Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) December 1, 2014



BGC Partners, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   0-28191, 1-35591   13-4063515

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

499 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 610-2200


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



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On December 1, 2014, pursuant to Rule 135c under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), BGC Partners, Inc. (“BGC Partners,” “BGC” or the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its intention to commence a private offering of senior unsecured notes (the “notes”). A copy of this press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K. The notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

In connection with presentations being made by the Company relating to the potential private offering of the notes, the Company intends to provide the information attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 to potential investors. This information, some of which has not been previously reported, is excerpted from a confidential offering memorandum prepared for use in connection with the potential private offering. The filing of this information pursuant to Item 8.01 shall not be deemed an admission by the Company as to the materiality of such information.

Nothing in this filing shall constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any notes.

Discussion of Forward-Looking Statements by BGC Partners

Statements in this report regarding BGC Partners’ business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see BGC’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors set forth in our public filings, including our most recent Form 10-K and any updates to such risk factors contained in subsequent Form 10-Q or Form 8-K filings.

Important Additional Information

This communication is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any shares of the common stock of GFI Group Inc. (“GFI”) or any other securities. BGC Partners, Inc. and its subsidiary BGC Partners, L.P. have commenced a tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of GFI and have filed with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including an Offer to Purchase, a Letter of Transmittal and related documents). These documents, as they may be amended from time to time, contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the tender offer, and shareholders of GFI are advised to carefully read these documents before making any decision with respect to the tender offer. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these statements and other documents filed with respect to the tender offer at the SEC’s website at These materials are also available to GFI Group security holders at no expense to them or by calling BGC Partners’ information agent, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (888) 750-5884.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits





99.1    BGC Partners, Inc. press release dated December 1, 2014
99.2    Offering Memorandum Excerpt


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: December 1, 2014   By:  

/s/ Howard W. Lutnick

    Name:   Howard W. Lutnick

Chairman and

Chief Executive Officer

[Signature Page to Form 8-K, dated December 1, 2014, regarding a press release issued on December 1, 2014 and an excerpt from BGC Partners, Inc.’s confidential offering memorandum]

Exhibit List






99.1    BGC Partners, Inc. press release dated December 1, 2014
99.2    Offering Memorandum Excerpt