Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange Clearing Corporation; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia; Order Approving Proposed Rule Changes To Amend the Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., 67222-67223 [2014-26686]

Download as PDF 67222 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 218 / Wednesday, November 12, 2014 / Notices Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing will also be available for Web site viewing and printing at the NYSE’s principal office and on its Internet Web site at www.nyse.com. 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– 2014–58 and should be submitted on or before December 3, 2014. (‘‘By-Laws’’) of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (‘‘NASDAQ OMX’’), the parent company of the SROs.4 The proposed rule changes by BSECC and SCCP were published for comment in the Federal Register on September 25, 2014 5 and the proposed rule changes by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx were published for comment in the Federal Register on September 29, 2014.6 The Commission received no comment letters on the proposals. II. Discussion A. Background Article Fourth, Paragraph C of NASDAQ OMX’s Charter includes a For the Commission, by the Division of voting limitation that generally Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 prohibits a stockholder from voting shares beneficially owned, directly or Kevin M. O’Neill, indirectly, by such stockholder in Deputy Secretary. excess of 5% of the then-outstanding [FR Doc. 2014–26688 Filed 11–10–14; 8:45 am] shares of capital stock of NASDAQ BILLING CODE 8011–01–P OMX entitled to vote as of the record date in respect of any matter. Pursuant to Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE Charter, NASDAQ OMX’s Board may COMMISSION grant exemptions to this limitation prior [Release No. 34–73516; File Nos. SR– to the time a stockholder beneficially BSECC–2014–001; SR–BX–2014–045; SR– owns more than 5% of the outstanding NASDAQ–2014–093; SR–Phlx–2014–61; SR– shares of stock entitled to vote on the SCCP–2014–01] election of a majority of directors at Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston such time. Article Fourth, Paragraph Stock Exchange Clearing Corporation; C(6) of the Charter and Section 12.5 of the By-Laws limit the Board’s authority NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; the NASDAQ to grant the exemption. The SROs note Stock Market LLC; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Stock Clearing Corporation that these provisions, which are intended to be substantively identical, of Philadelphia; Order Approving Proposed Rule Changes To Amend the currently contain some language differences. Therefore, the SROs Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws of the NASDAQ OMX 4 Certain provisions of NASDAQ OMX’s Charter Group, Inc. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES November 5, 2014. I. Introduction On September 10, 2014, Boston Stock Exchange Clearing Corporation (‘‘BSECC’’), NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’), the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘NASDAQ’’), NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’), and the Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia (‘‘SCCP’’ and, together with BSECC, BX, NASDAQ and Phlx, the ‘‘SROs’’ or ‘‘Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 proposed rule changes with respect to amendments to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (‘‘Charter’’) and By-Laws 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 and By-Laws are rules of a self-regulatory organization if they are stated policies, practices, or interpretations, as defined in Rule 19b–4 under the Act, of the self-regulatory organization, and must be filed with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b–4 thereunder. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 58183 (July 17, 2008), 73 FR 42850 (July 23, 2008) (File No. SR– NASDAQ–2008–035); 58324 (August 7, 2008), 73 FR 46936 (August 12, 2008) (File Nos. SR–BSE– 2008–02; SR–BSE–2008–23; SR–BSE–2008–25; SR– BSECC–2008–01); and 58180 (July 17, 2008), 73 FR 42890 (July 23, 2008) (File No. SR–SCCP–2008–01) (Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, To Amend the ByLaws of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in Connection With the Acquisitions of Boston Stock Exchange, Incorporated and Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.). Accordingly, the SROs have filed with the Commission proposed changes to the NASDAQ OMX Charter and By-Laws. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 73144 (September 19, 2014), 79 FR 57624 (September 25, 2014) (SR–BSECC–2014–001) and 73145 (September 19, 2014), 79 FR 57648 (September 25, 2014) (SR–SCCP–2014–01). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 73195 (September 23, 2014), 79 FR 58397 (September 29, 2014) (SR–BX–2014–045); 73193 (September 23, 2014), 79 FR 58388 (September 29, 2014) (SR– NASDAQ–2014–093); and 73194 (September 23, 2014), 79 FR 58393 (September 29, 2014) (SR–Phlx– 2014–61). PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 propose that NASDAQ OMX adopt the amendments described below to the Charter and By-Laws to conform these provisions and remove any ambiguity that may exist. B. Proposed Amendments to the Charter First, the SROs propose to add a statement to Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter that for so long as NASDAQ OMX shall control, directly or indirectly, any Self-Regulatory Subsidiary, a resolution of the Board to approve an exemption for any person under Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter shall not be permitted to become effective until such resolution has been filed with and approved by the SEC under Section 19 of the Act. In addition, the SROs propose to define ‘‘Self-Regulatory Subsidiary,’’ which is currently not a defined term in the Charter, as any subsidiary of NASDAQ OMX that is a ‘‘self-regulatory organization’’ as defined under Section 3(a)(26) of the Act.7 These changes would conform the Charter to language currently in the By-Laws. Second, the SROs propose to add an additional language to the current provision in Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter that states the Board may not approve an exemption to the 5% voting limitation for: (i) A registered broker or dealer or an affiliate thereof or (ii) an individual or entity that is subject to a statutory disqualification under Section 3(a)(39) of the Act. Specifically, the SROs propose to add a proviso to Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter stating that for these purposes, an ‘‘affiliate’’ shall not be deemed to include an entity that either owns 10% or less of the equity of a broker or dealer, or receives 1% or less of its consolidated gross revenues from a broker or dealer. This change would conform the Charter to language currently in the By-Laws. Third, the SROs propose to change a reference in Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC to ‘‘the SelfRegulatory Subsidiaries.’’ This change would conform the Charter to language currently in the By-laws and would also include the other Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries in addition to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC. Fourth, the SROs propose to add a requirement to Article Fourth, 7 Under Section 3(a)(26) of the Act, a ‘‘selfregulatory organization’’ is defined as ‘‘any national securities exchange, registered securities association, or registered clearing agency . . . .’’ 