2019-09372. Self-Regulatory Organizations; LCH SA; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Extension of the Onboarding Fee Waiver and Introduction of a Fee Rebate Scheme for CDSClear Index Swaptions ...  

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    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 29, 2019, Banque Centrale de Compensation, which conducts business under the name LCH SA (“LCH SA”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by LCH SA. LCH SA filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [4] thereunder, so that the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

    I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change, Security-Based Swap Submission, or Advance Notice

    The proposed rule change will extend the onboarding fee waiver and introduce a fee rebate scheme for CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing activities to be effective upon filing with the Commission.

    II. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, LCH SA included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. LCH SA has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

    A. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change, Security-Based Swap Submission, or Advance Notice

    1. Purpose

    As specified in the table below, the current CDSClear Index Swaptions fee grid includes an onboarding fee and offers both General Members and Select Members a choice between the Introductory Tariff and the Unlimited Tariff.

    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to:

    (1) Extend the waiver period for the onboarding fee for both General Members and Select Members that register to the CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing service, and

    (2) introduce a clearing fee rebate applicable to the Index Swaptions Unlimited Tariff for both General Members and Select Members.

    As a reminder, under the Unlimited Tariff, Clearing Members pay a fixed amount annually that covers all clearing fees for their Index Swaptions House activity for the activity of all the Affiliates of their Clearing Member group.

    Current LCH SA CDSClear Index Swaptions Clearing Service Fee Grid

    General Member:
    Introductory Tariff
    Cover only one Clearing Member legal entity (no Affiliate coverage)
    Clearing fees$15per million of Index Swaptions notional on U.S. Indices.*
    €15per million of Index Swaptions notional on European Indices.
    Floor on clearing fees€150kPer calendar year (no pro-rating).
    Cap on clearing fees€600kPer calendar year (no pro-rating).
    Unlimited Tariff
    Cover all the Affiliates of a given Clearing Member group.
    Cover all clearing fees for Index Swaptions House activity for both iTraxx and CDX.NA underlying index families.
    Fixed fee (annual)€375kPer calendar year (no pro-rating).
    Onboarding Fees (both Introductory Tariff & Unlimited Tariff)€30kOne-off fee per Clearing Member legal entity under the Introductory Tariff or per Clearing Member group under the Unlimited Tariff waived until 31-Mar-19.
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    Select Member:
    Introductory Tariff
    Cover only one Clearing Member legal entity (no Affiliate coverage)
    Clearing fees$18per million of Index Swaptions notional on U.S. Indices.*
    €18per million of Index Swaptions notional on European Indices.
    Cap on Clearing fees€600kPer calendar year (no pro-rating).
    Unlimited Tariff
    Cover all Affiliates of a given Clearing Member group.
    Cover all clearing fees for Index Swaptions House activity for both iTraxx and CDX.NA underlying index families.
    Fixed fee (annual)€400kPer calendar year (no pro-rating).
    Onboarding Fees (both Introductory Tariff & Unlimited Tariff)€30kOne-off fee per Clearing Member legal entity under the Introductory Tariff or per Clearing Member group under the Unlimited Tariff waived until 31-Mar-19.
    Client:
    Clearing fees$20per million of Index Swaptions notional on U.S. Indices.
    €20per million of Index Swaptions notional on European Indices.

    In order to incentivize the Clearing Members to build liquidity in the CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing service, LCH SA has decided to make the following changes to its Index Swaptions fee grid:

    (1) Extend the waiver period for the onboarding fee from 31 March 2019 to 20 December 2019 for both General Members and Select Members that register to the CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing service, and

    (2) implement a fee rebate scheme, applicable to the Unlimited Tariff for both General Members and Select Members, in which discounts to the fixed fee will apply depending on the Index Swaptions notional cleared by each Clearing Member group as detailed hereinafter.

    The fee rebate scheme will be valid for 2019 only and apply equally to all Clearing Members that register to the CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing service.

    In order to determine the relevant discount rate to apply, LCH SA will consider the total Index Swaptions notional cleared in 2019 starting from the date on which the fee rebate is deemed effective in accordance with any relevant regulatory review and approval process.

