BFKN is pleased to announce Justin C. Steffen as the newest addition to the Financial Institutions Group. Justin meaningfully expands the Firm's FinTech offerings and ability to advise our clients on existing and evolving issues in the innovative financial technology space, including cryptocurrency, blockchain, and privacy. His practice focuses on providing his clients with strategies and solutions for minimizing risk in the digital economy. Banks, lenders, payments companies, private equity and venture capital firms, and brick and mortar clients seek out Justin for his deep understanding of FinTech and emerging technologies. In addition to his deep knowledge of technology and financial services, Justin is an experienced litigator who has led dozens of matters, ranging from consumer class actions to complex contract and commercial disputes.

“The Financial Institutions Group is excited to welcome Justin to the Firm. His experience as a true leader in technology, cryptocurrency, and blockchain issues will have an immediate impact with our clients and colleagues. His background will allow him to provide invaluable insight to our corporate client base as they explore today’s FinTech opportunities.” — Robert M. Fleetwood, Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group

BFKN's 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 5 years we were the #2 legal advisor in the U.S. and #1 in the Midwest by announced bank and thrift M&A transactions and in 2020, our Group again ranked #1 in the Midwest region by number of announced bank and thrift merger and acquisition transactions—according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. 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 2021 report. Since March 2020, we have been actively involved in representing issuers, underwriters, and placement agents in both public and private issuances of subordinated debt and preferred stock. We have been engaged on more than 25 such offerings totaling over $2 billion in capital for the industry, many of which are still ongoing.

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