On September 23, 2010, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) published proposed new and amended loan-to-one-borrower and mortgage industry rules to conform DBF rules to statutory changes adopted in the 2010 legislative session. The DBF invites comments on the rules through October 25, 2010.
The primary rule change affecting community banks is a clarification of the DBF’s interpretation of the exception from the state’s legal lending limit for the renewal and restructuring of maturing loans.
In addition, new definitions would clarify the reach of the DBF’s loan-stacking rule and the limitation applicable to loans to “corporate groups.” “Control,” “capital,” and “surplus” would track definitions in Regulation O, 12 C.F.R. § 215, and in the context of national banks. Under the loan-stacking or “common enterprise” concept, loans to separate borrowers are aggregated for purposes of the lending limit in part when there is a relationship between theRead More