Financial Services Transactions

With hundreds of transactions cumulatively valued in the billions of dollars successfully executed, Arnold & Porter's Financial Institutions Mergers & Acquisitions team is one of the country's most experienced and innovative in this highly regulated sector. We work closely with each of our clients from all subsector and size categories to develop a comprehensive transaction plan that achieves clear business objectives by both identifying potential business, regulatory, corporate, tax and other issues, and efficiently addressing them. Our depth of experience in all types of transactions aids this process, enabling us to act quickly, both in the initial planning stage as well as in anticipating, assessing and addressing new developments as they inevitably arise during the course of a transaction.

Broad Range of Transactions: Including acquisitions, mergers (including mergers of equals and related public offerings of common stock), formation and initial capitalizations, capital markets transactions (including IPOs of common stock), sales of controlling interests, asset sales (financial, operating, deposit liabilities, etc.), and failed-institution transactions.

Deep Understanding of Client Operations and Business Needs: Achieving goals in the most complex transactions in today's challenging regulatory environment with experience, knowledge and creativity; and completing more routine types of transactions effectively and efficiently.

Intimate Knowledge of the Market and Regulatory Environment: Enhanced by practical, cross-practice problem-solving encompassing our corporate, antitrust, employment, executive compensation and ERISA; financial services regulatory, IP & IT; real estate and tax excellence.

350+: Transactions, with a cumulative value of $145+ billion.
In Front: Many of our transactions are at the cutting edge in developing new or refined transaction structures.

Experience Highlights

  • Astoria Financial Corporation in connection with its $2.2 billion merger with Sterling Bancorp.
  • Cain Brothers & Company Inc. in the sale of Cain Brothers to KeyBanc Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking unit of KeyCorp.
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in a $2.5 billion preferred stock offering.
  • The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation in the sale of Avox Limited and Clarient Global LLC to Thomson Reuters.
  • The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation as issuer in its offering of $400 million fiixed-to-floating rate noncumulative perpetual preferred stock.
  • Hudson City Bancorp Inc. in its merger with M&T Bank Corp.
  • National Securities Clearing Corporation, a subsidiary of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, in an inaugural offering of $2 billion aggregate principal amount of 1.200% and 1.500% senior notes pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Onex Corporation in the sale of USI Insurance Services to an affiliate of KKR & Co. LP and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for an enterprise value of $4.3 billion.
  • Piermont Bank in the formation and initial capitalization of Piermont Bank as a New York State-chartered, FDIC-insured, commercial bank.
  • Stifel Financial Corporation in its acquisition of Business Bancshares Inc., and its subsidiary, The Business Bank of St. Louis.
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