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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 25, 2022
Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Connecticut 001-36448 20-8251355
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
258 Elm Street
New Canaan, Connecticut 06840
(203) 652-0166
(Address of Principal Executive Officers and Telephone Number)

N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of Each Exchange on Which
Registered
Common Stock, no par value per
share

BWFG
NASDAQ Global Market




Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2).
Emerging growth company
   
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Item 5.07 Submission of Matter to a Vote of Security Holders
   
  On May 25, 2022, Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq BWFG), (the "Company") held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting"). Of the 7,761,338 shares of the Company's common stock outstanding as of the record date for the Meeting, 6,456,856 shares were present or represented by proxy at the Meeting.
The voting results from the Meeting were as follows:
   
1.Election of Directors for One-Year Terms (Proposal 1).
Director For Withheld
George P. Bauer 4,733,078 (99.32%) 32,484 (0.68%)
Gail E.D. Brathwaite 4,725,599 (99.16%) 39,963 (0.84%)
Richard E. Castiglioni 3,657,937 (76.76%) 1,107,625 (23.24%)
Eric J. Dale 3,810,112 (79.95%) 955,450 (20.05%)
Darryl Demos 4,595,090 (96.42%) 170,472 (3.58%)
Blake S. Drexler 4,717,573 (98.99%) 47,989 (1.01%)
James M. Garnett Jr. 4,748,178 (99.64%) 17,384 (0.36%)
Christopher R. Gruseke 4,712,852 (98.89%) 52,710 (1.11%)
Todd Lampert 3,636,286 (76.30%) 1,129,276 (23.70%)
Victor S. Liss 3,605,924 (75.67%) 1,159,638 (24.33%)
Carl M. Porto 3,940,389 (82.68%) 825,173 (17.32%)
Lawrence B. Seidman 4,566,273 (95.82%) 199,289 (4.18%)
There were 1,691,294 broker non-votes on the Proposal.
2.Approval on an advisory (non-binding) proposal on the Company's executive compensation (Proposal 2).
For 3,037,612 (63.74%)
Against 1,222,939 (25.66%)
Abstain 505,011 (10.60%)
There were 1,691,294 broker non-votes on the Proposal.
3.Approval of the 2022 Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Stock Plan (Proposal 3).
For 3,091,539 (64.87%)
Against 1,513,026 (31.75%)
Abstain 160,997 (3.38%)
There were 1,691,294 broker non-votes on the Proposal.



4.Ratification of Appointment of RSM US LLP as independent auditors of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 (Proposal 4).
For 6,394,083 (99.02%)
Against 48,208 (0.75%)
Abstain 14,565 (0.23%)
There were no broker non-votes on the Proposal.
Accordingly, all Director nominees were elected, the 2022 Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Stock Plan was approved, and the independent auditors were ratified. The advisory (non-binding) proposal on the Company's executive compensation was also approved.


SIGNATURES
   
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
   
  BANKWELL FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
  Registrant
   
   
   
May 25, 2022
By:  /s/ Penko K. Ivanov
  Penko K. Ivanov
  Executive Vice President
  and Chief Financial Officer




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