221.0634(2) (2)When additional rights prohibited. Regardless of the existence of an additional right under sub. (1), the bank may not indemnify a director or officer, or permit a director or officer to retain any allowance of expenses, unless it is determined by or on behalf of the bank that the director or officer did not breach or fail to perform a duty that he or she owes to the bank which constitutes conduct under s. 221.0627 (2) (a) 1., 2., 3. or 4. A director or officer who is a party to the same or related proceeding for which indemnification or an allowance of expenses is sought may not participate in a determination under this subsection.
221.0634(3) (3)Reimbursement of certain expenses. Sections 221.0626 to 221.0635 do not affect a bank's power to pay or reimburse expenses incurred by a director or officer in any of the following circumstances:
221.0634(3)(a) (a) As a witness in a proceeding to which he or she is not a party.
221.0634(3)(b) (b) As a plaintiff or petitioner in a proceeding because he or she is or was an employee, agent, director or officer.
221.0634 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0635 221.0635 Indemnification and insurance against securities law claims.
221.0635(1)(1)In general. It is the public policy of this state to require or permit indemnification, allowance of expenses and insurance for any liability incurred in connection with a proceeding involving securities regulation described under sub. (2) to the extent required or permitted under ss. 221.0626 to 221.0634.
221.0635(2) (2)Applicability. Sections 221.0626 to 221.0634 apply, to the extent applicable to any other proceeding, to any proceeding involving a federal law or regulation or a state law or rule that regulates the offer, sale or purchase of securities, securities brokers or dealers, or investment companies or investment advisors.
221.0635 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0636 221.0636 Theft.
221.0636(1)(1)Theft prohibited.
221.0636(1)(a)(a) An officer, director, employee or agent of a bank may not do any of the following:
221.0636(1)(a)1. 1. Steal, abstract or willfully misapply money, funds, credits, or property of the bank, whether owned by the bank or held in trust.
221.0636(1)(a)2. 2. Without authority of the board of directors, issue or put forth a certificate of deposit, draw an order or bill of exchange or make an acceptance, assign a note, bond, draft, bill of exchange, mortgage, judgment or decree.
221.0636(1)(a)3. 3. Make a false entry in a book, report or statement of the bank with intent to injure or defraud the bank or any person, or to deceive an officer of the bank, an agent appointed to examine the affairs of the bank, or any other person.
221.0636(1)(b) (b) A person may not intentionally aid or abet a violation of par. (a).
221.0636(2) (2)Penalty. Any person who violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class H felony.
221.0636 History History: 1995 a. 336; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109.
221.0637 221.0637 Bank officers and employees not to take commissions.
221.0637(1)(1)Commissions prohibited. An officer, director, agent or employee of a bank may not, directly or indirectly, take, accept or receive, or offer or agree to take, accept or receive, a commission, fee, compensation, or thing of material value, from any person in consideration of the bank of which he or she is an officer, director, agent or employee, doing any of the following:
221.0637(1)(a) (a) Loaning any money to a person.
221.0637(1)(b) (b) Buying or discounting a note, bond, draft, or bill of exchange from the person.
221.0637(1)(c) (c) Accepting any draft for, or issuing any letter of credit to, the person.
221.0637(2) (2)Penalties. Any person who violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class I felony.
221.0637 History History: 1995 a. 336; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109.
subch. VII of ch. 221 SUBCHAPTER VII
SHARE EXCHANGE, MERGER AND
CONSOLIDATION
221.0701 221.0701 Share exchange. A bank or other corporation may acquire all of the outstanding shares of one or more classes or series of a bank organized under this chapter, with the approval of the division, if the board of directors of the bank, by resolution adopted by the board, approves a plan of share exchange and its shareholders also approve a plan of share exchange pursuant to ss. 180.1102 to 180.1106. This section does not limit the power of a corporation or bank to acquire all or part of the shares of one or more classes or series of a bank through a voluntary exchange or otherwise. Application for approval of a share exchange shall be made to the division on a form prescribed by the division. The application shall be accompanied by a fee established by the division.
