Financial Services

Financial Institutions Mergers & Acquisitions

Arnold & Porter is one of the country's most experienced and innovative law firms in mergers and acquisitions involving financial institutions. Our corporate team works closely with lawyers from our highly respected financial services regulatory group, and lawyers from other key specialties. This combination enables us to address the key issues associated with each transaction and develop a comprehensive plan for achieving our client's objectives.

Our lawyers have advised clients on hundreds of transactions valued at well over $100 billion and are often at the cutting edge in developing new or refined transaction structures.

We have advised clients in a broad range of transactions, including:

  • Whole institution mergers and acquisitions, including public and private transactions with cash, stock, and mixed consideration
  • Acquisitions of investment advisers and broker-dealers
  • Purchase and sales of financial asset classes, including loans and loan servicing rights among others
  • Branch and deposit purchases and sales, including large brokered CD portfolio transactions
  • Bank-thrift mergers
  • Bankruptcy, receivership, conservatorship transactions, including Section 363 sales
  • Conversion mergers
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Failed institution acquisitions, including through FDIC controlled auctions
  • Joint ventures and other cooperative structures

Our clients range across the spectrum of financial services companies from banks and thrift institutions to insurance companies, broker-dealers, money management firms, specialty finance companies, and technology companies focused on financial services. We work closely with each of our clients, including their internal counsel, and their outside advisors to develop a comprehensive transaction plan, identifying potential regulatory, tax and other issues, and developing solutions to address them efficiently. We assist clients in integrating acquired businesses into existing operations. We are aided in this process by our depth of experience in all types of transactions, which enables us to act quickly, both in the initial planning stage and to respond to new developments as they arise during the course of a transaction.


Flushing Financial Corporation Acquisition of Empire Bancorp, Inc. (pending)

Representing Flushing Financial Corporation in its pending acquisition of Empire Bancorp, Inc.

Piermont Bank and its sponsor entity, Ivy Financial Development De novo bank formation

Represented Piermont Bank and its sponsor entity, Ivy Financial Development, in the formation and initial capitalization of Piermont Bank as a New York state-chartered, FDIC-insured, commercial bank.

First American International Corporation Sale to RBB Bancorp, Inc.

Represented parent of First American International Bank in its $117 million sale to RBB Bancorp, Inc.

Stifel Financial Corp. Acquisition of Business Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary, The Business Bank of St. Louis

Represented a financial services holding company in its acquisition of Business Bancshares, Inc., and its subsidiary, The Business Bank of St. Louis.

Emigrant Bank Sale of its controlling interest in HPM Partners LLC

Represented client in the sale of its controlling interest in a registered investment adviser.




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