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(26). At present, this defined term would include NASDAQ, BX and Phlx, which are national securities exchanges, and BSECC and SCCP, which are registered clearing agencies that are currently dormant. E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 218 / Wednesday, November 12, 2014 / Notices Paragraph C(6) of the Charter to state that, prior to granting an exemption from the 5% voting limitation, the Board must also determine that granting the exemption would promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions (and to the extent applicable, derivative agreements, contracts and transactions), assure the safeguarding of securities and funds in the custody or control of the self-regulatory subsidiaries that are clearing agencies or securities and funds for which they are responsible, foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in the clearance and settlement of securities transactions, and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions. This change would confirm the Charter to language currently in the By-Laws. Finally, the SROs propose that Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter be amended to correct a cross-reference to subparagraph 6(b), which no longer exists. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Proposed Amendments to the ByLaws The SROs propose to amend the definition of ‘‘Self-Regulatory Subsidiary’’ in Article I(s) of the ByLaws to refer to any subsidiary of NASDAQ OMX that is a self-regulatory organization as defined under Section 3(a)(26) of the Act, rather than list specific subsidiaries that would fall within this category. The proposed definition is the same definition proposed for purposes of the Charter and would capture NASDAQ OMX’s current self-regulatory subsidiaries as well as any subsidiaries that in the future would meet the definition of ‘‘self-regulatory organization’’ under the Act. The SROs also propose to correct a typographical error in Article I and make minor edits to Section 12.5 of the Bylaws to conform the language regarding the 5% voting limitation to the language in the analogous provision of the Charter.8 III. Commission Findings After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, in the case of the proposals by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx, 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71353 (January 17, 2014), 79 FR 4209 (January 24, 2014) (SR–BSECC–2013–001, SR–BX–2013–057, SR– NASDAQ–2013–148, SR–Phlx–2013–115, SR– SCCP–2013–01), at note 14. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Nov 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 and to a clearing agency, in the case of the proposals by BSECC and SCCP.9 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule changes by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx are consistent with Section 6(b)(1) of the Act,10 which, among other things, requires a national securities exchange to be so organized and have the capacity to be able to carry out the purposes of the Act and to comply, and enforce compliance by its members and persons associated with its members, with the provisions of the Act, the rules and regulations thereunder and the rules of the exchange. In addition, the Commission finds that the proposed rule changes by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx are consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,11 which, among other things, requires that the rules of the exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission also finds that the proposed rule changes by BSECC and SCCP are consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(C) of the Act,12 because the proposals assure a fair representation of shareholders and participants in the selection of directors and administration of their affairs. While the proposals relate to the organizational documents of NASDAQ OMX, rather than BSECC and SCCP, BSECC and SCCP are indirectly owned by NASDAQ OMX, and therefore, NASDAQ OMX’s stockholders have an indirect stake in BSECC and SCCP. In addition, the participants in BSECC and SCCP, to the extent any exist, could purchase stock in NASDAQ OMX in the open market, just like any other stockholder. The proposals ensure that NASDAQ OMX stockholders have clarity about the existing voting limitation in NASDAQ OMX’s Charter and By-Laws. As a result, the proposals assure a fair representation of NASDAQ OMX’s stockholders in the selection of directors and administration of NASDAQ OMX’s 9 In approving the proposed rule changes, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule changes’ impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(1). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 12 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(C). PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 67223 affairs, as well as the affairs of BSECC and SCCP. The SROs have proposed certain changes to conform the provisions in the Charter and the By-Laws relating to the procedures by which NASDAQ OMX’s Board may grant an exemption to the prohibition on any NASDAQ OMX stockholder voting shares in excess of 5% of the Company’s thenoutstanding shares of capital stock. The Commission believes that these proposed changes will eliminate confusion that may exist because of the current language differences between the two documents. In addition, the proposed definition of ‘‘Self-Regulatory Subsidiary’’ will ensure that any NASDAQ OMX subsidiary that meets the definition of ‘‘self-regulatory organization’’ under the Act will be subject to the Charter and By-Law provisions relating to Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries. Further, the remaining proposed non-substantive clarifying changes are clarifying in nature, and thus should help make the Charter and By-Laws clearer and easier to understand. IV. Conclusion For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed rule changes are consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, in the case of BX, NASDAQ and Phlx, and to a registered clearing agency, in the case of BSECC and SCCP. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act13 that the proposed rule changes (SR–BSECC– 2014–001; SR–BX–2014–045; SR– NASDAQ–2014–093; SR–Phlx–2014–61; SR–SCCP–2014–01) are approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–26686 Filed 11–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 13 15 14 17 E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 12NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 218 (Wednesday, November 12, 2014)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-73516; File Nos. SR-BSECC-2014-001; SR-BX-2014-045; SR-
NASDAQ-2014-093; SR-Phlx-2014-61; SR-SCCP-2014-01]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange Clearing 
Corporation; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; NASDAQ 
OMX PHLX LLC; Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia; Order 
Approving Proposed Rule Changes To Amend the Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation and By-Laws of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

