Barack Ferrazzano congratulates Karol K. Sparks, a partner in the Firm's Financial Institutions Group, who was named the exclusive winner of the 2016 Client Choice Award for Banking in Illinois. Her practice concentrates on corporate activities and regulatory issues of financial institutions with a special emphasis on the distribution of nontraditional bank products.  Karol is the author of Insurance Activities of Banks, the definitive text on that subject and co-author of The Keys to Banking Law, a handbook for lawyers. She frequently speaks on issues relating to the regulation of financial institutions at leading industry events throughout the nation. Karol also is a lecturer of Law at the Boston University School of Law Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law.

Client Choice Awards

Established internationally in 2005 by International Law Office and Lexology, the Client Choice awards recognize those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. These awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year's winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 client assessments.

Barack Ferrazzano's Financial Institutions Group

In recent years, 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.

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