Washington, D.C. — Christopher Olsen, Managing Partner of Olsen Palmer LLC, will serve as an instructor at SNL Financial’s Analyst Training in the Banking Sector.  The program, now in its 17th year, is the leading forum for educating professionals who analyze, advise, work in or regulate banks, including investment bankers, buy- and sell-side analysts, regulators, and banking professionals. This will be Mr. Olsen’s 4th year serving as an instructor for this program.

Mr. Olsen will lead the module on Advanced Topics in Bank Valuation. In so doing, he will cover the various drivers of strategic and financial value of a bank, trends in valuation multiples over time, techniques for evaluating a potential bank merger or acquisition, the impact of synergies, economic and accounting accretion/dilution, and a review of trends currently influencing M&A and going-concern values.

About Olsen Palmer

Washington, D.C.-based Olsen Palmer LLC (“Olsen Palmer”) is a specialized investment banking firm that provides merger & acquisition, valuation, and strategic advice exclusively to independent community banks. The principals of Olsen Palmer have collectively been advising financial institutions for three decades, having advised on over 50 M&A transactions with values as small as $4 million and as large as $4 billion. For more information, please visit

Christopher Olsen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Olsen Palmer, has focused exclusively on advising financial services companies for the entirety of his career. Before founding Olsen Palmer, Mr. Olsen was with Milestone Advisors (acquired by Houlihan Lokey) where he served as Managing Director and head of the firm’s Southeast U.S. Bank & Thrift M&A practice. Prior to joining Milestone, Mr. Olsen was with Hovde Financial, an investment banking firm that specializes in advising depository institutions. Mr. Olsen has also worked for First Annapolis Consulting as well as for the Financial Institutions Group of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking division. He began his career working directly for banks, including Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) and a 3-branch community bank. Mr. Olsen holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University.