategy.

The Portfolio may, but is not required to, enter into futures contracts and/or swap agreements in an effort to protect the Portfolio’s investments against a decline in the value of Portfolio investments that could occur following the effective date of a shareholder’s redemption order and while the Portfolio is selling securities to meet the redemption request. Since, in this event, the redemption order is priced at the (higher) value of the Portfolio’s investments at the effective date of redemption, these transactions would seek to protect the value of other shareholders’ Portfolio shares from dilution or magnified losses resulting from the Portfolio selling securities to meet the redemption request while the value of such securities is declining. For the most part, this approach is anticipated to be utilized, if at all, in the case of a redemption by a large shareholder or otherwise if a significant percentage of Portfolio shares is redeemed on a single day, or other similar circumstances.

The Portfolio is classified as “non-diversified” under the 1940 Act, which means that it may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers, when compared to a diversified fund.

A certain portion of the Portfolio’s assets may be held in reserves, typically in shares of a money market mutual fund. The reserve position provides flexibility in meeting redemptions, paying expenses and managing cash flows into the Portfolio. In

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addition, when the Investment Manager determines that adverse market conditions exist, the Portfolio may adopt a temporary defensive position and invest some or all of its assets in money market mutual funds and/or money market instruments. In pursuing a temporary defensive strategy, the Portfolio may forgo potentially more profitable investment strategies and, as a result, may not achieve its stated investment objective.

Investment Risks

You should be aware that the Portfolio:

 

 

is not a bank deposit

 

 

is not guaranteed, endorsed or insured by any bank, financial institution or government entity, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

 

 

is not guaranteed to achieve its stated goals

The Portfolio also is subject to the investment risks listed below. See also the Portfolio’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) for information on certain other investments in which the Portfolio may invest and other investment techniques in which the Portfolio may engage from time to time and related risks.

Market Risk. Market risks, including political, regulatory, market and economic developments, and developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market, can affect the value of the Portfolio’s investments. In addition, turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and/or fixed income markets may negatively affect many issuers, which could adversely affect the Portfolio. The global financial crisis that began in 2008 has caused unprecedented volatility in the markets. The US government and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, as well as certain foreign governments and their central banks, have taken steps to support financial markets, including by keeping interest rates low. The withdrawal of this support or investor perception that such efforts are not succeeding could negatively affect financial markets generally as well as reduce the liquidity and value of certain securities.

Issuer Risk. The value of a security may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods or services, as well as the historical and prospective earnings of the issuer and the value of its assets or factors unrelated to the issuer’s value, such as investor perception.

Franchise Companies Risk. Changes in the worldwide economy, consumer spending, competition, demographics and consumer preferences, government regulation and economic conditions may adversely affect franchise companies individually or across an industry and may negatively impact the Portfolio to a greater extent than if the Portfolio’s assets were invested more broadly in a number of types of companies.

Non-US Securities Risk. The Portfolio’s performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting the non-US countries and companies in which the Portfolio invests. Non-US securities carry special risks, such as less developed or less efficient trading markets, political instability, a lack of company information, differing auditing and legal standards, and, potentially, less liquidity. Ongoing concerns regarding the economies of certain European countries and/or their sovereign debt, as well as the possibility that one or more countries might leave the European Union (the “EU”), create risks for investing in the EU. In June 2016, the United Kingdom (the “UK”) held a referendum resulting in a vote in favor of the exit of the UK from the EU (known as “Brexit”). The current uncertainty and related future developments could have a negative impact on both the UK economy and the economies of other countries in Europe, as well as greater volatility in the global financial and currency markets.

Emerging Market Risk. Emerging market countries can generally have economic structures that are less diverse and mature, and political systems that are less stable, than those of developed countries. The economies of countries with emerging markets may be based predominantly on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme debt burdens or volatile inflation rates. The securities markets of emerging market countries have historically been extremely volatile. These

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market conditions may continue or worsen. Investments in these countries may be subject to political, economic, legal, market and currency risks. The risks may include less protection of property rights and uncertain political and economic policies, the imposition of capital controls and/or foreign investment limitations by a country, nationalization of businesses and the imposition of sanctions by other countries, such as the US. Significant devaluation of emerging market currencies against the US dollar may occur subsequent to acquisition of investments denominated in emerging market currencies.

Growth Investing Risk. The Portfolio invests in stocks believed by the Investment Manager to have the potential for growth, but that may not realize such perceived potential for extended periods of time or may never realize such perceived growth potential. Such stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they can be more sensitive to investor perceptions of the issuing company’s growth potential. The stocks in which the Portfolio invests may respond differently to market and other developments than other types of stocks.

Foreign Currency and Foreign Currency Hedging Risk. Irrespective of any foreign currency exposure hedging, the Portfolio may experience a decline in the value of its portfolio securities, in US dollar terms, due solely to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. The Portfolio’s investments could be adversely affected by delays in, or a refusal to grant, repatriation of funds or conversion of emerging market currencies. The Investment Manager may not be able to accurately predict movements in exchange rates and there may be imperfect correlations between movements in exchange rates that could cause the Portfolio to incur significant losses.

Large Cap Companies Risk. Investments in large cap companies may underperform other segments of the market when such other segments are in favor or because such companies may be less responsive to competitive challenges and opportunities and may be unable to attain high growth rates during periods of economic expansion.

Small and Mid Cap Companies Risk. Small and mid cap companies carry additional risks because their earnings tend to be less predictable, their share prices more volatile and their securities less liquid than larger, more established companies. The shares of small and mid cap companies tend to trade less frequently than those of larger companies, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when the Investment Manager deems it appropriate.

Non-Diversification Risk. The NAV of the Portfolio may be more vulnerable to changes in the market value of a single issuer or group of issuers and may be relatively more susceptible to adverse effects from any single corporate, industry, economic, market, political or regulatory occurrence than if the Portfolio’s investments consisted of securities issued by a larger number of issuers.

Securities Selection Risk. Securities and other investments selected by the Investment Manager for the Portfolio may not perform to expectations. This could result in the Portfolio’s underperformance compared to other funds with similar investment objectives or strategies.

Derivatives and Hedging Risk. Derivatives transactions, including those entered into for hedging purposes (i.e., seeking to protect Portfolio investments), may increase volatility, reduce returns, limit gains or magnify losses, perhaps substantially, particularly since most derivatives have a leverage component that provides investment exposure in excess of the amount invested. Over-the-counter swap agreements, forward currency contracts, and other over-the-counter derivatives transactions are subject to the risk of default by the counterparty and can be illiquid. Changes in liquidity may result in significant, rapid and unpredictable changes in the prices for derivatives. These derivatives transactions, as well as the exchange-traded futures in which the Portfolio may invest, are subject to many of the risks of, and can be highly sensitive to changes in the value of, the related index, currency, security or other reference asset. As such, a small investment could have a potentially large impact on the Portfolio’s performance. In fact, many derivatives may be subject to greater risks than those

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associated with investing directly in the underlying or other reference asset. Derivatives transactions incur costs, either explicitly or implicitly, which reduce returns, and costs of engaging in such transactions may outweigh any gains or any losses averted from hedging activities. Successful use of derivatives, whether for hedging or for other investment purposes, is subject to the Investment Manager’s ability to predict correctly movements in the direction of the relevant reference asset or market and, for hedging activities, correlation of the derivative instruments used with the investments seeking to be hedged. Use of derivatives transactions, even when entered into for hedging purposes, may cause the Portfolio to experience losses greater than if the Portfolio had not engaged in such transactions. Future rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) may impact the Portfolio’s derivatives transactions as described in this prospectus.

ETFs and Similar Products Risk. Shares of ETFs and similar products such as ETNs in which the Portfolio may invest may trade at prices that vary from their NAVs, sometimes significantly. The shares of ETFs, ETNs and similar products may trade at prices at, below or above their most recent NAV. In addition, the performance of an ETF pursuing a passive index-based strategy may diverge from the performance of the index. ETNs may not trade in the secondary market, but typically are redeemable by the issuer. The Portfolio’s investments in ETFs and similar products are subject to the risks of investments made by the ETFs and similar products, as well as to the general risks of investing in ETFs and similar products. Portfolio shares will bear not only the Portfolio’s management fees and operating expenses, but also their proportional share of the management fees and operating expenses of the ETFs and similar products in which the Portfolio invests. While ETNs do not have management fees, they are subject to certain investor fees. ETNs are debt securities that, like ETFs, typically are listed on exchanges and their terms generally provide for a return that tracks specified market indexes. However, unlike ETFs, ETNs are not registered investment companies and thus are not regulated under the 1940 Act. In addition, as debt securities, ETNs are subject to the additional risk of the creditworthiness of the issuer. ETNs typically do not make periodic interest payments. The Portfolio may be limited by the 1940 Act in the amount of its assets that may be invested in ETFs unless an ETF has received an exemptive order from the SEC on which the Portfolio may rely or an exemption is available. Many ETFs have received an exemptive order from the SEC providing an exemption from the 1940 Act limits on the amount of assets that may be invested in ETFs, and the Portfolio’s reliance on an order is conditioned on compliance with certain terms and conditions of the order, including that the Portfolio enter into a purchasing fund agreement with the ETF regarding the terms of the investment. If an exemptive order has not been received and an exemption is not available under the 1940 Act, the Portfolio will be limited in the amount it can invest in ETFs that are registered investment companies to: (1) 3% or less of an ETF’s voting shares, (2) an ETF’s shares in value equal to or less than 5% of the Portfolio’s assets and (3) shares of ETFs in the aggregate in value equal to or less than 10% of the Portfolio’s total assets.

IPO Shares Risk. The prices of securities purchased in IPOs can be very volatile. The effect of IPOs on the Portfolio’s performance depends on a variety of factors, including the number of IPOs the Portfolio invests in relative to the size of the Portfolio and whether and to what extent a security purchased in an IPO appreciates or depreciates in value. As the Portfolio’s asset base increases, IPOs may have a diminished effect on the Portfolio’s performance.

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Lazard Funds Fund Management

 

Investment Manager

Lazard Asset Management LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10112-6300, serves as the Investment Manager of the Portfolio. The Investment Manager provides day-to-day management of the Portfolio’s investments and assists in the overall management of the Fund’s affairs. The Investment Manager and its global affiliates provide investment management services to client discretionary accounts with assets totaling approximately $226 billion as of June 30, 2017. Its clients are both individuals and institutions, some of whose accounts have investment policies similar to those of the Portfolio.

The Fund has agreed to pay the Investment Manager an investment management fee at the annual rate of 0.80% of the Portfolio’s average daily net assets. The investment management fees are accrued daily and paid monthly.

A discussion regarding the basis for approval of the management agreement between the Fund, on behalf of the Portfolio, and the Investment Manager will be available in the Portfolio’s annual report to shareholders for the period ending December 31, 2017.

