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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change Amending The Depository Trust Company's Policy Statement on the Admission of Non-U.S. Entities as Direct Depository Participants

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Start Preamble July 23, 2003.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on July 23, 2001, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) 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 DTC. 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

DTC is proposing to amend its Policy Statement on the Admission of Non-U.S. Entities as Direct Depository Participants (“Policy Statement”) to eliminate the requirement that the foreign entity deposit with or pledge to DTC special collateral having a value (after the imposition of specified haircuts) equal to 50% of the entity's net debit cap (“special collateral requirement”).[2]

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

In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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 place specified in Item IV below. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[3]

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

The Policy Statement was adopted by DTC to establish admissions criteria that would permit a well-qualified foreign entity to obtain direct access to DTC's services without requiring the foreign entity to obtain financial guarantees.[4] The Policy Statement contains a number of requirements that are designed to address the unique risks posed by the admission of foreign entities. Under the proposed rule change, all of these requirements, except for the special collateral requirement, would be retained.

The special collateral requirement provides that except for U.S. Treasury Start Printed Page 44825securities, securities posted as special collateral receives a haircut of 50% of their market value. Most importantly, the foreign entity does not receive credit for this special collateral in DTC's collateral monitor; that is, any net debit or collateral needs have to be supported by the value of other, non-special collateral (including securities received by the participant reflecting DTC's customary haircuts).

DTC's collateral monitor systematically prevents a participant from accruing a net debit that exceeds the value of the collateral in its account by blocking any transaction that would have that effect. For this purpose, collateral includes: (1) The participant's deposit to the participants fund, (2) the value of securities in the participant's account that it has designated as collateral, and (3) the value of securities that are the subject of deliveries from other participants. The collateral value attributed to securities is equal to their market value minus a “haircut” determined by DTC. DTC believes that the collateral monitor and its other risk management controls and procedures applicable to all participants, together with the other requirements of the Policy Statement, adequately limit DTC's exposure in the event of the failure to settle and insolvency of a foreign participant, without the need for the special collateral requirement.

DTC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to DTC since the proposed rule change will eliminate an unnecessary barrier to admission as participants by well-qualified foreign entities.

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

DTC perceives no adverse impact on competition by reason of the proposed rule change.

(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

DTC has not sought or received comments on the proposed rule change.

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 the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

(A) By order approve such 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 change 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. Comments may also be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: rule-comments@sec.gov. All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-DTC-2001-13. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help us process and review comments more efficiently, comments should be sent in hardcopy or by e-mail but not by both methods. 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 DTC. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-DTC-2001-13 and should be submitted by August 20 2003.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[5]

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  A copy of the text of DTC's proposed rule change and attachment is available at the Commission's Public Reference Room or through DTC.

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3.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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4.  DTC's Policy Statement on its admission criteria for non-U.S. entities was first temporarily approved on May 9, 1997. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 38600 (May 9, 1997), 62 FR 27086. Since then, the non-U.S. admission criteria have been temporarily approved several times. Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 40064 (June 3, 1998), 63 FR 31818; 41466 (May 28, 1999), 64 FR 30077; 42865 (May 30, 2000), 65 FR 36188; and 44470 (June 22, 2001), 66 FR 34972.

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[FR Doc. 03-19330 Filed 7-29-03; 8:45 am]

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