Manatt Named a Finalist for 2017 M&A Advisor Awards September 20, 2017 The M&A Advisor, a preeminent organization focused on offering insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, has named Manatt a finalist for its 16th annual M&A Awards. The awards recognize the leading M&A transactions, restructurings, deal financings, product/services, firms and M&A professionals. Manatt is a finalist in two categories, including Financials Deal of the Year (Over $250MM) and M&A Deal of the Year (From $500MM–$1 Billion), for its representation of Heritage Oaks Bancorp and CU Bancorp in separate deals. Manatt represented Heritage Oaks Bancorp in its sale to Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc., which paid $482 million for the $2 billion-asset Heritage Oaks. The deal created a new combined entity that now holds total assets of approximately $6 billion. Manatt’s team was led by Jordan Hamburger, co-chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. For CU Bancorp, the parent of California United Bank, Manatt led its merger transaction with PacWest, a deal that was valued at approximately $705 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, creating a combined company that will have approximately $25 billion in assets and 87 branches, prior to contemplated consolidations. Manatt’s team was led by partners Craig Miller and Barbara Polsky and included associate Agata Troy. The firm’s mergers and acquisition practice negotiates deals for enterprising businesses of all kinds across the financial services, healthcare, entertainment and energy industries. The group handles and advises clients at every stage, from strategic planning to final closing. Winners will be announced at an awards gala in New York on November 13.