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SNL Bank M&A Symposium - October 2013  -  October 1-3, 2013

12:00 pm

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Registration
12:30 pm

A Deep Dive on Business Line Acquisitions

Recent Trends – Diversification of revenue through acquisitions of:

  • Mortgage companies
  • Equipment finance companies
  • Broker-dealers and asset managers
  • Insurance brokerage
  • Other non-traditional product lines and niche businesses

Defining your Acquisition Strategy

  • Prioritizing potential partners
  • Assessing the historic quality of earnings and asset quality
Daniel T. Bass, CFA
Managing Director, Investment Banking
Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC
1:15 pm

Networking Break

1:30 pm

A Deep Dive on Business Line Acquisitions (continued)

How to prepare for the deal?

  • Addressing unique financial, regulatory, and operational risks
  • Structuring and valuation considerations
Rick L. Childs, CFA, CPA
Director, Financial Institutions Group
Crowe Horwath LLP
Chad Kellar
Senior Manager
Crowe Horwath LLP
3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm

Deal Design, Regulatory and Legal Perspective on Business Line Acquisitions

Deal Design, Regulatory and Legal Considerations on Business Line Acquisitions

  • Structuring the deal
  • What assets to include: defining the "Business"
  • What Liabilities go to the buyer, and what liabilities stay behind
  • How to handle contract assignments and the need for consents
  • Pricing formulations and contingencies
  • Indemnity provisions in asset deals
  • Can I do a subsidiary drop-down or other form of "bulk transfer"
  • Tax and benefits aspect of asset transactions
  • Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation clauses
  • Transition services arrangements
  • Considerations for particular business lines: asset management; retail banking; processing
Mitchell S. Eitel
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Mark J. Menting
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
5:00 pm

Workshop Concludes

7:30 am

PROGRAM BEGINS - Wednesday, October 2

Registration opens
7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:
UBS
8:30 am

Welcome Remarks

Shawn M. Ryan, CFA
Director
SNL Knowledge Center
8:40 am

Keynote Address

H. Rodgin Cohen
Senior Chairman
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
9:30 am

Market Trends, Themes, and Outlook

  • The current state – recent valuation multiples and pricing drivers
  • A look at deal trends in open-bank M&A, business line, branch, and portfolio acquisitions/divestitures
  • Where the action is: trends in community bank and private bank M&A
  • Current state of debt and equity markets for banks
  • Best practices in getting a deal done at the right price for both buyers and sellers; case studies on over and under payment
  • Outlook for 2014 and beyond, and predictions for deal activity
Joseph S. Berry, Jr.
Managing Director; Co-Head of Depositories Investment Banking
Keefe, Bruyette and Woods
Scott M.A. Clark
Principal, Investment Banking
Sandler O’Neill + Partners
Mark J. Menting
(Moderator)
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Fernando S. Rivas
Managing Director and Co-Head North America FIG
JP Morgan Securities
Jerry R. Wiant
Managing Director, Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group, U.S.
RBC Capital Markets
10:45 am

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
The Debt Exchange
11:15 am

An Update from the Regulators

  • What regulators look for when evaluating proposed transactions
  • What banks can do to ensure regulatory approval
  • Best practices in communicating with regulators before, during and after a deal
  • New capital requirements for operating and deal-making
  • Practical implications of new regulations for your bank
  • Stress testing and M&A – including deals in planned capital actions
  • Compliance and its true cost. How much staff is required and how will this impact M&A?
Jo Ann S. Barefoot
Co-Chair
Treliant Risk Advisors
Michael S. Gibson
Director, Division of Supervision and Regulation
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Samuel P. Golden
(Moderator)
Co-CEO
Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Regulatory Advisory Services
Stephen A. Lybarger
Deputy Comptroller for Licensing
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
James C. Watkins
Deputy Director of Risk Management Supervision
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
12:30 pm

Luncheon

1:30 pm

A View from Washington – A Policy Maker's View on the Industry

Tim Pawlenty
President and CEO
The Financial Services Roundtable; Former Governor of Minnesota
2:15 pm

