Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on October 10, 2000, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. 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 proposed rule change would modify NSCC's procedures to permit the processing of securities subject to certain voluntary corporate action in NSCC's continuous net settlement (“CNS”) system.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NSCC 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. NSCC 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 Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the proposed rule filing is to modify NSCC's Rules and Procedures to permit securities that are subject to certain voluntary corporate action which would normally cause them to be exited from NSCC's CNS system to continue to be processed in CNS. From time to time a security may become subject to an offer that has a feature which would normally require it to be exited from CNS. Consistent with the industry's goal to increase automated transaction processing, NSCC has been working to enhance the CNS system to enable it to process securities with reorganization events that have a wider and more varied range of features. The proposed rule change would provide that when NSCC determines that it has the operational capability to continue to process such an issue, the issue would continue to be CNS eligible, and NSCC would establish procedures necessary for NSCC to accommodate the issue in CNS. NSCC would issue an Important Notice to its members detailing how the security would be processed.
NSCC's Rules and Procedures permit NSCC to continue to process certain securities undergoing corporate reorganizations and specify how NSCC shall handle those issues. For example, currently NSCC's Procedure VII provides for the processing in CNS of securities subject to tender offers with protect periods of three or more days. Securities subject to tender offers with protect periods of less than three days cannot currently be processed in CNS, and NSCC would normally exit such securities from the CNS system. In that case, NSCC would issue receive/deliver instructions to participants with long or short positions in the subject security. The proposed rule change would allow securities subject to tender offers with no protect periods or protect periods of less than three days to be processed in CNS.
Another example, would be issues subject to multiple tender offers. Currently, NSCC's Rules and Procedures provide for the establishment of up to two CNS reorganization subaccounts for issues subject to two tender offers. Under NSCC's proposal, it could, provided it has the operation capability to do so, establish multiple CNS subaccounts for issues subject to multiple tender offers.
In addition, in order to eliminate the possibility of error which arises from manual processing, NSCC has determined not to continue providing certain features which were processed on a manual basis. For example, the rule would no longer permit new input on the last day of the protect period.
NSCC intends to implement these changes, subject to SEC approval, on or about February 9, 2001.
NSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. In particular, NSCC believes that because the proposed rule change would allow additional corporate actions to be processed in a CNS environment, it would facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of such securities transactions.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact on or impose a burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments have been solicited or received. However, NSCC has worked closely with the Securities Industry Association's Corporate Action division in developing the proposed CNS modifications, and they concur with the proposed changes. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within thirty-five days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to ninety days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which NSCC consents, the Commission will:
(a) By order approve the proposed rule change or
(b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule Start Printed Page 79145change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent 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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-00-10 and should be submitted by January 8, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. The Commission has modified parts of these statements.Back to Citation
3. As a part of its filing, NSCC is proposing to modify its Rules and Procedures to refer to reorganization events as voluntary and mandatory instead of as voluntary and involuntary.Back to Citation
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