0001628280-23-023581 11-K 2 20221231 20230627 20230627 BGC Partners, Inc. 0001094831 6200 134063515 DE 1231 11-K 34 000-28191 231047287 499 PARK AVENUE NEW YORK NY 10022 212-610-2200 499 PARK AVENUE NEW YORK NY 10022 ESPEED INC 19990913 11-K 1 bgcp2022form11-k.htm 11-K Document

 
 
 
U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549
 
FORM 11-K
 
(Mark One)
    ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022
OR
    TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from_____________to_____________
Commission file numbers 0-28191
 
BGC PARTNERS, INC. DEFERRAL PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES OF
BGC PARTNERS, INC., CANTOR FITZGERALD, L.P. AND THEIR AFFILIATES
(Full title of the plan)
BGC PARTNERS, INC.
499 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10022
(Name of issuer of the securities held
pursuant to the plan and the address of
its principal executive office)
 
 
 



BGC PARTNERS, INC. DEFERRAL PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES OF BGC PARTNERS, INC.,
CANTOR FITZGERALD, L.P. AND THEIR AFFILIATES FORM 11-K
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

All other schedules required by Section 2520.103-10 of the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 have been omitted because they are not applicable.  





REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Plan Participants,
The BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan Committee of the BGC
Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc.,
Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates and
The Board of Directors of BGC Partners, Inc.

Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates (the Plan) as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, and the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2022, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan at December 31, 2022 and 2021, and the changes in its net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2022, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.
Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Supplemental Schedule Required by ERISA
The accompanying supplemental schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 31, 2022 (referred to as the “supplemental schedule”), has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The information in the supplemental schedule is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the information reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental schedule. In forming our opinion on the information, we evaluated whether such information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the information is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.
 
/s/    Ernst & Young LLP

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2008.
New York, New York
June 27, 2023

 
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BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor
Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits

December 31,
20222021
ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents$950,185 $526,406 
Participant-directed investments at fair value317,569,912 381,978,292 
Participant contribution receivables— 616,262 
Employer contribution receivables826,402 403,847 
Notes receivable from participants3,223,484 3,231,003 
Total assets322,569,983 386,755,810 
LIABILITIES:
Other liabilities86,128 5,749 
Total liabilities86,128 5,749 
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS$322,483,855 $386,750,061 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
 
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BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor
Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates
Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

