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Download as PDF 52530 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices (i) significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, (ii) impose any significant burden on competition, and (iii) become operative for 30 days after its filing date, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate. 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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– ISE–2015–24 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2015–24. 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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 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 the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE– 2015–24, and should be submitted on or before September 21, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21403 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75757; File No. SR–FINRA– 2015–030] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt FINRA Rule 3280 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) in the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook August 25, 2015. 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 August 20, 2015, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) 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 substantially prepared by FINRA. FINRA has designated the proposal as constituting a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 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). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change FINRA is proposing to adopt NASD Rule 3040 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) as FINRA Rule 3280 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) in the consolidated FINRA rulebook without any substantive changes. FINRA also proposes to update crossreferences within other FINRA rules accordingly. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the principal office of FINRA, on FINRA’s Web site at http:// www.finra.org, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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 As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook (‘‘Consolidated FINRA Rulebook’’),5 FINRA is proposing to transfer NASD Rule 3040 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) into the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook as FINRA Rule 3280 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) without any substantive changes. As with NASD Rule 3040, proposed FINRA Rule 3280 states that, prior to participating in any private securities transaction, any person associated with a FINRA member must provide written 5 The current FINRA rulebook consists of: (1) FINRA Rules; (2) NASD Rules; and (3) rules incorporated from New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) (‘‘Incorporated NYSE Rules’’) (together, the NASD Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules are referred to as the ‘‘Transitional Rulebook’’). While the NASD Rules generally apply to all FINRA members, the Incorporated NYSE Rules apply only to those members of FINRA that are also members of the NYSE. The FINRA Rules apply to all FINRA members, unless such rules have a more limited application by their terms. For more information about the rulebook consolidation process, see Information Notice, March 12, 2008 (Rulebook Consolidation Process). E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES notice to the member with which he or she is associated. The written notice must describe the transaction and the associated person’s role, and disclose whether the associated person has received or may receive selling compensation in connection with the transaction. If the associated person has received or may receive selling compensation, the FINRA member must advise the individual in writing whether it approves or disapproves the associated person’s participation in the transaction. If the member disapproves the associated person’s participation in the transaction, the associated person may not directly or indirectly participate in the transaction in any manner. If the member approves the associated person’s participation in the transaction, then the transaction must be recorded on the member’s books and records, and the member must supervise the associated person’s participation as if the transaction were executed on behalf of the member. If the associated person has not received and will not receive any selling compensation, the member must provide the associated person with written acknowledgement of the notice and, at its discretion, may impose conditions on the associated person’s participation in the transaction. In addition, proposed FINRA Rule 3280 includes definitions of the terms ‘‘private securities transaction’’ and ‘‘selling compensation’’ that are substantively identical to the definitions in NASD Rule 3040. Proposed FINRA Rule 3280 closely tracks the language of NASD Rule 3040 and makes only non-substantive, technical changes to the text of the NASD rule by, for instance, replacing the reference to a legacy NASD rule with the applicable FINRA rule.6 The proposed rule change would also replace all references to NASD Rule 3040 in FINRA Rules 0150 (Application of Rules to Exempted Securities Except Municipal Securities), 2150.04 (Applicability of Other Rules to Sharing Arrangements), 3270 (Outside Business 6 FINRA previously solicited comment on a proposal to move NASD Rule 3040 to the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook with substantive changes and make it part of FINRA’s supervision rule, but determined to address NASD Rule 3040 as a separate proposal. See Regulatory Notice 08–24 (May 2008); see also Exchange Act Release No. 64736 (June 23, 2011), 76 FR 38245 (June 29, 2011) (Notice of Filing File No. SR–FINRA–2011–028) (withdrawn on September 27, 2011)). Given that FINRA would like to proceed with the rulebook consolidation process expeditiously to provide greater clarity and regulatory efficiency to FINRA members, FINRA is proposing to move NASD Rule 3040 to the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook without substantive changes at this time, but FINRA may consider proposing substantive changes to the rule in the future. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 Activities of Registered Persons), and 6630 (Applicability of FINRA Rules to Securities Previously Designated as PORTAL Securities) with references to proposed FINRA Rule 3280 accordingly. FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,7 which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change, which does not substantively change the rule, is consistent with the Act because it is being undertaken pursuant to the rulebook consolidation process, which is designed to provide additional clarity and regulatory efficiency to FINRA members by consolidating the applicable NASD, Incorporated NYSE, and FINRA rules into one rule set. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. As noted above, the proposed rule change will not substantively change either the text or application of the rule. FINRA would like to proceed with the rulebook consolidation process expeditiously, which it believes will provide additional clarity and regulatory efficiency to members. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received with respect to the proposed rule change to transfer NASD Rule 3040 into the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook without any substantive changes.8 III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as noncontroversial under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.10 Because the foregoing 7 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). see supra note 6. 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder. In accordance with Rule 19b–4(f)(6),11 FINRA submitted written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, as specified in Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.12 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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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 email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– FINRA–2015–030 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–FINRA–2015–030. 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. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ 8 But PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52531 11 17 12 17 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 31AUN1 52532 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. 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–FINRA– 2015–030, and should be submitted on or before September 21, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21405 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75754; File No. SR–BATS– 2015–63] Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees for Use of BATS Exchange, Inc. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES August 25, 2015. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on August 12, 2015, BATS Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BATS’’) 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 Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposed rule change effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange filed a proposal to amend the fee schedule applicable to Members 5 and non-members of the Exchange pursuant to BATS Rules 15.1(a) and (c). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. (A) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to modify the ‘‘Options Pricing’’ section of its fee schedule, effective immediately, in order to modify pricing charged by the Exchange’s options platform (‘‘BATS Options’’) including: (i) To add definitions of Broker Dealer, Joint Back Office, and Non-BATS Market Maker; (ii) to update the definitions of Customer and Market Maker; (iii) to make certain corresponding changes associated with these new and updated definitions; and (iv) to create a new Professional Penny Pilot Add Volume Tier. The Exchange is proposing to add the definitions of Broker Dealer, Joint Back 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 The term ‘‘Member’’ is defined as ‘‘any registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.’’ See Exchange Rule 1.5(n). 4 17 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office, and Non-BATS Market Maker to the BATS Options fee schedule. More specifically, the Exchange is proposing to add the following definitions: (i) ‘‘Broker Dealer’’ applies to any order for the account of a broker dealer, including a foreign broker dealer, that clears in the Customer range at the Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’); (ii) ‘‘Joint Back Office’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Firm Range at the OCC that is identified with an origin code as Joint Back Office. A Joint Back Office participant is a Member that maintains a Joint Back Office arrangement with a clearing broker-dealer; and (iii) ‘‘NonBATS Market Maker’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Market Maker range at the OCC, where such Member is not registered with the Exchange as a Market Maker, but is registered as a market maker on another options exchange. In conjunction with the proposed new defined terms above, the Exchange proposes to amend the fee schedule in multiple places (including the Standard Rates and Fee Codes and Associated Fees tables along with Footnotes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8) such that pricing for Broker Dealer and Joint Back Office transactions is the same as for Firm transactions and Non-BATS Market Maker transactions is the same as Market Maker transactions. In certain places, this includes using the term ‘‘Non-Customer’’ in order to capture pricing that relates to Professional, Firm, Market Maker, Broker Dealer, Joint Back Office, and Non-BATS Market Maker transactions. In conjunction with these proposed additions, the Exchange is also proposing to amend the current definitions of Customer, Market Maker, and Firm on the BATS Options fee schedule. Currently, the fee schedule states that ‘‘Customer’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Customer range at the OCC, excluding any transaction for a ‘‘Professional’’ as defined in Exchange Rule 16.1; ‘‘Market Maker’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Market Maker range at the OCC; and ‘‘Firm’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Firm range at the OCC. In order to make these definitions work with proposed new definitions for Broker Dealer, Non-BATS Market Maker, and Joint Back Office described above, the Exchange is proposing that the definitions should read as follows: (i) ‘‘Customer’’ applies to any transaction identified by a Member for clearing in the Customer range at the E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-75757; File No. SR-FINRA-2015-030]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Adopt FINRA Rule 3280 (Private Securities 
Transactions of an Associated Person) in the Consolidated FINRA 
Rulebook

August 25, 2015.
    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 August 20, 2015, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. 
(``FINRA'') 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 substantially prepared by FINRA. 
