who we are

Olsen Palmer LLC is an independent, nationally-recognized investment banking firm that exclusively advises financial institutions across the full spectrum of Mergers & Acquisitions.

Combining the deep M&A expertise of a diversified firm with the agility, creativity, and responsiveness of a boutique firm.

How we are different

  • Specialization: We remain solely focused on financial institutions. We believe industry specialization and proprietary market intel yields advice that maximizes value and minimizes risks.

  • Expertise: Our Principals have advised on approximately 100 M&A transactions with an aggregate deal value approaching $10 billion throughout their careers.

  • Client-Centric: Our firm is defined by our relentless dedication to achieving client objectives by way of a nimble, aggressive, innovative, and responsive approach.

  • Conflict-Free: Unlike conventional, diversified firms, we are fully independent and do not sell products, make loans, or write research and have no investing, trading, underwriting, or lending conflicts.

What We Do

We advise community banks across the full spectrum of Mergers & Acquisitions including:

  • Sell-side M&A advisory

  • Buy-side M&A advisory

  • Branch acquisitions/divestitures

  • Fairness Opinions

  • Valuations

  • Board-level M&A education and strategic options planning

Olsen Palmer professionals draw on extensive M&A and financial services experience to provide innovative, thoughtful advice.


Christopher Olsen

MANAGING PARTNER

Christopher Olsen has been advising financial institutions for the entirety of his career. Prior to founding Olsen Palmer, he managed a regional M&A advisory practice for Hovde Financial and then for Milestone Advisors. He has also worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley as well as for First Annapolis Consulting. He began his career in banking, working first for Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) and then for a 3-branch community bank.

Mr. Olsen holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University.

He is also licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a General Securities Representative (Series 7), an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79), a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63), a Private Securities Offerings Representative (Series 82), and a General Securities Principal (Series 24).

A native of the Midwest, Mr. Olsen and his wife reside in Washington, D.C.


Brian Palmer

PARTNER

Mr. Palmer’s expertise encompasses enterprise and asset valuation, M&A, and internal and external strategic consulting.

Before founding Olsen Palmer, Mr. Palmer served with Bank of America as a Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Palmer focused on project finance and infrastructure investment as part of the strategic consulting arm of Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the largest engineering firms in the U.S.  Mr. Palmer began his career with First Annapolis Consulting, a management consulting and M&A advisory firm that focuses on the banking, payments, and financial technology sectors.

Mr. Palmer holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland where he graduated Cum Laude.

He is also licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79), a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63), and a General Securities Principal (Series 24).