Mr. Bell is a leading advisor to national financial institutions seeking non-organic growth, strategic advice and class action defense.
Bell concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions,
strategic planning, class action defense strategies, business law and real
estate. Mr. Bell represents financial institutions throughout the United States
and has completed over 30 M & A transactions in the past 5 years. Mr.
Bell additionally advises financial institutions regarding all regulatory
matters with state and federal regulators. Mr. Bell has created new mechanisms for
financial institutions to invest capital and grow. In 2011, Mr. Bell completed the first ever
purchase of a bank by a credit union. In 2012, he completed the first ever
purchase of a stock owned bank by a credit union. In 2013, he completed the
first ever purchase of a bank by a state chartered credit union. Mr. Bell continued advising credit unions in
this area and has completed all but two credit union purchases of a banks. Recently he has helped credit unions acquire
other businesses including real estate brokerages, mortgage originators and
specialized lenders. Mr. Bell has become the nationwide leader and the “go-to”
legal adviser in this area.
Bell has extensive experience counseling individual entrepreneurs through
publicly traded companies on strategies such as growth in difficult economic
climates, business restructuring, and strategic planning. In order to provide
the very best legal and strategic advice, he works to fully understand each
individual client and the inner workings of his or her business. Mr. Bell uses
his personal experience as an entrepreneur to examine the business side of the
legal issues his clients encounter.
Bell received his J.D., with honors, from Valparaiso University School of Law
in 2003 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Adrian College in 2000.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Bell is an active entrepreneur and is
involved in multiple ventures including the development of commercial office
space, and the multi-state development of a quick service franchise.