|Headquarters||Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware|
|Key people||Donald E. Foley, CEO & Chairman & Robert V.A. Harra Jr., President & COO|
Wilmington Trust was founded on July 8, 1903 as a banking, trust, and safe deposit company by DuPont president T. Coleman du Pont.
On November 1, 2010, Wilmington Trust announced a merger with M&T Bank, of Buffalo, New York. The deal valued the 107-year-old Wilmington Trust at $3.84 a share, or 46 percent less than its closing price Oct. 29. Investors received 0.051 shares of Buffalo-based M&T for each Wilmington share.
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Wilmington Trust was founded on July 8, 1903 by T. Coleman du Pont, then the president of DuPont to manage the growing fortune of the duPont family. DuPont opened the business in the dining room and parlor of a former private residence at 915 Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware with a handful of investors and $500,000 in market capitalization.
In 1907 the company moved to the DuPont Building at Tenth & Market Streets and paid its first dividend (2.50% or $1.25 per share) on August 1, 1908. The company’s first merger occurred on July 15, 1912 with the acquisitions of the First National Bank and the National Bank of Wilmington & Brandywine, making it the largest bank on the East Coast. In 1971, it became one of the founding members of NASDAQ. In 1999, it moved its listing to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In 2011, it announced its intention to "voluntarily de-list" from the NYSE upon completion of its merger with M&T Bank.
Company structure 
The Bank is divided into 3 sections: Regional Banking, Corporate Client Services and Wealth Advisory Services.
1) Regional Banking services to commercial clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region as well as providing consumer services to clients in the immediate Delaware region.
2) Corporate Client Services caters to the needs of institutional clients in over 86 countries.
3) Wealth Advisory Services caters to high-net-worth clients throughout the United States and in 35 other countries.
For 2007, net income was stated at $182 million. Additionally, combined assets under management totaled $49.8 billion by the end of 2007, an increase of 11% from 2006.
In addition, it has domestic offices located in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Baltimore, Beverly Hills, Stamford (CT), Palm Beach, West Chester (PA), Bethlehem, PA, Villanova (PA) and Charleston (SC).
Wilmington Trust operates a virtual, direct savings division known as, WTDirect.
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