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Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

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Canyon Capital Advisors LLC

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DATED APRIL [•], 2016

AMBAC FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.

One State Street Plaza

New York, New York 10004

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PROXY STATEMENT

OF

 

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CANYON CAPITAL ADVISORS LLC

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PLEASE SIGN, DATE, AND MAIL THE ENCLOSED GOLD PROXY CARD TODAY

This proxy statement and the enclosed GOLD proxy card are being furnished by Canyon Capital Advisors LLC (“Canyon Capital”) and certain of its affiliates (as identified on Annex I, and together with Canyon Capital, “Canyon”, “we”, “our”, or “us”), and Frederick Arnold (“Mr. Arnold”), in connection with the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Ambac Financial Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Ambac” or the “Company”).

For the reasons discussed in this proxy statement, we do not believe that the current board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) has pursued avenues that would maximize the potential value of Ambac. We are especially troubled by the Board’s decisions to appoint Nader Tavakoli as permanent President and CEO of the Company and its insurance subsidiary, Ambac Assurance Corporation (“Ambac Assurance”), and to award Mr. Tavakoli what we believe to be an exorbitant compensation package notwithstanding the 42% decline in Ambac’s stock price during his interim leadership in 2015. On March 28, 2016, Ambac announced the appointment of two additional directors to the Board, including Ian Haft who is a Partner at Cornwall Capital Management LP (a stockholder of the Company). While we are pleased that a stockholder representative has been appointed to the Board, we believe that additional stockholder representation on the Board is necessary. We believe that Mr. Arnold, our director nominee, will work to return the maximum amount of capital available to stockholders as quickly as possible, consistent with his independent judgment and exercise of his fiduciary duties to the Company’s stockholders. Mr. Arnold possesses significant board-level experience across various types of structured products, which will augment the Board’s ability to drive the Company’s strategy and make critical decisions. Mr. Arnold is independent of Canyon and the Company, has a proven track record of success and will leverage his industry experience to further correct the Company’s course.

We are therefore seeking your support at the upcoming 2016 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), to be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time at Ambac Financial Group, Inc., One State Street Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10004, with respect to the following (each, a “Proposal”, and collectively, the “Proposals”):

 

Proposal   Our Recommendation
         
  1. To elect Canyon’s director nominee — Frederick Arnold — and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein, each to serve as director and hold office until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2017 and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, or until their earlier death, resignation or removal.   FOR

 

 
 

  

  2. To approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.   AGAINST
         
  3. To ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.   FOR
         
    To transact any other business that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, including any postponement or adjournment thereof.    
         

 

The Board is currently composed of eight directors, two of whom are not standing for reelection. There will be six directors elected at the Annual Meeting. If elected, Mr. Arnold would only constitute one of the six members of the Board. Therefore, we are “rounding out” our slate by permitting stockholders who vote on the enclosed GOLD proxy card to also have the opportunity to vote for the candidates who have been nominated by the Company other than Jeffrey S. Stein. Stockholders will therefore be able to vote for the total number of directors up for election at the Annual Meeting. The names, backgrounds and qualifications of the Company’s nominees, and other information about them, can be found in the Company’s proxy statement for the Annual Meeting (the “Company’s Proxy Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). There is no assurance that any of the Company’s nominees will serve as directors if Mr. Arnold is elected.

The Company has set the record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting (the “Record Date”) as March 29, 2016. Stockholders of record at the close of business on the Record Date will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. As of the Record Date, there were 45,046,996 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), issued and outstanding according to the Company’s Proxy Statement. As of close of business on the Record Date, Canyon beneficially owned 2,219,290 shares of Common Stock in the aggregate, as further described on Annex I.

We urge you to sign, date and return the GOLD proxy card “FOR” Mr. Arnold and for the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein, “AGAINST” Proposal 2, and “FOR” Proposal 3.

This proxy statement and GOLD proxy card are first being mailed or provided to the Company’s stockholders on or about April [•], 2016.

This proxy solicitation is being made by Canyon and Mr. Arnold, and not on behalf of the Board or management of the Company or any other third party. We are not aware of any other matters to be brought before the Annual Meeting other than as described herein. Should other matters be brought before the Annual Meeting, the persons named as proxies in the enclosed GOLD proxy card will vote on such matters in their discretion.

If you have already voted using the Company’s white proxy card, you have every right to change your vote by completing and mailing the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the enclosed pre-paid envelope or by voting via Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on the GOLD proxy card. Only the latest validly executed proxy that you submit will be counted; any proxy may be revoked at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting by following the instructions under “Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?” in the Questions and Answers section.

For instructions on how to vote and other information about the proxy materials, see the Questions and Answers section starting on page 9.

 

 

We urge you to promptly sign, date and return your GOLD proxy card.

 

If you have any questions or require any assistance with voting your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners LLC, toll free at (877) 285-5990 or collect at (212) 297-0720.

 

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BACKGROUND OF THIS PROXY SOLICITATION

 

Canyon originally acquired Ambac’s Common Stock in 2013 prior to Ambac’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. In May 2013, shortly after the Company emerged from bankruptcy protection, Canyon acquired additional Common Stock because it believed it was significantly undervalued in the market and represented an attractive investment opportunity. Canyon believed that with a management team with financial run-off experience and the right strategic and operational expertise, Ambac could focus on maximizing value in the winding down process and create value for its stockholders, closing the valuation gap.

On October 21, 2014, Canyon sent a letter to the Board describing, among other things, specific actions that the Company should take to increase the value of its Common Stock, including (i) strengthening the composition of the Board, (ii) returning excess cash to stockholders rather than pursuing acquisitions, (iii) correcting missed opportunities for buying claims, and (iv) pursuing early monetization strategy of putback litigation, surplus notes and deferred payment obligations.

On December 23, 2014, the Company announced that Mr. Tavakoli, then the co-chairman and a director of Ambac, had been appointed interim President and CEO of Ambac and Executive Chairman of Ambac Assurance effective January 1, 2015. Shortly after that announcement, Canyon told the Board, including Mr. Tavakoli, that Canyon did not believe Mr. Tavakoli was qualified to be CEO as a result of his lack of relevant experience.

In July 2015, Ambac initiated discussions with Canyon regarding a proposed transaction to exchange outstanding debt obligations for new Ambac Assurance securities and/or cash (in addition to shares of Common Stock, Canyon also holds outstanding policy obligations and surplus notes in the Ambac Assurance Segregated Account). Canyon believes this proposed transaction would have had a detrimental impact to stockholders and would have benefitted no one other than Ambac’s management.

