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Four New Partners Join Bryan Cave’s Charlotte Office

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP welcomes Partners Chris Kupec, Rick Brown, Mark Vasco and Ben Sidbury to its Charlotte office. Kupec and Brown will practice with the firm’s Banking Group; Vasco will practice with the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group; and Sidbury will practice with the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

“We are excited to be expanding the Charlotte office’s capability to serve our clients needs in banking, intellectual property and commercial litigation and look forward to working with Chris, Rick, Mark and Ben,” said Keith Dunsmore, Charlotte managing partner.

Kupec focuses his practice on middle market lending transactions involving banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Representative transactions include asset-based and leveraged lending transactions. He also has significant experience in second lien and mezzanine financings.

Kupec received his J.D., with high honors, in 1980 from the University of North Carolina and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the North Carolina Law Review. He received his B.A. in 1975 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was all-ACC football quarterback and academic all-American.

Brown’s practice primarily is focused on syndicated credit facilities, asset-based financing and other secured financing transactions, and also includes equipment finance and leasing, bank treasury services, as well as letter of credit transactions. In addition, he has represented administrative agents and lenders in restructurings and workouts of syndicated credit facilities.

Brown received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1987 from Quinnipiac University/University of Bridgeport and his B.S. in from the University of Vermont.

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Bryan Cave Elects Klingler and Civins to Partnership

Effective January 1, 2012, 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 Rob Klingler and Kim Civins to the partnership.

Rob Klingler is in our Atlanta office and is a partner in our Financial Institutions group. Rob regularly counsels financial institutions, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law issues. Rob has advised community banks, as well as their officers and directors, concerning issues related to the current difficult financial and regulatory environment.  Rob is a frequent public speaker about federal and state banking regulations, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant coach of the University of Florida Speech and Debate Team. In addition, Rob is the founder and primary writer for

Kim Civins is also in our Atlanta office and is a partner in our Private Client service group.  In addition to advising individuals and families in the areas of estate planning and estate administration, Kim regularly advises trust and wealth management departments of banks of all sizes with regard to compliance with federal and state laws. Prior to attending law school, Kim worked for seven years for a national sports marketing company.

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Bryan Cave Recognized for Outstanding Client Service

Bryan Cave has been ranked number 2 out of approximately 650 law firms which serve Fortune 1000 companies, in BTI Consulting Group’s annual “Client Service A-Team.” BTI’s annual survey of law firm client service performance is designed to identify and recognize those firms which deliver best-in-class service. This marks the 4th consecutive year in which Bryan Cave has been included in the top 30 firms in the survey. “The results of this independent survey are a very important confirmation of our emphasis on client relationships and service,” said Don Lents, Chair of Bryan Cave LLP.  To read more click here.
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Bryan Cave LLP Combines With Holme Roberts & Owen LLP

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP and 113-year-old, Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO) will combine their practices effective Jan. 1, 2012, following a recent vote by the partners of both firms. Globally, the firm will continue to be known as Bryan Cave LLP. The combination will add exceptional legal capabilities in energy, natural resources and sports law to Bryan Cave’s international resources while expanding the firm’s worldwide presence into the Rocky Mountain region and adding significant new depth and experience in California.

The combined law firm will have more than 1,100 attorneys in over 30 law and professional service offices around the globe. It is expected to rank among the 25 largest in the world.  The combination with HRO will provide additional platforms for the continued expansion of Bryan Cave’s national community banking practice.

“Combining with HRO represents a unique opportunity for both firms to expand the resources we can offer to our clients while reinforcing a shared culture dedicated to superior client service,” said Don G. Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Extending our geographic reach while expanding the range of our services in California are important steps in our firm’s long-term growth. We are very pleased to have as our colleagues lawyers coming from a firm with the stature of HRO, a name that has been synonymous with the highest-quality legal work in its region for more than a century.”

Based in Denver, HRO also serves clients from offices in Boulder, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more than 100 years, the firm has had a tradition of developing lasting relationships with the entrepreneurial businesses which built the Rocky Mountain West, including numerous energy, mining, natural resource and telecommunications and technology clients. In more recent times, the firm has been a leader in providing counsel for complex business and securities transactions, emerging tech and environmental matters. In addition, HRO has developed a nationally recognized litigation group that has handled numerous multimillion dollar cases for some of the best-known companies in the United States. With the combination, the newly formed firm will be the only international firm with full-service capabilities on the ground in Colorado.

Read More Turns 3! Turns 3!

October 27, 2011

Authored by: Robert Klingler

On Monday, October 27, 2008, as the TARP Capital Purchase Plan was still very much in formation, was launched.  As we noted in our launch announcement, at that time the banking world was “being changed daily by forces outside our control and in ways unimaginable just months ago.” I don’t know that any of us had the foresight to think that three years later we would still be dealing with many of the same outside forces, but we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to continue to share our insights as we go forward.

As the parent of a human two year-old, I’m quite happy to at least have this site exit its “terrible twos.”  The site encountered some growing pains last year, but we’ve changed hosts, changed look, and driving forward.

Since its launch, has hosted over 127 thousand visitors, and has delivered 277 thousand page views.  Included in those visitors are a significant number of bank regulators and policy makers, including over 900 visits from the FDIC, 360 visits from the Treasury Department, 350 visits from the OCC, 290 visits from the US Senate, 260 visits from the U.S. House of Representatives, 160 visits from the Federal Reserve Board and 140 visits from the U.S. General Accounting Office.

As we noted in the beginning

There is no fee of any sort connected with this site or its usage – it is another example of the many ways we try to give back to the industry that has been so good to us in so many ways. We hope you expect this kind of effort and contribution from us, since we have always considered our clients to be our partners in our industry. We hope you will continue to look to us in good times and bad.

A central premise of our financial institutions group is that sharing information collected from all of our attorneys creates significant intellectual power and value for our clients and each other.  We look forward to continuing to share.

Read More has Moved! has Moved!

October 6, 2011

Authored by: Robert Klingler

Last night the site completed a change to a new web site hosting service.  We hope you will ultimately find it more responsive (and stable), and that responsiveness and stability will allow us to continue to provide our thoughts on community banks.

We still have several tweaks that we’re continuing to work on, and we’ve (temporarily) lost some functionality.  But we think we can get items resolved quickly.

Details to follow.

Read More Spring Cleaning

As I turned a year older last weekend, I realized that could use a spring cleaning, along with a new feature or two.  In addition to simply needing a few changes, I needed to prove to myself that I could still make the changes myself.  I’m sure I’ve broken a feature or two, and possibly added services that no one will ever use, but it was time to update the blog.

Most interestingly, we’ve added comments. All comments are moderated, but we would like to encourage further dialogue with our site’s visitors.  We don’t expect there to be a lot of comments, but sometimes our readers share interesting additional information that we would like to facilitate for broader distribution.

We’ve also vastly improved’s search results.  Searches should now actually result in you being able to find whatever you were looking for.

The last change of any significance is that we’ve added options to easily share each post via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  (I can’t tell you how many readers have asked us to more easily share posts with their Facebook friends!… probably because no one has ever previously had that thought.)

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New Page Focused on Dodd-Frank Act

New Page Focused on Dodd-Frank Act

September 23, 2010

Authored by: Robert Klingler

In an effort to make it a little easier to find information about the Dodd-Frank Act, we have created a new page on that highlights our best summaries of the Regulatory Reform Act and also provides copies of several of the presentations that Bryan Cave has given on the Act.

The latest and greatest information will continue to be posted directly on, but if you’re looking for quick overview of the Act or easy links to our most popular posts on Dodd-Frank, please check our our new Dodd-Frank page.

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New Email Subscription Options

New Email Subscription Options

August 9, 2009

Authored by: Robert Klingler

Due to technical difficulties at over the last several weeks, email updates were first slowed by more than 24 hours and then ultimately completely stopped working last week.  By switching to a third party provider, I believe we have hopefully fixed those problems for the foreseeable future.

In addition, we are now offering three subscription choices: instant alerts, daily emails and weekly emails.  Accordingly, you can now have as many (or as few) emails as you desire.  To sign up, simply visit our Email Sign-up page and select the frequency of updates that you would like.

I’ve taken the liberty of converting everyone that had previously signed up into the new system, so if you were comfortable with your prior settings, you shouldn’t have to do anything.  If, however, you’d like to change anything, you should have a link at the bottom of each email you receive to change your subscription settings.

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Daily Emails Fixed

Daily Emails Fixed

March 6, 2009

Authored by: Robert Klingler

Thanks to the diligent actions of one client, we determined that we had a bug in’s daily emails.  That bug has now been fixed (we hope), and everyone that signs up should once again receive nightly emails with the prior days posts.

If you would like to sign up for a daily email (and you can always unsubscribe later), please enter your email address in the “Subscribe for Updates” box and hit the Subscribe button.  You should then receive an email with instructions to confirm your subscription.

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