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11894. Review by the Uniform Practice Code (“UPC”) Committee

(a) A member or person associated with a member may appeal a determination to declare a transaction null and void made by a FINRA officer under Rule 11892 or 11893 to the UPC Committee, unless the officer making the determination also determines that the number of the affected transactions is such that immediate finality is necessary to maintain a fair and orderly market and to protect investors and the public interest. An appeal must be made in writing, and must be received by FINRA within thirty (30) minutes after the person making the appeal is given the notification of the determination being appealed. Once a written appeal has been received, the counterparty to the trade that is the subject of the appeal will be notified of the appeal and both parties shall be able to submit any additional supporting written information up until the time the appeal is considered by the UPC Committee. Either party to a disputed trade may request the written information provided by the other party during the appeal process. An appeal shall not operate as a stay of the determination being appealed, and the scope of the appeal shall be limited to trades which the person making the appeal is a party. Once a party has appealed a determination to the UPC Committee, the determination shall be reviewed and a decision rendered, unless (1) both parties to the transaction agree to withdraw the appeal prior to the time a decision is rendered, or (2) the party filing the appeal withdraws its appeal prior to the notification of counterparties under this paragraph. Upon consideration of the record, and after such hearings as it may in its discretion order, the UPC Committee, pursuant to the standards set forth in this Rule, shall affirm, modify, reverse, or remand the determination.
(b)(1) With respect to appeals regarding exchange-listed securities, determinations by the UPC Committee pursuant to this Rule will be rendered as soon as practicable, but generally, on the same trading day as the execution(s) under review. On requests for appeal received after 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time, a determination will be rendered as soon as practicable, but in no case later than the trading day following the date of the execution(s) under review.
(2) With respect to appeals regarding OTC Equity Securities, determinations by the UPC Committee pursuant to this Rule will be rendered as soon as practicable, but in no case later than two trading days following the date of the execution(s) under review.
(c) The decision of the UPC Committee pursuant to an appeal, or a determination by a FINRA officer that is not appealed, shall be final and binding upon all parties and shall constitute final action on the matter in issue. Any determination by a FINRA officer pursuant to Rule 11892 or 11893 or any decision by the UPC Committee pursuant to this Rule shall be rendered without prejudice as to the rights of the parties to the transaction to submit their dispute to arbitration.
(d) Communications
(1) All materials submitted pursuant to this Rule shall be submitted in writing within the time parameters specified herein via such telecommunications procedures as FINRA may announce from time to time. Materials shall be deemed received at the time indicated by the equipment (i.e., facsimile or computer) receiving the materials. FINRA, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to reject or accept any material that is not received within the time parameters specified herein.
(2) FINRA shall provide affected parties with prompt notice of determinations under this Rule via facsimile, electronic mail, or telephone (including voicemail); provided, however, that if an officer nullifies or modifies a large number of transactions pursuant to Rule 11892 or 11893, FINRA may instead provide notice to parties via a press release or any other method reasonably expected to provide rapid notice to many market participants.
(e) For purposes of this Rule and other FINRA rules that permit review of FINRA decisions by the UPC Committee, a decision of the UPC Committee may be rendered by a panel of that Committee. The panel shall consist of three or more members of the UPC Committee, provided that no more than 50 percent of the members of any panel are directly engaged in market making activity or employed by a member with revenues from market making activity that exceed ten percent of its total revenues.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2009-068 eff. Feb. 15, 2010.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-037 eff. July 8, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-2006-104 eff. March 5, 2007.
Amended by SR-NASD-2006-121 eff. Oct. 30, 2006.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-087 eff. Aug. 1, 2006
Amended by SR-NASD-2006-033 eff. Mar. 1, 2006.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-089 eff. Oct. 1, 2005.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-115 eff. Sep. 22, 2005.
Amended by SR-NASD-2004-009 eff. July 27, 2005.
Amended by SR-NASD-2003-125 eff. Aug. 8, 2003.
Amended by SR-NASD-2003-080 eff. May 6, 2003.
Amended by SR-NASD-2002-127 eff. Jan. 22, 2003.
Amended by SR-NASD-98-85 eff. October 11, 1999.
Amended by SR-NASD-98-94 eff. April 26, 1999.
Amended by SR-NASD-96-51 eff. Feb. 23, 1998.
Amended June 21, 1991; May 21, 1993.
Adopted eff. Apr. 2, 1990.

Selected Notices: 98-21, 99-29, 00-10, 03-11, 10-04.

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