(215 ILCS 5/59.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
    Sec. 59.2. Formation of mutual insurance holding company and conversion of mutual company to stock company.
    (1) Definitions. For the purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
        (a) "Converted company" means an Illinois domiciled
    
stock insurance company subject to the provisions of Article II, except as otherwise provided in this Section, that continues in existence after a reorganization under this Section in connection with the formation of a mutual holding company.
        (b) "Converted mutual holding company" means the
    
stock corporation into which a mutual holding company has been converted in accordance with Section 59.1 and subsection (13) of this Section.
        (c) "Eligible member" means a member as of the date
    
the board of directors adopts a plan of MHC conversion under this Section. For the conversion of a mutual holding company, "eligible member" means a member of the mutual holding company who is of record as of the date the mutual holding company board of directors adopts a plan of conversion under Section 59.1.
        (d) "Intermediate holding company" means a
    
corporation authorized to issue one or more classes of capital stock, the corporate purposes of which include holding directly or indirectly the voting stock of a converted company.
        (e) "Member" means a person who, on the records of
    
the mutual company and pursuant to its articles of incorporation or bylaws, is deemed to be a holder of a membership interest in the mutual company and shall also include a person or persons insured under a group policy, subject to the following conditions:
            (i) the person is insured or covered under a
        
group life policy or group annuity contract under which funds are accumulated and allocated to the respective covered persons;
            (ii) the person has the right to direct the
        
application of the funds so allocated;
            (iii) the group policyholder makes no
        
contribution to the premiums or deposits for the policy or contract; and
            (iv) the mutual company has the names and
        
addresses of the persons covered under the group life policy or group annuity contract.
        On and after the effective date of a plan of MHC
    
conversion under this Section, the term "member" shall mean a member of the mutual holding company created thereby.
        (f) "Mutual holding company" or "MHC" means a
    
corporation resulting from a reorganization of a mutual company under this Section. A mutual holding company shall be subject to the provisions of this Article and to any other provisions of this Code applicable to mutual companies, except as otherwise provided in this Section. The articles of incorporation of a mutual holding company shall include provisions setting forth the following:
            (i) that it is a mutual holding company organized
        
under this Article;
            (ii) that the mutual holding company may hold not
        
less than a majority of the shares of voting stock of a converted company or an intermediate holding company, which in turn holds directly or indirectly all of the voting stock of a converted company;
            (iii) that it is not authorized to issue any
        
capital stock except pursuant to a conversion in accordance with the provisions of Section 59.1 and subsection (13) of this Section;
            (iv) that its members shall have the rights
        
specified in this Section and in its articles of incorporation and bylaws; and
            (v) that its assets shall be subject to inclusion
        
in the estate of the converted company in any proceedings initiated by the Director against the converted company under Article XIII.
        (g) "Mutual company" means for purposes of this
    
Section a mutual life insurer or mutual property-casualty insurer that may convert pursuant to a plan of MHC conversion under this Section.
        (h) "Plan of MHC conversion," or "plan" when used in
    
this Section means a plan adopted pursuant to this Section by the board of directors of an Illinois domestic mutual company for the conversion of the mutual company into a direct or indirect stock subsidiary of a mutual holding company.
        (i) "Policy" includes any group or individual
    
insurance policy or contract issued by a mutual company, including an annuity contract. The term policy does not include a certificate of insurance issued in connection with a group policy or contract.
        (j) "Policyholder" means the holder of a policy other
    
than a reinsurance contract.
    (2) Formation of mutual holding company and conversion of mutual company. A mutual company, upon approval of the Director, may reorganize by forming a mutual holding company and continue the corporate existence of the reorganizing mutual company as a stock insurance company in accordance with this Section. Upon effectiveness of a plan of MHC conversion, and without any further action:
        (a) The mutual company shall become a stock
    
corporation, the membership interests of the policyholders in the mutual company shall be deemed extinguished and all eligible members of the mutual company shall be and become members of the mutual holding company, in accordance with the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the mutual holding company and the applicable provisions of this Section and Article III; and
        (b) all of the shares of the capital stock of the
    
converted company shall be issued to the mutual holding company, which at all times shall own a majority of the shares of the voting stock of the converted company, except that either at the time of conversion, or at a later time with the approval of the Director, an intermediate holding company or companies may be created, so long as the mutual holding company at all times owns directly or indirectly a majority of the shares of the voting stock of the converted company.
    (3) MHC membership interests.
        (a) No member of a mutual holding company may
    
