This rule is no longer applicable.
A contract in securities, except a contract where its close-out is governed by the rules of a Qualified Clearing Agency, which has not been completed by the seller in accordance with its terms, may be closed-out by the buyer (i.e., the initiating member organization) no sooner than three business days after the due date for delivery, pursuant to the following procedures:
(a) An initiating member organization (buyer) may deliver a written "buy-in" notice to the defaulting member organization at or before 12:00 noon ET at least two business days before the proposed execution of a "buy-in" (the buy-in execution date shall be referred to as the "effective date" of the notice). Receipt of delivery to the defaulting member organization, must be maintained with the notice as part of the initiating member organization's books and records.
(b) The defaulting member organization receiving the "buy-in" notice must send a signed, written response to the initiating organization stating its position with respect to the resolution of the item no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on the date of issuance of the "buy-in" notice (the "buy-in" notice date).
(c) If the "buy-in" notice has not been returned by 5:00 p.m. ET on the "buy-in" notice date, or the "buy-in" notice is returned as "DK'd," or the "buy-in" notice is returned with the indication that the contract is known but that delivery cannot be made, a "buy-in" shall be executed on the "effective date" by the initiating member organization by purchasing all or part of the securities necessary to satisfy the amount requested in the "buy-in" notice.
(d) Where the buyer is a customer (i.e., other than another member organization), upon failure of a defaulting member organization to effect delivery in accordance with a "buy-in" notice, the contract may be closed-out by purchasing for "cash", as prescribed in Rule 14, in the best available market, or at the option of the initiating member organization, for guaranteed delivery for all or any part of the securities necessary to complete the contract. "Buy-ins" executed in accordance with this paragraph shall be for the account and risk of the defaulting member organization.
(e) Every "buy-in" notice shall state the date of the contract to be closed, the quantity and the contract price of the securities covered by said contract, the settlement date of said contract and any other information deemed necessary to properly identify the contract to be closed. Such notice shall state further that 'unless delivery of the underlying securities is effected at or before 3:00 p.m. ET on the "effective date" of the "buy-in" notice, the security may be "bought in" on the date specified for the account of the initiating member organization.' Each "buy-in" notice shall also state the name and telephone number of the individual authorized to pursue further discussions concerning the "buy-in."
(f) Securities delivered by the defaulting party subsequent to the receipt of the "buy-in" notice should be considered as received pursuant to the "buy-in" notice. Delivery of the requisite number of shares, as stated in the "buy-in" notice, or execution of the "buy-in" will also operate to close-out all contracts covered under re-transmitted notices of "buy-ins" issued pursuant to the original notice of "buy-in," pursuant to section .25 of this Rule. If a re-transmitted "buy-in" is executed, it will operate to close-out all contracts covered under the re-transmitted notice. A "buy-in" may be executed by the initiating member organization from its long position and/or from customers' accounts maintained with such member organization.
(g) Prior to the closing of a contract on which a "buy-in" notice has been given, the initiating member organization shall accept any portion of the securities called for by the contract, provided the portion remaining undelivered at the time the initiating member organization proposes to execute the "buy-in" is not an amount that includes an odd-lot which was not part of the original transaction.
(h) The initiating member organization executing the "buy-in" shall immediately upon execution, but no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, notify the defaulting member organization as to the quantity purchased and the price paid. Such notification shall be in written or electronic form having contemporaneous receipt capabilities, or if not available, the telephone shall be used for the purpose of same day notification, provided that written or similar electronic notification having next day receipt capabilities must also be sent out simultaneously. In either case, formal confirmation of purchase along with a billing or payment, as appropriate, should be forwarded as promptly as possible after the execution of the "buy-in."
(i) In situations where securities have been delivered by the defaulting member organization after the "buy-in" order was placed, the securities may be returned if the "buy-in" was executed before it could reasonably be cancelled by the initiating member organization.
(j) For purposes of this Rule, written notice shall include an electronic notice through a medium that provides contemporaneous return receipt capability. Such electronic media shall include but not be limited to facsimile transmission, a computerized network facility, or the electronic functionality of a Qualified Clearing Agency, etc.
(k) Fails that are subject to the rules of a Qualified Clearing Agency must comply with the procedures or requirements of the Qualified Clearing Agency.
