Editors' picks for the week include a Data Dispatch on big bank settlements in 2016, and a ranking of bank and thrift M&A lead bankers.
Big bank settlements total over $15 billion in 2016
The six largest banks settled over $15 billion in lawsuits, fines and censures during 2016.
Marijuana banking improves but stability remains elusive
The fledgling cannabis industry continues to struggle to access banking services despite an increased number of financial institutions open to taking marijuana deposits.
Mutual conversions could be M&A targets following 3-year anniversary
With ballooning valuations across the banking sector, now may be the time for companies that have completed a mutual conversion to consider selling.
Ranking the rainmakers in 2016
A pair of multibillion-dollar bank deals in the Midwest propelled a few names to the top of the lead banker rankings in 2016.
Advia Credit Union deals for another bank in red-hot Wisconsin
Deals in which credit unions have bought whole banks have been a somewhat rare — although growing — phenomenon, but they may not remain that way much longer.