Guns For Hire

Our research took several different paths. In choosing legal and investment banking firms, we analyzed acquisitions from data provided by SNL Securities to identify the leading players in terms of deal size as well as those handling the largest number of deals. Accounting firms comprise the four current national players and two smaller firms that have made their mark in the financial industry. Consultants featured this year for both large and community banks were those with a dedicated strategic planning practice–and were identified through informal peer analysis.

The results follow on the next 62 pages, where we feature in-depth profiles of 10 law firms, 14 investment bankers, six accounting firms, and eight strategic consultants. Directors face a lot of risk these days, and when your bank needs help, these straight-shooters have the collective firepower to help the board handle any challenge.

The Law Firms: Heros and Renegades

When your bank has to deal with the good, the bad, and especially the ugly, these 10 standout firms are up to the challenge.

The Investment Bankers: Deals and Dealmakers

These 14 profiles of top investment banking firms – from traditional Wall Street icons to a feww of the young guns – describe the unique driving forces that makes each a leading contender in bank dealmaking today.

The Accountants: Maintaining Financial Order in Chaotic Times

Our list of top accounting and auditing firms consists of four national heavy hitters that are best known for their breadth and depth of experience along with two others that have cemented their place in the banking industry’s middle market.

The Consultants: Wisdom and Experience for Hire

Bring in the posse! When the board needs an expert in corporate strategy, this cadre of consulting firms has the tools and experience to negotiate just about any terrain.

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