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In Memory of Walt: Beware the False Assumptions!

One year ago today, on March 4, 2019, we lost our patriarch, colleague and friend, Walt Moeling.  I don’t know that any client situation, much less a working day, goes by without each of us thinking about how Walt would have handled it.

On one hand, that makes the writing of this blog post one of the more difficult assignments.  On the other hand, I have the good fortune of knowing exactly what Walt thinks about this post (albeit in a wholly different context).  I wrote the first draft of this post almost five years ago.  After sharing with Walt, he commented that he liked the concept, but didn’t want it to be “all about him.”  The post then got added to my ever-growing “blog post ideas” folder, potentially never to be seen again.

But this post is supposed to be all about Walt, so I’m happy to publish it now.

One advantage of Bryan Cave Leighton Pasiner’s banking practice is our depth and camaraderie.  Based on what Walt Moeling and Kathryn Knudson have built over the last 40+ years, we have a breadth of experience that few can match.

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10 Years of BankBCLP.com

10 Years of BankBCLP.com

October 29, 2018

Authored by: Robert Klingler

A little over 10 years ago, at the wise encouragement of Walt Moeling, we launched this blog.  From day one, the response from clients, referral sources, regulators and competitors has been amazing.

All in, we’ve published over 1,000 blog posts, authored by almost 100 different attorneys with the firm.  From BankPogo.com to BankBryanCave.com to BankBCLP.com, the site has evolved with the evolution of the firm, but has always been focused on providing usable advice to financial institutions across the country.

I’m thrilled with what we were able to build, but also refuse to just rest on our past accomplishments.  We are always on the lookout for areas of interest to our client, where we can partner with the financial institution industry to create value for all.  I think we all hope that such assistance will never again involve assistance with government investments in our depository institutions, but if it does, we look forward to building upon the expertise gained in the great recession.

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Introducing BCLP and Barry Hester

Jonathan and I discuss two major deals for our us: the formation of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and the return or Barry Hester in this latest episode of The Bank Account.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is the result of the mergers of historically U.S.-based Bryan Cave LLP and historically U.K.-based Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.  As a truly global firm with over 1,600 lawyers operating literally around the clock, we believe Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is well positioned to serve clients around the globe.  Our blog is still available at BankBryanCave.com, but is also now available at BankBCLP.com.  We’ll figure out over time what our branding looks like.

the-bank-accountBarry Hester re-joins our financial institutions practice after serving for many years as an assistant general counsel for EverBank and TIAA FSB.  In this episode of The Bank Account, we talk with Barry about his experience with the “good guy” and “bad guy” banking compliance laws.  The “good guy” laws include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the Military Lending Act, while the “bad guy” laws include the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering laws.  As noted in the podcast, Barry has already been busy contributing good content for our blog, with a post last week about FinCEN’s new FAQ on the Customer Due Diligence rules.

As discussed previously, we are sponsoring two teams, one of lawyers and one of bankers, for the Atlanta Ragnar Trail Run on April 13th and 14th.  Sixteen of us will be taking turns running five mile legs at the Georgia International Horse Park over a 24-hour (or so) period.  Team BSA (or Bankers Speed Ahead) will generally consist of our friendly bankers, while Team AML (or Awkwardly Moving Lawyers) will consist of our compatriots from the firm.  I expect our next podcast will relay some interesting stories from the trails.

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BankBryanCave Version 2.0

BankBryanCave Version 2.0

February 23, 2017

Authored by: Robert Klingler

Brickman Cleans Up!Over the last several weeks, we’ve updated the BankBryanCave.com site to a new design, new hosting service and new e-mail subscription service.  The updates have been long overdue, and should help us continue to provide interesting and useful content.  As expected, the site redesign also engendered lots of internal conversation and renewed interest in the platform.  Accordingly, I hope that the next weeks and months will continue to provide new voices and new perspectives on issues affecting community bankers.

As with the industry as a whole, we are eagerly awaiting upcoming regulatory relief and changes.  Although the changes will hopefully reduce the regulatory burden for many, change is never easy, and we intend to address what community banks will need to do to adjust to those changes.  We also expect that the market for de novo banks will continue to add steam.  With several clients looking at filing de novo applications, we hope to share successes (and tidbits to learn from mistakes) with others.

