Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to a Corporate Transaction in Which Its Indirect Parent, NYSE Euronext, Will Become a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V., 65288-65305 [2011-27190]

Download as PDF 65288 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition NYSE Amex 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 NYSE Amex has neither solicited nor received written comments on the Proposed Rule Change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 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 Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) By order approve or disapprove 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: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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–NYSEAMEX–2011–78 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–NYSEAMEX–2011–78. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 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, 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– NYSEAMEX–2011–78 and should be submitted on or before November 10, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.72 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–27192 Filed 10–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65562; File No. SR–NYSE– 2011–51] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to a Corporate Transaction in Which Its Indirect Parent, NYSE Euronext, Will Become a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V. October 14, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’), and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 12, 2011, New York Stock Exchange, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared substantially by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this 72 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 A. Overview of the Proposed Combination The Exchange, a New York limited liability company, registered national securities exchange and self-regulatory organization, is submitting this rule filing (the ‘‘Proposed Rule Change’’) to the Commission in connection with the proposed business combination (the ‘‘Combination’’) of NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation, and Deutsche ¨ Borse AG, an Aktiengesellschaft organized under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany (‘‘Deutsche ¨ Borse’’). NYSE Euronext owns 100% of the equity interest of NYSE Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (‘‘NYSE Group’’), which in turn directly or indirectly owns (1) 100% of the equity interest of three registered national securities exchanges and self-regulatory organizations (together, the ‘‘NYSE Exchanges’’)—the Exchange, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’) and NYSE Amex LLC (‘‘NYSE Amex’’)—and (2) 100% of the equity interest of NYSE Market, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Market’’), NYSE Regulation, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Regulation’’), NYSE Arca L.L.C. (‘‘NYSE Arca LLC’’) and NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’) (the NYSE Exchanges, together with NYSE Market, NYSE Regulation, NYSE Arca LLC and NYSE Arca Equities, the ‘‘NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’’ and each, a ‘‘NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary’’). NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex will be separately filing a proposed rule change in connection with the Combination that will be substantially the same as the Proposed Rule Change. ¨ Deutsche Borse indirectly owns 50% of the equity interest of International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc. (‘‘ISE Holdings’’), which in turn holds 100% of the equity interest of International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’), a registered national securities exchange and self-regulatory organization. ISE Holdings also holds 31.54% of the equity interest of Direct Edge Holdings, LLC (‘‘Direct Edge Holdings’’), which in turn indirectly holds 100% of the equity interest of two registered national securities exchanges and self-regulatory organizations—EDGA Exchange, Inc. (‘‘EDGA’’) and EDGX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘EDGX’’) (each of ISE, EDGA and EDGX, a ‘‘DB Exchange’’ and a ‘‘DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiary’’ and together, the E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices ‘‘DB Exchanges’’ and the ‘‘DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’’). The DB Exchanges will be separately filing a proposed rule change in connection with the Combination. If the Combination is completed, the businesses of NYSE Euronext and ¨ Deutsche Borse, including the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries (together, the ‘‘U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’’ and each, a ‘‘U.S. Regulated Subsidiary’’), will be held under a single, publicly traded holding company organized under the laws of the Netherlands (‘‘Holdco’’).3 The Proposed Rule Change, if approved by the Commission, will not be operative until the consummation of the Combination. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Summary of Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is proposing that, pursuant to the Combination, its indirect parent, NYSE Euronext, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco. In addition, the Exchange is proposing that, in connection with the Combination, the Commission approve certain amendments to the organizational and other governance documents of Holdco, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group and certain of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries as well as certain rules of the Exchange, NYSE Amex and NYSE Arca Equities.4 The Proposed Rule Change is summarized as follows: • Proposed Approval of Waiver of Ownership and Voting Restrictions of NYSE Euronext. The Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘NYSE Euronext Certificate’’) currently restricts any person, either alone or together with its related persons, from being entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter or beneficially owning shares of stock of NYSE Euronext representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter.5 NYSE Euronext is required to disregard votes which are in excess 3 Holdco is currently named ‘‘Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V.,’’ but it is expected that Holdco will be renamed prior to the completion of the Combination to a name agreed between NYSE ¨ Euronext and Deutsche Borse. 4 Proposed amendments to the governance documents and/or rules of NYSE Amex and NYSE Arca Equities are included in this Proposed Rule Change, and the text of those proposed amendments are attached as exhibits to this Proposed Rule Change, because they are part of the overall set of changes proposed by the NYSE Exchanges to be made in connection with the Combination. 5 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1 & 2. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 of the voting restriction and to repurchase NYSE Euronext shares that are held in excess of the ownership restriction. The NYSE Euronext Certificate and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘NYSE Euronext Bylaws’’) provide that the board of directors of NYSE Euronext may waive these voting and ownership restrictions if it makes certain determinations and resolves to expressly permit the voting and ownership that is subject to such restrictions, and such resolutions have been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act6 and filed with, and approved by, each European Regulator (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate) having appropriate jurisdiction and authority.7 Acting pursuant to this waiver provision, the board of directors of NYSE Euronext has adopted the resolutions set forth in Exhibit 5A (the ‘‘NYSE Euronext Resolutions’’) in order to permit Holdco to own and vote 100% of the outstanding common stock of NYSE Euronext as of and after the Combination. The Exchange is requesting approval by the Commission of the NYSE Euronext Resolutions in order to allow the Combination to take place. • Proposed Amendments to Voting and Ownership Restrictions of NYSE Euronext. Because NYSE Euronext would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco as a result of the Combination, the Exchange is proposing to amend the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Euronext Certificate to be consistent with the analogous provisions in the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Group (the ‘‘NYSE Group Certificate’’): (1) First, the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to provide that all of the issued and outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext will be held by Holdco, and that Holdco may not transfer or assign any shares without approval by the Commission under the Exchange Act and the relevant European Regulators under the applicable European Exchange Regulations (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate); 8 and (2) second, the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to provide that the voting and ownership restrictions contained therein would only apply in 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b). Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1 & 2, and Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Euronext, Section 10.12. 8 The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is Section 4(a) of Article IV. 7 See PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65289 the event that Holdco does not own all of the issued and outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext and only for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any European Market Subsidiary (as such terms are defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate).9 In addition, the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to (a) change the 10% threshold for the voting restriction to a 20% threshold; (b) change the 20% threshold for the ownership restriction to a 40% restriction (except that a 20% ownership restriction would continue to apply to any person who is, or with respect to whom a related person is, (A) a Member of the Exchange, as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate (a ‘‘NYSE Member’’), (B) a Member of NYSE Amex as defined in the current NYSE Euronext Bylaws (including any person who is a related person of such member, an ‘‘Amex Member’’), (C) an ETP Holder of NYSE Arca Equities, as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate (an ‘‘ETP Holder’’), or (D) an OTP Holder or OTP Firm of NYSE Arca, as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate (an ‘‘OTP Holder’’ and ‘‘OTP Firm,’’ respectively)); (c) add the provision, which is currently in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, that requires the board of directors of NYSE Euronext to make certain determinations relating to NYSE Amex in order to waive the voting and ownership restrictions to the NYSE Euronext Certificate, and delete this provision from the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; (d) update the names of certain European regulatory entities in the definition of ‘‘European Regulator’’ (as currently defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws); and (e) expand the definition of ‘‘Related Persons’’ to address Amex Members in a manner that is substantively consistent with provisions currently located in the NYSE Rules. • Proposed Amendments to Voting and Ownership Restrictions of NYSE Group. The NYSE Group Certificate currently provides that, if NYSE Euronext and the trust 10 established pursuant to the Trust Agreement, dated as of April 4, 2007, by and among NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group and the other parties thereto, do not hold 100% of the outstanding stock of NYSE Group, no 9 The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is Section 4(b) of Article IV. 10 No changes are being proposed to the current Delaware trust and stichting for ‘‘regulatory overspill’’ matters, except that references to the Nominating and Governance Committee of NYSE Euronext would be replaced with references to the Holdco Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65290 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices person, either alone or together with its related persons, may be entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter or beneficially own shares of stock of NYSE Group representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter.11 NYSE Group is required to disregard votes which are in excess of the voting restriction and to repurchase NYSE Group shares which are held in excess of the ownership restriction.12 Under the Proposed Rule Change, the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Group Certificate would be amended to (1) change the 10% threshold for the voting restriction to a 20% threshold; (2) change the 20% threshold for the ownership restriction to a 40% restriction (except that a 20% ownership restriction would continue to apply to any person who is, or with respect to whom a related person is, a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder or an OTP Holder or OTP Firm); (3) provide that the ownership and voting limitations would apply only for so long as NYSE Group directly or indirectly controls any Regulated Subsidiary (as defined in the NYSE Group Certificate); and (4) expand the definition of ‘‘Related Persons’’ regarding Amex Members so that it is consistent with the language in the NYSE Rules, which language will be incorporated in the NYSE Euronext Certificate pursuant to this Proposed Rule Change. • Proposed Amendments to Certain Public-Company-Related and Other Provisions of NYSE Euronext Organizational and Corporate Governance Documents. Under the Proposed Rule Change, in light of the fact that NYSE Euronext would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the Combination, NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to (1) simplify and provide for a more efficient governance and capital structure that is appropriate for a wholly owned subsidiary; (2) conform certain provisions to analogous provisions of the organizational documents of NYSE Group, which will likewise be an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the Combination; and (3) make certain clarification and technical edits (for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions, and to update cross-references to sections, consistent with the other amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule Change). In addition, the current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors would cease to be in effect. • Proposed Amendments to Board Composition Requirements for the Exchange, NYSE Amex, NYSE Market and NYSE Regulation. Under the Proposed Rule Change, certain provisions of the Third Amended and Restated Operating Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2009, of the Exchange (the ‘‘Exchange Operating Agreement’’) relating to the composition of the Exchange’s board of directors would be amended, including to provide that the independent directors of the Exchange would perform certain functions currently allocated to the NYSE Euronext nominating and governance committee and that the Exchange’s board of directors would have its own director independence policy, instead of referring to the director independence policy of NYSE Euronext. Substantially the same revisions would be made to the analogous provisions of the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex,13 the Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market 14 and the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation.15 • Proposed Amendments to the NYSE Group Certificate and NYSE Group Bylaws. Under the Proposed Rule Change, the NYSE Group Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended in order to (1) conform certain provisions to analogous provisions of the organizational documents of NYSE Euronext, which will likewise be a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the Combination; and (2) make certain clarification and technical edits (for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions to be consistent with the other amendments to the NYSE Group Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule Change). • Proposed Amendments to the Exchange Rules, NYSE Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules. Under the Proposed Rule Change, certain technical amendments would be made to the rules 11 See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Section 4(b)(1) & (2). 12 See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Sections 4(b)(1)(A) & 4(b)(2)(D). 13 See Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex LLC, Section 2.03(a). 14 See Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market, Inc., Article III Section 1. 15 See Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation, Inc., Article III Section 1. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Exchange (the ‘‘Exchange Rules’’) to (1) replace references therein to ‘‘NYSE Euronext’’ with references to Holdco; and (2) delete the definitions of ‘‘member’’ and ‘‘member organization’’ relating to NYSE Amex which are set forth in Rule 2 for purposes of Section 1(L) of Article 5 of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, because the Proposed Rule Change will revise the NYSE Euronext Certificate to include analogous language relating to NYSE Amex Members. In addition, certain technical amendments would be made to the rules of NYSE Amex (the ‘‘NYSE Amex Rules’’) and to the rules of NYSE Arca Equities (the ‘‘NYSE Arca Equities Rules’’) to replace references therein to ‘‘NYSE Euronext’’ with references to Holdco. The text of the proposed amended NYSE Euronext Certificate, NYSE Euronext Bylaws, NYSE Group Certificate, NYSE Group Bylaws, Exchange Operating Agreement, Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex, Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market, Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation, Exchange Rules, form of Director Independence Policy for certain NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, NYSE Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules are attached to the Proposed Rule Change as Exhibits 5B, 5C, 5D, 5E, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5I, 5J, 5K, 5P and 5Q, respectively. Under the Proposed Rule Change, Holdco would take appropriate steps to incorporate voting and ownership restrictions, requirements relating to submission to jurisdiction, access to books and records and other requirements related to its control of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. Specifically, the Articles of Association of Holdco in effect as of the completion of the Combination (the ‘‘Holdco Articles’’) would contain provisions 16 to incorporate these concepts with respect to itself, as well as its directors, officers, employees and agents (as applicable): • Voting and Ownership Restrictions in the Holdco Articles. The Holdco Articles would contain voting and ownership restrictions that will restrict any person, either alone or together with its related persons, from having voting control over Holdco shares entitling the holder thereof to cast more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on a matter or beneficially owning Holdco shares representing more than 40% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on a matter (except that a 20% 16 The text of the proposed Holdco Articles is attached to the Proposed Rule Change as Exhibit 5L. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices ownership restriction would apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or OTP Firm, a Member (as such term is defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A) of the Exchange Act) of ISE (an ‘‘ISE Member’’), or a member of EDGA or EDGX (as such terms are defined in the rules of EDGA and EDGX, respectively, an ‘‘EDGA Member’’ and ‘‘EDGX Member,’’ respectively)). The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will be required to disregard any votes purported to be cast in excess of the voting restriction. In the event that any such person(s) exceeds the ownership restriction, it will be required to offer for sale and transfer the number of Holdco shares required to comply with the ownership restriction, and the rights to vote, attend general meetings of Holdco shareholders and receive dividends or other distributions attached to shares held in excess of the 40% threshold (or 20% threshold, if applicable) will be suspended for so long as such threshold is exceeded. If such person(s) fails to comply with the transfer obligation within two weeks, then the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will be irrevocably authorized to take actions on behalf of such person(s) in order to cause it to comply with such obligations. Consistent with the current NYSE Euronext Certificate, the Holdco board of directors may waive the voting and ownership restrictions if it makes certain determinations (which will be subject to the same requirements which are currently required to be made by the board of directors of NYSE Euronext and ISE Holdings in order to waive the voting and ownership restrictions in the current NYSE Euronext Certificate and the Certificate of Incorporation of ISE Holdings (the ‘‘ISE Certificate’’), as applicable) and resolves to expressly permit the voting and ownership that is subject to such restrictions, and such resolutions have been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act and filed with, and approved by, the relevant European Regulators having appropriate jurisdiction and authority. • Jurisdiction. The Holdco Articles will provide that Holdco and its directors, and to the extent they are involved in the activities of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, (x) Holdco’s officers, and (y) those of its employees whose principal place of business and residence is outside the United States, will be deemed to irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal courts and the Commission for the purposes of any suit, action or proceeding pursuant to the U.S. federal VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 securities laws and the rules or regulations thereunder, arising out of, or relating to, the activities of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, the directors, officers and employees will be deemed to be directors, officers and employees of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the Exchange Act. The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take reasonable steps necessary to cause its officers, directors and employees, prior to accepting a position as an officer, director or employee, as applicable, to agree and consent in writing to the applicability to them of these jurisdictional and oversight provisions with respect to their activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. Furthermore, the Holdco Articles would provide that no person may be a director of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and consented in writing to the applicability to him or her of these jurisdictional and oversight provisions with respect to his or her activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. Holdco would sign an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary that it will comply with these provisions of the Holdco Articles. • Books and Records. The Holdco Articles would provide that for so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, the books, records and premises of Holdco will be deemed to be the books, records and premises of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the Exchange Act, and that Holdco’s books and records will at all times be made available for inspection and copying by the Commission, and by any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary to the extent they are related to the activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any other U.S. Regulated Subsidiary over which such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary has regulatory authority or oversight. In addition, Holdco’s books and records related to the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will be maintained within the United States, except that to the extent that books and records may relate to both European subsidiaries and U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, Holdco may maintain such books and records either in the home jurisdiction of one or more European subsidiaries or in the United States. • Amendments to Holdco Articles. The Holdco Articles would provide that before any amendment to the Holdco PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65291 Articles may be effectuated by execution of a notarial deed of amendment, such amendment would need to be submitted to the board of directors of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary and, if so determined by any such board, would need to be filed with, or filed with and approved by, the Commission before such amendment may become effective. • Additional Matters. The Holdco Articles would include provisions regarding cooperation with the Commission and the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, compliance with U.S. federal securities laws, confidentiality of information regarding the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’ self-regulatory function, preservation of the independence of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’ self-regulatory function, and directors’ consideration of the effect of Holdco’s actions on the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’ ability to carry out their respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act. In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take reasonable steps necessary to cause its officers, directors and employees, prior to accepting a position as an officer, director or employee, as applicable, of Holdco to agree and consent in writing to the applicability to them of these provisions of the Holdco Articles with respect to their activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. The Holdco Articles would also provide that no person may be a director of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and consented in writing to the applicability to him or her of these provisions with respect to his or her activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. Holdco will sign an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary 17 that it will comply with these provisions of the Holdco Articles.18 In addition, Holdco would adopt a Director Independence Policy in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 5N (the ‘‘Holdco Independence Policy’’), which would be substantially similar to the current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, except for certain changes described in this Proposed Rule Change. The text of the Proposed Rule Change is available at the Exchange, the 17 The form of Holdco’s agreement and consent is attached as Exhibit 5M to this Proposed Rule Change. 