Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 180 To Require Member Organizations To Use the Automated Liability Notification System of a Registered Clearing Agency, 71010-71011 [E6-20727]

Download as PDF 71010 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices elected by the execution, at a price that is the minimum variation better than the block clean-up price. NYSE Rule 127(c)(2) provides the same requirements for a block transaction where all or part of one side of a block transaction is for a member organization’s own account and the member organization is covering a short position or liquidating a long position. Similarly, NYSE Rule 127(c)(1) requires a member organization that engages in a block transaction that will establish or increase the member organization’s position to trade with the NYSE best bid (offer), including all reserve interest and percentage orders elected by the execution, at that price before crossing the orders, and to fill at the clean-up price orders limited to the clean-up price or better before retaining any amount for its own account. The Commission finds that the proposal to replace references to ‘‘member’’ with references to ‘‘member organization’’ throughout NYSE Rule 127 is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act because it will provide consistency in the text of the rule. The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change, as amended, prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. As described more fully above, the proposal revises the NYSE’s procedures for executing block crosses outside the prevailing NYSE quotation while protecting certain existing interest on the NYSE. In addition, the changes to NYSE Rule 127 proposed in the NYSE’s initial filing have been in effect on a pilot basis since October 6, 2006.11 The Commission did not receive any comments regarding the proposed changes to NYSE Rule 127 during the operation of the pilot. The NYSE received no comments regarding the substantive operation of the proposed block crossing procedures during the pilot period, although some members urged the NYSE to explore ways to enhance the efficiency of the process.12 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 11 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 54578 (October 5, 2006), 71 FR 60216 (October 12, 2006), (File No. SR–NYSE–2006–82) (order granting accelerated approval to put certain changes into operation on a pilot basis until October 31, 2006); and 54675 (October 31, 2006), 71 FR 65019 (November 6, 2006) (File No. SR–NYSE–2006–96) (extending the pilot program through November 30, 2006). Amendment No. 3 revised the initial proposal to: (1) clarify the execution of block cross transactions in which all or part of one side of the block is for a member organization’s own account; (2) clarify that the requirements of NYSE Rule 76 will not apply to executions made in accordance with NYSE Rule 127; and (3) correct errors in the text of NYSE Rule 127. 12 Telephone conversation between Deanna Logan, Director, Office of the General Counsel, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 Accordingly, the Commission finds good cause, consistent with Section 6(b)(5) and 19(b)(2) of the Act, to approve the proposal, as amended, on an accelerated basis. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR–NYSE–2006– 73), as amended, is approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–20716 Filed 12–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54818; File No. SR–NYSE– 2006–57] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 180 To Require Member Organizations To Use the Automated Liability Notification System of a Registered Clearing Agency November 27, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 notice is hereby given that on August 3, 2006, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) and on November 15, 2006, amended the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by the NYSE.2 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The NYSE proposes to amend Rule 180 to mandate that NYSE member organizations utilize the automated liability notification system of a clearing agency registered pursuant to Section 17A of the Exchange Act when issuing liability notifications in connection with certain securities transactions. NYSE, and Yvonne Fraticelli, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, on November 28, 2006. 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 The exact text of the NYSE’s proposed rule change is set forth in its filing, which can be found at http://www.nyse.com. PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the NYSE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.3 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Currently, NYSE’s Rule 180 provides that if securities are not delivered within the required time frame, the party who fails to deliver is liable for any resulting damages. Rule 180 also requires that claims for damages must be made promptly. It is industry practice when one party is owed and has not received securities that are the subject of a voluntary corporate action for the owed party to send to the failing counterparty a notice of the liability that will be attendant with the failure to delver the securities in time for the owed party to participate in the voluntary corporate action. It is also customary in the industry for the failing counterparty that receives a liability notification either to reject the notice, to deliver the securities that are the subject of the liability notification, or to convert or exchange the securities to the corresponding corporate actions proceeds and deliver the proceeds. Liability notifications are usually sent by fax directly to the responsible failing counterparty or to its designees. Failing counterparties are subjected to potential liability by their failure to respond to liability notifications. Failure to respond typically occurs because of processing errors, such as overlooking the faxed liability notification or not receiving it all, and because of the overall lack of centralized control over the process. There is currently no uniform method of notifying and confirming the transmission and receipt of liability notifications. In response to a need for a reliable and uniform method of transmitting liability notifications, The Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’) developed the SMART/Track for Corporate Action 3 The Commission has modified portions of the text of the summaries prepared by the NYSE. E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices Liability Notification Service (SMART/ Track’’), a web-based system for the communication of liability notifications that is currently available to all DTC participants. SMART/Track allows DTC participants to easily create, send, process, and track corporate action liability notifications. Email notifications are automatically generated when liability notifications or replies to liability notifications are sent. SMART/Track helps reduce the risks, costs, and delays resulting from the processing errors and missing or inaccurate information frequently occurring with corporate action liability notifications. It also provides participants with (1) more timely receipt and distribution of corporate action liability notifications; (2) a centralized system to manage and control all liability notifications on all issues; (3) immediate identification of the security affected by a corporate action liability notification; and (4) detailed disclosure and clearer understanding of terms and conditions. In response to a petition from the Corporate Actions Division of the Securities Industry Association urging NYSE to adopt a rule that would mandate the use of a system that would make uniform the method by which liability notifications are sent and received, NYSE is proposing to amend Rule 180. As amended, Rule 180 clarifies that if securities that were to be delivered pursuant to the rules of a registered clearing agency are not so delivered, the contract may be closed as provided by the rules of that clearing agency. If the contracts are not so closed or if there is a failure to deliver securities which are to be delivered pursuant to NYSE Rule 176 or 177 and in the absence of any notice or agreement, the contract shall continue without interest until the following business day. However, in every such case of non-delivery, the party not delivering the securities shall be liable for any damages which accrue thereby. Proposed Rule 180 is also being amended to require that when the parties to a failed contract are both participants in a registered clearing agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver and the contract was to be settled through the facilities of that registered clearing agency, the transmission of the liability notification must be accomplished through the use of the registered clearing agency’s automated liability notification system.4 4 Currently DTC is the only registered clearing agency operating an automated liability notification VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 2. Statutory Basis The statutory basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.5 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The NYSE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The NYSE has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change. The NYSE is making the proposed rule change in part as a response to a petition from the Corporate Actions Dvision of the Securities Industry Association that the NYSE amend its rules to mandate that member organizatins use the SMART/ Track system. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within thirty-five days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period: (i) As the Commission may designate up to ninety days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and service. At present, approximately 155 DTC participants are voluntarily using SMART/Track. 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71011 arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml) or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSE–2006–57 in the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2006–57. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NYSE and on the NYSE’s Web site, http://www.nyse.com. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– 2006–57 and should be submitted on or before December 28, 2006. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–20727 Filed 12–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 6 17 E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 07DEN1

