222.0102(4) (4)“Financial institution" means a savings bank organized under ch. 214, savings and loan association organized under ch. 215, or bank chartered under ch. 221.
222.0102(5) (5)“Universal bank" means a financial institution that has been issued a certificate of authority under s. 222.0205.
222.0102(6) (6)“Well-capitalized" has the meaning given in 12 USC 1831o (b) (1) (A).
222.0102 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0103 222.0103 Applicability.
222.0103(1)(1)Savings banks. A universal bank that is a savings bank organized under ch. 214 remains subject to all of the requirements, duties, and liabilities, and may exercise all of the powers, of a savings bank, except that, in the event of a conflict between this chapter and those requirements, duties, liabilities, or powers, this chapter shall control.
222.0103(2) (2) Savings and loan associations. A universal bank that is a savings and loan association organized under ch. 215 remains subject to all of the requirements, duties, and liabilities, and may exercise all of the powers, of a savings and loan association, except that, in the event of a conflict between this chapter and those requirements, duties, liabilities, or powers, this chapter shall control.
222.0103(3) (3) Banks. A universal bank that is a bank chartered under ch. 221 remains subject to all of the requirements, duties, and liabilities, and may exercise all of the powers, of a bank, except that, in the event of a conflict between this chapter and those requirements, duties, liabilities, or powers, this chapter shall control.
222.0103 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0105 222.0105 Fees. The division may establish such fees as it determines are appropriate for documents filed with the division under this chapter and for services provided by the division under this chapter.
222.0105 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0107 222.0107 Administration.
222.0107(1)(1)Powers of division. The division shall administer this chapter for all universal banks.
222.0107(2) (2) Rule-making authority. The division may promulgate rules to administer and carry out this chapter. The division may establish additional limits or requirements on universal banks, if the division determines that the limits or requirements are necessary for the protection of depositors, members, investors, or the public.
222.0107 History History: 2003 a. 63.
subch. II of ch. 222 SUBCHAPTER II
CERTIFICATION
222.0201 222.0201 Procedure.
222.0201(1)(1)Application. A financial institution may apply to become certified as a universal bank by filing a written application with the division. The application shall include all information required by the division. The application shall be on the forms and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the division.
222.0201(2) (2) Review by division. An application submitted by a financial institution under sub. (1) shall either be approved or disapproved by the division, in writing, within 60 days after the date on which application is filed with the division. The division and the financial institution may mutually agree to extend the application period for an additional period of 60 days. The division shall approve an application if all of the applicable requirements under s. 222.0203 (1) are met.
222.0201 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0203 222.0203 Eligibility.
222.0203(1)(1)Requirements. The division may approve an application from a financial institution for certification as a universal bank only if all of the following requirements are met:
222.0203(1)(a) (a) The financial institution has been in existence and continuous operation for a minimum of 3 years before the date of the application.
222.0203(1)(b) (b) The financial institution is well-capitalized.
222.0203(1)(c) (c) The financial institution does not exhibit a combination of financial, managerial, operational, and compliance weaknesses that is moderately severe or unsatisfactory, as determined by the division based upon the division's assessment of the financial institution's capital adequacy, asset quality, management capability, earnings quantity and quality, adequacy of liquidity, and sensitivity to market risk.
222.0203(1)(d) (d) During the 12-month period before the date of the application, the financial institution has not been the subject of an enforcement action, and there is no enforcement action pending against the financial institution by any state or federal financial institution regulatory agency, including the division.
222.0203(1)(e) (e) The most current evaluation prepared under 12 USC 2906 that the financial institution has received rates the financial institution as “outstanding" or “satisfactory" in helping to meet the credit needs of its entire community, including low-income and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with the safe and sound operation of the financial institution.
222.0203(1)(f) (f) If the financial institution has received from its federal functional regulator, as defined in 15 USC 6809 (2), a consumer compliance examination that contains information regarding the financial institution's compliance with 15 USC 6801 to 6803 and any applicable regulations prescribed under 15 USC 6804, the most recent such examination indicates, in the opinion of the division, that the financial institution is in substantial compliance with those statutes or regulations.
222.0203(2) (2) Failure to maintain eligibility; limitation of authority and decertification. For any period during which a universal bank fails to meet the requirements under sub. (1), the division shall limit or restrict the exercise of the powers of the universal bank under this chapter. In addition to or in lieu of limiting or restricting the universal bank's authority under this subsection, the division may by order revoke the universal bank's certificate of authority issued under s. 222.0205.
222.0203 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0205 222.0205 Certificate of authority. Upon approval of an application for certification as a universal bank, the division shall issue to the applicant a certificate of authority stating that the financial institution is certified as a universal bank under this chapter.
222.0205 History History: 2003 a. 63.
222.0207 222.0207 Voluntary termination of certification. A financial institution that is certified as a universal bank under this chapter may elect to terminate its certification by giving 60 days' prior written notice of the termination to the division. A termination under this section is effective only with the written approval of the division. A financial institution shall, as a precondition to termination under this section, terminate its exercise of all powers granted under this chapter before the termination of the certification. The division's written approval of a financial institution's termination under this section is void if the financial institution fails to satisfy the precondition to termination under this section.
222.0207 History History: 2003 a. 63.
subch. III of ch. 222 SUBCHAPTER III
ORGANIZATION
222.0301 222.0301 Articles of incorporation and bylaws. A universal bank shall continue to operate under its articles of incorporation and bylaws as in effect prior to certification as a universal bank or as such articles or bylaws may be subsequently amended in accordance with the provisions of the chapter under which the universal bank was organized or chartered.
222.0301 History History: 2003 a. 63.
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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent of the capital of the universal bank.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-20)