Cole Taylor Bank Teams Up With Nationwide Exchange Services to Expand and Enhance Tax-Deferred Exchange Offerings

Oct 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from Taylor Capital Group, Inc.

    ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cole Taylor Bank, one of
 Chicago's largest independent banks specializing in serving closely-held
 businesses, and Nationwide Exchange Services (NES), of Cupertino, CA, jointly
 announced today that they have reached an agreement to form a strategic
 alliance in the handling of Cole Taylor's tax-deferred 1031 exchange business.
     NES is a nationwide Qualified Intermediary providing a comprehensive set
 of tax-deferred exchange products delivered through an advanced business
 process technology platform.
     As a result of this new alliance, Cole Taylor Bank's team of skilled
 exchange professionals will immediately become part of the NES team, while the
 bank will be the primary financial custodian for NES in the Midwest Region.
 "By teaming up with Nationwide Exchange Services, we can now offer our
 customers an expanded set of tax-deferred 1031 exchange products, such as
 reverse and build-to-suit exchanges, at the highest level of customer service
 while delivering the industry's most competitive cost structure," Bruce
 Taylor, Cole Taylor's President and Chief Executive Officer, explained.  "We
 believe that their systems, processes and best of class 1031 solutions,
 combined with Cole Taylor's financial security and brand recognition, will
 allow us to further grow our deposits and offer superior solutions to our
 customers," Taylor added.
     "Extensive knowledge, increased 1031 transaction visibility and proactive
 customer support are NES' trademarks," said Michael Halloran, President of
 Nationwide Exchange Services.  "The addition of the talented team from Cole
 Taylor Bank, combined with our business process technology and suite of 1031
 solutions, will enable us to deliver a level of service and value that
 seamlessly supports Cole Taylor Bank's existing exchange customers and future
 client referrals."
     Scott Nathanson, formerly the head of Cole Taylor's Deferred Exchange,
 will head up Nationwide Exchange Services' new Midwestern Regional office in
 Chicago. As Vice President and Managing Director of NES, his responsibilities
 will include raising the awareness of NES' 1031 tax-deferred products and
 services throughout the central United States. "This is an exciting time for
 both NES and Cole Taylor Bank. This alliance allows us to build on an already
 stellar reputation of expertise and excellence in 1031 transactions.
 Collaboratively we can bring distinct advantages to all 1031 customer sets,
 from commercial developers and corporate entities, through individual
 investors - part of my job will be to get the word out," said Mr. Nathanson.
     About Cole Taylor
     Cole Taylor Bank, a subsidiary of Taylor Capital Group, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   TAYC), is a dedicated business bank with  $3.1 billion in assets.
 Cole Taylor Bank is Chicago's leading commercial bank specializing in serving
 the business banking, real estate lending, and wealth management requirements
 of closely-held businesses and family owned small and mid-sized businesses.
 The Bank operates 11 banking center locations throughout the greater Chicago
 metropolitan area. Cole Taylor Bank is a member of FDIC and is an Equal
 Housing Lender.
     About Nationwide Exchange Services
     Nationwide Exchange Services ( ) is a
 leading Qualified Intermediary for Tax-Deferred 1031 Exchanges. Since 1990,
 NES has conducted thousands of successful 1031 exchange transactions across
 the nation. Today, NES is applying advanced technologies and secure business
 processes to deliver the highest standard of financial security, visibility,
 and customer service to establish a new standard for products and services in
 1031 tax-deferred exchanges.
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SOURCE Taylor Capital Group, Inc.