Luse Gorman is a Washington, D.C. based law firm that represents financial institutions and other business enterprises in corporate, securities, bank regulatory, tax, transactional, governance and employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Our law firm offers an exceptional combination of knowledge and experience that is derived from the extraordinary number of securities offerings and merger and acquisition transactions that we have handled, combined with a strong team of regulatory lawyers that have worked for the federal banking agencies and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Our Unique Expertise
Few firms in the nation can match our depth of experience in the financial services industry. We are on the “cutting edge” of capital raising efforts by financial institutions which, along with our experience, enables us to anticipate issues before they become obstacles to completing a transaction. Our long-standing relationships with the regulators allows our clients access to key decision makers at the federal and state bank regulatory agencies who are responsible for approving applications and transactions. During the past decade, we have acted as counsel for more than 150 public offerings (including more than 100 initial public offerings), and for more than 100 merger and acquisition transactions. As important, our expertise and depth of practice means that we do not have to “reinvent the wheel” for our clients which translates into greater efficiencies and fewer execution risks in completing transactions for our clients.
We are ranked consistently among the top ten law firms in the United States in total public stock offerings registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are also ranked consistently among the top ten law firms in bank and savings bank merger and acquisition transactions. We are ranked number one in total initial public offerings by banks and savings banks since 2000. Moreover, in 2015, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008 we were ranked number one nationally by SNL Securities and American Banker in total bank merger and acquisition transactions. Simply put, we are the premier law firm in the United States for community bank mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions.
Our clients include banks, saving banks, financial holding companies, domestic and foreign money center banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment banks and, to a lesser extent, high-technology companies and industrial corporations. Our financial institutions clients range from small community and de novo banks to large international banking organizations.
Our practice focuses on capital formation, including mutual-to-stock conversions, mutual holding company reorganizations, initial public offerings and incremental or secondary stock offerings; mergers and acquisitions; bank and credit union charter conversions; new bank charters; securities law compliance and reporting; bank regulatory compliance; corporate governance; and enforcement matters before the federal and state banking agencies. A significant part of our practice also involves representing financial institutions on executive compensation and employee benefits matters both on a day-to-day basis and in connection with mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions. The advice we give our clients on executive compensation and tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified benefit plans, as well as employment and change in control agreements, is often key to the successful completion and implementation of a merger transaction.
We represent clients on securities and regulatory law matters before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state securities and banking regulators, and many of our lawyers have been recruited from the federal banking agencies and the Securities and Exchange Commission.