S-3ASR

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 5, 2023

Registration No. 333-

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM S-3

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

BROWN & BROWN, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Florida

59-0864469

(State or other jurisdiction of

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

Identification Number)

300 North Beach Street

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

(386) 252-9601

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of Registrant’s principal executive offices)

C. Robert Mathis, IV

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Brown & Brown, Inc.

300 North Beach Street

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

(386) 252-9601

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copies of all communication to:

Tom McAleavey, Esq.

Holland & Knight LLP

200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 2600

Orlando, Florida 32801

Phone: (407) 425-8500

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after this registration statement becomes effective

If the only securities being registered on this Form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box.

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box.

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a registration statement pursuant to General Instruction I.D. or a post-effective amendment thereto that shall become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act, check the following box.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment to a registration statement filed pursuant to General Instruction I.D. filed to register additional securities or additional classes of securities pursuant to Rule 413(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box.

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 


 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of Securities Act.

 

 

 


 

PROSPECTUS

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Brown & Brown, Inc.

Debt Securities,

Common Stock

and

Warrants

We may offer and sell, from time to time, the following:

debt securities;

 

common stock; and

 

warrants.

We may sell any combination of these securities in one or more offerings in amounts, at prices and on terms to be determined at the time of the applicable offering and in units consisting of two or more of such classes of securities.

This prospectus describes some of the general terms that may apply to these securities. We will provide specific terms of these securities in supplements to this prospectus. This prospectus may not be used to sell securities unless accompanied by the applicable prospectus supplement. You should read this prospectus and any supplement carefully before you invest.

Investing in our securities involves risk. See “Risk Factors” appearing on page 9 in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and in any documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus or any accompanying prospectus supplement before investing in our securities.

Our common stock is traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BRO.”

Our securities may be offered directly, through agents designated from time to time by us, or to or through underwriters or dealers. If any agents or underwriters are involved in the sale of any of our securities, their names, and any applicable purchase price, fee, commission or discount arrangement between or among them, will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement or other offering materials.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The date of this prospectus is May 5, 2023.

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

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DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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BROWN & BROWN, INC.

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RISK FACTORS

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USE OF PROCEEDS

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DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

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DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

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LEGAL MATTERS

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EXPERTS

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

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INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

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You should rely only on the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus, any prospectus supplement, or documents to which we otherwise refer you. We have not authorized any other person to provide you with different information. If anyone provides you with different or inconsistent information, you should not rely on it. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus, any prospectus supplement or any document incorporated by reference herein or therein is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of the applicable document. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date. We are not making an offer to sell the securities offered by this prospectus in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted or in which the person making such offer or sale is not qualified to do so or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make that offer or solicitation.

The information in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement may not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read the entire prospectus and any prospectus supplement, as well as the documents incorporated by reference in the prospectus and any prospectus supplement, before making an investment decision.

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is part of an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 that we as a “well-known seasoned issuer” filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) utilizing a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf process, we may, from time to time, offer and sell any combination of the securities described in this prospectus in one or more offerings. This prospectus provides you with a general description of these securities that we may offer. Each time we sell securities, we will provide a prospectus supplement that will contain specific information about the terms of the offered securities and the offering, including a detailed description of the securities to be offered, the specific amount or amounts of securities to be offered, the prices of such securities, the name of any agent, underwriter or dealer through which we will sell the securities and a description of any arrangement with such agent, underwriter or dealer, and information about any securities exchange or automated quotation system on which the securities will be listed. The prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. If there is any inconsistency between the information in this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information in the applicable prospectus supplement. You should read both this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement together with the additional information described below under the headings “Where You Can Find More Information” and “Incorporation by Reference.”

As allowed by SEC rules, this prospectus does not contain all the information you can find in the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part or the exhibits to the registration statement. For further information, we refer you to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, including its exhibits and schedules. Statements contained in this prospectus about the provisions or contents of any contract, agreement or other document are not necessarily complete. For each of these contracts, agreements or documents filed as an exhibit to the registration statement, we refer you to the actual exhibit for a more complete description of the matters involved.

When used in this prospectus and any prospectus supplement, unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, the terms “Brown & Brown,” “we,” “our,” “us” and the “Company” refer to Brown & Brown, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The following summary contains basic information about us. It likely does not contain all the information that is important to you. We encourage you to read this entire prospectus and the documents we have referred you to.

DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

We make “forward-looking statements” within the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, throughout this prospectus and in the documents we incorporate by reference into this prospectus. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “estimate,” “plan” and “continue” or similar words. We have based these statements on our current expectations about potential future events. Although we believe the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this prospectus and the reports, statements, information and announcements incorporated by reference into this prospectus are based upon reasonable assumptions within the bounds of our knowledge of our business, a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, whether oral or written, made by us or on our behalf. Many of these factors have previously been identified in filings or statements made by us or on our behalf. Important factors which could cause our actual results to differ, possibly materially from the forward-looking statements in this prospectus include, but are not limited to, the following items:

 

 

The inability to retain or hire qualified employees, as well as the loss of any of our executive officers or other key employees;

Acquisition-related risks that could negatively affect the success of our growth strategy, including the possibility that we may not be able to successfully identify suitable acquisition candidates, complete acquisitions, successfully integrate acquired businesses into our operations and expand into new markets;

A cybersecurity attack or any other interruption in information technology and/or data security that may impact our operations or the operations of third parties that support us;

Risks related to our international operations, which may result in additional risks or require more management time and expense than our domestic operations to achieve or maintain profitability;

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The effects of inflation;

The requirement for additional resources and time to adequately respond to dynamics resulting from rapid technological change;

The loss of or significant change to any of our insurance company relationships, which could result in loss of capacity to write business, additional expense, loss of market share or material decrease in our commissions;

The effect of natural disasters on our profit-sharing contingent commissions, insurer capacity and claims expenses from our capitalized captive insurance facilities;

Adverse economic conditions, natural disasters, or regulatory changes in states or countries where we have a concentration of our business;

The inability to maintain our culture or a significant change in management, management philosophy or our business strategy;

Claims expense resulting from the limited underwriting risk associated with our participation in capitalized captive insurance facilities;

 

Risks associated with our automobile and recreational vehicle dealer services (“F&I") businesses;

 

Risks facing us in our Services segment, including our third-party claims administration operations, that are distinct from those we face in our insurance intermediary operations;

The limitations of our system of disclosure and internal controls and procedures in preventing errors or fraud, or in informing management of all material information in a timely manner;

The significant control certain shareholders have over the Company;

Changes in data privacy and protection laws and regulations or any failure to comply with such laws and regulations;

Improper disclosure of confidential information;

Our ability to comply with non-U.S. laws, regulations and policies;

The potential adverse effect of certain actual or potential claims, regulatory actions or proceedings on our businesses, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity;

Uncertainty in our business practices and compensation arrangements with insurance carriers due to potential changes in regulations;

Regulatory changes that could reduce our profitability or growth by increasing compliance costs, technology compliance, restricting the products or services we may sell, the markets we may enter, the methods by which we may sell our products and services, or the prices we may charge for our services and the form of compensation we may accept from our customers, carriers and third-parties;

Increasing scrutiny and changing expectations from investors and customers with respect to our environmental, social and governance practices;

A decrease in demand for liability insurance as a result of tort reform legislation;

Our failure to comply with any covenants contained in our debt agreements;

The possibility that covenants in our debt agreements could prevent us from engaging in certain potentially beneficial activities;

Changes in the U.S.-based credit markets that might adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition;

Risks associated with the current interest rate environment, and to the extent we use debt to finance our investments, changes in interest rates will affect our cost of capital and net investment income;

Changes in current U.S. or global economic conditions, including an extended slowdown in the markets in which we operate;

Disintermediation within the insurance industry, including increased competition from insurance companies, technology companies and the financial services industry, as well as the shift away from traditional insurance markets;

Conditions that result in reduced insurer capacity;

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Quarterly and annual variations in our commissions that result from the timing of policy renewals and the net effect of new and lost business production;

Intangible asset risk, including the possibility that our goodwill may become impaired in the future;

 

The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future pandemics, epidemics or outbreaks of infectious diseases, and the resulting governmental and societal responses;

 

Other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in our public announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings; and

 

Other factors that the Company may not have currently identified or quantified.

For a further list and description of various risks, relevant factors and uncertainties that could cause future results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements, see the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections contained in any applicable prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus and any prospectus supplement.

Assumptions as to any of the foregoing, and all statements, are not based upon historical fact, but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events. Forward-looking statements that we make or that are made by others on our behalf are based upon a knowledge of our business and the environment in which we operate, but because of the factors listed above, among others, actual results may differ from those in the forward-looking statements. Consequently, these cautionary statements qualify all of the forward-looking statements we make herein. We cannot assure you that the results or developments anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that those results or developments will result in the expected consequences for us or affect us, our business or our operations in the way we expect. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this filing, and we do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or correct any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or of which we hereafter become aware.

 

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BROWN & BROWN, INC.

Our Business

We are a diversified insurance agency, wholesale brokerage, insurance programs and service organization headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. We market and sell insurance products and services, primarily in the property, casualty and employee benefits areas. As an insurance intermediary, our principal sources of revenue are commissions paid by insurance companies and, to a lesser extent, fees paid directly by customers. Commission revenues generally represent a percentage of the premium paid by an insured and are affected by fluctuations in both premium rate levels charged by insurance companies and the insureds’ underlying “insurable exposure units,” which are units that insurance companies use to measure or express insurance exposed to risk (such as property values, sales or payroll levels) to determine what premium to charge the insured. Insurance companies establish these premium rates based upon many factors, including loss experience, risk profile and reinsurance rates paid by such insurance companies, none of which we control. We also participate in capitalized captive insurance facilities (the “Captives”) for the purpose of having additional capacity to place coverage, drive additional revenues and to participate in underwriting. The Company has traditionally participated in underwriting profits through profit-sharing contingent commissions. These Captives give us another way to deliver incremental revenue growth and continue to participate in underwriting results while limiting exposure to claims expenses. The Captives focus on property insurance for earthquake and wind exposed properties underwritten by certain managing general agents. The Captives limit the Company’s exposure to claims expenses either through reinsurance or by only participating in certain tranches of the underwriting.

