SR-FINRA-2012-016

Proposed Rule Change Relating to Exemption from Reporting Obligation under Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (“TRACE”) Trade Reporting Rules for Certain Alternative Trading Systems

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) a proposed rule change to adopt new Rule 6731 to provide FINRA with authority to exempt a member alternative trading system (“ATS”) that meets the specified criteria from the trade reporting obligation under the Rule 6700 Series.  In addition, FINRA is proposing a conforming change to Rule 9610 to specify that FINRA has exemptive authority under proposed Rule 6731.