Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change in Connection With the Proposal of NYSE Euronext To Eliminate the Requirement of an 80% Supermajority Vote To Amend or Repeal Section 3.1 of its Bylaws, 11300-11301 [2011-4425]

Download as PDF 11300 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63942; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2011–04] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change in Connection With the Proposal of NYSE Euronext To Eliminate the Requirement of an 80% Supermajority Vote To Amend or Repeal Section 3.1 of its Bylaws February 22, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on February 11, 2011, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. 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 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES The Exchange is submitting this rule filing in connection with the proposal of its ultimate parent, NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘Corporation’’),4 to amend its bylaws (the ‘‘Bylaws’’) to eliminate the requirement that the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than 80% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of the outstanding capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is necessary for the stockholders to amend or repeal Article III, Section 3.1 of the Bylaws. The proposed rule change is identical to a rule change filed by the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) that was recently approved by the Commission.5 The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.nyse.com. 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 4 NYSE Arca, a Delaware corporation, is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext. 5 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63792 (January 28, 2011) (File No. SR–NYSE–2010–77). 2 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange is submitting this rule filing in connection with the proposal of the Corporation, which is the ultimate parent company of the Exchange, to amend its Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than 80% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of the outstanding capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is necessary for the stockholders to amend or repeal Article III, Section 3.1 of the Bylaws relating to the general powers of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (‘‘Board’’). Section 3.1 also provides that the number of Directors on the Board shall be fixed and changed from time to time exclusively by the Board pursuant to a resolution adopted by two-thirds of the directors then in office. Elimination of this 80% ‘‘supermajority’’ voting provision as it relates to Section 3.1 will have the effect that only a majority of the same number of votes entitled to be cast will be required to amend or repeal this section of the Bylaws. Background In connection with its 2010 Annual Meeting, the Corporation received a stockholder proposal to eliminate the supermajority voting requirements necessary to amend certain provisions of the Corporation’s certificate of incorporation (‘‘Certificate’’) and Bylaws. Following receipt of that proposal, the Corporation began discussions with its regulators regarding the possibility of amending its Certificate and Bylaws to implement the proposal. While recognizing the interest of stockholders in simple majority voting to amend these basic governing documents, the Corporation was also cognizant of the fact that, at the time of the merger PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 between Euronext and NYSE Group that created the Corporation, both European and U.S. regulators were concerned about insuring a balance of U.S. and European perspectives in the governance of the newly formed entity. The regulators and the respective boards of directors viewed the combination of Euronext and NYSE Group as a ‘‘merger of equals,’’ and balanced representation between American and European representatives on the Board was the primary means by which the principle of equality was to be implemented. The regulatory authorities approved supermajority voting to amend the governance provisions in the Certificate and Bylaws considered to be most important in maintaining this balance. Following further discussions between the Corporation and its regulators, the regulators have indicated that they would not oppose a change to a simple majority provision for certain of the provisions currently subject to an 80% voting requirement, including Article III, Section 3.1 of the Bylaws. Section 3.1 reads as follows: ‘‘General Powers. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. The number of directors on the Board of Directors shall be fixed and changed from time to time exclusively by the Board of Directors pursuant to a resolution adopted by two-thirds of the directors then in office. In addition to the powers and authorities expressly conferred upon them by these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may exercise all such powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts and things as are not by statute or by the Certificate of Incorporation or by these Bylaws required to be exercised or done by the stockholders. A director need not be a stockholder.’’ The purpose of this proposed rule change is to implement the decision of the Board to remove the 80% supermajority voting requirement with respect to the aforementioned Bylaw provision. As noted above, the proposed rule change is identical to a rule change filed by the NYSE (the ‘‘NYSE Rule Change’’) that was recently approved by the Commission. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’), in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 7 in 6 15 7 15 E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 01MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices 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 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. More specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will permit the Corporation to respond to the stockholder proposal submitted to it while also ensuring ongoing regulatory comfort concerning balanced representation in the governance of the Corporation which will thereby contribute to perfecting the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. 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 Act. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 Because the 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) by its terms, become operative prior to 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, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 10 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii),11 the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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–NYSEARCA–2011–04 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEARCA–2011–04. 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, on official business 9 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 11 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11301 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–NYSEARCA–2011–04 and should be submitted on or before March 22, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4425 Filed 2–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–63947; File No. SR–BYX– 2011–002] Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Y–Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend BYX Rules in Connection With the Implementation of Amendments to Regulation SHO February 23, 2011. I. Introduction On January 14, 2011, BATS Y– Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BYX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend BYX Rules 11.9, 11.13 and 11.19 to make certain changes consistent with the upcoming implementation of amendments to Regulation SHO.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on January 31, 2011.4 The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. II. Description of the Proposal On February 26, 2010, the Commission adopted amendments to Regulation SHO under the Act in the 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 242.200(g); 17 CFR 242.201. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63767 (January 25, 2011), 76 FR 5420 (January 31, 2011). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-63942; File No. SR-NYSEARCA-2011-04]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change in Connection With 
the Proposal of NYSE Euronext To Eliminate the Requirement of an 80% 
Supermajority Vote To Amend or Repeal Section 3.1 of its Bylaws

