Description: In the last ten years, the number of bank charters in the US has decreased by nearly 3,000. Despite this drastic reduction, the industry continues to experience ongoing consolidation. The number of unsolicited offers and overall pricing have increased over the past few years and there will likely be continued focus on merger activity as community banks try to position themselves in the market. Whether remaining independent, acquiring or merging with another bank, or acquiring a branch, the board must actively plan for its role. Attend this webinar to learn about the necessary planning for remaining independent or merging. It will provide an overview of key substantive considerations in the transaction process and highlight the necessary due diligence of each party. Merger and acquisition regulatory, accounting, and taxation issues will also be covered.