Watkins & Eager enjoys a longstanding and extensive banking practice. The firm regularly advises and represents financial institutions and consumer finance companies in both their business operations and in litigation or arbitration proceedings. Such representation includes lending and depository contracts, debtor-creditor issues, bankruptcy, loan workouts, third party legal opinions, regulatory compliance, insurance, mergers and acquisitions and litigation and both the state and federal courts and in arbitration. The firm is particularly active in the commercial lending area, which includes credit facilities that range from traditional commercial loans to multi-state credit arrangements. The firm also has significant experience in failed banking matters, having represented the FDIC, FSLIC and RTC since 1979.