Approval of De Novo Bank: Loyal Trust Bank, Johns Creek, Georgia

Johns Creek, GA — Today the Department of Banking and Finance, State of Georgia approved the de novo community bank charter of Loyal Trust Bank, In Organization (“I.O.”). Subject to the granting of deposit insurance by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Loyal Trust Bank, I.O. is expected to open no later than year-end 2019 with minimum capital of $20 million. The application was filed on March 11, 2019 with the FDIC and the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. 

The bank will be the first and only multi-cultural, Asian American Bank headquartered in the Johns Creek market and will serve the surrounding area with a hi-touch and hi-tech community banking style for business and consumer customers. 

The Chief Executive Officer and President of Loyal Trust Bank, I.O. is Charles G. Brown, III.  Additionally, Renee Hinkson is the Chief Financial Officer.  Organizers are Bill Abernathy, Julin Gu, Rose Jarboe, John Lewis Jr., Edward Oh, Hyong (James) Park, Bo Shen, Dong Wang, and Yimin Yang.

Chris Johnson and Nancy LaFoy of Brightlane Partners LLC were the lead consultants in the organizational effort and assisted the organizing group in its application filing. The group’s legal representation is James Stevens and Brenna Sheffield with Troutman Sanders LLP.

About Brightlane Partners LLC

Brightlane Partners is a management consulting and investment banking firm located in Atlanta that provides value added advisory services to financial institutions and financial technology companies. The firm formed in 2014 from principals in its predecessor, T. Stephen Johnson & Associates, and its staff boasts over 40 years of industry experience providing advisory services to over 300 financial institutions across the United States. Its principals have developed over 100 de novo banks and advised on over 50 bank transactions.