18 The Holdco Articles will also set forth certain restrictions and requirements relating to Holdco’s European subsidiaries and applicable European regulatory matters, which will be substantially consistent with the analogous restrictions and requirements applicable with respect to Holdco’s U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and U.S. regulatory matters. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 65292 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices Commission’s Public Reference Room, and on the Web site of the Exchange (http://www.nyse.com). The text of Exhibits 5A through 5Q of the Proposed Rule Change are also available on the Exchange’s Web site and on the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Other than as described herein and set forth in the attached Exhibits 5A through 5Q, the Exchange will continue to conduct its regulated activities in the manner currently conducted and will not make any changes to its regulated activities in connection with the Combination. If the Exchange determines to make any such changes, it will seek approval of the Commission. 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 has 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. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES A. Purpose [sic] The purpose of this rule filing is to adopt the rules necessary to permit NYSE Euronext to effect the Combination and to amend certain provisions of the organizational and other governance documents of NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group and certain of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, including certain Exchange Rules, NYSE Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules. 1. Overview of the Combination The Exchange is submitting this Proposed Rule Change to the Commission in connection with the Combination of NYSE Euronext and ¨ Deutsche Borse. The Combination will create a holding company, Holdco, which will hold the businesses of NYSE ¨ Euronext and Deutsche Borse. Following the Combination, each of ¨ NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse will be a separate subsidiary of Holdco. Holdco expects the Combination will create a group that will be both a world leader in derivatives and risk management and the premier global venue for capital raising, with a truly global franchise and presence in many of the world’s financial centers including New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris and Luxembourg. This global presence should facilitate providing VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 world-class services to global and local customers worldwide. Other than as described herein, Holdco and the NYSE Exchanges will not make any changes to the regulated activities of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries in connection with the Combination, and, other than as described in the separate proposed rule changes filed by each of the DB Exchanges in connection with the Combination, Holdco and the DB Exchanges will not make any changes to the regulated activities of the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries in connection with the Combination. If Holdco determines to make any such changes to the regulated activities of any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, it will seek the approval of the Commission. The Proposed Rule Change, if approved by the Commission, will not be operative until the consummation of the Combination. The Combination will occur pursuant to the terms of the Business Combination Agreement, dated as of February 15, 2011, as amended by Amendment No. 1 dated as of May 2, 2011 and by Amendment No. 2 dated as of June 16, 2011 (as it may be further amended from time to time, the ‘‘Combination Agreement’’), by and ¨ among NYSE Euronext, Deutsche Borse, Holdco and Pomme Merger Corporation, a Delaware corporation and newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco (‘‘Merger Sub’’). Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Combination Agreement and in compliance with applicable law, Holdco has conducted a public exchange offer (the ‘‘Exchange Offer’’), in which ¨ shareholders of Deutsche Borse have been afforded the opportunity to tender ¨ each share of Deutsche Borse for one ordinary share of Holdco (each, a ‘‘Holdco Share’’). Immediately after the time that Holdco accepts for exchange, and ¨ exchanges, the Deutsche Borse shares that are validly tendered and not withdrawn in the Exchange Offer, Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext, as a result of which NYSE Euronext will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco (the ‘‘Merger’’). In the Merger, each outstanding share of NYSE Euronext common stock will be converted into the right to receive 0.47 of a fully paid and non-assessable Holdco Share. NYSE Euronext’s obligation to complete the Merger is subject to the completion of the Exchange Offer and the acquisition ¨ by Holdco of all of the Deutsche Borse shares validly tendered and not withdrawn in the Exchange Offer. The completion of the Exchange Offer (and, PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 therefore, the completion of the Merger) is subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including that Deutsche ¨ Borse shares representing at least 75% ¨ of the Deutsche Borse shares outstanding, on a fully diluted basis, must be validly tendered and not withdrawn in the Exchange Offer, and that holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext shall have adopted the Combination Agreement. Both of these conditions have been satisfied. Following the completion of the Exchange Offer, and depending on the ¨ percentage of Deutsche Borse shares acquired by Holdco in the Exchange ¨ Offer, Deutsche Borse and Holdco intend to complete a post-completion reorganization pursuant to which Holdco will enter into a domination agreement, or a combination of a domination agreement and a profit and loss transfer agreement, pursuant to which the remaining shareholders of ¨ Deutsche Borse will have limited rights, including a limited ability to participate ¨ in the profits of Deutsche Borse. Holdco expects the Combination will create a group that will be both a world leader in derivatives and risk management and the premier global venue for capital raising, with a truly global franchise and presence in many of the world’s financial centers including New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris and Luxembourg. This global presence should facilitate providing world-class services to global and local customers worldwide. Following the Combination, Holdco and its subsidiaries (together, the ‘‘Holdco Group’’) expect to serve as a benchmark regulatory model, facilitating transparency and harmonization of capital markets globally, while continuing to operate all national exchanges under local regulatory frameworks and their respective brand names. 2. Overview of the Holdco Group Following the Combination Following the Combination, Holdco will be a for-profit, publicly traded corporation formed under the laws of the Netherlands and will act as the holding company for the businesses of ¨ NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse. Holdco will hold all of the equity interests in NYSE Euronext, which holds (1) 100% of the equity interest of NYSE Group (which, in turn, directly or indirectly holds 100% of the equity interests of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries) and (2) 100% of the equity interest of Euronext N.V. (which, in turn, directly or indirectly holds 100% of the equity interests of trading markets E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom). Holdco will also hold a majority of the ¨ equity interests in Deutsche Borse, which indirectly holds 50% of the equity interest of ISE Holdings (which, in turn, holds (1) 100% of the equity interest of ISE and (2) 31.54% of the equity interest of Direct Edge Holdings). Direct Edge Holdings indirectly holds 100% of the equity interest of EDGA and EDGX. Holdco intends to list its ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. The Holdco Group will have dual headquarters in Frankfurt and New York. After the Combination, NYSE Group will continue to be directly wholly owned by NYSE Euronext and will continue to directly or indirectly own the three NYSE Exchanges—the Exchange, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex—which provide marketplaces where investors buy and sell listed companies’ common stock and other securities as well as equity options and securities traded on the basis of unlisted trading privileges. NYSE Regulation, Inc., an indirect not-for-profit subsidiary of NYSE Group, oversees FINRA’s performance of certain market surveillance and enforcement functions for NYSE Euronext’s U.S. securities exchanges, enforces listed company compliance with applicable standards, and oversees regulatory policy determinations, rule interpretation and regulation related rule development. In Europe, NYSE Euronext, Deutsche ¨ Borse and their respective subsidiaries own several European exchanges, including trading operations on regulated and non-regulated markets for cash products in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal and derivatives in the United Kingdom and in the five above-mentioned locations. As a result, the activities of ¨ the NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse European markets are or may be subject to the jurisdiction and authority of a number of European regulators, including the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt ¨ fur Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht), the Hessian Exchange Supervisory Authority, the Dutch Minister of Finance, the French Minister of the Economy, the French Financial Market ´ ´ Authority (Autorite des Marches Financiers), the French Prudential ´ Supervisory Authority (Autorite de ˆ Controle Prudentiel), the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets ¨ (Autoriteit Financiele Markten), the Belgian Financial Services and Markets ´ Authority (Autorite des Services et ´ Marches Financiers), the Portuguese VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 Securities Market Commission ˜ (Comissao do Mercado de Valores ´ Mobiliarios—CMVM) and the U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA). Other than certain modifications described herein, the current corporate structure, governance and selfregulatory independence and separation of each NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary will be preserved. Specifically, after the Combination, NYSE Group’s businesses and assets will continue to be structured as follows: • The Exchange will remain a direct wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Group and an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext. • NYSE Market will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of the Exchange and will continue to conduct the Exchange’s business. • NYSE Regulation will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of the Exchange and continue to perform, and/ or oversee the performance of, regulatory responsibilities of the Exchange pursuant to a delegation agreement with the Exchange and regulatory functions of NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex pursuant to services agreements with them.19 • Archipelago Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (‘‘Arca Holdings’’), will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Group and indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext. • NYSE Arca Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (‘‘NYSE Arca Holdings’’), and NYSE Arca, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (‘‘NYSE Arca LLC’’), will remain wholly owned subsidiaries of Arca Holdings. • NYSE Arca will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Arca Holdings. • NYSE Arca Equities, a Delaware corporation, will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Arca. • NYSE Amex will remain a direct wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Group and an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext. • The Combination will have no effect on the ability of any party to trade securities on the Exchange, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex. ¨ Similarly, Deutsche Borse and its subsidiaries, and NYSE Euronext and its subsidiaries, will continue to conduct their regulated activities in the same manner as they are currently conducted, with any changes subject to the relevant approvals of their respective European regulators and, in the case of the U.S. 19 Certain regulatory functions have been allocated to, and/or are otherwise performed by, FINRA. PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65293 Regulated Subsidiaries, with any changes subject to the approval of the Commission. Holdco acknowledges that to the extent it becomes aware of possible violations of the rules of the Exchange, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex, it will be responsible for referring such possible violations to each such exchange, respectively. In addition, Holdco will become a party to the agreement among NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group, the Exchange, NYSE Market and NYSE Regulation to provide for adequate funding for NYSE Regulation. 3. Proposed Approval of Waiver of Voting and Ownership Restrictions of NYSE Euronext Article V of the current NYSE Euronext Certificate provides that (1) no person, either alone or together with its ‘‘related persons’’ (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate), may be entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares of NYSE Euronext beneficially owned by such person or its related persons, in person or by proxy or through any voting agreement or other arrangement, to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on such matter; and (2) no person, either alone or together with its related persons, may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any such matter by virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into with other persons to refrain from voting shares of stock of NYSE Euronext (the ‘‘NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction’’).20 NYSE Euronext must disregard any votes purposed to be cast in excess of the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction.21 In addition, the NYSE Euronext Certificate provides that no person, either alone or together with its related persons, may at any time beneficially own shares of NYSE Euronext representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter (the ‘‘NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction’’).22 If any person, either alone or together with its related persons, owns shares of NYSE Euronext in excess of the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, then such 20 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Section 1. 21 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Section 1(A). 22 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Section 2. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65294 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices person and its related persons are obligated to sell promptly, and NYSE Euronext is obligated to purchase promptly, at a price equal to the par value of such shares and to the extent funds are legally available for such purchase, the number of shares of NYSE Euronext necessary so that such person, together with its related persons, will beneficially own shares of NYSE Euronext representing in the aggregate no more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, after taking into account that such repurchased shares will become treasury shares and will no longer be deemed to be outstanding.23 The NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction and the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction are applicable to each person unless and until (1) such person has delivered a notice in writing to the board of directors of NYSE Euronext, not less than 45 days (or such shorter period as the board of directors of NYSE Euronext expressly permits) prior to any vote or, in the case of the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, prior to the acquisition of any shares of NYSE Euronext that would cause such person, either alone or together with its related persons, to exceed the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, of such person’s intention, either alone or together with its related persons, to vote or cause the voting of shares of NYSE Euronext stock beneficially owned by such person or its related persons in excess of the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction or, in the case of the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, of such person’s intention, either alone or together with its related persons, to acquire such ownership; (2) the board of directors of NYSE Euronext has resolved to expressly permit such voting or ownership, as applicable; (3) such resolution has been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act24 and has become effective thereunder; and (4) such resolution has been filed with, and approved by, each European Regulator having appropriate jurisdiction and authority. Subject to its fiduciary duties under applicable law, the NYSE Euronext board of directors may not adopt any resolution pursuant to the foregoing clause (2) unless it has determined that the exercise of such voting rights (or the entering into of a voting agreement) or ownership, as applicable: • Will not impair the ability of any NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, NYSE Euronext or NYSE Group (if and to the extent that NYSE Group continues to exist as a separate entity) to discharge their respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder; • Will not impair the ability of any of the European Market Subsidiaries (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws) of NYSE Euronext or Euronext (to the extent that Euronext continues to exist as a separate entity) to discharge their respective responsibilities under the European Exchange Regulations (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws); • Is otherwise in the best interest of NYSE Euronext, its stockholders, the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and the European Market Subsidiaries, and will not impair the Commission’s ability to enforce the Exchange Act or the European Regulators’ ability to enforce the European Exchange Regulations; • For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls the Exchange or NYSE Market, neither such person nor any of its related persons is a NYSE Member; • For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls NYSE Amex, neither such person nor any of its related persons is an Amex Member; • For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls NYSE Arca, NYSE Arca Equities or any facility of NYSE Arca, neither such person nor any of its related persons is an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm; and • Neither such person nor any of its related persons is a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person (as such terms are defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate).25 In order to allow Holdco to wholly own and vote all of the outstanding common stock of NYSE Euronext upon consummation of the Combination, Holdco has delivered written notice to the board of directors of NYSE Euronext pursuant to the procedures set forth in the NYSE Euronext Certificate requesting approval of its voting and ownership of NYSE Euronext shares in excess of the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction and the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction. Among other things, in this notice, Holdco represented to the board of directors of NYSE Euronext that neither it, nor any of its related persons, is (1) a ‘‘member’’ or ‘‘member organization’’ of the 23 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Section 2(D). 24 15 U.S.C. 78s(b). 25 See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1(B), 1(C), 2(B) and 2(C), and Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Euronext, Section 10.12. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Exchange; (2) a ‘‘member’’ of NYSE Amex; (3) an ETP Holder; (4) an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm; or (5) a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person. At a meeting duly convened on September 15, 2011, the board of directors of NYSE Euronext adopted the NYSE Euronext Resolutions to permit Holdco, either alone or with its related persons, to exceed the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction and the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction. In adopting such resolutions, the board of directors of NYSE Euronext made the necessary determinations set forth above and approved the submission of this Proposed Rule Change to the Commission. The NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will continue to operate and regulate their markets and members exactly as they have done prior to the Combination. Except as set forth in this Proposed Rule Change, Holdco is not proposing any amendments to their trading or regulatory rules. With respect to the ability of the Commission to enforce the Exchange Act as it applies to the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries after the Combination, the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will operate in the same manner following the Combination as they operate today.26 Thus, the Commission will continue to have plenary regulatory authority over the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, as is the case currently with these entities. As described in the following sections of this filing, the Exchange is proposing a series of amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate, the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, the NYSE Group Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws, as well as certain provisions of the Holdco Articles, that will create an ownership structure that will provide the Commission with appropriate oversight tools to ensure that the Commission will have the ability to enforce the Exchange Act with respect to each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, its direct and indirect parent entities and its directors, officers, employees and agents to the extent they are involved in the activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. The NYSE Euronext board of directors also determined that ownership of NYSE Euronext by Holdco is in the best interests of NYSE Euronext, its shareholders and the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. With respect to the interests of the NYSE U.S. Regulated 26 The Exchange has been informed by Deutsche ¨ Borse that the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries are also expected to operate in the same manner following the Combination as they operate today. This is addressed in the separate proposed rule change filed by each of the DB Exchanges. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices Subsidiaries, the board of directors of NYSE Euronext has noted, among other things, its expectation that the Combination would over time create substantial incremental efficiency and growth opportunities and that the Holdco Group is expected to be a leader in a diverse set of large and growing businesses, including derivatives, listings, cash equities, post-trade settlement and asset servicing, market data and technology servicing. In addition, neither Holdco, nor any of its related persons, is (1) a NYSE Member; (2) an Amex Member; (3) an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm; or (4) a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person. An extract with the relevant provisions of the NYSE Euronext Resolutions is attached as Exhibit 5A to the Proposed Rule Change and can be found on the Exchange’s Web site and the Commission’s Web site. The Exchange hereby requests that the Commission approve the NYSE Euronext Resolutions and allow Holdco, either alone or with its related persons, to own and vote all of the outstanding common stock of NYSE Euronext upon and following the consummation of the Combination. