ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.  Name

 

The name of the corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.  Purpose

 

The purpose for which the Corporation is organized is to act as a bank holding company and to transact any and all lawful business, not required to be specifically stated in the Articles of Incorporation, for which corporations may be incorporated under the Virginia Stock Corporation Act.

 

III.  Capital Stock

 

The Corporation shall have authority to issue Four million (4,000,000) shares of Common Stock, par value $10.00 per share, and five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Serial Preferred Stock, par value $10.00 per share.

 

A.  Serial Preferred Stock

 

1.     Issuance in Series. Authority is hereby vested in the Board of Directors to divide the Serial Preferred Stock into and cause the Serial Preferred Stock to be issued in series, to designate each series so as to distinguish the shares thereof from the shares of all other series or classes, to fix the number of shares of each series, and to fix and determine the variations in the relative rights and preferences of each series within the limitations hereinafter set forth in this paragraph. All shares of Serial Preferred Stock shall be identical except as to the following relative rights and preferences, which may be fixed and determined by the Board of Directors and as to which there may be variations between different series:

 

(a)   the rate of dividend, if any, payable on shares of such series, the time of payment and the dates from which dividends shall be cumulative if such dividends shall be cumulative, and the extent of participation rights, if any, of the shares of such series;

 

(b)   any right to vote with holders of shares of any other series or class and any right to vote as a class, either generally or as a condition to specified corporate action;

 

(c)   the price at and the terms and conditions on which shares may be redeemed;

 

(d)   the amount payable upon shares in the event of involuntary liquidation;

 

(e)   the amount payable upon shares in the event of voluntary liquidation;

 

 

 

 

(f)    any sinking fund provisions for the redemption or purchase of shares; and

 

(g)   the terms and conditions on which shares may be may be converted, if the shares of any series are issued with the privilege of conversion.

 

2.     Dividends. The holders of the Serial Preferred Stock of each series as to which the Board of Directors shall have specified a rate of dividend shall be entitled to receive, if and when declared payable by the Board of Directors, dividends at the dividend rate for such series, and not exceeding such rate except to the extent of any participation right. Such dividends shall be payable on such dates as shall be specified for such series. Dividends, if cumulative and in arrears, shall not bear interest.

 

No dividends shall be declared or paid upon or set apart for the Common Stock or for stock of any other class hereafter created ranking junior to the Serial Preferred Stock in respect to dividends or assets (hereinafter called “Junior Stock”), or for any shares of Serial Preferred Stock which are entitled to participate with the Common Stock, and no shares of Serial Preferred Stock, Common Stock or Junior Stock shall be purchased, redeemed or otherwise reacquired for a consideration, nor shall any funds be set aside for or paid to any sinking fund therefor, unless and until (i) full dividends on the outstanding Serial Preferred Stock at the dividend rate or rates therefor, together with the full additional amount required by any participation right, shall have been paid or declared and set apart for payment wish respect to all past dividend periods, to the extent that the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock are entitled to dividends with respect to any past dividend period, and the current dividend period, and (ii) all mandatory sinking fund payments that shall have become due in respect of any series of the Serial Preferred Stock shall have been made. Unless full dividends with respect to all past dividend periods on the outstanding Serial Preferred Stock at the dividend rate or rates therefor, to the extent that holders of the Serial Preferred Stock are entitled to dividends with respect to any particular past dividend period, together with the full additional amount required by any participation right, shall have been paid or declared and set apart for payment and all mandatory sinking fund payments that shall have become due in respect of any series of the Serial Preferred Stock shall have been made, no distributions shall be made to the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock of any series unless distributions are made to the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock of all series then outstanding in proportion to the aggregate amounts of the deficiencies in payments due to the respective series, and all payments shall be applied first, to dividends accrued and in arrears, next, to any amount required by any participation right, and, finally, to mandatory sinking fund payments. The terms “current dividend period” and “past dividend period” mean, if two or more series of Serial Preferred Stock having different dividend periods are at the time outstanding, the current dividend period or any past dividend period, as the case may be, with respect to each such series.

 

3.     Preference on Liquidation. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock of each series shall be entitled to receive, for each share thereof, the fixed liquidation price for such series, plus, in case such liquidation, dissolution or winding up shall have been voluntary, the fixed liquidation premium for such series, if any, together in all cases with a sum equal to all dividends, if any, accrued or in arrears thereon and the full additional amount required by any participation right, before any distribution of the assets shall be made to holders of the Common Stock or Junior Stock; but the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock shall be entitled to no further participation in such distribution. If, upon any such liquidation, dissolution or winding up, the assets distributable among the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock shall be insufficient to permit the payment of the full preferential amounts aforesaid, then such assets shall be distributed among the holders of the Serial Preferred Stock then outstanding, ratably in proportion to the full preferential amounts to which they are respectively entitled. A merger of the Corporation into any other corporation, or merger of any other corporation into the Corporation, or consolidation of the Corporation with any other corporation or a sale or transfer of the property of the Corporation as or substantially as an entirety shall not be deemed to be a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

 

 

 

B.  Common Stock

 

1.     Dividends. Subject to the provisions of law and the rights of holders of shares at the time outstanding of all classes of stock having prior rights as to dividends, the holders of Common Stock at the time outstanding shall be entitled to receive such dividends at such times and in such amounts as the Board of Directors may deem advisable.

 

2.     Liquidation. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up (whether voluntary or involuntary) of the Corporation, after payment or provision for the payment of all the liabilities and obligations of the Corporation and all preferential amounts to which the holders of shares at the time outstanding of all classes of stock having prior rights thereto shall be entitled, the remaining net assets of the Corporation shall be distributed ratably among the holders of the shares at the time outstanding of Common Stock.

 

3.     Voting. Except to the extent to which the Board of Directors shall have specified voting power with respect to any other class of stock and except as otherwise provided by law, the exclusive voting power shall be vested in the Common Stock, the holder thereof being entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock at all meetings of the shareholders of the Corporation.

 

IV.  No Preemptive Rights

 

No holder of shares of the capital stock of the Corporation of any class shall have any preemptive or preferential right to subscribe to or purchase (i) any shares of capital stock of the Corporation, (ii) any securities convertible into such shares or (iii) any options, warrants or rights to purchase such shares or securities convertible into any such shares.

 

V.  Directors

 

The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of such number of directors as may be fixed from time to time in the bylaws or by resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors then in office. The Directors shall be divided into three classes, designated as Class I, Class II, and Class III. Each class shall consist, as nearly as may be possible, of one-third of the total number of Directors constituting the entire Board of Directors, with one class to be originally elected for a term of one year, another class to be originally elected for a term expiring in two years, and another class to be originally elected for a term of three years. At each succeeding annual meeting of shareholders beginning in 1993, successors to the class of Directors whose term expires at that annual meeting shall be elected for a three-year term. If the number of Directors has changed, any increase or decrease shall be apportioned among the classes so as to maintain the number of Directors in each class as nearly equal as possible, but in no case will a decrease in the number of Directors shorten the term of any incumbent Director. A Director shall hold office until the annual meeting for the year in which his term expires and until his successor shall be elected and shall qualify, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office.

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, whenever the holders of any one or more classes or series of Preferred Stock issued by the Corporation shall have the right, voting separately by class or series, to elect Directors at an annual or special meeting of shareholders, the election, term of office, filling of vacancies and other features of such Directorships shall be governed by the terms of these Articles of Incorporation applicable thereto, and such Directors so elected shall not be divided into classes pursuant to this Article V unless expressly provided by such terms.

 

If the office of any Director shall become vacant, the Directors then in office, whether or not a quorum, may by majority vote choose a successor who shall hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders. In such event, the successor elected by the shareholders at that annual meeting shall hold office for a term that shall coincide with the remaining term of the class of Directors to which that person has been elected. Vacancies resulting from the increase in the number of Directors shall be filled in the same manner.

 

Directors of the Corporation may be removed by shareholders of the Corporation only for cause and with the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the outstanding shares entitled to vote.

 

Advance notice of shareholder nominations for the election of Directors shall be given in the manner provided in the Bylaws of the Corporation.

 

VI.  Indemnification and Limit on Liability

 

(a)   Mandatory Indemnification. To the full extent permitted by the Virginia Stock Corporation Act, as it exists on the date hereof or may hereafter be amended, each Director and officer shall be indemnified by the Corporation against liabilities, fines, penalties and claims imposed upon or asserted against him (including amounts paid in settlement) by reason of having been such Director or officer, whether or not then continuing so to be, and against all expenses (including counsel fees) reasonably incurred by him in connection therewith, except in relation to matters as to which he shall have been finally adjudged liable by reason of his willful misconduct or a knowing violation of criminal law in the performance of his duty as such Director or officer. The determination that the indemnification under this subsection (a) is permissible shall be made as provided by law. The right of indemnification hereby provided shall not be exclusive of any other rights to which any Director or officer may be entitled.

