Representing a Trusted Client for the Past 100 Years
“Pullman & Comley attorneys have become our trusted partners — people we rely upon to help us achieve our business goals and provide excellent service to our customers. We are proud to have Pullman in our corner.” - Jack Barnes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, People's United Bank, N.A. and People's United Financial, Inc.
Since its founding more than 175 years ago, People's United Bank has focused on serving its customers and contributing to the communities in which it operates. From a single branch in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the bank has become a $44 billion full-service, regional bank, with nearly 400 branches and more than 5,000 employees spread across six states, from New York to Maine. During the last 100 years, Pullman & Comley has represented the bank and been a key partner in its growth.
The firm has played an integral role in supporting the bank’s growth, providing mastery and counsel concerning acquisitions, geographic expansion and entry into new business lines. The firm represented the bank in its first major bank acquisition in 1975, as well as in the many acquisitions that followed. It has also represented People’s in its entry and exit from the credit card business; the development of the bank’s trust department and discount brokerage business; the creation of the bank’s IRA and pension plan programs; the development of its consumer financing business and, perhaps most importantly, the conversion from a mutual savings bank to a publicly held, full service commercial bank.
Today, Pullman & Comley represents People’s in a broad variety of service areas including commercial real estate and commercial loan transactions; consumer lending transactions; investment, securities and environmental law; general corporate matters; compliance with ERISA, and other complex employment and employee benefit rules and regulations; and litigation, to name a few. “We at People’s consider Pullman & Comley's attorneys subject matter experts who understand our business and the needs of the markets in which we operate,” said Jack Barnes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, People's United Bank, N.A. and People's United Financial, Inc. “They provide comprehensive and sophisticated legal advice. But just as importantly, they take the time to listen to us and to identify practical, business-oriented solutions. “