The Investment Manager has a contractual agreement to waive its fee and, if necessary, reimburse the Portfolio until September 29, 2019, to the extent Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses exceed 0.95%, 1.20% and 0.90% of the average daily net assets of the Portfolio’s Institutional Shares, Open Shares and R6 Shares, respectively, exclusive of taxes, brokerage, interest on borrowings, fees and expenses of “Acquired Funds” and extraordinary expenses. This agreement can only be amended by agreement of the Fund, upon approval by the Board, and the Investment Manager to lower the net amount shown and will terminate automatically in the event of termination of the Management Agreement between the Investment Manager and the Fund, on behalf of the Portfolio.

In addition, to the extent the Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses of the R6 Shares of the Portfolio exceed the Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses of the Portfolio’s Institutional Shares (in each case, not including management fees, custodial fees or other expenses related to the management of the Portfolio’s assets), the Investment Manager has contractually agreed, until May 1, 2018 (except as otherwise noted above), to bear the expenses of the R6 Shares in the amount of such excess. This agreement will terminate automatically in the event of termination of the Management Agreement between the Investment Manager and the Fund, on behalf of the Portfolio.

Portfolio Management

The Investment Manager manages the Portfolio on a team basis. The team is involved in all levels of the investment process. This team approach allows for every portfolio manager to benefit from the views of his or her peers. The portfolio management team is comprised of multiple team members. Although their roles and the contributions they make may differ, each member of the team participates in the management of the Portfolio. Members of the portfolio management team discuss the portfolio, including making investment recommendations, overall portfolio composition, and the like. Research analysts perform fundamental research on issuers (based on, for example, sectors or geographic regions) in which the Portfolio may invest.

The names of the persons who are primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the assets of the Portfolio are as follows (along with the date they became a portfolio manager of the Portfolio):

Bertrand Cliquet, Matthew Landy, John Mulquiney and Warryn Robertson (each since September 2017)

Biographical Information of Principal Portfolio Managers

Bertrand Cliquet is a portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams. Prior to joining the Investment Manager in 2004, Mr. Cliquet was a utility analyst at Goldman Sachs International in London, and a merger and acquisition analyst at Deutsche Bank. He has been working in the investment field since 1999.

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Matthew Landy is a portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams. Prior to joining the Investment Manager in 2005, Mr. Landy worked in the private equity industry where he was involved in early stage venture capital in Europe and management buy-out investing in Australia. Previously he was an Equity Analyst with Tyndall Investment Management.

John Mulquiney is a portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams. Prior to joining the Investment Manager in August 2005, Mr. Mulquiney worked at Tyndall Australia and in the Asset and Infrastructure Group at Macquarie Bank, where he undertook transactions and developed valuation models for airports, electricity generators, rail projects and health infrastructure. Mr. Mulquiney is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Warryn Robertson is a portfolio manager/analyst on the Investment Manager’s Global Listed Infrastructure and Global Equity Franchise teams. Prior to joining the Investment Manager in April 2001, Mr. Robertson spent three years with Capital Partners, an independent advisory house, where he was an associate director developing business valuations for infrastructure assets and other alternative equity investments including airports, toll roads, timber plantations, power stations and coal mines. Mr. Robertson is a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Additional information about the portfolio managers’ compensation, other accounts managed by the portfolio managers and the portfolio managers’ ownership of shares of the Portfolio is contained in the Fund’s SAI.

Administrator

State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street”), located at One Iron Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210, serves as the Portfolio’s administrator.

Distributor

Lazard Asset Management Securities LLC (the “Distributor”) acts as distributor for the Fund’s shares.

Custodian

State Street acts as custodian of the Portfolio’s investments. State Street may enter into subcustodial arrangements on behalf of the Portfolio for the holding of non-US securities.

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Lazard Funds Shareholder Information

 

General

Portfolio shares are sold and redeemed, without a sales charge, on a continuous basis at the NAV next determined after an order in proper form is received by the Transfer Agent or another authorized entity. Investors transacting in Institutional or R6 shares through a financial intermediary acting as a broker in an agency capacity may be required to pay a commission directly to the broker.

The NAV per share for each Class of the Portfolio is determined each day the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) is open for trading as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE (generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time). The Fund will not treat an intraday unscheduled disruption in NYSE trading as a closure of the NYSE, and will price its shares as of 4:00 p.m., if the particular disruption directly affects only the NYSE. The Fund values securities and other assets for which market quotations are readily available at market value. Securities and other assets for which current market quotations are not readily available are valued at fair value as determined in good faith in accordance with procedures approved by the Board.

Calculation of NAV may not take place contemporaneously with the determination of the prices of portfolio assets used in such calculation. If a significant event materially affecting the value of securities occurs between the close of the exchange or market on which the security is principally traded and the time when NAV is calculated, or when current market quotations otherwise are determined not to be readily available or reliable, such securities will be valued at their fair value as determined by, or in accordance with procedures approved by, the Board. The fair value of non-US securities may be determined with the assistance of an independent pricing service using correlations between the movement of prices of such securities and indices of US securities and other appropriate indicators, such as closing market prices of relevant American depositary receipts or futures contracts. The effect of using fair value pricing is that the NAV will reflect the affected securities’ values as determined in the judgment of the Board or its designee instead of being determined by the market. Using a fair value pricing methodology to price securities may result in a value that is different from the most recent closing price of a security and from the prices used by other investment companies to calculate their portfolios’ NAVs. Non-US securities may trade on days when the Portfolio is not open for business, thus affecting the value of the Portfolio’s assets on days when Portfolio shareholders may not be able to buy or sell Portfolio shares.

