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     Commodity and Securities Exchanges
          



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                            Table of Contents



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  Explanation.................................................       v

  Title 17:
          Chapter II--Securities and Exchange Commission 
          (Continued)                                                3
          Chapter IV--Department of the Treasury                  1041
  Finding Aids:
      Table of CFR Titles and Chapters........................    1115
      Alphabetical List of Agencies Appearing in the CFR......    1135
      Table of OMB Control Numbers............................    1145
      List of CFR Sections Affected...........................    1151

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                               EXPLANATION

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                               THIS TITLE

    Title 17--Commodity and Securities Exchanges is composed of three 
volumes. The first volume containing parts 1 to 199, comprises Chapter 
I--Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The second volume contains 
Chapter II--Securities and Exchange Commission, parts 200 to 239. The 
third volume, comprising part 240 to end, contains the remaining 
regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Chapter IV--
Department of the Treasury. The contents of these volumes represent all 
current regulations issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 
the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of the 
Treasury as of April 1, 2010.

    The OMB control numbers for the Securities and Exchange Commission 
appear in Sec.  200.800 of Chapter II. For the convenience of the user, 
Sec.  200.800 is reprinted in the Finding Aids section of the volume 
containing part 240 to end.

    For this volume, Robert J. Sheehan, III was Chief Editor. The Code 
of Federal Regulations publication program is under the direction of 
Michael L. White, assisted by Ann Worley.

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              TITLE 17--COMMODITY AND SECURITIES EXCHANGES




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chapter ii--Securities and Exchange Commission (Continued)..         240

chapter iv--Department of the Treasury......................         400

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       CHAPTER II--SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (CONTINUED)




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240             General rules and regulations, Securities 
                    Exchange Act of 1934....................           5
241             Interpretative releases relating to the 
                    Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and 
                    general rules and regulations thereunder         549
242             Regulations M, SHO, ATS, AC, and NMS and 
                    customer margin requirements for 
                    security futures........................         555
243             Regulation FD...............................         611
244             Regulation G................................         614
245             Regulation blackout trading restriction.....         615
247             Regulation R--Exemptions and definitions 
                    related to the exceptions for banks from 
                    the definition of broker................         621
248             Regulations S-P and S-AM....................         635
249             Forms, Securities Exchange Act of 1934......         682
249a

Forms, Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 [Reserved]

249b            Further forms, Securities Exchange Act of 
                    1934....................................         699
250             General rules and regulations, Public 
                    Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.....         700
251             Interpretative releases relating to the 
                    Public Utility Holding Company Act of 
                    1935 and general rules and regulations 
                    thereunder..............................         745
256             Uniform system of accounts for mutual 
                    service companies and subsidiary service 
                    companies, Public Utility Holding 
                    Company Act of 1935.....................         746
257             Preservation and destruction of records of 
                    registered public utility holding 
                    companies and of mutual and subsidiary 
                    service companies.......................         764
259             Forms prescribed under the Public Utility 
                    Holding Company Act of 1935.............         771
260             General rules and regulations, Trust 
                    Indenture Act of 1939...................         775

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261             Interpretative releases relating to the 
                    Trust Indenture Act of 1939 and general 
                    rules and regulations thereunder........         792
269             Forms prescribed under the Trust Indenture 
                    Act of 1939.............................         793
270             Rules and regulations, Investment Company 
                    Act of 1940.............................         795
271             Interpretative releases relating to the 
                    Investment Company Act of 1940 and 
                    general rules and regulations thereunder         970
274             Forms prescribed under the Investment 
                    Company Act of 1940.....................         973
275             Rules and regulations, Investment Advisers 
                    Act of 1940.............................         981
276             Interpretative releases relating to the 
                    Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and 
                    general rules and regulations thereunder        1019
279             Forms prescribed under the Investment 
                    Advisers Act of 1940....................        1020
281             Interpretative releases relating to 
                    corporate reorganizations under Chapter 
                    X of the Bankruptcy Act.................        1021
285             Rules and regulations pursuant to section 
                    15(a) of the Bretton Woods Agreements 
                    Act.....................................        1021
286             General rules and regulations pursuant to 
                    section 11(a) of the Inter-American 
                    Development Bank Act....................        1023
287             General rules and regulations pursuant to 
                    section 11(a) of the Asian Development 
                    Bank Act................................        1025
288             General rules and regulations pursuant to 
                    section 9(a) of the African Development 
                    Bank Act................................        1027
289             General rules and regulations pursuant to 
                    section 13(a) of the International 
                    Finance Corporation Act.................        1028
290             General rules and regulations pursuant to 
                    section 9(a) of the European Bank for 
                    Reconstruction and Development Act......        1031
300             Rules of the Securities Investor Protection 
                    Corporation.............................        1033
301             Forms, Securities Investor Protection 
                    Corporation.............................        1039

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PART 240_GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 
1934--Table of Contents




  Subpart A_Rules and Regulations Under the Securities Exchange Act of 
                                  1934

                      Rules of General Application

Sec.
240.0-1 Definitions.
240.0-2 Business hours of the Commission.
240.0-3 Filing of material with the Commission.
240.0-4 Nondisclosure of information obtained in examinations and 
          investigations.
240.0-5 Reference to rule by obsolete designation.
240.0-6 Disclosure detrimental to the national defense or foreign 
          policy.
240.0-8 Application of rules to registered broker-dealers.
240.0-9 Payment of fees.
240.0-10 Small entities under the Securities Exchange Act for purposes 
          of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
240.0-11 Filing fees for certain acquisitions, dispositions and similar 
          transactions.
240.0-12 Commission procedures for filing applications for orders for 
          exemptive relief under Section 36 of the Exchange Act.
240.3a1-1 Exemption from the definition of ``Exchange'' under Section 
          3(a)(1) of the Act.
240.3a4-1 Associated persons of an issuer deemed not to be brokers.
240.3a4-2--240.3a4-6 [Reserved]
240.3a5-1 Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for a bank engaged 
          in riskless principal transactions.
240.3a5-2 Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for banks 
          effecting transactions in securities issued pursuant to 
          Regulation S.
240.3a5-3 Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for banks engaging 
          in securities lending transactions.

   Definition of ``Equity Security'' as Used in Sections 12(g) and 16

240.3a11-1 Definition of the term ``equity security''.

                        Miscellaneous Exemptions

240.3a12-1 Exemption of certain mortgages and interests in mortgages.
240.3a12-2 [Reserved]
240.3a12-3 Exemption from sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c), 14(f), and 16 
          for securities of certain foreign issuers.
240.3a12-4 Exemptions from sections 15(a) and 15(c)(3) for certain 
          mortgage securities.
240.3a12-5 Exemption of certain investment contract securities from 
          sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1).
240.3a12-6 Definition of ``common trust fund'' as used in section 
          3(a)(12) of the Act.
240.3a12-7 Exemption for certain derivative securities traded otherwise 
          than on a national securities exchange.
240.3a12-8 Exemption for designated foreign government securities for 
          purposes of futures trading.
240.3a12-9 Exemption of certain direct participation program securities 
          from the arranging provisions of sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1).
240.3a12-10 Exemption of certain securities issued by the Resolution 
          Funding Corporation.
240.3a12-11 Exemption from sections 8(a), 14(a), 14(b), and 14(c) for 
          debt securities listed on a national securities exchange.
240.3a12-12 Exemption from certain provisions of section 16 of the Act 
          for asset-backed securities.
240.3a40-1 Designation of financial responsibility rules.
240.3a43-1 Customer-related government securities activities incidental 
          to the futures-related business of a futures commission 
          merchant registered with the Commodity Futures Trading 
          Commission.
240.3a44-1 Proprietary government securities transactions incidental to 
          the futures-related business of a CFTC-regulated person.
240.3a51-1 Definition of ``penny stock''.
240.3a55-1 Method for determining market capitalization and dollar value 
          of average daily trading volume; application of the definition 
          of narrow-based security index.
240.3a55-2 Indexes underlying futures contracts trading for fewer than 
          30 days.
240.3a55-3 Futures contracts on security indexes trading on or subject 
          to the rules of a foreign board of trade.
240.3a55-4 Exclusion from definition of narrow-based security index for 
          indexes composed of debt securities.

                               Definitions

240.3b-1 Definition of ``listed''.
240.3b-2 Definition of ``officer''.
240.3b-3 [Reserved]
240.3b-4 Definition of ``foreign government,'' ``foreign issuer'' and 
          ``foreign private issuer''.
240.3b-5 Non-exempt securities issued under governmental obligations.
240.3b-6 Liability for certain statements by issuers.
240.3b-7 Definition of ``executive officer''.
240.3b-8 Definitions of ``Qualified OTC Market Maker, Qualified Third 
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          Maker'' and ``Qualified Block Positioner''.
240.3b-9--240.3b-10 [Reserved]
240.3b-11 Definitions relating to limited partnership roll-up 
          transactions for purposes of sections 6(b)(9), 14(h) and 
          15A(b)(12)-(13).
240.3b-12 Definition of OTC derivatives dealer.
240.3b-13 Definition of eligible OTC derivative instrument.
240.3b-14 Definition of cash management securities activities.
240.3b-15 Definition of ancillary portfolio management securities 
          activities.
240.3b-16 Definitions of terms used in Section 3(a)(1) of the Act.
240.3b-17 [Reserved]
240.3b-18 Definitions of terms used in Section 3(a)(5) of the Act.
240.3b-19 Definition of ``issuer'' in section 3(a)(8) of the Act in 
          relation to asset-backed securities.

                 Registration and Exemption of Exchanges

240.6a-1 Application for registration as a national securities exchange 
          or exemption from registration based on limited volume.
240.6a-2 Amendments to application.
240.6a-3 Supplemental material to be filed by exchanges.
240.6a-4 Notice of registration under Section 6(g) of the Act, amendment 
          to such notice, and supplemental materials to be filed by 
          exchanges registered under Section 6(g) of the Act.
240.6h-1 Settlement and regulatory halt requirements for security 
          futures products.
240.6h-2 Security future based on note, bond, debenture, or evidence of 
          indebtedness.
240.7c2-1 [Reserved]

                 Hypothecation of Customers' Securities

240.8c-1 Hypothecation of customers' securities.
240.9b-1 Options disclosure document.
240.10a-1--240.10a-2 [Reserved]

           Manipulative and Deceptive Devices and Contrivances

240.10b-1 Prohibition of use of manipulative or deceptive devices or 
          contrivances with respect to certain securities exempted from 
          registration.
240.10b-2 [Reserved]
240.10b-3 Employment of manipulative and deceptive devices by brokers or 
          dealers.
240.10b-4 [Reserved]
240.10b-5 Employment of manipulative and deceptive devices.
240.10b5-1 Trading ``on the basis of'' material nonpublic information in 
          insider trading cases.
240.10b5-2 Duties of trust or confidence in misappropriation insider 
          trading cases.
240.10b-6--240.10b-8 [Reserved]
240.10b-9 Prohibited representations in connection with certain 
          offerings.
240.10b-10 Confirmation of transactions.
240.10b-13 [Reserved]
240.10b-16 Disclosure of credit terms in margin transactions.
240.10b-17 Untimely announcements of record dates.
240.10b-18 Purchases of certain equity securities by the issuer and 
          others.
240.10b-21 Deception in connection with a seller's ability or intent to 
          deliver securities on the date delivery is due.

                        Reports Under Section 10A

240.10A-1 Notice to the Commission Pursuant to Section 10A of the Act.
240.10A-2 Auditor independence.
240.10A-3 Listing standards relating to audit committees.

            Adoption of Floor Trading Regulation (Rule 11a-1)

240.11a-1 Regulation of floor trading.
240.11a1-1(T) Transactions yielding priority, parity, and precedence.
240.11a1-2 Transactions for certain accounts of associated persons of 
          members.
240.11a1-3(T) Bona fide hedge transactions in certain securities.
240.11a1-4(T) Bond transactions on national securities exchanges.
240.11a1-5 Transactions by registered competitive market makers and 
          registered equity market makers.
240.11a1-6 Transactions for certain accounts of OTC derivatives dealers.
240.11a2-2(T) Transactions effected by exchange members through other 
          members.

            Adoption of Regulation on Conduct of Specialists

240.11b-1 Regulation of specialists.

          Exemption of Certain Securities From Section 11(d)(1)

240.11d1-1 Exemption of certain securities from section 11(d)(1).
240.11d1-2 Exemption from section 11(d)(1) for certain investment 
          company securities held by broker-dealers as collateral in 
          margin accounts.
240.11d2-1 Exemption from Section 11(d)(2) for certain broker-dealers 
          effecting transactions for customers security futures products 
          in futures accounts.

                  Securities Exempted From Registration

240.12a-4 Exemption of certain warrants from section 12(a).
240.12a-5 Temporary exemption of substituted or additional securities.

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240.12a-6 Exemption of securities underlying certain options from 
          section 12(a).
240.12a-7 Exemption of stock contained in standardized market baskets 
          from section 12(a) of the Act.
240.12a-8 Exemption of depositary shares.
240.12a-9 Exemption of standardized options from section 12(a) of the 
          Act.
240.12a-10T Temporary exemption of eligible credit default swaps from 
          Section 12(a) of the Act.

               Regulation 12B: Registration and Reporting

                                 General

240.12b-1 Scope of regulation.
240.12b-2 Definitions.
240.12b-3 Title of securities.
240.12b-4 Supplemental information.
240.12b-5 Determination of affiliates of banks.
240.12b-6 When securities are deemed to be registered.
240.12b-7 [Reserved]

                           Formal Requirements

240.12b-10 Requirements as to proper form.
240.12b-11 Number of copies; signatures; binding.
240.12b-12 Requirements as to paper, printing and language.
240.12b-13 Preparation of statement or report.
240.12b-14 Riders; inserts.
240.12b-15 Amendments.

                   General Requirements as to Contents

240.12b-20 Additional information.
240.12b-21 Information unknown or not available.
240.12b-22 Disclaimer of control.
240.12b-23 Incorporation by reference.
240.12b-24 [Reserved]
240.12b-25 Notification of inability to timely file all or any required 
          portion of a Form 10-K, 20-F, 11-K, N-SAR, N-CSR, 10-Q, or 10-
          D.

                                Exhibits

240.12b-30 Additional exhibits.
240.12b-31 Omission of substantially identical documents.
240.12b-32 Incorporation of exhibits by reference.
240.12b-33 Annual reports to other Federal agencies.

                           Special Provisions

240.12b-35 [Reserved]
240.12b-36 Use of financial statements filed under other acts.
240.12b-37 Satisfaction of filing requirements.

      Certification by Exchanges and Effectiveness of Registration

240.12d1-1 Registration effective as to class or series.
240.12d1-2 Effectiveness of registration.
240.12d1-3 Requirements as to certification.
240.12d1-4 Date of receipt of certification by Commission.
240.12d1-5 Operation of certification on subsequent amendments.
240.12d1-6 Withdrawal of certification.

    Suspension of Trading, Withdrawal, and Striking From Listing and 
                              Registration

240.12d2-1 Suspension of trading.
240.12d2-2 Removal from listing and registration.

                            Unlisted Trading

240.12f-1 Applications for permission to reinstate unlisted trading 
          privileges.
240.12f-2 Extending unlisted trading privileges to a security that is 
          the subject of an initial public offering.
240.12f-3 Termination or suspension of unlisted trading privileges.
240.12f-4 Exemption of securities admitted to unlisted trading 
          privileges from sections 13, 14, and 16.
240.12f-5 Exchange rules for securities to which unlisted trading 
          privileges are extended.
240.12f-6 [Reserved]

            Extensions and Temporary Exemptions; Definitions

240.12g-1 Exemption from section 12(g).
240.12g-2 Securities deemed to be registered pursuant to section 
          12(g)(1) upon termination of exemption pursuant to section 
          12(g)(2) (A) or (B).
240.12g-3 Registration of securities of successor issuers under section 
          12(b) or 12(g).
240.12g3-2 Exemptions for American depositary receipts and certain 
          foreign securities.
240.12g-4 Certifications of termination of registration under section 
          12(g).
240.12g5-1 Definition of securities ``held of record''.
240.12g5-2 Definition of ``total assets''.
240.12h-1 Exemptions from registration under section 12(g) of the Act.
240.12h-2 [Reserved]
240.12h-3 Suspension of duty to file reports under section 15(d).
240.12h-4 Exemption from duty to file reports under section 15(d).
240.12h-5 Exemption for subsidiary issuers of guaranteed securities and 
          subsidiary guarantors.
240.12h-6 Certification by a foreign private issuer regarding the 
          termination of registration of a class of securities under 
          section 12(g) or the duty to file reports under section 13(a) 
          or section 15(d).

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240.12h-7 Exemption for issuers of securities that are subject to 
          insurance regulation.

Regulation 13A: Reports of Issuers of Securities Registered Pursuant to 
                               Section 12

                             Annual Reports

240.13a-1 Requirements of annual reports.
240.13a-2 [Reserved]
240.13a-3 Reporting by Form 40-F registrant.

                              Other Reports

240.13a-10 Transition reports.
240.13a-11 Current reports on Form 8-K (Sec. 249.308 of this chapter).
240.13a-13 Quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308a of this 
          chapter).
240.13a-14 Certification of disclosure in annual and quarterly reports.
240.13a-15 Controls and procedures.
240.13a-16 Reports of foreign private issuers on Form 6-K (17 CFR 
          249.306).
240.13a-17 Reports of asset-backed issuers on Form 10-D (Sec. 249.312 
          of this chapter).
240.13a-18 Compliance with servicing criteria for asset-backed 
          securities.
240.13a-19 Reports by shell companies on Form 20-F.
240.13a-20 Plain English presentation of specified information.

  Regulation 13b-2: Maintenance of Records and Preparation of Required 
                                 Reports

240.13b2-1 Falsification of accounting records.
240.13b2-2 Representations and conduct in connection with the 
          preparation of required reports and documents.

                            Regulation 13D-G

240.13d-1 Filing of Schedules 13D and 13G.
240.13d-2 Filing of amendments to Schedules 13D or 13G.
240.13d-3 Determination of beneficial owner.
240.13d-4 Disclaimer of beneficial ownership.
240.13d-5 Acquisition of securities.
240.13d-6 Exemption of certain acquisitions.
240.13d-7 Dissemination.
240.13d-101 Schedule 13D--Information to be included in statements filed 
          pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(a) and amendments thereto filed 
          pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-2(a).
240.13d-102 Schedule 13G--Information to be included in statements filed 
          pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b), (c), and (d) and amendments 
          thereto filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-2(b).
240.13e-1 Purchase of securities by the issuer during a third-party 
          tender offer.
240.13e-2 [Reserved]
240.13e-3 Going private transactions by certain issuers or their 
          affiliates.
240.13e-4 Tender offers by issuers.
240.13e-100 Schedule 13E-3, Transaction statement under section 13(e) of 
          the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 13e-3 (Sec. 
          240.13e-3) thereunder.
240.13e-101 [Reserved]
240.13e-102 Schedule 13E-4F. Tender offer statement pursuant to section 
          13(e) (1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Sec. 
          240.13e-4 thereunder.
240.13f-1 Reporting by institutional investment managers of information 
          with respect to accounts over which they exercise investment 
          discretion.
240.13k-1 Foreign bank exemption from the insider lending prohibition 
          under section 13(k).

                Regulation 14A: Solicitations of Proxies

240.14a-1 Definitions.
240.14a-2 Solicitations to which Sec. 240.14a-3 to Sec. 240.14a-15 
          apply.
240.14a-3 Information to be furnished to security holders.
240.14a-4 Requirements as to proxy.
240.14a-5 Presentation of information in proxy statement.
240.14a-6 Filing requirements.
240.14a-7 Obligations of registrants to provide a list of, or mail 
          soliciting material to, security holders.
240.14a-8 Shareholder proposals.
240.14a-9 False or misleading statements.
240.14a-10 Prohibition of certain solicitations.
240.14a-11 [Reserved]
240.14a-12 Solicitation before furnishing a proxy statement.
240.14a-13 Obligation of registrants in communicating with beneficial 
          owners.
240.14a-14 Modified or superseded documents.
240.14a-15 Differential and contingent compensation in connection with 
          roll-up transactions.
240.14a-16 Internet availability of proxy materials.
240.14a-17 Electronic shareholder forums.
240.14a-20 Shareholder approval of executive compensation of TARP 
          recipients.
240.14a-101 Schedule 14A. Information required in proxy statement.
240.14a-102 [Reserved]
240.14a-103 Notice of Exempt Solicitation. Information to be included in 
          statements submitted by or on behalf of a person pursuant to 
          Sec. 240.14a-6(g).
240.14a-104 Notice of Exempt Preliminary Roll-up Communication. 
          Information regarding ownership interests and any potential 
          conflicts of interest to be included in statements submitted 
          by or on behalf of a person pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(4) 
          and Sec. 240.14a-6(n).
240.14b-1 Obligation of registered brokers and dealers in connection 
          with the prompt forwarding of certain communications to 
          beneficial owners.

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240.14b-2 Obligation of banks, associations and other entities that 
          exercise fiduciary powers in connection with the prompt 
          forwarding of certain communications to beneficial owners.

  Regulation 14C: Distribution of Information Pursuant to Section 14(c)

240.14c-1 Definitions.
240.14c-2 Distribution of information statement.
240.14c-3 Annual report to be furnished security holders.
240.14c-4 Presentation of information in information statement.
240.14c-5 Filing requirements.
240.14c-6 False or misleading statements.
240.14c-7 Providing copies of material for certain beneficial owners.
240.14c-101 Schedule 14C. Information required in information statement.

                             Regulation 14D

240.14d-1 Scope of and definitions applicable to Regulations 14D and 
          14E.
240.14d-2 Commencement of a tender offer.
240.14d-3 Filing and transmission of tender offer statement.
240.14d-4 Dissemination of tender offers to security holders.
240.14d-5 Dissemination of certain tender offers by the use of 
          stockholder lists and security position listings.
240.14d-6 Disclosure of tender offer information to security holders.
240.14d-7 Additional withdrawal rights.
240.14d-8 Exemption from statutory pro rata requirements.
240.14d-9 Recommendation or solicitation by the subject company and 
          others.
240.14d-10 Equal treatment of security holders.
240.14d-11 Subsequent offering period.
240.14d-100 Schedule TO. Tender offer statement under section 14(d)(1) 
          or 13(e)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
240.14d-101 Schedule 14D-9.
240.14d-102 Schedule 14D-1F. Tender offer statement pursuant to rule 
          14d-1(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
240.14d-103 Schedule 14D-9F. Solicitation/recommendation statement 
          pursuant to section 14(d)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 
          1934 and rules 14d-1(b) and 14e-2(c) thereunder.

                             Regulation 14E

240.14e-1 Unlawful tender offer practices.
240.14e-2 Position of subject company with respect to a tender offer.
240.14e-3 Transactions in securities on the basis of material, nonpublic 
          information in the context of tender offers.
240.14e-4 Prohibited transactions in connection with partial tender 
          offers.
240.14e-5 Prohibiting purchases outside of a tender offer.
240.14e-6 Repurchase offers by certain closed-end registered investment 
          companies.
240.14e-7 Unlawful tender offer practices in connection with roll-ups.
240.14e-8 Prohibited conduct in connection with pre-commencement 
          communications.
240.14f-1 Change in majority of directors.

              Exemption of Certain OTC Derivatives Dealers

240.15a-1 Securities activities of OTC derivatives dealers.

           Exemption of Certain Securities From Section 15(a)

240.15a-2 Exemption of certain securities of cooperative apartment 
          houses from section 15(a).
240.15a-3 [Reserved]
240.15a-4 Forty-five day exemption from registration for certain members 
          of national securities exchanges.
240.15a-5 Exemption of certain nonbank lenders.

                   Registration of Brokers and Dealers

240.15a-6 Exemption of certain foreign brokers or dealers.
240.15a-7--240.15a-9 [Reserved]
240.15a-10 Exemption of certain brokers or dealers with respect to 
          security futures products.
240.15a-11 [Reserved]
240.15b1-1 Application for registration of brokers or dealers.
240.15b1-2 [Reserved]
240.15b1-3 Registration of successor to registered broker or dealer.
240.15b1-4 Registration of fiduciaries.
240.15b1-5 Consent to service of process to be furnished by nonresident 
          brokers or dealers and by nonresident general partners or 
          managing agents of brokers or dealers.
240.15b2-2 Inspection of newly registered brokers and dealers.
240.15b3-1 Amendments to application.
240.15b5-1 Extension of registration for purposes of the Securities 
          Investor Protection Act of 1970 after cancellation or 
          revocation.
240.15b6-1 Withdrawal from registration.
240.15b7-1 Compliance with qualification requirements of self-regulatory 
          organizations.
240.15b7-3T Operational capability in a Year 2000 environment.
240.15b9-1 Exemption for certain exchange members.
240.15b9-2 Exemption from SRO membership for OTC derivatives dealers.

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240.15b11-1 Registration by notice of security futures product broker-
          dealers.

               Rules Relating to Over-the-Counter Markets

240.15c1-1 Definitions.
240.15c1-2 Fraud and misrepresentation.
240.15c1-3 Misrepresentation by brokers, dealers and municipal 
          securities dealers as to registration.
240.15c1-4 [Reserved]
240.15c1-5 Disclosure of control.
240.15c1-6 Disclosure of interest in distribution.
240.15c1-7 Discretionary accounts.
240.15c1-8 Sales at the market.
240.15c1-9 Use of pro forma balance sheets.
240.15c2-1 Hypothecation of customers' securities.
240.15c2-3 [Reserved]
240.15c2-4 Transmission or maintenance of payments received in 
          connection with underwritings.
240.15c2-5 Disclosure and other requirements when extending or arranging 
          credit in certain transactions.
240.15c2-6 [Reserved]
240.15c2-7 Identification of quotations.
240.15c2-8 Delivery of prospectus.
240.15c2-11 Initiation or resumption of quotations without specific 
          information.
240.15c2-12 Municipal securities disclosure.
240.15c3-1 Net capital requirements for brokers or dealers.
240.15c3-1a Options (Appendix A to 17 CFR 240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-1b Adjustments to net worth and aggregate indebtedness for 
          certain commodities transactions (Appendix B to 17 CFR 
          240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-1c Consolidated computations of net capital and aggregate 
          indebtedness for certain subsidiaries and affiliates (Appendix 
          C to 17 CFR 240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-1d Satisfactory Subordination Agreements (Appendix D to 17 CFR 
          240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-1e Deductions for market and credit risk for certain brokers or 
          dealers (Appendix E to 17 CFR 240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-1f Optional market and credit risk requirements for OTC 
          derivatives dealers (Appendix F to 17 CFR 240.15c3-1)
240.15c3-1g Conditions for ultimate holding companies of certain brokers 
          or dealers (Appendix G to 17 CFR 240.15c3-1).
240.15c3-2 Customers' free credit balances.
240.15c3-3 Customer protection--reserves and custody of securities.
240.15c3-3a Exhibit A--formula for determination reserve requirement of 
          brokers and dealers under Sec. 240.15c3-3.
240.15c3-4 Internal risk management control systems for OTC derivatives 
          dealers.
240.15c6-1 Settlement cycle.

 Regulation 15D: Reports of Registrants Under the Securities Act of 1933

                             Annual Reports

240.15d-1 Requirement of annual reports.
240.15d-2 Special financial report.
240.15d-3 Reports for depositary shares registered on Form F-6.
240.15d-4 Reporting by Form 40-F Registrants.
240.15d-5 Reporting by successor issuers.
240.15d-6 Suspension of duty to file reports.

                              Other Reports

240.15d-10 Transition reports.
240.15d-11 Current reports on Form 8-K (Sec. 249.308 of this chapter).
240.15d-13 Quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308 of this 
          chapter).
240.15d-14 Certification of disclosure in annual and quarterly reports.
240.15d-15 Controls and procedures.
240.15d-16 Reports of foreign private issuers on Form 6-K [17 CFR 
          249.306].
240.15d-17 Reports of asset-backed issuers on Form 10-D (Sec. 249.312 
          of this chapter).
240.15d-18 Compliance with servicing criteria for asset-backed 
          securities.
240.15d-19 Reports by shell companies on Form 20-F.
240.15d-20 Plain English presentation of specified information.

       Exemption of Certain Issuers From Section 15(d) of the Act

240.15d-21 Reports for employee stock purchase, savings and similar 
          plans.
240.15d-22 Reporting regarding asset-backed securities under section 
          15(d) of the Act.
240.15d-23 Reporting regarding certain securities underlying asset-
          backed securities under section 15(d) of the Act.
240.15g-1 Exemptions for certain transactions.
240.15g-2 Penny stock disclosure document relating to the penny stock 
          market.
240.15g-3 Broker or dealer disclosure of quotations and other 
          information relating to the penny stock market.
240.15g-4 Disclosure of compensation to brokers or dealers.
240.15g-5 Disclosure of compensation of associated persons in connection 
          with penny stock transactions.
240.15g-6 Account statements for penny stock customers.
240.15g-8 Sales of escrowed securities of blank check companies.
240.15g-9 Sales practice requirements for certain low-priced securities.
240.15g-100 Schedule 15G--Information to be included in the document 
          distributed pursuant to 17 CFR 240.15g-2.

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             National and Affiliated Securities Associations

240.15Aa-1 Registration of a national or an affiliated securities 
          association.
240.15Aj-1 Amendments and supplements to registration statements of 
          securities associations.
240.15Al2-1 [Reserved]
240.15Ba2-1 Application for registration of municipal securities dealers 
          which are banks or separately identifiable departments or 
          divisions of banks.
240.15Ba2-2 Application for registration of non-bank municipal 
          securities dealers whose business is exclusively intrastate.
240.15Ba2-4 Registration of successor to registered municipal securities 
          dealer.
240.15Ba2-5 Registration of fiduciaries.
240.15Ba2-6 [Reserved]
240.15Bc3-1 Withdrawal from registration of municipal securities 
          dealers.
240.15Bc7-1 Availability of examination reports.

Registration of Government Securities Brokers and Government Securities 
                                 Dealers

240.15Ca1-1 Notice of government securities broker-dealer activities.
240.15Ca2-1 Application for registration as a government securities 
          broker or government securities dealer.
240.15Ca2-2 [Reserved]
240.15Ca2-3 Registration of successor to registered government 
          securities broker or government securities dealer.
240.15Ca2-4 Registration of fiduciaries.
240.15Ca2-5 Consent to service of process to be furnished by non-
          resident government securities brokers or government 
          securities dealers and by non-resident general partners or 
          managing agents of government securities brokers or government 
          securities dealers.
240.15Cc1-1 Withdrawal from registration of government securities 
          brokers or government securities dealers.

       Reports of Directors, Officers, and Principal Shareholders

240.16a-1 Definition of terms.
240.16a-2 Persons and transactions subject to section 16.
240.16a-3 Reporting transactions and holdings.
240.16a-4 Derivative securities.
240.16a-5 Odd-lot dealers.
240.16a-6 Small acquisitions.
240.16a-7 Transactions effected in connection with a distribution.
240.16a-8 Trusts.
240.16a-9 Stock splits, stock dividends, and pro rata rights.
240.16a-10 Exemptions under section 16(a).
240.16a-11 Dividend or interest reinvestment plans.
240.16a-12 Domestic relations orders.
240.16a-13 Change in form of beneficial ownership.

          Exemption of Certain Transactions From Section 16(b)

240.16b-1 Transactions approved by a regulatory authority.
240.16b-2 [Reserved]
240.16b-3 Transactions between an issuer and its officers or directors.
240.16b-4 [Reserved]
240.16b-5 Bona fide gifts and inheritance.
240.16b-6 Derivative securities.
240.16b-7 Mergers, reclassifications, and consolidations.
240.16b-8 Voting trusts.

          Exemption of Certain Transactions From Section 16(c)

240.16c-1 Brokers.
240.16c-2 Transactions effected in connection with a distribution.
240.16c-3 Exemption of sales of securities to be acquired.
240.16c-4 Derivative securities.

                         Arbitrage Transactions

240.16e-1 Arbitrage transactions under section 16.

  Preservation of Records and Reports of Certain Stabilizing Activities

240.17a-1 Recordkeeping rule for national securities exchanges, national 
          securities associations, registered clearing agencies and the 
          Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
240.17a-2 Recordkeeping requirements relating to stabilizing activities.
240.17a-3 Records to be made by certain exchange members, brokers and 
          dealers.
240.17a-4 Records to be preserved by certain exchange members, brokers 
          and dealers.
240.17a-5 Reports to be made by certain brokers and dealers.
240.17a-6 Right of national securities exchange, national securities 
          association, registered clearing agency or the Municipal 
          Securities Rulemaking Board to destroy or dispose of 
          documents.
240.17a-7 Records of non-resident brokers and dealers.
240.17a-8 Financial recordkeeping and reporting of currency and foreign 
          transactions.
240.17a-9T Records to be made and retained by certain exchange members, 
          brokers and dealers.
240.17a-10 Report of revenue and expenses.
240.17a-11 Notification provisions for brokers and dealers.
240.17a-12 Reports to be made by certain OTC derivatives dealers.

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240.17a-13 Quarterly security counts to be made by certain exchange 
          members, brokers, and dealers.
240.17a-18 [Reserved]
240.17a-19 Form X-17A-19 Report by national securities exchanges and 
          registered national securities associations of changes in the 
          membership status of any of their members.
240.17a-21 Reports of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
240.17a-22 Supplemental material of registered clearing agencies.
240.17a-23 Recordkeeping and reporting requirements relating to broker-
          dealer trading systems.
240.17a-25 Electronic submission of securities transaction information 
          by exchange members, brokers, and dealers.
240.17d-1 Examination for compliance with applicable financial 
          responsibility rules.
240.17d-2 Program for allocation of regulatory responsibility.
240.17f-1 Requirements for reporting and inquiry with respect to 
          missing, lost, counterfeit or stolen securities.
240.17f-2 Fingerprinting of securities industry personnel.

         Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations

240.17g-1 Application for registration as a nationally recognized 
          statistical rating organization.
240.17g-2 Records to be made and retained by nationally recognized 
          statistical rating organizations.
240.17g-3 Annual financial reports to be furnished by nationally 
          recognized statistical rating organizations.
240.17g-4 Prevention of misuse of material nonpublic information.
240.17g-5 Conflicts of interest.
240.17g-6 Prohibited acts and practices.
240.17h-1T Risk assessment recordkeeping requirements for associated 
          persons of brokers and dealers.
240.17h-2T Risk assessment reporting requirements for brokers and 
          dealers.

            Supervised Investment Bank Holding Company Rules

240.17i-1 Definitions.
240.17i-2 Notice of Intention to be Supervised by the Commission as an 
          SIBHC.
240.17i-3 Withdrawal of Supervision as an SIBHC.
240.17i-4 Internal Risk Management Control System Requirements for 
          SIBHCs.
240.17i-5 Record Creation, Maintenance, and Access Requirements for 
          SIBHCs.
240.17i-6 Reporting Requirements for SIBHCs.
240.17i-7 Calculations of Allowable Capital and Risk Allowances or 
          Alternative Capital Assessment.
240.17i-8 Notification Requirements for SIBHCs.
240.17Ab2-1 Registration of clearing agencies.
240.17Ac2-1 Application for registration of transfer agents.
240.17Ac2-2 Annual reporting requirement for registered transfer agents.
240.17Ac3-1 Withdrawal from registration with the Commission.
240.17Ad-1 Definitions.
240.17Ad-2 Turnaround, processing, and forwarding of items.
240.17Ad-3 Limitations on expansion.
240.17Ad-4 Applicability of Sec. Sec. 240.17Ad-2, 240.17Ad-3 and 
          240.17Ad-6(a) (1) through (7) and (11).
240.17Ad-5 Written inquiries and requests.
240.17Ad-6 Recordkeeping.
240.17Ad-7 Record retention.
240.17Ad-8 Securities position listings.
240.17Ad-9 Definitions.
240.17Ad-10 Prompt posting of certificate detail to master 
          securityholder files, maintenance of accurate securityholder 
          files, communications between co-transfer agents and 
          recordkeeping transfer agents, maintenance of current control 
          book, retention of certificate detail and ``buy-in'' of 
          physical over-issuance.
240.17Ad-11 Reports regarding aged record differences, buy-ins and 
          failure to post certificate detail to master securityholder 
          and subsidiary files.
240.17Ad-12 Safeguarding of funds and securities.
240.17Ad-13 Annual study and evaluation of internal accounting control.
240.17Ad-14 Tender agents.
240.17Ad-15 Signature guarantees.
240.17Ad-16 Notice of assumption or termination of transfer agent 
          services.
240.17Ad-17 Transfer agents' obligation to search for lost 
          securityholders.
240.17Ad-18 Year 2000 Reports to be made by certain transfer agents.
240.17Ad-19 Requirements for cancellation, processing, storage, 
          transportation, and destruction or other disposition of 
          securities certificates.
240.17Ad-20 Issuer restrictions or prohibitions on ownership by 
          securities intermediaries.
240.17Ad-21T Operational capability in a Year 2000 environment.

              Suspension and Expulsion of Exchange Members

240.19a3-1 [Reserved]
240.19b-3 [Reserved]
240.19b-4 Filings with respect to proposed rule changes by self-
          regulatory organizations.
240.19b-5 Temporary exemption from the filing requirements of Section 
          19(b) of the Act.

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240.19b-7 Filings with respect to proposed rule changes submitted 
          pursuant to Section 19(b)(7) of the Act.
240.19c-1 Governing certain off-board agency transactions by members of 
          national securities exchanges.
240.19c-3 Governing off-board trading by members of national securities 
          exchanges.
240.19c-4 Governing certain listing or authorization determinations by 
          national securities exchanges and associations.
240.19c-5 Governing the multiple listing of options on national 
          securities exchanges.
240.19d-1 Notices by self-regulatory organizations of final disciplinary 
          actions, denials, bars, or limitations respecting membership, 
          association, participation, or access to services, and summary 
          suspensions.
240.19d-2 Applications for stays of disciplinary sanctions or summary 
          suspensions by a self-regulatory organization.
240.19d-3 Applications for review of final disciplinary sanctions, 
          denials of membership, participation or association, or 
          prohibitions or limitations of access to services imposed by 
          self-regulatory organizations.
240.19d-4 Notice by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board of 
          disapproval of registration or of disciplinary action.
240.19g2-1 Enforcement of compliance by national securities exchanges 
          and registered securities associations with the Act and rules 
          and regulations thereunder.
240.19h-1 Notice by a self-regulatory organization of proposed admission 
          to or continuance in membership or particiption or association 
          with a member of any person subject to a statutory 
          disqualification, and applications to the Commission for 
          relief therefrom.

      Inspection and Publication of Information Filed Under the Act

240.24b-1 Documents to be kept public by exchanges.
240.24b-2 Nondisclosure of information filed with the Commission and 
          with any exchange.
240.24b-3 Information filed by issuers and others under sections 12, 13, 
          14, and 16.
240.24c-1 Access to nonpublic information.
240.31 Section 31 transaction fees.
240.31T Temporary rule regarding fiscal year 2004.
240.36a1-1 Exemption from Section 7 for OTC derivatives dealers.
240.36a1-2 Exemption from SIPA for OTC derivatives dealers.

Subpart B--Rules and Regulations Under the Securities Investor Protection 
Act of 1970 [Reserved]

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77c, 77d, 77g, 77j, 77s, 77z-2, 77z-3, 77eee, 
77ggg, 77nnn, 77sss, 77ttt, 78c, 78d, 78e, 78f, 78g, 78i, 78j, 78j-1, 
78k, 78k-1, 78l, 78m, 78n, 78o, 78p, 78q, 78s, 78u-5, 78w, 78x, 78ll, 
78mm, 80a-20, 80a-23, 80a-29, 80a-37, 80b-3, 80b-4, 80b-11, and 7201 et 
seq.; and 18 U.S.C. 1350 and 12 U.S.C. 5221(e)(3), unless otherwise 
noted.
    Section 240.3a4-1 also issued under secs. 3 and 15, 89 Stat. 97, as 
amended, 89 Stat. 121 as amended;
    Section 240.3a12-8 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq., 
particularly secs. 3(a)(12), 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12), and 23(a), 15 U.S.C. 
78w(a);
    Section 240.3a12-10 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78b and c;
    Section 240.3a12-9 also issued under secs. 3(a)(12), 7(c), 11(d)(1), 
15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12), 78g(c), 78k(d)(1));
    Sections 240.3a43-1 and 240.3a44-1 also issued under sec. 3; 15 
U.S.C. 78c;
    Section 240.3b-6 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 
77s(a).
    Section 240.3b-9 also issued under secs. 2, 3 and 15, 89 Stat. 97, 
as amended, 89 Stat. 121, as amended (15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78o);
    Section 240.9b-1 is also issued under sec. 2, 7, 10, 19(a), 48 Stat. 
74, 78, 81, 85; secs. 201, 205, 209, 120, 48 Stat. 905, 906, 908; secs. 
1-4, 8, 68 Stat. 683, 685; sec. 12(a), 73 Stat. 143; sec. 7(a), 74 Stat. 
412; sec. 27(a), 84 Stat. 1433; sec. 308(a)(2), 90 Stat. 57; sec. 505, 
94 Stat. 2292; secs. 9, 15, 23(a), 48 Stat. 889, 895, 901; sec. 230(a), 
49 Stat. 704; secs. 3, 8, 49 Stat. 1377, 1379; sec. 2, 52 Stat. 1075; 
secs. 6, 10, 78 Stat. 570-574, 580; sec. 11(d), 84 Stat. 121; sec. 18, 
89 Stat. 155; sec. 204, 91 Stat. 1500; 15 U.S.C. 77b, 77g, 77j, 77s(a), 
78i, 78o, 78w(a);
    Section 240.10b-10 is also issued under secs. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 11A, 
15, 17, 23, 48 Stat. 891, 89 Stat. 97, 121, 137, 156, (15 U.S.C. 78b, 
78c, 78i, 78j, 78k, 78k-1, 78o, 78q).
    Section 240.12a-7 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq., 
particularly secs. 3(a)(12), 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12), 6, 15 U.S.C. 78(f), 
11A, 15 U.S.C. 78k, 12, 15 U.S.C. 78(l), and 23(a)(1), 15 U.S.C. 
78(w)(a)(1).
    Sections 240.12b-1 to 240.12b-36 also issued under secs. 3, 12, 13, 
15, 48 Stat. 892, as amended, 894, 895, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 78l, 
78m, 78o;
    Section 240.12b-15 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub.L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.12b-25 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 80a-8, 80a-24(a), 
80a-29, and 80a-37.
    Section 240.12g-3 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 
77s(a).
    Section 240.12g3-2 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 
77j, 77s(a).
    Section 240.13a-10 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub.L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.13a-11 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 306(a), Pub. 
L. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.13a-14 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub. L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.

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    Section 240.13a-15 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub. L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Sections 240.13e-4, 240.14d-7, 240.14d-10 and 240.14e-1 also issued 
under secs. 3(b), 9(a)(6), 10(b), 13(e), 14(d) and 14(e), 15 U.S.C. 
78c(b), 78i(a)(6), 78j(b), 78m(e), 78n(d) and 78n(e) and sec. 23(c) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C 80a-23(c);
    Sections 240.13e-4 to 240.13e-101 also issued under secs. 3(b), 
9(a)(6), 10(b), 13(e), 14(e), 15(c)(1), 48 Stat. 882, 889, 891, 894, 
895, 901, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 1379, sec. 5, 78 Stat. 569, 570, secs. 2, 3, 
82 Stat. 454, 455, secs. 1, 2, 3-5, 84 Stat. 1497, secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 
97, 155; 15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 78i(a)(6), 78j(b), 78m(e), 78n(e), 78o(c); 
sec. 23(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940; 54 Stat. 825; 15 
U.S.C. 80a-23(c);
    Section 240.13f-2(T) also issued under sec. 13(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 
78m(f)(1));
    Sections 240.14a-1, 240.14a-3, 240.14a-13, 240.14b-1, 240.14b-2, 
240.14c-1, and 240.14c-7 also issued under secs. 12, 15 U.S.C. 781, and 
14, Pub. L. 99-222, 99 Stat. 1737, 15 U.S.C. 78n;
    Sections 240.14a-3, 240.14a-13, 240.14b-1 and 240.14c-7 also issued 
under secs. 12, 14 and 17, 15 U.S.C. 781, 78n and 78g;
    Sections 240.14c-1 to 240.14c-101 also issued under sec. 14, 48 
Stat. 895; 15 U.S.C. 78n;
    Section 240.14d-1 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77g, 77j, 77s(a), 
77ttt(a), 79t, 80a-37.
    Section 240.14e-2 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77g, 77h, 77s(a), 
77sss, 79t, 80a-37(a).
    Section 240.14e-4 also issued under the Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. 78a 
et seq., and particularly sections 3(b), 10(a), 10(b), 14(e), 15(c), and 
23(a) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 78j(a), 78j(b), 78n(e), 
78o(c), and 78w(a)).
    Section 240.15a-6, also issued under secs. 3, 10, 15, and 17, 15 
U.S.C. 78c, 78j, 78o, and 78q;
    Section 240.15b1-3 also issued under sec. 15, 17; 15 U.S.C. 78o 78q;
    Sections 240.15b1-3 and 240.15b2-1 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78o, 
78q;
    Section 240.15b2-2 also issued under secs. 3, 15; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 
78o;
    Sections 240.15b10-1 to 240.15b10-9 also issued under secs. 15, 17, 
48 Stat. 895, 897, sec. 203, 49 Stat. 704, secs. 4, 8, 49 Stat. 1379, 
sec. 5, 52 Stat. 1076, sec. 6, 78 Stat. 570; 15 U.S.C. 78o, 78q, 12 
U.S.C. 241 nt.;
    Section 240.15c2-6, also issued under secs. 3, 10, and 15, 15 U.S.C. 
78c, 78j, and 78o.
    Section 240.15c2-11 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), 78o(c), 
78q(a), and 78w(a).
    Section 240.15c2-12 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78j, 78o, 
78o-4 and 78q.
    Section 240.15c3-1 is also issued under secs. 15(c)(3), 15 U.S.C. 
78o(c)(3).
    Section 240.15c3-3 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78o(c)(2), 
78(c)(3), 78q(a), 78w(a); sec. 6(c), 84 Stat. 1652; 15 U.S.C. 78fff.
    Section 240.15c3-3(o) is also issued under Pub. L. 106-554, 114 
Stat. 2763, section 203.
    Section 240.15d-5 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 
77s(a).
    Section 240.15d-10 is also issued under 15 U.S.C. 80a-20(a) and 80a-
37(a), and secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub. L. No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.15d-11 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 306(a), Pub. 
L. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.15d-14 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub. L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Section 240.15d-15 is also issued under secs. 3(a) and 302, Pub. L. 
No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745.
    Sections 240.15Ca1-1, 240.15Ca2-1, 240.15Ca2-2, 240.15Ca2-3, 
240.15Ca2-4, 240.15Ca2-5, 240.15Cc1-1 also issued under secs. 3, 15C; 15 
U.S.C. 78c, 78o-5;
    Section 240.17a-3 also issued under secs. 2, 17, 23a, 48 Stat. 897, 
as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78d-1, 78d-2, 78q; secs. 12, 14, 17, 23(a), 48 
Stat. 892, 895, 897, 901; secs. 1, 4, 8, 49 Stat. 1375, 1379; sec. 
203(a), 49 Stat. 704; sec. 5, 52 Stat. 1076; sec. 202, 68 Stat. 686; 
secs. 3, 5, 10, 78 Stat. 565-568, 569, 570, 580; secs. 1, 3, 82 Stat. 
454, 455; secs. 28(c), 3-5, 84 Stat. 1435, 1497; sec. 105(b), 88 Stat. 
1503; secs. 8, 9, 14, 18, 89 Stat. 117, 118, 137, 155; 15 U.S.C. 78l, 
78n, 78q, 78w(a);
    Section 240.17a-4 also issued under secs. 2, 17, 23(a), 48 Stat. 
897, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78a, 78d-1, 78d-2; sec. 14, Pub. L. 94-29, 89 
Stat. 137 (15 U.S.C. 78a); sec. 18, Pub. L. 94-29, 89 Stat. 155 (15 
U.S.C. 78w);
    Section 240.17a-23 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78o, 78q, 
and 78w(a).
    Section 240.17f-1 is also authorized under sections 2, 17 and 17A, 
48 Stat. 891, 89 Stat. 137, 141 (15 U.S.C. 78b, 78q, 78q-1);
    Section 240.17h-1T also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78q.
    Sections 240.17Ac2-1(c) and 240.17Ac2-2 also issued under secs. 17, 
17A and 23(a); 48 Stat. 897, as amended, 89 Stat. 137, 141 and 48 Stat. 
901 (15 U.S.C. 78q, 78q-1, 78w(a));
    Section 240.17Ad-1 is also issued under secs. 2, 17, 17A and 23(a); 
48 Stat. 841 as amended, 48 Stat. 897, as amended, 89 Stat. 137, 141, 
and 48 Stat. 901 (15 U.S.C. 78b, 78q, 78q-1, 78w);
    Sections 240.17Ad-5 and 240.17Ad-10 are also issued under secs. 3 
and 17A; 48 Stat. 882, as amended, and 89 Stat. (15 U.S.C. 78c and 78q-
1);
    Section 240.17Ad-7 also issued under 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78q, and 78q-1.
    Sections 240.19c-4 also issued under secs. 6, 11A, 14, 15A, 19 and 
23 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o-3, and 78s);
    Section 240.19c-5 also issued under Sections 6, 11A, and 19 of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 48 Stat. 885, as amended, 89 Stat. 111, 
as amended, and 48 Stat. 898, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 78f, 78k-1, and 78s.
    Section 240.31-1 is also issued under sec. 31, 48 Stat. 904, as 
amended (15 U.S.C. 78ee).

    Editorial Note: Nomenclature changes to part 240 appear at 57 FR 
36501, Aug. 13, 1992, and 57 FR 47409, Oct. 16, 1992.
    Note: In Sec. Sec. 240.0-1 to 240.24b-3, the numbers to the right 
of the decimal point correspond with the respective rule numbers of the 
rules

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and regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

                       ATTENTION ELECTRONIC FILERS

THIS REGULATION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH REGULATION S-T (PART 
232 OF THIS CHAPTER), WHICH GOVERNS THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF 
DOCUMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. MANY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 
PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS IN PAPER FORMAT CONTAINED IN 
THIS REGULATION ARE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION S-T FOR 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE FILED IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.



  Subpart A_Rules and Regulations Under the Securities Exchange Act of 
                                  1934

                      Rules of General Application



Sec. 240.0-1  Definitions.

    (a) As used in the rules and regulations in this part, prescribed by 
the Commission pursuant to Title I of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (48 Stat. 881-905; 15 U.S.C. chapter 2B), unless the context 
otherwise specifically requires:
    (1) The term Commission means the Securities and Exchange 
Commission.
    (2) The term act means Title I of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934.
    (3) The term section refers to a section of the Securities Exchange 
Act of 1934. \1\
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    \1\ The provisions of paragraph (a)(3) of 17 CFR 240.0-1 relate to 
the terminology of rules and regulations as published by the Securities 
and Exchange Commission and are inapplicable to the terminology 
appearing in the Code of Federal Regulations.
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    (4) The term rules and regulations refers to all rules and 
regulations adopted by the Commission pursuant to the act, including the 
forms for registration and reports and the accompanying instructions 
thereto.
    (5) The term electronic filer means a person or an entity that 
submits filings electronically pursuant to Rules 100 and 101 of 
Regulation S-T (Sec. Sec. 232.100 and 232.101 of this chapter, 
respectively).
    (6) The term electronic filing means a document under the federal 
securities laws that is transmitted or delivered to the Commission in 
electronic format.
    (b) Unless otherwise specifically stated, the terms used in this 
part shall have the meaning defined in the act.
    (c) A rule or regulation which defines a term without express 
reference to the act or to the rules and regulations, or to a portion 
thereof, defines such term for all purposes as used both in the act and 
in the rules and regulations, unless the context otherwise specifically 
requires.
    (d) Unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, 
the term prospectus means a prospectus meeting the requirements of 
section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended.

    Cross References: For definition of ``listed'', see Sec. 240.3b-1; 
``officer'', Sec. 240.3b-2; ``short sale'', Sec. 240.3b-3. For 
additional definitions, see Sec. 240.15c1-1.

[13 FR 8178, Dec. 22, 1948, as amended at 13 FR 9321, Dec. 31, 1948; 19 
FR 6730, Oct. 20, 1954; 58 FR 14682, Mar. 18, 1993; 62 FR 36459, July 8, 
1997]



Sec. 240.0-2  Business hours of the Commission.

    (a) The principal office of the Commission, at 100 F Street, NE, 
Washington, DC 20549, is open each day, except Saturdays, Sundays, and 
Federal holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time or 
Eastern Daylight Saving Time, whichever currently is in effect in 
Washington, DC, provided that hours for the filing of documents pursuant 
to the Act or the rules and regulations thereunder are as set forth in 
paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section.
    (b) Submissions made in paper. Paper documents filed with or 
otherwise furnished to the Commission may be submitted to the Commission 
each day, except Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, from 8 a.m. to 
5:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time, 
whichever is currently in effect.
    (c) Electronic filings. Filings made by direct transmission may be 
submitted to the Commission each day, except Saturdays, Sundays and 
federal holidays, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Eastern Standard Time or 
Eastern Daylight Saving Time, whichever is currently in effect.

    Cross References: For registration and exemption of exchanges, see 
Sec. Sec. 240.6a-1 to

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240.6a-3. For forms for permanent registration of securities, see Sec. 
240.12b-1. For regulations relating to registration of securities, see 
Sec. Sec. 240.12b-1 to 240.12b-36. For forms for applications for 
registration of brokers and dealers, see Sec. Sec. 240.15b1-1 to 
240.15b9-1.

[58 FR 14682, Mar. 18, 1993, as amended at 65 FR 24801, Apr. 27, 2000; 
68 FR 25799, May 13, 2003; 73 FR 973, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.0-3  Filing of material with the Commission.

    (a) All papers required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to 
the Act or the rules and regulations thereunder shall be filed at the 
principal office in Washington, DC. Material may be filed by delivery to 
the Commission, through the mails or otherwise. The date on which papers 
are actually received by the Commission shall be the date of filing 
thereof if all of the requirements with respect to the filing have been 
complied with, except that if the last day on which papers can be 
accepted as timely filed falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, such 
papers may be filed on the first business day following.
    (b) The manually signed original (or in the case of duplicate 
originals, one duplicate original) of all registrations, applications, 
statements, reports, or other documents filed under the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, shall be numbered sequentially (in 
addition to any internal numbering which otherwise may be present) by 
handwritten, typed, printed, or other legible form of notation from the 
facing page of the document through the last page of that document and 
any exhibits or attachments thereto. Further, the total number of pages 
contained in a numbered original shall be set forth on the first page of 
the document.
    (c) Each document filed shall contain an exhibit index, which should 
immediately precede the exhibits filed with such document. The index 
shall list each exhibit filed and identify by handwritten, typed, 
printed, or other legible form of notation in the manually signed 
original, the page number in the sequential numbering system described 
in paragraph (b) of this section where such exhibit can be found or 
where it is stated that the exhibit is incorporated by reference. 
Further, the first page of the manually signed document shall list the 
page in the filing where the exhibit index is located.

[44 FR 4666, Jan. 23, 1979, as amended at 45 FR 58828, Sept. 5, 1980]



Sec. 240.0-4  Nondisclosure of information obtained in examinations 
and investigations.

    Information or documents obtained by officers or employees of the 
Commission in the course of any examination or investigation pursuant to 
section 17(a) (48 Stat. 897, section 4, 49 Stat. 1379; 15 U.S.C. 78q(a)) 
or 21(a) (48 Stat. 899; 15 U.S.C. 78u(a)) shall, unless made a matter of 
public record, be deemed confidential. Except as provided by 17 CFR 
203.2, officers and employees are hereby prohibited from making such 
confidential information or documents or any other non-public records of 
the Commission available to anyone other than a member, officer or 
employee of the Commission, unless the Commission or the General 
Counsel, pursuant to delegated authority, authorizes the disclosure of 
such information or the production of such documents as not being 
contrary to the public interest. Any officer or employee who is served 
with a subpoena requiring the disclosure of such information or the 
production of such documents shall appear in court and, unless the 
authorization described in the preceding sentence shall have been given, 
shall respectfully decline to disclose the information or produce the 
documents called for, basing his or her refusal upon this section. Any 
officer or employee who is served with such a subpoena shall promptly 
advise the General Counsel of the service of such subpoena, the nature 
of the information or documents sought, and any circumstances which may 
bear upon the desirability of making available such information or 
documents.

(Sec. 19, 48 Stat. 85; sec. 20, 48 Stat. 86; sec. 21, 48 Stat. 899; sec. 
23, 48 Stat. 901; sec. 18, 49 Stat. 831; sec. 20, 49 Stat. 833; sec. 
319, 53 Stat. 1173; sec. 321, 53 Stat. 1174; sec. 38, 54 Stat. 841; sec. 
42, 54 Stat. 842; sec. 209, 54 Stat. 853; sec. 211, 54 Stat. 855; sec. 
1, 76 Stat. 394. (15 U.S.C. 77s, 77t, 78u, 78w, 79r, 79t, 77sss, 77uuu, 
80a-37, 80a-41, 80b-9, 80b-11, 78d-1))

[44 FR 50836, Aug. 30, 1979, as amended at 53 FR 17459, May 17, 1988]

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Sec. 240.0-5  Reference to rule by obsolete designation.

    Wherever in any rule, form, or instruction book specific reference 
is made to a rule by number or other designation which is now obsolete, 
such reference shall be deemed to be made to the corresponding rule or 
rules in the existing general rules and regulations.

[13 FR 8179, Dec. 22, 1948]



Sec. 240.0-6  Disclosure detrimental to the national defense or foreign 
policy.

    (a) Any requirement to the contrary notwithstanding, no registration 
statement, report, proxy statement or other document filed with the 
Commission or any securities exchange shall contain any document or 
information which, pursuant to Executive order, has been classified by 
an appropriate department or agency of the United States for protection 
in the interests of national defense or foreign policy.
    (b) Where a document or information is omitted pursuant to paragraph 
(a) of this section, there shall be filed, in lieu of such document or 
information, a statement from an appropriate department or agency of the 
United States to the effect that such document or information has been 
classified or that the status thereof is awaiting determination. Where a 
document is omitted pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, but 
information relating to the subject matter of such document is 
nevertheless included in material filed with the Commission pursuant to 
a determination of an appropriate department or agency of the United 
States that disclosure of such information would not be contrary to the 
interests of national defense or foreign policy, a statement from such 
department or agency to that effect shall be submitted for the 
information of the Commission. A registrant may rely upon any such 
statement in filing or omitting any document or information to which the 
statement relates.
    (c) The Commission may protect any information in its possession 
which may require classification in the interests of national defense or 
foreign policy pending determination by an appropriate department or 
agency as to whether such information should be classified.
    (d) It shall be the duty of the registrant to submit the documents 
or information referred to in paragraph (a) of this section to the 
appropriate department or agency of the United States prior to filing 
them with the Commission and to obtain and submit to the Commission, at 
the time of filing such documents or information, or in lieu thereof, as 
the case may be, the statements from such department or agency required 
by paragraph (b) of this section. All such statements shall be in 
writing.

[33 FR 7682, May 24, 1968]



Sec. 240.0-8  Application of rules to registered broker-dealers.

    Any provision of any rule or regulation under the Act which 
prohibits any act, practice, or course of business by any person if the 
mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce are used in 
connection therewith, shall also prohibit any such act, practice, or 
course of business by any broker or dealer registered pursuant to 
section 15(b) of the Act, or any person acting on behalf of such a 
broker or dealer, irrespective of any use of the mails or any means or 
instrumentality of interstate commerce.

[29 FR 12555, Sept. 3, 1964]



Sec. 240.0-9  Payment of fees.

    All payment of fees shall be made by wire transfer, or by certified 
check, bank cashier's check, United States postal money order, or bank 
money order payable to the Securities and Exchange Commission, omitting 
the name or title of any official of the Commission. Payment of filing 
fees required by this section shall be made in accordance with the 
directions set forth in Sec. 202.3a of this chapter.

[72 FR 6014, Feb. 1, 2008]



Sec. 240.0-10  Small entities under the Securities Exchange Act for 
purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    For purposes of Commission rulemaking in accordance with the 
provisions of Chapter Six of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 
601 et seq.), and unless otherwise defined for

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purposes of a particular rulemaking proceeding, the term small business 
or small organization shall:
    (a) When used with reference to an ``issuer'' or a ``person,'' other 
than an investment company, mean an ``issuer'' or ``person'' that, on 
the last day of its most recent fiscal year, had total assets of $5 
million or less;
    (b) When used with reference to an ``issuer'' or ``person'' that is 
an investment company, have the meaning ascribed to those terms by Sec. 
270.0-10 of this chapter;
    (c) When used with reference to a broker or dealer, mean a broker or 
dealer that:
    (1) Had total capital (net worth plus subordinated liabilities) of 
less than $500,000 on the date in the prior fiscal year as of which its 
audited financial statements were prepared pursuant to Sec. 240.17a-
5(d) or, if not required to file such statements, a broker or dealer 
that had total capital (net worth plus subordinated liabilities) of less 
than $500,000 on the last business day of the preceding fiscal year (or 
in the time that it has been in business, if shorter); and
    (2) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization as defined in this 
section;
    (d) When used with reference to a clearing agency, mean a clearing 
agency that:
    (1) Compared, cleared and settled less than $500 million in 
securities transactions during the preceding fiscal year (or in the time 
that it has been in business, if shorter);
    (2) Had less than $200 million of funds and securities in its 
custody or control at all times during the preceding fiscal year (or in 
the time that it has been in business, if shorter); and
    (3) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization as defined in this 
section;
    (e) When used with reference to an exchange, mean any exchange that:
    (1) Has been exempted from the reporting requirements of Sec. 
242.601 of this chapter; and
    (2) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization as defined in this 
section;
    (f) When used with reference to a municipal securities dealer that 
is a bank (including any separately identifiable department or division 
of a bank), mean any such municipal securities dealer that:
    (1) Had, or is a department of a bank that had, total assets of less 
than $10 million at all times during the preceding fiscal year (or in 
the time that it has been in business, if shorter);
    (2) Had an average monthly volume of municipal securities 
transactions in the preceding fiscal year (or in the time it has been 
registered, if shorter) of less than $100,000; and
    (3) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization as defined in this 
section;
    (g) When used with reference to a securities information processor, 
mean a securities information processor that:
    (1) Had gross revenues of less than $10 million during the preceding 
fiscal year (or in the time it has been in business, if shorter);
    (2) Provided service to fewer than 100 interrogation devices or 
moving tickers at all times during the preceding fiscal year (or in the 
time that it has been in business, if shorter); and
    (3) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization under this section; 
and
    (h) When used with reference to a transfer agent, mean a transfer 
agent that:
    (1) Received less than 500 items for transfer and less than 500 
items for processing during the preceding six months (or in the time 
that it has been in business, if shorter);
    (2) Transferred items only of issuers that would be deemed ``small 
businesses'' or ``small organizations'' as defined in this section; and
    (3) Maintained master shareholder files that in the aggregate 
contained less than 1,000 shareholder accounts or was the named transfer 
agent for less than 1,000 shareholder accounts at all times during the 
preceding fiscal year (or in the time that it has been in business, if 
shorter); and

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    (4) Is not affiliated with any person (other than a natural person) 
that is not a small business or small organization under this section.
    (i) For purposes of paragraph (c) of this section, a broker or 
dealer is affiliated with another person if:
    (1) Such broker or dealer controls, is controlled by, or is under 
common control with such other person; a person shall be deemed to 
control another person if that person has the right to vote 25 percent 
or more of the voting securities of such other person or is entitled to 
receive 25 percent or more of the net profits of such other person or is 
otherwise able to direct or cause the direction of the management or 
policies of such other person; or
    (2) Such broker or dealer introduces transactions in securities, 
other than registered investment company securities or interests or 
participations in insurance company separate accounts, to such other 
person, or introduces accounts of customers or other brokers or dealers, 
other than accounts that hold only registered investment company 
securities or interests or participations in insurance company separate 
accounts, to such other person that carries such accounts on a fully 
disclosed basis.
    (j) For purposes of paragraphs (d) through (h) of this section, a 
person is affiliated with another person if that person controls, is 
controlled by, or is under common control with such other person; a 
person shall be deemed to control another person if that person has the 
right to vote 25 percent or more of the voting securities of such other 
person or is entitled to receive 25 percent or more of the net profits 
of such other person or is otherwise able to direct or cause the 
direction of the management or policies of such other person.
    (k) For purposes of paragraph (g) of this section, ``interrogation 
device'' shall refer to any device that may be used to read or receive 
securities information, including quotations, indications of interest, 
last sale data and transaction reports, and shall include proprietary 
terminals or personal computers that receive securities information via 
computer-to-computer interfaces or gateway access.

[47 FR 5222, Feb. 4, 1982, as amended at 51 FR 25362, July 14, 1986; 63 
FR 35514, June 30, 1998; 70 FR 37617, June 29, 2005]



Sec. 240.0-11  Filing fees for certain acquisitions, dispositions 
and similar transactions.

    (a) General. (1) At the time of filing a disclosure document 
described in paragraphs (b) through (d) of this section relating to 
certain acquisitions, dispositions, business combinations, 
consolidations or similar transactions, the person filing the specified 
document shall pay a fee payable to the Commission to be calculated as 
set forth in paragraphs (b) through (d) of this section.
    (2) Only one fee per transaction is required to be paid. A required 
fee shall be reduced in an amount equal to any fee paid with respect to 
such transaction pursuant to either section 6(b) of the Securities Act 
of 1933 or any applicable provision of this rule; the fee requirements 
under section 6(b) shall be reduced in an amount equal to the fee paid 
the Commission with respect to a transaction under this regulation. No 
part of a filing fee is refundable.
    (3) If at any time after the initial payment the aggregate 
consideration offered is increased, an additional filing fee based upon 
such increase shall be paid with the required amended filing.
    (4) When the fee is based upon the market value of securities, such 
market value shall be established by either the average of the high and 
low prices reported in the consolidated reporting system (for exchange 
traded securities and last sale reported over-the-counter securities) or 
the average of the bid and asked price (for other over-the-counter 
securities) as of a specified date within 5 business days prior to the 
date of the filing. If there is no market for the securities, the value 
shall be based upon the book value of the securities computed as of the 
latest practicable date prior to the date of the filing, unless the 
issuer of the securities is in bankruptcy or receivership or has an 
accumulated capital deficit, in which case one-third of the principal

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amount, par value or stated value of the securities shall be used.
    (5) The cover page of the filing shall set forth the calculation of 
the fee in tabular format, as well as the amount offset by a previous 
filing and the identification of such filing, if applicable.
    (b) Section 13(e)(1) filings. At the time of filing such statement 
as the Commission may require pursuant to section 13(e)(1) of the 
Exchange Act, a fee of one-fiftieth of one percent of the value of the 
securities proposed to be acquired by the acquiring person. The value of 
the securities proposed to be acquired shall be determined as follows:
    (1) The value of the securities to be acquired solely for cash shall 
be the amount of cash to be paid for them:
    (2) The value of the securities to be acquired with securities or 
other non-cash consideration, whether or not in combination with a cash 
payment for the same securities, shall be based upon the market value of 
the securities to be received by the acquiring person as established in 
accordance with paragraph (a)(4) of this section.
    (c) Proxy and information statement filings. At the time of filing a 
preliminary proxy statement pursuant to Rule 14a-6(a) or preliminary 
information statement pursuant to Rule 14c-5(a) that concerns a merger, 
consolidation, acquisition of a company, or proposed sale or other 
disposition of substantially all the assets of the registrant (including 
a liquidation), the following fee:
    (1) For preliminary material involving a vote upon a merger, 
consolidation or acquisition of a company, a fee of one-fiftieth of one 
percent of the proposed cash payment or of the value of the securities 
and other property to be transferred to security holders in the 
transaction. The fee is payable whether the registrant is acquiring 
another company or being acquired.
    (i) The value of securities or other property to be transferred to 
security holders, whether or not in combination with a cash payment for 
the same securities, shall be based upon the market value of the 
securities to be received by the acquiring person as established in 
accordance with paragraph (a)(4) of this section.
    (ii) Notwithstanding the above, where the acquisition, merger or 
consolidation is for the sole purpose of changing the registrant's 
domicile, no filing fee is required to be paid.
    (2) For preliminary material involving a vote upon a proposed sale 
or other disposition of substantially all the assets of the registrant, 
a fee of one-fiftieth of one percent of the aggregate of the cash and 
the value of the securities (other than its own) and other property to 
be received by the registrant. In the case of a disposition in which the 
registrant will not receive any property, such as at liquidation or 
spin-off, the fee shall be one-fiftieth of one percent of the aggregate 
of the cash and the value of the securities and other property to be 
distributed to security holders.
    (i) The value of the securities to be received (or distributed in 
the case of a spin-off or liquidation) shall be based upon the market 
value of such securities as established in accordance with paragraph 
(a)(4) of this section.
    (ii) The value of other property shall be a bona fide estimate of 
the fair market value of such property.
    (3) Where two or more companies are involved in the transaction, 
each shall pay a proportionate share of such fee, determined by the 
persons involved.
    (4) Notwithstanding the above, the fee required by this paragraph 
(c) shall not be payable for a proxy statement filed by a company 
registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.
    (d) Section 14(d)(1) filings. At the time of filing such statement 
as the Commission may require pursuant to section 14(d)(1) of the Act, a 
fee of one-fiftieth of one percent of the aggregate of the cash or of 
the value of the securities or other property offered by the bidder. 
Where the bidder is offering securities or other non-cash consideration 
for some or all of the securities to be acquired, whether or not in 
combination with a cash payment for the same securities, the value of 
the consideration to be offered for such securities shall be based upon 
the market value of the securities to be received

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by the bidder as established in accordance with paragraph (a)(4) of this 
section.

[51 FR 2476, Jan. 17, 1986, as amended at 58 FR 14682, Mar. 18, 1993; 61 
FR 49959, Sept. 24, 1996; 73 FR 17813, Apr. 1, 2008]



Sec. 240.0-12  Commission procedures for filing applications for orders 
for exemptive relief under Section 36 of the Exchange Act.

    (a) The application shall be in writing in the form of a letter, 
must include any supporting documents necessary to make the application 
complete, and otherwise must comply with Sec. 240.0-3. All applications 
must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission. 
Requestors may seek confidential treatment of their applications to the 
extent provided under Sec. 200.81 of this chapter. If an application is 
incomplete, the Commission, through the Division handling the 
application, may request that the application be withdrawn unless the 
applicant can justify, based on all the facts and circumstances, why 
supporting materials have not been submitted and undertakes to submit 
the omitted materials promptly.
    (b) An applicant may submit a request electronically in standard 
electronic mail text or ASCII format. The electronic mailbox to use for 
these applications is described on the Commission's website at 
www.sec.gov in the ``Exchange Act Exemptive Applications'' subsection 
located under the ``Current SEC Rulemaking'' section. In the event 
electronic mailboxes are revised in the future, applicants can find the 
appropriate mailbox by accessing the Commission's website directory of 
electronic mailboxes at http://www.sec.gov/asec/mailboxs.htm.
    (c) An applicant also may submit a request in paper format. Five 
copies of every paper application and every amendment to such an 
application must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary at 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applications must be on white 
paper no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches in size. The left margin of 
applications must be at least 1\1/2\ inches wide, and if the application 
is bound, it must be bound on the left side. All typewritten or printed 
material must be on one side of the paper only and must be set forth in 
black ink so as to permit photocopying.
    (d) Every application (electronic or paper) must contain the name, 
address and telephone number of each applicant and the name, address, 
and telephone number of a person to whom any questions regarding the 
application should be directed. The Commission will not consider 
hypothetical or anonymous requests for exemptive relief. Each applicant 
shall state the basis for the relief sought, and identify the 
anticipated benefits for investors and any conditions or limitations the 
applicant believes would be appropriate for the protection of investors. 
Applicants should also cite to and discuss applicable precedent.
    (e) Amendments to the application should be prepared and submitted 
as set forth in these procedures and should be marked to show what 
changes have been made.
    (f) After the filing is complete, the applicable Division will 
review the application. Once all questions and issues have been answered 
to the satisfaction of the Division, the staff will make an appropriate 
recommendation to the Commission. After consideration of the 
recommendation by the Commission, the Commission's Office of the 
Secretary will issue an appropriate response and will notify the 
applicant. If the application pertains to a section of the Exchange Act 
pursuant to which the Commission has delegated its authority to the 
appropriate Division, the Division Director or his or her designee will 
issue an appropriate response and notify the applicant.
    (g) The Commission, in its sole discretion, may choose to publish in 
the Federal Register a notice that the application has been submitted. 
The notice would provide that any person may, within the period 
specified therein, submit to the Commission any information that relates 
to the Commission action requested in the application. The notice also 
would indicate the earliest date on which the Commission would take 
final action on the application, but in no event would such action be 
taken earlier than 25 days following publication of the notice in the 
Federal Register.

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    (h) The Commission may, in its sole discretion, schedule a hearing 
on the matter addressed by the application.

[63 FR 8102, Feb. 18. 1998, as amended at 73 FR 973, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.3a1-1  Exemption from the definition of ``Exchange'' under 
Section 3(a)(1) of the Act.

    (a) An organization, association, or group of persons shall be 
exempt from the definition of the term ``exchange'' under section 
3(a)(1) of the Act, (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(1)), if such organization, 
association, or group of persons:
    (1) Is operated by a national securities association;
    (2) Is in compliance with Regulation ATS, 17 CFR 242.300 through 
242.303; or
    (3) Pursuant to paragraph (a) of Sec. 242.301 of Regulation ATS, 17 
CFR 242.301(a), is not required to comply with Regulation ATS, 17 CFR 
242.300 through 242.303.
    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, an organization, 
association, or group of persons shall not be exempt under this section 
from the definition of ``exchange,'' if:
    (1) During three of the preceding four calendar quarters such 
organization, association, or group of persons had:
    (i) Fifty percent or more of the average daily dollar trading volume 
in any security and five percent or more of the average daily dollar 
trading volume in any class of securities; or
    (ii) Forty percent or more of the average daily dollar trading 
volume in any class of securities; and
    (2) The Commission determines, after notice to the organization, 
association, or group of persons, and an opportunity for such 
organization, association, or group of persons to respond, that such an 
exemption would not be necessary or appropriate in the public interest 
or consistent with the protection of investors taking into account the 
requirements for exchange registration under section 6 of the Act, (15 
U.S.C. 78f), and the objectives of the national market system under 
section 11A of the Act, (15 U.S.C 78k-1).
    (3) For purposes of paragraph (b) of this section, each of the 
following shall be considered a ``class of securities'':
    (i) Equity securities, which shall have the same meaning as in Sec. 
240.3a11-1;
    (ii) Listed options, which shall mean any options traded on a 
national securities exchange or automated facility of a national 
securities exchange;
    (iii) Unlisted options, which shall mean any options other than 
those traded on a national securities exchange or automated facility of 
a national securities association;
    (iv) Municipal securities, which shall have the same meaning as in 
section 3(a)(29) of the Act, (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(29));
    (v) Corporate debt securities, which shall mean any securities that:
    (A) Evidence a liability of the issuer of such securities;
    (B) Have a fixed maturity date that is at least one year following 
the date of issuance; and
    (C) Are not exempted securities, as defined in section 3(a)(12) of 
the Act, (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12));
    (vi) Foreign corporate debt securities, which shall mean any 
securities that:
    (A) Evidence a liability of the issuer of such debt securities;
    (B) Are issued by a corporation or other organization incorporated 
or organized under the laws of any foreign country; and
    (C) Have a fixed maturity date that is at least one year following 
the date of issuance; and
    (vii) Foreign sovereign debt securities, which shall mean any 
securities that:
    (A) Evidence a liability of the issuer of such debt securities;
    (B) Are issued or guaranteed by the government of a foreign country, 
any political subdivision of a foreign country or any supranational 
entity; and
    (C) Do not have a maturity date of a year or less following the date 
of issuance.

[63 FR 70917, Dec. 22, 1998, as amended at 74 FR 52372, Oct. 9, 2009]



Sec. 240.3a4-1  Associated persons of an issuer deemed not to be 
brokers.

    (a) An associated person of an issuer of securities shall not be 
deemed to be a broker solely by reason of his participation in the sale 
of the securities of such issuer if the associated person:

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    (1) Is not subject to a statutory disqualification, as that term is 
defined in section 3(a)(39) of the Act, at the time of his 
participation; and
    (2) Is not compensated in connection with his participation by the 
payment of commissions or other remuneration based either directly or 
indirectly on transactions in securities; and
    (3) Is not at the time of his participation an associated person of 
a broker or dealer; and
    (4) Meets the conditions of any one of paragraph (a)(4) (i), (ii), 
or (iii) of this section.
    (i) The associated person restricts his participation to 
transactions involving offers and sales of securities:
    (A) To a registered broker or dealer; a registered investment 
company (or registered separate account); an insurance company; a bank; 
a savings and loan association; a trust company or similar institution 
supervised by a state or federal banking authority; or a trust for which 
a bank, a savings and loan association, a trust company, or a registered 
investment adviser either is the trustee or is authorized in writing to 
make investment decisions; or
    (B) That are exempted by reason of section 3(a)(7), 3(a)(9) or 
3(a)(10) of the Securities Act of 1933 from the registration provisions 
of that Act; or
    (C) That are made pursuant to a plan or agreement submitted for the 
vote or consent of the security holders who will receive securities of 
the issuer in connection with a reclassification of securities of the 
issuer, a merger or consolidation or a similar plan of acquisition 
involving an exchange of securities, or a transfer of assets of any 
other person to the issuer in exchange for securities of the issuer; or
    (D) That are made pursuant to a bonus, profit-sharing, pension, 
retirement, thrift, savings, incentive, stock purchase, stock ownership, 
stock appreciation, stock option, dividend reinvestment or similar plan 
for employees of an issuer or a subsidiary of the issuer;
    (ii) The associated person meets all of the following conditions:
    (A) The associated person primarily performs, or is intended 
primarily to perform at the end of the offering, substantial duties for 
or on behalf of the issuer otherwise than in connection with 
transactions in securities; and
    (B) The associated person was not a broker or dealer, or an 
associated person of a broker or dealer, within the preceding 12 months; 
and
    (C) The associated person does not participate in selling an 
offering of securities for any issuer more than once every 12 months 
other than in reliance on paragraph (a)(4)(i) or (iii) of this section, 
except that for securities issued pursuant to rule 415 under the 
Securities Act of 1933, the 12 months shall begin with the last sale of 
any security included within one rule 415 registration.
    (iii) The associated person restricts his participation to any one 
or more of the following activities:
    (A) Preparing any written communication or delivering such 
communication through the mails or other means that does not involve 
oral solicitation by the associated person of a potential purchaser; 
Provided, however, that the content of such communication is approved by 
a partner, officer or director of the issuer;
    (B) Responding to inquiries of a potential purchaser in a 
communication initiated by the potential purchaser; Provided, however, 
That the content of such responses are limited to information contained 
in a registration statement filed under the Securities Act of 1933 or 
other offering document; or
    (C) Performing ministerial and clerical work involved in effecting 
any transaction.
    (b) No presumption shall arise that an associated person of an 
issuer has violated section 15(a) of the Act solely by reason of his 
participation in the sale of securities of the issuer if he does not 
meet the conditions specified in paragraph (a) of this section.
    (c) Definitions. When used in this section:
    (1) The term associated person of an issuer means any natural person 
who is a partner, officer, director, or employee of:
    (i) The issuer;
    (ii) A corporate general partner of a limited partnership that is 
the issuer;
    (iii) A company or partnership that controls, is controlled by, or 
is under common control with, the issuer; or

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    (iv) An investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers 
Act of 1940 to an investment company registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 which is the issuer.
    (2) The term associated person of a broker or dealer means any 
partner, officer, director, or branch manager of such broker or dealer 
(or any person occupying a similar status or performing similar 
functions), any person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled 
by, or under common control with such broker or dealer, or any employee 
of such broker or dealer, except that any person associated with a 
broker or dealer whose functions are solely clerical or ministerial and 
any person who is required under the laws of any State to register as a 
broker or dealer in that State solely because such person is an issuer 
of securities or associated person of an issuer of securities shall not 
be included in the meaning of such term for purposes of this section.

[50 FR 27946, July 9, 1985]



Sec. Sec. 240.3a4-2--240.3a4-6  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.3a5-1  Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for a bank 
engaged in riskless principal transactions.

    (a) A bank is exempt from the definition of the term ``dealer'' to 
the extent that it engages in or effects riskless principal transactions 
if the number of such riskless principal transactions during a calendar 
year combined with transactions in which the bank is acting as an agent 
for a customer pursuant to section 3(a)(4)(B)(xi) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(4)(B)(xi)) during that same year does not exceed 500.
    (b) For purposes of this section, the term riskless principal 
transaction means a transaction in which, after having received an order 
to buy from a customer, the bank purchased the security from another 
person to offset a contemporaneous sale to such customer or, after 
having received an order to sell from a customer, the bank sold the 
security to another person to offset a contemporaneous purchase from 
such customer.

[68 FR 8700, Feb. 24, 2003]



Sec. 240.3a5-2  Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for banks 
effecting transactions in securities issued pursuant to Regulation S.

    (a) A bank is exempt from the definition of the term ``dealer'' 
under section 3(a)(5) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(5)), to the extent 
that, in a riskless principal transaction, the bank:
    (1) Purchases an eligible security from an issuer or a broker-dealer 
and sells that security in compliance with the requirements of 17 CFR 
230.903 to a purchaser who is not in the United States;
    (2) Purchases from a person who is not a U.S. person under 17 CFR 
230.902(k) an eligible security after its initial sale with a reasonable 
belief that the eligible security was initially sold outside of the 
United States within the meaning of and in compliance with the 
requirements of 17 CFR 230.903, and resells that security to a purchaser 
who is not in the United States or to a registered broker or dealer, 
provided that if the resale is made prior to the expiration of any 
applicable distribution compliance period specified in 17 CFR 
230.903(b)(2) or (b)(3), the resale is made in compliance with the 
requirements of 17 CFR 230.904; or
    (3) Purchases from a registered broker or dealer an eligible 
security after its initial sale with a reasonable belief that the 
eligible security was initially sold outside of the United States within 
the meaning of and in compliance with the requirements of 17 CFR 
230.903, and resells that security to a purchaser who is not in the 
United States, provided that if the resale is made prior to the 
expiration of any applicable distribution compliance period specified in 
17 CFR 230.903(b)(2) or (b)(3), the resale is made in compliance with 
the requirements of 17 CFR 230.904.
    (b) Definitions. For purposes of this section:
    (1) Distributor has the same meaning as in 17 CFR 230.902(d).
    (2) Eligible security means a security that:
    (i) Is not being sold from the inventory of the bank or an affiliate 
of the bank; and

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    (ii) Is not being underwritten by the bank or an affiliate of the 
bank on a firm-commitment basis, unless the bank acquired the security 
from an unaffiliated distributor that did not purchase the security from 
the bank or an affiliate of the bank.
    (3) Purchaser means a person who purchases an eligible security and 
who is not a U.S. person under 17 CFR 230.902(k).
    (4) Riskless principal transaction means a transaction in which, 
after having received an order to buy from a customer, the bank 
purchased the security from another person to offset a contemporaneous 
sale to such customer or, after having received an order to sell from a 
customer, the bank sold the security to another person to offset a 
contemporaneous purchase from such customer.

[72 FR 56567, Oct. 3, 2007]



Sec. 240.3a5-3  Exemption from the definition of ``dealer'' for banks 
engaging in securities lending transactions.

    (a) A bank is exempt from the definition of the term ``dealer'' 
under section 3(a)(5) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(5)), to the extent 
that, as a conduit lender, it engages in or effects securities lending 
transactions, and any securities lending services in connection with 
such transactions, with or on behalf of a person the bank reasonably 
believes to be:
    (1) A qualified investor as defined in section 3(a)(54)(A) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(54)(A)); or
    (2) Any employee benefit plan that owns and invests, on a 
discretionary basis, not less than $25,000,000 in investments.
    (b) Securities lending transaction means a transaction in which the 
owner of a security lends the security temporarily to another party 
pursuant to a written securities lending agreement under which the 
lender retains the economic interests of an owner of such securities, 
and has the right to terminate the transaction and to recall the loaned 
securities on terms agreed by the parties.
    (c) Securities lending services means:
    (1) Selecting and negotiating with a borrower and executing, or 
directing the execution of the loan with the borrower;
    (2) Receiving, delivering, or directing the receipt or delivery of 
loaned securities;
    (3) Receiving, delivering, or directing the receipt or delivery of 
collateral;
    (4) Providing mark-to-market, corporate action, recordkeeping or 
other services incidental to the administration of the securities 
lending transaction;
    (5) Investing, or directing the investment of, cash collateral; or
    (6) Indemnifying the lender of securities with respect to various 
matters.
    (d) For the purposes of this section, the term conduit lender means 
a bank that borrows or loans securities, as principal, for its own 
account, and contemporaneously loans or borrows the same securities, as 
principal, for its own account. A bank that qualifies under this 
definition as a conduit lender at the commencement of a transaction will 
continue to qualify, notwithstanding whether:
    (1) The lending or borrowing transaction terminates and so long as 
the transaction is replaced within one business day by another lending 
or borrowing transaction involving the same securities; and
    (2) Any substitutions of collateral occur.

[72 FR 56567, Oct. 3, 2007]

   Definition of ``Equity Security'' as Used in Sections 12(g) and 16



Sec. 240.3a11-1  Definition of the term ``equity security.''

    The term equity security is hereby defined to include any stock or 
similar security, certificate of interest or participation in any profit 
sharing agreement, preorganization certificate or subscription, 
transferable share, voting trust certificate or certificate of deposit 
for an equity security, limited partnership interest, interest in a 
joint venture, or certificate of interest in a business trust; any 
security future on any such security; or any security convertible, with 
or without consideration into such a security, or carrying any warrant 
or right to subscribe to or purchase such a security; or any such 
warrant or right; or any put, call, straddle,

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or other option or privilege of buying such a security from or selling 
such a security to another without being bound to do so.

[67 FR 19673, Apr. 23, 2002]

                        Miscellaneous Exemptions



Sec. 240.3a12-1  Exemption of certain mortgages and interests in 
mortgages.

    Mortgages, as defined in section 302(d) of the Emergency Home 
Finance Act of 1970, which are or have been sold by the Federal Home 
Loan Mortgage Corporation are hereby exempted from the operation of such 
provisions of the Act as by their terms do not apply to an ``exempted 
security'' or to ``exempted securities''.

(Sec. 3(a)(12), 48 Stat. 882, 15 U.S.C. 78(c))

[37 FR 25167, Nov. 28, 1972]



Sec. 240.3a12-2  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.3a12-3  Exemption from sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c), 14(f) 
and 16 for securities of certain foreign issuers.

    (a) Securities for which the filing of registration statements on 
Form 18 [17 CFR 249.218] are authorized shall be exempt from the 
operation of sections 14 and 16 of the Act.
    (b) Securities registered by a foreign private issuer, as defined in 
Rule 3b-4 (Sec. 240.3b-4 of this chapter), shall be exempt from 
sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c), 14(f) and 16 of the Act.

[44 FR 70137, Dec. 6, 1979, as amended at 47 FR 54780, Dec. 6, 1982; 56 
FR 30067, July 1, 1991]



Sec. 240.3a12-4  Exemptions from sections 15(a) and 15(c)(3) for 
certain mortgage securities.

    (a) When used in this Rule the following terms shall have the 
meanings indicated:
    (1) The term whole loan mortgage means an evidence of indebtedness 
secured by mortgage, deed of trust, or other lien upon real estate or 
upon leasehold interests therein where the entire mortgage, deed or 
other lien is transferred with the entire evidence of indebtedness.
    (2) The term aggregated whole loan mortgage means two or more whole 
loan mortgages that are grouped together and sold to one person in one 
transaction.
    (3) The term participation interest means an undivided interest 
representing one of only two such interests in a whole loan mortgage or 
in an aggregated whole loan mortgage, provided that the other interest 
is retained by the originator of such participation interest.
    (4) The term commitment means a contract to purchase a whole loan 
mortgage, an aggregated whole loan mortgage or a participation interest 
which by its terms requires that the contract be fully executed within 2 
years.
    (5) The term mortgage security means a whole loan mortgage, an 
aggregated whole loan mortgage, a participation interest, or a 
commitment.
    (b) A mortgage security shall be deemed an ``exempted security'' for 
purposes of subsections (a) and (c)(3) of section 15 of the Act provided 
that, in the case of and at the time of any sale of the mortgage 
security by a broker or dealer, such mortgage security is not in default 
and has an unpaid principal amount of at least $50,000.

[39 FR 19945, June 5, 1974]



Sec. 240.3a12-5  Exemption of certain investment contract securities 
from sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1).

    (a) An investment contract security involving the direct ownership 
of specified residential real property shall be exempted from the 
provisions of sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1) of the Act with respect to any 
transaction by a broker or dealer who, directly or indirectly, arranges 
for the extension or maintenance of credit on the security to or from a 
customer, if the credit:
    (1) Is secured by a lien, mortgage, deed of trust, or any other 
similar security interest related only to real property: Provided, 
however, That this provision shall not prevent a lender from requiring 
(i) a security interest in the common areas and recreational facilities 
or furniture and fixtures incidental to the investment contract if the 
purchase of such furniture and fixtures is required by, or subject to 
the approval of, the issuer, as a condition of purchase; or (ii) an 
assignment of future rentals in the event of default by

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the purchaser or a co-signer or guarantor on the debt obligation other 
than the issuer, its affiliates, or any broker or dealer offering such 
securities;
    (2) Is to be repaid by periodic payments of principal and interest 
pursuant to an amortization schedule established by the governing 
instruments: Provided, however, That this provision shall not prevent 
the extension of credit on terms which require the payment of interest 
only, if extended in compliance with the other provisions of this rule; 
and
    (3) Is extended by a lender which is not, directly or indirectly 
controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the broker or 
dealer or the issuer of the securities or affiliates thereof.
    (b) For purposes of this rule:
    (1) Residential real property shall mean real property containing 
living accommodations, whether used on a permanent or transient basis, 
and may include furniture or fixtures if required as a condition of 
purchase of the investment contract or if subject to the approval of the 
issuer.
    (2) Direct ownership shall mean ownership of a fee or leasehold 
estate or a beneficial interest in a trust the purchase of which, under 
applicable local law, is financed and secured by a security interest 
therein similar to a mortgage or deed of trust, but it shall not include 
an interest in a real estate investment trust, an interest in a general 
or limited partnership, or similar indirect interest in the ownership of 
real property.

(Sec. 3(a)(12), 48 Stat. 882, as amended 84 Stat. 718, 1435, 1499 (15 
U.S.C. 78c(12)); sec. 7(c), 48 Stat. 886, as amended 82 Stat. 452 (15 
U.S.C. 78g(c)); sec. 11(d)(1), 48 Stat. 891 as amended 68 Stat. 636 (15 
U.S.C. 78k(d)(1)); sec. 15(c), 48 Stat. 895, as amended 52 Stat. 1075, 
84 Stat. 1653 (15 U.S.C. 78o(c)); sec. 23(a), 48 Stat. 901, as amended 
49 Stat. 704, 1379 (15 U.S.C. 78w(a)))

[40 FR 6646, Feb. 13, 1975]



Sec. 240.3a12-6  Definition of ``common trust fund'' as used in 
section 3(a)(12) of the Act.

    The term common trust fund as used in section 3(a)(12) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12)) shall include a common trust fund which is 
maintained by a bank which is a member of an affiliated group, as 
defined in section 1504(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 
U.S.C. 1504(a)), and which is maintained exclusively for the collective 
investment and reinvestment of monies contributed thereto by one or more 
bank members of such affiliated group in the capacity of trustee, 
executor, administrator, or guardian; Provided, That:
    (a) The common trust fund is operated in compliance with the same 
state and federal regulatory requirements as would apply if the bank 
maintaining such fund and any other contributing banks were the same 
entity; and
    (b) The rights of persons for whose benefit a contributing bank acts 
as trustee, executor, administrator, or guardian would not be diminished 
by reason of the maintenance of such common trust fund by another bank 
member of the affiliated group.

(15 U.S.C. 78c(b))

[43 FR 2392, Jan. 17, 1978]



Sec. 240.3a12-7  Exemption for certain derivative securities traded 
otherwise than on a national securities exchange.

    Any put, call, straddle, option, or privilege traded exclusively 
otherwise than on a national securities exchange and for which 
quotations are not disseminated through an automated quotation system of 
a registered securities association, which relates to any securities 
which are direct obligations of, or obligations guaranteed as to 
principal or interest by, the United States, or securities issued or 
guaranteed by a corporation in which the United States has a direct or 
indirect interest as shall be designated for exemption by the Secretary 
of the Treasury pursuant to section 3(a)(12) of the Act, shall be exempt 
from all provisions of the Act which by their terms do not apply to any 
``exempted security'' or ``exempted securities,'' provided that the 
securities underlying

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such put, call, straddle, option or privilege represent an obligation 
equal to or exceeding $250,000 principal amount.

(15 U.S.C. 78a et seq., and particularly secs. 3(a)(12), 15(a)(2) and 
23(a) (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12), 78o(a)(2) and 78w(a)))

[49 FR 5073, Feb. 10, 1984]



Sec. 240.3a12-8  Exemption for designated foreign government securities 
for purposes of futures trading.

    (a) When used in this Rule, the following terms shall have the 
meaning indicated:
    (1) The term designated foreign government security shall mean a 
security not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 nor the subject 
of any American depositary receipt so registered, and representing a 
debt obligation of the government of
    (i) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
    (ii) Canada;
    (iii) Japan;
    (iv) The Commonwealth of Australia;
    (v) The Republic of France;
    (vi) New Zealand;
    (vii) The Republic of Austria;
    (viii) The Kingdom of Denmark;
    (ix) The Republic of Finland;
    (x) The Kingdom of the Netherlands;
    (xi) Switzerland;
    (xii) The Federal Republic of Germany;
    (xiii) The Republic of Ireland;
    (xiv) The Republic of Italy;
    (xv) The Kingdom of Spain;
    (xvi) The United Mexican States;
    (xvii) The Federative Republic of Brazil;
    (xviii) The Republic of Argentina;
    (xix) The Republic of Venezuela;
    (xx) The Kingdom of Belgium; or
    (xxi) The Kingdom of Sweden.
    (2) The term qualifying foreign futures contracts shall mean any 
contracts for the purchase or sale of a designated foreign government 
security for future delivery, as ``future delivery'' is defined in 7 
U.S.C. 2, provided such contracts require delivery outside the United 
States, any of its possessions or territories, and are traded on or 
through a board of trade, as defined at 7 U.S.C. 2.
    (b) Any designated foreign government security shall, for purposes 
only of the offer, sale or confirmation of sale of qualifying foreign 
futures contracts, be exempted from all provisions of the Act which by 
their terms do not apply to an ``exempted security'' or ``exempted 
securities.''

(15 U.S.C. 78a et seq., and particularly secs. 3(a)(12), and 23(a) 15 
U.S.C. 78c(a)(12), and 78w(a))

[49 FR 8599, Mar. 8, 1984, as amended at 51 FR 25998, July 18, 1986; 52 
FR 8877, Mar. 20, 1987; 52 FR 42279, Nov. 4, 1987; 53 FR 43863, Oct. 31, 
1988; 57 FR 1378, Jan. 14, 1992; 59 FR 54815, Nov. 2, 1994; 60 FR 62326, 
Dec. 6, 1995; 61 FR 10274, Mar. 13, 1996; 64 FR 10567, Mar. 5, 1999; 64 
FR 29553, June 2, 1999]



Sec. 240.3a12-9  Exemption of certain direct participation program 
securities from the arranging provisions of sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1).

    (a) Direct participation program securities sold on a basis whereby 
the purchase price is paid to the issuer in one or more mandatory 
deferred payments shall be deemed to be exempted securities for purposes 
of the arranging provisions of sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1) of the Act, 
provided that:
    (1) The securities are registered under the Securities Act of 1933 
or are sold or offered exclusively on an intrastate basis in reliance 
upon section 3(a)(11) of that Act;
    (2) The mandatory deferred payments bear a reasonable relationship 
to the capital needs and program objectives described in a business 
development plan disclosed to investors in a registration statement 
filed with the Commission under the Securities Act of 1933 or, where no 
registration statement is required to be filed with the Commission, as 
part of a statement filed with the relevant state securities 
administrator;
    (3) Not less than 50 percent of the purchase price of the direct 
participation program security is paid by the investor at the time of 
sale;
    (4) The total purchase price of the direct participation program 
security is due within three years in specified property programs or two 
years in non-specified property programs. Such pay-in periods are to be 
measured from the earlier of the completion of the offering or one year 
following the effective date of the offering.
    (b) For purposes of this rule:

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    (1) Direct participation program shall mean a program financed 
through the sale of securities, other than securities that are listed on 
an exchange, quoted on NASDAQ, or will otherwise be actively traded 
during the pay-in period as a result of efforts by the issuer, 
underwriter, or other participants in the initial distribution of such 
securities, that provides for flow-through tax consequences to its 
investors; Provided, however, That the term ``direct participation 
program'' does not include real estate investment trusts, Subchapter S 
corporate offerings, tax qualified pension and profit sharing plans 
under sections 401 and 403(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (``Code''), 
tax shelter annuities under section 403(b) of the Code, individual 
retirement plans under section 408 of the Code, and any issuer, 
including a separate account, that is registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940.
    (2) Business development plan shall mean a specific plan describing 
the program's anticipated economic development and the amounts of future 
capital contributions, in the form of mandatory deferred payments, to be 
required at specified times or upon the occurrence of certain events.
    (3) Specified property program shall mean a direct participation 
program in which, at the date of effectiveness, more than 75 percent of 
the net proceeds from the sale of program securities are committed to 
specific purchases or expenditures. Non-specified property program shall 
mean any other direct participation program.

[51 FR 8801, Mar. 14, 1986]



Sec. 240.3a12-10  Exemption of certain securities issued by the 
Resolution Funding Corporation.

    Securities that are issued by the Resolution Funding Corporation 
pursuant to section 21B(f) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (12 U.S.C. 
1421 et seq.) are exempt from the operation of all provisions of the Act 
that by their terms do not apply to any ``exempted security'' or to 
``exempted securities.''

[54 FR 37789, Sept. 13, 1989]



Sec. 240.3a12-11  Exemption from sections 8(a), 14(a), 14(b), and 14(c) 
for debt securities listed on a national securities exchange.

    (a) Debt securities that are listed for trading on a national 
securities exchange shall be exempt from the restrictions on borrowing 
of section 8(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78h(a)).
    (b) Debt securities registered pursuant to the provisions of section 
12(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(b)) shall be exempt from sections 14(a), 
14(b), and 14(c) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78n(a), (b), and (c)), except 
that Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1, 240.14a-2(a), 240.14a-9, 240.14a-13, 240.14b-
1, 240.14b-2, 240.14c-1, 240.14c-6 and 240.14c-7 shall continue to 
apply.
    (c) For purposes of this section, debt securities is defined to mean 
any securities that are not ``equity securities'' as defined in section 
3(a)(11) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(11)) and Sec. 240.3a11-1 
thereunder.

[59 FR 55347, Nov. 7, 1994]



Sec. 240.3a12-12  Exemption from certain provisions of section 16 of 
the Act for asset-backed securities.

    Asset-backed securities, as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this 
chapter, are exempt from section 16 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78p).

[70 FR 1620, Jan. 7, 2005]



Sec. 240.3a40-1  Designation of financial responsibility rules.

