Clients engaging in financial services mergers and acquisitions require a responsive, industry-savvy team to get the deal done. Our M&A attorneys are skilled in structuring and executing transactions within a complicated regulatory framework. Interdisciplinary teams respond to transactional demands with a creative, solution-oriented approach designed to achieve your business and legal needs.
Alston & Bird understands that decisions made today can have an effect on your business tomorrow. The financial services industry is in constant flux. The M&A attorneys in our Financial Services & Products Group understand this dynamic industry and the unique challenges presented by business combinations in a regulated environment. We have handled a vast array of transactions, including some of the most complex merger transactions in the financial services industry. Our team ranked in the top five as bank & thrift M&A legal adviser, based on 2018 deal value and volume, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. We are regarded for our perspective and approach as well as experience, with transactional lawyers who provide broad market perspective and serve as business partners while guiding your strategy and advising on new products and services. We are practical, thoughtful, and responsive.
We serve as day-to-day corporate counsel for a host of players in the financial services arena, including banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, insurance companies, asset management firms, securities and mortgage brokers, credit card issuers and payment system providers, and specialty finance firms . Our work for these clients includes:
Corporate and regulatory advice
Capital markets transactions
Board and committee communications
Sarbanes–Oxley and other corporate governance compliance
Investor relations and activism
NYSE, Nasdaq, and OTC compliance
We have extensive experience with complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, auctions, tender offers, spinoffs, going-private transactions, joint ventures, subchapter S elections, restructurings , and similar transactions for clients.
Our transactional lawyers have deep experience in structuring and executing transactions within a complicated regulatory framework, and we have a long-term record of developing good relationships with the government agencies that regulate the business of our clients. We bring our extensive resources and experience base to the table to advise clients on a broad range of strategic transactions, including:
Mergers and acquisitions – both public and private
The First Bancshares to Acquire First Florida Bancorp for $85 Million
Alston & Bird client The First Bancshares, Inc., holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, announced that it plans to acquire First Florida Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of First Florida Bank, for approximately $85 million.
Press ReleaseJanuary 28, 2019
Bank First National Corporation to Acquire Partnership Community Bancshares
Alston & Bird client Bank First National Corporation, the holding company of Bank First, National Association, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Partnership Community Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Partnership Bank, in a combined stock-and-cash transaction valued at $41.0 million.