2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 186. Credit unions.
186.314 Conversion.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 186.314 (2017)

186.314 Conversion.

(1m)To federal credit union. A credit union may convert to a federal credit union by complying with the following:

(a) The proposition for a conversion shall first be approved by unanimous recommendation of the directors of the credit union. The directors shall set a date for a vote by the members on the conversion. Written notice specifying the reason for conversion and the date set for the vote shall be delivered in person or mailed to each member at the address appearing on the records of the credit union, not more than 45 days nor less than 15 days before the meeting. A majority of the members voting, in person or in writing, may approve the proposition for conversion, provided not more than 15 members or 10 percent of the total membership, whichever is greater, object by written notice.

(b) A statement of the results of the vote, verified by the affidavits of the chairperson or the vice chairperson and the secretary, shall be filed with the office of credit unions within 10 days after the vote is taken.

(c) Within 90 days after the date on which the proposition for conversion is approved, the credit union shall take the necessary action under 12 USC 1771 (b) to make it a federal credit union. Within 10 days after receipt of the federal credit union charter, the credit union shall file a copy of the charter with the office of credit unions. Upon filing, the credit union shall cease to be a state credit union.

(d) Upon ceasing to be a state credit union, the credit union shall no longer be subject to this chapter. The successor federal credit union shall be vested with all the assets and shall continue to be responsible for all of the obligations of the state credit union to the same extent as though the conversion had not taken place.

(2m)To savings bank or state bank.

(a) In this subsection:

1. “Savings bank" has the meaning given in s. 214.01 (1) (t) and includes a mutual savings bank and a stock savings bank as well as a savings bank that is a subsidiary of, or is otherwise controlled by, a savings bank holding company.

2. “Savings bank holding company" has the meaning given in s. 214.01 (1) (tm).

3. “State bank" means a bank organized under ch. 221.

(b) A credit union may convert to a savings bank or state bank by complying with pars. (c) to (e).

(c) The proposition for a conversion shall first be approved by a majority recommendation of the directors of the credit union. After the board of directors approves the conversion proposal, the directors shall, by a majority vote of the directors, set a date for a meeting of credit union members to vote on the conversion. Credit union members may also vote by written ballot to be filed on or before the meeting date. Written notice stating the credit union's intent to convert to a savings bank or state bank shall be sent to each member at the member's address appearing on the records of the credit union. This notice shall be sent to each credit union member 3 times, once not more than 95 calendar days nor less than 90 calendar days before the date of the meeting to vote on the conversion, once not more than 65 calendar days nor less than 60 calendar days before the date of the meeting to vote on the conversion, and once not more than 35 calendar days nor less than 30 calendar days before the date of the meeting to vote on the conversion. A ballot may be included in the same envelope as the 3rd notice. Each notice shall adequately describe the purpose and subject matter of the vote to be taken at the meeting set by the board of directors or by submission of a written ballot. Each notice shall clearly inform members that they may vote at the meeting or by submitting the written ballot. Each notice shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting. If a written ballot is included with the 3rd notice, the 1st and 2nd notices shall state in a clear and conspicuous manner that a written ballot will be mailed together with another notice between 30 and 35 days before the date of the membership vote on conversion. If a written ballot is included in the same envelope with the 3rd notice, the 3rd notice shall so state in a clear and conspicuous manner. Approval of the proposition for conversion shall be by affirmative vote, in person or in writing, of a majority of the credit union members voting at the meeting or by written ballot.

(d) A credit union that proposes to convert to a savings bank or state bank under this subsection shall file with the office of credit unions a notice of its intent to convert and, within 10 days after the member vote on the conversion under par. (c), a statement of the results of the member vote. If the credit union members vote to approve the proposition for conversion, the member vote shall be verified by the office of credit unions.

(e) Upon approval by the credit union members of the proposition for conversion under par. (c), the credit union shall take all necessary action under ch. 214 or 221 to complete the conversion to a savings bank or state bank. Within 90 days after receipt from the division of banking of a certificate of incorporation as a savings bank or state bank, the credit union shall file a copy of the certificate with the office of credit unions and the office of credit unions shall issue to a converting credit union a certificate of conversion to a savings bank or state bank.

(f) Upon conversion, the credit union shall cease to be a credit union, shall be a savings bank or state bank, shall no longer be subject to this chapter, and shall be subject to ch. 214 or 221 and all other provisions of law governing savings banks or state banks. Upon conversion, the legal existence of the savings bank or state bank shall be a continuation of the credit union, and all property and every right, privilege, interest, and asset of the credit union immediately, without any conveyance, transfer, or further act of the savings bank or state bank, vests in the savings bank or state bank. The resulting savings bank or state bank shall succeed to and be vested with all the rights, assets, obligations, and relations of the credit union, and all actions and other judicial proceedings to which the credit union is a party may be prosecuted and defended, to the same extent as though the conversion had not taken place.

(g) Upon conversion of a credit union into a stock savings bank or state bank, the stock savings bank or state bank may distribute shares of the capital stock of the stock savings bank or state bank, or may distribute cash, or both, to the former members of the converted credit union in recognition of their ownership of the equity of the converted credit union.

(h)

1. In this paragraph, “ senior management official" means a chief executive officer, an assistant chief executive officer, a chief financial officer, and any other senior executive officer as defined by the appropriate federal banking agency as directed under 12 USC 1831i (f).

2. No director or senior management official of a credit union may receive any economic benefit in connection with a conversion of the credit union to a savings bank or state bank except that a director or senior management official may receive director fees as well as compensation and other benefits paid to directors and senior management officials of the converted savings bank or state bank in the ordinary course of business.

History: 1971 c. 193; 1985 a. 29; 1995 a. 27, 151; 2005 a. 134; 2011 a. 32.

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