M&T Bank

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M&T Bank Corporation
TypePublic company
FoundedAugust 29, 1856; 166 years ago (1856-08-29)
HeadquartersOne M&T Plaza
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Key people
René F. Jones
(Chairman and CEO)
Kevin J. Pearson
(Vice Chairman)
Richard S. Gold
(President and COO)
RevenueDecrease US$6.12 billion (2021)
2,611,123,000 United States dollar (2022) Edit this on Wikidata
Decrease US$1.776 billion (2021)
Total assetsIncrease US$155.12 billion (2021)
Total equityIncrease US$17.903 billion (2021)
Number of employees
17,569 (2021)
Footnotes / references
Map of M&T Bank branches, as of February 2021
M&T Center, Buffalo

M&T Bank Corporation (Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company) is an American bank holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York.[2] It operates 1,000+ branches in 12 states across the Eastern United States, from Maine to Southern Virginia.[1][3] Until May 1998, the bank's holding company was named First Empire State Corporation.[4]

M&T Bank has been profitable in every quarter since 1976.[5] 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.[6]

The bank owns the Buffalo Savings Bank building in downtown Buffalo, Bridgeport Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut,[7] and the M&T Tech Hub in the Seneca One Tower.[8] It also sponsors M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the University of Buffalo (M&T Bank Auditorium, M&T Bank Atrium). 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.


19th century[edit]

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 Bronson Rumsey founded M&T Bank in 1856 as "Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company".[9] Henry Martin, former president of the Attica and Buffalo Railroad, is appointed the first president and assigned a salary of $1,000 a year.[10] The company opened its first office on August 29 of that year at 2 East Swan Street in Buffalo.[11] In 1885, Martin retired as president, at the age of 83, and was succeeded by Pascal Pratt, who had served as Vice President since the bank was formed.[10]

20th century[edit]

In 1901, the bank built a new headquarters on a site purchased for $210,000 near the southwest corner of Main and Swan Streets in Buffalo. The granite neo-classical building was designed by architect E. B. Green of Green & Wicks. By 1914, Robert Livingston Fryer was the bank's President. In 1917, Harry T. Ramsdell, the bank's fourth president, served as a district chairman for a special subscription committee of the national Liberty Loan program.[10]

Following the 1925 merger with Fidelity Trust, the $100 million company was headed by Fidelity's President, 36-year-old Lewis G. Harriman. Harriman and a group of investors including A. H. Schoellkopf, from the founding family of the Niagara Mohawk power company, and James V. Forrestal, who would become the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, own enough shares to control both Fidelity and M&T.[10]

In 1961, M&T acquired an entire block on Main Street between North Division and Eagle Streets in downtown Buffalo and began plans for a $12 million skyscraper to become the bank's new headquarters. In 1963, architect Minoru Yamasaki, who was featured on the cover of Time magazine that year as he was designing the World Trade Center in New York City, was retained by M&T to design its new building in Buffalo, which was completed in 1967. In 1964, Charles W. Millard succeeded Harriman as chairman of M&T.[10]

In 1969, M&T's stockholders voted to create a multi-bank holding company known as First Empire State Corporation. In 1983, the bank which had assets of $2 billion and operated 60 offices, named Robert G. Wilmers as chairman and CEO, a position he held until his death in December 2017.[11] In 1995, First Empire formed a national bank subsidiary, M&T Bank, N.A.[10]

21st century[edit]

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.[12] In 2012, the bank repaid $700 million of TARP funds.[12]

In June 2014, a U.S. District Judge ordered M&T Bank to forfeit $560,000 that had been laundered through its Perry Hall, Maryland, branch; from 2011 to 2013, Deanna Bailey went to the branch and had head teller Sabrina Fitts convert cash amounts from $20,000 to $100,000 into larger bills.[13] Fitts accepted a 1% transaction fee in exchange for not filing a currency transaction report. This violated the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970.[14]

On December 16, 2017, non-executive chairman Robert T. Brady became acting chairman and CEO.[15] On December 20, 2017, René F. Jones was appointed chairman and CEO.