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[Release No. 34-54818; File No. SR-NYSE-2006-57]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 180 To Require 
Member Organizations To Use the Automated Liability Notification System 
of a Registered Clearing Agency

 November 27, 2006.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ notice is hereby given that on August 3, 2006, the New 
York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'') filed with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (``Commission'') and on November 15, 2006, amended 
the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which 
items have been prepared primarily by the NYSE.\2\ The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested parties.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ The exact text of the NYSE's proposed rule change is set 
forth in its filing, which can be found at http://www.nyse.com.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The NYSE proposes to amend Rule 180 to mandate that NYSE member 
organizations utilize the automated liability notification system of a 
clearing agency registered pursuant to Section 17A of the Exchange Act 
when issuing liability notifications in connection with certain 
securities transactions.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the NYSE included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in sections 
A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.\3\
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A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    Currently, NYSE's Rule 180 provides that if securities are not 
delivered within the required time frame, the party who fails to 
deliver is liable for any resulting damages. Rule 180 also requires 
that claims for damages must be made promptly. It is industry practice 
when one party is owed and has not received securities that are the 
subject of a voluntary corporate action for the owed party to send to 
the failing counterparty a notice of the liability that will be 
attendant with the failure to delver the securities in time for the 
owed party to participate in the voluntary corporate action.
    It is also customary in the industry for the failing counterparty 
that receives a liability notification either to reject the notice, to 
deliver the securities that are the subject of the liability 
notification, or to convert or exchange the securities to the 
corresponding corporate actions proceeds and deliver the proceeds. 
Liability notifications are usually sent by fax directly to the 
responsible failing counterparty or to its designees.
    Failing counterparties are subjected to potential liability by 
their failure to respond to liability notifications. Failure to respond 
typically occurs because of processing errors, such as overlooking the 
faxed liability notification or not receiving it all, and because of 
the overall lack of centralized control over the process. There is 
currently no uniform method of notifying and confirming the 
transmission and receipt of liability notifications.
    In response to a need for a reliable and uniform method of 
transmitting liability notifications, The Depository Trust Company 
(``DTC'') developed the SMART/Track for Corporate Action

