222.0303 222.0303 Name.
222.0303(1)(1) Use of "bank". Notwithstanding ss. 214.035, 215.40 (1) (c), and 215.60 (1) (c) and subject to subs. (2) and (3) (b), a universal bank may use the word "bank" in its name, without having to include the word "savings." Notwithstanding ss. 215.40 (1) (a) and 215.60 (1) (a) and subject to subs. (2) and (3) (b), a universal bank that is organized under ch. 215 and that uses the word "bank" in its name in accordance with this section need not include the words "savings and loan association" or "savings association" in its name.
222.0303(2) (2)Distinguishability. Except as provided in sub. (3), the name of the universal bank shall be distinguishable upon the records of the division from all of the following names:
222.0303(2)(a) (a) The name of every other financial institution organized under the laws of this state.
222.0303(2)(b) (b) The name of every national bank or foreign bank authorized to transact business in this state.
222.0303(3) (3)Exceptions.
222.0303(3)(a)(a) A universal bank may apply to the division for authority to use a name that does not meet the requirements under sub. (2). The division may authorize the use of the name if any of the conditions under s. 221.0403 (2) (a) or (b) is met.
222.0303(3)(b) (b) A universal bank may use a name that is used in this state by another financial institution or by an institution authorized to transact business in this state, if the universal bank has done any of the following:
222.0303(3)(b)1. 1. Merged with the other institution.
222.0303(3)(b)2. 2. Been formed by reorganization of the other institution.
222.0303(3)(b)3. 3. Acquired all or substantially all of the assets, including the name, of the other institution.
222.0303 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0305 222.0305 Capital and assets.
222.0305(1)(1) Capital requirements. Notwithstanding subch. VI of ch. 214 and ss. 215.24 and 221.0205, the division shall determine the minimum capital requirements of universal banks.
222.0305(2) (2)Certain asset requirements. Section 214.045 does not apply to universal banks.
222.0305 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0307 222.0307 Acquisitions, mergers, and asset purchases.
222.0307(1)(1) In general. A universal bank may, with the approval of the division, purchase the assets of, merge with, acquire, or be acquired by any other financial institution, universal bank, national bank, or federally chartered savings bank or savings and loan association, or by a holding company of any of these entities. Notwithstanding subch. III of ch. 214 and ss. 214.09 and 215.36, the approval of the division of savings institutions is not required.
222.0307(2) (2)Applications for approval. An application for approval under sub. (1) shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the division and accompanied by a fee determined by the division. In processing and acting on applications under this section the division shall apply the following standards:
222.0307(2)(a) (a) For universal banks organized under ch. 214, the standards described in ss. 214.09, 214.62 to 214.64, and 214.665, and subch. III of ch. 214.
222.0307(2)(b) (b) For universal banks organized under ch. 215, the standards described in ss. 215.35, 215.36, 215.53, and 215.73.
222.0307(2)(c) (c) For universal banks chartered under ch. 221, the standards described in subchs. VII and IX of ch. 221.
222.0307 History History: 2003 a. 63.
subch. IV of ch. 222 SUBCHAPTER IV
POWERS
222.0401 222.0401 Federal financial institution powers.
222.0401(1) (1) In general.
222.0401(1)(a)(a) Powers exercised by universal bank. Subject to any applicable requirements of sub. (2), a universal bank may exercise any power that may be directly exercised by a federally chartered savings bank, a federally chartered savings and loan association, or a federally chartered national bank.
222.0401(1)(b) (b) Powers exercised by subsidiary of universal bank. Subject to any applicable requirements of sub. (2), a universal bank, through a subsidiary, may exercise any power that a federally chartered savings bank, a federally chartered savings and loan association, or a federally chartered national bank may exercise through a subsidiary.
222.0401(2) (2)Approval required for exercise of federal power. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a universal bank shall file with the division a written request to exercise a power under sub. (1). The division shall determine whether the requested power is permitted under sub. (1). Within 60 days after receiving a request under this subsection, the division shall approve the request, if the power is permitted under sub. (1), or shall disapprove the request if the power is not permitted under sub. (1). The division and the universal bank may mutually agree to extend this 60-day period for an additional period of 60 days. The division shall periodically publish, in the Wisconsin administrative register, a list of all powers approved under this subsection and, upon publication, shall mail a copy of the list to all universal banks. A universal bank need not request the permission of the division under this subsection to exercise any power described in the most current list published under this subsection.