In 2021, M&T Bank contributed $33.9 million to over 3,000 nonprofit organizations across eight states and the District of Columbia. The bank has donated more than $279.4 million to nonprofits over the past decade, and over $437.5 million to nonprofits over the past two decades.[16]

In May 2022, M&T announced a $25 million initiative to support lower-income communities and underrepresented groups. The new Amplify Fund will be deployed over 3 years with most of the funds set to be distributed to Connecticut-based organizations and other north-eastern states where People’s United had operated. M&T announced that $9-$11 million will be distributed by the end of 2022, with the rest of the funds to be distributed over the next two year and expects to fund approximately 60-70 organizations in the initiatives first phase.[17]

In August 2022, M&T announced a partnership with Stefon Diggs; Diggs will serve as a brand ambassador for M&T’s “Football Brings Us Together” campaign.[18]

In October 2022, M&T launched its Multicultural Banking Center in East Hartford, Connecticut; the bank has 118 multicultural locations.[3][19]

In 2022, M&T was listed as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index (DEI) for its fourth consecutive year.[20][21]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

Between 1945 and 1966, M&T acquired 18 local banking institutions.[10] Between 1987 and 2022, M&T Bank acquired 24 financial institutions, as follows:[22]




  • December 1987: acquired East New York Savings, which operated 15 branches in metropolitan New York City[10]


  • January 1990: acquired $486 million in deposits and 11 offices in Rochester from Monroe Savings Bank of Rochester, New York[10]
  • September 1990: acquired $1.3 billion in deposits and 13 offices (9 in Buffalo and 4 in Rochester) of Empire of America Savings Bank of Buffalo[10]
  • May 1991: acquired $2.1 billion in deposits and 14 branches of Goldome Bank of Buffalo[10]
  • July 1992: acquired $1.1 billion asset Central Trust of Rochester, New York and the $300 million asset Endicott Trust of Binghamton, New York.[23]
  • December 1994: acquired $146 million in deposits from the Hudson Valley branches of Chemical Bank; and $470 million in assets and $339 million in deposits Ithaca Bancorp of Ithaca, New York.
  • July 1995: Hudson Valley branches of Chase Manhattan
  • January 1997: Green Point Bank branches of Westchester, New York
  • June 1999: First National Bank of Rochester
  • April 1998: OnBank of Syracuse, New York[24]
  • September 1999: 29 Chase Bank Branches in Buffalo, Jamestown, and Binghamton[25]



  • November 2010: K Bank of Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 2011: acquired Wilmington Trust for $351 million in stock.[37]
  • August 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.[38] 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.[39][40] [41][42]
  • November 2015: Hudson City Bancorp for $3.7 billion



