Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on April 27, 2010, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) (f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”)) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. FINRA has designated the proposed rule change as being concerned solely with the administration of the self-regulatory organization under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon receipt of this filing by the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.Start Printed Page 27607
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
FINRA is proposing to make technical changes to the Trade Reporting Facility limited liability company agreements, as they appear in the FINRA Manual, to reflect that the agreements were amended and restated following the formation of FINRA through the consolidation of NASD and the member regulatory functions of NYSE Regulation. The proposed rule change does not require amendments to any FINRA rules.
The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA's Web site at http://www.finra.org, on the Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The FINRA Trade Reporting Facilities (“TRFs”) are mechanisms for reporting trades in NMS stocks effected otherwise than on an exchange. Currently, there are two TRFs in operation: The FINRA/Nasdaq TRF and the FINRA/NYSE TRF. At the time the TRFs were established, FINRA (then NASD) entered into limited liability company agreements with the respective Business Members, Nasdaq Stock Market (now known as Nasdaq OMX Group) and New York Stock Exchange (the “TRF LLC Agreements”).
Following the establishment of the TRFs, FINRA was formed through the consolidation of NASD and the member regulatory functions of NYSE Regulation, effective July 30, 2007. FINRA and the TRF Business Members subsequently executed amended and restated TRF LLC Agreements to reflect the formation of FINRA and updated the schedules to reflect new TRF officers and directors.
FINRA is proposing to make technical changes to the TRF LLC Agreements, as they appear in the FINRA Manual, to reflect the amended and restated agreements and updated schedules. The terms and conditions of the amended and restated TRF LLC Agreements are substantively identical to those of the original TRF LLC Agreements. In this filing, FINRA is not proposing to amend any FINRA rules.
FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness. The effective date and the implementation date will be the date of filing.
2. Statutory Basis
FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act, which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change will enhance the information available to members and the public regarding FINRA's TRF LLC Agreements.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
Written comments were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and paragraph (f)(3) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-FINRA-2010-020 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2010-020. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2010-020 and should be submitted on or before June 7, 2010.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
[FR Doc. 2010-11652 Filed 5-14-10; 8:45 am]
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