DBA Digest for August 26, 2022

DBA Members Honored in Delaware's Top Workplaces 2022!

Seven DBA Members and Associate Members have been honored in the 2022 News Journal Best Workplace Awards. In the large company category (400 or more employees) Capital One Financial CorporationWSFS Bank, and Discover Financial Services ranked in the top ten (three, six, and seven, respectively). In the mid-size category (100 to 399 employees), Morris James LLP ranked fifth. In the small company category (less than 100 employees), Santora CPA Group (4th); Belfint, Lyons, & Shuman, P.A. (9th);and, Connolly Gallagher (10th); were recognized. Congratulations to all the honorees!

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Mid-Atlantic Bank Executives Forum:

September 11-13 - Lansdowne Resort

Join bank executives from five states along with a select group of industry partners for networking and sessions with nationally recognized speakers geared specifically for bank CEOs and other senior leaders.

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FDIC Directors' College -

September 23rd, Hyatt Place, Dewey, DE

There's still time to register for the 2022 FDIC Director's College, September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Hyatt Place Dewey. The FDIC Directors’ College provides ongoing education on current topics of bank supervision to bank directors, senior officers, corporate secretaries, and board advisors. The course is designed to help directors and trustees, both new and experienced, stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory environment.

This year's agenda includes: Asset-Liability Committee (ALCO) Oversight, AML/CFT Risk Assessing, Third-Party and Risk Management, a conversation with regulators, and an Economic and Banking update. Registration is $299.00/per person, with a discount of 15% for ten or more registrants. To take advantage of this group rate or to register multiple attendees, please reach out to Renee Rau at Renee.Rau@debankers.com


2022 Delaware Trust Conference - In-Person, Live Stream, and On-Demand!

Don’t miss the 2022 Delaware Trust Conference!  This year’s conference, the 17th annual, will be live at The Chase Center on the Riverfront, AND live-streaming, on October 18 & 19, AND on-demand through November!  The agenda is filled with a stellar lineup of speakers. 18 CLE credits are available, including 2.0 ethics credits. Follow the link below to view the agenda and register.

Sponsorships and Exhibiton Space still available!


DE Trust Conference Webpage

PNC Bank Names Greg Miraglia

Delaware Market Executive, Wealth Director

PNC Bank announced that Greg Miraglia will assume the role of Market Executive for Delaware. In addition to serving as Market Executive, Miraglia is assuming responsibilities for leading PNC Private Bank as Wealth Director for the market.

The promotion to Market Executive marks a homecoming of sorts for Miraglia, who began his career in Delaware. He joined PNC in 2016 and established a record of success as a Senior Relationship Strategist in Philadelphia, leading client teams and customer service initiatives in the local market. Prior to PNC, Miraglia served in a variety of client facing and leadership roles for several local and nationally branded financial institutions.

“Greg is an accomplished leader with deep expertise in wealth management and a keen understanding of the unique needs of PNC Private Bank clients,” said Joseph G. Meterchick, PNC Bank regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “Greg’s long-standing ties to Delaware and record of success is the perfect complement to the strong PNC team and foundation that exists in the market.”

Ask the Fed®: Wednesday, August 31, 2022,

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. ET: Agriculture Update

During this session, Vice President Nathan Kauffman and Assistant Vice President Nicholas Hatz of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will discuss recent developments in agricultural markets, credit conditions, and supervisory implications. 

Economic conditions in agriculture have rebounded dramatically the past two years following multiple years of prolonged weakness prior to the pandemic. Despite this improvement, however, agricultural markets have been volatile in 2022 with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and slower economic growth in the U.S. and globally. The presenters will share information of interest to agricultural lenders who are seeking to gain a better understanding of the economic and financial environment in U.S. agriculture amid heightened uncertainty and emerging risks for the year ahead.



OCC to Host Virtual Innovation Office Hours

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it will host virtual Innovation Office Hours on September 28–29, 2022, to promote responsible innovation in the federal banking system.

