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      RS 22:691.6     

  

§691.6.  Registration of insurers

A.  Registration.

(1)  Every insurer which is authorized to do business in this state and which is a member of an insurance holding company system shall register with the commissioner, except a foreign insurer subject to registration requirements and standards adopted by statute or regulation in the jurisdiction of its domicile which are substantially similar to those contained in the provisions of this Section or the provisions of R.S. 22:691.5(A)(1), (B), and (D), and either the provisions of R.S. 22:691.7(A)(2) or a provision such as the following: "Each registered insurer shall keep current the information required to be disclosed in its registration statement by reporting all material changes or additions within fifteen days after the end of the month in which it learns of each change or addition."

(2)  Any insurer which is subject to registration under this Section shall register within fifteen days after it becomes subject to registration, and annually thereafter by the thirtieth of April of each year for the previous calendar year, unless the commissioner for good cause shown extends the time for registration, and then within the extended time.  The commissioner may require any insurer authorized to do business in the state which is a member of an insurance holding company system, and which is not subject to registration under this Section, to furnish a copy of the registration statement, the summary specified in Subsection C of this Section, or other information filed by the insurance company with the insurance regulatory authority of its domiciliary jurisdiction.

B.  Information and form required.  Every insurer subject to registration shall file the registration statement with the commissioner on a form and in a format prescribed by the commissioner, which shall contain a complete and current disclosure of the following information:

(1)  The capital structure, general financial condition, ownership, and management of the insurer and any person controlling the insurer.

(2)  The identity and relationship of every member of the insurance holding company system.

(3)  A listing of any agreements which are of the type listed below and which have transactions that are outstanding or which have occurred during the last calendar year between the insurer and its affiliates:

(a)  Loans, other investments, or purchases, sales, or exchanges of securities of the affiliates by the insurer or of the insurer by its affiliates.

(b)  Purchases, sales, or exchange of assets.

(c)  Transactions not in the ordinary course of business.

(d)  Guarantees or undertakings for the benefit of an affiliate which result in an actual contingent exposure of the insurer's assets to liability, other than insurance contracts entered into in the ordinary course of the insurer's business.

(e)  All management agreements, service contracts, and all cost-sharing arrangements.

(f)  Reinsurance agreements.

(g)  Dividends and other distributions to shareholders.

(h)  Consolidated tax allocation agreements.

(4)  Any pledge of the insurer's stock, including stock of any subsidiary or controlling affiliate, for a loan made to any member of the insurance holding company system.

(5)  If requested by the commissioner, the insurer shall include financial statements of or within an insurance holding company system, including all affiliates.  Financial statements may include but are not limited to annual audited financial statements filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  An insurer required to file financial statements pursuant to this Paragraph may satisfy the request by providing the commissioner with the most recently filed parent corporation financial statements that have been filed with the SEC.

(6)  Other matters concerning transactions between registered insurers and any affiliates as may be included from time to time in any registration forms adopted or approved by the commissioner.

(7)  Statements that the insurer's board of directors oversees corporate governance and internal controls and that the insurer's officers or senior management have approved, implemented, and continue to maintain and monitor corporate governance and internal control procedures.

(8)  Any other information required by the commissioner by rule or regulation.

(9)  Financial statements of the ultimate controlling person in the holding company system as of the end of the person's latest fiscal year.

C.  Summary of changes to registration statement.  All registration statements shall contain a summary outlining all items in the current registration statement representing changes from the prior registration statement.

D.  Materiality.  No information need be disclosed on the registration statement filed pursuant to Subsection B of this Section if the information is not material for the purposes of this Section.  Unless the commissioner by rule, regulation, or order provides otherwise: sales, purchases, exchanges, loans, or extensions of credit, investments, or guarantees involving one-half of one percent or less of an insurer's admitted assets as of the thirty-first day of December next preceding shall not be deemed material for purposes of this Section.

