SC 13D 1 medleymgmt_13djan172021.htm SC 13D

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

(Amendment No.)*

 

Medley Management Inc.
(Name of Issuer)

 

Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share
(Title of Class of Securities)

 

58503T106
(CUSIP Number)

 

280 Park Avenue, 6th Floor East

New York, New York 10017

(212) 759-0777

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

January 17, 2021
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box. o

 

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See § 240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 
 

 

 

CUSIP No. 58503T106 SCHEDULE 13D  

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

 

Seth Taube

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 (a) o

 (b) o

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

 

OO

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) or 2(e) o

 

 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

United States

 

NUMBER OF

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

 

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

499,999 *

OWNED BY

EACH

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

 

REPORTING

PERSON WITH

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

499,999 *
11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

499,999 *

12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES  o

 

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

16.4%*

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

IN

         

 *As of January 19, 2021, Seth Taube may be deemed to beneficially own 499,999 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), of Medley Management Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”), or 16.4% of the shares of Common Stock deemed issued and outstanding as of the date hereof. The shares of Common Stock reported herein include (i) 450,000 shares of Common Stock and (ii) 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC exchangeable into Common Stock of the Issuer on a one-for-one basis held directly by Freedom 2021 LLC. Mr. Taube owns 99% of Freedom 2021 LLC and is the Managing Member.

 

The beneficial ownership percentage is based on 3,045,177 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of January 19, 2021 based on information provided by the Issuer and other public information.

 

The securities beneficially owned by Mr. Taube represent 26.8% of the voting power of the Issuer, calculated by reference to the quotient of (A) (i) 450,000 votes attributable to the shares of Common Stock of the Issuer beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to one vote per share on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders) plus (ii) 499,990 votes attributable to the 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to ten votes per unit on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders, pursuant to the voting rights of the Issuer’s Class B common stock held by Medley Group LLC, an entity controlled by Mr. Taube), divided by (B) 3,545,167 (representing the 3,045,177 shares of the Issuer’s Common Stock outstanding plus the 499,990 votes underlying Mr. Taube’s Medley LLC Class A Units).

  

 
 

 

CUSIP No. 58503T106 SCHEDULE 13D  

 

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

 

Freedom 2021 LLC

2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 (a) o

 (b) o

3

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

4

SOURCE OF FUNDS

 

OO

5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) or 2(e) o

 

 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Wyoming, United States

 

NUMBER OF

7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

0

SHARES

BENEFICIALLY

8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

499,999 *

OWNED BY

EACH

9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

0

REPORTING

PERSON WITH

10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

499,999 **
11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

499,999 *

12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES  o

 

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

16.4%*

14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

OO

         

*The shares of Common Stock reported herein include (i) 450,000 shares of Common Stock and (ii) 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC exchangeable into Common Stock of the Issuer on a one-for-one basis held directly by Freedom 2021 LLC. Mr. Taube owns 99% of Freedom 2021 LLC and is the Managing Member.

 

The beneficial ownership percentage is based on 3,045,177 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of January 19, 2021 based on information provided by the Issuer and other public information.

 

The securities represent 26.8% of the voting power of the Issuer, calculated by reference to the quotient of (A) (i) 450,000 votes attributable to the shares of Common Stock of the Issuer beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to one vote per share on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders) plus (ii) 499,990 votes attributable to the 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to ten votes per unit on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders, pursuant to the voting rights of the Issuer’s Class B common stock held by Medley Group LLC, an entity controlled by Mr. Taube), divided by (B) 3,545,167 (representing the 3,045,177 shares of the Issuer’s Common Stock outstanding plus the 499,990 votes underlying Freedom 2021 LLC’s Medley LLC Class A Units).

   

 
 

 

CUSIP No. 58503T106 SCHEDULE 13D  

 

 

ITEM 1.    SECURITY AND ISSUER

 

The securities to which this Schedule 13D (the “Schedule 13D”) relates are shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), of Medley Management Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”), whose principal executive offices are located at 280 Park Avenue, 6th Floor East, New York, New York 10017.

 

 

ITEM 2.    IDENTITY AND BACKGROUND

 

(a)This report on this Schedule 13D is being jointly filed by (i) Freedom 2021 LLC (“Freedom 2021”) and (ii) Seth Taube, individually and as the Managing Member of Freedom 2021 (“Mr. Taube” and, together with Freedom 2021, the “Reporting Persons”).

 

(b)The business address for Mr. Taube is 280 Park Avenue, 6th Floor East, New York, New York 10017. The address for Freedom 2021 is 32 Rose Lane Larkspur CA 94939.

