Will $1 billion California deal jump-start West Coast M&A?


Unlike other regions of the country, the western U.S. has seen very few large bank mergers in recent years. Here's why Pacific Premier's acquisition of Opus Bank could change that.


New Columbia Bank chief eyes return to M&A


Incoming CEO Clint Stein said the Tacoma, Wash., company is ready to revisit deals after spending three years updating its digital platforms.


HomeStreet fined for RESPA violations


The FDIC ordered the Seattle bank to pay a nearly $1.4 million fine tied to improper agreements with real estate brokers and homebuilders.


Incoming ABA chair on credit union takeovers of banks: Enough


Laurie Stewart says a string of bank sales to credit unions supports the case that the latter's tax-exempt status should be eliminated.


What’s fueling Citizens’ westward expansion


The Providence, R.I., bank recently installed a new regional head in California to oversee a commercial banking expansion into five western states. The bank says it’s trying to craft a successful growth strategy while reassuring investors it isn’t overreaching.


Why 'WaFd'? To avoid being seen as a credit union


When Washington Federal last rebranded, it was to signal its shift from a savings and loan association to a commercial bank. This time around, it's to reflect geographic diversity and its desire to be viewed as a bank.


Columbia Banking System will promote Clint Stein to CEO


The transition to Stein from Hadley Robbins is the result of a multiyear succession process, the Tacoma, Wash., company said. Robbins had succeeded the late Melanie Dressel.


Sandy Spring to buy Revere Bank


The company will add nearly a dozen branches in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.


Washington Federal changes its bank's name


The Seattle company rebranded as WaFd Bank to address confusion that it might have ties to the federal government.


1st Security's first impression of Anchor was lasting


The two banks' strong chemistry helped 1st Security's integration of Anchor go smoothly.