Department of Financial Institutions Announces New State Bank – California Business Bank

Oct 25, 2005

San Francisco-The California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that the Department has approved the opening of a new state bank. California Business Bank will open its doors in Los Angeles on November 1, 2005 with an initial capital of $18.5 million.

“I am pleased to welcome California Business Bank- the 18th new bank to open in 2005 – and report that state-chartered banks continue to grow and prosper in California,” said Brian Yuen, Acting Commissioner of Financial Institutions. During the last five years, 56 new state-chartered banks have opened with DFI approval. In addition, over 120 branches also opened their doors. “Each new bank has its unique characteristics, which range from serving a small community or ethnic community to offering special services for small businesses and professionals,” added Yuen.

California Business Bank is located at 800 West Sixth Street, Suite 1000, Los Angeles, California 90017. The bank’s telephone number is (213) 688-9668 and their fax is (213) 688-2973.

Mr. Charles R. Wood will serve as President and CEO and Ms. Yu-Ching Lau as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Like all California state-chartered banks, California Business Bank deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), up to $100,000 per depositor.

DFI supervises over 650 financial institutions. The Department is responsible for administering state laws regulating state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign banks, issuers of travelers’ checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. DFI reports to Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.