Practice Area

Banking & Financial Institutions


Our Banking & Financial Institutions practice group has extensive experience with regulatory and transactional issues for clients ranging from publicly traded, diversified bank holding companies to single-office community banks. We advise our clients on day-to-day issues as well as corporate, securities, and regulatory aspects of the financial services industry, including:

  • mergers, acquisitions, and other business combinations;
  • public offerings of securities, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and stock offerings in connection with business combinations;
  • de novo bank formations, including assistance with charter selection, regulatory applications, and the capital-raising process;
  • bank holding company formation and regulation;
  • branch acquisitions and divestitures;
  • other capital-raising activities, including private placements of equity and debt securities;
  • compliance with Federal Reserve, FDIC, and state banking regulations; and
  • regulatory and strategic counseling.

While banking organizations have many of the same opportunities and experience many of the same challenges as other companies, they do so under the ever-present and constantly evolving lens of the bank regulatory landscape.  Our Banking & Financial Institutions team is well positioned to advise banking organizations due to our years of experience working with participants in the financial services industry, which allows us to draw on knowledge from prior transactions and regulatory interactions to speak on an informed basis.  When working with laws and regulations applicable to financial institutions, it is often the case that there is additional interpretive guidance and/or policies from federal and state banking regulators (both written and unwritten) that can help guide an organization’s decision-making process.  We believe we add significant value for our clients because our Banking & Financial Institutions group has dedicated professionals that regularly interact with these laws and, accordingly, are likely to bring a different perspective than an attorney who may not regularly advise financial institutions.

For many of our bank clients, our Banking & Financial Institutions group serves in the “de facto” general counsel role, often being the first point of contact for a discrete legal issue or for a larger strategic initiative.  Our Banking & Financial Institutions group also partners with Wyrick Robbins attorneys across a range of other disciplines to assist with transactions and the daily operations of our clients, including capital markets, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, labor and employment, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, tax, and licensing and technology.  We are proud to have represented many wonderful banking organizations, from the initial, de novo formation stage, through growing into a public company, and, for some, strategic combinations with other banking organizations.  Additional information on the types of transactions on which we have advised can be found under the selected transaction section of our website, as well as under our group members’ individual biographies.

To discuss our Banking & Financial Services expertise and services, please contact Stuart Rigot at 919.882.7122 or or Jonathan Greene at 919.865.2832 or

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