Waverly Vest represents and counsels financial institutions, holding companies and their officers, directors and owners.
Frequently retained in the face of complex circumstances, Waverly has decades of experience in advising and representing clients in mergers, acquisition of branches, conversions and capital market transactions, including public and private securities offerings of equity and debt, and related regulatory applications and requirements. He also has represented clients in the acquisition of failed or troubled banks and thrifts, and in enforcement actions such as civil money penalty actions, cease and desist and other administrative orders, appeals of examination results, termination of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance actions and the like. Waverly serves as lead counsel in the formation of de novo financial institutions and holding companies for financial institutions, and counsels his clients in the expansion of operations through branches and subsidiaries, as well as acquisition of control of financial institutions requiring prior approval, including estate planning activities.
Waverly works with litigation counsel involving claims against financial institutions and their officers and directors, including settlement negotiations with regulatory officials and expert witness preparation and testimony. He is also a speaker and writer on the legal issues of banks and the banking industry.
Recent Notable Matters
Bank and thrift holding companies — seller-side representation in sales for stock and/or cash to public and private entities
Community and regional banks — buyer-side representation in their acquisition of in-market institutions
Regional bank holding company — representation in investment by a private equity firm
Financial holding companies — representation in private and public issuance of debt and equity
Federal savings bank — representation in its conversion to a national bank, as well as numerous state bank to national bank conversions
Bank owners — representation in regulatory matters related to estate planning and recapitalization of the institution
Financial institutions — establishing equity compensation plans