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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): May 6, 2020

 

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Illinois
(State or other jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

001-35077
(Commission

File Number)

36-3873352
(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

     
9700 W. Higgins Road, Suite 800
Rosemont, Illinois

(Address of principal executive offices)
60018
(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (847) 939-9000

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last year)

 

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:

 

¨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))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading
Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, no par value WTFC The NASDAQ Global Select Market
Series D Preferred Stock, no par value WTFCM The NASDAQ Global Select Market

 

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 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On May 6, 2020, Wintrust Financial Corporation (the “Company”) entered into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with RBC Capital Markets, LLC, as representative of the several underwriters named in Schedule A thereto (the “Underwriters”), providing for the offer and sale in a firm commitment underwritten public offering (the “Offering”) of 10,000,000 depositary shares (the “Depositary Shares”), each representing a 1/1,000th interest in a share of the Company’s 6.875% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, no par value per share (the “Series E Preferred Stock”), with a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share (equivalent to $25.00 per Depositary Share). Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, the Company also granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional Depositary Shares to cover over-allotments.

 

The Underwriting Agreement includes customary representations, warranties and covenants by each of the Company and the Underwriters related to the Offering. The Company also agreed to indemnify the Underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

The Offering is being conducted pursuant to the Prospectus Supplement, dated May 6, 2020 (the “Prospectus Supplement”), to the Prospectus dated May 6, 2020, forming a part of the Company’s effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-238023). The Offering is expected to close on May 15, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

 

The estimated net proceeds from the Offering, after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by the Company, will be approximately $241.4 million, or approximately $277.7 million if the Underwriters exercise their over-allotment option in full. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for general corporate purposes, as described further in the Prospectus Supplement.

 

Certain affiliates of the Underwriters serve as lenders and administrative agent under the Company’s existing credit facilities, the terms of which are set forth in the Company’s Credit Agreement, dated as of September 18, 2018, among the Company, the lenders named therein and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent. In addition, the Underwriters and their affiliates have engaged in, and may in the future engage in, commercial banking, financial advisory, investment banking and other commercial dealings in the ordinary course of business with the Company or its affiliates and have received, or may in the future receive, customary fees and commissions for those transactions.

 

The foregoing description of the Underwriting Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 3.03.Material Modification to the Rights of Security Holders.

 

In connection with the Offering, the Company is establishing a new series of preferred stock, designated as the “6.875% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E” of the Company. The Series E Preferred Stock will rank senior to the Company’s common stock and each other class or series of capital stock it may issue in the future the terms of which do not expressly provide that it ranks on a parity with or senior to the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company. The Series E Preferred Stock will rank on a parity with the Company’s Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series D, no par value (the “Series D Preferred Stock”), and each other class or series of capital stock the Company may issue in the future, the terms of which expressly provide that such class or series will rank on a parity with the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company.

 

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Under the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock, the ability of the Company to declare or pay dividends on, make distributions with respect to, or to redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire for consideration, the Company’s common stock or any other stock ranking junior to or on a parity with the Series E Preferred Stock, including the Series D Preferred Stock, is subject to restrictions in the event that the Company has not declared and either paid or set aside a sum sufficient for payment of full dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock for the most recently completed dividend period. The terms of the Series E Preferred Stock, including such restrictions, are more fully described in the Certificate of Designations for the Series E Preferred Stock (the “Certificate of Designations”), which establishes the rights, preferences, privileges, qualifications, restrictions and limitations of the Series E Preferred Stock. A copy of the Certificate of Designations is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 5.03.Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

 

On May 7, 2020, the Company filed the Certificate of Designations with the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois amending the amended and restated articles of incorporation of the Company, which became effective upon filing. The Certificate of Designations creates the Series E Preferred Stock out of the authorized and unissued shares of preferred stock of the Company, establishes the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock, fixes the authorized number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock to 14,000, and provides for certain other rights, preferences, privileges, qualifications, restrictions and limitations of the Series E Preferred Stock. A copy of the Certificate of Designations is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

1.1   Underwriting Agreement, dated as of May 6, 2020, between Wintrust Financial Corporation and RBC Capital Markets, LLC, as representative of the several underwriters named in Schedule A thereto.
     
3.1   Certificate of Designations of Wintrust Financial Corporation filed on May 7, 2020 with the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois designating the preferences, limitations, voting powers and relative rights of the Series E Preferred Stock.
     

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Signature

 

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.

 

WINTRUST FINANCIAL
CORPORATION
(Registrant)

 
     
     
  By:   /s/ Kathleen M. Boege  
    Kathleen M. Boege
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
 

 

Date: May 8, 2020

 

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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EXHIBIT 1.1)

 

Exhibit 1.1

 

Execution Version

 

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

(an Illinois corporation)

 

10,000,000 Depositary Shares, Each Representing a 1/1000th Interest in a Share of 6.875%
Fixed Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

Dated: May 6, 2020

 

 

 

 

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

(an Illinois corporation)

 

10,000,000 Depositary Shares, Each Representing a 1/1000th Interest in a Share of 6.875%
Fixed Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

May 6, 2020

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

as Representative of the several Underwriters

 

c/o RBC Capital Markets, LLC

200 Vesey Street
New York, New York 10281

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Wintrust Financial Corporation, an Illinois corporation (the “Company”), confirms its agreement, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, to issue and sell to the several underwriters named in Schedule A hereto (collectively, the “Underwriters,” which term shall also include any underwriter substituted as hereinafter provided in Section 10 hereof), for whom RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) is acting as representative (in such capacity, the “Representative”), 10,000,000 depositary shares (the “Firm Depositary Shares”), each such depositary share representing a 1/1000th interest in a share of its 6.875% Fixed Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, no par value, with a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share (equivalent to $25.00 per depositary share) (the “Preferred Stock”). The Company also granted to the Underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 depositary shares (the “Option Depositary Shares”). The Firm Depositary Shares and the Option Depositary Shares are hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Depositary Shares”. The Depositary Shares and Preferred Stock are described in the Prospectus, which is referred to below. The Preferred Stock, when issued, will be deposited against delivery of depositary receipts (the “Depositary Receipts”), which will be evidenced by the Depositary Shares and will be issued by U.S. Bank National Association (the “Depositary”) under a deposit agreement to be dated May 15, 2020 (the “Deposit Agreement”), among the Company, the Depositary and the holders from time to time of the Depositary Receipts issued hereunder.

 

The Preferred Stock is to be issued by the Company pursuant to the provisions of the certificate of designations relating to the Preferred Stock (the “Certificate of Designations”) to be filed by the Company with the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois.

 

The Company understands that the Underwriters propose to make a public offering of the Depositary Shares as soon as the Underwriters deem advisable after this Agreement has been executed and delivered.

 

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The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-238023) covering the public offering and sale of certain securities, including the Depositary Shares, under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (the “1933 Act Regulations”), which automatic shelf registration statement became effective under Rule 462(e) under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 462(e)”). Such registration statement, as of any time, means such registration statement as amended by any post-effective amendments thereto to such time, including the exhibits and any schedules thereto at such time, the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein at such time pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise and the documents otherwise deemed to be a part thereof as of such time pursuant to Rule 430B under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 430B”), and is referred to herein as the “Registration Statement;” provided, however, that the “Registration Statement” without reference to a time means such registration statement as amended by any post-effective amendments thereto as of the time of the first contract of sale for the Depositary Shares, which time shall be considered the “new effective date” of such registration statement with respect to the Depositary Shares within the meaning of paragraph (f)(2) of Rule 430B, including the exhibits and schedules thereto as of such time, the documents incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference therein at such time pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise and the documents otherwise deemed to be a part thereof as of such time pursuant to Rule 430B. Each preliminary prospectus used in connection with the offering of the Depositary Shares that omitted information in reliance on Rule 430B, including the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise, together with the base prospectus included in the Registration Statement, is referred to herein as a “preliminary prospectus.” Promptly after execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Company will prepare and file a final prospectus relating to the Depositary Shares in accordance with the provisions of Rule 424(b) under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 424(b)”). The final prospectus, in the form first furnished or made available to the Underwriters for use in connection with the offering of the Depositary Shares, including the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise, together with the base prospectus included in the Registration Statement, is referred to herein as the “Prospectus.” For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing shall be deemed to include the copy filed with the Commission pursuant to its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”).

 

As used in this Agreement:

 

“Applicable Time” means 3:55 P.M., New York City time, on May 6, 2020 or such other time as agreed by the Company and the Representative.

 

“General Disclosure Package” means any Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectuses issued at or prior to the Applicable Time and the preliminary prospectus (including any documents incorporated therein by reference) and the information included on Schedule B hereto, all considered together.

 

“Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 433”), including without limitation any “free writing prospectus” (as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 405”)) relating to the Depositary Shares that is (i) required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) a “road show that is a written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i), whether or not required to be filed with the Commission, (iii) exempt from filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433(d)(5)(i) because it contains a description of the Depositary Shares or of the offering that does not reflect the final terms, in each case in the form filed or required to be filed with the Commission or, if not required to be filed, in the form retained in the Company’s records pursuant to Rule 433(g), or (iv) the Final Term Sheet (as defined below).

 

“Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectus” means any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is intended for general distribution to prospective investors (other than a “bona fide electronic road show,” as defined in Rule 433), as evidenced by its being specified in Schedule B hereto.

 

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“Issuer Limited Use Free Writing Prospectus” means any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is not an Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectus.

 

All references in this Agreement to financial statements and schedules and other information which is “contained,” “included” or “stated” (or other references of like import) in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to include all such financial statements and schedules and other information incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, prior to the time of the execution and delivery of this Agreement (the “Execution Time”); and all references in this Agreement to amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to include the filing of any document under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “1934 Act”), incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, at or after the Execution Time.

 

SECTION 1.          Representations and Warranties.

 

(a)                Representations and Warranties by the Company. The Company represents and warrants to each Underwriter as of the date hereof, the Applicable Time and the Closing Time (as defined below) and any Date of Delivery (as defined below), and agrees with each Underwriter, as follows:

 

(i)                 Compliance with Registration Requirements. The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement” (as defined in Rule 405) and the Depositary Shares have been and remain eligible for registration by the Company on such automatic shelf registration statement. Each of the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto has become effective under the 1933 Act. No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto has been issued under the 1933 Act, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus has been issued and no proceedings for any of those purposes have been instituted or are pending or, to the Company’s knowledge, contemplated. The Company has complied to the Commission’s satisfaction with each request (if any) from the Commission for additional information.

 

Each of the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, at the time of its effectiveness and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Underwriters pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) under the 1933 Act Regulations, complied in all material respects with the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations. Each preliminary prospectus (including the prospectus filed as part of the Registration Statement as originally filed or as part of any amendment thereto), at the time it was filed, complied in all material respects with the 1933 Act Regulations and each preliminary prospectus and the Prospectus delivered to the Underwriters for use in connection with this offering was virtually identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T.

 

The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, when they became effective or at the time they were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the 1934 Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder (the “1934 Act Regulations”).

 

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(ii)                Accurate Disclosure. Neither the Registration Statement nor any amendment thereto, at its effective time or at the Closing Time or at any Date of Delivery, contained, contains or will contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading. As of the Applicable Time, neither (A) the General Disclosure Package nor (B) any individual Issuer Limited Use Free Writing Prospectus, when considered together with the General Disclosure Package, included an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Neither the Prospectus nor any amendment or supplement thereto (including any prospectus wrapper), as of its issue date, at the time of any filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) or at the Closing Time or at any Date of Delivery, included, includes or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

The representations and warranties in this subsection shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by any Underwriter through the Representative expressly for use therein. For purposes of this Agreement, the only information so furnished shall be the information in the first sentence of the second paragraph and the third paragraph under the heading “Underwriting,” the information in the first paragraph, the first sentence of the fifth paragraph and the sixth sentence of the sixth paragraph under the heading “Underwriting–Underwriting Discounts and Commissions,” the information in the second, third and fourth paragraphs under the heading “Underwriting–Price Stabilization and Short Positions”, and the information in the second sentence of the third paragraph and the fourth paragraph under the heading “Underwriting–Other Relationships in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (collectively, the “Underwriter Information”).

