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F ederal Reserve Bank
OF DALLAS

Dallas Texas, May 21, 1956

To All Banks in the
Eleventh Federal Reserve District:

The Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 became law on May 9, 1956. We quote below, for
your information, the text of the press release issued by the Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System.
Yours very truly,
Watrous H. Irons
President

PRESS STATEMENT

“ The Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 became law on May 9, 1956. It applies
to all banks whether or not members of the Federal Reserve System. Subject to certain
exceptions, a bank holding company for the purposes of the law is any company which
owns or controls, directly or indirectly, 25 per cent or more of the stock of each of two
or more banks. In general, this act requires every bank holding company (1) to obtain
the prior approval of the Board of Governors before it acquires, directly or indirectly,
the stock or substantially all the assets of any bank, and (2) within two years after
the date of the act to dispose of any nonbanking assets held by such bank holding
company. All bank holding companies must register with the Board within 180 days
after the date of the act. Any bank which is a subsidiary of a bank holding company is
prohibited by the law from making any loans to, or investing in the stock or obliga­
tions of, such bank holding company or any other subsidiary of such company. Viola­
tions of the act are subject to criminal penalties.
Regulations and forms pursuant to the new law are now in process of preparation.
In the meantime, any bank holding company which proposes to acquire the stock or
substantially all the assets of any bank, should file application for the Board’s approval
with the Federal Reserve Bank of its district. Any inquiries with respect to the provi­
sions of the new law should also be directed to the appropriate Federal Reserve Bank.”

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