Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory

Unmatched insight for bank mergers and acquisitions

We guide you through the deal from inquiry to closing


Financial institutions use mergers and acquisitions to achieve scale and enter new geographies and lines of business more quickly than they could organically. Success requires planning for the transaction hurdles before and after the deal.

Trust our team to guide you. With decades of experience with whole institution sales and acquisitions as well as branch and fee-based line of business transactions, we bring a 360-degree perspective to our financial advisory engagements.

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We provide valuable guidance with:

  • Whole institution M&A. You will get outstanding insight when considering the effect of a transaction on numerous stakeholders: shareholders, customers, employees, local communities, and regulators.
  • Evaluation of strategic alternatives. We objectively review reasons to buy, sell, or continue to execute your strategy without regard to a specific transaction. For perspective, we share case studies where acquisitions have improved or eroded shareholder value. We bring realistic analysis of both acquiring and being acquired. This 360-degree perspective gives depth to M&A decisions.
  • Fee-based business purchase or sale. Institutions often face mixed outcomes when acquiring fee-based lines of business. Our experience with numerous clients makes us familiar with fee-based business profitability and can help you evaluate opportunities.
  • Branch purchase or sale. The decision to buy or sell a branch has numerous financial and strategic implications. We model financial implications and help find appropriate buyers or sellers to meet your goals.
  • Fairness opinions. Boards of directors seek impartial expertise when engaging in an acquisition or sale. We provide fairness opinions that evaluate transactions from a financial point of view.
  • Mutual mergers. Mergers of mutual, or non-shareholder owned institutions bring challenges of their own. They are still subject to merger accounting, so the impact of a combination must be assessed. But also important are the social issues that must be resolved prior to striking a deal. We help bring sensitive issues to satisfactory conclusions.

Recent Publications

March 25, 2021  Fintechs are at a competitive advantage buying financial institutions.

Fintech Buys Bank. Keeps Stratospheric Valuation.

March 12, 2021  The incoming director of the CFPB has issued some alarming missives.

CFPB: Are They Coming to Get You?

March 5, 2021  The reaction doesn't reflect the headlines.

Twitter Reacts to M&T / Peoples United Bank Deal

February 18, 2021  Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman thinks regulators should re-think how they analyze anti-competitiveness.

Is Your Contemplated Bank Merger Anti-Competitive
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Our Team Leader

Richard B. Trauger, Jr.

Managing Director

Rich has been affiliated with TKG in various capacities since inception and is also a shareholder. He participates in all facets of our service lines and is primarily responsible for strategic planning, customer statistical analysis and visualization, capital planning and stress testing, financial analytics and modeling, and is a member of our financial advisory services […]

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