Sven Mickisch handles complex transactions and regulatory matters in the financial services industry, with an emphasis on the banking, specialty lending and financial technology sectors.


Mr. Mickisch has significant experience representing financial institutions in mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, and has an active practice advising private equity firms investing in the financial services sector. In addition, he has handled numerous restructurings and recapitalizations of financial institutions.

Mr. Mickisch serves as co-head of Skadden’s financial services initiative, which oversees coverage of the firm’s largest financial services clients across all of its practices, and coordinates the firm’s financial technology practice. He is widely recognized for his work in the financial services space. He is ranked as a leading attorney in financial institutions M&A by Chambers USA and was recently named a Rising Star in the banking sector by Law360.

His representations include the following transactions:

Strategic Transactions

  • Worldpay in its merger with FIS, and Vantiv in its acquisition of Worldpay Group;
  • American Express in its acquisition of Loungebuddy;
  • American Express, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo in their formation of TruSight;    
  • Cetera Financial Group in its sale to Genstar;
  • Flagstar Bank in its acquisition of a Midwest branch network from Wells Fargo;
  • HCBF Holding Company, Inc. in its merger with CenterState Banks, Inc.;
  • AloStar Bank of Commerce in its sale to State Bank and Trust Company;
  • Leerink Partners in its acquisition by Silicon Valley Bancorp;
  • Yadkin Financial Corporation in its acquisition of NewBridge Bancorp and its sale to F.N.B. Corporation;
  • Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. in its investment in Finxact, LLC;
  • Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. in its sale to Old National Bancorp, as well as its prior recapitalization, which was implemented via a “prepackaged” bankruptcy process;
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in its investment in Moelis & Company and its acquisition of American Railcar Leasing;
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. in its acquisition of an equity stake in Midwest Rail Corp. from Marubeni Corporation and its investment in GreensLedge Holdings;
  • Jefferies in its acquisition of the operations of Faros Trading;
  • Green Bancorp, Inc. in its initial public offering and its acquisitions of Opportunity Bancshares; SP Bancorp; Patriot Bancshares; and its merger with Veritex Holdings;
  • BNP Paribas in the sale of its oil and gas reserve-based lending business in the U.S. and Canada to Wells Fargo;
  • SKBHC Holdings in its acquisition of AmericanWest Bank via a first-of-its-kind Section 363 bankruptcy process, and in follow-on acquisitions of multiple community banks;
  • Wilton Re in its sale to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board;
  • MetLife in its acquisition of AFP Provida S.A.;
  • The Bank of N.T. Butterfield in its recapitalization led by The Carlyle Group, CIBC and other institutional investors, and its offering of noncumulative perpetual limited voting preference shares guaranteed by the government of Bermuda;
  • Bear Stearns in its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase;
  • the special committee of the board of directors of UnionBanCal Corporation in UnionBanCal’s going-private transaction with its parent company, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group;
  • American Express in the sale of its international banking division, American Express Bank, via an auction to Standard Chartered; and
  • Refco in the sale of Refco’s global regulated futures brokerage business to Man Financial, Inc. in a bankruptcy auction.

Private Equity Transactions

  • Blackstone Group in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Exeter Finance Corp. and in the acquisition by its portfolio company, Lendmark Financial Services LLC, of certain branch offices and related loan assets from Springleaf Financial;
  • Fortress Investment Group in connection with the recapitalization of Bay Cities National Bank (renamed Opus Bank);
  • Pine Brook in its acquisition of United PanAm Financial Corporation; its investment in Better Mortgage, Inc., its investment in Fair Square Financial Holdings LLC, its investment in Origin Bancorp, Inc., and its acquisition of Triumph Capital Advisors LLC;
  • Stone Point Capital in the recapitalization of Standard Bancshares, Inc. and its subsequent sale to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., its investment in Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. and its portfolio company Stretto’s acquisition of CINgroup;
  • TPG Capital in its acquisition of The Warranty Group, Inc. and its subsequent business combination transaction with Assurant, Inc., its investment in GreenSky Trade Credit, its investment in Varo Money, Inc. and its sale of Direct General Corporation;
  • a consortium consisting of WL Ross & Co., Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and Centerbridge in the acquisition of the banking operations of BankUnited, FSB in an auction by the FDIC, as receiver. This deal was named Private Equity Deal of the Year 2009 by International Financial Law Review; and
  • a consortium consisting of Starwood Capital Group, TPG Capital, Perry Capital and a joint venture between WL Ross & Co. and LeFrak Organization in their acquisition of an equity stake in a limited liability company that holds loan and real estate assets formerly owned by Corus Bank, N.A. in an auction by the FDIC, as receiver.

Mr. Mickisch also regularly represents investment banking firms as financial advisors on M&A transactions.



  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2005 (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • LL.B., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004 (Sir Morris Finer Memorial Prize)


  • New York


  • German
  • French
  • English
  • Dutch (proficient)

Sven G. Mickisch

Partner, Financial Institutions; Mergers and Acquisitions