Office Hours are one-on-one meetings with representatives from the OCC Office of Innovation to discuss financial technology (fintech), new products or services, partnering with a bank or fintech company, or other matters related to responsible innovation in financial services. Each meeting lasts no longer than one hour. Interested parties should request a virtual Office Hours session by August 26, 2022, and are asked to provide information on the topic(s) they are interested in discussing with the Office of Innovation. The OCC will determine specific meeting times and arrangements after it receives and accepts the requests.


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73 Richards, Layton & Finger Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America

Seventy-three Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys are named in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, more lawyers than from any other Delaware firm. Best Lawyers has also selected four Richards Layton attorneys as 2023 Wilmington, Delaware Lawyers of the Year, an award presented to one outstanding lawyer in each practice area in a designated metropolitan area: William Haubert in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Cynthia Kaiser in Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Mark Purpura in Banking and Finance Law, and John Mark Zeberkiewicz in Corporate Governance Law. In addition, 12 Richards Layton attorneys are named on the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list, a ranking of up-and-coming young attorneys.

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45 Young Conaway Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, with 2 Attorneys Further Recognized as Lawyers of the Year (Wilmington, DE) and 4 Attorneys as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 45 attorneys were identified by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Two Young Conaway attorneys received further recognition as 2023 Lawyer of the Year (Wilmington, DE). Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.Young Conaway is also pleased to announce that four attorneys received 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition.

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35 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023

The Best Lawyers in America has released its 2023 edition, listing 35 attorneys from Morris Nichols. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 71,000 eligible attorneys. Morris Nichols partners Lou Hering, Karen Jacobs, Eric Klinger-Wilensky, and Ken Nachbar were named the “Lawyer of the Year” in various practice areas (noted with an asterisk below). This recognition is presented to the individual attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific location and practice area.

Additionally, eleven firm attorneys were named Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” which recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

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18 Connolly Gallagher Attorneys Recognized by

Best Lawyers®

Eighteen lawyers from Connolly Gallagher LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from thousands of eligible attorneys.

In addition, three attorneys were recognized as a Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Wilmington, Delaware. This recognition is awarded to a single outstanding lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific location and practice area. Max B. Walton received the top honor for Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, while Connolly Gallagher’s Labor and Employment Law group was recognized for both management and employee representations. Matthew F. Boyer is Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Management and Timothy M. Holly is Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Individuals.

Three other attorneys, Lauren P. DeLucaKyle Evans Gay, and Shaun Michael Kelly were each recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America.

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7 GF&M Attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023

Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A., would like to congratulate Michael M. Gordon and Daniel F. Hayward on being named in The Best Lawyers in America® for the first time. Michael and Dan are both being recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their high caliber work in Trust and Estates. GF&M would like to further congratulate Grover C. Brown (31st year), E. Norman Veasey (17th year), Peter S. Gordon (31st year), Thomas Mammarella (17th year) and Kimberly Gill McKinnon (3rd year) for again being included in The Best Lawyers in America®. For over 40 years, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the most credible measure of legal integrity and distinction in the United States. The attorneys named in this 2023 edition rank among the top 5 percent of attorneys nationwide, and, as always, are nominated exclusively by their peers. GF&M is honored to now have seven attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® for their excellence in legal practice.

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MDSU Attorneys Named 2023 Best Lawyers

 McCollom D’Emilio Smith Uebler LLC Members Matthew P. D’Emilio and Thomas A. Uebler, and Councel Kathleen P. Murphy, have been recognized as 2023 Best Lawyers in America®. Matt is the 2023 Lawyer of the Year for Trusts & Estates in Wilmington, DE. Elected by peers, Matt joins the top 6% of practicing lawyers to receive this honor. Tom received a Best Lawyers® award for his work in Trusts & Estates Litigation for the fifth consecutive year. Kathleen has been named Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law and Litigation – Securities.

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Morris James proudly announces that Best Lawyers of America 2023 has named Shannon Frazier, Rich Galperin, Lewis Lazarus, and John Newcomer "Lawyer of the Year," in their respective practices in Delaware.

Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Lawyers are selected based on the assessments of other leading lawyers in the same category.

The individuals honored as “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings for their professional abilities, expertise, and integrity.

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