My strong relationships and community banking experience result in unique advice and guidance.
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Administrative Contact: Jane King P /612.604.6674E /email@example.com
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
University of Mary, B.A., Accounting and Business, magna cum laude, 1998
I get inspiration from my clients – community banks are truly made up of small to midsize business owners and at their core, are people who are focused on their communities, serving a role and investing in their markets in a way that no one else does, all with the goal of making their communities a better place. I do all I can to help them achieve those goals, through advising on any legal issue a community bank would encounter, from banking-specific issues like governance and regulatory issues, to aspects that any business organization has, like mergers and acquisitions, employment, intellectual property, benefits, or litigation disputes. I also spend time counseling clients on third-party vendor agreements and negotiations, including data processing, electronic banking agreements, payment systems, ACH wire transfer, and bill pay vendors.
I spend a great deal of time simply listening to my clients as they face challenges, particularly regarding market opportunities, regulation, and succession planning. I work with my clients as a partner, helping them find creative, practical solutions, and to allow them to focus on running their businesses. Because of my work in the industry, I also have strong relationships with banking regulators, investment bankers, accountants, business consultants, and other professionals, that can be beneficial for my clients.
Outside of work, I spend most of my time chasing around my four kids, and when I can, enjoy camping, hunting and fishing.
I have an accounting and business degree background, but I was more apt to be interested in how businesses run rather than just tracking the numbers. While I was getting my accounting degree, I had the opportunity to do a job shadow with the adjunct professor who taught the business law course for accounting majors, and finally got a taste of how the laws work and applies to businesses. Once I saw that, I was hooked.
I have represented numerous state and federal banks in their chartering and formation, and I routinely work with and advise banking institutions and bank ownership on bank mergers and acquisitions, branch assumptions, corporate restructuring, bank expansion strategies, branching issues and the sale of banking organizations to third parties. Additionally, I routinely advise my clients on bank holding company and bank subsidiary issues, bank management issues, permissible banking growth strategies and activities, stock redemptions, shareholder agreements and ownership transfers.
I also have extensive experience regarding bank compliance and regulatory issues, routinely assist banks with regulatory filings and applications and works in close connection with my numerous contacts at the OCC, FDIC, Federal Reserve, Minnesota Department of Commerce and various other state and federal banking agencies. In addition, I have substantial experience in drafting and negotiating vendor and treasury management agreements for banks, including, wire transfer agreements, ACH agreements, check imaging agreements and various other vendor and service provider contracts.
Furthermore, I assist my banking clients and corporate management with employment counseling and compliance requirements of all federal and state employment laws.
I have represented numerous banks in M&A transactions, including whole bank sales and acquisitions, branch sales and acquisitions and mergers of equals. Some recent examples include:
Banking and Finance Law, 2018-2020
Banking and Finance Law, 2018-2020
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2011-2012
Financial Institution and Corporate Division