Order Granting Application by New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE MKT LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE National, Inc., Respectively, for a Conditional Exemption Pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act From Certain Requirements of Rule 6a-2 Under the Exchange Act, 20671-20673 [2017-08891]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 84 / Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / Notices above. In addition, the Section 26 Applicants will also deliver to affected Contract owners, at least thirty days before the Substitution Date, a prospectus for each applicable Replacement Portfolio. 9. The Section 26 Applicants will deliver to each affected Contract owner within five business days of the Substitution Date a written confirmation which will include: (i) A confirmation that the Substitutions were carried out as previously notified; (ii) a restatement of the information set forth in the PreSubstitution Notice; and (iii) values of the Contract owner’s positions in the Existing Portfolio before the Substitution and the Replacement Portfolio after the Substitution. 10. For a period of two years following the Substitution Date, for Contract owners who were Contract owners as of the Substitution Date, Commonwealth or an affiliate thereof (other than the Trust) will reimburse, on the last business day of each fiscal quarter, the Contract owners whose subaccounts invest in the applicable Replacement Portfolio to the extent that the Replacement Portfolio’s net annual operating expenses (taking into account fee waivers and expense reimbursements) for such period exceeds, on an annualized basis, the net annual operating expenses of the Existing Portfolio for the most recent fiscal year preceding the date of the application. In addition, the Section 26 Applicants will not increase the Contract fees and charges that would otherwise be assessed under the terms of the Contracts for a period of at least two years following the Substitution Date. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–08904 Filed 5–2–17; 8:45 am] nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES 18:00 May 02, 2017 [Release No. 34–80536 Order Granting Application by New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE MKT LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE National, Inc., Respectively, for a Conditional Exemption Pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act From Certain Requirements of Rule 6a–2 Under the Exchange Act April 27, 2017. I. Introduction On February 1, 2017, The New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’), NYSE MKT LLC (‘‘NYSE MKT’’), NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’), and NYSE National, Inc. (‘‘NYSE National’’) (each an ‘‘Exchange’’, collectively, ‘‘Exchanges’’) each has requested, pursuant to Rule 0–12 1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’),2 that the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) grant an exemption pursuant to Section 36(a)(1) 3 of the Exchange Act from certain requirements under Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act.4 Each Exchange is registered with the Commission as a national securities exchange under Section 6 of the Exchange Act. This order grants each Exchange’s request for exemptive relief, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, which are outlined below. II. Application for Conditional Exemption From Certain Requirements of Exchange Act Rule 6a–2 Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act 5 requires a national securities exchange to file, on or before June 30 of each year, an updated Exhibit D as an amendment to its Form 1.6 Exhibit D to Form 1 requires an exchange to provide, for each subsidiary or affiliate of the exchange, unconsolidated financial 1 17 CFR 240.0–12. U.S.C. 78a et seq. 3 15 U.S.C. 78mm(a)(1). 4 17 CFR 240.6a–2(b)(1). See letters dated February 1, 2017, from Elizabeth King, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, NYSE, to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Commission, regarding Application for Exemption from Certain Form 1 Requirements under Section 6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, submitted on behalf of NYSE, NYSE MKT, NYSE Arca, and NYSE National, respectively (collectively, the ‘‘Exemption Requests’’). 5 17 CFR 240.6a–2(b)(1). 6 17 CFR 249.1 (Form 1, ‘‘Application for, and Amendments to Application for, Registration as a National Securities Exchange or Exemption from Registration Pursuant to Section 5 of the Exchange Act.’’) 2 15 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20671 statements for the latest fiscal year of the exchange.7 The Instructions to Form 1 define an ‘‘affiliate’’ as ‘‘[a]ny person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is under common control with, or is controlled by, the national securities exchange . . ., including any employees.’’ 8 The Instructions to Form 1 define ‘‘control’’ as The power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management or policies of a company, whether through ownership of securities, by contract or otherwise. Any person that . . . directly or indirectly has the right to vote 25% or more of a class of voting securities or has the power to sell or direct the sale of 25% or more of a class of voting securities . . . is presumed to control that entity.9 Each Exchange has requested that the Commission grant it an exemption pursuant to Section 36(a)(1) of the Exchange Act, subject to the conditions set forth below, with respect to its ‘‘Foreign Indirect Affiliates,’’ as defined below, from the requirement under Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act to file the financial information required by Exhibit D. Each Exemption Request states that the respective Exchange is a whollyowned subsidiary of NYSE Group, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Group’’), a Delaware corporation. Each Exemption Request further states that NYSE Group is wholly owned by NYSE Holdings LLC (‘‘NYSE Holdings’’), a Delaware limited liability company, which is wholly owned by Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. (‘‘ICE Holdings’’), a Delaware corporation. In turn, ICE Holdings is wholly owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Parent Company’’), a Delaware corporation. The Parent Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a large number of foreign entities, some of which also own interests in other foreign entities in excess of 25%.10 The foreign entity affiliates and subsidiaries of the Parent Company are referred to, collectively, as the ‘‘Foreign Indirect Affiliates.’’ Each Exchange states that, because of the limited and indirect nature of its 7 Exhibit D to Form 1 requires that such financial statements consist, at a minimum, of a balance sheet and an income statement with such footnotes and other disclosures necessary to avoid rendering the financial statements misleading. Exhibit D further provides that, if any affiliate or subsidiary is required by another Commission rule to submit annual financial statements, the exchange may provide a statement to that effect, with a citation to the other Commission rule, in lieu of the financial statements required by Exhibit D. 8 Form 1 Instructions Section B., Explanation of Terms. 9 Id. 10 See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2. E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 20672 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 84 / Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / Notices connection to the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, the Exchange believes that the respective financial information of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates required by Exhibit D of Form 1 would have little relevance to the Commission’s ongoing oversight of the Exchange as a national securities exchange.11 Each Exchange also states that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates have no ability to influence the management, policies, or finances of the Exchange and have no obligation to provide funding to, or ability to materially affect the funding of, the Exchange.12 Each Exchange further states that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates have no ownership interest in the Exchange or in any of the controlling shareholders of the Exchange and that there are no commercial dealings between the Exchange and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates.13 Furthermore, each Exchange states its opinion that its obtaining detailed financial information with respect to the Foreign Indirect Affiliates is unnecessary for the protection of investors and the public interest, and would be unduly burdensome and inefficient because the Foreign Indirect Affiliates are located in foreign jurisdictions and the disclosure of such information could implicate foreign information sharing restrictions in such jurisdictions.14 Each Exchange notes that the Commission has granted similar exemptions to several other national securities exchanges.15 In connection 11 See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2–3. Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3. 13 See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3. Each Exchange states that ‘‘commercial dealings’’ means any direct or indirect arrangement, agreement, or understanding or any other relationship including, but not limited to, the providing of hardware, software, technology services or any other goods or services that support the operation of the Exchange or any facility of the Exchange. See Exemption Requests at 3, n. 6. 14 See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3. 15 As examples, each Exchange cites to Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 60650 (September 11, 2009), 74 FR 47828 (September 17, 2009) (granting application by EDGX Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc.) and EDGA Exchange, Inc. (n/ k/a Bats EDGA Exchange, Inc.) for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a–1 and 6a–2 under the Exchange Act); 66241 (January 26, 2012), 77 FR 4845 (January 31, 2012) (granting application by BOX Options Exchange LLC for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a–1 and 6a–2 under the Exchange Act); and 69011 (March 1, 2013), 78 FR 14844 (March 7, 2013) (granting application by Topaz Exchange, LLC (n/k/a ISE Gemini, LLC) for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a–1 and 6a–2 under the Exchange Act). See Exemption Requests at 3. The Commission also granted a similar exemption to ISE Mercury, LLC. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 75867 (September 9, 2015), 80 FR 55395 (September 15, nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES 12 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 May 02, 2017 Jkt 241001 with its Exemption Request, each Exchange has provided an organizational chart setting forth the Parent Company’s corporate structure, including its subsidiaries, and noting the affiliation of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates and the Exchange.16 In addition, each Exchange represents that it will provide, on or before June 30th of each year, amendments to the information provided on the organizational chart setting forth the affiliation of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates and the Exchange.17 III. Order Granting Conditional Section 36 Exemption Section 6 of the Exchange Act 18 sets forth a procedure for an exchange to register as a national securities exchange.19 Rule 6a–1(a) under the Exchange Act 20 requires an application for registration as a national securities exchange to be filed on Form 1 in accordance with the instructions in Form 1. Rule 6a–2 under the Exchange Act establishes ongoing requirements for a national securities exchange to file certain amendments to Form 1. Section 36(a)(1) of the Exchange Act provides that ‘‘the Commission, by rule, regulation, or order, may conditionally or unconditionally exempt any person, security, or transaction, or any class or classes of persons, securities, or transactions, from any provision or provisions of [the Exchange Act] or of any rule or regulation thereunder, to the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, and is consistent with the protection of investors.’’ 