Additional Author: Carlos E. Juarez

Shortly before the end of his tenure as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Chair Jay Clayton presided over the SEC as it considered and approved the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) proposed rule change modifying the NYSE’s rules in order to permit, as described below, primary issuances in connection with a direct listing of a class of the issuer’s equity securities on the exchange. As summarized in the timeline, the SEC’s consideration of the NYSE’s proposed rule change and the proposed rule change includes a number of twists and turns.