The volume of business from new and existing customers, fluctuations in insurable exposure units, changes in premium rate levels, changes in general economic and competitive conditions, a health pandemic or a reduction of purchased limits the occurrence of catastrophic weather events all affect our revenues. For example, higher levels of inflation, an increase the value of insurable exposure units, or a general decline in economic activity, could decrease the value of insurable exposure units. Conversely, increasing costs of litigation settlements and awards could cause some customers to seek higher levels of insurance coverage. Historically, we have grown our revenues as a result of our focus on net new business and acquisitions. We foster a strong, decentralized sales and service culture, which enables responsiveness to changing business conditions and drives accountability for results.

Our business is divided into four reportable segments:

our Retail Segment, which provides a broad range of insurance products and services to commercial, public and quasi-public entities, and to professional and individual customers, as week as non-insurance warranty services and products through our F&I businesses;

our National Programs Segment, which acts as a managing general agent (“MGA”), provides professional liability and related package products for certain professionals, a range of insurance products for individuals, flood coverage, and targeted products and services designated for specific industries, trade groups, governmental entities and market niches, all of which are delivered through a nationwide network of independent agents, including Brown & Brown retail agents, as well as affinity groups, wholesale entities and sold direct to consumers;

our Wholesale Brokerage Segment, which markets and sells excess and surplus commercial and personal lines insurance, primarily through a nationwide network of independent agents and brokers, including Brown & Brown retail agents; and

our Services Segment, which provides insurance-related services, including third-party claims administration and adjusting services, comprehensive medical utilization management services in both the workers’ compensation and all-lines liability arenas, as well as Medicare Set-aside services and Social Security disability benefits advocacy services.

The address of our principal executive offices is 300 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, and our telephone number at such address is (386) 252-9601.

 

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RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves risk. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the specific risks set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in the applicable prospectus supplement and under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our filings with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), which are incorporated by reference in this prospectus. See “Incorporation by Reference” below.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

Unless otherwise indicated in a prospectus supplement, the net proceeds from the sale of any securities offered by this prospectus will be used for general corporate purposes. General corporate purposes may include, without limitation:

working capital;

acquisitions of or investments in other businesses;

capital expenditures;

reduction, repayment and refinancing of outstanding debt;

repurchases of shares of our common stock; and

advances to or investments in our subsidiaries.

Our management will retain broad discretion in the allocation of the net proceeds from the sale of these securities. Pending any specific application described in the applicable prospectus supplement, net proceeds may be initially invested in short-term interest-bearing accounts, securities or similar investments or applied to reduce short-term indebtedness.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES

The following description sets forth general terms and provisions of the debt securities that we may offer under this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement. We will provide additional or different terms of the debt securities in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Any debt securities that we issue will be issued under an indenture, dated as of September 18, 2014, between us and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee. The indenture is incorporated by reference to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. The following description of the terms of the debt securities sets forth certain general terms and provisions. The particular terms of the debt securities offered by any prospectus supplement and the extent, if any, to which such general provisions may apply to the debt securities will be described in the related prospectus supplement.

This prospectus summarizes what we believe to be the material provisions of the indenture and the debt securities that we may issue under such indenture. This summary is not complete and may not describe all of the provisions of the indenture or of the debt securities that may be important to you. For additional information, you should carefully read the indenture that is incorporated by reference to the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part.

In addition, when we offer to sell a particular series of debt securities, we will describe the specific terms of those debt securities and the indenture in a supplement to this prospectus. The terms of such a particular series of debt securities may differ from the terms described in this prospectus. As a result, the particular terms of the debt securities offered by any prospectus supplement and the extent, if any, to which these general provisions may apply to the debt securities, will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Accordingly, for a description of the terms of a particular issue of debt securities, reference must be made to both the applicable prospectus supplement and to the following description.

General

The debt securities may be issued in one or more series as may be authorized from time to time. Reference is made to the applicable prospectus supplement for the following terms of the debt securities (if applicable):

title and aggregate principal amount;

whether the securities will be senior or subordinated;

whether the securities will be secured or unsecured, and if secured, what the collateral will consist of;

applicable subordination provisions, if any;

conversion or exchange into other securities;

percentage or percentages of principal amount at which such securities will be issued;

stated maturity date(s);

interest rate(s) or the method for determining the interest rate(s);

dates on which interest will accrue or the method for determining dates on which interest will accrue and dates on which interest will be payable;

redemption (including upon a “change of control”) or early repayment provisions;

authorized denominations;

form;

amount of discount or premium, if any, with which such securities will be issued;

whether such securities will be issued in whole or in part in the form of one or more global securities;

identity of the depositary for global securities;

whether a temporary security is to be issued with respect to such series and whether any interest payable prior to the issuance of definitive securities of the series will be credited to the account of the persons entitled thereto;

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the terms upon which beneficial interests in a temporary global security may be exchanged in whole or in part for beneficial interests in a definitive global security or for individual definitive securities;

any covenants applicable to the particular debt securities being issued;

any defaults and events of default applicable to the particular debt securities being issued;

currency, currencies or currency units in which the purchase price for, the principal of and any premium and any interest on, such securities will be payable;

time period within which, the manner in which and the terms and conditions upon which the purchaser of the securities can select the payment currency;

securities exchange(s) on which the securities will be listed, if any;

whether any underwriter(s) will act as market maker(s) for the securities;

extent to which a secondary market for the securities is expected to develop;

our obligation or right to redeem, purchase or repay securities under a sinking fund, amortization or analogous provision;

provisions relating to covenant defeasance and legal defeasance;

provisions relating to satisfaction and discharge of the indenture;

provisions relating to the modification of the indenture both with and without the consent of holders of debt securities issued under the indenture; and

additional terms not inconsistent with the provisions of the indenture.

One or more series of debt securities may be sold at a substantial discount below their stated principal amount, bearing no interest or interest at a rate which at the time of issuance is below market rates. One or more series of debt securities may be variable-rate debt securities that may be exchanged for fixed-rate debt securities.

United States federal income tax consequences and special considerations, if any, applicable to any such series will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Debt securities may be issued where the amount of principal and/or interest payable is determined by reference to one or more currency exchange rates, commodity prices, equity indices or other factors. Holders of such securities may receive a principal amount or a payment of interest that is greater than or less than the amount of principal or interest otherwise payable on such dates, depending upon the value of the applicable currencies, commodities, equity indices or other factors. Information as to the methods for determining the amount of principal or interest, if any, payable on any date, the currencies, commodities, equity indices or other factors to which the amount payable on such date is linked and certain additional United States federal income tax considerations will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement.

The term “debt securities” includes debt securities denominated in U.S. dollars or, if specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, in any other freely transferable currency or units based on or relating to foreign currencies.

We expect most debt securities to be issued in fully registered form without coupons and in denominations of $1,000 and any integral multiples thereof. Subject to the limitations provided in the indenture and in the prospectus supplement, debt securities that are issued in registered form may be transferred or exchanged at the corporate office of the trustee or the principal corporate trust office of the trustee, without the payment of any service charge, other than any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

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Global Securities

The debt securities of a series may be issued in whole or in part in the form of one or more global securities that will be deposited with, or on behalf of, a depositary identified in the prospectus supplement. Global securities will be issued in registered form and in either temporary or definitive form. Unless and until it is exchanged in whole or in part for the individual debt securities, a global security may not be transferred except as a whole by the depositary for such global security to a nominee of such depositary or by a nominee of such depositary to such depositary or another nominee of such depositary or by such depositary or any such nominee to a successor of such depositary or a nominee of such successor. The specific terms of the depositary arrangement with respect to any debt securities of a series and the rights of and limitations upon owners of beneficial interests in a global security will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Governing Law

Unless otherwise specified in any prospectus supplement, the indenture and the debt securities shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

The following descriptions of our capital stock and provisions of our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, as amended (our “Articles of Incorporation”), and our By-Laws, as amended and restated (our “By-Laws”), are summaries of their material terms and provisions and are not complete and are subject to, and qualified in their entirety by reference to, each of the items identified below. For a complete description of our capital stock, Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, please refer to our Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and the applicable provisions of the Florida Business Corporations Act (the “FBCA”).

Authorized Capital Stock

Under our Articles of Incorporation, the number of shares of capital stock that we have authority to issue is 560,000,000, par value $.10 per share.

Common Stock

Voting. Each holder of our common stock is entitled to one vote for each share held. Shareholders do not have the right to cumulate their votes in elections of directors. Accordingly, directors are elected by a majority of the votes present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and actually cast by the shares entitled to vote in uncontested elections. If our Board of Directors (the “Board”) determines that an election is contested, then directors are elected by a plurality of the votes of the shares present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors.

Dividends. Holders of our common stock will be entitled to dividends on a pro rata basis upon declaration of dividends by our Board. Dividends will be payable only out of unreserved and unrestricted surplus that is legally available for the payment of dividends. Dividends that may be declared on our common stock will be paid in an equal amount to the holder of each share. Any determination to declare or pay dividends in the future will be at the discretion of our Board and will depend on our results of operations, financial condition, contractual or legal restrictions and other factors deemed relevant by our Board.

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BRO.”

No Redemption, Conversion or Preemptive Rights

No preemptive rights are conferred upon the holders of such stock and there are no liquidation or conversion rights. There are no redemption or sinking fund provisions and there is no liability to further calls or to assessments by us.

Fully Paid and Nonassessable

When we issue shares of our common stock, the shares will be fully paid and nonassessable, which means that the full purchase price of the shares will have been paid and holders of the shares will not be assessed any additional monies for the shares.

No Restrictions on Transfer

Neither our Articles of Incorporation nor our By-Laws contain any restrictions on the transfer of our common stock. In the case of any transfer of our common stock, there may be restrictions imposed by applicable securities laws.

Transfer Agent and Registrar

The Transfer Agent and Registrar for our common stock is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company.

