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Upon Written Request; Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.


Form 15F, OMB Control No. 3235-0621, SEC File No. 270-559.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget the request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.

Form 15F (17 CFR 249.324) is filed by a foreign private issuer when terminating its Exchange Act reporting obligations under Exchange Act Rule 12h-6 (17 CFR 240.12h-6). Form 15F requires a filer to disclosed information that helps investors understand the foreign private issuer's decision to terminate its Exchange Act reporting obligations and assist Commission staff in determining whether the filer is eligible to terminate its Exchange Act reporting obligations pursuant to Rule 12h-6. Compared to Exchange Act Rules 12g-4 (17 CFR 240.12g-4) and 12h-3 (17 CFR 240.12h-3), Rule 12h-6 makes it easier for a foreign private issuer to exit the Exchange Act registration and reporting regime when there is relatively little U.S. investor interest in its securities. Rule 12h-6 is intended to remove a disincentive for foreign private issuers to register initially their securities with the Commission by lessening their concern that the Exchange Act registration and reporting system is difficult to exit once an issuer joins it. The information provided to the Commission is mandatory and all information is made available to the public upon request. We estimate that Form 15F takes approximately 30 hours to prepare and is filed by approximately 300 issuers. We estimate that 25% of the 30 hours per response (7.5 hours per response) is prepared by the filer for a total annual reporting burden of 2,250 hours (7.5 hours per response × 300 responses).

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.

Written comments regarding the above information should be directed to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or send an e-mail to: Start Printed Page 51122; and (ii) Charles Boucher, Director/CIO, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an e-mail to: Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: August 11, 2010.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2010-20370 Filed 8-17-10; 8:45 am]