transfer membership in the mutual holding company or any right arising from the membership.
        (b) A member of a mutual holding company shall not,
    
as a member, be personally liable for the acts, debts, liabilities, or obligations of the company.
        (c) No assessments of any kind may be imposed upon
    
the members of a mutual holding company by the directors or members, or because of any liability of any company owned or controlled by the mutual holding company or because of any act, debt, liability, or obligation of the mutual holding company itself.
        (d) A membership interest in a domestic mutual
    
holding company shall not constitute a security under any law of this State.
    (4) Adoption of the plan of MHC conversion by the board of directors.
        (a) A mutual company seeking to convert to a mutual
    
holding company structure shall, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of its board of directors, adopt a plan of MHC conversion consistent with the requirements of subsection (8) of this Section.
        (b) At any time before approval of a plan by eligible
    
members, the mutual company, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of its board of directors, may amend or withdraw the plan of MHC conversion.
    (5) Approval of the plan of MHC conversion by the Director.
        (a) Required findings. After adoption or amendment
    
of the plan by the mutual company's board of directors, the plan of MHC conversion shall be submitted to the Director for review and approval. The Director shall hold a public hearing on the plan. The Director shall approve the plan upon finding that:
            (i) the provisions of this Section have been
        
complied with; and
            (ii) the plan is fair and equitable as it relates
        
to the interests of the members.
        (b) Documents to be filed.
            (i) Prior to the members' approval of the plan of
        
MHC conversion, a mutual company seeking the Director's approval of a plan shall file the following documents with the Director for review and approval:
                (A) the plan of MHC conversion;
                (B) the form of notice required by item (b)
            
of subsection (6) of this Section for eligible members to vote on the plan;
                (C) any proxies to be solicited from eligible
            
members and any other soliciting materials;
                (D) the proposed articles of incorporation
            
and bylaws of the mutual holding company, each intermediate holding company, if any, and the revised articles of incorporation and bylaws of the converted company.
            Once filed, these documents shall be approved or
        
disapproved by the Director within a reasonable time.
            (ii) After the members have approved the plan,
        
the converted company shall file the following documents with the Director:
                (A) the minutes of the meeting of the members
            
at which the plan of MHC conversion was voted upon; and
                (B) the articles and bylaws of the mutual
            
holding company and each intermediate holding company, if any, and the revised articles of incorporation and bylaws of the converted company.
        (c) The Director's approval of a plan pursuant to
    
this subsection (5) may be made conditional at the sole discretion of the Director whenever he determines that such conditions are reasonably necessary to protect policyholder interests. Such conditions may include, but shall not be limited to, limitations, requirements, or prohibitions as follows:
            (i) prior approval of any acquisition or
        
formation of affiliate entities of the MHC;
            (ii) prior approval of the capital structure of
        
any intermediate holding company or any changes thereto;
            (iii) prior approval of any initial public
        
offering or other issuance of equity or debt securities of an intermediate holding company or the converted company in a private sale or public offering;
            (iv) prior approval of the expansion of the
        
mutual holding company system into lines of business, industries, or operations not presented at the time of the conversion;
            (v) limitations on dividends and distributions if
        
the effect would be to reduce capital and surplus of the converted company, in addition to any limitations which may otherwise be authorized by law; and
            (vi) limitations on the pledge, incumbrance, or
        
transfer of the stock of the converted company.
        (d) Consultant. The Director may retain, at the
    
mutual company's expense, any qualified expert not otherwise a part of the Director's staff to assist in reviewing the plan of MHC conversion.
    (6) Approval of the plan by the members.
        (a) Members entitled to notice of and to vote on the
    
plan. All eligible members shall be given notice of and an opportunity to vote upon the plan of MHC conversion.
        (b) Notice required. All eligible members shall be
    
given notice of the members' meeting to vote upon the plan of MHC conversion. The notice shall identify in reasonable detail the benefits and risks of the MHC conversion. A copy of the plan of MHC conversion or a summary of the plan, if so authorized by the Director, shall accompany the notice. If a summary of the plan accompanies the notice, a copy of the plan shall be made available without charge to any eligible member upon request. The notice shall state that approval by the Director does not constitute a recommendation that eligible members approve the plan. The notice shall be mailed to each member's last known address, as shown on the mutual company's records, within 45 days of the Director's approval of the plan. The meeting to vote upon the plan shall not be set for a date less than 60 days after the date when the notice of the meeting is mailed by the mutual company. If the meeting to vote upon the plan is held coincident with the mutual company's annual meeting of policyholders, only one combined notice of meeting is required.
        (c) Vote required for approval.
            (i) After approval by the Director, the plan of
        
