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Case Study

Meeting customer demand for long-term fixed-rate financing

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    Ben Lewis

    Managing Director
    Head of Sales

    Financial Institutions | Denver, CO


A $2.6 billion dollar community bank in the Midwest wanted to provide their commercial borrower with long-term fixed rate funding through a swap program with a correspondent bank. The correspondent bank denied their request because of a disagreement over loan-to-value proceeds.

Key goals

  • Meet customer demand for long-term fixed rate financing
  • Provide loan proceeds that are competitively priced and aligned with the bank’s credit culture
  • Generate fee income

Our approach

  • Enabled the bank to offer the swap agreement directly to the customer removing the correspondent bank from the customer relationship
  • Delivered a solution that met the customer’s needs and a credit risk profile acceptable to the bank without influence from a third party
  • Removed the interest rate risk by executing an offsetting swap with a dealer counterparty
  • Established procedures and provided training and a technology platform to manage the swaps
  • Leveraged long-term experience working with community banks and presence in capital markets to provide a solution customized to meet the needs of the bank


  • Saved a customer relationship and booked a $12.1M 10-year loan
  • Generated $100K in additional fee income compared to what would have been earned with the correspondent bank
  • Enabled the bank to deliver a streamlined 100% local solution to the customer by removing the correspondent bank from the customer relationship

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About the author

  • Ben Lewis

    Managing Director
    Head of Sales

    Financial Institutions | Denver, CO

    Ben Lewis is a Managing Director and Global Head of Sales for our Financial Institutions team. He leads business development efforts in the Western U.S. and works with depositories helping them manage interest rate risk.


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