PacWest Bancorp’s contentious acquisition of First California Bank has closed but the dust hasn’t settled yet on the $243 million merger. As the deal was sealed, the banks announced that federal regulators had ordered First California to pay a $600,000 fine and set up $1.1 million in restitution to more than 64,000 consumers who had Read More →
Westlake Village-based First California Financial Group has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine and set up $1.1 million in restitution to more than 64,000 consumers who used its prepaid debit card products. The announcement from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. comes on the day that Los Angeles-based PacWest Bancorp’s $237 million acquisition of First California Read More →
PacWest Bancorp’s $231 million acquisition of Westlake Village-based First California Bank will push numerous Ventura County branches onto the market, and the CEO of the next largest independent bank in the region says she’s taking a hard look. “It’s a market we’re very interested in expanding into,” Simone Lagomarsino, CEO of Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Read More →
Shareholders in First California Financial Group voted overwhelmingly in favor of merging the bank into rival PacWest Bancorp at a March 20 meeting. Investors in the Westlake Village bank cast 23.4 million votes in favor of the $233 million deal, with 212,252 shares voting against the proposal and 5,865 abstaining. The deal still requires regulatory Read More →
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Union Bank sent shockwaves through the region with the announcement that it will cut almost 500 Santa Barbara Bank & Trust jobs as it completes a $1.5 billion acquisition. But the rollout of the San Francisco-based lender’s vastly increased footprint in the region also creates new opportunities for middle-market companies to get debt financing, experts Read More →
With the Tri-Counties’ two largest banks being acquired by bigger players, the regional lending landscape is shifting dramatically away from community financial institutions. Los Angeles-based PacWest Bancorp said Nov. 6 that it is buying First California Financial Group for $231 million in an all-stock deal. At $8 per share, PacWest’s bid represents an 18.5 percent Read More →