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 4. Proposed Amendments to Ownership and Voting Restrictions After the Combination Overview The Exchange is proposing that, effective as of the completion of the Combination, the Holdco Articles would contain voting and ownership restrictions that restrict any person, either alone or together with its related persons, from having voting control over Holdco shares entitling the holder thereof to cast more than 20% of the votes entitled to be cast on any matter or beneficially owning Holdco shares representing more than 40% of the outstanding votes that may be cast on any matter (except that a 20% ownership restriction would apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder, an OTP Firm, an ISE Member, an EDGA Member or an EDGX Member). In addition, the Exchange is proposing that, effective as of the Combination, the voting and ownership restrictions currently in the NYSE Euronext Certificate and NYSE Euronext Bylaws, as well as the related waiver provisions set forth therein, would remain in effect, except that they would be modified in certain respects as described herein.27 27 As described in the proposed rule change filed by each of the DB Exchanges, the current voting and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 Voting and Ownership Restrictions in Holdco Articles Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide that no person, either alone or together with its related persons, will be entitled to vote or cause the voting of a number of shares of Holdco, in person or by proxy or through any voting agreement or other arrangement, which represent in the aggregate (1) more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on such matter; or (2) more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any such matter by virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into with other persons to refrain from voting shares of Holdco (the ‘‘Holdco Voting Restriction’’).28 The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will be required to disregard any votes purported to be cast in excess of the Holdco Voting Restriction. In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that any person who, either alone or together with its related persons, beneficially owns Holdco shares which represent in the aggregate more than 40% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter (except that a 20% restriction would apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder, an OTP Firm, an ISE Member, an EDGA Member or an EDGX Member) (the ‘‘Holdco Ownership Restriction’’), will be obligated to offer for sale and to transfer a number of Holdco shares necessary so that such person, together with its related persons, beneficially owns a number of Holdco shares that complies with the Holdco Ownership Restriction (the ‘‘Holdco Transfer Obligation’’).29 If such person(s) fails to comply with the Holdco Transfer Obligation within two weeks, Holdco will be irrevocably authorized to act on behalf of such person(s) in order to ensure compliance with the Holdco Transfer Obligation.30 Furthermore, the Holdco Articles would provide that in the event any person, either alone or together with its related persons, exceeds the Holdco Ownership Restriction (any such ownership restrictions contained in the certificate of incorporation of ISE Holdings, as well as the related provisions contained in the amended and restated bylaws of U.S. Exchange Holdings and the ¨ board resolutions of Deutsche Borse, Eurex Frankfurt AG and other indirect parent entities of ISE, would remain in effect. The DB Trust would also remain unaltered and would continue to have rights to enforce these restrictions. 28 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 34.1. 29 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Articles 35.1 and 35.4. 30 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 35.7. PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65295 person(s), a ‘‘Non-Compliant Owner’’), the Non-Compliant Owner would cease to have certain rights to the extent that its shareholding exceeds the Holdco Ownership Restriction. Specifically, the Non-Compliant Owner’s rights to vote, to attend general meetings of Holdco shareholders and to receive dividends or other distributions attached to such shares in excess of the Holdco Ownership Restriction would be suspended for so long as the Holdco Ownership Restriction is exceeded.31 Pursuant to Section 2:87a of the Dutch Civil Code, the Non-Compliant Owner may request that an independent expert be appointed to determine the value of the Holdco shares, but such expert will have discretion to determine that the value of the shares is equal to the price received for the shares by the NonCompliant Owner on any stock exchange where the Holdco shares are listed.32 The voting and ownership restrictions will apply to each person unless it (1) delivers to the Holdco board of directors a written notice of its intention to acquire voting power or ownership in excess of the relevant limitation, and such notice is delivered at least 45 days (or such shorter period as the Holdco board of directors expressly consents to) prior to acquiring Holdco shares in excess of the Holdco Voting Restriction or Holdco Ownership Restriction; (2) obtains a written confirmation from the Holdco board of directors that the board has expressly resolved to permit such voting or ownership; and (3) such resolution has been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act and filed with, and approved by, the relevant European regulators having appropriate jurisdiction and authority.33 The Holdco board of directors may waive the Holdco Voting Restriction and Holdco Ownership Restriction if it makes certain determinations, which will be consistent with the determinations currently required to be made by the board of directors of NYSE Euronext and ISE Holdings in order to waive the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the ISE Holdings Certificate, respectively.34 31 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 35.6. 32 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 35.5. 33 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Articles 34.2 and 35.2. 34 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Articles 34.3 and 35.3. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65296 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices Amendments to NYSE Group Voting and Ownership Restrictions The voting restrictions contained in the current NYSE Group Certificate provide that, if such restrictions apply, (1) no person, either alone or together with its related persons (as defined in the NYSE Group Certificate), may be entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares of stock of NYSE Group beneficially owned by such person or its related persons, in person or by proxy or through any voting agreement or other arrangement, to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on such matter; and (2) no person, either alone or together with its related persons, may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any such matter by virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into with other persons to refrain from voting shares of stock of NYSE Group (the ‘‘NYSE Group Voting Restriction’’).35 NYSE Group must disregard any votes purported to be cast in excess of the NYSE Group Voting Restriction. In addition, the ownership restrictions contained in the current NYSE Group Certificate provide that, if such restrictions apply, no person, either alone or together with its related persons, may at any time own beneficially shares of NYSE Group representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter (the ‘‘NYSE Group Ownership Restriction’’). If any person, either alone or together with its related persons, owns shares of NYSE Group in excess of the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, then such person and its related persons are obligated to sell promptly, and NYSE Group is obligated to purchase promptly, at a price equal to the par value of such shares and to the extent funds are legally available for such purchase, the number of shares of NYSE Group necessary so that such person, together with its related persons, will beneficially own shares of NYSE Group representing in the aggregate no more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, after taking into account that such repurchased shares will become treasury shares and will no longer be deemed to be outstanding. The NYSE Group Voting Restriction and the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction apply to each person unless 35 See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Section 4(b). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 and until (1) such person has delivered a notice in writing to the board of directors of NYSE Group, not less than 45 days (or such shorter period as the board of directors of NYSE Group expressly permits) prior to any vote or, in the case of the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, prior to the acquisition of any shares of NYSE Group that would cause such person, either alone or together with its related persons, to exceed the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, of such person’s intention, either alone or together with its related persons, to vote or cause the voting of shares of NYSE Group stock beneficially owned by such person or its related persons in excess of the NYSE Group Voting Restriction or, in the case of the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, of such person’s intention, either alone or together with its related persons, to acquire such ownership; (2) the board of directors of NYSE Group has resolved to expressly permit such voting or ownership, as applicable; and (3) such resolution has been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act 36 and has become effective thereunder. Subject to its fiduciary duties under applicable law, the NYSE Group board of directors may not adopt any resolution pursuant to the foregoing clause (2) unless the board has made certain determinations which are substantially similar to the determinations required to be made by the NYSE Euronext board of directors in connection with a waiver of the NYSE Euronext Voting Limitation and/or the NYSE Euronext Ownership Limitation (as described above). Under the Proposed Rule Change, the NYSE Group Certificate would be amended, effective as of the Combination, to (1) change the 10% threshold for the NYSE Group Voting Restriction to a 20% threshold; and (2) change the 20% threshold for the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction to a 40% restriction (except that a 20% restriction would continue to apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm). These percentage thresholds are consistent with those applicable to ISE Holdings and other regulated exchanges and have been approved on several occasions by the Commission.37 The NYSE Group U.S.C. 78s(b). e.g., SEC Release No. 34–49718 (May 17, 2004) (File No. SR–PCX–2004–08), 69 FR 29611 (approval of rule change proposed by the Pacific Exchange, Inc.); SEC Release No. 34–49098 (January 16, 2004) (File No. SR–PHLX–2003–73), 69 FR 3974 (approval of rule change proposed by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.); and SEC Certificate would also be updated to provide that the NYSE Group Voting Restriction and the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction would apply only for so long as NYSE Group directly or indirectly controls any Regulated Subsidiary (as defined in the NYSE Group Certificate). Under the Proposed Rule Change, the definition of ‘‘Related Persons’’ would be expanded to provide that (1) in the case of a person that is a ‘‘member’’ (as defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A)(i) of the Exchange Act) of NYSE Amex, such person’s ‘‘Related Persons’’ would include the ‘‘member’’ (as defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A)(iv) of the Exchange Act, in addition to Sections 3(a)(3)(A)(ii) and 3(a)(3)(A)(iii) of the Exchange Act which are currently referenced in this provision of the NYSE Group Certificate) with which such person is associated; and (2) in the case of any person that is a ‘‘member’’ (as defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A)(iv) of the Exchange Act, in addition to Sections 3(a)(3)(A)(ii) and 3(a)(3)(A)(iii) of the Exchange Act which are currently referenced in this provision of the NYSE Group Certificate) of NYSE Amex, such person’s ‘‘Related Persons’’ would include any ‘‘member’’ (as defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A)(i) of the Exchange Act) that is associated with such person. These provisions are substantively consistent with language in the NYSE Rules, which language would be deleted under the Proposed Rule Change. Amendments to NYSE Euronext Voting and Ownership Restrictions Under the Proposed Rule Change, the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended, effective as of the Combination, to be consistent with the NYSE Group Certificate in the following respects: (1) First, the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to provide that all of the issued and outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext will be held by Holdco, and that Holdco may not transfer or assign any shares without approval by the Commission under the Exchange Act and the relevant European Regulators (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate) under the applicable European Exchange Regulations (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate); 38 and (2) the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to provide that the NYSE Euronext 36 15 37 See PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Release No. 34–50170 (August 9, 2004) (File No. SR–PCX–2004–56), 69 FR 50419 (approval of rule change proposed by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. relating to initial public offering of parent of Archipelago Exchange, L.L.C.). 38 The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is Section 4(a) of Article IV. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices Voting Restriction and NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction contained therein would only apply in the event that Holdco does not own all of the issued and outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext.39 In addition, the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to (a) change the 10% threshold for the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction to a 20% threshold; (b) change the 20% threshold for the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction to a 40% restriction (except that a 20% ownership restriction would continue to apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm); (c) provide that the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction and NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction contained therein would only apply only for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any European Market Subsidiary (as such terms are defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate); (d) add the provision, which is currently in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, that requires the board of directors of NYSE Euronext to make certain determinations relating to NYSE Amex in order to waive the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Euronext Certificate, and delete this provision from the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; (e) update the names of certain European regulatory entities in the definition of ‘‘European Regulator’’; and (f) expand the definition of ‘‘Related Persons’’ to address Amex Members in a manner that is substantively consistent with language currently located in the NYSE Rules, as described above. 5. Additional Matters To Be Addressed in the Holdco Articles 40 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Jurisdiction Over Individuals Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco and its directors, and to the extent that they are involved in the activities of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, (x) Holdco’s officers, and (y) those of its employees whose principal place of business and residence is outside the United States, would be deemed to irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal courts and the Commission for the 39 The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is Section 4(b) of Article IV. 40 The Holdco Articles will also set forth certain restrictions and requirements relating to Holdco’s European subsidiaries and applicable European regulatory matters, which will be substantially consistent with the analogous restrictions and requirements applicable with respect to Holdco’s U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and U.S. regulatory matters. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 purposes of any suit, action or proceeding pursuant to the U.S. federal securities laws, and the rules and regulations thereunder, commenced or initiated by the Commission arising out of, or relating to, the activities of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries.41 The Holdco Articles would also provide that, with respect to any such suit, action, or proceeding brought by the Commission, Holdco and its directors, officers and employees would (1) be deemed to agree that NYSE Group may serve as U.S. agent for purposes of service of process in such suit, action, or proceeding relating to NYSE Group or any of its subsidiaries, and ISE Holdings may serve as the U.S. agent for proceedings relating to ISE Holdings or any of its subsidiaries; and (2) be deemed to waive, and agree not to assert by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, in any such suit, action, or proceeding, any claims that it or they are not personally subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, that the suit, action, or proceeding is an inconvenient forum or that the venue of the suit, action, or proceeding is improper, or that the subject matter thereof may not be enforced in or by the U.S. federal courts or the Commission.42 In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that, so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, the directors, officers and employees of Holdco will be deemed to be directors, officers and employees of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the Exchange Act.43 The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take reasonable steps necessary to cause its directors, officers and employees, prior to accepting a position as an officer, director or employee, as applicable, of Holdco to agree and consent in writing to the applicability to them of these jurisdictional and oversight provisions with respect to their activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary.44 The Holdco Articles would also provide that no person may be a director of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and consented in writing to the applicability to him or her of these jurisdictional and oversight provisions with respect to his or her activities related to any U.S. 41 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(c). 42 See id. 43 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(f). 44 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(m). PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65297 Regulated Subsidiary.45 Furthermore, Holdco would sign an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary 46 that it will comply with these provisions in the Holdco Articles. The Exchange anticipates that the functions and activities of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary generally will be carried out by the officers and directors of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, each of whom the Commission has direct authority over pursuant Section 19(h)(4) of the Exchange Act.47 Access to Books and Records Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide that for so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, the books, records and premises of Holdco will be deemed to be the books, records and premises of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the Exchange Act.48 In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco’s books and records will at all times be made available for inspection and copying by the Commission, and any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary to the extent they are related to the activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any other U.S. Regulated Subsidiary over which such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary has regulatory authority or oversight.49 In addition, Holdco’s books and records related to the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will be maintained within the United States, except that to the extent that books and records may relate to both European subsidiaries and U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, Holdco may maintain such books and records either in the home jurisdiction of one or more European subsidiaries or in the United States.50 Additional Matters Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will comply with the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder, and will cooperate with the Commission and with the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries pursuant to and to the extent of their 45 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 14.11. 46 The form of Holdco’s agreement and consent is attached as Exhibit 5M to this Proposed Rule Change. 47 15 U.S.C. 78s(h)(4). 48 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(f). 49 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(e). 50 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(g). E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 65298 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES respective regulatory authority.51 In addition, Holdco would be required to take reasonable steps necessary to cause its agents to cooperate with the Commission and, where applicable, the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries pursuant to their regulatory authority.52 The Holdco Articles would also provide that, in discharging his or her responsibilities as a member of the Holdco board of directors or as an officer or employee of Holdco, each such director, officer or employee will (a) comply with the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder; (b) cooperate with the Commission; and (c) cooperate with the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries pursuant to and to the extent of their regulatory authority (but this provision will not create any duty owed by any director, officer or employee of Holdco to any person to consider, or afford any particular weight to, any such matters or to limit his or her consideration to such matters).53 The Holdco Articles would also provide that all confidential information that comes into the possession of Holdco pertaining to the self-regulatory function of any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary will (a) not be made available to any persons other than to those officers, directors, employees and agents of Holdco that have a reasonable need to know the contents thereof; (b) be retained in confidence by Holdco and the officers, directors, employees and agents of Holdco; and (c) not be used for any commercial purposes.54 In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that these obligations regarding such confidential information will not be interpreted so as to limit or impede (i) the rights of the Commission or the relevant U.S. Regulated Subsidiary to have access to and examine such confidential information pursuant to the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder; or (ii) the ability of any officers, directors, employees or agents of Holdco to disclose such confidential information to the Commission or any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary.55 Additionally, the Holdco Articles would provide that, for so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, Holdco and its directors, officers and employees will give due regard to the preservation of the independence of the self51 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(a). 52 See id. 53 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(l). 54 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(h). 55 See id. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 regulatory function of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary and to its obligations to investors and the general public, and will not take any actions that would interfere with the effectuation of any decisions by the board of directors or managers of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary relating to its regulatory responsibilities (including enforcement and disciplinary matters) or that would interfere with the ability of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary to carry out its responsibilities under the Exchange Act.56 Finally, the Holdco Articles would provide that each director of Holdco would, in discharging his or her responsibilities, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, take into consideration the effect that Holdco’s actions would have on the ability of (a) the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries to carry out their responsibilities under the Exchange Act; and (b) the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, NYSE Group, ISE Holdings and Holdco to (1) engage in conduct that fosters and does not interfere with the ability of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, NYSE Group, ISE Holdings and Holdco to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in the securities markets; (2) promote just and equitable principles of trade in the securities markets; (3) foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities; (4) remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market in securities and a U.S. national securities market system; and (5) in general, protect investors and the public interest.57 This requirement would not, however, create any duty owed by any director, officer or employee of Holdco to any person to consider, or afford any particular weight to, any of the foregoing matters or to limit his or her consideration to such matters.58 In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take reasonable steps necessary to cause its officers, directors and employees, prior to accepting a position as an officer, director or employee, as applicable, of Holdco to agree and consent in writing to the applicability to them of these provisions of the Holdco Articles with respect to their activities related to any 56 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(i). 57 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(k). 