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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Expand the Types of Instruments Eligible for Processing

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Start Preamble August 5, 2002.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on January 10, 2002, Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation (“EMCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by EMCC. 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 change to EMCC's Rules would expand the types of instruments eligible for processing by EMCC to include emerging market debt that meets certain criteria. These additional eligible instruments would be defined in a new definition section of Rule 1 titled “eligible corporate debt.”

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, EMCC 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. EMCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B) and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

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(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to expand the types of instruments eligible for processing by EMCC to include emerging market corporate debt that meets certain criteria. EMCC will accomplish this by adding a new definition, “eligible corporate debt,” to Rule 1. “Eligible corporate debt” will be defined as those instruments which: 1. are issued by or on behalf of an issuer domiciled in an emerging markets jurisdiction;

2. The minimum amount of the debt issue outstanding or to be issued at the time of determination is $200,000,000, and the issuer has cumulatively issued at least $750,000,000 (or equivalent currency) of debt securities; and

3. EMCC does or would include the sovereign debt of the jurisidiction where the issuer is domiciled in the list of EMCC eligible instruments.

As with all instruments that are EMCC eligible, such instruments will also have to meet the existing criteria set forth in Rule 3 in that they will have to be eligible for settlement at a qualified securities depository and be U.S. dollar denominated. Accordingly, Section 1 of Rule 3 will be amended to include a reference to “eligible corporate debt.”

EMCC believes that the inclusion of dollar denominated emerging market corporate debt meeting the foregoing criteria will be beneficial to its members because it will help eliminate counterparty risk in these instruments when EMCC becomes the central counterparty. EMCC also believes that its current clearing fund formula will allow it to collect appropriate amounts of collateral to cover the risks posed by this class of securities.

EMCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it will facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transaction.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

EMCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact on or impose any 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 relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. EMCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by EMCC.

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 EMCC 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 is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 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, NW, Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of EMCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-EMCC-2002-01 and should be submitted by August 30, 2002.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[3]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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[FR Doc. 02-20182 Filed 8-8-02; 8:45 am]

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