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Certain Anti-Takeover Provisions of Our Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and the FBCA

FBCA

We are subject to certain anti-takeover provisions that apply to public corporations under Florida law. Pursuant to Section 607.0901 of the FBCA, a publicly-held Florida corporation may not engage in a broad range of business combinations or other extraordinary corporate transactions with an “interested shareholder” without the authorization of the holders of two-thirds of the voting shares of such corporation (excluding shares held by the interested shareholder) at an annual or special meeting of shareholders, unless:

the transaction is approved by a majority of disinterested directors;

the interested shareholder has owned (together with affiliates and associates) at least 80% of the corporation’s outstanding voting shares for at least three years preceding the announcement date of any such business combination;

the interested shareholder is the beneficial owner (together with affiliates and associates) of at least 90% of the outstanding voting shares of the corporation, exclusive of shares acquired directly from the corporation in a transaction not approved by a majority of the disinterested directors; or

the consideration paid to the holders of the corporation’s voting stock is at least equal to certain fair price criteria.

An “interested shareholder” is defined as a person who beneficially owns more than 15% of a corporation’s outstanding voting shares. We have not made an election in our Articles of Incorporation to opt out of Section 607.0901.

In addition, we are subject to Section 607.0902 of the FBCA which prohibits the voting of shares in a publicly-held Florida corporation that are acquired in a “control share acquisition” unless: (1) our Board approved such acquisition prior to its consummation; or (2) after such acquisition, in lieu of prior approval by our Board, the holders of a majority of the corporation’s voting shares, exclusive of shares owned by officers of the corporation, employee directors or the acquiring party, approve the granting of voting rights as to the shares acquired in the control share acquisition. A “control share acquisition” is defined as an acquisition that immediately thereafter entitles the acquiring party to exercise or direct the exercise of the voting power of the corporation in an election of directors within any of the following ranges:

one-fifth or more, but less than one-third, of all voting power;

one-third or more, but less than a majority, of all voting power; or

a majority or more of all voting power.

These statutory provisions may prevent takeover attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for shares of our common stock.

Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws

Number of Directors; Removal; Filling of Vacancies

Our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws provide that our Board shall consist of not less than three directors, which number may be set, increased or diminished from time to time by resolution of the Board.

Our shareholders may remove from office any director and elect his or her successor at any special meeting called for that purpose by vote of a majority of our shares entitled to vote. When the office of a director becomes vacant for any reason: (i) the shareholders may fill the vacancy, (ii) the Board may fill the vacancy, or (iii) if the remaining directors are less than a quorum, the vacancy may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of all the directors then remaining in office.

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Shareholder Action

Our By-Laws provide that shareholder action may be taken at an annual or special meeting of shareholders. Special meetings of shareholders may be called only by our President or our Board, whenever he, she or they deem it proper and shall be called by our Secretary if shareholders of record as of the record date fixed in accordance with Section 1.2(d) of our By-Laws, who hold the aggregate voting power as required by FBCA, subject to certain additional requirements set forth in our By-Laws.

Advance Notice for Shareholder Proposals or Nominations at Meetings

Our By-Laws establish an advance notice procedure for shareholder proposals to be brought before any meeting of shareholders and for nominations by shareholders of candidates for election as directors at meetings at which directors are to be elected. Subject to any other applicable requirements, including Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act, only such business may be conducted at an annual meeting of shareholders as has been:

specified in the notice of meeting (or in any supplement) given by, or at the direction of, our Board;

if not specified in the notice of meeting, be otherwise properly brought before the meeting by, or at the direction of, the chairman of the meeting or our Board; or

if not specified in the notice of meeting, be otherwise properly brought before the annual meeting by any shareholder present in person who is a shareholder of record at the time such notice of meeting is delivered and is at the time of the meeting, who is entitled to vote at the meeting and who is compliant with the notice procedures set forth in Section 1.8 of our By-Laws, and, in the case of nominations, is compliant with the requirements of Rule 14a-19 under the Exchange Act, properly made such proposal in accordance with Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act or in the case of a shareholder nominations to be included in our proxy statement for an annual meeting of shareholders, is an eligible shareholder who satisfies the notice, ownership and other requirements of Section 1.9 of our By-Laws.

In addition, for business to be properly brought before an annual meeting by a shareholder, such business must be a proper matter for shareholder action pursuant to our By-Laws and under applicable law.

With respect to a special meeting of the shareholders, only such business may be conducted at the meeting as has been specified in the notice of such special meeting or pursuant to Section 1.2 of our By-Laws. Nominations of persons for election to the Board may be made at a special meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected pursuant to the notice of meeting: (i) by or at the direction of the Board or shareholders pursuant to Section 1.2 of our By-Laws or (ii) provided that the Board (or shareholders pursuant to Section 1.2 of our By-Laws) has determined that directors shall be elected at such meeting, by any shareholder who is a shareholder of record at the time the notice provided for in these By-Laws is delivered to us, who is entitled to vote at the meeting and upon such election and who complies with the notice procedures set forth in Section 1.2 and Section 1.8 of our By-Laws and the requirements of Rule 14a-19 under the Exchange Act. At a meeting of shareholders, the chairman of the meeting shall, if the facts warrant, determine that the business was not properly brought before the meeting in accordance with the foregoing procedures, and if he or she should so determine, declare so at the meeting and any such business not properly brought before the meeting shall not be transacted.

To be timely, a written notice of the intent of a shareholder to make a nomination of a person for election as a director or to bring any other business before an annual meeting must be delivered to, or mailed or received by, our Secretary at our principal executive offices not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day and not later than the close of business on the 90th day prior to the first anniversary of the date of the preceding year’s annual meeting of shareholders; provided, however, that if the date of the annual meeting is advanced more than 30 days prior to or delayed by more than 60 days after such anniversary date, such advance notice shall be given by the later of:

the close of business on the date 90 days prior to the date of the annual meeting; or

 

the close of business on the tenth day following the date that the annual meeting date is first made by us.

 

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If we call a special meeting of shareholders for the purpose of electing directors, notice of nominations must be delivered to our Secretary not later than the close of business on the 90th day prior to the date of such special meeting, or if later, the tenth day following the date on which public announcement is first made of the date of the special meeting and of the nominees proposed by the Board to be elected at such meeting.

To be in proper written form, every such notice by a shareholder must set forth as to each matter such shareholder proposes to bring before an annual or special meeting of the shareholders, the following:

as to each person whom the shareholder proposes to nominate for election or reelection as a director (each, a “proposed nominee”):

(i) the name, date of birth, business address and residence address of the proposed nominee;

(ii) the principal occupation or employment of the proposed nominee;

(iii) the class or series and number of shares of our capital stock, if any, that are owned beneficially and of record by the proposed nominee;

(iv) any other information regarding each proposed nominee proposed by such shareholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with the solicitation of proxies for election of directors pursuant to and in accordance with Section 14(a) of the Exchange Act and any other applicable provisions of the Exchange Act;

(v) a description of all direct and indirect compensation and other material monetary agreements, arrangements and understandings during the past three years, and any other material relationships, between or among such shareholder and beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination is being made, and their respective affiliates and associates, or others acting in concert therewith, on the one hand, and each proposed nominee, and his or her respective affiliates and associates, or others acting in concert therewith, on the other hand, including all information that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K if such proposing person were the “registrant” for purposes of such rule and the proposed nominee were a director or executive officer of such registrant; and

(vi) the written consent of each proposed nominee to being named in a proxy statement relating to our next meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected and to serving as a director if so elected.

as to each item of business that the shareholder proposes to bring before a meeting:

(i) a description of the matter and the text of the proposal or business (including the text of any resolutions proposed for consideration and, in the event that such business includes a proposal to amend our Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws, the text of the proposed amendment);

(ii) the reasons for conducting such business at the meeting and any material interest in such business of each proposing person;

(iii) a reasonably detailed description of all agreements, arrangements and understandings (x) between or among any of the proposing persons or (y) between or among any proposing person and any other person (including their names) in connection with the proposal of such business by such shareholder; and

(iv) any other information relating to such shareholder and beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is being made, required to be disclosed in a proxy statement or other filings required to be made in connection with solicitations of proxies for the proposal and pursuant to and in accordance with Section 14(a) of the Exchange Act and any other applicable provisions of the Exchange Act.

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as to the shareholder giving the notice, the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination or proposal of other business is made, and any participant (as defined in paragraphs (a)(ii)-(vi) of Instruction 3 to Item 4 of Schedule 14A) with such shareholder in such solicitation (each a “proposing person”):

(i) the name and address of such shareholder, as they appear on our stock transfer books, and the name and address of such beneficial owner and participant;

(ii) the class or series and number of shares of our capital stock that are owned beneficially and, directly or indirectly, of record by such shareholder and such beneficial owner, except that such proposing person shall in all events be deemed to beneficially own any of our shares of any class or series as to which such proposing person has a right to acquire beneficial ownership at any time in the future;

(iii) the date or dates upon which such shareholder acquired ownership of such shares;

(iv) documentary evidence for any claim of beneficial ownership;

(v) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record of our capital stock, entitled to vote at such meeting, and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to bring such business before the meeting;

(vi) a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding with respect to such nomination between or among the shareholder and any of its affiliates or associates, and any others (including their names) acting in concert with any of the foregoing;

(vii) a description of any agreement, arrangement or understanding (including any derivative or short positions, profit interests, options, hedging transactions, and borrowed or loaned shares) that has been entered into as of the date of the shareholder’s notice by, or on behalf of, the shareholder or any of its affiliates or associates, the effect or intent of which is to mitigate loss to, manage risk or benefit of share price changes for, or increase or decrease the voting power of the shareholder or any of its affiliates or associates with respect to our shares of stock;

(viii) in the case of a proposal other than a nomination, a representation as to whether the shareholder intends to deliver a proxy statement and/or form of proxy to holders of at least the percentage of our outstanding capital stock required to approve the proposal and/or otherwise to solicit proxies from shareholders in support of the proposal;

(ix) in the case of a nomination, a representation that such shareholder intends to deliver a proxy statement and/or form of proxy to holders of at least 67% of the voting power of our outstanding capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors; and

(x) in the case of a nomination, all other information required under Rule 14a-19 under the Exchange Act.

Exclusive Forum Provision of our By-Laws

Our By-Laws provide that, unless we consent in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the sole and exclusive forum for certain actions shall be the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Volusia County, Florida (or, if no state court located within the State of Florida has jurisdiction, the federal district court for the Middle District of Florida). Those actions include: (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of us, (ii) any proceeding asserting a claim of breach of fiduciary duty owed by any of our directors or our officers or other employees to us or our shareholders, (iii) any proceeding arising pursuant to any provision of the FBCA or the Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws (as either may be amended from time to time) or (iv) any proceeding asserting a claim against us or any of our directors, officers or other employees governed by the internal affairs doctrine. Subject to the preceding provisions, the federal district courts of the United States of America shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any complaint asserting a cause or causes of action arising under the Securities Act, including all causes of action asserted against any defendant to such complaint.

