Jeffery E. Smith

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.5436
Fax 614.719.5246


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Jeff is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate practice group. He has more than 30 years experience in financial institution regulatory and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, regulatory compliance, capital raising, securities matters, corporate governance matters, “troubled institution” issues and de novo bank and holding company formation. Throughout his career, Jeff has represented multinational financial services holding companies as well as community bank organizations.

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Jeff served as in-house counsel for the former Bank One Corporation and as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the former Lincoln Financial Corporation in Fort Wayne, IN. He also served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the former Trustcorp, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, where he participated as a member of executive management teams responsible for successful turn-around initiatives for those institutions. Jeff is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and former co-chair of the association’s financial institutions subcommittee. He is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Toledo Bar Association.

Jeff writes regularly for banking publications, and presents seminars on a variety of topics, including merger and acquisition issues for financial institutions, corporate governance for bank directors and the practical implications of bank regulatory enforcement actions. He is also the co-author of a widely recognized handbook for bank directors.

Jeff received his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. He received his B.A. from the University of Toledo.

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