Effective January 1, 2015, Bryan Cave LLP elected 14 new lawyers to partnership in the firm. Bryan Cave’s strength and depth in advising community banks is further enhanced by the election of Jonathan Hightower to the partnership.
Jonathan Hightower is in our Atlanta office and focuses his practice in financial institutions law, including corporate, regulatory and securities work. Jonathan regularly advises community banks and their boards of directors on their strategic plans, including sale transactions, strategic mergers and capital raises, as well as on complex regulatory issues. Recently, Jonathan’s active transactional practice significantly contributed to Bryan Cave’s position in SNL league tables for Financial Institutions M&A for 2014. He primarily represents small to mid-sized community banks, including S Corporation community banks and bank holding companies.
Drawing from diverse legal disciplines, Bryan Cave’s Retail Banking Team focuses on consumer compliance and contractual matters for banks and non-bank financial institutions. Whatever day-to-day legal assistance you need for consumer finance or banking services, we can provide prompt and accurate guidance.
We have many years of experience in all of the federal consumer banking regulation, and every day we work to stay current with the constantly changing regulatory environment. We will help you avoid the regulatory minefields. Our Retail Banking Team can assist your institution in all of the following areas:
- Mortgage, credit card, retail consumer credit and other consumer lender licensing, disclosure, interest rate and fee, and consumer agreement reviews;
- Consumer loan advertising reviews, including federal and state requirements and UDAP and UDAAP reviews;
- Deposit account agreement reviews;
- Deposit advertisement reviews;
- Overdraft policies and disclosures;
- Remote deposit capture agreements and policies;
- Automated clearing house agreements;
- Power of attorney interpretations;
- Trust documents and trustee power reviews;
- Individual Retirement Account transactions;
- Prepaid card programs;
- Check fraud assistance;
- Online business banking and cash management; and, of course,
- any issues arising under the Truth in Savings Act, Truth in Lending Act, Electronic Fund Transfers Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or consumer privacy and data security laws and regulations.
We are pleased to announce that Bryan Cave LLP has completed the process of naming a successor to Don Lents as Chair of the Firm. Therese (“Terry”) Pritchard will serve as Chair-Elect until the completion of Don’s term on September 30, 2014. Don will continue to serve as Chair of the Firm during that time, working closely with Terry in order to assure a smooth and effective transition.
Our community banking lawyers are pleased to have someone with an extensive regulatory background, including bank regulatory experience, as our incoming chair. Terry joined the firm in 1999, resident in the Washington DC office, having earlier served in several senior positions in government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Thrift Supervision. For more than 30 years, she has concentrated her practice on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation, representing major public companies, banks, accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and the federal banking agencies. Terry has held a number of leadership roles at Bryan Cave, including serving on the Executive Committee, as leader of the firm’s White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group, and as Coordinator of our Asia practice.
Congratulations to the Bryan Cave Payments Team on launching BryanCavePayments.com.
We’ll continue to post payments-related items from time-to-time on BankBryanCave.com, but the team will also be keeping BryanCavePayments.com up-to-date with the latest payments-related regulatory, legislative and legal issues.
Examples of the type of content that will be featured on BryanCavePayments.com include:
- Should your Bank do Business with Bitcoin?
- CFPB Consent Order Cites Bank Violations Related to “Add-On Products” — Required “Vendor Management Policies”
- Managing Social Media Risk: New Guidance From Regulators
Although service to clients will always remain more important than peer reviews, we are proud to announce that partners Walt Moeling, Kathryn Knudson and Jim McAlpin were each selected for inclusion as bank regulatory attorneys in Georgia Super Lawyers 2013. In addition, partner Rob Klingler was named to the Georgia “Rising Stars” list for 2012.
Super Lawyers lists the top 5 percent of attorneys in a state or region who have attained a high level of recognition and professional achievement. Honorees are identified through peer surveys, independent research and a blue-ribbon panel review.
“Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less). Only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected.
In total, 27 Bryan Cave lawyers in the Atlanta office were named Georgia Super Lawyers and an additional seven were named “Rising Stars.” A complete list of Bryan Cave’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is available here.
Bryan Cave LLP has been recognized as having one of the strongest brands in the legal marketplace, according to a recent study by BTI Consulting Group. The study, “The BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms 2012,” ranked Bryan Cave among the top 18 law firms by reputation and brand perception.