21 For the reasons discussed below, the Commission believes that it is appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors to exempt the Exchanges from the requirement under Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act to provide the 2015) (granting application by ISE Mercury, LLC for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a–1 and 6a–2 under the Exchange Act). 16 See Exhibit A to the Exemption Requests, supra note 4. 17 See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2. 18 15 U.S.C. 78f. 19 Specifically, Section 6(a) of the Exchange Act states that ‘‘[a]n exchange may be registered as a national securities exchange . . . by filing with the Commission an application for registration in such form as the Commission, by rule, may prescribe containing the rules of the exchange and such other information and documents as the Commission, by rule, may prescribe as necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors.’’ Section 6 of the Exchange Act also sets forth various requirements to which a national securities exchange is subject. 20 17 CFR 240.6a–1(a). 21 15 U.S.C. 78mm(a)(1). PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information required in Exhibit D to Form 1 with respect to the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, subject to the following conditions: (1) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, a list of the names of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on exemptive relief; and (2) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, an organizational chart setting forth the affiliation of all affiliates, including those Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on exemptive relief. The information included in a national securities exchange’s annual amendment to Exhibit D to Form 1 under Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act is designed to help the Commission exercise its oversight responsibilities with respect to national securities exchanges. Specifically, Exhibit D is designed to provide the Commission with information concerning the financial status of the affiliates and subsidiaries of a national securities exchange.22 Such information is intended to help the Commission to assess the financial health of the affiliates and subsidiaries of a national securities exchange and thus to determine whether a national securities exchange has the ability to carry out its obligations under the Exchange Act. Since the most recent amendments to Form 1 in 1998,23 many national securities exchanges that previously were member-owned organizations with few affiliated entities have demutualized. Some of these demutualized exchanges have been consolidated under holding companies with numerous affiliates that, in some cases, have only a limited and indirect connection to the national securities exchange, with no ability to influence the management or policies of the national securities exchange and no obligation to fund, or to materially affect the funding of, the national securities exchange. The Commission believes that, with respect to these Foreign Indirect Affiliates, the information required under Exhibit D would have limited relevance to the Commission’s 22 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 18843 (June 25, 1982), 47 FR 29259 (July 6, 1982) (proposing amendments to Form 1); see also Form 1, 17 CFR 249.1, and supra Section II. 23 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 40760 (December 8, 1998), 63 FR 70844 (December 22, 1998) (Regulation ATS Adopting Release). E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 84 / Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / Notices oversight of a registered national securities exchange. Based on the Exchanges’ representations, the limited and indirect nature of the relationship between the Exchanges and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, and the information that the Exchanges will provide with respect to all other affiliates, including the foreign direct affiliates and domestic direct and indirect affiliates, the Commission believes that it will have sufficient information necessary to oversee the Exchanges’ activities as national securities exchanges under the Exchange Act.24 In particular, the Commission notes that each Exchange has represented that the nature of the connection between it and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates is limited and indirect, that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates would have no ability to influence the management, policies, or finances of the Exchanges, and that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates would have no obligation to provide funding to, or ability to materially affect the funding of, the Exchanges. In addition, the Commission notes that the Exchanges have represented that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates have no ownership interest in the Exchanges or in any of the controlling shareholders of the Exchanges and that there are no commercial dealings between any of the Exchanges and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates.25 For the reasons discussed above, the Commission finds that it is appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors to grant the conditional exemptive relief requested by the Exchanges. The Commission may modify by order the terms, scope or conditions of the exemption from Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act granted to each Exchange if it determines that such modification is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, or is consistent with the protection of investors. Furthermore, the Commission may limit, suspend, or revoke the exemption granted to each Exchange if it finds that the Exchange has failed to comply with, or is unable to comply with, any of the conditions set forth in this order, if such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, or is consistent with the protection of investors. It is ordered, pursuant to Section 36 of the Exchange Act,26 that the Exchanges are exempt from the requirement under Rule 6a–2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act, with respect to U.S.C. 78f(b) and 78s(a). Exemption Requests, supra note 4. 