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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 6, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES update their policies and procedures under the rule each year. We estimate that 815 of these institutions are smaller entities that spend an average of 6 hours reviewing and updating their policies and procedures once per year, or 4,890 hours annually. We estimate that an additional 1,265 larger institutions spend an average of 30 hours to review and update their safeguard policies and procedures, or 37,950 hours each year. Accordingly, we estimate that the annual burden for covered institutions that review and update their safeguard policies and procedures is 42,840 hours. We therefore estimate a total of 2,529 respondents and an annual burden of 91,575 hours associated with the rule’s collection of information requirement. These estimates of average burden hours are made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. 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Written comments regarding the above information should be directed to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or send an e- PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31355 mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: May 30, 2007. Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–10848 Filed 6–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55837; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–99] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Reverse Mergers and Shareholder Approval for Change of Control Situations May 31, 2007. I. Introduction On October 5, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act (‘‘Act’’), and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change relating to reverse mergers. On February 14, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 22, 2007.4 The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended. 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 makes revisions to the proposed rule text, including revisions conforming the proposed rule text to a filing submitted by The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’) and approved by the Commission in the period following submission of the original filing (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55052 (January 5, 2007), 72 FR 1569 (January 12, 2007) (SR–NASDAQ–2006–047)) and revisions incorporating an immediately effective filing submitted by Amex in the same period (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55096 (January 12, 2007), 72 FR 2563 (January 19, 2007) (SR–Amex–2007– 03)). Amendment No. 1 replaces and supersedes the original filing in its entirety. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55477 (Mar. 15, 2007), 72 FR 13542. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\06JNN1.SGM 06JNN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 31356 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 6, 2007 / Notices II. Description of the Proposal The Exchange proposes to amend (i) Section 341 of the Amex Company Guide (‘‘Guide’’) to clarify the circumstances under which a listed issuer will be deemed to have engaged in a reverse merger thereby requiring the post-transaction entity to satisfy the initial listing standards and the process a listed issuer must follow when applying for initial listing in connection with a reverse merger and (ii) Section 713 of the Guide to require shareholder approval in connection with the issuance or potential issuance of additional listed securities that will result in a change of control of a listed issuer. Section 341 of the Guide currently provides that if an issuer listed on the Amex engages in any plan of acquisition, merger or consolidation, the net effect of which is that the listed issuer is acquired by an unlisted entity, even if the listed issuer is the nominal survivor, the post-transaction entity is required to satisfy the initial listing standards. Such transactions are typically referred to as ‘‘Reverse Mergers.’’ Because the issuer resulting from a Reverse Merger is essentially a different entity from the listed issuer, Section 341 does not permit the posttransaction entity to remain listed on the Amex unless it qualifies as a new listing. The Exchange stated that this prohibition is intended to prevent ‘‘back door listings’’ whereby an unqualified entity attempts to obtain an Amex listing. Both the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) 5 and Nasdaq 6 have comparable provisions. The Exchange stated that many Reverse Mergers are entered into for bona fide business reasons; however, in some cases listed issuers that are not in compliance with the continued listing standards, and face potential delisting, attempt to enter into Reverse Mergers with private entities in order to retain their Amex listing. In other situations, the Exchange explained that a listed issuer may be in compliance with the continued listing standards but the posttransaction entity would not satisfy the initial listing standards. In both of these cases, a change of control occurs but the listed issuer attempts to structure the transaction so that it will not be deemed a Reverse Merger under the current rule. The Exchange proposes amending Section 341 to provide greater clarity and transparency as to (i) What constitutes a Reverse Merger, (ii) the factors the Exchange will consider in 5 Section 703.08(E) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. 6 Nasdaq Rule 4340(a). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:59 Jun 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 determining whether a transaction or series of transactions constitute(s) a Reverse Merger, (iii) the consequences of entering into a Reverse Merger and (iv) the process a listed issuer must follow in connection with a Reverse Merger. The proposed rule change will provide that, in addition to meeting the initial listing standards, a listed company entering into a Reverse Merger will need to obtain shareholder approval in accordance with Section 713 in order to issue additional listed securities in connection with such Reverse Merger. In addition, while the determination of whether a Reverse Merger has occurred or will occur is to some degree subjective, the Exchange proposes to amend Section 341 to more clearly delineate the factors that will be considered by the Exchange in its analysis of a transaction.7 Section 341 currently recommends that listed issuers submit any proposed plan which could constitute a Reverse Merger to the Exchange for an informal opinion prior to the plan’s promulgation. The Exchange stated that the intent of such provision is to permit Exchange staff to review the proposed transaction in order to determine if it constitutes a Reverse Merger and, in the case of a Reverse Merger, to review the post-transaction entity in order to confirm that it will meet initial listing standards. The Exchange proposes to make such process more transparent by requiring a listed issuer to submit an initial listing application with sufficient time to permit the Exchange to complete its review of the post-transaction entity and providing that delisting proceedings will be commenced if such initial listing application has not been approved prior to consummation of the Reverse Merger. The Commission approved a similar rule change filed by Nasdaq.8 In association with the proposed changes to Section 341, the Exchange also proposes to amend Section 713. Section 713 currently requires shareholder approval as a prerequisite to Exchange approval of applications to 7 The Exchange’s proposed Section 341 states that a ‘‘Reverse Merger’’ is: ‘‘any plan of acquisition, merger or consolidation whereby a listed company combines with, or into, a company not listed on the Exchange, resulting in a change of control of the listed company and potentially allowing such unlisted company to obtain an Exchange listing. In determining whether a change of control constitutes a Reverse Merger, the Exchange will consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the management, board of directors, voting power, ownership, and financial structure of the listed company. The Exchange will also consider the nature of the businesses and the relative size of both the listed and the unlisted companies.’’ See proposed Section 341 of the Guide. 8 See supra note 3. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 list additional shares issued in connection with a transaction (other than a public offering) which would involve the application of the initial listing standards in evaluating an acquisition of a listed company by an unlisted company under Section 341 of the Guide. The Exchange proposes revising Section 713 to require shareholder approval as a prerequisite to Exchange approval of additional listing applications when the issuance or potential issuance of additional securities will result in a change of control of a listed issuer, regardless of whether such change of control also constitutes a Reverse Merger. Additionally, the Exchange proposes changes to Sections 341 and 713 to clarify the relationship between their respective requirements. Both NYSE 9 and Nasdaq 10 require shareholder approval for change of control transactions and the Exchange believes it is necessary and appropriate to require listed issuers to obtain shareholder approval of any issuance or potential issuance of additional listed securities that will result in a change of control. III. Discussion After careful review of the proposal, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.11 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,12 which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and the national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the proposal will help listed companies by providing greater clarity as to the process a listed company must follow in connection with a reverse merger. More specifically, the Commission notes that the proposed rule change provides guidance to issuers on what constitutes a Reverser Merger under the Exchange’s rules, as well as the consequences of such a transaction, including potential 9 Section 312.03(d) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. 10 Nasdaq Rule 4350(i)(1)(B). 11 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\06JNN1.SGM 06JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 6, 2007 / Notices delisting. This additional guidance may be helpful to investors as well. Finally, the Commission notes that the Exchange is clarifying and broadening its shareholder approval rules by requiring shareholder approval in all change of control situations, not just Reverse Mergers, which will protect investors and the public interest. This should allow investors of listed issuers to participate in important corporate decisions involving a change of control. While certain change of control situations would require shareholder approval under other provisions of the Guide, this proposal ensures that all change of control situations must be approved by shareholders, thereby strengthening the Exchange’s shareholder approval requirements, and is consistent with comparable rules of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,13 that the proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2006– 99) be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–10871 Filed 6–5–07; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Permanent Approval of the Preferred Market Maker Program jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES May 29, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on May 15, 2007, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:59 Jun 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 The Exchange proposes to make the Preferred Market Maker Program permanent. The text of the proposed rule change is available on CBOE’s Web site at http://www.cboe.org/legal, at the Exchange’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 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 Exchange 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 III below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 1. Purpose [Release No. 34–55826; File No. SR–CBOE– 2007–47] 14 17 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 13 15 publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons and is approving the proposal on an accelerated basis. In June, 2005, CBOE obtained approval of a filing adopting a Preferred DPM Program.3 This allowed order providers to send orders to the Exchange designating a Preferred DPM from among the DPM complex. If the Preferred DPM was quoting at the NBBO at the time the order was received by CBOE, the Preferred DPM was entitled to the entire DPM participation entitlement. The Exchange subsequently modified the applicable participation entitlement percentages under the program 4 and, then expanded the scope of the program to apply to qualifying Market Makers (as opposed to just DPMs).5 At that time the program was 31357 renamed the Preferred Market Maker Program. The Preferred Market Maker Program has been operating on a pilot basis. The pilot is due to expire on June 2, 2007. Since the Pilot was put into operation it has been positively received by the options trading community. There has not been any adverse or unanticipated negative impact on the market by the presence of the Preferred Market Maker Program. Further, CBOE believes that the pilot program helps generate greater order flow for the Exchange which in turn adds depth and liquidity to CBOE’s markets. 2. Statutory Basis CBOE believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act 6 and the rules and regulations under the Act applicable to a national securities exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.7 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 8 requirements that an exchange have rules that are designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and to protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition 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 Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. III. 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 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51779 (June 2, 2005), 70 FR 33564 (June 8, 2005) (approving SR–CBOE–2004–71). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 51824 (June 10, 2005), 70 FR 35476 (June 20, 2005) (approving SR–CBOE–2005–45); and 52021 (July 13, 2005), 70 FR 41462 (July 19, 2005) (approving SR–CBOE–2005–50). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52506 (September 23, 2005), 70 FR 57340 (September 30, 2005) (approving SR–CBOE–2005–58). PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 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 6 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq. U.S.C. 78(f)(b). 8 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 7 15 E:\FR\FM\06JNN1.SGM 06JNN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-55837; File No. SR-Amex-2006-99]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Order 
Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto 
Relating to Reverse Mergers and Shareholder Approval for Change of 
Control Situations

