O. Paul Corley Jr.

O. Paul Corley Jr.

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Of Counsel

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Paul Corley's practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and financings involving banks, thrifts, trust companies, finance companies, insurance companies, and other financial institutions; banking, insurance, and trust product structuring and financing; financial institution regulation, compliance, and enforcement; and charter, licensing, merger, conversion, and expansion applications. His expertise includes assisting international entities, particularly banking organizations and insurance companies, with their U.S. operations.

He has experience in representation of financial institutions before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Texas Department of Banking, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, and Texas Department of Insurance.


  • Represented a bank holding company in connection with acquisition of another bank

  • Represented an organizing group in connection with a new bank charter
  • Represented an investor in connection with establishing and licensing a Texas life settlement company

  • Represented an insurance arranger in connection with a series of specialized financing transactions
  • Advised an out-of-state financial institution in connection with establishment of Texas operations

  • Counseled global financial institution in connection with Texas activities
  • Represented borrower in bank-arranged acquisition financing

  • Represented bank holding company in connection with trust preferred securities offerings

  • Represented lender in term loan secured by bank stock

  • Represented lender in mortgage warehouse finance transaction

  • Represented multiple acquiring banks in failed bank acquisitions from FDIC

  • Represented bank in connection with equity offering

  • Represented foreign insurance company in connection with new domestic insurance company charter

  • Represented multiple banks and investor groups in connection with acquisitions of existing banks

  • Represented an organizing group in connection with a new trust company charter

  • Represented bank converting from a national bank to a state bank

  • Represented a financial institution in connection with regulatory agency enforcement action

  • Represented a financial institution in connection with the Troubled Asset Relief Program

  • Represented a bank in connection with an acquisition of a trust department


  • Dallas Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2013

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law); 1995-2019

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance); 2003, 2004

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Banking & Finance), D Magazine; 2007-2017

  • Best Business Lawyers in Dallas (Bank Lending), D Magazine; 2009

  • Star of Touring Broadway Award, The League of American Theaters and Producers, Inc; 2007

  • Who's Who Legal: Banking-Finance by Law Business Research Limited; 2015-2016

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Texas Association of Bank Counsel; Director, 1992-1995; President, 1998-1999

  • Member, American Bar Association; Business Law Section

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Business Law Section; Insurance Law Section

  • Member, State Bar of California; Business Law Section

  • Member, New York State Bar Association

  • Member, Kansas Bar Association

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Member, Executive Committee of Board of Directors, Dallas Summer Musicals, 1999-present; Chairman, 2006

  • Commercial Bank Director, 1987-2001