26 15 U.S.C. 78mm. the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, to update the information in Exhibit D to Form 1 on or before June 30th of each year subject to the following conditions: (1) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, a list of the names of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on exemptive relief; and (2) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, an organizational chart setting forth the affiliation of all affiliates, including those Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on exemptive relief. By the Commission. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–08891 Filed 5–2–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80540; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2017–039] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade the Guggenheim Limited Duration ETF April 27, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’ or ‘‘Exchange Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 13, 2017, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 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 list and trade the common shares of beneficial interest of the Guggenheim Limited Duration ETF (the ‘‘Fund’’), a series of Claymore Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (the ‘‘Trust’’), under Nasdaq Rule 5735 (‘‘Rule 5735’’). The common shares of beneficial interest of the Fund are referred to herein as the ‘‘Shares.’’ 24 15 25 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 May 02, 2017 Jkt 241001 1 15 2 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 20673 The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.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 aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to list and trade the Shares of the Fund under Rule 5735, which rule governs the listing and trading of Managed Fund Shares 3 on the Exchange.4 The Shares will be 3 A ‘‘Managed Fund Share’’ is a security that represents an interest in an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–1) (the ‘‘1940 Act’’) organized as an open-end investment company or similar entity that invests in a portfolio of securities selected by its investment adviser consistent with its investment objectives and policies. In contrast, an open-end investment company that issues Index Fund Shares, listed and traded on the Exchange under Nasdaq Rule 5705, seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of a specific foreign or domestic stock index, fixed income securities index or combination thereof. 4 The Commission approved Nasdaq Rule 5735 (formerly Nasdaq Rule 4420(o)) in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57962 (June 13, 2008), 73 FR 35175 (June 20, 2008) (SR–NASDAQ–2008–039). There are already multiple actively managed funds listed on the Exchange; see, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 69464 (April 26, 2013), 78 FR 25774 (May 2, 2013) (SR–NASDAQ–2013– 036) (order approving listing and trading of First Trust Senior Loan Fund); 66489 (February 29, 2012), 77 FR 13379 (March 6, 2012) (SR–NASDAQ– 2012–004) (order approving listing and trading of WisdomTree Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund); and 78533 (August 10, 2016), 81 FR 54634 (August 16, 2016) (SR–NASDAQ–2016–086) (order approving listing and trading of VanEck Vectors Long/Flat Commodity ETF). Additionally, the Commission has previously approved the listing and trading of a number of actively-managed funds on NYSE Arca, Inc. pursuant to Rule 8.600 of that exchange. See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68870 (February 8, 2013), 78 FR 11245 (February 15, 2013) (SR–NYSEArca–2012–139) (order approving listing and trading of First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF). 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[Release No. 34-80536


Order Granting Application by New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE 
MKT LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE National, Inc., Respectively, for a 
Conditional Exemption Pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act 
From Certain Requirements of Rule 6a-2 Under the Exchange Act

April 27, 2017.

I. Introduction

    On February 1, 2017, The New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE''), 
NYSE MKT LLC (``NYSE MKT''), NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca''), and NYSE 
National, Inc. (``NYSE National'') (each an ``Exchange'', collectively, 
``Exchanges'') each has requested, pursuant to Rule 0-12 \1\ under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act''),\2\ that the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') grant an exemption 
pursuant to Section 36(a)(1) \3\ of the Exchange Act from certain 
requirements under Rule 6a-2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act.\4\ Each 
Exchange is registered with the Commission as a national securities 
exchange under Section 6 of the Exchange Act. This order grants each 
Exchange's request for exemptive relief, subject to the satisfaction of 
certain conditions, which are outlined below.
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    \1\ 17 CFR 240.0-12.
