WRB W.R. Berkley

Filed: 19 Apr 21, 10:02am

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): April 19, 2021

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
475 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT06830
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (203) 629-3000
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class Trading Symbol 
Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $.20 per share
New York Stock Exchange
5.75% Subordinated Debentures due 2056
New York Stock Exchange
5.70% Subordinated Debentures due 2058
New York Stock Exchange
5.10% Subordinated Debentures due 2059
 WRB-PF New York Stock Exchange
4.25% Subordinated Debentures due 2060
 WRB-PG New York Stock Exchange
4.125% Subordinated Debentures due 2061
 WRB-PH New York Stock Exchange
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  ☐
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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On April 19, 2021, W. R. Berkley Corporation (the “Company”) directed The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee (the “Trustee”), to issue a notice to the holders of the Company’s 5.75% Subordinated Debentures due 2056 (the “Debentures”) regarding the Company’s exercise of its option to redeem the Debentures pursuant to Article XI of the Indenture, dated as of March 1, 2016, between the Company and the Trustee, and Section 2.9 of the Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 25, 2016, between the Company and the Trustee. Pursuant to such notice, the Company will redeem the $290 million aggregate principal amount of the Debentures on June 1, 2021 at a redemption price equal to such principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon (including compounded interest, if any) to, but excluding, the redemption date. On the redemption date, such redemption price will become due and payable. Interest on the principal amount of the Debentures to be redeemed shall cease to accrue on and after the redemption date.

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.

/s/ Richard M. Baio                         
 Name:Richard M. Baio
 Title:Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer

Date:  April 19, 2021