Thomas W. Killian
Principal, Investment Banking
Thomas W. Killian is a Principal of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. His 38-year career in commercial and investment banking includes seven years of commercial banking experience with NationsBank, structuring and arranging leveraged finance transactions; two years with Salomon Brothers, transacting capital markets and advisory assignments for a variety of major corporations; five years with J.P. Morgan, managing financial advisory and capital raising activities for banks and thrifts in the Western region of the United States; and 24 years with Sandler O’Neill, advising banks, thrifts, and insurance companies on a variety of capital markets, strategic advisory and M&A assignments.
At Sandler O’Neill, Mr. Killian has managed the successful execution of 13 M&A transactions representing over $2.4 billion in deal value and $8.5 billion of capital raising transactions. Most recently, he advised the FDIC on the successful least cost resolution of Doral Bank using a multiple acquirer strategy. He has co-managed the Sandler O’Neill team responsible for successfully completing 17 pooled trust preferred transactions that raised over $7 billion for approximately 650 financial institutions. Included in Mr. Killian's capital raising transactions are eight recapitalization and restructuring transactions that involved complex capital structures designed to preserve tax benefits for the issuing institutions. He functions as a primary resource in structuring and implementing complex capital markets transactions for financial institutions and has written extensively on the impact of Basel III rules and the Dodd Frank Act requirements on capital structure and strategic planning for U.S. banks.
Mr. Killian holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a John Motley Morehead Merit Scholar, and a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He has represented Sandler O’Neill in conferences with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and SNL Financial to discuss capital structure, Dodd-Frank and Basel III related issues. His articles have appeared in Bank Accounting & Finance, U.S. Banker and Modern Bankers, a publication of the Peoples Bank of China.
Mr. Killian is also a founding board member of Students Bridging the Information Gap, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides computers, books and other support to African schools and orphanages. He has also established two Killian Family Old Well Scholarships for students from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.