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Amendments to By-Laws

Our By-Laws may be amended or repealed and additional By-Laws added or adopted by the Board unless, except as provided in the FBCA, the shareholders, in amending, repealing, or adopting the By-Laws generally or a particular By-Law provision, expressly provide that the Board of Directors may not amend, repeal, adopt, or reinstate the By-Laws generally or that particular By-Law provision. Our By-Laws may be amended or repealed at any meeting of shareholders by a vote of the majority of our issued and outstanding shares of common stock.

Amendment of the Articles of Incorporation

Our Articles of Incorporation provide that the Articles of Incorporation may be amended in the manner provided by law. Every amendment shall be approved by our Board, proposed by them to our shareholders, and approved at a shareholders meeting by a majority of the shares entitled to vote thereon, unless all directors and all shareholders sign a written statement manifesting their intention that a certain amendment of our Articles of Incorporation be made.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

As of May 5, 2023, Brown & Brown has no warrants outstanding. We may issue warrants for the purchase of debt securities or common stock.

Warrants may be issued independently or together with any other securities offered by any prospectus supplement and may be attached to or separate from such securities. Each series of warrants will be issued under a separate warrant agreement to be entered into between Brown & Brown and a warrant agent specified in the applicable prospectus supplement. The warrant agent will act solely as an agent of Brown & Brown in connection with the warrants of such series and will not assume any obligation or relationship of agency or trust for or with any holders of the warrants. Further terms of the warrants and the applicable warrant agreements will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement. If we issue warrants, at that time copies of the form of warrant agreement and warrant will be filed as exhibits to or incorporated by reference in the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, and the following summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to such exhibits.

The applicable prospectus supplement will describe the terms of the warrants, including, where applicable, the following:

the title of the warrants;

 

the aggregate number of warrants;

 

the price or prices at which warrants will be issued;

 

the designation, terms and number of securities purchasable upon exercise of warrants;

 

the designation and terms of the securities, if any, with which warrants are issued and the number of warrants issued with each security;

 

the date, if any, on and after which warrants and the related securities will be separately transferable;

 

the price at which each security purchasable upon exercise of warrants may be purchased;

 

provisions for changes to or adjustments in the exercise price;

 

the date on which the right to exercise the warrants shall commence and the date on which that right shall expire;

 

the minimum and/or maximum amount of warrants which may be exercised at any one time;

 

the amount of warrants or rights outstanding at the time of issuance;

 

information with respect to book-entry procedures, if any; and

 

any other terms of the warrants, including terms, procedures and limitations relating to the exchange and exercise of the warrants.

 

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

We may sell the securities from time to time: (i) through underwriters or dealers; (ii) through agents; (iii) directly to one or more purchasers or other persons or entities; (iv) through a combination of these methods of sale; or (v) through other means. We will identify the specific plan of distribution, including any underwriters, dealers, agents or other purchasers, persons or entities and any applicable compensation in any related amendment to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, any related prospectus supplement, or any documents incorporated by reference or deemed incorporated by reference into this prospectus.

Holland & Knight LLP, Orlando, Florida will pass upon the validity of any securities offered under this prospectus and any prospectus supplement for Brown & Brown. Certain legal matters with respect to the validity of the securities offered under this prospectus and any prospectus supplement will be passed upon for any underwriters, dealers or agents by counsel named in the applicable prospectus supplement.

EXPERTS

The financial statements of Brown & Brown, Inc., incorporated by reference in this registration statement, and the effectiveness of Brown & Brown Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports. Such financial statements are incorporated by reference in reliance upon the reports of such firm, given their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. This prospectus, which forms part of the registration statement, does not contain all of the information contained in the registration statement or the exhibits to the registration statement. You should note that where we summarize in this prospectus the material terms of any contract, agreement or other document filed as an exhibit to the registration statement, the summary information provided in this prospectus is less complete than the actual contract, agreement or document. You should refer to the exhibits filed with the registration statement for copies of the actual contract, agreement or document.

For further information about our company and the securities offered in this prospectus, you should refer to the registration statement and its exhibits. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC. Our SEC filings are available to the public from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. We also make our SEC filings available free of charge on our website at https://www.bbinsurance.com.

INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

The information incorporated by reference is considered to be a part of this prospectus, and any later information that we file with the SEC will automatically update and supersede this information. The documents and other information incorporated by reference are:

Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 (including information specifically incorporated by reference into our Form 10-K from our definitive proxy statement relating to our 2023 annual meeting of shareholders, filed on March 22, 2023);

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2023;

Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 19, 2023, February 21, 2023 and May 5, 2023;

 

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The description of our common stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed with the SEC on November 17, 1997, including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description, which description is amended by the description contained in this prospectus; and

All documents filed under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this prospectus and before the termination of the offering of the securities described in this prospectus (other than any information furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K, unless we specifically state in such Current Report that such information is to be considered “filed” under the Exchange Act, or we incorporate it by reference into a filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or the Exchange Act).

Any statement contained in this prospectus or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this prospectus.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, we are not incorporating any document or information that we deemed within a Current Report on Form 8-K or Form 8-K/A to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with SEC rules. You can obtain any of the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus from the SEC through the SEC’s website at the address described above. We will provide to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom a prospectus is delivered, a copy of any or all of the information that has been incorporated by reference in the prospectus but not delivered with the prospectus, without charge, excluding any exhibits to those documents, unless such exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference into such documents or this prospectus. You can request those documents by calling (386) 252-9601 or by making a written request to our chief legal officer at:

Brown & Brown, Inc.

Attention: C. Robert Mathis, IV

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

300 North Beach Street

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Please note that information contained in our website (www.bbinsurance.com), whether currently posted or posted in the future, is not a part of this prospectus or the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus.

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Part II

Information Not Required In Prospectus

Item 14. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution.

All expenses in connection with the issuance and distribution of the securities being registered will be paid by Brown & Brown, Inc. (“Brown & Brown”). The following is an itemized statement of these expenses:

SEC Registration Fee

$

(1)(2)

Legal Fees and Expenses

$

(2)

Accounting Fees and Expenses

$

(2)

Indenture Trustees’ Fees and Expenses

$

(2)

Printing, Engraving and Mailing Expenses

$

(2)

Rating Agency Fees

$

(2)

Miscellaneous

$

(2)

Total

$

(2)

(1)

Under Rules 456(b) and 457(r) under the Securities Act, the registration fee will be paid at the time of any particular offering of securities under this Registration Statement, and is not currently determinable.

(2)

The amount of these fees and expenses is not currently determinable. Estimates of the fees and expenses in connection with the sale and distribution of the securities being offered will be included in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Item 15. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Brown & Brown is a Florida corporation. Reference is made to Sections 607.0850 - 607.0859 of the Florida Business Corporation Act, which permit, and in some cases require, indemnification of directors, officers, employees, and agents of Brown & Brown, under certain circumstances and subject to certain limitations.

Under Article VII of Brown & Brown’s By-Laws, Brown & Brown is required to indemnify its officers and directors, including an officer or director of Brown & Brown who is or was serving at Brown & Brown’s request as a director or officer of another entity, against all damages, costs, amounts of liability and reasonable expenses incurred by such persons, provided that such person acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of Brown & Brown and, in the case of any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe such person’s conduct was unlawful.

Brown & Brown has purchased insurance with respect to, among other things, liabilities that may arise under the statutory and By-Law provisions referred to above.

The general effect of the foregoing provisions may be to reduce the circumstances in which an officer or director may be required to bear the economic burden of the foregoing liabilities and expense.

 

 

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Item 16. Exhibits

(a) Exhibits:

Exhibit
Number

Description

1.1

Form of Underwriting Agreement.*

4.1

Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Company (adopted January 18, 2023) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Form 8-K filed January 19, 2023).

4.2

Amended and Restated By-laws (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Form 8-K filed on January 19, 2023).

4.3

Form of Certificate for Shares of Brown & Brown’s Common Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed by the Registrant on March 4, 2009).

4.4

Indenture, dated as of September 18, 2014, between Brown & Brown, Inc. and U.S. Bank National Association (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to Form 8-K filed on September 18, 2014).

4.5

Form of Debt Security.*

4.6

Form of Warrant.*

4.7

Form of Warrant Agreement.*

4.8

Form of Unit Agreement.*

5.1

Opinion of Holland & Knight LLP.

23.1

Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP, independent registered public accounting firm.

23.2

Consent of Holland & Knight LLP (included in opinion filed as Exhibit 5.1).

24.1

Powers of Attorney

25.1

Form T-1 Statement of Eligibility of Trustee under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939.

 

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Filing Fee Table.

* To be filed with a Current Report on Form 8-K or a Post-Effective Amendment to this registration statement.

Item 17. Undertakings

(A)The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

(1)To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

(i)to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;

(ii)to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and

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(iii)to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement; provided, however, that clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post- effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement.

(2)That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3)To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

(4)That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act to any purchaser:

(i)Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and

(ii)Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i),(vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.

(5)That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities.

The undersigned Registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned Registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned Registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:

(i)Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned Registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;

(ii)Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned Registrant;

(iii)The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned Registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant; and

(iv)Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned Registrant to the purchaser.

(B)The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

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(C)The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes to file an application for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the trustee to act under subsection (a) of Section 310 of the Trust Indenture Act in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Commission under Section 305(b)(2) of the Trust Indenture Act.

(D)Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the city of Daytona Beach, State of Florida, on May 5, 2023.

 

 

 

BROWN & BROWN, INC.

By:

/s/ J. Powell Brown

J. Powell Brown

President and chief executive officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on May 5, 2023.

