UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 15, 2021

Commission File Number                     1-15202


W. R. BERKLEY CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
 
22-1867895
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
475 Steamboat Road
Greenwich
Connecticut
06830
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
(Zip Code)

(203) 629-3000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 
None
 
Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.

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Title of Each Class
 
Trading Symbol
 
Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $.20 per share
 
WRB
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.700% Subordinated Debentures due 2058
 
WRB-PE
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.100% Subordinated Debentures due 2059
 
WRB-PF
 
New York Stock Exchange
4.250% Subordinated Debentures due 2060
 
WRB-PG
 
New York Stock Exchange
4.125% Subordinated Debentures due 2061
 
WRB-PH
 
New York Stock Exchange

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 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
W. R. Berkley Corporation (the “Company”) held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 15, 2021. The meeting involved: (i) the election of five directors for terms to expire (a) in the case of nominees William R. Berkley, Christopher L. Augostini and Jonathan Talisman, at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in 2024 and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified, (b) in the case of nominee Mark E. Brockbank, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in 2023 and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, (c) in the case of nominee Mark L. Shapiro, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in 2022 and until his successor is duly elected and qualified; (ii) a resolution approving an increase in the number of shares reserved under the Company’s 2009 Directors Stock Plan, as amended and restated, by 150,000 shares; (iii) a resolution approving, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or “say-on-pay” vote; and (iv) the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
The directors elected and the final voting results are as follows:
(i) Election of Directors:
Nominee
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
William R. Berkley
154,727,593
8,225,602
689,399
8,871,309
Christopher L. Augostini
154,412,380
8,515,911
714,303
8,871,309
Mark E. Brockbank
131,905,447
31,023,816
713,331
8,871,309
Mark L. Shapiro
142,938,469
19,998,486
705,639
8,871,309
Jonathan Talisman
154,410,126
8,515,417
717,051
8,871,309

(ii)
Resolution Approving an Increase in the Number of Shares Reserved Under the Company’s 2009 Directors Stock Plan, as Amended and Restated, by 150,000 Shares:
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
 
161,118,785
1,785,425
738,384
8,871,309

(iii)
Non-Binding Advisory Vote on the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers (“Say-on-Pay” Vote):
 
For
Against
Abstain
Broker Non-Vote
 
155,681,015
7,205,136
756,443
8,871,309

(iii)
Ratification of the Appointment of KPMG LLP:
 
For
Against
Abstain
 
 
165,238,394
6,521,403
754,106
 




SIGNATURES

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.


  W. R. BERKLEY CORPORATION
   
   
 
By:
 /s/ Richard M. Baio
 
 
Name:
Richard M. Baio
 
 
Title:
Executive Vice President –
 
 
 
Chief Financial Officer

Date: June 15, 2021
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