Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Rules Establishing Maximum Fee Rates To Be Charged by Member Organizations for Forwarding Proxy and Other Materials to Beneficial Owners, 32301-32302 [2021-12748]

Download as PDF lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 115 / Thursday, June 17, 2021 / Notices if such criteria is met. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change does not impose any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purpose of the Act. As previously discussed, the Exchange operates in a highly competitive market. Members have numerous alternative venues that they may participate on and direct their order flow, including other equities exchanges, off-exchange venues, and alternative trading systems. Additionally, the Exchange represents a small percentage of the overall market. Based on publicly available information, no single equities exchange has more than 15% of the market share.16 Therefore, no exchange possesses significant pricing power in the execution of order flow. Indeed, participants can readily choose to send their orders to other exchange and offexchange venues if they deem fee levels at those other venues to be more favorable. Moreover, the Commission has repeatedly expressed its preference for competition over regulatory intervention in determining prices, products, and services in the securities markets. Specifically, in Regulation NMS, the Commission highlighted the importance of market forces in determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current regulation of the market system ‘‘has been remarkably successful in promoting market competition in its broader forms that are most important to investors and listed companies.’’ 17 The fact that this market is competitive has also long been recognized by the courts. In NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the D.C. Circuit stated as follows: ‘‘[N]o one disputes that competition for order flow is ‘fierce.’ . . . As the SEC explained, ‘[i]n the U.S. national market system, buyers and sellers of securities, and the brokerdealers that act as their order-routing agents, have a wide range of choices of where to route orders for execution’; [and] ‘no exchange can afford to take its market share percentages for granted’ because ‘no exchange possesses a monopoly, regulatory or otherwise, in the execution of order flow from broker dealers’. . . .’’.18 Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe its proposed fee changes imposes any burden on competition that is not necessary or 16 Supra note 3. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005). 18 NetCoalition v. SEC, 615 F.3d 525, 539 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (quoting Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59039 (December 2, 2008), 73 FR 74770, 74782– 83 (December 9, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–21)). 17 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Jun 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 19 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 20 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission will institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change 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– CboeEDGA–2021–015 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–CboeEDGA–2021–015. 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). Copies of the submission, all subsequent 19 15 20 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 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 website 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. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CboeEDGA–2021–015 and should be submitted on or before July 8, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–12745 Filed 6–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–92154; File No. SR–NYSE– 2020–96] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Rules Establishing Maximum Fee Rates To Be Charged by Member Organizations for Forwarding Proxy and Other Materials to Beneficial Owners June 11, 2021. On December 2, 2020, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 21 17 1 15 Sfmt 4703 32301 E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 17JNN1 32302 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 115 / Thursday, June 17, 2021 / Notices thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to delete the maximum fee rates for forwarding proxy and other materials to beneficial owners set forth in NYSE Rules 451 and 465 and Section 402.10 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, and establish in their place a requirement for member organizations to comply with any schedule of approved charges set forth in the rules of any other national securities exchange or association of which such member organization is a member. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 21, 2020.3 On February 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,4 the Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.5 On March 18, 2021, the Commission instituted proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 6 to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.7 Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 8 provides that, after initiating proceedings, the Commission shall issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change not later than 180 days after the date of publication of notice of filing of the proposed rule change. The Commission may extend the period for issuing an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change, however, by not more than 60 days if the Commission determines that a longer period is appropriate and publishes the reasons for such determination. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 21, 2020.9 The 180th day after publication of the proposed rule change is June 19, 2021. The Commission is extending the time period for approving or disapproving the proposed rule change for an additional 60 days. The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 90677 (December 15, 2020), 85 FR 83119 (December 21, 2020). Comments received on the proposal are available on the Commission’s website at: https:// www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nyse-2020-96/ srnyse202096.htm. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91025 (February 1, 2021), 86 FR 8420 (February 5, 2021). 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91359 (March 18, 2021), 86 FR 15734 (March 24, 2021). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 9 See supra note 3. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 3 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Jun 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change, the issues raised in the comment letters that have been submitted in connection therewith, and the Exchange’s response to the comments. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,10 designates August 18, 2021, as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove the proposed rule change (File Number SR–NYSE–2020–96). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–12748 Filed 6–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–92155; File No. SR–NYSE– 2020–98)] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 2, To Amend Its Rules To Prohibit Member Organizations From Seeking Reimbursement, in Certain Circumstances, From Issuers for Forwarding Proxy and Other Materials to Beneficial Owners June 11, 2021. On November 30, 2020, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend its rules to prohibit member organizations from seeking reimbursement, in certain circumstances, from issuers for forwarding proxy and other materials to beneficial owners. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 18, 2020.3 On January 29, 2021, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,4 the 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(57). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 90653 (December 14, 2020), 85 FR 82539 (December 18, 2020) (‘‘Original Notice’’). Comments received on the proposal are available on the Commission’s website at: https://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nyse2020-98/srnyse202098.htm. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 11 17 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.5 On March 17, 2021, the Commission instituted proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 6 to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.7 On April 6, 2021, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change; the Exchange withdrew that amendment on April 16, 2021. On April 16, 2021, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change, which superseded the proposed rule change as originally filed. The proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 2, was published for comment in the Federal Register on April 29, 2021.8 Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 9 provides that, after initiating proceedings, the Commission shall issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change not later than 180 days after the date of publication of notice of filing of the proposed rule change. The Commission may extend the period for issuing an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change, however, by not more than 60 days if the Commission determines that a longer period is appropriate and publishes the reasons for such determination. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 18, 2020.10 The 180th day after publication of the Original Notice is June 16, 2021. The Commission is extending the time period for approving or disapproving the proposed rule change for an additional 60 days. The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 2, and the comments that have been submitted in connection therewith. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,11 designates August 15, 2021, as the date by which the 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91011 (January 29, 2021), 86 FR 8246 (February 4, 2021). 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91343 (March 17, 2021), 86 FR 15536 (March 23, 2021). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91663 (April 23, 2021), 86 FR 22725 (April 29, 2021). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 10 See supra note 3. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 115 (Thursday, June 17, 2021)]
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[Release No. 34-92154; File No. SR-NYSE-2020-96]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on 
Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed 
Rule Change To Amend Its Rules Establishing Maximum Fee Rates To Be 
Charged by Member Organizations for Forwarding Proxy and Other 
Materials to Beneficial Owners