MHC conversion shall be adopted, at an annual or special meeting of policyholders at which a quorum is present, upon receiving the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the votes cast by eligible members.
            (ii) Members entitled to vote upon the proposed
        
plan may vote in person or by proxy. Any proxies to be solicited from eligible members, together with the related proxy statement and any other soliciting materials, shall be filed with and approved by the Director.
            (iii) The number of votes each eligible member
        
may cast shall be determined by the mutual company's bylaws. If the bylaws are silent, each eligible member may cast one vote.
    (7) Adoption of articles of incorporation. Adoption of articles of incorporation for the mutual holding company, each intermediate holding company, if any, and revised articles of incorporation for the converted company is necessary to implement the plan of MHC conversion. Procedures for adoption or revision of such articles shall be governed by the applicable provisions of this Code or, in the case of an intermediate holding company, the business corporation law of the state in which the intermediate holding company is incorporated. For a Class I mutual company, the members may adopt revised articles of incorporation at the same meeting at which the members approve the plan. For a Class 2 or 3 mutual company, the articles of incorporation may be adopted solely by the board of directors or trustees, as provided in Section 57 of this Code.
    (8) Required provisions in a plan of MHC conversion. The following provisions shall be included in the plan of MHC conversion:
        (a) The plan shall set forth the reasons for the
    
proposed conversion.
        (b) Effect of MHC conversion on existing policies.
            (i) The plan shall provide that all policies of
        
the converted company in force on the effective date of conversion shall continue to remain in force under the terms of those policies, except that any voting or other membership rights of the policyholders provided for under the policies or under this Code and any contingent liability policy provisions of the type described in Section 55 of this Code shall be extinguished on the effective date of the conversion.
            (ii) The plan shall further provide that holders
        
of participating policies in effect on the date of conversion shall continue to have the right to receive dividends as provided in the participating policies, if any.
            (iii) Except for a mutual company's life
        
policies, guaranteed renewable accident and health policies, and non-cancelable accident and health policies, the converted stock company may issue the insured a nonparticipating policy as a substitute for the participating policy upon the renewal date of a participating policy.
            (iv) The plan shall provide that a Class I mutual
        
company's participating life policies in force on the effective date of the conversion shall be operated by the converted company for dividend purposes as a closed block of participating business except that any or all classes of group participating policies may be excluded from the closed block. The plan shall establish one or more segregated accounts for the benefit of the closed block of business and shall allocate to those segregated accounts enough assets of the mutual company so that the assets together with the revenue from the closed block of business are sufficient to support the closed block including, but not limited to, the payment of claims, expenses, taxes, and any dividends that are provided for under the terms of the participating policies with appropriate adjustments in the dividends for experience changes. The plan shall be accompanied by an opinion of a qualified actuary or an appointed actuary who meets the standards set forth in the insurance laws or regulations for the submission of actuarial opinions as to the adequacy of reserves or assets. The opinion shall relate to the adequacy of the assets allocated to the segregated accounts in support of the closed block of business. The actuarial opinion shall be based on methods of analysis deemed appropriate for those purposes by the Actuarial Standards Board. The amount of assets allocated to the segregated accounts of the closed block shall be based upon the mutual company's last annual statement that is updated to the effective date of the conversion. The converted stock company shall keep a separate accounting for the closed block and shall make and include in the annual statement to be filed with the Director each year a separate statement showing the gains, losses, and expenses properly attributable to the closed block. Periodically, upon the Director's approval, those assets allocated to the closed block as provided herein that are in excess of the amount of assets necessary to support the remaining policies in the closed block shall revert to the benefit of the converted company. The Director may waive the requirement for the establishment of a closed block of business if the Director deems it to be in the best interests of the participating policyholders of the mutual company to do so.
        (c) The plan shall set forth the requirements for
    
granting membership interests to future policyholders of the converted company.
        (d) The plan shall include information sufficient to
    
demonstrate that the financial condition of the converted company will not be diminished by the plan of MHC conversion.
        (e) The plan shall include a description of any
    
