Boardvantage 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, please visit www.boardvantage.com.
Alston & 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 16 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.alston.com.
AST and its affiliates are leading providers of registry services and technology to financial market participants around the globe. AST and its affiliate, CST Trust Company (CST), provide comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to more than 8,000 public issues and over 5.5 million shareholders. The organization provides fully integrated services that include employee plan services, information agent, mutual fund and corporate proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, shareholder identification, asset recovery and investment management offerings. For more information, please visit www.amstock.com.
Arnold & Porter LLP is a full-service law firm with an experienced Financial Services practice. With key offices in New York and Washington, DC, our 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, please visit www.arnoldporter.com.
Austin Associates, LLC is a leading provider of consulting and investment banking services to community banks and consistently ranks 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, stress testing and technology solutions. For more information, please visit www.austinassociates.com.
Baird Holm, LLP’s integrated team of more than 85 attorneys, licensed in 20 states, is committed to connecting each of its valued clients to the positive outcomes they seek. With extensive and diverse expertise, Baird Holm leverages each attorney’s skills to respond efficiently to its clients’ local, regional, national and international legal needs. For more information, please visit www.bairdholm.com.
BancAlliance enables its members, the community banks that direct its activities, to prudently diversify into high-quality commercial and consumer loans in a manner consistent with the highest commercial and regulatory standards—without changing the nature or mission of the traditional community bank. For more information, please visit www.bancalliance.com.
The 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 www.bfkn.com.
BFS Group, a leading expert in the BOLI industry, is a national firm with an exclusive focus on community banks. BFS Group manages all BOLI investments with the primary goal of providing unparalleled customer support, increasing the bank’s bottom line earnings, increasing shareholder value and funding meaningful benefits for all bank employees. For more information, please visit www.bfsgroup.com.
BKD National Financial Services Group provides audit, tax, regulatory compliance, loan review, technology, internal audit, strategic planning and other services to more than 1,200 financial institutions nationwide. Their advisors possess the industry knowledge you need to help manage change, make wise business decisions and remain compliant. Experience unmatched client service – Experience BKD. For more information, please visit www.bkd.com.
BMO Capital Markets and BMO Harris Bank are members of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US $491 billion total assets and close to 47,000 employees as at October 31, 2015. For more information, please visit www.bmo.com.
Bryan 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 www.bryancave.com.
CCG Catalyst is a leading management consulting firm connecting bank strategy to innovation, transformation, and disruption. They advise their clients on the direction of banking, development of the strategy and managing the disruption related to the execution of the tactics. For more information, please visit www.ccg-catalyst.com.
CheckAlt, one of the fastest growing and innovative FinTech companies in the U.S., has delivered consolidated item processing and white label payment solutions to community banks and credit unions since 1989. They help FI’s reduce operating costs, improve efficiency and expand their capabilities to deepen existing and attract new business relationships. For more information, please visit www.checkalt.com.
Commerce Street Capital, LLC (“CSC), a premier investment banking firm, serves financial institutions, middle-market companies, family offices. CSC, led by financial industry veterans, collaborates with client partners building long term relationships based on respect, common goals, and uncommon integrity. Led by veterans of the financial industry, Commerce Street Capital’s practices specialize in: Mergers & Acquisitions; Recapitalizations; Private Debt or Equity Placement; Regulatory Advisory; Valuations, Fairness Opinions; Bank Capital Raise Services; Alternative Solutions; SBIC Fund Raising and Due Diligence Services. Member FINRA/SIPC; For more information, please visit www.commercestreetcapital.com.
As thought leaders since 2005, Compensation Advisors has exclusively served the community banking industry providing guidance on the latest compensation and hiring developments; as industry experts they convey insightful strategies and solutions. Compensation Advisors works with financial institutions across the United States delivering executive and director compensation reviews, pay-for-performance incentive plan structures, equity allocation plans, benefit plan design structures, base salary reviews (company-wide), risk assessments, regulatory updates and compensation committee governance. For more information, please visit www.compensationadvisors.com.
Cornerstone Advisors takes banks from strategy to execution through an array of Solutions offerings, including Strategy, Performance, Technology, Contracts, Payments and Channels. Cornerstone publishes GonzoBanker, The Cornerstone Performance Report and industry white papers. The experienced consultants at Cornerstone Advisors help banks reduce costs, increase revenue and stay competitive. For more information, please visit www.crnrstone.com.
Covington 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 www.cov.com.
Credit Risk Management, L.L.C. was founded in 1989 as a service-oriented company bringing consultative, collaborative and relational credit management solutions to community banks and other financial institutions. Staffed by experienced bankers, we provide external loan and special reviews, online credit manuals, credit training and underwriting tools to over 100 clients located in 32 states. Our products and services offer future focused analysis to allow clients to focus on both the transactional and macro portfolio assessment. For more information, please visit www.creditriskmgt.com.