BTI’s annual analysis measures top-of-mind recognition of nearly 400 law firms based on unbiased, unprompted, direct feedback from more than 500 individual interviews with in-house counsel at the world’s largest organizations. During the course of one-on-one, in-depth interviews with decision-makers at top-spending companies conducted between June 2010 and March 2012, BTI probed clients as to which law firms they associate with the nine distinct characteristics driving their decision to select, consider and hire a particular law firm.
According to the report, Bryan Cave was among the 18 law firms that enjoy substantially better brand perception among the firms included in the study. The critical aspects included in BTI’s definition of law firm brand are the direct result of more than 3,100 interviews with buyers of legal services during the past 11 years. Click here to view the “2012 BTI Brand Elite 18” list.
We are pleased to announce that Dan Wheeler has joined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco offices. He will practice with the firm’s Banking Client Service Group.
“Having Dan join us as another West Coast member of our team complements the breadth of our nationwide banking practice and our ability to serve our clients’ needs,” added Kathryn Knudson, leader of Bryan Cave’s Financial Institutions Industry Practice Team. “Our team represents more than 300 financial institutions and is consistently ranked among the leading deal making banking practices in the U.S., so Dan’s experience and client base will be a welcome expansion of our practice on the West Coast.”
“Dan’s scope of practice will be invaluable in serving and strengthening our relationships with financial institutions throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” said Lee Marshall, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s San Francisco offices. “We are excited to welcome him to our firm and we look forward to adding his perspective and insight to our team.”
As part of an international law firm, the attorneys practicing in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice also have the advantages of an extremely deep bench in completing all types of merger and acquisition transactions. Bryan Cave is ranked among the top legal advisers for M&A work involving a U.S. target for 2011, according to recently released data by Thomson Reuters.
The firm is ranked sixth based on the number of transactions completed involving a U.S. target, with 101 completed transactions during the year. Additionally, the firm ranks 22nd for completed transactions worldwide with 116 deals closed.
Thomson Reuters, recognized as maintaining the most comprehensive database available on mergers and acquisitions, noted in its full report that while the value of worldwide mergers and acquisitions was up from comparable 2010 levels, the number of deals was down 5.5 percent compared to last year.
“Our transactional practice enjoyed a very impressive year in 2011 by any measure, especially relative to our peers,” said Bill Seabaugh, head of the firm’s Transactions Group. “Globally, 2011 was a down year for M&A activity, but Bryan Cave’s completed deal activity was up more than 20 percent compared to 2010, which was itself a very active year for us. These results confirm that our clients continue to see an exceptional combination of quality, service and value in our global transactional practice.”
Click here to view Bryan Cave’s rankings by Thomson Reuters.
Although service to clients will always remain more important than peer reviews, we are proud to announce that partners Walt Moeling, Kathryn Knudson and Jim McAlpin were each selected for inclusion as bank regulatory attorneys in Georgia Super Lawyers 2012. Walt was further honored as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Georgia, while Kathryn was selected as one of the Top 50 female attorneys in Georgia. In all, attorneys in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice constituted half of the bank regulatory attorneys identified as Super Lawyers in Georgia. In addition, partner Rob Klingler was named to the Georgia “Rising Stars” list for 2012.
Super Lawyers lists the top 5 percent of attorneys in a state or region who have attained a high level of recognition and professional achievement. Honorees are identified through peer surveys, independent research and a blue-ribbon panel review. “Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less). Only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected.
In total, 28 Bryan Cave lawyers in the Atlanta office were named Georgia Super Lawyers and an additional 11 were named “Rising Stars.” A complete list of Bryan Cave’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is available here.
Bryan Cave has advised numerous clients concerning what to do when their data is accessed by an unauthorized party, lost, or accidentally disclosed. In recent years, the need for victims of data breaches to take immediate action has grown as how our clients respond within the first twenty-four hours following a breach has a dramatic effect on our ability to defend them in resulting investigations and litigation.
Because of the need for immediate action, the Bryan Cave’s Data Privacy & Security Team has launched a Data Breach Hotline that leverages our depth of knowledge and geographic platform to provide clients with access to an on-call member of the Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A brief description of the service, which is open to all of our clients, can be found below.