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City National Bank, Los Angeles, California, Assumes All of the Deposits of Imperial Capital Bank, La Jolla, California

December 18, 2009
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Greg Hernandez (202) 898-6993

Imperial Capital Bank, La Jolla, California, was closed today by the California Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with City National Bank, Los Angeles, California, to assume all of the deposits of Imperial Capital Bank.

The nine branches of Imperial Capital Bank will reopen during normal business hours on Monday as branches of City National Bank. Depositors of Imperial Capital Bank will automatically become depositors of City National Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from City National Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other City National Bank branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Imperial Capital Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of September 30, 2009, Imperial Capital Bank had approximately $4.0 billion in total assets and $2.8 billion in total deposits. City National Bank paid the FDIC a .24 percent premium for the right to assume all of the deposits of Imperial Capital Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, City National Bank agreed to purchase $3.3 billion of the failed bank's assets. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.

The FDIC and City National Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $2.5 billion of Imperial Capital Bank's assets. City National Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit:

Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-613-0523. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., PST; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., PST; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., PST. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's Web site at .

Due to the Christmas Holiday, the toll-free number will not be operational between the hours of 3 p.m., Thursday, December 24, and 8:00 a.m., Monday, December 28. At that time the toll-free number will resume its normal hours.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $619.2 million. City National Bank's acquisition of all the deposits was the "least costly" resolution for the FDIC's DIF compared to all alternatives. Imperial Capital Bank is the 139th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the sixteenth in California. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Pacific Coast National Bank, San Clemente, on November 13, 2009.

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,099 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-238-2009

Last Updated 12/18/2009

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