    The term financial responsibility rules for purposes of the 
Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 shall include:
    (a) Any rule adopted by the Commission pursuant to sections 8, 
15(c)(3), 17(a) or 17(e)(1)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934;
    (b) Any rule adopted by the Commission relating to hypothecation or 
lending of customer securities;
    (c) Any rule adopted by any self-regulatory organization relating to 
capital, margin, recordkeeping, hypothecation or lending requirements; 
and
    (d) Any other rule adopted by the Commission or any self-regulatory 
organization relating to the protection of funds or securities.

(Secs. 3, 15(c)(3), 17(a) and 23 (15 U.S.C. 78c, 78o, 78q(a) and 78u))

[44 FR 28318, May 15, 1979]

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Sec. 240.3a43-1  Customer-related government securities activities 
incidental to the futures-related business of a futures commission 

merchant registered with 
          the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    (a) A futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'') is not a government securities 
broker or government securities dealer solely because such futures 
commission merchant effects transactions in government securities that 
are defined in paragraph (b) of this section as incidental to such 
person's futures-related business.
    (b) Provided that the futures commission merchant maintains in a 
regulated account all funds and securities associated with such 
government securities transactions (except funds and securities 
associated with transactions under paragraph (b)(1)(i) of this section 
and does not advertise that it is in the business of effecting 
transactions in government securities otherwise than in connection with 
futures or options on futures trading or the investment of margin or 
excess funds related to such trading or the trading of any other 
instrument subject to CFTC jurisdiction, the following transactions in 
government securities are incidental to the futures-related business of 
such a futures commission merchant:
    (1) Transactions as agent for a customer--
    (i) To effect delivery pursuant to a futures contract; or
    (ii) For risk reduction or arbitrage of existing or 
contemporaneously created postions in futures or options on futures;
    (2) Transactions as agent for a customer for investment of margin 
and excess funds related to futures or options on futures trading or the 
trading of other instruments subject to CFTC jurisdiction, provided 
further that,
    (i) Such transactions involve Treasury securities with a maturity of 
less than 93 days at the time of the transation.
    (ii) Such transactions generate no monetary profit for the futures 
commission merchant in excess of the costs of executing such 
transactions, or
    (iii) Such transactions are unsolicited, and commissions and other 
income generated on transactions pursuant to this paragraph (b)(2)(iii) 
(including transactional fees paid by the futures commission merchant 
and charged to its customer) do not exceed 2% of such futures commission 
merchant's total commission revenues;
    (3) Exchange of futures for physicals transactions as agent for or 
as principal with a customer; and
    (4) Any transaction or transactions that the Commission exempts, 
either unconditionally or on specified terms and conditions, as 
incidental to the futures-related business of a specified futures 
commission merchant, a specified category of futures commission 
merchants, or futures commission merchants generally.
    (c) Definitions. (1) Customer means any person for whom the futures 
commission merchant effects or intends to effect transactions in 
futures, options on futures, or any other instruments subject to CFTC 
jurisdiction.
    (2) Regulated account means a customer segregation account subject 
to the regulations of the CFTC; provided, however, that, where such 
regulations do not permit to be maintained in such an account or require 
to be maintained in a separate regulated account funds or securities in 
proprietary accounts or funds or securities used as margin for or excess 
funds related to futures contracts, options on futures or any other 
instruments subject to CFTC jurisdiction that trade outside the United 
States, its territories, or possessions, the term regulated account 
means such separate regulated account or any other account subject to 
record-keeping regulations of the CFTC.
    (3) Unsolicited transaction means a transaction that is not effected 
in a discretionary account or recommended to a customer by the futures 
commission merchant, an associated person of a futures commission 
merchant, a business affiliate that is controlled by, controlling, or 
under common control with the futures commission merchant, or an 
introducing broker that is guaranteed by the futures commission 
merchant.

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    (4) Futures and futures contracts mean contracts of sale of a 
commodity for future delivery traded on or subject to the rules of a 
contract market designated by the CFTC or traded on or subject to the 
rules of any board of trade located outside the United States, its 
territories, or possessions.
    (5) Options on futures means puts or calls on a futures contract 
traded on or subject to the rules of a contract market designated by the 
CFTC or traded or subject to the rules of any board of trade located 
outside the United States, its territories, or possessions.

[52 FR 27969, July 24, 1987]



Sec. 240.3a44-1  Proprietary government securities transactions 
incidental to the futures-related business of a CFTC-regulated person.

    (a) A person registered with the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (``CFTC''), a contract market designated by the CFTC, such a 
contract market's affiliated clearing organization, or any floor trader 
or such a contract market (hereinafter referred to collectively as a 
``CFTC-regulated person'') is not a government securities dealer solely 
because such person effects transactions for its own account in 
government securities that are defined in paragraph (b) of this section 
as incidental to such person's futures-related business.
    (b) Provided that a CFTC-regulated person does not advertise or 
otherwise hold itself out as a government securities dealer except as 
permitted under rule 3a43-1 (Sec. 240.3a43-1) the following 
transactions in government securities for its own account are incidental 
to the futures-related business of such a CFTC-regulated person:
    (1) Transactions to effect delivery of a government security 
pursuant to a futures contract;
    (2) Exchange of futures for physicals transactions with (i) a 
government securities broker or government securities dealer that has 
registered with the Commission or filed notice pursuant to section 
15C(a) of the Act or (ii) a CFTC-regulated person;
    (3) Transactions (including repurchase agreements and reverse 
repurchase agreements) involving segregated customer funds and 
securities or funds and securities held by a clearing organization with 
(i) a government securities broker or government securities dealer that 
has registered with the Commission of filed notice pursuant to section 
15C(a) of the Act or (ii) a bank;
    (4) Transactions for risk reduction or arbitrage of existing or 
contemporaneously created positions in futures or options on futures 
with (i) a government securities broker or government securities dealer 
that has registered with the Commission or filed notice pursuant to 
section 15C(a) of the Act or (ii) a CFTC-regulated person;
    (5) Repurchase and reverse repurchase agreement transactions between 
a futures commission merchant acting in a proprietary capacity and 
another CFTC-regulated person acting in a proprietary capacity and 
contemporaneous offsetting transactions between such a futures 
commission merchant and (i) a government securities broker or government 
securities dealer that has registered with the Commission or filed 
notice pursuant to section 15C(a) of the Act, (ii) a bank, or (iii) a 
CFTC-regulated person acting in a proprietary capacity; and
    (6) Any transaction or transactions that the Commission exempts, 
either unconditionally or on specified terms and conditions, as 
incidental to the futures related business of a specified CFTC-regulated 
person, a specified category of CFTC-regulated persons, or CFTC-
regulated persons generally.
    (c) Definitions. (1) Segregated customer funds means funds subject 
to CFTC segregation requirements.
    (2) Futures and futures contracts means contracts of sale of a 
commodity for future delivery traded on or subject to the rules of a 
contract market designated by the CFTC or traded on or subject to the 
rules of any board of trade located outside the United States, its 
territories, or possessions.
    (3) Options on futures means puts or calls on a futures contract 
traded on or subject to the rules of a contract market designated by the 
CFTC or traded on or subject to the rules of any board of trade located 
outside the United States, its territories, or possessions.

[52 FR 27970, July 24, 1987]

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Sec. 240.3a51-1  Definition of ``penny stock''.

    For purposes of section 3(a)(51) of the Act, the term ``penny 
stock'' shall mean any equity security other than a security:
    (a) That is an NMS stock, as defined in Sec. 242.600(b)(47), 
provided that:
    (1) The security is registered, or approved for registration upon 
notice of issuance, on a national securities exchange that has been 
continuously registered as a national securities exchange since April 
20, 1992 (the date of the adoption of Rule 3a51-1 (Sec. 240.3a51-1) by 
the Commission); and the national securities exchange has maintained 
quantitative listing standards that are substantially similar to or 
stricter than those listing standards that were in place on that 
exchange on January 8, 2004; or
    (2) The security is registered, or approved for registration upon 
notice of issuance, on a national securities exchange, or is listed, or 
approved for listing upon notice of issuance on, an automated quotation 
system sponsored by a registered national securities association, that:
    (i) Has established initial listing standards that meet or exceed 
the following criteria:
    (A) The issuer shall have:
    (1) Stockholders' equity of $5,000,000;
    (2) Market value of listed securities of $50 million for 90 
consecutive days prior to applying for the listing (market value means 
the closing bid price multiplied by the number of securities listed); or
    (3) Net income of $750,000 (excluding extraordinary or non-recurring 
items) in the most recently completed fiscal year or in two of the last 
three most recently completed fiscal years;
    (B) The issuer shall have an operating history of at least one year 
or a market value of listed securities of $50 million (market value 
means the closing bid price multiplied by the number of securities 
listed);
    (C) The issuer's stock, common or preferred, shall have a minimum 
bid price of $4 per share;
    (D) In the case of common stock, there shall be at least 300 round 
lot holders of the security (a round lot holder means a holder of a 
normal unit of trading);
    (E) In the case of common stock, there shall be at least 1,000,000 
publicly held shares and such shares shall have a market value of at 
least $5 million (market value means the closing bid price multiplied by 
number of publicly held shares, and shares held directly or indirectly 
by an officer or director of the issuer and by any person who is the 
beneficial owner of more than 10 percent of the total shares outstanding 
are not considered to be publicly held);
    (F) In the case of a convertible debt security, there shall be a 
principal amount outstanding of at least $10 million;
    (G) In the case of rights and warrants, there shall be at least 
100,000 issued and the underlying security shall be registered on a 
national securities exchange or listed on an automated quotation system 
sponsored by a registered national securities association and shall 
satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a) or (e) of this section;
    (H) In the case of put warrants (that is, instruments that grant the 
holder the right to sell to the issuing company a specified number of 
shares of the company's common stock, at a specified price until a 
specified period of time), there shall be at least 100,000 issued and 
the underlying security shall be registered on a national securities 
exchange or listed on an automated quotation system sponsored by a 
registered national securities association and shall satisfy the 
requirements of paragraph (a) or (e) of this section;
    (I) In the case of units (that is, two or more securities traded 
together), all component parts shall be registered on a national 
securities exchange or listed on an automated quotation system sponsored 
by a registered national securities association and shall satisfy the 
requirements of paragraph (a) or (e) of this section; and
    (J) In the case of equity securities (other than common and 
preferred stock, convertible debt securities, rights and warrants, put 
warrants, or units), including hybrid products and derivative securities 
products, the national securities exchange or registered national 
securities association shall establish quantitative listing standards

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that are substantially similar to those found in paragraphs (a)(2)(i)(A) 
through (a)(2)(i)(I) of this section; and
    (ii) Has established quantitative continued listing standards that 
are reasonably related to the initial listing standards set forth in 
paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section, and that are consistent with the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets;
    (b) That is issued by an investment company registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940;
    (c) That is a put or call option issued by the Options Clearing 
Corporation;
    (d) Except for purposes of section 7(b) of the Securities Act and 
Rule 419 (17 CFR 230.419), that has a price of five dollars or more;
    (1) For purposes of paragraph (d) of this section:
    (i) A security has a price of five dollars or more for a particular 
transaction if the security is purchased or sold in that transaction at 
a price of five dollars or more, excluding any broker or dealer 
commission, commission equivalent, mark-up, or mark-down; and
    (ii) Other than in connection with a particular transaction, a 
security has a price of five dollars or more at a given time if the 
inside bid quotation is five dollars or more; provided, however, that if 
there is no such inside bid quotation, a security has a price of five 
dollars or more at a given time if the average of three or more 
interdealer bid quotations at specified prices displayed at that time in 
an interdealer quotation system, as defined in 17 CFR 240.15c2-7(c)(1), 
by three or more market makers in the security, is five dollars or more.
    (iii) The term ``inside bid quotation'' shall mean the highest bid 
quotation for the security displayed by a market maker in the security 
on an automated interdealer quotation system that has the 
characteristics set forth in section 17B(b)(2) of the Act, or such other 
automated interdealer quotation system designated by the Commission for 
purposes of this section, at any time in which at least two market 
makers are contemporaneously displaying on such system bid and offer 
quotations for the security at specified prices.
    (2) If a security is a unit composed of one or more securities, the 
unit price divided by the number of shares of the unit that are not 
warrants, options, rights, or similar securities must be five dollars or 
more, as determined in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this section, 
and any share of the unit that is a warrant, option, right, or similar 
security, or a convertible security, must have an exercise price or 
conversion price of five dollars or more;
    (e)(1) That is registered, or approved for registration upon notice 
of issuance, on a national securities exchange that makes transaction 
reports available pursuant to Sec. 242.601, provided that:
    (i) Price and volume information with respect to transactions in 
that security is required to be reported on a current and continuing 
basis and is made available to vendors of market information pursuant to 
the rules of the national securities exchange;
    (ii) The security is purchased or sold in a transaction that is 
effected on or through the facilities of the national securities 
exchange, or that is part of the distribution of the security; and
    (iii) The security satisfies the requirements of paragraph (a)(1) or 
(a)(2) of this section;
    (2) A security that satisfies the requirements of this paragraph 
(e), but does not otherwise satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a), 
(b), (c), (d), (f), or (g) of this section, shall be a penny stock for 
purposes of section 15(b)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(b)(6));
    (f) That is a security futures product listed on a national 
securities exchange or an automated quotation system sponsored by a 
registered national securities association; or
    (g) Whose issuer has:
    (1) Net tangible assets (i.e., total assets less intangible assets 
and liabilities) in excess of $2,000,000, if the issuer has been in 
continuous operation for at least three years, or $5,000,000, if the 
issuer has been in continuous operation for less than three years; or
    (2) Average revenue of at least $6,000,000 for the last three years.
    (3) For purposes of paragraph (g) of this section, net tangible 
assets or average revenues must be demonstrated

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by financial statements dated less than fifteen months prior to the date 
of the transaction that the broker or dealer has reviewed and has a 
reasonable basis for believing are accurate in relation to the date of 
the transaction, and:
    (i) If the issuer is other than a foreign private issuer, are the 
most recent financial statements for the issuer that have been audited 
and reported on by an independent public accountant in accordance with 
the provisions of 17 CFR 210.2-02; or
    (ii) If the issuer is a foreign private issuer, are the most recent 
financial statements for the issuer that have been filed with the 
Commission or furnished to the Commission pursuant to 17 CFR 240.12g3-
2(b); provided, however, that if financial statements for the issuer 
dated less than fifteen months prior to the date of the transaction have 
not been filed with or furnished to the Commission, financial statements 
dated within fifteen months prior to the transaction shall be prepared 
in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the 
country of incorporation, audited in compliance with the requirements of 
that jurisdiction, and reported on by an accountant duly registered and 
in good standing in accordance with the regulations of that 
jurisdiction.
    (4) The broker or dealer shall preserve, as part of its records, 
copies of the financial statements required by paragraph (g)(3) of this 
section for the period specified in 17 CFR 240.17a-4(b).

[57 FR 18032, Apr. 28, 1992, as amended at 58 FR 58101, Oct. 29, 1993; 
70 FR 40631, July 13, 2005; 70 FR 46090, Aug. 9, 2005]



Sec. 240.3a55-1  Method for determining market capitalization and 
dollar value of average daily trading volume; application of the 

definition of narrow-based 
          security index.

    (a) Market capitalization. For purposes of Section 
3(a)(55)(C)(i)(III)(bb) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(55)(C)(i)(III)(bb)):
    (1) On a particular day, a security shall be 1 of 750 securities 
with the largest market capitalization as of the preceding 6 full 
calendar months when it is included on a list of such securities 
designated by the Commission and the CFTC as applicable for that day.
    (2) In the event that the Commission and the CFTC have not 
designated a list under paragraph (a)(1) of this section:
    (i) The method to be used to determine market capitalization of a 
security as of the preceding 6 full calendar months is to sum the values 
of the market capitalization of such security for each U.S. trading day 
of the preceding 6 full calendar months, and to divide this sum by the 
total number of such trading days.
    (ii) The 750 securities with the largest market capitalization shall 
be identified from the universe of all NMS securities as defined in 
Sec. 242.600 of this chapter that are common stock or depositary 
shares.
    (b) Dollar value of ADTV. (1) For purposes of Section 3(a)(55)(B) of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(55)(B)):
    (i)(A) The method to be used to determine the dollar value of ADTV 
of a security is to sum the dollar value of ADTV of all reported 
transactions in such security in each jurisdiction as calculated 
pursuant to paragraphs (b)(1)(ii) and (iii).
    (B) The dollar value of ADTV of a security shall include the value 
of all reported transactions for such security and for any depositary 
share that represents such security.
    (C) The dollar value of ADTV of a depositary share shall include the 
value of all reported transactions for such depositary share and for the 
security that is represented by such depositary share.
    (ii) For trading in a security in the United States, the method to 
be used to determine the dollar value of ADTV as of the preceding 6 full 
calendar months is to sum the value of all reported transactions in such 
security for each U.S. trading day during the preceding 6 full calendar 
months, and to divide this sum by the total number of such trading days.
    (iii)(A) For trading in a security in a jurisdiction other than the 
United States, the method to be used to determine the dollar value of 
ADTV as of the preceding 6 full calendar months is to sum the value in 
U.S. dollars of all reported transactions in such security in such 
jurisdiction for each trading

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day during the preceding 6 full calendar months, and to divide this sum 
by the total number of trading days in such jurisdiction during the 
preceding 6 full calendar months.
    (B) If the value of reported transactions used in calculating the 
ADTV of securities under paragraph (b)(1)(iii)(A) is reported in a 
currency other than U.S. dollars, the total value of each day's 
transactions in such currency shall be converted into U.S. dollars on 
the basis of a spot rate of exchange for that day obtained from at least 
one independent entity that provides or disseminates foreign exchange 
quotations in the ordinary course of its business.
    (iv) The dollar value of ADTV of the lowest weighted 25% of an index 
is the sum of the dollar value of ADTV of each of the component 
securities comprising the lowest weighted 25% of such index.
    (2) For purposes of Section 3(a)(55)(C)(i)(III)(cc) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78c(a)(55)(C)(i)(III)(cc)):
    (i) On a particular day, a security shall be 1 of 675 securities 
with the largest dollar value of ADTV as of the preceding 6 full 
calendar months when it is included on a list of such securities 
designated by the Commission and the CFTC as applicable for that day.
    (ii) In the event that the Commission and the CFTC have not 
designated a list under paragraph (b)(2) of this section:
    (A) The method to be used to determine the dollar value of ADTV of a 
security as of the preceding 6 full calendar months is to sum the value 
of all reported transactions in such security in the United States for 
each U.S. trading day during the preceding 6 full calendar months, and 
to divide this sum by the total number of such trading days.
    (B) The 675 securities with the largest dollar value of ADTV shall 
be identified from the universe of all NMS securities as defined in 
Sec. 242.600 of this chapter that are common stock or depositary 
shares.
    (c) Depositary Shares and Section 12 Registration. For purposes of 
Section 3(a)(55)(C) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(55)(C)), the 
requirement that each component security of an index be registered 
pursuant to Section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) shall be satisfied 
with respect to any security that is a depositary share if the deposited 
securities underlying the depositary share are registered pursuant to 
Section 12 of the Act and the depositary share is registered under the 
Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) on Form F-6 (17 CFR 
239.36).
    (d) Definitions. For purposes of this section:
    (1) CFTC means Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
    (2) Closing price of a security means:
    (i) If reported transactions in the security have taken place in the 
United States, the price at which the last transaction in such security 
took place in the regular trading session of the principal market for 
the security in the United States.
    (ii) If no reported transactions in a security have taken place in 
the United States, the closing price of such security shall be the 
closing price of any depositary share representing such security divided 
by the number of shares represented by such depositary share.
    (iii) If no reported transactions in a security or in a depositary 
share representing such security have taken place in the United States, 
the closing price of such security shall be the price at which the last 
transaction in such security took place in the regular trading session 
of the principal market for the security. If such price is reported in a 
currency other than U.S. dollars, such price shall be converted into 
U.S. dollars on the basis of a spot rate of exchange relevant for the 
time of the transaction obtained from at least one independent entity 
that provides or disseminates foreign exchange quotations in the 
ordinary course of its business.
    (3) Depositary share has the same meaning as in Sec. 240.12b-2.
    (4) Foreign financial regulatory authority has the same meaning as 
in Section 3(a)(52) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(52)).
    (5) Lowest weighted 25% of an index. With respect to any particular 
day, the lowest weighted component securities comprising, in the 
aggregate, 25% of an index's weighting for purposes of Section 
3(a)(55)(B)(iv) of the Act (15 U.S.C.

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78c(a)(55)(B)(iv)) (``lowest weighted 25% of an index'') means those 
securities:
    (i) That are the lowest weighted securities when all the securities 
in such index are ranked from lowest to highest based on the index's 
weighting methodology; and
    (ii) For which the sum of the weight of such securities is equal to, 
or less than, 25% of the index's total weighting.
    (6) Market capitalization of a security on a particular day:
    (i) If the security is not a depositary share, is the product of:
    (A) The closing price of such security on that same day; and
    (B) The number of outstanding shares of such security on that same 
day.
    (ii) If the security is a depositary share, is the product of:
    (A) The closing price of the depositary share on that same day 
divided by the number of deposited securities represented by such 
depositary share; and
    (B) The number of outstanding shares of the security represented by 
the depositary share on that same day.
    (7) Outstanding shares of a security means the number of outstanding 
shares of such security as reported on the most recent Form 10-K, Form 
10-Q, Form 10-KSB, Form 10-QSB, or Form 20-F (17 CFR 249.310, 249.308a, 
249.310b, 249.308b, or 249.220f) filed with the Commission by the issuer 
of such security, including any change to such number of outstanding 
shares subsequently reported by the issuer on a Form 8-K (17 CFR 
249.308).
    (8) Preceding 6 full calendar months means, with respect to a 
particular day, the period of time beginning on the same day of the 
month 6 months before and ending on the day prior to such day.
    (9) Principal market for a security means the single securities 
market with the largest reported trading volume for the security during 
the preceding 6 full calendar months.
    (10) Reported transaction means:
    (i) With respect to securities transactions in the United States, 
any transaction for which a transaction report is collected, processed, 
and made available pursuant to an effective transaction reporting plan, 
or for which a transaction report, last sale data, or quotation 
information is disseminated through an automated quotation system as 
described in Section 3(a)(51)(A)(ii) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(51)(A)(ii); and
    (ii) With respect to securities transactions outside the United 
States, any transaction that has been reported to a foreign financial 
regulatory authority in the jurisdiction where such transaction has 
taken place.
    (11) U.S. trading day means any day on which a national securities 
exchange is open for trading.
    (12) Weighting of a component security of an index means the 
percentage of such index's value represented, or accounted for, by such 
component security.

[66 FR 44514, Aug. 23, 2001, as amended at 70 FR 43750, July 29, 2005]



Sec. 240.3a55-2  Indexes underlying futures contracts trading for 
fewer than 30 days.

    (a) An index on which a contract of sale for future delivery is 
trading on a designated contract market, registered derivatives 
transaction execution facility, or foreign board of trade is not a 
narrow-based security index under Section 3(a)(55) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(55)) for the first 30 days of trading, if:
    (1) Such index would not have been a narrow-based security index on 
each trading day of the preceding 6 full calendar months with respect to 
a date no earlier than 30 days prior to the commencement of trading of 
such contract;
    (2) On each trading day of the preceding 6 full calendar months with 
respect to a date no earlier than 30 days prior to the commencement of 
trading such contract:
    (i) Such index had more than 9 component securities;
    (ii) No component security in such index comprised more than 30 
percent of the index's weighting;
    (iii) The 5 highest weighted component securities in such index did 
not comprise, in the aggregate, more than 60 percent of the index's 
weighting; and
    (iv) The dollar value of the trading volume of the lowest weighted 
25% of such index was not less than $50 million (or in the case of an 
index with 15

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or more component securities, $30 million); or
    (3) On each trading day of the preceding 6 full calendar months, 
with respect to a date no earlier than 30 days prior to the commencement 
of trading such contract:
    (i) Such index had at least 9 component securities;
    (ii) No component security in such index comprised more than 30 
percent of the index's weighting; and
    (iii) Each component security in such index was:
    (A) Registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78) or 
was a depositary share representing a security registered pursuant to 
Section 12 of the Act;
    (B) 1 of 750 securities with the largest market capitalization that 
day; and
    (C) 1 of 675 securities with the largest dollar value of trading 
volume that day.
    (b) An index that is not a narrow-based security index for the first 
30 days of trading pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, shall 
become a narrow-based security index if such index has been a narrow-
based security index for more than 45 business days over 3 consecutive 
calendar months.
    (c) An index that becomes a narrow-based security index solely 
because it was a narrow-based security index for more than 45 business 
days over 3 consecutive calendar months pursuant to paragraph (b) of 
this section shall not be a narrow-based security index for the 
following 3 calendar months.
    (d) Definitions. For purposes of this section:
    (1) Market capitalization has the same meaning as in Sec. 240.3a55-
1(d)(6).
    (2) Dollar value of trading volume of a security on a particular day 
is the value in U.S. dollars of all reported transactions in such 
security on that day. If the value of reported transactions used in 
calculating dollar value of trading volume is reported in a currency 
other than U.S. dollars, the total value of each day's transactions 
shall be converted into U.S. dollars on the basis of a spot rate of 
exchange for that day obtained from at least one independent entity that 
provides or disseminates foreign exchange quotations in the ordinary 
course of its business.
    (3) Lowest weighted 25% of an index has the same meaning as in Sec. 
240.3a55-1(d)(5).
    (4) Preceding 6 full calendar months has the same meaning as in 
Sec. 240.3a55-1(d)(8).
    (5) Reported transaction has the same meaning as in Sec. 240.3a55-
1(d)(10).

[66 FR 44514, Aug. 23, 2001]



Sec. 240.3a55-3  Futures contracts on security indexes trading on or 
subject to the rules of a foreign board of trade.

    When a contract of sale for future delivery on a security index is 
traded on or subject to the rules of a foreign board of trade, such 
index shall not be a narrow-based security index if it would not be a 
narrow-based security index if a futures contract on such index were 
traded on a designated contract market or registered derivatives 
transaction execution facility.

[66 FR 44514, Aug. 23, 2001]



Sec. 240.3a55-4  Exclusion from definition of narrow-based security 
index for indexes composed of debt securities.

    (a) An index is not a narrow-based security index if:
    (1)(i) Each of the securities of an issuer included in the index is 
a security, as defined in section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 
1933(15 U.S.C. 77b(a)(1)) and section 3(a)(10) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(10)) and the respective rules promulgated thereunder, that is a 
note, bond, debenture, or evidence of indebtedness;
    (ii) None of the securities of an issuer included in the index is an 
equity security, as defined in section 3(a)(11) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(11)) and the rules promulgated thereunder;
    (iii) The index is comprised of more than nine securities that are 
issued by more than nine non-affiliated issuers;
    (iv) The securities of any issuer included in the index do not 
comprise more than 30 percent of the index's weighting;
    (v) The securities of any five non-affiliated issuers included in 
the index do not comprise more than 60 percent of the index's weighting;

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    (vi) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(1)(viii) of this section, 
for each security of an issuer included in the index one of the 
following criteria is satisfied:
    (A) The issuer of the security is required to file reports pursuant 
to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m and 78o(d));
    (B) The issuer of the security has a [Worldwide market value of its 
outstanding common equity held by non-affiliates of $71 million or more;
    (C) The issuer of the security has outstanding securities that are 
notes, bonds, debentures, or evidences of indebtedness having a total 
remaining principal amount of at least $1 billion;
    (D) The security is an exempted security as defined in section 
3(a)(12) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(12)) and the rules promulgated 
thereunder; or
    (E) The issuer of the security is a government of a foreign country 
or a political subdivision of a foreign country;
    (vii) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(1)(viii) of this section, 
for each security of an issuer included in the index one of the 
following criteria is satisfied
    (A) The security has a total remaining principal amount of at least 
$250,000,000; or
    (B) The security is a municipal security, as defined in section 
3(a)(29) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(29)) and the rules promulgated 
thereunder that has a total remaining principal amount of at least 
$200,000,000 and the issuer of such municipal security has outstanding 
securities that are notes, bonds, debentures, or evidences of 
indebtedness having a total remaining principal amount of at least $1 
billion; and
    (viii) Paragraphs (a)(1)(vi) and (a)(1)(vii) of this section will 
not apply to securities of an issuer included in the index if:
    (A) All securities of such issuer included in the index represent 
less than 5 percent of the index's weighting; and
    (B) Securities comprising at least 80 percent of the index's 
weighting satisfy the provisions of paragraphs (a)(1)(vi) and 
(a)(1)(vii) of this section; or
    (2)(i) The index includes exempted securities, other than municipal 
securities, as defined in section 3(a)(29) of the Act and the rules 
promulgated thereunder, that are:
    (A) Notes, bonds, debentures, or evidences of indebtedness; and
    (B) Not equity securities, as defined in section 3(a)(11) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(11)) and the rules promulgated thereunder; and
    (ii) Without taking into account any portion of the index composed 
of such exempted securities, other than municipal securities, the 
remaining portion of the index would not be a narrow-based security 
index: meeting all the conditions under paragraph (a)(1) of this 
section.
    (b) For purposes of this section:
    (1) An issuer is affiliated with another issuer if it controls, is 
controlled by, or is under common control with, that issuer.
    (2) For purposes of this section, control means ownership of 20 
percent or more of an issuer's equity, or the ability to direct the 
voting of 20 percent or more of the issuer's voting equity.
    (3) The term issuer includes a single issuer or group of affiliated 
issuers.

[71 FR 39542, July 13, 2006]

                               Definitions



Sec. 240.3b-1  Definition of ``listed''.

    The term listed means admitted to full trading privileges upon 
application by the issuer or its fiscal agent or, in the case of the 
securities of a foreign corporation, upon application by a banker 
engaged in distributing them; and includes securities for which 
authority to add to the list on official notice of issuance has been 
granted.

(Sec. 3, 48 Stat. 884; 15 U.S.C. 78c)

[13 FR 8179, Dec. 22, 1948]



Sec. 240.3b-2  Definition of ``officer''.

    The term officer means a president, vice president, secretary, 
treasury or principal financial officer, comptroller or principal 
accounting officer, and any person routinely performing corresponding 
functions with respect to any organization whether incorporated or 
unincorporated.

[47 FR 11464, Mar. 16, 1982; 47 FR 11819, Mar. 19, 1982]

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Sec. 240.3b-3  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.3b-4  Definition of ``foreign government,'' ``foreign issuer'' 
and ``foreign private issuer''.

    (a) The term foreign government means the government of any foreign 
country or of any political subdivision of a foreign country.
    (b) The term foreign issuer means any issuer which is a foreign 
government, a national of any foreign country or a corporation or other 
organization incorporated or organized under the laws of any foreign 
country.
    (c) The term foreign private issuer means any foreign issuer other 
than a foreign government except for an issuer meeting the following 
conditions as of the last business day of its most recently completed 
second fiscal quarter:
    (1) More than 50 percent of the issuer's outstanding voting 
securities are directly or indirectly held of record by residents of the 
United States; and
    (2) Any of the following:
    (i) The majority of the executive officers or directors are United 
States citizens or residents;
    (ii) More than 50 percent of the assets of the issuer are located in 
the United States; or
    (iii) The business of the issuer is administered principally in the 
United States.

    Instruction to paragraph (c)(1): To determine the percentage of 
outstanding voting securities held by U.S. residents:
    A. Use the method of calculating record ownership in Rule 12g3-2(a) 
under the Act (Sec. 240.12g3-2(a)), except that your inquiry as to the 
amount of shares represented by accounts of customers resident in the 
United States may be limited to brokers, dealers, banks and other 
nominees located in:
    (1) The United States,
    (2) Your jurisdiction of incorporation, and
    (3) The jurisdiction that is the primary trading market for your 
voting securities, if different than your jurisdiction of incorporation.
    B. If, after reasonable inquiry, you are unable to obtain 
information about the amount of shares represented by accounts of 
customers resident in the United States, you may assume, for purposes of 
this definition, that the customers are residents of the jurisdiction in 
which the nominee has its principal place of business.
    C. Count shares of voting securities beneficially owned by residents 
of the United States as reported on reports of beneficial ownership 
provided to you or filed publicly and based on information otherwise 
provided to you.
    (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (c) of this section, in the case of a 
new registrant with the Commission, the determination of whether an 
issuer is a foreign private issuer will be made as of a date within 30 
days prior to the issuer's filing of an initial registration statement 
under either the Act or the Securities Act of 1933.
    (e) Once an issuer qualifies as a foreign private issuer, it will 
immediately be able to use the forms and rules designated for foreign 
private issuers until it fails to qualify for this status at the end of 
its most recently completed second fiscal quarter. An issuer's 
determination that it fails to qualify as a foreign private issuer 
governs its eligibility to use the forms and rules designated for 
foreign private issuers beginning on the first day of the fiscal year 
following the determination date. Once an issuer fails to qualify for 
foreign private issuer status, it will remain unqualified unless it 
meets the requirements for foreign private issuer status as of the last 
business day of its second fiscal quarter.

[32 FR 7848, May 30, 1967, as amended at 48 FR 46739, Oct. 14, 1983; 64 
FR 53912, Oct. 5, 1999; 73 FR 58323, Oct. 6, 2008]



Sec. 240.3b-5  Non-exempt securities issued under governmental 
obligations.

    (a) Any part of an obligation evidenced by any bond, note, 
debenture, or other evidence of indebtedness issued by any governmental 
unit specified in section 3(a)(12) of the Act which is payable from 
payments to be made in respect of property or money which is or will be 
used, under a lease, sale, or loan arrangement, by or for industrial or 
commercial enterprise, shall be deemed to be a separate ``security'' 
within the meaning of section 3(a)(10) of the Act, issued by the lessee 
or obligor under the lease, sale or loan arrangement.
    (b) An obligation shall not be deemed a separate ``security'' as 
defined in paragraph (a) of this section if, (1) the obligation is 
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revenues of a governmental unit, specified in section 3(a)(12) of the 
Act, having other resources which may be used for the payment of the 
obligation, or (2) the obligation relates to a public project or 
facility owned and operated by or on behalf of and under the control of 
a governmental unit specified in such section, or (3) the obligation 
relates to a facility which is leased to and under the control of an 
industrial or commercial enterprise but is a part of a public project 
which, as a whole, is owned by and under the general control of a 
governmental unit specified in such section, or an instrumentality 
thereof.
    (c) This rule shall apply to transactions of the character described 
in paragraph (a) of this section only with respect to bonds, notes, 
debentures or other evidences of indebtedness sold after December 31, 
1968.

(Sec. 3, 48 Stat. 882; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 77s)

[33 FR 12648, Sept. 6, 1968, as amended at 35 FR 6000, Apr. 11, 1970]



Sec. 240.3b-6  Liability for certain statements by issuers.

    (a) A statement within the coverage of paragraph (b) of this section 
which is made by or on behalf of an issuer or by an outside reviewer 
retained by the issuer shall be deemed not to be a fraudulent statement 
(as defined in paragraph (d) of this section), unless it is shown that 
such statement was made or reaffirmed without a reasonable basis or was 
disclosed other than in good faith.
    (b) This rule applies to the following statements:
    (1) A forward-looking statement (as defined in paragraph (c) of this 
section) made in a document filed with the Commission, in Part I of a 
quarterly report on Form 10-Q, Sec. 249.308a of this chapter, or in an 
annual report to security holders meeting the requirements of Rules 14a-
3(b) and (c) or 14c-3(a) and (b) (Sec. 240.14a-3(b) and (c) or Sec. 
240.14c-3(a) and (b)), a statement reaffirming such forward-looking 
statement after the date the document was filed or the annual report was 
made publicly available, or a forward-looking statement made before the 
date the document was filed or the date the annual report was made 
publicly available if such statement is reaffirmed in a filed document, 
in Part I of a quarterly report on Form 10-Q, or in an annual report 
made publicly available within a reasonable time after the making of 
such forward-looking statement; Provided, that:
    (i) At the time such statements are made or reaffirmed, either the 
issuer is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 13(a) or 
15(d) of the Act and has complied with the requirements of Rule 13a-1 or 
15d-1 thereunder, if applicable, to file its most recent annual report 
on Form 10-K, Form 20-F or Form 40-F; or if the issuer is not subject to 
the reporting requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act, the 
statements are made in a registration statement filed under the 
Securities Act of 1933 offering statement or solicitation of interest, 
written document or broadcast script under Regulation A or pursuant to 
Section 12(b) or (g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and
    (ii) The statements are not made by or on behalf of an issuer that 
is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 
1940; and
    (2) Information that is disclosed in a document filed with the 
Commission in Part I of a quarterly report on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308a 
of this chapter) or in an annual report to security holders meeting the 
requirements of Rules 14a-3(b) and (c) or 14c-3(a) and (b) under the Act 
(Sec. 240.14a-3(b) and (c) or Sec. 240.14c-3(a) and (b) of this 
chapter) and that relates to:
    (i) The effects of changing prices on the business enterprise, 
presented voluntarily or pursuant to Item 303 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.303 of this chapter), ``Management's Discussion and Analysis of 
Financial Condition and Results of Operations,'' Item 5 of Form 20-F 
(Sec. 240.220(f) of this chapter), ``Operating and Financial Review and 
Prospects,'' Item 302 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.302 of this chapter) 
``Supplementary Financial Information,'' or Rule 3-20(c) of Regulation 
S-X (Sec. 210.3-20(c) of this chapter); or
    (ii) The value of proved oil and gas reserves (such as a 
standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows relating to 
proved oil and gas reserves as set forth in paragraphs 30-34 of 
Statement of Financial Accounting

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Standards No. 69), presented voluntarily or pursuant to Item 302 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.302 of this chapter).
    (c) For the purpose of this rule, the term forward-looking statement 
shall mean and shall be limited to:
    (1) A statement containing a projection of revenues, income (loss), 
earnings (loss) per share, capital expenditures, dividends, capital 
structure or other financial items;
    (2) A statement of management's plans and objectives for future 
operations;
    (3) A statement of future economic performance contained in 
management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results 
of operations included pursuant to Item 303 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.303 of this chapter) or Item 5 of Form 20-F or
    (4) Disclosed statements of the assumptions underlying or relating 
to any of the statements described in paragraphs (c) (1), (2), or (3) of 
this section.
    (d) For the purpose of this rule the term fraudulent statement shall 
mean a statement which is an untrue statement of a material fact, a 
statement false or misleading with respect to any material fact, an 
omission to state a material fact necessary to make a statement not 
misleading, or which constitutes the employment of a manipulative, 
deceptive, or fraudulent device, contrivance, scheme, transaction, act, 
practice, course of business, or an artifice to defraud, as those terms 
are used in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the rules or 
regulations promulgated thereunder.

[46 FR 13990, Feb. 25, 1981, as amended at 46 FR 19457, Mar. 31, 1981; 
47 FR 11464, Mar. 16, 1982; 47 FR 54780, Dec. 6, 1982; 47 FR 57915, Dec. 
29, 1982; 48 FR 19876, May 3, 1983; 56 FR 30067, July 1, 1991; 57 FR 
36494, Aug. 13, 1992; 64 FR 53912, Oct. 5, 1999; 73 FR 973, Jan. 4, 
2008]



Sec. 240.3b-7  Definition of ``executive officer''.

    The term executive officer, when used with reference to a 
registrant, means its president, any vice president of the registrant in 
charge of a principal business unit, division or function (such as 
sales, administration or finance), any other officer who performs a 
policy making function or any other person who performs similar policy 
making functions for the registrant. Executive officers of subsidiaries 
may be deemed executive officers of the registrant if they perform such 
policy making functions for the registrant.

[47 FR 11464, Mar. 16, 1982, as amended at 56 FR 7265, Feb. 21, 1991]



Sec. 240.3b-8  Definitions of ``Qualified OTC Market Maker, Qualified 
Third Market Maker'' and ``Qualified Block Positioner''.

    For the purposes of Regulation U under the Act (12 CFR part 221):
    (a) The term Qualified OTC Market Maker in an over-the-counter 
(``OTC'') margin security means a dealer in any ``OTC Margin Security'' 
(as that term is defined in section 2(j) of Regulation U (12 CFR 
221.2(j)) who (1) is a broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 
15 of the Act, (2) is subject to and is in compliance with Rule 15c3-1 
(17 CFR 240.15c3-1), (3) has and maintains minimum net capital, as 
defined in Rule 15c3-1, of the lesser of (i) $250,000 or (ii) $25,000 
plus $5,000 for each security in excess of five with regard to which the 
broker or dealer is, or is seeking to become a Qualified OTC Market 
Maker, and (4) except when such activity is unlawful, meets all of the 
following conditions with respect to such security: (i) He regularly 
publishes bona fide, competitive bid and offer quotations in a 
recognized inter-dealer quotation system, (ii) he furnishes bona fide, 
competitive bid and offer quotations to other brokers and dealers on 
request, (iii) he is ready, willing and able to effect transactions in 
reasonable amounts, and at his quoted prices, with other brokers and 
dealers, and (iv) he has a reasonable average rate of inventory turnover 
in such security.
    (b) The term Qualified Third Market Maker means a dealer in any 
stock registered on a national securities exchange (``exchange'') who 
(1) is a broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 15 of the Act, 
(2) is subject to and is in compliance with Rule 15c3-1 (17 CFR 
240.15c3-1), (3) has and maintains minimum net capital, as defined in 
Rule 15c3-1, of the lesser of (i) $500,000 or (ii) $100,000 plus $20,000 
for

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each security in excess of five with regard to which the broker or 
dealer is, or is seeking to become, a Qualified Third Market Maker, and 
(4) except when such activity is unlawful, meets all of the following 
conditions with respect to such security: (i) He furnishes bona fide, 
competitive bid and offer quotations at all times to other brokers and 
dealers on request, (ii) he is ready, willing and able to effect 
transactions for his own account in reasonable amounts, and at his 
quoted prices with other brokers and dealers, and (iii) he has a 
reasonable average rate of inventory turnover in such security.
    (c) The term Qualified Block Positioner means a dealer who (1) is a 
broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 15 of the Act, (2) is 
subject to and in compliance with Rule 15c3-1 (17 CFR 240.15c3-1), (3) 
has and maintains minimum net capital, as defined in Rule 15c3-1 of 
$1,000,000 and (4) except when such activity is unlawful, meets all of 
the following conditions: (i) He engages in the activity of purchasing 
long or selling short, from time to time, from or to a customer (other 
than a partner or a joint venture or other entity in which a partner, 
the dealer, or a person associated with such dealer, as defined in 
section 3(a) (18) of the Act, participates) a block of stock with a 
current market value of $200,000 or more in a single transaction, or in 
several transactions at approximately the same time, from a single 
source to facilitate a sale or purchase by such customer, (ii) he has 
determined in the exercise of reasonable diligence that the block could 
not be sold to or purchased from others on equivalent or better terms, 
and (iii) he sells the shares comprising the block as rapidly as 
possible commensurate with the circumstances.

(15 U.S.C. 78a et seq., as amended by Pub. L. 94-29 (June 4, 1975), 
particularly secs. 2, 3, 11, 15, 17 and 23 thereof (15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 
78k, 78o, 78q and 78w))

[48 FR 39606, Sept. 1, 1983]



Sec. Sec. 240.3b-9--240.3b-10  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.3b-11  Definitions relating to limited partnership roll-up 
transactions for purposes of sections 6(b)(9), 14(h) and 15A(b)(12)-(13).

    For purposes of sections 6(b)(9), 14(h) and 15A(b)(12)-(13) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(9), 78n(h) and 78o-3(b)(12)-(13)):
    (a) The term limited partnership roll-up transaction does not 
include a transaction involving only entities that are not ``finite-
life'' as defined in Item 901(b)(2) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.901(b)(2) of this chapter).
    (b) The term limited partnership roll-up transaction does not 
include a transaction involving only entities registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) or any Business 
Development Company as defined in section 2(a)(48) of that Act (15 
U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(48)).
    (c) The term regularly traded shall be defined as in Item 
901(c)(2)(v)(C) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.901(c)(2)(v)(C) of this 
chapter).

[59 FR 63684, Dec. 8, 1994]



Sec. 240.3b-12  Definition of OTC derivatives dealer.

    The term OTC derivatives dealer means any dealer that is affiliated 
with a registered broker or dealer (other than an OTC derivatives 
dealer), and whose securities activities:
    (a) Are limited to:
    (1) Engaging in dealer activities in eligible OTC derivative 
instruments that are securities;
    (2) Issuing and reacquiring securities that are issued by the 
dealer, including warrants on securities, hybrid securities, and 
structured notes;
    (3) Engaging in cash management securities activities;
    (4) Engaging in ancillary portfolio management securities 
activities; and
    (5) Engaging in such other securities activities that the Commission 
designates by order pursuant to Sec. 240.15a-1(b)(1); and
    (b) Consist primarily of the activities described in paragraphs 
(a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) of this section; and
    (c) Do not consist of any other securities activities, including 
engaging in any transaction in any security that is

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not an eligible OTC derivative instrument, except as permitted under 
paragraphs (a)(3), (a)(4), and (a)(5) of this section.
    (d) For purposes of this section, the term hybrid security means a 
security that incorporates payment features economically similar to 
options, forwards, futures, swap agreements, or collars involving 
currencies, interest or other rates, commodities, securities, indices, 
quantitative measures, or other financial or economic interests or 
property of any kind, or any payment or delivery that is dependent on 
the occurrence or nonoccurrence of any event associated with a potential 
financial, economic, or commercial consequence (or any combination, 
permutation, or derivative of such contract or underlying interest).

[63 FR 59394, Nov. 3, 1998]



Sec. 240.3b-13  Definition of eligible OTC derivative instrument.

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this section, 
the term eligible OTC derivative instrument means any contract, 
agreement, or transaction that:
    (1) Provides, in whole or in part, on a firm or contingent basis, 
for the purchase or sale of, or is based on the value of, or any 
interest in, one or more commodities, securities, currencies, interest 
or other rates, indices, quantitative measures, or other financial or 
economic interests or property of any kind; or
    (2) Involves any payment or delivery that is dependent on the 
occurrence or nonoccurrence of any event associated with a potential 
financial, economic, or commercial consequence; or
    (3) Involves any combination or permutation of any contract, 
agreement, or transaction or underlying interest, property, or event 
described in paragraphs (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this section.
    (b) The term eligible OTC derivative instrument does not include any 
contract, agreement, or transaction that:
    (1) Provides for the purchase or sale of a security, on a firm 
basis, unless:
    (i) The settlement date for such purchase or sale occurs at least 
one year following the trade date or, in the case of an eligible forward 
contract, at least four months following the trade date; or
    (ii) The material economic features of the contract, agreement, or 
transaction consist primarily of features of a type described in 
paragraph (a) of this section other than the provision for the purchase 
or sale of a security on a firm basis; or
    (2) Provides, in whole or in part, on a firm or contingent basis, 
for the purchase or sale of, or is based on the value of, or any 
interest in, any security (or group or index of securities), and is:
    (i) Listed on, or traded on or through, a national securities 
exchange or registered national securities association, or facility or 
market thereof; or
    (ii) Except as otherwise determined by the Commission by order 
pursuant to Sec. 240.15a-1(b)(2), one of a class of fungible 
instruments that are standardized as to their material economic terms.
    (c) The Commission may issue an order pursuant to Sec. 240.15a-
1(b)(3) clarifying whether certain contracts, agreements, or 
transactions are within the scope of eligible OTC derivative instrument.
    (d) For purposes of this section, the term eligible forward contract 
means a forward contract that provides for the purchase or sale of a 
security other than a government security, provided that, if such 
contract provides for the purchase or sale of margin stock (as defined 
in Regulation U of the Regulations of the Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, 12 CFR Part 221), such contract either:
    (1) Provides for the purchase or sale of such stock by the issuer 
thereof (or an affiliate that is not a bank or a broker or dealer); or
    (2) Provides for the transfer of transaction collateral in an amount 
that would satisfy the requirements, if any, that would be applicable 
assuming the OTC derivatives dealer party to such transaction were not 
eligible for the exemption from Regulation T of the Regulations of the 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 12 CFR part 220, set 
forth in Sec. 240.36a1-1.

[63 FR 59395, Nov. 3, 1998]

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Sec. 240.3b-14  Definition of cash management securities activities.

    The term cash management securities activities means securities 
activities that are limited to transactions involving:
    (a) Any taking possession of, and any subsequent sale or disposition 
of, collateral provided by a counterparty, or any acquisition of, and 
any subsequent sale or disposition of, collateral to be provided to a 
counterparty, in connection with any securities activities of the dealer 
permitted under Sec. 240.15a-1 or any non-securities activities of the 
dealer that involve eligible OTC derivative instruments or other 
financial instruments;
    (b) Cash management, in connection with any securities activities of 
the dealer permitted under Sec. 240.15a-1 or any non-securities 
activities of the dealer that involve eligible OTC derivative 
instruments or other financial instruments; or
    (c) Financing of positions of the dealer acquired in connection with 
any securities activities of the dealer permitted under Sec. 240.15a-1 
or any non-securities activities that involve eligible OTC derivative 
instruments or other financial instruments.

[63 FR 59395, Nov. 3, 1998]



Sec. 240.3b-15  Definition of ancillary portfolio management securities 
activities.

    (a) The term ancillary portfolio management securities activities 
means securities activities that:
    (1) Are limited to transactions in connection with:
    (i) Dealer activities in eligible OTC derivative instruments;
    (ii) The issuance of securities by the dealer; or
    (iii) Such other securities activities that the Commission 
designates by order pursuant to Sec. 240.15a-1(b)(1); and
    (2) Are conducted for the purpose of reducing the market or credit 
risk of the dealer or consist of incidental trading activities for 
portfolio management purposes; and
    (3) Are limited to risk exposures within the market, credit, 
leverage, and liquidity risk parameters set forth in:
    (i) The trading authorizations granted to the associated person (or 
to the supervisor of such associated person) who executes a particular 
transaction for, or on behalf of, the dealer; and
    (ii) The written guidelines approved by the governing body of the 
dealer and included in the internal risk management control system for 
the dealer pursuant to Sec. 240.15c3-4; and
    (4) Are conducted solely by one or more associated persons of the 
dealer who perform substantial duties for, or on behalf of, the dealer 
in connection with its dealer activities in eligible OTC derivative 
instruments.
    (b) The Commission may issue an order pursuant to Sec. 240.15a-
1(b)(4) clarifying whether certain securities activities are within the 
scope of ancillary portfolio management securities activities.

[63 FR 59395, Nov. 3, 1998]



Sec. 240.3b-16  Definitions of terms used in Section 3(a)(1) of the Act.

    (a) An organization, association, or group of persons shall be 
considered to constitute, maintain, or provide ``a market place or 
facilities for bringing together purchasers and sellers of securities or 
for otherwise performing with respect to securities the functions 
commonly performed by a stock exchange,'' as those terms are used in 
section 3(a)(1) of the Act, (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(1)), if such organization, 
association, or group of persons:
    (1) Brings together the orders for securities of multiple buyers and 
sellers; and
    (2) Uses established, non-discretionary methods (whether by 
providing a trading facility or by setting rules) under which such 
orders interact with each other, and the buyers and sellers entering 
such orders agree to the terms of a trade.
    (b) An organization, association, or group of persons shall not be 
considered to constitute, maintain, or provide ``a market place or 
facilities for bringing together purchasers and sellers of securities or 
for otherwise performing with respect to securities the functions 
commonly performed by a stock exchange,'' solely because such 
organization, association, or group of

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persons engages in one or more of the following activities:
    (1) Routes orders to a national securities exchange, a market 
operated by a national securities association, or a broker-dealer for 
execution; or
    (2) Allows persons to enter orders for execution against the bids 
and offers of a single dealer; and
    (i) As an incidental part of these activities, matches orders that 
are not displayed to any person other than the dealer and its employees; 
or
    (ii) In the course of acting as a market maker registered with a 
self-regulatory organization, displays the limit orders of such market 
maker's, or other broker-dealer's, customers; and
    (A) Matches customer orders with such displayed limit orders; and
    (B) As an incidental part of its market making activities, crosses 
or matches orders that are not displayed to any person other than the 
market maker and its employees.
    (c) For purposes of this section the term order means any firm 
indication of a willingness to buy or sell a security, as either 
principal or agent, including any bid or offer quotation, market order, 
limit order, or other priced order.
    (d) For the purposes of this section, the terms bid and offer shall 
have the same meaning as under Sec. 242.600 of this chapter.
    (e) The Commission may conditionally or unconditionally exempt any 
organization, association, or group of persons from the definition in 
paragraph (a) of this section.

[63 FR 70918, Dec. 22, 1998, as amended at 70 FR 37617, June 29, 2005]



Sec. 240.3b-17  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.3b-18  Definitions of terms used in Section 3(a)(5) of the 
Act.

    For the purposes of section 3(a)(5)(C) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c(a)(5)(C):
    (a) The term affiliate means any company that controls, is 
controlled by, or is under common control with another company.
    (b) The term consumer-related receivable means any obligation 
incurred by any natural person to pay money arising out of a transaction 
in which the money, property, insurance, or services (being purchased) 
are primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
    (c) The term member as it relates to the term ``syndicate of banks'' 
means a bank that is a participant in a syndicate of banks and together 
with its affiliates, other than its broker or dealer affiliates, 
originates no less than 10% of the value of the obligations in a pool of 
obligations used to back the securities issued through a grantor trust 
or other separate entity.
    (d) The term obligation means any note, draft, acceptance, loan, 
lease, receivable, or other evidence of indebtedness that is not a 
security issued by a person other than the bank.
    (e) The term originated means:
    (1) Funding an obligation at the time that the obligation is 
created; or
    (2) Initially approving and underwriting the obligation, or 
initially agreeing to purchase the obligation, provided that:
    (i) The obligation conforms to the underwriting standards or is 
evidenced by the loan documents of the bank or its affiliates, other 
than its broker or dealer affiliates; and
    (ii) The bank or its affiliates, other than its broker or dealer 
affiliates, fund the obligation in a timely manner, not to exceed six 
months after the obligation is created.
    (f) The term pool means more than one obligation or type of 
obligation grouped together to provide collateral for a securities 
offering.
    (g) The term predominantly originated means that no less than 85% of 
the value of the obligations in any pool were originated by:
    (1) The bank or its affiliates, other than its broker or dealer 
affiliates; or
    (2) Banks that are members of a syndicate of banks and affiliates of 
such banks, other than their broker or dealer affiliates, if the 
obligations or pool of obligations consist of mortgage obligations or 
consumer-related receivables.
    (3) For this purpose, the bank and its affiliates include any 
financial institution with which the bank or its affiliates have merged 
but does not include the purchase of a pool of obligations or the 
purchase of a line of business.
    (h) The term syndicate of banks means a group of banks that acts 
jointly, on a

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temporary basis, to issue through a grantor trust or other separate 
entity, securities backed by obligations originated by each of the 
individual banks or their affiliates, other than their broker or dealer 
affiliates.

[68 FR 8700, Feb. 24, 2003]



Sec. 240.3b-19  Definition of ``issuer'' in section 3(a)(8) of the Act 
in relation to asset-backed securities.

    The following applies with respect to asset-backed securities under 
the Act. Terms used in this section have the same meaning as in Item 
1101 of Regulation AB (Sec. 229.1101 of this chapter).
    (a) The depositor for the asset-backed securities acting solely in 
its capacity as depositor to the issuing entity is the ``issuer'' for 
purposes of the asset-backed securities of that issuing entity.
    (b) The person acting in the capacity as the depositor specified in 
paragraph (a) of this section is a different ``issuer'' from that same 
person acting as a depositor for another issuing entity or for purposes 
of that person's own securities.

[70 FR 1620, Jan. 7, 2005]

                 Registration and Exemption of Exchanges



Sec. 240.6a-1  Application for registration as a national securities 
exchange or exemption from registration based on limited volume.

    (a) An application for registration as a national securities 
exchange, or for exemption from such registration based on limited 
volume, shall be filed on Form 1 (Sec. 249.1 of this chapter), in 
accordance with the instructions contained therein.
    (b) Promptly after the discovery that any information filed on Form 
1 was inaccurate when filed, the exchange shall file with the Commission 
an amendment correcting such inaccuracy.
    (c) Promptly after the discovery that any information in the 
statement, any exhibit, or any amendment was inaccurate when filed, the 
exchange shall file with the Commission an amendment correcting such 
inaccuracy.
    (d) Whenever the number of changes to be reported in an amendment, 
or the number of amendments filed, are so great that the purpose of 
clarity will be promoted by the filing of a new complete statement and 
exhibits, an exchange may, at its election, or shall, upon request of 
the Commission, file as an amendment a complete new statement together 
with all exhibits which are prescribed to be filed in connection with 
Form 1.

(Secs. 5, 6, 17, 48 Stat. 885, 897, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78e, 78f, 78q)

[14 FR 7759, Dec. 29, 1949, as amended at 63 FR 70918, Dec. 22, 1998]



Sec. 240.6a-2  Amendments to application.

    (a) A national securities exchange, or an exchange exempted from 
such registration based on limited volume, shall file an amendment to 
Form 1, (Sec. 249.1 of this chapter), which shall set forth the nature 
and effective date of the action taken and shall provide any new 
information and correct any information rendered inaccurate, on Form 1, 
(Sec. 249.1 of this chapter), within 10 days after any action is taken 
that renders inaccurate, or that causes to be incomplete, any of the 
following:
    (1) Information filed on the Execution Page of Form 1, or amendment 
thereto; or
    (2) Information filed as part of Exhibits C, F, G, H, J, K or M, or 
any amendments thereto.
    (b) On or before June 30 of each year, a national securities 
exchange, or an exchange exempted from such registration based on 
limited volume, shall file, as an amendment to Form 1, the following:
    (1) Exhibits D and I as of the end of the latest fiscal year of the 
exchange; and
    (2) Exhibits K, M, and N, which shall be up to date as of the latest 
date practicable within 3 months of the date the amendment is filed.
    (c) On or before June 30, 2001 and every 3 years thereafter, a 
national securities exchange, or an exchange exempted from such 
registration based on limited volume, shall file, as an amendment to 
Form 1, complete Exhibits A, B, C and J. The information filed under 
this paragraph (c) shall be current as of the latest practicable date, 
but shall, at a minimum, be up to date within 3

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months as of the date the amendment is filed.
    (d)(1) If an exchange, on an annual or more frequent basis, 
publishes, or cooperates in the publication of, any of the information 
required to be filed by paragraphs (b)(2) and (c) of this section, in 
lieu of filing such information, an exchange may:
    (i) Identify the publication in which such information is available, 
the name, address, and telephone number of the person from whom such 
publication may be obtained, and the price of such publication; and
    (ii) Certify to the accuracy of such information as of its 
publication date.
    (2) If an exchange keeps the information required under paragraphs 
(b)(2) and (c) of this section up to date and makes it available to the 
Commission and the public upon request, in lieu of filing such 
information, an exchange may certify that the information is kept up to 
date and is available to the Commission and the public upon request.
    (3) If the information required to be filed under paragraphs (b)(2) 
and (c) of this section is available continuously on an Internet web 
site controlled by an exchange, in lieu of filing such information with 
the Commission, such exchange may:
    (i) Indicate the location of the Internet web site where such 
information may be found; and
    (ii) Certify that the information available at such location is 
accurate as of its date.
    (e) The Commission may exempt a national securities exchange, or an 
exchange exempted from such registration based on limited volume, from 
filing the amendment required by this section for any affiliate or 
subsidiary listed in Exhibit C of the exchange's application for 
registration, as amended, that either:
    (1) Is listed in Exhibit C of the application for registration or 
notice of registration, as amended, of one or more other national 
securities exchanges; or
    (2) Was an inactive subsidiary throughout the subsidiary's latest 
fiscal year. Any such exemption may be granted upon terms and conditions 
the Commission deems necessary or appropriate in the public interest or 
for the protection of investors, provided however, that at least one 
national securities exchange shall be required to file the amendments 
required by this section for an affiliate or subsidiary described in 
paragraph (e)(1) of this section.
    (f) A national securities exchange registered pursuant to Section 
6(g)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(g)(1)) shall be exempt from the 
requirements of this section.

[63 FR 70918, Dec. 22, 1998, as amended at 66 FR 43741, Aug. 20, 2001]



Sec. 240.6a-3  Supplemental material to be filed by exchanges.

    (a)(1) A national securities exchange, or an exchange exempted from 
such registration based on limited volume, shall file with the 
Commission any material (including notices, circulars, bulletins, lists, 
and periodicals) issued or made generally available to members of, or 
participants or subscribers to, the exchange. Such material shall be 
filed with the Commission within 10 days after issuing or making such 
material available to members, participants or subscribers.
    (2) If the information required to be filed under paragraph (a)(1) 
of this section is available continuously on an Internet web site 
controlled by an exchange, in lieu of filing such information with the 
Commission, such exchange may:
    (i) Indicate the location of the Internet web site where such 
information may be found; and
    (ii) Certify that the information available at such location is 
accurate as of its date.
    (b) Within 15 days after the end of each calendar month, a national 
securities exchange or an exchange exempted from such registration based 
on limited volume, shall file a report concerning the securities sold on 
such exchange during the calendar month. Such report shall set forth:
    (1) The number of shares of stock sold and the aggregate dollar 
amount of such stock sold;
    (2) The principal amount of bonds sold and the aggregate dollar 
amount of such bonds sold; and
    (3) The number of rights and warrants sold and the aggregate dollar

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amount of such rights and warrants sold.
    (c) A national securities exchange registered pursuant to Section 
6(g)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(g)(1)) shall be exempt from the 
requirements of this section.

[63 FR 70919, Dec. 22, 1998, as amended at 66 FR 43741, Aug. 20, 2001]



Sec. 240.6a-4  Notice of registration under Section 6(g) of the Act, 
amendment to such notice, and supplemental materials to be filed by 

exchanges registered 
          under Section 6(g) of the Act.

    (a) Notice of registration. (1) An exchange may register as a 
national securities exchange solely for the purposes of trading security 
futures products by filing Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter) 
(``notice of registration''), in accordance with the instructions 
contained therein, if:
    (i) The exchange is a board of trade, as that term in defined in the 
Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1a(2)), that:
    (A) Has been designated a contract market by the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission and such designation is not suspended by order of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission; or
    (B) Is registered as a derivative transaction execution facility 
under Section 5a of the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 7a) and such 
registration is not suspended by the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission; and
    (ii) Such exchange does not serve as a market place for transactions 
in securities other than:
    (A) Security futures products; or
    (B) Futures on exempted securities or on groups or indexes of 
securities or options thereon that have been authorized under Section 
2(a)(1)(C) of the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 2a).
    (2) Promptly after the discovery that any information filed on Form 
1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter) was inaccurate when filed, the 
exchange shall file with the Commission an amendment correcting such 
inaccuracy.
    (b) Amendment to notice of registration. (1) A national securities 
exchange registered pursuant to Section 6(g)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78f(g)(1)) (``Security Futures Product Exchange'') shall file an 
amendment to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), which shall set 
forth the nature and effective date of the action taken and shall 
provide any new information and correct any information rendered 
inaccurate, on Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), within:
    (i) Ten days after any action is taken that renders inaccurate, or 
that causes to be incomplete, any information filed on the Execution 
Page of Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), or amendment thereto; 
or
    (ii) 30 days after any action is taken that renders inaccurate, or 
that causes to be incomplete, any information filed as part of Exhibit F 
to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), or any amendments thereto.
    (2) A Security Futures Product Exchange shall maintain records 
relating to changes in information required in Exhibits C and E to Form 
1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter) which shall be current of as of the 
latest practicable date, but shall, at a minimum, be up-to-date within 
30 days. A Security Futures Product Exchange shall make such records 
available to the Commission and the public upon request.
    (3) On or before June 30, 2002, and by June 30 every year 
thereafter, a Security Futures Product Exchange shall file, as an 
amendment to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), Exhibits F, H, and 
I, which shall be current of as of the latest practicable date, but 
shall, at a minimum, be up-to-date within three months as of the date 
the amendment is filed.
    (4) On or before June 30, 2004, and by June 30 every three years 
thereafter, a Security Futures Product Exchange shall file, as an 
amendment to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), complete Exhibits 
A, B, C, and E, which shall be current of as of the latest practicable 
date, but shall, at a minimum, be up-to-date within three months as of 
the date the amendment is filed.
    (5)(i) If a Security Futures Product Exchange, on an annual or more 
frequent basis, publishes, or cooperates in the publication of, any of 
the information required to be filed by paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of 
this section, in lieu of filing such information, a Security

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Futures Product Exchange may satisfy this filing requirement by:
    (A) Identifying the publication in which such information is 
available, the name, address, and telephone number of the person from 
whom such publication may be obtained, and the price of such 
publication; and
    (B) Certifying to the accuracy of such information as of its 
publication date.
    (ii) If a Security Futures Product Exchange keeps the information 
required under paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section up-to-date 
and makes it available to the Commission and the public upon request, in 
lieu of filing such information, a Security Futures Product Exchange may 
satisfy this filing requirement by certifying that the information is 
kept up-to-date and is available to the Commission and the public upon 
request.
    (iii) If the information required to be filed under paragraphs 
(b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section is available continuously on an 
Internet web site controlled by a Security Futures Product Exchange, in 
lieu of filing such information with the Commission, such Security 
Futures Product Exchange may satisfy this filing requirement by:
    (A) Indicating the location of the Internet web site where such 
information may be found; and
    (B) Certifying that the information available at such location is 
accurate as of its date.
    (6)(i) The Commission may exempt a Security Futures Product Exchange 
from filing the amendment required by this section for any affiliate or 
subsidiary listed in Exhibit C to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this 
chapter), as amended, that either:
    (A) Is listed in Exhibit C to Form 1 (Sec. 249.1 of this chapter) 
or to Form 1-N (Sec. 249.10 of this chapter), as amended, of one or 
more other national securities exchanges; or
    (B) Was an inactive affiliate or subsidiary throughout the 
affiliate's or subsidiary's latest fiscal year.
    (ii) Any such exemption may be granted upon terms and conditions the 
Commission deems necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for 
the protection of investors, provided however, that at least one 
national securities exchange shall be required to file the amendments 
required by this section for an affiliate or subsidiary described in 
paragraph (b)(6)(i) of this section.
    (7) If a Security Futures Product Exchange has filed documents with 
the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to the extent that such 
documents contain information satisfying the Commission's informational 
requirements, copies of such documents may be filed with the Commission 
in lieu of the required written notice.
    (c) Supplemental material to be filed by Security Futures Product 
Exchanges. (1)(i) A Security Futures Product Exchange shall file with 
the Commission any material related to the trading of security futures 
products (including notices, circulars, bulletins, lists, and 
periodicals) issued or made generally available to members of, 
participants in, or subscribers to, the exchange. Such material shall be 
filed with the Commission within ten days after issuing or making such 
material available to members, participants, or subscribers.
    (ii) If the information required to be filed under paragraph 
(c)(1)(i) of this section is available continuously on an Internet web 
site controlled by an exchange, in lieu of filing such information with 
the Commission, such exchange may:
    (A) Indicate the location of the Internet web site where such 
information may be found; and
    (B) Certify that the information available at such location is 
accurate as of its date.
    (2) Within 15 days after the end of each calendar month, a Security 
Futures Product Exchange shall file a report concerning the security 
futures products traded on such exchange during the previous calendar 
month. Such a report shall:
    (i) For each contract of sale for future delivery of a single 
security, the number of contracts traded on such exchange during the 
relevant calendar month and the total number of shares underlying such 
contracts traded; and
    (ii)For each contract of sale for future delivery of a narrow-based 
security index, the number of contracts traded on such exchange during 
the relevant calendar month and the total

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number of shares represented by the index underlying such contracts 
traded.

[66 FR 43741, Aug. 20, 2001]



Sec. 240.6h-1  Settlement and regulatory halt requirements for security 
futures products.

    (a) For the purposes of this section:
    (1) Opening price means the price at which a security opened for 
trading, or a price that fairly reflects the price at which a security 
opened for trading, during the regular trading session of the national 
securities exchange or national securities association that lists the 
security. If the security is not listed on a national securities 
exchange or a national securities association, then opening price shall 
mean the price at which a security opened for trading, or a price that 
fairly reflects the price at which a security opened for trading, on the 
primary market for the security.
    (2) Regular trading session of a security means the normal hours for 
business of a national securities exchange or national securities 
association that lists the security.
    (3) Regulatory halt means a delay, halt, or suspension in the 
trading of a security, that is instituted by the national securities 
exchange or national securities association that lists the security, as 
a result of:
    (i) A determination that there are matters relating to the security 
or issuer that have not been adequately disclosed to the public, or that 
there are regulatory problems relating to the security which should be 
clarified before trading is permitted to continue; or
    (ii) The operation of circuit breaker procedures to halt or suspend 
trading in all equity securities trading on that national securities 
exchange or national securities association.
    (b) Final settlement prices for security futures products. (1) The 
final settlement price of a cash-settled security futures product must 
fairly reflect the opening price of the underlying security or 
securities.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(1) of this section, if an opening 
price for one or more securities underlying a security futures product 
is not readily available, the final settlement price of the security 
futures product shall fairly reflect:
    (i) The price of the underlying security or securities during the 
most recent regular trading session for such security or securities; or
    (ii) The next available opening price of the underlying security or 
securities.
    (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section, if a 
clearing agency registered under Section 17A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-
1), or exempt from registration pursuant to Section 17A(b)(7) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(7)), to which the final settlement price of a 
security futures product is or would be reported determines, pursuant to 
its rules, that such final settlement price is not consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest, taking into account 
such factors as fairness to buyers and sellers of the affected security 
futures product, the maintenance of a fair and orderly market in such 
security futures product, and consistency of interpretation and 
practice, the clearing agency shall have the authority to determine, 
under its rules, a final settlement price for such security futures 
product.
    (c) Regulatory trading halts. The rules of a national securities 
exchange or national securities association registered pursuant to 
Section 15A(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-3(a)) that lists or trades one 
or more security futures products must include the following provisions:
    (1) Trading of a security futures product based on a single security 
shall be halted at all times that a regulatory halt has been instituted 
for the underlying security; and
    (2) Trading of a security futures product based on a narrow-based 
security index shall be halted at all times that a regulatory halt has 
been instituted for one or more underlying securities that constitute 50 
percent or more of the market capitalization of the narrow-based 
security index.
    (d) The Commission may exempt from the requirements of this section, 
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terms and conditions, any national securities exchange or national 
securities association, if the Commission determines that such exemption 
is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with 
the protection of investors. An exemption granted pursuant to this 
paragraph shall not operate as an exemption from any Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission rules. Any exemption that may be required from such 
rules must be obtained separately from the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission.

[67 FR 36762, May 24, 2002]



Sec. 240.6h-2  Security future based on note, bond, debenture, or 
evidence of indebtedness.

    A security future may be based upon a security that is a note, bond, 
debenture, or evidence of indebtedness or a narrow-based security index 
composed of such securities.

[71 FR 39543, July 13, 2006]



Sec. 240.7c2-1  [Reserved]

                 Hypothecation of Customers' Securities



Sec. 240.8c-1  Hypothecation of customers' securities.

    (a) General provisions. No member of a national securities exchange, 
and no broker or dealer who transacts a business in securities through 
the medium of any such member shall, directly or indirectly, hypothecate 
or arrange for or permit the continued hypothecation of any securities 
carried for the account of any customer under circumstances:
    (1) That will permit the commingling of securities carried for the 
account of any such customer with securities carried for the account of 
any other customer, without first obtaining the written consent of each 
such customer to such hypothecation;
    (2) That will permit such securities to be commingled with 
securities carried for the account of any person other than a bona fide 
customer of such member, broker or dealer under a lien for a loan made 
to such member, broker or dealer; or
    (3) That will permit securities carried for the account of customers 
to be hypothecated or subjected to any lien or liens or claim or claims 
of the pledges or pledgees, for a sum which exceeds the aggregate 
indebtedness of all customers in respect of securities carried for their 
accounts; except that this clause shall not be deemed to be violated by 
reason of an excess arising on any day through the reduction of the 
aggregate indebtedness of customers on such day, provided that funds or 
securities in an amount sufficient to eliminate such excess are paid or 
placed in transfer to pledgees for the purpose of reducing the sum of 
the liens or claims to which securities carried for the account of 
customers are subjected as promptly as practicable after such reduction 
occurs, but before the lapse of one-half hour after the commencement of 
banking hours on the next banking day at the place where the largest 
principal amount of loans of such member, broker or dealer are payable 
and, in any event, before such member, broker or dealer on such day has 
obtained or increased any bank loan collateralized by securities carried 
for the account of customers.
    (b) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:
    (1) The term customer shall not include any general or special 
partner or any director or officer of such member, broker or dealer, or 
any participant, as such, in any joint, group or syndicate account with 
such member, broker or dealer or with any partner, officer or director 
thereof. The term also shall not include any counterparty who has 
delivered collateral to an OTC derivatives dealer pursuant to a 
transaction in an eligible OTC derivative instrument, or pursuant to the 
OTC derivatives dealer's cash management securities activities or 
ancillary portfolio management securities activities, and who has 
received a prominent written notice from the OTC derivatives dealer 
that:
    (i) Except as otherwise agreed in writing by the OTC derivatives 
dealer and the counterparty, the dealer may repledge or otherwise use 
the collateral in its business;
    (ii) In the event of the OTC derivatives dealer's failure, the 
counterparty will likely be considered an unsecured

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creditor of the dealer as to that collateral;
    (iii) The Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (15 U.S.C. 
78aaa through 78lll) does not protect the counterparty; and
    (iv) The collateral will not be subject to the requirements of Sec. 
240.8c-1, Sec. 240.15c2-1, Sec. 240.15c3-2, or Sec. 240.15c3-3;
    (2) The term securities carried for the account of any customer 
shall be deemed to mean:
    (i) Securities received by or on behalf of such member, broker or 
dealer for the account of any customer;
    (ii) Securities sold and appropriated by such member, broker or 
dealer to a customer, except that if such securities were subject to a 
lien when appropriated to a customer they shall not be deemed to be 
``securities carried for the account of any customer'' pending their 
release from such lien as promptly as practicable:
    (iii) Securities sold, but not appropriated, by such member, broker 
or dealer to a customer who has made any payment therefor, to the extent 
that such member, broker or dealer owns and has received delivery of 
securities of like kind, except that if such securities were subject to 
a lien when such payment was made they shall not be deemed to be 
``securities carried for the account of any customer'' pending their 
release from such lien as promptly as practicable:
    (3) ``Aggregate indebtedness'' shall not be deemed to be reduced by 
reason of uncollected items. In computing aggregate indebtedness, 
related guaranteed and guarantor accounts shall be treated as a single 
account and considered on a consolidated basis, and balances in accounts 
carrying both long and short positions shall be adjusted by treating the 
market value of the securities required to cover such short positions as 
though such market value were a debit; and
    (4) In computing the sum of the liens or claims to which securities 
carried for the account of customers of a member, broker or dealer are 
subject, any rehypothecation of such securities by another member, 
broker or dealer who is subject to this section or to Sec. 240.15c2-1 
shall be disregarded.
    (c) Exemption for cash accounts. The provisions of paragraph (a)(1) 
of this section shall not apply to any hypothecation of securities 
carried for the account of a customer in a special cash account within 
the meaning of 12 CFR 220.4(c): Provided, That at or before the 
completion of the transaction of purchase of such securities for, or of 
sale of such securities to, such customer, written notice is given or 
sent to such customer disclosing that such securities are or may be 
hypothecated under circumstances which will permit the commingling 
thereof with securities carried for the account of other customers. The 
term the completion of the transaction shall have the meaning given to 
such term by Sec. 240.15c1-1(b).
    (d) Exemption for clearinghouse liens. The provisions of paragraphs 
(a)(2), (a)(3), and (f) of this section shall not apply to any lien or 
claim of the clearing corporation, or similar department or association, 
of a national securities exchange or a registered national securities 
association for a loan made and to be repaid on the same calendar day, 
which is incidental to the clearing of transactions in securities or 
loans through such corporation, department, or association: Provided, 
however, That for the purpose of paragraph (a)(3) of this section, 
``aggregate indebtedness of all customers in respect of securities 
carried for their accounts'' shall not include indebtedness in respect 
of any securities subject to any lien or claim exempted by this 
paragraph.
    (e) Exemption for certain liens on securities of noncustomers. The 
provisions of paragraph (a)(2) of this section shall not be deemed to 
prevent such member, broker or dealer from permitting securities not 
carried for the account of a customer to be subjected (1) to a lien for 
a loan made against securities carried for the account of customers, or 
(2) to a lien for a loan made and to be repaid on the same calendar day. 
For the purpose of this exemption, a loan shall be deemed to be ``made 
against securities carried for the account of customers'' if only 
securities carried for the account of customers are used to obtain or to 
increase such loan or as substitutes for other securities carried for 
the account of customers.

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    (f) Notice and certification requirements. No person subject to this 
section shall hypothecate any security carried for the account of a 
customer unless at or prior to the time of each such hypothecation, he 
gives written notice to the pledgee that the security pledged is carried 
for the account of a customer and that such hypothecation does not 
contravene any provision of this section, except that in the case of an 
omnibus account the members, broker or dealer for whom such account is 
carried may furnish a signed statement to the person carrying such 
account that all securities carried therein by such member, broker or 
dealer will be securities carried for the account of his customers and 
that the hypothecation thereof by such member, broker or dealer will not 
contravene any provision of this section. The provisions of this 
paragraph shall not apply to any hypothecation of securities under any 
lien or claim of a pledgee securing a loan made and to be repaid on the 
same calendar day.
    (g) The fact that securities carried for the accounts of customers 
and securities carried for the accounts of others are represented by one 
or more certificates in the custody of a clearing corporation or other 
subsidiary organization of either a national securities exchange or of a 
registered national securities association, or of a custodian bank, in 
accordance with a system for the central handling of securities 
established by a national securities exchange or a registered national 
securities association, pursuant to which system the hypothecation of 
such securities is effected by bookkeeping entries without physical 
delivery of such securities, shall not, in and of itself, result in a 
commingling of securities prohibited by paragraph (a)(1) or (a)(2) of 
this section, whenever a participating member, broker or dealer 
hypothecates securities in accordance with such system: Provided, 
however, That (1) any such custodian of any securities held by or for 
such system shall agree that it will not for any reason, including the 
assertion of any claim, right or lien of any kind, refuse to refrain 
from promptly delivering any such securities (other than securities then 
hypothecated in accordance with such system) to such clearing 
corporation or other subsidiary organization or as directed by it, 
except that nothing in such agreement shall be deemed to require the 
custodian to deliver any securities in contravention of any notice of 
levy, seizure or similar notice, or order or judgment, issued or 
directed by a governmental agency or court, or officer thereof, having 
jurisdiction over such custodian, which on its face affects such 
securities; (2) such systems shall have safeguards in the handling, 
transfer and delivery of securities and provisions for fidelity bond 
coverage of the employees and agents of the clearing corporation or 
other subsidiary organization and for periodic examinations by 
independent public accountants; and (3) the provisions of this paragraph 
shall not be effective with respect to any particular system unless the 
agreement required by paragraph (g)(1) of this section and the 
safeguards and provisions required by paragraph (g)(2) of this section 
shall have been deemed adequate by the Commission for the protection of 
investors, and unless any subsequent amendments to such agreement, 
safeguards or provisions shall have been deemed adequate by the 
Commission for the protection of investors.

(Secs. 3, 8, 15, 48 Stat. 882, 888, 895; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 78h, 78o)

    Cross Reference: For interpretative releases applicable to Sec. 
240.8c-1, see Nos. 2690 and 2822 in tabulation, part 241 of this 
chapter.

[13 FR 8180, Dec. 22, 1948, as amended at 31 FR 7740, June 1, 1966; 37 
FR 73, Jan. 5, 1973; 63 FR 59395, Nov. 3, 1998]



Sec. 240.9b-1  Options disclosure document.

    (a) Definitions. The following definitions shall apply for the 
purpose of this rule.
    (1) Options market means a national securities exchange, an 
automated quotation system of a registered securities association or a 
foreign securities exchange on which standardized options are traded.
    (2) Options class means all options contracts covering the same 
underlying instrument.
    (3) Options disclosure document means a document, including all 
amendments

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and supplements thereto, prepared by one or more options markets which 
has been filed with the Commission or distributed in accordance with 
paragraph (b) of this section. Definitive options disclosure document or 
document means an options disclosure document furnished to customers in 
accordance with paragraph (b) of this section.
    (4) Standardized options are options contracts trading on a national 
securities exchange, an automated quotation system of a registered 
securities association, or a foreign securities exchange which relate to 
options classes the terms of which are limited to specific expiration 
dates and exercise prices, or such other securities as the Commission 
may, by order, designate.
    (b)(1) Five preliminary copies of an options disclosure document 
containing the information specified in paragraph (c) of this section 
shall be filed with the Commission by an options market at least 60 days 
prior to the date definitive copies are furnished to customers, unless 
the commission determines otherwise having due regard to the adequacy of 
the information disclosed and the public interest and protection of 
investors. Five copies of the definitive options disclosure document 
shall be filed with the Commission not later than the date the options 
disclosure document is furnished to customers. Notwithstanding the 
above, the use of an options disclosure document shall not be permitted 
unless the options class to which such document relates is the subject 
of an effective registration statement on Form S-20 under the Securities 
Act of 1933, or is exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 
1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.).
    (2)(i) If the information contained in the options disclosure 
document becomes or will become materially inaccurate or incomplete or 
there is or will be an omission of material information necessary to 
make the options disclosure document not misleading, the options market 
shall amend or supplement its options disclosure document by filing five 
copies of an amendment or supplement to such options disclosure document 
with the Commission at least 30 days prior to the date definitive copies 
are furnished to customers, unless the Commission determines otherwise 
having due regard to the adequacy of the information disclosed and the 
public interest and protection of investors. Five copies of the 
definitive options disclosure document, as amended or supplemented, 
shall be filed with the Commission not later than the date the amendment 
or supplement, or the amended options disclosure document, is furnished 
to customers.
    (ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section, an options 
market may distribute an amendment or supplement to an options 
disclosure document prior to such 30 day period if it determines, in 
good faith, that such delivery is necessary to ensure timely and 
accurate disclosure with respect to one or more of the options classes 
covered by the document. Five copies of any amendment or supplement 
distributed pursuant to this paragraph shall be filed with the 
Commission at the time of distribution. In that instance, if the 
Commission determines, having given due regard to the adequacy of the 
information disclosed and the public interest and the protection of 
investors, it may require refiling of the amendment pursuant to 
paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section.
    (c) Information required in an options disclosure document. An 
options disclosure document shall contain the following information, 
unless otherwise provided by the Commission, with respect to the options 
classes covered by the document:
    (1) A glossary of terms;
    (2) A discussion of the mechanics of exercising the options;
    (3) A discussion of the risks of being a holder or writer of the 
options;
    (4) The identification of the market or markets in which the options 
are traded;
    (5) A brief reference to the transaction costs, margin requirements 
and tax consequences of options trading;
    (6) The identification of the issuer of the options;
    (7) A general identification of the type of instrument or 
instruments underlying the options class or classes covered by the 
document;
    (8) If the options are not exempt from registration under the 
Securities Act

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of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.), the registration of the options on form 
S-20 (17 CFR 239.20) and the availability of the prospectus and the 
information in part II of the registration statement; and
    (9) Such other information as the Commission may specify.
    (d) Broker-dealer obligations. (1) No broker or dealer shall accept 
an order from a customer to purchase or sell an option contract relating 
to an options class that is the subject of a definitive options 
disclosure document, or approve the customer's account for the trading 
of such option, unless the broker or dealer furnishes or has furnished 
to the customer a copy of the definitive options disclosure document.
    (2) If a definitive options disclosure document relating to an 
options class is amended or supplemented, each broker and dealer shall 
promptly send a copy of the definitive amendment or supplement or a copy 
of the definitive options disclosure document as amended to each 
customer whose account is approved for trading the options class or 
classes to which the amendment or supplement relates.

[47 FR 41956, Sept. 23, 1982, as amended at 51 FR 14982, Apr. 22, 1986; 
65 FR 64139, Oct. 26, 2000; 68 FR 192, Jan. 2, 2003]



Sec. Sec. 240.10a-1--240.10a-2  [Reserved]

           Manipulative and Deceptive Devices and Contrivances



Sec. 240.10b-1  Prohibition of use of manipulative or deceptive 
devices or contrivances with respect to certain securities exempted 

from registration.

    The term manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance, as used in 
section 10(b) (48 Stat. 891; 15 U.S.C. 78j(b)), is hereby defined to 
include any act or omission to act with respect to any security exempted 
from the operation of section 12(a) (48 Stat. 892; 15 U.S.C. 78l(a)) 
pursuant to any section in this part which specifically provides that 
this section shall be applicable to such security if such act or 
omission to act would have been unlawful under section 9(a) (48 Stat. 
889; 15 U.S.C. 78i(a)), or any rule or regulation heretofore or 
hereafter prescribed thereunder, if done or omitted to be done with 
respect to a security registered on a national securities exchange, and 
the use of any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce or of the 
mails or of any facility of any national securities exchange to use or 
employ any such device or contrivance in connection with the purchase or 
sale of any such security is hereby prohibited.

(Secs. 10, 12, 48 Stat. 891, 892; 15 U.S.C. 78j, 78l)

    Cross References: For applicability of this section, see Sec. Sec. 
240.12a-4 and 240.12a-5. For regulations relating to employment of 
manipulative and deceptive devices, see Sec. Sec. 240.10b-3 and 
240.10b-5.

[13 FR 8183, Dec. 22, 1948]



Sec. 240.10b-2  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.10b-3  Employment of manipulative and deceptive devices by 
brokers or dealers.

    (a) It shall be unlawful for any broker or dealer, directly or 
indirectly, by the use of any means or instrumentality of interstate 
commerce, or of the mails, or of any facility of any national securities 
exchange, to use or employ, in connection with the purchase or sale of 
any security otherwise than on a national securities exchange, any act, 
practice, or course of business defined by the Commission to be included 
within the term ``manipulative, deceptive, or other fraudulent device or 
contrivance'', as such term is used in section 15(c)(1) of the act.
    (b) It shall be unlawful for any municipal securities dealer 
directly or indirectly, by the use of any means or instrumentality of 
interstate commerce, or of the mails, or of any facility of any national 
securities exchange, to use or employ, in connection with the purchase 
or sale of any municipal security, any act, practice, or course of 
business defined by the Commission to be included within the term 
``manipulative, deceptive, or other fraudulent device or contrivance,'' 
as such term is used in section 15(c)(1) of the act.

(Secs. 10, 12, 48 Stat. 891, 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78j, 78l)

    Cross References: See also Sec. 240.10b-5. For regulation relating 
to prohibition of manipulative or deceptive devices, see Sec. 240.10b-
1. For the term ``manipulative, deceptive, or

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other fraudulent device or contrivance'', as used in section 15(c)(1) of 
the act, see Sec. Sec. 240.15c1-2 to 240.15c1-9.

[13 FR 8183, Dec. 22, 1948, as amended at 19 FR 8017, Dec. 4, 1954; 41 
FR 22824, June 7, 1976]



Sec. 240.10b-4  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.10b-5  Employment of manipulative and deceptive devices.

    It shall be unlawful for any person, directly or indirectly, by the 
use of any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce, or of the 
mails or of any facility of any national securities exchange,
    (a) To employ any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud,
    (b) To make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to 
state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in 
the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not 
misleading, or
    (c) To engage in any act, practice, or course of business which 
operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person,

in connection with the purchase or sale of any security.

(Sec. 10; 48 Stat. 891; 15 U.S.C. 78j)

[13 FR 8183, Dec. 22, 1948, as amended at 16 FR 7928, Aug. 11, 1951]



Sec. 240.10b5-1  Trading ``on the basis of'' material nonpublic 
information in insider trading cases.

    Preliminary Note to Sec. 240.10b5-1: This provision defines when a 
purchase or sale constitutes trading ``on the basis of'' material 
nonpublic information in insider trading cases brought under Section 
10(b) of the Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The law of insider trading 
is otherwise defined by judicial opinions construing Rule 10b-5, and 
Rule 10b5-1 does not modify the scope of insider trading law in any 
other respect.

    (a) General. The ``manipulative and deceptive devices'' prohibited 
by Section 10(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78j) and Sec. 240.10b-5 
thereunder include, among other things, the purchase or sale of a 
security of any issuer, on the basis of material nonpublic information 
about that security or issuer, in breach of a duty of trust or 
confidence that is owed directly, indirectly, or derivatively, to the 
issuer of that security or the shareholders of that issuer, or to any 
other person who is the source of the material nonpublic information.
    (b) Definition of ``on the basis of.'' Subject to the affirmative 
defenses in paragraph (c) of this section, a purchase or sale of a 
security of an issuer is ``on the basis of'' material nonpublic 
information about that security or issuer if the person making the 
purchase or sale was aware of the material nonpublic information when 
the person made the purchase or sale.
    (c) Affirmative defenses. (1)(i) Subject to paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of 
this section, a person's purchase or sale is not ``on the basis of'' 
material nonpublic information if the person making the purchase or sale 
demonstrates that:
    (A) Before becoming aware of the information, the person had:
    (1) Entered into a binding contract to purchase or sell the 
security,
    (2) Instructed another person to purchase or sell the security for 
the instructing person's account, or
    (3) Adopted a written plan for trading securities;
    (B) The contract, instruction, or plan described in paragraph 
(c)(1)(i)(A) of this Section:
    (1) Specified the amount of securities to be purchased or sold and 
the price at which and the date on which the securities were to be 
purchased or sold;
    (2) Included a written formula or algorithm, or computer program, 
for determining the amount of securities to be purchased or sold and the 
price at which and the date on which the securities were to be purchased 
or sold; or
    (3) Did not permit the person to exercise any subsequent influence 
over how, when, or whether to effect purchases or sales; provided, in 
addition, that any other person who, pursuant to the contract, 
instruction, or plan, did exercise such influence must not have been 
aware of the material nonpublic information when doing so; and
    (C) The purchase or sale that occurred was pursuant to the contract, 
instruction, or plan. A purchase or sale is not ``pursuant to a 
contract, instruction, or plan'' if, among other things, the person who 
entered into the contract, instruction, or plan altered or deviated from 
the contract, instruction, or plan to purchase or sell securities 
(whether by changing the amount,

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price, or timing of the purchase or sale), or entered into or altered a 
corresponding or hedging transaction or position with respect to those 
securities.
    (ii) Paragraph (c)(1)(i) of this section is applicable only when the 
contract, instruction, or plan to purchase or sell securities was given 
or entered into in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to 
evade the prohibitions of this section.
    (iii) This paragraph (c)(1)(iii) defines certain terms as used in 
paragraph (c) of this Section.
    (A) Amount. ``Amount'' means either a specified number of shares or 
other securities or a specified dollar value of securities.
    (B) Price. ``Price'' means the market price on a particular date or 
a limit price, or a particular dollar price.
    (C) Date. ``Date'' means, in the case of a market order, the 
specific day of the year on which the order is to be executed (or as 
soon thereafter as is practicable under ordinary principles of best 
execution). ``Date'' means, in the case of a limit order, a day of the 
year on which the limit order is in force.
    (2) A person other than a natural person also may demonstrate that a 
purchase or sale of securities is not ``on the basis of'' material 
nonpublic information if the person demonstrates that:
    (i) The individual making the investment decision on behalf of the 
person to purchase or sell the securities was not aware of the 
information; and
    (ii) The person had implemented reasonable policies and procedures, 
taking into consideration the nature of the person's business, to ensure 
that individuals making investment decisions would not violate the laws 
prohibiting trading on the basis of material nonpublic information. 
These policies and procedures may include those that restrict any 
purchase, sale, and causing any purchase or sale of any security as to 
which the person has material nonpublic information, or those that 
prevent such individuals from becoming aware of such information.

[65 FR 51737, Aug. 24, 2000]



Sec. 240.10b5-2  Duties of trust or confidence in misappropriation 
insider trading cases.

    Preliminary Note to Sec. 240.10b5-2: This section provides a non-
exclusive definition of circumstances in which a person has a duty of 
trust or confidence for purposes of the ``misappropriation'' theory of 
insider trading under Section 10(b) of the Act and Rule 10b-5. The law 
of insider trading is otherwise defined by judicial opinions construing 
Rule 10b-5, and Rule 10b5-2 does not modify the scope of insider trading 
law in any other respect.

    (a) Scope of Rule. This section shall apply to any violation of 
Section 10(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78j(b)) and Sec. 240.10b-5 
thereunder that is based on the purchase or sale of securities on the 
basis of, or the communication of, material nonpublic information 
misappropriated in breach of a duty of trust or confidence.
    (b) Enumerated ``duties of trust or confidence.'' For purposes of 
this section, a ``duty of trust or confidence'' exists in the following 
circumstances, among others:
    (1) Whenever a person agrees to maintain information in confidence;
    (2) Whenever the person communicating the material nonpublic 
information and the person to whom it is communicated have a history, 
pattern, or practice of sharing confidences, such that the recipient of 
the information knows or reasonably should know that the person 
communicating the material nonpublic information expects that the 
recipient will maintain its confidentiality; or
    (3) Whenever a person receives or obtains material nonpublic 
information from his or her spouse, parent, child, or sibling; provided, 
however, that the person receiving or obtaining the information may 
demonstrate that no duty of trust or confidence existed with respect to 
the information, by establishing that he or she neither knew nor 
reasonably should have known that the person who was the source of the 
information expected that the person would keep the information 
confidential, because of the parties' history, pattern, or practice of 
sharing and maintaining confidences, and because there was no

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agreement or understanding to maintain the confidentiality of the 
information.

[65 FR 51738, Aug. 24, 2000]



Sec. Sec. 240.10b-6--240.10b-8  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.10b-9  Prohibited representations in connection with certain 
offerings.

    (a) It shall constitute a manipulative or deception device or 
contrivance, as used in section 10(b) of the Act, for any person, 
directly or indirectly, in connection with the offer or sale of any 
security, to make any representation:
    (1) To the effect that the security is being offered or sold on an 
``all-or-none'' basis, unless the security is part of an offering or 
distribution being made on the condition that all or a specified amount 
of the consideration paid for such security will be promptly refunded to 
the purchaser unless (i) all of the securities being offered are sold at 
a specified price within a specified time, and (ii) the total amount due 
to the seller is received by him by a specified date; or
    (2) To the effect that the security is being offered or sold on any 
other basis whereby all or part of the consideration paid for any such 
security will be refunded to the purchaser if all or some of the 
securities are not sold, unless the security is part of an offering or 
distribution being made on the condition that all or a specified part of 
the consideration paid for such security will be promptly refunded to 
the purchaser unless (i) a specified number of units of the security are 
sold at a specified price within a specified time, and (ii) the total 
amount due to the seller is received by him by a specified date.
    (b) This rule shall not apply to any offer or sale of securities as 
to which the seller has a firm commitment from underwriters or others 
(subject only to customary conditions precedent, including ``market 
outs'') for the purchase of all the securities being offered.

(Sec. 10, 48 Stat. 891, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78j)

[27 FR 9943, Oct. 10, 1962]



Sec. 240.10b-10  Confirmation of transactions.

    Preliminary Note. This section requires broker-dealers to disclose 
specified information in writing to customers at or before completion of 
a transaction. The requirements under this section that particular 
information be disclosed is not determinative of a broker-dealer's 
obligation under the general antifraud provisions of the federal 
securities laws to disclose additional information to a customer at the 
time of the customer's investment decision.