Year ended December 31, 2022
ADDITIONS (REDUCTIONS):
Contributions:
Participant contributions$25,747,111 
Rollover contributions2,031,363 
Employer contributions843,502 
Total contributions28,621,976 
Investment income (loss):
Net depreciation in fair value of investments(64,277,175)
Interest and dividends5,450,480 
Net investment loss(58,826,695)
Other income:
Interest on notes receivable from participants58,886 
Total additions (reductions)(30,145,833)
DEDUCTIONS:
Distributions to participants33,505,377 
Administrative expenses, net of forfeitures614,996 
Total deductions34,120,373 
NET DECREASE IN ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS(64,266,206)
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS, BEGINNING OF YEAR386,750,061 
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS, END OF YEAR$322,483,855 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc.,
Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2022 and 2021, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2022
1.    Description of Plan
The following description of the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates (the “Plan”) provides general information concerning the Plan. Participants should refer to the Plan document and the Plan’s summary plan description for a more complete description of the Plan’s provisions.
General — The Plan is a defined contribution plan, which is subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”). The Plan is co-sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. (“CFLP”) and BGC Partners, Inc. (“BGC Partners”). CFLP and BGC Partners, as well as their participating domestic affiliates, are collectively referred to as the “Company.”
The trustee for the Plan is AdvisorTrust, LLC (“AdvisorTrust”). AdvisorTrust uses Matrix Trust Company (“Matrix Trust”) to provide custody of assets, trading, income collection, contribution deposit processing and paying agent services. The trustee is legally responsible for maintaining the assets of the Plan, making distribution payments as directed by the Company and generally performing all other acts deemed necessary or proper to fulfill its responsibility as set forth in the trust agreement pertaining to the Plan. Professional Capital Services, LLC (“PCS”) is the Plan’s recordkeeper.
Committees — The BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan Committee (the “Committee”) is the administrator of the Plan and is comprised of six members who are all employees of the Company.
The Committee has the authority, in its sole discretion, to interpret the Plan, to develop rules and regulations, to carry out the provisions of the Plan, to make factual determinations, and to resolve questions relating to eligibility for and the amount of benefits.
The Committee also has the authority to make and deal with any investment in any manner consistent with the Plan that it deems advisable. The Committee is assisted by independent, registered investment advisors. On January 26, 2021, the Committee appointed Brinker Capital, Inc. (“Brinker”) and AdvisorTrust as investment managers for the Plan. Brinker was delegated the authority to manage the overall investment process and supervision of the Plan’s investments, except for the BGC Stock Fund. AdvisorTrust was delegated the authority to manage the BGC Stock Fund. Brinker acts as an investment fiduciary and investment manager in accordance with ERISA Section 3(38). Representatives of Brinker, AdvisorTrust and PCS attend the quarterly Committee meetings.
Eligibility — All employees of the Company are eligible to participate in the Plan upon hire and upon reaching the age of 21, except for temporary or casual employees unless they have completed 1,000 hours within 12 months, individuals classified by the Company as independent contractors, leased employees, employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement and non-resident aliens who receive no earned income from U.S. sources. Eligibility begins the first day of the following month after these requirements are met.
Plan Amendments — The Plan was amended on December 17, 2021, to add matching contributions from the Employer to the Plan, effective as of January 1, 2021. See “Participant and Company Contributions” below for additional information.
Participant and Company Contributions — Eligible employees may elect to contribute from 1% to 80% of their compensation to the Plan in the form of pre-tax contributions, Roth contributions, and/or after-tax contributions. The combined amount of a participant’s pre-tax and Roth contributions may not exceed a statutory limit ($20,500 for 2022 and $19,500 for 2021, subject to adjustment in future years for cost-of-living increases in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC” or the “Code”)). The Plan permits rollover contributions, and permits participants age 50 and over to make catch-up contributions of up to $6,500 for both 2022 and 2021. In addition, there are other limitations set forth in the IRC, which the Plan must satisfy. Contributions exceeding the limit will be refunded to the participants. There were no contributions in excess of IRC limitations related to the 2022 plan year. Contributions, amounting to $5,749, which were in excess of IRC limitations related to the 2021 Plan year, were refunded to the participants by April 15, 2022. Additionally, the Plan failed to pass the Actual Contribution Percentage (“ACP”) Test for 2022 Plan year, resulting in refundable contributions of $86,128, and are included in excess contributions. Excess contributions are recorded as a liability within the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits, and as a reduction of participant-directed contributions for the year ended December 31, 2022. These excess contributions were reimbursed in 2023.
Effective January 1, 2021, the Company began matching contributions, in cash, (“Match Contributions Account”) to be allocated to eligible Plan participants (“Match Eligible Participant”) who participate in the Plan and are actively making contributions, including Roth contributions. Matching contributions by the Company are paid in the first quarter following the plan year.
The 2021 Plan year was the first Plan year that any eligible participant could be a Match Eligible Participant. A “Match Eligible Participant” is a participant who meets the following requirements: (a) the participant is an employee of the Company employed in a shared service or technology role, or an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. employed in a non-revenue generating support or executive support role; (b) the participant does not have compensation (without regard to the Code Section 401(a)(17)(B) limit) in excess of $500,000 during the Plan year; and (c) the participant is employed by the Company on December 31 of the Plan year, has
