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Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the ICC Clearing Rules

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Start Preamble April 8, 2021.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 2, 2021, ICE Clear Credit LLC (“ICC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by ICC. ICC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder,[4] such that the proposed rule change was immediately effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The principal purpose of the proposed rule change is to revise the ICC Clearing Rules (the “Rules”) with respect to the description of ICE US Holding Company L.P.

II. Clearing Agency'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, security-based swap submission, or advance notice and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change, security-based swap submission, or advance notice. 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) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

(a) Purpose

ICC proposes minor revisions to the Rules to update the description of ICE US Holding Company L.P. (the “Partnership”). ICC is wholly owned by the Partnership. Specifically, ICC proposes to amend ICC Rule 503(a)(iii) in connection with a change in the jurisdiction of legal organization of the Partnership from the Cayman Islands to Delaware (the “Domestication”). Under ICC Rule 503(a)(iii), the Partnership appoints three members of the ICC Risk Committee, consisting of an independent ICC Board member and two ICC officers. In referencing the Partnership, ICC Rule 503(a)(iii) describes the Partnership as a “Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership.” In light of the Domestication, ICC proposes to describe the Partnership as a “Delaware limited partnership.” Such amendment would not otherwise change the substance of ICC Rule 503(a)(iii) nor would it affect the rights, functions, or obligations of the Partnership in relation to ICC. ICC has Start Printed Page 19665filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness and proposes to make such changes effective, subject to any regulatory review or approval process.

(b) Statutory Basis

ICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [5] and the regulations thereunder applicable to it, including the applicable standards under Rule 17Ad-22.[6] In particular, Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act [7] requires that the rule change be consistent with the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and derivative agreements, contracts and transactions cleared by ICC, the safeguarding of securities and funds in the custody or control of ICC or for which it is responsible, and the protection of investors and the public interest. ICC proposes minor revisions to the Rules to update the description of the Partnership to a “Delaware limited partnership” given the Domestication. Such amendment would not otherwise change the substance of ICC Rule 503(a)(iii) nor would it affect the rights, functions, or obligations of the Partnership in relation to ICC. The proposed rule change would ensure that the ICC Rules remain up-to-date and transparent to promote ICC's ability to continue to maintain clear and comprehensive rules and procedures that provide sufficient information to market participants. The proposed rule change is therefore consistent with the prompt and accurate clearing and settlement of the contracts cleared by ICC, the safeguarding of securities and funds in the custody or control of ICC or for which it is responsible, and the protection of investors and the public interest, within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act.[8]

In addition, the proposed rule change is consistent with the relevant requirements of Rule 17Ad-22.[9] Rule 17Ad-22(e)(1) [10] requires each covered clearing agency to establish, implement, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to provide for a well-founded, clear, transparent, and enforceable legal basis for each aspect of its activities in all relevant jurisdictions. As discussed above, the proposed revisions update the jurisdiction of legal organization of the Partnership in Rule 503(a)(iii) in light of the Domestication. Such amendment ensures that the ICC Rules continue to be up-to-date, clear, and transparent and does not otherwise change the substance of ICC Rule 503(a)(iii) nor affect the rights, functions, or obligations of the Partnership in relation to ICC. The ICC Rules would thus continue to provide for a well-founded, clear, transparent, and enforceable legal basis for ICC's activities, consistent with the requirements of the Rule 17Ad-22(e)(1).[11]

Rule 17Ad-22(e)(2)(i) and (v) [12] requires each covered clearing agency to establish, implement, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to provide for governance arrangements that are clear and transparent and specify clear and direct lines of responsibility. The proposed rule change will not impact the substance of Rule 503(a)(iii), under which the Partnership will continue to appoint three members of the ICC Risk Committee, consisting of an independent ICC Board member and two ICC officers. ICC's governance arrangements continue to be clear and transparent, such that information relating to the assignment of responsibilities and the requisite involvement of relevant stakeholders is clearly detailed in the ICC Rules and policies and procedures, consistent with the requirements of Rule 17Ad-22(e)(2)(i) and (v).[13]

(B) Clearing Agency'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 proposed changes to the ICC Rules will apply 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) Clearing Agency'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

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [14] and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 [15] 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.

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.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ICC-2021-010. 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 website (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 website 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 such filings will also be available for Start Printed Page 19666inspection and copying at the principal office of ICE Clear Credit and on ICE Clear Credit's website at https://www.theice.com/​clear-credit/​regulation.

All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ICC-2021-010 and should be submitted on or before May 5, 2021.

Start Signature

For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[16]

J. Matthew DeLesDernier,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

[FR Doc. 2021-07599 Filed 4-13-21; 8:45 am]

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