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Big Decisions in Banking

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an executive conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence

In partnership with: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Executing an acquisition or selling is one of the biggest decisions a bank management team makes. But bank operators make other important decisions every day as they work to create a high-performing institution. Mark your calendar for Big Decisions in Banking, formerly the SNL Bank M&A Symposium. This year's event will extend beyond transactions and discuss other aspects of a bank’s strategic plan including, capital management, regulation, risk management, customer experience and technology.Whether you are a buyer, seller, or resolutely independent, we'll exchange ideas that will help you determine your goals and set a course to achieve them.You'll hear from some of the industry's most influential commercial bankers, advisors and investors as they share their perspectives to help you develop your strategy for growth.

For speaking information, please contact Maureen Hollar McKenna at (434) 951-6904 or

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Hodges at (434) 951-7628 or


Scarlett Sieber
Opus Bank
SVP, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Strategic Transformation & Digital
Robert Jones
Old National Bancorp
Chairman & CEO
John A. Kanas
BankUnited, Inc.
Jeff Lee
Seacoast Banking Corp of Florida
EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Richard D. Callicutt II
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Chairman of The Carolinas and Virginia, Executive Committee and Board Member
Francesco Ceccato
Group Head, Barclays Corporate Development & Principal Investments
H. Rodgin Cohen
Sullivan & Cromwell
Senior Chairman
Sally Pope Davis
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Portfolio Manager
Mitchell S. Eitel
Sullivan & Cromwell
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Dale Gibbons
Western Alliance Bancorp
Stan Ivie
PacWest Bancorp
EVP, Chief Risk Officer
Matthew Lusco
Regions Bank
SEVP and Chief Risk Officer
Mark J. Menting
Sullivan & Cromwell
Conference Co-Chair; Partner
Alice Milligan
Citi Global Cards
Chief Customer and Digital Experience Officer
Hans Morris
NYCA Partners
Managing Partner
Bill Parker
US Bancorp
Vice Chairman & CRO
David T. Provost
Chemical Financial Corporation
President and CEO
Clint Stein
Columbia Bank

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This content-rich, executive conference feature keynotes from industry experts, executive panel discussions, and ample networking opportunities for attendees. Position your company as a market leader by becoming a corporate sponsor of this event. Click here to request more information or contact Brian Hodges at (434) 951-7628 or

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Platinum Sponsor

Crowe Horwath

Gold Sponsor

Sandler O Neil  

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2017 Brochure: Big Decisions in Banking

2017 Justification Guide: Big Decisions in Banking

Wireless access will be available during the program and presentations will be available online to all attendees. Please bring your iPad/tablet/laptop should you like to access these materials during the program.

Who attends?
Attendees at Big Decisions in Banking include:

  • CEO, CFO, COO, CRO, CCO, Regional Presidents
  • EVP/SVP Corporate Development, EVP/SVP Corporate Strategy, Head of IR, Director of Finance, Controller, Product Line Heads and other senior level professionals in the Finance, Corporate Strategy, Risk, and Operations functions at commercial banks
  • Investment banks, consultants, legal advisors for commercial banks
  • Investors in the banking industry

What is the dress code?
Formal business attire.

What meals are included?
Your registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch for both days of the program. Also included is the welcome reception the evening prior to the start of the program, plus the cocktail reception on the evening of Day One.

Are accommodations included?
Accommodations are not included as part of your registration. We have negotiated a rate at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park of $485 per night, excluding taxes and fees. This rate is available through Monday, September 18, 2017 by calling 1-800-241-3333.

Does this program have a 'Satisfaction Guarantee'?
Yes, it's straight and simple. We firmly believe in the content value of this program, and we will refund your registration fee in full if,

  1. You rate this program a 1 or 2 (on a five point scale) on the evaluation form distributed at the conclusion of the program,
  2. You provide specifics on the evaluation form as to the cause of your dissatisfaction, and
  3. You agree to talk with us if we call to discuss how we can improve the program going forward.

What are the terms of registration?
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 Knowledge Center 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.

The Knowledge Center reserves the right to cancel/change programs, content, speakers or venue at any time. The Knowledge Center reserves the right to make portions of the program registration information available to program sponsors. The Knowledge Center will not be held liable for any costs incurred by registrant due to individual registration cancellation. In the event that a seminar is cancelled due to inclement weather, faculty cancellation or force majeure, the Knowledge Center will refund the registrant's tuition in full, however the Knowledge Center will not be liable for incidental or consequential out of pocket expenses incurred by the registrant. If you have questions regarding the Knowledge Center's refund, complaint or program cancellation policy, please call us at (434) 951-7786.

Registrant, as an individual person attending a Knowledge Center conference, seminar, or other program, hereby grants permission to the Knowledge Center to use and publish his or her image, likeness, or testimonials collected in connection with the program for advertising and trade purposes in connection with the Knowledge Center’s conferences, instructional, and/or marketing activities.

Continuing Education Credits

9 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, SNL Knowledge Center has determined that this program qualifies for 9 credit hour(s). If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE tracking tool.
11 Hours of CPE Credit
Participants who complete this program qualify for 11 hours of CPE credit (Specialized Knowledge and Applications). Program Level: Intermediate. Delivery Method: Group-based live. The S&P Global Market Intelligence 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
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