(a) A foreign bank which is licensed to establish and maintain an Alabama representative office may, subject to such regulations as the superintendent may prescribe, engage in the following activities:
(1) Solicitation for loans and in connection therewith the assembly of credit information, making of property inspections and appraisals, securing of title information, preparation of applications for loans including making recommendations with respect to action thereon, solicitation of investors to purchase loans from the foreign bank, and the search for such investors to contract with the foreign bank for servicing of such loans;
(2) The solicitation of new business;
(3) The conduct of research; and
(4) Back office administrative functions as may be more specifically defined in regulations issued by the superintendent.
Any other activity which the foreign bank seeks to conduct at such office shall be subject to the prior written approval of the superintendent by general regulation or upon application in such form as the superintendent shall require by regulation or order.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), an Alabama representative office may engage in credit approval activities provided that the foreign bank (1) gives 45 days' prior written notice to the superintendent; and (2) the superintendent does not object within such 45-day period to the conduct of such activities by the Alabama representative office. Written notice under this subsection shall be in such a form and contain such information as the superintendent shall require by regulation or order.