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Establishing a Sustainable Sales Culture

March 31, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Establishing a Sustainable Sales Culture

March 31, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountWalt Moeling joined us on March 29th for the latest episode of The Bank Account with a lively discussion of bank sales tactics.  In this regulatory environment, banks need to balance growth goals with expectations for scrutiny of their sales tactics.  Regulators, investors, the press and consumers are all paying more attention to bank sales tactics.

While none of us hopes to be asked whether we “want fries with that?” as we conduct business with a bank teller, looking out for potential bank products that could benefit the bank’s customers presents an opportunity for both the bank and the customer to be better off.

You can also follow us on Twitter with Walt (kind of) at @MoelingW, Jonathan at @HightowerBanks, and me

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Walt Moeling Always Has a Story

March 3, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Walt Moeling Always Has a Story

March 3, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

The February/March 2017 edition of Banking Exchange contains a lengthy interview between Bank Exchange’s Executive Editor, Steve Cocheo, and our own Walt Moeling.  Framed in the context of seven questions asked of Walt, the interview does a great job illustrating Walt’s use of stories to prove a point.

Talking to banking attorney Walter Moeling about an organization that forbade talk about mergers and acquisitions—because it may make folks unhappy—leads to his gentle scoff: “There’s nobody involved in banking who is not interested in mergers.”

And then, in typical Moeling fashion, a short point brings him to a story. Walt Moeling always has a story—nearly always with a point or moral for the listener to let sink in.

“I was called upon to do a board session, a strategic planning meeting.

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Walt Moeling Joins The Bank Account

December 28, 2016

Authors

Robert Klingler

Walt Moeling Joins The Bank Account

December 28, 2016

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountJonathan and I were joined by the godfather of banking law, our Senior Partner, Walt Moeling for Episode 7 of The Bank Account.

Enjoy Walt’s thoughts on where the banking industry is headed in 2017, what he sees as the biggest concerns today, what one regulatory change he would make if given carte blanche power to improve the system, and a prediction on the number of community banks in the future.

For nearly 50 years, Moeling has been with Bryan Cave and its predecessor firm in Atlanta, Powell Goldstein. Moeling has counseled financial institutions on corporate governance matters, operational and regulatory issues, capital and acquisition strategies, board disputes and dissident shareholders, as well as other strategic decisions.

Moeling has served on the board

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Walt Moeling Selected as Lifetime Achiever

March 30, 2016

Authors

Bryan Cave

Walt Moeling Selected as Lifetime Achiever

March 30, 2016

by: Bryan Cave

Atlanta Senior Counsel Walter Moeling has been selected as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by The Fulton County Daily Report. Moeling received the honor for his considerable contributions to the legal profession in Georgia.

For nearly 50 years, Moeling has been with Bryan Cave and its predecessor firm in Atlanta, Powell Goldstein. Moeling has counseled financial institutions on corporate governance matters, operational and regulatory issues, capital and acquisition strategies, board disputes and dissident shareholders, as well as other strategic decisions.

He has been recognized by Who’s Who in America. He has been ranked since 1998 in Best Lawyers, including as Best Lawyers’ 2015 Atlanta Financial Services Regulation Law “Lawyer of the Year” and as one of the top 10 lawyers in the state. He also has been featured annually in Chambers USA since 2003.

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Partners McAlpin and Moeling Provide Board Advice to ABA

April 9, 2015

Authors

Bryan Cave

Partners McAlpin and Moeling Provide Board Advice to ABA

April 9, 2015

by: Bryan Cave

Jim McAlpin and Walt Moeling recently sat down with the American Bankers Association to address bank board practices, which formed the basis for an article in the ABA’s Directors and Trustees Digest for March 2015.

Some of the best practice recommendations were:

  • fostering a meaningful agenda;
  • making the committees work is the foundation of the board’s oversight role;
  • use directors in the examination process; and
  • make use of special-purpose board meetings.

The complete article is available here.

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Media Mentions – August 1, 2014

August 4, 2014

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – August 1, 2014

August 4, 2014

by: Bryan Cave

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

Jerry Blanchard in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Partner Jerry Blanchard was quoted July 18 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on reasons behind the shrinking number of banks in Georgia. The state, which led the nation in bank failures stemming from the real estate bust, has seen an increase in the number of banks being bought up at a rate of about one a month as healthy banks grow through the acquisition of other healthy banks. Blanchard said the question on many bankers’ minds is, “Can you survive the recovery? It’s hard to make money.” Click here to read the full article.

Rob Klingler in American Banker

Atlanta Partner Robert Klingler was quoted July 1 by American Banker concerning the trend among trust-preferred creditors of telling deadbeat banks that they must

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Media Mentions – June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

by: Bryan Cave

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

Walt Moeling in American Banker

Walt Moeling was quoted May 8 by American Banker concerning an uptick in interest from outside investors in the Florida banking industry.  A number of banks in the Midwest and elsewhere poured money and resources into Florida a decade ago, only to absorb large losses when the housing market collapsed.  “That was an interesting phenomenon,” Moeling said.  “The theory is that Florida has good deposits and is a good growth market . . . But those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  The truth of the matter is it is very hard to be successful in a totally different market where you don’t have a lot of experience.”

Judith Rinearson and John ReVeal in Pay Magazine

Judith Rinearson and John ReVeal authored

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The Way Forward for Banking: An Interview with Walt Moeling

March 27, 2014

Authors

Bryan Cave

The Way Forward for Banking: An Interview with Walt Moeling

March 27, 2014

by: Bryan Cave

Walt Moeling recently sat down with Donna Fay, the Director of Examinations for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, to discuss the future of community banking in connection with the Federal Reserve’s 2014 Banking Outlook Conference.

As noted by the disclaimer at the beginning of the video, Walt’s views unfortunately don’t necessarily represent the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. However, we can be hopeful that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta continues to be open to our point of view.

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Media Mentions – December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – December 6, 2013

December 6, 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:

Katherine Koops in Western Independent Banker

Atlanta Counsel Katherine Koops authored an article for the November/December edition of Western Independent Banker regarding the Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ approval of a final rule implementing the Basel III higher minimum capital standards for most banking organizations.  Click here to read her full article on the new capital rules.

Walt Moeling in American Banker

Atlanta partner Walt Moeling was quoted Nov. 27 by American Banker concerning the recent acquisition of Freedom Bank by Heartland Financial USA. Executives at Heartland have remained vague about their reason for the acquisition, but observers say it seems like a trade-off. River Valley Bancorp, the former owner of Freedom, may have used it as payment of a debt to Heartland. If Heartland did

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Media Mentions – May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

Authors

Bryan Cave

Media Mentions – May 15, 2013

May 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:

Walt Moeling in American Banker

Atlanta Partner Walt Moeling was quoted May 15 in American Banker regarding last-minute legal tactics by Central Arizona Bank to buy it a few extra days before being taken over by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. Moeling said maneuvers to stop regulators from shutting a bank are rare and rarely successful. “We’ve looked many a time for a way to delay it, and you may find a local judge who is willing to sleep on it,” Moeling said. “You know the failure is coming, you’ve been looking for capital, but there is not a thing you can do about it.”

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