M&T Bank

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M&T Bank Corporation
TypePublic company
S&P 500 Index component
Financial services
FoundedAugust 29, 1856; 165 years ago (1856-08-29)
HeadquartersOne M&T Plaza
Buffalo, New York
United States
Key people
René F. Jones
(Chairman and CEO)
Kevin J. Pearson
(Vice Chairman)
Richard S. Gold
(President and COO)
ProductsRetail banking
Commercial banking
Investment Banking
Investment Management
Private banking
RevenueIncrease $6.455 billion (2019)
Increase $1.918 billion (2019)
Total assetsIncrease $120.097 billion (2019)
Total equityDecrease $15.460 billion (2019)
Number of employees
16,840[1] (2019)
SubsidiariesWilmington Trust
Footnotes / references
Map of M&T Bank branches, as of February 2021
M&T Center, Buffalo

M&T Bank Corporation is an American bank holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York.[1] It operates 780 branches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut.[2] M&T is ranked 462nd on the Fortune 500.[1] Until May 1998, the bank's holding company was named First Empire State Corporation.[3]

M&T Bank has been profitable in every quarter since 1976.[4] Other than Northern Trust, M&T was the only bank in the S&P 500 Index not to lower its dividend during the financial crisis of 2007–2008.[5]

The bank owns the Buffalo Savings Bank building in downtown Buffalo. M&T Bank also sponsors M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. M&T Bank is the official bank of the Buffalo Bills in Western New York and of their home Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Wilmington Trust is a subsidiary of M&T Bank Corporation, offering global corporate and institutional services, private banking, investment management, and fiduciary services.


In the mid-19th century, few banking options existed for the growing number of manufacturers in the city of Buffalo. As a result, businessmen Pascal Pratt and Brownson Rumsey founded M&T Bank in 1856 as "Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company".[6] The company opened its first branch on August 29 of that year at 2 East Swan Street in Buffalo.[7]

In 1983, Robert G. Wilmers was named Chairman and CEO, a position he held until his death in December 2017.[7]

Between 1987 and 2009, M&T Bank acquired 20 financial institutions, as follows:[8]

In May 2011, M&T acquired Wilmington Trust for $351 million in stock.[23]

On August 27, 2012, M&T announced the acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp for $3.7 billion. The bank had $25 billion in deposits and $28 billion in loans and 135 brick-and-mortar branch locations including 97 in New Jersey.[24] The acquisition was delayed for 3 years due to a money laundering case involving an M&T branch and the acquisition closed on November 2, 2015.[25][26]

In 2008, M&T received a $600 million investment by the United States Treasury as a result of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and M&T assumed another $482 million in TARP obligations from its acquisitions.[27] In 2011, the bank repaid $700 million of TARP funds.[27]

On December 16, 2017, Robert Wilmers died and non-Executive Chairman Robert T. Brady became acting Chairman and CEO.[28] On December 20, 2017, René F. Jones was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

On February 22, 2021, M&T Bank announced an agreement to acquire People's United Bank in an all-stock transaction valuing at approximately $7.6 billion.[29][30]

Legal issues[edit]

Money laundering[edit]

In June 2014, a U.S. District Judge ordered M&T Bank to forfeit $560,000 in drug proceeds that had been laundered through its Perry Hall, Maryland, branch. At least 8 times from 2011 to 2013, Deanna Bailey, a drug dealer, went to the branch and had head teller Sabrina Fitts convert cash amounts from $20,000 to $100,000 into larger bills.[31] Fitts accepted a 1% transaction fee in exchange for not filing a currency transaction report. This violated the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 which requires all cash transactions of more than $10,000 to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.[32]

The acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp was delayed for more than 3 years by the Federal Reserve Board, which was unconvinced that the bank's anti-laundering controls were strong enough.[33][34]


