NASD Notice to Members 07-04 - January 2007

Codification of Interpretations to Rule 2711; Implementation Date: September 27, 2006

Executive Summary

NASD has filed for immediate effectiveness a proposed rule change to codify certain interpretations under Rule 2711 (Research Analysts and Research Reports). The interpretations include many that previously were set forth in two joint interpretive memoranda. The proposed rule changes also include additional interpretations regarding the definition of research report, the distribution of third-party research through soft-dollar arrangements, and the supervisory requirements with respect to the distribution of both member research and third-party research. This Notice also contains two additional interpretations of the Rule 2711 provisions that prohibit research analysts from participating in the solicitation of investment banking business and road show presentations.

Questions or comments concerning this Notice may be directed to Philip Shaikun, Associate Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 728-8451.