1. A bank may convert to a united community bank office as provided in this section.
2. A united community bank office formed under this section shall have a united community bank office board, at least one-half or more of the members of which shall be residents of the county in which the united community bank office is located. The liability of the united community bank office board shall be limited as provided in section 524.614. The bank establishing and operating the united community bank office may indemnify members of the united community bank office board as agents of the bank in the manner and in the instances authorized by sections 490.850 through 490.858.
3. Any two or more state banks, national banks, or state and national banks that are located in this state, that are affiliates as defined in section 524.1101, and that individually have been in existence and operated as banks continuously in this state for at least five years, may be merged or consolidated into a single state or national bank, and the resulting entity shall be a "united community bank". The resulting united community bank of the merger or consolidation:
a. Shall retain and operate as its principal place of business one of the principal places of business of the banks that are the parties to the merger or consolidation.
b. May retain and continue to operate as united community bank offices of the resulting bank any of the remaining principal places of business of the banks that are the parties to the merger or consolidation.
c. May retain and continue to operate as retained bank offices of the resulting united community bank any of the bank offices that are being operated as of the date of the merger or consolidation by any of the banks that are parties to the merger or consolidation.
d. May establish any number of additional bank offices within the municipal corporation or urban complex in which a united community bank office referred to in paragraph "b" is located.
e. May retain and continue to operate and may establish in conjunction with the resulting bank, or with any retained united community bank office, or with any other retained bank office, any facility authorized by section 524.1202, subsection 2, paragraph "c" or "d", and in operation at the time of the merger or consolidation or established after the merger or consolidation.
f. May relocate any principal place of business and any bank offices operated pursuant to this section by complying with other provisions of law applicable to relocation.
4. For purposes of subsection 3, the period of existence and operation of a bank shall be deemed continuous, notwithstanding any of the following:
a. Any direct or indirect change in the name, ownership, or control of the bank.
b. Any rechartering of the bank, or any merger or consolidation with one or more banks.
c. The bank acquired its initial assets and liabilities from the federal deposit insurance corporation, or other transferor, pursuant to a purchase and assumption transaction or any other type of transaction involving the transfer of ownership of a failed bank or other bank.
5. For purposes of subsection 3, a bank that has been chartered solely for the purpose of, and does not open for business prior to, acquiring control of, or acquiring all or substantially all of the assets of, one or more branches owned and operated on January 1, 1997, by a savings association, as defined in 12 U.S.C. § 1813, which association is an affiliate of the bank, is deemed to have been in continuous existence and operation as a bank for the combined periods of continuous existence and operation of the bank and the savings association from which the branch or branches were acquired.
6. For purposes of subsection 3, a bank that results from the conversion of a state savings association or federal savings association, as defined in 12 U.S.C. § 1813, is deemed to have been in continuous existence and operation as a bank for the combined periods of continuous existence and operation of the bank and the association from which it was converted.
7. For purposes of subsection 3, a bank that has been chartered solely for the purpose of, and does not open for business prior to, acquiring control of, or acquiring all or substantially all of the assets of, a bank located in this state is deemed to have been in existence and operation for the same period of time as the bank which is acquired.
8. All united community bank offices and other bank offices retained by the resulting bank of a merger or consolidation under the authority of this section shall be deemed bank offices established under the authority of section 524.1201 for all intents and purposes of this chapter, except as is otherwise expressly provided in this section.
9. This section does not alter the limitations upon bank holding companies contained in section 524.1802.
10. This section shall be strictly construed as an exception to the bank office limitations contained in section 524.1202. It is the intent of the general assembly that a court or regulatory agency shall not deem, construe, or interpret this section to permit statewide branch banking or to permit the establishment of a bank office at any location in this state unless specifically authorized by this section or section 524.312 or 524.1202.
11. This section does not authorize the establishment of a bank office or an integral facility at any time by any bank except as a direct and immediate consequence of a merger or consolidation of two or more affiliated banks and as expressly permitted by subsection 3. This section does not authorize the resulting bank of a merger or consolidation to establish or retain any united community bank office, bank office, or integral facility at any location other than those expressly permitted by subsection 3, or to preserve any business location acquired in the merger or consolidation for subsequent use.
12. As used in this section, the term "bank" does not include any entity unless it is chartered as a state or national bank and is authorized by its bylaws to, and actually does, accept deposits, pay checks, and make commercial loans.
89 Acts, ch 172, §3; 90 Acts, ch 1266, § 43; 94 Acts, ch 1023, §67; 96 Acts, ch 1056, § 16; 97 Acts, ch 50, §1; 98 Acts, ch 1033, §2, 3; 99 Acts, ch 114, §43
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