    (a) Disclosure requirement. It shall be unlawful for any broker or 
dealer to effect for or with an account of a customer any transaction 
in, or to induce the purchase or sale by such customer of, any security 
(other than U.S. Savings Bonds or municipal securities) unless such 
broker or dealer, at or before completion of such transaction, gives or 
sends to such customer written notification disclosing:
    (1) The date and time of the transaction (or the fact that the time 
of the transaction will be furnished upon written request to such 
customer) and the identity, price, and number of shares or units (or 
principal amount) of such security purchased or sold by such customer; 
and
    (2) Whether the broker or dealer is acting as agent for such 
customer, as agent for some other person, as agent for both such 
customer and some other person, or as principal for its own account; and 
if the broker or dealer is acting as principal, whether it is a market 
maker in the security (other than by reason of acting as a block 
positioner); and
    (i) If the broker or dealer is acting as agent for such customer, 
for some other person, or for both such customer and some other person:
    (A) The name of the person from whom the security was purchased, or 
to whom it was sold, for such customer or the fact that the information 
will be furnished upon written request of such customer; and
    (B) The amount of any remuneration received or to be received by the

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broker from such customer in connection with the transaction unless 
remuneration paid by such customer is determined pursuant to written 
agreement with such customer, otherwise than on a transaction basis; and
    (C) For a transaction in any NMS stock as defined in Sec. 242.600 
of this chapter or a security authorized for quotation on an automated 
interdealer quotation system that has the characteristics set forth in 
section 17B of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-2), a statement whether payment 
for order flow is received by the broker or dealer for transactions in 
such securities and the fact that the source and nature of the 
compensation received in connection with the particular transaction will 
be furnished upon written request of the customer; provided, however, 
that brokers or dealers that do not receive payment for order flow in 
connection with any transaction have no disclosure obligations under 
this paragraph; and
    (D) The source and amount of any other remuneration received or to 
be received by the broker in connection with the transaction: Provided, 
however, that if, in the case of a purchase, the broker was not 
participating in a distribution, or in the case of a sale, was not 
participating in a tender offer, the written notification may state 
whether any other remuneration has been or will be received and the fact 
that the source and amount of such other remuneration will be furnished 
upon written request of such customer; or
    (ii) If the broker or dealer is acting as principal for its own 
account:
    (A) In the case where such broker or dealer is not a market maker in 
an equity security and, if, after having received an order to buy from a 
customer, the broker or dealer purchased the equity security from 
another person to offset a contemporaneous sale to such customer or, 
after having received an order to sell from a customer, the broker or 
dealer sold the security to another person to offset a contemporaneous 
purchase from such customer, the difference between the price to the 
customer and the dealer's contemporaneous purchase (for customer 
purchases) or sale price (for customer sales); or
    (B) In the case of any other transaction in an NMS stock as defined 
by Sec. 242.600 of this chapter, or an equity security that is traded 
on a national securities exchange and that is subject to last sale 
reporting, the reported trade price, the price to the customer in the 
transaction, and the difference, if any, between the reported trade 
price and the price to the customer.
    (3) Whether any odd-lot differential or equivalent fee has been paid 
by such customer in connection with the execution of an order for an 
odd-lot number of shares or units (or principal amount) of a security 
and the fact that the amount of any such differential or fee will be 
furnished upon oral or written request: Provided, however, that such 
disclosure need not be made if the differential or fee is included in 
the remuneration disclosure, or exempted from disclosure, pursuant to 
paragraph (a)(2)(i)(B) of this section; and
    (4) In the case of any transaction in a debt security subject to 
redemption before maturity, a statement to the effect that such debt 
security may be redeemed in whole or in part before maturity, that such 
a redemption could affect the yield represented and the fact that 
additional information is available upon request; and
    (5) In the case of a transaction in a debt security effected 
exclusively on the basis of a dollar price:
    (i) The dollar price at which the transaction was effected, and
    (ii) The yield to maturity calculated from the dollar price: 
Provided, however, that this paragraph (a)(5)(ii) shall not apply to a 
transaction in a debt security that either:
    (A) Has a maturity date that may be extended by the issuer thereof, 
with a variable interest payable thereon; or
    (B) Is an asset-backed security, that represents an interest in or 
is secured by a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are 
subject continuously to prepayment; and
    (6) In the case of a transaction in a debt security effected on the 
basis of yield:
    (i) The yield at which the transaction was effected, including the 
percentage amount and its characterization (e.g., current yield, yield 
to maturity, or yield to call) and if effected at yield to

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call, the type of call, the call date and call price; and
    (ii) The dollar price calculated from the yield at which the 
transaction was effected; and
    (iii) If effected on a basis other than yield to maturity and the 
yield to maturity is lower than the represented yield, the yield to 
maturity as well as the represented yield; Provided, however, that this 
paragraph (a)(6)(iii) shall not apply to a transaction in a debt 
security that either:
    (A) Has a maturity date that may be extended by the issuer thereof, 
with a variable interest rate payable thereon; or
    (B) Is an asset-backed security, that represents an interest in or 
is secured by a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are 
subject continuously to prepayment; and
    (7) In the case of a transaction in a debt security that is an 
asset-backed security, which represents an interest in or is secured by 
a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are subject 
continuously to prepayment, a statement indicating that the actual yield 
of such asset-backed security may vary according to the rate at which 
the underlying receivables or other financial assets are prepaid and a 
statement of the fact that information concerning the factors that 
affect yield (including at a minimum estimated yield, weighted average 
life, and the prepayment assumptions underlying yield) will be furnished 
upon written request of such customer; and
    (8) In the case of a transaction in a debt security, other than a 
government security, that the security is unrated by a nationally 
recognized statistical rating organization, if such is the case; and
    (9) That the broker or dealer is not a member of the Securities 
Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), or that the broker or dealer 
clearing or carrying the customer account is not a member of SIPC, if 
such is the case: Provided, however, that this paragraph (a)(9) shall 
not apply in the case of a transaction in shares of a registered open-
end investment company or unit investment trust if:
    (i) The customer sends funds or securities directly to, or receives 
funds or securities directly from, the registered open-end investment 
company or unit investment trust, its transfer agent, its custodian, or 
other designated agent, and such person is not an associated person of 
the broker or dealer required by paragraph (a) of this section to send 
written notification to the customer; and
    (ii) The written notification required by paragraph (a) of this 
section is sent on behalf of the broker or dealer to the customer by a 
person described in paragraph (a)(9)(i) of this section.
    (b) Alternative periodic reporting. A broker or dealer may effect 
transactions for or with the account of a customer without giving or 
sending to such customer the written notification described in paragraph 
(a) of this section if:
    (1) Such transactions are effected pursuant to a periodic plan or an 
investment company plan, or effected in shares of any open-end 
management investment company registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940 that holds itself out as a money market fund and attempts to 
maintain a stable net asset value per share: Provided, however, that no 
sales load is deducted upon the purchase or redemption of shares in the 
money market fund; and
    (2) Such broker or dealer gives or sends to such customer within 
five business days after the end of each quarterly period, for 
transactions involving investment company and periodic plans, and after 
the end of each monthly period, for other transactions described in 
paragraph (b)(1) of this section, a written statement disclosing each 
purchase or redemption, effected for or with, and each dividend or 
distribution credited to or reinvested for, the account of such customer 
during the month; the date of such transaction; the identity, number, 
and price of any securities purchased or redeemed by such customer in 
each such transaction; the total number of shares of such securities in 
such customer's account; any remuneration received or to be received by 
the broker or dealer in connection therewith; and that any other 
information required by paragraph (a) of this section will be furnished 
upon written request: Provided,

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however, that the written statement may be delivered to some other 
person designated by the customer for distribution to the customer; and
    (3) Such customer is provided with prior notification in writing 
disclosing the intention to send the written information referred to in 
paragraph (b)(1) of this section in lieu of an immediate confirmation.
    (c) A broker or dealer shall give or send to a customer information 
requested pursuant to this rule within 5 business days of receipt of the 
request: Provided, however, That in the case of information pertaining 
to a transaction effected more than 30 days prior to receipt of the 
request, the information shall be given or sent to the customer within 
15 business days.
    (d) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:
    (1) Customer shall not include a broker or dealer;
    (2) Completion of the transaction shall have the meaning provided in 
rule 15c1-1 under the Act;
    (3) Time of the transaction means the time of execution, to the 
extent feasible, of the customer's order;
    (4) Debt security as used in paragraphs (a)(3), (4), and (5) only, 
means any security, such as a bond, debenture, note, or any other 
similar instrument which evidences a liability of the issuer (including 
any such security that is convertible into stock or a similar security) 
and fractional or participation interests in one or more of any of the 
foregoing: Provided, however, That securities issued by an investment 
company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 shall not be 
included in this definition;
    (5) Periodic plan means any written authorization for a broker 
acting as agent to purchase or sell for a customer a specific security 
or securities (other than securities issued by an open end investment 
company or unit investment trust registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940), in specific amounts (calculated in security units or 
dollars), at specific time intervals and setting forth the commissions 
or charges to be paid by the customer in connection therewith (or the 
manner of calculating them); and
    (6) Investment company plan means any plan under which securities 
issued by an open-end investment company or unit investment trust 
registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 are purchased by a 
customer (the payments being made directly to, or made payable to, the 
registered investment company, or the principal underwriter, custodian, 
trustee, or other designated agent of the registered investment 
company), or sold by a customer pursuant to:
    (i) An individual retirement or individual pension plan qualified 
under the Internal Revenue Code;
    (ii) A contractual or systematic agreement under which the customer 
purchases at the applicable public offering price, or redeems at the 
applicable redemption price, such securities in specified amounts 
(calculated in security units or dollars) at specified time intervals 
and setting forth the commissions or charges to be paid by such customer 
in connection therewith (or the manner of calculating them; or
    (iii) Any other arrangement involving a group of two or more 
customers and contemplating periodic purchases of such securities by 
each customer through a person designated by the group: Provided, That 
such arrangement requires the registered investment company or its 
agent--
    (A) To give or send to the designated person, at or before the 
completion of the transaction for the purchase of such securities, a 
written notification of the receipt of the total amount paid by the 
group;
    (B) To send to anyone in the group who was a customer in the prior 
quarter and on whose behalf payment has not been received in the current 
quarter a quarterly written statement reflecting that a payment was not 
received on his behalf; and
    (C) To advise each customer in the group if a payment is not 
received from the designated person on behalf of the group within 10 
days of a date certain specified in the arrangement for delivery of that 
payment by the designated person and thereafter to send to each such 
customer the written notification described in paragraph (a) of this 
section for the next three succeeding payments.

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    (7) NMS stock shall have the meaning provided in Sec. 242.600 of 
this chapter.
    (8) Payment for order flow shall mean any monetary payment, service, 
property, or other benefit that results in remuneration, compensation, 
or consideration to a broker or dealer from any broker or dealer, 
national securities exchange, registered securities association, or 
exchange member in return for the routing of customer orders by such 
broker or dealer to any broker or dealer, national securities exchange, 
registered securities association, or exchange member for execution, 
including but not limited to: research, clearance, custody, products or 
services; reciprocal agreements for the provision of order flow; 
adjustment of a broker or dealer's unfavorable trading errors; offers to 
participate as underwriter in public offerings; stock loans or shared 
interest accrued thereon; discounts, rebates, or any other reductions of 
or credits against any fee to, or expense or other financial obligation 
of, the broker or dealer routing a customer order that exceeds that fee, 
expense or financial obligation.
    (9) Asset-backed security means a security that is primarily 
serviced by the cashflows of a discrete pool of receivables or other 
financial assets, either fixed or revolving, that by their terms convert 
into cash within a finite time period plus any rights or other assets 
designed to assure the servicing or timely distribution of proceeds to 
the security holders.
    (e) Security futures products. The provisions of paragraphs (a) and 
(b) of this section shall not apply to a broker or dealer registered 
pursuant to section 15(b)(11)(A) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(b)(11)(A)) to 
the extent that it effects transactions for customers in security 
futures products in a futures account (as that term is defined in Sec. 
240.15c3-3(a)(15)) and a broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 
15(b)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(b)(1)) that is also a futures 
commission merchant registered pursuant to section 4f(a)(1) of the 
Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 6f(a)(1)), to the extent that it 
effects transactions for customers in security futures products in a 
futures account (as that term is defined in Sec. 240.15c3-3(a)(15)), 
Provided that:
    (1) The broker or dealer that effects any transaction for a customer 
in security futures products in a futures account gives or sends to the 
customer no later than the next business day after execution of any 
futures securities product transaction, written notification disclosing:
    (i) The date the transaction was executed, the identity of the 
single security or narrow-based security index underlying the contract 
for the security futures product, the number of contracts of such 
security futures product purchased or sold, the price, and the delivery 
month;
    (ii) The source and amount of any remuneration received or to be 
received by the broker or dealer in connection with the transaction, 
including, but not limited to, markups, commissions, costs, fees, and 
other charges incurred in connection with the transaction, provided, 
however, that if no remuneration is to be paid for an initiating 
transaction until the occurrence of the corresponding liquidating 
transaction, that the broker or dealer may disclose the amount of 
remuneration only on the confirmation for the liquidating transaction;
    (iii) The fact that information about the time of the execution of 
the transaction, the identity of the other party to the contract, and 
whether the broker or dealer is acting as agent for such customer, as 
agent for some other person, as agent for both such customer and some 
other person, or as principal for its own account, and if the broker or 
dealer is acting as principal, whether it is engaging in a block 
transaction or an exchange of security futures products for physical 
securities, will be available upon written request of the customer; and
    (iv) Whether payment for order flow is received by the broker or 
dealer for such transactions, the amount of this payment and the fact 
that the source and nature of the compensation received in connection 
with the particular transaction will be furnished upon written request 
of the customer; provided, however, that brokers or dealers that do not 
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order flow have no disclosure obligation under this paragraph.
    (2) Transitional provision. (i) Broker-dealers are not required to 
comply with paragraph (e)(1)(iii) of this section until June 1, 2003, 
Provided that, if, not withstanding the absence of the disclosure 
required in that paragraph, the broker-dealer receives a written request 
from a customer for the information described in paragraph (e)(1)(iii) 
of this section, the broker-dealer must make the information available 
to the customer; and
    (ii) Broker-dealers are not required to comply with paragraph 
(e)(1)(iv) of this section until June 1, 2003.
    (f) The Commission may exempt any broker or dealer from the 
requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section with regard to 
specific transactions of specific classes of transactions for which the 
broker or dealer will provide alternative procedures to effect the 
purposes of this section; any such exemption may be granted subject to 
compliance with such alternative procedures and upon such other stated 
terms and conditions as the Commission may impose.

[43 FR 47503, Oct. 16, 1978, as amended at 48 FR 17585, Apr. 25, 1983; 
50 FR 37654, Sept. 17, 1985; 53 FR 40721, Oct. 18, 1988; 59 FR 55012, 
Nov. 2, 1994; 59 FR 59620, Nov. 17, 1994; 59 FR 60555, Nov. 25, 1994; 67 
FR 58312, Sept. 13, 2002; 70 FR 37618, June 29, 2005]



Sec. 240.10b-13  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.10b-16  Disclosure of credit terms in margin transactions.

    (a) It shall be unlawful for any broker or dealer to extend credit, 
directly or indirectly, to any customer in connection with any 
securities transaction unless such broker or dealer has established 
procedures to assure that each customer:
    (1) Is given or sent at the time of opening the account, a written 
statement or statements disclosing (i) the conditions under which an 
interest charge will be imposed; (ii) the annual rate or rates of 
interest that can be imposed; (iii) the method of computing interest; 
(iv) if rates of interest are subject to change without prior notice, 
the specific conditions under which they can be changed; (v) the method 
of determining the debit balance or balances on which interest is to be 
charged and whether credit is to be given for credit balances in cash 
accounts; (vi) what other charges resulting from the extension of 
credit, if any, will be made and under what conditions; and (vii) the 
nature of any interest or lien retained by the broker or dealer in the 
security or other property held as collateral and the conditions under 
which additional collateral can be required: Provided, however, That the 
requirements of this subparagraph will be met in any case where the 
account is opened by telephone if the information required to be 
disclosed is orally communicated to the customer at that time and the 
required written statement or statements are sent to the customer 
immediately thereafter: And provided, further, That in the case of 
customers to whom credit is already being extended on the effective date 
of this section, the written statement or statements required hereunder 
must be given or sent to said customers within 90 days after the 
effective date of this section; and
    (2) Is given or sent a written statement or statements, at least 
quarterly, for each account in which credit was extended, disclosing (i) 
the balance at the beginning of the period; the date, amount and a brief 
description of each debit and credit entered during such period; the 
closing balance; and, if interest is charged for a period different from 
the period covered by the statement, the balance as of the last day of 
the interest period; (ii) the total interest charge for the period 
during which interest is charged (or, if interest is charged separately 
for separate accounts, the total interest charge for each such account), 
itemized to show the dates on which the interest period began and ended; 
the annual rate or rates of interest charged and the interest charge for 
each such different annual rate of interest; and either each different 
debit balance on which an interest calculation was based or the average 
debit balance for the interest period, except that if an average debit 
balance is used, a separate average debit balance must be disclosed for 
each interest rate applied; and (iii) all other charges resulting from 
the extension of credit in that account: Provided,

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however, That if the interest charge disclosed on a statement is for a 
period different from the period covered by the statement, there must be 
printed on the statement appropriate language to the effect that it 
should be retained for use in conjunction with the next statement 
containing the remainder of the required information: And provided 
further, That in the case of ``equity funding programs'' registered 
under the Securities Act of 1933, the requirements of this paragraph 
will be met if the broker or dealer furnishes to the customer, within 1 
month after each extension of credit, a written statement or statements 
containing the information required to be disclosed under this 
paragraph.
    (b) It shall be unlawful for any broker or dealer to make any 
changes in the terms and conditions under which credit charges will be 
made (as described in the initial statement made under paragraph (a) of 
this section), unless the customer shall have been given not less than 
thirty (30) days written notice of such changes, except that no such 
prior notice shall be necessary where such changes are required by law: 
Provided, however, That if any change for which prior notice would 
otherwise be required under this paragraph results in a lower interest 
charge to the customer than would have been imposed before the change, 
notice of such change may be given within a reasonable time after the 
effective date of the change.

(15 U.S.C. 78j)

[34 FR 19718, Dec. 16, 1969]



Sec. 240.10b-17  Untimely announcements of record dates.

    (a) It shall constitute a ``manipulative or deceptive device or 
contrivance'' as used in section 10(b) of the Act for any issuer of a 
class of securities publicly traded by the use of any means or 
instrumentality of interstate commerce or of the mails or of any 
facility of any national securities exchange to fail to give notice in 
accordance with paragraph (b) of this section of the following actions 
relating to such class of securities:
    (1) A dividend or other distribution in cash or in kind, except an 
ordinary interest payment on a debt security, but including a dividend 
or distribution of any security of the same or another issuer;
    (2) A stock split or reverse split; or
    (3) A rights or other subscription offering.
    (b) Notice shall be deemed to have been given in accordance with 
this section only if:
    (1) Given to the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., 
no later than 10 days prior to the record date involved or, in case of a 
rights subscription or other offering if such 10 days advance notice is 
not practical, on or before the record date and in no event later than 
the effective date of the registration statement to which the offering 
relates, and such notice includes:
    (i) Title of the security to which the declaration relates;
    (ii) Date of declaration;
    (iii) Date of record for determining holders entitled to receive the 
dividend or other distribution or to participate in the stock or reverse 
split;
    (iv) Date of payment or distribution or, in the case of a stock or 
reverse split or rights or other subscription offering, the date of 
delivery;
    (v) For a dividend or other distribution including a stock or 
reverse split or rights or other subscription offering:
    (a) In cash, the amount of cash to be paid or distributed per share, 
except if exact per share cash distributions cannot be given because of 
existing conversion rights which may be exercised during the notice 
period and which may affect the per share cash distribution, then a 
reasonable approximation of the per share distribution may be provided 
so long as the actual per share distribution is subsequently provided on 
the record date,
    (b) In the same security, the amount of the security outstanding 
immediately prior to and immediately following the dividend or 
distribution and the rate of the dividend or distribution,
    (c) In any other security of the same issuer, the amount to be paid 
or distributed and the rate of the dividend or distribution,
    (d) In any security of another issuer, the name of the issuer and 
title of that

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security, the amount to be paid or distributed, and the rate of the 
dividend or distribution and if that security is a right or a warrant, 
the subscription price,
    (e) In any other property (including securities not covered under 
paragraphs (b)(1)(v) (b) through (d) of this section) the identity of 
the property and its value and basis for assigning that value;
    (vi) Method of settlement of fractional interests;
    (vii) Details of any condition which must be satisfied or Government 
approval which must be secured to enable payment of distribution; and in
    (viii) The case of stock or reverse split in addition to the 
aforementioned information;
    (a) The name and address of the transfer or exchange agent; or
    (2) The Commission, upon written request or upon its own motion, 
exempts the issuer from compliance with paragraph (b)(1) of this section 
either unconditionally or on specified terms or conditions, as not 
constituting a manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance 
comprehended within the purpose of this section; or
    (3) Given in accordance with procedures of the national securities 
exchange or exchanges upon which a security of such issuer is registered 
pursuant to section 12 of the Act which contain requirements 
substantially comparable to those set forth in paragraph (b)(1) of this 
section.
    (c) The provisions of this rule shall not apply, however, to 
redeemable securities issued by open-end investment companies and unit 
investment trusts registered with the Commission under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940.

(Secs. 10(b), 23(a), 48 Stat. 891, as amended, 49 Stat. 1379, 15 U.S.C. 
78j)

[36 FR 11514, June 15, 1971, as amended at 37 FR 4330, Mar. 2, 1972]



Sec. 240.10b-18  Purchases of certain equity securities by the issuer 
and others.

                  Preliminary Notes to Sec. 240.10b-18

    1. Section 240.10b-18 provides an issuer (and its affiliated 
purchasers) with a ``safe harbor'' from liability for manipulation under 
sections 9(a)(2) of the Act and Sec. 240.10b-5 under the Act solely by 
reason of the manner, timing, price, and volume of their repurchases 
when they repurchase the issuer's common stock in the market in 
accordance with the section's manner, timing, price, and volume 
conditions. As a safe harbor, compliance with Sec. 240.10b-18 is 
voluntary. To come within the safe harbor, however, an issuer's 
repurchases must satisfy (on a daily basis) each of the section's four 
conditions. Failure to meet any one of the four conditions will remove 
all of the issuer's repurchases from the safe harbor for that day. The 
safe harbor, moreover, is not available for repurchases that, although 
made in technical compliance with the section, are part of a plan or 
scheme to evade the federal securities laws.
    2. Regardless of whether the repurchases are effected in accordance 
with Sec. 240.10b-18, reporting issuers must report their repurchasing 
activity as required by Item 703 of Regulations S-K and S-B (17 CFR 
229.703 and 228.703) and Item 15(e) of Form 20-F (17 CFR 249.220f) 
(regarding foreign private issuers), and closed-end management 
investment companies that are registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940 must report their repurchasing activity as required by Item 
8 of Form N-CSR (17 CFR 249.331; 17 CFR 274.128).
    (a) Definitions. Unless otherwise provided, all terms used in this 
section shall have the same meaning as in the Act. In addition, the 
following definitions shall apply:
    (1) ADTV means the average daily trading volume reported for the 
security during the four calendar weeks preceding the week in which the 
Rule 10b-18 purchase is to be effected.
    (2) Affiliate means any person that directly or indirectly controls, 
is controlled by, or is under common control with, the issuer.
    (3) Affiliated purchaser means:
    (i) A person acting, directly or indirectly, in concert with the 
issuer for the purpose of acquiring the issuer's securities; or
    (ii) An affiliate who, directly or indirectly, controls the issuer's 
purchases of such securities, whose purchases are

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controlled by the issuer, or whose purchases are under common control 
with those of the issuer; Provided, however, that ``affiliated 
purchaser'' shall not include a broker, dealer, or other person solely 
by reason of such broker, dealer, or other person effecting Rule 10b-18 
purchases on behalf of the issuer or for its account, and shall not 
include an officer or director of the issuer solely by reason of that 
officer or director's participation in the decision to authorize Rule 
10b-18 purchases by or on behalf of the issuer.
    (4) Agent independent of the issuer has the meaning contained in 
Sec. 242.100 of this chapter.
    (5) Block means a quantity of stock that either:
    (i) Has a purchase price of $200,000 or more; or
    (ii) Is at least 5,000 shares and has a purchase price of at least 
$50,000; or
    (iii) Is at least 20 round lots of the security and totals 150 
percent or more of the trading volume for that security or, in the event 
that trading volume data are unavailable, is at least 20 round lots of 
the security and totals at least one-tenth of one percent (.001) of the 
outstanding shares of the security, exclusive of any shares owned by any 
affiliate; Provided, however, That a block under paragraph (a)(5)(i), 
(ii), and (iii) shall not include any amount a broker or dealer, acting 
as principal, has accumulated for the purpose of sale or resale to the 
issuer or to any affiliated purchaser of the issuer if the issuer or 
such affiliated purchaser knows or has reason to know that such amount 
was accumulated for such purpose, nor shall it include any amount that a 
broker or dealer has sold short to the issuer or to any affiliated 
purchaser of the issuer if the issuer or such affiliated purchaser knows 
or has reason to know that the sale was a short sale.
    (6) Consolidated system means a consolidated transaction or 
quotation reporting system that collects and publicly disseminates on a 
current and continuous basis transaction or quotation information in 
common equity securities pursuant to an effective transaction reporting 
plan or an effective national market system plan (as those terms are 
defined in Sec. 242.600 of this chapter).
    (7) Market-wide trading suspension means a market-wide trading halt 
of 30 minutes or more that is:
    (i) Imposed pursuant to the rules of a national securities exchange 
or a national securities association in response to a market-wide 
decline during a single trading session; or
    (ii) Declared by the Commission pursuant to its authority under 
section 12(k) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l (k)).
    (8) Plan has the meaning contained in Sec. 242.100 of this chapter.
    (9) Principal market for a security means the single securities 
market with the largest reported trading volume for the security during 
the six full calendar months preceding the week in which the Rule 10b-18 
purchase is to be effected.
    (10) Public float value has the meaning contained in Sec. 242.100 
of this chapter.
    (11) Purchase price means the price paid per share as reported, 
exclusive of any commission paid to a broker acting as agent, or 
commission equivalent, mark-up, or differential paid to a dealer.
    (12) Riskless principal transaction means a transaction in which a 
broker or dealer after having received an order from an issuer to buy 
its security, buys the security as principal in the market at the same 
price to satisfy the issuer's buy order. The issuer's buy order must be 
effected at the same price per-share at which the broker or dealer 
bought the shares to satisfy the issuer's buy order, exclusive of any 
explicitly disclosed markup or markdown, commission equivalent, or other 
fee. In addition, only the first leg of the transaction, when the broker 
or dealer buys the security in the market as principal, is reported 
under the rules of a self-regulatory organization or under the Act. For 
purposes of this section, the broker or dealer must have written 
policies and procedures in place to assure that, at a minimum, the 
issuer's buy order was received prior to the offsetting transaction; the 
offsetting transaction is allocated to a riskless principal account or 
the issuer's account within 60 seconds of the execution; and the broker 
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enable the broker or dealer to accurately and readily reconstruct, in a 
time-sequenced manner, all orders effected on a riskless principal 
basis.
    (13) Rule 10b-18 purchase means a purchase (or any bid or limit 
order that would effect such purchase) of an issuer's common stock (or 
an equivalent interest, including a unit of beneficial interest in a 
trust or limited partnership or a depository share) by or for the issuer 
or any affiliated purchaser (including riskless principal transactions). 
However, it does not include any purchase of such security:
    (i) Effected during the applicable restricted period of a 
distribution that is subject to Sec. 242.102 of this chapter;
    (ii) Effected by or for an issuer plan by an agent independent of 
the issuer;
    (iii) Effected as a fractional share purchase (a fractional interest 
in a security) evidenced by a script certificate, order form, or similar 
document;
    (iv) Effected during the period from the time of public announcement 
(as defined in Sec. 230.165(f)) of a merger, acquisition, or similar 
transaction involving a recapitalization, until the earlier of the 
completion of such transaction or the completion of the vote by target 
shareholders. This exclusion does not apply to Rule 10b-18 purchases:
    (A) Effected during such transaction in which the consideration is 
solely cash and there is no valuation period; or
    (B) Where:
    (1) The total volume of Rule 10b-18 purchases effected on any single 
day does not exceed the lesser of 25% of the security's four-week ADTV 
or the issuer's average daily Rule 10b-18 purchases during the three 
full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such 
transaction;
    (2) The issuer's block purchases effected pursuant to paragraph 
(b)(4) of this section do not exceed the average size and frequency of 
the issuer's block purchases effected pursuant to paragraph (b)(4) of 
this section during the three full calendar months preceding the date of 
the announcement of such transaction; and
    (3) Such purchases are not otherwise restricted or prohibited;
    (v) Effected pursuant to Sec. 240.13e-1;
    (vi) Effected pursuant to a tender offer that is subject to Sec. 
240.13e-4 or specifically excepted from Sec. 240.13e-4; or
    (vii) Effected pursuant to a tender offer that is subject to section 
14(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78n(d)) and the rules and regulations 
thereunder.
    (b) Conditions to be met. Rule 10b-18 purchases shall not be deemed 
to have violated the anti-manipulation provisions of sections 9(a)(2) or 
10(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78i(a)(2) or 78j(b)), or Sec. 240.10b-5 
under the Act, solely by reason of the time, price, or amount of the 
Rule 10b-18 purchases, or the number of brokers or dealers used in 
connection with such purchases, if the issuer or affiliated purchaser of 
the issuer effects the Rule 10b-18 purchases according to each of the 
following conditions:
    (1) One broker or dealer. Rule 10b-18 purchases must be effected 
from or through only one broker or dealer on any single day; Provided, 
however, that:
    (i) The ``one broker or dealer'' condition shall not apply to Rule 
10b-18 purchases that are not solicited by or on behalf of the issuer or 
its affiliated purchaser(s);
    (ii) Where Rule 10b-18 purchases are effected by or on behalf of 
more than one affiliated purchaser of the issuer (or the issuer and one 
or more of its affiliated purchasers) on a single day, the issuer and 
all affiliated purchasers must use the same broker or dealer; and
    (iii) Where Rule 10b-18 purchases are effected on behalf of the 
issuer by a broker-dealer that is not an electronic communication 
network (ECN) or other alternative trading system (ATS), that broker-
dealer can access ECN or other ATS liquidity in order to execute 
repurchases on behalf of the issuer (or any affiliated purchaser of the 
issuer) on that day.
    (2) Time of purchases. Rule 10b-18 purchases must not be:
    (i) The opening (regular way) purchase reported in the consolidated 
system;
    (ii) Effected during the 10 minutes before the scheduled close of 
the primary trading session in the principal market for the security, 
and the 10 minutes before the scheduled close of the primary trading 
session in the market where the purchase is effected, for

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a security that has an ADTV value of $1 million or more and a public 
float value of $150 million or more; and
    (iii) Effected during the 30 minutes before the scheduled close of 
the primary trading session in the principal market for the security, 
and the 30 minutes before the scheduled close of the primary trading 
session in the market where the purchase is effected, for all other 
securities;
    (iv) However, for purposes of this section, Rule 10b-18 purchases 
may be effected following the close of the primary trading session until 
the termination of the period in which last sale prices are reported in 
the consolidated system so long as such purchases are effected at prices 
that do not exceed the lower of the closing price of the primary trading 
session in the principal market for the security and any lower bids or 
sale prices subsequently reported in the consolidated system, and all of 
this section's conditions are met. However, for purposes of this 
section, the issuer may use one broker or dealer to effect Rule 10b-18 
purchases during this period that may be different from the broker or 
dealer that it used during the primary trading session. However, the 
issuer's Rule 10b-18 purchase may not be the opening transaction of the 
session following the close of the primary trading session.
    (3) Price of purchases. Rule 10b-18 purchases must be effected at a 
purchase price that:
    (i) Does not exceed the highest independent bid or the last 
independent transaction price, whichever is higher, quoted or reported 
in the consolidated system at the time the Rule 10b-18 purchase is 
effected;
    (ii) For securities for which bids and transaction prices are not 
quoted or reported in the consolidated system, Rule 10b-18 purchases 
must be effected at a purchase price that does not exceed the highest 
independent bid or the last independent transaction price, whichever is 
higher, displayed and disseminated on any national securities exchange 
or on any inter-dealer quotation system (as defined in Sec. 240.15c2-
11) that displays at least two priced quotations for the security, at 
the time the Rule 10b-18 purchase is effected; and
    (iii) For all other securities, Rule 10b-18 purchases must be 
effected at a price no higher than the highest independent bid obtained 
from three independent dealers.
    (4) Volume of purchases. The total volume of Rule 10b-18 purchases 
effected by or for the issuer and any affiliated purchasers effected on 
any single day must not exceed 25 percent of the ADTV for that security; 
However, once each week, in lieu of purchasing under the 25 percent of 
ADTV limit for that day, the issuer or an affiliated purchaser of the 
issuer may effect one block purchase if:
    (i) No other Rule 10b-18 purchases are effected that day, and
    (ii) The block purchase is not included when calculating a 
security's four week ADTV under this section.
    (c) Alternative conditions. The conditions of paragraph (b) of this 
section shall apply in connection with Rule 10b-18 purchases effected 
during a trading session following the imposition of a market-wide 
trading suspension, except:
    (1) That the time of purchases condition in paragraph (b)(2) of this 
section shall not apply, either:
    (i) From the reopening of trading until the scheduled close of 
trading on the day that the market-wide trading suspension is imposed; 
or
    (ii) At the opening of trading on the next trading day until the 
scheduled close of trading that day, if a market-wide trading suspension 
was in effect at the close of trading on the preceding day; and
    (2) The volume of purchases condition in paragraph (b)(4) of this 
section is modified so that the amount of Rule 10b-18 purchases must not 
exceed 100 percent of the ADTV for that security.
    (d) Other purchases. No presumption shall arise that an issuer or an 
affiliated purchaser has violated the anti-manipulation provisions of 
sections 9(a)(2) or 10(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78i(a)(2) or 78j(b)), or 
Sec. 240.10b-5 under the Act, if the Rule 10b-18 purchases of such 
issuer or affiliated purchaser do not meet the conditions specified in 
paragraph (b) or (c) of this section.

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Sec. 240.10b-21  Deception in connection with a seller's ability or 
intent to deliver securities on the date delivery is due.

    Preliminary Note to Sec. 240.10b-21: This rule is not intended to 
limit, or restrict, the applicability of the general antifraud 
provisions of the federal securities laws, such as section 10(b) of the 
Act and rule 10b-5 thereunder.
    (a) It shall also constitute a ``manipulative or deceptive device or 
contrivance'' as used in section 10(b) of this Act for any person to 
submit an order to sell an equity security if such person deceives a 
broker or dealer, a participant of a registered clearing agency, or a 
purchaser about its intention or ability to deliver the security on or 
before the settlement date, and such person fails to deliver the 
security on or before the settlement date.
    (b) For purposes of this rule, the term settlement date shall mean 
the business day on which delivery of a security and payment of money is 
to be made through the facilities of a registered clearing agency in 
connection with the sale of a security.

[73 FR 61677, Oct. 17, 2008]

                        Reports Under Section 10A



Sec. 240.10A-1  Notice to the Commission Pursuant to Section 10A of 
the Act.

    (a)(1) If any issuer with a reporting obligation under the Act 
receives a report requiring a notice to the Commission in accordance 
with section 10A(b)(3) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78j-1(b)(3), the issuer 
shall submit such notice to the Commission's Office of the Chief 
Accountant within the time period prescribed in that section. The notice 
may be provided by facsimile, telegraph, personal delivery, or any other 
means, provided it is received by the Office of the Chief Accountant 
within the required time period.
    (2) The notice specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall 
be in writing and:
    (i) Shall identify the issuer (including the issuer's name, address, 
phone number, and file number assigned to the issuer's filings by the 
Commission) and the independent accountant (including the independent 
accountant's name and phone number, and the address of the independent 
accountant's principal office);
    (ii) Shall state the date that the issuer received from the 
independent accountant the report specified in section 10A(b)(2) of the 
Act, 15 U.S.C. 78j-1(b)(2);
    (iii) Shall provide, at the election of the issuer, either:
    (A) A summary of the independent accountant's report, including a 
description of the act that the independent accountant has identified as 
a likely illegal act and the possible effect of that act on all affected 
financial statements of the issuer or those related to the most current 
three-year period, whichever is shorter; or
    (B) A copy of the independent accountant's report; and
    (iv) May provide additional information regarding the issuer's views 
of and response to the independent accountant's report.
    (3) Reports of the independent accountant submitted by the issuer to 
the Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant in accordance with 
paragraph (a)(2)(iii)(B) of this section shall be deemed to have been 
made pursuant to section 10A(b)(3) or section 10A(b)(4) of the Act, 15 
U.S.C. 78j-1(b)(3) or 78j-1(b)(4), for purposes of the safe harbor 
provided by section 10A(c) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78j-1(c).
    (4) Submission of the notice in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this 
section shall not relieve the issuer from its obligations to comply 
fully with all other reporting requirements, including, without 
limitation:
    (i) The filing requirements of Form 8-K, Sec. 249.308 of this 
chapter, and Form N-SAR, Sec. 274.101 of this chapter, regarding a 
change in the issuer's certifying accountant and
    (ii) The disclosure requirements of Item 304 of Regulation S-K, 
Sec. 229.304 of this chapter.
    (b)(1) Any independent accountant furnishing to the Commission a 
copy of a report (or the documentation of any oral report) in accordance 
with section 10A(b)(3) or section 10A(b)(4) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78j-
1(b)(3) or 78j-1(b)(4), shall submit that report (or documentation) to 
the Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant within the time period 
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the Act. The report (or documentation) may be submitted to the 
Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant by facsimile, telegraph, 
personal delivery, or any other means, provided it is received by the 
Office of the Chief Accountant within the time period set forth in 
section 10A(b)(3) or 10A(b)(4) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78j-1(b)(3) or 78j-
(b)(4), whichever is applicable in the circumstances.
    (2) If the report (or documentation) submitted to the Office of the 
Chief Accountant in accordance with paragraph (b)(1) of this section 
does not clearly identify both the issuer (including the issuer's name, 
address, phone number, and file number assigned to the issuer's filings 
with the Commission) and the independent accountant (including the 
independent accountant's name and phone number, and the address of the 
independent accountant's principal office), then the independent 
accountant shall place that information in a prominent attachment to the 
report (or documentation) and shall submit that attachment to the Office 
of the Chief Accountant at the same time and in the same manner as the 
report (or documentation) is submitted to that Office.
    (3) Submission of the report (or documentation) by the independent 
accountant as described in paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section 
shall not replace, or otherwise satisfy the need for, the newly engaged 
and former accountants' letters under Items 304(a)(2)(D) and 304(a)(3) 
of Regulation S-K, Sec. Sec. 229.304(a)(2)(D) and 229.304(a)(3) of this 
chapter, respectively, and shall not limit, reduce, or affect in any way 
the independent accountant's obligations to comply fully with all other 
legal and professional responsibilities, including, without limitation, 
those under generally accepted auditing standards and the rules or 
interpretations of the Commission that modify or supplement those 
auditing standards.
    (c) A notice or report submitted to the Office of the Chief 
Accountant in accordance with paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section 
shall be deemed to be an investigative record and shall be non-public 
and exempt from disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act to 
the same extent and for the same periods of time that the Commission's 
investigative records are non-public and exempt from disclosure under, 
among other applicable provisions, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7) and Sec. 
200.80(b)(7) of this chapter. Nothing in this paragraph, however, shall 
relieve, limit, delay, or affect in any way, the obligation of any 
issuer or any independent accountant to make all public disclosures 
required by law, by any Commission disclosure item, rule, report, or 
form, or by any applicable accounting, auditing, or professional 
standard.

                      Instruction to Paragraph (c)

    Issuers and independent accountants may apply for additional bases 
for confidential treatment for a notice, report, or part thereof, in 
accordance with Sec. 200.83 of this chapter. That section indicates, in 
part, that any person who, pursuant to any requirement of law, submits 
any information or causes or permits any information to be submitted to 
the Commission, may request that the Commission afford it confidential 
treatment by reason of personal privacy or business confidentiality, or 
for any other reason permitted by Federal law.

[62 FR 12749, Mar. 18, 1997, as amended at 73 FR 973, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.10A-2  Auditor independence.

    It shall be unlawful for an auditor not to be independent under 
Sec. 210.2-01(c)(2)(iii)(B), (c)(4), (c)(6), (c)(7), and Sec. 210.2-
07.

[68 FR 6048, Feb. 5, 2003]



Sec. 240.10A-3  Listing standards relating to audit committees.

    (a) Pursuant to section 10A(m) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78j-1(m)) and 
section 3 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. 7202):
    (1) National securities exchanges. The rules of each national 
securities exchange registered pursuant to section 6 of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78f) must, in accordance with the provisions of this section, 
prohibit the initial or continued listing of any security of an issuer 
that is not in compliance with the requirements of any portion of 
paragraph (b) or (c) of this section.

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    (2) National securities associations. The rules of each national 
securities association registered pursuant to section 15A of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o-3) must, in accordance with the provisions of this section, 
prohibit the initial or continued listing in an automated inter-dealer 
quotation system of any security of an issuer that is not in compliance 
with the requirements of any portion of paragraph (b) or (c) of this 
section.
    (3) Opportunity to cure defects. The rules required by paragraphs 
(a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section must provide for appropriate 
procedures for a listed issuer to have an opportunity to cure any 
defects that would be the basis for a prohibition under paragraph (a) of 
this section, before the imposition of such prohibition. Such rules also 
may provide that if a member of an audit committee ceases to be 
independent in accordance with the requirements of this section for 
reasons outside the member's reasonable control, that person, with 
notice by the issuer to the applicable national securities exchange or 
national securities association, may remain an audit committee member of 
the listed issuer until the earlier of the next annual shareholders 
meeting of the listed issuer or one year from the occurrence of the 
event that caused the member to be no longer independent.
    (4) Notification of noncompliance. The rules required by paragraphs 
(a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section must include a requirement that a 
listed issuer must notify the applicable national securities exchange or 
national securities association promptly after an executive officer of 
the listed issuer becomes aware of any material noncompliance by the 
listed issuer with the requirements of this section.
    (5) Implementation. (i) The rules of each national securities 
exchange or national securities association meeting the requirements of 
this section must be operative, and listed issuers must be in compliance 
with those rules, by the following dates:
    (A) July 31, 2005 for foreign private issuers and smaller reporting 
companies (as defined in Sec. 240.12b-2); and
    (B) For all other listed issuers, the earlier of the listed issuer's 
first annual shareholders meeting after January 15, 2004, or October 31, 
2004.
    (ii) Each national securities exchange and national securities 
association must provide to the Commission, no later than July 15, 2003, 
proposed rules or rule amendments that comply with this section.
    (iii) Each national securities exchange and national securities 
association must have final rules or rule amendments that comply with 
this section approved by the Commission no later than December 1, 2003.
    (b) Required standards--(1) Independence. (i) Each member of the 
audit committee must be a member of the board of directors of the listed 
issuer, and must otherwise be independent; provided that, where a listed 
issuer is one of two dual holding companies, those companies may 
designate one audit committee for both companies so long as each member 
of the audit committee is a member of the board of directors of at least 
one of such dual holding companies.
    (ii) Independence requirements for non-investment company issuers. 
In order to be considered to be independent for purposes of this 
paragraph (b)(1), a member of an audit committee of a listed issuer that 
is not an investment company may not, other than in his or her capacity 
as a member of the audit committee, the board of directors, or any other 
board committee:
    (A) Accept directly or indirectly any consulting, advisory, or other 
compensatory fee from the issuer or any subsidiary thereof, provided 
that, unless the rules of the national securities exchange or national 
securities association provide otherwise, compensatory fees do not 
include the receipt of fixed amounts of compensation under a retirement 
plan (including deferred compensation) for prior service with the listed 
issuer (provided that such compensation is not contingent in any way on 
continued service); or
    (B) Be an affiliated person of the issuer or any subsidiary thereof.
    (iii) Independence requirements for investment company issuers. In 
order to be considered to be independent for purposes of this paragraph 
(b)(1), a member of an audit committee of a listed issuer that is an 
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may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the audit 
committee, the board of directors, or any other board committee:
    (A) Accept directly or indirectly any consulting, advisory, or other 
compensatory fee from the issuer or any subsidiary thereof, provided 
that, unless the rules of the national securities exchange or national 
securities association provide otherwise, compensatory fees do not 
include the receipt of fixed amounts of compensation under a retirement 
plan (including deferred compensation) for prior service with the listed 
issuer (provided that such compensation is not contingent in any way on 
continued service); or
    (B) Be an ``interested person'' of the issuer as defined in section 
2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)).
    (iv) Exemptions from the independence requirements. (A) For an 
issuer listing securities pursuant to a registration statement under 
section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l), or for an issuer that has a 
registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a 
et seq.) covering an initial public offering of securities to be listed 
by the issuer, where in each case the listed issuer was not, immediately 
prior to the effective date of such registration statement, required to 
file reports with the Commission pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)):
    (1) All but one of the members of the listed issuer's audit 
committee may be exempt from the independence requirements of paragraph 
(b)(1)(ii) of this section for 90 days from the date of effectiveness of 
such registration statement; and
    (2) A minority of the members of the listed issuer's audit committee 
may be exempt from the independence requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) 
of this section for one year from the date of effectiveness of such 
registration statement.
    (B) An audit committee member that sits on the board of directors of 
a listed issuer and an affiliate of the listed issuer is exempt from the 
requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(ii)(B) of this section if the member, 
except for being a director on each such board of directors, otherwise 
meets the independence requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this 
section for each such entity, including the receipt of only ordinary-
course compensation for serving as a member of the board of directors, 
audit committee or any other board committee of each such entity.
    (C) An employee of a foreign private issuer who is not an executive 
officer of the foreign private issuer is exempt from the requirements of 
paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section if the employee is elected or named 
to the board of directors or audit committee of the foreign private 
issuer pursuant to the issuer's governing law or documents, an employee 
collective bargaining or similar agreement or other home country legal 
or listing requirements.
    (D) An audit committee member of a foreign private issuer may be 
exempt from the requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(ii)(B) of this section 
if that member meets the following requirements:
    (1) The member is an affiliate of the foreign private issuer or a 
representative of such an affiliate;
    (2) The member has only observer status on, and is not a voting 
member or the chair of, the audit committee; and
    (3) Neither the member nor the affiliate is an executive officer of 
the foreign private issuer.
    (E) An audit committee member of a foreign private issuer may be 
exempt from the requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(ii)(B) of this section 
if that member meets the following requirements:
    (1) The member is a representative or designee of a foreign 
government or foreign governmental entity that is an affiliate of the 
foreign private issuer; and
    (2) The member is not an executive officer of the foreign private 
issuer.
    (F) In addition to paragraphs (b)(1)(iv)(A) through (E) of this 
section, the Commission may exempt from the requirements of paragraphs 
(b)(1)(ii) or (b)(1)(iii) of this section a particular relationship with 
respect to audit committee members, as the Commission determines 
appropriate in light of the circumstances.
    (2) Responsibilities relating to registered public accounting firms. 
The audit committee of each listed issuer, in its capacity as a 
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directors, must be directly responsible for the appointment, 
compensation, retention and oversight of the work of any registered 
public accounting firm engaged (including resolution of disagreements 
between management and the auditor regarding financial reporting) for 
the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other 
audit, review or attest services for the listed issuer, and each such 
registered public accounting firm must report directly to the audit 
committee.
    (3) Complaints. Each audit committee must establish procedures for:
    (i) The receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by 
the listed issuer regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or 
auditing matters; and
    (ii) The confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the 
listed issuer of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing 
matters.
    (4) Authority to engage advisers. Each audit committee must have the 
authority to engage independent counsel and other advisers, as it 
determines necessary to carry out its duties.
    (5) Funding. Each listed issuer must provide for appropriate 
funding, as determined by the audit committee, in its capacity as a 
committee of the board of directors, for payment of:
    (i) Compensation to any registered public accounting firm engaged 
for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing 
other audit, review or attest services for the listed issuer;
    (ii) Compensation to any advisers employed by the audit committee 
under paragraph (b)(4) of this section; and
    (iii) Ordinary administrative expenses of the audit committee that 
are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.
    (c) General exemptions. (1) At any time when an issuer has a class 
of securities that is listed on a national securities exchange or 
national securities association subject to the requirements of this 
section, the listing of other classes of securities of the listed issuer 
on a national securities exchange or national securities association is 
not subject to the requirements of this section.
    (2) At any time when an issuer has a class of common equity 
securities (or similar securities) that is listed on a national 
securities exchange or national securities association subject to the 
requirements of this section, the listing of classes of securities of a 
direct or indirect consolidated subsidiary or an at least 50% 
beneficially owned subsidiary of the issuer (except classes of equity 
securities, other than non-convertible, non-participating preferred 
securities, of such subsidiary) is not subject to the requirements of 
this section.
    (3) The listing of securities of a foreign private issuer is not 
subject to the requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(5) of this 
section if the foreign private issuer meets the following requirements:
    (i) The foreign private issuer has a board of auditors (or similar 
body), or has statutory auditors, established and selected pursuant to 
home country legal or listing provisions expressly requiring or 
permitting such a board or similar body;
    (ii) The board or body, or statutory auditors is required under home 
country legal or listing requirements to be either:
    (A) Separate from the board of directors; or
    (B) Composed of one or more members of the board of directors and 
one or more members that are not also members of the board of directors;
    (iii) The board or body, or statutory auditors, are not elected by 
management of such issuer and no executive officer of the foreign 
private issuer is a member of such board or body, or statutory auditors;
    (iv) Home country legal or listing provisions set forth or provide 
for standards for the independence of such board or body, or statutory 
auditors, from the foreign private issuer or the management of such 
issuer;
    (v) Such board or body, or statutory auditors, in accordance with 
any applicable home country legal or listing requirements or the 
issuer's governing documents, are responsible, to the extent permitted 
by law, for the appointment, retention and oversight of the

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work of any registered public accounting firm engaged (including, to the 
extent permitted by law, the resolution of disagreements between 
management and the auditor regarding financial reporting) for the 
purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other 
audit, review or attest services for the issuer; and
    (vi) The audit committee requirements of paragraphs (b)(3), (b)(4) 
and (b)(5) of this section apply to such board or body, or statutory 
auditors, to the extent permitted by law.
    (4) The listing of a security futures product cleared by a clearing 
agency that is registered pursuant to section 17A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78q-1) or that is exempt from the registration requirements of section 
17A pursuant to paragraph (b)(7)(A) of such section is not subject to 
the requirements of this section.
    (5) The listing of a standardized option, as defined in Sec. 
240.9b-1(a)(4), issued by a clearing agency that is registered pursuant 
to section 17A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1) is not subject to the 
requirements of this section.
    (6) The listing of securities of the following listed issuers are 
not subject to the requirements of this section:
    (i) Asset-Backed Issuers (as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this 
chapter);
    (ii) Unit investment trusts (as defined in 15 U.S.C. 80a-4(2)); and
    (iii)Foreign governments (as defined in Sec. 240.3b-4(a)).
    (7) The listing of securities of a listed issuer is not subject to 
the requirements of this section if:
    (i) The listed issuer, as reflected in the applicable listing 
application, is organized as a trust or other unincorporated association 
that does not have a board of directors or persons acting in a similar 
capacity; and
    (ii) The activities of the listed issuer that is described in 
paragraph (c)(7)(i) of this section are limited to passively owning or 
holding (as well as administering and distributing amounts in respect 
of) securities, rights, collateral or other assets on behalf of or for 
the benefit of the holders of the listed securities.
    (d) Disclosure. Any listed issuer availing itself of an exemption 
from the independence standards contained in paragraph (b)(1)(iv) of 
this section (except paragraph (b)(1)(iv)(B) of this section), the 
general exemption contained in paragraph (c)(3) of this section or the 
last sentence of paragraph (a)(3) of this section, must:
    (1) Disclose its reliance on the exemption and its assessment of 
whether, and if so, how, such reliance would materially adversely affect 
the ability of the audit committee to act independently and to satisfy 
the other requirements of this section in any proxy or information 
statement for a meeting of shareholders at which directors are elected 
that is filed with the Commission pursuant to the requirements of 
section 14 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78n); and
    (2) Disclose the information specified in paragraph (d)(1) of this 
section in, or incorporate such information by reference from such proxy 
or information statement filed with the Commission into, its annual 
report filed with the Commission pursuant to the requirements of section 
13(a) or 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)).
    (e) Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms 
used in this section have the same meaning as in the Act. In addition, 
unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions apply 
for purposes of this section:
    (1)(i) The term affiliate of, or a person affiliated with, a 
specified person, means a person that directly, or indirectly through 
one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under 
common control with, the person specified.
    (ii)(A) A person will be deemed not to be in control of a specified 
person for purposes of this section if the person:
    (1) Is not the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of more 
than 10% of any class of voting equity securities of the specified 
person; and
    (2) Is not an executive officer of the specified person.
    (B) Paragraph (e)(1)(ii)(A) of this section only creates a safe 
harbor position that a person does not control a specified person. The 
existence of the safe harbor does not create a presumption in any way 
that a person exceeding the ownership requirement in paragraph 
(e)(1)(ii)(A)(1) of this section controls

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or is otherwise an affiliate of a specified person.
    (iii) The following will be deemed to be affiliates:
    (A) An executive officer of an affiliate;
    (B) A director who also is an employee of an affiliate;
    (C) A general partner of an affiliate; and
    (D) A managing member of an affiliate.
    (iv) For purposes of paragraph (e)(1)(i) of this section, dual 
holding companies will not be deemed to be affiliates of or persons 
affiliated with each other by virtue of their dual holding company 
arrangements with each other, including where directors of one dual 
holding company are also directors of the other dual holding company, or 
where directors of one or both dual holding companies are also directors 
of the businesses jointly controlled, directly or indirectly, by the 
dual holding companies (and, in each case, receive only ordinary-course 
compensation for serving as a member of the board of directors, audit 
committee or any other board committee of the dual holding companies or 
any entity that is jointly controlled, directly or indirectly, by the 
dual holding companies).
    (2) In the case of foreign private issuers with a two-tier board 
system, the term board of directors means the supervisory or non-
management board.
    (3) In the case of a listed issuer that is a limited partnership or 
limited liability company where such entity does not have a board of 
directors or equivalent body, the term board of directors means the 
board of directors of the managing general partner, managing member or 
equivalent body.
    (4) The term control (including the terms controlling, controlled by 
and under common control with) means the possession, direct or indirect, 
of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and 
policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting 
securities, by contract, or otherwise.
    (5) The term dual holding companies means two foreign private 
issuers that:
    (i) Are organized in different national jurisdictions;
    (ii) Collectively own and supervise the management of one or more 
businesses which are conducted as a single economic enterprise; and
    (iii) Do not conduct any business other than collectively owning and 
supervising such businesses and activities reasonably incidental 
thereto.
    (6) The term executive officer has the meaning set forth in Sec. 
240.3b-7.
    (7) The term foreign private issuer has the meaning set forth in 
Sec. 240.3b-4(c).
    (8) The term indirect acceptance by a member of an audit committee 
of any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee includes 
acceptance of such a fee by a spouse, a minor child or stepchild or a 
child or stepchild sharing a home with the member or by an entity in 
which such member is a partner, member, an officer such as a managing 
director occupying a comparable position or executive officer, or 
occupies a similar position (except limited partners, non-managing 
members and those occupying similar positions who, in each case, have no 
active role in providing services to the entity) and which provides 
accounting, consulting, legal, investment banking or financial advisory 
services to the issuer or any subsidiary of the issuer.
    (9) The terms listed and listing refer to securities listed on a 
national securities exchange or listed in an automated inter-dealer 
quotation system of a national securities association or to issuers of 
such securities.

                     Instructions to Sec. 240.10A-3

    1. The requirements in paragraphs (b)(2) through (b)(5), (c)(3)(v) 
and (c)(3)(vi) of this section do not conflict with, and do not affect 
the application of, any requirement or ability under a listed issuer's 
governing law or documents or other home country legal or listing 
provisions that requires or permits shareholders to ultimately vote on, 
approve or ratify such requirements. The requirements instead relate to 
the assignment of responsibility as between the audit committee and 
management. In such an instance, however, if the listed issuer provides 
a recommendation or nomination regarding such responsibilities to 
shareholders, the audit committee of the listed issuer, or body 
performing similar functions, must be responsible for making the 
recommendation or nomination.

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    2. The requirements in paragraphs (b)(2) through (b)(5), (c)(3)(v), 
(c)(3)(vi) and Instruction 1 of this section do not conflict with any 
legal or listing requirement in a listed issuer's home jurisdiction that 
prohibits the full board of directors from delegating such 
responsibilities to the listed issuer's audit committee or limits the 
degree of such delegation. In that case, the audit committee, or body 
performing similar functions, must be granted such responsibilities, 
which can include advisory powers, with respect to such matters to the 
extent permitted by law, including submitting nominations or 
recommendations to the full board.
    3. The requirements in paragraphs (b)(2) through (b)(5), (c)(3)(v) 
and (c)(3)(vi) of this section do not conflict with any legal or listing 
requirement in a listed issuer's home jurisdiction that vests such 
responsibilities with a government entity or tribunal. In that case, the 
audit committee, or body performing similar functions, must be granted 
such responsibilities, which can include advisory powers, with respect 
to such matters to the extent permitted by law.
    4. For purposes of this section, the determination of a person's 
beneficial ownership must be made in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-3.

[68 FR 18818, Apr. 16, 2003, as amended at 70 FR 1620, Jan. 7, 2005; 73 
FR 973, Jan. 4, 2008]

            Adoption of Floor Trading Regulation (Rule 11a-1)



Sec. 240.11a-1  Regulation of floor trading.

    (a) No member of a national securities exchange, while on the floor 
of such exchange, shall initiate, directly or indirectly, any 
transaction in any security admitted to trading on such exchange, for 
any account in which such member has an interest, or for any such 
account with respect to which such member has discretion as to the time 
of execution, the choice of security to be bought or sold, the total 
amount of any security to be bought or sold, or whether any such 
transaction shall be one of purchase or sale.
    (b) The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply 
to:
    (1) Any transaction by a registered specialist in a security in 
which he is so registered on such exchange;
    (2) Any transaction for the account of an odd-lot dealer in a 
security in which he is so registered on such exchange;
    (3) Any stabilizing transaction effected in compliance with Sec. 
242.104 of this chapter to facilitate a distribution of such security in 
which such member is participating;
    (4) Any bona fide arbitrage transaction;
    (5) Any transaction made with the prior approval of a floor official 
of such exchange to permit such member to contribute to the maintenance 
of a fair and orderly market in such security, or any purchase or sale 
to reverse any such transaction;
    (6) Any transaction to offset a transaction made in error; or
    (7) Any transaction effected in conformity with a plan designed to 
eliminate floor trading activities which are not beneficial to the 
market and which plan has been adopted by an exchange and declared 
effective by the Commission. For the purpose of this rule, a plan filed 
with the Commission by a national securities exchange shall not become 
effective unless the Commission, having due regard for the maintenance 
of fair and orderly markets, for the public interest, and for the 
protection of investors, declares the plan to be effective.
    (c) For the purpose of this rule the term ``on the floor of such 
exchange'' shall include the trading floor; the rooms, lobbies, and 
other premises immediately adjacent thereto for use of members 
generally; other rooms, lobbies and premises made available primarily 
for use by members generally; and the telephone and other facilities in 
any such place.
    (d) Any national securities exchange may apply for an exemption from 
the provisions of this rule in compliance with the provisions of section 
11(c) of the Act.

(Sec. 11, 48 Stat. 891; 15 U.S.C. 78k)

[29 FR 7381, June 6, 1964, as amended at 62 FR 544, Jan. 3, 1997]

    Note 1: The Commission finding that the floor trading plan of the 
New York Stock Exchange filed on May 25, 1964 is designed to eliminate 
floor trading activities not beneficial to the market hereby declares 
such plan effective August 3, 1964 subject to suspension or termination 
on sixty days written notice from the Commission, 29 FR 7381, June 6, 
1964.
    Note 2: The text of the Commission's action declaring effective the 
amendments to the Floor Trading Plan of the American Stock Exchange (33 
FR 1073, Jan. 27, 1968) is as follows:

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    The Securities and Exchange Commission acting pursuant to the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, particularly sections 11(a) and 23(a) 
thereof, and Rule 11a-1 (17 CFR 240.11a-1) under the Act, deeming it 
necessary for the exercise of the functions vested in it, and having due 
regard for the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, for the public 
interest, and for the protection of investors, hereby declares the Floor 
Trading Plan of the American Stock Exchange, as amended by amendments 
filed on May 11, 1967, effective January 31, 1968. If at any time it 
appears to the Commission to be necessary or appropriate in the public 
interest, for the protection of investors, or for the maintenance of 
fair and orderly markets, or that floor trading activities which are not 
beneficial to the market have not been eliminated by the Floor Trading 
Plan of the American Stock Exchange, the Commission may suspend or 
terminate the effectiveness of the plan by sending at least 60 days 
written notice to the American Stock Exchange. The American Stock 
Exchange shall have the opportunity to submit any written data, facts, 
arguments, or modifications in its plan within such 60-day period in 
such form as the Commission deems appropriate under the circumstances. 
The Commission has been informed that all persons subject to the Floor 
Trading Plan of the American Stock Exchange, as amended, have had actual 
notice thereof, and the Commission finds that notice and procedure 
pursuant to section 4 of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 
section 553) are impracticable and unnecessary and that such Plan, as 
amended, may be, and is hereby, declared effective on January 31, 1968.



Sec. 240.11a1-1(T)  Transactions yielding priority, parity, and 
precedence.

    (a) A transaction effected on a national securities exchange for the 
account of a member which meets the requirements of section 
11(a)(1)(G)(i) of the Act shall be deemed, in accordance with the 
requirements of section 11(a)(1)(G)(ii), to be not inconsistent with the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets and to yield priority, parity, 
and precedence in execution to orders for the account of persons who are 
not members or associated with members of the exchange if such 
transaction is effected in compliance with each of the following 
requirements:
    (1) A member shall disclose that a bid or offer for its account is 
for its account to any member with whom such bid or offer is placed or 
to whom it is communicated, and any such member through whom that bid or 
offer is communicated shall disclose to others participating in 
effecting the order that it is for the account of a member.
    (2) Immediately before executing the order, a member (other than the 
specialist in such security) presenting any order for the account of a 
member on the exchange shall clearly announce or otherwise indicate to 
the specialist and to other members then present for the trading in such 
security on the exchange that he is presenting an order for the account 
of a member.
    (3) Notwithstanding rules of priority, parity, and precedence 
otherwise applicable, any member presenting for execution a bid or offer 
for its own account or for the account of another member shall grant 
priority to any bid or offer at the same price for the account of a 
person who is not, or is not associated with, a member, irrespective of 
the size of any such bid or offer or the time when entered.
    (b) A member shall be deemed to meet the requirements of section 
11(a)(1)(G)(i) of the Act if during its preceding fiscal year more than 
50 percent of its gross revenues was derived from one or more of the 
sources specified in that section. In addition to any revenue which 
independently meets the requirements of section 11(a)(1)(G)(i), revenue 
derived from any transaction specified in paragraph (A), (B), or (D) of 
section 11(a)(1) of the Act or specified in 17 CFR 240.11a1-4(T) shall 
be deemed to be revenue derived from one or more of the sources 
specified in section 11(a)(1)(G)(i). A member may rely on a list of 
members which are stated to meet the requirements of section 
11(a)(1)(G)(i) if such list is prepared, and updated at least annually, 
by the exchange. In preparing any such list, an exchange may rely on a 
report which sets forth a statement of gross revenues of a member if 
covered by a report of independent accountants for such member to the 
effect that such report has been prepared in accordance

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with generally accepted accounting principles.

(Secs. 2, 3, 6, 11, 11A, and 23, 89 Stat. 97, 104, 110, 111, 156 (15 
U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78f, 78k, 78k-1, 78w); secs. 2, 3, 11, 23, 48 Stat. 
881, 882, 885, 891, 901, as amended)

[43 FR 11553, Mar. 17, 1978, as amended at 43 FR 18562, May 1, 1978; 44 
FR 6093, Jan. 31, 1979]



Sec. 240.11a1-2  Transactions for certain accounts of associated 
persons of members.

    A transaction effected by a member of a national securities exchange 
for the account of an associated person thereof shall be deemed to be of 
a kind which is consistent with the purposes of section 11(a)(1) of the 
Act, the protection of investors, and the maintenance of fair and 
orderly markets if the transaction is effected:
    (a) For the account of and for the benefit of an associated person, 
if, assuming such transaction were for the account of a member, or
    (b) For the account of an associated person but for the benefit of 
an account carried by such associated person, if, assuming such account 
were carried on the same basis by a member.

The member would have been permitted, under section 11(a) of the Act and 
the other rules thereunder, to effect the transaction: Provided, 
however, That a transaction may not be effected by a member for the 
account of and for the benefit of an associated person under section 
11(a)(1)(G) of the Act and Rule 11a1-1(T) thereunder unless the 
associated person derived, during its preceding fiscal year, more than 
50 percent of its gross revenues from one or more of the sources 
specified in section 11(a)(1)(G)(i) of the Act.

(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 104, 110, 111, 121, 155 (15 
U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78f, 78k, 78k-1, 78o, 78w); secs. 2, 3, 10, 23, 48 
Stat. 881, 882, 891, 901, as amended (15 U.S.C. 78j))

[43 FR 11553, Mar. 17, 1978; 43 FR 14451, Apr. 6, 1978]



Sec. 240.11a1-3(T)  Bona fide hedge transactions in certain securities.

    A bona fide hedge transaction effected on a national securities 
exchange by a member for its own account or an account of an associated 
person thereof and involving a long or short position in a security 
entitling the holder to acquire or sell an equity security, and a long 
or short position in one or more other securities entitling the holder 
to acquire or sell such equity security, shall be deemed to be of a kind 
which is consistent with the purposes of section 11(a)(1) of the Act, 
the protection of investors, and the maintenance of fair and orderly 
markets.

(Secs. 2, 3, 6, 11, 11A, and 23, 89 Stat. 97, 104, 110, 111, 156 (15 
U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78f, 78k, 78k-1, 78w); secs. 2, 3, 11, 23, 48 Stat. 
881, 882, 885, 891, 901, as amended)

[44 FR 6093, Jan. 31, 1979]



Sec. 240.11a1-4(T)  Bond transactions on national securities exchanges.

    A transaction in a bond, note, debenture, or other form of 
indebtedness effected on a national securities exchange by a member for 
its own account or the account of an associated person thereof shall be 
deemed to be of a kind which is consistent with the purposes of section 
11(a)(1) of the Act, the protection of investors, and the maintenance of 
fair and orderly markets.

(Secs. 2, 3, 6, 10, 11, 11A, 15 and 23 of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78f, 78j, 78k, 78k-1, 78o, and 78w))

[43 FR 18562, May 1, 1978]



Sec. 240.11a1-5  Transactions by registered competitive market makers 
and registered equity market makers.

    Any transaction by a New York Stock Exchange registered competitive 
market maker or an American Stock Exchange registered equity market 
maker effected in compliance with their respective governing rules shall 
be deemed to be of a kind which is consistent with the purposes of 
section 11(a)(1) of the Act, the protection of investors, and the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets.

[46 FR 14889, Mar. 3, 1981]



Sec. 240.11a1-6  Transactions for certain accounts of OTC derivatives 
dealers.

    A transaction effected by a member of a national securities exchange 
for

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the account of an OTC derivatives dealer that is an associated person of 
that member shall be deemed to be of a kind that is consistent with the 
purposes of section 11(a)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k(a)(1)), the 
protection of investors, and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets 
if, assuming such transaction were for the account of a member, the 
member would have been permitted, under section 11(a) of the Act and the 
other rules thereunder (with the exception of Sec. 240.11a1-2), to 
effect the transaction.

[63 FR 59396, Nov. 3, 1998]



Sec. 240.11a2-2(T)  Transactions effected by exchange members through 
other members.

    (a) A member of a national securities exchange (the ``initiating 
member'') may not effect a transaction on that exchange for its own 
account, the account of an associated person, or an account with respect 
to which it or an associated person thereof exercises investment 
discretion unless:
    (1) The transaction is of a kind described in paragraphs A through H 
of section 11(a)(1) of the Act and is effected in accordance with 
applicable rules and regulations thereunder; or
    (2) The transaction is effected in compliance with each of the 
following conditions:
    (i) The transaction is executed on the floor, or through use of the 
facilities, of the exchange by a member (the ``executing member'') which 
is not an associated person of the initiating member;
    (ii) The order for the transaction is transmitted from off the 
exchange floor;
    (iii) Neither the initiating member nor an associated person of the 
initiating member participates in the execution of the transaction at 
any time after the order for the transaction has been so transmitted; 
and
    (iv) In the case of a transaction effected for an account with 
respect to which the initiating member or an associated person thereof 
exercises investment discretion, neither the initiating member nor any 
associated person thereof retains any compensation in connection with 
effecting the transaction: Provided, however, That this condition shall 
not apply to the extent that the person or persons authorized to 
transact business for the account have expressly provided otherwise by 
written contract referring to section 11(a) of the Act and this section 
executed on or after March 15, 1978, by each of them and by such 
exchange member or associated person exercising investment discretion.
    (b) For purposes of this section, a member ``effects'' a securities 
transaction when it performs any function in connection with the 
processing of that transaction, including, but not limited to, (1) 
transmission of an order for execution, (2) execution of the order, (3) 
clearance and settlement of the transaction, and (4) arranging for the 
performance of any such function.
    (c) For purposes of this section, the term ``compensation in 
connection with effecting the transaction'' refers to compensation 
directly or indirectly received or calculated on a transaction-related 
basis for the performance of any function involved in effecting a 
securities transaction.
    (d) A member, or an associated person of a member, authorized by 
written contract to retain compensation in connection with effecting 
transactions pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)(iv) of this section shall 
furnish at least annually to the person or persons authorized to 
transact business for the account a statement setting forth the total 
amount of all compensation retained by the member or any associated 
person thereof in connection with effecting transactions for that 
account during the period covered by the statement, which amount shall 
be exclusive of all amounts paid to others during that period for 
services rendered in effecting such transactions.
    (e) A transaction effected in compliance with the requirements of 
this section shall be deemed to be of a kind which is consistent with 
the purposes of section 11(a)(1) of the Act, the protection of 
investors, and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets.

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    (f) The provisions of this section shall not apply to transactions 
by exchange members to which, by operation of section 11(a)(3) of the 
Act, section 11(a)(1) of the Act is not effective.

(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 104, 110, 111, 121, 155 (15 
U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78f, 78k, 78k-1, 78o, 78w); secs. 2, 3, 10, 23, 48 
Stat. 881, 882, 891, 901, as amended (15 U.S.C. 78j))

[43 FR 11554, Mar. 17, 1978, as amended at 43 FR 18562, May 1, 1978]

            Adoption of Regulation on Conduct of Specialists



Sec. 240.11b-1  Regulation of specialists.

    (a)(1) The rules of a national securities exchange may permit a 
member of such exchange to register as a specialist and to act as a 
dealer.
    (2) The rules of a national securities exchange permitting a member 
of such exchange to register as a specialist and to act as a dealer 
shall include:
    (i) Adequate minimum capital requirements in view of the markets for 
securities on such exchange;
    (ii) Requirements, as a condition of a specialist's registration, 
that a specialist engage in a course of dealings for his own account to 
assist in the maintenance, so far as practicable, of a fair and orderly 
market, and that a finding by the exchange of any substantial or 
continued failure by a specialist to engage in such a course of dealings 
will result in the suspension or cancellation of such specialist's 
registration in one or more of the securities in which such specialist 
is registered;
    (iii) Provisions restricting his dealings so far as practicable to 
those reasonably necessary to permit him to maintain a fair and orderly 
market or necessary to permit him to act as an odd-lot dealer;
    (iv) Provisions stating the responsibilities of a specialist acting 
as a broker in securities in which he is registered; and
    (v) Procedures to provide for the effective and systematic 
surveillance of the activities of specialists.
    (b) If after appropriate notice and opportunity for hearing the 
Commission finds that a member of a national securities exchange 
registered with such exchange as a specialist in specified securities 
has, for any account in which he, his member organization, or any 
participant therein has any beneficial interest, direct or indirect, 
effected transactions in such securities which were not part of a course 
of dealings reasonably necessary to permit such specialist to maintain a 
fair and orderly market, or to act as an odd-lot dealer, in the 
securities in which he is registered and were not effected in a manner 
consistent with the rules adopted by such exchange pursuant to paragraph 
(a)(2)(iii) of this section, the Commission may by order direct such 
exchange to cancel, or to suspend for such period as the Commission may 
determine, such specialist's registration in one or more of the 
securities in which such specialist is registered: Provided, however, If 
such exchange has itself suspended or cancelled such specialist's 
registration in one or more of the securities in which such specialist 
is registered, no further sanction shall be imposed pursuant to this 
paragraph (b) except in a case where the Commission finds substantial or 
continued misconduct by a specialist: And provided, further, That the 
provisions of this paragraph (b) shall not apply to a member of a 
national securities exchange exempted pursuant to the provisions of 
paragraph (d) of this section.
    (c) For the purposes of this section, the term rules of an exchange 
shall mean its constitution, articles of incorporation, by-laws, or 
rules or instruments corresponding thereto, whatever the name, and its 
stated policies.
    (d) Any national securities exchange may apply for an exemption from 
the provisions of this section in compliance with the provisions of 
section 11(c) of the Act.

(Sec. 11, 48 Stat. 891, 892; 15 U.S.C. 78k)

[29 FR 15863, Nov. 26, 1964, as amended at 46 FR 15135, Mar. 4, 1981]

          Exemption of Certain Securities From Section 11(d)(1)



Sec. 240.11d1-1  Exemption of certain securities from section 11(d)(1).

    A security shall be exempt from the provisions of section 11(d)(1) 
with respect to any transaction by a broker and dealer who, directly or 
indirectly extends or maintains or arranges for

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the extension or maintenance of credit on the security to or for a 
customer if:
    (a) The broker and dealer has not sold the security to the customer 
or bought the security for the customer's account; or
    (b) The security is acquired by the customer in exchange with the 
issuer thereof for an outstanding security of the same issuer on which 
credit was lawfully maintained for the customer at the time of the 
exchange; or
    (c) The customer is a broker or dealer or bank; or
    (d) The security is acquired by the customer through the exercise of 
a right evidenced by a warrant or certificate expiring within 90 days 
after issuance, provided such right was originally issued to the 
customer as a stockholder of the corporation issuing the security upon 
which credit is to be extended, or as a stockholder of a company 
distributing such security in order to effectuate the provisions of 
section 11 of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. The right 
shall be deemed to be issued to the customer as a stockholder if he 
actually owned the stock giving rise to the right when such right 
accrued, even though such stock was not registered in his name; and in 
determining such fact the broker and dealer may rely upon a signed 
statement of the customer which the broker and dealer accepts in good 
faith; or
    (e) Such broker and dealer would otherwise be subject to the 
prohibition of section 11(d)(1) with respect to 50 percent or less of 
all the securities of the same class which are outstanding or currently 
being distributed, and such broker and dealer sold the security to the 
customer or bought the security for the customer's account on a day when 
he was not participating in the distribution of any new issue of such 
security. A brokerdealer shall be deemed to be participating in a 
distribution of a new issue if (1) he owns, directly or indirectly, any 
undistributed security of such issue, or (2) he is engaged in any 
stabilizing activities to facilitate a distribution of such issue, or 
(3) he is a party to any syndicate agreement under which such 
stabilizing activities are being or may be undertaken, or (4) he is a 
party to an executory agreement to purchase or distribute such issue.

(Secs. 3, 11, 48 Stat. 882, 891; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 78k)

[13 FR 8184, Dec. 22, 1948]



Sec. 240.11d1-2  Exemption from section 11(d)(1) for certain investment 
company securities held by broker-dealers as collateral in margin 

accounts.

    Any securities issued by a registered open-end investment company or 
unit investment trust as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 
shall be exempted from the provisions of section 11(d)(1) with respect 
to any transaction by a person who is a broker and a dealer who, 
directly or indirectly, extends or maintains or arranges for the 
extension or maintenance of credit on such security, provided such 
security has been owned by the person to whom credit would be provided 
for more than 30 days, or purchased by such person pursuant to a plan 
for the automatic reinvestment of the dividends of such company or 
trust.

(Secs. 2, 3, 11, and 23, Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78c, 78k and 78w)

[49 FR 50174, Dec. 27, 1984]



Sec. 240.11d2-1  Exemption from Section 11(d)(2) for certain 
broker-dealers effecting transactions for customers security futures 

products in futures accounts.

    A broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 15(b)(1) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(b)(1)) that is also a futures commission merchant 
registered pursuant to section 4f(a)(1) of the Commodity Exchange Act (7 
U.S.C. 6f(a)(1)), to the extent that it effects transactions for 
customers in security futures products in a futures account (as that 
term is defined in Sec. 240.15c3-3(a)(15)), is exempt from section 
11(d)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k(d)(2)).

[67 FR 58313, Sept. 13, 2002]

                  Securities Exempted From Registration



Sec. 240.12a-4  Exemption of certain warrants from section 12(a).

    (a) When used in this section, the following terms shall have the 
meaning

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indicated unless the context otherwise requires:
    (1) The term warrant means any warrant or certificate evidencing a 
right to subscribe to or otherwise acquire another security, issued or 
unissued.
    (2) The term beneficiary security means a security to the holders of 
which a warrant or right to subscribe to or otherwise acquire another 
security is granted.
    (3) The term subject security means a security which is the subject 
of a warrant or right to subscribe to or otherwise acquire such 
security.
    (4) The term in the process of admission to dealing, in respect of a 
specified security means that (i) an application has been filed pursuant 
to section 12 (b) and (c) of the Act for the registration of such 
security on a national securities exchange; or (ii) the Commission has 
granted an application made pursuant to section 12(f) of the Act to 
continue or extend unlisted trading privileges to such security on a 
national securities exchange; or (iii) written notice has been filed 
with the Commission by a national securities exchange to the effect that 
such security has been approved for admission to dealing as a security 
exempted from the operation of section 12(a) of the Act.
    (b) Any issued or unissued warrant granted to the holders of a 
security admitted to dealing on a national securities exchange, shall be 
exempt from the operation of section 12(a) of the Act to the extent 
necessary to render lawful the effecting of transactions therein on any 
national securities exchange (i) on which the beneficiary security is 
admitted to dealing or (ii) on which the subject security is admitted to 
dealing or is in the process of admission to dealing, subject to the 
following terms and conditions:
    (1) Such warrant by its terms expires within 90 days after the 
issuance thereof;
    (2) A registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 is in 
effect as to such warrant and as to each subject security, or the 
applicable terms of any exemption from such registration have been met 
in respect to such warrant and each subject security; and
    (3) Within five days after the exchange has taken official action to 
admit such warrant to dealing, it shall notify the Commission of such 
action.
    (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) of this section, no exemption 
pursuant to this section shall be available for transactions in any such 
warrant on any exchange on which the beneficiary security is admitted to 
dealing unless:
    (1) Each subject security is admitted to dealing or is in process of 
admission to dealing on a national securities exchange; or
    (2) There is available from a registration statement and periodic 
reports or other data filed by the issuer of the subject security, 
pursuant to any act administered by the Commission, information 
substantially equivalent to that available with respect to a security 
listed and registered on a national securities exchange.
    (d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, an unissued warrant shall not be 
exempt pursuant to this section unless:
    (1) Formal or official announcement has been made by the issuer 
specifying (i) the terms upon which such warrant and each subject 
security is to be issued, (ii) the date, if any, as of which the 
security holders entitled to receive such warrant will be determined, 
(iii) the approximate date of the issuance of such warrant, and (iv) the 
approximate date of the issuance of each subject security; and,
    (2) The members of the exchange are subject to rules which provide 
that the performance of the contract to purchase and sell an unissued 
warrant shall be conditioned upon the issuance of such warrant.
    (e) The Commission may by order deny or revoke the exemption of a 
warrant under this section, if, after appropriate notice and opportunity 
for hearing to the issuer of such warrant and to the exchange or 
exchanges on which such warrant is admitted to dealing as an exempted 
security, it finds that:
    (1) Any of the terms or conditions of this section have not been met 
with respect to such exemption, or
    (2) At any time during the period of such exemption transactions 
have been effected on any such exchanges in such warrant which (i) 
create or induce a false, misleading or artificial appearance of 
activity, (ii) unduly or improperly influence the market price, or (iii)

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make a price which does not reflect the true state of the market; or
    (3) Any other facts exist which make such denial or revocation 
necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of 
investors.
    (f) If it appears necessary or appropriate in the public interest or 
for the protection of investors, the Commission may summarily suspend 
the exemption of such warrant pending the determination by the 
Commission whether such exemption shall be denied or revoked.
    (g) Section 240.10b-1 shall be applicable to any warrant exempted by 
this section.

(Secs. 3, 12, 48 Stat. 882, as amended, 892; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 78l)

[15 FR 3450, June 2, 1950, as amended at 18 FR 128, Jan. 7, 1953]



Sec. 240.12a-5  Temporary exemption of substituted or additional 
securities.

    (a)(1) Subject to the conditions of paragraph (a)(2) of this 
section, whenever the holders of a security admitted to trading on a 
national securities exchange (hereinafter called the original security) 
obtain the right, by operation of law or otherwise, to acquire all or 
any part of a class of another or substitute security of the same or 
another issuer, or an additional amount of the original security, then:
    (i) All or any part of the class of such other or substituted 
security shall be temporarily exempted from the operation of section 
12(a) to the extent necessary to render lawful transactions therein on 
an issued or ``when-issued'' basis on any national securities exchange 
on which the original, the other or the substituted security is lawfully 
admitted to trading; and
    (ii) The additional amount of the original security shall be 
temporarily exempted from the operation of section 12(a) to the extent 
necessary to render lawful transactions therein on a ``when-issued'' 
basis on any national securities exchange on which the original security 
is lawfully admitted to trading.
    (2) The exemptions provided by paragraph (a)(1) of this section 
shall be available only if the following conditions are met:
    (i) A registration statement is in effect under the Securities Act 
of 1933 to the extent required as to the security which is the subject 
of such exemption, or the terms of any applicable exemption from 
registration under such act have been complied with, if required;
    (ii) Any stockholder approval necessary to the issuance of the 
security which is the subject of the exemption, has been obtained; and
    (iii) All other necessary official action, other than the filing or 
recording of charter amendments or other documents with the appropriate 
State authorities, has been taken to authorize and assure the issuance 
of the security which is the subject of such exemption.
    (b) The exemption provided by this section shall terminate on the 
earliest of the following dates:
    (1) When registration of the exempt security on the exchange become 
effective;
    (2) When the exempt security is granted unlisted trading privileges 
on the exchange;
    (3) The close of business on the tenth day after (i) withdrawal of 
an application for registration of the exempt security on the exchange; 
(ii) withdrawal by the exchange of its certification of approval of the 
exempt security for listing and registration; (iii) withdrawal of an 
application for admission of the exempt security to unlisted trading 
privileges on the exchange; or (iv) the sending to the exchange of 
notice of the entry of an order by the Commission denying any 
application for admission of the exempt security to unlisted trading 
privileges on the exchange;
    (4) The close of business on the one hundred and twentieth day after 
the date on which the exempt security was admitted by action of the 
exchange to trading thereon as a security exempted from the operation of 
section 12 (a) by this section, unless prior thereto an application for 
registration of the exempt security or for admission of the exempt 
security to unlisted trading privileges on the exchange has been filed.
    (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) of this section, the Commission, 
having due regard for the public interest and the protection of 
investors, may at any time extend the period of exemption of

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any security by this rule or may sooner terminate the exemption upon 
notice to the exchange and to the issuer of the extension or termination 
thereof.
    (d) The Exchange shall file with the Commission a notification on 
Form 26 \1\ promptly after taking action to admit any security to 
trading under this section: Provided, however, That no notification need 
be filed under this section concerning the admission or proposed 
admission to trading of additional amounts of a class of security 
admitted to trading on such exchange.
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    \1\ Copy filed with the Federal Register Division.
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    (e) Section 240.10b-1 shall be applicable to all securities exempted 
from the operation of section 12(a) of the act by this section.

(Secs. 3, 12, 48 Stat. 882, 892; 15 U.S.C. 78c (12), 78l)

[13 FR 8185, Dec. 22, 1948, as amended at 19 FR 669, Feb. 5, 1954; 20 FR 
2081, Apr. 2, 1955; 53 FR 41206, Oct. 20, 1988]



Sec. 240.12a-6  Exemption of securities underlying certain options 
from section 12(a).

    (a) When used in this rule, the following terms shall have the 
meanings indicated unless the context otherwise requires:
    (1) The term option shall include any put, call, spread, straddle, 
or other option or privilege of buying a security from or selling a 
security to another without being bound to do so, but such term shall 
not include any such option where the writer is: The issuer of the 
security which may be purchased or sold upon exercise of the option, or 
is a person that directly, or indirectly, through one or more 
intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common 
control with such issuer;
    (2) The term underlying security means a security which relates to 
or is the subject of an option.
    (b) Any underlying security shall be exempt from the operation of 
section 12(a) of the Act if all of the following terms and conditions 
are met:
    (1) The related option is duly listed and registered on a national 
securities exchange;
    (2) The only transactions on such exchange with respect to such 
underlying securities consist of the delivery of and payment for such 
underlying securities pursuant to the terms of such options relating to 
the exercise thereof; and
    (3) Such underlying security is (i) duly listed and registered on 
another national securities exchange at the time the option is issued; 
or (ii) duly quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers 
Automated Quotation System (``NASDAQ'') at the time the option is 
issued.

(Secs. 3(a)(12); 48 Stat. 882, 84 Stat. 718, 1435, 1499 (15 U.S.C. 
78(c)))

[38 FR 11449, May 8, 1973, as amended at 50 FR 20203, May 15, 1985]



Sec. 240.12a-7  Exemption of stock contained in standardized market 
baskets from section 12(a) of the Act.

    (a) Any component stock of a standardized market basket shall be 
exempt from the registration requirement of section 12(a) of the Act, 
solely for the purpose of inclusion in a standardized market basket, 
provided that all of the following terms and conditions are met:
    (1) The standardized market basket has been duly approved by the 
Commission for listing on a national securities exchange pursuant to the 
requirements of section 19(b) of the Act; and
    (2) The stock is an NMS stock as defined in Sec. 242.600 of this 
chapter and is either:
    (i) Listed and registered for trading on a national securities 
exchange by the issuer or
    (ii) Quoted on the National Association of Securities Dealers 
Automated Quotation System;
    (b) When used in this rule, the term standardized market basket 
means a group of at least 100 stocks purchased or sold in a single 
execution and at a single trading location with physical delivery and 
transfer of ownership of each component stock resulting from such 
execution.

[56 FR 28322, June 20, 1991, as amended at 70 FR 37618, June 29, 2005]

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Sec. 240.12a-8  Exemption of depositary shares.

    Depositary shares (as that term is defined in Sec. 240.12b-2) 
registered on Form F-6 (Sec. 239.36 of this chapter), but not the 
underlying deposited securities, shall be exempt from the operation of 
section 12(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(a)).

[62 FR 39766, July 24, 1997]



Sec. 240.12a-9  Exemption of standardized options from section 12(a) 
of the Act.

    The provisions of section 12(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(a)) do not 
apply in respect of any standardized option, as defined by section 
240.9b-1(a)(4), issued by a clearing agency registered under section 17A 
of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1) and traded on a national securities 
exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78f(a)).

[68 FR 192, Jan. 2, 2003]

               Regulation 12B: Registration and Reporting

    Source: Sections 240.12b-1 through 240.12b-36 appear at 13 FR 9321, 
Dec. 31, 1948, unless otherwise noted.

                       ATTENTION ELECTRONIC FILERS

THIS REGULATION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH REGULATION S-T (PART 
232 OF THIS CHAPTER), WHICH GOVERNS THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF 
DOCUMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. MANY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 
PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS IN PAPER FORMAT CONTAINED IN 
THIS REGULATION ARE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION S-T FOR 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE FILED IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.



Sec. 240.12a-10T  Temporary exemption of eligible credit default swaps 
from Section 12(a) of the Act.

    (a) The provisions of Section 12(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(a)) do 
not apply in respect of any eligible credit default swap, as defined in 
Rule 239T of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.239T) issued or 
cleared by a clearing agency registered as a clearing agency under 
Section 17A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1) or exempt from registration 
under Section 17A of the Act pursuant to a rule, regulation, or order of 
the Commission, that will be purchased by or sold to an eligible 
contract participant (as defined in Section 1a(12) of the Commodity 
Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1a(12)) as in effect on the date of adoption of 
this section, other than a person who is an eligible contract 
participant under Section 1(a)(12)(C) of the Commodity Exchange Act.
    (b) This temporary rule will expire on November 30, 2010.

[74 FR 3975, Jan. 22, 2009, as amended at 74 FR 47725, Sept. 17, 2009]

    Effective Date Note: At 74 FR 3975, Jan. 22, 2009, Sec. 240.12a-10T 
was added, effective January 22, 2009 through September 25, 2009. At 74 
FR 47719, Sept. 17, 2009, the effective date was extended to November 
30, 2010.

                                 General



Sec. 240.12b-1  Scope of regulation.

    The rules contained in this regulation shall govern all registration 
statements pursuant to sections 12(b) and 12(g) of the Act and all 
reports filed pursuant to sections 13 and 15(d) of the Act, including 
all amendments to such statements and reports, except that any provision 
in a form covering the same subject matter as any such rule shall be 
controlling.

[47 FR 11464, Mar. 16, 1982]



Sec. 240.12b-2  Definitions.

    Unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms, when 
used in the rules contained in this regulation or in Regulation 13A or 
15D or in the forms for statements and reports filed pursuant to 
sections 12, 13 or 15(d) of the act, shall have the respective meanings 
indicated in this rule:
    Accelerated filer and large accelerated filer--(1) Accelerated 
filer. The term accelerated filer means an issuer after it first meets 
the following conditions as of the end of its fiscal year:
    (i) The issuer had an aggregate worldwide market value of the voting 
and non-voting common equity held by its non-affiliates of $75 million 
or more, but less than $700 million, as of the last business day of the 
issuer's most recently completed second fiscal quarter;
    (ii) The issuer has been subject to the requirements of section 
13(a) or 15(d) of

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the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) for a period of at least twelve 
calendar months;
    (iii) The issuer has filed at least one annual report pursuant to 
section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act; and
    (iv) The issuer is not eligible to use the requirements for smaller 
reporting companies in part 229 of this chapter for its annual and 
quarterly reports.
    (2) Large accelerated filer. The term large accelerated filer means 
an issuer after it first meets the following conditions as of the end of 
its fiscal year:
    (i) The issuer had an aggregate worldwide market value of the voting 
and non-voting common equity held by its non-affiliates of $700 million 
or more, as of the last business day of the issuer's most recently 
completed second fiscal quarter;
    (ii) The issuer has been subject to the requirements of section 
13(a) or 15(d) of the Act for a period of at least twelve calendar 
months;
    (iii) The issuer has filed at least one annual report pursuant to 
section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act; and
    (iv) The issuer is not eligible to use the requirements for smaller 
reporting companies in part 229 of this chapter for its annual and 
quarterly reports.
    (3) Entering and exiting accelerated filer and large accelerated 
filer status.
    (i) The determination at the end of the issuer's fiscal year for 
whether a non-accelerated filer becomes an accelerated filer, or whether 
a non-accelerated filer or accelerated filer becomes a large accelerated 
filer, governs the deadlines for the annual report to be filed for that 
fiscal year, the quarterly and annual reports to be filed for the 
subsequent fiscal year and all annual and quarterly reports to be filed 
thereafter while the issuer remains an accelerated filer or large 
accelerated filer.
    (ii) Once an issuer becomes an accelerated filer, it will remain an 
accelerated filer unless the issuer determines at the end of a fiscal 
year that the aggregate worldwide market value of the voting and non-
voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the issuer was less than 
$50 million, as of the last business day of the issuer's most recently 
completed second fiscal quarter. An issuer making this determination 
becomes a non-accelerated filer. The issuer will not become an 
accelerated filer again unless it subsequently meets the conditions in 
paragraph (1) of this definition.
    (iii) Once an issuer becomes a large accelerated filer, it will 
remain a large accelerated filer unless the issuer determines at the end 
of a fiscal year that the aggregate worldwide market value of the voting 
and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the issuer was 
less than $500 million, as of the last business day of the issuer's most 
recently completed second fiscal quarter. If the issuer's aggregate 
worldwide market value was $50 million or more, but less than $500 
million, as of the last business day of the issuer's most recently 
completed second fiscal quarter, the issuer becomes an accelerated 
filer. If the issuer's aggregate worldwide market value was less than 
$50 million, as of the last business day of the issuer's most recently 
completed second fiscal quarter, the issuer becomes a non-accelerated 
filer. An issuer will not become a large accelerated filer again unless 
it subsequently meets the conditions in paragraph (2) of this 
definition.
    (iv) The determination at the end of the issuer's fiscal year for 
whether an accelerated filer becomes a non-accelerated filer, or a large 
accelerated filer becomes an accelerated filer or a non-accelerated 
filer, governs the deadlines for the annual report to be filed for that 
fiscal year, the quarterly and annual reports to be filed for the 
subsequent fiscal year and all annual and quarterly reports to be filed 
thereafter while the issuer remains an accelerated filer or non-
accelerated filer.

    Note to paragraphs (1), (2) and (3): The aggregate worldwide market 
value of the issuer's outstanding voting and non-voting common equity 
shall be computed by use of the price at which the common equity was 
last sold, or the average of the bid and asked prices of such common 
equity, in the principal market for such common equity.

    Affiliate. An ``affiliate'' of, or a person ``affiliated'' with, a 
specified person, is a person that directly, or indirectly through one 
or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under 
common control with, the person specified.

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    Amount. The term ``amount,'' when used in regard to securities, 
means the principal amount if relating to evidences of indebtedness, the 
number of shares if relating to shares, and the number of units if 
relating to any other kind of security.
    Associate. The term ``associate'' used to indicate a relationship 
with any person, means (1) any corporation or organization (other than 
the registrant or a majority-owned subsidiary of the registrant) of 
which such person is an officer or partner or is, directly or 
indirectly, the beneficial owner of 10 percent or more of any class of 
equity securities, (2) any trust or other estate in which such person 
has a substantial beneficial interest or as to which such person serves 
as trustee or in a similar fiduciary capacity, and (3) any relative or 
spouse of such person, or any relative of such spouse, who has the same 
home as such person or who is a director or officer of the registrant or 
any of its parents or subsidiaries.
    Business combination related shell company: The term business 
combination related shell company means a shell company (as defined in 
Sec. 240.12b-2) that is:
    (1) Formed by an entity that is not a shell company solely for the 
purpose of changing the corporate domicile of that entity solely within 
the United States; or
    (2) Formed by an entity that is not a shell company solely for the 
purpose of completing a business combination transaction (as defined in 
Sec. 230.165(f) of this chapter) among one or more entities other than 
the shell company, none of which is a shell company.
    Certified. The term ``certified,'' when used in regard to financial 
statements, means examined and reported upon with an opinion expressed 
by an independent public or certified public accountant.
    Charter. The term ``charter'' includes articles of incorporation, 
declarations of trust, articles of association or partnership, or any 
similar instrument, as amended, effecting (either with or without filing 
with any governmental agency) the organization or creation of an 
incorporated or unincorporated person.
    Common equity. The term ``common equity'' means any class of common 
stock or an equivalent interest, including but not limited to a unit of 
beneficial interest in a trust or a limited partnership interest.
    Control. The term ``control'' (including the terms ``controlling,'' 
``controlled by'' and ``under common control with'') means the 
possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the 
direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through 
the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or otherwise.
    Depositary share. The term ``depositary share'' means a security, 
evidenced by an American Depositary Receipt, that represents a foreign 
security or a multiple of or fraction thereof deposited with a 
depositary.
    Employee. The term ``employee'' does not include a director, 
trustee, or officer.
    Fiscal year. The term ``fiscal year'' means the annual accounting 
period or, if no closing date has been adopted, the calendar year ending 
on December 31.
    Majority-owned subsidiary. The term ``majority-owned subsidiary'' 
means a subsidiary more than 50 percent of whose outstanding securities 
representing the right, other than as affected by events of default, to 
vote for the election of directors, is owned by the subsidiary's parent 
and/or one or more of the parent's other majority-owned subsidiaries.
    Managing underwriter. The term ``managing underwriter'' includes an 
underwriter (or underwriters) who, by contract or otherwise, deals with 
the registrant; organizes the selling effort; receives some benefit 
directly or indirectly in which all other underwriters similarly 
situated do not share in proportion to their respective interests in the 
underwriting; or represents any other underwriters in such matters as 
maintaining the records of the distribution, arranging the allotments of 
securities offered or arranging for appropriate stabilization 
activities, if any.
    Material. The term ``material,'' when used to qualify a requirement 
for the furnishing of information as to any subject, limits the 
information required to those matters to which there

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is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable investor would attach 
importance in determining whether to buy or sell the securities 
registered.
    Material weakness. The term material weakness is a deficiency, or a 
combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial 
reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material 
misstatement of the registrant's annual or interim financial statements 
will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.
    Parent. A ``parent'' of a specified person is an affiliate 
controlling such person directly, or indirectly through one or more 
intermediaries.
    Predecessor. The term ``predecessor'' means a person the major 
portion of the business and assets of which another person acquired in a 
single succession or in a series of related successions in each of which 
the acquiring person acquired the major portion of the business and 
assets of the acquired person.
    Previously filed or reported. The terms ``previously filed'' and 
``previously reported'' mean previously filed with, or reported in, a 
statement under section 12, a report under section 13 or 15(d), a 
definitive proxy statement or information statement under section 14 of 
the act, or a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933: 
Provided, That information contained in any such document shall be 
deemed to have been previously filed with, or reported to, an exchange 
only if such document is filed with such exchange.
    Principal underwriter. The term ``principal underwriter'' means an 
underwriter in privity of contract with the issuer of the securities as 
to which he is underwriter.
    Promoter. (1) The term ``promoter'' includes:
    (i) Any person who, acting alone or in conjunction with one or more 
other persons, directly or indirectly takes initiative in founding and 
organizing the business or enterprise of an issuer; or
    (ii) Any person who, in connection with the founding and organizing 
of the business or enterprise of an issuer, directly or indirectly 
receives in consideration of services or property, or both services and 
property, 10 percent or more of any class of securities of the issuer or 
10 percent or more of the proceeds from the sale of any class of such 
securities. However, a person who receives such securities or proceeds 
either solely as underwriting commissions or solely in consideration of 
property shall not be deemed a promoter within the meaning of this 
paragraph if such person does not otherwise take part in founding and 
organizing the enterprise.
    (2) All persons coming within the definition of ``promoter'' in 
paragraph (1) of this definition may be referred to as ``founders'' or 
``organizers'' or by another term provided that such term is reasonably 
descriptive of those persons' activities with respect to the issuer.
    Prospectus. Unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise 
requires, the term ``prospectus'' means a prospectus meeting the 
requirements of section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended.
    Registrant. The term ``registrant'' means an issuer of securities 
with respect to which a registration statement or report is to be filed.
    Registration statement. The term ``registration statement'' or 
``statement'', when used with reference to registration pursuant to 
section 12 of the act, includes both an application for registration of 
securities on a national securities exchange pursuant to section 12(b) 
of the act and a registration statement filed pursuant to section 12(g) 
of the act.
    Share. The term ``share'' means a share of stock in a corporation or 
unit of interest in an unincorporated person.
    Shell company: The term shell company means a registrant, other than 
an asset-backed issuer as defined in Item 1101(b) of Regulation AB 
(Sec. 229.1101(b) of this chapter), that has:
    (1) No or nominal operations; and
    (2) Either:
    (i) No or nominal assets;
    (ii) Assets consisting solely of cash and cash equivalents; or
    (iii) Assets consisting of any amount of cash and cash equivalents 
and nominal other assets.


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    Note: For purposes of this definition, the determination of a 
registrant's assets (including cash and cash equivalents) is based 
solely on the amount of assets that would be reflected on the 
registrant's balance sheet prepared in accordance with generally 
accepted accounting principles on the date of that determination.

    Significant deficiency. The term significant deficiency is a 
deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over 
financial reporting that is less severe than a material weakness, yet 
important enough to merit attention by those responsible for oversight 
of the registrant's financial reporting.
    Significant subsidiary. The term significant subsidiary means a 
subsidiary, including its subsidiaries, which meets any of the following 
conditions:
    (1) The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' investments in and 
advances to the subsidiary exceed 10 percent of the total assets of the 
registrant and its subsidiaries consolidated as of the end of the most 
recently completed fiscal year (for a proposed combination between 
entities under common control, this condition is also met when the 
number of common shares exchanged or to be exchanged by the registrant 
exceeds 10 percent of its total common shares outstanding at the date 
the combination is initiated); or
    (2) The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' proportionate share 
of the total assets (after intercompany eliminations) of the subsidiary 
exceeds 10 percent of the total assets of the registrant and its 
subsidiaries consolidated as of the end of the most recently completed 
fiscal year; or
    (3) The registrant's and its other subsidiaries' equity in the 
income from continuing operations before income taxes, extraordinary 
items and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle of the 
subsidiary exclusive of amounts attributable to any noncontrolling 
interests exceeds 10 percent of such income of the registrant and its 
subsidiaries consolidated for the most recently completed fiscal year.

    Computational note: For purposes of making the prescribed income 
test the following guidance should be applied:
    1. When a loss exclusive of amounts attributable to any 
noncontrolling interests has been incurred by either the parent and its 
subsidiaries consolidated or the tested subsidiary, but not both, the 
equity in the income or loss of the tested subsidiary exclusive of 
amounts attributable to any noncontrolling interests should be excluded 
from such income of the registrant and its subsidiaries consolidated for 
purposes of the computation.
    2. If income of the registrant and its subsidiaries consolidated 
exclusive of amounts attributable to any noncontrolling interests for 
the most recent fiscal year is at least 10 percent lower than the 
average of the income for the last five fiscal years, such average 
income should be substituted for purposes of the computation. Any loss 
years should be omitted for purposes of computing average income.

    Smaller reporting company: As used in this part, the term smaller 
reporting company means an issuer that is not an investment company, an 
asset-backed issuer (as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this chapter), or a 
majority-owned subsidiary of a parent that is not a smaller reporting 
company and that:
    (1) Had a public float of less than $75 million as of the last 
business day of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter, 
computed by multiplying the aggregate worldwide number of shares of its 
voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates by the price 
at which the common equity was last sold, or the average of the bid and 
asked prices of common equity, in the principal market for the common 
equity; or
    (2) In the case of an initial registration statement under the 
Securities Act or Exchange Act for shares of its common equity, had a 
public float of less than $75 million as of a date within 30 days of the 
date of the filing of the registration statement, computed by 
multiplying the aggregate worldwide number of such shares held by non-
affiliates before the registration plus, in the case of a Securities Act 
registration statement, the number of such shares included in the 
registration statement by the estimated public offering price of the 
shares; or
    (3) In the case of an issuer whose public float as calculated under 
paragraph (1) or (2) of this definition was zero, had annual revenues of 
less than $50 million during the most recently completed fiscal year for 
which audited financial statements are available.

