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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2003--City National Bank, thesecond largest independent bank headquartered in California, todayannounced that Kevin Conroy and Robin S. Balding have joined the bankas senior vice presidents and co-directors of Legal Services Bankingfor its New York office.

As co-directors, Conroy and Balding will be responsible forgrowing the bank's legal services client base in New York. They willreport to George H. Benter, Jr., City National's president and chiefoperating officer.

Conroy is a 20-year career veteran of Citigroup, specializing inprivate banking services to the legal community. Most recently, he wasgroup managing director and regional sales manager of the Law FirmGroup at Citigroup Private Bank. During this period, he managed salesteams in New York, London, Philadelphia and Connecticut.

Balding, also formerly with Citigroup's Law Firm Group, began hiscareer in financial services 33 years ago with Chemical Bank (nowJPMorgan Chase) and in 1985 was named head of the ProfessionalServices Region in Chemical's Private Bank. He joined Citigroup as amarketplace manager in 1990, overseeing offices in major marketsacross the nation. He most recently was responsible for the startupand ongoing management of its sales team in London.

"Kevin and Robin have significant expertise and a record ofsuccess providing banking services to the legal community. Theirexperience is particularly well suited to our growth objectives inthis important industry," said Benter. "This move is an excellentexample of our efforts to invest strategically in areas of high growthopportunity that are consistent with City National's unique brand ofrelationship banking and demonstrates our long-term commitment toserving all of the financial needs of our law firm clients."

City National Bank's Legal Services Banking delivers completefinancial solutions to meet the special cash flow and capitalrequirements of law firms, as well as specialized financial services,including 401(k) retirement capabilities, for their partners,associates and staff. Long considered a leader in serving thefinancial needs of the legal community, the bank currently hasrelationships with hundreds of law firms, including six of SouthernCalifornia's 10 largest firms.

The New York office was opened in December 2002 to meet thefinancial needs of City National clients who conduct business on bothcoasts, as well as successful executives, professionals and otherprivate banking clients who reside or do business in New York. Locatedat 400 Park Avenue in Manhattan, the office offers private banking,business banking and other specialized services.

About City National

City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN) is a financial servicescompany with $12.8 billion in total assets. Its wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, is California's Premier Private andBusiness Bank(R), providing banking, investment and trust servicesthrough 54 offices, including 12 full-service regional centers, inSouthern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.

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