Toggle SGML Header (+)


Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

 

  

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): December 6, 2018

 

 

 

AXIS CAPITAL HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Exact Name Of Registrant As Specified In Charter)

 

 

  

Bermuda 001-31721 98-0395986
(State of Incorporation) (Commission File No.) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

92 Pitts Bay Road
Pembroke, Bermuda HM 08
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(441) 496-2600
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

Not applicable
(Former name or 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 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

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 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

(b)       On December 6, 2018, Cheryl-Ann Lister announced her intention to retire from the Board of Directors of the Company effective December 31, 2018.

 

(e)        In addition, on December 6, 2018, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (the “Company”) and a subsidiary of the Company entered into Amendment No. 4 (the “Amendment”) to Albert A. Benchimol’s employment agreement dated May 3, 2012, as amended (the “Agreement”) to: (i) extend Mr. Benchimol’s employment term for five years to December 31, 2023 and (ii) revise the provisions related to the payment of severance to Mr. Benchimol in the event of his termination without “Cause” or his resignation for “Good Reason” as defined in the Agreement to include a lump sum cash payment equal to the grant date fair value of his most recent long-term equity award. The Amendment also provides that if the severance benefits payable to Mr. Benchimol (together with any other amounts payable to him under other compensatory arrangements) would constitute an “excess parachute payment” under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code, such payments shall either be reduced so that it will not constitute an excess parachute payment, or paid in full, depending upon which payment would result in his receiving the greatest after tax payment. In the case of the latter, Mr. Benchimol would be liable for any excise tax owed.

 

This description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment, a copy of which is included as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)Exhibits

 

Exhibit  
Number Description of Document
   
10.1 Amendment No. 4 to Employment Agreement dated May 3, 2012, as amended, by and among Albert A. Benchimol, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited and AXIS Specialty Limited

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit  
Number Description of Document
   
10.1 Amendment No. 4 to Employment Agreement dated May 3, 2012, as amended, by and among Albert A. Benchimol, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited and AXIS Specialty Limited

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Dated:  December 11, 2018      
  AXIS CAPITAL HOLDINGS LIMITED  
     
  By: /s/ Conrad D. Brooks  
    Conrad D. Brooks  
    General Counsel  

 

 

(Back To Top)

Section 2: EX-10.1 (EXHIBIT 10.1)

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

AMENDMENT NO. 4

 

to

 

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

dated May 3, 2012

 

by and among

AXIS Specialty Limited (the “Company”)

AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (the “Parent”)

 

and

 

Albert A. Benchimol (the “Executive”)

Effective: December 6, 2018

 

WHEREAS, AXIS Specialty U.S. Services, Inc. (“U.S. Services”) and the Executive entered into a letter agreement dated May 3, 2012, and agreed to amend such letter agreement on March 9, 2015 (Amendment No. 1) and January 19, 2016 (Amendment No. 2);

 

WHEREAS, U.S. Services, the Company and the Executive agreed to further amend such letter agreement on January 1, 2017 (Amendment No. 3) (with such letter agreement and amendments collectively referred to herein as the “Agreement”), in consideration of the Executive’s employment as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Parent; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company, the Parent and the Executive have determined that it is in the best interests of the Company, the Parent and their shareholders to amend the Agreement to: (i) extend the Executive’s term of service and (ii) revise provisions related to the payment of severance to the Executive in the event of his termination without “Cause” or his resignation for “Good Reason” as defined in the Agreement;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Agreement is hereby amended, effective as of the date hereof, as follows:

 

1.Section 3a of the Agreement (Employment Term) is hereby amended by deleting the reference to “December 31, 2018” and replacing with “December 31, 2023”.

 

2.Section 4d of the Agreement (Severance Payments for Termination by the Company without Cause) is hereby amended as follows:

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4d(v) “and” is deleted

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4d(vi) the period is replaced with “; and”

 

§the following new section 4d(vii) is added after section 4d(vi):

 

1 

 

 

“(vii)You will be paid a cash lump sum amount equal to your Annual Equity Award Value. As used herein, the term “Annual Equity Award Value” shall mean the grant date fair value of your most recent equity award under the Parent’s 2017 Long-Term Equity Compensation Plan, as it may be amended from time to time (or a successor plan).”