FINRA has designated the proposal as constituting a ``non-
controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of 
the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,\4\ which renders it 
effective upon filing with the Commission. 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    FINRA is proposing to adopt NASD Rule 3040 (Private Securities 
Transactions of an Associated Person) as FINRA Rule 3280 (Private 
Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) in the consolidated 
FINRA rulebook without any substantive changes. FINRA also proposes to 
update cross-references within other FINRA rules accordingly.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available at the principal 
office of FINRA, on FINRA's Web site at http://www.finra.org, and at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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
    As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook 
(``Consolidated FINRA Rulebook''),\5\ FINRA is proposing to transfer 
NASD Rule 3040 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated 
Person) into the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook as FINRA Rule 3280 
(Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) without any 
substantive changes. As with NASD Rule 3040, proposed FINRA Rule 3280 
states that, prior to participating in any private securities 
transaction, any person associated with a FINRA member must provide 
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notice to the member with which he or she is associated. The written 
notice must describe the transaction and the associated person's role, 
and disclose whether the associated person has received or may receive 
selling compensation in connection with the transaction. If the 
associated person has received or may receive selling compensation, the 
FINRA member must advise the individual in writing whether it approves 
or disapproves the associated person's participation in the 
transaction. If the member disapproves the associated person's 
participation in the transaction, the associated person may not 
directly or indirectly participate in the transaction in any manner. If 
the member approves the associated person's participation in the 
transaction, then the transaction must be recorded on the member's 
books and records, and the member must supervise the associated 
person's participation as if the transaction were executed on behalf of 
the member. If the associated person has not received and will not 
receive any selling compensation, the member must provide the 
associated person with written acknowledgement of the notice and, at 
its discretion, may impose conditions on the associated person's 
participation in the transaction. In addition, proposed FINRA Rule 3280 
includes definitions of the terms ``private securities transaction'' 
and ``selling compensation'' that are substantively identical to the 
definitions in NASD Rule 3040.
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    \5\ The current FINRA rulebook consists of: (1) FINRA Rules; (2) 
NASD Rules; and (3) rules incorporated from New York Stock Exchange 
LLC (``NYSE'') (``Incorporated NYSE Rules'') (together, the NASD 
Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules are referred to as the 
``Transitional Rulebook''). While the NASD Rules generally apply to 
all FINRA members, the Incorporated NYSE Rules apply only to those 
members of FINRA that are also members of the NYSE. The FINRA Rules 
apply to all FINRA members, unless such rules have a more limited 
application by their terms. For more information about the rulebook 
consolidation process, see Information Notice, March 12, 2008 
(Rulebook Consolidation Process).
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    Proposed FINRA Rule 3280 closely tracks the language of NASD Rule 
3040 and makes only non-substantive, technical changes to the text of 
the NASD rule by, for instance, replacing the reference to a legacy 
NASD rule with the applicable FINRA rule.\6\
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    \6\ FINRA previously solicited comment on a proposal to move 
NASD Rule 3040 to the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook with substantive 
changes and make it part of FINRA's supervision rule, but determined 
to address NASD Rule 3040 as a separate proposal. See Regulatory 
Notice 08-24 (May 2008); see also Exchange Act Release No. 64736 
(June 23, 2011), 76 FR 38245 (June 29, 2011) (Notice of Filing File 
No. SR-FINRA-2011-028) (withdrawn on September 27, 2011)). Given 
that FINRA would like to proceed with the rulebook consolidation 
process expeditiously to provide greater clarity and regulatory 
efficiency to FINRA members, FINRA is proposing to move NASD Rule 
3040 to the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook without substantive changes 
at this time, but FINRA may consider proposing substantive changes 
to the rule in the future.
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    The proposed rule change would also replace all references to NASD 
Rule 3040 in FINRA Rules 0150 (Application of Rules to Exempted 
Securities Except Municipal Securities), 2150.04 (Applicability of 
Other Rules to Sharing Arrangements), 3270 (Outside Business Activities 
of Registered Persons), and 6630 (Applicability of FINRA Rules to 
Securities Previously Designated as PORTAL Securities) with references 
to proposed FINRA Rule 3280 accordingly.
    FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate 
effectiveness.
2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions of section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\7\ which requires, among 
other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent 
and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change, which 
does not substantively change the rule, is consistent with the Act 
because it is being undertaken pursuant to the rulebook consolidation 
process, which is designed to provide additional clarity and regulatory 
efficiency to FINRA members by consolidating the applicable NASD, 
Incorporated NYSE, and FINRA rules into one rule set.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. As noted above, the proposed 
rule change will not substantively change either the text or 
application of the rule. FINRA would like to proceed with the rulebook 
consolidation process expeditiously, which it believes will provide 
additional clarity and regulatory efficiency to members.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received with respect 
to the proposed rule change to transfer NASD Rule 3040 into the 
Consolidated FINRA Rulebook without any substantive changes.\8\
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III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as non-
controversial under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \9\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\10\ Because the foregoing proposed rule change does 
not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with 
the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become 
effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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    In accordance with Rule 19b-4(f)(6),\11\ FINRA submitted written 
notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of filing, or such shorter time as the 
Commission may designate, as specified in Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) under 
the Act.\12\
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    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: (i) 
Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the 
protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the 
proposed rule should be approved or 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 email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-FINRA-2015-030 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-FINRA-2015-030. 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. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/

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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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. 
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-FINRA-2015-
030, and should be submitted on or before September 21, 2015.

    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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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-21405 Filed 8-28-15; 8:45 am]
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