We provide legal services for financial institutions when it comes to federal and state regulatory authorities in areas such as:
General corporate advice
We regularly help clients evaluate and prepare for corporate governance needs and changes, board of directors meetings, corporate structure questions and changes, inter-company transactions, contractual matters and other day-to-day matters. When we serve as outside general counsel for our banking clients, we coordinate all legal matters and bring knowledge of the client’s business to each legal matter, including where outside specialists other than Barley Snyder are needed.
Assistance with approvals
We have experience in assisting with applications, notices or obtaining approvals for all transactions subject to regulatory oversight by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and state financial institution regulators. Those transactions include branch purchases or sales, mergers and acquisitions, entering or exiting non-banking lines of business, implementing tax-advantaged strategies and similar matters.
Advice on compliance
We regularly partner with our financial institution clients to evaluate new regulations, changing interpretations of old regulations and new financial products, services and technology from a regulatory compliance perspective.
Compliance of new products
New technology has profoundly affected the industry and promises to continue to do so in the future. We can assist with evaluation of new technology – driven initiatives and products for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements
Mergers and acquisitions
Barley Snyder’s attorneys are experienced in representing buyers and sellers in dozens of public M&A transactions, leading to the firm achieving regional and national rankings for its number of bank M&A deals. We have established excellent relationships with a number of investment banking firms, including those active in the bank M&A market in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The members of our Securities Practice Group have done SEC work for more than 30 public companies and have participated in over a dozen IPOs as counsel for issuers and underwriters (excluding private offerings by public companies). The services we provide to our public bank clients include the preparation or review, as appropriate, of periodic reports, proxy materials and annual reports, press releases, filings under Regulations FD and M-A, registration statements, and securities compliance policies.
As part of Barley Snyder’s Practice Excellence initiative, a firm wide focus on knowledge, quality and service, we have developed a quality control program in the M&A and securities areas in order to achieve consistency and quality in our approach to M&A and securities transactions. This program includes access to a Barley Snyder “M&A Worksite” and “Securities Worksite” where we have collected best practices, deal studies and documents from prior M&A and Securities transactions. Our commitment to quality also requires a second attorney review of transactions meeting specific criteria.