Notice to Members 03-53

SEC Announces Immediate Effectiveness of Amendments to Non-Cash Compensation Provisions of Rule 2710 and Rule 2810

On April 7, 2003, NASD filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for immediate effectiveness a proposed rule change to codify existing staff interpretations regarding the non-cash compensation provisions in Rule 2710 (Corporate Financing Rule) and Rule 2810 (Direct Participation Program or DPP Rule) and to make the rule text in such Rules consistent with the non-cash compensation provisions in Rule 2820 (Variable Contracts Rule) and Rule 2830 (Investment Company Rule). The rule change has become effective as of April 7, 2003.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Therese M. Woods, Deputy Director, Corporate Financing Department, NASD, at (240) 386-4661; or Kosha K. Dalal, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, NASD, at (202) 728-6903.