(A) For purposes of this section:
(1) "Holding company affiliate" means a holding company of which a savings bank is a subsidiary and any other subsidiary of the holding company other than a subsidiary of the savings bank.
(2) "Merger" includes consolidation and the purchase of substantially all the assets and assumption of liabilities of another institution. "Merger" includes the use of an interim savings bank.
(B) A savings bank may acquire or merge with another savings bank, a foreign savings bank, a domestic association, a foreign savings association, a foreign federal association, a state bank, a national bank, or a bank organized under the laws of another state, upon application to and written approval of the superintendent of financial institutions.
(C) The limitations and conditions of Chapter 1701. of the Revised Code do not apply to a merger of a savings bank the outstanding capital of which consists entirely of withdrawable shares or that is organized under section 1161.11 of the Revised Code, provided the plan of merger is approved by a two-thirds vote of the savings bank's board of directors as evidenced by a merger agreement.
(D) The superintendent shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code setting forth criteria that shall be met for the merger of a savings bank and a holding company affiliate that is not a savings bank, a bank, or a savings and loan association.
(E) For purposes of this section, if the surviving institution or new institution is a savings bank organized under this chapter, section 1701.82 of the Revised Code governs the merger or consolidation, except that after the merger or consolidation becomes effective, the surviving or new institution shall possess, of a public or private nature, the rights, privileges, immunities, powers, franchises, and authority of a savings bank organized under this chapter.
(F) A savings bank may merge with a holding company affiliate upon application to and written approval of the superintendent. The superintendent shall approve such a merger only if the superintendent is of the opinion that the rights of all interested parties are protected.
Effective Date: 05-21-1997 .