On August 7, 2001, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD” or “Association”) through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to clarify that Nasdaq's limited partnership qualitative listing requirements are applicable to limited partnerships listed on both the National Market and the SmallCap Market.
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 13, 2001. No comments were received on the proposal. In this order, the Commission is approving the proposed rule change.
The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities association  and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 15A(b)(6).
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act  in that the proposal is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, and to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the adoption of uniform listing requirements for limited partnerships will assist Nasdaq in maintaining an efficient and open market.
It Is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2001-48), is approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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