IberiaBank completes Teche acquisition _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- IberiaBank in Lafayette has grown to be the largest bank based in Louisiana with more than $15 billion in assets, primarily by acquiring other institutions. Its latest in-state acquisition was Teche Federal in nearby New Iberia, but its also been aggressively acquiring out-of-state banks to become a regional player in the industry.

Lafayette-based IberiaBank Corp. has completed its $64 million acquisition of First Private Holdings Inc. and its subsidiary bank, First Private Bank, both of which are based in Dallas.

IberiaBank announced the acquisition in February.

On March 31, First Private Bank had two Dallas-area branches, $277 million in loans and $319 million in total deposits.

The rapidly growing IberiaBank has $13.6 billion in assets and some 2,600 employees in 280 offices spread in half a dozen states.