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Information for First Regional Bank, Los Angeles, CA
  1. Introduction
  2. Press Release
  3. Acquiring Financial Institution
  4. Question and Answer Guide
  5. Banking Services
  6. Trust Administration Services
  7. Loan Customers
  8. Possible Claims Against the Failed Institution
  9. Priority of Claims
  10. Dividend Information
  11. Brokered Deposits
  12. Purchase and Assumption Agreement (962 kb PDF File - PDF Help)
  13. Bid Summary
  14. First Regional Bank Contact information
  15. Balance Sheet Summary
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I.  Introduction
On Friday, January 29, 2010, First Regional Bank, Los Angeles, CA was closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver.  No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution.  Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a car loan, a business checking account, a commercial loan, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution.  The FDIC has compiled the following information, which should answer many of your questions.

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II.  Press Release
The FDIC has issued a press release (PR-026-2010) about the institution's closure.  If you represent a media outlet and would like information about the closure, please contact David Barr at 1-202-898-6992.
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III.  Acquiring Financial Institution
All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, NC ("assuming institution") and will be available immediately.  On Monday, February 1, 2010, the former First Regional Bank locations will reopen as branches of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company.

Your transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company for six months after the failure of First Regional Bank. Checks that were drawn on First Regional Bank that did not clear before the institution closed will be honored as long as there are sufficient funds in the account.  If you have questions about your account(s) transferred to the assuming bank, you may speak to an FDIC representative by calling 1-800-591-2817.

For general questions about FDIC deposit insurance coverage, please call 1-877-275-3342 or visit EDIE, the FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator.

EDIE - FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator

You may withdraw your funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty until you enter into a new deposit agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company as long as the deposits are not pledged as collateral for loans. You may view more information about First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company by visiting their web site.

First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company (www.firstcitizens.com)

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V.  Banking Services
The Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and online service will remain available.

As of Monday, February 1, 2010 you may continue to use the services to which you previously had access, such as safe deposit boxes, night deposit boxes, wire services, etc.

Your checks will be processed as usual.  All outstanding checks will be paid against your available balance(s) as if no change had occurred.  Your new bank will contact you soon regarding any changes in the terms of your account.  If you have a problem with a merchant refusing to accept your check, please contact your branch office.  An account representative will clear up any confusion about the validity of your checks.

All interest accrued through Friday, January 29, 2010 will be paid at your same rate.  First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company will be reviewing rates.  You will be notified of any changes.

Your automatic direct deposit(s) and/or automatic withdrawal(s) will be transferred automatically to your new bank.  If you have any questions or special requests, you may contact a representative of your assuming institution at your branch office.

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VI.   Trust Administration Services
The Trust Administration Services (TAS) was a division of First Regional Bank and was not purchased by First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. TAS has been retained as an asset of the Receivership. TAS customers may continue to make transactions on their accounts; however, the Receiver will not be processing new accounts at this time. For additional information on the TAS accounts, please see the question and answer guide.
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VII.  Loan Customers
If you had a loan with First Regional Bank, you should continue to make your payments as usual.  The terms of your loan will not change, because they are contractually agreed to in your promissory note. Checks should be made payable as usual and sent to the same address until further notice. If you have further questions regarding an existing loan, please contact your loan officer.

For all questions regarding new loans and the lending policies of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, please contact your branch office.

Please see A Borrower’s Guide to an FDIC Insured Bank Failure for additional information.

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VIII.  Possible Claims Against the Failed Institution
Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. If you or your company provided a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to First Regional Bank after Friday, January 29, 2010 and have not been paid, you do not have a claim against First Regional Bank. Please follow your normal billing procedures by providing an invoice as instructed.

If you or your company provided a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to First Regional Bank prior to Friday, January, 29, 2010 and have not been paid, you may be entitled to a claim against the bank. If you provided a product to or a service for First Regional Bank prior to the bank's failure for which you have not been paid and you have not received communication, please contact:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: First Regional Bank
1601 N. Bryan Street
Dallas, TX  75201-3430
Attention: Claims Agent

Please note: There are time limits for filing a claim, your claim must be filed on or before 5/5/2010.

All shares of First Regional Bank were owned by its holding company, First Regional Bancorp, Los Angeles, CA. The holding company was not included in the closing of the bank or the resulting receivership. If you are a shareholder of First Regional Bancorp, please do not contact or file a claim with the Receiver. You may contact First Regional Bancorp directly for information as follows:

First Regional Bancorp
Steven J. Sweeney, General Counsel
1801 Century Park East, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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IX.  Priority of Claims
In accordance with Federal law, allowed claims will be paid, after administrative expenses, in the following order of priority:
  1. Depositors
  2. General Unsecured Creditors
  3. Subordinated Debt
  4. Stockholders
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X.  Dividend Information
Dividend History on First Regional Bank

Dividend Information on Failed Financial Institutions
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XI.  Brokered Deposits
The FDIC offers a reference guide to deposit brokers acting as agents for their investor clientele.  This site outlines the FDIC's policies and procedures that must be followed by deposit brokers when filing for pass-through insurance coverage on custodial accounts deposited in a failed FDIC Insured Institution.

Deposit Broker's Processing Guide

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Last Updated 08/24/2012 cservicefdicdal@fdic.gov