221.0701 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0702 221.0702 Consolidation or merger of banks.
221.0702(1)(1)In general. Any 2 or more banks may, with the approval of the division, consolidate or merge into one bank under the charter of either existing bank. The consolidation or merger shall be done on such terms and conditions as may be lawfully agreed upon by a majority of the board of directors of each bank proposing to consolidate or merge and as may be ratified and confirmed by the affirmative vote of the shareholders of each of the banks. The affirmative vote of the shareholders must be by shareholders owning a majority of the outstanding capital stock entitled to vote of each bank, or any greater percentage specified in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws, and by at least a majority of any outstanding preferred stock entitled to vote of each bank, or any greater percentage specified in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. The vote must be at a meeting called by the directors, after sending notice of the time, place and object of the meeting to each shareholder of record in accordance with s. 221.0103. The capital stock of the consolidated or merged bank may not be less than that required by the division. If the consolidation or merger is approved by the division, a shareholder of either of the banks who did not vote for the consolidation or merger shall be given notice of the approval by the bank in which the shareholder holds an interest.
221.0702(2) (2)Assets and liabilities of the consolidating or merging bank. The bank or banks consolidating or merging with another bank under sub. (1) may not be required to go into liquidation but their assets and liabilities shall be reported by the bank with which they have consolidated or merged. The rights, franchises and interests of the banks so consolidated or merged in and the property, personal and mixed, and choses in action belonging to the banks, are transferred to and vested in the consolidated or merged bank without any deed or other transfer. The consolidated or merged bank holds all rights of property, franchises and interests in the same manner and to the same extent as was held by the bank or banks so consolidated or merged.
221.0702(3) (3)Role of division. After consultation with the banking review board, the division may make recommendations to any bank within this state as to the advisability of consolidation or merger with other banks and may make recommendations as to terms for consolidation or merger of banks in order to avoid a condition of oversupply of banks in any community or area of the state. The division may also, if requested so to do, act as mediator or arbitrator to fix any of the terms of any such consolidation or merger. The board of directors of any bank organized under the laws of this state may use a reasonable amount of the assets of the bank toward assisting in bringing about a consolidation or merger of banks or to aid in reorganization or in avoiding the closing of a bank, if the board considers it to be in the interests of safe banking and the maintenance of credit and banking facilities in the county in which the bank is located.
221.0702(4) (4)Transfer of resources and liabilities. A bank, which is in good faith winding up its business, for the purpose of consolidating or merging with another bank, may transfer its resources and liabilities to the bank with which it is in process of consolidation or merger. A consolidation or merger may not be made without the consent of the division, and may not defeat or defraud any of the creditors in the collection of their debts against the banks.
221.0702(5) (5)Application for consolidation or merger. The banks shall apply for approval of a consolidation or merger under sub. (1) on a form prescribed by the division. The application shall be accompanied by a fee determined by the division.
221.0702 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0703 221.0703 Cancellation of charter of merged bank. If a bank has merged or consolidated with or been absorbed by another bank, the division shall cancel the charter of the bank.
221.0703 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0704 221.0704 Interim banks. Subject to the approval of the division, one or more banks may consolidate or merge into or with an interim bank organized under this chapter under the charter of either the existing bank or banks or the interim bank in accordance with the provisions of this chapter for consolidation or merger of a bank. The division shall promulgate rules providing for a simple process for the organization of interim banks under this chapter. The rules shall permit the organization of an interim bank with a minimum of one director.
221.0704 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0704 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DFI-Bkg 17, Wis. adm. code.
221.0705 221.0705 Definitions. In ss. 221.0705 to 221.0718:
221.0705(1) (1)“Bank" means the issuer bank or, if a corporate action giving rise to dissenters' rights under s. 221.0706 is a merger or share exchange that has been effectuated, the surviving bank of the merger or the acquiring corporation or bank of the share exchange.
