2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
Chapter 6 - REGISTRATION AND EXAMINATION OF INSURERS
§ 83-6-21 - Standards for transactions within holding company system; notice to commissioner of certain intended transactions; action by commissioner against violators; stock company permits


MS Code § 83-6-21 (2013) What's This?

(1) Transactions within a holding company system to which an insurer subject to registration is a party shall be subject to the following standards:

(a) The terms shall be fair and reasonable;

(b) Charges or fees for services performed shall be reasonable;

(c) Expenses incurred and payment received shall be allocated to the insurer in conformity with customary insurance accounting practices consistently applied;

(d) The books, accounts and records of each party to all such transactions shall be so maintained as to clearly and accurately disclose the nature and details of the transactions including such accounting information as is necessary to support the reasonableness of the charges or fees to the respective parties; and

(e) The insurer's surplus as regards policyholders following any dividends or distributions to shareholder affiliates shall be reasonable in relation to the insurer's outstanding liabilities and adequate to its financial needs.

(2) The following transactions involving a domestic insurer and any person in its holding company system shall not be entered into unless the insurer has notified the commissioner in writing of its intention to enter into such transaction at least thirty (30) days prior thereto, or such shorter period as the commissioner may permit, and the commissioner has not disapproved it within such period:

(a) Sales, purchases, exchanges, loans or extension of credit, guarantees or investments provided such transactions are equal to or exceed: (i) with respect to nonlife insurers, the lesser of three percent (3%) of the insurer's admitted assets or twenty-five percent (25%) of surplus as regards policyholders; (ii) with respect to life insurers, three percent (3%) of the insurer's admitted assets; each as of the thirty-first day of December next preceding:

(b) Loans or extensions of credit to any person who is not an affiliate, where the insurer makes such loans or extension of credit with the agreement or understanding that the proceeds of such transactions, in whole or in substantial part, are to be used to make loans or extensions of credit to, to purchase assets of or to make investments in, any affiliate of the insurer making such loans or extensions of credit provided such transactions are equal to or exceed: (i) with respect to nonlife insurers, the lesser of three percent (3%) of the insurer's admitted assets or twenty-five percent (25%) of surplus as regards policyholders; (ii) with respect to life insurers, three percent (3%) of the insurer's admitted assets; each as of the thirty-first day of December next preceding;

(c) Reinsurance agreements or modifications thereto in which the reinsurance premium or a change in the insurer's liabilities equals or exceeds five percent (5%) of the insurer's surplus as regards policyholders, as of the thirty-first day of December next preceding, including those agreements which may require as consideration the transfer of assets from an insurer to a nonaffiliate, if an agreement or understanding exists between the insurer and nonaffiliate that any portion of such assets will be transferred to one or more affiliates of the insurer;

(d) All management agreements that would place control of the insurer outside of the insurance holding company system;

(e) All service contracts or cost-sharing arrangements wherein the annual aggregate cost to the insurer would equal or exceed the amounts specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(3) A domestic insurer shall not enter into transactions which are part of a plan or series of like transactions with persons within the holding company system if the purpose of those separate transactions is to avoid the statutory threshold amount and avoid the review that would occur otherwise. If the commissioner determines that such separate transactions were entered into over any twelve-month period for such purpose, he may exercise his authority under Section 83-6-35.

(4) The commissioner, in reviewing transactions pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, shall consider whether the transactions comply with the standards set forth in subsection (1) of this section and whether they may adversely affect the interests of policyholders.

(5) The commissioner shall be notified within thirty (30) days of any investment of the domestic insurer in any one corporation if the total investment in such corporation by the insurance holding company system exceeds ten percent (10%) of such corporation's voting securities.

(6) Insurance companies within a holding company system shall not sell or exchange their stock among each other unless the companies have obtained stock company permits before conducting such transactions.

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