 

 

 

 

Signature

Title

/s/ J. Powell Brown

Director; president and chief executive officer

J. Powell Brown

(principal executive officer)

/s/ R. Andrew Watts

Executive vice president, chief financial officer and

R. Andrew Watts

treasurer (principal financial and accounting officer)

*

Chairman of the board

J. Hyatt Brown

*

Director

Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III

*

Director

James C. Hays

*

Director

Theodore J. Hoepner

*

Director

James S. Hunt

*

Director

Toni Jennings

*

Director

Timothy R.M. Main

*

 

Director

Jaymin B. Patel

 

 

 

 

*

Director

H. Palmer Proctor, Jr.

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*

Director

Wendell S. Reilly

 

*

Director

Chilton D. Varner

*By: /s/ Anthony M. Robinson

Anthony M. Robinson

Attorney-in-Fact

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200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 2600 | Orlando, Florida 32801| T 407.425.8500

Holland & Knight LLP | www.hklaw.com

 

May 5, 2023

 

Brown & Brown, Inc.

300 North Beach Street

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

 

Re: Brown & Brown, Inc. - Registration Statement on Form S-3

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have examined the Registration Statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) filed or to be filed by Brown & Brown, Inc., a Florida corporation (the “Company”), on or about the date hereof with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) in connection with the registration pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) of the offer and sale by the Company from time to time, pursuant to Rule 415 under the Act, of an unspecified amount of securities of the Company, consisting of the Company’s debt securities (the “Debt Securities”), shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.10 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), warrants for the purchase of Debt Securities or Common Stock (the “Warrants”) and units consisting of two or more of any of the Common Stock, Debt Securities and/or Warrants (the “Units”). The Debt Securities, the Common Stock, the Warrants and the Units are collectively referred to herein as the “Offered Securities” and each an “Offered Security.”

The Offered Securities may be offered and sold by the Company from time to time as set forth in the Registration Statement, any amendment thereto, the prospectus contained therein (the “Prospectus”) and the supplements to the Prospectus (the “Prospectus Supplements”).

In connection with this opinion letter, we have examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of: (a) the Registration Statement, (b) the Prospectus, (c) the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Company, as amended to date (the “Articles of Incorporation”), (d) the Amended and Restated By-Laws of the Company, as amended to date and currently in effect, (e) the Indenture, dated as of September 18, 2014 (the “Existing Indenture”), between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, and (f) certain resolutions adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) relating to the Offered Securities and related matters. We have also examined certain records of the Company, certificates of public officials and representatives of the Company and other documents as we deemed necessary to deliver the opinions expressed below. In such examination, we have assumed, without inquiry or other investigation, (a) the legal capacity of each natural person executing the agreements described herein, (b) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as original documents, (c) the completeness of all documents submitted to us, (d) the genuineness of all signatures, (e) the conformity to the authentic originals of all documents submitted to us as copies, (f) the truth, accuracy and completeness of the information, representations and warranties contained in the records, agreements, documents, instruments and certificates of public officials and representatives of the Company that we have reviewed as to certain factual matters material to this opinion letter, (g) that each certificate or copy of a public record furnished by public officials is authentic, accurate and complete, (h) that there have been no undisclosed modifications of any provision of any document reviewed by us and that there has been no undisclosed waiver of any right, remedy or provision contained in any such documents, and (i) that each transaction complies with all tests of good faith, fairness and conscionability required by law. In making our examination of executed documents or documents to be executed, we have assumed that the parties thereto, other than the Company, had or will have the power, corporate, trust or other, to enter into and perform all obligations thereunder and have also assumed the due authorization by all requisite action, corporate, trust or other, and execution and delivery by such parties


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of such documents and that such documents constitute valid and binding obligations of such parties. We have also assumed that any additional or subsequent indenture (together with the Existing Indenture, an “Indenture”) and any supplemental indenture to any Indenture will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the trustee thereunder (the “Trustee”) and in substantially the form reviewed by us, and that any Debt Securities that may be issued will be manually or electronically authenticated, signed or countersigned, as the case may be, by duly authorized officers of the applicable Trustee, and that each will be governed by the laws of the State of New York.

We have also assumed that: (a) prior to the delivery of any Offered Security, the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) shall have duly established the terms of such Offered Security and duly authorized the issuance and sale of such Offered Security and such authorization shall not have been modified or rescinded, (b) the Registration Statement, and any amendments thereto (including post-effective amendments), will have become effective and such effectiveness shall not have been terminated or rescinded, (c) a Prospectus Supplement will have been prepared and filed with the Commission describing the Offered Securities offered thereby, (d) all Offered Securities will be issued and sold in compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws and in the manner stated in the Registration Statement and the appropriate Prospectus Supplement, (e) a definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement with respect to any Offered Securities will have been duly authorized and validly executed and delivered by the Company and the other parties thereto, and (f) after the issuance of any shares of Common Stock, the total number of issued shares of Common Stock, together with the total number of shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance upon the exercise, exchange or conversion, as the case may be, of any exercisable, exchangeable or convertible security, as the case may be, then outstanding, will not exceed the total number of authorized shares of Common Stock under the Articles of Incorporation.

Based on such examination and subject to the foregoing assumptions, exceptions, qualifications and limitations, we express the following opinions:

1. With respect to the Debt Securities, when: (a) the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) has taken all necessary corporate action to approve the issuance and terms of the Debt Securities, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters, (b) the applicable Indenture has been duly qualified under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended and (c) the Debt Securities have been duly executed, authenticated, registered, issued and delivered in accordance with the applicable Indenture and the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Company, and upon payment of the consideration therefor provided for therein, then the Debt Securities will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms, except as enforcement thereof may be subject to or limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, arrangement, fraudulent conveyance, fraudulent transfer or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding in equity or at law).

2. With respect to the Common Stock, when: (a) the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) has taken all necessary corporate action to approve the issuance and sale of the Common Stock, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters, (b) such shares of Common Stock have been duly issued and delivered in accordance with the provisions of any applicable convertible or exchangeable security, definitive purchase, underwriting or other agreement binding on the Company and the terms approved by the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) and (c) the Company has received payment of the cash or other lawful consideration provided to be paid for the Common Stock, then the shares of Common Stock will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.


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3. With respect to the Warrants, when: (a) the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) has taken all necessary corporate action to approve the issuance and establish the terms of the Warrants, the terms of the offering of such Warrants and related matters, (b) one or more agreements incorporating the terms and other provisions of the Warrants has been duly executed and delivered by the Company and the applicable warrant agent appointed by the Company (each, a “Warrant Agreement”) and (c) the Warrants or certificates representing the Warrants have been duly executed, authenticated or countersigned, registered, issued and delivered in accordance with the terms of the applicable Warrant Agreement (assuming the Offered Securities issuable upon exercise of the Warrants have been duly authorized and reserved for issuance by all necessary corporate action), and upon payment of the consideration therefor provided for therein, then the Warrants will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms, except as enforcement thereof may be subject to or limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, arrangement, fraudulent conveyance, fraudulent transfer or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally, and subject to general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding in equity or at law).

4. With respect to the Units, when: (a) the Board (or a duly established and authorized committee thereof) has taken all necessary corporate action to approve the issuance and establish the terms of the Units, the terms of the offering of such Units and related matters, (b) one or more agreements incorporating the terms and other provisions of the Units has been duly executed and delivered by the Company and the applicable unit agent appointed by the Company (each, a “Unit Agreement”) and (c) the Units or certificates representing the Units have been duly executed, authenticated or countersigned, registered, issued and delivered in accordance with the terms of the applicable Unit Agreement (assuming any Offered Securities issuable upon exercise of the Offered Securities comprising the Units have been duly authorized and reserved for issuance by all necessary corporate action), and upon payment of the consideration therefor provided for therein, then the Units will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms, except as enforcement thereof may be subject to or limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, arrangement, fraudulent conveyance, fraudulent transfer or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally, and subject to general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding in equity or at law).

The laws covered by the opinions expressed herein are limited to the laws of the United States and the States of New York and Florida (the “Applicable Law”).

The Offered Securities may be issued from time to time on a delayed or continuous basis, and this opinion letter is limited to the laws, including the rules and regulations, as in effect on the date hereof, which laws are subject to change with possible retroactive effect. Our opinions are limited to the matters stated herein, and no opinion is to be implied or inferred beyond the matters stated herein. This opinion letter is expressed as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any undertaking to advise you of any subsequent changes in the facts stated or assumed herein or of any subsequent changes in Applicable Law.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the above-referenced Registration Statement and further consent to the reference to our name under the caption “Legal Matters” in the Prospectus. In giving such consent, we do not admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission.

 

 


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Very truly yours,

 

HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP

/s/ Holland & Knight LLP


EX-23

 

Exhibit 23.1

 

 

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-3 of our reports dated February 27, 2023, relating to the financial statements of Brown & Brown, Inc. (the “Company”) and the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting, appearing in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2022. We also consent to the reference to us under the heading "Experts" in such Registration Statement.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Tampa, Florida

May 5, 2023

 


EX-24

 


POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ J. Hyatt Brown

J. Hyatt Brown

 

 


 

 

 

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ J. Powell Brown

J. Powell Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III

Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ James C. Hays

James C. Hays

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Theodore J. Hoepner

Theodore J. Hoepner

 

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ James S. Hunt

James S. Hunt

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for her and in her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as she might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Toni Jennings

Toni Jennings

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Timothy R.M. Main

Timothy R.M. Main

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Jaymin B. Patel

Jaymin B. Patel

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ H. Palmer Proctor, Jr.

H. Palmer Proctor, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Wendell S. Reilly

Wendell S. Reilly

 

 

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned constitutes and appoints R. Andrew Watts and Anthony M. Robinson, or either of them, as her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for her and in her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign and file a registration statement on Form S-3 for purposes of registering debt and equity securities of Brown & Brown, Inc. utilizing a “shelf” registration process and any amendments thereto (including any post-effective amendments thereto) and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by the registration statement that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and all documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing as fully to all intents and purposes as she might or could in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

 

Dated: May 3, 2023 /s/ Chilton D. Varner

Chilton D. Varner

 

 


EX-25

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM T-1

 

STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY UNDER

THE TRUST INDENTURE ACT OF 1939 OF A

CORPORATION DESIGNATED TO ACT AS TRUSTEE

Check if an Application to Determine Eligibility of

a Trustee Pursuant to Section 305(b)(2) ☐

 

 

U.S. BANK TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

(Exact name of Trustee as specified in its charter)

 

91-1821036

I.R.S. Employer Identification No.