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    (4) Determination: Whether or not an issuer is a smaller reporting 
company is determined on an annual basis.
    (i) For issuers that are required to file reports under section 
13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the determination is based on 
whether the issuer came within the definition of smaller reporting 
company using the amounts specified in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of Item 10 
of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.10(f)(1)(i) of this chapter), as of the 
last business day of the second fiscal quarter of the issuer's previous 
fiscal year. An issuer in this category must reflect this determination 
in the information it provides in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for 
the first fiscal quarter of the next year, indicating on the cover page 
of that filing, and in subsequent filings for that fiscal year, whether 
or not it is a smaller reporting company, except that, if a 
determination based on public float indicates that the issuer is newly 
eligible to be a smaller reporting company, the issuer may choose to 
reflect this determination beginning with its first quarterly report on 
Form 10-Q following the determination, rather than waiting until the 
first fiscal quarter of the next year.
    (ii) For determinations based on an initial Securities Act or 
Exchange Act registration statement under paragraph (f)(1)(ii) of Item 
10 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.10(f)(1)(ii) of this chapter), the 
issuer must reflect the determination in the information it provides in 
the registration statement and must appropriately indicate on the cover 
page of the filing, and subsequent filings for the fiscal year in which 
the filing is made, whether or not it is a smaller reporting company. 
The issuer must redetermine its status at the end of its second fiscal 
quarter and then reflect any change in status as provided in paragraph 
(4)(i) of this definition. In the case of a determination based on an 
initial Securities Act registration statement, an issuer that was not 
determined to be a smaller reporting company has the option to 
redetermine its status at the conclusion of the offering covered by the 
registration statement based on the actual offering price and number of 
shares sold.
    (iii) Once an issuer fails to qualify for smaller reporting company 
status, it will remain unqualified unless it determines that its public 
float, as calculated in accordance with paragraph (f)(1) of this 
definition, was less than $50 million as of the last business day of its 
second fiscal quarter or, if that calculation results in zero because 
the issuer had no public equity outstanding or no market price for its 
equity existed, if the issuers had annual revenues of less than $40 
million during its previous fiscal year.
    Subsidiary. A ``subsidiary'' of a specified person is an affiliate 
controlled by such person directly, or indirectly through one or more 
intermediaries. (See also ``majority-owned subsidiary,'' ``significant 
subsidiary,'' and ``totally-held subsidiary.'')
    Succession: The term succession means the direct acquisition of the 
assets comprising a going business, whether by merger, consolidation, 
purchase, or other direct transfer; or the acquisition of control of a 
shell company in a transaction required to be reported on Form 8-K 
(Sec. 249.308 of this chapter) in compliance with Item 5.01 of that 
Form or on Form 20-F (Sec. 249.220f of this chapter) in compliance with 
Rule 13a-19 (Sec. 240.13a-19) or Rule 15d-19 (Sec. 240.15d-19). Except 
for an acquisition of control of a shell company, the term does not 
include the acquisition of control of a business unless followed by the 
direct acquisition of its assets. The terms succeed and successor have 
meanings correlative to the foregoing.
    Totally held subsidiary. The term ``totally held subsidiary'' means 
a subsidiary (1) substantially all of whose outstanding securities are 
owned by its parent and/or the parent's other totally held subsidiaries, 
and (2) which is not indebted to any person other than its parent and/or 
the parent's other totally held subsidiaries in an amount which is 
material in relation to the particular subsidiary, excepting 
indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business which is not 
overdue and which matures within one year from the date of its creation, 
whether evidenced by securities or not.
    Voting securities. The term ``voting securities'' means securities 
the holders of which are presently entitled to vote for the election of 
directors.

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    Wholly-owned subsidiary. The term ``wholly-owned subsidiary'' means 
a subsidiary substantially all of whose outstanding voting securities 
are owned by its parent and/or the parent's other wholly-owned 
subsidiaries.

[13 FR 9321, Dec. 31, 1948]

    Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec. 
240.12b-1, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the 
Finding Aids section of the printed volume and on GPO Access.



Sec. 240.12b-3  Title of securities.

    Wherever the title of securities is required to be stated there 
shall be given such information as will indicate the type and general 
character of the securities, including the following:
    (a) In the case of shares, the par or stated value, if any; the rate 
of dividends, if fixed, and whether cumulative or noncumulative; a brief 
indication of the preference, if any; and if convertible, a statement to 
that effect.
    (b) In the case of funded debt, the rate of interest; the date of 
maturity, or if the issue matures serially, a brief indication of the 
serial maturities, such as ``maturing serially from 1950 to 1960''; if 
the payment of principal or interest is contingent, an appropriate 
indication of such contingency; a brief indication of the priority of 
the issue; and if convertible, a statement to that effect.
    (c) In the case of any other kind of security, appropriate 
information of comparable character.



Sec. 240.12b-4  Supplemental information.

    The Commission or its staff may, where it is deemed appropriate, 
request supplemental information concerning the registrant, a 
registration statement or a periodic or other report under the Act. This 
information shall not be required to be filed with or deemed part of the 
registration statement or report. The information shall be returned to 
the registrant upon request, provided that:
    (a) Such request is made at the time such information is furnished 
to the staff;
    (b) The return of such information is consistent with the protection 
of investors; and
    (c) The return of such information is consistent with the provisions 
of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

[47 FR 11465, Mar. 16, 1982]



Sec. 240.12b-5  Determination of affiliates of banks.

    In determining whether a person is an ``affiliate'' or ``parent'' of 
a bank or whether a bank is a ``subsidiary'' or ``majority-owner 
subsidiary'' of a person within the meaning of those terms as defined in 
Sec. 240.12b-2, voting securities of the bank held by a corporation all 
of the stock of which is directly owned by the United States Government 
shall not be taken into consideration.



Sec. 240.12b-6  When securities are deemed to be registered.

    A class of securities with respect to which a registration statement 
has been filed pursuant to section 12 of the act shall be deemed to be 
registered for the purposes of sections 13, 14, 15(d) and 16 of the act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder only when such statement has 
become effective as provided in section 12, and securities of said class 
shall not be subject to sections 13, 14 and 16 of the act until such 
statement has become effective as provided in section 12.

(Secs. 3, 14, 16, 48 Stat. 882, 895, 896, sec. 3(d), 78 Stat. 568; 15 
U.S.C. 78c, 78n, 78p, 78l)

[30 FR 482, Jan. 14, 1965]



Sec. 240.12b-7  [Reserved]

                           Formal Requirements



Sec. 240.12b-10  Requirements as to proper form.

    Every statement or report shall be on the form prescribed therefor 
by the Commission, as in effect on the date of filing. Any statement or 
report shall be deemed to be filed on the proper form unless objection 
to the form is made by the Commission within thirty days after the date 
of filing.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[30 FR 2022, Feb. 13, 1965]

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Sec. 240.12b-11  Number of copies; signatures; binding.

    (a) Except as provided in a particular form, three complete copies 
of each statement or report, including exhibits and all other papers and 
documents filed as a part thereof, shall be filed with the Commission. 
At least one complete copy of each statement shall be filed with each 
exchange on which the securities covered thereby are to be registered. 
At least one complete copy of each report under section 13 of the Act 
shall be filed with each exchange on which the registrant has securities 
registered.
    (b) At least one copy of each statement or report filed with the 
Commission and one copy thereof filed with each exchange shall be signed 
in the manner prescribed by the appropriate form.
    (c) Each copy of a statement or report filed with the Commission or 
with an exchange shall be bound in one or more parts. Copies filed with 
the Commission shall be bound without stiff covers. The statement or 
report shall be bound on the left side in such a manner as to leave the 
reading matter legible.
    (d) Signatures. Where the Act or the rules, forms, reports or 
schedules thereunder, including paragraph (b) of this section, require a 
document filed with or furnished to the Commission to be signed, such 
document shall be manually signed, or signed using either typed 
signatures or duplicated or facsimile versions of manual signatures. 
Where typed, duplicated or facsimile signatures are used, each signatory 
to the filing shall manually sign a signature page or other document 
authenticating, acknowledging or otherwise adopting his or her signature 
that appears in the filing. Such document shall be executed before or at 
the time the filing is made and shall be retained by the filer for a 
period of five years. Upon request, the filer shall furnish to the 
Commission or its staff a copy of any or all documents retained pursuant 
to this section.

[47 FR 11465, Mar. 16, 1982, as amended at 60 FR 26622, May 17, 1995; 61 
FR 30403, June 14, 1996]



Sec. 240.12b-12  Requirements as to paper, printing and language.

    (a) Statements and reports shall be filed on good quality, unglazed 
white paper, no larger than 8\1/2\x11 inches in size, insofar as 
practicable. To the extent that the reduction of larger documents would 
render them illegible, such documents may be filed on paper larger than 
8\1/2\x11 inches in size.
    (b) The statement or report and, insofar as practicable, all papers 
and documents filed as a part thereof, shall be printed, lithographed, 
mimeographed, or typewritten. However, the statement or report or any 
portion thereof may be prepared by any similar process which, in the 
opinion of the Commission, produces copies suitable for a permanent 
record and microfilming. Irrespective of the process used, all copies of 
any such material shall be clear, easily readable and suitable for 
repeated photocopying. Debits in credit categories and credits in debit 
categories shall be designated so as to be clearly distinguishable as 
such on photocopies.
    (c) The body of all printed statements and reports and all notes to 
financial statements and other tabular data included therein shall be in 
roman type at least as large and as legible as 10-point modern type. 
However, to the extent necessary for convenient presentation, financial 
statements and other tabular data, including tabular data in notes, may 
be in roman type at least as large and as legible as 8-point modern 
type. All such type shall be leaded at least 2 points.
    (d)(1) All Exchange Act filings and submissions must be in the 
English language, except as otherwise provided by this section. If a 
filing or submission requires the inclusion of a document that is in a 
foreign language, a party must submit instead a fair and accurate 
English translation of the entire foreign language document, except as 
provided by paragraph (d)(3) of this section.
    (2) If a filing or submission subject to review by the Division of 
Corporation Finance requires the inclusion of a foreign language 
document as an exhibit or attachment, a party must submit a fair and 
accurate English translation of the foreign language document if

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consisting of any of the following, or an amendment of any of the 
following:
    (i) Articles of incorporation, memoranda of association, bylaws, and 
other comparable documents, whether original or restated;
    (ii) Instruments defining the rights of security holders, including 
indentures qualified or to be qualified under the Trust Indenture Act of 
1939;
    (iii) Voting agreements, including voting trust agreements;
    (iv) Contracts to which directors, officers, promoters, voting 
trustees or security holders named in a registration statement, report 
or other document are parties;
    (v) Contracts upon which a filer's business is substantially 
dependent;
    (vi) Audited annual and interim consolidated financial information; 
and
    (vii) Any document that is or will be the subject of a confidential 
treatment request under Sec. 240.24b-2 or Sec. 230.406 of this 
chapter.
    (3)(i) A party may submit an English summary instead of an English 
translation of a foreign language document as an exhibit or attachment 
to a filing or submission subject to review by the Division of 
Corporation Finance, as long as:
    (A) The foreign language document does not consist of any of the 
subject matter enumerated in paragraph (d)(2) of this section; or
    (B) The applicable form permits the use of an English summary.
    (ii) Any English summary submitted under paragraph (d)(3) of this 
section must:
    (A) Fairly and accurately summarize the terms of each material 
provision of the foreign language document; and
    (B) Fairly and accurately describe the terms that have been omitted 
or abridged.
    (4) When submitting an English summary or English translation of a 
foreign language document under this section, a party must identify the 
submission as either an English summary or English translation. A party 
may submit a copy of the unabridged foreign language document when 
including an English summary or English translation of a foreign 
language document in a filing or submission. A party must provide a copy 
of any foreign language document upon the request of Commission staff.
    (5) A foreign government or its political subdivision must provide a 
fair and accurate English translation of its latest annual budget 
submitted as Exhibit B to Form 18 (Sec. 249.218 of this chapter) or 
Exhibit (c) to Form 18-K (Sec. 249.318 of this chapter) only if one is 
available. If no English translation is available, a filer must provide 
a copy of the foreign language version of its latest annual budget as an 
exhibit.
    (6) A Canadian issuer may file an exhibit, attachment or other part 
of a Form 40-F registration statement or annual report (Sec. 249.240f 
of this chapter), Schedule 13E-4F (Sec. 240.13e-102), Schedule 14D-1F 
(Sec. 240.14d-102), or Schedule 14D-9F (Sec. 240.14d-103), that 
contains text in both French and English if the issuer included the 
French text to comply with the requirements of the Canadian securities 
administrator or other Canadian authority and, for an electronic filing, 
if the filing is an HTML document, as defined in Regulation S-T Rule 11 
(17 CFR 232.11).
    (e) Where a statement or report is distributed to investors through 
an electronic medium, issuers may satisfy legibility requirements 
applicable to printed documents, such as paper size and type size and 
font, by presenting all required information in a format readily 
communicated to investors.

[47 FR 11466, Mar. 16, 1982, as amended at 47 FR 58238, Dec. 30, 1982; 
61 FR 24656, May 15, 1996; 67 FR 36704, May 24, 2002]



Sec. 240.12b-13  Preparation of statement or report.

    The statement or report shall contain the numbers and captions of 
all items of the appropriate form, but the text of the items may be 
omitted provided the answers thereto are so prepared as to indicate to 
the reader the coverage of the items without the necessity of his 
referring to the text of the items or instructions thereto. However, 
where any item requires information to be given in tabular form, it 
shall be given in substantially the tabular form specified in the item. 
All instructions, whether appearing under the items of the form or 
elsewhere

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therein, are to be omitted. Unless expressly provided otherwise, if any 
item is inapplicable or the answer thereto is in the negative, an 
appropriate statement to that effect shall be made.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[30 FR 2023, Feb. 13, 1965]



Sec. 240.12b-14  Riders; inserts.

    Riders shall not be used. If the statement or report is typed on a 
printed form, and the space provided for the answer to any given item is 
insufficient, reference shall be made in such space to a full insert 
page or pages on which the item number and caption and the complete 
answer are given.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[30 FR 2023, Feb. 13, 1965]



Sec. 240.12b-15  Amendments.

    All amendments must be filed under cover of the form amended, marked 
with the letter ``A'' to designate the document as an amendment, e.g., 
``10-K/A,'' and in compliance with pertinent requirements applicable to 
statements and reports. Amendments filed pursuant to this section must 
set forth the complete text of each item as amended. Amendments must be 
numbered sequentially and be filed separately for each statement or 
report amended. Amendments to a statement may be filed either before or 
after registration becomes effective. Amendments must be signed on 
behalf of the registrant by a duly authorized representative of the 
registrant. An amendment to any report required to include the 
certifications as specified in Sec. 240.13a-14(a) or Sec. 240.15d-
14(a) must include new certifications by each principal executive and 
principal financial officer of the registrant, and an amendment to any 
report required to be accompanied by the certifications as specified in 
Sec. 240.13a-14(b) or Sec. 240.15d-14(b) must be accompanied by new 
certifications by each principal executive and principal financial 
officer of the registrant. An amendment to any report required to 
include the certifications as specified in Sec. 240.13a-14(d) or Sec. 
240.15d-14(d) must include a new certification by an individual 
specified in Sec. 240.13a-14(e) or Sec. 240.15d-14(e), as applicable. 
The requirements of the form being amended will govern the number of 
copies to be filed in connection with a paper format amendment. 
Electronic filers satisfy the provisions dictating the number of copies 
by filing one copy of the amendment in electronic format. See Sec. 
232.309 of this chapter (Rule 309 of Regulation S-T).

[68 FR 36665, June 18, 2003, as amended at 70 FR 1620, Jan. 7, 2005]

                   General Requirements as to Contents



Sec. 240.12b-20  Additional information.

    In addition to the information expressly required to be included in 
a statement or report, there shall be added such further material 
information, if any, as may be necessary to make the required 
statements, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made 
not misleading.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[30 FR 2023, Feb. 13, 1965]



Sec. 240.12b-21  Information unknown or not available.

    Information required need be given only insofar as it is known or 
reasonably available to the registrant. If any required information is 
unknown and not reasonably available to the registrant, either because 
the obtaining thereof would involve unreasonable effort or expense, or 
because it rests peculiarly within the knowledge of another person not 
affiliated with the registrant, the information may be omitted, subject 
to the following conditions.
    (a) The registrant shall give such information on the subject as it 
possesses or can acquire without unreasonable effort or expense, 
together with the sources thereof.
    (b) The registrant shall include a statement either showing that 
unreasonable effort or expense would be involved or indicating the 
absence of any affiliation with the person within whose knowledge the 
information rests and stating the result of a request made to such 
person for the information.

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Sec. 240.12b-22  Disclaimer of control.

    If the existence of control is open to reasonable doubt in any 
instance, the registrant may disclaim the existence of control and any 
admission thereof; in such case, however, the registrant shall state the 
material facts pertinent to the possible existence of control.



Sec. 240.12b-23  Incorporation by reference.

    (a) Except for information filed as an exhibit which is covered by 
Rule 12b-32 (17 CFR 240.12b-32), information may be incorporated by 
reference in answer, or partial answer, to any item of a registration 
statement or report subject to the following provisions:
    (1) Financial statements incorporated by reference shall satisfy the 
requirements of the form or report in which they are incorporated. 
Financial statements or other financial data required to be given in 
comparative form for two or more fiscal years or periods shall not be 
incorporated by reference unless the material incorporated by reference 
includes the entire period for which the comparative data is given;
    (2) Information in any part of the registration statement or report 
may be incorporated by reference in answer, or partial answer, to any 
other item of the registration statement or report; and
    (3) Copies of any information or financial statement incorporated 
into a registration statement or report by reference, or copies of the 
pertinent pages of the document containing such information or 
statement, shall be filed as an exhibit to the statement or report, 
except that:
    (i) A proxy or information statement incorporated by reference in 
response to Part III of Form 10-K (17 CFR 249.310);
    (ii) A form of prospectus filed pursuant to 17 CFR 230.424(b) 
incorporated by reference in response to Item 1 of Form 8-A (17 CFR 
249.208a); and
    (iii) Information filed on Form 8-K (17 CFR 249.308) need not be 
filed as an exhibit.
    (b) Any incorporation by reference of matter pursuant to this 
section shall be subject to the provisions of Sec. 229.10(d) of this 
chapter restricting incorporation by reference of documents that 
incorporate by reference other information. Material incorporated by 
reference shall be clearly identified in the reference by page, 
paragraph, and caption or otherwise. Where only certain pages of a 
document are incorporated by reference and filed as an exhibit, the 
document from which the material is taken shall be clearly identified in 
the reference. An express statement that the specified matter is 
incorporated by reference shall be made at the particular place in the 
statement or report where the information is required. Matter shall not 
be incorporated by reference in any case where such incorporation would 
render the statement or report incomplete, unclear or confusing.

[47 FR 11466, Mar. 16, 1982, as amended at 57 FR 48977, Oct. 29, 1992; 
60 FR 32825, June 23, 1995; 69 FR 15618, Mar. 25, 2004; 73 FR 974, Jan. 
4, 2008]



Sec. 240.12b-24  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.12b-25  Notification of inability to timely file all or any 
required portion of a Form 10-K, 20-F, 11-K, N-SAR, N-CSR, 10-Q, or 10-D.

    (a) If all or any required portion of an annual or transition report 
on Form 10-K, 20-F or 11-K (17 CFR 249.310, 249.220f or 249.311), a 
quarterly or transition report on Form 10-Q (17 CFR 249.308a), or a 
distribution report on Form 10-D (17 CFR 249.312) required to be filed 
pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) and 
rules thereunder, or if all or any required portion of a semi-annual, 
annual or transition report on Form N-CSR (17 CFR 249.331; 17 CFR 
274.128) or Form N-SAR (17 CFR 249.330; 17 CFR 274.101) required to be 
filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act or section 30 of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-29) and the rules 
thereunder, is not filed within the time period prescribed for such 
report, the registrant, no later than one business day after the due 
date for such report, shall file a Form 12b-25 (17 CFR 249.322) with the 
Commission which shall contain disclosure of its inability to file the 
report timely and the reasons therefore in reasonable detail.
    (b) With respect to any report or portion of any report described in 
paragraph (a) of this section which is not

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timely filed because the registrant is unable to do so without 
unreasonable effort or expense, such report shall be deemed to be filed 
on the prescribed due date for such report if:
    (1) The registrant files the Form 12b-25 in compliance with 
paragraph (a) of this section and, when applicable, furnishes the 
exhibit required by paragraph (c) of this section;
    (2) The registrant represents in the Form 12b-25 that:
    (i) The reason(s) causing the inability to file timely could not be 
eliminated by the registrant without unreasonable effort or expense; and
    (ii) The subject annual report, semi-annual report or transition 
report on Form 10-K, 20-F, 11-K, N-SAR, or N-CSR, or portion thereof, 
will be filed no later than the fifteenth calendar day following the 
prescribed due date; or the subject quarterly report or transition 
report on Form 10-Q or distribution report on Form 10-D, or portion 
thereof, will be filed no later than the fifth calendar day following 
the prescribed due date; and
    (3) The report/portion thereof is actually filed within the period 
specified by paragraph (b)(2)(ii) of this section.
    (c) If paragraph (b) of this section is applicable and the reason 
the subject report/portion thereof cannot be filed timely without 
unreasonable effort or expense relates to the inability of any person, 
other than the registrant, to furnish any required opinion, report or 
certification, the Form 12b-25 shall have attached as an exhibit a 
statement signed by such person stating the specific reasons why such 
person is unable to furnish the required opinion, report or 
certification on or before the date such report must be filed.
    (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) of this section, a registrant will 
not be eligible to use any registration statement form under the 
Securities Act of 1933 the use of which is predicated on timely filed 
reports until the subject report is actually filed pursuant to paragraph 
(b)(3) of this section.
    (e) If a Form 12b-25 filed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this sectin 
relates only to a portion of a subject report, the registrant shall:
    (1) File the balance of such report and indicate on the cover page 
thereof which disclosure items are omitted; and
    (2) Include, on the upper right corner of the amendment to the 
report which includes the previously omitted information, the following 
statement:

    The following items were the subject of a Form 12b-25 and are 
included herein: (List Item Numbers)

    (f) The provisions of this section shall not apply to financial 
statements to be filed by amendment to a form 10-K as provided for by 
paragraph (a) of Sec. 210.3-09 or schedules to be filed by amendment in 
accordance with General Instruction A to form 10-K.
    (g) Electronic filings. The provisions of this section shall not 
apply to reports required to be filed in electronic format if the sole 
reason the report is not filed within the time period prescribed is that 
the filer is unable to file the report in electronic format. Filers 
unable to submit a report in electronic format within the time period 
prescribed solely due to difficulties with electronic filing should 
comply with either Rule 201 or 202 of Regulation S-T (Sec. Sec. 232.201 
and 232.202 of this chapter), or apply for an adjustment of filing date 
pursuant to Rule 13(b) of Regulation S-T (Sec. 232.13(c) of this 
chapter).
    (h) Interactive data submissions. The provisions of this section 
shall not apply to the submission or posting of an Interactive Data File 
(Sec. 232.11 of this chapter). Filers unable to submit or post an 
Interactive Data File within the time period prescribed should comply 
with either Rule 201 or 202 of Regulation S-T (Sec. Sec. 232.201 and 
232.202 of this chapter).

[45 FR 23652, Apr. 8, 1980, as amended at 50 FR 1449, Jan. 11, 1985; 50 
FR 2957, Jan. 23, 1985; 54 FR 10316, Mar. 13, 1989; 58 FR 14683, Mar. 
18, 1993; 58 FR 21349, Apr. 21, 1993; 59 FR 67764, Dec. 30, 1994; 68 FR 
5364, Feb. 3, 2003; 70 FR 1620, Jan. 7, 2005; 73 FR 974, Jan. 4, 2008; 
74 FR 6818, Feb. 10, 2009]

                                Exhibits



Sec. 240.12b-30  Additional exhibits.

    The registrant may file such exhibits as it may desire, in addition 
to those required by the appropriate form. Such exhibits shall be so 
marked as to indicate clearly the subject matters to which they refer.

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Sec. 240.12b-31  Omission of substantially identical documents.

    In any case where two or more indentures, contracts, franchises, or 
other documents required to be filed as exhibits are substantially 
identical in all material respects except as to the parties thereto, the 
dates of execution, or other details, the registrant need file a copy of 
only one of such documents, with a schedule identifying the other 
documents omitted and setting forth the material details in which such 
documents differ from the document of which a copy is filed. The 
Commission may at any time in its discretion require the filing of 
copies of any documents so omitted.



Sec. 240.12b-32  Incorporation of exhibits by reference.

    (a) Any document or part thereof filed with the Commission pursuant 
to any act administered by the Commission may, subject to Sec. 
228.10(f) and Sec. 229.10(d) of this chapter be incorporated by 
reference as an exhibit to any statement or report filed with the 
Commission by the same or any other person. Any document or part thereof 
filed with an exchange pursuant to the act may be incorporated by 
reference as an exhibit to any statement or report filed with the 
exchange by the same or any other person.
    (b) If any modification has occurred in the text of any document 
incorporated by reference since the filing thereof, the registrant shall 
file with the reference a statement containing the text of any such 
modification and the date thereof.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[13 FR 9321, Dec. 31, 1948, as amended at 30 FR 2023, Feb. 13, 1965; 60 
FR 32825, June 23, 1995]



Sec. 240.12b-33  Annual reports to other Federal agencies.

    Notwithstanding any rule or other requirement to the contrary, 
whenever copies of an annual report by a registrant to any other Federal 
agency are required or permitted to be filed as an exhibit to an 
application or report filed by such registrant with the Commission or 
with a securities exchange, only one copy of such annual report need be 
filed with the Commission and one copy thereof with each such exchange, 
provided appropriate reference to such copy is made in each copy of the 
application or report filed with the Commission or with such exchange.

[18 FR 1441, Mar. 13, 1953]

                           Special Provisions



Sec. 240.12b-35  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.12b-36  Use of financial statements filed under other acts.

    Where copies of certified financial statements filed under other 
acts administered by the Commission are filed with a statement or 
report, the accountant's certificate shall be manually signed or 
manually signed copies of the certificate shall be filed with the 
financial statements. Where such financial statements are incorporated 
by reference in a statement or report, the written consent of the 
accountant to such incorporation by reference shall be filed with the 
statement or report. Such consent shall be dated and signed manually.

(Secs. 4, 16, 19, 24, 48 Stat. 77, 896, 85, as amended, 901; 15 U.S.C. 
77d, 78p, 77s, 78x)

[30 FR 2023, Feb. 13, 1965]



Sec. 240.12b-37  Satisfaction of filing requirements.

    With regard to issuers eligible to rely on Release No. 34-45589 
(March 18, 2002) or Release No. IC-25463 (March 18, 2002) (each of which 
may be viewed on the Commission's website at www.sec.gov), filings made 
in accordance with the provisions of those Releases shall satisfy the 
issuer's requirement to make such a filing under Section 13(a), 14 or 
15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 77m(a), 78n or 78o(d)), as applicable, and 
the Commission's rules and regulations thereunder.

[67 FR 13537, Mar. 22, 2002]

      Certification by Exchanges and Effectiveness of Registration

    Source: Sections 240.12d1-1 through 240.12d-6 appear at 19 FR 670, 
Feb. 5, 1954, unless otherwise noted.

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Sec. 240.12d1-1  Registration effective as to class or series.

    (a) An application filed pursuant to section 12 (b) and (c) of the 
act for registration of a security on a national securities exchange 
shall be deemed to apply for registration of the entire class of such 
security. Registration shall become effective, as provided in section 
12(d) of the act, (1) as to the shares or amounts of such class then 
issued, and (2), without further application for registration, upon 
issuance as to additional shares or amounts of such class then or 
thereafter authorized.
    (b) This section shall apply to classes of securities of which a 
specified number of shares or amounts was registered or registered upon 
notice of issuance, and to applications for registration filed, prior to 
the close of business on January 28, 1954, as well as to classes 
registered, or applications filed, thereafter.
    (c) This section shall not affect the right of a national securities 
exchange to require the issuer of a registered security to file 
documents with or pay fees to the exchange in connection with the 
modification of such security or the issuance of additional shares or 
amounts.
    (d) If a class of security is issuable in two or more series with 
different terms, each such series shall be deemed a separate class for 
the purposes of this section.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)



Sec. 240.12d1-2  Effectiveness of registration.

    (a) A request for acceleration of the effective date of registration 
pursuant to section 12(d) of the act and Sec. 240.12d1-1 shall be made 
in writing by either the registrant, the exchange, or both and shall 
briefly describe the reasons therefor.
    (b) A registration statement on Form 8-A (17 CFR 249.208a) for the 
registration of a class of securities under Section 12(b) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78l(b)) shall become effective:
    (1) If a class of securities is not concurrently being registered 
under the Securities Act of 1933 (``Securities Act''), upon the later of 
receipt by the Commission of certification from the national securities 
exchange or the filing of the Form 8-A with the Commission; or
    (2) If a class of securities is concurrently being registered under 
the Securities Act, upon the later of the filing of the Form 8-A with 
the Commission, receipt by the Commission of certification from the 
national securities exchange listed on the Form 8-A or effectiveness of 
the Securities Act registration statement relating to the class of 
securities.
    (c) A registration statement on Form 8-A (17 CFR 249.208a) for the 
registration of a class of securities under Section 12(g) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78l(g)) shall become effective:
    (1) If a class of securities is not concurrently being registered 
under the Securities Act, upon the filing of the Form 8-A with the 
Commission; or
    (2) If class of securities is concurrently being registered under 
the Securities Act, upon the later of the filing of the Form 8-A with 
the Commission or the effectiveness of the Securities Act registration 
statement relating to the class of securities.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)

[19 FR 670, Feb. 5, 1954, as amended at 59 FR 55347, Nov. 7, 1994; 62 FR 
39766, July 24, 1997]



Sec. 240.12d1-3  Requirements as to certification.

    (a) Certification that a security has been approved by an exchange 
for listing and registration pursuant to section 12(d) of the act and 
Sec. 240.12d1-1 shall be made by the governing committee or other 
corresponding authority of the exchange.
    (b) The certification shall specify (1) the approval of the exchange 
for listing and registration; (2) the title of the security so approved; 
(3) the date of filing with the exchange of the application for 
registration and of any amendments thereto; and (4) any conditions 
imposed on such certification. The exchange shall promptly notify the 
Commission of the partial or complete satisfaction of any such 
conditions.
    (c) The certification may be made by telegram but in such case shall 
be confirmed in writing. All certifications in writing and all 
amendments thereto shall be filed with the Commission in

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duplicate and at least one copy shall be manually signed by the 
appropriate exchange authority.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)



Sec. 240.12d1-4  Date of receipt of certification by Commission.

    The date of receipt by the Commission of the certification approving 
a security for listing and registration shall be the date on which the 
certification is actually received by the Commission or the date on 
which the application for registration to which the certification 
relates is actually received by the Commission, whichever date is later.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)



Sec. 240.12d1-5  Operation of certification on subsequent amendments.

    If an amendment to the application for registration of a security is 
filed with the exchange and with the Commission after the receipt by the 
Commission of the certification of the exchange approving the security 
for listing and registration, the certification, unless withdrawn, shall 
be deemed made with reference to the application as amended.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)



Sec. 240.12d1-6  Withdrawal of certification.

    An exchange may, by notice to the Commission, withdraw its 
certification prior to the time that the registration to which it 
relates first becomes effective pursuant to Sec. 240.12d1-1.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)

    Suspension of Trading, Withdrawal, and Striking From Listing and 
                              Registration



Sec. 240.12d2-1  Suspension of trading.

    (a) A national securities exchange may suspend from trading a 
security listed and registered thereon in accordance with its rules. 
Such exchange shall promptly notify the Commission of any such 
suspension, the effective date thereof, and the reasons therefor.
    (b) Any such suspension may be continued until such time as it shall 
appear to the Commission that such suspension is designed to evade the 
provisions of section 12(d) and the rules and regulations thereunder 
relating to the withdrawal and striking of a security from listing and 
registration. During the continuance of such suspension the exchange 
shall notify the Commission promptly of any change in the reasons for 
the suspension. Upon the restoration to trading of any security 
suspended under this rule, the exchange shall notify the Commission 
promptly of the effective date thereof.
    (c) Suspension of trading shall not terminate the registration of 
any security.

(Sec. 12, 48 Stat. 892, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 78l)

[28 FR 1506, Feb. 16, 1963]



Sec. 240.12d2-2  Removal from listing and registration.

    Preliminary Notes: 1. The filing of the Form 25 (Sec. 249.25 of this 
chapter) by an issuer relates solely to the withdrawal of a class of 
securities from listing on a national securities exchange and/or from 
registration under section 12(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(b)), and 
shall not affect its obligation to be registered under section 12(g) of 
the Act and/or reporting obligations under section 15(d) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o(d)).
    2. Implementation. The rules of each national securities exchange 
must be designed to meet the requirements of this section and must be 
operative no later than April 24, 2006. Each national securities 
exchange must submit to the Commission a proposed rule change that 
complies with section 19(b) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78s) and Rule 19b-4 
(17 CFR 240.19b-4) thereunder, and this section no later than October 
24, 2005.
    (a) A national securities exchange must file with the Commission an 
application on Form 25 (17 CFR 249.25) to strike a class of securities 
from listing on a national securities exchange and/or registration under 
section 12(b) of the Act within a reasonable time after the national 
securities exchange is reliably informed that any of the following 
conditions exist with respect to such a security:
    (1) The entire class of the security has been called for redemption, 
maturity or retirement; appropriate notice thereof has been given; funds 
sufficient for the payment of all such securities

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have been deposited with an agency authorized to make such payments; and 
such funds have been made available to security holders.
    (2) The entire class of the security has been redeemed or paid at 
maturity or retirement.
    (3) The instruments representing the securities comprising the 
entire class have come to evidence, by operation of law or otherwise, 
other securities in substitution therefor and represent no other right, 
except, if such be the fact, the right to receive an immediate cash 
payment (the right of dissenters to receive the appraised or fair value 
of their holdings shall not prevent the application of this provision).
    (4) All rights pertaining to the entire class of the security have 
been extinguished; provided, however, that where such an event occurs as 
a result of an order of a court or other governmental authority, the 
order shall be final, all applicable appeal periods shall have expired, 
and no appeals shall be pending.

    Effective Date: Such an application shall be deemed to be granted 
and shall become effective at the opening of business on such date as 
the exchange shall specify in said application, but not less than 10 
days following the date on which said application is filed with the 
Commission; Provided, however, That in the event removal is being 
effected under paragraph (a)(3) of this section and the exchange has 
admitted or intends to admit a successor security to trading under the 
temporary exemption provided for by Sec. 240.12a-5, such date shall not 
be earlier than the date on which the successor security is removed from 
its exempt status.

    (b)(1) In cases not provided for in paragraph (a) of this section, a 
national securities exchange may file an application on Form 25 to 
strike a class of securities from listing and/or withdraw the 
registration of such securities, in accordance with its rules, if the 
rules of such exchange, at a minimum, provide for:
    (i) Notice to the issuer of the exchange's decision to delist its 
securities;
    (ii) An opportunity for appeal to the national securities exchange's 
board of directors, or to a committee designated by the board; and
    (iii) Public notice of the national securities exchange's final 
determination to remove the security from listing and/or registration, 
by issuing a press release and posting notice on its Web site. Public 
notice under this paragraph shall be disseminated no fewer than 10 days 
before the delisting becomes effective pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of 
this section, and must remain posted on its Web site until the delisting 
is effective.
    (2) A national securities exchange must promptly deliver a copy of 
the application on Form 25 to the issuer.
    (c)(1) The issuer of a class of securities listed on a national 
securities exchange and/or registered under section 12(b) of the Act may 
file an application on Form 25 to notify the Commission of its 
withdrawal of such securities from listing on such national securities 
exchange and its intention to withdraw the securities from registration 
under section 12(b) of the Act.
    (2) An issuer filing Form 25 under this paragraph must satisfy the 
requirements in paragraph (c)(2) of this section and represent on the 
Form 25 that such requirements have been met:
    (i) The issuer must comply with all applicable laws in effect in the 
state in which it is incorporated and with the national securities 
exchange's rules governing an issuer's voluntary withdrawal of a class 
of securities from listing and/or registration.
    (ii) No fewer than 10 days before the issuer files an application on 
Form 25 with the Commission, the issuer must provide written notice to 
the national securities exchange of its determination to withdraw the 
class of securities from listing and/or registration on such exchange. 
Such written notice must set forth a description of the security 
involved, together with a statement of all material facts relating to 
the reasons for withdrawal from listing and/or registration.
    (iii) Contemporaneous with providing written notice to the exchange 
of its intent to withdraw a class of securities from listing and/or 
registration, the issuer must publish notice of such intention, along 
with its reasons for such withdrawal, via a press release and, if it has 
a publicly accessible Web site, posting such notice on that Web site. 
Any notice provided on an issuer's Web site under this paragraph shall 
remain available until the delisting on Form 25

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has become effective pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section. If 
the issuer has not arranged for listing and/or registration on another 
national securities exchange or for quotation of its security in a 
quotation medium (as defined in Sec. 240.15c2-11), then the press 
release and posting on the Web site must contain this information.
    (3) A national securities exchange, that receives, pursuant to 
paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section, written notice from an issuer that 
such issuer has determined to withdraw a class of securities from 
listing and/or registration on such exchange, must provide notice on its 
Web site of the issuer's intent to delist and/or withdraw from 
registration its securities by the next business day. Such notice must 
remain posted on the exchange's Web site until the delisting on Form 25 
is effective pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section.
    (d)(1) An application on Form 25 to strike a class of securities 
from listing on a national securities exchange will be effective 10 days 
after Form 25 is filed with the Commission.
    (2) An application on Form 25 to withdraw the registration of a 
class of securities under section 12(b) of the Act will be effective 90 
days, or such shorter period as the Commission may determine, after 
filing with the Commission.
    (3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2) of this section, 
the Commission may, by written notice to the exchange and issuer, 
postpone the effectiveness of an application to delist and/or to 
deregister to determine whether the application on Form 25 to strike the 
security from registration under section 12(b) of the Act has been made 
in accordance with the rules of the exchange, or what terms should be 
imposed by the Commission for the protection of investors.
    (4) Notwithstanding paragraph (d)(2) of this section, whenever the 
Commission commences a proceeding against an issuer under section 12 of 
the Act prior to the withdrawal of the registration of a class of 
securities, such security will remain registered under section 12(b) of 
the Act until the final decision of such proceeding or until the 
Commission otherwise determines to suspend the effective date of, or 
revoke, the registration of a class of securities.
    (5) An issuer's duty to file any reports under section 13(a) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) and the rules and regulations thereunder solely 
because of such security's registration under section 12(b) of the Act 
will be suspended upon the effective date for the delisting pursuant to 
paragraph (d)(1) of this section. If, following the effective date of 
delisting on Form 25, the Commission, an exchange, or an issuer delays 
the withdrawal of a security's registration under section 12(b) of the 
Act, an issuer shall, within 60 days of such delay, file any reports 
that would have been required under section 13(a) of the Act and the 
rules and regulations thereunder, had the Form 25 not been filed. The 
issuer also shall timely file any subsequent reports required under 
section 13(a) of the Act for the duration of the delay.
    (6) An issuer whose reporting responsibilities under section 13(a) 
of the Act are suspended for a class of securities under paragraph 
(d)(5) of this section is, nevertheless, required to file any reports 
that an issuer with such a class of securities registered under section 
12 of the Act would be required to file under section 13(a) of the Act 
if such class of securities:
    (i) Is registered under section 12(g) of the Act; or
    (ii) Would be registered, or would be required to be registered, 
under section 12(g) of the Act but for the exemption from registration 
under section 12(g) of the Act provided by section 12(g)(2)(A) of the 
Act.
    (7)(i) An issuer whose reporting responsibilities under section 
13(a) of the Act are suspended under paragraph (d)(5) of this section 
is, nevertheless, required to file any reports that would be required 
under section 15(d) of the Act but for the fact that the reporting 
obligations are:
    (A) Suspended for a class of securities under paragraph (d)(5) of 
this section; and
    (B) Suspended, terminated, or otherwise absent under section 12(g) 
of the Act.
    (ii) The reporting responsibilities of an issuer under section 15(d) 
of the Act

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shall continue until the issuer is required to file reports under 
section 13(a) of the Act or the issuer's reporting responsibilities 
under section 15(d) of the Act are otherwise suspended.
    (8) In the event removal is being effected under paragraph (a)(3) of 
this section and the national securities exchange has admitted or 
intends to admit a successor security to trading under the temporary 
exemption provided for by Sec. 240.12a-5, the effective date of the 
Form 25, as set forth in paragraph (d)(1) of this section, shall not be 
earlier than the date the successor security is removed from its exempt 
status.
    (e) The following are exempt from section 12(d) of the Act and the 
provisions of this section:
    (1) Any standardized option, as defined in Sec. 240.9b-1, that is:
    (i) Issued by a clearing agency registered under section 17A of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1); and
    (ii) Traded on a national securities exchange registered pursuant to 
section 6(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(a)); and
    (2) Any security futures product that is:
    (i) Traded on a national securities exchange registered under 
section 6(a) of the Act or on a national securities association 
registered pursuant to section 15A(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-3(a)); 
and
    (ii) Cleared by a clearing agency registered as a clearing agency 
pursuant to section 17A of the Act or is exempt from registration under 
section 17A(b)(7) of the Act.

[28 FR 1506, Feb. 16, 1963, as amended at 70 FR 42468, July 22, 2005]

                            Unlisted Trading



Sec. 240.12f-1  Applications for permission to reinstate unlisted 
trading privileges.

    (a) An application to reinstate unlisted trading privileges may be 
made to the Commission by any national securities exchange for the 
extension of unlisted trading privileges to any security for which such 
unlisted trading privileges have been suspended by the Commission, 
pursuant to section 12(f)(2)(A) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(2)(A)). One 
copy of such application, executed by a duly authorized officer of the 
exchange, shall be filed and shall set forth:
    (1) Name of issuer;
    (2) Title of security;
    (3) The name of each national securities exchange, if any, on which 
such security is listed or admitted to unlisted trading privileges;
    (4) Whether transaction information concerning such security is 
reported pursuant to an effective transaction reporting plan 
contemplated by Sec. 242.601 of this chapter;
    (5) The date of the Commission's suspension of unlisted trading 
privileges in the security on the exchange;
    (6) Any other information which is deemed pertinent to the question 
of whether the reinstatement of unlisted trading privileges in such 
security is consistent with the maintenance of fair and orderly markets 
and the protection of investors; and
    (7) That a copy of the instant application has been mailed, or 
otherwise personally provided, to the issuer of the securities for which 
unlisted trading privileges are sought and to each exchange listed in 
item (3) of this section.

[44 FR 75134, Dec. 19, 1979, as amended at 45 FR 12390, Feb. 26, 1980; 
45 FR 36076, May 29, 1980; 60 FR 20896, Apr. 28, 1995; 70 FR 37618, June 
29, 2005]



Sec. 240.12f-2  Extending unlisted trading privileges to a security 
that is the subject of an initial public offering.

    (a) General provision. A national securities exchange may extend 
unlisted trading privileges to a subject security when at least one 
transaction in the subject security has been effected on the national 
securities exchange upon which the security is listed and the 
transaction has been reported pursuant to an effective transaction 
reporting plan, as defined in Sec. 242.600 of this chapter.
    (b) The extension of unlisted trading privileges pursuant to this 
section shall be subject to all the provisions set forth in Section 
12(f) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(f)), as amended, and any rule or 
regulation promulgated thereunder, or which may be promulgated 
thereunder while the extension is in effect.

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    (c) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:
    (1) The term subject security shall mean a security that is the 
subject of an initial public offering, as that term is defined in 
section 12(f)(1)(G)(i) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(f)(1)(G)(i)), and
    (2) An initial public offering commences at such time as is 
described in section 12(f)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78l(f)(1)(G)(ii)).

[60 FR 20896, Apr. 28, 1995, as amended at 65 FR 53565, Sept. 5, 2000; 
70 FR 37618, June 29, 2005]



Sec. 240.12f-3  Termination or suspension of unlisted trading privileges.

    (a) The issuer of any security for which unlisted trading privileges 
on any exchange have been continued or extended, or any broker or dealer 
who makes or creates a market for such security, or any other person 
having a bona fide interest in the question of termination or suspension 
of such unlisted trading privileges, may make application to the 
Commission for the termination or suspension of such unlisted trading 
privileges. One duly executed copy of such application shall be filed, 
and it shall contain the following information:
    (1) Name and address of applicant;
    (2) A brief statement of the applicant's interest in the question of 
termination or suspension of such unlisted trading privileges;
    (3) Title of security;
    (4) Names of issuer;
    (5) Amount of such security issued and outstanding (number of shares 
of stock or principal amount of bonds), stating source of information;
    (6) Annual volume of public trading in such security (number of 
shares of stock or principal amount of bonds) on such exchange for each 
of the three calendar years immediately preceding the date of such 
application, and monthly volume of trading in such security for each of 
the twelve calendar months immediately preceding the date of such 
application;
    (7) Price range on such exchange for each of the twelve calendar 
months immediately preceding the date of such application; and
    (8) A brief statement of the information in the applicant's 
possession, and the source thereof, with respect to (i) the extent of 
public trading in such security on such exchange, and (ii) the character 
of trading in such security on such exchange; and
    (9) A brief statement that a copy of the instant application has 
been mailed, or otherwise personally provided, to the exchange from 
which the suspension or termination of unlisted trading privileges is 
sought, and to any other exchange on which such security is listed or 
traded pursuant to unlisted trading privileges.
    (b) Unlisted trading privileges in any security on any national 
securities exchange may be suspended or terminated by such exchange in 
accordance with its rules.

(Secs. 12(f) and 23, 15 U.S.C. 78l and 78w)

[20 FR 6702, Sept. 13, 1955, as amended at 44 FR 75135, Dec. 19, 1979; 
45 FR 36076, May 29, 1980; 60 FR 20896, Apr. 28, 1995]



Sec. 240.12f-4  Exemption of securities admitted to unlisted trading 
privileges from sections 13, 14 and 16.

    (a) Any security for which unlisted trading privileges on any 
national securities exchange have been continued or extended pursuant to 
section 12(f) of the Act shall be exempt from section 13 of the Act 
unless (1) such security or another security of the same issuer is 
listed and registered on a national securities exchange or registered 
pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act, or (2) such issuer would be 
required to file information, documents and reports pursuant to section 
15(d) of the Act but for the fact that securities of the issuer are 
deemed to be ``registered on a national securities exchange'' within the 
meaning of section 12(f)(6) of the Act.
    (b) Any security for which unlisted trading privileges on any 
national securities exchange have been continued or extended pursuant to 
section 12(f) of the Act shall be exempt from section 14 of the Act 
unless such security is also listed and registered on a national 
securities exchange or registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act.
    (c)(1) Any equity security for which unlisted trading privileges on 
any national securities exchange have been continued or extended 
pursuant to section 12(f) of the Act shall be exempt from section 16 of 
the act unless such

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security or another equity security of the same issuer is listed and 
registered on a national securities exchange or registered pursuant to 
section 12(g) of the Act.
    (2) Any equity security for which unlisted trading privileges on any 
national securities exchange have been continued or extended pursuant to 
section 12(f) of the Act and which is not listed and registered on any 
other such exchange or registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act 
shall be exempt from section 16 of the Act insofar as that section would 
otherwise apply to any person who is directly or indirectly the 
beneficial owner of more than 10 percent of such security, unless 
another equity security of the issuer of such unlisted security is so 
listed or registered and such beneficial owner is a director or officer 
of such issuer or directly or indirectly the beneficial owner of more 
than 10 percent of any such listed security.
    (d) Any reference in this section to a security registered pursuant 
to section 12(g) of the Act shall include, and any reference to a 
security not so registered shall exclude, any security as to which a 
registration statement pursuant to such section is at the time required 
to be effective.

(Sec. 3, 78 Stat. 565, 15 U.S.C. 78l)

[30 FR 482, Jan. 14, 1965]



Sec. 240.12f-5  Exchange rules for securities to which unlisted trading 
privileges are extended.

    A national securities exchange shall not extend unlisted trading 
privileges to any security unless the national securities exchange has 
in effect a rule or rules providing for transactions in the class or 
type of security to which the exchange extends unlisted trading 
privileges.

[60 FR 20896, Apr. 28, 1995]



Sec. 240.12f-6  [Reserved]

            Extensions and Temporary Exemptions; Definitions



Sec. 240.12g-1  Exemption from section 12(g).

    An issuer shall be exempt from the requirement to register any class 
of equity securities pursuant to section 12(g)(1) if on the last day of 
its most recent fiscal year the issuer had total assets not exceeding 
$10 million and, with respect to a foreign private issuer, such 
securities were not quoted in an automated inter-dealer quotation 
system.

(Secs. 6, 7, 8, 10, 19(a), 48 Stat. 78, 79, 81, 85; secs. 205, 209, 48 
Stat. 906, 908; sec. 301, 54 Stat. 857; sec. 8, 68 Stat. 685; sec. 1, 79 
Stat. 1051; sec. 308(a)(2), 90 Stat. 57; secs. 12, 13, 15(d), 23(a), 48 
Stat. 892, 894, 895, 901; secs. 1, 3, 8, 49 Stat. 1375, 1377, 1379; sec. 
203(a), 49 Stat. 704; sec. 202, 68 Stat. 686; secs. 3, 4, 6, 78 Stat. 
565-574; secs. 1, 2, 82 Stat. 454; sec. 28(c), 84 Stat. 1435; secs. 1, 
2, 84 Stat. 1497; sec. 105(b), 88 Stat. 1503; secs. 8, 9, 10, 18, 89 
Stat. 117, 118, 119, 155; sec. 308(b), 90 Stat. 57; secs. 202, 203, 204, 
91 Stat. 1494, 1498, 1500; 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 77s(a), 78l, 
78m, 78o(d), 78w(a))

[48 FR 46739, Oct. 14, 1983, as amended at 51 FR 25362, July 14, 1986; 
61 FR 21356, May 9, 1996]



Sec. 240.12g-2  Securities deemed to be registered pursuant to 
section 12(g)(1) upon termination of exemption pursuant to 

section 12(g)(2) (A) or (B).

    Any class of securities which would have been required to be 
registered pursuant to section 12(g)(1) of the Act except for the fact 
that it was exempt from such registration by section 12(g)(2)(A) because 
it was listed and registered on a national securities exchange, or by 
section 12(g)(2)(B) because it was issued by an investment company 
registered pursuant to section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, 
shall upon the termination of the listing and registration of such class 
or the termination of the registration of such company and without the 
filing of an additional registration statement be deemed to be 
registered pursuant to said section 12(g)(1) if at the time of such 
termination (a) the issuer of such class of securities has elected to be 
regulated as a business development company pursuant to sections 55 
through 65 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and such election has 
not been withdrawn, or (b) securities of the class are not exempt from 
such registration pursuant to section 12 or rules thereunder delete 
``or'' and all securities of such class are held of record by 300 or 
more persons.

[47 FR 17052, Apr. 21, 1982]

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Sec. 240.12g-3  Registration of securities of successor issuers under 
section 12(b) or 12(g).

    (a) Where in connection with a succession by merger, consolidation, 
exchange of securities, acquisition of assets or otherwise, securities 
of an issuer that are not already registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) are issued to the holders of any class of 
securities of another issuer that is registered pursuant to either 
section 12 (b) or (g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l (b) or (g)), the class 
of securities so issued shall be deemed to be registered under the same 
paragraph of section 12 of the Act unless upon consummation of the 
succession:
    (1) Such class is exempt from such registration other than by Sec. 
240.12g3-2;
    (2) All securities of such class are held of record by less than 300 
persons; or
    (3) The securities issued in connection with the succession were 
registered on Form F-8 or Form F-80 (Sec. 239.38 or Sec. 239.41 of 
this chapter) and following succession the successor would not be 
required to register such class of securities under section 12 of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) but for this section.
    (b) Where in connection with a succession by merger, consolidation, 
exchange of securities, acquisition of assets or otherwise, securities 
of an issuer that are not already registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) are issued to the holders of any class of 
securities of another issuer that is required to file a registration 
statement pursuant to either section 12(b) or (g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78l(b) or (g)) but has not yet done so, the duty to file such statement 
shall be deemed to have been assumed by the issuer of the class of 
securities so issued. The successor issuer shall file a registration 
statement pursuant to the same paragraph of section 12 of the Act with 
respect to such class within the period of time the predecessor issuer 
would have been required to file such a statement unless upon 
consummation of the succession:
    (1) Such class is exempt from such registration other than by Sec. 
240.12g3-2;
    (2) All securities of such class are held of record by less than 300 
persons; or
    (3) The securities issued in connection with the succession were 
registered on Form F-8 or Form F-80 (Sec. 239.38 or Sec. 239.41 of 
this chapter) and following the succession the successor would not be 
required to register such class of securities under section 12 of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) but for this section.
    (c) Where in connection with a succession by merger, consolidation, 
exchange of securities, acquisition of assets or otherwise, securities 
of an issuer that are not already registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) are issued to the holders of classes of 
securities of two or more other issuers that are each registered 
pursuant to section 12 of the Act, the class of securities so issued 
shall be deemed to be registered under section 12 of the Act unless upon 
consummation of the succession:
    (1) Such class is exempt from such registration other than by Sec. 
240.12g3-2;
    (2) All securities of such class are held of record by less than 300 
persons; or
    (3) The securities issued in connection with the succession were 
registered on Form F-8 or Form F-80 (Sec. 239.38 or Sec. 239.41 of 
this chapter) and following succession the successor would not be 
required to register such class of securities under section 12 of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) but for this section.
    (d) If the classes of securities issued by two or more predecessor 
issuers (as described in paragraph (c) of this section) are registered 
under the same paragraph of section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l), the 
class of securities issued by the successor issuer shall be deemed 
registered under the same paragraph of section 12 of the Act. If the 
classes of securities issued by the predecessor issuers are not 
registered under the same paragraph of section 12 of the Act, the class 
of securities issued by the successor issuer shall be deemed registered 
under section 12(g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(g)).
    (e) An issuer that is deemed to have a class of securities 
registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C.

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78l) according to paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this section shall 
file reports on the same forms and such class of securities shall be 
subject to the provisions of sections 14 and 16 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78n and 78p) to the same extent as the predecessor issuers, except as 
follows:
    (1) An issuer that is not a foreign issuer shall not be eligible to 
file on Form 20-F (Sec. 249.220f of this chapter) or to use the 
exemption in Sec. 240.3a12-3.
    (2) A foreign private issuer shall be eligible to file on Form 20-F 
(Sec. 249.220f of this chapter) and to use the exemption in Sec. 
240.3a12-3.
    (f) An issuer that is deemed to have a class of securities 
registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) according 
to paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this section shall indicate in the 
Form 8-K (Sec. 249.308 of this chapter) report filed with the 
Commission in connection with the succession, pursuant to the 
requirements of Form 8-K, the paragraph of section 12 of the Act under 
which the class of securities issued by the successor issuer is deemed 
registered by operation of paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this 
section. If a successor issuer that is deemed registered under section 
12(g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(g)) by paragraph (d) of this section 
intends to list a class of securities on a national securities exchange, 
it must file a registration statement pursuant to section 12(b) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(b)) with respect to that class of securities.
    (g) An issuer that is deemed to have a class of securities 
registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) according 
to paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this section shall file an annual 
report for each fiscal year beginning on or after the date as of which 
the succession occurred. Annual reports shall be filed within the period 
specified in the appropriate form. Each such issuer shall file an annual 
report for each of its predecessors that had securities registered 
pursuant to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) covering the last full 
fiscal year of the predecessor before the registrant's succession, 
unless such report has been filed by the predecessor. Such annual report 
shall contain information that would be required if filed by the 
predecessor.

[62 FR 39767, July 24, 1997]



Sec. 240.12g3-2  Exemptions for American depositary receipts and 
certain foreign securities.

    (a) Securities of any class issued by any foreign private issuer 
shall be exempt from section 12(g) (15 U.S.C. 78l(g)) of the Act if the 
class has fewer than 300 holders resident in the United States. This 
exemption shall continue until the next fiscal year end at which the 
issuer has a class of equity securities held by 300 or more persons 
resident in the United States. For the purpose of determining whether a 
security is exempt pursuant to this paragraph:
    (1) Securities held of record by persons resident in the United 
States shall be determined as provided in Sec. 240.12g5-1 except that 
securities held of record by a broker, dealer, bank or nominee for any 
of them for the accounts of customers resident in the United States 
shall be counted as held in the United States by the number of separate 
accounts for which the securities are held. The issuer may rely in good 
faith on information as to the number of such separate accounts supplied 
by all owners of the class of its securities which are brokers, dealers, 
or banks or a nominee for any of them.
    (2) Persons in the United States who hold the security only through 
a Canadian Retirement Account (as that term is defined in rule 237(a)(2) 
under the Securities Act of 1933 (Sec. 230.237(a)(2) of this chapter)), 
shall not be counted as holders resident in the United States.
    (b)(1) A foreign private issuer shall be exempt from the requirement 
to register a class of equity securities under section 12(g) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78l(g)) if:
    (i) The issuer is not required to file or furnish reports under 
section 13(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) or section 15(d) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78o(d));
    (ii) The issuer currently maintains a listing of the subject class 
of securities on one or more exchanges in a foreign jurisdiction that, 
either singly or together with the trading of the same class of the 
issuer's securities in another foreign jurisdiction, constitutes

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the primary trading market for those securities; and
    (iii) The issuer has published in English, on its Internet Web site 
or through an electronic information delivery system generally available 
to the public in its primary trading market, information that, since the 
first day of its most recently completed fiscal year, it:
    (A) Has made public or been required to make public pursuant to the 
laws of the country of its incorporation, organization or domicile;
    (B) Has filed or been required to file with the principal stock 
exchange in its primary trading market on which its securities are 
traded and which has been made public by that exchange; and
    (C) Has distributed or been required to distribute to its security 
holders.

    Note 1 to Paragraph (b)(1): For the purpose of paragraph (b) of this 
section, primary trading market means that at least 55 percent of the 
trading in the subject class of securities on a worldwide basis took 
place in, on or through the facilities of a securities market or markets 
in a single foreign jurisdiction or in no more than two foreign 
jurisdictions during the issuer's most recently completed fiscal year. 
If a foreign private issuer aggregates the trading of its subject class 
of securities in two foreign jurisdictions for the purpose of this 
paragraph, the trading for the issuer's securities in at least one of 
the two foreign jurisdictions must be larger than the trading in the 
United States for the same class of the issuer's securities. When 
determining an issuer's primary trading market under this paragraph, 
calculate average daily trading volume in the United States and on a 
worldwide basis as under Rule 12h-6 under the Act (Sec. 240.12h-6).
    Note 2 to Paragraph (b)(1): Paragraph (b)(1)(iii) of this section 
does not apply to an issuer when claiming the exemption under paragraph 
(b) of this section upon the effectiveness of the termination of its 
registration of a class of securities under section 12(g) of the Act, or 
the termination of its obligation to file or furnish reports under 
section 15(d) of the Act.
    Note 3 to Paragraph (b)(1): Compensatory stock options for which the 
underlying securities are in a class exempt under paragraph (b) of this 
section are also exempt under that paragraph.

    (2)(i) In order to maintain the exemption under paragraph (b) of 
this section, a foreign private issuer shall publish, on an ongoing 
basis and for each subsequent fiscal year, in English, on its Internet 
Web site or through an electronic information delivery system generally 
available to the public in its primary trading market, the information 
specified in paragraph (b)(1)(iii) of this section.
    (ii) An issuer must electronically publish the information required 
by paragraph (b)(2) of this section promptly after the information has 
been made public.
    (3)(i) The information required to be published electronically under 
paragraph (b) of this section is information that is material to an 
investment decision regarding the subject securities, such as 
information concerning:
    (A) Results of operations or financial condition;
    (B) Changes in business;
    (C) Acquisitions or dispositions of assets;
    (D) The issuance, redemption or acquisition of securities;
    (E) Changes in management or control;
    (F) The granting of options or the payment of other remuneration to 
directors or officers; and
    (G) Transactions with directors, officers or principal security 
holders.
    (ii) At a minimum, a foreign private issuer shall electronically 
publish English translations of the following documents required to be 
published under paragraph (b) of this section if in a foreign language:
    (A) Its annual report, including or accompanied by annual financial 
statements;
    (B) Interim reports that include financial statements;
    (C) Press releases; and
    (D) All other communications and documents distributed directly to 
security holders of each class of securities to which the exemption 
relates.
    (c) The exemption under paragraph (b) of this section shall remain 
in effect until:
    (1) The issuer no longer satisfies the electronic publication 
condition of paragraph (b)(2) of this section;
    (2) The issuer no longer maintains a listing of the subject class of 
securities on one or more exchanges in a primary trading market, as 
defined under paragraph (b)(1) of this section; or

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    (3) The issuer registers a class of securities under section 12 of 
the Act or incurs reporting obligations under section 15(d) of the Act.
    (d) Depositary shares registered on Form F-6 (Sec. 239.36 of this 
chapter), but not the underlying deposited securities, are exempt from 
section 12(g) of the Act under this paragraph.

[48 FR 46739, Oct. 14, 1983, as amended at 49 FR 12689, Mar. 30, 1984; 
56 FR 30068, July 1, 1991; 65 FR 37676, June 15, 2000; 72 FR 16955, Apr. 
5, 2007; 73 FR 52768, Sept. 10, 2008]



Sec. 240.12g-4  Certifications of termination of registration under 
section 12(g).

    (a) Termination of registration of a class of securities under 
section 12(g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(g)) shall take effect 90 days, 
or such shorter period as the Commission may determine, after the issuer 
certifies to the Commission on Form 15 (17 CFR 249.323) that the class 
of securities is held of record by:
    (1) Less than 300 persons; or
    (2) Less than 500 persons, where the total assets of the issuer have 
not exceeded $10 million on the last day of each of the issuer's most 
recent three fiscal years.
    (b) The issuer's duty to file any reports required under section 
13(a) shall be suspended immediately upon filing a certification on Form 
15; Provided, however, That if the certification on Form 15 is 
subsequently withdrawn or denied, the issuer shall, within 60 days after 
the date of such withdrawal or denial, file with the Commission all 
reports which would have been required had the certification on Form 15 
not been filed. If the suspension resulted from the issuer's merger 
into, or consolidation with, another issuer or issuers, the 
certification shall be filed by the successor issuer.

[49 FR 12689, Mar. 30, 1984, as amended at 51 FR 25362, July 14, 1986; 
61 FR 21356, May 9, 1996; 72 FR 16956, Apr. 5, 2007]



Sec. 240.12g5-1  Definition of securities ``held of record''.

    (a) For the purpose of determining whether an issuer is subject to 
the provisions of sections 12(g) and 15(d) of the Act, securities shall 
be deemed to be ``held of record'' by each person who is identified as 
the owner of such securities on records of security holders maintained 
by or on behalf of the issuer, subject to the following:
    (1) In any case where the records of security holders have not been 
maintained in accordance with accepted practice, any additional person 
who would be identified as such an owner on such records if they had 
been maintained in accordance with accepted practice shall be included 
as a holder of record.
    (2) Securities identified as held of record by a corporation, a 
partnership, a trust whether or not the trustees are named, or other 
organization shall be included as so held by one person.
    (3) Securities identified as held of record by one or more persons 
as trustees, executors, guardians, custodians or in other fiduciary 
capacities with respect to a single trust, estate or account shall be 
included as held of record by one person.
    (4) Securities held by two or more persons as coowners shall be 
included as held by one person.
    (5) Each outstanding unregistered or bearer certificate shall be 
included as held of record by a separate person, except to the extent 
that the issuer can establish that, if such securities were registered, 
they would be held of record, under the provisions of this rule, by a 
lesser number of persons.
    (6) Securities registered in substantially similar names where the 
issuer has reason to believe because of the address or other indications 
that such names represent the same person, may be included as held of 
record by one person.
    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section:
    (1) Securities held, to the knowledge of the issuer, subject to a 
voting trust, deposit agreement or similar arrangement shall be included 
as held of record by the record holders of the voting trust 
certificates, certificates of deposit, receipts or similar evidences of 
interest in such securities: Provided, however, That the issuer may rely 
in good faith on such information as is received in response to its 
request from a non-affiliated issuer of the certificates or evidences of 
interest.

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    (2) Whole or fractional securities issued by a savings and loan 
association, building and loan association, cooperative bank, homestead 
association, or similar institution for the sole purpose of qualifying a 
borrower for membership in the issuer, and which are to be redeemed or 
repurchased by the issuer when the borrower's loan is terminated, shall 
not be included as held of record by any person.
    (3) If the issuer knows or has reason to know that the form of 
holding securities of record is used primarily to circumvent the 
provisions of section 12(g) or 15(d) of the Act, the beneficial owners 
of such securities shall be deemed to be the record owners thereof.

(Sec. 3, 48 Stat. 882, as amended, sec. 3, 78 Stat. 566; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 
78l)

[30 FR 484, Jan. 14, 1965]



Sec. 240.12g5-2  Definition of ``total assets''.

    For the purpose of section 12(g)(1) of the Act, the term total 
assets shall mean the total assets as shown on the issuer's balance 
sheet or the balance sheet of the issuer and its subsidiaries 
consolidated, whichever is larger, as required to be filed on the form 
prescribed for registration under this section and prepared in 
accordance with the pertinent provisions of Regulation S-X (17 CFR part 
210). Where the security is a certificate of deposit, voting trust 
certificate, or certificate or other evidence of interest in a similar 
trust or agreement, the ``total assets'' of the issuer of the security 
held under the trust or agreement shall be deemed to be the ``total 
assets'' of the issuer of such certificate or evidence of interest.

(Sec. 3, 48 Stat. 882, as amended, sec. 3, 78 Stat. 566; 15 U.S.C. 78c, 
78l)

[30 FR 484, Jan. 14, 1965]



Sec. 240.12h-1  Exemptions from registration under section 12(g) of 
the Act.

    Issuers shall be exempt from the provisions of section 12(g) of the 
Act with respect to the following securities:
    (a) Any interest or participation in an employee stock bonus, stock 
purchase, profit sharing, pension, retirement, incentive, thrift, 
savings or similar plan which is not transferable by the holder except 
in the event of death or mental incompetency, or any security issued 
solely to fund such plans;
    (b) Any interest or participation in any common trust fund or 
similar fund maintained by a bank exclusively for the collective 
investment and reinvestment of monies contributed thereto by the bank in 
its capacity as a trustee, executor, administrator, or guardian. For 
purposes of this paragraph (b), the term ``common trust fund'' shall 
include a common trust fund which is maintained by a bank which is a 
member of an affiliated group, as defined in section 1504(a) of the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. 1504(a)), and which is 
maintained exclusively for the investment and reinvestment of monies 
contributed thereto by one or more bank members of such affilated group 
in the capacity of trustee, executor, administrator, or guardian; 
Provided, That:
    (1) The common trust fund is operated in compliance with the same 
state and Federal regulatory requirements as would apply if the bank 
maintaining such fund as any other contributing banks were the same 
entity; and
    (2) The rights of persons for whose benefit a contributiong bank 
acts as trustee, executor, administrator or guardian would not be 
diminished by reason of the maintenance of such common trust fund by 
another bank member of the affiliated group;
    (c) Any class of equity security which would not be outstanding 60 
days after a registration statement would be required to be filed with 
respect thereto;
    (d) Any standardized option, as that term is defined in section 
240.9b-1(a)(4), that is issued by a clearing agency registered under 
section 17A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1) and traded on a national 
securities exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78f(a)) or on a national securities association registered 
pursuant to section 15A(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 780-3(a));
    (e) Any security futures product that is traded on a national 
securities exchange registered pursuant to section 6 of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78f) or on a national securities association registered pursuant 
to section 15A(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 780-3(a)) and cleared by a 
clearing agency that is registered pursuant to section 17A of the Act 
(15

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U.S.C. 78q-1) or is exempt from registration under section 17A(b)(7) of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(7)).
    (f)(1) Stock options issued under written compensatory stock option 
plans under the following conditions:
    (i) The issuer of the equity security underlying the stock options 
does not have a class of security registered under section 12 of the Act 
and is not required to file reports pursuant to section 15(d) of the 
Act;
    (ii) The stock options have been issued pursuant to one or more 
written compensatory stock option plans established by the issuer, its 
parents, its majority-owned subsidiaries or majority-owned subsidiaries 
of the issuer's parents;
    Note to paragraph (f)(1)(ii): All stock options issued under all 
written compensatory stock option plans on the same class of equity 
security of the issuer will be considered part of the same class of 
equity security for purposes of the provisions of paragraph (f) of this 
section.
    (iii) The stock options are held only by those persons described in 
Rule 701(c) under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.701(c)) or their 
permitted transferees as provided in paragraph (f)(1)(iv) of this 
section;
    (iv) The stock options and, prior to exercise, the shares to be 
issued on exercise of the stock options are restricted as to transfer by 
the optionholder other than to persons who are family members (as 
defined in Rule 701(c)(3) under the Securities Act (17 CFR 
230.701(c)(3)) through gifts or domestic relations orders, or to an 
executor or guardian of the optionholder upon the death or disability of 
the optionholder until the issuer becomes subject to the reporting 
requirements of section 13 or 15(d) of the Act or is no longer relying 
on the exemption pursuant to this section; provided that the 
optionholder may transfer the stock options to the issuer, or in 
connection with a change of control or other acquisition transaction 
involving the issuer, if after such transaction the stock options no 
longer will be outstanding and the issuer no longer will be relying on 
the exemption pursuant to this section;
    Note to paragraph (f)(1)(iv): For purposes of this section, 
optionholders may include any permitted transferee under paragraph 
(f)(1)(iv) of this section; provided that such permitted transferees may 
not further transfer the stock options..
    (v) The stock options and the shares issuable upon exercise of such 
stock options are restricted as to any pledge, hypothecation, or other 
transfer, including any short position, any ``put equivalent position'' 
(as defined in Sec. 240.16a-1(h) of this chapter), or any ``call 
equivalent position'' (as defined in Sec. 240.16a-1(b) of this chapter) 
by the optionholder prior to exercise of an option, except in the 
circumstances permitted in paragraph (f)(1)(iv) of this section, until 
the issuer becomes subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 
or 15(d) of the Act or is no longer relying on the exemption pursuant 
paragraph (f)(1) of this section; and
    Note to paragraphs (f)(1)(iv) and (f)(1)(v): The transferability 
restrictions in paragraphs (f)(1)(iv) and (f)(1)(v) of this section must 
be contained in a written compensatory stock option plan, individual 
written compensatory stock option agreement, other stock purchase or 
stockholder agreement to which the issuer and the optionholder are a 
signatory or party, other enforceable agreement by or against the issuer 
and the optionholder, or in the issuer's by-laws or certificate or 
articles of incorporation.
    (vi) The issuer has agreed in the written compensatory stock option 
plan, the individual written compensatory stock option agreement, or 
another agreement enforceable against the issuer to provide the 
following information to optionholders once the issuer is relying on the 
exemption pursuant to paragraph (f)(1) of this section until the issuer 
becomes subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 or 15(d) of 
the Act or is no longer relying on the exemption pursuant paragraph 
(f)(1) of this section:
    The information described in Rules 701(e)(3), (4), and (5) under the 
Securities Act (17 CFR 230.701(e)(3), (4), and (5)), every six months 
with the financial statements being not more than 180 days old and with 
such information provided either by physical or electronic delivery to 
the optionholders or by written notice to the optionholders of the 
availability of the information on an Internet site that may be 
password-protected and of any password needed to access the information.
    Note to paragraph (f)(1)(vi): The issuer may request that the 
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keep the information to be provided pursuant to this section 
confidential. If an optionholder does not agree to keep the information 
to be provided pursuant to this section confidential, then the issuer is 
not required to provide the information.
    (2) If the exemption provided by paragraph (f)(1) of this section 
ceases to be available, the issuer of the stock options that is relying 
on the exemption provided by this section must file a registration 
statement to register the class of stock options under section 12 of the 
Act within 120 calendar days after the exemption provided by paragraph 
(f)(1) of this section ceases to be available; and
    (g)(1) Stock options issued under written compensatory stock option 
plans under the following conditions:
    (i) The issuer of the equity security underlying the stock options 
has registered a class of security under section 12 of the Act or is 
required to file periodic reports pursuant to section 15(d) of the Act;
    (ii) The stock options have been issued pursuant to one or more 
written compensatory stock option plans established by the issuer, its 
parents, its majority-owned subsidiaries or majority-owned subsidiaries 
of the issuer's parents;
    Note to paragraph (g)(1)(ii): l stock options issued under all of 
the written compensatory stock option plans on the same class of equity 
security of the issuer will be considered part of the same class of 
equity security of the issuer for purposes of the provisions of 
paragraph (g) of this section.
    (iii) The stock options are held only by those persons described in 
Rule 701(c) under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.701(c)) or those 
persons specified in General Instruction A.1(a) of Form S-8 (17 CFR 
239.16b); provided that an issuer can still rely on this exemption if 
there is an insignificant deviation from satisfaction of the condition 
in this paragraph (g)(1)(iii) and after December 7, 2007 the issuer has 
made a good faith and reasonable attempt to comply with the conditions 
of this paragraph (g)(1)(iii). For purposes of this paragraph 
(g)(1)(iii), an insignificant deviation exists if the number of 
optionholders that do not meet the condition in this paragraph 
(g)(1)(iii) are insignificant both as to the aggregate number of 
optionholders and number of outstanding stock options.
    (2) If the exemption provided by paragraph (g)(1) of this section 
ceases to be available, the issuer of the stock options that is relying 
on the exemption provided by this section must file a registration 
statement to register the class of stock options or a class of security 
under section 12 of the Act within 60 calendar days after the exemption 
provided in paragraph (g)(1) of this section ceases to be available.
    (h)T any eligible credit default swap, as defined in Rule 239T of 
the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.239T), issued or cleared by a 
clearing agency registered as a clearing agency under Section 17A of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78q-1) or exempt from registration under Section 17A of 
the Act pursuant to a rule, regulation, or order of the Commission that 
will be purchased by or sold to an eligible contract participant (as 
defined in Section 1a(12) of the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 
1a(12)) as in effect on the date of adoption of this section, other than 
a person who is an eligible contract participant under Section 
1(a)(12)(C) of the Commodity Exchange Act. This temporary rule will 
expire on November 30, 2010.

[30 FR 6114, Apr. 30, 1965, as amended at 43 FR 2392, Jan. 17, 1978. 
Redesignated at 47 FR 17052, Apr. 21, 1982; 68 FR 192, Jan. 2, 2003; 72 
FR 69566, Dec. 7, 2007; 74 FR 3975, Jan. 22, 2009; 74 FR 47725, Sept. 
17, 2009]

    Effective Date Note: At 74 FR 3975, Jan. 22, 2009, Sec. 240.12h-1 
was amended by adding paragraph (h)T, effective January 22, 2009 through 
September 25, 2009. At 74 FR 47719, Sept. 17, 2009, the effective date 
was extended to November 30, 2010.



Sec. 240.12h-2  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.12h-3  Suspension of duty to file reports under section 15(d).

    (a) Subject to paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section, the duty 
under section 15(d) to file reports required by section 13(a) of the Act 
with respect to a class of securities specified in paragraph (b) of this 
section shall be suspended for such class of securities immediately upon 
filing with the Commission a certification on Form 15 (17 CFR 249.323) 
if the issuer of such class has filed all reports required by section 
13(a), without regard to Rule 12b-25 (17 CFR 249.322), for the shorter 
of its most recent three

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fiscal years and the portion of the current year preceding the date of 
filing Form 15, or the period since the issuer became subject to such 
reporting obligation. If the certification on Form 15 is subsequently 
withdrawn or denied, the issuer shall, within 60 days, file with the 
Commission all reports which would have been required if such 
certification had not been filed.
    (b) The classes of securities eligible for the suspension provided 
in paragraph (a) of this section are:
    (1) Any class of securites held of record by:
    (i) Less than 300 persons; or
    (ii) By less then 500 persons, where the total assets of the issuer 
have not exceeded $10 million on the last day of each of the issuer's 
three most recent fiscal years; and
    (2) Any class or securities deregistered pursuant to section 12(d) 
of the Act if such class would not thereupon be deemed registered under 
section 12(g) of the Act or the rules thereunder.
    (c) This section shall not be available for any class of securities 
for a fiscal year in which a registration statement relating to that 
class becomes effective under the Securities Act of 1933, or is required 
to be updated pursuant to section 10(a)(3) of the Act, and, in the case 
of paragraph (b)(1)(ii), the two succeeding fiscal years; Provided, 
however, That this paragraph shall not apply to the duty to file reports 
which arises solely from a registration statement filed by an issuer 
with no significant assets, for the reorganization of a non-reporting 
issuer into a one subsidiary holding company in which equity security 
holders receive the same proportional interest in the holding company as 
they held in the non-reporting issuer, except for changes resulting from 
the exercise of dissenting shareholder rights under state law.
    (d) The suspension provided by this rule relates only to the 
reporting obligation under section 15(d) with respect to a class of 
securities, does not affect any other duties imposed on that class of 
securities, and shall continue as long as either criteria (i) or (ii) of 
paragraph (b)(1) is met on the first day of any subsequent fiscal year; 
Provided, however, That such criteria need not be met if the duty to 
file reports arises solely from a registration statement filed by an 
issuer with no significant assets in a reorganization of a non-reporting 
company into a one subsidiary holding company in which equity security 
holders receive the same proportional interest in the holding company as 
they held in the non-reporting issuer except for changes resulting from 
the exercise of dissenting shareholder rights under state law.
    (e) If the suspension provided by this section is discontinued 
because a class of securities does not meet the eligibility criteria of 
paragraph (b) of this section on the first day of an issuer's fiscal 
year, then the issuer shall resume periodic reporting pursuant to 
section 15(d) of the Act by filing an annual report on Form 10-K for its 
preceding fiscal year, not later than 120 days after the end of such 
fiscal year.

[49 FR 12689, Mar. 30, 1984, as amended at 51 FR 25362, July 14, 1986; 
61 FR 21356, May 9, 1996; 72 FR 16956, Apr. 5, 2007; 73 FR 975, Jan. 4, 
2008]



Sec. 240.12h-4  Exemption from duty to file reports under 
section 15(d).

    An issuer shall be exempt from the duty under section 15(d) of the 
Act to file reports required by section 13(a) of the Act with respect to 
securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933 on Form F-7, Form 
F-8 or Form F-80, provided that the issuer is exempt from the 
obligations of Section 12(g) of the Act pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b).

[56 FR 30068, July 1, 1991]



Sec. 240.12h-5  Exemption for subsidiary issuers of guaranteed 
securities and subsidiary guarantors.

    (a) Any issuer of a guaranteed security, or guarantor of a security, 
that is permitted to omit financial statements by Sec. 210.3-10 of 
Regulation S-X of this chapter is exempt from the requirements of 
Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)).
    (b) Any issuer of a guaranteed security, or guarantor of a security, 
that would be permitted to omit financial statements by Sec. 210.3-10 
of Regulation S-X of this chapter, but is required to file financial 
statements in accordance with the operation of Sec. 210.3-10(g) of

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Regulation S-X of this chapter, is exempt from the requirements of 
Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)).

[65 FR 51711, Aug. 24, 2000]



Sec. 240.12h-6  Certification by a foreign private issuer regarding 
the termination of registration of a class of securities under 

section 12(g) or the duty to file reports under section 13(a) or 
section 15(d).

    (a) A foreign private issuer may terminate the registration of a 
class of securities under section 12(g) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l(g)), 
or terminate the obligation under section 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78o(d)) to file or furnish reports required by section 13(a) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) with respect to a class of equity securities, or 
both, after certifying to the Commission on Form 15F (17 CFR 249.324) 
that:
    (1) The foreign private issuer has had reporting obligations under 
section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Act for at least the 12 months 
preceding the filing of the Form 15F, has filed or furnished all reports 
required for this period, and has filed at least one annual report 
pursuant to section 13(a) of the Act;
    (2) The foreign private issuer's securities have not been sold in 
the United States in a registered offering under the Securities Act of 
1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) during the 12 months preceding the filing 
of the Form 15F, other than securities issued:
    (i) To the issuer's employees;
    (ii) By selling security holders in non-underwritten offerings;
    (iii) Upon the exercise of outstanding rights granted by the issuer 
if the rights are granted pro rata to all existing security holders of 
the class of the issuer's securities to which the rights attach;
    (iv) Pursuant to a dividend or interest reinvestment plan; or
    (v) Upon the conversion of outstanding convertible securities or 
upon the exercise of outstanding transferable warrants issued by the 
issuer;
    Note to Paragraph (a)(2): The exceptions in paragraphs (a)(2)(iii) 
through (v) do not apply to securities issued pursuant to a standby 
underwritten offering or other similar arrangement in the United States.
    (3) The foreign private issuer has maintained a listing of the 
subject class of securities for at least the 12 months preceding the 
filing of the Form 15F on one or more exchanges in a foreign 
jurisdiction that, either singly or together with the trading of the 
same class of the issuer' s securities in another foreign jurisdiction, 
constitutes the primary trading market for those securities; and
    (4)(i) The average daily trading volume of the subject class of 
securities in the United States for a recent 12-month period has been no 
greater than 5 percent of the average daily trading volume of that class 
of securities on a worldwide basis for the same period; or
    (ii) On a date within 120 days before the filing date of the Form 
15F, a foreign private issuer's subject class of equity securities is 
either held of record by:
    (A) Less than 300 persons on a worldwide basis; or
    (B) Less than 300 persons resident in the United States.
    Note to Paragraph (a)(4): If an issuer's equity securities trade in 
the form of American Depositary Receipts in the United States, for 
purposes of paragraph (a)(4)(i), it must calculate the trading volume of 
its American Depositary Receipts in terms of the number of securities 
represented by those American Depositary Receipts.
    (b) A foreign private issuer must wait at least 12 months before it 
may file a Form 15F to terminate its section 13(a) or 15(d) reporting 
obligations in reliance on paragraph (a)(4)(i) of this section if:
    (1) The issuer has delisted a class of equity securities from a 
national securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system in the 
United States, and at the time of delisting, the average daily trading 
volume of that class of securities in the United States exceeded 5 
percent of the average daily trading volume of that class of securities 
on a worldwide basis for the preceding 12 months; or
    (2) The issuer has terminated a sponsored American Depositary 
Receipts facility, and at the time of termination the average daily 
trading volume in the United States of the American Depositary Receipts 
exceeded 5 percent of the average daily trading volume of the underlying 
class of securities on a worldwide basis for the preceding 12 months.

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    (c) A foreign private issuer may terminate its duty to file or 
furnish reports pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Act 
with respect to a class of debt securities after certifying to the 
Commission on Form 15F that:
    (1) The foreign private issuer has filed or furnished all reports 
required by section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Act, including at 
least one annual report pursuant to section 13(a) of the Act; and
    (2) On a date within 120 days before the filing date of the Form 
15F, the class of debt securities is either held of record by:
    (i) Less than 300 persons on a worldwide basis; or
    (ii) Less than 300 persons resident in the United States.
    (d)(1) Following a merger, consolidation, exchange of securities, 
acquisition of assets or otherwise, a foreign private issuer that has 
succeeded to the registration of a class of securities under section 
12(g) of the Act of another issuer pursuant to Sec. 240.12g-3, or to 
the reporting obligations of another issuer under section 15(d) of the 
Act pursuant to Sec. 240.15d-5, may file a Form 15F to terminate that 
registration or those reporting obligations if:
    (i) Regarding a class of equity securities, the successor issuer 
meets the conditions under paragraph (a) of this section; or
    (ii) Regarding a class of debt securities, the successor issuer 
meets the conditions under paragraph (c) of this section.
    (2) When determining whether it meets the prior reporting 
requirement under paragraph (a)(1) or paragraph (c)(1) of this section, 
a successor issuer may take into account the reporting history of the 
issuer whose reporting obligations it has assumed pursuant to Sec. 
240.12g-3 or Sec. 240.15d-5.
    (e) Counting method. When determining under this section the number 
of United States residents holding a foreign private issuer's equity or 
debt securities:
    (1)(i) Use the method for calculating record ownership Sec. 
240.12g3-2(a), except that you may limit your inquiry regarding the 
amount of securities represented by accounts of customers resident in 
the United States to brokers, dealers, banks and other nominees located 
in:
    (A) The United States;
    (B) The foreign private issuer's jurisdiction of incorporation, 
legal organization or establishment; and
    (C) The foreign private issuer's primary trading market, if 
different from the issuer's jurisdiction of incorporation, legal 
organization or establishment.
    (ii) If you aggregate the trading volume of the issuer's securities 
in two foreign jurisdictions for the purpose of complying with paragraph 
(a)(3) of this section, you must include both of those foreign 
jurisdictions when conducting your inquiry under paragraph (e)(1)(i) of 
this section.
    (2) If, after reasonable inquiry, you are unable without 
unreasonable effort to obtain information about the amount of securities 
represented by accounts of customers resident in the United States, for 
purposes of this section, you may assume that the customers are the 
residents of the jurisdiction in which the nominee has its principal 
place of business.
    (3) You must count securities as owned by United States holders when 
publicly filed reports of beneficial ownership or other reliable 
information that is provided to you indicates that the securities are 
held by United States residents.
    (4) When calculating under this section the number of your United 
States resident security holders, you may rely in good faith on the 
assistance of an independent information services provider that in the 
regular course of its business assists issuers in determining the number 
of, and collecting other information concerning, their security holders.
    (f) Definitions. For the purpose of this section:
    (1) Debt security means any security other than an equity security 
as defined under Sec. 240.3a11-1, including:
    (i) Non-participatory preferred stock, which is defined as non-
convertible capital stock, the holders of which are entitled to a 
preference in payment of dividends and in distribution of assets on 
liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the issuer, but are not 
entitled to

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participate in residual earnings or assets of the issuer; and
    (ii) Notwithstanding Sec. 240.3a11-1, any debt security described 
in paragraph (f)(3)(i) and (ii) of this section;
    (2) Employee has the same meaning as the definition of employee 
provided in Form S-8 (Sec. 239.16b of this chapter).
    (3) Equity security means the same as under Sec. 240.3a11-1, but, 
for purposes of paragraphs (a)(3) and (a)(4)(i) of this section, does 
not include:
    (i) Any debt security that is convertible into an equity security, 
with or without consideration;
    (ii) Any debt security that includes a warrant or right to subscribe 
to or purchase an equity security;
    (iii) Any such warrant or right; or
    (iv) Any put, call, straddle, or other option or privilege that 
gives the holder the option of buying or selling a security but does not 
require the holder to do so.
    (4) Foreign private issuer has the same meaning as under Sec. 
240.3b-4.
    (5) Primary trading market means that:
    (i) At least 55 percent of the trading in a foreign private issuer's 
class of securities that is the subject of Form 15F took place in, on or 
through the facilities of a securities market or markets in a single 
foreign jurisdiction or in no more than two foreign jurisdictions during 
a recent 12-month period; and
    (ii) If a foreign private issuer aggregates the trading of its 
subject class of securities in two foreign jurisdictions for the purpose 
of paragraph (a)(3) of this section, the trading for the issuer's 
securities in at least one of the two foreign jurisdictions must be 
larger than the trading in the United States for the same class of the 
issuer's securities.
    (6) Recent 12-month period means a 12-calendar-month period that 
ended no more than 60 days before the filing date of the Form 15F.
    (g)(1) Suspension of a foreign private issuer's duty to file reports 
under section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Act shall occur immediately 
upon filing the Form 15F with the Commission if filing pursuant to 
paragraph (a), (c) or (d) of this section. If there are no objections 
from the Commission, 90 days, or such shorter period as the Commission 
may determine, after the issuer has filed its Form 15F, the 
effectiveness of any of the following shall occur:
    (i) The termination of registration of a class of securities under 
section 12(g); and
    (ii) The termination of a foreign private issuer's duty to file 
reports under section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Act.
    (2) If the Form 15F is subsequently withdrawn or denied, the issuer 
shall, within 60 days after the date of the withdrawal or denial, file 
with or submit to the Commission all reports that would have been 
required had the issuer not filed the Form 15F.
    (h) As a condition to termination of registration or reporting under 
paragraph (a), (c) or (d) of this section, a foreign private issuer 
must, either before or on the date that it files its Form 15F, publish a 
notice in the United States that discloses its intent to terminate its 
registration of a class of securities under section 12(g) of the Act, or 
its reporting obligations under section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the 
Act, or both. The issuer must publish the notice through a means 
reasonably designed to provide broad dissemination of the information to 
the public in the United States. The issuer must also submit a copy of 
the notice to the Commission, either under cover of a Form 6-K (17 CFR 
249.306) before or at the time of filing of the Form 15F, or as an 
exhibit to the Form 15F.
    (i)(1) A foreign private issuer that, before the effective date of 
this section, terminated the registration of a class of securities under 
section 12(g) of the Act or suspended its reporting obligations 
regarding a class of equity or debt securities under section 15(d) of 
the Act may file a Form 15F in order to:
    (i) Terminate under this section the registration of a class of 
equity securities that was the subject of a Form 15 (Sec. 249.323 of 
this chapter) filed by the issuer pursuant to Sec. 240.12g-4; or
    (ii) Terminate its reporting obligations under section 15(d) of the 
Act, which had been suspended by the terms of that section or by the 
issuer's filing of a Form 15 pursuant to Sec. 240.12h-3, regarding a 
class of equity or debt securities.
    (2) In order to be eligible to file a Form 15F under this paragraph:

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    (i) If a foreign private issuer terminated the registration of a 
class of securities pursuant to Sec. 240.12g-4 or suspended its 
reporting obligations pursuant to Sec. 240.12h-3 or section 15(d) of 
the Act regarding a class of equity securities, the issuer must meet the 
requirements under paragraph (a)(3) and paragraph (a)(4)(i) or 
(a)(4)(ii) of this section; or
    (ii) If a foreign private issuer suspended its reporting obligations 
pursuant to Sec. 240.12h-3 or section 15(d) of the Act regarding a 
class of debt securities, the issuer must meet the requirements under 
paragraph (c)(2) of this section.
    (3)(i) If the Commission does not object, 90 days after the filing 
of a Form 15F under this paragraph, or such shorter period as the 
Commission may determine, the effectiveness of any of the following 
shall occur:
    (A) The termination under this section of the registration of a 
class of equity securities, which was the subject of a Form 15 filed 
pursuant to Sec. 240.12g-4, and the duty to file reports required by 
section 13(a) of the Act regarding that class of securities; or
    (B) The termination of a foreign private issuer's reporting 
obligations under section 15(d) of the Act, which had previously been 
suspended by the terms of that section or by the issuer's filing of a 
Form 15 pursuant to Sec. 240.12h-3, regarding a class of equity or debt 
securities.
    (ii) If the Form 15F is subsequently withdrawn or denied, the 
foreign private issuer shall, within 60 days after the date of the 
withdrawal or denial, file with or submit to the Commission all reports 
that would have been required had the issuer not filed the Form 15F.

[72 FR 16956, Apr. 5, 2007]



Sec. 240.12h-7  Exemption for issuers of securities that are subject 
to insurance regulation.

    An issuer shall be exempt from the duty under section 15(d) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(d)) to file reports required by section 13(a) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) with respect to securities registered under the 
Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.), provided that:
    (a) The issuer is a corporation subject to the supervision of the 
insurance commissioner, bank commissioner, or any agency or officer 
performing like functions, of any State;
    (b) The securities do not constitute an equity interest in the 
issuer and are either subject to regulation under the insurance laws of 
the domiciliary State of the issuer or are guarantees of securities that 
are subject to regulation under the insurance laws of that jurisdiction;
    (c) The issuer files an annual statement of its financial condition 
with, and is supervised and its financial condition examined 
periodically by, the insurance commissioner, bank commissioner, or any 
agency or officer performing like functions, of the issuer's domiciliary 
State;
    (d) The securities are not listed, traded, or quoted on an exchange, 
alternative trading system (as defined in Sec. 242.300(a) of this 
chapter), inter-dealer quotation system (as defined in Sec. 240.15c2-
11(e)(2)), electronic communications network, or any other similar 
system, network, or publication for trading or quoting;
    (e) The issuer takes steps reasonably designed to ensure that a 
trading market for the securities does not develop, including, except to 
the extent prohibited by the law of any State or by action of the 
insurance commissioner, bank commissioner, or any agency or officer 
performing like functions of any State, requiring written notice to, and 
acceptance by, the issuer prior to any assignment or other transfer of 
the securities and reserving the right to refuse assignments or other 
transfers at any time on a non-discriminatory basis; and
    (f) The prospectus for the securities contains a statement 
indicating that the issuer is relying on the exemption provided by this 
rule.

[74 FR 3175, Jan. 16, 2009]

Regulation 13A: Reports of Issuers of Securities Registered Pursuant to 
                               Section 12



Annual Reports--Table of Contents






Sec. 240.13a-1  Requirements of annual reports.

    Every issuer having securities registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the

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Act (15 U.S.C. 78l) shall file an annual report on the appropriate form 
authorized or prescribed therefor for each fiscal year after the last 
full fiscal year for which financial statements were filed in its 
registration statement. Annual reports shall be filed within the period 
specified in the appropriate form.

[62 FR 39767, July 24, 1997]



Sec. 240.13a-2  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.13a-3  Reporting by Form 40-F registrant.

    A registrant that is eligible to use Forms 40-F and 6-K and files 
reports in accordance therewith shall be deemed to satisfy the 
requirements of Regulation 13A (Sec. Sec. 240.13a-1 through 240.13a-17 
of this chapter).

[56 FR 30068, July 1, 1991]

                              Other Reports



Sec. 240.13a-10  Transition reports.

    (a) Every issuer that changes its fiscal closing date shall file a 
report covering the resulting transition period between the closing date 
of its most recent fiscal year and the opening date of its new fiscal 
year; Provided, however, that an issuer shall file an annual report for 
any fiscal year that ended before the date on which the issuer 
determined to change its fiscal year end. In no event shall the 
transition report cover a period of 12 or more months.
    (b) The report pursuant to this section shall be filed for the 
transition period not more than the number of days specified in 
paragraph (j) of this section after either the close of the transition 
period or the date of the determination to change the fiscal closing 
date, whichever is later. The report shall be filed on the form 
appropriate for annual reports of the issuer, shall cover the period 
from the close of the last fiscal year end and shall indicate clearly 
the period covered. The financial statements for the transition period 
filed therewith shall be audited. Financial statements, which may be 
unaudited, shall be filed for the comparable period of the prior year, 
or a footnote, which may be unaudited, shall state for the comparable 
period of the prior year, revenues, gross profits, income taxes, income 
or loss from continuing operations before extraordinary items and 
cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles and net income or 
loss. The effects of any discontinued operations and/or extraordinary 
items as classified under the provisions of generally accepted 
accounting principles also shall be shown, if applicable. Per share data 
based upon such income or loss and net income or loss shall be presented 
in conformity with applicable accounting standards. Where called for by 
the time span to be covered, the comparable period financial statements 
or footnote shall be included in subsequent filings.
    (c) If the transition period covers a period of less than six 
months, in lieu of the report required by paragraph (b) of this section, 
a report may be filed for the transition period on Form 10-Q (Sec. 
249.308a of this chapter) not more than the number of days specified in 
paragraph (j) of this section after either the close of the transition 
period or the date of the determination to change the fiscal closing 
date, whichever is later. The report on Form 10-Q shall cover the period 
from the close of the last fiscal year end and shall indicate clearly 
the period covered. The financial statements filed therewith need not be 
audited but, if they are not audited, the issuer shall file with the 
first annual report for the newly adopted fiscal year separate audited 
statements of income and cash flows covering the transition period. The 
notes to financial statements for the transition period included in such 
first annual report may be integrated with the notes to financial 
statements for the full fiscal period. A separate audited balance sheet 
as of the end of the transition period shall be filed in the annual 
report only if the audited balance sheet as of the end of the fiscal 
year prior to the transition period is not filed. Schedules need not be 
filed in transition reports on Form 10-Q.
    (d) Notwithstanding the foregoing in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of 
this section, if the transition period covers a period of one month or 
less, the issuer need not file a separate transition report if either:

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    (1) The first report required to be filed by the issuer for the 
newly adopted fiscal year after the date of the determination to change 
the fiscal year end is an annual report, and that report covers the 
transition period as well as the fiscal year; or
    (2)(i) The issuer files with the first annual report for the newly 
adopted fiscal year separate audited statements of income and cash flows 
covering the transition period; and
    (ii) The first report required to be filed by the issuer for the 
newly adopted fiscal year after the date of the determination to change 
the fiscal year end is a quarterly report on Form 10-Q; and
    (iii) Information on the transition period is included in the 
issuer's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first quarterly period 
(except the fourth quarter) of the newly adopted fiscal year that ends 
after the date of the determination to change the fiscal year. The 
information covering the transition period required by Part II and Item 
2 of Part I may be combined with the information regarding the quarter. 
However, the financial statements required by Part I, which may be 
unaudited, shall be furnished separately for the transition period.
    (e) Every issuer required to file quarterly reports on Form 10-Q 
pursuant to Sec. 240.13a-13 of this chapter that changes its fiscal 
year end shall:
    (1) File a quarterly report on Form 10-Q within the time period 
specified in General Instruction A.1. to that form for any quarterly 
period (except the fourth quarter) of the old fiscal year that ends 
before the date on which the issuer determined to change its fiscal year 
end, except that the issuer need not file such quarterly report if the 
date on which the quarterly period ends also is the date on which the 
transition period ends;
    (2) File a quarterly report on Form 10-Q within the time specified 
in General Instruction A.1. to that form for each quarterly period of 
the old fiscal year within the transition period. In lieu of a quarterly 
report for any quarter of the old fiscal year within the transition 
period, the issuer may file a quarterly report on Form 10-Q for any 
period of three months within the transition period that coincides with 
a quarter of the newly adopted fiscal year if the quarterly report is 
filed within the number of days specified in paragraph (j) of this 
section after the end of such three month period, provided the issuer 
thereafter continues filing quarterly reports on the basis of the 
quarters of the newly adopted fiscal year;
    (3) Commence filing quarterly reports for the quarters of the new 
fiscal year no later than the quarterly report for the first quarter of 
the new fiscal year that ends after the date on which the issuer 
determined to change the fiscal year end; and
    (4) Unless such information is or will be included in the transition 
report, or the first annual report on Form 10-K for the newly adopted 
fiscal year, include in the initial quarterly report on Form 10-Q for 
the newly adopted fiscal year information on any period beginning on the 
first day subsequent to the period covered by the issuer's final 
quarterly report on Form 10-Q or annual report on Form 10-K for the old 
fiscal year. The information covering such period required by Part II 
and Item 2 of Part I may be combined with the information regarding the 
quarter. However, the financial statements required by Part I, which may 
be unaudited, shall be furnished separately for such period.
     Note to paragraphs (c) and (e): If it is not practicable or cannot 
be cost-justified to furnish in a transition report on Form 10-Q or a 
quarterly report for the newly adopted fiscal year financial statements 
for corresponding periods of the prior year where required, financial 
statements may be furnished for the quarters of the preceding fiscal 
year that most nearly are comparable if the issuer furnishes an adequate 
discussion of seasonal and other factors that could affect the 
comparability of information or trends reflected, an assessment of the 
comparability of the data, and a representation as to the reason 
recasting has not been undertaken.
    (f) Every successor issuer with securities registered under Section 
12 of this Act that has a different fiscal year from that of its 
predecessor(s) shall file a transition report pursuant to this section, 
containing the required information about each predecessor, for the 
transition period, if any, between the close of the fiscal year covered 
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last annual report of each predecessor and the date of succession. The 
report shall be filed for the transition period on the form appropriate 
for annual reports of the issuer not more than the number of days 
specified in paragraph (j) of this section after the date of the 
succession, with financial statements in conformity with the 
requirements set forth in paragraph (b) of this section. If the 
transition period covers a period of less than six months, in lieu of a 
transition report on the form appropriate for the issuer's annual 
reports, the report may be filed for the transition period on Form 10-Q 
and Form 10-QSB not more than the number of days specified in paragraph 
(j) of this section after the date of the succession, with financial 
statements in conformity with the requirements set forth in paragraph 
(c) of this section. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the transition 
period covers a period of one month or less, the successor issuer need 
not file a separate transition report if the information is reported by 
the successor issuer in conformity with the requirements set forth in 
paragraph (d) of this section.
    (g)(1) Paragraphs (a) through (f) of this section shall not apply to 
foreign private issuers.
    (2) Every foreign private issuer that changes its fiscal closing 
date shall file a report covering the resulting transition period 
between the closing date of its most recent fiscal year and the opening 
date of its new fiscal year. In no event shall a transition report cover 
a period longer than 12 months.
    (3) The report for the transition period shall be filed on Form 20-F 
responding to all items to which such issuer is required to respond when 
Form 20-F is used as an annual report. The financial statements for the 
transition period filed therewith shall be audited. The report shall be 
filed within the following period:
    (i) Within six months after either the close of the transition 
period or the date on which the issuer made the determination to change 
the fiscal closing date, whichever is later, for new fiscal years ending 
before December 15, 2011; and
    (ii) Within four months after either the close of the transition 
period or the date on which the issuer made the determination to change 
the fiscal closing date, whichever is later, for new fiscal years ending 
on or after December 15, 2011.
    (4) If the transition period covers a period of six or fewer months, 
in lieu of the report required by paragraph (g)(3) of this section, a 
report for the transition period may be filed on Form 20-F responding to 
Items 5, 8.A.7., 13, 14, and 17 or 18 within three months after either 
the close of the transition period or the date on which the issuer made 
the determination to change the fiscal closing date, whichever is later. 
The financial statements required by either Item 17 or Item 18 shall be 
furnished for the transition period. Such financial statements may be 
unaudited and condensed as permitted in Article 10 of Regulation S-X 
(Sec. 210.10-01 of this chapter), but if the financial statements are 
unaudited and condensed, the issuer shall file with the first annual 
report for the newly adopted fiscal year separate audited statements of 
income and cash flows covering the transition period.
    (5) Notwithstanding the foregoing in paragraphs (g)(2), (g)(3), and 
(g)(4) of this section, if the transition period covers a period of one 
month or less, a foreign private issuer need not file a separate 
transition report if the first annual report for the newly adopted 
fiscal year covers the transition period as well as the fiscal year.
    (h) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to investment 
companies required to file reports pursuant to Rule 30b1-1 (Sec. 
270.30b1-1 of this chapter) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 
U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.).
    (i) No filing fee shall be required for a transition report filed 
pursuant to this section.
    (j)(1) For transition reports to be filed on the form appropriate 
for annual reports of the issuer, the number of days shall be:
    (i) 60 days (75 days for fiscal years ending before December 15, 
2006) for large accelerated filers (as defined in Sec. 240.12b-2);
    (ii) 75 days for accelerated filers (as defined in Sec. 240.12b-2); 
and
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    (2) For transition reports to be filed on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308a 
of this chapter) the number of days shall be:
    (i) 40 days for large accelerated filers and accelerated filers (as 
defined in Sec. 240.12b-2); and
    (ii) 45 days for all other issuers.
    (k)(1) Paragraphs (a) through (g) of this section shall not apply to 
asset-backed issuers.
    (2) Every asset-backed issuer that changes its fiscal closing date 
shall file a report covering the resulting transition period between the 
closing date of its most recent fiscal year and the opening date of its 
new fiscal year. In no event shall a transition report cover a period 
longer than 12 months.
    (3) The report for the transition period shall be filed on Form 10-K 
(Sec. 249.310 of this chapter) responding to all items to which such 
asset-backed issuer is required to respond pursuant to General 
Instruction J. of Form 10-K. Such report shall be filed within 90 days 
after the later of either the close of the transition period or the date 
on which the issuer made the determination to change the fiscal closing 
date.
    (4) Notwithstanding the foregoing in paragraphs (k)(2) and (k)(3) of 
this section, if the transition period covers a period of one month or 
less, an asset-backed issuer need not file a separate transition report 
if the first annual report for the newly adopted fiscal year covers the 
transition period as well as the fiscal year.
    (5) Any obligation of the asset-backed issuer to file distribution 
reports pursuant to Sec. 240.13a-17 will continue to apply regardless 
of a change in the asset-backed issuer's fiscal closing date.