June 11, 2021.
    On December 2, 2020, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4

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thereunder,\2\ a proposed rule change to delete the maximum fee rates 
for forwarding proxy and other materials to beneficial owners set forth 
in NYSE Rules 451 and 465 and Section 402.10 of the NYSE Listed Company 
Manual, and establish in their place a requirement for member 
organizations to comply with any schedule of approved charges set forth 
in the rules of any other national securities exchange or association 
of which such member organization is a member. The proposed rule change 
was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 21, 
2020.\3\ On February 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\4\ the Commission designated a longer period within which to 
approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, 
or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the 
proposed rule change.\5\ On March 18, 2021, the Commission instituted 
proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act \6\ to determine 
whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.\7\
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 90677 (December 15, 
2020), 85 FR 83119 (December 21, 2020). Comments received on the 
proposal are available on the Commission's website at: https://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nyse-2020-96/srnyse202096.htm.
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91025 (February 1, 
2021), 86 FR 8420 (February 5, 2021).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 91359 (March 18, 
2021), 86 FR 15734 (March 24, 2021).
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    Section 19(b)(2) of the Act \8\ provides that, after initiating 
proceedings, the Commission shall issue an order approving or 
disapproving the proposed rule change not later than 180 days after the 
date of publication of notice of filing of the proposed rule change. 
The Commission may extend the period for issuing an order approving or 
disapproving the proposed rule change, however, by not more than 60 
days if the Commission determines that a longer period is appropriate 
and publishes the reasons for such determination. The proposed rule 
change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 
21, 2020.\9\ The 180th day after publication of the proposed rule 
change is June 19, 2021. The Commission is extending the time period 
for approving or disapproving the proposed rule change for an 
additional 60 days.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \9\ See supra note 3.
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    The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer 
period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the 
proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the 
proposed rule change, the issues raised in the comment letters that 
have been submitted in connection therewith, and the Exchange's 
response to the comments. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,\10\ designates August 18, 2021, as the 
date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove the 
proposed rule change (File Number SR-NYSE-2020-96).
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(57).
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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-12748 Filed 6-16-21; 8:45 am]
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