Putnam ETF Trust, et al., 20577-20578 [2021-08120]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 74 / Tuesday, April 20, 2021 / Notices 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– NYSENAT–2021–07 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–NYSENAT–2021–07. 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 website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). 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All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSENAT–2021–07, and should be submitted on or before May 11, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–08036 Filed 4–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Apr 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 34245, File No. 812–15203] Putnam ETF Trust, et al. April 15, 2021. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d) and 22(e) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act, and under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act, and under Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. Applicants: Putnam ETF Trust (the ‘‘Trust’’), Putnam Investment Management, LLC (the ‘‘Adviser’’), and Foreside Fund Services, LLC (the ‘‘Distributor’’). Summary of Application: Applicants request an order (‘‘Order’’) that permits: (a) The Funds (defined below) to issue shares (‘‘Shares’’) redeemable in large aggregations only (‘‘creation units’’); (b) secondary market transactions in Shares to occur at negotiated market prices rather than at net asset value; (c) certain Funds to pay redemption proceeds, under certain circumstances, more than seven days after the tender of Shares for redemption; and (d) certain affiliated persons of a Fund to deposit securities into, and receive securities from, the Fund in connection with the purchase and redemption of creation units. The relief in the Order would incorporate by reference terms and conditions of the same relief of a previous order granting the same relief sought by applicants, as that order may be amended from time to time (‘‘Reference Order’’).1 1 Fidelity Beach Street Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Rel. Nos. 33683 (Nov. 14, 2019) (notice) and 33712 (Dec. 10, 2019) (order). Applicants are not seeking relief under Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from Sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act (the ‘‘Section 12(d)(1) Relief’’), and relief under Sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from Sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act relating to the Section 12(d)(1) Relief, except as necessary to allow a Fund’s receipt of Representative ETFs included in its Tracking Basket solely for purposes of effecting transactions in Creation Units (as these terms are defined in the Reference Order), notwithstanding the limits of Rule 12d1–4(b)(3). Accordingly, to the extent the terms and conditions of the Reference Order relate to such relief, they are not incorporated by reference herein other than with respect to such limited exception. PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20577 Filing Date: The application was filed on February 19, 2021 and amended on April 14, 2021. Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the requested relief will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by emailing the Commission’s Secretary at SecretarysOffice@sec.gov and serving applicants with a copy of the request by email. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0– 5 under the Act, hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, any facts bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by emailing the Commission’s Secretary at Secretarys-Office@sec.gov. ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SecretarysOffice@sec.gov. Applicants: Stephanie Capistron, Esq., Dechert LLP, Stephanie.Capistron@dechert.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean E. Minarick, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–6811 or Kaitlin C. Bottock, Branch Chief, at (202) 551–6825 (Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel’s Office). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission’s website by searching for the file number, or for an applicant using the Company name box, at http:// www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. Applicants 1. The Trust is a business trust organized under the laws of Delaware and will consist of one or more series operating as a Fund. The Trust is registered as an open-end management investment company under the Act. Applicants seek relief with respect to Funds (as defined below), including the initial Funds (the ‘‘Initial Funds’’). The Funds will offer exchange-traded shares utilizing active management investment strategies as contemplated by the Reference Order.2 2. The Adviser, a Delaware limited liability company, will be the investment adviser to the Initial Funds. 2 To facilitate arbitrage, among other things, each day a Fund will publish a basket of securities and cash that, while different from the Fund’s portfolio, is designed to closely track its daily performance. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 20578 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 74 / Tuesday, April 20, 2021 / Notices Subject to approval by the Trust’s board of trustees, an Adviser (as defined below) will serve as investment adviser to each Fund. The Adviser is, and any other Adviser will be, registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (‘‘Advisers Act’’). An Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with other investment advisers to act as subadvisers with respect to the Funds (each a ‘‘Sub-Adviser’’). Any Sub-Adviser to a Fund will be registered under the Advisers Act. 3. The Distributor is a Delaware limited liability company and a brokerdealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and will act as the principal underwriter of Shares of the Funds. Applicants request that the requested relief apply to any distributor of Shares, whether affiliated or unaffiliated with the Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser (included in the term ‘‘Distributor’’). Any Distributor will comply with the terms and conditions of the Order. Applicants’ Requested Exemptive Relief 4. Applicants seek the requested Order under section 6(c) of the Act for an exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d) and 22(e) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act, under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act and under Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from Sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. The requested Order would permit applicants to offer Funds that operate as contemplated by the Reference Order. Because the relief requested is the same as certain of the relief granted by the Commission under the Reference Order and because the Adviser has entered into a licensing agreement with Fidelity Management & Research Company, or an affiliate thereof, in order to offer Funds that operate as contemplated by the Reference Order,3 the Order would incorporate by reference the terms and conditions of the same relief of the Reference Order. 5. Applicants request that the Order apply to the Initial Funds and to any other existing or future registered openend management investment company or series thereof that: (a) Is advised by the Adviser or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser (any such entity included in the term ‘‘Adviser’’); (b) 3 Certain aspects of how the Funds will operate (as described in the Reference Order) are the intellectual property of Fidelity Management & Research Company (or its affiliates). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Apr 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 offers exchange-traded shares utilizing active management investment strategies as contemplated by the Reference Order; and (c) complies with the terms and conditions of the Order and the terms and conditions of the Reference Order that are incorporated by reference into the Order (each such company or series and each Initial Fund, a ‘‘Fund’’).4 6. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any person, security or transaction, or any class of persons, securities or transactions, from any provisions of the Act, if and to the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed transaction from section 17(a) of the Act if evidence establishes that the terms of the transaction, including the consideration to be paid or received, are reasonable and fair and do not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned, and the transaction is consistent with the policies of the registered investment company and the general purposes of the Act. Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any person, security, or transaction, or any class or classes of persons, securities or transactions, from any provision of section 12(d)(1) if the exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors. Applicants submit that for the reasons stated in the Reference Order the requested relief meets the exemptive standards under sections 6(c), 17(b) and 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority. J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–08120 Filed 4–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 4 All entities that currently intend to rely on the Order are named as applicants. Any other entity that relies on the Order in the future will comply with the terms and conditions of the Order and the terms and conditions of the Reference Order that are incorporated by reference into the Order. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–91548; File No. SR– CboeBYX–2021–008] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Current Pilot Program Related to BYX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, to the Close of Business on October 20, 2021 April 14, 2021. 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 April 5, 2021, Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BYX’’) 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 Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 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 Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BYX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change to extend the current pilot program related to BYX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, to the close of business on October 20, 2021. The text of the proposed rule change is provided in Exhibit 5. The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/ equities/regulation/rule_filings/byx/), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, 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 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 2 17 E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 74 (Tuesday, April 20, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20577-20578]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-08120]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 34245, File No. 812-15203]