Eligibility to Purchase R6 Shares

The Portfolio does not currently offer R6 Shares.

R6 Shares are not subject to any service or distribution fees. Neither the Fund nor the Investment Manager or its affiliates will provide any distribution, shareholder or participant servicing, account maintenance, sub-accounting, sub-transfer agency, administrative, recordkeeping or reporting, transaction processing, support or similar payments, or “revenue sharing” payments, in connection with investments in, or conversions into, R6 Shares (collectively, “Service Payments”).

R6 Shares may be purchased by:

“Employee Benefit Plans,” which shall include:

 

 

retirement plan level, retirement plan administrator level or omnibus accounts;

 

 

retirement plans—employer-sponsored 401(k) and 403(b), 457, Keogh, profit sharing, money purchase, defined benefit/defined contribution, target benefit and Taft-Hartley plans;

 

 

non-qualified deferred compensation plans; and

 

 

post-employment benefit plans, including retiree health benefit plans.

Employee Benefit Plans, Board members and other individuals considered to be affiliates of the Fund or the Investment Manager, and discretionary accounts with the Investment Manager, as well as affiliated and non-affiliated registered investment companies may purchase R6 Shares with no investment minimum.

Certain other types of plans, and institutional or other investors, may be eligible to purchase R6 Shares, subject to the minimum investment amount set forth below, including, but not limited to:

 

 

529 plans;

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endowments and foundations;

 

 

states, counties or cities or their instrumentalities;

 

 

insurance companies, trust companies and bank trust departments; and

 

 

certain other institutional investors.

Except as specifically provided above, R6 Shares may not be purchased by:

 

 

individual investors and/or retail accounts including accounts purchasing through wrap programs;

 

 

IRAs and Coverdells;

 

 

SEPs, SIMPLEs and SARSEPs; and

 

 

individual 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

The Fund and the Distributor will consider requests by holders of Institutional Shares to convert such shares to R6 Shares on a case by case basis, provided eligibility requirements and relevant minimums are met.

Minimum Investment

All purchases made by check should be in US Dollars and made payable to “The Lazard Funds, Inc.” Third party checks will not be accepted. The Fund will not accept cash or cash equivalents (such as currency, money orders or travelers checks) for the purchase of Fund shares. Please note the following minimums in effect for initial investments:

 

 

 

Institutional Shares*

 

 

$

 

100,000

 

 

Open Shares*

 

 

$

 

2,500

 

 

R6 Shares**

 

 

$

 

1,000,000

 

 

 

*

 

Unless the investor is a client of a securities dealer or other institution which has made an aggregate minimum initial purchase for its clients of at least $100,000 for Institutional Shares or $2,500 for Open Shares.

 

**

 

There is no minimum investment amount for R6 Shares purchased by Employee Benefit Plans and certain other eligible investors as described above.

The subsequent investment minimum for Institutional Shares and Open Shares is $50. There is no subsequent investment minimum for R6 Shares.

The minimum investment requirements may be waived or lowered for investments effected through banks and other institutions that have entered into arrangements with the Fund or the Distributor; for investments effected on a group basis by certain other entities and their employees, such as pursuant to a payroll deduction plan and asset-based or wrap programs; and for employees of the Investment Manager and their families. Please consult your financial intermediary for information about minimum investment requirements. The Fund reserves the right to change or waive the minimum initial, and subsequent, investment requirements at any time.

How to Buy Shares

Through the Transfer Agent:

Shareholders who do not execute trades through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary should submit their purchase requests to the Transfer Agent by telephone or mail, as follows:

Initial Purchase

By Mail

 

1.

 

Complete a Purchase Application. Indicate the services to be used.

 

2.

 

Send the Purchase Application and a check for at least the minimum investment amount (if applicable) payable to “The Lazard Funds, Inc.” to:

regular mail
The Lazard Funds, Inc.
P.O. Box 8514
Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8514
Attention: (Name of Portfolio and Class of Shares)

overnight delivery
The Lazard Funds, Inc.
30 Dan Road
Canton, Massachusetts 02021-2809

By Wire

Your bank may charge you a fee for this service.

 

1.

 

Call (800) 986-3455 toll-free from any state and provide the following:

 

 

the Portfolio(s) and Class of shares to be invested in

 

 

name(s) in which shares are to be registered

 

 

address

 

 

social security or tax identification number

 

 

dividend payment election

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amount to be wired

 

 

name of the wiring bank, and

 

 

name and telephone number of the person to be contacted in connection with the order.

An account number will then be assigned.

 

2.

  Instruct the wiring bank to transmit the specified amount in federal funds, giving the wiring bank the account name(s) and assigned account number, to State Street:

ABA #: 011000028
State Street Bank and Trust Company
Boston, Massachusetts
Custody and Shareholder Services Division
DDA 9905-2375
Attention: (Name of Portfolio and Class of Shares)
The Lazard Funds, Inc.
Shareholder’s Name and Account Number

 

3.

 

Complete a Purchase Application. Indicate the services to be used. Mail the Purchase Application to the address set forth in Item 2 under “Initial Purchase–By Mail” above.

Additional Purchases

By Mail

 

1.

 

Make a check payable to “The Lazard Funds, Inc.” Write the shareholder’s account number on the check.

 

2.

 

Mail the check and the detachable stub from the Statement of Account (or a letter providing the account number) to the address set forth in Item 2 under “Initial Purchase–By Mail” above.

By Wire

Instruct the wiring bank to transmit the specified amount in federal funds to State Street, as instructed in Item 2 under “Initial Purchase–By Wire” above.

