Depository Institutions

Griffin serves as trusted advisor to the management teams and boards of directors of community and regional banks throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. We are consultative in nature, with the focus on understanding each individual situation through our clients’ perspectives as they consider strategic alternatives, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, shareholder liquidity and other related issues. Our bankers are regular presenters at industry conferences as well as individual client retreats and are sought after for unbiased, thoughtful and customer-focused advice.

Our team’s experience inside commercial banks is uncommonly deep, which enables our unique understanding and appreciation of the particular challenges facing the sector. We are former bank executives and professionals with direct industry and investment banking experience as well as significant accounting, tax and legal expertise. This depth allows us to fully address the array of financial accounting, regulatory and tax consequences created by transactions in this sector.

We have served depository institutions on buy-side and sell-side merger and acquisition assignments, branch sales and purchases, FDIC receivership transactions, asset manager and insurance agency acquisitions and sales, strategic alternatives studies and other financial advisory assignments. We have significant experience in both negotiated and fully auctioned transactions and provide critical leadership within client execution teams.

We also partner with other broker-dealers to provide more extensive Capital Markets services to our bank clients than many boutiques of our size. Through our relationships with Wedbush and JWTT, we offer market making, share repurchase activity, debt and equity placement and other individual and corporate share related services. We have placed common equity and both investment grade and non-investment grade subordinated debt securities in both private placement and public transactions.

Griffin’s ESOP team assists depository institutions in increasing shareholder liquidity through the design, development and implementation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).