8-K 1 ea128406-8k_saratoga.htm CURRENT REPORT










Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 15, 2020




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Maryland   814-00732   20-8700615
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

535 Madison Avenue

New York, New York




(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 906-7800

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class 




Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share  SAR  New York Stock Exchange
6.25% Notes due 2025  SAF  New York Stock Exchange
7.25% Notes due 2025  SAK  New York Stock Exchange

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


Resignation of Director and President


On October 15, 2020, Michael J. Grisius, a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Saratoga Investment Corp. (the “Company”), tendered a letter of resignation from the Board and from his role as President of the Company, effective immediately, which was accepted by the Board. There was no disagreement between Mr. Grisius and the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices. Mr. Grisius will continue in his current roles at Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, (“Saratoga Investment Advisors”) the Company’s investment adviser, including in his capacity of Chief Investment Officer.


Appointment of Director


On October 16, 2020, the Board, upon recommendation from its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, appointed Henri J. Steenkamp to serve on the Board to fill the vacant seat created by Mr. Grisius’ resignation, effective immediately. Mr. Steenkamp, age 44, also serves as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of the Company, and has been in his current positions since March 2014.


The initial term of Mr. Steenkamp as a director of the Company will expire at the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company. There is no arrangement or understanding under which Mr. Steenkamp was appointed. There are no transactions involving Mr. Steenkamp requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Previously, Mr. Steenkamp served as the Chief Financial Officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker in commodities and derivatives, from April 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Steenkamp held the position of Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller at MF Global for four years. He joined MF Global, then Man Financial, in 2006 as Vice President of External Reporting and Accounting Policy. After MF Global filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2011, he continued to serve as Chief Financial Officer through January 2013. Before joining MF Global, Mr. Steenkamp spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”), including four years in Transaction Services in its New York office, managing a variety of capital-raising transactions on a global basis. His focus was also on the SEC registration and public company filing process, including technical accounting. He spent four years with PwC in South Africa, where he served as an auditor primarily for SEC registrants and assisted South African companies as they went public in the U.S. Mr. Steenkamp is a chartered accountant and holds an honors degree in Finance.





Appointment of President


On October 16, 2020, the Board, upon recommendation from its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, appointed Christian L. Oberbeck to serve as President of the Company to fill the vacant position created by Mr. Grisius’ resignation, effective immediately. Mr. Oberbeck, age 60, also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Chairman of the Board. There are no transactions involving Mr. Oberbeck requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Mr. Oberbeck has over 35 years of experience in leveraged finance, from distressed debt to private equity, and has been involved in originating, structuring, negotiating, consummating, managing and monitoring investments in these businesses. Mr. Oberbeck is the Managing Member of Saratoga Investment Advisors and the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Oberbeck also served as President of the Company until February 2014. Mr. Oberbeck is also the Managing Partner of Saratoga Partners, a middle market private equity investment firm. Prior to assuming full management responsibility for Saratoga Partners in 2008, Mr. Oberbeck had co-managed Saratoga Partners since 1995. Mr. Oberbeck joined Dillon Read and Saratoga Partners from Castle Harlan, Inc., a corporate buyout firm which he had joined at its founding in 1987 and was a Managing Director, leading successful investments in manufacturing and financial services companies. Prior to that, he worked in the Corporate Development Group of Arthur Young and in corporate finance at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber. Mr. Oberbeck has been a director of numerous middle market companies. Mr. Oberbeck graduated from Brown University in 1982 with a BS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics. In 1985, he earned an MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Oberbeck’s qualifications as a President include his extensive experience in the investment and finance industry, as well as his intimate knowledge of the Company’s operations, gained through his service as an executive officer.






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: October 16, 2020       By: /s/ Henri J. Steenkamp
        Name: Henri J. Steenkamp
        Title: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Secretary