SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Sunshine Act Meetings.
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94-409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold the following meetings during the week of June 27, 2005:
An Open Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. in Room L-002, the Auditorium, at the Securities and Exchange Commission's new headquarters located at 100 F Street, N.E., and a Closed Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters may also be present.
The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), (9)(B), and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting.
Chairman Donaldson, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the closed meeting in closed session.
The subject matters of the Open Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2005 will be:
1. The Commission will consider whether to adopt final rules that would modify and advance significantly the registration, communications, and offering processes under the Securities Act of 1933. The rules would eliminate unnecessary and outmoded restrictions on offerings. In addition, the rules would provide more timely investment information to investors without mandating inappropriate delays in the offering process. The rules also continue our long-term efforts toward integrating disclosure and processes under the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The rules accomplish these goals by addressing communications related to registered securities offerings, delivery of information to investors, and procedural restrictions in the offering and capital formation process.
For further information, please contact Amy Starr, Daniel Horwood, or Anne Nguyen, Division of Corporation Finance, at (202) 551-3115 or, with regard to investment companies, Kieran Brown, Division of Investment Management, at (202) 551-6825.
2. The Commission will consider whether to adopt final rules amending Form S-8, Form 8-K, and Form 20-F, as well as defining the term "shell company" and amending the definition of the term "succession." The rules would address: (1) the use of Form S-8 by shell companies; and (2) the information required to be disclosed in a report on Form 8-K or Form 20-F filed when a company becomes a shell company or ceases to be a shell company. The rules are designed to assure that investors in shell companies that acquire operations or assets have access on a timely basis to the same kind of information as is available to investors in public companies with continuing operations.
For further information, please contact Gerald J. Laporte, Chief, or Kevin M. O'Neill, Special Counsel, Office of Small Business Policy, Division of Corporation Finance, at (202) 551-3460.
3. The Commission will consider the matters remanded to the Commission by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 21, 2005 in its decision in Chamber of Commerce v. SEC regarding the Commission's "Investment Company Governance" rules (69 FR 46378 (Aug. 2, 2004)). The remanded matters, as discussed more fully in the court's opinion (www.cadc.uscourts.gov), are (1) costs of complying with the 75% independent director condition and the independent chairman condition and (2) a disclosure alternative to the independent chairman condition.
For further information, please contact Penelope Saltzman, Division of Investment Management, at (202) 551-6792.
The subject matters of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 30, 2005, will be:
At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact:
The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551-5400.
Jill M. Peterson
June 22, 2005