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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)









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


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 19, 2018


Ladder Capital Corp
(Exact Name of Registrant As Specified In Charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)


File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


345 Park Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10154

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)


(212) 715-3170
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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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 July 19, 2018, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Ladder Capital Corp (the “Company”) appointed Jeffrey B. Steiner as a Class I director and a member of the Board’s Compensation Committee.


Mr. Steiner, age 64, is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, an international law firm, where he is also the Global Head of the Real Estate Finance Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery in March 2018, Mr. Steiner was a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), from September 2008 to March 2018, where he was the Global Co-Chairman of the Finance Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Steiner brings more than 35 years’ experience in real estate, real estate finance and real estate capital markets transactions. Mr. Steiner also brings to the Board a deep background and understanding of executive management and compensation, strategic development and acquisitions, the capital needs of businesses, reporting and compliance issues, ethical considerations and public relations management.


In connection with Mr. Steiner joining the Board, he was granted restricted shares of the Company’s Class A common stock, pursuant to Ladder’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan, with a grant date fair value of $75,000, which represented 4,720 shares. The restricted shares vest in three equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date or upon a change in control of the Company, subject to Mr. Steiner’s continued service on the Board.


DLA Piper LLP (US), of which Mr. Steiner was a Partner until March 2018, and McDermott Will & Emery, of which Mr. Steiner is currently a Partner, each provide legal services to the Company. In 2017 the Company paid, or caused to be paid, to DLA Piper approximately $2.7 million in fees for legal services. Expenditures by the Company to DLA Piper and McDermott Will & Emery in 2018 for legal services in the aggregate are expected to be roughly equivalent to that amount. Mr. Steiner’s son, Andrew Steiner, is an associate at the Company; during 2017 his compensation from the Company exceeded $120,000. Andrew Steiner’s compensation and other benefits for 2017 were comparable to those of other employees of the Company in similar positions and determined by the Company consistent with its compensation practices applicable to other similarly situated employees.






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: July 23, 2018








/s/ Marc Fox



Marc Fox



Chief Financial Officer



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