UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
 
______________________________________

FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 23, 2020
 
Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Maryland
 
001-35517
 
45-3148087
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
245 Park Avenue, 42nd Floor, New York, NY
 
10167
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 750-7300
 
N/A
(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 following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
 
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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On April 23, 2020, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (the “Company”) held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). A quorum was present at the Annual Meeting and the Company’s stockholders: (i) elected the two Class II directors named below; (ii) ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020; and (iii) approved on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. The final voting results from the Annual Meeting were as follows:

(1) A proposal to elect two Class II directors to serve until the Company’s 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, and until their successors have been duly elected and qualify.

 
VOTES FOR
VOTES WITHHELD
BROKER NON-VOTES
William S. Benjamin
19,537,699
1,077,569
8,953,614
Caroline E. Blakely
14,873,269
5,741,999
8,953,614

(2) A proposal to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

VOTES FOR
VOTES WITHHELD
VOTES ABSTAINED
29,190,232
263,921
114,729

(3) A proposal for the non-binding, advisory vote to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
VOTES FOR
VOTES WITHHELD
VOTES ABSTAINED
BROKER NON-VOTES
19,757,328
738,433
119,507
8,953,614

    






SIGNATURE
 
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.
 
Date:       April 27, 2020
 
 
ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Anton Feingold
 
Name:
Anton Feingold
 
Title:
General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary

 



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