 

800 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, Minnesota

55402

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

Leanne M. Duffy

U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association

225 Robinson Street, Suite 250

Orlando, FL 32801

(407)835.3807

(Name, address and telephone number of agent for service)

 

Brown & Brown, Inc.

(Issuer with respect to the Securities)

Florida

59-0864469

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

220 South Ridgewood Avenue

Daytona Beach, Florida

 32114

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

 

$500,000,000 4.20% Notes due 2024

$700,000,000 2.375% Notes due 2031

$350,000,000 4.50% Notes due 2029

$500,000,000 4.950% Notes due 2052

$500,000,000 4.20% Notes due 2032

(Title of the Indenture Securities)

 


FORM T-1

Item 1. GENERAL INFORMATION. Furnish the following information as to the Trustee.

a)
Name and address of each examining or supervising authority to which it is subject.

Comptroller of the Currency

Washington, D.C.

b)
Whether it is authorized to exercise corporate trust powers.

Yes

Item 2. AFFILIATIONS WITH THE OBLIGOR. If the obligor is an affiliate of the Trustee, describe each such affiliation.

None

Items 3-15 Items 3-15 are not applicable because to the best of the Trustee's knowledge, the obligor is not in default under any Indenture for which the Trustee acts as Trustee.

Item 16. LIST OF EXHIBITS: List below all exhibits filed as a part of this statement of eligibility and qualification.

1.
A copy of the Articles of Association of the Trustee, attached as Exhibit 1.
2.
A copy of the certificate of authority of the Trustee to commence business, attached as Exhibit 2.
3.
A copy of the authorization of the Trustee to exercise corporate trust powers, attached as Exhibit 2.
4.
A copy of the existing bylaws of the Trustee, attached as Exhibit 3.
5.
A copy of each Indenture referred to in Item 4. Not applicable.
6.
The consent of the Trustee required by Section 321(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, attached as Exhibit 5.
7.
Report of Condition of the Trustee as of December 31, 2022, published pursuant to law or the requirements of its supervising or examining authority, attached as Exhibit 6.

 


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, the Trustee, U.S. BANK TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a national banking association organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, has duly caused this statement of eligibility and qualification to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, all in the City of Orlando, State of Florida on the 19th of April, 2023.

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Leanne M. Duffy

 

 

 

Leanne M. Duffy

 

 

 

Vice President

 

 


Exhibit 1

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

OF

U. S. BANK TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

For the purpose of organizing an association (the “Association”) to perform any lawful activities of national banks, the undersigned enter into the following Articles of Association:

FIRST. The title of this Association shall be U. S. Bank Trust Company, National Association.

SECOND. The main office of the Association shall be in the city of Portland, county of Multnomah, state of Oregon. The business of the Association will be limited to fiduciary powers and the support of activities incidental to the exercise of those powers. The Association may not expand or alter its business beyond that stated in this article without the prior approval of the Comptroller of the Currency.

THIRD. The board of directors of the Association shall consist of not less than five nor more than twenty-five persons, the exact number to be fixed and determined from time to time by resolution of a majority of the full board of directors or by resolution of a majority of the shareholders at any annual or special meeting thereof. Each director shall own common or preferred stock of the Association or of a holding company owning the Association, with an aggregate par, fair market, or equity value of not less than $1,000, as of either (i) the date of purchase, (ii) the date the person became a director, or (iii) the date of that person's most recent election to the board of directors, whichever is more recent. Any combination of common or preferred stock of the Association or holding company may be used.

Any vacancy in the board of directors may be filled by action of a majority of the remaining directors between meetings of shareholders. The board of directors may increase the number of directors up to the maximum permitted by law. Terms of directors, including directors selected to fill vacancies, shall expire at the next regular meeting of shareholders at which directors are elected, unless the directors resign or are removed from office. Despite the expiration of a director's term, the director shall continue to serve until his or her successor is elected and qualified or until there is a decrease in the number of directors and his or her position is eliminated.

Honorary or advisory members of the board of directors, without voting power or power of final decision in matters concerning the business of the Association, may be appointed by resolution of a majority of the full board of directors, or by resolution of shareholders at any annual or special meeting. Honorary or advisory directors shall not be counted to determined the number of directors of the Association or the presence of a quorum in connection with any board action, and shall not be required to own qualifying shares.

FOURTH. There shall be an annual meeting of the shareholders to elect directors and transact whatever other business may be brought before the meeting. It shall be held at the main office or any other convenient place the board of directors may designate, on the day of each year specified therefor in the Bylaws, or if that day falls on a legal holiday in the state in which the

 

 

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Association is located, on the next following banking day. If no election is held on the day fixed or in the event of a legal holiday on the following banking day, an election may be held on any subsequent day within 60 days of the day fixed, to be designated by the board of directors, or, if the directors fail to fix the day, by shareholders representing two-thirds of the shares issued and outstanding. In all cases, at least 10 days’ advance notice of the meeting shall be given to the shareholders by first-class mail.

In all elections of directors, the number of votes each common shareholder may cast will be determined by multiplying the number of shares he or she owns by the number of directors to be elected. Those votes may be cumulated and cast for a single candidate or may be distributed among two or more candidates in the manner selected by the shareholder. On all other questions, each common shareholder shall be entitled to one vote for each share of stock held by him or her.

A director may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the board of directors, its chairperson, or to the Association, which resignation shall be effective when the notice is delivered unless the notice specifies a later effective date.

A director may be removed by the shareholders at a meeting called to remove him or her, when notice of the meeting stating that the purpose or one of the purposes is to remove him or her is provided, if there is a failure to fulfill one of the affirmative requirements for qualification, or for cause; provided, however, that a director may not be removed if the number of votes sufficient to elect him or her under cumulative voting is voted against his or her removal.

FIFTH. The authorized amount of capital stock of the Association shall be 1,000,000 shares of common stock of the par value of ten dollars ($10) each; but said capital stock may be increased or decreased from time to time, according to the provisions of the laws of the United States. The Association shall have only one class of capital stock.

No holder of shares of the capital stock of any class of the Association shall have any preemptive or preferential right of subscription to any shares of any class of stock of the Association, whether now or hereafter authorized, or to any obligations convertible into stock of the Association, issued, or sold, nor any right of subscription to any thereof other than such, if any, as the board of directors, in its discretion, may from time to time determine and at such price as the board of directors may from time to time fix.

Transfers of the Association's stock are subject to the prior written approval of a federal depository institution regulatory agency. If no other agency approval is required, the approval of the Comptroller of the Currency must be obtained prior to any such transfers.

Unless otherwise specified in the Articles of Association or required by law, (1) all matters requiring shareholder action, including amendments to the Articles of Association must be approved by shareholders owning a majority voting interest in the outstanding voting stock, and (2) each shareholder shall be entitled to one vote per share.

Unless otherwise specified in the Articles of Association or required by law, all shares of voting stock shall be voted together as a class, on any matters requiring shareholder approval.

 

 

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Unless otherwise provided in the Bylaws, the record date for determining shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at any meeting is the close of business on the day before the first notice is mailed or otherwise sent to the shareholders, provided that in no event may a record date be more than 70 days before the meeting.

The Association, at any time and from time to time, may authorize and issue debt obligations, whether subordinated, without the approval of the shareholders. Obligations classified as debt, whether subordinated, which may be issued by the Association without the approval of shareholders, do not carry voting rights on any issue, including an increase or decrease in the aggregate number of the securities, or the exchange or reclassification of all or part of securities into securities of another class or series.

SIXTH. The board of directors shall appoint one of its members president of this Association and one of its members chairperson of the board and shall have the power to appoint one or more vice presidents, a secretary who shall keep minutes of the directors' and shareholders' meetings and be responsible for authenticating the records of the Association, and such other officers and employees as may be required to transact the business of this Association. A duly appointed officer may appoint one or more officers or assistant officers if authorized by the board of directors in accordance with the Bylaws.

The board of directors shall have the power to:

(1)
Define the duties of the officers, employees, and agents of the Association.
(2)
Delegate the performance of its duties, but not the responsibility for its duties, to the officers, employees, and agents of the Association.
(3)
Fix the compensation and enter employment contracts with its officers and employees upon reasonable terms and conditions consistent with applicable law.
(4)
Dismiss officers and employees.
(5)
Require bonds from officers and employees and to fix the penalty thereof.
(6)
Ratify written policies authorized by the Association's management or committees of the board.
(7)
Regulate the manner any increase or decrease of the capital of the Association shall be made; provided that nothing herein shall restrict the power of shareholders to increase or decrease the capital of the Association in accordance with law, and nothing shall raise or lower from two-thirds the percentage required for shareholder approval to increase or reduce the capital.
(8)
Manage and administer the business and affairs of the Association.
(9)
Adopt initial Bylaws, not inconsistent with law or the Articles of Association, for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the Association.

 

 

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(10)
Amend or repeal Bylaws, except to the extent that the Articles of Association reserve this power in whole or in part to the shareholders.
(11)
Make contracts.
(12)
Generally perform all acts that are legal for a board of directors to perform.

SEVENTH. The board of directors shall have the power to change the location of the main office to any authorized branch within the limits of the city of Portland, Oregon, without the approval of the shareholders, or with a vote of shareholders owning two-thirds of the stock of the Association for a location outside such limits and upon receipt of a certificate of approval from the Comptroller of the Currency, to any other location within or outside the limits of the city of Portland, Oregon, but not more than thirty miles beyond such limits. The board of directors shall have the power to establish or change the location of any office or offices of the Association to any other location permitted under applicable law, without approval of shareholders, subject to approval by the Comptroller of the Currency.

EIGHTH. The corporate existence of this Association shall continue until termination according to the laws of the United States.

NINTH. The board of directors of the Association, or any shareholder owning, in the aggregate, not less than 25 percent of the stock of the Association, may call a special meeting of shareholders at any time. Unless otherwise provided by the Bylaws or the laws of the United States, or waived by shareholders, a notice of the time, place, and purpose of every annual and special meeting of the shareholders shall be given by first-class mail, postage prepaid, mailed at least 10, and no more than 60, days prior to the date of the meeting to each shareholder of record at his/her address as shown upon the books of the Association. Unless otherwise provided by the Bylaws, any action requiring approval of shareholders must be effected at a duly called annual or special meeting.