Crowe Horwath LLP is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S. With more than 50 years of experience, Crowe has a dedicated team of more than 800 professionals that serve more than 1,800 financial services organizations of all sizes. Crowe knows banking. For more information, please visit www.crowehorwath.com/banking.
Celebrating 80 years of service, D.A. Davidson & Co. is a full service capital markets firm with operations throughout the country. D.A. Davidson & Co. provides investment banking, institutional research, sales, and trading, fixed income, brokered CD underwriting, and corporate services to banks nationwide.
D.A. Davidson & Co.’s dedicated Financial Institutions Group has decades of experience. Our firm’s commitment to our clients and our “strength of advice” principle are the D.A. Davidson difference. For more information, please visit www.davidsoncompanies.com/dc.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is a preeminent global law firm with 10 offices across the world’s key financial centers. For more than 160 years, their lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. For more information, please visit www.davispolk.com.
Day 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 www.daypitney.com.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. The firm’s banking group has extensive experience counseling banks, thrifts, insurance firms and other financial institutions on a wide range of matters that include complex mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. For more information, please visit www.debevoise.com.
Equias Alliance has successfully helped nearly 800 financial institutions with BOLI placement and with plans to recruit, retain, and reward key officers and directors with nonqualified benefit plans. They also provide administration of BOLI and nonqualified benefit plans. Securities offered through ProEquities, Member FINRA and SIPC. Equias is independent of ProEquities. www.equiasalliance.com.
Evercore is a leading independent investment banking advisory firm. Evercore’s Investment Banking business advises its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, public offerings, private placements and other strategic transactions and also provides institutional investors with high quality equity research, sales and trading execution that is free of the conflicts created by proprietary activities. For more information, please visit www.evercore.com.
Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford specializes in providing legal services to financial institutions on a full range of corporate, securities and regulatory matters. All of our attorneys are alumni of financial institutions practice groups within large international law firms, bringing a wealth of sophisticated experience in representing financial institutions. The founding vision of the firm was to create a new model that departed from the traditional “mega–firm” approaches and, instead, focused on delivering efficient, team-oriented services of the highest quality. Our law firm model simply aligns the interests of clients and attorneys by eliminating the inefficiencies of the traditional law firm model and focuses on delivering legal services in a responsive and cost–effective manner. Since FKHF’s formation in July 2010, we have served as legal counsel in connection with more than 58 whole-bank and branch acquisition transactions involving community banking organizations. In addition, the firm has served as legal counsel on over 45 private and public capital offerings totaling more than $1 billion, including three IPOs by community banking organizations. The firm has been consistently recognized as one of the top law firms in the United States in SNL Financial’s league tables for bank and thrift legal advisors, based on the number of M&A transactions. For more information, please visit www.fkhpartners.com.
FIG Partners, LLC is an employee-owned broker/dealer specializing in bank and thrift stocks. The firm’s mission is to generate superior returns for both investors and community banks through integrated research market making, capital raising, strategic advisory and sales. The firm believes in listening to clients first, offering a different level of sincerity which it believes is often lost at large Wall Street firms. For more information, please visit www.figpartners.com
FinPro Capital Advisors (“FCA”) is a registered broker dealer and wholly-owned subsidiary of FinPro, Inc. Leveraging off FinPro’s extensive consulting and regulatory expertise, FCA provides institution specific advice that can address all factors of deal making including: M&A advisory, fairness opinions, capital raise, strategic advice, valuation, due diligence, mark-to-market, enterprise risk management, business planning and regulatory advice. For more information, please visit www.finprocapitaladvisors.com.
Fiserv is a leading global provider of information management and electronic commerce systems for the financial services industry, providing integrated technology and services that create value and results for our clients. Fiserv drives innovations that transform experiences for more than 14,500 clients worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fiserv.com.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is a leading business law firm with one of the premier Banking & Financial Institutions Practice Groups in the Midwest. They offer practical advice on M&A, capital formation, governance and strategic matters to financial institutions of all sizes throughout the U.S. For more information, please visit www.gklaw.com.
Griffin Financial Group LLC is an investment bank which assists financial institutions in understanding their strategic and financial alternatives, raising capital and in buying and selling banks and related businesses. Many of the firm’s professionals are former senior executive officers of large and small depository institutions with hands-on governance, operating and transactional experience. For more information, please visit www.griffinfingroup.com.
Hovde Group, LLC, a leading financial advisor for over 25 years, provides a full suite of investment banking, capital markets and financial advisory services focused exclusively on the banking industry. They assist clients with all phases of M&A transactions, asset purchases/dispositions, restructurings/recapitalizations, FDIC transactions, capital raises and other strategic options. For more information, please visit www.hovdegroup.com.