 

3.Section 4e of the Agreement (Severance Payments for Termination by the Company without Cause Following Change in Control) is hereby amended as follows:

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4e(v) “and” is deleted

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4e(vi) the period is replaced with “; and”

 

§the following new section 4e(vii) is included after section 4e(vi):

 

“(vii)You will be paid a cash lump sum amount equal to your Annual Equity Award Value.”

 

§the following text is included after new section 4e(vii), as described above:

 

“Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any amount or benefit to be paid or provided to you under this Section 4(e) or under any other agreement with or plan or program of the Company following a Change in Control would be an "Excess Parachute Payment," within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code, but for the application of this sentence, then the payments and benefits to be paid or provided will either be reduced to the minimum extent necessary (but in no event to less than zero) so that no portion of any such payment or benefit, as so reduced, constitutes an Excess Parachute Payment, or paid in full, whichever of the foregoing approaches will, after taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income and employment taxes and the possible Section 280G excise tax (and any equivalent state or local excise taxes), result in your receipt, on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of payments and benefits. To the extent any payment or benefit needs to be reduced pursuant to the preceding sentence, reductions shall come from taxable amounts before non-taxable amounts and beginning with the payments otherwise scheduled to occur soonest. You agree to cooperate fully with the Company to determine the benefits applicable under this provision.”

 

2 

 

 

4.Section 4f of the Agreement (Termination by You for Good Reason) is hereby amended as follows:

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4f(v) “and” is deleted

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4f(vi) the period is replaced with “; and”

 

§the following new section 4f(vii) is included after section 4f(vi):

 

“(vii)You will be paid a cash lump sum amount equal to your Annual Equity Award Value.”

 

5.Section 4g of the Agreement (Severance Payments for Termination by You for Good Reason Following Change in Control) is hereby amended as follows:

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4g(v) “and” is deleted

 

§at the end of the last sentence of section 4g(vi) the period is replaced with “; and”

 

§the following new section 4g(vii) is included after section 4g(vi):

 

“(vii)You will be paid a cash lump sum amount equal to your Annual Equity Award Value.”

 

§the following text is included after new section 4g(vii), as described above:

 

“Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any amount or benefit to be paid or provided to you under this Section 4(g) or under any other agreement with or plan or program of the Company following a Change in Control would be an "Excess Parachute Payment," within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code, but for the application of this sentence, then the payments and benefits to be paid or provided will either be reduced to the minimum extent necessary (but in no event to less than zero) so that no portion of any such payment or benefit, as so reduced, constitutes an Excess Parachute Payment, or paid in full, whichever of the foregoing approaches will, after taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income and employment taxes and the possible Section 280G excise tax (and any equivalent state or local excise taxes), result in your receipt, on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of payments and benefits. To the extent any payment or benefit needs to be reduced pursuant to the preceding sentence, reductions shall come from taxable amounts before non-taxable amounts and beginning with the payments otherwise scheduled to occur soonest. You agree to cooperate fully with the Company to determine the benefits applicable under this provision.”

 

3 

 

 

6.Except as set forth herein, all other terms and conditions of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

 

 

 

 

[Signatures on following page]

 

 

 

4 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Amendment No. 4 as of the date first written above.

 

  AXIS CAPITAL HOLDINGS LIMITED  
       
       
  By: /s/ Peter J. Vogt  
  Name: Peter J. Vogt  
  Title: Executive Vice President and CFO  
       
 

AXIS SPECIALTY LIMITED

 
       
       
  By: /s/ Richard Strachan  
  Name: Richard Strachan  
  Title: Executive Vice President  
       

 

 

Accepted and agreed    
as of the date first written above:    
     
     
/s/ Albert A. Benchimol    
Albert A. Benchimol    

 

5 

(Back To Top)