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78mm(a)(1).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.6a-2(b)(1). See letters dated February 1, 2017, 
from Elizabeth King, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, NYSE, 
to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Commission, regarding Application for 
Exemption from Certain Form 1 Requirements under Section 6 of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, submitted on behalf of NYSE, NYSE 
MKT, NYSE Arca, and NYSE National, respectively (collectively, the 
``Exemption Requests'').
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II. Application for Conditional Exemption From Certain Requirements of 
Exchange Act Rule 6a-2

    Rule 6a-2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act \5\ requires a national 
securities exchange to file, on or before June 30 of each year, an 
updated Exhibit D as an amendment to its Form 1.\6\ Exhibit D to Form 1 
requires an exchange to provide, for each subsidiary or affiliate of 
the exchange, unconsolidated financial statements for the latest fiscal 
year of the exchange.\7\
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    \5\ 17 CFR 240.6a-2(b)(1).
    \6\ 17 CFR 249.1 (Form 1, ``Application for, and Amendments to 
Application for, Registration as a National Securities Exchange or 
Exemption from Registration Pursuant to Section 5 of the Exchange 
Act.'')
    \7\ Exhibit D to Form 1 requires that such financial statements 
consist, at a minimum, of a balance sheet and an income statement 
with such footnotes and other disclosures necessary to avoid 
rendering the financial statements misleading. Exhibit D further 
provides that, if any affiliate or subsidiary is required by another 
Commission rule to submit annual financial statements, the exchange 
may provide a statement to that effect, with a citation to the other 
Commission rule, in lieu of the financial statements required by 
Exhibit D.
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    The Instructions to Form 1 define an ``affiliate'' as ``[a]ny 
person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is under common control 
with, or is controlled by, the national securities exchange . . ., 
including any employees.'' \8\ The Instructions to Form 1 define 
``control'' as
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    \8\ Form 1 Instructions Section B., Explanation of Terms.

    The power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management or 
policies of a company, whether through ownership of securities, by 
contract or otherwise. Any person that . . . directly or indirectly 
has the right to vote 25% or more of a class of voting securities or 
has the power to sell or direct the sale of 25% or more of a class 
of voting securities . . . is presumed to control that entity.\9\
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    \9\ Id.

    Each Exchange has requested that the Commission grant it an 
exemption pursuant to Section 36(a)(1) of the Exchange Act, subject to 
the conditions set forth below, with respect to its ``Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates,'' as defined below, from the requirement under Rule 6a-
2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act to file the financial information 
required by Exhibit D.
    Each Exemption Request states that the respective Exchange is a 
wholly-owned subsidiary of NYSE Group, Inc. (``NYSE Group''), a 
Delaware corporation. Each Exemption Request further states that NYSE 
Group is wholly owned by NYSE Holdings LLC (``NYSE Holdings''), a 
Delaware limited liability company, which is wholly owned by 
Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. (``ICE Holdings''), a Delaware 
corporation. In turn, ICE Holdings is wholly owned by Intercontinental 
Exchange, Inc. (``Parent Company''), a Delaware corporation. The Parent 
Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a large number of 
foreign entities, some of which also own interests in other foreign 
entities in excess of 25%.\10\ The foreign entity affiliates and 
subsidiaries of the Parent Company are referred to, collectively, as 
the ``Foreign Indirect Affiliates.''
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    \10\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2.
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    Each Exchange states that, because of the limited and indirect 
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connection to the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, the Exchange believes 
that the respective financial information of the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates required by Exhibit D of Form 1 would have little relevance 
to the Commission's ongoing oversight of the Exchange as a national 
securities exchange.\11\ Each Exchange also states that the Foreign 
Indirect Affiliates have no ability to influence the management, 
policies, or finances of the Exchange and have no obligation to provide 
funding to, or ability to materially affect the funding of, the 
Exchange.\12\ Each Exchange further states that the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates have no ownership interest in the Exchange or in any of the 
controlling shareholders of the Exchange and that there are no 
commercial dealings between the Exchange and the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates.\13\
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    \11\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2-3.
    \12\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3.
    \13\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3. Each Exchange 
states that ``commercial dealings'' means any direct or indirect 
arrangement, agreement, or understanding or any other relationship 
including, but not limited to, the providing of hardware, software, 
technology services or any other goods or services that support the 
operation of the Exchange or any facility of the Exchange. See 
Exemption Requests at 3, n. 6.
