Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Require Limited Partnerships To Obtain Shareholder Approval for the Use of Equity Compensation and Make Other Clarifying Changes to the Listing Requirements for Limited Partnerships, 73358-73360 [E8-28495]

Download as PDF 73358 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 2, 2008 / Notices promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the proposed rule change will clarify the circumstance in which the Exchange will halt trading in new derivative securities products. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not 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 Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.9 ISE has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The Commission hereby grants the Exchange’s request and believes that such waiver is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. This action should benefit investors by promoting fair disclosure of information that may be necessary to price the derivative securities products and preventing trading when a reasonable degree of transparency cannot be assured. Proposed ISE Rule 2101(a)(2)(iii)(B) is substantively identical to rules of other national securities exchanges 10 and does not 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). The Commission notes that ISE has satisfied the five-day pre-filing notice requirement. 10 See, e.g., BATS Exchange Rule 14.1(c)(4)(B) and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58623 9 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:52 Dec 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 raise any novel or significant regulatory issues. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as operative upon filing.11 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 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–ISE–2008–87 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–ISE–2008–87. 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 (September 23, 2008), 73 FR 57169 (October 1, 2008) (SR–BATS–2008–004); Chicago Board Options Exchange Rule 52.3(c)(4) and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58955 (November 14, 2008), 73 FR 70683 (November 21, 2008) (SR– CBOE–2008–109). 11 For purposes only of waiving the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Room on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing will also 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–ISE– 2008–87 and should be submitted on or before December 23, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28559 Filed 12–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–59014; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2008–084] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Require Limited Partnerships To Obtain Shareholder Approval for the Use of Equity Compensation and Make Other Clarifying Changes to the Listing Requirements for Limited Partnerships November 25, 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 November 18, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’), 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 Nasdaq. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq proposes to require limited partnerships to obtain shareholder approval for the use of equity compensation and make other clarifying changes to the listing requirements for limited partnerships. Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule change upon approval. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 2, 2008 / Notices language is in italics; there are no proposed deletions.3 4360. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq Issuers That Are Limited Partnerships (a)–(j) No change. (k) Shareholder Approval. Each issuer that is a limited partnership must obtain shareholder approval when a stock option or purchase plan is to be established or materially amended or other equity compensation arrangement made or materially amended, pursuant to which stock may be acquired by officers, directors, employees, or consultants, as would be required under Rule 4350(i)(1)(A) and IM–4350–5. (l) Auditor Registration. Each issuer that is a limited partnership must be audited by an independent public accountant that is registered as a public accounting firm with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as provided for in Section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [15 U.S.C. 7212]. (m) Notification of Material Noncompliance. Each issuer that is a limited partnership must provide Nasdaq with prompt notification after an executive officer of the issuer, or a person performing an equivalent role, becomes aware of any material noncompliance by the issuer with the requirements of this Rule 4360. * * * * * II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Currently, NASDAQ rules require that issuers, except Limited Partnerships (‘‘LPs’’), obtain shareholder approval for a variety of corporate actions, including the issuance of equity compensation. NASDAQ’s shareholder approval 3 Changes are marked to the rule text that appears in the electronic manual of Nasdaq found at http://nasdaqomx.cchwallstreet.com. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:52 Dec 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 requirements have not historically been applied to LPs because their structure requires that public investors have limited rights and that the general partners make all significant decisions about the operation of the company. As such, limited partners do not expect to have a voice in the operations of the partnership. Nonetheless, the Commission recently noted that the ‘‘rationale for treating an LP differently than, for example, a traditional corporation with respect to shareholder input on equity compensation is less compelling’’ and that it is ‘‘beneficial from a corporate governance perspective’’ to require shareholder approval for equity compensation.4 As such, and in response to these findings by the Commission, Nasdaq now proposes to expand the requirement to obtain shareholder approval for equity compensation to entities that are LPs. In addition, Nasdaq proposes to modify the rules applicable to LPs to require that the auditor of a listed LP must be registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (‘‘PCAOB’’) and that an LP must notify Nasdaq of any material non-compliance with the corporate governance rules. When Nasdaq adopted these requirements for other companies in 2003 in response to requirements imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Nasdaq inadvertently excluded LPs from these requirements. Nonetheless, these requirements are already applicable to LPs. Specifically, with respect to the proposed auditor registration requirement, it is unlawful for an auditor to participate in the preparation or issuance of an audit report with respect to any listed company, including an LP, unless it is registered with the PCAOB.5 With respect to the proposed notification requirement, LPs have agreed in Nasdaq’s listing agreement, which each listed company must sign prior to listing, to promptly notify Nasdaq in writing of any corporate action or other event which will cause the company to cease to be in compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements.6 As such, including these changes in Nasdaq’s rules are simply clarifying changes designed to highlight the requirements and facilitate understanding and compliance of the rules by LPs. 4 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55796 (May 22, 2007) (approving SR–NYSE–2007–28). 