Hunton & Williams LLP has been involved in more M&A transactions than any firm over the last seven years (according to SNL Financial, January 2015). Specifically, Hunton & Williams LLP was number 1 in 2013 with 19 M&A transactions, and in 2014 with 20 M&A transactions (according to SNL Financial). For more information, please visit www.hunton.com.
Invictus Consulting Group’s M&A advisory services help banks target acquisitions and develop realistic strategic plans and M&A options. The company’s groundbreaking data analysis system takes into consideration capital adequacy, the risk profile of bank assets, interest rate sensitivity and the pro forma characteristics of a bank’s asset portfolio. For more information, please visit www.invictusgrp.com.
Jefferies, the global investment banking firm, has served companies and investors for over 50 years. Headquartered in New York, with offices in over 30 cities around the world, the firm provides clients with capital markets and financial advisory services, institutional brokerage and securities research, as well as wealth management. For more information, please visit www.jefferies.com.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) is now part of Stifel, providing a specialized focus in the financial services industry. Leveraging the Stifel platform, KBW offers broad capabilities in distributing securities through retail and institutional channels. KBW provides financial services companies with research, equity sales and trading, capital raising, fixed income and strategic advisory services. KBW’s focus includes banking companies, insurance companies, broker/dealers, mortgage banks, asset management companies and specialty finance firms. KBW’s investment banking professionals have extensive experience in public underwritings of common stock, preferred stock and debt securities, private financings, initiating, structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions and mutual conversions. KBW also engages in other financial advisory services including tender offers, valuations and shareholder reduction transactions. Currently, KBW is ranked as #1 Bookrunner based on number of bank and thrift equity offerings raising $251.1 billion, #1 depository IPO and Follow-on Bookrunner raising $10.9 billion and #1 depository M&A advisor totaling $115 billion. For more information, please visit www.kbw.com.
Kilpatrick 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, please visit www.kilpatricktownsend.com.
KPMG’s Transaction Services practice provides divestiture, merger and acquisition support by placing a strong emphasis on stakeholder value and identifying key risks and benefits early. Their Transaction Services professionals can guide companies on a deliberate path from early deal planning toward desired business results. They tailor their approach to focus on risks, complement your strengths and support your areas of need. They provide support throughout the transaction life cycle on both the buy–side and the sell–side to both strategic and financial buyers. In addition, KPMG’s Corporate Finance LLC provides a broad range of investment banking and advisory services to its domestic and international clients. Their professionals have the experience and depth of knowledge to advise clients on global mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, buyouts, financings, debt restructurings, equity recapitalizations, infrastructure project finance, capital advisory, real estate, portfolio solutions, fairness opinions and other advisory needs. For more information, please visit www.kpmg.com.
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm that ranks among The American Lawyer’s top U.S. law firms. Our team of approximately 1,000 lawyers, working from 23 offices to meet clients’ needs around the World, has earned a solid reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work. We serve our clients’ interests first, and these clients range from Fortune 500 and middle market public and private companies to start–ups and emerging businesses. For more information, please visit www.lockelord.com.
Luse Gorman is a Washington, DC law firm specializing in representing financial institutions and their holding companies in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, SEC reporting, corporate governance, bank regulatory matters, capital–raising transactions, including equity offerings, mutual-to-stock conversions and mutual holding companies, and executive compensation matters. For more information, visit www.luselaw.com.
Founded more than 50 years ago to address the needs of brick-and-mortar banks and other financial institutions, Manatt is now recognized as one of the leading financial services law firms in the United States. With a team of committed professionals in California, New York and Washington, D.C., Manatt’s attorneys can help you achieve your most ambitious goals. For more information, visit www.manatt.com.
Mercer Capital is one of the largest business valuation and financial advisory firms in the nation. Financial institutions represent the firm’s largest industry concentration. Mercer Capital assists depository institutions, asset managers, insurance companies and specialty financial companies nationally with significant corporate valuation requirements, transactional advisory services and other strategic decisions. For more information, visit www.mercercapital.com.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn is a full-service business law firm with a primary focus on the financial services industry. With a diverse client base throughout the West, their attorneys offer breadth and depth of industry knowledge and regulatory experience, and a proven track record of representing financial institutions, with mergers and acquisitions as a signature area of their practice. For more information, please visit www.millernash.com.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a nationally recognized financial institutions practice, serving in many cases as primary outside counsel for securities, M&A, bank regulatory and compliance issues, lending and loan work-out matters, employment, trademark, litigation and corporate governance matters. The firm also represents investment banks and private equity investors that focus on financial services companies. For more information, please visit www.nelsonmullins.com.
