Update: The deal announced in June 2018 has been completed. Click on the article below to read more about this transaction.

June 7, 2018 - Globe Newswire

First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. to Acquire Northern States Financial Corporation

The Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group acted as legal counsel to Northern States Financial Corporation (“Northern States”) (OTCPINK: NSFC) in entering into a definitive agreement in which Northern States will merge with First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (“First Midwest”) (NASDAQ: FMBI). Northern States, holding company for NorStates Bank, is based in Waukegan Illinois, with eight offices in Lake County.

Under the terms of agreement and based on the June 5, 2018 Nasdaq Stock Market closing price of First Midwest’s common stock value, the merger provides a fixed exchange ratio of 0.0369 shares of First Midwest common stock for each share of Northern States common stock with an overall transaction valued at approximately $91.0 million.

Scott M. Yelvington, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern States looks forward to the partnership stating, "Like First Midwest, we have a strong commitment to relationship banking, personalized customer service and involvement in the communities we serve."

Barack Ferrazzano’s team was led by Robert Fleetwood who was assisted by Emily Henkel. Andy Strimaitis advised on executive compensation.

To read more about the transaction, click here.

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