 

(b)   Limitation of Liability. To the full extent permitted by the Virginia Stock Corporation Act, as it exists on the date hereof or may hereafter be amended, in any proceeding brought by a shareholder of the Corporation in the right of the Corporation or brought by or on behalf of shareholders of the Corporation, a director or officer of the Corporation shall not be liable in any monetary amount for damages arising out of or resulting from a single transaction, occurrence or course of conduct, provided that the elimination of liability herein set forth shall not be applicable if the Director or officer engaged in willful misconduct or a knowing violation of the criminal law or of any federal or state securities law.

 

(c)   Agents and Employees. The Board of Directors is hereby empowered, by a majority vote of a quorum of disinterested Directors, to indemnify or contract in advance to indemnify any person not specified in subsection (a) of this Article against liabilities, fines, penalties and claims imposed upon or asserted against him (including amounts paid in settlement) by reason of having been an employee, agent or consultant of the Corporation, whether or not then continuing so to be, and against all expenses (including counsel fees) reasonably incurred by him in connection therewith, to the same extent as if such person were specified as one to whom indemnification is granted in subsection (a) of this Article.

 

 

 

  

(d)   References. Every reference in this Article to Director, officer, employee, agent or consultant shall include (i) every Director, officer, employee, agent or consultant of the Corporation or any corporation the majority of the voting stock or which is owned directly or indirectly by the Corporation, (ii) every former Director, officer, employee, agent or consultant of the Corporation, (iii)  every person who may have served at the request of or on behalf of the Corporation as a Director, officer, employee, agent, consultant or trustee of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other entity, and (iv) in all of such cases, his executors and administrators.

 

(e)   Effective Date. The provisions of this Article VI shall be applicable from and after its adoption even though some or all of the underlying conduct or events relating to such a proceeding may have occurred before such adoption. No amendment, modification or repeal of this Article VI shall diminish the rights provided hereunder to any person arising from conduct or events occurring before the adoption of such amendment, modification or repeal.

 

(f)    Change in Control. In the event there has been a change in the composition of a majority of the Board of Directors after the date of the alleged act or omission with respect to which indemnification is claimed, any determination as to indemnification and advancements of expenses with respect to any claim for indemnification made pursuant to Subsection (a) of this Article VI shall be made by special legal counsel agreed upon by the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnitee. If the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnitee are unable to agree upon such special legal counsel, the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnitee each shall select a nominee, and the nominees shall select such special legal counsel.

 

VII.  Shareholder Approval of Certain Transactions

 

An amendment of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation, a plan of merger or share exchange, a transaction involving the sale of all or substantially all the Corporation’s assets other than in the regular course of business and a plan of dissolution shall be approved by the vote of a majority of all the votes entitled to be cast on such transactions by each voting group entitled to vote on the transaction at a meeting at which a quorum of the voting group is present, provided that the transaction has been approved and recommended by at least two-thirds of the Directors in office at the time of such approval and recommendation. If the transaction is not so approved and recommended, then the transaction shall be approved by the vote of eighty percent (80%) or more of all the votes entitled to be cast on such transactions by each voting group entitled to vote on the transaction.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

of the Articles of Incorporation of

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.  Name. The name of the Corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.   Text of Amendment. The introductory paragraph to Article III of the Articles of Incorporation, as amended, of the Corporation shall be amended as follows in order to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock and to change the par value thereof.

 

The Corporation shall have authority to issue twelve million (12,000,000) shares of Common Stock, par value $4.00 per share, and five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Serial Preferred Stock, par value $10.00 per share.

 

III.   Implementation of Amendment. The above amendment shall be implemented in the following manner: on the effective date of the amendment, the issued and outstanding shares of the Corporation’s common stock shall be changed into and become three shares of common stock for every one share of common stock theretofore outstanding. Each shareholder of record upon the effective date of this amendment shall be entitled to an additional share certificate evidencing two additional shares of common stock for every one share of common stock registered in his name on the books of the Corporation on such date.

 

IV.   Adoption and Date of Adoption. The above amendment was adopted on July 12, 1993 by the Corporation’s Board of Directors without shareholder action pursuant to Section 13.1-706(3) and (4) of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act. The Corporation has one class of capital stock outstanding, and shareholder action on the amendment was not required.

 

 

 

 

V.    Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment shall become effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 16, 1993, in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act.

 

Dated:  July 12, 1993

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/  G.  William  Beale

 

 

 

 

 

G.  William  Beale

 

 

 

 

 

President

  

 

 

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.     Name. The name of the Corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.    Text of Amendment. Article III of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation shall be amended to increase the number of authorized shares of Common Stock from 12,000,000 to 24,000,000 shares, and to reduce the par value of each share of Common Stock from $4.00 to $2.00 per share. The introductory paragraph to Article III, as amended, shall read as follows:

 

The Corporation shall have authority to issue twenty four million (24,000,000) shares of Common Stock, par value $2,00 per share, and five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Serial Preferred Stock, par value $10.00 per share.

 

III.   Implementation of Amendment. The foregoing amendment shall be implemented in the following manner: on the effective date of the amendment, the issued and outstanding shares of the Corporation’s common stock shall be changed into and become two shares of common stock for every one share of common stock theretofore outstanding. Each shareholder of record upon the effective date of this amendment shall be entitled to an additional share certificate evidencing one additional share of common stock for every one share of common stock registered in his, her or its name on the books of the Corporation on such date.

 

IV.   Adoption and Date of Adoption. The foregoing amendment was adopted on April 23, 1998 by the Corporation’s Board of Directors without shareholder approval pursuant to Section 13.1-706(3) and (4) of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act. The Corporation has one class of capital stock outstanding, and shareholder action on the amendment was not required.

 

 

 

 

V.    Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment shall become effective at 2:00 p.m., eastern standard time, on May 21, 1998 in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act.

 

Dated: May 19, 1998

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/  D.  Anthony  Peay

 

 

 

 

 

D.  Anthony  Peay

 

 

 

 

 

Vice  President,  Corporate  Secretary  and

 

 

 

 

 

Chief  Financial  Officer

 

 

 

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.    Name. The name of the Corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.    Text of Amendment. Article III of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation shall be amended to increase the number of authorized shares of Common Stock from 24,000,000 to 36,000,000 shares, and to reduce the par value of each share of Common Stock from $2.00 to $1.33 per share. The introductory paragraph to Article III, as amended, shall read as follows:

 

The Corporation shall have authority to issue thirty-six million (36,000,000) shares of Common Stock, par value $1.33 per share, and five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Serial Preferred Stock, par value $10.00 per share.

 

III.   Implementation of Amendment. The foregoing amendment shall be implemented in the following manner: on the effective date of the amendment, the issued and outstanding shares of the Corporation’s common stock shall be changed into and become three shares of common stock for every two shares of common stock theretofore outstanding. Each shareholder of record upon the effective date of this amendment shall be entitled to an additional share certificate evidencing one additional share of common stock for every two shares of common stock registered in his, her, or its name on the books of the Corporation on such date.

 

IV.   Adoption and Date of Adoption. The foregoing amendment was adopted on September 27, 2006 by the Corporation’s Board of Directors without shareholder approval pursuant to Section 13.1-706(3) and (4) of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act. The Corporation has one class of capital stock outstanding, and shareholder action on the amendment was not required.

 

 

 

 

V.    Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment shall become effective at 5:00 p.m., E. T., on October 2, 2006 in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act.

  

Dated:  September 27, 2006

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/ Janis Orfe

 

 

Janis  Orfe

 

 

Senior Vice President/Corporate Secretary/ 
General Counsel

 

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ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.   Name. The name of the corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.    Text of Amendment. Article III of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation shall be amended to provide for the issuance, and to fix the preferences, limitations and relative rights, within the limits permitted by applicable law, of 59,000 shares of the corporation’s Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, all as set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto.

 

III.   Adoption and Date of Adoption. Pursuant to Section 13.1-639 of the Virginia Stock Corporation Act (the “Act”), the Articles of Incorporation permit the corporation’s Board of Directors to amend the Articles of Incorporation in order to establish the preferences, limitations and relative rights of one or more series of the corporation’s authorized class of Preferred Stock without the approval of the corporation’s shareholders. The foregoing amendment was adopted on December 11, 2008 by the corporation’s Board of Directors without shareholder approval pursuant to such section of the Act. The corporation has not issued any shares of the Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, as of the date hereof.

 

IV.   Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment shall become effective immediately upon filing in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Act.

 

Dated: December 18, 2008

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/  G.  William  Beale

 

 

 

 

 

G.  William  Beale

 

 

 

 

 

President  &  Chief  Executive  Officer

  

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS

 

OF

 

FIXED RATE CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES A

 

OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

Union Bankshares Corporation, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia (the “Corporation”), in accordance with the provisions of Title 13.1 of Chapter 9 of the Code of Virginia thereof, does hereby certify:

 

The board of directors of the Corporation (the “Board of Directors”) or an applicable committee of the Board of Directors, in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Corporation and applicable law, adopted the following resolution on December 11, 2008 creating a series of 59,000 shares of preferred stock of the Corporation designated as “Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A”.

