Coronavirus fallout leads Wisconsin banks to terminate merger


Nicolet Bankshares said its lagging stock price would complicate efforts to complete its planned purchase of Commerce Financial.


Heartland taps industry veteran to lead Wisconsin bank


The Iowa company said Brent Giles, who was CEO of a bank that was recently sold, will run its Wisconsin Bank & Trust.


Associated to sell insurance business for $265 million


The Wisconsin regional said the funds will support loan growth, create an added capital buffer and support its dividend policy.


Nicolet quickly announces another Wisconsin acquisition


The company agreed to buy Advantage Community Bancshares weeks after announcing a deal for Commerce Financial.


Nicolet to buy bank near Milwaukee


The company will pay $130 million for Commerce Financial Holdings.


Midwest banks resist urge to loosen lending standards


Even in the face of soft loan demand, banks in the region have held firm on terms. That should position them well for the next economic downturn.


6 takeaways from bank M&A in 2019


Though there were several high-profile mergers of equals among bigger banks, deal activity rose only slightly, and the vast majority of transactions involved the smallest of institutions. Here's an overview of those trends and others that stood out in bank dealmaking last year.


Sign of the (old) times: Bankers still see value in billboards


While digital channels are becoming more popular, many banks remain committed to highway advertising.


Bank First in Wisconsin to buy neighboring lender


The company will pay nearly $33 million for Tomah Bancshares to boost its operations in Wisconsin's Monroe County.


Brodhead Bancshares in Wisconsin buys neighboring bank


The acquisition of Farmers & Merchants Bank created a bank with more than $200 million in assets.