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October 20, 1995 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1986, J. Richard Fredericks, the top-ranking bank analyst at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, had a brainstorm that led him to persuade First Interstate Bank to mount a $3.2-billion hostile takeover run at BankAmerica Corp. Two years later, H. Rodgin Cohen emerged as one of the leading strategists behind the next hostile takeover attempt in the once-staid banking world: Bank of New York's bruising yearlong battle to acquire Irving Bank Corp.
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October 20, 1995 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1986, J. Richard Fredericks, the top-ranking bank analyst at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, had a brainstorm that led him to persuade First Interstate Bank to mount a $3.2-billion hostile takeover run at BankAmerica Corp. Two years later, H. Rodgin Cohen emerged as one of the leading strategists behind the next hostile takeover attempt in the once-staid banking world: Bank of New York's bruising yearlong battle to acquire Irving Bank Corp.
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August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The last remaining obstacle to Senate confirmation of Richard C. Holbrooke as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations fell as Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) dropped his "hold" on Holbrooke's nomination. With other senators quietly abandoning efforts to hold Holbrooke hostage for unrelated concessions by the administration, Holbrooke's long-stalled confirmation appears inevitable. But it spelled trouble for three of President Clinton's other ambassadorial choices: A.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1985 | VICTORIA McCARGAR
John F. Nickoll, 50, president and chief operating officer of Foothill Group Inc., will now be sharing the title of chief executive with Chairman Don L. Gevirtz, 56, with the creation of the post of co-chief executive, the company said Friday. Nickoll and Gevirtz co-founded the Century City-based commercial finance company in 1969 and guided it to prominence in the 1970s through a strategy of lending money at high interest rates to high-risk companies.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1997 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veterans of some of the most bruising bank battles in recent history are back again to settle some old scores in Great Western Financial Corp.'s effort to escape a hostile takeover bid by H.F. Ahmanson & Co. Many of the very same investment bankers, lawyers and advisors who masterminded such past takeovers as Wells Fargo & Co.'s three-month, $13-billion battle for First Interstate Bancorp. are facing off again, often in exactly the same roles.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
Security Pacific on Thursday reported solid gains in the third quarter, as earnings reached a record $167.9 million and efforts to control costs showed progress. The Los Angeles-based banking company said its net income was 30% higher than the same period a year ago and up slightly from the second quarter of this year, which had been the most profitable quarter in the company's history.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1987 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
In a major restructuring aimed at shedding weak assets and improving its position as a consumer-oriented regional banking company, First Interstate Bancorp on Wednesday announced plans to sell $6 billion to $7 billion in assets and eliminate 1,000 jobs, most in Southern California.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1989 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
First Interstate Bancorp's stock price shot up again Thursday after three analysts issued bullish reports on the financial prospects of the Los Angeles banking company. First Interstate stock rose $3.375 on Thursday to close at $63.125 on the New York Stock Exchange. It was a new 52-week high and came after fairly heavy trading in which 502,400 shares changed hands. The company's chief spokesman, Simon Barker-Benfield, said management feels that the stock's recent performance reflects a recognition among investors that First Interstate has made significant progress in cutting costs and improving earnings over the past year.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1995 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1986, J. Richard Fredericks, the top-ranking bank analyst at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, had a brainstorm that led him to persuade First Interstate Bank to mount a $3.2-billion hostile takeover run at BankAmerica Corp. Two years later, H. Rodgin Cohen emerged as one of the leading strategists behind the next hostile takeover attempt in the once-staid banking world: Bank of New York's bruising yearlong battle to acquire Irving Bank Corp.
BUSINESS
June 13, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
A few weeks ago, J. H. Canvin walked two blocks from Bank of America's San Francisco headquarters to Hoefer & Arnett, a small investment banking firm. As head of investor relations at B of A, Canvin was concerned about an unflattering analysis of the bank written by Alan Hoefer. Hoefer & Arnett specializes in small independent banks in California, so the firm is not privy to the detailed financial figures B of A provides to big investment firms, such as Salomon Bros.
BUSINESS
March 15, 1987 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writer
Seishichi Itoh, president and chief executive of California First Bank, is a man who knows his history. "The Bank of America started out as the Bank of Italy," said Itoh, a 51-year-old Japanese national who heads the sixth-largest bank in California. "Well, we used to be known as the Bank of Tokyo," he continued, letting his listener draw his own conclusions.
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