• Gordon M. Bava

    Co-Chair, Corporate and Finance
    Capital Markets
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4205
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224


    University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1974.
    Executive Editor, "Student Notes," Southern California Law Review.


    Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, magna cum laude, B.S.F.S., 1970.
    Phi Beta Kappa. 

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    • Honors & Awards
    • Publications
    • Memberships & Activities
    • Speaking Engagements


    Mr. Bava is co-chair of the firm after serving for a decade as its Chief Executive and Managing Partner. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, underwritten securities offerings, boards of directors and the representation of clients in a variety of industries.

    Mr. Bava has conducted these services for entertainment, utility and healthcare companies, local, regional and multinational financial institutions and holding companies, individuals acquiring controlling interests in financial institutions and holding companies, regional and national investment banks, and a full range of non-financial institution corporate clients from closely held concerns to New York Stock Exchange- and NASDAQ-listed companies.

    Mr. Bava served as the Executive-in-Residence at Rustic Canyon Ventures, Santa Monica, California, one of the largest venture capital funds in Southern California focusing on Internet businesses, business services and other technology-oriented, high-growth industries.

    Representative Matters

    1st Century Bank in connection with:

    • Its public offering of common stock of $35.2 million.
    • Its $30 million sale of common stock.
    • Bank Holding Company reorganization and listing on NASDAQ.
    • The defense of a hostile proxy contest.

    B. Riley & Co. as placement agent in an offering of up to $35 million of convertible preferred stock of BofI Holdings, Inc., the parent of Bank of Internet USA.

    Belvedere Capital Partners in its investment in a troubled portfolio company and the liquidation and distribution of its other portfolio investments.

    Cathay General Bancorp in connection with an at-the-market public offering of 3,490,000 shares of common stock.

    Central Pacific Financial, Inc., in a successful $425 million non-negotiated, cash and stock takeover by CPF of CB Bancshares, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    East West Bancorp in connection with:

    • The $260 million ownership transfer of the nation's largest Chinese-American bank within six weeks.
    • A $97 million public stock offering.
    • The $10.4 billion acquisition of United Commercial Bank.
    • The $143 million acquisition of Desert Community Bank.
    • A private investment in public equity of common stock for $30 million.
    • The public offering of 200,000 shares of 8% non-cumulative perpetual convertible preferred stock, Series A.
    • A $76 million offering of common stock.
    • The $268 million acquisition of Texas-based MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for MetroBank, N.A., and Metro United Bank.

    Encino State Bank in its $33 million acquisition by Boston Private Financial Holdings.

    Evergreen Financial Holdings, LLC, in its $13 million investment in Golden Coast Bank.

    FBR Capital Markets & Co. as underwriters' counsel in connection with:

    • A $300 million initial public offering for People's Choice Bank.
    • The $96 million initial public offering of HomeStreet, Inc., the parent holding company for HomeStreet Bank, a 90-year-old savings bank based in Seattle, Washington.

    First Community Bancorp as the issuer in a $60 million Rule 144A private placement of trust preferred securities.

    Hanmi Financial Corporation in connection with a combined $120 million registered direct and underwritten rights offering.

    Manhattan Bancorp and Bank of Manhattan in their merger with Professional Business Bank to create a combined bank with assets of more than $406 million. Manhattan Bancorp, the parent of Bank of Manhattan, is the surviving holding company, while shareholders of Professional Business Bank's CGB Holdings will own more than half of the combined entity.

    Pacific Capital Bancorp in connection with a successful recapitalization transaction involving a $500 million investment by a subsidiary of Ford Financial Fund, L.P., a debt tender offer for approximately $188 million in trust preferred securities and subordinated debt, and the exchange of $180.6 million of preferred stock issued by Pacific Capital to the United States Treasury Department pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program.

    Placer Sierra Bancshares in its $645 million acquisition by Wells Fargo.

    Preferred Bank, one of the largest Chinese-American banks serving California, in connection with:

    • Its initial public offering of common stock.
    • A $77 million private placement of mandatory convertible preferred stock.
    • The $22 million acquisition of New York-based United International Bank.

    RMG Capital Corporation and Fullerton Community Bank in connection with:

    • The $75 million sale of the Fullerton Bank franchise to Opus Bank, a California-chartered commercial bank, in an all-cash transaction.
    • The sale of the bank's Garden Grove branch to Southland Credit Union.

    Special Committee of Board of Directors of Pacific Union Bank in connection with a $300 million cash and stock acquisition by Hanmi Financial.

    Triodos Bank in its equity investment in New Resource Bank's private placement of 1.75 million shares of stock. This investment has increased Triodos Bank's ownership interest in New Resource Bank to more than 20%. Other major investors included Portfolio 21 Investments and the Generation IM Climate Solutions Fund.

    Honors & Awards

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Banking and Finance Law for more than 15 years.

    "Southern California Super Lawyers," Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-2015.

    Who's Who in L.A. Law: Top 40 M&A Lawyers, Los Angeles Business Journal.

    Who's Who in Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, listed among the first published 100 most prominent business attorneys practicing in Los Angeles County.

    Named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

    Executive of the Year, Los Angeles Business Journal.


    Co-author, "A Comeback for Tender Offers?" Mergers & Acquisitions: The Dealmaker's Journal, March 2007.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California. 

    Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.

    Member, State Bar of California Association, Financial Institutions Committee, Business Section.

    Member, American Bar Association.

    Chairman (1998) and Member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the United States.

    Member, Board of Directors (until June 2012), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, 2002 Chair, Legal Services Division.

    Member, and Chairman (2008-2010), Board of Directors, KCET, the largest independent public television station in the United States.

    Member, Board of Trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations (2007-2010).

    Member, Board of Directors, Fraternity of Friends of the Los Angeles Music Center.

    Member, Board of Directors (until June 2005), Attorneys Insurance Mutual Risk Retention Group.

    Member, Pacific Council on International Policy.

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, "Are You Ready to Go Public?" Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2013.