Banking and Financial Services

Due to its nationally-recognized pro-banking business climate, South Dakota attracts major regional and national leaders in the financial services industry. Many are surprised to find that South Dakota also offers highly-qualified lawyers with sophisticated practices in specialized areas of commercial law. Davenport Evans offers banking and compliance attorneys with diverse backgrounds serving clients ranging from community banks to multi-national institutions.

South Dakota ranks #1 in banking assets among all states, with South Dakota-based banks holding over $3.1 trillion in assets at year-end 2018. Major credit and prepaid card issuers and related processing and service providers are based in South Dakota, and Davenport Evans has provided legal counsel to many of these industry leaders during a forty-year period of unparalleled growth and prosperity.

Contact our Banking and Financial Services attorneys:  Charles D. GullicksonRobert E. Hayes, Dixie K. HiebKeith A. Gauer, Douglas J. Hajek, Anthony M. Hohn, Joel R. Rische, and Terry N. Prendergast.

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Thanks to all who joined us for our 2024 Banking Seminar! If you have questions, please contact a Davenport Evans lawyer via phone or email, 605-336-2880 or [email protected]. The Banking Seminar is an annual event offered as a complimentary benefit to Davenport Evans clients and guests.

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Davenport Evans Banking and Financial Services

Davenport Evans is committed to providing a full range of legal services to financial industry clients in a timely and cost-efficient manner. We share your focus on quality and service through strong, individualized working relationships.

Davenport Evans represents banks and their marketing partners in all phases of federal and state banking law and regulatory compliance including:


  • bank acquisitions and mergers
  • branch banking
  • regulatory compliance
  • creditors’ rights
  • commercial litigation
  • prepaid and credit card programs
  • subprime lending
  • financial privacy
  • bank-vendor relationships
  • strategic planning
  • unclaimed property

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Articles on Banking and Financial Services

CFPB Issues Guidance Covering Buy Now Pay Later Lenders

In 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a report on market trends in the “Buy Now, Pay Later” (BNPL) industry.  Based on a study of the industry from 2019-2021, the report noted a 970% increase in the number of BNPL loans originated in the...


The recent bankruptcy filing of Synapse Financial Technologies highlights the risks to banks of establishing “for the benefit of” or “FBO” accounts. Synapse operated a fintech platform used by over 100 different fintech partners. Using Synapse’s platform, the fintech...

Banking Highlights from the 2024 South Dakota Legislative Session

The 2024 South Dakota legislative session addressed a number of items and issues, with much time focusing on budgets and pipeline concerns. However, the legislature each year considers many bills, most of which do not make the headlines but do affect bankers and their...

Davenport Evans Welcomes 2024 Summer Associates

Davenport Evans is pleased to welcome its 2024 summer associate class, (as shown, left to right:) Noah R. Reeves, Victoria M. Mendoza, Ann L. Madson, and Tyler J. Arend. Davenport Evans has a long history of hiring law students who participate in the firm’s summer...

Avoid Fines and Liability with CTA FinCEN Filings

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which became effective on January 1, 2024, is a new federal law and regulatory scheme that will have a dramatic and widespread impact on millions of people. Millions of owners of LLCs, corporations, limited partnerships, and other...

What to Consider When Accepting Personal Property Collateral

What is the practical value of personal property pledged as security for a loan? The Uniform Commercial Code theoretically allows debtors to pledge their interests in a wide variety of property as security for a debt, ranging from the common, like equipment, accounts,...

Managing a Buy Now, Pay Later Loan Program

If you purchased something online this holiday season, you were likely given multiple payment options at checkout, including an option to “buy now, pay later (BNPL)”. A BNPL loan allows borrowers to defer payment on purchased items. Borrowers pay little to nothing at...

Avoiding Lending Limit Violations in Loan Purchase Programs

Many South Dakota banks seek to diversify their loan portfolios to include commercial or real estate loans originated in other markets. Because South Dakota banks may lack the ability to originate loans themselves in areas outside of their normal geographic market,...

BSA Takeaways from Kingdom Trust Consent Order

Earlier this year, FinCEN assessed a $1.5 million civil money penalty against South Dakota-chartered Kingdom Trust Company for willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.  This was FinCEN’s first enforcement action against a trust company, and the South Dakota...

Best Lawyers® 2024 Recognizes 18 Davenport Evans Lawyers

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP in Sioux Falls, SD is pleased to announce that 18 Davenport Evans lawyers were listed in Best Lawyers® 2024 for South Dakota, in 22 different practice areas. In addition, one Davenport Evans lawyer was named 2024 Best...

Supreme Court Clarifies Fraud Exception to Debt Discharge

Federal appellate courts have long been split on the scope of the fraud exception to the dischargeability of debts in bankruptcy proceedings. The U.S. Supreme Court recently provided clarity on that issue, holding that debt based on fraud committed by a debtor’s...

2023 Davenport Evans Banking Seminar Features Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

Thank you to all who joined us for the 16th Annual Davenport Evans Banking Seminar, Friday, April 21, at The Country Club of Sioux Falls. Click on the images below, or click through the image viewer, for photos from the day. The seminar began with a hot breakfast and...

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