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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Choice of Law Rules

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Start Preamble August 23, 2000.

On April 27, 2000, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (“GSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change (File No. SR-GSCC-00-03) pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”).[1] Notice of the proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2000.[2] On August 21, 2000, GSCC filed an amendment to the proposed rule change.[3] No Comment letters were received. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is approving the proposed rule change.

I. Description

The rule change adds a new provision to GSCC's rules, section 1 of Rule 38, that specifies that GSCC's rules and the rights and obligations under the rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.[4] Even though GSCC believes that New York law governs its rules since GSCC's membership agreement states that the agreement and rules are expressly governed by New York law, GSCC believes that the rule change eliminates any doubts as to which law governs its rules.

II. Discussion

Section 17A(b)(3)(F) [5] of the Act requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions. The Commission believes that GSCC's rule change is consistent with GSCC's obligations under the Act because it should help reduce the legal uncertainty associated with GSCC providing depository, clearance, and settlement services to its participants in that these transactions could potentially be governed by numerous states' laws. The choice of New York law assures that GSCC and their respective participants will find harmonious commercial code provisions governing their extensive dealings. In addition, the Commission believes that being governed by New York law offers numerous advantages, including: (i) New York has well-established commercial law principles; (ii) GSCC is established under the New York Business Corporation Law; (iii) GSCC is located in New York; and (iv) the majority of GSCC's members have their principal office in New York.

III. Conclusion

On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-GSCC-00-03) be, and hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[6]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42991 (June 29, 2000), 65 FR 42051.

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3.  The amendment to the rule filing was nontechnical in nature and did not require republication of the notice.

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4.  As a result of the rule change, old section 1 of Rule 38, which deals with captions used in GSCC rules, is now section 2 of Rule 38.

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5.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).

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[FR Doc. 00-22017 Filed 8-28-00; 8:45 am]