Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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We are pleased to announce that Bryan Cave LLP has completed the process of naming a successor to Don Lents as Chair of the Firm.  Therese (“Terry”) Pritchard will serve as Chair-Elect until the completion of Don’s term on September 30, 2014.  Don will continue to serve as Chair of the Firm during that time, working closely with Terry in order to assure a smooth and effective transition.

Our community banking lawyers are pleased to have someone with an extensive regulatory background, including bank regulatory experience, as our incoming chair.  Terry joined the firm in 1999, resident in the Washington DC office, having earlier served in several senior positions in government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Thrift Supervision.  For more than 30 years, she has concentrated her practice on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation, representing major public companies, banks, accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and the federal banking agencies.  Terry has held a number of leadership roles at Bryan Cave, including serving on the Executive Committee, as leader of the firm’s White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group, and as Coordinator of our Asia practice.

Bryan Cave’s full press release about the appointment of Terry as Chair-Elect is available here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Bryan Cave LLP has been recognized as having one of the strongest brands in the legal marketplace, according to a recent study by BTI Consulting Group. The study, “The BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms 2012,” ranked Bryan Cave among the top 18 law firms by reputation and brand perception.

BTI’s annual analysis measures top-of-mind recognition of nearly 400 law firms based on unbiased, unprompted, direct feedback from more than 500 individual interviews with in-house counsel at the world’s largest organizations. During the course of one-on-one, in-depth interviews with decision-makers at top-spending companies conducted between June 2010 and March 2012, BTI probed clients as to which law firms they associate with the nine distinct characteristics driving their decision to select, consider and hire a particular law firm.

According to the report, Bryan Cave was among the 18 law firms that enjoy substantially better brand perception among the firms included in the study. The critical aspects included in BTI’s definition of law firm brand are the direct result of more than 3,100 interviews with buyers of legal services during the past 11 years. Click here to view the “2012 BTI Brand Elite 18” list.

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Friday, March 23, 2012
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As part of an international law firm, the attorneys practicing in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice also have the advantages of an extremely deep bench in completing all types of merger and acquisition transactions.  Bryan Cave is ranked among the top legal advisers for M&A work involving a U.S. target for 2011, according to recently released data by Thomson Reuters.

The firm is ranked sixth based on the number of transactions completed involving a U.S. target, with 101 completed transactions during the year. Additionally, the firm ranks 22nd for completed transactions worldwide with 116 deals closed.

Thomson Reuters, recognized as maintaining the most comprehensive database available on mergers and acquisitions, noted in its full report that while the value of worldwide mergers and acquisitions was up from comparable 2010 levels, the number of deals was down 5.5 percent compared to last year.

“Our transactional practice enjoyed a very impressive year in 2011 by any measure, especially relative to our peers,” said Bill Seabaugh, head of the firm’s Transactions Group. “Globally, 2011 was a down year for M&A activity, but Bryan Cave’s completed deal activity was up more than 20 percent compared to 2010, which was itself a very active year for us. These results confirm that our clients continue to see an exceptional combination of quality, service and value in our global transactional practice.”

Click here to view Bryan Cave’s rankings by Thomson Reuters.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP welcomes Partners Chris Kupec, Rick Brown, Mark Vasco and Ben Sidbury to its Charlotte office. Kupec and Brown will practice with the firm’s Banking Group; Vasco will practice with the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group; and Sidbury will practice with the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

“We are excited to be expanding the Charlotte office’s capability to serve our clients needs in banking, intellectual property and commercial litigation and look forward to working with Chris, Rick, Mark and Ben,” said Keith Dunsmore, Charlotte managing partner.

Kupec focuses his practice on middle market lending transactions involving banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Representative transactions include asset-based and leveraged lending transactions. He also has significant experience in second lien and mezzanine financings.

Kupec received his J.D., with high honors, in 1980 from the University of North Carolina and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the North Carolina Law Review. He received his B.A. in 1975 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was all-ACC football quarterback and academic all-American.

Brown’s practice primarily is focused on syndicated credit facilities, asset-based financing and other secured financing transactions, and also includes equipment finance and leasing, bank treasury services, as well as letter of credit transactions. In addition, he has represented administrative agents and lenders in restructurings and workouts of syndicated credit facilities.

Brown received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1987 from Quinnipiac University/University of Bridgeport and his B.S. in from the University of Vermont.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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Effective January 1, 2012, Bryan Cave LLP elected 14 new lawyers to partnership in the firm. Bryan Cave’s strength and depth in advising community banks is further enhanced by the election of Rob Klingler and Kim Civins to the partnership.

