1. The Laws of New York
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  4. Article 6-C: Mutual Holding Companies


Section 291 Required approvals

Banking (BNK)

1. A reorganization of a mutual savings bank pursuant to this article shall be approved by a majority of the board of trustees of the mutual savings bank.

  2. (a) A mutual savings bank proposing a reorganization pursuant to this article shall provide the superintendent with written notice of such proposed reorganization. Such notice shall include a copy of the plan of reorganization approved by the board of trustees pursuant to subdivision one of this section, the proposed organization certificate for the mutual holding company and the stock savings bank subsidiary and shall contain such other information as the superintendent shall require. The superintendent shall approve or disapprove the plan of reorganization within sixty days of the submission of such plan together with such other information as the superintendent shall require.

  (b) In determining whether to approve the plan of reorganization, the superintendent shall consider:

  (i) whether the formation of the mutual holding company would not be detrimental to the interests of the depositors of the mutual savings bank proposing to reorganize as provided in section two hundred ninety of this article;

  (ii) whether disapproval is necessary to prevent unsafe or unsound banking practices;

  (iii) whether the interest of the public will be served by the proposed reorganization;

  (iv) whether the financial or management resources of the mutual savings bank proposing to reorganize as provided in section two hundred ninety of this article warrant disapproval of the proposed plan of reorganization; and

  (v) whether the mutual savings bank proposing to reorganize as provided in section two hundred ninety of this article fails to furnish any information required under paragraph (a) of this subdivision or furnishes information containing any statement which, at the time and in the circumstances under which it was made, was false or misleading with respect to any material fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein not false or misleading.

  (c) When the superintendent shall have determined to approve or disapprove the plan of reorganization, the superintendent shall so advise the mutual savings bank in writing and shall endorse approval on an organization certificate and cause it to be filed in the office of the superintendent and with the clerk of the county in which the principal office of the mutual savings bank is located. Upon the filing of the organization certificate the existence of the mutual holding company shall commence. As used in this article, the term "organization certificate" shall include an amended organization certificate.

  3. If approved by the superintendent, the mutual savings bank shall submit the plan of reorganization to its depositors for approval at a meeting convened in accordance with general regulations promulgated by the superintendent of financial services for the sole purpose of approving or disapproving such plan. At such meeting:

  (a) all depositors whose aggregate deposit balance equals at least one hundred dollars as of a record date shall be entitled to approve the plan of reorganization, either in person or by valid proxy;

  (b) each depositor entitled to vote shall be entitled to cast one vote for each full one hundred dollars of deposits of such depositor shown on the books and records of the mutual savings bank as of the record date;

  (c) no depositor shall be entitled to cast any vote for any deposit balance in amounts of less than one hundred dollars; and

  (d) no plan of reorganization shall be effective unless approved by the affirmative vote of at least seventy-five per centum of the aggregate dollar amount of the book value of deposits represented at such meeting either in person or by valid proxy and entitled to vote thereat.