On December 17, 2015, Canyon sent another letter to the Board urging the Board to retain a permanent CEO possessing executive and/or operational experience with one (or preferably more) of the following (i) insurance or financial institutions, (ii) companies of comparable size and complexity to Ambac, and (iii) companies emerging from liquidation or rehabilitation, and recommended that the Board engage in serious discussions with the Company’s largest stockholders, including Canyon, regarding the selection of a new CEO. In the letter, Canyon also asked to meet with the Board and the board of directors of Ambac Assurance (the “Ambac Assurance Board”) to discuss the issues raised in the letter and the search for a new CEO.

Ambac did not afford Canyon’s representatives the opportunity to meet with the full Board and the Ambac Assurance Board, but rather, on December 30, 2015, arranged for a conference call between three members of the Board and representatives of Canyon. Canyon reiterated its view that the search must be thorough and should include input from large investors in the Company. The participating members of the Board, led by Jeffrey S. Stein, did not indicate that the Board had completed its CEO search, and as a result, Canyon believed that the CEO search was active and ongoing. On December 31, 2015, Canyon followed up individually with three members of the Board.

Merely two business days later, on January 4, 2016, Ambac announced that it had appointed Mr. Tavakoli as the Company’s permanent President and CEO. The next day, Ambac announced an already fully-negotiated compensation package for Mr. Tavakoli.

On January 7, 2016, Canyon sent another letter to the Board expressing its disappointment in the Board’s appointment of Mr. Tavakoli as permanent President and CEO in the face of Canyon’s concerns that had previously been communicated to the Company and the Company’s underperformance during his tenure. Canyon again requested an in-person meeting with the full Board and the Ambac Assurance Board. In addition, Canyon requested that certain books and records be made available to it under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “Demand”). In particular, Canyon sought access to books and records regarding the Board’s decisions concerning Mr. Tavakoli’s appointment and compensation package as the permanent President and CEO of Ambac, and certain stockholder list materials.

On January 21, 2016, after Canyon granted the Company an extension of time to respond to the Demand, the Company’s outside legal counsel sent Canyon a letter claiming that the Demand was deficient and refused to produce the books and records (other than the stockholder list materials) sought in the Demand.

On February 4, 2016, Canyon’s outside legal counsel responded to Ambac’s rejection of the Demand. In its response, Canyon disputed the Company’s assertions that the Demand was deficient. As an accommodation in order to move the process forward, the response also proposed ways in which Canyon was prepared to narrow and consolidate its requests.

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On February 19, 2016, Ambac’s outside counsel responded to Canyon’s February 4 letter, stating that the Company continued to refuse to produce the books and records (other than the stockholder list materials) sought in the Demand. In response to Canyon’s previous request for an in-person meeting with the entire Board, Ambac reiterated the Company was only willing to grant a meeting with Ambac’s Chairman, CEO and one additional director.

On March 7, 2016, Canyon sent an amended and supplemented Demand to the Board (the “Amended and Supplemented Demand”). In the Amended and Supplemented Demand, Canyon formally narrowed and consolidated its requests, added an additional request, clarified the purposes for which it seeks the requested information and further explained the factual bases for the requests.

On March 9, 2016, Canyon issued a press release outlining its concerns with Mr. Tavakoli’s management and the governance by Ambac’s incumbent Board. Also on March 9, 2016, Ambac announced that the Ambac Assurance Board appointed Mr. Tavakoli as President and CEO of Ambac Assurance.

On March 14, 2016, Canyon submitted a notice to the Company of its intent to nominate Mr. Arnold and two other director nominees to stand for election to the Board at the Annual Meeting. Also on March 14, 2016, Canyon also issued a press release announcing its nominations to the Board and released a presentation to stockholders outlining its concerns with the Board and Mr. Tavakoli.

On March 14, 2016, through its outside legal counsel, Ambac responded to the Amended and Supplemented Demand by again refusing to provide Canyon access to the requested books and records. The letter from Ambac’s counsel reiterated that the Company was willing to grant Canyon a meeting with some directors – Ambac’s Chairman, CEO and one additional director.

On March 15, 2016, Canyon agreed to meet with the representatives Ambac had offered to make available to discuss Canyon’s nominees. On March 18, 2016, representatives of Canyon and Ambac met and discussed certain issues but were not successful in resolving their differences.

On March 28, 2016, Canyon sent another letter to the Board and issued a press release outlining Canyon’s major concerns, including those expressed to Canyon by multiple employees (current and former) of Ambac. Canyon also requested that the Board make disclosures with respect to plans for deployment of capital and investigate concerns regarding Ambac’s reimbursement of certain of Mr. Tavakoli’s expenses.

On March 28, 2016, Ambac announced the appointment of David Herzog and Ian Haft to the Board.

On April 8, 2016, and as a result of the appointment of Mr. Herzog and Mr. Haft to the Board, Canyon determined to only seek the election of Mr. Arnold to the Board and withdraw the nominations of the two other director nominees.

 

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PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

According to the Company's Proxy Statement, the Board currently consists of eight directors (each of whose term as director is expiring at the Annual Meeting), two of whom are not standing for reelection, so that six directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting. We are seeking your support at the Annual Meeting to elect Mr. Arnold, who is independent of Canyon and the Company, and the Company's candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein. If successful in our proxy solicitation, the Board will be comprised of Mr. Arnold and five of the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein (each of whom currently serves as a director on the Board). If Mr. Arnold is elected, he will represent only one of six directors on the Board.

We are soliciting proxies for Mr. Arnold and each of the Company’s candidates other than Jeffrey S. Stein. If Mr. Arnold is elected as only one of six members of the Board, there can be no assurance that he can implement the actions that he believes are necessary to enhance stockholder value.

If elected to the Board, Mr. Arnold will serve a one-year term and hold office until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2017 and until his successor has been duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. There can be no assurance that any incumbent director will serve as a director if Mr. Arnold is elected to the Board. You should refer to the Company’s Proxy Statement for the names, backgrounds, qualifications, and other information concerning the Company’s nominees.

Nominee:

 
Frederick arnold
Age;  Address   62; 1633 Broadway, 48th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Occupation   Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of ConvergEx Group, LLC
Experience  

Mr. Frederick Arnold is the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of ConvergEx Group, LLC, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, which he joined in 2015. At ConvergEx, Mr. Arnold oversees all the firm’s global financial operations and is responsible for providing organizational guidance and governance. Since 2012, Mr. Arnold has served as a member of the post-emergence board of directors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of Lehman Commercial Paper Inc. Previously, Mr. Arnold held a series of senior financial positions, including serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Capmark Financial Group Inc., a commercial real estate finance company, from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Arnold was hired as Chief Financial Officer at Capmark one month prior to and in anticipation of Capmark filing Chapter 11 reorganization in 2009. Mr. Arnold was hired to play an integral leadership role, and was successful, in taking the Company through its reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy. Prior to joining Capmark, Mr. Arnold served as Executive Vice President of Finance for Masonite Corporation, a manufacturing company.

