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Mar 01, 2019

Signature Bank Named #2 Institution in the U.S. in Three Categories of National Law Journal’s “Best Of” Survey

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 1, 2019-- Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today it ranked second in the U.S. in three categories of the National Law Journal’s eighth annual readers’ poll, wherein readers cast their votes for the best providers of services and goods to the legal profession. The categories include Best Business Bank, Best Private Banking Services and Best Attorney Escrow Services.

Every year, the National Law Journalpolls the legal community nationally on the best products and services for their law office practices. From data technology products and banking services to litigation support and alternative dispute resolution providers, National Law Journal’s “Best of” survey showcases the businesses that stand out among their competitors.

The rankings, which were revealed in the March 2019 edition of this national legal trade publication, reflect the votes of nearly 7,000 attorneys and other legal professionals, who were presented an opportunity to vote in more than 75 legal-related categories. The voting process is purely democratic, and results represent the opinions of National Law Journalreaders as well as members of the national legal community.

“Signature Bank continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing unparalleled client care and service to local communities. Law firms comprise a significant portion of our overall commercial client base of privately owned businesses. We are honored to earn this prestigious ranking nationwide, which comes on the heels of being named the top bank in the same three categories of the 'Best of'survey by New York Law Journal, a sister publication of the National Law Journal. We appreciate that attorneys in New York and around the country took the time to cast their votes for Signature Bank, and acknowledge our efforts on behalf of their community,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. DePaolo.

The National Law Journal is a reliable news outlet for attorneys, designed to keep the legal community nationwide abreast of industry trends and developments. The publication is owned by ALM, a global leader in specialized business news and information serving the legal, real estate, consulting, insurance and investment advisory industries.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 31 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut as well as San Francisco. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.

Signature Bank’s specialty finance subsidiary, Signature Financial, LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing. Signature Securities Group Corporation, a wholly owned Bank subsidiary, is a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offering investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services.

Signature Bank recently introduced its revolutionary, blockchain-based digital payments platform, Signet™, enabling real-time payments for its commercial clients. The Signet Platform allows the Bank’s commercial clients to make payments in U.S. dollars, 24/7/365, safely and securely, without transaction fees. Signature Bank is the first FDIC-insured bank to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform, and Signet is the first such platform to be approved for use by the NYS Department of Financial Services.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $47.36 billion in assets, $36.42 billion in loans, $36.38 billion in deposits, $4.41 billion in equity capital and $3.78 billion in other assets under management as of December 31, 2018. Signature Bank's Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.

Signature Bankis one of the top 40 largest banks in the U.S., based on deposits (S&P Global Market Intelligence). The Bank recently earned several third-party recognitions, including: appeared on Forbes' Best Banks in America list for the eighth consecutive year in 2018; and, named Best Business Bank, Best Private Bank and Best Attorney Escrow Services provider by the New York Law Journal in the publication’s annual “Best of” survey for 2018, earning it a place in the New York Law Journal’s Hall of Fame (awarded to companies that have ranked in the “Best of” Survey for at least three of the past four years).

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Source: Signature Bank

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