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The CFPB's Small Business Lending Initiative [Audio]

On today's episode hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss Jonathan's visit to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of bankers earlier this week. They also take a close look at the CFPB's small business lending...more

5/15/2017  /  Banks , CFPB , Lending , Small Business

ESOPs: A Path to Bank Independence [Audio]

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined on today's episode by Bryan Cave partner Steve Schaffer to discuss the advantages to banks considering implementing an ESOP. Steve describes how ESOPs can not only be used...more

5/8/2017  /  Banks , Employee Benefits , ESOP

Order in the Meeting: Dealing with Difficult Shareholder Meetings [Audio]

Being in the season for shareholder meetings, hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler take the opportunity to discuss tips for how to approach challenging shareholders or circumstances at your annual meetings....more

Do Banks Still Need Holding Companies? [Audio]

Today's episode takes a look at the recently-announced move by Bank of the Ozarks to dissolve their bank holding company. Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler delve into the pros and cons for other banks considering a similar...more

5/8/2017  /  Bank Holding Company , Banks

Thoughts on Payments Systems for Banks [Audio]

Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined by Stan Koppel, an attorney from Bryan Cave's San Francisco office, to discuss payments systems employed by banks around the country. Stan shares his background and touches on...more

5/8/2017  /  Banks , Payment Systems

How to Establish a Sustainable Sales Culture [Audio]

Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined by Walt Moeling for a lively discussion that navigates recent attention bank regulators have given to sales tactics. They also cover some of the latest bank M&A activity during...more

Georgia on My Mind: A Special GA Edition of The Bank Account [Audio]

Ken Achenbach and Crystal Homa, attorneys in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate & Regulatory team, join hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler to discuss the current proposed legislative changes for banks chartered...more

5/8/2017  /  Banking Sector , FDIC

The Strategic Approach to Vendor Negotiations [Audio]

On this episode, Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined by Bryan Cave Sourcing and Strategic Services partner Sean Christy to discuss advanced strategies for negotiating with key technology providers. Jonathan and Rob...more

5/8/2017  /  Banking Sector , FinTech

Roundtable Discussion about the Future of Retail Banking [Audio]

Jim McAlpin, leader of the Financial Services group at Bryan Cave, and Dan Wheeler, leader of the Fintech team, join hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler on today's episode to discuss the impact of financial technology...more

5/8/2017  /  FinTech , Retail Banks

AOBA Takeaways [Audio]

Jim McAlpin, leader of the Financial Services Client Service Group at Bryan Cave, joins hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler on today's episode to discuss Acquire or Be Acquired, the industry's premier M&A conference....more


Deal Announcement of the Month: Pinnacle's Acquisition of BNC [Audio]

On Sunday, January 22 Pinnacle Financial Partners announced its biggest acquisition yet - the $2 billion purchase of BNC Bancorp, the holding company of the Bank of North Carolina, in an all-stock transaction. Jonathan...more


Lift-Outs: The Rules of the Game and Playing to Win [Audio]

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss options for growth outside traditional M&A, in particular lift-outs. Topics include the practical and legal approaches to attracting lift-out opportunities, as well as...more

5/8/2017  /  Lift-Outs

The OCC's New Fintech Charter [Audio]

Jonathan and Rob are joined by Ken Achenbach today to discuss the OCC's announcement from December 2nd that opened the doors for special purpose national bank charters for fintech companies....more


The Financial CHOICE Act [Audio]

In this episode hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss highlights and key takeaways from their analysis of the CHOICE Act, as well as recent news in the industry and the newly-released jobs report....more

5/8/2017  /  Banks , Financial Choice Act

A Hot Market, Good Deals, and New Banks [Audio]

It's been a great week for bank stocks. In this episode Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss recent market activity and the opportunity to start a de novo. Two articles mentioned in the episode are linked...more

Reimagining Your Board's Function [Audio]

A recent jury verdict against bank directors is causing banks to revisit the functions of their boards and committees. In this episode, Ken Achenbach joins Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler to discuss how a bank's board...more

Outlook: 2017 Bank M&A [Audio]

In the first episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss the outlook for bank merger and acquisition activity. Jonathan and Rob cover the key variables that could make 2017 an interesting year in...more

5/4/2017  /  Banking Sector , Banks

Impact of Proposed “Regulatory Off-Ramp” for Community Banks

A key component of the proposed roadmap for Republican efforts to provide regulatory relief is based on reduced regulatory burdens in exchange for holding higher capital levels. Specifically, Title I of the proposed Financial...more

Core Principles for Financial Regulation

On February 3, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order setting forth his administration’s core principles for the regulation of the U.S. financial system. While generally touted as the administration’s first...more

To Deposit or Not to Deposit: a Question for Fintech Charters

The fintech industry has justifiably greeted the OCC’s announcement of a national fintech charter with optimism. But one area where we have seen significant confusion is the possibility of the fintech charter being granted...more

Economies of Scale Encourage Continued Consolidation

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis just published a short summary of research by economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City concluding that compliance costs weigh “quite a bit” more heavily on smaller banks...more

Too Small to Succeed or Ownership Structure to Thrive?

Two recent federal banking agency reports show very different pictures of the banking environment for community banks. In “Too Small to Succeed? – Community Banks in a New Regulatory Environment,” the Federal Reserve Bank of...more

Supervisory “Concerns” with Shareholder Protection Arrangements

In December 2015 (following years of sporadic and seemingly random criticism) of shareholder protection arrangements, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued guidance that the Federal Reserve “may” object...more

And You Thought Bankers Had it Bad…

As lawyers regularly representing community banks, we are frequently reminded of the level of regulatory scrutiny and intrusion experienced by the industry, and at times the almost laughable results of strained regulatory...more

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