BFKN's Financial Institutions Group has represented over 300 financial institutions in recent years, ranging from community banks to larger, publicly traded regional and super-regional banks. We have one of the largest practice groups in the country focused on servicing financial institutions, with many of our partners and associates devoting their full attention to the representation of financial institutions in corporate transactions, securities, regulatory, litigation, executive compensation and employee benefits, and other related matters.

Our financial services clients have the luxury of BFKN’s ability to staff based on our clients’ different needs and styles. Because our talent runs so deep, we tailor our approach to the needs of general counsel and banking executives alike, and as a result, we offer exceptional levels of personalized attention and continuity. Additionally, because of the comprehensive nature of our financial services work, complemented by our firm’s streamlined structure, we can seamlessly tap the talents of attorneys in other practice areas to best serve client needs. Attorneys in different groups, including bankruptcy, intellectual property, real estate, taxation, and executive compensation and employee benefits, maintain extensive experience in matters specific to financial institutions, and are frequently called upon to lend input on specialized concerns of relevance to clients.

Our attorneys are on the cutting edge of the complex and ever-changing legal landscape in the financial services industry. We are frequent speakers on issues surrounding M&A, capital markets, regulations, corporate trends, regulatory examinations, and enforcement actions. Additionally, three of our lawyers are currently adjunct professors of banking and corporate law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and two are adjunct professors at Chicago-Kent College of Law. One of our attorneys recently completed her four-year term as chair of the American Bar Association's 1,500-member Banking Law Committee and another of our attorneys is currently a vice-chair of the committee. Our attorneys have also authored several books on banking related matters, including the definitive text on insurance activities of banks, a book on anti-money laundering and countering financing for terrorism, and two different treatises on banking law for the American Bar Association. Additionally, our attorneys have served as editors of a two-volume banking law handbook for Illinois bankers and bank attorneys.

BFKN’s Financial Institutions Group has again received a Nationwide Band ranking in Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A by Chambers USA and both national and Chicago recognition in the The Best Lawyers® in America "Best Law Firms" 2024 report. Our group was named in the top tiers in the nation in both the Financial Services Regulation Law and Banking and Finance Law categories.

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