Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc.

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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (“ConnectOne” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CNOB) related to the proposed acquisition of the Company by Center Bancorp. The stock transaction is valued at approximately $243 million, or $48.50 per share.

This investigation concerns whether the Board of Directors of ConnectOne breached their fiduciary duties to stockholders by failing to adequately shop the Company before agreeing to enter into the proposed transaction, and whether the Company has disclosed all material information to shareholders about the transaction. The Company has seen substantial recent growth. Its share price has skyrocketed from $28.75 on May 24, 2013 to $39.83 on January 17, 2014.

If you are a shareholder of ConnectOne, if you have information or would like to learn more about our investigation, or if you wish to discuss these matters or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, Toll Free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to howardsmith@howardsmithlaw.com, or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com.


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