Mergers and Acquisitions--Banking
The Firm has extensive background and expertise in coordinating and representing community banks and other financial institutions in strategic and financial mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and equity sales. Our attorneys have extensive experience in a full range of these matters as well as the joint venture process and equity and debt investments. Such involvement includes negotiating and drafting letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, terms sheets, stock purchase, asset purchase and merger agreements, tender offer documents, legal opinions, joint venture agreements, business entity regime documents and agreements evidencing debt and equity investments. We routinely conduct and counsel clients on due diligence review of target entities, and we negotiate and draft related transaction documents including executive employment and consulting agreements, non-compete agreements, shareholders agreements, earn out agreements, general and specific releases, and other corporate documents. As part of our compliance review, we also can assist in preparing specialized securities, such as trust preferred or other preferred stock or debt designed to optimize compliance with regulatory capital requirements. Finally, we will prepare and file disclosure documents, when necessary to raise funds for transactions in public or private markets and we will prepare and file with the appropriate governmental agencies all necessary regulatory filings, including any change-in-control or bank merger applications.
Clients of our Mergers and Acquisition team rely on us to navigate the transaction, including regulatory obstacles, and manage closing and post-closing risk. We always provide hands-on guidance during the entire transaction, including discussions with the investment bankers, and attending and providing guidance at board meetings.