 

(iii)               Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses. No Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, including any document incorporated by reference therein, and any preliminary or other prospectus deemed to be a part thereof that has not been superseded or modified. Any offer that is a written communication relating to the Depositary Shares or Preferred Stock made prior to the initial filing of the Registration Statement by the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this paragraph only, of Rule 163(c) of the 1933 Act Regulations) has been filed with the Commission in accordance with the exemption provided by Rule 163 under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 163”) and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163, including without limitation the legending requirement, to qualify such offer for the exemption from Section 5(c) of the 1933 Act provided by Rule 163.

 

(iv)               Well-Known Seasoned Issuer. (A) At the original effectiveness of the Registration Statement, (B) at the time of the most recent amendment thereto for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the 1933 Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the 1934 Act or form of prospectus), (C) at the time the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c) under the 1933 Act) made any offer relating to the Depositary Shares in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 under the 1933 Act and (D) as of the Execution Time, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” (as defined in Rule 405).

 

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(v)                Company Not Ineligible Issuer. At the time of filing the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, at the earliest time thereafter that the Company or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations) of the Depositary Shares and at the date hereof, the Company was not and is not an “ineligible issuer,” as defined in Rule 405, without taking account of any determination by the Commission pursuant to Rule 405 that it is not necessary that the Company be considered an ineligible issuer.

 

(vi)               Independent Accountants. Ernst & Young LLP, who have expressed their opinion with respect to the financial statements and supporting schedules included in the Registration Statement, are independent public accountants as required by the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the 1934 Act, the 1934 Act Regulations and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

 

(vii)              Financial Statements. The financial statements included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, together with the related schedules and notes, present fairly in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the Company and its subsidiaries at the dates indicated and the results of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the periods specified; said financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved. The supporting schedules, if any, present fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with GAAP the information required to be stated therein. The selected financial data and the summary financial information set forth in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Capitalization” presents fairly in all material respects the information shown therein and has been compiled on a basis consistent with that of the unaudited financial statements incorporated by reference therein. Except as included therein, no historical or pro forma financial statements or supporting schedules are required to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus under the 1933 Act or the 1933 Act Regulations. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in all material respects in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(viii)             No Material Adverse Change in Business. Except as otherwise stated therein, since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, (A) there has been no material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise, whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business (a “Material Adverse Effect”), (B) there have been no transactions entered into by the Company or any of its subsidiaries, other than those in the ordinary course of business, which are material with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise, and (C) except for (i) regular quarterly dividends on the shares of common stock of the Company, no par value per share, and (ii) dividends on the Company’s fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series D, liquidation preference $25 per share, in each case in amounts per share that are consistent with past practice, there has been no dividend or distribution of any kind declared, paid or made by the Company on any class of capital stock.

 

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(ix)                Good Standing of the Company. The Company has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Illinois and has corporate power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement; and the Company is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to transact business and is in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure so to qualify or to be in good standing would not result in a Material Adverse Effect. The Company is duly registered as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the “BHCA”) and has elected to become a financial holding company under regulations of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company is not aware of any circumstances that would preclude the Company from exercising the authorities available to a financial holding company under the BHCA and regulations of the Federal Reserve Board, except where such circumstances would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(x)                Good Standing of Subsidiaries. Each subsidiary of the Company identified on Schedule D hereto (each, a “subsidiary” and, collectively, the “subsidiaries”) has been duly organized and is validly existing in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization, has corporate or similar power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and is duly qualified to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure to so qualify or to be in good standing would not result in a Material Adverse Effect. Each subsidiary of the Company which conducts business as a bank is duly authorized to conduct such banking business in each jurisdiction in which such banking business is conducted or is validly existing as a national banking association under the laws of the United States, except in each case where the failure to be so authorized or be in valid existence would not result in a Material Adverse Effect. Except as otherwise disclosed in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of each subsidiary of the Company has been duly authorized and validly issued, is fully paid and non-assessable and is owned by the Company, directly or through subsidiaries, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance or claim. None of the outstanding shares of capital stock of any subsidiary was issued in violation of the preemptive or similar rights of any securityholder of such subsidiary. The only subsidiaries of the Company are (a) the subsidiaries listed on Schedule D hereto and (b) certain other unregulated subsidiaries which, considered in the aggregate as a single subsidiary, do not constitute a “significant subsidiary” as defined in Rule 1-02 of Regulation S-X.

 

(xi)               Capitalization. The authorized, issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company are as set forth in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Capitalization” (except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to this Agreement, pursuant to reservations, agreements or employee benefit plans referred to in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or pursuant to the exercise or conversion of convertible securities or options referred to in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus). The outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid and non-assessable. None of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company was issued in violation of the preemptive or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company.

 

(xii)              Authorization of Agreement and Deposit Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and a is valid and binding agreement of the Company. The Deposit Agreement has been duly authorized by the Company and, when validly executed and delivered by the Company and the Depositary, will constitute a legal, valid and binding agreement of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, subject to (A) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer and other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally from time to time in effect, and (B) general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law, and an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and such Deposit Agreement will conform in to the description thereof in the Registration Statement, General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. The Certificate of Designations has been duly authorized by the Company. The form of certificate representing the Preferred Stock complies with the requirements of law of the State of Illinois, the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, as amended, and its Amended and Restated By-laws, as amended.

 

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(xiii)             Authorization and Description of Preferred Stock and Depositary Shares. The Preferred Stock has been duly authorized by the Company and, when issued and delivered and paid for in accordance with this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement, will be duly and validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, and will have the rights, powers, preferences, privileges and designations set forth in the Certificate of Designations; the Depositary Shares, and the deposit of the Preferred Stock in accordance with the provisions of the Deposit Agreement, have been duly authorized by the Company; and, when the Depositary Shares have been issued and delivered and paid for and the Depositary Receipts have been duly executed and delivered by the Depositary, in accordance with this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement, the Depositary Shares will be duly and validly issued and the holders of the Depositary Shares will be entitled to the benefits of the Deposit Agreement and the Depositary Receipts; and the Depositary Shares and the Preferred Stock will conform to the descriptions thereof contained in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. Neither the Preferred Stock nor the Depositary Shares shall be subject to preemptive or other similar rights.

 

(xiv)             Registration Rights. There are no persons with registration rights or other similar rights to have any securities registered for sale pursuant to the Registration Statement or otherwise registered for sale by the Company under the 1933 Act.

 

(xv)              Absence of Violations, Defaults and Conflicts. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is (A) in violation of its charter, by-laws or similar organizational document, (B) in default in the performance or observance of any obligation, agreement, covenant or condition contained in any contract, indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan or credit agreement, note, lease or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which it or any of them may be bound or to which any of the properties or assets of the Company or any subsidiary is subject, except for such defaults that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, or (C) in violation of any law, statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order, writ or decree of any arbitrator, court, governmental body, regulatory body, administrative agency or other authority, body or agency having jurisdiction over the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of their respective properties, assets or operations (each, a “Governmental Entity”), except for such violations that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xvi)             No Resulting Defaults and Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares, the compliance by the Company with the terms of this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including compliance by the Company with the provisions of the Certificate of Designations, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and do not and will not (i) conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any material indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other material agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is bound or to which any of the properties or assets of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the charter or by-laws (or similar organizational document) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or (iii) result in the violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, except, in the case of clauses (i) and (iii) above, for any such conflict, breach, violation or default that would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and no consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any such court or governmental agency or body is required for the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement or the Deposit Agreement, the issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares and compliance by the Company with the terms of this Agreement and the Deposit Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, except as have been made or obtained and except as may be required by and made with or obtained from state securities laws or regulations.

 

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(xvii)            Absence of Labor Dispute. No labor dispute with the employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of the Company, is imminent, which would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xviii)           Absence of Proceedings. Except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental proceedings pending to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or of which any property of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is the subject which would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or would materially and adversely affect the ability of the Company or its subsidiaries to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement.

 

(xix)              Accuracy of Exhibits. There are no contracts or documents that are required to be described in the Registration Statement or to be filed as exhibits thereto that have not been so described and filed as required.

 

(xx)               Absence of Further Requirements. No filing with, or authorization, approval, consent, license, order, registration, qualification or decree of, any Governmental Entity is necessary or required for the performance by the Company of its obligations hereunder, in connection with the Company’s execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement or the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except such as have been already obtained or as may be required under the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the rules of The NASDAQ Global Select Market, state securities laws or the rules of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”).

 

(xxi)              Possession of Licenses and Permits. The Company and its subsidiaries possess adequate certificates, authorities or permits issued by appropriate Governmental Entities necessary to conduct the business now operated by them, except where the failure so to possess would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of any such certificate, authority or permit that, if determined adversely to the Company or any of its subsidiaries, would reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(xxii)             Compliance with Regulations. The Company and each of its subsidiaries are in compliance with all laws administered by, and all rules and regulations of, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) and any other federal or state bank regulatory authorities (together with the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC and the FDIC, the “Bank Regulatory Authorities”) with jurisdiction over the Company or any of its subsidiaries, except for failures to be so in compliance that would not individually or in the aggregate have a Material Adverse Effect; and, except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is a party to any written agreement or memorandum of understanding with, or a party to any commitment letter or similar undertaking to, or is subject to any order or directive by, or is a recipient of any extraordinary supervisory letter from, or has adopted any board of director resolutions at the request of, any Bank Regulatory Authority which currently restricts the conduct of its business, or relates to its capital adequacy, its credit policies or its management, nor have any of them been advised by any Bank Regulatory Authority that it is contemplating issuing or requesting (or is considering the appropriateness of issuing or requesting) any such order, decree, agreement, memorandum of understanding, extraordinary supervisory letter, commitment letter or similar submission, or any such board of director resolutions, in each case that are applicable to the Company or its subsidiaries specifically rather than to banks and bank holding companies generally. Neither the Company nor any subsidiary has received any communication from any governmental entity asserting that the Company or any subsidiary is not in compliance with any statute, law, rule, regulation, decision, directive or order except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxiii)            Broker-Dealer Subsidiaries.

 

(a)                Wintrust Investments, LLC is the only subsidiary of the Company that is a broker-dealer. Wintrust Investments, LLC is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. The Company is not required to be registered as a futures commission merchant, commodities trading adviser, commodity pool operator or introducing broker under the Commodities Exchange Act or any similar state laws.

 

(b)                Wintrust Investments, LLC is duly registered, licensed or qualified as a broker-dealer with the Commission and in each jurisdiction where the conduct of the Company’s business requires such registration, licensing or qualification, and the Company is in compliance with all laws requiring any such registration, licensing or qualification and is not subject to any material liability or disability by reason of the failure to be so registered, licensed or qualified, except where such failure to register, license or qualify or noncompliance would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(c)                Wintrust Investments, LLC is a member in good standing of each self-regulatory organization where its business so requires and has conducted its business in compliance with the rules and regulations of relevant self-regulatory agencies and the applicable provisions of the 1934 Act, including the net capital requirements and the customer protection requirements thereof, except where such failure or noncompliance would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(d)                Except as disclosed on Form BD filed prior to the date of this Agreement or as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, none of the Company, Wintrust Investments, LLC or any of their respective directors, officers, employees or “associated persons” (as defined in the 1934 Act), as applicable, has been the subject of any disciplinary proceedings or orders of any Governmental Entity arising under applicable laws which would be required to be disclosed by Wintrust Investments, LLC on Form BD. No such disciplinary proceeding or order is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened except for such disciplinary proceedings or orders pending or threatened after the date hereof that, individually or in the aggregate, have not had and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect. Except as disclosed on a Form BD filed prior to the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its directors, officers or, in the case of Wintrust Investments, LLC, its employees or associated persons has been permanently enjoined by the order of any Governmental Entity from engaging or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with any activity or in connection with the purchase or sale of any security. Except as disclosed on Form BD filed prior to the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its directors, officers or, in the case of Wintrust Investments, LLC, its employees or associated persons is or has been ineligible to serve as a broker-dealer or an associated person of a broker-dealer under Section 15(b) of the 1934 Act (including being subject to any “statutory disqualification” as defined in Section 3(a)(39) of the 1934 Act).

