412:12-108 Examinations; periodic reports; cooperative agreements; assessment of fees. (a) To the extent consistent with subsection (c), the commissioner may examine any branch established and maintained in this State pursuant to this article by an out-of-state state bank as the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether the branch is being operated in compliance with the laws of this State and in accordance with safe and sound banking practices. Sections 412:2-105 and 412:2-200 shall apply to the examinations of the out-of-state state banks in the same manner as to the examinations of Hawaii financial institutions.

(b) The commissioner may require periodic reports regarding any out-of-state bank that operates a branch in Hawaii pursuant to this article. The required reports shall be provided by the bank or by the bank supervisory agency having primary responsibility for the bank. Any reporting requirements prescribed by the commissioner under this subsection shall be (1) consistent with the reporting requirements applicable to Hawaii state banks and (2) appropriate for the purpose of enabling the commissioner to carry out the commissioner's responsibilities under this chapter.

(c) The commissioner may enter into cooperative, coordinating, and information-sharing agreements with any other bank supervisory agencies or any organization affiliated with or representing one or more bank supervisory agencies with respect to the periodic examination or other supervision of any branch in Hawaii of an out-of-state state bank, or any branch of a Hawaii state bank in any host state, and the commissioner may accept the parties' reports of examination and reports of investigation in lieu of conducting the commissioner's own examinations or investigations.

(d) The commissioner may enter into contracts with any bank supervisory agency that has concurrent jurisdiction over a Hawaii state bank or an out-of-state state bank operating a branch in this State pursuant to this article to engage the services of the agency's examiners at a reasonable rate of compensation, or to provide the services of the commissioner's examiners to the agency at a reasonable rate of compensation.

(e) The commissioner may enter into joint examinations or joint enforcement actions with other bank supervisory agencies having concurrent jurisdiction over any branch in Hawaii of an out-of-state state bank or any branch of a Hawaii state bank in any host state; provided that the commissioner at any time may take action independently if the commissioner deems the action to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the commissioner's responsibilities under this article or to ensure compliance with the laws of this State; provided further that, in the case of an out-of-state state bank, the commissioner shall recognize the exclusive authority of the home state regulator over corporate governance matters and the primary responsibility of the home state regulator with respect to safety and soundness matters.

(f) Each out-of-state state bank that maintains one or more branches in this State may be assessed and, if assessed, shall pay supervisory, examination, and other fees in accordance with the laws of this State and rules of the commissioner. The fees may be shared with other bank supervisory agencies or any organization affiliated with or representing one or more bank supervisory agencies in accordance with agreements between the parties and the commissioner. [L 1996, c 155, pt of 1; am L 2004, c 216, 42]

 

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