 

RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of the certificate of incorporation and the bylaws of the Corporation and applicable law, a series of preferred stock, par value $10.00 per share, of the Corporation be and hereby is created, and that the designation and number of shares of such series, and the voting and other powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, of the shares of such series, are as follows:

 

Article III of the Articles of Incorporation of Union Bankshares Corporation is hereby amended to include a new Article III.C, as follows:

 

III. C FIXED RATE CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES A

 

Section 1. Designation and Number of Shares. There is hereby created out of the authorized and unissued shares of preferred stock of the Corporation a series of preferred stock designated as the “Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A” (the “Designated Preferred Stock”). The authorized number of shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be 59,000.

 

Section 2. Standard Provisions. The Standard Provisions contained in Schedule A attached hereto are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part of this Certificate of Designations to the same extent as if such provisions had been set forth in full herein.

 

Section 3. Definitions. The following terms are used in this Certificate of Designations (including the Standard Provisions in Schedule A hereto) as defined below:

 

(a)    “Common Stock” means the common stock, par value $1.33 per share, of the Corporation.

  

 

 

 

(b)   “Dividend Payment Date” means February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 of each year.

 

(c)    “Junior Stock” means the Common Stock and any other class or series of stock of the Corporation the terms of which expressly provide that it ranks junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and/or as to rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

(d)   “Liquidation Amount” means $1,000 per share of Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(e)   “Minimum Amount” means $14,750,000.

 

(f)    “Parity Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Corporation (other than Designated Preferred Stock) the terms of which do not expressly provide that such class or series will rank senior or junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and/or as to rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation (in each case without regard to whether dividends accrue cumulatively or non-cumulatively).

 

(g)   “Signing Date” means the Original Issue Date (as defined in the Standard Provisions contained in Schedule A attached hereto).

 

Section 4. Certain Voting Matters. Holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock will be entitled to one vote for each such share on any matter on which holders of Designated Preferred Stock are entitled to vote, including any action by written consent.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Union Bankshares Corporation has caused this Certificate of Designations to be signed by G. William Beale, its President and Chief Executive Officer, this 18th day of December, 2008.

 

 

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/  G.  William  Beale

 

Name:

 G.  William  Beale

 

Title:President  &  Chief  Financial  Officer

 

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Schedule A

 

STANDARD PROVISIONS

 

Section 1.   General Matters. Each share of Designated Preferred Stock shall be identical in all respects to every other share of Designated Preferred Stock. The Designated Preferred Stock shall be perpetual, subject to the provisions of Section 5 of these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations. The Designated Preferred Stock shall rank equally with Parity Stock and shall rank senior to Junior Stock with respect to the payment of dividends and the distribution of assets in the event of any dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Corporation.

 

Section 2.   Standard Definitions. As used herein with respect to Designated Preferred Stock:

 

(a)   “Applicable Dividend Rate” means (i) during the period from the Original Issue Date to, but excluding, the first day of the first Dividend Period commencing on or after the fifth anniversary of the Original Issue Date, 5% per annum and (ii) from and after the first day of the first Dividend Period commencing on or after the fifth anniversary of the Original Issue Date, 9% per annum.

 

(b)   “Appropriate Federal Banking Agency” means the “appropriate Federal banking agency” with respect to the Corporation as defined in Section 3(q) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. Section 1813(q)), or any successor provision.

 

(c)   “Business Combination” means a merger, consolidation, statutory share exchange or similar transaction that requires the approval of the Corporation’s stockholders.

 

(d)   “Business Day” means any day except Saturday, Sunday and any day on which banking institutions in the State of New York generally are authorized or required by law or other governmental actions to close.

 

(e)   “Bylaws” means the bylaws of the Corporation, as they may be amended from time to time.

 

(f)    “Certificate of Designations” means the Certificate of Designations or comparable instrument relating to the Designated Preferred Stock, of which these Standard Provisions form a part, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

(g)   “Charter” means the Corporation’s certificate or articles of incorporation, articles of association, or similar organizational document.

 

(h)   “Dividend Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

(i)    “Dividend Record Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

(j)    “Liquidation Preference” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(a).

 

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(k)   “Original Issue Date” means the date on which shares of Designated Preferred Stock are first issued.

 

(l)    “Preferred Director” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(b).

 

(m)  “Preferred Stock” means any and all series of preferred stock of the Corporation, including the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(n)   “Qualified Equity Offering” means the sale and issuance for cash by the Corporation to persons other than the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries after the Original Issue Date of shares of perpetual Preferred Stock, Common Stock or any combination of such stock, that, in each case, qualify as and may be included in Tier 1 capital of the Corporation at the time of issuance under the applicable risk-based capital guidelines of the Corporation’s Appropriate Federal Banking Agency (other than any such sales and issuances made pursuant to agreements or arrangements entered into, or pursuant to financing plans which were publicly announced, on or prior to October 13, 2008).

 

(o)   “Share Dilution Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(b).

 

(p)   “Standard Provisions” mean these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations relating to the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(q)   “Successor Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

(r)    “Voting Parity Stock” means, with regard to any matter as to which the holders of Designated Preferred Stock are entitled to vote as specified in Sections 7(a) and 7(b) of these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations, any and all series of Parity Stock upon which like voting rights have been conferred and are exercisable with respect to such matter.

 

Section 3. Dividends.

 

(a) Rate. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, on each share of Designated Preferred Stock if, as and when declared by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, but only out of assets legally available therefor, cumulative cash dividends with respect to each Dividend Period (as defined below) at a rate per annum equal to the Applicable Dividend Rate on (i) the Liquidation Amount per share of Designated Preferred Stock and (ii) the amount of accrued and unpaid dividends for any prior Dividend Period on such share of Designated Preferred Stock, if any. Such dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative from the Original Issue Date, shall compound on each subsequent Dividend Payment Date (i.e., no dividends shall accrue on other dividends unless and until the first Dividend Payment Date for such other dividends has passed without such other dividends having been paid on such date) and shall be payable quarterly in arrears on each Dividend Payment Date, commencing with the first such Dividend Payment Date to occur at least 20 calendar days after the Original Issue Date. In the event that any Dividend Payment Date would otherwise fall on a day that is not a Business Day, the dividend payment due on that date will be postponed to the next day that is a Business Day and no additional dividends will accrue as a result of that postponement. The period from and including any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date is a “Dividend Period”, provided that the initial Dividend Period shall be the period from and including the Original Issue Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date.

 

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Dividends that are payable on Designated Preferred Stock in respect of any Dividend Period shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. The amount of dividends payable on Designated Preferred Stock on any date prior to the end of a Dividend Period, and for the initial Dividend Period, shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months, and actual days elapsed over a 30-day month.

 

Dividends that are payable on Designated Preferred Stock on any Dividend Payment Date will be payable to holders of record of Designated Preferred Stock as they appear on the stock register of the Corporation on the applicable record date, which shall be the 15th calendar day immediately preceding such Dividend Payment Date or such other record date fixed by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors that is not more than 60 nor less than 10 days prior to such Dividend Payment Date (each, a “Dividend Record Date”). Any such day that is a Dividend Record Date shall be a Dividend Record Date whether or not such day is a Business Day.

 

Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any dividends, whether payable in cash, securities or other property, other than dividends (if any) declared and payable on Designated Preferred Stock as specified in this Section 3 (subject to the other provisions of the Certificate of Designations).

 

(b) Priority of Dividends. So long as any share of Designated Preferred Stock remains outstanding, no dividend or distribution shall be declared or paid on the Common Stock or any other shares of Junior Stock (other than dividends payable solely in shares of Common Stock) or Parity Stock, subject to the immediately following paragraph in the case of Parity Stock, and no Common Stock, Junior Stock or Parity Stock shall be, directly or indirectly, purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries unless all accrued and unpaid dividends for all past Dividend Periods, including the latest completed Dividend Period (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), on all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock have been or are contemporaneously declared and paid in full (or have been declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof has been set aside for the benefit of the holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock on the applicable record date). The foregoing limitation shall not apply to (i) redemptions, purchases or other acquisitions of shares of Common Stock or other Junior Stock in connection with the administration of any employee benefit plan in the ordinary course of business (including purchases to offset the Share Dilution Amount (as defined below) pursuant to a publicly announced repurchase plan) and consistent with past practice, provided that any purchases to offset the Share Dilution Amount shall in no event exceed the Share Dilution Amount; (ii) purchases or other acquisitions by a broker-dealer subsidiary of the Corporation solely for the purpose of market-making, stabilization or customer facilitation transactions in Junior Stock or Parity Stock in the ordinary course of its business; (iii) purchases by a broker-dealer subsidiary of the Corporation of capital stock of the Corporation for resale pursuant to an offering by the Corporation of such capital stock underwritten by such broker-dealer subsidiary;

 

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(iv)  any dividends or distributions of rights or Junior Stock in connection with a stockholders’ rights plan or any redemption or repurchase of rights pursuant to any stockholders’ rights plan; (v) the acquisition by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries of record ownership in Junior Stock or Parity Stock for the beneficial ownership of any other persons (other than the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries), including as trustees or custodians; and (vi) the exchange or conversion of Junior Stock for or into other Junior Stock or of Parity Stock for or into other Parity Stock (with the same or lesser aggregate liquidation amount) or Junior Stock, in each case, solely to the extent required pursuant to binding contractual agreements entered into prior to the Signing Date or any subsequent agreement for the accelerated exercise, settlement or exchange thereof for Common Stock. “Share Dilution Amount” means the increase in the number of diluted shares outstanding (determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, and as measured from the date of the Corporation’s consolidated financial statements most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to the Original Issue Date) resulting from the grant, vesting or exercise of equity-based compensation to employees and equitably adjusted for any stock split, stock dividend, reverse stock split, reclassification or similar transaction.