 

(xxiv)           Investment Adviser Subsidiaries. Wintrust Investments, LLC and Great Lakes Advisors, LLC (the “Advisers”) are the only subsidiaries of the Company that are investment advisers. The Advisers are duly registered with the Commission as investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder. There does not exist any proceeding or, to the Company’s knowledge, any facts or circumstances the existence of which could lead to any proceeding which might adversely affect the registration of the Advisers with the Commission, except as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxv)            Title to Property. The Company and its subsidiaries have good and marketable title to all real property owned by them and good title to all other properties owned by them, in each case, free and clear of all liens, security interests, claims or encumbrances of any kind except such as (A) are described in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or (B) would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxvi)           Possession of Intellectual Property. Except as would not reasonably be expected to have, singly or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, the Company and its subsidiaries own or possess, or can acquire on reasonable terms, adequate patents, patent rights, licenses, inventions, copyrights, know-how (including trade secrets and other unpatented and/or unpatentable proprietary or confidential information, systems or procedures), trademarks, service marks, trade names or other intellectual property (collectively, “Intellectual Property”) necessary to carry on the business now operated by them, and neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has received any notice or is otherwise aware of any infringement of or conflict with asserted rights of others with respect to any Intellectual Property or of any facts or circumstances which would render any Intellectual Property invalid or inadequate to protect the interest of the Company or any of its subsidiaries therein, and which infringement or conflict (if the subject of any unfavorable decision, ruling or finding) or invalidity or inadequacy, singly or in the aggregate, would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxvii)           Environmental Laws. Except as disclosed in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus or would not individually or in the aggregate be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (i) the Company and its subsidiaries (A) are in compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules, regulations, requirements, decisions and orders relating to the protection of human health or safety, the environment, hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), (B) have and are in compliance with all permits, licenses, certificates or other authorizations or approvals required under applicable Environmental Laws to conduct their respective businesses, and (C) have not received, and have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in, any notice of any actual or potential liability or claim under or relating to any Environmental Laws and (ii) there are no costs or liabilities associated with Environmental Laws of or relating to the Company or its subsidiaries.

 

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(xxviii)         Accounting Controls and Disclosure Controls. The Company and each of its subsidiaries maintain effective internal control over financial reporting (as defined under Rule 13a-15 under the 1934 Act Regulations) and a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain accountability for assets; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; and (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences. Except as described in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, since the end of the Company’s most recent audited fiscal year, there has been no material weakness in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated). The Company and each of its subsidiaries maintain an effective system of disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15 under the 1934 Act Regulations) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the 1934 Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, and is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its principal executive officer or officers and principal financial officer or officers, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding disclosure.

 

(xxix)           Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Company or any of the Company’s directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith, including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(xxx)            Payment of Taxes. The Company and its subsidiaries have filed all United States federal income and other material tax returns that they were required by law to file (taking into account any valid extensions thereof), and all taxes required to be paid by the Company and each of its subsidiaries that are due and payable have been paid, except for such taxes as are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and as to which adequate reserves have been established by the Company and its subsidiaries or except where the failure to pay such taxes would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxxi)           Insurance. The Company and its subsidiaries carry or are entitled to the benefits of insurance, with financially sound and reputable insurers, in such amounts and covering such risks as is generally maintained by companies of established repute engaged in the same or similar business, and all such insurance is in full force and effect. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has (A) received notice from any insurer or agent of such insurer that capital improvements or other expenditures are required or necessary to be made in order to continue such insurance or (B) any reason to believe that it will not be able (x) to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such policies expire or (y) to obtain comparable coverage from similar institutions as may be necessary or appropriate to conduct its business as now conducted and at a cost that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect. The deposit accounts of each subsidiary of the Company which conducts business as a bank are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) to the fullest extent permitted by law and the rules and regulations of the FDIC, and such subsidiaries have paid all premiums and assessments required by the FDIC and the rules and regulations thereunder and no proceeding for the termination or revocation of such insurance is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened.

 

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(xxxii)          Investment Company Act. The Company is not required, and upon the issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares as herein contemplated and the application of the net proceeds therefrom as described in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus will not be required, to register as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(xxxiii)         Absence of Manipulation. Neither the Company nor any controlled affiliate of the Company nor, to the Company’s knowledge, any other affiliate of the Company, has taken or will take, directly or indirectly, any action which is designed, or would reasonably be expected, to cause or result in, or which has constituted, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Depositary Shares.

 

(xxxiv)          Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. None of the Company, any of its subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “FCPA”), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA and the Company and, to the knowledge of the Company, its affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance with the FCPA and have instituted and maintain policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance therewith.

 

(xxxv)          Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Company and its subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance in all material respects with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the Bank Secrecy Act, as amended by Title III of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act), the money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any Governmental Entity (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”); and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any Governmental Entity involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the best knowledge of the Company, threatened.

 

(xxxvi)          OFAC. None of the Company, any of its subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is currently included on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the “SDN List”) maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and the Company will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the sale of the Depositary Shares, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any of its subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other person, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently included on the SDN List by OFAC.

 

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(xxxvii)         Brokerage Commissions. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is a party to any contract, agreement or understanding with any person (other than this Agreement) that could reasonably be expected to give rise to a valid claim against the Company or any of its subsidiaries or the Underwriters for a brokerage commission, finder’s fee or like payment in connection with the offering and sale of the Depositary Shares.

 

(xxxviii)        Statistical and Market-Related Data. Any statistical and market-related data included in the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus are based on or derived from sources that the Company reasonably and in good faith believes are reliable and accurate and such data agree with the sources from which they are derived.

 

(xxxix)          Cybersecurity. Except as would not reasonably be expected to cause a Material Adverse Effect, (A) there has been no security breach or incident, unauthorized access or disclosure or other compromise of any of the Company’s or its subsidiaries’ information technology and computer systems, networks, hardware, software, data and databases (including the data and information of their respective customers, employees, suppliers, vendors and any third party data maintained, processed or stored by the Company or its subsidiaries), and, to the knowledge of the Company, any such data processed or stored by third parties on behalf of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, “IT Systems and Data”); (B) neither the Company nor its subsidiaries have been notified of, and each of them have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in, any security breach or incident, unauthorized access or disclosure or material compromise to their IT Systems and Data; and (C) the Company and its subsidiaries have implemented controls, policies, procedures, and technological safeguards designed to maintain and protect the integrity, continuous operation, redundancy and security of their IT Systems and Data reasonably consistent with industry standards and practices, or as required by applicable regulatory standards. The Company and its subsidiaries are presently in compliance with all applicable laws or statutes and all judgments, orders, rules and regulations of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, internal policies and contractual obligations relating to the privacy and security of IT Systems and Data and to the reasonable protection of such IT Systems and Data from unauthorized use, access, misappropriation or modification, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(b)                Officer’s Certificates. Any certificate signed by any officer of the Company or any of its subsidiaries delivered to the Representative or to counsel for the Underwriters shall be deemed a representation and warranty by the Company to each Underwriter as to the matters covered thereby.

 

SECTION 2.          Sale and Delivery to Underwriters; Closing.

 

(a)                The Firm Depositary Shares. On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Company agrees to sell to each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, and each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase from the Company, at the applicable price per share set forth in Schedule A, the number of Firm Depositary Shares set forth in Schedule A opposite the name of such Underwriter, plus any additional number of Depositary Shares which such Underwriter agrees to or becomes obligated to purchase pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 hereof, subject, in each case, to such adjustments between the Underwriters as the Underwriters in their sole discretion shall make to eliminate any sales or purchases of fractional shares.

 

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(b)                Option Depositary Shares. In addition, on the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Company grants an option to the Underwriters, severally and not jointly, to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 depositary shares at the price per share set forth in Schedule A plus accrued dividends from the Closing Time; provided, that the purchase price per Option Depositary Share shall be reduced by an amount per share equal to any dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Firm Depositary Shares but not payable on the Option Depositary Shares. The option hereby granted may be exercised for 30 days after the date hereof and may be exercised in whole or in part at any time within such period from time to time upon notice by the Representative to the Company setting forth the number of Option Depositary Shares as to which the several Underwriters are then exercising the option and the time and date of payment and delivery for such Option Depositary Shares. Any such time and date of delivery (each, a “Date of Delivery”) shall be determined by the Representative, but shall not be later than ten full business days after the exercise of said option, nor in any event prior to the Closing Time. If the option is exercised as to all or any portion of the Option Depositary Shares, each of the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, will purchase that proportion of the total number of Option Depositary Shares then being purchased which the number of Firm Depositary Shares set forth in Schedule A opposite the name of such Underwriter bears to the total number of Firm Depositary Shares, subject, in each case, to such adjustments as the Representative in its sole discretion shall make to eliminate any sales or purchases of fractional depositary shares.

 

(c)                Payment. Payment of the purchase price for, and delivery through the facilities of the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) for the account of the Underwriters of, the Firm Depositary Shares shall be made at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, 201 East Fourth Street, Suite 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or at such other place as shall be agreed upon by the Representative and the Company, at 9:00 A.M. (New York City time) on the seventh (eighth, if the pricing occurs after 4:30 P.M. (New York City time) on any given day) business day after the date hereof (unless postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10), or such other time not later than ten business days after such date as shall be agreed upon by the Representative and the Company (such time and date of payment and delivery being herein called “Closing Time” and such date of payment and delivery being herein called the “Closing Date”).

 

Payment shall be made to the Company by wire transfer of immediately available funds to a bank account designated by the Company against delivery through the facilities of DTC to the Representative for the respective accounts of the Underwriters of the Depositary Shares to be purchased by them. It is understood that each Underwriter has authorized the Representative, for its account, to accept delivery of, receipt for, and make payment of the purchase price for, the Firm Depositary Shares and Option Depositary Shares, if any, which it has agreed to purchase. RBC, individually and not as representative of the Underwriters, may (but shall not be obligated to) make payment of the purchase price for Firm Depositary Shares or the Option Depositary Shares, if any, to be purchased by any Underwriter whose funds have not been received by the Closing Time or the relevant Date of Delivery, but such payment shall not relieve such Underwriter from its obligations hereunder.

 

In addition, in the event that any or all of the Option Depositary Shares are purchased by the Underwriters, payment of the purchase price for, and delivery through the facilities of DTC for the account of the Underwriters of, such Option Depositary Shares shall be made at the above-mentioned offices, or at such other place as shall be agreed upon by the Representative and the Company, on each Date of Delivery as specified in the notice from the Representative to the Company delivered pursuant to Section 2(b).

 

(d)                Denominations; Registration. The Depositary Shares shall be transferred electronically at the Closing Time, in such denominations and registered in such names as the Representative may request in writing at least one full business day prior to the Closing Time.

 

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SECTION 3.          Covenants of the Company. The Company covenants with each Underwriter as follows:

 

(a)                Compliance with Securities Regulations and Commission Requests. Until the last Date of Delivery, the Company, subject to Section 3(b), will comply with the requirements of Rule 430B, and will notify the Representative promptly, and confirm the notice in writing, (i) when any post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement shall become effective or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus shall have been filed, (ii) of the receipt of any comments from the Commission, (iii) of any request by the Commission for any amendment to the Registration Statement or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, including any document incorporated by reference therein or for additional information, (iv) of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto or of any order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, or of the suspension of the qualification of the Depositary Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceedings for any of such purposes or of any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the 1933 Act concerning the Registration Statement and (v) if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the 1933 Act in connection with the offering of the Depositary Shares. The Company will effect all filings required under Rule 424(b), in the manner and within the time period required by Rule 424(b) (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8)), and will take such steps as it deems necessary to ascertain promptly whether the form of prospectus transmitted for filing under Rule 424(b) was received for filing by the Commission and, in the event that it was not, it will promptly file such prospectus. Until the last Date of Delivery, the Company will make every reasonable effort to prevent the issuance of any stop order, prevention or suspension and, if any such order is issued, to obtain the lifting thereof at the earliest possible moment.

 

(b)                Continued Compliance with Securities Laws. The Company will comply with the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations so as to permit the completion of the distribution of the Depositary Shares as contemplated in this Agreement and in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. If at any time when a prospectus relating to the Depositary Shares is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 172”), would be) required by the 1933 Act to be delivered in connection with sales of the Depositary Shares, any event shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which it is necessary, in the opinion of counsel for the Underwriters or for the Company, to (i) amend the Registration Statement in order that the Registration Statement will not include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, (ii) amend or supplement the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus in order that the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, as the case may be, will not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading in the light of the circumstances existing at the time it is delivered to a purchaser or (iii) amend the Registration Statement or amend or supplement the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, as the case may be, in order to comply with the requirements of the 1933 Act or the 1933 Act Regulations, the Company will promptly (A) give the Representative notice of such event, (B) prepare any amendment or supplement as may be necessary to correct such statement or omission or to make the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus comply with such requirements and, a reasonable amount of time prior to any proposed filing or use, furnish the Representative with copies of any such amendment or supplement and (C) file with the Commission any such amendment or supplement; provided that the Company shall not file or use any such amendment or supplement to which the Representative or counsel for the Underwriters shall reasonably object. The Company will furnish to the Underwriters such number of copies of such amendment or supplement as the Underwriters may reasonably request. The Company has given the Representative notice of any filings made by it pursuant to the 1934 Act or 1934 Act Regulations within 48 hours prior to the Applicable Time; the Company will give the Representative notice of its intention to make any such filing from the Applicable Time to the Closing Time and will furnish the Representative with copies of any such documents a reasonable amount of time prior to such proposed filing, as the case may be, and, subject to the requirements of applicable laws and regulations, will not file or use any such document to which the Representative or counsel for the Underwriters shall reasonably object.