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not previously either provided to or received from an employer notice of termination of employment. In the first year, and every year thereafter, a participant is a Match Eligible Participant, he or she is eligible to receive a 20% fully vested matching contribution, and an additional 20% each year, up to 3% of his or her cash compensation up to $150,000, per year, receiving 100% by the fifth year. The matching contribution is based on the percentage of compensation contributed by each Match Eligible Participant. Each Match Eligible Participant’s matching contribution is invested the same way as the participant’s investment elections. If a participant does not elect an investment option, all contributions are invested in the Brinker ETF Strategy based on the participant’s age.
Investment Options — Participants direct the investment of their contributions into the various investment options offered by the Plan. As of December 31, 2022, investment options include various mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), a demand deposit account, a common collective trust, and the BGC Partners, Inc. Stock Portfolio (the “BGC Partners Stock Portfolio”) (elections to invest in the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio are available to BGC Partners employees only, and are subject to BGC Partners’ employee trading policies).
The BGC Partners Stock Portfolio is primarily composed of the BGC Partners, Inc. Class A common stock and cash. The cash component generally represents approximately 3% of the total fund and provides the fund liquidity for participant redemptions. Participants purchase units of participation in the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio based on their contributions to such fund along with income that the fund may earn, less distributions made to the Plan’s participants. The BGC Partners Stock Portfolio is considered a level 1 investment within the fair value hierarchy. The Plan does not limit the amount a participant can invest in the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio.
Each participant is entitled to exercise voting rights attributable to the shares allocated to their account and is notified by the Plan’s Trustee prior to the time that such rights may be exercised. The Trustee is not permitted to vote any allocated shares for which instructions have not been given by a participant. Participants have the same voting rights in the event of a tender offer.
On the first day of the month following their hire dates, eligible employees have the right to participate in the Plan. One month after the date of eligibility, employees who have neither submitted elections to participate, nor declined to participate in the Plan are auto-enrolled in the Plan by the Company at a rate of 6% of compensation. These deferrals are invested in the Brinker ETF Strategy based on the participant’s age. 
Vesting — Substantially all participants are immediately and fully vested in their elective deferrals, qualified non-elective contributions, rollover contributions, matching contributions paid to Match Contributions Accounts and investment earnings (losses) thereon.
Forfeitures — Certain contributions are subject to forfeiture. For the participants who joined the Plan with legacy matching contributions, as described in “Vesting” above, if their employment terminated before the employer contribution fully vested, the unvested portion of his or her account is forfeited as soon as they request a distribution from the Plan. In addition, if a required minimum distribution payment is returned to the Plan and the Employer or Committee has made reasonable efforts to locate the participant, spouse or beneficiary, and the participant, spouse or beneficiary has not been located, after six months the benefits of the participant may be forfeited. Forfeitures are available to pay administrative expenses. As of December 31, 2022 and 2021, forfeited accounts totaled $398 and $2,427, respectively.
Participant Accounts — Individual accounts are maintained for each Plan participant. Each participant’s account is credited with the participant’s contributions, any matching contributions and Plan earnings, and charged with withdrawals and allocable Plan losses and expenses (other than expenses paid by the Company). Allocations are based on participant earnings or account balances, as defined. The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant’s vested account.
Distributions — Payment of benefits begins as soon as practicable following termination of employment. If a participant’s account balance is more than $5,000, no distribution will be made prior to normal retirement age (later of age 59 1/2 or completion of five years of service) without the participant’s written consent. Participants may elect to defer receipt until April 1 following the later of the calendar year in which the participant attains age 70 1/2 or the calendar year in which the participant terminates employment with the Company.
In-service withdrawals are available in certain limited circumstances, as defined by the Plan. Hardship withdrawals are allowed for participants incurring an immediate and heavy financial need, as defined by the Plan. Hardship withdrawals are strictly regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and a participant must exhaust all available loan options and available distributions prior to requesting a hardship withdrawal.
Participant Contribution Receivables — The contribution receivables for participant contributions are the amounts deferred from payroll and not yet deposited with the trustee.
Notes Receivable From Participants — The minimum amount available to participants as a loan under the Plan is $500, and the maximum amount available will be the lesser of (i) $50,000 (reduced by a participant’s highest outstanding loan balance during the preceding 12 months), or (ii) 50% of the value of the vested portion of a participant’s account. Interest on the outstanding loans will be a commercially reasonable rate and the loans will have to be repaid within five years, except if the purpose of the loan is the purchase of a primary residence. All loans will become due and payable upon any separation from employment, other than a separation from
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employment on account of disability. Participant loans were $3,223,484 and $3,231,003 as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, and are included in Notes receivable from participants in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits.
Risks and Uncertainties — The Plan provides for various investment options. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market and credit risk. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that the risk factors could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits and changes therein.
Plan Termination — Although it has not expressed any intent to do so, the Company has the right under the Plan to discontinue its sponsorship of the Plan and to terminate the Plan at any time subject to the provisions of ERISA. In the event the Plan is terminated, employees will become 100% vested in their accounts.  

