(1) A mutual holding company is a corporation. To the extent not inconsistent with the provisions of the Insurance Code or ORS 732.600 to 732.630, ORS chapter 60 governs the powers, duties and relationships of a mutual holding company. The following sections in ORS chapter 60 do not apply to a mutual holding company: ORS 60.004, 60.007 to 60.014, 60.016, 60.017 to 60.024, 60.027, 60.031, 60.051 to 60.057, 60.131 to 60.147, 60.154 to 60.177, 60.224, 60.227, 60.234, 60.241 to 60.265, 60.470 to 60.534, 60.551 to 60.594, 60.701 to 60.747, 60.787, 60.801 to 60.816 and 60.825 to 60.845. The enumeration in this subsection of inapplicable sections in ORS chapter 60 is not exclusive.
(2) In applying ORS chapter 60 as provided in this section, unless the context requires otherwise, references to:
(a) “Corporation” shall be deemed references to “mutual holding company.”
(b) “Shareholders” shall be deemed references to “members.”
(c) “Secretary of State” shall be deemed references to “Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.”
(3) A mutual holding company is not an insurer for purposes of the Insurance Code. However, in the event a mutual holding company engages in an activity described in ORS 732.521, then ORS 732.517 to 732.546 shall apply to the mutual holding company and the effect of such activity shall be governed by ORS 732.517 to 732.546. A mutual holding company may merge with another corporation in accordance with a plan of restructuring described in ORS 732.622 and 732.624.
(4) A mutual holding company shall not dissolve or liquidate without approval by the director or unless required by judicial order. The director retains jurisdiction over a mutual holding company, any intermediate stock holding company and any subsidiary of an intermediate stock holding company as provided in this section and as provided in ORS 732.517 to 732.592.
(5) The members of a mutual holding company have the rights and obligations set forth in this section and in the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the mutual holding company. No member of a mutual holding company may transfer membership in the mutual holding company or any right arising from such membership. Such limitation on the transfer of membership or rights arising from membership shall not restrict the assignment of a policy that is otherwise permissible. A member of a mutual holding company is not personally liable for the acts, debts, liabilities or obligations of the mutual holding company merely by reason of being a member. No assessment of any kind may be imposed upon a member of a mutual holding company.
(6) A membership interest in a mutual holding company shall not constitute a security as defined in ORS 59.015.
(7) Each member of a mutual holding company is entitled to one vote on each matter coming before a meeting of the members and for each director to be elected regardless of the number of policies or amount of insurance and benefits held by such member. The voting rights of the members of a mutual holding company shall be determined in accordance with ORS 732.470.
(8) Meetings of the members of a mutual holding company shall be governed by ORS 732.475 in the same manner as if the mutual holding company were a domestic mutual insurer, except for provisions governing quorum requirements, the approval of matters by the members and the election of directors by the members. The members present in person or represented by proxy shall constitute a quorum at a duly called meeting of the members. If a quorum exists, action on a matter, other than the election of directors, is approved by the members if the votes cast in favor of the action exceed the votes cast opposing the action, unless the articles of incorporation require a greater number of affirmative votes. Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation, directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the members entitled to vote in the election at a meeting at which a quorum exists.
(9) The articles of incorporation of a mutual holding company must contain the following provisions:
(a) The name of the mutual holding company. The name must include the words “mutual holding company” or “mutual insurance holding company” or other words connoting the mutual character of the mutual holding company that are approved by the director.
(b) A provision specifying that the mutual holding company is not authorized to issue capital stock, whether voting or nonvoting.
(c) A provision setting forth any rights of the members of the mutual holding company upon dissolution or liquidation.
(10) A mutual holding company shall automatically be a party to any rehabilitation or liquidation proceeding involving the converted stock insurer that as a result of a reorganization is a direct or indirect subsidiary of the mutual holding company. In such a proceeding, the assets of the mutual holding company shall be counted as assets of the estate of the converted stock insurer for the purpose of satisfying the claims of the policyholders of the converted stock insurer. [1997 c.771 §10]Section: Previous 732.608 732.610 732.612 732.614 732.615 732.616 732.618 732.620 732.622 732.624 732.625 732.626 732.628 732.630 732.635 Next
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