Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.09 of the Listed Company Manual To Establish Fees for Securities Listed Under Sections 703.21 and 703.22 of the Listed Company Manual and Traded on NYSE Bonds and To Waive Fees for Structured Products Transferred From the Amex to the NYSE, 46672-46674 [E8-18370]

Download as PDF 46672 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 155 / Monday, August 11, 2008 / Notices arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Exchange Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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–2008–68 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.09 of the Listed Company Manual To Establish Fees for Securities Listed Under Sections 703.21 and 703.22 of the Listed Company Manual and Traded on NYSE Bonds and To Waive Fees for Structured Products Transferred From the Amex to the NYSE rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–68. 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 Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–2008–68 and should be submitted on or before September 2, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–18369 Filed 8–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 6 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:01 Aug 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 [Release No. 34–58301; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–56] August 4, 2008. 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 July 24, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposal from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Section 902.09 of the Listed Company Manual (the ‘‘Manual’’) to extend the initial and continued listing fees charged thereunder to securities listed under Section 703.21 (Equity-Linked Debt Securities) and Section 703.22 (Index-Linked Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. In addition, the Exchange proposes to waive, in connection with transfers to the NYSE from NYSE Alternext US 3 after the closing of the purchase of the American Stock Exchange LLC (the ‘‘Amex’’) by NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘Merger’’), (i) all fees payable under Section 902.08 in connection with such transfers, and (ii) in the case of securities that will be traded on NYSE Bonds, all fees payable under Section 902.09 in connection with such transfer, including the prorated annual fee payable for the calendar year in which the transfer occurs. The fee waiver described in the previous sentence will only apply (i) if such transfer occurs during the calendar year in which the Merger is 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 After the Merger, the name of the Amex will be changed to NYSE Alternext U.S. LLC and the revised rule text in Exhibit 5 reflects that name change. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consummated and (ii) if the Merger is consummated no later than March 31, 2009. 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 self-regulatory organization 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 such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Section 902.09 of the Manual to extend the initial and continued listing fees charged thereunder to securities listed under Section 703.21 (Equity-Linked Debt Securities) and Section 703.22 (Index-Linked Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. In addition, the Exchange proposes to waive, in connection with transfers to the NYSE from NYSE Alternext U.S. after the closing of the Merger, (i) all fees payable under Section 902.08 in connection with such transfers, and (ii) in the case of securities that will be traded on NYSE Bonds, all fees payable under Section 902.09 in connection with such transfer, including the prorated annual fee payable for the calendar year in which the transfer occurs. The fee waiver described in the previous sentence will only apply (i) if such transfer occurs during the calendar year in which the Merger is consummated and (ii) if the Merger is consummated no later than March 31, 2009. The Exchange has noted that it does not currently set forth in the Manual any listing fees for securities that are listed under either Section 703.21 (Equity-Linked Debt Securities) or Section 703.22 (Index-Linked Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. The Exchange has not previously listed any securities under Sections 703.21 or 703.22 that traded on NYSE Bonds and, as a consequence, this filing is adopting fees for such listings for the first time. We have determined that the most appropriate fee schedule for these securities is that set forth in Section 902.09. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 155 / Monday, August 11, 2008 / Notices rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES NYSE Euronext, the ultimate parent company of the Exchange, has agreed to acquire the Amex pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 17, 2008. It is currently anticipated that the acquisition will be consummated during the third quarter of 2008.4 In connection with the acquisition, NYSE Euronext intends to discontinue the listing on NYSE Alternext U.S. of bonds and structured products issued in $1,000 face amounts. To the extent that these securities qualify for listing under the applicable NYSE standards, the Exchange will encourage the issuers to apply to list those securities on the NYSE for trading on NYSE Bonds. As the issuers of these securities will already have paid listing fees to NYSE Alternext U.S. and will be transferring to the NYSE as a result of a business decision made by NYSE Euronext, the Exchange proposes to waive all listing fees that would be payable in connection with the listing of securities transferred from NYSE Alternext U.S. and traded on NYSE Bonds, including securities listed under Sections 703.19, 703.21 and 703.22 5. This waiver will only take effect upon consummation of NYSE Euronext’s acquisition of the Amex. The Exchange believes the proposed fee waiver does not render the allocation of its listing fees inequitable or unfairly discriminatory, in particular because, after the Merger, NYSE Regulation, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Regulation’’) will perform listed company regulation for both the Exchange and NYSE Alternext U.S., including a substantial review of companies upon original listing. Many of the regulatory staff who currently perform initial and continued listing reviews at the Amex will become employees of NYSE Regulation at the time of the Merger and will continue to perform the same duties with respect to Amex companies after the Merger. Securities transferring from NYSE Alternext U.S. will be subjected to the same rigorous regulatory review as any other applicant for listing on the Exchange. However, the Exchange expects that, on average, the review of 4 The members of the Amex voted to approve the transaction on June 17, 2008. No vote of the NYSE Euronext shareholders is required. The sole remaining condition to the consummation of the transaction is the approval by the Division of Trading and Markets of certain rule filings the NYSE and Amex expect to submit in the near future. 