(a) A domestic stock insurer may merge or consolidate with one or more domestic or foreign stock insurers by complying with the applicable provisions of the statutes of this state governing the merger or consolidation of stock corporations formed for profit, but subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section.
(b) No such merger or consolidation shall be effectuated unless in advance thereof the plan and agreement therefor have been filed with the commissioner and approved in writing by him after a hearing thereon. The commissioner shall give such approval within a reasonable time after such filing unless he finds such plan or agreement:
(1) Is contrary to law;
(2) Inequitable to the stockholders of any domestic insurer involved; or
(3) Would substantially reduce the security of, and service to be rendered to, policyholders of the domestic insurer in this state or elsewhere.
(c) No director, officer, agent, or employee of any insurer party to such merger or consolidation shall receive any fee, commission, compensation, or other valuable consideration whatsoever for in any manner aiding, promoting, or assisting therein except as set forth in such plan or agreement.
(d) If the commissioner does not approve any such plan or agreement, he shall so notify the insurer in writing, specifying his reasons therefor.
(e) If any domestic insurer involved in the proposed merger or consolidation is authorized to transact insurance also in other states, the commissioner may request the insurance commissioner, director of insurance, superintendent of insurance, or other similar public insurance supervisory official of the two other such states in which such insurer has in force the larger amounts of insurance to participate in the hearing provided for under subsection (b) of this section, with full right to examine all witnesses and evidence and to offer to the commissioner such pertinent information and suggestions as they may deem proper.
(f) Any plan or proposal through which a stock insurer proposes to acquire a controlling stock interest in another stock insurer through an exchange of stock of the first insurer, issued by the insurer for the purpose, for such controlling stock of the second insurer is deemed to be a plan or proposal of merger of the second insurer into the first insurer for the purposes of this section and is subject to the applicable provisions of this section.