Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Partnerships, 19664-19665 [2016-07682]

Download as PDF 19664 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 5, 2016 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.79 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07683 Filed 4–4–16; 8:45 am] 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 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–77475; File No. SR–Phlx– 2016–36] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Partnerships March 30, 2016. 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 March 17, 2016, NASDAQ PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘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. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to delete these Rules: 902 entitled, ‘‘Admission to Partnership-Partnership Arrangements’’; and 907 entitled, ‘‘Partners and Officers.’’ The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.nasdaqtrader.com/ micro.aspx?id=PHLXRulefilings, 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 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Apr 04, 2016 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to delete certain Phlx membership rules in order to harmonize and modernize the Exchange’s Rulebook. Specifically, Exchange proposes to delete Rules: 902 entitled, ‘‘Admission to PartnershipPartnership Arrangements’’; and 907, entitled ‘‘Partners and Officers.’’ Rule 902 was retained through the demutualization process in 2004 and is no longer applicable to the business today. Although Rule 907 was established following the demutualization the requirements are no longer necessary. The proposed changes related to the former need for the Exchange to more acutely understand the ownership structure of partnerships as discussed in greater detail below. Rule 902 was applicable when Phlx offered seats to its members, prior to demutualization. Before demutualization, Phlx seats conveyed ownership of the Exchange, which created a greater obligation on Phlx to gather information on the members’ corporate structure. Specifically, Phlx was obligated to maintain a heighted vigilance on the structure, ownership, and change of control in a partnership in order to ensure the financial integrity of its ownership structure. Today, permits are issued to Exchange members and member organizations. The Exchange no longer needs to differentiate ownership structure as required under Rule 902 and 907 because the permit structure conveys no ownership of the Exchange to the membership. These membership rules related to partnerships are no longer applicable today. The distinctions regarding the admission of member as a partnership, as compared to a corporation, are no longer relevant. The Exchange proposes to remove these outdated Rules. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,3 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act,4 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 3 15 4 15 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that Rules 902 and 907(a) are burdensome and unnecessary. These rules regarding admission of partnerships and changes to the partnership serve no modern purpose to the Exchange. The former ownership structure required the Exchange to be vigilant of the ownership structure of its members in case of financial distress or bankruptcy as the seat structure was vital to the financial condition of the Exchange. Before demutualization, members had an ownership interest in the Exchange. Today, permits convey no ownership and therefore such vigilance as to the ownership structure of members is not warranted. The only changes to the rules since demutualization were in 2009 in order to replace the term ‘‘Membership Committee’’ with ‘‘Membership Department,’’ which was done in conjunction with other changes to the Exchange’s standing committees and corporate governance processes in order to make the Exchange more similar to the other Nasdaq SROs. Rule 907(b) is burdensome and unnecessary as well. The obligations on the firm, its employees, and officers are not predicated on the requirement that one of the officers be a member of the exchange, therefore this rule has become obsolete. These rules have remained on the books of the exchange for several years, despite their obsolescence because they were not inconsistent with the membership process and the overall regulatory goals of the Exchange. The removal of Rules 902 and 907 will promote just and equitable principles of trade, and foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities by removing burdensome requirements so that members and member organizations may properly focus on other relevant requirements which benefit the marketplace. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange’s proposed amendments seek to delete certain unnecessary rules E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 5, 2016 / Notices which today burden partnerships over corporations. The deletions of Rules 902 and 907(a) will remove a current burden on competition which requires members and member organizations that are partnerships to disclose unnecessary information as compared to other corporate entities not structured as a partnership. The deletion of 907(b) will remove a current burden on competition by eliminating the need to identify an officer that is a member of the exchange which will have no practical effect on the exchange’s interaction with the company. The Exchange does not believe that there is any impact on intermarket competition. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or 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 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, it has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 5 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.6 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. The Exchange has provided the Commission 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 of the proposed rule change. 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– Phlx–2016–36 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–Phlx–2016–36. 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 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 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–Phlx–2016–36 and should be submitted on or before April 26, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(iii). 6 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Apr 04, 2016 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–77478; File No. SR– NYSEMKT–2016–40] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adopting Requirements for the Collection and Transmission of Data Pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program March 30, 2016. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on March 29, 2016, NYSE MKT LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE MKT’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to adopt requirements for the collection and transmission of data pursuant to Appendices B and C of the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program (‘‘Plan’’). The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.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 self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. [FR Doc. 2016–07682 Filed 4–4–16; 8:45 a.m.] 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 5 15 2 15 7 17 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19665 E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-77475; File No. SR-Phlx-2016-36]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to 
Partnerships