5 As annual fees for listed securities are calculated based on the number of securities outstanding on January 1 and billed on an annual basis, the proposed fee waiver will not apply to additional securities of a class that has been transferred from NYSE Alternext U.S. that are issued after the date of transfer. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:22 Aug 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 securities transferring from NYSE Alternext U.S. to the Exchange will be less costly than the review of a transfer from an unaffiliated market, as the Amex listing regulatory staff that will have been absorbed by NYSE Regulation will already have performed a substantial review of any Amex-listed company, and NYSE Regulation will be able to rely on that prior work as a baseline in qualifying the company for listing on the Exchange and in conducting ongoing compliance activities with respect to any such company. Furthermore, the Exchange anticipates that the revenue it foregoes as a consequence of this waiver will be an immaterial amount that would not have any impact on its ability to finance its regulatory activities. In addition, in light of the low level at which fees are set for listing on NYSE Bonds, the associated loss of revenue will be immaterial and will not impact the Exchange’s ability to finance its regulatory activities. 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Exchange Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) 6 that an exchange have rules that provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that the proposed fee waiver does not render the allocation of its listing fees inequitable or unfairly discriminatory because it is simply a recognition of the fact that companies transferring their listing from NYSE Alternext U.S. will already have paid fees to another exchange which will, upon consummation of the acquisition, be under the same ownership as the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the fee waiver is appropriate because the same regulatory staff will review securities on all three markets and the Exchange will therefore benefit from regulatory efficiencies arising out of NYSE Regulation’s prior examination of any companies that transfer. In addition, in light of the low level at which fees are set for listing on NYSE Bonds, the associated loss of revenue will be immaterial and will not impact the Exchange’s ability to finance its regulatory activities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not 6 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46673 necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Exchange Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 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 90 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSE–2008–56 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–56. 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 E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 46674 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 155 / Monday, August 11, 2008 / Notices 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 Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–2008–56 and should be submitted on or before September 2, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–18370 Filed 8–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to eliminate Sections 305 (‘‘Concentration of Voting Power’’) and 308 (‘‘Defensive Tactics’’) and the shareholder rights provisions of Section 314 (‘‘Special Rights of Certain Shareholders’’) of the Exchange’s Listed Company Manual (the ‘‘Manual’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.nyse.com), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, 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. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change [Release No. 34–58303; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–62] 1. Purpose Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Eliminate Sections 305 and 308 and the Shareholder Rights Provisions of Section 314 of the Listed Company Manual rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES August 4, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on July 28, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (the ‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Section 314 also states an Exchange policy that an appropriate body within the company should examine the appropriateness of related party 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:22 Aug 08, 2008 The Exchange proposes to eliminate from its Manual Sections 305 (‘‘Concentration of Voting Power’’) and 308 (‘‘Defensive Tactics’’) and the shareholder rights provisions of Section 314 (‘‘Special Rights of Certain Shareholders’’). Section 305 provides that, while a significant concentration of a company’s common stock in one holding is not a bar to listing, the Exchange will consider the existence of such a concentrated position in rendering a decision to list that company. Section 308 deals with provisions that discriminate among shareholders or nullify or reduce the voting power of common stockholders. Section 314 expresses the Exchange’s concern about the existence of special rights limited to one shareholder or a group of shareholders, such as the right to sell stock back to the company or preemptive rights (i.e., the right to purchase stock from the company at the time of any sale to any other