Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) and Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF) today announced that the stockholders of Jefferies Group, Inc. and the shareholders of Leucadia National Corporation overwhelmingly approved the merger between the two companies pursuant to which Jefferies’ stockholders will receive 0.81 of a share of Leucadia common stock for each share of Jefferies common stock they held and that the merger will be consummated effective March 1, 2013. In connection with the merger, Jefferies is also converting to a limited liability company, Jefferies Group LLC, which will be a subsidiary of Leucadia and will continue to be an SEC reporting company, regularly filing annual, quarterly, and periodic financial reports.
Richard Handler, in addition to continuing in his role as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jefferies, will become the Chief Executive Officer of Leucadia and one of its Directors. Brian Friedman, in addition to continuing in his role as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Jefferies, will become Leucadia’s President and one of its Directors. Joseph Steinberg, in addition to continuing to work full-time as an executive of Leucadia, will become Chairman of the Board of Leucadia. Ian Cumming will retire as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Leucadia but will continue in his role as a director of Leucadia.
Leucadia will continue its 35-year track record of acquiring and owning businesses and investments and will be able to additionally leverage the knowledge base, opportunity flow and execution capabilities of the combined company. Jefferies will continue to operate in a manner consistent with its historical business model and remain a client-focused, conservatively capitalized, and full-service global investment banking firm.
Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) is a diversified holding company engaged through its consolidated subsidiaries in a variety of businesses, including beef processing, manufacturing, gaming entertainment, real estate activities and medical product development. The Company also owns significant equity interests in various operating businesses that are not consolidated subsidiaries including a commercial mortgage origination and servicing business, automobile dealerships and real estate activities.