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Already defending itself against a lawsuit challenging its member business lending rule, the credit union regulator now must grapple with a challenge to field-of-membership regulations. Some observers suggest the scope of the legal approach is unprecedented.

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The new chairman of Republic First was famously ousted from Commerce Bancorp because of conflict-of-interest concerns years ago. His new bank uses some Hill-related companies for marketing and other services but says that it has structured the relationship in a way that passes muster with regulators.

Ten publicly traded banks have raised about $950 million in recent weeks, taking advantage of surging stock prices. Additional banks are expected to follow, setting the stage for more M&A and other growth moves.
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Mark Schroeder has led the Jasper, Ind., company to six straight years of record profit by sticking to simple model that emphasizes relationship banking and small, strategic acquisitions.
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When BankMobile, the brainchild of Jay Sidhu and his daughter Luvleen, relaunches on a new platform in January, security — especially for the onboarding process — will be completely redesigned.

Community banks are increasingly looking to fintech firms as a way to offer customers the tech they want in order to be competitive.

The veteran banker, who is taking the nonexecutive chairman post at Republic First Bancorp in Philadelphia after a long hiatus from the U.S. market, stands by the model he pioneered at Commerce despite a much-changed environment.

Kevin S. Kim thought he was joining a bank board to bring youth to an aging slate of directors. Eight years, four acquisitions and a banking crisis later, he is now the chief executive of the nation's largest Korean-American bank.

Three fund managers and two advisory firms have soured on PrivateBancorp's planned sale to CIBC, raising the possibility that investors could nix the deal. What would happen next is anyone's guess.

Nearly a decade after he was forced to resign as CEO of Commerce Bank in Cherry Hill, N.J., the retail banking innovator was named chairman at Republic First Bancorp, which has adopted many of Commerce's practices.

Anthony Labozzetta, CEO of Sussex Bancorp in New Jersey, isn't afraid of change. His unusual approach to banking helped Sussex emerge from the financial crisis with momentum. Now he's building a branch model that could serve as a blueprint for growth-minded banks.

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