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Self-Regulatory Organizations: Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change by Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC To Implement an Equity Rights Program

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Start Preamble June 12, 2017.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 Start Printed Page 27744thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on June 8, 2017, Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (“MIAX Options” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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 Exchange is filing a proposal to implement an equity rights program. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.miaxoptions.com/​rule-filings, at MIAX's principal office, 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, the Exchange 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. The Exchange 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

1. Purpose

The Exchange proposes to implement an equity rights program (“Program”) pursuant to which units representing the right to acquire equity in the Exchange's parent holding company, Miami International Holdings, Inc. (“MIH”) would be issued to a participating Member in exchange for payment of an initial purchase price or the prepayment of certain transaction fees and the achievement of certain liquidity volume thresholds on the Exchange over a 42-month period. The purpose of the Program is to promote the long-term interests of MIAX Options by providing incentives designed to encourage future MIH owners and MIAX Options market participants to contribute to the growth and success of MIAX Options, by being active liquidity providers and takers to provide enhanced levels of trading volume to MIAX Options' market, through an opportunity to increase their proprietary interests in MIAX Options' enterprise value.

Members that participate in the Program will have two options to choose from: (i) An offering of G-Units; and/or (ii) an offering of H-Units.[3]

G-Units Option

Members that participate in the G-Unit option of the Program will be issued for each unit (i) 31,407 shares of MIH common stock and (ii) warrants to purchase 383,254 shares of common stock of MIH in exchange for such participant Member's initial cash capital contribution of $188,442, and with such warrants being exercisable upon the achievement by the participating Member of certain volume thresholds on the Exchange during a 42-month measurement period commencing July 3, 2017. A total of 5 G-Units will be offered. The total equity ownership of MIH common stock held by any one participant Member will be subject to a cap of 19.9%.[4]

The warrants will vest in eight (8) tranches: (i) One (1) tranche, upon initial investment; and (ii) seven (7) tranches during a measurement period of months 1-42 of the Program. In addition, the participant Members may earn or lose the right to exercise warrants on a pro-rata basis based upon meeting volume commitments during the measurement periods, as detailed below.

Upon the initial investment, the participant Member would receive common shares equal to 31,407 shares of the common stock and 10% of the warrants will vest. A participant Member will be eligible to earn the remaining warrants during measurement periods provided that the participant has achieved a specified percentage of the total national average daily volume of options contracts reported to The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) (“OCC ADV”) on MIAX Options of all option classes listed on MIAX Options.[5]

The remaining seven (7) tranches, of 90% of the warrants, will vest during the following measurement periods: (i) 10.90% of the warrants resulting from months 1-6, with a volume commitment of 0.400% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; [6] (ii) 10.90% of the warrants resulting from months 7-12, with a volume commitment of 0.400% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; (iii) 13.64% of the warrants resulting from months 13-18, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; (iv) 13.64% of the warrants resulting from months 19-24, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; (v) 13.64% of the warrants resulting from months 25-30, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; (vi) 13.64% of the warrants resulting from months 31-36, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit; and (vii) 13.64% of the warrants resulting from months 37-42, with a volume Start Printed Page 27745commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per G-Unit. If a participant Member reaches 100% of the volume commitment during a tranche's measurement period, the Member will earn 100% of the warrants applicable to such measurement period. If a participant Member reaches less than 100% but at least 70% of the volume commitment during a tranche's measurement period, the Member will earn a reduced amount of warrants on a pro-rata basis applicable to such measurement period. If a participant Member fails to reach a minimum of 70% of the volume commitment during a tranche's measurement period, the Member will lose all right to that tranche of warrants. Notwithstanding, in the event a participant Member has not satisfied the volume commitment for any one measurement period (other than measurement period 7), the participant Member will have an opportunity to vest those warrants if such participant Member applies a portion of the Member's overperformance from the measurement period immediately following the prior measurement period to ensure a minimum of 70% of the volume commitment in the prior period and in addition has satisfied the volume commitment for the measurement period immediately following. If a participant Member exceeds 100% of the volume commitment during a tranche's measurement period, the Member is able to earn, on a pro-rata basis, warrants not earned by other participant Members.

H-Units Option

Members that participate in the H-Unit option of the Program will be issued for each unit warrants to purchase 414,661 shares of common stock of MIH in exchange for the prepayment of Exchange fees in the amount of $500,000 for the 42-month period commencing July 3, 2017, and with such warrants being exercisable upon the achievement by the participating Member of certain volume thresholds on the Exchange during a 42-month measurement period commencing July 3, 2017. A total of 30 H-Units will be offered. The total equity ownership of MIH common stock held by any one participant Member will be subject to a cap of 19.9%.