 

When dividends are not paid (or declared and a sum sufficient for payment thereof set aside for the benefit of the holders thereof on the applicable record date) on any Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within a Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) in full upon Designated Preferred Stock and any shares of Parity Stock, all dividends declared on Designated Preferred Stock and all such Parity Stock and payable on such Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within the Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) shall be declared pro rata so that the respective amounts of such dividends declared shall bear the same ratio to each other as all accrued and unpaid dividends per share on the shares of Designated Preferred Stock (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) and all Parity Stock payable on such Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within the Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) (subject to their having been declared by the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors out of legally available funds and including, in the case of Parity Stock that bears cumulative dividends, all accrued but unpaid dividends) bear to each other. If the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors determines not to pay any dividend or a full dividend on a Dividend Payment Date, the Corporation will provide written notice to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock prior to such Dividend Payment Date.

 

Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends (payable in cash, securities or other property) as may be determined by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors may be declared and paid on any securities, including Common Stock and other Junior Stock, from time to time out of any funds legally available for such payment, and holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to participate in any such dividends.

 

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Section 4.   Liquidation Rights.

 

(a)   Voluntary or Involuntary Liquidation. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive for each share of Designated Preferred Stock, out of the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof (whether capital or surplus) available for distribution to stockholders of the Corporation, subject to the rights of any creditors of the Corporation, before any distribution of such assets or proceeds is made to or set aside for the holders of Common Stock and any other stock of the Corporation ranking junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution, payment in full in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) the amount of any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), whether or not declared, to the date of payment (such amounts collectively, the “Liquidation Preference”).

 

(b)   Partial Payment. If in any distribution described in Section 4(a) above the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof are not sufficient to pay in full the amounts payable with respect to all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable with respect of any other stock of the Corporation ranking equally with Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution, holders of Designated Preferred Stock and the holders of such other stock shall share ratably in any such distribution in proportion to the full respective distributions to which they are entitled.

 

(c)   Residual Distributions. If the Liquidation Preference has been paid in full to all holders of Designated Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable with respect of any other stock of the Corporation ranking equally with Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution has been paid in full, the holders of other stock of the Corporation shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Corporation (or proceeds thereof) according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(d)   Merger, Consolidation and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this Section 4, the merger or consolidation of the Corporation with any other corporation or other entity, including a merger or consolidation in which the holders of Designated Preferred Stock receive cash, securities or other property for their shares, or the sale, lease or exchange (for cash, securities or other property) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, shall not constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

Section 5.   Redemption.

 

(a)    Optional Redemption. Except as provided below, the Designated Preferred Stock may not be redeemed prior to the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date. On or after the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date, the Corporation, at its option, subject to the approval of the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, may redeem, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, out of funds legally available therefor, the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, upon notice given as provided in Section 5(c) below, at a redemption price equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) except as otherwise provided below, any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) (regardless of whether any dividends are actually declared) to, but excluding, the date fixed for redemption.

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date, the Corporation, at its option, subject to the approval of the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, may redeem, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, upon notice given as provided in Section 5(c) below, at a redemption price equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) except as otherwise provided below, any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) (regardless of whether any dividends are actually declared) to, but excluding, the date fixed for redemption; provided that (x) the Corporation (or any successor by Business Combination) has received aggregate gross proceeds of not less than the Minimum Amount (plus the “Minimum Amount” as defined in the relevant certificate of designations for each other outstanding series of preferred stock of such successor that was originally issued to the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Successor Preferred Stock”) in connection with the Troubled Asset Relief Program Capital Purchase Program) from one or more Qualified Equity Offerings (including Qualified Equity Offerings of such successor), and (y) the aggregate redemption price of the Designated Preferred Stock (and any Successor Preferred Stock) redeemed pursuant to this paragraph may not exceed the aggregate net cash proceeds received by the Corporation (or any successor by Business Combination) from such Qualified Equity Offerings (including Qualified Equity Offerings of such successor).

 

The redemption price for any shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be payable on the redemption date to the holder of such shares against surrender of the certificate(s) evidencing such shares to the Corporation or its agent. Any declared but unpaid dividends payable on a redemption date that occurs subsequent to the Dividend Record Date for a Dividend Period shall not be paid to the holder entitled to receive the redemption price on the redemption date, but rather shall be paid to the holder of record of the redeemed shares on such Dividend Record Date relating to the Dividend Payment Date as provided in Section 3 above.

 

(b)   No Sinking Fund. The Designated Preferred Stock will not be subject to any mandatory redemption, sinking fund or other similar provisions. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock will have no right to require redemption or repurchase of any shares of Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(c)   Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be given by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the holders of record of the shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the books of the Corporation. Such mailing shall be at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the date fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this Subsection shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the holder receives such notice, but failure duly to give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any holder of shares of Designated Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Designated Preferred Stock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if shares of Designated Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Corporation or any other similar facility, notice of redemption may be given to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock at such time and in any manner permitted by such facility. Each notice of redemption given to a holder shall state: (1) the redemption date; (2) the number of shares of Designated Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if less than all the shares held by such holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed from such holder; (3) the redemption price; and (4) the place or places where certificates for such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price.

 

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(d)   Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of part of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares to be redeemed shall be selected either pro rata or in such other manner as the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee thereof may determine to be fair and equitable. Subject to the provisions hereof, the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee thereof shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time. If fewer than all the shares represented by any certificate are redeemed, a new certificate shall be issued representing the unredeemed shares without charge to the holder thereof.

 

(e)   Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been deposited by the Corporation, in trust for the pro rata benefit of the holders of the shares called for redemption, with a bank or trust company doing business in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, and having a capital and surplus of at least $500 million and selected by the Board of Directors, so as to be and continue to be available solely therefor, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date dividends shall cease to accrue on all shares so called for redemption, all shares so called for redemption shall no longer be deemed outstanding and all rights with respect to such shares shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from such bank or trust company, without interest. Any funds unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released to the Corporation, after which time the holders of the shares so called for redemption shall look only to the Corporation for payment of the redemption price of such shares.

 

(f)    Status of Redeemed Shares. Shares of Designated Preferred Stock that are redeemed, repurchased or otherwise acquired by the Corporation shall revert to authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock (provided that any such cancelled shares of Designated Preferred Stock may be reissued only as shares of any series of Preferred Stock other than Designated Preferred Stock).

 

Section 6.   Conversion. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shares shall have no right to exchange or convert such shares into any other securities.

 

Section 7.   Voting Rights.

 

(a)   General. The holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not have any voting rights except as set forth below or as otherwise from time to time required by law.

 

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(b)   Preferred Stock Directors. Whenever, at any time or times, dividends payable on the shares of Designated Preferred Stock have not been paid for an aggregate of six quarterly Dividend Periods or more, whether or not consecutive, the authorized number of directors of the Corporation shall automatically be increased by two and the holders of the Designated Preferred Stock shall have the right, with holders of shares of any one or more other classes or series of Voting Parity Stock outstanding at the time, voting together as a class, to elect two directors (hereinafter the “Preferred Directors” and each a “Preferred Director”) to fill such newly created directorships at the Corporation’s next annual meeting of stockholders (or at a special meeting called for that purpose prior to such next annual meeting) and at each subsequent annual meeting of stockholders until all accrued and unpaid dividends for all past Dividend Periods, including the latest completed Dividend Period (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), on all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock have been declared and paid in full at which time such right shall terminate with respect to the Designated Preferred Stock, except as herein or by law expressly provided, subject to revesting in the event of each and every subsequent default of the character above mentioned; provided that it shall be a qualification for election for any Preferred Director that the election of such Preferred Director shall not cause the Corporation to violate any corporate governance requirements of any securities exchange or other trading facility on which securities of the Corporation may then be listed or traded that listed or traded companies must have a majority of independent directors. Upon any termination of the right of the holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock and Voting Parity Stock as a class to vote for directors as provided above, the Preferred Directors shall cease to be qualified as directors, the term of office of all Preferred Directors then in office shall terminate immediately and the authorized number of directors shall be reduced by the number of Preferred Directors elected pursuant hereto. Any Preferred Director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, and any vacancy created thereby may be filled, only by the affirmative vote of the holders a majority of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding voting separately as a class together with the holders of shares of Voting Parity Stock, to the extent the voting rights of such holders described above are then exercisable. If the office of any Preferred Director becomes vacant for any reason other than removal from office as aforesaid, the remaining Preferred Director may choose a successor who shall hold office for the unexpired term in respect of which such vacancy occurred.

