A senior partner of Pillsbury’s Financial Institutions group, Rodney Peck has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations in transactions worth billions of dollars.

Rod practices in the arenas of corporate, securities, finance and banking law, with a focus that includes the financial services, energy and telecommunications industries. He has rendered advice and counsel in a variety of litigation matters involving corporations and shareholders, including hostile tender offers and proxy contests for corporate control.

Rod’s practice has also included representation of banks and bank holding companies in connection with federal and state regulatory matters (including bank and bank holding company formations).

Representative Experience

  • Acted as chief outside corporate counsel to Bank of America in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Continental Bank Corporation.
  • Represented BNP Paribas and Bank of the West’s $2.4 billion acquisition of United California Bank.
  • Represented MUFG Americas Holding Corporation in its $3.5 billion going-private transaction with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd.

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Acted as chief outside corporate counsel to Bank of America in disposition of some $8.5 billion in branches, assets and deposit liabilities following merger with Security Pacific National Bank.
    • Represented BNP Paribas and Bank of the West in $1 billion merger of Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Inc., in $1.2 billion acquisition of Community First Bancshares Inc., and in $1.4 billion acquisition of Commercial Federal Corp.
    • Acted as chief outside corporate counsel to Pacific Telesis Group in its $17 billion merger with SBC Communications Inc., the fourth largest merger in U.S. corporate history at the time.
    • Represented WestAmerica Bank Corporation in its $330 million acquisition of ValliCorp Holdings Inc.
    • Represented Zions Bancorporation in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Amegy Bancorporation.
    • Represented the Pacific Exchange Inc. in its demutualization and its acquisition by Archipelago Holdings.
  • Securities Transactions
    • Has represented many underwriters and issuers in IPOs and a variety of other securities transactions. Underwriters represented include Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter, and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
    • Represented Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and the other underwriters in an $87 million IPO and a $130 million follow-on offering by UTI Worldwide, a foreign private issuer.
    • Acted as counsel to Bank of America in “carve-out” transaction in which Bank of America sold to the public $233 million in common stock of its subsidiary, BA Merchant Services Inc.
    • Represented Bank of America in establishment of Kearny Street Real Estate Company L.P., a “collecting entity” formed to hold and liquidate several billion dollars of nonperforming assets acquired in a merger.
    • Represented Union BanCal Corporation in $200 million senior note offering.
    • Represented Bancorp Hawaii Inc. in a $75 million public offering of common stock.
    • Represented Puget Sound National Bank, Tacoma, and Peoples National Bank, Seattle, in public offerings of common stock.
    • Represented Key Tronic Corporation in public offering of $41 million of common stock.
  • Finance
    • Represented Bank of America and a syndicate of some 25 banks in revolving credit facilities to Boise Cascade Corporation totaling $1.5 billion and $750 million.
    • Represented Bank of America and other lenders in a $3 billion financing for Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Other Corporate Activity
    • Assists in formation and organization of corporations and partnerships, shareholder relations and counseling management and boards of directors in connection with the discharge of their fiduciary responsibilities.
    • Has counseled boards of directors of Bank of America, Pacific Telesis Group, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Bank of the West, Union Bank of California, Union BanCal Corporation and Pacific Exchange Inc.
    • Represented the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation and the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Professional Highlights

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Financial Services Regulation—National (2005 – 2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law—San Francisco (2013 and 2019), Banking Law (2011)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law (for 20+ years)

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  • Honors & Awards
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Finance—San Francisco & Silicon Valley (2007 – 2012)
    • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate & Securities—San Francisco (2006 – 2010)
    • BTI Client Service All-Star (2005)
  • Associations
    • President and Board Member, Fall River Conservancy, Fall River Mills, California
    • Member, Committee on Banking Law of the Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law, American Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Trustees of Dominican University of California, San Rafael, California
    • Past member, Financial Institutions Committee, State Bar of California
    • Past member, Ad Hoc Committee, State Bar of California
    • Past member, Board of Directors of the California State Club Association


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1970

    A.B., Stanford University, 1967


  • California

    New York

    District of Columbia