Section 10A-20-7.10

Rights to shares, bonds, securities, or other evidences of corporate indebtedness.

(a) Notwithstanding any rule at common law, any provision of any general or special law or any provision in their respective charters, agreements of association, certificate of formation, or trust indentures:

(1) Any person, including all domestic corporations organized for the purpose of carrying on business within this state, and further including, without implied limitation, public utility companies, insurance companies, foreign corporations licensed to do business within this state, all financial institutions, as defined in Section 10A-20-7.01, and all trusts, are hereby authorized to acquire, purchase, hold, sell, assign, transfer, mortgage, pledge, or otherwise dispose of any bonds, securities, or other evidences of indebtedness created by, or the shares of the capital stock of, the corporation and, while owners of the stock, to exercise all the rights, powers, and privileges of ownership, including the right to vote thereon, all without the approval of any regulatory authority of the state, except as otherwise provided in this article; provided, however, that a financial institution which does not become a member of the corporation shall not be permitted to acquire any shares of the capital stock of the corporation;

(2) All financial institutions are hereby authorized to become members of the corporation and to make loans to the corporation as provided in Section 10A-20-7.11; and

(3) Each financial institution which becomes a member of the corporation is hereby authorized to acquire, purchase, hold, sell, assign, transfer, mortgage, pledge, or otherwise dispose of any bonds, securities, or other evidences of indebtedness created by, or the shares of the capital stock of, the corporation and, while owners of the stock, to exercise all the rights, powers, and privileges of ownership, including the right to vote thereon, all without the approval of any regulatory authority of the state; provided, that the amount of the capital stock of the corporation which may be acquired by any member pursuant to the authority granted in this section shall not exceed 10 percent of the loan limit of the member.

(b) The amount of capital stock of the corporation which any member is authorized to acquire pursuant to the authority granted in this section is in addition to the amount of capital stock in corporations which the member may otherwise be authorized to acquire.

(Acts 1969, No. 322, p. 681, §4; §10-4-139; amended and renumbered by Act 2009-513, p. 967, §336.)