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Financial Institutions

Bracewell & Giuliani is a national leader in serving the legal needs of financial institutions, representing hundreds of domestic and foreign banks, thrifts and trust companies across the country. Bracewell ranks consistently among the top law firms for merger and acquisition transactions in the financial industry. We have facilitated acquisitions, sales, mergers and roll-up transactions for major banks and financial institutions in more than 40 states. We also advise clients on branch purchases, sales and expansions of their branch networks, and regularly serve as general, issuer or underwriter counsel in conversions from mutual to stock form and in initial public offerings (IPOs.)

In the past decade, we have handled a significant number of the bank conversions to S Corporation status nationwide. Our attorneys have broad experience in the chartering of financial institutions, including new entities and the various bank and thrift subsidiaries of insurance companies, credit unions and brokerage houses.

We provide comprehensive regulatory counsel, helping clients ensure compliance with the numerous federal and state laws that govern the industry. Senior members of the practice include a former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency — who also served on the boards of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation — a senior United States Attorney, and others who have held positions in the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Justice.

In conjunction with attorneys from the firm’s litigation, labor and employment, employee benefits, tax and other practices, we offer broad-based legal guidance that recognizes the unique needs of financial services companies.