As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 24, 2020.

 

Registration No. 333-249433

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Amendment No. 2

 

to

 

FORM S-3

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

OPPENHEIMER HOLDINGS INC.

and the Subsidiary Guarantors listed below

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
  98-0080034
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

85 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

(212) 668-8000

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

 

Dennis P. McNamara, Esq.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

85 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

(212) 668-8000

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

Copies to:

Michael J. Schwartz, Esq.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

One Manhattan West
New York, New York 10001

Telephone: (212) 735-3000

Facsimile: (212) 735-2000

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after the effective date of this registration statement.

 

If the only securities being registered on this Form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box. ¨

 

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box. ¨

 

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

If this Form is a registration statement pursuant to General Instruction I.D. or a post-effective amendment thereto that shall become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act, check the following box. ¨

 

If this form is a post-effective amendment to a registration statement filed pursuant to General Instruction I.D. filed to register additional securities or additional classes of securities pursuant to Rule 413(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box. ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer x
Non-accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company ¨
  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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ¨

 

The Registrants hereby amend this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrants shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until this Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF ADDITIONAL REGISTRANTS

 

Exact Name of Additional Registrant as Specified in its Charter*   State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization
  I.R.S. Employer Identification
Number
E.A. Viner International Co.   Delaware   76-0148280
Viner Finance Inc.   Delaware   98-0100459

 

* Each Additional Registrant is a direct or indirect subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. The address and telephone number of the principal executive offices of each of the Additional Registrants is 85 Broad Street, New York, New York 10004 and the telephone number is (212) 668-8000.

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Amendment No. 2 is being filed for purposes of filing Exhibit 23.1 herewith under Item 16 of Part II of the Registration Statement. No changes or additions are being made hereby to the prospectus constituting Part I of the Registration Statement (not included herein) or to the remaining Items of Part II of the Registration Statement.

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS

 

Item 14. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution

 

The Registration Rights Agreement relating to the securities of the Registrants being registered hereby provides that we will bear all expenses in connection with the performance of our obligations relating to market-making activities of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in the notes. The estimated expenses incurred or expected to be incurred in connection with this registration statement and the transactions contemplated hereby include printer expenses ($25,000), legal fees and expenses ($75,000) and accounting fees and expenses ($25,000).

 

Item 15. Indemnification of Directors and Officers

 

The following summaries are qualified in their entirety by reference to the complete text of the statutes referred to below and the certificates of incorporation and bylaws of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. and the Subsidiary Guarantors, each of which is filed as an exhibit to this registration statement.

 

Subsection (a) of Section 145 (“Section 145”) of the General Corporation Law of the state of Delaware (the “DGCL”) empowers a corporation to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if the person acted in good faith and in a manner the person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe the person’s conduct was unlawful.

 

Subsection (b) of Section 145 empowers a corporation to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if the person acted in good faith and in a manner the person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and except that, no indemnification may be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless, and only to the extent that, the Court of Chancery of the state of Delaware (the “Chancery Court”) or the court in which such action or suit was brought, shall determine that despite the adjudication of liability, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for the expenses that the Chancery Court or such other court deems proper.

 

Subsection (c) of Section 145 further provides that (i) to the extent a present or former director or officer of a corporation has been successful in the defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to above or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, the person shall be indemnified against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred in connection therewith, (ii) the indemnification provided for by Section 145 shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which the indemnified party may be entitled and (iii) the scope of indemnification extends to directors, officers, employees or agents of a constituent corporation absorbed in a consolidation or merger and persons serving in that capacity at the request of the constituent corporation for another. Section 145 also empowers the corporation to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of a present or former director or officer of the corporation (among certain other persons) against any liability asserted against or incurred by the person in any such capacity or arising out of the person’s status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify the person against such liabilities under Section 145, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

 

 

 

Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. and the Subsidiary Guarantors’ certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as amended, provide indemnification to their officers and directors against liabilities they may incur in their capacities as such, which indemnification is similar to that provided by Section 145.

 

Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL permits a corporation to include in its certificate of incorporation a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, provided that such provision shall not eliminate or limit the liability of a director (i) for any breach of the directors’ duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 174 of the DGCL (relating to unlawful payment of dividend and unlawful stock purchase and redemption) or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. and the Subsidiary Guarantors have provided in their certificate of incorporation, as amended, that their directors shall be exculpated from liability as provided under Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL and to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL.