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
Performance Trust Capital Partners
2:30 pm

A Super Regional Banker’s Outlook for Growth

  • How are super-regional banks approaching M&A in light of the regulatory and interest rate environment?
  • What are their strategies for growth if M&A is not an option?
  • Could shrinking to greater profitability serve as a good alternative? 
  • Do business divestitures make more sense at this size? What are super-regionals looking to divest?
Joseph R. Ficalora
President and CEO
New York Community Bancorp
3:15 pm

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
Commerce Street Capital
3:45 pm

Practitioners’ Perspectives on Deal Execution

  • How active consolidators are approaching M&A – and getting deals done – in today’s environment
  • Positioning your bank as the buyer/seller of choice
  • Road blocks to getting deals done and how to get around them
  • Best practices in deal design, execution and integration – what works and what doesn’t across all stages of the deal cycle
  • What to look for in a target – other than loan mark
  • Lessons learned in due diligence
  • Presenting your deal to the Street and the Board – getting investors and your Directors to buy into the strategy 
Mitchell S. Eitel
(Moderator)
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Steven R. Gardner
President & CEO
Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.
John A. Mahoney
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
John C. Pollok
CFO and COO
First Financial Holdings,Inc.
5:15 pm

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by:
RBC Capital Markets
7:30 am

PROGRAM CONTINUES - Thursday, October 3

Continental breakfast

Sponsored by:
Credit Risk Management LLP
8:00 am

Capital is Always King

  • Basel III – what the final rulings mean for all banks
  • Trends in capital raising across capital forms and structures
  • Capital raising case studies – alternatives to common equity
  • Is the bank IPO market back?
  • Capital management – best practices in deploying excess capital
  • Building a "war chest" to support future acquisitions
Greg Kennedy
Head of Financial Institutions Group, Americas
UBS Investment Bank
Joshua S. Siegel
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
StoneCastle Partners LLC; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stonecastle Financial Corp.
Frank Sorrentino III
Chairman and CEO
ConnectOne Bancorp
Nathan Stovall
(Moderator)
Senior Reporter and NY Bureau Chief
SNL Financial
Dory A. Wiley
President & CEO
Commerce Street Capital
9:15 am

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
Registrar and Transfer
9:45 am

Compensation and Corporate Governance Considerations

  • Executive compensation considerations, retention packages, employment contract renegotiations
  • Change in control issues with TARP
  • Best practices in board composition
  • Protecting yourself from litigation
Flynt Gallagher
President
Meyer-Chatfield Compensation Advisors
Marc Trevino
Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
10:40 am

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
AST Phoenix Advisors
10:45 am

Strategic Footprint Analysis

  • Evaluating your branch network and customer needs
  • Strategic rationale for doing a branch deal
  • Special considerations for determining branch value – both quantitatively and qualitatively
  • Best practices in structuring, negotiating and executing a branch sale or purchase
Gregory A. Dufour
President and Chief Executive Officer
Camden National Corporation
Grant W. Gregory
Head of Depository Institutions
Morgan Stanley
Nathan Stovall
(Moderator)
Senior Reporter and NY Bureau Chief
SNL Financial
11:45 am

An Activist Investor's Retrospective and Outlook on Bank M&A

Richard J. Lashley
Principal
PL Capital
12:30 pm

Buffet Lunch

Sponsored by:
Meyer Chatfield
Jo Ann S. Barefoot
Co-Chair, Treliant Risk Advisors
  
Daniel T. Bass, CFA
Managing Director, Investment Banking, Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC
  
Joseph S. Berry, Jr.
Managing Director; Co-Head of Depositories Investment Banking, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods
  
Rick L. Childs, CFA, CPA
Director, Financial Institutions Group, Crowe Horwath LLP
Rick Childs, a director in Crowe Horwath LLP’s financial advisory services group, has been with the firm for 25 years. Based in the firm’s Indianapolis, IN, office, Childs’ expertise lies in many areas of corporate finance, including merger and acquisition planning, valuation, feasibility, pricing and funding alternatives, strategic planning for thrifts and banks, de novo banks and trust companies, capitalization structures and capital funding alternatives, business performance measurement and financial institution valuations. You can connect with Rick Childs by viewing his profile on LinkedIn.
  