  1. ^ a b "M&T Bank Corporation 2021 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 16 February 2022.
  2. ^ "M&T Bank Corp". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ a b Pierce, Kent (18 October 2022). "M&T launches 'multicultural banking center' in East Hartford". WTNH.
  4. ^ "First Empire State Corporation Changes Name To M&T Bank Corporation" (PDF). ir.mtb.com. May 19, 1998.
  5. ^ Reynolds, Ben (March 3, 2017). "Buffett Stocks in Focus: M&T Bank". Yahoo! Finance.
  6. ^ Engren, John (February 20, 2012). "M&T Bank's Bob Wilmers is Too Sharp to Fail". Institutional Investor.
  7. ^ "M&T Bank Says It Will Maintain New England Headquarters in Bridgeport After People's United Merger". 6 August 2021.
  8. ^ "M&T Bank Unveils Buffalo Tech Hub @ Seneca One". Buffalo Rising. 19 April 2021.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "M&T Bank Celebrates 150 Years". ir.mtb.com. Buffalo, New York: M&T Bank. August 24, 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Newsroom: History". M&T Bank. Archived from the original on 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  12. ^ a b Eavis, Peter (April 9, 2012). "Despite Good Health, Bank Holds Tight to TARP Funds". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced In Money Laundering Scheme" (Press release). United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. February 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Bodley, Michael (June 18, 2014). "M&T Bank ordered to forfeit $560,000 of laundered drug proceeds". The Baltimore Sun.
  15. ^ "M&T Bank Announces Passing of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers" (Press release). PR Newswire. December 17, 2017.
  16. ^ Flynn, Dan (2 December 2022). "2022 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year: M&T Bank boosts daily lives for thousands of people". Community Foundation of Howard County.
  17. ^ "M&T Bank announces $25M philanthropic initiative, CT set to receive most funds". News Times. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Warren, Tom (August 17, 2022). "Stefon Diggs is the newest Bills player to partner with M&T Bank". Buffal Rumblings.
  19. ^ Glynn, Matt (19 January 2022). "M&T Bank using "multicultural branches" to expand outreach". Buffalo News.
  20. ^ Rocheleau, Michael (15 July 2021). "M&T Bank named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion". Delaware Business Times.
  21. ^ "2022 Best Places to Work". Disability Equality Index.
  22. ^ "Investor Relations: Acquisitions". M&T Bank.
  23. ^ "M&T Buys Central Trust, Endicott Bank Fast-Growing Buffalo Bank Pays $111 Million for Two MidAtlantic Subsidiaries". The Buffalo News. February 23, 1992.
  24. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (November 3, 1997). "M&T parent adopts bank with local branches". American City Business Journals.
  25. ^ "M&T Bank To Acquire 29 Chase Branches". American City Business Journals. June 4, 1999.
  26. ^ "M&T Bank to Acquire Keystone Financial". Los Angeles Times. Bloomberg News. May 18, 2000.
  27. ^ "Company News: M & T Bank in Deal to Acquire Premier National Bancorp". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 11, 2000.
  28. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Consummates Acquisition of Allfirst Financial Inc" (Press release). PR Newswire. April 1, 2003.[permanent dead link]
  29. ^ Patalon III, William (April 2, 2003). "Allfirst's sale to M&T Bank is completed". The Baltimore Sun.
  30. ^ "Allied Irish Selling $2.2 Billion Stake in M&T". The New York Times. October 6, 2010.
  31. ^ Appelbaum, Binyamin (December 20, 2008). "M&T Agrees to Buy Provident Bank". The Washington Post.
  32. ^ "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.
  33. ^ Adams, Thomas (September 25, 2007). "M&T buys First Horizon branches". American City Business Journals.
  34. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Completes Acquisition of Provident Bankshares Corporation" (Press release). PR Newswire. May 26, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ "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.
  36. ^ Haber, Gary; Sullivan, Joanna (August 31, 2009). "Feds seize Bradford Bank; M&T to buy assets". American City Business Journals.
  37. ^ "M&T to acquire Delaware bank". American City Business Journals. November 1, 2010.
  38. ^ "M&T Bank to Buy Hudson City Bancorp for $3.7 Billion". The New York Times. August 27, 2012.
  39. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Completes Acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp, Inc" (Press release). PR Newswire. November 2, 2015.
  40. ^ Ensign, Rachel Louise (November 2, 2015). "M&T Bank Completes Acquisition of Hudson City After 3-Year Delay". The Wall Street Journal.
  41. ^ Crittenden, Michael R. (June 18, 2013). "Fed Cites M&T for Anti-Money Laundering Problems". The Wall Street Journal.
  42. ^ Kline, Allissa (June 18, 2014). "Drug money-laundering probe costs M&T $560K". American City Business Journals.
  43. ^ "PBCT/MTB: M&T Bank, People's United to Form Diversified Banking Franchise in $7.6B All-Stock Transaction". Reorg. February 22, 2021.
  44. ^ "M&T Bank to Buy People's United for $7.6 billion". WSJ. February 22, 2021.
  45. ^ "M&T ready to capitalize on People's deal". The Buffalo News. March 11, 2022.
  46. ^ "M&T Bank completes $8.3 billion acquisition of People's United". Vermont Biz. 4 April 2022.
  47. ^ "M&T Bank Corporation Completes Acquisition of People's United Financial, Inc" (Press release). M&T Bank. April 2, 2022.

External links[edit]

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