(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner is authorized to apply any standards or requirements of the laws and rules of this state governing the ownership, control or operations of West Virginia banks, including residency requirements for directors of West Virginia state-chartered banks, even if applicable specifically or exclusively to foreign banks or other foreign persons, to the extent such standards or requirements are determined by the commissioner to be either:
(1) Substantially equivalent to, or consistent with, the standards or requirements governing the ownership, control or operations of state or national banks in West Virginia by foreign banks or other foreign persons under applicable United States federal laws or regulations; or
(2) Otherwise consistent with the laws and policies of theUnited States, including its international agreements governing financial services.
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