Form 8-K Filing

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) April 23, 2012

City National Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware   1-10521   95-2568550
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)

  City National Plaza
555 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, California
  (Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)  

(213) 673-7700
(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01. Other Events.

On April 23, 2012, City National Corporation (the "Company") issued a press release announcing the execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of April 20, 2012, by and among First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc. (d/b/a First American Equipment Finance), William H. Verhelle, Guy Michael Klingler, the William H. Verhelle Retained Annuity Trust, the Guy Michael Klingler Retained Annuity Trust and City National Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 99.1 Press release dated April 23, 2012.


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

    City National Corporation

April 23, 2012   /s/ MICHAEL B. CAHILL
Michael B. Cahill
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit No. Description
99.1 Press release dated April 23, 2012.