Regulatory Notice 08-57

FINRA Announces SEC Approval and Effective Date for New Consolidated FINRA Rules

Effective Date: December 15, 2008

Following the consolidation of NASD and NYSE Regulation into FINRA, FINRA established a process to develop a new consolidated rulebook (Consolidated FINRA Rulebook), which FINRA has discussed in previous Information Notices.1 In recent months, FINRA began proposing new consolidated rules in phases for approval by the SEC as part of the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook.2 The first phase of new consolidated FINRA Rules, approved by the SEC in August and September 2008, will take effect on December 15, 2008.

Questions regarding this Notice should be directed to Adam H. Arkel, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), at (202) 728-6961; or Matthew E. Vitek, Counsel, OGC, at (202) 728-8156.

1 See Information Notice 10/06/08 (Rulebook Consolidation Process: Effective Dates of New Consolidated Rules; Introduction of Rule Conversion Chart); see also Information Notice 03/12/08 (Rulebook Consolidation Process).

2 The current FINRA rulebook includes (1) NASD Rules and (2) rules incorporated from NYSE (Incorporated NYSE Rules) (together, the NASD Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules are referred to as the Transitional Rulebook). While the NASD Rules generally apply to all FINRA members, the Incorporated NYSE Rules apply only to those members of FINRA that are also members of the NYSE (Dual Members). The new FINRA Rules will apply to all member firms, unless such rules have a more limited application by their terms. As the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook expands with the SEC's approval and with the new FINRA Rules taking effect, the rules in the Transitional Rulebook that address the same subject matter of regulation will be eliminated. When the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook is completed, the Transitional Rulebook will have been eliminated in its entirety.