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Media Mentions – March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

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Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

by: Bryan Cave

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent Media Mentions of Financial Institutions Group attorneys include:

Jonathan Hightower in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor

Atlanta Associate Jonathan Hightower was quoted Feb. 18 in the Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor regarding the new push for bank regulators to focus on a more straight-forward leverage ratio to reduce financial system risk. Hightower said using the leverage ratio as a regulatory benchmark “is transparent and easy to figure out. You can compare apples to apples. If we are going to require 7 percent or 9 percent we can look at financial statements and understand that pretty quickly without peeling back the layers to go through your balance sheet or going through your business model.” On the other hand, he said, it seems hard to make a well-reasoned judgment about how much capital a particular bank should

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2013 Georgia Banking and Finance Law Seminar

January 24, 2013

Authors

Bryan Cave

2013 Georgia Banking and Finance Law Seminar

January 24, 2013

by: Bryan Cave

Make your plans now to attend the 2013 Banking and Finance Law seminar.  The seminar, sponsored by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, will be Feb. 8, at the Bar Center in Atlanta. The seminar chair, Gerald L. Blanchard, Bryan Cave LLP, has put together a terrific set of topics and speakers for this program.

Topics include:

  • Reading the Regulatory Tea Leaves:  Basel III and Dodd-Frank Update
  • Advising Bank Board Directors on Regulatory Relations and Legal Risk Minimization
  • Recent Banking Law Cases
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – There’s A New Sheriff in Town!
  • Regulator Panel Discussion on Bank Examinations Trends
  • Challenges to Bank Consolidation
  • Recent Trends IN D&O Litigation

The program qualifies for 6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour and 1 Trial Practice Hour. For additional information and to register for this program, visit the ICLE website.

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The Georgia Bankers Association Delivers a Detailed Critique of the Basel III Proposals

October 15, 2012

Authors

Bryan Cave

The Georgia Bankers Association Delivers a Detailed Critique of the Basel III Proposals

October 15, 2012

by: Bryan Cave

On October 12, 2012, the Georgia Bankers Association (the “GBA”) delivered a public comment letter on the proposed Basel III capital rules and the related proposed risk-weighting rules. A copy of the letter is available for viewing here.  In the comment letter, the GBA identifies over a dozen categories of key flaws in the proposed rules and concludes that the proposals should be withdrawn for further study or, at the very least, should be modified to exempt community and regional banks from their requirements.

The GBA takes the position in the comment letter that the regulatory agencies have a duty to apply the principles that they espouse for stress testing and enterprise risk management to their own rulemaking process. The GBA argues that the proposals are likely to introduce complementary risks to financial institutions, especially community banks, the impacts of which are not yet fully

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Bryan Cave Lawyers Briefing State Banking Associations on Basel III Proposals

August 30, 2012

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Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave Lawyers Briefing State Banking Associations on Basel III Proposals

August 30, 2012

by: Bryan Cave

In recent weeks, three Bryan Cave lawyers have briefed state banking association members on the impact the Notices of Proposed Rule Making regarding Basel III could have on banks of all sizes. On July 12, Jonathan Hightower presented via webinar to the Georgia Bankers Association. On August 16, Jonathan Hightower and B.T. Atkinson participated in a live seminar on Basel III presented by the South Carolina Bankers Association that also included presentations by Garry Rank of Elliott Davis, LLP and Jim Mabry of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The SCBA program also included a segment advising institutions on how to prepare a comment letter on the proposals for submission to their primary federal banking agency. On August 20, Michael Shumaker and B.T. Atkinson presented via webinar to the North Carolina Bankers Association. In all three programs, bankers were strongly encouraged to submit comments on the proposals by the October 22 deadline, citing specific examples

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Media Mentions – July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

by: Bryan Cave

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent Media Mentions of Financial Institutions Group attorneys include:

Achenbach in American Banker

Ken Achenbach was quoted in a July 2 article in American Banker regarding the decline in FDIC Loss-Sharing Deals for failed-bank buyers as the economy improves. Achenbach said “If the FDIC loss share backstop is there, it certainly mitigates the risks involved in taking the portfolio . . . Given the limited amount of diligence you’re able to do in these deals, and particularly earlier in the economic cycle where there was much more price uncertainty in the real estate markets, people actively wanted that safety net. Over time, however, bidders may be becoming more comfortable with asset pricing and may be assigning less value to the protections of loss-sharing. In addition, the FDIC is now encouraging banks that are comfortable doing so to make

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Media Mentions – April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

by: Bryan Cave

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent Media Mentions of Financial Institutions Group attorneys include:

Blanchard in ABA Banking Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta partner Jerry Blanchard authored an article April 13, in the ABA Banking Journal regarding recent cases that could spur review of “tried and true” loan contracts.  Blanchard gave an overview of the recent $75 million judgment against Delta Community Credit Union in Georgia.  Click here to read the full article.  He was quoted April 8 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the FDIC’s decision to seek penalties against certain officials of failed Georgia banks in instances where alleged malfeasance, not failed strategies, led to the bank’s failure.  Speaking in general about failed bank litigation, Blanchard said he expects most cases to be settled  before ever reaching trial.  “Most failed Georgia banks collapsed because of betting too heavily on a housing

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Media Mentions – December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

by: Bryan Cave

With offices all over the world, Bryan Cave attorneys are often quoted in the news.  Recent Media Mentions of Financial Institutions Group attorneys include:

Hightower on BankDirector.com

Atlanta Associate Jonathan Hightower authored an article Nov. 18 for BankDirector.com concerning the pitfalls for banks negotiating lease renewals with insiders. “During the mid-2000s, it was commonplace for a bank, particularly a de novo bank, to lease some or all of their bank facilities from an entity controlled by the bank’s directors,” he wrote. “Most bank directors understand their duty to act in the best interests of the bank, but they are also facing personal financial exposure if the lease is not renewed on terms that allow the [director-owned] entity to continue to service its debt obligations. In addition, given public scrutiny of directors and officers who are perceived to have profited at the expense of the bank they serve, creating a proper

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Media Mentions

September 7, 2010

Authors

Jeannie Osborne

Media Mentions

September 7, 2010

by: Jeannie Osborne

Recent media mentions of attorneys in the financial institutions practice include Hightower in American Banker

Atlanta Associate Jonathan Hightower was quoted in the August edition of American Banker (reprinted in the related Bank Technology News) regarding the Office of Financial Research (OFR), which was created by the sprawling financial regulatory reform bill. While created to keep tabs on systemically important institutions, Hightower said the OFR’s data requests likely will trickle down to many smaller institutions. Click here to read the article.

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Bryan Cave Welcomes Back John ReVeal and Jonathan Hightower

March 3, 2010

Authors

Kathryn Knudson

Bryan Cave Welcomes Back John ReVeal and Jonathan Hightower

March 3, 2010

by: Kathryn Knudson

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

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