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Kayla Berkman

Senior Vice President Business Escrow Services

Kayla Berkman is a senior vice president in Western Alliance Bank’s Business Escrow Services Group and leads business development efforts on the West Coast. Based in San Diego, Ms. Berkman uses her extensive M&A experience to build and maintain relationships with the private equity, venture capital, legal and M&A communities.

Before joining Western Alliance Bank, Ms. Berkman was a senior director, M&A at Fortis Advisors LLC. Working closely with counsel, deal parties and investors, she was responsible for developing new shareholder representative business, negotiating deal documents and managing post-closing issues for M&A transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Berkman was a corporate attorney in the San Diego office of Cooley LLP.

Ms. Berkman received her Juris Doctor from UCLA and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from UVA.

About Us

Business Escrow Services

Western Alliance Bank’s Business Escrow Services Group is a specialized, trusted resource for strategic buyers, leading law firms, exiting companies and other deal constituents. The team’s in-depth experience combines with expert, personalized service and innovative product features and technology used internationally to meet the needs of clients. The group tailors services and product features to provide paying agent and escrow services related to mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and other business escrow events. Business Escrow Services is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director.