On January 14, 2016, the Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group hosted a presentation and open discussion with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chicago Regional Ombudsman, Dan Marcotte. During his long career with the FDIC, Mr. Marcotte served as a Bank Examiner, Supervisory Examiner, Case Manager and Assistant Regional Director, and worked on policy matters in the FDIC's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Mr. Marcotte described the role of his office, and listened as our attorneys discussed issues our clients are facing, including those related to the examination process, regulatory applications and broader supervisory policies. Furthermore, we discussed ways in which our attorneys can most effectively interact with the FDIC's Office of the Ombudsman to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
We will continue our efforts to strengthen our relationships with regulators such as Mr. Marcotte to assist our clients in navigating the bank supervisory environment, and to help them understand and resolve complex regulatory matters.
Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group
Our 30-attorney Group has represented more than 250 financial institutions across the country. Our M&A experience is unparalleled-over the past decade, our Group ranked #1 in the Midwest region by number of announced bank and thrift merger and acquisition transactions, according to SNL Financial. The Financial Institutions Group was again named as one of the top financial institution groups in the nation in the U.S. News & Best Lawyers 2016 report.