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OCC to Work with SEC as U.S. Court of Appeals Remands Capital Plan to Agency

CHICAGO (August 9, 2017) – OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today said it would provide Commissioners and staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission any information it needed to evaluate OCC's capital plan in light of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to remand it to the agency for further review.

"While we are disappointed in the Court's decision to remand, we are pleased by its ruling that the SEC's order approving the capital plan remains in effect," said Craig Donohue, OCC Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "OCC's capital plan is a vital component of our goal of providing world-class service to market participants and helping to ensure the resiliency of a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility. We intend to submit underlying data and any other information the SEC may request as it further evaluates the capital plan in consideration of the statements made by the D.C. Circuit in its opinion. We remain confident that the SEC will once again approve the capital plan."

OCC's capital plan has been in effect since September 10, 2015, when the SEC lifted the automatic stay of the staff order approving OCC's proposed rules to implement the plan. The plan enables OCC to comply with an important regulatory requirement that a systemically important clearing agency have sufficient liquid net assets funded by equity to cover potential general business losses, and also have a plan for raising additional equity if its equity falls close to or below the required amount. This requirement is in the SEC's Standards for Covered Clearing Agencies, which are in furtherance of section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act. As a result of adopting the capital plan, OCC greatly strengthened its capital position, going from $25 million in 2014 to $247 million in 2015.

About OCC

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization and the foundation for secure markets. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. Named 2016 Clearinghouse of the Year - The Americas by FOW Magazine and 2016 Clearinghouse of the Year by Global Investor/ISF Magazine, OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, security futures, and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at