Author Paul Davis

Contributing Editor Paul Davis, founder of Bank Slate and director of market intelligence at Strategic Resource Management, has more than 20 years of experience following the banking industry. Prior to joining SRM, an advisory firm in Memphis, Tennessee, he was editor for community banking and M&A at American Banker. He has held leadership positions at SNL Financial, where he was news editor and senior bank reporter, and American City Business Journals. Paul joined American Banker in 2005, covering large banks during the financial crisis and the post-crisis recovery. Paul has been featured as a speaker at the Federal Reserve, the ABA and FIS Global, and he has been regularly quoted by American Banker, S&P Global Market Intelligence and Bank Director. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Wake Forest University.


Safra New York Corp. the parent of the $9.5 billion-asset Safra National Bank of New York, has agreed to buy Delta North Bankcorp in New York, the holding company for Delta National Bank and Trust.


Prosperity Bancshares in Houston has agreed to buy Lone Star State Bancshares in Lubbock, Texas, and First Bancshares of Texas in Midland, marking Prosperity’s first bank deals since it bought LegacyTexas Financial Group in 2019.

Community Banking

TowneBank in Suffolk, Virginia, has agreed to buy Farmers Bankshares in Windsor, Virginia. The $16.9 billion-asset TowneBank said in a press release Thursday that it will pay $56 million in stock for the $609 million-asset Farmers.