November 5, 2014.

I. Introduction

    On September 10, 2014, Boston Stock Exchange Clearing Corporation 
(``BSECC''), NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX''), the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC 
(``NASDAQ''), NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC (``Phlx''), and the Stock Clearing 
Corporation of Philadelphia (``SCCP'' and, together with BSECC, BX, 
NASDAQ and Phlx, the ``SROs'' or ``Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries''), 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission''), 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ proposed rule changes with 
respect to amendments to the Amended and Restated Certificate of 
Incorporation (``Charter'') and By-Laws (``By-Laws'') of the NASDAQ OMX 
Group, Inc. (``NASDAQ OMX''), the parent company of the SROs.\4\ The 
proposed rule changes by BSECC and SCCP were published for comment in 
the Federal Register on September 25, 2014 \5\ and the proposed rule 
changes by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx were published for comment in the 
Federal Register on September 29, 2014.\6\ The Commission received no 
comment letters on the proposals.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \4\ Certain provisions of NASDAQ OMX's Charter and By-Laws are 
rules of a self-regulatory organization if they are stated policies, 
practices, or interpretations, as defined in Rule 19b-4 under the 
Act, of the self-regulatory organization, and must be filed with the 
Commission pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 58183 (July 17, 
2008), 73 FR 42850 (July 23, 2008) (File No. SR-NASDAQ-2008-035); 
58324 (August 7, 2008), 73 FR 46936 (August 12, 2008) (File Nos. SR-
BSE-2008-02; SR-BSE-2008-23; SR-BSE-2008-25; SR-BSECC-2008-01); and 
58180 (July 17, 2008), 73 FR 42890 (July 23, 2008) (File No. SR-
SCCP-2008-01) (Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified 
by Amendment No. 1, To Amend the By-Laws of the NASDAQ OMX Group, 
Inc. in Connection With the Acquisitions of Boston Stock Exchange, 
Incorporated and Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.). Accordingly, 
the SROs have filed with the Commission proposed changes to the 
NASDAQ OMX Charter and By-Laws.
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 73144 (September 
19, 2014), 79 FR 57624 (September 25, 2014) (SR-BSECC-2014-001) and 
73145 (September 19, 2014), 79 FR 57648 (September 25, 2014) (SR-
SCCP-2014-01).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 73195 (September 
23, 2014), 79 FR 58397 (September 29, 2014) (SR-BX-2014-045); 73193 
(September 23, 2014), 79 FR 58388 (September 29, 2014) (SR-NASDAQ-
2014-093); and 73194 (September 23, 2014), 79 FR 58393 (September 
29, 2014) (SR-Phlx-2014-61).
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II. Discussion