Scott M.A. Clark
Principal, Investment Banking, Sandler O’Neill + Partners
  
H. Rodgin Cohen
Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

The primary focus of Rodgin Cohen’s practice is acquisition, corporate governance, regulatory and securities law matters for major U.S. and non-U.S. banking and other financial institutions and their trade associations. Mr. Cohen and S&C are at the vanguard of critical issues and developments affecting financial institutions, and S&C has remained the chosen firm of leading global financial institutions seeking non-traditional investments, sales and restructuring arrangements in connection with the global credit crisis.

In the acquisitions area, Mr. Cohen has been engaged in most of the major bank acquisitions in the United States, including Wells Fargo-Wachovia, PNC-National City, Toronto Dominion-Commerce, Bank of New York-Mellon Financial, Regions-AmSouth, Wachovia-Golden West, Wachovia-SouthTrust, Chase-Bank One, First Union-Wachovia, U.S. Bancorp-Firstar, Wells Fargo-Norwest, Wells Fargo-First Interstate, Chemical-Chase, First Union-First Fidelity, Key-Society, NationsBank-C&S, and Bank of New York-Irving, as well as numerous other acquisitions. 

In cross-border and non-U.S. transactions, he was engaged in Bank of Montreal-M&I, BlackRock-Barclays Global Investors, Banco Santander-Sovereign, Mitsubishi UFG-Morgan Stanley, Barclays-Lehman, MUFG-UnionBanCal, Standard Chartered-American Express Bank, Goldman Sachs-Sumitomo, Allianz-Dresdner, UBS-PaineWebber, Credit Suisse-DLJ, Société Générale-Paribas, Dexia-FSA, Mitsubishi-Bank of Tokyo, Credit Suisse-First Boston, Royal Bank of Canada-Bank of Montreal and acquisitions or divestitures by Barclays Bank, National Westminster, Midland Bank, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Ireland and Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino. 

He has also worked on a number of major cross-industry and private equity acquisitions, including JPMorgan Chase-Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch-BlackRock, J.C. Flowers-Sallie Mae, Mellon-Dreyfus and NationsBank-Montgomery, as well as acquisitions in the insurance industry, including Anthem-WellPoint and Manulife-Hancock. 

In addition, Mr. Cohen has advised a number of major foreign banks in connection with the establishment of offices in the U.S., including China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd., which recently received approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to establish a branch in New York, New York. This was the first Chinese bank to receive the Board’s approval to establish a branch in the United States since the adoption of the Foreign Bank Supervision Enhancement Act of 1991.

In February 2011, Mr. Cohen was named a BTI Client Service All-Star, and also one of BTI’s Client Service MVPs, a select group of 25 lawyers recognized by clients year after year. 

In March 2010, Mr. Cohen was recognized as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” by The National Law Journal. The publication noted that he has been “a superstar in the legal industry for years.”

In November 2010, Mr. Cohen was inducted into the National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100’s Corporate Governance Hall of Fame in recognition of his lasting influence over corporate governance and the boardroom community.

Gregory A. Dufour
President and Chief Executive Officer, Camden National Corporation
  
Mitchell S. Eitel
Conference Co-Chair; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Mitchell Eitel is a member of the Firm’s Financial Institutions and Mergers and Acquisitions Groups. His practice focuses on financial services mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, private equity investments and bank regulatory matters.

