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Rob Klingler regularly counsels financial institutions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, regulatory compliance and securities law issues. He advises community banks, as well as their officers, directors and investors, concerning strategic corporate transactions.

Mr. Klingler has served as the lead attorney on numerous merger and acquisition transactions, as well as branch transactions, representing both purchasers and sellers. His active transactional practice significantly contributes to Bryan Cave’s position on the top of the SNL league tables for Financial Institutions M&A. Mr. Klingler has advised on all aspects of numerous bank recapitalizations, including negotiations with preferred equity and debt holders, bankruptcy court protections, capital raising, and regulatory oversight. He also represents bank investors in both due diligence and regulatory compliance matters.  

Mr. Klingler also advises public companies, including those listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Stock Market, as well as private companies, on a wide variety of securities-related issues, including raising capital, the preparation and filing of annual, quarterly and current reports, Section 16 compliance, proxy solicitations and going private transactions.

He is the founder and principal editor of BankBryanCave.com, Bryan Cave's legal blog focused on banking law issues for community banks, and co-host of The Bank Account, Bryan Cave's podcast on banking law issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Klingler was an assistant coach of the University of Florida Speech and Debate Team.  He initiated the University of Florida's parliamentary debate program and led it to national prominence.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Chambers, Georgia - Band 2, Banking & Finance (2015-2016)
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (Banking, 2010 - 2015)
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (Banking, 2010 - 2015)
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bankers Association – Associate Member
    • Atlanta Bar Association – Business and Finance Section
    • Community Bankers Association of Georgia – Associate Member
    • Georgia Bankers Association – Associate Member
    • Other State and National Bank Trade Associations – Associate Member
    • State Bar of Georgia – Business Law Section
    • Community Bankers Association of Georgia – Associate Member
    • Georgia Bankers Association – Associate Member
    • Other State and National Bank Trade Associations – Associate Member
    • State Bar of Georgia – Business Law Section
    • Other State and National Bank Trade Associations – Associate Member
    • State Bar of Georgia – Business Law Section
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Representative Experience

  • Represented Nicolet Bankshares in their acquisition of First Menasha;
  • Represented Southeastern Bank Financial Corporation in its sale to South State Corporation;
  • Represent EJF Capital in its investments in financial services companies throughout the United States;
  • Represented Liberty Shares in its recapitalization by private investors, in a transaction involving presentation of deferred tax assets under section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, discounted redemption of TARP CPP preferred stock from the US Treasury, and defaulted Trust Preferred Securities;
  • Represented Nicolet Bankshares (NASDAQ) in Mergers of Equal with Baylake Corporation;
  • Represented First Security Group (NASDAQ) in Mergers of Equal with Atlantic Capital Bankshares;
  • Recapitalization of First Security Group (NASDAQ), in a transaction involving preservation of deferred tax assets under section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, discounted redemption of TARP CPP preferred stock from the U.S Treasury, a rights offering, and NASDAQ compliance;
  • Represented Valley Community Bank in its sale to Bay Commercial Bay in a contested sales process; and 
  • Represented Premier Bank in its sale to Home Bankshares under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Publications

  • BankBryanCave.com, Founder and Editor
  • Co-Host, The Bank Account, a banking-focused podcast

 

Speaking Engagements

  • "Beyond CECL: What We’re Seeing" panel, Georgia Bankers Association Conference on CECL, October 2016
  • "Regulatory Update: Outlook for the Future," SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Depository Institutions Conference, September, 2014 and September, 2015 
  • "Corporate Governance 2015 from a Bank Regulatory Perspective," Florida Bankers Association Annual Meeting, June 2015, Boca Raton, Florida 
  • “A Fresh Look at M&A” and “What Investors Want” panels, East Coast Bank Growth and Profitability Conference, August 21-22, 2014
  • “Next Steps with Trust Preferred Securities: Dealing with the Risks and Opportunities,” Georgia Bankers Association Town Hall Meeting, August 6, 2014
  • “A Fresh Look at M&A” and “What Investors Want” panels, West Coast Bank Growth and Profitability Conference, June 23-24, 2014
  • “Merger and Consolidation Update 2014,” 2014 Banking and Finance Law Seminar presented by Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Panel Moderator, February 7, 2014
  • “Lessons from Georgia: Reverse Engineering Best Practices,” Florida Bankers Association 2013 Annual Convention, Co-Presenter, June 18, 2013