April 3, 2013.
On July 27, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) adopted Rule 13h-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) concerning large trader reporting to assist the Commission in both identifying, and obtaining trade information for, market participants that conduct a substantial amount of trading activity, as measured by volume or market value, in U.S. securities (such persons are referred to as “large traders”).
In addition to requiring large traders to register with the Commission by filing and periodically updating Form 13H, Rule 13h-1 requires certain broker-dealers to, among other things, maintain specified records of transactions that they effect, directly or indirectly, for large traders, and to report to the Commission, upon request of the Commission, such records in electronic format.
Initially, the compliance date for the broker-dealer recordkeeping and reporting requirements of Rule 13h-1(d) and (e), respectively, as well as the requirement under Rule 13h-1(f) for broker-dealers to monitor their customers' accounts for activity that may trigger the large trader identification requirements of Rule 13h-1, was April 30, 2012. The Financial Information Forum (“FIF”) 
and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) 
previously requested that the Commission grant certain substantive relief and temporarily exempt registered broker-dealers from the recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements of the Rule to provide them with additional time to comply.
Pursuant to Exchange Act Section 13(h)(6) and Rule 13h-1(g) thereunder,
the Commission, by order, may exempt from the provisions of Rule 13h-1, upon specified terms and conditions or for stated periods, any person or class of persons or any transaction or class of transactions from the provisions of Rule 13h-1 to the extent that such exemption is consistent with the purposes of the Exchange Act.
In response to FIF's and SIFMA's requests, the Commission temporarily exempted broker-dealers from the recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements, thereby establishing a two-phased approach to implementation.
In the first phase, the Commission provided a temporary exemption to extend the compliance date from April 30, 2012 to November 30, 2012 for the broker-dealer recordkeeping and reporting requirements of Rule 13h-1 with respect to a clearing broker-dealer for a large trader where the large trader: (1) Is a U.S.-registered broker-dealer,
or (2) trades through a sponsored access arrangement 
(“Phase One”). In the Start Printed Page 20961second phase, which concerned the remaining portions of the rule, the Commission provided a temporary exemption to extend the compliance date for the additional broker-dealer recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements of Rule 13h-1 from April 30, 2012, to May 1, 2013 (“Phase Two”).
With Phase One fully implemented, the Commission now is focusing its attention on FIF's and SIFMA's relief requests concerning Phase Two. On February 13, 2013, SIFMA submitted a supplemental letter that outlined its members' experience in implementing Phase One and also provided additional detail on implementation issues relating to the Phase Two deadline.
Because many of the issues presented in Phase One also are implicated in the Phase Two relief request, such as the issues concerning average price account processing and the transmission of execution time information on disaggregated trades, the Commission currently is considering the industry's experience with Phase One implementation in evaluating the requests for relief concerning Phase Two.
The Commission believes that it is appropriate and consistent with the purposes of the Exchange Act to provide a temporary exemption from the Phase Two broker-dealer recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements of Rule 13h-1 to further extend the compliance date for Phase Two. This temporary exemption from the Rule's requirements should provide the Commission with the necessary time to complete its review of the implementation issues raised by FIF and SIFMA, assess the appropriateness of the requested exemptive relief, announce its response thereto, and allow broker-dealers time to develop, test, and implement any necessary systems changes once the Commission's review is complete.
Accordingly, the Commission is providing a temporary exemption to extend the compliance date to November 1, 2013, solely for the Phase Two broker-dealer recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements of Rule 13h-1.
It is hereby ordered, pursuant to Exchange Act Section 13(h)(6) and Rule 13h-1(g) thereunder, that broker-dealers subject to the recordkeeping, reporting, and monitoring requirements of Rule 13h-1 (other than clearing broker-dealers for a large trader that either (1) is a U.S.-registered broker-dealer, or (2) trades through a sponsored access arrangement) are temporarily exempted from those requirements until November 1, 2013.
By the Commission.
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
[FR Doc. 2013-08100 Filed 4-5-13; 8:45 am]
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