Hugh B. Wellons

Hugh B. Wellons

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

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SBA Lending May Be Critical to Future Community Banking

Headlines should read, “Congress and President Do Something Right!” On July 28, 2015, only one day after Congress passed the matter, the President signed into law an increase in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) lending,...more

9/8/2015 - Commercial Loans Community Banks Loans SBA SBA Lending Programs Small Business Underwriting

How Bad is Dodd-Frank for Community Banks?

Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in June and July 2010 with minimal Republican support, and it was signed by President Obama July 21, 2010. Since passing, Dodd-Frank has been hailed, depending on who answers, as salvation...more

9/4/2015 - Community Banks Compliance Dodd-Frank Regulatory Standards

Community Banking Excellence - Third Quarter 2015

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: David Barksdale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Premier Bank: For the past several months, David Barksdale has been leading the charge at Carolina Premier...more

9/1/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Banks Community Banks Dodd-Frank Ficuciary Exception SBA SBA Lending Programs

Facing Merger Challenges. In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……

A few weeks ago, a writer for a banking magazine asked my top five challenges to a successful bank merger. That is a loaded question! The challenges to complete a merger agreement, the challenges to close the merger, and the...more

6/11/2015 - Banks C-Suite Executives Change in Control Community Banks Corporate Management Due Diligence Executive Compensation Lending Mergers

Community Banking Excellence - Issue One 2015

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - Facing Merger Challenges. In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.... - Real Property 101 for Community Bankers in the Spilman Footprint - Facet One of Social Media and Community Banks - Employees...more

6/2/2015 - Banks Community Banks Deed of Trust Lenders Mergers Mortgages Social Media Policy

Executive Compensation – It May be Limiting Your Choices

Many community banks have been under fire recently. Added regulatory burdens, additional disclosure responsibilities, cleaning up bad loans, streamlining the organization, staying ahead of cybersecurity threats, and, perhaps...more

12/29/2014 - Banks Community Banks Deferred Compensation Executive Compensation

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 4, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From the Editor - Executive Compensation: It May be Limiting Your Choices - Community Banks Adding Prepaid Products Face New Imperatives - Discharge, Debt Buyers and...more

12/19/2014 - Banks Community Banks Credit Reporting Agencies Debt Buyers Executive Compensation Performance Incentives Prepaid Payment Products

If Community Comes First, Customers Will Follow! An Interview with Lyn Hayth, President and CEO of the Bank of Botetourt

We interviewed Lyn Hayth, President and CEO of the Bank of Botetourt, for Community Banking Excellence this issue. Lyn has been a banker for more than 30 years. His bank, with about $312 million in assets and $248 million in...more

10/15/2014 - Banks Community Banks

Be Careful What You Wish For

Many community bankers have looked surprised at the “internationalization” of our banking rules. Standards coming out of the Basel Committee, particularly the Basel III Capital Rules, do not seem to fit community banks. The...more

6/23/2014 - Banks Basel Committee Basel III Community Banks EU

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 2, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: Robert T. Braswell, President and Chief Executive Officer Carolina Bank: Mr. Robert T. Braswell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Bank. He has served in...more

6/19/2014 - Banks Basel III Consumer Bankruptcy Eminent Domain Mortgages Refinancing Secured Lenders

Is It Going to Be a Bumpy Ride?

Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in “All About Eve” famously said, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Does that sum up the status of future community bank merger activity? Maybe so. Many financial...more

4/10/2014 - Banks Community Banks Economic Downturn Mergers

Are You Using Your Holding Company?

Many banks formed holding companies in the late 1980s and 1990s. They had various reasons for doing this. Some formed a holding company to hold subsidiaries providing nonbank activities. Some used the holding company to...more

3/12/2013 - Bank Holding Company FDIC Federal Reserve Fees OCC State Taxes

Community Banking Excellence - First Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Conversation with a Community Banking Professional: Ginger Salt of First Community Bank - Are You Using Your Holding Company? - Shifting Winds? Two N.C. Courts Uphold Fiduciary Duty...more

3/8/2013 - Bank Holding Company CFPB Debt Collection FDCPA Fiduciary Duty Legal Costs

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - Conversation with a Community Banking Professional By Timothy R. Moore - Signs of a Federal Investigation by Sharon L. Potter - Why is Your Bank or Bank Holding Company Still a Public...more


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