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221.1006   Fees for certified copies.
221.1007   Legal process; how served.
221.1008   Record search.
221.1101   Bank service corporations.
221.1201   Stock in bank-owned banks.
221.1202   Bank-owned banks.
subch. I of ch. 221 SUBCHAPTER I
221.0101 221.0101 Title. This chapter may be cited as the "Wisconsin banking law".
221.0101 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0102 221.0102 Definitions. In this chapter:
221.0102(1) (1) "Articles of incorporation" includes amended and restated articles of incorporation.
221.0102(2) (2) "Authorized shares" means the shares of all classes that a bank is authorized to issue.
221.0102(3) (3) "Capital stock" means the stock of a bank, other than preferred stock.
221.0102(4) (4) "Capital" means, with respect to any bank, the sum of all of the following, less the bank's intangible assets:
221.0102(4)(a) (a) The bank's capital stock.
221.0102(4)(b) (b) The bank's preferred stock.
221.0102(4)(bm) (bm) The bank's surplus.
221.0102(4)(c) (c) The bank's undivided profits.
221.0102(4)(d) (d) Outstanding notes and debentures of the bank that are legally issued and sold by the bank and approved by the division under s. 221.0318 (2).
221.0102(5) (5) "Record date" means the date on which a bank determines the identity of its shareholders for purposes of this chapter.
221.0102(6) (6) "Shareholder" means the person in whose name shares are registered in the records of a bank or, to the extent of the rights granted by a nominee certificate on file with a bank, the beneficial owner of the shares.
221.0102(7) (7) "Subscriber" means a person who subscribes for shares in a bank, whether before or after incorporation of the bank.
221.0102(8) (8) "Treasury shares" means shares of a bank that have been issued, that have been subsequently acquired by and belong to the bank, and that have not been canceled or restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares.
221.0102(9) (9) "Voting group" means any of the following:
221.0102(9)(a) (a) All shares of one or more classes or series that, under the articles of incorporation or this chapter, are entitled to vote and be counted together collectively on a matter at a meeting of shareholders.
221.0102(9)(b) (b) All shares that under the articles of incorporation or this chapter are entitled to vote generally on a matter.
221.0102 History History: 1995 a. 336; 1997 a. 27.
221.0103 221.0103 Notice.
221.0103(1)(1) Applicability. This section applies to a notice that is required under this chapter or that is made subject to this section by express reference to this section.
221.0103(2) (2)When oral notice permitted. A person shall give notice in writing, except that notices to or from a bank may be given orally, if permitted by the bank's articles of incorporation or bylaws and not otherwise prohibited by this chapter.
221.0103(3) (3)Method of providing written notice. Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation or bylaws, notice may be communicated in person, by telephone, telegraph, teletype, facsimile or other form of wire or wireless communication, or by mail or private carrier. If these forms of personal notice are impracticable, notice may be communicated by a newspaper of general circulation in the area where published or by radio, television or other form of public broadcast communication.
221.0103(4) (4)Date notice is effective.
221.0103(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b) and ss. 221.0607 (2) and 221.0622 (1), written notice is effective on the earliest of the following:
221.0103(4)(a)1. 1. On the date received.
221.0103(4)(a)2. 2. Five days after deposit of the notice in the U.S. mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed.
221.0103(4)(a)3. 3. On the date shown on the return receipt, if the notice is sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, and if the receipt is signed by or on behalf of the addressee.
221.0103(4)(a)4. 4. On the effective date specified in the articles of incorporation or bylaws.
221.0103(4)(b) (b) Written notice by a bank to a shareholder of the bank is effective when mailed. The notice may be addressed to the shareholder's address shown in the bank's current record of shareholders.
221.0103(4)(c) (c) Oral notice is effective when communicated.
221.0103 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0104 221.0104 Applicability. This chapter applies to all banks organized and existing within this state. The powers, privileges, duties and restrictions conferred and imposed upon a bank existing and doing business under the laws of this state are hereby abridged, enlarged or modified, as each particular case may require, to conform to this chapter.
221.0104 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0105 221.0105 Fees. The division may establish such fees as it determines are appropriate for documents filed with the division under this chapter and for such other services as the division may provide under this chapter.
221.0105 History History: 1995 a. 336.
subch. II of ch. 221 SUBCHAPTER II
221.0201 221.0201 Applicants. Any number of adult residents of this state, not less than 3 nor more than 20, who desire to associate for the purpose of organizing a banking corporation under this chapter, may apply to the division to organize a bank. The application shall be made on a form prescribed by the division.