A. Background

    Article Fourth, Paragraph C of NASDAQ OMX's Charter includes a 
voting limitation that generally prohibits a stockholder from voting 
shares beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by such stockholder 
in excess of 5% of the then-outstanding shares of capital stock of 
NASDAQ OMX entitled to vote as of the record date in respect of any 
matter. Pursuant to Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter, 
NASDAQ OMX's Board may grant exemptions to this limitation prior to the 
time a stockholder beneficially owns more than 5% of the outstanding 
shares of stock entitled to vote on the election of a majority of 
directors at such time. Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter 
and Section 12.5 of the By-Laws limit the Board's authority to grant 
the exemption. The SROs note that these provisions, which are intended 
to be substantively identical, currently contain some language 
differences. Therefore, the SROs propose that NASDAQ OMX adopt the 
amendments described below to the Charter and By-Laws to conform these 
provisions and remove any ambiguity that may exist.

B. Proposed Amendments to the Charter

    First, the SROs propose to add a statement to Article Fourth, 
Paragraph C(6) of the Charter that for so long as NASDAQ OMX shall 
control, directly or indirectly, any Self-Regulatory Subsidiary, a 
resolution of the Board to approve an exemption for any person under 
Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter shall not be permitted to 
become effective until such resolution has been filed with and approved 
by the SEC under Section 19 of the Act. In addition, the SROs propose 
to define ``Self-Regulatory Subsidiary,'' which is currently not a 
defined term in the Charter, as any subsidiary of NASDAQ OMX that is a 
``self-regulatory organization'' as defined under Section 3(a)(26) of 
the Act.\7\ These changes would conform the Charter to language 
currently in the By-Laws.
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    \7\ Under Section 3(a)(26) of the Act, a ``self-regulatory 
organization'' is defined as ``any national securities exchange, 
registered securities association, or registered clearing agency . . 
. .'' 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(26). At present, this defined term would 
include NASDAQ, BX and Phlx, which are national securities 
exchanges, and BSECC and SCCP, which are registered clearing 
agencies that are currently dormant.
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    Second, the SROs propose to add an additional language to the 
current provision in Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the Charter that 
states the Board may not approve an exemption to the 5% voting 
limitation for: (i) A registered broker or dealer or an affiliate 
thereof or (ii) an individual or entity that is subject to a statutory 
disqualification under Section 3(a)(39) of the Act. Specifically, the 
SROs propose to add a proviso to Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of the 
Charter stating that for these purposes, an ``affiliate'' shall not be 
deemed to include an entity that either owns 10% or less of the equity 
of a broker or dealer, or receives 1% or less of its consolidated gross 
revenues from a broker or dealer. This change would conform the Charter 
to language currently in the By-Laws.
    Third, the SROs propose to change a reference in Article Fourth, 
Paragraph C(6) of the Charter from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC to ``the 
Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries.'' This change would conform the Charter 
to language currently in the By-laws and would also include the other 
Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries in addition to the NASDAQ Stock Market 
LLC.
    Fourth, the SROs propose to add a requirement to Article Fourth,

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Paragraph C(6) of the Charter to state that, prior to granting an 
exemption from the 5% voting limitation, the Board must also determine 
that granting the exemption would promote the prompt and accurate 
clearance and settlement of securities transactions (and to the extent 
applicable, derivative agreements, contracts and transactions), assure 
the safeguarding of securities and funds in the custody or control of 
the self-regulatory subsidiaries that are clearing agencies or 
securities and funds for which they are responsible, foster cooperation 
and coordination with persons engaged in the clearance and settlement 
of securities transactions, and remove impediments to and perfect the 
mechanism of a national system for the prompt and accurate clearance 
and settlement of securities transactions. This change would confirm 
the Charter to language currently in the By-Laws.
    Finally, the SROs propose that Article Fourth, Paragraph C(6) of 
the Charter be amended to correct a cross-reference to subparagraph 
6(b), which no longer exists.

