Press Release


San Francisco, Calif. | Jan 12, 2012

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Bank of the West Opens Dedicated Wealth Management Client Centers in Los Angeles Area

Locations in Los Angeles Bunker Hill Neighborhood and Pasadena Are Two of Five Sites Opened in Recent Months

Bank of the West announced today that it opened two dedicated Wealth Management Client Centers in the Los Angeles area for its affluent and high net worth clients. 

The Los Angeles Wealth Management Client Center is located at 300 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.   The second center is located at 587 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.  The locations are two of five that the group opened in recent months.  Others launched this year in the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver.

The creation of these new types of locations is designed to enhance the client experience by providing a convenient and private environment for the bank's affluent and high net worth clients.  Each center is staffed by the bank's private client advisors (PCAs) and other wealth management professionals focused on addressing the range of financial issues affluent and high net worth clients face.

"The Wealth Management Client Center in the heart of Los Angeles creates a physical environment appropriate for our affluent and high net worth clients to have the privacy needed for in-depth discussions of their financial matters.  As our clients' needs are growing increasingly complex, it is more important than ever for them to be able to easily access our group of wealth management professionals who can address the address the range of financial issues they face," said John Bahnken, head of Bank of the West Wealth Management and senior executive vice president.

In recent months, Bank of the West Wealth Management has added to its resources in the Los Angeles area, enhancing its new private client services model for serving the financial needs of affluent and high net worth individuals.  The group has hired Private Client Advisors in the area.  PCAs serve as the dedicated relationship managers for affluent and high net worth individuals and families, bringing together an integrated set of solutions as well as wealth management professionals tailored to each client's specific needs.

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides wealth planning consulting, investment management*, personal banking, and trust services.  The group is part of BNP Paribas' global wealth management business of more than 6,000 professionals worldwide with nearly $10 billion** in assets under management in the United States and $365 billion (257 billion) in assets under management globally as of December 31, 2010.

About Bank of the West: 
Founded in 1874, $61.9 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the world's largest and best rated banks*** with more than 200,000 employees in more than 80 countries.

Media Contact: Heather Harper
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Bank of the West
Office: (415) 765-8087
heather.harper@bankofthewest.com

* Investments and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, Inc., a registered broker/dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Financial Advisors and Private Client Advisors are registered representatives of BancWest Investment Services, Inc.  Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California (License # 0C52321) and through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah, and through BancWest Investment Services in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides financial products and services through Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.  Neither BancWest Investment Services, Inc., nor Bank of the West offers tax, accounting, regulatory or legal advice to clients.

BancWest Investment Services, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West. BancWest Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the West.  BancWest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas. 

Investment, Annuity, and Insurance products are:

NOT FDIC INSURED • NOT BANK GUARANTEED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY

** Including assets under supervision at BancWest Investment Services

***Rated AA- by Standard & Poor's as of October 14, 2011

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  • Jim Cole
  • Corporate Communications
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  • Lily Ruiz
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