 

(c)   Class Voting Rights as to Particular Matters. So long as any shares of Designated Preferred Stock are outstanding, in addition to any other vote or consent of stockholders required by law or by the Charter, the vote or consent of the holders of at least 66 2/3% of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting as a separate class, given in person or by proxy, either in writing without a meeting or by vote at any meeting called for the purpose, shall be necessary for effecting or validating:

 

(i)    Authorization of Senior Stock. Any amendment or alteration of the Certificate of Designations for the Designated Preferred Stock or the Charter to authorize or create or increase the authorized amount of, or any issuance of, any shares of, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of, any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking senior to Designated Preferred Stock with respect to either or both the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation;

 

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(ii)   Amendment of Designated Preferred Stock. Any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Certificate of Designations for the Designated Preferred Stock or the Charter (including, unless no vote on such merger or consolidation is required by Section 7(c)(iii) below, any amendment, alteration or repeal by means of a merger, consolidation or otherwise) so as to adversely affect the rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the Designated Preferred Stock; or

 

(iii)  Share Exchanges, Reclassifications, Mergers and Consolidations. Any consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Designated Preferred Stock, or of a merger or consolidation of the Corporation with another corporation or other entity, unless in each case (x) the shares of Designated Preferred Stock remain outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Corporation is not the surviving or resulting entity, are converted into or exchanged for preference securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, and (y) such shares remaining outstanding or such preference securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, of Designated Preferred Stock immediately prior to such consummation, taken as a whole;

 

provided, however, that for all purposes of this Section 7(c), any increase in the amount of the authorized Preferred Stock, including any increase in the authorized amount of Designated Preferred Stock necessary to satisfy preemptive or similar rights granted by the Corporation to other persons prior to the Signing Date, or the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, whether pursuant to preemptive or similar rights or otherwise, of any other series of Preferred Stock, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for any other series of Preferred Stock, ranking equally with and/or junior to Designated Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and the distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation will not be deemed to adversely affect the rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers, and shall not require the affirmative vote or consent of, the holders of outstanding shares of the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(d)   Changes after Provision for Redemption. No vote or consent of the holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be required pursuant to Section 7(c) above if, at or prior to the time when any such vote or consent would otherwise be required pursuant to such Section, all outstanding shares of the Designated Preferred Stock shall have been redeemed, or shall have been called for redemption upon proper notice and sufficient funds shall have been deposited in trust for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 5 above.

 

(e)   Procedures for Voting and Consents. The rules and procedures for calling and conducting any meeting of the holders of Designated Preferred Stock (including, without limitation, the fixing of a record date in connection therewith), the solicitation and use of proxies at such a meeting, the obtaining of written consents and any other aspect or matter with regard to such a meeting or such consents shall be governed by any rules of the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, in its discretion, may adopt from time to time, which rules and procedures shall conform to the requirements of the Charter, the Bylaws, and applicable law and the rules of any national securities exchange or other trading facility on which Designated Preferred Stock is listed or traded at the time.

  

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Section 8.   Record Holders. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Corporation and the transfer agent for Designated Preferred Stock may deem and treat the record holder of any share of Designated Preferred Stock as the true and lawful owner thereof for all purposes, and neither the Corporation nor such transfer agent shall be affected by any notice to the contrary.

 

Section 9.   Notices. All notices or communications in respect of Designated Preferred Stock shall be sufficiently given if given in writing and delivered in person or by first class mail, postage prepaid, or if given in such other manner as may be permitted in this Certificate of Designations, in the Charter or Bylaws or by applicable law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if shares of Designated Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Corporation or any similar facility, such notices may be given to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock in any manner permitted by such facility.

 

Section 10. No Preemptive Rights. No share of Designated Preferred Stock shall have any rights of preemption whatsoever as to any securities of the Corporation, or any warrants, rights or options issued or granted with respect thereto, regardless of how such securities, or such warrants, rights or options, may be designated, issued or granted.

 

Section 11. Replacement Certificates. The Corporation shall replace any mutilated certificate at the holder’s expense upon surrender of that certificate to the Corporation. The Corporation shall replace certificates that become destroyed, stolen or lost at the holder’s expense upon delivery to the Corporation of reasonably satisfactory evidence that the certificate has been destroyed, stolen or lost, together with any indemnity that may be reasonably required by the Corporation.

 

Section 12. Other Rights. The shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall not have any rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers or relative, participating, optional or other special rights, or qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, other than as set forth herein or in the Charter or as provided by applicable law.

 

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ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.    Name. The name of the corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.   Text of Amendments.

 

A.   Name. Article I, Name, of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation is hereby amended in its entirety as follows:

 

The name of the corporation is Union First Market Bankshares Corporation.

 

B.    Preferred Stock. Article III, Capital Stock, of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation is hereby amended to provide for the issuance, and to fix the preferences, limitations and relative rights, within the limits permitted by applicable law, of 35,595 shares of the corporation’s Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, as set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto.

 

III. Board Adoption and Shareholder Approval

 

A.   Name. The amendment referenced in Section II, A, of these Articles of Amendment was adopted on March 28, 2009 by more than two-thirds of the members of the corporation’s Board of Directors. Such amendment was recommended and submitted to the holders of the voting common stock of the corporation, the only class of voting capital stock outstanding, at a special meeting of shareholders of the corporation called and held in accordance with the Virginia Stock Corporation Act (the “Act”) on October 26, 2009. As of the record date of that meeting, 13,610,258 shares of the corporation’s voting common stock were issued and outstanding and entitled to vote. At that meeting, 10,653,170 undisputed shares were voted in favor of the amendment, 68,892 shares abstained and 949,097 shares were voted against the amendment. This represented approval by approximately 78.27% of the total shares of voting common stock issued and outstanding and was sufficient for approval by the corporation’s shareholders.

 

B.    Preferred Stock. The amendment referenced in Section II, B, of these Articles of Amendment was adopted on January 28, 2010 by the corporation’s Board of Directors pursuant to Section 13.1-639 of Act and the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation, which permit the corporation’s Board of Directors to amend the Articles of Incorporation in order to establish the preferences, limitations and relative rights of one or more series of the corporation’s authorized class of preferred stock without shareholder approval. The corporation has not issued any shares of the Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B as of the date hereof.

  

 

 

 

IV.   Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment to be issued as a result of the filing of these Articles of Amendment shall become effective as of 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, on February 1, 2010 in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Act.

 

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Dated:  January 29, 2010

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/ G. William Beale

 

 

G.  William  Beale

 

 

President  and  Chief  Executive  Officer

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS

 

OF

 

FIXED RATE CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES B

 

OF

 

UNION BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

Union Bankshares Corporation, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia (the “Corporation”), in accordance with the provisions of Title 13.1 of Chapter 9 of the Code of Virginia thereof, does hereby certify:

 

The board of directors of the Corporation (the “Board of Directors”) or an applicable committee of the Board of Directors, in accordance with the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of the Corporation and applicable law, adopted the following resolution on January 28, 2010 creating a series of 35,595 shares of preferred stock of the Corporation designated as “Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B”.

 

RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of the articles of incorporation and the bylaws of the Corporation and applicable law, a series of preferred stock, par value $10.00 per share, of the Corporation be and hereby is created, and that the designation and number of shares of such series, and the voting and other powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, of the shares of such series, are as follows:

 

Section 1. Designation and Number of Shares. There is hereby created out of the authorized and unissued shares of preferred stock of the Corporation a series of preferred stock designated as the “Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B” (the “Designated Preferred Stock”). The authorized number of shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be 35,595.

 

Section 2. Standard Provisions. The Standard Provisions contained in Schedule A attached hereto are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part of this Certificate of Designations to the same extent as if such provisions had been set forth in full herein.

 

Section 3. Definitions. The following terms are used in this Certificate of Designations (including the Standard Provisions in Schedule A hereto) as defined below:

 

(a)   “Common Stock” means the common stock, par value $1.33 per share, of the Corporation.

 

(b)   “Dividend Payment Date” means February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 of each year.

 

 

 

 

(c)   “Junior Stock” means the Common Stock and any other class or series of stock of the Corporation the terms of which expressly provide that it ranks junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and/or as to rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

(d)   “Liquidation Amount” means $1,000 per share of Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(e)   “Minimum Amount” means $8,898,750.