Mr. Arnold also serves as a member of the board of directors of Corporate Capital Trust, Inc. Mr. Arnold also currently serves on the board of trustees of Corporate Capital Trust II, a closed-end management investment company, and has done so since 2015. Previously, Mr. Arnold served as a member of the board of directors of CIFC Corp., a CLO and U.S. corporate and structured credit manager, from 2011 to 2014.

Mr. Arnold earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Amherst College in 1976, a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford in 1978 and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1980.

Service on Other Boards   Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (since 2012); Lehman Commercial Paper Inc.(since 2012); Corporate Capital Trust, Inc. (since 2011); Corporate Capital Trust II (since 2015); and CIFC Corp. (since 2015).
Skills & Qualifications   Mr. Arnold’s qualifications as director include his over thirty years of executive leadership positions at major global financial services and manufacturing firms and his extensive experience serving as a member of various boards of directors.  Mr. Arnold possesses significant board-level experience across various types of structured products, which will augment the Board’s ability to drive the Company’s strategy and make critical decisions.

 

We urge stockholders to vote FOR Mr. Arnold and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein on the GOLD proxy card.

 

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None of the organizations or corporations referenced above is a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliate of the Company. We believe that, if elected, Mr. Arnold will be considered an independent director of the Company under (i) the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, as approved May 7, 2015, (ii) the NASDAQ Listing Rules (the “NASDAQ Rules”), and (iii) paragraph (a)(1) of Item 407 of Regulation S-K. Under the NASDAQ Rules, however, a final determination as to the independence of Mr. Arnold will not be made until after his election to the Board.

Mr. Arnold has entered into a nominee agreement pursuant to which Canyon Capital has agreed to pay the costs of soliciting proxies in connection with the Annual Meeting and to defend and indemnify Mr. Arnold against, and with respect to, any losses that may be incurred by him in the event he becomes a party to litigation based on his nomination as a candidate for election to the Board and the solicitation of proxies in support of his election. Mr. Arnold will not receive any compensation from Canyon Capital or its affiliates for his services as nominee or director of the Company if elected. If elected, Mr. Arnold will be entitled to such compensation from the Company as is consistent with the Company’s practices for services of non-employee directors.

Mr. Arnold has agreed to being named as a nominee in this proxy statement and has confirmed his willingness to serve on the Board if elected. Canyon does not expect that Mr. Arnold will be unable to stand for election at the Annual Meeting, but, in the event that Mr. Arnold is unable to or for good cause will not serve, the shares of Common Stock represented by the GOLD proxy card will be voted for a substitute candidate selected by Canyon.  If Canyon determines to add nominees or substitute a director nominee for Mr. Arnold, whether because the Company expands the size of the Board subsequent to the date of this proxy statement or for any other reason, it will file an amended proxy statement and proxy card that, as applicable, identifies the additional nominees or substitute nominee, discloses that such nominees have consented to being named in the revised proxy statement and to serve on the Board if elected, and includes biographical and other information about such nominees required by the rules of the SEC.

Vote Required.

According to the Company’s bylaws and the Company’s Proxy Statement, the affirmative vote of a plurality of the shares of Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors is required for the election of each director nominee (meaning that the six director nominees who receive the highest number of shares voted “FOR” their election will be elected to the Board). Only “FOR” or “WITHHELD” votes are counted in determining whether a plurality has been cast in favor of a director nominee. A “WITHHELD” vote will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the election of a director nominee. You cannot abstain in the election of directors and broker non-votes will not be counted.

We urge you to sign and return our GOLD proxy card. If you have already voted using the Company’s white proxy card, you have every right to change your vote by completing and mailing the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the enclosed pre-paid envelope or by voting via Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on the GOLD proxy card. Only the latest validly executed proxy that you submit will be counted; any proxy may be revoked at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting by following the instructions under “Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?” If you have any questions or require any assistance with voting your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners LLC, toll free at (877) 285-5990 or collect at (212) 297-0720.

 

 

We Recommend a Vote FOR Mr. Arnold and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein on the GOLD proxy card.

  

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PROPOSAL 2: NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON THE COMPENSATION OF THE COMPANY’S NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, the Company will provide stockholders with the opportunity to cast a non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. This vote is advisory, and therefore is not binding on the Company, the Compensation Committee of the Board or the Board. The Company’s Proxy Statement states, however, that the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee value the opinions of the Company’s stockholders and will review the voting results carefully.

We believe stockholders should vote to disapprove the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. Notwithstanding what we believe to be Mr. Tavakoli’s lack of relevant experience and the Company’s demonstrably poor performance during his tenure as interim President and CEO, the Company appointed him as permanent President and CEO and awarded him what we believe to be an exorbitant compensation package. Notably, Mr. Tavakoli’s compensation package allows him to earn approximately $40 million (subject to the satisfaction of certain performance goals and further vesting in 2019 and 2020) even if he only restores Ambac’s stock price to its level when he became interim President and CEO.

As interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambac, Mr. Tavakoli had received a base salary, a stock grant and performance-based stock and options. As a result of the substantial decline in Ambac’s stock price during his tenure, the value of Mr. Tavakoli’s stock grant was cut almost in half and his stock options became worthless. Yet as part of his new compensation package, Mr. Tavakoli received an additional discretionary cash bonus of $1,300,000 for his work in 2015, bringing his total 2015 compensation, according to the Company’s Proxy Statement, to nearly $5,000,000 notwithstanding the fact that Ambac’s stockholders saw their equity value plummet by approximately 42% during that time.

According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, the Company will request a non-binding, advisory vote on a resolution substantially in the following form:

RESOLVED, that the stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Summary Compensation Table and other related tables and disclosure.

We encourage all stockholders to review the Company’s proxy disclosures in the Company’s Proxy Statement in detail.

Vote Required.

According to the Company’s bylaws and the Company’s Proxy Statement, the approval of this Proposal 2 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the Company’s shares of Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote thereon. Abstentions are considered voting power present at the Annual Meeting and therefore will count as votes against this Proposal 2. Shares that constitute broker non-votes will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to an individual proposal, and therefore, will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on this Proposal 2.

 

We Recommend a Vote AGAINST Proposal 2 on the GOLD proxy card.

 

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PROPOSAL 3: RATIFICATION OF THE COMPANY’S SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, the Audit Committee of the Board has appointed KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm to audit the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. KPMG LLP was the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and also provided certain tax related and consulting services. The Company is requesting the approval of its appointment of its independent registered public accounting firm by the stockholders of the Company.

If stockholders of the Company do not ratify the appointment, the Audit Committee may reconsider whether it should appoint another independent registered public accounting firm. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may appoint another independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it believes that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, representatives of KPMG LLP are expected to attend the Annual Meeting, where they will be available to respond to appropriate questions and, if they desire, to make a statement.

Vote Required.