221.0201 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0202 221.0202 Application.
221.0202(1)(1) Contents. An application under s. 221.0201 shall be prepared and filed in duplicate, and shall include all of the following:
221.0202(1)(a) (a) The location of the proposed bank.
221.0202(1)(b) (b) The character of the business to be transacted by the proposed bank.
221.0202(1)(c) (c) The proposed capital of the proposed bank.
221.0202(1)(d) (d) The full name, residence, and occupation of each applicant.
221.0202(1)(e) (e) Other information required by the division.
221.0202(2) (2)Notice of application. Upon receipt by the division of properly executed application, the division shall, within 5 days, forward to the applicants a copy of a notice of application for authority to organize a bank. The notice of application shall contain the information required under sub. (1) and a date and place for hearing on the application. The notice shall be published as a class 3 notice, under ch. 985, by the applicants, at their own expense, in the city, village or town where the bank is to be located. Proof of publication shall be filed with the division in such form as the division requires. The division may waive the requirement of publication, if the bank to be organized is to replace, absorb or consolidate one or more existing banks.
221.0202(3) (3)Fee. The applicants shall pay to the division a fee in an amount determined by the division, together with the actual costs incurred by the division in making an investigation under sub. (4) of the application.
221.0202(4) (4)Investigation.
221.0202(4)(a)(a) At the hearing and by such investigation as the division considers necessary, the division shall consider all of the following:
221.0202(4)(a)1. 1. Whether the character, responsibility and general fitness of the persons named in the application command confidence and warrant the belief that the business of the proposed bank will be honestly and efficiently conducted in accordance with this chapter.
221.0202(4)(a)2. 2. Whether public convenience and advantage will be promoted by allowing the bank to organize.
221.0202(4)(a)3. 3. The character and experience of the proposed officers.
221.0202(4)(a)4. 4. The adequacy of existing banking facilities and the need of further banking capital.
221.0202(4)(a)5. 5. The outlook for the growth and development of the area where the bank is to be located.
221.0202(4)(a)6. 6. The methods and banking practices of any existing banks in the area where the bank is to be located; the interest rate that these existing banks charge to borrowers; and the character of the service which these existing banks provide to the community.
221.0202(4)(a)7. 7. The prospects for the success of the proposed bank if efficiently managed.
221.0202(4)(b) (b) The division shall complete the investigation within 90 days after the filing with the division of proof of publication under sub. (2) and the paying of the fee under sub. (3), whichever is later. If a majority of the applicants and the division mutually agree, the time may be extended for an additional period of 60 days.
221.0202(5) (5)Decision. After completing the investigation under sub. (4), the division shall make a written report to the banking review board stating the results of the investigation and the division's recommendation. The board shall consider the matter, conduct any necessary hearing and promptly make its decision approving or disapproving the application. The decision shall be final except pursuant to s. 220.035 (1) and (3). If the application is approved, the division shall endorse on each of the original applications the word "Approved". If the application is disapproved, the division shall endorse the word "Disapproved". One of the duplicate originals shall be filed in the division's office and one shall be returned by mail to the applicants.
221.0202 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0203 221.0203 Certificate of authority.
221.0203(1) (1) Powers granted by certificate. If an application for authority to organize a banking corporation is approved, the division shall issue a certificate of authority to the applicants, who shall thereafter be known as the incorporators. The certificate of authority shall grant the incorporators such powers as are incidentally or necessarily preliminary to the organization of a banking corporation. These powers include all of the following:
221.0203(1)(a) (a) Creating a temporary organization, consisting of a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer.
221.0203(1)(b) (b) Executing and filing articles of incorporation.
221.0203(1)(c) (c) Adopting rules for the conduct of meetings of the incorporators and of the first meeting of the shareholders.
221.0203(1)(d) (d) Opening subscription books for stock.
221.0203(1)(e) (e) Securing an option on real estate to be used as a bank office.
221.0203(1)(f) (f) Fixing an amount at which the stock shall be sold.
221.0203(1)(g) (g) Collecting subscriptions to the stock.
221.0203(1)(h) (h) Selecting a depository for funds as may be collected.
221.0203(1)(i) (i) Appointing any agent or agents.
221.0203(1)(j) (j) Compiling a set of bylaws for submission to the shareholders.
221.0203(2) (2)Voting requirements. Following the incorporation of a bank, an action permitted by this chapter to be taken by its incorporators may be taken by the majority of its incorporators or the survivors of the incorporators.
221.0203 History History: 1995 a. 336.
2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 11, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 11, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-11-14)