By ACH

Shareholders may purchase additional shares of the Portfolio by automated clearing house (“ACH”). To set up the ACH purchases option, call (800) 986-3455. ACH is similar to making Automatic Investments (described below under “Shareholder Information—Investor Services—Automatic Investments”), except that shareholders may choose the date on which to make the purchase. The Fund will need a voided check or deposit slip before shareholders may purchase by ACH.

By Exchange

Shareholders may purchase additional shares of the Portfolio by exchange from another Portfolio, as described below under “Shareholder Information—Investor Services—Exchange Privilege.”

Purchases through the Automatic Investment Plan (Open Shares only)
(Minimum $50)

Investors may participate in the Automatic Investment Plan by making subsequent investments in the Portfolio through automatic deductions from a designated bank account at regular intervals selected by the investor. The Automatic Investment Plan enables an investor to make regularly scheduled investments and may provide investors with a convenient way to invest for long-term financial goals. To enroll in the Automatic Investment Plan, call (800) 986-3455.

Individual Retirement Accounts
(Open Shares and Institutional Shares only)

The Fund may be used as an investment for IRAs. Completion of a Lazard Funds IRA application is required. For a Direct IRA Account (an account other than an IRA rollover) a $5 establishment fee and a $15 annual maintenance and custody fee is payable to State Street for each IRA Fund account; in addition, a $10 termination fee will be charged and paid to State Street when the account is closed. For more information on IRAs, call (800) 986-3455.

Market Timing/Excessive Trading

The Portfolio is intended to be a long-term investment vehicle and is not designed to provide investors with a means of speculating on short-term market movements. Excessive trading, market timing or other abusive trading practices may disrupt investment management strategies and harm performance and may create increased transaction and administrative costs that must be borne by the Portfolio and its shareholders, including those not engaged in such activity. In addition, such activity may dilute the value of Portfolio shares held by long-term investors. The Fund’s Board has approved policies and procedures with respect to frequent

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purchases and redemptions of Portfolio shares that are intended to discourage and prevent these practices, including regular monitoring of trading activity in Portfolio shares. The Fund will not knowingly accommodate excessive trading, market timing or other abusive trading practices.

The Fund routinely reviews Portfolio share transactions and seeks to identify and deter abusive trading practices. The Fund monitors for transactions that may be harmful to the Portfolio, either on an individual basis or as part of a pattern of abusive trading practices. The Portfolio reserves the right to refuse, with or without notice, any purchase or exchange request that could adversely affect the Portfolio, its operations or its shareholders, including those requests from any individual or group who, in the Fund’s view, is likely to engage in excessive trading, market timing or other abusive trading practices, and where a particular account appears to be engaged in abusive trading practices, the Fund will seek to restrict future purchases of Portfolio shares by that account or may temporarily or permanently terminate the availability of the exchange privilege, or reject in whole or part any exchange request, with respect to such investor’s account. When an exchange request in respect of Portfolio shares is rejected, such shares may be redeemed from the Portfolio on request of the investor. The Fund may deem a shareholder to be engaged in abusive trading practices without advance notice and based on information unrelated to the specific trades in the shareholder’s account. For instance, the Fund may determine that the shareholder’s account is linked to another account that was previously restricted or a third party intermediary may provide information to the Fund with respect to a particular account that is of concern to the Fund. Accounts under common ownership, control or perceived affiliation may be considered together for purposes of determining a pattern of excessive trading practices. An investor who makes more than six exchanges per Portfolio during any twelve-month period, or who makes exchanges that appear to coincide with a market timing strategy, may be deemed to be engaged in excessive trading. In certain cases, the Fund may deem a single “roundtrip” trade or exchange (redeeming or exchanging the Portfolio’s shares followed by purchasing or exchanging into shares of the Portfolio) as a violation of the Fund’s policy against abusive trading practices. The Fund’s actions may not be subject to appeal.

To discourage attempts to arbitrage pricing of international securities (among other reasons), the Board has adopted policies and procedures providing that if events materially affecting the value of securities occur between the close of the exchange or market on which the security is principally traded and the time when a Portfolio’s NAV is calculated, such securities will be valued at their fair value as determined by, or in accordance with procedures approved by, the Board. See “Shareholder Information—General.” The codes of ethics of the Fund, the Investment Manager and the Distributor in respect of personal trading contain limitations on trading in Portfolio shares.

As described below, the Fund may take up to seven days to pay redemption proceeds. This may occur when, among other circumstances, the investor redeeming shares is engaged in excessive trading or if the redemption request otherwise would be disruptive to efficient portfolio management or would otherwise adversely affect the Portfolio.

Except as otherwise noted, all of the policies described in this section apply uniformly to all Portfolio accounts. However, while the Fund and the Investment Manager will take reasonable steps to prevent trading practices deemed to be harmful to the Portfolio by monitoring Portfolio share trading activity, they may not be able to prevent or identify such trading. If the Fund is not able to prevent abusive trading practices, such trading may disrupt investment strategies, harm performance and increase costs to all Portfolio investors, including those not engaged in such activity. The Fund’s policy on abusive trading practices does not apply to automatic investment or automatic exchange privileges.

Securities trading in non-US markets are particularly susceptible to time zone arbitrage. As a result, the Portfolio may be at greater risk for market timing than funds that invest in securities trading in US markets.

