Signature Bank Named Top Attorney Escrow Services Provider and Ranked Second in Both Best Business Bank and Best Private Bank Categories of New York Law Journal’s Annual Survey

Bank’s Position Improved over Last Year in Each of the Three Categories

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Signature Bank (SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today that it ranked number one in the Best Attorney Escrow Services Provider category and second in both Best Business Bank and Best Private Bank categories of the New York Law Journal’s fourth annual survey and rankings.

In each category, Signature Bank’s position improved a notch from last year’s results. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Bank ranked in the Best Business Bank category; its third consecutive year in the Best Private Bank category and the second consecutive year as Best Attorney Escrow Services Provider.

The rankings, which appeared in the September 16, 2013 issue of this leading New York-area legal publication, included reader opinions spanning 80 categories across areas such as litigation support, consulting and outsourcing, technology, recruiting and staffing, research, accounting, financial services, real estate, mediation and education. This year, 8,200 lawyers and legal professionals cast ballots via an online survey, surpassing last year’s voting totals by nearly 40 percent. While the rankings are not a scientific survey of the marketplace but rather convey the purely democratic process that was conducted, the results represent the candid opinions of New York Law Journal readers.

“For four straight years, Signature Bank has been acknowledged by the New York-area legal community as a top institution, once again scoring among the highest in the New York Law Journal’s annual survey. This year the legal community ranked the Bank as the top attorney escrow services provider while our position escalated in both the Best Business Bank and Best Private Bank categories. All three of these rankings are quite impressive for the Bank and all our colleagues,” said Joseph J. DePaolo, Signature Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are honored that our commitment to client care and the level of personalized service we deliver through our single-point-of-contact approach is continually embraced by our clients, particularly those in the metro-NY legal community. We thank both our private client banking teams for their dedication to our clients, and of course our clients for voting for Signature Bank, ultimately enabling us to achieve these remarkable results. Lastly, we appreciate the New York Law Journal’s inclusion of Signature Bank in this important listing,” DePaolo added.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 27 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers. Signature Bank offers a wide variety of business and personal banking products and services. The Bank operates Signature Financial, LLC, a specialty finance subsidiary focused on equipment finance and leasing, transportation financing and taxi medallion financing. Investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services are offered through the Bank’s subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $19.7 billion in assets, $15.3 billion in deposits, $1.7 billion in equity capital and $1.8 billion in other assets under management as of June 30, 2013. Signature Bank's Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.

Signature Bank's 27 offices are located: In Manhattan (9) - 261 Madison Avenue; 300 Park Avenue; 71 Broadway; 565 Fifth Avenue; 950 Third Avenue; 200 Park Avenue South; 1020 Madison Avenue; 50 West 57th Street and 2 Penn Plaza. Brooklyn (3) - 26 Court Street; 84 Broadway and 6321 New Utrecht Avenue. Westchester (2) - 1C Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle and 360 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains. Long Island (7) - 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City; 279 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre; 68 South Service Road, Melville; 923 Broadway, Woodmere; 40 Cuttermill Road, Great Neck; 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho and 360 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge. Queens (3) – 36-36 33rd Street, Long Island City; 78-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights and 8936 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Bronx (1) - 421 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx. Staten Island (2) - 2066 Hylan Blvd. and 1688 Victory Blvd.

For more information, please visit www.signatureny.com.

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by our representatives contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and may be beyond our control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our future results, interest rates and the interest rate environment, loan and deposit growth, loan performance, operations, new private client team hires, new office openings and business strategy. These statements often include words such as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," “potential,” “opportunity,” “could,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” would,” "plan," "estimate" or other similar expressions. As you consider forward-looking statements, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include but are not limited to: (i) prevailing economic conditions; (ii) changes in interest rates, loan demand, real estate values and competition, any of which can materially affect origination levels and gain on sale results in our business, as well as other aspects of our financial performance, including earnings on interest-bearing assets; (iii) the level of defaults, losses and prepayments on loans made by us, whether held in portfolio or sold in the whole loan secondary markets, which can materially affect charge-off levels and required credit loss reserve levels; (iv) changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; (v) changes in the banking and other financial services regulatory environment and (vi) competition for qualified personnel and desirable office locations. As you read and consider forward-looking statements, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to us or in our control. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, beliefs and expectations, if a change occurs or our beliefs, assumptions and expectations were incorrect, our business, financial condition, liquidity or results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. Additional risks are described in our quarterly and annual reports filed with the FDIC. You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statements made by Signature Bank speak only as of the date on which they were made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and we cannot predict these events or how they may affect the Bank. Signature Bank has no duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements after the date on which they are made. In light of these risks and uncertainties, you should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made in this release or elsewhere might not reflect actual results.

Contact:
Signature Bank
Investor Contact :
Eric R. Howell, 646-822-1402
Chief Financial Officer
ehowell@signatureny.com
or
Media Contact :
Susan J. Lewis, 646-822-1825
slewis@signatureny.com

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