According to the Company’s bylaws and the Company’s Proxy Statement, the approval of this Proposal 3 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the Company’s shares of Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote thereon. Abstentions are considered voting power present at the Annual Meeting and therefore will count as votes against this Proposal 3. Shares that constitute broker non-votes will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to an individual proposal, and therefore, will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on this Proposal 3.

 

 

We Recommend a Vote FOR Proposal 3 on the GOLD proxy card.

   

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

Who is entitled to vote?

 

 

Only holders of shares of Common Stock at the close of business on the Record Date, March 29, 2016, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. Stockholders who sold shares of Common Stock before the Record Date (or acquire them without voting rights after the Record Date) may not vote such shares of Common Stock.  Stockholders of record on the Record Date will retain their voting rights in connection with the Annual Meeting even if they sell such shares of Common Stock after the Record Date (unless they also transfer their voting rights).  According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, the only outstanding class of securities of the Company entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is the Common Stock.

How many votes am I entitled to per share?

 

 

According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, each holder of shares of Common Stock is entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock held. There are no cumulative voting rights associated with any of the Company’s shares of Common Stock. However, the voting rights of certain substantial holders of Common Stock are restricted. A holder (including any group consisting of such holder and any other person with whom such holder or any affiliate or associate of such holder has any agreement, contract, arrangement or understanding with respect to acquiring, voting, holding or disposing of shares of Common Stock) is entitled to vote only such number of shares that would equal (after giving effect to this restriction) one vote less than 10% of the votes entitled to be cast by all holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock. This restriction does not apply if the acquisition or ownership of shares of Common Stock has been approved, whether before or after such acquisition or first time of ownership, by the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner. The Company’s certificate of incorporation also restricts the right of certain transferees to vote certain of their shares to the extent that, as a result of such transfer (or any series of transfers of which such transfer is a part), either (i) any person or group of persons shall become a five-percent stockholder of the Company or (ii) the percentage stock ownership interest in the Company’s shares of any five-percent stockholder shall be increased.

How do I vote my shares?

 

 

Shares held in record name. If your shares of Common Stock are registered in your own name, please vote today by signing, dating and returning the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided. Execution and delivery of a proxy by a record holder of shares of Common Stock will be presumed to be a proxy with respect to all shares held by such record holder unless the proxy specifies otherwise.

Shares beneficially owned or held in “street” name. If you hold your shares of Common Stock in “street” name with a broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee, only that nominee can exercise the right to vote with respect to the shares of Common Stock that you beneficially own through such nominee and only upon receipt of your specific instructions. Given the contested nature of the election at the Annual Meeting, your broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee will only be able to vote your shares of Common Stock with respect to any proposals at the Annual Meeting if you have instructed them how to vote. Accordingly, it is critical that you promptly give instructions to your broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee to vote in favor of the election of Mr. Arnold. Please follow the instructions to vote provided on the enclosed GOLD proxy card. If your broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee provides for proxy instructions to be delivered to them by telephone or Internet, instructions will be included on the enclosed GOLD proxy card. We urge you to confirm in writing your instructions to the person responsible for your account and provide a copy of those instructions by emailing them to info@okapipartners.com or mailing them to Canyon, c/o Okapi Partners LLC., 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, New York 10036, so that we will be aware of all instructions given and can attempt to ensure that such instructions are followed.

Note: Shares of Common Stock represented by properly executed GOLD proxy cards will be voted at the Annual Meeting as marked and, in the absence of specific instructions, “FOR” Mr. Arnold listed in Proposal 1 and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein, “AGAINST” Proposal 2, and “FOR” Proposal 3.

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How should I vote on each proposal?

 

 

Canyon recommends that you vote your shares on the GOLD proxy card as follows:

“FOR” Mr. Arnold and for the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein (Proposal 1);

“AGAINST” the non-binding advisory proposal to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers (Proposal 2); and

“FOR” the ratification of the Company’s appointment of independent registered public accounting firm (Proposal 3).

How many shares must be present to hold the Annual Meeting?

 

 

Under the Company’s bylaws, the holders of record of a majority of the voting power of the shares of Common Stock entitled to vote thereat, present in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. According to the Company’s Proxy Statement, both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum. For more information on broker non-votes, see “What are “broker non-votes” and what effect do they have on the proposals?” below.

What vote is needed to approve each proposal?

 
·Proposal 1 – Election of Directors. According to the Company’s bylaws and the Company’s Proxy Statement, the affirmative vote of a plurality of the shares of Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors is required for the election of each director nominee (meaning that the six director nominees who receive the highest number of shares voted “FOR” their election will be elected to the Board). Only “FOR” or “WITHHELD” votes are counted in determining whether a plurality has been cast in favor of a director nominee. A “WITHHELD” vote will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the election of a director nominee. You cannot abstain in the election of directors and broker non-votes will not be counted.

THE ONLY WAY TO SUPPORT MR. ARNOLD IS TO SUBMIT YOUR VOTING INSTRUCTIONS “FOR” MR. ARNOLD AND THE COMPANY’S CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OTHER THAN JEFFREY S. STEIN ON THE GOLD PROXY CARD. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN OR RETURN A WHITE PROXY CARD FROM THE COMPANY, EVEN IF YOU INSTRUCT TO “WITHHOLD” ON ANY OF THEIR DIRECTOR NOMINEES. DOING SO WILL REVOKE ANY PREVIOUS VOTING INSTRUCTIONS YOU PROVIDED ON THE GOLD PROXY CARD.

·Proposals 2 and 3. According to the Company’s bylaws and the Company’s Proxy Statement, the approval of each of Proposals 2 and 3 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the Company’s shares of Common Stock present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote thereon. Abstentions are considered voting power present at the Annual Meeting and therefore will count as votes against Proposals 2 and 3. Shares that constitute broker non-votes will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to an individual proposal, and therefore, will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on Proposals 2 and 3.

What are “broker non-votes” and what effect do they have on the proposals?

 

 

Generally, broker non-votes occur when shares of Common Stock held by a broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee in “street name” for a beneficial owner are not voted with respect to a particular proposal because the broker, bank, trustee, or other nominee has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner and lacks discretionary voting power to vote such shares with respect to that particular proposal. If your shares of Common Stock are held in the name of a brokerage firm, and the brokerage firm has not received voting instructions from you, as the beneficial owner of such shares of Common Stock, with respect to that proposal, the brokerage firm cannot vote the shares of Common Stock on that proposal unless it is a “routine” matter. Under the rules and interpretations of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), there are no “routine” proposals in a contested proxy solicitation such as this one. Even though the Common Stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NYSE rules apply to brokers who are NYSE members voting on

 

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matters being submitted to stockholders at the Annual Meeting. Because Canyon has initiated a contested proxy solicitation, there will be no “routine” matters at the Annual Meeting.