The warrants will vest in seven (7) tranches during the following measurement periods: (i) 12.12% of the warrants resulting from months 1-6, with a volume commitment of 0.400% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; [7] (ii) 12.12% of the warrants resulting from months 7-12, with a volume commitment of 0.400% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; (iii) 15.15% of the warrants resulting from months 13-18, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; (iv) 15.15% of the warrants resulting from months 19-24, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; (v) 15.15% of the warrants resulting from months 25-30, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; (vi) 15.15% of the warrants resulting from months 31-36, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit; and (vii) 15.16% of the warrants resulting from months 37-42, with a volume commitment of 0.500% of OCC ADV on MIAX Options per H-Unit. If a participant Member reaches 100% of the volume commitment during any one tranche's measurement period, the Member will earn 100% of the warrants applicable to such measurement period. If a participant Member reaches less than 100% but at least 70% of the volume commitment during a tranche's measurement period, the Member will earn a reduced amount of warrants on a pro-rata basis applicable to such measurement period. If a participant Member fails to reach a minimum of 70% of the volume commitment during the measurement period, the Member will lose all right to that tranche of warrants. Notwithstanding, in the event a participant Member has not satisfied the volume commitment for any one measurement period (other than measurement period 7), the participant Member will have an opportunity to vest those warrants if such participant Member applies a portion of the Member's overperformance from the measurement period immediately following the prior measurement period to ensure a minimum of 70% of the volume commitment in the prior period, and in addition has satisfied the volume commitment for the measurement periods immediately following. If a participant Member exceeds 100% of the volume commitment during any one tranche's measurement period, the Member is able to earn, on a pro-rata basis, warrants not earned by other participant Members.

Once a participant Member has prepaid Exchange fees for the initial 42-month period, each month the participant Member may execute contracts and accumulate transaction fees based on the prevailing MIAX Options Fee Schedule in effect at the time. Once an H-Unit participant Member has executed contract volume whereby the total accumulated transaction fees equal the prepaid amount, all subsequently executed contracts will be billed and collected at the appropriate rate as defined in the MIAX Options Fee Schedule.

Provisions Applicable to Both G-Units and H-Units

A Member of the Exchange and its Affiliate as defined in the Fee Schedule of MIAX Options [8] may together participate in the Program as follows. In order to participate in the Program with a participant Member an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM must be designated as such as of June 29, 2017 pursuant to the procedure for appointing an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM set forth in the MIAX Options Fee Schedule. An Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM may not otherwise be a participant Member of the Program. Notwithstanding the ability to change the designation of an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM as set forth in the Fee Schedule of Start Printed Page 27746MIAX Options for MIAX Options Fee Schedule purposes, no such change in designation may be made for purposes of the Program and any designation of an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM as of June 29, 2017 shall remain in effect for purposes of the Program for the duration of the Program.[9] An Affiliate of a Member with at least 75% common ownership between the firms as reflected on each firm's Form BD, Schedule A (a “Corporate Affiliate”), is not required to follow the procedure set forth on the MIAX Options Fee Schedule for designation of an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM and will together be deemed a participant Member in the Program for so long as it maintains such corporate affiliation with the other Member. Alternatively, a Corporate Affiliate of a Member may directly join the Program and be a separate participant Member of the Program. Volume thresholds and other aspects of the Program may be met by the Member and its Affiliate who will together constitute a participant Member in the Program. In the case where a Member and its Corporate Affiliate separately joined the Program as participant Members volume thresholds and other aspects of the Program must be met separately by the Member and its Corporate Affiliate.

Each participant Member will have a standard piggyback registration right to include the common shares and the common shares issuable upon exercise of the warrants should MIH file a Registration Statement under the Securities Act of 1933. Each participant Member will also have the right to participate pro rata in all future offerings of MIH securities for so long as the participant Member holds at least 51% of the common shares purchased by the participating Member directly or issuable upon the exercise of warrants included in at least one H-Unit. MIH will have the right of first refusal to purchase any common shares or warrant shares that a participant Member decides to transfer or sell. Other participant Members will have the secondary right of first refusal to purchase any common shares or warrant shares that a participant Member decides to transfer or sell.

When a participating Member acquires a certain number of units, the Member can appoint one director to the MIH Board and/or the MIAX Options Board. The Exchange notes that the number of non-industry directors on the MIAX Options Board, including at least one independent director, must equal or exceed the number of industry directors and Member representatives, and that additional new non-industry directors and Member representative directors will need to be added in order to maintain this status. The Exchange also notes that any directors that may be selected by a participating Member would not be counted towards the 20% Member representative requirement on the MIAX Options Board. In addition, the Exchange notes that a Member is only entitled to a new seat if they are not currently represented on the MIAX Options Board.