 

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(c)                Delivery of Registration Statements. The Company has furnished or will deliver to the Representative and counsel for the Underwriters, without charge, upon request, signed copies of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto (including exhibits filed therewith or incorporated by reference therein and documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein) and signed copies of all consents and certificates of experts, and will also deliver to the Representative, without charge, upon request, a conformed copy of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto (without exhibits) for each of the Underwriters. The copies of the Registration Statement and each amendment thereto furnished to the Underwriters will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T.

 

(d)                Delivery of Prospectuses. The Company has delivered to each Underwriter, without charge, as many copies of each preliminary prospectus as such Underwriter reasonably requested, and the Company hereby consents to the use of such copies for purposes permitted by the 1933 Act. The Company will furnish to each Underwriter, without charge, during the period when a prospectus relating to the Depositary Shares is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172, would be) required to be delivered under the 1933 Act, such number of copies of the Prospectus (as amended or supplemented) as such Underwriter may reasonably request. The Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto furnished to the Underwriters will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T.

 

(e)                Blue Sky Qualifications. The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to arrange, if necessary, for the qualification of the Depositary Shares for offering and sale under the applicable securities laws of such states and other jurisdictions as the Representative may designate and to maintain such qualifications in effect so long as required to complete the distribution of the Depositary Shares; provided, however, that the Company shall not be obligated to file any general consent to service of process or to qualify as a foreign corporation or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction in which it is not so qualified or to subject itself to taxation in respect of doing business in any jurisdiction in which it is not otherwise so subject.

 

(f)                 Listing. The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to list the Depositary Shares on The NASDAQ Global Select Market within the 30 day period after the initial delivery of the Depositary Shares.

 

(g)                Rule 158. The Company will timely file such reports pursuant to the 1934 Act as are necessary in order to make generally available to its securityholders as soon as practicable an earnings statement for the purposes of, and to provide to the Underwriters the benefits contemplated by, the last paragraph of Section 11(a) of the 1933 Act.

 

(h)                Restriction on Sale of Securities. The Company will not, without the prior written consent of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, offer, sell, contract to sell, or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, including the filing (or participation in the filing) of a registration statement with the Commission in respect of, or establish or increase a put equivalent position or liquidate or decrease a call equivalent position within the meaning of Section 16 of the Exchange Act in respect of, any preferred stock (or securities exchangeable or convertible into preferred stock) issued or guaranteed by the Company (other than the Preferred Stock or Depositary Shares) or publicly announce an intention to effect any such transaction, for a period of 30 days after the date of this Agreement.

 

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(i)                 Reporting Requirements. The Company, during the period when a prospectus relating to the Depositary Shares is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172, would be) required to be delivered under the 1933 Act, will file all documents required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to the 1934 Act within the time periods required by the 1934 Act and 1934 Act Regulations.

 

(j)                 Final Term Sheet; Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses. The Company will prepare a final term sheet (the “Final Term Sheet”), in the form set forth in Schedule C hereto, reflecting the final terms of the Depositary Shares, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representative, and shall file such Final Term Sheet as an “issuer free writing prospectus” pursuant to Rule 433 prior to the close of business two business days after the date hereof; provided that the Company shall furnish the Representative with copies of any such Final Term Sheet a reasonable amount of time prior to such proposed filing and will not use or file any such document to which the Representative or counsel to the Underwriters shall reasonably object. The Company agrees that, unless it obtains the prior written consent of the Representative and subject to the requirements of the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations, it will not make any offer relating to the Depositary Shares that would constitute an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or that would otherwise constitute a “free writing prospectus,” or a portion thereof, required to be filed by the Company with the Commission or retained by the Company under Rule 433; provided that the Representative will be deemed to have consented to the Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses listed on Schedule B hereto and any “road show that is a written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) that has been reviewed by the Representative. The Company represents that it has treated or agrees that it will treat each such free writing prospectus consented to, or deemed consented to, by the Representative as an “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433, and that it has complied and will comply with the applicable requirements of Rule 433 with respect thereto, including timely filing with the Commission where required, legending and record keeping. If at any time following issuance of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus there occurred or occurs an event or development as a result of which such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicted or would conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or included or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing at that subsequent time, not misleading (other than with respect to any Underwriter Information), the Company will promptly notify the Representative and will promptly amend or supplement, at its own expense, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission.

 

SECTION 4.          Payment of Expenses.

 

(a)                Expenses. The Company will pay or cause to be paid all expenses incident to the performance of their obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and each amendment thereto, (ii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the Depositary Shares to the Underwriters, including any issue or transfer taxes and any stamp or other duties payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Depositary Shares to the Underwriters, (iii) the fees and disbursements of the Company’s counsel, accountants and other advisors, (iv) the qualification of the Depositary Shares under securities laws in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(e) hereof, including filing fees and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters in connection therewith and in connection with the preparation of the Blue Sky Survey and any supplement thereto, (v) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Underwriters of copies of each preliminary prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto, (vi) the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Depositary Shares, (vii) all fees and expenses (including reasonable fees and expenses of counsel) of the Company in connection with approval of the Depositary Shares by the DTC for “book-entry” transfer; (viii) the costs and expenses of the Company relating to investor presentations on any “road show” undertaken in connection with the marketing of the Depositary Shares, including without limitation, expenses associated with the production of road show slides and graphics, fees and expenses of any consultants engaged in connection with the road show presentations, travel and lodging expenses of the representatives and officers of the Company and any such consultants, and the cost of aircraft and other transportation chartered in connection with the road show, (ix) the filing fees incident to, and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel to the Underwriters in connection with, the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Depositary Shares, if any, (x) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Depositary Shares on The NASDAQ Global Select Market, and (xi) the costs and expenses (including, without limitation, any damages or other amounts payable in connection with legal or contractual liability) associated with the reforming of any contracts for sale of the Depositary Shares made by the Underwriters caused by a breach of the representation contained in the third sentence of Section 1(a)(ii) (subject to the second paragraph of Section 1(a)(ii)).

 

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(b)                Termination of Agreement. If this Agreement is terminated by the Representative in accordance with the provisions of Section 5, Section 9(a)(i) or (iii), Section 10 or Section 11 hereof, the Company shall reimburse the Underwriters (other than, for any termination in accordance with Section 10 hereof, any defaulting Underwriters) for all of their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters.

 

SECTION 5.          Conditions of Underwriters’ Obligations. The obligations of the several Underwriters hereunder are subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Company contained herein or in certificates of any officer of the Company or any of its subsidiaries delivered pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Company of its covenants and other obligations hereunder, and to the following further conditions:

 

(a)                Effectiveness of Registration Statement. The Registration Statement has become effective and at the Closing Time no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto has been issued under the 1933 Act, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus has been issued and no proceedings for any of those purposes have been instituted or are pending or, to the Company’s knowledge, contemplated; and the Company has complied, to the Commission’s satisfaction, with each request (if any) from the Commission for additional information.

 

(b)                Opinion of Counsel for Company. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, the Representative shall have received the favorable opinion, dated the Closing Time, of Sidley Austin LLP, counsel for the Company, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters.

 

(c)                Opinion of General Counsel of Company. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, the Representative shall have received the favorable opinion, dated the Closing Time, of Kathleen M. Boege, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters.

 

(d)                Opinion of Counsel for Underwriters. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, the Representative shall have received the favorable opinion, dated the Closing Time, of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, counsel for the Underwriters.

 

(e)                Officers’ Certificate. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, there shall not have been, since the date hereof or since the respective dates as of which information is given in the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, any material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise, whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business, and the Representative shall have received a certificate of the Chief Executive Officer or the President of the Company and of the chief financial or chief accounting officer of the Company, dated the Closing Time, to the effect that (i) there has been no such material adverse change, (ii) the representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement are true and correct with the same force and effect as though expressly made at and as of the Closing Time, (iii) the Company has complied in all material respects with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to the Closing Time, and (iv) no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement under the 1933 Act has been issued, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus has been issued and no proceedings for any of those purposes have been instituted or are pending or, to their knowledge, contemplated.

 

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(f)                 Accountant’s Comfort Letter. At the Execution Time, the Representative shall have received from Ernst & Young LLP a letter, dated such date, in form and substance satisfactory to the Representative, together with signed or reproduced copies of such letter for each of the other Underwriters containing statements and information of the type ordinarily included in accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters with respect to the financial statements and certain financial information contained in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(g)                Bring-down Comfort Letter. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, the Representative shall have received from Ernst & Young LLP a letter, dated as of the Closing Time, to the effect that they reaffirm the statements made in the letter furnished pursuant to subsection (f) of this Section, except that the specified date referred to shall be a date not more than three business days prior to the Closing Time.

 

(h)                Certificate of Designations. The Certificate of Designations shall have been duly filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois on or before the Closing Date.

 

(i)                 Global Receipt. The Representative shall have received from the Depositary a copy of any global receipt evidencing the deposit of the Preferred Stock underlying the Depositary Shares delivered on the Closing Date.

 

(j)                 Additional Documents. At the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery counsel for the Underwriters shall have been furnished with such documents and opinions as they may reasonably require for the purpose of enabling them to pass upon the issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares as herein contemplated, or in order to evidence the accuracy of any of the representations or warranties, or the fulfillment of any of the conditions, herein contained; and all proceedings taken by the Company in connection with the issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares as herein contemplated shall be satisfactory in form and substance to the Representative and counsel for the Underwriters.

 

(k)                No Ratings Agency Change. For the period from and after the date of this Agreement and prior to the Closing Date or any Date of Delivery, there shall not have occurred any downgrading in or withdrawal of, nor shall any notice have been given of any intended or potential downgrading or withdrawal of, or of any review for a possible change that does not indicate the direction of the possible change in, the rating accorded to the Preferred Stock and the Depositary Shares by any “nationally recognized statistical rating organization” as such term is defined in Section 3(a)(62) of the Exchange Act.

 

(l)                 Termination of Agreement. If any condition specified in this Section shall not have been fulfilled when and as required to be fulfilled, this Agreement or, in the case of any condition to the purchase of Option Depositary Shares on a Date of Delivery which is after the Closing Date, the obligations of the several Underwriters to purchase the relevant Option Depositary Shares, may be terminated by the Representative by notice to the Company at any time at or prior to Closing Time or such Date of Delivery, as the case may be, and such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 4 and except that Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 16 shall survive any such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

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SECTION 6.          Indemnification.

 

(a)                Indemnification of Underwriters. The Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, its affiliates (as such term is defined in Rule 501(b) under the 1933 Act (each, an “Affiliate”)), its and their officers, directors, employees, selling agents and each person, if any, who controls any Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act as follows:

 

(i)           against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, arising out of or based on any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading or arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact included in any preliminary prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading;

 

(ii)          against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission; provided that (subject to Section 6(d) below) any such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Company;

 

(iii)         against any and all expense whatsoever, as incurred (including the fees and disbursements of counsel chosen by the Representative), reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above;

 

provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with the Underwriter Information.

 

(b)                 Indemnification of Company, Directors and Officers. Each Underwriter severally agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors, each of its officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act, against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section, as incurred, but only with respect to untrue statements or omissions, or alleged untrue statements or omissions, made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with the Underwriter Information.

