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R333. Financial Institutions, Banks.

Rule R333-10. Securities Activities of Subsidiaries and Affiliates of State-Chartered Banks.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R333-10-1. Authority, Scope, and Purpose.

(1) This rule is issued pursuant to Sections 7-3-3.2 and 7-3-21.

(2) This rule sets forth standards to govern securities activities of state chartered banks.

(3) The purpose of this rule is to establish safeguards to ensure that subsidiaries or affiliates engaged in securities activities do not endanger the safeness and soundness of state chartered banks.

R333-10-2. Definitions.

(1) "Affiliate" means any company that directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls or is under common control with a state chartered bank.

(2) "Bona fide subsidiary" means a subsidiary of a bank that at a minimum:

(a) Is adequately capitalized;

(b) Is physically separate and distinct from the depository operations of the bank;

(c) Does not share a common name or logo with the bank;

(d) Maintains separate accounting and other corporate records;

(e) Shares no common officers or employees with the bank or its holding company;

(f) A majority of its board of directors is composed of persons who are neither directors nor officers of the bank or its holding company;

(g) Conducts business pursuant to independent policies and procedures designed to inform customers and prospective customers of the subsidiary that the subsidiary is a separate organization from the bank and that investments recommended, offered or sold by the subsidiary are not bank deposits, are not insured by the FDIC, and are not guaranteed by the bank or its holding company nor are otherwise obligations of the bank or its holding company.

(3) "Company" means any corporation, other than a bank, any partnership, business trust, association, joint venture, pool syndicate, or other similar business organization.

(4) "Control" means "control" as defined in Section 7-1-103.

(5) "Extension of credit" means the making or renewal of any loan, a draw upon a line of credit, or an extending of credit in any manner whatsoever and includes:

(a) A purchase, whether or not under repurchase agreement, of securities, other assets, or obligations;

(b) An advance by means of an overdraft, cash item, or otherwise;

(c) Issuance of a standby letter of credit, or other similar arrangement regardless of name or description;

(d) An acquisition by discount, purchase, exchange, or otherwise of any note, draft, bill of exchange, or other evidence of indebtedness upon which a natural person or company may be liable as maker, drawer, endorser, guarantor, or surety;

(e) A discount of promissory notes, bills of exchange, conditional sales contracts, or similar paper, whether with or without recourse;

(f) An increase of an existing indebtedness, but not if the additional funds are advanced by the bank for its own protection for

(i) accrued interest or

(ii) taxes, insurance, or other expenses incidental to the existing indebtedness; or

(g) Any other transaction as a result of which a natural person or company becomes obligated to pay money, or its equivalent to a bank, whether the obligation arises directly or indirectly, or because of an endorsement on an obligation or otherwise, or by any means whatsoever.

(6) "Investment quality debt security" means a marketable obligation in the form of a bond, note, or debenture that is rated in the top four rating categories by a nationally recognized rating service or a marketable obligation in the form of a bond, note, or debenture, the investment characteristics of which are equivalent to the investment characteristics of such a top-rated obligation.

(7) "Investment quality equity security" means marketable common stock that is ranked or graded in the top four categories or equivalent categories by a nationally recognized rating service, marketable preferred corporate stock that is rated in the top four rating categories by a nationally recognized rating service, or marketable preferred corporate stock that has investment characteristics that are equivalent to the investment characteristics of top rated preferred corporate stock.

(8) "Subsidiary" means any company controlled by a bank.

(9) "Total capital" means the sum of capital stock, surplus, undivided profits, reserve for contingencies, reserve for loan losses, and subordinated notes and debentures with more than one year maturity.

R333-10-3. Investment in Securities Activities.

(1) No bank with total capital of less than 7% of its total assets may invest in a securities subsidiary.

(2) No bank may invest more than 10% of its capital in a securities subsidiary.