    Revised LCH SA CDSClear Index Swaptions Clearing Service Fee Grid

    Index Swaptions clearing service fee rebate scheme *
    General Member:
    Unlimited Tariff
    Fixed fee (annual)€375kPer calendar year.
    Discounted Rates€50kAfter discount rate of 86.67% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group strictly above €12 billion.
    €75kAfter discount rate of 80.00% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group strictly above €6 billion but equal or below €12 billion.
    €125kAfter discount rate of 67.00% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group strictly above €0 but equal or below €6 billion.
    Select Member:
    Unlimited Tariff
    Fixed fee (annual)€400kPer calendar year.
    Discounted Rates€50kAfter discount rate of 87.50% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group strictly above €12 billion.
    €75kAfter discount rate of 81.25% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group strictly above €6 billion but equal or below €12 billion.
    €125kAfter discount rate of 68.75% applied to the Fixed fee amount if Index Swaptions notional cleared per Clearing Member group per year strictly above €0 but equal or below €6 billion.
    Cumulative conditions for the Fee rebate:
    (i) application to the Unlimited Tariff only;
    (ii) application to all Clearing Members registering to the Index Swaptions clearing service (registration letter or application file signature date);
    (iii) Valid for 2019 only; and
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    (iv) Index Swaptions notional cleared for the determination of the discount rate to be observed from the regulatory effective date of the rebate.
    Onboarding fee (for both General Members and Select Members)€30kOne-off fee per Clearing Member group waived until 20 December 2019 under the Unlimited Tariff.
    * Subject to regulatory review/approval process.

    2. Statutory Basis

    Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act requires that the rules of a clearing agency provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges.[5]

    LCH SA has determined that the proposed fees are reasonable and appropriate to offer and grow CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing services.

    Regarding the CDClear Index Swaptions service, LCH SA has already rule filed with the SEC the relevant fee grid and believes that the proposed discounts for CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing activities have been set up at an appropriate level given the costs, expenses and revenues to be generated to LCH SA in providing such services.

    All clearing members will have the same opportunity to equally benefit from the proposed incentive rebate according to the specified conditions.

    LCH SA believes that proposing such clearing fees and rebate are consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [6] and the regulations thereunder applicable to it, and in particular provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable fees, dues, and other charges among Clearing Members and market participants by ensuring that Clearing Members pay reasonable fees and dues for the services provided by LCH SA, within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act.

    B. Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Section 17A(b)(3)(I) of the Act requires that the rules of a clearing agency not impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.[7] LCH SA does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition.

    As noted above, LCH SA believes that the fees amount and related discounts have been set up at an appropriate level given the costs and expenses to LCH SA in offering and maintaining the relevant CDSClear Index Swaptions clearing services.

    Additionally, the fee waiver and rebate will apply equally to all CDSClear Clearing Members and their Affiliates.

    Further, LCH SA does not believe that the proposed rule change would have a burden on competition because it does not adversely affect the ability of such Clearing Members or other market participants generally to engage in cleared transactions or to access clearing services as the clearing of Index Swaptions remains not mandatory.

    C. Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. LCH SA will notify the Commission of any written comments received by LCH SA.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) [8] of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [9] thereunder because it establishes a fee or other charge imposed by LCH SA on its Clearing Members. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such proposed rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-LCH SA-2019-002. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's internet website (http://www.sec.gov/​rules/​sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of LCH SA and on LCH SA's website at https://www.lch.com/​resources/​rules-and-regulations/​proposed-rule-changes-0. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-LCH SA-2019-002 and should be submitted on or before May 29, 2019.

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    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10

    Eduardo A. Aleman,

    Deputy Secretary.

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    Footnotes

    [FR Doc. 2019-09372 Filed 5-7-19; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 8011-01-P

Document Information

Published:
05/08/2019
Department:
Securities and Exchange Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Document Number:
2019-09372
Pages:
20178-20181 (4 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Release No. 34-85763, File No. SR-LCH SA-2019-002
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-09372.pdf