Business Escrow Services

Full-Service Escrow Solutions Backed by Experience

Our Business Escrow Services group is a specialized, trusted resource for strategic buyers, leading law firms, exiting companies and other deal constituents. Clients choose the group for its in-depth experience, combined with expert, personalized service and innovative product features and technology. Our group tailors offerings to your needs to provide paying agent and escrow services related to mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and other business escrow transactions.  

    End-to-End Escrow and Digital Payments Solutions From Industry Experts

    For paying agent and escrow services required in connection with M&A and other business transactions, you need quick, efficient and accurate solutions backed by customized, responsive service. We offer all that and more from a single provider for all of your pre- and post-closing needs. 

    Merger and Acquisition Services

    Our M&A Payments and Escrow Services team consists of industry experts who provide a complete slate of end-to-end escrow and digital paying agent solutions designed for M&A transactions. We make it our business to know as much as possible about your transactions so that you can execute them with ease and accountability, providing a seamless process for all involved parties. 

    Our expert M&A team manages transactions simply and efficiently. 

    • Fully digital process: Eliminate pre-closing printing and mailing of paper-based documents with easy, secure document signing via DocuSign — anytime, anywhere.
    • Streamlined third-party consents: Quickly and conveniently obtain, tally, report and download executed documents such as a stockholder consent to keep your transaction on track. 
    • Robust tax reporting: Outsource all elements of tax reporting required in connection with your M&A transactions.
    • Single source for M&A services: We can serve in various roles including escrow agent, disbursing agent, paying agent or solicitation agent.
    • Secure online portal: Western Alliance Bank Gateway, our industry-leading online payments platform, facilitates document collection in any spreadsheet format, with intuitive technology to enable accurate and timely disbursements.
    • Robust international payment capabilities: When you need to conduct international transactions, we can craft a plan to suit your needs, with full foreign exchange (FX) service.1

    Escrow Services

    You can call on us for any business escrow service that you require — including M&A escrows, project financing or other business-related escrows. 

    • Accelerated onboarding: We require Know Your Customer (KYC) information only from the depositing entity. Accounts can be opened in one business day, and funding can take place immediately thereafter.  
    • Single-wire funding: Fund any one account, and your team will manage the flow of funds. We can aggregate your transaction against escrow funds, security holders and transaction expenses. 
    • Enhanced yield opportunity: While your escrow funds are on deposit for weeks, months or longer, you deserve to earn a healthy yield. We endeavor to offer the best yield in the market to qualifying escrow accounts.
    • Easy paper: We review and turn most transaction agreements within 24 hours and are known for using a logical approach to contract negotiation vs. a one-size-fits-all risk umbrella. 
    • FX capabilities: Need to fund your transaction in an alternative currency? No problem. We offer a competitive foreign exchange offering to convert escrow cash to U.S. dollars.
    • No fees on cash escrow accounts. We do not charge fees for qualifying cash escrow accounts — eliminating the need to negotiate which party is responsible for escrow account fee(s). 

    You will benefit from our:

    • Dedicated team focused solely on M&A and business escrow services.
    • Customizable escrow agreements.
    • Competitive deposit options and fee structures.
    • Online statements and robust reporting. 

    Full-Service Escrow Solutions Backed by Experience 

    When you work with our Business Escrow Services group, you gain a client-focused relationship manager and the advantages of comprehensive payments and escrow solutions, all within the structure of an award-winning financial institution focused on business.

    Key Benefits for Your Business

    • Same-day escrow releases: Our expedited process requires Know Your Customer (KYC) information only from the depositing entity. Deposits can be accepted the same day you open your account.
    • Dedicated team: Our experts are focused on executing your transaction, with working hours that keep pace with your deal. You receive reliable, responsive service from a single contact who knows your business inside and out.
    • Same-day review of agreements: We quickly prepare and review customized or standard template agreements to meet your needs.

