Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Concerning Updates to Clearing Member Documents, 68733-68736 [2014-27195]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’ Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–27187 Filed 11–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–73577; File No. SR–OCC– 2014–20] the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements. (A) Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Concerning Updates to Clearing Member Documents November 12, 2014. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder 2 notice is hereby given that on November 10, 2014, The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by OCC. OCC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 3 of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 4 thereunder. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change This proposed rule change by The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) would update the various contracts and forms that, in conjunction with OCC’s By-Laws and Rules, establish and govern the relationship between OCC and each clearing member (collectively, the ‘‘Clearing Member Documents’’). II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, OCC included statements concerning 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s (b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii), OCC provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 This proposed rule change would amend the Clearing Member Documents in order to: (i) Reduce the number of documents by eliminating outdated documents and combining similar documents, when possible; (ii) reflect OCC’s current business and operational processes; and (iii) reflect changes in applicable law and conform the documents to OCC’s current By-Laws and Rules. The proposed changes to the Clearing Member Documents would not alter any of the requirements for initial or continued OCC clearing membership. Background The Clearing Member Documents, in conjunction with OCC’s By-Laws and Rules, establish the relationship between OCC and each clearing member and serve as the legal foundation of OCC’s ongoing legal and operational relationship with clearing members. OCC recently completed a comprehensive review (the ‘‘Review’’) of the Clearing Membership Documents with a view to revising the documents and ensuring that they are consistent with OCC’s By-Laws and Rules and current operational processes. The Clearing Member Documents fall into five general categories: 1. Application Documents. These are the primary documents used to identify an applicant’s qualifications to become a clearing member of OCC. 2. Core Agreements. These documents establish the contractual agreement between OCC and a clearing member and provide OCC with authority to carry out critical tasks related to clearing membership. These include, among other agreements, the Clearing Member Agreement and various authorizations to draft and authorized signature forms. 3. Services Agreements. These documents govern the provision by OCC of various services to clearing members, such as internet and data distribution services. 4. Appointment Forms. These documents permit clearing members that are not participants in National Securities Clearing Corporation PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68733 (‘‘NSCC’’) and the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (‘‘FICC’’) to, as applicable, effect settlement of physically-settled equity options, single stock futures and Treasury securities option contracts through appointment of another clearing member as its agent with respect to settlement of the relevant product.5 5. Product and Account Specific Forms. These documents facilitate a clearing member’s ability to clear certain products or allow a clearing member to establish certain types of accounts such as a market maker subaccount. Proposed Updates to the Clearing Member Documents A primary focus of the Review was to eliminate outdated documents and consolidate documents when possible. The Review resulted in the number of distinct Clearing Member Documents being reduced from 39 to 21, either by eliminating documents that are no longer operationally required by OCC or by consolidating and streamlining previously distinct documents, each requiring separate execution, into one document. Attached as Exhibit 3 is a document that lists each of the current Clearing Member Documents and each of the proposed Clearing Member Documents after the consolidation and streamlining effort of the Review. Moreover, the Review did not result in any new substantive legal requirements being imposed upon clearing members. In addition, a significant number of the Clearing Member Documents are proposed to be updated to reflect terms used in OCC’s By-Laws and Rules that have been revised since the Clearing Member Documents were created or last updated, as applicable. Set forth below is a summary of the significant updates proposed to be made to the Clearing Member Documents. The proposed revisions to the Clearing Member Documents will not result in any substantive changes to OCC’s membership requirements. Application Documents OCC proposes to revise the Application Documents to eliminate sole proprietorship from the category of applicants 6 because OCC staff deemed it extremely unlikely that a sole proprietor would apply for clearing membership. The Application for Membership itself would be updated to include new categories of products an 5 See, OCC Rules 901(f), 901(g) and 1403(a). revised Application Documents will contain an ‘‘other’’ category of applicant, which could be used in the event a sole proprietor applies for clearing membership at OCC. 6 The E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 68734 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices applicant may apply to be approved to clear that have been added by OCC since the Application for Membership was created. The Application for Membership would also be streamlined to include representations and information previously obtained through separate forms. In addition to the changes described above, OCC proposes to revise the Letter of Authorization applicants for clearing membership provide to OCC, which authorizes an applicant’s primary regulatory agency to directly notify OCC of an applicant’s violation, or suspected violation, of the regulatory agency’s financial requirements, and of an applicant’s impending operational difficulties. OCC is proposing to broaden such authorization so that OCC may receive notification of an applicant’s violation of any rule or regulation of the agency, and notification of the agency’s knowledge of the applicant’s violation of the rules of any relevant self-regulatory organization. