Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Takes Possession of Haven Trust Bank, Duluth, Georgia

December 12, 2008

The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) took possession of Haven Trust Bank, Duluth, Georgia on December 12, 2008.   The Superior Court of Gwinnett County issued an Order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as Receiver of the Bank effective upon the Department taking possession of Haven Trust Bank.

The Department took possession of Haven Trust 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. 

All deposit accounts of Haven Trust Bank have been transferred to Branch Banking and Trust Company (“BB&T”), Winston Salem, North Carolina, and will be available immediately.  On Monday, December 15, 2008, depositors will be able to access their accounts at the former main office and branch locations of Haven Trust Bank. For the time being, former customers of Haven Trust Bank should use the former offices of Haven Trust Bank until BB&T can fully integrate the deposit records of Haven Trust Bank.   Additionally, the former depositors of Haven Trust Bank can continue to access their accounts through automated teller machine transactions, checks and debit transactions.

Due to the terms of the deposit bid by BB&T, all deposits will be transferred to BB&T and, therefore, it is not currently anticipated that there will be any loss exposure to former Haven Trust 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 now insured by the FDIC up to $250,000. Special rules are in place for accounts held in trust status, joint accounts, and non-interest bearing transaction accounts that may further expand deposit insurance coverage.  You can find additional information on FDIC Deposit Insurance at

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 Haven Trust Bank.  The website is and the toll-free phone number is 1-866-782-1402.  The phone number is operational on Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and thereafter from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.