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Opus Bank Expands Corporate Finance Team

October 02, 2014, 07:11 AM

Opus Bank announced that Ray Boyadjian has joined Opus as Managing Director, Corporate Finance within Opus’ Merchant Banking division. Boyadjian, a 39-year banking veteran, is responsible for expanding Opus’ corporate finance-related client base, as well as expanding Opus’ relationships with private equity sponsors, investment banks, and other professionals focused on M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, and other strategic ownership changes.

Stephen H. Gordon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Opus Bank, stated, “We are pleased to welcome Ray as he joins Opus’ Corporate Finance division in Los Angeles. Throughout his nearly 40-year banking career, Ray has focused on developing strategies for, and providing debt financing solutions to, middle market companies throughout the Los Angeles region for mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, balance sheet restructurings, recapitalizations, and growth capital.”

Gordon added, “Large and regional investment banks have mostly ignored the small and middle market commercial business sector, thereby leaving a void where successful and resilient businesses and entrepreneurs were left with few options. Additionally, the majority of investment banks are transactional and lack the ability to act as principals, while at Opus our Merchant Bank’s Corporate Finance division is relationship-driven and we commit our own balance sheet.”

Gordon concluded, “The addition of Ray Boyadjian will help Opus’ Merchant Banking division further address this void as we strategically provide senior debt and private equity solutions throughout a company’s life cycle to those entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses, and middle-market companies who have a vision to expand and grow.”

Boyadjian joins Opus Bank most recently from Pacific Western Bank, where he served since 2011 as Executive Vice President overseeing the Middle Market Lending Group out of Century City. While at Pacific Western Bank, Boyadjian focused on providing senior debt financing to private equity sponsor-backed middle market companies in the Los Angeles region primarily for mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, and other strategic ownership changes. From 2004 to 2011, Boyadjian served as Senior Vice President, Group Manager for Comerica Bank, where he ran the San Fernando Valley Middle Market Group and was responsible for developing and expanding client relationships in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.

Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with over $4.3 billion of total assets, $3.4 billion of total loans, and $3.2 billion in total deposits as of June 30, 2014.

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