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Core Agreements Like the Application Documents, the Core Agreements would be revised to eliminate the Sole Proprietorship category. OCC also proposes to revise the Clearing Member Agreement and Non-U.S. Clearing Member Agreement to remove outdated corporate procedures such as requiring a corporate seal, and to consolidate multiple signature pages that were formerly contained in separate documents into a single signature page included within the Clearing Agreement and the NonU.S. Clearing Member Agreement.7 In addition, the Core Agreements would generally be streamlined to reduce unnecessary documents and to reduce the operational burden on clearing members. Specifically, the multiple versions of the Authorizations to Draft, which permit OCC to draft a clearing member’s bank account, and the Clearing Member Certificate and Authorized Signatures, which certifies the individuals authorized to execute documents and submit instructions on behalf of a clearing member (‘‘Authorized Signatories’’), would be consolidated from separate forms based on the organizational form of the clearing member into single documents. Furthermore, clearing members established as corporations would no longer be required to obtain a board of director’s resolution in order to 7 OCC also proposes to memorialize its existing practice that clearing members keep current information provided to OCC such as information provided pursuant to OCC Rule 203. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 authorize specified officers to act on behalf of the corporation as Authorized Signatories. The requirement to obtain a board resolution presented a significant burden for these clearing members and was determined to be overly ministerial and unnecessary from a legal or operational perspective. Accordingly, the revised Clearing Member Authorized Signatory Certificate would only require corporate clearing members, like clearing members that are organized as limited liability companies or partnerships, to provide a certification by any officer that holds the rank of vice president or higher setting forth a list (including specimen signatures) of the corporation’s Authorized Signatories. Moreover, this certificate would also permit clearing members to designate a person as ‘‘Designated Representative’’ of the clearing member. Designated Representatives, which do not have to be an Authorized Signatory, would be able to take action on behalf of the clearing member in connection with day-to-day routine operational matters such as submitting instructions through OCC’s ENCORE system, ENCORE Security Updates and sub account and data distribution service changes. The creation of a Designate Representative is intended to facilitate a completion of routine operational matters. Services Agreement OCC proposes to revise its Agreement for OCC Services to reduce the number of documents that a clearing member is required to execute and to move common contractual provisions from individual supplements to the Agreement for OCC Services into the master services agreement. Currently, the Agreement for OCC Services is a one-page master services agreement that further requires a clearing member to execute up to five different supplements setting forth the terms of various services that OCC may provide clearing members. Each supplement contains provisions pertinent to the particular service as well as a number of contractual provisions that are common across all supplements. OCC proposes to streamline this set of agreements by moving such common provisions to the revised Agreement for OCC Services. As a result, each of the supplements would contain only terms and conditions specific to the particular service being selected. These changes would not affect the any substantive terms of the Agreement for OCC Services or any of its supplements. In addition to streamlining the Agreement for OCC Services, OCC proposes to eliminate the supplement PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for internet access and move the substantive provisions of such supplement into the master services agreement. Due to the large scale, industry wide, adoption of the internet as the primary means of communication between entities in the financial industry, OCC believes that the master services agreement, and not a supplement, is the more appropriate location for contractual provisions pertaining to clearing member internet access.8 OCC is also proposing to generally update the Agreement for OCC Services to include or expand on standard contract terms such as provisions governing severability, waiver, governing law and assignment. Appointment Forms The Appointment of Clearing Member Agreement permits clearing members that are not participants in NSCC to settle physically settled equity options and single stock futures through NSCC by appointing an ‘‘Appointed Clearing Member.’’ OCC propose to update the agreement to require that the Appointed Clearing Member maintain the net capital required by OCC Rule 309A and remain subject to OCC Rule 309A until the appointment is terminated. OCC Rule 309A was not in place when the Appointment of an Appointed Clearing Member Agreement was created. In addition, the Designation of Clearing Member Agreement permits clearing members that are not participants in FICC to effect settlement of physically-settled Treasury securities options through a ‘‘Designated Clearing Member’’ that is a participant in FICC. OCC proposes to revise the agreement to be more consistent with the Appointment of Clearing Member Agreement. Specifically, OCC proposes to amend the Designation of Clearing Member Agreement to: (1) Provide that certain failures under the agreement may be treated as a default or rule violation under OCC’s By-Laws and Rules; (2) provide that the designation would remain effective for 30 calendar days after notice of revocation of the designation, and would remain effective thereafter with respect to obligations incurred prior to the effective date of the revocation; and (3) require additional representations from the Designated Clearing Member regarding its continued participation in FICC. 8 OCC also requires clearing members who use the internet as their primary means of communicating with OCC to maintain a back-up communication channel. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70704 (October 17, 2013), 78 FR 63263 (October 23, 2013) (SR–OCC–2013–10). E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices Product and Account Specific Forms OCC proposes to eliminate two product specific forms, the Portfolio Margining Notice and the Futures Customers’ Segregated Account Letter, as they are no longer operationally necessary. Specifically, and with respect to the Futures Customers’ Segregated Account Letter, OCC’s By-Laws and Rules contain the relevant customer segregated funds language required for Derivatives Clearing Organizations such as OCC by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. OCC is also proposing to revise the Universal Market Maker Subaccount Letter, which is used to request an automated service whereby OCC directs transactions into ‘‘universal’’ market maker subaccount for a designated market maker or designated group of market makers that trade across multiple exchanges,9 to conform the indemnity language to the standard indemnity language used in the other Clearing Member Documents. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis OCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act,10 because the proposed rule change will remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions. The proposed rule change will achieve this purpose by, as set forth in Rule 17Ad–22(d)(1),11 providing for a wellfounded, transparent and enforceable legal framework between OCC and its clearing members as well as between OCC and applicants for clearing membership. The proposed rule change will reduce the number of Clearing Member Documents by eliminating outdated agreements and combining similar agreements, updating the Clearing Member Documents to reflect OCC’s current business and operational processes, and conforming the Clearing Member Documents to OCC’s current By-Laws and Rules. These changes will more clearly set forth the legal relationship between OCC and its clearing members, as well as applicants for clearing membership, thereby removing any potential impediments that may have resulted from OCC continuing to use outdated Clearing 9 Market making firms may have employees that trade across multiple exchanges, with each exchange identifying such employees with a different acronym(s). OCC’s Universal Market Maker Subaccount service ensures that all trades entered into by a market marking firm are directed to a specified subaccount of its clearing firm at OCC for position and margin processing purposes. 10 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 11 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(d)(1). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 Member Documents. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the existing rules of OCC, including any other rules proposed to be amended. (B) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Burden on Competition OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a burden on competition.12 The updated Clearing Member Documents affect applicants for clearing membership as well as current clearing members since OCC intends to have each current clearing member re-execute the Clearing Member Documents applicable to its particular membership. No substantive requirements for clearing membership are proposed to be changed. With respect to applicants for clearing membership, OCC believes that the proposed rule change will make the application process easier since the new Clearing Member Documents will consolidate clarified and more consistent with OCC’s By-Laws and Rules. In addition, OCC will ask each current clearing member to re-execute only the Clearing Member Documents applicable to its particular membership. This request, which will be made of all clearing members, is administrative in nature and will not affect competition among clearing members. Accordingly, OCC does not believe that this proposed rule change will impose a burden on competition. (C) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change and none have been received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors and the public interest; (ii) impose any burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the day on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(a) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if 12 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(I). Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68735 it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment for (http://www.sec.gov/rules/ sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– OCC–2014–20 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OCC–2014–20. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method of submission. 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 Section, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC’s Web site at http://www.theocc.com/components/ docs/legal/rules_and_bylaws/sr_occ_14_ 20.pdf. 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–OCC–2014–20 and should E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 68736 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices be submitted on or before December 9, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–27195 Filed 11–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–73572; File No. SR–CHX– 2014–18] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Concerning Certain Order Types, Modifiers and Related Functionality November 10, 2014. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1, and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on October 31, 2014, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend various CHX Rules to clarify the operation of certain order types, modifiers and LULD price sliding and to substantively modify the operation of the cross order type and Cross With Size order handling functionality. Aside from the proposed amendments to the cross order type and Cross With Size order handling functionality, the Exchange does not propose to substantively modify the operation of any other functionality. The Exchange has designated this proposal as noncontroversial and provided the Commission with the notice required by Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.3 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 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 CHX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule changes and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The CHX has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend various CHX Rules to clarify the operation of certain order types, modifiers and LULD price sliding and to substantively modify the operation of the cross order type and Cross With Size order handling functionality. Aside from the proposed amendments to the cross order type and Cross With Size order handling functionality, the Exchange does not propose to substantively modify the operation of any other functionality. Amended CHX Article 1, Rule 1(pp) (Working Price) Under SR–CHX–2014–15, the Exchange adopted, inter alia, the term ‘‘Working Price,’’ which is defined as ‘‘the most aggressive price at which a resting limit order, as defined under Article 1, Rule 2(a)(1), can execute within the Matching System, in compliance with Rule 611 of Regulation NMS.’’ 4 While Rule 611 of Regulation NMS is one of the factors that determine the price at which an order for an NMS security could permissibly execute, other rules and plans such as Rule 201 of Regulation SHO and LULD would also determine the most aggressive price at which an order could permissibly execute. Thus, the Exchange proposes to amend CHX Article 1, Rule 1(pp) to provide that ‘‘Working Price’’ means the 4 SR–CHX–2014–15 was immediately effective upon filing, but is not yet operative. The Exchange anticipates that the changes effected under SR– CHX–2014–15 will become operative in the first quarter of 2015, pursuant to an Information Memorandum by the Exchange to its Participants published two weeks prior to such time. See Exchange Act Release No. 73150 (September 19, 2014), 79 FR 57603 (September 25, 2014) (SR–CHX– 2014–15) (‘‘Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Adopt the CHX Routing Services’’). PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 most aggressive price at which a resting limit order can execute within the Matching System in compliance with ‘‘CHX Rules and relevant securities law and regulations, including Rule 611 of Regulation NMS and Rule 201 Regulation SHO.’’ Amended CHX Article 1, Rule 2(a)(1) (Limit Order) and CHX Article 1, Rule 2(c) (Order Display Modifiers) Current CHX Rules imply, but do not explicitly state, that a limit order not marked Reserve Size or Do Not Display is fully displayable. Specifically, CHX Article 1, Rule 2(c) lists three order display modifiers, where paragraph (c)(1) defines ‘‘Always Quote,’’ which requires the unexecuted balance of an order priced at the CHX Best Bid or Offer (‘‘BBO’’) to be cancelled if it could not be displayed; paragraph (c)(2) defines ‘‘Do Not Display,’’ which requires the order to be fully hidden; and paragraph (c)(3) defines ‘‘Reserve Size,’’ which requires the order to be partially displayed and partially hidden. Given that there is no order modifier requiring that an order be fully displayable, it can be inferred from CHX Article 1, Rule 2(c) that limit orders are fully displayable, unless marked otherwise. In the interest of clarity, the Exchange proposes to amend CHX Article 1, Rule 2(a)(1) to add a sentence to the current definition of ‘‘limit order’’ to provide that ‘‘all limit orders are fully displayable, unless marked Do Not Display, as defined under paragraph (c)(2), or Reserve Size, as defined under paragraph (c)(3).’’ Moreover, since order display modifiers are only relevant for orders that post to the CHX Book 5 and the CHX Book only contains resting limit orders,6 the Exchange proposes to amend CHX Article 1, Rule 2(c) to provide that ‘‘one or more order display modifiers may be applied to limit orders, subject to the requirements of Article 20, Rule 5, so long as the modifier is compatible with other applicable order modifiers/terms.’’ Amended CHX Article 1, Rule 2(b)(1)(A) (BBO Intermarket Sweep Order (‘‘ISO’’)) Current CHX Article 1, Rule 2(b)(1)(A) defines BBO ISO and provides, in pertinent part, that a BBO ISO is a limit order modifier that marks an order as required by SEC Rule 600(b)(30) that is to be executed against any orders at the 5 Market and cross orders are always handled Immediate Or Cancel (‘‘IOC’’). See CHX Article 1, Rule 2(a)(2) and (3); see also CHX Article 1, Rule 2(d)(4). 6 See CHX Article 20, Rule 8(b). E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

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[Release No. 34-73577; File No. SR-OCC-2014-20]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Concerning Updates to 
Clearing Member Documents

November 12, 2014.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder \2\ notice is hereby given that 
on November 10, 2014, The Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items 
have been prepared by OCC. OCC filed the proposed rule change pursuant 
to Section 19(b)(3)(A) \3\ of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \4\ 
thereunder. 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). As required under Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii), OCC provided the Commission with written notice of its 
intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief 
description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of filing the proposed rule change, 
or such shorter time as designated by the Commission.
