Bankers have trusted Davenport Evans lawyers as a leader in banking and financial services law in South Dakota for more than 80 years. Financial institutions are integral to our firm's practice, with lawyers experienced in bank formation, mergers and acquisitions, lending transactions, regulatory and compliance issues, electronic commerce, privacy laws, and workouts and bankruptcy. Our lawyers have extensive experience before the South Dakota Division of Banking and all federal bank regulatory agencies on matters ranging from applications to enforcement actions. Davenport Evans also provides expertise in federal and state tax matters, including tax planning, compliance and audit assistance. Due to the firm's extensive financial institutions practice, our lawyers have experience with areas of growing significance to financial institutions, including securitization and off-balance-sheet financing of bank assets, vendor agreements, credit and prepaid card programs, and strategic planning, as well as employment-related matters such as workers compensation and employee benefits. Davenport Evans is also nationally recognized bond counsel in connection with tax exempt bond financing and has expertise in like-kind exchange transactions that may prove beneficial to banks involved as intermediaries in such transactions. Our lawyers practice before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies, and Davenport Evans offers a proven commercial litigation team successful in handling bank-related litigation.