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.


Destination Milwaukee: A community bank's incremental expansion


Other banks have made splashy acquisitions there, but PSB Holdings is getting ready to open a branch after making inroads in the market for three years. Its next step could be M&A.


To reach the goal line, Citizens State focuses on 10 yards at a time


Executives of the Wisconsin bank realized employees weren't getting enough direction so they adopted a strategy that breaks objectives into smaller steps.


First Midwest making big Milwaukee push with Park Bank purchase


The company will pay $195 million for its first retail operations in the city.


Associated adding heft near St. Louis with First Staunton acquisition


The Wisconsin regional agreed to buy the parent of First National Bank in Staunton for $76 million in cash.