222.0401(3) (3)Exercise of federal powers through a subsidiary. The division may require that certain powers exercisable by a universal bank under sub. (1) (a) be exercised through a subsidiary of the universal bank with appropriate safeguards to limit the risk exposure of the universal bank.
222.0401 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0403 222.0403 Loan powers.
222.0403(1)(1) Permitted purposes. A universal bank may make, sell, purchase, arrange, participate in, invest in, or otherwise deal in loans or extensions of credit for any purpose.
222.0403(2) (2)In general.
222.0403(2)(a)(a) Percentage limitation. Except as provided in subs. (3) to (8), the total liabilities of any person, other than a municipal corporation, to a universal bank for a loan or extension of credit may not exceed 20% of the universal bank's capital at any time.
222.0403(2)(b) (b) Partnership liabilities. In determining compliance with this section, liabilities of a partnership include the liabilities of the general partners, computed individually as to each general partner on the basis of his or her direct liability.
222.0403(3) (3)Increased limit for certain secured liabilities. The total liabilities of any person, other than a municipal corporation, to a universal bank for a loan or extension of credit may not exceed 50% of the universal bank's capital at any time, if the liabilities consist entirely of any of the following types of liabilities:
222.0403(3)(a) (a) Warehouse receipts. A liability secured by warehouse receipts issued by warehouse keepers who are licensed and bonded in this state under ss. 99.02 and 99.03 or under the federal Bonded Warehouse Act or who are licensed under s. 126.26, if all of the following requirements are met:
222.0403(3)(a)1. 1. The receipts cover readily marketable nonperishable staples.
222.0403(3)(a)2. 2. The staples are insured, if it is customary to insure the staples.
222.0403(3)(a)3. 3. The market value of the staples is not, at any time, less than 140% of the face amount of the obligation.
222.0403(3)(b) (b) Certain bonds or notes. A liability in the form of a note or bond that meets any of the following qualifications:
222.0403(3)(b)1. 1. The note or bond is secured by not less than a like amount of bonds or notes of the United States issued since April 24, 1917, or certificates of indebtedness of the United States.
222.0403(3)(b)2. 2. The note or bond is secured or covered by guarantees or by commitments or agreements to take over, or to purchase, the bonds or notes, and the guarantee, commitment, or agreement is made by a federal reserve bank, the federal small business administration, the federal department of defense, or the federal maritime commission.
222.0403(3)(b)3. 3. The note or bond is secured by mortgages or trust deeds insured by the federal housing administration.
222.0403(4) (4)Obligations of local governmental units.
222.0403(4)(a)(a) Definition. In this subsection, "local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 16.97 (7).
222.0403(4)(b) (b) General limitation. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the total liabilities of a local governmental unit to a universal bank for money borrowed may not, at any time, exceed 25% of the capital of the universal bank.
222.0403(4)(c) (c) Revenue obligations. Liabilities in the form of revenue obligations of a local governmental unit are subject to the limitations provided in par. (b). In addition, a universal bank may invest in a general obligation of that local governmental unit in an amount that will bring the combined total of the general obligations and revenue obligations of a single local governmental unit to a sum not in excess of 50% of the capital of the universal bank.
222.0403(4)(d) (d) General obligations. If the liabilities of the local governmental unit are in the form of bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness that are a general obligation of a local governmental unit, the total liability of the local governmental unit may not exceed 50% of the capital of the universal bank.
222.0403(4)(e) (e) Temporary borrowings. The total amount of temporary borrowings of any local governmental unit maturing within one year after the date of issue may not exceed 60% of the capital of the universal bank. Temporary borrowings and longer-term general obligation borrowings of a single local governmental unit may be considered separately in determining compliance with this subsection.
222.0403(5) (5)Obligations of certain international organizations; other foreign bonds. A universal bank may purchase bonds offered for sale by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank or any other foreign bonds approved under rules established by the division. The aggregate investment in any of these bonds issued by a single issuer may not exceed 10% of the capital of the universal bank.
222.0403(6) (6)Foreign national government bonds. A universal bank may purchase general obligation bonds issued by any foreign national government if the bonds are payable in United States funds. The aggregate investment in these foreign bonds may not exceed 3% of the capital of the universal bank, except that this limitation does not apply to bonds of the Canadian government and Canadian provinces that are payable in United States funds.
222.0403(7) (7)Limits established by board.
