On April 1, 2017, the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary (the “Convention”) will become effective in the United States. The Convention will, as federal law of the U.S., apply to determine the choice of law relating to certain matters concerning securities held in securities accounts, including, among other things, the law affecting perfection and priority of security interests in securities held in securities accounts. This development is particularly noteworthy to retailers that maintain secured lines of credit for working capital purposes or who have issued secured debt securities in the capital markets.

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