Not Too Big To Grow: Another Arrow In Banks' M&A Quiver

Law360, New York (February 18, 2015, 10:36 AM EST) -- When bank directors and management decide to accelerate the growth of their institution, mergers have typically, even reflexively, been the method of choice. As 2015 commences, however, the banking industry may be in the early stages of a trend by which an increasing portion of bank growth is accomplished by banks making strategic acquisitions of performing loans. Loan asset acquisitions will provide banks with greater flexibility — another arrow in their acquisition quiver — but do involve a unique set of challenges.

Asset sales differ greatly from mergers. Compared to mergers, there is an often startling granularity of tasks associated with...

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