17:9A-272. Powers of commissioner
A.While in possession of the business and property of a bank, the commissioner may, in the name of the bank
(1) Continue the business of the bank in all its aspects, including, in the case of a qualified bank, the exercise of its fiduciary and agency powers; except that the commissioner may not
(a) Make loans other than loans for which there are outstanding commitments and loans wholly or partly renewing obligations to the bank outstanding when possession is taken;
(b) Invest the funds of the bank or of any fiduciary account other than in obligations of the United States or of this State, or in obligations unconditionally guaranteed both as to principal and interest by the United States or this State;
(c) Permit withdrawals from or charges against the account of a depositor, except to the extent that deposits are made after the commissioner takes possession; or
(d) Pay claims of creditors, other than depositors, arising prior to the taking of possession, except as provided in sections two hundred eighty-four and two hundred eighty-six;
(2) Demand, sue for, collect, receive, and take into his possession all the bank's real and personal property, including the power to sue for and recover any property transferred in fraud of the bank's creditors;
(3) Compound and settle with any of the bank's debtors or creditors, or with persons having possession of its property, or in any way responsible to the bank, and extend the time for payment of any obligation owing to the bank, upon such terms and conditions as he shall deem just and beneficial to the bank;
(4) Make or allow proper set-offs;
(5) Sell, assign, transfer, or convey all or any part of the real and personal property of the bank;
(6) Prosecute or defend any action or proceeding to which the bank is a party;
(7) Execute, acknowledge, and deliver any deed, assignment, release, agreement, warrant to cancel a mortgage or other lien, or other instrument necessary or appropriate to effect any sale of real or personal property, or to compromise or compound any claim, or to restore to any person any property deposited or transferred as security for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation, upon the payment of the debt or the performance of the obligation, or which is necessary or appropriate to effect any other power which the commissioner is authorized to exercise in respect to the business and property of such bank. Any deed or other instrument so executed and delivered shall be valid and effectual for all purposes as though executed and delivered by the officers of the bank by authority of its board of directors;
(8) Do all acts necessary or appropriate to conserve the property and business of the bank.
B. The commissioner shall have the power, while in possession of the property and business of a bank, to subpena any person to testify concerning the property and business of the bank, as in the manner provided in sections two hundred sixty and two hundred sixty-one. Any person so subpenaed shall be subject to the provisions of sections two hundred sixty-two and two hundred sixty-three.
C. While in possession of the business and property of a bank pursuant to Section 269, subsection A of this act, the commissioner may, upon application to the Superior Court, Chancery Division, and without notice to or approval of the stockholders of said bank, enter into a plan or agreement in the name of said bank whereby all or any part of said bank's liabilities and fiduciary relationships would be assumed by one or more banking institutions and all or any part of said bank's assets and business would be purchased by one or more banking institutions. To facilitate the consummation of such plan or agreement, the commissioner may, in the name of said bank, borrow money from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and pledge or assign all or any part of said bank's assets as security for the money so borrowed; sell all or any part of said bank's assets, real or personal, to one or more banking institutions or to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and transfer to another banking institution all or any part of the money borrowed from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in consideration of such banking institution's agreement to assume and pay the liabilities and fiduciary relationships of the bank in whose name the commissioner is acting.
D. While in possession of the property and business of a bank, the commissioner may offer to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or its successor, appointment as receiver of such bank. In the event the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or its successor, accepts such appointment, it shall have and be authorized to exercise all rights, powers and privileges now possessed or hereafter granted to the commissioner by this article; it shall have all rights, powers and privileges now possessed or hereafter granted to a receiver by the laws of this State; and it shall be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court.
L.1948,c.67,s.272; amended 1953, c.17,s.45; 1976,c.6,s.3.
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