Broker non-votes, if any, will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to an individual proposal, and therefore will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on an individual proposal.

What should I do if I receive a proxy card from the Company?

 

 

You may receive proxy solicitation materials from Ambac, including an opposition proxy statement and white proxy card. We are not responsible for the accuracy of any information contained in any proxy solicitation materials used by the Company or any other statements that it may otherwise make.

We recommend that you disregard any proxy card or solicitation materials that may be sent to you by the Company. Voting "WITHHOLD" for any of the Company's nominees on its proxy card is not the same as voting for Mr. Arnold because a vote withheld for any of the Company's nominees will not count as a vote "FOR" Mr. Arnold. If you have already voted using the Company’s white proxy card, you have every right to change your vote by completing and mailing the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the enclosed pre-paid envelope or by voting via Internet or by telephone by following the instructions on the GOLD proxy card. Only the latest validly executed proxy that you submit will be counted; any proxy may be revoked at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting by following the instructions below under “Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?” If you have any questions or require any assistance with voting your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners LLC, toll free at (877) 285-5990 or collect at (212) 297-0720.

 

Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?

 

 

If you are the stockholder of record, you may change your proxy instructions or revoke your proxy at any time before your proxy is voted at the Annual Meeting. Proxies may be changed or revoked by any of the following actions:

·signing, dating and returning the enclosed GOLD proxy card (the latest dated proxy is the only one that counts);
·delivering a written notice of revocation or a later dated proxy for the Annual Meeting to Canyon, c/o Okapi Partners LLC, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, New York 10036 or to the corporate secretary of the Company; or
·attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person (although attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy).

If your shares are held in a brokerage account by a broker, bank, or other nominee, you should follow the instructions provided by your broker, bank, or other nominee. If you attend the Annual Meeting and you beneficially own shares of Common Stock but are not the record owner, your mere attendance at the Annual Meeting WILL NOT be sufficient to revoke your prior given proxy card. You must have written authority from the record owner to vote your shares held in its name at the meeting. Contact Okapi Partners LLC toll free at (877) 285-5990 or collect at (212) 297-0720 for assistance or if you have any questions.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY VOTED USING THE COMPANY’S WHITE PROXY CARD, WE URGE YOU TO REVOKE IT BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE. Although a revocation is effective if delivered to the Company, we request that either the original or a copy of any revocation be mailed to Canyon, c/o Okapi Partners LLC, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, New York 10036, so that we will be aware of all revocations.

Who is making this proxy solicitation and who is paying for it?

 

 

The solicitation of proxies pursuant to this proxy solicitation is being made by Canyon and Mr. Arnold. Proxies may be solicited by mail, courier services, Internet advertising, telephone, facsimile or in person and by advertisements. Canyon will solicit proxies from individuals, brokers, banks, bank nominees and other institutional holders. Canyon has requested banks, brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries to forward all solicitation materials to the beneficial owners of the shares of Common Stock they hold of record. Canyon Capital will reimburse these record holders for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in so doing. It is anticipated that certain regular employees of

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Canyon will also participate in the solicitation of proxies in support of Mr. Arnold. Such employees will receive no additional consideration if they assist in the solicitation of proxies.

Canyon Capital has retained Okapi Partners LLC (“Okapi”) to provide solicitation and advisory services in connection with this proxy solicitation. Okapi will be paid a fee of no less than $70,600 based upon the campaign services provided. In addition, Canyon Capital will reimburse Okapi for its reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and will indemnify Okapi against certain liabilities and expenses, including certain liabilities under the federal securities laws. Okapi will solicit proxies from individuals, brokers, banks, bank nominees and other institutional holders. It is anticipated that Okapi will employ up to 40 persons to solicit the Company’s stockholders as part of this solicitation. Okapi does not believe that any of its directors, officers, employees, affiliates or controlling persons, if any, is a “participant” under the proxy rules in this proxy solicitation.

The entire expense of soliciting proxies is being borne by Canyon Capital. Costs of this proxy solicitation are currently estimated to be approximately $[•]. We estimate that through the date hereof, Canyon Capital’s expenses in connection with the proxy solicitation are approximately $[•]. If Mr. Arnold is elected to the Board, Canyon Capital may seek reimbursement of these costs from the Company. In the event that it decides to seek reimbursement of its expenses, Canyon Capital does not intend to submit the matter to a vote of the Company’s stockholders. The Board, which will consist of Mr. Arnold, if elected, and five of the incumbent Company directors, would be required to evaluate the requested reimbursement consistent with their fiduciary duties to the Company and its stockholders. Costs related to the solicitation of proxies include expenditures for attorneys, accountants, public relations and financial advisors, proxy solicitors, advertising, printing, transportation, litigation and other costs incidental to the solicitation.

 

Where can I find additional information concerning Ambac?

 

 

Pursuant to Rule 14a-5(c) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), we have omitted from this proxy statement certain disclosures required by applicable law to be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement in connection with the Annual Meeting. Such disclosures include information regarding securities of the Company beneficially owned by the Company’s directors, nominees and management; certain stockholders’ beneficial ownership of more than 5% of the Company’s voting securities; information concerning executive compensation; and information concerning the procedures for submitting stockholder proposals and director nominations intended for consideration at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders and for consideration for inclusion in the proxy materials for that meeting. If the Company does not distribute the Company’s Proxy Statement to stockholders at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting, we will distribute to the stockholders a supplement to this proxy statement containing such disclosures at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting. We take no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of information contained in the Company’s Proxy Statement. Except as otherwise noted herein, the information in this proxy statement concerning the Company has been taken from or is based upon documents and records on file with the SEC and other publicly available information.

This proxy statement and all other solicitation materials in connection with this proxy solicitation will be available on the Internet, free of charge, at http://www.[                  ].com.

 

 

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CONCLUSION

 

We urge you to carefully consider the information contained in this proxy statement and then support our efforts by signing, dating, and returning the enclosed GOLD proxy card today.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

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  Canyon Capital Advisors LLC  
     
The Canyon Value Realization Master Fund, L.P. Mitchell R. Julis Joshua S. Friedman
     
  Frederick Arnold  
     

 

April [•], 2016

 

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ANNEX I: INFORMATION ON CANYON AND MR. ARNOLD

This proxy solicitation is being made by Canyon Capital, The Canyon Value Realization Master Fund, L.P. (“CVRMF”), Mitchell R. Julis and Joshua S. Friedman (collectively, “Canyon”), and Mr. Arnold.

As of close of business on the Record Date, Canyon may be deemed to beneficially own an aggregate of 2,219,290 shares Common Stock, constituting approximately 4.9% of the Company’s outstanding shares of Common Stock. The percentages used herein are based upon the 45,046,996 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of the Record Date, as reported in the Company’s Proxy Statement.

