Bank M&A

Exclusive Analysis: Why Active Acquirers Close More Deals

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find attractive acquisition targets and successfully negotiate a deal as consolidation steadily reduces the number of available banks. Because of this, the best acquirers have developed specific strategies to achieve M&A success. Thirty percent of the executives and directors participating in Bank Director’s 2019 Bank M&A Survey want their bank to be an active acquirer over the next five years, making M&A a core component of their growth strategies. Of these, 70 percent have made an acquisition over the past three years—compared to 36 percent of those surveyed overall, most of whom characterize their…

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Emily McCormick

Vice President of Editorial & Research

Emily McCormick is Vice President of Editorial & Research for Bank Director. Emily oversees research projects, from in-depth reports to Bank Director’s annual surveys on M&A, risk, compensation, governance and technology. She also manages content for the Bank Services Program. In addition to regularly speaking and moderating discussions at Bank Director’s in-person and virtual events, Emily regularly writes and edits for Bank Director magazine and She started her career in the circulation department at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Business.