John B. Bitar


New Brunswick, NJ
120 Albany Street Plaza
6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
P 732.448.2570 P 732.448.2570 | F 732.846.8877


John B. Bitar has substantial experience in the area of public finance representing issuers, underwriters, and borrowers in taxable and tax-exempt bond financings. He represents banks issuing letters of credit in support of such bonds. Additionally, he has represented banks and business entities in public and private offerings, securities compliance and regulatory matters, and mergers and acquisitions.

Representation of Note

  • Among the team that represented South Jersey-based Colonial Financial Services, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Cape Bancorp, Inc. for approximately $55 million.
  • Among the team that represented ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. in its $243 million merger with Center Bancorp, Inc. to form the fourth largest bank headquartered in New Jersey;
  • Among the team that served as counsel to a nationally-recognized bank in their multi-faceted financing role for Teachers Village (Newark, NJ), a complex, qualified school construction bonds and new markets tax credit transaction, including representing the bank as bond purchaser, bridge lender, escrow agent and administrative agent.
  • Represented Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Hilltop Community Bank, in the execution of a Merger Agreement that provides for its acquisition by Haven Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Haven Savings Bank, for approximately $27 million.
  • Represented a nationally recognized bank in the purchase of a $100 million revenue bond issued by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA). The deal involved the refunding of certain of the NJTA's outstanding bonds.
  • Represented Team Capital Bank, a New Jersey and Pennsylvania institution, in connection with its acquisition by Jersey City-based Provident Financial Services for $122 million in cash and stock.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bitar was an analyst and account executive for a broker-dealer specializing in the investment and trading of the securities of distressed companies.


  • The Best Lawyers in America - Nominated for Banking & Finance Law (2018-2020)

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  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, 1999
  • B.A., English, Bates College, 1990


  • New Jersey
  • New York