Of the 2,219,290 shares of Common Stock deemed to be beneficially owned in the aggregate by Canyon: (a) 786,771 shares of Common Stock are held through CVRMF, including 1,000 shares of Common Stock held in record name; (b) 2,219,290 shares of Common Stock may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Canyon Capital, by virtue of its direct and indirect control of funds and accounts managed by it, including the 786,771 shares of Common Stock held through CVRMF (including 1,000 shares of Common Stock held by CVRMF in record name); and (c) 2,219,290 shares of Common Stock may be deemed to be beneficially owned by each of Messrs. Julis and Friedman by virtue of their shared control of Canyon Capital.

The Common Stock beneficially held by Canyon is or may be held in commingled margin accounts (the “Margin Accounts”), which may extend margin credit to Canyon from time to time, subject to applicable federal margin regulations, stock exchange rules, and credit policies. In such instances, the positions held in the Margin Accounts are pledged as collateral security for the repayment of debit balances in the Margin Accounts. The Margin Accounts bear interest at a rate based upon the broker’s call rate from time to time in effect. Because other securities are held in the Margin Accounts, it is not possible to determine the amounts, if any, of margin used to purchase the Common Stock reported beneficially owned by Canyon.

Canyon may be deemed to beneficially own, in the aggregate, $259,254,881 in aggregate amount outstanding of 5.1% surplus notes due June 7, 2020 issued by Ambac Assurance (“Surplus Notes”). Of the Surplus Notes beneficially owned by Canyon: (a) $106,177,239 in aggregate amount outstanding of Surplus Notes are held through CVRMF; (b) $259,254,881 in aggregate amount outstanding of Surplus Notes may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Canyon Capital, by virtue of its direct and indirect control of funds and accounts managed by it, including the $106,177,239 in aggregate amount outstanding of Surplus Notes held through CVRMF; and (c) $259,254,881 in aggregate amount outstanding of Surplus Notes may be deemed to be beneficially owned by each of Messrs. Julis and Friedman by virtue of their shared control of Canyon Capital.

The following table sets forth the original face amount of Company-insured residential mortgage backed securities (“RMBS”) beneficially owned by Canyon:

 

  CUSIP Original Face Amount ($) Beneficially Owned by Canyon Capital, Mr. Julis and Mr. Friedman Original Face Amount ($)
Held through CVRMF
 
  07401WAA7 20,166,430 1,800,000  
  07401WBA6 80,107,518 13,691,755  
  126685CS3 104,452,000 25,024,000  
  126685DJ2 59,930,000 0  
  12666TAB2 7,953,000 5,278,000  
  12666TAD8 20,596,000 0  
  126685CZ7 23,180,000 0  
  41161PTM5 31,000,000 0  
  41161XAP1 12,500,000 8,330,000  
  45257VAD8 7,400,000 0  

  525221EQ6 54,122,500 0  
  52524VAT6 15,000,000 0  
  75115GAC2 22,726,911 15,363,819  
  785813AA4 19,801,456 0  

 

 

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Certain funds and managed accounts of Canyon Capital, including CVRMF, have been party to certain cash-settled equity swaps that referenced the price of the Common Stock over the past year. Such entities no longer are party to and no longer have exposure to such equity swaps.

  

The principal business of Canyon Capital is to serve as the investment advisor to certain funds, including CVRMF, and managed accounts. The principal business of CVRMF is to invest in securities. The principal business of each of Messrs. Julis and Friedman is to serve as a Founding Partner, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Capital.

The principal business address of each of Canyon Capital, Mr. Julis and Mr. Friedman is 2000 Avenue of the Stars, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90067. The principal business address of CVRMF is c/o International Fund Services (Ireland) Limited, Third Floor, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Except as set forth in this proxy statement (including Annex I), (i) during the past ten years, neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold have been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors); (ii) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold directly or indirectly beneficially own any securities of the Company; (iii) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold own any securities of the Company which are owned of record but not beneficially; (iv) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold have purchased or sold any securities of the Company during the past two years; (v) no part of the purchase price or market value of the shares of Common Stock owned by Canyon and Mr. Arnold is represented by funds borrowed or otherwise obtained for the purpose of acquiring or holding such securities; (vi) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold is, or within the past year was, a party to any contract, arrangements, or understandings with any person with respect to any securities of the Company, including, but not limited to, joint ventures, loan or option arrangements, puts or calls, guarantees against loss or guarantees of profit, division of losses or profits, or the giving or withholding of proxies; (vii) no associate of Canyon or Mr. Arnold owns beneficially, directly or indirectly, any securities of the Company; (viii) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold own beneficially, directly or indirectly, any securities of any parent or subsidiary of the Company; (ix) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold nor any of their associates was a party to any transaction, or series of similar transactions, since the beginning of the Company’s last fiscal year, or is a party to any currently proposed transaction, or series of similar transactions, to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries was or is to be a party, in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000; (x) neither Canyon nor Mr. Arnold nor any of their associates has any arrangement or understanding with any person with respect to any future employment by the Company or its affiliates, or with respect to any future transactions to which the Company or any of its affiliates will or may be a party; and (xi) no person, including Canyon and Mr. Arnold, who is a party to an arrangement or understanding pursuant to which Mr. Arnold is proposed to be elected, has a substantial interest, direct or indirect, by security holdings or otherwise in any matter to be acted on as set forth in this proxy statement. Except as set forth in this proxy statement (including Annex I), there are no material proceedings to which Canyon or Mr. Arnold or any of their associates is a party adverse to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or has a material interest adverse to the Company or any of its subsidiaries. With respect to Mr. Arnold, except as set forth in this proxy statement (including Annex I), none of the events enumerated in Item 401(f)(1)-(8) of Regulation S-K of the Exchange Act occurred during the past ten years. Neither Mr. Arnold nor any associate of Mr. Arnold has served as a director or named executive officer of the Company at any point during the last three fiscal years of the Company.

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Transactions by Canyon with respect to the Company’s securities

 

The following tables set forth all transactions effected during the past two years by Canyon with respect to securities of the Company. The shares of Common Stock reported herein are held in either cash accounts or margin accounts in the ordinary course of business.