5 Section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 15 U.S.C. 7212. 6 See http://www.nasdaq.com/about/ Listing_Agreement.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73359 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 6 of the Act,7 in general and with sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,8 in particular in that it is 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 and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change is designed to help protect investors in LP securities against insider self-dealing and the potential dilutive effect of equity compensation plans and enhance the transparency surrounding the application of NASDAQ’s requirements. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. 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. 7 15 8 15 E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 02DEN1 73360 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 2, 2008 / Notices Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments: [Release No. 34–59011; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–122] • 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–NASDAQ–2008–084 on the subject line. Paper Comments jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASDAQ–2008–084. 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 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 Nasdaq. 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– NASDAQ–2008–084 and should be submitted on or before December 23, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28495 Filed 12–1–08; 8:45 am] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Expand the Exception to NYSE Rule 2B To Allow Archipelago Securities LLC To Route Orders to the NYSE in its Capacity as an Order Routing Facility of NYSE Alternext US LLC November 24, 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 November 19, 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 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, and is approving the proposal on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is proposing to expand the exception to NYSE Rule 2B to allow Archipelago Securities LLC (‘‘Arca Securities’’), an NYSE affiliated member, to route orders to the NYSE, in its capacity as an order routing facility of NYSE Alternext US LLC (‘‘NYSE Alternext’’). A copy of this filing is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://www.nyse.com, 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 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 those 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 parts of such statements. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:52 Dec 01, 2008 2 17 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On September 29, 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) approved the routing of orders by Arca Securities to the NYSE and certain revisions to Exchange Rule 2B.3 In that filing, the Exchange discussed Arca Securities’ status as an order routing facility of NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’).4 In its capacity as an order routing facility, Arca Securities receives routing instructions from NYSE Arca and routes orders to various away market centers, including the NYSE, for execution. The Exchange notes that Arca Securities is subject to independent oversight and enforcement by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’), an unaffiliated self-regulatory organization (‘‘SRO’’) that is Arca Securities’ designated examining authority. In this capacity, FINRA is responsible for examining Arca Securities with respect to its books and records and capital obligations, and shares with NYSE Regulation, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Regulation’’) the responsibility for reviewing Arca Securities’ compliance with intermarket trading rules such as SEC Regulation NMS. In addition, through an agreement between FINRA and the NYSE pursuant to the provisions of SEC Rule 17d–2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, FINRA’s staff reviews for Arca Securities’ compliance with other NYSE rules through FINRA’s examination program. NYSE Regulation monitors Arca Securities for compliance with NYSE trading rules, subject, of course, to SEC oversight of NYSE Regulation’s regulatory program. In addition, the Exchange has established certain mechanisms 3 See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 34–58680 (September 29, 2008), 73 FR 58283 (October 6, 2008) (order approving SR–NYSE– 2008–76). 4 Arca Securities also currently acts as the outbound order routing facility of the NYSE. In this capacity, Arca Securities facilitates the acceptance of executions that result in an odd-lot or a subpenny execution since NYSE systems are unable to accept such executions after Arca Securities routes an Exchange order to an away market center. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–55590 (April 5, 2007), 72 FR 18707 (April 13, 2007) (notice of immediate effectiveness of SR–NYSE–2007–29). Recently, the NYSE modified its electronic trading system in order to accommodate away market center executions in sub-pennies; implementation of this modification should substantially reduce the need for Arca Securities to facilitate sub-penny executions. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–58936 (November 13, 2008) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of SR–NYSE–2008– 117). E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-59014; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2008-084]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Require Limited 
Partnerships To Obtain Shareholder Approval for the Use of Equity 
Compensation and Make Other Clarifying Changes to the Listing 
Requirements for Limited Partnerships

