SVB Financial Group (SIVB) does not plan to appeal Nasdaq’s decision to delist stock

March 17, 2023 2:12 PM EDT

SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) disclosed:

Item 1.03.

Bankruptcy or Receivership.

On March 17, 2023, SVB Financial Group (the “Company”) announced that it had filed a voluntary petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”) for relief under the provisions of Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) on March 17, 2023. The Company’s case will be administered under the caption In re SVB Financial Group, Case No: 23-10367 (the “Chapter 11 Case”). The Company will continue to operate its business as a debtor in possession under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and orders of the Bankruptcy Court.

The Chapter 11 Case follows the announcement on March 10, 2023, that the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Silicon Valley Bank was closed by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, and that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was appointed as receiver the (“Receivership”).

A press release announcing the commencement of the Chapter 11 Case is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3.01.

Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard.

On March 17, 2023, the Company received a notice from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) advising the Company of its failure to satisfy one or more continued listing rules or standards of Nasdaq. Trading of the Company’s common stock (SIVB:NASDAQ) (the “Common Stock”) and the Company’s Depositary Shares, each representing a 1/40th interest in a share of 5.250% Fixed Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A (SIVBP:NASDAQ) (the “Listed Depositary Shares”) on Nasdaq was halted on March 10, 2023 and will be suspended on March 28, 2023. Nasdaq will file a Form 25-NSE with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which will remove the Common Stock and Listed Depositary Shares from listing and registration on Nasdaq. Nasdaq’s determination was based on the following factors: (1) the events described under Item 1.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, (2) concerns regarding the residual equity interest of the existing listed securities holders, and (3) concerns about the Company’s ability to sustain compliance with all requirements for continued listing on Nasdaq. The Company does not plan to appeal Nasdaq’s decision.

Following the removal of the Common Stock and Registered Depositary Shares from listing and registration on Nasdaq, the Common Stock or Registered Depositary Shares may then be immediately eligible to be quoted on the OTC Pink Quotation System. To be quoted on this system, a market maker must sponsor the security and comply with SEC Rule 15c2-11 before it can initiate a quote in a specific security. If the Common Stock or Registered Depositary Shares are delisted from Nasdaq, there can be no assurance that a market maker will apply to quote the Common Stock or Registered Depositary Shares or that the Common Stock or Registered Depositary Shares will be quoted in the OTC Pink Quotation System.

Item 5.02.

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

In connection with the Receivership, Michael Zuckert will only be providing services to Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, N.A. and will no longer serve as General Counsel of the Company.

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