2.    Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Accounting — The Plan’s financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).
Benefit Payments to Participants and Beneficiaries — Benefits are recorded when disbursed.
Use of Estimates — The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of net assets available for benefits and changes thereof. Actual results could differ from the estimates and assumptions used. Estimates that are particularly susceptible to change include assumptions used in determining the fair value of investments.
Investment Valuation and Income Recognition — All of the Plan’s investments are stated at fair value. See Note 5—“Fair Value Measurements” for more information. Shares of registered investment companies are valued at quoted market prices, which represent the asset value of shares held by the Plan at year end. The BGC Partners Stock Portfolio is composed primarily of the BGC Partners, Inc. Class A common stock which is valued at its quoted market price at the end of the year (see Note 1— “Description of Plan” for more information). The Plan holds an investment in the AdvisorTrust FDIC Insured Demand Deposit Account (“AdvisorTrust FDIC Insured DDA”), a demand deposit account. Cash deposits in the demand deposit account are eligible for FDIC insurance up to the applicable limit of $250,000 per depositor. The Plan held an investment in the Matrix Trust Retirement Cash Account, a demand deposit account. This account was no longer an active investment option as of December 31, 2022. The $6,574 held in the Matrix Trust Retirement Cash Account as of December 31, 2022 was subsequently transferred to the AdvisorTrust FDIC Insured DDA. Interest payments for the demand deposit account are calculated using the average daily balance and credited to the demand deposit account on the first business day of the following month. The Plan also holds an investment in the Morley Stable Value Fund (“MSVF”), a common collective trust. The common collective trust fund is valued at net asset value (“NAV”) as determined by using estimated fair value. NAV is used as a practical expedient for fair value and is provided by the investment manager. Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis. Interest income is recorded on an accrual basis. Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Dividends and interest received by the Plan are reinvested into the respective funds.
Notes Receivable From Participants — The Notes receivable from participants are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Interest income on notes receivable from participants is recorded when it is earned, and is included in Other income in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits. Related fees are recorded as administrative expenses and are recorded when they are incurred.
Excess Contributions Payable — Amounts payable to participants for contributions in excess of amounts allowed by the IRS are recorded as a liability with a corresponding reduction to contributions. See “Participant and Company Contributions” in Note 1—“Description of Plan” for more information.
Management Fees and Operating Expenses — Management fees and operating expenses charged to the Plan for investments in the mutual funds are deducted from the mutual fund on a daily basis and are not reflected separately. Management fees and operating expenses for the privately managed funds are accrued on a daily basis and are reflected in the daily unitized price and are paid on a quarterly basis. Consequently, management fees and operating expenses are reflected as a reduction of investment return for such investments. Fees charged by the Plan recordkeeper, the trustee and the investment advisor are included in Administrative expenses in the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits.
Cash and Cash Equivalents — Cash and cash equivalents include cash and short-term interest-bearing investments with original maturities of three months or less. Such amounts, which are recorded at cost plus accrued interest, generally represent participant contributions that are held in money market accounts pending investment in participant-directed investments. Of the cash and cash equivalents balance held as of December 31, 2022 and 2021 approximately $784 thousand and $340 thousand, respectively, was subsequently invested in participant-directed investments and used to fund benefit payments. The remaining cash resides in the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio for liquidity purposes.