Putnam ETF Trust, et al.

April 15, 2021.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (``Act'') for an exemption from sections 
2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d) and 22(e) of the Act and rule 22c-1 under the 
Act, and under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from 
sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act, and under Section 
12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 
12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.
    Applicants: Putnam ETF Trust (the ``Trust''), Putnam Investment 
Management, LLC (the ``Adviser''), and Foreside Fund Services, LLC (the 
``Distributor'').
    Summary of Application: Applicants request an order (``Order'') 
that permits: (a) The Funds (defined below) to issue shares 
(``Shares'') redeemable in large aggregations only (``creation 
units''); (b) secondary market transactions in Shares to occur at 
negotiated market prices rather than at net asset value; (c) certain 
Funds to pay redemption proceeds, under certain circumstances, more 
than seven days after the tender of Shares for redemption; and (d) 
certain affiliated persons of a Fund to deposit securities into, and 
receive securities from, the Fund in connection with the purchase and 
redemption of creation units. The relief in the Order would incorporate 
by reference terms and conditions of the same relief of a previous 
order granting the same relief sought by applicants, as that order may 
be amended from time to time (``Reference Order'').\1\
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    \1\ Fidelity Beach Street Trust, et al., Investment Company Act 
Rel. Nos. 33683 (Nov. 14, 2019) (notice) and 33712 (Dec. 10, 2019) 
(order). Applicants are not seeking relief under Section 12(d)(1)(J) 
of the Act for an exemption from Sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 
12(d)(1)(B) of the Act (the ``Section 12(d)(1) Relief''), and relief 
under Sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from 
Sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act relating to the Section 
12(d)(1) Relief, except as necessary to allow a Fund's receipt of 
Representative ETFs included in its Tracking Basket solely for 
purposes of effecting transactions in Creation Units (as these terms 
are defined in the Reference Order), notwithstanding the limits of 
Rule 12d1-4(b)(3). Accordingly, to the extent the terms and 
conditions of the Reference Order relate to such relief, they are 
not incorporated by reference herein other than with respect to such 
limited exception.
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    Filing Date: The application was filed on February 19, 2021 and 
amended on April 14, 2021.
    Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the requested 
relief will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. 
Interested persons may request a hearing by emailing the Commission's 
Secretary at [email protected] and serving applicants with a 
copy of the request by email. Hearing requests should be received by 
the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021, and should be accompanied 
by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for 
lawyers, a certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0-5 under the Act, 
hearing requests should state the nature of the writer's interest, any 
facts bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, the 
reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to 
be notified of a hearing may request notification by emailing the 
Commission's Secretary at [email protected].

ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 
[email protected]. Applicants: Stephanie Capistron, Esq., 
Dechert LLP, [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean E. Minarick, Senior Counsel, at 
(202) 551-6811 or Kaitlin C. Bottock, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6825 
(Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel's Office).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained via the 
Commission's website by searching for the file number, or for an 
applicant using the Company name box, at http://www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551-8090.

Applicants

    1. The Trust is a business trust organized under the laws of 
Delaware and will consist of one or more series operating as a Fund. 
The Trust is registered as an open-end management investment company 
under the Act. Applicants seek relief with respect to Funds (as defined 
below), including the initial Funds (the ``Initial Funds''). The Funds 
will offer exchange-traded shares utilizing active management 
investment strategies as contemplated by the Reference Order.\2\
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    \2\ To facilitate arbitrage, among other things, each day a Fund 
will publish a basket of securities and cash that, while different 
from the Fund's portfolio, is designed to closely track its daily 
performance.
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    2. The Adviser, a Delaware limited liability company, will be the 
investment adviser to the Initial Funds.

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Subject to approval by the Trust's board of trustees, an Adviser (as 
defined below) will serve as investment adviser to each Fund. The 
Adviser is, and any other Adviser will be, registered as an investment 
adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (``Advisers Act''). 
An Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with other investment 
advisers to act as sub-advisers with respect to the Funds (each a 
``Sub-Adviser''). Any Sub-Adviser to a Fund will be registered under 
the Advisers Act.
    3. The Distributor is a Delaware limited liability company and a 
broker-dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as 
amended, and will act as the principal underwriter of Shares of the 
Funds. Applicants request that the requested relief apply to any 
distributor of Shares, whether affiliated or unaffiliated with the 
Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser (included in the term ``Distributor''). Any 
Distributor will comply with the terms and conditions of the Order.

Applicants' Requested Exemptive Relief

    4. Applicants seek the requested Order under section 6(c) of the 
Act for an exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d) and 22(e) 
of the Act and rule 22c-1 under the Act, under sections 6(c) and 17(b) 
of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the 
Act and under Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from 
Sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. The requested Order 
would permit applicants to offer Funds that operate as contemplated by 
the Reference Order. Because the relief requested is the same as 
certain of the relief granted by the Commission under the Reference 
Order and because the Adviser has entered into a licensing agreement 
with Fidelity Management & Research Company, or an affiliate thereof, 
in order to offer Funds that operate as contemplated by the Reference 
Order,\3\ the Order would incorporate by reference the terms and 
conditions of the same relief of the Reference Order.
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    \3\ Certain aspects of how the Funds will operate (as described 
in the Reference Order) are the intellectual property of Fidelity 
Management & Research Company (or its affiliates).
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    5. Applicants request that the Order apply to the Initial Funds and 
to any other existing or future registered open-end management 
investment company or series thereof that: (a) Is advised by the 
Adviser or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with the Adviser (any such entity included in the term 
``Adviser''); (b) offers exchange-traded shares utilizing active 
management investment strategies as contemplated by the Reference 
Order; and (c) complies with the terms and conditions of the Order and 
the terms and conditions of the Reference Order that are incorporated 
by reference into the Order (each such company or series and each 
Initial Fund, a ``Fund'').\4\
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    \4\ All entities that currently intend to rely on the Order are 
named as applicants. Any other entity that relies on the Order in 
the future will comply with the terms and conditions of the Order 
and the terms and conditions of the Reference Order that are 
incorporated by reference into the Order.
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    6. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt 
any person, security or transaction, or any class of persons, 
securities or transactions, from any provisions of the Act, if and to 
the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the 
public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the 
purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. 
Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed 
transaction from section 17(a) of the Act if evidence establishes that 
the terms of the transaction, including the consideration to be paid or 
received, are reasonable and fair and do not involve overreaching on 
the part of any person concerned, and the transaction is consistent 
with the policies of the registered investment company and the general 
purposes of the Act. Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the 
Commission may exempt any person, security, or transaction, or any 
class or classes of persons, securities or transactions, from any 
provision of section 12(d)(1) if the exemption is consistent with the 
public interest and the protection of investors. Applicants submit that 
for the reasons stated in the Reference Order the requested relief 
meets the exemptive standards under sections 6(c), 17(b) and 
12(d)(1)(J) of the Act.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
pursuant to delegated authority.
J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-08120 Filed 4-19-21; 8:45 am]
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