Synovus Financial Corp. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia in 1972. It is a financial services company and a registered bank holding company. The Company provides integrated financial services including commercial and retail banking, financial management, insurance and mortgage services to its customers through 28 locally-branded banking divisions of its wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Synovus Bank, and other offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Synovus Bank is a Georgia state-chartered bank. Its commercial banking services include cash management, asset management, capital markets services, institutional trust services and commercial, financial and real estate loans. Its retail banking services include accepting customary types of demand and savings deposits accounts; mortgage, installment and other retail loans; investment and brokerage services; safe deposit services; automated banking services; automated fund transfers; Internet based banking services; and bank credit card services, including MasterCard and Visa services. The Company competes actively with national and state banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions and other nonbank financial institutions, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisory firms, mortgage companies, insurance companies, trust companies, finance companies, leasing companies, mortgage companies and certain governmental agencies, all of which actively engage in marketing various types of loans, deposit accounts and other financial services. Like all bank holding companies and financial holding companies, the Company is regulated extensively under federal and state law.