Section 5-13B-111

Asset maintenance.

(a) Each foreign bank which is licensed to establish and maintain an Alabama state branch or Alabama state agency shall hold in this state currency, bonds, notes, debentures, drafts, bills of exchange, or other evidences of indebtedness, including loan participation agreements or certificates, or other obligations payable in the United States or in United States funds or, with the prior approval of the superintendent, in funds freely convertible into United States funds, or such other assets as the superintendent shall by regulation or order permit, in an amount which shall bear such relationship as the superintendent shall by regulation or order prescribe to liabilities of such foreign bank payable at or through its Alabama state branch or Alabama state agency, including acceptances, but excluding amounts due and other liabilities to other offices, agencies, or branches of, and wholly owned, except for a nominal number of directors' shares, subsidiaries of, such foreign bank and such other liabilities as the superintendent shall determine.

(b) The superintendent is specifically authorized, in implementing the provisions of this section, to:

Vary the ratio of assets to liabilities for Alabama branches or Alabama agencies, applicable under this section, of certain foreign banks as may be determined by the superintendent in his or her sole discretion to be necessary or desirable to reflect differences among such Alabama branches or Alabama agencies on account of:

(1) The financial condition of Alabama branch or agency offices of the foreign bank,

(2) The financial condition of branch or agency offices of the same foreign bank located in other states,

(3) General economic conditions prevalent in the home country of the parent foreign bank, or

(4) The financial condition of the parent foreign bank itself, including, but not limited to:

a. The financial condition of its branches and agencies located in other countries,

b. The financial condition of its affiliated bank and nonbank subsidiaries in the United States, and

c. The financial condition of the foreign bank on a worldwide consolidated basis or in its home country.

(c) For the purposes of this section, the superintendent shall value marketable securities at principal amount or market value, whichever is lower, shall have the right to determine the value of any non-marketable bond, note, debenture, draft, bill of exchange, other evidence of indebtedness, including loan participation agreements or certificates, or of any other asset or obligation held or owed to the foreign bank or its Alabama state branch or Alabama state agency in this state, and in determining the amount of assets for the purpose of computing the above ratio of assets to liabilities, shall have the power by regulation or order to exclude in whole or in part any particular asset.

(d) If, by reason of the existence or the potential occurrence of unusual and extraordinary circumstances, the superintendent deems it necessary or desirable for the maintenance of a sound financial condition, the protection of depositors, creditors, and the public interest, and to maintain public confidence in the business of an Alabama state branch or Alabama state agency, he or she may, subject to such terms and conditions as he or she may prescribe, require such foreign bank to deposit the assets required to be held in this state pursuant to this section with such Alabama banks, as the superintendent may designate.

(e) The assets held to satisfy the assets to liabilities relationship, prescribed by the superintendent pursuant to this section, shall include obligations of any person for money borrowed from a foreign bank holding a license to establish and maintain an Alabama state branch or Alabama state agency only to the extent that the total of such obligations of any person are not more than 10 percent of such assets considered for purposes of this section.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-115, p. 134, §59.)