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Financial Institutions Update (10/15/20) - Speakers


Robert Fleetwood, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano
Rob is co-chair of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, which is one of the largest in the nation serving community and regional banks, representing 250+ financial institutions. In 2019 the group was ranked #1 in the Midwest and #3 in the U.S. by announced bank and thrift M&A transactions (20 M&A transactions; $1B+ deal value). The group has also been ranked #1 in the Midwest and #4 in the U.S. (125+ M&A transactions; $6.5B+ deal value) over the past decade.

John Behringer, Partner, RSM US LLP
John is the national financial institutions consulting practice leader and leads the Great Lakes financial institutions practice working with clients ranging in size from $100 million to over $100 billion. He has over 20 years of public accounting experience working specifically with commercial banks, both privately and publicly held, de novo institutions, mortgage banks, investment companies, and broker dealers. John focuses on providing advisory and risk management consulting services to commercial banks. He has extensive experience providing internal and external audit services, loan review, and credit administration risk management services. These services include SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, and FDICIA reporting issues, internal controls implementation, and ongoing compliance services.

John Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano
John leads the Financial Institutions Group’s regulatory practice at Barack Ferrazzano. He is a well-known banking attorney who handles regulatory compliance and enforcement issues for banks across the country. John is a Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Banking Law, and previously served as the Chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee, and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee.

Christina Churchill, Principal, Management Consulting, RSM US LLP
As a management consulting technology and digital principal, Christina leads the planning, scoping, execution and delivery of projects for companies in a variety of industries. She works with client management and project stakeholders to create a shared understanding of the strategy, business requirements, business case, criteria for success, and the project plan required to turn a concept into reality. She has a proven track record of helping to develop and implement financial, organizational and technological improvements in profitability, process efficiency and operational effectiveness in alignment with the client’s strategic objectives. Christina previously worked in the manufacturing and financial services industries and has extensive experience working with private equity groups.

John K. Freechack, Managing Director, Piper Sandler
John is a Managing Director in Piper Sandler's Financial Services Investment Banking Group. With over 15 years of financial institutions experience as both an investment banker and a commercial banker, John brings extensive knowledge of the regional and community bank sector. He concentrates on M&A and capital raising in the banking sector, primarily in the upper Midwest, and has completed more than 50 transactions totaling over $4 billion in deal value. John joined Piper Sandler in October 2015 from River Branch Capital LLC. Prior to joining River Branch in March 2013, John worked in the Investment Banking Group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. John previously worked for a regional commercial bank where he was involved in acquisitions, finance, and lending.

Emily N. Henkel, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano
Emily focuses her practice on capital raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and corporate governance. She has a wide array of experience in structuring corporate and financial transactions, most notably representing companies in merger transactions, issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and financial institutions in lending transactions. Prior to joining the Firm, Emily practiced in the corporate and securities area of a large Chicago law firm.

Kevin Depew, Deputy Chief Economist, RSM US LLP
Kevin Depew is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. Prior to joining RSM, Depew worked in economics for Bloomberg LP. Depew has also worked for Dorsey Wright and Associates, PaineWebber and AG Edwards. His former roles include chief strategist, director of research, financial markets analyst and portfolio manager. Depew attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Philosophy.

W. Scott Porterfield, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano
Scott is the co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation Group and a partner in the Financial Institutions Group. Scott focuses his practice on general commercial litigation, including: bank regulatory and enforcement matters; defending directors and officers of failed banks in FDIC actions; commodities and securities regulatory enforcement and civil actions; professional liability claims; directors and officers liability insurance matters; and employment and restrictive covenant matters. Scott also has experience in contract, trademark, and telecommunications cases.

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