party, so as to maintain that shareholder’s proportionate interest in the company).3 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Exchange proposes to retain the related party transaction policy of Section 314. However, the Exchange proposes to delete that part of Section 314 which pertains to shareholder rights, as well as the entirety of Sections 305 and 308. The provisions that the Exchange proposes to eliminate each embody Exchange policies in relation to shareholder rights. As such, the Exchange believes that these rules no longer serve any purpose as they are superseded by the Exchange’s shareholder rights policy as set forth in Section 313. In 1994, at the suggestion of then SEC chairman Arthur Levitt, the NYSE, the American Stock Exchange (the ‘‘Amex’’) and NASD each agreed to adopt a uniform policy (the ‘‘Uniform Voting Rights Policy’’) with respect to the voting rights of common stockholders.4 The NYSE adopted the Uniform Voting Rights Policy as an amendment to the Exchange’s existing voting rights policy, Section 313 of the Manual. The NYSE adopted Section 313 in its earlier form in 1989,5 intending that it would constitute the Exchange’s only voting rights policy. To that end, the Exchange included in its filing in relation to the adoption of Section 313 a proposal to eliminate Section 308 of the Manual on the basis that it dealt with the same sorts of issues as Section 313 and was therefore redundant and superseded by Section 313. In approving Section 313 in 1989, the SEC stated that it was ‘‘still reviewing [the Section 308] portion of the proposal’’ and was therefore not approving the elimination of Section 308 at that time. When the exchanges adopted the Uniform Voting Rights Policy, it was the Commission’s stated intention that it would result in a uniform industry-wide approach to voting rights issues. In light of this philosophical approach, the Exchange has long believed that Sections 305, 308 and the shareholder rights provisions of Section 314 have been superseded by the Uniform Voting Rights Policy and that it is appropriate to consider shareholder rights issues solely in the context of Section 313. In the Exchange’s experience, the continued presence of these provisions in the Manual causes occasional confusion among issuers and their transactions. The Exchange does not propose to eliminate these provisions in this filing. However, the Exchange is making some nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 35121 (December 19, 1994), 59 FR 66570 (December 27, 1994) (SR–NYSE–94–20). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 27554 (December 20, 1989), 54 FR 53227 (December 27, 1989) (SR–NYSE–89–16). E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58301; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-56]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 902.09 of the 
Listed Company Manual To Establish Fees for Securities Listed Under 
Sections 703.21 and 703.22 of the Listed Company Manual and Traded on 
NYSE Bonds and To Waive Fees for Structured Products Transferred From 
the Amex to the NYSE

August 4, 2008.
    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 July 24, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposal from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Section 902.09 of the Listed Company 
Manual (the ``Manual'') to extend the initial and continued listing 
fees charged thereunder to securities listed under Section 703.21 
(Equity-Linked Debt Securities) and Section 703.22 (Index-Linked 
Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. In addition, the Exchange 
proposes to waive, in connection with transfers to the NYSE from NYSE 
Alternext US \3\ after the closing of the purchase of the American 
Stock Exchange LLC (the ``Amex'') by NYSE Euronext (the ``Merger''), 
(i) all fees payable under Section 902.08 in connection with such 
transfers, and (ii) in the case of securities that will be traded on 
NYSE Bonds, all fees payable under Section 902.09 in connection with 
such transfer, including the prorated annual fee payable for the 
calendar year in which the transfer occurs. The fee waiver described in 
the previous sentence will only apply (i) if such transfer occurs 
during the calendar year in which the Merger is consummated and (ii) if 
the Merger is consummated no later than March 31, 2009.
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    \3\ After the Merger, the name of the Amex will be changed to 
NYSE Alternext U.S. LLC and the revised rule text in Exhibit 5 
reflects that name change.
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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 self-regulatory organization 
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 such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Section 902.09 of the Manual to 
extend the initial and continued listing fees charged thereunder to 
securities listed under Section 703.21 (Equity-Linked Debt Securities) 
and Section 703.22 (Index-Linked Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. 
In addition, the Exchange proposes to waive, in connection with 
transfers to the NYSE from NYSE Alternext U.S. after the closing of the 
Merger, (i) all fees payable under Section 902.08 in connection with 
such transfers, and (ii) in the case of securities that will be traded 
on NYSE Bonds, all fees payable under Section 902.09 in connection with 
such transfer, including the prorated annual fee payable for the 
calendar year in which the transfer occurs. The fee waiver described in 
the previous sentence will only apply (i) if such transfer occurs 
during the calendar year in which the Merger is consummated and (ii) if 
the Merger is consummated no later than March 31, 2009.
    The Exchange has noted that it does not currently set forth in the 
Manual any listing fees for securities that are listed under either 
Section 703.21 (Equity-Linked Debt Securities) or Section 703.22 
(Index-Linked Securities) and traded on NYSE Bonds. The Exchange has 
not previously listed any securities under Sections 703.21 or 703.22 
that traded on NYSE Bonds and, as a consequence, this filing is 
adopting fees for such listings for the first time. We have determined 
that the most appropriate fee schedule for these securities is that set 
forth in Section 902.09.