All applicants will be subject to the same eligibility and designation criteria, and all participant Members will participate in the Program on the same terms, conditions and restrictions. To be designated as a participant Member, an applicant must: (i) Be a Member in good standing of MIAX Options; (ii) qualify as an “accredited investor” as such term is defined in Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933; [10] and (iii) have executed all required documentation for Program participation. Participant Members must have executed the definitive documentation, satisfied the eligibility criteria required of Program participants enumerated above, and tendered the minimum cash investment or prepayment of fees by June 29, 2017, with a closing to occur on June 30, 2017.

As discussed above, the purpose of the Program is to encourage Members to direct greater trade volume to MIAX Options to enhance trading volume in MIAX Options' market. Increased volume will provide for greater liquidity and enhanced price discovery, which benefits all market participants. Other exchanges have engaged in the practice of incentivizing increased order flow in order to attract liquidity providers through equity sharing arrangements.[11] In addition, the Exchange previously adopted substantially similar programs to incentivize increased order flow in order to attract liquidity providers through an equity sharing arrangement.[12] The Program similarly intends to attract order flow, which will increase liquidity, thereby providing greater trading opportunities and tighter spreads for other market participants and causing a corresponding increase in order flow from these other market participants. The Program will similarly reward the liquidity providers that provide this additional volume with a potential proprietary interest in MIAX Options.

The specific volume thresholds of the Program's measurement periods were set based upon business determinations and analysis of current volume levels. The volume thresholds are intended to incentivize firms to increase the number of orders that are sent to MIAX Options to achieve the next threshold. Increasing the number of orders that are sent to MIAX Options will in turn provide tighter and more liquid markets, and therefore attract more business as well.

MIAX Options will initiate the measurement period on July 3, 2017. The Exchange will notify Members of the implementation of the Program and the dates of the enrollment period by Regulatory Circular, and will post a copy of this rule filing on its Web site. Any MIAX Options Member that is interested in participating in the Program may contact MIAX Options for more information and legal documentation and will be required to enter into a nondisclosure agreement regarding this additional Program information.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act [13] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act [14] in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. Additionally, the Start Printed Page 27747Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) of the Act [15] requirement that the rules of an exchange not be designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange also believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[16] which requires that Exchange rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities.

In particular, the proposed rule change is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory, because all Members may elect to participate (or elect to not participate) in the Program and earn units on the same terms and conditions, assuming they satisfy the same eligibility criteria as described above. The eligibility criteria are objective; thus, all Members have the ability to satisfy them. The Board also has authorized MIAX Options to offer common shares in MIH to any Member that requests designation to participate in the Program and otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria to ensure that all Members will have the opportunity to own common shares and thus participate in the Program if they so choose. In addition, participant Members will earn warrants on a pro-rata basis upon meeting fixed volume threshold amounts during the measurement periods that will apply to all participant Members.

The Exchange believes that the methodology used to calculate the volume thresholds is fair, reasonable and not unfairly discriminatory because it is based on objective criteria that are designed to omit from the calculation functionality that is not available on the Exchange and types of transactions that are subject to little or no transaction fees. Specifically, the Exchange believes excluding Priority Customer-to-Priority Customer Crossing transactions where no fees are paid to the Exchange, special strategies, and contracts as to which a Member acts solely as clearing agent from the number of option contracts executed on the Exchange by any Member is reasonable and not unfairly discriminatory because participating Members could otherwise game the volume thresholds by executing excess volumes in these types of transactions in which either no transaction fees are charged on the Exchange, or the transaction is subject to a fee cap. The Program is designed to reward participating Members for bringing their orders and quotes to the Exchange to be executed on the Exchange. The Exchange believes it is appropriate to exclude special strategies from the OCC volume calculation since those transactions are not executed on the Exchange. The Exchange believes that omitting clearing only transactions from the calculation to be fair and reasonable because the fact that a Member is clearing a trade is coincidental to the choice of where to execute that trade. And, because clearing only transactions are not executed on MIAX Options, they do not fall within the intended transactions that qualify for the Program. In addition, if the Exchange were to reward the party clearing a trade, the Exchange would possibly be double counting that trade—once for the executing party and once for the clearing party. Furthermore, the Exchange believes that counting incidental Priority Customer-to-Priority Customer transactions, which are not crossing transactions, in the number of options contracts executed on the Exchange by a Member is fair and reasonable because in these situations the Priority Customer is not necessarily choosing to execute against another Priority Customer in order to avoid a transaction fee.

