STEVENSON, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Square 1 Financial, Inc. (“Square 1” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SQBK) relating to the proposed buyout of the Company by PacWest Bancorp (“PacWest”).
On March 2, 2015, Square 1 and PacWest announced the signing of a definitive agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which PacWest will acquire Square 1 in a transaction valued at approximately $849 million.
Under the terms of the transaction, Square 1 shareholders are anticipated to receive a fixed ratio of 0.5997 shares of PacWest for each Square 1 common share they own, or approximately $27.49 per share. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, though Square 1 shareholders will most likely be asked to vote on the transaction well before that time.
The firm’s investigation seeks to determine, among other things, whether the Company’s Board of Directors failed to satisfy their duties to shareholders, including whether the Board adequately pursued alternatives to the acquisition and whether the Board obtained the best price possible for the Company’s shares of common stock.
If you currently own common stock of Square 1 and would like to learn more about the investigation being conducted by Brower Piven, without cost or obligation to you, please visit our website at http://www.browerpiven.com/currentinvestigations.html. You may also request more information by contacting Brower Piven either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (410) 415-6616.
Attorneys at Brower Piven have extensive experience in litigating securities and other class action cases and have been advocating for the rights of shareholders since the 1980s.