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Federal Banking Regulators Issue Statement on Conversions of Troubled Banks

FDIC Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve OCC CSBS

Consumer Finance

On November 26, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, and the OCC, together with the CSBS, issued guidance on implementation of section 612 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposes restrictions on conversions of national banks and federal savings associations to state-chartered institutions and vice versa. As the Interagency Statement describes, section 612 generally prohibits such charter conversions while an institution is subject to either a formal enforcement order issued by its primary regulator involving a significant supervisory matter or to a memorandum of understanding entered into with its primary regulator involving a significant supervisory matter. The Statement (i) explains that federal and state agencies consider the prohibition to cover all formal enforcement actions by a federal or state agency, (ii) encourages institutions subject to the prohibition that are seeking conversion under one of the several exceptions to notify regulators prior to submitting a conversion application, and (iii) outlines the processes by which federal and state agencies will comply with the notification and information sharing requirements of section 612.

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