(3) A bank may not establish or acquire a subsidiary that engages in the sale, distribution, or underwriting of stocks, bonds, debentures, notes or other securities; conducts any activities for which the subsidiary is required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a broker-dealer; acts as an investment adviser to any investment company; or engages in any other securities activity unless and except as otherwise provided by (4)(b) of this section, the subsidiary's underwriting activities that would not be authorized to the bank under Section 16 of the Glass-Steagall Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 24, Seventh, as made applicable to insured nonmember banks by Section 21 of the Glass-Steagall Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 378, are limited to, and therefore continue to be limited to, one or more of the following:

(a) underwriting of investment quality debt securities,

(b) underwriting of investment quality equity securities,

(c) underwriting of investment companies not more than 25% of whose investments consist of investments other than investment quality debt securities and/or investment quality equity securities, or

(d) underwriting of investment companies not more than 25% of whose investments consist of investments other than obligations of the United States or United States Government agencies, repurchase agreements involving such obligations, bank certificates of deposit, banker's acceptances and other bank money instruments, short-term corporate debt instruments, and other similar investments normally associated with a money market fund; and that subsidiary conducts securities activities not authorized to the bank under section 16 of the Glass-Steagall Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 24, Seventh, as made applicable to insured nonmember banks by section 21 of the Glass-Steagall Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 378.

(4) Subsection (3) of this section not withstanding, a subsidiary of a state-chartered bank may engage in underwriting activities other than as limited thereby provided that the following conditions are met:

(a) The subsidiary is a member in good standing of the National Association of Securities Dealers, "NASD";

(b) The subsidiary has been in continuous operation for the five year period preceding notice to the commissioner as required by this part;

(c) No director, officer, general partner, employee, or 10% shareholder of any class of voting securities of the subsidiary has been charged within five years of the notice required by this part of any felony or misdemeanor:

(i) involving the making of a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Utah Securities Division or the securities agency of another state or

(ii) arising out of the conduct of the business of an underwriter, broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, or investment adviser;

(d) Neither the subsidiary nor any of its directors, officers, general partners, employees, or 10% shareholders of any class of voting securities of the subsidiary is or has been subject to any state or federal administrative order or court order, judgment, or decree entered within five years of the notice required by this part temporarily or preliminarily enjoining or restraining such person or the subsidiary from engaging in, or continuing, any conduct or practice in connection with the purchase or sale of any security involving the making of a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Utah Securities Division or the securities agency of another state or arising out of the conduct of the business of an underwriter, broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, or investment adviser;

(e) None of the subsidiary's directors, officers, general partners, employees, or 10% shareholders of any class of voting securities of the subsidiary are or have been subject to an order entered within five years of the notice required by this part issued by:

(i) the Securities and Exchange Commission entered pursuant to Section 15(b) or 15B(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 780, 78o-4, or Section 230(c) or (f) of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80b-3(c), or (f);

(ii) the Utah Securities Division entered pursuant to Sections 61-1-1 or 61-1-2; or

(iii) the state securities agency of another state which are similar to Sections 61-1-1 and 61-1-2.

(f) All officers of the subsidiary who have supervisory responsibility for underwriting activities have at least five years experience in similar activities at NASD member securities firms.

R333-10-4. Affiliation With a Securities Company.

A state chartered bank is prohibited from becoming affiliated with any company that directly engages in the sale, distribution, or underwriting of stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities unless:

(1) The securities business of the affiliate is physically separate and distinct from the bank;

(2) The bank and affiliate share no common officers or employees;

(3) A majority of the board of directors of the bank is composed of persons who are neither directors nor officers of the affiliate;

(4) No employee of the bank conducts securities activities on behalf of the affiliate on the premises of the bank;

(5) The bank and affiliate do not share a common name or logo; and

(6) The affiliate conducts business pursuant to independent policies and procedures designed to inform customers and prospective customers of the affiliate that the affiliate is a separate organization from the bank and that investments recommended, offered or sold by the affiliate are not bank deposits, are not insured by the FDIC, and are not guaranteed by the bank or its holding company nor are otherwise obligations of the bank or its holding company.

R333-10-5. Filing a Notice.

