Leading Banking And Finance Law Firm

King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano has an extensive corporate practice built upon its broad representation and experience in community banking and other financial services businesses. Over the years, our lawyers have formed, recapitalized, sold or acquired over 100 financial services firms.

Our services include:

  • Approval of applications and representation before regulatory agencies in connection with the resolution of interpretive issues under applicable laws
  • Negotiating and documenting mergers, acquisitions and recapitalizations
  • The filing and processing of new charters and other regulatory applications
  • Advice and representation in connection with regulatory enforcement proceedings and regulatory compliance
  • Lending
  • Securities offerings

Recent banking transactions include:

  • Vibra Bank merger with Pacific Commerce Bank (closed, April 2015)
  • Bank of Sacramento acquisition by AmericanWest Bank (closed, February 2015)
  • Manhattan Bancorp merger with Plaza Bancorp (January 2015, pending)
  • Recapitalization of NCAL Bancorp and purchase of trust preferred securities from US Treasury (closed, December 2014)
  • 1st Enterprise Bank merger with California United Bank (closed, November 2014)
  • Sierra Bancorp acquisition of Santa Clara Valley Bank, N.A. (closed, November 2014)
  • Holding company reorganization of PBB Bancorp and Premier Business Bank (closed, November 2014)
  • Premier Business Bank private placement (closed, September 2014)
  • Cathay Bank acquisition of San Francisco branch of Gateway Bank (closed, July 2014)
  • Mission Community Bancorp acquisition by Heritage Oaks Bancorp (closed, February 2014)
  • Saehan Bancorp acquisition by Wilshire Bancorp Inc. (closed, November 2013)
  • Banc of California sale of eight branches to AmericanWest Bank (closed, October 2013)
  • Acquisition of R.E. Wacker Associates from Union Bank, N.A. (closed, October 2013)
  • CS Financial Inc. acquisition by Banc of California (closed, October 2013)
  • Private Bank of California acquisition by First PacTrust Bancorp (closed, July 2013)
  • Visalia Community Bank acquisition by Central Valley Community Bancorp (closed, July 2013)
  • Cathay Bank acquisition of branches from Nevada National Bank (closed, June 2013)
  • Los Angeles National Bank acquisition by Royal Business Bank (closed, May 2013)

In addition, we provide representation in connection with loan transactions, including purchases and sales and participation agreements.