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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):     February 1, 2018    



Lazard Ltd

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(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)

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

Not Applicable

(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):


  Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


  Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐




Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On February 1, 2018, Lazard Ltd (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing financial results for its full year 2017 and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017. A copy of the Company’s press release containing this information is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information furnished pursuant to this Item 2.02, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.


Item 8.01 Other Events.

The Company currently expects that the vesting and settlement of certain deferred incentive compensation awards that were previously granted to the Company’s employees under the Lazard Ltd 2008 Incentive Compensation Plan (other than the Company’s named executive officers) and that were originally scheduled to vest on March 1, 2018 may be accelerated to occur on one or more earlier dates during February 2018.

This Report on Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The timing of events may differ significantly from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those set forth in sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017 and September 30, 2017.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.     The following exhibits are furnished as part of this Report on Form 8-K:





Description of Exhibit

99.1    Press Release issued on February 1, 2018.






Description of Exhibit

99.1    Press Release issued on February 1, 2018.


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.





By:   /s/ Scott D. Hoffman
Name:   Scott D. Hoffman
Title:   Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel


Dated: February 1, 2018