(1) A bank or bank holding company shall notify the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of its intent to acquire or establish a subsidiary that:

(a) sells, distributes or underwrites stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities;

(b) acts as an investment advisor to any investment company;

(c) conducts any activity for which the subsidiary is required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a broker-dealer; or

(d) engages in any other securities activity.

(2) Notice shall be in writing and must be received by the commissioner at least 60 days prior to the consummation of the acquisition or operation of the subsidiary, whichever is earlier.

(3) The 60-day notice requirement may be waived at the commissioner's discretion where such notice is unpracticable in the case of a purchase and assumption transaction or a supervisory merger.

R333-10-6. Restrictions.

A bank which has a subsidiary or affiliate that engages in the sale, distribution or underwriting of stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities, or acts as an investment company shall not:

(1) Purchase in its discretion as fiduciary, co-fiduciary, or managing agent any security currently distributed, currently underwritten, or issued by such subsidiary or affiliate or purchase as fiduciary, co-fiduciary, or managing agent any security currently issued by an investment company advised by such subsidiary or affiliate, unless:

(a) The purchase is expressly authorized by the trust instrument, court order, or local law, or specific authority for the purchase is obtained from all interested parties after full disclosure;

(b) The purchase, although not expressly authorized under Subsection (1)(a), is otherwise consistent with the insured nonmember bank's fiduciary obligation, or the purchase is permissible under applicable federal or state statute or rule, or both;

(2) Transact business through its trust department with such subsidiary or affiliate unless the transactions are at least comparable to transactions with an unaffiliated securities company or a securities company that is not a subsidiary of the bank;

(3) Extend credit or make any loan directly or indirectly to any company the stock, bonds, debentures, notes or other securities of which are currently underwritten or distributed by such subsidiary or affiliate of the bank unless the company's stocks, bonds, debentures, notes or other securities that are underwritten or undistributed qualify as investment quality debt securities, or qualify as investment quality equity securities.

(4) Extend credit or make any loan directly or indirectly to any investment company whose shares are currently underwritten or distributed by such subsidiary or affiliate of the bank;

(5) Extend credit or make any loan where the purpose of the extension of credit or loan is to acquire:

(a) Any stock, bond, debenture, note, or other security currently underwritten or distributed by the subsidiary or affiliate;

(b) Any security currently issued by an investment company advised by the subsidiary or affiliate; or

(c) Any stock, bond, debenture, note or other security issued by the subsidiary or affiliate, except that a bank may extend credit or make a loan to employees of the subsidiary or affiliate for the purpose of acquiring securities of the subsidiary or affiliate through an employee stock bonus or stock purchase plan adopted by the board of directors or board of trustees of the subsidiary or affiliate.

(6) Make any loan or extension of credit to a subsidiary or affiliate of the bank that:

(a) Distributes or underwrites stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities, or

(b) Advises any investment company if the loans or extensions of credit would be in excess of the limit as to amount, and not in accordance with the restrictions imposed on "covered transactions" by Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act, 12 U.S.C. 371c, and that are not within any exemptions established thereby.

(7) Make any loan or extension of credit to any investment company for which the bank's subsidiary or affiliate acts as an investment adviser if the loan or extension of credit would be in excess of the limit as to amount, and not in accordance with the restrictions imposed on "covered transactions" by Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act, 12 U.S.C. 371c, and that are not within any exemptions established thereby; and

(8) Directly or indirectly condition any loan or extension of credit to any company on the requirement that the company contract with, or agree to contract with, the bank's subsidiary or affiliate to underwrite or distribute the company's securities or directly or indirectly condition any loan or extension of credit to any person on the requirement that the person purchase any security currently underwritten or distributed by the bank's subsidiary or affiliate.

R333-10-7. Nonmember Banks Not Authorized to Participate in Securities Activities.

Nothing in this section authorizes an insured nonmember bank to directly engage in any securities activity not authorized to it under Sections 16 and 21 of the Glass-Steagall Act, 12 U.S.C. 24, Seventh and 378.

KEY

banks and banking, securities, subsidiaries

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

1995

Notice of Continuation

September 15, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

7-3-21


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R333, please contact the promulgating agency (Financial Institutions, Banks). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.