The Exchange believes that its proposal to allow Affiliates to participate in the Program is fair, reasonable and not unfairly discriminatory because it is being offered to all Members of the Exchange on the same terms and conditions. The Exchange believes that allowing both traditional Corporate Affiliates and also Appointed Market Makers and Appointed EEMs to participate in the Program is reasonable and appropriate because it will provide those participants with a potentially greater opportunity to achieve the volume thresholds in the Program. Also, the Exchange believes that allowing Appointed Market Makers and Appointed EEMs to participate in the Program expands access to the Program to Members that might not otherwise, individually on their own, participate in the Program, which will benefit all market participants by providing greater liquidity on the Exchange, all of which perfects the mechanism for a free and open market and national market system.

The Exchange believes the Program is equitable and reasonable because an increase in volume and liquidity would benefit all market participants by providing more trading opportunities and tighter spreads, even to those market participants that do not participate in the Program. Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act because, as described above, the Program is designed to bring greater volume and liquidity to the Exchange, which will benefit all market participants by providing tighter quoting and better prices, all of which perfects the mechanism for a free and open market and national market system.

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

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will improve competition by providing market participants with another option when determining where to execute orders and post liquidity.

The Exchange believes that the proposed change would increase both intermarket and intramarket competition by incenting participant Members to direct their orders to the Exchange, which will enhance the quality of quoting and increase the volume of contracts traded here. To the extent that there is an additional competitive burden on non-participant Members, the Exchange believes that this is appropriate because the Program should incent Members to direct additional order flow to the Exchange and thus provide additional liquidity that enhances the quality of its markets and increases the volume of contracts traded here. To the extent that this purpose is achieved, all of the Exchange's market participants should benefit from the improved market liquidity. Enhanced market quality and increased transaction volume that results from the anticipated increase in order flow directed to the Exchange will benefit all market participants and improve competition on the Exchange.

Given the robust competition for volume among options markets, many of which offer the same products, implementing a program to attract order flow like the one being proposed in this filing is consistent with the above-mentioned goals of the Act. This is especially true for the smaller options markets, such as MIAX Options, which is competing for volume with much larger exchanges that dominate the options trading industry. MIAX Options has a modest percentage of the average daily trading volume in options, so it is unlikely that the Program could cause any competitive harm to the options market or to market participants. Rather, the Program is an attempt by a small Start Printed Page 27748options market to attract order volume away from larger competitors by adopting an innovative pricing strategy, as evidenced by the volume thresholds of the Program that represent fractions of 1% of OCC ADV. The Exchange notes that if the Program resulted in a modest percentage increase in the average daily trading volume in options executing on MIAX Options, while such percentage would represent a large volume increase for MIAX Options, it would represent a minimal reduction in volume of its larger competitors in the industry. The Exchange believes that the Program will help further competition, because market participants will have yet another option in determining where to execute orders and post liquidity if they factor the benefits of MIAX Options equity participation into the determination. The Exchange notes that other exchanges have engaged in the practice of incentivizing increased order flow in order to attract liquidity providers through equity sharing arrangements.[17] In addition, the Exchange previously adopted substantially similar programs to incentivize increased order flow in order to attract liquidity providers through an equity sharing arrangement.[18]

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 foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,[19] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [20] thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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-MIAX-2017-28. 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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-MIAX-2017-28 and should be submitted on or before July 7, 2017.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21

Eduardo A. Aleman,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  The Program which provides equity-like consideration in exchange for market making or the provision of liquidity, order flow or volume is open to market participants generally. All MIAX Options Members may participate subject to their satisfaction of eligibility requirements. To be designated as a participant Member, an applicant must: (i) Be a Member in good standing of MIAX Options; (ii) qualify as an “accredited investor” as such term is defined in Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933; and (iii) have executed all required documentation for Program participation. Members may elect to participate in either or both of the options. If either the G-Unit or the H-Unit option is oversubscribed, the units in the oversubscribed option will be allocated on a pro-rata basis that may result in a fractional allocation.

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4.  See Ninth Article (b)(i)(B), Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Miami International Holdings, Inc., effective October 16, 2015 (providing that no Exchange Member, either alone or together with its Related Persons, may own, directly or indirectly, of record or beneficially, shares constituting more than twenty percent (20%) of any class of capital stock of the Corporation). Any purported transfer of shares or ownership of shares in violation of the ownership cap by a Member would be subject to the limitations of the Certificate of Incorporation, including the non-recognition of voting rights of shares in excess of the cap and a redemption right by MIH for excess shares. See Ninth Article (d) and (e), Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Miami International Holdings, Inc., effective October 16, 2015.