222.0403(7)(a)(a) When financial statements required. A universal bank may not make or renew a loan or loans, the aggregate total of which exceeds the level established by the board of directors without being supported by a signed financial statement of the borrower, unless the loan is secured by collateral having a value in excess of the amount of the loan. A signed financial statement furnished by the borrower to a universal bank in compliance with this paragraph must be renewed annually as long as the loan or any renewal of the loan remains unpaid and is subject to this paragraph.
222.0403(7)(b) (b) Treatment of loans complying with limits. A loan or a renewal of a loan made by a universal bank in compliance with par. (a), without a signed financial statement, may be treated by the universal bank as entirely independent of any secured loan made to the same borrower if the loan does not exceed the applicable limitations provided in this section.
222.0403(8) (8)Exceptions. This section does not apply to any of the following:
222.0403(8)(a) (a) Liabilities secured by certain short-term federal obligations. A liability that is secured by not less than a like amount of direct obligations of the United States that will mature not more than 18 months after the date on which such liabilities to the universal bank are entered into.
222.0403(8)(b) (b) Certain federal and state obligations or guaranteed obligations. A liability that is a direct obligation of the United States or this state, or an obligation of any governmental agency of the United States or this state, that is fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the United States or this state.
222.0403(8)(c) (c) Commodity Credit Corporation liabilities. A liability in the form of a note, debenture, or certificate of interest of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
222.0403(8)(d) (d) Discounting bills of exchange or business or commercial paper. A liability created by the discounting of bills of exchange drawn in good faith against actually existing values or the discounting of commercial or business paper actually owned by the person negotiating the same.
222.0403(8)(e) (e) Certain other federal or federally guaranteed obligations. Obligations of, or obligations that are fully guaranteed by, the United States and obligations of any federal reserve bank, federal home loan bank, the Student Loan Marketing Association, the Government National Mortgage Association, the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of Washington, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
222.0403(9) (9)Additional authority.
222.0403(9)(a)(a) In general. In addition to the authority granted under subs. (1) to (8), and except as provided in par. (b), a universal bank may lend under this subsection, through the universal bank or subsidiary of the universal bank, to all borrowers from the universal bank and all of its subsidiaries, an aggregate amount not to exceed 20% of the universal bank's capital. Except as provided in subs. (3) and (4), neither a universal bank nor any subsidiary of the universal bank may lend to any borrower, under this subsection or any other law or rule, an amount that would result in an aggregate amount for all loans to that borrower that exceeds 20% of the universal bank's capital. A universal bank or its subsidiary may take an equity position or other form of interest as security in a project funded through loans made under this paragraph. Every transaction by a universal bank or its subsidiary under this paragraph requires prior approval by the governing board of the universal bank or its subsidiary, respectively. Loans made under this paragraph are not subject to s. 221.0326 or to classification as losses, for a period of 2 years from the date of each loan except as provided in par. (b).
222.0403(9)(b) (b) Suspension of additional authority. The division may suspend the authority established under par. (a) and, in such case, may specify how an outstanding loan shall be treated by the universal bank or its subsidiary. Among the factors that the division may consider in suspending authority under par. (a) are the universal bank's capital adequacy, asset quality, earnings quantity, earnings quality, adequacy of liquidity, and sensitivity to market risk and the ability of the universal bank's management.
222.0403(10) (10)Exercise of loan powers; prohibited considerations. In determining whether to make a loan or extension of credit, no universal bank may consider any health information obtained from the records of an affiliate of the universal bank that is engaged in the business of insurance, unless the person to whom the health information relates consents.
222.0403 History History: 2003 a. 63, 326.
222.0405 222.0405 Investment powers.
222.0405(1)(1) Investment securities. Except as provided in subs. (3) to (8), a universal bank may purchase, sell, underwrite, and hold investment securities, consistent with safe and sound banking practices, up to 100% of the universal bank's capital. A universal bank may not invest greater than 20% of the universal bank's capital in the investment securities of one obligor or issuer. In this subsection, "investment securities" includes commercial paper, banker's acceptances, marketable securities in the form of bonds, notes, debentures, and similar instruments that are regarded as investment securities.
222.0405(2) (2)Equity securities. Except as provided in subs. (3) to (8), a universal bank may purchase, sell, underwrite, and hold equity securities, consistent with safe and sound banking practices, up to 20% of the universal bank's capital or, if approved by the division in writing, a greater percentage of the universal bank's capital.