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Distribution and Servicing Arrangements

The Portfolio offers Institutional Shares and Open Shares and may in the future offer R6 Shares. Each share class has different investment minimums and different expense ratios. The Fund has adopted a plan under rule 12b-1 (the “12b-1 plan”) that allows the Portfolio to pay the Distributor a fee, at the annual rate of .25% of the value of the average daily net assets of the Portfolio’s Open Shares, for distribution and services provided to holders of Open Shares. Because these fees are paid out of the Portfolio’s assets on an on-going basis, over time these recurring fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges. Institutional Shares and R6 shares do not pay a rule 12b-1 fee. Third parties may receive payments pursuant to the 12b-1 plan.

The Investment Manager or the Distributor may provide additional cash payments out of its own resources to financial intermediaries that sell shares and/or provide marketing, shareholder servicing, account administration or other services with respect to Open Shares and Institutional Shares. Such payments are in addition to any fees paid by the Fund under rule 12b-1. The receipt of such payments pursuant to the 12b-1 plan or from the Investment Manager or Distributor could create an incentive for the third parties to offer the Portfolio instead of other mutual funds where such payments are not received. Further information is contained in the SAI, and you should consult your financial intermediary for further details.

How to Sell Shares

General

If you request the Portfolio to transmit your redemption proceeds to you by check, the Portfolio expects that your redemption proceeds normally will be sent within two business days after your request is received in proper form. If you request the Portfolio to transmit your redemption proceeds to you by wire or ACH, and the Portfolio already has your bank account information on file, the Portfolio expects that your redemption proceeds normally will be wired within one business day or sent by ACH within three business days, as applicable, to your bank account after your request is received in proper form. Payment of redemption proceeds may take longer than the number of days the Portfolio typically expects and may take up to seven days after your order is received in proper form by the Portfolio’s transfer agent or other authorized entity, particularly for very large redemptions made without notice during periods of stressed market conditions or very large redemptions or excessive trading.

The processing of redemptions may be suspended, and the delivery of redemption proceeds may be delayed beyond seven days, depending on the circumstances, for any period: (i) during which the NYSE is closed (other than on holidays or weekends), or during which trading on the NYSE is restricted; (ii) when an emergency exists that makes the disposal of securities owned by the Portfolio or the determination of the fair value of the Portfolio’s net assets not reasonably practicable; or (iii) as permitted by order of the SEC for the protection of Portfolio shareholders. For these purposes, the SEC determines the conditions under which trading shall be deemed to be restricted and an emergency shall be deemed to exist.

Where the shares to be sold have been purchased by check or through the Automatic Investment Plan, the sale proceeds will be transmitted to you promptly upon bank clearance of your purchase check, which may take up to 10 calendar days.

Under normal circumstances, the Portfolio expects to meet redemption requests by using cash it holds in its portfolio or selling portfolio securities to generate cash. In addition, the Portfolio, and certain other Portfolios in the Fund, may draw upon an unsecured credit facility for temporary or emergency purposes to meet redemption requests. Redemption requests also may be satisfied, in whole or in part, through a redemption-in-kind (a payment in portfolio securities instead of cash) if it is determined that a redemption is too large and/or may cause harm to the Portfolio and its shareholders, although the Portfolio, due to the nature of its investment portfolio, may not be able to effect a redemption-in-kind. Any securities distributed in-kind will remain exposed to market risk until sold, and you may incur transaction costs and taxable gain when selling the securities.

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Selling Shares

Through the Transfer Agent:

Shareholders who do not execute trades through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary should submit their sale requests to the Transfer Agent by telephone or mail, as follows:

By Telephone

A shareholder may redeem shares by calling the Transfer Agent. To redeem shares by telephone, the shareholder must have properly completed and submitted to the Transfer Agent either a Purchase Application authorizing such redemption or a signed letter requesting that the telephone redemption privilege be added to the account. To place a redemption request, or to have the telephone redemption privilege added to your account, please call the Transfer Agent’s toll-free number, (800) 986-3455. In order to confirm that telephone instructions for redemptions are genuine, the Fund has established reasonable procedures to be employed by the Fund and the Transfer Agent, including the requirement that a form of personal identification be provided.

By Mail

 

1.

 

Write a letter of instruction to the Fund. Indicate the dollar amount or number of shares to be sold, the Portfolio and Class, the shareholder’s account number, and social security or taxpayer identification number.

 

2.

 

Sign the letter in exactly the same way the account is registered. If there is more than one owner of the account, all must sign.

 

3.

 

If shares to be sold have a value of $50,000 or more, the signature(s) must be guaranteed by a domestic bank, savings and loan institution, domestic credit union, member bank of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, registered securities association or clearing agency, or other participant in a signature guarantee program. Signature guarantees by a notary public are not acceptable. Further documentation may be requested to evidence the authority of the person or entity making the redemption request. In addition, all redemption requests that include instructions for redemption proceeds to be sent somewhere other than the address on file must be signature guaranteed.

 

4.

 

Send the letter to the Transfer Agent at the following address:

regular mail
The Lazard Funds, Inc.
P.O. Box 8514
Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8514
Attention: (Name of Portfolio and Class of Shares)

overnight delivery
The Lazard Funds, Inc.
30 Dan Road
Canton, Massachusetts 02021-2809

Investor Services

Automatic Reinvestment Plan allows your dividends and capital gain distributions to be reinvested in additional shares of the Portfolio or another Portfolio.

Automatic Investment Plan allows you to purchase Open Shares through automatic deductions from a designated bank account.

Systematic Withdrawal Plan allows you to receive payments at regularly scheduled intervals if your account holds at least $10,000 in Portfolio shares at the time plan participation begins. The maximum regular withdrawal amount for monthly withdrawals is 1% of the value of your Portfolio shares at the time plan participation begins.

