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SECTION 137
Change of state bank into national banking association by conversion, merger or consolidation
Banking (BNK) CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE 3
§ 137. Change of state bank into national banking association by
conversion, merger or consolidation. 1. A state bank may, by vote of the
stockholders owning at least two-thirds in amount of its stock, convert
into, or merge or consolidate with, a national banking association under
the charter of a national banking association in the manner provided by
federal law and without approval of any state authority.

2. The franchise of a state bank as a state bank shall automatically
terminate when its conversion into or its merger or consolidation with a
national banking association under a federal charter is consummated and
the resulting national banking association shall be considered the same
business and corporate entity as the state bank, although as to rights,
powers and duties the resulting bank is a national banking association.

3. At the time when such conversion, merger or consolidation becomes
effective

(a) all of the property, rights, powers and franchises of the state
bank shall vest in the national banking association and the national
banking association shall be subject to and be deemed to have assumed
all of the debts, liabilities, obligations and duties of the state bank
and to have succeeded to all of its relationships, fiduciary or
otherwise, as fully and to the same extent as if such property, rights,
powers, franchises, debts, liabilities, obligations, duties and
relationships had been originally acquired, incurred or entered into by
the national banking association; provided, however, that nothing in
this section shall be deemed to authorize the national banking
association to maintain as its own office any office previously
maintained by the state bank, and authority, if any, to maintain any
such office shall be governed by applicable federal law;

(b) any reference to the state bank in any contract, will or document,
whether executed or taking effect before or after the conversion, merger
or consolidation, shall be considered a reference to the national
banking association if not inconsistent with the other provisions of the
contract, will or document;

(c) a pending action or other judicial proceeding to which the state
bank is a party, shall not be deemed to have abated or to have
discontinued by reason of the conversion, merger or consolidation, but
may be prosecuted to final judgment, order or decree in the same manner
as if the conversion, merger or consolidation had not been made; or the
national banking association may be substituted as a party to such
action or proceeding, and any judgment, order or decree may be rendered
for or against it that might have been rendered for or against the state
bank if the conversion, merger or consolidation had not occurred.

4. As used in this section, the term "state bank" means any bank,
trust company or other banking organization engaged in the business of
receiving deposits other than a mutual savings bank. For purposes of
merger or consolidation under this section the term "national banking
association" means one or more national banking associations, and the
term "state bank" means one or more state banks.