    Note 1: In addition to the report or reports required to be filed 
pursuant to this section, every issuer, except a foreign private issuer 
or an investment company required to file reports pursuant to Sec. 
270.30b1-1 of this chapter, that changes its fiscal closing date is 
required to file a Form 8-K (Sec. 249.308 of this chapter) report that 
includes the information required by Item 5.03 of Form 8-K within the 
period specified in General Instruction B.1. to that form.
    Note 2: The report or reports to be filed pursuant to this section 
must include the certification required by Sec. 240.13a-14.

[54 FR 10316, Mar. 13, 1989, as amended at 56 FR 30068, July 1, 1991; 64 
FR 53912, Oct. 5, 1999; 67 FR 57288, Sept. 9, 2002; 67 FR 58505, Sept. 
16, 2002; 69 FR 15618, Mar. 25, 2004; 69 FR 68325, Nov. 23, 2004; 70 FR 
1621, Jan. 7, 2005; 70 FR 76641, Dec. 27, 2005; 73 FR 975, Jan. 4, 2008; 
73 FR 58323, Oct. 6, 2008]



Sec. 240.13a-11  Current reports on Form 8-K (Sec. 249.308 of this 
chapter).

    (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, every 
registrant subject to Sec. 240.13a-1 shall file a current report on 
Form 8-K within the period specified in that form unless substantially 
the same information as that required by Form 8-K has been previously 
reported by the registrant.
    (b) This section shall not apply to foreign governments, foreign 
private issuers required to make reports on Form 6-K (17 CFR 249.306) 
pursuant to Sec. 240.13a-16, issuers of American Depositary Receipts 
for securities of any foreign issuer, or investment companies required 
to file reports pursuant to Sec. 270.30b1-1 of this chapter under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940, except where such investment companies 
are required to file notice of a blackout period pursuant to Sec. 
245.104 of this chapter.
    (c) No failure to file a report on Form 8-K that is required solely 
pursuant to Item 1.01, 1.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05, 2.06, 4.02(a), 5.02(e) or 
6.03 of Form 8-K shall be deemed to be a violation of 15 U.S.C. 78j(b) 
and Sec. 240.10b-5.

[42 FR 4428, Jan. 25, 1977, as amended at 50 FR 27939, July 9, 1985; 68 
FR 4355, Jan. 28, 2003; 69 FR 15618, Mar. 25, 2004; 70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 
2005; 71 FR 53260, Sept. 8, 2006]



Sec. 240.13a-13  Quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308a of 
this chapter).

    (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, 
every issuer that has securities registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act and is required to file annual reports pursuant to section 13 of 
the Act, and has filed or intends to file such reports on Form 10-K 
(Sec. 249.310 of this chapter), shall file a quarterly report on Form 
10-Q (Sec. 249.308a of this chapter) within the period specified in 
General Instruction

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A.1. to that form for each of the first three quarters of each fiscal 
year of the issuer, commencing with the first fiscal quarter following 
the most recent fiscal year for which full financial statements were 
included in the registration statement, or, if the registration 
statement included financial statements for an interim period subsequent 
to the most recent fiscal year end meeting the requirements of Article 
10 of Regulation S-X and Rule 8-03 of Regulation S-X for smaller 
reporting companies, for the first fiscal quarter subsequent to the 
quarter reported upon in the registration statement. The first quarterly 
report of the issuer shall be filed either within 45 days after the 
effective date of the registration statement or on or before the date on 
which such report would have been required to be filed if the issuer has 
been required to file reports on Form 10-Q as of its last fiscal 
quarter, whichever is later.
    (b) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the following 
issuers:
    (1) Investment companies required to file reports pursuant to Sec. 
270.30b1-1;
    (2) Foreign private issuers required to file reports pursuant to 
Sec. 240.13a-16; and
    (3) Asset-backed issuers required to file reports pursuant to Sec. 
240.13a-17.
    (c) Part I of the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q need not be filed 
by:
    (1) Mutual life insurance companies; or
    (2) Mining companies not in the production stage but engaged 
primarily in the exploration for the development of mineral deposits 
other than oil, gas or coal, if all of the following conditions are met:
    (i) The registrant has not been in production during the current 
fiscal year or the two years immediately prior thereto; except that 
being in production for an aggregate period of not more than eight 
months over the three-year period shall not be a violation of this 
condition.
    (ii) Receipts from the sale of mineral products or from the 
operations of mineral producing properties by the registrant and its 
subsidiaries combined have not exceeded $500,000 in any of the most 
recent six years and have not aggregated more than $1,500,000 in the 
most recent six fiscal years.
    (d) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the 
financial information required by Part I of Form 10-Q shall not be 
deemed to be ``filed'' for the purpose of Section 18 of the Act or 
otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act, but 
shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act.

[42 FR 24064, May 12, 1977, as amended at 48 FR 19877, May 3, 1983; 50 
FR 27939, July 9, 1985; 54 FR 10317, Mar. 13, 1989; 57 FR 10615, Mar. 
27, 1992; 61 FR 30403, June 14, 1996; 70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005; 73 FR 
975, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.13a-14  Certification of disclosure in annual and quarterly 
reports.

    (a) Each report, including transition reports, filed on Form 10-Q, 
Form 10-K, Form 20-F or Form 40-F (Sec. 249.308a, Sec. 249.310, Sec. 
249.220f or Sec. 249.240f of this chapter) under Section 13(a) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)), other than a report filed by an Asset-Backed 
Issuer (as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this chapter) or a report on 
Form 20-F filed under Sec. 240.13a-19, must include certifications in 
the form specified in the applicable exhibit filing requirements of such 
report and such certifications must be filed as an exhibit to such 
report. Each principal executive and principal financial officer of the 
issuer, or persons performing similar functions, at the time of filing 
of the report must sign a certification. The principal executive and 
principal financial officers of an issuer may omit the portion of the 
introductory language in paragraph 4 as well as language in paragraph 
4(b) of the certification that refers to the certifying officers' 
responsibility for designing, establishing and maintaining internal 
control over financial reporting for the issuer until the issuer becomes 
subject to the internal control over financial reporting requirements in 
Sec. 240.13a-15 or Sec. 240.15d-15.
    (b) Each periodic report containing financial statements filed by an 
issuer pursuant to section 13(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) must be 
accompanied by the certifications required by Section 1350 of Chapter 63 
of Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C. 1350) and such 
certifications must be furnished as an exhibit to such report as 
specified

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in the applicable exhibit requirements for such report. Each principal 
executive and principal financial officer of the issuer (or equivalent 
thereof) must sign a certification. This requirement may be satisfied by 
a single certification signed by an issuer's principal executive and 
principal financial officers.
    (c) A person required to provide a certification specified in 
paragraph (a), (b) or (d) of this section may not have the certification 
signed on his or her behalf pursuant to a power of attorney or other 
form of confirming authority.
    (d) Each annual report and transition report filed on Form 10-K 
(Sec. 249.310 of this chapter) by an asset-backed issuer under section 
13(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) must include a certification in the 
form specified in the applicable exhibit filing requirements of such 
report and such certification must be filed as an exhibit to such 
report. Terms used in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section have the 
same meaning as in Item 1101 of Regulation AB (Sec. 229.1101 of this 
chapter).
    (e) With respect to asset-backed issuers, the certification required 
by paragraph (d) of this section must be signed by either:
    (1) The senior officer in charge of securitization of the depositor 
if the depositor is signing the report; or
    (2) The senior officer in charge of the servicing function of the 
servicer if the servicer is signing the report on behalf of the issuing 
entity. If multiple servicers are involved in servicing the pool assets, 
the senior officer in charge of the servicing function of the master 
servicer (or entity performing the equivalent function) must sign if a 
representative of the servicer is to sign the report on behalf of the 
issuing entity.
    (f) The certification requirements of this section do not apply to:
    (1) An Interactive Data File, as defined in Rule 11 of Regulation S-
T (Sec. 232.11 of this chapter); or
    (2) XBRL-Related Documents, as defined in Rule 11 of Regulation S-T.

[67 FR 57288, Sept. 9, 2002, as amended at 68 FR 36665, June 18, 2003; 
70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005; 70 FR 6572, Feb. 8, 2005; 70 FR 42247, July 
21, 2005; 71 FR 76596, Dec. 21, 2006; 73 FR 976, Jan. 4, 2008; 74 FR 
6818, Feb. 10, 2009]



Sec. 240.13a-15  Controls and procedures.

    (a) Every issuer that has a class of securities registered pursuant 
to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 781), other than an Asset-Backed 
Issuer (as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this chapter), a small business 
investment company registered on Form N-5 (Sec. Sec. 239.24 and 274.5 
of this chapter), or a unit investment trust as defined in section 4(2) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-4(2)), must 
maintain disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in paragraph (e) 
of this section) and, if the issuer either had been required to file an 
annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78m(a) or 78o(d)) for the prior fiscal year or had filed an annual 
report with the Commission for the prior fiscal year, internal control 
over financial reporting (as defined in paragraph (f) of this section).
    (b) Each such issuer's management must evaluate, with the 
participation of the issuer's principal executive and principal 
financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, the 
effectiveness of the issuer's disclosure controls and procedures, as of 
the end of each fiscal quarter, except that management must perform this 
evaluation:
    (1) In the case of a foreign private issuer (as defined in Sec. 
240.3b-4) as of the end of each fiscal year; and
    (2) In the case of an investment company registered under section 8 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8), within the 90-
day period prior to the filing date of each report requiring 
certification under Sec. 270.30a-2 of this chapter.
    (c) The management of each such issuer, that either had been 
required to file an annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)) for the prior fiscal year or 
previously had filed an annual report with the Commission for the prior 
fiscal year, other than an investment company registered under section 8 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940, must evaluate, with the 
participation of the issuer's principal executive and principal 
financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, the 
effectiveness, as of the end of each fiscal year, of the issuer's 
internal control over financial reporting. The

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framework on which management's evaluation of the issuer's internal 
control over financial reporting is based must be a suitable, recognized 
control framework that is established by a body or group that has 
followed due-process procedures, including the broad distribution of the 
framework for public comment. Although there are many different ways to 
conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over 
financial reporting to meet the requirements of this paragraph, an 
evaluation that is conducted in accordance with the interpretive 
guidance issued by the Commission in Release No. 34-55929 will satisfy 
the evaluation required by this paragraph.
    (d) The management of each such issuer that either had been required 
to file an annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d) for the prior fiscal year or had filed an 
annual report with the Commission for the prior fiscal year, other than 
an investment company registered under section 8 of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8), must evaluate, with the 
participation of the issuer's principal executive and principal 
financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, any change 
in the issuer's internal control over financial reporting, that occurred 
during each of the issuer's fiscal quarters, or fiscal year in the case 
of a foreign private issuer, that has materially affected, or is 
reasonably likely to materially affect, the issuer's internal control 
over financial reporting.
    (e) For purposes of this section, the term disclosure controls and 
procedures means controls and other procedures of an issuer that are 
designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the 
issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78a et seq.) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the 
time periods specified in the Commission's rules and forms. Disclosure 
controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and 
procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed 
by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is 
accumulated and communicated to the issuer's management, including its 
principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons 
performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions 
regarding required disclosure.
    (f) The term internal control over financial reporting is defined as 
a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the issuer's 
principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons 
performing similar functions, and effected by the issuer's board of 
directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable 
assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the 
preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance 
with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those 
policies and procedures that:
    (1) Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail 
accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the 
assets of the issuer;
    (2) Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as 
necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance 
with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and 
expenditures of the issuer are being made only in accordance with 
authorizations of management and directors of the issuer; and
    (3) Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely 
detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the 
issuer's assets that could have a material effect on the financial 
statements.

[68 FR 36666, June 18, 2003, as amended at 70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005; 71 
FR 76596, Dec. 21, 2006; 72 FR 35321, June 27, 2007]



Sec. 240.13a-16  Reports of foreign private issuers on Form 6-K 
(17 CFR 249.306).

    (a) Every foreign private issuer which is subject to Rule 13a-1 (17 
CFR 240.13a-1) shall make reports on Form 6-K, except that this rule 
shall not apply to:
    (1) Investment companies required to file reports pursuant to Rule 
30b1-1 (17 CFR 270.30b1-1);
    (2) Issuers of American depositary receipts for securities of any 
foreign issuer;

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    (3) Issuers filing periodic reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and 
Form 8-K; or
    (4) Asset-backed issuers, as defined in Sec. 229.1101 of this 
chapter.
    (b) Such reports shall be transmitted promptly after the information 
required by Form 6-K is made public by the issuer, by the country of its 
domicile or under the laws of which it was incorporated or organized, or 
by a foreign securities exchange with which the issuer has filed the 
information.
    (c) Reports furnished pursuant to this rule shall not be deemed to 
be ``filed'' for the purpose of section 18 of the Act or otherwise 
subject to the liabilities of that section.

[32 FR 7849, May 30, 1967, as amended at 44 FR 70137, Dec. 6, 1979; 47 
FR 54781, Dec. 6, 1982; 50 FR 27939, July 9, 1985; 57 FR 10615, Mar. 27, 
1991; 70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005; 73 FR 976, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.13a-17  Reports of asset-backed issuers on Form 10-D 
(Sec. 249.312 of this chapter).

    Every asset-backed issuer subject to Sec. 240.13a-1 shall make 
reports on Form 10-D (Sec. 249.312 of this chapter). Such reports shall 
be filed within the period specified in Form 10-D.

[70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005]



Sec. 240.13a-18  Compliance with servicing criteria for asset-backed 
securities.

    (a) This section applies to every class of asset-backed securities 
subject to the reporting requirements of section 13(a) of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78m(a)). Terms used in this section have the same meaning as in 
Item 1101 of Regulation AB (Sec. 229.1101 of this chapter).
    (b) Reports on assessments of compliance with servicing criteria for 
asset-backed securities required. With regard to a class of asset-backed 
securities subject to the reporting requirements of section 13(a) of the 
Act, the annual report on Form 10-K (Sec. 249.308 of this chapter) for 
such class must include from each party participating in the servicing 
function a report regarding its assessment of compliance with the 
servicing criteria specified in paragraph (d) of Item 1122 of Regulation 
AB (Sec. 229.1122(d) of this chapter), as of and for the period ending 
the end of each fiscal year, with respect to asset-backed securities 
transactions taken as a whole involving the party participating in the 
servicing function and that are backed by the same asset type backing 
the class of asset-backed securities (including the asset-backed 
securities transaction that is to be the subject of the report on Form 
10-K for that fiscal year).
    (c) Attestation reports on assessments of compliance with servicing 
criteria for asset-backed securities required. With respect to each 
report included pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section, the annual 
report on Form 10-K must also include a report by a registered public 
accounting firm that attests to, and reports on, the assessment made by 
the asserting party. The attestation report on assessment of compliance 
with servicing criteria for asset-backed securities must be made in 
accordance with standards for attestation engagements issued or adopted 
by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
    Note to Sec. 240.13a-18. If multiple parties are participating in 
the servicing function, a separate assessment report and attestation 
report must be included for each party participating in the servicing 
function. A party participating in the servicing function means any 
entity (e.g., master servicer, primary servicers, trustees) that is 
performing activities that address the criteria in paragraph (d) of Item 
1122 of Regulation AB (Sec. 229.1122(d) of this chapter), unless such 
entity's activities relate only to 5% or less of the pool assets.

[70 FR 1621, Jan. 7, 2005]



Sec. 240.13a-19  Reports by shell companies on Form 20-F.

    Every foreign private issuer that was a shell company, other than a 
business combination related shell company, immediately before a 
transaction that causes it to cease to be a shell company shall, within 
four business days of completion of that transaction, file a report on 
Form 20-F (Sec. 249.220f of this chapter) containing the information 
that would be required if the issuer were filing a form for registration 
of securities on Form 20-F to register under the Act all classes of the 
issuer's securities subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 
(15 U.S.C. 78m) or section 15(d) (15 U.S.C. 78o(d)) of the

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Act upon consummation of the transaction, with such information 
reflecting the registrant and its securities upon consummation of the 
transaction.

[70 FR 42247, July 21, 2005]



Sec. 240.13a-20  Plain English presentation of specified information.

    (a) Any information included or incorporated by reference in a 
report filed under section 13(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a)) that is 
required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 402, 403, 404 or 407 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402, Sec. 229.403, Sec. 229.404 or Sec. 
229.407 of this chapter) must be presented in a clear, concise and 
understandable manner. You must prepare the disclosure using the 
following standards:
    (1) Present information in clear, concise sections, paragraphs and 
sentences;
    (2) Use short sentences;
    (3) Use definite, concrete, everyday words;
    (4) Use the active voice;
    (5) Avoid multiple negatives;
    (6) Use descriptive headings and subheadings;
    (7) Use a tabular presentation or bullet lists for complex material, 
wherever possible;
    (8) Avoid legal jargon and highly technical business and other 
terminology;
    (9) Avoid frequent reliance on glossaries or defined terms as the 
primary means of explaining information. Define terms in a glossary or 
other section of the document only if the meaning is unclear from the 
context. Use a glossary only if it facilitates understanding of the 
disclosure; and
    (10) In designing the presentation of the information you may 
include pictures, logos, charts, graphs and other design elements so 
long as the design is not misleading and the required information is 
clear. You are encouraged to use tables, schedules, charts and graphic 
illustrations that present relevant data in an understandable manner, so 
long as such presentations are consistent with applicable disclosure 
requirements and consistent with other information in the document. You 
must draw graphs and charts to scale. Any information you provide must 
not be misleading.
    (b) [Reserved]

    Note to Sec. 240.13a-20: In drafting the disclosure to comply with 
this section, you should avoid the following:
    1. Legalistic or overly complex presentations that make the 
substance of the disclosure difficult to understand;
    2. Vague ``boilerplate'' explanations that are imprecise and readily 
subject to different interpretations;
    3. Complex information copied directly from legal documents without 
any clear and concise explanation of the provision(s); and
    4. Disclosure repeated in different sections of the document that 
increases the size of the document but does not enhance the quality of 
the information.

[71 FR 53261, Sept. 8, 2006, as amended at 73 FR 976, Jan. 4, 2008]

  Regulation 13b-2: Maintenance of Records and Preparation of Required 
                                 Reports



Sec. 240.13b2-1  Falsification of accounting records.

    No person shall directly or indirectly, falsify or cause to be 
falsified, any book, record or account subject to section 13(b)(2)(A) of 
the Securities Exchange Act.

(15 U.S.C. 78m(b)(2); 15 U.S.C. 78m(a), 78m(b)(1), 78o(d), 78j(b), 
78n(a), 78t(b), 78t(c))

[44 FR 10970, Feb. 23, 1979]



Sec. 240.13b2-2  Representations and conduct in connection with the 
preparation of required reports and documents.

    (a) No director or officer of an issuer shall, directly or 
indirectly:
    (1) Make or cause to be made a materially false or misleading 
statement to an accountant in connection with; or
    (2) Omit to state, or cause another person to omit to state, any 
material fact necessary in order to make statements made, in light of 
the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading, 
to an accountant in connection with:
    (i) Any audit, review or examination of the financial statements of 
the issuer required to be made pursuant to this subpart; or
    (ii) The preparation or filing of any document or report required to 
be filed with the Commission pursuant to this subpart or otherwise.

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    (b)(1) No officer or director of an issuer, or any other person 
acting under the direction thereof, shall directly or indirectly take 
any action to coerce, manipulate, mislead, or fraudulently influence any 
independent public or certified public accountant engaged in the 
performance of an audit or review of the financial statements of that 
issuer that are required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to 
this subpart or otherwise if that person knew or should have known that 
such action, if successful, could result in rendering the issuer's 
financial statements materially misleading.
    (2) For purposes of paragraphs (b)(1) and (c)(2) of this section, 
actions that, ``if successful, could result in rendering the issuer's 
financial statements materially misleading'' include, but are not 
limited to, actions taken at any time with respect to the professional 
engagement period to coerce, manipulate, mislead, or fraudulently 
influence an auditor:
    (i) To issue or reissue a report on an issuer's financial statements 
that is not warranted in the circumstances (due to material violations 
of generally accepted accounting principles, generally accepted auditing 
standards, or other professional or regulatory standards);
    (ii) Not to perform audit, review or other procedures required by 
generally accepted auditing standards or other professional standards;
    (iii) Not to withdraw an issued report; or
    (iv) Not to communicate matters to an issuer's audit committee.
    (c) In addition, in the case of an investment company registered 
under section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8), 
or a business development company as defined in section 2(a)(48) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(48)), no officer or 
director of the company's investment adviser, sponsor, depositor, 
trustee, or administrator (or, in the case of paragraph (c)(2) of this 
section, any other person acting under the direction thereof) shall, 
directly or indirectly:
    (1)(i) Make or cause to be made a materially false or misleading 
statement to an accountant in connection with; or
    (ii) Omit to state, or cause another person to omit to state, any 
material fact necessary in order to make statements made, in light of 
the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading 
to an accountant in connection with:
    (A) Any audit, review, or examination of the financial statements of 
the investment company required to be made pursuant to this subpart; or
    (B) The preparation or filing of any document or report required to 
be filed with the Commission pursuant to this subpart or otherwise; or
    (2) Take any action to coerce, manipulate, mislead, or fraudulently 
influence any independent public or certified public accountant engaged 
in the performance of an audit or review of the financial statements of 
that investment company that are required to be filed with the 
Commission pursuant to this subpart or otherwise if that person knew or 
should have known that such action, if successful, could result in 
rendering the investment company's financial statements materially 
misleading.

[68 FR 31830, May 28, 2003]

                            Regulation 13D-G

    Source: Sections 240.13d-1 through 240.13f-1 appear at 43 FR 18495, 
Apr. 28, 1978, unless otherwise noted.

                       ATTENTION ELECTRONIC FILERS

THIS REGULATION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH REGULATION S-T (PART 
232 OF THIS CHAPTER), WHICH GOVERNS THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF 
DOCUMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. MANY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 
PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS IN PAPER FORMAT CONTAINED IN 
THIS REGULATION ARE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION S-T FOR 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE FILED IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.



Sec. 240.13d-1  Filing of Schedules 13D and 13G.

    (a) Any person who, after acquiring directly or indirectly the 
beneficial ownership of any equity security of a class which is 
specified in paragraph (i) of this section, is directly or indirectly

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the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class shall, 
within 10 days after the acquisition, file with the Commission, a 
statement containing the information required by Schedule 13D (Sec. 
240.13d-101).
    (b)(1) A person who would otherwise be obligated under paragraph (a) 
of this section to file a statement on Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) 
may, in lieu thereof, file with the Commission, a short-form statement 
on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102), Provided, That:
    (i) Such person has acquired such securities in the ordinary course 
of his business and not with the purpose nor with the effect of changing 
or influencing the control of the issuer, nor in connection with or as a 
participant in any transaction having such purpose or effect, including 
any transaction subject to Rule 13d-3(b) (Sec. 240.13d-3(b)); and
    (ii) Such person is:
    (A) A broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o);
    (B) A bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c);
    (C) An insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78c);
    (D) An investment company registered under section 8 of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8);
    (E) Any person registered as an investment adviser under Section 203 
of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-3) or under the 
laws of any state;
    (F) An employee benefit plan as defined in Section 3(3) of the 
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 
1001 et seq. (``ERISA'') that is subject to the provisions of ERISA, or 
any such plan that is not subject to ERISA that is maintained primarily 
for the benefit of the employees of a state or local government or 
instrumentality, or an endowment fund;
    (G) A parent holding company or control person, provided the 
aggregate amount held directly by the parent or control person, and 
directly and indirectly by their subsidiaries or affiliates that are not 
persons specified in Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(A) through (J), does not 
exceed one percent of the securities of the subject class;
    (H) A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal 
Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);
    (I) A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an 
investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act 
of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);
    (J) A non-U.S. institution that is the functional equivalent of any 
of the institutions listed in Sec. 240.13d-1 (b)(1)(ii)(A) through (I), 
so long as the non-U.S. institution is subject to a regulatory scheme 
that is substantially comparable to the regulatory scheme applicable to 
the equivalent U.S. institution; and
    (K) A group, provided that all the members are persons specified in 
Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(A) through (J).
    (iii) Such person has promptly notified any other person (or group 
within the meaning of section 13(d)(3) of the Act) on whose behalf it 
holds, on a discretionary basis, securities exceeding five percent of 
the class, of any acquisition or transaction on behalf of such other 
person which might be reportable by that person under section 13(d) of 
the Act. This paragraph only requires notice to the account owner of 
information which the filing person reasonably should be expected to 
know and which would advise the account owner of an obligation he may 
have to file a statement pursuant to section 13(d) of the Act or an 
amendment thereto.
    (2) The Schedule 13G filed pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of this 
section shall be filed within 45 days after the end of the calendar year 
in which the person became obligated under paragraph (b)(1) of this 
section to report the person's beneficial ownership as of the last day 
of the calendar year, Provided, That it shall not be necessary to file a 
Schedule 13G unless the percentage of the class of equity security 
specified in paragraph (i) of this section beneficially owned as of the 
end of the calendar year is more than five percent; However, if the 
person's direct or indirect beneficial ownership exceeds 10 percent of 
the class of equity securities prior to the end of the calendar year, 
the initial Schedule 13G shall be filed within 10 days after the end of 
the first

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month in which the person's direct or indirect beneficial ownership 
exceeds 10 percent of the class of equity securities, computed as of the 
last day of the month.
    (c) A person who would otherwise be obligated under paragraph (a) of 
this section to file a statement on Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) 
may, in lieu thereof, file with the Commission, within 10 days after an 
acquisition described in paragraph (a) of this section, a short-form 
statement on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102). Provided, That the 
person:
    (1) Has not acquired the securities with any purpose, or with the 
effect of, changing or influencing the control of the issuer, or in 
connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that 
purpose or effect, including any transaction subject to Sec. 240.13d-
3(b);
    (2) Is not a person reporting pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of this 
section; and
    (3) Is not directly or indirectly the beneficial owner of 20 percent 
or more of the class.
    (d) Any person who, as of the end of any calendar year, is or 
becomes directly or indirectly the beneficial owner of more than five 
percent of any equity security of a class specified in paragraph (i) of 
this section and who is not required to file a statement under paragraph 
(a) of this section by virtue of the exemption provided by Section 
13(d)(6)(A) or (B) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(d)(6)(A) or 78m(d)(6)(B)), 
or because the beneficial ownership was acquired prior to December 22, 
1970, or because the person otherwise (except for the exemption provided 
by Section 13(d)(6)(C) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(d)(6)(C))) is not 
required to file a statement, shall file with the Commission, within 45 
days after the end of the calendar year in which the person became 
obligated to report under this paragraph (d), a statement containing the 
information required by Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102).
    (e)(1) Notwithstanding paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section and 
Sec. 240.13d-2(b), a person that has reported that it is the beneficial 
owner of more than five percent of a class of equity securities in a 
statement on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to paragraph (b) 
or (c) of this section, or is required to report the acquisition but has 
not yet filed the schedule, shall immediately become subject to 
Sec. Sec. 240.13d-1(a) and 240.13d-2(a) and shall file a statement on 
Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) within 10 days if, and shall remain 
subject to those requirements for so long as, the person:
    (i) Has acquired or holds the securities with a purpose or effect of 
changing or influencing control of the issuer, or in connection with or 
as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect, 
including any transaction subject to Sec. 240.13d-3(b); and
    (ii) Is at that time the beneficial owner of more than five percent 
of a class of equity securities described in Sec. 240.13d-1(i).
    (2) From the time the person has acquired or holds the securities 
with a purpose or effect of changing or influencing control of the 
issuer, or in connection with or as a participant in any transaction 
having that purpose or effect until the expiration of the tenth day from 
the date of the filing of the Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) pursuant 
to this section, that person shall not:
    (i) Vote or direct the voting of the securities described therein; 
or
    (ii) Acquire an additional beneficial ownership interest in any 
equity securities of the issuer of the securities, nor of any person 
controlling the issuer.
    (f)(1) Notwithstanding paragraph (c) of this section and Sec. 
240.13d-2(b), persons reporting on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) 
pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section shall immediately become 
subject to Sec. Sec. 240.13d-1(a) and 240.13d-2(a) and shall remain 
subject to those requirements for so long as, and shall file a statement 
on Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) within 10 days of the date on which, 
the person's beneficial ownership equals or exceeds 20 percent of the 
class of equity securities.
    (2) From the time of the acquisition of 20 percent or more of the 
class of equity securities until the expiration of the tenth day from 
the date of the filing of the Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) pursuant 
to this section, the person shall not:
    (i) Vote or direct the voting of the securities described therein, 
or

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    (ii) Acquire an additional beneficial ownership interest in any 
equity securities of the issuer of the securities, nor of any person 
controlling the issuer.
    (g) Any person who has reported an acquisition of securities in a 
statement on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to paragraph (b) 
of this section, or has become obligated to report on the Schedule 13G 
(Sec. 240.13d-102) but has not yet filed the Schedule, and thereafter 
ceases to be a person specified in paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section 
or determines that it no longer has acquired or holds the securities in 
the ordinary course of business shall immediately become subject to 
Sec. 240.13d-1(a) or Sec. 240.13d-1(c) (if the person satisfies the 
requirements specified in Sec. 240.13d-1(c)), and Sec. Sec. 240.13d-2 
(a), (b) or (d), and shall file, within 10 days thereafter, a statement 
on Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) or amendment to Schedule 13G, as 
applicable, if the person is a beneficial owner at that time of more 
than five percent of the class of equity securities.
    (h) Any person who has filed a Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) 
pursuant to paragraph (e), (f) or (g) of this section may again report 
its beneficial ownership on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to 
paragraphs (b) or (c) of this section provided the person qualifies 
thereunder, as applicable, by filing a Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) 
once the person determines that the provisions of paragraph (e), (f) or 
(g) of this section no longer apply.
    (i) For the purpose of this regulation, the term ``equity security'' 
means any equity security of a class which is registered pursuant to 
section 12 of that Act, or any equity security of any insurance company 
which would have been required to be so registered except for the 
exemption contained in section 12(g)(2)(G) of the Act, or any equity 
security issued by a closed-end investment company registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940; Provided, Such term shall not include 
securities of a class of non-voting securities.
    (j) For the purpose of sections 13(d) and 13(g), any person, in 
determining the amount of outstanding securities of a class of equity 
securities, may rely upon information set forth in the issuer's most 
recent quarterly or annual report, and any current report subsequent 
thereto, filed with the Commission pursuant to this Act, unless he knows 
or has reason to believe that the information contained therein is 
inaccurate.
    (k)(1) Whenever two or more persons are required to file a statement 
containing the information required by Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G with 
respect to the same securities, only one statement need be filed: 
Provided, That:
    (i) Each person on whose behalf the statement is filed is 
individually eligible to use the Schedule on which the information is 
filed;
    (ii) Each person on whose behalf the statement is filed is 
responsible for the timely filing of such statement and any amendments 
thereto, and for the completeness and accuracy of the information 
concerning such person contained therein; such person is not responsible 
for the completeness or accuracy of the information concerning the other 
persons making the filing, unless such person knows or has reason to 
believe that such information is inaccurate; and
    (iii) Such statement identifies all such persons, contains the 
required information with regard to each such person, indicates that 
such statement is filed on behalf of all such persons, and includes, as 
an exhibit, their agreement in writing that such a statement is filed on 
behalf of each of them.
    (2) A group's filing obligation may be satisfied either by a single 
joint filing or by each of the group's members making an individual 
filing. If the group's members elect to make their own filings, each 
such filing should identify all members of the group but the information 
provided concerning the other persons making the filing need only 
reflect information which the filing person knows or has reason to know.

[43 FR 18495, Apr. 28, 1978, as amended at 43 FR 29768, July 11, 1978; 
43 FR 55755, Nov. 29, 1978; 44 FR 10703, Feb. 23, 1979; 63 FR 2865, Jan. 
16, 1998; 63 FR 15287, Mar. 31, 1998; 73 FR 60089, Oct. 9, 2008]

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Sec. 240.13d-2  Filing of amendments to Schedules 13D or 13G.

    (a) If any material change occurs in the facts set forth in the 
Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101) required by Sec. 240.13d-1(a), 
including, but not limited to, any material increase or decrease in the 
percentage of the class beneficially owned, the person or persons who 
were required to file the statement shall promptly file or cause to be 
filed with the Commission an amendment disclosing that change. An 
acquisition or disposition of beneficial ownership of securities in an 
amount equal to one percent or more of the class of securities shall be 
deemed ``material'' for purposes of this section; acquisitions or 
dispositions of less than those amounts may be material, depending upon 
the facts and circumstances.
    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, and provided that 
the person filing a Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to Sec. 
240.13d-1(b) or Sec. 240.13d-1(c) continues to meet the requirements 
set forth therein, any person who has filed a Schedule 13G (Sec. 
240.13d-102) pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b), Sec. 240.13d-1(c) or Sec. 
240.13d-1(d) shall amend the statement within forty-five days after the 
end of each calendar year if, as of the end of the calendar year, there 
are any changes in the information reported in the previous filing on 
that Schedule: Provided, however, That an amendment need not be filed 
with respect to a change in the percent of class outstanding previously 
reported if the change results solely from a change in the aggregate 
number of securities outstanding. Once an amendment has been filed 
reflecting beneficial ownership of five percent or less of the class of 
securities, no additional filings are required unless the person 
thereafter becomes the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the 
class and is required to file pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1.
    (c) Any person relying on Sec. 240.13d-1(b) that has filed its 
initial Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to that paragraph 
shall, in addition to filing any amendments pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-
2(b), file an amendment on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) within 10 
days after the end of the first month in which the person's direct or 
indirect beneficial ownership, computed as of the last day of the month, 
exceeds 10 percent of the class of equity securities. Thereafter, that 
person shall, in addition to filing any amendments pursuant to Sec. 
240.13d-2(b), file an amendment on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) 
within 10 days after the end of the first month in which the person's 
direct or indirect beneficial ownership, computed as of the last day of 
the month, increases or decreases by more than five percent of the class 
of equity securities. Once an amendment has been filed reflecting 
beneficial ownership of five percent or less of the class of securities, 
no additional filings are required by this paragraph (c).
    (d) Any person relying on Sec. 240.13d-1(c) and has filed its 
initial Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) pursuant to that paragraph 
shall, in addition to filing any amendments pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-
2(b), file an amendment on Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102) promptly 
upon acquiring, directly or indirectly, greater than 10 percent of a 
class of equity securities specified in Sec. 240.13d-1(d), and 
thereafter promptly upon increasing or decreasing its beneficial 
ownership by more than five percent of the class of equity securities. 
Once an amendment has been filed reflecting beneficial ownership of five 
percent or less of the class of securities, no additional filings are 
required by this paragraph (d).
    (e) The first electronic amendment to a paper format Schedule 13D 
(Sec. 240.13d-101 of this chapter) or Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-102 
of this chapter) shall restate the entire text of the Schedule 13D or 
13G, but previously filed paper exhibits to such Schedules are not 
required to be restated electronically. See Rule 102 of Regulation S-T 
(Sec. 232.102 of this chapter) regarding amendments to exhibits 
previously filed in paper format. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the 
sole purpose of filing the first electronic Schedule 13D or 13G 
amendment is to report a change in beneficial ownership that would 
terminate the filer's obligation to report, the amendment need not 
include a restatement of the entire text of the Schedule being amended.


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    Note to Sec. 240.13d-2: For persons filing a short-form statement 
pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b) or (c), see also Rules 13d-1(e), (f), and (g).

(Secs. 3(b), 13(d)(1), 13(d)(2), 13(d)(5), 13(d)(6), 14(d)(1), 23; 48 
Stat. 882, 894, 895, 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 
1379; sec. 10, 78 Stat. 88a; secs. 2, 3, 82 Stat. 454, 455; secs. 1, 2, 
3-5, 84 Stat. 1497; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155 (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 
78m(d)(1), 89m(d)(2), 78m(d)(5), 78m(d)(6), 78n(d)(1), 78w); sec. 23, 48 
Stat. 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704; sec. 8, 49 Stat. 1379; sec. 10, 78 
Stat. 580; sec. 18, 89 Stat. 155; secs. 102, 202, 203, 91 Stat. 1494, 
1498, 1499; 15 U.S.C. 78m(g), 78w(a))

[43 FR 18495, Apr. 28, 1978, as amended at 45 FR 81558, Dec. 11, 1980; 
47 FR 49964, Nov. 4, 1982; 58 FR 14683, Mar. 18, 1993; 59 FR 67764, Dec. 
30, 1994; 62 FR 36459, July 8, 1997; 63 FR 2866, Jan. 16, 1998]



Sec. 240.13d-3  Determination of beneficial owner.

    (a) For the purposes of sections 13(d) and 13(g) of the Act a 
beneficial owner of a security includes any person who, directly or 
indirectly, through any contract, arrangement, understanding, 
relationship, or otherwise has or shares:
    (1) Voting power which includes the power to vote, or to direct the 
voting of, such security; and/or,
    (2) Investment power which includes the power to dispose, or to 
direct the disposition of, such security.
    (b) Any person who, directly or indirectly, creates or uses a trust, 
proxy, power of attorney, pooling arrangement or any other contract, 
arrangement, or device with the purpose of effect of divesting such 
person of beneficial ownership of a security or preventing the vesting 
of such beneficial ownership as part of a plan or scheme to evade the 
reporting requirements of section 13(d) or (g) of the Act shall be 
deemed for purposes of such sections to be the beneficial owner of such 
security.
    (c) All securities of the same class beneficially owned by a person, 
regardless of the form which such beneficial ownership takes, shall be 
aggregated in calculating the number of shares beneficially owned by 
such person.
    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (c) of this 
rule:
    (1)(i) A person shall be deemed to be the beneficial owner of a 
security, subject to the provisions of paragraph (b) of this rule, if 
that person has the right to acquire beneficial ownership of such 
security, as defined in Rule 13d-3(a) (Sec. 240.13d-3(a)) within sixty 
days, including but not limited to any right to acquire: (A) Through the 
exercise of any option, warrant or right; (B) through the conversion of 
a security; (C) pursuant to the power to revoke a trust, discretionary 
account, or similar arrangement; or (D) pursuant to the automatic 
termination of a trust, discretionary account or similar arrangement; 
provided, however, any person who acquires a security or power specified 
in paragraphs (d)(1)(i)(A), (B) or (C), of this section, with the 
purpose or effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer, 
or in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having such 
purpose or effect, immediately upon such acquisition shall be deemed to 
be the beneficial owner of the securities which may be acquired through 
the exercise or conversion of such security or power. Any securities not 
outstanding which are subject to such options, warrants, rights or 
conversion privileges shall be deemed to be outstanding for the purpose 
of computing the percentage of outstanding securities of the class owned 
by such person but shall not be deemed to be outstanding for the purpose 
of computing the percentage of the class by any other person.
    (ii) Paragraph (d)(1)(i) of this section remains applicable for the 
purpose of determining the obligation to file with respect to the 
underlying security even though the option, warrant, right or 
convertible security is of a class of equity security, as defined in 
Sec. 240.13d-1(i), and may therefore give rise to a separate obligation 
to file.
    (2) A member of a national securities exchange shall not be deemed 
to be a beneficial owner of securities held directly or indirectly by it 
on behalf of another person solely because such member is the record 
holder of such securities and, pursuant to the rules of such exchange, 
may direct the vote of such securities, without instruction, on other 
than contested matters or matters that may affect substantially the 
rights or privileges of the holders of

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the securities to be voted, but is otherwise precluded by the rules of 
such exchange from voting without instruction.
    (3) A person who in the ordinary course of his business is a pledgee 
of securities under a written pledge agreement shall not be deemed to be 
the beneficial owner of such pledged securities until the pledgee has 
taken all formal steps necessary which are required to declare a default 
and determines that the power to vote or to direct the vote or to 
dispose or to direct the disposition of such pledged securities will be 
exercised, provided, that:
    (i) The pledgee agreement is bona fide and was not entered into with 
the purpose nor with the effect of changing or influencing the control 
of the issuer, nor in connection with any transaction having such 
purpose or effect, including any transaction subject to Rule 13d-3(b);
    (ii) The pledgee is a person specified in Rule 13d-1(b)(ii), 
including persons meeting the conditions set forth in paragraph (G) 
thereof; and
    (iii) The pledgee agreement, prior to default, does not grant to the 
pledgee;
    (A) The power to vote or to direct the vote of the pledged 
securities; or
    (B) The power to dispose or direct the disposition of the pledged 
securities, other than the grant of such power(s) pursuant to a pledge 
agreement under which credit is extended subject to regulation T (12 CFR 
220.1 to 220.8) and in which the pledgee is a broker or dealer 
registered under section 15 of the act.
    (4) A person engaged in business as an underwriter of securities who 
acquires securities through his participation in good faith in a firm 
commitment underwriting registered under the Securities Act of 1933 
shall not be deemed to be the beneficial owner of such securities until 
the expiration of forty days after the date of such acquisition.

(Secs. 3(b), 13(d)(1), 13(d)(2), 13(d)(5), 13(d)(6), 14(d)(1), 23; 48 
Stat. 882, 894, 895, 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 
1379; sec. 10, 78 Stat. 88a; secs. 2, 3, 82 Stat. 454, 455; secs. 1, 2, 
3-5, 84 Stat. 1497; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155 (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 
78m(d)(1), 89m(d)(2), 78m(d)(5), 78m(d)(6), 78n(d)(1), 78w)

[43 FR 18495, Apr. 28, 1978, as amended at 43 FR 29768, July 11, 1978; 
63 FR 2867, Jan. 16, 1998]



Sec. 240.13d-4  Disclaimer of beneficial ownership.

    Any person may expressly declare in any statement filed that the 
filing of such statement shall not be construed as an admission that 
such person is, for the purposes of sections 13(d) or 13(g) of the Act, 
the beneficial owner of any securities covered by the statement.

(Secs. 3(b), 13(d)(1), 13(d)(2), 13(d)(5), 13(d)(6), 14(d)(1), 23; 48 
Stat. 882, 894, 895, 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 
1379; sec. 10, 78 Stat. 88a; secs. 2, 3, 82 Stat. 454, 455; secs. 1, 2, 
3-5, 84 Stat. 1497; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155 (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 
78m(d)(1), 89m(d)(2), 78m(d)(5), 78m(d)(6), 78n(d)(1), 78w)



Sec. 240.13d-5  Acquisition of securities.

    (a) A person who becomes a beneficial owner of securities shall be 
deemed to have acquired such securities for purposes of section 13(d)(1) 
of the Act, whether such acquisition was through purchase or otherwise. 
However, executors or administrators of a decedent's estate generally 
will be presumed not to have acquired beneficial ownership of the 
securities in the decedent's estate until such time as such executors or 
administrators are qualified under local law to perform their duties.
    (b)(1) When two or more persons agree to act together for the 
purpose of acquiring, holding, voting or disposing of equity securities 
of an issuer, the group formed thereby shall be deemed to have acquired 
beneficial ownership, for purposes of sections 13(d) and (g) of the Act, 
as of the date of such agreement, of all equity securities of that 
issuer beneficially owned by any such persons.
    (2) Notwithstanding the previous paragraph, a group shall be deemed 
not to have acquired any equity securities

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beneficially owned by the other members of the group solely by virtue of 
their concerted actions relating to the purchase of equity securities 
directly from an issuer in a transaction not involving a public 
offering: Provided, That:
    (i) All the members of the group are persons specified in Rule 13d-
1(b)(1)(ii);
    (ii) The purchase is in the ordinary course of each member's 
business and not with the purpose nor with the effect of changing or 
influencing control of the issuer, nor in connection with or as a 
participant in any transaction having such purpose or effect, including 
any transaction subject to Rule 13d-3(b);
    (iii) There is no agreement among, or between any members of the 
group to act together with respect to the issuer or its securities 
except for the purpose of facilitating the specific purchase involved; 
and
    (iv) The only actions among or between any members of the group with 
respect to the issuer or its securities subsequent to the closing date 
of the non-public offering are those which are necessary to conclude 
ministerial matters directly related to the completion of the offer or 
sale of the securities.

(Secs. 3(b), 13(d)(1), 13(d)(2), 13(d)(5), 13(d)(6), 14(d)(1), 23; 48 
Stat. 882, 894, 895, 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 
1379; sec. 10, 78 Stat. 88a; secs. 2, 3, 82 Stat. 454, 455; secs. 1, 2, 
3-5, 84 Stat. 1497; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155 (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 
78m(d)(1), 89m(d)(2), 78m(d)(5), 78m(d)(6), 78n(d)(1), 78w))



Sec. 240.13d-6  Exemption of certain acquisitions.

    The acquisition of securities of an issuer by a person who, prior to 
such acquisition, was a beneficial owner of more than five percent of 
the outstanding securities of the same class as those acquired shall be 
exempt from section 13(d) of the Act: Provided, That:
    (a) The acquisition is made pursuant to preemptive subscription 
rights in an offering made to all holders of securities of the class to 
which the preemptive subscription rights pertain;
    (b) Such person does not acquire additional securities except 
through the exercise of his pro rata share of the preemptive 
subscription rights; and
    (c) The acquisition is duly reported, if required, pursuant to 
section 16(a) of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

(Secs. 3(b), 13(d)(1), 13(d)(2), 13(d)(5), 13(d)(6), 14(d)(1), 23; 48 
Stat. 882, 894, 895, 901; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704, sec. 8, 49 Stat. 
1379; sec. 10, 78 Stat. 88a; secs. 2, 3, 82 Stat. 454, 455; secs. 1, 2, 
3-5, 84 Stat. 1497; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155 (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 
78m(d)(1), 89m(d)(2), 78m(d)(5), 78m(d)(6), 78n(d)(1), 78w))



Sec. 240.13d-7  Dissemination.

    One copy of the Schedule filed pursuant to Sec. Sec. 240.13d-1 and 
240.13d-2 shall be sent to the issuer of the security at its principal 
executive office by registered or certified mail. A copy of Schedules 
filed pursuant to Sec. Sec. 240.13d-1(a) and 240.13d-2(a) shall also be 
sent to each national securities exchange where the security is traded.

[63 FR 2867, Jan. 16, 1998]



Sec. 240.13d-101  Schedule 13D--Information to be included in 
statements filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(a) and amendments thereto 

filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-2(a).

Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549

Schedule 13D

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No.--)*
________________________________________________________________________
(Name of Issuer)
________________________________________________________________________
(Title of Class of Securities)
________________________________________________________________________
(CUSIP Number)
________________________________________________________________________
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive 
          Notices and Communications)
________________________________________________________________________
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)

    If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 
13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, 
and is filing this schedule because of Sec. Sec. 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-
1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box. [squ]

    Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed 
original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See 
Rule 13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

    * The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a 
reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the 
subject class of securities, and for any subsequent

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amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided 
in a prior cover page.
    The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall 
not be deemed to be ``filed'' for the purpose of section 18 of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') or otherwise subject to the 
liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other 
provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

                             CUSIP No.------
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(1) Names of reporting persons.........
(2) Check the appropriate box if a       (a)
 member of a group
                                        --------------------------------
           (see instructions)            (b)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(3) SEC use only.......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(4) Source of funds (see instructions).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(5) Check if disclosure of legal
 proceedings is required pursuant to
 Items 2(d) or 2(e).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(6) Citizenship or place of
 organization.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Number of shares beneficially owned by
 each reporting person with:
  (7) Sole voting power................
                                        --------------------------------
  (8) Shared voting power..............
                                        --------------------------------
  (9) Sole dispositive power...........
                                        --------------------------------
  (10) Shared dispositive power........
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(11) Aggregate amount beneficially
 owned by each reporting person.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(12) Check if the aggregate amount in
 Row (11) excludes certain shares (see
 instructions).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(13) Percent of class represented by
 amount in Row (11).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(14) Type of reporting person (see
 instructions).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                           Page -- of -- Pages

Instructions for Cover Page

    (1) Names of Reporting Persons--Furnish the full legal name of each 
person for whom the report is filed--i.e., each person required to sign 
the schedule itself--including each member of a group. Do not include 
the name of a person required to be identified in the report but who is 
not a reporting person.
    (2) If any of the shares beneficially owned by a reporting person 
are held as a member of the group and the membership is expressly 
affirmed, please check row 2(a). If the reporting person disclaims 
membership in a group or describes a relationship with other person but 
does not affirm the existence of a group, please check row 2(b) (unless 
it is a joint filing pursuant to Rule 13d-1(k)(1) in which case it may 
not be necessary to check row 2(b)).
    (3) The 3rd row is for SEC internal use; please leave blank.
    (4) Classify the source of funds or other consideration used or to 
be used in making the purchases as required to be disclosed pursuant to 
Item 3 of Schedule 13D and insert the appropriate symbol (or symbols if 
more than one is necessary) in row (4):

------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Category of Source                         Symbol
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Subject Company (Company whose securities are  SC
 being acquired).
Bank.........................................  BK
Affiliate (of reporting person)..............  AF
Working Capital (of reporting person)........  WC
Personal Funds (of reporting person).........  PF
Other........................................  OO
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (5) If disclosure of legal proceedings or actions is required 
pursuant to either Items 2(d) or 2(e) of Schedule 13D, row 5 should be 
checked.
    (6) Citizenship or Place of Organization--Furnish citizenship if the 
named reporting person is a natural person. Otherwise, Furnish place of 
organization. (See Item 2 of Schedule 13D).
    (7)-(11) [Reserved]
    (12) Check if the aggregate amount reported as beneficially owned in 
row (11) does

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not include shares which the reporting person discloses in the report 
but as to which beneficial ownership is disclaimed pursuant to Rule 13d-
4 [17 CFR 240.13d-4] under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
    (13) Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person, 
Etc.--Rows (7) through (11), inclusive, and (13) are to be completed in 
accordance with the provisions of Item 5 of Schedule 13D. All 
percentages are to be rounded off to nearest tenth (one place after 
decimal point).
    (14) Type of Reporting Person--Please classify each ``reporting 
person'' according to the following breakdown and place the appropriate 
symbol (or symbols, i.e., if more than one is applicable, insert all 
applicable symbols) on the form:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Category                              Symbol
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Broker Dealer...............................  BD
Bank........................................  BK
Insurance Company...........................  IC
Investment Company..........................  IV
Investment Adviser..........................  IA
Employee Benefit Plan or Endowment Fund.....  EP
Parent Holding Company/Control Person.......  HC
Savings Association.........................  SA
Church Plan.................................  CP
Corporation.................................  CO
Partnership.................................  PN
Individual..................................  IN
Other.......................................  OO
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Notes: Attach as many copies of the second part of the cover page as 
are needed, one reporting person per page.

    Filing persons may, in order to avoid unnecessary duplication, 
answer items on the schedules (Schedule 13D, 13G or TO) by appropriate 
cross references to an item or items on the cover page(s). This approach 
may only be used where the cover page item or items provide all the 
disclosure required by the schedule item. Moreover, such a use of a 
cover page item will result in the item becoming a part of the schedule 
and accordingly being considered as ``filed'' for purposes of section 18 
of the Securities Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities 
of that section of the Act.
    Reporting persons may comply with their cover page filing 
requirements by filing either completed copies of the blank forms 
available from the Commission, printed or typed facsimiles, or computer 
printed facsimiles, provided the documents filed have identical formats 
to the forms prescribed in the Commission's regulations and meet 
existing Securities Exchange Act rules as to such matters as clarity and 
size (Securities Exchange Act Rule 12b-12).

          Special Instructions for Complying With Schedule 13D

    Under sections 13(d) and 23 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
and the rules and regulations thereunder, the Commission is authorized 
to solicit the information required to be supplied by this schedule by 
certain security holders of certain issuers.
    Disclosure of the information specified in this schedule is 
mandatory. The information will be used for the primary purpose of 
determining and disclosing the holdings of certain beneficial owners of 
certain equity securities. This statement will be made a matter of 
public record. Therefore, any information given will be available for 
inspection by any member of the public.
    Because of the public nature of the information, the Commission can 
use it for a variety of purposes, including referral to other 
governmental authorities or securities self-regulatory organizations for 
investigatory purposes or in connection with litigation involving the 
federal securities laws or other civil, criminal or regulatory statutes 
or provisions.
    Failure to disclose the information requested by this schedule may 
result in civil or criminal action against the persons involved for 
violation of the federal securities laws and rules promulgated 
thereunder.

    Instructions. A. The item numbers and captions of the items shall be 
included but the text of the items is to be omitted. The answers to the 
items shall be so prepared as to indicate clearly the coverage of the 
items without referring to the text of the items. Answer every item. If 
an item is inapplicable or the answer is in the negative, so state.
    B. Information contained in exhibits to the statement may be 
incorporated by reference in answer or partial answer to any item or 
sub-item of the statement unless it would render such answer misleading, 
incomplete, unclear or confusing. Material incorporated by reference 
shall be clearly identified in the reference by page, paragraph, caption 
or otherwise. An express statement that the specified matter is 
incorporated by reference shall be made at the particular place in the 
statement where the information is required. A copy of any information 
or a copy of the pertinent pages of a document containing such 
information which is incorporated by reference shall be submitted with 
this statement as an exhibit and shall be deemed to be filed with the 
Commission for all purposes of the Act.
    C. If the statement is filed by a general or limited partnership, 
syndicate, or other group, the information called for by Items 2-6, 
inclusive, shall be given with respect to (i) each partner of such 
general partnership; (ii) each partner who is denominated as a general 
partner or who functions as a general partner of such limited 
partnership; (iii) each member of such syndicate or group; and (iv) each 
person controlling such partner or member. If the statement is filed by 
a corporation or if a person referred to in (i), (ii),

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(iii) or (iv) of this Instruction is a corporation, the information 
called for by the above mentioned items shall be given with respect to 
(a) each executive officer and director of such corporation; (b) each 
person controlling such corporation; and (c) each executive officer and 
director of any corporation or other person ultimately in control of 
such corporation.
    Item 1. Security and Issuer. State the title of the class of equity 
securities to which this statement relates and the name and address of 
the principal executive offices of the issuer of such securities.
    Item 2. Identity and Background. If the person filing this statement 
or any person enumerated in Instruction C of this statement is a 
corporation, general partnership, limited partnership, syndicate or 
other group of persons, state its name, the state or other place of its 
organization, its principal business, the address of its principal 
office and the information required by (d) and (e) of this Item. If the 
person filing this statement or any person enumerated in Instruction C 
is a natural person, provide the information specified in (a) through 
(f) of this Item with respect to such person(s).
    (a) Name;
    (b) Residence or business address;
    (c) Present principal occupation or employment and the name, 
principal business and address of any corporation or other organization 
in which such employment is conducted;
    (d) Whether or not, during the last five years, such person has been 
convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or 
similar misdemeanors) and, if so, give the dates, nature of conviction, 
name and location of court, any penalty imposed, or other disposition of 
the case;
    (e) Whether or not, during the last five years, such person was a 
party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of 
competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is 
subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations 
of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state 
securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws; and, 
if so, identify and describe such proceedings and summarize the terms of 
such judgment, decree or final order; and
    (f) Citizenship.
    Item 3. Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration. State the 
source and the amount of funds or other consideration used or to be used 
in making the purchases, and if any part of the purchase price is or 
will be represented by funds or other consideration borrowed or 
otherwise obtained for the purpose of acquiring, holding, trading or 
voting the securities, a description of the transaction and the names of 
the parties thereto. Where material, such information should also be 
provided with respect to prior acquisitions not previously reported 
pursuant to this regulation. If the source of all or any part of the 
funds is a loan made in the ordinary course of business by a bank, as 
defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act, the name of the bank shall not be 
made available to the public if the person at the time of filing the 
statement so requests in writing and files such request, naming such 
bank, with the Secretary of the Commission. If the securities were 
acquired other than by purchase, describe the method of acquisition.
    Item 4. Purpose of Transaction. State the purpose or purposes of the 
acquisition of securities of the issuer. Describe any plans or proposals 
which the reporting persons may have which relate to or would result in:
    (a) The acquisition by any person of additional securities of the 
issuer, or the disposition of securities of the issuer;
    (b) An extraordinary corporate transaction, such as a merger, 
reorganization or liquidation, involving the issuer or any of its 
subsidiaries;
    (c) A sale or transfer of a material amount of assets of the issuer 
or any of its subsidiaries;
    (d) Any change in the present board of directors or management of 
the issuer, including any plans or proposals to change the number or 
term of directors or to fill any existing vacancies on the board;
    (e) Any material change in the present capitalization or dividend 
policy of the issuer;
    (f) Any other material change in the issuer's business or corporate 
structure, including but not limited to, if the issuer is a registered 
closed-end investment company, any plans or proposals to make any 
changes in its investment policy for which a vote is required by section 
13 of the Investment Company Act of 1940;
    (g) Changes in the issuer's charter, bylaws or instruments 
corresponding thereto or other actions which may impede the acquisition 
of control of the issuer by any person;
    (h) Causing a class of securities of the issuer to be delisted from 
a national securities exchange or to cease to be authorized to be quoted 
in an inter-dealer quotation system of a registered national securities 
association;
    (i) A class of equity securities of the issuer becoming eligible for 
termination of registration pursuant to section 12(g)(4) of the Act; or
    (j) Any action similar to any of those enumerated above.
    Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer. (a) State the 
aggregate number and percentage of the class of securities identified 
pursuant to Item 1 (which may be based on the number of securities 
outstanding as contained in the most recently available filing with the 
Commission by the issuer unless the filing

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person has reason to believe such information is not current) 
beneficially owned (identifying those shares which there is a right to 
acquire) by each person named in Item 2. The above mentioned information 
should also be furnished with respect to persons who, together with any 
of the persons named in Item 2, comprise a group within the meaning of 
section 13(d)(3) of the Act;
    (b) For each person named in response to paragraph (a), indicate the 
number of shares as to which there is sole power to vote or to direct 
the vote, sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition, or shared 
power to dispose or to direct the disposition. Provide the applicable 
information required by Item 2 with respect to each person with whom the 
power to vote or to direct the vote or to dispose or direct the 
disposition is shared;
    (c) Describe any transactions in the class of securities reported on 
that were effected during the past sixty days or since the most recent 
filing of Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101), whichever is less, by the 
persons named in response to paragraph (a).
    Instruction. The description of a transaction required by Item 5(c) 
shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: (1) The identity of 
the person covered by Item 5(c) who effected the transaction; (2) the 
date of transaction; (3) the amount of securities involved; (4) the 
price per share or unit; and (5) where and how the transaction was 
effected.
    (d) If any other person is known to have the right to receive or the 
power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the 
sale of, such securities, a statement to that effect should be included 
in response to this item and, if such interest relates to more than five 
percent of the class, such person should be identified. A listing of the 
shareholders of an investment company registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 or the beneficiaries of an employee benefit plan, 
pension fund or endowment fund is not required.
    (e) If applicable, state the date on which the reporting person 
ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class 
of securities.
    Instruction. For computations regarding securities which represent a 
right to acquire an underlying security, see Rule 13d-3(d)(1) and the 
note thereto.
    Item 6. Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships 
With Respect to Securities of the Issuer. Describe any contracts, 
arrangements, understandings or relationships (legal or otherwise) among 
the persons named in Item 2 and between such persons and any person with 
respect to any securities of the issuer, including but not limited to 
transfer or voting of any of the securities, finder's fees, joint 
ventures, loan or option arrangements, puts or calls, guarantees of 
profits, division of profits or loss, or the giving or withholding of 
proxies, naming the persons with whom such contracts, arrangements, 
understandings or relationships have been entered into. Include such 
information for any of the securities that are pledged or otherwise 
subject to a contingency the occurrence of which would give another 
person voting power or investment power over such securities except that 
disclosure of standard default and similar provisions contained in loan 
agreements need not be included.
    Item 7. Material to be Filed as Exhibits. The following shall be 
filed as exhibits: Copies of written agreements relating to the filing 
of joint acquisition statements as required by Rule 13d-1(k) and copies 
of all written agreements, contracts, arrangements, understanding, plans 
or proposals relating to: (1) The borrowing of funds to finance the 
acquisition as disclosed in Item 3; (2) the acquisition of issuer 
control, liquidation, sale of assets, merger, or change in business or 
corporate structure, or any other matter as disclosed in Item 4; and (3) 
the transfer or voting of the securities, finder's fees, joint ventures, 
options, puts, calls, guarantees of loans, guarantees against loss or of 
profit, or the giving or withholding of any proxy as disclosed in Item 
6.
    Signature. After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge 
and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement 
is true, complete and correct.
Date____________________________________________________________________
Signature_______________________________________________________________
Name/Title______________________________________________________________
    The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose 
behalf the statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the 
statement is signed on behalf of a person by his authorized 
representative (other than an executive officer or general partner of 
the filing person), evidence of the representative's authority to sign 
on behalf of such person shall be filed with the statement: Provided, 
however, That a power of attorney for this purpose which is already on 
file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. The name and 
any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or 
printed beneath his signature.
    Attention--Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute 
Federal criminal violations (See 18 U.S.C. 1001).

[44 FR 2145, Jan. 9, 1979; 44 FR 11751, Mar. 2, 1979; 44 FR 70340, Dec. 
6, 1979; 47 FR 11466, Mar. 16, 1982; 61 FR 49959, Sept. 24, 1996; 62 FR 
35340, July 1, 1997; 63 FR 2867, Jan. 16, 1998; 63 FR 15287, Mar. 31, 
1998; 72 FR 45111, Aug. 10, 2007; 73 FR 17813, Apr. 1, 2008]

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Sec. 240.13d-102  Schedule 13G--Information to be included in 
statements filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b), (c), and (d) and 

amendments thereto filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-2.

Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549

Schedule 13G

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No.--)*
________________________________________________________________________
(Name of Issuer)
________________________________________________________________________
(Title of Class of Securities)
________________________________________________________________________
(CUSIP Number)
________________________________________________________________________
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

    Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which 
this Schedule is filed:

[ ] Rule 13d-1(b)
[ ] Rule 13d-1(c)
[ ] Rule 13d-1(d)

    *The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a 
reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the 
subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing 
information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover 
page.
    The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall 
not be deemed to be ``filed'' for the purpose of Section 18 of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') or otherwise subject to the 
liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other 
provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

                             CUSIP No.------
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(1) Names of reporting persons.........
(2) Check the appropriate box if a       (a)
 member of a group
                                        --------------------------------
           (see instructions)            (b)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(3) SEC use only.......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(4) Citizenship or place of
 organization.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Number of shares beneficially owned by
 each reporting person with:
  (5) Sole voting power................
                                        --------------------------------
  (6) Shared voting power..............
                                        --------------------------------
  (7) Sole dispositive power...........
                                        --------------------------------
  (8) Shared dispositive power.........
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(9) Aggregate amount beneficially owned
 by each reporting person.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(10) Check if the aggregate amount in
 Row (9) excludes certain shares (see
 instructions).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(11) Percent of class represented by
 amount in Row (9).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(12) Type of reporting person (see
 instructions).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                           Page -- of -- Pages

Instructions for Cover Page:

    (1) Names of Reporting Persons--Furnish the full legal name of each 
person for whom the report is filed--i.e., each person required to sign 
the schedule itself--including each member of a group. Do not include 
the name of a person required to be identified in the report but who is 
not a reporting person.
    (2) If any of the shares beneficially owned by a reporting person 
are held as a member of a group and that membership is expressly 
affirmed, please check row 2(a). If the reporting person disclaims 
membership in a group or describes a relationship with other person but 
does not affirm the existence of a group, please check row 2(b) [unless 
it is a joint filing pursuant to Rule 13d-1(k)(1) in which case it may 
not be necessary to check row 2(b)].
    (3) The third row is for SEC internal use; please leave blank.
    (4) Citizenship or Place of Organization--Furnish citizenship if the 
named reporting person is a natural person. Otherwise, furnish place of 
organization.
    (5)-(9), (11) Aggregated Amount Beneficially Owned By Each Reporting 
Person, etc.--Rows (5) through (9) inclusive, and (11) are to be 
completed in accordance with the provisions

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of Item 4 of Schedule 13G. All percentages are to be rounded off to the 
nearest tenth (one place after decimal point).
    (10) Check if the aggregate amount reported as beneficially owned in 
row (9) does not include shares as to which beneficial ownership is 
disclaimed pursuant to Rule 13d-4 [17 CFR 240.13d-4] under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
    (12) Type of Reporting Person--Please classify each ``reporting 
person'' according to the following breakdown (see Item 3 of Schedule 
13G) and place the appropriate Symbol on the form:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           Category                              Symbol
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Broker Dealer................................................         BD
Bank.........................................................         BK
Insurance Company............................................         IC
Investment Company...........................................         IV
Investment Adviser...........................................         IA
Employee Benefit Plan or Endowment Fund......................         EP
Parent Holding Company/Control Person........................         HC
Savings Association..........................................         SA
Church Plan..................................................         CP
Corporation..................................................         CO
Partnership..................................................         PN
Individual...................................................         IN
Non-U.S. Institution.........................................         FI
Other........................................................         OO
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Notes: Attach as many copies of the second part of the cover page as 
are needed, one reporting person per page.
    Filing persons may, in order to avoid unnecessary duplication, 
answer items on the schedules (Schedule 13D, 13G or TO) by appropriate 
cross references to an item or items on the cover page(s). This approach 
may only be used where the cover page item or items provide all the 
disclosure required by the schedule item. Moreover, such a use of a 
cover page item will result in the item becoming a part of the schedule 
and accordingly being considered as ``filed'' for purposes of section 18 
of the Securities Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities 
of that section of the Act.
    Reporting persons may comply with their cover page filing 
requirements by filing either completed copies of the blank forms 
available from the Commission, printed or typed facsimiles, or computer 
printed facsimiles, provided the documents filed have identical formats 
to the forms prescribed in the Commission's regulations and meet 
existing Securities Exchange Act rules as to such matters as clarity and 
size (Securities Exchange Act Rule 12b-12).

          Special Instructions for Complying With Schedule 13G

    Under Sections 13(d), 13(g) and 23 of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 and the rules and regulations thereunder, the Commission is 
authorized to solicit the information required to be supplied by this 
schedule by certain security holders of certain issuers.
    Disclosure of the information specified in this schedule is 
mandatory. The information will be used for the primary purpose of 
determining and disclosing the holdings of certain beneficial owners of 
certain equity securities. This statement will be made a matter of 
public record. Therefore, any information given will be available for 
inspection by any member of the public.
    Because of the public nature of the information, the Commission can 
use it for a variety of purposes, including referral to other 
governmental authorities or securities self-regulatory organizations for 
investigatory purposes or in connection with litigation involving the 
Federal securities laws or other civil, criminal or regulatory statutes 
or provisions.
    Failure to disclose the information requested by this schedule may 
result in civil or criminal action against the persons involved for 
violation of the Federal securities laws and rules promulgated 
thereunder.
    Instructions. A. Statements filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b) 
containing the information required by this schedule shall be filed not 
later than February 14 following the calendar year covered by the 
statement or within the time specified in Rules 13d-1(b)(2) and 13d-
2(c). Statements filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(d) shall be filed within 
the time specified in Rules 13d-1(c), 13d-2(b) and 13d-2(d). Statements 
filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(c) shall be filed not later than February 
14 following the calendar year covered by the statement pursuant to 
Rules 13d-1(d) and 13d-2(b).
    B. Information contained in a form which is required to be filed by 
rules under section 13(f) (15 U.S.C. 78m(f)) for the same calendar year 
as that covered by a statement on this schedule may be incorporated by 
reference in response to any of the items of this schedule. If such 
information is incorporated by reference in this schedule, copies of the 
relevant pages of such form shall be filed as an exhibit to this 
schedule.
    C. The item numbers and captions of the items shall be included but 
the text of the items is to be omitted. The answers to the items shall 
be so prepared as to indicate clearly the coverage of the items without 
referring to the text of the items. Answer every item. If an item is 
inapplicable or the answer is in the negative, so state.
    Item 1(a) Name of issuer:------
    Item 1(b) Address of issuer's principal executive offices:--------
    2(a) Name of person filing:
________________________________________________________________________
    2(b) Address or principal business office or, if none, residence:
________________________________________________________________________
    2(c) Citizenship:
________________________________________________________________________
    2(d) Title of class of securities:
________________________________________________________________________

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    2(e) CUSIP No.:
________________________________________________________________________
    Item 3. If this statement is filed pursuant to Sec. Sec. 240.13d-
1(b) or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:
    (a) [ ] Broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o);
    (b) [ ] Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78c);
    (c) [ ] Insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78c);
    (d) [ ] Investment company registered under section 8 of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C 80a-8);
    (e) [ ] An investment adviser in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-
1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
    (f) [ ] An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance 
with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);
    (g) [ ] A parent holding company or control person in accordance 
with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);
    (h) [ ] A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the 
Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);
    (i) [ ] A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an 
investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act 
of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);
    (j) [ ] A non-U.S. institution in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-
1(b)(1)(ii)(J);
    (k) [ ] Group, in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K). If 
filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-
1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please specify the type of institution: --------

                            Item 4. Ownership

    Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and 
percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 
1.
    (a) Amount beneficially owned: ----------.
    (b) Percent of class: ----------.
    (c) Number of shares as to which the person has:
    (i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote ----------.
    (ii) Shared power to vote or to direct the vote ----------.
    (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of --------
--.
    (iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of ------
----.
    Instruction. For computations regarding securities which represent a 
right to acquire an underlying security see Sec. 240.13d-3(d)(1).
    Item 5. Ownership of 5 Percent or Less of a Class. If this statement 
is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the 
reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than 5 
percent of the class of securities, check the following [ ].
    Instruction. Dissolution of a group requires a response to this 
item.
    Item 6. Ownership of More than 5 Percent on Behalf of Another 
Person. If any other person is known to have the right to receive or the 
power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the 
sale of, such securities, a statement to that effect should be included 
in response to this item and, if such interest relates to more than 5 
percent of the class, such person should be identified. A listing of the 
shareholders of an investment company registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 or the beneficiaries of employee benefit plan, 
pension fund or endowment fund is not required.
    Item 7. Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which 
Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company or 
Control Person. If a parent holding company or control person has filed 
this schedule pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G), so indicate under 
Item 3(g) and attach an exhibit stating the identity and the Item 3 
classification of the relevant subsidiary. If a parent holding company 
or control person has filed this schedule pursuant to Rule 13d-1(c) or 
Rule 13d-1(d), attach an exhibit stating the identification of the 
relevant subsidiary.

    Item 8. Identification and Classification of Members of the Group

    If a group has filed this schedule pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-
1(b)(1)(ii)(J), so indicate under Item 3(j) and attach an exhibit 
stating the identity and Item 3 classification of each member of the 
group. If a group has filed this schedule pursuant to Rule 13d-1(c) or 
Rule 13d-1(d), attach an exhibit stating the identity of each member of 
the group.
    Item 9. Notice of Dissolution of Group. Notice of dissolution of a 
group may be furnished as an exhibit stating the date of the dissolution 
and that all further filings with respect to transactions in the 
security reported on will be filed, if required, by members of the 
group, in their individual capacity. See Item 5.

                         Item 10. Certifications

    (a) The following certification shall be included if the statement 
is filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b):
    By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and 
belief, the securities referred to above were acquired and are held in 
the ordinary course of business and were not acquired and are not held 
for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the 
control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are 
not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction 
having that purpose or effect.
    (b) The following certification shall be included if the statement 
is filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), or if the statement 
is filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K) and a

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member of the group is a non-U.S. institution eligible to file pursuant 
to Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J):
    By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and 
belief, the foreign regulatory scheme applicable to [insert particular 
category of institutional investor] is substantially comparable to the 
regulatory scheme applicable to the functionally equivalent U.S. 
institution(s). I also undertake to furnish to the Commission staff, 
upon request, information that would otherwise be disclosed in a 
Schedule 13D.
    (c) The following certification shall be included if the statement 
is filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(c):
    By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and 
belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not 
held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing 
the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and 
are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction 
having that purpose or effect.
    Signature. After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge 
and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement 
is true, complete and correct.
    Dated:----
                                                             ----------.
                                                              Signature.
                                                             ----------.
                                                             Name/Title.

    The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose 
behalf the statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the 
statement is signed on behalf of a person by his authorized 
representative other than an executive officer or general partner of the 
filing person, evidence of the representative's authority to sign on 
behalf of such person shall be filed with the statement, Provided, 
however, That a power of attorney for this purpose which is already on 
file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. The name and 
any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or 
printed beneath his signature.

    Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed 
original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See 
Rule 13d-7 for other parties for whom copies are to be sent.


Attention: Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute 
Federal criminal violations (see 18 U.S.C. 1001).

[43 FR 18499, Apr. 28, 1978, as amended at 43 FR 55756, Nov. 29, 1978; 
44 FR 2148, Jan. 9, 1979; 44 FR 11751, Mar. 2, 1979; 61 FR 49959, Sept. 
24, 1996; 62 FR 35340, July 1, 1997; 63 FR 2867, Jan. 16, 1998; 63 FR 
15287, Mar. 31, 1998; 72 FR 45112, Aug. 10, 2007; 73 FR 17813, Apr. 1, 
2008; 73 FR 60089, Oct. 9, 2008]



Sec. 240.13e-1  Purchase of securities by the issuer during a 
third-party tender offer.

    An issuer that has received notice that it is the subject of a 
tender offer made under Section 14(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78n), 
that has commenced under Sec. 240.14d-2 must not purchase any of its 
equity securities during the tender offer unless the issuer first:
    (a) Files a statement with the Commission containing the following 
information:
    (1) The title and number of securities to be purchased;
    (2) The names of the persons or classes of persons from whom the 
issuer will purchase the securities;
    (3) The name of any exchange, inter-dealer quotation system or any 
other market on or through which the securities will be purchased;
    (4) The purpose of the purchase;
    (5) Whether the issuer will retire the securities, hold the 
securities in its treasury, or dispose of the securities. If the issuer 
intends to dispose of the securities, describe how it intends to do so; 
and
    (6) The source and amount of funds or other consideration to be used 
to make the purchase. If the issuer borrows any funds or other 
consideration to make the purchase or enters any agreement for the 
purpose of acquiring, holding, or trading the securities, describe the 
transaction and agreement and identify the parties; and
    (b) Pays the fee required by Sec. 240.0-11 when it files the 
initial statement.
    (c) This section does not apply to periodic repurchases in 
connection with an employee benefit plan or other similar plan of the 
issuer so long as the purchases are made in the ordinary course and not 
in response to the tender offer.

    Instruction to Sec. 240.13e-1:
    File eight copies if paper filing is permitted.

[64 FR 61452, Nov. 10, 1999]



Sec. 240.13e-2  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.13e-3  Going private transactions by certain issuers or 
their affiliates.

    (a) Definitions. Unless indicated otherwise or the context otherwise 
requires, all terms used in this section

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and in Schedule 13E-3 [Sec. 240.13e-100] shall have the same meaning as 
in the Act or elsewhere in the General Rules and Regulations thereunder. 
In addition, the following definitions apply:
    (1) An affiliate of an issuer is a person that directly or 
indirectly through one or more intermediaries controls, is controlled 
by, or is under common control with such issuer. For the purposes of 
this section only, a person who is not an affiliate of an issuer at the 
commencement of such person's tender offer for a class of equity 
securities of such issuer will not be deemed an affiliate of such issuer 
prior to the stated termination of such tender offer and any extensions 
thereof;
    (2) The term purchase means any acquisition for value including, but 
not limited to, (i) any acquisition pursuant to the dissolution of an 
issuer subsequent to the sale or other disposition of substantially all 
the assets of such issuer to its affiliate, (ii) any acquisition 
pursuant to a merger, (iii) any acquisition of fractional interests in 
connection with a reverse stock split, and (iv) any acquisition subject 
to the control of an issuer or an affiliate of such issuer;
    (3) A Rule 13e-3 transaction is any transaction or series of 
transactions involving one or more of the transactions described in 
paragraph (a)(3)(i) of this section which has either a reasonable 
likelihood or a purpose of producing, either directly or indirectly, any 
of the effects described in paragraph (a)(3)(ii) of this section;
    (i) The transactions referred to in paragraph (a)(3) of this section 
are:
    (A) A purchase of any equity security by the issuer of such security 
or by an affiliate of such issuer;
    (B) A tender offer for or request or invitation for tenders of any 
equity security made by the issuer of such class of securities or by an 
affiliate of such issuer; or
    (C) A solicitation subject to Regulation 14A [Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1 
to 240.14b-1] of any proxy, consent or authorization of, or a 
distribution subject to Regulation 14C [Sec. Sec. 240.14c-1 to 14c-101] 
of information statements to, any equity security holder by the issuer 
of the class of securities or by an affiliate of such issuer, in 
connection with: a merger, consolidation, reclassification, 
recapitalization, reorganization or similar corporate transaction of an 
issuer or between an issuer (or its subsidiaries) and its affiliate; a 
sale of substantially all the assets of an issuer to its affiliate or 
group of affiliates; or a reverse stock split of any class of equity 
securities of the issuer involving the purchase of fractional interests.
    (ii) The effects referred to in paragraph (a)(3) of this section 
are:
    (A) Causing any class of equity securities of the issuer which is 
subject to section 12(g) or section 15(d) of the Act to become eligible 
for termination of registration under Rule 12g-4 (Sec. 240.12g-4) or 
Rule 12h-6 (Sec. 240.12h-6), or causing the reporting obligations with 
respect to such class to become eligible for termination under Rule 12h-
6 (Sec. 240.12h-6); or suspension under Rule 12h-3 (Sec. 240.12h-3) or 
section 15(d); or
    (B) Causing any class of equity securities of the issuer which is 
either listed on a national securities exchange or authorized to be 
quoted in an inter-dealer quotation system of a registered national 
securities association to be neither listed on any national securities 
exchange nor authorized to be quoted on an inter-dealer quotation system 
of any registered national securities association.
    (4) An unaffiliated security holder is any security holder of an 
equity security subject to a Rule 13e-3 transaction who is not an 
affiliate of the issuer of such security.
    (b) Application of section to an issuer (or an affiliate of such 
issuer) subject to section 12 of the Act. (1) It shall be a fraudulent, 
deceptive or manipulative act or practice, in connection with a Rule 
13e-3 transaction, for an issuer which has a class of equity securities 
registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act or which is a closed-end 
investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 
or an affiliate of such issuer, directly or indirectly
    (i) To employ any device, scheme or artifice to defraud any person;
    (ii) To make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to 
state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in 
light of

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the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; or
    (iii) To engage in any act, practice or course of business which 
operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person.
    (2) As a means reasonably designed to prevent fraudulent, deceptive 
or manipulative acts or practices in connection with any Rule 13e-3 
transaction, it shall be unlawful for an issuer which has a class of 
equity securities registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act, or an 
affiliate of such issuer, to engage, directly or indirectly, in a Rule 
13e-3 transaction unless:
    (i) Such issuer or affiliate complies with the requirements of 
paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of this section; and
    (ii) The Rule 13e-3 transaction is not in violation of paragraph 
(b)(1) of this section.
    (c) Application of section to an issuer (or an affiliate of such 
issuer) subject to section 15(d) of the Act. (1) It shall be unlawful as 
a fraudulent, deceptive or manipulative act or practice for an issuer 
which is required to file periodic reports pursuant to Section 15(d) of 
the Act, or an affiliate of such issuer, to engage, directly or 
indirectly, in a Rule 13e-3 transaction unless such issuer or affiliate 
complies with the requirements of paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of this 
section.
    (2) An issuer or affiliate which is subject to paragraph (c)(1) of 
this section and which is soliciting proxies or distributing information 
statements in connection with a transaction described in paragraph 
(a)(3)(i)(A) of this section may elect to use the timing procedures for 
conducting a solicitation subject to Regulation 14A (Sec. Sec. 240.14a-
1 to 240.14b-1) or a distribution subject to Regulation 14C (Sec. Sec. 
240.14c-1 to 240.14c-101) in complying with paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) 
of this section, provided that if an election is made, such solicitation 
or distribution is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the 
respective regulations, including the filing of preliminary copies of 
soliciting materials or an information statement at the time specified 
in Regulation 14A or 14C, respectively.
    (d) Material required to be filed. The issuer or affiliate engaging 
in a Rule 13e-3 transaction must file with the Commission:
    (1) A Schedule 13E-3 (Sec. 240.13e-100), including all exhibits;
    (2) An amendment to Schedule 13E-3 reporting promptly any material 
changes in the information set forth in the schedule previously filed; 
and
    (3) A final amendment to Schedule 13E-3 reporting promptly the 
results of the Rule 13e-3 transaction.
    (e) Disclosure of information to security holders. (1) In addition 
to disclosing the information required by any other applicable rule or 
regulation under the federal securities laws, the issuer or affiliate 
engaging in a Sec. 240.13e-3 transaction must disclose to security 
holders of the class that is the subject of the transaction, as 
specified in paragraph (f) of this section, the following:
    (i) The information required by Item 1 of Schedule 13E-3 (Sec. 
240.13e-100) (Summary Term Sheet);
    (ii) The information required by Items 7, 8 and 9 of Schedule 13E-3, 
which must be prominently disclosed in a ``Special Factors'' section in 
the front of the disclosure document;
    (iii) A prominent legend on the outside front cover page that 
indicates that neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any 
state securities commission has: approved or disapproved of the 
transaction; passed upon the merits or fairness of the transaction; or 
passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the disclosure in the document. 
The legend also must make it clear that any representation to the 
contrary is a criminal offense;
    (iv) The information concerning appraisal rights required by Sec. 
229.1016(f) of this chapter; and
    (v) The information required by the remaining items of Schedule 13E-
3, except for Sec. 229.1016 of this chapter (exhibits), or a fair and 
adequate summary of the information.

    Instructions to paragraph (e)(1):
    1. If the Rule 13e-3 transaction also is subject to Regulation 14A 
(Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1 through 240.14b-2) or 14C (Sec. Sec. 240.14c-1 
through 240.14c-101), the registration provisions and rules of the 
Securities Act of 1933, Regulation 14D or Sec. 240.13e-4, the 
information required by paragraph (e)(1) of this section must be 
combined with the proxy statement, information statement, prospectus or 
tender offer material sent or given to security holders.

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    2. If the Rule 13e-3 transaction involves a registered securities 
offering, the legend required by Sec. 229.501(b)(7) of this chapter 
must be combined with the legend required by paragraph (e)(1)(iii) of 
this section.
    3. The required legend must be written in clear, plain language.

    (2) If there is any material change in the information previously 
disclosed to security holders, the issuer or affiliate must disclose the 
change promptly to security holders as specified in paragraph 
(f)(1)(iii) of this section.
    (f) Dissemination of information to security holders. (1) If the 
Rule 13e-3 transaction involves a purchase as described in paragraph 
(a)(3)(i)(A) of this section or a vote, consent, authorization, or 
distribution of information statements as described in paragraph 
(a)(3)(i)(C) of this section, the issuer or affiliate engaging in the 
Rule 13e-3 transaction shall:
    (i) Provide the information required by paragraph (e) of this 
section: (A) In accordance with the provisions of any applicable Federal 
or State law, but in no event later than 20 days prior to: any such 
purchase; any such vote, consent or authorization; or with respect to 
the distribution of information statements, the meeting date, or if 
corporate action is to be taken by means of the written authorization or 
consent of security holders, the earliest date on which corporate action 
may be taken: Provided, however, That if the purchase subject to this 
section is pursuant to a tender offer excepted from Rule 13e-4 by 
paragraph (g)(5) of Rule 13e-4, the information required by paragraph 
(e) of this section shall be disseminated in accordance with paragraph 
(e) of Rule 13e-4 no later than 10 business days prior to any purchase 
pursuant to such tender offer, (B) to each person who is a record holder 
of a class of equity securities subject to the Rule 13e-3 transaction as 
of a date not more than 20 days prior to the date of dissemination of 
such information.
    (ii) If the issuer or affiliate knows that securities of the class 
of securities subject to the Rule 13e-3 transaction are held of record 
by a broker, dealer, bank or voting trustee or their nominees, such 
issuer or affiliate shall (unless Rule 14a-13(a) [Sec. 240.14a-13(a)] 
or 14c-7 [Sec. 240.14c-7] is applicable) furnish the number of copies 
of the information required by paragraph (e) of this section that are 
requested by such persons (pursuant to inquiries by or on behalf of the 
issuer or affiliate), instruct such persons to forward such information 
to the beneficial owners of such securities in a timely manner and 
undertake to pay the reasonable expenses incurred by such persons in 
forwarding such information; and
    (iii) Promptly disseminate disclosure of material changes to the 
information required by paragraph (d) of this section in a manner 
reasonably calculated to inform security holders.
    (2) If the Rule 13e-3 transaction is a tender offer or a request or 
invitation for tenders of equity securities which is subject to 
Regulation 14D [Sec. Sec. 240.14d-1 to 240.14d-101] or Rule 13e-4 
[Sec. 240.13e-4], the tender offer containing the information required 
by paragraph (e) of this section, and any material change with respect 
thereto, shall be published, sent or given in accordance with Regulation 
14D or Rule 13e-4, respectively, to security holders of the class of 
securities being sought by the issuer or affiliate.
    (g) Exceptions. This section shall not apply to:
    (1) Any Rule 13e-3 transaction by or on behalf of a person which 
occurs within one year of the date of termination of a tender offer in 
which such person was the bidder and became an affiliate of the issuer 
as a result of such tender offer: Provided, That the consideration 
offered to unaffiliated security holders in such Rule 13e-3 transaction 
is at least equal to the highest consideration offered during such 
tender offer and Provided further, That:
    (i) If such tender offer was made for any or all securities of a 
class of the issuer;
    (A) Such tender offer fully disclosed such person's intention to 
engage in a Rule 13e-3 transaction, the form and effect of such 
transaction and, to the extent known, the proposed terms thereof; and
    (B) Such Rule 13e-3 transaction is substantially similar to that 
described in such tender offer; or
    (ii) If such tender offer was made for less than all the securities 
of a class of the issuer:

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    (A) Such tender offer fully disclosed a plan of merger, a plan of 
liquidation or a similar binding agreement between such person and the 
issuer with respect to a Rule 13e-3 transaction; and
    (B) Such Rule 13e-3 transaction occurs pursuant to the plan of 
merger, plan of liquidation or similar binding agreement disclosed in 
the bidder's tender offer.
    (2) Any Rule 13e-3 transaction in which the security holders are 
offered or receive only an equity security Provided, That:
    (i) Such equity security has substantially the same rights as the 
equity security which is the subject of the Rule 13e-3 transaction 
including, but not limited to, voting, dividends, redemption and 
liquidation rights except that this requirement shall be deemed to be 
satisfied if unaffiliated security holders are offered common stock;
    (ii) Such equity security is registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act or reports are required to be filed by the issuer thereof 
pursuant to section 15(d) of the Act; and
    (iii) If the security which is the subject of the Rule 13e-3 
transaction was either listed on a national securities exchange or 
authorized to be quoted in an interdealer quotation system of a 
registered national securities association, such equity security is 
either listed on a national securities exchange or authorized to be 
quoted in an inter-dealer quotation system of a registered national 
securities association.
    (3) [Reserved]
    (4) Redemptions, calls or similar purchases of an equity security by 
an issuer pursuant to specific provisions set forth in the instrument(s) 
creating or governing that class of equity securities; or
    (5) Any solicitation by an issuer with respect to a plan of 
reorganization under Chapter XI of the Bankruptcy Act, as amended, if 
made after the entry of an order approving such plan pursuant to section 
1125(b) of that Act and after, or concurrently with, the transmittal of 
information concerning such plan as required by section 1125(b) of that 
Act.
    (6) Any tender offer or business combination made in compliance with 
Sec. 230.802 of this chapter, Sec. 240.13e-4(h)(8) or Sec. 240.14d-
1(c) or any other kind of transaction that otherwise meets the 
conditions for reliance on the cross-border exemptions set forth in 
Sec. 240.13e-4(h)(8), Sec. 240.14d-1(c) or Sec. 230.802 of this 
chapter except for the fact that it is not technically subject to those 
rules.

    Instruction to Sec. 240.13e-3(g)(6): To the extent applicable, the 
acquiror must comply with the conditions set forth in Sec. 230.802 of 
this chapter, and Sec. Sec. 240.13e-4(h)(8) and 14d-1(c). If the 
acquiror publishes or otherwise disseminates an informational document 
to the holders of the subject securities in connection with the 
transaction, the acquiror must furnish an English translation of that 
informational document, including any amendments thereto, to the 
Commission under cover of Form CB (Sec. 239.800 of this chapter) by the 
first business day after publication or dissemination. If the acquiror 
is a foreign entity, it must also file a Form F-X (Sec. 239.42 of this 
chapter) with the Commission at the same time as the submission of the 
Form CB to appoint an agent for service in the United States.

[44 FR 46741, Aug. 8, 1979, as amended at 47 FR 11466, Mar. 16, 1982; 48 
FR 19877, May 3, 1983; 48 FR 34253, July 28, 1983; 51 FR 42059, Nov. 20, 
1986; 61 FR 24656, May 15, 1996; 64 FR 61403, 64 FR 61452, Nov. 10, 
1999; 73 FR 17813, Apr. 1, 2008; 73 FR 58323, Oct. 6, 2008; 73 FR 60090, 
Oct. 9, 2008]



Sec. 240.13e-4  Tender offers by issuers.

    (a) Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms 
used in this section and in Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100) shall have 
the same meaning as in the Act or elsewhere in the General Rules and 
Regulations thereunder. In addition, the following definitions shall 
apply:
    (1) The term issuer means any issuer which has a class of equity 
security registered pursuant to section 12 of the Act, or which is 
required to file periodic reports pursuant to section 15(d) of the Act, 
or which is a closed-end investment company registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940.
    (2) The term issuer tender offer refers to a tender offer for, or a 
request or invitation for tenders of, any class of equity security, made 
by the issuer of such class of equity security or by an affiliate of 
such issuer.
    (3) As used in this section and in Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100), 
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Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, and shall consist of the time 
period from 12:01 a.m. through 12:00 midnight Eastern Time. In computing 
any time period under this Rule or Schedule TO, the date of the event 
that begins the running of such time period shall be included except 
that if such event occurs on other than a business day such period shall 
begin to run on and shall include the first business day thereafter.
    (4) The term commencement means 12:01 a.m. on the date that the 
issuer or affiliate has first published, sent or given the means to 
tender to security holders. For purposes of this section, the means to 
tender includes the transmittal form or a statement regarding how the 
transmittal form may be obtained.
    (5) The term termination means the date after which securities may 
not be tendered pursuant to an issuer tender offer.
    (6) The term security holders means holders of record and beneficial 
owners of securities of the class of equity security which is the 
subject of an issuer tender offer.
    (7) The term security position listing means, with respect to the 
securities of any issuer held by a registered clearing agency in the 
name of the clearing agency or its nominee, a list of those participants 
in the clearing agency on whose behalf the clearing agency holds the 
issuer's securities and of the participants' respective positions in 
such securities as of a specified date.
    (b) Filing, disclosure and dissemination. As soon as practicable on 
the date of commencement of the issuer tender offer, the issuer or 
affiliate making the issuer tender offer must comply with:
    (1) The filing requirements of paragraph (c)(2) of this section;
    (2) The disclosure requirements of paragraph (d)(1) of this section; 
and
    (3) The dissemination requirements of paragraph (e) of this section.
    (c) Material required to be filed. The issuer or affiliate making 
the issuer tender offer must file with the Commission:
    (1) All written communications made by the issuer or affiliate 
relating to the issuer tender offer, from and including the first public 
announcement, as soon as practicable on the date of the communication;
    (2) A Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100), including all exhibits;
    (3) An amendment to Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100) reporting 
promptly any material changes in the information set forth in the 
schedule previously filed; and
    (4) A final amendment to Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100) reporting 
promptly the results of the issuer tender offer.

    Instructions to Sec. 240.13e-4(c):
    1. Pre-commencement communications must be filed under cover of 
Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100) and the box on the cover page of the 
schedule must be marked.
    2. Any communications made in connection with an exchange offer 
registered under the Securities Act of 1933 need only be filed under 
Sec. 230.425 of this chapter and will be deemed filed under this 
section.
    3. Each pre-commencement written communication must include a 
prominent legend in clear, plain language advising security holders to 
read the tender offer statement when it is available because it contains 
important information. The legend also must advise investors that they 
can get the tender offer statement and other filed documents for free at 
the Commission's web site and explain which documents are free from the 
issuer.
    4. See Sec. Sec. 230.135, 230.165 and 230.166 of this chapter for 
pre-commencement communications made in connection with registered 
exchange offers.
    5. ``Public announcement'' is any oral or written communication by 
the issuer, affiliate or any person authorized to act on their behalf 
that is reasonably designed to, or has the effect of, informing the 
public or security holders in general about the issuer tender offer.

    (d) Disclosure of tender offer information to security holders. (1) 
The issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender offer must disclose, in 
a manner prescribed by paragraph (e)(1) of this section, the following:
    (i) The information required by Item 1 of Schedule TO (Sec. 
240.14d-100) (summary term sheet); and
    (ii) The information required by the remaining items of Schedule TO 
for issuer tender offers, except for Item 12 (exhibits), or a fair and 
adequate summary of the information.
    (2) If there are any material changes in the information previously 
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to security holders, the issuer or affiliate must disclose the changes 
promptly to security holders in a manner specified in paragraph (e)(3) 
of this section.
    (3) If the issuer or affiliate disseminates the issuer tender offer 
by means of summary publication as described in paragraph (e)(1)(iii) of 
this section, the summary advertisement must not include a transmittal 
letter that would permit security holders to tender securities sought in 
the offer and must disclose at least the following information:
    (i) The identity of the issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender 
offer;
    (ii) The information required by Sec. 229.1004(a)(1) and Sec. 
229.1006(a) of this chapter;
    (iii) Instructions on how security holders can obtain promptly a 
copy of the statement required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section, at 
the issuer or affiliate's expense; and
    (iv) A statement that the information contained in the statement 
required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section is incorporated by 
reference.
    (e) Dissemination of tender offers to security holders. An issuer 
tender offer will be deemed to be published, sent or given to security 
holders if the issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender offer 
complies fully with one or more of the methods described in this 
section.
    (1) For issuer tender offers in which the consideration offered 
consists solely of cash and/or securities exempt from registration under 
section 3 of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77c):
    (i) Dissemination of cash issuer tender offers by long-form 
publication: By making adequate publication of the information required 
by paragraph (d)(1) of this section in a newspaper or newspapers, on the 
date of commencement of the issuer tender offer.
    (ii) Dissemination of any issuer tender offer by use of stockholder 
and other lists:
    (A) By mailing or otherwise furnishing promptly a statement 
containing the information required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section 
to each security holder whose name appears on the most recent 
stockholder list of the issuer;
    (B) By contacting each participant on the most recent security 
position listing of any clearing agency within the possession or access 
of the issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender offer, and making 
inquiry of each participant as to the approximate number of beneficial 
owners of the securities sought in the offer that are held by the 
participant;
    (C) By furnishing to each participant a sufficient number of copies 
of the statement required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section for 
transmittal to the beneficial owners; and
    (D) By agreeing to reimburse each participant promptly for its 
reasonable expenses incurred in forwarding the statement to beneficial 
owners.
    (iii) Dissemination of certain cash issuer tender offers by summary 
publication:
    (A) If the issuer tender offer is not subject to Sec. 240.13e-3, by 
making adequate publication of a summary advertisement containing the 
information required by paragraph (d)(3) of this section in a newspaper 
or newspapers, on the date of commencement of the issuer tender offer; 
and
    (B) By mailing or otherwise furnishing promptly the statement 
required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section and a transmittal letter to 
any security holder who requests a copy of the statement or transmittal 
letter.

    Instruction to paragraph (e)(1): For purposes of paragraphs 
(e)(1)(i) and (e)(1)(iii) of this section, adequate publication of the 
issuer tender offer may require publication in a newspaper with a 
national circulation, a newspaper with metropolitan or regional 
circulation, or a combination of the two, depending upon the facts and 
circumstances involved.

    (2) For tender offers in which the consideration consists solely or 
partially of securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933, a 
registration statement containing all of the required information, 
including pricing information, has been filed and a preliminary 
prospectus or a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) 
of the Securities Act (15 U.S.C. 77j(a)), including a letter of 
transmittal, is delivered to security holders. However, for going-
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roll-up transactions (as described by Item 901 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.901 of this chapter)), a registration statement registering the 
securities to be offered must have become effective and only a 
prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the 
Securities Act may be delivered to security holders on the date of 
commencement.