Mr. Eitel’s recent work has included representations of: ABN AMRO in the sale of its Americas private banking business; AmSouth Bancorp in its merger with Regions Financial and in the sale of its credit card and mutual fund businesses; Bank of Montreal, as parent to Harris N.A., in the FDIC-facilitated acquisition of Amcore Bank by Harris; The Bank of New York in the swap of its retail banking business and JPMorgan Chase’s corporate trust business and in the merger with Mellon; Fifth Third Bancorp in the partial sale of Fifth Third Processing Solutions to Advent International; First Niagara Financial Group in its combination with NewAlliance BancShares; First Southern Bancorp in its supercapitalization; HSBC in the sale of its card and retail services business in the United States to Capital One Financial Corporation – the largest credit card portfolio transaction ever done; HSBC Holdings in its pending $1 billion sale of 195 Upstate New York and Connecticut branches and $15 billion of deposits to First Niagara Bank; Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of a 15% interest in Webster Financial Corporation and a 20.5% interest in Sterling Financial; Barclays PLC in the acquisition of Lehman’s brokerage business, Citigroup in connection with the sale of $12.5 billion in preferred shares to a group of sovereign and other investors, JPMorgan Chase in its acquisition of Washington Mutual Bank; the related $11 billion public financing; and the subsequent bankruptcy proceedings for WaMu’s holding company, and many others.

Mr. Eitel is a frequent speaker and panelist, particularly in the areas of financial services M&A and private equity transactions. He is co-chair of the annual PLI conference, "Understanding Complex Financial Institutions."

Joseph R. Ficalora
President and CEO, New York Community Bancorp
  
Flynt Gallagher
President, Meyer-Chatfield Compensation Advisors

Flynt Gallagher heads Compensation Advisors by Meyer-Chatfield in its mission of assisting clients in attracting, motivating and retaining personnel.

Flynt has a strong history of assisting financial institutions. Starting his career in Public Accounting, he moved into managerial and partner positions with a regional firm before accepting the Tax Manager position with Florida National Bank and its successor First Union National Bank. Flynt’s experience provides him with an invaluable understanding of banking from an internal and external perspective.

Flynt’s extensive experience includes the review and development of compensation plans focused on retaining current and future wealth for executives of both large banks and community banks. He has also worked with key regional bank clients on compensation, wealth management, income tax and related IRS issues.

Steven R. Gardner
President & CEO, Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.
  
Michael S. Gibson
Director, Division of Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  
Samuel P. Golden
Co-CEO, Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Regulatory Advisory Services
  
Grant W. Gregory
Head of Depository Institutions, Morgan Stanley
  
Chad Kellar
Senior Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP
At Crowe Horwath, Chad's focus is consulting with financial institutions regarding whole bank acquisitions, branch acquisitions, and select asset acquisitions including distressed loan portfolio sales and regulator-assisted transactions.
 
He has presented at various financial institution regulatory training sessions regarding mergers and acquisitions and other complex financial institution accounting matters. He has provided acquisition advisory services to financial institutions ranging from de novo institutions to large regional banks, as well as private equity and other institutional investors investing in financial institutions. Services provided include due diligence investigations, financial projections, financial instrument valuations, purchase price allocation, deal structuring, and SEC and regulatory reporting.

Many of the assignments undertaken by Chad have involved leading teams of technical and subject matter experts. Chad has significant experience in the valuation of loans, debt instruments, and other financial instruments, as well as intangibles acquired through financial institution business combinations such as core deposit, wealth management, payment processing, and trade name intangibles. In addition to open-bank acquisition consulting, he has advised several financial institutions in acquiring failed banks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, including bid structuring and leading due diligence investigations.

Chad is a graduate of Indiana University and is a certified public accountant, licensed in Indiana. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Indiana CPA Society.
 
Greg Kennedy
Head of Financial Institutions Group, Americas , UBS Investment Bank
  
Richard J. Lashley
Principal, PL Capital
  
Stephen A. Lybarger
Deputy Comptroller for Licensing, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  
John A. Mahoney
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  
Mark J. Menting
Conference Co-Chair; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Mark Menting is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Institutions Groups. He became a partner on January 1, 1994. He is listed in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He specializes in mergers and acquisition, securities, corporate regulatory and strategic matters for U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions and has broad experience in general corporate and securities law matters. 

Mr. Menting regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions in the financial services industry involving banks and thrifts; investment management firms; broker-dealers; mortgage banking companies; insurance companies; and financial technology companies. He also regularly advises on U.S. securities offerings by banks and their holding companies and is a frequent speaker on various topics for financial institutions. 