58 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(k). PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S. Regulated Subsidiary.59 The Holdco Articles would also provide that no person may be a director of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and consented in writing to the applicability to him or her of these provisions with respect to his or her activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary.60 Holdco would also sign an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary that it will comply with provisions in the Holdco Articles regarding (1) cooperation with the Commission and such U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries; (2) compliance with U.S. federal securities laws; (3) inspection and copying of Holdco’s books, records and premises; (4) Holdco’s books, records, premises, officers, directors and employees being deemed to be those of U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries; (5) maintenance of books and records in the United States; (6) confidentiality of information regarding the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries’ selfregulatory function; (7) preservation of the independence of the self-regulatory function of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries; and (8) taking reasonable steps to cause Holdco’s officers, directors and employees to consent to the applicability to them of the Holdco Articles. The form of Holdco’s agreement and consent is attached as Exhibit 5M to this Proposed Rule Change. Amendments to the Holdco Articles Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide that, before any amendment to or repeal of any provision of the Holdco Articles may become effectuated by means of a notarial deed of amendment, the same will be submitted to the board of directors of each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary (or the boards of directors of their successors) and if any or all of such boards of directors determine that the same must be filed with, or filed with and approved by, the Commission before the same may be effective under Section 19 of the Exchange Act and the rules promulgated thereunder, then the same will not be effective until filed with, or filed with and approved by, the Commission, as the case may be. These requirements would also apply to any action by Holdco that would have the effect of amending or repealing any provision of the Holdco Articles. 59 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 3.2(m). 60 See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of Association, Article 14.11. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices Holdco Director Independence Policy Under the Proposed Rule Change, Holdco would adopt the Holdco Independence Policy in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 5N, which would be substantially similar to the current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, except that (1) a majority (as opposed to 75%) of the board of Holdco would be required to be independent; (2) executive officers of listed companies would no longer be prohibited from being considered independent for purposes of the Holdco board; (3) the ‘‘additional independence requirements’’ at the end of the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext, which provide that executive officers of foreign private issuers, executive officers of NYSE Euronext and directors of affiliates of member organizations must together comprise no more than a minority of the total board, would be eliminated; (4) references to certain European regulatory authorities would be updated, because their names have changed; (5) references to NYSE Alternext, Inc. would refer instead to NYSE Amex, because of this entity’s name change; (6) footnote 2 of the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext would be deleted because the Holdco Independence Policy would not be applicable to NYSE Regulation, Inc., the Exchange, NYSE Amex or NYSE Market, which would have their own director independence policy in the form attached to this Proposed Rule Change as Exhibit 5K; and (7) references to the independence standards and criteria in the Dutch Corporate Governance Code would be added, because such standards and criteria will apply to Holdco, a Dutch company, and will supplement (rather than supersede or limit) the other independence standards and criteria set forth in the Holdco Independence Policy. The Exchange believes that a majority independence standard is appropriate to ensure that Holdco’s board as a whole consists of individuals with independent, objective perspectives, while at the same time affording Holdco sufficient flexibility to include persons with expertise and qualifications that will contribute meaningfully to the board’s performance of its oversight function. The importance of allowing highly qualified individuals to serve on the board is underscored by the fact that Holdco will serve as the holding company for a complex, global business with highly specialized operations and regulatory functions. Although Holdco has unique responsibilities and functions as the holding company for VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, it will be subject to various corporate governance and regulatory obligations that will be addressed by means of ownership and voting limitations on its shareholders, commitments to provide access to its books and records and to submit to the jurisdiction of the Commission, director qualification requirements and other undertakings that are addressed in the Proposed Rule Change and will be formalized in the Holdco Articles and undertakings of Holdco to its U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. The Exchange submits that some of these undertakings call for indepth industry knowledge and expertise on the Holdco board, such as the requirement that Holdco’s directors take into consideration the effect that Holdco’s actions would have on the ability of its U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries to (i) foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaging in regulating, clearing, settling and processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, and (ii) remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market in securities and a U.S. national securities market system. In addition, the Exchange believes that the per se disqualification of listed company executives from being deemed independent should not be applicable to Holdco. The per se disqualification was initially adopted by the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. in early 2005 in the context of its unique circumstances and history and its management structure and board composition at that time.61 The Exchange submits that those circumstances are no longer applicable and, following the proposed combination of NYSE Euronext and ¨ Deutsche Borse, the disqualification of listed company executives would impede rather than facilitate Holdco’s efforts to ensure a qualified and balanced board composition and promote various other important corporate governance objectives, such as ensuring appropriate expertise and experience on its board, as well as representation of the interests of a diverse range of market constituencies and local European and U.S. interests. A per se disqualification would narrow the pool of potential Holdco director candidates and arbitrarily eliminate from consideration a large number of highly qualified, experienced individuals who have proven track records as business leaders. In addition, because the listed companies of the U.S. 61 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34– 51217 (February 16, 2005) (File No. SR–NYSE– 2004–54), 70 FR 9688. PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65299 Regulated Subsidiaries tend to be U.S. domestic companies, this requirement could disproportionately restrict the eligibility of persons affiliated with U.S. companies as compared to non-U.S. companies to serve on the board of Holdco. Under the Holdco Independence Policy, the Holdco board would still need to assess whether a listed company executive meets the various independence criteria, including whether he or she has any ‘‘material relationship’’ with Holdco and it subsidiaries. Furthermore, NYSE Euronext believes that the objectivity of board members is adequately protected by the various other independence criteria in the proposed Holdco Independence Policy, such as the requirement that independent directors may not be or have been within the last year, and may not have an immediate family member who is or within the last year was, a member of the Exchange, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex. In addition, if and to the extent that a matter concerning a listed company whose executive is a Holdco director were ever to come before the Holdco board for consideration, such director would be required to be recused from acting on such matter pursuant to the Holdco board’s conflicts of interest policy. Finally, the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext provides that the sum of (a) executive officers of foreign private issuers, (b) executive officers of NYSE Euronext and (c) directors of affiliates of ‘‘members’’ (as defined in Sections 3(a)(A)(3)(ii), 3(a)(A)(3)(iii) and 3(a)(A)(3)(iv) of the Exchange Act) of NYSE, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex, may not constitute more than a minority of the total number of directors of NYSE Euronext. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that, although executives of listed companies who are foreign private issuers are not disqualified from serving on the board, such executives may not, together with NYSE Euronext executives and directors of affiliates of members, constitute more than a minority of the board. In light of the Exchange’s proposal to eliminate the disqualification of listed company executives from the Holdco Independence Policy, this requirement would serve no purpose because the exception to such disqualification for foreign private issuer executives would also be eliminated. The Exchange further notes that under the proposed Holdco Independence Policy, executives of Holdco and directors of affiliates of exchange members would not be deemed independent and, accordingly, E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 65300 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES could not in any event constitute more than a minority of the Holdco board. 6. Proposed Amendments to Certain Public-Company-Related and Other Provisions of NYSE Euronext Organizational and Corporate Governance Documents Pursuant to the Combination, NYSE Euronext will merge with Merger Sub, a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco. NYSE Euronext, as the surviving corporation in the Merger, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco. Following the Merger, the current organizational documents of NYSE Euronext will remain in effect, except that the Exchange is proposing that, in addition to the aforementioned revisions relating to voting and ownership limitations, certain provisions will be amended to reflect the fact that, after the Combination, NYSE Euronext will be an intermediate holding company and will no longer be a public company traded on the Exchange, and the registration of its capital stock under Section 12 of the Exchange Act will be terminated upon application to the Commission. As a result, NYSE Euronext will no longer be subject to the Exchange’s listing standards or to the corporate governance requirements applicable to publicly traded companies. As summarized below, the following revisions to the NYSE Euronext Certificate and NYSE Euronext Bylaws are proposed in order to (1) simplify and provide for a more efficient governance and capital structure that is appropriate for a wholly owned subsidiary; (2) conform certain provisions to analogous provisions of the organizational documents of NYSE Group, which will likewise be an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the Combination; and (3) make certain clarification and technical edits (for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions, and to update cross-references to sections, to reflect the other amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule Change): • The NYSE Euronext Certificate would be revised to provide that the registered office and agent of NYSE Euronext in Delaware will be the Corporation Trust Company, which is the registered agent of other subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext; • The number of authorized shares of NYSE Euronext common stock and preferred stock will be reduced to 1,000 and 100, respectively, because it would no longer be necessary for NYSE Euronext to have a large number of VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 widely held and actively traded shares; 62 • The restrictions on transfers of NYSE Euronext shares contained in Section 4 of Article IV of the NYSE Euronext Certificate have now expired in accordance with their terms and would accordingly be deleted; • Sections 2(A) and 2(B) of Article VI of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, and Section 2.2 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, would be amended to allow shareholders to call special meetings of shareholders and to postpone such meetings, in order to give Holdco additional flexibility to take actions in its capacity as the sole shareholder of NYSE Euronext following completion of the Combination; • Section 6 of Article VI of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, and Section 3.6 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws (which would be renumbered as Section 3.5), would be amended to allow shareholders to fill board vacancies in order to give Holdco additional flexibility to take actions in its capacity as the sole shareholder of NYSE Euronext following completion of the Combination; • Section 1 of Article VIII of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, and Section 2.11 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws (which would be renumbered as Section 2.9), would be amended to allow shareholders to take actions without a meeting and without prior notice if written consents are signed by the minimum number of votes that would be required to approve the action at a meeting, in order to give Holdco additional flexibility to take actions in its capacity as the sole shareholder of NYSE Euronext following completion of the Combination, and the reference at the end of Section 3.5 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws to a special meeting of shareholders would be deleted because the NYSE Euronext shareholder may act by written consent to fill board vacancies; • The supermajority shareholder vote requirements pursuant to Article X to 62 Effective as of the time that NYSE Euronext merges with Pomme Merger Corporation, the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext (as the surviving corporation in the merger) will provide that 800,000,000 shares of common stock will be authorized and 100 shares of preferred stock will be authorized. All of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext will be held by Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V. Promptly thereafter, (1) NYSE Euronext will conduct a reverse stock split so that Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V. will hold a substantially reduced number of NYSE Euronext shares (e.g., 1,000 common shares), and (2) the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE Euronext will accordingly be amended to reduce the total number of authorized shares of common stock to 1,000. PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 amend or repeal certain provisions of the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be eliminated and replaced with a majority vote requirement, because a supermajority vote requirement would no longer serve any purpose after NYSE Euronext becomes wholly owned by a single shareholder and a majority voting standard is consistent with the standard generally applicable for actions by shareholders under the Delaware General Corporation Law and for actions by the parent entity of other wholly owned subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext such as NYSE Group; • Section 2.3 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to clarify that notice of shareholder meetings is not required if waived in accordance with Section 10.3 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • The requirement in Section 2.6 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws for the appointment of an inspector of elections for shareholders meetings would be deleted, because the requirement for an inspector of elections pursuant to Section 231 of the Delaware General Corporation Law would no longer apply to NYSE Euronext after completion of the Combination; 63 • The requirement in Section 2.7 (which would be renumbered as Section 2.6) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws that directors be elected by a majority of the votes cast (and that they must tender their resignation if such a majority vote is not received), except in the case of contested elections, and that the NYSE Euronext board of directors may fill any resulting vacancy or may decrease the size of the board, would be deleted and a plurality voting standard would be adopted for all director elections, because these requirements would no longer serve any purpose after NYSE Euronext becomes wholly owned by a single shareholder and a plurality voting standard is consistent with the standard generally applicable for elections of directors under the Delaware General Corporation Law and for actions by the parent entity of other wholly owned subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext such as NYSE Group; • The requirements in Section 2.10 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws requiring certain advance notice from shareholders of director nominations and shareholder proposals, and the requirement that only business brought before a special meeting of stockholders pursuant to NYSE Euronext’s notice of the meeting may be brought before the meeting, would be eliminated, because these requirements would no longer 63 See Section 231(e) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices serve any purpose after NYSE Euronext becomes wholly owned by a single shareholder; • Section 3.1 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to clarify that the right of the NYSE Euronext board of directors to fix and change the number of directors on such board is subject to any rights of holders of any preferred stock to elect additional directors, in order to make this provision consistent with Section 2 of Article IV of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, which provides that preferred stock may be issued which may have voting rights; • Sections 3.2(B) and 4.4 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to add ‘‘if any’’ after the references therein to the Nominating and Governance Committee, because NYSE Euronext would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco and, as such, may not have a Nominating and Governance Committee; • The requirement in Section 3.4 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws that at least 75% of the board must be independent would be deleted, because NYSE Euronext would be a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco after completion of the Combination and, therefore, it may be appropriate for executives of Holdco and its subsidiaries to serve on this board, and the reference to Section 3.4 in Section 3.2(A) would accordingly be deleted; • Section 3.9 (which would be renumbered as Section 3.8) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to clarify that notice of board meetings is not required if waived in accordance with Section 10.3 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • The advance notice period in Section 3.9 (which would be renumbered as Section 3.8) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws for electronic or telephonic notices of board meetings would be reduced from 24 hours to 12 hours, in order to simplify the requirements for board meetings and to be consistent with the analogous 12hour time period currently required for notices pursuant to Section 3.7 of the NYSE Group Bylaws; • Section 3.12 (which would be renumbered as Section 3.11) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to delete the requirement that, if the chairman or deputy chairman of the board of directors is also the chief executive officer or deputy chief executive officer, he or she may not participate in executive sessions of the board of directors, and if the chairman is not the chief executive officer or deputy chief executive officer, he or she will act as a liaison between the board VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 of directors and the chief executive officer or the deputy chief executive officer, in light of the fact that there are not expected to be any independent, non-executive directors of NYSE Euronext and in order to simplify the governance requirements for NYSE Euronext as a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco; • Certain aspects of the indemnification and expense advancement provisions in Section 10.6 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, including the terms of any insurance policy maintained by NYSE Euronext, would be simplified in light of the fact that there are not expected to be any independent, non-executive directors of NYSE Euronext, and, therefore, a more streamlined process for indemnification claims is appropriate; • The supermajority shareholder vote requirements in Section 10.10(B) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be changed to a majority vote requirement, because a supermajority vote requirement would no longer serve any purpose after NYSE Euronext becomes wholly owned by a single shareholder and a majority voting standard is consistent with the standard generally applicable for actions by shareholders under the Delaware General Corporation Law and for actions by the parent entity of other wholly owned subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext such as NYSE Group; • In light of the fact that NYSE Alternext US LLC formally changed its name to NYSE Amex LLC, references to NYSE Alternext US LLC in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to refer instead to NYSE Amex LLC; • Section 10.13 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws—which requires that, for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls NYSE Amex, any amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate must be approved by the Commission— would be deleted and Article X of the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to incorporate this requirement; and • Certain clarifying, conforming or other technical edits would be made to Sections 1(B), 1(C), 1(L), 2(C) and 2(E) of Article V, Article X and Article XIII of the NYSE Euronext Certificate and to Sections 3.7 (which would be renumbered as Section 3.6) and 3.15(A)(2) and 3.15(B) (which would be renumbered as Section 3.14(A)(2) and 3.14(B), respectively) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws. In addition, the numbering of certain sections of the NYSE Euronext Certificate and NYSE Euronext Bylaws, and cross-references to such sections, would be deleted or updated to reflect the amendments to PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65301 the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws set forth above. In addition, the current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors would, effective as of the Combination, cease to apply. 