§431:15-303  Powers and duties of the rehabilitator.  (a)  The commissioner as rehabilitator may appoint one or more special deputies, who shall have all the powers and responsibilities of the rehabilitator granted under this section, and the commissioner may employ such counsel, clerks, and assistants as deemed necessary.  The compensation of the special deputy, counsel, clerks, and assistants and all expenses of taking possession of the insurer and of conducting the proceedings shall be fixed by the commissioner, with the approval of the court, and shall be paid out of the funds or assets of the insurer.  The persons appointed under this section shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioner.  In the event that the property of the insurer does not contain sufficient cash or liquid assets to defray the costs incurred, the commissioner may advance the costs so incurred out of any appropriation for the maintenance of the insurance division.  Any amounts so advanced for expenses of administration shall be repaid to the commissioner for the use of the insurance division out of the first available moneys of the insurer.

     (b)  The rehabilitator may take such action as the rehabilitator deems necessary or appropriate to reform and revitalize the insurer.  The rehabilitator shall have all the powers of the directors, officers, and managers, whose authority shall be suspended, except as they are redelegated by the rehabilitator.  The rehabilitator shall have full powers to direct and manage, to hire and discharge employees subject to any contract rights they may have, and to deal with the property and business of the insurer.

     (c)  If it appears to the rehabilitator that there has been criminal or tortious conduct, or breach of any contractual or fiduciary obligation detrimental to the insurer by any officer, manager, agent, producer, employee, or other person, the rehabilitator may pursue all appropriate legal remedies on behalf of the insurer.

     (d)  If the rehabilitator determines that reorganization, consolidation, conversion, reinsurance, merger, or other transformation of the insurer is appropriate, the rehabilitator shall prepare a plan to effect such changes.  Upon application of the rehabilitator for approval of the plan and after such notice and hearings as the court may prescribe, the court may either approve or disapprove the plan proposed, or may modify it and approve it as modified.  Any plan approved under this section shall be, in the judgment of the court, fair and equitable to all parties concerned.  If the plan is approved, the rehabilitator shall carry out the plan.  In the case of a life insurer, the plan proposed may include the imposition of liens upon policies of the company, if all rights of shareholders are first relinquished.  A plan for a life insurer may also propose imposition of a moratorium upon loan and cash surrender rights under policies, for such period and to such an extent as may be necessary.

     (e)  The rehabilitator shall have the power under section 431:15-315 and section 431:15-316 to avoid fraudulent transfers. [L 1987, c 347, pt of §2; am L 2002, c 155, §84]