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89-49 SEC Approval of Amendment to Schedule C of NASD By-Laws to Require Members To Submit Applications for and Maintain the Registration of Only Such Persons Who Intend to Engage or Are Engaged in the Investment Banking or Securities Business For the Member

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved amendments to Parts II and III of Schedule C of the NASD By-Laws that will require a member to submit applications for and maintain the registrations of only such persons who intend to engage or are engaged in the investment banking or securities business for the member. These amendments apply to both principal and representative registration categories.

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY

In response to certain recommendations of the NASD Regulatory Review Task Force, the Qualifications Committee of the NASD Board of Governors reviewed the NASD qualification system to consider additional means to maintain an appropriate level of knowledge and professionalism for persons associated with NASD members.

This review not only addressed the adequacy of existing NASD qualifications standards, but also considered issues relating to the need to provide the investing public reasonable assurance that registered persons remain knowledgeable about products and services available to investors, as well as applicable rules, regulations, and policies governing the investment banking and securities business.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved an amendment to Part II, Section (l)(a) and Part III, Section (l)(a) of Schedule C to the NASD By-Laws to require that members register only persons who are engaged or will engage in the investment banking or securities business on behalf of the member in the capacities of principal and representative.

The amendments specifically prohibit members from maintaining registrations for persons who no longer function as principals or representatives of the firm and who no longer are active in the member's investment banking or securities business, or who wish to avoid the re-examination requirement applicable to persons who are not registered for more than two years.

Members are also prohibited from sponsoring an application for registration where there is no intent to maintain the applicant's employment with the member after examination. The NASD believes this amendment is fully consistent with the historic intent of the qualification and registration program and that the proposed rule change is necessary to prevent such unacceptable practices as "parking" registrations and using NASD membership to gain a competitive advantage in operating a commercial training business.

The amendments also allow a member to maintain or make application for the registration of those persons who are engaged in the investment banking securities business of a foreign securities affiliate or subsidiary.

Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Craig L. Landauer, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 728-8291.

AMENDMENT TO PARTS II AND III, SCHEDULE C OF THE NASD BY-LAWS

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II

REGISTRATION OF PRINCIPALS

(1) Registration Requirements
(a) All Principals Must be Registered - All persons [associated with] engaged or to be engaged in the investment banking or securities business of a member who are to function as principals shall be registered as such with the Corporation in the category of registration appropriate to the function to be performed as specified in Part II, Section (2) hereof. Before their registrations can become effective, they shall pass a Qualification Examination for Principals appropriate to the category of registration as specified by the Board of Governors. A member shall not maintain a principal registration with the Corporation for any person (i) who is no longer active in the member's investment banking or securities business, (ii) who is no longer functioning as a principal, or (iii) where the sole purpose is to avoid the examination requirement prescribed in Section (l)(c) hereof. A member shall not make application for the registration of any person as principal where there is no intent to employ such person in the member's investment banking or securities business. A member may, however, maintain or make application for the registration as a principal of a person who performs legal, compliance, internal audit, or similar responsibilities for the member or a person engaged in the investment banking or securities business of a foreign securities affiliate or subsidiary of the member.

Ill

REGISTRATION OF REPRESENTATIVES

(1) Registration Requirement
(a) All Representatives Must be Registered -All persons [associated with] engaged or to be engaged in the investment banking or securities business of a member who are to function as representatives shall be registered as such with the Corporation in the category of registration appropriate to the function to be performed as specified in Part III, Section (2) hereof. Before their registrations can become effective, they shall pass a Qualification Examination for Representatives appropriate to the category of registration as specified by the Board of Governors. A member shall not maintain a representative registration with the Corporation for any person (i) who is no longer active in the member's investment banking or securities business, (ii) who is no longer functioning as a representative, or (iii) where the sole purpose is to avoid the examination requirement prescribed in Section (2)(c) hereof. A member shall not make application for the registration of any person as representative where there is no intent to employ such person in the member's investment banking or securities business. A member may, however, maintain or make application for the registration as a representative of a person who performs legal, compliance, internal audit, or similar responsibilities for the member, or a person who performs administrative support functions for registered personnel, or a person engaged in the investment banking or securities business of a foreign securities affiliate or subsidiary of the member.

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