March 30, 2016.
    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 March 17, 2016, NASDAQ PHLX LLC (``Phlx'' or ``Exchange'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or 
``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.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to delete these Rules: 902 entitled, 
``Admission to Partnership-Partnership Arrangements''; and 907 
entitled, ``Partners and Officers.'' The text of the proposed rule 
change is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/micro.aspx?id=PHLXRulefilings, 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 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 delete certain Phlx membership rules in 
order to harmonize and modernize the Exchange's Rulebook. Specifically, 
Exchange proposes to delete Rules: 902 entitled, ``Admission to 
Partnership-Partnership Arrangements''; and 907, entitled ``Partners 
and Officers.'' Rule 902 was retained through the demutualization 
process in 2004 and is no longer applicable to the business today. 
Although Rule 907 was established following the demutualization the 
requirements are no longer necessary. The proposed changes related to 
the former need for the Exchange to more acutely understand the 
ownership structure of partnerships as discussed in greater detail 
below.
    Rule 902 was applicable when Phlx offered seats to its members, 
prior to demutualization. Before demutualization, Phlx seats conveyed 
ownership of the Exchange, which created a greater obligation on Phlx 
to gather information on the members' corporate structure. 
Specifically, Phlx was obligated to maintain a heighted vigilance on 
the structure, ownership, and change of control in a partnership in 
order to ensure the financial integrity of its ownership structure.
    Today, permits are issued to Exchange members and member 
organizations. The Exchange no longer needs to differentiate ownership 
structure as required under Rule 902 and 907 because the permit 
structure conveys no ownership of the Exchange to the membership. These 
membership rules related to partnerships are no longer applicable 
today. The distinctions regarding the admission of member as a 
partnership, as compared to a corporation, are no longer relevant. The 
Exchange proposes to remove these outdated Rules.
Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with section 
6(b) of the Act,\3\ in general, and furthers the objectives of section 
6(b)(5) of the Act,\4\ in particular, in that it is designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and 
equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination 
with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system and, in general, to protect 
investors and the public interest.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that Rules 902 and 907(a) are burdensome and 
unnecessary. These rules regarding admission of partnerships and 
changes to the partnership serve no modern purpose to the Exchange. The 
former ownership structure required the Exchange to be vigilant of the 
ownership structure of its members in case of financial distress or 
bankruptcy as the seat structure was vital to the financial condition 
of the Exchange. Before demutualization, members had an ownership 
interest in the Exchange. Today, permits convey no ownership and 
therefore such vigilance as to the ownership structure of members is 
not warranted.
    The only changes to the rules since demutualization were in 2009 in 
order to replace the term ``Membership Committee'' with ``Membership 
Department,'' which was done in conjunction with other changes to the 
Exchange's standing committees and corporate governance processes in 
order to make the Exchange more similar to the other Nasdaq SROs.
    Rule 907(b) is burdensome and unnecessary as well. The obligations 
on the firm, its employees, and officers are not predicated on the 
requirement that one of the officers be a member of the exchange, 
therefore this rule has become obsolete. These rules have remained on 
the books of the exchange for several years, despite their obsolescence 
because they were not inconsistent with the membership process and the 
overall regulatory goals of the Exchange.
    The removal of Rules 902 and 907 will promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and foster cooperation and coordination with 
persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities by removing 
burdensome requirements so that members and member organizations may 
properly focus on other relevant requirements which benefit the 
marketplace.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition 
that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of 
the Act. The Exchange's proposed amendments seek to delete certain 
unnecessary rules

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which today burden partnerships over corporations.
    The deletions of Rules 902 and 907(a) will remove a current burden 
on competition which requires members and member organizations that are 
partnerships to disclose unnecessary information as compared to other 
corporate entities not structured as a partnership.
    The deletion of 907(b) will remove a current burden on competition 
by eliminating the need to identify an officer that is a member of the 
exchange which will have no practical effect on the exchange's 
interaction with the company. The Exchange does not believe that there 
is any impact on inter-market competition.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or 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 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, it has become 
effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \5\ and 
subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\6\
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(a)(iii).
    \6\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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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. The Exchange has 
provided the Commission 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 of the proposed rule change.

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-Phlx-2016-36 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-Phlx-2016-36. 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 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 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-Phlx-2016-36 and 
should be submitted on or before April 26, 2016.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-07682 Filed 4-4-16; 8:45 a.m.]
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