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Monthly Bulletin

California Department of Business Oversight

Volume 5, Number 05
December 2017

Southern California Fire Response — Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has proclaimed states of emergency due to wildfires in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The fires have damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed hundreds of homes and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents.

Commissioner of Business Oversight Jan Lynn Owen, pursuant to authority under the Bank Extraordinary Situation Closing Act, determined that an extraordinary situation exists in all four counties and issued proclamations authorizing state-chartered banks to close any or all of their offices in affected areas until the Commissioner determines the extraordinary condition has ended.

 

Request for Forbearance in California Wildfire Disaster Areas

In recognition of the impact of the October wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, Orange and Yuba counties, Commissioner Owen and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) are requesting that the financial services community recognize the severity of the situation and work with those affected by this disaster in their efforts to repay mortgages and other loans.

Although there are limitations on assistance institutions can provide, any support that can be extended to survivors of this disaster is appreciated.

A number of disaster assistance programs have been implemented to help individuals, businesses, farmers, and the impacted communities recover. The state is requesting forbearance on the part of many industries to help with what is expected to be a long-term recovery process.

 

New PACE Licensing and Regulatory Program – Invitation for Comments

Starting January 1, 2019, the DBO will license Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators and regulate the PACE industry. On October 4, 2017, Governor Brown signed AB 1284 (Chapter 475, Statutes of 2017), which created the new regulatory program and renamed the California Finance Lenders Law the California Financing Law.

This law sets forth a licensing scheme for PACE program administrators. A “program administrator” is a person administering a PACE program on behalf of a public agency. PACE programs provide financing for energy-efficiency home improvements. The financing is funded through property tax assessments, as authorized by specified laws (Fin. Code, § 22016).

On December 1, the DBO held a workshop with interested persons to gather information on needed regulations for the effective oversight of PACE program administrators (Govt. Code, § 11346, subdivision (b)). More information may be found at the DBO’s PACE page.

The DBO is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the new law and seeks comments from interested parties prior to initiating a formal rulemaking action with the Office of Administrative Law.

The Invitation for Comments notice is here. The deadline to submit comments is January 5, 2018. Please submit comments to regulations@dbo.ca.gov.

 

New State Laws that may affect DBO Licensees

Highlights of 2017 State Chaptered Legislation, a compendium of new laws that may affect or be of interest to DBO licensees, is now available at the DBO website. The collection includes a brief description and a link to the text of each bill.

We hope you find the document useful and welcome any suggestions to improve its value to you and your organization.

 

Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser Renewal Reminder

Registration renewal statements and fees for the Broker Dealer/Investment Adviser (BDIA) program are due by Dec. 18, 2017.

All registered firms may view and print their preliminary renewal statements through E-Bill on FINRA’s WebCRD/IARD system. The DBO sent out courtesy renewal reminders on Nov. 27. Renewal fees are due for broker-dealers, investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers.

Full payment of each Preliminary Renewal Statement must be posted to a firm's FINRA Renewal Account by Dec. 18. Firms are encouraged to submit payments no later than Dec. 13 in order for payments to post by the deadline. The renewal fees must be posted by the Dec. 18 deadline for a firm’s registration to remain in effect during calendar year 2018.

For more information on the 2018 renewal program for investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers, including a renewal calendar, payment methods and FAQs, visit the CRD/IARD website at https://www.iard.com/renewals.

For more information on the 2018 renewal program for broker-dealers, visit the CRD web site at http://www.finra.org/industry/renewal.

 

 

Premium Finance Company Assessment Reminder

Commissioner Owen has assessed all California insurance premium finance companies in order to fund the DBO’s administration of laws governing such firms.

The Commissioner makes the assessments pursuant to California Financial Code sections 18350, 18351 and 18352.

An invoice for the assessment on each institution was sent to each licensee. Assessments must be paid in full by December 20.

The base assessment rate is set at 0.0083270 percent of each company’s total assets as of Dec. 31, 2015. The minimum assessment is $250.

To pay by check, licensees should mail payments to:

Department of Business Oversight
Attn: Accounting Section
1515 K Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-4052

Premium finance companies wishing to pay by EFT should route payments in the form of an ACH (CCD or CTX payment format) to the routing and account numbers below:

UPIC Account Number: 10440639
Routing Number: 021052053

Please include the invoice number with each EFT payment.

Questions about assessments should be directed to Irma Ellis in the DBO Accounting Section at (916) 327-7657or Irma.Ellis@dbo.ca.gov.

Questions also may be directed to Lisa Huang at (415) 542-6256 or Lisa.Huang@dbo.ca.gov.

 

Banks Must Submit Lists of Offices by Dec. 31

Pursuant to Financial Code section 1077, all commercial banks, industrial banks and trust companies are required to file with the DBO a list of all offices they currently maintain and operate.

The report must specify the type of each office listed (branch or facility, head office, but not ATMs) and its complete address.

Please note that this requirement does not apply to other Division of Financial Institutions licensees, e.g., credit unions and money transmitters.

Responses may be submitted by email to Licensing@dbo.ca.gov or by mail to:

Department of Business Oversight
Division of Financial Institutions
Attn: Strategic Support Section
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

Banks should submit the required information to the DBO on or before December 31.

    Program Changes at DBO

    Effective December 18, 2017, the Local Agency Security and Premium Finance Company programs will move from the Strategic Support Office to the Money Transmitter Division. Lisa Huang will assume full responsibility for both programs from Patrick Carroll.

 

Commercial Bank Activity

Merger

Albina Community Bank, Portland, Oregon, to merge with and into Beneficial State Bank, Oakland
Filed: 10/16/17
Approved: 11/29/17

Capital Bank, San Juan Capistrano, to merge with and into Seacoast Commerce Bank, San Diego
Effected: 10/1/17

Folsom Lake Bank, Folsom to merge with and into Central Valley Community Bank, Fresno
Effected: 10/1/17

Plaza Bank, Seattle, Washington, to merge with and into United Business Bank, Walnut Creek
Effected: 11/3/17

Acquisition of Control

MBC Trust u/a/d April 1, 2017, to acquire control of Montecito Bank & Trust
Approved: 11/17/17

Purchase of Partial Business Unit

Bank of the Sierra, Porterville, to purchase the Woodlake branch of Citizens Business Bank, Ontario
Effected: 11/3/17

Credit Union Activity

Merger

Financial Benefits Credit Union, Alameda, to merge with and into Financial Partners Credit Union, Downey
Effected: 11/1/17

Premium Finance Company Activity

New Premium Finance Company

Reliance Premium Finance, Inc.
2550 North Hollywood Way, Burbank
Approved: 10/13/17

Ripple Premium Finance Co.
660 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
Filed: 11/3/17

 

Acquisition of Control

IPFS Corporation, to acquire control of Premium Assignment Corporation II
Approved: 11/22/17

Voluntary Surrender of License

FIRST Insurance Funding Corp. of California
Effected: 10/1/17

Trust Company Activity

Voluntary Surrender of License

Trust Company of the West
865 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
Effective: 11/20/17

Foreign (Other Nation) Bank Application

New Office

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
400 California Street, City and County of San Francisco (Representative Office)
Opened: 11/7/17

Voluntary Surrender of License

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. – in connection with the branch’s conversion to a federal branch
445 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles (Wholesale Branch)
Effected: 11/7/17

Foreign (Other State) Bank Application

New Office

Centennial Bank
3199E Airport Boulevard, Costa Mesa (Facility – Insured Bank)
Opened: 1/1/17

First Bank Financial Centre
515 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles (Facility – Insured Bank)
Opened: 5/15/15

Florida Capital Bank, N.A.
5 Upper Newport Plaza Drive, Newport Beach
Opened: 10/17/17

 

Money Transmitter Activity

New Money Transmitter

BillMo LLC
Approved: 10/12/17

Currency Exchange International Corp.
Filed: 1/12/17
Approved: 11/27/17

Maxitransfers Corporation
Filed: 9/14/16
Approved: 8/29/17
Opened: 11/17/17

Nobel Financial Inc.
Approved: 11/27/17

Tech Friends, Inc.
Opened: 11/14/17

PW Inc.
Filed: 11/14/17

Acquisition of Control

Naspers Fintech Investments B.V., to acquire control of Remitly, Inc.
Approved: 11/27/17

Money Transmitter Voluntarily Suspends Operations

Dollar Delivery, Inc.
Voluntarily suspended operations effective October 31, 2017. Consumers may contact Joseph Nguyen, Compliance Officer, at 1652 Sirrine Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705, (714) 603-4760 or (714) 657-8113 or by email at Dollar_Delivery@yahoo.com. Consumers who wish to file a claim should call the DBO’s Consumer Call Center at 916-327-7585 or 1-866-275-2677. Forms also are available at http://www.dbo.ca.gov/Consumers/consumer_services.asp

 

JAN LYNN OWEN
Commissioner of Business Oversight    

Save Our Water

 

The December 2017 Monthly Bulletin covers the month ended November 30, 2017. It is issued pursuant to Financial Code section 376.
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