SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
November 29, 2012
Date of report (date of earliest event reported)
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
880 Carillon Parkway St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year
The Company's Board of Directors on November 29, 2012 adopted revisions to the Company's By-Laws and Corporate Governance Principles to implement a majority voting standard for uncontested elections of directors. The revised By-Laws and Corporate Governance Principle are filed as exhibits 3.2 and 99.1 hereto. The changes to the By-Laws were in the first sentence of the second paragraph of Article III, Section 2 (clarifying that the advance notice requirement applies to nominations for election as a director) and new Sections 4 and 5 in Article IV (providing for such majority voting standard). The revised Corporate Governance Principles addresses the issue of the “holdover rule” in new Section 5 by requiring incumbent directors to submit resignation letters subject to failure to receive the required vote and the Board's acceptance of such resignation.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) The following is filed as an exhibit to this report:
3.2 Amended and Restated By-Laws of Raymond James Financial, Inc. reflecting amendments adopted by the Board of Directors on November 29, 2012, filed herewith.
99.1 Raymond James Financial, Inc. Corporate Governance Principles as amended by the Board of Directors on November 29, 2012, filed herewith.
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.
RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL, INC.
November 30, 2012
/s/ Jeffrey P. Julien
Jeffrey P. Julien
Executive Vice President - Finance,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer