Nebraska Revised Statute 44-2127

Chapter 44


Merger; acquisition; approval by director; hearings; experts.

(1) The director shall approve any merger or other acquisition of control referred to in subsection (1) of section 44-2126 unless, after a public hearing thereon, he or she finds that:

(a) After the change of control, the domestic insurer would not be able to satisfy the requirements for the issuance of a license to write the line or lines of insurance for which it is presently licensed;

(b) The effect of the merger or other acquisition of control would be substantially to lessen competition in insurance in this state or tend to create a monopoly therein;

(c) The financial condition of any acquiring party is such as might jeopardize the financial stability of the insurer or prejudice the interest of policyholders of the insurer;

(d) The plans or proposals which the acquiring party has to liquidate the insurer, to sell its assets or consolidate or merge it with any person, or to make any other material change in its business or corporate structure of management are unfair and unreasonable to policyholders of the insurer and not in the public interest;

(e) The competence, experience, and integrity of those persons who would control the operation of the insurer are such that it would not be in the interest of policyholders of the insurer and of the public to permit the merger or other acquisition of control;

(f) To the extent required under section 44-6115, an acquisition has not been approved by the director; or

(g) The acquisition is likely to be hazardous or prejudicial to the public.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the public hearing referred to in subsection (1) of this section shall be held within thirty days after the statement required by subsection (1) of section 44-2126 is filed, and at least twenty days' notice thereof shall be given by the director to the person filing the statement. Not less than seven days' notice of such public hearing shall be given by the person filing the statement to the insurer and to such other persons as may be designated by the director. The director shall make a determination within the sixty-day period preceding the effective date of the proposed transaction. At such hearing, the person filing the statement, the insurer, any person to whom notice of hearing was sent, and any other person whose interest may be affected thereby shall have the right to present evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and offer oral and written arguments and in connection therewith shall be entitled to conduct discovery proceedings in the same manner as is presently allowed in the district court. All discovery proceedings shall be concluded not later than three days prior to the commencement of the public hearing.

(3) If the proposed acquisition of control will require the approval of more than one director or commissioner of insurance, the public hearing required by this section may be held on a consolidated basis upon request of the person filing the statement referred to in subsection (1) of section 44-2126. Such person shall file the statement with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners within five days after making the request for a public hearing. A director or commissioner may opt out of a consolidated hearing and shall provide notice to the applicant of the opt out within ten days after the receipt of the statement. A hearing conducted on a consolidated basis shall be public and shall be held within the United States before the directors or commissioners of the states in which the insurers are domiciled. Such directors or commissioners shall hear and receive evidence. A director or commissioner may attend such hearing in person or by telecommunication.

(4) In connection with a change of control of a domestic insurer, any determination by the director that the person acquiring control of the insurer shall be required to maintain or restore the capital of the insurer to the level required by the laws, rules, and regulations of this state shall be made not later than sixty days after the date of the director's determination. The director may retain at the acquiring person's expense any attorneys, actuaries, accountants, and other experts who are not employees of the Department of Insurance as may be reasonably necessary to assist the director in reviewing the proposed acquisition of control.