 

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(c)                Actions against Parties; Notification. Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement. In case any such action shall be brought against any indemnified party and it shall notify the indemnifying party of the commencement thereof, the indemnifying party shall be entitled to participate therein and, to the extent that it shall wish, jointly with any other indemnifying party similarly notified, if any, to assume the defense thereof, with counsel selected in accordance with the next sentence, and, after notice from the indemnifying party to such indemnified party of its election so to assume the defense thereof, the indemnifying party shall not be liable to such indemnified party under this Section 6 for any legal expenses of other counsel or any other expenses, in each case subsequently incurred by such indemnified party, in connection with the defense thereof other than reasonable costs of investigation; provided, however, the indemnifying party shall not, under any of the circumstances described in clauses (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) below, have the right to assume or direct the defense thereof and shall be liable to such indemnified party under this Section 6 for any legal expenses of other counsel or any other expenses in connection with the defense thereof if, in the reasonable judgment of the indemnified party (i) the use of the counsel chosen by the indemnifying party to represent the indemnified party would present such counsel with a conflict of interest, (ii) representation of the indemnified party by such counsel would be inappropriate due to differing interests between the indemnifying party and any indemnified party, (iii) there are likely to be defenses available to the indemnified party that are different from, or in addition to, the defenses available to the indemnifying party, or (iv) the indemnifying party fails to use reasonable diligence in defending against such action. In the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 6(a) above, counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected by the Representative, and, in the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 6(b) above, counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected by the Company. An indemnifying party may participate at its own expense in the defense of any such action; provided, however, that counsel to the indemnifying party shall not (except with the consent of the indemnified party) also be counsel to the indemnified party. In no event shall the indemnifying parties be liable for fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for all indemnified parties in connection with any one action or separate but similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstances. No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever in respect of which indemnification or contribution could be sought under this Section 6 or Section 7 hereof (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties thereto), unless such settlement, compromise or consent (i) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such litigation, investigation, proceeding or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

(d)                Settlement without Consent if Failure to Reimburse. If at any time an indemnified party shall have requested an indemnifying party to reimburse the indemnified party for fees and expenses of counsel, such indemnifying party agrees that it shall be liable for any settlement of the nature contemplated by Section 6(a)(ii) effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by such indemnifying party of the aforesaid request, (ii) such indemnifying party shall have received notice of the terms of such settlement at least 30 days prior to such settlement being entered into and (iii) such indemnifying party shall not have reimbursed such indemnified party in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.

 

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SECTION 7.          Contribution. To the extent the indemnification provided for in Section 6 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, on the other hand, from the offering of the Depositary Shares pursuant to this Agreement or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and of the Underwriters, on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.

 

The relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, on the other hand, in connection with the offering of the Depositary Shares pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the total net proceeds from the offering of the Depositary Shares pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company, on the one hand, and the total underwriting discount received by the Underwriters, on the other hand, in each case as set forth on the cover of the Prospectus, bear to the aggregate initial public offering price of the Depositary Shares as set forth on the cover of the Prospectus.

 

The relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any such untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Underwriters and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

The Company and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 7 were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 7. The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 7 shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 7, no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Depositary Shares underwritten by it and distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages which such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the 1933 Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

For purposes of this Section 7, each person, if any, who controls an Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act and each Underwriter’s Affiliates and selling agents shall have the same rights to contribution as such Underwriter, and each director of the Company, each officer of the Company who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company. The Underwriters’ respective obligations to contribute pursuant to this Section 7 are several in proportion to the number of Depositary Shares set forth opposite their respective names in Schedule A hereto and not joint.

 

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SECTION 8.         Representations, Warranties and Agreements to Survive. All representations, warranties and agreements contained in this Agreement or in certificates of officers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries submitted pursuant hereto shall remain operative and in full force and effect regardless of (i) any investigation made by or on behalf of any Underwriter or its Affiliates or selling agents, any person controlling any Underwriter, its officers or directors or any person controlling the Company and (ii) delivery of and payment for the Depositary Shares.

 

SECTION 9.          Termination of Agreement.

 

(a)                Termination. The Representative may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, at any time at or prior to the Closing Time (i) if there has been, since the Execution Time or since the respective dates as of which information is given in the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, any material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise, whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the judgment of the Representative, impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the completion of the offering or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Depositary Shares, or (ii) if there has occurred any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States or the international financial markets, any outbreak of hostilities or escalation thereof or other calamity or crisis or any change or development involving a prospective change in national or international political, financial or economic conditions, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the judgment of the Representative, impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the completion of the offering or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Depositary Shares, or (iii) if trading in any securities of the Company has been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or The NASDAQ Global Select Market where trading has not been suspended or materially limited as described in the immediately following clause, or (iv) if trading generally on the New York Stock Exchange or in The NASDAQ Global Market has been suspended or materially limited, or minimum or maximum prices for trading have been fixed, or maximum ranges for prices have been required, by any of said exchanges or by order of the Commission, FINRA or any other governmental authority, or (v) a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States, or (vi) if a banking moratorium has been declared by either Federal or New York authorities.

 

(b)                Liabilities. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 4 hereof, and provided further that Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 16 shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

SECTION 10.       Default by One or More of the Underwriters. If one or more of the Underwriters shall fail at the Closing Time or a Date of Delivery to purchase the Depositary Shares which it or they are obligated to purchase under this Agreement (the “Defaulted Securities”), the Representative shall have the right, within 24 hours thereafter, to make arrangements for one or more of the non-defaulting Underwriters, or any other underwriters, to purchase all, but not less than all, of the Defaulted Securities in such numbers as may be agreed upon and upon the terms herein set forth; if, however, the Representative shall not have completed such arrangements within such 24-hour period, then:

 

(i)                 if the number of Defaulted Securities does not exceed 10% of the number of Depositary Shares to be purchased on such date, each of the non-defaulting Underwriters shall be obligated, severally and not jointly, to purchase the full amount thereof in the proportions that their respective underwriting obligations hereunder bear to the underwriting obligations of all non-defaulting Underwriters.

 

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(ii)               if the number of Defaulted Securities exceeds 10% of the number of Depositary Shares to be purchased on such date, this Agreement or, with respect to any Date of Delivery which occurs after the Closing Time, the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase, and the Company to sell, the Option Depositary Shares to be purchased and sold on such Date of Delivery, shall terminate without liability on the part of any non-defaulting Underwriter.

 

No action taken pursuant to this Section shall relieve any defaulting Underwriter from liability in respect of its default.

 

In the event of any such default that does not result in a termination of this Agreement or, in the case of a Date of Delivery which is after the Closing Time, which does not result in a termination of the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase and the Company to sell the relevant Option Depositary Shares, as the case may be, either the (i) Representative or (ii) the Company shall have the right to postpone Closing Time for a period not exceeding seven days in order to effect any required changes in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus or in any other documents or arrangements. As used herein, the term “Underwriter” includes any person substituted for an Underwriter under this Section 10.

 

SECTION 11.       Default by the Company. If the Company shall fail at the Closing Time to sell the number of Depositary Shares that it is obligated to sell hereunder, then this Agreement shall terminate without any liability on the part of any non-defaulting party; provided, however, that the provisions of Sections 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 16 shall remain in full force and effect. No action taken pursuant to this Section shall relieve the Company from liability, if any, in respect of such default.

 

SECTION 12.       Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed or transmitted by any standard form of telecommunication. Notices to the Underwriters shall be directed to RBC at Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10281, (telephone: (212) 618-7706) (fax: (212) 428-6308) Attention: Scott Primrose/USDCM Transaction Management, with a copy to Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, 201 East Fourth Street, Suite 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, attention of James J. Barresi; notices to the Company shall be directed to it at Wintrust Financial Corporation, 9700 W. Higgins Road, Suite 800, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, attention of Kathleen M. Boege, with a copy to Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60603, attention of Pran Jha.

 

SECTION 13.      No Advisory or Fiduciary Relationship. The Company acknowledges and agrees that (a) the purchase and sale of the Depositary Shares pursuant to this Agreement, including the determination of the initial public offering price of the Depositary Shares and any related discounts and commissions, is an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Company, on the one hand, and the several Underwriters, on the other hand, (b) in connection with the offering of the Depositary Shares and the process leading thereto, each Underwriter is and has been acting solely as a principal and is not the agent or fiduciary of the Company, any of its subsidiaries, or its respective stockholders, creditors, employees or any other party, (c) no Underwriter has assumed or will assume an advisory or fiduciary responsibility in favor of the Company with respect to the offering of the Depositary Shares or the process leading thereto (irrespective of whether such Underwriter has advised or is currently advising the Company or any of its subsidiaries on other matters) and no Underwriter has any obligation to the Company with respect to the offering of the Depositary Shares except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement, (d) the Underwriters and their respective affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Company, and (e) the Underwriters have not provided any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice with respect to the offering of the Depositary Shares and the Company has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it deemed appropriate.

 

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SECTION 14.       Parties. This Agreement shall each inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Underwriters, the Company and their respective successors. Nothing expressed or mentioned in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any person, firm or corporation, other than the Underwriters, the Company and their respective successors and the controlling persons and officers and directors referred to in Sections 6 and 7 and their heirs and legal representatives, any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision herein contained. This Agreement and all conditions and provisions hereof are intended to be for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Underwriters, the Company and their respective successors, and said controlling persons and officers and directors and their heirs and legal representatives, and for the benefit of no other person, firm or corporation. No purchaser of Depositary Shares from any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor by reason merely of such purchase.

 

SECTION 15.       Trial by Jury. The Company (on its behalf and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, on behalf of its stockholders and affiliates) and each of the Underwriters hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all right to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

SECTION 16.       GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY CLAIM, CONTROVERSY OR DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF, THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CHOICE OF LAW PROVISIONS.

 

SECTION 17.       TIME. TIME SHALL BE OF THE ESSENCE OF THIS AGREEMENT. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SET FORTH HEREIN, SPECIFIED TIMES OF DAY REFER TO NEW YORK CITY TIME.

 

SECTION 18.       Partial Unenforceability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any Section, paragraph or provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other Section, paragraph or provision hereof. If any Section, paragraph or provision of this Agreement is for any reason determined to be invalid or unenforceable, there shall be deemed to be made such minor changes (and only such minor changes) as are necessary to make it valid and enforceable.

 

SECTION 19.      Counterparts; Electronic Signatures. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which when taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in this Agreement or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Agreement shall include images of manually executed signatures transmitted by facsimile or other electronic format (including, without limitation, “pdf”, “tif” or “jpg”) and other electronic signatures (including, without limitation, DocuSign and AdobeSign). The use of electronic signatures and electronic records (including, without limitation, any contract or other record created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means) shall be of the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as a manually executed signature or use of a paper-based record-keeping system to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act and any other applicable law, including, without limitation, any state law based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act or the Uniform Commercial Code.

 

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SECTION 20.        Effect of Headings. The Section headings herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.

 

SECTION 21.        Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

(a)          In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such Underwriter of this Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

(b)          In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such Underwriter becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Agreement that may be exercised against such Underwriter are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

(c)          As used in this section:

 

“BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).

 

“Covered Entity” means any of the following:

 

(i)           a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

 

(ii)          a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or

 

(iii)         a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

 

“Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

“U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding of our agreement, please sign and return to the Company a counterpart hereof, whereupon this instrument, along with all counterparts, will become a binding agreement among the Underwriters and the Company in accordance with its terms.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION
   
  By: /s/David A. Dykstra
    Name: David A. Dykstra
    Title: Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED,

as of the date first above written:

 

RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC

 

For itself and as Representative of the other Underwriters named in Schedule A hereto.

 

By: RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC

 

By /s/Saurabh Monga  
  Name: Saurabh Monga  
  Title: Managing Director  

 

[Underwriting Agreement – Signature Page]

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A

 

The initial public offering price per share for the Depositary Shares shall be $25.00.

 

The purchase price per share for the Depositary Shares to be paid by the several Underwriters shall be $24.2125 for each share.

 

Name of Underwriter  Number of
Depositary
Shares
 
RBC Capital Markets, LLC   3,750,000 
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC   3,750,000 
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.   2,000,000 
Incapital LLC   500,000 
Total   10,000,000 

 

Sch A - 1

 

 

SCHEDULE B

 

Free Writing Prospectuses

 

Final Term Sheet

 

Sch B - 1

 

 

SCHEDULE C

 

Final Term Sheet

 

Wintrust Financial Corporation

 

10,000,000 DEPOSITARY SHARES,

EACH REPRESENTING A 1/1,000th INTEREST IN A SHARE OF 6.875% FIXED-RATE RESET

NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E

(liquidation preference $25,000 per share (equivalent to $25.00 per depositary share))

 

PRICING TERM SHEET

 

This Pricing Term Sheet should be read in conjunction with the preliminary prospectus supplement dated May 6, 2020 for this offering and the accompanying prospectus dated May 6, 2020, filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) (together, the “Preliminary Prospectus”).  The information in this Pricing Term Sheet supersedes the information in the Preliminary Prospectus to the extent it is inconsistent with the information in the Preliminary Prospectus. Terms used but not defined herein have the respective meanings assigned to them in the Preliminary Prospectus.

