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Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2013

Although service to clients will always remain more important than peer reviews, we are proud to announce that partners Walt Moeling, Kathryn Knudson and Jim McAlpin were each selected for inclusion as bank regulatory attorneys in Georgia Super Lawyers 2013.  In addition, partner Rob Klingler was named to the Georgia “Rising Stars” list for 2012.

Super Lawyers lists the top 5 percent of attorneys in a state or region who have attained a high level of recognition and professional achievement. Honorees are identified through peer surveys, independent research and a blue-ribbon panel review.

“Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less). Only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected.

In total, 27 Bryan Cave lawyers in the Atlanta office were named Georgia Super Lawyers and an additional seven were named “Rising Stars.”  A complete list of Bryan Cave’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is available here.

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Media Mentions – July 24, 2012

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 non-loss share bids.”

Hightower in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor

Jonathan Hightower was quoted July 2 by the Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor concerning new Basel III capital rules, and how community bankers might need to prepare for the changes sooner rather than later.  Hightower said the new rules probably won’t change acquisition, development and construction (ADC) lending behavior now, when so few banks are making ADC loans.  But he said it will impact future lending plans.  “Where you’ll really see a difference is when the market  comes back and banks get more comfortable thinking about reentering this market,” he said.  “there are lenders out there who know the business and have done this kind of lending for a long time.  But now, unless those loans meet some focused requirements, they’ll be subject to those higher risk weights.”

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Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012

Although service to clients will always remain more important than peer reviews, we are proud to announce that partners Walt Moeling, Kathryn Knudson and Jim McAlpin were each selected for inclusion as bank regulatory attorneys in Georgia Super Lawyers 2012. Walt was further honored as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Georgia, while Kathryn was selected as one of the Top 50 female attorneys in Georgia.  In all, attorneys in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice constituted half of the bank regulatory attorneys identified as Super Lawyers in Georgia. In addition, partner Rob Klingler was named to the Georgia “Rising Stars” list for 2012.

Super Lawyers lists the top 5 percent of attorneys in a state or region who have attained a high level of recognition and professional achievement. Honorees are identified through peer surveys, independent research and a blue-ribbon panel review.   “Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less). Only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected.

In total, 28 Bryan Cave lawyers in the Atlanta office were named Georgia Super Lawyers and an additional 11 were named “Rising Stars.”  A complete list of Bryan Cave’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is available here.

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Bryan Cave Sponsors 16th Annual Southeastern Bank Management & Directors Conference

Bryan Cave is pleased to once again serve as a sponsor of 16th Annual Southeastern Bank Management & Directors Conference, hosted by UGA’s Terry College of Business on February 9, 2012.  The conference’s theme for this year is “Banks & Emerging Retail Payments Systems: Opportunity or Threat?” and this year’s keynote speaker will be E. Robinson McCraw, CEO and Chairman of Renasant Bank.

Topics will include Regulations in Payment Systems, Monetizing Payments and Non-Lending Activities, the Retail Landscape, Getting Management and Your Board to think about Payments, and Evolving Accounting Standards and Compensation Policies.  Download the conference agenda or information sheet.

The long-term impact of payment systems on community banks remains unpredictable, but one fact is indisputable – change is coming and banks need to be nimble, embrace technology and understand their customers’ preferences if they want to thrive in the new environment.  This conference addresses an approach to extending the vitality of your bank.

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Media Mentions January 15, 2010

Media Mentions January 15, 2010

January 15, 2010

Authored by: Robert Klingler

With attorneys and staff worldwide, attorneys in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice often make the news. Sometimes media mentions highlight the firm’s involvement with notable clients, sometimes the individual accomplishments of attorneys and staff. Recent media mentions include:

Andreassen, Rinearson in Business Lawyer

New York Partner Judith Rinearson and DC Associate Kristine Andreassen co-authored an article in the November issue of the ABA’s The Business Lawyer on the impact of state money transmitter licensing laws on prepaid payment products.

Garrett in MarketWatch

Kansas City Counsel Karen Garrett was quoted Dec. 23 by MarketWatch on a bill before Congress that would require big banks to pay into a $150 billion fund to be used to dismantle a failing bank thought so big or so interconnected that if it collapsed suddenly it would threaten the economy’s stability. The piece was picked up Dec. 27 by McClatchy News Service.

Klingler on National Public Radio

Atlanta Associate Robert Klingler was interviewed Dec. 29 on National Public Radio regarding bank failures, with a particular focus on Georgia banks.

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