 

Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. maintains, on behalf of its directors and officers (including the directors and officers of the Subsidiary Guarantor Registrants), insurance protection against certain liabilities arising out of the discharge of their duties, as well as insurance covering Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. for indemnification payments made to its directors and officers (including the directors and officers of the Subsidiary Guarantor Registrants) for certain liabilities. The premiums for such insurance are paid by Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

 

Item 16. Exhibits

 

Exhibit 
Number

 

Description of Exhibits

3.1*   Certificate of Incorporation of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (previously filed as an exhibit to Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2009).
3.2*   Bylaws of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation (previously filed as an exhibit to Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2009).
3.3*   Certificate of Incorporation of E.A. Viner International Co. (previously filed as an exhibit to the registration statement on Form S-4 dated June 16, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).
3.4*   Bylaws of E.A. Viner International Co. (previously filed as an exhibit to the registration statement on Form S-4 dated June 16, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).
3.5*   Certificate of Incorporation of Viner Finance Inc. (previously filed as an exhibit to the registration statement on Form S-4 dated June 16, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).
3.6*   Bylaws of Viner Finance Inc. (previously filed as an exhibit to the registration statement on Form S-4 dated June 16, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).
4.1*   Indenture, dated as of September 22, 2020, by and among Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., the subsidiary guarantors party thereto, The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee and as Collateral Agent (previously filed as an exhibit to Form 8-K dated September 22, 2020 and incorporated herein by reference).
4.2*   Registration Rights Agreement, dated September 22, 2020, by and among Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation, E.A. Viner International Co., a Delaware corporation, Viner Finance Inc., a Delaware corporation and Oppenheimer Co. & Inc., as the Initial Purchaser (previously filed as an exhibit to Form 8-K dated September 22, 2020 and incorporated herein by reference).
5.1*   Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
23.1**   Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
23.2*   Consent of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (contained in opinion to be filed as Exhibit 5.1).
24.1*   Power of Attorney.
25.1*   Form T-1 Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, of The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee under indenture, dated as of September 22, 2020.

 

 

* Previously filed.
** Filed herewith.

 

 

 

Item 17. Undertakings

 

The undersigned registrants hereby undertake:

 

(1)           To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

(i) To include any prospectus required by section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;

 

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement.

 

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

 

Provided, however, that paragraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in this registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of this registration statement.

 

(2)           That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3)           To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(4)           That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser, each prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) as part of a registration statement relating to an offering, other than registration statements relying on Rule 430B or other than prospectuses filed in reliance on Rule 430A, shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the date it is first used after effectiveness. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such first use, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such date of first use.

 

(5)           That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrants under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities: The undersigned registrants undertake that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrants pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrants will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:

 

 

 

(i) Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrants relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;

 

(ii) Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrants or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;

 

(iii) The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrants or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrants; and

 

(iv) Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrants to the purchaser.

 

(6)           That, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(7)           Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrants pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on November 24, 2020.

 

  OPPENHEIMER HOLDINGS INC.    
   
  By: /s/ Albert G. Lowenthal
  Name: Albert G. Lowenthal
  Title: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director

  

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signatures

 

Title

 

Date

         

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

 

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and
Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

Jeffrey J. Alfano

 

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

E. Behrens

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

T. Dwyer

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

W. Ehrhardt

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

P. Friedman

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

T. Glasser

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

R.S. Lowenthal

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

L. Roth

  Director   November 24, 2020
         

*

W. Oughtred

  Director   November 24, 2020

 

By:

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

   
  Attorney-in-fact        

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on November 24, 2020.

 

  E.A. VINER INTERNATIONAL CO.    
   
  By: /s/ Albert G. Lowenthal
  Name: Albert G. Lowenthal
  Title: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director

  

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signatures

 

Title

 

Date

         

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

 

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and
Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

Jeffrey J. Alfano

 

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

Dennis P. McNamara

  Director   November 24, 2020

 

By:

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

   
  Attorney-in-fact        

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on November 24, 2020.

 

  VINER FINANCE INC.    
   
  By: /s/ Albert G. Lowenthal
  Name: Albert G. Lowenthal
  Title: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signatures

 

Title

 

Date

         

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

 

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and
Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

Jeffrey J. Alfano

 

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

  November 24, 2020
         

*

Dennis P. McNamara

  Director   November 24, 2020

 

By:

/s/ Albert G. Lowenthal

Albert G. Lowenthal

   
  Attorney-in-fact        

 

 

 

 

 

 

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