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Should it be successfully completed, the purchase of the $83 million Monadnock Community Bank in New Hampshire by the $353 million GFA Federal Credit Union in Massachusetts will break new regulatory ground and possibly set the stage for other, similar, deals according to one of the attorneys representing the credit union.

Michael Bell, partner with the Detroit, Michigan law firm of Kotz Sangster, is advising GFA through the purchase and explained that the deal’s unprecedented nature is one of its most challenging aspects, particularly that there is no precedent for a credit union buying a stock-owned thrift.

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