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    NYSE Euronext, the ultimate parent company of the Exchange, has 
agreed to acquire the Amex pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, 
dated as of January 17, 2008. It is currently anticipated that the 
acquisition will be consummated during the third quarter of 2008.\4\ In 
connection with the acquisition, NYSE Euronext intends to discontinue 
the listing on NYSE Alternext U.S. of bonds and structured products 
issued in $1,000 face amounts. To the extent that these securities 
qualify for listing under the applicable NYSE standards, the Exchange 
will encourage the issuers to apply to list those securities on the 
NYSE for trading on NYSE Bonds. As the issuers of these securities will 
already have paid listing fees to NYSE Alternext U.S. and will be 
transferring to the NYSE as a result of a business decision made by 
NYSE Euronext, the Exchange proposes to waive all listing fees that 
would be payable in connection with the listing of securities 
transferred from NYSE Alternext U.S. and traded on NYSE Bonds, 
including securities listed under Sections 703.19, 703.21 and 703.22 
\5\. This waiver will only take effect upon consummation of NYSE 
Euronext's acquisition of the Amex.
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    \4\ The members of the Amex voted to approve the transaction on 
June 17, 2008. No vote of the NYSE Euronext shareholders is 
required. The sole remaining condition to the consummation of the 
transaction is the approval by the Division of Trading and Markets 
of certain rule filings the NYSE and Amex expect to submit in the 
near future.
    \5\ As annual fees for listed securities are calculated based on 
the number of securities outstanding on January 1 and billed on an 
annual basis, the proposed fee waiver will not apply to additional 
securities of a class that has been transferred from NYSE Alternext 
U.S. that are issued after the date of transfer.
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    The Exchange believes the proposed fee waiver does not render the 
allocation of its listing fees inequitable or unfairly discriminatory, 
in particular because, after the Merger, NYSE Regulation, Inc. (``NYSE 
Regulation'') will perform listed company regulation for both the 
Exchange and NYSE Alternext U.S., including a substantial review of 
companies upon original listing. Many of the regulatory staff who 
currently perform initial and continued listing reviews at the Amex 
will become employees of NYSE Regulation at the time of the Merger and 
will continue to perform the same duties with respect to Amex companies 
after the Merger. Securities transferring from NYSE Alternext U.S. will 
be subjected to the same rigorous regulatory review as any other 
applicant for listing on the Exchange. However, the Exchange expects 
that, on average, the review of securities transferring from NYSE 
Alternext U.S. to the Exchange will be less costly than the review of a 
transfer from an unaffiliated market, as the Amex listing regulatory 
staff that will have been absorbed by NYSE Regulation will already have 
performed a substantial review of any Amex-listed company, and NYSE 
Regulation will be able to rely on that prior work as a baseline in 
qualifying the company for listing on the Exchange and in conducting 
ongoing compliance activities with respect to any such company. 
Furthermore, the Exchange anticipates that the revenue it foregoes as a 
consequence of this waiver will be an immaterial amount that would not 
have any impact on its ability to finance its regulatory activities. In 
addition, in light of the low level at which fees are set for listing 
on NYSE Bonds, the associated loss of revenue will be immaterial and 
will not impact the Exchange's ability to finance its regulatory 
activities.
2. Statutory Basis
    The basis under the Exchange Act for this proposed rule change is 
the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) \6\ that an exchange have rules 
that provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and 
other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. 
The Exchange believes that the proposed fee waiver does not render the 
allocation of its listing fees inequitable or unfairly discriminatory 
because it is simply a recognition of the fact that companies 
transferring their listing from NYSE Alternext U.S. will already have 
paid fees to another exchange which will, upon consummation of the 
acquisition, be under the same ownership as the Exchange. The Exchange 
believes that the fee waiver is appropriate because the same regulatory 
staff will review securities on all three markets and the Exchange will 
therefore benefit from regulatory efficiencies arising out of NYSE 
Regulation's prior examination of any companies that transfer. In 
addition, in light of the low level at which fees are set for listing 
on NYSE Bonds, the associated loss of revenue will be immaterial and 
will not impact the Exchange's ability to finance its regulatory 
activities.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange 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 Exchange Act.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Within 35 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 90 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-2008-56 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-56. 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

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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 Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official 
business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Exchange. 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-2008-56 and should be submitted on or before 
September 2, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E8-18370 Filed 8-8-08; 8:45 am]
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