SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):
February 15, 2013
FRANKLIN STREET PROPERTIES CORP.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
401 Edgewater Place, Suite 200, Wakefield,
(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including
Area Code: (781) 557-1300
(Former name or former address, if changed
since last report)
Check the appropriate
box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the Registrant under any of the
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ITEM 5.03 Amendments to Articles of
Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
On and effective February 15, 2013, the
Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Franklin Street Properties Corp., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”),
amended and restated the Company’s Bylaws. The following is a summary of changes effected by adoption of the Amended and
Restated Bylaws, which is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amended and Restated Bylaws filed as Exhibit 3.1 hereto.
In addition to the
amendments described below, the Amended and Restated Bylaws include certain changes to (1) clarify language, (2) comply or be consistent
with Maryland law and (3) make various technical corrections and non-substantive changes.
The Amended and Restated
Bylaws are referred to herein as the amended Bylaws. The Bylaws as previously in effect are referred to herein as the former Bylaws.
ARTICLE II. STOCKHOLDERS.
of Stockholders. The former Bylaws provided for an annual meeting of stockholders during the period between May 1 and June
15. The amended Bylaws clarify that an annual meeting of stockholders shall be held on a date and at the time set by the Board
to conform with a prior change in Maryland law, which eliminated the necessity for specifying in the Bylaws either a specific time
or a 31-day period during which the annual meeting must be held.
Voting Standard for
the Election of Directors. The amended Bylaws replace the former plurality voting standard for the election of directors with
(i) a majority voting standard for the election of directors in uncontested elections (with a new mandatory resignation policy)
and (ii) a plurality standard for the election of directors in contested elections. Under the majority voting standard, in uncontested
elections, a nominee must receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the total votes cast for and affirmatively withheld as
to such nominee at any meeting of stockholders at which directors are elected. Under a policy adopted by the Board outside of the
amended Bylaws, if an incumbent director does not receive the required majority vote in an uncontested election, the director will
be required to tender his or her resignation to the Board, which will then determine whether to accept or reject the resignation.
ARTICLE VII. STOCK.
Fixing of Record Date.
To conform to a recent change in Maryland law, the amended Bylaws clarify that a meeting of stockholders may be postponed or adjourned
to a date not more than 120 days after the original record date, without the need to set a new record date.
ITEM 9.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
following exhibit is filed herewith:
||DESCRIPTION OF EXHIBITS|
||Amended and Restated Bylaws of Franklin Street Properties Corp., as adopted on February 15, 2013.|
Pursuant to the requirements
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.
FRANKLIN STREET PROPERTIES
George J. Carter
George J. Carter
President and Chief
Date: February 15, 2013