Clients which he has represented in recent transactions include Provident Bankshares, Fiserv, Allianz, National Australia Bank, ING Groep, Standard Chartered Bank, New York Community Bancorp, Barclays Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, M&T Bank, Smithtown Bancorp, Aquiline Capital Partners in its investment in BNC Bancorp, Sterling Financial and Cullen/Frost Bankers.

He received his B.S. degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1979 and his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1983.

Tim Pawlenty
President and CEO, The Financial Services Roundtable; Former Governor of Minnesota
  
John C. Pollok
CFO and COO, First Financial Holdings,Inc.
  
Fernando S. Rivas
Managing Director and Co-Head North America FIG, JP Morgan Securities
  
Joshua S. Siegel
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, StoneCastle Partners LLC; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stonecastle Financial Corp.

In 2003, Joshua founded StoneCastle Partners, LLC. He is widely regarded as a leading expert and investor in the community banking industry and is often quoted in financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, American Banker, and CNNMoney. In addition, he speaks frequently at industry events, including those hosted by the American Bankers Association, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank and SNL Financial.

A creative instructor with a passion for teaching, Joshua has regularly been invited to educate government regulators about the specialized community banking sector. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School in New York City. His research and financial innovations have brought nearly $40 billion of capital to over 1,600 banks across America over the past 12 years.

Prior to co-founding StoneCastle, Joshua was a co-founder and Vice President of the Global Portfolio Solutions Group at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup Global Markets, a group organized to finance portfolios of financial assets for corporations and to invest in the sector as a principal. He later assumed responsibility for developing new products, including pooled investment strategies for the community banking sector. Joshua originally joined Salomon Brothers/Citigroup in 1996 in the tax and lease division, providing structured financing to government-sponsored enterprises and Fortune 500 corporations.

Prior to his tenure at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, Joshua worked at Sumitomo Bank where he served as a corporate lending officer, as a banker structuring equipment lease and credit derivative transactions, and as a member of the New York Credit Committee and at Charterhouse, carrying out merchant banking and private equity transactions. Joshua received his BS in Management and Accounting from Tulane University.

Frank Sorrentino III
Chairman and CEO, ConnectOne Bancorp
  
Nathan Stovall
Senior Reporter and NY Bureau Chief, SNL Financial
Nathan Stovall is a senior reporter and the New York Bureau Chief for SNL. He has covered the banking industry for ten years, writing about a wide range of topics, including banks' fundamentals and capital structures, regulation, trends in bank accounting, traditional M&A, failed bank deals and asset dispositions by banks. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, where he majored in business journalism.
  
Marc Trevino
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  
James C. Watkins
Deputy Director of Risk Management Supervision, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  
Jerry R. Wiant
Managing Director, Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group, U.S., RBC Capital Markets
  
Dory A. Wiley
President & CEO, Commerce Street Capital
  
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Event Date:
October 1-3, 2013
Event Location:
The Roosevelt Hotel
45 E 45th Street
New York, NY, US
Registration Fee:
$1,295 Commercial Bankers $1,695 All others (including investment banking groups within commercial banks)

$595 Pre-Conference Workshop

Your registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast both days, lunch both days, and an evening cocktail reception at the end of the day on Wednesday.

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Attendees at the SNL Bank M&A Symposium are typically:

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other executives at commercial banks
  • Strategic planning and corporate development officers at financial institutions
  • Investment banking professionals
  • Consultants and legal advisers for financial institutions on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings 

Past attending companies have included:

