The factors that help banks maximize value—including growth and profitability—are relatively timeless, though the importance of each value driver tend to change with the operating environment. But the way a bank pursues a sale impacts its valuation. In this video, Christopher Olsen of Olsen Palmer outlines the three ways a bank can pursue a sale. He also explains why discretion is key to preserving franchise value.

  • Factors Driving Today’s Valuations
  • The “Goldilocks” Process for Selling Banks
  • The Importance of Discretion



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.