17:16A-3. Authorization of domestic companies, individuals and partnerships
Authorization of domestic companies, individuals and partnerships. An investment company, other than a foreign corporation, desiring to secure a certificate of authority shall make application to the commissioner who may issue such certificate of authority to transact business to any such company when:
a. The investment company, if a corporation of this State, has filed in the department a certified copy of its charter or certificate of incorporation and a statement, in such form as the commissioner shall prescribe, attested by its president or vice-president and secretary or treasurer under its corporate seal, showing the financial condition of the corporation; or if an individual or partnership, has filed in the department such evidence as may be satisfactory to the commissioner that the individual or members of the partnership are citizens of the United States and residents of this State and a statement, in such form as the commissioner shall prescribe, attested by the individual or by the members of the partnership, showing the financial condition of the individual or partnership.
b. The commissioner shall be satisfied, by such examination and evidence as he sees fit to make and require; if a corporation, that the whole amount of the capital set forth in the certificate of incorporation and the required minimum surplus of the company has been actually paid in cash and is possessed by the company in money or in such stocks, bonds, bonds and mortgages, or other securities as are authorized for investment by this chapter, or, if an individual or partnership, that the minimum amount of unencumbered assets over its liabilities required by this chapter are held in such stocks, bonds, bonds and mortgages, or other securities authorized by this chapter for the investment of the funds of investment companies incorporated under the laws of this State. No investment company hereafter incorporated under the laws of this State shall be entitled to commence business unless it has a capital stock of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) and in addition thereto a surplus actually paid in cash equal to one-half the minimum capital stock required by this chapter. Any company heretofore incorporated under the laws of this State and engaged in the investment business as defined in this act, within this State, shall be entitled to make application to the commissioner for a certificate of authority, authorized by this act; provided, such company shall at all times have capital stock and surplus actually paid in cash amounting to twenty per centum (20%) of its liabilities, such liabilities to be determined by the Commissioner of Insurance of this State; and provided, further, that the said capital and surplus shall be at a minimum amount of at least thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00). No individual or partnership shall be entitled to commence business unless the amount of its unencumbered assets, invested as herein provided, over its liabilities shall not be less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00).
c. The company shall have deposited with the custodian on behalf of the commissioner, securities with a market value of at least $100,000.00 to be held in physical form or purchased for its account in the Federal Reserve book-entry system. The deposits shall be held for the benefit and security of all policyholders of the company depositing them. The records of the custodian, through which an insurance company holds securities in the Federal Reserve book-entry system or in physical form, shall at all times show that these securities are held for an insurance company and for which accounts thereof.
Every individual or partnership authorized to transact business pursuant to this chapter shall conform to all requirements of this chapter applicable to corporations of this State and which by their nature are applicable to individuals or partnerships. When in this chapter reference is made to officers of an investment company, such reference shall be deemed to be reference to the individual or to the members of a partnership. The commissioner may refuse to issue a certificate of authority to any individual or partnership and may cancel any outstanding certificate of authority of any individual or partnership, if in his judgment, the interests of the public would be best served by such refusal or cancellation.
L.1938, c.322, s.3; amended 1939, c.353; 1941, c.420, s.2; 1989,c.264,s.9.
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