  1. ^ a b c "M&T Bank Corp". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  2. ^ a b "M&T Bank Corporation 2017 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  3. ^ "First Empire State Corporation Changes Name To M&T Bank Corporation" (PDF). ir.mtb.com. May 19, 1998.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Ben (March 3, 2017). "Buffett Stocks in Focus: M&T Bank". Yahoo! Finance.
  5. ^ Engren, John (February 20, 2012). "M&T Bank's Bob Wilmers is Too Sharp to Fail". Institutional Investor.
  6. ^ Goldman, Mark (1983). High hopes : the rise and decline of Buffalo, New York. Albany: State University of New York Press. pp. 70–71. ISBN 9780873957359.
  7. ^ a b "Newsroom: History". M&T Bank. Archived from the original on 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ "Investor Relations: Acquisitions". M&T Bank.
  9. ^ "M&T Buys Central Trust, Endicott Bank Fast-Growing Buffalo Bank Pays $111 Million for Two MidAtlantic Subsidiaries". The Buffalo News. February 23, 1992.
  10. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (November 3, 1997). "M&T parent adopts bank with local branches". American City Business Journals.
  11. ^ "M&T Bank To Acquire 29 Chase Branches". American City Business Journals. June 4, 1999.
  12. ^ "M&T Bank to Acquire Keystone Financial". Los Angeles Times. Bloomberg News. May 18, 2000.
  13. ^ "Company News: M & T Bank in Deal to Acquire Premier National Bancorp". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 11, 2000.
  14. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Consummates Acquisition of Allfirst Financial Inc" (Press release). PR Newswire. April 1, 2003.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Patalon III, William (April 2, 2003). "Allfirst's sale to M&T Bank is completed". The Baltimore Sun.
  16. ^ "Allied Irish Selling $2.2 Billion Stake in M&T". The New York Times. October 6, 2010.
  17. ^ Appelbaum, Binyamin (December 20, 2008). "M&T Agrees to Buy Provident Bank". The Washington Post.
  18. ^ "M&T Completes Partners Trust Acquisition" (Press release). PR Newswire. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  19. ^ Adams, Thomas (September 25, 2007). "M&T buys First Horizon branches". American City Business Journals.
  20. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Completes Acquisition of Provident Bankshares Corporation" (Press release). PR Newswire. May 26, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, Buffalo, New York, Assumes All of the Deposits of Bradford Bank, Baltimore, Maryland" (Press release). Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. August 28, 2009.
  22. ^ Haber, Gary; Sullivan, Joanna (August 31, 2009). "Feds seize Bradford Bank; M&T to buy assets". American City Business Journals.
  23. ^ "M&T to acquire Delaware bank". American City Business Journals. November 1, 2010.
  24. ^ "M&T Bank to Buy Hudson City Bancorp for $3.7 Billion". The New York Times. August 27, 2012.
  25. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Completes Acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp, Inc" (Press release). PR Newswire. November 2, 2015.
  26. ^ Ensign, Rachel Louise (November 2, 2015). "M&T Bank Completes Acquisition of Hudson City After 3-Year Delay". The Wall Street Journal.
  27. ^ a b Eavis, Peter (April 9, 2012). "Despite Good Health, Bank Holds Tight to TARP Funds". The New York Times.
  28. ^ "M&T Bank Announces Passing of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers" (Press release). PR Newswire. December 17, 2017.
  29. ^ "PBCT/MTB: M&T Bank, People's United to Form Diversified Banking Franchise in $7.6B All-Stock Transaction". Reorg. February 22, 2021.
  30. ^ "M&T Bank to Buy People's United for $7.6 billion". WSJ. February 22, 2021.
  31. ^ "Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced In Money Laundering Scheme" (Press release). United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. February 24, 2014.
  32. ^ Bodley, Michael (June 18, 2014). "M&T Bank ordered to forfeit $560,000 of laundered drug proceeds". The Baltimore Sun.
  33. ^ Crittenden, Michael R. (June 18, 2013). "Fed Cites M&T for Anti-Money Laundering Problems". The Wall Street Journal.
  34. ^ Kline, Allissa (June 18, 2014). "Drug money-laundering probe costs M&T $560K". American City Business Journals.

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