Common Stock

CVRMF 

Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)
7/16/2014 40,795   10/8/2015 (6,938)   1/28/2016 15,844
7/17/2014 8,700   1/8/2016 84,618   2/1/2016 11,504
7/25/2014 20,670   1/26/2016 33,515   2/3/2016 7,426
7/28/2014 2,792   1/26/2016 29,277      
8/19/2014 (9,464)   1/27/2016 23,990      

Canyon Capital (includes transactions of CVRMF)

Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Shares Acquired (Sold)
4/7/2014 14,285   7/25/2014 58,238   3/3/2015 (19,000)
4/8/2014 13,600   7/28/2014 7,371   3/10/2015 (1,800)
4/10/2014 800   7/30/2014 10,000   4/7/2015 619
5/5/2014 640   8/1/2014 875   4/14/2015 (3,839)
5/15/2014 (3,284)   8/12/2014 (2,900)   4/15/2015 6,239
5/19/2014 5,200   8/19/2014 (35,000)   6/24/2015 (2,800)
5/28/2014 (17,600)   9/29/2014 (13,400)   8/27/2015 (9,240)
7/14/2014 (5,000)   11/21/2014 5,094   10/6/2015 (3,800)
7/16/2014 100,750   12/8/2014 400   10/8/2015 (25,000)
7/17/2014 25,000   1/8/2015 (14,600)   10/12/2015 (31,991)
10/20/2015 (5,000)   12/29/2015 (1,070)   2/1/2016 3,820
11/19/2015 (35,000)   1/8/2016 188,312   2/3/2016 10,008
11/24/2015 (1,500)   1/22/2016 (2,416)   2/12/2016 (7,110)
11/30/2015 (5,422)   1/25/2016 (100,000)   2/16/2016 (1,100)
12/3/2015 6,100   1/26/2016 95,588   2/17/2016 (12,500)
12/4/2015 (3,527)   1/27/2016 20,000      
12/15/2015 (2,750)   1/28/2016 13,000      

  

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Surplus Notes

CVRMF

Trade Date Face Value
Acquired (Sold)
  Trade Date Face Value
Acquired (Sold)
  Trade Date Face Value
Acquired (Sold)
6/12/2014 2,065,000.00   7/17/2014 9,100,000.00   2/24/2015 1,608,326.28
6/12/2014 1,240,000.00   7/17/2014 3,035,000.00   2/27/2015 3,216,652.55
6/12/2014 825,000.00   7/17/2014 1,215,000.00   3/6/2015 1,567,749.24
6/25/2014 4,702,391.00   7/18/2014 3,035,000.00   3/9/2015 3,135,498.47
6/30/2014 1,785,000.00   7/18/2014 1,820,000.00   3/9/2015 627,157.98
7/1/2014 2,375,000.00   7/21/2014 2,090,000.00   3/20/2015 1,608,326.28
7/2/2014 1,785,000.00   7/29/2014 2,090,000.00   3/26/2015 1,608,326.28
7/8/2014 2,970,000.00   7/30/2014 2,275,000.00   3/26/2015 1,608,267.99
7/8/2014 1,785,000.00   7/30/2014 1,855,000.00   3/30/2015 3,216,652.55
7/9/2014 1,180,000.00   10/15/2014 505,000.00   4/9/2015 8,167,051.32
7/10/2014 1,215,000.00   10/16/2014 755,000.00   9/18/2015 2,419,985.84
7/10/2014 1,820,000.00   2/18/2015 1,523,483.38   9/22/2015 1,298,465.25
7/10/2014 3,035,000.00   2/23/2015 1,287,398.79    

Canyon Capital (includes transactions of CVRMF)

Trade Date Face Value Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Face Value Acquired (Sold)   Trade Date Face Value Acquired (Sold)
4/7/2014 25,000.00   10/16/2014 3,000,000.00   3/9/2015 79,395.99
4/8/2014 50,000.00   2/26/2013 500,000.00   3/20/2015 3,655,622.35
4/11/2014 2,000,000.00   6/5/2013 750,000.00   3/20/2015 33,199.40
4/17/2014 2,000,000.00   6/20/2013 185,000.00   3/26/2015 7,305,797.77
4/25/2014 2,200,000.00   8/12/2013 1,250,000.00   3/26/2015 71,845.71
5/1/2014 500,000.00   8/22/2013 100,000.00   3/30/2015 7,307,555.86
5/19/2014 4,500,000.00   12/6/2013 200,000.00   3/30/2015 70,087.61
5/28/2014 (2,250,000.00)   12/12/2013 110,000.00   4/9/2015 18,274,422.87
6/12/2014 10,000,000.00   1/6/2014 150,000.00   4/9/2015 169,685.79
6/25/2014 7,917,391.00   1/24/2014 825,000.00   5/7/2015 (1,106,646.52)
6/30/2014 3,000,000.00   1/28/2014 250,000.00   5/8/2015 (627,099.70)
7/1/2014 4,000,000.00   3/11/2014 500,000.00   6/24/2015 (1,032,870.09)
7/2/2014 3,000,000.00   3/27/2014 300,000.00   6/25/2015 (258,217.52)
7/8/2014 8,000,000.00   4/7/2014 725,000.00   9/18/2015 3,976,735.76
7/9/2014 2,000,000.00   4/8/2014 450,000.00   9/18/2015 1,187,614.68
7/10/2014 12,000,000.00   7/2/2014 500,000.00   9/22/2015 2,211,817.50
7/11/2014 3,000,000.00   7/30/2014 500,000.00   9/22/2015 1,475.52
7/17/2014 22,000,000.00   8/19/2014 500,000.00   9/23/2015 922,205.43
7/18/2014 8,000,000.00   2/18/2015 3,659,311.16   10/20/2015 (922,205.43)
7/21/2014 5,000,000.00   2/18/2015 29,510.57   12/11/2015 (1,907,120.83)
7/29/2014 5,000,000.00   2/23/2015 2,925,235.65   12/31/2015 0.01
7/30/2014 10,000,000.00   2/23/2015 25,821.75   1/25/2016 (10,328,700.89)
8/1/2014 1,500,000.00   2/24/2015 3,655,622.35   1/26/2016 (1,932,942.59)
8/4/2014 3,000,000.00   2/24/2015 33,199.40   2/1/2016 (184,441.09)
8/15/2014 3,000,000.00   2/27/2015 7,307,555.86   2/5/2016 (2,593,489.60)
9/5/2014 (5,000,000.00)   2/27/2015 70,087.61   2/16/2016 (354,126.88)
9/25/2014 (2,000,000.00)   3/6/2015 3,655,622.36   2/16/2016 (3,446,075.89)
10/8/2014 250,000.00   3/6/2015 33,199.40      
10/15/2014 2,000,000.00   3/9/2015 8,773,776.20      

 

 

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RMBS

CVRMF

Trade Date CUSIP Type of Transaction            
9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase            
9/22/2015 07401WAA7 Purchase            
9/22/2015 07401WBA6 Purchase            

 Canyon Capital (includes transactions of CVRMF)