Exchange Privilege allows you to exchange shares of the Portfolio that have been held for seven days or more for shares of the same Class of another Portfolio in an identically registered account. Shares will be exchanged at the next determined NAV. There is no other cost associated with this service. All exchanges are subject to the minimum initial investment requirements.

A shareholder may exchange shares by writing or calling the Transfer Agent. To exchange shares by telephone, the shareholder must have properly completed and submitted to the Transfer Agent either a Purchase Application authorizing such

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exchanges or a signed letter requesting that the exchange privilege be added to the account. The Transfer Agent’s toll-free number for exchanges is (800) 986-3455. In order to confirm that telephone instructions for exchanges are genuine, the Fund has established reasonable procedures to be employed by the Fund and the Transfer Agent, including the requirement that a form of personal identification be provided.

The Fund reserves the right to limit the number of times shares may be exchanged between Portfolios, to reject any telephone exchange order, or to otherwise modify or discontinue the exchange privilege at any time. If an exchange request is refused, the Fund will take no other action with respect to the shares until it receives further instructions from the investor. See “Shareholder Information—How to Buy Shares—Market Timing/ Excessive Trading” for more information about restrictions on exchanges.

Conversion Feature may allow you or one or more brokers or other financial intermediaries authorized by the Fund (“Service Agents”), in the Fund’s discretion, to convert holdings of one class of Portfolio shares that have been held for seven days or more for a different class of shares of the same Portfolio. Conversion requests from one class of Portfolio shares for a different class of the same Portfolio may include situations when a shareholder becomes a client of a Service Agent that is not authorized to accept on the Fund’s behalf purchase and redemption orders in the class of shares held by the shareholder. For federal income tax purposes, a same-Portfolio share class conversion is not expected to result in the realization by the investor of a capital gain or loss; however, shareholders are advised to consult with their own tax advisers with respect to the particular tax consequences to shareholders of an investment in the Portfolio.

General Policies

In addition to the policies described above, the Fund reserves the right to:

 

 

redeem an account, with notice, if the value of the account falls below $1,000

 

 

convert Institutional Shares or R6 Shares held by a shareholder whose account is less than $100,000 to Open Shares, upon written notice to the shareholder

 

 

change or waive the required minimum investment amounts

 

 

make a redemption-in-kind (a payment in portfolio securities instead of in cash) if it is determined that a redemption is too large and/or may cause harm to the Portfolio and its shareholders (subject to the Portfolio’s ability to effect a redemption-in-kind)

Also in addition to the policies described above, the Fund may refuse or restrict purchase or exchange requests for Portfolio shares by any person or group if, in the judgment of the Fund’s management:

 

 

the Portfolio would be unable to invest the money effectively in accordance with its investment objective and policies or could otherwise be adversely affected

 

 

the Portfolio receives or anticipates receiving simultaneous orders that may significantly affect the Portfolio (e.g., amounts equal to 1% or more of the Portfolio’s total assets)

The Fund also reserves the right to close the Portfolio to investors at any time.

Account Policies, Dividends and Taxes

Account Statements

You will receive quarterly statements detailing your account activity. All investors will also receive an annual statement detailing the tax characteristics of any dividends and distributions that you have received in your account. You will also receive confirmations of each trade executed in your account.

To reduce expenses, only one copy of the most recent annual and semi-annual reports of the Fund may be mailed to your household, even if you have more than one account with the Fund. Call (800) 542-1061 if you need additional copies of annual or semi-annual reports. Call the Transfer Agent at the telephone number listed on the back cover if you need account information.

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Dividends and Distributions

Income dividends, if any, are anticipated to be paid annually. Net capital gains, if any, are normally distributed annually but may be distributed more frequently.

Dividends and distributions of the Portfolio will be reinvested in additional shares of the same Class of the Portfolio at the NAV on the ex-dividend date, and credited to the shareholder’s account on the payment date or, at the shareholder’s election, paid in cash. Each share Class of the Portfolio will generate a different dividend because each has different expenses. Dividend checks and account statements will be mailed approximately two business days after the payment date.

Tax Information

Please be aware that the following tax information is general and refers to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), which are in effect as of the date of this Prospectus. You should consult a tax adviser about the status of your distributions from the Portfolio.

All dividends and short-term capital gains distributions are generally taxable to you as ordinary income, and long-term capital gains are generally taxable as such, whether you receive the distribution in cash or reinvest it in additional shares. An exchange of the Portfolio’s shares for shares of another Portfolio will be treated as a sale of the Portfolio’s shares, and any gain on the transaction may be subject to income taxes.

Keep in mind that distributions may be taxable to you at different rates which depend on the length of time the Portfolio held the applicable investment, not the length of time that you held your Portfolio shares. The tax status of any distribution is the same regardless of how long you have been in the Portfolio and whether you reinvest your distributions or take them in cash. High portfolio turnover and more volatile markets can result in taxable distributions to shareholders, regardless of whether their shares increased in value. When you do sell your Portfolio shares, you will have a taxable capital gain or loss, unless such shares were held in an IRA or other tax-deferred account.

Federal law requires the Portfolio to withhold taxes on distributions paid to shareholders who:

 

 

fail to provide a social security number or taxpayer identification number

 

 

fail to certify that their social security number or taxpayer identification number is correct

 

 

fail to certify, or otherwise establish in accordance with applicable law, that they are exempt from withholding

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Lazard Funds Financial Highlights

 

Financial Highlights

No financial highlights are presented for the Portfolio because it had not commenced investment operations prior to the date of this Prospectus.

