Silver Freedman & Taff, LLP, a Washington D.C. based law firm, was founded with a special focus on advising financial institutions nationwide, including commercial banks, savings institutions, trust companies and credit unions, in connection with a full spectrum of regulatory and corporate matters. We are consistently recognized by trade and industry publications as one of the leading financial institution law firms in the country. Our attorneys routinely provide counsel before and have strong relationships with federal and state banking and securities regulators relating to the formation of new entities and converting charters, the raising of capital (through mutual-to-stock conversions and reorganizations, initial public offerings and secondary stock offerings), as well as mergers and acquisitions, including FDIC - assisted transactions. In connection with these activities, we provide unique solutions related to executive compensation and employee benefit matters. A significant part of our regulatory practice also involves enforcement matters, including advice on: examination findings and negotiation of informal and formal enforcement agreements; operational matters, including lending limits, affiliate and insider transactions, director and officer responsibilities and compliance with governmental programs for the banking industry; vendor and affiliate contract preparation, review and negotiation; and branch purchases and sales. We are the leading advisor to credit unions on charter choice alternatives.