Christopher S. Connell

Co-Chair, Banking

cconnell@stradley.com

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Christopher Connell

Overview

Christopher Connell is the co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. He focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions and other corporate clients in a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, offerings of debt and equity securities (both public and private), initial public offerings, and securities matters for public company financial institutions. Chris also regularly advises financial institutions with respect to various federal and state regulatory and compliance matters and other general corporate law and governance issues. Additionally, Chris has extensive experience representing clients in complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, leasing, zoning, construction and financing.

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Representative Matters

Banking/Financial Institutions

  • represented Customers Bank in connection with its initial public offering of common stock
  • represented Customers Bank in connection with its corporate holding company restructuring and acquisition of Berkshire Bancorp
  • represented Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation in its definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Continental Bank Holdings Inc., and related joint proxy statement/prospectus on Form S-4, in a transaction valued at $109 million
  • represented Valley Green Bank in connection with its sale to Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania
  • represented Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation, the Jacksonville, Florida-based holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, in its $48.3 million underwritten public offering of common stock
  • represented Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation in its $18.5 million acquisition of the private wealth management group of Hershey Trust Company
  • represented Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation in its agreement to acquire certain assets of First Bank of Delaware
  • represented First Star Bancorp Inc. in connection with its sale to ESSA Bancorp, Inc.
  • represented Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. in connection with its $30.6 million acquisition of SE Financial Corp., the parent holding company of St. Edmond’s Federal Savings Bank
  • advised Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation in its $10.5 million acquisition of the Davidson Trust Company
  • represented MoreBank in connection with its sale to Bank of Princeton

Real Estate

  • served as counsel on acquisition and leasing issues for a major national merchant-builder real estate developer, several regional banks and a computer-hardware service company
  • assisted a national commercial real estate developer with the acquisition of a property in suburban Philadelphia and negotiating for the developer on leases with national tenants
  • advised several regional outdoor advertising companies on the sale of assets to a publicly held company and on purchasing assets from other regional companies
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • B.S., cum laude, Villanova University

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Executive Board Governance – Roles & Responsibilities … Do You Know What You Don’t Know?” Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers
  • Presenter, “Interacting with Our Clients through Technology in a World of Regulators and Scammers,” Philadelphia Estate Planning Council
  • Presenter, “Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life,” Group Hug - Wharton Professor Stuart Diamond
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