Patriot National won't let reg order stifle its small-business plans


The Connecticut bank, which has been unable to complete a pending deal for an SBA platform, has managed to build the business anyway.


Inside the bank deal that survived after a CEO quit


Rheo Brouillard, the head of SI Financial, finally had a solid offer in hand after more than two years of searching for a buyer. But the resignation 10 days later of the man who made him that offer — Berkshire Hills’ Michael Daly — sent Brouillard scrambling.


Survival strategies from a midsize bank chief


John Ciulla, one year in as CEO of Webster Financial, discusses how he is preparing for the next downturn, picking his spots in tech spending, and remaining cautious about M&A.


CECL talks could get heated as detractors weigh in


At a FASB meeting Monday on proposed changes to the accounting standard, its critics will be given a platform.


KeyCorp’s deal for student lender raises eyebrows


Executives at Key pushed back against doubts over a deal for Laurel Road Bank’s digital lending platform so late in the credit cycle, arguing that its customers are prime borrowers with high incomes.


KeyCorp to buy digital platform from Conn. community bank


The online platform, created by Laurel Road Bank in 2013, allows users to refinance student loans and originate mortgages.


Alternative lenders try to fill void left by shutdown


The tricky part: raising awareness without appearing to take advantage of borrowers at a time when agencies like the SBA are out of commission.


How a congratulatory call on one bank deal led to another


Bob Mahoney, CEO of Belmont Savings, called Jack Barnes after People's United agreed to buy a Connecticut bank. The banks announced their own merger agreement five months later.


Berkshire Hills to enter Rhode Island with SI Financial purchase


The $180 million acquisition is the first for Berkshire since the sudden departure of CEO Michael Daly.


People’s United’s plan to bulk up in Boston: Target tech firms


The Bridgeport, Conn., company is developing a specialty in banking technology businesses. Like so many other small regionals with ambitious growth plans, it faces a tricky balancing act: how to take creative risks without getting in over its head.