SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 18, 2013
BGC Partners, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
499 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 610-2200
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
ITEM 8.01. OTHER EVENTS
On January 18, 2013, BGC Partners, Inc. (the Company) issued a press release announcing that it currently plans to hold its 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the Annual Meeting) on June 4, 2013.
Stockholder Proposal Deadlines
The Annual Meeting date represents a change of more than 30 days from the anniversary of the Companys 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on December 17, 2012. As a result, pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Company has set a new deadline for the receipt of any stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 for inclusion in the Companys proxy materials for the Annual Meeting. The new deadline for the submission of such stockholder proposals is the close of business on February 8, 2013.
The Company believes that receiving Rule 14a-8 stockholder proposals by such date will provide the Company with a reasonable period of time for the review, consideration and, if appropriate, inclusion of any such proposals before it begins to print and send its proxy materials to stockholders for the Annual Meeting. Such proposals will also need to comply with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the inclusion of Rule 14a-8 stockholder proposals in the Companys proxy materials, and may be omitted from the Companys proxy materials if not in compliance with applicable requirements.
Under the Companys Bylaws, stockholder proposals, including director nominations, intended to be raised at the Annual Meeting (but not submitted for inclusion in the Companys proxy materials for the Annual Meeting pursuant to Rule 14a-8) may be made by stockholders if notice is timely delivered to the Company and if such notice contains the information required by the Companys Bylaws. Given the change in the date of the Annual Meeting, such notice must be delivered to the Company no later than the close of business on February 8, 2013.
All such stockholder proposals should be addressed to: BGC Partners, Inc., 499 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Secretary.
A copy of the Companys press release, dated January 18, 2013, is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
ITEM 9.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.