222.0405(3) (3)Housing activities. With the prior written consent of the division, a universal bank may invest in the initial purchase and development, or the purchase or commitment to purchase after completion, of home sites and housing for sale or rental, including projects for the reconstruction, rehabilitation, or rebuilding of residential properties to meet the minimum standards of health and occupancy prescribed for a local governmental unit, the provision of accommodations for retail stores, shops, and other community services that are reasonably incident to that housing, or the stock of a corporation that owns one or more of those projects and that is wholly owned by one or more financial institutions. The total investment in any one project may not exceed 15% of the universal bank's capital, nor may the aggregate investment under this subsection exceed 50% of the universal bank's capital. A universal bank may not make an investment under this subsection unless it is in compliance with the capital requirements set by the division under s. 222.0305 (1) and with the capital maintenance requirements of its deposit insurance corporation.
222.0405(4) (4)Profit-participation projects. A universal bank may take equity positions in profit-participation projects, including projects funded through loans from the universal bank, in an aggregate amount not to exceed 20% of the universal bank's capital. The division may suspend the investment authority under this subsection. If the division suspends the investment authority under this subsection, the division may specify how outstanding investments under this subsection shall be treated by the universal bank or its subsidiary. Among the factors that the division may consider in suspending authority under this subsection are the universal bank's capital adequacy, asset quality, earnings quantity, earnings quality, adequacy of liquidity, sensitivity to market risk, and the ability of the universal bank's management. This subsection does not authorize a universal bank, directly or indirectly through a subsidiary, to engage in the business of underwriting insurance.
222.0405(5) (5)Debt investments. A universal bank may invest in bonds, notes, obligations, and liabilities described under s. 222.0403 (3) to (7), subject to the limitations under those subsections.
222.0405(6) (6)Certain liabilities. This section does not limit investment in the liabilities described in s. 222.0403 (8).
222.0405(7) (7)Certain investments. A universal bank may invest without limitation in any of the following:
222.0405(7)(a) (a) Business development corporations. Stocks or obligations of a corporation organized for business development by this state or by the United States or by an agency of this state or the United States.
222.0405(7)(b) (b) Urban renewal investment corporations. Obligations of an urban renewal investment corporation organized under the laws of this state or of the United States.
222.0405(7)(c) (c) Certain bank insurance companies. An equity interest in an insurance company or an insurance holding company organized to provide insurance for universal banks and for persons affiliated with universal banks, solely to the extent that this ownership is a prerequisite to obtaining directors' and officers' insurance or blanket bond insurance for the universal bank through the company.
222.0405(7)(d) (d) Certain remote service unit corporations. Shares of stock, whether purchased or otherwise acquired, in a corporation acquiring, placing, and operating remote service units under s. 214.04 (21) or 215.13 (46) or bank communications terminals under s. 221.0303 (2).
222.0405(7)(e) (e) Service corporations. Equity or debt securities or instruments of a service corporation subsidiary of the universal bank.
222.0405(7)(f) (f) Federal funds. Advances of federal funds.
222.0405(7)(g) (g) Certain risk management financial products. With the prior written approval of the division, financial futures transactions, financial options transactions, forward commitments, or other financial products for the purpose of reducing, hedging, or otherwise managing its interest rate risk exposure.
222.0405(7)(h) (h) Certain fiduciaries. A subsidiary organized to exercise corporate fiduciary powers under ch. 112.
222.0405(7)(i) (i) Agricultural credit corporations. An agricultural credit corporation, except that if the universal bank owns less than 80% of the stock of the agricultural credit corporation, the universal bank may not invest more than 20% of the universal bank's capital in the agricultural credit corporation.
222.0405(7)(j) (j) Deposit accounts and insured obligations. Deposit accounts or insured obligations of any financial institution, the accounts of which are insured by a deposit insurance corporation.
222.0405(7)(k) (k) Certain federal obligations. Obligations of, or obligations that are fully guaranteed by, the United States and stocks or obligations of any federal reserve bank, federal home loan bank, the Student Loan Marketing Association, the Government National Mortgage Association, the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
222.0405(7)(L) (L) Other investments. Any other investment authorized by the division.
222.0405(8) (8)Investments in other financial institutions. In addition to the authority granted under ss. 222.0307 and 222.0409, and subject to the limitations of sub. (2), a universal bank may invest in other financial institutions.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)