Banking Lawyer – Giancarlo “John” Ortega

Giancarlo "John" Ortega

Banking Lawyer

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Ortega was the founder of Houston Business Bank, where he served as a Director, and President & Chief Executive Officer. The bank charter he founded was one of only four awarded in the State of Texas that year, and Houston Business Bank was one of less than a dozen banks to receive FDIC insurance nationally in 2009. Mr. Ortega has more than 20 years of banking and financial services experience, including stents at JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo Bank in the commercial lending arena. Mr. Ortega has been recognized for his efforts in both the professional world and in the community, having been recognized as one of Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2011 for his work in starting and managing Houston Business Bank, and the 2012 Pillar of Fairness Award for the North Side Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas for his commitment both to the banking profession and to mentoring young students. He has been involved with various community organizations such as Class 26 Leadership Houston and sits on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. Mr. Ortega resides in Houston Texas with his wife and three children.

Currently Mr. Ortega’s practice focuses on representing banks and middle market companies on a wide range of matters, including, but not limited to, commercial real estate, lending, securities, corporate governance, compliance, regulatory, cybersecurity, vendor management, contract negotiations, and M&A. In addition, Mr. Ortega also focuses on representing Middle Market companies. Some recent transactions include, but are not limited to:

  • $4.5M real estate workout exit for mid-market company
  • $1.6M construction real estate loan
  • $5M Private Placement
  • Several M&A buy side representations.
  • $20M Private Placement
  • Termination & Furlough Agreements
  • Loan deferral negotiations
  • Commercial lease transactions
  • Commercial real estate developments

Relevant Experience

  • Serves as Partner at Daniels & Tredennick PLLC
  • Serves as Faculty at Southwest Graduate School of Banking
  • Serves as General Counsel of a $299M+ community bank located in the Midwest
  • Served as Principal of Financial Institutions Law, PLLC aka G. Ortega Law, PLLC
  • Served as counsel on various transactions including M&A, Branch Acquisitions
  • Served as counsel to various complex real estate e transactions
  • Served as interim CFO and COO of several Middle Market Companies
  • Served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Business Bank
  • Served as Director of Houston Business Bank
  • Served on various bank board and committees throughout his banking career
John Ortega | Banking Lawyer | Citadel Law Firm
  • L.L.M., Banking and Financial Law
    • Boston University College of Law
  • J.D., Juris Doctor
    • University of North Dakota College of Law
  • B.B.A. Finance
    • Baylor University
  • Southwest Graduate School of Banking
    • Southern Methodist University
  • Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management
    • University of South Carolina

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