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Liability Notification Service (SMART/Track''), a web-based system for 
the communication of liability notifications that is currently 
available to all DTC participants. SMART/Track allows DTC participants 
to easily create, send, process, and track corporate action liability 
notifications. Email notifications are automatically generated when 
liability notifications or replies to liability notifications are sent. 
SMART/Track helps reduce the risks, costs, and delays resulting from 
the processing errors and missing or inaccurate information frequently 
occurring with corporate action liability notifications. It also 
provides participants with (1) more timely receipt and distribution of 
corporate action liability notifications; (2) a centralized system to 
manage and control all liability notifications on all issues; (3) 
immediate identification of the security affected by a corporate action 
liability notification; and (4) detailed disclosure and clearer 
understanding of terms and conditions.
    In response to a petition from the Corporate Actions Division of 
the Securities Industry Association urging NYSE to adopt a rule that 
would mandate the use of a system that would make uniform the method by 
which liability notifications are sent and received, NYSE is proposing 
to amend Rule 180. As amended, Rule 180 clarifies that if securities 
that were to be delivered pursuant to the rules of a registered 
clearing agency are not so delivered, the contract may be closed as 
provided by the rules of that clearing agency. If the contracts are not 
so closed or if there is a failure to deliver securities which are to 
be delivered pursuant to NYSE Rule 176 or 177 and in the absence of any 
notice or agreement, the contract shall continue without interest until 
the following business day. However, in every such case of non-
delivery, the party not delivering the securities shall be liable for 
any damages which accrue thereby.
    Proposed Rule 180 is also being amended to require that when the 
parties to a failed contract are both participants in a registered 
clearing agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing 
party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver 
and the contract was to be settled through the facilities of that 
registered clearing agency, the transmission of the liability 
notification must be accomplished through the use of the registered 
clearing agency's automated liability notification system.\4\
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operating an automated liability notification service. At present, 
approximately 155 DTC participants are voluntarily using SMART/
Track.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The statutory basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is 
the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires, among 
other things, that the rules of an exchange are designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination 
with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing 
information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in 
securities, to remove impediments to perfect the mechanism of a free 
and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest.\5\
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The NYSE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose 
any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    The NYSE has neither solicited nor received written comments on the 
proposed rule change. The NYSE is making the proposed rule change in 
part as a response to a petition from the Corporate Actions Dvision of 
the Securities Industry Association that the NYSE amend its rules to 
mandate that member organizatins use the SMART/Track system.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Within thirty-five days of the date of publication of this notice 
in the Federal Register or within such longer period: (i) As the 
Commission may designate up to ninety days of such date if it finds 
such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so 
finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, 
the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve such proposed rule change or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml) or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2006-57 in the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2006-57. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. 
To help the Commission process and review your comments more 
efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all 
comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/
rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, 
all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 
are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating 
to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, 
other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection 
and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filings also will be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
NYSE and on the NYSE's Web site, http://www.nyse.com. All comments 
received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit 
personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit 
only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2006-57 and should be 
submitted on or before December 28, 2006.

    For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\6\
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    \6\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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