Nigro Karlin offers tax and business management services for celebrities and the wealthy. Bolno joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. He specializes in managing clients in the music business and co-founded Nigro Karlin’s sports business, which works with pro athletes.

Adding Bolno’s name is the second big change for the firm in the past few months. In September, First Republic Bank in San Francisco bought a minority stake in Nigro Karlin. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Still Growing

JPMorgan Chase Bank already had more Los Angeles County branches than any other lender and last month it opened eight more. The New York bank now has 299 locations here, up from zero before it acquired failed lender Washington Mutual in 2008.

Last month, it opened branches in South Gate, Gardena, Diamond Bar, Torrance, Culver City, Wilmington, West Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, putting a Chase sign atop the high-rise at Wilshire Boulevard and Bixel Street.

With nearly 300 branches, Chase now has about 50 more than Bank of America, which has more deposits in the county than any other bank. Chase has about 9 percent of the county’s total deposits. Bank of America has 22 percent.

C-Suite News

Kathryn Gonzales has joined Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach as chief banking officer, a new position at the 107-year-old lender. Gonzales had been senior vice president of retail banking at Provident Bank in Riverside. … Kevin Finch has joined downtown L.A. asset manager TCW Group Inc. as associated general counsel. He had been a partner at Century City law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley. … Sinan Sinanian has joined EH National Bank in Beverly Hills as a board member. He is one of the co-founders of Tarzana contractor Sinanian Development Inc.

Staff reporter James Rufus Koren can be reached at or (323) 549-5225, ext. 225.


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