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July 16, 2021

Nelson Mullins Advises on Two Significant Bank Mergers Announced Last Week

Nelson Mullins attorneys Ben Barnhill, Gary Brown, Neil Grayson, John Jennings, Lee Kiser, Mark Miller, Ann Murray, Nikki Lee, Allie Nagy, Mason Gregory, and Troy Varrasse are representing their clients in mergers totaling approximately $935 million. 

Barnhill, Jennings, Murray, Lee, Nagy, and Gregory represented Howard Bancorp, Inc. in an acquisition agreement with F.N.B. Corporation (FNB) with a market value of approximately $418 million.  Howard, based in Baltimore, Maryland, had approximately $2.6 billion in total assets at March 31, 2021, and operates 13 full-service banking offices in Baltimore and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Barnhill, Brown, Grayson, Kiser, Miller, and Varrasse represent United Community Banks, Inc. (UCBI) in the acquisition of Reliant Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Reliant Bank, in an all-stock transaction with an aggregate value of $517 million.  UCBI has $18.6 billion in total assets and Reliant has $3.1 billion in total assets.

These are the 11th and 12th largest mergers so far this year, according to S&P Global[1]. Nelson Mullins financial services group members are nationally-recognized for their work and have solidified their place in the national market. 

This robust and well-respected practice group focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, de novo banks, large financial institutions, traditional community banks, regional or niche financial institutions, regulatory and compliance work, fintech and other non-bank financial services companies, investment banks that serve financial services companies, broker/dealer, investment advisory and commodity regulatory and compliance, and social impact companies and minority depository institutions.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an AmLaw 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys and government relations professionals with 25 offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C. For more information on the firm, go to


[1] Anticipate the Unknown: Go Beyond Fundamentals to Uncover Early Signs of Private Company Credit Deterioration. (n.d.).