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F ED ER A L RESERVE BA N K OF DALLAS

DALLAS, TEXAS

75222
Circular No. 71-1^-5
June 23j 1971

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO REGULATION Y
(Foreign a c t i v i t i e s o f bank h o ld in g companies)

To A l l Member Banks and Others Concerned
in the E leventh F e d e ra l Reserve D i s t r i c t :

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
announced on June l6, 19715 two proposed amendments to Regulation
Y (Bank Holding Companies) to implement §U(c)(9) and §^(c)(l3)
of the Bank Holding Company Act. These sections deal with acti­
vities in the United States of foreign bank holding companies
and with foreign acquisitions by domestic bank holding companies.
Enclosed are copies of the Board's explanatory press
release and the proposed amendments. Interested parties who
wish to do so should submit comments on the proposals to the
Board not later than July 235 1971.
Yours very truly,
P. E. Coldwell
President
Enclosures

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F E D E R A L

press

R E S E R V E

release

f^rsts*.

For immediate release

June 16, 1971

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System today
proposed regulatory language to implement two provisions of the 1970
amendments to the Bank Holding Company Act that relate to nonbanking
activities and interests in the United States of foreign bank holding
companies and to foreign acquisitions of domestic bank holding com­
panies .
Comments on the proposals, which would implement sections
4(c)9 and 4(c)13 of the Act, should be submitted to the Board no later
than July 23.
These sections permit bank holding companies to make acqui­
sitions of nonbanking interests if the Board determines that, under the
circumstances and subject to appropriate conditions, such acquisitions
would not be substantially at variance with the purposes of the Act and
would be in the public interest.

Section 4(c)9 pertains to acquisitions

of companies that do some business in the United States by foreign bank
holding companies that conduct the greater part of their business outside
the United States.

Section 4(c)13 pertains to foreign acquisitions by

domestic bank holding companies.
The Board’s proposal to implement section 4(c)9 would, with
certain exceptions, permit a foreign bank holding company that does the
greater part of its business outside the United States to:

1,

Engage directly in nonbanking activities outside the

United States.
2,

Engage directly in nonbanking activities in the United

States that are merely incidental to its activities outside the United
States.
3,

Acquire companies whose domestic business is merely

incidental to their international or foreign business.
4,

Acquire noncontrolling interests in foreign companies

which do less than 20 per cent of their business in the United States.
Under the proposal to implement section 4(c)13, a domestic
bank holding company would be permitted to acquire, with the Board's
prior approval, shares of any company in which an Edge Act corporation
may invest.

The Edge Act, enacted by Congress in 1919, authorizes

the Board to charter corporations engaged in foreign banking and other
foreign financial operations and to regulate the activities of such
corporations.

Under this proposal the Board would retain authority to

impose conditions regarding the operations of foreign subsidiaries of
domestic bank holding companies similar to those conditions that it has
customarily imposed regarding the operations of foreign subsidiaries of
Edge Act corporations.
Copies of the proposals are attached.

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
[12 CFR Part 222]
[Reg. Y]
BANK HOLDING COMPANIES
Nonbanking Activities and Interests

By Act of Congress approved December 31, 1970 (Public Law
91-607) the Bank Holding Company Act was expanded to cover companies
that control only one bank.

In conjunction with that expansion

Congress amended section 4(c)(9) and added section 4(c)(13) of
that Act to authorize the Board to exempt activities and investments
of foreign bank holding companies and foreign investments of domestic
bank holding companies "if the Board by regulation or order determines
that, under the circumstances and subject to the conditions set forth
in the regulation or order, the exemption would not be substantially
at variance with the purposes of this Act and would be in the public
interest,"
The Board proposes to add a new paragraph (f) to section
222.4 of Regulation Y to implement its authority under section 4(c)(9).
Under the proposal a foreign-based bank holding company could (1) engage
directly in nonbanking activities outside the United States, (2) engage
directly in nonbanking activities in the United States that are merely
incidental to its activities outside the United States, (3) invest
in companies that do no business in the United States except as

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an incident to their International or foreign business, and (4) own
noncontrolling interests in foreign companies more than 80 per cent
of whose consolidated assets and revenues are located and derived
outside the United States, other than companies engaged in the busi­
ness of underwriting, selling or distributing securities in the United
States.

