Trying times demand rock-solid advice. For financial institutions, today's challenges come not just from competitors, but also from government, politics and the court of public opinion. MLA maintains one of the premier financial services practices in the U.S. Our attorneys operate on a global scale representing financial institutions of all sizes, including the sixth largest bank in the U.S.
Depth of knowledge and substantive experience are two of the key factors that distinguish the attorneys who serve our financial industry clients. Those factors come together in a third element our attorneys consider essential — their ability to align themselves and their work with client's core strategic goals.
The banks, savings banks, lenders, finance companies and other institutions that rely on us for advice range from small community institutions to regional bank holding companies. For these clients, we provide sound legal guidance on mission-critical legal and regulatory issues. Our experience includes mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, hedge funds, private investment funds, civil enforcement proceedings, criminal prosecutions, arbitrations and strategic alliances.
Given the current regulatory and economic environments, many financial institutions are exploring acquisitions and consolidations. MLA has substantial experience in structuring, documenting and completing various acquisitions, including cross-industry transactions.
We also represent financial institutions in transactions such as conversion of mutual thrift organizations to stock form, formation and capitalization of de novo thrifts and banks, bank and thrift capital formation, and merger and acquisition activity. We are active in advising broker-dealers, investment banks and investment advisers in connection with regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and securities matters.
The depth of knowledge and experience we offer financial institutions is enhanced through the relationships we maintain with officials and staff at federal and state regulatory authorities. We have close and regular contact with officials at:
- The Federal Reserve Banks
- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
These relationships enhance our ability to handle immediate regulatory challenges, as well as ongoing compliance and disclosure responsibilities.
We are also experienced in the reorganization of finance companies. Our creditors' rights and bankruptcy attorneys represent creditors' committees, debtors, trustees and secured and unsecured creditors in various types of business Chapter 11 cases filed in dozens of states.
Our firm's financial services work is backed by a highly regarded team of legal professionals, with several recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.
Singled out by The Legal 500, our Corporate team was praised for its “depth and breadth” of experience, “Clients are unequivocally impressed with the service the MLA team provides, adding that the firm delivers 'good quality work with a minimum of turnover.'"
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