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3.    Exempt Party-In-Interest Transactions
Certain officers and employees of the Company, who are participants in the Plan, perform administrative services related to the operation, recordkeeping and financial reporting of the Plan. The Company, at its discretion, pays these and other administrative expenses on behalf of the Plan, however, if the Company decided to discontinue paying these expenses, the Plan would be responsible and incur these as additional administrative expenses.
AdvisorTrust is the trustee of the Plan, while Matrix Trust is the sub-custodian of the Plan’s assets. All funds are held at Matrix Trust. Matrix Trust manages the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio, and the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio Money Market Deposit Account. All other funds are managed by the respective fund companies via a portfolio manager. AdvisorTrust oversees the holdings and is responsible for reporting and all other custodial duties.
The BGC Partners Stock Portfolio was valued at $4.6 million and $6.1 million as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The net assets of the Plan invested in Matrix Trust money market deposit accounts was $0.8 million and $14.9 million as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The net assets of the Plan invested in the AdvisorTrust FDIC Insured DDA money market deposit account was $15.3 million as of December 31, 2022.
Although these transactions qualify as party-in-interest transactions, they are specifically exempt in accordance with certain U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Prohibited Transaction Class Exemptions.

4.    Income Tax Status of Plan
The Plan has received a determination letter from the IRS dated March 20, 2014, stating that the Plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and, therefore, the related trust is exempt from taxation. Subsequent to this determination by the IRS, the Plan was amended. The Plan is required to operate in conformity with the Code to maintain its qualified status. The Plan administrator believes the Plan is being operated in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Code and, therefore, believes that the Plan, as amended, is qualified and the related trust is tax exempt.
U.S. GAAP requires plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the Plan and recognize a tax liability if the Plan has taken an uncertain position that more likely than not would not be sustained upon examination by the IRS. Plan management has analyzed the tax positions taken by the Plan, and has concluded that as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, there were no uncertain positions taken or expected to be taken. The Plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions; however, there are currently no audits for any tax periods in progress. 

5.    Fair Value Measurements
U.S. GAAP defines fair value as the price received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and further expands disclosures about such fair value measurements.
The guidance establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are as follows:
•    Level 1 measurements—Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities.
•    Level 2 measurements—Quoted prices in markets that are not active or financial instruments for which all significant inputs are observable, either directly or indirectly.
•    Level 3 measurements—Prices or valuations that require inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable.
A financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Investments that were measured at NAV as a practical expedient are not classified in the fair value hierarchy.







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The following table sets forth by level within the fair value hierarchy the fair value of the Plan’s investments as of December 31, 2022.

Investments at Fair Value as of December 31, 2022
Level 1Level 2Level 3Total
Mutual funds$213,951,541 $— $— $213,951,541 
Exchange traded funds76,840,950 — — 76,840,950 
Demand deposit account(a)15,343,769 — — 15,343,769 
BGC Partners Stock Portfolio (excludes cash component)4,399,889 — — 4,399,889 
Total assets in the fair value hierarchy$310,536,149 $— $— 310,536,149 
Investments measured at net asset value as a practical
   expedient:
Common collective trust(b)7,033,763 
Total investments at fair value$317,569,912 

(a)    Valued at outstanding balance plus accrued interest, which approximates fair value.
(b)    Valued at the net asset value. NAV is used as a practical expedient for fair value and is provided by the investment manager.

The following table sets forth by level within the fair value hierarchy the fair value of the Plan’s investments as of December 31, 2021.
 