Trade
Date
CUSIP Type of
Transaction
  Trade
Date
CUSIP Type of
Transaction
  Trade
Date
CUSIP Type of
Transaction
7/1/2014 126685CZ7 Purchase   5/13/2015 45257VAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 12666TAD8 Purchase
7/1/2014 126685CZ7 Purchase   5/13/2015 45257VAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 12666TAD8 Purchase
10/20/2014 41161PTM5 Purchase   5/13/2015 52524VAT6 Sale   9/2/2015 12666TAD8 Purchase
10/20/2014 41161PTM5 Purchase   5/13/2015 785813AA4 Sale   9/2/2015 12666TAD8 Sale
10/21/2014 12668RAC2 Sale   5/20/2015 12666TAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 525221EQ6 Sale
10/21/2014 126685CS3 Sale   5/20/2015 12666TAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 525221EQ6 Purchase
10/21/2014 12666TAD8 Sale   6/25/2015 45257VAD8 Purchase   9/2/2015 525221EQ6 Purchase
10/21/2014 12666TAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/2/2015 52524VAT6 Sale
10/21/2014 52524VAT6 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/2/2015 52524VAT6 Purchase
3/11/2015 12666TAD8 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/2/2015 52524VAT6 Purchase
5/13/2015 126685CS3 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/8/2015 52524VAT6 Purchase
5/13/2015 126685CS3 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/22/2015 07401WAA7 Purchase
5/13/2015 126685DJ2 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Purchase   9/22/2015 07401WAA7 Purchase
5/13/2015 126685DJ2 Sale   9/2/2015 126685CS3 Sale   9/22/2015 07401WBA6 Purchase
5/13/2015 126685CZ7 Sale   9/2/2015 126685DJ2 Sale   9/22/2015 07401WBA6 Purchase

 5.1% Junior Surplus Notes

Canyon Capital

Trade Date Face Value Acquired (Sold)            
8/15/2014 6,000,000.00            
8/18/2014 (6,000,000.00)            

 

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IMPORTANT

Tell your Board what you think! YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT, no matter how many or how few shares you own. Please give us your proxy “FOR” Mr. Arnold and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein by taking three steps:

SIGNING the enclosed GOLD proxy card,
DATING the enclosed GOLD proxy card, and
MAILING the enclosed GOLD proxy card TODAY in the envelope provided (no postage is required if mailed in the United States).

 

If any of your shares are held in the name of a broker, bank, bank nominee, or other institution, only it can vote your shares and only upon receipt of your specific instructions. Depending upon your broker or custodian, you may be able to vote either by toll-free telephone or by the Internet. You may also vote by signing, dating and returning the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided, and to ensure that your shares are voted, you should also contact the person responsible for your account and give instructions for a GOLD proxy card to be issued representing your shares.

After signing the enclosed GOLD proxy card, DO NOT SIGN OR RETURN AMBAC’S WHITE PROXY CARD UNLESS YOU INTEND TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE, because only your latest dated proxy card will be counted.

If you have previously signed and returned a white proxy card to Ambac, you have every right to change your vote. Only your latest dated proxy card will count. You may revoke any proxy card already sent to Ambac by signing, dating and mailing the enclosed GOLD proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided or by voting by telephone or Internet. Any proxy may be revoked at any time prior to the Annual Meeting by delivering a written notice of revocation or a later dated proxy for the Annual Meeting to the Company or Okapi or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not in and of itself constitute a revocation.

If you have any questions concerning this proxy statement, would like to request additional copies of this proxy statement, or need help voting your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor:

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Stockholders Call Toll-Free at: (877) 285-5990

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[Form of Gold Proxy Card]

PRELIMINARY COPY – SUBJECT TO COMPLETION

Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

Proxy Card for 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Scheduled for May 18, 2016 (the “Annual Meeting”):

 

THIS PROXY SOLICITATION IS BEING MADE BY CANYON CAPITAL ADVISORS LLC AND CERTAIN OF ITS AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, “CANYON”, “WE”, “OUR” OR “US”) AND FREDERICK ARNOLD (“MR. ARNOLD”)

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AMBAC FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. IS NOT SOLICITING THIS PROXY

 

The undersigned appoints Bruce Goldfarb, Eleazer Klein, Jonathan Heller and Jonathan Kaplan, and each of them, attorneys and agents with full power of substitution to vote all shares of Common Stock of Ambac Financial Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), that the undersigned would be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of stockholders of the Company scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M., Eastern Time, at Ambac Financial Group, Inc., One State Street Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10004, including at any adjournments or postponements thereof, with all powers that the undersigned would possess if personally present, upon and in respect of the instructions indicated herein, with discretionary authority as to any and all other matters that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment, postponement, or substitution thereof that are unknown to Canyon a reasonable time before this solicitation.

 

The undersigned hereby revokes any other proxy or proxies heretofore given to vote or act with respect to said shares, and hereby ratifies and confirms all action the herein named attorneys and proxies, their substitutes, or any of them may lawfully take by virtue hereof. This proxy will be valid until the sooner of one year from the date indicated on the reverse side and the completion of the Annual Meeting (including any adjournments or postponements thereof).

 

If this proxy is signed and returned, it will be voted in accordance with your instructions. If you do not specify how the proxy should be voted, this proxy will be voted “FOR” Mr. Arnold and the Company’s candidates for election at the Annual Meeting other than Jeffrey S. Stein, “AGAINST” Proposal 2, and “FOR” Proposal 3. None of the matters currently intended to be acted upon pursuant to this proxy are conditioned on the approval of other matters.

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INSTRUCTIONS: VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE INDICATED BY HIGHLIGHTED TEXT OVER THE BOXES (FILL IN VOTING BOXES “©“ IN BLACK OR BLUE INK)

We recommend that you vote “FOR” Frederick Arnold and the Company’s candidates other than

We recommend that you vote “FOR

Proposal 3:

Jeffrey S. Stein below:   FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN
Proposal 1 – Election at the Annual Meeting of Frederick Arnold and the Company’s candidates other than Jeffrey S. Stein to serve as directors. Proposal 3 – Company proposal to ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ¨ ¨ ¨
Nominee: FOR ALL WITHHOLD
ALL
FOR ALL EXCEPT ending December 31, 2016.      
Frederick Arnold ¨ ¨ ¨ IN ORDER FOR YOUR PROXY TO BE VALID, IT MUST BE DATED.
(INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee, mark the “For All Except” box above and write the name of the nominee(s) from which you wish to withhold in the space provided below.)  
Signature (Capacity)   Date
 
  Signature (Joint Owner) (Capacity/Title)   Date
     

We recommend that you vote “AGAINST

Proposal 2:

NOTE: Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) on stock certificates or on the label affixed hereto. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, or other fiduciary, please give full title as such. Joint owners must each sign personally. ALL HOLDERS MUST SIGN. If a corporation or partnership, please sign in full corporate or partnership name by an authorized officer and give full title as such.

PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND PROMPTLY RETURN

Proposal 2 – Company proposal to approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of its named executive officers.

FOR

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AGAINST

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ABSTAIN

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   THIS PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED RETURN  ENVELOPE THAT IS POSTAGE PREPAID IF  MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES
                           

 

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