Counseled Financial Services Holding Company through $290 Million Merger

Client: Peoples Bancorp Inc.

Our attorneys counseled Peoples Bancorp Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, in its acquisition of Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The merger, valued at roughly $290 million, enabled Peoples to grow its reach and customer base in exiting market while expanding into such states as Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Peoples regularly looks for ways to grow strategically through mergers and consolidation, and our attorneys counseled our client throughout the process, from due diligence, negotiations of the definitive agreement and preparation of the applications, registrations and filings to the SEC, Federal Reserve, and other state regulatory agencies. Because of the complexities of the public companies involved, and desire to announce the transaction in-line with earnings releases, our attorneys worked quickly and strategically, considering and planning for any possible challenges and scenarios that could arise during negotiations while simultaneously working to meet all local, stand, and federal standards.