Opus Bank Announces Further Expansion of Its Merchant Bank

− Paul E. Kacik Joins as Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking −

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Opus Bank (“Opus”) (Nasdaq: OPB) announced that Paul E. Kacik has joined Opus as Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Investment Banking within Opus’ Merchant Banking division. Mr. Kacik, a 24-year investment banking veteran, is responsible for providing M&A advisory services, debt and equity capital solutions, and other strategic advisory services to healthcare providers and practitioners.

Stephen H. Gordon, Founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Opus Bank, stated, “Over the years, banks have become exceedingly product focused and have failed to effectively provide broader and more sophisticated client centric solutions, including access to alternative sources of capital, M&A and other strategic advisory solutions. The addition of Paul joining our Merchant Banking division enables Opus to integrate our niche Healthcare Banking focus with complimentary investment banking expertise, better positioning Opus to provide a comprehensive and customized financial and strategic solution for those within the healthcare industry.”

Dale Cheney, Senior Managing Director, Head of the Merchant Banking division, stated, “We are pleased that Paul has joined Opus to lead our Healthcare Investment Banking efforts. He is a highly-talented and experienced investment banking professional whose background complements our merchant banking model of providing a comprehensive and integrated principal investing and advisory solution to middle-market companies.”

Mr. Kacik joins Opus’ Merchant Banking division from Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC in Los Angeles, where he served as Managing Director – Healthcare Investment Banking and was responsible for the origination and execution of middle-market Healthcare M&A transactions. From 2009 and following its acquisition by DA Davidson & Co. in 2011, Mr. Kacik served as Managing Director – Head of Healthcare Investment Banking with McGladrey Capital Markets, LLC where he led the national healthcare investment banking practice and was responsible for the oversight of all origination and execution efforts in the healthcare sector. From 2004 and following its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities in 2006, Mr. Kacik served as Senior Vice President – Head of Healthcare Investment Banking with Barrington Associates, where he was responsible for originating and executing corporate finance transactions, including buy and sell-side M&A, equity and debt fundraising, and private equity recapitalizations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kacik served in banking and finance roles with Smith Barney, Solomon International, LP, and Technomark. LTD. Mr. Kacik holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Sir John Cass Business School – City University, London, England.

About Opus Bank’s Merchant Banking Division

Opus’ Merchant Banking division focuses on providing capital and advisory solutions to middle market companies for mergers & acquisitions, growth capital, leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, and balance sheet restructurings. The Merchant Banking division’s equity services and solutions include raising capital through the private placement of equity for clients in the Healthcare, Technology, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer, and Food and Beverage sectors, as well as other sectors served by Opus’ Commercial Banking division.

About Opus Bank

Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $6.2 billion of total assets, $5.0 billion of total loans, and $4.9 billion in total deposits as of September 30, 2015. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, Merchant Bank, and Correspondent Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products, including commercial business, healthcare, technology, multifamily residential, commercial real estate, and structured finance, and is an SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank offers commercial escrow services and facilitates 1031 Exchange transactions through its Commerce Escrow Company and RPM Investments divisions. Opus Bank provides clients with financial and advisory services related to raising equity capital, targeted acquisition and divestiture strategies, general mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, balance sheet restructuring, valuation, strategy, and performance improvement through its Merchant Banking division and its broker-dealer subsidiary, Opus Financial Partners. Opus Bank operates 58 client experience centers, including 33 in California, 22 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington, two in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, and one in Portland, Oregon. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com. Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contacts

Opus Bank
Mr. Stephen H. Gordon
Chairman, CEO & President
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
or
Dale Cheney
Senior Managing Director
Merchant Banking Division
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
or
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP, Director of Corporate Strategy/Communications
Telephone: (949) 251-8146

Contacts

Opus Bank
Mr. Stephen H. Gordon
Chairman, CEO & President
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
or
Dale Cheney
Senior Managing Director
Merchant Banking Division
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
or
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP, Director of Corporate Strategy/Communications
Telephone: (949) 251-8146