For more than 40 years, Lindquist & Vennum has helped financial institutions grow stronger through both traditional products and services and new opportunities. Our experience with and knowledge of the banking environment allows us to help our clients efficiently solve problems, obtain ideas for meeting today’s challenges, and navigate the regulatory maze.
Experience and stability yield peace of mind
Since 1968, Lindquist & Vennum has offered guidance to financial institutions ranging from privately owned and closely held banks to superregional financial holding companies. We’ve helped banks address an array of emerging issues and have consistently ranked among the top 10 firms nationwide providing legal advice on bank and thrift mergers and acquisitions. In 2012, Lindquist & Vennum was ranked third in the nation and #1 in the Midwest region for whole bank transactions.
Among the region’s law firms that practice in the financial institutions arena, Lindquist & Vennum has not only the most years of experience, but also the largest staff of attorneys dedicated to community banking. Clients say our years of service and broad experience give them confidence in the advice we provide.
Innovative strategies increase flexibility—and profitability
Our decades of experience haven’t locked us into old-fashioned ways of doing business. Over the years, Lindquist & Vennum has pioneered several new paths to growth and prosperity for financial clients. We were one of the first law firms in the country to:
- Assist clients with the interstate banking mergers and other cross-border expansion strategies
- Adapt large-bank financing techniques, such as asset securitization, to smaller bank organizations
- Design a variety of corporate reorganization techniques to establish bank holding companies, qualify them as “S” corporations or prepare them for sale
We are currently working with clients to expand the boundaries for banks in areas such as:
- Prepaid cards and other payment systems
- Asset distribution and diversification strategies
- Dow Jones index deposit products
- Financing strategies and structures for ethanol and biodiesel facilities
Business insight fosters long-term success
Some of the lawyers in our financial institutions group are former bankers or bank owners, or previously served as general counsel at financial institutions. Others are former regulators. Our immersion in the financial institutions field is one reason many of our original clients from the 1970s and ’80s have continued to seek advice from us as their businesses have expanded and changed. Maintaining close, counseling relationships lets us offer precise guidance to banks on addressing current needs and achieving long-term goals.
Lindquist & Vennum provides legal counsel to financial institutions in the following areas: