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Financial Code - FIN

DIVISION 2. SAVINGS ASSOCIATION LAW [5000 - 10009]

  ( Division 2 repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 2. Corporate Organization and Corporate Changes [5400 - 5868]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 7. Power to Reorganize, Merge, Consolidate, or Transfer Assets [5750 - 5762]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2. )

5750.
  

(a) Pursuant to a plan or agreement (referred to as “agreement” in this article) adopted by the board of directors and approved by the commissioner as fair, just and equitable, and as adequately protecting the interests of the association, its members, or stockholders, its savings account holders and the public, an association shall have the power to reorganize or to merge or consolidate with or transfer all or substantially all its assets to another association or federal association, or any other corporation, provided that the principal terms of the plan of the reorganization, merger, consolidation, or transfer shall, in the case of a stock association, be approved at an annual meeting or at any special meeting, or by the written consent of the stockholders voting on the action, by not less than a majority of the total number of votes eligible to be cast. In the case of a mutual association, if required by the commissioner, the principal terms of such a plan shall be approved by members representing not less than a majority of the voting power.

(b) In all cases the survivor association shall succeed to all the rights, obligations, and relations of the constituent associations.

(c) As a step in a plan of the reorganization, merger, consolidation, or transfer under this section, an interim corporation may be formed. As used in this section, “interim corporation” means a corporation formed to facilitate the acquisition of 100 percent of the voting stock of an existing association or other insured stock institution by or for a newly formed company or an existing savings and loan holding company or to facilitate any other transaction the commissioner may approve.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 730, Sec. 5.)

5751.
  

At the sole discretion of the commissioner a public hearing may be held on applications filed under this article, in accordance with procedures established by the commissioner by regulation.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5752.
  

Applications filed under this article shall be accompanied by any applicable filing fee prescribed by the commissioner pursuant to Section 9001.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5753.
  

The provisions of Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1300) of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code shall apply only to stockholders and shares of stock owned by them in the association being merged, or where assets are being transferred into a surviving association, or where a merger or transfer is approved under the provisions of this article by written consent of the stockholders.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5754.
  

In a merger the agreement shall state any matters with respect to which the articles of the surviving association are deemed amended and the articles shall be amended accordingly, without any further proceedings, upon the effective date of the merger, but with respect to any amendments, the agreement shall meet the requirements of Section 907 of the Corporations Code in identifying any provisions to be amended, stricken, or added and shall set forth in full the wording of the provision as amended or added or the wording of the amended articles if they be amended in full.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5755.
  

When a merger or consolidation agreement has been approved by the directors and the stockholders or members of an association, the association shall mail notice of the approval to each of its stockholders or members at least 10 days before filing the certificate as provided in this section unless the consents of all stockholders or members entitled to vote have been solicited and received in writing.

After approval by the directors and stockholders or members has been given, the association shall prepare and submit to the commissioner for written approval a certificate in the form of an officers’ certificate (Section 173 of the Corporations Code) which shall set forth the following:

(a) An identification of the agreement of merger or consolidation by reference to names of parties and date.

(b) That the agreement was approved by the board of directors of the association.

(c) The total number of outstanding shares of each class of stock entitled to vote, or in the case of a mutual association the total value of accounts outstanding.

(d) That the principal terms of the agreement were approved by the vote or written consent of a number of shares of each class of stock which equaled or exceeded the vote required, or in the case of a mutual association that approval by the members was not required by the commissioner or that the principal terms of the agreement were approved by the vote or written consent of members holding a total value of accounts which equaled or exceeded the vote required.

(e) The percentage vote required of each class.

(f) That the agreement for merger or consolidation submitted to the commissioner for written approval and for filing with the Secretary of State concurrently with this certificate is the agreement hereinabove referred.

(g) Any additional matters that the commissioner may require.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 361, Sec. 5.)

5756.
  

Any amendment to a merger or consolidation agreement may be adopted, and the agreement so amended may be approved at the meeting of the stockholders or members of any of the associations or by written consent of the stockholders or members, in the same manner and by the same vote as the original agreement. If the agreement so amended is approved at a meeting or by written consent by the stockholders or members and by the board of directors of each of the associations by the vote or written consent required for approval of the original agreement, the agreement so amended shall be signed and acknowledged and shall have certified therewith the approval of the directors and of the stockholders or members in the same manner as provided for in the original agreement, and shall then constitute the merging or consolidating agreement.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5757.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the approval of transactions under this article shall not be required by any borrowers or by holders of savings accounts in associations that issue stock.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5758.
  

The executed agreement, or an executed counterpart of it and the respective certificate of each constituent association or any other corporation and of the surviving association shall be filed with the Secretary of State. Neither the agreement nor any certificate shall be filed, however, unless the commissioner’s written approval is attached. The effective date of the merger or consolidation under this article shall be the date of the filing with the Secretary of State of the copy of the approved agreement of merger or consolidation. A copy of the approved agreement certified by the Secretary of State shall be filed with the commissioner.

If the resulting association is a federal association, the effective date of merger shall be the date the merger is effective under regulations of the Office of Thrift Supervision.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 773, Sec. 47. Effective September 29, 2006.)

5759.
  

