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The digital financial advisory firm SoFi, which recently disclosed plans to go public via a special-purpose acquisition company, announced it has taken the first step in its strategy to obtain a national bank charter.

SoFi said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Golden Pacific Bancorp Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Golden Pacific Bank, a California-based community bank that is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to advance its effort to obtain a national bank charter.

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