AB Alliancebernstein Holding

Filed: 4 May 21, 8:00am


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): May 4, 2021 (May 3, 2021)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY  10105
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
(212) 969-1000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading SymbolName of Each Exchange on which Registered
Units rep. assignments of beneficial ownership of limited partnership interests in AB HoldingABNYSE

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

AllianceBernstein Corporation (the “Corporation”), and AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (“AB Holding” together with the Corporation, “AB”) have entered into a retirement agreement dated May 3, 2021 (the “LC Agreement”) with Mr. Laurence E. Cranch, setting forth the terms of his retirement from the position of Chief Legal Officer of AB on December 31, 2021. Pursuant to the LC Agreement, subject to Mr. Cranch’s continued service through December 31, 2021, upon his retirement, he will be entitled to the following:

(i) salary continuation and continued medical and dental coverage for a period of twenty-six weeks following his retirement date;

(ii) incentive compensation for the 2021 performance year no less than his 2020 total year-end compensation award, which will be allocated based on the cash/deferral formula used by AB generally, with the cash portion to be paid to Mr. Cranch on the second payroll date in December 2021;

(iii) an asset management fee waiver of 100%, in accordance with AB’s policy for certain employee and employee-related accounts; and

(iv) vesting on December 31, 2021 of 121,569 of the 151,803 AB Holding units awarded to him in April 2018 relating to our headquarters relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, with delivery of the AB Holding units in respect thereof to be made on December 31, 2027 in accordance with the terms of Mr. Cranch’s deferral election.

The LC Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.01.

Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.

104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).



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 thereunto duly authorized.

Dated: May 4, 2021By: /s/ David M. Lesser
David M. Lesser
Corporate Secretary