City National Corp. of Beverly Hills has hired away four bankers from Unionbancal Corp. to help it start a private banking group in Northern California.

Gold Banc Corp. in Kansas has racked up a string of bank acquisitions, but its depressed stock price may put the kibosh on the pending purchase of a Denver bank. The Leawood company has picked up three banks since December, and two acquisitions are pending. This month $2.1 billion-asset Gold has closed two deals - one for $560 million-asset CountryBanc Holding Co. in Edmond, Okla., and the other for $124 million-asset First Business Bank of Kansas City.

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