Community Bank Advisory Group


Vining Sparks Community Bank Advisory Group works with community financial institutions throughout the U.S. Our Investment Banking Professionals provide comprehensive financial advisory services to assist companies in achieving their strategic objectives which may include mergers or acquisitions, branch divestitures, stock buybacks, stock option plans, among others.  Our Investment Banking professionals have executed over 300 M&A transactions and more than 3,000 stock valuations during their careers.  We offer a comprehensive suite of investment banking services including the following:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Assist with strategic planning
  • Identify and assess acquisition candidates or potential buyers
  • Evaluate bids and acquisition proposals
  • Provide pricing, structure and pro forma analysis
  • Advise on the purchase and sale of branches
  • Conduct pro forma analysis
  • Determine appropriate exchange ratio for merger of equals
  • Offer negotiation supportOffer guidance on “social issues”Issue fairness opinion letters


  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)Stock option programs
  • Stock buybacksIRS filings for estate or gift taxes
  • Dissenting shareholder disputes
  • Per share offering price of private placements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Core deposit intangible analysis
  • Goodwill impairment studies

Capital Formation

  • Assist community banks in raising equity capital through private placements 
  • Raise funds via institutional investors and private equity firms   
  • Partner with other placement agents as needed
  • Public equity offerings, secondary public offerings   
  • Work with your management and board to develop the right strategy   
  • Distribute shares through trusted firms with proven results


Selected M&A Transactions

Bank M&A Update - 2017

For additional information, please contact either

Tom Mecredy

Denna McGhee