 

     
Issuer:   Wintrust Financial Corporation
   
Security Offered:   Depositary Shares (the “depositary shares”), each representing a 1/1,000th interest in a share of 6.875% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E (the “Series E Preferred Stock”)
   
Format:   SEC registered
   
Expected Ratings1:   BB (Fitch) / BBB (low) (DBRS)
   
Size:   $250,000,000 (10,000,000 depositary shares)
   
Over-allotment Option:   1,500,000 additional depositary shares
   
Liquidation Preference:   $25,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock (equivalent to $25.00 per depositary share)
   
   
First Reset Date:   July 15, 2025
   
Reset Date:   The First Reset Date and each date falling on the fifth anniversary of the preceding Reset Date
   
Reset Period:   The period from, and including, the First Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date and thereafter each period from, and including, each Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date

 

 

1 A securities rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to revision, suspension or withdrawal at any time. Each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating.

 

Sch C - 1

 

 

Dividend Rate (Non-Cumulative):   From May 15, 2020 to, but excluding, July 15, 2025, at a fixed rate of 6.875% per annum, and from, and including, July 15, 2025, during each Reset Period, the five-year treasury rate as of the most recent reset dividend determination date (as defined in the Preliminary Prospectus) plus 6.507%
     
Dividend Payment Dates:   Quarterly in arrears on the 15th day of January, April, July and October of each year, commencing on October 15, 2020, except in each case where such day is not a business day
     
Day Count:   30/360
     
Term:   Perpetual
     
Optional Redemption:   In whole or in part, from time to time, on any Reset Date on or after July 15, 2025, or in whole but not in part, at any time within 90 days following a regulatory capital treatment event (as defined in the Preliminary Prospectus), in each case at a redemption price equal to $25,000 per share (equivalent to $25.00 per depositary share), plus any declared and unpaid dividends, without accumulation of any undeclared dividends to, but excluding, the redemption date

Any redemption of the Series E Preferred Stock is subject to the Issuer’s receipt of any required prior approval by the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve System and to the satisfaction of any conditions set forth in the capital guidelines or regulations of the Federal Reserve applicable to redemption of the Series E Preferred Stock.
     
Trade Date:   May 6, 2020
     
Settlement Date:   May 15, 2020 (T+7)

It is expected that delivery of the depositary shares will be made against payment therefor on or about the seventh business day following the date hereof (this settlement cycle being referred to as “T+7”). Under Rule 15c6-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in two business days, unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, purchasers who wish to trade the depositary shares prior to May 13, 2020 will be required, by virtue of the fact that the depositary shares initially will settle in T+7, to specify an alternate settlement cycle at the time of any such trade to prevent a failed settlement. Purchasers of the depositary shares who wish to trade their depositary shares prior to May 13, 2020 should consult their own advisors.
     
Public Offering Price:   $25.00 per depositary share
     
Underwriting Discount:   $0.7875 per depositary share

 

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Estimated Net Proceeds to Issuer,
After Deducting Underwriting Discount
(Before Expenses)
  $242,125,000
     
CUSIP/ISIN for Depositary Shares:   97650W504 / US97650W5040
     
Listing:   Application will be made to list the depositary shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “WTFCE.” If approved for listing, trading of the depositary shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market is expected to commence within the 30-day period after the original issuance date of the depositary shares.      
     
Joint Book-Running Managers:   RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
     
Joint Lead Manager:   Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
     
Co-manager:   Incapital LLC

 

The Issuer has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus and prospectus supplement) with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the related prospectus supplement for the offering and other documents the Issuer has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more complete information about the Issuer and this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Issuer, any underwriter or any dealer participating in this offering, will arrange to send you the prospectus and prospectus supplement if you request them by contacting RBC Capital Markets, LLC toll free at 1-866-375-6829 or by email at [email protected] or by calling or e-mailing Wells Fargo Securities, LLC at 1-800-645-3751 or e-mailing: [email protected]

 

Any disclaimers or other notices that may appear below are not applicable to this communication and should be disregarded. Such disclaimers or other notices were automatically generated as a result of this communication being sent via Bloomberg email or another communication system.

 

Sch C - 3

 

 

SCHEDULE D

 

Subsidiaries

 

Barrington Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Beverly Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Chicago Deferred Exchange Company, LLC

 

Elektra Holding Company, LLC

 

First Insurance Funding of Canada, Inc.

 

FIFC Edge International Corporation

 

Great Lakes Advisors, LLC

 

Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Hyde Park Facilities, Inc.

 

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Northbrook Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

Old Plank Trail Community Bank, National Association

 

Schaumburg Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

St. Charles Bank & Trust Company, National Association

 

State Bank of the Lakes, National Association

 

The Chicago Trust Company, National Association

 

Town Bank, National Association

 

Tricom, Inc. of Milwaukee

 

Village Bank & Trust, National Association

 

Wintrust Investments, LLC

 

WHAMCO Holding Company

 

Wheaton Bank and Trust Company, National Association

 

Wintrust Asset Finance Inc.

 

Wintrust Bank, National Association

 

Community Financial Shares Statutory Trust II

 

First Northwest Capital Trust I

 

Northview Capital Trust I

 

Suburban Illinois Capital Trust II

 

Town Bankshares Capital Trust I

 

Wintrust Capital Trust III

 

Sch D - 1

 

 

Wintrust Statutory Trust IV

 

Wintrust Statutory Trust V

 

Wintrust Capital Trust VII

 

Wintrust Capital Trust VIII

 

Wintrust Capital Trust IX

 

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Section 3: EX-3.1 (EXHIBIT 3.1)

 

Exhibit 3.1

 

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS

Pursuant to Section 6.10 of the Illinois Business Corporation Act

 

6.875% FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E

(no par value per share)

 

 

 

The undersigned, David A. Dykstra, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wintrust Financial Corporation, an Illinois corporation (the “Corporation”), hereby certifies that, in accordance with Section 6.10 of the Illinois Business Corporation Act, as amended (the “IBCA”), a duly authorized committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board of Directors”) hereby makes this Certificate of Designations and hereby states and certifies that pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Board of Directors by Article Four of the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, as amended (as such may be amended, modified or restated from time to time, the “Articles of Incorporation”), and the duly adopted resolutions of the Board of Directors, and pursuant to Section 8.40 of the IBCA, the Committee duly adopted the following resolutions:

 

     RESOLVED, that pursuant to Article Four of the Articles of Incorporation (which authorizes 20,000,000 shares of preferred stock, no par value (the “Preferred Stock”)), the resolutions duly adopted by the Board of Directors authorizing a new series of Preferred Stock consisting of not more than 14,000 shares and Section 8.40 of the IBCA, the Committee hereby fixes the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions, of a series of Preferred Stock.

 

     RESOLVED, that each share of such series of Preferred Stock shall rank equally in all respects and shall be subject to the following provisions:

 

6.875% FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E

 

Section 1.                Designation of Series and Number of Shares. The shares of such series of Preferred Stock shall be designated as the “6.875% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E” (the “Series E Preferred Stock”), and the authorized number of shares that shall constitute such series shall be 14,000 shares, which may be decreased (but not below the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock then issued and outstanding) from time to time by the Board of Directors. Shares of outstanding Series E Preferred Stock that are redeemed, purchased or otherwise acquired by the Corporation shall be cancelled and shall revert to authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock of the Corporation undesignated as to series.

 

Section 2.                Ranking. The Series E Preferred Stock shall rank, with respect to the payment of dividends and distributions upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up, (1) on a parity with the Series D Preferred Stock and each other class or series of capital stock the Corporation may issue in the future, the terms of which expressly provide that such class or series shall rank on a parity with the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on liquidation, winding up or dissolution of the Corporation (collectively, the “Parity Securities”), and on a parity with the Series D Preferred Stock for all other purposes, except as otherwise specifically provided in this Certificate of Designations, and (2) senior to Common Stock and each other class or series of capital stock the Corporation may issue in the future the terms of which do not expressly provide that it ranks on a parity with or senior to the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Corporation (the “Junior Securities”).

 

 

 

 

Section 3.                Definitions. As used herein with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock:

 

(a)               Appropriate Federal Banking Agency” means the “appropriate Federal banking agency” with respect to the Corporation as defined in Section 3(q) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. Section 1813(q)), or any successor provision.

 

(b)               Articles of Incorporation” means the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, as it may be amended from time to time, and shall include this Certificate of Designations.

 

(c)               Board of Directors” means the board of directors of the Corporation or any committee thereof duly authorized to act on behalf of such board of directors.

 

(d)               Business Day” means any day that is not Saturday or Sunday and that, in New York City, is not a day on which banking institutions generally are authorized or obligated by law or executive order to be closed.

 

(e)               By-Laws” means the Amended and Restated By-laws of the Corporation, as may be amended from time to time.

 

(f)                Calculation Agent” means Wintrust Investments, LLC and its successors and assigns, including any successor calculation agent with respect to shares of Series E Preferred Stock duly appointed by the Corporation.

 

(g)               Certificate of Designations” means this Certificate of Designations relating to the Series E Preferred Stock, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

(h)               Common Stock” means the common stock, no par value per share, of the Corporation.

 

(i)                 Corporation” means Wintrust Financial Corporation, an Illinois corporation.

 

(j)                 Designated Director” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8(a).

 

(k)               Dividend Payment Date” means the 15th day of January, April, July and October of each year, commencing on October 15, 2020.

 

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(l)                 Dividend Period” means each period (i) commencing on, and including, a Dividend Payment Date (other than the initial Dividend Period, which shall commence on, and include, the Issue Date (provided that for any shares of Series E Preferred Stock issued after the Issue Date, the initial Dividend Period for such shares may commence on and include the original issue date of the Series E Preferred Stock if such shares are issued prior to the first Dividend Payment Date or otherwise will commence on and include the date on which such shares are issued (if it is a Dividend Payment Date) or the Dividend Payment Date next preceding the date they are issued)) and (ii) ending on, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date.

 

(m)             Federal Reserve” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and its delegates.

 

(n)               First Reset Date” means July 15, 2025.

 

(o)               Five-Year Treasury Rate” means, as of any Reset Dividend Determination Date:

 

(i)                 The average of the yields to maturity on actively traded U.S. treasury securities adjusted to constant maturity, for five-year maturities, for the five Business Days appearing under the caption “Treasury Constant Maturities” in the most recently published statistical release designated H.15 Daily Update or any successor publication which is published by the Federal Reserve, as determined by the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion; and

 

(ii)              If no calculation is provided as described above, then the Calculation Agent, after consulting such sources as it deems comparable to any of the foregoing calculations, or any such source as it deems reasonable from which to estimate the Five-Year Treasury Rate, shall determine the Five-Year Treasury Rate in its sole discretion, provided that if the Calculation Agent determines there is an industry accepted successor Five-Year Treasury Rate, then the Calculation Agent shall use such successor rate. If the Calculation Agent has determined a substitute or successor base rate in accordance with the foregoing, the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion may determine the Business Day convention, the definition of Business Day and the Reset Dividend Determination Date to be used and any other relevant methodology for calculating such substitute or successor base rate, including any adjustment factor needed to make such substitute or successor base rate comparable to the Five-Year Treasury Rate, in a manner that is consistent with industry-accepted practices for such substitute or successor base rate.

 

The Five-Year Treasury Rate shall be determined by the Calculation Agent on the Reset Dividend Determination Date. If the Five-Year Treasury Rate for any Dividend Period cannot be determined pursuant to the methods described in clauses (i) and (ii) above, the dividend rate for such Dividend Period shall be the same as the dividend rate determined for the immediately preceding Dividend Period.

 

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(p)               Holder” means the Person in whose name the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock are registered, which may be treated by the Corporation, Transfer Agent, Registrar and paying agent as the absolute owner of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock for the purpose of making payment and for all other purposes.

 

(q)               Issue Date” means the date on which shares of the Series E Preferred Stock are first issued.

