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FDIC Atlanta Region Personnel Changes

FDIC Atlanta Regional Director Tom Dujenski announced this week that he will retire from the FDIC effective May 3, 2014. Tom has held the Atlanta post since 2010 and wraps up a 30-year career with the FDIC. We wish Tom all the best.

FDIC Atlanta Deputy Regional Director Michael Dean has been announced as acting Regional Director, and is the leading candidate to be named as the permanent Regional Director.  Mike has served most recently as the Deputy Regional Director for Compliance & CRA Examinations and Enforcement, where we have gotten to know him well.  Through out interactions, we have found him to be a solid, experienced banking regulator.  He is approachable and candid, and open to listen to problems and even help in fixing those problems in some cases.  With his previous service in DC, he is also well positioned to assist the Atlanta region work with the national FDIC office.  We look forward to continuing to work with Mike in his new role.

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2011 Southeastern Bank Management and Directors Conference – February 1 (Savannah) & February 10 (Atlanta)

January 26, 2011

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Bryan Cave is a co-sponsor of a one-day seminar for bank management and directors on “Overcoming Challenges in Uncertain Times.”  This seminar is the 2011 Southeastern Bank Management and Directors Conference and is being presented twice:  February 1, 2011, at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia, and February 10, 2011, at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information and to register, please visit the program’s website.

As the industry emerges from the recent acute credit and liquidity crisis, financial service organizations now face the challenges of evolving customer needs, ongoing changes in the economic landscape and the impact of new regulatory requirements.  The 2011 Southeastern Bank Management and Directors Conference will address the following critical questions and more as senior banking executives from across the southeast join forces to develop business strategies for the future:

  • A strong community banking system is critical to the health of our country’s local economy. But what does the future hold?
  • How will Dodd-Frank and other financial reform measures impact the regulatory environment facing community banks?
  • How long will the economic recovery continue at a snail’s pace?
  • Will we see deflation or inflation in the near-term?
  • How will community banks build a business model that does not rely so heavily on real estate?
  • When will our business customers come back in substantial numbers to request loans?

This one-day conference is organized and directed by James A. Verbrugge, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Chair of Banking at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, who is involved in executive education and the EMBA program at the Terry College and serves on several corporate boards of directors.

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Blanchard to Speak at Financial Managers Forum on March 16, 2010

March 8, 2010

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On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Jerry Blanchard will be the guest speaker at the Community Bankers Association Financial Managers’ Forum (FMF) Dinner Series.  Jerry will speak on the important topic “Managing Through an Enforcement Action.”

The 2010 FMF Dinner Series is held at the Villa Christina, 400 Summit Blvd., Atlanta, GA.  The dinner schedule, along with the pricing is listed below.  You may register online on the CBA’s website.

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Bryan Cave Welcomes Back John ReVeal and Jonathan Hightower

March 3, 2010

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Bryan Cave LLP welcomes John ReVeal  and Jonathan Hightower to the firm’s Financial Institutions group.  Both Mr. ReVeal and Hightower returned to Bryan Cave on on March 1, 2010.

John ReVeal

As a former Powell Goldstein LLP partner, Mr. ReVeal brings a wealth of experience in regulation of state and federally chartered banks and savings institutions, credit card and prepaid card issuers, mortgage lenders, consumer finance companies and other providers of financial services and products.

“The D.C. market is ripe with opportunities in the banking and finance sectors, and under John’s direction, the D.C. office will certainly expand in these areas of business” said Walt Moeling, Atlanta partner and co-head of the Financial Institutions group.  “We also look forward to having John’s nationally recognized expertise available to our financial services clients located throughout Bryan Cave’s footprint,” Moeling added.

Prior to re-joining Bryan Cave, Mr. ReVeal focused on financial institution regulation and transactions as a partner in another law firm, advising banks and savings institutions on consumer protection regulations, organizational and transactional matters, bank and thrift powers, federal preemption, exportation of rates and charges, and financial institution licensing issues. He facilitates the purchase and sale of banks, thrifts, and non-bank financial institutions.  Mr. ReVeal also advises on consumer protection regulations.

Mr. ReVeal earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, attending his third year at Harvard Law School.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1987.

Jonathan Hightower

A former Powell Goldstein LLP associate, Hightower re-joined the firm’s Financial Institutions group on March 1, 2010.

Prior to re-joining the Firm, Mr. Hightower focused on financial institution, corporate and regulatory matters  in a Texas office of another law firm.  Throughout his career, he has represented financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions and in all types of regulatory matters.  Recently, his practice has focused on capital markets transactions and on advising financial institutions facing regulatory challenges. His corporate and securities work includes public and private debt and equity securities offerings and SEC reporting. Mr. Hightower also advises financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, tax planning, and compliance in corporate governance.

Mr. Hightower received his J.D. with honors in 2004 from University of Georgia School of Law and his B.B.A. with honors in 2001 from the University of West Georgia.

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Updated TARP Application Timing Information

October 30, 2008

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Based on a number of sources, we understand that banks that submit their applications to the FDIC are getting a request for the ratios right after they submit the information and are hearing within a couple of days whether they will, or are expected to be, eligible.  If they are not eligible, banks are being given the opportunity to withdraw the applications to avoid reputational issues.

We have also been advised by the regulators that particularly high capital ratios will not be a basis for the FDIC to find a bank ineligible.  From the regulator’s perspective, you cannot have too much capital.

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