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Gordon Arata attorneys have represented banks in a variety of transactions for over 25 years. From organizing holding companies and representing banks in mergers and acquisitions, to advising on defensive strategies, going private transactions and tenders offers, Gordon Arata attorneys have counseled banks in all aspects of the regulatory process.

We have represented banks before and prepared applications for submission to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions. 

Our attorneys also counsel bank officers and directors on matters affecting officer and director liability and provide advice on executive compensation, stock option plans, employment contracts, severance arrangements, change of control agreements and similar plans that enable executives to deal both with ongoing operations as well as unique one-time occurrences. We also advise banks on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements and assist in reviewing proxy statements and other SEC filings. We can also assist in bank advertising compliance.

We have experience representing financial institutional trust departments in litigation as well as transactional matters.  Gordon Arata attorneys have represented banks in their capacity as trustee in breach of fiduciary duty claims, in securities litigation (both as plaintiffs and defendants) and in compliance matters, including class actions.  We routinely advise bank trust departments on trust management and administration issues.  We also represent banks in their capacity as executor of wills on probate matters and in administration of the probate estate.     

Gordon Arata attorneys have counseled and represented banks in recurring risk management and casualty matters, including general coverage questions, premises liability, subrogation and workers compensation.  In addition, the firm has considerable experience in ERISA benefits litigation.

We have extensive experience in representing lenders, borrowers, guarantors and other parties in major and complex commercial financing transactions of virtually every kind, including oil and gas financings, construction loans, credit enhancement in connection with public bond issuances and commercial loans secured by interests in real estate, oil and gas assets, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, agricultural products, fiber-optic cables and related rights-of-ways, vessels, leasehold estates and many other kinds of collateral in or offshore Texas or Louisiana or elsewhere.

We regularly provide title services required for the financing, acquisition and other transactions we handle.  Our firm’s title insurance agency, Current Title Agency, L.L.C., writes title insurance for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company and Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation and regularly issues large commercial title policies to both owners and lenders.

Chessin, Cathy E.
Grimsal, A. Gregory
Lovell, Melissa A.
Neskora, Teanna West
Simon, Paul B.
Sinor, Jr., Howard E.
Stinneford, Charles L.
Weinstock, Marion Welborn
Welsh, Margaret "Peggy"
Wheeler, III, V.M.

Gordon Arata Rated as Top Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by Chambers USA (May. 20, 2015)
Nineteen Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Edition, Four Named Lawyers of the Year (Aug. 19, 2014)
Gordon Arata Rated as a Top Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (May. 23, 2014)
Gordon Arata Rated as a Top Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (May. 28, 2013)
Gordon Arata Members Named Best Lawyers’ Lawyers of the Year 2013 (Feb. 05, 2013)
Gordon Arata Members Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013 Publication (Sep. 04, 2012)
Gordon Arata Rated as Top Firm in Multiple Categories by Chambers USA 2012 (Jun. 07, 2012)
Firm Ranked Nationally and Locally as "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & Best Lawyers (Nov. 08, 2011)

An Introduction to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Oct. 28, 2009)

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