 

(c)Mr. Taube is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and CIO of the Issuer. Freedom 2021 is a Wyoming limited liability company controlled by Mr. Taube.

 

(d)During the last five years, the Reporting Persons have not been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

 

(e)During the past five years, the Reporting Persons have not been a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

 

(f)Mr. Taube is a United States citizen. Freedom 2021 is organized under the laws of the state of Wyoming.

 

ITEM 3.    SOURCE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS OR OTHER CONSIDERATION

 

The information contained in rows 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 of the cover pages of this Schedule 13D and the information set forth in or incorporated by reference in Item 2, Item 4, Item 5 and Item 6 of the Schedule 13D is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety into this Item 3.

 

On January 19, 2021, pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Exchange Agreement and Registration Rights Agreement, each dated as of September 23, 2014 (the “Exchange Agreement”) and the “Registration Rights Agreement”), by and among the Issuer, Medley LLC (“Medley LLC”) and the holders of LLC Units (each, a “Unitholder”) representing membership interests in Medley LLC (“LLC Units”), the Unitholders, including Reporting Persons exchanged substantially all of their vested LLC Units for shares of Common Stock on a one-for-one basis (collectively, the “Unit Exchange”).

 

The securities reported herein were issued in exchange for the surrender back to the Issuer of an equivalent number of vested LLC Units held by the Reporting Persons.

 

The foregoing description of the Exchange Agreement is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of such document, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 
 

 

ITEM 4.    PURPOSE OF TRANSACTION

 

The information contained in rows 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 of the cover pages of this Schedule 13D and the information set forth in or incorporated by reference in Item 2, Item 3, Item 5 and Item 6 of the Schedule 13D is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety into this Item 4.

 

On January 17, 2021, pursuant to a court approved marital settlement order for a divorce 500,000 LLC Units were distributed to Mr. Taube’s ex-wife. Subsequent to and in connection with the marital settlement, 499,999 LLC Units were contributed to Freedom 2021 LLC. Mr. Taube no longer beneficially owns any securities owned by his ex-wife. Accordingly, Taube may be deemed to beneficially own 499,999 shares of Common Stock of the Issuer, or 16.4% of the shares of Common Stock deemed issued and outstanding as of the date hereof.  The shares of Common Stock reported herein include (i) 450,000 shares of Common Stock and (ii) 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC exchangeable into Common Stock of the Issuer on a one-for-one basis held directly by Freedom 2021 LLC.  Mr. Taube owns 99% of Freedom 2021 LLC and is the Managing Member.

 

The beneficial ownership percentage is based on 3,045,177 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of January 19, 2021 based on information provided by the Issuer and other public information.

 

The securities beneficially owned by Mr. Taube represent 26.8% of the voting power of the Issuer, calculated by reference to the quotient of (A) (i) 450,000 votes attributable to the shares of Common Stock of the Issuer beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to one vote per share on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders) plus (ii) 499,990 votes attributable to the 49,999 Class A Units of Medley LLC beneficially owned by Mr. Taube (each of which is entitled to ten votes per unit on matters submitted to the Issuer’s stockholders, pursuant to the voting rights of the Issuer’s Class B common stock held by Medley Group LLC, an entity controlled by Mr. Taube), divided by (B) 3,545,167 (representing the 3,045,177 shares of the Issuer’s Common Stock outstanding plus the 499,990 votes underlying Mr. Taube’s Medley LLC Class A Units).

 

Other than as described herein, the Reporting Person currently has no plans or proposals that relate to, or would result in, any of the matters listed in Items 4(a) through (j) of Schedule 13D, although the Reporting Person may, at any time and from time to time, review or reconsider their position, change their purpose and/or formulate plans or proposals with respect thereto.

 

 

ITEM 5.    INTEREST IN SECURITIES OF THE ISSUER

 

The information contained in rows 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 of the cover pages of this Schedule 13D and the information set forth in or incorporated by reference in Item 2, Item 3, Item 4 and Item 6 of the Schedule 13D is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety into this Item 5.

 

(a-b) Mr. Taube may be deemed to beneficially own (with sole voting and dispositive power) 499,999 shares of Common Stock, which represents approximately 16.4% of the outstanding Common Stock of the Issuer as of the date hereof.

