33-12-105. Prohibited investments. (1) An insurer may not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written approval of the commissioner:
(a) invest in an obligation or security or make a guarantee for the benefit of or in favor of an officer or director of the insurer, except as provided in 33-12-106;
(b) invest in an obligation or security of, make a guarantee for the benefit of or in favor of, or make other investments in a business entity of which 10% or more of the voting securities or equity interests are owned directly or indirectly by or for the benefit of one or more officers or directors of the insurer, except as authorized in Title 33, chapter 2, part 11, or as provided in 33-12-106;
(c) engage on its own behalf or through one or more affiliates in a transaction or series of transactions designed to evade the prohibitions of this chapter; or
(d) except as provided in subsection (2), invest in or lend its funds upon the security of shares of its own stock.
(2) (a) An insurer may acquire shares of its own stock for the following purposes:
(i) conversion of a stock insurer into a mutual or reciprocal insurer or conversion of a mutual or reciprocal insurer into a stock insurer; or
(ii) issuance to the insurer's officers, employees, or agents in connection with a plan approved by the commissioner in connection with stock option and employee benefit plans.
(b) Shares of stock that are subject to subsection (2)(a) may not be admitted assets of the insurer.
(3) (a) An insurer may not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written approval of the commissioner invest in a partnership as a general partner, except that an insurer may make an investment as a general partner:
(i) if all other partners in the partnership are subsidiaries of the insurer;
(ii) for the purpose of:
(A) meeting cash calls committed to prior to July 1, 1999;
(B) completing those specific projects or activities of the partnership in which the insurer was a general partner as of July 1, 1999, that had been undertaken as of July 1, 1999; or
(C) making capital improvements to property owned by the partnership on July 1, 1999, if the insurer was a general partner as of July 1, 1999; or
(iii) in accordance with 33-12-103(3).
(b) Subsection (3)(a) does not prohibit a subsidiary or other affiliate of the insurer from becoming a general partner.
History: En. Sec. 5, Ch. 304, L. 1999.