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Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I analyzed the Rose Bowl, pitting Jonathan’s Georgia Bulldogs against Jonathan’s In-Laws’ Oklahoma Sooners.  With critical generational analysis, Jonathan won me over to support Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs; I simply have to support Generation X over a Millennial. We then turned our focus to on-topic banking issues: the impact of tax reform on Subchapter S banks and a look in review at the 2017 banking m&a market.

For Subchapter S institutions, tax reform offers/requires a re-evaluation of the tax consequences of a Subchapter

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Acquire or Be Acquired 2018 M&A Simulation

December 19, 2017

Authors

Jonathan Hightower and Robert Klingler

Acquire or Be Acquired 2018 M&A Simulation

December 19, 2017

by: Jonathan Hightower and Robert Klingler

We are looking forward to running the M&A Simulation at Bank Director’s 2018 Acquire or Be Acquired Conference with our friends at FIG Partners.  This is the second year we’ve teamed up with FIG Partners to present a simulation of the community bank merger and acquisition sale process.  We’ve identified the basics of this year’s fictional banks, and are looking forward to another exciting simulation.

The simulation is an exclusive session at Acquire or Be Acquired, is open to 45 bank attendees only and fills up quickly.  If you’re planning to attend AOBA and want to ensure your spot in the simulation, please contact us.  If you’re interested in attending and haven’t already registered the conference, please contact us to receive our sponsorship code for a $400

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Snow, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches with Jena Valdetero

December 12, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Snow, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches with Jena Valdetero

December 12, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I were joined by our Chicago partner, Jena Valdetero, to discuss snow, cybersecurity and data breaches.  While Jena would normally be the one dealing with winter weather, it was Jonathan and myself watching the snow fall in Atlanta while Jena enjoyed a relatively warm, sunny day in Chicago.

Jena is part of Bryan Cave’s Data Privacy and Security Team, and joined us to discuss some of the current threats in cybersecurity and some of the steps that banks (and bank customers) should be

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Thanksgiving: Regulatory Relief and Tax Reform

November 21, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Thanksgiving: Regulatory Relief and Tax Reform

November 21, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

http://media.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/p/content.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/The_Bank_Account_-_Episode_38.mp3

the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss two business reasons for bankers to be thankful this holiday season, the Senate’s proposed regulatory relief legislation and legislative efforts for tax reform.

The Senate Banking Committee has released the text of proposed legislation providing real regulatory relief to community banks.  With ten Republican co-sponsors and nine Democratic co-sponsors, the measure would appear to have better odds than prior regulatory reform actions.   That said, no action is expected until sometime in 2018, and we’re still a long way away from adopted legislation. 

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All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

November 3, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

November 3, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss the prospects and alternatives for a small bank that finds itself without an interested buyer.   Frequently, we are finding clients and other depository institutions that have reached the internal decision that it’s time to sell, but when they check the market, the anticipated buyers are either not available, not interested, or at least not as interested as expected/hoped.

Before getting to those topics, we have a brief foray into me trying to avoid talking about college football, as well as updates on the

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A Potpourri of Bank Regulatory News

October 16, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Potpourri of Bank Regulatory News

October 16, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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On the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss a veritable hodgepodge of new regulatory pronouncements, including the CFPB’s small dollar loan rule and the OCC’s guidance on CRA ratings.  But before we got to the bank regulatory issues, Jonathan first had to seek my opinion on the new Florida Gator jerseys (pictured).  I’m actually fairly proud in my restraint.  For the handful of listeners who enjoy this banter, I encourage you to view these rejected Florida Gator uniforms.  For those that wish we’d stick with banking, I assure you my interest in discussing college football has reached another low after this

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Regulators Propose Simplification of Capital Rules

September 28, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Regulators Propose Simplification of Capital Rules

September 28, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

http://media.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/p/content.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/The_Bank_Account_-_Episode_35.mp3

the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, “Adding HVADC to our Banking Alphabet Soup,” Jonathan and I are joined by colleague Jerry Blanchard to discuss the new capital rules proposed by the federal banking regulators on September 27, 2017.  The newly proposed regulators propose to overhaul the HVCRE regime with a “new and improved” HVADC regime, while also increasing the amount of Mortgage Servicing Assets (MSAs) and Deferred Tax Assets (DTAs) that can be included in Tier 1 Capital.

As discussed yesterday, the new HVADC rule would likely expand the scope of loans

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Putting the Success in Succession

September 26, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Putting the Success in Succession

September 26, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

http://media.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/p/content.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/The_Bank_Account_-_Episode_34.mp3

the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I draw from personal experiences at Bryan Cave as well as the experiences of our bank clients for a discussion about succession planning.  Succession planning is rarely a top regulatory concern, but good succession planning requires time to implement.  Accordingly, boards (and managements teams) should always be looking at (and planning for) a future where one or more executives (and/or board members) decides to retire.  With the age of the CEO often being a primary contributor to the decision to sell the bank, succession planning should

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Why Your Board Should Stop Approving Individual Loans

September 12, 2017

Authors

Jim McAlpin, Ken Achenbach and Jonathan Hightower

Why Your Board Should Stop Approving Individual Loans

September 12, 2017

by: Jim McAlpin, Ken Achenbach and Jonathan Hightower

In this the new era of banking, our clients are continually looking for ways to enhance efficiency and effectiveness at all levels of their organizations. This line of thinking has led to the revolution of the bank branch and the adoption of many new technologies aimed at serving customers and automating or otherwise increasing process efficiency. Perhaps most importantly, however, banks have begun to focus on optimizing their governance structures and practices, particularly at the board level.

(A print version of this post if you’d like to print or share with others is available here.)

As we discuss this topic with our clients, the conversation quickly turns to the role and function of the bank’s director loan or credit committee, which we refer to herein as the “Loan Committee.” We continue to believe that

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Frenemies: Gaining Efficiency Through Shared Services

September 8, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Frenemies: Gaining Efficiency Through Shared Services

September 8, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

http://media.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/p/content.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/The_Bank_Account_-_Episode_33.mp3

the-bank-accountBryan Cave colleagues Ken Achenbach and Sean Christy join Jonathan and me on this episode of The Bank Account to examine the ability of banks to gain efficiency through shared services.  Throughout the business environment, business are looking to out source all non-core competencies.  Ken and Sean explore the opportunity for banks to similarly explore the opportunity for banks to join forces to purchase outsourced services and invest in technology platforms together. By working together, banks can leverage buying power and share the burden associated with evaluating their vendor options.

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