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Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Takes Possession of The Buckhead Community Bank, Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Takes Possession of The Buckhead Community Bank, Atlanta, Georgia

December 4, 2009


Atlanta, Georgia ~ The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) took possession of The Buckhead Community Bank, Atlanta, Georgia on December 4, 2009.    The Superior Court of Fulton County issued an Order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as Receiver of the Bank effective upon the Department taking possession of The Buckhead Community Bank.

The Department took possession of The Buckhead Community Bank pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia, Section 7-1-150(a) which authorizes the Department in its discretion to take possession of the business and property of any state chartered financial institution whenever such financial institution is either insolvent or operating in an unsafe or unsound condition to transact its business, is operating in violation of any court order, statute, rule or regulation, or requests the Department to take possession of its business and property. 

Through an agreement with the FDIC, The Buckhead Community Bank will be acquired by State Bank and Trust Company, Pinehurst, Georgia.

All deposit accounts of The Buckhead Community Bank have been transferred to State Bank and Trust Company and will be available immediately. On Monday, December 7, 2009, depositors will be able to access their accounts at the former main office and branch locations of The Buckhead Community Bank. Customers of both banks should continue to use their existing branches until State Bank and Trust Company can fully integrate the deposit records of The Buckhead Community Bank.  Additionally, the former depositors of The Buckhead Community Bank can continue to access their accounts through automated teller machine transactions, checks and debit transactions.  It should be noted that The Buckhead Community Bank utilized the following trade names at their various branch offices: Sandy Springs Community Bank, Alpharetta Community Bank, Midtown Community Bank, Cobb Community Bank, Forsyth Community Bank, and Hall Community Bank.

All deposits will be transferred to State Bank and Trust Company and, therefore, it is not anticipated that there will be any loss exposure to former The Buckhead Community Bank depositors that have deposits exceeding the FDIC Deposit Insurance amounts. 

The Department’s Commissioner, Robert M. Braswell, reminds depositors that deposits of all Georgia banks are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000. Special rules are in place for accounts held in trust status and joint accounts that may further expand deposit insurance coverage.  You can find additional information on FDIC Deposit Insurance at www.fdic.gov.

The FDIC has established a website and a toll-free phone number to answer questions from depositors, creditors and other interested parties regarding the receivership of The Buckhead Community Bank. Please refer to the FDIC’s website for further information regarding the details of the purchase and assumption transaction. The website is www.fdic.gov and the toll-free phone number is 1-800-405-8028.   The phone number is operational this evening until 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and thereafter from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.