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Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Another Tool for Family-Owned Banks

October 7, 2015

Authors

Steven Schaffer and Michael Shumaker

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Another Tool for Family-Owned Banks

October 7, 2015

by: Steven Schaffer and Michael Shumaker

Today’s economy presents numerous challenges to community bank profitability—compressed net interest margins, increased regulation, and management teams fatigued by the crisis. In response to these obstacles, many boards of directors are exploring new ways to reduce expenses, retain qualified management teams, and offer opportunities for liquidity to current shareholders short of a sale or merger of the institution.

For many family-owned banks, their deep roots in the community and a desire to see their banks thrive under continued family ownership into future generations can cause these challenges to be felt even more acutely. In particular, recruiting and retaining the “next generation” of management can be difficult. Cash compensation is often not competitive with the compensatory packages offered by publicly-traded institutions, and equity awards for management officials are unattractive given the limited liquidity of the underlying stock. All the while, these institutions should ensure that their owners have reasonable assurances of

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Stealth FAQ Updates from Treasury and the FDIC

February 28, 2012

Authors

Robert Klingler

Stealth FAQ Updates from Treasury and the FDIC

February 28, 2012

by: Robert Klingler

Over the last several months, we have become aware of a number of changes to various regulator’s frequently asked questions.  These changes are frequently made without any public announcement, and, in some cases, without any notation that the FAQ’s have been modified at all.  Frequently, banks are made only made aware of the change when they (a) aren’t aware of the initial FAQ, and (b) subsequently ask the question and are directed to the FAQ.

On November 1, 2011, the FDIC updated its Frequently Asked Questions regarding the “High-Rate Area” exception to the market rate caps for less than well-capitalized institutions.  Previously, institutions relying on a “high-rate area” designation had to re-apply every calendar year to maintain the designation.  However, late in 2011, the FDIC determined that institutions that had received a high-rate determination from the FDIC would no longer be required to submit an annual high-rate determination request. 

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Financial Services Update – April 1, 2011

April 6, 2011

Authors

Bryan Cave

Financial Services Update – April 1, 2011

April 6, 2011

by: Bryan Cave

Government Shutdown Looms

With the current temporary funding resolution set to expire April 8, House and Senate Appropriations committees worked toward crafting a six-month compromise bill, setting annual spending at $1.055 trillion, $28 billion more than the House-passed level but still a $33 billion cut from the original spending measure. However, House Republicans remain splintered over whether a shutdown would be good politically, or whether they should compromise with Democrats in order to move on to larger future battles such as next year’s budget and the debt ceiling increase. Meanwhile, Democrats also remain divided over whether to allow a shutdown to happen or acquiesce to Republican cuts. Whether a compromise can be reached to avoid a shutdown will be known next week.

Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8%

On Friday, the Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate dipped to 8.8% in March from 8.9% in February. Nonfarm payrolls gained 216,000,

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Financial Services Update – March 4, 2011

March 7, 2011

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – March 4, 2011

March 7, 2011

by: Matt Jessee

February Unemployment Falls to 8.9%

On Friday, the Department of Labor reported that the nation added 192,000 jobs in February, up from a gain of 63,000 in January. The unemployment rate was down to 8.9 percent, falling below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years. Altogether, 13.7 million people are unemployed and actively looking.  A broader measure of unemployment, which includes people working part-time because they could not find full-time jobs and those so discouraged that they have given up searching, was listed at 15.9 percent in February, down from 16.1 percent in January.

Congress Passes Stopgap Funding Measure

This week the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution funding the government until March 18, thereby avoiding a government shutdown and cutting $4 billion from current fiscal year spending. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Thursday that House Republicans plan to keep cutting spending at a rate

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Financial Services Update – February 11, 2011

February 12, 2011

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – February 11, 2011

February 12, 2011

by: Matt Jessee

Administration Unveils Housing Reform Plan

On Friday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced the Obama Administration’s recommendations to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to set minimum down-payments for buyers. The proposal includes a mandatory 10 percent down payment for home buyers and three options for Fannie and Freddie to be wound down but stopped short of recommending outright privatization or closure. However, critics were quick to point out that there are no specific timelines for action in the proposal, and regardless of Geithner’s recommendations, ultimately it will be up to Congress to enact legislation on the issue.

