|For immediate release|
The Federal Reserve Board today announced a public meeting for August 13, 1998, in Chicago on the proposal by Banc One Corporation, Columbus, Ohio, to merge with First Chicago NBD Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.
The purpose of the meeting is to collect information relating to the factors the Board is required to consider under the Bank Holding Company Act. These factors are the effects of the proposal on the financial and managerial resources and future prospects of the companies and banks involved in the proposal, competition in the relevant markets, and the convenience and needs of the communities to be served. Convenience and needs considerations include consideration of the records of performance of Banc One and First Chicago under the Community Reinvestment Act.
The meeting will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
Persons wishing to testify at the meeting must submit a written request no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 31, 1998, containing a brief statement of the nature of the expected testimony and the estimated time required for the presentation (together with their address, telephone number, and facsimile number if available), to Alicia Williams, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Consumer and Community Affairs Division, Federal .Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (facsimile: 312/913-2626). Persons interested only in attending the meeting do not need to submit a written request to attend.
On the basis of the requests to testify, the presiding officer of the public meeting will establish a schedule of appearances and prescribe all necessary procedures to ensure that the meeting proceeds in a fair and orderly manner. An agenda for the meeting, which will include the scheduled time for each person's testimony, will be provided to participants at a later date.
Attached is a copy of the Notice of Public Meeting, which sets forth the procedures to be followed at the meeting.
The Federal Reserve Board also announced that the period for public comment on the proposal has been extended through August 13, 1998.
Banc One Corporation
Background and Public Meeting Notice
Purpose and Procedures
The transaction also involves the proposed acquisition of a number of nonbanking companies engaged in activities permissible for bank holding companies. The Board also must determine whether conducting the proposed nonbanking activities can reasonably be expected to produce benefits to the public that outweigh possible adverse effects, such as undue concentration of resources, decreased or unfair competition, conflicts of interest, or unsound banking practices.
Testimony at the public meeting will be presented to a panel consisting of a Presiding Officer, or her designee, and other panel members appointed by the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer at the meeting will be Dolores S. Smith, Director of the Board's Division of Consumer and Community Affairs. In conducting the public meeting, the Presiding Officer will have the authority and discretion to ensure that the meeting proceeds in a fair and orderly manner. In contrast to a formal administrative hearing, the rules for taking evidence in an administrative proceeding do not apply to this public meeting. Panel members may question witnesses, but no cross-examination of witnesses will be permitted. The public meeting will be transcribed and information regarding procedures for obtaining a copy of the transcript will be announced at the public meeting.
All persons wishing to testify at the public meeting must submit a written request to Alicia Williams, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Consumer and Community Affairs Division, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (facsimile: 312/913-2626) not later than 5:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 31, 1998. The request must include the following information: (i) a brief statement of the nature of the expected testimony and the estimated time required for the presentation; (ii) address and telephone number (and facsimile number, if available) of the person testifying; and (iii) identification of any special needs, such as from persons desiring translation services, persons with a physical disability who may need assistance, or persons requiring visual aids for their presentation. To the extent available, translators will be provided to persons wishing to present their views in a language other than English if this information is included in the request to testify. Persons interested only in attending the meeting do not need to submit a written request to attend.
On the basis of the requests received, the Presiding Officer will prepare a schedule for persons wishing to testify and establish the order of presentation. To ensure an opportunity for all interested commenters to present their views, the Presiding Officer may limit the time for presentation. Persons not listed on the schedule may be permitted to speak at the public meeting if time permits at the conclusion of the schedule of witnesses, at the discretion of the Presiding Officer. Copies of testimony may, but need not, be filed with the Presiding Officer before a person's presentation.
By order of the Board of Governors, effective July 22, 1998.
(signed) Jennifer J. Johnson
Jennifer J. Johnson
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1998 Orders on banking applications