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.10 Members and member organizations are obligated to comply with the close-out provisions of Regulation SHO, promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Specifically, Exchange "buy-in" rules do not abrogate a member's or a member organization's responsibilities or obligations to comply with Regulation SHO, and the close-out provisions of
.15 Closing Contracts—Conditions
A member organization may close a contract as provided in section .20 of this Rule in the event that:
(1) it has been advised that the other party to the contract does not recognize the contract; or
(2) the other party to the contract neglects or refuses to exchange written contracts pursuant to
.20 Closing Contracts—Procedure
[Rule 282] permits the closing of a contract, an original party to the contract may close it, provided that notice, either written or oral, shall have been given to the other original party at least thirty minutes before such closing. If a member organization given up by an original party to a contract has been advised that the other party to the contract does not recognize it, or if the other party to the contract neglects or refuses to exchange written contracts, it shall promptly notify the original party who acted for him or it, who may then close the contract as herein provided.
.25 Notice of Intention to Successive Parties
Every member organization receiving notice that a contract is to be closed for its account because of non-delivery (including a notice pursuant to the rules of a Qualified Clearing Agency, other than an obligation of the member organization to deliver securities to the Qualified Clearing Agency or under its rules is to be closed-out for its own account) shall immediately re-transmit notice thereof to any other member organization from whom the securities involved are due. Every such re-transmitted notice shall be in writing and shall be delivered at the office of the member organization to whom it is addressed; it shall state the date of the contract upon which the securities are due from such member organization, and the name of the member organization who has given the original notice to close.
.30 Closing Portion of Contract
When notice of intention to close a contract, or re-transmitted notice thereof, is given for less than the full amount due, it shall be for not less than one trading unit.
.35 Liability of Succeeding Parties
The closing of a contract shall be for the account and liability of each succeeding party with an interest in such contract, and, in case notice that such contract will be closed has been re-transmitted, as provided in this Rule, such closing shall also automatically close all contracts with respect to which such re-transmitted notice shall have been delivered prior to the closing.
Re-establishment of Contract
If such re-transmitted notice is sent by a member organization before the contract has been closed, but is not received until after such closing, then the member organization who sent the notice may, unless otherwise agreed, promptly re-establish, by a new sale, the contract with respect to which such notice has been sent.
Payment of Money Difference
Any money difference resulting from the closing of a contract, or from the re-establishment of a contract as herein provided, shall be paid not later than 3:00 p.m. ET on the following business day to the member organization entitled to receive the same.
.40 Notice of Closing to Successive Parties
When a contract other than a contract the close-out of which is governed by the rules of a Qualified Clearing Agency has been closed the member organization who closed the same, or who gave the order to close the same, shall immediately notify the member organization for whose account the contract was closed. The member organization receiving such a notification or receiving notification that a contract has been closed pursuant to the rules of a Qualified Clearing Agency shall immediately notify each succeeding party in interest and other member organizations to whom re-transmitted notice, as provided for in section .30 of this Rule, has been sent. Statements of resulting money differences, if any, shall also be rendered immediately.
.45 Must Receive Delivery
When a member organization has delivered a buy-in notice pursuant to this Rule, or has re-transmitted notice thereof as provided for in section .30 of this Rule, the initiating member organization must receive and pay for those securities subject to the buy-in notice if tendered prior to the buy-in of such contract.
If the organization that, pursuant to this Rule, is notified prior to the buy-in by a defaulting member organization that some or all of the securities (but not less than one trading unit) are in its physical possession and will be promptly delivered, then the order to buy-in shall not be executed with respect to such securities, and the initiating member organization who has given the original order to buy-in shall accept and pay for such securities, if tendered promptly.
Damages for Non-delivery
If such securities are not promptly tendered, the defaulting member organization who has stated that they would be promptly delivered shall be liable for any resulting damages.
.50 Defaulting Party May Deliver After "Buy-In" Notice
A defaulting member organization (seller) who has received a "buy-in" notice, pursuant to this Rule, or re-transmitted notice thereof, may deliver the securities to the initiating member organization (buyer) issuing such notice up to 3:00 p.m. ET. The defaulting member organization may deliver such securities after 3:00 p.m. ET on the "effective date" of the buy-in notice if: (i) agreed to by the initiating member organization, (ii) before the execution of the order and (iii) when the defaulting member organization has physical possession of the securities.
.55 Securities in Transit
If, prior to the closing of a contract on which a "buy-in" notice has been given, the buyer receives from the seller written or comparable electronic notice stating that the securities are: (1) in transfer; (2) in transit; (3) are being shipped that day; or (4) are due from a depository and giving the certificate numbers (except for those securities due from a depository), then the buyer must extend the execution date of the "buy-in" for a period of seven (7) calendar days from the date delivery was due under the "buy-in." Upon request of the seller, an additional extension of seven (7) calendar days may be granted by the NYSE based upon the circumstances involved.