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5.  If an options class is not listed on MIAX Options, then the trading volume in that options class will be omitted from the calculation of % OCC ADV. Priority Customer-to-Priority Customer Crossing transactions where no fees are paid to the Exchange, special strategies, and contracts as to which a Member acts solely as clearing agent will not be counted in the number of option contracts executed on the Exchange by any Member. (Incidental Priority Customer-to-Priority Customer transactions, that are not crossing transactions, will be counted in the number of options contracts executed on the Exchange by a Member.) Special strategies for the purpose of calculating trading volume include: (i) Dividend strategy; (ii) merger strategy; (iii) short stock interest strategy; (iv) reversal and conversion strategies; (v) jelly roll strategy; and (vi) similar strategies offered by an options exchange that are subject to a fee cap. Trading in special strategies currently is not available on MIAX Options. Special strategies will be omitted from the calculation of % OCC ADV to the extent it is possible to identify such transactions.

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6.  The first measurement period will begin on July 3, 2017 and end December 29, 2017. Therefore, July 3, 2017 through December 29, 2017 will count as months 1-6 for purposes of the measurement period.

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7.  The first measurement period will begin on July 3, 2017 and end December 29, 2017. Therefore, July 3, 2017 through December 29, 2017 will count as months 1-6 for purposes of the measurement period.

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8.  For purposes of the MIAX Options Fee Schedule, the term “Affiliate” means (i) an affiliate of a Member of at least 75% common ownership between the firms as reflected on each firm's Form BD, Schedule A, (“Affiliate”), or (ii) the Appointed Market Maker of an Appointed EEM (or, conversely, the Appointed EEM of an Appointed Market Maker). An “Appointed Market Maker” is a MIAX Market Maker (who does not otherwise have a corporate affiliation based upon common ownership with an EEM) that has been appointed by an EEM and an “Appointed EEM” is an EEM (who does not otherwise have a corporate affiliation based upon common ownership with a MIAX Market Maker) that has been appointed by a MIAX Market Maker, pursuant to the following process. A MIAX Market Maker appoints an EEM and an EEM appoints a MIAX Market Maker, for the purposes of the Fee Schedule, by each completing and sending an executed Volume Aggregation Request Form by email to membership@miaxoptions.com no later than 2 business days prior to the first business day of the month in which the designation is to become effective. Transmittal of a validly completed and executed form to the Exchange along with the Exchange's acknowledgement of the effective designation to each of the Market Maker and EEM will be viewed as acceptance of the appointment. The Exchange will only recognize one designation per Member. A Member may make a designation not more than once every 12 months (from the date of its most recent designation), which designation shall remain in effect unless or until the Exchange receives written notice submitted 2 business days prior to the first business day of the month from either Member indicating that the appointment has been terminated. Designations will become operative on the first business day of the effective month and may not be terminated prior to the end of the month. Execution data and reports will be provided to both parties. See, MIAX Options Fee Schedule note 1.

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9.  A participant Member who changes a designation of an Appointed Market Maker or Appointed EEM during the Program will be effective with respect to transactions on the Exchange other than the Program.

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10.  The purpose of this criterion relates to the ability of MIH to sell shares of common stock pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. The definition of “accredited investor” under Rule 501(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933 includes any broker or dealer registered pursuant to Section 15 of the Act. MIAX Options Rule 200(b) requires a Member to be registered as a broker or dealer pursuant to Section 15 of the Act, therefore all MIAX Options Members will satisfy this criterion.

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11.  See, e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 62358 (June 22, 2010), 75 FR 37861 (June 30, 2010) (SR-NSX-2010-06); 64742 (June 24, 2011), 76 FR 38436 (June 30, 2011) (SR-NYSEAmex-2011-018); 69200 (March 21, 2013), 78 FR 18657 (March 27, 2013) (SR-CBOE-2013-31); 74114 (January 22, 2015), 80 FR 4611 (January 28, 2015) (SR-BOX-2015-03); and 74576 (March 25, 2015), 80 FR 17122 (March 31, 2015) (SR-BOX-2015-16).

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12.  See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 70498 (September 25, 2013), 78 FR 60348 (October 1, 2013) (SR-MIAX-2013-43); 74095 (January 20, 2015), 80 FR 4011 (January 26, 2015) (SR-MIAX-2015-02); and 74225 (February 12, 2015), 80 FR 7897 (February 12, 2015) (SR-MIAX-2015-05).

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17.  See supra note 11.

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18.  See supra note 12.

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19.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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