 

(r)                Junior Securities” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.

 

(s)                Liquidation Preference” means $25,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock.

 

(t)                 Nonpayment Event” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8(a)(i).

 

(u)               Nonpayment Remedy” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8(a)(iii).

 

(v)               Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and any other Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary of the Corporation.

 

(w)             Parity Securities” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.

 

(x)               Person” means a legal person, including any individual, corporation, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint-stock company, limited liability company or trust.

 

(y)               Redemption Price” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 7(a).

 

(z)               Registrar” means the registrar with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock, which shall initially be American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, and its successors and assigns, including any successor registrar duly appointed by the Corporation.

 

(aa)            Regulatory Capital Treatment Event” means the good faith determination by the Corporation that, as a result of (i) any amendment to, or change (including any announced prospective change) in, the laws or regulations of the United States or any political subdivision of or in the United States that is enacted or becomes effective after the Issue Date; (ii) any proposed change in those laws or regulations that is announced or becomes effective after the Issue Date; or (iii) any official administrative decision or judicial decision or administrative action or other official pronouncement interpreting or applying those laws or regulations that is announced after the Issue Date, there is more than an insubstantial risk that the Corporation shall not be entitled to treat the full Liquidation Preference of all shares of Series E Preferred Stock then outstanding as “Tier 1 Capital” (or its equivalent) for purposes of the capital adequacy guidelines of Federal Reserve Regulation Y (or, as and if applicable, the capital adequacy guidelines or regulations of any successor Appropriate Federal Banking Agency), as then in effect and applicable, for as long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock is outstanding.

 

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(bb)           Reset Date” means the First Reset Date and each date falling on the fifth anniversary of the preceding Reset Date, which in each case, shall not be adjusted for Business Days.

 

(cc)            Reset Dividend Determination Date” means, in respect of any Reset Period, the day falling three Business Days prior to the beginning of such Reset Period, subject to any adjustments made by the Calculation Agent as provided for herein.

 

(dd)           Reset Period” means the period from, and including, July 15, 2025 to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date and thereafter each period from, and including, each Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date.

 

(ee)            Series D Preferred Stock” means the Fixed-to-Floating Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series D, no par value, of the Corporation.

 

(ff)              Transfer Agent” means the transfer agent with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock, which shall initially be American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, and its successors and assigns, including any successor transfer agent duly appointed by the Corporation.

 

(gg)           Voting Preferred Stock” means the Series D Preferred Stock and all other series of preferred stock of the Corporation that rank equally with Series E Preferred Stock either or both as to the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation and upon which like voting rights have been conferred and are exercisable.

 

Section 4.                Dividends.

 

(a)               Rate. Holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, only when, as, and if declared by the Board of Directors out of assets of the Corporation legally available therefor, non-cumulative cash dividends on the Liquidation Preference, at a rate equal to (i) from the Issue Date to, but excluding, the First Reset Date, a fixed rate per annum of 6.875%, and (ii) from, and including, the First Reset Date, during each Reset Period, a rate per annum equal to the Five-Year Treasury Rate as of the most recent Reset Dividend Determination Date, plus 6.507%. If declared by the Board of Directors, dividends shall be payable, in arrears, on the Series E Preferred Stock on a Dividend Payment Date. If any date on which dividends would otherwise be payable is not a Business Day, then the Dividend Payment Date shall be the next Business Day without any adjustment to the amount of dividends paid. Dividends shall be payable to holders of record of Series E Preferred Stock as they appear on the Corporation’s stock register at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the applicable record date, which shall be the 1st calendar day of the month, whether or not a Business Day, before the applicable Dividend Payment Date, or such other record date, not exceeding 30 days before the applicable Dividend Payment Date, as shall be fixed by the Board of Directors. In the event that additional shares of Series E Preferred Stock are issued after the Issue Date, dividends on such additional shares shall accrue from the original issuance date of such additional shares. Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock shall not be declared, paid or set aside for payment to the extent such act would cause the Corporation to fail to comply with laws and regulations applicable thereto, including applicable capital adequacy guidelines. Dividends payable on the Series E Preferred Stock for any Dividend Period shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. Dollar amounts resulting from that calculation shall be rounded to the nearest cent, with one-half cent being rounded upwards. Dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock shall cease to accrue on the redemption date, if any, as described in Section 7, unless the Corporation defaults in the payment of the Redemption Price of the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock called for redemption.

 

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(b)               Dividends Noncumulative. Dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock shall not be cumulative. If the Board of Directors does not declare a dividend on the Series E Preferred Stock in respect of a Dividend Period, then no dividend shall be deemed to have accrued for such Dividend Period, be payable on the applicable Dividend Payment Date, or be cumulative, and the Corporation shall have no obligation to pay any dividend for that Dividend Period, whether or not the Board of Directors declares a dividend on the Series E Preferred Stock for any future Dividend Period.

 

(c)               Priority of Dividends. During any Dividend Period, so long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding, (i) no dividend shall be declared or paid or set aside for payment and no distribution shall be declared or made or set aside for payment on any Junior Securities (other than (1) a dividend payable solely in Junior Securities or (2) any dividend in connection with the implementation of a shareholders’ rights plan, or the redemption or repurchase of any rights under any such plan), (ii) no shares of Junior Securities shall be repurchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation, directly or indirectly (other than (1) as a result of a reclassification of Junior Securities for or into other Junior Securities, (2) the exchange or conversion of one share of Junior Securities for or into another share of Junior Securities, (3) through the use of the proceeds of a substantially contemporaneous sale of other shares of Junior Securities, (4) purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Junior Securities in connection with any employment contract, benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors or consultants, (5) purchases of shares of Junior Securities pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy Junior Securities existing prior to the preceding Dividend Period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan, (6) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Junior Securities pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such stock or the security being converted or exchanged, (7) purchases or other acquisitions by any of the Corporation’s broker-dealer subsidiaries solely for the purpose of market making, stabilization or customer facilitation transactions in Junior Securities in the ordinary course of business, (8) purchases by any of the Corporation’s broker-dealer subsidiaries of the Corporation’s capital stock for resale pursuant to an offering by the Corporation of such capital stock underwritten by such broker-dealer subsidiary, or (9) the acquisition by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries of record ownership in Junior Securities for the beneficial ownership of any other persons (other than for the beneficial ownership by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries), including as trustees or custodians, nor shall any monies be paid to or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption of any such securities by the Corporation), and (iii) no shares of Parity Securities, if any, shall be repurchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation, directly or indirectly, during a Dividend Period (other than (1) pursuant to pro rata offers to purchase all, or a pro rata portion, of the Series E Preferred Stock and such Parity Securities, if any, (2) as a result of a reclassification of Parity Securities for or into other Parity Securities, (3) the exchange or conversion of Parity Securities for or into other Parity Securities or Junior Securities, (4) through the use of the proceeds of a substantially contemporaneous sale of other shares of Parity Securities, (5) purchases of shares of Parity Securities pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy Parity Securities existing prior to the preceding Dividend Period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan, (6) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Parity Securities pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such stock or the security being converted or exchanged, (7) purchases or other acquisitions by any of the Corporation’s broker-dealer subsidiaries solely for the purpose of market making, stabilization or customer facilitation transactions in Parity Securities in the ordinary course of business, (8) purchases by any of the Corporation’s broker-dealer subsidiaries of the Corporation’s capital stock for resale pursuant to an offering by the Corporation of such capital stock underwritten by such broker-dealer subsidiary, or (9) the acquisition by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries of record ownership in Parity Securities for the beneficial ownership of any other persons (other than for the beneficial ownership by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries), including as trustees or custodians, nor shall any monies be paid to or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption of any such securities by the Corporation) unless, in each case, the full dividends for the preceding Dividend Period on all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock have been declared and paid or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof has been set aside. Subject to the immediately succeeding paragraph of this Section 4(c), for so long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding, no dividends shall be declared or paid or set aside for payment on any Parity Securities for any period unless full dividends on all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock for the then-current Dividend Period have been paid in full or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof set aside for all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

 

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To the extent the Corporation declares dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock and on any Parity Securities but does not make full payment of such declared dividends, the Corporation shall allocate the dividend payments ratably among the Holders of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock and the holders of any Parity Securities then outstanding as follows:

 

(i)                 First, ratably by the holders of any Parity Securities who have the right to receive dividends with respect to past Dividend Periods for which such dividends were not declared and paid, in proportion to the respective amounts of such undeclared and unpaid dividends relating to past Dividend Periods, and

 

(ii)              Thereafter, ratably by the holders of Series E Preferred Stock and any Parity Securities, in proportion to the respective amounts of the undeclared and unpaid dividends relating to the current Dividend Period for Series E Preferred Stock or Dividend Period for such Parity Securities, as applicable.

 

To the extent a dividend period with respect to any Parity Securities coincides with more than one Dividend Period with respect to Series E Preferred Stock, for purposes of the immediately preceding paragraph of this Section 4(c), the Board of Directors shall treat such Dividend Period as two or more consecutive Dividend Periods, none of which coincides with more than one Dividend Period with respect to Series E Preferred Stock or in any other manner that it deems to be fair and equitable.

 

The Corporation is not obligated to pay Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock any dividend in excess of the dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock that are payable as described in this Section 4. Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends (payable in cash, stock or otherwise) as may be determined by the Board of Directors may be declared and paid on any Parity Securities or Junior Securities from time to time out of any funds legally available therefor, and the shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to participate in any such dividend.

 

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Section 5.                Liquidation.

 

(a)               In the event the Corporation voluntarily or involuntarily liquidates, dissolves or winds-up, the Holders at the time shall be entitled to receive a liquidating distribution in the amount of $25,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock, plus any declared and unpaid dividends thereon (without accumulation of any undeclared dividends) to and including the date of such liquidation, out of assets legally available for distribution to the Corporation’s shareholders, before any distribution of assets is made to the holders of the Common Stock or any other Junior Securities. After payment of the full amount of such liquidating distributions, the Holders shall not be entitled to any further participation in any distribution of assets by, and shall have no right or claim to any remaining assets of, the Corporation.

 

(b)               In the event the assets of the Corporation available for distribution to shareholders upon any liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, shall be insufficient to pay in full the amounts payable with respect to all outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable on any Parity Securities, if any, Holders and the holders of such Parity Securities shall be paid pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidating distribution owed to such holders pursuant to Section 5(a). If the Liquidation Preference plus declared and unpaid dividends has been paid in full to all Holders and the holders of such Parity Securities, if any, the holders of Junior Securities shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Corporation according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(c)               The Corporation’s consolidation or merger with or into any other entity, including a merger or consolidation in which the Holders receive cash, securities or property for their shares, or the sale, lease or exchange of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation for cash, securities or other property, shall not be deemed to constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

Section 6.                Maturity; Nonconvertible. The Series E Preferred Stock shall be perpetual unless redeemed in accordance with this Certificate of Designations. The Holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall not have any rights to convert shares of Series E Preferred Stock into, or exchange shares of Series E Preferred Stock for, shares of any other class of capital stock of the Corporation.

 

Section 7.                Redemptions.

 

(a)               Optional Redemption. Except as provided below in this Section 7(a), the Series E Preferred Stock may not be redeemed. On and after the First Reset Date, the Corporation may, at its option, on any Reset Date on or after the First Reset Date, subject to the prior approval of the Federal Reserve or other Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, if required, and to the satisfaction of any conditions precedent to redemption set forth in the capital guidelines or regulations of the Federal Reserve or other Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, if any, redeem, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, out of funds legally available therefor, the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, upon notice given as provided in Section 7(c) below, at the Redemption Price in effect at the redemption date as provided in this Section 7. In the event the applicable Reset Date that is the redemption date is not a Business Day, the Redemption Price shall be paid on the next Business Day without any adjustment to the amount of the Redemption Price.

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, within 90 days following the occurrence of a Regulatory Capital Treatment Event, the Corporation may, at its option, subject to the prior approval of the Federal Reserve or other Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, if required, and to the satisfaction of any conditions precedent to redemption set forth in the capital guidelines or regulations of the Federal Reserve or other Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, if any, upon notice given as provided in Section 7(c) below, redeem, all (but not less than all) of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding at the Redemption Price in effect at the redemption date as provided in this Section 7. The “Redemption Price” for shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be the Liquidation Preference per share, together (except as otherwise provided herein) with an amount equal to any dividends that have been declared but not paid prior to the redemption date without accumulation of any undeclared dividends to, but excluding, the redemption date.