current proposal to issue shares of an intermediate holding company or the converted company to the public or to other persons who are not direct or indirect subsidiaries of the mutual holding company.
        (f) The plan shall include the identity of the
    
proposed officers and directors of the mutual holding company and each intermediate holding company, if any, together with such other biographical information as the Director may request.
        (g) The plan shall include such other information as
    
the Director may request or may prescribe by rule.
    (9) Effective date of the plan of MHC conversion. A plan shall become effective when the Director has approved the plan, the members have approved the plan and the articles of incorporation of the mutual holding company, each intermediate holding company, if any, and the revised articles of incorporation of the converted company have been adopted and filed with the Director.
    (10) Corporate existence.
        (a) Upon the conversion of a mutual company to a
    
converted company according to the provisions of this Section, the corporate existence of the mutual company shall be continued in the converted company with the original date of incorporation of the mutual company. All the rights, franchises, and interests of the mutual company in and to every type of property, real, personal, and mixed, and things in action thereunto belonging, is deemed transferred to and vested in the converted company without any deed or transfer. Simultaneously, the converted company is deemed to have assumed all the obligations and liabilities of the mutual company.
        (b) The directors and officers of the mutual company,
    
unless otherwise specified in the plan of conversion shall serve as directors and officers of the converted company until new directors and officers of the converted company are duly elected pursuant to the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the converted company.
    (11) Regulation and authority of mutual holding company.
        (a) A mutual holding company shall have the same
    
powers granted to domestic mutual companies and be subject to the same requirements and provisions of Article III and any other provisions of this Code applicable to mutual companies that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Section, provided however that a mutual holding company shall not have the authority to transact insurance pursuant to Section 39(l).
        (b) Neither the mutual holding company nor any
    
intermediate holding company shall issue or reinsure policies of insurance.
        (c) A mutual holding company may enter into an
    
affiliation agreement or a merger agreement either at the time of conversion, or at some later time with the approval of the Director, with any mutual insurance company authorized to do business in this State or another mutual holding company. Any such merger agreement may authorize members of the mutual insurance company or other mutual holding company to become members of the mutual holding company. Any such affiliation agreement or merger agreement shall be subject to the insurance laws of this State relating to such transactions entered into by a domestic mutual company.
        (d) The assets of the MHC shall be held in trust,
    
under such arrangements and on such terms as the Director may approve, for the benefit of the policyholders of the converted company. Any residual rights of the MHC in such assets or any assets of the MHC determined not to be held in trust shall be subject to a lien in favor of the policyholders of the converted company under such terms as the Director may approve. Upon conversion of the mutual holding company as provided for in subsection (13) of this Section, such assets shall be released from trust in accordance with the plan of conversion approved by the Director.
    (12) Diversion of business to affiliates. Without prior approval of the Director, neither the converted company nor any other person affiliated with or controlling the converted company shall divert business from the converted company to any insurance company affiliate if the purpose or effect would be to significantly reduce the number of members of the mutual holding company.
    (13) Conversion of mutual holding company. A mutual holding company created pursuant to this Section may reorganize by complying with the applicable provisions of Section 59. For purposes of effecting a conversion under that Section, the mutual holding company shall be deemed a "mutual company" and the converted mutual holding company shall be deemed a "converted stock company," as such terms are defined in Section 59.1.
    (14) Conflict of interest. No director, officer, agent, or employee of the mutual company or any other person shall receive any fee, commission, or other valuable consideration, other than his or her usual regular salary and compensation, for in any manner aiding, promoting, or assisting in the conversion except as set forth in the plan of MHC conversion approved by the Director. This provision does not prohibit the payment of reasonable fees and compensation to attorneys, accountants, and actuaries for services performed in the independent practice of their professions, even if the attorney, accountant, or actuary is also a director of the mutual company.
    (15) Costs and expenses. All the costs and expenses connected with a plan of MHC conversion shall be paid for or reimbursed by the mutual company or the converted company.
    (16) Failure to give notice. If the mutual company complies substantially and in good faith with the notice requirements of this Section, the mutual company's failure to give any member or members any required notice does not impair the validity of any action taken under this Section.
    (17) Limitation of actions. Any action challenging the validity of or arising out of acts taken or proposed to be taken under this Section shall be commenced within 30 days after the effective date of the plan of MHC conversion.
(Source: P.A. 90-810, eff. 1-6-99.)