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I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the 
Proposed Rule Change

    This proposed rule change by The Options Clearing Corporation 
(``OCC'') would update the various contracts and forms that, in 
conjunction with OCC's By-Laws and Rules, establish and govern the 
relationship between OCC and each clearing member (collectively, the 
``Clearing Member Documents'').

II. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, OCC included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.

(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    This proposed rule change would amend the Clearing Member Documents 
in order to: (i) Reduce the number of documents by eliminating outdated 
documents and combining similar documents, when possible; (ii) reflect 
OCC's current business and operational processes; and (iii) reflect 
changes in applicable law and conform the documents to OCC's current 
By-Laws and Rules. The proposed changes to the Clearing Member 
Documents would not alter any of the requirements for initial or 
continued OCC clearing membership.
Background
    The Clearing Member Documents, in conjunction with OCC's By-Laws 
and Rules, establish the relationship between OCC and each clearing 
member and serve as the legal foundation of OCC's ongoing legal and 
operational relationship with clearing members. OCC recently completed 
a comprehensive review (the ``Review'') of the Clearing Membership 
Documents with a view to revising the documents and ensuring that they 
are consistent with OCC's By-Laws and Rules and current operational 
processes.
    The Clearing Member Documents fall into five general categories:
    1. Application Documents. These are the primary documents used to 
identify an applicant's qualifications to become a clearing member of 
OCC.
    2. Core Agreements. These documents establish the contractual 
agreement between OCC and a clearing member and provide OCC with 
authority to carry out critical tasks related to clearing membership. 
These include, among other agreements, the Clearing Member Agreement 
and various authorizations to draft and authorized signature forms.
    3. Services Agreements. These documents govern the provision by OCC 
of various services to clearing members, such as internet and data 
distribution services.
    4. Appointment Forms. These documents permit clearing members that 
are not participants in National Securities Clearing Corporation 
(``NSCC'') and the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (``FICC'') to, as 
applicable, effect settlement of physically-settled equity options, 
single stock futures and Treasury securities option contracts through 
appointment of another clearing member as its agent with respect to 
settlement of the relevant product.\5\
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    5. Product and Account Specific Forms. These documents facilitate a 
clearing member's ability to clear certain products or allow a clearing 
member to establish certain types of accounts such as a market maker 
sub-account.
Proposed Updates to the Clearing Member Documents
    A primary focus of the Review was to eliminate outdated documents 
and consolidate documents when possible. The Review resulted in the 
number of distinct Clearing Member Documents being reduced from 39 to 
21, either by eliminating documents that are no longer operationally 
required by OCC or by consolidating and streamlining previously 
distinct documents, each requiring separate execution, into one 
document. Attached as Exhibit 3 is a document that lists each of the 
current Clearing Member Documents and each of the proposed Clearing 
Member Documents after the consolidation and streamlining effort of the 
Review. Moreover, the Review did not result in any new substantive 
legal requirements being imposed upon clearing members.
    In addition, a significant number of the Clearing Member Documents 
are proposed to be updated to reflect terms used in OCC's By-Laws and 
Rules that have been revised since the Clearing Member Documents were 
created or last updated, as applicable. Set forth below is a summary of 
the significant updates proposed to be made to the Clearing Member 
Documents. The proposed revisions to the Clearing Member Documents will 
not result in any substantive changes to OCC's membership requirements.
Application Documents
    OCC proposes to revise the Application Documents to eliminate sole 
proprietorship from the category of applicants \6\ because OCC staff 
deemed it extremely unlikely that a sole proprietor would apply for 
clearing membership. The Application for Membership itself would be 
updated to include new categories of products an

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applicant may apply to be approved to clear that have been added by OCC 
since the Application for Membership was created. The Application for 
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    \6\ The revised Application Documents will contain an ``other'' 
category of applicant, which could be used in the event a sole 
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    In addition to the changes described above, OCC proposes to revise 
the Letter of Authorization applicants for clearing membership provide 
to OCC, which authorizes an applicant's primary regulatory agency to 
directly notify OCC of an applicant's violation, or suspected 
violation, of the regulatory agency's financial requirements, and of an 
applicant's impending operational difficulties. OCC is proposing to 
broaden such authorization so that OCC may receive notification of an 
applicant's violation of any rule or regulation of the agency, and 
notification of the agency's knowledge of the applicant's violation of 
the rules of any relevant self-regulatory organization.
