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Bracewell's Banking Practice Ranks Among The Top In The U.S. In M&A

Mon, 02/15/2010

HOUSTON  Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been recognized as one of the country's most active firms for banking mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2009. The firm was ranked fifth in the U.S. by SNL Financial with regard to the number of banking and thrift deals it handled in 2009. Bracewell has been one of the top five U.S. firms for banking M&A for four consecutive years.

"We are extremely excited to finish once again in the top five," said Will Luedke, head of Bracewell's banks and financial institutions section. "With the strong preference among active acquirors for failed bank bid opportunities, traditional bank M&A suffered an off year, but we were pleased to handle our fair share of the traditional mergers that did occur."

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Bracewell represents hundreds of domestic and foreign banks, thrifts and trust companies across the country. The firm has facilitates acquisitions, sales, mergers, and roll-up transactions for major banks and financial institutions in more than 40 states. Bracewell's attorneys have broad experience in the chartering of financial institutions, including new entities and the various bank and thrift subsidiaries of insurance companies, credit unions and brokerage houses. They advise clients on branch purchases, sales and expansions of their branch networks, and regularly serve as general, issuer or underwriter counsel in initial public offerings, and have handled a significant number of the bank conversions to S Corporation status nationwide.