 

(f)    “Parity Stock” means any class or series of stock of the Corporation (other than Designated Preferred Stock) the terms of which do not expressly provide that such class or series will rank senior or junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to dividend rights and/or as to rights on liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation (in each case without regard to whether dividends accrue cumulatively or non-cumulatively).

 

(g)   “Signing Date” means the Original Issue Date (as defined in the Standard Provisions contained in Schedule A attached hereto).

 

Section 4. Certain Voting Matters. Holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock will be entitled to one vote for each such share on any matter on which holders of Designated Preferred Stock are entitled to vote, including any action by written consent.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Union Bankshares Corporation has caused this Certificate of Designations to be signed by G. William Beale, its President and Chief Executive Officer, this 29th day of January, 2010.

  

 

UNION  BANKSHARES  CORPORATION

 

By:

/s/  G.  William  Beale

 

Name:

 G.  William  Beale

 

Title:

Chief  Executive  Officer

 

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Schedule A

 

STANDARD PROVISIONS

 

Section 1.   General Matters. Each share of Designated Preferred Stock shall be identical in all respects to every other share of Designated Preferred Stock. The Designated Preferred Stock shall be perpetual, subject to the provisions of Section 5 of these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations. The Designated Preferred Stock shall rank equally with Parity Stock and shall rank senior to Junior Stock with respect to the payment of dividends and the distribution of assets in the event of any dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Corporation.

 

Section 2.   Standard Definitions. As used herein with respect to Designated Preferred Stock:

 

(a)   “Applicable Dividend Rate” means (i) during the period from the Original Issue Date to, but excluding, the first day of the first Dividend Period commencing on or after the fifth anniversary of the Original Issue Date, 5.19048% per annum and (ii) from and after the first day of the first Dividend Period commencing on or after the fifth anniversary of the Original Issue Date, 9% per annum.

 

(b)   “Appropriate Federal Banking Agency” means the “appropriate Federal banking agency” with respect to the Corporation as defined in Section 3(q) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. Section 1813(q)), or any successor provision.

 

(c)   “Business Combination” means a merger, consolidation, statutory share exchange or similar transaction that requires the approval of the Corporation’s stockholders.

 

(d)   “Business Day” means any day except Saturday, Sunday and any day on which banking institutions in the State of New York generally are authorized or required by law or other governmental actions to close.

 

(e)   “Bylaws” means the bylaws of the Corporation, as they may be amended from time to time.

 

(f)    “Certificate of Designations” means the Certificate of Designations or comparable instrument relating to the Designated Preferred Stock, of which these Standard Provisions form a part, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

(g)   “Charter” means the Corporation’s certificate or articles of incorporation, articles of association, or similar organizational document.

 

(h)   “Dividend Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

(i)    “Dividend Record Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

(j)    “Liquidation Preference” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(a).

 

 

 

 

(k)   “Original Issue Date” means the date on which shares of Designated Preferred Stock are first issued.

 

(l)    “Preferred Director” has the meaning set forth in Section 7(b).

 

(m)  “Preferred Stock” means any and all series of preferred stock of the Corporation, including the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(n)   “Qualified Equity Offering” means the sale and issuance for cash by the Corporation to persons other than the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries after the Original Issue Date of shares of perpetual Preferred Stock, Common Stock or any combination of such stock, that, in each case, qualify as and may be included in Tier 1 capital of the Corporation at the time of issuance under the applicable risk-based capital guidelines of the Corporation’s Appropriate Federal Banking Agency (other than any such sales and issuances made pursuant to agreements or arrangements entered into, or pursuant to financing plans which were publicly announced, on or prior to October 13, 2008).

 

(o)   “Share Dilution Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(b).

 

(p)   “Standard Provisions” mean these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations relating to the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(q)   “Successor Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

(r)    “Voting Parity Stock” means, with regard to any matter as to which the holders of Designated Preferred Stock are entitled to vote as specified in Sections 7(a) and 7(b) of these Standard Provisions that form a part of the Certificate of Designations, any and all series of Parity Stock upon which like voting rights have been conferred and are exercisable with respect to such matter.

 

Section 3.   Dividends.

 

(a) Rate. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, on each share of Designated Preferred Stock if, as and when declared by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, but only out of assets legally available therefor, cumulative cash dividends with respect to each Dividend Period (as defined below) at a rate per annum equal to the Applicable Dividend Rate on (i) the Liquidation Amount per share of Designated Preferred Stock and (ii) the amount of accrued and unpaid dividends for any prior Dividend Period on such share of Designated Preferred Stock, if any. Such dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative from the Original Issue Date, shall compound on each subsequent Dividend Payment Date (i.e., no dividends shall accrue on other dividends unless and until the first Dividend Payment Date for such other dividends has passed without such other dividends having been paid on such date) and shall be payable quarterly in arrears on each Dividend Payment Date, commencing with the first such Dividend Payment Date to occur at least 20 calendar days after the Original Issue Date. In the event that any Dividend Payment Date would otherwise fall on a day that is not a Business Day, the dividend payment due on that date will be postponed to the next day that is a Business Day and no additional dividends will accrue as a result of that postponement. The period from and including any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date is a “Dividend Period”, provided that the initial Dividend Period shall be the period from and including the Original Issue Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date.

 

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Dividends that are payable on Designated Preferred Stock in respect of any Dividend Period shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. The amount of dividends payable on Designated Preferred Stock on any date prior to the end of a Dividend Period, and for the initial Dividend Period, shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months, and actual days elapsed over a 30-day month.

 

Dividends that are payable on Designated Preferred Stock on any Dividend Payment Date will be payable to holders of record of Designated Preferred Stock as they appear on the stock register of the Corporation on the applicable record date, which shall be the 15th calendar day immediately preceding such Dividend Payment Date or such other record date fixed by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors that is not more than 60 nor less than 10 days prior to such Dividend Payment Date (each, a “Dividend Record Date”). Any such day that is a Dividend Record Date shall be a Dividend Record Date whether or not such day is a Business Day.

 

Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any dividends, whether payable in cash, securities or other property, other than dividends (if any) declared and payable on Designated Preferred Stock as specified in this Section 3 (subject to the other provisions of the Certificate of Designations).

 

(b)   Priority of Dividends. So long as any share of Designated Preferred Stock remains outstanding, no dividend or distribution shall be declared or paid on the Common Stock or any other shares of Junior Stock (other than dividends payable solely in shares of Common Stock) or Parity Stock, subject to the immediately following paragraph in the case of Parity Stock, and no Common Stock, Junior Stock or Parity Stock shall be, directly or indirectly, purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries unless all accrued and unpaid dividends for all past Dividend Periods, including the latest completed Dividend Period (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), on all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock have been or are contemporaneously declared and paid in full (or have been declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof has been set aside for the benefit of the holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock on the applicable record date). The foregoing limitation shall not apply to (i) redemptions, purchases or other acquisitions of shares of Common Stock or other Junior Stock in connection with the administration of any employee benefit plan in the ordinary course of business (including purchases to offset the Share Dilution Amount (as defined below) pursuant to a publicly announced repurchase plan) and consistent with past practice, provided that any purchases to offset the Share Dilution Amount shall in no event exceed the Share Dilution Amount; (ii) purchases or other acquisitions by a broker-dealer subsidiary of the Corporation solely for the purpose of market-making, stabilization or customer facilitation transactions in Junior Stock or Parity Stock in the ordinary course of its business; (iii) purchases by a broker-dealer subsidiary of the Corporation of capital stock of the Corporation for resale pursuant to an offering by the Corporation of such capital stock underwritten by such broker-dealer subsidiary; (iv) any dividends or distributions of rights or Junior Stock in connection with a stockholders’ rights plan or any redemption or repurchase of rights pursuant to any stockholders’ rights plan; (v) the acquisition by the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries of record ownership in Junior Stock or Parity Stock for the beneficial ownership of any other persons (other than the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries), including as trustees or custodians; and (vi) the exchange or conversion of Junior Stock for or into other Junior Stock or of Parity Stock for or into other Parity Stock (with the same or lesser aggregate liquidation amount) or Junior Stock, in each case, solely to the extent required pursuant to binding contractual agreements entered into prior to the Signing Date or any subsequent agreement for the accelerated exercise, settlement or exchange thereof for Common Stock. “Share Dilution Amount” means the increase in the number of diluted shares outstanding (determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, and as measured from the date of the Corporation’s consolidated financial statements most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to the Original Issue Date) resulting from the grant, vesting or exercise of equity-based compensation to employees and equitably adjusted for any stock split, stock dividend, reverse stock split, reclassification or similar transaction.