Core Agreements
    Like the Application Documents, the Core Agreements would be 
revised to eliminate the Sole Proprietorship category. OCC also 
proposes to revise the Clearing Member Agreement and Non-U.S. Clearing 
Member Agreement to remove outdated corporate procedures such as 
requiring a corporate seal, and to consolidate multiple signature pages 
that were formerly contained in separate documents into a single 
signature page included within the Clearing Agreement and the Non-U.S. 
Clearing Member Agreement.\7\ In addition, the Core Agreements would 
generally be streamlined to reduce unnecessary documents and to reduce 
the operational burden on clearing members. Specifically, the multiple 
versions of the Authorizations to Draft, which permit OCC to draft a 
clearing member's bank account, and the Clearing Member Certificate and 
Authorized Signatures, which certifies the individuals authorized to 
execute documents and submit instructions on behalf of a clearing 
member (``Authorized Signatories''), would be consolidated from 
separate forms based on the organizational form of the clearing member 
into single documents.
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    \7\ OCC also proposes to memorialize its existing practice that 
clearing members keep current information provided to OCC such as 
information provided pursuant to OCC Rule 203.
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    Furthermore, clearing members established as corporations would no 
longer be required to obtain a board of director's resolution in order 
to authorize specified officers to act on behalf of the corporation as 
Authorized Signatories. The requirement to obtain a board resolution 
presented a significant burden for these clearing members and was 
determined to be overly ministerial and unnecessary from a legal or 
operational perspective. Accordingly, the revised Clearing Member 
Authorized Signatory Certificate would only require corporate clearing 
members, like clearing members that are organized as limited liability 
companies or partnerships, to provide a certification by any officer 
that holds the rank of vice president or higher setting forth a list 
(including specimen signatures) of the corporation's Authorized 
Signatories. Moreover, this certificate would also permit clearing 
members to designate a person as ``Designated Representative'' of the 
clearing member. Designated Representatives, which do not have to be an 
Authorized Signatory, would be able to take action on behalf of the 
clearing member in connection with day-to-day routine operational 
matters such as submitting instructions through OCC's ENCORE system, 
ENCORE Security Updates and sub account and data distribution service 
changes. The creation of a Designate Representative is intended to 
facilitate a completion of routine operational matters.
Services Agreement
    OCC proposes to revise its Agreement for OCC Services to reduce the 
number of documents that a clearing member is required to execute and 
to move common contractual provisions from individual supplements to 
the Agreement for OCC Services into the master services agreement. 
Currently, the Agreement for OCC Services is a one-page master services 
agreement that further requires a clearing member to execute up to five 
different supplements setting forth the terms of various services that 
OCC may provide clearing members. Each supplement contains provisions 
pertinent to the particular service as well as a number of contractual 
provisions that are common across all supplements. OCC proposes to 
streamline this set of agreements by moving such common provisions to 
the revised Agreement for OCC Services. As a result, each of the 
supplements would contain only terms and conditions specific to the 
particular service being selected. These changes would not affect the 
any substantive terms of the Agreement for OCC Services or any of its 
supplements.
    In addition to streamlining the Agreement for OCC Services, OCC 
proposes to eliminate the supplement for internet access and move the 
substantive provisions of such supplement into the master services 
agreement. Due to the large scale, industry wide, adoption of the 
internet as the primary means of communication between entities in the 
financial industry, OCC believes that the master services agreement, 
and not a supplement, is the more appropriate location for contractual 
provisions pertaining to clearing member internet access.\8\ OCC is 
also proposing to generally update the Agreement for OCC Services to 
include or expand on standard contract terms such as provisions 
governing severability, waiver, governing law and assignment.
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    \8\ OCC also requires clearing members who use the internet as 
their primary means of communicating with OCC to maintain a back-up 
communication channel. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70704 
(October 17, 2013), 78 FR 63263 (October 23, 2013) (SR-OCC-2013-10).
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Appointment Forms
    The Appointment of Clearing Member Agreement permits clearing 
members that are not participants in NSCC to settle physically settled 
equity options and single stock futures through NSCC by appointing an 
``Appointed Clearing Member.'' OCC propose to update the agreement to 
require that the Appointed Clearing Member maintain the net capital 
required by OCC Rule 309A and remain subject to OCC Rule 309A until the 
appointment is terminated. OCC Rule 309A was not in place when the 
Appointment of an Appointed Clearing Member Agreement was created.