Rob Klingler is in our Atlanta office and is a partner in our Financial Institutions group. Rob regularly counsels financial institutions, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law issues. Rob has advised community banks, as well as their officers and directors, concerning issues related to the current difficult financial and regulatory environment.  Rob is a frequent public speaker about federal and state banking regulations, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant coach of the University of Florida Speech and Debate Team. In addition, Rob is the founder and primary writer for BankBryanCave.com.

Kim Civins is also in our Atlanta office and is a partner in our Private Client service group.  In addition to advising individuals and families in the areas of estate planning and estate administration, Kim regularly advises trust and wealth management departments of banks of all sizes with regard to compliance with federal and state laws. Prior to attending law school, Kim worked for seven years for a national sports marketing company.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Bryan Cave has been ranked number 2 out of approximately 650 law firms which serve Fortune 1000 companies, in BTI Consulting Group’s annual “Client Service A-Team.” BTI’s annual survey of law firm client service performance is designed to identify and recognize those firms which deliver best-in-class service. This marks the 4th consecutive year in which Bryan Cave has been included in the top 30 firms in the survey. “The results of this independent survey are a very important confirmation of our emphasis on client relationships and service,” said Don Lents, Chair of Bryan Cave LLP.  To read more click here.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP and 113-year-old, Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO) will combine their practices effective Jan. 1, 2012, following a recent vote by the partners of both firms. Globally, the firm will continue to be known as Bryan Cave LLP. The combination will add exceptional legal capabilities in energy, natural resources and sports law to Bryan Cave’s international resources while expanding the firm’s worldwide presence into the Rocky Mountain region and adding significant new depth and experience in California.

The combined law firm will have more than 1,100 attorneys in over 30 law and professional service offices around the globe. It is expected to rank among the 25 largest in the world.  The combination with HRO will provide additional platforms for the continued expansion of Bryan Cave’s national community banking practice.

“Combining with HRO represents a unique opportunity for both firms to expand the resources we can offer to our clients while reinforcing a shared culture dedicated to superior client service,” said Don G. Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Extending our geographic reach while expanding the range of our services in California are important steps in our firm’s long-term growth. We are very pleased to have as our colleagues lawyers coming from a firm with the stature of HRO, a name that has been synonymous with the highest-quality legal work in its region for more than a century.”

Based in Denver, HRO also serves clients from offices in Boulder, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more than 100 years, the firm has had a tradition of developing lasting relationships with the entrepreneurial businesses which built the Rocky Mountain West, including numerous energy, mining, natural resource and telecommunications and technology clients. In more recent times, the firm has been a leader in providing counsel for complex business and securities transactions, emerging tech and environmental matters. In addition, HRO has developed a nationally recognized litigation group that has handled numerous multimillion dollar cases for some of the best-known companies in the United States. With the combination, the newly formed firm will be the only international firm with full-service capabilities on the ground in Colorado.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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Drawing from diverse legal disciplines, we have formed a client team with a focus on retail banking compliance and contractual matters.  Whatever day-to-day legal assistance you need in your retail banking area, we can provide prompt and accurate guidance.

We have many years of experience in all of the federal consumer banking regulation, and every day we work to stay current with the constantly changing regulatory environment.  We will help you avoid the regulatory minefields.  Our Retail Banking Team can assist your bank in all of the following areas:

  • Deposit account agreement reviews;
  • Deposit advertisement reviews;
  • Overdraft policies and disclosures;
  • Remote deposit capture agreements and policies;
  • Automated clearing house agreements;
  • Credit card, mortgage and other lending advertisement reviews;
  • Credit card, mortgage and other lending disclosure and agreement reviews;
  • Power of attorney interpretations;
  • Trust documents and trustee power reviews;
  • Individual Retirement Account transactions;
  • Prepaid card programs;
  • Check fraud assistance;
  • Online business banking and cash management; and, of course,
  • any issues arising under the Truth in Savings Act, Truth in Lending Act, Electronic Fund Transfers Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or consumer privacy and data security laws and regulations.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009
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In light of the merger of Powell Goldstein LLP and Bryan Cave LLP, effective January 1, 2009, BankPogo.com has a new name,  a new domain, and a new look.  The site is now called, simply, Bank Bryan Cave, and can now be reached at www.bankbryancave.com.  We think the new look will make it even easier for visitors to find the information they are looking for, while also increasing the speed of the site.

Despite these changes, the most important things are not changing.  The site is still being written by the same attorneys; and we still plan to focus on providing up-to-date information, written in plain English, on the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Programs, and other items affecting community bankers.

As we complete the transition to Bank Bryan Cave, there will potentially be technical hiccups, and you may encounter a broken link, or other problem.  If you notice a problem, or simply have a request, please send us an email.  If you’ve previously bookmarked the site or subscribed to receive updates by e-mail (see the “Subscribe” button on the right hand side of the page), then you don’t need to anything, as they will continue to work.