November 25, 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 November 18, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``Nasdaq''), 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 Nasdaq. The Commission is publishing this 
notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 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

    Nasdaq proposes to require limited partnerships to obtain 
shareholder approval for the use of equity compensation and make other 
clarifying changes to the listing requirements for limited 
partnerships. Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule change upon 
approval. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new

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language is in italics; there are no proposed deletions.\3\
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electronic manual of Nasdaq found at http://
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4360. Qualitative Listing Requirements for Nasdaq Issuers That Are 
Limited Partnerships

    (a)-(j) No change.
    (k) Shareholder Approval. Each issuer that is a limited partnership 
must obtain shareholder approval when a stock option or purchase plan 
is to be established or materially amended or other equity compensation 
arrangement made or materially amended, pursuant to which stock may be 
acquired by officers, directors, employees, or consultants, as would be 
required under Rule 4350(i)(1)(A) and IM-4350-5.
    (l) Auditor Registration. Each issuer that is a limited partnership 
must be audited by an independent public accountant that is registered 
as a public accounting firm with the Public Company Accounting 
Oversight Board, as provided for in Section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley 
Act of 2002 [15 U.S.C. 7212].
    (m) Notification of Material Noncompliance. Each issuer that is a 
limited partnership must provide Nasdaq with prompt notification after 
an executive officer of the issuer, or a person performing an 
equivalent role, becomes aware of any material noncompliance by the 
issuer with the requirements of this Rule 4360.
* * * * *

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

    In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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
    Currently, NASDAQ rules require that issuers, except Limited 
Partnerships (``LPs''), obtain shareholder approval for a variety of 
corporate actions, including the issuance of equity compensation. 
NASDAQ's shareholder approval requirements have not historically been 
applied to LPs because their structure requires that public investors 
have limited rights and that the general partners make all significant 
decisions about the operation of the company. As such, limited partners 
do not expect to have a voice in the operations of the partnership.
    Nonetheless, the Commission recently noted that the ``rationale for 
treating an LP differently than, for example, a traditional corporation 
with respect to shareholder input on equity compensation is less 
compelling'' and that it is ``beneficial from a corporate governance 
perspective'' to require shareholder approval for equity 
compensation.\4\ As such, and in response to these findings by the 
Commission, Nasdaq now proposes to expand the requirement to obtain 
shareholder approval for equity compensation to entities that are LPs.
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    \4\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55796 (May 22, 2007) 
(approving SR-NYSE-2007-28).
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    In addition, Nasdaq proposes to modify the rules applicable to LPs 
to require that the auditor of a listed LP must be registered with the 
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (``PCAOB'') and that an LP 
must notify Nasdaq of any material non-compliance with the corporate 
governance rules. When Nasdaq adopted these requirements for other 
companies in 2003 in response to requirements imposed by the Sarbanes-
Oxley Act of 2002, Nasdaq inadvertently excluded LPs from these 
requirements. Nonetheless, these requirements are already applicable to 
LPs. Specifically, with respect to the proposed auditor registration 
requirement, it is unlawful for an auditor to participate in the 
preparation or issuance of an audit report with respect to any listed 
company, including an LP, unless it is registered with the PCAOB.\5\ 
With respect to the proposed notification requirement, LPs have agreed 
in Nasdaq's listing agreement, which each listed company must sign 
prior to listing, to promptly notify Nasdaq in writing of any corporate 
action or other event which will cause the company to cease to be in 
compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements.\6\ As such, including 
these changes in Nasdaq's rules are simply clarifying changes designed 
to highlight the requirements and facilitate understanding and 
compliance of the rules by LPs.
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2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of section 6 of the Act,\7\ in general and with sections 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\8\ in particular in that it is 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 and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change is 
designed to help protect investors in LP securities against insider 
self-dealing and the potential dilutive effect of equity compensation 
plans and enhance the transparency surrounding the application of 
NASDAQ's requirements.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result 
in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

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.

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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-NASDAQ-2008-084 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, 
DC 20549-1090.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2008-084. 
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 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 Nasdaq. 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-NASDAQ-2008-084 and should be submitted on or before 
December 23, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
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