An association may acquire all or at least 90 percent of the issued and outstanding stock of another association, or any other corporation, with the prior written approval of the commissioner upon conditions that the commissioner may impose as a step in a plan of merger to be approved by the commissioner. The acquisition of stock shall be upon terms as may be approved by the board of directors of the acquiring association and ratified by the vote or written consent of holders of a majority of the outstanding stock of each class of stockholders of the acquiring association.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 868, Sec. 7.)

5760.
  

(a) Any association, owning all the outstanding stock of any corporation, may merge its wholly owned subsidiary corporation if the laws under which the subsidiary corporation exists permit a merger as this section provides. The association shall submit to the commissioner for approval a certificate of ownership in its name signed by its president or a vice president, and its secretary or an assistant secretary, which shall be verified by their affidavit, stating, in effect, that the matters set forth in the certificate are true of their own knowledge. The certificate shall set forth:

(1) That it owns all the outstanding stock of the merged corporation.

(2) A copy of the resolution adopted by its board of directors to merge the corporation, and to assume all of its obligations.

(3) The time and place of the meeting of the board of directors at which the resolution was adopted, and the vote by which it was adopted.

(b) If an association owns less than all the outstanding stock but at least 90 percent of the outstanding shares of stock of each class of a corporation or corporations, domestic or foreign, the merger of the subsidiary corporation or corporations into the parent association may be effected by resolutions adopted by the boards of the parent and each subsidiary corporation, and the filing of a certificate of ownership as provided in subdivision (d). The resolution of the board of the parent association shall provide for the merger, shall provide that the parent association assumes all the liabilities of each subsidiary corporation and shall set forth the securities, cash property or rights to be issued, paid, delivered or granted by the parent association upon surrender of each share of stock of each subsidiary corporation not owned by the parent association. The resolution of the board of each subsidiary corporation shall approve the fairness of the consideration to be received for each share of stock of the subsidiary corporation not owned by the parent association.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any merger pursuant to this section, the parent association may change its name regardless of whether the name so adopted is the same or similar to that of one of the disappearing associations. In this case the resolution shall provide for the amendment of articles to change the name.

(d) After adoption of the resolution or resolutions of merger, as provided under subdivision (b), the association shall submit to the commissioner for approval a certificate of ownership in its name signed by its president or a vice president, and its secretary or an assistant secretary, which shall be verified by their affidavit, stating, in effect, that the matters set forth in the certificate are true of their own knowledge. The certificate shall set forth:

(1) That the association owns at least 90 percent of the outstanding stock of the merged corporations.

(2) A copy of the resolution adopted by the association’s board of directors to merge the corporation, to assume all of its obligations, and including the resolution for a change of name if applicable.

(3) A copy of the resolution or resolutions adopted by the board of each subsidiary corporation, if required.

(4) The time and place of the meeting of the boards of directors of the parent and the subsidiary at which the resolutions were adopted, and the vote by which they were adopted.

(e) In the event all of the outstanding shares of stock of a subsidiary domestic corporation party to a merger effected under this section are not owned by the parent association immediately prior to the merger, the parent association shall, at least 20 days before the effective date of the merger, give notice to each stockholder of the subsidiary corporation that the merger will become effective on or after a specific date, which notice shall contain (1) a copy of the resolutions of the boards of directors of the parent and the subsidiary required by subdivision (b) above and (2) the information which must accompany the notice required by subdivision (a) of Section 1301 of the Corporations Code. The notice shall be sent by mail addressed to the stockholder at the address of the stockholder as it appears on the records of the corporation. The stockholder shall have the right to demand payment of cash for the shares of stock of the stockholder pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1300) of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code.

(f) If a merger authorized by this section is approved, the commissioner shall attach to the certificate written approval, and the certificate shall be filed with the Secretary of State. A copy of the approved certificate certified by the Secretary of State shall be filed with the commissioner. Thereupon, all of the estate, property, rights, privileges, and franchises of the merged corporation shall vest in and be held and enjoyed by the parent association as fully as the same were before held and enjoyed by the merged corporation, but subject to all the liabilities and obligations of the merged corporation and the rights of all creditors. The parent association shall not, however, thereby acquire the right to engage in any business or to exercise any right, privilege, or franchise of a kind which it could not lawfully engage in or exercise under the provisions of this division. The parent association shall be deemed to have assumed all the liabilities and obligations of the merged corporation, and shall be liable in the same manner as if it had itself incurred the liabilities and obligations.

(g) If the merged subsidiary is a domestic corporation, a copy of the certificate shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State on behalf of the subsidiary corporation. If the merged subsidiary is a foreign corporation qualified for the transaction of intrastate business in this state there shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State on behalf of the foreign subsidiary a certificate of surrender and right to transact intrastate business as provided in Section 2112 of the Corporations Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 773, Sec. 48. Effective September 29, 2006.)

5761.
  

The directors of an association may, in their discretion, abandon a transaction under this article, subject to the rights of third parties under any contracts relating thereto, without further action or approval by the stockholders or members of the association, at any time before the transaction has been completed.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

5762.
  

The commissioner may adopt rules and regulations relating to any transaction regulated by this article.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1091, Sec. 2.)

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