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Notice of Proposals To Engage in Permissible Nonbanking Activities or To Acquire Companies That Are Engaged in Permissible Nonbanking Activities

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The companies listed in this notice have given notice under section 4 of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 U.S.C. 1843) (BHC Act) and Regulation Y, (12 CFR Part 225) to engage de novo, or to acquire or control voting securities or assets of a company, including the companies listed below, that engages either directly or through a subsidiary or other company, in a nonbanking activity that is listed in § 225.28 of Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.28) or that the Board has determined by Order to be closely related to banking and permissible for bank holding companies. Unless otherwise noted, these activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

Each notice is available for inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notice also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the question whether the proposal complies with the standards of section 4 of the BHC Act.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding the applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than February 7, 2000.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Lois Berthaume, Vice President) 104 Marietta Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2713:

1. Birthright, Incorporated, Montgomery, Alabama; to engage de novo through its subsidiary, Jackson, Shanklin, & Sonia Securities, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana, in securities brokerage activities, pursuant to § 225.28(b)(7)(i) of Regulation Y.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Maria Villanueva, Consumer Regulation Group) 101 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1579:

1. Wells Fargo & Company, San Francisco, California; to acquire Ragen MacKenzie Group Incorporated, Seattle, Washington, and thereby engage in providing financial and investment advisory services, pursuant to § 225.28(b)(6) of Regulation Y; providing securities brokerage, riskless principal, private placement, and other agency transactional services, pursuant to § 225.28(b)(7) of Regulation Y; underwriting and dealing in government obligations and money market instruments in which state member banks may underwrite and deal under 12 U.S.C. 335 and 24; and investing and trading activities other than in bank ineligible securities, pursuant to § 225.28(b)(8) of Regulation Y; and in underwriting and dealing in all types of debt and equity securities, other than interests in open-end investment companies, see J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., et al., 75 Fed. Res. Bull. 192 (1989).

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 19, 2000.

Robert deV. Frierson,

Associate Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 00-1696 Filed 1-24-00; 8:45 am]