Kevin Warsh to Leave Fed

On Thursday, Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh announced that he is stepping down from his position at the end of March. President Obama will now have the opportunity to replace Warsh, a Bush appointee, with his own nominee. President Obama currently has another nominee, Peter

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Financial Services Update

October 11, 2010

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update

October 11, 2010

by: Matt Jessee

September Jobs Numbers Released

On Friday, the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 64,000 jobs but lost a net of 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the result of a 159,000 decline in government jobs. Of the loss in government jobs, 77,000 were temporary Census Bureau employees, 76,000 were in local governments, and 7,000 in state governments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also released preliminary revisions to the model used to estimate job changes from month to month, indicating that the recovery has been even weaker than initially reported. The Bureau says it expects to revise down the level of employment in March 2010 by 366,000 jobs, which means jobs gains had been about 30,000 weaker each month over the 12-month period that began in March 2009.

New EU Regulations on Bankers’ Bonuses

On Thursday, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS), which is made up of the twenty-seven

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Financial Services Update

July 23, 2010

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update

July 23, 2010

by: Matt Jessee

Financial Regulatory Reform Bill Becomes Law 

On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building. Speculation and controversy surrounded which bank CEOs were to be invited. Among those invited were Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, and UBS Americas CEO Robert Wolf. However, those not invited included among others JPMorganChase CEO James Dimon or Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Issa Questions SEC Over Goldman Settlement Timing 

Last Friday, House Reform and Government Oversight Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro requesting an inquiry into the timing of the agency’s $550 million settlement with Goldman Sachs. On Thursday, SEC Inspector General David Kotz responded to Issa and confirmed that the Commission would open a formal inquiry and investigate communication between the

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Financial Services Update

July 9, 2010

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update

July 9, 2010

by: Matt Jessee

 Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

Congress was not in session this week due to the Fourth of July district work period. However, the House and Senate return to session next week, and the Senate will likely begin debate on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report. With commitments by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to support the bill, Democratic leaders remain two votes shy of the sixty they need to move the bill forward – assuming the Senator chosen to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) also is a “yes” vote. Consequently, Democratic leaders are now focused on getting the three Republicans who supported the original Wall Street reform bill that passed the Senate in May to commit to supporting the Conference Report. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) officially remains uncommitted even after Democrats took the unusual step of reopening the House-Senate

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Executive Compensation Requirements in the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform Bill

July 2, 2010

Authors

Bryan Cave

Executive Compensation Requirements in the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform Bill

July 2, 2010

by: Bryan Cave

The Dodd-Frank regulatory reform bill, which recently passed the House, includes a number of executive compensation reforms. The executive compensation provisions in the bill include reforms to both SEC-reporting company disclosure and financial institution specific disclosure.

Say on Pay

The Dodd-Frank reform bill expounds on current TARP say-on-pay requirements and makes them generally applicable to SEC-reporting companies. Under the reform bill, not less than once every three years, SEC registrants must include in annual meeting proxy statements a shareholder resolution on the compensation of executive officers. In addition, not less than once every six years, SEC registrants must have a shareholder vote to determine the frequency of a vote on executive compensation by shareholders, which may occur, as determined by shareholders, every one, two or three years.

Under the bill, SEC registrants must disclose golden parachute agreements in a proxy statement where shareholders are asked

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Financial Services Update – Issue 12

April 5, 2010

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – Issue 12

April 5, 2010

by: Matt Jessee

March Jobs Report Released

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor said in its March jobs report that non-farm payrolls rose by 162,000, the largest gain since March 2007. Despite the gains, economists were expecting payrolls to rise by as much as 200,000. The Census accounted for 48,000 of the employment boost. Another 40,000 of the increase came in other temporary jobs. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.7%, in line with economists’ expectations. The U.S. economy has lost nearly 8.5 million jobs since the recession began. With stock markets closed for Good Friday, the report’s full impact will be more apparent next week. Total government employment, which includes state and local jobs, rose by 39,000. Beyond government jobs, the report showed that manufacturing jobs continued to trend up, rising by 17,000, as well as jobs in the construction industry which added 15,000 jobs in March.

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