May 31, 2007.

I. Introduction

    On October 5, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities 
Exchange Act (``Act''), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ a proposed rule 
change relating to reverse mergers. On February 14, 2007, the Exchange 
filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ The proposed rule 
change was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 22, 
2007.\4\ The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule 
change. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 makes revisions to the proposed rule text, 
including revisions conforming the proposed rule text to a filing 
submitted by The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``Nasdaq'') and approved 
by the Commission in the period following submission of the original 
filing (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55052 (January 5, 2007), 
72 FR 1569 (January 12, 2007) (SR-NASDAQ-2006-047)) and revisions 
incorporating an immediately effective filing submitted by Amex in 
the same period (Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55096 (January 
12, 2007), 72 FR 2563 (January 19, 2007) (SR-Amex-2007-03)). 
Amendment No. 1 replaces and supersedes the original filing in its 
entirety.
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55477 (Mar. 15, 
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II. Description of the Proposal

    The Exchange proposes to amend (i) Section 341 of the Amex Company 
Guide (``Guide'') to clarify the circumstances under which a listed 
issuer will be deemed to have engaged in a reverse merger thereby 
requiring the post-transaction entity to satisfy the initial listing 
standards and the process a listed issuer must follow when applying for 
initial listing in connection with a reverse merger and (ii) Section 
713 of the Guide to require shareholder approval in connection with the 
issuance or potential issuance of additional listed securities that 
will result in a change of control of a listed issuer.
    Section 341 of the Guide currently provides that if an issuer 
listed on the Amex engages in any plan of acquisition, merger or 
consolidation, the net effect of which is that the listed issuer is 
acquired by an unlisted entity, even if the listed issuer is the 
nominal survivor, the post-transaction entity is required to satisfy 
the initial listing standards. Such transactions are typically referred 
to as ``Reverse Mergers.'' Because the issuer resulting from a Reverse 
Merger is essentially a different entity from the listed issuer, 
Section 341 does not permit the post-transaction entity to remain 
listed on the Amex unless it qualifies as a new listing. The Exchange 
stated that this prohibition is intended to prevent ``back door 
listings'' whereby an unqualified entity attempts to obtain an Amex 
listing. Both the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'') \5\ and Nasdaq 
\6\ have comparable provisions.
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    \5\ Section 703.08(E) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual.
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    The Exchange stated that many Reverse Mergers are entered into for 
bona fide business reasons; however, in some cases listed issuers that 
are not in compliance with the continued listing standards, and face 
potential delisting, attempt to enter into Reverse Mergers with private 
entities in order to retain their Amex listing. In other situations, 
the Exchange explained that a listed issuer may be in compliance with 
the continued listing standards but the post-transaction entity would 
not satisfy the initial listing standards. In both of these cases, a 
change of control occurs but the listed issuer attempts to structure 
the transaction so that it will not be deemed a Reverse Merger under 
the current rule.
    The Exchange proposes amending Section 341 to provide greater 
clarity and transparency as to (i) What constitutes a Reverse Merger, 
(ii) the factors the Exchange will consider in determining whether a 
transaction or series of transactions constitute(s) a Reverse Merger, 
(iii) the consequences of entering into a Reverse Merger and (iv) the 
process a listed issuer must follow in connection with a Reverse 
Merger. The proposed rule change will provide that, in addition to 
meeting the initial listing standards, a listed company entering into a 
Reverse Merger will need to obtain shareholder approval in accordance 
with Section 713 in order to issue additional listed securities in 
connection with such Reverse Merger. In addition, while the 
determination of whether a Reverse Merger has occurred or will occur is 
to some degree subjective, the Exchange proposes to amend Section 341 
to more clearly delineate the factors that will be considered by the 
Exchange in its analysis of a transaction.\7\
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    \7\ The Exchange's proposed Section 341 states that a ``Reverse 
Merger'' is: ``any plan of acquisition, merger or consolidation 
whereby a listed company combines with, or into, a company not 
listed on the Exchange, resulting in a change of control of the 
listed company and potentially allowing such unlisted company to 
