Profile

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.

Memberships

Emory University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-present

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Co-Chair, Business Law Education Committee, 2012-present

Community Involvement

Emory University School of Law 2015 National Transactional Law Meet, Coach, national championship and second place (seller’s side) teams.

Practice Highlights

Experience

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Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, with honors, 1989

Hope College, BA, Physics and Mathematics, magna cum laude, 1981

Bar Admissions

Georgia

Florida

Accolades

Florida Law Review, Senior Research Editor

University of Florida Levin College of Law, Order of the Coif