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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 260. Rules Governing Insurance Holding Companies

14VAC5-260-40. Acquisition of control; approval of applications.

A. A person filing an application or statement pursuant to § 38.2-1323 A, or any related provision of §§ 38.2-1324 through 38.2-1328, of the Act shall furnish the required information designated on Form A. A failure to file complete and accurate information as required by this chapter is grounds for a denial by the commission pursuant to § 38.2-1326.

B. Where applicable and required by Form A, Form E shall also be filed. Whenever an application includes information in the format required by Form E, the commission may require an opinion of an economist as to the competitive impact of the proposed acquisition.

C. When the person being acquired controls a domestic insurer, the person shall, for purposes of completing a Form A application, be deemed to be a "domestic insurer."

1. The name of the domestic subsidiary insurer should be indicated on the cover page as follows:

"ABC Insurance Company, a subsidiary of XYZ Holding Company"; and

2. References to "the insurer" contained in Form A shall refer to both the domestic subsidiary insurer and the person being acquired.

D. The applicant shall promptly advise the commission of any material changes in the information so furnished on Form A, or any attachments thereto, arising subsequent to the date upon which the information was furnished, but prior to the commission's disposition of the application and consummation of the acquisition of control. Within two business days after the person filing the application learns of the change, an amendment setting forth the change, together with copies of all documents and other material relevant to the change, shall be filed with the commission. The filing shall be made with the clerk of the commission. Except where the applicant is also the insurer, the applicant shall show on each such filing that a copy has also been sent to the insurer.

E. Where "control" is derived from a management agreement, including any other agreement between a domestic insurer and another person other than a contract for goods or nonmanagement services, any termination of the agreement or any substitution of persons under the agreement shall be deemed a change of control requiring notice and application to the commission pursuant to § 38.2-1323 of the Act.

F. A person seeking to merge with or acquire a domestic insurer may apply to the commission for an order exempting the person from the provisions of §§ 38.2-1323 through 38.2-1327 if the merger or acquisition meets the standards for exemption provided in § 38.2-1328.

1. The application shall be in writing and shall be filed with the clerk of the commission. Filing instructions are the same as for a Form A filing. See Section III of the Form A Instructions for information regarding number of copies, signature requirements, and electronic filing. The applicant shall identify the parties to the merger or acquisition and shall state (i) the purpose of the merger or acquisition, (ii) the method of merger or acquisition, and (iii) why the person believes the exemption criteria of § 38.2-1328 will be met.

2. Within 30 days after the application for exemption is filed with the clerk of the commission, the commission shall enter an order granting the exemption or giving notice of a hearing to determine the merits of the application.

G. Any hearing held to consider an application filed pursuant to the provisions of this section and § 38.2-1323 of the Act shall be held pursuant to § 38.2-1326 and shall begin, unless waived by the insurer, within 40 days of the date the application is filed with the commission. An application shall be deemed filed upon receipt by the commission of all material required by this section or § 38.2-1324 of the Act.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 14, Case No. 20159, § 4, eff. January 1, 1980; amended, Case No. INS940114, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 7, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 23, Issue 2, eff. October 2, 2006; Volume 26, Issue 2, eff. September 30, 2009; Volume 31, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2015.

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