Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity

Venable's Financial Services Group advises bank and thrift institutions on M&A transactions involving geographic and product expansion. The group has assisted financial holding companies in corporate reorganizations to integrate newly acquired companies or rationalize existing structures. We help clients to access public and private capital markets, and we advise private equity investors on the regulatory aspects of investing in banking organizations.

Our recent experience includes helping an applicant to acquire a federal savings bank previously owned by a large brokerage firm and to relocate the institution from Maryland to New York.

We also served as the primary legal advisor on an acquisition by private investors of a state commercial bank using a section 363 bankruptcy proceeding, obtaining approvals from the state banking regulator, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board, as well as the Creditors' Committee of the selling company, and the bankruptcy court.

Government Experience

Our team includes attorneys who are focused on financial services and regulatory issues and regularly deal with, or formerly served as senior officials and legal counsel of, federal and state agencies responsible for the supervision of financial institutions, including:

  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
  • Financial Stability Oversight Council
  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Treasury
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Federal Trade Commission


  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Band 1), Maryland, 2011 – 2023
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Best Law Firms, Financial Services: Regulatory (Tier 1), 2011 – 2017, 2020
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2022 - 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
  • Legal 500, Financial Services: Regulatory, 2011 – 2023