Scale is driving buyers and sellers today, with acquirers seeking growth and sellers seeing scale as an obstacle. Christopher Olsen of Olsen Palmer outlines how both buyers and sellers can plan for a successful deal, and explains how even banks focusing on organic growth strategies will be impacted by consolidation.

  • Scale and M&A
  • A Buyer’s Plan
  • A Seller’s Plan
  • Impact on Organic Growth Strategies


Christopher Olsen

Managing Partner

Christopher Olsen is a managing partner at Olsen Palmer LLC.  He has been advising financial institutions for the entirety of his career having advised on more than 100 M&A transactions representing more than $10 billion in total value. 


Prior to founding Olsen Palmer, Mr. Olsen managed a regional bank M&A advisory practice for Hovde Financial and then for Milestone Advisors.  He has worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley as well as for First Annapolis Consulting.  He began his career in banking, first at Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) then at a 3-branch community bank.