    Instructions to paragraph (e)(2):
    1. If the prospectus is being delivered by mail, mailing on the date 
of commencement is sufficient.
    2. A preliminary prospectus used under this section may not omit 
information under Sec. 230.430 or Sec. 230.430A of this chapter.
    3. If a preliminary prospectus is used under this section and the 
issuer must disseminate material changes, the tender offer must remain 
open for the period specified in paragraph (e)(3) of this section.
    4. If a preliminary prospectus is used under this section, tenders 
may be requested in accordance with Sec. 230.162(a) of this chapter.

    (3) If a material change occurs in the information published, sent 
or given to security holders, the issuer or affiliate must disseminate 
promptly disclosure of the change in a manner reasonably calculated to 
inform security holders of the change. In a registered securities offer 
where the issuer or affiliate disseminates the preliminary prospectus as 
permitted by paragraph (e)(2) of this section, the offer must remain 
open from the date that material changes to the tender offer materials 
are disseminated to security holders, as follows:
    (i) Five business days for a prospectus supplement containing a 
material change other than price or share levels;
    (ii) Ten business days for a prospectus supplement containing a 
change in price, the amount of securities sought, the dealer's 
soliciting fee, or other similarly significant change;
    (iii) Ten business days for a prospectus supplement included as part 
of a post-effective amendment; and
    (iv) Twenty business days for a revised prospectus when the initial 
prospectus was materially deficient.
    (f) Manner of making tender offer. (1) The issuer tender offer, 
unless withdrawn, shall remain open until the expiration of:
    (i) At least twenty business days from its commencement; and
    (ii) At least ten business days from the date that notice of an 
increase or decrease in the percentage of the class of securities being 
sought or the consideration offered or the dealer's soliciting fee to be 
given is first published, sent or given to security holders.

Provided, however, That, for purposes of this paragraph, the acceptance 
for payment by the issuer or affiliate of an additional amount of 
securities not to exceed two percent of the class of securities that is 
the subject of the tender offer shall not be deemed to be an increase. 
For purposes of this paragraph, the percentage of a class of securities 
shall be calculated in accordance with section 14(d)(3) of the Act.
    (2) The issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender offer shall 
permit securities tendered pursuant to the issuer tender offer to be 
withdrawn:
    (i) At any time during the period such issuer tender offer remains 
open; and
    (ii) If not yet accepted for payment, after the expiration of forty 
business days from the commencement of the issuer tender offer.
    (3) If the issuer or affiliate makes a tender offer for less than 
all of the outstanding equity securities of a class, and if a greater 
number of securities is tendered pursuant thereto than the issuer or 
affiliate is bound or willing to take up and pay for, the securities 
taken up and paid for shall be taken up and paid for as nearly as may be 
pro rata, disregarding fractions, according to the number of securities 
tendered by each security holder during the period such offer remains 
open; Provided, however, That this provision shall not prohibit the 
issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender offer from:
    (i) Accepting all securities tendered by persons who own, 
beneficially or of record, an aggregate of not more than a specified 
number which is less than one hundred shares of such security and who 
tender all their securities, before prorating securities tendered by 
others; or
    (ii) Accepting by lot securities tendered by security holders who 
tender all securities held by them and who, when tendering their 
securities, elect to have either all or none or at least a minimum 
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the issuer or affiliate first accepts all securities tendered by 
security holders who do not so elect;
    (4) In the event the issuer or affiliate making the issuer tender 
increases the consideration offered after the issuer tender offer has 
commenced, such issuer or affiliate shall pay such increased 
consideration to all security holders whose tendered securities are 
accepted for payment by such issuer or affiliate.
    (5) The issuer or affiliate making the tender offer shall either pay 
the consideration offered, or return the tendered securities, promptly 
after the termination or withdrawal of the tender offer.
    (6) Until the expiration of at least ten business days after the 
date of termination of the issuer tender offer, neither the issuer nor 
any affiliate shall make any purchases, otherwise than pursuant to the 
tender offer, of:
    (i) Any security which is the subject of the issuer tender offer, or 
any security of the same class and series, or any right to purchase any 
such securities; and
    (ii) In the case of an issuer tender offer which is an exchange 
offer, any security being offered pursuant to such exchange offer, or 
any security of the same class and series, or any right to purchase any 
such security.
    (7) The time periods for the minimum offering periods pursuant to 
this section shall be computed on a concurrent as opposed to a 
consecutive basis.
    (8) No issuer or affiliate shall make a tender offer unless:
    (i) The tender offer is open to all security holders of the class of 
securities subject to the tender offer; and
    (ii) The consideration paid to any security holder for securities 
tendered in the tender offer is the highest consideration paid to any 
other security holder for securities tendered in the tender offer.
    (9) Paragraph (f)(8)(i) of this section shall not:
    (i) Affect dissemination under paragraph (e) of this section; or
    (ii) Prohibit an issuer or affiliate from making a tender offer 
excluding all security holders in a state where the issuer or affiliate 
is prohibited from making the tender offer by administrative or judicial 
action pursuant to a state statute after a good faith effort by the 
issuer or affiliate to comply with such statute.
    (10) Paragraph (f)(8)(ii) of this section shall not prohibit the 
offer of more than one type of consideration in a tender offer, provided 
that:
    (i) Security holders are afforded equal right to elect among each of 
the types of consideration offered; and
    (ii) The highest consideration of each type paid to any security 
holder is paid to any other security holder receiving that type of 
consideration.
    (11) If the offer and sale of securities constituting consideration 
offered in an issuer tender offer is prohibited by the appropriate 
authority of a state after a good faith effort by the issuer or 
affiliate to register or qualify the offer and sale of such securities 
in such state:
    (i) The issuer or affiliate may offer security holders in such state 
an alternative form of consideration; and
    (ii) Paragraph (f)(10) of this section shall not operate to require 
the issuer or affiliate to offer or pay the alternative form of 
consideration to security holders in any other state.
    (12)(i) Paragraph (f)(8)(ii) of this section shall not prohibit the 
negotiation, execution or amendment of an employment compensation, 
severance or other employee benefit arrangement, or payments made or to 
be made or benefits granted or to be granted according to such an 
arrangement, with respect to any security holder of the issuer, where 
the amount payable under the arrangement:
    (A) Is being paid or granted as compensation for past services 
performed, future services to be performed, or future services to be 
refrained from performing, by the security holder (and matters 
incidental thereto); and
    (B) Is not calculated based on the number of securities tendered or 
to be tendered in the tender offer by the security holder.
    (ii) The provisions of paragraph (f)(12)(i) of this section shall be 
satisfied and, therefore, pursuant to this non-exclusive safe harbor, 
the negotiation, execution or amendment of an arrangement and any 
payments made or to be made or benefits granted or to be

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granted according to that arrangement shall not be prohibited by 
paragraph (f)(8)(ii) of this section, if the arrangement is approved as 
an employment compensation, severance or other employee benefit 
arrangement solely by independent directors as follows:
    (A) The compensation committee or a committee of the board of 
directors that performs functions similar to a compensation committee of 
the issuer approves the arrangement, regardless of whether the issuer is 
a party to the arrangement, or, if an affiliate is a party to the 
arrangement, the compensation committee or a committee of the board of 
directors that performs functions similar to a compensation committee of 
the affiliate approves the arrangement; or
    (B) If the issuer's or affiliate's board of directors, as 
applicable, does not have a compensation committee or a committee of the 
board of directors that performs functions similar to a compensation 
committee or if none of the members of the issuer's or affiliate's 
compensation committee or committee that performs functions similar to a 
compensation committee is independent, a special committee of the board 
of directors formed to consider and approve the arrangement approves the 
arrangement; or
    (C) If the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, is a foreign private 
issuer, any or all members of the board of directors or any committee of 
the board of directors authorized to approve employment compensation, 
severance or other employee benefit arrangements under the laws or 
regulations of the home country approves the arrangement.

    Instructions to paragraph (f)(12)(ii): For purposes of determining 
whether the members of the committee approving an arrangement in 
accordance with the provisions of paragraph (f)(12)(ii) of this section 
are independent, the following provisions shall apply:
    1. If the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, is a listed issuer (as 
defined in Sec. 240.10A-3 of this chapter) whose securities are listed 
either on a national securities exchange registered pursuant to section 
6(a) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(a)) or in an inter-dealer 
quotation system of a national securities association registered 
pursuant to section 15A(a) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-3(a)) that 
has independence requirements for compensation committee members that 
have been approved by the Commission (as those requirements may be 
modified or supplemented), apply the issuer's or affiliate's definition 
of independence that it uses for determining that the members of the 
compensation committee are independent in compliance with the listing 
standards applicable to compensation committee members of the listed 
issuer.
    2. If the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, is not a listed issuer 
(as defined in Sec. 240.10A-3 of this chapter), apply the independence 
requirements for compensation committee members of a national securities 
exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of the Exchange Act (15 
U.S.C. 78f(a)) or an inter-dealer quotation system of a national 
securities association registered pursuant to section 15A(a) of the 
Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-3(a)) that have been approved by the 
Commission (as those requirements may be modified or supplemented). 
Whatever definition the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, chooses, it 
must apply that definition consistently to all members of the committee 
approving the arrangement.
    3. Notwithstanding Instructions 1 and 2 to paragraph (f)(12)(ii), if 
the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, is a closed-end investment 
company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, a director 
is considered to be independent if the director is not, other than in 
his or her capacity as a member of the board of directors or any board 
committee, an ``interested person'' of the investment company, as 
defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 
U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)).
    4. If the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, is a foreign private 
issuer, apply either the independence standards set forth in 
Instructions 1 and 2 to paragraph (f)(12)(ii) or the independence 
requirements of the laws, regulations, codes or standards of the home 
country of the issuer or affiliate, as applicable, for members of the 
board of directors or the committee of the board of directors approving 
the arrangement.
    5. A determination by the issuer's or affiliate's board of 
directors, as applicable, that the members of the board of directors or 
the committee of the board of directors, as applicable, approving an 
arrangement in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (f)(12)(ii) 
are independent in accordance with the provisions of this instruction to 
paragraph (f)(12)(ii) shall satisfy the independence requirements of 
paragraph (f)(12)(ii).
    Instruction to paragraph (f)(12): The fact that the provisions of 
paragraph (f)(12) of this section extend only to employment 
compensation, severance and other employee benefit arrangements and not 
to other arrangements, such as commercial arrangements, does not raise 
any inference that a payment under any such other arrangement

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constitutes consideration paid for securities in a tender offer.

    (13) Electronic filings. If the issuer or affiliate is an electronic 
filer, the minimum offering periods set forth in paragraph (f)(1) of 
this section shall be tolled for any period during which it fails to 
file in electronic format, absent a hardship exemption (Sec. Sec. 
232.201 and 232.202 of this chapter), the Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-
100), the tender offer material specified in Item 1016(a)(1) of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1016(a)(1) of this chapter), and any 
amendments thereto. If such documents were filed in paper pursuant to a 
hardship exemption (see Sec. 232.201 and Sec. 232.202 of this 
chapter), the minimum offering periods shall be tolled for any period 
during which a required confirming electronic copy of such Schedule and 
tender offer material is delinquent.
    (g) The requirements of section 13(e) (1) of the Act and Rule 13e-4 
and Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100) thereunder shall be deemed satisfied 
with respect to any issuer tender offer, including any exchange offer, 
where the issuer is incorporated or organized under the laws of Canada 
or any Canadian province or territory, is a foreign private issuer, and 
is not an investment company registered or required to be registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, if less than 40 percent of the 
class of securities that is the subject of the tender offer is held by 
U. S. holders, and the tender offer is subject to, and the issuer 
complies with, the laws, regulations and policies of Canada and/or any 
of its provinces or territories governing the conduct of the offer 
(unless the issuer has received an exemption(s) from, and the issuer 
tender offer does not comply with, requirements that otherwise would be 
prescribed by this section), provided that:
    (1) Where the consideration for an issuer tender offer subject to 
this paragraph consists solely of cash, the entire disclosure document 
or documents required to be furnished to holders of the class of 
securities to be acquired shall be filed with the Commission on Schedule 
13E-4F (Sec. 240.13e-102) and disseminated to shareholders residing in 
the United States in accordance with such Canadian laws, regulations and 
policies; or
    (2) Where the consideration for an issuer tender offer subject to 
this paragraph includes securities to be issued pursuant to the offer, 
any registration statement and/or prospectus relating thereto shall be 
filed with the Commission along with the Schedule 13E-4F referred to in 
paragraph (g)(1) of this section, and shall be disseminated, together 
with the home jurisdiction document(s) accompanying such Schedule, to 
shareholders of the issuer residing in the United States in accordance 
with such Canadian laws, regulations and policies.

    Note: Notwithstanding the grant of an exemption from one or more of 
the applicable Canadian regulatory provisions imposing requirements that 
otherwise would be prescribed by this section, the issuer tender offer 
will be eligible to proceed in accordance with the requirements of this 
section if the Commission by order determines that the applicable 
Canadian regulatory provisions are adequate to protect the interest of 
investors.

    (h) This section shall not apply to:
    (1) Calls or redemptions of any security in accordance with the 
terms and conditions of its governing instruments;
    (2) Offers to purchase securities evidenced by a scrip certificate, 
order form or similar document which represents a fractional interest in 
a share of stock or similar security;
    (3) Offers to purchase securities pursuant to a statutory procedure 
for the purchase of dissenting security holders' securities;
    (4) Any tender offer which is subject to section 14(d) of the Act;
    (5) Offers to purchase from security holders who own an aggregate of 
not more than a specified number of shares that is less than one 
hundred: Provided, however, That:
    (i) The offer complies with paragraph (f)(8)(i) of this section with 
respect to security holders who own a number of shares equal to or less 
than the specified number of shares, except that an issuer can elect to 
exclude participants in a plan as that term is defined in Sec. 242.100 
of this chapter, or to exclude security holders who do not own their 
shares as of a specified date determined by the issuer; and
    (ii) The offer complies with paragraph (f)(8)(ii) of this section or 
the

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consideration paid pursuant to the offer is determined on the basis of a 
uniformly applied formula based on the market price of the subject 
security;
    (6) An issuer tender offer made solely to effect a rescission offer: 
Provided, however, That the offer is registered under the Securities Act 
of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.), and the consideration is equal to the 
price paid by each security holder, plus legal interest if the issuer 
elects to or is required to pay legal interest;
    (7) Offers by closed-end management investment companies to 
repurchase equity securities pursuant to Sec. 270.23c-3 of this 
chapter;
    (8) Cross-border tender offers (Tier I). Any issuer tender offer 
(including any exchange offer) where the issuer is a foreign private 
issuer as defined in Sec. 240.3b-4 if the following conditions are 
satisfied.
    (i) Except in the case of an issuer tender offer that is commenced 
during the pendency of a tender offer made by a third party in reliance 
on Sec. 240.14d-1(c), U.S. holders do not hold more than 10 percent of 
the subject class sought in the offer (as determined under Instructions 
2 or 3 to paragraph (h)(8) and paragraph (i) of this section);
    (ii) The issuer or affiliate must permit U.S. holders to participate 
in the offer on terms at least as favorable as those offered any other 
holder of the same class of securities that is the subject of the offer; 
however:
    (A) Registered exchange offers. If the issuer or affiliate offers 
securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et 
seq.), the issuer or affiliate need not extend the offer to security 
holders in those states or jurisdictions that prohibit the offer or sale 
of the securities after the issuer or affiliate has made a good faith 
effort to register or qualify the offer and sale of securities in that 
state or jurisdiction, except that the issuer or affiliate must offer 
the same cash alternative to security holders in any such state or 
jurisdiction that it has offered to security holders in any other state 
or jurisdiction.
    (B) Exempt exchange offers. If the issuer or affiliate offers 
securities exempt from registration under Sec. 230.802 of this chapter, 
the issuer or affiliate need not extend the offer to security holders in 
those states or jurisdictions that require registration or 
qualification, except that the issuer or affiliate must offer the same 
cash alternative to security holders in any such state or jurisdiction 
that it has offered to security holders in any other state or 
jurisdiction.
    (C) Cash only consideration. The issuer or affiliate may offer U.S. 
holders cash only consideration for the tender of the subject 
securities, notwithstanding the fact that the issuer or affiliate is 
offering security holders outside the United States a consideration that 
consists in whole or in part of securities of the issuer or affiliate, 
if the issuer or affiliate has a reasonable basis for believing that the 
amount of cash is substantially equivalent to the value of the 
consideration offered to non-U.S. holders, and either of the following 
conditions are satisfied:
    (1) The offered security is a ``margin security'' within the meaning 
of Regulation T (12 CFR 220.2) and the issuer or affiliate undertakes to 
provide, upon the request of any U.S. holder or the Commission staff, 
the closing price and daily trading volume of the security on the 
principal trading market for the security as of the last trading day of 
each of the six months preceding the announcement of the offer and each 
of the trading days thereafter; or
    (2) If the offered security is not a ``margin security'' within the 
meaning of Regulation T (12 CFR 220.2), the issuer or affiliate 
undertakes to provide, upon the request of any U.S. holder or the 
Commission staff, an opinion of an independent expert stating that the 
cash consideration offered to U.S. holders is substantially equivalent 
to the value of the consideration offered security holders outside the 
United States.
    (D) Disparate tax treatment. If the issuer or affiliate offers 
``loan notes'' solely to offer sellers tax advantages not available in 
the United States and these notes are neither listed on any organized 
securities market nor registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 
U.S.C. 77a et seq.), the loan notes need not be offered to U.S. holders.

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    (iii) Informational documents. (A) If the issuer or affiliate 
publishes or otherwise disseminates an informational document to the 
holders of the securities in connection with the issuer tender offer 
(including any exchange offer), the issuer or affiliate must furnish 
that informational document, including any amendments thereto, in 
English, to the Commission on Form CB (Sec. 249.480 of this chapter) by 
the first business day after publication or dissemination. If the issuer 
or affiliate is a foreign company, it must also file a Form F-X (Sec. 
239.42 of this chapter) with the Commission at the same time as the 
submission of Form CB to appoint an agent for service in the United 
States.
    (B) The issuer or affiliate must disseminate any informational 
document to U.S. holders, including any amendments thereto, in English, 
on a comparable basis to that provided to security holders in the home 
jurisdiction.
    (C) If the issuer or affiliate disseminates by publication in its 
home jurisdiction, the issuer or affiliate must publish the information 
in the United States in a manner reasonably calculated to inform U.S. 
holders of the offer.
    (iv) An investment company registered or required to be registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.), 
other than a registered closed-end investment company, may not use this 
paragraph (h)(8); or
    (9) Any other transaction or transactions, if the Commission, upon 
written request or upon its own motion, exempts such transaction or 
transactions, either unconditionally, or on specified terms and 
conditions, as not constituting a fraudulent, deceptive or manipulative 
act or practice comprehended within the purpose of this section.
    (i) Cross-border tender offers (Tier II). Any issuer tender offer 
(including any exchange offer) that meets the conditions in paragraph 
(i)(1) of this section shall be entitled to the exemptive relief 
specified in paragraph (i)(2) of this section, provided that such issuer 
tender offer complies with all the requirements of this section other 
than those for which an exemption has been specifically provided in 
paragraph (i)(2) of this section. In addition, any issuer tender offer 
(including any exchange offer) subject only to the requirements of 
section 14(e) of the Act and Regulation 14E (Sec. Sec. 240.14e-1 
through 240.14e-8) thereunder that meets the conditions in paragraph 
(i)(1) of this section also shall be entitled to the exemptive relief 
specified in paragraph (i)(2) of this section, to the extent needed 
under the requirements of Regulation 14E, so long as the tender offer 
complies with all requirements of Regulation 14E other than those for 
which an exemption has been specifically provided in paragraph (i)(2) of 
this section:
    (1) Conditions. (i) The issuer is a foreign private issuer as 
defined in Sec. 240.3b-4 and is not an investment company registered or 
required to be registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 
U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.), other than a registered closed-end investment 
company; and
    (ii) Except in the case of an issuer tender offer commenced during 
the pendency of a tender offer made by a third party in reliance on 
Sec. 240.14d-1(d), U.S. holders do not hold more than 40 percent of the 
class of securities sought in the offer (as determined in accordance 
with Instructions 2 or 3 to paragraphs (h)(8) and (i) of this section).
    (2) Exemptions. The issuer tender offer shall comply with all 
requirements of this section other than the following:
    (i) Equal treatment--loan notes. If the issuer or affiliate offers 
loan notes solely to offer sellers tax advantages not available in the 
United States and these notes are neither listed on any organized 
securities market nor registered under the Securities Act (15 U.S.C. 77a 
et seq.), the loan notes need not be offered to U.S. holders, 
notwithstanding paragraph (f)(8) and (h)(9) of this section.
    (ii) Equal treatment--separate U.S. and foreign offers. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (f)(8) of this section, an 
issuer or affiliate conducting an issuer tender offer meeting the 
conditions of paragraph (i)(1) of this section may separate the offer 
into multiple offers: one offer made to U.S. holders, which also may 
include all holders of American Depositary Shares representing interests 
in the subject

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securities, and one or more offers made to non-U.S. holders. The U.S. 
offer must be made on terms at least as favorable as those offered any 
other holder of the same class of securities that is the subject of the 
tender offers. U.S. holders may be included in the foreign offer(s) only 
where the laws of the jurisdiction governing such foreign offer(s) 
expressly preclude the exclusion of U.S. holders from the foreign 
offer(s) and where the offer materials distributed to U.S. holders fully 
and adequately disclose the risks of participating in the foreign 
offer(s).
    (iii) Notice of extensions. Notice of extensions made in accordance 
with the requirements of the home jurisdiction law or practice will 
satisfy the requirements of Sec. 240.14e-1(d).
    (iv) Prompt payment. Payment made in accordance with the 
requirements of the home jurisdiction law or practice will satisfy the 
requirements of Sec. 240.14e-1(c).
    (v) Suspension of withdrawal rights during counting of tendered 
securities. The issuer or affiliate may suspend withdrawal rights 
required under paragraph (f)(2) of this section at the end of the offer 
and during the period that securities tendered into the offer are being 
counted, provided that:
    (A) The issuer or affiliate has provided an offer period, including 
withdrawal rights, for a period of at least 20 U.S. business days;
    (B) At the time withdrawal rights are suspended, all offer 
conditions have been satisfied or waived, except to the extent that the 
issuer or affiliate is in the process of determining whether a minimum 
acceptance condition included in the terms of the offer has been 
satisfied by counting tendered securities; and
    (C) Withdrawal rights are suspended only during the counting process 
and are reinstated immediately thereafter, except to the extent that 
they are terminated through the acceptance of tendered securities.
    (vi) Early termination of an initial offering period. An issuer or 
affiliate conducting an issuer tender offer may terminate an initial 
offering period, including a voluntary extension of that period, if at 
the time the initial offering period and withdrawal rights terminate, 
the following conditions are met:
    (A) The initial offering period has been open for at least 20 U.S. 
business days;
    (B) The issuer or affiliate has adequately discussed the possibility 
of and the impact of the early termination in the original offer 
materials;
    (C) The issuer or affiliate provides a subsequent offering period 
after the termination of the initial offering period;
    (D) All offer conditions are satisfied as of the time when the 
initial offering period ends; and
    (E) The issuer or affiliate does not terminate the initial offering 
period or any extension of that period during any mandatory extension 
required under U.S. tender offer rules.

    Instructions to paragraph (h)(8) and (i) of this section:
    1. Home jurisdiction means both the jurisdiction of the issuer's 
incorporation, organization or chartering and the principal foreign 
market where the issuer's securities are listed or quoted.
    2. U.S. holder means any security holder resident in the United 
States. To determine the percentage of outstanding securities held by 
U.S. holders:
    i. Calculate the U.S. ownership as of a date no more than 60 days 
before and no more than 30 days after the public announcement of the 
tender offer. If you are unable to calculate as of a date within these 
time frames, the calculation may be made as of the most recent 
practicable date before public announcement, but in no event earlier 
than 120 days before announcement;
    ii. Include securities underlying American Depositary Shares 
convertible or exchangeable into the securities that are the subject of 
the tender offer when calculating the number of subject securities 
outstanding, as well as the number held by U.S. holders. Exclude from 
the calculations other types of securities that are convertible or 
exchangeable into the securities that are the subject of the tender 
offer, such as warrants, options and convertible securities;
    iii. Use the method of calculating record ownership in Sec. 
240.12g3-2(a), except that your inquiry as to the amount of securities 
represented by accounts of customers resident in the United States may 
be limited to brokers, dealers, banks and other nominees located in the 
United States, your jurisdiction of incorporation, and the jurisdiction 
that is the primary trading market for the subject securities, if 
different than your jurisdiction of incorporation;

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    iv. If, after reasonable inquiry, you are unable to obtain 
information about the amount of securities represented by accounts of 
customers resident in the United States, you may assume, for purposes of 
this definition, that the customers are residents of the jurisdiction in 
which the nominee has its principal place of business; and
    v. Count securities as beneficially owned by residents of the United 
States as reported on reports of beneficial ownership that are provided 
to you or publicly filed and based on information otherwise provided to 
you.
    3. If you are unable to conduct the analysis of U.S. ownership set 
forth in Instruction 2 above, U.S. holders will be presumed to hold 10 
percent or less of the outstanding subject securities (40 percent for 
Tier II) so long as there is a primary trading market outside the United 
States, as defined in Sec. 240.12h-6(f)(5) of this chapter, unless:
    i. Average daily trading volume of the subject securities in the 
United States for a recent twelve-month period ending on a date no more 
than 60 days before the public announcement of the tender offer exceeds 
10 percent (or 40 percent) of the average daily trading volume of that 
class of securities on a worldwide basis for the same period; or
    ii. The most recent annual report or annual information filed or 
submitted by the issuer with securities regulators of the home 
jurisdiction or with the Commission or any jurisdiction in which the 
subject securities trade before the public announcement of the offer 
indicates that U.S. holders hold more than 10 percent (or 40 percent) of 
the outstanding subject class of securities; or
    iii. You know or have reason to know, before the public announcement 
of the offer, that the level of U.S. ownership of the subject securities 
exceeds 10 percent (or 40 percent) of such securities. As an example, 
you are deemed to know information about U.S. ownership of the subject 
class of securities that is publicly available and that appears in any 
filing with the Commission or any regulatory body in the home 
jurisdiction and, if different, the non-U.S. jurisdiction in which the 
primary trading market for the subject class of securities is located. 
You are also deemed to know information obtained or readily available 
from any other source that is reasonably reliable, including from 
persons you have retained to advise you about the transaction, as well 
as from third-party information providers. These examples are not 
intended to be exclusive.
    4. United States means the United States of America, its territories 
and possessions, any State of the United States, and the District of 
Columbia.
    5. The exemptions provided by paragraphs (h)(8) and (i) of this 
section are not available for any securities transaction or series of 
transactions that technically complies with paragraph (h)(8) and (i) of 
this section but are part of a plan or scheme to evade the provisions of 
this section.

    (j)(1) It shall be a fraudulent, deceptive or manipulative act or 
practice, in connection with an issuer tender offer, for an issuer or an 
affiliate of such issuer, in connection with an issuer tender offer:
    (i) To employ any device, scheme or artifice to defraud any person;
    (ii) To make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to 
state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in 
the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not 
misleading; or
    (iii) To engage in any act, practice or course of business which 
operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person.
    (2) As a means reasonably designed to prevent fraudulent, deceptive 
or manipulative acts or practices in connection with any issuer tender 
offer, it shall be unlawful for an issuer or an affiliate of such issuer 
to make an issuer tender offer unless:
    (i) Such issuer or affiliate complies with the requirements of 
paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of this section; and
    (ii) The issuer tender offer is not in violation of paragraph (j)(1) 
of this section.

[44 FR 49410, Aug. 22, 1979]

    Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec. 
240.13e-4, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the 
Finding Aids section of the printed volume and on GPO Access.



Sec. 240.13e-100  Schedule 13E-3, Transaction statement under 
section 13(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 13e-3 

(Sec. 240.13e-3) thereunder.

Securities and Exchange Commission,
Washington, D.C. 20549

Rule 13e-3 Transaction Statement under Section 13(e) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. --)
________________________________________________________________________

(Name of the Issuer)

________________________________________________________________________

(Names of Persons Filing Statement)

________________________________________________________________________

(Title of Class of Securities)

________________________________________________________________________


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________________________________________________________________________
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

________________________________________________________________________

(Name, Address, and Telephone Numbers of Person Authorized to Receive 
Notices and Communications on Behalf of the Persons Filing Statement)

    This statement is filed in connection with (check the appropriate 
box):
    a. [ ] The filing of solicitation materials or an information 
statement subject to Regulation 14A (Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1 through 
240.14b-2), Regulation 14C (Sec. Sec. 240.14c-1 through 240.14c-101) or 
Rule 13e-3(c) (Sec. 240.13e-3(c)) under the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (``the Act'').
    b. [ ] The filing of a registration statement under the Securities 
Act of 1933.
    c. [ ] A tender offer.
    d. [ ] None of the above.
    Check the following box if the soliciting materials or information 
statement referred to in checking box (a) are preliminary copies: [ ]
    Check the following box if the filing is a final amendment reporting 
the results of the transaction [ ]

                        Calculation of Filing Fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Transaction  valuation *               Amount of filing fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * Set forth the amount on which the filing fee is calculated and state
  how it was determined.

    [ ] Check the box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by 
Sec. 240.0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing with which the offsetting 
fee was previously paid. Identify the previous filing by registration 
statement number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing.
Amount Previously Paid:_________________________________________________
Form or Registration No.:_______________________________________________
Filing Party:___________________________________________________________
Date Filed:_____________________________________________________________
    General Instructions:
    A. File eight copies of the statement, including all exhibits, with 
the Commission if paper filing is permitted.
    B. This filing must be accompanied by a fee payable to the 
Commission as required by Sec. 240.0-11(b).
    C. If the statement is filed by a general or limited partnership, 
syndicate or other group, the information called for by Items 3, 5, 6, 
10 and 11 must be given with respect to: (i) Each partner of the general 
partnership; (ii) each partner who is, or functions as, a general 
partner of the limited partnership; (iii) each member of the syndicate 
or group; and (iv) each person controlling the partner or member. If the 
statement is filed by a corporation or if a person referred to in (i), 
(ii), (iii) or (iv) of this Instruction is a corporation, the 
information called for by the items specified above must be given with 
respect to: (a) Each executive officer and director of the corporation; 
(b) each person controlling the corporation; and (c) each executive 
officer and director of any corporation or other person ultimately in 
control of the corporation.
    D. Depending on the type of Rule 13e-3 transaction (Sec. 240.13e-
3(a)(3)), this statement must be filed with the Commission:
    1. At the same time as filing preliminary or definitive soliciting 
materials or an information statement under Regulations 14A or 14C of 
the Act;
    2. At the same time as filing a registration statement under the 
Securities Act of 1933;
    3. As soon as practicable on the date a tender offer is first 
published, sent or given to security holders; or
    4. At least 30 days before any purchase of securities of the class 
of securities subject to the Rule 13e-3 transaction, if the transaction 
does not involve a solicitation, an information statement, the 
registration of securities or a tender offer, as described in paragraphs 
1, 2 or 3 of this Instruction; and
    5. If the Rule 13e-3 transaction involves a series of transactions, 
the issuer or affiliate must file this statement at the time indicated 
in paragraphs 1 through 4 of this Instruction for the first transaction 
and must amend the schedule promptly with respect to each subsequent 
transaction.
    E. If an item is inapplicable or the answer is in the negative, so 
state. The statement published, sent or given to security holders may 
omit negative and not applicable responses, except that responses to 
Items 7, 8 and 9 of this schedule must be provided in full. If the 
schedule includes any information that is not published, sent or given 
to security holders, provide that information or specifically 
incorporate it by reference under the appropriate item number and 
heading in the schedule. Do not recite the text of disclosure 
requirements in the schedule or any document published, sent or given to 
security holders. Indicate clearly the coverage of the requirements 
without referring to the text of the items.
    F. Information contained in exhibits to the statement may be 
incorporated by reference in answer or partial answer to any item unless 
it would render the answer misleading, incomplete, unclear or confusing. 
A copy of any information that is incorporated by reference or a copy of 
the pertinent pages of a document containing the information must be 
submitted with this statement as an exhibit, unless it was previously 
filed with the Commission electronically on EDGAR. If an exhibit 
contains information responding to more than one item in the schedule, 
all information in that exhibit may be incorporated by reference once in 
response to the several items in the schedule for which it

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provides an answer. Information incorporated by reference is deemed 
filed with the Commission for all purposes of the Act.
    G. If the Rule 13e-3 transaction also involves a transaction subject 
to Regulation 14A (Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1 through 240.14b-2) or 14C 
(Sec. Sec. 240.14c-1 through 240.14c-101) of the Act, the registration 
of securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the General Rules and 
Regulations of that Act, or a tender offer subject to Regulation 14D 
(Sec. Sec. 240.14d-1 through 240.14d-101) or Sec. 240.13e-4, this 
statement must incorporate by reference the information contained in the 
proxy, information, registration or tender offer statement in answer to 
the items of this statement.
    H. The information required by the items of this statement is 
intended to be in addition to any disclosure requirements of any other 
form or schedule that may be filed with the Commission in connection 
with the Rule 13e-3 transaction. If those forms or schedules require 
less information on any topic than this statement, the requirements of 
this statement control.
    I. If the Rule 13e-3 transaction involves a tender offer, then a 
combined statement on Schedules 13E-3 and TO may be filed with the 
Commission under cover of Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100). See 
Instruction J of Schedule TO (Sec. 240.14d-100).
    J. Amendments disclosing a material change in the information set 
forth in this statement may omit any information previously disclosed in 
this statement.

                       Item 1. Summary Term Sheet

    Furnish the information required by Item 1001 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1001 of this chapter) unless information is disclosed to 
security holders in a prospectus that meets the requirements of Sec. 
230.421(d) of this chapter.

                   Item 2. Subject Company Information

    Furnish the information required by Item 1002 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1002 of this chapter).

            Item 3. Identity and Background of Filing Person

    Furnish the information required by Item 1003(a) through (c) of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1003 of this chapter).

                    Item 4. Terms of the Transaction

    Furnish the information required by Item 1004(a) and (c) through (f) 
of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1004 of this chapter).

    Item 5. Past Contacts, Transactions, Negotiations and Agreements

    Furnish the information required by Item 1005(a) through (c) and (e) 
of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1005 of this chapter).

       Item 6. Purposes of the Transaction and Plans or Proposals

    Furnish the information required by Item 1006(b) and (c)(1) through 
(8) of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1006 of this chapter).
    Instruction to Item 6: In providing the information specified in 
Item 1006(c) for this item, discuss any activities or transactions that 
would occur after the Rule 13e-3 transaction.

           Item 7. Purposes, Alternatives, Reasons and Effects

    Furnish the information required by Item 1013 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1013 of this chapter).

                   Item 8. Fairness of the Transaction

    Furnish the information required by Item 1014 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1014 of this chapter).

         Item 9. Reports, Opinions, Appraisals and Negotiations

    Furnish the information required by Item 1015 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1015 of this chapter).

       Item 10. Source and Amounts of Funds or Other Consideration

    Furnish the information required by Item 1007 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1007 of this chapter).

         Item 11. Interest in Securities of the Subject Company

    Furnish the information required by Item 1008 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1008 of this chapter).

               Item 12. The Solicitation or Recommendation

    Furnish the information required by Item 1012(d) and (e) of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1012 of this chapter).

                      Item 13. Financial Statements

    Furnish the information required by Item 1010(a) through (b) of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1010 of this chapter) for the issuer of the 
subject class of securities.
    Instructions to Item 13:
    1. The disclosure materials disseminated to security holders may 
contain the summarized financial information required by Item 1010(c) of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1010 of this chapter) instead of the financial 
information required by Item 1010(a) and (b). In that case, the 
financial information required by Item 1010(a) and (b) of Regulation M-A 
must be disclosed directly or incorporated by reference in the 
statement. If summarized financial information is disseminated to 
security holders, include appropriate instructions on how more complete 
financial information can be obtained. If the summarized

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financial information is prepared on the basis of a comprehensive body 
of accounting principles other than U.S. GAAP, the summarized financial 
information must be accompanied by a reconciliation as described in 
Instruction 2.
    2. If the financial statements required by this Item are prepared on 
the basis of a comprehensive body of accounting principles other than 
U.S. GAAP, provide a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP in accordance with Item 
17 of Form 20-F (Sec. 249.220f of this chapter).
    3. The filing person may incorporate by reference financial 
statements contained in any document filed with the Commission, solely 
for the purposes of this schedule, if: (a) The financial statements 
substantially meet the requirements of this Item; (b) an express 
statement is made that the financial statements are incorporated by 
reference; (c) the matter incorporated by reference is clearly 
identified by page, paragraph, caption or otherwise; and (d) if the 
matter incorporated by reference is not filed with this Schedule, an 
indication is made where the information may be inspected and copies 
obtained. Financial statements that are required to be presented in 
comparative form for two or more fiscal years or periods may not be 
incorporated by reference unless the material incorporated by reference 
includes the entire period for which the comparative data is required to 
be given. See General Instruction F to this Schedule.

    Item 14. Persons/Assets, Retained, Employed, Compensated or Used

    Furnish the information required by Item 1009 of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1009 of this chapter).

                     Item 15. Additional Information

    Furnish the information required by Item 1011(b) of Regulation M-A 
(Sec. 229.1011 of this chapter).

                            Item 16. Exhibits

    File as an exhibit to the Schedule all documents specified in Item 
1016(a) through (d), (f) and (g) of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1016 of 
this chapter).

Signature. After due inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, 
I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, 
complete and correct.

________________________________________________________________________
(Signature)

________________________________________________________________________
(Name and title)

________________________________________________________________________
(Date)

    Instruction to Signature: The statement must be signed by the filing 
person or that person's authorized representative. If the statement is 
signed on behalf of a person by an authorized representative (other than 
an executive officer of a corporation or general partner of a 
partnership), evidence of the representative's authority to sign on 
behalf of the person must be filed with the statement. The name and any 
title of each person who signs the statement must be typed or printed 
beneath the signature. See Sec. 240.12b-11 with respect to signature 
requirements.

[64 FR 61454, Nov. 10, 1999]



Sec. 240.13e-101  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.13e-102  Schedule 13E-4F. Tender offer statement pursuant to 
section 13(e) (1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and 

Sec. 240.13e-4 thereunder.

Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, DC 20549
Schedule 13E-4F
Issuer Tender Offer Statement Pursuant to Section 13(e)(1) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
[Amendment No. ----]
________________________________________________________________________
    (Exact name of Issuer as specified in its charter)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Translation of Issuer's Name into English (if applicable) )
________________________________________________________________________
    (Jurisdiction of Issuer's Incorporation or Organization)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Name(s) of Person(s) Filing Statement)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Title of Class of Securities)
________________________________________________________________________
    (CUSIP Number of Class of Securities) (if applicable)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number (including 
area code) of person authorized to receive notices and communications on 
behalf of the person(s) filing statement)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Date tender offer first published, sent or given to 
securityholders)

Calculation of Filing Fee *
    Transaction Valuation
    Amount of Filing Fee

    * Set forth the amount on which the filing fee is calculated and 
state how it was determined. See General Instruction II. C. for rules 
governing the calculation of the filing fee.

[ ] Check box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Rule 0-
          11(a)(2) and identify the filing with which the offsetting fee 
          was previously paid. Identify the previous filing by 
          registration statement

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          number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing.

    Amount Previously Paid: --------
    Registration No.: --------
    Filing Party:
________________________________________________________________________
    Form: -------- Date Filed: --------

                          General Instructions

         I. Eligibility Requirements for Use of Schedule 13E-4F

    A. Schedule 13E-4F may be used by any foreign private issuer if: (1) 
The issuer is incorporated or organized under the laws of Canada or any 
Canadian province or territory; (2) the issuer is making a cash tender 
or exchange offer for the issuer's own securities; and (3) less than 40 
percent of the class of such issuer's securities outstanding that is the 
subject of the tender offer is held by U.S. holders. The calculation of 
securities held by U.S. holders shall be made as of the end of the 
issuer's last quarter or, if such quarter terminated within 60 days of 
the filing date, as of the end of the issuer's preceding quarter.

                              Instructions

    1. For purposes of this Schedule, ``foreign private issuer'' shall 
be construed in accordance with Rule 405 under the Securities Act.
    2. For purposes of this Schedule, the term ``U.S. holder'' shall 
mean any person whose address appears on the records of the issuer, any 
voting trustee, any depositary, any share transfer agent or any person 
acting in a similar capacity on behalf of the issuer as being located in 
the United States.
    3. If this Schedule is filed during the pendency of one or more 
ongoing cash tender or exchange offers for securities of the class 
subject to this offer that was commenced or was eligible to be commenced 
on Schedule 14D-1F and/or Form F-8 or Form F-80, the date for 
calculation of U.S. ownership for purposes of this Schedule shall be the 
same as that date used by the initial bidder or issuer.
    4. For purposes of this Schedule, the class of subject securities 
shall not include any securities that may be converted into or are 
exchangeable for the subject securities.
    B. Any issuer using this Schedule must extend the cash tender or 
exchange offer to U.S. holders of the class of securities subject to the 
offer upon terms and conditions not less favorable than those extended 
to any other holder of the same class of such securities, and must 
comply with the requirements of any Canadian federal, provincial and/or 
territorial law, regulation or policy relating to the terms and 
conditions of the offer.
    C. This Schedule shall not be used if the issuer is an investment 
company registered or required to be registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940.

                    II. Filing Instructions and Fees

    A.(1) The issuer must file this Schedule and any amendment to the 
Schedule (see Part I, Item 1.(b)), including all exhibits and other 
documents filed as part of the Schedule or amendment, in electronic 
format via the Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and 
Retrieval (EDGAR) system in accordance with the EDGAR rules set forth in 
Regulation S-T (17 CFR Part 232). For assistance with technical 
questions about EDGAR or to request an access code, call the EDGAR Filer 
Support Office at (202) 551-8900. For assistance with the EDGAR rules, 
call the Office of EDGAR and Information Analysis at (202) 551-3610.
    (2) If filing the Schedule in paper under a hardship exemption in 17 
CFR 232.201 or 232.202 of Regulation S-T, or as otherwise permitted, the 
issuer must file with the Commission at its principal office five copies 
of the complete Schedule and any amendment, including exhibits and all 
other documents filed as a part of the Schedule or amendment. The issuer 
must bind, staple or otherwise compile each copy in one or more parts 
without stiff covers. The issuer must further bind the Schedule or 
amendment on the side or stitching margin in a manner that leaves the 
reading matter legible. The issuer must provide three additional copies 
of the Schedule or amendment without exhibits to the Commission.
    B. An electronic filer must provide the signatures required for the 
Schedule or amendment in accordance with 17 CFR 232.302 of Regulation S-
T. An issuer filing in paper must have the original and at least one 
copy of the Schedule and any amendment signed in accordance with 
Exchange Act Rule 12b-11(d) (17 CFR 12b-11(d)) by the persons whose 
signatures are required for this Schedule or amendment. The issuer must 
also conform the unsigned copies.
    C. At the time of filing this Schedule with the Commission, the 
issuer shall pay to the Commission in accordance with Rule 0-11 of the 
Exchange Act, a fee in U.S. dollars in the amount prescribed by section 
13(e)(3) of the Exchange Act. See also Rule 0-9 of the Exchange Act.
    (1) The value of the securities to be acquired solely for cash shall 
be the amount of cash to be paid for them, calculated into U.S. dollars.
    (2) The value of the securities to be acquired with securities or 
other non-cash consideration, whether or not in combination with a cash 
payment for the same securities, shall be based on the market value of 
the securities to be acquired by the issuer as established in accordance 
with paragraph (3) of this section.

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    (3) When the fee is based upon the market value of the securities, 
such market value shall be established by either the average of the high 
and low prices reported on the consolidated reporting system (for 
exchange-traded securities and last sale reported for over-the-counter 
securities) or the average of the bid and asked price (for other over-
the-counter securities) as of a specified date within 5 business days 
prior to the date of filing the Schedule. If there is no market for the 
securities to be acquired by the issuer, the value shall be based upon 
the book value of such securities computed as of the latest practicable 
date prior to the date of filing of the Schedule, unless the issuer of 
the securities is in bankruptcy or receivership or has an accumulated 
capital deficit, in which case one-third of the principal amount, par 
value or stated value of such securities shall be used.
    D. If at any time after the initial payment of the fee the aggregate 
consideration offered is increased, an additional filing fee based upon 
such increase shall be paid with the required amended filing.
    E. The issuer must file the Schedule or amendment in electronic 
format in the English language in accordance with 17 CFR 232.306 of 
Regulation S-T. The issuer may file part of the Schedule or amendment, 
or exhibit or other attachment to the Schedule or amendment, in both 
French and English if the issuer included the French text to comply with 
the requirements of the Canadian securities administrator or other 
Canadian authority and, for an electronic filing, if the filing is an 
HTML document, as defined in 17 CFR 232.11 of Regulation S-T. For both 
an electronic filing and a paper filing, the issuer may provide an 
English translation or English summary of a foreign language document as 
an exhibit or other attachment to the Schedule or amendment as permitted 
by the rules of the applicable Canadian securities administrator.
    F. A paper filer must number sequentially the signed original of the 
Schedule or amendment (in addition to any internal numbering that 
otherwise may be present) by handwritten, typed, printed or other 
legible form of notation from the first page through the last page of 
the Schedule or amendment, including any exhibits or attachments. A 
paper filer must disclose the total number of pages on the first page of 
the sequentially numbered Schedule or amendment.

                  III. Compliance with the Exchange Act

    A. Pursuant to Rule 13e-4(g) under the Exchange Act, the issuer 
shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of section 13(e)(1) of 
the Exchange Act and Rule 13e-4 and Schedule TO thereunder in connection 
with a cash tender or exchange offer for securities that may be made 
pursuant to this Schedule, provided that, if an exemption has been 
granted from the requirements of Canadian federal, provincial and/or 
territorial laws, regulations or policies, and the tender offer does not 
comply with requirements that otherwise would be prescribed by Rule 13e-
4, the issuer (absent an order from the Commission) shall comply with 
the provisions of section 13(e)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rule 13e-4 
and Schedule TO thereunder.
    B. Any cash tender or exchange offer made pursuant to this Schedule 
is not exempt from the antifraud provisions of section 10(b) of the 
Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, section 13(e)(1) of the Exchange 
Act and Rule 13e-4(b)(1) thereunder, and section 14(e) of the Exchange 
Act and Rule 14e-3 thereunder, and this Schedule shall be deemed 
``filed'' for purposes of section 18 of the Exchange Act.
    C. The issuer's attention is directed to Regulation M (Sec. Sec. 
242.100 through 242.105 of this chapter), in the case of an issuer 
exchange offer, and to Rule 14e-5 under the Exchange Act (Sec. 240.14e-
5), in the case of an issuer cash tender offer or issuer exchange offer. 
[See Exchange Act Release No. 29355 (June 21, 1991) containing an 
exemption from Rule 10b-13, the predecessor to Rule 14e-5.]

         Part I--Information Required To Be Sent to Shareholders

                   Item 1. Home Jurisdiction Documents

    (a) This Schedule shall be accompanied by the entire disclosure 
document or documents required to be delivered to holders of securities 
to be acquired by the issuer in the proposed transaction pursuant to the 
laws, regulations or policies of the Canadian jurisdiction in which the 
issuer is incorporated or organized, and any other Canadian federal, 
provincial and/or territorial law, regulation or policy relating to the 
terms and conditions of the offer. The Schedule need not include any 
documents incorporated by reference into such disclosure document(s) and 
not distributed to offerees pursuant to any such law, regulation or 
policy.
    (b) Any amendment made by the issuer to a home jurisdiction document 
or documents shall be filed with the Commission under cover of this 
Schedule, which must indicate on the cover page the number of the 
amendment.
    (c) In an exchange offer where securities of the issuer have been or 
are to be offered or cancelled in the transaction, such securities shall 
be registered on forms promulgated by the Commission under the 
Securities Act of 1933 including, where available, the Commission's Form 
F-8 or F-80 providing for inclusion in that registration statement of 
the home jurisdiction prospectus.

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                      Item 2. Informational Legends

    The following legends, to the extent applicable, shall appear on the 
outside front cover page of the home jurisdiction document(s) in bold-
face roman type at least as high as ten-point modern type and at least 
two-points leaded:
    ``This tender offer is made by a foreign issuer for its own 
securities, and while the offer is subject to disclosure requirements of 
the country in which the issuer is incorporated or organized, investors 
should be aware that these requirements are different from those of the 
United States. Financial statements included herein, if any, have been 
prepared in accordance with foreign generally accepted accounting 
principles and thus may not be comparable to financial statements of 
United States companies.
    ``The enforcement by investors of civil liabilities under the 
federal securities laws may be affected adversely by the fact that the 
issuer is located in a foreign country, and that some or all of its 
officers and directors are residents of a foreign country.
    ``Investors should be aware that the issuer or its affiliates, 
directly or indirectly, may bid for or make purchases of the securities 
of the issuer subject to the offer, or of its related securities, during 
the period of the issuer tender offer, as permitted by applicable 
Canadian laws or provincial laws or regulations.''

    Note to Item 2. If the home jurisdiction document(s) are delivered 
through an electronic medium, the issuer may satisfy the legibility 
requirements for the required legends relating to type size and fonts by 
presenting the legend in any manner reasonably calculated to draw 
security holder attention to it.

      Part II--Information Not Required To Be Sent to Shareholders

    The exhibits specified below shall be filed as part of the Schedule, 
but are not required to be sent to shareholders unless so required 
pursuant to the laws, regulations or policies of Canada and/or any of 
its provinces or territories. Exhibits shall be lettered or numbered 
appropriately for convenient reference.
    (1) File any reports or information that, in accordance with the 
requirements of the home jurisdiction(s), must be made publicly 
available by the issuer in connection with the transaction, but need not 
be disseminated to shareholders.
    (2) File copies of any documents incorporated by reference into the 
home jurisdiction document(s) .
    (3) If any name is signed to the Schedule pursuant to power of 
attorney, manually signed copies of any such power of attorney shall be 
filed. If the name of any officer signing on behalf of the issuer is 
signed pursuant to a power of attorney, certified copies of a resolution 
of the issuer's board of directors authorizing such signature also shall 
be filed.

        Part III--Undertakings and Consent to Service of Process

                             1. Undertakings

    The Schedule shall set forth the following undertakings of the 
issuer:
    (a) The issuer undertakes to make available, in person or by 
telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the 
Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by 
the Commission staff, information relating to this Schedule or to 
transactions in said securities.
    (b) The issuer also undertakes to disclose in the United States, on 
the same basis as it is required to make such disclosure pursuant to 
applicable Canadian federal and/or provincial or territorial laws, 
regulations or policies, or otherwise discloses, information regarding 
purchases of the issuer's securities in connection with the cash tender 
or exchange offer covered by this Schedule. Such information shall be 
set forth in amendments to this Schedule.

                    2. Consent to Service of Process

    (a) At the time of filing this Schedule, the issuer shall file with 
the Commission a written irrevocable consent and power of attorney on 
Form F-X.
    (b) Any change to the name or address of a registrant's agent for 
service shall be communicated promptly to the Commission by amendment to 
Form F-X referencing the file number of the registrant.

                           Part IV--Signatures

    A. The Schedule shall be signed by each person on whose behalf the 
Schedule is filed or its authorized representative. If the Schedule is 
signed on behalf of a person by his authorized representative (other 
than an executive officer or general partner of the company), evidence 
of the representative's authority shall be filed with the Schedule.
    B. The name of each person who signs the Schedule shall be typed or 
printed beneath his signature.
    C. By signing this Schedule, the person(s) filing the Schedule 
consents without power of revocation that any administrative subpoena 
may be served, or any administrative proceeding, civil suit or civil 
action where the cause of action arises out of or relates to or concerns 
any offering made or purported to be made in connection with the filing 
on Schedule 13E-4F or any purchases or sales of any security in 
connection therewith, may be commenced against it in any administrative 
tribunal or in any appropriate court in any place subject to the 
jurisdiction of any state or of the United States by service of

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said subpoena or process upon the registrant's designated agent.
    After due inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I 
certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, 
complete and correct.
________________________________________________________________________
    (Signature)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Name and Title)
________________________________________________________________________
    (Date)

[56 FR 30069, July 1, 1991, as amended at 61 FR 24656, May 15, 1996; 62 
FR 544, Jan. 3, 1997; 67 FR 36705, May 24, 2002; 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 
2008]



Sec. 240.13f-1  Reporting by institutional investment managers of 
information with respect to accounts over which they exercise 

investment discretion.

    (a)(1) Every institutional investment manager which exercises 
investment discretion with respect to accounts holding section 13(f) 
securities, as defined in paragraph (c) of this section, having an 
aggregate fair market value on the last trading day of any month of any 
calendar year of at least $100,000,000 shall file a report on Form 13F 
(Sec. 249.325 of this chapter) with the Commission within 45 days after 
the last day of such calendar year and within 45 days after the last day 
of each of the first three calendar quarters of the subsequent calendar 
year.
    (2) An amendment to a Form 13F (Sec. 249.325 of this chapter) 
report, other than one reporting only holdings that were not previously 
reported in a public filing for the same period, must set forth the 
complete text of the Form 13F. Amendments must be numbered sequentially.
    (b) For the purposes of this rule, ``investment descretion'' has the 
meaning set forth in section 3(a)(35) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(35)). 
An institutional investment manager shall also be deemed to exercise 
``investment discretion'' with respect to all accounts over which any 
person under its control exercises investment discretion.
    (c) For purposes of this rule ``section 13(f) securities'' shall 
mean equity securities of a class described in section 13(d)(1) of the 
Act that are admitted to trading on a national securities exchange or 
quoted on the automated quotation system of a registered securities 
association. In determining what classes of securities are section 13(f) 
securities, an institutional investment manager may rely on the most 
recent list of such securities published by the Commission pursuant to 
section 13(f)(3) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(f)(3)). Only securities of a 
class on such list shall be counted in determining whether an 
institutional investment manager must file a report under this rule 
(Sec. 240.13f-1(a)) and only those securities shall be reported in such 
report. Where a person controls the issuer of a class of equity 
securities which are ``section 13(f) securities'' as defined in this 
rule, those securities shall not be deemed to be ``section 13(f) 
securities'' with respect to the controlling person, provided that such 
person does not otherwise exercise investment descretion with respect to 
accounts with fair market value of at least $100,000,000 within the 
meaning of paragraph (a) of this section.

(Secs. 3(b), 13(f) and 23 of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 78m(f) 
and 78w))

[43 FR 26705, June 22, 1978, as amended at 44 FR 3034, Jan. 15, 1979; 64 
FR 2849, Jan. 19, 1999]



Sec. 240.13k-1  Foreign bank exemption from the insider lending 
prohibition under section 13(k).

    (a) For the purpose of this section:
    (1) Foreign bank means an institution:
    (i) The home jurisdiction of which is other than the United States;
    (ii) That is regulated as a bank in its home jurisdiction; and
    (iii) That engages directly in the business of banking.
    (2) Home jurisdiction means the country, political subdivision or 
other place in which a foreign bank is incorporated or organized.
    (3) Engages directly in the business of banking means that an 
institution engages directly in banking activities that are usual for 
the business of banking in its home jurisdiction.
    (4) Affiliate, parent and subsidiary have the same meaning as under 
17 CFR 240.12b-2.
    (b) An issuer that is a foreign bank or the parent or other 
affiliate of a foreign bank is exempt from the prohibition of extending, 
maintaining, arranging for, or renewing credit in the form

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of a personal loan to or for any of its directors or executive officers 
under section 13(k) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(k)) with respect to any 
such loan made by the foreign bank as long as:
    (1) Either:
    (i) The laws or regulations of the foreign bank's home jurisdiction 
require the bank to insure its deposits or be subject to a deposit 
guarantee or protection scheme; or
    (ii) The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has 
determined that the foreign bank or another bank organized in the 
foreign bank's home jurisdiction is subject to comprehensive supervision 
or regulation on a consolidated basis by the bank supervisor in its home 
jurisdiction under 12 CFR 211.24(c); and
    (2) The loan by the foreign bank to any of its directors or 
executive officers or those of its parent or other affiliate:
    (i) Is on substantially the same terms as those prevailing at the 
time for comparable transactions by the foreign bank with other persons 
who are not executive officers, directors or employees of the foreign 
bank, its parent or other affiliate; or
    (ii) Is pursuant to a benefit or compensation program that is widely 
available to the employees of the foreign bank, its parent or other 
affiliate and does not give preference to any of the executive officers 
or directors of the foreign bank, its parent or other affiliate over any 
other employees of the foreign bank, its parent or other affiliate; or
    (iii) Has received express approval by the bank supervisor in the 
foreign bank's home jurisdiction.

    Notes to paragraph (b): 1. The exemption provided in paragraph (b) 
of this section applies to a loan by the subsidiary of a foreign bank to 
a director or executive officer of the foreign bank, its parent or other 
affiliate as long as the subsidiary is under the supervision or 
regulation of the bank supervisor in the foreign bank's home 
jurisdiction, the subsidiary's loan meets the requirements of paragraph 
(b)(2) of this section, and the foreign bank meets the requirements of 
paragraph (b)(1) of this section.
    2. For the purpose of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section, a 
foreign bank may rely on a determination by the Board of Governors of 
the Federal Reserve System that another bank in the foreign bank's home 
jurisdiction is subject to comprehensive supervision or regulation on a 
consolidated basis by the bank supervisor under 12 CFR 211.24(c) as long 
as the foreign bank is under substantially the same banking supervision 
or regulation as the other bank in their home jurisdiction.

    (c) As used in paragraph (1) of section 13(k) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78m(k)(1)), issuer does not include a foreign government, as defined 
under 17 CFR 230.405, that files a registration statement under the 
Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) on Schedule B.

[69 FR 24024, Apr. 30, 2004]

                 Regulation 14A: Solicitation of Proxies

                       ATTENTION ELECTRONIC FILERS

THIS REGULATION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH REGULATION S-T (PART 
232 OF THIS CHAPTER), WHICH GOVERNS THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF 
DOCUMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. MANY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 
PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS IN PAPER FORMAT CONTAINED IN 
THIS REGULATION ARE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION S-T FOR 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE FILED IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.



Sec. 240.14a-1  Definitions.

    Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms used in this 
regulation have the same meanings as in the Act or elsewhere in the 
general rules and regulations thereunder. In addition, the following 
definitions apply unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) Associate. The term ``associate,'' used to indicate a 
relationship with any person, means:
    (1) Any corporation or organization (other than the registrant or a 
majority owned subsidiary of the registrant) of which such person is an 
officer or partner or is, directly or indirectly, the beneficial owner 
of 10 percent or more of any class of equity securities;
    (2) Any trust or other estate in which such person has a substantial 
beneficial interest or as to which such person serves as trustee or in a 
similar fiduciary capacity; and
    (3) Any relative or spouse of such person, or any relative of such 
spouse, who has the same home as such person or

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who is a director or officer of the registrant or any of its parents or 
subsidiaries.
    (b) Employee benefit plan. For purposes of Sec. Sec. 240.14a-13, 
240.14b-1 and 240.14b-2, the term ``employee benefit plan'' means any 
purchase, savings, option, bonus, appreciation, profit sharing, thrift, 
incentive, pension or similar plan primarily for employees, directors, 
trustees or officers.
    (c) Entity that exercises fiduciary powers. The term ``entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers'' means any entity that holds securities in 
nominee name or otherwise on behalf of a beneficial owner but does not 
include a clearing agency registered pursuant to section 17A of the Act 
or a broker or a dealer.
    (d) Exempt employee benefit plan securities. For purposes of 
Sec. Sec. 240.14a-13, 240.14b-1 and 240.14b-2, the term ``exempt 
employee benefit plan securities'' means:
    (1) Securities of the registrant held by an employee benefit plan, 
as defined in paragraph (b) of this section, where such plan is 
established by the registrant; or
    (2) If notice regarding the current solicitation has been given 
pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(a)(1)(ii)(C) or if notice regarding the 
current request for a list of names, addresses and securities positions 
of beneficial owners has been given pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(b)(3), 
securities of the registrant held by an employee benefit plan, as 
defined in paragraph (b) of this section, where such plan is established 
by an affiliate of the registrant.
    (e) Last fiscal year. The term ``last fiscal year'' of the 
registrant means the last fiscal year of the registrant ending prior to 
the date of the meeting for which proxies are to be solicited or if the 
solicitation involves written authorizations or consents in lieu of a 
meeting, the earliest date they may be used to effect corporate action.
    (f) Proxy. The term ``proxy'' includes every proxy, consent or 
authorization within the meaning of section 14(a) of the Act. The 
consent or authorization may take the form of failure to object or to 
dissent.
    (g) Proxy statement. The term ``proxy statement'' means the 
statement required by Sec. 240.14a-3(a) whether or not contained in a 
single document.
    (h) Record date. The term ``record date'' means the date as of which 
the record holders of securities entitled to vote at a meeting or by 
written consent or authorization shall be determined.
    (i) Record holder. For purposes of Sec. Sec. 240.14a-13, 240.14b-1 
and 240.14b-2, the term ``record holder'' means any broker, dealer, 
voting trustee, bank, association or other entity that exercises 
fiduciary powers which holds securities of record in nominee name or 
otherwise or as a participant in a clearing agency registered pursuant 
to section 17A of the Act.
    (j) Registrant. The term ``registrant'' means the issuer of the 
securities in respect of which proxies are to be solicited.
    (k) Respondent bank. For purposes of Sec. Sec. 240.14a-13, 240.14b-
1 and 240.14b-2, the term ``respondent bank'' means any bank, 
association or other entity that exercises fiduciary powers which holds 
securities on behalf of beneficial owners and deposits such securities 
for safekeeping with another bank, association or other entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers.
    (l) Solicitation. (1) The terms ``solicit'' and ``solicitation'' 
include:
    (i) Any request for a proxy whether or not accompanied by or 
included in a form of proxy:
    (ii) Any request to execute or not to execute, or to revoke, a 
proxy; or
    (iii) The furnishing of a form of proxy or other communication to 
security holders under circumstances reasonably calculated to result in 
the procurement, withholding or revocation of a proxy.
    (2) The terms do not apply, however, to:
    (i) The furnishing of a form of proxy to a security holder upon the 
unsolicited request of such security holder;
    (ii) The performance by the registrant of acts required by Sec. 
240.14a-7;
    (iii) The performance by any person of ministerial acts on behalf of 
a person soliciting a proxy; or
    (iv) A communication by a security holder who does not otherwise 
engage in a proxy solicitation (other than a solicitation exempt under 
Sec. 240.14a-2)

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stating how the security holder intends to vote and the reasons 
therefor, provided that the communication:
    (A) Is made by means of speeches in public forums, press releases, 
published or broadcast opinions, statements, or advertisements appearing 
in a broadcast media, or newspaper, magazine or other bona fide 
publication disseminated on a regular basis,
    (B) Is directed to persons to whom the security holder owes a 
fiduciary duty in connection with the voting of securities of a 
registrant held by the security holder, or
    (C) Is made in response to unsolicited requests for additional 
information with respect to a prior communication by the security holder 
made pursuant to this paragraph (l)(2)(iv).

[51 FR 44275, Dec. 9, 1986, as amended at 52 FR 23648, June 24, 1987; 53 
FR 16405, May, 9, 1988; 57 FR 48290, Oct. 22, 1992]



Sec. 240.14a-2  Solicitations to which Sec. 240.14a-3 to 
Sec. 240.14a-15 apply.

    Sections 240.14a-3 to 240.14a-15, except as specified, apply to 
every solicitation of a proxy with respect to securities registered 
pursuant to section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l), whether or not 
trading in such securities has been suspended. To the extent specified 
below, certain of these sections also apply to roll-up transactions that 
do not involve an entity with securities registered pursuant to section 
12 of the Act.
    (a) Sections 240.14a-3 to 240.14a-15 do not apply to the following:
    (1) Any solicitation by a person in respect to securities carried in 
his name or in the name of his nominee (otherwise than as voting 
trustee) or held in his custody, if such person--
    (i) Receives no commission or remuneration for such solicitation, 
directly or indirectly, other than reimbursement of reasonable expenses,
    (ii) Furnishes promptly to the person solicited (or such person's 
household in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1)) a copy of all 
soliciting material with respect to the same subject matter or meeting 
received from all persons who shall furnish copies thereof for such 
purpose and who shall, if requested, defray the reasonable expenses to 
be incurred in forwarding such material, and
    (iii) In addition, does no more than impartially instruct the person 
solicited to forward a proxy to the person, if any, to whom the person 
solicited desires to give a proxy, or impartially request from the 
person solicited instructions as to the authority to be conferred by the 
proxy and state that a proxy will be given if no instructions are 
received by a certain date.
    (2) Any solicitation by a person in respect of securities of which 
he is the beneficial owner;
    (3) Any solicitation involved in the offer and sale of securities 
registered under the Securities Act of 1933: Provided, That this 
paragraph shall not apply to securities to be issued in any transaction 
of the character specified in paragraph (a) of Rule 145 under that Act;
    (4) Any solicitation with respect to a plan of reorganization under 
Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, as amended, if made 
after the entry of an order approving the written disclosure statement 
concerning a plan of reorganization pursuant to section 1125 of said Act 
and after, or concurrently with, the transmittal of such disclosure 
statement as required by section 1125 of said Act;
    (5) [Reserved]
    (6) Any solicitation through the medium of a newspaper advertisement 
which informs security holders of a source from which they may obtain 
copies of a proxy statement, form of proxy and any other soliciting 
material and does no more than:
    (i) Name the registrant,
    (ii) State the reason for the advertisement, and
    (iii) Identify the proposal or proposals to be acted upon by 
security holders.
    (b) Sections 240.14a-3 to 240.14a-6 (other than 14a-6(g)), 240.14a-
8, and 240.14a-10 to 240.14a-15 do not apply to the following:
    (1) Any solicitation by or on behalf of any person who does not, at 
any time during such solicitation, seek directly or indirectly, either 
on its own or another's behalf, the power to act as proxy for a security 
holder and does not furnish or otherwise request, or act on behalf of a 
person who furnishes or

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requests, a form of revocation, abstention, consent or authorization. 
Provided, however, That the exemption set forth in this paragraph shall 
not apply to:
    (i) The registrant or an affiliate or associate of the registrant 
(other than an officer or director or any person serving in a similar 
capacity);
    (ii) An officer or director of the registrant or any person serving 
in a similar capacity engaging in a solicitation financed directly or 
indirectly by the registrant;
    (iii) An officer, director, affiliate or associate of a person that 
is ineligible to rely on the exemption set forth in this paragraph 
(other than persons specified in paragraph (b)(1)(i) of this section), 
or any person serving in a similar capacity;
    (iv) Any nominee for whose election as a director proxies are 
solicited;
    (v) Any person soliciting in opposition to a merger, 
recapitalization, reorganization, sale of assets or other extraordinary 
transaction recommended or approved by the board of directors of the 
registrant who is proposing or intends to propose an alternative 
transaction to which such person or one of its affiliates is a party;
    (vi) Any person who is required to report beneficial ownership of 
the registrant's equity securities on a Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-
101), unless such person has filed a Schedule 13D and has not disclosed 
pursuant to Item 4 thereto an intent, or reserved the right, to engage 
in a control transaction, or any contested solicitation for the election 
of directors;
    (vii) Any person who receives compensation from an ineligible person 
directly related to the solicitation of proxies, other than pursuant to 
Sec. 240.14a-13;
    (viii) Where the registrant is an investment company registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.), an 
``interested person'' of that investment company, as that term is 
defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 
80a-2);
    (ix) Any person who, because of a substantial interest in the 
subject matter of the solicitation, is likely to receive a benefit from 
a successful solicitation that would not be shared pro rata by all other 
holders of the same class of securities, other than a benefit arising 
from the person's employment with the registrant; and
    (x) Any person acting on behalf of any of the foregoing.
    (2) Any solicitation made otherwise than on behalf of the registrant 
where the total number of persons solicited is not more than ten;
    (3) The furnishing of proxy voting advice by any person (the 
``advisor'') to any other person with whom the advisor has a business 
relationship, if:
    (i) The advisor renders financial advice in the ordinary course of 
his business;
    (ii) The advisor discloses to the recipient of the advice any 
significant relationship with the registrant or any of its affiliates, 
or a security holder proponent of the matter on which advice is given, 
as well as any material interests of the advisor in such matter;
    (iii) The advisor receives no special commission or remuneration for 
furnishing the proxy voting advice from any person other than a 
recipient of the advice and other persons who receive similar advice 
under this subsection; and
    (iv) The proxy voting advice is not furnished on behalf of any 
person soliciting proxies or on behalf of a participant in an election 
subject to the provisions of Sec. 240.14a-12(c); and
    (4) Any solicitation in connection with a roll-up transaction as 
defined in Item 901(c) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.901 of this chapter) 
in which the holder of a security that is the subject of a proposed 
roll-up transaction engages in preliminary communications with other 
holders of securities that are the subject of the same limited 
partnership roll-up transaction for the purpose of determining whether 
to solicit proxies, consents, or authorizations in opposition to the 
proposed limited partnership roll-up transaction; provided, however, 
that:
    (i) This exemption shall not apply to a security holder who is an 
affiliate of the registrant or general partner or sponsor; and
    (ii) This exemption shall not apply to a holder of five percent (5%) 
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that is the subject of the proposed roll-up transaction who engages in 
the business of buying and selling limited partnership interests in the 
secondary market unless that holder discloses to the persons to whom the 
communications are made such ownership interest and any relations of the 
holder to the parties of the transaction or to the transaction itself, 
as required by Sec. 240.14a-6(n)(1) and specified in the Notice of 
Exempt Preliminary Roll-up Communication (Sec. 240.14a-104). If the 
communication is oral, this disclosure may be provided to the security 
holder orally. Whether the communication is written or oral, the notice 
required by Sec. 240.14a-6(n) and Sec. 240.14a-104 shall be furnished 
to the Commission.
    (5) Publication or distribution by a broker or a dealer of a 
research report in accordance with Rule 138 (Sec. 230.138 of this 
chapter) or Rule 139 (Sec. 230.139 of this chapter) during a 
transaction in which the broker or dealer or its affiliate participates 
or acts in a an advisory role.
    (6) Any solicitation by or on behalf of any person who does not seek 
directly or indirectly, either on its own or another's behalf, the power 
to act as proxy for a shareholder and does not furnish or otherwise 
request, or act on behalf of a person who furnishes or requests, a form 
of revocation, abstention, consent, or authorization in an electronic 
shareholder forum that is established, maintained or operated pursuant 
to the provisions of Sec. 240.14a-17, provided that the solicitation is 
made more than 60 days prior to the date announced by a registrant for 
its next annual or special meeting of shareholders. If the registrant 
announces the date of its next annual or special meeting of shareholders 
less than 60 days before the meeting date, then the solicitation may not 
be made more than two days following the date of the registrant's 
announcement of the meeting date. Participation in an electronic 
shareholder forum does not eliminate a person's eligibility to solicit 
proxies after the date that this exemption is no longer available, or is 
no longer being relied upon, provided that any such solicitation is 
conducted in accordance with this regulation.

[44 FR 68769, Nov. 29, 1979, as amended at 51 FR 42059, Nov. 20, 1986; 
52 FR 21936, June 10, 1987; 57 FR 48290, Oct. 22, 1992; 59 FR 63684, 
Dec. 8, 1994; 65 FR 65749, Nov. 2, 2000; 70 FR 44829, Aug. 3, 2005; 72 
FR 4166, Jan. 29, 2007; 73 FR 4458, Jan. 25, 2008; 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 
2008]



Sec. 240.14a-3  Information to be furnished to security holders.

    (a) No solicitation subject to this regulation shall be made unless 
each person solicited is concurrently furnished or has previously been 
furnished with:
    (1) A publicly-filed preliminary or definitive proxy statement, in 
the form and manner described in Sec. 240.14a-16, containing the 
information specified in Schedule 14A (Sec. 240.14a-101);
    (2) A preliminary or definitive written proxy statement included in 
a registration statement filed under the Securities Act of 1933 on Form 
S-4 or F-4 (Sec. 239.25 or Sec. 239.34 of this chapter) or Form N-14 
(Sec. 239.23 of this chapter) and containing the information specified 
in such Form; or
    (3) A publicly-filed preliminary or definitive proxy statement, not 
in the form and manner described in Sec. 240.14a-16, containing the 
information specified in Schedule 14A (Sec. 240.14a-101), if:
    (i) The solicitation relates to a business combination transaction 
as defined in Sec. 230.165 of this chapter, as well as transactions for 
cash consideration requiring disclosure under Item 14 of Sec. 240.14a-
101.
    (ii) The solicitation may not follow the form and manner described 
in Sec. 240.14a-16 pursuant to the laws of the state of incorporation 
of the registrant;
    (b) If the solicitation is made on behalf of the registrant, other 
than an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act 
of 1940, and relates to an annual (or special meeting in lieu of the 
annual) meeting of security holders, or written consent in lieu of such 
meeting, at which directors are to be elected, each proxy statement 
furnished pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section shall be accompanied 
or preceded by an annual report to security holders as follows:

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    (1) The report shall include, for the registrant and its 
subsidiaries, consolidated and audited balance sheets as of the end of 
the two most recent fiscal years and audited statements of income and 
cash flows for each of the three most recent fiscal years prepared in 
accordance with Regulation S-X (part 210 of this chapter), except that 
the provisions of Article 3 (other than Sec. Sec. 210.3-03(e), 210.3-04 
and 210.3-20) and Article 11 shall not apply. Any financial statement 
schedules or exhibits or separate financial statements which may 
otherwise be required in filings with the Commission may be omitted. If 
the financial statements of the registrant and its subsidiaries 
consolidated in the annual report filed or to be filed with the 
Commission are not required to be audited, the financial statements 
required by this paragraph may be unaudited. A smaller reporting company 
may provide the information in Article 8 of Regulation S-X (Sec. 210.8 
of this chapter) in lieu of the financial information required by this 
paragraph 9(b)(1).
    Note 1 to paragraph (b)(1): If the financial statements for a period 
prior to the most recently completed fiscal year have been examined by a 
predecessor accountant, the separate report of the predecessor 
accountant may be omitted in the report to security holders, provided 
the registrant has obtained from the predecessor accountant a reissued 
report covering the prior period presented and the successor accountant 
clearly indicates in the scope paragraph of his or her report (a) that 
the financial statements of the prior period were examined by other 
accountants, (b) the date of their report, (c) the type of opinion 
expressed by the predecessor accountant and (d) the substantive reasons 
therefore, if it was other than unqualified. It should be noted, 
however, that the separate report of any predecessor accountant is 
required in filings with the Commission. If, for instance, the financial 
statements in the annual report to security holders are incorporated by 
reference in a Form 10-K, the separate report of a predecessor 
accountant shall be filed in Part II or in Part IV as a financial 
statement schedule.
    Note 2 to paragraph (b)(i): For purposes of complying with Sec. 
240.14a-3, if the registrant has changed its fiscal closing date, 
financial statements covering two years and one period of 9 to 12 months 
shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements for statements of income and 
cash flows for the three most recent fiscal years.

    (2)(i) Financial statements and notes thereto shall be presented in 
roman type at least as large and as legible as 10-point modern type. If 
necessary for convenient presentation, the financial statements may be 
in roman type as large and as legible as 8-point modern type. All type 
shall be leaded at least 2 points.
    (ii) Where the annual report to security holders is delivered 
through an electronic medium, issuers may satisfy legibility 
requirements applicable to printed documents, such as type size and 
font, by presenting all required information in a format readily 
communicated to investors.
    (3) The report shall contain the supplementary financial information 
required by item 302 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.302 of this chapter).
    (4) The report shall contain information concerning changes in and 
disagreements with accountants on accounting and financial disclosure 
required by Item 304 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.304 of this chapter).
    (5)(i) The report shall contain the selected financial data required 
by Item 301 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.301 of this chapter).
    (ii) The report shall contain management's discussion and analysis 
of financial condition and results of operations required by Item 303 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.303 of this chapter).
    (iii) The report shall contain the quantitative and qualitative 
disclosures about market risk required by Item 305 of Regulation S-K 
(Sec. 229.305 of this chapter).
    (6) The report shall contain a brief description of the business 
done by the registrant and its subsidiaries during the most recent 
fiscal year which will, in the opinion of management, indicate the 
general nature and scope of the business of the registrant and its 
subsidiaries.
    (7) The report shall contain information relating to the 
registrant's industry segments, classes of similar products or services, 
foreign and domestic operations and exports sales required by paragraphs 
(b), (c)(1)(i) and (d) of Item 101 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.101 of 
this chapter).
    (8) The report shall identify each of the registrant's directors and 
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officers, and shall indicate the principal occupation or employment of 
each such person and the name and principal business of any organization 
by which such person is employed.
    (9) The report shall contain the market price of and dividends on 
the registrant's common equity and related security holder matters 
required by Items 201(a), (b) and (c) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.201(a), (b) and (c) of this chapter). If the report precedes or 
accompanies a proxy statement or information statement relating to an 
annual meeting of security holders at which directors are to be elected 
(or special meeting or written consents in lieu of such meeting), 
furnish the performance graph required by Item 201(e) (Sec. 229.201(e) 
of this chapter).
    (10) The registrant's proxy statement, or the report, shall contain 
an undertaking in bold face or otherwise reasonably prominent type to 
provide without charge to each person solicited upon the written request 
of any such person, a copy of the registrant's annual report on Form 10-
K, including the financial statements and the financial statement 
schedules, required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 
13a-1 (Sec. 240.13a-1 of this chapter) under the Act for the 
registrant's most recent fiscal year, and shall indicate the name and 
address (including title or department) of the person to whom such a 
written request is to be directed. In the discretion of management, a 
registrant need not undertake to furnish without charge copies of all 
exhibits to its Form 10-K, provided that the copy of the annual report 
on Form 10-K furnished without charge to requesting security holders is 
accompanied by a list briefly describing all the exhibits not contained 
therein and indicating that the registrant will furnish any exhibit upon 
the payment of a specified reasonable fee, which fee shall be limited to 
the registrant's reasonable expenses in furnishing such exhibit. If the 
registrant's annual report to security holders complies with all of the 
disclosure requirements of Form 10-K and is filed with the Commission in 
satisfaction of its Form 10-K filing requirements, such registrant need 
not furnish a separate Form 10-K to security holders who receive a copy 
of such annual report.
    Note to Paragraph (b)(10): Pursuant to the undertaking required by 
paragraph (b)(10) of this section, a registrant shall furnish a copy of 
its annual report on Form 10-K (Sec. 249.310 of this chapter) to a 
beneficial owner of its securities upon receipt of a written request 
from such person. Each request must set forth a good faith 
representation that, as of the record date for the solicitation 
requiring the furnishing of the annual report to security holders 
pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section, the person making the request 
was a beneficial owner of securities entitled to vote.
    (11) Subject to the foregoing requirements, the report may be in any 
form deemed suitable by management and the information required by 
paragraphs (b)(5) to (10) of this section may be presented in an 
appendix or other separate section of the report, provided that the 
attention of security holders is called to such presentation.
    Note: Registrants are encouraged to utilize tables, schedules, 
charts and graphic illustrations of present financial information in an 
understandable manner. Any presentation of financial information must be 
consistent with the data in the financial statements contained in the 
report and, if appropriate, should refer to relevant portions of the 
financial statements and notes thereto.

    (12) [Reserved]
    (13) Paragraph (b) of this section shall not apply, however, to 
solicitations made on behalf of the registrant before the financial 
statements are available if a solicitation is being made at the same 
time in opposition to the registrant and if the registrant's proxy 
statement includes an undertaking in bold face type to furnish such 
annual report to security holders to all persons being solicited at 
least 20 calendar days before the date of the meeting or, if the 
solicitation refers to a written consent or authorization in lieu of a 
meeting, at least 20 calendar days prior to the earliest date on which 
it may be used to effect corporate action.
    (c) Seven copies of the report sent to security holders pursuant to 
this rule shall be mailed to the Commission, solely for its information, 
not later than the date on which such report is first sent or given to 
security holders or the date on which preliminary copies, or definitive 
copies, if preliminary filing was not required, of solicitation

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material are filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 14a-6, whichever 
date is later. The report is not deemed to be ``soliciting material'' or 
to be ``filed'' with the Commission or subject to this regulation 
otherwise than as provided in this Rule, or to the liabilities of 
section 18 of the Act, except to the extent that the registrant 
specifically requests that it be treated as a part of the proxy 
soliciting material or incorporates it in the proxy statement or other 
filed report by reference.
    (d) An annual report to security holders prepared on an integrated 
basis pursuant to General Instruction H to Form 10-K (Sec. 249.310 of 
this chapter) may also be submitted in satisfaction of this section. 
When filed as the annual report on Form 10-K, responses to the Items of 
that form are subject to section 18 of the Act notwithstanding paragraph 
(c) of this section.
    (e)(1)(i) A registrant will be considered to have delivered an 
annual report to security holders, proxy statement or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials, as described in Sec. 240.14a-16, to 
all security holders of record who share an address if:
    (A) The registrant delivers one annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, 
as applicable, to the shared address;
    (B) The registrant addresses the annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, 
as applicable, to the security holders as a group (for example, ``ABC 
Fund [or Corporation] Security Holders,'' ``Jane Doe and Household,'' 
``The Smith Family''), to each of the security holders individually (for 
example, ``John Doe and Richard Jones'') or to the security holders in a 
form to which each of the security holders has consented in writing;
    Note to paragraph (e)(1)(i)(B): Unless the registrant addresses the 
annual report to security holders, proxy statement or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials to the security holders as a group or to 
each of the security holders individually, it must obtain, from each 
security holder to be included in the household group, a separate 
affirmative written consent to the specific form of address the 
registrant will use.
    (C) The security holders consent, in accordance with paragraph 
(e)(1)(ii) of this section, to delivery of one annual report to security 
holders or proxy statement, as applicable;
    (D) With respect to delivery of the proxy statement or Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, the registrant delivers, 
together with or subsequent to delivery of the proxy statement, a 
separate proxy card for each security holder at the shared address; and
    (E) The registrant includes an undertaking in the proxy statement to 
deliver promptly upon written or oral request a separate copy of the 
annual report to security holders, proxy statement or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials, as applicable, to a security holder at 
a shared address to which a single copy of the document was delivered.
    (ii) Consent--(A) Affirmative written consent. Each security holder 
must affirmatively consent, in writing, to delivery of one annual report 
to security holders or proxy statement, as applicable. A security 
holder's affirmative written consent will be considered valid only if 
the security holder has been informed of:
    (1) The duration of the consent;
    (2) The specific types of documents to which the consent will apply;
    (3) The procedures the security holder must follow to revoke 
consent; and
    (4) The registrant's obligation to begin sending individual copies 
to a security holder within thirty days after the security holder 
revokes consent.
    (B) Implied consent. The registrant need not obtain affirmative 
written consent from a security holder for purposes of paragraph 
(e)(1)(ii)(A) of this section if all of the following conditions are 
met:
    (1) The security holder has the same last name as the other security 
holders at the shared address or the registrant reasonably believes that 
the security holders are members of the same family;
    (2) The registrant has sent the security holder a notice at least 60 
days before the registrant begins to rely on this section concerning 
delivery of annual reports to security holders, proxy statements or 
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Availability of Proxy Materials to that security holder. The notice 
must:
    (i) Be a separate written document;
    (ii) State that only one annual report to security holders, proxy 
statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as 
applicable, will be delivered to the shared address unless the 
registrant receives contrary instructions;
    (iii) Include a toll-free telephone number, or be accompanied by a 
reply form that is pre-addressed with postage provided, that the 
security holder can use to notify the registrant that the security 
holder wishes to receive a separate annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials;
    (iv) State the duration of the consent;
    (v) Explain how a security holder can revoke consent;
    (vi) State that the registrant will begin sending individual copies 
to a security holder within thirty days after the security holder 
revokes consent; and
    (vii) Contain the following prominent statement, or similar clear 
and understandable statement, in bold-face type: ``Important Notice 
Regarding Delivery of Security Holder Documents.'' This statement also 
must appear on the envelope in which the notice is delivered. 
Alternatively, if the notice is delivered separately from other 
communications to security holders, this statement may appear either on 
the notice or on the envelope in which the notice is delivered.

    Note to paragraph (e)(1)(ii)(B)(2): The notice should be written in 
plain English. See Sec. 230.421(d)(2) of this chapter for a discussion 
of plain English principles.

    (3) The registrant has not received the reply form or other 
notification indicating that the security holder wishes to continue to 
receive an individual copy of the annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, 
as applicable, within 60 days after the registrant sent the notice 
required by paragraph (e)(1)(ii)(B)(2) of this section; and
    (4) The registrant delivers the document to a post office box or 
residential street address.

    Note to paragraph (e)(1)(ii)(B)(4): The registrant can assume that a 
street address is residential unless the registrant has information that 
indicates the street address is a business.

    (iii) Revocation of consent. If a security holder, orally or in 
writing, revokes consent to delivery of one annual report to security 
holders, proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials to a shared address, the registrant must begin sending 
individual copies to that security holder within 30 days after the 
registrant receives revocation of the security holder's consent.
    (iv) Definition of address. Unless otherwise indicated, for purposes 
of this section, address means a street address, a post office box 
number, an electronic mail address, a facsimile telephone number or 
other similar destination to which paper or electronic documents are 
delivered, unless otherwise provided in this section. If the registrant 
has reason to believe that the address is a street address of a multi-
unit building, the address must include the unit number.

    Note to paragraph (e)(1): A person other than the registrant making 
a proxy solicitation may deliver a single proxy statement to security 
holders of record or beneficial owners who have separate accounts and 
share an address if: (a) the registrant or intermediary has followed the 
procedures in this section; and (b) the registrant or intermediary makes 
available the shared address information to the person in accordance 
with Sec. 240.14a-7(a)(2)(i) and (ii).

    (2) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, unless 
state law requires otherwise, a registrant is not required to send an 
annual report to security holders, proxy statement or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials to a security holder if:
    (i) An annual report to security holders and a proxy statement, or a 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, for two consecutive 
annual meetings; or
    (ii) All, and at least two, payments (if sent by first class mail) 
of dividends or interest on securities, or dividend reinvestment 
confirmations, during a twelve month period, have been mailed to such 
security holder's address and have been returned as undeliverable. If 
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causes to be delivered to the registrant written notice setting forth 
his then current address for security holder communications purposes, 
the registrant's obligation to deliver an annual report to security 
holders, a proxy statement or a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials under this section is reinstated.
    (f) The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply 
to a communication made by means of speeches in public forums, press 
releases, published or broadcast opinions, statements, or advertisements 
appearing in a broadcast media, newspaper, magazine or other bona fide 
publication disseminated on a regular basis, provided that:
    (1) No form of proxy, consent or authorization or means to execute 
the same is provided to a security holder in connection with the 
communication; and
    (2) At the time the communication is made, a definitive proxy 
statement is on file with the Commission pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-6(b).

[39 FR 40768, Nov. 20, 1974]

    Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec. 
240.14a-3, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the 
Finding Aids section of the printed volume and on GPO Access.



Sec. 240.14a-4  Requirements as to proxy.

    (a) The form of proxy (1) shall indicate in bold-face type whether 
or not the proxy is solicited on behalf of the registrant's board of 
directors or, if provided other than by a majority of the board of 
directors, shall indicate in bold-face type on whose behalf the 
solicitation is made;
    (2) Shall provide a specifically designated blank space for dating 
the proxy card; and
    (3) Shall identify clearly and impartially each separate matter 
intended to be acted upon, whether or not related to or conditioned on 
the approval of other matters, and whether proposed by the registrant or 
by security holders. No reference need be made, however, to proposals as 
to which discretionary authority is conferred pursuant to paragraph (c) 
of this section.

    Note to paragraph (a)(3) (Electronic filers): Electronic filers 
shall satisfy the filing requirements of Rule 14a-6(a) or (b) (Sec. 
240.14a-6(a) or (b)) with respect to the form of proxy by filing the 
form of proxy as an appendix at the end of the proxy statement. Forms of 
proxy shall not be filed as exhibits or separate documents within an 
electronic submission.

    (b)(1) Means shall be provided in the form of proxy whereby the 
person solicited is afforded an opportunity to specify by boxes a choice 
between approval or disapproval of, or abstention with respect to each 
separate matter referred to therein as intended to be acted upon, other 
than elections to office. A proxy may confer discretionary authority 
with respect to matters as to which a choice is not specified by the 
security holder provided that the form of proxy states in bold-face type 
how it is intended to vote the shares represented by the proxy in each 
such case.
    (2) A form of proxy which provides for the election of directors 
shall set forth the names of persons nominated for election as 
directors. Such form of proxy shall clearly provide any of the following 
means for security holders to withhold authority to vote for each 
nominee:
    (i) A box opposite the name of each nominee which may be marked to 
indicate that authority to vote for such nominee is withheld; or
    (ii) An instruction in bold-face type which indicates that the 
security holder may withhold authority to vote for any nominee by lining 
through or otherwise striking out the name of any nominee; or
    (iii) Designated blank spaces in which the security holder may enter 
the names of nominees with respect to whom the security holder chooses 
to withhold authority to vote; or
    (iv) Any other similar means, provided that clear instructions are 
furnished indicating how the security holder may withhold authority to 
vote for any nominee.

Such form of proxy also may provide a means for the security holder to 
grant authority to vote for the nominees set forth, as a group, provided 
that there is a similar means for the security holder to withhold 
authority to vote for such group of nominees. Any such form of

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proxy which is executed by the security holder in such manner as not to 
withhold authority to vote for the election of any nominee shall be 
deemed to grant such authority, provided that the form of proxy so 
states in bold-face type.

    Instructions. 1. Paragraph (2) does not apply in the case of a 
merger, consolidation or other plan if the election of directors is an 
integral part of the plan.
    2. If applicable state law gives legal effect to votes cast against 
a nominee, then in lieu of, or in addition to, providing a means for 
security holders to withhold authority to vote, the registrant should 
provide a similar means for security holders to vote against each 
nominee.

    (c) A proxy may confer discretionary authority to vote on any of the 
following matters:
    (1) For an annual meeting of shareholders, if the registrant did not 
have notice of the matter at least 45 days before the date on which the 
registrant first sent its proxy materials for the prior year's annual 
meeting of shareholders (or date specified by an advance notice 
provision), and a specific statement to that effect is made in the proxy 
statement or form of proxy. If during the prior year the registrant did 
not hold an annual meeting, or if the date of the meeting has changed 
more than 30 days from the prior year, then notice must not have been 
received a reasonable time before the registrant sends its proxy 
materials for the current year.
    (2) In the case in which the registrant has received timely notice 
in connection with an annual meeting of shareholders (as determined 
under paragraph (c)(1) of this section), if the registrant includes, in 
the proxy statement, advice on the nature of the matter and how the 
registrant intends to exercise its discretion to vote on each matter. 
However, even if the registrant includes this information in its proxy 
statement, it may not exercise discretionary voting authority on a 
particular proposal if the proponent:
    (i) Provides the registrant with a written statement, within the 
time-frame determined under paragraph (c)(1) of this section, that the 
proponent intends to deliver a proxy statement and form of proxy to 
holders of at least the percentage of the company's voting shares 
required under applicable law to carry the proposal;
    (ii) Includes the same statement in its proxy materials filed under 
Sec. 240.14a-6; and
    (iii) Immediately after soliciting the percentage of shareholders 
required to carry the proposal, provides the registrant with a statement 
from any solicitor or other person with knowledge that the necessary 
steps have been taken to deliver a proxy statement and form of proxy to 
holders of at least the percentage of the company's voting shares 
required under applicable law to carry the proposal.
    (3) For solicitations other than for annual meetings or for 
solicitations by persons other than the registrant, matters which the 
persons making the solicitation do not know, a reasonable time before 
the solicitation, are to be presented at the meeting, if a specific 
statement to that effect is made in the proxy statement or form of 
proxy.
    (4) Approval of the minutes of the prior meeting if such approval 
does not amount to ratification of the action taken at that meeting;
    (5) The election of any person to any office for which a bona fide 
nominee is named in the proxy statement and such nominee is unable to 
serve or for good cause will not serve.
    (6) Any proposal omitted from the proxy statement and form of proxy 
pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-8 or Sec. 240.14a-9 of this chapter.
    (7) Matters incident to the conduct of the meeting.
    (d) No proxy shall confer authority:
    (1) To vote for the election of any person to any office for which a 
bona fide nominee is not named in the proxy statement,
    (2) To vote at any annual meeting other than the next annual meeting 
(or any adjournment thereof) to be held after the date on which the 
proxy statement and form of proxy are first sent or given to security 
holders,
    (3) To vote with respect to more than one meeting (and any 
adjournment thereof) or more than one consent solicitation or
    (4) To consent to or authorize any action other than the action 
proposed to be taken in the proxy statement, or matters referred to in 
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this rule. A person shall not be deemed to be a bona fide nominee and he 
shall not be named as such unless he has consented to being named in the 
proxy statement and to serve if elected. Provided, however, That nothing 
in this section 240.14a-4 shall prevent any person soliciting in support 
of nominees who, if elected, would constitute a minority of the board of 
directors, from seeking authority to vote for nominees named in the 
registrant's proxy statement, so long as the soliciting party:
    (i) Seeks authority to vote in the aggregate for the number of 
director positions then subject to election;
    (ii) Represents that it will vote for all the registrant nominees, 
other than those registrant nominees specified by the soliciting party;
    (iii) Provides the security holder an opportunity to withhold 
authority with respect to any other registrant nominee by writing the 
name of that nominee on the form of proxy; and
    (iv) States on the form of proxy and in the proxy statement that 
there is no assurance that the registrant's nominees will serve if 
elected with any of the soliciting party's nominees.
    (e) The proxy statement or form of proxy shall provide, subject to 
reasonable specified conditions, that the shares represented by the 
proxy will be voted and that where the person solicited specifies by 
means of a ballot provided pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section a 
choice with respect to any matter to be acted upon, the shares will be 
voted in accordance with the specifications so made.
    (f) No person conducting a solicitation subject to this regulation 
shall deliver a form of proxy, consent or authorization to any security 
holder unless the security holder concurrently receives, or has 
previously received, a definitive proxy statement that has been filed 
with the Commission pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-6(b).

[17 FR 11432, Dec. 18, 1952, as amended at 31 FR 212, Jan. 7, 1966; 32 
FR 20963, Dec. 29, 1967; 44 FR 68770, Nov. 29, 1979; 45 FR 76979, Nov. 
21, 1980; 51 FR 42060, Nov. 20, 1986; 57 FR 48291, Oct. 22, 1992; 59 FR 
67764, Dec. 30, 1994; 63 FR 29118, May 28, 1998; 63 FR 50622, Sept. 22, 
1998; 64 FR 61456, Nov. 10, 1999; 72 FR 4167, Jan. 29, 2007]



Sec. 240.14a-5  Presentation of information in proxy statement.

    (a) The information included in the proxy statement shall be clearly 
presented and the statements made shall be divided into groups according 
to subject matter and the various groups of statements shall be preceded 
by appropriate headings. The order of items and sub-items in the 
schedule need not be followed. Where practicable and appropriate, the 
information shall be presented in tabular form. All amounts shall be 
stated in figures. Information required by more than one applicable item 
need not be repeated. No statement need be made in response to any item 
or sub-item which is inapplicable.
    (b) Any information required to be included in the proxy statement 
as to terms of securities or other subject matter which from a 
standpoint of practical necessity must be determined in the future may 
be stated in terms of present knowledge and intention. To the extent 
practicable, the authority to be conferred concerning each such matter 
shall be confined within limits reasonably related to the need for 
discretionary authority. Subject to the foregoing, information which is 
not known to the persons on whose behalf the solicitation is to be made 
and which it is not reasonably within the power of such persons to 
ascertain or procure may be omitted, if a brief statement of the 
circumstances rendering such information unavailable is made.
    (c) Any information contained in any other proxy soliciting material 
which has been furnished to each person solicited in connection with the 
same meeting or subject matter may be omitted from the proxy statement, 
if a clear reference is made to the particular document containing such 
information.
    (d)(1) All printed proxy statements shall be in roman type at least 
as large and as legible as 10-point modern type, except that to the 
extent necessary for convenient presentation financial statements and 
other tabular data, but not the notes thereto, may be in roman type at 
least as large and as legible as 8-point modern type. All such type 
shall be leaded at least 2 points.
    (2) Where a proxy statement is delivered through an electronic 
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issuers may satisfy legibility requirements applicable to printed 
documents, such as type size and font, by presenting all required 
information in a format readily communicated to investors.
    (e) All proxy statements shall disclose, under an appropriate 
caption, the following dates:
    (1) The deadline for submitting shareholder proposals for inclusion 
in the registrant's proxy statement and form of proxy for the 
registrant's next annual meeting, calculated in the manner provided in 
Sec. 240.14a-8(e)(Question 5); and
    (2) The date after which notice of a shareholder proposal submitted 
outside the processes of Sec. 240.14a-8 is considered untimely, either 
calculated in the manner provided by Sec. 240.14a-4(c)(1) or as 
established by the registrant's advance notice provision, if any, 
authorized by applicable state law.
    (f) If the date of the next annual meeting is subsequently advanced 
or delayed by more than 30 calendar days from the date of the annual 
meeting to which the proxy statement relates, the registrant shall, in a 
timely manner, inform shareholders of such change, and the new dates 
referred to in paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this section, by 
including a notice, under Item 5, in its earliest possible quarterly 
report on Form 10-Q (Sec. 249.308a of this chapter), or, in the case of 
investment companies, in a shareholder report under Sec. 270.30d-1 of 
this chapter under the Investment Company Act of 1940, or, if 
impracticable, any means reasonably calculated to inform shareholders.

[17 FR 11432, Dec. 18, 1952, as amended at 36 FR 8935, May 15, 1971; 37 
FR 23179, Oct. 31, 1972; 44 FR 68770, Nov. 29, 1979; 51 FR 42061, Nov. 
20, 1986; 61 FR 24656, May 15, 1996; 63 FR 29118, May 28, 1998; 63 FR 
46881, Sept. 3, 1998; 73 FR 977, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.14a-6  Filing requirements.

    (a) Preliminary proxy statement. Five preliminary copies of the 
proxy statement and form of proxy shall be filed with the Commission at 
least 10 calendar days prior to the date definitive copies of such 
material are first sent or given to security holders, or such shorter 
period prior to that date as the Commission may authorize upon a showing 
of good cause thereunder. A registrant, however, shall not file with the 
Commission a preliminary proxy statement, form of proxy or other 
soliciting material to be furnished to security holders concurrently 
therewith if the solicitation relates to an annual (or special meeting 
in lieu of the annual) meeting, or for an investment company registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) or a 
business development company, if the solicitation relates to any meeting 
of security holders at which the only matters to be acted upon are:
    (1) The election of directors;
    (2) The election, approval or ratification of accountant(s);
    (3) A security holder proposal included pursuant to Rule 14a-8 
(Sec. 240.14a-8 of this chapter);
    (4) The approval or ratification of a plan as defined in paragraph 
(a)(6)(ii) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(6)(ii) of 
this chapter) or amendments to such a plan;
    (5) With respect to an investment company registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business development company, a 
proposal to continue, without change, any advisory or other contract or 
agreement that previously has been the subject of a proxy solicitation 
for which proxy material was filed with the Commission pursuant to this 
section;
    (6) With respect to an open-end investment company registered under 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, a proposal to increase the number of 
shares authorized to be issued; and/or
    (7) A vote to approve the compensation of executives as required 
pursuant to Section 111(e)(1) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization 
Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5221(e)(1)) and Sec. 240.14a-20.

This exclusion from filing preliminary proxy material does not apply if 
the registrant comments upon or refers to a solicitation in opposition 
in connection with the meeting in its proxy material.

