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[Release No. 34-58678; File No. SR-Amex-2008-64]

Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Order Approving the Adoption of New Rule 478T To Set Forth the Temporary Procedures That Will Apply To Disciplinary Proceedings Pending as of the Closing Date of the Acquisition of Amex by NYSE Euronext

On July 28, 2008, American Stock Exchange LLC, a Delaware limitedliability company ("Amex" or "Exchange"), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission"), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act")1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to adopt a new rule to set forth the temporary procedures that would apply to the disciplinary proceedings pending with the Exchange as of the closing date of the acquisition of Amex by NYSE Euronext ("Transaction Date"). On August 7, 2008, the proposed rule change was published for comment in theFederal Register.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order grants approval to the proposed rule change.

Pursuant to an agreement dated January 17, 2008, NYSE Euronext, the ultimate parent company of NYSE, Inc. ("NYSE") and NYSE Arca, Inc. ("NYSE Arca"), is acquiring Amex, through a series of mergers ("Mergers").4 Upon completion of the Mergers and Related Transactions, Amex will continue to operate as a national securities exchange under Section 6 of the Act and will be renamed NYSE Alternext US LLC ("NYSE Alternext US").

In a separate proposed rule change adopting various rules in connection with the Mergers and Related Transactions, Amex proposes to adopt new NYSE Alternext US Rules 475, 476 and 477 as its disciplinary rules, which are substantially similar to the existing NYSE disciplinary rules.5 To avoid any potential confusion to respondents in disciplinary matters that had been commenced by Amex and still pending as of the Transaction Date (each, a "Legacy Disciplinary Proceeding"),6 Amex proposes applying rules that are substantially similar to the current procedures governing Amex disciplinary proceedings to such Legacy Disciplinary Proceedings. Accordingly, Amex proposes to adopt new Rule 478T to set forth the temporary procedures that will apply to such Legacy Disciplinary Proceedings. This rule will become operative as of the closing of the Mergers and Related Transactions.

Currently, the procedural rules governing Amex disciplinary proceedings are set forth in portions of the Amex Constitution, Amex Rule 345, and the Rules of Procedure in Disciplinary Matters (collectively, the "Legacy Disciplinary Procedural Rules"). Proposed NYSE Alternext US Rule 478T will effectively "grandfather" the substance of these Legacy Disciplinary Procedural Rules with respect to resolution of disciplinary matters by means of a settlement (i.e., stipulation and consent) or hearing at NYSE Alternext US. The Legacy Disciplinary Procedural Rules, as incorporated in proposed Rule 478T(c), have been modified in certain respects from their current form, to account for certain changes in the disciplinary structures and processes at NYSE Alternext US that are expected as a consequence of the Mergers and Related Transactions.7

Amex proposes to replace the Amex roster of appointed hearing officers and hearing board members from which the chairman and members of individually-constituted disciplinary hearing panels are selected, with a new roster appointed by the Chairman of the NYSE Alternext US Board of Directors ("NYSE Alternext US Board") pursuant to proposed NYSE Alternext US Rule 476(b). Notwithstanding the change in the manner in which the roster of hearing officers and hearing board members is assembled, the process of selection of hearing officers and hearing board members from that roster to serve on an individual hearing panel will not change.8

In addition, appeals from disciplinary determinations will be governed solely by the proposed NYSE Alternext US rules pertaining to appeals.9 Specifically, Amex proposes to eliminate the Amex Adjudicatory Council ("AAC"), a body which currently hears appeals from determinations of Amex disciplinary panels, and whose decisions, in turn, can be further appealed to Amex's Board of Governors. Instead, these functions of the AAC will be performed by the NYSE Alternext US Board or by an official standing committee of NYSE Regulation (the "NYSE Regulation Committee"), in the sole discretion of the NYSE Alternext US Board.10 The NYSE Regulation Committee will be charged with the responsibility to review determinations in Legacy Disciplinary Proceedings11 and render advisory opinions to the NYSE Alternext US Board, which will have the ultimate responsibility to rule on such appeals.12 The NYSE Regulation Committee will be expanded to include at least four individuals who are associated with member organizations of NYSE Alternext US.13

After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulation thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.14 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Sections 6(b)(6) and 6(b)(7) of the Act15 in that it provides a fair procedure for the discipline of members and persons associated with members. The Commission further finds that the proposed rule change provides NYSE Alternext US with the ability to comply, and with the authority to enforce compliance by its members and persons associated with its members, with the provisions of the Act, the rules or regulations thereunder, or the rules of NYSE Alternext US.

Conclusion

For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.

It is therefore ordered,pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-Amex-2008-64), be and hereby is approved.

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

1617 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary.
ACTION: 1515 U.S.C. 78f(b)(6) and 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(7).