City National Bank (California)
|Headquarters||555 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California 90071
|Key people||Alfred S. Hart(co-founder)
Benjamin N. Maltz (co-founder)
Russell Goldsmith (Chairman and CEO)
Bram Goldsmith (Chairman Emeritus)
|Total assets||$28.6 billion|
|Owner(s)||City National Corporation|
The bank has total assets of $28.6 billion (as of December 31, 2012). It offers a full complement of banking, trust and investment services through 78 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. After the closure or merger of many Los Angeles banks, it has become the largest bank headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It also acts as a processing bank, providing back office services such as checking account processing and check clearance services for smaller local banks that do not do their own processing.
It has an established relationship with many entertainment industry clients, and deals with many exclusive and premier clients from various media, including television, film, theater and the arts. Because of this, media reports have claimed that the bank is nicknamed "bank to the stars".
It is a national bank, regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States Department of the Treasury. City National Bank should not be confused with the former Cleveland-based National City Bank, or First National City Bank, the former name of Citibank.
In 2000, the bank expanded into Northern California in with the purchase of The Pacific Bank, followed by the acquisition of the Oakland-based Civic BanCorp in 2002. In that same year, City National opened an office in New York City to serve its California-based clientele who do business on both coasts, as well as prospective clients in Manhattan. At about that time, the bank was ranked among America's top companies by sales, profits, assets and market value in Forbes magazine's "Super 500" list (2002 and 2003). It was also recognized by Barron's as one of America's top wealth managers for five years in a row from 2001 to 2005.