7. Proposed Amendments to the NYSE Group Certificate and NYSE Group Bylaws Under the Proposed Rule Change, the revisions summarized below to the NYSE Group Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws are proposed in order to: (1) Conform certain provisions to the analogous provisions of the organizational documents of NYSE Euronext, which would likewise be a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the Combination; and (2) make certain clarification and technical edits (for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions to reflect the other amendments set forth in this Proposed Rule Change): • Section 2 of Article IV of the NYSE Group Certificate would be amended to clarify that (1) preferred stock may be issued ‘‘from time to time,’’ and (2) the certificate of designations for such stock would fix, among other things, the ‘‘relative, participating, optional and other’’ rights of such shares including the qualifications and restrictions of any series of preferred stock, which is consistent with the analogous provisions in Section 2 of Article IV of the NYSE Euronext Certificate; • Section 3 of Article V of the NYSE Group Certificate would be revised to clarify that the number of directors will be fixed ‘‘from time to time,’’ which is consistent with the analogous provision in Section 3 of Article VI of the NYSE Euronext Certificate; • Section 5 of Article V of the NYSE Group Certificate would be amended to clarify that the right of the NYSE Group board of directors to remove directors is subject to any rights of holders of any preferred stock, in order to make this provision consistent with Section 2 of Article IV of the NYSE Group Certificate, which provides that preferred stock may be issued that may have voting rights, and also to make it consistent with the analogous provision in Section 5 of Article VI of the NYSE Euronext Certificate; • Section 2.3 of the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended to clarify that notice of shareholder meetings is not required if waived in accordance with Section 7.3 of the NYSE Group Bylaws; • A new Section 2.8 would be added to the NYSE Group Bylaws to clarify that a list of shareholders entitled to E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65302 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices vote will be open to examination by shareholders, because this is required by Section 219 of the Delaware General Corporation Law and is consistent with the analogous provision in Section 2.9 (which would be renumbered as Section 2.8) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • The reference at the end of Section 3.4 of the NYSE Group Bylaws to a special meeting of shareholders would be deleted because the shareholder of NYSE Group may act by written consent to fill board vacancies pursuant to Section 2.9 of the NYSE Group Bylaws; • Section 3.7 of the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended to clarify that notice of any special meeting of directors is not required if waived in accordance with Section 7.3 of the NYSE Group Bylaws, and the methods of delivery of notices would be updated to delete references to telegrams, provide certain requirements for notices sent to non-U.S. addresses and add a reference to e-mail or other electronic transmission of notices, in each case to be consistent with the analogous provisions in Section 3.9 (which would be renumbered as Section 3.8) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • The reference in Section 3.8 of the NYSE Group Bylaws to restrictions on telephonic participation in meetings would be deleted, because the NYSE Group Bylaws and the NYSE Group Certificate do not contain any such restrictions, and the wording of this provision would be amended to be consistent with the analogous language in Section 3.10 (renumbered as Section 3.9) of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • Section 7.4 would be revised to provide that the persons who are authorized to execute contracts and other instruments on behalf of NYSE Group would include the Chief Executive Officer, which is consistent with the analogous provision in Section 10.4 of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; • Certain aspects of the indemnification and expense advancement provisions in Section 7.6 of the NYSE Group Bylaws, including the terms of any insurance policy maintained by NYSE Group, would be simplified in light of the fact that there are not expected to be any independent, non-executive directors of NYSE Group and, therefore, a more streamlined process for indemnification claims is appropriate, and these revisions would be consistent with the revisions to the analogous provisions of the NYSE Euronext Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule Change; • Section 7.9 of the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended to clarify that they may be amended or repealed, and new bylaws may be adopted, by VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 either (1) the NYSE Group board of directors or (2) subject to any vote of holders of any class or series of NYSE Group stock required by law or the NYSE Group Certificate, the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of outstanding shares of NYSE Group entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, voting together as a single class; • In light of the fact that NYSE Alternext US LLC formally changed its name to NYSE Amex LLC, references to NYSE Alternext US LLC in the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended to refer instead to NYSE Amex LLC, and the definition of ‘‘Regulated Subsidiary’’ in the NYSE Group Certificate would be amended to include NYSE Amex; and • Certain other clarifying, conforming or other technical edits would be made to Sections 4(a), 4(b)(1)(A)(w), 4(b)(1)(A)(y), 4(b)(1)(A)(z), 4(b)(1)(E)(iv), 4(b)(1)(E)(vi), 4(b)(1)(E)(x), 4(b)(1)(E)(xii), 4(b)(2)(C) and 4(b)(2)(E) of Article IV, Sections 6 and 8 of Article V, Article X, Article XII and Article XIV of the NYSE Group Certificate and to Sections 2.3, 2.9, 5.1 and 7.9 of the NYSE Group Bylaws. In addition, the numbering of certain sections of the NYSE Group Certificate and NYSE Group Bylaws would be updated to reflect the amendments set forth above. 8. Proposed Amendments to Board Composition Requirements for the Exchange, NYSE Amex, NYSE Market and NYSE Regulation The Third Amended and Restated Operating Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2009, of the Exchange (the ‘‘Exchange Operating Agreement’’), currently provides that (1) a majority of the members of the Exchange’s board of directors must be U.S. persons and members of the board of directors of NYSE Euronext who satisfy the independence requirements of the NYSE Euronext board, and (2) at least 20% of the Exchange’s board members must be persons who are not board members of NYSE Euronext but who qualify as independent under the independence policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors (the ‘‘NonAffiliated Exchange Directors’’).64 The nominating and governance committee of the NYSE Euronext board of directors is required to designate as NonAffiliated Exchange Directors the candidates recommended jointly by the Director Candidate Recommendation Committees of each of NYSE Market and 64 See Third Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of New York Stock Exchange LLC, Section 2.03(a). PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NYSE Regulation or, in the event there are Petition Candidates (as such term is defined in the Exchange Operating Agreement), the candidates that emerge from a specified process will be designated as the Non-Affiliated Exchange Directors.65 Under the Proposed Rule Change, these provisions would be amended (1) to provide that the independent members of the Exchange’s board of directors, rather than the nominating and governance committee of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, will designate the Non-Affiliated Exchange Directors and make the other related determinations that were previously to be made by the nominating and governance committee of the NYSE Euronext board of directors; (2) to provide that instead of using the independence policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors to assess the independence of the Exchange’s board members, the Exchange will have its own independence policy in the form attached to this Proposed Rule Change as Exhibit 5K (the ‘‘SRO Director Independence Policy’’); (3) in light of the fact that the board of directors of NYSE Euronext will be decreased in size once it becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco, the requirement that a majority of the members of the Exchange’s board of directors must be members of the board of directors of NYSE Euronext would be eliminated; and (4) to provide that at least 20% of the Exchange’s directors must be persons who are not members of the board of directors of Holdco (rather than referring to the board of directors of NYSE Euronext). Substantially the same revisions would be made to the analogous provisions of the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex,66 the Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market 67 and the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation.68 The Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market and the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation would also be amended to change the registered office of these entities from National Registered Agents to The Corporation Trust Company and CT Corporation, respectively. In addition, references to NYSE Alternext US LLC in the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation 65 See id. Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex LLC, Section 2.03(a). 67 See Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market, Inc., Article III Section 1. 68 See Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation, Inc., Article III Section 1. 66 See E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices would be changed to refer instead to NYSE Amex. The SRO Director Independence Policy to be adopted by each of the Exchange, NYSE Market, NYSE Regulation and NYSE Amex under the Proposed Rule Change would be substantially similar to the current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, except that certain conforming changes would be made, including the deletion of provisions that currently apply only to NYSE Euronext directors and expressly do not apply to directors of these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. In particular, (1) references to NYSE Euronext would refer instead to the relevant NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or Holdco, as applicable; (2) the requirement that at least threefourths of the directors must be independent would be deleted, since the organizational documents of these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries contain the independence and other qualification requirements for directors; (3) the requirement in the Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext that the board consider the special responsibilities of a director in light of NYSE Euronext’s ownership of NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and European regulated entities would be deleted, because unlike NYSE Euronext, these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries are not holding companies; (4) the requirement for directors to inform the Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of certain relationships and interests would be deleted, since the boards of these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries do not have a Nominating and Governance Committee, except that in the SRO Director Independence Policy to be adopted by NYSE Regulation, this provision would reference the Nominating and Governance Committee of NYSE Regulation, Inc.; (5) references to NYSE Alternext, Inc. would refer instead to NYSE Amex, because of this entity’s name change; (6) because the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext provides that a director of an affiliate of a Member Organization cannot qualify as an independent director of these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, the conflicting language stating that a director of an affiliate of a Member Organization shall not per se fail to be independent would be deleted; and (7) because language in the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext provides that an executive officer of an issuer whose securities are listed on a NYSE Exchange cannot qualify as an independent director of these NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 conflicting language providing an exception applicable only to NYSE Euronext directors would be deleted. In addition, the ‘‘additional independence requirements’’ at the end of the current Independence Policy of NYSE Euronext, which provides that executive officers of foreign private issuers, executive officers of NYSE Euronext and directors of affiliates of member organizations must together comprise no more than a minority of the total board, would be eliminated. This provision is designed to ensure that although persons who are directors of an affiliate of a Member Organization or who are executive officers of a ‘‘foreign private issuer’’ listed on a NYSE Exchange may in some circumstances qualify as independent for purposes of NYSE Euronext board membership, such persons may not, together with executive officers of NYSE Euronext, constitute more than a minority of the total NYSE Euronext directors. Under the proposed SRO Director Independence Policy, such persons could not be deemed to be independent directors of the relevant NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary and, accordingly, this limitation on the number of such persons who may serve on the board is unnecessary. 9. Proposed Amendments to the Exchange Rules, NYSE Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules Under the Proposed Rule Change, certain technical amendments would be made to the Exchange Rules, as summarized below: • References therein to ‘‘NYSE Euronext’’ would be replaced with references to Holdco, except that references to NYSE Euronext in Rule 22 and Rule 422 would be retained and references to Holdco would be added; and • Rule 2 would be revised to delete the definitions of ‘‘member’’ and ‘‘member organization’’ relating to NYSE Amex which are set forth in Rule 2 for purposes of Section 1(L) of Article 5 of the NYSE Euronext Certificate, because under the Proposed Rule Change, that section of the NYSE Euronext Certificate will be revised to incorporate this language, In addition, certain technical amendments would be made to the NYSE Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules to replace references therein to ‘‘NYSE Euronext’’ with references to Holdco. 10. Proposed Technical Amendment to the NYSE Trust Agreement Following completion of the Combination, NYSE Euronext will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65303 Holdco and, as such, its board of directors will likely be reduced in size and may not include directors who satisfy the independence criteria that are currently applicable. Accordingly, under the Proposed Rule Change, the functions currently performed by the nominating and governance committee of NYSE Euronext in connection with reviewing and appointing trustees pursuant to the Trust Agreement, dated as of April 4, 2007, by and among NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group and the other parties thereto, would be transferred to the Holdco Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee. References in such trust agreement to the nominating and governance committee of NYSE Euronext would be replaced with references to the Holdco Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, as indicated in Exhibit 5O attached to this Proposed Rule Change. 11. Listing of Holdco Shares on the Exchange Holdco intends to list its shares on the Exchange, and to apply for admission of its shares to trading on the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the regulated market segment of the Euronext Paris. Pursuant to Rule 497, any security of Holdco and its affiliates will not be approved for listing on the Exchange unless NYSE Regulation finds that such securities satisfy the Exchange’s rules for listing, and such finding is approved by the NYSE Regulation board of directors. NYSE Regulation will be responsible for all Exchange listing-compliance decisions with respect to Holdco as an issuer.69 NYSE Regulation will prepare a quarterly report, as described in Rule 497(c)(1) summarizing its monitoring of Holdco’s compliance with such listing standards. This report will be provided to the NYSE Regulation board of directors and a copy will be forwarded promptly to the Commission. Once a year, an independent accounting firm will review Holdco’s compliance with the Exchange’s listing standards and a copy of its report will be forwarded promptly to the Commission. If NYSE Regulation determines that Holdco is not in compliance with any applicable listing standard of the Exchange, NYSE Regulation will notify Holdco promptly and request a plan for compliance. Within five business days of providing such notice to Holdco, NYSE Regulation will file a report with the Commission 69 Certain aspects of NYSE Regulation’s responsibilities are performed by FINRA, subject to oversight by NYSE Regulation. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 65304 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES identifying the date on which Holdco is not in compliance with the listing standard at issue and any other material information conveyed to Holdco in the notice of non-compliance. Within five business days of receiving a plan of compliance from the issuer, NYSE Regulation will notify the Commission of such receipt, whether the plan was accepted by NYSE Regulation or what other action was taken with respect to the plan, and the time period provided to regain compliance with the Exchange’s listing standard, if any. 12. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that this filing is consistent with Section 6(b) 70 of the Exchange Act in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(1) 71 in particular, in that it enables the Exchange to be so organized as to have the capacity to be able to carry out the purposes of the Exchange Act and to comply, and to enforce compliance by its exchange members and persons associated with its exchange members, with the provisions of the Exchange Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and the rules of the Exchange. With respect to the ability of the Commission to enforce the Exchange Act as it applies to the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries after the Combination, the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will operate in the same manner following the Combination as they operate today. Thus, the Commission will continue to have plenary regulatory authority over the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, as is the case currently with these entities. The Proposed Rule Change is consistent with and will facilitate an ownership structure that will provide the Commission with appropriate oversight tools to ensure that the Commission will have the ability to enforce the Exchange Act with respect to each U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, its direct and indirect parent entities and its directors, officers, employees and agents to the extent they are involved in the activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. The Exchange also believes that this filing furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 72 of the Exchange Act because the Proposed Rule Change summarized herein would be consistent with and facilitate a governance and regulatory structure that 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, 70 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b). U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(1). 72 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 71 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 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 Exchange expects that the Combination will position the Holdco Group to be a leader in a diverse set of large and growing businesses, including derivatives, listings, cash equities, posttrade settlement and asset servicing, market data and technology servicing. The Exchange believes this will enable the Holdco Group to leverage technology and a unique collection of markets to create a mutually reinforcing capital markets community driving efficiencies and innovation for clients and efficient, transparent and wellregulated markets for issuers and clients. As a true pacesetter across the spectrum of capital markets services, the Holdco Group would be positioned to offer clients global scale, product innovation, operational and capital efficiencies and an enhanced range of technology and market information solutions. In addition, the Exchange expects that the Holdco Group would be positioned to serve as a benchmark regulatory model, facilitating transparency and standardization in capital markets globally, while continuing to operate all national exchanges under local regulatory frameworks. 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 The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the Proposed Rule Change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 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 Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) by order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–2011–51 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–NYSE–2011–51. 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, 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– 2011–51 and should be submitted on or before November 10, 2011. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2011 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.73 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–27190 Filed 10–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65573; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2011–59] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change Adding Commentary .01 to Rule 6.37B Concerning Market Maker Continuous Quoting Obligations and Adjusted Option Series October 14, 2011. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction On August 16, 2011, NYSE Amex LLC (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to add Commentary .01 to Rule 6.37B to indicate that market makers will not be obligated to quote in adjusted option series and to reference an existing exception to the quoting obligations. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on September 1, 2011.3 The Commission received no comment letters on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change. II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to add Commentary .01 to Rule 6.37B (i) To add an exception to relieve market makers from the obligation to continuously quote in adjusted option series, and (ii) to reflect in Rule 6.37B an exception from the continuous quote requirements for Long-Term Equity Option Series (‘‘LEAPS’’) that is currently provided for in Rule 6.4(e)(i). Rule 6.37B, relating to market maker quotations, requires a Lead Market Maker to provide continuous two-sided quotations throughout the trading day in its appointed issues for 90% of the time the Exchange is open for trading in each such issue. Rule 6.37B also requires 73 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65210 (August 26, 2011), 76 FR 54516 (‘‘Notice’’). 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 Oct 19, 2011 Jkt 226001 non-lead market makers to provide continuous two-sided quotations throughout the trading day in their appointed issues for 60% of the time the Exchange is open for trading in each such issue. Rule 6.4(e)(i), relating to LEAPS open for trading, currently provides that Exchange Rules regarding continuous quoting obligations do not apply to index option series until the time to expiration is less than 12 months and do not apply to equity options or option on Exchange Traded Fund Shares until the time to expiration is less than nine months.4 The Exchange now proposes to add Commentary .01 to Rule 6.37B (the rule applicable to market maker quotations) to reflect the exception for LEAPS that is currently provided for in Rule 6.4(e)(i) to the continuous quoting obligations contained in Rule 6.37B. In other words, without altering the substance of the exception, the Exchange is proposing to include text that already appears in Rule 6.4(e)(i) into Rule 6.37B in order to reference that exception in the rule that addresses market maker quoting obligations. In addition, the Exchange proposes to extend the exception from the continuous quoting obligations to certain ‘‘adjusted series.’’ The Exchange proposes to define an ‘‘adjusted series’’ for purposes of Rule 6.37B as ‘‘an option series wherein, as a result of a corporate action by the issuer of the underlying security, one option contract in the series represents the delivery of other than 100 shares of underlying stock or Exchange-Traded Fund Shares.’’ 5 In its filing, the Exchange notes that adjusted series are generally active for a short period of time following adjustment and thereafter become inactive as new orders to open options positions in the underlying are almost exclusively placed in the new standard contracts.6 The Exchange noted that adjusted series may not meet the standards to be considered ‘‘active’’ and thereby, under Commentary .03 to NYSE Arca Rule 6.86, the Exchange may no longer disseminate quotes in such series.7 Consequently, market makers are currently required to submit quotes 4 In addition, Rule 6.4(e)(1) provides that trading in such LEAPS will commence either when there is buying or selling interest, or forty minutes prior to the close of trading for the day, whichever occurs first. Further, the rule provides that quotations will not be posted for extended far term option series until trading in such series is commenced on the day. 5 The Exchange provided additional background regarding adjusted series options in its Notice. See Notice, supra note 3, at 54517. 6 See id. 7 See id. PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65305 in adjusted series that may not be published to OPRA unless otherwise requested.8 In its filing, the Exchange states that market makers, including Lead Market Makers, that have recently withdrawn from assignments in classes have informed the Exchange that the withdrawals were based in part on the obligation to continuously quote adjusted options series whereby the quoting obligations on such less frequently traded option series impacted the risk parameters acceptable to the market makers.9 The Exchange noted that market makers have also expressed concern that the adjusted nature of these series complicates the calculation of an appropriate quote.10 As a result of withdrawals from such assignments by market makers, the Exchange states that liquidity, as well as volume, has been negatively impacted in the affected options classes listed on the Exchange.11 The Exchange now proposes to add an exception to Rule 6.37B to relieve market makers from the obligation to continuously quote in adjusted option series in order to encourage market makers, including Lead Market Makers, to continue their appointments in option classes that include adjusted series. III. Discussion and Commission’s Findings After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6 of the Act 12 and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.13 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,14 which requires, among other things, that the Exchange’s rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation 8 Commentary .03 to Rule 6.86 states, in part, ‘‘The Exchange may determine that a series has become active intraday if (i) the series trades at any options exchange; (ii) NYSE Arca receives an order in the series; or (iii) NYSE Arca receives a request for quote from a customer in that series. If a series becomes active intraday, the Exchange will immediately disseminate quotes in the series to OPRA, and continue to disseminate quotes for the balance of the trading day.’’ 9 See Notice, supra note 3, at 54517. See also Rule 6.35 (providing for market maker appointments by class). 10 See Notice, supra note 3, at 54517. 11 See id. 12 15 U.S.C. 78f. 13 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 203 (Thursday, October 20, 2011)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65562; File No. SR-NYSE-2011-51]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange, LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to a Corporate 
Transaction in Which Its Indirect Parent, NYSE Euronext, Will Become a 
Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V.

