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): September 12, 2019







(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)











(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

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210 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey



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Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 


On September 12, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Asta Funding, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Mr. Steven Leidenfrost to serve as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective as of September 23, 2019. Set forth below is certain information regarding Mr. Leidenfrost:


Mr. Steven Leidenfrost, age 50, has over 25 years of experience in banking and capital markets, management consulting and public accounting. Prior to joining Asta Funding, Inc., Mr. Leidenfrost was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm, where he held a number of key leadership positions including Global Tax Controller, Head of Disclosure Policy and Strategic Projects and Head of SEC Reporting. Mr. Leidenfrost also was an auditor and consultant with KPMG, an international public accounting firm. Mr. Leidenfrost is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the SEC Committee at the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants since July of 2009. Mr. Leidenfrost holds a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management and Information Systems from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Manhattan College.


Mr. Leidenfrost has no family relationship with any executive officer or member of the Board of the Company.


Mr. Leidenfrost has not engaged in any transactions with the Company, other than a consulting arrangement from September 5, 2019 through September 22, 2019.


Mr. Leidenfrost will receive a base salary of $250,000, subject to annual increase, and be eligible to receive cash and non-cash bonuses at the discretion of the Board of Directors or a duly constituted committee of the Board. Mr. Leidenfrost will also be entitled to participate in any other benefit plans established by the Company for executive employees. In connection with his appointment, on September 13, 2019, Mr. Leidenfrost entered into an indemnification agreement with the Company (the “Indemnification Agreement”). The Indemnification Agreement is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)     Exhibits.


Exhibit No.                                             Description




Indemnification Agreement, entered into September 13, 2019 and effective September 23, 2019, between the Company and Steven Leidenfrost





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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.













Date: September 16, 2019


/s/ Gary Stern




Gary Stern




Chief Executive Officer



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