    Note 1: The filing of revised material does not recommence the ten 
day time period unless the revised material contains material revisions 
or material new proposal(s) that constitute a fundamental change in the 
proxy material.

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    Note 2: The official responsible for the preparation of the proxy 
material should make every effort to verify the accuracy and 
completeness of the information required by the applicable rules. The 
preliminary material should be filed with the Commission at the earliest 
practicable date.
    Note 3: Solicitation in Opposition. For purposes of the exclusion 
from filing preliminary proxy material, a ``solicitation in opposition'' 
includes: (a) Any solicitation opposing a proposal supported by the 
registrant; and (b) any solicitation supporting a proposal that the 
registrant does not expressly support, other than a security holder 
proposal included in the registrant's proxy material pursuant to Rule 
14a-8 (Sec. 240.14a-8 of this chapter). The inclusion of a security 
holder proposal in the registrant's proxy material pursuant to Rule 14a-
8 does not constitute a ``solicitation in opposition,'' even if the 
registrant opposes the proposal and/or includes a statement in 
opposition to the proposal.
    Note 4: A registrant that is filing proxy material in preliminary 
form only because the registrant has commented on or referred to a 
solicitation in opposition should indicate that fact in a transmittal 
letter when filing the preliminary material with the Commission.

    (b) Definitive proxy statement and other soliciting material. Eight 
definitive copies of the proxy statement, form of proxy and all other 
soliciting materials, in the same form as the materials sent to security 
holders, must be filed with the Commission no later than the date they 
are first sent or given to security holders. Three copies of these 
materials also must be filed with, or mailed for filing to, each 
national securities exchange on which the registrant has a class of 
securities listed and registered.
    (c) Personal solicitation materials. If part or all of the 
solicitation involves personal solicitation, then eight copies of all 
written instructions or other materials that discuss, review or comment 
on the merits of any matter to be acted on, that are furnished to 
persons making the actual solicitation for their use directly or 
indirectly in connection with the solicitation, must be filed with the 
Commission no later than the date the materials are first sent or given 
to these persons.
    (d) Release dates. All preliminary proxy statements and forms of 
proxy filed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section shall be 
accompanied by a statement of the date on which definitive copies 
thereof filed pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section are intended to 
be released to security holders. All definitive material filed pursuant 
to paragraph (b) of this section shall be accompanied by a statement of 
the date on which copies of such material were released to security 
holders, or, if not released, the date on which copies thereof are 
intended to be released. All material filed pursuant to paragraph (c) of 
this section shall be accompanied by a statement of the date on which 
copies thereof were released to the individual who will make the actual 
solicitation or if not released, the date on which copies thereof are 
intended to be released.
    (e)(1) Public availability of information. All copies of preliminary 
proxy statements and forms of proxy filed pursuant to paragraph (a) of 
this section shall be clearly marked ``Preliminary Copies,'' and shall 
be deemed immediately available for public inspection unless 
confidential treatment is obtained pursuant to paragraph (e)(2) of this 
section.
    (2) Confidential treatment. If action will be taken on any matter 
specified in Item 14 of Schedule 14A (Sec. 240.14a-101), all copies of 
the preliminary proxy statement and form of proxy filed under paragraph 
(a) of this section will be for the information of the Commission only 
and will not be deemed available for public inspection until filed with 
the Commission in definitive form so long as:
    (i) The proxy statement does not relate to a matter or proposal 
subject to Sec. 240.13e-3 or a roll-up transaction as defined in Item 
901(c) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.901(c) of this chapter);
    (ii) Neither the parties to the transaction nor any persons 
authorized to act on their behalf have made any public communications 
relating to the transaction except for statements where the content is 
limited to the information specified in Sec. 230.135 of this chapter; 
and
    (iii) The materials are filed in paper and marked ``Confidential, 
For Use of the Commission Only.'' In all cases, the materials may be 
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States Government and to the Congress, and the Commission may make any 
inquiries or investigation into the materials as may be necessary to 
conduct an adequate review by the Commission.

    Instruction to paragraph (e)(2): If communications are made publicly 
that go beyond the information specified in Sec. 230.135 of this 
chapter, the preliminary proxy materials must be re-filed promptly with 
the Commission as public materials.

    (f) Communications not required to be filed. Copies of replies to 
inquiries from security holders requesting further information and 
copies of communications which do no more than request that forms of 
proxy theretofore solicited be signed and returned need not be filed 
pursuant to this section.
    (g) Solicitations subject to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(1). (1) Any person 
who:
    (i) Engages in a solicitation pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(1), and
    (ii) At the commencement of that solicitation owns beneficially 
securities of the class which is the subject of the solicitation with a 
market value of over $5 million,


shall furnish or mail to the Commission, not later than three days after 
the date the written solicitation is first sent or given to any security 
holder, five copies of a statement containing the information specified 
in the Notice of Exempt Solicitation (Sec. 240.14a-103) which statement 
shall attach as an exhibit all written soliciting materials. Five copies 
of an amendment to such statement shall be furnished or mailed to the 
Commission, in connection with dissemination of any additional 
communications, not later than three days after the date the additional 
material is first sent or given to any security holder. Three copies of 
the Notice of Exempt Solicitation and amendments thereto shall, at the 
same time the materials are furnished or mailed to the Commission, be 
furnished or mailed to each national securities exchange upon which any 
class of securities of the registrant is listed and registered.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (g)(1) of this section, no such 
submission need be made with respect to oral solicitations (other than 
with respect to scripts used in connection with such oral 
solicitations), speeches delivered in a public forum, press releases, 
published or broadcast opinions, statements, and advertisements 
appearing in a broadcast media, or a newspaper, magazine or other bona 
fide publication disseminated on a regular basis.
    (h) Revised material. Where any proxy statement, form of proxy or 
other material filed pursuant to this section is amended or revised, two 
of the copies of such amended or revised material filed pursuant to this 
section (or in the case of investment companies registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940, three of such copies) shall be marked to 
indicate clearly and precisely the changes effected therein. If the 
amendment or revision alters the text of the material the changes in 
such text shall be indicated by means of underscoring or in some other 
appropriate manner.
    (i) Fees. At the time of filing the proxy solicitation material, the 
persons upon whose behalf the solicitation is made, other than 
investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 
1940, shall pay to the Commission the following applicable fee:
    (1) For preliminary proxy material involving acquisitions, mergers, 
spinoffs, consolidations or proposed sales or other dispositions of 
substantially all the assets of the company, a fee established in 
accordance with Rule 0-11 (Sec. 240.0-11 of this chapter) shall be 
paid. No refund shall be given.
    (2) For all other proxy submissions and submissions made pursuant to 
Sec. 240.14a-6(g), no fee shall be required.
    (j) Merger proxy materials. (1) Any proxy statement, form of proxy 
or other soliciting material required to be filed by this section that 
also is either
    (i) Included in a registration statement filed under the Securities 
Act of 1933 on Forms S-4 (Sec. 239.25 of this chapter), F-4 (Sec. 
239.34 of this chapter) or N-14 (Sec. 239.23 of this chapter); or
    (ii) Filed under Sec. 230.424, Sec. 230.425 or Sec. 230.497 of 
this chapter is required to be filed only under the Securities Act, and 
is deemed filed under this section.
    (2) Under paragraph (j)(1) of this section, the fee required by 
paragraph (i) of this section need not be paid.

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    (k) Computing time periods. In computing time periods beginning with 
the filing date specified in Regulation 14A (Sec. Sec. 240.14a-1 to 
240.14b-1 of this chapter), the filing date shall be counted as the 
first day of the time period and midnight of the last day shall 
constitute the end of the specified time period.
    (l) Roll-up transactions. If a transaction is a roll-up transaction 
as defined in Item 901(c) of Regulation S-K (17 CFR 229.901(c)) and is 
registered (or authorized to be registered) on Form S-4 (17 CFR 229.25) 
or Form F-4 (17 CFR 229.34), the proxy statement of the sponsor or the 
general partner as defined in Item 901(d) and Item 901(a), respectively, 
of Regulation S-K (17 CFR 229.901) must be distributed to security 
holders no later than the lesser of 60 calendar days prior to the date 
on which the meeting of security holders is held or action is taken, or 
the maximum number of days permitted for giving notice under applicable 
state law.
    (m) Cover page. Proxy materials filed with the Commission shall 
include a cover page in the form set forth in Schedule 14A (Sec. 
240.14a-101 of this chapter). The cover page required by this paragraph 
need not be distributed to security holders.
    (n) Solicitations subject to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(4). Any person who:
    (1) Engages in a solicitation pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(4); and
    (2) At the commencement of that solicitation both owns five percent 
(5%) or more of the outstanding securities of a class that is the 
subject of the proposed roll-up transaction, and engages in the business 
of buying and selling limited partnership interests in the secondary 
market, shall furnish or mail to the Commission, not later than three 
days after the date an oral or written solicitation by that person is 
first made, sent or provided to any security holder, five copies of a 
statement containing the information specified in the Notice of Exempt 
Preliminary Roll-up Communication (Sec. 240.14a-104). Five copies of 
any amendment to such statement shall be furnished or mailed to the 
Commission not later than three days after a communication containing 
revised material is first made, sent or provided to any security holder.
    (o) Solicitations before furnishing a definitive proxy statement. 
Solicitations that are published, sent or given to security holders 
before they have been furnished a definitive proxy statement must be 
made in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-12 unless there is an exemption 
available under Sec. 240.14a-2.

[17 FR 11432, Dec. 18, 1952]

    Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec. 
240.14a-6, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the 
Finding Aids section of the printed volume and on GPO Access.



Sec. 240.14a-7  Obligations of registrants to provide a list of, or 
mail soliciting material to, security holders.

    (a) If the registrant has made or intends to make a proxy 
solicitation in connection with a security holder meeting or action by 
consent or authorization, upon the written request by any record or 
beneficial holder of securities of the class entitled to vote at the 
meeting or to execute a consent or authorization to provide a list of 
security holders or to mail the requesting security holder's materials, 
regardless of whether the request references this section, the 
registrant shall:
    (1) Deliver to the requesting security holder within five business 
days after receipt of the request:
    (i) Notification as to whether the registrant has elected to mail 
the security holder's soliciting materials or provide a security holder 
list if the election under paragraph (b) of this section is to be made 
by the registrant;
    (ii) A statement of the approximate number of record holders and 
beneficial holders, separated by type of holder and class, owning 
securities in the same class or classes as holders which have been or 
are to be solicited on management's behalf, or any more limited group of 
such holders designated by the security holder if available or 
retrievable under the registrant's or its transfer agent's security 
holder data systems; and
    (iii) The estimated cost of mailing a proxy statement, form of proxy 
or other communication to such holders, including to the extent known or 
reasonably available, the estimated costs

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of any bank, broker, and similar person through whom the registrant has 
solicited or intends to solicit beneficial owners in connection with the 
security holder meeting or action;
    (2) Perform the acts set forth in either paragraphs (a)(2)(i) or 
(a)(2)(ii) of this section, at the registrant's or requesting security 
holder's option, as specified in paragraph (b) of this section:
    (i) Send copies of any proxy statement, form of proxy, or other 
soliciting material, including a Notice of Internet Availability of 
Proxy Materials (as described in Sec. 240.14a-16), furnished by the 
security holder to the record holders, including banks, brokers, and 
similar entities, designated by the security holder. A sufficient number 
of copies must be sent to the banks, brokers, and similar entities for 
distribution to all beneficial owners designated by the security holder. 
The security holder may designate only record holders and/or beneficial 
owners who have not requested paper and/ or e-mail copies of the proxy 
statement. If the registrant has received affirmative written or implied 
consent to deliver a single proxy statement to security holders at a 
shared address in accordance with the procedures in Sec. 240.14a-
3(e)(1), a single copy of the proxy statement or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials furnished by the security holder shall 
be sent to that address, provided that if multiple copies of the Notice 
of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials are furnished by the 
security holder for that address, the registrant shall deliver those 
copies in a single envelope to that address. The registrant shall send 
the security holder material with reasonable promptness after tender of 
the material to be sent, envelopes or other containers therefore, 
postage or payment for postage and other reasonable expenses of 
effecting such distribution. The registrant shall not be responsible for 
the content of the material; or
    (ii) Deliver the following information to the requesting security 
holder within five business days of receipt of the request:
    (A) A reasonably current list of the names, addresses and security 
positions of the record holders, including banks, brokers and similar 
entities holding securities in the same class or classes as holders 
which have been or are to be solicited on management's behalf, or any 
more limited group of such holders designated by the security holder if 
available or retrievable under the registrant's or its transfer agent's 
security holder data systems;
    (B) The most recent list of names, addresses and security positions 
of beneficial owners as specified in Sec. 240.14a-13(b), in the 
possession, or which subsequently comes into the possession, of the 
registrant;
    (C) The names of security holders at a shared address that have 
consented to delivery of a single copy of proxy materials to a shared 
address, if the registrant has received written or implied consent in 
accordance with Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1); and
    (D) If the registrant has relied on Sec. 240.14a-16, the names of 
security holders who have requested paper copies of the proxy materials 
for all meetings and the names of security holders who, as of the date 
that the registrant receives the request, have requested paper copies of 
the proxy materials only for the meeting to which the solicitation 
relates.
    (iii) All security holder list information shall be in the form 
requested by the security holder to the extent that such form is 
available to the registrant without undue burden or expense. The 
registrant shall furnish the security holder with updated record holder 
information on a daily basis or, if not available on a daily basis, at 
the shortest reasonable intervals; provided, however, the registrant 
need not provide beneficial or record holder information more current 
than the record date for the meeting or action.
    (b)(1) The requesting security holder shall have the options set 
forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, and the registrant shall have 
corresponding obligations, if the registrant or general partner or 
sponsor is soliciting or intends to solicit with respect to:
    (i) A proposal that is subject to Sec. 240.13e-3;
    (ii) A roll-up transaction as defined in Item 901(c) of Regulation 
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(Sec. 229.901(c) of this chapter) that involves an entity with 
securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78l); 
or
    (iii) A roll-up transaction as defined in Item 901(c) of Regulation 
S-K (Sec. 229.901(c) of this chapter) that involves a limited 
partnership, unless the transaction involves only:
    (A) Partnerships whose investors will receive new securities or 
securities in another entity that are not reported under a transaction 
reporting plan declared effective before December 17, 1993 by the 
Commission under Section 11A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k-1); or
    (B) Partnerships whose investors' securities are reported under a 
transaction reporting plan declared effective before December 17, 1993 
by the Commission under Section 11A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k-1).
    (2) With respect to all other requests pursuant to this section, the 
registrant shall have the option to either mail the security holder's 
material or furnish the security holder list as set forth in this 
section.
    (c) At the time of a list request, the security holder making the 
request shall:
    (1) If holding the registrant's securities through a nominee, 
provide the registrant with a statement by the nominee or other 
independent third party, or a copy of a current filing made with the 
Commission and furnished to the registrant, confirming such holder's 
beneficial ownership; and
    (2) Provide the registrant with an affidavit, declaration, 
affirmation or other similar document provided for under applicable 
state law identifying the proposal or other corporate action that will 
be the subject of the security holder's solicitation or communication 
and attesting that:
    (i) The security holder will not use the list information for any 
purpose other than to solicit security holders with respect to the same 
meeting or action by consent or authorization for which the registrant 
is soliciting or intends to solicit or to communicate with security 
holders with respect to a solicitation commenced by the registrant; and
    (ii) The security holder will not disclose such information to any 
person other than a beneficial owner for whom the request was made and 
an employee or agent to the extent necessary to effectuate the 
communication or solicitation.
    (d) The security holder shall not use the information furnished by 
the registrant pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)(ii) of this section for any 
purpose other than to solicit security holders with respect to the same 
meeting or action by consent or authorization for which the registrant 
is soliciting or intends to solicit or to communicate with security 
holders with respect to a solicitation commenced by the registrant; or 
disclose such information to any person other than an employee, agent, 
or beneficial owner for whom a request was made to the extent necessary 
to effectuate the communication or solicitation. The security holder 
shall return the information provided pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)(ii) 
of this section and shall not retain any copies thereof or of any 
information derived from such information after the termination of the 
solicitation.
    (e) The security holder shall reimburse the reasonable expenses 
incurred by the registrant in performing the acts requested pursuant to 
paragraph (a) of this section.

    Note 1 to Sec. 240.14a-7. Reasonably prompt methods of distribution 
to security holders may be used instead of mailing. If an alternative 
distribution method is chosen, the costs of that method should be 
considered where necessary rather than the costs of mailing.
    Note 2 to Sec. 240.14a-7 When providing the information required by 
Sec. 240.14a-7(a)(1)(ii), if the registrant has received affirmative 
written or implied consent to delivery of a single copy of proxy 
materials to a shared address in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1), 
it shall exclude from the number of record holders those to whom it does 
not have to deliver a separate proxy statement.

[57 FR 48292, Oct. 22, 1992, as amended at 59 FR 63684, Dec. 8, 1994; 61 
FR 24657, May 15, 1996; 65 FR 65750, Nov. 2, 2000; 72 FR 4167, Jan. 29, 
2007; 72 FR 42238, Aug. 1, 2007]



Sec. 240.14a-8  Shareholder proposals.

    This section addresses when a company must include a shareholder's 
proposal in its proxy statement and identify the proposal in its form of 
proxy when the company holds an annual or

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special meeting of shareholders. In summary, in order to have your 
shareholder proposal included on a company's proxy card, and included 
along with any supporting statement in its proxy statement, you must be 
eligible and follow certain procedures. Under a few specific 
circumstances, the company is permitted to exclude your proposal, but 
only after submitting its reasons to the Commission. We structured this 
section in a question-and-answer format so that it is easier to 
understand. The references to ``you'' are to a shareholder seeking to 
submit the proposal.
    (a) Question 1: What is a proposal? A shareholder proposal is your 
recommendation or requirement that the company and/or its board of 
directors take action, which you intend to present at a meeting of the 
company's shareholders. Your proposal should state as clearly as 
possible the course of action that you believe the company should 
follow. If your proposal is placed on the company's proxy card, the 
company must also provide in the form of proxy means for shareholders to 
specify by boxes a choice between approval or disapproval, or 
abstention. Unless otherwise indicated, the word ``proposal'' as used in 
this section refers both to your proposal, and to your corresponding 
statement in support of your proposal (if any).
    (b) Question 2: Who is eligible to submit a proposal, and how do I 
demonstrate to the company that I am eligible? (1) In order to be 
eligible to submit a proposal, you must have continuously held at least 
$2,000 in market value, or 1%, of the company's securities entitled to 
be voted on the proposal at the meeting for at least one year by the 
date you submit the proposal. You must continue to hold those securities 
through the date of the meeting.
    (2) If you are the registered holder of your securities, which means 
that your name appears in the company's records as a shareholder, the 
company can verify your eligibility on its own, although you will still 
have to provide the company with a written statement that you intend to 
continue to hold the securities through the date of the meeting of 
shareholders. However, if like many shareholders you are not a 
registered holder, the company likely does not know that you are a 
shareholder, or how many shares you own. In this case, at the time you 
submit your proposal, you must prove your eligibility to the company in 
one of two ways:
    (i) The first way is to submit to the company a written statement 
from the ``record'' holder of your securities (usually a broker or bank) 
verifying that, at the time you submitted your proposal, you 
continuously held the securities for at least one year. You must also 
include your own written statement that you intend to continue to hold 
the securities through the date of the meeting of shareholders; or
    (ii) The second way to prove ownership applies only if you have 
filed a Schedule 13D (Sec. 240.13d-101), Schedule 13G (Sec. 240.13d-
102), Form 3 (Sec. 249.103 of this chapter), Form 4 (Sec. 249.104 of 
this chapter) and/or Form 5 (Sec. 249.105 of this chapter), or 
amendments to those documents or updated forms, reflecting your 
ownership of the shares as of or before the date on which the one-year 
eligibility period begins. If you have filed one of these documents with 
the SEC, you may demonstrate your eligibility by submitting to the 
company:
    (A) A copy of the schedule and/or form, and any subsequent 
amendments reporting a change in your ownership level;
    (B) Your written statement that you continuously held the required 
number of shares for the one-year period as of the date of the 
statement; and
    (C) Your written statement that you intend to continue ownership of 
the shares through the date of the company's annual or special meeting.
    (c) Question 3: How many proposals may I submit? Each shareholder 
may submit no more than one proposal to a company for a particular 
shareholders' meeting.
    (d) Question 4: How long can my proposal be? The proposal, including 
any accompanying supporting statement, may not exceed 500 words.
    (e) Question 5: What is the deadline for submitting a proposal? (1) 
If you are submitting your proposal for the company's annual meeting, 
you can in most cases find the deadline in last

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year's proxy statement. However, if the company did not hold an annual 
meeting last year, or has changed the date of its meeting for this year 
more than 30 days from last year's meeting, you can usually find the 
deadline in one of the company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (Sec. 
249.308a of this chapter), or in shareholder reports of investment 
companies under Sec. 270.30d-1 of this chapter of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940. In order to avoid controversy, shareholders should 
submit their proposals by means, including electronic means, that permit 
them to prove the date of delivery.
    (2) The deadline is calculated in the following manner if the 
proposal is submitted for a regularly scheduled annual meeting. The 
proposal must be received at the company's principal executive offices 
not less than 120 calendar days before the date of the company's proxy 
statement released to shareholders in connection with the previous 
year's annual meeting. However, if the company did not hold an annual 
meeting the previous year, or if the date of this year's annual meeting 
has been changed by more than 30 days from the date of the previous 
year's meeting, then the deadline is a reasonable time before the 
company begins to print and send its proxy materials.
    (3) If you are submitting your proposal for a meeting of 
shareholders other than a regularly scheduled annual meeting, the 
deadline is a reasonable time before the company begins to print and 
send its proxy materials.
    (f) Question 6: What if I fail to follow one of the eligibility or 
procedural requirements explained in answers to Questions 1 through 4 of 
this section? (1) The company may exclude your proposal, but only after 
it has notified you of the problem, and you have failed adequately to 
correct it. Within 14 calendar days of receiving your proposal, the 
company must notify you in writing of any procedural or eligibility 
deficiencies, as well as of the time frame for your response. Your 
response must be postmarked, or transmitted electronically, no later 
than 14 days from the date you received the company's notification. A 
company need not provide you such notice of a deficiency if the 
deficiency cannot be remedied, such as if you fail to submit a proposal 
by the company's properly determined deadline. If the company intends to 
exclude the proposal, it will later have to make a submission under 
Sec. 240.14a-8 and provide you with a copy under Question 10 below, 
Sec. 240.14a-8(j).
    (2) If you fail in your promise to hold the required number of 
securities through the date of the meeting of shareholders, then the 
company will be permitted to exclude all of your proposals from its 
proxy materials for any meeting held in the following two calendar 
years.
    (g) Question 7: Who has the burden of persuading the Commission or 
its staff that my proposal can be excluded? Except as otherwise noted, 
the burden is on the company to demonstrate that it is entitled to 
exclude a proposal.
    (h) Question 8: Must I appear personally at the shareholders' 
meeting to present the proposal? (1) Either you, or your representative 
who is qualified under state law to present the proposal on your behalf, 
must attend the meeting to present the proposal. Whether you attend the 
meeting yourself or send a qualified representative to the meeting in 
your place, you should make sure that you, or your representative, 
follow the proper state law procedures for attending the meeting and/or 
presenting your proposal.
    (2) If the company holds its shareholder meeting in whole or in part 
via electronic media, and the company permits you or your representative 
to present your proposal via such media, then you may appear through 
electronic media rather than traveling to the meeting to appear in 
person.
    (3) If you or your qualified representative fail to appear and 
present the proposal, without good cause, the company will be permitted 
to exclude all of your proposals from its proxy materials for any 
meetings held in the following two calendar years.
    (i) Question 9: If I have complied with the procedural requirements, 
on what other bases may a company rely to exclude my proposal? (1) 
Improper under state law: If the proposal is not a proper subject for 
action by shareholders under the laws of the jurisdiction of the 
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    Note to paragraph (i)(1): Depending on the subject matter, some 
proposals are not considered proper under state law if they would be 
binding on the company if approved by shareholders. In our experience, 
most proposals that are cast as recommendations or requests that the 
board of directors take specified action are proper under state law. 
Accordingly, we will assume that a proposal drafted as a recommendation 
or suggestion is proper unless the company demonstrates otherwise.

    (2) Violation of law: If the proposal would, if implemented, cause 
the company to violate any state, federal, or foreign law to which it is 
subject;

    Note to paragraph (i)(2): We will not apply this basis for exclusion 
to permit exclusion of a proposal on grounds that it would violate 
foreign law if compliance with the foreign law would result in a 
violation of any state or federal law.

    (3) Violation of proxy rules: If the proposal or supporting 
statement is contrary to any of the Commission's proxy rules, including 
Sec. 240.14a-9, which prohibits materially false or misleading 
statements in proxy soliciting materials;
    (4) Personal grievance; special interest: If the proposal relates to 
the redress of a personal claim or grievance against the company or any 
other person, or if it is designed to result in a benefit to you, or to 
further a personal interest, which is not shared by the other 
shareholders at large;
    (5) Relevance: If the proposal relates to operations which account 
for less than 5 percent of the company's total assets at the end of its 
most recent fiscal year, and for less than 5 percent of its net earnings 
and gross sales for its most recent fiscal year, and is not otherwise 
significantly related to the company's business;
    (6) Absence of power/authority: If the company would lack the power 
or authority to implement the proposal;
    (7) Management functions: If the proposal deals with a matter 
relating to the company's ordinary business operations;
    (8) Relates to election: If the proposal relates to a nomination or 
an election for membership on the company's board of directors or 
analogous governing body or a procedure for such nomination or election;
    (9) Conflicts with company's proposal: If the proposal directly 
conflicts with one of the company's own proposals to be submitted to 
shareholders at the same meeting;

    Note to paragraph (i)(9): A company's submission to the Commission 
under this section should specify the points of conflict with the 
company's proposal.

    (10) Substantially implemented: If the company has already 
substantially implemented the proposal;
    (11) Duplication: If the proposal substantially duplicates another 
proposal previously submitted to the company by another proponent that 
will be included in the company's proxy materials for the same meeting;
    (12) Resubmissions: If the proposal deals with substantially the 
same subject matter as another proposal or proposals that has or have 
been previously included in the company's proxy materials within the 
preceding 5 calendar years, a company may exclude it from its proxy 
materials for any meeting held within 3 calendar years of the last time 
it was included if the proposal received:
    (i) Less than 3% of the vote if proposed once within the preceding 5 
calendar years;
    (ii) Less than 6% of the vote on its last submission to shareholders 
if proposed twice previously within the preceding 5 calendar years; or
    (iii) Less than 10% of the vote on its last submission to 
shareholders if proposed three times or more previously within the 
preceding 5 calendar years; and
    (13) Specific amount of dividends: If the proposal relates to 
specific amounts of cash or stock dividends.
    (j) Question 10: What procedures must the company follow if it 
intends to exclude my proposal? (1) If the company intends to exclude a 
proposal from its proxy materials, it must file its reasons with the 
Commission no later than 80 calendar days before it files its definitive 
proxy statement and form of proxy with the Commission. The company must 
simultaneously provide you with a copy of its submission. The Commission 
staff may permit the company to make its submission later than 80 days 
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proxy, if the company demonstrates good cause for missing the deadline.
    (2) The company must file six paper copies of the following:
    (i) The proposal;
    (ii) An explanation of why the company believes that it may exclude 
the proposal, which should, if possible, refer to the most recent 
applicable authority, such as prior Division letters issued under the 
rule; and
    (iii) A supporting opinion of counsel when such reasons are based on 
matters of state or foreign law.
    (k) Question 11: May I submit my own statement to the Commission 
responding to the company's arguments?
    Yes, you may submit a response, but it is not required. You should 
try to submit any response to us, with a copy to the company, as soon as 
possible after the company makes its submission. This way, the 
Commission staff will have time to consider fully your submission before 
it issues its response. You should submit six paper copies of your 
response.
    (l) Question 12: If the company includes my shareholder proposal in 
its proxy materials, what information about me must it include along 
with the proposal itself?
    (1) The company's proxy statement must include your name and 
address, as well as the number of the company's voting securities that 
you hold. However, instead of providing that information, the company 
may instead include a statement that it will provide the information to 
shareholders promptly upon receiving an oral or written request.
    (2) The company is not responsible for the contents of your proposal 
or supporting statement.
    (m) Question 13: What can I do if the company includes in its proxy 
statement reasons why it believes shareholders should not vote in favor 
of my proposal, and I disagree with some of its statements?
    (1) The company may elect to include in its proxy statement reasons 
why it believes shareholders should vote against your proposal. The 
company is allowed to make arguments reflecting its own point of view, 
just as you may express your own point of view in your proposal's 
supporting statement.
    (2) However, if you believe that the company's opposition to your 
proposal contains materially false or misleading statements that may 
violate our anti-fraud rule, Sec. 240.14a-9, you should promptly send 
to the Commission staff and the company a letter explaining the reasons 
for your view, along with a copy of the company's statements opposing 
your proposal. To the extent possible, your letter should include 
specific factual information demonstrating the inaccuracy of the 
company's claims. Time permitting, you may wish to try to work out your 
differences with the company by yourself before contacting the 
Commission staff.
    (3) We require the company to send you a copy of its statements 
opposing your proposal before it sends its proxy materials, so that you 
may bring to our attention any materially false or misleading 
statements, under the following timeframes:
    (i) If our no-action response requires that you make revisions to 
your proposal or supporting statement as a condition to requiring the 
company to include it in its proxy materials, then the company must 
provide you with a copy of its opposition statements no later than 5 
calendar days after the company receives a copy of your revised 
proposal; or
    (ii) In all other cases, the company must provide you with a copy of 
its opposition statements no later than 30 calendar days before its 
files definitive copies of its proxy statement and form of proxy under 
Sec. 240.14a-6.

[63 FR 29119, May 28, 1998; 63 FR 50622, 50623, Sept. 22, 1998, as 
amended at 72 FR 4168, Jan. 29, 2007; 72 FR 70456, Dec. 11, 2007; 73 FR 
977, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.14a-9  False or misleading statements.

    (a) No solicitation subject to this regulation shall be made by 
means of any proxy statement, form of proxy, notice of meeting or other 
communication, written or oral, containing any statement which, at the 
time and in the light of the circumstances under which it is made, is 
false or misleading with respect to any material fact, or which omits to 
state any material fact

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necessary in order to make the statements therein not false or 
misleading or necessary to correct any statement in any earlier 
communication with respect to the solicitation of a proxy for the same 
meeting or subject matter which has become false or misleading.
    (b) The fact that a proxy statement, form of proxy or other 
soliciting material has been filed with or examined by the Commission 
shall not be deemed a finding by the Commission that such material is 
accurate or complete or not false or misleading, or that the Commission 
has passed upon the merits of or approved any statement contained 
therein or any matter to be acted upon by security holders. No 
representation contrary to the foregoing shall be made.

    Note: The following are some examples of what, depending upon 
particular facts and circumstances, may be misleading within the meaning 
of this section.
    (a) Predictions as to specific future market values.
    (b) Material which directly or indirectly impugns character, 
integrity or personal reputation, or directly or indirectly makes 
charges concerning improper, illegal or immoral conduct or associations, 
without factual foundation.
    (c) Failure to so identify a proxy statement, form of proxy and 
other soliciting material as to clearly distinguish it from the 
soliciting material of any other person or persons soliciting for the 
same meeting or subject matter.
    (d) Claims made prior to a meeting regarding the results of a 
solicitation.

(Secs. 19(a), 3(b), 23(a)(1), 20, 319(a), 48 Stat. 85, 882, 901; sec. 
209, 48 Stat. 908; 49 Stat. 833; sec. 203(a), 49 Stat. 704; sec. 8, 49 
Stat. 1379; 53 Stat. 1173; secs. 3, 18, 89 Stat. 97, 155; sec. 
308(a)(2), 90 Stat. 57; 15 U.S.C. 77s(a), 78c(b), 78w(a)(1), 79t, 
77sss(a))

[31 FR 212, Jan. 7, 1966, as amended at 41 FR 19933, May 14, 1976; 44 FR 
38815, July 2, 1979; 44 FR 68456, Nov. 29, 1979]



Sec. 240.14a-10  Prohibition of certain solicitations.

    No person making a solicitation which is subject to Sec. Sec. 
240.14a-1 to 240.14a-10 shall solicit:
    (a) Any undated or postdated proxy; or
    (b) Any proxy which provides that it shall be deemed to be dated as 
of any date subsequent to the date on which it is signed by the security 
holder.

[17 FR 11434, Dec. 18, 1952]



Sec. 240.14a-11  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.14a-12  Solicitation before furnishing a proxy statement.

    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Sec. 240.14a-3(a), a 
solicitation may be made before furnishing security holders with a proxy 
statement meeting the requirements of Sec. 240.14a-3(a) if:
    (1) Each written communication includes:
    (i) The identity of the participants in the solicitation (as defined 
in Instruction 3 to Item 4 of Schedule 14A (Sec. 240.14a-101)) and a 
description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings 
or otherwise, or a prominent legend in clear, plain language advising 
security holders where they can obtain that information; and
    (ii) A prominent legend in clear, plain language advising security 
holders to read the proxy statement when it is available because it 
contains important information. The legend also must explain to 
investors that they can get the proxy statement, and any other relevant 
documents, for free at the Commission's web site and describe which 
documents are available free from the participants; and
    (2) A definitive proxy statement meeting the requirements of Sec. 
240.14a-3(a) is sent or given to security holders solicited in reliance 
on this section before or at the same time as the forms of proxy, 
consent or authorization are furnished to or requested from security 
holders.
    (b) Any soliciting material published, sent or given to security 
holders in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section must be filed 
with the Commission no later than the date the material is first 
published, sent or given to security holders. Three copies of the 
material must at the same time be filed with, or mailed for filing to, 
each national securities exchange upon which any class of securities of 
the registrant is listed and registered. The soliciting material must 
include a cover page in the form set forth in Schedule 14A (Sec. 
240.14a-101) and the appropriate box

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on the cover page must be marked. Soliciting material in connection with 
a registered offering is required to be filed only under Sec. 230.424 
or Sec. 230.425 of this chapter, and will be deemed filed under this 
section.
    (c) Solicitations by any person or group of persons for the purpose 
of opposing a solicitation subject to this regulation by any other 
person or group of persons with respect to the election or removal of 
directors at any annual or special meeting of security holders also are 
subject to the following provisions:
    (1) Application of this rule to annual report to security holders. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Sec. 240.14a-3 (b) and (c), any 
portion of the annual report to security holders referred to in Sec. 
240.14a-3(b) that comments upon or refers to any solicitation subject to 
this rule, or to any participant in the solicitation, other than the 
solicitation by the management, must be filed with the Commission as 
proxy material subject to this regulation. This must be filed in 
electronic format unless an exemption is available under Rules 201 or 
202 of Regulation S-T (Sec. 232.201 or Sec. 232.202 of this chapter).
    (2) Use of reprints or reproductions. In any solicitation subject to 
this Sec. 240.14a-12(c), soliciting material that includes, in whole or 
part, any reprints or reproductions of any previously published material 
must:
    (i) State the name of the author and publication, the date of prior 
publication, and identify any person who is quoted without being named 
in the previously published material.
    (ii) Except in the case of a public or official document or 
statement, state whether or not the consent of the author and 
publication has been obtained to the use of the previously published 
material as proxy soliciting material.
    (iii) If any participant using the previously published material, or 
anyone on his or her behalf, paid, directly or indirectly, for the 
preparation or prior publication of the previously published material, 
or has made or proposes to make any payments or give any other 
consideration in connection with the publication or republication of the 
material, state the circumstances.

    Instructions to Sec. 240.14a-12:
    1. If paper filing is permitted, file eight copies of the soliciting 
material with the Commission, except that only three copies of the 
material specified by Sec. 240.14a-12(c)(1) need be filed.
    2. Any communications made under this section after the definitive 
proxy statement is on file but before it is disseminated also must 
specify that the proxy statement is publicly available and the 
anticipated date of dissemination.

[64 FR 61456, Nov. 10, 1999, as amended at 72 FR 4168, Jan. 29, 2007]



Sec. 240.14a-13  Obligation of registrants in communicating with 
beneficial owners.

    (a) If the registrant knows that securities of any class entitled to 
vote at a meeting (or by written consents or authorizations if no 
meeting is held) with respect to which the registrant intends to solicit 
proxies, consents or authorizations are held of record by a broker, 
dealer, voting trustee, bank, association, or other entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers in nominee name or otherwise, the registrant 
shall:
    (1) By first class mail or other equally prompt means:
    (i) Inquire of each such record holder:
    (A) Whether other persons are the beneficial owners of such 
securities and if so, the number of copies of the proxy and other 
soliciting material necessary to supply such material to such beneficial 
owners;
    (B) In the case of an annual (or special meeting in lieu of the 
annual) meeting, or written consents in lieu of such meeting, at which 
directors are to be elected, the number of copies of the annual report 
to security holders necessary to supply such report to beneficial owners 
to whom such reports are to be distributed by such record holder or its 
nominee and not by the registrant;
    (C) If the record holder has an obligation under Sec. 240.14b-
1(b)(3) or Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(ii) and (iii), whether an agent has 
been designated to act on its behalf in fulfilling such obligation and, 
if so, the name and address of such agent; and
    (D) Whether it holds the registrant's securities on behalf of any 
respondent bank and, if so, the name and address of each such respondent 
bank; and

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    (ii) Indicate to each such record holder:
    (A) Whether the registrant, pursuant to paragraph (c) of this 
section, intends to distribute the annual report to security holders to 
beneficial owners of its securities whose names, addresses and 
securities positions are disclosed pursuant to Sec. 240.14b-1(b)(3) or 
Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(ii) and (iii);
    (B) The record date; and
    (C) At the option of the registrant, any employee benefit plan 
established by an affiliate of the registrant that holds securities of 
the registrant that the registrant elects to treat as exempt employee 
benefit plan securities;
    (2) Upon receipt of a record holder's or respondent bank's response 
indicating, pursuant to Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(1)(i), the names and 
addresses of its respondent banks, within one business day after the 
date such response is received, make an inquiry of and give notification 
to each such respondent bank in the same manner required by paragraph 
(a)(1) of this section; Provided, however, the inquiry required by 
paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section shall not cover beneficial 
owners of exempt employee benefit plan securities;
    (3) Make the inquiry required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section at 
least 20 business days prior to the record date of the meeting of 
security holders, or
    (i) If such inquiry is impracticable 20 business days prior to the 
record date of a special meeting, as many days before the record date of 
such meeting as is practicable or,
    (ii) If consents or authorizations are solicited, and such inquiry 
is impracticable 20 business days before the earliest date on which they 
may be used to effect corporate action, as many days before that date as 
is practicable, or
    (iii) At such later time as the rules of a national securities 
exchange on which the class of securities in question is listed may 
permit for good cause shown; Provided, however, That if a record holder 
or respondent bank has informed the registrant that a designated 
office(s) or department(s) is to receive such inquiries, the inquiry 
shall be made to such designated office(s) or department(s); and
    (4) Supply, in a timely manner, each record holder and respondent 
bank of whom the inquiries required by paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of 
this section are made with copies of the proxy, other proxy soliciting 
material, and/or the annual report to security holders, in such 
quantities, assembled in such form and at such place(s), as the record 
holder or respondent bank may reasonably request in order to send such 
material to each beneficial owner of securities who is to be furnished 
with such material by the record holder or respondent bank; and
    (5) Upon the request of any record holder or respondent bank that is 
supplied with proxy soliciting material and/or annual reports to 
security holders pursuant to paragraph (a)(4) of this section, pay its 
reasonable expenses for completing the sending of such material to 
beneficial owners.

    Note 1: If the registrant's list of security holders indicates that 
some of its securities are registered in the name of a clearing agency 
registered pursuant to Section 17A of the Act (e.g., ``Cede & Co.,'' 
nominee for the Depository Trust Company), the registrant shall make 
appropriate inquiry of the clearing agency and thereafter of the 
participants in such clearing agency who may hold on behalf of a 
beneficial owner or respondent bank, and shall comply with the above 
paragraph with respect to any such participant (see Sec. 240.14a-1(i)).
    Note 2: The attention of registrants is called to the fact that each 
broker, dealer, bank, association, and other entity that exercises 
fiduciary powers has an obligation pursuant to Sec. 240.14b-1 and Sec. 
240.14b-2 (except as provided therein with respect to exempt employee 
benefit plan securities held in nominee name) and, with respect to 
brokers and dealers, applicable self-regulatory organization 
requirements to obtain and forward, within the time periods prescribed 
therein, (a) proxies (or in lieu thereof requests for voting 
instructions) and proxy soliciting materials to beneficial owners on 
whose behalf it holds securities, and (b) annual reports to security 
holders to beneficial owners on whose behalf it holds securities, unless 
the registrant has notified the record holder or respondent bank that it 
has assumed responsibility to send such material to beneficial owners 
whose names, addresses, and securities positions are disclosed pursuant 
to Sec. 240.14b-1(b)(3) and Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(ii) and (iii).

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    Note 3: The attention of registrants is called to the fact that 
registrants have an obligation, pursuant to paragraph (d) of this 
section, to cause proxies (or in lieu thereof requests for voting 
instructions), proxy soliciting material and annual reports to security 
holders to be furnished, in a timely manner, to beneficial owners of 
exempt employee benefit plan securities.

    (b) Any registrant requesting pursuant to Sec. 240.14b-1(b)(3) or 
Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(ii) and (iii) a list of names, addresses and 
securities positions of beneficial owners of its securities who either 
have consented or have not objected to disclosure of such information 
shall:
    (1) By first class mail or other equally prompt means, inquire of 
each record holder and each respondent bank identified to the registrant 
pursuant to Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(i) whether such record holder or 
respondent bank holds the registrant's securities on behalf of any 
respondent banks and, if so, the name and address of each such 
respondent bank;
    (2) Request such list to be compiled as of a date no earlier than 
five business days after the date the registrant's request is received 
by the record holder or respondent bank; Provided, however, That if the 
record holder or respondent bank has informed the registrant that a 
designated office(s) or department(s) is to receive such requests, the 
request shall be made to such designated office(s) or department(s);
    (3) Make such request to the following persons that hold the 
registrant's securities on behalf of beneficial owners: all brokers, 
dealers, banks, associations and other entities that exercises fiduciary 
powers; Provided however, such request shall not cover beneficial owners 
of exempt employee benefit plan securities as defined in Sec. 240.14a-
1(d)(1); and, at the option of the registrant, such request may give 
notice of any employee benefit plan established by an affiliate of the 
registrant that holds securities of the registrant that the registrant 
elects to treat as exempt employee benefit plan securities;
    (4) Use the information furnished in response to such request 
exclusively for purposes of corporate communications; and
    (5) Upon the request of any record holder or respondent bank to whom 
such request is made, pay the reasonable expenses, both direct and 
indirect, of providing beneficial owner information.

    Note: A registrant will be deemed to have satisfied its obligations 
under paragraph (b) of this section by requesting consenting and non-
objecting beneficial owner lists from a designated agent acting on 
behalf of the record holder or respondent bank and paying to that 
designated agent the reasonable expenses of providing the beneficial 
owner information.

    (c) A registrant, at its option, may send its annual report to 
security holders to the beneficial owners whose identifying information 
is provided by record holders and respondent banks, pursuant to Sec. 
240.14b-1(b)(3) or Sec. 240.14b-2(b)(4)(ii) and (iii), provided that 
such registrant notifies the record holders and respondent banks, at the 
time it makes the inquiry required by paragraph (a) of this section, 
that the registrant will send the annual report to security holders to 
the beneficial owners so identified.
    (d) If a registrant solicits proxies, consents or authorizations 
from record holders and respondent banks who hold securities on behalf 
of beneficial owners, the registrant shall cause proxies (or in lieu 
thereof requests or voting instructions), proxy soliciting material and 
annual reports to security holders to be furnished, in a timely manner, 
to beneficial owners of exempt employee benefit plan securities.

[51 FR 44276, Dec. 9, 1986; 52 FR 2220, Jan. 21, 1987, as amended at 52 
FR 23648, June 24, 1987; 53 FR 16405, May 9, 1988; 57 FR 1099, Jan. 10, 
1992; 72 FR 4168, Jan. 29, 2007]



Sec. 240.14a-14  Modified or superseded documents.

    (a) Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to 
be incorporated by reference shall be deemed to be modified or 
superseded, for purposes of the proxy statement, to the extent that a 
statement contained in the proxy statement or in any other subsequently 
filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference 
modifies or replaces such statement.

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    (b) The modifying or superseding statement may, but need not, state 
it has modified or superseded a prior statement or include any other 
information set forth in the document that is not so modified or 
superseded. The making of a modifying or superseding statement shall not 
be deemed an admission that the modified or superseded statement, when 
made, constituted an untrue statement of a material fact, an omission to 
state a material fact necessary to make a statement not misleading, or 
the employment of a manipulative, deceptive, or fraudulent device, 
contrivance, scheme, transaction, act, practice, course of business or 
artifice to defraud, as those terms are used in the Securities Act of 
1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``the Act''), the Investment 
Company Act of 1940, or the rules and regulations thereunder.
    (c) Any statement so modified shall not be deemed in its unmodified 
form to constitute part of the proxy statement for purposes of the Act. 
Any statement so superseded shall not be deemed to constitute a part of 
the proxy statement for purposes of the Act.

[52 FR 21936, June 10, 1987, as amended at 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 2008]



Sec. 240.14a-15  Differential and contingent compensation in connection 
with roll-up transactions.

    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to receive compensation for 
soliciting proxies, consents, or authorizations directly from security 
holders in connection with a roll-up transaction as provided in 
paragraph (b) of this section, if the compensation is:
    (1) Based on whether the solicited proxy, consent, or authorization 
either approves or disapproves the proposed roll-up transaction; or
    (2) Contingent on the approval, disapproval, or completion of the 
roll-up transaction.
    (b) This section is applicable to a roll-up transaction as defined 
in Item 901(c) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.901(c) of this chapter), 
except for a transaction involving only:
    (1) Finite-life entities that are not limited partnerships;
    (2) Partnerships whose investors will receive new securities or 
securities in another entity that are not reported under a transaction 
reporting plan declared effective before December 17, 1993 by the 
Commission under section 11A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k-1); or
    (3) Partnerships whose investors' securities are reported under a 
transaction reporting plan declared effective before December 17, 1993 
by the Commission under section 11A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78k-1).

[59 FR 63684, Dec. 8, 1994]



Sec. 240.14a-16  Internet availability of proxy materials.

    (a)(1) A registrant shall furnish a proxy statement pursuant to 
Sec. 240.14a-3(a), or an annual report to security holders pursuant to 
Sec. 240.14a-3(b), to a security holder by sending the security holder 
a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as described in 
this section, 40 calendar days or more prior to the security holder 
meeting date, or if no meeting is to be held, 40 calendar days or more 
prior to the date the votes, consents or authorizations may be used to 
effect the corporate action, and complying with all other requirements 
of this section.
    (2) Unless the registrant chooses to follow the full set delivery 
option set forth in paragraph (n) of this section, it must provide the 
record holder or respondent bank with all information listed in 
paragraph (d) of this section in sufficient time for the record holder 
or respondent bank to prepare, print and send a Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials to beneficial owners at least 40 
calendar days before the meeting date.
    (b)(1) All materials identified in the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials must be publicly accessible, free of 
charge, at the Web site address specified in the notice on or before the 
time that the notice is sent to the security holder and such materials 
must remain available on that Web site through the conclusion of the 
meeting of security holders.
    (2) All additional soliciting materials sent to security holders or 
made public after the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials 
has been sent must be made publicly accessible

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at the specified Web site address no later than the day on which such 
materials are first sent to security holders or made public.
    (3) The Web site address relied upon for compliance under this 
section may not be the address of the Commission's electronic filing 
system.
    (4) The registrant must provide security holders with a means to 
execute a proxy as of the time the Notice of Internet Availability of 
Proxy Materials is first sent to security holders.
    (c) The materials must be presented on the Web site in a format, or 
formats, convenient for both reading online and printing on paper.
    (d) The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials must 
contain the following:
    (1) A prominent legend in bold-face type that states ``Important 
Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder 
Meeting To Be Held on [insert meeting date]'';
    (2) An indication that the communication is not a form for voting 
and presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials, 
which contain important information and are available on the Internet or 
by mail, and encouraging a security holder to access and review the 
proxy materials before voting;
    (3) The Internet Web site address where the proxy materials are 
available;
    (4) Instructions regarding how a security holder may request a paper 
or e-mail copy of the proxy materials at no charge, including the date 
by which they should make the request to facilitate timely delivery, and 
an indication that they will not otherwise receive a paper or e-mail 
copy;
    (5) The date, time, and location of the meeting, or if corporate 
action is to be taken by written consent, the earliest date on which the 
corporate action may be effected;
    (6) A clear and impartial identification of each separate matter 
intended to be acted on and the soliciting person's recommendations, if 
any, regarding those matters, but no supporting statements;
    (7) A list of the materials being made available at the specified 
Web site;
    (8) A toll-free telephone number, an e-mail address, and an Internet 
Web site where the security holder can request a copy of the proxy 
statement, annual report to security holders, and form of proxy, 
relating to all of the registrant's future security holder meetings and 
for the particular meeting to which the proxy materials being furnished 
relate;
    (9) Any control/identification numbers that the security holder 
needs to access his or her form of proxy;
    (10) Instructions on how to access the form of proxy, provided that 
such instructions do not enable a security holder to execute a proxy 
without having access to the proxy statement and, if required by Sec. 
240.14a-3(b), the annual report to security holders; and
    (11) Information on how to obtain directions to be able to attend 
the meeting and vote in person.
    (e)(1) The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials may 
not be incorporated into, or combined with, another document, except 
that it may be incorporated into, or combined with, a notice of security 
holder meeting required under state law, unless state law prohibits such 
incorporation or combination.
    (2) The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials may 
contain only the information required by paragraph (d) of this section 
and any additional information required to be included in a notice of 
security holders meeting under state law; provided that:
    (i) The registrant must revise the information on the Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, including any title to the 
document, to reflect the fact that:
    (A) The registrant is conducting a consent solicitation rather than 
a proxy solicitation; or
    (B) The registrant is not soliciting proxy or consent authority, but 
is furnishing an information statement pursuant to Sec. 240.14c-2; and
    (ii) The registrant may include a statement on the Notice to educate 
security holders that no personal information other than the 
identification or control number is necessary to execute a proxy.

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    (f)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (h) of this section, the 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials must be sent 
separately from other types of security holder communications and may 
not accompany any other document or materials, including the form of 
proxy.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (f)(1) of this section, the registrant 
may accompany the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials 
with:
    (i) A pre-addressed, postage-paid reply card for requesting a copy 
of the proxy materials;
    (ii) A copy of any notice of security holder meeting required under 
state law if that notice is not combined with the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials;
    (iii) In the case of an investment company registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940, the company's prospectus, a summary 
prospectus that satisfies the requirements of Sec. 230.498(b) of this 
chapter, or a report that is required to be transmitted to stockholders 
by section 30(e) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-29(e)) and 
the rules thereunder; and
    (iv) An explanation of the reasons for a registrant's use of the 
rules detailed in this section and the process of receiving and 
reviewing the proxy materials and voting as detailed in this section.
    (g) Plain English. (1) To enhance the readability of the Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, the registrant must use plain 
English principles in the organization, language, and design of the 
notice.
    (2) The registrant must draft the language in the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials so that, at a minimum, it substantially 
complies with each of the following plain English writing principles:
    (i) Short sentences;
    (ii) Definite, concrete, everyday words;
    (iii) Active voice;
    (iv) Tabular presentation or bullet lists for complex material, 
whenever possible;
    (v) No legal jargon or highly technical business terms; and
    (vi) No multiple negatives.
    (3) In designing the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials, the registrant may include pictures, logos, or similar design 
elements so long as the design is not misleading and the required 
information is clear.
    (h) The registrant may send a form of proxy to security holders if:
    (1) At least 10 calendar days or more have passed since the date it 
first sent the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to 
security holders and the form of proxy is accompanied by a copy of the 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials; or
    (2) The form of proxy is accompanied or preceded by a copy, via the 
same medium, of the proxy statement and any annual report to security 
holders that is required by Sec. 240.14a-3(b).
    (i) The registrant must file a form of the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials with the Commission pursuant to Sec. 
240.14a-6(b) no later than the date that the registrant first sends the 
notice to security holders.
    (j) Obligation to provide copies. (1) The registrant must send, at 
no cost to the record holder or respondent bank and by U.S. first class 
mail or other reasonably prompt means, a paper copy of the proxy 
statement, information statement, annual report to security holders, and 
form of proxy (to the extent each of those documents is applicable) to 
any record holder or respondent bank requesting such a copy within three 
business days after receiving a request for a paper copy.
    (2) The registrant must send, at no cost to the record holder or 
respondent bank and via e-mail, an electronic copy of the proxy 
statement, information statement, annual report to security holders, and 
form of proxy (to the extent each of those documents is applicable) to 
any record holder or respondent bank requesting such a copy within three 
business days after receiving a request for an electronic copy via e-
mail.
    (3) The registrant must provide copies of the proxy materials for 
one year after the conclusion of the meeting or corporate action to 
which the proxy materials relate, provided that, if the registrant 
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the conclusion of the meeting or corporate action to which the proxy 
materials relate, the registrant need not send copies via First Class 
mail and need not respond to such request within three business days.
    (4) The registrant must maintain records of security holder requests 
to receive materials in paper or via e-mail for future solicitations and 
must continue to provide copies of the materials to a security holder 
who has made such a request until the security holder revokes such 
request.
    (k) Security holder information. (1) A registrant or its agent shall 
maintain the Internet Web site on which it posts its proxy materials in 
a manner that does not infringe on the anonymity of a person accessing 
such Web site.
    (2) The registrant and its agents shall not use any e-mail address 
obtained from a security holder solely for the purpose of requesting a 
copy of proxy materials pursuant to paragraph (j) of this section for 
any purpose other than to send a copy of those materials to that 
security holder. The registrant shall not disclose such information to 
any person other than an employee or agent to the extent necessary to 
send a copy of the proxy materials pursuant to paragraph (j) of this 
section.
    (l) A person other than the registrant may solicit proxies pursuant 
to the conditions imposed on registrants by this section, provided that:
    (1) A soliciting person other than the registrant is required to 
provide copies of its proxy materials only to security holders to whom 
it has sent a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials; and
    (2) A soliciting person other than the registrant must send its 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials by the later of:
    (i) 40 Calendar days prior to the security holder meeting date or, 
if no meeting is to be held, 40 calendar days prior to the date the 
votes, consents, or authorizations may be used to effect the corporate 
action; or
    (ii) The date on which it files its definitive proxy statement with 
the Commission, provided its preliminary proxy statement is filed no 
later than 10 calendar days after the date that the registrant files its 
definitive proxy statement.
    (3) Content of the soliciting person's Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials. (i) If, at the time a soliciting person 
other than the registrant sends its Notice of Internet Availability of 
Proxy Materials, the soliciting person is not aware of all matters on 
the registrant's agenda for the meeting of security holders, the 
soliciting person's Notice on Internet Availability of Proxy Materials 
must provide a clear and impartial identification of each separate 
matter on the agenda to the extent known by the soliciting person at 
that time. The soliciting person's notice also must include a clear 
statement indicating that there may be additional agenda items of which 
the soliciting person is not aware and that the security holder cannot 
direct a vote for those items on the soliciting person's proxy card 
provided at that time.
    (ii) If a soliciting person other than the registrant sends a form 
of proxy not containing all matters intended to be acted upon, the 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials must clearly state 
whether execution of the form of proxy will invalidate a security 
holder's prior vote on matters not presented on the form of proxy.
    (m) This section shall not apply to a proxy solicitation in 
connection with a business combination transaction, as defined in Sec. 
230.165 of this chapter, as well as transactions for cash consideration 
requiring disclosure under Item 14 of Sec. 240.14a-101.
    (n) Full Set Delivery Option. (1) For purposes of this paragraph 
(n), the term full set of proxy materials shall include all of the 
following documents:
    (i) A copy of the proxy statement;
    (ii) A copy of the annual report to security holders if required by 
Sec. 240.14a-3(b); and
    (iii) A form of proxy.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraphs (e) and (f)(2) of this section, a 
registrant or other soliciting person may:
    (i) Accompany the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials 
with a full set of proxy materials; or
    (ii) Send a full set of proxy materials without a Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials if all of the

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information required in a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials pursuant to paragraphs (d) and (n)(4) of this section is 
incorporated in the proxy statement and the form of proxy.
    (3) A registrant or other soliciting person that sends a full set of 
proxy materials to a security holder pursuant to this paragraph (n) need 
not comply with
    (i) The timing provisions of paragraphs (a) and (l)(2) of this 
section; and
    (ii) The obligation to provide copies pursuant to paragraph (j) of 
this section.
    (4) A registrant or other soliciting person that sends a full set of 
proxy materials to a security holder pursuant to this paragraph (n) need 
not include in its Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, 
proxy statement, or form of proxy the following disclosures:
    (i) Instructions regarding the nature of the communication pursuant 
to paragraph (d)(2) of this section;
    (ii) Instructions on how to request a copy of the proxy materials; 
and
    (iii) Instructions on how to access the form of proxy pursuant to 
paragraph (d)(10) of this section.

[72 FR 4168, Jan. 29, 2007, as amended at 72 FR 42238, Aug. 1, 2007; 72 
FR 42238, Aug. 1, 2007; 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 2008; 75 FR 9081, Feb. 26, 
2010]



Sec. 240.14a-17  Electronic shareholder forums.

    (a) A shareholder, registrant, or third party acting on behalf of a 
shareholder or registrant may establish, maintain, or operate an 
electronic shareholder forum to facilitate interaction among the 
registrant's shareholders and between the registrant and its 
shareholders as the shareholder or registrant deems appropriate. Subject 
to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, the forum must comply with 
the federal securities laws, including Section 14(a) of the Act and its 
associated regulations, other applicable federal laws, applicable state 
laws, and the registrant's governing documents.
    (b) No shareholder, registrant, or third party acting on behalf of a 
shareholder or registrant, by reason of establishing, maintaining, or 
operating an electronic shareholder forum, will be liable under the 
federal securities laws for any statement or information provided by 
another person to the electronic shareholder forum. Nothing in this 
section prevents or alters the application of the federal securities 
laws, including the provisions for liability for fraud, deception, or 
manipulation, or other applicable federal and state laws to the person 
or persons that provide a statement or information to an electronic 
shareholder forum.
    (c) Reliance on the exemption in Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(6) to 
participate in an electronic shareholder forum does not eliminate a 
person's eligibility to solicit proxies after the date that the 
exemption in Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(6) is no longer available, or is no 
longer being relied upon, provided that any such solicitation is 
conducted in accordance with this regulation.

[73 FR 4458, Jan. 25, 2008]



Sec. 240.14a-20  Shareholder approval of executive compensation of 
TARP recipients.

    If a solicitation is made by a registrant that is a TARP recipient, 
as defined in section 111(a)(3) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization 
Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5221(a)(3)), during the period in which any 
obligation arising from financial assistance provided under the TARP, as 
defined in section 3(8) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 
2008 (12 U.S.C. 5202(8)), remains outstanding and the solicitation 
relates to an annual (or special meeting in lieu of the annual) meeting 
of security holders for which proxies will be solicited for the election 
of directors, as required pursuant to section 111(e)(1) of the Emergency 
Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5221(e)(1)), the 
registrant shall provide a separate shareholder vote to approve the 
compensation of executives, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402 of this chapter), including the 
compensation discussion and analysis, the compensation tables, and any 
related material.
    Note to Sec. 240.14a-20: TARP recipients that are smaller reporting 
companies entitled to provide scaled disclosure pursuant to Item 402(l) 
of Regulation S-K are not required to include a compensation discussion 
and analysis in their proxy statements in order to comply with this 
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smaller reporting companies, the required vote must be to approve the 
compensation of executives as disclosed pursuant to Item 402(m) through 
(q) of Regulation S-K.

[75 FR 2794, Jan. 19, 2010]



Sec. 240.14a-101  Schedule 14A. Information required in proxy statement.

                        Schedule 14A Information

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act 
                                 of 1934

                            (Amendment No. )

Filed by the Registrant [ ]
Filed by a party other than the Registrant [ ]
Check the appropriate box:
[ ] Preliminary Proxy Statement
[ ] Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 
          14a-6(e)(2))
[ ] Definitive Proxy Statement
[ ] Definitive Additional Materials
[ ] Soliciting Material under Sec. 240.14a-12
________________________________________________________________________
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)
________________________________________________________________________
(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

Payment of Filing Fee (Check the appropriate box):
[ ] No fee required
[ ] Fee computed on table below per Exchange Act Rules 14a-6(i)(1) and 
          0-11
    (1) Title of each class of securities to which transaction applies:
________________________________________________________________________
    (2) Aggregate number of securities to which transaction applies:
________________________________________________________________________
    (3) Per unit price or other underlying value of transaction computed 
pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 0-11 (set forth the amount on which the 
filing fee is calculated and state how it was determined):
________________________________________________________________________
    (4) Proposed maximum aggregate value of transaction:
________________________________________________________________________
    (5) Total fee paid:
________________________________________________________________________
[ ] Fee paid previously with preliminary materials.
[ ] Check box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Exchange 
          Act Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing for which the 
          offsetting fee was paid previously. Identify the previous 
          filing by registration statement number, or the Form or 
          Schedule and the date of its filing.
    (1) Amount Previously Paid:
________________________________________________________________________
    (2) Form, Schedule or Registration Statement No.:
________________________________________________________________________
    (3) Filing Party:
________________________________________________________________________
    (4) Date Filed:
________________________________________________________________________

                                  Notes

    Notes: A. Where any item calls for information with respect to any 
matter to be acted upon and such matter involves other matters with 
respect to which information is called for by other items of this 
schedule, the information called for by such other items also shall be 
given. For example, where a solicitation of security holders is for the 
purpose of approving the authorization of additional securities which 
are to be used to acquire another specified company, and the 
registrants' security holders will not have a separate opportunity to 
vote upon the transaction, the solicitation to authorize the securities 
is also a solicitation with respect to the acquisition. Under those 
facts, information required by Items 11, 13 and 14 shall be furnished.
    B. Where any item calls for information with respect to any matter 
to be acted upon at the meeting, such item need be answered in the 
registrant's soliciting material only with respect to proposals to be 
made by or on behalf of the registrant.
    C. Except as otherwise specifically provided, where any item calls 
for information for a specified period with regard to directors, 
executive officers, officers or other persons holding specified 
positions or relationships, the information shall be given with regard 
to any person who held any of the specified positions or relationship at 
any time during the period. Information, other than information required 
by Item 404 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.404 of this chapter), need not 
be included for any portion of the period during which such person did 
not hold any such position or relationship, provided a statement to that 
effect is made.
    D. Information may be incorporated by reference only in the manner 
and to the extent specifically permitted in the items of this schedule. 
Where incorporation by reference is used, the following shall apply:
    1. Any incorporation by reference of information pursuant to the 
provisions of this schedule shall be subject to the provisions of Sec. 
229.10(d) of this chapter restricting incorporation by reference of 
documents that incorporate by reference other information. A registrant 
incorporating any documents, or portions of documents, shall include a 
statement on the last page(s) of the proxy statement as to which 
documents, or portions of documents, are incorporated by reference. 
Information shall not be incorporated by reference in any case where 
such incorporation would render the statement incomplete, unclear or 
confusing.

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    2. If a document is incorporated by reference but not delivered to 
security holders, include an undertaking to provide, without charge, to 
each person to whom a proxy statement is delivered, upon written or oral 
request of such person and by first class mail or other equally prompt 
means within one business day of receipt of such request, a copy of any 
and all of the information that has been incorporated by reference in 
the proxy statement (not including exhibits to the information that is 
incorporated by reference unless such exhibits are specifically 
incorporated by reference into the information that the proxy statement 
incorporates), and the address (including title or department) and 
telephone numbers to which such a request is to be directed. This 
includes information contained in documents filed subsequent to the date 
on which definitive copies of the proxy statement are sent or given to 
security holders, up to the date of responding to the request.
    3. If a document or portion of a document other than an annual 
report sent to security holders pursuant to the requirements of Rule 
14a-3 (Sec. 240.14a-3 of this chapter) with respect to the same meeting 
or solicitation of consents or authorizations as that to which the proxy 
statement relates is incorporated by reference in the manner permitted 
by Item 13(b) or 14(e)(1) of this schedule, the proxy statement must be 
sent to security holders no later than 20 business days prior to the 
date on which the meeting of such security holders is held or, if no 
meeting is held, at least 20 business days prior to the date the votes, 
consents or authorizations may be used to effect the corporate action.
    4. Electronic filings. If any of the information required by Items 
13 or 14 of this Schedule is incorporated by reference from an annual or 
quarterly report to security holders, such report, or any portion 
thereof incorporated by reference, shall be filed in electronic format 
with the proxy statement. This provision shall not apply to registered 
investment companies.
    E. In Item 13 of this Schedule, the reference to ``meets the 
requirement of Form S-3'' shall refer to a registrant who meets the 
following requirements:
    (1) The registrant meets the requirements of General Instruction 
I.A. of Form S-3 (Sec. 239.13 of this chapter); and
    (2) One of the following is met:
    (i) The registrant meets the aggregate market value requirement of 
General Instruction I.B.1 of Form S-3; or
    (ii) Action is to be taken as described in Items 11, 12 and 14 of 
this schedule which concerns non-convertible debt or preferred 
securities which are ``investment grade securities'' as defined in 
General Instruction I.B.2 of Form S-3, except that the time by which the 
rating must be assigned shall be the date on which definitive copies of 
the proxy statement are first sent or given to security holders; or
    (iii) The registrant is a majority-owned subsidiary and one of the 
conditions of General Instruction I.C. of Form S-3 is met.
    Item 1. Date, time and place information. (a) State the date, time 
and place of the meeting of security holders, and the complete mailing 
address, including ZIP Code, of the principal executive offices of the 
registrant, unless such information is otherwise disclosed in material 
furnished to security holders with or preceding the proxy statement. If 
action is to be taken by written consent, state the date by which 
consents are to be submitted if state law requires that such a date be 
specified or if the person soliciting intends to set a date.
    (b) On the first page of the proxy statement, as delivered to 
security holders, state the approximate date on which the proxy 
statement and form of proxy are first sent or given to security holders.
    (c) Furnish the information required to be in the proxy statement by 
Rule 14a-5(e) (Sec. 240.14a-5(e) of this chapter).
    Item 2. Revocability of proxy. State whether or not the person 
giving the proxy has the power to revoke it. If the right of revocation 
before the proxy is exercised is limited or is subject to compliance 
with any formal procedure, briefly describe such limitation or 
procedure.
    Item 3. Dissenters' right of appraisal. Outline briefly the rights 
of appraisal or similar rights of dissenters with respect to any matter 
to be acted upon and indicate any statutory procedure required to be 
followed by dissenting security holders in order to perfect such rights. 
Where such rights may be exercised only within a limited time after the 
date of adoption of a proposal, the filing of a charter amendment or 
other similar act, state whether the persons solicited will be notified 
of such date.
    Instructions. 1. Indicate whether a security holder's failure to 
vote against a proposal will constitute a waiver of his appraisal or 
similar rights and whether a vote against a proposal will be deemed to 
satisfy any notice requirements under State law with respect to 
appraisal rights. If the State law is unclear, state what position will 
be taken in regard to these matters.
    2. Open-end investment companies registered under the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 are not required to respond to this item.
    Item 4. Persons Making the Solicitation--(a) Solicitations not 
subject to Rule 14a-12(c) (Sec. 240.14a-12(c)). (1) If the solicitation 
is made by the registrant, so state. Give the name of any director of 
the registrant who has informed the registrant in writing that he 
intends to oppose any action intended to be taken by the registrant and 
indicate the action which he intends to oppose.

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    (2) If the solicitation is made otherwise than by the registrant, so 
state and give the names of the participants in the solicitation, as 
defined in paragraphs (a) (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) of Instruction 3 to 
this Item.
    (3) If the solicitation is to be made otherwise than by the use of 
the mails or pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-16, describe the methods to be 
employed. If the solicitation is to be made by specially, engaged 
employees or paid solicitors, state (i) the material features of any 
contract or arrangement for such solicitation and identify the parties, 
and (ii) the cost or anticipated cost thereof.
    (4) State the names of the persons by whom the cost of solicitation 
has been or will be borne, directly or indirectly.
    (b) Solicitations subject to Rule 14a-12(c) (Sec. 240.14a-12(c)). 
(1) State by whom the solicitation is made and describe the methods 
employed and to be employed to solicit security holders.
    (2) If regular employees of the registrant or any other participant 
in a solicitation have been or are to be employed to solicit security 
holders, describe the class or classes of employees to be so employed, 
and the manner and nature of their employment for such purpose.
    (3) If specially engaged employees, representatives or other persons 
have been or are to be employed to solicit security holders, state (i) 
the material features of any contract or arrangement for such 
solicitation and the identity of the parties, (ii) the cost or 
anticipated cost thereof and (iii) the approximate number of such 
employees of employees or any other person (naming such other person) 
who will solicit security holders).
    (4) State the total amount estimated to be spent and the total 
expenditures to date for, in furtherance of, or in connection with the 
solicitation of security holders.
    (5) State by whom the cost of the solicitation will be borne. If 
such cost is to be borne initially by any person other than the 
registrant, state whether reimbursement will be sought from the 
registrant, and, if so, whether the question of such reimbursement will 
be submitted to a vote of security holders.
    (6) If any such solicitation is terminated pursuant to a settlement 
between the registrant and any other participant in such solicitation, 
describe the terms of such settlement, including the cost or anticipated 
cost thereof to the registrant.
    Instructions. 1. With respect to solicitations subject to Rule 14a-
12(c) (Sec. 240.14a-12(c)), costs and expenditures within the meaning 
of this Item 4 shall include fees for attorneys, accountants, public 
relations or financial advisers, solicitors, advertising, printing, 
transportation, litigation and other costs incidental to the 
solicitation, except that the registrant may exclude the amount of such 
costs represented by the amount normally expended for a solicitation for 
an election of directors in the absence of a contest, and costs 
represented by salaries and wages of regular employees and officers, 
provided a statement to that effect is included in the proxy statement.
    2. The information required pursuant to paragraph (b)(6) of this 
Item should be included in any amended or revised proxy statement or 
other soliciting materials relating to the same meeting or subject 
matter furnished to security holders by the registrant subsequent to the 
date of settlement.
    3. For purposes of this Item 4 and Item 5 of this Schedule 14A:
    (a) The terms ``participant'' and ``participant in a solicitation'' 
include the following:
    (i) The registrant;
    (ii) Any director of the registrant, and any nominee for whose 
election as a director proxies are solicited;
    (iii) Any committee or group which solicits proxies, any member of 
such committee or group, and any person whether or not named as a member 
who, acting alone or with one or more other persons, directly or 
indirectly takes the initiative, or engages, in organizing, directing, 
or arranging for the financing of any such committee or group;
    (iv) Any person who finances or joins with another to finance the 
solicitation of proxies, except persons who contribute not more than 
$500 and who are not otherwise participants;
    (v) Any person who lends money or furnishes credit or enters into 
any other arrangements, pursuant to any contract or understanding with a 
participant, for the purpose of financing or otherwise inducing the 
purchase, sale, holding or voting of securities of the registrant by any 
participant or other persons, in support of or in opposition to a 
participant; except that such terms do not include a bank, broker or 
dealer who, in the ordinary course of business, lends money or executes 
orders for the purchase or sale of securities and who is not otherwise a 
participant; and
    (vi) Any person who solicits proxies.
    (b) The terms ``participant'' and ``participant in a solicitation'' 
do not include:
    (i) Any person or organization retained or employed by a participant 
to solicit security holders and whose activities are limited to the 
duties required to be performed in the course of such employment;
    (ii) Any person who merely transmits proxy soliciting material or 
performs other ministerial or clerical duties;
    (iii) Any person employed by a participant in the capacity of 
attorney, accountant, or advertising, public relations or financial 
adviser, and whose activities are limited to the duties required to be 
performed in the course of such employment;
    (iv) Any person regularly employed as an officer or employee of the 
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of its subsidiaries who is not otherwise a participant; or
    (v) Any officer or director of, or any person regularly employed by, 
any other participant, if such officer, director or employee is not 
otherwise a participant.
    Item 5. Interest of certain Persons in Matters To Be Acted Upon--a) 
Solicitations not subject to Rule 14a-12(c) (Sec. 240.14a-12(c)). 
Describe briefly any substantial interest, direct or indirect, by 
security holdings or otherwise, of each of the following persons in any 
matter to be acted upon, other than elections to office:
    (1) If the solicitation is made on behalf of the registrant, each 
person who has been a director or executive officer of the registrant at 
any time since the beginning of the last fiscal year.
    (2) If the solicitation is made otherwise than on behalf of the 
registrant, each participant in the solicitation, as defined in 
paragraphs (a) (iii), (iv), (v), and (vi) of Instruction 3 to Item 4 of 
this Schedule 14A.
    (3) Each nominee for election as a director of the registrant.
    (4) Each associate of any of the foregoing persons.
    Instruction. Except in the case of a solicitation subject to this 
regulation made in opposition to another solicitation subject to this 
regulation, this sub-item (a) shall not apply to any interest arising 
from the ownership of securities of the registrant where the security 
holder receives no extra or special benefit not shared on a pro rata 
basis by all other holders of the same class.
    (b) Solicitation subject to Rule 14a-12(c) (Sec. 240.14a-12(c)). 
With respect to any solicitation subject to Rule 14a-12(c) (Sec. 
240.14a-12(c)):
    (1) Describe briefly any substantial interest, direct or indirect, 
by security holdings or otherwise, of each participant as defined in 
paragraphs (a) (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) of Instruction 3 to Item 
4 of this Schedule 14A, in any matter to be acted upon at the meeting, 
and include with respect to each participant the following information, 
or a fair and accurate summary thereof:
    (i) Name and business address of the participant.
    (ii) The participant's present principal occupation or employment 
and the name, principal business and address of any corporation or other 
organization in which such employment is carried on.
    (iii) State whether or not, during the past ten years, the 
participant has been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding 
traffic violations or similar misdemeanors) and, if so, give dates, 
nature of conviction, name and location of court, and penalty imposed or 
other disposition of the case. A negative answer need not be included in 
the proxy statement or other soliciting material.
    (iv) State the amount of each class of securities of the registrant 
which the participant owns beneficially, directly or indirectly.
    (v) State the amount of each class of securities of the registrant 
which the participant owns of record but not beneficially.
    (vi) State with respect to all securities of the registrant 
purchased or sold within the past two years, the dates on which they 
were purchased or sold and the amount purchased or sold on each such 
date.
    (vii) If any part of the purchase price or market value of any of 
the shares specified in paragraph (b)(1)(vi) of this Item is represented 
by funds borrowed or otherwise obtained for the purpose of acquiring or 
holding such securities, so state and indicate the amount of the 
indebtedness as of the latest practicable date. If such funds were 
borrowed or obtained otherwise than pursuant to a margin account or bank 
loan in the regular course of business of a bank, broker or dealer, 
briefly describe the transaction, and state the names of the parties.
    (viii) State whether or not the participant is, or was within the 
past year, a party to any contract, arrangements or understandings with 
any person with respect to any securities of the registrant, including, 
but not limited to joint ventures, loan or option arrangements, puts or 
calls, guarantees against loss or guarantees of profit, division of 
losses or profits, or the giving or withholding of proxies. If so, name 
the parties to such contracts, arrangements or understandings and give 
the details thereof.
    (ix) State the amount of securities of the registrant owned 
beneficially, directly or indirectly, by each of the participant's 
associates and the name and address of each such associate.
    (x) State the amount of each class of securities of any parent or 
subsidiary of the registrant which the participant owns beneficially, 
directly or indirectly.
    (xi) Furnish for the participant and associates of the participant 
the information required by Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.404(a) of this chapter).
    (xii) State whether or not the participant or any associates of the 
participant have any arrangement or understanding with any person--
(A) with respect to any future employment by the registrant or its 
affiliates; or
(B) with respect to any future transactions to which the registrant or 
any of its affiliates will or may be a party.

If so, describe such arrangement or understanding and state the names of 
the parties thereto.
    (2) With respect to any person, other than a director or executive 
officer of the registrant acting solely in that capacity, who is a party 
to an arrangement or understanding pursuant to which a nominee for 
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any substantial interest, direct or indirect, by security holdings or 
otherwise, that such person has in any matter to be acted upon at the 
meeting, and furnish the information called for by paragraphs (b)(1) 
(xi) and (xii) of this Item.
    Instruction: For purposes of this Item 5, beneficial ownership shall 
be determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3 under the Act (Section 
240.13d-3 of this chapter).
    Item 6. Voting securities and principal holders thereof, (a) As to 
each class of voting securities of the registrant entitled to be voted 
at the meeting (or by written consents or authorizations if no meeting 
is held), state the number of shares outstanding and the number of votes 
to which each class is entitled.
    (b) State the record date, if any, with respect to this 
solicitation. If the right to vote or give consent is not to be 
determined, in whole or in part, by reference to a record date, indicate 
the criteria for the determination of security holders entitled to vote 
or give consent.
    (c) If action is to be taken with respect to the election of 
directors and if the persons solicited have cumulative voting rights: 
(1) Make a statement that they have such rights, (2) briefly describe 
such rights, (3) state briefly the conditions precedent to the exercise 
thereof, and (4) if discretionary authority to cumulate votes is 
solicited, so indicate.
    (d) Furnish the information required by Item 403 of Regulation S-K 
(Sec. 229.403 of this chapter) to the extent known by the persons on 
whose behalf the solicitation is made.
    (e) If, to the knowledge of the persons on whose behalf the 
solicitation is made, a change in control of the registrant has occurred 
since the beginning of its last fiscal year, state the name of the 
person(s) who acquired such control, the amount and the source of the 
consideration used by such person or persons; the basis of the control, 
the date and a description of the transaction(s) which resulted in the 
change of control and the percentage of voting securities of the 
registrant now beneficially owned directly or indirectly by the 
person(s) who acquired control; and the identity of the person(s) from 
whom control was assumed. If the source of all or any part of the 
consideration used is a loan made in the ordinary course of business by 
a bank as defined by section 3(a)(6) of the Act, the identity of such 
bank shall be omitted provided a request for confidentiality has been 
made pursuant to section 13(d)(1)(B) of the Act by the person(s) who 
acquired control. In lieu thereof, the material shall indicate that the 
identity of the bank has been so omitted and filed separately with the 
Commission.
    Instruction. 1. State the terms of any loans or pledges obtained by 
the new control group for the purpose of acquiring control, and the 
names of the lenders or pledgees.
    2. Any arrangements or understandings among members of both the 
former and new control groups and their associates with respect to 
election of directors or other matters should be described.
    Item 7. Directors and executive officers. If action is to be taken 
with respect to the election of directors, furnish the following 
information in tabular form to the extent practicable. If, however, the 
solicitation is made on behalf of persons other than the registrant, the 
information required need be furnished only as to nominees of the 
persons making the solicitation.
    (a) The information required by instruction 4 to Item 103 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.103 of this chapter) with respect to directors 
and executive officers.
    (b) The information required by Items 401, 404(a) and (b), 405 and 
407(d)(4), (d)(5) and (h) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.401, Sec. 
229.404(a) and (b), Sec. 229.405 and Sec. 229.407(d)(4), (d)(5) and 
(h) of this chapter).
    (c) The information required by Item 407(a) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.407 of this chapter).
    (d) The information required by Item 407(b), (c)(1), (c)(2), (d)(1), 
(d)(2), (d)(3), (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3) and (f) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.407(b), (c)(1), (c)(2), (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3), (e)(1), (e)(2), 
(e)(3) and (f) of this chapter).
    (e) In lieu of the information required by this Item 7, investment 
companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a) must furnish the information required by Item 22(b) of this 
Schedule 14A.
    Item 8. Compensation of directors and executive officers. Furnish 
the information required by Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402 of 
this chapter) and paragraphs (e)(4) and (e)(5) of Item 407 of Regulation 
S-K (Sec. 229.407(e)(4) and (e)(5) of this chapter) if action is to be 
taken with regard to:
    (a) The election of directors;
    (b) Any bonus, profit sharing or other compensation plan, contract 
or arrangement in which any director, nominee for election as a 
director, or executive officer of the registrant will participate;
    (c) Any pension or retirement plan in which any such person will 
participate; or
    (d) The granting or extension to any such person of any options, 
warrants or rights to purchase any securities, other than warrants or 
rights issued to security holders as such, on a pro rata basis.
    However, if the solicitation is made on behalf of persons other than 
the registrant, the information required need be furnished only as to 
nominees of the persons making the solicitation and associates of such 
nominees. In the case of investment companies registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a), furnish the information 
required by Item 22(b)(13) of this Schedule 14A.

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    Instruction. If an otherwise reportable compensation plan became 
subject to such requirements because of an acquisition or merger and, 
within one year of the acquisition or merger, such plan was terminated 
for purposes of prospective eligibility, the registrant may furnish a 
description of its obligation to the designated individuals pursuant to 
the compensation plan. Such description may be furnished in lieu of a 
description of the compensation plan in the proxy statement.
    Item 9. Independent public accountants. If the solicitation is made 
on behalf of the registrant and relates to: (1) The annual (or special 
meeting in lieu of annual) meeting of security holders at which 
directors are to be elected, or a solicitation of consents or 
authorizations in lieu of such meeting or (2) the election, approval or 
ratification of the registrant's accountant, furnish the following 
information describing the registrant's relationship with its 
independent public accountant:
    (a) The name of the principal accountant selected or being 
recommended to security holders for election, approval or ratification 
for the current year. If no accountant has been selected or recommended, 
so state and briefly describe the reasons therefor.
    (b) The name of the principal accountant for the fiscal year most 
recently completed if different from the accountant selected or 
recommended for the current year or if no accountant has yet been 
selected or recommended for the current year.
    (c) The proxy statement shall indicate: (1) Whether or not 
representatives of the principal accountant for the current year and for 
the most recently completed fiscal year are expected to be present at 
the security holders' meeting, (2) whether or not they will have the 
opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so, and (3) whether 
or not such representatives are expected to be available to respond to 
appropriate questions.
    (d) If during the registrant's two most recent fiscal years or any 
subsequent interim period, (1) an independent accountant who was 
previously engaged as the principal accountant to audit the registrant's 
financial statements, or an independent accountant on whom the principal 
accountant expressed reliance in its report regarding a significant 
subsidiary, has resigned (or indicated it has declined to stand for re-
election after the completion of the current audit) or was dismissed, or 
(2) a new independent accountant has been engaged as either the 
principal accountant to audit the registrant's financial statements or 
as an independent accountant on whom the principal accountant has 
expressed or is expected to express reliance in its report regarding a 
significant subsidiary, then, notwithstanding any previous disclosure, 
provide the information required by Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.304 of this chapter).
    (e)(1) Disclose, under the caption Audit Fees, the aggregate fees 
billed for each of the last two fiscal years for professional services 
rendered by the principal accountant for the audit of the registrant's 
annual financial statements and review of financial statements included 
in the registrant's Form 10-Q (17 CFR 249.308a) or services that are 
normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and 
regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years.
    (2) Disclose, under the caption Audit-Related Fees, the aggregate 
fees billed in each of the last two fiscal years for assurance and 
related services by the principal accountant that are reasonably related 
to the performance of the audit or review of the registrant's financial 
statements and are not reported under paragraph (e)(1) of this section. 
Registrants shall describe the nature of the services comprising the 
fees disclosed under this category.
    (3) Disclose, under the caption Tax Fees, the aggregate fees billed 
in each of the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered 
by the principal accountant for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax 
planning. Registrants shall describe the nature of the services 
comprising the fees disclosed under this category.
    (4) Disclose, under the caption All Other Fees, the aggregate fees 
billed in each of the last two fiscal years for products and services 
provided by the principal accountant, other than the services reported 
in paragraphs (e)(1) through (e)(3) of this section. Registrants shall 
describe the nature of the services comprising the fees disclosed under 
this category.
    (5)(i) Disclose the audit committee's pre-approval policies and 
procedures described in 17 CFR 210.2-01(c)(7)(i).
    (ii) Disclose the percentage of services described in each of 
paragraphs (e)(2) through (e)(4) of this section that were approved by 
the audit committee pursuant to 17 CFR 210.2-01(c)(7)(i)(C).
    (6) If greater than 50 percent, disclose the percentage of hours 
expended on the principal accountant's engagement to audit the 
registrant's financial statements for the most recent fiscal year that 
were attributed to work performed by persons other than the principal 
accountant's full-time, permanent employees.
    (7) If the registrant is an investment company, disclose the 
aggregate non-audit fees billed by the registrant's accountant for 
services rendered to the registrant, and to the registrant's investment 
adviser (not including any subadviser whose role is primarily portfolio 
management and is subcontracted with or overseen by another investment 
adviser), and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common 
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the adviser that provides ongoing services to the registrant for each of 
the last two fiscal years of the registrant.
    (8) If the registrant is an investment company, disclose whether the 
audit committee of the board of directors has considered whether the 
provision of non-audit services that were rendered to the registrant's 
investment adviser (not including any subadviser whose role is primarily 
portfolio management and is subcontracted with or overseen by another 
investment adviser), and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under 
common control with the investment adviser that provides ongoing 
services to the registrant that were not pre-approved pursuant to 17 CFR 
210.2-01(c)(7)(ii) is compatible with maintaining the principal 
accountant's independence.
    Instruction to Item 9(e).
    For purposes of Item 9(e)(2), (3), and (4), registrants that are 
investment companies must disclose fees billed for services rendered to 
the registrant and separately, disclose fees required to be approved by 
the investment company registrant's audit committee pursuant to 17 CFR 
210.2-01(c)(7)(ii). Registered investment companies must also disclose 
the fee percentages as required by item 9(e)(5)(ii) for the registrant 
and separately, disclose the fee percentages as required by item 
9(e)(5)(ii) for the fees required to be approved by the investment 
company registrant's audit committee pursuant to 17 CFR 210.2-
01(c)(7)(ii).
    Item 10. Compensation Plans. If action is to be taken with respect 
to any plan pursuant to which cash or noncash compensation may be paid 
or distributed, furnish the following information:
    (a) Plans subject to security holder action. (1) Describe briefly 
the material features of the plan being acted upon, identify each class 
of persons who will be eligible to participate therein, indicate the 
approximate number of persons in each such class, and state the basis of 
such participation.
    (2)(i) In the tabular format specified below, disclose the benefits 
or amounts that will be received by or allocated to each of the 
following under the plan being acted upon, if such benefits or amounts 
are determinable:

                            New Plan Benefits
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                Plan name
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Name and position            Dollar value ($)   Number of units
------------------------------------------------------------------------
CEO................................
A..................................
B..................................
C..................................
D..................................
Executive Group....................
Non-Executive Director Group.......
Non-Executive Officer Employee
 Group.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (ii) The table required by paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this Item shall 
provide information as to the following persons:
    (A) Each person (stating name and position) specified in paragraph 
(a)(3) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(3) of this 
chapter);
    Instruction: In the case of investment companies registered under 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, furnish the information for 
Compensated Persons as defined in Item 22(b)(13) of this Schedule in 
lieu of the persons specified in paragraph (a)(3) of Item 402 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(3) of this chapter).
    (B) All current executive officers as a group;
    (C) All current directors who are not executive officers as a group; 
and
    (D) All employees, including all current officers who are not 
executive officers, as a group.

                 Instruction to New Plan Benefits Table

    Additional columns should be added for each plan with respect to 
which security holder action is to be taken.
    (iii) If the benefits or amounts specified in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of 
this item are not determinable, state the benefits or amounts which 
would have been received by or allocated to each of the following for 
the last completed fiscal year if the plan had been in effect, if such 
benefits or amounts may be determined, in the table specified in 
paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this Item:
    (A) Each person (stating name and position) specified in paragraph 
(a)(3) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(3) of this 
chapter);
    (B) All current executive officers as a group;
    (C) All current directors who are not executive officers as a group; 
and
    (D) All employees, including all current officers who are not 
executive officers, as a group.
    (3) If the plan to be acted upon can be amended, otherwise than by a 
vote of security holders, to increase the cost thereof to the registrant 
or to alter the allocation of the benefits as between the persons and 
groups specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this item, state the nature of 
the amendments which can be so made.
    (b)(1) Additional information regarding specified plans subject to 
security holder action. With respect to any pension or retirement plan 
submitted for security holder action, state:
    (i) The approximate total amount necessary to fund the plan with 
respect to past services, the period over which such amount is to be 
paid and the estimated annual payments necessary to pay the total amount 
over such period; and

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    (ii) The estimated annual payment to be made with respect to current 
services. In the case of a pension or retirement plan, information 
called for by paragraph (a)(2) of this Item may be furnished in the 
format specified by paragraph (h)(2) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K 
(Sec. 229.402(h)(2) of this chapter).
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(1)(ii). In the case of investment 
companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a), refer to Instruction 4 in Item 22(b)(13)(i) of this Schedule in 
lieu of paragraph (h)(2) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.402(h)(2) of this chapter).
    (2)(i) With respect to any specific grant of or any plan containing 
options, warrants or rights submitted for security holder action, state:
    (A) The title and amount of securities underlying such options, 
warrants or rights;
    (B) The prices, expiration dates and other material conditions upon 
which the options, warrants or rights may be exercised;
    (C) The consideration received or to be received by the registrant 
or subsidiary for the granting or extension of the options, warrants or 
rights;
    (D) The market value of the securities underlying the options, 
warrants, or rights as of the latest practicable date; and
    (E) In the case of options, the federal income tax consequences of 
the issuance and exercise of such options to the recipient and the 
registrant; and
    (ii) State separately the amount of such options received or to be 
received by the following persons if such benefits or amounts are 
determinable:
    (A) Each person (stating name and position) specified in paragraph 
(a)(3) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(3) of this 
chapter);
    (B) All current executive officers as a group;
    (C) All current directors who are not executive officers as a group;
    (D) Each nominee for election as a director;
    (E) Each associate of any of such directors, executive officers or 
nominees;
    (F) Each other person who received or is to receive 5 percent of 
such options, warrants or rights; and
    (G) All employees, including all current officers who are not 
executive officers, as a group.
    (c) Information regarding plans and other arrangements not subject 
to security holder action. Furnish the information required by Item 
201(d) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.201(d) of this chapter).
    Instructions to paragraph (c).
    1. If action is to be taken as described in paragraph (a) of this 
Item with respect to the approval of a new compensation plan under which 
equity securities of the registrant are authorized for issuance, 
information about the plan shall be disclosed as required under 
paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Item and shall not be included in the 
disclosure required by Item 201(d) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.201(d) 
of this chapter). If action is to be taken as described in paragraph (a) 
of this Item with respect to the amendment or modification of an 
existing plan under which equity securities of the registrant are 
authorized for issuance, the registrant shall include information about 
securities previously authorized for issuance under the plan (including 
any outstanding options, warrants and rights previously granted pursuant 
to the plan and any securities remaining available for future issuance 
under the plan) in the disclosure required by Item 201(d) of Regulation 
S-K (Sec. 229.201(d) of this chapter). Any additional securities that 
are the subject of the amendments or modification of the existing plan 
shall be disclosed as required under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Item 
and shall not be included in the Item 201(d) disclosure.