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    Furthermore, each Exchange states its opinion that its obtaining 
detailed financial information with respect to the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates is unnecessary for the protection of investors and the 
public interest, and would be unduly burdensome and inefficient because 
the Foreign Indirect Affiliates are located in foreign jurisdictions 
and the disclosure of such information could implicate foreign 
information sharing restrictions in such jurisdictions.\14\ Each 
Exchange notes that the Commission has granted similar exemptions to 
several other national securities exchanges.\15\ In connection with its 
Exemption Request, each Exchange has provided an organizational chart 
setting forth the Parent Company's corporate structure, including its 
subsidiaries, and noting the affiliation of the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates and the Exchange.\16\ In addition, each Exchange represents 
that it will provide, on or before June 30th of each year, amendments 
to the information provided on the organizational chart setting forth 
the affiliation of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates and the 
Exchange.\17\
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    \14\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 3.
    \15\ As examples, each Exchange cites to Securities Exchange Act 
Release Nos. 60650 (September 11, 2009), 74 FR 47828 (September 17, 
2009) (granting application by EDGX Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a Bats EDGX 
Exchange, Inc.) and EDGA Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a Bats EDGA Exchange, 
Inc.) for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the 
Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a-1 and 6a-2 under 
the Exchange Act); 66241 (January 26, 2012), 77 FR 4845 (January 31, 
2012) (granting application by BOX Options Exchange LLC for a 
conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act 
from certain requirements of Rules 6a-1 and 6a-2 under the Exchange 
Act); and 69011 (March 1, 2013), 78 FR 14844 (March 7, 2013) 
(granting application by Topaz Exchange, LLC (n/k/a ISE Gemini, LLC) 
for a conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the 
Exchange Act from certain requirements of Rules 6a-1 and 6a-2 under 
the Exchange Act). See Exemption Requests at 3. The Commission also 
granted a similar exemption to ISE Mercury, LLC. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 75867 (September 9, 2015), 80 FR 55395 
(September 15, 2015) (granting application by ISE Mercury, LLC for a 
conditional exemption pursuant to Section 36(a) of the Exchange Act 
from certain requirements of Rules 6a-1 and 6a-2 under the Exchange 
Act).
    \16\ See Exhibit A to the Exemption Requests, supra note 4.
    \17\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4, at 2.
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III. Order Granting Conditional Section 36 Exemption

    Section 6 of the Exchange Act \18\ sets forth a procedure for an 
exchange to register as a national securities exchange.\19\ Rule 6a-
1(a) under the Exchange Act \20\ requires an application for 
registration as a national securities exchange to be filed on Form 1 in 
accordance with the instructions in Form 1. Rule 6a-2 under the 
Exchange Act establishes ongoing requirements for a national securities 
exchange to file certain amendments to Form 1.
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    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \19\ Specifically, Section 6(a) of the Exchange Act states that 
``[a]n exchange may be registered as a national securities exchange 
. . . by filing with the Commission an application for registration 
in such form as the Commission, by rule, may prescribe containing 
the rules of the exchange and such other information and documents 
as the Commission, by rule, may prescribe as necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of 
investors.'' Section 6 of the Exchange Act also sets forth various 
requirements to which a national securities exchange is subject.
    \20\ 17 CFR 240.6a-1(a).
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    Section 36(a)(1) of the Exchange Act provides that ``the 
Commission, by rule, regulation, or order, may conditionally or 
unconditionally exempt any person, security, or transaction, or any 
class or classes of persons, securities, or transactions, from any 
provision or provisions of [the Exchange Act] or of any rule or 
regulation thereunder, to the extent that such exemption is necessary 
or appropriate in the public interest, and is consistent with the 
protection of investors.'' \21\
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    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78mm(a)(1).
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    For the reasons discussed below, the Commission believes that it is 
appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection 
of investors to exempt the Exchanges from the requirement under Rule 
6a-2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act to provide the information required 
in Exhibit D to Form 1 with respect to the Foreign Indirect Affiliates, 
subject to the following conditions:
    (1) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 
amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, a list of the names 
of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on 
exemptive relief; and
    (2) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 
amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, an organizational 
chart setting forth the affiliation of all affiliates, including those 
Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on 
exemptive relief.