TENTH. These Articles of Association may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the shareholders by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the stock of the Association, unless the vote of the holders of a greater amount of stock is required by law, and in that case by the vote of the holders of such greater amount; provided, that the scope of the Association's activities and services may not be expanded without the prior written approval of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Association's board of directors may propose one or more amendments to the Articles of Association for submission to the shareholders.

 

 

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In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this 11th of June, 1997.

 

/s/ Jeffrey T. Grubb

 

Jeffrey T. Grubb

 

 

 

/s/ Robert D. Sznewajs

 

Robert D. Sznewajs

 

 

 

/s/ Dwight V. Board

 

Dwight V. Board

 

 

 

/s/ P.K. Chatterjee

 

P.K. Chatterjee

 

 

 

/s/ Robert Lane

 

Robert Lane

 

 

 


Exhibit 2

 

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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Washington, DC 20219

 

CERTIFICATE OF CORPORATE EXISTENCE AND FIDUCIARY POWERS

I, Michael J. Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, do hereby certify that:

1.The Comptroller of the Currency, pursuant to Revised Statutes 324, et seq, as amended, and 12 USC 1, et seq, as amended, has possession, custody, and control of all records pertaining to the chartering, regulation, and supervision of all national banking associations.

2."U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association," Portland, Oregon (Charter No. 23412), is a national banking association formed under the laws of the United States and is authorized thereunder to transact the business of banking and exercise fiduciary powers on the date of this certificate.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, today, January 6, 2023, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused my seal of office to be affixed to these presents at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in the City of Washington, District of Columbia.

 

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2023-00337-C

 


Exhibit 3

U.S. BANK TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

AMENDED AND RESTATED BYLAWS

ARTICLE I

Meetings of Shareholders

Section 1.1. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the shareholders, for the election of directors and the transaction of any other proper business, shall be held at a time and place as the Chairman or President may designate. Notice of such meeting shall be given not less than ten (10) days or more than sixty (60) days prior to the date thereof, to each shareholder of the Association, unless the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) determines that an emergency circumstance exists. In accordance with applicable law, the sole shareholder of the Association is permitted to waive notice of the meeting. If, for any reason, an election of directors is not made on the designated day, the election shall be held on some subsequent day, as soon thereafter as practicable, with prior notice thereof. Failure to hold an annual meeting as required by these Bylaws shall not affect the validity of any corporate action or work a forfeiture or dissolution of the Association.

Section 1.2. Special Meetings. Except as otherwise specially provided by law, special meetings of the shareholders may be called for any purpose, at any time by a majority of the board of directors (the “Board”), or by any shareholder or group of shareholders owning at least ten percent of the outstanding stock.

Every such special meeting, unless otherwise provided by law, shall be called upon not less than ten (10) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior notice stating the purpose of the meeting.

Section 1.3. Nominations for Directors. Nominations for election to the Board may be made by the Board or by any shareholder.

Section 1.4. Proxies. Shareholders may vote at any meeting of the shareholders by proxies duly authorized in writing. Proxies shall be valid only for one meeting and any adjournments of such meeting and shall be filed with the records of the meeting.

Section 1.5. Record Date. The record date for determining shareholders entitled to notice and to vote at any meeting will be thirty days before the date of such meeting, unless otherwise determined by the Board.

Section 1.6. Quorum and Voting. A majority of the outstanding capital stock, represented in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of shareholders, unless otherwise provided by law, but less than a quorum may adjourn any meeting, from time to time, and the meeting may be held as adjourned without further notice. A majority of the votes cast shall decide every question or matter submitted to the shareholders at any meeting, unless otherwise provided by law or by the Articles of Association.

 


Section 1.7. Inspectors. The Board may, and in the event of its failure so to do, the Chairman of the Board may appoint Inspectors of Election who shall determine the presence of quorum, the validity of proxies, and the results of all elections and all other matters voted upon by shareholders at all annual and special meetings of shareholders.

Section 1.8. Waiver and Consent. The shareholders may act without notice or a meeting by a unanimous written consent by all shareholders.

Section 1.9. Remote Meetings. The Board shall have the right to determine that a shareholder meeting not be held at a place, but instead be held solely by means of remote communication in the manner and to the extent permitted by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

ARTICLE II

Directors

Section 2.1. Board of Directors. The Board shall have the power to manage and administer the business and affairs of the Association. Except as expressly limited by law, all corporate powers of the Association shall be vested in and may be exercised by the Board.

Section 2.2. Term of Office. The directors of this Association shall hold office for one year and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, or until their earlier resignation or removal.

Section 2.3. Powers. In addition to the foregoing, the Board shall have and may exercise all of the powers granted to or conferred upon it by the Articles of Association, the Bylaws and by law.

Section 2.4. Number. As provided in the Articles of Association, the Board of this Association shall consist of no less than five nor more than twenty-five members, unless the OCC has exempted the Association from the twenty-five- member limit. The Board shall consist of a number of members to be fixed and determined from time to time by resolution of the Board or the shareholders at any meeting thereof, in accordance with the Articles of Association. Between meetings of the shareholders held for the purpose of electing directors, the Board by a majority vote of the full Board may increase the size of the Board but not to more than a total of twenty-five directors, and fill any vacancy so created in the Board; provided that the Board may increase the number of directors only by up to two directors, when the number of directors last elected by shareholders was fifteen or fewer, and by up to four directors, when the number of directors last elected by shareholders was sixteen or more. Each director shall own a qualifying equity interest in the Association or a company that has control of the Association in each case as required by applicable law. Each director shall own such qualifying equity interest in his or her own right and meet any minimum threshold ownership required by applicable law.

 


Section 2.5. Organization Meeting. The newly elected Board shall meet for the purpose of organizing the new Board and electing and appointing such officers of the Association as may be appropriate. Such meeting shall be held on the day of the election or as soon thereafter as practicable, and, in any event, within thirty days thereafter, at such time and place as the Chairman or President may designate. If, at the time fixed for such meeting, there shall not be a quorum present, the directors present may adjourn the meeting until a quorum is obtained.

Section 2.6. Regular Meetings. The regular meetings of the Board shall be held, without notice, as the Chairman or President may designate and deem suitable.

Section 2.7. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time, at any place and for any purpose by the Chairman of the Board or the President of the Association, or upon the request of a majority of the entire Board. Notice of every special meeting of the Board shall be given to the directors at their usual places of business, or at such other addresses as shall have been furnished by them for the purpose. Such notice shall be given at least twelve hours (three hours if meeting is to be conducted by conference telephone) before the meeting by telephone or by being personally delivered, mailed, or electronically delivered. Such notice need not include a statement of the business to be transacted at, or the purpose of, any such meeting.

Section 2.8. Quorum and Necessary Vote. A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board, except when otherwise provided by law; but less than a quorum may adjourn any meeting, from time to time, and the meeting may be held as adjourned without further notice. Unless otherwise provided by law or the Articles or Bylaws of this Association, once a quorum is established, any act by a majority of those directors present and voting shall be the act of the Board.

Section 2.9. Written Consent. Except as otherwise required by applicable laws and regulations, the Board may act without a meeting by a unanimous written consent by all directors, to be filed with the Secretary of the Association as part of the corporate records.

Section 2.10. Remote Meetings. Members of the Board, or of any committee thereof, may participate in a meeting of such Board or committee by means of conference telephone, video or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other and such participation shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.

Section 2.11. Vacancies. When any vacancy occurs among the directors, the remaining members of the Board may appoint a director to fill such vacancy at any regular meeting of the Board, or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

ARTICLE III

Committees

Section 3.1. Advisory Board of Directors. The Board may appoint persons, who need not be directors, to serve as advisory directors on an advisory board of directors established with respect to the business affairs of either this Association alone or the business affairs of a group of affiliated organizations of which this Association is one. Advisory directors shall have such powers and duties as may be determined by the Board, provided, that the Board's responsibility for the business and affairs of this Association shall in no respect be delegated or diminished.

 


Section 3.2. Trust Audit Committee. At least once during each calendar year, the Association shall arrange for a suitable audit (by internal or external auditors) of all significant fiduciary activities under the direction of its trust audit committee, a function that will be fulfilled by the Audit Committee of the financial holding company that is the ultimate parent of this Association. The Association shall note the results of the audit (including significant actions taken as a result of the audit) in the minutes of the Board. In lieu of annual audits, the Association may adopt a continuous audit system in accordance with 12 C.F.R. § 9.9(b).

The Audit Committee of the financial holding company that is the ultimate parent of this Association, fulfilling the function of the trust audit committee:

(1) Must not include any officers of the Association or an affiliate who participate significantly in the administration of the Association’s fiduciary activities; and

 

(2) Must consist of a majority of members who are not also members of any committee to which the Board has delegated power to manage and control the fiduciary activities of the Association.

 

Section 3.3. Executive Committee. The Board may appoint an Executive Committee which shall consist of at least three directors and which shall have, and may exercise, to the extent permitted by applicable law, all the powers of the Board between meetings of the Board or otherwise when the Board is not meeting.

 

Section 3.4. Trust Management Committee. The Board of this Association shall appoint a Trust Management Committee to provide oversight of the fiduciary activities of the Association. The Trust Management Committee shall determine policies governing fiduciary activities. The Trust Management Committee or such subcommittees, officers or others as may be duly designated by the Trust Management Committee shall oversee the processes related to fiduciary activities to assure conformity with fiduciary policies it establishes, including ratifying the acceptance and the closing out or relinquishment of all trusts. The Trust Management Committee will provide regular reports of its activities to the Board.

 

Section 3.5. Other Committees. The Board may appoint, from time to time, committees of one or more persons who need not be directors, for such purposes and with such powers as the Board may determine; however, the Board will not delegate to any committee any powers or responsibilities that it is prohibited from delegating under any law or regulation. In addition, either the Chairman or the President may appoint, from time to time, committees of one or more officers, employees, agents or other persons, for such purposes and with such powers as either the Chairman or the President deems appropriate and proper. Whether appointed by the Board, the Chairman, or the President, any such committee shall at all times be subject to the direction and control of the Board.