.60 "Close-Out" Under NYSE or Other National Securities Exchange Rulings
(1) When a national securities exchange makes a ruling that all open contracts with a particular member, which is also a member organization of the NYSE, should be closed-out immediately (or any similar ruling), such member organization may close-out contracts as directed by the national securities exchange.
(2) Whenever the NYSE ascertains that a court has appointed a receiver for any member organization, because of its insolvency or failure to meet its obligations, or whenever the NYSE ascertains, based upon evidence before it, that a member organization cannot meet its obligations as they become due and that such action will be in the public interest, the NYSE may, in its discretion, issue notification that all open contracts with the member organization in question may be closed-out immediately.
(3) Within the meaning of this section, to close-out immediately shall mean that: (A) "buy-ins" may be executed without prior notice of intent to "buy-in" and (B) "sell-outs" may be executed without making prior delivery of the securities called for.
(4) All close-outs executed pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be executed for the account and liability of the member organization in question. Notification of all close-outs shall immediately be sent to such member organization.
.65 Failure to Deliver and Liability Notice Procedures
(1)(A) If a contract is for warrants, rights, convertible securities or other securities which: (i) have been called for redemption; (ii) are due to expire by their terms; (iii) are the subject of a tender or exchange offer; or (iv) are subject to other expiring events such as a record date for the underlying security and the last day on which the securities must be delivered or surrendered (the expiration date) is the settlement date of the contract or later the receiving member organization may deliver a Liability Notice to the delivering member organization as an alternative to the close-out procedures set forth in this Rule. When the parties to a contract are both participants in a Qualified Clearing Agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, the transmission of the liability notice must be accomplished through the use of said automated notification service. When the parties to a contract are not both participants in a Qualified Clearing Agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, such notice must be issued using written or comparable electronic media having immediate receipt capabilities no later than one business day prior to the latest time and the date of the offer or other event in order to obtain the protection provided by this Rule.
(B) If the contract is for a deliverable instrument with an exercise provision and the exercise may be accomplished on a daily basis, and the settlement date of the contract to purchase the instrument is on or before the requested exercise date, the receiving member organization may deliver a Liability Notice to the delivering member organization no later than 11:00 a.m. ET on the day the exercise is to be effected. Notice may be redelivered immediately to another member organization but no later than noon on the same day. When the parties to a contract are both participants in a Qualified Clearing Agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, the transmission of the liability notice must be accomplished through use of said automated notification service. When the parties to a contract are not both participants in a Qualified Clearing Agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, such notice must be issued using written or comparable electronic media having immediate receipt capabilities. If the contract remains undelivered at expiration, and has not been canceled by mutual consent, the receiving member organization shall notify the defaulting member organization of the exact amount of the liability on the next business day.
(C) In all cases, member organizations must be prepared to document requests for which a Liability Notice is initiated.
(2) If the delivering member organization fails to deliver the securities on the expiration date, the delivering member organization shall be liable for any damages which may accrue thereby. A Liability Notice delivered in accordance with the provisions of this Rule shall serve as notification by the receiving member organization of the existence of a claim for damages. All claims for such damages shall be made promptly.
(3) For the purposes of this Rule, the term "expiration date" shall be defined as the latest time and date on which securities must be delivered or surrendered, up to and including the last day of the protect period, if any.
(4) If the above procedures are not utilized as provided under this Rule, contracts may be "bought-in" without prior notice after normal delivery hours on the expiration date. Such buy-in execution shall be for the account and risk of the defaulting member organization.
.70 Contracts Made for Cash
Contracts made for "cash," or made for or amended to include guaranteed delivery on a specified date may be "bought-in" without notice during the normal trading hours on the day following the date delivery is due on the contract; otherwise, the procedures set forth in this Rule shall apply. In all cases, notification of executed "buy-in" must be provided pursuant to this Rule. "Buy-ins" executed in accordance with this paragraph shall be for the account and risk of the defaulting broker/dealer.
.75 "Buy-In" Desk Required
Member organizations shall have a "buy-in" section or desk adequately staffed to process and research all "buy-ins" during normal business hours.
.80 Buy-In of Accrued Securities
Securities in the form of stock, rights or warrants which accrue to a purchaser shall be deemed due and deliverable to the purchaser on the payable date. Any such securities remaining undelivered at that time shall be subject to the "buy-in" procedures as provided under this Rule.