Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 1, 2018


Cboe Global Markets, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)




(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)


400 South LaSalle Street

Chicago, Illinois 60605

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code (312) 786-5600


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Item 3.01.Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.


On August 1, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the voluntary delisting of the Company’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), from the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) and the exclusive listing of the Common Stock on Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (“Cboe”).    Currently, the Common Stock is dual-listed on both Cboe and Nasdaq.                      


On August 2, 2018, the Company provided notice to Nasdaq of its intention to voluntarily delist the Common Stock from Nasdaq and to transfer the listing of the Common Stock to Cboe.  The Company expects the listing and trading of the Common Stock on Nasdaq will cease at market close on September 14, 2018, and that trading of the Common Stock will commence on Cboe at market open on September 17, 2018.  The Common Stock has been approved for exclusive listing on Cboe, with the Common Stock continuing to trade under the symbol “CBOE.”     


A copy of the press release announcing the transfer of the Common Stock to Cboe is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.           


Item 5.02.Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On August 1, 2018, the Board also approved an amendment and restatement of the Cboe Global Markets, Inc. Executive Severance Plan (f/k/a the CBOE Holdings, Inc. Executive Severance Plan, the “Severance Plan”), under which eligible executives are entitled to certain severance benefits upon a qualifying termination of employment.  The material changes to the Severance Plan include (i) the addition of John Deters, Andrew Lowenthal and Patrick Sexton as executive participants in the Severance Plan; (ii) a change in the definition of “Cause” to include willful misconduct, conviction of a felony and material breach by an executive of any of his or her agreements  with the Company; (iii) a change in the definition of “Good Reason” to include an arbitrary material reduction in an executive’s bonus; and (iv) a change in the calculation of the pro-rated bonus payment that is payable upon a qualifying termination of employment to be based on the target level of performance, rather than the level at which the Company actually achieves applicable performance goals.         


The foregoing description of the Severance Plan is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Severance Plan, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.                       


Item 9.01.Financial Statement and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits







Cboe Global Markets, Inc. Executive Severance Plan (filed herewith).*






Press Release, dated August 2, 2018 (filed herewith).


*Indicates Management Compensatory Plan, Contract or Arrangement. 





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.    











/s/ Patrick Sexton



Patrick Sexton




Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary






Dated: August 2, 2018