“Brian has been an integral part of our team and is a key advisor on nearly every deal we’re working on,” said C.K. Lee, Managing Director of CSC’s Financial Institutions Group. “Since joining CSC three years ago, he has strengthened the Financial Institutions Group in nearly every area – enhancing our analytical capabilities, mentoring new employees and increasingly becoming a go-to guy for our clients.”
In April 2014, Johnson was ranked among the nation’s top 10 most active banking dealmakers by SNL Financial, tying for third place with six deals valued at $320 million. Two notable deals over the last year in which Johnson advised on are the WNB Bancshares, Inc. acquisition by Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc., a deal valued at $220 million and announced in August 2013; and the Simmons First National Corporation acquisition of Delta Trust & Banking Corporation, announced in March 2014 and valued at $66 million.
Prior to joining Commerce Street in January 2011, Johnson was with Lone Star Funds, a global distressed investment firm, where he was responsible for identifying and conducting diligence on bank and thrift acquisition opportunities. This included the valuation and diligence of distressed recaps, failed bank transactions and inflatable charter candidates. While at Lone Star Funds, he was involved in the valuation and diligence of the CIT Home Lending Unit acquisition, a $9.3 billion subprime mortgage asset purchase.
Johnson, began his career with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. (acquired by J.P. Morgan Chase) in New York where he advised state and local governments on public debt capital raises and refinancing opportunities. He also worked on the corporate side advising bank and insurance clients on both public and private capital raises across the debt to equity continuum. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
CSC’s Financial Institutions Group practice centers exclusively on serving the needs of the financial services sector. The group aims to provide sound, comprehensive advice, expert structuring and optimum execution to banks, bank holding companies and allied businesses. CSC is recognized as a leader in the industry for its valuation practice and providing clients with unbiased analyses and independent opinions required to fulfill their fiduciary obligations.
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About Commerce Street Capital
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