Strict Regulatory Environment Fuels Bank M&A, IPO Activity

By Chelsea Naso (July 17, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT) -- Banks have been busy inking deals and tapping the public markets as financial institutions of all sizes feel the pinch of tightened regulations, with the smallest on the hunt for economies of scale and the largest paring down their broad scope of assets, experts say. 

Heightened regulatory oversight has certainly played a role in both dealmaking and initial public offering activity, with strong public valuations and pent-up demand also buoying transactions, explained Michael Rave, a Day Pitney LLP partner.

"There are new capital regulations, Basel III regulations, which came out but are slowly phasing in, but also the Consumer Financial Protection...

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