A Fireside Chat with Seasoned West Coast Acquirers
Moderated by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Sessions

During the depths of the Covid crisis, bank M&A activity came to a screeching halt. However, since the end of the 1st quarter of 2021, the pace has returned to pre-Covid levels and some of the traditional players have returned. The structural forces driving consolidation have been growth challenges, scale and operational efficiencies and non-bank competitive challenges. We have seen negotiated deals growing in prominence and announced deal economics for the buyers have improved. The market, however, continues to react negatively to larger transactions. This fireside chat brings together three of the most active acquirers in the West. They will share their strategic rationale in their most recent deals and give you a sense of how they go about sourcing and evaluating M&A opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
Jeff Wishner
Managing Director
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company

Aaron Axton
Managing Director
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company

Joe Gulash
Managing Director
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company

David Brager
President and Chief Executive Officer
Citizens Business Bank

Steve Gardner
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.

Rick Smith
President & CEO
Tri Counties Bank

Clint Stein
President, CEO
Columbia Banking System