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Opus Bank Further Expands Its Southern California Commercial Banking Team

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- Robin Israel Joins as Managing Director, Senior Client Manager -

Opus
Bank
("Opus") (NASDAQ:OPB) announced today that Robin Israel has
joined Opus as Managing Director, Senior Client Manager – Commercial
Banking. Mr. Israel, a 29-year banking veteran, is responsible for
expanding Opus' commercial and corporate client base in the West Valley
area of Los Angeles and the coastal markets of Ventura and Santa Barbara
counties.

Jim Haney, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking, stated,
"Robin is a highly respected and experienced banker with a long history
of success in the San Fernando Valley and the coastal markets from
Malibu to Santa Barbara. Robin brings a wealth of experience in
structuring, originating, and underwriting asset-based, working capital,
and commercial real estate transactions, as well as developing treasury
management solutions for middle-market companies, entrepreneurs, and
business owners." Mr. Haney added, "I look forward to having the
additional banker coverage in these vibrant markets and anticipate that
Robin will add to the productivity and success of our Commercial Banking
division as we look to grow the division's client base in the major
metropolitan markets on the West Coast."

Mr. Israel joins Opus Bank most recently from Bank of America, where
from 2016 he served as Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship
Manager and was focused on building client relationships with, and
providing depository, lending, and treasury management solutions to
small businesses and lower middle-market companies in the coastal areas
of Los Angeles County. Mr. Israel ranked among the bank's top producers
nationally for 2017 and for the first six months of 2018. From 2010 to
2016, Mr. Israel served as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
at JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he focused on managing and growing a
portfolio of asset-based, senior term, commercial real estate, working
capital, and SBA loans, as well as developing depository and treasury
management opportunities in the San Fernando Valley and coastal areas of
Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Israel served
as Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer at California
Republic Bank, where he was responsible for managing and growing a
portfolio of middle market commercial clients in the Beverly Hills and
West LA markets. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Israel served with Santa Barbara
Bank & Trust as Vice President. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Israel served
with City National Bank, as Senior Vice President. Mr. Israel began his
banking career at Wells Fargo Bank in retail operations and in 1999
joined the bank's middle market commercial banking group in Beverly
Hills, where he served as Vice President, Business Development Officer.
Mr. Israel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of
Redlands.

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About Opus Bank
Opus Bank is an FDIC insured
California-chartered commercial bank with $7.2 billion of total assets,
$5.1 billion of total loans, and $5.9 billion in total deposits as of
June 30, 2018. Opus Bank provides superior ideas and solutions, and
banking products to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial
Bank, and Merchant Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash
management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products,
including commercial, healthcare, media and entertainment, corporate
finance, multifamily residential, commercial real estate and structured
finance, and is an SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank offers commercial
escrow services and facilitates 1031 Exchange transactions through its
Escrow and Exchange divisions. Opus Bank provides clients with financial
and advisory services related to raising equity capital, targeted
acquisition and divestiture strategies, general mergers and
acquisitions, debt and equity financing, balance sheet restructuring,
valuation, strategy and performance improvement through its Merchant
Banking division and its broker-dealer subsidiary, Opus Financial
Partners, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Opus Bank's alternative asset IRA
custodian subsidiary has $14 billion of custodial assets and
approximately 49,000 client accounts, which are comprised of
self-directed investors, financial institutions, capital raisers and
financial advisors. Opus Bank operates 48 banking offices, including 29
in California, 16 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington, two
in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona and one in Portland, Oregon.
Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. For additional information about
Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may include
forward-looking statements related to Opus' plans, beliefs and goals,
which involve certain risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking information presented in this press
release is not a guarantee of future events, and actual events may
differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking
information contained in this press release. Forward-looking statements
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such as "intend" or "expect" or variations thereon or similar
terminology. All such statements speak only as of the date made, and
Opus undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

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