Washington, D.C. – Olsen Palmer is pleased to announce that F&M Financial Corporation, parent of Clarksville, Tennessee-based F&M Bank, has agreed to be acquired by F&M Bancorp, Inc., a newly-formed bank holding company solely owned by Gaylon Lawrence Jr.

With $857 million in assets, F&M Bank ranks among the 20 largest Tennessee-based banks, operating 17 branches across 7 counties.

Upon consummation of the merger, F&M Bank will remain intact with F&M’s existing name, charter, management, employees, and board of directors remaining in place. The transaction is expected to close by or before the end of 2015.

Mr. Lawrence, through his holdings in The Lawrence Group, currently owns five other banks, including the Arkansas-based parent company of Tennessee Bank & Trust which currently serves Tennessee through branches in Cool Springs and Green Hills.

Olsen Palmer LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and issued a fairness opinion to F&M Financial Corporation.

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