2020 Illinois Compiled Statutes
205 ILCS 650/ - Foreign Bank Representative Office Act.

(205 ILCS 650/1) (from Ch. 17, par. 2851)

Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Foreign Bank Representative Office Act".

(Source: P.A. 83-267.)


(205 ILCS 650/2) (from Ch. 17, par. 2852)

Sec. 2. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a) "Commissioner" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation or a person authorized by the Secretary, the Division of Banking Act, or this Act to act in the Secretary's stead.

(b) "Foreign bank" means (1) a bank, savings bank, savings association, or trust company which is organized under the laws of any state or territory of the United States, including the District of Columbia, other than the State of Illinois; (2) a national bank having its principal place of business in any state or territory of the United States, including the District of Columbia, other than the State of Illinois; or (3) a bank or trust company organized and operating under the laws of a country other than the United States of America.

(c) "Representative office" means an office in the State of Illinois at which a foreign bank engages in representational functions but does not conduct a commercial banking business.

(d) "Division" means the Division of Banking within the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

(Source: P.A. 98-1081, eff. 1-1-15.)


(205 ILCS 650/3) (from Ch. 17, par. 2853)

Sec. 3. No person, copartnership, association, corporation or other entity shall establish or maintain a representative office in this State on behalf of one or more foreign banks unless the foreign bank to be represented has obtained a license from the Commissioner.

(Source: P.A. 83-267.)


(205 ILCS 650/4) (from Ch. 17, par. 2854)

Sec. 4. Application; fees.

(a) The application for a license shall contain information and be accompanied by a reasonable fee as determined, by rule, by the Commissioner.

(b) The Commissioner shall issue a license to a foreign bank to establish and maintain a representative office if the Commissioner finds:

  • (1) the foreign bank is of good character and sound financial standing;
  • (2) the management of the foreign bank and the proposed management of the representative office are adequate; and
  • (3) the convenience and needs of persons to be served by the proposed representative office will be promoted.

(Source: P.A. 92-483, eff. 8-23-01.)


(205 ILCS 650/5) (from Ch. 17, par. 2855)

Sec. 5. (a) Each foreign bank which is licensed to establish and maintain a representative office shall make, keep, and preserve at such office or at such other place as determined by the Commissioner, such books, accounts, and other records relating to the business of such office as the Commissioner may require.

(b) Each foreign bank which is licensed to establish and maintain a representative office shall file such reports, accompanied by a reasonable fee, as required and determined by the Commissioner.

(Source: P.A. 83-267.)


(205 ILCS 650/6) (from Ch. 17, par. 2856)

Sec. 6. Revocation of license. If the Commissioner finds:

  • (a) the licensee or its representative has violated any provision of this Act or other law, rule, or regulation of this State; or
  • (b) any fact or condition exists which, if it had existed at the time of the original application for such license, would have resulted in the Commissioner refusing to issue such license; then the Commissioner, after granting the licensee or representative a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may revoke such license.

(Source: P.A. 92-483, eff. 8-23-01.)


(205 ILCS 650/7)

Sec. 7. Reliance on Commissioner. No foreign bank or other person shall be liable under this Act for any act done or omitted in good faith in conformity with any rule, interpretation, or opinion issued by the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate, notwithstanding that after the act or omission has occurred, the rule, opinion, or interpretation upon which reliance is placed is amended, rescinded, or determined by judicial or other authority to be invalid for any reason.

(Source: P.A. 90-161, eff. 7-23-97; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)


(205 ILCS 650/7.5)

Sec. 7.5. Non-English language transactions. A foreign bank representative office may conduct transactions in a language other than English through an employee or agent acting as interpreter or through an interpreter provided by the customer.

(Source: P.A. 92-578, eff. 6-26-02.)


(205 ILCS 650/8)

Sec. 8. Powers of the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall have under this Act all of the powers granted to him under the Illinois Banking Act, including the authority to impose a reasonable charge to recover the cost of an examination conducted by the Commissioner, to the extent necessary to enable the Commissioner to supervise the representative office of a foreign bank holding a license.

(Source: P.A. 92-483, eff. 8-23-01.)

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