Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) announced today that its subsidiary Lazard Group LLC ("Lazard Group") is commencing an offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2027 (the "Notes"). The Notes would be issued by Lazard Group and would be offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Notes would be senior unsecured obligations of Lazard Group. Lazard Group intends to use the net proceeds of the Notes offering to redeem or otherwise retire all $98.4 million in principal amount of its outstanding 6.85% Senior Notes due June 15, 2017 (the "Existing 2017 Notes"), in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Existing 2017 Notes, and to use the remaining amount for repurchases of shares of Lazard Ltd's Class A common stock and for other general corporate purposes. The Notes offering is being made solely by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained by contacting Citigroup Global Markets Inc., by email at [email@example.com, or by phone at (800) 831-9146]. An electronic copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement, together with the accompanying prospectus, is also available on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell the Existing 2017 Notes. About Lazard Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 42 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.