Allen & Overy
AlphaOne Capital Partners
Alvarez and Marsal
Bank of Cleveland
Bank of North Carolina
Bank of the Ozarks
Bank of Virginia
Banks Street Partners
Barclays
BBCN Bank
Benchmark Bank
Beneficial Mutual Bancorp
BOK Financial
Bond Street Holdings
Bridge Capital Holdings
Bridgehampton National Bank
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Business First Bank
Capital One
Capitol Bancorp
Carpenter & Company
Carpenter Community BancFunds
Castle Creek Capital
CEIS Review
CenterState Bank
CIT Group
Citizens Bank & Trust
Citywide Banks
Clayton
CoastalSouth Bancshares
Cohen Financial
Commerce Bancshares
Commerce Street Capital
Community & Southern Bank
Community Federal Savings Bank
Community National Bank
Corporate Finance Group
Cox Smith Matthews
Credit Risk Management
Crowe Horwath
Davis Polk and Wardwell
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Esquire Bank
F.N.B. Corp.
FDIC
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Federal Reserve Board
Fidelity Bank
First Bank
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
First Southern Bank
FJ Capital Management
Florida Community Bank
Founders Bank & Trust
Fraternity Federal Savings & Loan
Goldman Sachs
Green Bank
Green Bench Advisors
Guggenheim Partners Washington Research Group
Herald National Bank
Home BancShares
Hometown Bank
Hopewell Valley Community Bank
Jersey Shore State Bank
JP Morgan Securities
Keefe, Bruyette and Woods
KeyBank
Kleberg First National Bank
Knightspoint Partners
KPMG
Loan Management Solutions
Lovell Minnick Partners
McGladrey
Mercer Capital
Middleburg Bank
MidSouth Bank
Mission Community Bancorp
Modern Bank
Morgan Stanley
Mountain Seed Advisors
MVB Bank
NAB Research
Nationwide Insurance
Nomura Research Institute
OCC
Peoples Bank
PlainsCapital Corp.
Planters Bank & Trust
Platinum Bank
PNC Financial Services Group
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Primatics Financial
Prime Bank
Provident New York Bancorp
Raymond James
RBC Capital Markets
RCB Bank
Residential Credit Solutions
River Branch Capital
Rockville Bank
Sabal Financial
Sandler O'Neill + Partners
Sandy Spring Bank
Sevara Partners
State Bank and Trust
Stephens
Sterling Financial Corp.
Stifel Nicolaus Weisel
Stites & Harbison
StoneCastle Partners
Suffolk Bancorp
Sullivan & Cromwell
Summit Bank
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Team Capital Bank
TotalBank
TowneBank
Travelers
Triumph Savings
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
United Community Financial Corp.
US Bank
Varde Partners
Verity Bank
Wunderlich Securities
Xenith Bank

Event Date:
October 1-3, 2013
Venue:
The Roosevelt Hotel
45 E 45th Street
New York, NY, US
Phone:
(212) 661-9600
Accommodations:
A block of rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel has been reserved for this event at a special rate of $329 per night, exclusive of taxes and fees, for program attendees. The discounted rate is available through September 13, 2013, or until the block is filled, whichever comes first.

Accommodations are not included as part of your registration. To reserve your room, please call the Roosevelt Hotel directly at (888) 833-3969 and mention the SNL Bank M&A Symposium.
CFA Institute
Up to 13.5 Professional Development credit hours
Participants attending the entire program are eligible for up to 13.5 PD credit hours (3.5 hours for the Pre-Conference Workshop on October 1, 10 hours for the Conference on October 2-3) as granted by CFA Institute. SNL Center for Financial Education is registered with CFA Institute as an Approved Provider of professional development programs.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Up to 16.5 hours of CPE Credit
Participants attending the entire program qualify for up to 16.5 CPE credit hours (Overview, Professional Growth) – 4.5 hours for the Pre-Conference Workshop on October 1, 12 hours for the Conference on October 2-3. Program Level: Intermediate, Update. Delivery Method: Group-Live. SNL Knowledge Center, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org.

What is the dress code?
Formal business attire.

What time does the conference start? What time does it end?
Registration and continental breakfast open at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2. The conference begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, and at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3. The conference ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. 

Evening cocktail reception on Wednesday begins at 5:15 p.m.

The pre-conference workshop begins at Noon on Tuesday, October 1 and ends at 5:00 p.m.

Are meals included?
Your registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch for both days of the program. Also included is the cocktail reception on Wednesday evening.

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date, but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program, receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another SNL KC program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time.

In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee.

"No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

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