When it comes to bank acquisitions, PacWest Bancorp (PACW) is well rested and ready for some action. The $5.4 billion-asset company ended a six-year break from traditional bank acquisitions with two aggressive deals that show its hunger for growth.

Last week it trumped Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) by placing a higher, unsolicited bid for American Perspective Bank. On Tuesday, PacWest made public an attempt to buy First California Financial Group (FCAL) in what appears to be a hostile transaction.

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