A foreign-based bank holding company may seek the Board's

determination whether other activities or investments not enumerated
in the Regulation might, under the circumstances of a particular
application and subject to appropriate conditions, be eligible for
exemption under the standards prescribed in section 4(c)(9)*
This proposal reflects the Board's view that the purposes
of the Act can be achieved without undue interference with foreign
banking operations in other countries that are likely to have only
incidental effects in the United States,

The Board considers it

unlikely that the foreign banking activities that it proposes to
exempt will have adverse consequences in the United States of the
type that Congress intended to prevent through section 4 of the Act,
The Board also proposes to add a new paragraph (g) to
section 222,4 of Regulation Y to implement its authority under
section 4(c)(13).

Under this proposal a domestic bank holding company

could, with prior consent of the Board, invest in any company in which
an Edge Act corporation may invest.

The procedures under which the

Board will grant its consent would be the same as those set forth
in § 211,8 of Regulation K.

The Board believes that it is both

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Consistent with the purposes of the Act and in the public interest that
the foreign operations of domestic bank holding companies be subject
to the Board's surveillance in the same manner as the foreign operations
of member banks and Edge corporations.
To aid in the consideration of this matter by the Board,
interested persons are invited to submit relevant data, views, or
arguments.

Any such material should be submitted in writing to the

Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington,
D. C. 20551, to be received not later than July 23, 1971.

Such material

will be made available for inspection and copying upon request, except
as provided in § 261.6(a) of the Board's Rules Regarding Availability
of Information,
The proposed new paragraphs of Regulation Y read as follows:
§ 222.4

Nonbanking activities and interests.
*

(f)

*

*

*

*

Foreign bank holding companies.

(1) A bank holding

company, organized under the laws of a foreign country, more than half
of whose consolidated assets and revenues are located and derived
outside the United States may:
(i)

engage in direct activities of any kind outside the

United States,
(ii)

engage in direct activities in the United States that

are incidental to its activities outside the United States,

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(iii)

own or control voting shares of any company (other than

a bank holding company) that is not engaged, directly or indirectly,
in any activities in the United States except as shall be incidental
to the international or foreign business of such company, and
(iv) own or control voting shares of any company organized
under the laws of a foreign country (other than a bank holding company)
if (A) more than 80 per cent of such company's consolidated assets and
revenues are located and derived outside the United States, (B) such
company is not a subsidiary of such bank holding company, and (C) such
company does not engage in the business of underwriting, selling, or
distributing securities in the United States.
(2) A bank holding company, organized under the laws of a
foreign country, that is of the opinion that other activities or
investments may, in particular circumstances, meet the conditions
for an exemption under section 4(c)(9) of the Act may apply to the
Board for such a determination by submitting to the Reserve Bank of
the district in which its banking operations in the United States
are principally conducted a letter setting forth the basis for that
opinion.
(3) A bank holding company shall inform the Board through
such Reserve Bank within 30 days after the close of each quarter
with respect to the acquisition during that quarter pursuant to
an exemption under this paragraph (f) of voting shares of any
companies that do any business whatsoever in the United States,

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includlng the following information concerning any company whose voting
shares it acquired for the first time (unless previously furnished):
(1) Recent balance sheet and income statement, (2) brief descriptions
of the company's business (including full information concerning any
business transacted in the United States) and the shares acquired,
(3) lists of directors and principal officers (with address and prin­
cipal business affiliation of each) and of all shareholders (known to
the issuing company) holding 10 per cent or more of any class of the
company's voting shares (and the amount held by each).
(g)

Foreign activities of domestic bank holding companies.

Any bank holding company may own or control voting shares of any
company in which a company organized under section 25(a) of the
Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 611-631) may invest, provided that
it acquires ownership or control of such shares with prior consent
of the Board in accordance with the procedures of § 211.8 of this
chapter (§ 211.8 of Regulation K) „ A bank holding company shall
comply with such conditions as the Board may prescribe with respect
to any such acquisition.

It shall also comply with the conditions

in § 211.8 of this chapter regarding disposition of shares so
acquired and shall report on any acquisition or disposition of shares
as therein provided.
By order of the Board of Governors, June 15, 1971.

(Signed) Kenneth A. Kenyon
Kenneth A. Kenyon
Deputy Secretary
(SEAL)


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