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Notice

Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

 

The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than February 25, 2013.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

1. Weststar Bancorp, Albuquerque, New Mexico; to become a bank holding company through the acquisition of 100 percent of the voting shares of Sunrise Bank of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (E. Ann Worthy, Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201-2272:

1. Strategic Growth Bank Incorporated and Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated, both of El Paso, Texas; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of New Mexico Banquest Corporation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, through the merger of its wholly owned merger subsidiary, NM Lobo Acquisition Corporation, and thereby acquire First National Bank of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In addition, in connection with this application, Applicants have also applied to acquire First Santa Fe Advisors, LLC and thereby engage in advisory and investment activities, and First Santa Fe Insurance Services, Inc., to engage in insurance activities, both of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and thereby engage in investment advisory and insurance activities, pursuant to sections 225.28(b)(11) and (b)(8) of Regulation Y.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 25, 2013.

Margaret McCloskey Shanks,

Deputy Secretary of the Board.

[FR Doc. 2013-01981 Filed 1-29-13; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6210-01-P

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