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  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude; Mississippi Cases Editor, Mississippi Law Journal; Moot Court Board
  • Mississippi State University, B.A., 2008, cum laude
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  • Mississippi, 2011
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Neal Wise
Associate
Suite 800
190 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201
601.949.4631 tel
601.949.4804 fax

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Neal Wise is an associate in the firm’s Banking & Financial Services and Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Groups. His practice focuses on the representation of banks and bank holding companies, real estate companies and on the transactional and corporate needs of other clients. For his financial institution clients, Mr. Wise has handled numerous public and private mergers and acquisitions, including distressed company acquisitions, public and private markets transactions, branch transactions, and other complex matters. His practice also includes matters before state and federal governmental entities, such as the FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC and CDFI Fund, as well as regulatory compliance and application needs that are unique to banks and bank holding companies. Mr. Wise also advises clients on securities matters related to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933.

Mr. Wise represents various corporate clients, such as private real estate companies, in various transactional matters including commercial leases, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial real estate matters, and general corporate advice.

Mr. Wise serves on the Business Law Section of the Mississippi Bar’s Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s Mississippi Chapter. He is also an Elder at Grace City Church and leads the Finance Committee. He is a 2011 graduate of The University of Mississippi School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude. While in law school, Mr. Wise served on the Mississippi Law Journal, as Mississippi Cases Editor, and the Moot Court Board. He is a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received his B.B.A in Economics and a B.B.A. in General Business, cum laude

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Banking

Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Representation of publically-traded bank holding company on two simultaneous transactions – one all-stock and one all-cash – coupled with large, institutional $63 million capital raise to support acquisitions.
  • Representation of state-chartered bank and bank holding company in $20+ million acquisition of another bank holding company primarily through common stock issued under newly enacted Regulation A+ offering process.
  • Representation of private-equity fund client in its auction-driven acquisition of various entities from publicly-traded, international steel manufacturer.
  • Representation of publicly-traded company in its up to $70 million acquisition of privately-held oil and gas services company.
  • Representation of nationally-chartered bank in the acquisition and recapitalization of out-of-state banking institution through Part 363 bankruptcy process.
  • Representation of two state-chartered banks and bank holding companies in separate merger transactions valued at more than $35 million with in-state banks and bank holding companies.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank holding company client in its merger and registered stock offering on Form S-4 of out-of-state bank holding company.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank and bank holding company client in its approximately $120 million merger with public bank holding company acquirer.

Capital Raises

  • Representation of publically-traded bank holding company in its $63 million private placement capital raise from institutional investors.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank holding company client in its $150 million subordinated debt offering.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank holding company client in its $20 million shelf registration statement process on Form S-3.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank holding company client in its $20 private placement of convertible preferred stock and subsequent resale and registration of common stock on Form S-3.
  • Representation of bank holding company client in its $85 million private placement of common stock with institutional investors.

Miscellaneous

  • Representation of large, privately held real estate company across multiple geographies.
  • Representation of publicly-traded bank and bank holding company in disposition of branch assets and insurance lines of business across the Southeast.
  • Representation of bank and bank holding company in acquisition of insurance agency.

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Presentations

  • "Debtor-Creditor Issues: Mississippi Style", August 24, 2016
  • Moderator, “Banker Panel: Words of Wisdom from Seasoned Acquirers", 2016, Strategic Opportunities Conference
  • Bankers Compliance Task Force Quarterly Meetings
  • “Community Development Financial Institutions: A Strategic Opportunity?”, October 23, 2013
  • "Agricultural Lending Guidelines", January 18, 2012

Publications

Memberships

  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • The Mississippi Bar (Member; Newsletter Editor; Business Law Section Officers and Executive Committee 2013-present)