On August 11, 2003, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“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 modify the Designated Primary Market-Maker (“DPM”) membership ownership requirement. Specifically, the proposed rule change would add new Commentary .04 to CBOE Rule 8.85 to allow a senior principal's ownership of a membership to satisfy the requirement on behalf of the DPM organization if the senior principal is a natural person owner of the DPM organization who: (i) Owns at least 45% equity interest in the DPM organization; (ii) maintains at least a 45% profit participation in the DPM organization; (iii) is actively involved in the management of the DPM operation; and (iv) maintains a constant presence on the Exchange floor as a DPM designee of the DPM organization.
The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on September 30, 2003. The Commission received no comments. This order approves 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 exchange  and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act  because it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market, and to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission notes that the proposed rule change will permit individuals who have significant involvement in the day-to-day operation of a DPM and significant financial stake, as well as an Exchange membership, to satisfy the DPM membership requirements of CBOE Rule 8.85(e). The Commission believes that the proposed amendment to the DPM seat ownership requirement should provide incentives to DPMs that are allocated existing CBOE options, or seeking allocations in established option classes, to maintain sufficient capital to operate as a DPM. The proposal could further CBOE's interest in securing long-term commitments to the Exchange.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-CBOE-2003-34) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland.
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48524 (September 23, 2003), 68 FR 56356 (September 30, 2003).Back to Citation
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
7. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47333 (February, 10, 2003), 68 FR 7634 (February 14, 2003) (SR-CBOE-2002-18).Back to Citation
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