What sets the firm apart is a business model that allows me to provide flexible, reasonable rate structures to my clients and to align the firm’s interest with theirs.
Katherine Koops helps community banks raise capital, merge with other banks, buy and sell branches, and address issues of concern to their various constituencies – regulators, shareholders and directors. She is a 25-year veteran of banking, corporate and securities law and is a trusted adviser to CEOs, CFOs and directors of community banks facing the challenges presented by today’s regulatory and economic environments.
Ms. Koops has assisted community banks across the country with a variety of matters, ranging from transformative acquisitions and major recapitalizations to day-to-day corporate and regulatory issues. Specifically, she has:
- Represented issuers, placement agents and underwriters in private placements and public offerings of equity and debt;
- Represented both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions of community banks and other entities;
- Assisted banks with recapitalization strategies relating to their senior debt and trust-preferred securities;
- Helped banks decide whether going or staying public (or private) is best for their organizations, and assisted them in the execution of that strategy;
- Converted banks and bank holding companies to Subchapter S corporations as a means of enhancing shareholder value;
- Negotiated the terms of regulatory enforcement agreements for troubled banks and advised them of the regulatory requirements applicable to their operations;
- Represented buyers and sellers of bank branches; and
- Advised boards of directors regarding their fiduciary responsibilities in a variety of contexts.
Ms. Koops also advises clients on an array of securities, corporate and banking law issues, including corporate governance, regulatory compliance, insider trading and disclosure issues, the preparation and filing of annual and quarterly reports, proxy solicitation requirements and registration requirements and exemptions.
Ms. Koops has spoken at numerous trade and industry conferences on a variety of topics, including securities law, strategic planning, corporate governance and regulatory issues. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where she teaches a course on transactional deal skills and serves as a coach of the law school’s Transactional Law Program Negotiation Competition Team. She is co-chair of the Business Law Education Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and in that capacity has chaired and moderated a number of panel discussions on topics that include contract drafting, ethics and valuation.
Emory University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Co-Chair, Business Law Education Committee, 2012-present
Emory University School of Law 2015 National Transactional Law Meet, Coach, national championship and second place (seller’s side) teams.
Represented an investor in a $2.5 million recapitalization involving the amendment of existing preferred stock terms, the purchase of additional shares, and the acquisition of trust preferred securities from a CDO pool. The transaction improved the issuer’s capital structure and enhanced the value of the investor’s existing equity investment.
- April 18, 2015
- April 1, 2015
- “Beyond the Four Corners of the Ethics Rules: Professionalism and the Business Lawyer,” Co-Program Chair and Co-Moderator, Panel Discussion, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring MeetingApril 4, 2013
- “Contract Drafting: What Litigators Wish You Would Include,” Co-Program Chair and Co-Moderator, Panel Discussion, American Bar Association Annual MeetingAugust 4, 2012
- “Planning for Recovery – Banking Beyond 2011,” Florida Bankers Association 2011 Annual ConventionJune 21, 2011
- “Audit Committee Liability Issues,” Porter Keadle Moore Audit Committee SeminarOctober 23, 2008
- “Dealing with Shareholders, Regulators and the Board in Today’s Market,” Florida Bankers Association 2008 Annual Convention, Banff SpringsJune 17, 2008
- “The Role of Securities Counsel – Due Diligence, Drafting and Disclosure,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education Basic Securities Law SeminarMarch 28, 2008
- “Legal Considerations in Bank Mergers and Acquisitions,” SNL Center for Financial Education, Bank and Thrift M&A Training ProgramMarch 20, 2007
- “Strategic Planning and Risk Assessment for Directors,” Florida Bankers Association Directors’ WorkshopFebruary 22, 2007
- “New Higher Capital Requirements Enhance Value of Subchapter S Corporation Election by Community Banks,” Western Independent BankersNovember/December 2013
- “The Role of Securities Counsel – Due Diligence, Drafting Disclosure Documents and Legal Opinion,” Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education Basic Securities Law seminar paperMarch 28, 2008
- “Going Private,” Independent BankerSeptember 2005
- With Mark Baran. “Escaping SOX – The Angst of Sarbanes-Oxley Needn’t be Your Future if You Reconsider the Benefit of Being a Public Company,” ABA Banking JournalMay 2005
- January 20, 2015
- May 26, 2015
University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, with honors, 1989
Hope College, BA, Physics and Mathematics, magna cum laude, 1981
Florida Law Review, Senior Research Editor
University of Florida Levin College of Law, Order of the Coif