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Lazard Funds Other Performance of the Investment Manager

 

This is not the Portfolio’s Performance

The Portfolio’s investment objectives, policies and strategies are substantially similar to those used by the Investment Manager in advising certain discretionary accounts (the “Equity Franchise Other Accounts”).

The chart below shows the historical investment performance for a composite (the “Composite”) of the Equity Franchise Other Accounts. The Composite’s performance is compared to an appropriate securities market index (which is unmanaged, has no fees or costs and is not available for investment).

The Equity Franchise Other Accounts are portfolios separate and distinct from the Portfolio. Therefore, the performance information of the Equity Franchise Other Accounts should not be considered a substitute for the Portfolio’s own performance information, nor indicative of the future performance of the Portfolio.

The Equity Franchise Other Accounts are not subject to certain investment limitations, diversification requirements and other restrictions imposed on registered investment companies, such as the Portfolio, by the 1940 Act and the Code which, if applicable, may have adversely affected the performance of the Equity Franchise Other Accounts.

The performance results are presented net of all fees and expenses (other than custody fees). The Portfolio bears fees and operational expenses not typically borne by managed accounts such as the Equity Franchise Other Accounts (including distribution and servicing fees of Open Shares). Performance shown below would have been lower if the Equity Franchise Other Accounts had been subject to the fees and expenses of the Portfolio.

Additionally, although it is anticipated that the Portfolio and the Equity Franchise Other Accounts will hold similar securities, the investment results of the Portfolio and the Equity Franchise Other Accounts are expected to differ. In particular, differences in asset size and cash flows may result in different securities selections, differences in the relative weightings of securities or differences in the prices paid for particular portfolio holdings. However, such differences do not alter the conclusion that the Portfolio and the Equity Franchise Other Accounts have substantially similar investment objectives, policies and strategies.

The returns of the Equity Franchise Other Accounts are dollar-weighted based upon beginning period market values. This calculation methodology differs from guidelines of the SEC for calculating performance of mutual funds.

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EQUITY FRANCHISE COMPOSITE PERFORMANCE OF OTHER ACCOUNTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Annual Total Returns
(for the periods ended December 31, 2016)

 

Inception
Date

 

One Year

 

Three Years

 

Since
Inception

 

Equity Franchise Composite

 

10/1/13**

 

11.1%

 

9.6%

 

10.8%

 

MSCI World Index*

 

N/A    

 

7.5%

 

3.8%

 

6.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Total Returns
for the Year Ended December 31,

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

 

Equity Franchise Composite

 

15.1%

 

3.0%

 

11.1%

 

MSCI World Index*

 

4.9%

 

-0.9%

 

7.5%

 

 

*

 

The MSCI World Index is a market capitalization-weighted index of companies representative of the market structure of 23 developed market countries in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

 

**

 

Inception date of the oldest Other Account in the Equity Franchise Composite.

The year to date total return of the Equity Franchise Composite as of June 30, 2017 was 13.74%.

22Prospectus


 

For more information about the Portfolio, the following documents are available, free of charge, upon request:

Annual and Semi-Annual Reports (Reports):

The Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports to shareholders contain additional information on the Portfolio’s investments. In the annual report, you will find a broad discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Portfolio’s performance during its last fiscal year.

Statement of Additional Information (SAI):

The SAI provides more detailed information about the Portfolio, including its operations and investment policies. It is incorporated by reference and is legally considered a part of this Prospectus.

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings:

The Portfolio will publicly disclose its portfolio holdings on a calendar quarter-end basis on its website accessible from http://www.lazardnet.com/lam/us/lazardfunds.shtml, no earlier than 10 days after such quarter end. The information will remain accessible at least until the Fund files a report on Form N-Q or Form N-CSR for the period that includes the date as of which the information was current.

A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Portfolio’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI.

You can get a free copy of the Reports and the SAI at http://www.LazardNet.com, or request the Reports and the SAI and other information and discuss your questions about the Portfolio, by contacting the Fund at:

The Lazard Funds, Inc.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112-6300
Telephone: (800) 823-6300
http://www.LazardNet.com

You also can review the Reports and the SAI at the Public Reference Room of the SEC in Washington, D.C. For information, call (202) 551-8090. You can get text-only copies:

 

 

 

 

After paying a duplicating fee, by writing the Public Reference Branch of the SEC, 100 F Street NE, Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520, or by e-mail request to publicinfo@sec.gov.

 

Free from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

Investment Company Act file no. 811-06312

 

 

 

Investment Manager
Lazard Asset Management LLC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112-6300
Telephone: (800) 823-6300

 

Transfer Agent and Dividend Disbursing Agent
Boston Financial Data Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 8514
Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8514
Telephone: (800) 986-3455

     

 

 

Distributor
Lazard Asset Management Securities LLC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112-6300

 

Legal Counsel
Proskauer Rose LLP
Eleven Times Square
New York, New York 10036-8299
http://www.proskauer.com

     

 

 

Custodian
State Street Bank and Trust Company
One Iron Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

 

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Deloitte & Touche LLP
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

No person has been authorized to give any information or to make any representations not contained in this Prospectus, and information or representations not contained herein must not be relied upon as having been authorized by the Fund or the Distributor. This Prospectus does not constitute an offer of any security other than the registered securities to which it relates or an offer to any person in any jurisdiction where such offer would be unlawful.

Lazard Asset Management LLC 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112 www.lazardnet.com