Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • Business and Financial Issues Analysis
  • Target Identification and Potential Buyer Evaluation
  • Preparation and Negotiation of Definitive Agreements
  • Preparation of Regulatory Applications
  • Due Diligence Reviews
  • Tax Analysis
  • Securities Law Compliance
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Anti-Takeover Planning
  • Going Private Transactions
  • Financial Modeling and Analysis

Strategic Planning Retreats

  • Customized Director and Officer Retreats
  • Long-Term Business Planning
  • Assistance and Advice in Implementing Strategic Plans
  • Business and Strategic Plan Preparation and Analysis
  • Director Education

Subchapter S Conversions and Elections

  • Financial and Tax Analysis and Advice
  • Reorganization Analysis and Restructuring
  • Cash-Out Mergers
  • Stockholders Agreements
  • Financial Modeling and Analysis

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefit Plans

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans
  • 401(k) Plans
  • Leveraged ESOP Transactions
  • Incentive Compensation and Stock Option Plans
  • Employment Agreements – Golden Parachutes
  • Profit Sharing and Pension Plans

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation*

    * J. Franklin McCreary is a Rule 31-listed mediator.

Estate Planning

  • Wills, Trusts, and Other Estate Planning Documents
  • Estate Tax Savings Techniques
  • Probate

General Corporate Matters

  • Corporate Governance Planning and Advice
  • Recapitalization and Reorganization Analysis and Implementation

    New Bank and Thrift Organizations

    • Organizational and Regulatory Advice
    • Business Plan Creation
    • Preparation of Financial Statement Projections
    • Preparation of the Interagency Charter and
    • Federal Deposit Insurance Application
    • Private Placements and Public Stock Offerings
    • Development of Bank Policies

    Bank and Thrift Holding Company Formations

    • Structure and Formation
    • Ownership and Control Planning
    • New Product and Service Advice
    • Preparation of Regulatory Applications
    • Financial Modeling and Analysis

    Capital Planning and Raising

    • Private Placements and Public Offerings of Securities
    • Bank Stock Loans
    • Trust Preferred Securities Issuances
    • Capital Plans

    Financial Modeling and Analysis

    • Financial Statement Projections
    • Business and Strategic Plans
    • Ability to Pay Analysis
    • Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return Analysis
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis
    • Subchapter S Conversion Analysis

    Banking Regulatory Guidance and Examination Preparation

    • Preparation of Regulatory Applications
    • Examination Planning and Preparation
    • Regulatory Compliance Matters and Advice
    • Charter Conversions

    Problem Bank and Thrift Issues

    • Examiner Dispute Resolution
    • Negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding and Orders to Cease and Desist
    • Negotiation and Litigation of Administrative Enforcement Actions
    • Management Evaluations and Plans
    • Failed Institution Acquisitions
    • New Capital Raising and Capital Plans
    • Appeals of Materials Supervisory Determinations


    • Tax Planning
    • Tax Controversy Negotiation and Advice


    • Public Speaking Engagements for Banking Industry Groups (i.e., Conventions, Schools, Seminars, and workshops)
    • Publisher of Books and Newsletters Regarding Banking and Financial Services Issues