obtain an Exchange listing. In determining whether a change of 
control constitutes a Reverse Merger, the Exchange will consider all 
relevant factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the 
management, board of directors, voting power, ownership, and 
financial structure of the listed company. The Exchange will also 
consider the nature of the businesses and the relative size of both 
the listed and the unlisted companies.'' See proposed Section 341 of 
the Guide.
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    Section 341 currently recommends that listed issuers submit any 
proposed plan which could constitute a Reverse Merger to the Exchange 
for an informal opinion prior to the plan's promulgation. The Exchange 
stated that the intent of such provision is to permit Exchange staff to 
review the proposed transaction in order to determine if it constitutes 
a Reverse Merger and, in the case of a Reverse Merger, to review the 
post-transaction entity in order to confirm that it will meet initial 
listing standards. The Exchange proposes to make such process more 
transparent by requiring a listed issuer to submit an initial listing 
application with sufficient time to permit the Exchange to complete its 
review of the post-transaction entity and providing that delisting 
proceedings will be commenced if such initial listing application has 
not been approved prior to consummation of the Reverse Merger. The 
Commission approved a similar rule change filed by Nasdaq.\8\
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    In association with the proposed changes to Section 341, the 
Exchange also proposes to amend Section 713. Section 713 currently 
requires shareholder approval as a prerequisite to Exchange approval of 
applications to list additional shares issued in connection with a 
transaction (other than a public offering) which would involve the 
application of the initial listing standards in evaluating an 
acquisition of a listed company by an unlisted company under Section 
341 of the Guide. The Exchange proposes revising Section 713 to require 
shareholder approval as a prerequisite to Exchange approval of 
additional listing applications when the issuance or potential issuance 
of additional securities will result in a change of control of a listed 
issuer, regardless of whether such change of control also constitutes a 
Reverse Merger. Additionally, the Exchange proposes changes to Sections 
341 and 713 to clarify the relationship between their respective 
requirements. Both NYSE \9\ and Nasdaq \10\ require shareholder 
approval for change of control transactions and the Exchange believes 
it is necessary and appropriate to require listed issuers to obtain 
shareholder approval of any issuance or potential issuance of 
additional listed securities that will result in a change of control.
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    \9\ Section 312.03(d) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual.
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III. Discussion

    After careful review of the proposal, the Commission finds that the 
proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements 
of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a 
national securities exchange.\11\ In particular, the Commission finds 
that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\12\ 
which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange be 
designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
the national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and 
the public interest.
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    \11\ In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition and 
capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission believes that the proposal will help listed 
companies by providing greater clarity as to the process a listed 
company must follow in connection with a reverse merger. More 
specifically, the Commission notes that the proposed rule change 
provides guidance to issuers on what constitutes a Reverser Merger 
under the Exchange's rules, as well as the consequences of such a 
transaction, including potential

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delisting. This additional guidance may be helpful to investors as 
well.
    Finally, the Commission notes that the Exchange is clarifying and 
broadening its shareholder approval rules by requiring shareholder 
approval in all change of control situations, not just Reverse Mergers, 
which will protect investors and the public interest. This should allow 
investors of listed issuers to participate in important corporate 
decisions involving a change of control. While certain change of 
control situations would require shareholder approval under other 
provisions of the Guide, this proposal ensures that all change of 
control situations must be approved by shareholders, thereby 
strengthening the Exchange's shareholder approval requirements, and is 
consistent with comparable rules of the New York Stock Exchange and 
Nasdaq.

IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\13\ that the proposed rule change (SR-Amex-2006-99) be, and hereby 
is, approved.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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