 

(b)               No Sinking Fund. The Series E Preferred Stock shall not be subject to any mandatory redemption, sinking fund or other similar provisions. Holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall not have any right to require redemption or repurchase of any shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

 

(c)               Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be given by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the Holders of record of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the books of the Corporation. Such mailing shall be at least 10 days and not more than 60 days before the date fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this subsection shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the Holder receives such notice, but failure to duly give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any Holder of shares of Series E Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Series E Preferred Stock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the shares of Series E Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Company or any other similar facility, notice of redemption may be given to the Holders of Series E Preferred Stock in any manner permitted by The Depository Trust Company or any other such facility. Each such notice given to a Holder shall state: (1) the redemption date; (2) the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if less than all the shares held by such Holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed from such Holder; (3) the Redemption Price; and (4) if shares of Series E Preferred Stock are evidenced by definitive certificates, the place or places where certificates evidencing such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the Redemption Price.

 

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(d)               Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of only part of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed shall be selected either pro rata or by lot or in such other manner as the Corporation may determine to be equitable. Subject to the provisions hereof, the Board of Directors shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time.

 

(e)               Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been set aside by the Corporation, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share of Series E Preferred Stock so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date dividends shall cease to accrue on all shares of Series E Preferred Stock so called for redemption, all shares of Series E Preferred Stock so called for redemption shall no longer be deemed outstanding and all rights with respect to such shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the Holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from such bank or trust company, without interest. Any funds unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released to the Corporation, after which time the Holders of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock so called for redemption shall look only to the Corporation for payment of the Redemption Price of such shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

 

Section 8.                Voting Rights. The Holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall not have any voting rights except as set forth in this Section 8 or as otherwise from time to time required by Illinois law or as may be required by the rules of the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Each Holder of Series E Preferred Stock shall have one vote per share (except as set forth in Section 8(a) below) on any matter in which Holders of such shares are entitled to vote.

 

(a)               Right to Elect Two Directors Upon Nonpayment Events.

 

(i)                 Whenever dividends on any shares of Series E Preferred Stock or any other series of Voting Preferred Stock shall not have been declared and paid for the equivalent of six or more Dividend Periods, whether or not consecutive (a “Nonpayment Event”), the number of directors then constituting the Board of Directors shall automatically be increased by two and the Holders of Series E Preferred Stock, together with the holders of any outstanding shares of Voting Preferred Stock, voting together as a single class in proportion to their respective liquidation preferences, shall be entitled to elect two additional directors (each, a “Designated Director”), provided that it shall be a qualification for election for any such Designated Director that the election of such director shall not cause the Corporation to violate the corporate governance requirements of the NASDAQ Global Select Market (or any other exchange or automated quotation system on which the Corporation’s securities may then be listed or quoted); and provided further that the Board of Directors shall, at no time, include more than two Designated Directors, including all directors that the holders of any series of Voting Preferred Stock are entitled to elect pursuant to their respective voting rights. The rights of the Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock under this clause (i) shall be subject to divestment pursuant to clause (iii) below.

 

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(ii)              In the event that the Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock, and such other holders of Voting Preferred Stock, shall be entitled to vote for the election of the Designated Directors following a Nonpayment Event, such directors shall be initially elected following such Nonpayment Event only at a special meeting called at the request of the holders of record of at least 20% of the Series E Preferred Stock or of any other such series of Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding, voting together as a single class in proportion to their respective liquidation preferences (provided that such request is received at least 90 calendar days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the shareholders of the Corporation, failing which such election shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of shareholders), and at each subsequent annual meeting of shareholders of the Corporation. Such request to call a special meeting for the initial election of the Designated Directors after a Nonpayment Event shall be made by written notice, signed by the requisite holders of Series E Preferred Stock or Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding, and delivered to the Secretary of the Corporation in such manner as provided for in Section 11 below, or as may otherwise be required by applicable law. The rights of the Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock under this clause (ii) shall be subject to divestment pursuant to clause (iii) below.

 

(iii)            If and when dividends have been paid in full, or declared and a sum sufficient for such payment shall have been set aside, on the Series E Preferred Stock and any other series of Voting Preferred Stock for at least four consecutive Dividend Periods after a Nonpayment Event (a “Nonpayment Remedy”), the Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock shall immediately and, without any further action by the Corporation, be divested of the foregoing voting rights, subject to the revesting of such rights in the event of each subsequent Nonpayment Event (and the number of Dividend Periods in which dividends have not been declared and paid shall be reset to zero). If such voting rights for Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock and all other holders of Voting Preferred Stock shall have terminated, the term of office of each Designated Director so elected shall forthwith terminate and the number of directors on the Board of Directors shall automatically be reduced accordingly. In determining whether dividends have been paid for four Dividend Periods following a Nonpayment Event, the Corporation may take account of any dividend that it elects to pay for such a Dividend Period after the regular Dividend Payment Date for that Dividend Period has passed.

 

(iv)             Any Designated Director may be removed at any time without cause by the holders of record of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock and Voting Preferred Stock (voting together as a single class in proportion to their respective liquidation preferences), when they have the voting rights described above. In the event that a Nonpayment Event shall have occurred and there has not been a Nonpayment Remedy, any vacancy in the office of a Designated Director (other than prior to the initial election of Designated Directors after a Nonpayment Event) may be filled by the written consent of the Designated Director remaining in office or, if none remains in office, by a vote of the holders of record of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock and Voting Preferred Stock (voting together as a single class in proportion to their respective liquidation preferences), when they have the voting rights described above; provided that the filling of each vacancy shall not cause the Corporation to violate the corporate governance requirements of the NASDAQ Global Select Market (or any other exchange or automated quotation system on which the Corporation’s securities may be listed or quoted). Any such vote of such holders of the Series E Preferred Stock and Voting Preferred Stock to remove, or to fill a vacancy in the office of, a Designated Director may be taken only at a special meeting of such shareholders, called as provided above for an initial election of Designated Director after a Nonpayment Event (provided that such request is received at least 90 calendar days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the shareholders, failing which such election shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of shareholders). Each Designated Director shall each be entitled to one vote on any matter that shall come before the Board of Directors for a vote. Each Designated Director elected at any special meeting of shareholders or by written consent of the other Designated Director shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the shareholders if such office shall not have previously terminated as above provided.

 

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(b)                      Other Voting Rights. So long as any shares of Series E Preferred Stock remain outstanding, in addition to any other vote or consent of shareholders required by law or by the Articles of Incorporation, the affirmative vote or consent of the holders of at least two-thirds of all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding (subject to the last paragraph of this Section 8(b)) and entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class in proportion to their respective liquidation preferences, given in person or by proxy, either by vote at any meeting called for the purpose or, if permitted by the Articles of Incorporation, in writing without a meeting, shall be necessary for effecting or validating:

 

(i)                 Authorization of Senior Stock. Any amendment or alteration of the Articles of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designations to authorize or create, or increase the authorized amount of, any shares of any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking senior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to either or both the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and/or the distribution of assets upon any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation;

 

(ii)              Amendment of Series E Preferred Stock. Any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Articles of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designations so as to materially and adversely affect the special rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the Series E Preferred Stock, taken as a whole; provided, however, that for all purposes of this Section 8, (1) any increase in the amount of the Corporation’s authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock or preferred stock, (2) any increase in the amount of the Corporation’s authorized or issued shares of Series E Preferred Stock, and (3) the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, of other series of preferred stock of the Corporation ranking equally with or junior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to either or both the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and/or the distribution of assets upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, shall not be deemed to materially and adversely affect the special rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the Series E Preferred Stock; or

 

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(iii)            Share Exchanges, Reclassifications, Mergers and Consolidations. Any consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series E Preferred Stock, or of a merger or consolidation of the Corporation with another corporation or other entity, unless in each case (x) the shares of Series E Preferred Stock remain outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Corporation is not the surviving or resulting entity, are converted into or exchanged for preference securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, in each case, that is an entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, any state thereof or the District of Columbia and (y) such shares of Series E Preferred Stock remaining outstanding or such preference securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers of the Series E Preferred Stock immediately prior to such consummation, taken as a whole.

 

If any amendment, alteration, repeal, share exchange, reclassification, merger or consolidation specified in this Section 8(b) would materially and adversely affect one or more but not all series of Voting Preferred Stock (including the Series E Preferred Stock for this purpose), then only the series of Voting Preferred Stock materially and adversely affected and entitled to vote shall vote as a class in lieu of all other series of Voting Preferred Stock.

 

(c)               Change for Clarification. Without the consent of the Holders of the Series E Preferred Stock, so long as such action does not adversely affect the special rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers of the Series E Preferred Stock, taken as a whole, and to the extent permitted by law, the Corporation may amend, alter, supplement or repeal any terms of the Articles of Incorporation or this Certificate of Designation for the following purposes:

 

(i)                 to cure any ambiguity, or to cure, correct or supplement any provision contained in this Certificate of Designations that may be ambiguous, defective or inconsistent; or

 

(ii)              to make any provision with respect to matters or questions relating to the Series E Preferred Stock that is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Certificate of Designations.

 

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(d)               Changes after Provision for Redemption. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 8, no vote or consent of the Holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall be required pursuant to Section 8(a) or 8(b) above if, at or prior to the time when any such vote or consent would otherwise be required pursuant to such Section, all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall have been redeemed, or shall have been called for redemption upon proper notice and sufficient funds shall have been set aside for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 7 above.

 

(e)               Procedures for Voting and Consents. The rules and procedures for calling and conducting any meeting of the Holders of Series E Preferred Stock (including, without limitation, the fixing of a record date in connection therewith), the solicitation and use of proxies at such a meeting, the obtaining of written consents and any other aspect or matter with regard to such a meeting or such consents shall be governed by any rules the Board of Directors, in its discretion, may adopt from time to time, which rules and procedures shall conform to the requirements of the Articles of Incorporation, the By-Laws, applicable law and any national securities exchange or other trading facility, if any, on which the Series E Preferred Stock is listed or traded at the time. Whether the vote or consent of the holders of a plurality, majority or other portion of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Voting Preferred Stock has been cast or given on any matter on which the Holders of shares of Series E Preferred Stock are entitled to vote shall be determined by the Corporation by reference to the specified liquidation preference amounts of the Series E Preferred Stock and such other Voting Preferred Stock voted or covered by the consent.

 

Section 9.                Transfer Agent and Registrar. The duly appointed Transfer Agent and Registrar for the Series E Preferred Stock shall initially be American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. The Corporation may, in its sole discretion, remove the Transfer Agent and Registrar; provided that the Corporation shall appoint a successor transfer agent and registrar who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal.

 

Section 10.            Certificates. The Corporation may at its option issue shares of Series E Preferred Stock without certificates. To the extent any certificates are issued with respect to shares of Series E Preferred Stock, the Corporation shall replace any mutilated certificate at the Holder’s expense upon surrender of that certificate to the Registrar. The Corporation shall replace certificates that become destroyed, stolen or lost at the Holder’s expense upon delivery to the Corporation and the Registrar of satisfactory evidence that the certificate has been destroyed, stolen or lost, together with any indemnity that may be required by the Registrar and the Corporation.

 

Section 11.            Miscellaneous. All notices referred to herein shall be in writing, and, unless otherwise specified herein, all notices hereunder shall be deemed to have been given upon the earlier of receipt thereof or three Business Days after the mailing thereof if sent by registered or certified mail (unless first-class mail shall be specifically permitted for such notice under the terms of this Certificate of Designations) with postage prepaid, addressed: (i) if to the Corporation, to the principal executive office of the Corporation or to the Transfer Agent at its principal office in the United States of America, or other agent of the Corporation designated as permitted by this Certificate of Designations, or (ii) if to any Holder or holder of shares of Common Stock, as the case may be, to such Holder at the address of such Holder as listed in the stock record books of the Corporation (which may include the records of any transfer agent for the Series E Preferred Stock or the Common Stock, as the case may be), or (iii) to such other address as the Corporation or any such Holder, as the case may be, shall have designated by notice similarly given.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION has caused this Certificate of Designations to be signed by David A. Dykstra, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, this 6th day of May, 2020.

 

  WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION
   
  By: /s/David A. Dykstra
    Name: David A. Dykstra
    Title: Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer
     

 

 

 

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