Overview

Mr. Bell serves as leader of the Financial Institutions practice at Honigman. He represents financial institutions throughout the United States and has completed over 50 M&A transactions in the past five years. In 2011, he pioneered a new option for credit unions to achieve rapid growth with the first purchase of a whole bank by a credit union. For the past decade, he has completed the majority of credit union purchases of banks and has become the nationwide leader and go-to legal adviser in this space. Mr. Bell has also helped credit unions acquire other businesses, including insurance and investment companies, trust companies, real estate brokerages, mortgage originators and specialized lenders. He additionally advises financial institutions on all regulatory matters at the state and federal level. Mr. Bell has extensive experience counseling individual entrepreneurs through publicly traded companies on strategies such as non-organic growth and strategic planning.

Mr. Bell leverages his personal experience as an entrepreneur to examine the business side of the legal issues his clients encounter to provide better counsel and strategic advice. Mr. Bell is adept at fully understanding each of his clients’ business models and the inner workings of his or company to tailor his approach to his or her individual needs.

Mr. Bell is also a sought after media source and has contributed to reporting in a wide range of influential publications, including The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, American Banker, S&P Global, Banking Dive and Bloomberg.

Services

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Completed the first purchase of a bank by state chartered credit union
  • Completed the first purchase of a stock owned bank by a credit union
  • Completed new mechanisms for financial institutions to invest capital and grow
  • Completed the first purchase of a bank by a credit union

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Banking & Financial Institutions Law, 2014-2020, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law, 2014-2020, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisition Law, 2014-2020, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2014-2020, 2023
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2013-2018
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Leader in the Law," 2017
  • dbusiness, "Top Lawyers," 2016
  • Credit Union Times, "Trailblazer 40 Below," 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America

    •  Recognized in the practice area of Financial Services Regulation Law, 2023

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Adrian College, Member, Board of Trustees, 2020 - Present 
  • Potawatomi Zoological Society, Member, Board of Trustees, 2020 - Present

News & Insights

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