221.0705(2) (2)“Beneficial shareholder" means a person who is a beneficial owner of shares held by a nominee as the shareholder.
221.0705(3) (3)“Dissenter" means a shareholder or beneficial shareholder who is entitled to dissent from corporate action under s. 221.0706 and who exercises that right when and in the manner required by ss. 221.0709 to 221.0716.
221.0705(4) (4)“Fair value", with respect to a dissenter's shares, means the value of the shares immediately before the effectuation of the corporate action to which the dissenter objects, excluding any appreciation or depreciation in anticipation of the corporate action unless the exclusion would be inequitable.
221.0705(5) (5)“Interest" means interest from the effectuation date of the corporate action until the date of payment, at a rate that is fair and equitable under all of the circumstances.
221.0705(6) (6)“Issuer bank" means a bank that is the issuer of the shares held by a dissenter before the corporate action.
221.0705 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0706 221.0706 Right to dissent.
221.0706(1)(1)Mandatory dissenters' rights. A shareholder or beneficial shareholder may dissent from, and obtain payment of the fair value of his or her shares in the event of, any of the following corporate actions:
221.0706(1)(a) (a) Consummation of a plan of merger to which the issuer bank is a party.
221.0706(1)(b) (b) Consummation of a plan of share exchange if the issuer bank's shares will be acquired, and the shareholder or the shareholder holding shares on behalf of the beneficial shareholder is entitled to vote on the plan.
221.0706(1)(c) (c) Except as provided in sub. (2), any other corporate action taken pursuant to a shareholder vote to the extent that the articles of incorporation, the bylaws or a resolution of the board of directors provides that the voting or nonvoting shareholder or beneficial shareholder may dissent and obtain payment for his or her shares.
221.0706(2) (2)Permissive dissenters' rights. The articles of incorporation may allow a shareholder or beneficial shareholder to dissent from an amendment of the articles of incorporation and obtain payment of the fair value of his or her shares if the amendment materially and adversely affects rights in respect of a dissenter's shares because it does any of the following:
221.0706(2)(a) (a) Alters or abolishes a preferential right of the shares.
221.0706(2)(b) (b) Creates, alters or abolishes a right in respect of redemption, including a provision respecting a sinking fund for the redemption or repurchase, of the shares.
221.0706(2)(c) (c) Alters or abolishes a preemptive right of the holder of shares to acquire shares or other securities.
221.0706(2)(d) (d) Excludes or limits the right of the shares to vote on any matter or to cumulate votes, other than a limitation by dilution through issuance of shares or other securities with similar voting rights.
221.0706(2)(e) (e) Reduces the number of shares owned by the shareholder or beneficial shareholder to a fraction of a share if the fractional share so created is to be acquired for cash under s. 221.0506.
221.0706(3) (3)Rights of dissenter. A shareholder or beneficial shareholder entitled to dissent and obtain payment for his or her shares under ss. 221.0701 to 221.0718 may not challenge the corporate action creating his or her entitlement unless the action is unlawful or fraudulent with respect to the shareholder, beneficial shareholder or issuer bank.
221.0706 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0707 221.0707 Dissent by shareholders and beneficial shareholders.
221.0707(1)(1)Partial exercise of dissenters' rights. A shareholder may assert dissenters' rights as to fewer than all of the shares registered in his or her name only if the shareholder dissents with respect to all shares beneficially owned by any one person and notifies the bank in writing of the name and address of each person on whose behalf he or she asserts dissenters' rights. The rights of a shareholder, who asserts dissenters' rights under this subsection as to fewer than all of the shares registered in his or her name, are determined as if the shares as to which he or she dissents and his or her other shares were registered in the names of different shareholders.
221.0707(2) (2)Rights of beneficial shareholders. A beneficial shareholder may assert dissenters' rights as to shares held on his or her behalf only if the beneficial shareholder does all of the following:
221.0707(2)(a) (a) Submits to the bank the shareholder's written consent to the dissent not later than the time that the beneficial shareholder asserts dissenters' rights.
