City National buys intellectual rights firm with entertainment focus


The Los Angeles unit of Royal Bank of Canada plans to use FilmTrack to handle more complex transactions for major networks, studios and distributors.


As benefit payments went digital, banks had to improve cash access


Most agencies use electronic benefit transfer to deliver funds to prepaid cards, but recipients who need access to cash are often caught in a bind, with fewer convenient or free ATMs available in an increasingly digital payments landscape.


Banner deepens ties to California with AltaPacific acquisition


The Washington company will have more than $1 billion in assets in southern California when the $87 million deal closes.


Small bank sees big opportunity for middle-market lending in San Diego


Several megabanks dominate the market, but First Choice is seeking to expand there by catering to its ready supply of midsize businesses. It's not the only one.


CVB Financial finds itself in need of a new leader


Christopher Myers will retire as president and chief executive of CVB next spring, and the California bank says it will hire a search firm to begin seeking his replacement.


First Republic views loan growth as key offset to margin pressure


The San Francisco company touted a strong pipeline for loans over the rest of this year.


The real story behind the Presidio-Heritage deal


The pair spoke in grand terms when they announced they were combining, but a securities filing tied to the agreement serves as a reminder that when two banks decide to become one, it's often because they have to.


BayCom to enter Denver with TIG Bancorp acquisition


The California company will pay $39.4 million for the parent of First State Bank of Colorado.


Cross River gets onboarding system it coveted in fintech deal


Seed, a San Francisco startup, has developed a platform that lets small businesses quickly open accounts online. That's an important feature for Cross River as it courts more fintech clients.


As California mulls rules for payday loan alternative, rifts emerge


Companies that offer early access to earned wages want a regulatory framework for their fast-growing industry. But the bill under consideration in Sacramento is exposing big divisions in the sector.