Thomas C. Blank

Partner, Management Committee Member

Tom is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and former co-chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. Tom’s practice has been fully committed to serving financial institutions for over 30 years.

Tom has extensive experience in the organization and ongoing representation of banks, bank holding companies, stand-alone trust companies and other financial institutions.  He regularly assists community banking organizations with merger and acquisition transactions, including purchase and sale of entire institutions, subsidiaries and branches.

Tom represents financial institutions in both public securities offerings and private placements and provides ongoing counsel regarding reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  As part of his practice, Tom routinely interacts with both federal and state banking and securities agencies on a wide variety of regulatory issues, including enforcement actions and agreements.  He also assists his financial institution client’s with general corporate matters.

Tom is responsive to client needs and brings a positive “can-do” attitude to complex issues and addresses them in an efficient, cost effective manner.

Tom was a founding member of and continues to serve as General Counsel and Secretary to the Association of Trust Organizations (f.k.a. Association of Independent Trust Companies, Inc.), a trade association of trust organizations, including non-depository trust companies.

  • Tom has represented bank holding companies, banks and non-depository trust companies in over 100 transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $3 billion in consideration.
  • He regularly represents client's interests with national and state bank regulatory agencies.
  • Tom assists financial institutions in registration with the SEC of securities for public distribution, and private placements of multiple types of securities, including common and preferred stock, subordinated debentures and convertible instruments.
  • Assists public companies with their reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including annual, quarterly and periodic reports and proxy materials.
  • Has represented multiple national and state banks in bank holding company reorganizations and election to be taxed under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Tom has represented multiple public and private financial institutions in rebuffing undesired acquisitions and proxy fights.
  • Has represented over 25 financial institutions, brokers, RIAs and other entities and groups in the organization of non-depository trust companies.