 

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When dividends are not paid (or declared and a sum sufficient for payment thereof set aside for the benefit of the holders thereof on the applicable record date) on any Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within a Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) in full upon Designated Preferred Stock and any shares of Parity Stock, all dividends declared on Designated Preferred Stock and all such Parity Stock and payable on such Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within the Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) shall be declared pro rata so that the respective amounts of such dividends declared shall bear the same ratio to each other as all accrued and unpaid dividends per share on the shares of Designated Preferred Stock (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) and all Parity Stock payable on such Dividend Payment Date (or, in the case of Parity Stock having dividend payment dates different from the Dividend Payment Dates, on a dividend payment date falling within the Dividend Period related to such Dividend Payment Date) (subject to their having been declared by the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors out of legally available funds and including, in the case of Parity Stock that bears cumulative dividends, all accrued but unpaid dividends) bear to each other. If the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors determines not to pay any dividend or a full dividend on a Dividend Payment Date, the Corporation will provide written notice to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock prior to such Dividend Payment Date.

 

Subject to the foregoing, and not otherwise, such dividends (payable in cash, securities or other property) as may be determined by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors may be declared and paid on any securities, including Common Stock and other Junior Stock, from time to time out of any funds legally available for such payment, and holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to participate in any such dividends.

 

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Section 4.   Liquidation Rights.

 

(a)   Voluntary or Involuntary Liquidation. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive for each share of Designated Preferred Stock, out of the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof (whether capital or surplus) available for distribution to stockholders of the Corporation, subject to the rights of any creditors of the Corporation, before any distribution of such assets or proceeds is made to or set aside for the holders of Common Stock and any other stock of the Corporation ranking junior to Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution, payment in full in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) the amount of any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), whether or not declared, to the date of payment (such amounts collectively, the “Liquidation Preference”).

 

(b)   Partial Payment. If in any distribution described in Section 4(a) above the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof are not sufficient to pay in full the amounts payable with respect to all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable with respect of any other stock of the Corporation ranking equally with Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution, holders of Designated Preferred Stock and the holders of such other stock shall share ratably in any such distribution in proportion to the full respective distributions to which they are entitled.

 

(c)   Residual Distributions. If the Liquidation Preference has been paid in full to all holders of Designated Preferred Stock and the corresponding amounts payable with respect of any other stock of the Corporation ranking equally with Designated Preferred Stock as to such distribution has been paid in full, the holders of other stock of the Corporation shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Corporation (or proceeds thereof) according to their respective rights and preferences.

 

(d)   Merger, Consolidation and Sale of Assets Not Liquidation. For purposes of this Section 4, the merger or consolidation of the Corporation with any other corporation or other entity, including a merger or consolidation in which the holders of Designated Preferred Stock receive cash, securities or other property for their shares, or the sale, lease or exchange (for cash, securities or other property) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, shall not constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation.

 

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Section 5.   Redemption.

 

(a)   Optional Redemption. Except as provided below, the Designated Preferred Stock may not be redeemed prior to the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date. On or after the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date, the Corporation, at its option, subject to the approval of the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, may redeem, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, out of funds legally available therefor, the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, upon notice given as provided in Section 5(c) below, at a redemption price equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) except as otherwise provided below, any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) (regardless of whether any dividends are actually declared) to, but excluding, the date fixed for redemption.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to the first Dividend Payment Date falling on or after the third anniversary of the Original Issue Date, the Corporation, at its option, subject to the approval of the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency, may redeem, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, upon notice given as provided in Section 5(c) below, at a redemption price equal to the sum of (i) the Liquidation Amount per share and (ii) except as otherwise provided below, any accrued and unpaid dividends (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount) (regardless of whether any dividends are actually declared) to, but excluding, the date fixed for redemption; provided that (x) the Corporation (or any successor by Business Combination) has received aggregate gross proceeds of not less than the Minimum Amount (plus the “Minimum Amount” as defined in the relevant certificate of designations for each other outstanding series of preferred stock of such successor that was originally issued to the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Successor Preferred Stock”) in connection with the Troubled Asset Relief Program Capital Purchase Program) from one or more Qualified Equity Offerings (including Qualified Equity Offerings of such successor), and (y) the aggregate redemption price of the Designated Preferred Stock (and any Successor Preferred Stock) redeemed pursuant to this paragraph may not exceed the aggregate net cash proceeds received by the Corporation (or any successor by Business Combination) from such Qualified Equity Offerings (including Qualified Equity Offerings of such successor).

 

The redemption price for any shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be payable on the redemption date to the holder of such shares against surrender of the certificate(s) evidencing such shares to the Corporation or its agent. Any declared but unpaid dividends payable on a redemption date that occurs subsequent to the Dividend Record Date for a Dividend Period shall not be paid to the holder entitled to receive the redemption price on the redemption date, but rather shall be paid to the holder of record of the redeemed shares on such Dividend Record Date relating to the Dividend Payment Date as provided in Section 3 above.

 

(b)   No Sinking Fund. The Designated Preferred Stock will not be subject to any mandatory redemption, sinking fund or other similar provisions. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock will have no right to require redemption or repurchase of any shares of Designated Preferred Stock.

 

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(c)   Notice of Redemption. Notice of every redemption of shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be given by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the holders of record of the shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the books of the Corporation. Such mailing shall be at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the date fixed for redemption. Any notice mailed as provided in this Subsection shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the holder receives such notice, but failure duly to give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice or in the mailing thereof, to any holder of shares of Designated Preferred Stock designated for redemption shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of any other shares of Designated Preferred Stock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if shares of Designated Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Company or any other similar facility, notice of redemption may be given to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock at such time and in any manner permitted by such facility. Each notice of redemption given to a holder shall state: (1) the redemption date; (2) the number of shares of Designated Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if less than all the shares held by such holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed from such holder; (3) the redemption price; and (4) the place or places where certificates for such shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price.

 

(d)   Partial Redemption. In case of any redemption of part of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares to be redeemed shall be selected either pro rata or in such other manner as the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee thereof may determine to be fair and equitable. Subject to the provisions hereof, the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee thereof shall have full power and authority to prescribe the terms and conditions upon which shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall be redeemed from time to time. If fewer than all the shares represented by any certificate are redeemed, a new certificate shall be issued representing the unredeemed shares without charge to the holder thereof.

 

(e)   Effectiveness of Redemption. If notice of redemption has been duly given and if on or before the redemption date specified in the notice all funds necessary for the redemption have been deposited by the Corporation, in trust for the pro rata benefit of the holders of the shares called for redemption, with a bank or trust company doing business in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, and having a capital and surplus of at least $500 million and selected by the Board of Directors, so as to be and continue to be available solely therefor, then, notwithstanding that any certificate for any share so called for redemption has not been surrendered for cancellation, on and after the redemption date dividends shall cease to accrue on all shares so called for redemption, all shares so called for redemption shall no longer be deemed outstanding and all rights with respect to such shares shall forthwith on such redemption date cease and terminate, except only the right of the holders thereof to receive the amount payable on such redemption from such bank or trust company, without interest. Any funds unclaimed at the end of three years from the redemption date shall, to the extent permitted by law, be released to the Corporation, after which time the holders of the shares so called for redemption shall look only to the Corporation for payment of the redemption price of such shares.

 

(f)    Status of Redeemed Shares. Shares of Designated Preferred Stock that are redeemed, repurchased or otherwise acquired by the Corporation shall revert to authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock (provided that any such cancelled shares of Designated Preferred Stock may be reissued only as shares of any series of Preferred Stock other than Designated Preferred Stock).

 

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Section 6.   Conversion. Holders of Designated Preferred Stock shares shall have no right to exchange or convert such shares into any other securities.

 

Section 7.   Voting Rights.

 

(a)   General. The holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall not have any voting rights except as set forth below or as otherwise from time to time required by law.

 

(b)   Preferred Stock Directors. Whenever, at any time or times, dividends payable on the shares of Designated Preferred Stock have not been paid for an aggregate of six quarterly Dividend Periods or more, whether or not consecutive, the authorized number of directors of the Corporation shall automatically be increased by two and the holders of the Designated Preferred Stock shall have the right, with holders of shares of any one or more other classes or series of Voting Parity Stock outstanding at the time, voting together as a class, to elect two directors (hereinafter the “Preferred Directors” and each a “Preferred Director”) to fill such newly created directorships at the Corporation’s next annual meeting of stockholders (or at a special meeting called for that purpose prior to such next annual meeting) and at each subsequent annual meeting of stockholders until all accrued and unpaid dividends for all past Dividend Periods, including the latest completed Dividend Period (including, if applicable as provided in Section 3(a) above, dividends on such amount), on all outstanding shares of Designated Preferred Stock have been declared and paid in full at which time such right shall terminate with respect to the Designated Preferred Stock, except as herein or by law expressly provided, subject to revesting in the event of each and every subsequent default of the character above mentioned; provided that it shall be a qualification for election for any Preferred Director that the election of such Preferred Director shall not cause the Corporation to violate any corporate governance requirements of any securities exchange or other trading facility on which securities of the Corporation may then be listed or traded that listed or traded companies must have a majority of independent directors. Upon any termination of the right of the holders of shares of Designated Preferred Stock and Voting Parity Stock as a class to vote for directors as provided above, the Preferred Directors shall cease to be qualified as directors, the term of office of all Preferred Directors then in office shall terminate immediately and the authorized number of directors shall be reduced by the number of Preferred Directors elected pursuant hereto. Any Preferred Director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, and any vacancy created thereby may be filled, only by the affirmative vote of the holders a majority of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding voting separately as a class together with the holders of shares of Voting Parity Stock, to the extent the voting rights of such holders described above are then exercisable. If the office of any Preferred Director becomes vacant for any reason other than removal from office as aforesaid, the remaining Preferred Director may choose a successor who shall hold office for the unexpired term in respect of which such vacancy occurred.

