Media Mentions – November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

Authored by: Jeannie Osborne

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

Blanchard in Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Partner Jerry Blanchard was quoted Nov. 4 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in connection with a resurgence of energy from Georgia banks. The state has suffered numerous bank failures, and even those that did not go under have in large part been hibernating during the recession. But now they are starting to look for capital again, he said. “To the extent that everybody has been looking for light at the end of the tunnel, this is a little light,” Blanchard said.

Klingler in Banker & Tradesman.

Atlanta Associate Robert Klingler was quoted extensively Oct. 18 in Banker & Tradesman on the good and bad that small banks have seen since accepting TARP funds. Banker & Tradesman is a banking trade publication out of Massachusetts.

Moeling in American Banker

Atlanta Partner Walt Moeling was quoted Nov. 4 by American Banker concerning an announcement by our client Brand Group Holdings Inc. that it will raise up to $200 million through affiliates of Carlyle Group, Stephens Group LLC and Nonami LLC, owned by the Cousins family in Atlanta. Analysts say the deal is the first time in years that private equity has made a big traditional investment in Georgia, rather than using shelf charters or failed banks. “We haven’t had a significant infusion of capital in any Atlanta-based community bank in three years, essentially,” Moeling said. “The banks that are still standing may be battered and bruised but, by God, they’re still standing and the biggest hits have been taken.” Click here to read the article, republished by Bank Investment Consultant. He also was quoted Oct. 27 by American Banker on Ameris Bank, one of the few homegrown banks in Georgia to have bid successfully on multiple failed banks. Ameris just made its fourth failed-bank purchase in the past year – notable given that Ameris has had eight consecutive quarters of net losses largely owing to credit deterioration in real estate-related loans. Analysts say the bank has become a serial acquirer by proving it can handle these takeovers in its recession-battered market.