E.  Reporting of dividends to shareholders.  Subject to the provisions of R.S. 22:691.7(B), each registered insurer shall report to the commissioner all dividends and other distributions to shareholders within fifteen business days following the declaration thereof.

F.  Information of insurers.  Any person within an insurance holding company system subject to registration shall be required to provide complete and accurate information to an insurer, where the information is reasonably necessary to enable the insurer to comply with the provisions of this Subpart.

G.  Termination of registration.  The commissioner shall terminate the registration of any insurer which demonstrates that it no longer is a member of an insurance holding company system.

H.  Consolidated filing.  The commissioner may require or allow two or more affiliated insurers subject to registration to file a consolidated registration statement.

I.  Alternative registration.  The commissioner may allow an insurer which is authorized to do business in this state and which is part of an insurance holding company system to register on behalf of any affiliated insurer which is required to register under Subsection A of this Section and to file all information and material required to be filed under this Section.

J.  Exemptions.

(1)  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any insurer, information, or transaction if, and to the extent that, the commissioner by rule, regulation, or order shall exempt such insurer, information, or transaction from applicability of the provisions of this Section.

(2)  Unless the commissioner determines that the condition of a small company renders the continuance of its business hazardous to the public or its insureds, a small company shall not be required to submit to the department a registration statement required by this Section, but shall be considered a registered insurer for the purposes of the provisions of Subsection E of this Section and R.S. 22:691.7(A) and 691.8.

K.  Disclaimer.  Any person may file with the commissioner a disclaimer of affiliation with any authorized insurer, or such a disclaimer may be filed by such insurer or any member of an insurance holding company system.  The disclaimer shall fully disclose all material relationships and bases for affiliation between such person and such insurer as well as the basis for disclaiming such affiliation.  After a disclaimer has been filed, the insurer shall be relieved of any duty to register or report under this Section which may arise out of the insurer's relationship with such person unless and until the commissioner disallows such a disclaimer.  The person filing such a disclaimer shall notify the commissioner of any material change to the affiliations and relationships as reported in the disclaimer within thirty days of the effective date of the change.

L.  Enterprise risk filing.  The ultimate controlling person of every insurer subject to registration shall also file an annual enterprise risk report.  The report shall, to the best of the ultimate controlling person's knowledge and belief, identify the material risks within the insurance holding company system that could pose enterprise risk to the insurer.  The report shall be filed with the lead state  commissioner of the insurance holding company system as determined by the procedures within the Financial Analysis Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  The provisions of this Section shall become effective for the 2014 calendar year report filing cycle.

M.  Violations.  The failure to file a registration statement or any summary of the registration statement or enterprise risk filing required by this Section within the time specified for filing shall be a violation of this Section.

N.  Incorporation by reference.

(1)  Any information contained in any financial statement, annual report, proxy statement, statement filed with a governmental authority, or any other document may be incorporated by reference, provided the document is filed as an exhibit to the registration statement.  Any excerpt of a document may be filed as an exhibit if the document is extensive.  Any documents currently on file with the commissioner which were filed within three years need not be attached as exhibits, but shall be referred to if not so attached.  All references to information contained in exhibits or in documents duly filed shall clearly identify the material and specifically indicate that the material is to be incorporated by reference to the item. No materials shall be incorporated by reference in any instance that the incorporation would render the statement incomplete, unclear, or confusing.

(2)  If a filing requires a summary or outline of the provisions of any document, only a brief statement shall be made as to the pertinent provisions of the document.  In addition to the brief statement, the summary or outline may incorporate, by reference, particular parts of any exhibit or document currently on file with the commissioner which was filed within three years and may be included in its entirety by the reference.  In any case where two or more documents required to be filed as exhibits are substantially identical in all material respects except as to the parties, the dates of execution, or other details, a copy of one of the documents shall be filed with a schedule identifying the omitted documents and setting forth the material details in which such documents differ from the documents filed.

Acts 2012, No. 294, §1; Acts 2014, No. 528, §1.



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