 

(c) Other than transfers between and among entities owned and controlled by Mr. Taube for estate planning purposes, where beneficial ownership remained unchanged, and as otherwise set forth herein, the Reporting Persons have not effected any transactions in the Issuer’s Common Stock during the 60 days prior to the date hereof, there were no transactions effected in the Common Stock (or securities convertible into, exercisable for or exchangeable for Common Stock) by the Reporting Person or any person or entity controlled by him or any person or entity for which he possesses voting or investment control over the securities thereof.

 

(d) Except as otherwise reported herein, no person or entity other than the Reporting Person has the right to receive, or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of the shares of the Issuer’s Common Stock reported on this Schedule 13D.

 

(e) Not applicable.

 

 ITEM 6.    CONTRACTS, AGREEMENTS, UNDERSTANDINGS OR RELATIONSHIPS WITH RESPECT TO SECURITIES OF THE ISSUER

 

The information contained in rows 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 of the cover pages of this Schedule 13D and the information set forth in or incorporated by reference in Item 2, Item 3, Item 4 and Item 5 of the Schedule 13D is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety into this Item 6.

 

Tax Receivable Agreement

 

On September 23, 2014, the Issuer entered into a Tax Receivable Agreement with the Unitholders (the “Tax Receivable Agreement”) that provides for the payment by the Issuer to exchanging Unitholders of 85% of the benefits, if any, that the Issuer is deemed to realize as a result of the increases in tax basis and of certain other tax benefits related to entering into the Tax Receivable Agreement, including tax benefits attributable to payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement. This payment obligation is an obligation of the Issuer and not of Medley LLC. The Issuer expects to benefit from the remaining 15% of cash tax savings, if any, in income tax it realizes. For purposes of the Tax Receivable Agreement, the cash tax savings in income tax will be computed by comparing the actual income tax liability of the Issuer (calculated with certain assumptions) to the amount of such taxes that the Issuer would have been required to pay had there been no increase to the tax basis of the assets of Medley LLC as a result of the exchanges and had the Issuer not entered into the Tax Receivable Agreement. The term of the Tax Receivable Agreement will continue until all such tax benefits have been utilized or expired, unless the Issuer exercises its right to terminate the Tax Receivable Agreement for an amount based on the agreed payments remaining to be made under the agreement (as described in more detail below) or the Issuer breaches any of its material obligations under the Tax Receivable Agreement in which case all obligations generally will be accelerated and due as if the Issuer had exercised its right to terminate the Tax Receivable Agreement.

 

The amount and timing of any payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement will vary depending upon a number of other factors, including the amount and timing of the income realized by the Issuer, if any. The Issuer will be required to pay 85% of the cash tax savings as and when realized, if any. If the Issuer does not have taxable income, the Issuer will not be required (absent circumstances requiring an early termination payment) to make payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement for that taxable year because no cash tax savings will have been realized. However, any cash tax savings that do not result in realized benefits in a given tax year will likely generate tax attributes that may be utilized to generate benefits in previous or future tax years. The utilization of such tax attributes will result in payments under the Tax Receivable Agreement.

 

The foregoing description of the Tax Receivable Agreement is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of such document, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Registration Rights Agreement

 

Pursuant to the Exchange Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement, the Unitholders have certain registration rights with respect to the shares of Common Stock delivered in exchange for LLC Units, pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions of the Registration Rights Agreement.

 

The foregoing description of the Registration Rights Agreement is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of such document, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Except as otherwise set forth in this Schedule 13D, there are no contracts, arrangements, understandings or similar relationships existing with respect to the securities of the Issuer and the Reporting Person.

 

 

ITEM 7.    MATERIAL REQUIRED TO BE FILED AS EXHIBITS

 

The following exhibits are incorporated into this Schedule 13D.

 

Exhibit 1 Joint Filing Agreement dated January 19, 2021 signed by each Reporting Person order to confirm that this Schedule 13D (and any amendments hereto) are being filed on behalf of each of the Reporting Persons
Exhibit 2 Exchange Agreement, dated as of September 23, 2014 by and among the Issuer, Medley LLC and the Unit Holders (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and incorporated herein by reference))
Exhibit 3 Tax Receivable Agreement dated September 23, 2014 between the Issuer and Unitholders (filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and incorporated herein by reference)
Exhibit 4 Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of September 23, 2014, by and among the Issuer, Medley Group LLC filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Issuer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and incorporated herein by reference)

 

  

 
 

SIGNATURES

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

       
Dated: January 20, 2021 By: /s/ Seth Taube  
    Seth Taube  
       
       

 

 

 

FREEDOM 2021 LLC

 

By: /s/ Seth Taube

Managing Member

 

Attention:  Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute Federal criminal violations (See 18 U.S.C. 1001).