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DIVISION 1.1. BANKING [1000 - 1910]

  ( Division 1.1 added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. )

CHAPTER 2. Application [1020 - 1027]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. )

1020.
  

The request for authority to organize and establish a corporation to engage in the banking or trust business shall be set forth in an application in such form and containing such information as the commissioner may require and shall be accompanied by a fee of five thousand dollars ($5,000).

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1021.
  

Upon receiving a request for an application, the commissioner shall inform the prospective applicant in writing that the commissioner is available to confer with such prospective applicant in advance of the filing of an application for the purpose of discussing questions relating to such application. However, no application shall be decided in advance of filing.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1022.
  

Upon the filing of an application the commissioner shall make or cause to be made a careful investigation and examination relative to the following:

(a) The character, reputation, and financial standing of the organizers or incorporators and their motives in seeking to organize the proposed bank or trust company.

(b) The need for banking or trust facilities or additional banking or trust facilities, as the case may be, giving particular consideration to the adequacy of existing banking or trust facilities and the need for further banking or trust facilities.

(c) The character, financial responsibility, banking or trust experience, and business qualifications of the proposed officers of the bank or trust company.

(d) The character, financial responsibility, business experience, and standing of the proposed stockholders and directors.

(e) Other facts and circumstances bearing on the proposed bank or trust company and its relation to the locality as in the opinion of the commissioner may be relevant.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1023.
  

The commissioner may give or withhold his or her approval of the application in his or her discretion, but he or she shall not approve the application until he or she has ascertained to his or her satisfaction:

(a) That the public convenience and advantage will be promoted by the establishment of the proposed bank or trust company.

(b) That the proposed bank or trust company will have a reasonable promise of successful operation.

(c) That the bank is being formed for no other purpose than the legitimate objects contemplated by this division.

(d) That the proposed capital structure is adequate.

(e) That the proposed officers and directors have sufficient banking or trust experience, ability, and standing to afford reasonable promise of successful operation.

(f) That the name of the proposed bank or trust company does not resemble, so closely as to be likely to cause confusion, the name of any other bank or trust company transacting business in this state or which had previously transacted business in this state.

(g) That the applicant has complied with all of the applicable provisions of this division.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1024.
  

(a) In this section, “control” has the meaning set forth in Section 1250.

(b) For purposes of Section 1023, the commissioner may find:

(1) That a proposed officer or director of a proposed bank or trust company does not have sufficient standing to afford reasonable promise of successful operation if such person has been convicted of, or has pleaded nolo contendere to, any crime involving fraud or dishonesty.

(2) That the establishment of a proposed bank or trust company will not promote the public convenience and advantage if any person who is proposed to control the proposed bank or trust company or any director or officer of such person has been convicted of, or has pleaded nolo contendere to, any crime involving fraud or dishonesty.

(c) Subdivision (b) shall not be deemed to be the only grounds upon which the commissioner may find, for purposes of Section 1023, that a proposed officer or director of a proposed bank or trust company does not have sufficient standing to afford reasonable promise of successful operation or that the establishment of a proposed bank or trust company will not promote the public convenience and advantage.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 334, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2014.)

1025.
  

At least 30 days before denying an application, the commissioner shall by mail or other method of service give written notice of the intended denial of an application and of the right of the applicant to meet with the commissioner regarding the reasons for such denial. The request for such meeting shall be in writing and delivered to the commissioner within 20 calendar days of the date of giving of the notice of intended denial. If a request is made for such meeting, the application may not be denied until after the meeting.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1026.
  

The commissioner may, in approving an application to organize and establish a corporation to engage in the banking or trust business pursuant to Section 1023, impose any conditions the commissioner deems reasonable or necessary or advisable in the public interest.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 334, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 2014.)

1027.
  

(a) With the approval of the commissioner, a bank may be formed to facilitate a merger or an acquisition of control. The new bank may survive the merger or acquisition of control.

(b) Sections 1020, 1021, 1022, 1023, and 1024 shall not apply to the formation of a bank pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) Article 4 (commencing with Section 370) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 shall apply to a bank formed pursuant to subdivision (a).

(d) A request for approval to form a bank in accordance with subdivision (a) shall be accompanied by a fee of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 243, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)

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