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November 6, 2009: United Commercial Bank, San Francisco, CA was closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was named receiver.

Assets & Deposits: As of October 23, 2009, United Commercial Bank had total assets of $11.2 billion and total deposits of approximately $7.5 billion.

Successor Bank: the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with East West Bank, Pasadena, California, to assume all of the deposits of United Commercial Bank. This agreement included all U.S. branches of United Commercial Bank, the Hong Kong branch of United Commercial Bank, and the subsidiary of United Commercial Bank headquartered in Shanghai, China, United Commercial Bank (UCB-China). All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to East West Bank, Pasadena, CA and are available immediately. The 63 former United Commercial Bank locations reopened as branches of East West Bank.

East West Bank
135 N. Los Robles Avenue, 7th Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101

(800) 236-2442
http://www.eastwestbank.com

FDIC Insurance: Domestic deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, and the Hong Kong deposits will continue to be covered by the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Scheme and the full deposit guarantee currently in force in Hong Kong. The FDIC continues to be in close cooperation with the Chinese banking regulatory authority regarding regular operations of UCB-China.

Transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at East West Bank for six months after the failure of United Commercial Bank.

Interest: All interest accrued through Friday, November 6, 2009, will be paid at your same rate;  however East West Bank will be reviewing rates.  

Checks, Loans, Interest and Automated Transactions: Checks will be processed as usual. Automatic direct deposits and withdrawals will be transferred to your new bank. If you had a loan with United Commercial Bank, you should continue to make your payments as usual. 

Cost to FDIC: The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $1.4 billion. East West Bank paid the FDIC a premium of 1.1 percent for the right to assume all of the deposits of United Commercial Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, East West Bank agreed to purchase approximately $10.2 billion in assets of the failed bank. As part of the purchase and assumption agreement, the FDIC transferred to East West Bank all qualified financial contracts to which United Commercial Bank was a party and those contracts remain in full force and effect. The FDIC and East West Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $7.7 billion of United Commercial Bank's assets.

Note: ► Depositors must establish contact with the successor bank or the FDIC, when there is no successor, to reclaim their deposits. Failure to do so could ultimately result in a loss of insured funds. ► The interest rate paid by your former bank is subject to immediate change. ► Transferred deposits are separately insured for only 6 months after the date of transfer. ► Beneficial owners of fiduciary accounts (including UTMA, IOLTA and brokered CDs) should contact their brokers immediately to ensure proper claims procedures are followed. ► Safe deposit boxes should be promptly claimed.

2009 FDIC Insured Failed Banks
 
 
 
 
United Commercial Bank
555 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
 

Established on 3/27/1986
as
United Savings Bank, F.S.B
 

Assets: $11 billion
Deposits: $8 billion
 
 
Cost to FDIC: $1.4 billion

 

 
 

History: You may have an account at a failed institution and not know it, either because you were a depositor at a bank acquired by an institution that subsequently failed, or if you or a deceased family member are the beneficial owner of a brokered fiduciary account.

03/27/1986 - Established as United Savings Bank, F.S.B
04/01/1986 - Acquired United Bank, SSB in San Francisco, California as part of a government assisted transaction.
09/30/1990 - Acquired Global Savings Bank, Fsb  in San Francisco, California
05/31/1992 - Acquired Golden Coin Savings And Loan Association in San Francisco, California.
01/01/1998 - Changed name to United Commercial Bank
10/29/2002 - Acquired Bank Of Canton Of California in San Francisco, California
07/22/2003 - Acquired First Continental Bank in Rosemead, California
11/04/2005 - Acquired Pacifica Bank in Bellevue, Washington.
11/29/2005 - Acquired Asian American Bank And Trust Company in Boston, Massachusetts.
12/29/2006 - Acquired The Summit National Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.
05/24/2007 - Acquired The Chinese American Bank in New York, New York


Depositor Alert

Unclaimed FDIC Insured Deposits

There are time limits on claims of FDIC-insured bank accounts, CDs and safe deposit boxes.

Be advised that not every depositor with funds in a failed bank will receive notification from the FDIC, and there are time limits on claims of FDIC-insured bank accounts, CDs and safe deposit boxes.

Beneficial owners of fiduciary accounts, including Uniform Transfers To Minors accounts, escrow accounts, Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA), and deposit accounts obtained through a broker (Brokered Accounts) will not be contacted by the FDIC.

This is because these accounts are on the failed bank's records in the name of the fiduciary, not the individual owner. The FDIC does not have access to ownership information, and therefore will not contact individual depositors. It is the responsibility of the broker or other fiduciary to initiate a claim.

In addition, accounts transferred to successor institutions may have lower interest rates and can lose insurance coverage, after a period of time. If an individual already has accounts at a successor institution, perhaps unknowingly in the case of brokered deposits, the insurance limit may be exceeded and funds could be lost in a subsequent receivership.

Finally, in the worst case scenario, by law accounts which go unclaimed for an extended period may be time barred, and safe deposit boxes can be drilled and the contents sold at auction.

It is important to understand you may have an account at a failed institution and not know it, either because you were a depositor at a bank acquired by an institution that subsequently failed, or if you or a deceased family member are the beneficial owner of a brokered fiduciary account.

For assistance tracing and reclaiming a lost bank account or safe deposit box go to: Unclaimed Account Search


Depositor Claims: For additional information and assistance on the United Commercial Bank receivership contact the FDIC at: 1-800-238-8209; or go to: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/ucb.html

Creditor Claims: Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. Shortly after the failure, the FDIC sends notices directly to all known service providers to explain the claim filing process. If you provided a service for United Commercial Bank and have not received a notice, please contact:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: United Commercial Bank
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX  75201
Attention: Claim Agent
1-800-568-9161


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