February 22, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that on February 11, 2011, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE Arca'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. 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).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is submitting this rule filing in connection with the 
proposal of its ultimate parent, NYSE Euronext (the 
``Corporation''),\4\ to amend its bylaws (the ``Bylaws'') to eliminate 
the requirement that the affirmative vote of the holders of not less 
than 80% of the votes entitled to be cast by the holders of the 
outstanding capital stock of the Corporation entitled to vote generally 
in the election of directors is necessary for the stockholders to amend 
or repeal Article III, Section 3.1 of the Bylaws. The proposed rule 
change is identical to a rule change filed by the New York Stock 
Exchange LLC (``NYSE'') that was recently approved by the 
Commission.\5\ The text of the proposed rule change is available at the 
Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and the Exchange's 
Web site at http://www.nyse.com.
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    \4\ NYSE Arca, a Delaware corporation, is an indirect wholly-
owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext.
    \5\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63792 (January 28, 2011) 
(File No. SR-NYSE-2010-77).
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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 those 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 parts of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange is submitting this rule filing in connection with the 
proposal of the Corporation, which is the ultimate parent company of 
the Exchange, to amend its Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that the 
affirmative vote of the holders of not less than 80% of the votes 
entitled to be cast by the holders of the outstanding capital stock of 
the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of directors 
is necessary for the stockholders to amend or repeal Article III, 
Section 3.1 of the Bylaws relating to the general powers of the Board 
of Directors of the Corporation (``Board''). Section 3.1 also provides 
that the number of Directors on the Board shall be fixed and changed 
from time to time exclusively by the Board pursuant to a resolution 
adopted by two-thirds of the directors then in office. Elimination of 
this 80% ``supermajority'' voting provision as it relates to Section 
3.1 will have the effect that only a majority of the same number of 
votes entitled to be cast will be required to amend or repeal this 
section of the Bylaws.
Background
    In connection with its 2010 Annual Meeting, the Corporation 
received a stockholder proposal to eliminate the supermajority voting 
requirements necessary to amend certain provisions of the Corporation's 
certificate of incorporation (``Certificate'') and Bylaws. Following 
receipt of that proposal, the Corporation began discussions with its 
regulators regarding the possibility of amending its Certificate and 
Bylaws to implement the proposal. While recognizing the interest of 
stockholders in simple majority voting to amend these basic governing 
documents, the Corporation was also cognizant of the fact that, at the 
time of the merger between Euronext and NYSE Group that created the 
Corporation, both European and U.S. regulators were concerned about 
insuring a balance of U.S. and European perspectives in the governance 
of the newly formed entity. The regulators and the respective boards of 
directors viewed the combination of Euronext and NYSE Group as a 
``merger of equals,'' and balanced representation between American and 
European representatives on the Board was the primary means by which 
the principle of equality was to be implemented. The regulatory 
authorities approved supermajority voting to amend the governance 
provisions in the Certificate and Bylaws considered to be most 
important in maintaining this balance.
    Following further discussions between the Corporation and its 
regulators, the regulators have indicated that they would not oppose a 
change to a simple majority provision for certain of the provisions 
currently subject to an 80% voting requirement, including Article III, 
Section 3.1 of the Bylaws. Section 3.1 reads as follows:
    ``General Powers. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall 
be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. The 
number of directors on the Board of Directors shall be fixed and 
changed from time to time exclusively by the Board of Directors 
pursuant to a resolution adopted by two-thirds of the directors then in 
office. In addition to the powers and authorities expressly conferred 
upon them by these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may exercise all such 
powers of the Corporation and do all such lawful acts and things as are 
not by statute or by the Certificate of Incorporation or by these 
Bylaws required to be exercised or done by the stockholders. A director 
need not be a stockholder.''
    The purpose of this proposed rule change is to implement the 
decision of the Board to remove the 80% supermajority voting 
requirement with respect to the aforementioned Bylaw provision.
    As noted above, the proposed rule change is identical to a rule 
change filed by the NYSE (the ``NYSE Rule Change'') that was recently 
approved by the Commission.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) \6\ of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''), in general, and furthers 
the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \7\ in

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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 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. More specifically, the Exchange believes that the 
proposed rule change will permit the Corporation to respond to the 
stockholder proposal submitted to it while also ensuring ongoing 
regulatory comfort concerning balanced representation in the governance 
of the Corporation which will thereby contribute to perfecting the 
mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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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 Act.

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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    The Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \8\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\9\ 
Because the 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) by its terms, become 
operative prior to 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, the proposed rule 
change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
and Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \10\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b4(f)(6)(iii),\11\ the Commission 
may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked 
the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal 
may become operative immediately upon filing.
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    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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 rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEARCA-2011-04 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEARCA-2011-04. 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 Web site 
viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 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-NYSEARCA-2011-04 and should be submitted on or before 
March 22, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
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