October 14, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the U.S. Securities Exchange 
Act of 1934, as amended (the ``Exchange Act''), and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that on October 12, 2011, New 
York Stock Exchange, LLC (the ``Exchange'') filed with the U.S. 
Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') the proposed 
rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items 
have been prepared substantially by the Exchange. 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\ 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

A. Overview of the Proposed Combination

    The Exchange, a New York limited liability company, registered 
national securities exchange and self-regulatory organization, is 
submitting this rule filing (the ``Proposed Rule Change'') to the 
Commission in connection with the proposed business combination (the 
``Combination'') of NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation, and Deutsche 
B[ouml]rse AG, an Aktiengesellschaft organized under the laws of the 
Federal Republic of Germany (``Deutsche B[ouml]rse'').
    NYSE Euronext owns 100% of the equity interest of NYSE Group, Inc., 
a Delaware corporation (``NYSE Group''), which in turn directly or 
indirectly owns (1) 100% of the equity interest of three registered 
national securities exchanges and self-regulatory organizations 
(together, the ``NYSE Exchanges'')--the Exchange, NYSE Arca, Inc. 
(``NYSE Arca'') and NYSE Amex LLC (``NYSE Amex'')--and (2) 100% of the 
equity interest of NYSE Market, Inc. (``NYSE Market''), NYSE 
Regulation, Inc. (``NYSE Regulation''), NYSE Arca L.L.C. (``NYSE Arca 
LLC'') and NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (``NYSE Arca Equities'') (the NYSE 
Exchanges, together with NYSE Market, NYSE Regulation, NYSE Arca LLC 
and NYSE Arca Equities, the ``NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries'' and 
each, a ``NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary''). NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex 
will be separately filing a proposed rule change in connection with the 
Combination that will be substantially the same as the Proposed Rule 
Change.
    Deutsche B[ouml]rse indirectly owns 50% of the equity interest of 
International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc. (``ISE Holdings''), 
which in turn holds 100% of the equity interest of International 
Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE''), a registered national securities 
exchange and self-regulatory organization. ISE Holdings also holds 
31.54% of the equity interest of Direct Edge Holdings, LLC (``Direct 
Edge Holdings''), which in turn indirectly holds 100% of the equity 
interest of two registered national securities exchanges and self-
regulatory organizations--EDGA Exchange, Inc. (``EDGA'') and EDGX 
Exchange, Inc. (``EDGX'') (each of ISE, EDGA and EDGX, a ``DB 
Exchange'' and a ``DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiary'' and together, the

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``DB Exchanges'' and the ``DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries''). The DB 
Exchanges will be separately filing a proposed rule change in 
connection with the Combination.
    If the Combination is completed, the businesses of NYSE Euronext 
and Deutsche B[ouml]rse, including the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries 
and the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries (together, the ``U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries'' and each, a ``U.S. Regulated Subsidiary''), will be held 
under a single, publicly traded holding company organized under the 
laws of the Netherlands (``Holdco'').\3\ The Proposed Rule Change, if 
approved by the Commission, will not be operative until the 
consummation of the Combination.
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    \3\ Holdco is currently named ``Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding 
N.V.,'' but it is expected that Holdco will be renamed prior to the 
completion of the Combination to a name agreed between NYSE Euronext 
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B. Summary of Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is proposing that, pursuant to the Combination, its 
indirect parent, NYSE Euronext, will become a wholly owned subsidiary 
of Holdco. In addition, the Exchange is proposing that, in connection 
with the Combination, the Commission approve certain amendments to the 
organizational and other governance documents of Holdco, NYSE Euronext, 
NYSE Group and certain of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries as well 
as certain rules of the Exchange, NYSE Amex and NYSE Arca Equities.\4\ 
The Proposed Rule Change is summarized as follows:
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    \4\ Proposed amendments to the governance documents and/or rules 
of NYSE Amex and NYSE Arca Equities are included in this Proposed 
Rule Change, and the text of those proposed amendments are attached 
as exhibits to this Proposed Rule Change, because they are part of 
the overall set of changes proposed by the NYSE Exchanges to be made 
in connection with the Combination.
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     Proposed Approval of Waiver of Ownership and Voting 
Restrictions of NYSE Euronext. The Amended and Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation of NYSE Euronext (the ``NYSE Euronext Certificate'') 
currently restricts any person, either alone or together with its 
related persons, from being entitled to vote or cause the voting of 
shares to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more 
than 10% of the outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter or 
beneficially owning shares of stock of NYSE Euronext representing in 
the aggregate more than 20% of the outstanding votes entitled to be 
cast on any matter.\5\ NYSE Euronext is required to disregard votes 
which are in excess of the voting restriction and to repurchase NYSE 
Euronext shares that are held in excess of the ownership restriction. 
The NYSE Euronext Certificate and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of 
NYSE Euronext (the ``NYSE Euronext Bylaws'') provide that the board of 
directors of NYSE Euronext may waive these voting and ownership 
restrictions if it makes certain determinations and resolves to 
expressly permit the voting and ownership that is subject to such 
restrictions, and such resolutions have been filed with, and approved 
by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act\6\ and filed 
with, and approved by, each European Regulator (as defined in the NYSE 
Euronext Certificate) having appropriate jurisdiction and authority.\7\ 
Acting pursuant to this waiver provision, the board of directors of 
NYSE Euronext has adopted the resolutions set forth in Exhibit 5A (the 
``NYSE Euronext Resolutions'') in order to permit Holdco to own and 
vote 100% of the outstanding common stock of NYSE Euronext as of and 
after the Combination. The Exchange is requesting approval by the 
Commission of the NYSE Euronext Resolutions in order to allow the 
Combination to take place.
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    \5\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1 & 2.
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b).
    \7\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1 & 2, and Amended and Restated 
Bylaws of NYSE Euronext, Section 10.12.
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     Proposed Amendments to Voting and Ownership Restrictions 
of NYSE Euronext. Because NYSE Euronext would become a wholly owned 
subsidiary of Holdco as a result of the Combination, the Exchange is 
proposing to amend the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE 
Euronext Certificate to be consistent with the analogous provisions in 
the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of NYSE 
Group (the ``NYSE Group Certificate''): (1) First, the NYSE Euronext 
Certificate would be amended to provide that all of the issued and 
outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext will be held by Holdco, and that 
Holdco may not transfer or assign any shares without approval by the 
Commission under the Exchange Act and the relevant European Regulators 
under the applicable European Exchange Regulations (as defined in the 
NYSE Euronext Certificate); \8\ and (2) second, the NYSE Euronext 
Certificate would be amended to provide that the voting and ownership 
restrictions contained therein would only apply in the event that 
Holdco does not own all of the issued and outstanding shares of NYSE 
Euronext and only for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly 
controls any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any European Market 
Subsidiary (as such terms are defined in the NYSE Euronext 
Certificate).\9\ In addition, the voting and ownership restrictions in 
the NYSE Euronext Certificate would be amended to (a) change the 10% 
threshold for the voting restriction to a 20% threshold; (b) change the 
20% threshold for the ownership restriction to a 40% restriction 
(except that a 20% ownership restriction would continue to apply to any 
person who is, or with respect to whom a related person is, (A) a 
Member of the Exchange, as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate (a 
``NYSE Member''), (B) a Member of NYSE Amex as defined in the current 
NYSE Euronext Bylaws (including any person who is a related person of 
such member, an ``Amex Member''), (C) an ETP Holder of NYSE Arca 
Equities, as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate (an ``ETP 
Holder''), or (D) an OTP Holder or OTP Firm of NYSE Arca, as defined in 
the NYSE Euronext Certificate (an ``OTP Holder'' and ``OTP Firm,'' 
respectively)); (c) add the provision, which is currently in the NYSE 
Euronext Bylaws, that requires the board of directors of NYSE Euronext 
to make certain determinations relating to NYSE Amex in order to waive 
the voting and ownership restrictions to the NYSE Euronext Certificate, 
and delete this provision from the NYSE Euronext Bylaws; (d) update the 
names of certain European regulatory entities in the definition of 
``European Regulator'' (as currently defined in the NYSE Euronext 
Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws); and (e) expand the 
definition of ``Related Persons'' to address Amex Members in a manner 
that is substantively consistent with provisions currently located in 
the NYSE Rules.
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    \8\ The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is 
Section 4(a) of Article IV.
    \9\ The analogous provision in the NYSE Group Certificate is 
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     Proposed Amendments to Voting and Ownership Restrictions 
of NYSE Group. The NYSE Group Certificate currently provides that, if 
NYSE Euronext and the trust \10\ established pursuant to the Trust 
Agreement, dated as of April 4, 2007, by and among NYSE Euronext, NYSE 
Group and the other parties thereto, do not hold 100% of the 
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person, either alone or together with its related persons, may be 
entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares to the extent that such 
shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the outstanding 
votes entitled to be cast on any matter or beneficially own shares of 
stock of NYSE Group representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the 
outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter.\11\ NYSE Group is 
required to disregard votes which are in excess of the voting 
restriction and to repurchase NYSE Group shares which are held in 
excess of the ownership restriction.\12\ Under the Proposed Rule 
Change, the voting and ownership restrictions in the NYSE Group 
Certificate would be amended to (1) change the 10% threshold for the 
voting restriction to a 20% threshold; (2) change the 20% threshold for 
the ownership restriction to a 40% restriction (except that a 20% 
ownership restriction would continue to apply to any person who is, or 
with respect to whom a related person is, a NYSE Member, an Amex 
Member, an ETP Holder or an OTP Holder or OTP Firm); (3) provide that 
the ownership and voting limitations would apply only for so long as 
NYSE Group directly or indirectly controls any Regulated Subsidiary (as 
defined in the NYSE Group Certificate); and (4) expand the definition 
of ``Related Persons'' regarding Amex Members so that it is consistent 
with the language in the NYSE Rules, which language will be 
incorporated in the NYSE Euronext Certificate pursuant to this Proposed 
Rule Change.
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    \10\ No changes are being proposed to the current Delaware trust 
and stichting for ``regulatory overspill'' matters, except that 
references to the Nominating and Governance Committee of NYSE 
Euronext would be replaced with references to the Holdco Nominating, 
Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee.
    \11\ See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Section 4(b)(1) & (2).
    \12\ See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Sections 4(b)(1)(A) & 
4(b)(2)(D).
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     Proposed Amendments to Certain Public-Company-Related and 
Other Provisions of NYSE Euronext Organizational and Corporate 
Governance Documents. Under the Proposed Rule Change, in light of the 
fact that NYSE Euronext would become a wholly owned subsidiary of 
Holdco following completion of the Combination, NYSE Euronext 
Certificate and the NYSE Euronext Bylaws would be amended to (1) 
simplify and provide for a more efficient governance and capital 
structure that is appropriate for a wholly owned subsidiary; (2) 
conform certain provisions to analogous provisions of the 
organizational documents of NYSE Group, which will likewise be an 
indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the 
Combination; and (3) make certain clarification and technical edits 
(for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions, 
and to update cross-references to sections, consistent with the other 
amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the NYSE Euronext 
Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule Change). In addition, the 
current Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors 
would cease to be in effect.
     Proposed Amendments to Board Composition Requirements for 
the Exchange, NYSE Amex, NYSE Market and NYSE Regulation. Under the 
Proposed Rule Change, certain provisions of the Third Amended and 
Restated Operating Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2009, of the 
Exchange (the ``Exchange Operating Agreement'') relating to the 
composition of the Exchange's board of directors would be amended, 
including to provide that the independent directors of the Exchange 
would perform certain functions currently allocated to the NYSE 
Euronext nominating and governance committee and that the Exchange's 
board of directors would have its own director independence policy, 
instead of referring to the director independence policy of NYSE 
Euronext. Substantially the same revisions would be made to the 
analogous provisions of the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of 
NYSE Amex,\13\ the Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market \14\ and 
the Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation.\15\
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    \13\ See Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE Amex 
LLC, Section 2.03(a).
    \14\ See Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market, Inc., 
Article III Section 1.
    \15\ See Third Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation, 
Inc., Article III Section 1.
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     Proposed Amendments to the NYSE Group Certificate and NYSE 
Group Bylaws. Under the Proposed Rule Change, the NYSE Group 
Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws would be amended in order to (1) 
conform certain provisions to analogous provisions of the 
organizational documents of NYSE Euronext, which will likewise be a 
wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco following completion of the 
Combination; and (2) make certain clarification and technical edits 
(for example, to conform the use of defined terms and other provisions 
to be consistent with the other amendments to the NYSE Group 
Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws set forth in this Proposed Rule 
Change).
     Proposed Amendments to the Exchange Rules, NYSE Amex Rules 
and NYSE Arca Equities Rules. Under the Proposed Rule Change, certain 
technical amendments would be made to the rules of the Exchange (the 
``Exchange Rules'') to (1) replace references therein to ``NYSE 
Euronext'' with references to Holdco; and (2) delete the definitions of 
``member'' and ``member organization'' relating to NYSE Amex which are 
set forth in Rule 2 for purposes of Section 1(L) of Article 5 of the 
NYSE Euronext Certificate, because the Proposed Rule Change will revise 
the NYSE Euronext Certificate to include analogous language relating to 
NYSE Amex Members. In addition, certain technical amendments would be 
made to the rules of NYSE Amex (the ``NYSE Amex Rules'') and to the 
rules of NYSE Arca Equities (the ``NYSE Arca Equities Rules'') to 
replace references therein to ``NYSE Euronext'' with references to 
Holdco.
    The text of the proposed amended NYSE Euronext Certificate, NYSE 
Euronext Bylaws, NYSE Group Certificate, NYSE Group Bylaws, Exchange 
Operating Agreement, Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of NYSE 
Amex, Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Market, Third Amended and 
Restated Bylaws of NYSE Regulation, Exchange Rules, form of Director 
Independence Policy for certain NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, NYSE 
Amex Rules and NYSE Arca Equities Rules are attached to the Proposed 
Rule Change as Exhibits 5B, 5C, 5D, 5E, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5I, 5J, 5K, 5P and 
5Q, respectively.
    Under the Proposed Rule Change, Holdco would take appropriate steps 
to incorporate voting and ownership restrictions, requirements relating 
to submission to jurisdiction, access to books and records and other 
requirements related to its control of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. 
