On April 8, 2003, Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation (“EMCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change SR-EMCC-2003-01 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”).  Notice of the proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2003. No comment letters were received. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is granting approval of the proposed rule change.
EMCC's Rule 2 (“Members”), Section 6 (“Admission Criteria for Members”), provides that if an applicant does not meet the minimum capital requirements set forth in Section 6, EMCC's Board of Directors may include for such purposes the capital of an affiliate of the applicant if the affiliate delivers to EMCC a satisfactory guaranty. The purpose of the proposed rule change is to permit any existing member of EMCC that no longer meets the capital requirements set forth in Section 6 to also have the capital of an affiliate be included in calculating the member's continuance requirements provided that the affiliate enters in a similar form of guaranty.
Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to assure the safekeeping of securities and funds which are in its possession or control or for which it is responsible. The proposed rule change eliminates an inconsistency in EMCC's rules that prevented an existing member who did not use the guaranty of an affiliate as an applicant from using such a guaranty, but an existing member who did use the guaranty of an affiliate as an applicant could continue to include the affiliate's capital for purposes of satisfying its capital requirement as a continuing EMCC member. Allowing an existing member that was admitted to EMCC membership without using an affiliate's capital to include the capital of an affiliate to satisfy its EMCC capital requirement with an appropriate guaranty, similarly as can other members, should not adversely affect EMCC's ability to safeguard securities and funds. As such the Commission finds the proposed rule change is consistent with EMCC's requirements under Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act.
On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Start Printed Page 54513requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-EMCC-2003-01) be and hereby is approved.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
[FR Doc. 03-23656 Filed 9-16-03; 8:45 am]
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