2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
§ 83-6-1 - Definitions

MS Code § 83-6-1 (2013) What's This?

As used in this chapter the following terms have the respective meanings herein set forth unless the context shall require otherwise:

(a) An "affiliate of" or person "affiliated" with a specific person means a person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the person specified.

(b) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Insurance.

(c) "Control" (including the terms "controlling," "controlled by" and "under common control with") means the possession of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract other than a commercial contract for goods or nonmanagement services or otherwise, unless the power is the result of an official position with or corporate office held by the person. "Control" shall be presumed to exist if any person, directly or indirectly, owns, controls, holds with the power to vote or holds proxies representing ten percent (10%) or more of the voting securities of any other person. This presumption may be rebutted by a showing made in the manner provided in Section 83-6-17 that control does not exist in fact. The commissioner may determine, after furnishing all persons in interest notice and opportunity to be heard and making specific findings of fact to support such determination, that control exists in fact, notwithstanding the absence of a presumption to that effect.

(d) An "insurance holding company system" consists of two (2) or more affiliated persons, one or more of which is an insurer.

(e) "Insurer" means only those companies subject to the jurisdiction of the commissioner as provided in Section 83-5-1; however, burial associations regulated pursuant to Chapter 37 of Title 83 are excluded from this definition.

(f) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, any similar entity or any combination of the foregoing acting in concert, but shall not include any securities broker performing no more than the usual and customary broker's function.

(g) A "security holder" of a specified person means one who owns any security of such person, including common stock, preferred stock, debt obligations and any other security convertible into or evidencing the right to acquire any of the foregoing.

(h) "Subsidiary" of a specified person means an affiliate controlled by a person, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries.

(i) The term "voting security" includes any security convertible into or evidencing a right to acquire a voting security.

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