Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.
Rule 607; SEC File No. 270-561; OMB Control No. 3235-0634.
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.
Regulation E (17 CFR 230.601-230.610a) provides a conditional exemption from the registration provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) (“Securities Act”) for securities of small business investment companies (“SBICs”) and investment companies that elect to be treated as business development companies (“BDCs”). Regulation E was initially adopted in 1958 and made available to SBICs pursuant to Section 3(c) of the Securities Act. Section 3(c) of the Securities Act generally permits the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) to add to the securities exempted from the Securities Act by Section 3 any class of securities issued by an SBIC. In 1984, pursuant to Section 3(b) of the Securities Act, Regulation E was amended to permit the availability of the exemption to BDCs. Section 3(b) of the Securities Act generally permits the Commission to add any class of securities to the securities exempted from the Securities Act by Section 3.
Regulation E allows the exemption of securities issued by an SBIC which is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Investment Company Act”) (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) or a closed-end investment company that has elected to be regulated as a BDC under the Investment Company Act from registration under the Securities Act, so long as the aggregate offering price of all securities of the issuer that may be sold within a 12-month period does not exceed $5,000,000 and certain other conditions are met.
Rule 607 (17 CFR 230.607) entitled, “Sales material to be filed,” requires that sales material used in connection with securities offerings under Regulation E to be filed with the Commission at least five days (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to its use. Respondents to this collection of information include SBICs and BDCs making an offering of securities under Regulation E. Each respondent's reporting burden under rule 607 relates to the burden associated with filing its sales material electronically. The burden of filing electronically, however, is negligible and there have been no filings made under this rule, so this collection of information does not impose any burden on the industry. However, we are requesting one annual response and an annual burden of one hour for administrative purposes. The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act and is not derived from a quantitative, comprehensive, or even representative survey or study of the burdens associated with Commission rules and forms.
The requirements of this collection of information are mandatory. Responses will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.
Please direct general comments regarding the above information to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or send an e-mail to Shagufta Ahmed at Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Boucher, Director/CIO, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.
Dated: June 30, 2010.
Florence E. Harmon,
[FR Doc. 2010-16547 Filed 7-7-10; 8:45 am]
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