News ReleaseWednesday, December 18, 2013
Liberty Bank, N.A. Announces Termination of Formal Agreement with the Comptroller of the Currency
December 18, 2013; Beachwood, Ohio - Liberty Bank, N.A. (the "Bank") today announced that on December 16, 2013, the Bank was informed by its primary regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), that the formal written agreement between the Bank and the OCC, dated January 25, 2011 (the "Agreement"), was terminated effective December 12, 2013.
Bill Valerian, the Bank's Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "We are very pleased with the action taken by the OCC and are gratified that our primary regulator has recognized the significant progress we have made in addressing the requirements of the Agreement. We have committed significant time and resources to fully address matters raised by the OCC. We believe as a result, we are a financially stronger bank with systems and processes that will aid us as we continue to provide quality services to our customers. I would like to express, on behalf of our board of directors and management, our appreciation to our employees who have helped us to address successfully the regulatory issues set forth in the Agreement."
About Liberty Bank, N.A.
Founded in 1990, the Beachwood, Ohio-based Liberty Bank, N.A. is a full-service community national bank with assets of $208 million as of November 30, 2013. With branch offices in Beachwood, Solon and Twinsburg, the independently-owned bank serves local consumers and privately held businesses with sales of up to $50 million. Liberty Bank specializes in providing innovative financing and cash management services for commercial customers together with competitive rates and a high level of personalized customer service.
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William A. Valerian, Chairman, President and CEO