    In addition, the Designation of Clearing Member Agreement permits 
clearing members that are not participants in FICC to effect settlement 
of physically-settled Treasury securities options through a 
``Designated Clearing Member'' that is a participant in FICC. OCC 
proposes to revise the agreement to be more consistent with the 
Appointment of Clearing Member Agreement. Specifically, OCC proposes to 
amend the Designation of Clearing Member Agreement to: (1) Provide that 
certain failures under the agreement may be treated as a default or 
rule violation under OCC's By-Laws and Rules; (2) provide that the 
designation would remain effective for 30 calendar days after notice of 
revocation of the designation, and would remain effective thereafter 
with respect to obligations incurred prior to the effective date of the 
revocation; and (3) require additional representations from the 
Designated Clearing Member regarding its continued participation in 
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Product and Account Specific Forms
    OCC proposes to eliminate two product specific forms, the Portfolio 
Margining Notice and the Futures Customers' Segregated Account Letter, 
as they are no longer operationally necessary. Specifically, and with 
respect to the Futures Customers' Segregated Account Letter, OCC's By-
Laws and Rules contain the relevant customer segregated funds language 
required for Derivatives Clearing Organizations such as OCC by the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission. OCC is also proposing to revise 
the Universal Market Maker Subaccount Letter, which is used to request 
an automated service whereby OCC directs transactions into 
``universal'' market maker subaccount for a designated market maker or 
designated group of market makers that trade across multiple 
exchanges,\9\ to conform the indemnity language to the standard 
indemnity language used in the other Clearing Member Documents.
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    \9\ Market making firms may have employees that trade across 
multiple exchanges, with each exchange identifying such employees 
with a different acronym(s). OCC's Universal Market Maker Subaccount 
service ensures that all trades entered into by a market marking 
firm are directed to a specified subaccount of its clearing firm at 
OCC for position and margin processing purposes.
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2. Statutory Basis
    OCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act,\10\ because the proposed rule change 
will remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national 
system for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of 
securities transactions. The proposed rule change will achieve this 
purpose by, as set forth in Rule 17Ad-22(d)(1),\11\ providing for a 
well-founded, transparent and enforceable legal framework between OCC 
and its clearing members as well as between OCC and applicants for 
clearing membership. The proposed rule change will reduce the number of 
Clearing Member Documents by eliminating outdated agreements and 
combining similar agreements, updating the Clearing Member Documents to 
reflect OCC's current business and operational processes, and 
conforming the Clearing Member Documents to OCC's current By-Laws and 
Rules. These changes will more clearly set forth the legal relationship 
between OCC and its clearing members, as well as applicants for 
clearing membership, thereby removing any potential impediments that 
may have resulted from OCC continuing to use outdated Clearing Member 
Documents. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the 
existing rules of OCC, including any other rules proposed to be 
amended.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
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(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition

    OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a 
burden on competition.\12\ The updated Clearing Member Documents affect 
applicants for clearing membership as well as current clearing members 
since OCC intends to have each current clearing member re-execute the 
Clearing Member Documents applicable to its particular membership. No 
substantive requirements for clearing membership are proposed to be 
changed.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(I).
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    With respect to applicants for clearing membership, OCC believes 
that the proposed rule change will make the application process easier 
since the new Clearing Member Documents will consolidate clarified and 
more consistent with OCC's By-Laws and Rules. In addition, OCC will ask 
each current clearing member to re-execute only the Clearing Member 
Documents applicable to its particular membership. This request, which 
will be made of all clearing members, is administrative in nature and 
will not affect competition among clearing members. Accordingly, OCC 
does not believe that this proposed rule change will impose a burden on 
competition.

(C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change 
Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not 
intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change and 
none have been received.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not:
    (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors and the public 
interest;
    (ii) impose any burden on competition; and
    (iii) become operative for 30 days from the day on which it was 
filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has 
become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(a) of the Act and Rule 
19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment for (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-OCC-2014-20 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OCC-2014-20. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method of submission. 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 Section, 100 
F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between 
the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will 
be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC 
and on OCC's Web site at http://www.theocc.com/components/docs/legal/rules_and_bylaws/sr_occ_14_20.pdf.
    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-OCC-2014-20 and 
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be submitted on or before December 9, 2014.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-27195 Filed 11-17-14; 8:45 am]
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