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Sutherland Represents Sterling Bank in Definitive Purchase and Assumption Agreement to Acquire $500 Million in Deposits and 19 Bank Branches Located in Houston and Dallas

August 11, 2009

HOUSTON (August 11, 2009)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is advising Sterling Bank, a subsidiary of Sterling Bancshares, Inc., in its definitive purchase and assumption agreement to acquire approximately $500 million in deposits and 19 Texas bank branches from First Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank. The deposits to be acquired consist primarily of core deposits.

The deal, announced August 10, 2009, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

The Sutherland team is led by Corporate and Financial Services Partner Annette L. Tripp in Houston and includes Real Estate Partner Jennifer R. Van Ness in Atlanta, Energy and Environmental Partner Daniella Landers in Houston, Corporate Associate Xavier D. Jordan in Houston, Tax Associate Vanessa A. Scott in Washington, D.C., and Real Estate Associates Garland L. Reid and Justin Lischak Earley in Atlanta.

SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
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DEAL NOTIFICATION

Acquirer and Target Name, Nation, Business Description: 
Sterling Bancshares, Inc., is a Houston-based bank holding company with total assets of $4.9 billion, which operates 60 banking centers in the greater metropolitan areas of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The Company's common stock is traded through the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SBIB." For more information on Sterling Bancshares, please visit the Company's Web site at banksterling.com.

First Banks, Inc., the parent company of First Bank, had assets of $10.40 billion at June 30, 2009, and currently operates 210 branch banking offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Texas. Through its subsidiary bank, First Bank, the Company offers a broad range of financial products and services to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit First Banks on the Web at firstbanks.com.

Date Deal Announced: August 10, 2009

Date of Completion (if applicable): Pending 

Deal Status: Pending

Which Party Firm Advised: Sterling Bank

Advisory Role: Legal Counsel

Deal Description or Comments (if necessary):
Sterling Bank, a subsidiary of Sterling Bancshares, Inc., has entered into a definitive purchase and assumption agreement to acquire approximately $500 million in deposits and 19 Texas bank branches from First Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank.

Bidder: Sterling Bank, a subsidiary of Sterling Bancshares, Inc.

Lawyers for Target: John S. Daniels

Lawyers for Bidder: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

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