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Independent Bank Corp. (Petitioner), Hanover, Massachusetts, has petitioned the Board of Bank Incorporation (Board) pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 167A, sections 2 and 4 for approval to acquire Peoples Federal Bancshares, Inc. (Bancshares), Brighton, Massachusetts in a multi-step transaction. Bancshares is the holding company for Peoples Federal Savings Bank, (Peoples Federal), Brighton, Massachusetts. The Petitioner is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company (Rockland Trust), Rockland, Massachusetts. An application has also been filed with the Division of Banks for approval of the subsequent merger of Peoples Federal with and into Rockland Trust.
In determining whether or not to approve the petition, the Board and Division must decide whether competition among banking institutions will be unreasonably affected and whether public convenience and advantage will be promoted by this proposal. A public hearing will be given to all interested parties on the petition before the Board on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., in Hearing Room 1E, First Floor, 1000 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
All comments concerning this petition, however, must be filed with the Board or the Division by the close of business on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the following address. The applications and all communications relative to these matters are available for public inspection at the Division at 1000 Washington Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02118-6400.
David J. Cotney
Commissioner of Banks
Treasurer and Receiver-General
Commissioner of Revenue
Written commends accepted until December 11, 2014.