Investments at Fair Value as of December 31, 2021
Level 1Level 2Level 3Total
Mutual funds$262,516,398 $— $— $262,516,398 
Exchange traded funds92,710,290 — — 92,710,290 
Demand deposit account(a)14,571,864 — — 14,571,864 
BGC Partners Stock Portfolio (excludes cash component)5,921,920 — — 5,921,920 
Total assets in the fair value hierarchy$375,720,472 $— $— 375,720,472 
Investments measured at net asset value as a practical
   expedient:
Common collective trust(b)6,257,820 
Total investments at fair value$381,978,292 

(a) Valued at outstanding balance plus accrued interest, which approximate fair value.
(b)    Valued at the net asset value. NAV is used as a practical expedient for fair value and is provided by the investment manager.
There have been no significant changes in the valuation techniques during the year ended December 31, 2022.
Where quoted market prices are available in an active market, investments are classified within Level 1 of the valuation hierarchy. Level 1 investments include common stock, ETFs and mutual funds. ETFs and mutual funds are valued at the daily closing price as reported by the fund. They are open-ended and registered with the SEC and deemed to be actively traded. Investments in the BGC Partners common stock fund are valued at the closing price reported on NASDAQ.
The Plan holds an investment in the MSVF, a common collective trust. The MSVF seeks to be low risk and provide preservation of capital, relatively consistent returns, and liquidity for benefit-responsive participant payments. The MSVF invests in a variety of high quality stable value investment contracts, wrap contracts, and cash and cash equivalents. The common collective trust fund is valued using NAV as a practical expedient for fair value and is provided by the investment manager. There are no redemption restrictions on Plan participants daily transactions with the MSVF.

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6.    Subsequent Events

On November 15, 2022, BGC Partners, along with certain other entities, entered into a corporate conversion agreement, which was amended as of March 29, 2023, in order to reorganize and simplify the organizational structure of the BGC entities by converting BGC Partners from an Umbrella Partnership/C-Corporation (or “Up-C structure”) to a “Full C-Corporation” through a series of mergers and related transactions (collectively, the “Corporate Conversion”). On April 6, 2023, BGC Group, Inc. (“BGC Group”) filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the SEC in connection with the Corporate Conversion. The shares of BGC Group Class A common stock will trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the new ticker “BGC.”

Pursuant to the Corporate Conversion, each share of BGC Partners Class A common stock outstanding, including each share held by the Plan in the form of the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio investment option, at the effective time of the Corporate Conversion will be converted into one share of Class A common stock of BGC Group. Following the Corporate Conversion, the BGC Partners Stock Portfolio investment option will be renamed the “BGC Group, Inc. Stock Portfolio.” In addition, in connection with the closing of the Corporate Conversion, BGC Group will assume co-sponsorship of the Plan, as amended and restated, with CFLP, and the Plan will be renamed the BGC Group, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Group, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates.
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SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE  
BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates
Plan Number 001
Employer Identification Number (EIN) 13-3680189
Form 5500, Schedule H, Part IV, Line 4i—Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year)
As of December 31, 2022
 
