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Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Formalize the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework

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Start Preamble November 25, 2014.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on November 18, 2014, ICE Clear Credit LLC (“ICC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by ICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The principal purpose of the proposed rule change is to update and formalize ICC's Operational Risk Management Framework. These revisions do not require any changes to the ICC Clearing Rules (“Rules”).

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, ICC 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. ICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

ICC proposes to update and formalize the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework.

ICC believes such revisions will facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions for which it is responsible. The proposed revisions are described in detail as follows.

The ICC Operational Risk Management Framework is one of several documents that establish the ICC Risk Management Framework. As a central counterparty, ICC occupies an important place in the clearing of credit default swaps and faces operational risks related to the functioning of both personnel and systems. The ICC Operational Risk Management Framework creates a program of risk assessment and oversight designed to identify, monitor and manage plausible sources of operational risk.[3] The operational risk program established by the Operational Risk Management Framework includes pro-active risk identification and mitigation, along with timely management and reporting of operational performance measures. The program applies to all ICC activities, groups, functions and locations and is also designed to evaluate and mitigate operations risk presented to ICC by its partners, related entities, and vendors.

The Operational Risk Framework provides the Operational Risk Manager with the full responsibility and authority to develop and enforce, in consultation with the ICC Board and appropriate members of senior management, the operational risk program. The ICC Board retains responsibility for oversight of ICC's operational risk management program. The Operational Risk Manager is the owner of the Operational Risk Management Framework document, and the initial document and any material amendments require review and approval by the appropriate members of senior management and the ICC Board. The Operational Risk Manager reports to the Chief Compliance Officer who reports directly to the ICC Board.Start Printed Page 71496

There are several components to the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework. The Operational Risk Management Framework establishes clearly defined operational performance objectives that serve as benchmarks to evaluate efficiency and effectiveness, promote confidence among management and participants, and evaluate operational performance against expectations. Further, the Operational Risk Management Framework sets forth goals for risk identification, assessment, and mitigation, which include the identification, monitoring, and management of all plausible sources of operational risk and the establishment of clear policies and procedures to address presented risk scenarios. The Operational Risk Management Framework also contains information regarding how ICC leverages certain shared infrastructures within the Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. family as part of its operational risk management program.

Additionally, the Operational Risk Management Framework details the Operational Risk Manager's responsibilities in terms of business continuity planning, vendor risk management, and the release of new products, processes, and initiatives. The Operational Risk Manager is also responsible for operational risk reporting, which includes reporting and addressing significant operational risk weaknesses or failures timely and appropriately (including escalation to the appropriate members of senior management and the ICC Audit Committee and the Board when necessary), and providing ongoing reporting to appropriate members of senior management and periodic reporting to the ICC Board and the ICC Audit Committee on the operational risk program and significant control matters.

The operational risk management framework is overseen by the ICC Board, ICC department heads and the Chief Compliance Officer. Internal audit performs reviews of the operational risk management processes.

Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act [4] requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, and to the extent applicable, derivative agreements, contracts and transactions and to comply with the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. ICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to ICC, in particular, to Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F),[5] because ICC believes that the proposed rule change will promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions, as the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework is designed to identify and minimize operational risk presented to the clearing house by identifying all plausible sources of operational risk presented to ICC and developing appropriate controls and procedures to effectively monitor and manage operational risk. As such, the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework facilitates ICC's ability to promptly and accurately clear and settle its cleared CDS contracts. In addition, the proposed revisions are consistent with the relevant requirements of Rule 17Ad-22.[6] The ICC Operational Risk Management Framework is designed to identify and minimize sources of operational risk through the development and implementation of appropriate systems, controls, and procedures, as the Operational Risk Management Framework provides for the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive operational risk management program and is therefore reasonably designed to meet the operational risk requirements of Rule 17Ad-22(d)(4).[7] As such, the proposed rule change is designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) [8] of the Act.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

ICC does not believe the proposed rule change would have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. The ICC Operational Risk Management Framework applies uniformly across all market participants. Therefore, ICC does not believe the proposed rule change imposes any burden on competition that is inappropriate 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 relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. ICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by ICC.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

(A) by order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change; or

(B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

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:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ICC-2014-19. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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 Start Printed Page 7149710:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of ICE Clear Credit and on ICE Clear Credit's Web site at https://www.theice.com/​clear-credit/​regulation.

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-ICC-2014-19 and should be submitted on or before December 23, 2014.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[9]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  “Operational risk” is defined in the ICC Operational Risk Management Framework as the risk that deficiencies in information systems, internal processes, personnel, or disruptions from external events will result in the reduction, deterioration, or breakdown of services.

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).

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[FR Doc. 2014-28317 Filed 12-1-14; 8:45 am]

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