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP has over 1,000 lawyers globally who provide the full spectrum of legal advice to financial institutions. Drawing upon their depth of M&A and securities experience and their detailed regulatory knowledge, they provide tailored advice on high-level and complex assignments for financial institutions. For more information, please visit www.nortonrosefulbright.com.
Olsen Palmer is a nationally–recognized independent investment banking firm that advises community banks across the spectrum of mergers & acquisitions, taking a community banking approach: nimble, high-touch and conflict-free. The firm specializes in sell–side advisory, buy-side advisory, valuations, fairness opinions, branch acquisitions/divestitures and board–level assessments of strategic options. For more information, visit olsenpalmer.com.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink financial marketplaces for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, including 600+ regional and community banks. OTC Link® ATS, an SEC registered Alternative Trading System, directly links a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services for a wide spectrum of securities. For more information, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
Paladin fs, LLC is a national research and consulting firm possessing a proprietary knowledge base of market intelligence and pricing data—a “Blue Book”—on all outsourced services sold by every Core & IT service provider in the U.S. This Blue Book levels the negotiating table and empowers CEOs and CFOs to lower operating costs and improve the accretive value of mergers. Institutions utilize Paladin to review and restructure Core & IT costs before the Bank renews any multi-year, multi–million dollar agreement or contemplates a merger. For more information, please visit www.paladin-fs.com.
Pearl Meyer is the leading advisor to boards and senior management on the alignment of executive compensation with business and leadership strategy, making pay programs a powerful catalyst for value creation and competitive advantage. Through knowledgeable consultants focused exclusively on the financial sector, their Banking Industry Group has helped hundreds of financial institutions achieve their objectives. The firm has offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.pearlmeyer.com.
Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) is a leading investment bank and asset management firm. Our proven advisory teams combine deep product knowledge with sector expertise. Founded in 1895, the firm is headquartered in Minneapolis and has 42 offices across the U.S. and in London, Zurich and Hong Kong (license pending). For more information, please visit www.piperjaffray.com.
PrecisionLender is a web-based pricing solution used by thousands of lenders daily to price nearly $10 billion in loans and deposits each month. With PrecisionLender, loan officers can have constructive conversations focusing on the borrower’s needs allowing them to hand-craft a solution that works for both the borrower and bank. For more information, please visit www.precisionlender.com.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP provides comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory M&A services from pre-deal due diligence to post merger integration effectiveness. They assist clients with their most challenging and complex issues. For more information, visit www.pwc.com.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest full-service investment firms and operates nationwide through over 6,500 financial advisors. Client assets under management exceed $500 billion. The firm makes active markets and provides equity research on over 1,300 publicly-traded companies. The Financial Services Group specializes in serving banks, bank holding companies and thrift institutions in underwritten public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, takeover defenses and fairness opinions. For more information, visit www.raymondjames.com.
Sandler 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 www.sandleroneill.com.
SBA Complete, Inc. is a full-service SBA outsource and consulting firm focused on helping community banks effectively profit from SBA lending. Founded by former senior bankers, SBA Complete, Inc. has the technical expertise to ensure that their clients benefit from the lucrative programs of the SBA in a very cost effective way. For more information, please visit www.sbacomplete.com.
Sheshunoff & 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 www.smslp.com/investment-banking.
SNL Financial’s comprehensive solution provides a full suite of tools that today’s banker needs to advance both your business and your career. SNL’s toolkit can give you a 360 degree view of your market, the competition, internal performance drivers, commercial real estate opportunities, and much more. For more information, please visit SNL.com/banktools.
Stephens Inc. is an independent financial services firm committed to building value for our clients. Our long-term relationships deliver long-term results based on deep research and trusted insights. Our Financial Institutions Group has provided services to community and regional banks and thrifts and other financial institutions since the early 1980s. For more information, please visit www.stephens.com.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides sophisticated transactional and litigation services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national and international public companies. One of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S., Stinson Leonard Street has nearly 500 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, including Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, DC; Decatur, Ill.; Wichita and Overland Park, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and Bismarck, N.D. For more information, please visit www.stinsonleonard.com.
StrategyCorps delivers game-changing mobile, online and other consumer checking related solutions to hundreds of financial institutions nationwide. These innovative solutions deepen customer relationships by connecting with customers’ mobile and online lifestyles better than basic banking. Plus, they monetize mobile and online banking with significant customer-friendly fee income and grow customer adoption rates of these services. For more information, please visit www.strategycorps.com.
West Monroe is a progressive business and technology consulting firm that partners with dynamic organizations to reimagine, build, and operate their businesses at peak performance. Our team of more than 600 professionals is comprised of an uncommon blend of business consultants and deep technologists. This unique combination of expertise enables us to design, develop, implement, and run strategic business and technology solutions that yield a dramatic commercial impact on our clients’ profitability and performance. For more information, please visit www.westmonroepartners.com.