|Disclosure of Designation Information to Syndicate Members:
The Board has filed an amendment to rule G-11(g)(iii) concerning the disclosure of designation information to syndicate members to clarify a previous amendment to the rule.
Questions about the amendments may be directed to Ronald W. Smith, Senior Legal Associate.
On March 11, 1999, the Board filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") an amendment to rule G-11, on sales of new issue municipal securities during the underwriting period.1 The amendment clarifies a previous amendment to rule G-11(g)(iii) concerning the disclosure of designation information to syndicate members.
On November 27, 1998, the Commission approved amendments to the Boards syndicate practices rules.2 The amendments revised several areas involving syndicate practices, including: issuer syndicate requirements, allocation of securities, designation information, take-down information and payment of designations.
After the amendments were approved, the Board received several inquiries from dealers concerning the amendment to rule G-11(g)(iii) that requires the managing underwriter to disclose to syndicate members, in writing, all available designation information to members within 10 business days following the date of sale and all information with the sending of the designation checks pursuant to rule G-12(k). Most of the inquiries concerned whether the requirement was to disclose to each syndicate member its own designation information or whether all members were to receive information about all the designations. On December 11, 1998, the Board published a notice on its Web site to clarify that the requirement is that all designation information be disclosed to each syndicate member.
There also have been a number of questions raised about the kind of designation information that managers are required to disclose. Callers asked whether managers should disclose designations by total dollar amounts, bond amounts or both total dollar amounts and bond amounts. The Board believes the designation information that will be most useful to syndicate members is the total dollar amounts of the designations.
Another question raised by some callers was whether the disclosure of designation information to syndicate members would require disclosure of designations made to anyone other than syndicate members, e.g., selling group members, since it is not uncommon for selling group members to receive designations. These callers were concerned that, without disclosure to syndicate members of the designations made to non-syndicate members, it is obvious when the dollar amounts designated are totaled that the information is not complete. Since the intent of the Board in adopting the amendment to rule G-11(g)(iii) was to increase the disclosure of designation information, the Board believes the information disclosed should include all designations.
The proposed amendment addresses the questions that have been raised about rule G-11(g)(iii) by amending the rule language to make clear that all information about designations paid to syndicate and non-syndicate members is to be provided to each syndicate member and that the designation information must be expressed in total dollar amounts.
March 11, 1999
TEXT OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT3
Rule G-11. Sales of New Issue Municipal Securities During the Underwriting Period
(a) (f) No change.
(g) Designations and Allocations of Securities. The senior syndicate manager shall:
(i)(ii) No change.
(iii) disclose, in writing, to
theeach member sof the syndicate , in writing,all available information on designations paid to syndicate and non-syndicate members expressed in total dollar amounts designation information to memberswithin 10 business days following the date of sale and all information about designations paid to syndicate and non-syndicate members expressed in total dollar amounts with the sending of the designation checks pursuant to rule G-12(k); and
(iv) No change.
(h) No change.
1. File No. SR-MSRB-99-2. Comments submitted to the Commission should refer to this file number.
2. Sec. Exch. Act Rel. No. 40717 (Nov. 27, 1998), 63 FR 67157 (Dec. 4, 1998).
3. Underlining indicates new language; strikethrough denotes deletions.
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