Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 20, 2011



SVB Financial Group

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   000-15637   91-1962278

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

3003 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054-1191

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (408) 654-7400



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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On October 20, 2011, Silicon Valley Bank (the “Bank”), the banking subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, announced that it had received approval from the China Banking Regulatory Commission to proceed with the establishment of its joint venture bank in China. The Bank had previously announced in December 2010 that it had signed an agreement to form a joint venture bank in China with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. (“SPDB”).

This approval is a meaningful step for the Bank in the overall bank licensing process in China. Over the coming several months, the Bank will work with SPDB to develop the necessary infrastructure and prepare the bank for opening. The opening of the joint venture bank will require additional Chinese and U.S. regulatory approvals.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: October 20, 2011     SVB FINANCIAL GROUP


    Name:   Greg Becker
    Title:   Chief Executive Officer and President