Section 3.6. Meetings, Minutes and Rules. An advisory board of directors and/or committee shall meet as necessary in consideration of the purpose of the advisory board of directors or committee, and shall maintain minutes in sufficient detail to indicate actions taken or recommendations made; unless required by the members, discussions, votes or other specific details need not be reported. An advisory board of directors or a committee may, in consideration of its purpose, adopt its own rules for the exercise of any of its functions or authority.

 

 


ARTICLE IV

Officers

Section 4.1. Chairman of the Board. The Board may appoint one of its members to be Chairman of the Board to serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Chairman shall supervise the carrying out of the policies adopted or approved by the Board; shall have general executive powers, as well as the specific powers conferred by these Bylaws; and shall also have and may exercise such powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred upon or assigned by the Board.

Section 4.2. President. The Board may appoint one of its members to be President of the Association. In the absence of the Chairman, the President shall preside at any meeting of the Board. The President shall have general executive powers, and shall have and may exercise any and all other powers and duties pertaining by law, regulation or practice, to the office of President, or imposed by these Bylaws. The President shall also have and may exercise such powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred or assigned by the Board.

Section 4.3. Vice President. The Board may appoint one or more Vice Presidents who shall have such powers and duties as may be assigned by the Board and to perform the duties of the President on those occasions when the President is absent, including presiding at any meeting of the Board in the absence of both the Chairman and President.

Section 4.4. Secretary. The Board shall appoint a Secretary, or other designated officer who shall be Secretary of the Board and of the Association, and shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings. The Secretary shall attend to the giving of all notices required by these Bylaws to be given; shall be custodian of the corporate seal, records, documents and papers of the Association; shall provide for the keeping of proper records of all transactions of the Association; shall, upon request, authenticate any records of the Association; shall have and may exercise any and all other powers and duties pertaining by law, regulation or practice, to the Secretary, or imposed by these Bylaws; and shall also perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board. The Board may appoint one or more Assistant Secretaries with such powers and duties as the Board, the President or the Secretary shall from time to time determine.

Section 4.5. Other Officers. The Board may appoint, and may authorize the Chairman, the President or any other officer to appoint, any officer as from time to time may appear to the Board, the Chairman, the President or such other officer to be required or desirable to transact the business of the Association. Such officers shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as pertain to their several offices, or as may be conferred upon or assigned to them by these Bylaws, the Board, the Chairman, the President or such other authorized officer. Any person may hold two offices.

Section 4.6. Tenure of Office. The Chairman or the President and all other officers shall hold office until their respective successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office, subject to the right of the Board or authorized officer to discharge any officer at any time.

 

 


ARTICLE V

Stock

 

Section 5.1. The Board may authorize the issuance of stock either in certificated or in uncertificated form. Certificates for shares of stock shall be in such form as the Board may from time to time prescribe. If the Board issues certificated stock, the certificate shall be signed by the President, Secretary or any other such officer as the Board so determines. Shares of stock shall be transferable on the books of the Association, and a transfer book shall be kept in which all transfers of stock shall be recorded. Every person becoming a shareholder by such transfer shall, in proportion to such person's shares, succeed to all rights of the prior holder of such shares. Each certificate of stock shall recite on its face that the stock represented thereby is transferable only upon the books of the Association properly endorsed. The Board may impose conditions upon the transfer of the stock reasonably calculated to simplify the work of the Association for stock transfers, voting at shareholder meetings, and related matters, and to protect it against fraudulent transfers.

 

ARTICLE VI

Corporate Seal

Section 6.1. The Association shall have no corporate seal; provided, however, that if the use of a seal is required by, or is otherwise convenient or advisable pursuant to, the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction, the following seal may be used, and the Chairman, the President, the Secretary and any Assistant Secretary shall have the authority to affix such seal:

ARTICLE VII

Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 7.1. Execution of Instruments. All agreements, checks, drafts, orders, indentures, notes, mortgages, deeds, conveyances, transfers, endorsements, assignments, certificates, declarations, receipts, discharges, releases, satisfactions, settlements, petitions, schedules, accounts, affidavits, bonds, undertakings, guarantees, proxies and other instruments or documents may be signed, countersigned, executed, acknowledged, endorsed, verified, delivered or accepted on behalf of the Association, whether in a fiduciary capacity or otherwise, by any officer of the Association, or such employee or agent as may be designated from time to time by the Board by resolution, or by the Chairman or the President by written instrument, which resolution or instrument shall be certified as in effect by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of the Association. The provisions of this section are supplementary to any other provision of the Articles of Association or Bylaws.

Section 7.2. Records. The Articles of Association, the Bylaws as revised or amended from time to time and the proceedings of all meetings of the shareholders, the Board, and standing committees of the Board, shall be recorded in appropriate minute books provided for the purpose. The minutes of each meeting shall be signed by the Secretary, or other officer appointed to act as Secretary of the meeting.

 


Section 7.3. Trust Files. There shall be maintained in the Association files all fiduciary records necessary to assure that its fiduciary responsibilities have been properly undertaken and discharged.

Section 7.4. Trust Investments. Funds held in a fiduciary capacity shall be invested according to the instrument establishing the fiduciary relationship and according to law. Where such instrument does not specify the character and class of investments to be made and does not vest in the Association a discretion in the matter, funds held pursuant to such instrument shall be invested in investments in which corporate fiduciaries may invest under law.

Section 7.5. Notice. Whenever notice is required by the Articles of Association, the Bylaws or law, such notice shall be by mail, postage prepaid, e- mail, in person, or by any other means by which such notice can reasonably be expected to be received, using the address of the person to receive such notice, or such other personal data, as may appear on the records of the Association.

Except where specified otherwise in these Bylaws, prior notice shall be proper if given not more than 30 days nor less than 10 days prior to the event for which notice is given.

ARTICLE VIII

Indemnification

Section 8.1. The Association shall indemnify such persons for such liabilities in such manner under such circumstances and to such extent as permitted by Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, as now enacted or hereafter amended. The Board may authorize the purchase and maintenance of insurance and/or the execution of individual agreements for the purpose of such indemnification, and the Association shall advance all reasonable costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred in defending any action, suit or proceeding to all persons entitled to indemnification under this Section 8.1. Such insurance shall be consistent with the requirements of 12 C.F.R. § 7.2014 and shall exclude coverage of liability for a formal order assessing civil money penalties against an institution-affiliated party, as defined at 12 U.S.C. § 1813(u).

Section 8.2. Notwithstanding Section 8.1, however, (a) any indemnification payments to an institution-affiliated party, as defined at 12 U.S.C. § 1813(u), for an administrative proceeding or civil action initiated by a federal banking agency, shall be reasonable and consistent with the requirements of 12 U.S.C. § 1828(k) and the implementing regulations thereunder; and (b) any indemnification payments and advancement of costs and expenses to an institution-affiliated party, as defined at 12 U.S.C. § 1813(u), in cases involving an administrative proceeding or civil action not initiated by a federal banking agency, shall be in accordance with Delaware General Corporation Law and consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

 


ARTICLE IX

Bylaws: Interpretation and Amendment

Section 9.1. These Bylaws shall be interpreted in accordance with and subject to appropriate provisions of law, and may be added to, altered, amended, or repealed, at any regular or special meeting of the Board.

Section 9.2. A copy of the Bylaws and all amendments shall at all times be kept in a convenient place at the principal office of the Association, and shall be open for inspection to all shareholders during Association hours.

ARTICLE X

Miscellaneous Provisions

 

Section 10.1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on the first day of January in each year and shall end on the thirty-first day of December following.

 

Section 10.2. Governing Law. This Association designates the Delaware General Corporation Law, as amended from time to time, as the governing law for its corporate governance procedures, to the extent not inconsistent with Federal banking statutes and regulations or bank safety and soundness.

 

***

 

 

 

(February 8, 2021)

 


Exhibit 5

CONSENT

In accordance with Section 321(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the undersigned, U.S. BANK TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION hereby consents that reports of examination of the undersigned by Federal, State, Territorial or District authorities may be furnished by such authorities to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon its request therefor.

 

 

Dated: April 19, 2023

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Leanne M. duffy

 

 

 

Leanne M. Duffy

 

 

 

Vice President

 

 


Exhibit 6

U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association

Statement of Financial Condition

as of 12/31/2022

($000’s)

 

 

 

 

12/31/2022

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and Balances Due From

 

$

741,758

 

Depository Institutions

 

 

 

 

Securities

 

 

4,322

 

Federal Funds

 

 

0

 

Loans & Lease Financing Receivables

 

 

0

 

Fixed Assets

 

 

2,186

 

Intangible Assets

 

 

581,108

 

Other Assets

 

 

163,734

 

Total Assets

 

$

1,493,108

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

$

0

 

Fed Funds

 

 

0

 

Treasury Demand Notes

 

 

0

 

Trading Liabilities

 

 

0

 

Other Borrowed Money

 

 

0

 

Acceptances

 

 

0

 

Subordinated Notes and Debentures

 

 

0

 

Other Liabilities

 

 

107,167

 

Total Liabilities

 

$

107,167

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Common and Preferred Stock

 

 

200

 

Surplus

 

 

1,171,635

 

Undivided Profits

 

 

214,106

 

Minority Interest in Subsidiaries

 

 

0

 

Total Equity Capital

 

$

1,385,941

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Equity Capital

 

$

1,493,108

 

 


EX-FILING FEES

 

Calculation of Filing Fee Tables

Form S-3ASR

(Form Type)

Brown & Brown, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

Table 1: Newly Registered and Carry Forward Securities

 

Security Type

Security Class Title

Fee Calculation or Carry Forward Rule

Amount Registered

Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Unit

Maximum Aggregate Offering Price

Fee Rate

Amount of Registration Fee

Carry Forward Form Type

Carry Forward File Number

Carry Forward Initial Effective Date

Filing Fee Previously Paid in Connection with Unsold Securities to be Carried Forward

Newly Registered Securities

Fees to be Paid

Debt

Debt Securities (1)

Rule 457(r) (2)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(2)

(2)

Equity

Common Stock, par value $.10 per share (1)

Rule 457(r) (2)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(2)

(2)

Other

Stock or Debt Warrants (1)

Rule 457(r) (2)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(2)

(2)

Fees Previously Paid

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Carry Forward Securities

Carry Forward Securities

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total Offering Amounts

N/A

N/A

Total Fees Previously Paid

N/A

Total Fee Offsets

N/A

Net Fee Due

N/A

 

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