New Mailing Service

One of the items I’m most happy about (yes, I live a strange life) is a new service to handle our e-mail updates from BankBryanCave.  For those already subscribed, you should receive duplicate copies with this blog post, one from webmaster@bankbryancave.com that looks like the old alerts, and a new alert from communications@bankbryancave.com.  We’re then going to be turning off the old e-mail service, so you shouldn’t have to take any action.  I apologize in advance for the duplicate e-mails, but felt that was the best way to ensure that the new system is working before we turn off the old one!  If you run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at Robert.Klingler@bryancave.com.  For those interest in getting e-mail alerts whenever a new post is made, subscribe to the blog. You can select to receive alerts immediately, only once a day, or only once a week (or all three, if you just can’t get enough!).

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Regulatory Lawyer Selected as Firm Chair-Elect

We are pleased to announce that Bryan Cave LLP has completed the process of naming a successor to Don Lents as Chair of the Firm.  Therese (“Terry”) Pritchard will serve as Chair-Elect until the completion of Don’s term on September 30, 2014.  Don will continue to serve as Chair of the Firm during that time, working closely with Terry in order to assure a smooth and effective transition.

Our community banking lawyers are pleased to have someone with an extensive regulatory background, including bank regulatory experience, as our incoming chair.  Terry joined the firm in 1999, resident in the Washington DC office, having earlier served in several senior positions in government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Thrift Supervision.  For more than 30 years, she has concentrated her practice on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation, representing major public companies, banks, accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and the federal banking agencies.  Terry has held a number of leadership roles at Bryan Cave, including serving on the Executive Committee, as leader of the firm’s White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group, and as Coordinator of our Asia practice.

Bryan Cave’s full press release about the appointment of Terry as Chair-Elect is available here.

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Bryan Cave Named 2012 BTI Brand Elite Law Firm

Bryan Cave LLP has been recognized as having one of the strongest brands in the legal marketplace, according to a recent study by BTI Consulting Group. The study, “The BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms 2012,” ranked Bryan Cave among the top 18 law firms by reputation and brand perception.

BTI’s annual analysis measures top-of-mind recognition of nearly 400 law firms based on unbiased, unprompted, direct feedback from more than 500 individual interviews with in-house counsel at the world’s largest organizations. During the course of one-on-one, in-depth interviews with decision-makers at top-spending companies conducted between June 2010 and March 2012, BTI probed clients as to which law firms they associate with the nine distinct characteristics driving their decision to select, consider and hire a particular law firm.

According to the report, Bryan Cave was among the 18 law firms that enjoy substantially better brand perception among the firms included in the study. The critical aspects included in BTI’s definition of law firm brand are the direct result of more than 3,100 interviews with buyers of legal services during the past 11 years. Click here to view the “2012 BTI Brand Elite 18” list.

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Bryan Cave Ranks 6th in Thomson Reuters 2011 M&A Results

As part of an international law firm, the attorneys practicing in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice also have the advantages of an extremely deep bench in completing all types of merger and acquisition transactions.  Bryan Cave is ranked among the top legal advisers for M&A work involving a U.S. target for 2011, according to recently released data by Thomson Reuters.

The firm is ranked sixth based on the number of transactions completed involving a U.S. target, with 101 completed transactions during the year. Additionally, the firm ranks 22nd for completed transactions worldwide with 116 deals closed.

Thomson Reuters, recognized as maintaining the most comprehensive database available on mergers and acquisitions, noted in its full report that while the value of worldwide mergers and acquisitions was up from comparable 2010 levels, the number of deals was down 5.5 percent compared to last year.

“Our transactional practice enjoyed a very impressive year in 2011 by any measure, especially relative to our peers,” said Bill Seabaugh, head of the firm’s Transactions Group. “Globally, 2011 was a down year for M&A activity, but Bryan Cave’s completed deal activity was up more than 20 percent compared to 2010, which was itself a very active year for us. These results confirm that our clients continue to see an exceptional combination of quality, service and value in our global transactional practice.”

Click here to view Bryan Cave’s rankings by Thomson Reuters.

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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 BankBryanCave.com.

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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