Signature Bank President And Chief Executive Officer Earns Gold Stevie® Award In 10th Annual American Business AwardsSM

Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. DePaolo was named executive of the year in the accounting, banking and financial services category of the 10th Annual American Business Awards SM. This resulted in DePaolo earning the gold Stevie ®Award for that category.

DePaolo received an honorary nomination to the best executive category. Each year, the Stevie Awards, sponsor of the world's premier business awards programs, automatically nominates a very few of America's best executives into The American Business Awards competition, and DePaolo was selected for the submission.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit entries including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. This year, more than 3,000 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration across 100+ categories.

“We are delighted that Joe was among the select handful of executives from across the country to be chosen as an honorary nominee, and subsequently, that the judges deemed him the gold winner in the banking category. He is truly a distinguished colleague, partner and leader. Joe he has made a significant contribution to the growth of relationship banking via Signature Bank,” noted Scott A. Shay, Chairman of the Board.

“Signature Bank has grown to more than $15 billion in assets, purely organically in just 11 years, by focusing on the relationship component of personal banking through its single-point-of-contact approach. I can attest that it’s not just Joe’s management skills which set him ahead of the pack, but also the level of dedication, commitment and passion that he brings to the Bank everyday, which is inspiring to all our colleagues. We thank the judges and the Stevie Awards for acknowledging Joe’s banking expertise with this prestigious recognition,” Shay concluded.

The Stevie Awards were presented during ceremonies held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on June 18, 2012. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network. More than 270 executives across the country participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and Stevie Award winners.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com/.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 25 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.

Signature Bank's 25 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 (6) - 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City; 279 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre; 68 South Service Road, Melville; 923 Broadway, Woodmere; 40 Cuttermill Road, Great Neck and 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho. 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 (1) - 2066 Hylan 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. 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," "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 the banking and other financial services regulatory environment and (v) competition for qualified personnel and desirable office locations. 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.

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