    The information included in a national securities exchange's annual 
amendment to Exhibit D to Form 1 under Rule 6a-2(b)(1) under the 
Exchange Act is designed to help the Commission exercise its oversight 
responsibilities with respect to national securities exchanges. 
Specifically, Exhibit D is designed to provide the Commission with 
information concerning the financial status of the affiliates and 
subsidiaries of a national securities exchange.\22\ Such information is 
intended to help the Commission to assess the financial health of the 
affiliates and subsidiaries of a national securities exchange and thus 
to determine whether a national securities exchange has the ability to 
carry out its obligations under the Exchange Act.
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    \22\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 18843 (June 25, 
1982), 47 FR 29259 (July 6, 1982) (proposing amendments to Form 1); 
see also Form 1, 17 CFR 249.1, and supra Section II.
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    Since the most recent amendments to Form 1 in 1998,\23\ many 
national securities exchanges that previously were member-owned 
organizations with few affiliated entities have demutualized. Some of 
these demutualized exchanges have been consolidated under holding 
companies with numerous affiliates that, in some cases, have only a 
limited and indirect connection to the national securities exchange, 
with no ability to influence the management or policies of the national 
securities exchange and no obligation to fund, or to materially affect 
the funding of, the national securities exchange. The Commission 
believes that, with respect to these Foreign Indirect Affiliates, the 
information required under Exhibit D would have limited relevance to 
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oversight of a registered national securities exchange.
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    \23\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 40760 (December 8, 
1998), 63 FR 70844 (December 22, 1998) (Regulation ATS Adopting 
Release).
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    Based on the Exchanges' representations, the limited and indirect 
nature of the relationship between the Exchanges and the Foreign 
Indirect Affiliates, and the information that the Exchanges will 
provide with respect to all other affiliates, including the foreign 
direct affiliates and domestic direct and indirect affiliates, the 
Commission believes that it will have sufficient information necessary 
to oversee the Exchanges' activities as national securities exchanges 
under the Exchange Act.\24\ In particular, the Commission notes that 
each Exchange has represented that the nature of the connection between 
it and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates is limited and indirect, that 
the Foreign Indirect Affiliates would have no ability to influence the 
management, policies, or finances of the Exchanges, and that the 
Foreign Indirect Affiliates would have no obligation to provide funding 
to, or ability to materially affect the funding of, the Exchanges.
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    \24\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b) and 78s(a).
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    In addition, the Commission notes that the Exchanges have 
represented that the Foreign Indirect Affiliates have no ownership 
interest in the Exchanges or in any of the controlling shareholders of 
the Exchanges and that there are no commercial dealings between any of 
the Exchanges and the Foreign Indirect Affiliates.\25\
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    \25\ See Exemption Requests, supra note 4.
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    For the reasons discussed above, the Commission finds that it is 
appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection 
of investors to grant the conditional exemptive relief requested by the 
Exchanges.
    The Commission may modify by order the terms, scope or conditions 
of the exemption from Rule 6a-2(b)(1) under the Exchange Act granted to 
each Exchange if it determines that such modification is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, or is consistent with the 
protection of investors. Furthermore, the Commission may limit, 
suspend, or revoke the exemption granted to each Exchange if it finds 
that the Exchange has failed to comply with, or is unable to comply 
with, any of the conditions set forth in this order, if such action is 
necessary or appropriate in the public interest, or is consistent with 
the protection of investors.
    It is ordered, pursuant to Section 36 of the Exchange Act,\26\ that 
the Exchanges are exempt from the requirement under Rule 6a-2(b)(1) 
under the Exchange Act, with respect to the Foreign Indirect 
Affiliates, to update the information in Exhibit D to Form 1 on or 
before June 30th of each year subject to the following conditions:
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    \26\ 15 U.S.C. 78mm.
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    (1) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 
amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, a list of the names 
of the Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on 
exemptive relief; and
    (2) Each Exchange must provide, as part of its annual Form 1 
amendment due on or before June 30th of each year, an organizational 
chart setting forth the affiliation of all affiliates, including those 
Foreign Indirect Affiliates for which the Exchange is relying on 
exemptive relief.

    By the Commission.
Brent J. Fields,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-08891 Filed 5-2-17; 8:45 am]
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