                              Instructions

    1. The term plan as used in this Item means any plan as defined in 
paragraph (a)(6)(ii) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.402(a)(6)(ii) of this chapter).
    2. If action is to be taken with respect to a material amendment or 
modification of an existing plan, the item shall be answered with 
respect to the plan as proposed to be amended or modified and shall 
indicate any material differences from the existing plan.
    3. If the plan to be acted upon is set forth in a written document, 
three copies thereof shall be filed with the Commission at the time 
copies of the proxy statement and form of proxy are first filed pursuant 
to paragraph (a) or (b) of Sec. 240.14a-6. Electronic filers shall file 
with the Commission a copy of such written plan document in electronic 
format as an appendix to the proxy statement. It need not be provided to 
security holders unless it is a part of the proxy statement.
    4. Paragraph (b)(2)(ii) does not apply to warrants or rights to be 
issued to security holders as such on a pro rata basis.
    5. The Commission shall be informed, as supplemental information, 
when the proxy statement is first filed, as to when the options, 
warrants or rights and the shares called for thereby will be registered 
under the Securities Act or, if such registration is not contemplated, 
the section of the Securities Act or rule of the Commission under which 
exemption from such registration is claimed and the facts relied upon to 
make the exemption available.
    Item 11. Authorization or issuance of securities otherwise than for 
exchange. If action is to be taken with respect to the authorization or 
issuance of any securities otherwise than for exchange for outstanding 
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registrant, furnish the following information:
    (a) State the title and amount of securities to be authorized or 
issued.
    (b) Furnish the information required by Item 202 of Regulation S-K 
(Sec. 229.202 of this chapter). If the terms of the securities cannot 
be stated or estimated with respect to any or all of the securities to 
be authorized, because no offering thereof is contemplated in the 
proximate future, and if no further authorization by security holders 
for the issuance thereof is to be obtained, it should be stated that the 
terms of the securities to be authorized, including dividend or interest 
rates, conversion prices, voting rights, redemption prices, maturity 
dates, and similar matters will be determined by the board of directors. 
If the securities are additional shares of common stock of a class 
outstanding, the description may be omitted except for a statement of 
the preemptive rights, if any. Where the statutory provisions with 
respect to preemptive rights are so indefinite or complex that they 
cannot be stated in summarized form, it will suffice to make a statement 
in the form of an opinion of counsel as to the existence and extent of 
such rights.
    (c) Describe briefly the transaction in which the securities are to 
be issued including a statement as to (1) the nature and approximate 
amount of consideration received or to be received by the registrant and 
(2) the approximate amount devoted to each purpose so far as 
determinable for which the net proceeds have been or are to be used. If 
it is impracticable to describe the transaction in which the securities 
are to be issued, state the reason, indicate the purpose of the 
authorization of the securities, and state whether further authorization 
for the issuance of the securities by a vote of security holders will be 
solicited prior to such issuance.
    (d) If the securities are to be issued otherwise than in a public 
offering for cash, state the reasons for the proposed authorization or 
issuance and the general effect thereof upon the rights of existing 
security holders.
    (e) Furnish the information required by Item 13(a) of this schedule.
    Item 12. Modification or exchange of securities. If action is to be 
taken with respect to the modification of any class of securities of the 
registrant, or the issuance or authorization for issuance of securities 
of the registrant in exchange for outstanding securities of the 
registrant furnish the following information:
    (a) If outstanding securities are to be modified, state the title 
and amount thereof. If securities are to be issued in exchange for 
outstanding securities, state the title and amount of securities to be 
so issued, the title and amount of outstanding securities to be 
exchanged therefor and the basis of the exchange.
    (b) Describe any material differences between the outstanding 
securities and the modified or new securities in respect of any of the 
matters concerning which information would be required in the 
description of the securities in Item 202 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.202 of this chapter).
    (c) State the reasons for the proposed modification or exchange and 
the general effect thereof upon the rights of existing security holders.
    (d) Furnish a brief statement as to arrears in dividends or as to 
defaults in principal or interest in respect to the outstanding 
securities which are to be modified or exchanged and such other 
information as may be appropriate in the particular case to disclose 
adequately the nature and effect of the proposed action.
    (e) Outline briefly any other material features of the proposed 
modification or exchange. If the plan of proposed action is set forth in 
a written document, file copies thereof with the Commission in 
accordance with Sec. 240.14a-6.
    (f) Furnish the information required by Item 13(a) of this Schedule.
    Instruction. If the existing security is presently listed and 
registered on a national securities exchange, state whether the 
registrant intends to apply for listing and registration of the new or 
reclassified security on such exchange or any other exchange. If the 
registrant does not intend to make such application, state the effect of 
the termination of such listing and registration.
    Item 13. Financial and other information. (See Notes D and E at the 
beginning of this Schedule.)
    (a) Information required. If action is to be taken with respect to 
any matter specified in Item 11 or 12, furnish the following 
information:
    (1) Financial statements meeting the requirements of Regulation S-X, 
including financial information required by Rule 3-05 and Article 11 of 
Regulation S-X with respect to transactions other than pursuant to which 
action is to be taken as described in this proxy statement (A smaller 
reporting company may provide the information in Rules 8-04 and 8-05 of 
Regulation S-X (Sec. Sec. 210.8-04 and 210.8-05 of this chapter) in 
lieu of the financial information required by Rule 3-05 and Article 11 
of Regulation S-X);
    (2) Item 302 of Regulation S-K, supplementary financial information;
    (3) Item 303 of Regulation S-K, management's discussion and analysis 
of financial condition and results of operations;
    (4) Item 304 of Regulation S-K, changes in and disagreements with 
accountants on accounting and financial disclosure;

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    (5) Item 305 of Regulation S-K, quantitative and qualitative 
disclosures about market risk; and
    (6) A statement as to whether or not representatives of the 
principal accountants for the current year and for the most recently 
completed fiscal year:
    (i) Are expected to be present at the security holders' meeting;
    (ii) Will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to 
do so; and
    (iii) Are expected to be available to respond to appropriate 
questions.
    (b) Incorporation by reference. The information required pursuant to 
paragraph (a) of this Item may be incorporated by reference into the 
proxy statement as follows:
    (1) S-3 registrants. If the registrant meets the requirements of 
Form S-3(see Note E to this Schedule), it may incorporate by reference 
to previously-filed documents any of the information required by 
paragraph (a) of this Item, provided that the requirements of paragraph 
(c) are met. Where the registrant meets the requirements of Form S-3 and 
has elected to furnish the required information by incorporation by 
reference, the registrant may elect to update the information so 
incorporated by reference to information in subsequently-filed 
documents.
    (2) All registrants. The registrant may incorporate by reference any 
of the information required by paragraph (a) of this Item, provided that 
the information is contained in an annual report to security holders or 
a previously-filed statement or report, such report or statement is 
delivered to security holders with the proxy statement and the 
requirements of paragraph (c) are met.
    (c) Certain conditions applicable to incorporation by reference. 
Registrants eligible to incorporate by reference into the proxy 
statement the information required by paragraph (a) of this Item in the 
manner specified by paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) may do so only if:
    (1) The information is not required to be included in the proxy 
statement pursuant to the requirement of another Item;
    (2) The proxy statement identifies on the last page(s) the 
information incorporated by reference; and
    (3) The material incorporated by reference substantially meets the 
requirements of this Item or the appropriate portions of this Item.
    Instructions to Item 13.
    1. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Item, any or all of the 
information required by paragraph (a) of this Item not material for the 
exercise of prudent judgment in regard to the matter to be acted upon 
may be omitted. In the usual case the information is deemed material to 
the exercise of prudent judgment where the matter to be acted upon is 
the authorization or issuance of a material amount of senior securities, 
but the information is not deemed material where the matter to be acted 
upon is the authorization or issuance of common stock, otherwise than in 
an exchange, merger, consolidation, acquisition or similar transaction, 
the authorization of preferred stock without present intent to issue or 
the authorization of preferred stock for issuance for cash in an amount 
constituting fair value.
    2. In order to facilitate compliance with Rule 2-02(a) of Regulation 
S-X, one copy of the definitive proxy statement filed with the 
Commission shall include a manually signed copy of the accountant's 
report. If the financial statements are incorporated by reference, a 
manually signed copy of the accountant's report shall be filed with the 
definitive proxy statement.
    3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation S-X, no schedules 
other than those prepared in accordance with Rules 12-15, 12-28 and 12-
29 (or, for management investment companies, Rules 12-12 through 12-14) 
of that regulation need be furnished in the proxy statement.
    4. Unless registered on a national securities exchange or otherwise 
required to furnish such information, registered investment companies 
need not furnish the information required by paragraph (a)(2) or (3) of 
this Item.
    5. If the registrant submits preliminary proxy material 
incorporating by reference financial statements required by this Item, 
the registrant should furnish a draft of the financial statements if the 
document from which they are incorporated has not been filed with or 
furnished to the Commission.
    6. A registered investment company need not comply with items 
(a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(5) of this Item 13.
    Item 14. Mergers, consolidations, acquisitions and similar matters. 
(See Notes A and D at the beginning of this Schedule)
    Instructions to Item 14:
    1. In transactions in which the consideration offered to security 
holders consists wholly or in part of securities registered under the 
Securities Act of 1933, furnish the information required by Form S-4 
(Sec. 239.25 of this chapter), Form F-4 (Sec. 239.34 of this chapter), 
or Form N-14 (Sec. 239.23 of this chapter), as applicable, instead of 
this Item. Only a Form S-4, Form F-4, or Form N-14 must be filed in 
accordance with Sec. 240.14a-6(j).
    2. (a) In transactions in which the consideration offered to 
security holders consists wholly of cash, the information required by 
paragraph (c)(1) of this Item for the acquiring company need not be 
provided unless the information is material to an informed voting 
decision (e.g., the security holders of the target company are voting 
and financing is not assured).
    (b) Additionally, if only the security holders of the target company 
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    i. The financial information in paragraphs (b)(8)-(11) of this Item 
for the acquiring company and the target need not be provided; and
    ii. The information in paragraph (c)(2) of this Item for the target 
company need not be provided.
    If, however, the transaction is a going-private transaction (as 
defined by Sec. 240.13e-3), then the information required by paragraph 
(c)(2) of this Item must be provided and to the extent that the going-
private rules require the information specified in paragraph (b)(8)-
(b)(11) of this Item, that information must be provided as well.
    3. In transactions in which the consideration offered to security 
holders consists wholly of securities exempt from registration under the 
Securities Act of 1933 or a combination of exempt securities and cash, 
information about the acquiring company required by paragraph (c)(1) of 
this Item need not be provided if only the security holders of the 
acquiring company are voting, unless the information is material to an 
informed voting decision. If only the security holders of the target 
company are voting, information about the target company in paragraph 
(c)(2) of this Item need not be provided. However, the information 
required by paragraph (c)(2) of this Item must be provided if the 
transaction is a going-private (as defined by Sec. 240.13e-3) or roll-
up (as described by Item 901 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.901 of this 
chapter)) transaction.
    4. The information required by paragraphs (b)(8)-(11) and (c) need 
not be provided if the plan being voted on involves only the acquiring 
company and one or more of its totally held subsidiaries and does not 
involve a liquidation or a spin off.
    5. To facilitate compliance with Rule 2-02(a) of Regulation S-X 
(Sec. 210.2-02(a) of this chapter) (technical requirements relating to 
accountants' reports), one copy of the definitive proxy statement filed 
with the Commission must include a signed copy of the accountant's 
report. If the financial statements are incorporated by reference, a 
signed copy of the accountant's report must be filed with the definitive 
proxy statement. Signatures may be typed if the document is filed 
electronically on EDGAR. See Rule 302 of Regulation S-T (Sec. 232.302 
of this chapter).
    6. Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation S-X, no schedules 
other than those prepared in accordance with Sec. 210.12-15, Sec. 
210.12-28 and Sec. 210.12-29 of this chapter (or, for management 
investment companies, Sec. Sec. 210.12-12 through 210.12-14 of this 
chapter) of that regulation need be furnished in the proxy statement.
    7. If the preliminary proxy material incorporates by reference 
financial statements required by this Item, a draft of the financial 
statements must be furnished to the Commission staff upon request if the 
document from which they are incorporated has not been filed with or 
furnished to the Commission.
    (a) Applicability. If action is to be taken with respect to any of 
the following transactions, provide the information required by this 
Item:
    (1) A merger or consolidation;
    (2) An acquisition of securities of another person;
    (3) An acquisition of any other going business or the assets of a 
going business;
    (4) A sale or other transfer of all or any substantial part of 
assets; or
    (5) A liquidation or dissolution.
    (b) Transaction information. Provide the following information for 
each of the parties to the transaction unless otherwise specified:
    (1) Summary term sheet. The information required by Item 1001 of 
Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1001 of this chapter).
    (2) Contact information. The name, complete mailing address and 
telephone number of the principal executive offices.
    (3) Business conducted. A brief description of the general nature of 
the business conducted.
    (4) Terms of the transaction. The information required by Item 
1004(a)(2) of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1004 of this chapter).
    (5) Regulatory approvals. A statement as to whether any federal or 
state regulatory requirements must be complied with or approval must be 
obtained in connection with the transaction and, if so, the status of 
the compliance or approval.
    (6) Reports, opinions, appraisals. If a report, opinion or appraisal 
materially relating to the transaction has been received from an outside 
party, and is referred to in the proxy statement, furnish the 
information required by Item 1015(b) of Regulation M-A (Sec. 229.1015 
of this chapter).
    (7) Past contacts, transactions or negotiations. The information 
required by Items 1005(b) and 1011(a)(1) of Regulation M-A (Sec. 
229.1005 of this chapter and Sec. 229.1011 of this chapter), for the 
parties to the transaction and their affiliates during the periods for 
which financial statements are presented or incorporated by reference 
under this Item.
    (8) Selected financial data. The selected financial data required by 
Item 301 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.301 of this chapter).
    (9) Pro forma selected financial data. If material, the information 
required by Item 301 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.301 of this chapter) 
for the acquiring company, showing the pro forma effect of the 
transaction.
    (10) Pro forma information. In a table designed to facilitate 
comparison, historical and pro forma per share data of the acquiring 
company and historical and equivalent pro forma per share data of the 
target company for the following Items:
    (i) Book value per share as of the date financial data is presented 
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301 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.301 of this chapter);
    (ii) Cash dividends declared per share for the periods for which 
financial data is presented pursuant to Item 301 of Regulation S-K 
(Sec. 229.301 of this chapter); and
    (iii) Income (loss) per share from continuing operations for the 
periods for which financial data is presented pursuant to Item 301 of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.301 of this chapter).
    Instructions to paragraphs (b)(8), (b)(9) and (b)(10):
    1. For a business combination, present the financial information 
required by paragraphs (b)(9) and (b)(10) only for the most recent 
fiscal year and interim period. For a combination between entities under 
common control, present the financial information required by paragraphs 
(b)(9) and (b)(10) (except for information with regard to book value) 
for the most recent three fiscal years and interim period. For purposes 
of these paragraphs, book value information need only be provided for 
the most recent balance sheet date.
    2. Calculate the equivalent pro forma per share amounts for one 
share of the company being acquired by multiplying the exchange ratio 
times each of:
    (i) The pro forma income (loss) per share before non-recurring 
charges or credits directly attributable to the transaction;
    (ii) The pro forma book value per share; and
    (iii) The pro forma dividends per share of the acquiring company.
    3. Unless registered on a national securities exchange or otherwise 
required to furnish such information, registered investment companies 
need not furnish the information required by paragraphs (b)(8) and 
(b)(9) of this Item.
    (11) Financial information. If material, financial information 
required by Article 11 of Regulation S-X (Sec. Sec. 210.10-01 through 
229.11-03 of this chapter) with respect to this transaction.
    Instructions to paragraph (b)(11):
    1. Present any Article 11 information required with respect to 
transactions other than those being voted upon (where not incorporated 
by reference) together with the pro forma information relating to the 
transaction being voted upon. In presenting this information, you must 
clearly distinguish between the transaction being voted upon and any 
other transaction.
    2. If current pro forma financial information with respect to all 
other transactions is incorporated by reference, you need only present 
the pro forma effect of this transaction.
    (c) Information about the parties to the transaction--(1) Acquiring 
company. Furnish the information required by Part B (Registrant 
Information) of Form S-4 (Sec. 239.25 of this chapter) or Form F-4 
(Sec. 239.34 of this chapter), as applicable, for the acquiring 
company. However, financial statements need only be presented for the 
latest two fiscal years and interim periods.
    (2) Acquired company. Furnish the information required by Part C 
(Information with Respect to the Company Being Acquired) of Form S-4 
(Sec. 239.25 of this chapter) or Form F-4 (Sec. 239.34 of this 
chapter), as applicable.
    (d) Information about parties to the transaction: registered 
investment companies and business development companies. If the 
acquiring company or the acquired company is an investment company 
registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business 
development company as defined by Section 2(a)(48) of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940, provide the following information for that company 
instead of the information specified by paragraph (c) of this Item:
    (1) Information required by Item 101 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.101 of this chapter), description of business;
    (2) Information required by Item 102 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.102 of this chapter), description of property;
    (3) Information required by Item 103 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.103 of this chapter), legal proceedings;
    (4) Information required by Item 201(a), (b) and (c) of Regulation 
S-K (Sec. 229.201(a), (b) and (c) of this chapter), market price of and 
dividends on the registrant's common equity and related stockholder 
matters;
    (5) Financial statements meeting the requirements of Regulation S-X, 
including financial information required by Rule 3-05 and Article 11 of 
Regulation S-X (Sec. 210.3-05 and Sec. 210.11-01 through Sec. 210.11-
03 of this chapter) with respect to transactions other than that as to 
which action is to be taken as described in this proxy statement;
    (6) Information required by Item 301 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.301 of this chapter), selected financial data;
    (7) Information required by Item 302 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.302 of this chapter), supplementary financial information;
    (8) Information required by Item 303 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.303 of this chapter), management's discussion and analysis of 
financial condition and results of operations; and
    (9) Information required by Item 304 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 
229.304 of this chapter), changes in and disagreements with accountants 
on accounting and financial disclosure.
    Instruction to paragraph (d) of Item 14: Unless registered on a 
national securities exchange or otherwise required to furnish such 
information, registered investment companies need not furnish the 
information required by paragraphs (d)(6), (d)(7) and (d)(8) of this 
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    (e) Incorporation by reference. (1) The information required by 
paragraph (c) of this section may be incorporated by reference into the 
proxy statement to the same extent as would be permitted by Form S-4 
(Sec. 239.25 of this chapter) or Form F-4 (Sec. 239.34 of this 
chapter), as applicable.
    (2) Alternatively, the registrant may incorporate by reference into 
the proxy statement the information required by paragraph (c) of this 
Item if it is contained in an annual report sent to security holders in 
accordance with Sec. 240.14a-3 of this chapter with respect to the same 
meeting or solicitation of consents or authorizations that the proxy 
statement relates to and the information substantially meets the 
disclosure requirements of Item 14 or Item 17 of Form S-4 (Sec. 239.25 
of this chapter) or Form F-4 (Sec. 239.34 of this chapter), as 
applicable.
    Item 15. Acquisition or disposition of property. If action is to be 
taken with respect to the acquisition or disposition of any property, 
furnish the following information:
    (a) Describe briefly the general character and location of the 
property.
    (b) State the nature and amount of consideration to be paid or 
received by the registrant or any subsidiary. To the extent practicable, 
outline briefly the facts bearing upon the question of the fairness of 
the consideration.
    (c) State the name and address of the transferer or transferee, as 
the case may be and the nature of any material relationship of such 
person to the registrant or any affiliate of the registrant.
    (d) Outline briefly any other material features of the contract or 
transaction.
    Item 16. Restatement of accounts. If action is to be taken with 
respect to the restatement of any asset, capital, or surplus account of 
the registrant furnish the following information:
    (a) State the nature of the restatement and the date as of which it 
is to be effective.
    (b) Outline briefly the reasons for the restatement and for the 
selection of the particular effective date.
    (c) State the name and amount of each account (including any reserve 
accounts) affected by the restatement and the effect of the restatement 
thereon. Tabular presentation of the amounts shall be made when 
appropriate, particularly in the case of recapitalizations.
    (d) To the extent practicable, state whether and the extent, if any, 
to which, the restatement will, as of the date thereof, alter the amount 
available for distribution to the holders of equity securities.
    Item 17. Action with respect to reports. If action is to be taken 
with respect to any report of the registrant or of its directors, 
officers or committees or any minutes of a meeting of its security 
holders, furnish the following information:
    (a) State whether or not such action is to constitute approval or 
disapproval of any of the matters referred to in such reports or 
minutes.
    (b) Identify each of such matters which it is intended will be 
approved or disapproved, and furnish the information required by the 
appropriate item or items of this schedule with respect to each such 
matter.
    Item 18. Matters not required to be submitted. If action is to be 
taken with respect to any matter which is not required to be submitted 
to a vote of security holders, state the nature of such matter, the 
reasons for submitting it to a vote of security holders and what action 
is intended to be taken by the registrant in the event of a negative 
vote on the matter by the security holders.
    Item 19. Amendment of character, bylaws or other documents. If 
action is to be taken with respect to any amendment of the registrant's 
charter, bylaws or other documents as to which information is not 
required above, state briefly the reasons for and the general effect of 
such amendment.
    Instructions. 1. Where the matter to be acted upon is the 
classification of directors, state whether vacancies which occur during 
the year may be filled by the board of directors to serve only until the 
next annual meeting or may be so filled for the remainder of the full 
term.
    2. Attention is directed to the discussion of disclosure regarding 
anti-takeover and similar proposals in Release No. 34-15230 (October 13, 
1978).
    Item 20. Other proposed action. If action is to be taken on any 
matter not specifically referred to in this Schedule 14A, describe 
briefly the substance of each such matter in substantially the same 
degree of detail as is required by Items 5 to 19, inclusive, of this 
Schedule, and, with respect to investment companies registered under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940, Item 22 of this Schedule. Registrants 
required to provide a separate shareholder vote pursuant to section 
111(e)(1) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 
5221(e)(1)) and Sec. 240.14a-20 shall disclose that they are providing 
such a vote as required pursuant to the Emergency Economic Stabilization 
Act of 2008, and briefly explain the general effect of the vote, such as 
whether the vote is non-binding.
    Item 21. Voting procedures. As to each matter which is to be 
submitted to a vote of security holders, furnish the following 
information:
    (a) State the vote required for approval or election, other than for 
the approval of auditors.
    (b) Disclose the method by which votes will be counted, including 
the treatment and effect of abstentions and broker non-votes under 
applicable state law as well as registrant charter and by-law 
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    Item 22. Information required in investment company proxy statement. 
(a) General.
    (1) Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, terms used 
in this Item that are defined in Sec. 240.14a-1 (with respect to proxy 
soliciting material), in Sec. 240.14c-1 (with respect to information 
statements), and in the Investment Company Act of 1940 shall have the 
same meanings provided therein and the following terms shall also apply:
    (i) Administrator. The term ``Administrator'' shall mean any person 
who provides significant administrative or business affairs management 
services to a Fund.
    (ii) Affiliated broker. The term ``Affiliated Broker'' shall mean 
any broker:
    (A) That is an affiliated person of the Fund;
    (B) That is an affiliated person of such person; or
    (C) An affiliated person of which is an affiliated person of the 
Fund, its investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Administrator.
    (iii) Distribution plan. The term ``Distribution Plan'' shall mean a 
plan adopted pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 
1940 (Sec. 270.12b-1 of this chapter).
    (iv) Family of Investment Companies. The term ``Family of Investment 
Companies'' shall mean any two or more registered investment companies 
that:
    (A) Share the same investment adviser or principal underwriter; and
    (B) Hold themselves out to investors as related companies for 
purposes of investment and investor services.
    (v) Fund. The term ``Fund'' shall mean a Registrant or, where the 
Registrant is a series company, a separate portfolio of the Registrant.
    (vi) Fund complex. The term ``Fund Complex'' shall mean two or more 
Funds that:
    (A) Hold themselves out to investors as related companies for 
purposes of investment and investor services; or
    (B) Have a common investment adviser or have an investment adviser 
that is an affiliated person of the investment adviser of any of the 
other Funds.
    (vii) Immediate Family Member. The term ``Immediate Family Member'' 
shall mean a person's spouse; child residing in the person's household 
(including step and adoptive children); and any dependent of the person, 
as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 152).
    (viii) Officer. The term ``Officer'' shall mean the president, vice-
president, secretary, treasurer, controller, or any other officer who 
performs policy-making functions.
    (ix) Parent. The term ``Parent'' shall mean the affiliated person of 
a specified person who controls the specified person directly or 
indirectly through one or more intermediaries.
    (x) Registrant. The term ``Registrant'' shall mean an investment 
company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a) or a business development company as defined by section 2(a)(48) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(48)).
    (xi) Sponsoring Insurance Company. The term ``Sponsoring Insurance 
Company'' of a Fund that is a separate account shall mean the insurance 
company that establishes and maintains the separate account and that 
owns the assets of the separate account.
    (xii) Subsidiary. The term ``Subsidiary'' shall mean an affiliated 
person of a specified person who is controlled by the specified person 
directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries.
    (2) [Reserved]
    (3) General disclosure. Furnish the following information in the 
proxy statement of a Fund or Funds:
    (i) State the name and address of the Fund's investment adviser, 
principal underwriter, and Administrator.
    (ii) When a Fund proxy statement solicits a vote on proposals 
affecting more than one Fund or class of securities of a Fund (unless 
the proposal or proposals are the same and affect all Fund or class 
shareholders), present a summary of all of the proposals in tabular form 
on one of the first three pages of the proxy statement and indicate 
which Fund or class shareholders are solicited with respect to each 
proposal.
    (iii) Unless the proxy statement is accompanied by a copy of the 
Fund's most recent annual report, state prominently in the proxy 
statement that the Fund will furnish, without charge, a copy of the 
annual report and the most recent semi-annual report succeeding the 
annual report, if any, to a shareholder upon request, providing the 
name, address, and toll-free telephone number of the person to whom such 
request shall be directed (or, if no toll-free telephone number is 
provided, a self-addressed postage paid card for requesting the annual 
report). The Fund should provide a copy of the annual report and the 
most recent semi-annual report succeeding the annual report, if any, to 
the requesting shareholder by first class mail, or other means designed 
to assure prompt delivery, within three business days of the request.
    (iv) If the action to be taken would, directly or indirectly, 
establish a new fee or expense or increase any existing fee or expense 
to be paid by the Fund or its shareholders, provide a table showing the 
current and pro forma fees (with the required examples) using the format 
prescribed in the appropriate registration statement form under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (for open-end management investment 
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closed-end management investment companies, Item 3 of Form N-2 (Sec. 
239.14); and for separate accounts that offer variable annuity 
contracts, Item 3 of Form N-3 (Sec. 239.17a)).
    Instructions. 1. Where approval is sought only for a change in asset 
breakpoints for a pre-existing fee that would not have increased the fee 
for the previous year (or have the effect of increasing fees or 
expenses, but for any other reason would not be reflected in a pro forma 
fee table), describe the likely effect of the change in lieu of 
providing pro forma fee information.
    2. An action would indirectly establish or increase a fee or expense 
where, for example, the approval of a new investment advisory contract 
would result in higher custodial or transfer agency fees.
    3. The tables should be prepared in a manner designed to facilitate 
understanding of the impact of any change in fees or expenses.
    4. A Fund that offers its shares exclusively to one or more separate 
accounts and thus is not required to include a fee table in its 
prospectus (see Item 3 of Form N-1A (Sec. 239.15A)) should nonetheless 
prepare a table showing current and pro forma expenses and disclose that 
the table does not reflect separate account expenses, including sales 
load.
    (v) If action is to be taken with respect to the election of 
directors or the approval of an advisory contract, describe any 
purchases or sales of securities of the investment adviser or its 
Parents, or Subsidiaries of either, since the beginning of the most 
recently completed fiscal year by any director or any nominee for 
election as a director of the Fund.
    Instructions. 1. Identify the parties, state the consideration, the 
terms of payment and describe any arrangement or understanding with 
respect to the composition of the board of directors of the Fund or of 
the investment adviser, or with respect to the selection of appointment 
of any person to any office with either such company.
    2. Transactions involving securities in an amount not exceeding one 
percent of the outstanding securities of any class of the investment 
adviser or any of its Parents or Subsidiaries may be omitted.
    (b) Election of Directors. If action is to be taken with respect to 
the election of directors of a Fund, furnish the following information 
in the proxy statement in addition to, in the case of business 
development companies, the information (and in the format) required by 
Item 7 and Item 8 of this Schedule 14A.
    Instructions to introductory text of paragraph (b). 1. Furnish 
information with respect to a prospective investment adviser to the 
extent applicable.
    2. If the solicitation is made by or on behalf of a person other 
than the Fund or an investment adviser of the Fund, provide information 
only as to nominees of the person making the solicitation.
    3. When providing information about directors and nominees for 
election as directors in response to this Item 22(b), furnish 
information for directors or nominees who are or would be ``interested 
persons'' of the Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)) separately from 
the information for directors or nominees who are not or would not be 
interested persons of the Fund. For example, when furnishing information 
in a table, you should provide separate tables (or separate sections of 
a single table) for directors and nominees who are or would be 
interested persons and for directors or nominees who are not or would 
not be interested persons. When furnishing information in narrative 
form, indicate by heading or otherwise the directors or nominees who are 
or would be interested persons and the directors or nominees who are not 
or would not be interested persons.
    4. No information need be given about any director whose term of 
office as a director will not continue after the meeting to which the 
proxy statement relates.
    (1) Provide the information required by the following table for each 
director, nominee for election as director, Officer of the Fund, person 
chosen to become an Officer of the Fund, and, if the Fund has an 
advisory board, member of the board. Explain in a footnote to the table 
any family relationship between the persons listed.

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                (1)                            (2)                     (3)                    (4)                    (5)                    (6)
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Name, Address, and Age.............  Position(s) Held with   Term of Office and      Principal              Number of Portfolios   Other Directorships
                                      Fund.                   Length of Time Served.  Occupation(s) During   in Fund Complex        Held by Director or
                                                                                      Past 5 Years.          Overseen by Director   Nominee for Director
                                                                                                             or Nominee for
                                                                                                             Director.
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    Instructions to paragraph (b)(1). 1. For purposes of this paragraph, 
the term ``family relationship'' means any relationship by blood, 
marriage, or adoption, not more remote than first cousin.
    2. No nominee or person chosen to become a director or Officer who 
has not consented

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to act as such may be named in response to this Item. In this regard, 
see Rule 14a-4(d) under the Exchange Act (Sec. 240.14a-4(d)).
    3. If fewer nominees are named than the number fixed by or pursuant 
to the governing instruments, state the reasons for this procedure and 
that the proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than 
the number of nominees named.
    4. For each director or nominee for election as director who is or 
would be an ``interested person'' of the Fund within the meaning of 
section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-
2(a)(19)), describe, in a footnote or otherwise, the relationship, 
events, or transactions by reason of which the director or nominee is or 
would be an interested person.
    5. State the principal business of any company listed under column 
(4) unless the principal business is implicit in its name.
    6. Include in column (5) the total number of separate portfolios 
that a nominee for election as director would oversee if he were 
elected.
    7. Indicate in column (6) directorships not included in column (5) 
that are held by a director or nominee for election as director in any 
company with a class of securities registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78l), or subject to the requirements of 
section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(d)), or any company 
registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 
1940, (15 U.S.C. 80a), as amended, and name the companies in which the 
directorships are held. Where the other directorships include 
directorships overseeing two or more portfolios in the same Fund 
Complex, identify the Fund Complex and provide the number of portfolios 
overseen as a director in the Fund Complex rather than listing each 
portfolio separately.
    (2) For each individual listed in column (1) of the table required 
by paragraph (b)(1) of this Item, except for any director or nominee for 
election as director who is not or would not be an ``interested person'' 
of the Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), describe any positions, 
including as an officer, employee, director, or general partner, held 
with affiliated persons or principal underwriters of the Fund.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(2). When an individual holds the same 
position(s) with two or more registered investment companies that are 
part of the same Fund Complex, identify the Fund Complex and provide the 
number of registered investment companies for which the position(s) are 
held rather than listing each registered investment company separately.
    (3)(i) For each director or nominee for election as director, 
briefly discuss the specific experience, qualifications, attributes, or 
skills that led to the conclusion that the person should serve as a 
director for the Fund at the time that the disclosure is made in light 
of the Fund's business and structure. If material, this disclosure 
should cover more than the past five years, including information about 
the person's particular areas of expertise or other relevant 
qualifications.
    (ii) Describe briefly any arrangement or understanding between any 
director, nominee for election as director, Officer, or person chosen to 
become an Officer, and any other person(s) (naming the person(s)) 
pursuant to which he was or is to be selected as a director, nominee, or 
Officer.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(3)(ii). Do not include arrangements or 
understandings with directors or Officers acting solely in their 
capacities as such.
    (4)(i) Unless disclosed in the table required by paragraph (b)(1) of 
this Item, describe any positions, including as an officer, employee, 
director, or general partner, held by any director or nominee for 
election as director, who is not or would not be an ``interested 
person'' of the Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), or Immediate 
Family Member of the director or nominee, during the past five years, 
with:
    (A) The Fund;
    (B) An investment company, or a person that would be an investment 
company but for the exclusions provided by sections 3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3(c)(1) and 
(c)(7)), having the same investment adviser, principal underwriter, or 
Sponsoring Insurance Company as the Fund or having an investment 
adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company that 
directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common 
control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund;
    (C) An investment adviser, principal underwriter, Sponsoring 
Insurance Company, or affiliated person of the Fund; or
    (D) Any person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, 
or Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund.
    (ii) Unless disclosed in the table required by paragraph (b)(1) of 
this Item or in response to paragraph (b)(4)(i) of this Item, indicate 
any directorships held during the past five years by each director or 
nominee for election as director in any company with a class of 
securities registered pursuant to section 12 of the Exchange Act (15 
U.S.C. 78l) or subject to the requirements of section 15(d) of the 
Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78o(d)) or any company registered as an 
investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a-1 et seq.), as amended, and

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name the companies in which the directorships were held.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(4). When an individual holds the same 
position(s) with two or more portfolios that are part of the same Fund 
Complex, identify the Fund Complex and provide the number of portfolios 
for which the position(s) are held rather than listing each portfolio 
separately.
    (5) For each director or nominee for election as director, state the 
dollar range of equity securities beneficially owned by the director or 
nominee as required by the following table:
    (i) In the Fund; and
    (ii) On an aggregate basis, in any registered investment companies 
overseen or to be overseen by the director or nominee within the same 
Family of Investment Companies as the Fund.

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               (1)                        (2)                 (3)
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Name of Director or Nominee.....  Dollar Range of     Aggregate Dollar
                                   Equity Securities   Range of Equity
                                   in the Fund.        Securities in All
                                                       Funds Overseen or
                                                       to be Overseen by
                                                       Director or
                                                       Nominee in Family
                                                       of Investment
                                                       Companies
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    Instructions to paragraph (b)(5). 1. Information should be provided 
as of the most recent practicable date. Specify the valuation date by 
footnote or otherwise.
    2. Determine ``beneficial ownership'' in accordance with rule 16a-
1(a)(2) under the Exchange Act (Sec. 240.16a-1(a)(2)).
    3. If action is to be taken with respect to more than one Fund, 
disclose in column (2) the dollar range of equity securities 
beneficially owned by a director or nominee in each such Fund overseen 
or to be overseen by the director or nominee.
    4. In disclosing the dollar range of equity securities beneficially 
owned by a director or nominee in columns (2) and (3), use the following 
ranges: none, $1-$10,000, $10,001-$50,000, $50,001-$100,000, or over 
$100,000.
    (6) For each director or nominee for election as director who is not 
or would not be an ``interested person'' of the Fund within the meaning 
of section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a-2(a)(19), and his Immediate Family Members, furnish the information 
required by the following table as to each class of securities owned 
beneficially or of record in:
    (i) An investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund; or
    (ii) A person (other than a registered investment company) directly 
or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with 
an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance 
Company of the Fund:

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                (1)                            (2)                     (3)                    (4)                    (5)                    (6)
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Name of Director or Nominee........  Name of Owners and      Company...............  Title of Class.......  Value of Securities..  Percent of Class
                                      Relationships to
                                      Director or Nominee.
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    Instructions to paragraph (b)(6). 1. Information should be provided 
as of the most recent practicable date. Specify the valuation date by 
footnote or otherwise.
    2. An individual is a ``beneficial owner'' of a security if he is a 
``beneficial owner'' under either rule 13d-3 or rule 16a-1(a)(2) under 
the Exchange Act (Sec. Sec. 240.13d-3 or 240.16a-1(a)(2)).
    3. Identify the company in which the director, nominee, or Immediate 
Family Member of the director or nominee owns securities in column (3). 
When the company is a person directly or indirectly controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with an investment adviser, 
principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company, describe the 
company's relationship with the investment adviser, principal 
underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company.
    4. Provide the information required by columns (5) and (6) on an 
aggregate basis for each director (or nominee) and his Immediate Family 
Members.
    (7) Unless disclosed in response to paragraph (b)(6) of this Item, 
describe any direct or indirect interest, the value of which exceeds 
$120,000, of each director or nominee for election as director who is 
not or would not be an ``interested person'' of the Fund within the 
meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 
U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), or Immediate Family Member of the director or 
nominee, during the past five years, in:
    (i) An investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund; or
    (ii) A person (other than a registered investment company) directly 
or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with 
an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance 
Company of the Fund.
    Instructions to paragraph (b)(7). 1. A director, nominee, or 
Immediate Family Member has an interest in a company if he is a party

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to a contract, arrangement, or understanding with respect to any 
securities of, or interest in, the company.
    2. The interest of the director (or nominee) and the interests of 
his Immediate Family Members should be aggregated in determining whether 
the value exceeds $120,000.
    (8) Describe briefly any material interest, direct or indirect, of 
any director or nominee for election as director who is not or would not 
be an ``interested person'' of the Fund within the meaning of section 
2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), 
or Immediate Family Member of the director or nominee, in any 
transaction, or series of similar transactions, since the beginning of 
the last two completed fiscal years of the Fund, or in any currently 
proposed transaction, or series of similar transactions, in which the 
amount involved exceeds $120,000 and to which any of the following 
persons was or is to be a party:
    (i) The Fund;
    (ii) An Officer of the Fund;
    (iii) An investment company, or a person that would be an investment 
company but for the exclusions provided by sections 3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3(c)(1) and 
(c)(7)), having the same investment adviser, principal underwriter, or 
Sponsoring Insurance Company as the Fund or having an investment 
adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company that 
directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common 
control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund;
    (iv) An Officer of an investment company, or a person that would be 
an investment company but for the exclusions provided by sections 
3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 
80a-3(c)(1) and (c)(7)), having the same investment adviser, principal 
underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company as the Fund or having an 
investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance 
Company that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is 
under common control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, 
or Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund;
    (v) An investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund;
    (vi) An Officer of an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or 
Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund;
    (vii) A person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, 
or Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund; or
    (viii) An Officer of a person directly or indirectly controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with an investment adviser, 
principal underwriter, or Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund.
    Instructions to paragraph (b)(8). 1. Include the name of each 
director, nominee, or Immediate Family Member whose interest in any 
transaction or series of similar transactions is described and the 
nature of the circumstances by reason of which the interest is required 
to be described.
    2. State the nature of the interest, the approximate dollar amount 
involved in the transaction, and, where practicable, the approximate 
dollar amount of the interest.
    3. In computing the amount involved in the transaction or series of 
similar transactions, include all periodic payments in the case of any 
lease or other agreement providing for periodic payments.
    4. Compute the amount of the interest of any director, nominee, or 
Immediate Family Member of the director or nominee without regard to the 
amount of profit or loss involved in the transaction(s).
    5. As to any transaction involving the purchase or sale of assets, 
state the cost of the assets to the purchaser and, if acquired by the 
seller within two years prior to the transaction, the cost to the 
seller. Describe the method used in determining the purchase or sale 
price and the name of the person making the determination.
    6. If the proxy statement relates to multiple portfolios of a series 
Fund with different fiscal years, then, in determining the date that is 
the beginning of the last two completed fiscal years of the Fund, use 
the earliest date of any series covered by the proxy statement.
    7. Disclose indirect, as well as direct, material interests in 
transactions. A person who has a position or relationship with, or 
interest in, a company that engages in a transaction with one of the 
persons listed in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item 
may have an indirect interest in the transaction by reason of the 
position, relationship, or interest. The interest in the transaction, 
however, will not be deemed ``material'' within the meaning of paragraph 
(b)(8) of this Item where the interest of the director, nominee, or 
Immediate Family Member arises solely from the holding of an equity 
interest (including a limited partnership interest, but excluding a 
general partnership interest) or a creditor interest in a company that 
is a party to the transaction with one of the persons specified in 
paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item, and the 
transaction is not material to the company.
    8. The materiality of any interest is to be determined on the basis 
of the significance of the information to investors in light of all the 
circumstances of the particular case. The importance of the interest to 
the person having the interest, the relationship of the parties to the 
transaction with each other, and

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the amount involved in the transaction are among the factors to be 
considered in determining the significance of the information to 
investors.
    9. No information need be given as to any transaction where the 
interest of the director, nominee, or Immediate Family Member arises 
solely from the ownership of securities of a person specified in 
paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item and the director, 
nominee, or Immediate Family Member receives no extra or special benefit 
not shared on a pro rata basis by all holders of the class of 
securities.
    10. Transactions include loans, lines of credit, and other 
indebtedness. For indebtedness, indicate the largest aggregate amount of 
indebtedness outstanding at any time during the period, the nature of 
the indebtedness and the transaction in which it was incurred, the 
amount outstanding as of the latest practicable date, and the rate of 
interest paid or charged.
    11. No information need be given as to any routine, retail 
transaction. For example, the Fund need not disclose that a director has 
a credit card, bank or brokerage account, residential mortgage, or 
insurance policy with a person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through 
(b)(8)(viii) of this Item unless the director is accorded special 
treatment.
    (9) Describe briefly any direct or indirect relationship, in which 
the amount involved exceeds $120,000, of any director or nominee for 
election as director who is not or would not be an ``interested person'' 
of the Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), or Immediate Family Member 
of the director or nominee, that exists, or has existed at any time 
since the beginning of the last two completed fiscal years of the Fund, 
or is currently proposed, with any of the persons specified in 
paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item. Relationships 
include:
    (i) Payments for property or services to or from any person 
specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item;
    (ii) Provision of legal services to any person specified in 
paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item;
    (iii) Provision of investment banking services to any person 
specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item, 
other than as a participating underwriter in a syndicate; and
    (iv) Any consulting or other relationship that is substantially 
similar in nature and scope to the relationships listed in paragraphs 
(b)(9)(i) through (b)(9)(iii) of this Item.
    Instructions to paragraph (b)(9). 1. Include the name of each 
director, nominee, or Immediate Family Member whose relationship is 
described and the nature of the circumstances by reason of which the 
relationship is required to be described.
    2. State the nature of the relationship and the amount of business 
conducted between the director, nominee, or Immediate Family Member and 
the person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of 
this Item as a result of the relationship since the beginning of the 
last two completed fiscal years of the Fund or proposed to be done 
during the Fund's current fiscal year.
    3. In computing the amount involved in a relationship, include all 
periodic payments in the case of any agreement providing for periodic 
payments.
    4. If the proxy statement relates to multiple portfolios of a series 
Fund with different fiscal years, then, in determining the date that is 
the beginning of the last two completed fiscal years of the Fund, use 
the earliest date of any series covered by the proxy statement.
    5. Disclose indirect, as well as direct, relationships. A person who 
has a position or relationship with, or interest in, a company that has 
a relationship with one of the persons listed in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) 
through (b)(8)(viii) of this Item may have an indirect relationship by 
reason of the position, relationship, or interest.
    6. In determining whether the amount involved in a relationship 
exceeds $120,000, amounts involved in a relationship of the director (or 
nominee) should be aggregated with those of his Immediate Family 
Members.
    7. In the case of an indirect interest, identify the company with 
which a person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of 
this Item has a relationship; the name of the director, nominee, or 
Immediate Family Member affiliated with the company and the nature of 
the affiliation; and the amount of business conducted between the 
company and the person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through 
(b)(8)(viii) of this Item since the beginning of the last two completed 
fiscal years of the Fund or proposed to be done during the Fund's 
current fiscal year.
    8. In calculating payments for property and services for purposes of 
paragraph (b)(9)(i) of this Item, the following may be excluded:
    A. Payments where the transaction involves the rendering of services 
as a common contract carrier, or public utility, at rates or charges 
fixed in conformity with law or governmental authority; or
    B. Payments that arise solely from the ownership of securities of a 
person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through (b)(8)(viii) of this 
Item and no extra or special benefit not shared on a pro rata basis by 
all holders of the class of securities is received.
    9. No information need be given as to any routine, retail 
relationship. For example, the Fund need not disclose that a director 
has a

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credit card, bank or brokerage account, residential mortgage, or 
insurance policy with a person specified in paragraphs (b)(8)(i) through 
(b)(8)(viii) of this Item unless the director is accorded special 
treatment.
    (10) If an Officer of an investment adviser, principal underwriter, 
or Sponsoring Insurance Company of the Fund, or an Officer of a person 
directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with an investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company of the Fund, serves, or has served since the beginning 
of the last two completed fiscal years of the Fund, on the board of 
directors of a company where a director of the Fund or nominee for 
election as director who is not or would not be an ``interested person'' 
of the Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)), or Immediate Family Member 
of the director or nominee, is, or was since the beginning of the last 
two completed fiscal years of the Fund, an Officer, identify:
    (i) The company;
    (ii) The individual who serves or has served as a director of the 
company and the period of service as director;
    (iii)The investment adviser, principal underwriter, or Sponsoring 
Insurance Company or person controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with the investment adviser, principal underwriter, or 
Sponsoring Insurance Company where the individual named in paragraph 
(b)(10)(ii) of this Item holds or held office and the office held; and
    (iv) The director of the Fund, nominee for election as director, or 
Immediate Family Member who is or was an Officer of the company; the 
office held; and the period of holding the office.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(10). If the proxy statement relates to 
multiple portfolios of a series Fund with different fiscal years, then, 
in determining the date that is the beginning of the last two completed 
fiscal years of the Fund, use the earliest date of any series covered by 
the proxy statement.
    (11) Provide in tabular form, to the extent practicable, the 
information required by Items 401(f) and (g), 404(a), 405, and 407(h) of 
Regulation S-K (Sec. Sec. 229.401(f) and (g), 229.404(a), 229.405, and 
229.407(h) of this chapter).
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(11). Information provided under 
paragraph (b)(8) of this Item 22 is deemed to satisfy the requirements 
of Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K for information about directors, 
nominees for election as directors, and Immediate Family Members of 
directors and nominees, and need not be provided under this paragraph 
(b)(11).
    (12) Describe briefly any material pending legal proceedings, other 
than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the Fund's business, to 
which any director or nominee for director or affiliated person of such 
director or nominee is a party adverse to the Fund or any of its 
affiliated persons or has a material interest adverse to the Fund or any 
of its affiliated persons. Include the name of the court where the case 
is pending, the date instituted, the principal parties, a description of 
the factual basis alleged to underlie the proceeding, and the relief 
sought.
    (13) In the case of a Fund that is an investment company registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a), for all 
directors, and for each of the three highest-paid Officers that have 
aggregate compensation from the Fund for the most recently completed 
fiscal year in excess of $60,000 (``Compensated Persons''):
    (i) Furnish the information required by the following table for the 
last fiscal year:

                                               Compensation Table
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               (1)                        (2)                 (3)                 (4)                 (5)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Name of Person, Position........  Aggregate           Pension or          Estimated Annual    Total Compensation
                                   Compensation From   Retirement          Benefits Upon       From Fund and
                                   Fund.               Benefits Accrued    Retirement.         Complex Paid to
                                                       as Part of Fund                         Directors
                                                       Expenses.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Instructions to paragraph (b)(13)(i). 1. For column (1), indicate, 
if necessary, the capacity in which the remuneration is received. For 
Compensated Persons that are directors of the Fund, compensation is 
amounts received for service as a director.
    2. If the Fund has not completed its first full year since its 
organization, furnish the information for the current fiscal year, 
estimating future payments that would be made pursuant to an existing 
agreement or understanding. Disclose in a footnote to the Compensation 
Table the period for which the information is furnished.
    3. Include in column (2) amounts deferred at the election of the 
Compensated Person, whether pursuant to a plan established under Section 
401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 401(k)) or otherwise, for 
the fiscal year in which earned. Disclose in a footnote to the 
Compensation Table the total amount of deferred compensation (including 
interest) payable to or accrued for any Compensated Person.

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    4. Include in columns (3) and (4) all pension or retirement benefits 
proposed to be paid under any existing plan in the event of retirement 
at normal retirement date, directly or indirectly, by the Fund or any of 
its Subsidiaries, or by other companies in the Fund Complex. Omit column 
(4) where retirement benefits are not determinable.
    5. For any defined benefit or actuarial plan under which benefits 
are determined primarily by final compensation (or average final 
compensation) and years of service, provide the information required in 
column (4) in a separate table showing estimated annual benefits payable 
upon retirement (including amounts attributable to any defined benefit 
supplementary or excess pension award plans) in specified compensation 
and years of service classifications. Also provide the estimated 
credited years of service for each Compensated Person.
    6. Include in column (5) only aggregate compensation paid to a 
director for service on the board and other boards of investment 
companies in a Fund Complex specifying the number of such other 
investment companies.
    (ii) Describe briefly the material provisions of any pension, 
retirement, or other plan or any arrangement other than fee arrangements 
disclosed in paragraph (b)(13)(i) of this Item pursuant to which 
Compensated Persons are or may be compensated for any services provided, 
including amounts paid, if any, to the Compensated Person under any such 
arrangements during the most recently completed fiscal year. 
Specifically include the criteria used to determine amounts payable 
under any plan, the length of service or vesting period required by the 
plan, the retirement age or other event that gives rise to payments 
under the plan, and whether the payment of benefits is secured or funded 
by the Fund.
    (14) State whether or not the Fund has a separately designated audit 
committee established in accordance with section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(58)(A)). If the entire board of directors is acting as 
the Fund's audit committee as specified in section 3(a)(58)(B) of the 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(58)(B)), so state. If applicable, provide the 
disclosure required by Sec. 240.10A-3(d) regarding an exemption from 
the listing standards for audit committees. Identify the other standing 
committees of the Fund's board of directors, and provide the following 
information about each committee, including any separately designated 
audit committee and any nominating committee:
    (i) A concise statement of the functions of the committee;
    (ii) The members of the committee and, in the case of a nominating 
committee, whether or not the members of the committee are ``interested 
persons'' of the Fund as defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Investment 
Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)); and
    (iii) The number of committee meetings held during the last fiscal 
year.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(14): For purposes of Item 22(b)(14), 
the term ``nominating committee'' refers not only to nominating 
committees and committees performing similar functions, but also to 
groups of directors fulfilling the role of a nominating committee, 
including the entire board of directors.
    (15)(i) Provide the information (and in the format) required by 
Items 407(b)(1), (b)(2) and (f) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.407(b)(1), 
(b)(2) and (f) of this chapter); and
    (ii) Provide the following regarding the requirements for the 
director nomination process:
    (A) The information (and in the format) required by Items 407(c)(1) 
and (c)(2) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.407(c)(1) and (c)(2) of this 
chapter); and
    (B) If the Fund is a listed issuer (as defined in Sec. 240.10A-3 of 
this chapter) whose securities are listed on a national securities 
exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78f(a)) or in an automated inter-dealer quotation system of a national 
securities association registered pursuant to section 15A of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o-3(a)) that has independence requirements for nominating 
committee members, identify each director that is a member of the 
nominating committee that is not independent under the independence 
standards described in this paragraph. In determining whether the 
nominating committee members are independent, use the Fund's definition 
of independence that it uses for determining if the members of the 
nominating committee are independent in compliance with the independence 
standards applicable for the members of the nominating committee in the 
listing standards applicable to the Fund. If the Fund does not have 
independence standards for the nominating committee, use the 
independence standards for the nominating committee in the listing 
standards applicable to the Fund.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(15)(ii)(B).
    If the national securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system 
on which the Fund's securities are listed has exemptions to the 
independence requirements for nominating committee members upon which 
the Fund relied, disclose the exemption relied upon and explain the 
basis for the Fund's conclusion that such exemption is applicable.
    (16) In the case of a Fund that is a closed-end investment company:
    (i) Provide the information (and in the format) required by Item 
407(d)(1), (d)(2) and (d)(3) of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.407(d)(1), 
(d)(2) and (d)(3) of this chapter); and
    (ii) Identify each director that is a member of the Fund's audit 
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independent under the independence standards described in this 
paragraph. If the Fund does not have a separately designated audit 
committee, or committee performing similar functions, the Fund must 
provide the disclosure with respect to all members of its board of 
directors.
    (A) If the Fund is a listed issuer (as defined in Sec. 240.10A-3 of 
this chapter) whose securities are listed on a national securities 
exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 
78f(a)) or in an automated inter-dealer quotation system of a national 
securities association registered pursuant to section 15A of the Act (15 
U.S.C. 78o-3(a)) that has independence requirements for audit committee 
members, in determining whether the audit committee members are 
independent, use the Fund's definition of independence that it uses for 
determining if the members of the audit committee are independent in 
compliance with the independence standards applicable for the members of 
the audit committee in the listing standards applicable to the Fund. If 
the Fund does not have independence standards for the audit committee, 
use the independence standards for the audit committee in the listing 
standards applicable to the Fund.
    (B) If the Fund is not a listed issuer whose securities are listed 
on a national securities exchange registered pursuant to section 6(a) of 
the Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(a)) or in an automated inter-dealer quotation 
system of a national securities association registered pursuant to 
section 15A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-3(a)), in determining whether the 
audit committee members are independent, use a definition of 
independence of a national securities exchange registered pursuant to 
section 6(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78f(a)) or an automated inter-dealer 
quotation system of a national securities association registered 
pursuant to section 15A of the Act (15 U.S.C. 780-3(a)) which has 
requirements that a majority of the board of directors be independent 
and that has been approved by the Commission, and state which definition 
is used. Whatever such definition the Fund chooses, it must use the same 
definition with respect to all directors and nominees for director. If 
the national securities exchange or national securities association 
whose standards are used has independence standards for the members of 
the audit committee, use those specific standards.
    Instruction to paragraph (b)(16)(ii).
    If the national securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system 
on which the Fund's securities are listed has exemptions to the 
independence requirements for nominating committee members upon which 
the Fund relied, disclose the exemption relied upon and explain the 
basis for the Fund's conclusion that such exemption is applicable. The 
same disclosure should be provided if the Fund is not a listed issuer 
and the national securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system 
selected by the Fund has exemptions that are applicable to the Fund.
    (17) In the case of a Fund that is an investment company registered 
under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a), if a director 
has resigned or declined to stand for re-election to the board of 
directors since the date of the last annual meeting of security holders 
because of a disagreement with the registrant on any matter relating to 
the registrant's operations, policies or practices, and if the director 
has furnished the registrant with a letter describing such disagreement 
and requesting that the matter be disclosed, the registrant shall state 
the date of resignation or declination to stand for re-election and 
summarize the director's description of the disagreement. If the 
registrant believes that the description provided by the director is 
incorrect or incomplete, it may include a brief statement presenting its 
view of the disagreement.
    (c) Approval of investment advisory contract. If action is to be 
taken with respect to an investment advisory contract, include the 
following information in the proxy statement.
    Instruction. Furnish information with respect to a prospective 
investment adviser to the extent applicable (including the name and 
address of the prospective investment adviser).
    (1) With respect to the existing investment advisory contract:
    (i) State the date of the contract and the date on which it was last 
submitted to a vote of security holders of the Fund, including the 
purpose of such submission;
    (ii) Briefly describe the terms of the contract, including the rate 
of compensation of the investment adviser;
    (iii) State the aggregate amount of the investment adviser's fee and 
the amount and purpose of any other material payments by the Fund to the 
investment adviser, or any affiliated person of the investment adviser, 
during the last fiscal year of the Fund;
    (iv) If any person is acting as an investment adviser of the Fund 
other than pursuant to a written contract that has been approved by the 
security holders of the company, identify the person and describe the 
nature of the services and arrangements;
    (v) Describe any action taken with respect to the investment 
advisory contract since the beginning of the Fund's last fiscal year by 
the board of directors of the Fund (unless described in response to 
paragraph (c)(1)(vi)) of this Item 22); and
    (vi) If an investment advisory contract was terminated or not 
renewed for any reason, state the date of such termination or non-
renewal, identify the parties involved, and describe the circumstances 
of such termination or non-renewal.
    (2) State the name, address and principal occupation of the 
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and each director or general partner of the investment adviser.
    Instruction. If the investment adviser is a partnership with more 
than ten general partners, name:
    (i) The general partners with the five largest economic interests in 
the partnership, and, if different, those general partners comprising 
the management or executive committee of the partnership or exercising 
similar authority;
    (ii) The general partners with significant management 
responsibilities relating to the fund.
    (3) State the names and addresses of all Parents of the investment 
adviser and show the basis of control of the investment adviser and each 
Parent by its immediate Parent.
    Instructions. 1. If any person named is a corporation, include the 
percentage of its voting securities owned by its immediate Parent.
    2. If any person named is a partnership, name the general partners 
having the three largest partnership interests (computed by whatever 
method is appropriate in the particular case).
    (4) If the investment adviser is a corporation and if, to the 
knowledge of the persons making the solicitation or the persons on whose 
behalf the solicitation is made, any person not named in answer to 
paragraph (c)(3) of this Item 22 owns, of record or beneficially, ten 
percent or more of the outstanding voting securities of the investment 
adviser, indicate that fact and state the name and address of each such 
person.
    (5) Name each officer or director of the Fund who is an officer, 
employee, director, general partner or shareholder of the investment 
adviser. As to any officer or director who is not a director or general 
partner of the investment adviser and who owns securities or has any 
other material direct or indirect interest in the investment adviser or 
any other person controlling, controlled by or under common control with 
the investment adviser, describe the nature of such interest.
    (6) Describe briefly and state the approximate amount of, where 
practicable, any material interest, direct or indirect, of any director 
of the Fund in any material transactions since the beginning of the most 
recently completed fiscal year, or in any material proposed 
transactions, to which the investment adviser of the Fund, any Parent or 
Subsidiary of the investment adviser (other than another Fund), or any 
Subsidiary of the Parent of such entities was or is to be a party.
    Instructions. 1. Include the name of each person whose interest in 
any transaction is described and the nature of the relationship by 
reason of which such interest is required to be described. Where it is 
not practicable to state the approximate amount of the interest, 
indicate the approximate amount involved in the transaction.
    2. As to any transaction involving the purchase or sale of assets by 
or to the investment adviser, state the cost of the assets to the 
purchaser and the cost thereof to the seller if acquired by the seller 
within two years prior to the transaction.
    3. If the interest of any person arises from the position of the 
person as a partner in a partnership, the proportionate interest of such 
person in transactions to which the partnership is a party need not be 
set forth, but state the amount involved in the transaction with the 
partnership.
    4. No information need be given in response to this paragraph (c)(6) 
of Item 22 with respect to any transaction that is not related to the 
business or operations of the Fund and to which neither the Fund nor any 
of its Parents or Subsidiaries is a party.
    (7) Disclose any financial condition of the investment adviser that 
is reasonably likely to impair the financial ability of the adviser to 
fulfill its commitment to the fund under the proposed investment 
advisory contract.
    (8) Describe the nature of the action to be taken on the investment 
advisory contract and the reasons therefor, the terms of the contract to 
be acted upon, and, if the action is an amendment to, or a replacement 
of, an investment advisory contract, the material differences between 
the current and proposed contract.
    (9) If a change in the investment advisory fee is sought, state:
    (i) The aggregate amount of the investment adviser's fee during the 
last year;
    (ii) The amount that the adviser would have received had the 
proposed fee been in effect; and
    (iii) The difference between the aggregate amounts stated in 
response to paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this item (c)(9) as a percentage 
of the amount stated in response to paragraph (i) of this item (c)(9).
    (10) If the investment adviser acts as such with respect to any 
other Fund having a similar investment objective, identify and state the 
size of such other Fund and the rate of the investment adviser's 
compensation. Also indicate for any Fund identified whether the 
investment adviser has waived, reduced, or otherwise agreed to reduce 
its compensation under any applicable contract.
    Instruction. Furnish the information in response to this paragraph 
(c)(10) of Item 22 in tabular form.
    (11) Discuss in reasonable detail the material factors and the 
conclusions with respect thereto that form the basis for the 
recommendation of the board of directors that the shareholders approve 
an investment advisory contract. Include the following in the 
discussion:

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    (i) Factors relating to both the board's selection of the investment 
adviser and approval of the advisory fee and any other amounts to be 
paid by the Fund under the contract. This would include, but not be 
limited to, a discussion of the nature, extent, and quality of the 
services to be provided by the investment adviser; the investment 
performance of the Fund and the investment adviser; the costs of the 
services to be provided and profits to be realized by the investment 
adviser and its affiliates from the relationship with the Fund; the 
extent to which economies of scale would be realized as the Fund grows; 
and whether fee levels reflect these economies of scale for the benefit 
of Fund investors. Also indicate in the discussion whether the board 
relied upon comparisons of the services to be rendered and the amounts 
to be paid under the contract with those under other investment advisory 
contracts, such as contracts of the same and other investment advisers 
with other registered investment companies or other types of clients 
(e.g., pension funds and other institutional investors). If the board 
relied upon such comparisons, describe the comparisons that were relied 
on and how they assisted the board in determining to recommend that the 
shareholders approve the advisory contract; and
    (ii) If applicable, any benefits derived or to be derived by the 
investment adviser from the relationship with the Fund such as soft 
dollar arrangements by which brokers provide research to the Fund or its 
investment adviser in return for allocating Fund brokerage.
    Instructions. 1. Conclusory statements or a list of factors will not 
be considered sufficient disclosure. Relate the factors to the specific 
circumstances of the Fund and the investment advisory contract for which 
approval is sought and state how the board evaluated each factor. For 
example, it is not sufficient to state that the board considered the 
amount of the investment advisory fee without stating what the board 
concluded about the amount of the fee and how that affected its 
determination to recommend approval of the contract.
    2. If any factor enumerated in paragraph (c)(11)(i) of this Item 22 
is not relevant to the board's evaluation of the investment advisory 
contract for which approval is sought, note this and explain the reasons 
why that factor is not relevant.
    (12) Describe any arrangement or understanding made in connection 
with the proposed investment advisory contract with respect to the 
composition of the board of directors of the Fund or the investment 
adviser or with respect to the selection or appointment of any person to 
any office with either such company.
    (13) For the most recently completed fiscal year, state:
    (i) The aggregate amount of commissions paid to any Affiliated 
Broker; and
    (ii) The percentage of the Fund's aggregate brokerage commissions 
paid to any such Affiliated Broker.
    Instruction. Identify each Affiliated Broker and the relationships 
that cause the broker to be an Affiliated Broker.
    (14) Disclose the amount of any fees paid by the Fund to the 
investment adviser, its affiliated persons or any affiliated person of 
such person during the most recent fiscal year for services provided to 
the Fund (other than under the investment advisory contract or for 
brokerage commissions). State whether these services will continue to be 
provided after the investment advisory contract is approved.
    (d) Approval of distribution plan. If action is to be taken with 
respect to a Distribution Plan, include the following information in the 
proxy statement.
    Instruction. Furnish information on a prospective basis to the 
extent applicable.
    (1) Describe the nature of the action to be taken on the 
Distribution Plan and the reason therefor, the terms of the Distribution 
Plan to be acted upon, and, if the action is an amendment to, or a 
replacement of, a Distribution Plan, the material differences between 
the current and proposed Distribution Plan.
    (2) If the Fund has a Distribution Plan in effect:
    (i) Provide the date that the Distribution Plan was adopted and the 
date of the last amendment, if any;
    (ii) Disclose the persons to whom payments may be made under the 
Distribution Plan, the rate of the distribution fee and the purposes for 
which such fee may be used;
    (iii) Disclose the amount of distribution fees paid by the Fund 
pursuant to the plan during its most recent fiscal year, both in the 
aggregate and as a percentage of the Fund's average net assets during 
the period;
    (iv) Disclose the name of, and the amount of any payments made under 
the Distribution Plan by the Fund during its most recent fiscal year to, 
any person who is an affiliated person of the Fund, its investment 
adviser, principal underwriter, or Administrator, an affiliated person 
of such person, or a person that during the most recent fiscal year 
received 10% or more of the aggregate amount paid under the Distribution 
Plan by the Fund;
    (v) Describe any action taken with respect to the Distribution Plan 
since the beginning of the Fund's most recent fiscal year by the board 
of directors of the Fund; and
    (vi) If a Distribution Plan was or is to be terminated or not 
renewed for any reason, state the date or prospective date of such 
termination or non-renewal, identify the

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parties involved, and describe the circumstances of such termination or 
non-renewal.
    (3) Describe briefly and state the approximate amount of, where 
practicable, any material interest, direct or indirect, of any director 
or nominee for election as a director of the Fund in any material 
transactions since the beginning of the most recently completed fiscal 
year, or in any material proposed transactions, to which any person 
identified in response to Item 22(d)(2)(iv) was or is to be a party.
    Instructions. 1. Include the name of each person whose interest in 
any transaction is described and the nature of the relationship by 
reason of which such interest is required to be described. Where it is 
not practicable to state the approximate amount of the interest, 
indicate the approximate amount involved in the transaction.
    2. As to any transaction involving the purchase or sale of assets, 
state the cost of the assets to the purchaser and the cost thereof to 
the seller if acquired by the seller within two years prior to the 
transaction.
    3. If the interest of any person arises from the position of the 
person as a partner in a partnership, the proportionate interest of such 
person in transactions to which the partnership is a party need not be 
set forth but state the amount involved in the transaction with the 
partnership.
    4. No information need be given in response to this paragraph (d)(3) 
of Item 22 with respect to any transaction that is not related to the 
business or operations of the Fund and to which neither the Fund nor any 
of its Parents or Subsidiaries is a party.
    (4) Discuss in reasonable detail the material factors and the 
conclusions with respect thereto which form the basis for the conclusion 
of the board of directors that there is a reasonable likelihood that the 
proposed Distribution Plan (or amendment thereto) will benefit the Fund 
and its shareholders.
    Instruction. Conclusory statements or a list of factors will not be 
considered sufficient disclosure.
    Item 23. Delivery of documents to security holders sharing an 
address. If one annual report to security holders, proxy statement, or 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials is being delivered to 
two or more security holders who share an address in accordance with 
Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1), furnish the following information:
    (a) State that only one annual report to security holders, proxy 
statement, or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as 
applicable, is being delivered to multiple security holders sharing an 
address unless the registrant has received contrary instructions from 
one or more of the security holders;
    (b) Undertake to deliver promptly upon written or oral request a 
separate copy of the annual report to security holders, proxy statement, 
or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as applicable, to 
a security holder at a shared address to which a single copy of the 
documents was delivered and provide instructions as to how a security 
holder can notify the registrant that the security holder wishes to 
receive a separate copy of an annual report to security holders, proxy 
statement, or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as 
applicable;
    (c) Provide the phone number and mailing address to which a security 
holder can direct a notification to the registrant that the security 
holder wishes to receive a separate annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement, or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, 
as applicable, in the future; and
    (d) Provide instructions how security holders sharing an address can 
request delivery of a single copy of annual reports to security holders, 
proxy statements, or Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials 
if they are receiving multiple copies of annual reports to security 
holders, proxy statements, or Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials.

[51 FR 42063, Nov. 20, 1986; 51 FR 45576, Dec. 19, 1986]

    Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec. 
240.14a-101, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the 
Finding Aids section of the printed volume and on GPO Access.



Sec. 240.14a-102  [Reserved]



Sec. 240.14a-103  Notice of Exempt Solicitation. Information to be included 
in statements submitted by or on behalf of a person pursuant to 

Sec. 240.14a-6(g).

      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Washington, DC 20549

                      Notice of Exempt Solicitation

1. Name of the Registrant:
________________________________________________________________________
2. Name of person relying on exemption:
________________________________________________________________________
3. Address of person relying on exemption:
________________________________________________________________________
4. Written materials. Attach written material required to be submitted 
          pursuant to Rule 14a-6(g)(1) [Sec. 240.14a-6(g)(1)].

[57 FR 48294, Oct. 22, 1992]

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Sec. 240.14a-104  Notice of Exempt Preliminary Roll-up Communication. 
Information regarding ownership interests and any potential conflicts 

of interest to be included in statements submitted by or on behalf of 
a person pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-2(b)(4) and Sec. 240.14a-6(n).

 United States Securities and Exchange Commission Washington, D.C. 20549

           Notice of Exempt Preliminary Roll-Up Communication

1. Name of registrant appearing on Securities Act of 1933 registration 
          statement for the roll-up transaction (or, if registration 
          statement has not been filed, name of entity into which 
          partnerships are to be rolled up):
________________________________________________________________________
2. Name of partnership that is the subject of the proposed roll-up 
          transaction:
________________________________________________________________________
3. Name of person relying on exemption:
________________________________________________________________________
4. Address of person relying on exemption:
________________________________________________________________________
5. Ownership interest of security holder in partnership that is the 
          subject of the proposed roll-up transaction:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
    Note: To the extent that the holder owns securities in any other 
entities involved in this roll-up transaction, disclosure of these 
interests also should be made.
6. Describe any and all relations of the holder to the parties to the 
          transaction or to the transaction itself:
a. The holder is engaged in the business of buying and selling limited 
          partnership interests in the secondary market would be 
          adversely affected if the roll-up transaction were completed.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
b. The holder would suffer direct (or indirect) material financial 
          injury if the roll-up transaction were completed since it is a 
          service provider to an affected limited partnership.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
c. The holder is engaged in another transaction that may be competitive 
          with the pending roll-up transaction.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
d. Any other relations to the parties involved in the transaction or to 
          the transaction itself, or any benefits enjoyed by the holder 
          not shared on a pro rata basis by all other holders of the 
          same class of securities of the partnership that is the 
          subject of the proposed roll-up transaction.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

[59 FR 63685, Dec. 8, 1994]



Sec. 240.14b-1  Obligation of registered brokers and dealers in 
connection with the prompt forwarding of certain communications to 

beneficial owners.

    (a) Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms 
used in this section shall have the same meanings as in the Act and, 
with respect to proxy soliciting material, as in Sec. 240.14a-1 
thereunder and, with respect to information statements, as in Sec. 
240.14c-1 thereunder. In addition, as used in this section, the term 
``registrant'' means:
    (1) The issuer of a class of securities registered pursuant to 
section 12 of the Act; or
    (2) An investment company registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940.
    (b) Dissemination and beneficial owner information requirements. A 
broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act shall comply 
with the following requirements for disseminating certain communications 
to beneficial owners and providing beneficial owner information to 
registrants.
    (1) The broker or dealer shall respond, by first class mail or other 
equally prompt means, directly to the registrant no later than seven 
business days after the date it receives an inquiry made in accordance 
with Sec. 240.14a-13(a) or Sec. 240.14c-7(a) by indicting, by means of 
a search card or otherwise:
    (i) The approximate number of customers of the broker or dealer who 
are beneficial owners of the registrant's securities that are held of 
record by the broker, dealer, or its nominee;
    (ii) The number of customers of the broker or dealer who are 
beneficial owners of the registrant's securities who have objected to 
disclosure of their names, addresses,and securities positions if the 
registrant has indicated, pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(a)(1)(ii)(A) or 
Sec. 240.14c-7(a)(1)(ii)(A),

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that it will distribute the annual report to security holders to 
beneficial owners of its securities whose names, addresses and 
securities positions are disclosed pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this 
section; and
    (iii) The identity of the designated agent of the broker or dealer, 
if any, acting on its behalf in fulfilling its obligations under 
paragraph (b)(3) of this section; Provided, however, that if the broker 
or dealer has informed the registrant that a designated office(s) or 
department(s) is to receive such inquiries, receipt for purposes of 
paragraph (b)(1) of this section shall mean receipt by such designated 
office(s) or department(s).
    (2) The broker or dealer shall, upon receipt of the proxy, other 
proxy soliciting material, information statement, and/or annual report 
to security holders from the registrant or other soliciting person, 
forward such materials to its customers who are beneficial owners of the 
registrant's securities no later than five business days after receipt 
of the proxy material, information statement or annual report to 
security holders.
    Note to Paragraph (b)(2): At the request of a registrant, or on its 
own initiative so long as the registrant does not object, a broker or 
dealer may, but is not required to, deliver one annual report to 
security holders, proxy statement, information statement, or Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to more than one beneficial 
owner sharing an address if the requirements set forth in Sec. 240.14a-
3(e)(1) (with respect to annual reports to security holders, proxy 
statements, and Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials) and 
Sec. 240.14c-3(c) (with respect to annual reports to security holders, 
information statements, and Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials) applicable to registrants, with the exception of Sec. 
240.14a-3(e)(1)(i)(E), are satisfied instead by the broker or dealer.

    (3) The broker or dealer shall, through its agent or directly:
    (i) Provide the registrant, upon the registrant's request, with the 
names, addresses, and securities positions, compiled as of a date 
specified in the registrant's request which is no earlier than five 
business days after the date the registrant's request is received, of 
its customers who are beneficial owners of the registrant's securities 
and who have not objected to disclosure of such information; Provided , 
however, that if the broker or dealer has informed the registrant that a 
designated office(s) or department(s) is to receive such requests, 
receipt shall mean receipt by such designated office(s) or 
department(s); and
    (ii) Transmit the data specified in paragraph (b)(3)(i) of this 
section to the registrant no later than five business days after the 
record date or other date specified by the registrant.

    Note 1: Where a broker or dealer employs a designated agent to act 
on its behalf in performing the obligations imposed on the broker or 
dealer by paragraph (b)(3) of this section, the five business day time 
period for determining the date as of which the beneficial owner 
information is to be compiled is calculated from the date the designated 
agent receives the registrant's request. In complying with the 
registrant's request for beneficial owner information under paragraph 
(b)(3) of this section, a broker or dealer need only supply the 
registrant with the names, addresses, and securities positions of non-
objecting beneficial owners.
    Note 2: If a broker or dealer receives a registrant's request less 
than five business days before the requested compilation date, it must 
provide a list compiled as of a date that is no more than five business 
days after receipt and transmit the list within five business days after 
the compilation date.

    (c) Exceptions to dissemination and beneficial owner information 
requirements. A broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act 
shall be subject to the following with respect to its dissemination and 
beneficial owner information requirements.
    (1) With regard to beneficial owners of exempt employee benefit plan 
securities, the broker or dealer shall:
    (i) Not include information in its response pursuant to paragraph 
(b)(1) of this section or forward proxies (or in lieu thereof requests 
for voting instructions), proxy soliciting material, information 
statements, or annual reports to security holders pursuant to paragraph 
(b)(2) of this section to such beneficial owners; and
    (ii) Not include in its response, pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of 
this section, data concerning such beneficial owners.
    (2) A broker or dealer need not satisfy:
    (i) Its obligations under paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3) and (d) of this 
section if

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the registrant or other soliciting person, as applicable, does not 
provide assurance of reimbursement of the broker's or dealer's 
reasonable expenses, both direct and indirect, incurred in connection 
with performing the obligations imposed by paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3) and 
(d) of this section; or
    (ii) Its obligation under paragraph (b)(2) of this section to 
forward annual reports to security holders to non-objecting beneficial 
owners identified by the broker or dealer, through its agent or 
directly, pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this section if the registrant 
notifies the broker or dealer pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(c) or Sec. 
240.14c-7(c) that the registrant will send the annual report to security 
holders to such non-objecting beneficial owners identified by the broker 
or dealer and delivered in a list to the registrant pursuant to 
paragraph (b)(3) of this section.
    (3) In its response pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of this section, a 
broker or dealer shall not include information about annual reports to 
security holders, proxy statements or information statements that will 
not be delivered to security holders sharing an address because of the 
broker or dealer's reliance on the procedures referred to in the Note to 
paragraph (b)(2) of this section.
    (d) Upon receipt from the soliciting person of all of the 
information listed in Sec. 240.14a-16(d), the broker or dealer shall:
    (1) Prepare and send a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials containing the information required in paragraph (e) of this 
section to beneficial owners no later than:
    (i) With respect to a registrant, 40 calendar days prior to the 
security holder meeting date or, if no meeting is to be held, 40 
calendar days prior to the date the votes, consents, or authorizations 
may be used to effect the corporate action; and
    (ii) With respect to a soliciting person other than the registrant, 
the later of:
    (A) 40 calendar days prior to the security holder meeting date or, 
if no meeting is to be held, 40 calendar days prior to the date the 
votes, consents, or authorizations may be used to effect the corporate 
action; or
    (B) 10 calendar days after the date that the registrant first sends 
its proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials to security holders.
    (2) Establish a Web site at which beneficial owners are able to 
access the broker or dealer's request for voting instructions and, at 
the broker or dealer's option, establish a Web site at which beneficial 
owners are able to access the proxy statement and other soliciting 
materials, provided that such Web sites are maintained in a manner 
consistent with paragraphs (b), (c), and (k) of Sec. 240.14a-16;
    (3) Upon receipt of a request from the registrant or other 
soliciting person, send to security holders specified by the registrant 
or other soliciting person a copy of the request for voting instructions 
accompanied by a copy of the intermediary's Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials 10 calendar days or more after the 
broker or dealer sends its Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials pursuant to paragraph (d)(1); and
    (4) Upon receipt of a request for a copy of the materials from a 
beneficial owner:
    (i) Request a copy of the soliciting materials from the registrant 
or other soliciting person, in the form requested by the beneficial 
owner, within three business days after receiving the beneficial owner's 
request;
    (ii) Forward a copy of the soliciting materials to the beneficial 
owner, in the form requested by the beneficial owner, within three 
business days after receiving the materials from the registrant or other 
soliciting person; and
    (iii) Maintain records of security holder requests to receive a 
paper or e-mail copy of the proxy materials in connection with future 
proxy solicitations and provide copies of the proxy materials to a 
security holder who has made such a request for all securities held in 
the account of that security holder until the security holder revokes 
such request.
    (5) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this paragraph (d), if 
the broker or dealer receives copies of the proxy statement and annual 
report to security holders (if applicable) from the soliciting person 
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to forward such materials to beneficial owners, the broker or dealer:
    (i) Shall either:
    (A) Prepare a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and 
forward it with the proxy statement and annual report to security 
holders (if applicable); or
    (B) Incorporate any information required in the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials that does not appear in the proxy 
statement into the broker or dealer's request for voting instructions to 
be sent with the proxy statement and annual report (if applicable);
    (ii) Need not comply with the following provisions:
    (A) The timing provisions of paragraph (d)(1)(ii) of this section; 
and
    (B) Paragraph (d)(4) of this section; and
    (iii) Need not include in its Notice of Internet Availability of 
Proxy Materials or request for voting instructions the following 
disclosures:
    (A) Legends 1 and 3 in Sec. 240.14a-16(d)(1); and
    (B) Instructions on how to request a copy of the proxy materials.
    (e) Content of Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. 
The broker or dealer's Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials shall:
    (1) Include all information, as it relates to beneficial owners, 
required in a registrant's Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials under Sec. 240.14a-16(d), provided that the broker or dealer 
shall provide its own, or its agent's, toll-free telephone number, an e-
mail address, and an Internet Web site to service requests for copies 
from beneficial owners;
    (2) Include a brief description, if applicable, of the rules that 
permit the broker or dealer to vote the securities if the beneficial 
owner does not return his or her voting instructions; and
    (3) Otherwise be prepared and sent in a manner consistent with 
paragraphs (e), (f), and (g) of Sec. 240.14a-16.

[57 FR 1099, Jan. 10, 1992, as amended at 65 FR 65751, Nov. 2, 2000; 72 
FR 4170, Jan. 29, 2007; 72 FR 42238, Aug. 1, 2007; 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 
2008]



Sec. 240.14b-2  Obligation of banks, associations and other entities 
that exercise fiduciary powers in connection with the prompt 

forwarding of certain communications to beneficial owners.

    (a) Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms 
used in this section shall have the same meanings as in the Act and, 
with respect to proxy soliciting material, as in Sec. 240.14a-1 
thereunder and, with respect to information statements, as in Sec. 
240.14c-1 thereunder. In addition, as used in this section, the 
following terms shall apply:
    (1) The term bank means a bank, association, or other entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers.
    (2) The term beneficial owner includes any person who has or shares, 
pursuant to an instrument, agreement, or otherwise, the power to vote, 
or to direct the voting of a security.

    Note 1: If more than one person shares voting power, the provisions 
of the instrument creating that voting power shall govern with respect 
to whether consent to disclosure of beneficial owner information has 
been given.
    Note 2: If more than one person shares voting power or if the 
instrument creating that voting power provides that such power shall be 
exercised by different persons depending on the nature of the corporate 
action involved, all persons entitled to exercise such power shall be 
deemed beneficial owners; Provided, however, that only one such 
beneficial owner need be designated among the beneficial owners to 
receive proxies or requests for voting instructions, other proxy 
soliciting material, information statements, and/or annual reports to 
security holders, if the person so designated assumes the obligation to 
disseminate, in a timely manner, such materials to the other beneficial 
owners.

    (3) The term registrant means:
    (i) The issuer of a class of securities registered pursuant to 
section 12 of the Act; or
    (ii) An investment company registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940.
    (b) Dissemination and beneficial owner information requirements. A 
bank shall comply with the following requirements for disseminating 
certain communications to beneficial owners and providing beneficial 
owner information to registrants.
    (1) The bank shall:

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    (i) Respond, by first class mail or other equally prompt means, 
directly to the registrant, no later than one business day after the 
date it receives an inquiry made in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-13(a) 
or Sec. 240.14c-7(a) by indicating the name and address of each of its 
respondent banks that holds the registrant's securities on behalf of 
beneficial owners, if any; and
    (ii) Respond, by first class mail or other equally prompt means, 
directly to the registrant no later than seven business days after the 
date it receives an inquiry made in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-13(a) 
or Sec. 240.14c-7(a) by indicating, by means of a search card or 
otherwise:
    (A) The approximate number of customers of the bank who are 
beneficial owners of the registrant's securities that are held of record 
by the bank or its nominee;
    (B) If the registrant has indicated, pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-
13(a)(1)(ii)(A) or Sec. 240.14c-7(a)(1)(ii)(A), that it will distribute 
the annual report to security holders to beneficial owners of its 
securities whose names, addresses, and securities positions are 
disclosed pursuant to paragraphs (b)(4) (ii) and (iii) of this section:
    (1) With respect to customer accounts opened on or before December 
28, 1986, the number of beneficial owners of the registrant's securities 
who have affirmatively consented to disclosure of their names, 
addresses, and securities positions; and
    (2) With respect to customer accounts opened after December 28, 
1986, the number of beneficial owners of the registrant's securities who 
have not objected to disclosure of their names, addresses, and 
securities positions; and
    (C) The identity of its designated agent, if any, acting on its 
behalf in fulfilling its obligations under paragraphs (b)(4) (ii) and 
(iii) of this section;

Provided, however, that, if the bank or respondent bank has informed the 
registrant that a designated office(s) or department(s) is to receive 
such inquiries, receipt for purposes of paragraphs (b)(1) (i) and (ii) 
of this section shall mean receipt by such designated office(s) or 
department(s).
    (2) Where proxies are solicited, the bank shall, within five 
business days after the record date:
    (i) Execute an omnibus proxy, including a power of substitution, in 
favor of its respondent banks and forward such proxy to the registrant; 
and
    (ii) Furnish a notice to each respondent bank in whose favor an 
omnibus proxy has been executed that it has executed such a proxy, 
including a power of substitution, in its favor pursuant to paragraph 
(b)(2)(i) of this section.
    (3) Upon receipt of the proxy, other proxy soliciting material, 
information statement, and/or annual report to security holders from the 
registrant or other soliciting person, the bank shall forward such 
materials to each beneficial owner on whose behalf it holds securities, 
no later than five business days after the date it receives such 
material and, where a proxy is solicited, the bank shall forward, with 
the other proxy soliciting material and/or the annual report to security 
holders, either:
    (i) A properly executed proxy:
    (A) Indicating the number of securities held for such beneficial 
owner;
    (B) Bearing the beneficial owner's account number or other form of 
identification, together with instructions as to the procedures to vote 
the securities;
    (C) Briefly stating which other proxies, if any, are required to 
permit securities to be voted under the terms of the instrument creating 
that voting power or applicable state law; and
    (D) Being accompanied by an envelope addressed to the registrant or 
its agent, if not provided by the registrant; or
    (ii) A request for voting instructions (for which registrant's form 
of proxy may be used and which shall be voted by the record holder bank 
or respondent bank in accordance with the instructions received), 
together with an envelope addressed to the record holder bank or 
respondent bank.

    Note to paragraph (b)(3): At the request of a registrant, or on its 
own initiative so long as the registrant does not object, a bank may, 
but is not required to, deliver one annual report to security holders, 
proxy statement, information statement, or Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials to more than one beneficial owner 
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Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1) (with respect to annual reports to security 
holders, proxy statements, and Notices of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials) and Sec. 240.14c-3(c) (with respect to annual reports to 
security holders, information statements, and Notices of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials) applicable to registrants, with the 
exception of Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1)(i)(E), are satisfied instead by the 
bank.

    (4) The bank shall:
    (i) Respond, by first class mail or other equally prompt means, 
directly to the registrant no later than one business day after the date 
it receives an inquiry made in accordance with Sec. 240.14a-13(b)(1) or 
Sec. 240.14c-7(b)(1) by indicating the name and address of each of its 
respondent banks that holds the registrant's securities on behalf of 
beneficial owners, if any;
    (ii) Through its agent or directly, provide the registrant, upon the 
registrant's request, and within the time specified in paragraph 
(b)(4)(iii) of this section, with the names, addresses, and securities 
position, compiled as of a date specified in the registrant's request 
which is no earlier than five business days after the date the 
registrant's request is received, of:
    (A) With respect to customer accounts opened on or before December 
28, 1986, beneficial owners of the registrant's securities on whose 
behalf it holds securities who have consented affirmatively to 
disclosure of such information, subject to paragraph (b)(5) of this 
section; and
    (B) With respect to customer accounts opened after December 28, 
1986, beneficial owners of the registrant's securities on whose behalf 
it holds securities who have not objected to disclosure of such 
information;

Provided, however, that if the record holder bank or respondent bank has 
informed the registrant that a designated office(s) or department(s) is 
to receive such requests, receipt for purposes of paragraphs (b)(4) (i) 
and (ii) of this section shall mean receipt by such designated office(s) 
or department(s); and
    (iii) Through its agent or directly, transmit the data specified in 
paragraph (b)(4)(ii) of this section to the registrant no later than 
five business days after the date specified by the registrant.

    Note 1: Where a record holder bank or respondent bank employs a 
designated agent to act on its behalf in performing the obligations 
imposed on it by paragraphs (b)(4) (ii) and (iii) of this section, the 
five business day time period for determining the date as of which the 
beneficial owner information is to be compiled is calculated from the 
date the designated agent receives the registrant's request. In 
complying with the registrant's request for beneficial owner information 
under paragraphs (b)(4) (ii) and (iii) of this section, a record holder 
bank or respondent bank need only supply the registrant with the names, 
addresses and securities positions of affirmatively consenting and non-
objecting beneficial owners.
    Note 2: If a record holder bank or respondent bank receives a 
registrant's request less than five business days before the requested 
compilation date, it must provide a list compiled as of a date that is 
no more than five business days after receipt and transmit the list 
within five business days after the compilation date.

    (5) For customer accounts opened on or before December 28, 1986, 
unless the bank has made a good faith effort to obtain affirmative 
consent to disclosure of beneficial owner information pursuant to 
paragraph (b)(4)(ii) of this section, the bank shall provide such 
information as to beneficial owners who do not object to disclosure of 
such information. A good faith effort to obtain affirmative consent to 
disclosure of beneficial owner information shall include, but shall not 
be limited to, making an inquiry:
    (i) Phrased in neutral language, explaining the purpose of the 
disclosure and the limitations on the registrant's use thereof;
    (ii) Either in at least one mailing separate from other account 
mailings or in repeated mailings; and
    (iii) In a mailing that includes a return card, postage paid 
enclosure.
    (c) Exceptions to dissemination and beneficial owner information 
requirements. The bank shall be subject to the following respect to its 
dissemination and beneficial owner requirements.
    (1) With regard to beneficial owners of exempt employee benefit plan 
securities, the bank shall not:
    (i) Include information in its response pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) 
of this section; or forward proxies (or in lieu thereof requests for 
voting instructions), proxy soliciting material, information statements, 
or annual reports

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to security holders pursuant to paragraph (b)(3) of this section to such 
beneficial owners; or
    (ii) Include in its response pursuant to paragraphs (b)(4) and 
(b)(5) of this section data concerning such beneficial owners.
    (2) The bank need not satisfy:
    (i) Its obligations under paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3), (b)(4) and (d) 
of this section if the registrant or other soliciting person, as 
applicable, does not provide assurance of reimbursement of its 
reasonable expenses, both direct and indirect, incurred in connection 
with performing the obligations imposed by paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3), 
(b)(4) and (d) of this section; or
    (ii) Its obligation under paragraph (b)(3) of this section to 
forward annual reports to security holders to consenting and non-
objecting beneficial owners identified pursuant to paragraphs (b)(4) 
(ii) and (iii) of this section if the registrant notifies the record 
holder bank or respondent bank, pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(c) or Sec. 
240.14c-7(c), that the registrant will send the annual report to 
security holders to beneficial owners whose names addresses and 
securities positions are disclosed pursuant to paragraphs (b)(4) (ii) 
and (iii) of this section.
    (3) For the purposes of determining the fees which may be charged to 
registrants pursuant to Sec. 240.14a-13(b)(5), Sec. 240.14c-7(a)(5), 
and paragraph (c)(2) of this section for performing obligations under 
paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3), and (b)(4) of this section, an amount no 
greater than that permitted to be charged by brokers or dealers for 
reimbursement of their reasonable expenses, both direct and indirect, 
incurred in connection with performing the obligations imposed by 
paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) of Sec. 240.14b-1, shall be deemed to be 
reasonable.
    (4) In its response pursuant to paragraph (b)(1)(ii)(A) of this 
section, a bank shall not include information about annual reports to 
security holders, proxy statements or information statements that will 
not be delivered to security holders sharing an address because of the 
bank's reliance on the procedures referred to in the Note to paragraph 
(b)(3) of this section.
    (d) Upon receipt from the soliciting person of all of the 
information listed in Sec. 240.14a-16(d), the bank shall:
    (1) Prepare and send a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials containing the information required in paragraph (e) of this 
section to beneficial owners no later than:
    (i) With respect to a registrant, 40 calendar days prior to the 
security holder meeting date or, if no meeting is to be held, 40 
calendar days prior to the date the votes, consents, or authorizations 
may be used to effect the corporate action; and
    (ii) With respect to a soliciting person other than the registrant, 
the later of:
    (A) 40 calendar days prior to the security holder meeting date or, 
if no meeting is to be held, 40 calendar days prior to the date the 
votes, consents, or authorizations may be used to effect the corporate 
action; or
    (B) 10 calendar days after the date that the registrant first sends 
its proxy statement or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials to security holders.
    (2) Establish a Web site at which beneficial owners are able to 
access the bank's request for voting instructions and, at the bank's 
option, establish a Web site at which beneficial owners are able to 
access the proxy statement and other soliciting materials, provided that 
such Web sites are maintained in a manner consistent with paragraphs 
(b), (c), and (k) of Sec. 240.14a-16;
    (3) Upon receipt of a request from the registrant or other 
soliciting person, send to security holders specified by the registrant 
or other soliciting person a copy of the request for voting instructions 
accompanied by a copy of the intermediary's Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials 10 days or more after the bank sends its 
Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials pursuant to paragraph 
(d)(1); and
    (4) Upon receipt of a request for a copy of the materials from a 
beneficial owner:
    (i) Request a copy of the soliciting materials from the registrant 
or other soliciting person, in the form requested by the beneficial 
owner, within three business days after receiving the beneficial owner's 
request;

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    (ii) Forward a copy of the soliciting materials to the beneficial 
owner, in the form requested by the beneficial owner, within three 
business days after receiving the materials from the registrant or other 
soliciting person; and
    (iii) Maintain records of security holder requests to receive a 
paper or e-mail copy of the proxy materials in connection with future 
proxy solicitations and provide copies of the proxy materials to a 
security holder who has made such a request for all securities held in 
the account of that security holder until the security holder revokes 
such request.
    (5) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this paragraph (d), if 
the bank receives copies of the proxy statement and annual report to 
security holders (if applicable) from the soliciting person with 
instructions to forward such materials to beneficial owners, the bank:
    (i) Shall either:
    (A) Prepare a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and 
forward it with the proxy statement and annual report to security 
holders (if applicable); or
    (B) Incorporate any information required in the Notice of Internet 
Availability of Proxy Materials that does not appear in the proxy 
statement into the bank's request for voting instructions to be sent 
with the proxy statement and annual report (if applicable);
    (ii) Need not comply with the following provisions:
    (A) The timing provisions of paragraph (d)(1)(ii) of this section; 
and
    (B) Paragraph (d)(4) of this section; and
    (iii) Need not include in its Notice of Internet Availability of 
Proxy Materials or request for voting instructions the following 
disclosures:
    (A) Legends 1 and 3 in Sec. 240.14a-16(d)(1); and
    (B) Instructions on how to request a copy of the proxy materials.
    (e) Content of Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. 
The bank's Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials shall:
    (1) Include all information, as it relates to beneficial owners, 
required in a registrant's Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy 
Materials under Sec. 240.14a-16(d), provided that the bank shall 
provide its own, or its agent's, toll-free telephone number, e-mail 
address, and Internet Web site to service requests for copies from 
beneficial owners; and
    (2) Otherwise be prepared and sent in a manner consistent with 
paragraphs (e), (f), and (g) of Sec. 240.14a-16.

[57 FR 1100, Jan. 10, 1992, as amended at 65 FR 65751, Nov. 2, 2000; 72 
FR 4171, Jan. 29, 2007; 72 FR 42239, Aug. 1, 2007; 73 FR 17814, Apr. 1, 
2008]

  Regulation 14C: Distribution of Information Pursuant to Section 14(c)

                       ATTENTION ELECTRONIC FILERS

THIS REGULATION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH REGULATION S-T (PART 
232 OF THIS CHAPTER), WHICH GOVERNS THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF 
DOCUMENTS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. MANY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 
PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS IN PAPER FORMAT CONTAINED IN 
THIS REGULATION ARE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION S-T FOR 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE FILED IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.



Sec. 240.14c-1  Definitions.

    Unless the context otherwise requires, all terms used in this 
regulation have the same meanings as in the Act or elsewhere in the 
general rules and regulations thereunder. In addition, the following 
definitions apply unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) Associate. The term ``associate,'' used to indicate a 
relationship with any person, means:
    (1) Any corporation or organization (other than the registrant or a 
majority owned subsidiary of the registrant) of which such person is an 
officer or partner or is, directly or indirectly, the beneficial owner 
of 10 percent or more of any class of equity securities;
    (2) Any trust or other estate in which such person has a substantial 
beneficial interest or as to which such person serves as trustee or in a 
similar fidiciary capacity; and
    (3) Any relative or spouse of such person, or any relative of such 
spouse, who has the same home as such person or

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who is a director or officer of the registrant or any of its parents or 
subsidiaries.
    (b) Employee benefit plan. For purposes of Sec. 240.14c-7, the term 
``employee benefit plan'' means any purchase, savings, option, bonus, 
appreciation, profit sharing, thrift, incentive, pension or similar plan 
primarily for employees, directors, trustees or officers.
    (c) Entity that exercises fiduciary powers. The term ``entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers'' means any entity that holds securities in 
nominee name or otherwise on behalf of a beneficial owner but does not 
include a clearing agency registered pursuant to section 17A of the Act, 
or a broker or a dealer.
    (d) Exempt employee benefit plan securities. For purposes of Sec. 
240.14c-7, the term ``exempt employee benefit plan securities'' means:
    (1) Securities of the registrant held by an employee benefit plan, 
as defined in paragraph (b) of this section, where such plan is 
established by the registrant; or
    (2) If notice regarding the current distribution of information 
statements has been given pursuant to Sec. 240.14c-7(a)(1)(ii)(C) or if 
notice regarding the current request for a list of names, addresses and 
securities positions of beneficial owners has been given pursuant to 
Sec. 240.14c-7(b)(3), securities of the registrant held by an employee 
benefit plan, as defined in paragraph (b) of this section, where such 
plan is established by an affiliate of the registrant.
    (e) Information statement. The term ``information statement'' means 
the statement required by Sec. 240.14c-2, whether or not contained in a 
single document.
    (f) Last fiscal year. The term ``last fiscal year'' of the 
registrant means the last fiscal year of the registrant ending prior to 
the date of the meeting with respect to which an information statement 
is required to be distributed, or if the information statement involves 
consents or authorizations in lieu of a meeting, the earliest date on 
which they may be used to effect corporate action.
    (g) Proxy. The term ``proxy'' includes every proxy, consent or 
authorization within the meaning of section 14(a) of the Act. The 
consent or authorization may take the form of failure to object or to 
dissent.
    (h) Record date. The term ``record date'' means the date as of which 
the record holders of securities entitled to vote at a meeting or by 
written consent or authorization shall be determined.
    (i) Record holder. For purposes of Sec. 240.14c-7, the term 
``record holder'' means any broker, dealer, voting trustee, bank, 
association or other entity that exercises fiduciary powers which holds 
securities of record in nominee name or otherwise or as a participant in 
a clearing agency registered pursuant to section 17A of the Act.
    (j) Registrant. The term ``registrant'' means:
    (1) The issuer of a class of securities registered pursuant to 
section 12 of the Act; or
    (2) An investment company registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940 that has made a public offering of its securities.
    (k) Respondent bank. For purposes of Sec. 240.14c-7, the term 
``respondent bank'' means any bank, association or other entity that 
exercises fiduciary powers which holds securities on behalf of 
beneficial owners and deposits such securities for safekeeping with 
another bank, association or other entity that exercises fiduciary 
powers.

[51 FR 44279, Dec. 9, 1986, as amended at 52 FR 23649, June 24, 1987; 53 
FR 16406, May 9, 1988; 57 FR 1101, Jan. 10, 1992]



Sec. 240.14c-2  Distribution of information statement.

    (a)(1) In connection with every annual or other meeting of the 
holders of the class of securities registered pursuant to section 12 of 
the Act or of a class of securities issued by an investment company 
registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 that has made a 
public offering of securities, including the taking of corporate action 
by the written authorization or consent of security holders, the 
registrant shall transmit to every security holder of the class that is 
entitled to vote or give an authorization or consent in regard to any 
matter to be acted upon and from whom proxy authorization or consent is 
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registrant pursuant to section 14(a) of the Act:
    (i) A written information statement containing the information 
specified in Schedule 14C (Sec. 240.14c-101);
    (ii) A publicly-filed information statement, in the form and manner 
described in Sec. 240.14c-3(d), containing the information specified in 
Schedule 14C (Sec. 240.14c-101); or
    (iii) A written information statement included in a registration 
statement filed under the Securities Act of 1933 on Form S-4 or F-4 
(Sec. 239.25 or Sec. 239.34 of this chapter) or Form N-14 (Sec. 
239.23 of this chapter) and containing the information specified in such 
Form.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) of this section:
    (i) In the case of a class of securities in unregistered or bearer 
form, such statements need to be transmitted only to those security 
holders whose names are known to the registrant; and
    (ii) No such statements need to be transmitted to a security holder 
if a registrant would be excused from delivery of an annual report to 
security holders or a proxy statement under Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(2) if 
such section were applicable.
    (b) The information statement shall be sent or given at least 20 
calendar days prior to the meeting date or, in the case of corporate 
action taken pursuant to the consents or authorizations of security 
holders, at least 20 calendar days prior to the earliest date on which 
the corporate action may be taken.
    (c) If a transaction is a roll-up transaction as defined in Item 
901(c) of Regulation S-K (17 CFR 229.901(c)) and is registered (or 
authorized to be registered) on Form S-4 (17 CFR 229.25) or Form F-4 (17 
CFR 229.34), the information statement must be distributed to security 
holders no later than the lesser of 60 calendar days prior to the date 
on which the meeting of security holders is held or action is taken, or 
the maximum number of days permitted for giving notice under applicable 
state law.
    (d) A registrant shall transmit an information statement to security 
holders pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section by satisfying the 
requirements set forth in Sec. 240.14a-16; provided, however, that the 
registrant shall revise the information required in the Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, including changing the title 
of that notice, to reflect the fact that the registrant is not 
soliciting proxies for the meeting.

[51 FR 42070, Nov. 20, 1986, as amended at 56 FR 57254, Nov. 8, 1991; 57 
FR 1102, Jan. 10, 1992; 57 FR 48295, Oct. 22, 1992; 72 FR 4171, Jan. 29, 
2007; 72 FR 42239, Aug. 1, 2007]



Sec. 240.14c-3  Annual report to be furnished security holders.

    (a) If the information statement relates to an annual (or special 
meeting in lieu of the annual) meeting, or written consent in lieu of 
such meeting, of security holders at which directors of the registrant, 
other than an investment company registered under the Investment Company 
Act of 1940, are to be elected, it shall be accompanied or preceded by 
an annual report to security holders:
    (1) The annual report to security holders shall contain the 
information specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(11) of Sec. 
240.14a-3.
    (2) [Reserved]
    (b) Seven copies of the report sent to security holders pursuant to 
this rule shall be mailed to the Commission, solely for its information, 
not later than the date on which such report is first sent or given to 
security holders or the date on which preliminary copies, or definitive 
copies, if preliminary filing was not required, of the information 
statement are filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 14c-5, 
whichever date is later. The report is not deemed to be ``filed'' with 
the Commission or subject to this regulation otherwise than as provided 
in this rule, or to the liabilities of section 18 of the Act, except to 
the extent that the registrant specifically requests that it be treated 
as a part of the information statement or incorporates it in the 
information statement or other filed report by reference.
    (c) A registrant will be considered to have delivered a Notice of 
Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, annual report to security 
holders or information statement to security holders of record who share 
an address if the requirements set forth in Sec. 240.14a-3(e)(1) are 
satisfied with respect to the Notice

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of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, annual report to security 
holders or information statement, as applicable.
    (d) A registrant shall furnish an annual report to security holders 
pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section by satisfying the requirements 
set forth in Sec. 240.14a-16.

[39 FR 40770, Nov. 20, 1974, as amended at 45 FR 63647, Sept. 25, 1980; 
51 FR 42071, Nov. 20, 1986; 52 FR 48984, Dec. 29, 1987; 58 FR 26519, May 
4, 1993; 59 FR 52700, Oct. 19, 1994; 59 FR 67765, Dec. 30, 1994; 64 FR 
62547, Nov. 16, 1999; 65 FR 65751, Nov. 2, 2000; 72 FR 4172, Jan. 29, 
2007; 72 FR 42239, Aug. 1, 2007; 73 FR 977, Jan. 4, 2008]



Sec. 240.14c-4  Presentation of information in information statement.

    (a) The information included in the information statement shall be 
clearly presented and the statements made shall be divided into groups 
according to subject matter and the various groups of statements shall 
be preceded by appropriate headings. The order of items and sub-items in 
the schedule need not be followed. Where practicable and appropriate, 
the information shall be presented in tabular form. All amounts shall be 
stated in figures. Information required by more than one applicable item 
need not be repeated. No statement need be made in response to any item 
or sub-item which is inapplicable.
    (b) Any information required to be included in the information 
statement as to terms of securities or other subject matters which from 
a standpoint of practical necessity must be determined in the future may 
be stated in terms of present knowledge and intention. Subject to the 
foregoing, information which is not known to the registrant and which it 
is not reasonably within the power of the registrant to ascertain or 
procure may be omitted, if a brief statement of the circumstances 
rendering such information unavailable is made.
    (c) All printed information statements shall be in roman type at 
least as large and as legible as 10-point modern type except that to the 
extent necessary for convenient presentation, financial statements and 
other tabular data, but not the notes thereto, may be in roman type at 
least as large and as legible as 8-point modern type. All such type 
shall be leaded at least 2 points.
    (d) Where an information statement is delivered through an 
electronic medium, issuers may satisfy legibility requirements 
applicable to printed documents, such as type size and font, by 
presenting all required information in a format readily communicated to 
investors.

[31 FR 262, Jan. 8, 1966, as amended at 36 FR 8935, May 15, 1971; 51 FR 
42071, Nov. 20, 1986; 61 FR 24657, May 15, 1996]



Sec. 240.14c-5  Filing requirements.

    (a) Preliminary information statement. Five preliminary copies of 
the information statement shall be filed with the Commission at least 10 
calendar days prior to the date definitive copies of such statement are 
first sent or given to security holders, or such shorter period prior to 
that date as the Commission may authorize upon a showing of good cause 
therefor. In computing the 10-day period, the filing date of the 
preliminary copies is to be counted as the first day and the 11th day is 
the date on which definitive copies of the information statement may be 
sent to security holders. A registrant, however, shall not file with the 
Commission a preliminary information statement if it relates to an 
annual (or special meeting in lieu of the annual) meeting, of security 
holders at which the only matters to be acted upon are:
    (1) The election of directors;
    (2) The election, approval or ratification of accountant(s);
    (3) A security holder proposal identified in the registrant's 
information statement pursuant to Item 4 of Schedule 14C (Sec. 240.14c-
101); and/or
    (4) The approval or ratification of a plan as defined in paragraph 
(a)(6)(ii) of Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Sec. 229.402(a)(6)(ii) of 
this chapter) or amendments to such a plan.

This exclusion from filing a preliminary information statement does not 
apply if the registrant comments upon or refers to a solicitation in 
opposition in connection with the meeting in its information statement.

    Note 1: The filing of revised material does not recommence the ten 
day time period unless the revised material contains material revisions 
or material new proposal(s) that

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constitute a fundamental change in the information statement.
    Note 2: The officials responsible for the preparation of the 
information statement should make every effort to verify the accuracy 
and completeness of the information required by the applicable rules. 
The preliminary statement should be filed with the Commission at the 
earliest practicable date.
    Note 3: Solicitation in Opposition--For purposes of the exclusion 
from filing a preliminary information statement, a ``solicitation in 
opposition'' includes: (a) Any solicitation opposing a proposal 
supported by the registrant; and (b) any solicitation supporting a 
proposal that the registrant does not expressly support, other than a 
security holder proposal identified in the registrant's information 
statement pursuant to Item 4 of Schedule 14C (Sec. 240.14c-101 of this 
chapter). The identification of a security holder proposal in the 
registrant's information statement does not constitute a ``solicitation 
in opposition,'' even if the registrant opposes the proposal and/or 
includes a statement in opposition to the proposal.
    Note 4: A registrant that is filing an information statement in 
preliminary form only because the registrant has commented on or 
referred to an opposing solicitation should indicate that fact in a 
transmittal letter when filing the preliminary material with the 
Commission.

    (b) Definitive information statement. Eight definitive copies of the 
information statement, in the form in which it is furnished to security 
holders, must be filed with the Commission no later than the date the 
information statement is first sent or given to security holders. Three 
copies of these materials also must be filed with, or mailed for filing 
to, each national securities exchange on which the registrant has a 
class of securities listed and registered.
    (c) Release dates. All preliminary material filed pursuant to 
paragraph (a) of this section shall be accompanied by a statement of the 
date on which copies thereof filed pursuant to paragraph (b) of this 
section are intended to be released to security holders. All definitive 
material filed pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section shall be 
accompanied by a statement of the date on which copies of such material 
have been released to security holders or, if not released, the date on 
which copies thereof are intended to be released.
    (d)(1) Public availability of information. All copies of material 
filed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section shall be clearly marked 
``Preliminary Copies,'' and shall be deemed immediately available for 
public inspection unless confidential treatment is obtained pursuant to 
paragraph (d)(2) of this section.
    (2) Confidential treatment. If action will be taken on any matter 
specified in Item 14 of Schedule 14A (Sec. 240.14a-101), all copies of 
the preliminary information statement filed under paragraph (a) of this 
section will be for the information of the Commission only and will not 
be deemed available for public inspection until filed with the 
Commission in definiti