Specifically, the Articles of Association of Holdco in effect as of the 
completion of the Combination (the ``Holdco Articles'') would contain 
provisions \16\ to incorporate these concepts with respect to itself, 
as well as its directors, officers, employees and agents (as 
applicable):
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     Voting and Ownership Restrictions in the Holdco Articles. 
The Holdco Articles would contain voting and ownership restrictions 
that will restrict any person, either alone or together with its 
related persons, from having voting control over Holdco shares 
entitling the holder thereof to cast more than 20% of the then 
outstanding votes entitled to be cast on a matter or beneficially 
owning Holdco shares representing more than 40% of the outstanding 
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ownership restriction would apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, 
an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or OTP Firm, a Member (as 
such term is defined in Section 3(a)(3)(A) of the Exchange Act) of ISE 
(an ``ISE Member''), or a member of EDGA or EDGX (as such terms are 
defined in the rules of EDGA and EDGX, respectively, an ``EDGA Member'' 
and ``EDGX Member,'' respectively)). The Holdco Articles would provide 
that Holdco will be required to disregard any votes purported to be 
cast in excess of the voting restriction. In the event that any such 
person(s) exceeds the ownership restriction, it will be required to 
offer for sale and transfer the number of Holdco shares required to 
comply with the ownership restriction, and the rights to vote, attend 
general meetings of Holdco shareholders and receive dividends or other 
distributions attached to shares held in excess of the 40% threshold 
(or 20% threshold, if applicable) will be suspended for so long as such 
threshold is exceeded. If such person(s) fails to comply with the 
transfer obligation within two weeks, then the Holdco Articles would 
provide that Holdco will be irrevocably authorized to take actions on 
behalf of such person(s) in order to cause it to comply with such 
obligations. Consistent with the current NYSE Euronext Certificate, the 
Holdco board of directors may waive the voting and ownership 
restrictions if it makes certain determinations (which will be subject 
to the same requirements which are currently required to be made by the 
board of directors of NYSE Euronext and ISE Holdings in order to waive 
the voting and ownership restrictions in the current NYSE Euronext 
Certificate and the Certificate of Incorporation of ISE Holdings (the 
``ISE Certificate''), as applicable) and resolves to expressly permit 
the voting and ownership that is subject to such restrictions, and such 
resolutions have been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under 
Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act and filed with, and approved by, the 
relevant European Regulators having appropriate jurisdiction and 
authority.
     Jurisdiction. The Holdco Articles will provide that Holdco 
and its directors, and to the extent they are involved in the 
activities of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, (x) Holdco's officers, 
and (y) those of its employees whose principal place of business and 
residence is outside the United States, will be deemed to irrevocably 
submit to the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal courts and the 
Commission for the purposes of any suit, action or proceeding pursuant 
to the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules or regulations 
thereunder, arising out of, or relating to, the activities of the U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiaries. In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide 
that so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiary, the directors, officers and employees will be 
deemed to be directors, officers and employees of such U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the 
Exchange Act. The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take 
reasonable steps necessary to cause its officers, directors and 
employees, prior to accepting a position as an officer, director or 
employee, as applicable, to agree and consent in writing to the 
applicability to them of these jurisdictional and oversight provisions 
with respect to their activities related to any U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiary. Furthermore, the Holdco Articles would provide that no 
person may be a director of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and 
consented in writing to the applicability to him or her of these 
jurisdictional and oversight provisions with respect to his or her 
activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. Holdco would sign 
an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiary that it will comply with these provisions of the 
Holdco Articles.
     Books and Records. The Holdco Articles would provide that 
for so long as Holdco directly or indirectly controls any U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiary, the books, records and premises of Holdco will be 
deemed to be the books, records and premises of such U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries for purposes of, and subject to oversight pursuant to, the 
Exchange Act, and that Holdco's books and records will at all times be 
made available for inspection and copying by the Commission, and by any 
U.S. Regulated Subsidiary to the extent they are related to the 
activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any other U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiary over which such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary has 
regulatory authority or oversight. In addition, Holdco's books and 
records related to the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will be maintained 
within the United States, except that to the extent that books and 
records may relate to both European subsidiaries and U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries, Holdco may maintain such books and records either in the 
home jurisdiction of one or more European subsidiaries or in the United 
States.
     Amendments to Holdco Articles. The Holdco Articles would 
provide that before any amendment to the Holdco Articles may be 
effectuated by execution of a notarial deed of amendment, such 
amendment would need to be submitted to the board of directors of each 
U.S. Regulated Subsidiary and, if so determined by any such board, 
would need to be filed with, or filed with and approved by, the 
Commission before such amendment may become effective.
     Additional Matters. The Holdco Articles would include 
provisions regarding cooperation with the Commission and the U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiaries, compliance with U.S. federal securities laws, 
confidentiality of information regarding the U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries' self-regulatory function, preservation of the 
independence of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries' self-regulatory 
function, and directors' consideration of the effect of Holdco's 
actions on the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries' ability to carry out their 
respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act. In addition, the 
Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will take reasonable steps 
necessary to cause its officers, directors and employees, prior to 
accepting a position as an officer, director or employee, as 
applicable, of Holdco to agree and consent in writing to the 
applicability to them of these provisions of the Holdco Articles with 
respect to their activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. 
The Holdco Articles would also provide that no person may be a director 
of Holdco unless he or she has agreed and consented in writing to the 
applicability to him or her of these provisions with respect to his or 
her activities related to any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary. Holdco will 
sign an irrevocable agreement and consent for the benefit of each U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiary \17\ that it will comply with these provisions of 
the Holdco Articles.\18\
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    \17\ The form of Holdco's agreement and consent is attached as 
Exhibit 5M to this Proposed Rule Change.
    \18\ The Holdco Articles will also set forth certain 
restrictions and requirements relating to Holdco's European 
subsidiaries and applicable European regulatory matters, which will 
be substantially consistent with the analogous restrictions and 
requirements applicable with respect to Holdco's U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries and U.S. regulatory matters.
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    In addition, Holdco would adopt a Director Independence Policy in 
the form attached hereto as Exhibit 5N (the ``Holdco Independence 
Policy''), which would be substantially similar to the current 
Independence Policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, except for 
certain changes described in this Proposed Rule Change.
    The text of the Proposed Rule Change is available at the Exchange, 
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Commission's Public Reference Room, and on the Web site of the Exchange 
(http://www.nyse.com). The text of Exhibits 5A through 5Q of the 
Proposed Rule Change are also available on the Exchange's Web site and 
on the Commission's Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml).
    Other than as described herein and set forth in the attached 
Exhibits 5A through 5Q, the Exchange will continue to conduct its 
regulated activities in the manner currently conducted and will not 
make any changes to its regulated activities in connection with the 
Combination. If the Exchange determines to make any such changes, it 
will seek approval of the Commission.

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 has 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.

A. Purpose [sic]

    The purpose of this rule filing is to adopt the rules necessary to 
permit NYSE Euronext to effect the Combination and to amend certain 
provisions of the organizational and other governance documents of NYSE 
Euronext, NYSE Group and certain of the NYSE U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiaries, including certain Exchange Rules, NYSE Amex Rules and 
NYSE Arca Equities Rules.
1. Overview of the Combination
    The Exchange is submitting this Proposed Rule Change to the 
Commission in connection with the Combination of NYSE Euronext and 
Deutsche B[ouml]rse. The Combination will create a holding company, 
Holdco, which will hold the businesses of NYSE Euronext and Deutsche 
B[ouml]rse. Following the Combination, each of NYSE Euronext and 
Deutsche B[ouml]rse will be a separate subsidiary of Holdco. Holdco 
expects the Combination will create a group that will be both a world 
leader in derivatives and risk management and the premier global venue 
for capital raising, with a truly global franchise and presence in many 
of the world's financial centers including New York, London, Frankfurt, 
Paris and Luxembourg. This global presence should facilitate providing 
world-class services to global and local customers worldwide.
    Other than as described herein, Holdco and the NYSE Exchanges will 
not make any changes to the regulated activities of the NYSE U.S. 
Regulated Subsidiaries in connection with the Combination, and, other 
than as described in the separate proposed rule changes filed by each 
of the DB Exchanges in connection with the Combination, Holdco and the 
DB Exchanges will not make any changes to the regulated activities of 
the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries in connection with the Combination. 
If Holdco determines to make any such changes to the regulated 
activities of any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, it will seek the approval 
of the Commission. The Proposed Rule Change, if approved by the 
Commission, will not be operative until the consummation of the 
Combination.
    The Combination will occur pursuant to the terms of the Business 
Combination Agreement, dated as of February 15, 2011, as amended by 
Amendment No. 1 dated as of May 2, 2011 and by Amendment No. 2 dated as 
of June 16, 2011 (as it may be further amended from time to time, the 
``Combination Agreement''), by and among NYSE Euronext, Deutsche 
B[ouml]rse, Holdco and Pomme Merger Corporation, a Delaware corporation 
and newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco (``Merger Sub''). 
Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Combination 
Agreement and in compliance with applicable law, Holdco has conducted a 
public exchange offer (the ``Exchange Offer''), in which shareholders 
of Deutsche B[ouml]rse have been afforded the opportunity to tender 
each share of Deutsche B[ouml]rse for one ordinary share of Holdco 
(each, a ``Holdco Share'').
    Immediately after the time that Holdco accepts for exchange, and 
exchanges, the Deutsche B[ouml]rse shares that are validly tendered and 
not withdrawn in the Exchange Offer, Merger Sub will merge with and 
into NYSE Euronext, as a result of which NYSE Euronext will become a 
wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco (the ``Merger''). In the Merger, each 
outstanding share of NYSE Euronext common stock will be converted into 
the right to receive 0.47 of a fully paid and non-assessable Holdco 
Share. NYSE Euronext's obligation to complete the Merger is subject to 
the completion of the Exchange Offer and the acquisition by Holdco of 
all of the Deutsche B[ouml]rse shares validly tendered and not 
withdrawn in the Exchange Offer. The completion of the Exchange Offer 
(and, therefore, the completion of the Merger) is subject to the 
satisfaction of a number of conditions, including that Deutsche 
B[ouml]rse shares representing at least 75% of the Deutsche B[ouml]rse 
shares outstanding, on a fully diluted basis, must be validly tendered 
and not withdrawn in the Exchange Offer, and that holders of a majority 
of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext shall have adopted the 
Combination Agreement. Both of these conditions have been satisfied.
    Following the completion of the Exchange Offer, and depending on 
the percentage of Deutsche B[ouml]rse shares acquired by Holdco in the 
Exchange Offer, Deutsche B[ouml]rse and Holdco intend to complete a 
post-completion reorganization pursuant to which Holdco will enter into 
a domination agreement, or a combination of a domination agreement and 
a profit and loss transfer agreement, pursuant to which the remaining 
shareholders of Deutsche B[ouml]rse will have limited rights, including 
a limited ability to participate in the profits of Deutsche B[ouml]rse.
    Holdco expects the Combination will create a group that will be 
both a world leader in derivatives and risk management and the premier 
global venue for capital raising, with a truly global franchise and 
presence in many of the world's financial centers including New York, 
London, Frankfurt, Paris and Luxembourg. This global presence should 
facilitate providing world-class services to global and local customers 
worldwide. Following the Combination, Holdco and its subsidiaries 
(together, the ``Holdco Group'') expect to serve as a benchmark 
regulatory model, facilitating transparency and harmonization of 
capital markets globally, while continuing to operate all national 
exchanges under local regulatory frameworks and their respective brand 
names.
2. Overview of the Holdco Group Following the Combination
    Following the Combination, Holdco will be a for-profit, publicly 
traded corporation formed under the laws of the Netherlands and will 
act as the holding company for the businesses of NYSE Euronext and 
Deutsche B[ouml]rse. Holdco will hold all of the equity interests in 
NYSE Euronext, which holds (1) 100% of the equity interest of NYSE 
Group (which, in turn, directly or indirectly holds 100% of the equity 
interests of the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries) and (2) 100% of the 
equity interest of Euronext N.V. (which, in turn, directly or 
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in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom). 
Holdco will also hold a majority of the equity interests in Deutsche 
B[ouml]rse, which indirectly holds 50% of the equity interest of ISE 
Holdings (which, in turn, holds (1) 100% of the equity interest of ISE 
and (2) 31.54% of the equity interest of Direct Edge Holdings). Direct 
Edge Holdings indirectly holds 100% of the equity interest of EDGA and 
EDGX. Holdco intends to list its ordinary shares on the New York Stock 
Exchange, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. The Holdco 
Group will have dual headquarters in Frankfurt and New York.
    After the Combination, NYSE Group will continue to be directly 
wholly owned by NYSE Euronext and will continue to directly or 
indirectly own the three NYSE Exchanges--the Exchange, NYSE Arca and 
NYSE Amex--which provide marketplaces where investors buy and sell 
listed companies' common stock and other securities as well as equity 
options and securities traded on the basis of unlisted trading 
privileges. NYSE Regulation, Inc., an indirect not-for-profit 
subsidiary of NYSE Group, oversees FINRA's performance of certain 
market surveillance and enforcement functions for NYSE Euronext's U.S. 
securities exchanges, enforces listed company compliance with 
applicable standards, and oversees regulatory policy determinations, 
rule interpretation and regulation related rule development.
    In Europe, NYSE Euronext, Deutsche B[ouml]rse and their respective 
subsidiaries own several European exchanges, including trading 
operations on regulated and non-regulated markets for cash products in 
Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal and derivatives 
in the United Kingdom and in the five above-mentioned locations. As a 
result, the activities of the NYSE Euronext and Deutsche B[ouml]rse 
European markets are or may be subject to the jurisdiction and 
authority of a number of European regulators, including the German 
Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt f[uuml]r 
Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht), the Hessian Exchange Supervisory 
Authority, the Dutch Minister of Finance, the French Minister of the 
Economy, the French Financial Market Authority (Autorit[eacute] des 
March[eacute]s Financiers), the French Prudential Supervisory Authority 
(Autorit[eacute] de Contr[ocirc]le Prudentiel), the Netherlands 
Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financi[euml]le 
Markten), the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority 
(Autorit[eacute] des Services et March[eacute]s Financiers), the 
Portuguese Securities Market Commission (Comiss[atilde]o do Mercado de 
Valores Mobili[aacute]rios--CMVM) and the U.K. Financial Services 
Authority (FSA).
    Other than certain modifications described herein, the current 
corporate structure, governance and self-regulatory independence and 
separation of each NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiary will be preserved. 
Specifically, after the Combination, NYSE Group's businesses and assets 
will continue to be structured as follows:
     The Exchange will remain a direct wholly owned subsidiary 
of NYSE Group and an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE 
Euronext.
     NYSE Market will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of the 
Exchange and will continue to conduct the Exchange's business.
     NYSE Regulation will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of 
the Exchange and continue to perform, and/or oversee the performance 
of, regulatory responsibilities of the Exchange pursuant to a 
delegation agreement with the Exchange and regulatory functions of NYSE 
Arca and NYSE Amex pursuant to services agreements with them.\19\
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    \19\ Certain regulatory functions have been allocated to, and/or 
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     Archipelago Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (``Arca 
Holdings''), will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Group and 
indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext.
     NYSE Arca Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (``NYSE 
Arca Holdings''), and NYSE Arca, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability 
company (``NYSE Arca LLC''), will remain wholly owned subsidiaries of 
Arca Holdings.
     NYSE Arca will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE 
Arca Holdings.
     NYSE Arca Equities, a Delaware corporation, will remain a 
wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Arca.
     NYSE Amex will remain a direct wholly owned subsidiary of 
NYSE Group and an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext.
     The Combination will have no effect on the ability of any 
party to trade securities on the Exchange, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex.
    Similarly, Deutsche B[ouml]rse and its subsidiaries, and NYSE 
Euronext and its subsidiaries, will continue to conduct their regulated 
activities in the same manner as they are currently conducted, with any 
changes subject to the relevant approvals of their respective European 
regulators and, in the case of the U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, with 
any changes subject to the approval of the Commission.
    Holdco acknowledges that to the extent it becomes aware of possible 
violations of the rules of the Exchange, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex, it 
will be responsible for referring such possible violations to each such 
exchange, respectively. In addition, Holdco will become a party to the 
agreement among NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group, the Exchange, NYSE Market 
and NYSE Regulation to provide for adequate funding for NYSE 
Regulation.