 

(c)   Class Voting Rights as to Particular Matters. So long as any shares of Designated Preferred Stock are outstanding, in addition to any other vote or consent of stockholders required by law or by the Charter, the vote or consent of the holders of at least 66 2/3% of the shares of Designated Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting as a separate class, given in person or by proxy, either in writing without a meeting or by vote at any meeting called for the purpose, shall be necessary for effecting or validating:

 

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(i)    Authorization of Senior Stock. Any amendment or alteration of the Certificate of Designations for the Designated Preferred Stock or the Charter to authorize or create or increase the authorized amount of, or any issuance of, any shares of, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of, any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation ranking senior to Designated Preferred Stock with respect to either or both the payment of dividends and/or the distribution of assets on any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation;

 

(ii)   Amendment of Designated Preferred Stock. Any amendment, alteration or repeal of any provision of the Certificate of Designations for the Designated Preferred Stock or the Charter (including, unless no vote on such merger or consolidation is required by Section 7(c)(iii) below, any amendment, alteration or repeal by means of a merger, consolidation or otherwise) so as to adversely affect the rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers of the Designated Preferred Stock; or

 

(iii)  Share Exchanges, Reclassifications, Mergers and Consolidations. Any consummation of a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Designated Preferred Stock, or of a merger or consolidation of the Corporation with another corporation or other entity, unless in each case (x) the shares of Designated Preferred Stock remain outstanding or, in the case of any such merger or consolidation with respect to which the Corporation is not the surviving or resulting entity, are converted into or exchanged for preference securities of the surviving or resulting entity or its ultimate parent, and (y) such shares remaining outstanding or such preference securities, as the case may be, have such rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges and voting powers, and limitations and restrictions thereof, of Designated Preferred Stock immediately prior to such consummation, taken as a whole;

 

provided, however, that for all purposes of this Section 7(c), any increase in the amount of the authorized Preferred Stock, including any increase in the authorized amount of Designated Preferred Stock necessary to satisfy preemptive or similar rights granted by the Corporation to other persons prior to the Signing Date, or the creation and issuance, or an increase in the authorized or issued amount, whether pursuant to preemptive or similar rights or otherwise, of any other series of Preferred Stock, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for any other series of Preferred Stock, ranking equally with and/or junior to Designated Preferred Stock with respect to the payment of dividends (whether such dividends are cumulative or non-cumulative) and the distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation will not be deemed to adversely affect the rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers, and shall not require the affirmative vote or consent of, the holders of outstanding shares of the Designated Preferred Stock.

 

(d)   Changes after Provision for Redemption. No vote or consent of the holders of Designated Preferred Stock shall be required pursuant to Section 7(c) above if, at or prior to the time when any such vote or consent would otherwise be required pursuant to such Section, all outstanding shares of the Designated Preferred Stock shall have been redeemed, or shall have been called for redemption upon proper notice and sufficient funds shall have been deposited in trust for such redemption, in each case pursuant to Section 5 above.

 

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(e)   Procedures for Voting and Consents. The rules and procedures for calling and conducting any meeting of the holders of Designated Preferred Stock (including, without limitation, the fixing of a record date in connection therewith), the solicitation and use of proxies at such a meeting, the obtaining of written consents and any other aspect or matter with regard to such a meeting or such consents shall be governed by any rules of the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors, in its discretion, may adopt from time to time, which rules and procedures shall conform to the requirements of the Charter, the Bylaws, and applicable law and the rules of any national securities exchange or other trading facility on which Designated Preferred Stock is listed or traded at the time.

 

Section 8.   Record Holders. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Corporation and the transfer agent for Designated Preferred Stock may deem and treat the record holder of any share of Designated Preferred Stock as the true and lawful owner thereof for all purposes, and neither the Corporation nor such transfer agent shall be affected by any notice to the contrary.

 

Section 9.   Notices. All notices or communications in respect of Designated Preferred Stock shall be sufficiently given if given in writing and delivered in person or by first class mail, postage prepaid, or if given in such other manner as may be permitted in this Certificate of Designations, in the Charter or Bylaws or by applicable law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if shares of Designated Preferred Stock are issued in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Company or any similar facility, such notices may be given to the holders of Designated Preferred Stock in any manner permitted by such facility.

 

Section 10. No Preemptive Rights. No share of Designated Preferred Stock shall have any rights of preemption whatsoever as to any securities of the Corporation, or any warrants, rights or options issued or granted with respect thereto, regardless of how such securities, or such warrants, rights or options, may be designated, issued or granted.

 

Section 11. Replacement Certificates. The Corporation shall replace any mutilated certificate at the holder’s expense upon surrender of that certificate to the Corporation. The Corporation shall replace certificates that become destroyed, stolen or lost at the holder’s expense upon delivery to the Corporation of reasonably satisfactory evidence that the certificate has been destroyed, stolen or lost, together with any indemnity that may be reasonably required by the Corporation.

 

Section 12. Other Rights. The shares of Designated Preferred Stock shall not have any rights, preferences, privileges or voting powers or relative, participating, optional or other special rights, or qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, other than as set forth herein or in the Charter or as provided by applicable law.

 

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ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT 

TO THE 

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 

OF 

UNION FIRST MARKET BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

I.            Name. The name of the corporation is Union First Market Bankshares Corporation (the “Corporation”).

 

II.          Text of Amendment. The introductory paragraph to Article III of the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as follows:

 

The Corporation shall have authority to issue one hundred million (100,000,000) shares of Common Stock, par value $1.33 per share, and five hundred thousand (500,000) shares of Serial Preferred Stock, par value $10.00 per share.

 

III.         Board Adoption and Shareholder Approval. The amendment referenced in paragraph II of these Articles of Amendment was adopted on June 9, 2013 by more than two-thirds of the members of the Corporation’s Board of Directors and recommended and submitted to the holders of the voting common stock of the Corporation, the only class of voting capital stock outstanding, at a special meeting of shareholders of the Corporation called and held in accordance with the Virginia Stock Corporation Act (the “Act”) on December 5, 2013. As of the record date of that meeting, 24,916,424 shares of the Corporation’s voting common stock were issued and outstanding and 24,916,424 votes were entitled to be cast on the amendment. At that meeting, 18,649,130 votes were cast in favor of the amendment, 48,125 votes abstained, and 260,177 votes were cast against the amendment. This represented approval by approximately 74.8% of the total shares of voting common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote, and was sufficient for approval by the Corporation’s shareholders.

 

IV.         Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment to be issued as a result of the filing of these Articles of Amendment shall become effective as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on January 1, 2014 in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Act.

 

 

UNION FIRST MARKET

 

BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

 

Dated: December 30, 2013

By:

/s/ G. William Beale

 

 

G. William Beale

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

 

TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

 

UNION FIRST MARKET BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

 

I.            Name. The name of the corporation is Union First Market Bankshares Corporation.

 

II.          Text of Amendment. Article I, Name, of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation is hereby amended in its entirety as follows:

 

The name of the corporation is Union Bankshares Corporation.

 

III.         Board Adoption and Shareholder Approval. The amendment was adopted on January 30, 2014 by more than two-thirds of the members of the corporation’s Board of Directors. Such amendment was recommended and submitted to the holders of the voting common stock of the corporation, the only class of voting capital stock outstanding, at an annual meeting of shareholders of the corporation called and held in accordance with the Virginia Stock Corporation Act (the “Act”) on April 22, 2014. As of the record date of that meeting, there were 46,952,207 shares of the corporation’s voting common stock issued and outstanding and 46,952,207 votes entitled to be cast on the amendment. At that meeting, 39,345,093 votes were cast in favor of the amendment, 46,419 votes abstained and 223,149 votes were cast against the amendment. This represented approval by approximately 83.8% of the total shares of voting common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote, and was sufficient for approval by the corporation’s shareholders.

 

IV.         Effective Date. The Certificate of Amendment to be issued as a result of the filing of these Articles of Amendment shall become effective as of 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on April 25, 2014 in accordance with Section 13.1-606 of the Act.

 

[Signature on next page]

 

 

 

 

Dated:  April 23, 2014

UNION FIRST MARKET

 

BANKSHARES CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ G. William Beale

 

 

G. William Beale

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

[As Filed: 04-29-2014]