C. Proposed Amendments to the By-Laws

    The SROs propose to amend the definition of ``Self-Regulatory 
Subsidiary'' in Article I(s) of the By-Laws to refer to any subsidiary 
of NASDAQ OMX that is a self-regulatory organization as defined under 
Section 3(a)(26) of the Act, rather than list specific subsidiaries 
that would fall within this category. The proposed definition is the 
same definition proposed for purposes of the Charter and would capture 
NASDAQ OMX's current self-regulatory subsidiaries as well as any 
subsidiaries that in the future would meet the definition of ``self-
regulatory organization'' under the Act.
    The SROs also propose to correct a typographical error in Article I 
and make minor edits to Section 12.5 of the Bylaws to conform the 
language regarding the 5% voting limitation to the language in the 
analogous provision of the Charter.\8\
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71353 (January 17, 
2014), 79 FR 4209 (January 24, 2014) (SR-BSECC-2013-001, SR-BX-2013-
057, SR-NASDAQ-2013-148, SR-Phlx-2013-115, SR-SCCP-2013-01), at note 
14.
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III. Commission Findings

    After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
changes are consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules 
and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities 
exchange, in the case of the proposals by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx, and to a 
clearing agency, in the case of the proposals by BSECC and SCCP.\9\ In 
particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule changes by BX, 
NASDAQ and Phlx are consistent with Section 6(b)(1) of the Act,\10\ 
which, among other things, requires a national securities exchange to 
be so organized and have the capacity to be able to carry out the 
purposes of the Act and to comply, and enforce compliance by its 
members and persons associated with its members, with the provisions of 
the Act, the rules and regulations thereunder and the rules of the 
exchange. In addition, the Commission finds that the proposed rule 
changes by BX, NASDAQ and Phlx are consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of 
the Act,\11\ which, among other things, requires that the rules of the 
exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and 
practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 
system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
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    \9\ In approving the proposed rule changes, the Commission notes 
that it has considered the proposed rule changes' impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(1).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission also finds that the proposed rule changes by BSECC 
and SCCP are consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(C) of the Act,\12\ 
because the proposals assure a fair representation of shareholders and 
participants in the selection of directors and administration of their 
affairs. While the proposals relate to the organizational documents of 
NASDAQ OMX, rather than BSECC and SCCP, BSECC and SCCP are indirectly 
owned by NASDAQ OMX, and therefore, NASDAQ OMX's stockholders have an 
indirect stake in BSECC and SCCP. In addition, the participants in 
BSECC and SCCP, to the extent any exist, could purchase stock in NASDAQ 
OMX in the open market, just like any other stockholder. The proposals 
ensure that NASDAQ OMX stockholders have clarity about the existing 
voting limitation in NASDAQ OMX's Charter and By-Laws. As a result, the 
proposals assure a fair representation of NASDAQ OMX's stockholders in 
the selection of directors and administration of NASDAQ OMX's affairs, 
as well as the affairs of BSECC and SCCP.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(C).
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    The SROs have proposed certain changes to conform the provisions in 
the Charter and the By-Laws relating to the procedures by which NASDAQ 
OMX's Board may grant an exemption to the prohibition on any NASDAQ OMX 
stockholder voting shares in excess of 5% of the Company's then-
outstanding shares of capital stock. The Commission believes that these 
proposed changes will eliminate confusion that may exist because of the 
current language differences between the two documents. In addition, 
the proposed definition of ``Self-Regulatory Subsidiary'' will ensure 
that any NASDAQ OMX subsidiary that meets the definition of ``self-
regulatory organization'' under the Act will be subject to the Charter 
and By-Law provisions relating to Self-Regulatory Subsidiaries. 
Further, the remaining proposed non-substantive clarifying changes are 
clarifying in nature, and thus should help make the Charter and By-Laws 
clearer and easier to understand.

IV. Conclusion

    For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed 
rule changes are consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, in the case of 
BX, NASDAQ and Phlx, and to a registered clearing agency, in the case 
of BSECC and SCCP.
    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act\13\ that the proposed rule changes (SR-BSECC-2014-001; SR-BX-2014-
045; SR-NASDAQ-2014-093; SR-Phlx-2014-61; SR-SCCP-2014-01) are 
approved.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(2).
    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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