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alston-bird.pngAlston & Bird is a leading national firm whose core practice areas are corporate, tax, intellectual property and complex litigation, with focuses that include financial services and health care.  The firm has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 15 consecutive years.  For more information, please visit

Arnold--Porter.pngArnold & Porter LLP is a full-service law firm with an experienced financial services practice.  With key offices in New York and Washington, DC, their lawyers are well-versed in handling the full spectrum of financial services regulatory and transactional issues, legislative matters and litigation, including enforcement proceedings. For more information, visit

AustinAssociates.pngAustin Associates, LLC is a leading provider of investment banking services to community banks.  SNL has consistently ranked Austin Associates among the top M&A advisory firms to community banks. Austin Associates also provides strategic planning, stock valuations, capital planning, regulatory consulting, asset/liability management, profitability and loan pricing systems, risk management, compliance and technology solutions.  For more information, visit

Barack_FIG_Logo.pngThe Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group has 30 bank lawyers representing over 250 financial institutions, addressing the entire spectrum of industry-related legal issues. They formulate creative solutions, emphasizing relationships, service and stability.  They are consistently ranked as a top law firm in bank mergers and regulatory issues.  For more information, visit

2013-boardvantage-logo.pngBoardVantage leads the market in delivering paperless process for board and leadership communication.  Trusted by enterprises worldwide, including half of the Fortune 500, BoardVantage sets the bar for a mobile executive experience.  For more information, visit

Bryan_Cave_logo.pngBryan Cave is a leading business and litigation firm with more than 1,100 lawyers and consulting professionals in 24 offices worldwide.  The Financial Institutions services group is a market leading practice whose members have represented banks across the country in matters related to every aspect of the financial services industry.  For more information, please visit

Commerce Street Capital 083012Commerce Street Capital, LLC, is a premier investment banking firm serving financial institutions and middle-market companies.  They value collaboration with their client partners and enjoy building long term relationships established on a foundation of mutual respect, common goals and uncommon integrity.  Led by veterans of the financial industry, Commerce Street Capital’s financial institutions and bank capital practices specialize in mergers & acquisitions, recapitalizations, private placement of debt & equity, regulatory advisory, valuations & fairness opinions, community bank capital markets services, SBIC fund raising and due diligence services.  For more information, please visit

Covington & Burling logoCovington is a leader representing financial institutions on transactional, regulatory, litigation and enforcement matters, including M&A, investments, capital markets, governance and compliance. They represent community banks and larger institutions in M&A and other strategic transactions, and their deep regulatory expertise is integrated into every aspect of their practice.  For more information, please visit

Crowe_Horwath_Logo.jpgCrowe Horwath LLP is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., providing audit, tax, advisory, risk and performance services to more than 1,100 financial institutions.  Crowe works with financial institutions of all sizes, from denovos to multi-billion dollar holding companies, to provide financial statement audits, implement effective internal controls, manage risk and improve financial performance.  For more information, please visit

Day_Pitney_Logo.jpgDay Pitney LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 250 attorneys in Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC.  The firm offers clients corporate and litigation practices, with experience on behalf of large national and international corporations, as well as emerging- and middle-market companies and individuals.  For more information, please visit

Grant Thornton 2012 logo-strapline-CMYK-Small.jpgGrant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd.  Their people provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries.  The Grant Thornton banking and securities team provides audit, tax and advisory services to clients in the U.S. and around the world.  For more information, please visit

Hunton__Williams_Logo.pngThe financial institutions group at Hunton & Williams LLP represented more banks in M&A transactions than any other firm over the last 12 years, and they were again number 1 in 2012 with 14 M&A transactions. To date through June 30, 2013, Hunton & Williams was second in number of transactions. The group also represented approximately 3% of all purchasers of failed banks, provided advice in numerous problem bank transactions and served as counsel in two of the eight bank M&A transactions involving 363 bankruptcy motions. The group also represented banks in hundreds of capital offerings, more than 100 fair lending, CMPs and other enforcement actions, myriad compliance issues before all of the federal bank regulatory authorities, including the CFPB and negotiations of administrative actions.  For more information, visit

Kilpatrick_Townsend.jpgKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is a full-service law firm with nearly 650 attorneys.  The lawyers in their financial services practice group represent banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of matters.  They offer a great depth of knowledge and experience in the areas of employee benefits and director and executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, holding company reorganizations, enforcement and director/officer liability matters, consumer law issues, financial privacy and electronic banking. Their lawyers understand the business impact of their clients’ legal matters and work with them to develop solution-oriented approaches.  For more information, visit

KPMG.jpgKPMG’s Transaction Services Practice provides support throughout the transaction life cycle on both the buy-side and sell-side including divestitures, mergers, acquisitions and more.  They place a strong emphasis on stakeholder value and identify key risks and benefits early. Their sector specialists can guide companies on complex, industry specific issues during transaction diligence, valuation, integration and operational and accounting issues in bank M&A, as well as dealing with core issues such as finance, credit, regulatory, tax, valuation, etc.  Their large footprint in the banking industry provides unique access to market intelligence and insight, as well as a network of banking relationships to leverage in benchmarking industry best practices. For more information, please visit

Meyer-Chatfield_Compensation-Advisors-lgr.pngMeyer-Chatfield Compensation Advisors provides compensation solutions for financial institutions nationwide. Their newest proprietary innovation — LINQS+ — is the most efficient SERP design available. LINQS+ decreases the cost of SERPs up to 60 percent while creating an exceptionally strong retention tool by providing an enhanced lifetime benefit to critical executives.  For more information, please visit

Sandler_ONeil_Logo.pngSandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. is a full-service investment banking firm focused on the financial services sector. It provides the full suite of investment banking services, including merger and acquisition advisory, capital markets, fixed income and equity trading and sales, equity research, balance sheet management, mortgage finance and consulting services.  For more information, please visit

snl_banker.pngSNL Banker is not the SNL you may know.  SNL Banker is a streamlined platform for business intelligence for community banks.  Built on SNL Banker’s data warehouse, it’s a comprehensive source for internal analysis, integrating your data to give you 360° insight into finance, credit & risk, operations and sales & marketing.  For more information, please visit

Sheshunoff_Logo.pngSheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, a premier community bank financial advisor, has acted as a financial advisor in more than 250 transactions.  Sheshunoff has helped institutions nationwide optimize shareholder wealth with merger and acquisition advisory services, valuations, capital restructuring and strategic options assessment for more than 30 years.  Its professionals are dedicated to providing integrity driven services.  Sheshunoff knows community banking better than anyone.  For more information, please visit

Stinson-Leonard-StreetStinson Leonard Street LLP is one of the 75 largest firms in the U.S., with more than 520 attorneys and offices in 14 cities.  Our banking and financial services attorneys represent more than 400 financial institutions and confront banking issues on a daily basis.  For more information, please visit