3. Proposed Approval of Waiver of Voting and Ownership Restrictions of 
NYSE Euronext
    Article V of the current NYSE Euronext Certificate provides that 
(1) no person, either alone or together with its ``related persons'' 
(as defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate), may be entitled to vote 
or cause the voting of shares of NYSE Euronext beneficially owned by 
such person or its related persons, in person or by proxy or through 
any voting agreement or other arrangement, to the extent that such 
shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the then outstanding 
votes entitled to be cast on such matter; and (2) no person, either 
alone or together with its related persons, may acquire the ability to 
vote more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on 
any such matter by virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into 
with other persons to refrain from voting shares of stock of NYSE 
Euronext (the ``NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction'').\20\ NYSE Euronext 
must disregard any votes purposed to be cast in excess of the NYSE 
Euronext Voting Restriction.\21\
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    \20\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
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    In addition, the NYSE Euronext Certificate provides that no person, 
either alone or together with its related persons, may at any time 
beneficially own shares of NYSE Euronext representing in the aggregate 
more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any 
matter (the ``NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction'').\22\ If any 
person, either alone or together with its related persons, owns shares 
of NYSE Euronext in excess of the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, 
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person and its related persons are obligated to sell promptly, and NYSE 
Euronext is obligated to purchase promptly, at a price equal to the par 
value of such shares and to the extent funds are legally available for 
such purchase, the number of shares of NYSE Euronext necessary so that 
such person, together with its related persons, will beneficially own 
shares of NYSE Euronext representing in the aggregate no more than 20% 
of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, after 
taking into account that such repurchased shares will become treasury 
shares and will no longer be deemed to be outstanding.\23\
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    \22\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
NYSE Euronext, Article V Section 2.
    \23\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
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    The NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction and the NYSE Euronext 
Ownership Restriction are applicable to each person unless and until 
(1) such person has delivered a notice in writing to the board of 
directors of NYSE Euronext, not less than 45 days (or such shorter 
period as the board of directors of NYSE Euronext expressly permits) 
prior to any vote or, in the case of the NYSE Euronext Ownership 
Restriction, prior to the acquisition of any shares of NYSE Euronext 
that would cause such person, either alone or together with its related 
persons, to exceed the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction, of such 
person's intention, either alone or together with its related persons, 
to vote or cause the voting of shares of NYSE Euronext stock 
beneficially owned by such person or its related persons in excess of 
the NYSE Euronext Voting Restriction or, in the case of the NYSE 
Euronext Ownership Restriction, of such person's intention, either 
alone or together with its related persons, to acquire such ownership; 
(2) the board of directors of NYSE Euronext has resolved to expressly 
permit such voting or ownership, as applicable; (3) such resolution has 
been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of 
the Exchange Act\24\ and has become effective thereunder; and (4) such 
resolution has been filed with, and approved by, each European 
Regulator having appropriate jurisdiction and authority. Subject to its 
fiduciary duties under applicable law, the NYSE Euronext board of 
directors may not adopt any resolution pursuant to the foregoing clause 
(2) unless it has determined that the exercise of such voting rights 
(or the entering into of a voting agreement) or ownership, as 
applicable:
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     Will not impair the ability of any NYSE U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiary, NYSE Euronext or NYSE Group (if and to the extent that NYSE 
Group continues to exist as a separate entity) to discharge their 
respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act and the rules and 
regulations thereunder;
     Will not impair the ability of any of the European Market 
Subsidiaries (as defined in the NYSE Euronext Bylaws) of NYSE Euronext 
or Euronext (to the extent that Euronext continues to exist as a 
separate entity) to discharge their respective responsibilities under 
the European Exchange Regulations (as defined in the NYSE Euronext 
Bylaws);
     Is otherwise in the best interest of NYSE Euronext, its 
stockholders, the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries and the European 
Market Subsidiaries, and will not impair the Commission's ability to 
enforce the Exchange Act or the European Regulators' ability to enforce 
the European Exchange Regulations;
     For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly 
controls the Exchange or NYSE Market, neither such person nor any of 
its related persons is a NYSE Member;
     For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly 
controls NYSE Amex, neither such person nor any of its related persons 
is an Amex Member;
     For so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly 
controls NYSE Arca, NYSE Arca Equities or any facility of NYSE Arca, 
neither such person nor any of its related persons is an ETP Holder, an 
OTP Holder or an OTP Firm; and
     Neither such person nor any of its related persons is a 
U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person (as such 
terms are defined in the NYSE Euronext Certificate).\25\
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    \25\ See Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of 
NYSE Euronext, Article V Sections 1(B), 1(C), 2(B) and 2(C), and 
Amended and Restated Bylaws of NYSE Euronext, Section 10.12.
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    In order to allow Holdco to wholly own and vote all of the 
outstanding common stock of NYSE Euronext upon consummation of the 
Combination, Holdco has delivered written notice to the board of 
directors of NYSE Euronext pursuant to the procedures set forth in the 
NYSE Euronext Certificate requesting approval of its voting and 
ownership of NYSE Euronext shares in excess of the NYSE Euronext Voting 
Restriction and the NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction. Among other 
things, in this notice, Holdco represented to the board of directors of 
NYSE Euronext that neither it, nor any of its related persons, is (1) a 
``member'' or ``member organization'' of the Exchange; (2) a ``member'' 
of NYSE Amex; (3) an ETP Holder; (4) an OTP Holder or an OTP Firm; or 
(5) a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person.
    At a meeting duly convened on September 15, 2011, the board of 
directors of NYSE Euronext adopted the NYSE Euronext Resolutions to 
permit Holdco, either alone or with its related persons, to exceed the 
NYSE Euronext Ownership Restriction and the NYSE Euronext Voting 
Restriction. In adopting such resolutions, the board of directors of 
NYSE Euronext made the necessary determinations set forth above and 
approved the submission of this Proposed Rule Change to the Commission. 
The NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will continue to operate and 
regulate their markets and members exactly as they have done prior to 
the Combination. Except as set forth in this Proposed Rule Change, 
Holdco is not proposing any amendments to their trading or regulatory 
rules.
    With respect to the ability of the Commission to enforce the 
Exchange Act as it applies to the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries 
after the Combination, the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries will 
operate in the same manner following the Combination as they operate 
today.\26\ Thus, the Commission will continue to have plenary 
regulatory authority over the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries, as is 
the case currently with these entities. As described in the following 
sections of this filing, the Exchange is proposing a series of 
amendments to the NYSE Euronext Certificate, the NYSE Euronext Bylaws, 
the NYSE Group Certificate and the NYSE Group Bylaws, as well as 
certain provisions of the Holdco Articles, that will create an 
ownership structure that will provide the Commission with appropriate 
oversight tools to ensure that the Commission will have the ability to 
enforce the Exchange Act with respect to each U.S. Regulated 
Subsidiary, its direct and indirect parent entities and its directors, 
officers, employees and agents to the extent they are involved in the 
activities of such U.S. Regulated Subsidiary.
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    \26\ The Exchange has been informed by Deutsche B[ouml]rse that 
the DB U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries are also expected to operate in 
the same manner following the Combination as they operate today. 
This is addressed in the separate proposed rule change filed by each 
of the DB Exchanges.
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    The NYSE Euronext board of directors also determined that ownership 
of NYSE Euronext by Holdco is in the best interests of NYSE Euronext, 
its shareholders and the NYSE U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries. With respect 
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Subsidiaries, the board of directors of NYSE Euronext has noted, among 
other things, its expectation that the Combination would over time 
create substantial incremental efficiency and growth opportunities and 
that the Holdco Group is expected to be a leader in a diverse set of 
large and growing businesses, including derivatives, listings, cash 
equities, post-trade settlement and asset servicing, market data and 
technology servicing.
    In addition, neither Holdco, nor any of its related persons, is (1) 
a NYSE Member; (2) an Amex Member; (3) an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder or 
an OTP Firm; or (4) a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European 
Disqualified Person.
    An extract with the relevant provisions of the NYSE Euronext 
Resolutions is attached as Exhibit 5A to the Proposed Rule Change and 
can be found on the Exchange's Web site and the Commission's Web site.
    The Exchange hereby requests that the Commission approve the NYSE 
Euronext Resolutions and allow Holdco, either alone or with its related 
persons, to own and vote all of the outstanding common stock of NYSE 
Euronext upon and following the consummation of the Combination.
4. Proposed Amendments to Ownership and Voting Restrictions After the 
Combination
Overview
    The Exchange is proposing that, effective as of the completion of 
the Combination, the Holdco Articles would contain voting and ownership 
restrictions that restrict any person, either alone or together with 
its related persons, from having voting control over Holdco shares 
entitling the holder thereof to cast more than 20% of the votes 
entitled to be cast on any matter or beneficially owning Holdco shares 
representing more than 40% of the outstanding votes that may be cast on 
any matter (except that a 20% ownership restriction would apply to any 
person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP 
Holder, an OTP Firm, an ISE Member, an EDGA Member or an EDGX Member).
    In addition, the Exchange is proposing that, effective as of the 
Combination, the voting and ownership restrictions currently in the 
NYSE Euronext Certificate and NYSE Euronext Bylaws, as well as the 
related waiver provisions set forth therein, would remain in effect, 
except that they would be modified in certain respects as described 
herein.\27\
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    \27\ As described in the proposed rule change filed by each of 
the DB Exchanges, the current voting and ownership restrictions 
contained in the certificate of incorporation of ISE Holdings, as 
well as the related provisions contained in the amended and restated 
bylaws of U.S. Exchange Holdings and the board resolutions of 
Deutsche B[ouml]rse, Eurex Frankfurt AG and other indirect parent 
entities of ISE, would remain in effect. The DB Trust would also 
remain unaltered and would continue to have rights to enforce these 
restrictions.
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Voting and Ownership Restrictions in Holdco Articles
    Under the Proposed Rule Change, the Holdco Articles would provide 
that no person, either alone or together with its related persons, will 
be entitled to vote or cause the voting of a number of shares of 
Holdco, in person or by proxy or through any voting agreement or other 
arrangement, which represent in the aggregate (1) more than 20% of the 
then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on such matter; or (2) more 
than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any such 
matter by virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into with other 
persons to refrain from voting shares of Holdco (the ``Holdco Voting 
Restriction'').\28\ The Holdco Articles would provide that Holdco will 
be required to disregard any votes purported to be cast in excess of 
the Holdco Voting Restriction.
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    \28\ See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of 
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    In addition, the Holdco Articles would provide that any person who, 
either alone or together with its related persons, beneficially owns 
Holdco shares which represent in the aggregate more than 40% of the 
outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter (except that a 20% 
restriction would apply to any person who is a NYSE Member, an Amex 
Member, an ETP Holder, an OTP Holder, an OTP Firm, an ISE Member, an 
EDGA Member or an EDGX Member) (the ``Holdco Ownership Restriction''), 
will be obligated to offer for sale and to transfer a number of Holdco 
shares necessary so that such person, together with its related 
persons, beneficially owns a number of Holdco shares that complies with 
the Holdco Ownership Restriction (the ``Holdco Transfer 
Obligation'').\29\ If such person(s) fails to comply with the Holdco 
Transfer Obligation within two weeks, Holdco will be irrevocably 
authorized to act on behalf of such person(s) in order to ensure 
compliance with the Holdco Transfer Obligation.\30\
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    \29\ See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of 
Association, Articles 35.1 and 35.4.
    \30\ See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of 
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    Furthermore, the Holdco Articles would provide that in the event 
any person, either alone or together with its related persons, exceeds 
the Holdco Ownership Restriction (any such person(s), a ``Non-Compliant 
Owner''), the Non-Compliant Owner would cease to have certain rights to 
the extent that its shareholding exceeds the Holdco Ownership 
Restriction. Specifically, the Non-Compliant Owner's rights to vote, to 
attend general meetings of Holdco shareholders and to receive dividends 
or other distributions attached to such shares in excess of the Holdco 
Ownership Restriction would be suspended for so long as the Holdco 
Ownership Restriction is exceeded.\31\
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    Pursuant to Section 2:87a of the Dutch Civil Code, the Non-
Compliant Owner may request that an independent expert be appointed to 
determine the value of the Holdco shares, but such expert will have 
discretion to determine that the value of the shares is equal to the 
price received for the shares by the Non-Compliant Owner on any stock 
exchange where the Holdco shares are listed.\32\
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    The voting and ownership restrictions will apply to each person 
unless it (1) delivers to the Holdco board of directors a written 
notice of its intention to acquire voting power or ownership in excess 
of the relevant limitation, and such notice is delivered at least 45 
days (or such shorter period as the Holdco board of directors expressly 
consents to) prior to acquiring Holdco shares in excess of the Holdco 
Voting Restriction or Holdco Ownership Restriction; (2) obtains a 
written confirmation from the Holdco board of directors that the board 
has expressly resolved to permit such voting or ownership; and (3) such 
resolution has been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under 
Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act and filed with, and approved by, the 
relevant European regulators having appropriate jurisdiction and 
authority.\33\ The Holdco board of directors may waive the Holdco 
Voting Restriction and Holdco Ownership Restriction if it makes certain 
determinations, which will be consistent with the determinations 
currently required to be made by the board of directors of NYSE 
Euronext and ISE Holdings in order to waive the voting and ownership 
restrictions in the NYSE Euronext Certificate and the ISE Holdings 
Certificate, respectively.\34\
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    \33\ See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of 
Association, Articles 34.2 and 35.2.
    \34\ See Form of Deed of Amendment to Holdco Articles of 
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Amendments to NYSE Group Voting and Ownership Restrictions
    The voting restrictions contained in the current NYSE Group 
Certificate provide that, if such restrictions apply, (1) no person, 
either alone or together with its related persons (as defined in the 
NYSE Group Certificate), may be entitled to vote or cause the voting of 
shares of stock of NYSE Group beneficially owned by such person or its 
related persons, in person or by proxy or through any voting agreement 
or other arrangement, to the extent that such shares represent in the 
aggregate more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be 
cast on such matter; and (2) no person, either alone or together with 
its related persons, may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of 
the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any such matter by 
virtue of agreements or arrangements entered into with other persons to 
refrain from voting shares of stock of NYSE Group (the ``NYSE Group 
Voting Restriction'').\35\ NYSE Group must disregard any votes 
purported to be cast in excess of the NYSE Group Voting Restriction.
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    \35\ See Second Amended and Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation of NYSE Group, Inc., Article IV Section 4(b).
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    In addition, the ownership restrictions contained in the current 
NYSE Group Certificate provide that, if such restrictions apply, no 
person, either alone or together with its related persons, may at any 
time own beneficially shares of NYSE Group representing in the 
aggregate more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be 
cast on any matter (the ``NYSE Group Ownership Restriction''). If any 
person, either alone or together with its related persons, owns shares 
of NYSE Group in excess of the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, then 
such person and its related persons are obligated to sell promptly, and 
NYSE Group is obligated to purchase promptly, at a price equal to the 
par value of such shares and to the extent funds are legally available 
for such purchase, the number of shares of NYSE Group necessary so that 
such person, together with its related persons, will beneficially own 
shares of NYSE Group representing in the aggregate no more than 20% of 
the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, after 
taking into account that such repurchased shares will become treasury 
shares and will no longer be deemed to be outstanding.
    The NYSE Group Voting Restriction and the NYSE Group Ownership 
Restriction apply to each person unless and until (1) such person has 
delivered a notice in writing to the board of directors of NYSE Group, 
not less than 45 days (or such shorter period as the board of directors 
of NYSE Group expressly permits) prior to any vote or, in the case of 
the NYSE Group Ownership Restriction, prior to the acquisition of any 
shares of NYSE Group that would cause such person, either alone or 
together with its related persons, to exceed the NYSE Group Ownership 
Restriction, of such person's intention, either alone or together with 
its related persons, to vote or cause the voting of shares of NYSE 
Group stock beneficially owned by such person or its related persons in 
excess of the NYSE Group Voting Restriction or, in the case of the NYSE 
Group Ownership Restriction, of such person's intention, either alone 
or together with its related persons, to acquire such ownership; (2) 
the board of directors of NYSE Group has resolved to expressly permit 
such voting or ownership, as applicable; and (3) such resolution has 
been filed with, and approved by, the Commission under Section 19(b) of 
the Exchange Act \36\ and has become effective thereunder. Subject to 
its fiduciary duties under applicable law, the NYSE Group board of 
directors may not adopt any resolution pursuant to the foregoing clause 
(2) unless the board has made certain determinations which are 
substantially similar to the determinations required to be made by the 
NYSE Euronext board of directors in connection with a waiver of the 
NYSE Euronext Voting Limitation and/or the NYSE Euronext Ownership 
Limitation (as described above).
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    \36\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b).
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    Under the Proposed Rule Change, the NYSE Group Certificate would be 
amended, effecti