    Our Escrow Services

    Our Business Escrow Services group offers:

    • All types of escrow transactions, including M&A escrows, construction escrows, good faith deposits and holdback escrows.
    • Single post-closing provider to combine closing, paying and disbursing agent services with escrow administration.
    • Specialized transactions in settlements, private equity and venture capital.
    • Unvested or restricted cash holdbacks.

    Solutions That Work for You

    • Competitive deposit options with enhanced yield opportunities and a competitive fee structure.
    • Transparent reporting through online statements and our industry-leading online payments platform, Western Alliance Bank Gateway.
    • Global Markets Services and foreign exchange (FX) capabilities.1
    • Specialized escrow services for large legal cases through Western Alliance Bank’s Settlement Services group.

    Our Digital Information Hub Makes Taking Care of Business Easy

    Western Alliance Bank Gateway, is an easy-to-use, industry-leading digital paying agent platform that simplifies and accelerates complex M&A transactions. Our online payments platform facilitates secure document execution and collection – anytime, anywhere. Our single-point information hub provides buyers, sellers and attorneys real-time information on solicitation, payment status’ and more. 

    Through Western Alliance Bank Gateway, M&A parties can manage transactions simply and efficiently, with improved speed and transparency for buyers, sellers and agents. 

    Key Benefits for Your Business

    • 24/7 access to documents, including mobile-friendly login.
    • Unique user capabilities, including complete customization of documents and securityholder experience. 
    • Privacy protection through Western Alliance Bank Gateway.
    • Intuitive technology that provides for accurate and timely disbursements.
    • Secure online document signing to eliminate printing and mailing paper-based documents before closing. 
    • Built-in voting, tallying and reporting functionality to streamline third party consents. 
    • Full-service year-end tax reporting.

    We’ll help you:

    • Digitally distribute and obtain executed documents. 
    • Pay shareholders faster.
    • Monitor transaction status from one secure portal. 
    • Conduct and tally shareholder votes or other documents associate with third-party consents.
    • Securely collect shareholder tax information.
    • Manage compensation payments for former employees.
    • Manage restricted or unvested cash vesting schedules.

    Deal Management Made Easy

    The Western Alliance Bank Gateway - Client Portal is a sophisticated, user-friendly digital solution that simplifies and accelerates complex M&A transactions with one intuitive platform.

    A global view of all deals associated with a user creates a single-point information hub for buyers, sellers and their counsel with real-time information on solicitation, payment status and more.

    Obtain or view reports in addition to real-time access functionality to securely access all documents executed by securityholders in bulk or based on time of completion.

    With Western Alliance Bank Gateway - Client Portal, M&A parties can manage transactions simply and efficiently, with improved speed and transparency for buyers, sellers and counsel.

    Document Inventory Made Easy

    Western Alliance Bank Gateway - Client Portal provides immediate access to forms of agreements, joint written instructions, release templates and the closing flow of funds. Additionally, provisioned access allows authorized parties to easily access the account statements, determine interest earned to date and reduce post-closing email traffic.

    Review Status and Download Executed Documents Securely and In Real-Time

    Download either in bulk, by securityholder, by date or by form safely and securely to your workstation.

    Associated reports create real-time accumulative status as to who has signed what.

    Review and Monitor Solicitation Progress

    Customize the securityholder content and experience in either one or multiple solicitations, and use Western Alliance Bank Gateway - Client Portal to track the response rate as you work towards the requisite threshold to get to closing. 

    View documents assigned to each securityholder based on the security type.

    Monitor Payment Activity

    Track outgoing payments by payee and review paying agent balances at the individual or aggregate deal level.

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    Our team of leading professionals has significant industry experience with a presence from coast to coast. As a specialized, trusted resource for leading law firms, investment bankers and corporate finance firms, our in-depth experience combines with expert, personalized service and innovative banking options to meet the needs of clients nationwide.

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    1 East Washington Street
    Suite 1400
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    United States

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    1. Fees may apply. Refer to the disclosures provided at account opening and the Schedule of Fees and Charges for additional information.