221.0707(2)(b) (b) Submits the consent under par. (a) with respect to all shares of which he or she is the beneficial shareholder.
221.0707 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0708 221.0708 Notice of dissenters' rights.
221.0708(1)(1)Action at shareholder meeting. If proposed corporate action creating dissenters' rights under s. 221.0706 is submitted to a vote at a shareholders' meeting, the meeting notice shall state that shareholders and beneficial shareholders are or may be entitled to assert dissenters' rights under ss. 221.0701 to 221.0718 and shall be accompanied by a copy of those sections.
221.0708(2) (2)Action without shareholder vote. If corporate action creating dissenters' rights under s. 221.0706 is authorized without a vote of shareholders, the bank shall notify, in writing and in accordance with s. 221.0103, all shareholders entitled to assert dissenters' rights that the action was authorized and send them the dissenters' notice described in s. 221.0710.
221.0708 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0709 221.0709 Notice of intent to demand payment.
221.0709(1)(1)Method of asserting dissenters' rights. If proposed corporate action creating dissenters' rights under s. 221.0706 is submitted to a vote at a shareholders' meeting, a shareholder or beneficial shareholder who wishes to assert dissenters' rights shall do all of the following:
221.0709(1)(a) (a) Deliver to the issuer bank before the vote is taken written notice that complies with s. 221.0103 of the shareholder's or beneficial shareholder's intent to demand payment for his or her shares if the proposed action is effectuated.
221.0709(1)(b) (b) Refrain from voting his or her shares in favor of the proposed action.
221.0709(2) (2)Failure to comply. A shareholder or beneficial shareholder who fails to comply with sub. (1) is not entitled to payment for his or her shares under ss. 221.0701 to 221.0718.
221.0709 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0710 221.0710 Dissenters' notice.
221.0710(1)(1)When required. If a proposed corporate action creating dissenters' rights under s. 221.0706 is authorized at a shareholders' meeting, the bank shall deliver a written dissenters' notice to all shareholders and beneficial shareholders who satisfied s. 221.0709 (1).
221.0710(2) (2)Timing and content of notice. The dissenters' notice shall be sent no later than 10 days after the corporate action is authorized at a shareholders' meeting or without a vote of shareholders, whichever is applicable, and all necessary regulatory approvals are obtained. The dissenters' notice shall comply with s. 221.0103 and shall include or have attached all of the following:
221.0710(2)(a) (a) A statement indicating where the shareholder or beneficial shareholder must send the payment demand and where and when certificates for certificated shares must be deposited.
221.0710(2)(b) (b) For holders of uncertificated shares, an explanation of the extent to which transfer of the shares will be restricted after the payment demand is received.
221.0710(2)(c) (c) A form for demanding payment that includes the date of the first announcement to news media or to shareholders of the terms of the proposed corporate action and that requires the shareholder or beneficial shareholder asserting dissenters' rights to certify whether he or she acquired beneficial ownership of the shares before that date.
221.0710(2)(d) (d) A date by which the bank must receive the payment demand, which may not be fewer than 30 days nor more than 60 days after the date on which the dissenters' notice is delivered.
221.0710(2)(e) (e) A copy of ss. 221.0701 to 221.0718.
221.0710 History History: 1995 a. 336.
221.0711 221.0711 Duty to demand payment.
221.0711(1)(1)Manner of demanding payment. A shareholder or beneficial shareholder who is sent a dissenters' notice described in s. 221.0710, or a beneficial shareholder whose shares are held by a nominee who is sent a dissenters' notice described in s. 221.0710, must demand payment in writing and certify whether he or she acquired beneficial ownership of the shares before the date specified in the dissenters' notice under s. 221.0710 (2) (c). A shareholder or beneficial shareholder with certificated shares must also deposit his or her certificates in accordance with the terms of the notice.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)