(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)
Identity of Issue, Borrower, Lessor or Similar PartyDescription of InvestmentCost**Current
Value
Cash and Cash Equivalents
First American Government Obligations Fund ZCash Equivalent$166,562 
*Matrix Trust Cash AccountCash Equivalent783,623 
950,185 
Participant-Directed Investments
*AdvisorTrust FDIC Insured DDACash Equivalent15,337,195 
Allspring Special Mid Cap Value Fund Class InstRegistered Investment Co.4,647,436 
American Funds The Growth Fund of America Class R-6Registered Investment Co.10,910,962 
American Funds The Income Fund of America Class R-6Registered Investment Co.6,376,273 
Baron Emerging Markets Fund Institutional ClassRegistered Investment Co.2,189,554 
*BGC Partners, Inc. Stock PortfolioUnitized Portfolio Account4,399,889 
Causeway International Small CapRegistered Investment Co.2,745,092 
ClearBridge International Growth ISRegistered Investment Co.8,065,473 
Columbia Select Large Cap Growth Fund Class ARegistered Investment Co.6,102,465 
Delaware Value Fund Value Class R-6Registered Investment Co.1,936,871 
Dodge & Cox Stock FundRegistered Investment Co.20,605,511 
Doubleline Low Duration Emerging Markets Fixed IncomeRegistered Investment Co.1,337,423 
Doubleline Total Return Bond Fund Class IRegistered Investment Co.13,225,611 
Driehaus Event Driven FundRegistered Investment Co.1,769,276 
Direhaus Small Cap Growth InstitutionalRegistered Investment Co.3,193,333 
Fidelity Capital & Income FundRegistered Investment Co.4,278,517 
Fidelity ContrafundRegistered Investment Co.12,821,445 
Fidelity Low-Priced Stock FundRegistered Investment Co.4,623,013 
First Eagle Overseas Fund Class R6Registered Investment Co.2,541,194 
iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETFRegistered Investment Co.2,740,206 
Shares Core High Dividend ETFRegistered Investment Co.2,737,456 
iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETFRegistered Investment Co.790 
iShares Core MSCI Total Institutional Stock ETFRegistered Investment Co.13,132,499 
iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETFRegistered Investment Co.9,970,854 
iShares Core US REIT ETFRegistered Investment Co.3,275,162 
iShares North American Natural Resources ETFRegistered Investment Co.5,756,621 
iShares Russell 2000 ETFRegistered Investment Co.104,608 
JPMorgan Strategic Income Opportunities Fund R5Registered Investment Co.2,780,920 
*Matrix Trust Retirement Cash AccountCash Equivalent6,574 
Morley Stable Value FundCommon Collective Trust7,033,763 
Palm Valley Capital Fund Investor ClassRegistered Investment Co.1,318,710 
Riverpark Strategic Income Fund Institutional ClassRegistered Investment Co.2,581,190 
T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund IRegistered Investment Co.2,587,048 
Undiscovered Managers Behavioral Value Fund Class R-6Registered Investment Co.3,382,398 
Vanguard Health Care Fund Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.1,966,601 
Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Institutional SharesRegistered Investment Co.13,239,209 
Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.32,443,055 
Vanguard Short-Term Treasury Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.14,210,245 
Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.3,706,684 
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.12,499,238 
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETFRegistered Investment Co.2,516,695 
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral SharesRegistered Investment Co.39,122,754 
Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries InverseRegistered Investment Co.11,825,591 
Wells Fargo Special Mid Cap Value InstitutionalRegistered Investment Co.1,524,508 
317,569,912 
*Participant LoansParticipants’ Loans (1)3,223,484 
$321,743,581 
*    Party-in-interest as defined by ERISA.
**    Cost information is not required for participant-directed investments and is therefore not included.
(1)    Maturing 2024 to 2052 at interest rates of 3.25% to 7.50%.
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SIGNATURE
The Plan. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Administrator of the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates has duly caused this annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
BGC PARTNERS, INC. DEFERRAL PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES OF BGC PARTNERS, INC.,
CANTOR FITZGERALD, L.P. AND THEIR
AFFILIATES
By:/s/ Jason W. Hauf
Name:Jason W. Hauf
BGC Partners, Inc.
Title:Chief Financial Officer
on behalf of the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan Committee, the Plan Administrator

Date: June 27, 2023  
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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
 
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EX-23.1 2 a202211kexhibit231.htm EX-23.1 Document

Exhibit 23.1
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8 No. 333-259263) pertaining to the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates of our report dated June 27, 2023, with respect to the financial statements and schedule of the BGC Partners, Inc. Deferral Plan for Employees of BGC Partners, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and Their Affiliates included in this Annual Report (Form 11-K) for the year ended December 31, 2022.
/s/    Ernst & Young LLP
New York, New York
June 27, 2023